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Greece/Turkey

Odyssey at Sea: The Greek Isles, Ephesus & Istanbul

Join us for an adventure of grand proportions aboard Road Scholar’s favorite ship, the Aegean Odyssey, as you learn about iconic locales and hidden gems from Greece to Istanbul.
Program No. 23587RJ
Length
12 days
Starts at
4,199
Special Offer
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Flights start at
FREE
Greece/Turkey

Odyssey at Sea: The Greek Isles, Ephesus & Istanbul

Join us for an adventure of grand proportions aboard Road Scholar’s favorite ship, the Aegean Odyssey, as you learn about iconic locales and hidden gems from Greece to Istanbul.
Length
12 days
Starts at
4,199
Special Offer
Click on Dates & Prices below to see special offer details.
Flights start at
FREE
Program No. 23587 RJ
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DATES & PRICES

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A cabin featuring a verandah, or balcony, that allows you to step outside without going to a public deck.

Apr 24 - May 5, 2022
Ship Inside 4,199
Ship Outside 4,799
Ship Balcony 6,699
Special Offer

OFFER EXTENDED: Enroll by July 31, 2021 for free air from many cities! Airfare availability may vary by date. Ask about low-cost air from other cities.

May 14 - May 25, 2022
Ship Inside 4,399
Ship Outside 4,999
Ship Balcony 6,899
Special Offer

OFFER EXTENDED: Enroll by July 31, 2021 for free air from many cities! Airfare availability may vary by date. Ask about low-cost air from other cities.

Itinerary Note

This departure begins in Istanbul and ends in Athens. Please see itinerary for details.

Sep 29 - Oct 10, 2022
Ship Inside 4,399
Ship Outside 4,999
Ship Balcony 6,899
Special Offer

OFFER EXTENDED: Enroll by July 31, 2021 for free air from many cities! Airfare availability may vary by date. Ask about low-cost air from other cities.

Oct 19 - Oct 30, 2022
Ship Inside 4,399
Ship Outside 4,999
Ship Balcony 6,899
Special Offer

OFFER EXTENDED: Enroll by July 31, 2021 for free air from many cities! Airfare availability may vary by date. Ask about low-cost air from other cities.

Itinerary Note

This departure begins in Istanbul and ends in Athens. Please see itinerary for details.

DATES & PRICES

Ship Inside Ship Outside Ship Balcony
A representative picture of a cabin in this category.
Accommodation Details

A cabin with no window, porthole or balcony.

A representative picture of a cabin in this category.
Accommodation Details

A cabin with a window or porthole to view the outside.

A representative picture of a cabin in this category.
Accommodation Details

A cabin featuring a verandah, or balcony, that allows you to step outside without going to a public deck.

Apr 24 - May 5, 2022
Ship Inside 5,199
Ship Outside 5,799
Ship Balcony 8,199
Special Offer

OFFER EXTENDED: Enroll by July 31, 2021 for free air from many cities! Airfare availability may vary by date. Ask about low-cost air from other cities.

May 14 - May 25, 2022
Ship Inside 5,399
Ship Outside 5,999
Ship Balcony 8,399
Special Offer

OFFER EXTENDED: Enroll by July 31, 2021 for free air from many cities! Airfare availability may vary by date. Ask about low-cost air from other cities.

Itinerary Note

This departure begins in Istanbul and ends in Athens. Please see itinerary for details.

Sep 29 - Oct 10, 2022
Ship Inside 5,399
Ship Outside 5,999
Ship Balcony 8,399
Special Offer

OFFER EXTENDED: Enroll by July 31, 2021 for free air from many cities! Airfare availability may vary by date. Ask about low-cost air from other cities.

Oct 19 - Oct 30, 2022
Ship Inside 5,399
Ship Outside 5,999
Ship Balcony 8,399
Special Offer

OFFER EXTENDED: Enroll by July 31, 2021 for free air from many cities! Airfare availability may vary by date. Ask about low-cost air from other cities.

Itinerary Note

This departure begins in Istanbul and ends in Athens. Please see itinerary for details.

At a Glance

Join us for an adventure of grand proportions aboard our first-ever floating campus! Step aboard Road Scholar’s favorite ship, the Aegean Odyssey, and learn about iconic locales and hidden gems from Greece to Istanbul. Beginning in legendary Athens, you’ll discover countless treasures across the Aegean — both ancient and modern — from the energetic local life of Mykonos to the romantic vistas of Santorini, ending in the historic capital of Istanbul. 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. We’ve taken care of every detail — and can’t wait for you to join us aboard our first-ever floating campus!
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 treasures on two of the most popular Greek Isles, Mykonos and Santorini.
  • Visit Istanbul’s legendary Hagia Sophia Mosque and Blue Mosque with a local expert.
  • Discover the storied past behind the ruins of Ephesus, the jewel of 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. Looking to extend your stay? If your departure begins in Istanbul, you may enroll in "Odyssey at Sea: Lodging in Istanbul II" (#24025). If your departure begins in Athens, you may enroll in "Odyssey at Sea: Lodging in Athens II" (#24023).
Featured Expert
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Brian Williams
Brian Williams is Emeritus Professor of Geology at the University of Aberdeen, Scotland. He has published more than 100 papers and several books. He is also a consultant to the oil industry and small geological companies. His studies have taken him to all corners of the globe, giving him the opportunity to share his enthusiasm for rocks and earth processes with adult education classes, industry personnel, and students alike. When he is not "geologizing," Brian is passionate about rugby, American jazz, literature, film, and travel.

Please note: This expert may not be available for every date of this program.

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Christopher Witcombe studied painting at the Academy of Fine Arts in Florence, Italy. He earned a Bachelor’s and Master’s in art history at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, and a Ph.D. in art history at Bryn Mawr College. He taught art history for 37 years and was a Visiting Scholar at Oxford University, England, and the American Academy, Rome. He is Emeritus Professor of Art History at Sweet Briar College, Virginia. He has published nine books and is working two new books on art.
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Brian Williams View biography
Brian Williams is Emeritus Professor of Geology at the University of Aberdeen, Scotland. He has published more than 100 papers and several books. He is also a consultant to the oil industry and small geological companies. His studies have taken him to all corners of the globe, giving him the opportunity to share his enthusiasm for rocks and earth processes with adult education classes, industry personnel, and students alike. When he is not "geologizing," Brian is passionate about rugby, American jazz, literature, film, and travel.
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Ioanna Kopsiafti View biography
Ioanna Kopsiafti is an art historian, professor, and writer living in Athens for the past 20 years. She earned her Master’s degree from St. Andrews University and her doctorate from Oxford. Ioanna currently lectures in Athens and Rome, primarily on ancient Greek and Roman art and civilization. Her publications include “Style City Athens” (Thames & Hudson 2006) and “Thinking Space, Advancing Art: Cassirer with Crowther” (Routledge 2015) on the philosophy of symbolic forms that explores language, myth, religion, and art within the philosophy of culture.
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.
Istanbul: The Imperial City
by John Freely
Whether you call it Byzantium, Constantinople, or Istanbul, the “old Turkish hand” John Freely tells the story of each creation and decline up to today’s Istanbul under the Turkish Republic. Spirited and colorful, Freely gives his readers a lively account of the turmoil each incarnation brought. In addition to “page turning history”, Freely gives a complete listing of monuments & museums in the city - he has lived there for decades. This is the one to read on Istanbul if you have a short list of books and limited time to get into its history.
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.
Turkey: A Modern History
by Erik J. Zürcher
A revised edition looks at Turkeys modern day changes and continuations into a capitalist and modern world. Focuses on the 1950s and forward, Zürcher focuses on politics, military, human rights issues, Turkeys relationships with Europe and the West and their ambivalent relationship with the Middle East.
Turkey: A Short History
by Norman Stone
A concise survey of Turkey's relations with neighboring countries and the wider world from 11th century to today.
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.





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