Start your journey off in historical Athens, the birthplace of democracy. Sail onto Mykonos, known for its iconic landscape of rocky hills and beautiful beaches, and explore the famous ruins of Kos. Continue on further to Turkey where you can wander through the ancient city of Ephesus, visit the Acropolis and marvel at the ruins in Canakkale.

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Discover the serene island of Patmos, Greece, known as the site of the apocalyptic revelations of St John the Divine.

Visit the sleepy little beach town of Dikkili, authentically Turkish where its harbour is filled with local food specialties.

Enjoy a stop at Camlimani, small bay in Turkey, where you can swim, snorkel or jump on the rides in the aqua park.

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Day 1

Piraeus (Port of Athens), Greece

Walking in the shadow of the Acropolis in the Agora, you can almost hear the voices of Plato, Socrates and Aristotle arguing about who was the greatest philosopher. Ancient Athens, the birthplace of democracy and epicenter of western civilization, is a city for all eternity.

Day 2

Mykonos, Greece

One of the most cosmopolitan of all the Greek Islands, Mykonos is a contrast of rocky hills and beautiful beaches. Hora, the capital, spreads around a colourful harbour, a popular meeting place, overlooked by a variety of tavernas, in which fishing boats nestle side by side with luxury yachts.

Day 3

Kos, Greece

Kos was the home of Hippocrates, and near the old Kastro (castle) of the Knights of St. John, there stands an ancient plane tree which is purported to be from the time of the famous physician. Kos abounds with famous ruins, but perhaps the best known is the Asklepian, where Hippocrates taught the healing arts. Known for its curative powers and featuring therapeutic treatments and a soothing environment, it was the original model for today's spas.

Day 4

Patmos, Greece

This serene island is known as the site of the apocalyptic revelations of St. John the Divine, The cave where he is said to have lived is now the site of the Monastery of the Apocalypse. It houses priceless icons and manuscripts in its treasury.

Day 5

Samos Strait - Kusadasi, Turkey

Morning sailing through Samos Strait. Kusadasi is a popular Turkish port of call for cruise ships, as not only is it a bustling resort town full of shops, bars and restaurants, but it is also the main access point for the famous archeological site at Ephesus. Extensive excavations have revealed an ancient city through which visitors can now wander and observe the wonders of a bygone civilisation. Near Kusadasi, on Turkey’s turquoise coast, we make a stop at Camlimani, a small pellucid bay. Swim at the beach, snorkel, stroll the pine scented grounds, or have a run at the rides in the aquapark.

Day 6

Dikili, Turkey

Dikkili is a sleepy little beach town, authentically Turkish. The harbour is lined with open-air restaurants and shops with local food specialties. Nearby, Bergama is worth a visit especially for its two main monuments: the Acropolis perched at a height of 280 metres and the Asklepion.

Day 7

Canakkale, Turkey

Facing squarely across the Dardanelles to confront the imposing mass of Kilitbahir Fortress, Canakkale reminds you that this area has been a place of conflict since the time of the Trojan War. Nearby Troy (Truva), uncovered by archeologist Heinrich Schliemann in 1871, was of course the site of the most famous siege in history. Time has eroded most of the 3,500 year-old ruins, but you can imagine what Priam felt as he faced Achilles’ invading Greek army.

Day 8

Istanbul, Turkey

Throughout thousands of years Istanbul’s geographical position has maintained its importance. Today it is a huge metropolis connecting continents, cultures and religions and is home to eleven million people and one of the greatest business and cultural centres of the region. End your journey here. 

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