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Days 6-8: Istanbul & Ephesus | Italy, Turkey and Greek Islands Cruise

On an overnight stay in the beguiling city of Istanbul, you’ll experience the fascinating intersection of Europe and Asia.
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Spend your first day visiting Istanbul’s most important landmarks, like the Hagia Sophia, one of the world’s most important Byzantine structures.

Head inside the nearby Blue Mosque, a stunning structure that dominates the city’s skyline. Marvel at its hand-painted tiles and over 200 stained glass windows featuring intricate floral motifs.

Use your second day in Istanbul to discover the treasures that lie inside the famous Grand Bazaar, one of the oldest and largest markets in the world. Sprawling over 60 streets and featuring over 4,000 shops, you’ll find all kinds of unique souvenirs to take back home.

After a busy morning of shopping, fuel up on Turkish coffee, then head back to the ship before sailing to the next port of call.

On day 8, you’ll arrive in Ephesus, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and the home of one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World.

This ancient Greco-Roman city was unearthed after more than a hundred years of excavation— even so, over 80% of it still remains buried underground.

Walk down its impressively preserved and restored ruins and marvel at the historic architecture.

After a full day of exploration, grab a cocktail on board and cheers to another successful port day.


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