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.
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.