This weekend of discovery takes you to three of the most beautiful and culturally enriched destinations in the Aegean, minus the crowds. Step back in time and visit Syros by night and be charmed by its beauty and ambience. Discover spectacular Kusadasi, visiting the wonder of ancient Ephesus, visit the local bazaars and sample one of the many bars and restaurants dotted along the seafront. The finale of this cruise is a full day in the world-renowned Santorini, take in the jaw dropping views whilst sampling the local delights. 2021 SAILING DATES: October 29 November 05, 12, 19, 26 2022 SAILING DATES: March 04, 11 November 04, 11, 18, 25 Voyage highlights: • Evening walking tour of Syros old town • Ancient Ephesus, one of the world’s greatest open-air museums • Full day in Santorini with guaranteed sunset (weather permitting) Included excursions: • Syros Walking Tour • Ephesus - Kusadasi
Day 1: Athens/Syros - We leave the historic and classical capital of Greece aboard the Celestyal Olympia and set sail for our first destination, the beautiful island of Syros. We begin with a tour of the Ermoupoli centre, the picturesque capital of Syros, where you will see the main highlights, such as Miaouli square, the Apollon Theater and the “Vaporia” district. This will be the perfect way for you to stroll around the beautiful town, mingle with the locals and enjoy the atmosphere of the island. We visit the Church of the Dormition of the Virgin to see El Greco’s “The Dormition of the Virgin”, which was painted in the 16th century. We then walk to the Greek Orthodox Cathedral of Metamorphosis, the first high school of modern Greece and now part of the Aegean University. After your tour there will be time to enjoy the cafes and restaurants on the beach front or shop in the small town. Day 2: Kusadasi - We arrive in the colourful Turkish beach town of Kusadasi in the morning. This is the coastal gateway to the Hellenistic ruins of Ephesus, famed for one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World, the Temple of Artemis. A complimentary excursion is included to this iconic site, one of the undoubted highlights of our journey. Day 3: Santorini - Our odyssey continues as we spend an evening in Santorini, whose stunning face is instantly recognisable across the world. We’re sure she will take your breath away, with her soaring landscapes, clusters of whitewashed houses in the capital Fira, and of course the iconic blue-domed church at Oia. Don’t forget to try one of the many restaurants jostling for position at the edge of the caldera. Day 4: Athens - We return to the capital after a whirlwind few days of adventure and discovery.