Your 7-night cruise on the Aegean Sea begins and ends in Athens. Start with an overnight and guided sightseeing to explore the Acropolis, ruins of the ancient Greek capital. Take some free time to enjoy the city before meeting your ship in nearby Piraeus. You’ll sail to Istanbul, Turkey, and spend an afternoon exploring this fascinating city with an overnight docking. On the second day of exploring, board a private tender boat for an excursion through the Bosphorus Strait between Europe and Asia, and stroll through the Spice Market in Istanbul. Sail overnight to Canakkale in northwestern Turkey—the area that includes historic Troy and Gallipoli. Cruise across the Aegean to the Greek port of Volos—where, according to mythology—Jason and his Argonauts were trained by the centaur Chiron. You’ll cruise to the island of Crete, and visit the ancient sites in Heraklion and Knossos—the center of 3000-BC Minoan civilization and fascinating Greek myths. Your ship sails on to the “Black Pearl of the Aegean”—Santorini. Join in an excursion to the clifftops perched on the volcanic caldera. Continue to the blue-and-white island of Mykonos. Explore through its blue-domed roofs, windmills, and narrow streets to shop and soak up the sun (or shade) in classic Greek style.
You’ll return to Piraeus to disembark your ship, then conclude your value-minded Greek holiday with two more nights in Athens including a visit to the Archaeological Museum. This affordable holiday in Greece with Mediterranean cruise is the perfect way to explore Athens and the Aegean!