7 night Eclectic Aegean cruise
Athens, Istanbul, Canakkale, Volos, Crete, Santorini, Mykonos

  • Celestyal Aegean sea cruise
  • Celestyal Crystal suite cabin
  • Athens Akropolis
  • Istanbul Hagia Sophia
  • Hearklion port Crete
  • Santorini island Greece
  • Santorini Oia
  • Mykonos island
  • Meteora monasteries

Overview:



7 night Greece and Turkey cruise with Celestyal Crystal.

Our 7 night  itinerary is dream come true. It’s a stress-free cruise you can enjoy at your own pace. Imagine walking in the streets of mystical Istanbul enjoying  your overnight
stay with your senses being more alive than ever.  Istanbul is a vibrant city that goes beyond its famous minarets. It’s a culinary experience with flavors a aromas in every corner.
But your 7 night cruise has a lot more to offer.  Volos in Greece is situated very close to the world heritage listed Meteora – a site with unparalleled  beauty that is mostly known
for its hanging monasteries. Our third new destination is Canakkale in Turkey, a place with a rich history that offers unique excursions. On top of that, we will continue visiting
Heraklion, the city of myths that lives and breathes culture and we also have an overnight stay at cosmopolitan Mykonos and a half day stay at breath-taking Santorini so you
can wind down and enjoy a stroll through the bustling towns.

There is no better way to cruise to the Greek Islands than with Celestyal Crystal. See below the available cruises dates:


The Eclectic Aegean Cruise sails on Saturdays from Piraeus (port of Athens) on selected dates:
 
DEPARTURES FROM ATHENS (PIRAEUS) - 2020
APRIL 04, 11, 18, 25
MAY 02, 09
OCTOBER 10, 17, 24

Fare includes
•    Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner (Vegetarian Meals included)
•    Drink Package : Unlimited Alcoholic and Non-Alcoholic
•    Daily Activities (Yoga, dance, etc.) Check daily schedule on board
•    3 Excursion:
Bosphorus Cruise and the Spice Market
Spectacular Oia Village perched on the caldera rim      
Minoan Palace of Knossos - 1st European civilization
•    Port & Service Charges & Gratuities

***** Excursions in Istanbul  (Turkey) is:  Bosphorus Cruise and the Spice Market  (Approx. 4hours and half)
IST-04: Bosphorus Cruise and the Spice Market

With the Bosphorus Strait dividing two continents, Europe and Asia, this is one cruise that’s truly unique. You’ll set sail by private tender boat to glide over the jet blue waters of the Bosphorus so that you can take in the city and its iconic skyline from both angles. As you weave your way between traditional fishing boats and ferries, you’ll soon see the Orient and Occident emerging. Keep a lookout for the glamorous 19th century Dolmabahçe Palace and the former Ottoman palace of Çırağan, now a luxury hotel, on the European riverbank. And on the Asian side, the summer residence of the sultans, Beylerbeyi Palace, as well as the Anatolian Castle medieval fortress and magnificent Kanlica Villa all soon come into view. Then, back on dry land, you can stretch your legs with a stroll around the labyrinthine Spice Market. Try haggling for souvenirs, or simply browse the myriad of goods on offer.
***** Excursions in Heraklion (Crete):  Minoan Palace of Knossos  (Approx. 3 hours)
Her-02: Minoan Palace of Knossos  1st European civilization.

As we venture into the incredible open-air museum of the Palace of Knossos, our bus tour will take you along the proud Venetian heritage of Heraklion - the Koules Fortress (the stronghold overlooking the Heraklion harbour), the Venetian Loggia (the 17th century administrative and social center), the harmonious Morozini fountain and the 10th century Church of St. Titus. As you explore the Palace of Knossos, considered Europe’s oldest city, you are entering and experiencing the incredible world of the legendary Minoan civilization. The long and winding roads of Crete’s ancient city gradually expose the remarkable art, architecture and daily life of the Minoan people. Breathe in the millennia of history and imagine the legends of Daedalus, Theseus and the Minotaur come to life in the remarkable Hall of the Royal Guard and the Double Axes, the King’s Chamber or the Queen’s Apartment. Enjoy free time to savour the beauty and uniqueness of Crete’s largest city (and the fourth largest in Greece). The city is brimming with an assortment of museums that satisfy every taste- entre, full of busy cafes and elegant shops or retrace the steps of its Venetian rulers at the impressive fortified port, the vast arches and the arsenals.
***** Excursion in Santorini (Greece) is :  Spectacular Oia Village perched on the Caldera rim (Approx. 4hours and half)
SAN-01: Santorini - :  Spectacular Oia Village perched on the Caldera rim    

Our tour to Santorini’s jewel, the village of Oia, is a trip into the picture-perfect world of an island where romance and beauty reign supreme.  As we board our tour to discover  the island’s second largest village, we will drive by the picturesque villages of Firostefani, Imerovigli, the “balcony to the Aegean”, and Megalochori surrounded by its famous vineyards, where we will stop briefly to capture the experience with photos. Our tour will continue with a panoramic drive by Santorini’s caldera which offers breathtaking views. We will admire from afar the village of Fira, the capital of the island, as well as Thirassia, Palea Kameni and Nea Kameni -- three of the five islands which form the cluster that surround Santorini. As we arrive in Oia we will walk through the gleaming white streets of the village through a beautiful labyrinth of shops, cafes, art galleries and hotels, harmoniously built in the unmistakable Cycladic style. You will have free time to enjoy your moments in one of the world’s best known and loved living postcards --taking photos of the awe-inspiring scenery, shopping for fine jewelry or art, or simply relaxing and breathing in the beauty of Santorini.




Itinerary



DAY PORT ARRIVAL DEPART
Saturday Athens - Piraeus (Greece) --- 16:00
Sunday Istanbul (Turkey) 15:30 ---
Monday Istanbul (Turkey) --- 20:00
Tuesday Canakkale (Turkey) 07:00 17:00
Wednesday Volos (Greece) 07:00 17:00
Thursday Crete - Heraklion (Greece) 13:00 23:59
Friday Santorini* (Greece) 07:00 13:00
Friday Mykonos* (Greece) 19:00 ---
Saturday Mykonos* (Greece) --- 02:00
Saturday Piraeus (Greece) 09:00 ---
*Disembarkation by tenders (weather permitting)

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!
 

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