Wonders of Turkey and the Greek Isles
Smithsonian Journeys are designed to engage travelers in Smithsonian’s mission - “the increase and diffusion of knowledge”. Like the Institution, our tours enrich our guests’ lives and satisfy their curiosity about the world. Your participation benefits the work of Smithsonian's 19 museums, the National Zoo and nine research centers, helping to preserve our national treasures and shape the future through science, research, and exhibitions.
What Is Included in the Tour Cost
- 12 nights’ accommodations on 350-guest Aegean Odyssey.
- 39 meals: 16 breakfasts, 11 lunches, 12 dinners.
- Two-night pre-cruise hotel stay in Athens including breakfast and half day tour, tax and service charges, and hospitality desk at the hotel.
- Two-night post-cruise hotel stay in Istanbul including breakfast and half day tour, tax and service charges, and hospitality desk at the hotel.
- Wine, beer, or soft drinks with dinner each evening onboard Aegean Odyssey.
- Transfers and porterage if booking air program through the tour operator (Voyages to
Antiquity) and arriving/departing on main tour dates.
- Porterage of baggage to/from suites, staterooms, and cabins.
- Port fees and service charges $450 per person.
- Selected shore excursions in each port.
- Meals on full-day excursions.
- Educational program of lectures by onboard experts.
- Complete pre-departure materials with detailed daily itinerary, reading lists and packing suggestions.
- All onboard gratuities for restaurant and cabin staff.
- On-Tour Emergency Evacuation Insurance (up to $50,000), Medical Expense coverage (up to $25,000), Dental Expense coverage (up to $500), Travel Medical Assistance and Worldwide Travel Assistance.
What Is Not Included in the Tour Cost
- Low cost airfare ($595-$795) from select North American gateways (for those booking VTA air program and arriving/departing on main tour dates).
- Passport fees, visas, and visa photos as may be required.
- Optional shore excursions.
- Gratuities for guides and drivers on shore excursions.
- Beverages (other than those included at dinner) and other items of a personal nature.
- Beauty salon and spa treatments.
- Laundry and pressing services.
- Internet charges and telephone calls.
- Airport taxes where these are payable locally.
- Excess baggage fees.
Space is reserved in the order of receipt of reservation request.
To submit a request for a reservation, please order using our secure online process starting at the bottom of each tour page, or call 855-330-1542 to speak with a Reservations Specialist, Monday-Friday 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. (Eastern Time).
Submitting an online request does not guarantee space on a tour. You will be notified of your status when your request has been received and processed.
To complete your request, the following is necessary:
Deposit of $1000 per person, per cruise, payable by check or major credit card, is required to reserve a space on a cruise. Deposits are applied to payment of the program price.
If you are not a Smithsonian member, please add $29 for a one-year membership. Only one membership per household is required.
Please note: Balance due upon invoicing, 90 days prior to departure.
Full payment is required at this time and must be paid immediately. You will be advised by the Smithsonian as to the name of the operator and what forms of payment are acceptable.
For additional information, please call a Reservations Specialist at 855-330-1542 weekdays 9:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. (Eastern Time) or e-mail Reservations@SmithsonianJourneys.org
A Note About Costs
Tour costs are based upon current airfares, tariffs, currency values, and on the basis of a minimum number of participants. While we will do everything possible to maintain the listed prices, they are subject to change. Should actual enrollments fall significantly below minimum numbers, a surcharge may be added. Due to fluctuations in oil prices, a fuel surcharge may be added to your tour fee (e.g. internal flights, cruises, etc.). Details and costs will be advised prior to departure.
If the program(s) of your choice are fully subscribed, you will be placed on a wait list. If you choose to withdraw from the wait list, please notify us.
Please note that we are unable to keep you apprised of your status on the wait list. We will call you only if a space becomes available, but you are welcome to call us at your convenience to inquire about your status at 855-330-1542.
Cancellation and Refund Policy
Per person cancellation fees are based on date of notice to Smithsonian Journeys.
Please understand that there will be no exceptions to our cancellation policy.
- Cancellation more than 120 days prior to sailing: Full refund
- Cancellation between 119-90 days prior to sailing: 10% of fare
- Cancellation between 89-61 days prior to sailing: 25% of fare
- Cancellation between 60-31 days prior to sailing: 50% of fare
- Cancellation between 30-16 days prior to sailing: 75% of fare
- Cancellation 15 days or less before sailing: 100% of fare
The Aegean Odyssey programs offer convenient air routings and exceptional savings,and include transfers to and from destination airports.
Some restrictions apply. After your air arrangements are booked, you may not be able to change your confirmed flights without an additional charge by the airline. Government and airline fees and taxes are not included and are quoted separately at the time of booking. (See notes under Tour Cost.) A confirmed flight itinerary will be provided within 60 days of deposit. The air itinerary is subject to change and is not considered final until ticketed.
All air schedules are subject to change by the airlines without notice and such changes are beyond our control.
Business Class Air Travel
Air savings also extend to Business Class air travel. Please inquire about business class upgrades at the time of booking.
Customized Air Travel
You may wish to make changes to the flight itinerary provided by making special flight requests at the time you confirm your initial reservation. Such changes may include requests to travel on a specific carrier, or travel on different departure or return dates. Any additional costs associated with the change(s) will be added to your reservation once your new itinerary has been accepted.
Aisle and adjoining seating will be requested when your flight arrangements are made. Some airlines no longer allow specific seats to be requested for Economy Class travel. The carrier may be contacted directly to request any special arrangements.
Frequent Flyer Mileage
This may be accrued for most carriers, but you will not be able to use miles for upgrades or any other amenities on your reserved flights. Special requests and services should be arranged directly with the airline.
Air Tickets Purchased Independently of the Tour
We urge you to check airline cancellation penalties before purchasing airline tickets since international departure times and flights can change. Tours also can be cancelled due to low enrollments. Neither Smithsonian Institution nor the tour operator accepts liability for cancellation penalties related to domestic or international airline tickets purchased independently in conjunction with a tour.
For the convenience of our travelers, Smithsonian Journeys includes a Provided Insurance Plan, through Travel Guard, with the price of your tour. This travel insurance plan includes emergency evacuation and medical expense coverage and 24-hr worldwide travel and medical assistance. Please click here
to view complete coverage details. In addition, Smithsonian Journeys offers an optional Travelers' Protection Plan that can cover your trip investment if unexpected circumstances force you to cancel or interrupt your trip. This plan also provides coverage for trip delays, lost, damaged or delayed baggage, medical expense and emergency evacuation. We strongly urge you to consider this plan in addition to any other health insurance coverage you may have. Many medical plans, including Medicare, may not provide full coverage for medical expenses incurred outside of the U.S. Purchasing the optional Travelers' Protection Plan may help ease your worries.
This is only a brief description of the coverage(s) available. The Policy will contain reductions, limitations, exclusions and termination provisions. Insurance is underwritten by National Union Fire Insurance Company of Pittsburgh, Pa., a Pennsylvania insurance company, with its principal place of business at 175 Water Street, New York, NY 10038. It is currently authorized to transact business in all states and the District of Columbia. NAIC No. 19445. Coverage may not be available in all states. Travel assistance services are provided by Travel Guard. To view additional information or to purchase, click here
Physical and Medical Considerations
Please note that these tours require that participants be in good physical condition: you must be capable, without assistance, of walking a minimum of two miles over uneven terrain and of climbing stairs that may not have handrails. Participants should have sufficient stamina to keep pace with an active group of travelers on long days of touring. If you have any questions about your ability to participate in a tour, please call us at 855-330-1542.
Itinerary or Program Modifications Cruises and Train Tours
Smithsonian strives to improve tour itineraries and their features. If improvements can be made, or unforeseen circumstances beyond our control make changes necessary, we reserve the right to vary itineraries and to substitute hotels. Every effort will be made to carry out the program as planned but alterations may still occur after the final itineraries are sent. Please note that weather conditions may force changes to the advertised sailing schedule. The ship’s captain has the authority to change the ship’s schedule.
Aegean Odyssey cruise programs are destination focused and designed for adults. There are no facilities for children onboard. These cruises are considered unsuitable for children under the age of twelve.
Smithsonian chooses hotels based on a combination of their location, service, atmosphere and price. Program prices are based on two persons sharing a room with a bath.
Singles and Roommates
Hotel rooms are always reserved for single travelers, however the number of single rooms/cabins available on a tour may be limited. Therefore we recommend that you register early. Please note that a single supplement will apply for a single room/cabin. If you are traveling alone and wish to share a room/cabin, we will do our best to find someone of the same gender and smoking preference to share with you. If you are matched with a non-smoking roommate, it is mutually agreed that you cannot smoke in your room/cabin. When a roommate cannot be found, the single supplement will be charged.
Preparing for Your Journey
Prior to departure, you will receive Tour Bulletins containing both tour specific and general tour information to help you prepare for your travel experience.
- Passport and visa instructions
- Flight information
- Weather, clothing, and packing suggestions
- A suggested reading list
- General information about the countries you will visit, e.g. the food, customs, medical precautions and currency.
- Information about your tour staff
- Baggage tags and name badges
- Final Itinerary
- Participant List
Participants on Smithsonian Journeys may be photographed for the educational and promotional purposes of the Smithsonian Institution.
For the comfort of all participants, we ask that there be no smoking during all group activities, including excursions and meals. Smoking is not permitted in passenger cabins aboard ships and is only allowed on a limited basis in designated outdoor public areas aboard ships.
RESPONSIBILITY STATEMENT AND LIABILITY DISCLAIMER
Smithsonian Journeys are managed by professional tour operators hired as independent contractors. The use of tour operators allows the Smithsonian to offer its members a wide array of educational travel opportunities. The tour operator acts only as an agent for the respective suppliers by making arrangements for transportation, accommodations, and other services. Neither the Smithsonian Institution nor the tour operator shall be held liable for personal injury, death, property damage or accident, delay or irregularity arising out of any act or omission of these suppliers. The Smithsonian Institution and the tour operator reserve the right, without penalty, to make changes in the published itinerary whenever, in their judgment, conditions warrant, or if they deem it necessary for the comfort, convenience, or safety of tour participants.
The Smithsonian Institution and the tour operator also reserve the right, without penalty, to withdraw the tour announced, to decline to accept any person as a participant in a tour, or to require any participant to withdraw from the tour at any time, when such action is determined by tour staff to be in the best interests of the health, safety or general welfare of the tour group or the individual participant, subject only to the requirement that the recoverable portion of the total amount paid that corresponds to the cost of unused services and accommodations be refunded, if any. Participants are encouraged to purchase airline tickets no sooner than 60 days before the tour begins to avoid airline cancellation penalties if a tour is canceled or otherwise modified subsequent to the participant’s purchase of those tickets. The Smithsonian Institution and the tour operator accept no liability for the purchase of non-refundable airline tickets to the tour departure city and return. Baggage and personal effects are at all times the sole responsibility of the participant.
Dates, schedules, program details, and costs, although provided in good faith based on information available at the time of publication of the brochure or catalog, are subject to change and revision.
AS A CONDITION OF ACCEPTANCE OF ANY APPLICATION, EACH APPLICANT MUST AGREE TO THE STATEMENT SET FORTH BELOW:
The undersigned has read carefully the Responsibility Statement and Liability Disclaimer set forth above, the schedule of activities for this tour, as well as the terms and conditions of application and participation as set forth in the tour brochure(s), and recognizes and accepts any risk associated with the tour and the conditions, including the refund policy, set forth in the tour brochure(s). The undersigned further acknowledges that there are many risks and uncertainties inherent in any travel tour, including but not limited to the hazards of various modes of transportation, forces of nature, acts or omissions of foreign governments, terrorism, war or insurrection, theft, illness, and damage to person or property due to the negligent acts or omissions of tour staff or others. In consideration of, and as part payment for, the right to participate in the tour, the undersigned, on behalf of himself, his dependents, heirs, executors, administrators and assigns, agrees to release the Smithsonian Institution, its Regents, officers, employees, representatives or agents, the United States, and the tour operator and its officers, employees and agents, from liability for personal injury, death, property damage or loss suffered by any person in connection with this tour, even if caused by the negligence (but not the reckless, willful, or fraudulent conduct) of tour staff or other related persons or entities. In addition, by registering for this tour, the applicant certifies that he or she is mentally and physically capable of full participation in this tour.
By registering for a Smithsonian Journey, the participant agrees to the Responsibility Statement and Liability Disclaimer and the Terms and Conditions herein.