Istanbul to Athens

Byzantine Treasures and Sacred Isles Aboard the Tere Moana

Istanbul to Athens route-map

Trip Details at-a-Glance

Cost From: $3985  
Length: 8 days
Arrive: Istanbul, Turkey
Depart: Athens, Greece
Lodging: 7 nights aboard a deluxe 90-guest vessel
Meals: all meals included on board
Activity: Small Ship Cruising, Archaeology, Cultural Adventures
Trip Level: 8-day cruise, cultural explorations and walking tours


  • Cannakale and the Dardanelles
  • Resort town of Kusadasi and magical Roman Ephesus
  • St. John’s Patmo Island, historic Rhodes, picturesque Santorini
  • Sacred island of Delos and world-famed Mykonos

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.

Departure Notes

Once you have signed up on the trip, we send a complete packing list, relevant health information, and required travel documents.

This cruise is currently SOLD OUT. We are offering a similar trip in our Cruise Collection that we invite you to explore, the Aegean Mosaic cruise between Istanbul and Athens aboard the Variety Voyager.

Voyage from the heart of the Byzantine Empire to the birthplace of Western civilization on this extraordinary journey. Sailing from Istanbul, visit the Dardanelles and Canakkale, site of an important WWI battle, and lovely Kusadasi, gateway to majestic Roman Ephesus. Then cruise the Greek Isles, touching the shores of Patmos, where St. John the Divine is said to have written the Book of Revelations, historic Rhodes, renowned for its sunny climate, picturesque Santorini, the sacred island of Delos, and glamorous Mykonos.


Day 1
Embark the Tere Moana in Istanbul, Turkey

Though not the capital of modern Turkey (that title belongs to Ankara), Istanbul was the heart of the Byzantine and then the Ottoman Empire, when it was known as Constantinople. It remains not only the most populous city in the country but also one of the greatest cities in the world. Embark the Tere Moana, and settle into your stateroom before the ship sets sail this evening.

Day 2
Canakkale, Turkey

Straddling the Dardanelles, the narrow strait that links the Aegean Sea and the Sea of Marmara, Canakkale, like Istanbul, lies on two continents: Europe and Asia. History buffs will remember Canakkale as the site of the World War I Battle of Canakkale between the U.K., France, and the Ottoman Empire. You can delve further into the region’s history at the Canakkale Museum, the Naval Museum in Cimenlik Fortress, and the Korfmann Library here.

Day 3
Kusadasi, Turkey / Roman Ephesus

Turkey’s premier resort on the Mediterranean is a dazzling modern city of gracious, palm-lined boulevards, beaches, and parks. Its history, however, dates to ancient times, seen in the 13th century Yivli Minaret, symbol of the city, and Kaleici, the old town of narrow cobbled alleys lined with Ottoman-era structures. The city also features a fine Archaeological Museum and Ataturk and Karalioglu parks, where exotic blooms are cultivated. Or perhaps you’ll explore nearby Ephesus, whose astonishing Greco-Roman ruins are one of the world’s great archaeological sites.

Day 4
Patmos, Greece

One of the Dodecanese islands in the Aegean, Patmos is important in both mythology and Christianity. It was named a Sacred Island by the Greek government in 1981 and a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 1999, and has long been a popular pilgrimage site. Boasting an enchantingly beautiful landscape, Patmos was the place of exile for St. John the Divine, one of Jesus’ disciples, who is believed to have written the Book of Revelations here. A monastery dedicated to him is visible almost everywhere throughout the island.

Day 5
Rhodes, Greece

The largest of the Dodecanese Islands, Rhodes boasts more sunny days than other city in Europe. Its location on the crossroads of east and west explains the rich, 3,000-year, multicultural history.

Day 6
Santorini, Greece

This stunningly beautiful island in the southern Aegean was created by a volcanic explosion in 1600 BC. Today, Santorini is renowned for its whitewashed villages and black-sand beaches. During today’s port call, you might venture to the rim of the now-dormant volcano, accessible by funicular or donkey.

Day 8
Disembark in Athens, Greece

The birthplace of Western civilization and modern capital of Greece, Athens is dominated by the spectacular Acropolis, where the ruins of the magnificent Parthenon still stand. Disembark in Piraeus, the port for this illustrious city, after breakfast this morning.

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.

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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 27-Jul 4, 2015  SOLD OUT

Trip Cost

Prices are for 2015

Cruise Rates by Cabin Category
Per person, double occupancy

CategoriesCruise Price
Category C $3,985
Category B $4,365
Category A $5,410
Port Taxes: $435

Trip Payment Schedule*

At time of reservation: 20% 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 (administrative fee): $100 per person
120-91 days prior to departure: 10% of trip cost
90-61 days prior to departure: 20% of trip cost
60-31 days prior to departure: 50% of trip cost
30 days or less: 100% of trip cost

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

Deck Plan


Category A

  • Balcony Stateroom: 298 sq. ft.
  • Stateroom: 205 sq. ft.
  • Veranda: 93 sq. ft.
  • Staterooms: 501-508
  • Bathroom includes a shower only

Category B & C

Window Staterooms: 194 sq. ft.

Category B: 401, 403-419. 410 and 411 can accommodate a third guest in a sofa bed.

Category C: 302-319, no 318. 308, 309 and 311 can accommodate a third guest in a sofa bed. 402 is slightly smaller at 161 sq. ft. Bathroom includes a shower only.


Trip Cost Includes:

  • Spacious, oceanview accommodations
  • All shipboard meals
  • Complimentary room service
  • Complimentary beverages, including select wines and spirits, beer, soft drinks, bottled water, and hot beverages served throughout the ship
  • Refrigerator replenished daily with soft drinks, beer, and bottled water
  • All shipboard entertainment
  • All onboard gratuities for room stewards and dining staff
  • Complimentary watersports in select ports from the ship's marina or destination beaches

Trip Cost Does Not Include:

International airfare, optional excursions, and items of a personal nature.

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 six 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.


US and Canadian nationals require a visa for entry into Turkey.  You will need to purchase your entry visia 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.

Tere Moana

Renovated in 2012 and accommodating just 90 guests, the Tere Moana (Tahitian for “ocean traveler”) offers spacious staterooms, two open-seating restaurants, and a swimming pool, sun deck, fitness center, small library, and whirlpool, among her many attributes. All staterooms feature an ocean view, king-size bed, TV, CD/DVD player, iPod docking station, temperature control, and many other amenities. The Tere Moana offers a spirit of hospitality, and with one crew member for every 1.5 guests, you’re assured the highest level of personal attention. Her relatively small size is ideal for expedition cruising, with the ability to cruise into ports inaccessible to larger ships.