4 Night Iconic Aegean Cruise

Athens to Athens Aegean sea cruise

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

Overview:



Option 1

4 NIGHT ICONIC AEGEAN CRUISE

ATHENS, MYKONOS, KUSADASI, PATMOS, RHODES, CRETE (HERAKLION), SANTORINI, ATHENS

Greece and Turkey cruise with the Celestyal  Olympia cruise ship.

Iconic is the perfect description for this very special odyssey, one that will leave you mesmerised and overwhelmed by the history, the myths and the legends. Two sites of the Wonders of the Ancient World feature in our explorations. Discover the beautiful Island of the Winds and its windmills and appreciate the art and creativity of ancient civilisations like the Minoans.

VOYAGE HIGHLIGHTS • Evenings in Mykonos and Patmos • A full day in Rhodes • Ancient Ephesus, one of the world’s greatest open air museums
 

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 (LAVRION) - 2022
APRIL 18*, 25*
MAY 02, 09, 16, 23, 30
JUNE 06, 13, 20, 27
JULY 04, 11, 18, 25
AUGUST 01, 08, 15, 22, 29
SEPTEMBER 05, 12, 19, 26
OCTOBER 03, 10, 17, 24
  *April 18 & 25 cruises will take place with Celestayl Crystal.

Fare includes
On board Dinning (Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner, Snacks) (Vegetarian Meals included)
  1. Drink Package : All inclusive Classic Drinks package
  1. 2 Excursion:
  2. Ancient Ephesus through the ages - Hellinistic and Roman
  3. Acropolis of Lindos / Rhodes
  1. Port & Service Charges & Gratuities Included

***** The 2 Excursions:
1)***** Excursions in Kusadasi (Turkey)  Ancient Ephesus through the Ages - Hellenistic/Roman  (Half Day)
KUS-02: Ancient Ephesus through the Ages -Hellenistic /Roman 

This is a wonderful journey through some of the most important and formative periods of history and we hope you will be enthralled by the stories of the Hellenes, Romans and of Christianity in our fascinating exploration of Ephesus. This marvellous city, sitting on the hills outside Kusadasi is a fabulous open air archaeological wonder founded by the Greeks around 2000 BC. It was one of the most important cities of the region and was dedicated to the goddess Artemis. The Temple built in her honour was one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World. It had more than 100 marble pillars each standing 56 feet tall and it earned the city the name ‘Servant of the Goddess.’ A single pillar remains standing on the site, found during an excavation in the 1870s. We will be able to see the Agora, Odeon, the Library of Celsus, the marvel-paved Main Street of Curetes, the Baths of Scholastica, Trajan’s Fountain, the Temple of Hadrian and the Houses of Koressus, where the wealthy families of Ancient Ephesus lived. Only 13 per cent of Ephesus has so far been uncovered. The finds from the excavations made so far are housed in the Archaeological Museum of Ephesus in the city of Selcuk.
We have time for shopping for carpets, jewellery, leather and other souvenirs at the end of our tour.
And second excursion:

2) ***** Excursion in Rhodes (Greece) Acropolis of Lindos  Rhodes
RHO-01Rhodes  – Medieval tour - Acropolis of Lindos and the Citadel of the Knights   (Half Day)

Let’s begin in unusual fashion, with what you won’t see in Rhodes. One of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World once proudly stood here. He was the Colossus of Rhodes and is of course long departed, probably destroyed by an earthquake. Nevertheless as you arrive on this wonderful, historic island, you may just be able to imagine this statue of the Greek sun-god Helios in 280BC, standing 100 feet tall in celebration of Rhodes’ victory over Cyprus. The largest of the Dodecanese islands, Rhodes has a compelling back story and there are still remnants of its occupation by the Knights of St John during the Crusades. So while the Colossus may not be there, you will be wowed by the many historical sites. We travel fi rst to Lindos, about 55km from Rhodes Town and high above the village sits the impressive Acropolis of Lindos with the Doric Temple of Athena, built in 300 BC. Captains’ mansions constructed between the 16th and 18th centuries are dotted here and there and in the heart of Lindos is the Church of the Virgin Mary with lovely frescoes from the 15th Century. Back in Rhodes is where we are really immersed in the history of the island in the Knights’ Quarter.
We stroll through Gate d’Amboise to walk along the Street of the Knights and see where they lived, separated according to Order, their crests still visible today. We will also see (outside) the imposing Palace of the Grand Master of the Knights of Rhodes, a medieval castle also known as the Kastello. It’s one of the few examples of Gothic architecture in Greece. The Byzantine citadel was built in the 7th Century, the palace itself in the fourteenth. Where the palace sits today could well have been the spot where once stood the Colossus according to recent studies. Either way, this tour takes us into the heart of the fascinating history of Rhodes.






Option 2

4 NIGHT ICONIC DISCOVERY CRUISE

ATHENS, SYROS, KUSADASI, RHODES, SANTORINI, ATHENS
Greece and Turkey cruise with the Celestyal Olympia cruise ship

This 4-night discovery cruise takes in four iconic destinations including two of the world’s ancient seven wonders. Discover the magnificent ancient Ephesus and relaxed waterfront of Kusadasi. Immerse yourself in the old town of Rhodes or venture south to the picturesque town of Lindos and the Acropolis. End the voyage in the splendor of beautiful Santorini, take in the stunning views and sample their fantastic wines and produce.

There is no better way to cruise to the Greek Islands than with Celestyal Olympia. See below the available cruises dates:
 
DEPARTURES FROM ATHENS (LAVRION) - 2022
OCTOBER 31
NOVEMBER 07, 14, 21

Fare includes
On board Dinning (Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner, Snacks) (Vegetarian Meals included)
  1. Drink Package : All inclusive Classic Drinks package
  1. 2 Excursion:
  2. Ancient Ephesus through the ages - Hellinistic and Roman
  3. Acropolis of Lindos / Rhodes
Port & Service Charges & Gratuities Included, Shuttle bus Mykonos old town
***** The 2 Excursions:
1)***** Excursions in Kusadasi (Turkey)  Ancient Ephesus through the Ages - Hellenistic/Roman  (Half Day)
KUS-02: Ancient Ephesus through the Ages -Hellenistic /Roman 

This is a wonderful journey through some of the most important and formative periods of history and we hope you will be enthralled by the stories of the Hellenes, Romans and of Christianity in our fascinating exploration of Ephesus. This marvellous city, sitting on the hills outside Kusadasi is a fabulous open air archaeological wonder founded by the Greeks around 2000 BC. It was one of the most important cities of the region and was dedicated to the goddess Artemis. The Temple built in her honour was one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World. It had more than 100 marble pillars each standing 56 feet tall and it earned the city the name ‘Servant of the Goddess.’ A single pillar remains standing on the site, found during an excavation in the 1870s. We will be able to see the Agora, Odeon, the Library of Celsus, the marvel-paved Main Street of Curetes, the Baths of Scholastica, Trajan’s Fountain, the Temple of Hadrian and the Houses of Koressus, where the wealthy families of Ancient Ephesus lived. Only 13 per cent of Ephesus has so far been uncovered. The finds from the excavations made so far are housed in the Archaeological Museum of Ephesus in the city of Selcuk.
We have time for shopping for carpets, jewellery, leather and other souvenirs at the end of our tour.
And second excursion:

2) ***** Excursion in Rhodes (Greece) Acropolis of Lindos  Rhodes
RHO-01Rhodes  – Medieval tour - Acropolis of Lindos and the Citadel of the Knights   (Half Day)

Let’s begin in unusual fashion, with what you won’t see in Rhodes. One of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World once proudly stood here. He was the Colossus of Rhodes and is of course long departed, probably destroyed by an earthquake. Nevertheless as you arrive on this wonderful, historic island, you may just be able to imagine this statue of the Greek sun-god Helios in 280BC, standing 100 feet tall in celebration of Rhodes’ victory over Cyprus. The largest of the Dodecanese islands, Rhodes has a compelling back story and there are still remnants of its occupation by the Knights of St John during the Crusades. So while the Colossus may not be there, you will be wowed by the many historical sites. We travel fi rst to Lindos, about 55km from Rhodes Town and high above the village sits the impressive Acropolis of Lindos with the Doric Temple of Athena, built in 300 BC. Captains’ mansions constructed between the 16th and 18th centuries are dotted here and there and in the heart of Lindos is the Church of the Virgin Mary with lovely frescoes from the 15th Century. Back in Rhodes is where we are really immersed in the history of the island in the Knights’ Quarter.
We stroll through Gate d’Amboise to walk along the Street of the Knights and see where they lived, separated according to Order, their crests still visible today. We will also see (outside) the imposing Palace of the Grand Master of the Knights of Rhodes, a medieval castle also known as the Kastello. It’s one of the few examples of Gothic architecture in Greece. The Byzantine citadel was built in the 7th Century, the palace itself in the fourteenth. Where the palace sits today could well have been the spot where once stood the Colossus according to recent studies. Either way, this tour takes us into the heart of the fascinating history of Rhodes.
 

Itinerary



Option 1
DAY PORT ARRIVAL DEPART
Monday Athens (Lavrion) (Greece) --- 13:00
Monday *Mykonos (Greece) 18:00 23:00
Tuesday Kusadasi - (Turkey) 07:00 13:00
Tuesday *Patmos (Greece) 16:30 21:30
Wednesday Rhodes (Greece) 07:00 18:00
Thursday Crete (Heraklion) (Greece) 07:00 12:00
Thursday *Santorini (Greece) 16:30 21:30
Friday Athens - (Lavrion)  (Greece) 06:00 ---

Option 2
DAY PORT ARRIVAL DEPART
Monday Athens (Lavrion) (Greece) --- 11:00
Monday *Mykonos (Greece) 16:00 23:00
Tuesday Kusadasi  (Turkey) 07:00 12:30
Wednesday Rhodes (Greece) 07:00 19:00
Thursday *Santorini (Greece) 07:00 20:00
Friday Athens - (Lavrion) (Greece) 06:00 ---


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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