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Wonders of the Greek Isles

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WONDERS

OF THE GREEK ISLES

ANCIENT AND MODERN MARVELS

Crossing Turkey into Greece, journey through empires past and witness history come to life. While the stories of the centuries have left their mark on these destinations, they still offer innovative experiences made for the contemporary traveler.

To deliver on the full, luxe-adventure experience, we’re pleased to offer a complimentary land excursion in every port, as well as optional ones you may want to purchase.

ALL INCLUSIVE ALL THE WAY
PROMISES THE LUXE-ADVENTURE EXPERIENCE

Every aspect of your journey considered: Private charter jet service for Antarctica sailings. Roundtrip commercial airfare for all others.

Explore your way: Complimentary land excursion in every port.

Raise a Glass: Unlimited premium pours to share with like-spirited travelers.

Relax and Indulge: Luxurious L’OCCITANE bath amenities in every accommodation.

Everyday Conveniences: Standard wireless internet throughout the ship and prepaid gratuities.

Wonders of the Greek Isles

Aug 13, 2021 / 7 nights

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Aug 13 Istanbul, Turkey Depart: 6:00PM
Istanbul, Turkey

Istanbul’s combination of religious history and vibrant, cultural influences make it a dream destination for the most experienced travelers. Throughout its history, many empires have ruled in Turkey. The influences of Roman, Egyptian, Byzantine, and more remain apparent in the city’s architecture, art, and traditions. Straddling the Bosphorous Strait, the narrow passage that joins the Black Sea and the Marmara Sea, Istanbul has connected trade and culture between Europe and Asia for millennia.

You will want to stop at the Grand Bazaar to get a true feel for the present-day culture of the city. Filled with merchants, artisans, and authentic wares, the bazaar provides a vibrant backdrop for a little holiday shopping. The rush of locals haggling back and forth to get the best prices will sweep you up in the energy of the people and make you want to join in.

For the traveler that wants an intimate experience with Istanbul’s traditions, a visit to a hamam, the famous Turkish baths, fits the criteria. The city has transformed the historically Roman baths into spa-like sites for the modern explorer’s needs. Structures crafted from shining marble give these baths a classic look and feel with contemporary amenities, bringing together the best of both past and present.

Some of the most beautiful architecture in Istanbul is found in the mosques. These sacred spaces filled with centuries of religious history inspire awe with their colorful paintings and intricate patterns throughout the interiors. Their grand appearances from the outside also create a striking view when roaming the bustling streets of the city.

Aug 14 Kepez (Troy, Gallipoli), Turkey Arrive: 7:00AM Depart: 5:00PM
Kepez (Troy, Gallipoli), Turkey

Kepez leaves much room for imagination as its rich culture gives way to legend and history, where the lines between the two often overlap. From Troy to Gallipoli, Turkey beckons the curious to explore its deepest reaches.

Approaching the shores of seaside town Kepez, a line of historic structures on the horizon greets travelers as they arrive and bids them farewell when they depart. But beyond this view, the Turkish city holds a great deal of modernity that any explorer can appreciate for its contemporary history. From here, those filled with wanderlust can venture to the likes of Troy and Gallipoli.

The land of myth and legend no longer resides in history as archaeologists have brought to life Troy’s storied past, made accessible to the present. A walk through the ancient stone columns of the 3,700-year-old city will make you feel like you just witnessed the battle between Paris and Achilles. As you catch sight of the monument commemorating the famous Trojan horse, it’s impossible not to feel a sense of victory.

Over in the Gallipoli Peninsula, a more hushed aura surrounds the region’s history and its role in World War I. At the Gallipoli Campaign Historic Site you will find monuments and memorials that honor the Allied defeat. It’s a place of pilgrimage for many who wish to pay their respects for the lives lost to the battle. Along the Anzac Cove, where the troops landed for their campaign, the soft lap of the water against the rocks and shore brings you back to that fateful moment in history.

Aug 15 Ephesus (Kusadasi), Turkey Arrive: 9:00AM OVERNIGHT
Ephesus (Kusadasi), Turkey

Making port in the coastal resort town of Kusadasi from the Aegean Sea, travelers are greeted by a castle on Pigeon Island surrounded by lush, green trees. The causeway along the route connects this lone island to the mainland of Kusadasi, where visitors will disembark to begin their exploration of Turkey.

Picture this: marble ruins of one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World right before your eyes. Through the rubble you gaze upon the impressive Temple of Artemis. This is the experience of Ephesus, a UNESCO-listed, 4,000-year-old city located in Selcuk that is considered the best-preserved classical city of the eastern Mediterranean.

Countless historical sites and ruins abound in the region, from the Basilica of St. John to the House of the Virgin Mary. A visit to Ephesus makes it easy to step into the past and imagine life among the locals in times before. Nothing invokes that feeling more than the ruins of the Library of Celsus, an ancient Roman site where its namesake is buried in a crypt beneath it.

This archaeological zone still buzzes with activity, as archaeologists continue to dig through the ruins and discover its secrets. To walk among the excavations as scientists continue to unearth the site’s remnants makes it hard not to get swept up in the history.

Standing amid the ruins, beyond the excavations, stretching far and wide before your eyes is Ayasuluk Hill. Dotted with palm trees and other foliage, the site creates the perfect picture of the region’s mild climate, making it a vacation haven.

Aug 16 Ephesus (Kusadasi), Turkey Depart: 1:00AM
Ephesus (Kusadasi), Turkey

Making port in the coastal resort town of Kusadasi from the Aegean Sea, travelers are greeted by a castle on Pigeon Island surrounded by lush, green trees. The causeway along the route connects this lone island to the mainland of Kusadasi, where visitors will disembark to begin their exploration of Turkey.

Picture this: marble ruins of one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World right before your eyes. Through the rubble you gaze upon the impressive Temple of Artemis. This is the experience of Ephesus, a UNESCO-listed, 4,000-year-old city located in Selcuk that is considered the best-preserved classical city of the eastern Mediterranean.

Countless historical sites and ruins abound in the region, from the Basilica of St. John to the House of the Virgin Mary. A visit to Ephesus makes it easy to step into the past and imagine life among the locals in times before. Nothing invokes that feeling more than the ruins of the Library of Celsus, an ancient Roman site where its namesake is buried in a crypt beneath it.

This archaeological zone still buzzes with activity, as archaeologists continue to dig through the ruins and discover its secrets. To walk among the excavations as scientists continue to unearth the site’s remnants makes it hard not to get swept up in the history.

Standing amid the ruins, beyond the excavations, stretching far and wide before your eyes is Ayasuluk Hill. Dotted with palm trees and other foliage, the site creates the perfect picture of the region’s mild climate, making it a vacation haven.

Aug 17 Cruising the Mediterranean Sea
Cruising the Mediterranean 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.

Aug 17 Lindos (Rhodes), Greece Arrive: 8:00AM Depart: 8:00PM
Lindos (Rhodes), Greece

The largest of the Dodecanese islands, Rhodes contains multitudes. With influences from Hellenistic, Byzantine, Turkish, and medieval architecture, the island provides a diverse backdrop for exploration and absorbing part of Greek culture.

Speaking of architecture, one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World once stood in the island’s seaport: the Colossus of Rhodes. This gigantic monument made of pure, shining iron and bronze, dedicated to the Greek god Helios became the inspiration later for the Statue of Liberty.

Throughout the years, many attempts have been made to bring the Colossus of Rhodes back to life and to its former glory. Perhaps one day he will rise again and inspire admiration once more. But until then, travelers can simply imagine their own version as they approach the harbor.

As you make your way to the town of Lindos, you will find more ruins to explore. Like Athens, Lindos has its own Acropolis that contains a temple dedicated to Athena. If hiking the trail isn’t your preference, how about riding a donkey up the long way? But be careful! Steep drop-offs around the archaeological site make this a truly exhilarating excursion for the adventurous.

The beaches of Lindos provide breathtaking views of enticing blue waters of the Aegean Sea. St. Paul’s Bay on the southeast coast of Rhodes is a popular site, and for good reason. The little white chapel on the hill above the turquoise ocean below makes a picturesque scene for all to enjoy.

Aug 18 Santorini, Greece Arrive: 8:00AM Depart: 1:30PM
Santorini, Greece

SANTORINI, GREECE

When you think of the quintessential whitewashed houses of Greece with blue domes and windmills sprinkled throughout the landscape, it’s Santorini that comes to mind. This island of the Cyclades contains lush scenery, a quaint charm and cosmopolitan feel all at once.

Just 300 steps down from the northern city of Oia you will find Amoudi Bay, an exquisite vista of vibrant red cliffs and the caldera that demand you stop and take in the view. In the little village of the bay you will find the Greek island life thriving amid the local tavernas serving the catch of the day.

Discover one of the most prominent excavations of prehistoric settlements in the Aegean at the Akrotiri archaeological village. Ruins from the ancient city date back as far as 1700 BCE before it was buried by a volcanic eruption. But the first inhabitants date even further back to the Late Neolithic period (fourth millennium BCE).

For the wine lovers who are curious about the history and process of their favorite drink, the Koutsoyannopoulos Wine Museum is a must-visit. Nestled within a natural cave six meters underground, a tour of the museum and tasting of the vineyard’s Volcan wines is an experience like none other.

A visit to Santorini is not complete until you sample the local fare – fava me koukia. Mashed fava beans are prepped with lemon, parsley, dill and fennel for a delectable Greek dish popular among the islanders. Or opt for tomato gefthedes (tomato fritters) for another savory selection.

Aug 18 Mykonos (Delos), Greece Arrive: 6:00PM OVERNIGHT
Mykonos (Delos), Greece

Wandering is one of the best ways to enjoy the island of Mykonos. Its narrow, winding streets between the iconic architecture of whitewashed houses with blue domes create the archetypal image of modern-day Greece. These constructs serve picture-perfect opportunities at every glance with their colorful shutters, doors, and flowers.

Dotting the horizon up on the hill lie the renowned windmills of this island among the Cyclades. The sight of these windmills invokes a feeling of seeing into the past amidst a contemporary city, depicting the perfect harmony of past and present.

The aroma of an old bakery, which still uses a 15th century wood-burning stove, entices you with the delicious scents of Greek pastries and baked goods. It is not a visit to Mykonos without sampling the local favorite, loukoumádes, fried dough dripped in honey, and sometimes topped with sesame seeds.

Taking the ferry to Delos, you reach an uninhabited island in the Cyclades archipelago. It is dedicated solely as an archaeological site with ties to ancient Greek mythology as the birth site of the sun god Apollo. It is the only island in the world entirely comprised of ruins.

Although many stones lay strewn across the ground, there are still plenty of columns and partial constructs standing, defying the test of time. The stark white Doric temples against the deep blue backdrop of the Aegean create an image straight out of myth, making you a part of it.

Aug 19 Mykonos (Delos), Greece Depart: 8:00PM
Mykonos (Delos), Greece

Wandering is one of the best ways to enjoy the island of Mykonos. Its narrow, winding streets between the iconic architecture of whitewashed houses with blue domes create the archetypal image of modern-day Greece. These constructs serve picture-perfect opportunities at every glance with their colorful shutters, doors, and flowers.

Dotting the horizon up on the hill lie the renowned windmills of this island among the Cyclades. The sight of these windmills invokes a feeling of seeing into the past amidst a contemporary city, depicting the perfect harmony of past and present.

The aroma of an old bakery, which still uses a 15th century wood-burning stove, entices you with the delicious scents of Greek pastries and baked goods. It is not a visit to Mykonos without sampling the local favorite, loukoumádes, fried dough dripped in honey, and sometimes topped with sesame seeds.

Taking the ferry to Delos, you reach an uninhabited island in the Cyclades archipelago. It is dedicated solely as an archaeological site with ties to ancient Greek mythology as the birth site of the sun god Apollo. It is the only island in the world entirely comprised of ruins.

Although many stones lay strewn across the ground, there are still plenty of columns and partial constructs standing, defying the test of time. The stark white Doric temples against the deep blue backdrop of the Aegean create an image straight out of myth, making you a part of it.

Aug 20 Athens (Piraeus), Greece Arrive: 7:00AM
Athens (Piraeus), 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.

Wonders of the Greek Isles

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