Turkey & Greece Sailing Odyssey Cruise

Adventure Life
Donkeys are a traditional form of transportation in Greece
Adventure Life
Interior image of the Blue Mosque.
David Vargas
Walking through the unique architecture of Greece.
Sven-Olof Lindblad
A church on the hill in Santorini.
Sven-Olof Lindblad
Visit the Street of Lions in Delos.
David Vargas
Relax on the sun deck of the Sea Cloud.
David Vargas
Sea Cloud's delightful staff.

Day 1

    Istanbul, Turkey / Embark

    Arrive in Istanbul and check in to your extraordinary hotel, the Four Seasons at Sultanahmet, located in the heart of the historic district. After lunch take a brief driving tour that includes a visit to the Blue Mosque and Topkapi Palace or Hagia Sophia. This afternoon you may rest or explore on your own, and then gather for dinner. (D)

    Day 2

      Istanbul / Ephesus / Embark

      Today board your flight to Izmir and drive to Ephesus, an ancient Greco-Roman city that was for many years the second largest city of the Empire, ranking only behind Rome. Ephesus was famed for one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World, the Temple of Artemis (Diana), who had her chief shrine there; for the Library of Celsus; and for its theater, which was capable of holding 25,000 spectators. Explore the Great Theater and the ruins of the Library. After lunch, drive the short distance to the port of Kusadasi and embark Sea Cloud. (B,L,D)

      Day 3

        At Sea / Didyma

        On deck, watch as nimble sailors climb the lines to raise Sea Cloud’s sails by hand. Under full sail head for Didyma. Once a shrine of ancient Greece, Didyma was established preceding literacy, and even before the Hellenic colonization of Ionia. Next to Delphi, this site was home to the most renowned oracle of the Hellenic world. Here visit the Temple of Apollo and learn the site’s meaning in the ancient world. Late this afternoon return to Sea Cloud. (B,L,D)

        Day 4


          Bodrum enjoys a picturesque setting on the Aegean. On a small promontory lies the Castle of St. Peter, built in the 15th century by Crusader knights and later captured by Suleiman the Magnificent. It houses the fabulous Museum of Underwater Archaeology, where you’ll have a special visit, seeing many items excavated from shipwrecks of the Bronze Age and subsequent eras, including artifacts from all over the Mediterranean. (B,L,D)

          Day 5

            Sailing the Aegean

            Today set the sails and leave them up all day long, sailing among the Cycladic islands, watching the crew up in the rigging, trimming the sails. Hear presentations from the Historians and Naturalist, catch-up on reading and experience the 5-star service and cuisine for which the Sea Cloud is famous. And you might even go for a swim or make an impromptu stop in the late afternoon. (B,L,D)

            Day 6

              Santorini, Greece

              Incomparable Santorini is an island archipelago that was once a single volcanic cone. It erupted in the second millennium BC and buried what some say might have been the legendary island of Atlantis. Stand on deck as your ship sails into the caldera (the center of the old volcano) and observe the cliffs from the sea. On shore, drive through windswept vineyards characteristic of Santorini, and along the rimmed town of Oia before visiting the main town of Thira. Perched high on the volcanic cliff, Thira affords unrivaled views of the caldera below. Santorini is, quite simply, one of the most spectacular islands on earth. (B,L,D)

              Day 7

                At Sea / Folegandros

                At Folegandros head up to the stunning, cliffside town of Hora. With quiet lanes, cafes and great vistas, Folegandros is quintessentially “undiscovered.” This afternoon the crew climb the rigging and set sail as your ship charts a course for Delos. (B,L,D)

                Day 8

                  Delos / At Sea

                  Tiny Delos is where the twin gods Artemis, goddess of animals and the hunt, and Apollo, god of healing, reason and light, were said to have been born. Today Delos is a magnificent archaeological site, where you will explore, among other places, the Street of the Lions and the marble Temple of Apollo. On your final afternoon relax, unwind and set sail one last time, bound for Piraeus. (B,L,D)

                  Day 9

                    Piraeus / Disembark

                    Disembark Sea Cloud this morning for transfers to Athens airport for your return flights home. (B)

                    Costs Include:
                    All accommodations aboard ships or in hotels per itinerary or similar, all meals and nonalcoholic beverages aboard ship, meals on land as indicated, air transportation where indicated as included, shore excursions, sightseeing and entrance fees, special access permits, transfers to and from group flights, use of snorkeling equipment and wet suits, use of kayaks (where available), gratuities (except to ship’s crew), taxes and service charges, services of a ship physician on most voyages, and services of expedition staff.

                    Not Included:
                    Air transportation (except where shown as included), extensions, passport, visa, immigration fees, scuba diving (where available), meals not indicated, baggage/accident/travel protection plan, items of a personal nature, such as alcoholic beverages, e-mail, and laundry. Gratuities to ship's crew at your discretion.