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Western Turkey & Aegean Cruise

Trip Dates: October 10-21, 2023
Trip Cost: Starting at $4,990
Trip Capacity: 40
Registration Deadline: July 15, 2023
Final Payment Deadline: August 15, 2023
Vaccination Requirement: None
Activity Level: Moderate amount of physical activity such as walking up to two miles over uneven surfaces and climbing stairs; not recommended for guests with walking difficulties.
Optional Athens Post Tour: October 21-23, 2023

Trip Overview

The trip includes the following:

Main Program

  • Transfer from Istanbul airport to hotel
  • Istanbul to Izmir domestic flight
  • Two nights at Moevenpick Golden Horn Istanbul*
  • Two nights at Marriott Izmir or equivalent
  • Three nights at Korumar Hotel (sea view rooms) 
  • Three nights on the Celestyal Cruise with an XB/XC standard cabin with twin beds, bathroom with shower, a/c, telephone, hair dryer, safety box, TV, and a window; upgrades available.
  • Unlimited classic beverages aboard cruise
  • Cruise excursions in Patmos, Rhodes, and Athens
  • One night at Airotel Parthenon in Plaka district Athens 
  • Daily breakfasts at the hotels and on the cruise
  • Three lunches during the cruise
  • 11 dinners
  • Private motorcoach with driver on all tours
  • English speaking guide for all tours and tour host on cruise
  • English speaking assistant during transfers to the airport/port
  • Entrance fees to all sites and museums
  • Whisper headsets
  • WiFi on the motorcoach
  • Taxes, parking fees, tolls, driver and guide expenses, and port charges
  • Tips to guides and drivers

* accommodations subject to change

Optional Two Days Extension

  • Visit to Corinth Canal, Cenchrea, Corinth site and museum
  • Two overnights in Athens with breakfast and dinner
  • Half day Athens tour; Plaka and the new Acropolis Museum
  • Free afternoon for shopping and exploring
  • Transfer to Athens airport for departing flights

What Is Not Included

  • International airfare to Istanbul and return from Athens
  • Lunches except while on the cruise
  • Beverages during dinner except while on the cruise
  • Any personal expenses or any item not mentioned above
  • Travel and health insurances (strongly recommended)
  • Turkish visa fee: participants are responsible for checking their own country’s regulations and obtaining visas to Turkey at


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Madelon Maupin

Meet Your Trip Scholar

Madelon Maupin (C’73)

Madelon is a graduate of Principia College and holds a Master's degree from San Francisco Theological Seminary. She provides Bible study resources such as online courses, workbooks, and talks through her company, Bible Roads. She lectured for Princess Cruises as Cultural Historian throughout the Mediterranean and the Middle East, and led groups to Turkey, Greece, Jordan, and Israel. Madelon’s goal is to help others unlock the Bible in a non-denominational way so that they can discover the Scriptures’ spiritual meaning and application to their lives. She is a frequent contributor to both the Christian Science weekly and monthly magazines on the Bible and spirituality, having published 70+ articles. Madelon has served as a member of Principia Lifelong Learning faculty, lecturing at Summer Session and on PLL trips. In 2020, Madelon was the recipient of Principia’s David K. Andrews Distinguished Alumni Award. She currently resides in Newport Beach, CA and Scottsdale, AZ.