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September 23 – October 3, 2023

A Voyage From Istanbul to Cyprus Exploring the Greek Islands and Coastal Turkey Aboard the New Expedition Cruise Ship Diana

Dear Friends,

We are delighted to invite you to join Karen Armstrong on this remarkable voyage in the fabled Aegean Sea and eastern Mediterranean, through lands that have seen the rise and fall of great empires and that have also been central to the history of Judaism, Christianity, and Islam.

Beginning in Istanbul, ancient Byzantium, which Emperor Constantine renamed after himself and designated the new capital of the Roman Empire, we make our way through the Sea of Marmara to visit the storied ruins of Troy before calling in Chios to discover the 11th-century Byzantine monastery of Nea Moni. Continuing along the Turkish coast and the route of Alexander the Great’s early conquests, we explore stunning Ephesus, one of the world’s great archeological sites. On Patmos we discover the cave where St. John received visions of the Apocalypse, and in Rhodes we explore one of Europe’s best preserved medieval towns. Along the mountainous coast to the south, we make calls at the ancient Lycian capital of Xanthos and the Hellenistic complexes at Perge and Aspendos before ending our voyage in Cyprus.

Throughout the voyage, Ms. Armstrong will engage us in a series of lectures and discussions centering on the role of religion in the history of this part of the world, bringing her immense knowledge and unique perspective to some of the enduring conflicts and struggles for coexistence that continue to reverberate throughout contemporary life in issues both great and small.

Our vessel for this voyage is Swan Hellenic’s Diana, the state-of-the-art, new-generation expedition cruise ship, currently under construction in Finland and due to launch in early 2023. Accommodating only 192 guests in beautifully appointed staterooms and balcony suites, Diana will feature several lounges, a restaurant, outdoor cafe, spa, library and beauty salon, and will be equipped with the latest safety and environmentally-friendly technology.

Please take a moment to look over the brochure, and then begin making plans to join The Skeptics Society on this once-in-a-lifetime journey to a land of Emperors, Conquerors, and Saints.

Best wishes,
Dr. Michael Shermer

Executive Director, Skeptics Society

7% of your cruise fee will be a tax-deductible donation to The Skeptics Society — a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization.


eBrochure will more details coming soon…

For daily itinerary, route map, cabin rates, inclusions, and cruise ship description, please download the Expedition Brochure (PDF).

Download the Expedition Brochure


Book this cruise program and receive a 5% savings on your next cruise with the Skeptics Society and Thalassa Journeys. If you book your next cruise within 30 days after you return from Emperors, Conquerors & Saints, you will receive an additional 5% savings.


A limited number of cabins are available for single occupancy in categories D to B at no additional charge. Additional single cabins are available at a supplement of 50% of the per person double occupancy rate, instead of the normal 70% supplement.

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