August 13-20, 2021
As countries open up this summer, now is the time to make plans to reconnect and explore your world. Experience the magic and mythology of the Turkish Coast and Greek Isles on this voyage from Istanbul to Athens on this Luxe-Adventure aboard the new Atlas Ocean Voyages World Navigator. Cover thousands of years of civilizations’ greatest feats – from the palaces of Istanbul to the Acropolis of Athens. And with just 100 suites and cabins, you’ll know how it feels to sail on your own private yacht.
Crossing Turkey into Greece, journey through empires past and witness history come to life. Explore the iconic sites of Istanbul, including its radiant Blue Mosque, Hagia Sophia, and the Grand Bazaar. Visit ancient Troy and hear tales of the Trojan Horse and the Battle of Gallipoli. Listen for echoes of history as you explore Ephesus, the world’s largest outdoor archaeological site.
Sail across the azure waters of the Aegean Sea visiting the legendary islands of Santorini and Mykonos. As our ship approaches the spectacular cliffs, you’ll understand the magic of Santorini, where some say the ruins of Atlantis remain hidden. The gayest island in Greece, Mykonos gleams with Mediterranean charm set against a postcard-perfect backdrop. Enjoy the world-famous beaches, nightlife, and wonderful tavernas. Since we’re arriving just in time for the opening of the famous Xlsior Party, just let us know if you'd like to extend your vacation in Mykonos.
To deliver on the full, Atlas Ocean Luxe-Adventure experience, you will be pleased to know that this voyage is ALL-INCLUSIVE ALL THE WAY:
Istanbul’s combination of religious history and vibrant, cultural influences make it a dream destination for... view more
Istanbul’s combination of religious history and vibrant, cultural influences make it a dream destination for the most experienced travelers. Throughout its history, many empires have ruled in Turkey. The influences of Roman, Egyptian, Byzantine, and more remain apparent in the city’s architecture, art, and traditions. Straddling the Bosphorous Strait, the narrow passage that joins the Black Sea and the Marmara Sea, Istanbul has connected trade and culture between Europe and Asia for millennia. You will want to stop at the Grand Bazaar to get a true feel for the present-day culture of the city. Filled with merchants, artisans, and authentic wares, the bazaar provides a vibrant backdrop for a little holiday shopping. Some of the most beautiful architecture in Istanbul is found in the mosques. These sacred spaces filled with centuries of religious history inspire awe with their colorful paintings and intricate patterns throughout the interiors. Their grand appearances from the outside also create a striking view when roaming the bustling streets of the city.
Kepez leaves much room for imagination as its rich culture gives way to legend and... view more
Kepez leaves much room for imagination as its rich culture gives way to legend and history, where the lines between the two often overlap. From Troy to Gallipoli, Turkey beckons the curious to explore its deepest reaches. Approaching the shores of seaside town Kepez, a line of historic structures on the horizon greets travelers as they arrive and bids them farewell when they depart. But beyond this view, the Turkish city holds a great deal of modernity that any explorer can appreciate for its contemporary history. From here, those filled with wanderlust can venture to the likes of Troy and Gallipoli
Arrival: 7:00am / Departure: 5:00pm
Making port in the coastal resort town of Kusadasi from the Aegean Sea, travelers are... view more
Making port in the coastal resort town of Kusadasi from the Aegean Sea, travelers are greeted by a castle on Pigeon Island surrounded by lush, green trees. The causeway along the route connects this lone island to the mainland of Kusadasi, where visitors will disembark to begin their exploration of Turkey. Picture this: marble ruins of one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World right before your eyes. Through the rubble, you gaze upon the impressive Temple of Artemis. This is the experience of Ephesus, a UNESCO-listed, 4,000-year-old city located in Selcuk that is considered the best-preserved classical city of the eastern Mediterranean. This archaeological zone still buzzes with activity, as archaeologists continue to dig through the ruins and discover their secrets. To walk among the excavations as scientists continue to unearth the site’s remnants makes it hard not to get swept up in history.
The largest of the Dodecanese islands, Rhodes contains multitudes. With influences from Hellenistic, Byzantine, Turkish,... view more
The largest of the Dodecanese islands, Rhodes contains multitudes. With influences from Hellenistic, Byzantine, Turkish, and medieval architecture, the island provides a diverse backdrop for exploration and absorbing part of Greek culture. Speaking of architecture, one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World once stood in the island’s seaport: the Colossus of Rhodes. This gigantic monument made of pure, shining iron and bronze, dedicated to the Greek god Helios became the inspiration later for the Statue of Liberty. As you make your way to the town of Lindos, you will find more ruins to explore. Like Athens, Lindos has its own Acropolis that contains a temple dedicated to Athena. If hiking the trail isn’t your preference, how about riding a donkey up the long way? But be careful! Steep drop-offs around the archaeological site make this a truly exhilarating excursion for the adventurous. The beaches of Lindos provide breathtaking views of the enticing blue waters of the Aegean Sea. St. Paul’s Bay on the southeast coast of Rhodes is a popular site, and for good reason. The little white chapel on the hill above the turquoise ocean below makes a picturesque scene for all to enjoy.
Arrival: 8:00am / Departure: 8:00pm
When you think of the quintessential whitewashed houses of Greece with blue domes and windmills... view more
When you think of the quintessential whitewashed houses of Greece with blue domes and windmills sprinkled throughout the landscape, it’s Santorini that comes to mind. This island of the Cyclades contains lush scenery, a quaint charm, and a cosmopolitan feel all at once. Discover one of the most prominent excavations of prehistoric settlements in the Aegean at the Akrotiri archaeological village. Ruins from the ancient city date back as far as 1700 BCE before it was buried by a volcanic eruption. But the first inhabitants date even further back to the Late Neolithic period (fourth millennium BCE).
Arrival: 8:00am / Departure: 1:30pm
There’s more to Mykonos than just fabulous gay nightlife and beaches. Wandering is one... view more
There’s more to Mykonos than just fabulous gay nightlife and beaches. Wandering is one of the best ways to enjoy the island of Mykonos. Its narrow, winding streets between the iconic architecture of whitewashed houses with blue domes create the archetypal image of modern-day Greece. Dotting the horizon up on the hill lie the renowned windmills of this island among the Cyclades. The sight of these windmills invokes a feeling of seeing into the past amidst a contemporary city, depicting the perfect harmony of past and present. The aroma of an old bakery, which still uses a 15th-century wood-burning stove, entices you with the delicious scents of Greek pastries and baked goods. It is not a visit to Mykonos without sampling the local favorite, loukoumádes, fried dough dripped in honey, and sometimes topped with sesame seeds. Taking the ferry to Delos, you reach an uninhabited island in the Cyclades archipelago. It is dedicated solely as an archaeological site with ties to ancient Greek mythology as the birth site of the sun god Apollo. It is the only island in the world entirely comprised of ruins.
Enjoy another full day of Mykono's fabulous gay nightlife and beaches. Or just simply... view more
Enjoy another full day of Mykono's fabulous gay nightlife and beaches. Or just simply end your cruise here and enjoy a few more days of sun, party, and relaxation in this iconic gay mecca.
Athens is still as iconic as ever. Winding pathways from ancient times transformed into modern-day... view more
Athens is still as iconic as ever. Winding pathways from ancient times transformed into modern-day roads and streets lead you to the monumental gateway of the Acropolis and other archaeological sites. It is a land soaked in history and mythology, but not stuck in the past. As you wend through back alleys, passing the street art and getting serenaded by street musicians, you are never lost. You are simply taking a journey to an unknown destination. You may find yourself at the likes of the Church of Agioi at the southeast corner of the Holy Apostles Ancient Agora, a less-crowded historical site away from the flocks of tourists.