Ancient Wonders

Cruise itinerary - Ancient Wonders

What's included...

  • Gratuities - no need to tip!
  • Top class onboard activities/entertainment
  • Port taxes

Sailing Dates

04 May 15

18 May 15

15 Jun 15

29 Jun 15

20 Jul 15

03 Aug 15

17 Aug 15

31 Aug 15

21 Sep 15

05 Oct 15

19 Oct 15

Cities, sights and sensational scenery...

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Monday, Marmaris - TURKEY 

  • Turkey's biggest beach resort, Marmaris has a definite 'Riviera' feel to it. An elegant, palm-lined promenade weaves its way around the shoreline, while the marina plays host to a flotilla of gleaming white yachts.

  • Ancient and natural history are served up in Dalyan. Sail along the river and you’ll pass the fourth-century Tombs of Kings. Head to the beach and you’ll sunbathe alongside endangered loggerhead turtles, which have been making their nests here for centuries.
  • Discover a Turkish tradition with a visit to a hammam or Turkish bath. They’ve existed since Medieval times and normally have separate areas for men and women. When you get there, you’ll change into your swimwear before heading for the gobektasi, a heated stone where you’ll be treated to a body scrub that’ll leave you feeling really refreshed.
  • Smother yourself in therapeutic mud in celebrity haunt Dalyan. You'll feel film star fabulous in no time.

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Tuesday, At Sea 

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Wednesday, Istanbul - TURKEY  08:00 - 18:00

  • Everything about Istanbul is a taste of the exotic. Fragrant bazaars echoing with the sound of haggling merchants. Belly dancers shimmying past in a flash of sequins and sparkle. The call of the muezzins wafting from ancient minarets. You’re guaranteed an unforgettable adventure in this spice-scented slice of the world.

  • The skyline of palaces and mosques will leave an indelible mark on your memory. See the world famous St. Sophia, a magnificent church that rises above the Old City of Istanbul.
  • Visit the Topkapi Palace and see the light shimmering through the stained glass windows onto 20,000 blue tiles
  • Stand before the Blue Mosque and marvel at its spectacularly decorated dome and six soaring minarets.
  • Lose yourself in the labyrinthine alleyways of the 14th-century Grand Bazaar, a rich tapestry of 4,000 shops selling everything from hand-woven rugs to embroidered slippers.

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Thursday, Bozcaada* - TURKEY  07:00 - 18:00

  • Striped with vineyards, this little island is best known for its wine – the grapes here make a fantastic red. It’s pretty off the beaten track, so you won’t find hordes of holidaymakers here, just half-empty beaches, beautiful countryside and a quaint waterside town with cobbled streets and family-run fish restaurants.

  • The south coast of the island is where you’ll find a handful of sandy beaches. Pull up a deckchair for the afternoon, or grab a cold drink at a sand-side café.
  • Poke around the honey-coloured fortress. It stands right on a cliff edge and has housed everyone from the Byzantines to the Venetians.
  • The ancient city of Troy is a short ferry trip from Bozcaada. Here, you can wander around the UNESCO-rated acropolis, known as the site of the legendary Trojan War.

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Friday, Kusadasi - TURKEY  08:00 - 17:00

  • Laze away the day on the silky sands of Kusadasi or head for the ruins of Ephesus for more sights than you can point a camera at. It’s your holiday, your call.

  • Take a trip to Ephesus, the Mediterranean’s best-preserved classical city. The marble pillars of the Library of Celsus support intricate friezes and sculptures, while the enormous theatre offers up superb views over the city.
  • Make tracks for St John’s Church. St John is said to have lived here with the Virgin Mary after being cast out of Jerusalem. Legend has it he’s also buried here. Close by, the pretty hillside village of Sirince is also worth a visit – it’s famous for its homemade wines, and plenty of places offer tasting sessions.
  • Saddle up and discover Kusadasi on horseback, or swim with the horses at Pamucak Beach.
  • Try your hand at quad biking to see another side of the city. You’ll speed along the coast, soaking up incredible sea views as you go.

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Saturday, Piraeus (for Athens) - GREECE  09:00 - 18:00

  • Trip over reminders of the past in ancient Athens, where cultural treasures twinkle back at you at every turn. It’s a real gold medal winner of a city.

  • Scale the heights of the sun-bleached Acropolis for awesome views, then take a look at the Parthenon, perched atop Athens’ most famous hill.
  • Explore Plaka, the Medieval quarter at the foot of the Acropolis. The 19th-century lanes are crammed with tavernas, and twist and turn to meet the equally atmospheric Monastiraki street markets.
  • From old to new – take a wander round the up-market Kolonaki district, which is packed with chic boutiques and ritzy restaurants.
  • Be in Syntagma – or Constitution - Square in time to see the skirted soldiers perform the changing-of-the-guard.
  • Check out the Corinth Canal, which connects the Gulf of Corinth with the Saronic Gulf. This waterway was considered one of the greatest technological achievements of its time.

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Sunday, Thira* - SANTORINI  07:00 - 18:00

  • Prepare to fall head over heels for this sun-blushed beauty. Santorini is the very essence of Greek charm. Sugar-cube houses cling to the cliffs. Vivid blue church domes add a splash of colour. And steep cliff-sides tumble into an impossibly clear sea. Just beautiful.

  • Lose your heart to Oia, one of the world’s most romantic destinations. Dripping in beauty with a pinch of cosmopolitan allure, the town’s steeped in history and, if legend is to be believed, haunted by vampires.
  • Pamper yourself in the hot springs at Palea Kameni. Their waters have been warmed by volcanic activity and they’ll leave your skin silky smooth.
  • Visit the cliff-top capital of Thira, which crowns the island’s crater. Set high above the sea, it offers up spectacular views. Pull up a chair in one of the café bars and enjoy the scene before you.

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Monday, Marmaris - TURKEY 

  • Turkey's biggest beach resort, Marmaris has a definite 'Riviera' feel to it. An elegant, palm-lined promenade weaves its way around the shoreline, while the marina plays host to a flotilla of gleaming white yachts.

  • Ancient and natural history are served up in Dalyan. Sail along the river and you’ll pass the fourth-century Tombs of Kings. Head to the beach and you’ll sunbathe alongside endangered loggerhead turtles, which have been making their nests here for centuries.
  • Discover a Turkish tradition with a visit to a hammam or Turkish bath. They’ve existed since Medieval times and normally have separate areas for men and women. When you get there, you’ll change into your swimwear before heading for the gobektasi, a heated stone where you’ll be treated to a body scrub that’ll leave you feeling really refreshed.
  • Smother yourself in therapeutic mud in celebrity haunt Dalyan. You'll feel film star fabulous in no time.

What about Cruise & Stay?

Extend your holiday - add a week's stay

  • Your holiday doesn't have to end just because your ship has docked for the last time. You can extend your holiday with our Cruise and Stay option
  • It means you spend a week cruising and another week at one of our hotels and apartments.
  • Or you can do it the other way round if you like - the hotel first and the cruise second.

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