Welcome to a land of myths and legends. Your springboard to an intoxicating holiday in the Aegean is vibrant Athens, which you'll have an opportunity to explore on your own after being transferred to your hotel.
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Join a 'Local Specialist' today for a journey into antiquity. Visit the Acropolis to see Athena's Parthenon and admire the march of the Evzone guards at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier. Enjoy an afternoon at your leisure.
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Athens – Embark 7-Day Cruise
Spend most of the day on your own exploring what was once the 'Cradle of Western Civilisation'. See the city's ancient sites before boarding your cruise ship this afternoon for your seven-night cruise through the Aegean.
Nothing stands between you and a morning of pure indulgence as you sail across the Aegean bound for Istanbul, the meeting place between East and West. Don't resist the urge to stretch your legs in its historic Sultanahmet district this evening.
Embark on an included Bosphorus cruise and visit to the Grand Bazaar, one of the world's oldest and largest covered markets and a wonderland of carpets, lanterns, spices and teas. You'll have the rest of the day on your own to explore the city that Napoleon once called the capital of the world.
Cruise through the Dardanelles strait where Asia and Europe meet and brave warriors have fought through the ages. Today's stop is Çannakale, the gateway to the ancient city of Troy and the ancient Aeolian city of Assos. You could choose to join an optional trip to Troy to see its Trojan horse or visit Gallipoli to pay tribute to the brave soldiers who lost their lives in the conflict.
You'll have the day to visit the vibrant university city of Volos which sits in the shadow of Mt Pelion. This is the gateway to the Hanging Monasteries of Meteora, which you'll have an opportunity to explore on an optional excursion today. You could choose instead to spend the day exploring Volos itself, stopping at one of the tsipouradika tavernas on the seafront Argonauts Avenue to sample the local tsipouro (pomace brandy). Return to your ship in time for an evening departure.
After a leisurely start to the day, you'll arrive in Heraklion, the capital of Crete. You'll have the afternoon for an included excursion to the Palace of Knossos and delve into the late Bronze Age heritage and insights into the Minoan civilisation, which predates Christ several thousand years.
Admire the dramatic volcanic landscape of Santorini, an inspiring backdrop for an encounter with laid-back island life. Embark on an included excursion to the stunning clifftop village of Oia, passing pretty villages and vineyards set against the backdrop of Santorini's magnificent caldera. Return to the ship in time for an afternoon sail to Mykonos whose characteristic windmills offer a warm evening welcome.
This morning, disembark in Athens and transfer to your hotel. You'll have the rest of the day to spend as you please. Stroll through the Plaka, people watch in Syntagma Square or go in search of the city's tastiest souvlaki. The choice is yours.
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Aegean Odyssey Eclectic route will operate from 02 April 2020 - 08 October 2020.
Moderate A, B, C: Cat. IA/IB or IC Standard Inside 2-berth cabin Superior: Cat. XA Standard Outside 2-berth cabin Premier: Cat. XB Superior Outside 2-berth cabin Premium: Cat. XC Superior Outside 2-berth cabinDeluxe: Cat. XD Superior Outside 2-berth cabin
Port Taxes: All prices are inclusive of port taxes, tips and a drinks package and are accurate as of July 2019.
Share Rooming: Room Share is not available on this trip.
Triple cabins are available on this trip.
Celestyal Cruise Ship: Operating this itinerary will be Celestyal Crystal or another ship from the Celestyal Fleet.
Itinerary: Occasionally the itinerary may be altered due to sailing conditions in the Aegean Sea, ferry schedules, religious holidays or unforeseen circumstances.
Unless otherwise stated, trip prices are per person, land only, based on double occupancy and reflect applicable discount. Discounts are subject to availability and may be withdrawn at any time without notice.
Trip prices are correct at the time of the products going live, however are subject to confirmation at the time of booking. All trip information is correct at time of trips going live, however are subject to change - please confirm all details at time of booking.
Twin-share option not available for trips to South America, Costa Rica, Mexico, Alaska, Hawaii, South Africa, Kenya & Tanzania, Botswana, Zambia or for any holiday & cruise combination, or in Asia and Eastern Mediterranean except Highlights of Turkey (without cruise) & Best of Turkey. It's also not available on Small Group trips. Guided Vacations included in this restriction are Newfoundland and Labrador (DNLA) as well as Panama, the Canal & Beyond (LPAN).
For trips that are part of our Guaranteed Room Share, please note that there is a no smoking policy in all shared rooms. Solo travel is not accepted on guided Family Experiences holidays unless travelling as part of a family group.
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