4 Night Iconic Aegean Cruise
Athens, Mykonos, Kusadasi, Patmos, Rhodes, Crete (Heraklion), Santorini, Athens

  • Celestyal Olympia cruise ship
    Celestyal Olympia cruise ship
  • Celestyal Olympia suite
    Celestyal Olympia suite
  • Celestyal Olympia Iconic Aegean cruise
    Celestyal Olympia Iconic Aegean cruise
  • Mykonos Little Venice
    Mykonos Little Venice
  • Kusadasi, Ephesus Turkey
    Kusadasi, Ephesus Turkey
  • Patmos Island
    Patmos Island
  • Rhodes Grand Master Palace
    Rhodes Grand Master Palace
  • Crete Heraklion Port
    Crete Heraklion Port
  • Santorini Fira town
    Santorini Fira town

Overview:

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Greece and Turkey cruise with the Celestyal Olympia cruise ship.
 
Order a drink on the Hera deck, beside the Olympia’s sparkling pool, and watch the Aegean unfurl before your very eyes. Two lounges, five bars, three restaurants, fully-equipped Olympian Gym, the Sana Beauty Center, the Travel Value & Experiential Shopping Centers, the library and a Kids’ Club are always at your service. Celestyal Olympia can accommodate up to 1664 passengers in 724 cabins with en suite WC, TV, Radio and A/C.

There is no better way to cruise to the Greek Islands than with Celestyal Olympia. See below the available cruises dates:
 
DEPARTURES FROM ATHENS (PIRAEUS) - 2017
MARCH 13, 20, 27
APRIL 03, 10, 17, 24
MAY 01, 08, 15, 22, 29
JUNE 05, 12, 19, 26
JULY 03, 10, 17, 24, 31
AUGUST 07, 14, 21, 28
SEPTEMBER 04, 11, 18, 25
OCTOBER 02, 09, 16, 23

Cruise prices include:

Kusadasi - Ancient Ephesus through the Ages -Hellenistic /Roman (Approx. 3 hrs)
At Ancient Ephesus you find Immortal relics of the Hellenistic, Roman and Early Christian era. At the archaeological site you will be given a guided tour among the Agora, the Odeon, the Library of Celsus, the marble-paved main Street of Kouretes, the Baths of Scholastica, Trajan’s Fountain, the Public Latrines, the Residences of the Patricians, the Prytaneum, the Temple of Hadrian…  The Great Theatre, built in the 4th century B.C., could accommodate 24,000 spectators and it is famous even nowadays for its acoustics. The finds from the excavations, which have yet brought to light only 13% of ancient Ephesus, reside in the Archaeological Museum of Ephesus, in the city of Selcuk.
Your day couldn’t close in a better way than a beautiful walk through the Covered Bazaar in Kusadasi. Here, you will be able to ramble, bargain for jewellery, cosmetics or leather products at the little shops. During the excursion you will have the opportunity to do some shopping such as carpets, jewelry, leather and other souvenirs.

Santorini Shore excursion
First you head up to Megalochori. The tour continues its passage towards the north; you will pass through Fira, the small traditional villages of Firostefani and Imerovigli with delicate architecture and beauties, the settlement of Oia. During the entire route, to the west you will have before your eyes the lace-like caldera, the little islands of Thirasia, Palea and Nea Kameni and an unsurpassable panoramic view.

Rhodes Shore excursion: Medieval tour - Acropolis of Lindos and the Citadel of the knights
Citadel of the Knights (approx 5hrs)
Lindos  is situated 55 km (40 miles) from the city of Rhodes and “bears” above it the Acropolis of Lindos, with the ancient Temple of Athena, built in 300 B.C.
Here and there you will come across the captains’ mansions, built between the 16th and 18th century. In the centre of the village lives and breathes the Church of the Virgin Mary (Panagia) of Lindos, with frescoes from the 15th century.
Ascend to the Acropolis of Lindos. Here lies the Temple of Athena, of Doric order, which was erected on the location of an older monument. The ancient city-state of Lindos was for many centuries the most important on the island. It reached its heyday in the 6th century B.C.
At the old city of Rhodes you will go through D’Amboise Gate to walk on the Street of the Knights. Along this street you will find the residences of the Knights, separated according to Order, which bear until today their corresponding crests.




 

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Itinerary

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DAY PORT ARRIVAL DEPART
Monday Athens - Piraeus (Greece) --- 11:30
Monday Mykonos (Greece) 18:00 23:00
Tuesday Kusadusi - Ephesus (Turkey) 07:00 13:00
Tuesday Patmos (Greece) 16:00 21:00
Wednesday Rhodes (Greece) 07:00 18:00
Thursday Crete - Heraklion (Greece) 07:00 11:30
Thursday Santorini (Greece) 16:30 21:30
Friday Athens - Piraeus (Greece) 07:00 ---

*Embarkation / Disembarkation possibilities also from/to Kusadasi and Crete

Day by Day Itinerary:

Monday - Cruise Embarkation, Arrive in Mykonos
Set sail at 11:30 am, and sit back as you take in the spectacular scenery of the beautiful turquoise waters of the Aegean. Enjoy dinner on board before arriving at 6:00 pm in the ultra-popular and chic jet-set island of Mykonos with its whitewashed houses, iconic windmills and sophisticated town with trendy cafes and boutiques. Find a table at a harbor side taverna and gaze at the bustle of Cycladic island life and the gorgeous views. Perhaps visit one of the island’s popular night clubs before returning to the ship departing at 11:00 pm for Kusadasi, Turkey
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Tuesday - Arrive in Kusadasi (Ephesus), Evening in Patmos
Today, arrive at 7:00 am in Kusadasi, Turkey. This splendid city is renowned for its significant historical and religious sites, including ancient Ephesus, one of the most exquisite cities in antiquity. Tour the magnificent archaeological site of Ephesus, home to the Library of Celsus and Fountain of Trajan. Enjoy free time in Kusadasi before returning to the ship in time for lunch. At 4:00 pm, arrive in Patmos. This small island is steeped with an intense spiritual character, which inspired St. John the Divine to write the Book of Apocalypse. A large monastery in his name dominates the landscape above Chora, the island’s capital, surrounded by strong fortress-like walls. Follow the picturesque narrow lanes in the port of Skála and discover cafés, shops and bakeries selling traditional honey and nut pastries. Time to linger until sailing at 9:00 pm to Rhodes
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Wednesday - Full Day in Rhodes
View the magnificent panorama as the ship arrives at 7:00 am in Rhodes, the largest of the Dodecanese Islands. Drive along the coastline to the tiny town of Lindos, with its whitewashed houses nestled on the hillside overlooking the crystal sapphire waters of the bay. Tour the Acropolis of Lindos and Temple of Athena before proceeding to the city of Rhodes. See the ruins of ancient Rhodes before enjoying a walking tour of the medieval Old Town. View the Palace of the Knights, continuing down Chevaliers Road, before transferring back to the ship. Set sail this evening at 6:00 pm
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Thursday - Arrive in Crete, Evening in Santorini
Arrive in Crete, largest of the Greek Islands. Crete’s remarkable history is highlighted by the ruins of the great Palace of Knossos, ceremonial and political center of the ancient Minoan civilization and residence of the mythical King Minos. Here, the mountain caves are thought to be the legendary birthplace of Zeus, according to Greek mythology. Free time to sunbathe at one of Crete’s glorious sandy beaches along the vivid blue Mediterranean Sea, or, join the locals sitting in a café drinking coffee. Return to the ship in time for a leisurely lunch on board. At 4:30 pm, cruise into Santorini's caldera. Enjoy panoramic views of the Aegean Sea as you drive north to Oia village, built on the caldera rim, famous for its white-washed houses with blue shutters. Free time to explore the marble-paved alleys and become acquainted with the characteristic buildings, or relax at a cliff-side café. Take in the spectacular sunset before the ship sails towards Athens at 9:30 pm
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Friday - Athens, Piraeus port
Arrive at the pier at 7:00 am, disembark your cruise
Meals: Breakfast


 

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Optional Tours

Santorini private guided tour - 4 hours

Visually, Santorini is the most spectacular of the isles in the Cyclades. With its brilliant flooded caldera, high cliffs and charming villages, it is the Greek Isle of everyone’s dreams. Our tour will take us to Santorini’s highest peak, crowned by the Mount Profitis Ilias Monastery. At 883 feet, Mt. Profitis Ilias rugged landscape is largely composed of volcanic rocks as a result of hundreds of eruptions during the last two million years, some of them being large caldera-forming events. Here, in this remote spot, we’ll have an ideal photo opportunity to capture the beauty of this ancient island.

We’ll discover the village of Pyrgos, which was the capital of Santorini until 1800. Here we’ll be able to admire the beautiful old houses and the Venetian Fortress crowned by several churches.

Our half-day tour then takes us to one of the island’s most famous traditional wineries. Viniculture is an ancient art in Santorini, and the fact that vines thrive at all is amazing considering the fact that the island has limited water resources. But the volcanic soil is an excellent medium for producing grapes, especially the Assyrtiko grape – a rare, white variety.

After our visit, we’ll drive through the countryside to visit Oia. This traditional Greek village of whitewashed cubes is perched impossibly high on cliffs at the north west tip of the island. Here, take in the stunning views of the island from one of the charming cafés or stroll above the rooftops of the homes carved into the cliffs and gaze into the deep blue waters of the caldera far below.

From Oia village, we’ll return to the cliff top town of Fira. Our tour ends here.
 
Mykonos Private Island Tour - 4 hours
 
Mykonos - Labyrinth and Landscape... A pearl in the Aegean Sea - blue sky, beautiful snow- white houses, lovely beaches everywhere...
Starting the City-and Island tour by walking the small and narrow streets, we have many possibilities to take nice photographs in the early morning, quiet city.
We get orientation and information in the labyrinth of the old town as well as impressions of the small port and the churches in town. Of course we will see the famous wind-mills and find Petros The Pelecan, the mascot of Mykonos.
After this we are exploring the island with a bus, visiting some of the most famous beaches and the inner land- scape. We see fishermen and kaikis, small private chapels and houses built in typical cycladic style.
In the second main village of Mykonos, Ano Mera, an idyllic place 6km from town, where the guests have enough free time for a stroll around the traditional square and they can visit the monk monastery Panagia Tourliani built in the 16th century.
Next stop is Kalafatis beach were there is time to relax a little and have a coffee or a refreshment (not included in the price), before going back to town and to reach a place with a fantastic view all over the town and neigh- bour islands.
A Half-Day-Trip with a lot of impressions and useful information!
 

Rhodes Half Day Private Guided Lindos & Ciry excursion
 
The excursion includes licensed Guides and deluxe motor coaches or private air-conditioned taxis and commences with a one-hour scenic drive along the East Coast of the Island, which passes through different landscapes and many villages. At the village of Archangelos, the guests will enjoy a visit to a pottery factory, for a demonstration of handmade pottery being crafted at a Potter’s wheel. At Lindos the ‘Jewel of the Island’ with the most attractive village on Rhodes, the guests will enjoy a guided visit to the Acropolis, which includes the Great Stoa, the Temple of Athena Lindia of the 4th century BC, the ancient theatre and the few remains of the temple of Dionysus. The view from the rock of the Acropolis which rises shear 115m above the Sea is unique. The excursion continues through the picturesque medieval village, built amphitheatrically around the foot of the steep rock leading to the acropolis. The guests will see traditionally built white stone houses with their decorated pebble stone floors, many dating back to the 15th and 16th centuries, taking you back to another era. The final visit is to the 15th century medieval church dedicated to the Virgin Mary, with its octagonal dome, unusual belfry, carved iconostasis and 17th century wall paintings (guiding inside the church is not allowed).   
The excursion returns to Rhodes, where the guests will disembark at the D’ Amboise Gate  and on foot enter the Medieval City to visit the Grand Master’s Palace, the most imposing building of medieval Rhodes. It was originally built in the 14th Century, but demolished by an explosion in 1856. It was restored in 1939, during the Italian occupation. The excursion continues down ‘The Street of the Knights,’ which, in spite of the restoration of its buildings, has remained untouched by the passage of 500 years, since it was originally built in the 14th century. The Gothic order predominate the entire street. The Inns of the various ‘Tongues’ stand in a row, with impressive arched

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