Trip Details at-a-Glance
|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|
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.
Once you have signed up on the trip, we send a complete packing list, relevant health information, and required travel documents.
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.
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.
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.
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.
2016 Cruise Collection Brochure
We’ve searched the world to find the finest small ships and most active adventures, from Greenland to New Zealand to the great rivers of Europe.
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.
Jun 30-Jul 10, 2016
Prices are for 2016
Cruise Rates by Cabin Category
Per person, double occupancy
|Magellan Suite Forward||$6,690|
|Magellan Standard Suite||$7,190|
|Marco Polo Premium||$8,190|
|Marco Polo Corner Suite||$9,090|
|Ericikson Deluxe Balcony||$9,890|
|Explorer' Owner's Balcony||$10,790|
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
89-70 days prior to departure: 40% of trip cost
69-50 days prior to departure: 60% of trip cost
49-30 days prior to departure: 80% of trip cost
29-15 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.
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
Arrival & Meeting Place
Aboard the Island Sky, Malta
Date: Day 1
Flight arrival time: No later than 3:00pm
Suggested Arrival Airport
Malta International Airport (airport city code MLA)
Plan on arriving Malta on September 10, 2014 in the early afternoon. Ship embarkation begins at 4:00pm. If your incoming flight coincides with the group flight from London (KM101 LHR/MLA 10:50am/3:00pm), you can join the group transfer. Otherwise, we can schedule a transfer for you, but the cost will be extra.
Date: Day 12
Time: Not before 1:00pm
Suggested Airport for Departure
Istanbul Ataturk Airport (airport city code IST)
Disembark after breakfast and transfer to the airport for return flights. You can join the group transfer to the airport which coincides with the group flight on September 21 (BA679 IST/LHR 1:55pm/4:05pm). Or transfer to the airport or Istanbul on your own.
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, www.evisa.gov.tr, 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 www.cdc.gov should you have any international health concerns.
No inoculations are currently required for entry into Europe.
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.