Seven Day Cruise to Istanbul and the Greek Islands (2020). A spectacular Cruise

What's included
Seven nights cruise of the Aegean islands and Turkey
All meals on board (breakfast, lunch and dinner)
Selection of included Shore excursions
Bosphorus Cruise and the Spice Market
Spectacular Oia Village perched on the caldera rim
Minoan Palace of Knossos - 1st European civilization
Included drinks package
Daily entertainment on board
Gratuities
Port Taxes and charges

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Cruise per day Itinerary
An incredible itinerary including calls at Istanbul and some of the most iconic Greek islands.
Included in the cruise rate are excursions at Istanbul, Santorini and Heraklion.
Day 1
Embarkation! Athens (Piraeus), Greece
Welcome on board!
After embarkation this afternoon, on board, a range of activities are available to you; sip a cocktail by the pool, try your luck in the casino, work-out in the fitness center or just relax and soak up the glorious Mediterranean sun.
You will be wined and dined with an array of enticing international and Greek cuisine.
Set sail for the first port of call, the amazing Istanbul.
Day 2
Istanbul
Arival in Istanbul!
Istanbul, formerly Constantinople, ancient Byzantium, largest city and principal seaport of Turkey. It was the capital of both the Byzantine Empire and the Ottoman Empire. Lauded in antiquity as "the second Rome", this is a city where you most certainly should roam culture and excitement lie around every corner and more than 2000 years of history await you.
Highlights include the Hippodrome, the Blue Mosque and the Topkapi Palace, the official residence of the Ottoman Sultans and the home to the Spoonmaker`s Diamond, the 7th largest diamond in the world.
The ship will dock in the late afternoon. After lunch, optional tours will allow you to explore Istanbul to its fullest.
Day 3
Istanbul
Your second day in Istanbul. Take the opportunity to explore this amazing city; for centuries it has been the connection between east and west. Apart from the very interesting sightseeing tours; the city itself is well worth exploring and finding your favorite parts.
Day 4
Canakkale
Canakkale a city on the Dardanelles Strait. It’s a gateway to the Gallipoli WWI battlefields, north of the narrow strait. The archaeological site at Troy, including an ancient theater, is southwest of the city.
Day 5
Volos
Volos, cradled within a bay at the northern end of the Pagasitikos Gulf, a superb natural harbour that’s sheltered by the long arm of the Pelion Peninsula. Both a lively university town and a major Greek port.
Although not a tourist destination it has a beautiful waterfront, and is a gateway to the majestic Meteora monasteries.
If you chose not to go to Meteora, Volos is also known for its local cuisine and small restaurants offering the traditional drink "Tsipouro" with local tastes.
Day 6
Crete
Early morning breakfast will be served onboard as the ship docks at the port of Heraklio (Crete). The capital city of Crete is a bustling town with centuries of history.
In Heraklion you have the opportunity to participate in a marvelous excursion to Knossos, Crete’s must-see historical attraction, the Palace of Knossos, the capital of Minoan Crete.
Alternatively explore the town of Heraklion and enjoy a coffee in one of the outdoor cafes.

In the afternoon a walk through the town and the main market is interesting; and of course Crete is known for excellent food options!
Day 7
Santorini (morning) Mykonos (Afternoon and overnight)
Today the cruise visits the two beautiful islands, Santorini and Mykonos.
Early morning breakfast will be served onboard as the ship arrives in Santorini. Marvel at the captivating views of this magnificent island. As you approach Santorini from the water, it's hard not to be awed by the sheer cliffs that soar above a turquoise sea, by the fact that you're sailing in an immense crater of a drowned volcano and that before you lies an island shaped by an ancient eruption cataclysmic beyond imagining.
Passengers participating in the optional tour to Oia and Thira will disembark first via tender boats to Athenios Port where motor coaches will await. All other passengers will disembark via tender boats to Santorini`s small port where you can experience a fantastic journey up the caldera by cable car.
Departure from Santorini at 13:00 and sail to Mykonos.


In the late afternoon, the ship will dock in Mykonos; an island that needs little introduction! A summer holiday meeting point for jet setters worldwide, this glittering, glamorous island has everything you expect: fantastic beaches with crystal clear water, whitewashed sugar-cube houses with blue wooden shutters, narrow streets to stroll around, and last, but not least an incredible nightlife!
One of most known islands in Greece with a beautiful port (old town). For the avid shoppers there are souvenir shops scattered everywhere, and fashion lovers will find top shops especially for fashion and jewelry. Walk the narrow alleyways of Mykonos town, the pebble streets with the white washed houses, and uncover more of the secrets of the island!
In the evening the pictoresque port and the area of little Venice are great locations to enjoy the local cuisine or a coffee at one of the numerous cafes.

At 02:00 the ship will sail for the port of Athens (Piraeus).
Day 8
Disembarkation. Athens (Piraeus), Greece
An early breakfast is served onboard before we disembark our cruise ship.
Cruise Map and information

Cruise Information
Optional Sightseeing
Visit Istanbul
Explore the picturesque town of Mykonos
Tour the Meteora mosteries
Visit Knosos in Crete.
Visit Acrotiri in Santorini (the Greek Pompei)
Explore Santorini, walk the amazing cliff side of Oia village
Dining
Seven breakfasts on board the cruise ship.
Seven lunches on board the cruise ship.
Seven dinners on board the cruise ship.
Drink package is included in the rates of the cruise.
Accommodation
Cabin categories vary, please see the full ship info and cabins available on the per ship detail.
Transfers
We can arrange your transfers to and from the cruise ship. Please advise your transfer requirments on your request.



Tour Experiences
Walk the the narrow streets of Matoyiannia in Mykonos town
Taste the cuisine of Crete
See the cliffs of Santorini
Explore the market in Istanbul

The seven day Eclectic Aegean cruise is one of the most interesting of the cruises as the itinerary includes calls to Istanbul and Canakalle. The Eclectic Aegean cruise sails on Saturdays from Piraeus on selected dates (see below).
This cruise will appeal to those who want to experience more…

Seven Day cruise itinerary (2020)
seven day idyllic Cruise timetable

Timetable of the 7 day Cruise to Istanbul and the Greek islands

Day Ports Arrival Departure
Sat Athens, Greece - 16:00
Sun Istanbul, Turkey 15:30
Mon Istanbul, Turkey 20:00
Tue Canakkale, Turkey 07:00 17:00
Wed Volos, Greece 07:00 17:00
Thu Crete (Heraklion) 13:00 23:59
Fri Santorini*, Greece 07:00 13:00
Fri Mykonos*, Greece 19:00
Sat Mykonos*, Greece 02:00
Sat Athens, Greece 09:00 -

* disembarkation by tenders (weather permitting)
@ Cruise Ship information

 

2020 Seven Day Aegean Eclectic [Istanbul] cruise Departure Dates
Cruise departure nights

Sailings every Saturday from Piraeus [2020]



April 04, 11, 18, 25
May 02, 09
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October 10, 17, 24
Seven Day Cruise to Istanbul and the Greek islands
2020 Seven Day Idyllic Aegean Cruise - useful information

Dining and Diets on the Greek island cruise


Meals Included
Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner are included in the price of the cruise ticket. These are served in the dining areas and on occasion also on deck (lunches when weather permits). The meals are nice and cater to the tastes of all, there is good choice and a Greek flavor to the menus.
Diets
If you have any specific dietary requirements, allergies or intolerance to any ingredients, you need to advise the cruise line in advance so necessary adjustments be made, wherever this is possible.

Dress Code on the Cruise Ship


General
If you are traveling during the hot months (May-Sep), light, light colored, cotton clothes which "breathe" will keep you cool. Take with you your bathing suits if you wish to swim. It is good to have with you sunglasses, a hat and of course sun protection for the open spaces and the pool. For the evening it is best to bring a cardigan or light jacket, as it is possible that the weather may be cool on open decks; also remember the vessel is air conditioned). If you intend to use the gym aboard the ship, ensure to pack sports clothes and shoes, as well as the necessary accessories.
Dinning dress code
In both the restaurants and the public spaces on the ship, one ought to be country club casually dressed. Bathing suits & shorts are not allowed in the restaurants where casual dress is compulsory, for aesthetical and hygiene reasons. If you wish to have a meal on deck in your swimwear, you can enjoy the great range of the buffet on the deck (weather permitting), without having to change for lunch.
Formal Nights
Formal wear should be worn for the Gala Night and Captains Cocktail which take place during Seven day cruises. Formal dress entails, for women: Cocktail dress or a smart outfit, for men: Suit (trousers, shirt, jacket) and a necktie.

Drinks on the Cruise ship


The cruise rates include drink packages.
There are different options to choose from including alcoholic and non-alcoholic packages. (we will quote with packages included)

Aegean Sea Shore Excursions


Cruising this amazing area of the world has an added bonus: the very interesting ports of call. Aegean cruises can be categorized as destination cruises as the main highlight are actually the ports of call. On all the islands there are excursions organized by the ship, in which you can participate at an extra cost.
The shore excursions are a highlight of the cruise and you should examine what options are available to you and choose the ones that you find interesting.


On each of the cruises, and within the quoted rate, a set of shore excursions is included. These excursions offered as "included" and vary per itinerary. Details are listed within each cruise description/quotation.

Mobile Phones usage on the Greek Island Cruise


Aegean Sea cruises have an extra good thing going for them…. Mobile phone reception is available during most of the cruise. All the Greek islands have excellent mobile phone coverage this means that on the greater part of the cruise you will have good signal. The only times when you will not be able to use the phone is on long crossings, even though these are few and mostly done at night.

Internet on the Cruise ship


You can browse the internet on the ship but this is quite expensive and done at a designated area of the ship that has computers with access, or where the WIFI of the vessel has coverage.
A good "tip" to have in mind is that in Greece most cafes offer free Wi-Fi to all their customers. So if you want to use Wi-Fi, and as the ship is in port for many hours, it is a good option to enjoy some time at a local café and use the free Wi-Fi.

Smoking on the Cruise ship


Smoking is not allowed in any of the indoor areas of the cruise ship.

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