Aegean Jewels Greek Islands Turkey cruise to Greek islands of Mykonos, Patmos, Rhodes, Crete (Heraklion), Santorini and Kusadasi in Turkey.
You will visit the cosmopolitan Mykonos, the famous ancient Ephesus in Turkey, Rhodes the island of Knights, Heraklion in Crete and the world famous island of Santorini with the best sunset on the volcanic islands.
This cruise is operated by Celestyal Cruises on board the Celestyal Olympia
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Embarkation starts at 09:30. Our cruise ship will leave the port of Piraeus at 11:30 for 3 full days of fun and experiences. We go along the Athens Riviera in the Saronic Gulf to the south 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. 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 nightlife. Stroll around the streets of the capital that are considered the most beautiful of the Greek islands and enjoy the great nightlife. 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.
Kusadası is a resort town on Turkey’s Aegean coast. In ancient time settlers include the Aeolians in the 11th century BC and Ionians in the 9th century who made Kusadasi a centre of art and culture. In the early years of Christianity. St John the Evangelist and (according to Roman Catholic sacred tradition) Mary (mother of Jesus) both came to live in the area.
The free excursion gives you the opportunity to visit Ephesus, an ancient Greek city and later a major Roman city, on the coast of Ionia. The city was famed for the Temple of Artemis (completed around 550 BC), one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World.
You can also visit the House of the Virgin Mary, purported to have been the last home of Virgin Mary, based on the visions of Sister Anne Catherine Emmerich. It is a popular place of Catholic pilgrimage which has been visited by three recent popes.
Then on to the island of Patmos, a small Greek island in the Aegean Sea. Patmos is a destination for Christian pilgrimage. Participating in the optional tour, you will have the opportunity to visit the Monastery & the Grotto (the Cave of the Apocalypse) of St. John, where he lived and recorded the Book of Revelation.
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.
The free tour will take you to 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.
We will spend this morning to explore this beautiful city, the capital of Crete, the largest of the Greek islands. Archaeological treasures, magnificent ruins and museums, glorious beaches and fabulous restaurants make Crete a complete vacation spot.
You can participate in one of the optional tours and visit the ruins of Knossos, which in Minoan times was the largest centre of population on Crete and are located within close proximity or the archaeological Museum of the city, one of the greatest museums in Greeceand the best in the world for Minoan art, as it contains the most notable and complete collection of artifacts of the Minoan civilization of Crete
We will then sail to and spend the afternoon in the most breathtaking island, Santorini, believed to be the lost continent of Atlantis, one of the jewels of small volcanic archipelagos five islands. 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.
FRIDAY: PIRAEUS (Athens): Early we arrive in Piraeus 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 Greece, 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 2 shore excursions.
Not included: The rest of the shore excursions
STARTING POINT: Piraeus, Athens Greece
TRAVEL PLAN: 5 Days / 4 nights
Ports of call:
Piraeus(Athens), Mykonos, Patmos, Rhodes, Heraklion, Santorini – Greece
Departure dates 2020
|March||16, 23, 30|
|April||06, 13, 20, 27|
|May||04, 11, 18, 25|
|June||01, 08, 15, 22, 29|
|July||06, 13, 20, 27|
|August||03, 10, 17, 24, 31|
|September||07, 14, 21, 28|
|October||05, 12, 19, 26|
|November||02, 09, 16, 23|