Special Interest Cruising in the Mediterranean
Special Interest Cruising in the Mediterranean
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Celestyal Cruises Experience Greece how it should be experienced
TRACE THE FOOTSTEPS OF ST PAUL ACROSS THE MEDITERRANEAN
Join us on a mesmerising journey recounting fascinating insights into St Paul's experiences along his epic journey - plus so much more.
Extra departures added due to popular demand!
Departures: 16 October & 13 November 2021 | 15 & 22 October 2022
From R22 730.00 pps  | Kids sharing from R7 495.00 pp
Discover the romance & mystery that surrounds the ancient worlds of Greece & Turkey, and visit iconic landmarks. For history buffs that love an adventure, the Steps of St Paul is an enchanting experience offering insights as you journey through this captivating part of the world. Expert guides will take you on a remarkable religious and historical journey you will never forget. 

Day 1: Athens

Begin your journey in the world's ancient capital, the cradle of western civilisation and the birth place of democracy. St Paul himself is likely to have arrived by ship at the port of Athens and he preached at Mars Hill (Aeropagus) near the heart of the city, the Acropolis. The Ancient Agora in the Plaka district was one of the many meeting places of the Apostle.

Day 2: Thessaloniki

Full of history, culture and beauty, this is Greece's vibrant second city. St Paul arrived here to preach in 49 AD on his second Missionary. His First Letter to the Thessalonians was addressed to a church in the city. In a day of wonder, see the Citadel and Vlatadon Monastery where Paul visited. Then drive to Veria (Berroia in the Bible) where he preached to the noble Jews. St Paul is the patron saint of Veria.

Day 3: Kavala

St Paul came to this northern city and nearby ancient Neapolis on his first journey to Europe. At ancient Philippi he baptised the first Greek and European Christian convert, Lydia. A church and open air baptistery stand on the very site. He gave his first sermon here. Visit the archaeological site including the prison where Paul and St Silas were held. St Paul's Monument is also on the itinerary.

Day 4: Istanbul

The Greeks, Romans, Venetians and the Ottomans have all held sway over this city straddling Europe and Asia across the mighty Bosphorus. See the stunning Sultan Ahmet (Blue) Mosque, Hippodrome, Church of Hagia Sophia, the Topkapi Palace, Galata Bridge and the incomparable Grand Bazaar. This only touches the surface of the place once known as Byzantium and Constantinople. 

Day 5:  Dikili

The port city of Dikili in Turkey is our stopping off point for Ancient Pergamon, once one of the most powerful Greek cities. Here was the northernmost of the seven churches of Asia Minor as cited in the New Testament Book of Revelation. After a visit to the Acropolis, visit the remains of Asklepion, a healing temple and the forerunner of what we know as a hospital.     

Day 6:  Kusadasi

A complimentary excursion is included to Ephesus and Miletus. Kusadasi is the gateway to Ephesus, once the second largest city of the Roman Empire and the home of the Temple of Artemis, one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World. It's believed that Paul wrote his Letter to the Ephesians here and preached at the Great Theatre of Ephesus, carved into the side of Mt Pion.

Day 7: Patmos

Patmos is one of the northernmost islands in the Dodecanese and one of the smallest, most charming and most spiritual. It has an atmosphere of sacred grandeur. Patmos is famous for being the supposed location of the vision to John in the Book of Revelation and where it was written. When John was banished by Rome to Patmos, he was the last remaining of the 12 Disciples. Visit St John's Monastery and the Holy Grotto of the Apocalypse, both of which have drawn pilgrims for centuries.

Day 8: Athens

Return to the Greek capital after a breathtaking voyage of discovery. 

WHAT'S INCLUDED IN THE FARE:

CRUISE WITH CONFIDENCE
We understand that you have a lot of choice when it comes to cruise lines and travel companies you could go with. So why choose to book with Celestyal?
Medium sized ships
Celestyal's ships can visit ports giving access to unique smaller undiscovered destinations. Onboard allows for homely and less crowded spaces.
All-Inclusive Cruising
No hidden costs with onboard dining, complimentary house wine, beer, soft drinks, teas, coffees, cocktails, and select branded spirits, two shore excursions and gratuities included.
Flexible durations
Discover the Greek islands on the 3 or 4 night mini cruises. Cruise longer on the 7 and 14 night itineraries throughout the Greek islands and Eastern Mediterranean.
Award winning
Celestyal have been stacking up the awards with over 60 in the past five years for their exceptional itineraries and hospitality.
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Change any cruise that sets sail from now till 31 December 2021. Book until 31 August 2020 and you’re covered. Change at least 30 days prior to sail date, and you’ll receive a Future Cruise Credit to be used on any Celestyal cruise sailing until 31 December 2022.
Keeping the dream of cruising alive
Terms and conditions apply:
Offers are valid until 30 September 2020 for selected 2021 and 2022 departures. All prices are per person, based on double occupancy of an inside stateroom. A reduced single supplement of 15% applies (excluding balcony staterooms and suites). Children's reductions apply to ages 2 - 11 years as the third or fouth guest sharing with 2 full paying guests. Reduced rate space is capacity-controlled and is subject to availability at the time of booking. Rand rates are subject to currency fluctuations until final payment is received.
Covid-19 update - Celestyal Cruises has extended the suspension of cruise operations due to ongoing travel restrictions and port closures until March 2021.
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