Golden Adventure Greek Islands Turkey Cruise is the most famous on the east Mediterranean covering 5 Greek islands and 1 city in Turkey. 8 Days full of history, culture, crystal clear waters, plenty of places and onboard entertainment combined with the fine Mediterranean and Greek food. Enjoy this cruise and promise yourself to come back and visit these places for linger time![/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row]
This cruise is operated by Celestyal Cruises onboard the Celestyal Crystal
|Wednesday||Heraklion (Crete), Greece||07:00||12:00|
SATURDAY: PIRAEUS (ATHENS) – ONBOARD
Golden Adventure Greek Islands and Turkey cruise starts at the Piraeus (Athens) port. Embarkation starts at 15:00. Our cruise ship will leave the port of Piraeus at 17:00 for 8 full days of fun and experiences. We go along the west end of Attica passing close to the Temple of Poseidon in Cape Sounion. This evening is a good opportunity to get around and know your ship and the services we provide.
The thick Byzantine walls guarding Thessaloniki give way to an inviting mix of architectural landscapes with winding cobbled streets.
Approaching the port, you will be captivated by a city that radiates culture and sophistication bathed in golden Greek sunshine.
Palm-lined avenues house glamorous shops and gourmet restaurants, and historic cobblestone streets present traditional tavernas and ouzeria’s to satisfy everyone’s taste buds.
Beautiful churches appear from every corner, seasonal markets sell colourful local produce and shaded spots on Aristotelous Square are where you can sit back with a homemade ice cream and watch the world go by.
Kusadası is a resort town on Turkey’s Aegean coast. In ancient times 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 included 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 the 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.
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 included 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 on one of the many beaches of the island or just stroll in the old city and imagine being one of its inhabitants of ancient times.
We will spend this morning exploring 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 of the archaeological museum of the city, one of the greatest museums in Greece and the best in the world for Minoan art, as it contains the most notable and complete collection of artefacts of the Minoan civilization of Crete
We will then sail to and spend the afternoon on 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 that 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. incredible sunsets and of course the
iconic blue-domed church at Oia. Don’t forget to try one of the many restaurants jostling for position at the edge of the caldera.
In the evening you can explore at leisure or simply relax on deck sipping cocktails or a glass of fine wine.
After breakfast on board, we will have the whole day to explore this island and discover the incredible nightlife Mykonos is famous for.
Mykonos is 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.
We will spend the whole morning in Milos. Milos is a volcanic Greek island in the Aegean Sea, the southwesternmost island in the Cyclades group. The island is famous for the statue of Aphrodite (the “Venus de Milo”, now in the Louvre), and also for statues of the Greek god Asclepius (now in the British Museum.
Milos was a source of obsidian (natural glass used for razor-sharp “stone tools”) during the Neolithic ages for the Aegean and Mediterranean as early as 13,000 years ago. There are about 70 beaches on Milos Island. Also an interesting Archaeological Museum.
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 a visa to enter Greece, this must be: Multiple Entry Schengen Visa, in order to participate in this cruise
Cruise prices Include 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: 8 Days / 7 nights
Ports of call:
Piraeus(Athens), Mykonos, Thessaloniki, Rhodes, Heraklion, Santorini, Milos – Greece
Departure dates 2022
|May||07, 14, 21, 28|
|June||04, 11, 18, 25|
|July||02, 09, 16, 23, 30|
|August||06, 13, 20, 27|
|September||03, 10, 17, 24|
Departure dates 2023
|April||15, 22, 29|
|May||06, 13, 20, 27|
|June||03, 10, 17, 24|
|July||01, 08, 15, 22, 29|
|August||05, 12, 19, 26|
|September||02, 09, 16, 23, 30|