A Cruise to Ancient Greece and Turkey
Take part in an odyssey to the ancient windswept islands of Greece and the fabled coast of Turkey, where you will uncover the living legacy of the Minoan and Mycenaean civilizations and witness the stunning architectural achievements of the Byzantines.
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ATHENS PRE-CRUISE OPTION
Begin your odyssey in Western civilization’s first great center of democracy and philosophy, Athens, Greece. Guided tours to the Parthenon, the new Acropolis Museum and mystical Delphi are included. Deluxe accommodations for two nights are in the ATHENAEUM INTERCONTINENTAL ATHENS hotel.
ISTANBUL POST-CRUISE OPTION
Istanbul is a rare city that bridges two continents. This special two-night option features guided tours of the city’s World Heritage site landmarks—Hagia Sophia, Topkapi Palace and the Blue Mosque. Visit the legendary Grand Bazaar, one of the world’s largest and most colorful covered markets. Accommodations for two nights are in the deluxe GRAND HYATT ISTANBUL hotel.
CAPPADOCIA AND ISTANBUL POST-CRUISE OPTION
This exclusive four-night extension is a perfect opportunity to visit the magnificent World Heritage treasures of Istanbul and inland Turkey.
The enchanting world of 2,000-year-old rock-hewn villages and spectacular valleys of Cappadocia, one of nature’s most captivating treasures and a UNESCO World Heritage site, is located in the heart of Anatolia. Experience the region’s distinctive culture and learn more about the centuries-old tradition of handcrafted red-clay pottery in Avanos during a potters’ demonstration of the renowned earthenware.
Return to Istanbul, the former center of the glorious Ottoman Empire. Enjoy inclusive guided tours of the UNESCO World Heritage sites of Hagia Sophia, Topkapi Palace and the Blue Mosque. Visit the legendary Grand Bazaar, one of the world’s largest and most colorful covered markets. Two-night accommodations are in each of the deluxe GRAND HYATT ISTANBUL hotel and the luxury CAPPADOCIA CAVE RESORT in the heart of Göreme National Park.
To book this extension, please register your interest with our call center at 855-330-1542.
Istanbul and Cappadocia Extension pricing:
*Note that flights to and from Cappadocia are included in above price.