Piraeus (for Athens), Greece
Get set for out-of-this-world escapades on a marvellous Greek Mystique cruise. Eastern Mediterranean cruises offer experiences like no other; places in which you can engross yourself in the sensational culture, food and architecture.
* The order of the itinerary may differ depending on your chosen departure date and airport.
Day 1 – Dubrovnik, Croatia
Located on the Adriatic Sea at the southern end of Croatia, Dubrovnik cruise terminal sits at Gruz district. Your transfers from the airport are included and will take around 30-40 minutes.
Dubrovnik port is about a 30-minute walk from the old city centre. Home to terracotta rooftops, cobbled streets and winding lanes, Dubrovnik is a heart-stealing city that’ll entice anyone who visits.
If your flight arrives early enough, be sure to check out the 17th-century cathedral in the Old Town, sporting attractive gold and silver ruins. Then wander the walled city through Pile Gate and take a step back in time on a guided stroll.
Depending on how much time you have before your Greek Mystique cruise departs, you could visit Rector’s Palace. This is the previous dwelling of Dubrovnik’s Republic Rector. It has an incredible array of furniture and relics.
Day 2 – At Sea
Day two of the Greek Mystique itinerary is spent at sea. Refurbished in 2012, Marella Celebration is fit for all generations. Check out The Coffee Port, its premium coffee shop and dine in one of the chic à la carte eateries. You can even treat yourself to some pampering in Marella Celebration’s spa.
She's one of the smaller ships in the fleet but that only makes her all the more friendly. Spend some time relaxing in the Sun Lounge where you’ll find an array of daybeds and a bar. Indulge in decadent food and multiple course meals at Mistral’s and Zilli. Or tuck into something tasty but informal at the buffet and Lido restaurant. Finish off with a cocktail at the bar where music plays until the early hours.
Day 3 – Chania, Crete
Time in port: 09:00-18:00
On day three, you’ll find yourself on Crete’s north coast. A five-minute walk west of the harbour leads you to Chania Beach. Sun worshippers can lounge the day away on the sunbeds. There are numerous cafés and tavernas lining the shoreline – great for when you need an energy fix.
One of the most popular places in Chania is the mountain village of Archanes where you can investigate the Minoan ruins and sample the local, award-winning wine of the region. Chania’s old town really is worth a visit. You’ll get a real sense of the city’s Venetian past at the lighthouse out at sea and at the maritime museum of Firkas Fortress.
If time allows, check out Chania’s Turkish mosque, which regularly exhibits art displays.
Day 4 – Piraeus, Greece
Time in port: 08:00-18:00
Piraeus is the biggest port in the eastern Med. Explore some of the town’s markets, bars, squares, spice-filled bazaars, yacht marinas and gourmet eateries. Even though you have just one day here, you’re sure to fall in love with Piraeus. Benches beckon you to pause and admire the scenery. Vibrant bars and cafés make the perfect place for people-watching.
Buy fresh meat, fish and produce at the town’s famous central market or head to Pasalimani if you want even bigger malls.
A history buff? Marvel at Piraeus’s classic 19th-century architecture, such as the Municipal Theatre, erected in 1884. If time permits, visit the Naval Academy, designed by the well-known architect, Ernst Ziller.
Day 5 – Kalamata, Greece
Time in port: 08:00-17:00
Arguably one of Greece’s culinary hot spots, Kalamata is the land of olive oil. It’s also the birthplace of a notorious type of olive. You’ll see roads dotted with groves producing the sought-after purple olive that’s taken the culinary world by storm.
Wander amongst the historic buildings dating back to the 13th century, like Castle of Kalamata and the Women’s Monastery of Saints Constantine and Helena. If there’s enough time before your ship departs, take a 50-minute drive inland to the ancient ruins of Messini.
Day 6 – Corfu Town, Corfu
Time in port: 08:00-18:00
Aside from the standout central town and must-see museums, Corfu is home to water parks, scuba centres, ancient castles, riding stables and quaint villages to explore.
Once you’re docked, it‘s around a 10-minute walk into Corfu town (also called Kérkyra). Wander its meandering lanes lined with eateries, bars and shops, and pay a visit to its many churches and museums. If you want to learn more about Corfu’s history, take a trip to the Andivouniótissa (Byzantine) Museum, crammed with unique pieces from the 15th and 18th centuries. Or stop at the Venetian-built 14th-century Paleó Froúrio (Old Fort). You can only visit some of the colossal site, but you’re still in for some spectacular vistas.
Day 7 – Kotor, Montenegro
Time in port: 09:00-18:00
Your final port of call before heading back to Dubrovnik is Kotor. It's a medieval maze of museums, camera-worthy churches, café-laden squares and Venetian palaces. Enclosed by faithful walls winding up the surrounding slopes, Kotor is a thrilling but delightful destination where the past mingles seamlessly with the present.
Set on southern Europe’s deepest fjord, Kotor boasts natural harbours and age-old crooked streets, piazzas and pinch-yourself architecture. Budva is worth a trip, boasting gorgeous architecture and sandy beaches.
Day 8 – Dubrovnik, Croatia
After a week discovering the sublime eastern Mediterranean islands, you’ll arrive back to Dubrovnik, but this time with an abundance of new memories!
Whether you want to explore the historic cathedrals of Dubrovnik’s Old Town or bask on Chania’s picturesque beaches, the Greek Mystique cruise is ready and waiting for you.