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Discover the historic ports of Europe Asia and Africa aboard the Aegean Odyssey

MV Aegean Odyssey

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Constantinople... The Empire of the World

Athens to Istanbul
August 23 - September 7, 2015

Istanbul stands guard at the entrance to the Black Sea and it is here that our cruise ends with two nights in one of the city's top hotels and the opportunity to explore the outstanding Byzantine and Ottoman buildings, as well as the glorious mosaics in the Byzantine 6th-century cathedral of Hagia Sophia, the Topkapi Palace and the beautiful Blue Mosque.

Your starting point, though, is no less impressive: you will have plenty of time to explore and appreciate the ancient sites of Athens before boarding Aegean Odyssey. It is then on to the beautiful Greek islands of sacred Delos, hedonistic Mykonos, stunning Santorini and crusader Rhodes. A call at the Cretan port of Rethimnon allows for a trip to the ruins of the Minoan palace of Knossos. As we sail along the coast of Turkey to Istanbul, you will also visit the remains of Troy, stunning Pergamon, the classical city of Ephesus and the ruins of Patara.

Voyage highlights

  • The spiritual beauty of sacred Delos
  • Cruising through the Greek Islands
  • The Hagia Sophia: a Byzantine masterpiece


Date Port Arrive Depart
23 Aug Sunday Departure Depart North America  - -
24 Aug Monday Athens, Greece Arrival & transfer to hotel  - overnight hotel 
25 Aug Tuesday Athens, Greece Included tour of the ACROPOLIS & Acropolis Museum.  - overnight hotel 
26 Aug Wednesday Athens, Greece Free morning to explore. Transfer to Aegean Odyssey in Piraeus  - 8:00pm 
27 Aug Thursday Delos, Greece Morning visit to the sacred island of Delos  8:00am  noon 
27 Aug Thursday Mykonos, Greece Afternoon at leisure in Mykonos  2:00pm  midnight 
28 Aug Friday Santorini, Greece Full day tour: morning visit to AKROTIRI, afternoon at Fira town   7:00am  6:00pm 
29 Aug Saturday Rethimnon, Crete, Greece Tour of the Minoan Palace of Knossos. Free afternoon to explore the Venetian & Ottoman architecture of Rethimnon  8:00am  10:00pm 
30 Aug Sunday Kos, Greece Visit the famous archaeological site of ASKLEPEION  2:00pm  10:00pm 
31 Aug Monday Rhodes, Greece Morning tour to the Acropolis in LINDOS. Afternoon tour to the Old Town of RHODES, including Citadel of the Knights of St John  7:00am  midnight 
01 Sep Tuesday Fethiye, Turkey Visit to the ruins of the ancient city of PATARA  7:00am  1:00pm 
02 Sep Wednesday Izmir, Turkey Sightseeing tour: EPHESUS, the ancient Roman capital  2:00pm  overnight 
03 Sep Thursday Izmir, Turkey PERGAMON, including the remains of the altar of Zeus  8:00pm 
04 Sep Friday Canakkale, Turkey A visit to ancient TROY or Gallipoli  1:00pm  6:00pm 
05 Sep Saturday Istanbul, Turkey Disembark Aegean Odyssey and transfer to hotel. City sightseeing AM including HAGIA SOPHIA & Topkapi Palace. Afternoon visit to BLUE MOSQUE & Grand Bazaar  6:00am  overnight hotel 
06 Sep Sunday Istanbul, Turkey A day at leisure & optional tour to Archaeological Museum & Cisterns  - overnight hotel 
07 Sep Monday Istanbul, Turkey Transfer to Istanbul Airport for a flight home  - -

 Cruise Fares

Enjoy the peace of mind that comes with a complete vacation package, roundtrip airfare* is now included with this voyage!

 Category Balcony Cabins Deck Brochure price Offer
Owner's Suites Lido
$ 10,950
$ 9,950
Junior Suites Lido
$ 10,250
$ 9,250
Deluxe Stateroom Bridge / Lido
$ 9,450
$ 8,550
Deluxe Stateroom Belvedere
$ 9,125
$ 8,225
 Category Premium Cabins Deck Brochure price Offer
Deluxe Stateroom Belvedere
$ 8,395
$ 7,595
Deluxe Stateroom Belvedere / Bridge / Lido
$ 8,150
$ 7,350
Premium Outside Bridge / Lido
$ 7,750
$ 6,995
Premium Outside Belvedere / Columbus
$ 7,450
$ 6,750
Premium Outside Bridge
$ 7,150
$ 6,450
Standard Outside Columbus
$ 6,895
$ 6,195
Premium Inside Belvedere
$ 6,550
$ 5,950
Premium Inside Columbu
$ 6,295
$ 5,695
Standard Inside Belvedere / Columbus
$ 5,995
$ 5,395
Category Single Cabins Deck Brochure price Offer
Deluxe Balcony Lido
$ 11,350
$ 10,350
Deluxe Outside Belvedere
$ 9,995
$ 9,184
Premium Outside Bridge / Lido
$ 9,295
$ 8,455
Premium Outside Belvedere / Bridge
$ 8,950
$ 8,150
Premium Outside Bridge
$ 8,575
$ 7,790
Standard Outside Columbus
$ 8,275
$ 7,484
Standard Inside Belvedere
$ 7,195
$ 6,504
Port Fees & Service Charges (included in the fares above)**
$ 450
Air Credit (when making your own air arrangements)
$ 2,000
Cruise Only Credit (when making own air and hotel arrangements)
$ 2,700

Contact us now for special pricing.

Fly free to Europe*

Air-inclusive 2015 Mediterranean program uses the world’s leading airlines and offers convenient routings and exceptional savings.

Free roundtrip airfare is economy class only. All government and airline fees and taxes are included. A confirmed flight itinerary can be provided within 60 days of deposit for most departures. Some non-standard gateways may incur additional charges. Airline-imposed personal charges such as baggage fees may apply.  The air itinerary is subject to change and is not considered final until your airline ticket has been issued. You may not be able to change your confirmed flight arrangements without an additional fee. Some gateways require departures 1 day prior to dates on pre-cruise land programs or 1 day later than dates on post-cruise programs shown on the website and in the brochure.

Savings also extend to Business Class air travel with favorable upgrade costs to our included economy air arrangements. If you like traveling in extra comfort, be sure to ask about these very special upgrade fares when you book your vacation.

Included transfers

Transfers between airports, hotels and the MV Aegean Odyssey while on your cruise-tour abroad are included. You’ll be met on arrival at your destination airport and transferred in comfort to the ship. At the end of your cruise holiday, you’ll be transferred to the airport for your flight home.

Note:Included transfers are provided only in conjunction with arrival and departure dates of cruise-tours (including optional pre- and post-cruise hotel stays) as outlined on the website and our brochure. Transfers are only included for guests utilizing flights organized by the cruise line.

Our website does not display live availability.Fares above are shown in US$. All prices and availability be will confirmed at time of enquiry. The single supplement offers only apply to our single cabin categories. Special Offers are strictly capacity controlled, subject to availability, may be withdrawn at any time and are not always combinable.