4-day Iconic Aegean cruise
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 Aegean 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.
4-day cruise ports of call & itinerary map
|Lavrio (Athens), Greece||Monday||13:00|
|Kusadasi (Ephesus), Turkey||Tuesday||07:00||13:00|
|Crete (Heraklion), Greece||Thursday||07:00||12:00|
|Lavrio (Athens), Greece||Friday||06:00|
|* Disembarkation by tenders (boats), weather permitting.|
- Embarkation/disembarkation possibility also from/to Kusadasi.
Information on the port of Lavrio
4-day cruise sailings & ships
Cruise departures operated by the ‘Celestyal Olympia’ cruise vessel
Cruise departures operated by the ‘Celestyal Olympia’ cruise vessel
Pre- & post-cruise package
With rates starting from EUR241 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 is a pre-/post-cruise package a good idea?
- Athens, the city closest to the cruise port, is more than just the place your cruise begins and ends; it's an exciting and world renowned destination worth exploring!
- If you have to take an overnight flight or a long haul flight, you may find the extra day useful to recover from the jet lag; otherwise, the first day or two of your cruise may be an absolute waste.
- It serves as a "safety-cushion" in case of flight delays or other unforeseen circumstances.
- It includes pre-arranged transfers from your hotel to the pier and back.
No hassle, no carrying around heavy luggage in public means of transportation and absolute safety in the CoVid-19 era!
Furthermore, Lavrion port is located 60kms outside town and not easily accessible; there is no metro connecting Athens and Lavrion and the local bus does not run frequently.
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- G. Tsigaridis - Canada
- C. Amsel - Matyland, USA
- L. Thompson, UK
The cruise was probably the best part of this Greece holiday, the staff were excellent, the service impeccable, the food delicious, the attention always to detail. It's true, it is not the modern day cruise ships with all the frills, but we found nothing wrong with this and it was very well organized, including tours. Highly recommended does not even start. Well done to everyone, especially to our waiter/entertainer Ronnie - the culprit for making my wife and I gain weight during this trip, actually we loved him and he spoiled us mad.
- P. Camilleri - Malta
- W. Bustard - New Mexico, USA
- V. Sachdeva, Canada
we like but some activities don´t have any one.
the yoga was to high level.
the staff were very nice.
- D. Xavier - Portugal
- R. Shewan - UK
- A. Gonzalez - New York, USA
- A. Martin - Ontario, Canada
- J. Mariasine - Ontario, Canada
- M. Neri - London, UK
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
- K. Missailidis - Georgia, USA
- C. Coggins - Dunstable, UK
- H. Shahid , Indiana, USA
Dear Mr. Shahid,
Thank you for your feedback, we appreciate your taking the time to send us your comments. We regret you had a not fully satisfying experience on board the Celestyal Olympia, we will make sure your comments are received by the cruise line. We would only like to comment on the last issue, the tender boats. The islands where tender boats are used, namely Mykonos and Santorini, receive a disproportionate number of guests. On the same day that Celestyal calls in, there are at least 3-5 other cruise boats from other companies, each with several thousand guests on board. The whole procedure takes very long and unless the specific order is followed - excursion teams, tour operators (who usually organize their own excursion teams), rest of the passengers - none of the excursions would be able to run properly.
We hope you have enjoyed your cruise nonetheless, and look forward to welcoming you to Greece again in the future.
Your DH team
- J. Burlotos - Pennsylvania, USA
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
- R. Lopez - Montreal, Canada
- R. Murali - Montreal, Canada
- R. Prasad - Kolkata, India
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