Greek Isles Cruise

Sailing the Southern Cyclades with Star Clippers

  • Date

    May 31 – June 8, 2019 | Fri / Sun – 9 Days

  • Location

    Athens (Pireas) | Rhodes | Bodrum | Dalyan River | Santorini | Hydra

Overview

There are few adventures more thrilling than sailing aboard a tall ship and anyone who has experienced it can tell you — there’s this moment when you feel the wind catching the sails and suddenly, you’re flying!  The powerful sensation of being one with nature takes over and leaves you exhilarated, humbled, and awed all at once. On board the Star Flyer tall ship, discover the Greek Isles wrapped in myth and mystery as the wind carries you from one gorgeous destination to the next — all the while enjoying casual elegance, comfortable accommodations, and cuisine designed to indulge your senses.

Begin in Athens, where you can almost hear the voices of Plato, Socrates and Aristotle arguing about who was the greatest philosopher. Stop on the intriguing island of Rhodes, offering rich, diverse history from ancient times to the modern age and where sun worshippers will find impressive beaches to enjoy.  Explore the Turkish countryside and the birthplace of Herodotus, where you’ll find a museum that houses old shipwrecks and artifacts from the tomb of the Carian Princess. See the famous landscape of whitewashed houses perched on the cliffs of Santorini, known also for quaint cobbled alleys, gourmet restaurants and unforgettable sunsets. It’s not surprising that it is one of the most-visited islands in Greece—and much loved by celebrities—including Beyonce, Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie. Wrap up this beautiful adventure with peace and tranquility on Hydra – a stunning island with glistening blue waters and where motorized vehicles are not allowed. This fantastic adventure intertwines ancient myth and history with the hidden gems and unspoiled beauty of the Southern Cyclades.

HIGHLIGHTS INCLUDE

  • Casual yacht-style, tall ship sailing
  • Unpack once, and visit five ports of call
  • Rich history and beautiful beaches in the Southern Cyclades
  • Shore excursion options in every port
  • Opportunities to swim, snorkel, dive, and enjoy other watersports
  • Luxury onboard amenities
  • Open-seating dining with elegant cuisine and no-tie dress code

PACKAGE INCLUDES

  • Roundtrip commercial air from Indianapolis to Athens, Greece
  • 7 nights shipboard accommodations on Star Clippers Cruise Line’s Star Flyer
  • All meals on ship
  • Transfers, taxes, port charges

Ship’s Registry: Malta

NOTE:

PASSPORT REQUIREMENT!

A passport is required to travel to this destination and must be valid for at least six months after your return.

Itinerary

Fri, May 31: Fly from Indianapolis to Athens, Greece.

Sat, June 1: Arrive in Athens and join a local guide for a narrated tour of this ancient city, free time for lunch in historic Plaka, and a visit to the Acropolis & New Acropolis Museum prior to embarkation from the nearby port of Piraeus later this afternoon. Once on board the Star Flyer, enjoy dinner with fellow travelers. (Meal: Dinner)

Sun, June 2: While sailing the Aegean Sea today, familiarize yourself with the ship. Choose to relax on a sun lounger, cool off in one of the pools, or discover a relaxing lounge or peaceful library. The adventurous may climb the rigging or even have a go at steering the ship. (B,L,D)

Mon, June 3: Welcome to the beautiful island of Rhodes, the capital of the Dodecanese group of islands, and also known as the Island of Roses. The Old Town of Rhodes is one of the largest medieval towns in Europe and as you enter through the Gate of Freedom, it soon becomes obvious that it is a mosaic of different cultures and civilizations; rarely does a visitor have the chance to stroll within medieval walls and explore 24 centuries of history. It was not until 1948 that Rhodes officially became part of Greece, and in 1988 the Medieval City of Rhodes was listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. (B,L,D)

Tue, June 4: Known in ancient times as Halicarnassus, Bodrum, Turkey was the birthplace of Heredotus. Just a short walk from the port you may visit the Castle of St. Peter, a crusades-era fortification housing the excellent Museum of Underwater Archaeology. The highlights of the museum include artifacts from the oldest shipwreck ever discovered and the Hall of the Carian Princess, whose tomb was found, gold intact, in 1989 when workers were digging the foundations of a building. Nearby, you can stand on the site of the Mausoleum of Halicarnassus (4th century BC), the site of King Mausolu’s Tomb. (B,L,D)

Wed, June 5: At first glance, Dalyan River is a picture one hardly expects to see in Turkey – a lovely, unspoiled lake teeming with fish, a lush marshy delta, verdant farmlands, and a lazy 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. (B,L,D)

Thu, June 6: Santorini, Greece is said to be the most breathtaking of all the Greek Islands. Around 1500 BC, a volcanic eruption destroyed the center of the island, leaving a crescent shaped rim of cliffs around a harbor formed in the volcano’s caldera. Aside from being well known for its quaint cobbled alleys, white cubic buildings, chic boutiques, romantic gourmet restaurants, and unforgettable sunsets, Santorini is home to two notable archaeological sites: Akrotiri – a former Minoan settlement containing a labyrinth of well-preserved buildings, and Ancient Thira, giving visitors a vivid idea of how the ancients once lived. (B,L,D)

Fri, June 7: Hydra is a town of stately centuries-old stone mansions all built around 1800 by blockade runners who had made fortunes outwitting the British during the Napoleonic Wars. The island offers peace and tranquility as neither cars nor motorcycles are allowed. The most pleasant way to explore the island is on foot, but for the spectacular view from the Monastery of Ilias you’ll have to ride a donkey. (B,L,D)

Sat, June 8: Disembark in Athens and fly home, arriving the same day. (B)

Optional Pre-Cruise Package

HIGHLIGHTS INCLUDE:

  • Narrated tour of Athens
  • Visit to the Acropolis and New Acropolis Museum
  • Day trip to the Argolis region including Corinth, Mycenae, and Epidaurus
  • Athenian dinner with local entertainment
  • Day trip Cape Sounion and the Temple of Poseidon
  • Sunset dinner at Cape Sounion

ITINERARY:

Tue, May 28: Depart on overnight flights to Athens, Greece.

Wed, May 29: Arrive in Athens and enjoy a narrated tour with a local guide before diving into the culinary culture at a welcome lunch introducing you to Athenian delights. Explore the Acropolis and New Acropolis Museum, then check in to the hotel in the afternoon and enjoy an evening at leisure. (Meal: Lunch)

Thu, May 30: Enjoy a leisurely morning at the hotel before departing for Cape Sounion. Travel along the coastal road known as “the Riviera of Attica” to the southernmost tip of the peninsula , which sits atop a sheer sea cliff and was a sacred site in the ancient world. Tour the Temple of Poseidon, dedicated to the mythological god of the sea, sip a glass of sparkling Greek wine, and enjoy dinner while watching one of the most majestic sunsets in Greece. (B,D)

Fri, May 31: Depart on a day of discovery, starting with a scenic drive along the Saronic Gulf coast.  Visit ancient Corinth, where St. Paul preached, and visit the museum. Continue to Mycenae to see the tomb of Agamemnon, and then on to Epidaurus, birthplace of Apollo’s son and considered an ancient place of healing. Return to Athens for dinner with entertainment. (B,D)

Sat, June 1: Enjoy a morning at leisure, then some free time in Plaka, the most unique part of the city with a history of more than 3,000 years.  After lunch on your own, head to the cruise terminal in Pireas for embarkation. (B)

Price Per Person*
Double P/P $1,149
Single $1,549

*Price may fluctuate due to air availability at time of booking.

Package Includes: 3 nights hotel accommodations, sightseeing per itinerary, breakfast daily, 1 lunch, 2 dinners, ground transportation.

Ship

Star Flyer.

Expect superb service, amenities, and accommodations onboard the Star Flyer. The 360 foot long mega-yacht has 16 sails and four masts, and carries just 170 guests in pampered comfort. Highlights: compact cabins with a nautical decor • marble-lined bathrooms • A/C • hair dryer • safe • TV and DVD player • two swimming pools • open-seating dining with a no-tie dress code • tropical piano bar • library • snorkeling, water skiing, dingy sailing, windsurfing, kayaking.

Deck Plans

Star Flyer Deck Plans

Map

Southern Greek Isles Map

PRICING

  • Cat 4 – Commodore Deck
    Outside Mid/Aft 
  • Double P/P – $4,499
  • Single – $5,549
  • Cat 3 – Commodore Deck Outside
    Mid/Forward 
  • Double P/P – $4,699
  • Single – $5,729
  • Cat 2 –
    Clipper Deck** 
  • Double P/P – $4,749
  • Single – $5,929

Documents Required: Valid Passport

* Subject to change due to fuel surcharge
**Extremely limited availability in this category
Other stateroom categories may be available, request at time of booking.

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