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 Istanbul.
Depart on an overnight flight to Istanbul and check into our hotel, located in the heart of the Old City in this fabled capital of the Ottoman Empire. If you wish, take advantage of free time this afternoon to explore on your own, perhaps to visit the Blue Mosque to see its renowned
Iznik tiles, or the Hagia Sophia, where graceful minarets soar into the sky. We’ll gather tonight for a festive welcome dinner.
Four Seasons Hotel Istanbul at Sultanahmet (D)
Board a morning flight to Izmir and continue
overland to Ephesus, once home to the Temple of
Artemis, one of the seven wonders of the ancient
world. Take in views of this sparkling white city
and then follow the Marble Way past ancient
merchant houses to the Great Theater and the
dazzling facade of the Library of Celsus. This
afternoon, a short drive brings us to the port of
Kusadasi where the beautiful Sea Cloud awaits.
Settle into your cabin and enjoy dinner on board
Sea Cloud (B,L,D)
At Didyma we explore an Ionian shrine that was the site of the oracle of Apollo. Wander among the ruins of massive columns to the Temple of Apollo and discover the site's significance in the ancient world. Later this afternoon return to the Sea Cloud and watch sailors climb the lines to raise the sails by hand as we set sail for Bodrum.
Drop anchor in Bodrum, a lively seaside town
built around two natural harbors. Venture into the
Castle of St. Peter, built by the Crusaders in the
15th century to combat the spread of the Ottoman Empire. Set on a promontory between Bodrum’s
harbors, the castle now houses the impressive
Museum of Underwater Archaeology, where
we’ll examine items excavated from Bronze Age
shipwrecks and artifacts from subsequent eras.
Enjoy a full day skimming across the sparkling
Aegean in our lovely tall ship as we make our way
to the Cycladic Islands under full sail. Relax with
a book on deck, take in the views and watch the
crew trim the sails, and attend talks by our experts
on the history and culture of the region. Late this
afternoon, we may stop for a swim or dock at one
of the islands along our route.
Make sure you’re on deck this morning as we
glide into Santoríni’s volcanic caldera and see
the island's spectacular cliffs and whitewashed
villages ringing the blue sea. Ashore, take a drive
through vineyards to the tiny village of Ía and
stroll past its iconic domed churches and windmills.
Then continue to Thíra and take in splendid views
of the caldera.
After a morning of sailing, anchor at the small island
of Folégandros and head up to the cliff-side town
of Hora. Stroll along the cobbled streets of the
medieval kastro, and wind your way through the city walls for
magnificent views of the island's rocky shores and
Tiny Delos is known as the birthplace of the twin
gods Artemis, goddess of animals and the hunt,
and Apollo, god of healing, reason and light. It
was also a flourishing port during the Roman
era. Explore this extraordinary archaeological
site today. Walk down the Terrace of the Lions and
encounter the marble Temple of Apollo, one of
the holiest sites in ancient Greece. On our final
afternoon unwind on deck one last time as we set
our course for Piraeus.
After breakfast, disembark in Pireaus and transfer
to Athens for your return flight.
Travel in the Mediterranean in a Category A or B cabin on the 2013 Sea Cloud expeditions listed below and receive complimentary round-trip international airfare; additionally, enjoy a complimentary one-night stay in Athens regardless of your cabin category. Offer is for new bookings, is subject to availability, and cannot be combined with other discounts. Complimentary airfare must be booked through Lindblad Expeditions.
Travel in the Mediterranean on the Sea Cloud on any 2013 or 2014 departure and we will cover your bar tab on board and all tips for the crew.
Accompanying each expedition is a diverse team of experts — from naturalists to regional specialists — who will share their knowledge and insights on the wildlife, landscapes, and local culture. See one of the members of our extraordinary team below.
Katy Croff Bell
Marine explorer and National Geographic Emerging Explorer Katy Croff Bell uses technology to investigate the depths of the ocean. Over the past ten years, she has participated in or led more than 20 oceanographic and archaeological projects. Katy’s current work involves the utilization of telepresence technology on ocean exploration projects for remote science and education. She is Vice President of the Ocean Exploration Trust and Chief Scientist of Bob Ballard's flagship exploration vessel, Nautilus, working with a large team to implement state-of-the-art technology on expeditions to the Black Sea, the Mediterranean Sea, and the Atlantic Ocean.
Katy will join the following departure:
May 08 - 17, 2014
This trip is offered in association with Lindblad Expeditions.
REV Indicates trip operates in reverse.
|Category B - Deluxe||$13,880|
|Category A - Deluxe||$14,750|
Prices are per person, double occupancy. For a single cabin in 2014, add $4,090 in Category 1.
Airfare is not included in the expedition cost. Round-trip economy airfare from New York to Istanbul and return from Athens is $1,200 (subject to change).