Eclectic & Idyllic Aegean - 14 Nights

Cruise like a Greek with vibrant culture and relaxing self-discovery in the Eastern Mediterranean. Taking on two adventures back-to-back, you’ll experience the combined wonder of our Eclectic Aegean and Idyllic Aegean Cruises.

You’ll fill your heart in Oia among blue domes and golden sunshine, live a Byzantium dream on the moonlit streets of Istanbul, and marvel at monasteries among the clouds at Meteora. Then you’ll linger on mosaic-paved streets in Ephesus, find inspiration on the ethereal beaches on Milos, and so much more. For true Greek Islanders at heart.

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1 Athens
2 Istanbul
3 Istanbul
4 Kavala
5 Thessaloniki
6 Volos
7 Santorini
8 Athens
9 Thessaloniki (Greece)
10 Kusadasi
11 Crete, Heraklion
12 Santorini
13 Mykonos
14 Milos
15 Athens

Cruise itinerary

At-a-Glance Itinerary
Day 1
Depart 15:00

Athens

Your idyllic Aegean escape begins in the majestic city of Athens. As one of the oldest cities in the world, the vibrant modern metropolis boasts an intriguing and contrasting mix of old and modern architecture in perfect harmony and balance. Explore the city and soak up the atmosphere by the harbour’s edge as you wait to embark for your exciting adventure.

Day 2
Arrive 15:00

Istanbul

Our adventure next takes us to the crossroads of Europe and Asia, Istanbul, and today you have the chance to see it from a unique perspective. Sailing down the Bosphorus Strait on a private boat, you’ll catch spectacular views of the Topkapi Palace and Rumeli Hisari Fortress. Followed by a wander around the historic spice market to set your senses ablaze.

Day 3
Depart 18:00

Istanbul

An Istanbul morning is rich with the melodic call to prayer and the scent of spices going to market. This is one of the world’s truly great cities, wonderfully eclectic and full of opportunities. Be sure to take in the city’s skyline, embellished with the silhouetted minarets of lavish Byzantine and imperial mosques, to get a sense of what makes Istanbul so special.

Day 4
Depart: 20:00

Kavala

Perched on the slopes of Mt Symvolo, this vibrant seaport resort has been a little-known favourite for centuries. Its name, Kavala, is said to have been based on Alexander the Great’s favourite horse. These days it’s also affectionately known as ‘the blue city’, boasting crystal-clear waters and dreamy sea views. For a taste of ancient life, you can also explore the nearby ruins of Neapolis and Philippi, with a specialist guide bringing their stories to life.

Day 5
Depart 19:00

Thessaloniki

Thessaloniki’s ancient ruins rooted in the middle of the city create a rich tapestry sewn with a Roman Agora, the Arch of Galerius, the Rotonda, the Byzantine Baths and the Crypt of Agios Demetrios) together with the neoclassical architecture and the impressive Aghia Sofia. The island also has a reputation for its sumptuous culinary delights and delicious pastries.

Day 6
Depart 18:30

Volos

Volos itself offers everything you need for an exciting or relaxing day in port. Step off your Volos cruise, and you’re greeted by a thriving university city whose energetic pace will whisk you up into its whirlwind of activity, along the edge of the beautiful natural harbor and in the tsipouradika—traditional tavernas—and set you on course to uncover some real architectural gems, both ancient and neoclassical. Wander around and you’ll find grand urban mansions sitting beside nods to the city’s long-lasting industrial heritage.

Day 7
Depart 20:00

Santorini

The mesmerising landscape of Santorini is instantly recognisable all over the world. The sweeping cluster of traditional whitewashed houses and blue-domed churches are instantly recognisable, and you have the opportunity to experience the island’s charming villages on our complimentary excursions to the picturesque beauty spot of Oia perched on the Caldera rim.  You won’t want to forget your camera.

Day 8
Depart: 17:00

Athens

You’re making your way through your Aegean getaway and dropping anchor in Athens. As one of the oldest cities in the world, the vibrant modern metropolis boasts an intriguing and contrasting mix of old and modern architecture in perfect harmony and balance. Soak up this ancient city’s unique blend of cultures and tastes, before you take to the sea once more.

Day 9
Depart 19:00

Thessaloniki

(Greece)

Thessaloniki is a gorgeous and cosmopolitan seaside city and the largest in Greece after Athens. Centuries of cultural commingling has also made Thessaloniki a culinary nirvana, with almost too many great restaurants and little eateries to count.

Day 10
Depart 19:00

Kusadasi

Turkey’s captivating seaside resort of Kusadasi is the gateway to ancient Ephesus, one of the complimentary highlights of your all-inclusive cruise. After visiting the ruins, you will have just enough time to explore the iconic Grand Bazaar and browse the treasure trove of colourful shops and stalls selling souvenirs, silks, leather goods, carpets and jewellery.

Day 11
Depart 19:00

Crete,

Heraklion

Along the spectacular Cretan coast east of Heraklion you’ll find the energetic resort towns of Hersonissos and Malia and also the capital of the Lassithi region, Agios Nikolaos. The charming resort town, whose name (Saint Nicholas, in English) refers to Greece’s patron saint of sailors, fronts the wide blue Bay of Mirabello. The town’s landmark round Lake Voulismeni—where the goddess Athena is said to have bathed—connects to the sea.

Day 11-12
Depart 00:30

Santorini

The romantic island of Santorini is the remnants of a devastating volcanic eruption in the 16th-Century BC. The picture-perfect scenery features clustered traditional whitewashed houses and blue-domed churches set against a beguiling brilliant blue backdrop. Here you will have the chance to experience the Mediterranean lifestyle of the idyllic oasis and relax in the island’s calm and tranquillity.

Day 12-13
Depart 02:00

Mykonos

The sun-drenched island of Mykonos is affectionately known as the ‘Island of the Winds’. Easily recognised by its iconic 16th-Century windmills perched high on the hill, the vibrant Mykonos Town is an alluring landscape of smooth sandy beaches dotted along a dramatic coastline. Indulge in the islands culinary delights or take a short boat trip to explore the sacred island of Delos.

Day 14
Depart 19:00

Milos

The volcanic origins of the beautiful Greek island of Milos are clearly evident in its complex and bewitching landscape. Here you have the opportunity to explore the dramatically surreal and sculptured looming rock formations that rise out of the crystalline waters and create the stunning coastline. Why not join a local expert to explore the many beauty spots and charming fishing villages.

Day 15
Arrive 07:00

Athens

While your cruise may be drawing to an end, the tantalising city of Athens still lies ahead. Delve deep into the city’s sidestreets, bursting with life and culture. Or, clamber up high to the Acropolis for a stunning view of this thriving, cosmopolitan city. As the sun sets, take in the Athens skyline by night and wonder at the dancing Aegean. There’s no better place to end your cruise than here.

Amazing excursions carefully curated

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Ancient Ephesus & Miletus

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Bosphorus Cruise and the Spice Market

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Spectacular Oia Village perched on the caldera rim

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Minoan Palace of Knossos – 1st European Civilisation

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Mykonos Magic

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Transfer to Tsambika beach

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Beauty of butterflies and Ancient Kameiros

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Capturing the true spirit of Chora

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Transfer to Agriolivadi beach

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Sacred Delos & Rhenia Island

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Adventure, spills and thrills at Adaland Water Park

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Greek wine and holy water: Philippi and beyond

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Kavala up close: walk through the ages

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Nestos River and the colours of Xanthi

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Knossos Palace & Cretan Landscapes

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Thessaloniki Food on foot

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Rich history of a famous Greek winery

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A taste of wine and tradition

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Music, myths and history

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Pelion Spoon Sweets

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Making pottery fit for the Gods

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A delicious taste of ‘liquid gold’

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Home cooking and hospitality in Mykonos

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The secrets of Pelion cuisine

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Hiking to the ultimate beauty of Oia

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A kayak adventure discovering pirate coves

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The beautiful art of mosaic making

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Trek to the heart and soul of Milos

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Milos food on foot

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Sea Kayaking and the mesmerising Milos coastline

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A Geological wonder 4×4 adventure

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Limassol Omodos – Oenoyi Winery

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Ancient Civilisations with an expert archaeologist

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Thrill of the ride Buggy Safari

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Whirling Dervishes & dinner

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Turkish Baklava Making

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Gents Anatolian well-being (Berber and Hammam)

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Painting on Water: Turkish Ebru Art

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Heraklion Food on foot

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Athens Food on foot

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Jerusalem & Betlehem

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Jaffa & Tel Aviv

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Unesco Churches in Solea Region – 2 Churches

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Panoramic Limassol Curium

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PAPHOS, THE CITY OF UNESCO

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Experience the Tradition

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Curium, the Wine village of Omodos and Limassol

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Classic Cairo

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House of Virgin Mary & Ancient Ephesus

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Ancient Ephesus through the ages Hellenistic and Roman

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Ancient Ephesus and the Terrace Houses

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Ancient Ephesus & Miletus

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Turkish Baths

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Istanbul

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Ottoman Empire and Byzantine Legacy Tour

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Discover the Hidden Secrets of Sultan Ahmet Square

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Bosphorus Cruise and the Spice Market

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A Taste of Istanbul: Street Food Tour

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Ancient Pergamon

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LEGENDARY TROY & THE NEW TROY MUSEUM

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FULL DAY TRIP TO TROY & ASSOS

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Volos & Mt. Pelion

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The spectacular rocks & the ‘hanging’ Monasteries

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Legendary Moutzouris (Mountain Train Ride)

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Drink and Eat like a local

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Land of Alexander the Great

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The Royal Tombs of Vergina

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Panoramic Thessaloníki

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Veria (Berroia)

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Highlights of Thessaloniki

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Spectacular Oia Village perched on the caldera rim

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Cruise to SantorinI’s islands and volcanoes

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Akrotiri Village Excavations

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Walking tour in the Medieval City of Rhodes

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Philerimos church and the Palace of the Knights

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Acropolis of Lindos and the Citadel of the Knights

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Traditional feast in Patmos

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Religious visit to St John’s Monastery – Grotto of Apocalypse

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Countryside tour with Chora and the Grotto of Apocalypse

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Mykonian Dinner

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Mykonian countryside tour with Chora and Little Venice

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Delos – Sacred island & Apollo Sanctuary

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Cycladic Tastes (Food on Foot)

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The Amazing beaches Tour

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Step Back in Time – (Religious)

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Step Back In Time

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Nostalgic Milos Cruise – Land & Sea

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KAVALA – Prophets, Legends and the heroes of Philippi

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THE PALACE OF KNOSSOS & COSMOPOLITAN HERAKLION

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Venetian Heraklion and the Unique Archaeological Museum

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Minoan Palace of Knossos – 1st European Civilisation

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Knossos Palace And The Archaeological Museum

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Experience the Cretan Countryside and Lifestyle

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The Acropolis & The New Acropolis Museum

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Panoramic Athens and Corinth Canal Crossing

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Corinth Canal, Ancient Corinth, Bema Of St. Paul

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Athens monuments and the Acropolis

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Athens tour and the New Acropolis Museum

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