Cruises From Greece by Celestyal Cruises
Description of the Cruise:
Cruise departs from Piraeus and return to Piraeus, so prior to your departure or upon your return you can avail yourself of everything this vibrant, cosmopolitan, historically rich city has to offer. One of the world’s oldest cities, Athens is dense with ancient monuments, chic cafés and unique shops – it’s a paradise for walking thousands of years in the making! Wander through Plaka to the Acropolis and the New Acropolis Museum, one of the world’s great museums.
The regal Olympia, your cozy floating hotel, calls first at Mykonos, an island so beautiful it will make you feel as if you’ve fallen into a dream. Stroll the picturesque alleys of Mykonos Town and, after the sun drops into the sea, enjoy its exhilarating nightlife.
From Mykonos we sail overnight to arrive for breakfast in quiet Kusadasi, whose white sand beaches are a stone’s throw from the incredible excavation of the ancient city of Ephesus and its Terrace Houses (one of the world’s largest open-air museums), the House of the Virgin Mary, beautiful Sirince Village and the thrilling metropolis of Izmir. Kusadasi is also home to a fantastic harborside bazaar where you can find some of the best bargains in the Aegean.
We arrive at 16:00 at the holy island of Patmos: many believe John the Apostle wrote the Book of Revelations in a mountainside grotto on Patmos where he heard the voice of God. Further up the mountain, within the white walls of Hora, the monastery founded in his honor in 1088 stands sentinel above this verdant island. We leave Patmos and sail through another lovely Aegean evening to Heraklion, an ancient Venetian port and the fascinating capital of Crete. Greece’s largest island is a paradise of secluded beaches, hiking trails, rivers and archeological marvels, including the Minoan Palace of Knossos and the Archeological Museum in Heraklion. Whatever you do on this mythic island, we promise you’ll fall in love with Crete. And don’t leave the island without a bottle of Cretan olive oil, the world’s finest.
Enjoy a delicious lunch on the pool deck or a traditional Greek coffee at Thalassa Bar, on Deck 10, the Aegean burning blue beneath you as we sail from Heraklion for an evening on incredible Santorini. The island’s cliffs rise from the Aegean like a dream. Take a jeep safari into the interior or a cruise to Santorini’s smaller islands and volcanoes, visit the Akrotiri Village excavations, or just sit in a café in spectacular Oia Village and watch the sunset from 300 meters above the azure sea.
No one can visit the Aegean just once – it’s impossible! Even three days is enough to kick start a lifelong obsession, one we’ll be delighted to help you satisfy again and again. Here’s to your next magical cruise with us…
Cruise vessel’s ( Celestyal Olympia ) information:
Named for the ancient sanctuary that was the birthplace of the Olympic Games, and for the mother of Alexander the Great, there’s no better way to see our iconic Aegean destinations than on the Celestyal Olympia. Want to discover the heart of cruising? Order a drink on the Hera deck, beside the Olympia’s sparkling pool, and watch the Aegean unfurl before her. Two lounges, five bars, three delicious restaurants, our fully-equipped Olympian Gym, Sana Beauty Center and our Kids’ Club…the Celestyal Olympia is a gold medalist at every turn. Want an unforgettable holiday? We invite you and your family to travel the Aegean with her.
Capacity: 1074 passengers in total
Cabins: 400 cabins with en suite bathrooms, TV, radio and air conditioning
Facilities: a la carte restaurant, buffet, two lounges, five bars, casino, two pools, sauna, gym, medical clinic, spa and massage room, saunas, beauty salon, hair salon, Internet area, video arcade, conference room, library, duty free and travel value shop
Equipped: satellite telephone, full air conditioning throughout the ship