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Ancient Wonders: Heraklion to Antalya

October 6–17, 2012

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On this enchanting cruise from Crete to Cyprus and Turkey we discovered magnificent ancient sites in the eastern Mediterranean.

We began our adventure on the island of Crete where we explored the Palace of Knossos and the Bronze Age town of Palaikastro.

Then we crossed the Mediterranean to call at Bodrum, Turkey, with its splendid treasures from ancient shipwrecks.

On Turkey’s  turquoise coast, we wandered the delightful town of Kas,  visited the underwater city of Kekova and climbed the hillside fortress of Simena.

On Cyprus, we discovered the impressive antiquities at Kourion and Paphos. We crossed the ‘Green Line’ in Nicosia to the beautiful Mosque of Agia Sophia.

Back to Turkey, We concluded the trip in Antalya, where we  visited the superb classical sites of Aspendos and Perge.

Follow the voyage with us as we explored the beautiful and historical eastern Mediterranean!


Day 1: Heraklion, Crete

Day 2: Heraklion, Knossos, Crete

Day 3: Siteia, Palaikastro, Crete

Day 4: Bodrum, Turkey

Day 5: Kas, Kekova, Turkey

Day 6: Day at Sea

Day 7: Paphos, Cyprus

Day 8: Nicosia, Cyprus

Day 9: Anemura, Turkey

Day 10: Aspendos, Perge (Antalya), Turkey

Day 11: Return home via Antalya, Istanbul, JFK

The Clipper Odyssey

We spent 9 days aboard the Clipper Odyssey, a beautiful sailing vessel.

One of the finest adventure ships afloat, the Clipper Odyssey is a 110-passenger luxury expedition vessel, ideally suited for cruising in off-the-beaten-path locales. On all Clipper Odyssey expeditions, guests have access to a fleet of Zodiacs, which allows remote landings anywhere nature or curiosity dictates. All cabins on a Clipper Odyssey cruise have an ocean view, safe, minibar, individually controlled heat/air conditioner, in-room music system, and sitting area with sofa. Beds can be configured for twin or queen-size sleeping arrangements, and all cabins have an en suite bathroom complete with shower and small bathtub. In the comfort of their cabin, passengers can track the progress of their expedition on the Global Positioning System broadcast—a highlight of a Clipper Odyssey voyage for adventure-minded guests. Additional facilities include a gourmet kitchen featuring American and international cuisine, dining room, lounge, small library and gym, outdoor pool, and gift shop. An elevator services all passenger cabin decks. Ship registry: Bahamas.

 Daily Life on Board the Clipper Odyssey

7:00-9:00 a.m. Full Buffet Breakfast

8:30 a.m. – Most days we disembarked at this hour to start our morning excursions.

12:30 – 2 p.m. – Full Buffet lunch

2 p.m. – Disembark for the afternoon excursion.

4:30 p.m. – Days when the boat was in port and/or we arrived back at the boat early, there could be a Yoga session outside on the top deck or a lecture in the main lounge.

6:30 – 7:30 p.m. – Cocktail hour

7:30 – 9:00 p.m. – Dinner

9:00 p.m. – Music and/or singing in the lounge

9:30 p.m. – After dinner movies in our cabins (as if we had the time or the inclination!)























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