Island Life Ancient Greece & Turkey – Aboard Le Bougainville

Island Life Ancient Greece & Turkey – Aboard Le Bougainville



Enjoy exclusive cultural enrichments, including a folklore performance, a culinary demonstration, and the Island Life® forum with residents of Pátmos who will share their candid perspectives about life today. Linda Harper is the study leader Oct. 3. Barbara Horlbeck Oct. 10.
Complimentary alcoholic & nonalcoholic beverages are included throughout the cruise!

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Trip Type
Group Travel Tour, International Ocean & Sea Voyages
Departure Dates
Oct 3, 2023 - Oct 11, 2023
Oct 10, 2023 - Oct 18, 2023


Pre‑Program Option – Athens and Cape Sounion
October 1 to 4, 2023 or October 8 to 11, 2023
Begin your journey with an immersive experience in the ancient city of Athens. Explore the monumental Acropolis—a UNESCO World Heritage Site and the perfectly proportioned Parthenon, a graceful example of Doric architecture. Tour the archaeological treasures of the Acropolis Museum and enjoy the colorful neighborhood of Plaka, the oldest section of Athens. Discover the idyllic coves and sparkling Aegean waters of Cape Sounion and follow the ancient route of Pericles to the Temple of Poseidon—where 15 of the original 34 Doric columns are remarkably still standing. Accommodations are for two nights in the luxurious Hotel Grande Bretagne.
Price per person, based on double occupancy: $995
Price per person, based on single occupancy: $1,345

Post‑Program Option -Thebes and Delphi
October 11 to 13, 2023 or October 18 to 20, 2023
Extend your journey with a two-night itinerary exploring Delphi, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and Thiva, or Thebes—featuring a visit to the Archaeological Museum of Thebes, where exhibits span from the Neolithic era
to the end of the Ottoman rule. Tour Delphi, visiting the Delphi Archeological Museum, and walk on the Sacred Way to see the Treasury of Athens, the Temple of Apollo, the theater, and the impressive stadium. Spend one night in the Domotel Anemolia Hotel and one night in the Sofitel Athens Airport Hotel.
Price per person, based on double occupancy: $745
Price per person, based on single occupancy: $945
Further details will be provided with your reservation confirmation.



  • 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 teaches college and university-level art history courses, including “Arts of the Islamic World” and “Arts of the Ancient World.”  As Founder of Arts and Influences, Barbara developed the successful Food for Thought Lecture and Lunch Series and created a series of in-depth seminars covering a broad range of topics from “Arts of the Medieval World,” and “Arts of China, India and Japan” to “Collectors, Collections, and the Modern Museum.”  As a docent at the Minneapolis Institute of Art for nearly 20 years, Barbara has led tours for educators, specialists and the general public. She has traveled in nearly 40 countries, including five continents and the North Pole, as well as Iran, India, Pakistan and China. Barbara loves helping travelers develop a deeper understanding of our rich artistic and cultural legacy while, at the same time, placing works of art and architecture in their rich historical context.

  • Linda Harper

    Linda Harper

    Linda was on the NTHP National Main Street program’s management team working with over 200 communities.  As the director for Exchange Programs for the Countryside Institute she provided oversight for communities in 3 counties to implement sustainable environmental and economic programs. Her time as the Board Chair and Executive Director of Historic Congressional Cemetery saw the property go from being listed on the NT’s 11 Most Endangered to being listed as a National Landmark with a $4M endowment. Most recently she served as the CEO for Cultural Tourism for Washington, DC promoting the embassies, monuments, arts and neighborhoods as an integral part of the city’s economic development plan.  Her background in historic preservation, cultural tourism and community engagement will help each traveler better understand the flavor and significance of our stops along the way.


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  • day 1 & 2

    Home City/ Athens, Greece

    Depart and arrive the next day in Athens, Greece, and embark the five‑star Le Bougainville.

  • day 3


    Arrive in Volos and enjoy an excursion to the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Meteora. One of the most important complexes of Greek Orthodox monasteries, Meteora’s monasteries are built on natural sandstone massifs and date to the 14th and 15th centuries. Attend the Captain’s Welcome Reception and Dinner this evening.

  • day 4


    This morning, visit the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Delos—the legendary birthplace of Artemis and Apollo. Walk along the Sacred Way to the Sanctuary of Apollo, a spectacularly rich archaeological site with remains of three separate temples from the fifth and sixth centuries B.C. See the legendary Terrace of the Lions, dedicated to Apollo, where hand-carved marble statues guarded the island for nearly 2,600 years. After lunch on board the ship, explore the island of Mykonos, where according to ancient legend, its craggy hills and clefts were formed from the petrified bodies of giants defeated by Hercules.

  • day 5

    Kusadasi, Turkey for Ephesus

    Arrive in Kusadasi and drive to Ephesus, a vast archaeological site of Greek, Roman and Byzantine ruins including the restored and reconstructed Celsus Library and the Grand Theater. Visit the Terrace Houses and the Ephesus Museum, which contains findings from this ancient city.

  • day 6

    Pátmos, Greece

    On the island of Pátmos, tour the Greek Orthodox Monastery of St. John, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. See the Cave of the Apocalypse, where St. John the Apostle most likely wrote the Book of Revelation in A.D. 95. This afternoon, meet and engage with local residents who will discuss daily life on the islands during the Island Life® forum.

  • day 7


    Dock in Rhodes at the wall of Rhodes Town, a UNESCO World Heritage site, and visit the 14th-century Palace of the Grand Masters. Enjoy an optional excursion this afternoon to the ancient village of Lindos. See the Church of Panagia and its clifftop acropolis or indulge in an afternoon at leisure in Rhodes. Enjoy a performance of traditional Greek music and dance this evening aboard the ship.

  • day 8


    Be on deck as the ship cruises into the port of Santorini, beneath which some believe to be the legendary lost city  of Atlantis. Tour the Minoan ruins of Akrotiri, held intact by layers of pumice and ash for over 3,500 years. Visit the Museum of Prehistoric Thera, which houses finds excavated from Akrotiri. Continue to the town of Fira, then take a cable car to the pier and reboard the ship for lunch. Enjoy time at leisure in Santorini.

  • day 9

    Athens/Disembark ship/Return to the U.S.

    Disembark and continue on the Thebes and Delphi Post‑Program Option or transfer to the airport for your return flight home.

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