It’s as if the Gods had intended the Aegean Sea to flourish as an idyll for cruisers, and then made sure it lured them by scattering some of the best islands in the Mediterranean region between Greece and Turkey. In this turquoise arc called the Aegean Sea, the Greek Archipelago occupies 7,500 km of the country’s 16,000-km coastline, offering beaches that stretch many kilometres, sheltered bays and coves, sand dunes, pebble beaches, coastal caves and coastal wetlands.
Turkey too is blessed with majestic mountains and valleys, lakes, rivers, waterfalls and grottoes perfect for winter as well as summer tourism. The country is also a repository of all the civilisations nurtured by the soil of Anatolia. The huge amount of historical and archaeological wealth in Turkey seems more appropriate for an entire continent than a single country.
On Variety’s cruises, you sail to many of the Aegean’s jewels, most of them Greek islands, while a couple of halts in Turkey’s waters present you an opportunity to peep into this country’s rich heritage too.