From the port of Piraeus, the port of Athens, Costa Cruises takes you into the cradle of Hellenic civilisation and Europe as a whole. Athens is a great city and full of many surprises, dominated by the sacred rock of the Acropolis. From the ancient “upper city”, with the remains of the Parthenon and the Temple of Olympian Zeus, you reach the heart of the historic centre of Athens: the Plaka. Its narrow winding streets at the foot of the Acropolis include restaurants, shops, craft shops, Orthodox churches. It is here that, during our cruise to Greece, we can experience the cultural mix that characterises the city of the first democracy. But Greece also means seaside and islands: Mykonos that never sleeps, Santorini living on a volcano, Kalamata in the foothills of the Taygetos Oros, the port of Katakolon, from where you can reach Olympia, the birthplace of the Olympics, and the island of Crete, cradle of the Minoan civilisation.