|Date||Port Click to Expand||Arrival||Departure|
| ||Sep 7 – Sat||Istanbul – Turkey||16:00|
|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 TrueTurkey 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!
| ||Sep 8 – Sun||Limnos – Greece||11:00||18:00|
|According to ancient mythology, Hephaestus (Vulcan), the god of fire and volcanoes, was cast off from Mount Olympus, landing on Limnos. The people of the island took care of him and in return the god taught them his art of blacksmith. It was in Limnos that he built his palace and forges under a volcano. |
Limnos is a beautiful island located in the northern Aegean Sea that offers a quiet and more off-the-beaten path Greek island experience. Since Limnos did not experience the same tourist boom as other Greek islands in the 70s and 80s, it has remained very much ‘untouched’ by mass tourism – leaving it a refreshing destination to discover. Limnos offers its visitors a surprisingly diverse landscape of bays, gulfs, sandy beaches, and fishing harbors, combined with rocky points, a rustic interior with several lakes, and pink flamingos!
| ||Sep 9 – Mon||Izmir – Turkey||08:00||23:00|
|Izmir is one of the oldest settlements of the Mediterranean. Today it is a large metropolis located in western Anatolia, and Turkey’s third largest city in population. This ancient city was also known as Smyrna until 1930, when the Turkish Postal Services Law made "Izmir" the internationally recognized name. Considering its location at the head of a gulf, Izmir has been a primary mercantile city of the Mediterranean for much of its history and continues to be one of Turkey’s primary ports for exports.|
| ||Sep 10 – Tue||Cesme – Turkey||08:00||18:00|
|Cesme means ‘fountain’ or ‘spring’ in Turkish and is a popular beach town surrounded by blue seas, along the beautiful Mediterranean Riviera. This coastal town in the Aegean Region has become one of Turkey’s prominent centers of international travel and tourism; it is a well-regarded location of wealthy Izmirian country homes as well as a retreat for the Istanbul elite.|
| ||Sep 11 – Wed||Patmos – Greece||08:00||18:00|
|Patmos is considered by many to be the secret gem of the Aegean. Sheltered from the herds of mass tourism, Patmos features a variety of truly beautiful village settlements, scenic beaches, elegant restaurants and traditional tavernas. Chora, one of its main villages, is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, while the unique scenery and tranquillity of the island has inspired Forbes Magazine to describe Patmos as the most idyllic place to live in Europe! |
If you have included a True Greece guided tour of the Cave of the Apocalypse and the Monastery of St. John, Hora you will meet with your private tour guide upon arrival at the port. Explore the island's historic Monastery that St. Christodoulos built in 1088 AD, and visit its impressive exhibition of ecclesiastical embroideries, pendants, ceremonial artifacts, rare manuscripts and beautiful icons. Continue your tour by following your True Greece guide through the magical maze like streets of Hora, where you will be able to enjoy the authentic beauty of the best preserved medieval settlements in the Aegean. After this small adventure make your way to the Cave of the Apocalypse, where St. John is said to have written the Book of Revelation. Whether you identify with the pious or the religiously indifferent you will definitely feel the mysticism and spirituality of this location.
| ||Sep 12 – Thu||Santorini – Greece||08:00||23:00|
|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.
| ||Sep 13 – Fri||Paros (Naoussa) – Greece||08:00||17:00|
|To Greeks – and those “in the know” – each Greek island is distinctive, even unique, but if there is one that seems to combine many of the elements that attract visitors to the Greek Islands it might be Paros. This impression begins the moment you approach the island by sea to be greeted by the white “cubic” buildings typical of the Cyclades. It will continue as you move around the island to experience its softly contoured hills, picturesque villages, natural environment, and the village life of the locals. It will be confirmed when you begin to explore the island with its archaeological and historical remains that testify to Greece’s age-old culture. And it will be satisfied when you settle on one of the lovely beaches or into a fine restaurant. Then you, too, will realize that, in Paros, you have found your ideal typical Greek island. |
Naoussa, the second biggest town of the island is often still referred to as a traditional fishing village although here as well, an increasing growth of tourism has been accommodated by the locals.
Still Naoussa has kept quite a bit of its authenticity and original character. Visit for example the little port, surrounded by a wide choice of taverns and cafés and packed with traditional little fishing boats. If you prefer to hit the beaches, you are also in the right spot: Some of Paros’ most beautiful and popular beaches are located just around the village, for example "Kolimbithres", "Monastiri Beach" or "Santa Maria" to name a few. Most of them can be easily reached after a short water taxi ride or via foot paths.
Those who rather stay in town may want to visit one of its beautiful churches, for example its main church, Kimissis tis Theotokou (the Church of the Assumption of the Virgin), located on the highest spot of the village, or the Church of Agios Nikolaos (Saint Nicholas) which also houses a small Byzantine Museum exposing 13th century icons.
| ||Sep 14 – Sat||Athens – Greece||07:00|
|Arrival Athens ~ individual departure. |
Disembark your cruise ship at Athens’ main port of Piraeus - Greece's largest port and gateway to the Mediterranean since 482 BC! If True Greece has arranged for your post-cruise experience, upon arrival at the Piraeus cruise terminal meet your private driver who will transfer you to your luxury hotel in Athens; then enjoy a True Greece guided tour of Athens and the Acropolis.
Together with your local True Greece guide, the highlights tour will expose you to this diverse city - birth place of modern democracy and cradle of western civilization. Follow your True Greece guide up the steps once taken by ancients like Socrates, Pericles and Plato, and gaze at the ‘sacred’ Acropolis, home to the magnificent and architecturally unique Parthenon. Allow your True Greece guide to bring the city of Athens and this exceptional experience to life, with a wealth of historical and cultural information. As part of your tour, you will also have the opportunity to visit significant and historically important sites, such as the Parliament Building, the Monument of the Unknown Soldier, the Columns of Olympian Zeus, and the Presidential Mansion.
If you have already had the opportunity of exploring Athens and its historically significant monuments, it would be our pleasure to arrange a guided tour to one of the many famous ancient sites outside of the city – perhaps Ancient Delphi or the Temple of Zeus at Sounio. Whatever your preferences, we can fulfil exactly what you are looking for…and more!
Cruises are subject to availability. Itineraries and times are subject to change. Click on ports for detailed information.
Ships' Registry: Bahamas