Aegean Sea - Best Tours & Trips 2019

64 trips to Aegean Sea tours from 24 tour companies. 80 reviews. 4.1/5 avg rating.

Encompassing most of the Greek Islands, the Aegean Sea stretches from mainland Greece east to mainland Turkey and is one of the most captivating regions of the Mediterranean. Some of its most popular islands are Mykonos, Santorini, Crete, and Rhodes, which can be explored by small ship cruises or tours. The Aegean Islands offer much more than sand and sea: ancient history, archaeology, a variety of cultural influences, exceptio ... Read More

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Travel Style Travel Style Relaxed A lot of free time, with very few inclusions. Ideal for independent and/or low-key travelers and cruisers.
Full on For those looking to maximize their sight seeing time. You thrive on a packed day’s schedule from 8 am to 6pm, with some (but limited) free time. Most activities and meals included.
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Value - 3 star Mid-range budget with accommodations ranging from comfortable lodges, guesthouses, and homestays to three star hotels.
Premium - 4 star 3 to 4 star western hotel equivalents. While not all lodging will be 'luxury' they will be quite comfortable by western standards.
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Treasures of the Aegean 2019

Tauck
By Tauck
Preferred
Has very high quality customer experiences and demonstrated commitment to responsible travel practices. read more
10 days
$ 799 / day
$ 7,990
Travel Style : A lot of free time, with very few inclusions. Ideal for independent and/or low-key travelers and cruisers. Relaxed
Physical Level : Regular walking or cycling over moderately long, hilly, or bumpy distances. Some public transport or utility vehicles such as safari jeeps. Moderate
Lodging Level : 3 to 4 star western hotel equivalents. While not all lodging will be 'luxury' they will be quite comfortable by western standards. Premium - 4 star
Highlights
  • Two nights at Hotel Grande Bretagne in the heart of Athens; 7-night cruise on Wind Star exploring the Greek islands of Mykonos
  • Delos
  • Santorini
  • Patmos
  • Monemvasia
  • plus ancient Ephesus in Turkey; guided tour of the Acropolis and visit to Acropolis Museum; guided tour of the National Archaeological Museum of Athens; exploring Mycenae
  • Nafplion and Epidaurus; special dinner in ancient Ephesus
Visits:
Athens, Ephesus, Mykonos, Santorini, Greece, Turkey
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Spectacular Greece with Island Cruise

SmarTours
Premier
Has very high quality customer experiences and demonstrated commitment to responsible travel practices. read more
11 days
$ 273 / day
$ 2,999
From : $ 8,197
The strike-through price reflects either the high season trip price or the average price a traveler pays for a similar itinerary when the components are booked separately.
Travel Style : A lot of free time, with very few inclusions. Ideal for independent and/or low-key travelers and cruisers. Relaxed
Physical Level : Some walking over short or flat distances. Some trips may include cycling options. Some are wheelchair friendly (check for individual trips). Some cruises. Easy
Lodging Level : Mid-range budget with accommodations ranging from comfortable lodges, guesthouses, and homestays to three star hotels. Value - 3 star
Highlights
  • Experience 4-night Greek Island Cruise
  • Visit Mykonos, Ephesus and Santorini
  • House of Virgin Mary (Ephesus)
  • Visit Patmos, Crete and Oia Village
  • Explore Olympia, Mycenae and Rhodes
  • Discover Parthenon (Athens) and Acropolis (Athens)
Visits:
Athens, Crete, Delphi, Ephesus, Heraklion, Mycenae, Mykonos, Parthenon, Piraeus, Rhodes, Santorini, Greece, Turkey
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Yachting in Greece

ROW Adventures
Preferred
Has very high quality customer experiences and demonstrated commitment to responsible travel practices. read more
8 days
$ 212 / day
$ 1,695
From : $ 2,085
The strike-through price reflects either the high season trip price or the average price a traveler pays for a similar itinerary when the components are booked separately.
Travel Style : A lot of free time, with very few inclusions. Ideal for independent and/or low-key travelers and cruisers. Relaxed
Physical Level : Some walking over short or flat distances. Some trips may include cycling options. Some are wheelchair friendly (check for individual trips). Some cruises. Easy
Lodging Level : 3 to 4 star western hotel equivalents. While not all lodging will be 'luxury' they will be quite comfortable by western standards. Premium - 4 star
Highlights
  • Explore the island of Homer
  • Visit Santorini
  • Visit Paros, one of the most beautiful islands of the Cyclades
  • Explore Myconos - the most cosmopolitan island with dazzling white houses
  • Visit the church of PARAPORTIANI is considered to be an architectural masterpiece
  • Explore Delos - the sacred island of Apollo
Visits:
Athens, Delos, Santorini, Greece
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Greece & Aegean Islands Cruise

15 days
$ 159 / day
$ 2,390
Travel Style : You will have solid amounts of both free time and structured time with some activities and meals included. Mixed
Physical Level : Regular walking or cycling over moderately long, hilly, or bumpy distances. Some public transport or utility vehicles such as safari jeeps. Moderate
Lodging Level : Mid-range budget with accommodations ranging from comfortable lodges, guesthouses, and homestays to three star hotels. Value - 3 star
Highlights
Visits:
Athens, Corinth, Crete, Delphi, Epidaurus, Heraklion, Mycenae, Mykonos, Olympia, Piraeus, Rhodes, Santorini, Greece, Turkey
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Yolo Yachting - Santorini to Mykonos

8 days
$ 42 / day
$ 339
From : $ 529
The strike-through price reflects either the high season trip price or the average price a traveler pays for a similar itinerary when the components are booked separately.
Travel Style : You will have solid amounts of both free time and structured time with some activities and meals included. Mixed
Physical Level : Some walking over short or flat distances. Some trips may include cycling options. Some are wheelchair friendly (check for individual trips). Some cruises. Easy
Lodging Level : Mid-range budget with accommodations ranging from comfortable lodges, guesthouses, and homestays to three star hotels. Value - 3 star
Highlights
  • World famous clubs and wild parties (Mykonos)
  • Memorable adventures
  • Traditional vintage cruise ships
  • Experienced local tour leader
Visits:
Mykonos, Santorini, Greece
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YOLO CRUISE - Santorini to Mykonos

8 days
$ 42 / day
$ 339
From : $ 516
The strike-through price reflects either the high season trip price or the average price a traveler pays for a similar itinerary when the components are booked separately.
Travel Style : A lot of free time, with very few inclusions. Ideal for independent and/or low-key travelers and cruisers. Relaxed
Physical Level : Some walking over short or flat distances. Some trips may include cycling options. Some are wheelchair friendly (check for individual trips). Some cruises. Easy
Lodging Level : Mid-range budget with accommodations ranging from comfortable lodges, guesthouses, and homestays to three star hotels. Value - 3 star
Highlights
  • World famous clubs and wild parties (Mykonos)
  • Memorable adventures
  • Traditional vintage cruise ships
  • Experienced local tour leader
Visits:
Delos, Greece
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Cyclades Islands Adventure

7 days
$ 176 / day
$ 1,232
From : $ 3,296
The strike-through price reflects either the high season trip price or the average price a traveler pays for a similar itinerary when the components are booked separately.
Travel Style : You will have solid amounts of both free time and structured time with some activities and meals included. Mixed
Physical Level : Regular walking or cycling over moderately long, hilly, or bumpy distances. Some public transport or utility vehicles such as safari jeeps. Moderate
Lodging Level : 3 to 4 star western hotel equivalents. While not all lodging will be 'luxury' they will be quite comfortable by western standards. Premium - 4 star
Highlights
  • Explore the largest of the Cyclades islands, Naxos
  • Visit Venetian castles and traditional villages in Naxos
  • Visit the traditional citrus distillery in Naxos and sample their famous locally produced liqueurs
  • Sail, swim, dive and go kayaking in the crystal clear waters of Small Cyclades islands on a daily sailing adventure
  • Enjoy the worldwide renown sunset in Oia
  • Discover the archaeological site of Akrotiri, also known as the “Greek Pompeii”
  • Sail inside Santorini’s caldera and swim in the hot springs!
  • Take a wine tour and taste the marvelous Santorini wines
Visits:
Santorini, Greece
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Turkey Bike Tour

7 days
$ 714 / day
$ 4,998
Travel Style : You will have solid amounts of both free time and structured time with some activities and meals included. Mixed
Physical Level : Regular walking or cycling over moderately long, hilly, or bumpy distances. Some public transport or utility vehicles such as safari jeeps. Moderate
Lodging Level : 3 to 4 star western hotel equivalents. While not all lodging will be 'luxury' they will be quite comfortable by western standards. Premium - 4 star
Highlights
  • Experience the crossroads of East and West
  • Rides through pine-dappled hills, olive groves, craggy outcrops, sunny beaches and friendly villages
  • The ancient ruins of Knidos and Kaunos
  • Break bread with a Turkish family at their traditional home
  • Sail the Mediterranean in traditional wooden gulets, dropping anchor to swim, snorkel and slumber
Visits:
Turkey
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Yolo Yachting - Mykonos to Santorini

8 days
$ 42 / day
$ 339
From : $ 529
The strike-through price reflects either the high season trip price or the average price a traveler pays for a similar itinerary when the components are booked separately.
Travel Style : A lot of free time, with very few inclusions. Ideal for independent and/or low-key travelers and cruisers. Relaxed
Physical Level : Some walking over short or flat distances. Some trips may include cycling options. Some are wheelchair friendly (check for individual trips). Some cruises. Easy
Lodging Level : Mid-range budget with accommodations ranging from comfortable lodges, guesthouses, and homestays to three star hotels. Value - 3 star
Highlights
  • Drive to fascinating Mykonos Island
  • Explore Paros which is famous for its water sports with wind surfing
  • Enjoy the Aegean archipelago of Paros
  • Explore Santorini
Visits:
Mykonos, Santorini, Greece
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YOLO CRUISE - Mykonos to Santorini

8 days
$ 37 / day
$ 299
From : $ 516
The strike-through price reflects either the high season trip price or the average price a traveler pays for a similar itinerary when the components are booked separately.
Travel Style : A lot of free time, with very few inclusions. Ideal for independent and/or low-key travelers and cruisers. Relaxed
Physical Level : Some walking over short or flat distances. Some trips may include cycling options. Some are wheelchair friendly (check for individual trips). Some cruises. Easy
Lodging Level : Mid-range budget with accommodations ranging from comfortable lodges, guesthouses, and homestays to three star hotels. Value - 3 star
Highlights
  • Drive to fascinating Mykonos Island
  • Explore Paros which is famous for its water sports with wind surfing.
  • Enjoy the Aegean archipelago of Paros
  • Explore Santorini
Visits:
Mykonos, Santorini, Greece
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Cruising the Islands of Greece and Turkey

Peregrine Adventures
Premier
Has very high quality customer experiences and demonstrated commitment to responsible travel practices. read more
8 days
$ 448 / day
$ 3,580
From : $ 4,833
The strike-through price reflects either the high season trip price or the average price a traveler pays for a similar itinerary when the components are booked separately.
Travel Style : A lot of free time, with very few inclusions. Ideal for independent and/or low-key travelers and cruisers. Relaxed
Physical Level : Minimal walking. Motor vehicles for all major parts of trip. Wheelchair friendly (check for individual trips). Most cruises. Very Easy
Lodging Level : Mid-range budget with accommodations ranging from comfortable lodges, guesthouses, and homestays to three star hotels. Value - 3 star
Highlights
  • Whether you want to revel in the atmosphere of mykonos or relax on your own at the private paradise at manganari beach, there are plenty of opportunities to soak up the sun
  • Watch the spectacular colours of santorini’s famous sunset bathe the caldera as you enjoy a sunset drink on board with fellow travellers – what could be better!
  • Get off the tourist trail with a stop in amorgos, where a striking 11th-century monastery built into a cliff offers breathtaking views of the aegean sea
  • Brush up on your history and mythology by touring the important archaeological site delos with local guides
  • Cross into turkey to tour the ruins of ephesus and discover the fascinating relics that remain of this vibrant ancient city including the temple of artemis, one of the seven wonders of the ancient world
Visits:
Athens, Delos, Mykonos, Santorini, Akrotiri, Ephesus, Greece, Turkey
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Greece with Turkey by Land and Sea

Peregrine Adventures
Premier
Has very high quality customer experiences and demonstrated commitment to responsible travel practices. read more
15 days
$ 425 / day
$ 6,380
From : $ 8,613
The strike-through price reflects either the high season trip price or the average price a traveler pays for a similar itinerary when the components are booked separately.
Travel Style : You will have solid amounts of both free time and structured time with some activities and meals included. Mixed
Physical Level : Some walking over short or flat distances. Some trips may include cycling options. Some are wheelchair friendly (check for individual trips). Some cruises. Easy
Lodging Level : Mid-range budget with accommodations ranging from comfortable lodges, guesthouses, and homestays to three star hotels. Value - 3 star
Highlights
  • Knowledgable local guides take the hassle out of navigating athens. head straight for the most incredible ancient sites, such as the acropolis and the temple of olympian zeus.
  • Experience a different side of greece by staying in the medieval village of dimitsana at our 'feature stay', a gorgeous 7th-century township set on top of two hills and a gorge in little visited central arcadia. share a coffee or 'greek delight' with a monk during a visit to nearby prodromos monastery.
  • Visit the legendary theatres of the very first olympic games – the stadium, gymnasium, wrestling school, priest houses, temples and hippodrome
  • Discover the many flavours of greek cuisine. there's nothing quite like dining on rich and hearty moussaka or grilled lamb and tzatziki in a traditional taverna
  • Stop at the village of galaxidi or nafpaktos for a visit to a traditional family-owned bakery offering pastries, stuffed with cheese, spinach, chicken or potato, and the famous sesame round bread. chat to the owner and get updated on the latest gossip.
  • Watch the spectacular colours of santorini’s famous sunset bathe the caldera as you enjoy an evening picnic with fellow travellers – what could be better!
  • Get off the tourist trail with a stop in amorgos, where a striking 11th-century monastery built into a cliff offers breathtaking views of the aegean sea
  • Cross into turkey to tour the ruins of ephesus and discover the fascinating relics that remain of this vibrant ancient city including the temple of artemis, one of the seven wonders of the ancient world
Visits:
Athens, Delos, Delphi, Epidaurus, Meteora , Mykonos, Santorini, Akrotiri, Greece, Turkey
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Greek Island Cruising (Jewels of the Cyclades)

Peregrine Adventures
Premier
Has very high quality customer experiences and demonstrated commitment to responsible travel practices. read more
8 days
$ 364 / day
$ 2,915
From : $ 3,935
The strike-through price reflects either the high season trip price or the average price a traveler pays for a similar itinerary when the components are booked separately.
Travel Style : A lot of free time, with very few inclusions. Ideal for independent and/or low-key travelers and cruisers. Relaxed
Physical Level : Minimal walking. Motor vehicles for all major parts of trip. Wheelchair friendly (check for individual trips). Most cruises. Very Easy
Lodging Level : Mid-range budget with accommodations ranging from comfortable lodges, guesthouses, and homestays to three star hotels. Value - 3 star
Highlights
  • You’ll see the greek islands’ classic highlights – like mykonos and santorini – but this trip also visits a few out-of-the-way ports that big cruise ships can’t reach.
  • Unlike mega liners, which have to moor offshore, the galileo can dock right in the centre of town. in places like syros, you take one step off the gangplank and you’re surrounded by bars, markets and restaurants. you can hop on and off the boat as you please.
  • Diving into the crystal clear waters of the aegean sea is a real treat. our captain will drop anchor in a few secluded bays along the journey, so there’ll be plenty of opportunities for a swim.
  • Your ship, the m/s galileo, has been recently refurbished in 2016. the interiors are warm and comfortable, and there are three spacious outdoor decks – perfect for reading or catching some sun.
  • For the budding archaeologists, this cruise includes a day trip to the historic island of delos, including a guided tour from a resident expert.
Visits:
Athens, Delos, Mykonos, Santorini, Akrotiri, Greece
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Aegean Escape

8 days
$ 2,946
Travel Style : A lot of free time, with very few inclusions. Ideal for independent and/or low-key travelers and cruisers. Relaxed
Physical Level : Some walking over short or flat distances. Some trips may include cycling options. Some are wheelchair friendly (check for individual trips). Some cruises. Easy
Lodging Level : Mid-range budget with accommodations ranging from comfortable lodges, guesthouses, and homestays to three star hotels. Value - 3 star
Highlights
  • Explore the exciting, ancient capital city of Athens with a 4-night cruise of the Greek islands and historical sites of Turkey!
  • Melt your stresses away at Greece's picturesque beaches, from the pink sand beaches of Crete to the volcanic sands of Santorini.
  • Witness how 2,400 years of culture and history have left their mark on the stunning medieval island of Rhodes.
  • Experience the world-famous sunset at Oia, Santorini's most famous island.
  • This cruise includes all meals, an unlimited beverage package, plus two experiential tours along the way!
Visits:
Acropolis, Athens, Crete, Ephesus, Hadrian's Wall, Mykonos, Parthenon, Piraeus, Rhodes, Santorini, Temple of Zeus, Greece
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Greek Island Hopper

10 days
$ 275 / day
$ 2,754
Travel Style : You will have solid amounts of both free time and structured time with some activities and meals included. Mixed
Physical Level : Some walking over short or flat distances. Some trips may include cycling options. Some are wheelchair friendly (check for individual trips). Some cruises. Easy
Lodging Level : 3 to 4 star western hotel equivalents. While not all lodging will be 'luxury' they will be quite comfortable by western standards. Premium - 4 star
Highlights
  • Athens : Welcome drink; guided sightseeing, visit the Acropolis
  • Athens–mykonos: By high-speed ferry
  • Mykonos : Visit the Church of Agia Kiriaki; taste a traditional Mykonian dessert, Amygdalota; dinner at a local restaurant
  • Mykonos–santorini : By high-speed ferry
  • Santorini : Walking tour; sample a glass of Ouzo
  • Santorini–athens : By air
  • Ancient ruins, stunning scenery, lots of sunshine, the Greek Islands, the crystal-clear Aegean Sea, and tasty cuisine…on this Greece tour, you’ll experience all of this and more!History comes alive on your guided sightseeing tour in Athens: see the main sights of this fascinating city and visit the amazing Acropolis, dating back to the 5th century BC, and perched high on a rocky outcrop overlooking the city
  • But that's not all
Visits:
Athens, Mykonos, Piraeus, Santorini, Greece
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Top Aegean Sea Experiences and Attractions

Top Aegean Sea Experiences

Sailing through the Aegean on a yacht, ferry boat, or gullet (traditional Turkish vessel) and island hopping

Sitting on the terrace of a café in Santorini gazing at the harbor far below, formed from an ancient volcanic caldera

Wandering the narrow streets and harborside of Mykonos to find windmills, tavernas and tucked-away shops

Visiting the beautiful medieval center of Rhodes town

Discovering lesser-known but fascinating islands such as Naxos, Patmos, and Ios

Exploring the ruins of Ephesus, the best preserved classical-era city in the world

Touring the ancient ruins of Knossos on Crete

Dining on Greek and Turkish cuisine and enjoying Greek wines

Learning about ancient mythology and famous classical artists and philosophers

Admiring stunning island and coastal landscapes and cliffs

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Aegean Sea Trip Reviews

80 Aegean Sea Tour Reviews - Summary 80% Recommend

4.1 out of 5
Excellent 47
Great 19
Average 1
Disappointing 0
Terrible 13
Value
4.1
Guide
4.2
Activities
4.1
Lodging
4.1
Transportation
4.1
Meals
4.1

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Spectacular Greece was Spectacular

5.0
  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 5.0

This was our 3rd trip with smarTours, and we have enjoyed every one of them. We experienced a wonderful variety of sites. There was so much to see and do on this trip. Our guides were excellent, and our tour directors, Granville and Elena, both deserve special kudos for their breadth of knowledge and for making this trip so memorable.

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Operator SmarTours

Loved it all

5.0
  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 4.0
  • Lodging 4.0
  • Transportation 4.0
  • Meals 4.0

Too many to name. Loved it all.If I had to pick a favorite island of the lot, it would be Naxos. I would have liked a little more time there to explore, even at the cost of a day less elsewhere.

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Operator Explore!

We enjoyed our yolo cruise

5.0
  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 5.0

We enjoyed our yolo cruise. great weather, met amazing people and visited unique places. The captain on our boat was not very friendly and was angry at times especially at nights when everyone was loud and drunk. Yorgos was helpful and fun to have. The wifi was a bit weak and have no signal at some places, but that was no one to blame. I would recommend this cruise to everyone

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Operator Sail in Greece

Wonderful time!

4.0
  • Value 4.0
  • Guide 4.0
  • Activities 4.0
  • Lodging 4.0
  • Transportation 4.0
  • Meals 4.0

I joined the 7 days cruise on the YOLO cruise. There are few things that doesn't make it a 5 *, but we had a wonderful time! The ship is beautiful, clean and nice public areas. Cabin was okfor the size of the ship with a bathroom , bed was good but we are not used to the individual duvet that are common in Europe, so we struggle a little with them.

All the places visited were incredible, And the swim spots picked by the captain were incredible!

There are few things that we think should be improved. The change of towels should be daily, same with the sheets. The hot food should be hotter, even do it was delicious it was always cold. WIFI signal was poor at times

But the best part was meeting and sharing time with wonderful people that we'll remember for ever!

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Operator Sail in Greece

Terrific

4.0
  • Value 4.0
  • Guide 4.0
  • Activities 4.0
  • Lodging 4.0
  • Transportation 4.0
  • Meals 4.0

I really enjoyed my tour of Greece.We were impressed with our leader and how he finagled our own little lounge to give us tour info and the speedy way he got us off the boat to have more time. It was disappointing to get to an island in tne dark. I really enjoyed Elana , She has a great personality and would love to know when she has her baby. The Mt climbing was a little rough on my knees,but I never felt rushed. I has just studied about John and Ephesus this fall so it was so meaningful to me. I was really awed. ONe highlight for me was seeing the original huge vase in the Nat. museum of one my husband had brought for me many years ago. One suggestion is to tell people the temp in the Mt is colder than Athens . Also warn them about losing day light saving.

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Operator SmarTours

Value for money cruise and fun

3.0
  • Value 3.0
  • Guide 3.0
  • Activities 3.0
  • Lodging 3.0
  • Transportation 3.0
  • Meals 3.0

Value for money cruise and fun. The cabins did not have a/c and was hard to sleep at nights. Also the cabins were tiny and were difficult to move and shower. It was great to have a boat where we could island hop and skip the ferries, but I believe that the yacht life was not my type. A couple of night we booked hotel instead to shower, etc.. Parties and tour was ok.

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Operator Sail in Greece

Aegean Sea Tours and Travel Guide

Aegean Sea Attractions & Landmarks Guide

Encompassing most of the Greek Islands, the Aegean Sea stretches from mainland Greece east to mainland Turkey and is one of the most captivating regions of the Mediterranean. S

ome of its most popular islands are Mykonos, Santorini, Crete, and Rhodes, which can be explored by small ship cruises or tours. The Aegean Islands offer much more than sand and sea: ancient history, archaeology, a variety of cultural influences, exceptional cuisine, and scenic hiking and cycling.

Except for the islands of the Ionian Sea west of the Greek mainland, almost all of the fabled Greek Islands are in the Aegean Sea.

This is the legendary realm of much of Homer’s Odyssey, of Greek gods such as Apollo (the island of Delos was his sanctuary) and Poseidon (god of the sea), of the Atlantis myth of a civilization beneath the sea – said to have been the result of the horrific volcanic explosion that blew apart the present-day island of Santorini – and the birthplace of Hippocrates and many other notable ancient Greeks.

The area has been under the control, at varying times, of the Greeks, the Romans, the Venetians, the Byzantines, the Turks, and the modern-day Italians. It’s harbored crusaders, Knights Templars, brigands, conquerors, and hundreds of generations of fishermen, farmers, shopkeepers, goat herders and winemakers.

Aegean Sea Islands

Island groupings include the Cyclades – the mostly desert-like isles southeast of Athens that form a circle around the once-sacred island of Delos. Today, they form the most visited part of the Aegean, with popular stops such as Mykonos, Santorini, Ios, Amorgos, Milos, Paros, and Naxos. Cycladic architecture is typically cubist and blindingly white and deep blue, echoing the colors of the iconic Greek sky, sea and puffy clouds.

The Dodecanese Islands of the southeast Aegean lie near Turkey and display heavy Byzantine and Turkish influences. Rhodes, the Island of Roses, has wonderful medieval architecture and riveting history; Lindos is a pretty town with ancient ruins. Kos and Patmos are two other exceptional islands in this chain.

The island of Crete is Greece’s largest, and is known for the ancient archaeological site of Knossos -- ruins of the great Minoan civilization -- as well as caves, beaches, and other natural wonders.

In the northwest Aegean, the Sporades are a small group; of islands, with two particular beauties: Skiathos and Skopelos . And in the islands of the northeast Aegean, Lesbos stands out.

The Saronic Islands, near Athens, are worth a visit too – Hydra, Aegina, and Poros are the most interesting.

While primarily associated with Greece, the Aegean also fronts the west coast of Turkey, where scenic boat rides are a must. Top sights along the way include the extensive and wonderfully preserved ruins of classical-era Ephesus, near the lively coastal city of Kusadasi.

5 Top Activities in the Aegean Sea

If you’re thinking of Aegean Sea travel as Greek islands, beaches, and yachts with champagne overlooking stunning blue waters...you’ve got half of it right.

The Aegean region is all of that, but it also has a wealth of unexpected joys and activities available to travelers.

1. Hiking - There are dozens of amazing hiking trails around the islands in the Aegean. And because of Greece’s incredible past you might just stumble upon an ancient site or two, far off the tourist radar.

Because there are so many, it’s easy to find a hike suitable to your physical level, and regardless of whether you get to the top or not, the views along the way are unbeatable. Santorini in particular holds some of the most popular hikes, rewarding travelers with stunning views over the ocean, unique from the common postcard shots.

2. Wildlife - Dolphins are one of the most popular wildlife sightings in the Aegean, and have been a staple of the area for centuries. Dolphins are depicted in many ancient Greek texts, and so their existence there is intrinsically linked to the Aegean culture.

Many initiatives are in place to keep them protected, and it is advisable to look very carefully at any dolphin related activities on your itinerary.

3. Water Sports - Yes, the yacht is nice, and what better way to enjoy relaxing on the deck with your cocktail than after an exhilarating day of waterskiing, wakeboarding, canoeing, snorkeling, and scuba diving? Ok, some maybe not all in the same day, but during your Aegean cruise, these options are often available and are a great way to enjoy the sun and warm waters.

4. History Tours - The Aegean is home to some of the most ancient sites in the world, so no trip around the Greek Islands and Turkish coast could be complete without at least some historical context to bring the region into fascinating focus.

Touring the many ancient ruins around the islands with a knowledgeable guide, often a professional archaeologist or historian, is one of the highlights when visiting the Aegean Sea.

5. Wine Tasting - Greece or Turkey may not immediately spring to mind when one thinks about wine, however there are many options for partaking around the Aegean islands.

Wine enthusiasts will enjoy the opportunity to taste some unique varietals, not common in the United States or other well known wine regions in Europe. Sweet white wine is one of the most popular items. And one of the many things Greece excels at it’s delicious food, particularly cheese and olives, both of which incidentally go very well with wine.

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Things to Know Before You Go

Aegean Sea cruises are often separated into two distinct age groups. Many are focused on young travelers, in the 18-39 range, looking for a yacht party atmosphere. It’s no secret that Mykonos is the “party island” of Greece, and this is a focal point of many youth oriented tour groups.

On the other side of the spectrum, you’ll find delightfully slow paced luxurious tours, taking in the spectacular Santorini sunrise from your deck, with a day planned of beach walks, hiking, sailing excursions, snorkeling, and history tours.

Greece and Turkey are the stars of the Aegean Sea, and most cruises and tours in the region are long enough to visit both.

Best time to visit the Aegean Sea

There really isn’t a bad time to visit this region of Europe. However a few considerations you might want to take in include:

Spring break - Unless you’re a young college student, you may want to avoid the spring breakers heading to the Greek islands for a good time. This crowd can be loud and likes to party - there’s usually a lot of drinking going on, and this leads to rambunctious behavior - both on the water and on the shore. It can feel like a bit of a take-over, so if you’re looking for a relaxing cruise around the islands, late March through early April might be a time to avoid.

Also, it’s important to note that Easter is a very busy and popular holiday in Greece, and so you may run into some closures and festivals traveling around March or April.

Summer time crowds - summer is by far the busiest travel time, so the crowds will be intense. However on the flipside, during the summer is when everything is open, and there is a lot of choice for activities, excursions, accommodations, and meals. Some coastal areas and islands partially shut down during the off season so expect a more limited range of options.

June and July are some of the hottest months in the Aegean, and the heat plus the crowds can create quite an uncomfortable atmosphere! Some of the best times to visit weather-wise are the shoulder seasons; think April - May and August - September. The ocean waters will still be warm enough to enjoy and you can expect little to no rainfall.

Rainfall and cooler temperatures pick up as you head into winter, and many tourist activities may not be available during the winter months. This is a more popular time to visit the mainland, and ocean activities are slim.

What to wear on an Aegean Sea Cruise

The Aegean is a subsection of the Mediterranean, famous for its gorgeous weather. Much of your time will be spend out on the water, often taking excursions in smaller vessels than your cruise ship.

Sun Protection - Even though Be sure to bring sun protection - sunscreen, hats, and sunglasses will be essential. Lightweight material such as linen or cotton is great for the sun as well, and avoid dark colors as they will absorb the heat.

Footwear - While a good majority of your time will be spent on the idyllic beaches of the Greek islands, be sure to bring one pair of good tennis shoes or hiking boots, and a pair of water shoes, sturdier than flip-flops. Water shoes are a great way to stay comfortable and protect from coral or other sharp underwater areas when embarking and disembarking.

The islands have so much more to offer beyond a day at the beach! There’s tons of hiking and cycling around. Additionally, your tour will probably include a visit to a few ancient ruins - and these are very rocky and dusty with a lot of uneven surfaces.

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