|Date||Port Click to Expand||Arrival||Departure|
| ||Jun 22 – Sun||Istanbul – Turkey||Embark pm (Overnight)|
|Individual arrival in Istanbul ~ embarkation on the Crystal Serenity. Your first night will be spent on the Crystal Serenity, docked at the Istanbul port. |
If True Greece has arranged for your pre-cruise experience at a luxury Istanbul hotel, before meeting your private car transfer to board your cruise, enjoy a guided tour of the incredible city of Istanbul.
Standing firmly over two continents, Istanbul is the personification of a true “cosmopolitan” city. Your True Greece guide will show you this multi-cultural and historic city through the eyes of a local. Depending on the day of your Istanbul tour you will have the opportunity to visit the Blue Mosque and its superb inner courtyard, the Hippodrome originally built by the Roman Emperor Septimus Severus in 203 AD, the magnificent Byzantine church of St. Sophia, the Underground Cistern built during the reign of Constantine I, the Topkapi Palace where the Ottoman Sultans presided over their vast empire and the Grand Bazaar where almost 5,000 shops are spread out in a giant maze of small streets and passages that are arranged according to their trade. By the end of this fascinating day you will feel like a citizen of this “international” city.
Following your tour, board your cruise ship at Istanbul’s main port and begin your journey of the Eastern Mediterranean. We wish you an exceptional cruise experience!
| ||Jun 23 – Mon||Istanbul – Turkey||23:00|
| ||Jun 24 – Tue||Cruising the Dardanelles|
| ||Jun 25 – Wed||Kusadasi – Turkey||07:00||22:00|
|Kusadasi – meaning “bird island” – is a lively resort town located on Turkey’s Aegean Coast. The area’s history dates back as far as 3000 B.C. and has been a center of art and culture of many civilizations since. Before becoming a popular vacation spot in the 1980’s, Kusadasi itself was a modest town with a population consisting mostly of farmers and fishermen, while today’s Kusadasi resembles a modern European city. |
Head out for some shopping into the maze of pedestrian roads in the old quarter, where you can find some traditional Turkish goods, like leather, carpets, jewellery, ceramics, etc. On the way there, just outside the port you will pass the The Okuz Mehmet Pasha caravanserai. Built in the early 17th century, it once served as a roadside inn for travelers to rest and recover from the day's journey. Alternatively, take a walk along the bay and visit the peninsula Guvercin Adas? ("Pigeon Island") that hosts a castle and several beaches, including a private beach with a cafe facing the town and the port, and public beaches facing the open sea.
If you have included a private guided tour of Ephesus, you will meet with your guide and driver and head toward this breathtaking ancient site. Ephesus boasts a rich and vibrant history and has become famous for its incredible historical landmarks, such as the Library of Celsus, the magnificent ancient theater, and the famous Terrace Houses. Explore this wonderful archaeological site with the assistance of your guide and marvel at one of the best preserved cities of the Ancient world. Reaching its climax during the Roman period, when it was regarded as the second largest city in the world, it is here where St Paul stayed for nearly three years preaching his beliefs. Considered as one of the seven Churches of Asia by Saint John in the Book of Revelations, Ephesus was also the site of the Temple of Artemis, which was one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient world.
| ||Jun 26 – Thu||Mykonos – Greece||08:00||22:00|
|Cosmopolitan Mykonos, with its wonderful beaches, impressive restaurants, and energetic nightlife, offers a more adventurous yet genuinely Greek experience. In Mykonos, freedom of expression is visible in every corner, and the combination of such a tranquil setting with a vibrant social scene has elevated the island to a premier destination for travelers from around the world. Get lost in the labyrinth of narrow streets lined with white washed houses, shops, cafes, and bars. Enjoy an exciting evening on this island and as the sun-sets, watch the island literally come alive! |
If you have included a True Greece guided tour of Delos, today you will explore a neighboring island to Mykonos that during ancient times, according to Greek mythology, was a moving island that freely roamed the sea. Today it is quite stable and only a short boat ride from Mykonos. Your True Greece guide will show you this fascinating archaeological site, and guide you through the numerous statues, pillars, temples and mosaics. Walking amongst the ruins you will undoubtedly feel the spiritual ambiance of this island, which is regarded as one of the most important and sacred sites of the ancient world.
| ||Jun 27 – Fri||Santorini – Greece||08:00||18:00|
|Santorini, world-renowned for its widely photographed, romantic sunsets and unique, volcanic natural environment, is arguably the most striking of the Greek islands. Its dramatic red and black sand beaches, narrow white-washed alleys, exquisite traditional and international cuisine, as well as its agricultural and wine-making tradition, make Santorini a truly spectacular island. |
If you have included a True Greece tour or excursion today in Santorini, meet your guide or transfer agent upon arrival at the harbor and begin your exploration of this incredible island under the care of a True Greece affiliate.
| ||Jun 28 – Sat||Monemvasia – Greece||08:00||18:00|
|Monemvasia is a wonderful and picturesque medieval town along the eastern coast of the Peloponnese. In Greek, Monemvasia is ‘mone’ meaning ‘single’, and ‘embassia’ meaning ‘entrance’, and during Byzantine times, was a prominent fortress-town and rest-stop for ships between Istanbul and Italy. As a rest-stop, aristocrats and high ranking church officials would load up here on Greek products like olive-oil and wine before heading West. Before becoming part of modern Greece, Monemvasia passed through Byzantine, Vatican, Frank, Venetian, and Ottoman hands – each whom have influenced this town in a different way. |
Wander through the narrow zig-zag streets, and let yourself be taken back in time. As you wander through the ruins of this fortified town, you will come across ancient walls, the residence of the Venetian Governor, guardhouses, towers, and large water cisterns. Be sure to explore the charming 12th century Church of Agia Sofia as it is the main monument of Monemvasia. After your exploration, head to ‘Nea’ or ‘New’ Monemvasia which is today’s modern tourist center, offering many facilities for visitors.
| ||Jun 29 – Sun||Cruising the Ionian Sea|
| ||Jun 30 – Mon||Valletta – Malta||09:00||18:00|
|No matter how early in the morning your ship arrives in Valletta, be sure to be out on the deck and enjoy sailing into the “Grand Harbor”, the natural deep water port of this unique city that already from far away appears like one huge open-air museum.|
| ||Jul 1 – Tue||Taormina – Italy||08:00||18:00|
|Taormina is a small town on the east coast of the island of Sicily in Italy. Perched on a cliff overlooking the Ionian Sea, it has long been a popular tourist destination well-known for its clear salt-water beaches. Taormina has remnants of its Greek and Roman habitation, a fine medieval quarter and castle ruins, as well as modern shops and restaurants. Within its eternal stone walls, old Taormina has fascinating archaeological monuments and medieval homes. Stroll the narrow streets and indulge in the incredible views of the coast. Let yourself become enchanted; after all it is in romantic Taormina that the self-exiled D.H. Lawrence was inspired to write ‘Lady Chatterly's Lover’, one of the most passionate love stories of its era.|
| ||Jul 2 – Wed||Sorrento – Italy||08:00||Overnight|
|Sorrento is a small town located in southern Italy, in the Gulf of Naples. Thanks to its geographical shape, suspended between green hills and the blue of the sea, this area has always been a great attraction. It is famous for the production of limoncello, a digestif made from lemon rinds, alcohol, water and sugar. Some other agricultural production includes citrus fruit, wine, nuts and olives. Overlooking the Bay of Naples, Mount Vesuvius and the Isle of Capri, this small town fascinates its visitors with its breathtaking views and landscapes.|
| ||Jul 3 – Thu||Sorrento – Italy||17:00|
| ||Jul 4 – Fri||Civitavecchia (Rome) – Italy||08:00|
|Arrival Rome ~ individual departure. |
Civitavecchia, is the modern port of Rome located 80 km north-west of the city. Meaning ‘ancient town’ in Italian, this port town was built over the pre-existing Etruscan settlement and is the gate-way to Rome by sea.
If True Greece has arranged for your post-cruise experience meet your private driver upon arrival who will transfer you to your luxury hotel in Rome. Then enjoy a True Greece guided tour of Rome or as it is also known, the ‘Eternal City’.
Together with your local guide, explore the incredible city that grew to rule a vast empire and became the center of the Christian World. See the Senate and the Basilica of Constantine, ancient ruins including temples, basilicas, and Reggia. Walk the Via Sacra to the Arch of Tito and enjoy the Colosseum; head to the Basilica of St. Peter to see the Holy Chains of St. Peter and the Moses carved by Michelangelo! It is here that artists and architects flocked during the Renaissance and Baroque periods and this is evident at every turn. It is truly remarkable to see the generations of a city right before your eyes, as Rome is a city with an uninterrupted history.
Since each individual’s accommodation preferences differ and cruise fares constantly change based on availability, to learn more about this cruise please contact a True Greece Concierge to begin planning a cruise trip customized to your needs.