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Stop in Munich, Germany

We are being transported to Airport with a Royal Caribbean

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Head for Istanbul Airport

Istanbul

No shuttle service will be in operation. The Grand Bazaar is closed on Sundays. Taxis are available in the port. Distance to the city center is approximately 2.5 miles walking distance. Tram station is within walking distance to the city center. In order to take the tram, Turkish Lira will be the only currency accepted.<br style="font-family: UICTFontTextStyleBody; font-size: 17px; line-height: normal; -webkit-text-size-adjust: auto;">Explore Istanbul

Turkey - Electronic Travel Authorization Required - Must Obtain Prior to Trip

Delight in a day spent exploring Istanbul’s most notable Byzantine and Ottoman landmarks before shopping around the city’s famous Grand Bazaar. Visit the Hagia Sophia, which was once a Greek Orthodox basilica and then an imperial mosque, viewing its stunning mosaics and large dome. Tour stunning Topkapi Palace, the royal residence for Ottoman sultans for 400 years, to see holy Muslim relics. Peruse the sprawling Grand Bazaar covered market before watching a Turkish carpet presentation. IBF2

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Istanbul

The only city that is in two continents, Asia and Europe

No shuttle service will be in operation. The Grand Bazaar is closed on Sundays. Taxis are available in the port. Distance to the city center is approximately 2.5 miles walking distance. Tram station is within walking distance to the city center. In order to take the tram, Turkish Lira will be the only currency accepted.

We were told when we arrived in Istanbul for us to stay out of the Gezi Park at Taksim Square area because of a demonstration. It is the anniversary of a protest in 2013 when a total of seven lost their lives. They are protesting against plans to replace Taksim Gezi Park with a shopping Mall.

Nautical Miles from Dubai to Istanbul = 4280

Total Trip Singapore to Istanbul is 8154 Nautical Miles - 9383 Regular Miles

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Athens, Greece

No shuttle service will be in operation as the city of Piraeus is within walking distance. Taxis are available outside the terminal.

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Santorini, Precious Gem of the Aegean Islands

We will be tendered ashore where there will be a Cable Car available to transport you up to the town; ticket prices for the cable car is 5 Euros per person each way (RC doesn't recommend the donkeys). Only Euros are accepted in Greece, no other currency.

Every time I would see an ad for this beautiful Greek Island, Santorini with its blue church domes and white buildings high up on cliffs I wanted to go there. Fate stepped in and Royal Caribbean canceled the port of Cyprus, that had been scheduled when I booked this cruise and substituted Santorini! Our ship anchored in Santorini at 10:00 am and tenders, were provided by the Union Boatman of Santorini, to transport us ashore to the Old Port, Skala Harbor. There are three ways to reach the top of the cliffs and Fira, a cable car, mule ride or hiking up 588 steps (following the same zigzagging path of the messy mules). Actually it turned out for us that there was a forth option that was provided for us by our ship tour, a bus ride up to Fira and continued to the village of Oia. Later in the day we were given tickets for the cable car to return to the port.

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