Turkey & The Greek Isles – 2015
A first in the history of the WOW! Travel Club, we chartered a luxurious, little-known ship that we’d used with fabulous success for a corporate client. The entire experience – including a pre-trip to magical Cappadocia, Turkey – was nothing short of extraordinary. Our intimate group of cruisers and ship’s crew bonded and became forever friends by the second day. Captain Rajko collaborated with us to design a unique itinerary, visiting tiny ports and islands where the big ships don’t go. It was one unforgettable, idyllic summertime week visiting the best of Turkey and the Greek Isles!
- A 3-night pre-trip to this UNESCO World Heritage site in central Turkey with its lunar-like landscape of volcanic terrain and thousand-year-old cities carved into the towers of undulating rock carved by the wind
- We stayed at the luxurious, 5-star Argos of Cappadocia, created from the ruins of a 2,000 year-old monastery which was once a hostel for the camel caravans plying the Silk Road
- We saw the famous “Whirling Dervishes” – and learned about this sacred ritual
- We made traditional Turkish dishes in the kitchen of a private home
- We had a picnic in the countryside, under the olive trees
- Many opted for a magnificent hot-air balloon flight
The Ports of Call
- Istanbul – where expert guides led us on small-group explorations to the museums, mosques and ancient markets of this bustling, cosmopolitan city that straddles two continents
- In tiny Tilos, we wandered around the quiet town and peeked into the Orthodox Church with its doors wide open
- Symi, was a favorite of everyone
- Patmos, with its picturesque hilltop windmills
- UNESCO World Heritage site of Ephesus – where we pulled a “wow” surprise on everyone: in a 3,000 year-old amphitheater the symphony orchestra from Izmir was waiting to surprise everyone with a classical music concert under the stars
The Onboard Experience
- We had only about 60 guests on this luxurious 88-passenger vessel, which has consistently been named “Best of” in every small ship category
- With coffee or champagne in hand, we visited the Bridge at any time – day or night – to watch Captain Rajko, his officers and crew skillfully maneuvered the ship in and out of tiny ports
- We enjoyed a “Zorba” theme dinner on deck – complete with a Bouzouki trio and smashing plates!
- A belly dancer shimmied around our guests during cocktails one evening
- We placed pillow gifts in the staterooms on most nights – sweet surprises!
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