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Idyllic Aegean: 8 Day Cruise

Duration
8 Days
Prices From:
US$ 1,792

Explore the idyllic Aegean on this cruise throughout the Greek Islands. As you journey from island to island, you'll experience the nightlife of Mykonos, stroll along windswept cliffs on Santorini, enjoy the pristine beaches of Milos, and feast on world-famous cuisine on sunny Crete.


This 8-day Greek cruise takes you throughout the Aegean Sea to picturesque islands like Mykonos, Milos, Santorini, and Crete.

Your Greece vacation begins in the port of Piraeus, which is the main port for the capital, Athens. In Piraeus you'll board the Celestyal Olympia, a cruise ship that's fully equipped with all the amenities of a modern hotel. The Celestyal Olympia will take you throughout the Aegean Sea, showcasing the beauty of the Greek Islands. When you're not on excursions to the islands, you'll be able to enjoy the five bars, three restaurants, two lounges, and other on-board features.

First stop on your Greece cruise is Mykonos, the thumping heartbeat of the Cyclades. The island is second-to-none when it comes to nightlife, but it’s also full of high-end restaurants and stunning views that’ll satisfy even more sedate travellers. Continue on to Milos, which beguiles travellers with its gorgeous beaches, volcanic landscape, and quaint fishing villages. Take advantage of the great seafood restaurants to be found here or find a pristine beach to spend the afternoon on, swimming and suntanning.

Next stop is Santorini, the magical island home to whitewashed houses, windswept cliffs, and picture-perfect bliss. You can stroll along the 300m-high cliffs towering over the ocean or enjoy the romantic atmosphere of the island’s charming towns. The island is also home to the Minoan ruins of Akrotiri, one of the country’s best archaeological sites.

Continue along to the island of Crete and the city of Heraklion, the fifth largest in Greece. You can survey the walls of Koules Fortress, visit world-class museums like the Heraklion Archaeological Museum, and explore the Palace of Knossos. When you’re not exploring history, take advantage of the island’s golden beaches, thumping nightclubs, and famous Cretan dishes.

Your final stop in the Aegean Sea is the Turkish port of Kusadasi, known as the gateway to Ephesus and home to a sprawling bazaar full of authentic souvenirs and crafts. Spend some time shopping the bazaar and heading from café to café to soak up the culture of this ancient port. You'll then return to Piraeus to disembark and end your Greek cruise.


 

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Duration
8 Days
Prices From:
US$ 1,792

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Day 1

Piraeus

The largest port in the Mediterranean and primary departure point for Greek Island cruises from Athens, Piraeus is a hubbub of activity that will bring your senses to life. With a sun-soaked promenade, al-fresco cafes and bars and countless shops, it's a place where you can easily relax with a glass of wine and watch the world go by.

Meal Plan Dinner
Duration7 Nights
Accommodation

Celestyal Crystal

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    Celestyal Crystal



    As soon as you step aboard Celestyal Crystal, you'll realize your getaway couldn't possibly feel more comfortable or more like home. Enjoy comfortable staterooms and suites, elegant restaurants, bars and lounges, spa and fitness rooms, as well as promenade decks, where you can revel in ...

    As soon as you step aboard Celestyal Crystal, you'll realize your getaway couldn't possibly feel more comfortable or more like home. Enjoy comfortable staterooms and suites, elegant restaurants, bars and lounges, spa and fitness rooms, as well as promenade decks, where you can revel in the splendor of a starlit ocean sky.

    Facilities

    • Bar(s)
    • Beauty Saloon/Hairdresser
    • Conference Facilities
    • Games Room
    • Gift Shop
    • Gym/Fitness Centre
    • Library
    • Lounge(s)
    • Massage Facilities
    • Medical Services
    • Restaurant
    • Sauna
    • Spa
    • Swimming Pool

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Day 2

Mykonos

The Greek Island, Mykonos flaunts its double personality the moment you set eyes on its coastline. Basking in year-round sunshine, its rugged rocky landscape blends seamlessly with smooth sandy beaches. In the distance, undulating hills host the islands iconic windmills truing in symphony with the seasonal winds that have branded Mykonos 'island of the winds'.

Meal Plan Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Day 3

Milos

Dramatically emerging from the Aegean Sea before you, you'll be spellbound by Milos' contrasting volcanic landscape that's full of refreshing surprises. It's coastline reveals surreal shapes of sculpted rock that captivate viewers for hours, juxtaposed with quaint white stone fishing villages that blend seamlessly into the landscape.

Meal Plan Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Day 4

Santorini

Cruising towards Santorini is like being swept away on a current to somewhere truly magical. You will feel its pull almost instantly. The island will greet you with its striking cliffs, promising adventure and legendary tales. The almost vertical towns of whitewashed houses and blue-domed churches will rise above the blue Aegean like an oasis of beauty and calm.

Meal Plan Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Day 5

Santorini

Continue your exploration of Santorini today.

Meal Plan Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Day 6

Heraklion

Sailing into Heraklion port, the intimidating walls of Koules Fortress emerge from the sea to guard the ancient treasures found within the city. Capital of Crete, Heraklion is brimming with landmarks, world-class museums, golden beaches and a stylish nightlife scene that shape a destination to please everyone's taste.

Meal Plan Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Day 7

Kusadasi and Patmos OR Samos

Arriving in the port of Kusadasi, Turkey you'll instantly feel at home. A huge covered bazaar stretches out in front of you and the buzz from trendy seaside bars and restaurants floats through the air. Follow your instincts and lose track of time ambling from cafe to cafe and exploring its myriad of shops and historic sites. After Kusadasi, you will be approaching the port of Skala where you can't take your eyes off the monumental grid of medieval walls that emerge as if staking their claim over the island. Inching ever closer to Patmos island, your eyes will be drawn further down the hill to the fringes of white houses that circle Chora all the way to the pretty harbor of Skala.

Alternatively, if you would prefer to explore Greece further, spend a day in pretty Samos while the vessel will be in Kusadasi. Samos is the birthplace of some of the greatest minds of Ancient Greece including Pythagoras. Don't leave without tasting the delicious locals Samian wine or swimming off lovely Tsamadou beach. Alternatively, visit the archaeological site of Heraion. The vessel will drop you off in Samos in the morning and return from Kusadasi in the evening.

Meal Plan Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Day 8

Piraeus

This morning you will disembark after breakfast and head to the airport for you flight home, or choose to extend and enjoy all that Athens has to offer.

Meal Plan Breakfast

Other Information

DEPARTURES:

Monday

CRUISE INCLUDES:

  • 7 nights' accommodations in selected cabin category
  • All Meals as per itinerary 
  • Unlimited drink package
  • 3 excursions with an 8 day cruise
  • Port charges and gratuities
  • Entertainment on board 
  • Swimming pool, Fitness Centre 
  • Formal Gala Night and Captain's Cocktail on the 8 day Cruise

PRICE EXCLUDES:

  • Travel insurance
  • International and domestic airfare and airfare taxes
  • Visa fees if applicable
  • Transfers
  • Premium-brand drinks
  • Extra excursions
  • Extra food items that are not included with the regular meals
  • Personal expenses
  • Other services provided on board
  • Anything not specified in Inclusions

TERMS AND CONDITIONS:

Prices are "from" per person based on twin/double share accommodation and for travel in low season. Seasonal surcharges and blackout dates may apply. Limited seat/spaces and all pricing is subject to change and availability. Rates for single or triple travellers are available on request - please inquire.

 

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