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Greek Islands, Turkey & Crete (3n Cruise – 4n Beach holiday)

Heraklion International Airport (HER), Crete (0)
from/per person  537
  • Cruise & Stay
  • MV Celestyal Olympia
  • 08 Days


Description

Experience white washed islands & authentic atmosphere

Taste Greece and see the beauties of the various Greek islands, and the coastline of Turkey. Unwind in Crete, home of the Minoan civilization, and drenched in a rich historical passed. See cultural highlights, make a gentle walk in the mountains and swim in the crystal clear sea. Cruise the Aegean Sea and experience the whitewashed islands, the library on the interesting archaeological site of Ephesus, the memorable sunset in Santorini and Mykonos with its cosmopolitan life.

Highlights
  • Crete
  • Santorini
  • Mykonos
  • Ephesus
Comforts
  • 3n cruise by Celestyal Cruises
  • 4n Crete
  • Arranged transfers
  • Ideal combination

Included
  • All transfers
  • 3n on the cruise
  • 4n at hotel in Crete
  • Half board at hotel
  • Full board on the cruise
  • Port & service charges on the cruise
Supplements
  • Shore excursions
  • Optional tours in Crete
  • All-inclusive at hotel and on the cruise
  • Night supplement for taxi transfer between 23:00 – 06:00 hrs.

Not included
  • Entrance fees

 


Schedule

Welcome in Crete. Transfer to the hotel and rest day at leisure. Relax on the beach or explore the historical beauties and the rugged landscape.

  • Transfer to the port for embarkation (08:00/08:30 - 11:30)
  • Santorini, Greece (16:30 - 21:00)

Transfer to the port and embarkation on the cruise. The afternoon visit of the volcanic island Santorini is ideal to experience a magnificent sunset from the caldera.

  • Lavrion (Athens) (06:00 - 11:00)
  • Mykonos, Greece (18:00 - 23:00)

A chance to get an impression of the lively city of Athens hosting the world famous Parthenon. The vibrant shopping district of Ermou Street is filled with international and local shops. Sail to Mykonos to enjoy an evening at the cosmopolitan island Mykonos. Wander around in the alleys of Chora and get a taste of the place also called “Little Venice”.

  • Kusadasi (Ephesus), Turkey (07:00 - 13:00)
  • Patmos, Greece (16:00 - 21:00)

Wake up in the port of Kusadasi, and take the opportunity to visit ancient Ephesus and The Terrace Houses. Relax on board while sailing to Patmos, the next island to explore. Inspiring visits are the Saint John’s monastery and the Grotto of Apocalypse.

  • Heraklion port, Greece (07:00) Disembarkation (08:30)

Disembarkation and transfer to hotel. Visit the Minoan palace of Knossos, and see in the Archaeological Museum the treasures of first European civilisation. Stroll in Heraklion city along the Venetian city wall, visit the Saint Titus church and relax next to the Morosini fountain.

Unwind near the pool or on the beach, however it is also a change to explore Crete. Crete tasted many civilisations who all left their landmarks on the island. In a rolling landscape and high mountains you may visit inspiring monasteries, the Roman city of Gortys, and traditional villages. Crete is also birthplace of some significant artists and writers, including El Greco (Domenikos Theotokopoulos), Nobel Prize-winning poet Odysseas Elytis, and novelist Nikos Kazantzakis, whose Zorba the Greek.

Relax near the pool or on the beach, however it is also a change to explore Crete. Uncover the west of Crete. Visit the city Rethymnon with its maze of alleys in the old Venetian centre. Go to Archea Eleftherna an ancient city-state which had flourishing trade with the mainland and Egypt. The museum displays objects of art and everyday life. Stop in the colourful village Margarites famous for its small pottery work-shops.

Time at leisure till departure transfer to the airport.