The Allure of the Eastern Mediterranean

There has never been a better time for you to discover the allure and warmth of the Eastern Mediterranean. Among the many notable countries of the region, none is quite as unique and exotic as Türkiye (as it is now officially known). It is one of the world's most fascinating countries, filled with captivating landmarks, ports and cities, including Istanbul, the only city in the world that spans two continents.

A popular call on many Seabourn voyages, Istanbul offers you the opportunity to experience 2,000 years of history visiting landmarks including Hagia Sophia, once Christendom's greatest church; the Blue Mosque with its striking Iznik tiles; Topkapi Palace, containing a sultan's ransom of treasures; Chora Church with its Byzantine mosaics; and the Grand Bazaar, the ultimate shopping experience. It is also one of the world’s great cities to approach by sea, with a breathtaking skyline of domes and minarets. Whether you have one day in port, or more, you can experience the best of the city and beyond. From sampling the famously diverse and vibrant flavors of Turkish street food to taking an optional pre- and post-cruise Seabourn Journey exploring UNESCO Istanbul and Cappadocia, you will leave having experienced the full sweep of history and the diversity of cultures few cities in the world embody in such a vivid manner as Istanbul.

Beyond Istanbul, we will be visiting an array of natural and cultural wonders in the region, including:

  • The popular resort town of Çeşme, dominated by a medieval castle and the site of a boutique hotel that was once an Ottoman caravanserai dating from 1528
  • Bodrum, with a picturesque harbor bobbing with traditional wood-varnished sailboats, streets dotted with shops, and the majestic tomb of King Mausolus
  • Kuşadasi, whose old quarter is a picturesque maze of winding streets and houses adorned with flowers and birdcages

A featured experience on many of our voyages is, compliments of Seabourn, An Evening in Ephesus. When the ancient site is closed to visitors, you will be treated as a Seabourn guest to the ultimate private cocktail party in this amazing archaeological wonder. You will enjoy a magical evening with wine, cocktails and canapés while an orchestra plays a repertoire of classical music within the ruins.

We also have voyages to Greece, Croatia, Israel and more, including:

  • Seven-day voyages between Athens and Istanbul to some of the most popular destinations in the Greek Isles and Turkish coast beginning April 17, 2022. Numerous departures through twin itineraries invite combinations with Mykonos and Ephesus in one direction, and Santoríni and Bodrum in the other.
  • Week-long Holy Land voyages between Athens and Haifa (Tel Aviv), the gateway to biblical and historical sites of Israel.
  • Seven-day sailings between Ravenna (Venice) and Athens, visiting charming towns in Greece and along the Adriatic Sea, including the Croatian cities of Dubrovnik and Zadar in one direction and Šibenik and Kotor, Montenegro on the way back.

For a more in-depth experience, you may combine two of our seven-day voyages into a 14-day sailing, further elevating your Seabourn experience and exploring even more of the region, as well as enjoying additional savings.

Among the voyages exploring the bustling culture of the Eastern Mediterranean, this season are:

14-Day Eastern Mediterranean Gems
Seabourn Encore
Round-trip Piraeus (Athens)
May 1, 2022

21-Day Eastern Aegean & Holy Land
Seabourn Encore
Piraeus (Athens) to Haifa (Tel Aviv)
May 1, 2022

7-Day Classic Greek Isles & Ephesus
Seabourn Encore
Piraeus (Athens) to Istanbul
May 1, 2022

14-Day Holy Land & Aegean Jewels
Seabourn Encore
Istanbul to Haifa (Tel Aviv)
May 8, 2022

21-Day Holy Land & Aegean Antiquities
Seabourn Encore
Istanbul to Piraeus (Athens)
May 8, 2022

7-Day Greek Isles & Turquoise Coast
Seabourn Encore
Istanbul to Piraeus (Athens)
May 8, 2022

14-Day Classic Aegean & Holy Land
Seabourn Encore
Round-trip Piraeus (Athens)
May 15, 2022

21-Day Holy Land & Byzantine Gems
Seabourn Encore
Piraeus (Athens) to Istanbul
May 15, 2022

7-Day Greek Isles & Turkish Treasure
Seabourn Encore
Piraeus (Athens) to Haifa (Tel Aviv)
May 15, 2022

14-Day Holy Land & Turkish Gems
Seabourn Encore
Haifa (Tel Aviv) to Istanbul
May 22, 2022

21-Day Eastern Mediterranean Treasures
Seabourn Encore
Haifa (Tel Aviv) to Piraeus (Athens)
May 22, 2022

7-Day Eastern Mediterranean Marvels
Seabourn Encore
Haifa (Tel Aviv) to Piraeus (Athens)
May 22, 2022

View more Eastern Mediterranean voyages on seabourn.com.

For more information about our voyages to Türkiye and the Eastern Mediterranean, please contact a travel advisor, call Seabourn at (800) 929-9391 or visit www.seabourn.com.