MEDITERRANEAN CRUISES WITH CTC TURKEY
CTCTurkey is happy to arrange for any cruise itinerary on the Mediterranean, from those offered by the major cruise lines to one of the many island-hopping explorations offered on small ships and sailing vessels unique to our part of the world. Cruise itineraries can also be combined with land arrangements in Turkey, Greece and/or Egypt.
Few vacations offer the cultural wealth and historical beauty of a Mediterranean cruise. Only on a Mediterranean cruise can a traveler sample rich Italian cuisine, browse Turkish ruins and sunbathe on sparkling Greek beaches in the space of a week.
Cruises of the Mediterranean are available year-round, though the most popular departures are offered between April and October. Most vacations range from seven to 14 nights, but some sailings are longer. Ports of call vary depending on your itinerary, but your cruise may include stops in picturesque ports in countries like Turkey, Croatia, Portugal, Spain, France or Italy. Some cruise lines also offer cruise tours, a combination of a Mediterranean cruise and a land tour to Turkey, Greece, Italy, Spain or London and Paris.
Ports of Call
Main Ports of Turkey
Istanbul, Turkey is one of the world's most interesting cities. Cruise
passengers get a striking view of the minaret-pierced skyline as the ship pulls
into port. The treasures are plentiful here; visitors marvel at the great
architectural triumph of the Blue Mosque, the glorious frescoes and mosaics of
the Chora Church and the amazing Grand Bazaar.
Ephesus / Kusadasi
Ephesus was the capital of Asia Minor during the time of the Roman Empire, and
now it is one of the world's most impressive and best-restored archaeological
sites. Walk the marble-paved streets and see the spectacular ruins of the Temple
of Hadrian, the Library of Celsus, the house where the Virgin Mary spent her
last days and the amphitheater where St. Paul once preached. Kusadasi is a
Turkish resort known for its extensive marina and miles of beaches, but it is
famed for the ancient treasures just minutes away: Miletus and its Greco-Roman
theater and Temple of Athena, Didyma and its Temple of Apollo, and the most
glorious of all, the marble city of Ephesus.
Izmir is one part idyllic fishing harbor, one part holiday retreat, filled with
the remains of ancient civilizations. The city lies at the head of a long and
narrow gulf filled by ships and yachts. The constant and refreshing sea breezes
temper the heat of the palm-lined promenades and avenues which follow the
shoreline, and the terraces that climb the surrounding mountains. Visitors in
the summer months will particularly enjoy the International Arts Festival and
the International Fair.
Spread out between two crescent bays, Bodrum exudes an "artsy" ambiance. With
its white houses and flower gardens, it is one of the prettiest resorts on the
South Aegean coast. Bodrum is easy to get around on foot. From the center square
small streets fan out, lined with shops selling arts and crafts, leather,
jewelry and carpets. Artists display their works along the harborfront. There is
also a market offering a variety of clothing and local produce.
The once quaint fishing village of Marmaris has in recent years become a busy
holiday resort. Except for its shoreline development, Marmaris is a small
village, and a short stroll will show you the layout of the downtown section.
The very heart of town is the little plaza next to the ferry dock. Located here
are the customs house, tourism office, currency exchange booths, hotels and the
Located on the Turkish Riviera, Antalya's scenery includes a crescent bay,
cliffs, mountains, palm-lined boulevards and a marina. In the old quarter,
narrow streets and wooden houses huddle against the ancient city walls. The main
square offers fantastic views of the bay and the distant mountain peaks, and it
is home to the town's clock tower.