Few vacations let you visit the sites of three of the seven wonders of the ancient world. Grand Circle Cruise Line’s 14-night Turkish Coastal Voyage does, along with five UNESCO World Heritage Sites. You’ll begin in Istanbul, once the capital of the Eastern Roman Empire and later the Ottoman Empire. The soaring Hagia Sophia, the opulent Topkapi Palace, and the Grand Bazaar await before you head south along the coast, including a visit to legendary Troy. Then, just like Homer’s heroes did, you will set sail on the “wine-dark sea,” with a seven-night cruise aboard a private 50-passenger small ship accompanied by your expert, resident Program Director, calling at ports inaccessible to larger ships, including the Greek islands of Lesbos, Rhodes, Patmos, and Symi. You’ll also visit Kusadasi for an excursion to Ephesus—site of the Temple of Artemis and the great theater where St. Paul preached.
Because Grand Circle Cruise Line provides a 4-star experience at a 3-star price, this voyage through the classical world doesn’t require the fortune of a sultan. Rates start at $300 per day and include all port charges, most gratuities, and beer and wine with all onboard lunches and dinners. It’s an unrivaled combination of value and experience aboard an award-winning small ship.
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