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Istanbul to Istanbul

ILLUSTRIOUS ISTANBUL | 22 Nights | Departs Jul 29, 2014

Seven Seas Mariner

Seven Seas Mariner
 

Syros, Greece

Ports:

Jul, 29

-Istanbul, Turkey

Jul, 30

-Istanbul, Turkey

Jul, 31

-Ephesus (Kusadasi), Turkey

Aug, 1

-Mykonos, Greece

Aug, 2

-Rhodes, Greece

Aug, 3

-Antalya, Turkey

Aug, 4

-Alanya, Turkey

Aug, 5

-Limassol, Cyprus

Aug, 6

-At Sea

Aug, 7

-Patmos, Greece

Aug, 8

-Athens (Piraeus), Greece

Aug, 9

-Syros, Greece

Aug, 10

-Ephesus (Kusadasi), Turkey

Aug, 11

-Cruise the Bosphorus

Aug, 12

-Sinop, Turkey

Aug, 13

-Trabzon, Turkey

Aug, 14

-Batumi, Georgia

Aug, 15

-At Sea

Aug, 16

-Constanta (Bucharest), Romania

Aug, 17

-Constanta (Bucharest), Romania

Aug, 18

-Nessebur, Bulgaria

Aug, 19

-Istanbul, Turkey

Aug, 20

-Istanbul, Turkey

Syros, Greece-port

Explore off-the-beaten-path Syros, built in an amphitheater style with its narrow alleyways and neoclassical architecture cascading brightly down to the deep blue bay. Visit the prehistoric village of Ano Syros, admiring the view overlooking Ermoupolis. Explore the St. George Catholic Cathedral as well as the 17th and 18th Century monasteries of the Jesuits and Capuchins. Back in Ermoupolis visit the archaeological museum and three fascinating churches – Agios Demetrius, Treis Hierarches and Ag Nikolas. Shop for distinctive souvenirs – a bottle of the famous anise flavored ouzo, silver and gold jewelry and embroidered memorabilia. Admire the Apollo Theatre, a mini reproduction of Milan’s La Scala. Enjoy the local St. Michali cheese, and a glass of Greek wine at one of the many tavernas, or the famous loukoumia, the Syros version of a famous Turkish sweet in this gorgeous setting.

 

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
  • Syros Highlights
    Light Activity /Walking
  • Anos Syros & Scenic Coastal Drive
    Light Activity /Walking
  • Syros Highlights

    Light Activity /Walking
    Duration: 3 1/2 hours
    Tour Code: sys-001
    Price:

    Free

    Enjoy an enlightening driving tour through classic villages and then wander about the capital’s historical center, admiring the architecture and an original El Greco painting.

    Depart from the pier and enjoy a brief drive through the streets of Hermoupolis, the handsome capital of the Cyclades. Arriving at the domed Church of the Assumption, you will see its greatest treasure, an original icon painted by El Greco, which depicts the assent of Mary into heaven. It was found in the church in 1983, although it had been painted more than 450 years before, when the Greek artist was in his mid-20s. You can clearly see his real name, Domenicos Theotokopoulos, signed at the base of the painting’s candelabrum.

    Continuing on across the island of Syros, whose name is derived from an ancient Phoenician word meaning “rocky,” you will drive through several of the southern coastal villages. Each one is a classic in its own way. More natural beauty lies ahead on the island’s western shore, as you pass more picture-perfect villages before returning to Hermoupolis.

    In the historical city center, you will commence a walking tour of notable sights that include the beautiful Orthodox cathedral of Saint Nicolas, the imposing City Hall and 19th-century Apollon Theatre, the first opera house in Greece, which was modeled after Milan’s famed La Scala. Neoclassical mansions are among the most enthralling aspects in the Vaporia district. Following your walking tour, you will return to the pier.

    Please note: This tour includes approximately 2-hours of moderate walking/standing. The tour is not available to wheelchair guests and may not be suitable for those guests with mobility concerns who are cautioned to carefully evaluate their personal level of stamina and ability. Weather appropriate clothing; sun cap; sunglasses; a bottle of water from the ship; and flat, comfortable walking shoes are recommended.

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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