Known for its classic blue and white architecture and rugged landscapes, the beautiful island of Santorini remains one of the most popular destinations for visitors to Greece. Relevant to history and nature buffs, this Aegean island is also the site of the largest volcanic eruption in recorded history, the Minoan eruption 3,600 years ago. With so much to do and see on this isle, it’s fortunate that Norwegian offers a range of shore excursions to make the most of your time in port. On a “Go Local-Musical Heritage” excursion, learn how local craftsmen make traditional Greek instruments. On a “Greek Style Celebration-Opa!,” live life as the Greeks do, joining a lively celebration of food, dancing and wine with views of the picturesque island of Oia. Also in Oia, you can visit a well-known winery and sample some of the best wines in Santorini. For adventurous types, a “Volcano Hiking” excursion takes brave travelers to the crater of this still-active volcano.
This picturesque island in the Cyclades is known for its vibrant, welcoming party scene with beachfront dance clubs featuring world-renowned DJs and celebrity clientele. But Mykonos has more to offer than nighttime festivities. Shore excursions on this classic island include “Made in Mykonos,” a culinary experience of local products like cheese, yogurt and beer, and “Scenic Views of Mykonos,” a scenic tour of sparkling bays, windmills, whitewashed houses, churches, and more. On Norwegian’s unique “Delos in 3D” excursion, cruise to the sacred island of Delos and view a wealth of ruins using an electronic tablet with augmented-reality software that shows the structures as they appeared in ancient times.
A stop in Istanbul is worlds away from a sleepy beach town. The center of the Ottoman empire is a leading destination for fine art, gourmet dining, couture fashion and pulsing nightlife. Norwegian’s 8-hour “Classical Istanbul” tour is a comprehensive introduction to the city, offering an in-depth exploration of the city’s lavish palaces, Byzantine art, beautiful mosques, bustling bazaars and Turkish food. Or opt for “Istanbul by Land or Sea.” This day-long excursion begins with a boat ride on the Bosphorus Strait to see a mixture of past and present sites and continues to the Old City by bus to visit the Blue Mosque, Hagia Sophia and the Grand Bazaar.