Aegean Sea Odyssey: The Greek Isles and Historic Türkiye

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.


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Trip Type
Group Travel Tour, International Ocean & Sea Voyages
Departure Dates
Apr 7, 2025 - Apr 15, 2025


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.


  • Barbara Horlbeck

    Barbara Horlbeck

    Barbara Horlbeck, M.A., is an arts and culture professional with extensive global experience. She is a lecturer, writer, independent researcher, and adjunct instructor of art history, and has developed and taught a wide range of university-level courses. Founder of Arts and Influences, Barbara also developed in-depth seminars, several topics of which include “Arts of the Islamic World”, “Arts of the Ancient World,” “Arts of China, India, and Japan”, “Renaissance and Baroque Art”, and “Collectors, Collections, and the Modern Museum”.  As a docent at the Minneapolis Institute of Arts for more than 20 years, Barbara led tours for educators, specialists, and the general public on the museum’s encyclopedic collections.  She has traveled in just 45 countries, including five continents and the North Pole.  Barbara adores helping our travelers develop a deeper understanding of the world’s rich artistic and cultural legacy, while, at the same time, she helps to place works of art and architecture in their broad historical context.



Greek Isles and Turkiye map


  • day 1

    En Route from U.S.

  • day 2

    Arrive in Athens, Greece | Piraeus – Embarkation

    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 panoramic 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.

  • day 3

    Delos | Mykonos

    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.

  • day 4


    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 theatre for live entertainment—perhaps a dance performance, live concert or a film on the big screen.

  • day 5


    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 4thcentury BC. Its imposing columns and Byzantine church are remnants of the original knights’ citadel. Returning to the ship, delight in another gourmet dinner crafted from locally sourced ingredients, expertly paired with exquisite wines.

  • day 6

    Kuşadasi, Türkiye

    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.

  • day 7

    Turkish Coast Cruising

    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.


  • day 8


    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 schemeto 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.

  • day 9

    Istanbul – Disembarkation | Depart for U.S.

    After breakfast guests departing during the suggested times take a complimentary transfer to the airport for flights home.

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