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Library of Celsus in the ancient city of Ephesus, a UNESCO World Heritage site in Izmir, Turkey
Beautiful Oia town on Santorini island, Greece
Marina and harbor on the Greek Island of Paros
sunset and whirling at the sea, sufi. sufi whirling (Turkish: Semazen) is a form of Sama or physically active meditation which originated among Sufis.
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Library of Celsus in the ancient city of Ephesus, a UNESCO World Heritage site in Izmir, Turkey
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Crossroads of the Ancient World: Exploring Greece and Turkey

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Lindblad Expeditions-National Geographic and Food & Wine magazine have combined their expertise to deliver a satiating culinary voyage at the crossroads of the world. Sail along the magnificent isles and rocky coastlines of Greece and Turkey, where a mélange of Greek, Roman, Byzantine, and Ottoman influences take us on a fascinating journey through history and cuisine. Encounter glittering marble cities of the ancient past, from Delos to Ephesus; stroll the timeless, whitewashed villages of the Cyclades; and soak up the rhythms of everyday life as you travel age-old trade routes along vibrant Aegean coastlines. A dedicated wine expert joins each voyage to offer insights as we explore the region’s rich terroirs through nightly onboard wine tastings.  

Highlights

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  • Approach Greece and Turkey’s iconic coastal villages from the sea, and swim, kayak, and paddleboard in the surrounding turquoise waters

  • Taste more than 40 of the region’s best wines, sampling bottles personally selected by Food & Wine magazine’s Executive Wine Editor, Ray Isle

  • Experience Ephesus, a UNESCO World Heritage site celebrated as one of the world's best-preserved ancient cities, followed by a mesmerizing performance by whirling dervishes

  • Sample the culinary delights of Naxos during a cooking class and wine tasting, and delve into the intricate rituals surrounding Turkish coffee in Bodrum

  • Sail the sapphire waters of Santorini's volcanic caldera, and go ashore to explore the enchanting village of Oía, with its sugar-cube buildings and world-famous sunsets

  • Receive exclusive guidance from both a National Geographic Photography Expert and Destination Expert on each departure

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duration
11 Days
starts at
Athens, Greece
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11 Days
starts at
Athens, Greece
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Explorations 2024-2026

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