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Silversea Cruises Istanbul to Athens: October 22 – October 31, 2014

Istanbul – Mytilini – Kusadasi – Alanya – Antalya – Rhodes – Patmos – Nafplio – Athens

Cruise Company: Silversea Cruises
Ship Name: Silver Cloud
Duration: 10 Days / 9 Nights
Travel Dates: 22 Oct 2014 - 31 Oct 2014
Cruise Code: 1432


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Oct 22 – Wed Istanbul – Turkey   18:00
Individual arrival in Istanbul ~ embarkation on the Silver Cloud.

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!
 
Oct 23 – Thu Mytilini - Greece 12:00 18:00
We are working on providing a description of this particular port of call - please check back later.
 
Oct 24 – Fri Kusadasi – Turkey 08:00 23:00
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 Öküz 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 Adası ("Pigeon Island") that hosts a castle and several beaches, including a private beach with a café 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.
 
Oct 25 – Sat Day at sea
 
Oct 26 – Sun Alanya – Turkey 08:00 23:00
We are working on providing a description of this particular port of call - please check back later.
 
Oct 27 – Mon Antalya – Turkey 08:00 18:00
Ancient Attalia was founded by Attalus II, King of Pergamum sometime between 150-159 BC and has since been the gateway to the Mediterranean Region of Turkey. Today, the modern coastal town of Antalya is one of the premier resort destinations and focal points of this part of Turkey. Natural landscapes, well-preserved ancient sites, sandy beaches, a lovely old town that has been awarded UNESCO World Heritage Site status, public parks, and a lively cultural scene, all make Antalya one of the most attractive destinations in Turkey.
 
Oct 28 – Tue Rhodes – Greece 08:00 22:00
Rhodes, an island famed for its beaches and its medieval main town, is the largest of the Dodecanese islands. The Old Town of Rhodes, a mixture of Medieval, Ottoman, and Greek architecture, offers itself for enchanting walks among narrow alleys – as well as some of the finest shopping around. Rhodes is also an island rich in history: the majestic Palace of the Grand Masters conveys a sense of the power that the medieval Knights exercised over the island for over 200 years, and the Acropolis of Lindos, one of the three original Dorian Greek cities on Rhodes, boasts to be home of the columns of the Temple of Athena (c. 350 BC), one of the most photographed buildings of ancient Greece.

If you have included a True Greece tour or excursion today in Rhodes, meet your guide or transfer agent upon arrival at the harbor and begin your exploration of this incredible island under the care of True Greece.
 
Oct 29 – 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.
 
Oct 30 – Thu Nafplio – Greece 08:00 19:00
Nafplio is a beautiful town that was named the first capital of Greece in 1829; today Nafplio is a lively and charming seaside town. Enjoy a leisure stroll through the old city and become enchanted with its impressive combination of medieval and neoclassic characteristics.

If you have included a True Greece guided tour of Nafplio and Mycenae, meet your driver and guide to explore and learn more about these exciting locations. Together with your local True Greece guide you will have the opportunity to see and learn about historically significant sights, such as the Venetian castles of Akronafplia, Bourtzi, and Palamidi. You will also have the opportunity to enjoy a guided tour of Mycenae - one of the best known ancient sites in Greece, and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Cross the threshold of the ‘Lions Gate’ and enter the Mycenaean realm in all its glory. Dating back to the second millennium BC, the legendary ancient city of Mycenae exudes history and mythology, since it was King Agamemnon of Mycenae that stood by his brother’s side – King Menelaus of Sparta – and spearheaded the epic war on Troy. Your True Greece guide will lead you on this journey into one of the richest and prominent cities of the Late Bronze Age.
 
Oct 31 – Fri 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.


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.


The below True Greece Private Guided Tours and Activities are available at an additional cost. For more information, please contact a True Greece Concierge

Istanbul

  • Istanbul Tour

    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.


Kusadasi


  • Ephesus Tour

    Located close to the coast in the Aegean Region, 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 you TrueTurkey 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 3 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.


Rhodes


  • True Greece Palace of the Grand Master & Castle of the Knights Tour

    There can be no denying that the main attraction of Rhodes Island is the Medieval Town. Built by the Knights of St. John during the late 15th and early 16th century the great walls, large towers, imposing gates and impressive bastions stand as a reminder to all visitors of the power once wielded by this island. Follow your TrueGreece guide through the monumental and majestic Palace of the Grand Masters, with its imposing entrance and learn about the history that shaped the island. While walking through the narrow medieval streets wonder at some of the delights pointed out by your Truegreece guide. Churches, synagogues, public buildings, archways, courtyards, gardens, Turkish baths, will all blend together and create a unique, picturesque and enchanting experience. 

  • True Greece Lindos Tour

    The island of Rhodes has been a significant cultural, religious and military crossroads throughout history. Nowhere is this more evident than on the Acropolis of Lindos, which has been continuously fortified and improved during the centuries by the various governors of the island. The Greeks, Romans, Byzantines, the Knights of St John, and the Ottomans have all helped create the magnificent site visible today. Walk with your TrueGreece guide through the striking ruins and marvel at the history which exudes from this natural fortress.


Patmos


  • True Greece Cave of the Apocalypse, Monastery of St. John & Patmos Hora Tour

    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 TrueGreece 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.


Nafplio            

  • True Greece Nafplio & Mycenae Tour

    Named as the first capital of Greece in 1829, Nafplio is a lively and charming seaside town that will surely enchant you with its impressive combination of medieval and neoclassic characteristics. Your TrueGreece guide will show you imposing and historically significant sights, such as the Venetian castles of Akronafplia, Bourtzi, and Palamidi. You can also visit the Church of St. Spyridon and complete your journey into contemporary Greek history. Cross the threshold of the “Lions Gate” and enter the Mycenaean realm in all its glory. Dating back to the second millennium BC the legendary ancient city of Mycenae exudes history and mythology. It was King Agamemnon of Mycenae that stood by his brothers side – King Menelaus of Sparta – and spearheaded the epic war on Troy. Your TrueGreece guide will lead you on this journey into one of the richest and prominent cities of the Late Bronze Age.

  • True Greece Nafplio & Epidavros Tour

    Named as the first capital of Greece in 1829, Nafplio is a lively and charming seaside town that will surely enchant you with its impressive combination of medieval and neoclassic characteristics. Your TrueGreece guide will show you imposing and historically significant sights, such as the Venetian castles of Akronafplia, Bourtzi, and Palamidi. You can also visit the Church of St. Spyridon and complete your journey into contemporary Greek history. Seating almost 14,000 spectators the magnificent Theater of Epidavros will definitely overwhelm you with its powerful ambiance. Stand on the stage that has hosted performances of famous ancient playwrights such as Sophocles, Euripides and Aeschylus and soak in the atmosphere. Test the outstanding acoustics of the theater with your TrueGreece tour guide and discover the secrets of this architectural masterpiece.


Athens            

  • True Greece Acropolis & Athens City Tour

    Meaning “peak of the city” in Greek, the Ancient Acropolis stands proudly above the city of Athens; birth place of modern democracy and the 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. 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.




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