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Welcome to Turkey! This cruise starts and ends in Port Istanbul. All Staterooms are equipped with shower, WC, wash basin, air condition with individual thermostat control, telephone and radio.
Facilities: 2 Lounges, Dining Room , Buffet, 2 Bars, Casino, Coffee shop, Library, Duty Free & Travel Value Shops, Beauty Salon, Fitness Center, Swimming Pool, Fully Air-Conditioned, Telephone, Fax, Satellite Telephone, Doctor on Board.
Your Cruise Ship MV Coral
11 DAYS CRUISE SHIP FROM ISTANBUL ITINERARY:
Day 1 - Turkey - Istanbul - Cruise Ship Departure 9:00pm (Dinner included)
Istanbul is the largest city in Turkey and fifth largest city proper in the world with a population of 12.8 million. Istanbul is also a megacity, as well as the cultural and financial centre of Turkey. It is located on the Bosphorus Strait and encompasses the natural harbour known as the Golden Horn, in the northwest of the country. It extends both on the European (Thrace) and on the Asian (Anatolia) sides of the Bosphorus, and is thereby the only metropolis in the world that is situated on two continents. In its long history, Istanbul has served as the capital city of the Roman Empire (330-395), the Eastern Roman (Byzantine) Empire (395-1204 and 1261-1453), the Latin Empire (1204-1261), and the Ottoman Empire (1453-1922). The city was chosen as joint European Capital of Culture for 2010. The historic areas of Istanbul were added to the UNESCO World Heritage List in 1985.
Day 2 - Greece - Mykonos - Cruise Ship Arrival 5:00pm Departure 11:00pm (Breakfast, lunch and dinner included)
Mykonos (transportation with tender boats) is a Greek island and a top tourist destination, renowned for its cosmopolitan character and its intense nightlife. The island is part of the Cyclades, lying between Tinos, Syros, Paros and Naxos. It is believed that the island was named after a local hero, who is considered an offspring of the god Apollo and was worshipped locally in antiquity. Archaeological finds indicate that the Ionians settled on Mykonos in the early part of the 11th century BC. More recent discoveries have uncovered remnants in Ftelia beach from the Neolithic Kares tribe dating back to as far as 3000 BC. In Greek mythology Mykonos was the location of the battle between Zeus and the Titan, and the island was named in honor of Apollo's grandson Mykons. Mykonos is known for its sandy beaches.
Day 3 - Greece - Athens - Cruise Ship Arrival 7:00am Departure 1:30pm (Breakfast, lunch and dinner included)
Athens, the capital and largest city of Greece, dominates the Attica periphery; as one of the world's oldest cities, its recorded history spans around 3,400 years. Classical Athens was a powerful city-state. A centre for the arts, learning and philosophy, home of Plato's Academy and Aristotle's Lyceum. It is widely referred to as the cradle of Western civilization and the birthplace of democracy, largely due to the impact of its cultural and political achievements during the 5th and 4th centuries BC on the rest of the then known European continent. The heritage of the classical era is still evident in the city, represented by a number of ancient monuments and works of art, the most famous of all being the Parthenon, widely considered a key landmark of early Western civilization. The city also retains a vast variety of Roman and Byzantine monuments, as well as a smaller number of remaining Ottoman monuments projecting the city's long history across the centuries.
The Corinth Canal is a canal that connects the Gulf of Corinth with the Saronic Gulf in the Aegean Sea. It cuts through the narrow Isthmus of Corinth and separates the Peloponnesian peninsula from the Greek mainland, thus effectively making the former an island. The canal is 6.3 kilometres in length and was built between 1881 and 1893. The Corinth Canal is considered a great technical achievement for its time. It saves the 400 kilometres long journey around the Peloponnesus for smaller ships, but since it is only 21 metres wide it is too narrow for modern ocean freighters. The canal is nowadays mostly used by tourist ships; 11,000 ships per year travel through the waterway. The water in the canal is 8 metres deep.
Day 4 - Sicily - Messina - Cruise Ship Arrival 13:30pm Departure 7:00pm (Breakfast, lunch and dinner included)
Messina is the third largest city on the island of Sicily, Italy, and the capital of the province of Messina. It is located near the North-East corner of Sicily, at the Strait of Messina, just opposite Villa San Giovanni which is itself north of Reggio Calabria across the straits, on the mainland. Founded by Greek colonists in the 8th century BCE, Messina was originally called Zancle, because of the shape of its natural harbour. In 1548 St. Ignatius founded here the first Jesuit College of the world, which later gave birth to the Studium Generale (the current University of Messina).
Day 5 - Corsica - Ajaccio - Cruise Ship Arrival 6:00pm Departure 11:00am (Breakfast, lunch and dinner included)
Ajaccio is located on the west coast of the island of Corsica, 210 nautical miles (390 km) southeast of Marseille. It occupies a sheltered position at the foot of wooded hills on the northern shore of the Gulf of Ajaccio. The harbour lies to the east of the foundation site at the original citadel on a hill overlooking a peninsula protecting the harbor on the south, where now are located the Quai de la Citadelle and the Jettee de la Citadelle. The modern city not only encloses the entire harbor but takes up the better part of the Gulf of Ajaccio and in suburban form extends for some miles up the valley of the Gravona River.
Day 6 - France - Marseille - Cruise Ship Arrival 11:00am Departure 7:00pm (Breakfast, lunch and dinner included)
Marseille is the oldest city in France, and currently its second most-populous, behind Paris. Humans have inhabited Marseille and its environs for almost 30,000 years: palaeolithic cave paintings in the underwater Cosquer cave near the calanque of Morgiou date back to between 27,000 and 19,000 BC; and very recent excavations near the railway station have unearthed neolithic brick habitations from around 6,000 BC. Marseille, was founded in 600 BC by Greeks from Phocaea as a trading port. The precise circumstances and date of founding remain obscure, but nevertheless a legend survives.
Day 7 - Italy - Genoa - Cruise Ship Arrival 8:00am Departure 3:00pm (Breakfast, lunch and dinner included)
Genoa is a city and an important seaport in northern Italy, the capital of the Province of Genoa and of the region of Liguria. The Porto Antico ("old harbour" in Italian) is the ancient part of the port of Genoa. The Genoese architect Renzo Piano redeveloped the area, restoring the historical buildings (like the Cotton warehouses) and creating new landmarks like the Aquarium, the Bigo and recently the "Bolla" (the Sphere). The main touristic attractions of this area are the famous Aquarium and the Museum of the Sea.
Day 8 - On the open seas cruising from Italy to Greece (Breakfast, lunch and dinner included)
Enjoy your free day onboard.
Day 9 - Greece - Katakolo / Olympia - Cruise Ship Arrival 12:00pm Departure 6:00pm (Breakfast, lunch and dinner included)
Katakolo is a seaside town in western Ilia in the municipality of Pyrgos. Katakolo is part of the municipality of Pyrgos (Ilia). It is located south of Patras and Dounaiika, 12 km off downtown Pyrgos, west of Olympia and northwest of Messenia. The town centre is within a gulf overlooking the Ionian Sea and dividing the Kyparissian Gulf from the rest of the Ionian. Olympia, a sanctuary of ancient Greece in Elis, is known for having been the site of the Olympic Games in classical times, comparable in importance to the Pythian Games held in Delphi. Both games were held every Olympiad (i.e. every four years), the Olympic Games dating back possibly further than 776 BC. In 394 AD (after exactly 1170 years) emperor Theodosius I abolished them as they were then considered reminiscent of paganism. The first olympic games were in Olympia in honor of Zeus.
Day 10 - Greek Island Santorini - Cruise Ship Arrival 9:00am Departure 1:30pm (Breakfast, lunch and dinner included)
Santorini is a small, circular archipelago of volcanic islands located in the southern Aegean Sea. The largest island is known as Thera, forming the southernmost member of the Cyclades group of islands. Santorini is essentially what remains of an enormous volcanic explosion, destroying the earliest settlements on what was formerly a single island, and leading to the creation of the current geological caldera. Excavations starting in 1967 at the site called Akrotiri under the late Professor Spyridon Marinatos have made Thera the best-known "Minoan" site outside of Crete, the homeland of the culture. The island remains the home of a small, but flourishing, wine industry, based on the indigenous grape variety, Assyrtiko, with auxiliary cultivations of two other Aegean varietals, Athiri and Aidani.
Day 11 - Turkey - Istanbul - Cruise Ship Arrival 11:30am (Breakfast included)
After breakfast your cruise concludes in Istanbul. We hope your cruise was a memorable one and we would like to see you in future in one of our tours again. Have a nice trip back home and thanks for choosing TravelShop Turkey.
11 DAYS CRUISE SHIP FROM ISTANBUL INCLUDES:
11 days and 10 nights onboard MV Coral
Breakfasts, lunches and dinners
Tea and coffee at meals
5 o'clock tea service
All activities and entertainment onboard
11 DAYS CRUISE SHIP FROM ISTANBUL DOES NOT INCLUDE:
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