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Greece/Turkey

Odyssey at Sea: The Greek Isles & Ephesus

Step aboard Road Scholar’s favorite ship and experience the magic of the Greek Isles on our most popular learning adventure aboard our first-ever floating campus.
Program No. 23517RJ
Length
11 days
Starts at
3,499
Special Offer
Click on Dates & Prices below to see special offer details.
Flights start at
FREE
Greece/Turkey

Odyssey at Sea: The Greek Isles & Ephesus

Step aboard Road Scholar’s favorite ship and experience the magic of the Greek Isles on our most popular learning adventure aboard our first-ever floating campus.
Length
11 days
Starts at
3,499
Special Offer
Click on Dates & Prices below to see special offer details.
Flights start at
FREE
Program No. 23517 RJ
Prefer to enroll or inquire by phone? 800-454-5768
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DATES & PRICES

Ship Inside
Details
Accommodation Details
A cabin with no window, porthole or balcony.
Ship Out
Details
Accommodation Details
A cabin with a window or porthole to view the outside.
Ship Balc
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A cabin featuring a verandah, or balcony, that allows you to step outside without going to a public deck.
Apr 14 - Apr 24, 2021
Ship Inside 3,699
Ship Outside 4,299
Ship Balcony 6,199
Special Offer

OFFER EXTENDED: Enroll by Dec. 31, 2020 for free air from many cities! Airfare availability may vary by date. Ask about low-cost air from other cities.

May 16 - May 26, 2021
Ship Inside 3,899
Ship Outside 4,499
Ship Balcony 6,399
Special Offer

OFFER EXTENDED: Enroll by Dec. 31, 2020 for free air from many cities! Airfare availability may vary by date. Ask about low-cost air from other cities.

Sep 14 - Sep 24, 2021
Ship Inside 3,999
Ship Outside 4,599
Ship Balcony 6,499
Special Offer

Enroll by Dec. 31, 2020 for free air from many cities! Airfare availability may vary by date. Ask about low-cost air from other cities.

Sep 22 - Oct 2, 2021
Ship Inside 3,999
Ship Outside 4,599
Ship Balcony 6,499
Special Offer

Enroll by Dec. 31, 2020 for free air from many cities! Airfare availability may vary by date. Ask about low-cost air from other cities.

Oct 24 - Nov 3, 2021
Ship Inside 3,899
Ship Outside 4,499
Ship Balcony 6,399
Special Offer

OFFER EXTENDED: Enroll by Dec. 31, 2020 for free air from many cities! Airfare availability may vary by date. Ask about low-cost air from other cities.

Nov 1 - Nov 11, 2021
Ship Inside 3,499
Ship Outside 4,099
Ship Balcony 5,999
Special Offer

OFFER EXTENDED: Enroll by Dec. 31, 2020 for free air from many cities! Airfare availability may vary by date. Ask about low-cost air from other cities.

DATES & PRICES

Ship Inside
Details
Accommodation Details
A cabin with no window, porthole or balcony.
Ship Out
Details
Accommodation Details
A cabin with a window or porthole to view the outside.
Ship Balc
Details
Accommodation Details
A cabin featuring a verandah, or balcony, that allows you to step outside without going to a public deck.
Apr 14 - Apr 24, 2021
Ship Inside 4,699
Ship Outside 5,299
Ship Balcony 7,699
Special Offer

OFFER EXTENDED: Enroll by Dec. 31, 2020 for free air from many cities! Airfare availability may vary by date. Ask about low-cost air from other cities.

May 16 - May 26, 2021
Ship Inside 4,899
Ship Outside 5,499
Ship Balcony 7,899
Special Offer

OFFER EXTENDED: Enroll by Dec. 31, 2020 for free air from many cities! Airfare availability may vary by date. Ask about low-cost air from other cities.

Sep 14 - Sep 24, 2021
Ship Inside 4,999
Ship Outside 5,599
Ship Balcony 7,999
Special Offer

Enroll by Dec. 31, 2020 for free air from many cities! Airfare availability may vary by date. Ask about low-cost air from other cities.

Sep 22 - Oct 2, 2021
Ship Inside 4,999
Ship Outside 5,599
Ship Balcony 7,999
Special Offer

Enroll by Dec. 31, 2020 for free air from many cities! Airfare availability may vary by date. Ask about low-cost air from other cities.

Oct 24 - Nov 3, 2021
Ship Inside 4,899
Ship Outside 5,499
Ship Balcony 7,899
Special Offer

OFFER EXTENDED: Enroll by Dec. 31, 2020 for free air from many cities! Airfare availability may vary by date. Ask about low-cost air from other cities.

Nov 1 - Nov 11, 2021
Ship Inside 4,499
Ship Outside 5,099
Ship Balcony 7,499
Special Offer

OFFER EXTENDED: Enroll by Dec. 31, 2020 for free air from many cities! Airfare availability may vary by date. Ask about low-cost air from other cities.

At a Glance

Step aboard Road Scholar’s favorite ship — the Aegean Odyssey — for a monumental journey to the Greek Isles and beyond. Ancient history and modern culture combine in spectacular fashion as you explore several of Greece’s most treasured islands, from the glamorous charms of Mykonos to the romantic terraces of Santorini. What’s more, you’ll explore the rich antiquity that shaped Greece as a nation with expert-led visits to sites such as legendary Ephesus and the iconic Acropolis. Unlike most cruise ships that are briefly in port, you’ll have overnight stays in many locations, giving you plenty of opportunity for deeper exploration. This is no cruise — it’s an educational odyssey aboard our first-ever floating campus!

For an easy travel experience...

We offer extra hotel nights before or after this program.

Odyssey at Sea: Lodging in Athens

Discover the allure of Athens independently before your Odyssey at Sea voyage with a one-night stay in a centrally located hotel.
Activity Level
Choose Your Pace
This program offers two activity levels to choose from on every departure date: one that has less walking and fewer stairs and another at a more active pace.

Best of all, you'll ...

  • Experience authentic local life and time-honored traditions on one of Greece’s most popular islands, Mykonos.
  • Climb the Acropolis, one of the world’s most awe-inspiring ancient sites and the symbol of Athens, with an expert.
  • Discover the storied past behind the ruins of Ephesus, the jewel of the Greek-Roman cities, during your time in Turkey.
  • Sail exclusively with ship mates who are all Road Scholar participants, as dedicated to learning as you are.

General Notes

We’ll have up to 350 Road Scholar participants on the ship, divided into groups of 35 for shore excursions. Please note roommate matching is available in categories F, H and L.
Visit the Road Scholar Bookshop
You can find many of the books we recommend at the Road Scholar store on bookshop.org, a website that supports local bookstores.
The World of the Ancient Greeks
by John Camp, Elizabeth Fisher
Featuring hundreds of illustrations and invitingly short chapters on topics from the first Greeks to the Heroic Age and classical Athens. With modern color photographs of great Greek cities from Athens and Delphi to Knossos, Ephesus, Pergamum and Priene.
Eyewitness Guide Greek Islands
by Eyewitness Guides
Color photography, excellent local maps and an island-by-island synopsis of attractions make this book the one to carry with you. Includes a chapter on Athens.
The Iliad
by Homer
Homer's timeless poem vividly conveys the horror and heroism of men and gods wrestling with emotions and battling amidst devastation and destruction as it moves toward the tragic conclusion of the Trojan War.
Greece, Land of Light
by Nicholas Gage, Barry Brukoff
Brukoff's dramatic color photographs are paired with incisive commentary by award-winning author Nicholas Gage for this striking portrait of the people, land and history of Greece and the islands
Circe
by Madeline Miller
#1 New York Times Bestseller, Madeline Miller weaves an intoxicating tale of gods and heroes, magic and monsters, survival and transformation.
The Odyssey
by Homer
The Odyssey is one of the two major ancient Greek epic poems about the Greek hero Odysseus in his long journey back to his native land Ithaca after the fall of Troy.
It's All Greek to Me
by Charlotte Higgins
With timelines, a who's who, charts and maps, this handy little primer is a thoroughly entertaining introduction to everything Greek, from poetry and drama to philosophy, history and culture.
Introducing the Ancient Greeks, From Bronze Age Seafarers to Navigators of the Western Mind
by Edith Hall
Classicist Edith Hall visits 10 Greek communities at different moments during the 20 centuries of ancient Greek history, brilliantly assembling a unified vision of the Greek spirit.
A Traveller's History of Athens
by Richard Stoneman
A brief history of Athens through the 1990's -- wide-ranging, accessible and effectively condensed. With a useful chronology and historical gazetteer, this book marches confidently through the centuries.
Greece Map
by Michelin
A colorful shaded map of Greece, the Greek Islands and the western coast of Turkey (including Istanbul) at a scale of 1:800,000.
Ancient Greece: Art, Architecture, and History
by Marina Belozerskaya, Kenneth Lapatin
This lyrical novel captures the humanity, quirks and loves of village life in the Greek islands. A satire of war, this charming and richly-colored novel is set on Cephalonia during the Italian occupation in the 1940s.
Athens Map
by Borch Maps
An excellent laminated map of the city center at a scale of 1:7,500 with inset maps of the Acropolis, Epidaurus, Mycenae, Attica and the surrounding region.
Greece, A Traveler's Literary Companion
by Artemis Leontis (Editor)
In this terrific anthology, 24 modern Greek writers offer a flavor of their nation, its culture and people, beautiful landscapes and rich history.
A Traveller's History of Greece
by Timothy Boatswain, Colin Nicolson
A nicely written survey from prehistory through the 1990s: wide-ranging, accessible and necessarily condensed.
Corelli's Mandolin
by Louis De Bernieres
This lyrical novel captures the humanity, quirks and loves of village life in the Greek islands. A satire of war, this charming and richly-colored novel is set on Cephalonia during the Italian occupation in the 1940s.
Sailing the Wine-Dark Sea, Why the Greeks Matter
by Thomas Cahill
Cahill brings to life ancient Greek society and civilization through the lives and words of politicians, playwrights, a poet, a philosopher and an artist in this eloquent and absorbing tribute.
The Greek Myths, Complete Edition
by Robert Graves
A new edition of Graves' classic collection with a cover by comic book artist Ross MacDonald. This expert retelling by Graves, a poet, memoirist and the author of I, Claudius (ITL429), still remains the seminal modern translation of the mythologies of Ancient Greece.
The Parthenon
by Mary Beard
A lively tale of the construction, significance and uses of the 2,500-year-old architectural marvel.





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