GREECE VIA THE CORINTH CANAL & TURKEY: THE MARVELS OF ANCIENT RIVALS

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Greece via the Corinth Canal & Turkey: The Marvels of Ancient Rivals

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May 29 Fri
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May 30 Sat
8:00 AM
11:00 AM
 
May 30 Sat
3:00 PM
9:00 PM
May 31 Sun
8:00 AM
3:00 PM
 
Jun 1 Mon
9:00 AM
10:00 PM
 
Jun 2 Tue
8:00 AM
6:00 PM
 
Jun 3 Wed
8:00 AM
6:00 PM
 
Jun 4 Thu
7:00 AM
11:00 PM
 
Jun 5 Fri
4:00 PM
6:00 PM
 
Jun 6 Sat
12:01 AM
8:00 AM
 
Jun 7 Sun
12:01 AM
1:00 PM
 
Jun 8 Mon
8:00 AM
1:00 PM
 
Jun 9 Tue
6:00 AM
 
FRI MAY 29
TO 5:00 PM Athens

day 1 Athens, Greece


Athens, Greece
With 3,000 years of history, you can’t turn around in Athens without encountering the past. The Acropolis, a UNESCO site, the Plaka, and the Acropolis Museum are must-sees. But leave time if you can to climb Pnyx Hill for photos of the Parthenon at sunset, to buy your own set of Greek komboloi (worry beads), and to explore the metro stations that serve as mini-museums for the relics that are constantly being unearthed. 
SAT MAY 30
8:00 AM TO 11:00 AM Corinth Canal

day 2 Transit Corinth Canal, Greece


Transit Corinth Canal, Greece
You’ll want to be on deck today as we transit the narrow Corinth Canal with other private yachts and Greek mail steamers. It’s a shortcut reserved for petite ships like ours, and as we cruise between the narrow limestone walls we are the envy of all the ancient Romans who once portaged their ships along this very route before there was a canal.
 
Canal transit time and duration is subject to change based on traffic and canal authorities.
SAT MAY 30
3:00 PM TO 9:00 PM Delphi

day 2 Delphi, Itea, Greece


Delphi, Itea, Greece
Before there were fortune cookies there was the oracle of Delphi, dating back to 1400 B.C. The oracle gave cryptic guidance to the leaders of the day and was so highly respected that Delphi, now a UNESCO World Heritage Site, became known as the center of the world. An optional tour lets you go exploring, from the Temple of Apollo to the Delphi Archaeological Museum, which contains some of the finest works of art in Greece. 
SUN MAY 31
8:00 AM TO 3:00 PM Katakolon

day 3 Katakolon, Greece


Katakolon, Greece
Charming and scenic Katakolon is the gateway to Olympia, the original home of the Olympic Games and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. You can visit this memorable site only 30 minutes away and see the fertile Peloponnese valleys along the way, full of strawberries, tomatoes, corn and olive trees.
MON JUN 1
9:00 AM TO 10:00 PM Chania

day 4 Chania, Greece


Chania, Greece
Hints of Florence, Venice, and Istanbul are everywhere in Chania, beginning with the old Venetian harbor. Go ashore and explore the harbor from the Arabian Lighthouse to the Kioutsouk Hassan Mosque. The architecture is never boring, with Turkish domes interspersed with intricate wrought iron balconies. Find the Venetian Donkey Steps at Plateia Aghiou, with their double-wide steps. Take time out in one of the picturesque tavernas for some dácos (Cretan bread) and mizithra cheese.

 

TUE JUN 2
8:00 AM TO 6:00 PM Santorini

day 5 Santorini, Greece


Santorini, Greece
As our ship approaches the spectacular cliffs rising from the deep azure sea, you’ll understand the magic of this area, where some say the ruins of Atlantis remain hidden. Visit the village of Oia and see the iconic Santorini blue domes or take a guided tour of Bronze Age excavations at the UNESCO site of Akrotiri. Toast the day with a crisp, cold glass of local Assyrtiko wine.
WED JUN 3
8:00 AM TO 6:00 PM Mykonos

day 6 Mykonos, Greece


Mykonos, Greece
Wake this morning to the postcard-like scene of Mykonos, the classic Greek isle dotted with hundreds of whitewashed churches and thatch-roofed windmills, in a harbor bobbing with fishing boats and luxurious private yachts. An optional  tour including a scenic ferry ride takes you back to the 6th   century B.C. to the tiny island of Delos, a UNESCO site and the mythical birthplace of Apollo.
THU JUN 4
7:00 AM TO 11:00 PM Kusadasi

day 7 Kusadasi, Turkey


Kusadasi, Turkey
Few places offer such a rich combination of history and scenic beauty. In Ephesus, one of the greatest outdoor museums in the world, you’ll explore legendary sites steeped in history. Also visit the houses of Bulbul Mountain, where the roof of one forms the terrace of the next. This evening we present our Destination Discovery Event -- dinner in the moonlight and a concert at Celsus Library in Ephesus. 


FRI JUN 5
4:00 PM TO 6:00 PM Scenic Cruising Dardanelles

day 8 Scenic Cruising Dardanelles


Scenic Cruising Dardanelles
The Dardanelles, also known as Hellespont (Sea of Helle) is a natural strait and a significant waterway that  is 38 miles (61 km) long, almost 4 miles wide, and 180 feet deep. It forms part of the boundary between Europe and Asia, and connects the Sea of Marmara with both the Aegean and Mediterranean Seas while being a passageway to the Black Sea.
SAT JUN 6
12:01 AM TO 8:00 AM Istanbul

day 9 Istanbul, Turkey


Istanbul, Turkey
Ah, Constantinople, Queen of Cities and the Door to Happiness. Istanbul is the only city in the world built on two continents—Europe and Asia—and its appeal is truly universal. The Romans, Byzantines, and Ottomans all ruled their empires from here, leaving behind some of their finest monuments and a fascinating blend of cultures. Visit the harem at Topkapi Palace, where the clatter of silver soles once warned concubines of the approaching sultan. Admire the Iznik tiles and stained glass windows of the Blue Mosque, and the mystical light bathing the nave of Hagia Sofia. Shop the Grand Bazaar for a coffee cezve, magic lamp, embroidered slippers, or hand-woven kilim. Temper a tiny cup of potent Turkish coffee with bites of sweet lokum (Turkish delight). 
SUN JUN 7
12:01 AM TO 1:00 PM Istanbul

day 10 Istanbul, Turkey


Istanbul, Turkey
Ah, Constantinople, Queen of Cities and the Door to Happiness. Istanbul is the only city in the world built on two continents—Europe and Asia—and its appeal is truly universal. The Romans, Byzantines, and Ottomans all ruled their empires from here, leaving behind some of their finest monuments and a fascinating blend of cultures. Visit the harem at Topkapi Palace, where the clatter of silver soles once warned concubines of the approaching sultan. Admire the Iznik tiles and stained glass windows of the Blue Mosque, and the mystical light bathing the nave of Hagia Sofia. Shop the Grand Bazaar for a coffee cezve, magic lamp, embroidered slippers, or hand-woven kilim. Temper a tiny cup of potent Turkish coffee with bites of sweet lokum (Turkish delight). 
MON JUN 8
8:00 AM TO 1:00 PM Myrina

day 11 Myrina, Lemnos, Greece


Myrina, Lemnos, Greece
Lemnos is a delightful, off the beaten path island with wild mountainous geology and large, uncrowded, sandy beaches all along the coastline. Windsurfing is becoming increasingly popular here. Sites to see here include the Medieval Castle of Myrina, Ancient Poliochni, Ancient Kavirio and the legendary cave of Philocetes.
TUE JUN 9
6:00 AM TO Athens

day 12 Athens, Greece


Athens, Greece
With 3,000 years of history, you can’t turn around in Athens without encountering the past. The Acropolis, a UNESCO site, the Plaka, and the Acropolis Museum are must-sees. But leave time if you can to climb Pnyx Hill for photos of the Parthenon at sunset, to buy your own set of Greek komboloi (worry beads), and to explore the metro stations that serve as mini-museums for the relics that are constantly being unearthed. 

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