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Athens – Cruise at the Greek Islands

7 Days

1st Day: Arrival in Athens  - Optional Tour: Athens By Night & Greek dance show
Arrival in Athens where our representative will meet and assist you.  Then you will be transferred to your hotel for check in. The rest of the day will be free at your disposal. You can enjoy a walking tour of the historical area of Athens between Plaka and Monastiraki or Ermou Street which is famous for shopping. Late afternoon we recommend our organized tour Athens by Night & Greek dance show.  The tour starts with a visit to the main Greek port of Piraeus, passing by the most important points of the city (City Hall, picturesque yacht's harbour of Microlimano etc). Following the principal avenues and passing by the Temple of Olympian Zeus, National Garden, Parliament, Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, Catholic Cathedral, Academy, University, National Library, Old Parliament we arrive at Plaka. Short pleasant walk through the old unique Athens city to one of the popular taverns for dinner with live bouzouki music and Greek folk dances. Overnight at hotel.

2nd Day: Athens Sightseeing & Acropolis Museum & Optional Half Day tour to Cape Sounion
After our breakfast, you will start our Athens half day tour which begins with a panoramic drive around Syntagma square, passing by National Garden, Hadrian’s Arch, St. Paul’s Church, Parliament, Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, Catholic Cathedral,and Schliemann’s House. You will then drive past the Athens Trilogy which includes the University of Athens, the Academy of Athens, and the National Library. Your licensed guide will explain more of Athens’s history old and new as you look at these stately buildings. Continue for  a photo stop at Panathinaiko Stadium where the first  Olympic Games took place in 1896. It is the only stadium built out of white marble. Proceed, passing by Zappeion and Temple of Olympian Zeus.  Make your way to the archaeological site of Acropolis an UNESCO’S world heritage monument and visit Propylae the monumental entrance to the Acropolis which blends Doric and Ionic building principles, and the small temple Athena Nike, which stands on a protruding mass of rock, protecting the gate to the citadel and of course the Parthenon, and Erechtheion with its porch of Maidens. For those who may be interested  we will continue the expert guided Athens sightseeing and museum tour with a pleasant short walk passing by Herodion and Dionysos Theater, in order to visit the  ACROPOLIS museum. Avoid and skip the lines of the new museum. Main attractions such as votives, artifacts of everyday life, statues from archaic period, Caryatids, and of course the Parthenon hall with the metopes, the pediments and the frieze will impress you. Transfer to hotel & the rest of the day free . On the afternoon we recommend  an organized tour in Cape Sounio & the temple of Poseidon. Begin your Sounio tour with a wonderful drive  along the scenic coastal road which affords a splendid view of the Saronic Gulf, passing through some of Athens most beautiful suburbs (Glyfada,Vouliagmeni, Varkiza). As you approach Cape Sounion, it rises like a sheer cliff out of the sea. At  Cape Sounio where you will visit the 5th century B.C. Temple of Poseidon with one of the most breathtaking panoramic views in the world(on a clear day you can see at least seven islands).The precipice is a sheer 197 foot drop to the sea. Land masses to the west stand out in sharp profile: the island of Aegina backed by the mountains of the Peloponnese. The beauty of the surviving Doric columns has inspired many poets, including Lord Byron who carved his name on one of the columns.  Transfer back to hotel for overnight.

3rd Day – Embark on cruise and visit Mykonos
Morning transfer from your hotel to the port by our minibus or taxi driver to embark on your cruise ship. Afternoon free on Mykonos island.
Overnight: On board
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
4th Day – Visit Kusadasi & Patmos

Morning arrival at the Turkish port of Kusadasi, with a shore excursion to Ancient Ephesus (KUS-02). Then on to the island of Patmos, famous for its Monastery, the Grotto of St. John and the Cave of the Apocalypse (optional excursion available).
Overnight: On board
5th Day – Visit Rhodes

Early morning call at the magnificent island of Rhodes, with Medieval Tour - Acropolis of Lindos and the Citadel of the Knights (RHO-01).
Overnight: On board
6th Day – Visit Crete (Heraklion) & Santorini

Visit the island of Crete with an optional excursion to the Minoan Palace of Knossos, the first European civilization. Then on to the volcanic island of Santorini (optional excursion available), believed to be the lost continent of Atlantis.
Overnight: On board
7th Day– Return to Athens and departure

Upon disembarkation (after a fulfilling breakfast), you will be met by our assistant and transferred by our minibus or taxi driver to the airport for your return flight home.
Overnight: -

Prices and Services

General Notes

  • SINGLE | TRIPLE Rates upon request
  • OPTIONAL TOURS Rates upon request
  • Special offers for groups & Travel agencies


  • 2 nights hotel accommodation in  Athens
  • 4 day cruise 4 Greek Islands & Turkey on Full board basis
  • Breakfast daily
  • Athens sightseeing tour – Half day city tour including the Acropolis museum
  • Entrance fees of the Acropolis and Acropolis museum
  • Services of a Professional and licensed guide for the sightseeing of Athens
  • Round trip transfers as per itinerary
  • Information documents
  • VAT
  • What is included in the cruise fare

On-board accommodation in the stateroom category of your choice, full board on the ship, Port Expenses & Fees, all-inclusive drink package, excursion to Ephesus (Kus-02) and excursion to Izmir (Ces-03), Mykonos shuttle bus service, participation in on-board activities and on-board facilities entertainment program on board, access to gym, tips

Not included

  • Port taxes & gratuities on Celestyal cruise: EUR 176 per person
  • International flight tickets
  • Gratuities (optional)
  • Personal expenses
  • Anything is not included on the included services
  • Not included in the cruise fare

Shore excursions, use of wellness area on our ships and health and beauty treatments, selected on-board activities, personal expenses and what is not explicitly mentioned in the included section.