Embark the ship in Istanbul.
Day 1: Istanbul
Board the Variety Voyager in Istanbul between 3-4pm. Meet your crew and fellow passengers and enjoy a welcome cocktail as the ship sets sail towards Canakkale. Overnight at sea.
Day 2: Canakkale
Today you may enjoy an optional full day excursion to Troy and Assos. In the morning you will be exploring the remains of legendary city of Troy founded 1300 BC where Achilles fought Hector as celebrated by Homer in the Iliade. Excavations started in 19th century by Heinrich Schliemann. In the afternoon you will visit the old settlements of Alexandria Troa and of Assos. Late afternoon return to the ship and sail overnight to Dikili.
Day 3: Dikili
Arrive at Dikili in the morning. From here you may join an optional excursion to the Greco-Roman city of Pergamon, which is famous for its Asclepion, the Acropolis, the Altar of Zeus, and the Temples of Athena, Trojan, and Dionysos and the 10,000 seat Ancient Theatre. Late evening sailing to Kusadasi.
Day 4: Kusadasi - Samos
Arrive at Kusadasi, Turkey. On an optional tour of Ephesus you will spend the day exploring one of the greatest archaeological sites in the Aegean region. Enjoy some free time in the afternoon for shopping in the bazaar. Set sail for Samos arriving late afternoon at the quaint port of Pythagorion. Enjoy a late afternoon swim. Ship moors overnight in port.
Day 5: Arki or Lipso Islands - Patmos
Early morning the ship will moor at a secluded beach in Arkous or Lipsous Islands depending on the weather. Here you can go for a relaxing swim. After lunch the ship departs for Patmos. At Patmos you may join an optional excursion to the UNESCO World Heritage Sites, the Grotto and Monastery of St John and the medieval town of Chora. Enjoy some free time this afternoon or swim at a nearby beach. Late evening the ship will sail to Delos.
Day 6: Delos - Mykonos
Arrive early morning in Delos, once the capital of Greece and the mythical birthplace of Apollo and Artemis. On an optional guided walking tour you will visit the archaeological ruins of this UNESCO World Heritage Site unearthed here in the 19th century. The remarkable open air site has many ancient monuments and buildings. After a two hour walking tour return to the ship for a swim before a BBQ deck lunch. In the afternoon the ship arrives at the island of Mykonos. You will have some free time on one of the island's beaches and after dinner time to enjoy the Mykonos nightlife.
Day 7: Ios - Santorini
Arrive early morning at one of the most beautiful beaches in the Aegean - Manganari Beach (Ios Island). Enjoy swimming and snorkelling here followed by a BBQ on deck. In the afternoon the ship arrives at the stunning island of Santorini. Disembark and enjoy an optional excursion to the Akrotiri excavations, the Museum and the villages. The tour ends in Oia in time to watch Oia's world famous sunset.
Day 8: Athens
Disembark this morning after enjoying your final breakfast on board.
Disembark the ship in Athens.
- 7 Nights' accommodation on board the Variety Voyager
- Full board: Buffet breakfast and two meals daily, including a Welcome Cocktail, a local themed evening and Captain's Dinner
- Filter coffee, tea and mineral water available throughout the day
- Services of a Multi-lingual Cruise Escort
- Transport to and from the ship
- Beverages (other than those already mentioned)
- Shore excursions and other land arrangements
- Personal expenses
- Personal insurance
- Passport and visa costs, where applicable
- Wi-Fi (available at a charge)