After experiencing the hectic pace of Athens under the vigilant gaze of the Acropolis, set sail from Piraeus to explore the Greek islands and discover a very different side of Greece. From the verdant Sporades so close to the mainland, to the remote Dodecanese which hug the Turkish coast, the Greek islands all have something different to offer: the Cyclades with their immaculately white villages, the mountains of Crete with their fortified monasteries, medieval Rhodes with its labyrinth of ochre-coloured stone. But all are covered in a fine mosaic of pine groves, golden beaches, terraced hillsides blanketed in olive trees, and forgotten Byzantine chapels. A stunning variety of landscapes for you to explore following the itineraries and maps in this guide.
Our wide range of hotel and restaurant recommendations will help you find the most suitable accommodation and track down the tavernas which serve the best "souvlαki" before you hop into a caique and set off for some deserted rocky cove.