World-famous sights such as the Parthenon in Athens, charming seaside tavernas and crystal-clear waters are all part of a Greek island-hopping cruise. Only 227 of the 6,000 islands and islets scattered in the Aegean and Ionian Seas of Greece are inhabited and some are only accessible by boat, making a small ship cruise the best way discover these idyllic destinations. Take a look at our list of the 10 best cruise lines for a Greek island-hopping odyssey.
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A lesson in ancient Greece begins when your cruise ship docks in the Port of Piraeus (pronounced pee-reh-us), which has served as the port for Athens since the fourth century B.C. As an ancient Athenian port, it was frequented as the most important trade center of the world.
Athens is arguably one of Europe's most vibrant cities. The Greek capital's many contrasts are part of its unique allure. It was the heart of ancient Greece, and the marbled structures from that powerful era dating back more than 2,500 years ago stand in an urban landscape that continues to grow