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Seabourn Cruises Athens to Istanbul: June 14 – July 5, 2014

Athens – Monemvasia – Katakolo – Parga – Dubrovnik – Hvar – Ravenna – Venice – Sibenik – Kotor – Kotor – Corfu – Kefalonia – Gythio – Rethymno – Athens – Milos – Mykonos – Marmaris – Kusadasi – Patmos – Mythemna – Istanbull

Cruise Company: Seabourn Cruises
Ship Name: Seabourn Odyssey
Duration: 21 Days / 20 Nights
Travel Dates: 14 Jun 2014 - 05 Jul 2014
Cruise Code: Seabourn


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Jun 14 – Sat Athens – Greece   16:00
Individual arrival in Athens ~ embarkation on the Seabourn Odyssey.

If True Greece has arranged for your pre-cruise experience at a luxury Athens hotel, before meeting your private car transfer to board your cruise at the port of Piraeus, 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.

Following your tour, board your cruise ship at Athens’ main port of Piraeus - Greece's largest port and gateway to the Mediterranean since 482 BC! We wish you an exceptional cruise experience!
 
Jun 15 - Sun Monemvasia - Greece 08:00 17:00
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 16 - Mon Katakolo - Greece 08:00 18:00
Katakolo is a picturesque port town located outside of Ancient Olympia. Enjoy a morning stroll through the local shops, perhaps a coffee at one of the many cafes or a light snack at one of the traditional tavernas.

If you have included a True Greece guided tour of Ancient Olympia, meet your driver and local True Greece guide to explore and learn more about this incredible ancient site. Located on the western coast of southern Greece in the Peloponnesus, Olympia is the birthplace of the Olympic Games. First held in 776 BC, it is the place where the Olympic flame is still lit each and every Games, at the altar of the goddess Hera. Together with your local True Greece guide, you will have the opportunity to explore this ancient site, including the ruins of the great Temple of Zeus, which once housed the great Statue of Zeus - one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World!
 
Jun 17 - Tue Parga – Greece 08:00 17:00
Parga is a picturesque resort town situated on the northwestern coast of Greece between Preveza and Igoumenitsa. Amphitheatrically built, it uniquely combines mountain and sea. The village of Parga, once known as Hypargos was founded in the early 13th century and originally built on top of the mountain "Pezovolo". In 1360, in order to protect the city from the Albanians, the Pargians transferred it to its present location.

Although located on the mainland, its beautiful scenery, the relaxed resort atmosphere and the stunning beaches around Parga will make you feel as if you were on one of the Greek islands.

When visiting Parga for a day, perhaps you are interested in exploring the old Venetian Castle. The castle is built on a hill overlooking the town and offering magnificent views of the area. It was initially built in the 11th century by the locals to protect the area from pirates and the Turks but was destroyed and rebuilt multiple times in the following centuries. Today, one can still discover some interesting details around the castle, such as the Lion of Venice in the entrance, emblems of Ali Pasha, two-headed eagles, some inscriptions and a secret path to the sea. There is a cafe inside the castle offering drinks and snacks, as well as a gift shop for some souvenirs.
 
Jun 18 – Wed Dubrovnik - Croatia 10:00 23:00
A Croatian seaport city on the Adriatic coast, Dubrovnik is one of the most prominent destinations on the Adriatic. The Republic of Ragusa, as Dubrovnik was called in the Middle Ages, joined the UNESCO list of World Heritage Sites in 1979; it was a Maritime Republic (together with Amalfi, Pisa, Genoa, Venice and other Italian cities), and became the only eastern Adriatic city-state to rival Venice. The city has always been based on maritime trade, and it achieved and prospered a high level of development, particularly during the 15th and 16th centuries.

Dubrovnik offers its visitors many incredible old buildings, such as the Arboretum Trsteno, the oldest arboretum in the world, which dates back to before 1492. Also, the third oldest European pharmacy is located in the city, which dates back to 1317 (still in operation today)! In Dubrovnik’s bay there is a 72-hectare wooded island of Lokrum, where according to legend, Richard the Lionheart was cast ashore after being shipwrecked in 1192 - this island includes a fortress, botanical garden, monastery and naturist beach. Some excellent beaches to consider while in Dubrovnik are Banje, Dubrovnik's main public beach, home to the East-West Beach Club, or Copacabana Beach, a stony beach on the Lapad peninsula, named after the popular beach in Rio de Janeiro.
 
Jun 19 - Thu Hvar - Croatia 08:00 16:00
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Jun 20 - Fri Ravenna - Italy 08:00 18:00
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Jun 21 – Sat Venice - Italy 07:00 16:00
Described by many as one of the most beautiful cities in the world, Venice, or Venezia in Italian, has been an important port city throughout history. Founded in the early 400s A.D., this city has been renowned for its beauty, architecture, musical and artistic culture, and of course its strategic maritime power during the Middle Ages and Renaissance. Stretched across 117 small islands in the Venetian Lagoon along the Adriatic Sea, Venice was a wealthy city throughout most of its history; while tourism has been a major sector of its industry since the 18th century. Venice continues to impress its visitors as one of the most visited destinations in Italy, if not the entire Mediterranean!
 
Jun 22 - Sun Sibenik - Croatia 10:00 18:00
The city of Sibenik is located on the Croatian coast some 80 km north of the more famous town of Split. As it is positioned in the deep bay, it is one of the most naturally protected harbors on the Adriatic coast. Although Sibenik is less known than Dubrovnik and Split, it has its own personality and some great things to see and enjoy. The atmosphere in Sibenik is youthful and lively. Narrow streets lead to attractive squares where modern and stylish shop windows unite with the fine architecture of vanished centuries.

One of the things not to be missed is Sibenik’s cathedral –Sveti Jakov. Built back in 1434, it is an important Croatian Renaissance building and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The cathedral lies just underneath the fortress walls of the town in the old area of Sibenik. Other places of interest in Sibenik include the town hall, the churches of St. Barbara and St. Fran as well as many small town palaces, fortresses and other churches all spread throughout the city.
 
Jun 23 - Mon Kotor - Montenegro 08:00 15:00
Located in a secluded part of the Gulf of Kotor, Kotor is an old Mediterranean port on the coast of Montenegro. As one of the best preserved medieval towns in the Adriatic, surrounded by impressive city walls built by the Republic of Venice, Kotor has been honored with being title a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Built in the shadow of the impressive St. John’s Hill, as one approaches the shores of Kotor, they can’t help but be in awe of the incredible natural landscape and of course of the picturesque city itself – it is immediately obvious that you have come to one of the world’s most beautiful bays.
 
Jun 24 - Tue Corfu - Greece 08:00 23:00
Corfu lies at the entrance of the Adriatic Sea, between Italy and Greece in the Ionian Sea and is the second largest of the Ionian Islands. It is a very mountainous island with incredible landscapes, dense vegetation, golden brown sandy beaches, traditional villages, Byzantine churches, several museums, striking Venetian fortresses and one of Greece’s most beautiful main towns. Corfu town is the largest town in all of the Ionian Islands and is perhaps one of the most interesting cities in Greece. Built during the island’s Venetian rule, Corfu town stands between two fortresses and its architecture has been influenced by all the major civilizations that occupied the island, such as the Sicilians, Venetians, French and British.
 
Jun 25 - Wed Kefalonia - Greece 08:00 17:00
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Jun 26 - Thu Gythio - Greece 08:00 17:00
The town of Gythio is located in southern Peloponnese on the Laconian Gulf. It is protected in the north by the Taygetos mountain range whose highest peak "Profitis Ilias" with its 2.407 m is also the highest mountain in the entire Peloponnese.

Gythio is a picturesque, lively little town. As nothing remarkable is left from the town’s ancient past – only a small Roman theatre survived an earthquake that struck the city in the 4th century – visitors today simply enjoy the present life atmosphere. Most of Gythio’s houses are two- or three-storey neo-classical mansions built along narrow streets and staiways. There is also a long sea-side promenade with a variety of taverns and cafes from where you can watch the colourful fishing boats in the harbour and the sea.
 
Jun 27 - Fri Rethymno - Greece 08:00 18:00
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Jun 28 - Sat Athens - Greece 07:00 16:00
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 a tour experience, meet your private driver upon arrival at the Piraeus cruise terminal and 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 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 sites, perhaps a tour of the major historical museums including the New Acropolis Museum and the National Archaeological Museum; or perhaps you’d prefer an excursion to the Temple of Zeus at Sounio. Whatever your preferences, we can fulfil exactly what you are looking for…and more!
 
Jun 29 - Sun Milos - Greece 08:00 17:00
Milos is a unique horse-shoe shaped volcanic island located at the most south-western part of the Cyclades group of islands in the Aegean. It boasts one of the largest natural harbors in the Mediterranean and is rich in natural resources. Although Milos can be remembered as a picturesque Cycladic island, you will soon learn that it is most well-known for the ‘Venus de Milo’ statue of Aphrodite that is now at the Louvre in France, as well as a statue of the Greek god Asclepius that is now at the British Museum in the United Kingdom. Enjoy your day meeting the hospitable locals, swimming in incredibly clear waters, and exploring this distinct island and its interesting lunar landscape with incredible rock formations!
 
Jun 30 - Mon Mykonos - Greece 08:00 17:00
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.
 
Jul 1 - Tue Marmaris - Turkey 08:00 18:00
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Jul 2 - Wed 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 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.
 
Jul 3 - Thu 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.
 
Jul 4 - Fri Mythemna - Greece 08:00 16:00
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Jul 5 - Sat Istanbul - Turkey 07:00 nbsp;
Arrival Istanbul ~ individual departure.

If True Greece has arranged for your post-cruise experience, meet your private driver upon arrival at the cruise terminal who will transfer you to your luxury hotel in Istanbul.

If asked to name a city in the world that most evokes a sense of the exotic, of immense beauty, and of intrigue and mystery, many people would name Istanbul. Standing over two continents, three empires, several cultures, and thousands of years of history, it is a truly international city – one that seems to have long drawn people to project their own fantasies onto it. Arguably the greatest appeal of Istanbul is the unique combination of its rich history and historical structures with its cosmopolitan feel. While the city’s unique past will fascinate you and the various monuments will evoke a genuine sense of awe, perfectly combined with an oriental feel in many areas of the city. In Istanbul, there is no doubt that you are in a fabulous city like no other on this planet.

If you did not have the opportunity to enjoy our True Greece guided tour of Istanbul, this is the perfect time to have us make these arrangements for you. As a guest of True Greece, we can fulfil exactly the experience that you are looking for during your stay in Istanbul!


Cruises are subject to availability. Itineraries and times are subject to change. Click on ports for detailed information.

Ships' Registry: Bahamas


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

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.
Katakolo

  • True Greece Olympia Tour

    Dedicated to the father of the gods, Olympian Zeus, discover one of the most important sanctuaries of antiquity. The site of Olympia is located in the lush valley of the Alpheios River and is the birth-place of the Olympic Games. Walk on the ground that has been graced by thousands of athletes past and present, and explore the original Olympic stadium and facilities. Both a religious and athletic center of ancient Greece, this site will inspire you to strive for greatness.

 
Corfu


  • True Greece Corfu Tour

    Influenced by all of the major civilizations that occupied the island, such as the Sicilians, Venetians, French, and British, Corfu can only be described as diverse. Follow your guide to the Achilleion, the home to some magnificent paintings and sculptures that was built by Empress Elizabeth of Austria.

    Explore the church of patron saint Spyridon which is regarded by the locals as the most important holy site of Corfu. Next visit the unique Museum of Asiatic Art that contains numerous exhibits from many Asian countries. End your day at Paleokastritsa to either visit the local Monastery of the Virgin Mary or to take in the wonderful view of the beach.
 
Mykonos


  • True Greece Delos Tour

    During ancient times, according to Greek mythology, Delos 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.


  • True Greece Mykonos Town Tour

    An archetype of Cycladic architecture, Mykonos Town or Hora is protected by Greek law in order to sustain its beauty and elegance. Follow your True Greece guide and get a local’s perspective of this architecturally exceptional location. Visit a rare jewel of traditional Greek Architecture, the Church of Panayia Paraportyanni which dates back to the 15th century. Learn the history and significance of the trademark windmills of Mykonos and visit a local bakery where you can sample some of their fresh produce. You will also have a chance to visit the quaint local archaeological museum and walk around “Little Venice.”


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.


Patmos

  • True Greece Cave of the Apocalypse, Monastery of St. John and 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.


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.




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