Costa Venezia launches new cruises to Greece and Turkey in May

New Costa Venezia cruises to Greece and Turkey are scheduled to begin May 1.

The new itineraries are offered thanks to a unique collaboration between Costa Cruises, Turkish Airlines, the Turkish National Tourism Board and Galataport Istanbul.

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“Our pre-summer restart program is bolstered by a truly unique offering,” said Mario Zanetti, President of Costa Cruises. “The main novelty of Costa Venezia cruises is the possibility of visiting the best of Turkey in a single stay, starting from Istanbul, one of the most beautiful cities in the world. We believe that Turkey has great potential for cruises, and we try Istanbul is accessible from the main European countries in just a few hours of flight, it has good air connections and modern ports, as well as a mild climate that allows it to operate all year round, and above all it offers an incredible variety of experiences and attractions.”


Sunset over the Blue Mosque in Sultanahmet district, Istanbul, Turkey.  (photo via MasterLu/iStock/Getty Images Plus)
Sunset over the Blue Mosque in Sultanahmet district, Istanbul, Turkey. (photo via MasterLu/iStock/Getty Images Plus)

The new Costa Venezia program includes three different round-trip routes from Istanbul. Sailings offer longer stopovers in ports, towns steeped in history, and the chance to visit archaeological and UNESCO World Heritage sites.

Two routes are offered for spring, summer and fall. Cruises begin May 1 and end November 13, 2022. Sailings interchange with each other. The first includes a two-day, one-night stopover in Istanbul, the beautiful Turkish destinations of Izmir and Bodrum, the island of Mykonos and Athens in Greece.

The second includes two stopovers of two days and one night in Istanbul and Kusadasi, in Turkey, before leaving to discover Rhodes and Heraklion, in Greece.

The third route in Turkey will be offered in the winter of 2022-23. The 12-day itinerary sails to Turkey, Egypt, Israel and Cyprus, passing through Istanbul (with a two-day and one-night stopover), Bodrum, Limassol, Haifa (also with a two-day and one-night stopover). night), Alexandria and Kusadasi.

In spring 2023, one-week routes will resume.