Our wonderful 4-night Iconic Aegean cruise gives you the perfect opportunity to explore a captivating feast of ancient history, authentic cuisine, Greek culture and stunning vistas. From the captivating capital of Athens, your voyage takes you through glistening crystal waters to discover a wonderful blend of thrilling attractions, dramatic cliffs, rolling landscapes and all the romanticism of the Greek islands.
A stunning bouquet of sightseeing opportunities includes the striking white-washed buildings of Santorini, the iconic windmills of Mykonos, and the majestic castles of Patmos. Included in the price of the cruise are excursions to the ancient city of Ephesus in modern-day Turkey and the awe-inspiring Acropolis of Lindos and the Citadel of the Knights.
Your three-night adventure starts as we head out to the idyllic island of Mykonos. Home to the famous white windmills, the Island of the Winds is a picturesque paradise with traditional villages, charming churches, whitewashed houses and a lively waterfront lined with bohemian cafes and welcoming bars.
The magical sun-kissed island of Mykonos invites you to admire its stunning coastline, soft sandly beaches and rugged rocky landscape. Affectionately known as the ‘Island of Winds’, Mykonos is home to the 16th Century windmills that have become iconic landmarks on postcards. The energetic Greek island is well known for its beauty, diverse range of bars, cafes and restaurants and a vibrant atmosphere.
We arrive in the stunning coastal town of Kusadasi in the morning where you will disembark to join your expert guide for the complimentary excursion to the iconic Hellenistic ruins of Ephesus, one of the seven wonders of ancient world. Upon retirng, you will have just enough time to browse the port side bazaar.
In the afternoon, we head to the volcanic island of Patmos with its enchanting lace-like coastline and dramatic sheer cliffs. Patmos is where John the Baptist is though to have penned the Book of Revelation and you have the opportunity ti visit the ‘Cave of the Apocalypse’ and monastery or indulge in a traditional feast.
The stunnings landscape of Greece’s largest Dodecanese island, Rhodes, seamlessly incorporates dramatic ancient and historic sites with charming modern hillside villages. Here you will visit the majestic medieval fortification of the Acropolis at Lindos perched on the clifftop above the crystalline Aegean and explore the cobbled alleyways and narrow arteries in the Old Town where you will discover opulent architecture with Ottoman and Italian influence.
We arrive in Crete where you will embark on another highlight of your three-day adventure to the mysterious Minoan Palace Knossos. Legend states the tyrannous King Minos kept a man-eating minotaur in the subterranean labyrinth beneath the palace – and as you explore the ancient ruins, only you can decide whether the beast was part man or myth.
The romantic charm of Santorini is one of the most celebrated Greek islands in the Aegean. Here you will have the opportunity to explore the magical villages of Fira and Oia and photograph the whitewashed houses and blue-blue-domed churches perched on caldera cliffs. With extraordinary from an elevated postion, this idyllic island is the perfect location to watch the sunset.
The overnight journey back to the mainland signals the end of your three-day adventure. We bid you farewell as we dock in Athens where you have the entire day to visit the abundance of classical tourist attractions, art galleries and world-class museums the Greek capital has to offer.
COMPLIMENTARY ON BOARD DINING
An all-inclusive cruise Vacation in the Mediterranean with Celestyal Cruises is not only an adventure to romantic destinations but a scintillating gastronomic journey as well. Our highly trained team of chefs lovingly prepare a delectable choice of exquisite recipes using fresh, local ingredients gathered as we travel.
We pride ourselves on introducing our guests to international cuisine blended with Greek gastronomy. Treat yourself to three wholesome meals a day served to the highest standards, and place your orders for specific dietary requirements with our staff.
UNLIMITED CLASSIC DRINKS
Our unlimited drinks package gives you access to a range of classic drinks for you to enjoy morning, noon and night. With unlimited privileges to alcoholic and non-alcoholic, you are free to enjoy your favorite tipples in our ambient lounges, around the pool, watching the sunset from the deck.
SELECT SHORE EXCURSIONS
Our cruise itineraries feature romantic shore excursions that boast some of the most iconic archaeological sites and idyllic landscapes in the world. To make the most of your cruise experience, we have selected the most fascinating onshore excursions for you to discover at each destination. Classic attractions such as ancient Ephesus, the Minoan Palace of Knossos, and the pyramids of Giza are included in the cost of the cruise!
Each of our shore excursions has been carefully handpicked with the help of our certified guides. We take great pride in delivering an authentic experience and guarantee our onshore excursions introduce you to the culture, history and magical charm of the Eastern Mediterranean.
With an extensive daily program of onboard entertainment, we promise you will have a fun-filled experience during your time with us. And you may even discover a new passion! Why not unleash your creativity and unwind with an interactive art and crafts lesson, learn to dance the Sirtaki, Kalamatianos and Ballos or take a Greek language class and practice your new skills with the locals at the next port.
We also have a host of fun activities including bingo, keep fit and sports activities, and Zumba classes. And you won’t want to miss our skilled chef’s performing live demonstrations of how they prepare the delicious recipes from our buffet and a la carte menu.
PORT CHARGES AND GRATUITIES
Cruise gratuities can put a serious dent in your vacation budget so when you sail with us all your port fees, service charges and crew gratuities are already included with the cost of your ticket.
The Cruise is designed to enrich your cruise experience so you can enjoy your cruise experience from start to finish. Our principal concern is to ensure you have a wonderful vacation and our all-inclusive offer enables you to plan and manage your vacation budget with confidence.
We have carefully handpicked a selection of classic drinks to choose from including beers, house wines, non-alcoholic cocktails, spirits, soft drinks, exotic teas and coffee, and a special variety of delicious Greek beverages.