Cruise Dialysis

Eclectic Aegean & Three Continents Cruise onboard Celestyal Crystal sailing from Athens, Greece, 24 October 2020, 14 nights, fares from £3139

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Small Ship Authentic Cruises in Greece and the Greek Islands

All Inclusive Experience includes

  • Unlimited drinks package onboard
  • Six complimentary shore excursions
  • Prepaid gratuities
  • Entertainment

Celestyal Cruises is the only cruise company that can call Greece its home taking you to the hidden gems of Greece.  Experience tranquil ports, small islands and beautiful beaches, places that only Celestyal’s medium sized cruise ships can take you.  Experience the best of Greece in just a few days.

As soon as you step aboard Celestyal Crystal, you’ll realise your getaway couldn’t feel more comfortable.  Enjoy well appointed staterooms and suites, elegant restaurants, bars and lounges, spa and fitness rooms, as well as promenade decks, where you can revel in the splendour of a starlit ocean sky.

During your Celestyal Cruise you will experience ancient Greek history and culture through exciting shore excursions.  Have fun the Greek way, life onboard is full of genuine Greek entertainment, traditional and modern music, live shows, Greek dance lessons and parties.

Celestyal cook the best of Greece for you, taste the local tomato, oregano and olive oil.  Let Celestyal guide you through the paths of authentic Greek cuisine and superb Greek wines.

Every single cruise is a journey that emphasises the main elements that define Greece : Taste, feel and live authentic Greek moments.

Description

Imagine walking in the streets of mystical Istanbul enjoying your overnight stay in port with your senses being more alive than ever.  Istanbul is a vibrant city that goes beyond its famous minarets.  It’s a culinary experience with flavours and aromas in every corner.  Volos in Greece is situated very close to the world heritage listed Meteora – a site of unparalleled beauty that is mostly known for its hanging monasteries.  Cannaddale in Turkey is a place with a rich history that offers unique excursions.  You will also visit Heraklion, the city of myths that lives and breathes culture and enjoy an overnight stay in port in cosmopolitan Mykonos and a visit to Santorini to enjoy a stroll through the beautiful town.

Complimentary Shore Excursions

  • Bosphorus Cruise from Europe to Asia, level of difficulty (2) 4.5hours
  • Includes bus, guide and boat transfer.
With the Bosphorus Strait dividing two continents, Europe and Asia, this is one cruise that’s truly unique. You’ll set sail by private tender boat to glide over the jet blue waters of the Bosphorus so that you can take in the city and its iconic skyline from both angles. As you weave your way between traditional fishing boats and ferries, you’ll soon see the Orient and Occident emerging. Keep a lookout for the glamorous 19th century Dolmabahçe Palace and the former Ottoman palace of Çırağan, now a luxury hotel, on the European riverbank. And on the Asian side, the summer residence of the sultans, Beylerbeyi Palace, as well as the Anatolian Castle medieval fortress and magnificent Kanlica Villa all soon come into view. Then, back on dry land, you can stretch your legs with a stroll around the labyrinthine Spice Market. Try haggling for souvenirs, or simply browse the myriad of goods on offer.
  • Spectacular Oia Village perched on the Caldera Rim, level of difficulty (3) 4.5 hours
  • Includes guide, bus transfer (Note: Santorini is a tender port).

The tour to Santorini’s jewel, the village of Oia, is a trip into the picture-perfect world of an island where romance and beauty reign supreme.  As we board our tour to discover  the island’s second largest village, we will drive by the picturesque villages of Firostefani, Imerovigli, the “balcony to the Aegean”, and Megalochori surrounded by its famous vineyards, where we will stop briefly to capture the experience with photos. Our tour will continue with a panoramic drive by Santorini’s caldera which offers breathtaking views. We will admire from afar the village of Fira, the capital of the island, as well as Thirassia, Palea Kameni and Nea Kameni — three of the five islands which form the cluster that surround Santorini. As we arrive in Oia we will walk through the gleaming white streets of the village through a beautiful labyrinth of shops, cafes, art galleries and hotels, harmoniously built in the unmistakable Cycladic style. You will have free time to enjoy your moments in one of the world’s best known and loved living postcards — taking photos of the awe-inspiring scenery, shopping for fine jewelry or art, or simply relaxing and breathing in the beauty of Santorini.

  • Minoan Palace of Knossos – 1st European Civilisation, level of difficulty (3) 4.5hours
  • Includes guide, bus transfer, entrance fees, up to 4.5 hours

As we venture into the incredible open-air museum of the Palace of Knossos, our bus tour will take you along the proud Venetian heritage of Heraklion – the Koules Fortress (the stronghold overlooking the Heraklion harbour), the Venetian Loggia (the 17th century administrative and social center), the harmonious Morozini fountain and the 10th century Church of St. Titus. As you explore the Palace of Knossos, considered Europe’s oldest city, you are entering and experiencing the incredible world of the legendary Minoan civilization. The long and winding roads of Crete’s ancient city gradually expose the remarkable art, architecture and daily life of the Minoan people. Breathe in the millennia of history and imagine the legends of Daedalus, Theseus and the Minotaur come to life in the remarkable Hall of the Royal Guard and the Double Axes, the King’s Chamber or the Queen’s Apartment. Enjoy free time to savour the beauty and uniqueness of Crete’s largest city (and the fourth largest in Greece). The city is brimming with an assortment of museums that satisfy every taste- entre, full of busy cafes and elegant shops or retrace the steps of its Venetian rulers at the impressive fortified port, the vast arches and the arsenals.

  • Classic Cairo, up to 12 hours, level of difficulty (3)

The largest city in Africa and all its top sights are waiting to be discovered on this full day excursion from Alexandria. Leaving the port in a luxury air-conditioned coach, you’ll journey south towards Cairo. And your first port of call will be the last remaining Wonder of the Ancient World, the mighty Pyramid of Giza. From the base of Chephren’s pyramid, the time is yours to explore these ancient marvels under your own steam. If you wish, climb aboard a camel, or simply roam the complex on foot. Then, continuing through the valley, you’ll spot the supreme Sphinx guarding the land. A buffet lunch will be served at a 5-star hotel, after which, there’s more sightseeing on the agenda – this time in the heart of Cairo. From the bustling Tahrir (Liberty) Square, you’ll head to the National Archaeological Museum to become acquainted with Egypt’s ancient history – spanning an incredible 50 centuries – through eye-catching antiquities, including the collection of King Tutankhamen. After visiting a Papyrus Institute, there’s some time dedicated to souvenir shopping before travelling back to the cruise ship.

  • Medieval Tour – Acropolis of Lindos and the Citadel of the Knights, up to 4.5hours.  Level of difficulty (3)

Centuries of culture and layer upon layer of extraordinary civilizations await to be discovered during our bus tour through impressive Lindos and within the awe-inspiring structure of the Acropolis of Lindos. We will follow the footsteps of heroes as we walk along the Knight’s Street in the heart of historical Rhodes. The seven lodges of the Order, still bearing their original coats of arms, are displayed along the cobblestone street where Rhodes’ history was written for over two centuries. Sitting at the top of Knights Street, the Grand Master’s Palace is well worth its name. You will be awed by the fort’s imposing Gothic architecture and strength displayed throughout its court structures, as you get a glimpse into the fascinating era of the Knights. We will end our tour of historical Rhodes with free time so that you may fortify your memories of Rhodes at your own pace.

  • Ancient Ephesus through the Ages – Hellinistic and Roman, up to 4.5 hours.  Level of difficulty (3)

The Ancient Ephesus bus tour is a journey through the golden ages which shaped a pivotal center of commerce and spirituality. Built 3,000 years ago, Ephesus shaped the history of Greek, Turkish and Christian civilizations from its privileged location, chosen (according to legend) by the oracle of Delphi. A site of pilgrimage, due to its proximity to the Temple of Artemis (one of the 7 Wonders of the World) and the presence of major Christian figures (the apostles Paul and John and the Virgin Mary) within the city walls, Ephesus is currently one of the largest Roman archaeological sites in the Mediterranean. The splendour of its golden age is visible throughout its streets and exceptionally well-preserved ruins. As we explore this UNESCO World Heritage Site you will have the opportunity to breathe in the centuries of cultural effervescence, visible in the Ephesus Agora, Odeon, the Houses of the Patricians, the beautiful Temple of Hadrian and the astonishing Library of Celsus. You will also have the opportunity to bargain and shop local merchandise such as carpets, leather goods, souvenirs etc.

Key –

Difficulty level 2 – Easy walking: General walking over an even surface

Difficulty level 3 – Moderate walking: Moderate amount of physical activity such as walking over uneven surfaces and climbing stairs.  Might not be recommended for guests with walking difficulties.

Itinerary

Day Port Arrive Depart
Sat Piraeus (Greece) 16.00
Sun Istanbul (Turkey) 15.30
Mon Istanbul (Turkey) 20.00
Tue Çanakkale (Turkey) 07.00 17.00
Wed Volos (Greece) 07.00 17.00
Thu Heraklion (Greece) 13.00 23.59
Fri Santorini (Greece) 07.00 13.00
Fri Mykonos (Greece) 19.00
Sat Mykonos (Greece) 02.00
Sat Piraeus (Greece) 09.00 21:00
Sun At Sea
Mon Alexandria (Egypt) 07.00 09.00
Mon Port Said (Egypt) 20.00 22.00
Tue Ashdod (Israel) 08.00 22.00
Wed Limassol (Cyprus) 11.00 18.00
Thu Rhodes (Greece) 12.00 20.00
Fri Kusadasi (Turkey) 07.00 19.30
Sat Piraeus (Greece) 09.00

Fares

Twin Occupancy Fares (per person)
Category Type Occupancy € Fare (pp) Approx £
IB Interior Twin 3,662.00 € £3,139
XC Window Twin 4,264.00 € £3,655
SBJ Junior Balcony Suite Twin 4,846.00 € £4,154
SB Balcony Suite Twin 5,702.00 € £4,888
SG Grand Suite with balcony (on request) Twin 6,068.00 € £5,201

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Testimonials

  • I would just like to place on record my appreciation for the wonderful service and attention I received on my dialysis cruise round the Greek Islands.  I hope to book with you soon for another trip soon.

    Mr J Redfern
  • Just a quick note to thank you, the Charge Nurse and the rest of the team, including the Doctor, for the wonderful cruise we just enjoyed. As usual everything went well and we look forward to seeing you again in the future.

    Mr K Best
  • Just wanted to say thank you, the ladies really enjoyed their holiday in fact one was crying and did not want to come home. They had a great time. Thank you for your help and patience .

    Ms J Mitchell
  • Thank you for planning an excellent holiday which we thoroughly enjoyed – wish it was for another 3 days. The dialysis worked very well as we were a bit apprehensive for the first time Celebrity was great, our first time.

    Mrs N Rahim
  • Just a note to say how enjoyable the Rhine cruise was. The dialysis was both caring and sociable.

    Mr R Ward