What an Epic Odyssey to Greece and Turkey Looks Like: Ancient Wonders and Mediterranean Cuisine

As a solo traveler, I organized independent stays in the capitals of Athens and Istanbul where I could rely on public transport and Uber to get around efficiently.

In Athens, staying in the old town district of Plaka or one of the swanky boutique hotels in the adjacent Psyrri neighborhood will put you within walking distance of many of the city’s main sights and bustling dining establishments. downtown.

In Istanbul, I enjoyed my stay at the W Istanbul hotel, which is located along a stretch of beautifully restored historic houses that have been transformed into trendy restaurants, cafes, and art galleries. It is also within walking distance of the bustling Besiktas district, known for its popular fish market, local restaurants and bustling bazaar for bargain hunters. Plus, just a 10-minute Uber ride away is the super-hip shopping district of Nisantasi, where the usual luxury brands sit alongside local Turkish designer outlets like multi-brand boutiques Gizia and Openhaus.

But I also wanted to travel further afield to fascinating destinations that had long been on my to-do list, like Ephseus in Turkey and Philippi in Greece.

So, to take the hassle out of navigating between cities and having to pack my bags every other day, I opted to travel via a “floating hotel” – the Regent Seven Seas Explorer cruise ship. Incidentally, the ship will make its maiden voyage to Asia-Pacific in December.