Authentic Greece in Car-Free Hydra
Visiting Hydra on your small ship cruise is also like a walk back in time, but here on this tranquil inhabited isle, you’ll get to experience authentic daily life where transport is by donkey, on foot, or via boat, as motor vehicles aren’t allowed. On this unspoiled Saronic Gulf island, growth has been limited as new buildings aren’t allowed, only the restoration of old ones. Peacefully stroll the narrow, cobbled streets, discover tranquil squares and gaze up at stone mansions built by Italian artisans, once owned by Hydra’s most important families, revealing its wealthy past. Hundreds of donkeys are as used public transport so instead of the hum of an engine, you’ll hear the clip-clopping of hooves, giving the island an especially alluring atmosphere.
The Ancient Palace of Knossos on Crete
A Greece luxury cruise that stops on the island of Crete often includes tours to visit the ancient Palace of Knossos, the island’s largest Bronze age archaeological site. You’ll discover the myths that surround it while learning about Europe’s oldest city and the Minoan civilization. Many excursions here also include a visit to the Archaeological Museum of Heraklion, which showcases many of the treasures uncovered here and from other Minoan palaces and sites.