Tourism is one of the most booming industries in today’s world. People love to roam across lands, seas, and mountains. In the present age of globalization, the world is a global village where every person from every part of the world wants to travel either for vacation, enjoyment, relaxation, work, or passion. Along with popular natural beauties, people have a craving for historical knowledge. If a place has any historical background coupled with its natural beauty, it is at an added advantage of emerging as a sought-after tourist destination. Such is the case with Ancient Greece. Greece is a place of great natural beauty, comprising mountains, rivers, seas, etc., and has certain famous monuments. The historical legacy of the Ancient Greek city-states makes it a favorite and world-renowned tourist center.
Next, a few of the most popular tours and cruises of Greece, focussing on the Ancient Greek aspect, have been discussed below.
Daily Ancient Greek Tours and Cruises
Delphi Classical Tour
The areas of Greece which are covered in this cruise include Athens, Thessaloniki, Santorini, Crete, Rhodes, Patmos, and Mykonos. In Turkey, it goes through Istanbul and the Kusadasi-Ephesus.
Next the “Greek Islands & Turkey Cruise Classic” is a 3-day cruise to the Greek Islands of Mykonos, Rhodes, Patmos, and the Kusadasi-Ephesus of Turkey. “Splendours of Greece & Turkey” is a 7-day cruise across areas of Greece and Turkey.
Another is a 7-day cruise to the Ancient Greek islands of Santorini, Mykonos, Rhodes, Patmos, and Crete. In Turkey again, it is across Istanbul and the Kusadasi-Ephesus.
“Mediterranean Splendor” is again a 7-day cruise to Genoa, Rome, Messina (Italy), Villefranche, Nice (France), Kusadasi (Turkey), Samos, Rhodes, and Kos (Greece). There is also a single-day cruise to the Saronic Islands. Thus it spreads across Greece, Italy, Turkey, and France.
Patmos has been an important tourist center from Ancient Greece to the present times. It is often regarded as the Jerusalem of the Aegean Sea. It is the sacred island where St. John The Divine, wrote the “Book of Revelations”, which constitutes the last part of the New Testament. It was built approximately 900 years ago. The Monastery of St. John is an impressive structure that has an outstanding interior, decorated with frescoes. Priceless ecclesiastical treasures exhibit and cover the inside of the museum.
AGIOS NIKOLAOS, Crete (Greece)
Agios Nikolaos is located on the island of Crete in Greece. It is the capital of Lassithi and is a great picturesque and serene town in the eastern part of the island. It is built on the northwest side of the peaceful and calm bay of Mirabello. Agios Nikolaos has been named after the 7th-century Byzantine chapel of St. Nikolas. It was erected on the spot, called “Nissi” in the 7th century CE and has a decorated bell tower, drum, and dome.
SANTORINI ISLAND, Greece
Santorini is a unique island from Ancient Greece and is considered to be the lost continent of Atlantis. The whitewashed village of Fira is marvelous. The capital of the island with its narrow and picturesque streets, perched on the Caldera rim is one of the best places in the world to be in. One could enjoy one of the most sunsets in the world, which is a beautiful experience. Relaxing over a coffee and gazing out to sea would certainly be a vacation to be in.
SARONIC ISLANDS CRUISE (Special Attraction)
In conclusion, it has to be mentioned that Ancient Greek city-states continue to attract tourists in bulk to this beautiful and serene part of the world which is very closely related to modern Greece which has all the modern, geographical and natural beauties to go by and the touch of tradition and heritage that Ancient Greece brings to present-day Greece is worthwhile and exquisite. All these aspects plus the attractive tourist spots which range from the Patmos to the Saronic Island cruise make Greece one of the most popular and sought-after tourist destinations in the world. The cruises, the rivers, the seas, and the monuments are more than just tourist spots. It is like witnessing history unfolding in front of our eyes. A place to visit, relax, endure and of course, enjoy.