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Greek & Turkish Icons ~ Istanbul to Athens

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Experience the allure of the past and the beauty of the present as you embark on this voyage from Turkey to Greece aboard Oceania Cruises’ Nautica. Peruse the ancient Turkish mansions in the old quarter of Mitilini (Lesbos), Greece and examine the beautiful architecture of the castle on the hill and the cathedral.  Explore the well-preserved ancient city of Ephesus as you walk where chariots roamed. Then, fall in love with the historical architecture, bold colors, and blissful beaches in Bodrum, Turkey before taking in the ancient town of Antalya Turkey- a town that was familiar to Alexander and St. Paul. Bask in the beauty of the gorgeous groves of olives, oranges, and lemons growing beneath the majestic mountains in Limassol, Cyprus. Be transported to another time as you meander through the captivating medieval streets of Rhodes, Greece and venture through the Street of the Knights and the Palace of the Grand Master.  Relax by the cobalt blue waters of Agios Nikolaos (Crete), Greece, or take in the Minoan and Byzantine villages surrounded by charming irrigating windmills. Stroll through the quaint winding streets amidst the white-washed buildings of Santorini Greece, and enjoy the golden sand and turquoise water of the beaches of Mykonos.