Breathtaking, inspiring, serene, extraordinary, impressive, magical, spiritual, mystical, immense are only a handful of words people use in a feeble effort to describe the Meteora phenomenon when they first glance at this marvel. The remarkable rock formations of Meteora crowned by the numerous Byzantine monasteries are now collectively listed as a World Heritage site and one of the most visited attractions of Greece.

Meteora means “suspended in the air” and is a true testament to the nature of this wondrous geological formation. These enormous, solid rocks, split by earthquakes and weathered by water and wind of the course of millions of years are nature’s authentic masterpiece in the blank canvas that is earth. The rocks tower to an astounding height of 600 meters and are sure to leave you amazed by their sheer magnitude.

The genuine charm of Meteora however, stems from the sheer spectacle of the six remaining Byzantine monasteries, seemingly glued atop the slender stone pinnacles. The monasteries, during the Turkish occupation, acted as beacons for the Hellenic Culture attracting philosophers, poets, painters and deep thinkers keeping the Greek tradition and culture alive. The inspiration and spirituality felt when faced by the awe for man’s achievements to express his religious drive will send shivers down one’s spine, even if not deeply religious.

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Meteora (2-day trip from Athens)

Classical Tour with Meteora (4-day trip from Athens)

Northern Greece – Macedonia Tour (5-day trip from Athens)

Every traveller’s dream is to visit Santorini at some point in their lifetime. Considering the island’s reputation for dazzling panoramas, romantic sunsets and volcanic-sand beaches, it’s hardly surprising. Yet, most people fail to experience the island the way you should relish it, and that is one a day cruise around the wonders of this dreamy island. Pick one of the plentiful alternatives available to you, as there is a wide range of budget options and service offerings and get sailing.

While you cruise around the postcard-perfect Santorini, you have stunning views of the caldera as you glide through the shimmering waters of the Aegean Sea. You can explore the more secluded beaches of the island, go diving in the volcanic caldera or dine in a romantic scenery for two witnessing the sunset that has been immortalized by painters and poets alike.

If you approach Santorini from the water, it’s hard not to be awed by the sheer cliffs that soar above you. Or the fact that you’re sailing in an immense crater of a drowned volcano and you stand before an island shaped by an eruption of cataclysmic proportions beyond imagining. So when you are lucky enough to find yourself in Santorini, do join a cruise to feel the true essence of this island.

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Santorini Caldera Gold Cruise (day or sunset)

Santorini Caldera Classic Cruise (day or sunset)

Mykonos is the island that lies in the heart of the Aegean Sea, between other beauties like Tinos, Paros, Naxos, and Syros. Greece’s answer to Ibiza & Miami, Mykonos is a party island with sunbathed figures strolling through its beaches by day and basslines pulsating in its superclubs until dawn. But there’s more to this island than the dazzling seaside and party crowds.

Cosmopolitan and serene, Mykonos, according to mythology formed from the petrified bodies of giants slaughtered by Hercules. The Cycladic maze of Hora, the alluring main town, is made up by sugar-cube-shaped building, their chalk-white walls accentuated by bright blue doors and shutters, and framed by colorful flowers. Absorb the atmosphere along the lively waterfront before continuing inland or to the nearby historic island of “Delos” for some thrilling exploration.

Mykonos is an island characterized by stark contrasts. A fascinating world where glamour meets simplicity in the quarter of “Little Venice” and tranquillity combine with thrill-seeking all along the sandy beaches. All different types of people, from celebrities to college students and families mingle together to celebrate the Greek summer. Mykonos is ready to astonish you and will unquestionably meet your most elevated expectations

Summer is quickly approaching, and you cannot wait for it to get here. So why not organize a small gateway excursion to appease your appetite?

You pick up the globe, spin it, and leave fate to decide your next destination…

Would you look at that, Greece it is. But then, the ever-recurring dilemma appears. Should you visit Athens, the old city of gods, once the cradle of civilization – or – just lay back and enjoy the beautiful Greek summer which is already underway in one of the numerous islands?

To that we say, why not both?

Even if you decide to visit Athens, and feast on the plentiful beauties, stories, and secrets it conceals, you can still spend a day at sea and experience a different side of this country with no fuss. Join a full-day cruise from Athens and discover three of the most famous and fascinating islands of the Saronic Gulf and of course, a swim in the turquoise Mediterranean sea!

First, there’s Hydra, with the extremely picturesque capital, filled with red-tiled houses and stone-paved narrow alleys which are built like an amphitheater as a safe shelter for Pirates.

Then there’s Poros. The vibrant lakeside resort with the grand historic clock tower engulfing the pastel-hued stack of houses is as romantic as it gets and a prime destination for shopping.

And last, but certainly not least, Aegina, an Athenian suburb by all regards, combines the alluring, laid-back character of a typical Greek island with a fair dose of prestigious classical landmarks.

So, start packing, and remember to bring along your bathing suit. No matter where you go in Greece, there is always a chance of impromptu bathing time.

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One day cruise Hydra, Poros & Aegina islands

When Athens pops up into a conversation, the words that usually come to mind to describe it are the likes of “sunny”, “summer” and “sea”. While Athens might not be a winter holiday destination the way other snowy cities are, many lovely traditions and tasty seasonal foods are there to tempt you. The most magical time of the year is truly unique in the Greek capital.

Come wintertime, the whole city lights up as it’s decorated throughout with festive lights. The capital pulses with life as Athenians are out and about in squares and alleyways enjoying the sparkle of Christmas. People are shopping for gifts, decorating their homes and preparing for family feasts.

Greek Christmas traditions remain a deep-rooted part of the culture. Whether it’s children singing Christmas carols, families and friends sharing a lovely Christmas dinner or youngsters partying and playing cards all night long on New Year’s, Greeks know how to liven the festive spirit.

Then there is food. The Greek habit of cooking huge quantities and varieties of food, with the extended family meal stretching well into dinner, is very prominent during holidays. As far as sweet delicacies go, Greeks usually fall into one of two camps: those who love melomakarona and those who go nuts for kourampiedes. Melomakarona are syrupy, oil-based biscuits while Kourabiedes are crumbly, buttery walnut cookies covered in powdered sugar.

Tis the season to be jolly, why not spend it in Athens?

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Athens Food Tour

Acropolis, Athens City Tour & Acropolis Museum

Athens By Night (night life)

The Corinth Canal cuts through the isthmus, effectively making the Peloponnese an Island, it connects the Corinthian Gulf on the west with the Saronic Gulf in the east. It is such an amazing engineering feat to stop and admire, completed in the 1890’s it made a saving of 300 nautical miles around the Peloponnese. Nowadays the canal is almost obsolete, only light container ships, small cruise boats and yachts are passing through. In ancient times before the canal, the Corinthians became extremely wealthy by charging a toll to shipping merchants for every ship that passed over on a purpose built stone slipway called the Diolkos parts of which are still visible today.

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Rhodes is the largest of the Dodecanese islands and the fourth largest island in Greece. It is strategically located at the crossroads between two major Mediterranean Sea routes, the Aegean Sea and the Middle East coast. The island has inhabited by different people over the centuries leaving both their cultural and architectural mark.

The island is characterized by its Medieval City declared an UNESCO World Heritage City. Wandering through the streets within the walls, you will feel like being transferred into the Knights period. With no doubt, the most obvious influences are those of the Order of the Knights of St. John as well as the Ottomans.

Today the medieval city is very lively and colorful with unlimited shopping and dining options. The highlights of the city are the Grand Master’s Palace, the boulevard of the Knights, the Archaeological Museum, the Clock Tower, Kastellania and Socrates Street. Exiting the Walls, you will come across Mandraki, the old harbor. At the entrance of Mandraki harbor you will see two columns with deers on top, the Windmills and the cathedral of Rhodes.

The myth says that the statue of the Colossus of Rhodes was standing right there, at the entrance of the port.

Walking along the promenade you will get to Elli beach, the main organized and vibrant beach of the town of Rhodes. Other major attractions in the city of Rhodes include Monte Smith hill with the Acropolis and the Aquarium.

The must visit places on the island include Lindos, that resembles the Cyclades, Kallithea and Afantou beach, Anthony Quinn beach, the Butterfly Park, the ancient city of Kamiros and the mountain village of Embonas.

The island has a very strong touristic infrastructure with an international airport, port and unlimited all stars hotel options.

Crete is the largest island of Greece and the 12th largest island in Europe, divided into four prefectures, Chania, Rethymnon, Heraklion and Lassitthi.

Chania’s harbor was built by the Venetians between 1320 and 1356, known as the Old Port of Chania.

It’s the highlight of this beautiful town of Crete and the most vibrant spot with cafes, taverns and restaurants along with its unique Venetian architecture reflected in the characteristic narrow buildings.

It was a significant stop for the Venetian navy and one of the most important commercial ports in the east Mediterranean. From the Maritime Museum west to the Neoria (shipyards) east, you can admire all its glory and elegance in this romantic part of Crete.

Strolling along the promenade you will spot the characteristic Egyptian Lighthouse which captures the gaze of everyone. Yiali Tzamisi, one of the few remaining examples of Islamic art of the Renaissance period, which was dedicated to the first commander of Chania Kioutsouk Hasan, is sited between Akti Kountourioti and Akti Tombazi.

The (Neoria) are stone characteristic buildings with an arched facade which were used as a repair yard for the Venetian fleet.

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Thousands of tourists visit Meteora from Athens each year to admire the unique landscape and glimpse into the centuries-old traditions of monastic life.

To tour this area and its Monasteries should be highest on the list of every travelers dream experience. The first sight of the monasteries perched on top of pillars of rock as well as the whole surrounding area of Meteora will truly take-your-breath-away. A truly beautiful and spectacular UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Six Monasteries are still in operation and open to the public out of the twenty four monasteries that once formed this 1000-year-old community.

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This pure gem of a Greek Island in the Saronic Gulf is one of the most romantic weekend gateways from Athens.

The islanders use around 500 donkeys as means of public transportation, there are no cars or motorbikes, this is one of many reasons why Hydra preserves its distinctive atmosphere and character through the passage of time, with its traditional stone mansions, narrow cobble stoned streets, quaint secluded squares.

Today it is easy for the visitor to understand that Hydra is a magnet for the international jet-set, and also beloved by writers, painters and photographers. The island experienced an exceptional economic growth in the past, thanks to its great naval and commercial activity. Hydra’s powerful fleet also participated in many crucial sea battles, significantly to the War of Independence of 1821.

It is also a surprising fact, that such a tiny island is actually the birthplace of five of Greece’s Prime Ministers.

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