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From the frescoes adorning the Hagia Sophia to the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel, discover the art and architecture of ancient empires.

 

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Departs: Tue, Sep 5 2017
Arrives: Sun, Sep 17 2017
Cruise code: V7324
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From the frescoes adorning the Hagia Sophia to the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel, discover the art and architecture of ancient empires.

 

Sailing Dates
Departs: Tue, Sep 5 2017
Arrives: Sun, Sep 17 2017
Cruise code: V7324
Inclusions
  • Complimentary fine wines, champagne and premium spirits & open bar services in all lounges
  • All non alcoholic beverages such as bottled waters, soft drinks and fresh juices, teas and coffee served throughout the ship
  • Up to seven evening dining options with open seating
  • Complimentary gratuities for all dining staff 
  • 24 hour room service
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Day 1: Istanbul, Turkey (Overnight)
For poets, Istanbul, next to Venice and Rome is the loveliest city in Europe and one of the most splendid in Asia. It is the only city in the world spread over two continents, separated by the Bosphorus. Istanbul was founded by Greek scouts in 660 BC and later became capital of the Roman, Byzantine and Ottoman empires. With its 3,000 years of history behind, it has always been the meeting point of East and West. It is a city filled with wonders of architecture and monuments to the faiths that inspired them. Formerly known as Byzantium, then Constantinople, its mosques, minarets and museums span two continents where the Bosphorus divides Asia from Europe. This strategic position has assured Istanbul's status as a crossroads for trade and cultural exchange during the centuries. Must-see attractions include the dazzling treasury in Topkapi Palace and exquisite buildings of timeless beauty such as the Blue Mosque and Basilica of St. Sophia. Even those who are not avid shoppers will be enticed by the colorful sights and sounds of the world's largest bazaar.

Day 2: Istanbul, Turkey (Departure 18:00 PM)

Day 3: Izmir, Turkey (Arrival 08:00 AM - Departure 23:00 PM)
Ä°zmir is Turkey's third largest city with more than five million inhabitants. Originally founded by the Greeks 3,000 years ago, it was called Smyrna and was the busiest port of Asia Minor. This bustling seaside city is thought to be the birthplace of Homer and is the site of one of the Seven Churches of Asia Minor. Largely due to its mild climate and fertile land, Ä°zmir and the surrounding area are popular tourist destinations. Historical sites, fascinating museums, ornate mosques and architecture make Ä°zmir a renowned city. If you ever heard the famous words, "a reading from St. Paul to the Ephsesians," now is your opportunity to sit in the theatre where St. Paul preached and Roman dramas were performed. Stroll through the marble streets of Ephesus, passing the Library of Celsus, the Roman Baths, the Gate of Hadrian and the Roman Terrace Houses. Another historic site to visit is the Temple of Aphrodite, which is one of the finest ancient stadiums ever built. For travelers on the lookout for the new and the unique, Turkey in many ways represents one of the world's last frontiers.

Day 4: Mykonos, Greece (Arrival 11:00 AM - Overnight)
Mykonos, a former 18th-century pirates' bastion, is now a sophisticated and cosmopolitan island resort. This quintessential Greek island offers a maze of winding streets, graceful windmills, inviting beaches, domed churches and whitewashed houses accented in blue. Dotting the waterfront are cafés, taverns and tempting shops. Guests may spend the day exploring the island independently. Feel free to investigate its fine boutiques and pleasant, labyrinthine streets. For helpful hints or suggestions on things to do while you are ashore, please contact the onboard Shore Excursions staff.

Day 5: Mykonos, Greece (Departure 18:00 PM)

Day 6: Navplion, Greece (Arrival 08:00 AM - Departure 18:00 PM)
When in Greece, do as the Grecians do: Go to the Peloponnese. Connected by a narrow isthmus (it's less than four miles across at its narrowest) off the southern end of central Greece, the Peloponnese is a large peninsula with many things going for it. Not only are there fewer crowds than on the Aegean islands, it has just as many-if not more-ancient sites, including the temples at Nemea and Olympia. On the sunny east coast of the Peloponnese, tucked away in a deep bay, is the city of Navplion.
As Greece's first capital after the Greek War of Independence in the 1820s, Návplion has its share of history, including two Venetian fortresses and many neoclassical buildings. But in fact, Navplion is the more modern side of Greece -- a relaxed and appealing place with leafy parks, small museums, picturesque streets and lively outdoor cafes.

Day 7: Kefalonia/Argostolion, Greece (Arrival 10:00 AM - Departure 18:00 PM)
The largest of the Ionian Islands in western Greece, Kefalonia has its share of natural wonders and interesting history. In the wonders category are Melissani, an underground lake with gorgeous, deep blue water; the island’s numerous beaches, which are some of the most beautiful in the world; and Drogarati Cave, a showcase of stalactites and stalagmites that have been forming for thousands of years. Historically, the island has been in under French, Ottoman and British rule, and was occupied by Axis powers during World War II. Also seminal to Kefalonia’s past was the quake of 1953, a 7.3 trembler that destroyed virtually every house on the island.
Today, Kefalonia is emerging as a vacationer’s paradise. The island and its capital of Argostoli draw people from far and wide with pleasant weather, a picturesque bay and the Koutavos Lagoon, a feeding ground for Loggerhead turtles.

Day 8: Crotone, Italy (Arrival 08:00 AM - Departure 18:00 PM)
Located down south on the ball of the foot of the boot of Italy, Crotone is as connected to Greece as it is to its own country of Italy. In fact, Kroton, as it was known in the days of ancient Greece, was a colonial outpost of Magna Graecia, and was even home to Greek mathematician and metaphysician Pythagoras. The sum of Mediterranean beauty and ancient history equals a traveler’s paradise, as your call will soon prove. A wide stretch of beach and many significant buildings and archaeological finds are all within a stone’s throw. The Cathedral, a 16th-century gem with a neo-classical design encrusted with Baroque interior decoration, deserves a visit. On a small island just off the city’s coast sits Le Castella, a castle that can be reached by foot along a narrow causeway. At Capo Collano Archaeological Park, you’ll see remnants of defensive towers and the solitary Doric column, virtually all that remains of a temple dating to the 5th century BC.

Day 9: Cruising the Ionian Sea

Day 10: Sorrento, Italy (Arrival 07:00 AM - Departure 18:00 PM)
As your ship approaches the Sorrento Peninsula, delight in craggy cliffs draped with flowing pink blossoms.
Renowned for its serene way of life, this romantic port exudes a special magic. Its dramatic bluffs and surrounding flowered hills bid travelers welcome to a town overflowing with charm and character. It is easy to relax in this languid southern Italian atmosphere.
The sensational Amalfi Coast and the haunting ruins at Pompeii are among the region's highlights.

Day 11: Rome/Civitavecchia, Italy (Arrival 07:00 AM - Overnight)
Civitavecchia was founded by Emperor Trajan in the 2nd century. Today this port is noted for its fine seafood and attractive monuments. Located 90 minutes away is the Eternal City of Rome. Steeped in 2,500 years of history, Rome was for many centuries the center of Western civilization. It was both the focal point of the Roman Empire and of Christendom. Landmarks such as the Colosseum, Forum, Pantheon, Vatican, Sistine Chapel and Spanish Steps are reminders of the legacy of its rich past.

Day 12: Rome/Civitavecchia, Italy

 

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