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Cruising Greece's Aegean Treasures - 2022

Athens • 7-night Cyclades small ship cruise with Hydra, Nafplion, Milos, Santorini, Delos, Mykonos, Paros, Syros • Athens
  • CLIMB TO THE APEX OF THE ACROPOLIS, PERCHED ON A HILL OVERLOOKING ATHENS
  • HEAD INLAND TO THE ANCIENT CAPITAL OF THE MYCENAEAN CIVILIZATION AND DELVE INTO THE ANCIENT MEDICAL HISTORY OF EPIDAURUS
  • Greece Small Ship Ocean Cruise including Mykonos, Naxos, Santorini, Milos, Paros, Aegina and Athens
    TOUR THE GLITTERY ISLE OF SANTORINI, INCLUDING THE ICONIC VILLAGE OF OIA AND AN UNDERGROUND WINE MUSEUM
  • ENJOY A WALKING TOUR ON MYKONOS, WITH A STOP FOR GREEK MEZE (SMALL PLATES) AND OUZO (GREEK LIQUEUR)
  • ROUND OUT THIS REMARKABLE JOURNEY WITH AN EXTENSION TO SOFIA, BULGARIA
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Istanbul, Turkey

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Sofia, Bulgaria

FROM $999 PER PERSON | 4 DAYS | $249 PER DAY

With a history reaching back over seven millennia, Sofia is one of Europe’s youngest capitals but oldest cities. Modern Sofia is full of cobblestone boulevards, domed churches, and vast parks, but behind this eclectic city is a history as rich as any capital. The city’s full heritage was only recently brought to light; when bulldozers broke ground to dig a path for the city’s new metro only a decade ago, they unearthed an ancient world, complete with intact Roman streets, houses, churches, and baths dating over 2,000 years back. Add in the fact that the city is also home to some of Bulgaria’s finest museums and restaurants, and you’ll find that Sofia is the perfect balance of history and culture. Your explorations include two UNESCO World Heritage Sites, Boyana Church and Rila Monastery.

Your Price Includes:
  • 3 nights accommodations at the InterContinental Sofia (or similar)
  • 6 meals: 3 breakfasts, 1 lunch, 2 dinners
  • 2 included tours
  • 2 UNESCO World Heritage Sites: Boyana Church, and Rila Monastery
  • All transfers and baggage handling (where permitted)
  • Services of a City Host
  • Tipping for drivers and local guides (excluding City Host)
  • Services of the Vantage Worldwide Concierge, to plan celebrations, activities, or provide regional expertise. Log into My Portfolio and submit a request, or send an email any time up to two weeks prior to your departure at Concierge@vantagetravel.com
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DAY 1:

Depart home

Start your discoveries four days earlier with an overnight fight to Sofia, Bulgaria.

DAY 2:

Settle into Sofia

You'll arrive in Sofia today and settle into your deluxe hotel. This evening, gather with your fellow travelers for a Welcome Dinner at the hotel.

Included meals:

Dinner

DAY 3:

Sofia’s sights, including the UNESCO-listed Boyana Church

Embark on a sightseeing tour of Sofia, passing highlights such as the iconic golden-domed Aleksander Nevski Cathedral. Along the way, we’ll pay a visit to the Boyana Church, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Built in the 13th century, the church’s interior is composed of 90 perfectly preserved murals, all stunning examples of Bulgarian medieval artwork. Enjoy lunch on your own and the rest of the day at leisure. Tonight, savor an included dinner during a fire dance and folklore show!

Included meals:

Breakfast & dinner

DAY 4:

Visit the Rila Monastery and a free afternoon to explore as you wish

This morning we explore UNESCO World Heritage Site Rila Monastery. Founded in the 10th century, this building played an important role in both the spiritual and social life of medieval Bulgaria. Destroyed by a fire in the 19th century, the structure was rebuilt in colorful Renaissance style as a proud monument of cultural identity. Enjoy lunch at a local restaurant and the remainder of the afternoon at leisure. Tonight, enjoy dinner on your own.

Included meals:

Breakfast  & lunch

DAY 5:

Fly to Athens and join the base trip

Following breakfast, transfer to the Sofia airport for your flight to Athens, Greece. Upon arrival, you’ll join up with the base trip on Day 2.

Included meals:

Breakfast
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Istanbul, Turkey

FROM $1,799 PER PERSON | 4 DAYS | $450 PER DAY

Immerse yourself in the exoticism, fascinating history, and resplendent architecture of Istanbul, where Europe meets Asia along the bustling Bosphorus Strait. You’ll step into the world of Ottoman sultans at the Topkapi Palace, marvel at the towering domes and minarets of the Blue Mosque and Hagia Sophia, and roam the endless passageways of the Grand Bazaar and the Spice Market, teeming with colorful carpets, leather goods, jewelry, and lanterns. Your three nights in this intoxicating cultural capital is the perfect way to round out your ocean expedition.

Your Price Includes:
  • 3 nights’ accommodations at The Marmara Taksim with Bosphorus view rooms (or similar)
  • 6 meals: 3 breakfasts, 1 lunch, and 2 dinners
  • 6 included features and Cultural Discoveries, including the Grand Bazaar and Spice Bazaar
  • Sultanahmet walking tour, with visit to Hagia Sophia and Blue Mosque
  • 1 UNESCO World Heritage Site: The Historic Areas of Istanbul
  • All transfers and baggage handling (where permitted)
  • Services of a City Host and local guides
  • Tipping for drivers and local guides (excluding City Host)
  • Services of a Vantage Worldwide Concierge to plan celebrations, activities, or provide regional expertise. Log in to My Portfolio and submit a request, or send an email any time up to two weeks prior to your departure at Concierge@vantagetravel.com
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DAY 13:

Arrive in Istanbul

Welcome to Istanbul! You'll be met at the airport and transferred to your hotel. Settle in and enjoy the rest of the day at leisure to acclimate before a lively Turkish dinner with a folkloric show.

Included meals:

Dinner

DAY 14:

Royal and cultural splendors of Istanbul

After breakfast, head to the Fatih district, home to the Historic Areas of Istanbul, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Begin your explorations at the Topkapi Palace, once home to Ottoman sultans and today a magnificent museum. Your guided tour leads you into some of its many chambers, including the Harem Apartments. 

After lunch in the Topkapi Palace, continue to the spectacular Blue Mosque, named for the countless blue Iznik tiles that adorn its vast interior. Conclude the day among the teeming stalls and passageways of the Grand Bazaar, Istanbul’s historic marketplace.

Included Features:

  • Tour of Topkapi with Harem
  • Tour of the Blue Mosque

Cultural Discovery:

  • Visit to the Grand Bazaar

Included meals:

Breakfast  & lunch

DAY 15:

Spectacular Sultanahmet on foot

Stretch your legs this morning during a walking tour of the Sultanahmet district. You’ll stop at the 6th-century Hagia Sophia, built as a church and later converted into a mosque. It has been a magnificent museum since 1935. 

After, follow your nose to the Spice Bazaar, where mounds of colorful turmeric, saffron, and countless other spices vie for your olfactory attentions. Be sure to sample some Turkish Delight, the nation’s favorite sweet, while you’re here! 

After lunch on your own, enjoy a free afternoon to relax and explore. Dinner is included at the hotel tonight.

Included Feature:

  • Walking tour of Sultanahmet and Hagia Sophia

Cultural Discovery:

  • Spice market visit
  • Turkish dinner with folklore show

Included meals:

Breakfast & dinner

DAY 16:

Fly to Athens and then fly home

Transfer to the airport this morning for your return flight to the U.S.

Included meals:

Breakfast

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