Aegean Sea Cruise Highlights

The Aegean Sea cruises start their itinerary from Athens, Greece. These cruises sail through the islands of Greece, even touching two attractions in Turkey. There are more than 4 kinds of cruises from 1 day cruises to the island of Aegean in Athens to 3 day cruises which sail to Mykonos, Kusadasi (Turkey), and Patmos in Greece. The 4 day cruises include some additional stopovers in Greece such as Crete and Santorini. The 7 day cruises are of different kinds, with some including attractions in Italy, Croatia and Turkey; while others sail to Italy, France and Turkey. You can choose the kind of cruises you want depending on the destinations you would like to visit.

All of these cruises definitely stop at some of the significant destinations in Greece and Turkey. They are Mykonos, Kusadasi and Patmos.

Mykonos

The cruise usually starts from Piraeus, Athens and sails to Mykonos. Mykonos Island is said to be one of the best cosmopolitan areas in Greece. The sophisticated yet charming lifestyle of the Mykonos town called the 'Hora-Mykonos Town' attracts a lot of tourists because of its amazing beaches, huge windmills, whitewashed houses in narrow streets and its night life. As you walk through the paved and narrow streets of the town you will see elegant night clubs and charming boutiques. You can also go to see some of huge whitewashed windmills which are near the port and you will find one popular mill in a working condition in the Agricultural Museum. You should not miss the Paraportiani Church which is a huge complex comprised of 5 churches. Last but not the least are the beaches, from party beaches like Paradise and Super Paradise beach to family beaches like Agios Ioannis. Agios Ioannis, though slightly isolated, is a famous beach of the south west coast. Apart from this there are other beaches where waterskiing, parasailing and windsurfing are allowed.

Kusadasi

It is called the ancient Ephesus and is a magnificent town on the coast. The ancient city of Ephesus lies very close to town, where you will find the temple of Diana which is one of the Seven Wonders of the World. This city is the world's ancient city which houses the Hellenistic and Roman monuments and the treasures of Greeks. Some of the top attractions of Kusadasi are: The House of Virgin Mary, Basilica of St. John and the Temple of the Artemis. Other places of attraction are the Dilek National Park, a beautiful natural park where you can enjoy swimming; the seven churches of Apocalypse; a fish market; and 3 water parks, two of which are largest in Europe (Adaland and Aquafantasy).

Patmos

This is the Island where the book of Revelation in the Bible was written by St. John. In fact this place is called the Jerusalem of the Aegean Sea. On this island you will find the monastery of St. John's, which is the main attraction of the island. It is a huge impressive structure, built some 900 years ago. Another not to miss place is Cave of the Apocalypse. St. John lived in this cave when he wrote the book of Revelation. You can also take a quick tour to the town of Patmos where you will find traditionally built snow white chapels, flowered courtyards and narrow alleys.


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