on a hill looming over the city, the Acropolis remains a testament
to the "glory that was Greece." You'll have plenty of
time to explore the perfectly proportioned Parthenon, which looks
out over the graceful Temple of Athena Nike, and the old city. By
night head for one of the lively tavernas in the Plaka for an
evening of bouzouki music and moussaka.
stone and azure sea create the striking panoramas of the Cyclades.
Although it has a church for every day of the year, there's more
revelry than reverence on this island of windmills and whitewashed
towns. Ritzy, whitewashed Mykonos is alive with bars and
boutiques, and upscale chic. Explore narrow alleys where pirates
once cavorted with wine, women and song. See the famous windmills
and elegant boutiques. Then sip ouzo in a café along the
with orange and olive groves, this picturesque Greek isle is a
favorite of the international jet set. In ancient times, Corfu's
fleet provided Odysseus with an escort on the final leg of his
journey home to Ithaca. The island precipitated the Peloponnesian
War, and has been a prize coveted by mari-time powers ever since.
The Old Town is filled with colorful shops and lovely arcades.
Sunlight, stone and azure sea create the striking panoramas of the
Cyclades. Delos, birthplace of Apollo and Artemis, and the hub of
Aegean culture for over a millennium, is a tiny, waterless atoll
that for some 1,000 years was the religious and commercial center
of the Aegean. Delos is today inhabited by only an eerie
collection of fallen ruins. See the story unfold among these
ancient ruins guarded by the Avenue of the Lions.
Be out on deck early for one of the Aegean's most memorable
sights, the Bay of Santorini, where white cubic houses cling to
ochre cliffs towering a thousand feet over this flooded caldera.
Then you can ride a donkey to Thera, or ascend by more
conventional means. How about an excursion in search of the Lost
City of Atlantis?