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 was built in 332 B.C. by Alexander the Great. Discover the city’s intriguing past at the Roman Catacombs of Kom El Shuquafa, Pompey’s Pillar, the Roman Theater, and the Citadel of Quait Bay, 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
The ship will dock at Kusadasi, gateway to Ephesus, one of the ancient world’s largest and most important archaeological and religious sites. See the awe-inspiring Library of Celsus, sit in the Great Amphitheater carved from the side of a mountain, and walk in the footsteps of the Apostle Paul.
Day Seven | Friday, May 29
The tiny island of Bozcaada sits off the western coast of Turkey in the Dardanelles Strait that connects the Marmara to the Aegean. This charming port boasts untouched bays with a rich marine life, delightful local culture, significant historical heritage, 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, 16th-century aqueduct, and its old town of Panagia. Spend time in nearby Philippi for its incredible archaeological ruins, including a Roman forum and theater.
Day Eleven | Tuesday, June 2
Modern Volos is tucked along the foothills of Mount Pelion and built on the ancient cities of Demetrias, Pagasae, and Iolkos. To the west of Volos are the ancient settlements of Dimini and Sesklo, both boasting impressive Neolithic ruins. Visit the Archaeological Museum of Volos, see 14th- and 15th-century monasteries atop rocky pinnacles in Meteora, or drive to the hillside village of Makrinitsa with cobbled streets and stunning views of the bay below.
Day Twelve | Wednesday, June 3
The labyrinthine streets of central Mykonos, originally designed to confuse pirates, combined with the salt-white buildings creates a wildly distinct feel. The island boasts a nightlife that rivals any other in the Mediterranean. Tonight, join fellow cruisers for a Hillsdale College farewell reception.
Day Thirteen | Thursday, June 4
Disembark the Regent Seven Seas Voyager for your return flight home.