Day One | Saturday, May 23
Embark on board the Regent Seven Seas Voyager and join fellow cruisers for a Hillsdale College welcome reception.
Days Two–Three | Sunday, May 24–Monday, May 25
In this land of miracles, tour options include Jerusalem and the walled Old City, the legendary town of Bethlehem, breathtaking Masada and the Dead Sea, the Bahia Gardens of Haifa, Nazareth and the Sea of Galilee, Mount Carmel, Cana Tabgha, and the Mount of the Beatitudes. Or head off the beaten track to Safed for a Kibbutz visit.
Day Four | Tuesday, May 26
The city and harbor were built in 332 B.C. by Alexander the Great. Explore the Roman Catacombs of Kom El Shuquafa, Pompey’s Pillar, the Roman Theater, and the Citadel of Qaitbay, built on the foundation of the ancient Pharos Lighthouse, one of the Seven Wonders of the ancient world.
Day Five | Wednesday, May 27
Enjoy Hillsdale College seminars-at-sea, as well as the luxurious amenities of the Regent Seven Seas Voyager.
Day Six | Thursday, May 28
Kusadasi is a gateway to Ephesus, one of the world’s largest and most important archaeological and religious sites. See the awe-inspiring Library of Celsus, sit in the Great Amphitheater, and walk in the footsteps of the Apostle Paul.
Day Seven | Friday, May 29
Bozcaada sits off the western coast of Turkey in the Dardanelles Strait. This charming island boasts beautiful bays, sandy beaches, cobblestone streets, traditional tavernas, and world-class wine.
Days Eight–Nine | Saturday, May 30–Sunday, May 31
Istanbul, which bridges Europe and Asia Minor, was founded as Constantinople by Constantine the Great in 330 A.D. It served as the capital of Byzantium until it was conquered by the Ottoman Empire in 1453. Must-see attractions in Istanbul include the Blue Mosque, Topkapi Palace, Hagia Sophia, Hippodrome, underground cisterns, and the Grand Bazaar.
Day Ten | Monday, June 1
Explore Kavala, once part of the Byzantine Empire and now the second largest city in northern Greece. Its numerous historical sites include a Byzantine castle, a 16th-century aqueduct, and the old town of Panagia. Visit nearby Philippi and see its incredible archaeological ruins, including a Roman forum and theater.
Day Eleven | Tuesday, June 2
Volos sits in the foothills of Mount Pelion and is built on the area of the ancient cities of Demetrias, Pagasae, and Iolkos. Nearby are the ancient settlements of Dimini and Sesklo, the Archaeological Museum, and the picturesque hillside village of Makrinitsa.
Day Twelve | Wednesday, June 3
Mykonos, one of the Cyclades islands, features white-washed buildings, a charming waterfront, and famous windmills. Its narrow and labyrinthine central streets were originally designed to confuse pirates. Join fellow cruisers this evening for a Hillsdale College farewell reception.
Day Thirteen | Thursday, June 4
Disembark from the Regent Seven Seas Voyager for your return flight home.