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Venice to Athens (Piraeus)

SCHOLARLY SOJOURN | 20 Nights | Departs Jul 19, 2014

 

Istanbul, Turkey

Istanbul, Turkey-port

Bridging both Europe and Asia Minor, Istanbul is literally where “East meets West.” The city was founded by Constantine the Great and the history of this capital dates back sixteen centuries to the powerful Byzantine and Ottoman Empires. Many of our voyages include overnight stays in this legendary city, allowing more time to explore Istanbul’s highlights. Shop among the winding byways of the Grand Bazaar and the exotic stalls of the Spice Bazaar. Tour the magnificent courtyards of Topkapi Palace, stroll among the treasures of the Blue Mosque with its unique six minarets, then view Dolmabahce Palace, the one-time residence of the sultans. Or you may cruise along the Bosphorus for a unique perspective of the city’s numerous seaside mansions, mosques and palaces.

 

Free Excursions

Regent Choice Excursions

The following Shore Excursions are available for this port on this cruise, and may be reserved beginning 240 days before the cruise begins for guests receiving Concierge amenities, and 180 days before the cruise begins for all other guests. Guests receiving Concierge amenities will receive a 5% discount off of the prices shown below for Regent Choice tours.

  • Light Activity /Walking Light Activity /Walking
  • Seated Tour Seated Tour
  • Moderate Activity/Walking Moderate Activity/Walking
  • Most Active or Strenuous Most Active or Strenuous
  • Minimal Activity Required Minimal Activity Required
  • Regent Choice Regent Choice
  • Meal Meal
  • Evening Tour Evening Tour
  • Bosphorus Sail and Ottoman Yali
    Light Activity /WalkingRegent Choice
  • Magnificent Legacies With Spice Market
    Moderate Activity/Walking
  • Magnificent Legacies With Grand Bazaar
    Moderate Activity/Walking
  • Cruise On the Bosphorus
    Moderate Activity/WalkingMinimal Activity Required
  • Panoramic Istanbul
    Seated TourMinimal Activity Required
  • Topkapi and the Blue Mosque
    Light Activity /Walking
  • Byzantine Highlights of Istanbul
    Light Activity /Walking
  • Dolmabahce and Tea At the Ciragan
    Light Activity /WalkingMeal
  • Istanbul By Night - Open Air Panoramic Tour
    Seated TourMinimal Activity Required
  • Hop On, Hop Off Istanbul City Tour
    Light Activity /WalkingMinimal Activity Required
  • Bosphorus Sail and Ottoman Yali

    Light Activity /Walking Regent Choice
    Duration: 3 hours
    Tour Code: ist-006
    Price:

    $169.00

    Discover the wonderful sites and photo opportunities along the Bosphorus during this splendid yacht cruise, and a tour of a historic waterside mansion.

    The Bosphorus is one of the world's most strategic waterways. It connects the Black Sea to the Mediterranean, and was once described in the writings of Mark Twain. Today, a delightful mixture of views past and present highlights the Bosphorus. During your cruise, you will see giant tankers, little fishing boats, unforgettable castles, towering minarets, the famous Haghia Sophia, and the Blue Mosque. You will also encounter marble palaces, rustic fortresses and modern luxury hotels standing alongside wooden Ottoman villas.

    Along the way, a stop will also be made on the Asian side to visit an Ottoman mansion, or yali, perched on the waterfront. During the Ottoman period, these seaside mansions were also called sahilhane. In the springtime, the mansion's garden becomes a paradise of colors. Its roses, or hekimbasi, were specially developed by Salih Efendi, a former graduate of the first medical school in the Ottoman Empire and the head physician for three sultans.

    During your tour of the mansion, one of the rarest on the Bosphorus, you will marvel at its original furniture and architectural style. You will also meet its present occupants, descendants of Salih Efendi, who died in 1905. The family members will offer you homemade lemonade with dessert before you transfer back to the pier.

    Please note: This Regent Choice tour has limited availability, as the yacht offers a specific maximum number of participants. Guests are encouraged to pre-book early. The yali has three stories and many steps to climb, but no elevator. This tour is not recommended for guests with limited mobility or guests who utilize a wheelchair. The tour will either commence by yacht and return to the ship by coach, or vice versa. Travel by yacht is in one direction only.

Terms & Conditions:

Free Unlimited Shore Excursions are for full fare guests only, capacity controlled and subject to availability. Requested excursions may not be available at time of booking. Supplement will apply on Regent Choice excursions (indicated by the above) and excludes Private Arrangements and all Adventures Ashore programs. In order to ensure quality guides and sufficient transportation, we must provide the tour operator with passenger counts at least 36 hours in advance. Therefore no refunds will be given within 36 hours of tour departure for cancellations or no-shows. Please pay special attention to scheduling and tour lengths when booking your shore excursions. In many cases, it is not possible to participate in more than one tour per day in a given port. Tour Departure times are subject to change so please reference your actual tour ticket for the correct departure time. Tours operate rain or shine. Minor children under 18 years of age must be accompanied by a an adult parent or guardian on all shore excursions. Tours require minimum participation levels to operate so please sign up as early as possible. Tours may be cancelled if minimum participation levels are not met. Prices, Itineraries and General Information shore excursion prices are subject to change to meet unexpected cost increases or currency fluctuations. Please consult the Destination Services Desk onboard for information. During local or national holidays, access to certain facilities (such as museums or archaeological sites) may be limited or denied. In such instances, adjustments will be made to minimize inconvenience to guests. Some tours have limited availability. Tours are generally available for reserving 180 days prior to the beginning of a cruise. Please sign up early to avoid disappointment. Regent Seven Seas Cruises reserves the right to require guests to complete a liability waiver for select shore excursions. For more information, please visit the Destination Services Desk onboard.

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