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Cruise the fabled Aegean Sea on an incredible 8-day journey exploring the Greek Islands from Athens.

Discover the architectural gems of ancient Athens. See historic sites in Ephesus and the medieval marvels on the islands of Rhodes and Crete. Travel to the ruins of the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Troy. Then bask in the majestic mosques and souks of Istanbul, with its Byzantine treasures and intriguing blend of East meets West enjoying the cosmopolitan side of these incredible countries.

Cruise the Greek Islands from Athens

Boarding in Athens, first explore this Greek capital’s famed sites, from the Panathenaic Stadium and the Temple of Zeus. Climb 80 steps to the entrance for an unforgettable view of the Parthenon at its peak. The explore the bustling old streets of Plaka District under the shadows of the iconic Acropolis.

Next explore the Greek Island departing from Athen and onward to Crete. Admire the Koules Fortress, known to the Venetians as the Rocca al Mare, or fortress by the sea, at the Old Port. Explore the café-lined Lions Square and the arched gallery of the celebrated Loggia. Venture to the ancient Palace of Knossos and end the day with a glass of tsikoudia, a grape-based brandy distilled in the hills above Heraklion.

Explore the Island of Knights

In Rhodes, discover the Old Town and its connection to the Holy Land and the Knights of Saint John of Jerusalem. Visit the Palace of the Grand Masters, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Wander the city’s historical quarter or visit the Acropolis of Lindos. Rhodes is one of the most popular Greek Islands from Athens that offers many magnificent discoveries.

Greek Islands from Athens to Crete

Crete © Matthieu Oger (L) Egor Myznik (R)

Onward to Turkey

Onward to Turkey and one of antiquity’s best-preserved cities, Ephesus. Once one of the largest metropolises of the ancient world, its many ruins dating back to the 10th century BC. Then onto Çanakkale, a destination city for its location on the Dardanelles, a popular destination to see the ruins of Troy, once a powerhouse city during the reign of Alexander the Great and the Roman emperor Augustus.

Where East meets West

Istanbul is a spectacular city that straddles two continents across the Bosphorus Strait is bursting with East meets West charm. The spectacular Blue Mosque and the legendary Hagia Sophia, dominate the Old Quarter skyline. Explore the souks and sample delicious cuisine inspired by the Mediterranean with spices from the Far East and Asia.

Greek Islands from Athens and the colourful streets of the Mediterranean

Colourful streets of the Mediterranean © Matthieu Oger

Ancient Mediterranean Treasures

8 days, 6 guided tours, 2 countries, 7-nights from Athens to Istanbul. Viking Inclusive Value means everything you need is included in your fare.

  • Shore excursion in every port of call
  • All veranda staterooms
  • On board meals and beverages
  • Wine, beer and soft drinks with lunch and dinnerComplimentary speciality
  • coffee, tea and bottled water
  • Choice of 8 dining options with no charge for alternate dining
  • Complimentary 24-hour room service
  • Unlimited Wi-Fi
  • Cultural Curriculum: lectures and performances of art, music, cooking, dance
  • and history
  • All onboard gratuities, port charges and taxes
  • Unlimited access to the LivNordic Spa
  • Self-serve laundries
  • No kids and no casinos

All veranda staterooms come with King-size Viking Explorer Bed with luxury linen, 42″ flat-screen LCD TV with intuitive remote & complimentary Movies On Demand. Large private bathroom with spacious glass-enclosed shower, heated floor, anti-fog mirror, hair dryer and premium Freyja toiletries.

Pre and Post Cruise Extensions

Take a few extra days to further explore Europe and its historic cities pre or post your Aegean cruise. Extension packages mean enjoying additional days to investigate your embarkation or disembarkation city or see a new destination with a choice of exciting cities with Viking.