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Highlights
  • Visit the seaport town of Canakkale
  • Visit Mykonos town, reaching one of its famous beaches
  • Visit the old settlements of Alexandria Troa and of Assos
  • Visit the archaeological ruins of this UNESCO World Heritage Site, unearthed here in the 19th century
  • Excursion which will include the Akrotiri excavations, the Museum and the Villages. The tour will end in Oia on time to enjoy Oia's world famous sunset

On this amazing 8-day Aegean Mosaic Cruise you will journey through the beautifully captivating Aegean Sea. Explore Greco Roman cities of Ephessus, Pergamon and Troy nestled on the Turkish Coast. Be captivated by the ancient civilizations, swim and snorkel in Breath taking secluded beaches and cheer after you watch the famous sunset in Oia, Santorini.

Your home base is the 36-cabin mega yacht Variety Voyager, a state-of-the-art vessel launched in 2012, surely the most stylish way to cruise the Aegean Sea.

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Itinerary

Day 1: Embark Istanbul

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Embarkation from Istanbul at 3pm. Begin sailing at 4:30 pm to Canakkale. Overnight at sea.

Day 2: Canakkale, Turkey

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Today you will visit the seaport town of Canakkale. Trop and Assos optional excursions is offered today. In the morning you may explore the remains of the legendary city of Troy. Troy, founded in 1300 BC, is where Achilles fought Hector as celebrated by Homer in the Iliade. Excavations started in 19th century by Heinrich Schliemann. In the afternoon, visit the old settlements of Alexandria Troa and of Assos. Late afternoon return to ship and overnight sailing to Dikili.

Day 3: Dikili, Turkey

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Morning arrival in Dikili. From there your optional excursion will take you the Greco-Roman city of Pergamon, which is famous for its Asclepion, the Acropolis, the Altar of Zeus, and the Temples of Athena, Trojan, and Dionysos and the 10,000 seat Ancient Theatre. Late evening sailing to Kusadasi. Overnight at sea.

Day 4: Kusadasi,Turkey - Samos, Greece

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Today your explorations of ancient civilizations continue with an optional tour to Ephesus, one of the greatest archaeological site in the Aegean region. As you tour this remarkably preserved Greek and Roman city, you may feel as if you’re about to encounter a toga-garbed resident, or hear a chariot clattering down the main avenue, the same avenue down which Cleopatra and Mark Anthony rode in procession more than 2,000 years ago. Free time in the afternoon for shopping in the bazaar. Afternoon sailing to Samos. Reach the quaint port of Pythagorion with an opportunity for a late afternoon swim. Overnight in port.

Day 5: Samos, Arki or Lipsi Islands - Patmos, Greece

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Morning sailing to a secluded beach on either Arkous or Lipsous Island, where you can take a relaxing morning swim. After lunch, sail to nearby Patmos. An optional Patmos excursion includes two UNESCO World Heritage Sites, the Grotto and Monastery of St. John and the historic center of the medieval town of Chora. Afternoon is spent at your leisure to discover Scala, the capital or swim at a nearby beach. Late evening sailing to Delos Mykonos. Overnight at sea.

Day 6: Delos - Mykonos, Greece

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Early morning arrival in Delos, once the capital of Greece and the mythical birthplace of Apollo and Artemis. Take an optional guided Delos walking tour where you will visit the archaeological ruins of this UNESCO World Heritage Site, unearthed here in the 19th century. Delos is a true open-air museum with many ancient monuments and buildings that are remarkably intact. After the 2 hour walking tour you rejoin the ship for a swim and deck BBQ lunch. After lunch, set sail for Mykonos. Arrival in the early afternoon to visit Mykonos town, reaching one of its famous beaches. After dinner there will be more time to enjoy Mykonos nightlife. Late night sailing to Ios island. Overnight at sea.

Day 7: Ios & Manganari beach - Santorini, Greece

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Early morning arrival in Manganari , one of the most beautiful beaches in the Aegean. Enjoy this spectacular location with plenty of time for swimming and snorkeling. Leave Manganari at lunch time and feast on the BBQ on deck. Reach Santorini after lunch and disembark for an optional afternoon excursion which will include the Akrotiri excavations, the Museum and the Villages. The tour will end in Oia on time to enjoy Oia's world famous sunset. Dinner on board. Late evening sailing to Athens. Overnight at sea.

Day 8: Disembark Marina Zeas (Athens)

Meals: Breakfast

Arrive to port early in the morning and disembark between 8-9:30 am.

Dates & Pricing

Price From

$ 3,190

Price Per Day:

$ 399 per day
 
Prices may vary due to local taxes and trip seasonality. Click "Request Info" to inquire directly with the tour operator for the final trip price.
Details
Ship Name

Variety Voyager

Ship Stats
  • 72 guests
  • Year Built: 2012
  • 28 - 32 crew members
  • Length: 223 feet
  • Cruising speed: 13 knots
  • Cabins: 36

Cruise in fine style aboard the Variety Voyager. The 223-foot, 36-cabin mega yacht was launched in May 2012. This sleek high-tech vessel complies with the most stringent SOLAS safety regulations. 

Ship Description

Recently built in 2012 the Variety Voyager is luxurious by small ship standards.  She has a very modern feel with steel, glass, lighted accents on mirrored walls and stylish new accents and amenities.  Cabins are small but comfortable ranging from 129 to 248 square feet.  Most cabins feature portholes but my Category A portholes were quite large and effectively served as windows, although they could not be opened.   There is plenty of storage and a small desk in nearly every room, but note that travelers from the USA should bring an adapter as power outlets are European round style 220 plugs.  The bathrooms are modern with beautiful glass doors and furnishing and the shower is fantastic with lots of water pressure and rain option that felt great after a long day of activity.  We also appreciated the air conditioning in each room.

Common areas aboard the Variety Voyager are spacious and comfortable.  It seems that every day I found a new place to relax.  I especially like the outdoor alfresco dining area and the Oceans Lounge on the upper deck.  Large outdoor couches, chairs and coffee tables served by a full bar with fantastic views made this a popular outdoor deck.  The upper observation deck was rarely used by other guests and provided a peaceful resting area with a 360 degree view.  The ship has a small workout room with a full spa and on board spa treatments.  The crew gave us informal tours of the wheelhouse and engine rooms.

Deck & Cabin Plans

Variety Voyager Deck Plan

Variety Voyager Deck Plan

 

Owner's Suite

 

Located on the Horizons Deck, this double-bedded cabin is the finest on board with two double windows, a seating area and luxurious private bathroom. Double or twin bed plus a sofa bed.

 

Category P

 

Located on the upper Horizons Deck offering double windows, all finished with marble throughout the bathrooms and more luxurious fabrics and special amenities. All cabins offer flexible bedding configuration while 4 of the 7 include an extra sofa bed. Twin beds or double bed.

 

Category A

 

Located on the Riviera Deck offering double windows, bathroom with marble floors as well as glass and Corian showers. 9 of the 11 cabins offer flexible bedding configuration. Twin beds or double bed. Cabins 210-211 have fixed twin beds.

Trip Includes
  • Shipboard accommodations
  • Full-board: buffet breakfast and two meals daily
  • Including a welcome cocktail, a local theme evening
  • Fun BBQs (weather permitting) and Captain's Dinner
  • Regular filter coffee, tea and drinking water free all day
  • Use of fishing and snorkeling equipment (subject to availability)
  • Services of multilingual expedition staff.
Trip Excludes
  • Port taxes ($380 per person for 2015)
  • Fuel surcharge (if applicable)
  • Travel insurance, transfers, optional air/sea or land programs (unless noted)
  • Shore excursions, airport facility charges, taxes/fees
  • Personal nature such as alcoholic beverages, soft drinks,
  • Gratuities, gift shop purchases, medical services, phone calls, etc.
  • Wi-Fi available at a charge. All onboard charges are in Euros.
Meals Included:

8 Breakfast, 7 Lunches and 7 Dinners

Flights & Transport
Only ground transport
Group Size:
Standard Group
Start City
Istanbul
End City
Athens
Cancellation Policy:

In order to confirm this trip, a deposit of 25% is required at the time of booking. A Reservation Form, which includes a release of liability, must be completed and signed by all travelers. The balance of the trip price is due 90 days before the departure date. Guests who must cancel their trip for any reason must do so in writing. Cancellations are subject to the following fees, based on number of days prior to departure:

Up to 91 days - 50% of deposit

90 to 31 days - 50% of total trip cost

30 to 0 days - 100% of total trip cost

Age Notes

Families & Children

Children between the ages of 7-10 sharing a cabin with two paying adults receive a 50% discount on the cruise fare per person in Cabins B or Cabin P. Children between the ages of 10-16 sharing a cabin with two paying adults receive a 35% discount in Cabins B or P. Port taxes are not discounted

Min. Age: 7

Additional Information:

Reservations

All persons wishing to make a reservation, and all persons who will be traveling, must complete and sign the Traveller Information Form. All reservations are made with Adventure Smith Travel Services Inc., d/b/a Adventure Smith Explorations. No person has any authority on Adventure Smith Explorations’ behalf to vary these terms and conditions.

Unused services & personal expenses

Regardless of any other term in this agreement, partial refunds are not available for unused services including but not limited to hotel rooms, meals, air or land transportation, activity days or other sightseeing excursions. You will not be reimbursed for any personal expenses such as airfare, hotel or other travel expenses due to changes in itineraries or cancellations. If a portion of the services of your tour are cancelled by us or our third party supplier because of an event within our control or the control of our third party supplier, and you are not offered a replacement or alternative, we will refund the cost of that portion of the services.

Severability

If any provision of this agreement shall be unenforceable or invalid under any applicable law, such unenforceability or invalidity shall not render the agreement unenforceable or invalid as a whole. Such unenforceable provision will be replaced with one that is valid and enforceable and which achieves, to the extent possible, the original objectives and intent of the original provision.

Medical Insurance

It is mandatory that all clients have personal, travel-related medical insurance at the time of travel. It is the client’s responsibility to obtain personal travel-related medical insurance. Often, your personal medical insurance may not cover you for medical services, whether basic, urgent, emergency, catastrophic, or otherwise, while you are traveling. It is your responsibility to determine if your existing medical coverage is adequate for the duration of your tour. It is also your responsibility to have or to obtain sufficient coverage for any medical services you might require, including up to catastrophic, long-term medical services coverage. This insurance must cover personal accident, medical expenses, air ambulance, loss of effects, repatriation costs and all other expenses which might arise as a result of loss, damage, injury, delay or inconvenience occurring to the client

Travel Documents

The client must obtain and have possession of a valid passport, all visas, permits and certificates, and vaccination certificates, required for the entire tour. The client accepts responsibility for obtaining these documents and any other necessary documents. It is the client’s responsibility to assure that the name on your airline ticket, cruise tickets, or any other travel documents matches your name as printed in your passport (or domestic identification, where applicable) by providing the exact name as it appears on your passport (or domestic identification, where applicable) to AdventureSmith Explorations before tickets are issued.

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