The Pleasures of an Aegean Cruise

The advantages of an Aegean cruise are obvious aren’t they?  The opportunity to visit multiple cities and the world’s greatest treasures in a relatively short time.  Unpacking just once – that is true luxury, isn’t it?  All that wonderful food and entertainment.  The ability to do as much or as little as you like.  But a cruise on the glorious, blue Aegean Sea visiting Greece and her Islands, along with wonderful Turkey offers just so much more for the curious traveller.

Turkish flag flying near the Topkapi Palace

Turkish pride on display

I love the idea of travelling in a modern cruise ship around the cradle of civilisation.  History and unmissable sites are brought to you each day.  From the majesty of Ephesus and its stunning Library of Celsus (that I’m personally desperate to see) to the Acropolis in Athens, new sites, new sounds and new experiences will greet you each day.  On an Aegean cruise, the ancient world comes direct to you.

But an Aegean cruise isn’t all antiquities and ruins.  When you cruise among the Greek Islands, and the beautiful Turkish coast you have the opportunity to explore architecture from all the ages.  Visiting Rhodes alone will reward the cruise (and architecture) enthusiast with a fusion of Gothic, Byzantine, Greek and Middle Eastern architecture.

I love the idea of an Aegean cruise because of two of my favourite European cities – Athens, and Istanbul.

In Athens I thoroughly recommend a visit to the Monastiraki area, a 10minute stroll from Syntagma Square.  Home to trendy bars and restaurants, it has a fun and very non-touristy vibe.  While it’s a little harder to find, a walk around the Anofiotika area at the foot of the Acropolis takes you back to your Greek Islands cruise – right in the middle of Athens!

For me, Istanbul is all about the sea.  Regardless of your schedule, make sure you are awake and outside to watch the city as you cruise up the Sea of Marmaris and into the Bosphorus.  There really is nothing like a cruise in Istanbul – and on a cruise ship you have a front row seat.  Get a taste of what is in store for your day in Istanbul by picking out the “big three” sites as you cruise up the Bosphorus.  The Blue Mosque, Hagia Sophia and The Topkapi Palace are a must do during any shore excursion.

Then of course, there’s the beauty of nature itself.  The Aegean Sea is a star of the show in its own right – so blue, so clean, so photogenic.  Sunrises and sunsets each more stunning than the last.  And you get to enjoy it every day.

An Aegean cruise is a marvellous way to spend your valuable holiday time.  I know you will love it!

Thanks to Thomson Cruises for inspiration.

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4 Comments on “The Pleasures of an Aegean Cruise”

  1. Ryan Biddulph 22/01/2015 at 3:18 am #

    The Aegean Sea looks beyond gorgeous. So blue and so pristine. Thanks for the share, plenty of cruise benefits here 😉

    Ryan

  2. Tim 24/01/2015 at 11:44 am #

    I have never taken a cruise but your points are well taken. I spent a lot of time in the Aegean and its beauty is stunning.

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