Ocean Cruises:
Turkish Delights
Cruise 598

Turkey, Greece, Cyprus
9-23 Sep 2001

15 days Fares from 3235
Fares for Cruise 598
Cabin Grade: Price per
adult ():
owner's suite Owners Suite 6475
suite Suite 6170
deluxe Deluxe 5265
superior Superior 4615
Standard two bed:
twin occupancy
deck outside A Deck outside 4315
deck outside aft A Deck outside aft 4015
deck outside B Deck outside 3925
deck outside aft B Deck outside aft 3670
deck inside A Deck inside 3325
deck inside B Deck inside 3235
Standard two bed:
single occupancy
deck outside A Deck outside 6041
deck outside aft A Deck outside aft 5621
deck outside B Deck outside 5495
deck outside aft B Deck outside aft 5138
deck inside A Deck inside 4323
deck inside B Deck inside 4206
Minerva deck plans
for location of cabins


Professor Martin Biddle OBE
Professor of Medieval Archaeology, University of Oxford, with a particular interest in the medieval history of Europe and the Mediterranean. His talks will give an insight into the classical influences to be seen in the area.

Canon David Isitt
Major scholar in classics, and later Chaplain, at Kings College Cambridge. His special interest is the persistence of the classical tradition in European civilization. The literary and historic associations of the islands of the Aegean will be the focus for his talks.

Dr Christopher Kelly
University lecturer in Classics, a Fellow and Senior Tutor of Corpus Christi College, Cambridge. The Roman world will be among the topics covered in his talks.

Sir Richard Parsons KCMG
Having served in the Embassy in Turkey, where he travelled extensively, and in the Foreign Office dealing with Cyprus, Greece and Turkey, Sir Richard is ideally qualified to share his knowledge about past and present events throughout the areas covered on this cruise.

Turkish Coast

As you wander around the shores of southern Turkey and nearby Greek islands you can enjoy a pleasurable mix of evocative ancient sites, pretty resorts like Aghios Nikolaos and lovely scenery. Among many highlights will be the still-grand city of Ephesus, the tombs and temples of Xanthos, Minoan Knossos and the Roman theatre at Aspendos.
Sun 9 Sep    London - Izmir
Fly from London to Izmir to join Minerva. After settling in you could take advantage of our overnight in port and stroll ashore.
Mon 10 Sep    Izmir - Dikili (for Pergamum)
Listen to the first of our Guest Speakers' talks this morning as we sail for Dikili. This afternoon we visit the windswept ruins of Pergamum to view its commanding Acropolis and Asclepieion, a tribute to the god of healing and believed to be the world's first health centre.
Tue 11 Sep    Kusadasi (for Ephesus or Priene)
A full day in the lively port of Kusadasi. This morning visit the spectacular site of Ephesus, where the reconstructed Library of Celsus and Temple of Hadrian can be found. Alternatively explore Priene which is an excellent early example of town planning on a grid system. Enjoy an afternoon at leisure. Also available is a supplementary full-day excursion to the limestone formations of Pamukkale where you can sample the therapeutic waters.
Wed 12 Sep    Santorini *
After a morning at sea, Minerva drops anchor in the caldera of Santorini. Enjoy a leisurely afternoon in the cliff top town of Thera with its winding streets of white washed houses. If you prefer, join our supplementary excursions to the ancient Minoan city of Akrotiri, or to Pyrgos, a traditional Cycladian village.
Thu 13 Sep    Rethymnon - Aghios Nikolaos
Explore the delightful town of Rethymnon with its mixture of Italian and Turkish heritage creating a charming architectural combination of Venetian houses, compete with wooden balconies, along with a touch of the Orient. Alternatively visit Crete's second city, Khania, a beautiful old harbour town. Sail at lunchtime for an evening ashore in lively Aghios Nikolaos.
Fri 14 Sep    Aghios Nikolaos (for Knossos)
This morning we visit the impressive ruins of the Palace of Knossos, home of the legendary Minotaur, where restorations give an insight into life on Minoan Crete. Or explore the Minoan town of Gournia and the Byzantine Church of Kritsa with its beautiful frescoes. Enjoy a relaxing afternoon at sea.
Sat 15 Sep    Carpathos *
We anchor off the remote island of Carpathos. Enjoy an independent visit to this rugged island with its numerous beaches and unspoilt villages. We sail after lunch.
Sun 16 Sep    Rhodes
Spend a full day in the former city of the Knights of St John. Join our walking tour of this unique historic Crusader town. Or join our supplementary excursion to the whitewashed town of Lindos with its dramatic hill-top citadel. We sail late evening so you may like to enjoy dinner ashore.
Mon 17 Sep    Knidos *
We anchor off the beautiful wooded peninsula of Knidos this morning and visit the remote site dedicated to the goddess Aphrodite. Walk among the ruins located between hillside terraces, planted with olive and almond groves. Enjoy the afternoon on deck with a good book as we sail for our next port.
Tue 18 Sep    Fethiye (for Xanthos)
This morning we visit the great Lycian city of Xanthos, noted for its turbulent history, and the theatre and temples of Letoon. Spend the afternoon at leisure. Or, travel inland on our supplementary full-day excursion by boat to Caunos, a beautiful site rich in bird life. Why not sample some Turkish dishes ashore during our evening in port?
Wed 19 Sep    Kalkan * - Kastellerizon *
We anchor this morning off the tiny hillside town of Kalkan, birthplace of St Nicholas, scattered among marshes and endless sand dunes. In the afternoon we sail to the island of Kastellerizon, a tiny isolated Greek outpost just off the Turkish coast. Take the opportunity to explore its picturesque village at your leisure.
Thu 20 Sep    Antalya (for Perge, Aspendos and Phaselis)
This morning we visit Perge, one of Pamphylia's greatest cities, and one of the best-preserved Roman theatres in the world at Aspendos. Our supplementary excursion is to the ancient city of Termessos, known as the "Eagles' Nest" because of its commanding position 1,200 metres high in the mountains. Spend the afternoon at leisure, or visit Phaselis, stunningly located around three beautiful bays.
Fri 21 Sep    Anamur *
This morning we see the eerie deserted Byzantine city of Anemurium, its ruins crowning a rocky promontory. Scattered throughout the extensive site are well-preserved ghost-like ancient dwellings, covered with traces of tiles, intricate mosaics and paintings. We also view the enchanting sea-girt castle of Mamuriye. Relax on deck this afternoon as we sail for Cyprus.
Sat 22 Sep    Limassol - Larnaca
Disembark for the beautifully sited theatre at Curium and the Crusader Castle of Kolossi, or you can take our supplementary excursion to Paphos, the birthplace and centre of worship of Aphrodite. Or you may prefer to travel inland on our supplementary excursion to the thick, sun-soaked, cedar and pine forest slopes of the Troodos region. Late afternoon we sail for Larnaca.
Sun 23 Sep    Larnaca - London
A leisurely morning before we fly to London.
* Land by ship's boat or local tender

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