Escorted Greek and Turkey Delights Cruise | Cruise Holidays of VieraDebra MacIntyre2023-11-15T10:55:47-04:00
Cruise the Eastern Mediterranean in Luxury
Experience Oceania Cruises’ new ship Vista in deluxe comfort on a 7-day cruise from Athens to Istanbul in June of 2024. On board and escorting this fabulous voyage will be Larry and Lynda Jackson, owners of Cruise Holidays of Viera. Their experience and knowledge combined with the opulence and first-class service of the Vista will make this an amazing and memorable vacation.
What will you see and explore? begin your voyage in Athens, home to the Acropolis and Athens Museum to name a few historical sites. On the way to Istanbul, visit Rhodes and Ephesus, a marvel in history. Ancient history surrounds you on shore in this area of the world. On board delight in the fine dining that Oceania is famous for amongst knowledgeable cruisers. Be sure to ask the jacksons about pre- and post- land stays as both Athens and Istanbul invite you to stay and explore for more than a day!
Rhodes, Greece. Arrive in another popular Greek island at 8 AM. Rhodes is full of history. Enjoy a walking tour of the old fortified city and stand in awe of the impressive Grand Master’s Palace. See where the Colossus of Rhodes once stood and savor the charm of this remarkable walled town. Or drive along the scenic coast to Lindos. Enjoy the whitewashed little town and climb to the ancient acropolis, its temples and wonderful views. Vista departs at 6 PM. Read about Rhodes here.
Antalya, Turkey. Today we begin our exploration of Turkey. Vista arrives at 8 AM. Discover this delightful ancient town and its many treasures, from the superb artifacts in the museum to Ottoman mansions, Byzantine churches and mosques, Hadrian’s Gate, and the ancient Roman harbor now restored and alive with cafés and pleasure boats. Or head for the magnificent ruins of Perge and Aspendos and imagine the history of these cities, from Alexander to St. Paul and from the Romans to the Arabs. Stand in awe of the huge Roman theater and the crumbling aqueduct. Vista departs at 6 PM.
Bodrum, Turkey. Vista arrives at 9 AM. A playground for yachters, tourists and jet setters, modern Bodrum stands on the site of the ancient city of Halicarnassus. You can still see the foundations of the mausoleum, one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World, which was destroyed by earthquakes. The Knights of St. John used its stones to build Bodrum Castle, fascinating not only as a medieval monument but also for the Museum of Underwater Archaeology within its walls, which includes a display of the oldest known shipwreck. Vista departs at 7 PM.
Ephesus, Turkey. Vista arrives at 7 AM. Meander through the ruins of ancient Ephesus and marvel at the famed Library of Celsus, the huge amphitheater, the marble roads with their chariot marks, the amazing mosaic sidewalks and the superb, rarely opened Terrace Houses. Or journey to three monumental cities of antiquity – Priene, Miletus and Didyma – renowned for their majestic temples and impressive, beautifully preserved stadiums. Vista departs at 5 PM. Read about Ephesus here.
Istanbul, Turkey. Vista arrives at 1 PM. Indulge your eyes and senses in this magnificent city astride two continents. Visit beautiful Topkapi Palace, the awesome Hagia Sophia and the impressive Blue Mosque. Cruise the Bosphorus to see the city and its surroundings from another perspective. Visit one of the many museums or stroll through the spice market and the famous Grand Bazaar. Read about Istanbul here.
*General Terms & Conditions: All fares quoted are per person, based on double occupancy, and subject to availability at time of booking. Promotional fare good only on bookings for a B4 Verandah Balcony stateroom and air from Orlando. Inquire about other options. Exclusive $100 OBC and complimentary pre-paid gratuities available only on this escorted cruise. All fares include government fees & taxes. Items of a personal nature and travel insurance is not included in your fare. Ask us about insuring your vacation. All Oceania Cruises terms and conditions apply. Other restrictions may apply.
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