Turning Points of History: Istanbul to Athens

Dates: September 22, 2014 - October 2, 2014 (11 days)
Tour Leader: Joan Breton Connelly

Philippi, Greece. Image by MrPanyGoff.
Philippi, Greece. Image by MrPanyGoff.
Map of this Itinerary. Hagia Sophia with the Bosphorus. AIA past travelers at the East Gate of Troy. Image by © R Todd Nielsen. Golden larnax and burial wreath found, and on exhibit, at Vergina. Image by Sarah Murray. Sea Cloud Sea Cloud, Lido deck Category F Cabin Category D Cabin

Join archaeologist Joan Breton Connelly for a seven-night cruise aboard the original, four-masted, 32-cabin yacht Sea Cloud and explore many historical “turning points” and iconic ancient sites between Istanbul and Athens. Beginning with a night in Istanbul, delve into the history of the Byzantine and Ottoman Empires with visits to Hagia Sophia, the Hippodrome, and the Blue Mosque. Then, embark the peerless Sea Cloud, the epitome of sea-going luxury and sophistication, and cruise to Troy, backdrop for the battle in Homer’s epic Iliad; Assos, whose 6th-century B.C. Temple of Athena is integral to our understanding of Greek temple architecture; and on to northern Greece to explore Philippi and Vergina, homeland of the ancient Macedonian dynasty of Philip II and Alexander the Great. Cruise onward to Athens, for visits to the plain of Marathon and to the beautiful Greek temple of Poseidon at Sounion. Stay on for an optional, two-night extension in Athens, specially designed with and accompanied by Professor Connelly.

Aboard the four-masted, 32-cabin yacht  Sea Cloud


Pricing starting at $8,995 Per Person Double Occupancy
Single cabin pricing starting at $12,995


 

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Itinerary

Monday & Tuesday, September 22 & 23, 2014 - Home | Istanbul, Turkey
Wednesday, September 24 - Istanbul (Embark)
Thursday, September 25 - At Sea | Gallipoli
Friday, September 26 - Troy | Assos
Saturday, September 27 - Philippi, Greece
Sunday, September 28 - At Sea
Monday, September 29 - Thessaloniki | Vergina
Tuesday, September 30 - At Sea
Wednesday, October 1 - Athens
Thursday, October 2 - Athens | Home

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Optional Post-Cruise Extension
Thursday, October 2 -4 - Athens | Home


If you have any additional questions, please email us at aia@studytours.org (and include your full name) or call us toll-free at (800) 748-6262 (toll: 603-756-2884).

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