Board the MS La Belle de L'Adriatique in Larnaca. Settle in to your cabin and enjoy a welcome cocktail, meet the crew, and familiarize yourself with the ship. Dinner is served on board as the ship moors for the night.
Enjoy a breakfast buffet on board as the ship cruises towards Turkey, then set off on an optional excursion to Khirokitia and Lefkara. Begin with Khirokitia, an archaeological site dating from the Neolithic age, which was occupied from the 7th until the 4th millennium BC. Then continue to the village of Lefkara, famous for its silver handicrafts and lace, known as 'lefkaritika.' According to tradition, Leonardo da Vinci was said to have purchased a lace cloth for the main altar of Milan Cathedral. Take some free time to stroll along the village alleyways to discover the local arts and crafts. Return to the ship for lunch, then spend the remainder of the day cruising.
Breakfast is served as the ship continues to cruise the Mediterranean, giving you the chance to relax on deck or join in on on-board activities. Also enjoy lunch before disembarking for an optional excursion to visit Perge and Aspendos. Perge has seen two golden ages, the first during the Hellenistic era and the second under the Romans, and it is truly one of the most beautiful ancient cities in the Antalya region. Visit the ruins of the Agora and its stadium before continuing on to Aspendos, considered to be one of the best preserved Roman amphitheatres of ancient times. Built during the 2nd century AD, it is still used as a venue today for concerts, operas, ballets and other shows. Return to the ship and sail towards Rhodes.
As you cruise through the morning, enjoy breakfast and lunch on board. Arrive in Rhodes in the early afternoon and take an optional excursion to this ancient, medieval town. Set off from the port and head for Mount Smith, from where you can revel in a magnificent panoramic view of Rhodes Town and the surrounding countryside. Reach the highest point of the medieval town, the Palace of the Grand Master of the Knights of Rhodes, an imposing fortress with luxuriously decorated interiors and a courtyard adorned with Roman statues. The museum has several wonderful mosaics, also from Roman times. Afterwards, continue along the narrow and straight Avenue of the Knights, which has cobblestones typical of the area. The avenue is lined with prestigious inns where the Knights of the Order of Rhodes used to stay according to their language and country of origin. Today, the street still has a certain air of nobility and inaccessibility about it. Admire the rich Gothic-style decorations, arched windows, terraced roofs and smooth flat honey-colored facades of the buildings before returning to the ship.
Spend the morning cruising the Mediterranean and arrive in Kusadasi in the early afternoon. Set off by coach for an optional excursion to Ephesus. On the road leading to this ancient site, view the ruins of Artemis Temple, one of the seven wonders of the ancient world. Journey through these magnificent ruins watching for Hadrian's Temple, Celsus Library and the Great Theatre. Follow in the footsteps of Cleopatra and Mark Anthony as you walk along the Arcadian Way. The discovery tour of the site ends with a stop at the ruins of the Basilica of St John, which was built in the 2nd century AD. The frescos, mosaics and pillars are testament to its glorious past. In the evening, enjoy a Gala as the ship sets sail for Athens.
Sail for Athens and relax on the sun deck through the morning. Arrive in Athens in the early afternoon and set off on the optional excursion 'Athens and the Acropolis.' Discover the site of the Acropolis, the Temple of Athena Nike, and the Erechtheion, which is complete with its graceful Caryatids in place of columns. The imposing Parthenon, dedicated to the goddess Athena, is the perfect backdrop, allowing you to imagine how things looked back in Ancient Greek times. A panoramic tour by coach of the modern town of Athens will give you a brief glimpse of life today in the Greek capital before returning on board at the end of the afternoon. Enjoy dinner on board, followed by a Folklore Evening in the lounge/bar. Remain in port overnight.
Breakfast is served on board, then disembark around 9 AM for your independent onward journeys.