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4-day Iconic Aegean cruise

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This is by far the most popular cruise and justifiably so: no other cruise of this duration includes so many popular ports of call.
The itinerary is basically that of the 3-day Iconic cruise, extended to include a full day in Rhodes, often referred to as the island of the Knights of St. John, who built the beautifully preserved medieval town of the island (a World Heritage Site). There is a lot more to it, however: famous worldwide for the Colossus of Rhodes, one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World, the island has been incessantly inhabited since the Neolithic times. One can see traces of its turbulent history all over, enjoying the alloy produced from the presence of so many different cultures and peoples.

The cruise can be easily combined with weekend international flights and a couple of overnights in Athens, offering a complete and filling 7-day travel experience in Greece.

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Years 2016-2017
Piraeus (Athens), GreeceMonday - 11:30
Mykonos, Greece*  18:00 23:00
Kusadasi (Ephesus), TurkeyTuesday 07:00 13:00
Patmos, Greece*  16:00 21:00
Rhodes, GreeceWednesday 07:00 18:00
Crete (Heraklion), GreeceThursday 07:00 11:30
Santorini, Greece*  16:30 21:30
Piraeus (Athens), GreeceFriday 06:00 -
* Disembarkation by tenders (boats), weather permitting.
Embarkation/disembarkation possibilities also from/to Kusadasi and Crete.

* For the sailing of April the 10th, 2017, the disembarkation port is Lavrio on April the 14th.

Information on the port of Piraeus

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Year 2016
Cruise departures operated by the
March 14, 21, 28 / April 4, 11, 18, 25 / May 2, 9, 16, 23*, 30* / June 6, 13, 20*, 27 / July 4, 11*, 18, 25* / August 1*, 8*, 15, 22*, 29 / September 5*, 12*, 19*, 26* / October 3*, 10, 17, 24

 * designates a themed cruise

Year 2017
Cruise departures operated by the
March 13, 20, 27 / April 3, 10

April 17, 24 / May 1, 8, 15, 22, 29 / June 5, 12, 19, 26 / July 3, 10, 17, 24, 31 / August 7, 14, 21, 28 / September 4, 11, 18, 25 / October 2, 9, 16, 23

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Year 2016

 With rates starting from EUR151 per person, you get

  • two overnights, in double room, in a centrally located hotel in Athens including breakfast
  • both ways private transfers between Athens and the cruise port.

 Why to take this package deal?

  • Athens, the city close to the cruise port is more than just the place your cruise begins and ends; it's an exciting and world renowned destination!
  • If you have to take an overnight flight or a long haul flight you need at least a day to recover, otherwise the first day or two of your cruise can be an absolute waste.
  • It functions as a "safety-cushion" in case of flights' or other delays.
  • It is a convenient way to get by pre-arranged transfers from your hotel to the pier and back. Like this you avoid to carry heavy luggage in public means of transportation.

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Comments and ratings about the 4-day Iconic Aegean cruise:

It is important to know that only clients of Dolphin Hellas may have their comments and ratings here and only for the services they received by our travel agency; this means that these are real testimonials by real travellers.

Travelled in September, 2016

(Rating: 4/5)

rating of 4 out of 5 Tsitsos
My wife and I were very satisfied with the cruise. Cabins were exceptionally kept clean, staff was outstanding. Food and dinning room staff were excellent.

  - J. Mariasine - Ontario, Canada

Travelled in September, 2016
Amazing ship, excellent food on board and good organisation. Extremely enjoyable cruise around several Greek Islands!

  - M. Neri - London, UK

Travelled in August, 2016
Very nice trip on Celestial Cruises overall .
The food was excellent and the staff very professional.
The entertainment on board was very nice as well, also all other amenities.
Everything was very well organized and well prepared.
I would like to mention one drawback, however: the timing of the excursions was terribly early in the morning, and we barely slept few hours every night as we had to wake up so early.
As you know, with so much entertainment at night on board, it makes it impossible to go to bed early !!!!
The lack of sleep somehow ruined much of the fun on the cruise.

  - K. Najjar - New Jersey, USA

Travelled in July, 2016

(Rating: 5/5)

rating of 5 out of 5 Tsitsos

  - K. Missailidis - Georgia, USA

Travelled in September, 2015
We would give the cruise 4 stars. Our only complaint was in the gymnasium, the treadmills were out of action. The staff, the food & entertainment were all very good. The cabin was adequate for what we paid. We would probably not choose this particular cruise again as there was not enough time to visit all the places unless you were prepared to get up early.

  - C. Coggins - Dunstable, UK

Travelled in June, 2015
The trip to the islands was fabulous. Kids had a wonderful time. We wanted to get off the cruise at Santorini, and return back to Pireaus. We had to pay for the JET to return us to the mainland. Extra cost of $ 260 that was not figured into the cost of the trip. Rooms werent that big in the boat. I am not a cruise person. Rather of flown, but the costs would of been prohibited. Food on the boat was average... nothing spectacular. They should of broken the eating times for everyone. We waited for hours to eat. They only had 2 shifts to eat. The time allocated for Mikonos was short. You couldnt see or spend any money. The stay was too short and not satisfactory. The passengers could not disembark and return without taking a tether. I found this to be disrupting, The waters should of been dredged along the routes.

  - J. Burlotos - Pennsylvania, USA

Reply by DH on October, 2016:

Dear Mr. Burlotos,

Thank you for your kind remarks and for taking the time to submit your feedback. We really appreciate it. We are delighted that we assisted successfully in materializing such an important trip.

We grab the opportunity to comment on the cruise policy, as these comments - yours and ours - will be seen by other potential guests, too: the cruise lines are not allowed to operate as ferry companies. In other words, their license is for circular trips, not for trips that start at one location (for example, Piraeus) and end elsewhere (in this occasion, Santorini). Consequently, if a passenger wishes to disembark at one of the ports of call, one can do that (nobody can keep a person on board against one's will) but must pay the cruise fare in full. Granting a discount on the cruise fare to offset the cost of buying extra tickets for the return portion of the trip, though reasonable, is in the eyes of the law a practice of unfair competition as the cruise passengers are thus encouraged to use the cruise ships as an open jaw ferry service. The ferry companies already lose on the tickets that one would otherwise have to buy to go to the island. We do not side with either opinion, just laying out facts for people to know.

We thank you once more and remain at your disposal!
Your Dolphin Hellas Team
Travelled in May, 2015

(Rating: 4/5)

rating of 4 out of 5 Tsitsos
Everything worked very well. All the timings were excellent. Clean cabin and ship in general. Nice staff. Good food at the buffet and great setup. The a la carte restaurant was not better, as expected. It was great experience.

  - R. Lopez - Montreal, Canada

Travelled in June, 2014

(Rating: 4/5)

rating of 4 out of 5 Tsitsos

  - R. Murali - Montreal, Canada

Travelled in June, 2014

(Rating: 5/5)

rating of 5 out of 5 Tsitsos
The booking was done by Dolphin Hellas and it was a very pleasant experience. The cabin chosen by Dolphin Hellas , for us was, perfect. We availed all the shore excursions and they were perfect for our interest

  - R. Prasad - Kolkata, India


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