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Greece and the Greek Islands

Greece

The birthplace of European civilization. The rise of the great city states of Athens, Corinth and Sparta began around 700BC. By the fifth century BC, Athens had become the cultural and artistic center of the Mediterranean, producing magnificent works of architecture, sculpture, drama and literature.

Greece offers the comforts of modern Europe in close proximity to the stark beauty of the ancient world. Reminders of the country's past glory abound all over Greece - from Athens' Parthenon and Delphi's Temple of Apollo to the ruins of the Minóan city of Knossós and Olympia, Epidaurus, Vergina and Akrotiri.

Of all the ancient sites in Greece, Delphi is perhaps the fairest of them all. Built on the slopes of Mt Parnassos, overlooking the Gulf of Corinth and extending into a valley of cypress and olive trees, this site is alluring both in its stunning setting and its inspiring ruins.

Ancient Delphi managed to amass a considerable treasure-trove, and this is reflected in its magnificent Archaeological Museum.

Map of Greece

Always among the world’s most popular holiday destinations, the fabled Greek Islands are a holiday paradise for luxury sailing. Gulets reign supreme in the sparkling Aegean Sea. The Dodecanese Islands in particular offer a perfect gulet destination with incredible blue seas, sunny summer weather, idyllic beaches, historic sites, natural beauty and the wonderful great Greek food.

Greek Islands

There’s nothing quite like a romantic holiday in Greece. But make it a Greek Island yachting cruise aboard a spacious, air-conditioned Turkish gulet, and you’ve got something especially memorable. 

The Greek Islands dot the sea like jewels. The settings are exquisite, with abundant sunshine and the Mediterranean’s seemingly unlimited shades of blue and green. Scattered throughout the calm, blue waters of the Aegean are more than 1,400 islands.

Several of these have very familiar names and are much-photographed.  Recognizable places like Mykonos, Santorini and Milos – with their white-washed, sun-bleached architecture. These are fine destinations, but some  have become more touristy, over-commercialized and expensive.

Very accessible, equally historic, and with considerable charm, are the islands of the Dodecanese. We encourage you to come join us to explore some of these delightfully-scenic and far more serene destinations. Among them: the Greek islands of Kos, Symi, Leros, Kalymnos, Rhodes and Patmos.

It is here you find the “real Greece,” and experience the true Greek island lifestyle replete with intimate family tavernas, genuine home-cooking and lively evening entertainment with the locals.

History & Culture

Greece offers both the comforts of modern Europe and the close proximity to the stark beauty of the ancient world. Reminders of the country’s past glory abound – from Athens’ Parthenon and Delphi’s Temple of Apollo to the ruins of the Minoan city of Knossos and Olympia, Epidaurus, Vergina and Akrotiri.

The cultural background of Greece is sprinkled across the landscape with ruins spanning some 6,000 years. The country’s location, situated at the crossroads between east and west, has left an indelible mark on its remarkable and unique cultural heritage. Ancient sites abound, both on the mainland and on the many islands where countless museums display – and protect – these priceless artifacts of antiquity.

Food & Drink

One of the most important facets of this wonderful island nation – many would say the best – is the food. Greek food comes in many shapes, forms and varieties to keep even the most demanding traveler satisfied.

Fresh seafood, vegetables and fruit are givens. To be sure, many restaurants and tavernas are going to cater to the tourist crowd, but more than likely you will always find good food quality and service. And the establishment itself will be clean and friendly.

But take time to look around the “next corner,” or wander off the port road and stroll along the narrow streets of most villages and voila! – most certainly you will encounter a inviting, intimate family taverna.

 

These gems are the places the locals frequent. And as a visitor, you will be heartily welcomed and rewarded with hearty, delicious Greek food at reasonable prices in an authentic local atmosphere.

Most everything on any taverna menu will be straight-forward with a great variety of Greek delicacies like pasticcio, mousaka and guivetsi. And don’t forget to sample the amazing pasta dishes.

But above all, there’s the atmosphere. Most tavernas (especially those locals frequent) are most festive well into the wee hours of the morning. The beer, wine and grappa get flowing, conversations warm up, the Greek music pulsates, and even some of the children join in with their families.

Greeks don’t wait for the weekend to go out to dine, and after a good meal they enjoy a few more hours of conversation and conviviality. And lest we forget, there is no closing hour established for restaurants, bars, cafeterias and night clubs. So you can look forward to a rollicking good time.

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Rest & Relaxation

But most loved by travelers are the extensive sunshine and the ocean's unlimited hues of blue. Scattered throughout the calm blue waters of the Aegean are Greece's 1,400 islands.

The serenity of the Dodecanese islands offers a great contrast to many of the well-known tourist islands of Mykonos, Santorini, Milos and Hydra. Come join us and explore the equally-exciting Greek islands of Kos, Symi, Leros, Kalymos, Rhodes and Patmos. This splendid waterland is the realm of Aegean Sails.