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Steps of St Paul Cruise onboard Celestyal Crystal sailing from Athens, Greece, 22 October 2022, 7 nights, fares from £1761

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Small Ship Authentic Cruises in Greece and the Greek Islands

All Inclusive Experience includes

  • Unlimited drinks package onboard
  • Selected 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

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.

Destinations

Thessaloniki (Greece), Kavala (Greece), Istanbul (Turkey), Dikili (Turkey), Kusadasi (Turkey), Patmos (Greece), Athens (Greece)

Complimentary Shore Excursions

  • Veria (Berroia), level of difficulty (3) Half Day
  • Includes bus, guide and boat transfer.
Join  a visit to a biblical city! Travel by air conditioned coach from the port of Thessaloniki to the Citadel and Vlatadon Monastery, where St. Paul reached during his Second Missionary Journey. You will then leave Thessaloniki for a one-hour drive through the countryside to reach the city of Veria (called “Berroia” in the Bible), St. Paul’s next stop after Vlatadon – it was here that he preached to the city’s “noble Jews” – you will pay a visit to the traditional Tribune, where three in situ steps coexist with a recently finished mosaic of the Saint that commemorates this sermon.
Today Veria is the capital of the regional unit of Imathia and the largest exporter of agricultural products in the region. It may have been inhabited as early as 1000 BC.   Paul is the patron saint of Veria, which was named for one of the daughters of the mythological King Veris. Established in the foothills of Mt. Vermion, fortified Veria flourished behind its massive walls. One of the first cities to surrender to the Romans, in 168 BC, it became the area’s second most important city after Thessaloniki. During the Byzantine era many small, delicate, frescoed churches were built in the city, which came to be known as “Small Jerusalem.”
You will visit one of these immaculate churches, the Church of Christ, which was built in the early 14th century and is home to masterworks by the most famous painter of the era, Kalliergis. Under the Ottomans, Veria was an important commercial and cultural center – it was during this period that many mosques, mansions and the old market were built.   There will be time to wander and explore and shop in this marvelous ancient city before we return to the harbor at Thessaloniki.
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.
  • 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.

Shore Excursion Brochure

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Itinerary

Day Port Arrive Depart
Sat Piraeus (Greece) 17.00
Sun Thessaloniki (Greece) 08.00 20.00
Mon Kavala (Greece) 08.00 16.00
Tue Istanbul (Turkey) 09.30 20.00
Wed Dikili (Turkey) 12.00 20.00
Thu Kusadasi (Turkey) 08.00 23.30
Fri Patmos (Greece) 07.00 18.30
Sat Piraeus (Greece) 06.00

Fares

Twin Occupancy Fares (per person)
Category Type Occupancy € Fare (pp) Approx £
IB Interior Twin  €2096 £1760
XC Window Twin  €2359 £1982
XB Window – wheelchair access (on request) Twin  Please enquire
SBJ Junior Balcony Suite Twin  €2840 £2388
SB Balcony Suite Twin  Please enquire
SG Grand Suite with balcony Twin  Please enquire

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Testimonials

  • Thank you and your team for everything on our cruise. We enjoyed it and the dialysis was first class. And the social side with you all was a pleasure.

    Mr J Evans
  • 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