New Year 2023 - 8 Nights

See the Istanbul skyline silhouetted against a dazzling parade of fireworks on a New Year’s Eve you’ll never forget. On an 8-day adventure like no other, you’ll encounter unique traditions and spectacular experiences across the Greek Islands and beyond. You’ll explore marbled streets and a Wonder of the World in the ancient city of Ephesus, discover the origins of the Minotaur myth at the Minoan civilisation’s Knossos Palace, and visit some of the most welcoming tavernas in the Eastern Mediterranean. When your once-a-year celebration becomes once-in-a-lifetime, moments of shared elation take on a whole new meaning. You’ve never had a new year like this before.

Book for 2022
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1 Athens
2 Crete (Heraklion)
3 Rhodes
4 Kusadasi
5 Istanbul
6 At Sea
7 Volos
8 Athens

Cruise itinerary

At-a-Glance Itinerary
Day 1
Depart 17:00

Athens

When we arrive back in Athens for a day of festivities, Greek-style, you can choose how to spend our day together. Visit the monuments you know from legends and history? Marvel at the view of the city from the Acropolis? Shop for last-minute gifts to share your voyage with loved ones at home? It’s all up to you. This is our home city, and we can’t wait to show you around.

Day 2
Depart 17:00

Crete

(Heraklion)

As we pull into Heraklion, you have the chance to snap the imposing 16th-Century walls of Koules Fortress. Here you can enjoy the calm of the stunning waterfront, explore the Cretan countryside or discover the Palace of Knossos. This spellbinding tour invites you to listen to tales of intrigue and learn about Europe’s first civilisation in the Knossos museum. Was the Minotaur half-man or myth? You’re about to find out!

Day 3
Depart 18:00

Rhodes

The picturesque island of Rhodes is well known for its beautiful beaches, majestic fortified ruins, and its glorious year-round sunshine. Perched high on the clifftop that dramatically rises up from the crystalline waters is the island’s crowning glory – the Acropolis at Lindos. Your complimentary guided tour here also includes the chance to discover the island’s enchanting Old Town.

Day 4
Depart 14:00

Kusadasi

The dynamic beach resort of Kusadasi welcomes you with its warm and friendly ambience. From here you will be whisked away for a guided tour round ancient Ephesus, one of the highlights of this iconic Aegean cruise. Before rebounding the ship, take time to enjoy the scenic seafront promenade and the town’s impressive Grand Bazaar.

Day 5-6
Depart 23:30

Istanbul

The enchanting capital city of Istanbul is split between the continents of Europe and Asia, and offers a truly unique experience. The city’s skyline is embellished with the silhouetted minarets of the lavish Byzantine and imperial mosques that line the Bosphorus Strait. Our complimentary cruise along the Bosphorus or visit to the spice market to experience the sights, smells and sounds of this enigmatic city.

Day 7

At

Sea

A day at sea gives you the opportunity to explore the ship’s array of amenities, take full advantage of the onboard activities and indulge in our chef’s exquisite cuisine. Kick back and soak up the sun as we treat you to complimentary drinks from the bar. Alternatively, why not participate in handicrafts, language lessons, traditional dancing, games or exercise. There’s plenty to do.

Day 8
Depart 17:00

Volos

The attractive and picturesque coastal port city of Volos is associated with many captivating tales of Greek mythology. It’s the mythical home of Jason and the Argonauts, and the birthplace of the Centaur. The island’s most popular attraction, however, are the six spectacular monasteries that are perched high on the magnificent vertical rock formations collectively known as Meteora. You have to see it to believe it.

Day 9
Arrive 08:00

Athens

Our cruise arrives back in Athens early where you will have the entire day to explore the magic of this modern metropolis. The heart of ancient Greece is the cultural home to numerous important archaeological sites and famous landmarks. Take your time to discover the highlights, or alternatively uncover the colourful street art or relax on the gorgeous golden-sand beaches.

Amazing excursions carefully curated

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Half Day

Ancient Ephesus through the ages Hellenistic and Roman

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Half Day

Minoan Palace of Knossos – 1st European Civilisation

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