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Greek Isles Interlude: Athens to Rhodes

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Join the luxury Crystal Esprit in this amazing 9-day Greek Isles cruise. Venture through Greece’s largest port city, Piraeus, as you make your way to the cradle of Western culture. Explore the beautiful island of Delos with its UNESCO-celebrated status and discover the sophistication of Mykonos. See the white-washed villages at Naxos, picturesque "Thíra" or Fira Town at Santorini and wild beaches of Mandraki. Know the mythological folklore of Kos. Finally, end your cruise at Rhodes, one of the most architecturally varied locations in Europe.

Day-by-Day Summary

Day 1 : Athens, Piraeus, Greece | Embark
Day 2 : Athens, Greece
Day 3 : Delos | Mykonos
Day 4 : Naxos, Greece
Day 5 : Santorini, Greece
Day 6 : Mandraki, Nisyros Island | Kos
Day 7 : Kos, Greece
Day 8 : Rhodes, Greece
Day 9 : Rhodes, Greece | Disembark

Highlights

  • View the Western culture as you sail through Greek Isles
  • Explore Greek Mythology as you walk at beautiful Delos
  • Visit lovely Naxos with its turquoise waters
  • Discover golden beaches of Kos on your way

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Crystal Esprit

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Trip Type

  • Small Ship

Activity Level

Relaxed

Trip Snapshots

Colorful local boats in Greece The famous windmills of Mykonos The caryatids of the Erechteion temple overlooking Athens Admire the incredible ruins on Delos Explore beautiful coastal towns in Greece

Day 1 Athens, Piraeus, Greece | Embark

Embark at the beautiful port of Greece.

Day 2 Athens, Greece

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Venture through Greece’s largest port city, Piraeus, as you make your way to the cradle of Western culture. Athens has long since been the location of myth and muse, and its ancient heritage is still an incredible source of inspiration.

Day 3 Delos | Mykonos

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
One of the most significant archaeological and mythological sites in all of Greece, Delos earns its UNESCO-celebrated status in spades. It is a tiny island in the heart of the Cyclades Archipelago in the Aegean Sea, is believed by Greek Mythology to have been the birthplace of Apollo, and considered to be the most sacred of all islands in ancient Greek culture. Excavations have unearthed tremendous monuments, sanctuaries and other facets of Hellenistic history. Due to its remote location and the fact that it was largely uninhabited since the 7th century AD, its well-preserved ruins are a fascinating journey through time and culture, situated in the heart of one of the most breathtaking stretches of sea in the world.

Mykonos, a former 18th-century pirates' bastion, is now a sophisticated and cosmopolitan island resort.

Day 4 Naxos, Greece

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
White-washed villages and Venetian-inspired mansions shimmer against a dramatic display of turquoise water giving way to an ink-blue sea. Here, alleys bustle with shopping and cafés are close to secluded beaches. Tranquil mountain hikes lead to vestiges of ancient Greek and Byzantine cultures, including mighty Mount Zeus, the highest peak in the Cyclades and home of the king of Greek gods.

Day 5 Santorini, Greece

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Of all the Cyclades Islands, Santorini is often considered the most dramatic with its dark landscape and iconic whitewashed buildings. The rich soil is ideal for grapes and local vines produce a cherished crop known for its special volcanic taste. Picturesque "Thíra," or Fira Town, laid out along the edge of a cliff at the rim of the now-extinct caldera, exudes easy charm.

Day 6 Mandraki, Nisyros Island | Kos

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
The mythological creation of Poseidon as he pursued the giant Polyvotis to the island of Kos, Nisyros is said to have been cleaved from that island and tossed on its own into the Aegean. Today, it’s one of the loveliest jewels of the sea, whose capital of Mandraki offers wild beaches colored with black volcanic pebbles, vibrant squares of dining and shopping, and a trove of cultural riches to explore at the Archaeological and Folklore museums.

Today, head towards Kos as well.

Day 7 Kos, Greece

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Rich in mythological folklore, stepping on to this Aegean isle is like stepping into the pages of classical literature. It was warriors from Kos who fought for Greece in the Trojan War, and Hercules is said to have spent time here, too. The 500-year-old Tree of Hippocrates still stands, beneath which the father of medicine taught his students. Today, the golden beaches and turquoise waters of Kos will inspire your poetry.

Day 8 Rhodes, Greece

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Rich with natural beauty and colorful history, Rhodes represents one of the most architecturally varied locations in Europe. Hellenistic, Byzantine, Medieval and Turkish influences intermingle with abundant sunshine and dry air to cast a magnificent light over the island that the ancients dedicated to Apollo, the God of Light. High on a cliff, the ruins of the Temple of Athena sit amidst the beautifully preserved Acropolis at Lindos.

Day 9 Rhodes, Greece | Disembark

  • 1 Breakfast
After breakfast aboard the ship, disembark at the port of Rhodes.

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Flexible New Booking Policy
For new bookings from March 9, 2020, forward pay a reduced deposit and cancel up to 7 days prior to departure and receive full credit toward a future voyage. Contact us for more details. Some restrictions may apply.
Applies to all departures up to Dec 31, 2020

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Solo Supplement: A select number of cabins are available for single use. The single supplement varies by cabin type, please contact us for details.
Child Discount: Children age 11 or under receive 50% off when sharing a cabin with two full paying guests. Children, regardless of age pay full rate in a double occupancy cabin.

A wide selection of specially curated and optional shore excursions are available on every itinerary.  There will be complimentary adventures to choose from, other excursions will be available at an additional cost.  ​

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  • Beverages including fine wines, champagne, premium spirits and all non-alcoholic beverages such as bottled water, soft drinks, and specialty coffees
  • Gratuities for housekeeping, dining and bar staff
  • 24-hour self-service coffee tea, soft drinks, wines
  • 24-hour room service
  • Personal Butler service
  • Daily yoga and fitness classes
  • Onboard entertainment and enrichment programs
  • Complimentary shore excursions
  • Complimentary Wi-Fi for the duration of your voyage. 
  • Complimentary marina and water sports equipment including a wide variety of aquatic toys (water skis, wakeboards, kayaks, jet skis, snorkeling equipment) based on destination's local rules and regulations and the discretion of the Captain due to weather and sea conditions
  • Complimentary transfers between the airport and ship on the day of embarkation and disembarkation, when requested in advance
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  • Cruise port, security, navigation, berthing, stevedoring, and baggage handling/storage charges 
  • Fuel surcharges, fees or charges imposed by governmental or quasi-governmental authorities, 
  • Optional shore excursions,
  • Sightseeing or meals ashore, taxes, gratuities,
  • Visa fees
  • Laundry or valet service or any item or service whatsoever of a personal nature, such as medical treatment, expenses incurred on board or ashore in connection with medical treatment, medical condition, or medical debark
  • Massage, s­­­­­pa services or hairstyling for which separate charges may be imposed. 
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Our guide and driver were very good with their knowledge and were very helpful with our questions. It was a very pleasant visit that would have been impossible to do on our own. Hotels and restaurants were fantastic. The special places we got to go to, like the kitchens, were great. Enjoyed the entire trip!
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