Enjoy the intimacy and camaraderie of a small ship cruise on the Mediterranean and Aegean Seas, sailing from Istanbul to Athens, as you explore smaller port towns inaccessible to large cruise ships, all but forgotten by the tourist wave. Perfect for those who enjoy exploring beyond the typical main tourist stops, your sailing itinerary will begin in the Turkish metropolis of Istanbul, at which point you'll leave convention behind and set sail to Canakkale (port nearest to the ancient city of Troy), followed by the lesser known Greek island ports of Myrina, Ouranopoli, Skiathos, Skopelos and Poros, before coming to a close in Piraeus, port town of the ancient city of Athens. Put on your adventurer's cap, and discover the history and culture of these gloriously unconventional Aegean jewels.
Available Cruise Departure Dates (2014):
Istanbul to Athens: May 10, Jun 21, Aug 2, Sep 6 (
Athens to Istanbul:May 3, Jun 14, Jul 26
A transfer between the airport and the city or your hotel with a private vehicle, driver, and assistant is provided.
Enjoy a full day tour of Istanbul with a private guide who will show you the most important sights. Visit the Hagia Sophia, the pride and glory of the Byzantine architecture, the Blue Mosque, the Byzantine Hippodrome, where chariot races were once held, the Grand Bazaar, the world’s largest covered bazaar with 4000 shops, and Topkapi Palace, the famous residence of the Sultans. The Harem section of Topkapi Palace is not included.
In Istanbul, enjoy a port transfer with a private vehicle and driver.
Welcome aboard!Take some time to settle in to your stateroom, and to explore the length of your ship. Your cruise adventure will begin shortly. Tonight's first dinner on board will provide an ideal opportunity to meet some of your fellow cruisemates.
Port charges are included in your multi-day cruise itinerary.
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.
Myrina is a port and municipality on the Greek island of Lemnos. Modern day Myrina is built upon a shallow bay split into two by a promontory jutting out to sea and carrying the ruins of a Venetian castle. With its clean, long, and sandy beaches, and its own Castle to boot, Myrina is a tourist attraction. Visitors and locals like bathing in the Roman Shore (or the Shallow Waters beach, adjacent to the Roman Shore on the north), and having dinner at one of the fish taverns circling the traditional harbour in the Turkish Shore, enjoying the caiques there and a view of the castle at night.
Ouranoupoli is an ancient city and a modern village in Chalcidice. It was founded by Cassander and his brother Alexarchus in the late 4th century BC. The village of Ouranoupoli is situated on the coastline in the northwest part (the very beginning) of the Athos peninsula, part of the bigger Chalkidiki peninsula. It is the last settlement before the border with the monks republic of Mount Athos (the Holy Mountain).
Skiathos is a small island in the Aegean Sea belonging to Greece. The island has roughly rhomboid shape, elongated in southwest-northeast direction. The longer diagonal is about 12 km long, and the island is about 6 km wide in average. The coast is interspersed with numerous inlets, capes and peninsulas. The terrain is hilly, more rugged in the north, and the highest point is at the altitude of 433 m.
Skopelos is a Greek island in the western Aegean sea. Skopelos is the largest of several islands that comprise the Northern Sporades island group. Mountains dominate the western and eastern parts of the island and is one of the greenest islands in the Aegean Sea. The island has a wide range of flowers, trees and shrubs and was the filming location for the 2008 movie Mamma Mia.
Poros is a small Greek island-pair in the southern part of the Saronic Gulf, at a distance about 31 nautical miles south from Piraeus and separated from the Peloponnese by a 200-metre wide sea channel, with the town of Galatas on the mainland across the strait. Poros consists of two islands: Sphairia, the southern part, which is of volcanic origin, where today's city is located, and Kalaureia, the northern and largest part. A bridge connects the two islands over a narrow isthmus. The town of Poros, with its neoclassical edifices, is built amphitheatrically on the slopes of a hill. Its most famous landmark is a clock tower, built in 1927.
This morning you'll disembark from your ship and bid farewell to your fellow cruisemates.
A port transfer with a private vehicle and driver is provided.
This private tour gives you an opportunity to observe the striking contrasts that make Athens such a fascinating city. Your expert guide will take you to see the city centre, Constitution Square, House of Parliament, the Memorial to the Unknown Soldier, and the National Library. Driving down Herod Atticus Street, you will see the Evzones in their picturesque uniform and the Presidential Palace. On your way to the Acropolis, you will see Hadrian's Arch, visit the Temple of Olympian Zeus, and make a short stop at the Panathenaic Stadium where the first Olympic Games of the modern era were held in 1896. On the Acropolis, visit the architectural masterpieces of the Golden Age of Athens: the Propylaea, the Temple of Athena Nike, the Erechtheion, and finally, the Parthenon. You will complete your visit with the Acropolis Museum. Entrance fees to the New Acropolis Museum are included.
An airport transfer with a private vehicle and driver is provided.
Boasting a wonderful location, the Sultanhan Hotel (4*) is a warm guest house reflecting Turkish hospitality, authentic décor, and oriental east culture. Located on one of the most popular streets in Istanbul, Sultanhan Hotel is close to the tram stop and all the major attractions in the city. The hotel is within walking distance of the Hagia Sophia, Blue Mosque, Topkapi Palace, Golden Horn, Archaeology Museum, Obelisks, Suleymaniye, underground cistern, and the covered bazaar.
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.
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.
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