ADVERTORIAL • October 2022
Soak up the enduring appeal of the Mediterranean and beyond – from endlessly reliable sunshine to the well-preserved historic splendour of Unesco World Heritage Sites – with ultra-luxury Seabourn’s handpicked itineraries for summer 2023. The choice of trips across the Mediterranean and the Aegean includes visits to tiny islands and ports that larger ships can’t reach, all wrapped up with exclusive guest experiences
You’ve been welcomed with Champagne, your bath is run, your bar is stocked, your bathroom equipped with exclusive Seabourn toiletries from Molton Brown, and there’s a nightly turn-down service. Yes, an intimate, ultra-luxury hotel or private members’ club is very much the vibe of Seabourn’s all-suite accommodation. But as your suite also happens to be at sea, en route to your next destination, ocean views are assured.
The appeal of summer 2023 trips lies in authentic local travel experiences, including many in dizzyingly beautiful Mediterranean and Aegean locations. Just one of the many tempting itineraries is the seven-night ‘Greek & Turkish Treasures’ trip, which departs Istanbul and crosses the Aegean to Limnos, Çeşme and Bodrum, calling at a sprinkling of paradisical Greek islands – Symi, Santorini (right) and Syros – before arriving at Athens.
Prefer to depart from Athens, and head at a leisurely pace towards Venice? On ‘Greece & Dalmatian Delights’, you’ll visit tiny Monemvasia (right) and Katakolon (for ancient Olympia), then leave Greece to call into Brindisi, gateway to the highlights of Italy’s southern coast ‘boot heel’, before entering the Adriatic to experience the best of Croatia in the form of Dubrovnik and Zadar.
When in Turkey, all Seabourn guests are invited to a decidedly memorable concert at Ephesus. The celebrated ancient site on the country’s west coast is closed to other visitors on the evening, setting the scene for an extraordinary after-dinner experience of a chamber orchestra concert amid spectacular ruins.
If something sportier and more active is your thing, enjoy a Marina Day. Complimentary watersports from a retractable marina allow you to kayak, water-ski or windsurf while anchored in ridiculously photogenic small ports such as at the Greek islands of Spetses and Symi.
Seabourn’s handpicked itineraries combine opportunities to take tiny and lesser-known islands and smaller ports (such as Syracuse, Bandol, Skopelos and Kotor) that larger ships simply cannot reach. The ‘Adriatic & Greek Treasures’ cruise, for example, takes in tiny Šibenik in Croatia and the stunning Kotor fjord (right). Then see Corfu, Kephalonia, Pylos and Nafplion (gateway to Epidaurus and ancient Mycenae), while en route to Athens.
When you’re not supine on a beach or dining on regionally inspired cuisine in on-board restaurants, the summer 2023 trips offer a chance to see the monuments and treasures of celebrated Unesco World Heritage Sites in cities such as Athens and Istanbul, as well as the distinctive architecture of Zadar, Croatia, where different invaders have all left their trace. Shore excursions include the striking limestone trulli houses of Puglia and Corfu’s Mouse Island (right) and Old Town.
An expert Seabourn chef is your guide when you hit the sensory delights of regional markets in destinations including the Turkish coastal town Kuşadası, on the Greek island of Corfu, or in Croatia’s Dubrovnik, Split and elsewhere. You’ll learn how to select the best and freshest ingredients with confidence – a skill for life, as well as fun in the moment.
Despite the top-flight hotel atmosphere, unlike many hotels and clubs, tipping is not required for Seabourn guests. Complimentary premium sprits and fine wines are available on board at all times. And you’ll be able to enjoy your usual with ease, as the bar in your suite will be stocked with your personal favourites.
For details of Seabourn’s one- or two-week itineraries, visit seabourn.com