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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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*