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Review: Thomson Celebration

Cruise - Ocean Cruise

Ancient Wonders

  • By SilverTraveller boumeringue

    2 reviews

  • Oct 2012
  • Solo
  • Regular holiday
  • Inside

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The cruise I already referred to (Under Cruises for singles) was called Ancient Wonders and took in Turkey and Greece. The first week was spent in a hotel in Marmaris – I thought it was strange at first to call it a 14 day cruise because of this, but I liked the combination. I stayed at the Selen Hotel, a very pleasant 3 star hotel where the staff were very pleasant and the food plentiful. Pity some English travellers, who were more interested in football and alcohol than into local sites and people, were bringing on disrepute onto the rest of their country fellow men by being rude and unpleasant to the locals. In the second week I was taken to the cruise ship. We sailed in the evening. The next day was spent at sea but the highlight of it was the talk on the Dardanelles, followed by a minute silence, as we sailed through the straight on our way to Istambul. Our Istambul sight offered several coach excursions. I chose one that took us to the Blue Mosque, St Sophia's Museum and the underground water system. Some people, who already knew Istambul, went by themselves, which can be done easily due to an easy tram system and the fact that all the major attractions are in the same area. The following day we stopped at Mytylene,Lesbos and had a leisurely day of shopping, drinking ouzo and swimming in a still warm sea. Being mid October there were few tourists about and you could think the island was yours! Then back to Turkey the next day which what was probably the highlight of the cruise: Epheseus. First we stopped at a place which is said to be Mary's last abode. The feeling there was wonderful: Christians, Muslems and other believers or non believers were praying or collecting themselves together. Then we went to the ruins: what a wonderful site ,improved, if it needed to be, by the presence of numerous cats lying on the ancient columns and having their photograph taken with the statues of gods and emperors! Then it was time for the Greek capital. I was a bit disappointed by the excursions on offer: maybe there is not that much to see in Athens, in comparison with other towns, but the only excursion I thought I would like, and would not be too hard on my feet, was at the archeological museum, where I got bored after a while, and the Plaka, which is a bit pricy. The last day, however, made up for it and was truly "the icing on the cake": the wonderful island of Mykonos, minus the bulk of the tourists! Again we were able to swim, eat at the taverna, take pictured of little girls in their national costumes as it was a special day for the Greeks. And of course: all the friendly cats: one of them followed up even to the beach and sat on our towels. We wanted to bring him back.



It was so difficult coming back to the UK after such a wonderful holiday!

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