Isles of Myth and Legend

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Step into Greek mythology on this Aegean voyage starting in Athens. Discover islands like Naxos where Theseus abandoned Ariadne, and explore Crete’s Venetian harbour at Chania and King Minos’ palace at Knossos. In Rhodes, stroll the medieval Old Town and discover Samos, home of mathematician Pythagoras. Cruise to Lesbos, the inspiration for Sappho’s poems, and Chios, Homer’s birthplace before arriving in Istanbul, where east meets west.

Itinerary

Piraeus
Day 1
Greece's cosmopolitan capital, Athens, connected by Piraeus port, is an exciting blend of ancient and modern. The Grand Promenade seamlessly links the city's main archaeological sites, and a visit isn't complete without exploring the Acropolis—a hill housing ancient ruins, including the iconic Parthenon. For deeper insights, the Acropolis Museum awaits, and a marble path ascends Filopappou Hill, offering majestic views of the 'high city.'
Naxos
Day 2
The largest Cyclades island, Naxos's capital Chora is one of the most beautiful Cycladic villages, blending Venetian and Cycladic elements of whitewashed houses and cobblestone alleys. Endless beaches ring the coast, while the island's granite mountains host lush meadows, olive groves and citrus orchards. Whitewashed villages and Byzantine chapels speckle the landscape. In Greek mythology, Naxos is said to be where Ariadne settled and Zeus lived.
Chania, Crete
Day 3
Once the crossroads for ancient Minoans, Chania's medieval harbour on Crete's northwest shore dates back to the 14th-century. A 16th-century lighthouse guards the harbour. The picturesque old town combines Venetian and Ottoman architecture, mosques, churches and fortifications. Food lovers enjoy the seafood eateries that grace the waterfront, while inland, fertile valleys support vines, olive and citrus groves.
Agios Nikolaos, Crete
Day 4
Agios Nikolaos, on Crete's east coast, is a charming town with a picturesque harbour, cafes and a sandy beach. The town sits upon the ancient city ruins of Lato pros Kamara. The Archaeological Museum displays artefacts from local excavations. Close to the harbour, the freshwater Voulismeni Lake, a nearly circular pool, is reputed to have been the bathing place of the goddesses Artemis and Athena, and connects to the sea via a narrow canal.
Rhodes
Day 5
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.
Samos Island, Pythagoreio
Day 6
Pythagorion, the picturesque port village on Samos Island, is named after famous ancient philosopher Pythagoras. Traditional red-roofed houses and winding alleys envelop the charming fishing harbour's inviting tavernas. Constructed on top of the ancient ruins of Samos, a UNESCO World Heritage site, key landmarks include the 6th-century BC Temple of Hera (Heraion) and the awe-inspiring Eupalinos Tunnel, a 1036-m aqueduct tunnel.
Chios
Day 7
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.
Mytilene, Lesbos Island
Day 8
Mitilini with its medieval alleys, is capital of Lesbos, Greece's third-largest island and an Ancient Greek cultural centre. Sappho, a female ancient Greek poet who worshipped Aphrodite, is celebrated at her birthplace in Skala Eressos. Messa features a 4th-century BC temple dedicated to Zeus, Dionysus,and Hera. The Lesvos Island UNESCO Global Geopark showcases an ancient preserved forest. Lesbos is also famous for ouzo distilleries.
Istanbul
Day 9
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.
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Oceanview D4

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Oceanview Staterooms measure 20m2 (215ft2) and can accommodate two guests. They feature two single beds or a double bed, a bedroom with living room area, and a luxurious bathroom.

Oceanview M4

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Oceanview Staterooms measure 20m2 (215ft2) and can accommodate two guests. They feature two single beds or a double bed, a bedroom with living room area, and a luxurious bathroom.

Balcony D5

25 m2
2
Balcony Staterooms measure 25m2 (269ft2) – including a 5m2 (54ft2) private balcony – and can accommodate two or three guests. They feature two single beds or a double bed, bedroom with living room area, and a luxurious bathroom.

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25 m2
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Balcony Staterooms measure 25m2 (269ft2) – including a 5m2 (54ft2) private balcony – and can accommodate two or three guests. They feature two single beds or a double bed, bedroom with living room area, and a luxurious bathroom.

Balcony D6

25 m2
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Balcony Staterooms measure 25m2 (269ft2) – including a 5m2 (54ft2) private balcony – and can accommodate two or three guests. They feature two single beds or a double bed, bedroom with living room area, and a luxurious bathroom.

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32 m2
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Junior Suites measure 32-36m2 (344-388ft2) – including a 6m2 (65ft2) private balcony – and can accommodate two guests. They feature a king size bed, have a separate living room area, and luxurious en-suite bathroom.

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41 m2
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Suites measure 41m2 (441ft2) – including a 5m2 (54ft2) private balcony – and can accommodate two or three guests. They feature a king size bed, and have a separate living room, with a flame-effect fireplace. There’s also a luxurious ensuite bathroom with separate bath tub and a walk-in shower.

Premium Suite

41 m2
4
Premium Suites measure 41m2 (441ft2) – including 8m2 (86ft2) private balcony – and can accommodate two guests. They feature a king size bed, separate living room, and flame-effect fireplace. There’s also a luxurious ensuite bathroom – with separate bath tub and shower – and a walk-in wardrobe.

Deck  4

Oceanview D4

20 m2
2
Oceanview Staterooms measure 20m2 (215ft2) and can accommo...
Adult Fare
3rd or 4th Guest
Single
$ 9,940
Double
$ 5,680

Adult Fare

Single

$ 9,940

Double

$ 5,680

Oceanview M4

20 m2
2
Oceanview Staterooms measure 20m2 (215ft2) and can accommo...
Adult Fare
3rd or 4th Guest
Single
$ 10,465
Double
$ 5,980

Adult Fare

Single

$ 10,465

Double

$ 5,980

Deck  5

Balcony D5

25 m2
2
Balcony Staterooms measure 25m2 (269ft2) – including a 5m<...
Adult Fare
3rd or 4th Guest
Single
$ 12,915
Double
$ 7,380

Adult Fare

Single

$ 12,915

Double

$ 7,380

Balcony M5

25 m2
3
Balcony Staterooms measure 25m2 (269ft2) – including a 5m<...
Adult Fare
3rd or 4th Guest
Single
$ 13,615
Double
$ 7,780
Triple
$ 3,890

Adult Fare

Single

$ 13,615

Double

$ 7,780

Junior Suite

32 m2
4
Junior Suites measure 32-36m2 (344-388ft2) – including a 6...
Adult Fare
3rd or 4th Guest
Single
$ 18,165
Double
$ 10,380
Triple
$ 5,190
Quad
$ 5,190

Adult Fare

Single

$ 18,165

Double

$ 10,380

Suite

41 m2
4
Suites measure 41m2 (441ft2) – including a 5m2 ...
Adult Fare
3rd or 4th Guest
Single
$ 19,040
Double
$ 10,880
Triple
$ 5,440
Quad
$ 5,440

Adult Fare

Single

$ 19,040

Double

$ 10,880

Deck  6

Balcony D6

25 m2
2
Balcony Staterooms measure 25m2 (269ft2) – including a 5m<...
Adult Fare
3rd or 4th Guest
Single
$ 14,315
Double
$ 8,180

Adult Fare

Single

$ 14,315

Double

$ 8,180

Junior Suite

32 m2
4
Junior Suites measure 32-36m2 (344-388ft2) – including a 6...
Adult Fare
3rd or 4th Guest
Single
$ 18,165
Double
$ 10,380
Triple
$ 5,190
Quad
$ 5,190

Adult Fare

Single

$ 18,165

Double

$ 10,380

Suite

41 m2
4
Suites measure 41m2 (441ft2) – including a 5m2 ...
Adult Fare
3rd or 4th Guest
Single
$ 19,040
Double
$ 10,880
Triple
$ 5,440
Quad
$ 5,440

Adult Fare

Single

$ 19,040

Double

$ 10,880

Premium Suite

41 m2
4
Premium Suites measure 41m2 (441ft2) – including 8m2<...
Adult Fare
3rd or 4th Guest
Single
$ 20,965
Double
$ 11,980
Triple
$ 5,990
Quad
$ 5,990

Adult Fare

Single

$ 20,965

Double

$ 11,980

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