To the Land of Gods and Heroes

A Voyage of Discovery across the Ionian, Mediterranean, and Aegean Seas aboard the Island Sky

To the Land of Gods and Heroes route-map

Trip Details at-a-Glance

Cost From: $6690  
Length: 11 days
Arrive: Rome, Italy
Depart: Istanbul, Turkey
Lodging: 10 nights aboard a 114-passenger vessel
Meals: All meals included aboard ship and with the group ashore, including house wine, beer or soft drinks with lunch and dinner onboard
Activity: Archaeology, Cultural Adventures, Small Ship Cruising, Walking
Trip Level: 11-day cruise, cultural explorations and walking tours


  • Stroll through cobblestone squares and palazzos in Rome and Istanbul
  • Explore ancient archaelogical sites of Siracusa and Olympia
  • Visti the enchanting Greek islands of Delos and Patmos

Choosing the Right Trip

We work hard to help you choose the right trip for you, paying attention to your individual interests, abilities, and needs. If you have questions about the level of comfort or any of the activities described in this itinerary, please contact us.


We are proud to have an exceptionally high rate of repeat travelers. For more information, we would be happy to put you in touch with a client who has traveled with us.

Crossing the Ionian Sea, dipping into the Mediterranean, then island-hopping through the Aegean, you’ll voyage through the playground of the Greek gods, hearing the legends as you sail turquoise waters, call at whitewashed villages, and discover ancient sites. The journey conclues in captivating Istanbul.


Days 1-3, June 30 - July 2, 2016
Rome, Italy / Embark Island Sky / Sicily

Arrive in Rome and embark, sailing south to visit fascinating Paestum, founded by Greeks in 600 BC. At Sicily’s beautiful Taormina, with its palazzos and cobbled squares, stroll in the town’s well-preserved Greek theater to enjoy classic views of towering Mount Etna.

Days 4-7, July 3 - 6, 2016
Siracusa / Olympia, Greece / Delphi / Nafplio

Explore the famed archaeological zone at Siracusa, which once rivaled Athens, then voyage to Olympia, Greece, with its plentiful ruins shaded by Aleppo pines and olive trees. The olympic games began here, and you can see the gymnasium, stadium, and wrestling school. After exploring sacred Delphi, transit the narrow Corinth Canal to Nafplio and head to the famous citadel of Mycenae, entering by way of the Lion Gate.

Days 8-11, July 7 - 10, 2016
Delos / Patmos / Istanbul, Turkey

Visit Delos Island, birthplace of Apollo and Artemis, and explore the lovely village of Parikia, with its whitewashed houses and labyrinthine streets. Walk the pilgrim path to Patmos, city of St. John, then head to Turkish shores at Pergamum, with its splendid acropolis towering above the valley of the Caicus River. Disembark in Istanbul on Day 11.

Note: This cruise is not exclusive to, nor operated by, Wilderness Travel, who acts solely as agent in booking your reservation with the ship operator. The itinerary, lecturers, and all other arrangements are subject to change at the discretion of the cruise line.

2016 Cruise Collection

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What the Trip is Like

The trip is rated Level 1, Easiest, and is appropriate for anyone in good health who is physically active. Some excursions involve a fair amount of standing and walking—often over rough ground and sometimes uphill. Mobility is essential, as small boats and tenders are occasionally used for disembarkation and re-embarkation.

Explanation of Trip Levels



Jun 30-Jul 10, 2016

Trip Cost

Prices are for 2016

Cruise Rates by Cabin Category
Per person, double occupancy

CategoriesCruise Price
Magellan Suite Forward $6,690
Magellan Standard Suite $7,190
Columbus Superior $7,960
Marco Polo Premium $8,190
Marco Polo Corner Suite $9,090
Ericikson Deluxe Balcony $9,890
Explorer' Owner's Balcony $10,790
Single supplement: 40% surcharge for all cabin types for single occupancy. Limited availability.

Trip Payment Schedule*

At time of reservation: 10% of trip cost
100 days prior to departure: Balance

*Please note that this differs from our regular catalog departures.

Cancellation and Transfer Fee Schedule*

Minimum fee: 10% of trip cost
70-89 days prior to departure: 40% of trip cost
50-69 days prior to departure: 60% of trip cost
30-49 days prior to departure: 80% of trip cost
15-29 days prior to departure: 90% of trip cost
14 days or less: 100% of trip cost

*Please note that this differs from our regular catalog departures.

Deck Plan

Trip Cost Includes:

  • Accommodations aboard the Island Sky
  • All meals included aboard ship and with the group ashore, including house wine, beer or soft drinks with lunch and dinner onboard
  • Shore excursions
  • Use of quietvox earphones during excursions
  • Gratuities to crew and while on excursions
  • Guest speakers
  • Port taxes

Trip Cost Does Not Include:

All air transportation; excess baggage charges; airport arrival and departure taxes; transfers for independent arrivals and departures; passport and/or visa fees; items of a personal nature such as laundry, e-mail/Internet/fax/telephone charges.

Arrival & Departure Information

You are responsible for your own transportation to the arrival and from the departure cities listed below. For more detailed information, including transfers, please call our office at 1-800-368-2794.

Please do not purchase your tickets until you are confirmed on the trip. Once your tickets have been purchased, please send us a copy of your airline schedule.

2016 Departures

Arrival & Meeting Place
Aboard the Island Sky, Rome, Italy
Date: June 30, 2016 (Day 1)
Embarkation: 4:00pm

Suggested Arrival Airport
Leonardo da Vinci International Airport (airport code FCO)
Flight arrival time: No later than 1:00pm

Plan on arriving Rome on June 30, 2016 in the early afternoon. Transfer to the ship on your own. Ship embarkation begins at 4:00pm.

Istanbul, Turkey
Date: July 10, 2016 (Day 12)
Disembarkation:  9:00am

Suggested Airport for Departure
Istanbul Ataturk Airport (airport city code IST)
Time: Not before 1:00pm

Disembark after breakfast and transfer to the airport for return flights.

Expedition Details


A valid passport is required for the countries visited on this trip.  Be sure to check the expiration date.  Your passport must be valid for eight months after the conclusion of your trip. It is a good idea to carry photocopies of your passport photo page in case your passport is lost or as an additional piece of identification, as well as two extra passport photos. 


No visa is required for US Citizens traveling to Greece, Italy and Malta.  However, a visa is necessary for US citizens traveling to Turkey. You will need to obtain this ahead of time via the Turkish Government website,, prior to travel. To obtain your e-visa, you must have a valid passport, proof of a flight reservation, and a Visa or MasterCard credit card. Each traveler must apply for their visa individually.


We recommend checking the Center for Disease Control at should you have any international health concerns. 


No inoculations are currently required for entry into Europe.

Island Sky

The beautiful Island Sky features 57 spacious, outside-facing suites with marble-appointed bathrooms. Each suite includes a flat-screen TV with DVD player, hairdryer, individually controlled air conditioning, and mini-fridge. With an onboard atmosphere closer to a yacht than a cruise ship, she is very comfortable. Having undergone significant refurbishment in 2010, the ship features a large lounge, a library and bar, and an elegant dining room as well as spacious outside decks. The ship’s relatively small size lets her drop anchor in remote areas and in small ports where larger ships can’t go, and the fleet of inflatable Zodiacs offers access to wonderfully remote places. Island Sky has a staff and crew of 75.