Istanbul & Islands of the Aegean

12-Days | Athens • Mykonos • Patmos • Kuşadası • Dikili • Volos • Skiathos • Thessaloniki • Kavala • Kepez • Istanbul

Fares From £2,145

Single Supplement 15%

Istanbul & Islands of the Aegean – Cruise Summary

Discover the close connections between two great historic nations on this cruise through the Aegean Sea, beginning with one of the most popular destinations in Greece, the picturesque island of Mykonos.

Enjoy a guided walk through the windmills and whitewashed houses of the main town, or Chora, or settle back for a leisurely panoramic drive to the Monastery of Panagia Tourliani in Ano Mera. Alternatively, visit the UNESCO World Heritage sacred island of Delos, mythical birthplace of Artemis and Apollo, before cruising to tiny Patmos, the “Jerusalem of the Aegean,” where white villas cling to steep rocky slopes.

On the Turkish coast, see the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Ephesus, home to some of the best-preserved Hellenistic and Roman ruins in existence. Then in the province of Dikili, visit one of the oldest Christian places of worship on Earth, the Ören Yeri Basilica, as well as the ruins of the Kingdom of Pergamon, including the steepest theatre in the ancient world.

According to Greek myth, the port city of Volos was home to Jason and his crew of Argonauts. From here you will be able to witness the breathtaking UNESCO Heritage Byzantine monasteries, which sit atop the rock towers of Meteora, giving the magical impression of floating between heaven and earth.

Skiathos in the Sporades is famous for its beautiful beaches, crystal clear bays and as the location for the blockbuster movie, “Mamma Mia!” Enjoy a guided tour or simply relax and unwind, before arriving in Greece’s second city, Thessaloniki, for relics from the Roman and Byzantine eras, including the basilica Hagios Demetrios, the Rotunda and the mosaics of the Hagia Sofia. Or you may visit the ruins of Pella, former capital of ancient Macedonia.

The archaeological site of Philippi near Kavala is another UNESCO World Heritage Site filled with ancient wonders to admire. As are the ruins of the city of Troy, said to have been home to the beautiful Helen and captured by the Greeks using the legendary Trojan Horse.

Finally, spend the night in the meeting point of two continents, the bustling city of Istanbul, to explore the stunning Topkapı Palace, the iconic Hagia Sophia and the famous Grand Bazaar, one of the largest and oldest covered markets in the world.

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CRUISE HIGHLIGHTS

  • Fun-loving Mykonos, the jewel of the Cyclades

  • The ‘Monasteries in the Sky’ at Meteora

  • Skiathos Island, location of the movie “Mamma Mia!”

  • Multiple UNESCSO archaeological sites, including the legendary city of Troy

Day-by-Day Itinerary

 

Day 1 – Piraeus (Athens), Greece

Departure time: 20:00
 
Walk in the footsteps of history in Athens with a visit to the imposing Acropolis and learn a lot about the impressive buildings in the Greek capital in the fascinating Acropolis Museum.

Embarkation 15:00 – 17:00

 

 
 
 
 

Day 2 – Mykonos, Greece

Berthing time: 08:00 Departure time: 20:00
 
Pure Greek feeling! Typical picturesque Cycladic architecture greets you on Mykonos with charming white houses, wonderfully colorful wooden doors and windows and strikingly cobbled streets. Fantastic beaches and crystal clear water round off the overall package on the popular Greek holiday island.

 

 

 

 
 

Day 3 – Patmos, Greece – Tender Port 

Berthing time: 08:00 Departure time: 18:00

Patmos, an Aegean island in the north of Greece’s Dodecanese island group, is a significant Christian pilgrimage site. Its Cave of the Apocalypse is where John of Patmos (St. John the Theologian) is said to have written the Book of Revelations. A fortresslike, 11th-century monastery dedicated to the saint overlooks the whitewashed houses of the hilltop capital, Hora (also known as Chora).

 
 

Day 4 – Kusadasi (Ephesus), Turkey

Berthing time: 07:00 Departure time: 21:00
 
Immerse yourself in antiquity in the Turkish port city of Kusadasi with a visit to the impressive ruins of Ephesus with the great theater and the famous Library of Celsus. The impressive Temple of Artemis, which is considered one of the seven wonders of the ancient world, is particularly worth seeing!
 

 

 

 
 

Day 5 – Dikili (Pergamum), Turkey – Tender Port

Berthing time: 10:00 Departure time: 17:00
 
The tranquil Turkish town of Dikili lies directly on the magical Aegean coast. From there, embark on a discovery tour of the ancient Greek city of Pergamon. Not only was the city the capital of the Pergamon Empire in the 2nd and 3rd centuries AD, but according to legend, parchment was also invented in Pergamon!

 

 

 

 
 

Day 6 – Volos (Meterora), Greece

Berthing time: 08:00 Departure time: 18:00
 
From the picturesque port city of Volos you will reach one of the absolute highlights of Greece: marvel at the breathtaking, UNESCO World Heritage-listed Meteora monasteries, which seem to float on their sandstone cliffs!

 

 

 

 

Day 7 – Skiathos, Greece – Tender Port

Berthing time: 08:00 Departure time: 22:00
 
Small colourful fishing boats, whitewashed houses, blue shutters and red tiled roofs exude a magical flair in the picturesque town of Skiathos on the Greek island of the same name!
 
 
 

Day 8 – Thessaloniki, Greece

Berthing time: 08:00 Departure time: 18:00
 
Welcome to the vibrant city of Thessaloniki! A unique historical heritage, the finest culinary delights and beautiful beaches along the picturesque natural bay on the Aegean Sea make your visit to the Greek port city a very special experience.

 

 

 
 
 

Day 9 – Kavala, Greece

Berthing time: 08:00 Departure time: 22:00
 
The venerable trading and port city of Kavala in northern Greece spreads out on the Gulf of Thassos. Stroll through the narrow streets and experience the enchanting port city, which is considered one of the most beautiful cities in the country, up close!

 

 

 
 
 

Day 10 – Kepez (Canakkale), Turkey – Tender Port

Berthing time: 08:00 Departure time: 18:00
 
Immerse yourself in history in Çanakkale, Turkey! Marvel at the impressive Trojan Horse and learn interesting and curious facts about the region’s numerous ancient archaeological sites in the Troy Museum. Fantastic beaches and beautiful bays invite you to relax afterwards.

 

 

 

 
 
 

Day 11 – Istanbul, Turkey

Berthing time: 08:00
 
Experience world history in the fascinating metropolis of Istanbul. The port city at the interface between Europe and Asia is one of the most important historical cities, not least thanks to its location as a transit zone between the Black Sea and the Mediterranean. Let yourself be enchanted by the flair of the former Constantinople!

 

 

 

 

 
 
 

Day 12 – Istanbul, Turkey

Disembarkation by 09:00

 

 

 

 

 

 
 

Shore excursions are available at a supplement and can be pre-booked, approximately 30 days prior to departure, or booked onboard.

Fares From £2,145

Single Supplement 15%

 

Prices are per person based on two people sharing a cabin and are correct at the time of going to print, but may be subject to change. Cruise only options and single supplements are available on request. Tailor-made transfers can be booked at a supplement. Please call our Reservations Team for up to date pricing and availability.

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WHAT’S INCLUDED

    • Return economy flights from London
    • All meals on board
    • Gratuities
    • Bathrobes
    • Coffee machine
    • Refillable premium drinks bottle
    • Nightly onboard entertainment
    • Guest speaker programme
    • Baggage handling and port fees
    • Full ATOL financial protection
    • Transfers abroad

    Additional Charges

    • Drinks package
    • Wi-Fi
    • Shore excursions
    • Club/Premium Class Flight Upgrades (prices on request)
    • Regional flight supplements

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01223 568907

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