Ottoman Empire Explorer

Ottoman Empire Explorer

Athens (Piraeus) to Istanbul

Aug 16, 2022 to Aug 27, 2022

11 Days

SeaDream I

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Stand at the crossroads of the East and the West on a journey bookended by the ancient capitals of Athens and Istanbul. Encounter millennia of history, art, and architecture as you explore remarkable civilizations, quaint coastal towns, and UNESCO Heritage sites, including the ruins of the ancient city of Troy, the setting for the legendary Trojan War in Homer’s epic poems. Call on the coastal Greek cities of Thessaloniki, boasting unmissable Roman landmarks and Byzantine Baths, and Kavala, your gateway to the nearby archeological site of Philippi, founded in the 4th-century BC by Philip II of Macedonia. Call on the best of the breathtaking Greek isles—including Ikaria, Syros, and Samos—with an overnight in cosmopolitan Mykonos, a whitewashed paradise in the heart of the Aegean Sea’s Cyclades.

Date Ports of Call Arrive Depart
Aug 16, 2022 Athens (Piraeus),
Greece
2 PM - 4 PM
(Embarkation)
Evening
Aug 17, 2022 Syros,
Greece
Morning Afternoon
Aug 17, 2022 Mykonos,
Greece
Evening Overnight
Aug 18, 2022 Mykonos,
Greece
Evening
Aug 19, 2022 Ikaria,
Greece
Morning Evening
Aug 20, 2022 Pythagorion, Samos,
Greece
Afternoon Afternoon
Aug 21, 2022 Skopelos Island,
Greece
Morning Evening
Aug 22, 2022 Thessaloniki,
Greece
Morning Afternoon
Aug 23, 2022 Gulf of Agiou Orous,
Greece
Aug 23, 2022 Kavala,
Greece
Afternoon Evening
Aug 24, 2022 Lemnos (Myrina),
Greece
Morning Evening
Aug 25, 2022 Kepez (Troy & Gallipoli),
Turkey
Morning Evening
Aug 26, 2022 Istanbul,
Turkey
Morning Overnight
Aug 27, 2022 Istanbul,
Turkey
8 AM - 10 AM
(Disembarkation)

Ports

  • Athens (Piraeus)

    Piraeus, roughly translating to “the place over the passage”, is an important Greek port located within the Athens agglomeration, in the Attica Basin. It is 12 kilometers from the municipality of Athens, considered the fourth largest and is the third most populous amongst all the municipalities of Greece. Now a peninsula, Piraeus, originally a rocky island, was developed in early 5th Century B.C. when it was initially designated as Athens’ import and transit trade port. It is the largest marine-based shipping center of Greece, one of the largest ports in Europe, and considered the second largest passenger port in the world. Inhabited since the 26th Century, it wasn’t until the 6th Century B.C. that Piraeus began catching attention. The land of Piraeus was essentially impassable, flooded by the sea most of the year until centuries passed and the flooding ceased. By the 5th Century B.C. it became a navy base for the Athenian fleet for the natural harbors and the strategic potential they carried. Athenian general and politician Themistocles fortified Piraeus’ three harbors Kantharos, Zea and Munichia, created ship houses and completed his walls in 471 B.C., which led to the port becoming a great military and commercial harbor. There are many archaeological sites, points of interest and entertainment available in Piraeus. Most famous for its tavernas and cuisine, several popular events take place in Piraeus, such as the Ecocinema International Film Festival, the Maritime Festival, the Piraeus Rock Wave Festival and the Three Kings’ Way Festival. There are also many theaters, including the Municipal Theater, the open air Veakeio Theater, and the Menandreio Theater. Museums in Piraeus include the Archaeological Museum of Piraeus, the Merchant Shipping History Institute Exhibition, the Panos Aravantinos Decor Museum, the Georgios Averof Museum Ship and the Museum of Electric Railways. Be sure to catch the panoramic views available from the hill of Kastella, overlooking Athens and the Saronic Gulf!

  • Syros

    The small island of Syros offers the quintessential Greek island holiday experience without the crowds often found in the more well-known Greek Isles. With pristine blue waters, Syros’ breathtaking beaches are sure to impress. Kini, Vari, Azolimnos and Yalissás Beach are among its most famous options to bask in the sun. Beyond its beautiful beaches, Syros is part of the Cyclades, an island group in the Aegean Sea, and is filled with culture and history. The island is also commonly recognized for its Aegean cuisine which features several local specialties, making Syros a culinary destination.

  • Mykonos

    Mykonos is one of the most visited Greek Islands. It is part of the Cyclades group and lies between Tinos, Syros, Paros and Naxos. The island spans an area of 85.5 square kilometers (33.0 sq mi) and rises to an elevation of 341 meters (1,119 feet) at its highest point. Mykonos is so incredibly beautiful; it is not surprising that it has become one of the most desired destinations in the world. When you also add the cosmopolitan lifestyle, the sophisticated nightlife and the historical treasures of the nearby UNESCO Awarded Delos you’ll have the recipe for an unforgettable holiday. SeaDream usually anchors just of the famous windmills and tenders directly to the old town. Guests have a few organized options including the Sacred Island of Delos. Others may simply want to explore the island’s incredible beaches, boutiques, clubs and churches independently.

  • Ikaria

    This remote island is best known as one of the world’s five “Blue Zones,” regions where people enjoy good health and live longer than average. Learn the secrets to longevity from the Ikarians’ culture and lifestyle. One in three locals make it to their 90’s and say it is the result of consuming strong red wine, late-night domino games and a relaxed lifestyle. Often recognized as the best Greek island for nature lovers, Ikaria features a stunning coastline with pristine beaches and abundant nature. There are over 200 villages scattered throughout Ikaria, giving the island its unique, authentic character.

  • Pythagorion, Samos

  • Skopelos Island

    Skopelos and Skiathos are part of the Sporades island group. Greener and less crowded than the Cyclades islands further south. The producers of the movie "Mama Mia" filmed the movie on these two islands. Weather permitting, we will sail by the headland with the wedding chapel shown in the movie.

  • Thessaloniki

    Approaching storied Thessaloniki by sea, it’s impossible to miss the striking White Tower, a perfectly round fortification built in the 15th century that has become the city’s symbol. Also found seaside, breezy Aristotelous Square is flanked by graceful buildings that give way to a pedestrianized promenade, an optimal location to amble and people-watch. Ancient history beckons at the 4th-century Arch and Rotunda of Galerius, extraordinary UNESCO World Heritage sites that evoke the lofty ambitions of their namesake Roman emperor. Journeying south along the coast, you’ll discover the jagged peak of fabled Mount Olympus, its commanding presence a worthy home for the gods of antiquity. Nestled at the foot of the mountain, the serene village of Litochoro brims with quaint shops and cafés. In Pella, birthplace of Alexander the Great, see remains of a city laid out in a precise grid, and at the UNESCO World Heritage site of Vergina stand in awe before the 4th-century BC tomb of Philip II, father of Alexander. In enthralling Thessaloniki, allow yourself to be enveloped by millennia of incredible Greek history.

  • Gulf of Agiou Orous

  • Kavala

    Kavala is a lovely hillside town featuring a jumble of whitewashed buildings overlooked by an imposing Byzantine and Ottoman fortress. Snaking through town, Kavala’s spectacularly preserved aqueduct boasts three tiers of arches, with houses charmingly tucked into some of the lower openings. The nearby archeological site of Philippi, a city founded in the 4th-century BC by Philip II of Macedonia, derived its enormous wealth from the mining of gold. In this once-majestic walled metropolis, now a UNESCO World Heritage site, you’ll discover vestiges of a grand theater, a stately forum, opulent mansions and an early basilica decorated with mosaics. A short distance away, the town of Xanthi entrances with its elegant 19th-century architecture, a legacy of the prosperity brought by the tobacco trade. You can canoe or hike at the National Park of the Nestos River Delta, where an abundance of wetlands attracts myriad species of birds and other fauna, including flamingos and otters. Back in Kavala, stroll along lively Megalou Alexandrou Street and pause at a café for a sampling of delicious local meze such as grilled octopus and fresh clams paired with local wine or a glass of invigorating ouzo.

  • Lemnos (Myrina)

  • Kepez (Troy & Gallipoli)

    Kepez is a seaside town in the Canakkale Province in Turkey. From Kepez SeaDream offers a unique Land Adventure to the ruins of the ancient city of Troy (Unesco Heritage Site). The movie starring Brad Pit although filmed in Malta has the actual Trojan Horse in Canakkale. Another “don’t miss” option would be to visit perhaps the most moving site in all of Turkey: Anzac Cove and the World War I battlefields of Gallipoli. We recommend that you make time and visit this hauntingly beautiful area where for more than nine months (1915-16) Allied and Turkish troops faced one another in one of the world's most tragic battles to gain control of this most important waterway " the Dardanelles.

  • Istanbul

    Istanbul historically known as Constantinople is the largest city in Turkey and 5th largest city proper in the world with a population of over 14 million, also making it the second largest metropolitan area in Europe by population. Istanbul was selected as a European Capital of Culture for 2010. Historic areas of the city were added to the UNESCO World Heritage List in 1985. Istanbul is a transcontinental city, straddling the Bosporus, one of the world's busiest waterways in northwestern Turkey. It is situated between the Sea of Marmara and the Black Sea. Its commercial and historical center lies in Europe, while a third of its population lives in Asia. SeaDream calls to this wonderful destination both as an embarkation point and a destination offering several land adventures. Please check the Land Adventures tab for all of the possibilities as well as embarkation and transfer information.


Suites & Staterooms

*Government, Port, Document Issuance, Handling & Service fees: $671 per guest


Single Supplement for this voyage is 200% for Yacht Club Deck 2,3 and 4. For Commodore, Admiral and Owners Suite, a 200% single supplement rate applies.


Please Note: Fares are capacity controlled and may change without notice. The fares are per person based on double occupancy. Single and third person rates are also available. SeaDream Yacht Club strongly recommends that all guests purchase travel insurance.


Yachting Land Adventures & Activities

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  • Syros - Private Greek Cooking Lesson

    Description

    Experience a private cooking lesson at a restaurant’s roof top garden. Some of the ingredients for your lunchtime feast will be picked up at the local market before the class begins.

    The guide and chef instructor will meet you at the pier for a short walk to the local market. The chef instructor will be searching for the freshest of ingredients to use during the cooking class today. See where the locals get their fresh vegetables, meat and fish being offered at the market. Afterwards, walk through town admiring the impressive Town Hall building and marble main square, plus observe the neoclassical architecture which prevails in Ermoupoli.

    Soon you will reach the restaurant Archontariki for your private cooking lesson. The roof top garden is reserved privately, separate from any other guests, and where you will receive the cooking lesson while preparing your lunch with the freshest of local products in the region. After enjoying your lunch accompanied by local wine, you will return to the yacht on foot, now more knowledgeable than before on some of the delicious secrets to Greek Cusine.

    Notes

    A minimum participation is required to operate all Yachting Land Adventures, and some may have limited capacity. All adventures in the SeaDream Yachting Land Adventures program are subject to change. Final departure times will be published on-board.

    Duration

    3.5 hour(s)

    Price

    209 (USD)

    Pre-Book Land Adventure
  • Syros - Walking Tour of Syros Town

    Description

    Admire the architecture and elegant beauty of the buildings in the cosmopolitan town of Syros.

    Syros is a cosmopolitan island with a rich history and the administrative centre of all the Cyclades. Starting at the port of Ermoupolis, you will walk with your guide to the Archaeological Museum of Syros which is housed on the west side of the City Hall megaron. The museum exhibits work from the Hellenistic and Roman period as well as sculptures from the islands of Amorgos, Ios, Kea and Naxos. It also houses finds from the prehistoric period discovered at the acropolis of Chalandriani. Next, you walk a short distance to the city’s main square and visit Syros’ city hall, the work of the well-known Austrian architect Schiller. Its foundations were laid in 1876 and the building was completed at the end of the 19th century.

    Continue to the next stop at the church of Saint Nicholas, the patron and protector of Syros seafarers. The church’s temple was built in 1848 and the construction work lasted until 1905. Its basilica style stands out majestically with its blue dome and bell tower, while the ship comes into the harbor. It was named "Rich" to distinguish it from the "Poor" Saint Nicholas of Ano Syros, which was the first Orthodox church on the island. Then travel to the Church of the Dormition of the Virgin, which houses a very important work of art, that of the Dormition of the Virgin Mary by Domenicos Theotokopoulos (El Greco). The icon was, in all probability, transferred from Venice sometime during the past century.

    This excursion concludes with a visit to "Sykoutris" a traditional loukoumi workshop, which has been operating since 1928 and is one of the best in Syros. Loukoumi is the traditional dessert of the island, made of sugar and water boiled together and it is said that Syros loukoumi is unique, due to the local water used. At the end of this excursion you may opt to return to the yacht or remain in town to further explore Syros.

    Notes

    Please wear comfortable walking shoes. A minimum participation is required to operate all Yachting Land Adventures, and some may have limited capacity. All adventures in the SeaDream Yachting Land Adventures program are subject to change. Final departure times will be published on-board.

    Duration

    3 hour(s)

    Price

    119 (USD)

    Pre-Book Land Adventure
  • Mykonos - A Relaxing Day at the Beach

    Description

    Swim, relax and enjoy the beach facilities at one of the most beautiful and sandy beaches of Mykonos Island – Elia beach.

    Mykonos is known for its golden sandy beaches and crystal clear waters. Take this opportunity to enjoy some time at one of the famous beaches of the island, the sandy beach of Elia where necessary changing facilities, beach chairs and umbrellas are available. The beach of Elia is fully organized offering also a wide choice of water sports facilities.

    Notes

    Sunscreen and hats recommended.

    A minimum participation is required to operate all Yachting Land Adventures and some have limited capacity. All adventures in the SeaDream Yachting Land Adventures program are subject to change. Final departure time will be announced on board.

    Duration

    4 hour(s)

    Price

    129 (USD)

    Pre-Book Land Adventure
  • Mykonos - Tastes and Vineyards

    Description

    Stroll the winding small streets of Mykonos town discovering the local flavors and relax at the peaceful winery of Asimomitis enjoying classical music, the wines and the owner’s unique hospitality.

    Take a short ride to the town of Mykonos for a guided walk through the labyrinthine alleys. Start with a taste of freshly made sesame buns (koulouri) and taste the local sweet “ amygdaloto” and the local drink “soumada”. Passing by the popular areas of “the three wells” and “Matoyinanni” where all the famous shops are located until you reach the most photographed church of the island, Paraportiani. Pass by the open air fish and vegetable markets selling fresh local products.

    Next travel to the unusual Asimomitis winery and vineyards. You will be welcomed by the owner, Mr Asimomitis, the unique man who believes that by playing classical music to his wines increases the flavor and character of the wines. Sample three different kinds of wine (red, white and sweet) together with fresh homemade local products and bread. Under the sounds of classical music, learn about the vineyard and the grapes grown here.

    Notes

    A minimum participation is required to operate all Yachting Land Adventures and some have limited capacity. All adventures in the SeaDream Yachting Land Adventures program are subject to change. Final departures times will be announced onboard.

    Duration

    3.5 hour(s)

    Price

    149 (USD)

    Pre-Book Land Adventure
  • Mykonos - The Sacred Island of Delos

    Description

    This Yachting Land Adventure arrives at Delos Island by a boat from Mykonos. Delos is the island of lights and the mythical birthplace of the God Apollo. Admire the interesting monument of the Agora, the treasures of the various cities, the theatre and the Sanctuary of Apollo.

    Not far from Mykonos lies UNESCO listed Delos, the island of light, the mythical birthplace of the God Apollo and the Goddess Artemis. Its name means “that which appears" and, according to mythology, the island appeared amid the waves so that Leto would have a place to give birth to Apollo and Artemis. Delos Island, an area of only five sq. km (almost 2 sq. miles), was once a very important religious, cultural and commercial center. Today, the island is a piece of land covered with archaeological sites: fallen columns, sections of the famous mosaics which adorned the houses of the rich, a stadium, and tiers of seats from a theatre. Among these ruins, five marble lions in a row still stand. These were the guardians of the sacred lake, still gazing out to the east waiting for the sun to rise.

    Other interesting monuments, spread over a wide area, are: the Agora, the treasuries of the various cities, the Sanctuary of Apollo, the Theatre, the Sanctuary of the Foreign Gods and the Sacred Mt Cynthus. Leaving the sacred island of Delos you re-board your local boat for the 45-minute return to Mykonos town.

    Notes

    This land adventure operates from Mykonos only if the yacht does not call at Delos on the same itinerary. This visit includes a two-hour walk across uneven surfaces at the archaeological sites so please wear comfortable walking shoes. The departure time will be adjusted according to the departure time of the local boat schedule from Mykonos to Delos. There is very limited shade at the site so bring protection from the sun. There is a coffee kiosk on the island as well as restrooms near the pier on Delos. A minimum participation is required to operate all Yachting Land Adventures and some have limited capacity. All adventures in the SeaDream Yachting Land Adventures program are subject to change. Departures times will be published onboard

    Duration

    4 hour(s)

    Price

    119 (USD)

    Pre-Book Land Adventure
  • Ikaria - In the Footsteps of Dionysus

    Description

    Take an ancient hiking trail crossing the east cape of Ikaria; journeying through the history, archaeology, mythology and mysteries of Ikaria.

    Meet your guide pier side and travel by coach approximately 20 minutes to the Fanari Village and start of this ancient hiking trail. The trail crosses important biodiversity areas for marine, animal life and geological formations. During the walk you enjoy hiking on the longest beach of the island crossing from the south to the north coast. Take in the fresh air perfumed with the essential oils of the medicinal plants of the east cape.
    Vist one of the best-preserved towers in the Agean, the Drakano tower; with its imposing circular construction dating back to Alexandrian times and located among the remnants of the ancient Acropolis settlement from the 5th century BC. You will follow in the footsteps of the rebel God Dionysus, who was especially known as the god of wine and ecstasy. Visit the Cave of Lero which, according to tradition, is the birthplace of the ancient Greek God Dionysus. Inside the cave you will enjoy a local herbal tea, while you travel back to the ancient times through interpretive mythology storytelling. The walk concludes at the beach of Iero (holy) where you can enjoy swimming in the crystal waters of Ikarian sea. Afterward, reboard the coach for the return drive to Agios Kirikos and your waiting SeaDream yacht.

    Notes

    If you plan to swim, please wear your swimsuit under your clothing and bring a towel as there are no changing facilities available.
    A minimum participation is required to operate all Yachting Land Adventures, and some may have limited capacity. All adventures in the SeaDream Yachting Land Adventures program are subject to change. Final departure times will be published on-board.

    This Yachting Land Adventure must be booked 72 Hours (3 days) prior to arrival in the port to confirm its operation during your voyage. Please book on the Seadream.com website, or onboard, early to avoid disappointment. Cancellations after the deadline are non-refundable.

    Duration

    4.5 hour(s)

    Price

    199 (USD)

    Pre-Book Land Adventure
  • Pythagorion, Samos - Ancient Samos & Wine Tasting

    Description

    Visit the fascinating Archaeological Museum of Samos and a local winery with free time to explore the seaside village of Pythagorion.

    Departing the port, your first stop is at the Archaeological Museum of Samos, located in the heart of Vathi town, which is regarded as one of the most interesting museums in Greece. There are rare exhibits from the Archaic Period, many pieces of sculpture from the 5th, 6th and 7th centuries B.C., kores and kouroi (more than life-size) sarcophagi, Ionian columns and much more.

    After your visit at the museum, continue to visit a local winery where you will be given information about the history of winemaking in Samos. Learn about the different vines and varieties as well as have a tasting of wines together with a Greek snack. Samos produces the most famous sweet wine which are used exclusively by the Catholic Church as communion wine.

    Following your visit, you will board the coach for a scenic drive through the verdant island of Samos passing by lovely villages and attractive bays before you reach the charming village of Pythagorion. Here you have an opportunity to explore the village on your own, browsing around the many boutiques, shops, or dine in one of the picturesque cafés. Afterwards join the guide and coach for the return drive back to the yacht at the pier, or remain and return to the yacht independently on your own.

    Notes

    Please wear comfortable walking shoes. A minimum participation is required to operate all Yachting Land Adventures, and some may have limited capacity. All adventures in the SeaDream Yachting Land Adventures program are subject to change. Final departure times will be published on-board.

    Duration

    3.5 hour(s)

    Price

    149 (USD)

    Pre-Book Land Adventure
  • Pythagorion, Samos - Hiking in Samos Natural Beauties

    Description

    Enjoy a hiking exploration in the lush landscape of Samos Island and discover the beauty of Manolates, a quintessential Greek mountain village!

    Board your coach from the pier in Samos, heading north for approximately 30 minutes to the serene Valley of the Nightingales. Here you will be engulfed in the lush scenery while exploring its many hidden beauties. Together with your guide, start your walk through a mountainous area covered by forests of different trees, fruits and vineyards whilst enjoying the soft sound of the wind among the trees and the sweet sound of the birds.

    At the top of the mountain lies the beautiful, peaceful village of Manolates, where you will enjoy the magnificent views and a walk through its flowering narrow pathways and traditional stone houses. Then you will board a minibus to return to the valley of the Nightingales where will have the time to relax at a traditional restaurant and taste some of the local delicacies before you board your coach again for the return drive to the pier.

    Notes

    This adventure includes 120 minutes of hiking, sometimes over rough and uneven terrain. Please wear comfortable walking or preferably hiking shoes. A minimum participation is required to operate all Yachting Land Adventures, and some may have limited capacity. All adventures in the SeaDream Yachting Land Adventures program are subject to change. Final departure times will be published on-board.

    Duration

    4 hour(s)

    Price

    149 (USD)

    Pre-Book Land Adventure
  • Skopelos Island - Following the Steps of Mamma Mia!

    Description

    Check out Skopelos Island, filming location for many of the beautiful outdoor locations and beach scenes where the popular film: Mamma Mia! The Movie was videoed.

    Enjoy the panoramic ride up winding roads on the beautiful West coast of the island. Then visit the beautiful Ag.Ioannis Chapel – also known as the Mamma Mia wedding church. Take the opportunity to walk up the 199 steps to the top and get into the spirit of the movie "Mamma Mia!" or simply enjoy the stunning views and the cooling sea breeze from the top of the rock.

    Then, enjoy the beautiful beach of Kastani. Major filming took place for more than 10 days here. Appreciate how this beautiful beach proved to be the perfect film location.

    Take the opportunity to swim into the crystal clear waters (weather permitting) and relax under the sun with a refreshing drink from the beach bar.

    On the way back to Skopelos Town, pass another great film location called “Three Trees” before returning to the SeaDream yacht with amazing memories from the island of Skopelos.

    Notes

    It is recommended that guests wear flat, comfortable shoes & bring a beach towel to sit on the beach.

    A minimum participation is required to operate all Yachting Land Adventures and some have limited capacity. All adventures in the SeaDream Yachting Land Adventures program are subject to change. Final departure time will be announced on board

    Duration

    4 hour(s)

    Price

    139 (USD)

    Pre-Book Land Adventure
  • Skopelos Island - Skopelos Town Guided Walk and Wine Tasting

    Description

    Stroll with your guide to Chora Town enjoying great views and a visit of the church of “Evangelistria”. See a miniature boat and pottery workshops, plus enjoy a tasting of Greek Meze along with a wine tasting.

    Meet your local guide at the tender pier and start your walk up the steps of the picturesque Chora town. The town is built like an amphitheater and extends from the port up to its impressive Castle. During your walk you will admire the architecture of the beautiful neoclassical houses, built one next to each other, as well as the blooming walkways and lovely courtyards. Skopelos has more than 300 small churches and you will pass by some of them during your walk like the church of Panagitsa of Pyrgos, offering breathtaking views of the Aegean Sea. Also visit the church of "Evangelistria", one of the oldest in Skopelos town. Heading up the old town you will arrive through the Castle to the square of Mylos. Then a short transfer brings you to the lab of a traditional mini boat manufacturer for a short presentation of their work. Next walk to the newer part of Skopelos to visit a family pottery business. Your last stop will be the Zoupa restaurant, located at an old olive oil factory, which offers the ideal environment for a “local Greek Meze” and a variety of Greek wines tasting.

    Notes

    It is recommended that guests wear flat, comfortable shoes.

    A minimum participation is required to operate all Yachting Land Adventures and some have limited capacity. All adventures in the SeaDream Yachting Land Adventures program are subject to change. Final departure time will be announced on board.

    Duration

    4 hour(s)

    Price

    169 (USD)

    Pre-Book Land Adventure
  • Thessaloniki - Highlights of Thessaloniki and Wine Tasting

    Description

    Learn all about the city that was named after the half-sister of Alexander the Great. Discover Thessaloniki on a panoramic drive of the city and taste some of the fine wines of this area direct from the winery.

    Thessaloniki, the “Nymph of the Thermaic Gulf” is amphitheatrically situated on the slopes of Mount Chortiatis. It was founded by the Greek Macedonian King Kassander, who named the city Thessaloniki after his wife who was also the half-sister of Alexander the Great. During the Roman period, Thessaloniki was the capital of Macedonia and during the Middle Ages, it was the second city of the Byzantine Empire. For 400 years it was occupied by the Ottoman Empire, until it was finally freed in 1912.

    This excursion begins with a guided panoramic drive in a comfortable air-conditioned coach viewing the White Tower, and other historical landmarks. You will see the most important monuments of the city such as the Rottonda, the Arch of Galerus, and the OTE Tower of the international exhibition of Thessaloniki.

    Next the tour continues with a drive of approximately 45 minutes to arrive at the peninsula of Chalkidiki where the Gerovassiliou Winery is located. Ktima Gerovassiliou is the brainchild of Vangelis Gerovassiliou. In 1981, he started reviving the family vineyard extending over 2.5 hectares in the Papamola region of Epanomi. In this unique ecosystem he planted mainly Greek, but also foreign grape varieties. You will have the opportunity to visit different areas of the winery and taste some of their best wines. After the visit re-board your coach for your return way to the pier.

    Notes

    If Gerovassiliou Winery is not available during your call, an alternative winery will be substituted and the duration may be slightly longer to reach a winery of similar caliber. A minimum participation is required to operate all Yachting Land Adventures, and some may have limited capacity. All adventures in the SeaDream Yachting Land Adventures program are subject to change. Final departure times will be published on-board.

    Duration

    3.5 hour(s)

    Price

    149 (USD)

    Pre-Book Land Adventure
  • Thessaloniki - The Royal Tombs of Vergina

    Description

    Visit the most important archaeological site of Macedonia - the magnificent Royal Tombs of Vergina dedicated to King Philip II and father of Alexander the Great.

    This exciting opportunity to visit the Royal Tombs starts with a scenic 75-minute drive by comfortable air condition coach via the highway in central Macedonia to arrive in Vergina, the first ancient capital of the Greek Macedonian Kingdom. Upon arrival, you will visit the Royal Ttombs with the most important being that of King Philip II, father of Alexander the Great. You can view the newly opened exhibition that contains findings discovered in the tombs. Marvel at the superb painting of the King, his famous son and friends hunting.

    Make your way inside the underground tomb, accompanied by your guide, and feast your eyes on some of the most important artifacts. Once belonging to Philip II – see the King’s shield adorned with ivory and gold, and also the King’s gold-trimmed iron breast plate. It is adorned with golden Diadems of unparalleled craftsmanship, the Golden Wreath of oak leaves, the gold-plated collar and behold the Silver Burial Urns. Listen carefully, as your guide explains how inside the tomb of King Philip, a Golden Chest was discovered, containing the King’s bones, washed with wine and wrapped in purple cloth.

    After this very interesting visit, you will board your coach and drive back to your yacht waiting in Thessaloniki.

    Notes

    A minimum participation is required to operate all Yachting Land Adventures, and some may have limited capacity. All adventures in the SeaDream Yachting Land Adventures program are subject to change. Final departure times will be published on-board.

    Duration

    4 hour(s)

    Price

    139 (USD)

    Pre-Book Land Adventure
  • Kavala - Discovery of Kavala on Foot

    Description

    Kavala is one of the most attractive cities in Greece, rising like an amphitheater from the beautiful harbor up to a huge Byzantine fortress. Take a pleasant walk through its spacious squares an cobblestone paths and admire its impressive landmarks, contemporary buildings, the traditional old houses and beautiful alleyways.

    Start with a visit the Tobacco Museum, with a rich collection in objects and archival material for the cultivation of Kavala's main commercial activity during the 19th century. Machinery, photographs, rare documents and books are among the museum's interesting exhibits.

    The walk continues toward the oldest part of town for a brief stop at the Old Aqueduct, a medieval structure designed to bridge the peninsula of Panagia with the foot of the mountain of Lekani. This grand monument consisted of 60 arches, has a length of 280 meters and a height of 25 meters, and carried water from mountain sources to the Old Town of Kavala.

    Continue with an uphill walk through the cobblestone streets of Kavala, admiring the traditional old houses and tiny gardens, before reaching the intriguing house of the general and founder of the Egyptian dynasty, Mohammed Ali (1769-1849).

    Mohamed Ali's house today functions as a museum. Built around 1780-90, with a floor area of 330 square meters, it was the largest house in Kavala at that time and is considered to be one of the most splendid examples of the 18th century Ottoman architecture in Greece. Visitors may gain some sense of the original atmosphere while wandering around the two story house with a display of carpets, furniture and pottery . Relax afterwards in its unique peaceful garden and enjoy a cup of tea or coffee before you take the downhill road to the port.

    Notes

    A minimum participation is required to operate all Yachting Land Adventures and some have limited capacity. All adventures in the SeaDream Yachting Land Adventures program are subject to change. Not all of the land adventures shown will be offered on all voyages and departure times are subject to change. Final departures times will be published onboard.

    Duration

    2.5 hour(s)

    Price

    119 (USD)

    Pre-Book Land Adventure
  • Kavala - Philippi Archaeological Site & Wine Tasting

    Description

    Visit one of the most important archaeological sites of the Macedonia region and sample their remarkable wines!

    Ride to Philippi, the most important archaeological site of eastern Macedonia with characteristic monuments of the Hellenistic, Roman and Early Christian periods. The history of the site of Philippi begins around 360 B.C. when the colonists from Thasos founded the first city, called Krenides. In 356 B.C. the city was endangered by the Thacians and it turned to king Philip II for support. Philip II had already foreseen the economic and strategic importance of the city, so he conquered it, fortified it and renamed it after himself (Philippi). After the battle of Philippi, in 42 B.C., the city became a Roman colony.

    Around the year 50 A.D, the Apostle Paul visited the city and established the first Christian Church of Europe making Philippi a metropolis of Christianity. During the Byzantine period the walls of the city were reconstructed and at the same time the towers and the wall of the acropolis were built.

    The excavations on the site of Philippi began in 1914 by the French School of Archaeology at Athens. After the Second World War, excavations were resumed by the Greek Archaeological Service and the Archaeological Society. Nowadays, the archaeological exploitation of the site is carried out by the Archaeological Service, the Aristotelian University of Thessaloniki and the French School of Archaeology at Athens.

    Most of the monuments in the archaeological site of Philippi have been restored. A project for the restoration and the preservation of the ancient theater is now in progress in the frame of the European program of 1994 "Historical monuments and places of spectacle".

    After the archaeological visit, it's time to visit a state-of-the art winery: the Oenogenesis Winery, established in 2007. Enologist Bakis Tsalkos founded the winery after meeting the Family of Dominique Fontviele-Petrides. After extensive studies in enology in Montpellier, France and many years of work in the enological center of Grezillac in St Emillion, Bordeaux, Mr. Tsalkos returned to Greece to apply his knowledge and expertise to the untapped wealth of indigenous Greek grapes. The Estate is located between Doxato and the Adriani of the Prefecture of Drama, at a large 4,000 sq m castle-house with five buildings united, structured in three levels and inspired architecturally by the Old Macedonian Mansions.

    The Estate has been the subject of continuous investments that have enabled the Winery to function with respect for the people, landscape and environment. Today, it can be defined as a perfect combination of innovation and tradition. After the exploration of the estate, enjoy a taste of four wine varieties, red, white and rose as well as demi-sec selections.

    After the visit re-board the motor coach for the return drive to Kavala pier.

    Notes

    A minimum participation is required to operate all Yachting Land Adventures and some have limited capacity. All adventures in the SeaDream Yachting Land Adventures program are subject to change. Not all of the land adventures shown will be offered on all voyages and departure times are subject to change. Final departures times will be published onboard.

    Sunglasses, hats and good walking shoes recommended.

    Duration

    4.5 hour(s)

    Price

    169 (USD)

    Pre-Book Land Adventure
  • Kepez (Troy & Gallipoli) - Ancient Troy

    Description

    This Yachting Land Adventure explores one of the most famous ancient sites in the world: legendary Troy.

    The name Troy refers both to the remains of a Bronze Age fortress at Hisarlik Hill near the entrance of the Dardanelles, and the legendary city of King Priam that was destroyed by Acheans in the Trojan War. The hill is associated with the sagas of the Trojan War and its description by Homer (750 BC) in his two epic poems "The Iliad" and "The Odyssey." Archaeological digs have revealed nine cities and various ruins of the city walls, typical house foundations, a temple and a theater. There is also a symbolic "Wooden Horse" near the site.

    Next, visit the Troy Museum, built on 100 acres of land, the exhibition area covers 29,000 sq. ft (2,700 sq. mt) with an interior of 137,200 sq. ft. (12,750 sq. mt) at the entrance of Troy ruins. The fact that the height of the museum building is equal to the height of the ancient city of Troy prior to the excavation allows Troy to be kept alive here with all the details. The Troy Museum, which is one of the most important examples of the contemporary archaeological museum chosen by more than 150 projects by an internationally respected jury committee in the National Architectural Design Competition, was opened to visitors in October 2018 Troy Year.

    At the end of the visits, return to Kepez Port to rejoin the yacht.

    Notes

    There is a lot of walking on this tour with many steps and rough and uneven terrain. Flat, comfortable shoes are highly recommended. Also bring sunscreen, sunglasses and a hat. A minimum participation is required to operate all Yachting Land Adventures, and some may have limited capacity. All adventures in the SeaDream Yachting Land Adventures program are subject to change. Final departure times will be published on-board.

    Duration

    4 hour(s)

    Price

    159 (USD)

    Pre-Book Land Adventure
  • Kepez (Troy & Gallipoli) - The Battlefields of Gallipoli

    Description

    Follow in the footsteps of the ANZAC troops, discovering one of the most moving sites in Turkey on this excursion to Gallipoli’s WWI battlefields.

    The Gallipoli battle was one of the bloodiest conflicts of World War I that took place on the Gallipoli peninsula, from 17 February 1915 to 9 January 1916. Meet your guide at the port and drive to the local ferry station where you will cross to the European side of the Dardanelles. To honor the 250,000 soldiers who lost their lives at Gelibolu (Gallipoli), the peninsula was turned into the Gelibolu Historic National Park. It includes memorial monuments and the Ariburnu Cliffs. The beauty of the green hills, sandy beaches and blue waters provides an honored resting place for the soldiers who bravely fought and died in this historical battle in 1915.

    Today, you’ll see both the Anzac and Cape Helles sectors of the Peninsula. During the tour, you will visit Brighton Beach, the intended landing place, Seddul Bahir and English Memorial. You will also view the Turkish Memorial, the Beach Cemetery on the southern tip of Anzac Cove, Ari Burnu Cemetery, Lone Pine Australian Memory, Johnston's Jolly and the French Memorial on route. A refreshment stop will be made at a local hotel on your way to ferry station. Upon arrival, re-embark the local ferry and cruise to Canakkale city center, and drive back to the ship.

    Notes

    Flat, comfortable shoes are highly recommended. Also bring sunscreen, sunglasses and a hat. A minimum participation is required to operate all Yachting Land Adventures, and some may have limited capacity. All adventures in the SeaDream Yachting Land Adventures program are subject to change. Final departure times will be published on-board.

    Duration

    5.5 hour(s)

    Price

    179 (USD)

    Pre-Book Land Adventure
  • Istanbul - Byzantine Treasures

    Description

    Tour the Byzantine Treasures of Istanbul on this half-day Yachting Land Adventure that will take you to the Serefiye Cistern, St. Sophie Mosque, the Hippodrome, the Blue Mosque, and the Grand Bazaar to experience the glory of the Ottoman Empire.

    A scenic drive from the port will take you across the Galata Bridge into the heart of Istanbul, where the historic area of Istanbul was listed as a UNESCO World Heritage site in 1986. First, visit the Serefiye Cistern, believed to have been built under the reign of Byzantine emperor Theodosius II. It was uncovered under an early 20th century mansion and a municipal building that was constructed in 1950. It was known as Theodosius Cistern in the past, but now it is called Serefiye, meaning the "Goodwill" in Turkish, since 19th century.

    Next, visit the Byzantine Hippodrome, which was one of the largest chariot race grounds of the Byzantine Empire. See the Egyptian Obelisk, Serpentine Column, and the Constantine Column which are remaining from the original Hippodrome.

    One of the greatest buildings in the world: St Sophia Mosque, is your next stop. Built during the reign of Emperor Justinian (AD 537) it remained the greatest church in Christendom until the conquest of Constantinople in 1453.

    Continue to the famous Grand Bazaar, where you will browse and stroll the approximately 64 streets displaying a variety of Turkish handicrafts, oriental carpets, rare jewels and inexpensive souvenirs sold in its small colorful shops before returning to the yacht at the port.

    Notes

    A minimum participation is required to operate all Yachting Land Adventures, and some may have limited capacity. All adventures in the SeaDream Yachting Land Adventures program are subject to change. Final departure times will be published on-board. Order of sights visited may vary to avoid congestion.

    Modest attire is required; when visiting the St. Sophia Mosque, knees, shoulders and midriffs must be covered and women must cover their head with a scarf, which will be provided at the Mosque. Shoes must be removed and shoe bags will be provided for the visit. Professional photography and flash are not allowed. All tours in the Old Town require considerable walking, as it is closed to traffic.

    Duration

    5 hour(s)

    Price

    139 (USD)

    Pre-Book Land Adventure
  • Istanbul - Culinary Backstreet of Istanbul

    Description

    Join this tour of culinary delights while you are in Istanbul.

    Your first stop will be the Spice Bazaar, also known as the Egyptian Bazaar. Built in 1663 and it is still the second largest covered bazaar in Turkey and it is still the best place to buy Turkish delight, dried fruit, exotic herbs and all the spices of the East including cardamom, turmeric, saffron, rose water and much more.

    Then, drive to the modern side of the city; Taksim Square and Istiklal Street. Walk down Istiklal Street through the Beyoglu Farmer Market. Istiklal Street is a pedestrian street formerly known as the Grand Rue de Pera, today the heart of the city's cultural life with various cafés, restaurants, shops, and cinemas.

    Next, you will visit Namli, a gourmet shop and restaurant carrying quality varieties of olive oils, international sauces, cheeses, helva, dried fruit and nuts, meze and other delicacies, as well as deli meats such as pastirma and sucuk. You may enjoy tasting some specialties that are in high demand by locals in the shop.

    Your last stop will be at a baklava shop to indulge in what most locals believe to be the best baklava in all of Turkey. Enjoy dessert of baklava and a Turkish tea tasting before returning to the yacht at the port.

    Notes

    A minimum participation is required to operate all Yachting Land Adventures, and some may have limited capacity. All adventures in the SeaDream Yachting Land Adventures program are subject to change. Final departure times will be published on-board. Order of sights visited may vary to avoid congestion.

    Duration

    4.5 hour(s)

    Price

    149 (USD)

    Pre-Book Land Adventure
  • Istanbul - Sunset Bosphorus Cruise with Cocktails

    Description

    Meet your guide at the pier for an evening out on the town in Istanbul—the only city in the world that is located in both Europe and Asia. View both sides of this marvelous city from an exclusive private boat. Leave the port and travel a short distance to board a boat for a cruise along the shores of the stunning Bosphorus Strait. Enjoy a welcome cocktail while cruising. On the European side, you will see many palaces, historic mansions, and modern villas. Watch for the first intercontinental bridge that connects Europe and Asia. Spot the Dolmabahce Palace, formerly an opulent 19th century Rococo palace, and now a museum. After your experience, you will disembark the boat and return to the port.

    Notes

    Wear comfortable walking shoes and bring a shawl, light jacket. Not suitable for guests using a wheelchair.

    A minimum participation is required to operate all Yachting Land Adventures, and some may have limited capacity. All adventures in the SeaDream Yachting Land Adventures program are subject to change. Final departure times will be published on-board. Order of sights visited may vary to avoid congestion.

    Duration

    2.5 hour(s)

    Price

    179 (USD)

    Pre-Book Land Adventure

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