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9-Night Venice to Athens 6.5.24

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With an overnight in the iconic Istanbul, there’s time to explore highlights like the Grand Bazaar, Blue Mosque and a traditional hammam, the famous Turkish baths. Get a taste for local favorites like midye dolma, mussels stuffed with aromatic herb rice and steamed to perfection. Minutes away from Ancona’s city center, a panoramic staircase leads down to the stunning Passetto Beach. Take the panoramic elevator for a breathtaking view and explore the caves carved into the rocks. Puglia’s rich culinary traditions come alive in Trani’s local cuisine, such as orecchiette Pugliesi with broccoli rabe. Mythology comes to life in Limnos, where legend has it the Greek god of fire, Hephaestus, once kept his forge on the island. Here you can also savor authentic Greek flavors, as the island has come to be known for its honey, olives, wheat and fruits.

9-Night Venice to Athens 6.5.24

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Jun 05    Venice, Italy    Depart: 5:00PM
Venice, Italy

The iconic image of Venice shows a city with no roads, only canals, because it’s built on over 100 small islands in a lagoon amid the Adriatic Sea. In the heart of the city close to Piazza San Marco you will find the Bridge of Sighs, an architectural jewel amid so many historical wonders. Venetian cuisine is renowned throughout Italy for its high-quality seafood. Positioned within a lagoon, local chefs and restaurants have the advantage of fresh-caught fish directly from the source and bringing it straight to their tables.

Jun 06    Ancona, Italy   Arrive: 6:00AM Depart: 6:00PM
Ancona, Italy

Sitting on Italy’s Adriatic coast, Ancona’s harbor invites you to explore a scene of turquoise waters and sprawling, verdant hills. Founded by Greek settlers around 387 BCE, its old town, Roman arches, Romanesque churches, archaeological artifacts and Renaissance palazzi remind you of the city’s longstanding history. Towering above the town from Monte Guasco sits the Cattedrale di San Ciriaco, an 11th-century structure with prominent marble lions on its facade that creates an iconic image. Minutes away from the city center, a panoramic staircase leads down to the stunning stretch of Passetto Beach. Take the panoramic elevator for a breathtaking view and explore the caves carved into the rocks over 100 years ago. Nature lovers take pleasure in a walk along the promontory of Conero Regional Park, a leisurely path ideal for birdwatching and beautiful views of the Riviera.

Jun 07    Trani, Italy   Arrive: 10:00AM Depart: 5:00PM
Trani, Italy

With a harbor shared by luxurious yachts and fishing boats alike, as well as a charming historic center and limestone streets, the “Pearl of Puglia,” Trani, invites you to discover its secrets. Its iconic seafront cathedral, a beacon of white against the blue Adriatic Sea, has beckoned sailors and explorers to uncover a history dating back to the 11th century. Amid the medieval streets of the Jewish Quarter sit two synagogues and a museum detailing the community’s story within the city. Spend a day in the sun at one of Trani’s stunning beaches — Cala Mariposa, Lido Bella Venezia or Seconda Spiaggia. Puglia’s rich culinary traditions come alive in the local cuisine, such as Orecchiette Pugliesi with broccoli rabe.

Jun 08    At Sea   
At Sea

Spend the day on the high seas pampering yourself at the spa or enjoying some time on deck. Mingle with your fellow explorers and swap stories of your exploits, making plans for new ones together once you get to shore

Jun 09    Monemvassia, Greece   Arrive: 9:00AM Depart: 5:00PM
Monemvassia, Greece

The preserved, sixth-century medieval town of Monemvasia sits on an islet known as “the Gibraltar of the East.” One of the oldest Byzantine churches in Greece, Agia Sophia, resides here, sitting atop a hill overlooking the Myrtoan Sea and giving way to stunning views of the town. Delve into ancient history at the Archaeological Museum of Monemvasia, housed in a Muslim mosque. From Xifias to Pera Kakavos, the quaint beaches here provide a leisurely respite for a day spent basking in the sun. Charming shops along side streets offer handmade leather goods and jewelry from local vendors. Enjoy seafood straight from the source at a local restaurant while taking in the ocean views.

Jun 10    Myrina (Limnos), Greece   Arrive: 10:00AM Depart: 6:00PM
Myrina (Limnos), Greece

Along the Aegean Sea sits the beautiful island of Limnos, a sunny paradise with rarely visited beaches and stunning volcanic landscapes. Its capital, Myrina, stretches between two bays, offering distinct districts for exploration. Perched atop a rugged cliff, the iconic Byzantine castle overlooking the castle invites you to discover a longstanding history. The archaeological site of the acropolis towers of Kastro, the neolithic site of Poliochni and the city of Hephaestia bring forth a sense of reverence for its ancient past. Mythology comes to life here, as according to legend, the Greek god of fire, Hephaestus, once kept his forge on the island. Limnos has come to be known for its honey, olives, wheat and fruits, making it a destination filled with delicious, authentic cuisine.

Jun 11    Istanbul, Turkey   Arrive: 12:00PM OVERNIGHT
Istanbul, Turkey

The influences of Roman, Egyptian, Byzantine and more remain apparent in Istanbul’s architecture, art and traditions. Stop at the Grand Bazaar to get a true feel for the present-day culture, filled with merchants, artisans and authentic wares, providing a vibrant backdrop. For an intimate experience with Istanbul’s traditions, a visit to a hamam, the famous Turkish baths, fits the criteria. Some of the most beautiful architecture in Istanbul is found in the mosques, the most iconic of these the Blue Mosque. These sacred spaces are filled with centuries of religious history that inspire awe with colorful and intricate decor.

Jun 12    Istanbul, Turkey    Depart: 7:00PM
Istanbul, Turkey

The influences of Roman, Egyptian, Byzantine and more remain apparent in Istanbul’s architecture, art and traditions. Stop at the Grand Bazaar to get a true feel for the present-day culture, filled with merchants, artisans and authentic wares, providing a vibrant backdrop. For an intimate experience with Istanbul’s traditions, a visit to a hamam, the famous Turkish baths, fits the criteria. Some of the most beautiful architecture in Istanbul is found in the mosques, the most iconic of these the Blue Mosque. These sacred spaces are filled with centuries of religious history that inspire awe with colorful and intricate decor.

Jun 13    At Sea   
At Sea

Spend the day on the high seas pampering yourself at the spa or enjoying some time on deck. Mingle with your fellow explorers and swap stories of your exploits, making plans for new ones together once you get to shore

Jun 14    Piraeus (Athens), Greece   Arrive: 5:00AM
Piraeus (Athens), Greece

Athens is still as iconic as ever. Winding pathways from ancient times transformed into modern-day roads and streets lead you to the monumental gateway of the Acropolis and other archaeological sites. It is a land soaked in history and mythology, but not stuck in the past.

As you wend through back alleys, passing the street art and getting serenaded by street musicians, you are never lost. You are simply taking a journey to an unknown destination. You may find yourself at the likes of the Church of Agioi at the southeast corner of the Holy Apostles Ancient Agora, a less-crowded historical site away from the flocks of tourists.

Try your hand at haggling with local vendors at the Plaka or Monastiraki flea market. There are so many handmade wares and trinkets to peruse and purchase. Keep an eye out for the more risqué souvenirs if you want a good laugh.

Aside from venturing through the cradle of Western Civilization, you can explore the port of Piraeus. It is the biggest port in Greece and one of the most important ports of the Mediterranean. Centuries of history have transformed this seaside town from a wartime fortress to a major shipping and transportation center.

9-Night Venice to Athens 6.5.24

Jun 05, 2024

Always Included

  • FREE cultural immersion
  • FREE dining venues with ever-changing menus
  • FREE unlimited beverages, including fine wines, spirits and craft beers
  • FREE open bars and lounges, including 24-hour bar service with specialty canapés
  • FREE stocked in-room minibar
  • FREE specialty coffees, teas and fresh-pressed juices
  • FREE afternoon and high tea
  • FREE champagne and gourmet canapés during meet and greet
  • FREE 24-hour room service, including spirits, wine and beer
  • FREE L'OCCITANE bath amenities
  • FREE pre-paid gratuities
  • FREE use of walking sticks and binoculars
  • FREE reusable water bottle
  • FREE butler service and expanded room service menu in suites

EXCLUSIVELY ON
POLAR EXPEDITIONS

  • FREE cultural immersion
  • FREE private charter jet service*
  • FREE enrichment lectures and destination briefings
  • FREE shore landings led by expert field guides
  • FREE escorted sightseeing safaris by Zodiac
  • FREE polar plunge
  • FREE Atlas Ocean Voyages parka and vest
  • FREE use of knee boots
  • FREE private group transfers between airport and yacht*
  • FREE 1-night pre-cruise hotel stay on all Antarctica expeditions
  • FREE 1-night post-cruise hotel stay on select Antarctica expeditions
*Available on Antarctica and select Arctic expeditions

EXCLUSIVELY ON
EPICUREAN EXPEDITIONS

  • FREE cultural immersion includes culinary experience ashore, such as local market visits, specialty tastings and more
  • FREE Josper Grill Dining Experience at 7AFT Grill
  • FREE culinary presentations and wine tastings
  • FREE cooking demonstrations and cuisine tastings
  • FREE events hosted by a Tastes & Traditions Expert on select expeditions
  • FREE Atlas Ocean Voyages backpack
  • FREE use of water toys on select expeditions

EXCLUSIVELY ON
CULTURAL EXPEDITIONS

  • FREE cultural immersion
  • FREE enrichment programs and workshops on select expeditions
  • FREE authentic, local experiences and on board events on select expeditions
  • FREE Josper Grill Dining Experience at 7AFT Grill
  • FREE Atlas Ocean Voyages backpack
  • FREE use of water toys on select expeditions
Call your Travel Advisor or one of our adventure specialists at 1-844-44ATLAS (28527) for more information.
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