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Istanbul to Piraeus

Example 8 Day Cruise aboard Sea Cloud II
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Board Sea Cloud II in Istanbul, Turkey's most populous city as well as its cultural and financial hub Cruise to some of the highlights of the Sporades, Cyclades, and Peloponnese. Visit Skiathos, a pastoral paradise with its wildflower meadows, olive groves, and vineyards, surrounded by spectacular white sand beaches. Admire Venetian architecture and take a dip in the clear waters of Naxos, and explore sites of myth and legend in Nauplion, where the excavation site of Myceneae brings ancient stories to life. Conclude your journey in Piraeus, the port for Athens, and walk through this ancient city, considered the birthplace of Western civilization and an embodiment of the Olympic ideal. 
Hiking in the CycladesExplore the Athenian agoraVisit charming NaxosExplore the heart of the ancient worldStop in Piraeus, the port of AthensAdmire the ruins of a temple on Naxos
Highlights
  • Relax on the sparkling beaches of Skiathos
  • Admire a Venetian castle with stunning views in Naxos
  • Explore ruins of the legendary city of Mycenae
  • Wander ancient streets and structures in Athens
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  • Small Ship
Activity Level: Relaxed
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Day 1: Istanbul | Embark

Istanbul is Turkey's most populous city as well as its cultural and financial hub. Located on both sides of the Bosphorus, the narrow strait between the Black Sea and the Marmara Sea, Istanbul bridges Asia and Europe both physically and culturally. Istanbul's population is estimated to be between 12 and 19 million people, making it also one of the largest cities in Europe and the world.

Day 2: At Sea

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Today relax aboard the ship as you cruise to the next destination.

Day 3: Kavala, Greece

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Kavala is mentioned in most guidebooks only marginally, although it is one of the most beautiful and most livable cities in Greece. A wealth of possibilities for excursions in the surrounding area and many interesting, often little occupied beaches, archaeological sites and natural beauty makes it a fun-filled vacation address. It is not as crowded as the famous sights in Central and Southern Greece and the climate in Kavala is much milder than e.g. in Athens.

Day 4: Skiathos, Sporades

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Skiathos is just a few miles from the Greek mainland and is the smallest inhabited island in the northern Sporades. Olives and wine are grown in the mountainous interior, part of which is forested and boasts lush vegetation. Towards the coast, rich pastures and colorful wildflower meadows give way to the beach and the sea. Skiathos has the most spectacular beaches in the Sporades. Boasting a sheltered location in the south west, Koukounaries beach is considered to be the finest of the more than 50 beaches on the island with its beautiful fine white sand. The lively capital in the south-east of the island is also named Skiathos and spans two harbors divided by the Bourtzi peninsula.

Day 5: Syros, Cyclades

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Although the capital of the Cyclades is situated on the tranquil and traditional island of Syros, outside of the town this seems the most remote island of them all. Ermoupoli, one of the most beautiful island towns in Greece, was built majestically on two hills. Its architecture is exceptional and the numerous monumental neo-classical buildings give the impression of a large, elegant town. Passing over the hill, the spaciousness and vastness transform into a maze of lanes and give a medieval impression.

Day 6: Nauplion, Peloponnese

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
The old town of Nauplion has a picturesque peninsula setting and three Venetian fortresses guard the pretty town. In ancient times, the excavation site of Mycenae, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, was one of the most important towns in Greece. Its legendary king, Agamemnon, has a large role in Homer's Iliad. The palace grounds were surrounded by a cyclopean stone wall. Now you can only gain entrance through the famous Lion Gate. In Epidaurus, also protected by UNESCO, the impressive 14,000-seat theatre is one of the most important buildings in this archaeological site.

Day 7: Spetses | Cruising Cape Sounion

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Stop in Spetses, an affluent island that serves as a popular for Athenians looking for a quick getaway. Cruise around Cape Sounion as your ship makes its way toward Piraeus.  

Day 8: Piraeus | Disembark

  • 1 Breakfast
After breakfast, disembark your ship and explore Piraeus, the port of Athens. This ancient city is considered the birthplace of Europe, of philosophy and of democracy, and is the embodiment of the Olympic ideal. World-famous and a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1987, its landmark is the magnificent Parthenon temple, high on the Acropolis in all its glory. At the foot of the Acropolis hill is the Plaka, the oldest quarter of Athens, and the world's most modern archaeological museum, the new Acropolis Museum, has been here since 2009. 

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Two portholes, chair, table, TV with DVD player, mini-bar, dressing table, closet, safe, individually adjustable A/C.
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Panorama window, sofa, table, chair, desk, decorative fireplace, TV and DVD player, mini-bar, dressing table, four closets, safe, individually adjustable A/C.

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Rates Include:
  • Beautifully appointed cabin in selected category
  • Welcoming bottle of champagne in your cabin
  • All meals (six per day) from early-bird breakfast to the exquisite 4-course dinner menu with choice of main course
  • 5-course gala dinner during the cruise
  • Welcome and farewell cocktail with champagne
  • Selected wines and beers thoughtfully chosen to complement lunch and dinner
  • All soft drinks and juices throughout the cruise
  • All alcohol-free coffee and tea specialties
  • Bottled water on the excursions
  • Fresh fruit basket in your cabin, replenished daily
  • E-mails can be sent free of charge from the on-board laptop
  • English-speaking tour guide
  • Travel documents with detailed destination information
  • All port fees
Rates Exclude:
  • Shore excursions. Contact us for pricing.
  • Tips
  • Excess luggage (allowance is up to 40 kg per passenger)
  • Additional meals and beverages (so far as not expressly included)
  • Other personal expenses
  • Transfers

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