Discover two fascinating destinations on one of our cruises to Greece and Turkey, where you’ll be able to explore ancient ruins, taste delectable local cuisine, relax on blissful stretches of sand, and learn all about some of the world’s most ancient civilizations. Cruises to Greece and Turkey sail from 11 to 12 nights and stop in popular ports of call like Santorini and Istanbul (where you’ll get to enjoy an overnight stay), as well as in ports in Israel and Cyprus.
Before you board your cruise to Greece and Turkey in Rome, take a day or two to explore the endlessly alluring Eternal City, where art, history, and delicious cuisine will surround you. Walk along the ruins of the Colosseum, an ancient amphitheater where gladiators once dueled that is more than 2,000 years old. Make a wish at the Trevi Fountain while admiring its Baroque sculptures and details. Stop by Vatican City and step inside the Sistine Chapel, where you’ll stare up in awe at Michelangelo’s famous frescoes. Don’t forget to indulge in some of Italy’s mouthwatering staples, including handmade pasta and fresh gelato.
Fall head over heels for Santorini, a jewel in the middle of the Aegean Sea. There’s plenty to see during a port visit to this Greek island, including charming villages, seaside landscapes, and gorgeous beaches with impossibly turquoise waters. Spend your day walking around the Akrotiri ruins, a former settlement that was buried in volcanic ash in the 16th century BC. Admire Santorini’s signature Cycladic architecture, while strolling past white-washed buildings with eye-catching blue domes. Or take a hike up Skaro Rock, just north of the village of Fira, and soak in the never-ending views of the Aegean Sea from the top.
Experience the definition of Greek idyll in Mykonos, a spectacular destination known for its picturesque alleys, chic fashion boutiques, and pristine white sand beaches. Stroll down Little Venice, a seaside neighborhood full of charming shops and restaurants. Lay out under the sun at Elia Beach, one of Mykonos’ most popular hot spots, and take a dip in the cool Aegean Sea. And stop by Panagia Paraportiani, an important religious site that is composed of five small churches that is one of the most photographed places on the island.
Depending on the itinerary, cruises to Greece and Turkey can include an overnight in Istanbul, a unique city that sits between Europe and Asia. Istanbul is full of contradictions and they’re never more apparent than in its star attractions, where a melange of history and modernity are on full display. Step inside the Hagia Sophia, a religious site that was once a Greek Orthodox Cathedral, then a mosque, then a museum. Visit the Blue Mosque, one of Istanbul’s most iconic structures, and marvel at its breathtaking interiors. Or go shopping in the sprawling Grand Bazaar, one of the biggest open markets in the world.