We depart from Piraeus, the main port of Athens, so prior to your departure you can revel in everything this vibrant, cosmopolitan, historically rich city has to offer. One of the world’s oldest cities, Athens is dense with ancient monuments, chic cafés and unique shops. Wander through Plaka to the Acropolis and the New Acropolis Museum, one of the world’s great museums. If you love art, history, bustling pedestrian thoroughfares and great food, even a few hours in this thrilling city will astound you.
Our first stop is Mykonos, a delightful island renowned for its lovely countryside and its beaches, its iconic windmills and sea breezes, the Little Venice neighborhood of Mykonos Town … it’s the quintessential Greek island, the stuff of dreams (the kind from which you won’t want to wake). Stroll the picturesque alleys of Mykonos Town and, after the sun floats down into the sea, find a glamorous Mykonos Town nightclub and dance the night away. It only takes a few hours on this honey-sweet island to see how it’s become one of the world’s most beloved destinations.
We leave Mykonos to sail through another starlit Aegean evening for the floury sand beaches of Kusadasi, which are a mere 19 kilometers from ancient Ephesus and the Terrace Houses and a short drive from the House of the Virgin Mary, beautiful Sirince Village and the thrilling metropolis of Izmir. The incomparable shopping at Kusadasi’s lively harborside bazaar will delight you, as will the open-air museum of ancient Ephesus, an archeological marvel and one of the best-preserved, most extensive ancient cities in the Mediterranean.
Enjoy a glass of chilled ouzo and delicious meze at Thalassa Bar on Deck 10 as we sail from Kusadasi to Samos. You’ll be amazed by this island’s lush landscapes and crystal clear waters. Samos was home to some of the great minds of ancient Greece, including Aesop and Pythagoras – the island is home to the Pythagoreion, an ancient fortified port with Greek and Roman monuments and a spectacular tunnel-aqueduct, and the Heraion, temple of the Samian Hera, both UNESCO World Heritage sites. Tour the island in a 4×4, take up residence in a sunbed on Tsamadou Beach, or join us for a traditional Samian feast. Samos is famous for its wine (the Moschato variety) and its fruit, olive oil and ouzo, among other delicious local products. If you decide to join us for the feast, come hungry!
We sail overnight from Samos for a full day on miraculous Milos. A geological marvel, volcanic Milos and its rare rock formations will astonish you. This Aegean paradise is also home to the greatest number of beaches in the Cyclades, some of them formed by ancient volcanoes. Wander along the marble-paved esplanade along the harbor in Adhamas, and be sure to stop at the Church of Panagia Thalassitra for one of the most spectacular views in the Aegean.
After your last delicious dinner on board and another night of music and dancing, fall asleep as we sail toward Athens under starry Aegean skies. Disembark in Lavrion, relaxed and rejuvenated after three tremendous days. Lavrion is an ancient silver mining center and a bustling port. From here you can tour the Temple of Poseidon, with its incredible view of the Saronic Gulf, and Cape Sounion – the giant columns at the Temple of Poseidon were “excavated” in Lavrion, which is also home to the oldest and largest ancient amphitheater in Greece. The city’s silver mines date to prehistory. Lavrion is also home to the oldest and largest ancient amphitheater in Greece.
3 Greek Islands – Idyllic Aegean 3-Day Cruise. Three days isn’t enough is it? You were just getting used to the pampering Celestyal Cruises is famed for, to incredible meals, to standing up on deck as your cozy floating hotel approaches another astonishing destination…We’ll see you again very soon, won’t we?