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Shore excursions of Celestyal Cruises

The following land tours (shore excursions) are operated at the ports of call of cruises in Greece and Turkey of Celestyal Cruises.

Please note that the shore excursions cannot be sold separately from corresponding cruise(s).

Each tour generally requires a minimum number of 30 participants (although some tours may require more than 30 participants) to be conducted. Whenever possible, every effort shall be made to provide trained guides in the requested language based on the above mentioned minimum participation.

Shore Excursion itineraries are subject to change due to unexpected events or cases of force majeure.



Chania & Rethymno tour (CHA-10)
We will drive from Souda Port to lovely Chania for a guided walking tour of this fascinating port. The second-largest town on Greece's largest island, Chania is the lively capital of the western half of Crete. Much of Chania bears the [...]
Chania: tour to Kournas lake, Rethymnon & an olive farm (CHA-11)
We start from Souda port and drive along the coastal highway enjoying the clear blue sea and the green countryside, typical of western Crete. Kournas lake, the only freshwater lake in Crete, is ideal for a stroll during the day. The [...]


Minoan Palace of Knossos (HER-02)
Crete is the largest and the most rugged of the Greek islands. It is also the home of the great Minoan Civilization and the mythological birthplace of Zeus. After a short drive through the town of Heraklion the tour will arrive at [...]
Cretan countryside and lifestyle (HER-04)
We leave the Venetian walls of Heraklion behind us and drive deep into the beautiful Cretan countryside. Through the villages of Episkopi and Sgourokefali we arrive at the traditional village of Stironas. The village, built at 550 [...]
Heraklion City Tour & the Museum (HER-07)
Heraklion is the largest urban centre in Crete, the capital of the region and the economic, commercial and scientific centre of the island. It is also endowed with some wonderful edifices: the "Koules" fortress, the award winning [...]


Panoramic Ios (IOS-01)
From the port of Ios our bus rolls toward Skarkos, a prehistoric settlement that proves Ios has been inhabited since the early Cycladic period. Skarkos had a modern system for the disposal of rainwater and a sewer system. Its [...]
Ios, Set sail on a Pirate Boat (IOS-03)
Ahoy, mateys! Dare ye stand beneath our black sails and trust us to take you to some of the most beautiful beaches in the Aegean? You'll need your trusty scabbard and your sunscreen. From port we sail southwest past a number of [...]
Ios – Exclusive Manganari (IOS-05)
The large bay at Manganari is one of the most famous in the Cyclades, thanks to its exquisite beaches. Enchanting Manganari comprises one large and four smaller, idyllic beaches, all of them known for their soft, golden sand and [...]


Kos – Asklepion, Zia & the Platane of Hippocrates (KOS-01)
We start this excursion just outside Kos Town with a visit to the Asklepion, built in the 4th century BC, as a health and healing centre and its Doric temple dedicated to Asklepios, son of Apollo and the god of healing. This [...]
Kos, ‘Lazy Day’ cruise (KOS-06)
You will board our "caici" boat in Kos harbour and set sail for the island of Pserimos, a trip of about 45 minutes on beautiful blue seas. We will dock close to Vathy Beach, where you will have time to swim and relax in its warm, clear [...]
Kos, ‘A taste of tradition & Zia’ tour (KOS-07)
This tour is an excellent way to get to know the traditional side of Kos. We leave the harbour on our air conditioned bus for our first stop, a family-run winery built on some of the island's most fertile land, at the foot of Mt. [...]


Milos, ‘Step Back in Time’ tour (MIL-02)
We invite you to step back in time with us on the incredible volcanic island of Milos, one of the most beautiful places on earth. A short drive from the harbour takes us to Sarakiniko, an inlet of pure white stone sculpted by [...]
Milos, amazing beaches tour (MIL-03)
About a 30 minutes drive from the port of Adamas, Paleochori, which actually comprises three beaches totaling 800 meters of sandy coastline, is known for its dramatic cliff faces, the mineral deposits of which, particularly sulphur, [...]
Nostalgic Milos Land & Sea (MIL-06)
A short drive from the harbor takes us to famous Sarakiniko beach and its landmark white rocks. Naturally sculpted by volcanic eruptions, the sea and strong Aegean winds, it is the ideal backdrop for your snapshots. No wonder why it is [...]


Mykonos Walking Tour & Mykonian Feast (MYK-01)
Mykonos is world famous. It is the most cosmopolitan of the Greek islands and attracts many visitors from all over the globe, including large numbers of artists and intellectuals. The tour starts at "Chora", the capital of the [...]
Mykonian countryside, Chora & Little Venice (MYK-06)
The excursion sets off from Chora. Next stop at the south, the leeward beach of Ornos, a picturesque fishing harbour which is a popular anchorage and then on to the small beach of Agia Anna and Kalafatis beach. During the trip back [...]


Ancient Mycenae, ancient Epidaurus & Nafplio (NAF-01)
This excursion is a fantastic tour of Mycenae, a fortified Bronze Age Palace, and of Epidaurus, an ancient therapeutic and religious center. "Well-built Mycenae, rich in gold...", so said Homer of this ancient city, one of the [...]
Nemea wine tasting & Nafplio (NAF-02)
Nemea has been a wine region since ancient times, with vineyards sprawled across its hillsides, plains and plateaus. The first reference to the wine traditions of the Peloponnese was made by Homer, who referred to the area as [...]
Ancient Epidaurus & Nafplio (NAF-03)
Famed for its spectacular theater and known throughout the Hellenistic world for its unique medical facilities, the Sanctuary of Epidaurus, a UNESCO World Heritage site, was a therapeutic and religious center dedicated to Asklepios. [...]


St. John’s Monastery & Grotto of the Apocalypse (PAT-01)
Depart from the port of Scala and enjoy a short drive to the village of Chora, where the Monastery of St. John is built within the walls of a strong fortification. As you walk uphill towards the entrance of the monastery, marvel at [...]
Patmos country side tour with Hora & Grotto of Apocalypse (PAT-02)
An interesting scenic island tour which has been designed for those passengers who prefer to discover the beauties of Patmos from the comfort of an air-conditioned motor coach. Start the tour from the port of Scala and drive to the [...]
Patmos, traditional feast (PAT-05)
Join us for an unforgettable meal served in this traditional tavern, at the most charming location scented by the wild flowers of the Patmian nature and filled with friendly locals eager to share their cuisine and way of life. Board [...]


Athens City Tour and Acropolis (PIR-01)
On arrival in Athens you visit the Acropolis, on which stands the Parthenon, the symbol of classical architecture. The entrance to the top of the hill is through the Propylea, the "gates" through which the Panathinea processions [...]
Athens & the New Acropolis Museum (PIR-07)
Leaving the port of Piraeus, the coach takes the coastal road leading to Athens. On arriving in Athens, you start the city sightseeing driving past the Temple of Zeus, the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier guarded by the "evzones" dressed [...]


Lindos & Old City of Rhodes (RHO-01)
Lindos is situated 55km South from the city of Rhodes; above this picturesque preserved village stands the Acropolis of Lindos, on the top of a precipice 122m above the sea, with the ancient Temple of Athena, built in 300 B.C. In [...]
Philerimos & the Palace of the Knights (RHO-02)
Rhodes, as a travel destination is ideal as much for its recreational tourism as for its religious and archaeological tourism. The Acropolis of ancient Rhodes stands proudly on the hill of St. Stephanos, also called Monte Smith; [...]
Rhodes Old City Walking Tour (RHO-11)
Walking along the paved Street of the Knights -one of the best preserved medieval arteries- you will come across residences of people of several different historic nationalities, who once belonged to the Order of the Knights of St. [...]


Samos, Pythagoras island and its diverse beauty (SAM-01)
Samos the land of Pythagoras, Epicurus, Aristarchus and possibly Aesop, is in full bloom. Its fertile soil gives birth to the world renowned "Muscat" variety of wine. These two elements of nature, earth and water, are in complete [...]
Samos island: culture, scenery, history (SAM-02)
Samos, also known as the Island of Pythagoras, welcomes you cordially to its 25 vineyards, the waterfalls and the wetlands, the seaside villages, the traditional pottery craft and the famed Samian wines. The guided shore excursion [...]
Samos, traditional feast (SAM-03)
Join us for an unforgettable meal served in the main square of Pagondas, a charming village scented by orange and lemon trees and filled with friendly locals, eager to share their cuisine and way of life. Board your air-conditioned [...]
Samos 4 x 4 adventure (SAM-04)
Get acquainted with the verdant island of Samos with this exciting four-wheel-drive experience, which includes a visit to a beautiful beach for a chance to swim and sunbathe. At the pier, you will get into your Suzuki-type [...]


Excursion to Oia Village (SAN-01)
First you head up to Megalochori. The tour continues its passage towards the north: to the east, in the background, you will have settlements like Kamari and Monolithos, while you will pass through Fira, the small traditional villages [...]
Santorini’s islands & volcano (SAN-02)
The little islands of Palea and Nea Kameni are of particular geological interest, since underneath them lightly slumbers an active volcano. From the cruise ship you will be transported easily within a few minutes by small boat to [...]
Santorini, Akrotiri village excavations (SAN-08)
In prehistoric times, the people who inhabited what today is known as Santorini, called the island Strongyle ("round"). These people enjoyed a high standard of living: they built two-story houses, tilled the earth and were skilled [...]
Santorini, Jeep Safari Adventure (SAN-10)
This alternative excursion combines the wild, unspoiled beauty of the southwest of Santorini with the better-known destinations at the east of the island. You have your driver's license, you have the wheel in your hands, of course the [...]


Authentic Rembetiko feast in Syros (SYR-01)
It does not get more Greek than "Opa"! Celestyal Cruises invites you to a traditional authentic Greek Rembetiko feast, a folklore way of amusement by local musicians. We begin with a short tour of the Ermoupoli center, the [...]
Sublime Syros tour (SYR-03)
The port of Ermoupolis in Syros is the capital of the Cyclades group of islands and a UNESCO World Heritage site. Our tour takes you south from Ermoupolis to Anastasi Church, above Ermoupolis, to visit this lovely domed church and to [...]



Cesme, ‘Experience ancient Ephesus’ tour (CES-01)
We travel by bus approximately two hours to the ancient city of Ephesus, passing many typical rural Turkish villages along the way. Ephesus, one of the 12 cities of Ionia, is a stunning marvel in the hills above the Aegean coast. [...]
Cesme, Sole Mare beach club (CES-02)
Sole Mare Beach Club is located on Aya Yorgi Bay, beloved of Cesme locals for its turquoise waters and pristine sand. For the past decade, Sole Mare has been a popular beach club during the day and, after sunset, one of Cesme's most [...]
Cesme, tour to Izmir (CES-03)
Izmir, more than 12000 square kilometres big and home to more than three million people, is Turkey's third-largest city. It presents itself as a modern, teeming metropolis, but, as we tour Izmir, its magnificent ancient past comes [...]
Cesme, captivating Alacati tour (CES-05)
Alaçatı is an Aegean town on the western coast of Izmir Province in Turkey, which has been famous for its architecture, vineyards and windmills for over 150 years. It has now made its name in the world of windsurfing and kitesurfing, [...]

Izmir (Smyrna)

Izmir, tour to Ancient Ephesus & the House of Virgin Mary (ISM-01)
Before his crucifixion, Jesus entrusted the safety of the Virgin Mary to St. John the Evangelist. St.John moved Mary to Ephesus for safety. Virgin Mary lived here until the 101st year of her life. In 1957 the Vatican [...]
Izmir, tour to Ancient Ephesus (ISM-03)
At the archaeological site of Ancient Ephesus one finds immortal relics of the Hellenistic, Roman and Early Christian era. During this guided tour you will visit among others the Agora, the Odeon, the Library of Celsus, the [...]
Izmir, tour to Ancient Ephesus & the Terrace Houses (ISM-07)
Passing with your tour guide through the Magnesian Gate you will wander, feeling awe in time and space, through the Agora, the Odeon, the Library of Celsus, the marble-paved main Street of Kouretes, the Baths of Scholastica, the Great [...]

Kusadasi (Ephesus)

Ancient Ephesus & the House of Virgin Mary (KUS-01)
Drive through the colourful town of Kusadasi to reach Mt. Koressos. Located in a nature park between Ephesus and Seljuk, the House of the Virgin ("Meryemana" in Turkish) is a humble chapel that is believed to be the last residence of [...]
Ancient Ephesus through the ages – Hellenistic and Roman (KUS-02)
Drive through the colourful town of Kusadasi and along the coast to reach Ancient Ephesus, famous in antiquity for its Temple of Diana - one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World - and later the home of St. John. During the years [...]
Ancient Ephesus & the Terrace Houses (KUS-07)
At Ancient Ephesus you find Immortal relics of the Hellenistic, Roman and Early Christian era. At the archaeological site you will be given a guided tour of the Agora, the Odeon, the Library of Celsus, the marble-paved main Street of [...]


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