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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 marvelous destinations in the Mediterranean. Visit 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 Mycenae 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 beaches of the Mediterranean
  • 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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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: Patmos | Dodecanese

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Patmos, an Aegean island in the north of Greece’s Dodecanese island group, is a significant Christian pilgrimage site. Its Cave of the Apocalypse is where John of Patmos (St. John the Theologian) is said to have written the Book of Revelations. A fortresslike, 11th-century monastery dedicated to the saint overlooks the whitewashed houses of the hilltop capital, Hora (also known as Chora)

Day 4: Amorgos | Cyclades

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Amorgos is the easternmost island of the Cyclades island group and the nearest island to the neighboring Dodecanese island group in Greece

Day 5: Milos | Cyclades

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Milos or Melos is a volcanic Greek island in the Aegean Sea, just north of the Sea of Crete. Milos is the southwesternmost island in the Cyclades group. The Venus de Milo and the Asclepius of Milos were both found on the island, as were a Poseidon and an archaic Apollo now in Athens.

Day 6: Monemvasia/Peloponnese

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Monemvasia is a town and a municipality in Laconia, Greece. The town is located on a small island off the east coast of the Peloponnese. The island is linked to the mainland by a short causeway 200m in length

Day 7: Hydra/Saronic Islands

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Hydra, or Ydra or Idra, is one of the Saronic Islands of Greece, located in the Aegean Sea between the Myrtoan Sea and the Argolic Gulf. It is separated from the Peloponnese by a narrow strip of water. In ancient times, the island was known as Hydrea, a reference to the natural springs on the island.

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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Sea Cloud II

Lounge area on the Sea Cloud II

Dates & Prices

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Category F cabin
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Category F
Two portholes, chair, table, TV with DVD player, mini-bar, dressing table, closet, safe, individually adjustable A/C.
Category E cabins
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Category E
Two portholes, sofa, table, TV with DVD player, mini-bar, dressing table, closet, safe, individually adjustable A/C.
Category D cabins
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Category D
Two portholes, two chairs, table, TV with DVD player, mini-bar, dressing table, closet, safe, individually adjustable A/C.
Category C cabins
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Category C
Panorama windows, two chairs, table, TV with DVD player, mini-bar, dressing table, closet, safe, individually adjustable A/C.
Category B cabins
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Category B
Panorama window, sofa, table, chair, decorative fireplace, console with TV/DVD and mini-bar, dressing table, walk-in closet, safe, individually adjustable A/C.
Category A cabins
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Category A
Panorama window, sofa, table, chair, desk, decorative fireplace, TV and DVD player, mini-bar, dressing table, four closets, safe, individually adjustable A/C.

Notes

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
Included
  • 7 Breakfasts, 6 Lunches, 7 Dinners
  • 7 Nights Accommodations
  • Accommodations as listed
  • Ground transportation as listed
  • Excursions and activities as listed
  • Meals as listed
  • Port Fees
  • Complimentary fresh fruit available daily
  • Welcome bottle of champagne in cabins, welcome and farewell cocktail with champagne, selected wines and beers with lunch and dinner, bottled water on excursions and all soft drinks, juices, coffee and tea throughout the cruise. 
  • Use of water sports facilities such as snorkeling equipment (weather permitting).
Excluded
  • Gratuities
  • Travel Insurance
  • Personal Expenses
  • Flight costs (please request a quote)
  • Additional excursions during free time
  • Fuel and transportation surcharges (when applicable)
  • Shore excursions. Contact us for pricing.
  • Excess luggage. Allowance is up to 40 kg per passenger.

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The trip was terrific with great planning on your part. Most of the adventures were not mainstream and somewhat off the beaten path which made it especially enjoyable!! We felt taken care of and you all were readily available to respond to questions and issues. I would highly recommend your company and friends have already expressed interest based on our pictures and excitement.
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