12 NIGHT Mediterranean - Eastern CRUISE
Thu Oct 10th 2024
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Itinerary Summary
Athens/GREECE, Volos/GREECE, Thessaloniki/GREECE, Istanbul/TURKEY (Overnight), Istanbul/TURKEY (Overnight), Izmir, Mykonos/GREECE, Sorrento/ITALY, Rome/ITALY, Barcelona/SPAIN
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Itinerary

Day 1 : Athens/GREECE

6:00 AM - 6:00 PM

Piraeus is the seaport for Athens, the capital of western civilization, which boasts a fantastic mix of classical ruins and vivacious modern life. In a single day, you can climb the hill of the Acropolis to wonder at the Parthenon, join the lively Athenians in Constitution Square, and then find a welcoming taverna for some spirited bizouki music, plenty of ouzo to drink, and with luck, energetic Greek dancing.

Day 2 : Volos/GREECE

8:00 AM - 7:00 PM

Day 3 : Thessaloniki/GREECE

7:00 AM - 5:00 PM

The capital of Macedonia, a rich experience awaits you in this wealthy, energetic and youthful Greek city. Revel in cosmopolitan pleasures: sophisticated shops and cafes, markets hidden away beyond historic city squares, and the superlative Archaelogical Museum are but a few. Explore the castlebound Old City and a sampling of fine Byzantine churches. Or, spend the day touring the ruins of the ancient city of Pella, birthplace of Alexander the Great, or Vergina-where the intact tomb of Philip II, Alexander's father, was recently discovered.

Day 4 : Istanbul/TURKEY

2:30 PM - --

Once called Constantinople, the former capital of the Byzantine Empire is the only city in the world to straddle two continents: Europe and Asia. This is the Golden Horn, the door between East and West, and your first vision of its domes and minarets is unforgetable. Hagia Sophia, the Blue Mosque and Sultan treasures in Topkapi Palace await - as does the Grand Bazaar, laden with carpets, beaten brass and spices from afar.

Day 5 : Istanbul/TURKEY

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Once called Constantinople, the former capital of the Byzantine Empire is the only city in the world to straddle two continents: Europe and Asia. This is the Golden Horn, the door between East and West, and your first vision of its domes and minarets is unforgetable. Hagia Sophia, the Blue Mosque and Sultan treasures in Topkapi Palace await - as does the Grand Bazaar, laden with carpets, beaten brass and spices from afar.

Day 6 : Istanbul/TURKEY

-- - 2:00 PM

Once called Constantinople, the former capital of the Byzantine Empire is the only city in the world to straddle two continents: Europe and Asia. This is the Golden Horn, the door between East and West, and your first vision of its domes and minarets is unforgetable. Hagia Sophia, the Blue Mosque and Sultan treasures in Topkapi Palace await - as does the Grand Bazaar, laden with carpets, beaten brass and spices from afar.

Day 7 : Izmir

9:00 AM - 7:00 PM

Day 8 : Santorini/GREECE

10:00 AM - 9:00 PM

With its steep volcanic flanks looming straight up from the sea, and the tiny white village of Thira clinging high atop the cliffs, Santorini is perhaps the most breathtaking and legendary of all the Greek Isles. To the south is Akrotiri, where recent Minoan excavations support the theories that Santorini might be the fabled lost continent of Atlantis.

Day 9 : Rhodes/GREECE

8:00 AM - 6:00 PM

Legend has it that Apollo blessed this isle with sunshine and beauty. True to the myths, the "Island of Roses" is rich in magnificent scenery and umbrella-lined beaches. Take an excursion to Lindos, where high on a hill rises an ancient acropolis dedicated to the goddess Athena. You will also want to see the medieval Old Town, once home to the Crusading Knights of St. John, and tour the Grand Master's Palace, an Italian restoration famed for its superb mosaic floors.

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8:00 AM - 6:00 PM

Day 11 : Limassol/CYPRUS

7:00 AM - 5:00 PM

The birthplace of Aphrodite, the goddess of love and beauty, is nearby on this island - the third largest in Europe. Explore what is now called the Medieval Museum, a restored castle where Richard the Lionheart married in 1191. Visit a mosque, browse the local artisan shops and take in the natural and architectural delights of Cyprus.

Day 12 : Haifa/ISRAEL

6:00 AM - --

A lovely seaport in its own right, Haifa is a departure point for Tel Aviv and Holy Land sightseeing. Jerusalem beckons with the Mount of Olives and the Western Wall. Jericho, Nazareth, Bethlehem, and the crusader city of Acre are also within reach.

Day 13 : Haifa/ISRAEL

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A lovely seaport in its own right, Haifa is a departure point for Tel Aviv and Holy Land sightseeing. Jerusalem beckons with the Mount of Olives and the Western Wall. Jericho, Nazareth, Bethlehem, and the crusader city of Acre are also within reach.