Everything You Need to Know About Our New 7 Night Eclectic Aegean Cruise Itinerary

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Ever wanted to check out the huge variety of historical sites in Istanbul or see the ancient city of Troy and the Gallipoli Battlefields near Ҫanakkale in Turkey? Perhaps you’ve always dreamed of visiting Mykonos and Santorini, two of the most beautiful islands not only in Greece but in the whole world. When you choose our 7 Night Eclectic Aegean Cruise, you can enjoy the incredible experience of cruising to all of these breathtaking destinations, as well as get the chance to discover the amazing Greek gems of Piraeus, Volos and Heraklion.

 

While one of the best parts of cruising is the ship you travel with, an even bigger part of the experience is the ports you call into, which is why we’ve included 7 bucket list places that you simply must visit at least once in your lifetime. The iconic cities and picturesque islands you’ll get to see along the way are home to some of the world’s most magnificent architecture, fascinating history and attention-grabbing beaches, plus you get to step into a totally different world each time you reach a new destination.

Each port has something unique to offer and each destination has been carefully selected so that you can enjoy a rich and diverse vacation experience. Our 7 Night Eclectic itinerary includes an overnight stay in Istanbul, meaning you’ll have more time to explore all of the wonderful things this city has to offer, such as Hagia Sophia, Topkapi Palace, the Blue Mosque and the Grand Bazaar. On days four and five, you can take a full day trip to Troy and Assos when in Ҫanakkale and visit the rocks and spectacular clifftop monasteries of Meteora near Volos. You’ll then head to Heraklion in Crete where you can explore the Cretan countryside, the Archaeological Museum or the grand ancient city of Knossos before traveling to Santorini to get up close and personal with the stunning village of Oia, the Akrotiri Excavations or the island’s coarse volcanic silhouette. This cruise also includes an overnight stop at Mykonos, famous for its cosmopolitan atmosphere, sandy beaches, maze of cobbled streets and high-energy nightlife.

 

As mentioned previously, exploring the destinations is one of the highlights of your cruise, and one of the best ways to do this is on a shore excursion. The fare does include three shore excursions, which are the Bosphorus Cruise and the Spice Market (Istanbul), Spectacular Oia Village (Santorini), and the Minoan Palace of Knossos – 1st European Civilization (Heraklion). There are lots of optional excursions and tours to choose from as well, so you’re bound to find the perfect one for you at each destination. 

Like the majority of our cruises, the 7 Night Eclectic begins and ends at the port of Piraeus, a hubbub of activity and an important destination for cruise ships. Piraeus is home to lots of bars, cafes, shops and some very interesting museums but the leisure harbor of Pasalimani (Zea) is perhaps its most attractive corner. Not forgetting that Piraeus is your gateway to the must-visit city of Athens, a vibrant city crowned by ancient landmarks and historical attractions, including the Acropolis, the Parthenon and the Panathenaic Stadium.

 

But the destinations aren’t the only things you’ll get to explore. You’ll have 7 nights to really get to know your cruise ship, Celestyal Crystal, a mid-sized vessel with plenty of bars, lounges and restaurants, each with its own unique character and atmosphere. Ship facilities include a swimming pool, Jacuzzi, spa, sauna, fitness room, beauty center, photo shop, duty free shop, boutique shop, library, casino and endless promenade decks. On top of all of that, you’ll discover a cruise nightlife filled with cocktails, dancing, karaoke, concerts, live shows and fantastic entertainment. From the moment you step on board Celestyal Crystal, you’ll enjoy authentic experiences and Greek hospitality at its best.  

The 7 Night Eclectic Aegean is an all-inclusive cruise that comes with a drinks package, breakfast, lunch, afternoon tea, dinner and daily activities, with staff gratuities, port taxes and service charges included too. It’s also a stress-free cruise that you can enjoy at your own pace because it offers you the freedom and flexibility to tailor your vacation to be as relaxing or action-packed as you want it to be. 

 

Looking for a vacation experience that allows you the opportunity to check out a bunch of truly amazing places? Then our 7 Night Eclectic Aegean could be the perfect cruise for you.