Turkey and Greece: A Sailing Odyssey

  • 10 days aboard the Sea Cloud
  • Sail among the magnificent isles and rocky coastlines of Turkey and Greece.

Expedition Details


Step aboard the square-rigged yacht Sea Cloud, and sail along the magnificent isles and rocky coastlines of Turkey and Greece. Encounter the glittering marble cities of the ancient world from Ephesus to Delos, and stroll through the timeless whitewashed villages of the Cyclades. Delve deep into the rich history and mythology of the Romans and the Greeks and encounter the legacy of the Ottomans in vibrant İstanbul.

Trip Highlights

    • Sail to ancient harbors and gem-like Greek isles under the billowing sails of the legendary Sea Cloud, a magnificent four-masted tall ship with a colorful history.
    • Experience the enchantment of İstanbul, the fabled capital of the Ottoman Empire, and examine artifacts from world-renowned Bronze Age shipwrecks in Bodrum.
    • Cruise into the volcanic caldera of Santoríni, and wander the medieval streets of the kastro on the cliff-tops of Folégandros.
    • Venture into some of the most important archaeological sites of the Greco-Roman era, including Delos, Didyma, and Ephesus.

Itinerary - 10 Days

Days 1 & 2 — U.S./İstanbul, Turkey

Depart on an overnight flight to İstanbul and check into our stunning hotel, housed within a century-old neoclassical prison. Gather tonight for a festive welcome dinner.
Four Seasons Hotel Istanbul at Sultanahmet (D)

Day 3 — Izmir/Ephesus

Fly to Izmir and drive to Ephesus, where the Temple of Artemis—one of the seven wonders of the ancient world—once stood. Follow the Marble Way past merchant houses to the Great Theater and the iconic facade of the Library of Celsus. The spectacular Sea Cloud awaits us at the port of Kusadasi. Settle into your cabin and gaze at the receding harbor as we cast off into the Aegean. Then enjoy the first of our superb dining experiences on board.
Sea Cloud (B,L,D)

Day 4 — Didyma/At Sea

Wander among the ruins of the Temple of Apollo at Didyma, home to the oracle of Apollo and one of the most sacred sites of the ancient Greeks. This afternoon, watch sailors climb the lines to raise the sails by hand as we head for Bodrum.

Day 5 — Bodrum

Spend the day in the lively seaside town of Bodrum. Venture into the Castle of St. Peter, built by the Crusaders and now home to Museum of Underwater Archaeology. Examine artifacts from Bronze Age shipwrecks and subsequent eras, and then enjoy time to stroll along the harbor to see yachts of all shapes and sizes pull in.

Day 6 — At Sea

During a full day of sailing on our way to the Cyclades, attend talks by our experts and enjoy a fabulous buffet lunch al fresco. Go for a swim or a float right off the side of the ship, and relax after dinner as the ship’s pianist plays on deck.

Day 7 — Santoríni, Greece

Take in a spectacular panorama as we glide into Santoríni’s volcanic caldera and approach soaring cliffs topped with whitewashed villages. Ashore, explore the domed churches and windmills of Oía and continue to Thíra for stunning views of the caldera. Descend from the cliffs to the harbor by funicular or by donkey.

Day 8 — At Sea/Folégandros

After a morning at sea, anchor at Folégandros and head up to the cliff-top town of Hora. Stop for a pastry in a shady square, and meander through the cobbled streets of the medieval kastro, enjoying magnificent views of the sea far below.

Day 9 — Delos/At Sea

Tiny Delos is known as the birthplace of the twin gods Artemis and Apollo and was a flourishing Roman port. Discover the many layers of civilization at this extraordinary archaeological site, and see the Terrace of the Lions the marble Sanctuary of Apollo. Spend a final afternoon enjoying our beautiful ship as we set our course for Piraeus.

Day 10 — Piraeus/Athens/U.S.

After breakfast, disembark in Pireaus and transfer to Athens for your return flight.

Special Offer

Book travel in the Mediterranean on the Sea Cloud in 2014 or 2015 by July 31, 2014, and we will cover your bar tab on board and all tips for the crew.

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This trip is offered in association with Lindblad Expeditions.


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Add a two-day extension in Athens; or a two-day extension in İstanbul. Please call for details.

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