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Black Sea Brilliance - Athens to Istanbul Cruise

  • Departure DateTue 27th Jun 2023
  • Crystal Cruises Crystal Serenity
  • 12 Night Cruise From Athens
  • Cruise Only From £4,569 pp

Itinerary

  • Athens
  • Mykonos
  • Kusadasi
  • Nessebar
  • Constanta
  • Odessa
  • Novorossiysk
  • Sochi
  • Batumi
  • Istanbul

What's Included

  • Ultra-luxury accommodation in stylish staterooms
  • All gratuities for dining room and wait staff
  • Dining in each speciality restaurant once per cruise
  • Complimentary select fine wines, premium spirits & champagnes
  • Complimentary bottled water, custom coffees, soft drinks and juices
  • 24-hour In-suite Dining
  • 60 minutes complimentary Wi-Fi and internet per person, per day
  • Butler-serviced suites and penthouses
  • Additional amenities for Suite guests including packing and unpacking, complimentary pressing, shoeshine, dinner reservations, salon and spa appointments, and arranging cocktail parties
  • Shuttle service to and from port communities, where available
  • Streamlined sales and booking processes; reduced deposits, admin fees and relaxed schedules for Early Payment Savings and cancellations
  • ABTA & ATOL Protection
  • All Port Taxes & Fees

Prices from pp

TypeOcean ViewBalconySuite
Cruise Only
£4,569
£5,289
£8,149

Cruise Only - price based on cruise only, call to add flights from your regional airport.
Voyage Code: OCY230627-12

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Day 1 - Athens

Arrive: Tue 27 June 2023 / Depart: Tue 27 June 2023 at 18:00

Piraeus is Greece's largest port and has been a gateway to the Mediterranean since 482 BC. It lies on the innermost point of the Saronic Gulf and is a short drive from Athens, the cradle of Western democracy and culture. Throughout the ages, Athens' lofty Acropolis has been a source of inspiration. The ancient ruins scattered throughout this legendary city are reminders of Greece's great cultural heritage.

Day 2 - Mykonos

Arrive: Wed 28 June 2023 at 08:00 / Depart: Wed 28 June 2023 at 22:00

Mykonos, a former 18th-century pirates' bastion, is now a sophisticated and cosmopolitan island resort. This quintessential Greek island offers a maze of winding streets, graceful windmills, inviting beaches, domed churches and whitewashed houses accented in blue. Dotting the waterfront are cafés, taverns and tempting shops.

Day 3 - Kusadasi

Arrive: Thu 29 June 2023 at 08:00 / Depart: Thu 29 June 2023 at 19:00

A lovely seaside resort on Turkey's Aegean coast, Kusadasi [koo-SHAH-duh-see] is renowned for its inviting sparkling waters, broad sandy beaches and large marina. The shops in town are filled with designer clothing, carpets, jewelry and leather goods. South, along the Aegean coast, the ancient Greco-Roman cities of Priene, Miletus and Didyma furnish impressions of the sophisticated civilizations that once thrived here. Kusadasi is perhaps best known as the gateway to the archaeological site of Ephesus, one of the world's greatest archaic finds. Excavations continue in the 4,000-year-old city and it is believed that more than half of it still remains buried in the hillside. Its marble streets are lined with architectural masterpieces. The city played a significant role in the life of the Apostle Paul, who wrote an epistle to its people.

Day 4 - Cruising dardanelles

Day 5 - Nessebar

Arrive: Sat 01 July 2023 at 09:00 / Depart: Sat 01 July 2023 at 19:00

Replete with narrow cobblestone lanes, quaint houses and an ancient fortress wall with gate and towers, the entire old quarter of Nesebur, Bulgaria, has been declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Two of its churches might have also helped the village earn that distinction. One was built in the 5th century, and is appropriately called the Old Bishopric. The other church is called the New Bishopric; given that it was built in the 10th century, "new" is clearly a relative term in the town of Nesebur.

Day 6 - Constanta

Arrive: Sun 02 July 2023 at 07:00 / Depart: Sun 02 July 2023 at 18:00

Day 7 - Odessa

Arrive: Mon 03 July 2023 at 08:00 / Depart: Mon 03 July 2023 at 23:59

Odessa is barely two centuries old, yet it has a wealth of history. A summer retreat of the czars, this "Pearl of the Black Sea" also hosted Russia's greatest artists, writers and musicians. Many historic opera houses, museums and ballet theaters remain, alongside the impressive onion-domed basilica and the broad Potemkin Steps.

Day 8 - Black Sea Cruising

Day 9 - Novorossiysk

Arrive: Wed 05 July 2023 at 09:00 / Depart: Wed 05 July 2023 at 18:00

Day 10 - Sochi

Arrive: Thu 06 July 2023 at 07:00 / Depart: Thu 06 July 2023 at 18:00

Day 11 - Batumi

Arrive: Fri 07 July 2023 at 08:00 / Depart: Fri 07 July 2023 at 18:00

Day 12 - Black Sea Cruising

Day 13 - Istanbul

Arrive: Sun 09 July 2023 at 08:00 / Depart: Sun 09 July 2023

For poets, Istanbul, next to Venice and Rome is the loveliest city in Europe and one of the most splendid in Asia. It is the only city in the world spread over two continents, separated by the Bosphorus. Istanbul was founded by Greek scouts in 660 BC and later became capital of the Roman, Byzantine and Ottoman empires. With its 3,000 years of history behind, it has always been the meeting point of East and West. It is a city filled with wonders of architecture and monuments to the faiths that inspired them. Formerly known as Byzantium, then Constantinople, its mosques, minarets and museums span two continents where the Bosphorus divides Asia from Europe. This strategic position has assured Istanbul's status as a crossroads for trade and cultural exchange during the centuries. Must-see attractions include the dazzling treasury in Topkapi Palace and exquisite buildings of timeless beauty such as the Blue Mosque and Basilica of St. Sophia. Even those who are not avid shoppers will be enticed by the colorful sights and sounds of the world's largest bazaar.

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Ship Cabins

Deluxe Stateroom with Large Picture Window

Soft leather sofa in seating area Queen-size bed or twin beds with sumptuous bedding Complimentary select beer, wine and spirits upon request TV “Do Not Disturb” electronic doorbell Full bathtub/shower combination Refrigerator Security safe

Crystal Penthouse With Verandah

Large private verandah and custom stonefoyer floor Spacious living room Separate den with full-size sleeper sofa,TV, and closet plus separate dining area with ocean view and binoculars Complimentary wine plus choice of spirits from set menu upon embarkation Two TVs iPod docking stations and cordless phone Complimentary unlimited Wi-Fi Guest bathroom with shower Butler’s pantry with refrigerator and espresso-cappuccino machine Large bedroom with queen-size bedor twin beds with sumptuous bedding Master bath featuring a television, Duravit spa flotation tub with ocean view, and stateof-the-art shower with customized shower direction and a heated bench, plus bidet Master walk-in custom closet with illuminated rods and custom shelving and security safe Sophisticated one-touch lighting and surround-sound system and “Do Not Disturb” electronic doorbell A total of two private car and driver transfers per voyage from/to the designated airport in the port city for embarkation and disembarkation or transfers to/from other locations within 100 miles of the port city for embarkation/disembarkation* ADDITIONAL COMPLIMENTARY CRYSTAL PENTHOUSE AMENITIES Attentive butler service Free in-suite phone usage (Two hours per cruise/per room) Free pressing, laundry and dry cleaning Unlimited complimentary specialty restaurant dining (by reservation

Deluxe Stateroom with Verandah

Private verandah Spacious living area Soft leather sofa in the seating area Queen-size bed or twin beds with sumptuous bedding Complimentary select beer, wine, and spirits upon request TV “Do Not Disturb” electronic doorbell Full bathtub/shower combination Refrigerator Security safe

Penthouse Suite with Verandah and Third Berth

Private verandah Spacious living area Dining area Complimentary wine plus choice of spirits from set menu upon embarkation Two TVs Sophisticated one-touch lighting system “Do Not Disturb” electronic doorbell Complimentary unlimited Wi-Fi Separate bedroom area Vanity in bedroom Queen-size bed or twin beds with sumptuous bedding, and third berth Full Jacuzzi bathtub Separate shower Bidet Walk-in closet Refrigerator Security safe Binoculars ADDITIONAL COMPLIMENTARY PENTHOUSE SUITE AMENITIES Attentive butler service Free in-suite phone usage (One hour per cruise/per room) Complimentary pressing service Unlimited complimentary specialty restaurant dining (by reservation,based on space availability)**

Penthouse Suite with Verandah and Third Berth

Private verandah Sizeable living area Complimentary wine plus choice of spirits from set menu upon embarkation Queen-size bed or twin beds with sumptuous bedding, and third berth Vanity in dressing area TV Sophisticated one-touch lighting system “Do Not Disturb” electronic doorbell Complimentary unlimited Wi-Fi Full Jacuzzi bathtub Vanity in dressing area Separate shower Walk-in closet Refrigerator Security safe Binoculars ADDITIONAL COMPLIMENTARY PENTHOUSE AMENITIES Attentive butler service Complimentary pressing service Unlimited complimentary specialty restaurant dining (by reservation,based on space availability)**

Seabreeze Penthouse Suite With Verandah And Third Berth

Private verandah Spacious living area Queen-size bed or twin beds with sumptuous bedding and third berth Large luxury shower with body jets Walk-in closet TV Complimentary welcome bottle of champagne upon arrival Complimentary wine plus choice of spirits from set menu upon embarkation Refrigerator Binoculars “Do Not Disturb” electronic doorbell ADDITIONAL COMPLIMENTARY SEABREEZE PENTHOUSE SUITE AMENITIES Attentive butler service Free in-suite phone usage(One hour per cruise/per room) Complimentary pressing service Unlimited complimentary specialty restaurant dining (by reservation,based on space availability)**

Seabreeze Penthouse With Verandah And Third Berth

Private verandah Spacious living area Shared entryway to connect two Seabreeze Penthouses Queen-size bed or twin beds with sumptuous bedding and third berth Large luxury shower with body jets Walk-in closet TV Complimentary welcome bottle of champagne upon arrival Complimentary wine plus choice of spirits from set menu upon embarkation Refrigerator Binoculars “Do Not Disturb” electronic doorbell ADDITIONAL COMPLIMENTARY SEABREEZE PENTHOUSE SUITE AMENITIES Attentive butler service Complimentary pressing service Unlimited complimentary specialty restaurant dining (by reservation, based on space availability)**
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