A voyage beginning and ending with the ancient city of Athens, you'll sail aboard an intimate sailing yacht, cruising the waters of the Aegean alongside a group of 200 like-minded cruisers, instead of 2,000. Explore the Greek Cyclades and the Turkish coast on this 7-night sailing, with your first two calls-to-port bringing you to the foot of history, Rhodes and Bodrum, both ancient cities which featured one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World; the Colossus of Rhodes, and Mausoleum of Mausolus at Bodrum (formerly Halicarnassus). A trip up the Dalyan River in Turkey puts you at the base of another ancient relic, ornate Lycian tombs carved directly into the cliff face at the river's edge. Visit the Greek island of Santorini, world renowned for its magnificently scenic sunsets, followed by Hydra, a car-free island lined with stately mansions of the early 1800's. With incredible sights and history abound, this intimate cruise setting awaits.
Cruise Departure Dates (2014):
May 24, Jun 7, Aug 9,23, Oct 11
An airport transfer with a private vehicle and driver is provided.
This tour gives you an opportunity to observe the striking contrasts that make Athens such a fascinating city. Our expert guides take you to the city centre to see Constitution Square, the 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 have a short stop at the Panathenaic Stadium where the first Olympic Games of the modern era were held in 1896. On the Acropolis you will visit 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 mind', the Parthenon.
A port transfer with a private vehicle and driver is provided.
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.
Today is a full day spent relaxingly at sea, as you sail onward toward your first cruise destination, Rhodes. Join some of your fellow cruisemates in the onboard lounge, or hit the sun deck and relax with a book. The day is yours to do as you wish.
Rhodes is an island in Greece, located in the eastern Aegean Sea. In ancient times, the city was home to one of the Seven Wonders of the World — the Colossus. This giant bronze statue was documented as once standing at the harbour. It was completed in 280 BC but was destroyed in an earthquake in 224 BC. No trace of the statue remains today. Historical sites on the island of Rhodes include the Acropolis of Lindos, the Acropolis of Rhodes, the Temple of Apollo, ancient Ialysos, ancient Kamiros, the Governor's Palace, Rhodes Old Town (walled medieval city), the Palace of the Grand Masters, Kahal Shalom Synagogue in the Jewish Quarter, the Archeological Museum, the ruins of the castle of Monolithos, the castle of Kritinia, St. Catherine Hospice and Rhodes Footbridge. The medieval Old Town of the City of Rhodes has been declared a World Heritage Site. Today, it is one of the most popular tourist destinations in Europe.
Bodrum is a port city in the southwestern Aegean Region of Turkey. It is located on the southern coast of Bodrum Peninsula, at a point that checks the entry into the Gulf of Gökova. The site was called Halicarnassus of Caria in ancient times and was famous for housing the Mausoleum of Mausolus, one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World. Bodrum Castle, built by the Crusaders in the 15th century, overlooks the harbor and the marina.
At first glance, this is a picture one hardly expects to see in Turkey - A lovely, unspoiled lake teeming with fish, a lush marshy delta, verdant farmlands, a lazy, reed-fringed river meandering into the sea. On shore, you can see ruins of the Lycian city of Caunos, with its basilica and fortifications looming over the green marsh where endangered Caretta loggerhead turtles hatch in the spring.
Santorini is a Greek island located in the southern Aegean Sea. Santorini is essentially what remains after an enormous volcanic explosion that destroyed the earliest settlements on what was formerly a single island, and created the current geological caldera. Sunsets at Oia, a municipality on the island, are said to be the best in the world, where the characteristically Greek white-washed buildings create an enchanting atmosphere.
Hydra is one of the Saronic Islands of Greece, located in the Aegean Sea between the Saronic Gulf and the Argolic Gulf. It is separated from the Peloponnese by narrow strip of water. In ancient times, the island was known as Hydrea, which was a reference to the springs on the island.There is one main town, known simply as "Hydra port" which consists of a crescent-shaped harbor, around which is centered a strand of restaurants, shops, markets, and galleries that cater to tourists and locals (Hydriots). Steep stone streets lead up and outwards from the harbor area. Most of the local residences, as well as the hostelries on the island are located on these streets.
This morning, you'll disembark from your ship back in Piraeus. Bid farewell to your fellow cruise friends as you make landfall.
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.
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.
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