The city of Istanbul is a destination within itself. See the Blue Mosque, with its 20,000 blue Iznik tiles and signature six minarets, and the Hagia Sofia, the 6th century church that became a mosque in the 15th century. Visit Topkapi, the medieval palace of the Ottoman sultans, and relive history at the ancient Roman Hippodrome. No trip to Istanbul is complete without venturing into the maze of the Grand Bazaar, housing over 4000 shops.
From the lively port city of Izmir, discover the incredible ruins at Ephesus, one of the world’s best preserved archaeological sites, and the ancient Greek city of Pergamum. Head inland to Cappadocia to visit the vast Zelve Valley complex of caves laced with dwellings, churches, and public spaces where villagers lived until just 40 years ago. Whether stopping as a port of call on a cruise ship or spending 7 to 14 days touring the country, Turkey will make an indelible impression.
Start off in Athens with a tour to the Acropolis and the Parthenon, the most celebrated of all Greek ruins. Take a day tour to the fascinating city of Delphi to see the ruins of the Sanctuary of Apollo. Head back to Athens, and then start thinking island hopping. Visit the volcanic island of Santorini, with its whitewashed villages perched on the jagged cliffs of the extinct volcano. Move on to Mykonos and enjoy its great beaches, sidewalk cafes and shops, and lively nightlife, then finish with some time on Crete to visit Knossos and the Palace of King Minos.
Greece is a destination rich in history, beauty, and culture. With turquoise seas, archeological wonders, warm and welcoming locals, flavorful food and a vibrant nightlife, Greece is the Mediterranean at its best.
Dubrovnik, the “Pearl of the Adriatic,” is a city whose ancient walls have withstood the test of time for hundreds of years. Old town is a beautiful example of a walled city, with original ramparts dating to the 12th and 13th centuries. Visit Split and tour Diocletian’s Palace, a UNESCO World Heritage site and then cruise to Hvar, “queen” of the Dalmatian islands.
Croatia is a country of remarkable history, culture, and unspoiled Dalmatian coast line. With numerous ancient ruins and fortresses and monuments of the Roman era and Middle Ages, it’s easy to be charmed by this beautiful region.
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