Turkey is the country known as the crossroads between Asia and Europe as it straddles the two continents.

In Istanbul, travellers can cross the long Bosphorous Bridge and literally walk from Europe to Asia. Turkey is bordered by eight countries: Bulgaria to the northwest; Greece to the west; Georgia to the northeast; Armenia, Azerbaijan and Iran to the east; and Iraq and Syria to the southeast. The Mediterranean Sea and Cyprus are to the south; the Aegean Sea to the west; and the Black Sea is to the north.

Turkey is steeped in history, the Greeks and the Romans also stamped their mark on the country, which was also where the Ottoman Empire evolved. The architectural legacies of this period still stand today and there is perhaps no better place to see them than in Istanbul one of the dazzling ports-of-call that our MSC cruise liners travel to. From the spectacular mosques to the elegant towering minarets, the sprawling Bazaar or the ancient hamam, in Istanbul you can truly journey back in time. Cosmopolitan Izmir is a gateway to Ephesus and in Antalya, you can walk the Roman and Byzantine streets of the ancient old town.

An MSCcruise to Turkey means marrying the luxury of our cruise ships with the richness of these world-class cities; let us unveil the secrets of new destinations through carefully-planned excursion packages, so you can enjoy the best that this magical country has to offer.



Cruise to Istanbul - Turkey - Mediterranean - MSC Cruises
Istanbul, the former capital of three powerful empires - Roman, Byzantine and Ottoman - is a fascinating mix of past and present, modern and traditional.
Cruise to Izmir - Turkey - Mediterranean - MSC Cruises
Izmir, known as ‘the Belle’, thanks to its extremely mild year round climate and its magnificent history is a key holiday destination.