Iconic Aegean

with 3 night stay in Athens

Cruise & Stay Package

  • A variety of tantalising onboard restaurants
  • An indoor and outdoor swimming pool
  • A sumptuous spa offering a wide variety of treatments
  • Dazzling entertainment within the theatre
  • A range of accommodation options to choose from
  • Huge reductions on selected sailings
  • Kids and single passengers travel at reduced rates
  • Upgrade to the Celestyal Plus+ Package at Half Price
  • Departure Date: 05th November 2024
  • Total Nights: 6 Nights
  • Cruise: Celestyal Discovery
  • Package Type: Cruise and Stay
  • Includes Outbound Flight
  • Includes Inbound Flight
From
£839 *pp
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Celestyal Cruises

Greek line Celestyal offers the chance to sail around a selection of islands in a handful of days, staying in port longer at popular destinations such as Mykonos and Santorini.

Celestyal's two ships also call at less-visited places including the island of Milos, the Turkish port of Kusadasi - close to the ancient ruins of Ephesus - and Greece's second-biggest city, Thessaloniki, which has a rich Roman and Jewish heritage.

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Overview
  • done Return flights from the UK
  • done 3-night stay in Athens
  • done 3-night cruise
  • done Reduced single supplement
  • done Tips included
  • done Transfers included
Cruise Itinerary
Day 1
Outbound flight from London Heathrow to Eleftherios Venizelos
Outbound flight from London Heathrow, UK to Eleftherios Venizelos, Greece
Day 1-4
Athens hotel stay
3-night Athens hotel stay
Day 4
Embark and set sail
Embark at Athens (Lavrion) and set sail
Day 4
Mykonos Town, Mykonos
Mykonos Town, Mykonos, Greece
Day 5
Kuşadası
Kuşadası, Türkiye
Day 5
Patmos
Patmos, Greece
Day 6
Thira, Santorini
Thira, Santorini, Greece
Day 7
Disembark at Athens (Lavrion), Greece
Disembark at Athens (Lavrion), Greece
Day 7
Return flight to the UK
Return flight from Eleftherios Venizelos, Greece to London Heathrow, UK
Outbound flight from London Heathrow to Eleftherios Venizelos image
Day 1
Outbound flight from London Heathrow to Eleftherios Venizelos
Outbound flight from London Heathrow, UK to Eleftherios Venizelos, Greece
Athens hotel stay image
Day 1-4
Athens hotel stay
3-night Athens hotel stay
Embark and set sail image
Day 4
Embark and set sail
Embark.
Mykonos Town, Mykonos image
Day 4
Mykonos Town, Mykonos
Embark.
Kuşadası image
Day 5
Kuşadası
Whilst the busy resort town of Kusadasi offers much in the way of shopping and dining – not to mention a flourishing beach life scene, the real jewel here is Ephesus and the stunning ruined city that really take centre stage. With only 20% of the classical ruins having been excavated, this archaeological wonder has already gained the status as Europe’s most complete classical metropolis. And a metropolis it really is; built in the 10th century BC this UNESCO World Heritage site is nothing short of spectacular. Although regrettably very little remains of the Temple of Artemis (one of the seven wonders of the ancient world), the superb Library of Celsus’ façade is practically intact and it is one of life’s great joys to attend an evening performance in the illuminated ruins once all the tourists have left. The history of the city is fascinating and multi-layered and it is well worth reading up on this beforehand if a visit is planned. Another point of interest for historians would be the house of the Virgin Mary, located on the romantically named Mount Nightingale and just nine kilometres away from Ephesus proper. Legend has it that Mary (along with St. John) spent her final years here, secluded from the rest of the population, spreading Christianity. An edifying experience, even for non-believers. For the less historical minded amongst you, Kusadasi offers plenty in the way of activities. After a stroll through the town, jump in a taxi to Ladies’ Beach (men are allowed), sample a Turkish kebap on one of the many beachfront restaurants and enjoy the clement weather. If you do want to venture further afield, then the crystal clear beaches of Guzelcamli (or the Millipark), the cave of Zeus and the white scalloped natural pools at Pamukkale, known as Cleopatra’s pools, are definitely worth a visit.
Patmos image
Day 5
Patmos
Whilst the busy resort town of Kusadasi offers much in the way of shopping and dining – not to mention a flourishing beach life scene, the real jewel here is Ephesus and the stunning ruined city that really take centre stage. With only 20% of the classical ruins having been excavated, this archaeological wonder has already gained the status as Europe’s most complete classical metropolis. And a metropolis it really is; built in the 10th century BC this UNESCO World Heritage site is nothing short of spectacular. Although regrettably very little remains of the Temple of Artemis (one of the seven wonders of the ancient world), the superb Library of Celsus’ façade is practically intact and it is one of life’s great joys to attend an evening performance in the illuminated ruins once all the tourists have left. The history of the city is fascinating and multi-layered and it is well worth reading up on this beforehand if a visit is planned. Another point of interest for historians would be the house of the Virgin Mary, located on the romantically named Mount Nightingale and just nine kilometres away from Ephesus proper. Legend has it that Mary (along with St. John) spent her final years here, secluded from the rest of the population, spreading Christianity. An edifying experience, even for non-believers. For the less historical minded amongst you, Kusadasi offers plenty in the way of activities. After a stroll through the town, jump in a taxi to Ladies’ Beach (men are allowed), sample a Turkish kebap on one of the many beachfront restaurants and enjoy the clement weather. If you do want to venture further afield, then the crystal clear beaches of Guzelcamli (or the Millipark), the cave of Zeus and the white scalloped natural pools at Pamukkale, known as Cleopatra’s pools, are definitely worth a visit.
Thira, Santorini image
Day 6
Thira, Santorini
Undoubtedly the most extraordinary island in the Aegean, crescent-shape Santorini remains a mandatory stop on the Cycladic tourist route—even if it's necessary to enjoy the sensational sunsets from Ia, the fascinating excavations, and the dazzling white towns with a million other travelers. Called Kállisti (the "Loveliest") when first settled, the island has now reverted to its subsequent name of Thira, after the 9th-century-BC Dorian colonizer Thiras. The place is better known, however, these days as Santorini, a name derived from its patroness, St. Irene of Thessaloniki, the Byzantine empress who restored icons to Orthodoxy and died in 802. You can fly conveniently to Santorini, but to enjoy a true Santorini rite of passage, opt instead for the boat trip here, which provides a spectacular introduction. After the boat sails between Sikinos and Ios, your deck-side perch approaches two close islands with a passage between them. The bigger one on the left is Santorini, and the smaller on the right is Thirassia. Passing between them, you see the village of Ia adorning Santorini's northernmost cliff like a white geometric beehive. You are in the caldera (volcanic crater), one of the world's truly breathtaking sights: a demilune of cliffs rising 1,100 feet, with the white clusters of the towns of Fira and Ia perched along the top. The bay, once the high center of the island, is 1,300 feet in some places, so deep that when boats dock in Santorini's shabby little port of Athinios, they do not drop anchor. The encircling cliffs are the ancient rim of a still-active volcano, and you are sailing east across its flooded caldera. On your right are the Burnt isles, the White isle, and other volcanic remnants, all lined up as if some outsize display in a geology museum. Hephaestus's subterranean fires smolder still—the volcano erupted in 198 BC, about 735, and there was an earthquake in 1956. Indeed, Santorini and its four neighboring islets are the fragmentary remains of a larger landmass that exploded about 1600 BC: the volcano's core blew sky high, and the sea rushed into the abyss to create the great bay, which measures 10 km by 7 km (6 mi by 4½ mi) and is 1,292 feet deep. The other pieces of the rim, which broke off in later eruptions, are Thirassia, where a few hundred people live, and deserted little Aspronissi ("White isle"). In the center of the bay, black and uninhabited, two cones, the Burnt Isles of Palea Kameni and Nea Kameni, appeared between 1573 and 1925. There has been too much speculation about the identification of Santorini with the mythical Atlantis, mentioned in Egyptian papyri and by Plato (who says it's in the Atlantic), but myths are hard to pin down. This is not true of old arguments about whether tidal waves from Santorini's cataclysmic explosion destroyed Minoan civilization on Crete, 113 km (70 mi) away. The latest carbon-dating evidence, which points to a few years before 1600 BC for the eruption, clearly indicates that the Minoans outlasted the eruption by a couple of hundred years, but most probably in a weakened state. In fact, the island still endures hardships: since antiquity, Santorini has depended on rain collected in cisterns for drinking and irrigating—the well water is often brackish—and the serious shortage is alleviated by the importation of water. However, the volcanic soil also yields riches: small, intense tomatoes with tough skins used for tomato paste (good restaurants here serve them); the famous Santorini fava beans, which have a light, fresh taste; barley; wheat; and white-skin eggplants.
Disembark at Athens (Lavrion), Greece image
Day 7
Disembark at Athens (Lavrion), Greece
Disembark.
Return flight to the UK image
Day 7
Return flight to the UK
Disembark.
Ship Details
Celestyal Cruises
Celestyal Discovery

Welcome aboard the magnificent Discovery, a vessel that promises to take you on a Celestyal experience like no other. Prepare to immerse yourself in a world of elegance and adventure as we set sail to enchanting destinations.

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Flights Included

Outbound Flight

Departure Date:
05th November 2024
Location:
Outbound flight from London, UK to Athens, Greece

Inbound Flight

Arrival Date:
11th November 2024
Location:
Inbound flight from Athens, Greece to London, UK