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Cultures of East Mediterranean

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09.16.24-09.24.24
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Experience the magic of the Eastern Mediterranean on this unforgettable voyage. From the bustling streets of Istanbul to the charming town of Kavala, and the vibrant city of Thessaloniki, this cruise takes you through some of the world's most beautiful and historic destinations. Explore the ancient ruins of Volos and Chíos, stroll through the picturesque streets of Kusadasi and Rhodes, and soak up the sun on Heraklion’s breathtaking beaches.

Itinerary

Istanbul
Day 1
Istanbul bridges Europe and Asia, shaped by Greeks, Romans, Byzantines and Ottomans. This diversity infuses the city's architecture, cuisine, music and arts. Sites include the Hagia Sophia museum, a former church and mosque, the stunning Blue Mosque with six minarets, Topkapi Palace, the former residence of the Ottoman sultans, and the Grand Bazaar, one of the largest and oldest covered markets in the world.
Kavala
Day 2
Kavála in eastern Macedonia, Greece, is a rarely explored port that offers unexpected delights - a blend of history, culture and architecture. Known as Neopolis in ancient times, Kavála was historically a significant seaport, used by Middle Eastern traders to access European markets. The Ottoman old town's alleys lead to a Byzantine citadel while the Imaret is a former Islamic soup kitchen and mosque, now a cultural centre with a museum.
Thessaloniki
Day 3
In the heart of the Thermaic Gulf, Greece's second city is a vibrant mix of diverse neighbourhoods, each with its unique character. The Byzantine walls offer the best views of the city. The narrow lanes of Ano Poli take you through one of the city’s oldest districts, past ancient castles and monuments. Remnants from the reign of 4th-century emperor Galerius Maximiliano include the Palace, Triumphal Arch and Rotunda.
Volos
Day 4
The homeland of the mythical centaur, the port city of Volos offers a mix of salty sea breeze, fresh mountain air and fascinating mythology. With a replica of the infamous Argo, recreated from historical texts, this is where Jason and his Argonauts sailed on a quest for the Golden Fleece. The extensive seafront is lined with traditional cafes and tavernas, known for freshly caught seafood and traditional tsipouro (a local spirit).
Chios
Day 5
The birthplace of Greek poet Homer, Chios island In the Aegean Sea, is known for mastic production and medieval villages. Fortress-like mastic villages were built under Genoese rule in the 12th century. Highlights include Olympi and medieval Pirgi with its intricately patterned geometric house decorations, Mesta with its fortified alleyways and central Taxiarches Church, and the mastic tree groves used to produce the unique resin.
Kusadasi
Day 6
Kusadasi is the gateway to 11th century BC Ephesus, a well-preserved ancient site. This UNESCO-listed treasure was a vital Roman capital and religious hub from 129 BC. It features marble streets, the Temple of Hadrian, mosaic-adorned Terrace Houses, the Library of Celsus and the amphitheatre where St. Paul spoke. Nearby stood the Temple of Artemis/Diana, once among the Seven Wonders. The Seljuk archaeological museum displays Ephesus artefacts.
Heraklion, Crete
Day 7
Heraklion, Crete's largest city and capital, holds a rich history dating to the Minoans and Venetians. The Palace of Knossos, around 2000 BC, is a key Greek archaeological site, central to Minoan civilization. The Heraklion Archaeological Museum showcases Minoan artefacts, including Knossos' famous frescoes. The city's Venetian legacy is seen in the 16th-century fortress and the Lions (Morosini Fountain), supplying 1,000 barrels of water daily.
Rhodes
Day 8
Rhodes Town, one of Europe's best medieval walled towns, is known for the 14th century UNESCO-listed Old Town constructed by the Knights of St. John and the 100-foot Colossus statue that once stood in the harbour. Highlights include the bustling Turkish district, Grand Masters' Palace adorned with marble mosaics and Gothic Street of the Knights. Nearby Lindos offers whitewashed streets and an Acropolis with views over St. Paul's Bay.
Limassol
Day 9
Limassol is the second-largest city in Cyprus, lies between the ancient sites of Amathous and Kourion. The city has witnessed various occupations. Modern waterfront buildings and a sleek promenade stand in contrast to the ancient core of the Old Town. Notably, Limassol Castle played a historic role, serving as the venue for Richard the Lionheart's marriage to Berengaria of Navarre after his conquest of the island in 1191.
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Oceanview D4

18 m2
2
Oceanview Staterooms feature two single beds or a double bed, a bedroom with a living room area, and a luxurious bathroom. Amenities include TV service, minibar with soft drinks & beer; Illy Espresso coffee machine with pods, kettle, and Kusmi tea bags; towels for cabin, pool, and gym; bathrobe; bedroom slippers; and toiletries by Lajatica.

Oceanview M4

18 m2
2
Oceanview Staterooms feature two single beds or a double bed, a bedroom with a living room area, and a luxurious bathroom. Amenities include TV service, minibar with soft drinks & beer; Illy Espresso coffee machine with pods, kettle, and Kusmi tea bags; towels for cabin, pool, and gym; bathrobe; bedroom slippers; and toiletries by Lajatica.

Balcony D5

18 m2
2
Balcony Staterooms feature two single beds or a double bed, a bedroom with a living room area, a luxurious bathroom, and a 6m2 (65ft2) private balcony. Amenities include TV service, stocked minibar with soft drinks & beer; Illy Espresso coffee machine with pods, kettle, and Kusmi tea bags; towels for cabin, pool, and gym; bathrobe; bedroom slippers; and toiletries by Lajatica.

Balcony M5

18 m2
2
Balcony Staterooms feature two single beds or a double bed, a bedroom with a living room area, a luxurious bathroom, and a 6m2 (65ft2) private balcony. Amenities include TV service, stocked minibar with soft drinks & beer; Illy Espresso coffee machine with pods, kettle, and Kusmi tea bags; towels for cabin, pool, and gym; bathrobe; bedroom slippers; and toiletries by Lajatica.

Balcony D6

18 m2
2
Balcony Staterooms feature two single beds or a double bed, a bedroom with a living room area, a luxurious bathroom, and a 6m2 (65ft2) private balcony. Amenities include TV service, stocked minibar with soft drinks & beer; Illy Espresso coffee machine with pods, kettle, and Kusmi tea bags; towels for cabin, pool, and gym; bathrobe; bedroom slippers; and toiletries by Lajatica.

Junior Suite

24 m2
2
Junior Suites are only available on SH Diana and feature a king-size bed, a separate living room area with a flame-effect fireplace, a private kitchen, a luxurious en-suite bathroom, and a 7mq private balcony. Amenities include TV service, minibar with soft drinks & beer; Illy Espresso coffee machine with pods, kettle, and Kusmi tea bags; towels for the cabin, pool, and gym; bathrobe; bedroom slippers; and toiletries by Lajatica.

Suite

30 m2
2
Suites feature a king-size bed, a separate living room, and a flame-effect fireplace. A luxurious ensuite bathroom with a separate bathtub, walk-in shower, and a 5mq private balcony. Amenities include TV service, stocked minibar with soft drinks & beer; Illy Espresso coffee machine with pods, kettle, and Kusmi tea bags; towels for cabin, pool, and gym; bathrobe; bedroom slippers; and toiletries by Lajatica.

Premium Suite

30 m2
2
Premium Suites have a king-size bed, a separate living room, and a flame-effect fireplace. A luxurious ensuite bathroom with a separate bathtub and shower, walk–in wardrobe, and a 9mq private balcony. Amenities include TV service, minibar with soft drinks & beer; Illy Espresso coffee machine with pods, kettle, and Kusmi tea bags; towels for cabin, pool, and gym; bathrobe; bedroom slippers; Lajatica toiletries.