The Eclectic Aegean Cruise is 8 Days / 7 nights on the MS Celestyal Crystal where you will discover the wonders of Athens, Istanbul, Canakkale, Troy, Thessaloniki, Volos and Santorini.
2021 Departures: October 23, 30. November 06.
2022 Departures: April 09, 16, 23. October 29, November 05, 12.
Day 1: Athens – Saturday
This afternoon we leave the historic capital of Greece at 3.00pm setting sail on our overnight voyage to one of the most iconic and evocative places in the world, Istanbul. You will have the opportunity to relax and indulge in our All-Inclusive hospitality on your very own Aegean discovery.
Day 2/3: Istanbul – Sunday – Monday
We arrive in Istanbul 3.00pm Sunday afretnoon. There is no place on earth like Istanbul. Included in your itinerary is a cruise on the Bosphorus and a visit to the Spice Market. The Greeks, Romans, Venetians and the Ottomans have all held sway over this city that straddles Europe and Asia across the Bosphorus between the Sea of Marmara and the Black Sea. You will see the stunning Sultan Ahmet (Blue) Mosque, Church of Hagia Sophia, the Topkapi Palace, Galata Bridge, Taksim Square and of course the incomparable Grand Bazaar. And all this just touches the surface of the place once known as Byzantium and Constantinople. There will be plenty of time to enjoy the great food in one the many buzzing restaurants. Additionally priced excursions can be booked including Ottoman Empire and Byzantine Legacy Tour (full day), Hidden Secrets of Sultan Ahmet Square (half day), Turkish Bath visit (half day), Istanbul street food tour (half day). We will depart Istanbul Monday at 6.00pm.
Day 4: Çanakkale & Troy – Tuesday
We arrive in Canakkale at 8.00am. Most people know the seaport Çanakkale as the launching point for visiting the Gallipoli battlefields. It has charming cobbled lanes, which are a focal point for eating, drinking and lively conversation, so why not spend a little time here near saat kulesi (clock tower) and take it all in. It was in this region that Helle, the daughter of Athamas was drowned in the legend of the Golden Fleece. The city is the nearest major centre of population to the ancient site of Troy, immortalised by Homer in his epic poem, the Iliad. Today there will be a choice of optional additionally priced excursions that will be offered these include Tour of Legendary Troy & Assos, the New Troy Museum and Gallipoli (full and half day options available). We will depart Canakkale at 6.00pm
Day 5: Thessaloniki – Wednesday
Today we arrive in the Greek isle of Thessaloniki at 9.00am. 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 colorful 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. Today there will be three additionally priced optional tours available. These tours are Panoramic Thessaloniki (half day), The Royal Tombs of Vergina (half day), Land of Alexander The Great (full day). We will depart Thessaloniki at 6.30pm.
Day 6: Volos – Thursday
Today we arrive in the attractive coastal port city of Volos at 8.00am in the morning. The area’s background will captivate you and features in some of the most remarkable tales of Greek mythology. Volos was the mythical home of Jason and the Argonauts. The famous Argonaut expedition set sail from the region which was also the birthplace of the Centaurs, part human, part equine. There is also the opportunity to visit the monasteries of Meteora, perched on the top of vertical rock formations and a wonder to behold. Today there will be four additionally priced optional tours available. A Volos & Mt Pelion tour (half day), The Spectacular Rocks & The Hanging Monasteries tour (full day), Legendary Moutzouris (Mountain Train Ride) (half day), Drink and Eat Like A Local tour (hald day). We will depart Volos at 6.30pm.
Day 7: Santorini – Friday
We will arrive today in Santorini at 9.00am. The beautiful face of Santorini is instantly recognisable across the world. We are sure she will take your breath away, with her soaring landscapes,
clusters of whitewashed houses in the capital Fira, and of course the iconic blue-domed church at Oia. You will enjoy a complimentary excursion (half day) to Oia village. You may decide to fill the balance of the day with these additionally priced optional tours. A cruise to Santorini’s Islands and Volcano’s (half day) or a tour to Akrotiri Excavations (half day). We depart Santorini at 9.30pm.
Day 8: Athens – Saturday
We arrive back in port at around 7am after our epic Aegean journey. A number of additionally priced optional tours are available in Athens. Athens Monuments and the Acropolis (half day), Panoramic Athens and the Corinth Canal Crossing (full day), The Acropolis and the New Acropolis Museum (full day)
Pre or post cruise we can arrange for transfers, additional nights accomodation in Athens and visits to other Greek isles and to other parts of Greece. Please ask us.
The Eclectic Aegean Includes:
- Cabin accommodation in your chosen category – fully air conditioned
- Breakfast, lunch & dinner – vegetarian meals included – a la carte or buffet
- Drink Package – Unlimited alcoholic & Non-alcoholic
- Daily activities & entertainment – Including yoga, dance etc – a daily schedule will be posted on board.
- Swimming pool, sauna & fitness center
- Port & Service Charges
- Gratuities included
- Shore excursions as detailed – note optional excursions detailed can be added to your itinerary
The Eclectic Aegean Excludes:
- Personal expenses
- Transfers to and from the port of Piraeus in Athens.
- WIFI – is available on board but there is a fee for use
2021 & 2022 Prices in US$
Please contact us for pricing, cabin descriptions, and more information about additional excusurions.
Celestyal Crystal Features:
As soon as you step aboard Celestyal Crystal, you’ll realize your getaway couldn’t possibly feel more comfortable or more like home. Enjoy comfortable staterooms and suites, elegant restaurants, bars and lounges, spa and fitness rooms, as well as promenade decks, where you can revel in the splendor of a starlit ocean sky.
- Outside Staterooms 260
- Balcony suites 53
- Inside staterooms 163
- Guests decks 10
- Elevator doors 4
- Tonnage 25,611
- Draught 6,10 m
- Stabilizers Yes
- Electric current 110-220v c
- Crew members 406
Interior Stateroom IA and Interior Stateroom IB
Interior Stateroom IC
Exterior Stateroom XBO
Exterior Stateroom XA
Exterior Stateroom XC
Exterior Stateroom XD
Junior Balcony Suite – SBJ
Suites – S
Balcony Suite – SB
Balcony Suite SG
Deck 2 XA Exterior Staterooms:
Deck 3 IA Interior Staterooms, XB Exterior Staterooms and XC Exterior Staterooms:
Deck 4 IB Interior Staterooms and XC Exterior Staterooms. Medical Center:
Deck 5 IB Interior Staterooms and XC Exterior Staterooms. Olympus Restaurant, Thalassa Bar, Photo Shop, Duty Free Shop, Agora shop, Reception and Jacuzzi:
Deck 6 IC Interior Staterooms, XBO Exterior Staterooms, XB Exterior Staterooms, XD Exterior Staterooms, SBJ Junior Blacony Suites, S Suites, SG Grand Suites:
Deck 7 IC Interior Staterooms, XD Exterior Staterooms, SBJ Junior Balcony Suites, SB Balcony Suites:
Deck 8 Amalthia restaurant, Muses Lounge and Bar, Casino, Eros Lounge and Bar, Kids Corner, Library Stand:
Deck 9 Leda Casual Dining, Aura Casual Dining, Helios Bar, Beauty Center, Gym, Sauna, Swimming Pool:
Deck 10 Horizons Lounge and Bar
Book this cruise with Blue Danube Holidays