Idyllic Aegean Cruise
All Inclusive Greek Isles Cruising on Celestyal Cruises
9 Days | Weekly Departures March - November
Starting At $CUSTOM
Discover Greece, one destination at a time. Whether you’re looking to relax on picturesque islands with unspoiled sandy beaches or stimulate your senses in places that have marked ancient history, we can help you experience it all with an all inclusive cruise aboard Celestyal Cruises.
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Day 1 – Arrive Athens, Greece
Welcome to Athens, sublime, admirable, intense with one third of Greece’s population but always endearing. Meet and greet at the airport is provided and you will be transferred to your hotel. The rest of the day is on your own to explore. (We can also arrange for a tour or dinner this evening if you so wish).
Day 2 – Acropolis Tour and Cruise Pier Transfer
This morning enjoy breakfast at your hotel. Meet your driver and guide for a half day Athens sightseeing tour and visit the world famous Acropolis. “High City” with Parthenon and Erectheion. Continue to Pireaus port for cruise embarkation. This afternoon, board the Celestyal Crystal for your 7 night Greek Islands Cruise. As soon as you step aboard Celestyal Crystal, you’ll realize your getaway couldn’t possibly feel more comfortable or more like home. Enjoy comfortable staterooms and suites, elegant restaurants, bars and lounges, spa and fitness rooms, as well as promenade decks, where you can revel in the splendor of a starlit ocean sky.
The ship will set sail at 4:00 p.m.
Day 3 – Kusadasi, Turkey
From the port of Kusadasi on Turkey’s Anatolian Coast, one travels into the past. Nearby stand the ruins of ancient Ephesus, a major site of archeological excavation. The city was once a Roman provincial capital and trading center. Ephesus is also home to several of Christendom’s holiest sites. St Paul preached at the Great Theater and the ruins of Ephesus’ Basilica cover the tomb of Christ’s most beloved disciple, St John the Apostle.
In Kusadasi, whitewashed stone houses rise in tiers behind the market district. The palm-lined esplanade is the center of town life, with thousands of merchants offering wares to rival the Grand Bazaar in Istanbul.
Day 4 – Rhodes, Greece
Rhodes Greece is the largest and most popular island of Dodecanese. With 300 days of sunshine per year, Rhodes island is mostly famous for the romantic Old Town and the amazing beach resorts. The Old Town is among the best-preserved Medieval Towns of Europe, with strong walls, an impressive castle, paved paths and elegant stone mansions. A drive around the island will bring you to magnificent beaches, impressive sightseeing and picturesque villages. A lovely place is Lindos village with the Acropolis on top.
Day 5 – Heraklion, Greece
Sailing into Heraklion port, the intimidating walls of Koules Fortress emerge from the sea to guard the ancient treasures found within the city. Capital of Crete, Heraklion is brimming with landmarks, world-class museums, golden beaches and a stylish nightlife scene that shape a destination to please everyone’s taste.
Pedestrianized streets wind their way around the historic center connecting squares, ornate Ottoman fountains and arcaded walkways within the secure Venetian walls. Strolling along the picturesque harbor-front promenade, you’ll spot traditional fishing boats coming and going, old vaulted shipyards in the distance as well as tavernas spilling out onto the seafront grilling freshly-caught fish and serving ice-cold drinks.
As the birthplace of Minoan civilization, Heraklion shows you the best of Crete history and culture. Exploring the Archaeological Museum, you’ll lose track of time looking at exhibitions covering more than 5,000 years, and you’ll soon uncover the city’s rich artistic heritage having given the world El Greco, poet Odysseas Elytis and novelist Nikos Kazantzakis.
Day 6 – Santorini, Greece
Cruising towards Santorini is like being swept away on a current to somewhere truly magical. You will its pull almost instantly. The island will greet you with its striking cliffs, promising adventure and legendary tales. The almost vertical towns of whitewashed houses and blue-domed churches will rise above the blue Aegean like an oasis of beauty and calm.
As you leave the comforts of the ship behind, you’ll trade them for the unique indulgences of Santorini. A sense of serenity and mystery washes over you as you step off deck and make your way through the winding, narrow streets of Fira. Start your days chasing thrills at the top of a dormant volcano and end them with mojitos on cliffs overlooking sunsets that will stay with you for a lifetime.
While the island is most famous for its striking landscape, Santorini provides a feast for all senses: Feel the heat of the sun under your feet as you walk along the black sand of its volcanic beaches. Savor the flavors of local products by pairing one of the island’s most famous dishes, creamy Greek fava, with a bottle of locally-produced Vinsanto wine. Listen to the calls of the seagulls and the crashing waves create a perfect harmony with the traditional music of the island. There is no doubt, you will leave Santorini with your own Greek myth.
Day 7 – Milos, Greece
Milos Island lies in the Aegean Sea mid-way between Athens and Crete. It is also known as the “island of color” becaise of the colorful beaches, rocks, and waters, due the islands volcanic origins. Milo’s has over 70 beaches. The most famous beach of the island is the one at Sarakiniko where the soft limestone has been carved smoothly by wind and water to form a beautiful sculptural landscape.
The town of Plaka, the capital, is just a few miles away on a hill overlooking the sea, and with its typically Greek white-washed houses, a Frankish castle on the ancient acropolis, a folk art museum. and a well preserved theater. Set sail at 1:30 p.m.
Tonight arrive into Mykonos around 7:00 p.m. overnight on the ship
Day 8 – Mykonos, Greece
The Greek Island, Mykonos, flaunts its double personality the moment you set eyes on its coastline. Basking in year-round sunshine, its rugged rocky landscape blends seamlessly with smooth sandy beaches. In the distance, undulating hills host the island’s iconic windmills turning in symphony with the seasonal winds that have branded Mykonos ‘island of the winds’.
On appearance, traditional white-washed villages seem untouched by time, but delve deeper into their maze of cobbled streets and you’ll find cosmopolitan bars, exclusive boutiques and gourmet restaurants. High-energy nightlife gives way to calming, picture-perfect beaches where it’s easy to find your inner peace.
And travel back through the centuries at Mykonos’ archaeological sites where you’ll encounter the Sanctuary of Apollo and many other fascinating ancient relics that reveal the island’s varied past. Then explore traditional villages such as Ano Mera where the pure white walls of Panagia Tourliani monastery appear crafted from the landscape.
Day 9 – Arrive Pireaus, Greece
This morning, disembark the ship. You will have a meet and greet as you get off the ship and a private group transfer back to the Athens Airport for your flight back to the mainland..