Exploring the Cyclades
The islands known as the Cyclades lie southeast of the Greek mainland. There are about 220 islands and islets in this group, including such famous destinations as Mykonos and Santorini, as well as two islands we will visit—Amorgos and Sifnos. Cycladic architecture is a unique style that developed over the centuries in these islands. The basic shape is a cube, and the smooth, clean, sharp lines often lead visitors to believe that this is a modern style. In fact, this style has been in use in the Cyclades for 4,000 years. The islanders build their homes with thick walls to keep out the summer heat, and also to shield them from cold winter winds. Almost all the buildings are whitewashed, giving them their unique appearance. Doors and window frames are usually painted blue or turquoise as a tribute to the sea. Cycladic homes, with their lush flowering vines spilling over the balconies and garden walls, and patios crowded with clay pots full of colorful flowers, define the quintessential character of the islands.
Bicycling Option During Your Cruise
Bicycling is a joyful way to explore. Pedaling through the countryside, you get to intimately know the landscape. Plus, it's fun. To enable you to experience some of the most scenic regions of the Mediterranean in a more unique way, Corinthian carries a fleet of bicycles on board. When circumstances allow, as an alternative to our traditional excursions, you will have the option of joining a bicycle excursion led by our resident Bicycle Master. We have selected the routes carefully so that you will be biking leisurely over easy-to-moderate terrain. And all of our bicycle excursions are available at no additional cost.