Aegean Awakening: Jerusalem to Istanbul

November 8-21, 2020
$3,199

Discover the historic wonders of Israel, Cyprus, Turkey, and Greece on this incredible twelve-night cruise. Embark in Haifa, a center of arts and culture and a gateway to explore biblical treasures like Nazareth, the Sea of Galilee, or the Dead Sea. Sail to tourist-friendly Ashdod, where you can stroll the beach or head inland to visit noteworthy sites in and around Jerusalem like the Mount of Olives or the Garden of Gethsemane. In sunny Paphos, the birthplace of Aphrodite, check out UNESCO-listed sites dedicated to the Greek goddess of love and beauty. Next, travel to Alanya and explore its sprawling citadel or Kleopatra Beach, where the famous Ptolemaic ruler is said to have bathed. Cruise the Turkish Riviera to Marmaris, a hodgepodge of energetic marinas, red-roofed homes, and secluded bays—the perfect place for sailing, diving, and swimming. Then head to Bodrum, a Turkish beach town often likened to vacation hot spots like Saint-Tropez and Mykonos. In Chania, wander the narrow streets of the old town or explore the small shops and waterfront restaurants that line the Venetian Harbour, then sail to Athens, one of the world’s oldest cities. Discover ancient treasures like the Parthenon and the Olympic stadiums. Next, whisk off to Kuşadasi, a chic resort town that’s a jumping-off point to explore the legendary ruins of Ephesus, including the Library of Celsus. Your journey concludes with a full day in Istanbul, a magnificent city astride two continents. Peruse wares at the expansive Grand Bazaar or tour the famed Blue Mosque.

 

Questions? Contact Donna Coggins via email at travel@wm.edu or call 757-221-1165.

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