SATURDAY: ATHENS, GREECE – ISTANBUL, TURKEY
Embark on the 7-day cruise from Athens. Sail to Istanbul at 15:00. Dinner & overnight on board ship.
SUNDAY: ISTANBUL, TURKEY
At 15:00 arrive in Istanbul. Enjoy Istanbul, the only city in the world situated on two continents: Europe and Asia. Byzantium, Constantinople, Istanbul, its three names span more than 2600 years, nearly 1600 of them as the capital of two of the greatest empires the world has known, Byzantine and Ottoman. We enjoy an included Bosphorus cruise from Europe to Asia, passing by the palaces of Dolmabahce and Ciragan and a visit to the Spice Market where you will have the opportunity to do some shopping. All meals & overnight on board ship.
MONDAY: ISTANBUL, TURKEY
Enjoy the day exploring Istanbul. At 18:00 sail to Canakkale. All meals & overnight on board ship.
TUESDAY: CANAKKALE, TURKEY
At 08:00 we dock at Canakkale in Turkey. The town of Canakkale, located between the Aegean Sea and the Sea of Marmara, is a seaport that is of great importance to Turkey. Two things that make Canakkale historically relevant are its early civilization (3000 BC to 400 AD) and the two most remarkable battles in history – the mythical Trojan War and the Battle of Canakkale during World War I. Because of its colorful past, a visit to the museums, monuments and ancient cities are a must or join one of the optional excursions. Sail at 18:00 to Thessaloniki, Greece. All meals & overnight on board ship.
WEDNESDAY: THESSALONIKI, GREECE
At 09:00 arrive in Thessaloniki, Greece. Thessaloniki’s ancient ruins rooted in the middle of the city create a rich tapestry with the Roman Agora, the Arch of Galerius, the Rotonda, the Byzantine Baths and the Crypt of Agios Demetrios together with the neoclassical architecture and the impressive Aghia Sofia. Thessaloniki also has a reputation of its sumptuous culinary delights and delicious pastries. Sail at 18:30 for Volos, Greece.
THURSDAY: VOLOS, GREECE
At 08:00 arrive in Volos, Greece. Join the optional guided visit to Meteora which is a rock formation in central Greece hosting one of the largest and most precipitously built complexes of Byzantine Greek Orthodox monasteries. Sail to Santorini, Greece at 18:30. All meals & overnight on board ship.
FRIDAY: SANTORINI, GREECE
At 09:00 we arrive in Santorini. Enjoy the included excursion to visit the beautiful and picturesque village of Oia where one can see the famous blue domed churches. Free time for taking photos, browsing, shopping and enjoying the breathtaking view of the caldera. Sail at 21:30 for Athens.
SATURDAY: ATHENS, GREECE
At 07:00 arrive to Athens. Disembarkation after breakfast on board.