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Turkish shores and Greek Archipelagos of the Aegean

Istanbul - Istanbul - Example 11 Day Cruise aboard Le Bougainville
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Explore the Turkish and Greek coasts of the Aegean Sea on an 11-day cruise aboard Le Bougainville. Your journey starts on the Esme peninsula. The majestic Ottoman citadel dominates the azure sea, and the small multicultural city is shown by the charming alleyways of Alaçati and the gorgeous beaches. Visit the village of Kusadasi, near Ephesus, on your tour of the Turkish coastline. This 5,000-year-old fishing town is now one of Turkey's most popular seaside resorts. Travelers can enjoy historical tours of Halicarnassus, the famed Castle of St. Peter, and a relaxing stay on its magnificent beaches. Head to the Dodecanese islands, a crossroads of the East and West. Symi has lovely neoclassical houses surrounded by vineyards, olive trees, and cypresses. Then set sail for Patmos, the "Jerusalem of the Aegean". The Cyclades archipelago in the Aegean Sea welcomes you to explore Milos and Paros. Visit Hydra, a Greek island noted for its magnificent light and pedestrian-only streets. You arrive at Istanbul, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Hagia Sophia in IstanbulRugs of TurkeyWhite buildings on the Island Of ParosWander through colorful seaside townsPanoramic views of Hydra's harborExplore ancient monasteries in GreeceDiscover beautiful Symi islandHistorical Shipyard in Turkey
Highlights
  • Sail through coasts of Çesme, Kusadasi, and Patmos
  • Discover Çesme, a small multicultural city
  • Visit Bodrum, an ancient Greek city of Halicarnassus
  • Explore the UNESCO sites in Istanbul
Activity Level: Relaxed
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Day 1: Istanbul, Turkey | Embark

Embark on the Le Bougainville at the port of Istanbul.

Located on the Bosphorus, Istanbul is one of the most beautiful of all Turkish cities. Named Byzantium when founded by the Greeks, and then Constantinople under the Roman Empire, this city is steeped in history and, for this reason, is a listed UNESCO World Heritage site. Located on Sultanahmet hill, the great Blue Mosque, the mysterious Hagia Sophia, and the vast Topkapi palace and its countless mosaics, dominate the Marmara Sea. In the Beyazit district, the Grand Bazaar allows the discovery of elegant covered passages. A little further away, the delicate aroma of loukoum and spices will draw the visitors’ attention to the Egyptian Bazaar.

Day 2: Çesme, Turkey

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  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Located on a peninsula in western Anatolia, Çesme is a popular seaside resort on the Aegean Sea. It owes its name, meaning fountain in Turkish, to the natural hot springs dotted around the city. Cesme’s cool summertime weather makes it the favorite holiday spot of Izmir locals. Built-in 1508, the imposing Ottoman castle overlooking the port is home to the archaeology museum and will delight fans of history. Nearby, the former Ottoman caravanserai is now the site of a grand hotel. Traditional windmills and stone houses lined with narrow streets form the picturesque decor of the nearby village of Alacati, confirming the region’s Greek heritage, and inviting visitors to enjoy the pleasant atmosphere at an outdoor café.

Day 3: Kusadasi, Turkey

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
The attractive seaside resort of Kusadasi is located in a gulf on the western coast of Turkey. You can bathe there in clear waters or stroll along the coastal walk, in the shade of palms. In the historical district, you can take a mosey down the narrow streets and explore the colorful shops in the bazaar. Close by, the Ephesus archaeological site on the hillsides provides an opportunity to discover the ruins of one of the most famous cities of Antiquity.

Day 4: Bodrum, Turkey

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  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Bodrum is located in one of the bays of Mugla on the west coast of Turkey. At the harbor entrance, you’ll not miss The Bodrum Castle of The Knights of St. John, the town’s emblem. Here you will be able to visit the Bodrum Museum of Underwater Archaeology housed within the castle precincts. In the center, the passages shaded by arbors abound with diverse craft shops and ice-cream cafés where you can sit out and enjoy refreshing citrus fruit sorbets. A few streets away, the archaeological site of the Halicarnassus mausoleum invites you to experience the old town’s past, just as the old theatre does build on the slopes of the hillside looking out over the bay of Bodrum.

Day 5: Symi, Greece

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  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
A simply ravishing gem in the Dodecanese, Symi is located northwest of Rhodes. This island of cypress forests, vineyards, and olive orchards possess a capital city of the same name that is as colorful as the surrounding countryside. The charm of the port district of Gialos is not to be missed: its quaysides are lined with picturesque houses with multi-colored facades. You can get to the upper town by car or climb the 500 steps up the Kali Strata ramp. The second option offers superb viewing points of the coast and gorgeous turquoise waters.

Day 6: Patmos, Greece

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  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Patmos is one of the legendary must-see islands in the Dodecanese. This is where Saint John resided, presumed author of the last book in the Bible. The cave of the Apocalypse and the Saint John Monastery is dedicated to him. These sites, which are listed by UNESCO as World Heritage, are located at the top of a hillside planted with vines and orchards. On the shore, the crystalline coves of Kambos and Lampi offer gorgeous swimming areas.

Day 7: Adamas | Milos, Greece

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  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Although Milos is especially renowned for the famous statue of Venus found in a field there and now displayed in the Louvre in Paris, this mineral island is also a geological treasure. Its volcanic origin is evident in its breathtaking landscapes and the colors of its cliffs, ranging from pure white to deep red. You’ll discover the wild beauty of the shorelines lined with the most beautiful beaches in Greece from a ship deck, and you’ll enjoy privileged access to emerald-green coves. Tiny fishing ports like Adamas hide there, with brightly-painted doors and terraces. Milos is a charming port of call in the heart of the Cyclades.
 

Day 8: Paros, Greece

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  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Famous for its white marble, the island of Paros is located in the Cyclades. Along the quays of Parikia, its main town, you’ll see Byzantine churches and neoclassical buildings. To make the most of the turquoise waters, you can stopover in Naoussa. This little fishing port is bounded by a very beautiful cove.

Day 9: Hydra, Greece

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
This unusual gem belonging to the Saronic islands is located to the east of the Peloponnese. There are no cars here. Named after the island, the harbor town is layered up the slopes of a mountainous bay. You may be surprised to see beautiful stone mansions. These are traditional here, as are the multi-colored caïques along the quays. Further along the shore, you will discover the Historical Archives Museum. Collections from Athens National History Museum are exhibited in the elegant villa Koundouriotis.

Day 10: At Sea

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
During your day at sea, make the most of the many services and activities on board. Treat yourself to a moment of relaxation in the spa or stay in shape in the fitness center. Depending on the season, let yourself be tempted by the swimming pool or a spot of sunbathing. This day without a port of call will also be an opportunity to enjoy the conferences or shows proposed on board, to do some shopping in the boutique, or to meet the PONANT photographers in their dedicated space. As lovers of the open sea, they will be able to visit the ship’s upper deck to admire the spectacle of the waves and perhaps be lucky enough to observe marine species. A truly enchanted interlude, combining comfort, rest, and entertainment.

Day 11: Istanbul, Turkey | Disembark

  • 1 Breakfast
After breakfast at the ship, disembark in Istanbul.

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Included
  • 10 Breakfasts, 9 Lunches, 10 Dinners
  • 10 Nights Accommodations
  • Accommodations as listed
  • Ground transportation as listed
  • Excursions and activities as listed
  • Meals as listed
  • Port Fees
  • Unlimited Free Wifi
  • Onboard Entertainment 
  • Captain’s Welcome Cocktail and Gala Dinner
  • Gratuities to Onboard Crew
  • “Open Bar” (pouring wines, house champagne, alcohol except premium brands...list available upon request)
  • 24h Room Service (special selection)
  • English-Speaking Lecturer 
  • Highly experienced and bilingual (French-English) expedition staff
  • Park Entry Fees into Protected Areas
  • Water sports activities (except scuba diving) using the ship’s equipment, when permitted by local authorities and confirmed by ship Master according to safety and sea conditions onsite. 
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  • Personal Expenses
  • Flight costs (please request a quote)
  • Additional excursions during free time
  • Fuel and transportation surcharges (when applicable)
  • Visa Fees
  • Any ground services before and/or after the cruise other than the ones mentioned
  • Luggage Handling 
  • Laundry Services, Hair Salon, and à La Carte Spa Treatments
  • Pre or post cruise programs, overland programs or shore excursions 
  • Beverages other than the ones mentioned in inclusions

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