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    Relive the glory days of ancient Greece in the ruins of the Parthenon, which has lorded over Athenzs for nearly 2,500 years. Explore the sacred sites of Jerusalem and uncover its profound religious significance. Follow in the footsteps of the Knights of St. John, who built Valletta in the mid-16th century. Tour the remains of Histria, the oldest and largest archaeological site in Romania. All the while, enjoy a bounty of modern luxuries.
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GREEK ISLES & EASTERN MEDITERRANEAN

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Ancient Empires

Ancient Empires

15-day Cruise from Rome to Rome onboard Riviera

HISTORIC JOURNEY Across the Mediterranean, the story of the rise and fall of great empires is told in the art and artifacts of its great cities and islands. The Colosseum in Rome was the Roman Empire’s largest amphitheater, a symbol of the magnificence of this mighty world power, and ancient Greek ruins can be found across the island of Sicily. The Pyramids of Giza outside Cairo are the only remaining monuments of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World, and Acre on Haifa Bay was the headquarters of the Knights Hospitallers of St. John during the Crusades. The centuries unfold at each new destination on this remarkable journey through time.

Footsteps of Discovery

Footsteps of Discovery

21-day Cruise from Istanbul to Dubai onboard Nautica

ANCIENT WONDERS The perfect blend of relaxing days at sea and fascinating ports of call, this 21-day voyage of discovery offers a remarkable look at civilization through the ages and the extraordinary feats of mankind. The Hagia Sophia in Istanbul has a total of 104 columns, including columns brought from Egypt and the Temple of Artemis in Ephesus. One of the most important structures in Islamic architecture, the Dome of the Rock was built on the Temple Mount in the Old City of Jerusalem in 691 AD, and the Ancient Egyptian City of Thebes in Luxor is a striking look at Egyptian civilization at its peak.

Historic Holy Lands

Historic Holy Lands

10-day Cruise from Istanbul to Athens onboard Riviera

The significant shift from a nomadic way of life to civilizations based on agriculture and urban settlements gave rise to mighty empires that expanded across the globe. Trace the origins of these ancient civilizations, their sacred lands and the impact they had on world history. The excavated remains of the 4th century BC Doric temple of Athena Lindia on Rhodes are emblematic of the power of ancient myth in this region. Built in 330 AD, the Church of the Nativity in Bethlehem near Jerusalem is the oldest church in the Holy Land still in use today. The main port for crusaders in the 12th century, the city of Acre on Haifa Bay has a history dating back 4,000 years.

Greek & Turkish Classics

Greek & Turkish Classics

10-day Cruise from Athens to Istanbul onboard Insignia

HISTORY OF EMPIRES | Once united under the reign of great empires, Turkey and Greece share an extraordinary link to the history of civilization. First inhabited in 6500 BC, Corinth is a truly remarkable excavation site near Nauplion with remnants of thousands of years of history. Occupied since Neolithic times, Chania’s Old Town is remarkably well preserved and is one of the more beautiful urban areas on Crete. The top rows of the Greek theater in Caunos, an archaeological site near Marmaris, provide excellent views of the giant lake that borders these ancient ruins. Once called the “Garden of the Empire,” the fertile island of Lesbos was home to the Philosophical Academy where Epicurus and Aristotle once taught. · Enjoy panoramic views of St. Paul’s Bay from the ancient Acropolis of Lindos on the island of Rhodes · In Kusadasi, the House of the Virgin Mary is said to be where St. John the Apostle brought Mary after the death of Christ · In 460 BC, Hippocrates, the father of medicine, was born on the Greek island of Kos · Originally completed in 537 AD and now a museum, the incredible Hagia Sophia in Istanbul is considered by many art historians to be the eighth wonder of the world

Sea of Antiquity

Sea of Antiquity

12-day Cruise from Rome to Istanbul onboard Nautica

TREASURES OF THE PAST The ancient ruins of the Roman Forum were previously the center of public life in Rome for centuries, and the Byzantine and Ottoman empires left an array of spectacular temples, mosques and palaces in Istanbul. Life at the height of the Roman Empire is captured in a single harrowing moment in Pompeii, a city near Sorrento that was preserved in volcanic ash for hundreds of years, and on Sardinia the scattered remains of villages dating from the Bronze Age decorate the island. The 4,800-year-old temple Hagar Qim is a beautifully reserved example of the massive scale of Malta’s ancient limestone temples, and the medieval castle of Skiathos was strategically built on a rocky cliff overlooking the Aegean.