Made up of hundreds of beautiful islands with breathtaking views, it’s no wonder why Greece is a favorite vacation spot for many. For cruise lovers, this is an ideal destination because you can take your time exploring each island and can comfortably cruise between them. You want to make sure that you plan to island hop at the right time, so you have an enjoyable cruise experience. This can help you avoid excess crowds and take advantage of excellent weather conditions. Check out our tips to help you plan your trip and pick the best time of year to go on a cruise in the Greek Isles.

The typical cruising season runs from May through October, which gives you a lot of options for planning travel dates. But, you should know that some months will still be very hot, which can make wandering around the islands more uncomfortable. You’ll likely want to visit when the weather is better, and the temperatures are more moderate because you will better enjoy getting out and exploring.

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July and August are the most popular times for cruise tourists due to having more time off from work and school. So, if you cruise at this time, you’ll have to deal with full cruise ships and busy islands. These months also offer hotter temperatures. If you’re flexible on your cruise dates, avoid planning a trip during those months!

To skip the hot weather and crowds, some travelers choose to visit in May or September. The temperatures will be more comfortable, and the islands and cruise ships are not quite as packed, which can make for a less stressful experience as you go about your adventuring. If you’re open to it, you may even want to look into booking late April or early October cruises as most tourists will avoid this timing due to cooler weather. Even with breezier weather and lower temperatures, you can still have an enjoyable experience.