Turkey And Greece: A Sailing Odyssey
- Sail the ancient seas aboard the legendary four-masted Sea Cloud.
- Experience the enchantment of Istanbul.
- Venture into some of the most important sites of the Greco-Roman era, including Delos, Didyma, and Ephesus.
At a glance
Duration: 10 Days, 8 Nights
Coverage: Istanbul Turkey to Athens Greece
Season: May - June
Activities: Culture, History, Kayaking, Photography, Zodiacs
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This expedition sails between Greece and Turkey, through the Cycladic Islands and to fascinating sites along the storied Aegean coast.
Visit the Museum of Underwater Archaeology, set in the former Castle of St. Peter that dominates the harbor town of Bodrum. Here is the world’s oldest known shipwreck, Ulu Burun. The National Geographic Society provided the means to excavate the wreck over the course of over 22,000 dives, and the vessel graced the cover of National Geographic magazine in December 1987. Our visit here is special—a journey to a time of ancient mariners, Bronze Age shipwrecks, and the medieval days of Crusader knights.
Explore incomparable Ephesus, the second-largest city of the Roman Empire, where we see the Grand Theatre and the marble-decorated ruins of the famous library believed to have held between 12,000 and 15,000 scrolls. Discover Didyma, a lesser-known archeological site in Turkey, with gargantuan columns and intact temples walls. Climb the giant stone stairs through a forest of columns, and explore the site that is the oracular and pilgrimage eastern equivalent of Delphi.
And see it all from the deck of an extraordinary tall ship, just as travelers have across time. Stand on deck when Sea Cloud sails into the caldera of Santoríni, to take in the dramatic cliffs from the sea. And sail among the Cycladic Islands, including the important archeological site of Delos. Picturesque drives, walks among ruins, and charming cliff-side towns with panoramic views await your discovery.
- Day 1 — Fly overnight to Athens, Greece
- Day 2 — Athens / Piraeus
Arrive in Athens and make your way to the Electra Palace Hotel, located in the shadow of the Acropolis. After lunch in Athens, travel to Piraeus to embark Sea Cloud and cruise into the Aegean. (L,D)
- Day 3 — At Sea / Folégandros
After a morning of sailing, anchor at the small island of Folégandros and head up to the cliff-side town, or chora. Explore the cobbled streets, and wind your way through the city walls for views of the island’s rocky shores and pristine beaches. (B,L,D)
- DAY 4 — Delos / At Sea
Tiny Delos is known as the birthplace of the twin gods Artemis, goddess of animals and the hunt, and Apollo, god of healing, reason and light. Explore this extraordinary archaeological site today. Walk down the Terrace of the Lions and encounter the marble Temple of Apollo, one of the holiest sites in ancient Greece. Enjoy the afternoon under sail through the central Cyclades, en route to Santoríni. (B,L,D)
- Day 5 — Santoríni
Make sure you’re on deck this morning as we glide into Santoríni’s volcanic caldera and see the island’s spectacular cliffs and whitewashed villages. Ashore, take a drive to the tiny village of Oía and stroll past its iconic domed churches and windmills. Then continue to Thíra and take in splendid views of the caldera. (B,L,D)
- Day 6 — At Sea
Enjoy a day while we sail from the Cycladic Islands to Turkey. Relax with a book on deck, take in the views, and attend talks by our experts. Late this afternoon, we may stop for a swim. (B,L,D)
- Day 7 — Bodrum
In the lively seaside town of Bodrum, venture into the 15th-century Castle of St. Peter, built by the Crusaders to combat the spread of the Ottoman Empire. The castle now houses the Museum of Underwater Archaeology, which was developed with the help of National Geographic–funded archeologist Dr. George Bass. This afternoon, set sail for Didyma. (B,L,D)
- Day 8 — Didyma / At Sea
In Didyma, we explore an Ionian shrine that was the site of the oracle of Apollo. Wander among the ruins of massive columns to the Temple of Apollo, and discover the site’s significance in the ancient world. In the afternoon, watch sailors climb the lines to raise the sails by hand as we set sail for Kusadasi. (B,L,D)
- Day 9 — Kusadasi / Ephesus / Izmir / Istanbul
Disembark this morning at Kusadasi and drive to Ephesus, once home to the Temple of Artemis, one of the seven wonders of the ancient world. Follow the Marble Way to the spectacular Terrace Houses, then to the dazzling façade of the Library of Celsus and the Great Theater. This afternoon, drive to Izmir where we board a flight for Istanbul. Check into the Four Seasons Sultanahmet and gather for dinner. (B,L,D)
- DAY 10 — Istanbul / U.S.
Transfer to the airport for flights home, or stay on in Istanbul for our extension. (B)
Dates & Rates
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† Photo Cruise
Sea Cloud was built in 1931 by Wall Street businessman E. F. Hutton for his wife, Marjorie Merriweather Post. There is no ship afloat that can compare for grace, fine service and the sheer joy of sailing. Sails are raised by hand by a spirited crew. She carries 30 sails measuring a total of 32,000 square feet. Although the ship is enormously elegant, she is also friendly and informal, making for a relaxed time. Dress aboard ship is also relaxed and casual. View ship details...