Meet the 2019 MasterChef champion on Crete and enjoy special foodie experiences as you cruise the stunning Greek islands

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The Greek islands have long been considered some of the most beautiful in the world and there can be few better ways to spend your holidays than hopping between the golden beaches and lush olive and lemon groves typical of the region. On this brand-new eight-day tour, you will see some of Greece's most romantic destinations, where culture, history and a slower-paced way of life all harken back to a time gone by.

Sailing on the elegant Celestyal Crystal, your itinerary will include stops on the Greek islands of Rhodes, Crete, Milos, Mykonos and Santorini, as well as Kuşadası in Turkey.

Making your trip even more unforgettable will be the presence of MasterChef 2019 champion Irini Tzortzoglou, who was brought up in Crete before she moved to the UK. Irini will give an exclusive talk, take part in a Q&A session on board your ship and will meet you during your private excursion to a traditional Cretan organic farm, where she'll pass on her knowledge of the cookery of her homeland.

'Greek food, with its appealing strong flavours, fresh ingredients and simplicity of preparation, has always had its fans among the millions who have visited the country', says Irini. 'I firmly believe that the ingredients are king and respect the traditional methods of their treatment.'

Cooking demo with Irini

To celebrate the release of her first cookbook in July, Irini will give an interactive cookery class during your farm visit and cook you a meal from the recipes in Under The Olive Tree.

Cruise on the Celestyal Crystal

As well as the delicious food cooked by Irini, you'll enjoy delicious all-inclusive meals aboard your cruise ship, created by the chefs from fresh ingredients. With a choice of restaurants and bars - including the Thalassa Bar, where you can enjoy stargazing with an evening drink - you'll be spoilt for choice. The suites and staterooms are super comfy and you can pamper yourself in the spa, use the fitness centre or take part in arts and crafts or dancing lessons.

Explore the Greek islands

As you approach Rhodes, you'll see the clifftop Acropolis of Lindos before disembarking and wandering the Old Town, where the cobbles were once walked by the Crusaders, Byzantines and Romans. Visiting the volcanic landscape of Milos is an otherworldly experience, Heraklion in Crete is full of landmarks, beaches and stylish nightlife, while the windmills and whitewashed villages of Mykonos look stunning from any angle.

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Price includes

  • Cruise on elegant Celestyal Crystal for eight days with all-inclusive meals and drinks.
  • Visit Heraklion with Irini Tzortzoglou for a traditional Cretan cookery class.
  • Enjoy a meal cooked from Irini's new cookbook.
  • Take part in an exclusive talk and Q&A session with Irini.
  • Join a medieval tour of the Acropolis of Lindos and explore.

Availability

From
Sat, Sat, Apr 24, 2021
To
Sat, Sat, May 1, 2021
Duration
8 Days
Price per person
£1,499*
* Price based on two sharing inside CAT IB cabin. Outside Cat XC from £1699pp. Balcony Cat SB from £2199pp. Subject to availability. Single cabins are limited subject to availability on a first come-first served basis. Prices are correct at the time of going to print. Actual pricing will be confirmed at the time of booking. Deposit is 20% of full balance, to be paid at time of booking (non-refundable). Full balance is then due 112 days before departure. A limited number of staterooms are suitable for guests with disabilities, but not all areas of the ship are accessible. Guests with limited mobility are required to bring their own wheelchairs and assistance will be provided by members of staff where possible. 50% supplement for single cabins. Operated by and subject to booking conditions of TS Tours.
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Itinerary

  1. Day
    1
    Arrive in Piraeus
    Piraeus, Greece

    Arrive in Athens and transfer to the port of Piraeus. Leave the historical, classical city of Athens on the Celestyal Crystal and set sail on your overnight voyage to Turkey. Your first night will give you the opportunity to relax, indulge in all-inclusive hospitality and anticipate the adventures ahead on your Aegean foodie Odyssey.

    Meals - Dinner
  2. Day
    2
    Kuşadası, Turkey
    Kusadasi, Turkey

    Arriving this morning in Kuşadası, Turkey, you'll have all day here with plenty of time to explore this colourful beach town. Kuşadası is the coastal gateway to the Hellenistic ruins of Ephesus, famed for one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World, the Temple of Artemis. A complimentary excursion is included and is not to be missed.

    Meals - Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  3. Day
    3
    Rhodes
    Rhodes, Greece

    Take in the lovely Rhodes Old Town, a maze of atmospheric cobbled streets that will transport you back to the Byzantine Empire and beyond. You'll enjoy a full day here in Rhodes, with plenty of time to discover the crystal clear waters, wonderful beaches and lush wooded valleys. There is a complimentary excursion to Lindos included today.

    Meals - Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  4. Day
    4
    Heraklion, Crete - organic farm excursion with Irini
    Iraklion (Heraklion), Greece

    Arrive today on Greece's largest island, Crete - a place of mystery, myth and legend. Take in the bustling Heraklion and some of Crete's extraordinary archaeology and history. There is a complimentary visit to the Palace of Knossos included today, once home to Europe's oldest civillisation and the setting for the legend of Greek hero Theseus and the Minotaur.

    Exclusive experience: This afternoon, enjoy a private excursion to a traditional Cretan organic farm. Here Irini will give an interactive cookery class and cook you a meal from the recipes in her brand new cookbook, Under The Olive Tree.

    Meals - Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  5. Day
    5
    Santorini
    Santorini , Greece

    Santorini is instantly recognisable with its gorgeous whitewashed houses and sweeping coastline. Sunsets here take your breath away and the landscapes are just gorgeous. Don't forget to try one of the many restaurants at the edge of the caldera. In the evening, explore at leisure or simply relax on deck sipping cocktails or a glass of fine Greek wine.

    Meals - Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  6. Day
    6
    Milos
    Milos (Adamas), Greece

    You may be asleep when you depart Santorini, but by morning you'll have arrived in Milos, the island of colours, ready for a fresh breakfast prepared by the chefs on-board. You'll have time to explore Plaka, Milos' capital, and its 2,000 year-old catacombs, or simply soak up the sun on the flat rocks of stunning Sarakiniko Beach. The real beauty of this island is to be found in its stunning landscapes: wind- and sea-sculptured rock formations, soft sandy beaches, secluded coves and crystal clear aquamarine waters. The island's most famous export is the Venus de Milo sculpture.

    Meals - Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  7. Day
    7
    Mykonos
    Mykonos, Greece

    Explore Mykonos, the Island of the Winds, today. You'll be able to spend a full day sightseeing or simply strolling through the atmospheric Old Town past its immaculate whitewashed houses, winding alleys, lovely little churches and delightful restaurants. You'll undoubtedly recognise the picture-perfect white windmills that sit side-by-side overlooking the sea. There are also the ancient temples on neighbouring Delos to explore.

    Meals - Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  8. Day
    8
    Return home
    Athens, Greece

    Arrive back in Athens at 9am today and transfer to the airport for your flight home.

    Meals - Breakfast

Accommodation

Celestyal Crystal

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Intimate Mediterranean-style ship

The elegant Celestyal Crystal has 10 decks of comfortable staterooms and suites, holding just 1,200 guests. There are elegant restaurants, bars and four lounges for drinks - one with a dancefloor - as well as the promenade decks, perfect for stargazing. Amalthia and Olympus restaurants boast impressive menus, formal service and stylish décor, whereas the Leda Buffet and Aura Grill are more laid-back. There's a spa with a large pool and treatment rooms, plus fitness rooms for dance and zumba classes.

THE ROOMS

All rooms have bathroom with shower, air conditioning, telephone, hair dryer, safety deposit box and TV. As a rule the staterooms feature single beds that can be pushed together to form one large led, upon request. Exceptions may apply, even within the same stateroom category. Please contact us for details.

  • Interior Staterooms at deck 4 and 5 (12sqm) can accommodate up to 4 persons, with 2 lower beds, 3rd/4th berth.
  • Exterior Staterooms at deck 3 and 4 (14sqm) can accommodate up to 4 persons with 2 lower beds, 3rd/4th berth and sofa bed and window.
  • Junior Balcony Suites at deck 6 and 7 (5sqm) can accommodate up to 3 persons, with 2 lower beds and 1 sofa bed, refrigerated mini bar and a balcony.

FOOD & DRINK

The signature Celestyal experience starts in the very heart of our cruise ships - the dining rooms and lounges. Here you can savour fresh Mediterranean ingredients, cooked from scratch by our talented chefs and All of our dining areas, lounges and bars have been carefully designed to accommodate and preserve the intimacy and comfort one expects while cruising.
Amalthia and Olympus restaurant for some fine dining, or to Aura Grill and Leda buffet for something tasty, quick and easy.
At the Helios bar you can enjoy a cup of coffee, while at the Horizons, Muses or Eros Lounge & Bar you can have your favorite cocktail. If you feel like something cozier, you can always relax at Thalassa bar for a night drink, while you indulge in some stargazing.

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Availability

From
Sat, Sat, Apr 24, 2021
To
Sat, Sat, May 1, 2021
Duration
8 Days
Price per person
£1,499*
* Price based on two sharing inside CAT IB cabin. Outside Cat XC from £1699pp. Balcony Cat SB from £2199pp. Subject to availability. Single cabins are limited subject to availability on a first come-first served basis. Prices are correct at the time of going to print. Actual pricing will be confirmed at the time of booking. Deposit is 20% of full balance, to be paid at time of booking (non-refundable). Full balance is then due 112 days before departure. A limited number of staterooms are suitable for guests with disabilities, but not all areas of the ship are accessible. Guests with limited mobility are required to bring their own wheelchairs and assistance will be provided by members of staff where possible. 50% supplement for single cabins. Operated by and subject to booking conditions of TS Tours.
Call now to book 020 3993 4519
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