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7 Night Iconic Aegean Itinerary

 Greece And Turkey2

Every day a different fabulous destination of the eastern Mediterranean – 6 Greek Islands and Istanbul Itinerary

Fri

 Athens – 12:00 Transfer to the Cristal cruise ship in the port of Lavrion for embarkation.

SAT

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.

SUN

Kusadasi- A tour to nearby Ephesus, where history comes to life, should not be missed. Walk towards the ancient harbour, down a marble road rutted by the wheels of countless chariots, and you pass architectural masterpieces like the Library of Celsus before arriving at the Great Amphitheatre where St. Paul preached.

MON

Santorini -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.

TUE

Ay. Nicolaos (Crete)  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.

TUE

Rhodes – Symi – 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.Enjoy a delicious lunch on the pool deck or a chilled glass of ouzo and meze at Thalassa Bar, on Deck 10, the Aegean spread before you as we sail for an afternoon in charming Symi and its picture-perfect capital. The mansions of sponge fishing millionaires and shipping magnates climb the hillsides above the harbor at Symi, a protected architectural site since the 1970s. Two steep stairways lead to Horio, home of the Knights’ Castle and 13 churches. Don’t miss exquisite Panormitis Monastery, built in the 15th century on the seafront along Panormitis Bay.

WED

Chios – Mykonos – How about breakfast in fragrant Chios, allegedly the birthplace of Christopher Columbus and almost swimming distance from the Turkish coast. Chios is mountainous, but it offers visitors a stunning array of beautiful beaches. The sturdy Castle of Chios rises just north of the center of Chios Town, beside the harbor: originally a Byzantine fortress, the Genoese rebuilt the castle between the 12th and 14th centuries. At the center of the island is Nea Moni Monastery, from the 11th century, and Kambos, redolent with citrus. Southern Chios is home to the mastic villages, which date to the Genoese occupation. 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.

 FRI

Lavrion (Athens) – Arrive back into Athens in the early hours of the morning and disembark.

 

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