From sparkling blue waters and picturesque fishing villages to ancient historic sites and volcanic islands, embarking on a Cruise tour and sailing the Aegean Sea is guaranteed to be a holiday you’ll never forget. These are seven of the Aegean’s must “sea” destinations:

Mykonos, Greece

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According to mythology, Mykonos was formed from the petrified bodies of giants. You won’t be greeted by giants, but you will be greeted by a charming collection of windmills. Spend time wandering the narrow, shop-lined streets or relax at a shaded taverna.

Canakkale, Turkey

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4000 years of mythology and archaeology lie beyond the cobblestone lanes of lively Canakkale. Choose from exciting excursions to the battlefields of Gallipoli and the legendary city of Troy.

Heraklion, Greece

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A modern city with a window to the past, Crete’s capital of Heraklion is home to two of Greece’s most important sites. An expert guide will lead you through the Minoan art-filled Archaeological Museum and the impressive Bronze Age settlement of Knossos.

Volos, Greece

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Mythology’s Centaur Chiron taught heroes such as Jason, leader of the Argonauts, in the beautiful coastal city of Volos. You might enjoy visiting the archaeological museum, home to superb collections from the Neolithic, Hellenistic, and Byzantine eras. Take a scenic hike along Centaur’s Path, admiring the winding streams, wooden bridges, stone paths, and abundant wildlife that you will encounter along the way.

Naxos, Greece

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The greenest of the Greek Isles, Naxos delights its guests with its natural beauty, as well as the fruits of its rich and fertile farmland. Follow your nose through the labyrinth of Old Town to taste the island’s ripe olives, buttery cheeses, and citrus-infused Kitron liqueur. While in Naxos, make the easy climb up to the Temple of Apollo for an amazing sunset over the sea, offering one of the best views of neighbouring Grotta beach and the town of Naxos.

Paros, Greece

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This slower-paced island of whitewashed villages often referred to as a “mini Mykonos,” is also famous for its white marble once mined here. In Paros, you can admire the flawless stone during a guided visit to the 4th-century “Church of 100 Doors,” one of the most significant Byzantine ruins.

Rhodes, Greece

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A relaxing day and fascinating knights await you in Rhodes, one of the largest and most beautiful of the Greek Islands. Join the sun worshippers along the brilliant blue waters or meander through the fortress-lined Old Town built by the Knights of St. John during the Crusades.

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