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1

Piraeus

Piraeus has been the port for Athens since 482 BC. The busy harbor is filled with ferries and cruise ships making their way to the Greek Islands and other Mediterranean cities. The busy metropolis of Athens and its treasure trove of antiquities lie just a few miles from the port. Even as the reality of the modern city took hold, with its high-rise apartments, crowded sidewalks and bustling traffic, the beauty of the Acropolis, the outstanding museums, charming cafés, sidewalk markets and startling views come together in a cultural mosaic for all to enjoy.

01 May 2022

2

Patmos

Deserted for centuries because of constant raids by pirates and the Turks, this tiny arid island was first settled in 1088 when the Emperor of Constantinople made it a gift to the monk Christodoulos Latrnos so that he could establish a monastery in honor of St. John the Divine on the site. Patmos has been a place of scholarship and religious enlightenment ever since. Today this modern pilgrimage site is a quiet respite from the tourist havens many other Greek isles have become.

02 May 2022

3

Agios Nikolaos (Crete)

This charming village of white houses climbing up the slopes is beautifully situated on the sparkling Gulf of Mirabello. The attractive Venetian harbor is surrounded by restaurants, outdoor cafes and clusters of shops selling everything from necessities to souvenirs. The ship docks in the center of town, and you are able to wander at will and enjoy the atmosphere of Crete's foremost resort.

03 May 2022

4

Kuşadasi

Kusadasi, which means "bird island," is set in a superb gulf known for its sparkling water, broad sandy beaches and large marina. The city has managed to retain a certain earthiness while doing a brisk trade in Turkish carpets and leather goods to visitors. The town's old quarter is a picturesque maze of winding streets and houses adorned with flowers and birdcages. In the center stands a 17th-century caravanserai, now converted into a hotel. The resort is also gateway to important sites of archaeological and religious interest.

04 May 2022

5

Mykonos

The quintessential Greek island of Mykonos is marked by whitewashed houses, domed churches, imposing windmills, and a labyrinth of winding streets designed to disorient pirates. Everywhere there is a dash of bright, bold blue - doors, shutters and window frames, sea and sky. The harbor bustles with colorful fishing boats, vendors selling fish and locals gathered with visitors in the casual seaside cafes. The port even comes with two beloved mascots, the pelicans Petros and Irini.

05 May 2022

6

Skiathos , Greek Isles

The lively island of Skiathos, one of the Sporades, boasts no less than 60 inviting beaches around its perimeter. Many of these have been developed and are easily reached by taxi or bus, while others remain more isolated and require transport by boat. The island's medieval Kastro, high atop a hillside, once protected 30 churches and 300 houses from various invaders. No organized excursions are available. Please check on board for suggestions.

06 May 2022

7

Bozcaada, Bozcaada (Tenedos), Turkey

This tiny island 12 miles off the Turkish coast embodies the ideal of the “hidden gem.” Its harbor is dominated by a sprawling crenelated fortress with Byzantine, Venetian, Genoese and Ottoman provenance. Its compact town invites visitors to explore winding cobblestone streets with no other objective than to immerse themselves in the antique atmosphere. There is no compelling attraction here other than the picturesque, but unpretentious charm of a quiet, unspoiled haven. Its small museum is the creation of a loving amateur, Hakan Guruney, who often personally leads visitors through his collection of objects and memorabilia recollecting his island’s, and in many ways his nation’s history. Much of the island’s fifteen square miles is dedicated to vineyards producing both red and white varietals. Ayazma beach offers clear water, although freshwater springs keep the water chilly even in the summer heat. At the peninsular Polente Feneri, a white lighthouse is guarded by a picket of modern, three-bladed windmills. Local flavors worth tasting are red poppy syrup and a luscious tomato jam you won’t find anywhere else.

07 May 2022

8

Istanbul

Spanning Europe and Asia, exotic Istanbul is one of the world's most fascinating cities. Domes and minarets enhance the skyline. In the old Stamboul area, traces remain of every city built since the community was established over 600 years before Christ. Once Rome's eastern capital, Istanbul was also the center of the huge Ottoman Empire. Landmarks include Hagia Sophia, once Christendom's greatest church; the Blue Mosque with its striking Iznik tiles; Topkapi Palace, containing a sultan's ransom of treasures; Chora Church with its Byzantine mosaics; and the Grand Bazaar, the ultimate shopping experience.

08 May 2022

9

Myrina, Nisos Limnos, Greece

Limnos is an arid, volcanic island located near the mouth of the Dardenelles. The volcano and sulphurous springs on the island inspired many legends in ancient times. Limnos was the mythological home of Hephaistos (Vulcan), who was cast off Mount Olympus by his father Zeus and landed on Limnos, breaking his leg in the process. Lame ever since, the God of Fire lived on the island and toiled at his forges, the volcanoes of the island, teaching the people of the island the art of metalworking. Jason and the Argonauts stopped here during their quest for the Golden Fleece and during the Trojan War, Hercules' companion, Philoctetes was cured of a gangrenous wound by the magical earth of the island.

09 May 2022

10

Cesme

A popular holiday and resort destination, Cesme is located on a promontory on the tip of a peninsula that carries the same name. The town itself is dominated by the medieval Cesme Castle, while the back streets invite a casual stroll with their old Ottoman and Greek houses that charm passers-by. South of the castle there is an Ottoman caravanserai built in 1528 that has since been transformed into a lovely boutique hotel, and check the Greek Orthodox church of Ayios Haralambos to see the current art exhibition. Along with the historical attractions, visitors will enjoy local pleasures, such as a dip in the thermal baths followed by the culinary delights of native fruits, artisan cheeses and local wines.

10 May 2022

11

Bodrum

Today Bodrum is a picturesque yacht harbor filled with traditional wood-varnished sailboats, charming outdoor cafes and streets bursting with small shops selling carpets, leatherwear, jewelry and local artwork. In antiquity, it was the site of ancient Halicarnassus. Under King Mausolus, the city prospered, and in death, the king left the city its most enduring legacy, his majestic tomb, from which we derive the term "mausoleum." Only its massive foundations remain today but it was the largest tomb ever built by the Greeks and one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World. Models on the site recreate its form for visitors. Alexander the Great attacked the city in 334 BC, leveling all but the Mausoleum, which was later destroyed by an earthquake. When the Knights of St. John lost their castle in Smyrna in 1402, they came here. Finding the mausoleum in ruins, they used the stone to construct the Castle of St. Peter, which proudly stood sentinel to the city. Together with their fortifications on Kos and Rhodes, the Knights dominated the southeastern Aegean, running a hospital for passing pilgrims and ruling the seas as privateers in swift vessels. They remained until 1523, when Ottoman ruler, Suleyman the Magnificent, conquered Rhodes and the Knights' position became untenable. The castle still dominates the harbor and houses an archeological museum.

11 May 2022

12

Rhodes

Best known of the Dodecanese Islands, Rhodes is a fascinating architectural patchwork of her past. Here the legacy of the ancient Greeks mingles with that of besieging Turks, crusading knights, and occupying Italians. Twin bronze deer, the symbol of Rhodes, guard the Mandraki Harbor where the 100-foot Colossus is said to have stood, a wonder of the ancient world. The medieval Crusader City is dominated by the Palace of the Grand Masters, while cobbled streets lead to the bustling bazaar and a lively harbor that is a center of the international yachting scene.

12 May 2022

13

Thira (Santorini)

"Thira, the Wild Island" and "Kalliste, the Fairest One" - all terms of endearment for this seductive, volcanic Greek island in the Sea of Crete. Extraordinary for its black sand beaches and sheer limestone cliffs, Santorini also showcases remnants of the Phoenician, Spartan and Minoan cultures, which fell under the island's spell - an unvarying, irresistible lure that continues to this day. Fira, the picturesque, pedestrian-only capital, is reached from the seaport via a short cable car ride that offers thrilling views as you ascend.

13 May 2022

14

Spetsai, Nisos Spetsai (Spetses), Greece

Nicknamed “The Isle of the Aromas”, Spetsai is a delight to all of the senses. The island’s historic old town is a yachtsman’s paradise, boasting a stunning harbor, quaint shops and some of the finest restaurants in the Saronic Gulf. The rest of the island is relatively unpopulated and is ringed by a single road, along which you can travel in a horse-drawn carriage. As you pass by quiet, rolling hills, be sure to pause at one of the many quiet coves along the way to refresh yourself with a dip into the cerulean waters.

14 May 2022

15

Piraeus

Piraeus has been the port for Athens since 482 BC. The busy harbor is filled with ferries and cruise ships making their way to the Greek Islands and other Mediterranean cities. The busy metropolis of Athens and its treasure trove of antiquities lie just a few miles from the port. Even as the reality of the modern city took hold, with its high-rise apartments, crowded sidewalks and bustling traffic, the beauty of the Acropolis, the outstanding museums, charming cafés, sidewalk markets and startling views come together in a cultural mosaic for all to enjoy.

15 May 2022

(This holiday is generally suitable for persons with reduced mobility. For customers with reduced mobility or any medical condition that may require special assistance or arrangements to be made, please notify your Cruise Concierge at the time of your enquiry, so that we can provide specific information as to the suitability of the holiday, as well as make suitable arrangements with the Holiday Provider on your behalf).

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30th Oct 2022

- 14 Nights

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Eastern Mediterranean Gems

ID: 304802

Piraeus, Patmos, Agios Nikolaos (Crete), Kuşadasi, Mykonos, Skiathos , Greek Isles, Bozcaada, Bozcaada (Tenedos), Turkey, Istanbul, Myrina, Nisos Limnos, Greece, Cesme, Bodrum, Rhodes, Thira (Santorini), Spetsai, Nisos Spetsai (Spetses), Greece

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16th Oct 2022

- 14 Nights

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Eastern Mediterranean Gems

ID: 304912

Piraeus, Patmos, Agios Nikolaos (Crete), Kuşadasi, Mykonos, Skiathos , Greek Isles, Bozcaada, Bozcaada (Tenedos), Turkey, Istanbul, Myrina, Nisos Limnos, Greece, Cesme, Bodrum, Rhodes, Thira (Santorini), Spetsai, Nisos Spetsai (Spetses), Greece

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18th Sep 2022

- 14 Nights

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Eastern Mediterranean Gems

ID: 305004

Piraeus, Patmos, Agios Nikolaos (Crete), Kuşadasi, Mykonos, Skiathos , Greek Isles, Bozcaada, Bozcaada (Tenedos), Turkey, Istanbul, Myrina, Nisos Limnos, Greece, Cesme, Bodrum, Rhodes, Thira (Santorini), Spetsai, Nisos Spetsai (Spetses), Greece

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21st Aug 2022

- 14 Nights

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ID: 304761

Piraeus, Skiathos , Greek Isles, Patmos, Agios Nikolaos (Crete), Kuşadasi, Mykonos, Bozcaada, Bozcaada (Tenedos), Turkey, Istanbul, Myrina, Nisos Limnos, Greece, Cesme, Bodrum, Rhodes, Thira (Santorini), Spetsai, Nisos Spetsai (Spetses), Greece

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24th Jul 2022

- 14 Nights

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Eastern Mediterranean Gems

ID: 304897

Piraeus, Patmos, Agios Nikolaos (Crete), Kuşadasi, Mykonos, Skiathos , Greek Isles, Bozcaada, Bozcaada (Tenedos), Turkey, Istanbul, Myrina, Nisos Limnos, Greece, Cesme, Bodrum, Rhodes, Thira (Santorini), Spetsai, Nisos Spetsai (Spetses), Greece

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26th Jun 2022

- 14 Nights

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ID: 305195

Piraeus, Patmos, Agios Nikolaos (Crete), Kuşadasi, Mykonos, Skiathos , Greek Isles, Bozcaada, Bozcaada (Tenedos), Turkey, Istanbul, Myrina, Nisos Limnos, Greece, Cesme, Bodrum, Rhodes, Thira (Santorini), Spetsai, Nisos Spetsai (Spetses), Greece

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29th May 2022

- 14 Nights

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ID: 305103

Piraeus, Patmos, Agios Nikolaos (Crete), Kuşadasi, Mykonos, Skiathos , Greek Isles, Bozcaada, Bozcaada (Tenedos), Turkey, Istanbul, Myrina, Nisos Limnos, Greece, Cesme, Bodrum, Rhodes, Thira (Santorini), Spetsai, Nisos Spetsai (Spetses), Greece

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1st May 2022

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Eastern Mediterranean Gems

ID: 304991

Piraeus, Patmos, Agios Nikolaos (Crete), Kuşadasi, Mykonos, Skiathos , Greek Isles, Bozcaada, Bozcaada (Tenedos), Turkey, Istanbul, Myrina, Nisos Limnos, Greece, Cesme, Bodrum, Rhodes, Thira (Santorini), Spetsai, Nisos Spetsai (Spetses), Greece

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17th Apr 2022

- 14 Nights

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Eastern Mediterranean Gems

ID: 304736

Piraeus, Patmos, Agios Nikolaos (Crete), Kuşadasi, Mykonos, Skiathos , Greek Isles, Bozcaada, Bozcaada (Tenedos), Turkey, Istanbul, Myrina, Nisos Limnos, Greece, Cesme, Bodrum, Rhodes, Thira (Santorini), Spetsai, Nisos Spetsai (Spetses), Greece

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