Setting sail from Athens, the cradle of Western Civilization, embark on a voyage aboard Sea Cloud II through the turquoise waters of the Aegean to legendary sites of antiquity in Greece and Turkey. Step ashore to discover unspoiled islands, timeless villages, ancient sites, early Christian landmarks, Byzantine monasteries, and fascinating museums displaying excavated treasures. Behold archaeological wonders, including the Bronze Age site at Thira in beautiful Santorini. Sail to the Cycladic island of Amorgos, and see an impressive Byzantine monastery perched on a seaside cliff. Explore sacred Patmos, one of the famous Dodecanese islands, where St. John the Evangelist lived in exile. Head to Turkey for a visit to Ephesus, whose ancient city center showcases a wealth of Hellenistic, Roman Imperial, and early Christian monuments. On the island of Chios, tour the gorgeous 11th-century Monastery of Nea Moni, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Before concluding in Istanbul, venture to fabled Troy, immortalized by Homer. For additional splendors of antiquity, an optional Athens prelude and an optional Istanbul postlude are offered.