Khios - Greek Islands
Reputedly the birthplace of Homer, Khios lies in the Eastern Aegean, close to the Turkish coast. The port is located on the middle of the eastern side of this craggy island. Khios's bustling harbor is backed by a city whose buildings are relatively modern, being built after the 1881 earthquake. Explore the ancient citadel's old quarter while further afield are the famed Byzantine mosaics of Nea Moni monastery and the intriguingly decorated houses of pretty Pirgi. The island contains relics of ancient times, when it was an important Greek state, the home of noted poets and sculptors, and a participant in the wars that marked the history of ancient Greece and Rome. Khíos was occupied by the Seljuk Turks in the 11th century AD and later became a possession, successively, of the Venetians, Genoese, and Ottoman Turks. During the Balkan War of 1912, it again became a Greek possession. The following 1 cruises call at Khios. Discover more by clicking the cruise name or ship or click the Enquire button if you want to check availability and pricing.