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Aegean Gems & Ephesus

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Seabourn Encore's 11-day Aegean Sea and Ephesus trip takes you to the lovely Greek and Turkish islands. Your voyage begins in Piraeus, Athens' port since 482 BC. The harbor is packed with ferries and cruise ships bound for the Greek Islands and other Mediterranean destinations. Skiathos is home to the famed beaches of Kokounaries, Banana, and Lalaria. Next, visit the beautiful Blue Mosque in Istanbul. Discover Ephesus, the gateway to significant religious and archaeological sites.
Stop in Piraeus, the port of AthensHagia Sophia in IstanbulIstanbul, TurkeyThe famous windmills of MykonosMykonos at DuskSunset over Athens' port
Highlights
  • Relax on the beaches of Kokounaries, Banana, and Lalaria in the Aegean Sea
  • Discover Kavala, Greece's Tobacco Mecca
  • Marvel at Istanbul's Blue Mosque with its striking Iznik tiles
  • Enjoy Kusadasi's turquoise sparkling waters, broad sandy beaches, and large marina
Activity Level: Relaxed
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Day 1: Piraeus (Athens), Greece |Embark

Piraeus has been the port for Athens since 482 BC. The busy harbor is filled with ferries and cruise ships making their way to the Greek Islands and other Mediterranean cities. The busy metropolis of Athens and its treasure trove of antiquities lie just a few miles from the port. Even as the reality of the modern city took hold, with its high-rise apartments, crowded sidewalks and bustling traffic, the beauty of the Acropolis, the outstanding museums, charming cafés, sidewalk markets and startling views come together in a cultural mosaic for all to enjoy.

Day 2: Skiathos, Greece

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
This small island is the westernmost of the Northern Sporades group in the Aegean Sea. It is best known for its beaches, of which the island boasts 60 beaches along its 44 km coastline. These include the nearly legendary Kokounaries beach, Banana beach and Lalaria beach with its picturesque rock arch, which is accessible only by small boats. Skiathos town curves around a pretty harbor and has a lively nightlife during the tourist season. The campanile of the Panaghia Limnia church, built in 1837, rises above pine trees on a hill atop the town. A few miles away through the island’s handsome pine forests is the Evangelistria Monastery, only entered through an imposing stone gateway.

Day 3: Kavala (Neapolis), Greece

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  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
A major seaport for the Macedonia region of northern Greece, Kavala captivates visitors with more than 2,500 years of history. Known as Neapolis during antiquity, the port’s enviable position along the Via Egnatia — an ancient trade route that linked Europe and Asia — made it a cultural crossroads for East and West. Byzantine and Ottoman influences abound, from Kavala’s medieval fortress and Halil Bey Mosque to its dramatic, 16th-century aqueduct that divides the old town from the larger city. The Imaret, constructed in 1817, served as an Islamic seminary for more than 100 years; the exquisite complex is now a luxury hotel. Kavala was a hub for the tobacco industry during the mid-1800s; the interactive Tobacco Museum offers excellent insight into this “Mecca of Tobacco,” while Kapnergatis Square and Kyprou Street are lined with grand neoclassical buildings and mansion of former tobacco merchants. Just to the north lies the UNESCO World Heritage site of Philippi, one of the world’s most important Greco-Roman cities and a center of Christianity after Apostle Paul visited in 49 AD.

Day 4-5: Istanbul, Turkey

  • Ship
  • 2 Breakfasts, 2 Lunches, 2 Dinners
Spanning Europe and Asia, exotic Istanbul is one of the world's most fascinating cities. Domes and minarets enhance the skyline. In the old Stamboul area, traces remain of every city built since the community was established over 600 years before Christ. Once Rome's eastern capital, Istanbul was also the center of the huge Ottoman Empire. Landmarks include Hagia Sophia, once Christendom's greatest church; the Blue Mosque with its striking Iznik tiles; Topkapi Palace, containing a sultan's ransom of treasures; Chora Church with its Byzantine mosaics; and the Grand Bazaar, the ultimate shopping experience.

Day 6: Days At Sea

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Enjoy the onboard amenities and services. 

Day 7: Izmir, Turkey

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  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
The magnificent Aegean coast features no shortage of appealing ports of call, and Izmir is a fine example thereof. The birthplace of Homer has grown into a thriving metropolis, filled with fine hotels along its sweeping bay. A fine Archaeology Museum and Ethnography Museum house a multitude of treasures and exhibits, while nearby resorts provide distractions of another sort. Earthquakes and fires over the centuries have obliterated most of ancient Smyrna, as it was once known, but remnants of the 4th-century fort atop Mt. Pagos still provide excellent views of the city and Gulf of Izmir.

Day 8: Kusadasi (Ephesus), Turkey

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  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Kusadasi, which means "bird island," is set in a superb gulf known for its sparkling water, broad sandy beaches and large marina. The city has managed to retain a certain earthiness while doing a brisk trade in Turkish carpets and leather goods to visitors. The town's old quarter is a picturesque maze of winding streets and houses adorned with flowers and birdcages. In the center stands a 17th-century caravanserai, now converted into a hotel. The resort is also gateway to important sites of archaeological and religious interest.

Day 9: Mykonos, Greece

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
The quintessential Greek island of Mykonos is marked by whitewashed houses, domed churches, imposing windmills, and a labyrinth of winding streets designed to disorient pirates. Everywhere there is a dash of bright, bold blue - doors, shutters and window frames, sea and sky. The harbor bustles with colorful fishing boats, vendors selling fish and locals gathered with visitors in the casual seaside cafes. The port even comes with two beloved mascots, the pelicans Petros and Irini.

Day 10: Milos, Nisos Melos, Greece

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  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
In prehistory, Milos was a source of precious obsidian, the volcanic glass that yielded razor-sharp blades in the Neolithic age. Its volcanic origins still produce minerals which comprise a substantial portion of its revenues. Although less well-known by travelers, it shares the signature attractions of its Cycladic neighbors Santorini and Mykonos. If they do know anything about Milos, it’s that the famous marble statue of Aphrodite known as the Venus de Milo was discovered here.  Beaches and white-washed villages, combined with a dramatically carved coastline, make Milos a good choice. Plaka, the de facto capital, is on a hilltop some distance from the port of Adamas. Its Archaeological Museum has artifacts from the Neolithic to the Byzantine periods. There are mineral springs on the island which have been recommended by physicians since the time of Herodotus.

Day 11: Piraeus (Athens), Greece | Disembark

  • 1 Breakfast
Piraeus has been the port for Athens since 482 BC. The busy harbor is filled with ferries and cruise ships making their way to the Greek Islands and other Mediterranean cities. The busy metropolis of Athens and its treasure trove of antiquities lie just a few miles from the port. Even as the reality of the modern city took hold, with its high-rise apartments, crowded sidewalks and bustling traffic, the beauty of the Acropolis, the outstanding museums, charming cafés, sidewalk markets and startling views come together in a cultural mosaic for all to enjoy.

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Seabourn Encore

The poolside view of the Encore.
The gym at the Encore.
A view of the magnificent Encore bar.

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Veranda Suite room at the Encore.The bathroom of the Veranda Suite.
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Veranda Suite (OB)
Veranda Suite (OB) Total inside space of between 246 and 302 square feet (23 and 28 square meters) plus one veranda of between 68 and 83 square feet (6 and 7 square meters) All Veranda Suites feature A full-length window Glass door to private veranda Comfortable living area Queen-size bed or two twin beds Dining table for two Walk-in closet Interactive flat-screen television with music and movies Fully stocked bar and refrigerator Makeup vanity Spacious bathroom with separate tub and shower *Wheelchair accessible suites are roll-in shower only.
Veranda Suite room at the Encore.The bathroom of the Veranda Suite.
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Veranda Suite(V1)
Veranda Suite (V1) Located on Decks 7 and 9; total inside space of between 246 and 302 square feet (23 and 28 square meters) plus one veranda of between 68 and 83 square feet (6 and 7 square meters) All Veranda Suites feature A full-length window Glass door to private veranda Comfortable living area Queen-size bed or two twin beds Dining table for two Walk-in closet Interactive flat-screen television with music and movies Fully stocked bar and refrigerator Makeup vanity Spacious bathroom with separate tub and shower
Veranda Suite room at the Encore.The bathroom of the Veranda Suite.
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Veranda Suite(V2)
Veranda Suite (V3) Located on Decks 6, 7 and 11; total inside space of between 246 and 302 square feet (23 and 28 square meters) plus one veranda of between 68 and 83 square feet (6 and 7 square meters) All Veranda Suites feature A full-length window Glass door to private veranda Comfortable living area Queen-size bed or two twin beds Dining table for two Walk-in closet Interactive flat-screen television with music and movies Fully stocked bar and refrigerator Makeup vanity Spacious bathroom with separate tub and shower *Wheelchair accessible suites are roll-in shower only.
Veranda Suite room at the Encore.The bathroom of the Veranda Suite.
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Veranda Suite (V3)
Veranda Suite (V3) Located on Decks 6, 7 and 11; total inside space of between 246 and 302 square feet (23 and 28 square meters) plus one veranda of between 68 and 83 square feet (6 and 7 square meters) All Veranda Suites feature A full-length window Glass door to private veranda Comfortable living area Queen-size bed or two twin beds Dining table for two Walk-in closet Interactive flat-screen television with music and movies Fully stocked bar and refrigerator Makeup vanity Spacious bathroom with separate tub and shower *Wheelchair accessible suites are roll-in shower only.
Veranda Suite room at the Encore.The bathroom of the Veranda Suite.
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Veranda Suite (V4)
Veranda Suite (V4) Located on Decks 8 and 9; total inside space of between 246 and 302 square feet (23 and 28 square meters) plus one veranda of between 68 and 83 square feet (6 and 7 square meters) All Veranda Suites feature A full-length window Glass door to private veranda Comfortable living area Queen-size bed or two twin beds Dining table for two Walk-in closet Interactive flat-screen television with music and movies Fully stocked bar and refrigerator Makeup vanity Spacious bathroom with separate tub and shower
Veranda Suite room at the Encore.The bathroom of the Veranda Suite.
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Veranda Suite(V5)
Veranda Suite (V5) Located on Decks 6 and 7; total inside space of between 246 and 302 square feet (23 and 28 square meters) plus one veranda of between 68 and 83 square feet (6 and 7 square meters) All Veranda Suites feature A full-length window Glass door to private veranda Comfortable living area Queen-size bed or two twin beds Dining table for two Walk-in closet Interactive flat-screen television with music and movies Fully stocked bar and refrigerator Makeup vanity Spacious bathroom with separate tub and shower *Wheelchair accessible suites are roll-in shower only.
Veranda Suite room at the Encore.The bathroom of the Veranda Suite.
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Veranda Suite(V6)
Penthouse Suite Located on Deck 10 and 11; total inside space of between 449 and 450 square feet (42 square meters) plus one veranda of between 93 and 103 square feet (9 and 10 square meters) All Penthouse Suites feature: Dining table for two to four Separate bedroom Glass door to veranda Two flat-screen TVs Fully stocked bar Spacious bathroom with tub, shower and large vanity
The Penthouse Suite room at the Encore.The Penthouse Suite at the Encore.The bathroom at the Penthouse Suite.Room layout of the Penthouse Suite.
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Penthouse Suite
Penthouse Suite Located on Deck 10 and 11; total inside space of between 449 and 450 square feet (42 square meters) plus one veranda of between 93 and 103 square feet (9 and 10 square meters) All Penthouse Suites feature: Dining table for two to four Separate bedroom Glass door to veranda Two flat-screen TVs Fully stocked bar Spacious bathroom with tub, shower and large vanity
The Penthouse Spa Suite at the Encore.The Penthouse Spa Suite.The room layout of the Penthouse Spa Suite.
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Penthouse Spa Suite
Signature Suite Located on Deck 8; forward suites 800 and 801 inside space of approximately 977 square feet of inside space (90 square meters), plus one veranda of 960 square feet (89 square meters). Signature Suites feature Expansive ocean views Forward-facing windows Dining for four to six Bathroom with whirlpool bathtub Guest bath Pantry with wet bar Two flat-screen TVs Complimentary Internet/Wi-Fi service
The Owner's Suite at the Encore.The room layout of the Owner's Suite at the Encore.
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Owner's Suite
Signature Suite Located on Deck 8; forward suites 800 and 801 inside space of approximately 977 square feet of inside space (90 square meters), plus one veranda of 960 square feet (89 square meters). Signature Suites feature Expansive ocean views Forward-facing windows Dining for four to six Bathroom with whirlpool bathtub Guest bath Pantry with wet bar Two flat-screen TVs Complimentary Internet/Wi-Fi service
The room layout of the Signature Suite.
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Signature Suite
Signature Suite Located on Deck 8; forward suites 800 and 801 inside space of approximately 977 square feet of inside space (90 square meters), plus one veranda of 960 square feet (89 square meters). Signature Suites feature Expansive ocean views Forward-facing windows Dining for four to six Bathroom with whirlpool bathtub Guest bath Pantry with wet bar Two flat-screen TVs Complimentary Internet/Wi-Fi service
The Wintergarden Suite.The bedroom at the Wintergarden Suite.Awesome view at the Wintergarden Suite.Room layout of the WIntergarden Suite.
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Wintergarden Suite
Located on Deck 8; Combine mid-ship suites 849 and 851 for suite 8491 or suites 846 and 848 for suite 8468 for a total inside space of 1,292 square feet (120 square meters) plus two verandas totaling 244 square feet (23 square meters) Grand Wintergarden Suites feature Large windows Dining for six Glass-enclosed solarium with tub and day bed Two bedrooms Two bathrooms (one whirlpool) Convertible sofa bed for one Pantry with wet bar Two flat-screen TVs Complimentary Internet/Wi-Fi service
The Grand Wintergarden Suite.The bedroom at the Grand Wintergarden Suite.The room layout of the Grand Wintergarden Suite.An awesome view of the beach at the  Grand Wintergarden Suite.
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Grand Wintergarden Suite
Located on Deck 8; Combine mid-ship suites 849 and 851 for suite 8491 or suites 846 and 848 for suite 8468 for a total inside space of 1,292 square feet (120 square meters) plus two verandas totaling 244 square feet (23 square meters) Grand Wintergarden Suites feature Large windows Dining for six Glass-enclosed solarium with tub and day bed Two bedrooms Two bathrooms (one whirlpool) Convertible sofa bed for one Pantry with wet bar Two flat-screen TVs Complimentary Internet/Wi-Fi service
Included
  • 10 Breakfasts, 9 Lunches, 10 Dinners
  • 10 Nights Accommodations
  • Accommodations as listed
  • Ground transportation as listed
  • Activities as listed
  • Meals as listed
  • Unlimited Free Wifi
  • Complimentary fine wines at lunch and dinner, and open bars throughout the ship
  • Complimentary marina and water sports equipment including a wide variety of aquatic toys (water skis, wakeboards, kayaks, jet skis, snorkeling equipment) based on destination's local rules and regulations and the discretion of the Captain due to weather and sea conditions
  • In-suite bar and refrigerator stocked with your preferences
  • All dining venues are complimentary
  • Personal Suite Host and Suite Attendant 
Excluded
  • Gratuities
  • Travel Insurance
  • Personal Expenses
  • Flight costs (please request a quote)
  • Fuel and transportation surcharges (when applicable)
  • Excursions

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