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Aegean Delight

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  • 7 Days
  • Cities Visited

    Athens, Mykonos, Kusadasi, Patmos, Rhodes, Heraklion, Santorini

    Group Size:
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    Age Range:
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    Languages: English, Italian, French
    Type: Cruising with Land, Large Vessels: Celestyal Cruises, Package, Partially Guided Tours

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Tour at a Glance

Tour at a Glance

Explore the ancient capital of Athens and pair it with a stunning 4 night cruise of the Aegean

  • Explore the amazing Acropolis, Parthenon and the Acropolis Museum
  • Visit striking landmarks that represent both classic and contemporary Athens
  • Discover the ancient city of Ephesus in Turkey and the Minoan Palace of Knossos in Crete
  • See islands big and small from imposing Rhodes with its medieval history, to Patmos and its biblical links
  • Sail the emerald waters of the Aegean
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  • Map is an indication of destinations visited and may not depict the exact route taken.

Itinerary

Transfer from Athens airport or port to your hotel. Overnight in Athens.

Morning tour of Athens. Pass by the Prime Minister’s residence, Constitution Square, the Temple of Olympian Zeus, and the Parliament. Stop at the Panathenaic Stadium, site of the first modern Olympic Games. Visit the spectacular Acropolis with its Parthenon and then, visit the Acropolis Museum. Overnight in Athens.

Meals Included:
Breakfast

Morning transfer to Lavrion port to board your Celestyal Cruise vessel. Depart at 13:00pm and cruise the deep blue waters of the Aegean to Mykonos. Depart Mykonos at 23:00pm.

Meals Included:
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Visit the town of Kusadasi. Half day Excursion to ancient Ephesus through the ages (Shore Excursion). Afternoon departure to Patmos, arriving at 16:30pm. Depart Patmos at 21:30pm.

Meals Included:
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Arrive into Rhodes at 7:00am with a half day excursion Medieval tour; Acropolis of Lindos and the Citadel of the Knights. Depart Rhodes at 18.00pm.

Meals Included:
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Morning arrival into Heraklion. Late afternoon arrival into Santorini. Depart at 21.30pm.

Meals Included:
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Arrive into Lavrion Port, Athens at 06.00am. Disembark after breakfast. End of services.

Meals Included:
Breakfast

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What’s included?

2 nights accommodation in Athens

4 nights Celestyal Cruise

Multilingual licensed guide

Tours as per itinerary

Shore excursions include:

  • Ancient Ephesus through the ages, Kusadasi
    • Duration: Half Day
    • This is a wonderful journey through some of the most important and formative periods of history and we hope you will be enthralled by the stories of the Hellenes, Romans and of Christianity in our fascinating exploration of Ephesus. This marvellous city, sitting on the hills outside Kusadasi is a fabulous open air archaeological wonder founded by the Greeks around 2000 BC. It was one of the most important cities of the region and was dedicated to the goddess Artemis. The Temple built in her honour was one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World. It had more than 100 marble pillars each standing 56 feet tall and it earned the city the name ‘Servant of the Goddess.’ A single pillar remains standing on the site, found during an excavation in the 1870s. We will be able to see the Agora, Odeon, the Library of Celsus, the marvel-paved Main Street of Curetes, the Baths of Scholastica, Trajan’s Fountain, the Temple of Hadrian and the Houses of Koressus, where the wealthy families of Ancient Ephesus lived. Only 13 per cent of Ephesus has so far been uncovered. The finds from the excavations made so far are housed in the Archaeological Museum of Ephesus in the city of Selcuk. We have time for shopping for carpets, jewellery, leather and other souvenirs at the end of our tour.
  • Acropolis of Lindos and the Citadel of the Knights, Rhodes
    • Duration: Half Day
    • Let’s begin in unusual fashion, with what you won’t see in Rhodes. One of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World once proudly stood here. He was the Colossus of Rhodes and is of course long departed, probably destroyed by an earthquake. Nevertheless as you arrive on this wonderful, historic island, you may just be able to imagine this statue of the Greek sun-god Helios in 280BC, standing 100 feet tall in celebration of Rhodes’ victory over Cyprus. The largest of the Dodecanese islands, Rhodes has a compelling back story and there are still remnants of its occupation by the Knights of St John during the Crusades. So while the Colossus may not be there, you will be wowed by the many historical sites. We travel first to Lindos, about 55km from Rhodes Town and high above the village sits the impressive Acropolis of Lindos with the Doric Temple of Athena, built in 300 BC. Captains’ mansions constructed between the 16th and 18th centuries are dotted here and there and in the heart of Lindos is the Church of the Virgin Mary with lovely frescoes from the 15th Century. Back in Rhodes is where we are really immersed in the history of the island in the Knights’ Quarter We stroll through Gate d’Amboise to walk along the Street of the Knights and see where they lived, separated according to Order, their crests still visible today. We will also see (outside) the imposing Palace of the Grand Master of the Knights of Rhodes, a medieval castle also known as the Kastello. It’s one of the few examples of Gothic architecture in Greece. The Byzantine citadel was built in the 7th Century, the palace itself in the fourteenth. Where the palace sits today could well have been the spot where once stood the Colossus according to recent studies. Either way, this tour takes us into the heart of the fascinating history of Rhodes.

The journey from Rhodes to Lindos is approximately 50 min. Tour not suitable for passengers with walking difficulties.

5 Breakfasts, 3 Lunches, 3 Dinners

Transfer from Athens airport or port to hotel

Transfer from Athens hotel to port

Transportation by air conditioned vehicle during sightseeing tours

Optional Shore Excursions:

  • Mykonos:
    • Mykonian Dinner – $133 per person
    • Mykonian Countryside tour with Chora and Little Venice – $114 per person
  • Kusadasi:
    • House of Virgin Mary & Ancient Ephesus – $126 per person
    • Ancient Ephesus and the Terrace Houses – $126 per person
  • Patmos:
    • Religious visit to St John’s Monastery – Grotto of Apocalypse – $114 per person
    • Countryside Tour with Chora and the Grotto of Apocalypse – $114 per person
    • Transfer to Agriolivadi Beach – Sold On Board Only
    • Traditional Feast in Patmos – $99 per person
  • Rhodes:
    • Philerimos church and the Palace of the Knights – $126 per person
    • Walking Tour in the Medieval City of Rhodes – $80 per person
    • Transfer to Tsambika Beach – Sold On Board Only
  • Heraklion:
    • Minoan Palace of Knossos – 1st European Civilisation – $126 per person
    • Experience the Cretan Countryside and Lifestyle – $126 per person
    • Venetian Heraklion and the Unique Archaeological Museum – $114 per person
  • Santorini:
    • Spectacular Oia Village perched on the Caldera Rim – $126 per person
    • Cruise to Santorini’s Islands and Volcanoes – $117 per person
    • Akrotiri Village excavations – $126 per person
  • Athens:
    • Athens Monuments and the Acropolis – $133 per person
    • Athens Tour and the New Acropolis Museum – $133 per person

Entrance fees to sites listed in the itinerary

All inclusive drinks package on Celestyal Cruise: includes unlimited alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks for adults and unlimited non- alcoholic drinks for children under 18 years.

Port taxes & services charges on Celestyal Cruise

Passport or visa fees

Gratuities

Drinks with meals

Any other items of personal nature

Tours do not include any tourist taxes that apply. These will need to be paid locally.

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Hotel List (or similar)

Athens Center Square
15 Aristogitonos Street 10552 Athens
Tel: +30 21 0322 2706
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4.5
Athens Center Square
Hermes Hotel Athens
Apollonos, Syntagma 19, Athina 105 57, Greece
Tel: +30 21 0322 2706
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Hermes Hotel Athens
Acropolian Spirit Boutique Hotel
Leof. Andrea Siggrou 7, Athina 117 43, Greece
Tel: +30 21 0921 2100
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4
Acropolian Spirit Boutique Hotel

Ship Details

  • Refurbished: 2015
  • Length: 214.50 m
  • Breadth: 28.41 m
  • Speed: 19 km/h
  • Passengers: 1664
  • Cabins: 724
  • Voltage: 110-220 V
  • 11 Decks
  • 7 Lounges & bars
  • Sun-deck
  • Multiple dining options
  • 2 outdoor pools
  • Beauty center
  • Casino
  • Duty free
  • Fully equipped gym
  • Sports deck
  • Sauna
  • Kids club
  • Video game room
Interior Stateroom
  • Code: IA
  • Deck 2 & 3
  • Bedding: 2 lower beds and upper 3rd & 4th berth
  • Size(sqm): 11
  • En-suite with shower
  • Window: No
Interior Stateroom
  • Code: IB
  • Deck 3 & 4
  • Bedding: 2 lower beds and upper 3rd & 4th berth
  • Size(sqm): 11
  • En-suite with shower
  • Window: No
Interior Stateroom
  • Code: IC
  • Deck 5 & 6
  • Bedding: 2 lower beds
  • Size(sqm): 11
  • En-suite with shower
  • Window: No
Exterior Stateroom
  • Code: XA
  • Deck 2 & 3
  • Bedding: 2 lower beds and upper 3rd & 4th berth
  • Size(sqm): 11
  • En-suite with shower
  • Window: Porthole
Exterior Stateroom
  • Code: XB
  • Deck 3 & 4
  • Bedding: 2 lower beds and upper 3rd & 4th berth
  • Size(sqm): 11
  • En-suite with shower
  • Window: Yes
Exterior Stateroom
  • Code: XC
  • Deck 5, 6 & 7
  • Bedding: 2 lower beds
  • Size(sqm): 12
  • En-suite with shower
  • Window: Yes
Junior Suite
  • Code: SJ
  • Deck 7
  • Bedding: 2 lower beds & 1 sofa bed
  • Size(sqm): 22
  • En-suite with bathtub
  • Window: Yes
  • Minibar

 

Balcony Suite
  • Code: SB
  • Deck 9
  • Bedding: 1 double & 1 sofa bed
  • Size(sqm): 27
  • En-suite with bathtub
  • Minibar
  • Balcony
Grand Suite
  • Code: SG
  • Deck 9
  • Bedding: 1 double & 1 sofa bed
  • Size(sqm): 35
  • En-suite with bathtub
  • Minibar
  • Balcony
  • En-suite
  • Air conditioning
  • Telephone
  • TV
  • Safe
  • Hair dryer
  • Minibar (certain cabins)

Important things to note

Some sites may be closed during special event periods and religious holidays.

Pre and post accommodation is required on these tours.

Tours can be a combination of different regular tours and therefore coach changes may be required.

The same people may not be travelling throughout your tour.

All cruise itineraries and vessels are subject to change without notice.

Sailing is at the Captain’s discretion.

Some islands can only be reached by tender boat.

Visit is subject to weather conditions.

FAQ’s

For escorted coach tours, you cannot choose between different classes. You must stick to the same class hotels throughout your tours.

However, for self-guided packages you may be able to substitute different hotels in each destination. Just check with our team of experts and we can recommend the best hotel for your dream holiday!

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Reviews for Aegean Delight

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Louise
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Review for: Aegean Circle Cruise Athens - Athens

We book a Celestyal Cruise through Sun Island Tours for August 2020, Unfortunately due to the circumstances of COVID we had to post pone. We were lucky enough to had book through Sun Island Tours who stayed in touch without through the last 2 years and helped our re organise our plans for 2022. It was nice to see that a company actually cared about us and ensured we still got to travel in the future. During times like these we really appreciated this and won't hesitate to ever book with them. Fast forward to May 2022 we finally got to embark on our Greek Cruise. The staff were so warm and welcoming, It was so nice to see things finally going back to normal. The cruise overall was excellent value for money. Nothing too fancy but perfect for us. We are sad to be home but we are already planning our next holiday to Croatia.
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Julie
Wonderful way of seeing Greece

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Great trip, wonderful way of being introduced to Greece, and all of us had a lot of fun. The accommodation was excellent and the hotels had great locations. there was a great balance of free time and designated sights and a good group. Would definitely recommend.
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Joseph
My wife and I tried this company

Review for: Sun Island Dreams

My wife and I tried this company for the first time, and we loved the professionalism, efficiency, and quality service of their agents and managers. We would definitely recommend 100x this company to individuals that are looking for the best customer service yet. We look forward doing business with them again. Definitely worth the five stars. To summarize we went to Greece for my wife’s birthday. A 9-day trip visiting Athens, Mykonos, and Santorini in May. A trip that was planned for June 2020, but with the pandemic we had to cancel, so it was no easy task to plan a trip during this unstable time. However, Sun Island Tours kept in touched with us the whole time. Giving us updates on our accommodation and the situation within Greece with the pandemic. They had to adjust our accommodation a couple of times cause of the pandemic, but the changes were well worth it. From Athens, to Mykonos, to Santorini, our accommodation was great. Especially the Dana Villas in Santorini was top notch. From the views from our room, to the service, and management of the hotel was excellent. We couldn’t have asked for a better accommodation. We couldn't recommend a tour company anymore than this one, If you are thinking about going. Just go. It will be worth every cent.

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Aegean Delight

4.5
(29 Reviews)
From $1,655 AUD
  • 7 Days
  • Cities Visited

    Athens, Mykonos, Kusadasi, Patmos, Rhodes, Heraklion, Santorini

    Group Size:
    1 to 1664
    Age Range:
    0 to 99
    Languages: English, Italian, French
    Travel Style: Cruising with Land, Large Vessels: Celestyal Cruises, Package, Partially Guided Tours

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