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Renowned for their awe-inspiring beauty; serene hot spots and exquisite spanning coastlines, the Greek islands have been a long sought-after destination – with the promise of relaxation and tranquillity for a luxury holiday abroad.
From the stunning sights of Santorini to the lively atmosphere of Mykonos, learn about the best Greek island destinations to explore when travelling around Greece.
Greece island hopping is a popular experience for travellers each year – and with around 200 inhabited islands scattered across the Aegean (East) and Ionian (West) sea, it’s easy to see why. However, it’s recommended to island hop around the Aegean Sea islands predominantly – as here, four clusters of islands are grouped relatively close to one another – perfect for easy exploration. These Aegean Sea groups of clusters are called:
So, which Greek island sailing holidays are the best choice for your next trip? From witnessing breath-taking beauty and picturesque beaches to experiencing the stylish nightlife, the Greek islands provide the perfect escape from daily life.
Here at Long Travel, we have a wide selection of Greek island-hopping tours to embark on, perfect for any luxury traveller. All of our Greek island destinations are part of the Cyclades – a group of islands southeast of mainland Greece. Although there are hundreds of islands choose from, here’s a list of our four favourites to explore - alongside the perfect Greek island hopping routes that allow you to travel seamlessly between the beauty of Santorini or Paros, to the bustling city life of Athens.
Renowned for its extraordinary beauty, Santorini is one of the most picturesque places in the world. Famous for its whitewashed buildings with iconic blue rooftops scattered across cliff faces, Santorini oozes luxury from every corner. A volcanic eruption in 16th century BC has given it its rugged landscape – with coastal towns clinging to the cliffs, overlooking the view of the sea meeting the horizon. Whilst visiting Santorini, ensure to take a trip to the volcanic lagoon – located right at the heart of the island.
Santorini beaches are made up of black, red and white lava pebbles – creating a unique experience for seaside lovers. Reaching this beautiful island is easily accessible from the mainland and other Greek islands, with connections via ferry. Alternatively, you can fly directly to Santorini Island Airport from London, Manchester or Birmingham.
Located in the centre of the Cyclades group of islands in the Aegean Sea, Mykonos is a popular tourist destination – commonly associated with lively atmosphere and exciting nightlife. Mykonos offers the serenity and beauty of magnificent paradise beaches by day, and the promise of parties and non-stop fun by night. This cosmopolitan island has been attracting international celebrities since 1960. And with its award-winning restaurants, exceptional beaches and its luxurious charm, it’s easy to see why.
While visiting Mykonos, explore the iconic landmarks of the 16th-century windmills, sitting high on a hill above Mykonos town. Transport to Mykonos is similar to that of Santorini – it’s accessible from the mainland and other Greek islands by ferry, whilst also accessible by direct flight from main UK airports to Mykonos Island National Airport.
Experience beaches with crystal clear waters, breath-taking landscapes and traditional villages to explore – Paros is known to be one of the most loved holiday destinations in Greece. With its Kolimbithres beach – situated on the north coast of the island and home to naturally sculpted rock coves – you can escape from daily stresses in this luxury Greek island-hopping destination.
Discover the capital of this island, Parikia. A beautiful Cycladic village, Parikia is home to a 13th centre Venetian castle perched at the top of a hill, right in the centre of the village. Also, the Byzantine Museum is a popular activity while visiting Paros – housed on the ground floor of a church, find wood-carved religious icons and paintings, and other heirlooms from the various monasteries and churches on the island. Reach Paros from Athens on our Star of the Cyclades tour – allowing you to discover the culture of Athens then going on to explore this stunning Greek island, all on the same trip.
The largest and the greenest of the Cyclades islands, Naxos is renowned for its lush green gorges, fertile valleys and impressive mountains. These mountains are home to traditional villages where inhabitants still wear traditional Greek dress clothes and live off the fruits of the land. While visiting Naxos, you can expect to wander down long stretches of coastline while basking in the beauty and nature of the island.
The capital of Naxos is a medieval port town called Hora. This town is filled with medieval style Venetian mansions and whitewashed cube-shaped houses – all while divided into two Venetian neighbourhoods: Bourgos (where the Greeks lived) and Kastro (the hilltop where the Roman Catholics lived). The closest airport to Naxos is Athens International Airport – with our Athens to Naxos Island Hopping tour, travel to Naxos with ease, while also getting chance to explore the culture of the capital city.
Looking to visit all of our Greek holiday destinations in one go?
Find Greek Island-hopping routes that let you travel in luxury while experiencing a variety of beauty across the islands.
Our jewels of the Cyclades cruise allows you to start in Athens and visit Santorini, Paros, Poliegos and Mykonos on a 7 night tour. Alternatively, our Santorini, Naxos and Mykonos itinerary provides an 11-night experience, perfect for island hoppers and adventure seekers.
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