The Isles of Greece: Beautiful Santorini


Santorini from our shipAll the Greek islands are enticingly beautiful, but in my opinion, Santorini is the most spectacular, with its villages perched high on the sheer cliffs of this half-moon island, a result of a series of volcanoes.  With 15,000 people on an island that basically gets little rain, the residents depend on tourism but also produce cherry tomatoes, fava beans, honey, olive oil and wine.

Our first visit is to the charming village of Oia, at the tip of ancient artifacts preserved at Akrotiri in Santorinithe island with its zigzag of paths and neat-whitewashed homes. The historical highlight of our visit is the Minoan settlement of Akrotiri, being carefully restored so we can imagine the affluent society that was the basis of Greek civilization. We have a delicious lunch of moussaka in a tavern in the hilltop town of Pyrgos.

Our tour ends in Fira, the capital where we have the option of riding a cable car down to the shore where we catch tenders back to our ship. There is an option of riding a donkey down, but our tour guide tells us that while donkeys are the ‘heroes’ of the island, they often just want to get the job done and it could be a fast, bumpy ride!



DAY 1 – Istanbul
DAY 2 – Hippodrome, Blue Mosque, St. Sophie and Topkapi Palace
DAY 3 – The Grand Bazaar
DAY 4 – Birthday in  Lemnos
DAY 5 – Mamma Mia, Skiathos
DAY 6 – Izmir, the Birthplace of Homer
DAY 7 –  Pergamon
DAY 8 – Delos and Mykonos, Islands of the Cyclades
DAY 9 – Beautiful Santorini
DAY 10 – The Palace of Knossos, Crete
DAY 11 – 4 Castles in Nauplia
DAY 12 – Journey’s End in Athens

Bonnie Baker-Cowan travelled on a Voyages to Antiquity cruise called The Isles of Greece hosted by Exclusive Tours. Read all about her adventures on board the Aegean Odyssey, a modern, slimmed-down cruise ship (only 350 passengers) making its way from Istanbul to Athens by way of Lemnos, Skiathos, Izmir, Delos, Mykonos, Santorini, Crete, Nauplia, and Piraeus.

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