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Grand Journey: Black Sea to The Mediterranean Cruise

  • Departure DateThu 28th Apr 2022
  • Crystal Cruises Crystal Symphony
  • 19 Night Cruise From Athens
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Itinerary

  • Athens
  • Cannakkale
  • Burgas
  • Constanta
  • Odessa
  • Istanbul
  • Santorini
  • Dubrovnik
  • Venice
  • Split
  • Kotor
  • Corfu
  • Taormina
  • Sorrento
  • Rome

What's Included

  • Ultra-luxury accommodation in stylish staterooms
  • All gratuities for dining room and wait staff
  • Dining in each speciality restaurant once per cruise
  • Complimentary select fine wines, premium spirits & champagnes
  • Complimentary bottled water, custom coffees, soft drinks and juices
  • 24-hour In-suite Dining
  • 60 minutes complimentary Wi-Fi and internet per person, per day
  • Butler-serviced suites and penthouses
  • Additional amenities for Suite guests including packing and unpacking, complimentary pressing, shoeshine, dinner reservations, salon and spa appointments, and arranging cocktail parties
  • Shuttle service to and from port communities, where available
  • Streamlined sales and booking processes; reduced deposits, admin fees and relaxed schedules for Early Payment Savings and cancellations
  • ABTA & ATOL Protection
  • All Port Taxes & Fees

Platinum Trusted Service Award 2021

Average Customer Rating: 4.9/5Independent Service Rating based on verified reviews.Read all reviews
Feefo Platinum Trusted Service Award

Supportive

First class service. A difficult solo holiday and flights to arrange. Made holiday cheaper by arranging separate flights. Very satisfied. Will return and I’ve told friends. Ann Newton

Mrs Newton / January 2022

Second to none

Spoke to several staff re my booking they were all friendly and very helpful/ absolutely brilliant thank you

Mrs Truelove / January 2022

Highly recommended!

This is the first time I've used Cruise Kings and I have to say I'm very impressed. Michelle was so helpful and efficient, nothing was too much trouble and she helped us put together the exact package we needed at a very reasonable price. Here's hoping that all her work has paid off and we actually get to go this year! Many thanks Cruise Kings, highly recommended!

Mrs Hesketh / January 2022

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Day 1 - Athens

Arrive: Thu 28 April 2022 / Depart: Thu 28 April 2022

Piraeus is Greece's largest port and has been a gateway to the Mediterranean since 482 BC. It lies on the innermost point of the Saronic Gulf and is a short drive from Athens, the cradle of Western democracy and culture. Throughout the ages, Athens' lofty Acropolis has been a source of inspiration. The ancient ruins scattered throughout this legendary city are reminders of Greece's great cultural heritage.

Day 2 - Cruising the Dardanelles

Day 2 - Cannakkale

Arrive: Fri 29 April 2022 at 08:00 / Depart: Fri 29 April 2022 at 15:00

Day 3 - Burgas

Arrive: Sat 30 April 2022 / Depart: Sat 30 April 2022 at 18:00

Day 4 - Constanta

Arrive: Sun 01 May 2022 at 08:00 / Depart: Sun 01 May 2022 at 14:00

Day 5 - Odessa

Arrive: Mon 02 May 2022 at 08:00 / Depart: Mon 02 May 2022

Odessa is barely two centuries old, yet it has a wealth of history. A summer retreat of the czars, this "Pearl of the Black Sea" also hosted Russia's greatest artists, writers and musicians. Many historic opera houses, museums and ballet theaters remain, alongside the impressive onion-domed basilica and the broad Potemkin Steps.

Day 6 - Black Sea Cruising

Day 7 - Istanbul

Arrive: Wed 04 May 2022 at 09:00 / Depart: Wed 04 May 2022

For poets, Istanbul, next to Venice and Rome is the loveliest city in Europe and one of the most splendid in Asia. It is the only city in the world spread over two continents, separated by the Bosphorus. Istanbul was founded by Greek scouts in 660 BC and later became capital of the Roman, Byzantine and Ottoman empires. With its 3,000 years of history behind, it has always been the meeting point of East and West. It is a city filled with wonders of architecture and monuments to the faiths that inspired them. Formerly known as Byzantium, then Constantinople, its mosques, minarets and museums span two continents where the Bosphorus divides Asia from Europe. This strategic position has assured Istanbul's status as a crossroads for trade and cultural exchange during the centuries. Must-see attractions include the dazzling treasury in Topkapi Palace and exquisite buildings of timeless beauty such as the Blue Mosque and Basilica of St. Sophia. Even those who are not avid shoppers will be enticed by the colorful sights and sounds of the world's largest bazaar.

Day 8 - Cruising the Dardanelles

Day 9 - Santorini

Arrive: Fri 06 May 2022 / Depart: Fri 06 May 2022

Of all the Cyclades Islands, Santorini is often considered the most dramatic. Once an active volcano, it was known as Stongyle, or the Round Island. In about 1500 BC, the volcano erupted with such force that the center of the island literally exploded, leaving the haunting submerged crater into which Crystal Serenity sails. The island's small villages were preserved in the ashes and recent excavations have uncovered a fascinating view of everyday life from 3,500 years ago. Santorini's dark landscape offsets its simple, yet refined Cycladic buildings, which glimmer in the sunlight. The rich volcanic soil is ideal for grapes and the local vines produce a cherished crop known for its "special volcanic taste." Thíra, or Fira Town, is laid out along the edge of a cliff that partially forms the rim of the now extinct caldera. A picturesque site, it exudes charm and an atmosphere of leisure that can be attributed to the easy-going Greek lifestyle.

Day 10 - Ionian Sea cruising

Day 11 - Dubrovnik

Arrive: Sun 08 May 2022 at 08:00 / Depart: Sun 08 May 2022

Though it has only recently re-emerged as an independent nation, Croatia is by no means a new country. There were settlements along the Dalmatian Coast before recorded time. When Slavic people migrated here in the 6th century, they converted to Catholicism and adopted the local Latin alphabet. The region eventually became part of the powerful Kingdom of Croatia. Medieval Dubrovnik, formerly the Republic of Ragusa, was one of several walled cities established in the 7th century to guard the coastal approaches. Its fortification was completed in the 13th century and has remained relatively unchanged. The city walls are in excellent condition and today prevent invasion by automobiles. Within the walls, the lovely sleek lines of Venetian-style buildings complement a wealth of ancient stone architecture. Nearby islands feature beautiful beaches as well as intriguing ancient ruins.

Day 12 - Venice

Arrive: Mon 09 May 2022 at 08:00

Venice rests three miles off the coast of mainland Italy and is considered one of the world's most enchanting cities. Known as the "Queen of the Adriatic," it actually comprises more than 100 separate islands. Laced together by a string of 400 intricate bridges, Venice is legendary for its labyrinthine network of canals. A whimsical stroll through the city can lead one to a hidden world of ornately decorated piazzas and shops. As you explore colorful marketplaces and busy town squares, marvel at a priceless legacy of Baroque architecture. Admire the richness of St. Mark's Basilica and the lavishness of the Palazzo Ducale. Getting lost in Venice can be a truly delightful experience. The place of dreams, this romantic city will live long in your memory.

Day 13 - Venice

Venice rests three miles off the coast of mainland Italy and is considered one of the world's most enchanting cities. Known as the "Queen of the Adriatic," it actually comprises more than 100 separate islands. Laced together by a string of 400 intricate bridges, Venice is legendary for its labyrinthine network of canals. A whimsical stroll through the city can lead one to a hidden world of ornately decorated piazzas and shops. As you explore colorful marketplaces and busy town squares, marvel at a priceless legacy of Baroque architecture. Admire the richness of St. Mark's Basilica and the lavishness of the Palazzo Ducale. Getting lost in Venice can be a truly delightful experience. The place of dreams, this romantic city will live long in your memory.

Day 14 - Venice

Depart: Wed 11 May 2022

Venice rests three miles off the coast of mainland Italy and is considered one of the world's most enchanting cities. Known as the "Queen of the Adriatic," it actually comprises more than 100 separate islands. Laced together by a string of 400 intricate bridges, Venice is legendary for its labyrinthine network of canals. A whimsical stroll through the city can lead one to a hidden world of ornately decorated piazzas and shops. As you explore colorful marketplaces and busy town squares, marvel at a priceless legacy of Baroque architecture. Admire the richness of St. Mark's Basilica and the lavishness of the Palazzo Ducale. Getting lost in Venice can be a truly delightful experience. The place of dreams, this romantic city will live long in your memory.

Day 15 - Split

Arrive: Thu 12 May 2022 at 08:00 / Depart: Thu 12 May 2022 at 18:00

Day 16 - Kotor

Arrive: Fri 13 May 2022 at 08:00 / Depart: Fri 13 May 2022

Rising above the Adriatic Sea, the town of Kotor is splendid for both its ocean views and medieval Old Town. To walk through its streets is to take a stroll through history. You'll see fortifications dating from the 9th century; the Church of Saint Ana dating from the 12th century; the Church of Saint Luke from the 13th century; the Church of the Healing Mother of God from the 15th century; the Prince's Palace from the 17th century; and Napoleon's Theatre from the 19th century. Stylish gates, enticing flights of stairs and inviting squares, all accessed via a maze of narrow lanes, make Kotor's Old Town a true delight. With your visit, you will understand why Old Town is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Day 17 - Corfu

Arrive: Sat 14 May 2022 at 08:00 / Depart: Sat 14 May 2022 at 18:00

Shaped like a scythe, the island of Corfu is considered one of the Mediterranean's best-kept secrets. Its lush interior is covered in cypress and olive trees while the main downtown area has elegant Venetian architecture and a serene atmosphere. Strategically important due to its location, this island has managed to maintain its uniqueness despite numerous invasions by outside forces. Today, the culture of Corfu reflects its turbulent past as well as its origins.

Day 18 - Taormina

Arrive: Sun 15 May 2022 at 08:00 / Depart: Sun 15 May 2022

Nature and history have made Sicily a land of striking contrasts. The largest island in the Mediterranean Sea, Sicily was for centuries the center of the known world. Its unique geographic position made the island vulnerable to attacks by foreigners, while also making it a meeting place of Mediterranean civilizations, a bridge between the East and West. The picturesque little town of Taormina enjoys a beauty comprised of light, color and sea. Taormina has no middle tones, no grays and no muted shades. Lying on a short terrace of the coast and dripping off the shoulders of the enormous Mount Etna, Taormina embodies the essence of Sicily.

Day 19 - Sorrento

Arrive: Mon 16 May 2022 at 08:00 / Depart: Mon 16 May 2022 at 18:00

As your ship approaches the Sorrento Peninsula, delight in craggy cliffs draped with flowing pink blossoms.Renowned for its serene way of life, this romantic port exudes a special magic. Its dramatic bluffs and surrounding flowered hills bid travelers welcome to a town overflowing with charm and character. It is easy to relax in this languid southern Italian atmosphere.The sensational Amalfi Coast and the haunting ruins at Pompeii are among the region's highlights.

Day 20 - Rome

Arrive: Tue 17 May 2022 at 08:00 / Depart: Tue 17 May 2022

Civitavecchia was founded by Emperor Trajan in the 2nd century. Today this port is noted for its fine seafood and attractive monuments. Located 90 minutes away is the Eternal City of Rome. Steeped in 2,500 years of history, Rome was for many centuries the center of Western civilization. It was both the focal point of the Roman Empire and of Christendom. Landmarks such as the Colosseum, Forum, Pantheon, Vatican, Sistine Chapel and Spanish Steps are reminders of the legacy of its rich past.

Platinum Trusted Service Award 2021

Average Customer Rating: 4.9/5Independent Service Rating based on verified reviews.Read all reviews
Feefo Platinum Trusted Service Award

Supportive

First class service. A difficult solo holiday and flights to arrange. Made holiday cheaper by arranging separate flights. Very satisfied. Will return and I’ve told friends. Ann Newton

Mrs Newton / January 2022

Second to none

Spoke to several staff re my booking they were all friendly and very helpful/ absolutely brilliant thank you

Mrs Truelove / January 2022

Highly recommended!

This is the first time I've used Cruise Kings and I have to say I'm very impressed. Michelle was so helpful and efficient, nothing was too much trouble and she helped us put together the exact package we needed at a very reasonable price. Here's hoping that all her work has paid off and we actually get to go this year! Many thanks Cruise Kings, highly recommended!

Mrs Hesketh / January 2022

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