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Greek Islands & Aegean Sea Cruise
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Greek Islands & Aegean Sea Cruise

  • 10 Night Holiday
  • All Inclusive on Cruise & B&B in Hotel
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Begin your Greek adventure with a 2 or 3 night stay in Athens, where you'll have time to explore this historic city and enjoy a half day guided sightseeing tour of the capital before embarking on your cruise.

Relax on board the Celestyal Crystal as you sail across the Aegean Sea and explore the stunning Greek Islands of Mykonos, Santorini and Crete. Enjoy included excursions to the ancient palace of Knossos, the stunning village of Oia in Santorini, and the ancient Roman city of Ephesus in Kusadasi, Turkey. 

Travel from one fascinating destination to another while never having to unpack, relax and unwind while you are transported around the beautiful coasts of Greece and discover the incredible sights.  

The Celestyal Crystal on board features include a pool, spa*, casino, bars and restaurants.

*Please note there is an extra charge for these services.

7 nights on-board cruise accommodation and 2 or 3 night stay in Athens depending on departure date.

For 2020 departures, your cruise will have a reverse itinerary. 

 

Practical Information for this holiday

Currency
Greece: Euro (€) and Turkey: Lira (TL)
Local Time
Irish and UK time +2 hours in Greece.
Passport
EU citizens are required to carry a machine-readable passport when travelling. 
Food & Drink
Mediterranean food is delicious, healthy and fresh. Expect to eat lots of olives, pasta, salads, feta cheese, fresh fish, mussels, yogurt based dips, and shredded meats.
Climate
The climate is generally pleasant; warm and sunny in spring and autumn and hot and dry in summer.
Packing List
  • Your valid passport
  • Sun cream
  • A continental plug adaptor
  • A rain jacket
  • A small backpack
  • A sun hat
  • Comfortable shoes
  • Camera
Average Prices for Region
  • Beer: €4.00
  • Glass of wine: €3.50
  • Light Lunch: €12.00
  • Soft Drink: €2.00
  • Bottled Water: €0.50

Holiday highlights

Athens 

Step back in time and explore the Ancient City of Greece. On a half day guided sightseeing tour of the capital you will get to see the breath-taking Acropolis, an ancient citadel perched on a hill top overlooking Athens. You will also see the Panathinaikos Stadium, host of the first modern Olympic Games and the only stadium in the world that is entirely built of marble.

Mykonos

One of the main attractions of Mykonos are its wonderful beaches and the iconic Windmills of Kato. 

Milos

A volcanic island with magnificent landscapes and fascinating history, in fact the famous Venus de Milo staue was found on the island. 

Santorini

Santorini, also known as Thira, is part of the Cylades island group and is famous for its stunning whitewash buildings with blue doors and roofs, which correlates with the Greece's national flag. Many tourists visit Santorini to view the beautiful sunsets, which is considered to be the best in the world.  

Heraklion (Crete)

Explore the town of Heraklion and discover the ancient Knossos Palace, the birthplace of the Minos civilisation. Known as Europe's oldest city, Knossos is also the largest archaeological site on Crete.  

Kusadasi (Turkey)

Enjoy an included excursion to the ancient city of Ephesus, built over 2000 years ago and is one of the former major cities of the Ancient Roman Empire. 

Practical Information for this holiday

Currency
Greece: Euro (€) and Turkey: Lira (TL)
Local Time
Irish and UK time +2 hours in Greece.
Passport
EU citizens are required to carry a machine-readable passport when travelling. 
Food & Drink
Mediterranean food is delicious, healthy and fresh. Expect to eat lots of olives, pasta, salads, feta cheese, fresh fish, mussels, yogurt based dips, and shredded meats.
Climate
The climate is generally pleasant; warm and sunny in spring and autumn and hot and dry in summer.
Packing List
  • Your valid passport
  • Sun cream
  • A continental plug adaptor
  • A rain jacket
  • A small backpack
  • A sun hat
  • Comfortable shoes
  • Camera
Average Prices for Region
  • Beer: €4.00
  • Glass of wine: €3.50
  • Light Lunch: €12.00
  • Soft Drink: €2.00
  • Bottled Water: €0.50

Trip Itinerary - Day by day

Day 1- Travel to Greece

Travel to Greece

Upon arriving in Greece, you will be met our local representative in the airport, who will assist you in the transfer to your hotel in Athens. Take the rest of the day to relax, unpack and get to know your hotel and its surroundings.

Day 2- Athens & Commence your cruise

Morning

Athens City Tour

Today marks the start of your cruise. Transfer from your hotel to Piraeus Port near Athens. Enjoy a half day guided sightseeing tour of Athens en route. You will see the breath-taking Acropolis, an ancient citadel perched on a hilltop overlooking the city. This wonderful settlement is home to the Parthenon, a beautiful Doric temple, and the Erechtheion, a temple dedicated to Poseidon. You will also see the Panathinaikos Stadium, host to the first modern Olympic Games.

Afternoon

Commence your cruise

Arrive on the Celestyal Crystal for your 7 night cruise. Settle in on board and get to know your ship. This evening you will depart for Mykonos.

Day 3- Mykonos

Full Day

Mykonos

Mykonos is a classic Greek Island with whitewashed houses, blue-domed churches and windmills. Add a reputation for beautiful beaches and you'll understand why Mykonos is the most popular island in the Cyclades. Don’t miss the opportunity to wander around the winding streets of the Chora area and the Little Venice of Mykonos town. Your ship will remain in Mykonos overnight.

Day 4- Milos

Milos

Depart Mykonos and after a morning cruising the Aegean Sea, arrive at the island of Milos after lunch. Its volcanic past has given this island an exciting variety of landscapes, such as a multitude of caves and rock formations as well as over 80 beaches including the lunar like landscape of the Sarakiniko beach. Set sail towards Santorini this evening.

Day 5- Santorini & Oia

Oia

The sight of spectacular Santorini will take your breath away. Today you will be taken on an included excursion to the picturesque village of Oia, perched on the northern tip of Santorini Island. Begin your day with a stroll around the charming village of Megalohori before continuing on to Oia. Admire the traditional houses built into the volcanic rock as well as the stunning views across Santorini Bay. This evening return to your ship which will remain anchored in Santorini overnight.

Day 6- Santorini

Santorini

Today have a full day at leisure to enjoy the beautiful island of Santorini filled with sun-kissed beaches, cobalt seas, dazzling white houses, bright blue domes and dramatic volcanic mountains. Wander in lovely villages with narrow streets and winding steps, tasting a meze, Greek wine or pastry along the way. Secluded coves, hot springs and ancient settlements only increase the charms of this stunning island.

Day 7- Heraklion, Crete

Heraklion, Crete & Knossos Palace

Wake up this morning in Heraklion, Crete where you will have an included excursion to the ancient palace of Knossos, the ancient capital of the great king Minos, constructed around 1900 BC and birthplace of the Minos civilisation. Set around a central courtyard; admire the ruins of this immense palace, decorated with restored, lively frescoes. You will then have some time to explore the town of Heraklion at your own pace before returning to your ship and sailing on to Kusadasi.

Day 8- Kusadasi & Ephesus

Kusadasi & Ephesus

Arrive today into Kusadasi, Turkey and enjoy an included excursion to the ancient city of Ephesus, built over 2000 years ago and one of the former major cities of the Ancient Roman Empire. Travel back to the grandeur of this period during your guided tour where you see sites as the Grand Theatre, the Library of Celsus and Hadrian’s temple. In the evening, return to your ship and set sail, returning to Piraeus.

Day 9- Athens

Athens

This morning arrive back into Piraeus, Athens. Following disembarkation, you will be transferred to your hotel in Athens for some more time in this beautiful city. Take in some further sightseeing, shopping or just relax and unwind.

Day 10- Return Home

Return Home

Time to say good bye to Greece and to an unforgettable cruise experience. You will be transferred with guide assistance to the airport for your return flight home. *Please note October departures will have an additional day at leisure in Athens and return home on Day 11*

* Please note that the order of your excursions on the itinerary above is provisional and subject to change

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Hotel & accommodation available for this trip

Hotel Zafolia 4

Hotel Zafolia is a modern structure situated in downtown Athens. With a magnificent view of Lycabettus Hill, it is within walking distance of the Athens National Museum. The pleasing decor and comfortable rooms, along with a panoramic rooftop pool and terrace bar, ensure a memora... read more read more read more

Hotel Zafolia is a modern structure situated in downtown Athens. With a magnificent view of Lycabettus Hill, it is within walking distance of the Athens National Museum. The pleasing decor and comfortable rooms, along with a panoramic rooftop pool and terrace bar, ensure a memorable stay in Greece's capital.  

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Hotel Zafolia
Alexandras Avenue 87-89


Athens
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Celestyal Crystal 4 Star

The Celestyal Crystal is the ideal ship on which to enjoy your cruise on the Aegean Sea. Smaller than most traditional cruise ships, it provides a friendlier and more intimate atmosphere to your holiday as well as allowing greater access to the ports visited. Unwind after a days’... read more read more read more

The Celestyal Crystal is the ideal ship on which to enjoy your cruise on the Aegean Sea. Smaller than most traditional cruise ships, it provides a friendlier and more intimate atmosphere to your holiday as well as allowing greater access to the ports visited. Unwind after a days’ sightseeing in the ship’s bar, restaurant or at the swimming pool or take part in one of the ship’s activities, which include cooking demonstrations, quizzes, live music and optional shore excursions. The Celestyal Crystal has something to suit everyone’s taste.

Please note double cabins on board will have twin beds placed side by side.

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Celestyal Crystal



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Hotel Stanley 4

The well established and welcoming Hotel Stanley is located in Karaiskaki Square, near the centre of Athens.  After a day’s sightseeing, guests can enjoy a relaxing drink on the hotel’s rooftop terrace, which has views of the Acropolis, or in the indoor bar.   Room... read more read more read more

The well established and welcoming Hotel Stanley is located in Karaiskaki Square, near the centre of Athens.  After a day’s sightseeing, guests can enjoy a relaxing drink on the hotel’s rooftop terrace, which has views of the Acropolis, or in the indoor bar.   Rooms are spacious, well equipped and decorated in simple style.

Hotel address
Hotel Stanley
1 Odisseos str, Karaiskaki Square


Athens
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* Some hotel facilities may be seasonally operated or under maintenance and therefore unavailable at the time of your stay. Charges may apply for certain facilities.

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