The 4 Day / 3 nights Iconic Aegean Greek Islands with Turkey is a cruise from Athens to the magical islands of Greece to Mykonos, crescent shaped Santorini with its fantastic views, spiritual Patmos with its fortress monastery and legendary Crete famous for the Minotaur legends. Stop at Kusadasi on the Anatolian coast to visit Ephesus, the largest reconstructed Hellenistic-Roman ancient city in the world.
Ancient Ephesus through the ages: Hellenistic and Roman – Half Day Our Ancient Ephesus bus tour is a journey through the golden ages which shaped a pivotal center of commerce and spirituality. Built 3,000 years ago, Ephesus shaped the history of Greek, Turkish and Christian civilizations from its privileged location, chosen (according to legend) by the oracle of Delphi. A site of pilgrimage, due to its proximity to the Temple of Artemis (one of the 7 Wonders of the World) and the presence of major Christian figures (the apostles Paul and John and the Virgin Mary) within the city walls, Ephesus is currently one of the largest Roman archaeological sites in the Mediterranean. The splendor of its golden age is visible throughout its streets and exceptionally well-preserved ruins. As we explore this UNESCO World Heritage Site you will have the opportunity to breathe in the centuries of cultural effervescence, visible in the Ephesus Agora, Odeon, the Houses of the Patricians, the beautiful Temple of Hadrian and the astonishing Library of Celsus. You will also have the opportunity to bargain and shop local merchandise such as carpets, leather goods, souvenirs etc.
Minoan Palace of Knossos: 1st European civilization – Half Day As we venture into the incredible open-air museum of the Palace of Knossos, our bus tour will take you along the proud Venetian heritage of Heraklion – the Koules Fortress (the stronghold overlooking the Heraklion harbour), the Venetian Loggia (the 17th century administrative and social center), the harmonious Morozini fountain and the 10th century Church of St. Titus. As you explore the Palace of Knossos, considered Europe’s oldest city, you are entering and experiencing the incredible world of the legendary Minoan civilization. The long and winding roads of Crete’s ancient city gradually expose the remarkable art, architecture and daily life of the Minoan people. Breathe in the millennia of history and imagine the legends of Daedalus, Theseus and the Minotaur come to life in the remarkable Hall of the Royal Guard and the Double Axes, the King’s Chamber or the Queen’s Apartment. Enjoy free time to savour the beauty and uniqueness of Crete’s largest city (and the fourth largest in Greece). The city is brimming with an assortment of museums that satisfy every taste- entre, full of busy cafes and elegant shops or retrace the steps of its Venetian rulers at the impressive fortified port, the vast arches and the arsenals.
Note: As well as the above two included excursions this cruise also offers a range of additional shore excursions. Please contact us for a brochure.
The 4 Day Iconic Aegean Greek Islands with Turkey Includes:
Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner – with Vegetarian options
Drink Package – unlimited alcoholic and non alcoholic
Daily Activities (Yoga, dance, etc.)
Excursions as detailed above
Port and Service Charges
The 4 Day Iconic Aegean Greek Islands with Turkey Excludes:
Wi-Fi (available at additional charge)
Anything not specified as included
Transfers to/from Athens airport or hotel
2021 & 2022 Price Per Person in Cabin with 2 People (USD)
Please contact us for rates and cabin details.
Celestyal Olympia Features:
Enjoy your drink at Thalassa and Horizons bar and watch the Aegean Sea shimmer before you eyes. Celestyal Olympia includes lounges, bars, restaurants, a fully equipped gym, library, children’s playground, shops selling tax free items and traditional Greek products.