Embark on a cruise voyage aboard the Mega Yacht Variety Voyager and delve into the treasures of Greece and Turkey. The Cycladic and Dodecanese islands of Greece, stepping stones of summer. Surround yourself in history at the Western Turkish Coast, in Ephesus, Troy and Pergamon. Glimpse at the colourful mosaic of the life at Istanbul, the exotic city of contrasts.
Embarkation 3-4 pm – Sailing at 4.30 pm to Cape Sounio. Arrival at Cape Sounio late afternoon. Time for a refreshing evening swim before our welcome cocktail and dinner under the Temple of Poseidon. Late evening sailing. Overnight at sea.
We arrive early morning at Manganari , one of the most beautiful beaches in the Aegean. Swimming and snorkeling. We leave Manganari at lunch time. BBQ on deck.We reach Santorini after lunch and disembark for an optional afternoon excursion which will include the Akrotiri excavations, the Museum and the Villages. The tour will end in Oia on time to enjoy Oia’s world famous sunset. Dinner on board. Late night sailing to Delos/Mykonos – Overnight at sea
Early morning arrival in Delos, once the capital of Greece and the mythical birthplace of Apollo and Artemis. On our optional guided Delos walking tour, you will visit the archaeological ruins of this UNESCO World Heritage Site, unearthed here in the 19th century. Delos is a true open-air museum with many ancient monuments and buildings that are remarkably intact. After our 2 hour walking tour we rejoin the ship for a swim before our deck BBQ lunch. After lunch we sail to Mykonos. Arrival in Mykonos early afternoon- Time for visiting Mykonos town, reaching one of its famous beaches. After dinner there will be more time to enjoy Mykonos nightlife. Late night sailing to Lipsous or Arkious Islands.
Early morning arrival at a secluded beach in Arkous or Lipsous Islands- depending on weather – for a relaxing morning swim . After lunch we sail to nearby Patmos Early afternoon arrival in Patmos . Your optional Patmos excursion includes two UNESCO World Heritage Sites, the Grotto and Monastery of St. John and the historic centre of the medieval town of Chora. Afternoon at leisure to discover Scala, the capital or swim at a nearby beach. Late afternoon sailing to Samos We reach the quaint port of Pythagorion. Overnight in port.
Early morning sailing to Kusadasi Turkey. Today our explorations of ancient civilizations continue with an optional tour to Ephesus, one of the greatest archaeological site in the Aegean region. As you tour this remarkably preserved Greek and Roman city, you may feel as if you’re about to encounter a toga-garbed resident, or hear a chariot clattering down the main avenue, the same avenue down which Cleopatra and Mark Anthony rode in procession more than 2,000 years ago! Free time in the afternoon for shopping in the bazaar. Evening sailing to Dikili . Overnight at sea.
Morning arrival in Dikili. From there your optional excursion will take you the Greco-Roman city of Pergamon, which is famous for its Asclepion, the Acropolis, the Altar of Zeus, and the Temples of Athena, Trojan, and Dionysos and the 10,000 seat Ancient Theatre. Late evening sailing to Canakkale. Overnight at sea.
Optional full day excursion to Troy and Assos. In the morning you will be exploring the remains of legendary city of Troy founded 1300 BC where Achilles fought Hector as celebrated by Homer in the Iliade. Excavations started in 19th century by Heinrich Schliemann. In the afternoon we will visit the old settlements of Alexandria Troa and of Assos. Late afternoon return to ship and overnight sailing to Istanbul.
Arrival in port early morning- Disembarkation 8 to 9.30 am.