Steps of St Paul Cruise & Eclectic Aegean Cruise onboard Celestyal Crystal sailing from Athens, Greece, 22 October 2022, 14 nights, fares from £3313
Small Ship Authentic Cruises in Greece and the Greek Islands
All Inclusive Experience includes
- Unlimited drinks package onboard
- Four selected shore excursions
- Prepaid gratuities
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.
The epic journey of St Paul tells of many trials and tribulations. His teachings inspired countless followers and were the inspiration behind The Temple of the Artemis in Ephesus – one of the seven wonders of the ancient world. However, his journey also incited riots and the Apostle was forced to flee from angry merchants. The Steps of St Paul cruise takes you on a mesmerising journey of your own and recounts fascinating insights into St Paul’s experiences along his journey – plus much more! Discover the romance and mystery that surrounds the ancient worlds of Greece and Turkey, and visit iconic landmarks including Hagia Sophia, the Acropolis and the Holy Grotto of the Apocalypse. For history buffs that love an adventure the Steps of St Paul is an enchanting experience that offers much more than a typical run-of-the-mill cruise.
During the Eclectic Aegean Cruise follow in the footsteps of the Romans, Venetians and Ottomans in a journey that will bring thousands of years of history alive. Marvel at the wonders of Istanbul and stand at the crossroads of Europe and Asia. Then be captivated by the tales of Jason and the Argonauts.
Thessaloniki (Greece), Kavala (Greece), Istanbul (Turkey), Dikili (Turkey), Kusadasi (Turkey), Patmos (Greece), Athens (Greece), Istanbul (Turkey), Canakkale (Turkey), Thessaloniki (Greece), Volos (Greece), Santonini (Greece), Athens (Greece)
Complimentary Shore Excursions
- Veria (Berroia), level of difficulty (3) Half Day
- Includes bus, guide and boat transfer.
- Ancient Ephesus & Miletus, level of difficulty (3) Up to 12 hours
- Includes guide, bus transfer
A spectacular day. Your first stop after leaving lovely Kusadasi is the House of the Virgin Mary on Mount Bulbul (“canary”). Prior to his crucifixion, Jesus Christ entrusted his mother to St. John the Evangelist, who took her to Ephesus and hid her in a hut at the foot of Mount Bulbul, where he brought her food and water every day. The Virgin lived here until the 101st year of her life, around 60 A.D.
In 1957 the Vatican recognized the House of the Virgin Mary as the dwelling in which the Virgin spent the final years of her life, and for the last five-and-a-half decades it has been an important pilgrimage site for Christians and Muslims. There is a fountain here whose waters are said to be therapeutic.
You will then visit St. John the Evangelist’s Basilica, a cross-shaped chapel built in the 6th century by Emperor Justinian. Modeled after the now lost Church of the Holy Apostles in Constantinople, it was one of the most important Christian pilgrimage sites of the Middle Ages.
Your next stop is Ancient Ephesus, one of the 12 cities of Ionia. This is a stunning marvel in the hills above the Aegean coast, one of the world’s largest open-air archeological museums. Founded by the ancient Greeks circa 2000 BC, it was the wealthiest of the Ionian cities and one of the most important cultural centers in the Mediterranean. The city was dedicated to the goddess Artemis, and its Artemision, a temple in her honor, took 120 years to complete and was one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World. Ephesus later became the second-largest city in the Roman Empire, at one time home to a quarter-million people. It was the first and most significant city in the Roman province of Asia and one of its key ports.
Millennia ago the Aegean receded west, stranding the city on its sun-seared hillsides. It is believed Paul wrote his Letter to the Ephesians here. It was the most important Christian city between Rome and Antioch. Ephesus is rivaled only by the Forum and the Acropolis as one of the most complete classical cities in Europe, even though only 13% of the city has been uncovered!
You can wander through the Odeon and the Prytaneion, then stroll between the marble colonnades of Curetes Street to visit Trajan’s Fountain, Hadrian’s Temple, the Scholastica Baths and the astonishing Terrace Houses. Nearby, where Curetes Street becomes Marble Street, is the spectacular Library of Celsus, which has been almost entirely reconstructed, and the Agora.
Every step here takes you deeper into the Hellenistic, Roman and early-Christian eras; you’ll notice inscriptions on many of the city’s columns. The Great Theater of Ephesus, where St. Paul once preached, was carved into the side of Mt. Pion in the 4th century BC. It held up to 24,000 spectators and is still renowned for its outstanding acoustics – even today it hosts concerts and other performances.
From Ancient Ephesus your coach will drive to the Rug Village for lunch and a demonstration of traditional Turkish carpet weaving. From the Rug Village journey to the ancient city of Miletus, near the coast, which was one of the greatest and wealthiest cities in the ancient Greek world. St. Paul stopped here on his Third Missionary Journey, on his way back to Jerusalem.
Miletus was located at the mouth of the River Meander, and its four harbors and strategic location made it an important port and commercial center. Miletus became the most important of the 12 cities of Ionia and was one of the first cities in the ancient world to mint coins – Homer mentions Miletus in The Iliad. The city’s fortunes declined, however, as the Meander silted up its harbor. There are many well-preserved ruins here, including a Temple of Apollo, a Byzantine church and the theater. After our tour of Miletus we return to the ship.
- Bosphorus Cruise from Europe to Asia, level of difficulty (2) 4.5hours
- Includes bus, guide and boat transfer.
- 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).
Our 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 jewellery or art, or simply relaxing and breathing in the beauty of Santorini.
Shore Excursion Brochure
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|Twin Occupancy Fares (per person)|
|Category||Type||Occupancy||€ Fare (pp)||Approx £|
|XB||Window – wheelchair access (on request)||Twin||Please enquire|
|SBJ||Junior Balcony Suite||Twin||€5189||£4361|
|SB||Balcony Suite||Twin||Please enquire|
|SG||Grand Suite with balcony (on request)||Twin||Please enquire|
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