Viking Ocean Cruises will resume calls in Turkey in 2021 as part of a new Greek Odyssey itinerary.

Sailing roundtrip from Athens starting in January 2021, the new itinerary features three new ports of call for Viking, including Volos, Thessaloníki and Nafpilo in Greece, as well as a stop in Ephesus, marking the company's return to Turkey.

Many cruise lines stopped calling in Turkey because of bombings at the Istanbul airport in 2016 and an attempted coup against the government. 

During the one sea day, guests will sail past the slopes of Mount Athos, a Unesco World Heritage Site and the spiritual capital of Orthodox Christianity.

"With this new itinerary in Greece and Turkey offered during the quiet winter season, we look forward to helping our guests explore such a culturally rich region of the world," Viking chairman Torstein Hagen said.

The 11-day itinerary will be offered on the 930-passenger Viking Sea.

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