This is a novelty in the organized holidays, which marked the collaboration between Costa Cruises, Galataport Istanbul, Turkish Airlines, and the Turkish National Tourist Board.
The “flight+cruise” package is available from the European countries, with scheduled Turkish Airlines flights, making it possible to reach Istanbul and then embark onboard Costa Venezia from the new Galataport terminal, equipped with the comforts for the next generation of ships.
Costa Venezia’s program in Turkey features 3 different itineraries, all with embarkation/disembarkation in Istanbul, designed to provide longer calls in the ports in order to enjoy the destinations with plenty of time, among sites rich in history, crystal clear seas, archaeological and UNESCO World Heritage sites.
From May 1 through to November 13, 2022, Costa Venezia will offer a couple of week-long itineraries dedicated to Turkey and Greece, which can be combined into a 15-day “super tour”, with 8 port calls longer than 10 hours.
The first itinerary explores the best of Turkey and Greece in a single holiday. It features a 2-day, 1-night call in Istanbul, Izmir and Bodrum in Turkey, along with the island of Mykonos and Piraeus-Athens in Greece.
The second itinerary allows exploring some out-of-the-ordinary locations in Greece and the best of Turkey. It features a couple of 2-day, 1-night calls in Istanbul and Kusadasi (Ephesus) in Turkey, prior to heading off to Rhodes and Heraklion in Greece.
In winter 2022-2023, Costa Venezia will offer a third 12-day itinerary to Turkey, Egypt, Israel & Cyprus, visiting Istanbul (with a 2-day, 1-night call), Bodrum, Limassol, Haifa-Tel Aviv (with a 2-day, 1-night call), Alexandria and Kusadasi.
From spring 2023, the 2 itineraries in Turkey and Greece are expected to resume.