Splattered with 227 inhabited islands, the cradle of modern civilization, Greek waters are a great place for a cruise full of history, charm and fantastic impressions. Major chartering areas are divided among two seas – Ionian and Aegean, and five groups of islands – Ionian Islands, Saronic Gulf, Cyclades, Dodecanes and Sporades islands. Crete, as the largest Greek island stands alone as a separate destination.
Deep blue waters, ancient ruins, white houses and wind-swept stones of Greek islands are fantastically beautiful. Everyone, who visited Greece, came back. However, beauty comes at a price. Mooring your boat in Greek marinas requires skill and attention. Most of the harbors are either open to incoming wind and swell, or are cramped and uncomfortable. Sometimes, basic services like water and electricity are nonexistent. To save oneself trouble it is important to plan your route before departure, carefully read your pilot book, keep your water tanks full and come to your next harbor before five o’clock.

Dodecanese Islands
In 2014 The Telegraph declared cruising around the Dodecanese one of ’Greece’s top three cultural holidays‘. Samos, Patmos, Leros, Kalymnos, Kos, Nisyros, Chalki and Rhodes are the main-stay of this 12-island archipelago, laden with historical monuments and cultural treasures. Medieval castles, Venetian palazzos, Byzantine churches and ancient Greek temples still stand on the white rocky shores of the islands, keeping memories of their past glory.
Close proximity of Dodecanese Archipelago offers a unique opportunity to have a two country cruise. Starting from Turkish Bodrum, Marmaris or Kushadasi will save you a lot of money and time, since travel to the islands from Greek mainland is possible mainly through ferry services from Adens.