Explore Athens & the ancient cities of Corinth, Mycenae and Epidaurus before you embark on an incredible voyage of the Eastern Mediterranean, exploring the multi-faceted culture and history of Greece and Turkey. Starting in Athens, you'll set sail aboard a luxury sailing yacht with an intimate group of approximately 200 other guests, rather than the more standard 2,000 guests on a large ocean cruiser. Visit Mykonos, nightlife capital of the Greek Cyclades, renowned for its picturesque waterfront and windmills. Continue to the Greek island of Kos, with its 13th century fortress at the harbor of the island's main town. Sail to Patmos, with its UNESCO World Heritage historic city center, along with the Monastery of Saint John the Theologian and the Cave of the Apocalypse. Continuing to your first Turkish port, Kusadasi, gateway to the ancient site of Ephesus. Sail onward to the summer resort area of Dikili, followed by Cannakale, near the site of ancient Troy. End your voyage in the metropolitan capital of Turkey, Istanbul, a city of incredible history, dating back to 660 BC.
2014 Cruise Departure Dates:
May 3, Jun 14, Jul 26
A transfer between the airport and the city or your hotel with a private vehicle and driver is provided.
Athens Gate Hotel (4*) is located in the historic district of Athens, opposite the Temple of Olympian Zeus and the Gate which was constructed by the Athenians to welcome the Roman emperor Adrianos (Hadrian). Very easy to access, it is located 500 meters from the Acropolis and 100 meters from the New Acropolis Museum. Constitution (Syntagma) Square, and the commercial center of Athens are only 500 meters away. The entrance to the Plaka is just a couple of blocks away. The view of the city from the hotel's Roof Garden is possibly the best in all of Athens. It was fully renovated in 2007. The style is modern and simple, as befits the area. The hotel has 7 floors, a roof garden bar and a la carte restaurant, a lobby bar-cafeteria and a cozy area with fireplace in the lobby.
Enjoy a private half day tour of Athens with expert guide. This tour gives you an opportunity to observe the striking contrasts that make Athens such a fascinating city. On your way to the Acropolis you will see the Temple of Olympian Zeus and Hadrian's Arch. At the Acropolis we see the architectural masterpieces of the Golden Age of Athens: the Propylaea, the Temple of Athena Nike, the Erechtheion and, finally, the monument that 'puts order in the mind', the Parthenon. This tour takes 3 hour. Entrance fees to the Acropolis is included.
Leave by the coastal road along the Saronic Gulf to the Corinth Canal, which connects the Aegean Sea with the Ionian Sea. Drive to Mycenae, the Homeric city of Atreides, the city “rich in gold” of the ancient poets. Visit the Lion’s Gate, the Cyclopean Walls, and the Royal Tombs. Depart for Nauplion through the fertile plain of Argolis, the picturesque town nestling at the foot of a cliff crowned by the mighty ramparts of the Palamidi Fortress. Later you will leave for Epidauros, to visit the Theatre, which dates back to the 4th century B.C. and is famous for its astonishing acoustics. Return to Athens by the National road connecting Epidauros with Corinth. Lunch in Mycenae is included.
Enjoy a private port transfer in Athens with private vehicle and driver.
Welcome aboard.Take some time to get settled in to your stateroom, and to explore the length of your ship. This evening's welcome dinner will provide an ideal opportunity to meet some of your fellow cruisemates.
Port charges are included in your multi-day cruise itinerary.
Star Clipper is a true clipper ship reflecting its proud heritage in every inch of polished brass and gleaming brightwork. Step aboard this unique vessel and discover a new age of sail, where the traditions of the past are happily married to the comforts and amenities of the present day. Star Clipper is a modern cruise ship in every way, created for luxury-loving passengers who also love the traditions and romance of the legendary era of sailing ships. Star Clipper is 360 feet long and carries just 170 guests in pampered comfort. Life aboard is blissfully relaxed, much like traveling on a private yacht. You’ll never feel confined on Star Clipper. Each ship offer spacious accommodations and expansive teak decks with ample space and not one, but two swimming pools. In fact, you’ll find that this ship offers more outdoor space per passenger than most conventional cruise ships.
Mykonos is a Greek island renowned for its sandy beaches, cosmopolitan atmosphere and its intense nightlife. The island is part of the Cyclades, lying between Tinos, Siros, Paros and Naxos. Many Greek and a few international celebrities have summer residences in Mykonos and can often be spotted having dinner at a small street-side table of an expensive restaurant or in a cozy taverna. The island has a legendary nightlife featured by a vast number of bars and nightclubs, but peace and tranquility can easily be found away from these areas.
Kos is a Greek island in the south Sporades group of the Dodecanese, next to the Gulf of Gökova/Cos. It is 2.5 miles from the coast of Bodrum, Turkey and the ancient region of Caria. The main port and population centre on the island, also called Kos, is also the tourist and cultural centre, with whitewashed buildings including many hotels, restaurants and a small number of nightclubs forming the famous Kos town "barstreet". The town has a 14th century fortress at the entrance to its harbour, erected in 1315 by The Knights of Saint John of Rhodes.
Patmos is a small Greek island in the Aegean Sea, one of the northernmost islands of the Dodecanese complex. Patmos' main communities are Chora (the capital city), and Skala, the only commercial port. Other settlements are Grikou and Kampos. The churches and communities on Patmos are of the Eastern Orthodox tradition. In 1999, the island's historic center Chora, along with the Monastery of Saint John the Theologian and the Cave of the Apocalypse, were declared World Heritage Sites by UNESCO.
This morning, before arriving to Kusadasi in the afternoon, you'll have a beach stop at Camlimani, a small resort area where yachts often gather for some pleasant sun, and calm water.
The Port of Kusadasi is situated right in the downtown area of Kusadasi, a resort town on Turkey's Aegean coast. The town caters to tourists, arriving by land, and as the port for cruise ship passengers heading to Ephesus. Old houses near the seafront, some of them converted to bars and cafes, are the remnants of old Kusadasi, which has become a modern-European looking town.
Dikili is a coastal town and cruise port in the district of Izmir Province in the Aegean Region of Turkey. The district is quite picturesque both along its shoreline and in its interior parts, and is a popular summer resort. The center town of Dikili is situated at about 120 km (75 mi) north of Izmir, served by a good road. The whole area abounds in places of natural beauty as well as spots of historical interest. There is a crater lake in Merdivenli village, and ancient caverns in Demirtas and Delitas villages, as well as pine forests extending towards the Madra Stream.
Çanakkale is a town and seaport in Turkey, in Çanakkale Province, on the southern (Asian) coast of the Dardanelles (or Hellespont) at their narrowest point. Ferries cross here to the northern (European) and southern (Asia) sides of the strait. Çanakkale is the nearest major town to the site of ancient Troy. The "wooden horse" from the 2004 movie 'Troy' is exhibited on the seafront. Ancient Abydos, where the story of Hero and Leander takes place, is south of Çanakkale.
This morning, you'll disembark from your ship in the scenic city of Istanbul. Bid farewell to your fellow cruise friends as you make landfall.
Enjoy a half a day tour in Istanbul with your own English speaking guide and private car. The tour includes visits to the Hagia Sophia, the pride and glory of the Byzantine architecture; the Blue Mosque, famous for its architecture as for its blue tiles; the Byzantine Hippodrome, where chariot races were held. The tour ends with the famous Grand Bazaar, the world’s largest, with 4,000 shops.
The Ottoman Imperial Hotel (4*) is situated in a truly privileged location of the city, on an elevated position, surrounded by all the major historical and cultural sites in the heart of the old town. This is an inspiring location all year round, in the middle of the old city, within easy walking distance of Sultanahmet Square and the main historic shopping and harbour districts and just 16 km away from the Atatürk International Airport. The Ottoman Imperial will provide you with traditional Turkish hospitality, comfort, unbeatable views of the Hagia Sophia and Sultanahmet Square, as well as a blend of Ottoman and Istanbul cuisine. With its exquisitely furnished guest rooms reflecting Ottoman art, and trend-setting restaurants and bars, the Ottoman Imperial responds to the needs of the most demanding travelers.
Depart from Istanbul airport - end of itinerary.
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