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

Overview

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.

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.

Itinerary

Days 1-3, Jun 30-Jul 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, Jul 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, Jul 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.

Highlights

Highlights

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

Details

Length: 11 days
Cost From: $6690  
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
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