2023 Christmas & New Year Cruise

from R43,784 pps

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  • Flight
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  • Celestyal Journey
  • Athens to Athens
  • 16 December 2023 - 4 January 2024

Inclusive Fare: includes selected drinks with meals & USD80 shore excursion voucher

Cruise on board Celestyal Journey from Athens to Athens for 19 nights.

Embark on the Christmas adventure of a lifetime, celebrating the festive season and encountering unique traditions across Europe, Africa and Asia. You’ll marvel at pyramids and explore ancient cities, trace the story of Mary and Joseph on Christmas Day, and watch New Year’s Eve fireworks in Istanbul. It’s your very own Christmas miracle.

Cruise Itinerary

Athens 16-12-2023
Thessaloniki 17-12-2023
Izmir 18-12-2023
Agios Nikolaos, Crete 19-12-2023
Antalya 20-12-2023
Limassol 21-12-2023
Alexandria 22-12-2023
Alexandria 22-12-2023
Haifa 24-12-2023
Haifa 25-12-2023
Athens 27-12-2023
Heraklion 28-12-2023
Rhodes 29-12-2023
Kusadasi, Turkey 30-12-2023
Istanbul, Turkey 31-12-2023
Istanbul, Turkey 01-01-2024
Volos 03-01-2024
Athens 04-01-2024
Athens

Athens Embark: 16 December 2023

Sun-drenched and mythic, Athens is a big and modern metropolis with inspiring world heritage marvels at its very heart. The most important city-state in ancient Greece and the birthplace of democracy is also the sprawling capital of Greece today, but most of the major archaeological and historical sites are to be found within a compact area around the Acropolis itself. Athens is one of the oldest cities in the world and rightly considered to be the cradle of Western Civilization. Even a short visit of the Greek capital’s highlights, starting with the iconic Acropolis, is enough to fall under its legendary spell. And then there’s the Plaka! This enchanting, historic neighbourhood curls around the bottom of the slopes of the Acropolis. Cobblestone streets, pastel-coloured neoclassical townhouses and myriad shops and cafes make this the most beautiful neighbourhood for a stroll.
Thessaloniki

Thessaloniki In Port: 17 December 2023

The thick Byzantine walls guarding Thessaloniki give way to an inviting mix of architectural landscapes with winding cobbled streets. Approaching the port, you will be captivated by a city that radiates culture and sophistication bathed in golden Greek sunshine. Palm-lined avenues house glamorous shops and gourmet restaurants. Beautiful churches appear from every corner, seasonal markets sell colourful local produce and shaded spots on Aristotelous Square are where you can sit back with a homemade ice cream and watch the world go by.
Izmir

Izmir In Port: 18 December 2023

Enter the blue azure-bay Bay of Izmir, watching the lively city approach with its distinctly Turkish skyline. The Pearl of the Aegean, Izmir has a rich heritage of multicultural influences, so the cuisine and communities are endlessly inviting.
Agios Nikolaos, Crete

Agios Nikolaos, Crete In Port: 19 December 2023

The charming resort town of Agios Nikolaos embraces the picturesque Lake Voulismeni where Athena and Artemis were rumoured to have bathed, and in more recent times where the Germans sunk their weapons when retreating from Crete in WW II. The town, whose name (Saint Nicholas, in English) refers to Greece’s patron saint of sailors, fronts the wide blue Bay of Mirabello, and is one that is typically found on the Greek island with neoclassical buildings, restaurants, bars and shops line the lakeside. Wander the streets and marina and soak up the sun in one of the many cafes.
Antalya

Antalya In Port: 20 December 2023

Antalya is a Turkish resort city which is the gateway to Turkey's southern Mediterranean region, known as the Turquoise Coast. Remnants remain from Antalya's time as a major Roman port. Follow the footsteps of a Roman Emperor at Hadrian's Gate, discover Ottoman-era houses and gardens in the old town of Kaleici and meet the founder of Turkey - Kemal Ataturk at his striking monument in Republic Square.
Limassol

Limassol In Port: 21 December 2023

The second largest city in Cyprus, Limassol has a distinctly cosmopolitan feel, but visit the 12th century fort where Richard the Lionheart married Berengaria - which now houses a fascinating medieval museum - and you'll discover a wealth of history. Unveil the UNESCO-listed archaeological site of Pafos, and the legend of Aphrodite's Rock. Explore the traditional buzukias, Limassol's delightful taverns with entertaining live music, or acquaint your tastebuds with the popular local dish, moussaka.
Alexandria

Alexandria In Port: 22 December 2023

One of the greatest cities in human history, known for its legend, mystique and iconic history. Alexandria was founded by Alexander the Great and has stories to tell about everyone from Cleopatra to Napoleon. The Pyramids of Giza, River Nile, Sphinx and the mega city of Cairo – Port Said and Alexandria are your portals to some of Egypt’s must-sees.
Alexandria

Alexandria In Port: 22 December 2023

One of the greatest cities in human history, known for its legend, mystique and iconic history. Alexandria was founded by Alexander the Great and has stories to tell about everyone from Cleopatra to Napoleon. The Pyramids of Giza, River Nile, Sphinx and the mega city of Cairo – Port Said and Alexandria are your portals to some of Egypt’s must-sees.
Haifa

Haifa In Port: 24 December 2023

Haifa is a northern Israeli port city built in tiers extending from the Mediterranean up the north slope of Mount Carmel. The city’s most iconic sites are the immaculately landscaped terraces of the Bahá'í Gardens and, at their heart, the gold-domed Shrine of the Báb.
Haifa

Haifa In Port: 25 December 2023

Haifa is a northern Israeli port city built in tiers extending from the Mediterranean up the north slope of Mount Carmel. The city’s most iconic sites are the immaculately landscaped terraces of the Bahá'í Gardens and, at their heart, the gold-domed Shrine of the Báb.
Athens

Athens In Port: 27 December 2023

Sun-drenched and mythic, Athens is a big and modern metropolis with inspiring world heritage marvels at its very heart. The most important city-state in ancient Greece and the birthplace of democracy is also the sprawling capital of Greece today, but most of the major archaeological and historical sites are to be found within a compact area around the Acropolis itself. Athens is one of the oldest cities in the world and rightly considered to be the cradle of Western Civilization. Even a short visit of the Greek capital’s highlights, starting with the iconic Acropolis, is enough to fall under its legendary spell. And then there’s the Plaka! This enchanting, historic neighbourhood curls around the bottom of the slopes of the Acropolis. Cobblestone streets, pastel-coloured neoclassical townhouses and myriad shops and cafes make this the most beautiful neighbourhood for a stroll.
Heraklion

Heraklion In Port: 28 December 2023

Wander among the squares and fountains here in the island's capital and largest city, or gaze out over the azure blue waters of the Cretan Sea, as you enjoy fresh seafood in a local taverna on the promenade. Most likely, you'll seek out the immense reconstructed Minoan palace at Knossos. The incredible complex houses a warren of rooms decorated with columns and frescoes.
Rhodes

Rhodes In Port: 29 December 2023

Expect a warm welcome to Rhodes, with its magnificent scenery and flawless beaches, that legend has it was once blessed by Apollo with sunshine and beauty. With a rich medieval history there is plenty to explore at Rhodes, from the Colossus of Rhodes, one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World, to the Grand Master's Palace is famed for its superb mosaic floors.
Kusadasi, Turkey

Kusadasi, Turkey In Port: 30 December 2023

Gateway to one of Europe’s largest open-air archaeological museums; find ancient treasures in Kusadasi. Founded by the ancient Greeks, the City of Ephesus served as one of the key centers for Christianity and, due to its strategic location, was a significant trade center of the ancient world. It remains one of the most well-preserved sights in history and is a truly memorable highlight for visitors to Turkey. Kusadasi is a city full of immaculate beaches, lively nights and shopping heaven – a fun seaside city. A huge covered bazaar stretches out from the port and the buzz from trendy seaside bars and restaurants floats through the air. Lose track of time ambling from café to café and exploring its myriad of shops and historic sites.
Istanbul, Turkey

Istanbul, Turkey In Port: 31 December 2023

Layers of history, tradition merging with modernity, and awe-inspiring architecture – Istanbul is like no other city in the world. Split between two continents, Europe and Asia, Istanbul is truly unique. It boasts lavish Byzantine and imperial mosques with sky-high minarets that make up the city's skyline; your first sight from the Bosphorus Strait on your Istanbul cruise. There's an endless list of must-see sights to tick off, all conveniently packed into the Sultanahmet district.
Istanbul, Turkey

Istanbul, Turkey In Port: 1 January 2024

Layers of history, tradition merging with modernity, and awe-inspiring architecture – Istanbul is like no other city in the world. Split between two continents, Europe and Asia, Istanbul is truly unique. It boasts lavish Byzantine and imperial mosques with sky-high minarets that make up the city's skyline; your first sight from the Bosphorus Strait on your Istanbul cruise. There's an endless list of must-see sights to tick off, all conveniently packed into the Sultanahmet district.
Volos

Volos In Port: 3 January 2024

Summer retreat of ancient gods, Mt Pelion now provides a beautiful backdrop for Volos, with its waterfront promenade, lively bars and Archaeological Museum. Volos is also a handy excursion point for Meteora - which translates as suspended in the air - the dramatic, inaccessible cliffs topped with photogenic medieval monasteries.
Athens

Athens Disembark: 4 January 2024

Sun-drenched and mythic, Athens is a big and modern metropolis with inspiring world heritage marvels at its very heart. The most important city-state in ancient Greece and the birthplace of democracy is also the sprawling capital of Greece today, but most of the major archaeological and historical sites are to be found within a compact area around the Acropolis itself. Athens is one of the oldest cities in the world and rightly considered to be the cradle of Western Civilization. Even a short visit of the Greek capital’s highlights, starting with the iconic Acropolis, is enough to fall under its legendary spell. And then there’s the Plaka! This enchanting, historic neighbourhood curls around the bottom of the slopes of the Acropolis. Cobblestone streets, pastel-coloured neoclassical townhouses and myriad shops and cafes make this the most beautiful neighbourhood for a stroll.
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A New Journey of Discovery Awaits

The Celestyal Journey underwent a $20 million refit giving her a stylish makeover. With a passenger capacity of 1,260, more guests have the chance to make their dream vacation a reality. Celestyal Journey has nine passenger decks and 630 cabins, located across five of those decks, 80% of which are with ocean view, bringing guests closer to the wonders of Greece and the Eastern Mediterranean. 

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