£789pp – All-inc Turkey & Greece cruise w/excursions
Explore Istanbul's bazaars, marvel at Santorini's cliffside towns and admire ancient Knossos
With this £789-per-person package from The Travel Brand, you'll stay overnight in Athens before embarking on a week-long cruise aboard Celestyal Crystal, with excursions in three destinations. The offer saves up to £153 on the price of packaging the trip yourself.
- Return flights
- One night at Airotel Parthenon, Athens
- A 7-night cruise aboard Celestyal Crystal, in an Inside Stateroom
- All inclusive board, with all drinks and dining covered
- Three excursions -- a Bosphorus cruise with a Grand Bazaar tour, an Oia tour and a Minoan Palace of Knossos tour
Depart on 10, 17, 24 November from London Stansted.
You can also travel on 1, 8 May, 2020, from £1109 per person.
The holiday begins with an overnight stay at the Airotel Parthenon in Athens. The next morning, you'll board Celestyal Crystal and set sail for Istanbul, where you'll stay in port for the night.
In Istanbul, you'll board a private tender boat and sail through the aquamarine waters of the Bosphorus Strait, which divides Europe and Asia. After taking in the city skyline from both sides, you'll disembark and take a guided tour of Istanbul's Grand Bazaar, one of the world's oldest covered markets, with more than 4000 shops across 60 streets.
On day four, you'll arrive in Canakkale, which is known for its sweeping promenade and atmospheric main square. It's then back to Greece, where you'll visit Volos, before arriving in Heraklion, in Crete, on day six.
From Heraklion, you'll travel to Knossos, the home of King Minos and the Minotaur in Greek mythology. You'll take a tour of this archaeological attraction to learn more about the legends that surround it.
The next port of call will be Fira in Santorini, from where you'll travel to Oia for a guided tour -- Lonely Planet says, "you will struggle to find a more stunning spot in the Cyclades".
Finally, you'll sail to Mykonos, "one of the most elegant island holiday destinations in Greece" (Condé Nast Traveller), where you'll stay overnight. You'll then return to Athens for your flight home.
About the ship
Celestyal Crystal is "all about the destination", says Cruise Critic, and offers "top-notch shore excursions". The ship was voted Best for Shore Excursions in Cruise Critic's 2018 Cruisers' Choice Awards.
It has four restaurants, including the Amalthia and Olympus buffet restaurants. All restaurants have à la carte menus available for an additional fee. There's also a gym, a spa and a salon, or you can take lessons in Greek dancing (extra charges apply).
- Solo travellers can book this deal from £989 per person
- Add four nights in Cyprus from an additional £349 per person (transfers not included)
- Add an Athens & Monuments half-day tour for £60 per person
Transfers & baggage
A 10kg checked baggage allowance is included. Add return transfers from £60 per person.
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