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Sailing to Byzantium”:a journey like no other
-Dive headlong into the glorious bygone Age of Byzantine Splendor
Reserve your space on board the sailboat Koulaki to experience the trip of a lifetime on a guided tour through ancient Byzantium.
Along the way Visit and explore the isles of the Aegean sea which influenced and were influenced by the Byzantine empire in a thorough guided exploration of the Greek legacy in The Aegean basin and Asia Minor.
“SAILING TO BYZANTIUM” 1 (hotel) (May 1 – May 11)
Were in for a exquisite treat: Our Guide will be esteemed period Author Anastasia “Topsy” Douris.
You must be of the first nine to reserve a cabin on the Koulaki for the first 7 nights of the 11 day trip –or specify that you would like hotel accomodations throughout the voyage the Their will be 21 spaces available total 12 spaces for hotel travel the entire voyage. All expenses will be paid within the budget of the tour company.
Our group ventures to visit 8 significant islands in six days with guided walks of the Byzantine remains of castles, ancient cobbled roads, churches and monasteries found on the islands of Santorini – Naxos – Paros – Siros – Tinos – Mikonos – Ikaria and Patmos before touching down at the site of the Fortress guarding the last stop on the Silk Road of Asia where the fantasy and adventure goes into overdrive. We will visit and tour the seven ancient churches of the Apocalypse from the earliest era Of Chrystendom .. and along the way stop and tour the magical white stalagtites and bluffs of the cotton Palace on the river Pamukkale at the base of the Ancient city of Hierapolis, we will also stop in Assos along the coast of the Famous Dardanelles to be awestruck by the ancient ruins that dominate the landscape. Shortly after we will stop and Ponder the most famous War between Priam and Menelaos And see where the Trojan Horse Crossed the tragic Citadel and where Achilles met his fatal blow on the vulnerable heel by the arrow loosed by the bow of young Paris .. yes we will stop in the Sun Worshipping city of Troy to behold the spectacle that plays out in our imaginations.. After this we are off to our final destination the ancient Capital of Byzantium once converted from Paganism by Emperor Constantine the Great into the Cultural and influential Center of Christianity. Our first stop at the heights of the Byzantine Acropolis of Constantinople modern Day marvel as the museum palace Topkapi overlooking the city of Istambul.. and tour the remains of the jewel of Christendom the majestic Aghia Sophia Cathedral Built in the 5 th century in an unthinkable three years time during the prosperous reign of Justinian right before the Bubonic Plague wiped out and wobbled the Christian empire after this we will return to the waterways to take a cruise along the Bosporus Strait which once thrived with trade from the silk road where we can relax and reflect on our journey while alternating our glance from the shores of the European Continent to Asian shores before continuing on our life’s journey we will eat at a local restaurant as a group to tie our goodbyes with well wishing and memories…