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A Greek Islands Itinerary

Warning: the great danger of sailing through the Greek islands is that you might never leave. They’re that perfect. From these landfalls—some of the most justly famous—you can easily set off to find other idyllic retreats. Here are a few suggestions for perfect island adventures.

Days 1-2: Mykonos
The jewel of the Cyclades may be overrun with tourists but it has retained its singular seductive charm. The main town is a fascinating place to shop, dine, and people watch, despite the crowds in its narrow alleys. The beaches are world-renowned, and the spectacular temple ruins of Delos are only a short sail away.

Days 3-5: Crete
Despite the attractions of sea and mountains, it is still the mystery surrounding Europe’s first civilization that draws so many travelers to this unforgettable clime. Here, you’ll discover stunning testimony to the island’s mysterious Minoan civilization, particularly at the legendary Palace of Knossos. But you’ll also find blissful beaches as well as the enchanting Venetian-Turkish city of Hania. (photo, top)

051506_rhodes_andrewkuchling2.jpgDays 6-7: Rhodes
Luxurious resorts continue to draw tourists to this ancient Aegean playground. But the magnificently preserved old town hardly takes a back seat to the beach. The city’s 12th-century palaces and legendary harbor are steeped in history, and the shopping and dining scenes here are justifiably lauded. (photo, right)

Days 8-10: Symi & Patmos
Symi, only a short cruise from busy Rhodes, is a world apart—quiet, undeveloped, and perfect for a retreat. Its main town, Chorio, is a treasury of neoclassical architecture. End your journey on a high note—a day excursion to Patmos to visit its venerable monasteries and the site where St. John allegedly wrote his Revelation.

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By Public Transportation

  • High-speed catamarans have halved travel time between Piraeus and Santorini.
  • In summer, when ferries and boats run frequently, you should have little trouble moving from one island to another.
  • Except for Patmos and Symi, all of the islands mentioned above are served by air as well.
  • Photo Credit: (2) St. Paul’s Bay, Rhodes. Andrew Kuchling

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