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Istanbul & Eclectic Aegean Stay & Cruise

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Istanbul & Eclectic Aegean - Cruise & Stay

£1,159

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What's Included...
  • EXCLUSIVE CRUISE VILLAGE FARES
  • Return flights from the UK (based on London Heathrow)
  • 7-night cruise onboard Celestyal Crystal
    Onboard inclusions:
    Delicious regional cuisine
    Unlimited drinks package
    Selected shore excursions
    Entertainment
    Gratuities
  • 3-night stay in Istanbul - 4* hotel B&B
  • Istanbul Classics and Bosphorus Cruise
  • Private overseas transfers between airport, hotel & cruise terminal
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10 nights • 5 November 2019
The 7 night Eclectic itinerary is a dream come true. It’s a stress-free cruise you can enjoy at your own pace. Imagine walking in the streets of mystical Istanbul enjoying your overnight stay with your senses being more alive than ever. Istanbul is a vibrant city that goes beyond its famous minarets. It’s a culinary experience with flavours and aromas in every corner. But this itinerary has a lot more to offer. Volos in Greece is situated very close to the world heritage listed Meteora – a site of unparalleled beauty that is mostly known for its hanging monasteries. Your third new destination is Çanakkale in Turkey, a place with a rich history that offers unique excursions. On top of that, you'll continue visiting Heraklion, the city of myths that lives and breathes culture and you will also have an overnight stay at cosmopolitan Mykonos and a half day stay at breath-taking Santorini so you can wind down and enjoy a stroll through the bustling towns.

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Itinerary

Day 1: Fly UK » Istanbul
Fly from the UK to Istanbul. On arrival transfer to the port to embark Celestyal Crystal. Your home for the next 7 nights.

Day 2: Istanbul, Turkey
Split between two continents, Europe and Asia, Istanbul is truly unique. It boasts lavish Byzantine architecture and imperial mosques with sky-high minarets that make up the city’s skyline; your first sight from the Bosphorus Strait on your Istanbul cruise. There’s an endless list of must-see sights to tick off, all conveniently packed into the Sultanahmet district.

Day 3: Çanakkale (Troy), Turkey
Cruising in through the Dardanelles strait - straddling Asia and Europe - Çanakkale may sit at the narrowest part, but its history is one to broaden the mind. From the cruise ship, you can spot the wooden Trojan horse on the vast yacht-lined waterfront promenade - serving as a taster of what awaits.

Çanakkale

Day 4: Volos, Greece
Tucked in below Mt Pelion – land of the mythical centaurs – Volos embraces the Pagasetic Gulf to one side and the dramatic, mountainous Pelion Peninsula to the other. Step off your Volos cruise, and you’re greeted by a thriving university city whose energetic pace will whisk you up into its whirlwind of activity, both at the port and in the tsipouradika - traditional tavernas - and set you on course to uncover some real architectural gems, both ancient and neoclassical.

Volos

Day 5: Heraklion, Crete, Greece
Sailing into Heraklion port, the intimidating walls of Koules Fortress emerge from the sea to guard the ancient treasures found within the city. Capital of Crete, Heraklion is brimming with landmarks, world-class museums, golden beaches and a stylish nightlife scene that shape a destination to please everyone’s taste.
Included Excursion: Minoan Palace of Knossos-1st European Civilization, an incredible open-air museum.

Crete

Day 6(am): Santorini, Greece
Dramatic landscapes, breathtaking sunsets, endless blue waters, mythical mystique, and a sleeping volcano.
Included Excursion: Spectacular Oia Village, a pretty village of pastel-tinted houses set into the cliffside of Santorini's highest peak.

Santorini

Day 6(pm): Mykonos, Greece
The Greek Island, Mykonos, flaunts its double personality the moment you set eyes on its coastline. Basking in year-round sunshine, its rugged rocky landscape blends seamlessly with smooth sandy beaches. In the distance, undulating hills host the island’s iconic windmills turning in symphony with the seasonal winds that have branded Mykonos ‘island of the winds’.

Mykonos

Day 7: Piraeus (Athens), Greece
The largest port in the Mediterranean and primary departure point for Greek Island cruises from Athens, Piraeus is a hubbub of activity that will bring your senses to life. With a sun-soaked promenade, al-fresco cafes and bars and countless shops, it’s a place where you can easily relax with a glass of wine and watch the world go by.
Included Excursion: Classical Athens & its Monuments, a half-day tour to the Panathenaic Stadium and historic neighbourhood of Plaka.

Athens

Day 8: Disembark in Istanbul, Turkey
Disembark Celestyal Crystal today and transfer to your 4* hotel for a 3 night stay.

Day 9-10: Istanbul, Turkey
The grand Hagia Sophia, Topkapi Palace and Blue Mosque are among the most photographed landmarks in Istanbul, and the perfect places to delve into the city’s vivid history. As the end point of the Silk Road, lots of cultures have made their mark on the city’s tapestry. The modern-day Sultan Ahmet Square is the location of the old Hippodrome of Constantinople – an ancient meeting ground for chariot racing – the neoclassical St George’s Cathedral, subterranean Basilica Cistern and Chora Church all make up the incredible variety of sights in Istanbul.

Best of all are the many tea gardens and coffeehouses where you can rub shoulders with the locals as you unwind between sightseeing sprees. Then there’s the Grand Bazaar, a sprawling labyrinth of lanes filled with 4,000 shops and counting. Wander off the main thoroughfares and you might just catch a glimpse of talented artisans at work.
Included Excursion: Istanbul Classics and Bosphorus Cruise
Highlights
- See the Hagia Sophia and Blue Mosque with the help of a guide
- Weave your way around the Grand Bazaar
- Admire the sights from the Bosphorus with a river cruise

Istanbul

Day 11: Fly Istanbul » UK
Transfer from your hotel to Istanbul airport for your flight back to the UK.

Terms & Conditions: All prices are per-person, based on a double occupancy of the stateroom and are quoted in British Pounds. All Inclusive fares include accommodation on board in the booked category, all meals as well as an extensive choice of alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages (Complimentary All Inclusive Drinks Package), Select Complimentary Shore Excursions, all port and service charges and entertainment program on board.
Reduced rate space is capacity controlled and may be withdrawn at any time with, or without notice. Celestyal Cruises reserves the right to add, change or modify reduced rate conditions at any time, without notification. Celestyal Cruises Deposit and Cancellation standard policies apply based on the booking/sailing date. Celestyal Cruises reserves the right to correct any incorrect information due to a human error, typographical error or technical error. Other restrictions may apply. The general terms and conditions of Celestyal Cruises apply.
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