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Greek Islands and Istanbul Itinerary

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Weekly cruises from March to November


Flight from UK to Athens – Transfer to the Cristal cruise ship in the port of Piraeus for embarkation. Set sail in the evening.


Istanbul – After a relaxing day at sea, with plenty of time to familiarise yourself with the ship and all it has to offer we arrive in Istanbul in the late afternoon. Located at the crossroads of Europe in the West and Asia in the East, Istanbul boasts some of the world’s most magnificent architecture such as Agia Sophia, the Blue Mosque and the Topkapi Palace with its treasures of the Ottoman Empire.


Istanbul – Enjoy a full day in this vibrant city with a wide choice of optional excursions. You may wish to take a sightseeing cruise along the river Bosphorus or prefer to explore the city, beginning the excursion with a drive through the business centre of the modern city, across the Galata Bridge, along the banks of the Golden Horn and under the Byzantine Aqueduct of Valens. On the way, you can see the Süleymaniye Mosque, dedicated to Sultan Süleyman the Magnificent.


Mykonos – After sailing through Sunday night and into Monday, arrive into Mykonos in the late afternoon. Beneath its sophisticated surface, lies a quite essentially Greek island. Hundreds of tiny chapels dot this blue and white-washed island with its beautiful windmills. Find a table on the waterfront and bask in the serenity of sunset over its picturesque harbour.


Patmos – Kusadasi – Wake up on the delightful island of Patmos. This island is known as the site of the apocalyptic revelations of St. John the Divine, written here during his exile from the Roman Empire. The cave where he lived is near the site of the Monastery of the Apocalypse. The Monastery of St. John’s was built on one of the island’s highest points and houses priceless icons and manuscripts in its Treasury. In the afternoon sail for Kusadasi in Turkey. A tour to nearby Ephesus should not be missed, for here history truly comes to life. Walking towards the ancient harbour, down a marble road rutted by the wheels of countless chariots, you pass architectural masterpieces like the Library of Celsus before arriving at the Great Amphitheatre where St. Paul preached.


Rhodes – Dock into Rhodes in the early hours of the morning and enjoy a full day on this historical island. The beautiful “Island of Roses” has a rich and varied history. On a hill above the charming town of Lindos rises an ancient acropolis dedicated to the goddess Athena. Below lies the bay of St.Paul, where the apostle landed during his voyages.


Ay. Nicolaos (Crete) – Santorini – Agios Nicholaos, the capital of Lassithi, is a picturesque town in the eastern part of the island built on the northwest side of the peaceful bay of Mirabello. It is named after the charming 7th century Byzantine chapel of St.Nikolas, erected on the spot called “Nissi” during the 7th AD century, with its bell tower, drum and dome. In the late afternoon, arrive in Santorini for an evening visit. The island of Santorini is perhaps the most breath-taking of all the Greek islands. In the town of Thira white-washed houses, narrow streets, open-air cafes and glittering boutiques cling to steep cliffs, accessible by cable-car or mule.


Piraeus (Athens) – Arrive back into Athens in the early hours of the morning and disembark. Transfer to the airport for your return flight to the UK or to the hotel of your choice if you’re extending your stay.

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