Irini is the 15th amateur chef to be crowned MasterChef champion. The retired banker, who grew up in Crete, triumphed over 55 challengers in the series, with John Torode describing her cookery as 'magical'. Irini's first cookbook, Under The Olive Tree, is out in July. 'My biggest ambition is to continue showcasing Greek food and ingredients,' says Irini.
A gourmet cruise around Greece with Masterchef winner Irini Tzortzoglou
With its blue seas and countless beautiful islands, the Aegean
is the perfect place to spend a week in spring. Everywhere you
look, you'll see golden beaches and lush lemon and olive groves as
you cruise in style on this new eight-day trip with Greek
specialists Celestyal Cruises.
A haven for foodies, this trip, planned for next April, will be even more unforgettable in 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 on board your ship, take part in a Q&A session and meet you during a private excursion to a traditional Cretan organic farm, where she'll pass on her knowledge of the island's delicious dishes. In what's sure to be a memorable event, Irini will also prepare a meal for you from her forthcoming cookbook, Under The Olive Tree.
On board the comfortable Celestyal Crystal you'll enjoy excellent service and a range of restaurants and bars, plus all-inclusive meals featuring the fresh Mediterranean ingredients you'll come across during your trip.
Gourmet experiences with Irini
Your Celestyal ship
The best of the Aegean
Your expert guides
- Return flights from the UK.
- Seven nights on board Celestyal Crystal.
- Transfers to and from the airport and ship.
- Tour of Acropolis of Lindos
- Excursions in Rhodes and Kusadasi in Turkey.
- Exclusive talk, Q&A and traditional Cretan cookery demo with 2019 MasterChef winner Irini Tzortzoglou.
- Meal from recipes in Irini's new book, Under The Olive Tree.
- Port charges and crew gratuities.
Day1Arrive in PiraeusPiraeus, 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.
Day2Kuşadasi, TurkeyKusadasi, 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.
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.
Day4Crete - organic farm excursion with IriniAyios Nikolaos, Crete, Greece
Arrive today on Greece's largest island, Crete - a place of mystery, myth and legend. After your exclusive experience with Irini, take in Ayios Nikolaos and some of Crete's extraordinary archaeology and history.
Exclusive experience: This morning, 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.
Day5SantoriniSantorini , 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.
Day6MilosMilos (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.
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.
Day8Return HomeAthens, Greece
Arrive back in Athens at 9am today and transfer to the airport for your flight home.
The elegant Celestyal Crystal is the ideal base from which to
explore the Greek islands. You will spend more time in port than
most cruise lines but you will relish the experience once you are
Crystal offers 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. There's a spa with a large pool and treatment rooms, plus fitness rooms for dance and zumba classes.
There is plenty to keep you entertained on board from spa treatments and fitness classes to dance lessons or learning a new craft.
- Swimming pool
- Hair Salon
- Arts & Crafts
- Dancing Lessons
- Fun & Games
- Language Lessons
- Bingo & Bridge
Telephone | Wi-Fi
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
Food is at the heart of the Celestyal experience. Across all its
dining rooms and lounges you can savour fresh Mediterranean
ingredients, cooked from a scratch and enjoy intimate
Head to 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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