The Aegean Sea, a great bay of the Eastern Mediterranean situated between the Greek mainland to the west and Turkey to the east, lying north of Crete, is nothing less than the cradle of western culture. It was here, that Aegean Civilization arose in the Bronze Age: Minoan culture in Crete and Mycenaean culture in the Peloponnese. The Aegean is also the birthplace of western democracy as developed by the Hellenistic city-states, of which Athens was pre-eminent. Hellenistic culture spread out by sea, as far west as modern Sicily and the south of France. The Aegean is also indescribably beautiful as well as culturally fascinating. Alternate bands of granite and limestone produce dazzling island landscapes, with characteristic white-cubed dwellings and blue-domed churches. The rugged islands set in this azure sea are more or less arid depending on their aspect and rain showers will produce a riot of flowers on the hillsides. Introduced species like bougainvillaea and hibiscus decorate the villages and lade the air with scent as do the orange and lemon groves in season. Small, irregular fields of wheat, olives and vines make up an Aegean gastronomic trinity that has been the foundation of the good life on the islands for millennia. Its a heady cultural mix and a voyage on Panorama is the ideal way to enjoy it.
The most famous island group in the Aegean Sea with gorgeous sandy beaches, blue and white architecture , traditional lifestyle, folk music, warm, hospitable people and barren landscapes.
The North Sporades Islands are located in the eastern coast of Greece and consist of dense vegetation, mountainous terrain and some of the bluest and cleanest seas.
The Dodecanese islands are in the south-eastern Aegean, with crystal clear waters, sandy or pebbly beaches, important archaeological finds, imposing Byzantine and medieval monuments and unique traditional settlements.
The Saronic islands are situated between Attica and Peloponnese, with natural beauty, clean sandy beaches, historical treasures, unique architecture and even small deserted islets to explore.
The Eastern Aegean Islands are in the northeastern part of the Aegean Sea and characterized by mountainous landscapes, dense forests of pine-trees and beautiful golden sandy beaches.
Monuments from every period of the eventful Peloponnesian history, great archeological sites, Byzantine churches, unique settlements and amazing castles, natural beauties such as mountains, forests, rivers and caves surrounded by the sea and beautiful beaches.
Crete is renowned for its natural beauty and diverse landscape. Spectacular mountain ranges dotted with caves are sliced by dramatic gorges that spill out to the sea. The rugged interior is interspersed with vast plateaus and fertile plains.