Greek Islands Turkey Cruise is the most famous on east Mediterranean covering 6 Greek islands and 2 cities in Turkey.
8 Days full of history, culture, crystal clear waters, plenty of places and on board entertainment combined with fine Mediterranean and Greek food.
Enjoy this cruise and promise yourself to come back and visit these places for linger time!
This cruise is operated by Celestyal Cruises on board the Celestyal Crystal
|Friday||Lavrion (Athens), Greece||21:00|
|Tuesday||Chania (Crete), Greece||08:00||18:00|
FRIDAY: LAVRION (ATHENS) – ISTANBUL
Embarkation starts at 18:00. Our cruise ship will leave the port of Lavrion at 21:00 for 8 full days of fun and experiences. We go along the east end of Attica passing close to the Temple of Poseidon in Cape Sounion. This afternoon is a good opportunity to get around and know your ship and the services we provide.
We will spend a whole day in Santorini! One of the jewels of small volcanic archipelagos five islands is undoubtedly Santorini. Santorini was created due to a volcanic eruption culminated in the explosion of a volcano caldera, therefore, its rugged landscapes dotted with huge cliffs. Santorini’s capital, Fira, with white-washed houses, narrow streets and open air cafes that cling to a steep cliff, is at the top of the beautiful island where you can enjoy the beautiful views of the bay. Discover Santorini villages that retain their authenticity, with beautiful blue and white buildings and barren volcanic rocks. It is a very fascinating and picturesque island. A magical place that has nothing to do with the rest of the Greek islands, a place to spread the peaceful and hospitable nature of its people.
In the morning we arrive in Izmir.
With a population of around 3.7 million, Izmir is the third largest city in Turkey, and boasts the second largest port after Istanbul. Formerly the ancient city of Smyrna, Izmir is now a busy commercial center that rests on a vast bay. With wide thoroughfares, modern buildings and shopping centers mix with traditional red-tiled roofs structures, old mosques and churches, it is a rapidly growing city on the Central Aegean coast. Izmir’s composition suggests a Mediterranean Europe city more so than traditional Turkish appearance.
In the morning arrival at Nafplion. Nafplion is a seaport town in the Peloponnese, that has expanded up the hillsides near the north end of the Argolic Gulf. The town was an important seaport held under a succession of royal houses in the Middle Ages as part of the lordship of Argos and Nauplia, held initially by the de la Roche following the Fourth Crusade before coming under the Republic of Venice and, lastly, the Ottoman Empire. The town was the capital of the First Hellenic Republic and of the Kingdom of Greece, from the start of the Greek Revolution in 1821 until 1834.
We will spend the whole day in Chania. Chania is the second largest city of Crete and the capital of the Chania regional unit. Chania is the site of the Minoan settlement the Greeks called Kydonia, the source of the word quince. Some notable archaeological evidence for the existence of this Minoan city below some parts of today’s Chania was found by excavations in the district of Kasteli in the Old Town. This area appears to have been inhabited since the Neolithic era. The city reemerged after the end of the Minoan period as an important city-state in Classical Greece, one whose domain extended from Chania Bay to the feet of the White Mountains.
Today we visit the magnificent island of the roses, Knights and Butterflies. Rhodes was famous worldwide for the Colossus of Rhodes, one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World. The medieval Old Town of the City of Rhodes has been declared a World Heritage Site. Today, it is one of the most popular tourist destinations in Europe.
Participating in one of the optional tours, you can visit the old medieval city and the famous Acropolis of Lindos. If you want to be on your own you can swim in one of the many beaches of the island or just stroll in the old city and imagine being one of its inhabitants of the ancient times.
Cesme is a coastal town and the administrative centre of the district, popular holiday resort. The name “ÇeSme” means “fountain” and possibly draws reference from the many Ottoman fountains scattered across the city. Its name in Classical antiquity was Kysos under the Greeks , Kysus under the Romans. The name Kysos is nevertheless associated with Homer since the king Rhesus of Thrace, ally of the Trojans during the Trojan War and slain together with twelve of his men by Diomedes who had plotted with Odysseus to steal the magnificent horses of the Thracians, had his wife Argantona , a mythical beauty and a master of animals like her husband, who inhabited the forests of Kysos.
In the afternoon arrival at the famous island of Mykonos, known around the world as the Ibiza of the Aegean, the most popular destination of the Mediterranean. An international “jet-set” known for its beautiful sandy beaches, hundreds of tiny white chapels and incredible night life. Stroll around the streets of the capital that are considered the most beautiful of the Greek islands and enjoy the great night life. It’s easy to get lost in its maze of gleaming white walls dotted with blue domes and windows and balconies full of flowers. Have a coffee or a cocktail in one of the famous bars and promise to return for longer stay and more experiences.
FRIDAY: LAVRION (ATHENS) : Early we arrive in Lavrion port. After breakfast disembarkation and continue for your Greece vacation or for your return home trip.
Important notice: For passengers who need visa to enter Schengen countries, this must be: Multiple Entry Schengen Visa, in order to participate in this cruise
In cruise price are Included: All meals on board, Service charge, All drinks and 3 shore excursions.
Not included: The rest of shore excursions
Ports of call:
Lavrion(Athens), Mykonos, Rhodes, Chania Crete, Santorini, Nafplion, (Greece)
|April||14, 21, 28|
|May||05, 12, 19, 26|
|June||02, 09, 16, 23|
|September||08, 15, 22, 29|
|October||06, 13, 20|