Island Life in Ancient Greece and Turkey
|From approximately $3735 plus air
This enlightening voyage aboard the exclusively chartered, deluxe M.S. L'AUSTRAL, launching in 2011, cruises from the mythical relics of Athens, Delos and Troy, across the glistening waters of the Aegean, to the bustling bazaars and sparkling mosques of Istanbul. Set your own pace in each port by choosing from the attractively priced shore excursions or spending time at leisure. Visit Greece's history-rich islands-Pátmos, where monks carry on spiritual traditions traced directly to St. John; medieval Rhodes, to walk in the footsteps of crusading knights; Delos, mythical birthplace of Olympian deities; and Santorini, renowned for its dramatic black cliffs. Along Turkey's enchanting coast, stroll the marble-paved boulevards of Ephesus. The exclusive "C'est Bon! Culinary Traditions" program led by a renowned culinary expert celebrates the local cuisines and wines of our ports of call through culinary lectures, demonstrations and tastings. Enrich your appreciation of the flavors and gastronomic traditions of these regions by choosing from a selection of specially arranged optional shore excursions accompanied by our culinary expert. Extend your journey with a Pre-Cruise Option in Athens and a Post-Cruise Option in Istanbul or Cappadocia.