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BEYOND THE AEGEAN

V6224

Round-trip Istanbul on Crystal Symphony
DATES : September 15 - 27, 2016 (12 Days)  CRUISE-ONLY FARES FROM : $4,995 Per Person

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Beyond the Aegean Beyond the Aegean Map

Blending equal parts ancient history and cosmpolitan interludes, here is a voyage that explores the treasures of Istanbul, the beaches of Greece and beauty of the Dalmatian Coast.

Date Port Arrival Departure
Sep 15, Thursday
Istanbul, Turkey (overnight) »   Embark pm
For poets, Istanbul, next to Venice and Rome is the loveliest city in Europe and one of the most splendid in Asia. It is the only city in the world spread over two continents, separated by the Bosphorus. Istanbul was founded by Greek scouts in 660 BC and later became capital of the Roman, Byzantine and Ottoman empires. With its 3,000 years of history behind, it has always been the meeting point of East and West. It is a city filled with wonders of architecture and monuments to the faiths that inspired them. Formerly known as Byzantium, then Constantinople, its mosques, minarets and museums span two continents where the Bosphorus divides Asia from Europe. This strategic position has assured Istanbul's status as a crossroads for trade and cultural exchange during the centuries. Must-see attractions include the dazzling treasury in Topkapi Palace and exquisite buildings of timeless beauty such as the Blue Mosque and Basilica of St. Sophia. Even those who are not avid shoppers will be enticed by the colorful sights and sounds of the world's largest bazaar.
Sep 16, Friday
Istanbul, Turkey »   4 pm
For poets, Istanbul, next to Venice and Rome is the loveliest city in Europe and one of the most splendid in Asia. It is the only city in the world spread over two continents, separated by the Bosphorus. Istanbul was founded by Greek scouts in 660 BC and later became capital of the Roman, Byzantine and Ottoman empires. With its 3,000 years of history behind, it has always been the meeting point of East and West. It is a city filled with wonders of architecture and monuments to the faiths that inspired them. Formerly known as Byzantium, then Constantinople, its mosques, minarets and museums span two continents where the Bosphorus divides Asia from Europe. This strategic position has assured Istanbul's status as a crossroads for trade and cultural exchange during the centuries. Must-see attractions include the dazzling treasury in Topkapi Palace and exquisite buildings of timeless beauty such as the Blue Mosque and Basilica of St. Sophia. Even those who are not avid shoppers will be enticed by the colorful sights and sounds of the world's largest bazaar.
Sep 17, Saturday
Kavala, Greece » 10 am 5 pm

Located in mainland Greece up north near Bulgaria, Kavala boasts what you would expect to find in a coastal Greek city—fine beaches, sunny weather, a tumble of hillside houses and plenty of history to give it all a rich patina. The Old City, called Panayia, features the Castle, the Acropolis, the old Lighthouse and the Imaret, an impressive structure built by Mehmet Ali (1769-1849) who would become the founder of Egypt’s last royal dynasty. Another landmark is the Kamares, or arches, that make up the aqueduct built in 1550. Reaching a height of 170 feet and composed of 60 arches, the Kamares are both an engineering marvel and a distinct architectural element, winding through town in a stroke of 16th-century genius.

 

Sep 18, Sunday
Athens/Piraeus, Greece » 8 am 9 pm
Piraeus is Greece's largest port and has been a gateway to the Mediterranean since 482 BC. It lies on the innermost point of the Saronic Gulf and is a short drive from Athens, the cradle of Western democracy and culture. Throughout the ages, Athens' lofty Acropolis has been a source of inspiration. The ancient ruins scattered throughout this legendary city are reminders of Greece's great cultural heritage.
Sep 19, Monday
Cruising the Adriatic Sea  »

Your Story at Sea

Adventure. Romance. Discovery.

Aboard the most award-winning ships at sea, your story can be written exactly as you wish: pamper yourself at the Feng Shui-inspired Crystal Spa, work-out at our state-of-the-art fitness center or Walk-on-Water along our 360o Promenade Deck; learn how to translate your story into a movie with USC’s School of Cinematic Arts Digital Filmmaking class at our Creative Learning Institute ®; or learn about art, history and worldly destinations with our engaging celebrity entertainers and speakers with our Crystal Visions® Enrichment Program; sneak away to watch recently-released movies in the Hollywood Theatre, shop our luxury boutiques, or simply lounge poolside while our attentive crew caters to your every whim. From mat Pilates and yoga to PGA golf instruction and paddle tennis on full-size courts, today is all about you. As evening arrives, dine on the renowned culinary creations of Nobu Matsuhisa, and Crystal’s own acclaimed chefs with new Modern Cuisine and Global Inspired menus, enjoy special wine-makers dinners, breakout new production shows, intimate lounges, a pulsing dance club or our action-packed Crystal Casino. The choices as always aboard the World’s Best are yours. How will you write your story on board?

Sep 20, Tuesday
Kotor, Montenegro » 7 am 11 pm

Rising above the Adriatic Sea, the town of Kotor is splendid for both its ocean views and medieval Old Town. To walk through its streets is to take a stroll through history. You'll see fortifications dating from the 9th century; the Church of Saint Ana dating from the 12th century; the Church of Saint Luke from the 13th century; the Church of the Healing Mother of God from the 15th century; the Prince's Palace from the 17th century; and Napoleon's Theatre from the 19th century. Stylish gates, enticing flights of stairs and inviting squares, all accessed via a maze of narrow lanes, make Kotor's Old Town a true delight. With your visit, you will understand why Old Town is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Sep 21, Wednesday
Dubrovnik, Croatia » 8 am 6 pm
Though it has only recently re-emerged as an independent nation, Croatia is by no means a new country. There were settlements along the Dalmatian Coast before recorded time. When Slavic people migrated here in the 6th century, they converted to Catholicism and adopted the local Latin alphabet. The region eventually became part of the powerful Kingdom of Croatia. Medieval Dubrovnik, formerly the Republic of Ragusa, was one of several walled cities established in the 7th century to guard the coastal approaches. Its fortification was completed in the 13th century and has remained relatively unchanged. The city walls are in excellent condition and today prevent invasion by automobiles. Within the walls, the lovely sleek lines of Venetian-style buildings complement a wealth of ancient stone architecture. Nearby islands feature beautiful beaches as well as intriguing ancient ruins.
Sep 22, Thursday
Sarande, Albania » 8 am 5 pm

One of the most popular spots on the Albanian Riviera, Sarande boasts an idyllic location on the Ionian Sea, just opposite the Greek island of Corfu. Its position near the Greek border also puts Sarande within reach of important archaeological sites. One is the ancient city of Buthrotum, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Also nearby are the ruins of the fortified city of Onchesmos, where excavations are unearthing the remains of dwellings, water cisterns and an early Christian basilica dating to the 5th century.

For many travelers, however, Sarande itself is all that's needed for a satisfying vacation, for it is here that they can bask in the warm sun, shop for delicate lacework and embroidery, and enjoy views of the sea.
Sep 23, Friday
Zakynthos, Greece » 8 am 4 pm

Nazi occupation during World War II. The Great Earthquake of 1953. The earthquake swarm and wildfires of 2006. The idyllic isle of Zakynthos, located in the Ionian Sea, has had its share of not-so-idyllic events. But this “paradise on earth” also has its share of engaging sights and activities, thanks to a warm climate and photogenic scenery. Check out Navagio Beach, a cove on the southwest shore with high cliffs, turquoise waters and beach composed of white pebbles. Tucked into the cliffs around Cape Skinari are the Blue Caves, which get their distinct hue from the sun’s rays reflecting through the blue sea and onto the white stones of the cave walls and floor. The western shore boasts numerous rock formations, while the northern and eastern coasts feature wide, sandy beaches. Above Zakynthos Town is perched a small Venetian castle, from which you can enjoy panoramic views.

Sep 24, Saturday
Mykonos, Greece » 9 am 7 pm
Mykonos, a former 18th-century pirates' bastion, is now a sophisticated and cosmopolitan island resort. This quintessential Greek island offers a maze of winding streets, graceful windmills, inviting beaches, domed churches and whitewashed houses accented in blue. Dotting the waterfront are cafés, taverns and tempting shops. Guests may spend the day exploring the island independently. Feel free to investigate its fine boutiques and pleasant, labyrinthine streets. For helpful hints or suggestions on things to do while you are ashore, please contact the onboard Shore Excursions staff.
Sep 25, Sunday
Izmir, Turkey » 7 am 10 pm
İzmir is Turkey's third largest city with more than five million inhabitants. Originally founded by the Greeks 3,000 years ago, it was called Smyrna and was the busiest port of Asia Minor. This bustling seaside city is thought to be the birthplace of Homer and is the site of one of the Seven Churches of Asia Minor. Largely due to its mild climate and fertile land, İzmir and the surrounding area are popular tourist destinations. Historical sites, fascinating museums, ornate mosques and architecture make İzmir a renowned city. If you ever heard the famous words, "a reading from St. Paul to the Ephsesians," now is your opportunity to sit in the theatre where St. Paul preached and Roman dramas were performed. Stroll through the marble streets of Ephesus, passing the Library of Celsus, the Roman Baths, the Gate of Hadrian and the Roman Terrace Houses. Another historic site to visit is the Temple of Aphrodite, which is one of the finest ancient stadiums ever built. For travelers on the lookout for the new and the unique, Turkey in many ways represents one of the world's last frontiers.
Sep 26, Monday
Cruising the Dardanelles  »

Your Story at Sea

Adventure. Romance. Discovery.

Aboard the most award-winning ships at sea, your story can be written exactly as you wish: pamper yourself at the Feng Shui-inspired Crystal Spa, work-out at our state-of-the-art fitness center or Walk-on-Water along our 360o Promenade Deck; learn how to translate your story into a movie with USC’s School of Cinematic Arts Digital Filmmaking class at our Creative Learning Institute ®; or learn about art, history and worldly destinations with our engaging celebrity entertainers and speakers with our Crystal Visions® Enrichment Program; sneak away to watch recently-released movies in the Hollywood Theatre, shop our luxury boutiques, or simply lounge poolside while our attentive crew caters to your every whim. From mat Pilates and yoga to PGA golf instruction and paddle tennis on full-size courts, today is all about you. As evening arrives, dine on the renowned culinary creations of Nobu Matsuhisa, and Crystal’s own acclaimed chefs with new Modern Cuisine and Global Inspired menus, enjoy special wine-makers dinners, breakout new production shows, intimate lounges, a pulsing dance club or our action-packed Crystal Casino. The choices as always aboard the World’s Best are yours. How will you write your story on board?

Sep 27, Tuesday
Istanbul, Turkey » 5 am  
For poets, Istanbul, next to Venice and Rome is the loveliest city in Europe and one of the most splendid in Asia. It is the only city in the world spread over two continents, separated by the Bosphorus. Istanbul was founded by Greek scouts in 660 BC and later became capital of the Roman, Byzantine and Ottoman empires. With its 3,000 years of history behind, it has always been the meeting point of East and West. It is a city filled with wonders of architecture and monuments to the faiths that inspired them. Formerly known as Byzantium, then Constantinople, its mosques, minarets and museums span two continents where the Bosphorus divides Asia from Europe. This strategic position has assured Istanbul's status as a crossroads for trade and cultural exchange during the centuries. Must-see attractions include the dazzling treasury in Topkapi Palace and exquisite buildings of timeless beauty such as the Blue Mosque and Basilica of St. Sophia. Even those who are not avid shoppers will be enticed by the colorful sights and sounds of the world's largest bazaar.
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