Sail the Greek Islands

Multi-day Tours / by Air and Land
10 Day
  • Itinerary

    Greek Islands Cruise Experience  

    Enjoy visiting 7 ports/Islands (Athens, Mykonos, Santorini, Milos, Crete, Thessaloniki, and Kusadasi)!
    Date: 22 May-1 June 2024 (11 days/9 nights) 
    Group size:
    21 participants
    Package includes: Airfare + Two Nights Pre-Cruise in Athens including 2 Sightseeing Tours + All Airport and Port Transfers + 8-day Cruise with Port charges, Taxes, and Gratuities, and a Shore Excursion Credit + Accompanying Tour Director from Toronto.
     
    NOTE: This tour is NOT recommended for those with mobility issues. Most of the Greek Islands are hilly and mountainous, which means steps are an inherent feature of the landscape. Although because you are cruising, you will not need to lift your luggage and carry it up and down stairs and inclines, you will still need to have a reasonable level of physical fitness to get full enjoyment out of the islands. 
     
     
    A cruise Vacation in Greece and the Greek islands evokes the romanticism and excitement you have probably dreamt about for years. Celestyal Cruises takes you to exclusive destinations other cruises in the Eastern Mediterranean can’t reach and delivers an authentic cultural experience that enables you to immerse yourself in the Mediterranean lifestyle.  
     
    Day1) Wednesday 22 May 2024: Flight Toronto >> Athens
    Meet your tour director at Toronto Pearson International Airport, at the departure gate, 1.5 hrs before the flight.  
    Direct flights on Air Canada from Toronto to Athens  
    AC 896 - YYZ ATH 18:30 11:00+1 (Arrive on 23 MAY) Duration: Non-stop 9hr30m
     
    Day 2) Thursday 23 May 2024: Athens
    Arrive in Athens @ 11:00 AM. Transfer from the Airport to the Hotel in Athens. Arrive in the Hotel around 1 PM. Although the hotel’s official check-in time is 3:00 PM, they start to check us in one by one when we arrive. However, they do not guarantee to give out all keys before 3 PM.
    4-7 PM: Enjoy a guided walking tour to discover the historic city centre and amazing Plaka District in Athens. Overnight at Hotel Royal Olympic 4/5*.  
     
    Day 3) Friday 24 May 2024: Athens
    Breakfast at the hotel.
    9 AM to 1 PM: Enjoy a guided (4-hour Walking tour) to discover the ancient sights of Athens. Visit the Acropolis – Propylaea – Parthenon – Erechtheion – Temple of Athena Nike, Theater of Dionysus- Herod Atticus Odeon, Acropolis Museum.
    Afternoon, enjoy your free time to explore more attractions in Athens. Overnight at Hotel Royal Olympic 4/5*. 
     
    Day 4) Saturday 25 May 2024: Joining the cruise - Embarkation day
    Breakfast at the hotel. Transfer from the hotel to the ship at 11:00 AM.
     
    CRUISING: 25 May to 1 June 2024 (8 days/7 nights): The 8-day Idyllic Aegean Celestyal Cruise takes us to 7 ports, starting in Athens, to Thessaloniki, Kusadasi (Turkey), Crete, Santorini, Mykonos, Milos
     
    Cruise Itinerary (25 May to 1 June 2024)
    DATE PORT/CITY ARRIVE DEPART
    Day 1 Athens (Greece)   17:00
    Day 2 Thessaloniki (Greece) 10:00 19:00
    Day 3 Kusadasi (Turkey) 13:00 19:00
    Day 4 Heraklion, Crete (Greece) 8:00 19:00
    Day 5   Santorini (Greece) 7:00 0:30
    Day 6   Mykonos (Greece) 8:00 2:00
    Day 7 Milos (Greece) 9:00 19:00
    Day 8 Athens (Greece) 7:00  
     
    Day 11) Saturday 1 June 2024: Disembarkation day. Flight Athens>> Toronto
    Breakfast on the ship. 
    9:00 AM: Transfer from the ship to the Airport. Flight back to Toronto @ 13:15
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    FLIGHT INFORMATION
    Direct flights on Air Canada
    AC 896 - WED 22 MAY, YYZ ATH 18:30 11:00+1 (Arrive on 23 MAY) Duration: Non-stop 9hr30m
    AC 897 - SAT 01 JUN, ATH YYZ 13:15 17:00 Duration: Non-stop 10hr45m 
     
    Our Group booking includes 1st Checked bag FREE
    Max. weight per bag: 23kg (50lb)

    Max. linear dimensions per bag: 158 cm (62in)
    If you have any questions about baggage allowance (Fees, Weight, and Dimensions), please check Air Canada’s baggage allowance
    A carry-on baggage is also included. Carry-on guidelines/Dimensions 

    **We need the following information from each participant BASED ON PASSPORT DETAILS, after making the final payment. Please email the information to: info@FunTours.ca
    LAST NAME // FIRST NAME // MIDDLE NAME // TITLE (Mr. Ms, Mrs...) // GENDER // DATE OF BIRTH // AEROPLAN# // NATIONALITY
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    CHECK-IN: You will be able to check in and change/upgrade your seats individually 24 hours before the departure HERE
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    SEAT SELECTION / UPGRADE ON AIR CANADA:
    1) >> A block of seats has been assigned for the group and you can modify your seat (choose a standard Aisle/Middle/Window seat) at the time of online check-in only 24 hours prior to departure.
    2) >> ONLY if you need to upgrade to a "Preferred Seat", please contact us (up to 60 days before departure) and be ready to pay the fee upfront. The "Preferred Seats" are in exit rows, in select bulkhead rows, and in the first few rows of the cabin on some flights. The cost is $120 per flight segment. If you decide to upgrade, we need the following information from you immediately BASED ON PASSPORT DETAILS. LAST NAME // FIRST NAME // MIDDLE NAME // TITLE (Mr. Ms, Mrs...) // GENDER // DATE OF BIRTH. We also need your credit card details to give to Air Canada since they will charge you directly for the seat upgrade. The fee is non-refundable. The seat selection process takes 5-7 business days. Please be patient.
    3) >> The Group seat block is usually located in the middle to the back of the aircraft typically over the wing. The block does not include any exit row or special request seating. 
    4) >> All seats in our group block are standard seats. If you need a First-class/Premium Economy seat, you need to book it yourself directly through Air Canada. In this case, CA$ 1400 will be deducted from your package price
    5) >> Our departure point is YYZ (Toronto Pearson Airport). If you would like to fly out of other cities in CA/US you need to book it yourself, and CA$ 1400 will be deducted from your package price (credited to you).
     
    CHANGES TO YOUR PACKAGE / DURATION OF STAY
    >> This package has a FIXED Departure Date, FFIXED Return Date, and FIXED Inclusions. *If you would like to extend your stay by going earlier (or) returning later, you need to book your own flight and accommodation and transportation for your extended stay.  
    >> Airport transfers for the group will be arranged based on the group flight details (above). If your departure or return flight is different, you need to make your own Airport Transfer arrangement.
     

    Price & Inclusions

     
    Accommodation Type

     Per person in Double (Hotel & Cabin)

     Per person in Single (Hotel & Cabin)

    AVAILABILITY
     Inside Staterooms - No View - Cat "IA/IB"- Cabin size: 180 ft2 / 17 m2 (BASIC, NOT renovated) 4300.00 5250.00 NOT AVAILABLE
    Oceanview / Exterior Staterooms - Cat "XB/XC" - Cabin size: 195 ft2 / 19 m2 (BASIC, NOT renovated) 4790.00 6050.00 NOT AVAILABLE
    Oceanview / Exterior Staterooms - Cat "XD" - Cabin size: 195 ft2 / 19 m2 (RENOVATED CABINS) 4990.00 6290.00 NOT AVAILABLE
    >> Prices are in CA$
    >> Taxes are included
    >> BALCONY CABINS, AKA "SUITES" ARE NOT AVAILABLE ON THIS DEPARTURE
    >> For group bookings, we cannot select our Cabin # and cabin deck. We can only choose the Category! The cruise line allocates them automatically. If you have any issues with your cabin, you can request a change when you get there, and they will try to accommodate you based on their availability.
    >> If you need a roommate, please notify us when you order online. We usually have many single travelers looking for a roommate, and we try to find a roommate for you. But, it is not guaranteed!
    >> If you are two friends and would like to pay separately, PLEASE place separate orders!
    >> Prices and availability are subject to change without notice.
    >> The cruise will give us the Cabin numbers 45 days before departure.  
    >> FLIGHT: Our departure point is YYZ (Toronto Pearson Airport). If you would like to fly out of other cities you need to book it yourself, and CA$ 1400 will be deducted from your package price (credited to you).
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    Payment & Cancellation Schedules:
    * A non-refundable deposit of $300 is required to secure your cruise and flight - due at the time of booking.
    * The balance is due (by 10 FEB 2024). You can pay the balance HERE  *You will receive a Balance payment Reminder! 
    * If you book after this date (if it's available), full payment is required at the time of booking.
    * 50% Penalty if canceled between 11 FEB 2024 and 1 MAR 2024.
    * 100% Penalty if canceled between 2 MAR 2024 and the departure date.
     
    What’s Included:
    o Round-trip airfare (Direct Flights on Air Canada, Toronto-Athens-Toronto) - Standard seat
    o All Airport and Port Transfers
    o 2 nights pre-cruise in a centrally located hotel in Athens (Hotel Royal Olympic, 4/5-star).
    o 2 Full Buffet breakfast at the hotel in Athens
    o 2 Guided Walking Tours in Athens including the admissions
    o Service of your Tour Director traveling with you from Toronto
    o All Taxes 
    o 8-day/7-night Cruise (INCLUSIVE/Celestyal Experience Fare): Idyllic Aegean on Celestyal Cruises, visiting 7 ports! NO SEA DAY! The cruise includes:
    >> COMPLIMENTARY DINING 
    >> VIBRANT ENTERTAINMENT 
    >> A US$80 SHORE EXCURSION CREDIT  *
    >> PORT CHARGE AND GRATUITIES   
    >> SELECT DRINKS INCLUDED WITH MEALS (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner): Teas and coffees, Draft beer, House wine by the glass (red, white, and rose), A variety of juices and soft drinks by the glass
     
    What’s NOT Included:
    o Lunch and dinner in Athens
    o Optional Shore Excursions (The Cruise Line offers you a US$80 Shore Excursion Credit)
    o Travel Insurance
    o Gratuities to your tour director/local guides
    o WIFI on the ship (purchase while onboard) starting from US$7.60 (1 hour) to US$25.60 (6 hours)  
    o Upgrading your drink package to Premium (upgrade while onboard). Explained below *
     
    * Drinks Packages Explained
    • >> In our Cruise (Inclusive/Experience class), SELECT DRINKS INCLUDED WITH MEALS (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner): Teas and coffees, Draft beer, House wine by the glass (red, white, and rose), A variety of juices and soft drinks by the glass.
    • >> Click here if you would like to know more about the Drinks Menus, and Drink Packages. If you decide to upgrade your drink package, please do so when you get there.   
     

    * DISCOUNTED OPTIONAL SHORE EXCURSIONS*

     
    The Cruise Line offers you a US$80 Shore Excursion Credit on the excursions listed on the Shore Excursions Brochure.*
    If you are interested in buying your shore excursions from the Cruise Line, you should choose them from the brochure and let us know by emailing to: info@funtours.ca , and we will book them for you. You need to choose your shore excursions very carefully because they are non-refundable and non-exchangeable, to be paid in full at the time of booking. Try to request as soon as possible (preferably before 1 FEB 2024) since the availability is subject to change.
     
    The following DISCOUNTED EXCURSION PACKAGES have been published on page 3 of the Brochure.  

    20% discount package includes:
    ✔ Royal tombs of Vergina (THS-02)
    ✔ Ancient Ephesus through the ages (KUS-02)
    ✔ Minoan Palace of Knossos - 1st European Civilization (HER-02)
    ✔ Spectacular Oia Village perched on the Caldera rim (SAN-01)
    ✔ Step back in Time (MIL-02)
    Package price ADULT US$385, CHILD US$282 (includes 20% off)
    Experience fare: ADULT US$305, CHILD US$202
    Prices are per person with your discount applied
     
    15% discount package includes:
    ✔ Panoramic Thessaloniki (THS-06)
    ✔ Ancient Ephesus through the ages (KUS-02)
    ✔ Mykonian Countryside with Chora and Little Venice (MYK-06)
    ✔ Step back in Time (MIL-02)
    Package price ADULT US$314, CHILD US$229 (includes 15% off)
    Experience fare: ADULT US$234, CHILD US$149
    Prices are per person with your discount applied
     
    10% discount package includes:
    ✔ Ancient Ephesus through the ages (KUS-02)
    ✔ Minoan Palace of Knossos - 1st European Civilization (HER-02)
    ✔ Spectacular Oia Village perched on the Caldera rim (SAN-01)
    Package price ADULT US$266, CHILD US$194 (includes 10% off)
    Experience fare: ADULT US$186, CHILD US$114
    Prices are per person with your discount applied
     
    * Cruise Line terms for using your US$80 Shore Excursion Credit:
    >> Your Shore Excursion Credit is valid only: For pre-bookable shore excursions. To be used before embarkation. Thereafter, the credit is no longer valid and cannot be used onboard. The credit has no monetary value, is non-refundable, and is non-transferable. Applicable for a shore excursion of equal, greater, or lower value:
    --If the discount has a greater value than the value of the excursion, the remaining value can be used for an alternative excursion provided it is used within the timeframe stipulated above.
    --If the Discount is lower than the value of the excursion, the Guest will pay the price difference.
     
    OUR SUGGESTION:
    Before booking any shore excursions, please read the Shore Excursions Brochure very carefully. People have different interests and levels of fitness.
    Some people are interested in Nature, Landscapes, Countryside,... while others are interested in Ancient Civilizations, Archeology, History/ or Food, Culture, and Lifestyle,... You need to find the ones that fit your interests and your level of fitness!
     
     

    * PLEASE INFORM US ABOUT YOUR SELECTED SHORE EXCURSIONS BEFORE 31 MARCH 2024*

     
     

    Pickup

    You will see your tour director at Toronto Pearson International Airport, 1.5 hours before departure, at the boarding gate. He will travel with you from Toronto.

    Tour Attractions

    Celestyal cruises are all about the destinations! 

    SHIP: Celestyal Journey
     
    FACTS
    Year Built: 1994.
    Year Last Refurbished: 2023 (Public areas and some cabins refurbished in 2023)
    Capacity: 1260 Guests, 630 Cabins, 500 Crew
    8 Restaurants & bars
    Fully Equipped Gym
    2 Swimming Pools
    A Whole Deck Devoted to Health & Wellbeing
     
    • INSIDE Staterooms - No View - Cat "IA / IB"- Cabin size: 180 ft2 / 17 m2 These Cabins are on Deck 4/5
    • OCEANVIEW / Exterior Staterooms - Cat "XD" - Cabin size: 195 ft2 / 19 m2 These Cabins are on Deck 5 and 9 (RENOVATED CABINS)
    • You can see the DECK PLAN at the bottom of this page 
     

    WHY CELESTYAL CRUISE? 

    • 1) Authentic Mediterranean Experience by the Greek-owned and operated Cruise Line.
    • 2) The cruise’s unique itineraries focus on Greece and the Mediterranean.
    • 3) Visiting 7 ports! NO SEA DAY! 
    • 4) Allocating lots of quality time in the stunningly beautiful and buzzing islands of Santorini and Mykonos (the most famous and most visited islands in Greece).
    • 5) With late departure from Santorini and Mykonos, you will have the opportunity to discover hidden secrets and indulge in an authentic experience of Mediterranean cuisine and the classic Greek lifestyle. Experiencing the vibrant nightlife in Mykonos, and avoiding crowds using the Santorini Cable car (due to the overnight stops on these two Islands).
    • 6) Restaurants with an emphasis on authentic Greek and Mediterranean cuisine.
    • 7) Medium-size ship (1,260 passengers): This means this cruise takes you to exclusive destinations other cruises in the Eastern Mediterranean can’t reach and delivers an authentic cultural experience that enables you to immerse yourself in the Mediterranean lifestyle.  
    • 8) SELECT DRINKS INCLUDED WITH MEALS: Teas and coffees, Draft beer, House wine by the glass (red, white, and rose), A variety of juices and soft drinks by the glass.
    • 9) PORT CHARGE AND GRATUITIES INCLUDED: All port fees and gratuities are included in the upfront price, so there’s no need to worry about additional fees.
    • 10) $80 EXCURSION CREDIT: As a standard practice, you will receive a $80 excursion discount to put towards any available Shore Excursions
    2 SWIMMING POOLS
     
    DECK
     
    ENTERTAINMENT
     
    8 RESTAURANTS AND BARS
     
     
     
    INSIDE Staterooms - No View - Cat "IA"- Cabin size: 180 ft2 / 17 m2
    These Cabins are on Deck 4
     
     
    OCEANVIEW / Exterior Staterooms - Cat "XD" - Cabin size: 195 ft2 / 19 m2
    These Cabins are on Deck 5 and 9 (RENOVATED CABINS)
     
     
    Click here to learn more about the specifications of Celestyal Journey Cabins!
     
    What is the dress code on board?
    * For your safety and comfort on-board we suggest sports or flat shoes with low heels. These types of footwear will make it easier for you to walk in the outside decks and stairwells.
    * On our seven-night cruises, we host Gala Night and the Captain’s Cocktail in honor of our guests, and we ask that you attend in formal attire: a cocktail dress or something smart for the ladies, jacket and tie for the men. For Greek night during your cruise, passengers are invited to wear blue and white attire.
     
    PORTS OF CALL
     
    Map image
     
    Athens (Greece)

    Thessaloniki (Greece)

    Kusadasi (Turkey)

    Heraklion, Crete (Greece)
     
    Santorini (Greece)
     
    Mykonos (Greece)

    Milos (Greece)

    Athens (Greece)

    Note

    • >> Please READ the itinerary and make sure it suits your interests and physical ability before making any booking
    • >> We will arrange a Zoom meeting with the cruise line's local BDM (Business development managers) to do a presentation on Celestyal Cruises on 20 NOV 2023. You will be notified about the details.
    • >> You will receive your flight e-tickets and the final itinerary 1 month before the trip.
    • >> You will be invited to a WhatsApp group chat 1 month before the trip. We believe this is a great way to connect, deliver information and updates in real time, and distribute photos during our trip.
    • >> Regarding roommates: If you need a roommate, please notify us when you order online. We usually have many single travelers looking for a roommate, and we try to find a roommate for you. But, it is not guaranteed! We can introduce you to a prospective roommate to share a room, but if things don't work out with your roommate and you face any issues during your stay and wish to change your room, you will have to pay the associated cost.
    • >> Itinerary Changes: The itinerary is subject to change at any time without prior notice due to various circumstances and weather conditions.  
    • >> We strongly recommend comprehensive Travel Insurance to protect the investment you made on your trip. It can also help with emergency medical costs, flight delays/cancellations, baggage loss/damage, travel accidents, unforeseen events, and unexpected travel costs.
    TRAVEL PROTECTION PLANS
    For your protection, we strongly recommend that you purchase Comprehensive Travel Insurance with Emergency Medical, Trip Cancellation, and interruption. Here is a list of some Travel Insurance companies for Canadian Travellers:
    Travel Insurance Coverage on your credit card: check the details of your coverage.
     
    * Travel takes time and money, but unexpected emergencies can make the cost of a trip skyrocket. Missed flights, dependent care during hospital stays, replacing lost baggage, and unexpected changes are all expensive results of emergencies and unforeseen events. They can also all be covered by travel insurance. Stay ahead of the cost of emergencies with travel insurance. Keep your family and your finances protected from unforeseen expenses with coverage that helps protect you from Medical bills, Non-refundable expenses, Flight changes...
     
     
    Entry requirements to Greece
    Canadian passport holders do not need a visa to stay in Greece short term. Canadians can travel to Greece and stay for up to 90 days per 180-day period visa-free.
    • >> Your passport must be valid for 6 months beyond the date of leaving Europe.
     
     
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    If you have any questions, please email to info@funtours.ca  - or call: 416-897-3020