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Main Program: April 07, 2025 – April 15, 2025
Pre-Tour: April 05, 2025 – April 08, 2025
Post-Tour: April 15, 2025 – April 17, 2025

Aegean Sea Odyssey: The Greek Isles and Historic Türkiye

Embark upon a captivating journey cruising the Aegean Sea, weaving through a tapestry of enchanting destinations and cultural coastal gems of Greece and Türkiye. From the sacred island of Delos to the iconic landscapes of Santorini and the historic streets of Istanbul, each destination unfolds like a chapter from the epic tales of antiquity. You'll traverse through the timeless wonders of Mykonos, Rhodes, Kuşadasi and Çanakkale, where echoes of the past resonate in every cobblestone street and archaeological site. Your luxury cruise ship, the exquisite Le Dumont-d'Urville, will be a floating sanctuary of sophistication and comfort as you explore, promising relaxation and an immersive cultural experience.


NOTE: Tour information is current as of 7/24/2024.

Program Highlights

– Bask in seven nights deluxe accommodations during an exclusive Orbridge cruise on board Le Dumont-d'Urville—an ultra-modern, environmentally friendly luxury ship.

– Walk among rare sights, including excavations of the Bronze Age in Akrotiri, considered one of the most well-planned and advanced cities of its time.

– Embrace the region's dynamic history during guided tours of Delos, Rhodes and Ephesus.

– Choose to join a variety of optional excursions including a winery tour and tasting in Santorini, a tour of the Acropolis of Lindos in Rhodes, and a tour of Assos in Çanakkale.

– Encounter layers of archaeological intrigue at Troy—the legendary city immortalized in the epic poems of Homer’s Iliad.

What's Included

  • 7 nights aboard luxurious Le Dumont-d'Urville
  • All onboard hand-crafted meals: 7 breakfasts, 6 lunches and 7 dinners (served with wine, beer or non-alcoholic beverages) plus special welcome and farewell receptions
  • Unlimited select complimentary beverages available 24/7 on board the ship, including in the comfort of your stateroom
  • Private tours and special small-group excursions as noted in the 9-day itinerary
  • Full guiding services of a team of Orbridge Travel Directors and expert local guides
  • Private motor coach transportation
  • Luggage porterage
  • Gratuities to ship crew, Orbridge Travel Directors, local guides, drivers, porters and wait staff for included meals
  • Airport transfers for guests arriving and departing during the suggested times

Itinerary

Day 1: En Route from U.S.
Monday, April 7, 2025

Day 2: Arrive in Athens, Greece | Piraeus – Embarkation
Tuesday, April 8, 2025
Upon arriving at Athens International Airport an Orbridge representative will be waiting to assist with your transfer to the Port of Piraeus for embarkation.

Le Dumont-d'Urville is a masterpiece of luxury cruising. This floating haven features spacious and elegantly appointed staterooms and impeccably designed public spaces. As embarkation begins, take time to unpack and become familiar with your accommodations.

Among the vessel's unique features is the Blue Eye Lounge, an innovative and immersive underwater observation area featuring large, curved windows that provide views of the subaquatic environment. The lounge is a multi-sensory experience—you can feel the ocean's vibrations through the seats and listen for marine sounds using the hydrophone headsets. Visit the reception desk on board to schedule time to visit the Blue Eye Lounge, as hours of operation vary and guest capacity is limited.

This evening gather with fellow travel companions for a special welcome reception to celebrate the exciting journey ahead.
Overnight: Le Dumont-d'Urville (R,D)

Day 3: Delos | Mykonos
Wednesday, April 9, 2025
After breakfast disembark for a guided archaeological tour of Delos, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

The Terrace of the Lions is one of the most iconic and recognizable features of Delos. Dating back to the 7th century BC, this terrace served as a grand entrance to the Sanctuary of Apollo, symbolizing the sacred nature of the island. The terrace originally consisted of a row of imposing marble lions, each standing guard in a majestic formation. These lions, sculpted with exquisite craftsmanship, were dedicated by the people of Naxos to Apollo. While the original lions are now displayed in the Delos Archaeological Museum to preserve them from the elements, replicas stand proudly on the terrace, providing visitors with a glimpse into the island's ancient glory.

Continue to the majestic Temple of Apollo, a sacred edifice that played a central role in the island's religious and cultural life. Originally constructed in the 5th century BC, the temple was dedicated to Apollo, the god of light, music and prophecy. Observe the temple's imposing columns and remnants, including the altar where sacrifices were made in honor of Apollo.

At the Theatre District, an area of affluence, see the different mosaics that adorned the floors of the Hellenistic houses of Dionysus, Cleopatra and Dioscuri.

Later enjoy leisure time to discover Mykonos, a charming island known for its role in Greek mythology and as a key trading port. Weave through cobbled streets of the pedestrian center, admiring the colorful bougainvillea and panoramic coastline.
Overnight: Le Dumont-d'Urville (B,L,D)

Day 4: Santorini
Thursday, April 10, 2025
Located on the southern coast of Santorini rests Akrotiri, considered one of the most well-planned and advanced cities of its time. Buried in lava stone after the catastrophic volcanic eruption that occurred around 1627 BC, the site was discovered in 1967 by archaeologist Spyridon Marinatos. Excavations have revealed a wealth of artifacts, including pottery, tools and other objects that indicate a sophisticated level of craftsmanship and trade relations. One of the highlights of Akrotiri is its stunning frescoes, showcasing vibrant and detailed artwork. The frescoes depict scenes of daily life, nature and religious rituals, offering a glimpse into the Minoan culture and aesthetics.

Following lunch, enjoy free time on the island or choose to join an optional winery tour and tasting excursion. Santorini's volcanic soil contributes to the unique character of its wines. The soil is rich in minerals, which impart distinct flavors and a sense of terroir to the grapes.

After dinner stop by the theater for live entertainment—perhaps a dance performance, live concert or a film on the big screen.
Overnight: Le Dumont-d'Urville (B,L,D)

Day 5: Rhodes
Friday, April 11, 2025
Today set off on a guided walking tour through the medieval city of Rhodes, which became the stronghold of the Knights of Rhodes during the Crusades. Completely encircled by impressive fortified walls, the interior's cobblestone thoroughfare is lined with structures that once housed the various knightly orders. The narrow, labyrinthine streets now feature traditional tavernas and artisan shops, providing a chance to sample local cuisine and purchase handmade crafts.

This afternoon join the optional guided walking tour to the picturesque Acropolis of Lindos in Rhodes, perched majestically on a rocky promontory overlooking the sparkling Aegean Sea.

At the heart of the Acropolis stands the Temple of Athena Lindia, an architectural masterpiece dating back to the 4th century BC. Its imposing columns and Byzantine church are remnants of the original knights' citadel.

Excursion note: The Acropolis is only accessible via footpath that is about one mile long and includes approximately 300 steps. A good level of physical fitness is required.

Returning to the ship, delight in another gourmet dinner crafted from locally sourced ingredients, expertly paired with exquisite wines.
Overnight: Le Dumont-d'Urville (B,L,D)

Day 6: Kuşadasi, Türkiye
Saturday, April 12, 2025
This morning we arrive at Kuşadasi, the gateway to the ancient city of Ephesus, which was an important center of trade and commerce in the Roman period. Ephesus has a rich history dating back to the 10th century BC. It was initially an Ionian Greek city but later came under Roman rule, becoming one of the largest and most prosperous cities in the Roman Empire. One of Ephesus' most iconic structures, the Library of Celsus, was built in the 2nd century AD. It served as a monumental tomb for Gaius Julius Celsus Polemaeanus and housed over 12,000 scrolls.

The ancient agora was the heart of Ephesus, serving as a marketplace and a gathering spot for social and political activities. Explore the ruins of shops, temples and public areas that once buzzed with activity.

Later visit a carpet weaving center followed by a traditional Turkish lunch.

This afternoon enjoy leisure time to explore Kuşadasi's seafront promenade, harbor, beaches and variety of boutiques.
Overnight: Le Dumont-d'Urville (B,L,D)

Day 7: Turkish Coast Cruising
Sunday, April 13, 2025
Savor a full day of leisure on board as you cruise north along the coast to Çanakkale. Indulge in a rejuvenating spa treatment (additional fees apply), take a dip in the pool, unwind in the lounge, or simply relax on deck to capture the remarkable landscape passing by.

Later in the afternoon, retreat to the main lounge for snacks and beverages accompanied by live music.
Overnight: Le Dumont-d'Urville (B,L,D)

Day 8: Çanakkale
Monday, April 14, 2025
After breakfast disembark in Çanakkale on the edge of the Dardanelles Strait. During the Byzantine Empire, this narrow waterway played a vital role in defending Constantinople (Istanbul) from potential invaders. This strait has been a crucial maritime passage since ancient times, serving as a key trade route connecting the Mediterranean Sea with the Black Sea.

At the harbor, observe the contemporary sculpture of an immense wooden horse, depicting Odysseus’ legendary scheme to take Troy.

Continue to the archaeological site of Troy, a UNESCO World Heritage site and location of the legendary Trojan War, as described in Homer's Iliad.

Next visit the Archaeological Museum to discover artifacts found during the excavations made in the ancient city.

After lunch, join the optional excursion to the ancient city of Assos, a Greek colony founded in the 7th century BC by settlers from the island of Lesbos. Well-preserved remnants of city walls showcase the ancient fortifications that once protected Assos. Continue to the Temple of Athena, a Doric-style temple dedicated to the goddess Athena constructed in the 6th century BC.

The final evening on board, gather for a lively farewell reception followed by a convivial gala dinner to commemorate this epic odyssey cruising the Aegean Sea.
Overnight: Le Dumont-d'Urville (B,L,R,D)

Day 9: Istanbul – Disembarkation | Depart for U.S.
Tuesday, April 15, 2025
After breakfast guests departing during the suggested times take a complimentary transfer to the airport for flights home. (B)

B = Breakfast, L = Lunch, D = Dinner, R = Reception

(Itinerary subject to change.)

Activity Level

Moderate

Activities are generally not very strenuous, however, we expect that guests can enjoy two hours or more of walking each day, are sure-footed on cobbled and unpaved surfaces, and can walk up and down stairs without assistance. The optional shore excursions to the Lindos Acropolis and Assos require a high level of physical fitness.

Your Guide(s)

Orbridge Travel Director Team

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Our premier team of Orbridge Travel Directors will accompany you throughout this journey. Each director is highly trained and offers a wealth of knowledge and experience as a guide.

Enriched by their insight and enthusiasm, enjoy the cultures and locations you explore with added confidence, understanding and appreciation.

Accommodations

Le Dumont-d’Urville

April 8 - April 14

Experience the epitome of prestige sailing as you step aboard Le Dumont-d'Urville—a vessel that redefines luxury and elegance in the world of cruising.

On board, enter a world where the delicate balance between modern luxury and responsible travel is seamlessly achieved. Whether gazing at panoramic views from your private balcony or unwinding in one of the ship’s inviting lounges, you’ll find yourself embraced by a world of refinement.

Every corner of Le Dumont-d'Urville exudes opulence and comfort. Refined staterooms provide a sanctuary of relaxation after each day’s exploration, inviting common spaces inspire wholesome camaraderie, and gourmet dining elevates culinary experiences to new heights. Yet, it’s the ship’s intimate ambiance that truly sets the stage for a once-in-a-lifetime voyage.

Each stateroom offers ocean views with private balconies, 24-hour room service, independent climate control, flat-screen TV, complimentary Wi-Fi, dressing room with shelves and closet, dressing table and hair dryer, premium bath products, minibar, Nespresso coffee maker, phone, safe, and Bose Bluetooth speaker.

Unlimited complimentary Wi-Fi is provided throughout the vessel.

Deluxe (Deck 3) approx. 204 sq.ft.
One king or two single beds, private bathroom with shower, glazed panoramic swing door and rectangular window, private balcony with two armchairs.

Prestige (Decks 4, 5, 6) approx. 204 sq.ft.
One king or two single beds, one chaise lounge chair, private bathroom with shower, panoramic sliding bay window or panoramic swing door, panoramic sliding bay window, private balcony with two armchairs.

Deluxe Suite (Decks 3, 4, 5, 6) approx. 290 sq.ft.
One king or two single beds, an armchair and sofa, private bathroom with shower, glazed panoramic swing door and panoramic window (Deck 3), panoramic sliding bay window (Decks 4, 5, 6), private balcony with two armchairs.

Prestige Suite (Decks 5, 6) approx. 409 sq.ft.
Priority boarding (Deck 6), champagne and fruit basket upon arrival, assortment of sweet or savory canapés and fruit basket daily, one king or two single beds, lounge with sofa bed convertible to one king or two single beds, armchair, two TVs, sliding courtesy door, two private bathrooms with showers, two panoramic sliding bay windows, private balcony with four armchairs, butler service (Deck 6).

Privilege Suite (Decks 5, 6) approx. 344 sq.ft.
Priority boarding, champagne and fruit basket upon arrival and an assortment of sweet or savory canapés and fruit basket daily (Deck 6), one king or two single beds, lounge with chaise lounge and armchair, private bathroom with shower, panoramic sliding bay window, private balcony with two armchairs, butler service.

Grand Deluxe Suite (Deck 6) approx. 484 sq.ft.
Priority boarding, an assortment of sweet or savory canapés and fruit basket daily, one king or two single beds, lounge with sofa bed convertible to double bed, armchair, two TVs, private bathroom with shower and Baleno tub, two panoramic sliding bay windows, private terrace with two deckchairs and four-seat dining table, butler service.

Owner's Suite (Deck 5) approx. 505 sq.ft.
Priority boarding, champagne and fruit basket upon arrival, an assortment of sweet or savory canapés and fruit basket daily, one king or two single beds, lounge with armchair and double sofa bed, two TVs, private bathroom with shower, Baleno tub, and smart mirror, two panoramic sliding bay windows, one-hour spa treatment (for two), selection of premium spirits at the bar, butler service.

(Accommodations subject to change.)

Optional Pre-Tour

Athens


Enjoy additional time in the ancient city of Athens, where history and modernity entwine. The city's warm hospitality welcomes you to explore its charming streets filled with quaint cafés, traditional tavernas and lively markets. Immerse yourself in the rich tapestry of Greek culture, sampling local delicacies and perhaps enjoying a leisurely stroll through the historic Plaka neighborhood.

Itinerary

Day +1: En Route from U.S.
Saturday, April 5, 2025

Day +2: Arrive in Athens, Greece
Sunday, April 6, 2025
Upon arrival to Athens International Airport transfer to the hotel to enjoy the evening at leisure.

This capital city is located on the edge of the Saronic Gulf amidst an enchanting rocky plateau. Set out to explore some of the liveliest districts in Athens including Plaka, with its maze of colorful streets. The National Archaeological Museum and the Cycladic Art Museum are also some of the city’s key attractions.
Overnight: King George, a Luxury Collection Hotel

Day +3: Athens
Monday, April 7, 2025
Following breakfast join your local guide for a tour of the Acropolis, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

The Acropolis has a history dating back to the Mycenaean period and has been continuously inhabited and developed over the centuries. The area has undergone extensive restoration and conservation efforts over the years to ensure its continued preservation.

Immerse yourself in the ancient world and witness the architectural and artistic achievements of classical Greece. The Acropolis has influenced art, architecture and philosophy throughout Western history and continues to be a symbol of cultural heritage.

Afterward peruse artifacts and interactive exhibits at the Acropolis Museum, which is an archaeological excavation site itself. Ascending through the museum's three levels, each step unveils a new chapter in Greece's illustrious past, from the Archaic period to the Roman era. Layers of history unfold through the exhibits: Gallery of the Slopes of the Acropolis, Archaic Gallery and Parthenon Gallery.

Before returning to the hotel stop at a local taverna for lunch.

The remainder of the afternoon and evening are at leisure.
Overnight: King George, a Luxury Collection Hotel (B,L)

Day +4: Athens | Main Program Begins
Tuesday, April 8, 2025
This morning indulge your senses during a captivating city tour filled with culinary delights and cultural experiences. Join your guide for a combination bus and walking tour featuring a blend of exploration and immersion into Athens' vibrant tapestry. Visit a variety of local shops and cafés to sample an array of traditional coffees, pastries and finger foods, savoring each sip, bite and flavor along the way. Continuing the journey meet a dance instructor for a special lesson in Greek dance and interpretation.

Afterward transfer to the Port of Piraeus to join guests arriving for the main program and embarkation. (B)

Pre-tour space is limited. We recommend reserving early for best availability.

(Itinerary subject to change.)

Activity Level

Moderate

Activities are generally not very strenuous, however, we expect that guests can enjoy two hours or more of walking, are sure-footed on cobbled and unpaved surfaces, and can walk up and down stairs without assistance.

Historic areas are usually more accessible by foot than by vehicle, and sometimes it is not possible for your motor coach to drop you off at site entrances. Due to the structure of some buildings, facilities for the disabled may be limited.

Accommodations

King George, a Luxury Collection Hotel

April 6 - April 7

Located in the center of Athens, this five-star property represents the absolute essence of a luxurious boutique hotel. It's ideally situated within walking distance from the many wonders of the city. The Acropolis, Agora, Plaka, Thission and Monastiraki Flea Market are nearby, as well as various boutiques, world-renowned museums and the city’s vibrant business district.

Room Amenities: Individual climate control, flat-screen TV, complimentary Wi-Fi, minibar, nightly turndown service, bathrobes and slippers, and en suite marble bathroom with premium sundries and hair dryer.

Deluxe Accommodations Package (availability limited)
While the accommodations are exceptional, guests wishing the ultimate indulgence may choose to purchase the Deluxe Accommodations Package, which includes the following upgrade:

• King George: Upgrade to Deluxe Acropolis View Room—a larger room with a a view of the Acropolis.

(Accommodations subject to change.)

What's Included

  • 2 nights at King George, a Luxury Collection Hotel (or similar)
  • 2 breakfasts and 1 lunch
  • Guided tour of the Acropolis
  • Admission to the Acropolis Museum
  • Guided culinary and cultural city tour
  • Transportation for included tours
  • Luggage porterage
  • Gratuities to Orbridge Travel Director, local guide, driver, porters, hotel staff and wait staff for included meals
  • Airport transfers for guests arriving during the suggested times

Optional Post-Tour

Istanbul


Experience Istanbul's architectural wonders and cultural treasures while gaining a deeper understanding of the city's complex history and heritage. From ancient monuments to modern landmarks, Istanbul offers a captivating blend of tradition and innovation.

Itinerary

Day 9: Istanbul
Tuesday, April 15, 2025
Join your local guide for a full-day tour of the city's most revered sites.

Hippodrome Square, once the center of Byzantine Constantinople, hosts ancient monuments including the Egyptian Obelisk, Serpent Column and Obelisk of Thutmose III.

Next visit the iconic Blue Mosque, renowned for its stunning blue tiles and towering minarets. Learn about its construction during the reign of Sultan Ahmed I in the early 17th century and its significance as one of Istanbul's most important religious landmarks.

After lunch proceed to the Hagia Sophia, a UNESCO World Heritage site and architectural marvel that has served as a church, mosque and museum over the centuries. Discover the fascinating history of this iconic structure, from its Byzantine origins to its transformation into a mosque during the Ottoman era.

Descend into the Basilica Cistern, an ancient underground reservoir built by Emperor Justinian I in the 6th century. Contemplate before the forest of marble columns amidst the eerie atmosphere of this subterranean wonder.

Conclude this enriching day with a visit to the Grand Bazaar, one of the world's oldest and largest covered markets. Immerse yourself in a labyrinth of alleys and stalls to shop for traditional Turkish goods like carpets, ceramics, spices and jewelry.

The remainder of the evening is at leisure.
Overnight: Çırağan Palace Kempinski (L)

Day 10: Istanbul
Wednesday, April 16, 2025
After breakfast set out for Topkapi Palace, the opulent residence of Ottoman sultans for nearly 400 years. Explore the sprawling grounds, magnificent courtyards and lavish chambers including the Harem, Imperial Council Chamber and Treasury.

Afterward take a leisurely stroll through Pera district—Istanbul's bustling pedestrian street lined with shops, cafés and historic landmarks. Soak in the vibrant atmosphere and admire the eclectic architecture of this cosmopolitan neighborhood.

Following lunch visit Taksim Square, a modern hub of activity and a symbol of Istanbul's dynamic spirit. Learn about its role in Turkish history, from political demonstrations to cultural events, and enjoy panoramic views of the cityscape.

Enjoy the plentiful amenities at the hotel with the rest of the evening at leisure.
Overnight: Çırağan Palace Kempinski (B,L)

Day 12: Istanbul | Depart for U.S.
Thursday, April 17, 2025
After breakfast guests departing during the suggested time take the complimentary transfer to the airport for flights home. (B)

B = Breakfast, L = Lunch

Post-tour space is limited. We recommend reserving early for best availability.

This post-tour is not escorted by an Orbridge Travel Director. Included sightseeing is accompanied by a local guide.

(Itinerary subject to change.)

Activity Level

Moderate

Activities are generally not very strenuous, however, we expect that guests can enjoy two hours or more of walking, are sure-footed on cobbled and unpaved surfaces, and can walk up and down stairs without assistance.

Historic areas are usually more accessible by foot than by vehicle, and sometimes it is not possible for your motor coach to drop you off at site entrances. Due to the structure of some buildings, facilities for the disabled may be limited.

Accommodations

Çırağan Palace Kempinski

April 23 - April 24

This iconic property exudes luxury and sophistication boasting an architectural style characterized by Ottoman grandeur and opulence. Guest rooms are meticulously appointed to provide the utmost comfort and indulgence. During leisure time take advantage of the inviting outdoor pool or relax in a chaise overlooking the waterfront.

Room Amenities: Individual climate control, private balcony, smart TV, complimentary Wi-Fi, coffee and tea maker, minibar, safe, en suite bathroom with sundries and hair dryer.

Deluxe Accommodations Package (availability limited)
While the accommodations are exceptional, guests wishing the ultimate indulgence may choose to purchase the Deluxe Accommodations Package, which includes the following upgrade:

• Çırağan Palace Kempinski: Upgrade to Çırağan Bosphorus View Room—a larger room with a view of the Bosphorus Strait.

(Accommodations subject to change.)

What's Included

  • 2 nights at Çırağan Palace Kempinski (or similar)
  • 2 breakfasts and 2 lunches
  • Full day guided touring of Istanbul highlights, plus visits to Topkapi Palace, Grand Bazaar and Taksim Square
  • Transportation for included tours
  • Luggage porterage
  • Gratuities to local guides, drivers, porters and wait staff for included meals
  • Airport transfers for guests departing during the suggested times

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