Aegean Medley – Eastern Mediterranean
Sail to incredible destinations in Greece and Turkey aboard Oceania Cruises’ Sirena. Embark on your journey in legendary Athens, built around the ruins of the ancient temple, the Parthenon, then journey to Volos and visit the Archaeological Museum of Volos and its collection of artifacts from the Bronze Age to the Hellenistic Period. Next, travel to Kavala and explore its museums and cultural landmarks like the Turkish Imaret or the Kamares aqueduct. In Istanbul, tour the impressive Blue Mosque, Topkapi Palace, or the Grand Bazaar. In Kuşadasi, discover the Temple of Artemis, one of the remaining Seven Wonders of the Ancient World. Experience the wealth of impressive architecture and historical sites in Rhodes, and then travel to Mykonos to stroll its cobblestone streets dotted with classic Greek homes and churches. Before you disembark in Athens, revel in the Grecian beauty of Santorini, a breathtaking coastal city with indigo-domed churches and black sand beaches.
Shared departure: this departure is shared with other universities.
DEPART FOR GREECE
ATHENS (PIRAEUS), GREECE
Wonder at the picturesque port of Piraeus and legendary Athens, one of the world’s oldest cities. Built around the ruins of the ancient temple, the Parthenon, Athens is set between its rich modern present and its astounding past. Enhance your experience with an optional Go Next Athens Pre-Cruise Program.
Volos, on the Pagasitikos Gulf, was the mythic home of Jason and the Argonauts. Visit the Archaeological Museum or simply stroll through this beautiful town and take in its neoclassical architecture and coastal scenery.
Crowned by a Byzantine fortress, Kavala rests on an ascending slope along a palm-lined bay. This ancient city is dotted with museums and cultural landmarks like the Turkish Imaret and the Kamares aqueduct.
Once known as Constantinople, Istanbul was the capital of both the Byzantine and Ottoman Empires. Revel in this cosmopolitan city’s lively blend of East and West, ancient and modern. Istanbul is home to the impressive Blue Mosque and the Grand Bazaar.
Kus¸adasi is home to one of the remaining Seven Wonders of the Ancient World—the Temple of Artemis. Nearby are the legendary ruins of the city of Ephesus, an important archaeological site and a historic Christian pilgrimage destination.
Etched with a rich heritage from a diverse array of rulers, Rhodes has an eclectic wealth of impressive architecture and historical sites. Spend the day admiring the idyllic scenery of the largest of the Dodecanese (Twelve Islands).
Behold a panorama of indigo-domed churches and chalk-colored homes clinging to stony cliffs along the caldera. Here, black sand beaches dotted with pebbles abut deep, azure waters and breathtaking rock formations climbing from the volcanic floor.
Amid the shimmering waters of the Mediterranean, Mykonos is the heart and soul of the Cyclades. Situated on an island of the same name, the town artfully balances elegance and classic Greek culture within its labyrinth of cobblestone streets, chalkwhite homes, and blue-domed churches.
ATHENS (PIRAEUS), GREECE
Disembark in Athens.
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