Magnificent Athens combines the fascinations of the ancient world with unique modern architecture.
Syros is an important island in the Cyclades, but rather off the tourist map. Just the sort of place we like. The town (named for Hermes) is the capital of the island group, and its airy Miaouli Plaza is a wonderful, palm-lined place to sit in a cafe and have a drink. The medieval Venetian village of Ano Syros crowns a hilltop nearby. Wander the narrow, cobblestone streets to the impressive 13th-century Agios Georgios church. Back in town, the Eastern Orthodox Church of the Assumption holds an icon by the Greek painter known as El Greco. A small archeological museum has some very fine Cycladic figures, and the Ermoupolis Industrial Museum recounts the island legacy of shipbuilding and other occupations.
Today Bodrum is a picturesque yacht harbor filled with traditional wood-varnished sailboats, charming outdoor cafes and streets bursting with small shops selling carpets, leatherwear, jewelry and local artwork. In antiquity, it was the site of ancient Halicarnassus. Under King Mausolus, the city prospered, and in death, the king left the city its most enduring legacy, his majestic tomb, from which we derive the term "mausoleum." Only its massive foundations remain today but it was the largest tomb ever built by the Greeks and one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World. Models on the site recreate its form for visitors. Alexander the Great attacked the city in 334 BC, leveling all but the Mausoleum, which was later destroyed by an earthquake. When the Knights of St. John lost their castle in Smyrna in 1402, they came here. Finding the mausoleum in ruins, they used the stone to construct the Castle of St. Peter, which proudly stood sentinel to the city. Together with their fortifications on Kos and Rhodes, the Knights dominated the southeastern Aegean, running a hospital for passing pilgrims and ruling the seas as privateers in swift vessels. They remained until 1523, when Ottoman ruler, Suleyman the Magnificent, conquered Rhodes and the Knights' position became untenable. The castle still dominates the harbor and houses an archeological museum.
The magnificent Aegean coast features no shortage of appealing ports of call, and Izmir is a fine example thereof. The birthplace of Homer has grown into a thriving metropolis, filled with fine hotels along its sweeping bay. A fine Archaeology Museum and Ethnography Museum house a multitude of treasures and exhibits, while nearby resorts provide distractions of another sort. Earthquakes and fires over the centuries have obliterated most of ancient Smyrna, as it was once known, but remnants of the 4th-century fort atop Mt. Pagos still provide excellent views of the city and Gulf of Izmir.
This tiny island 12 miles off the Turkish coast embodies the ideal of the “hidden gem.” Its harbor is dominated by a sprawling crenelated fortress with Byzantine, Venetian, Genoese and Ottoman provenance. Its compact town invites visitors to explore winding cobblestone streets with no other objective than to immerse themselves in the antique atmosphere. There is no compelling attraction here other than the picturesque, but unpretentious charm of a quiet, unspoiled haven. Its small museum is the creation of a loving amateur, Hakan Guruney, who often personally leads visitors through his collection of objects and memorabilia recollecting his island’s, and in many ways his nation’s history. Much of the island’s fifteen square miles is dedicated to vineyards producing both red and white varietals. Ayazma beach offers clear water, although freshwater springs keep the water chilly even in the summer heat. At the peninsular Polente Feneri, a white lighthouse is guarded by a picket of modern, three-bladed windmills. Local flavors worth tasting are red poppy syrup and a luscious tomato jam you won’t find anywhere else.
Istanbul unveils its rich history at every turn, while its vibrant present is just as much of a draw for visitors.
The “green island” of the Northern Sporades is nearly half covered in pine forest. According to mythology, it was created by Dionysus, and in ancient times was famous for its wines, a heritage of settlers from Crete. Wine production is greatly reduced now, after a disastrous phyloxera infestation in the 1940s. Much of the coast consists of steep cliffs, though the island does have a few beaches. Atop one of these cliffs stands the chapel of Agios Ioannis, which was the location for the wedding scene in the film “Mamma Mia.” The port town of Skopelos, or Chora, is famous for its protected stock of traditional Pelion-style houses. The Folklore Museum houses many artifacts from the local culture. Agios Athanasios church, from the 11th century, is just one of the islands 360 churches, although many are either privately owned or closed. There are some interesting Byzantine monasteries however. Beekeeping is popular on Skopelos, and flower or pine honey makes a nice souvenir. The Sporades are a main breeding area for the endangered Mediterranean monk seals.
Look down on the deep blue waters of the four-mile-wide lagoon from an amphitheatre of whitewashed dwellings perched atop the caldera’s precipice.
Nicknamed “The Isle of the Aromas”, Spetsai is a delight to all of the senses. The island’s historic old town is a yachtsman’s paradise, boasting a stunning harbor, quaint shops and some of the finest restaurants in the Saronic Gulf. The rest of the island is relatively unpopulated and is ringed by a single road, along which you can travel in a horse-drawn carriage. As you pass by quiet, rolling hills, be sure to pause at one of the many quiet coves along the way to refresh yourself with a dip into the cerulean waters.
Magnificent Athens combines the fascinations of the ancient world with unique modern architecture.
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Total inside space of between 246 and 302 square feet (23 and 28 square meters) plus one veranda of between 68 and 83 square feet (6 and 7 square meters) Guaranteed Suite: For this option we select the location and specific suite for you, and notify you prior to departure. Guests are guaranteed to be assigned a suite in the category selected or higher. All Veranda Suites feature A full-length window Glass door to private veranda Comfortable living area Queen-size bed or two twin beds Dining table for two Walk-in closet Interactive flat-screen television with music and movies Fully stocked bar and refrigerator Makeup vanity Spacious bathroom with separate tub and shower *Wheelchair accessible suites are roll-in shower only.
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Located on Deck 7, 8, 9 and 10; total inside space of between 576 and 597 square feet (54 and 55 square meters) plus veranda of between 142 and 778 square feet (13 and 72 square meters). Owner's Suites feature: Expansive ocean views Forward-facing windows Dining for four to six Bathroom with whirlpool bathtub Guest bath Pantry with wet bar Two flat-screen TVs Complimentary Internet/Wi-Fi service. *Wheelchair accessible suites are roll-in shower only.
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Located on Deck 10 and 11; total inside space of between 449 and 450 square feet (42 square meters) plus one veranda of between 93 and 103 square feet (9 and 10 square meters) All Penthouse Suites feature: Dining table for two to four Separate bedroom Glass door to veranda Two flat-screen TVs Fully stocked bar Spacious bathroom with tub, shower and large vanity
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Penthouse Spa Suite Located on Deck 11; total inside space of between 639 and 677 square feet (59 and 63 square meters) plus veranda of between 254 and 288 square feet (24 and 27 square meters) All Penthouse Spa Suites feature Dining table for two to four Separate bedroom Glass door to veranda Two flat-screen TVs Fully stocked bar Spacious bathroom with tub, shower and large vanity
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Located on Deck 8; forward suites 800 and 801 inside space of approximately 977 square feet of inside space (90 square meters), plus one veranda of 960 square feet (89 square meters). Signature Suites feature Expansive ocean views Forward-facing windows Dining for four to six Bathroom with whirlpool bathtub Guest bath Pantry with wet bar Two flat-screen TVs Complimentary Internet/Wi-Fi service
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Located on Deck 8; mid-ship suites 846 and 849 inside space of 989 square feet (92 square meters) plus one veranda of 197 square feet (18 square meters) Wintergarden Suites feature: Large windows Dining for six Whirlpool bathtub Guest bath Convertible sofa bed for one Pantry with wet bar Glass-enclosed solarium with tub and day bed Two closets Two flat-screen TVs Complimentary Internet/Wi-Fi service.
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Located on Deck 8; Combine mid-ship suites 849 and 851 for suite 8491 or suites 846 and 848 for suite 8468 for a total inside space of 1,292 square feet (120 square meters) plus two verandas totaling 244 square feet (23 square meters) Grand Wintergarden Suites feature Large windows Dining for six Glass-enclosed solarium with tub and day bed Two bedrooms Two bathrooms (one whirlpool) Convertible sofa bed for one Pantry with wet bar Two flat-screen TVs Complimentary Internet/Wi-Fi service
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Located on Deck 7, 8, 9 and 10; total inside space of between 576 and 597 square feet (54 and 55 square meters) plus veranda of between 142 and 778 square feet (13 and 72 square meters). Owner's Suites feature: Expansive ocean views Forward-facing windows Dining for four to six Bathroom with whirlpool bathtub Guest bath Pantry with wet bar Two flat-screen TVs Complimentary Internet/Wi-Fi service.
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