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.
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.
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.
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.
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’.
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.
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
- 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
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.
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