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Jewels of the Aegean Sea in Music

Athens - Antalya - Example 8 Day Cruise aboard Le Laperouse
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Explore Jewels of the Aegean Sea in music on this 8-day cruise aboard Le Laperouse. Set sail from Athens to Antalya, and explore  ports with access to the finest ancient sites of Greece. Explore the Cycladic gems of Delos and Mykonos, where you'll find UNESCO World Heritage-listed sites of incredible historic importance, and unique towns built along canals and under the shadow of striking windmills. Visit the cave of the apocalypse, where the apostle John wrote the book of Revelation, on Patmos. Cruise to Santorini and find charming villages built into the hills, with traditional architecture and stunning views. Wander through ancient ruins and soak in the natural beauty of Rhodes. 
Explore colorful villages on RhodesBeach town of KusadasiAdmire the temples of the Athenian acropolisIconic AthensDiscover beautiful Symi islandAdmire the Terrace of the Lions on DelosExplore the beautiful walkways of SantoriniColorful local boats in Greece
Highlights
  • Cruise the Aegean Sea to explore the most beautiful islands of the Cyclades
  • Enjoy the natural beauty of Rhodes and Nafplion
  • Visit the colorful bazaars or tour ancient ruins of Kusadasi, Turkey
  • See the historic windmills of Mykonos, and ruins of ancient sites on Delos
Activity Level: Variable
Activity options vary depending on destination and operator. Activity level is determined by the range and intensity of activities you choose to participate in. Discuss with your Trip Planner which options are best for you.
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Day 1: Athens, Greece | Embark

Discover Athens, Greece's capital on the Saronic Gulf, renowned for its UNESCO-listed Acropolis and vibrant districts like Plaka. Immerse yourself in its rich cultural heritage at museums like the National Archaeological Museum and the Cycladic Art Museum.

Day 2: Nafplion

Explore Nafplion, a captivating town nestled on the green hillsides of the Argolic Gulf in eastern Peloponnese. Discover its rich cultural heritage, from the ancient agora atop Akronafplia plateau to the Italianate arcades in Syntagma square. Don't miss the baroque fortress of Palamidi offering breathtaking views of the gulf and mountains. Relax by the water along the scenic Arvanitia promenade, shaded by cedars and cypresses, leading to a picturesque creek.

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EPIDAURUS & MYCENAE
Board your coach for an approximately 45-minute ride to Epidaurus, home to the world-famous Ancient Theatre of Epidaurus, renowned for its harmony and acoustics, accommodating 12,000 spectators. Continue to the archaeological site of Mycenae to see the iconic Lion Gate and the Beehive Tomb. Conclude with a 30-minute ride back to Nafplion. This tour includes about 2 hours of walking over uneven surfaces; wear comfortable shoes and sun protection.

ANCIENT CORINTH & CORINTH CANAL
Board a coach to ancient Corinth, where Saint Paul lived and preached. Explore the rich remains, including the Agora and the 6th-century BC Temple of Apollo, revealed through ongoing excavations. Visit the impressive Corinth Canal and take panoramic photos of this engineering marvel. Return to Nafplion after the tour. The tour includes extensive walking over uneven surfaces; wear comfortable shoes and sun protection.
 

Day 3: Delos, Greece | Mykonos, Greece

This legendary Cyclades island of Delos stands just a few miles southwest of Mykonos. The ceremonial solemnity of this ancient holy sanctuary will not leave you indifferent. The sheer size and importance of this UNESCO World Heritage site which covers over half of the island is thrilling in itself. From the Stoa of Antigonos, the Terrace of the Lions, to the carved marble animal statues, you will discover discovery, against a backdrop of the Aegean stretching to the horizon. The theatre steps on the hillside are a particularly good place from which to enjoy the expansive view.

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THE ARCHAEOLOGICAL SITE OF DELOS
Discover Delos, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and the birthplace of Apollo and Artemis. Explore Europe's oldest and largest open-air archaeological site with ruins of houses, temples, and sanctuaries at the foot of Mount Cynthus. Visit the Apollonian sanctuary, the Terrace of the Lions, and the Theatre Quarter with its luxurious residences and Hellenistic mosaics. Wear comfortable walking shoes and sun protection for this on-foot tour. Note: The museum is closed for renovation.

Nicknamed “little Venice”, Mykonos is famous for its Alefkandra district where houses are built right on the water’s edge. Their multi-colored loggias are emblematic of this Cyclades island, as are the pelicans and windmills. You can get close up to the birds on the quaysides of the old port. Up on the hillside, you can see the windmill sails turning. In the cobbled streets of the pedestrian center, bougainvillea bedecks immaculate facades. As you weave in and out of the little streets, snatches of coastline will undoubtedly call you to the island’s beaches, the quietest of which can be found on the northern coast.

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WALKING TOUR OF MYKONOS
Follow your guide through Mykonos town's narrow streets. Stop at Paraportiani Church, a 15th-century marvel blending Byzantine, vernacular, traditional, and Western styles. Explore Little Venice's historic seafront houses. Wear comfortable shoes and sun protection.

Day 4: Santorini

The spectacular volcanic island of Santorini stands out proudly in the Cyclades. Its basalt cliffs offer particularly expansive views of the Aegean. To enjoy these views, you can head for the capital, Fira. Its floral belvederes of bougainvillea provide a bird’s-eye view of several thousand meters of coastline. Further away, the gorgeous village of Oia looks like a stairway of blue and white houses on the slopes of the volcano. In the south of the island, you will be able to visit the stunning ruins of Akrotiri, an ancient city destroyed by an eruption and covered with a thick layer of lava stone.

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SANTORINI’S TOWNS: OIA AND FIRA
Explore the enchanting villages of Oia and Fira, nestled on Santorini's caldera, famed for their whitewashed architecture and stunning views. Discover Oia's cliffside charm and Fira's Prehistoric Thera Museum, showcasing ancient artifacts from Akrotiri excavations. Wear comfortable shoes and sun protection for approximately 2.5 hours of walking. A cable car ticket to the port is included.

AKROTIRI SITE & OIA
Explore Santorini's highlights: Akrotiri's prehistoric ruins buried by volcanic ash and Oia's picturesque village perched on the caldera edge. Walk through Oia's labyrinthine streets and marvel at Fira's panoramic views from the cable car.

Day 5: Patmos

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 are 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.

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PATMOS, ISLAND OF THE REVELATION
Explore Patmos, famed for John the Apostle's revelation, and its fortified Monastery of Saint John atop Chorá. Visit the Cave of the Apocalypse, where John received his vision, and marvel at ancient frescoes. Conclude with panoramic views from Chorá's windmills. Note: Moderate walking required; dress respectfully; no photography in religious sites.

Day 6: Kusadasi

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 in the hillsides provides an opportunity to discover the ruins of one of the most famous cities of Antiquity.

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EPHESUS, AN ANCIENT WONDER
Explore Ephesus, a UNESCO World Heritage site dubbed the "Turkish Pompeii," boasting stunning Roman ruins like the Celsus Library and the largest ancient amphitheater. Walk through its marble-paved streets, past temples, villas, and religious buildings, immersing yourself in ancient life. Wear comfortable shoes for 1.5 hours of uneven terrain exploration.

EPHESUS & ROMAN VILLAS
Explore Ephesus, a UNESCO World Heritage site, showcasing stunning Roman ruins like the Celsus Library and the Great Theatre. Discover terrace houses adorned with intricate mosaics and frescoes, and walk in the footsteps of Saint Paul. Wear comfortable shoes for this 2.5-hour walking tour on uneven terrain.

Day 7: Rhodes

With its particularly agreeable climate, the island of Rhodes invites you to walk its pathways and discover its immaculate villages and sumptuous medieval city, a UNESCO World Heritage site. At the center of the island, the mountains are covered in forest, and on the western slopes we find vineyards and crops. Rhodes also owes much of its charm and its character to the Knights of St John who reigned over the island from 1310 to 1522 and built impressive defensive walls punctuated with majestic gateways. Do not miss this delightful island with its peaceful beaches and its large walkways, perpetuating the myth of the famous Colossus, the legendary statue that is one of the Seven Wonders of the World.

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THE CITY OF THE KNIGHTS HOSPITALLER
Explore the Medieval City of Rhodes on a guided walking tour. Marvel at its Gothic architecture, Ottoman-era mosques, and public baths. Visit the Palace of the Grand Master and stroll along the historic Street of the Knights. Enjoy free time for shopping and relaxation. Wear comfortable shoes for walking on cobblestone streets and bring sunscreen.

THE ACROPOLIS OF LINDOS
Explore Lindos, Rhodes' gem, with its ancient Acropolis overlooking the village. Marvel at ruins from the Greek, Roman, and Knights of St. John eras. Enjoy scenic views and shopping. Expect up to two hours of walking; wear comfortable shoes and sun protection.

Day 8: Antalya | Disembark

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On the Turkish Mediterranean coast, discover the seaside resort of Antalya. While the city sports magnificent fine sandy beaches, it is also known for its significant historical heritage. Many vestiges bear witness to the importance of this former Roman port, such as Hadrian's Gate, built in the year 130 in honor of the visiting emperor. In the old town, it is possible to admire magnificent Ottoman houses with flowery gardens, as well as the broken minaret, built on the ruins of a former Byzantine church. The city’s surroundings also provide an opportunity to discover major archaeological sites, such as that of the ancient city of Aspendos, renowned for its impressive Roman theatre.

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  • 7 Breakfasts, 6 Lunches, 7 Dinners
  • 7 Nights Accommodations
  • Accommodations as listed
  • Ground transportation as listed
  • Activities as listed
  • Meals as listed
  • Access to a 24-7 Emergency line while traveling
  • Port Fees
  • Unlimited 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)
  • Fuel and transportation surcharges (when applicable)
  • Visa Fees
  • Optional Excursions - Ponant allows you to pre-book your excursions approximately six to two months prior to the cruise* departure. Please note that this is subject to change. Please contact us for more details.
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  • Pre or post cruise programs, overland programs or shore excursions 
  • Beverages other than the ones mentioned in inclusions
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