The Aegean Islands, Athens & Istanbul
89% of travelers rated this trip excellent
The overall traveler excellence rating is based on the results of post trip surveys completed by travelers who have taken this trip. Travelers can choose to rate their experience “excellent,” “good,” “fair,” and “poor;” this percentage indicates how many travelers rated their experience “excellent.” More than 70% of travelers complete this survey after returning from their trip. Travelers rate excellence across their entire travel experience, focusing on the categories below:
- Trip Experience Leader: 94% of travelers rated their Trip Experience Leader “excellent,” citing his or her facilitation of people-to-people interactions, communication skills, and overall performance.
- Learning & Discovery: 89% of travelers rated the learning and discovery activities on this adventure “excellent,” citing its authentic cultural experiences and controversial conversations.
- Solo Women Excellence: 73% of solo women travelers who joined us independently or shared a room with a mother, daughter, sister, or friend rated their experience on this adventure “excellent.”
More than 300 solo travelers joined us on this adventure in the past three years—either independently or sharing a room with a mother, daughter, sister, or friend. 73% of these solo travelers rated their adventure excellent. We have a limited number of FREE or low-cost Single Supplements of $995 per person on this adventure and FREE Single Supplements on optional trip extensions—a savings of $775-$1,100 per person compared to other travel companies. Plus, in 2022, we have 157% more single spaces than in 2019, with up to 5 single spaces per departure. And we currently have less than 10 single spaces available across all of our 2022 departures and 10 single spaces available across all of our 2023 departures.
Pre-trip: Athens & the Peloponnese: From Homer to the First Olympics
5 nights from only $1495
Travel from only $299 a night
Post-trip: Cappadocia's Unique Landscapes & Vibrant Ankara
5 nights from only $1195
Travel from only $239 a night
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The Arethusa and Athena feature four passenger decks with a variety of public spaces, including outdoor seating areas, a bar & lounge, and an open-seating dining room. Cabins are located on three of the levels. While all 26 cabins feature outside views (either a balcony or porthole), each of the available categories offers its own advantages.
Take in coastal views from your seat on the Sun Deck, which is complete with classic wooden chairs in an open-seating arrangement for admiring the vast ocean and surrounding seaside towns. Feel the sea breeze as you relax with your fellow travelers, a book or a drink in hand. Weather permitting, you may also enjoy a meal and a cocktail at the outdoor bar & grill.
Experience your small ship sailing in and out of intimate ports from your private balcony on the Upper Deck. Plus, your cabin is located with easy access to the Sun Deck, so you can make your way topside for panoramic views.
On the Main Deck, you’re in close proximity to the bar/lounge and open-seating restaurant. Just steps outside your door, you’ll find our reception area and the ship’s library. For relaxation, the bar/lounge features inviting leather couches and soft chairs. When it’s time for meals, head to our large, open-seating dining room.
If you would prefer a single room, private cabins are available on the Lower Deck at no additional cost. Enjoy the privacy of your single cabin complete with a private bath and shower, a twin bed, and portholes for views of the sparkling sea.