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Setting sail from Athens (Piraeus)
Athens is a city awash with historical and cultural significance. Towering over the city are the gleaming columns of the Parthenon, surely one of the most iconic sights in the whole of Europe. And yet Athens is much more than an open air museum; this is a dynamic, bustling metropolis, and a place where history is still very much unfolding. For all its faults, the Greek capital possesses an energy and an optimism that are manifest in everything from the burgeoning art scene to the restaurants and bars that continue to pop up on a regular basis.
Obviously don’t miss the Acropolis, nor the new adjacent museum, where space has pointedly been left for the frieze we call the Elgin Marbles – it is really excellent. Then take time to stroll on the hills and slopes around the outcrop.
The North Aegean port of Dikili is the gateway to the spectacular hilltop ruins of Pergamum, a 30-minute drive away. Most of the buildings here date back to the 2nd century BC, including the main palace, the library and the Altar of Zeus, and the ruins were declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2014.
Limnos is off the beaten track, with a refreshingly low key approach to tourism compared to other Greek islands. Ascend the ruins of the Venetian castle for the best views of the island’s beautiful volcanic landscapes, or spend some time wandering around the charming harbourside capital, Myrina.
Greece: Skiathos Town
Sunseekers have long sought out Skiathos for its beautiful beaches, and it’s a great place to spend a day just chilling out mid-way through a cruise. If the beach doesn’t appeal then Skiathos Town is worth exploring, with plenty of restaurants, tavernas and souvenir shops.
The verdant island of Skopelos, swathed in pine forests and olive groves, lies a little off the beaten track, though visitor numbers have been on the increase since the island was featured in the ‘Mamma Mia!’ movies. The beautiful whitewashed streets of Skopelos town are a joy to explore, full of pretty little churches and cosy tavernas.
The island of Poros is situated just off the coast of the Peloponnese, separated from the mainland by a narrow sea channel. Pretty, pastel-hued Poros Town is crowned by a picturesque clock tower, while the island’s forested interior is home to the 18th century Holy Monastery of Zoodochos Pigi.
Arriving in Athens (Piraeus)
Once you have seen the essentials, explore further afield and you will immediately escape the tourist crowds. Visit Kerameikos cemetery, for example, or Mount Lycabettus.
Your home from home
True clipper ships, these beautiful four-masted vessels reflect a proud seafaring heritage in their elegant sails, warm woods and polished brass.
What we love
Sister ships Star Clipper and Star Flyer certainly stand out from the crowd. In full sail they are an awe-inspiring sight, reminiscent of a bygone age, yet combining this tradition with the comfort of a modern cruise line, ideal for those who wish to experience a tall ship cruise. Climb the mast or relax by the small pool; you can be as involved as you wish on these easy-going and friendly ships.
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Extend your stay in Athens
At Mundy, we have long been hunting for the perfect Athenian hotel - our favourite so far is the Electra Palace in Plaka.
Excursions from Athens
Delphi is an absolute must – you’ll need a full day though, it’s quite a drive.