Michael & Terri Klauber of Gulf Coast Connoisseur Club
August 20 – 30, 2022
GODDESSES, LEGENDS & EMPIRES
Luxury Ocean Cruise from Athens to Istanbul aboard Regent Seven Seas Explorer
So much about a country and culture is expressed through its cuisine! Traveling with Michael and Terri Klauber and the Gulf Coast Connoisseur Club grants you unique access to the local chefs, artisans, curators and vintners on this port-intensive itinerary to the Ancient Empire through the Mediterranean. The Regent Seven Seas Explorer is the world’s most luxurious ship and is Michael & Terri’s favorite!
Embarking in Athens, discover the “Cradle of Western Civilization”. Witness the dramatic views of classic whitewashed houses in Santorini. Travel back in time through Europe’s classical metropolis, Ephesus, one of the largest cities in all of the Roman Empire, boasting one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World.
Prepare to be wined and dined beyond your wildest dreams with the many GCCC Exclusive Events. Peppered throughout the itinerary, you will have the chance to explore the Greek and Mediterranean culinary traditions, which date back thousands of years and have evolved over time to incorporate so many diverse influences!
Pre- and post-trip add-on options will make your journey complete!
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Embarkation: Athens, Greece
August 20, 2022 – Athens, Greece Embarkation 9:00 pm Piraeus is the gateway to the ancient city of Athens, known as the “Cradle of Western Civilization” because of its immense impact on cultural and political achievements throughout the world. Due mainly to tourism and the 2004 Olympics, Greece has redeveloped many sites in Athens. A historian’s delight, Athens is home to such magnificent wonders as: the Acropolis, the Parthenon, the atmospheric winding streets of the Plaka, Temple of Olympian Zeus and Temple of Athena Nike, and the Archaeological Museum with the world’s finest collection of ancient artifacts.
August 21, 2022 Mykonos, Greece – Steeped in Greek mythological history, Mykonos was named after Apollo’s grandson, Mykons, and was the location of the grand battle between Zeus and the Gigantes. Today, this island is one of Greece’s most adored destinations due to its picture- postcard setting and growing nightlife. Mykonos is a superb example of Cycladic architecture, and by law even new buildings have to be built in the same style of whitewashed, organic, cube-like buildings. Be sure to plan a day trip to take in picturesque Little Venice, the unique Paraportiani church, and the archeological dig at Delos.
August 22, 2022 – Santorini, Greece – With dramatic views of classic whitewashed houses clinging perilously to the side of the caldera and stunning beaches of white and red sand or black pebbles, it’s no wonder this may be the most photographed scenery in the world. Visit Ancient Akrotiri, the archeological site of a town frozen in time by ash from an eruption 3,600 years ago. Also worth a day trip is the Volcano of Santorini Palea (old) Kameni and Nea (new) Kameni , two small islands of black lava positioned in the centre of the basin of Santorini.
August 23, 2022 Crete, Greece – Visit the great Minoan ruins of the Palace of Knossos, famous as the home of the labyrinth where the Minotaur roamed, and the Archaeological Museum housing many superb artifacts from the complex. Explore the stunning mountain-fringed Lassithi plateau with its orchards, 7000 windmills and ancient villages. Take home fine reproduction Minoan pottery, a traditional Cretan knife, local embroidery, hand-woven rugs, gold and silver jewelry. Relax over a dish of hearty moussaka or delicious souvlaki in a taverna, washed down with local wine or beer.
August 24, 2022 Bodrum, Turkey – Located in the southwestern corner of Anatolia, Bodrum is a seacoast town in which sleek yachts are anchored in twin bays beneath the walls of a medieval Crusaders’ castle. The town owes its fame to a man long dead (Mausolus) and his famous “Mausoleum,” one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World. Bodrum’s other claim to fame comes from Herodotus, the “Father of History,” and the first person to write a comprehensive world history of the West.
Aboard Regent Explorer
Seven Seas Explorer is stunning, with art by Pablo Picasso on the walls and a vivid cobalt-blue glass installation on the ceiling in the elegant restaurant Compass Rose. See for yourself how every space is designed to impress.
Regent is your consummate host. We deliver the pinnacle of ocean cruising, with every luxury included, knowing your delight is in the details. Whether you seek a quiet night alone, are looking to socialize or are simply excited to explore our world, we look forward to welcoming you aboard.
Regent Seven Seas Cruises takes pride in creating dining experiences that are simply superb. From succulent lobster to the perfect burger and shake, you’ll find an array of refined flavors and refreshments from which to choose.
Regent Seven Sea Cruises offers an in-suite experience like no other at sea. Every suite has spacious closets, high-end finishes, relaxing Elite Slumber™ beds and private balconies.
August 25, 2022 Antalya, Turkey – Discover this delightful ancient town and its many treasures, from the superb artifacts in the museum to Ottoman mansions, Byzantine churches and mosques, Hadrian’s Gate, and the ancient Roman harbor now restored and alive with cafés and pleasure boats. Or head for the magnificent ruins of Perge and Aspendos and imagine the history of these cities, from Alexander to St. Paul, the Romans and Arabs. Stand in awe of the huge Roman theater and the crumbling aqueduct. Look for local handicrafts in the old town including carpets, copper ware, jewelry, leather goods and textiles. Try some kebabs, stuffed grape leaves called dolmas and a local dessert called beurrek, a cheese filled pastry. Enjoy a cup of Turkish coffee, a local beer or glass of wine with any of these for a delicious light meal or snack.
August 26, 2022 Rhodes, Greece – Renowned as the site of the former Colossus of Rhodes, one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World, Rhodes was home to the Knights of St. John from the 12th to 16th centuries. Their famous Palace of the Grand Masters remains a “must-see,” as are many of the inns occupied by the Crusaders and the replica of the old church. For a more in-depth look at the city, visitors can take in the Archeological where the Acropolis of Rhodes and the ancient stadium offer perfect photo opportunities.
August 27, 2022 Ephesus (Kusadasi), Turkey – Europe’s classical metropolis, Ephesus, was one of the largest cities in all of the Roman Empire, boasting one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World, the Temple of Artemis. Explore the ruins of its massive Theater, the Temple of Hadrian and the magnificent Celsus Library.
August 28, 2022 Pergamum (Dikili), Turkey – Ancient history meets modern cable cars in Pergamum, one of Turkey’s most important archaeological destinations. Standing on a hilltop far above modern Pergamum, you’ll have spectacular views as you tour the Acropolis, a magnificent collection of monuments including an altar likely dedicated to Zeus and Athena and a hillside theater that once accommodated 10,000. After a day spent time traveling, stop in a local restaurant for kofte – spicy meatballs – and eggplant sautéed in olive oil. You might also head south to Izmir to shop for textiles, rugs and jewelry at Kemeralti Market, or stay closer to port and enjoy the golden beaches of Dikili.
August 29 – 30, 2022 – Istanbul, Turkey – Once serving as the capital of the Ottoman and Byzantine Empires, Istanbul today offers impressive architecture, historic sites, dining, shopping, nightlife and exotic atmosphere. Spend time in the Old City to explore renowned places, like the Hagia Sophia, Blue Mosque and Topkapi Palace.
Disembarkation begins in the morning of August 30, 2022
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A $50 per person Admiral Travel booking fee will apply.
All-Inclusive Cruise Fares include
- Business Class Air* on All Intercontinental Flights with Transfers Between Airport and Ship,
- Unlimited Shore Excursions
- Unlimited Beverages Including Fine Wines and Premium Spirits
- Open Bars and Lounges Plus In-Suite Mini-Bar Replenished Daily
- Pre-Paid Gratuities
- Specialty Restaurants
- Unlimited WiFi