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Constantinople... The Empire of the World

Constantinople… The Empire of the World

Cruise Highlights:

  • Experience the spiritual beauty of sacred Delos
  • Cruise through the Greek Islands
  • The Hagia Sophia: a Byzantine masterpiece

At a glance

Duration: 16 Days, 15 Nights

Coverage: Athens, Greece to Istanbul, Turkey

From: $5,495

Season: April

Activities: Culture, History

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Voyages to Antiquity

Istanbul stands guard at the entrance to the Black Sea and it is here that our cruise ends with two nights in one of the city's top hotels and the opportunity to explore the outstanding Byzantine and Ottoman buildings, as well as the glorious mosaics in the Byzantine 6th-century cathedral of Hagia Sophia, the Topkapi Palace and the beautiful Blue Mosque.

Your starting point, though, is no less impressive: you will have plenty of time to explore and appreciate the ancient sites of Athens before boarding Aegean Odyssey. It is then on to the beautiful Greek islands of sacred Delos, hedonistic Mykonos, stunning Santorini and crusader Rhodes. A call at the Cretan port of Rethimnon allows for a trip to the ruins of the Minoan palace of Knossos. As we sail along the coast of Turkey to Istanbul, you will also visit the remains of Troy, stunning Pergamon, the classical city of Ephesus and the ruins of Patara.

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Day-to-Day Itinerary

Day 1 - Departure

Depart North America

Day 2 - Athens, Greece

Arrival & transfer to hotel.

Day 3 - Athens, Greece

Included tour of the Acropolis & Acropolis Museum.

Day 4 - Athens, Greece

Free morning to explore. Transfer to the Aegean Odyssey in Piraeus

Day 5 - Delos & Mykonos, Greece

Morning visit to the sacred island of Delos. Afternoon at leisure in Mykonos.

Day 6 - Santorini, Greece

Full day tour: morning visit to AKROTIRI, afternoon at Fira town

Day 7 - Rethimnon, Crete, Greece

Tour of the Minoan Palace of Knossos. Free afternoon to explore the Venetian & Ottoman architecture of Rethimnon.

Day 8 - Kos, Greece

Visit the famous archaeological site of ASKLEPEION.

Day 9 - Rhodes, Greece

Morning tour to the Acropolis in LINDOS. Afternoon tour to the Old Town of RHODES, including Citadel of the Knights of St John.

Day 10 - Fethiye, Turkey

Visit to the ruins of the ancient city of PATARA.

Day 11 - Izmir, Turkey

Sightseeing tour: EPHESUS, the ancient Roman capital.

Day 12 - Izmir, Turkey

PERGAMON, including the remains of the altar of Zeus

Day 13 - Canakkale, Turkey

A visit to ancient TROY or Gallipoli

Day 14 - Istanbul, Turkey

Disembark Aegean Odyssey and transfer to hotel. City sightseeing AM including HAGIA SOPHIA & Topkapi Palace. Afternoon visit to BLUE MOSQUE & Grand Bazaar.

Day 15 - Istanbul, Turkey

A day at leisure & optional tour to Archaeological Museum & Cisterns.

Day 16 - Istanbul, Turkey

Transfer to Istanbul Airport for a flight home.

Dates & Rates

Dates Ships M L K J I* H G F E D C B A
Apr 17, 2015 Aegean Odyssey $5,495 $5,750 $5,995 $6,325 $6,595 $6,895 $7,195 $7,550 $7,795 $8,495 $8,850 $9,595 $10,295
Aug 23, 2015 Aegean Odyssey $5,995 $6,295 $6,550 $6,895 $7,150 $7,450 $7,750 $8,150 $8,395 $9,125 $9,450 $10,250 $10,950

Fares above are shown in US dollars. All prices and availability be will confirmed at time of enquiry. The single supplement offers (20% addtl to standard price) only apply to single cabin categories. Special Offers are strictly capacity controlled, subject to availability, may be withdrawn at any time and are not always combinable.


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Aegean Odyssey

Aegean Odyssey Classically elegant, but far from stuffy and formal, premium class MV Aegean Odyssey offers passengers every comfort at sea, with a relaxed, congenial atmosphere and the highest calibre of personal service. Carrying an average of 350 passengers, Aegean Odyssey’s ideal size is perfectly suited for coastal cruising to the small inlets of the Mediterranean that larger ships cannot reach.

Aegean Odyssey features generously-sized suites and staterooms, including a special level of accommodation entitled 'Balcony Class' in categories A through D, which offers spacious staterooms with charming balconies and additional amenities including priority sightseeing boarding. With tastefully understated interiors, Aegean Odyssey combines the best of traditional elegance with all the modern conveniences of a first-class ship.