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Black Sea Brilliance - Athens To Venice Cruise

  • Departure DateSat 22nd Apr 2023
  • Crystal Cruises Crystal Symphony
  • 12 Night Cruise From Athens
  • Cruise Only From £3,669 pp

Itinerary

  • Athens
  • Cannakkale
  • Burgas
  • Constanta
  • Odessa
  • Istanbul
  • Santorini
  • Dubrovnik
  • Venice

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
£3,669
£4,319
£5,769

Cruise Only - price based on cruise only, call to add flights from your regional airport.
Voyage Code: OCS230422-12

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Day 1 - Athens

Arrive: Sat 22 April 2023 / Depart: Sat 22 April 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 - Cannakkale

Arrive: Sun 23 April 2023 at 07:00 / Depart: Sun 23 April 2023 at 14:30

Day 2 - Cruising the Dardanelles

Day 3 - Burgas

Arrive: Mon 24 April 2023 at 09:00 / Depart: Mon 24 April 2023 at 18:00

Day 4 - Constanta

Arrive: Tue 25 April 2023 at 07:00 / Depart: Tue 25 April 2023 at 20:00

Day 5 - Odessa

Arrive: Wed 26 April 2023 at 08:00 / Depart: Wed 26 April 2023 at 23:00

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 6 - Black Sea Cruising

Day 7 - Istanbul

Arrive: Fri 28 April 2023 at 08:00

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.

Day 8 - Istanbul

Depart: Sat 29 April 2023 at 19:00

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.

Day 8 - Cruising the Dardanelles

Day 9 - Santorini

Arrive: Sun 30 April 2023 at 07:00 / Depart: Sun 30 April 2023 at 20:00

Of all the Cyclades Islands, Santorini is often considered the most dramatic. Once an active volcano, it was known as Stongyle, or the Round Island. In about 1500 BC, the volcano erupted with such force that the center of the island literally exploded, leaving the haunting submerged crater into which Crystal Serenity sails. The island's small villages were preserved in the ashes and recent excavations have uncovered a fascinating view of everyday life from 3,500 years ago. Santorini's dark landscape offsets its simple, yet refined Cycladic buildings, which glimmer in the sunlight. The rich volcanic soil is ideal for grapes and the local vines produce a cherished crop known for its "special volcanic taste." Thíra, or Fira Town, is laid out along the edge of a cliff that partially forms the rim of the now extinct caldera. A picturesque site, it exudes charm and an atmosphere of leisure that can be attributed to the easy-going Greek lifestyle.

Day 10 - Ionian Sea cruising

Day 11 - Dubrovnik

Arrive: Tue 02 May 2023 at 08:00 / Depart: Tue 02 May 2023 at 18:00

Though it has only recently re-emerged as an independent nation, Croatia is by no means a new country. There were settlements along the Dalmatian Coast before recorded time. When Slavic people migrated here in the 6th century, they converted to Catholicism and adopted the local Latin alphabet. The region eventually became part of the powerful Kingdom of Croatia. Medieval Dubrovnik, formerly the Republic of Ragusa, was one of several walled cities established in the 7th century to guard the coastal approaches. Its fortification was completed in the 13th century and has remained relatively unchanged. The city walls are in excellent condition and today prevent invasion by automobiles. Within the walls, the lovely sleek lines of Venetian-style buildings complement a wealth of ancient stone architecture. Nearby islands feature beautiful beaches as well as intriguing ancient ruins.

Day 12 - Venice

Arrive: Wed 03 May 2023 at 14:00

Venice rests three miles off the coast of mainland Italy and is considered one of the world's most enchanting cities. Known as the "Queen of the Adriatic," it actually comprises more than 100 separate islands. Laced together by a string of 400 intricate bridges, Venice is legendary for its labyrinthine network of canals. A whimsical stroll through the city can lead one to a hidden world of ornately decorated piazzas and shops. As you explore colorful marketplaces and busy town squares, marvel at a priceless legacy of Baroque architecture. Admire the richness of St. Mark's Basilica and the lavishness of the Palazzo Ducale. Getting lost in Venice can be a truly delightful experience. The place of dreams, this romantic city will live long in your memory.

Day 13 - Venice

Depart: Thu 04 May 2023

Venice rests three miles off the coast of mainland Italy and is considered one of the world's most enchanting cities. Known as the "Queen of the Adriatic," it actually comprises more than 100 separate islands. Laced together by a string of 400 intricate bridges, Venice is legendary for its labyrinthine network of canals. A whimsical stroll through the city can lead one to a hidden world of ornately decorated piazzas and shops. As you explore colorful marketplaces and busy town squares, marvel at a priceless legacy of Baroque architecture. Admire the richness of St. Mark's Basilica and the lavishness of the Palazzo Ducale. Getting lost in Venice can be a truly delightful experience. The place of dreams, this romantic city will live long in your memory.

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A sanctuary of refined style, Crystal Symphony is the standard bearer of The World’s Most Awarded Luxury Cruise Line. Enjoy renowned cuisine, exceptional enrichment, sun-soaked verandahs, and the most gracious hospitality at sea.

Ship Cabins

Deluxe Stateroom with Large Picture Window

Large picture window Seating area Queen-size bed or twin beds with sumptuous bedding TV Full bathtub/shower combination Spacious wall closet Complimentary select beer, wine and spirits upon request “Do Not Disturb” electronic doorbell

Deluxe Stateroom with Verandah

Private verandah Seating area Queen-size bed or twin beds with sumptuous bedding TV Full bathtub/shower combination Spacious wall closet Complimentary select beer, wine and spirits upon request “Do Not Disturb” electronic doorbell

Crystal Penthouse with Verandah

Private verandah with teak furniture Spacious living room with TV, custom wool carpets, walnut floors, cabinetry and Swarovski chandelier Dining area with panoramic ocean views Separate study Custom built-in bar Large bedroom with queen-size bedor twin beds with Frette linens, plus his and her walk-in closets and TV Master bath with Jacuzzi, ocean view, crystal sconces and Calacatta marble floors, separate shower and bidet Guest bathroom Complimentary welcome bottle of champagne upon arrival, and wine plus choice of spirits from set menu upon embarkation Complimentary newspaper of your choice once daily Binoculars “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, based on space availability)**

Penthouse Suite With Verandah And Third Berth

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

Penthouse With Verandah And Third Berth

Private verandah Spacious living area TV Queen-size bed or twin beds with sumptuous bedding, and third berth Full Jacuzzi bathtub with separate shower Complimentary welcome bottle of champagne upon arrival Complimentary wine plus choice of spirits from set menu upon embarkation Walk-in closet Binoculars “Do Not Disturb” electronic doorbell ADDITIONAL COMPLIMENTARY PENTHOUSE AMENITIES Attentive butler service Free pressing service Unlimited complimentary specialty restaurant dining (by reservation

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 showers with body jets Walk-in closet Two TVs Complimentary welcome bottle of champagne upon arrival Complimentary wine plus choice of spirits from set menu upon embarkation Binoculars Washer/dryer combo “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) Free 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 Binoculars “Do Not Disturb” electronic doorbell ADDITIONAL COMPLIMENTARY SEABREEZE PENTHOUSE AMENITIES Attentive butler service Free pressing service Unlimited complimentary specialty restaurant dining (by reservation, based on space availability)**
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