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Voyages to Antiquity: The Isles of Greece, the Black Sea and Istanbul

Program Number: 21302RJ
Start and End Dates:
7/13/2015 - 7/29/2015;
Duration: 16 nights
Location: Greece/Turkey/Ukraine
Price starting at: $6,395.00 - Price may vary based on date, departure city
Program Type: Adventure Afloat Study Cruise; Ocean Cruises
Meals: 42; 15 Breakfasts, 13 Lunches, 14 Dinners    
Meal Options: Vegetarian; Low Fat; Gluten Free; Low Salt    

From the ancient city of Ephesus to the opulent palace of the Ottoman sultans to the summer retreat of the Russian tsars, experience the powerful history of the Mediterranean and the Black Sea. Explore dramatic Greek isles, evocative ancient ruins and enchanting port cities on this grand voyage.

Activity Particulars

Walking up and downhill, up to two miles per day. Standing up to four hours per day, with breaks; uneven terrain and steep stairs without railings at historic sites.

Itinerary At-a-Glance

Athens (Greece), 2 nights; aboard Aegean Odyssey, 10 nights; Istanbul (Turkey), 3 nights.

Day 1: Overnight flight from the U.S.A.

Days 2-4: Arrival Athens (Greece) / embark Aegean Odyssey:

Walk in the footsteps of Socrates and Plato on the Acropolis of Athens. Examine archaeological treasures in a spectacular setting at the new Acropolis Museum. Lodging: Stylish five-star hotel.

Day 5: Delos & Mykonos

Discover the contrasting islands of Delos, the paramount religious sanctuary of the ancients, and cosmopolitan Mykonos.

Day 6: Santorini:

Explore Akrotiri, a Minoan settlement dating to the Bronze Age preserved by volcanic ash. Next, venture to Oia, a dramatically beautiful village.

Day 7: Kusadasi (Turkey):

Discover the well-preserved ruins of Ephesus, one of the greatest sites of the classical world.

Day 8: Çanakkale:

Delve into the story of the Trojan War at the site of Troy where excavations have revealed settlements dating to 4000BC.

Days 9-10: At Sea / Yalta (Ukraine):

Explore this elegant town that was once the summer residence of the tsars, including visits to Chekhov’s house-museum, Livadia Palace, the Swallow's Nest Castle, and the Vorontsov Palace.

Day 11: Sevastopol:

Delve into the story of the Crimean War at the Panorama Museum of Sevastopol.

Day 12: Odessa:

An expert-led excursion in this lovely port city is highlighted by the neo-baroque Odessa Opera and Ballet Theater and the famed Potemkin Stairs.

Days 13-17: At Sea / Istanbul (Turkey) / disembark / departure:

Enjoy three full days to experience Istanbul including the Hagia Sophia, the exquisite Blue Mosque and Topkapi Palace, home of the Ottoman Sultans. Stroll through the Spice Bazaar and the Grand Bazaar to experience their colors, aromas and buzz of activity. Lodging: Four-star seaside hotel.

Aegean Odyssey

The Aegean Odyssey is a premium-class ship especially rebuilt for sailing along shallow coastlines, among remote islands and into small, uncrowded harbors that larger ocean liners can’t reach. Public areas include several gourmet restaurants, library, Internet center, sweeping sun decks, outdoor pool, gym and spa.

Meals and Lodgings
   Metropolitan Hotel
  Athens, Greece 2 nights
   Aegean Odyssey
  Aegean Odyssey - At Sea, At Sea 10 nights
   Armada Hotel
  Istanbul, Turkey 3 nights
 Metropolitan Hotel
Type: Five-Star Hotel
  Description: The Metropolitan Hotel, with its unique cosmopolitan atmosphere, combines traditional hospitality and luxury in central Athens. With a view to both the Acropolis and the Aegean Sea, the fully renovated Metropolitan Hotel is ideally situated in front of the Faleron Olympic Coastal Park. It is only 10 minutes away from Syntagma square, the center of Athens and the port of Piraeus.
  Contact info: Leoforos Syngrou 385
Athens,  175-64 Greece
phone: +30 210 947 1000
  Room amenities: Each room has individually controlled air conditioning, satellite television, telephone, high speed Internet connection, radio, mini bar, hair dryer, safe box, and laptop and fax machine outlets.
  Facility amenities: The hotel offers a restaurant, lounge, bar, gift shop, fitness center, marble steam bath, outdoor heated swimming pool, business center, free wireless Internet access in lobby, and a hairdresser.
  Smoking allowed: Yes
  Elevators available: Yes
  Additional nights prior: N/A Please contact Road Scholar Travel Services if you would like assistance making hotel reservations for additional non-program nights. (800) 241-1404
  Check in time: 2:00 PM

 Aegean Odyssey
Type: Cruise Ship
  Description: The Aegean Odyssey offers boutique-style cruising at its best. In contrast to the massive vessels cruising to and from major ports, it is a midsized ship adapted for island and coastal cruising. The Aegean Odyssey can visit smaller, less crowded harbors and sail closer to the coast enabling you to really appreciate the magical views.
  Ship Information: Ship’s Tonnage: 11,563 Length: 461 feet Beam: 67 feet Draft: 20.5 feet Cruising Speed: 18 knots Passenger Decks: 7 Stabilizers: 2 Passenger Staterooms/Cabins: 198 Passengers – lower beds: 378 Classification: Lloyd’s Register Society London Ship’s Registration: Malta
  Contact info: Voyages to Antiquity
1800 SE 10th Avenue, Suite 230
Ft. Lauderdale, FL 33316 USA
phone: 877-398-1460
  Room amenities: All cabins are equipped with a flat screen TV, air-conditioning, and personal safe. Particular importance is placed on the standard of bedding in cabins. Luxury bedding, including fine duvets, covers and sheets, ample soft pillows and quality towels can be expected. Also, shampoo, bath and shower gel, soap, and shower cap are provided. Your cabin steward is always available. Cabins and suites feature outlets with 220 voltage, using the “European” two round pin plug. Hair dryers are provided in your cabin and electric rollers, curling irons, electric shavers and other small appliances can be used in your cabin. For safety reasons, travel irons are not allowed.
  Facility amenities: Dining: Aegean Odyssey offers many dining facilities: The Marco Polo Restaurant is the ship's more formal restaurant, providing casual country-club elegance for lunch or dinner; The Terrace Cafe offers a combination of indoor and outdoor seating where you can indulge in breakfast, lunch and dinner from the grill or the sumptuous daily buffet. In the evenings, enjoy breathtaking views over dinner at Tapas on the Terrace. *There is a complimentary choice of wine, beer, or soft drinks with your evening meal. There will be a string trio, pianist and casual dancing before and after dinner. You may also wish to partake in afternoon tea, served in the Observation Lounge or enjoy an evening snack and cocktail, available in the Lido and Rendezvous bars. A limited room service menu is available. Special Diets: Please advise us at the time of booking of any special dietary requirements. The ship can usually meet most general requests such as those made with an air carrier; however, this cannot always be guaranteed. Services: Library; outdoor pool; spa; health center, saunas, massage and beauty treatment rooms and early morning yoga on the Lido Deck; elevators; beauty salon; medical center; laundry and pressing services (order form and laundry bag is provided in cabin); lecture theater and cinema and on board shop. Internet: The Internet center (open 24 hours and a charge of $18 for 4 non-consecutive hours is applied, wireless available in reception area). PLEASE NOTE: Due to the nature of satellite connectivity on board a ship, the internet connection is slow, erratic and may be unavailable at times.
  Smoking allowed: Yes
  Elevators available: Yes

 Armada Hotel
Type: Four-Star Hotel
  Description: The 4-star Armada Hotel is located in the historic peninsula of Istanbul, with views of two of the great masterpieces of world architecture; the Hagia Sophia and the Blue Mosque. The hotel offers modern comfort and convenience discreetly incorporated into the Turkish-inspired architecture, and period engravings throughout the hotel provide an insight into Istanbul's by-gone eras. The name of the Armada Hotel is a tribute to the memory of the renowned Ottoman Admiral Hayrettin Pasha Barbarossa. Located in the heart of the Old City, the hotel is within walking distance of museums, churches and other major attractions.
  Contact info: Ahirkapi Street 24
Istanbul,  34122 Turkey
phone: +90 212 455 44 55
  Room amenities: Each room has a mini bar, hair dryer, bathrobes, telephone, LCD television, safe box, free wireless Internet, 24-hour room service and air conditioning.
  Facility amenities: The hotel offers two restaurants, a bar, lounge, meeting rooms, business center with computers and printers, library, free WIFI Internet access throughout the hotel, laundry service and air conditioning. The rooftop restaurants offer magnificent views of the area.
  Smoking allowed: Yes
  Elevators available: Yes
  Additional nights after: N/A Please contact Road Scholar Travel Services if you would like assistance making hotel reservations for additional non-program nights. 1-800-241-1404
  Check out time: 12:00 PM

Travel Details
  Start of Program:
Athens, Greece. Meet at 6:00 PM in the hotel lobby. You will be staying at Metropolitan Hotel that night.
  End of Program:
Istanbul, Turkey. The program will end after breakfast on the last day. You will be staying at Armada Hotel the night before.
  Required documents:
The Participant Information Form is required. The Voyages to Antiquity Guest Registration Form is required.
  Parking availability:
Transportation (For Independent Travelers)
To Start of Program
  Location:  Athens
  Transportation to site: Take a taxi from exit 3 of the arrivals level at the airport. Cost is approx. 35-40 Euros (approx. $45-52), after midnight the cost increases to 60 Euros (approx. $78). Alternatively, take the airport bus X95 which departs from between Exits 4 and 5 at the arrivals level. The bus costs 5 Euro and leaves every 10 to 15 minutes for Syntagma Square – from here it is a short taxi ride to the hotel (approx. 8 Euro).
  From End of Program
  Location:  Istanbul
  Nearest city or town:  In town
  Nearest airport:  Atatürk International Airport
  Transportation from site: The Armada Hotel is located about 10 miles from the airport. Taxi ride to the airport from the hotel costs approximately 45 Turkish Liras (approx. $30) and takes approximately 30 minutes. Alternatively, to book a private transfer ($65), please contact
The prices listed for commercial services and facilities that are not included in the program cost, such as airport shuttles or extra nights lodging, are subject to change without notice. Since Road Scholar cannot guarantee the accuracy of these prices, we strongly suggest contacting the companies directly for the most up-to-date information.

Daily Schedule

Day 1: Departures
(Monday, July 13)
 In Transit: Depart US/Canada on international overnight flight.

Day 2: Welcome
(Tuesday, July 14)
 Morning: Arrival in Athens International Airport (ATH). Meet group outside of customs. Transfer to hotel.
 Afternoon: Settle in at the hotel. We gather in the hotel lobby at 6:00 PM for a welcome orientation to the program.
 Dinner: Dinner in the hotel dining room.
Accommodations: Metropolitan Hotel
Meals Included: Dinner

Day 3: Athens, Greece
(Wednesday, July 15)

Note: Heavy walking for one or more hours over uneven terrain, with multiple uphill segments.

 Breakfast: Breakfast in the hotel dining room.
 Morning: We will explore the long anticipated $200-million, 226,000-square-foot Acropolis Museum. In the dramatic Gallery of the Slopes of the Acropolis, ascending floors of glass literally “float” you above the excavations for an extraordinary perspective of the layers of Greek history that lie below.
 Lunch: Lunch at a restaurant in Plaka.
 Afternoon: A guided excursion through the ancient citadel of Athens, the Acropolis. Built during Athens' Golden Age between 447-438BC under the orders of the great statesman Pericles, the Acropolis represents the magnificent achievements of Athenian culture during this remarkable era.
 Dinner: Dinner in the hotel dining room.
Accommodations: Metropolitan Hotel
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 4: Athens, Greece / Embark the Aegean Odyssey
(Thursday, July 16)
 Breakfast: Breakfast in the hotel dining room.
 Morning: Enjoy neo-classical architecture while meandering the labyrinthine streets of Plaka – a picturesque neighborhood of Athens – during this morning's guided walk.
 Lunch: Explore local fare on your own.
 Afternoon: We transfer to Piraeus where we will embark the Aegean Odyssey. Late afternoon Road Scholar orientation to the ship in the "Observation Lounge."
 Dinner: Dinner on board.
 Evening: Evening sailing for Delos.
Accommodations: Aegean Odyssey
Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 5: Delos, Greece / Mykonos, Greece
(Friday, July 17)
 Breakfast: Breakfast on board.
 Morning: Delos is one of the most interesting archaeological sites in Greece and was the paramount religious sanctuary of the ancient Greek world. This morning's excursion explores the island's temples, buildings and of course, its famous lions.
 Lunch: Lunch on board.
 Afternoon: After lunch you will explore the nearby cosmopolitan island of Mykonos. Enjoy a guided walk with your Road Scholar Group Leader followed by free time.
 Dinner: Dinner on board.
 Evening: Late evening departure for Santorini. Attend a shipboard guest lecture.
Accommodations: Aegean Odyssey
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 6: Santorini, Greece
(Saturday, July 18)

Note: Some walking is required between the cable car station and motorcoach – approximately 15 minutes. During summer there can be a wait for cable cars. Sequence of places visited may vary.

 Breakfast: Breakfast on board.
 Morning: One of the Aegean’s most spectacular sights, the cliffs of Santorini rise from a great half-moon caldera – all that is left of the formerly circular island once called Strongyle. Visit the exquisite village of Oia with its whitewashed houses, blue-domed churches and tavernas carved into the cliffs. Wealthy sea captains built the pastel-colored mansions that now are home to cafés, boutiques and art galleries. From every direction the views are breathtaking. From Oia, travel to the southern end of the island to explore the excavations of Akrotiri. Here, in 1600BC, this Minoan settlement prospered – an affluent society that farmed, built two-story homes and decorated them with frescoes.
 Lunch: Lunch at a local taverna in Pyrgos.
 Afternoon: After lunch, wander the colorful streets of Firá. Enjoy a panoramic ride to port via cable car.
 Dinner: Dinner on board.
 Evening: Early evening departure for Kusadasi. Attend a shipboard guest lecture.
Accommodations: Aegean Odyssey
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 7: Kusadasi, Turkey / Ephesus
(Sunday, July 19)
 Breakfast: Breakfast on board.
 Morning: Upon arrival in Kusadasi, we will transfer northeast to arrive at Ephesus, one of the largest and best preserved ancient cities in the world. The cosmopolitan city of Ephesus was, in its heyday, on par with Athens and Rome. Once home to over 250,000 people, this site affords ancient snapshots of daily lives of the Greeks, and their conquerors, the Romans. We will also visit the newly excavated Terraced Houses in Ephesus, where the rich and the ruling class once lived in comfortable homes decorated with wonderful works of art and complete with running water.
 Lunch: Road Scholar lunch at a local restaurant.
 Afternoon: After lunch, visit the newly renovated Museum of Ephesus in Selcuk to see the artifacts excavated at the site. Next, journey to Didyma to admire the impressive remains of the Temple of Apollo, one of the ancient Seven Wonders of the World. Larger than a football field and with 128 finely decorated columns, it was once connected to his twin’s in Miletus via a Sacred Way lined with lions, sphinxes and statues.
 Dinner: Dinner on board.
 Evening: Early evening departure for Çanakkale. Attend a shipboard guest lecture.
Accommodations: Aegean Odyssey
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 8: Çanakkale, Turkey
(Monday, July 20)
 Breakfast: Breakfast on board.
 Morning: Free time to relax on board as the ship sails towards Çanakkale.
 Lunch: Lunch on board.
 Afternoon: Çanakkale is on the shore of the Dardenelles (the ancient Hellespont). From here we will depart in the morning for the ancient site of Troy. The excavations started by Heinrich Schliemann in 1870 have revealed nine separate settlements on this site dating from 4000BC to 300AD.
 Dinner: Dinner on board.
 Evening: Attend a shipboard guest lecture. Tonight the ship will cruise the Sea of Marmara through the Bosphorus Strait en route to the Black Sea.
Accommodations: Aegean Odyssey
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 9: At Sea
(Tuesday, July 21)
 Breakfast: Breakfast on board.
 Morning: At sea. Enjoy the Observation Deck if the weather is nice, or dive into a good book from the ship's library. Attend a talk by your Road Scholar Group Leader.
 Lunch: Lunch on board.
 Afternoon: At sea. Find your way to one of the ship's lounges for a conversation with fellow travelers.
 Dinner: Dinner on board.
 Evening: Attend a shipboard guest lecture.
Accommodations: Aegean Odyssey
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 10: Yalta, Ukraine
(Wednesday, July 22)

Note: There are approximately five steps to Chekhov House restrooms.

 Breakfast: Breakfast on board.
 Morning: There is much to enjoy in this elegant town that was once the summer residence of the Russian royal family. This morning we will visit the Chekov House & Museum where the famous Russian author sought refuge from tuberculosis. From here, it is a short drive to Livadia Palace. Built as a summer residence for Tsar Nicholas II in 1911, the palace was the site of the historic Yalta Conference of 1945 between the 'Big Three' allied powers represented by Roosevelt, Churchill, and Stalin.
 Lunch: Lunch on board or explore local fare on your own.
 Afternoon: Free time to explore Yalta – enjoy a stroll along its beautiful promenade.
 Dinner: Dinner on board.
 Evening: Late evening departure for Sevastopol. Attend a shipboard guest lecture.
Accommodations: Aegean Odyssey
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 11: Sevastopol, Ukraine
(Thursday, July 23)

Note: Some uneven surfaces. Hats, sun block and walking shoes recommended. Temperatures inside the Balaklava Harbor museum can be cool, so consider a sweater or jacket.

 Breakfast: Breakfast on board.
 Morning: Begin the day at the Panorama Museum, where a circular painting is augmented by displays that tell the story of the 349-day siege of Sevastopol during the Crimean War. Then drive out of the city to Balaklava visiting the "Valley of Death" site of the Charge of the Light Brigade.
 Lunch: Lunch on board or explore local fare on your own.
 Afternoon: Enjoy a free afternoon in Sevastopol. Stroll along the avenues and boulevards encircling the Central Hill, under the famous Sevastopol chestnut trees, ending at the waterfront Marine Boulevard.
 Dinner: Dinner on board or explore local fare on your own.
 Evening: Late evening departure to Odessa. Attend a shipboard guest lecture.
Accommodations: Aegean Odyssey
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 12: Odessa, Ukraine
(Friday, July 24)

Note: Please dress respectfully entering the cathedral. Women are asked to cover heads. No shorts for men. Photos and video are not allowed inside the Cathedral.

 Breakfast: Breakfast on board.
 Morning: Free morning on board -- treat yourself to a spa service or relax poolside.
 Lunch: Lunch on board.
 Afternoon: This morning's excursion in Odessa will begin at Catherine Square and take you along Prymorsky Boulevard starting from the Potemkin Steps and the monument to the Duke de Richelieu - the town’s first mayor - who wanted to make the city as beautiful as his native Paris. Enjoy a guided visit inside the stunning Opera House followed by a short drive to City Garden and a stop at the Preobrazhensky - or 'Transfiguration' - Cathedral.
 Dinner: Dinner on board.
 Evening: Evening departure for Istanbul. Attend a shipboard guest lecture.
Accommodations: Aegean Odyssey
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 13: At Sea
(Saturday, July 25)
 Breakfast: Breakfast on board.
 Morning: At sea. A chance to relax on deck or to enjoy the ship's wonderful amenities.
 Lunch: Lunch on board.
 Afternoon: At sea. Join friends on deck to trade travel stories, reflect on all you have experienced on this adventure, and make plans for your next destination.
 Dinner: Dinner on board.
 Evening: Free evening to prepare belongings for disembarkation.
Accommodations: Aegean Odyssey
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 14: Disembark / Istanbul, Turkey
(Sunday, July 26)

Note: The excursions in Istanbul involve significant walking -- up to five miles. As we will be visiting religious sites, please no shorts or sleeveless shirts. Ladies may be asked to cover their heads.

 Breakfast: Breakfast on board.
 Morning: This morning we disembark the Aegean Odyssey and begin the first of our three-day exploration of the city of Istanbul. We start at the amazing church of Hagia Sophia. Possibly the most important architectural monument in the city, Hagia Sophia has stood gracefully since 537 AD. Next enjoy a field trip to the Hippodrome, the civic center of ancient Constantinople, where chariot races were run between the four teams of Blues, Greens, Whites and Reds. Then visit the 17th century Blue Mosque, world renowned for its exquisite Iznik tiles surrounding the interior of this wonderful mosque.
 Lunch: Lunch at a local restaurant.
 Afternoon: Explore the beautiful Underground Cisterns, built by the illustrious Byzantine Emperor Justinian in 532 AD to store water underground. Visit the award winning Archeology Museum to examine an outstanding collection of artifacts spanning across millennia including the magnificent Sarcophagus of Alexander the Great.
 Dinner: Dinner at the hotel.
Accommodations: Armada Hotel
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 15: Istanbul, Turkey
(Monday, July 27)
 Breakfast: Breakfast at the hotel.
 Morning: Explore the opulent Topkapi Palace including the Imperial Harem. The Topkapi Palace was the seat of the Ottoman Sultans for 400 years and a great testimony to the wealth and power of the Ottoman Empire.
 Lunch: Lunch at a local restaurant.
 Afternoon: In the afternoon visit the Chora Church/Kariye Museum to behold its exquisite mosaics and frescoes dating from the 14th century, a period of Byzantine reawakening in the arts.
 Dinner: Explore local fare on your own.
Accommodations: Armada Hotel
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 16: Istanbul, Turkey
(Tuesday, July 28)
 Breakfast: Breakfast at the hotel.
 Morning: We embark on a private cruise on the Bosphorus to explore the stunning palaces, mansions, and fortresses dotted along the Asian and European shores of this marvelous strait. Next, we visit the Rustem Pasha Mosque, built by the famous architect Sinan, a small but gem-like mosque demonstrating the most stunning examples of 16th century Iznik tiles.
 Lunch: Lunch at a local restaurant.
 Afternoon: On to the Spice Bazaar, where exotic aromas immediately capture its visitors. We then continue on to the Grand Bazaar to discover its maze-like streets and alleys boasting over 4,000 shops!
 Dinner: Farewell dinner at a local restaurant.
Accommodations: Armada Hotel
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 17: Departures
(Wednesday, July 29)
 Breakfast: Breakfast at the hotel.
 Morning: Transfers to Istanbul's Ataturk Airport (IST).
Meals Included: Breakfast

Free Time Opportunities
  Çanakkale Mirrored Bazaar
This charming Bazaar was built in 1889 by Ilia Halyo in 1889 during the reign of Sultan Abdülhamit and is a copy of the Egyptian Bazaar in Istanbul. It is believed to have been destroyed by shells deployed from the British Battleship "Queen Elizabeth" during WW1. It was restored in 2007 and is brimming with shops peddling locally manufactured goods.
  Çanakkale Archeological Museum
The Museum has artifacts from ancient sites around Çanakkale, including Troy, Assos and Dardanos. It is located about 1 ½ miles from the port in the city center.
  Athens Benaki Museum
The Benaki Museum is made up of many buildings, which offer an in-depth look into Greek history and culture. An array of artwork and artifacts illustrate the character of the Greek world from ancient times to the 20th century. For additional information, visit
  Museum of Cycladic Art
The Museum of Cycladic Art illustrates the ancient cultures of the Aegean and Cyprus. The three major subjects on display are Cycladic Art, Ancient Greek Art, and Ancient Cypriot Art. For additional information, visit
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