Athens to Istanbul 9

Pride of the Aegean

10 days / 9 nights - Star Pride Ship

A full day at sea to visit the bridge, relax in the spa, and watch dolphins play in your wake. The invitation of an open Watersports Platform at anchor in Bodrum luring you away from the history and culture on shore. Surrender to each and every magical moment. After all, the ruins have been and will be here for centuries. You on your own private yacht? That’s something to be savored.

 

Athens – Istanbul
Ship: Star Pride
Number of nights: 9 nights
Embark – Disembark: Athens – Istanbul

Day 1 – Athens/Piraeus, Greece
Day 2 – Monemvasia, Greece
Day 3 – Chania, Greece
Day 4 – Santorini, Greece
Day 5 – Rhodes, Greece
Day 6 – Bodrum, Turkey
Day 7 – Kusadasi, Turkey
Day 8 – Cesme, Turkey
Day 9 – At sea
Day 10 – Istanbul

Day 1 – Athens/Piraeus, Greece
What can you say about one of the oldest cities in the world? Athens covers a dozen hills like warm honey, framed by mountains and the blue Aegean. It was front and center in laying the foundations of western civilization, and is home to some of the most famous ruins and museums in Europe.

Day 2 – Monemvasia, Greece
Monemvasia is a place where only the determined go, or those with private yachts. The Gibraltar-like fortress is linked to the rest of the Peloponnese by a thin tendril of causeway that was once a drawbridge, restricting access to whoever currently occupied the rock—Venetians, Byzantines, Turks, Franks, Ottomans.

Day 3 – Chania, Greece
Despite a long and illustrious history that includes 5,000 years of occupancy and an old town stamped by Venetian-Turkish architecture, it is ironically the heavy bombing in World War II that gives Chania its distinctive atmosphere. Rather than dozing or rebuilding the bombed-out shells, the Cretans here set up shop, with lively restaurants and tavernas operating in the open-air remains.

Day 4 – Santorini, Greece
Cruise into the largest caldera in the world and you’re in Santorini, a vision in whitewash white, volcanic black, and blue. What most people don’t know is that the people of the Cyclades don’t simply like the color, they believe it keeps away evil, a job it must do extremely well as it’s hard to imagine a more sublime place to spend the day. Don’t miss the romantic village of Oía with its cave houses.

Day 5 – Rhodes, Greece
Even without the ancient Colossus standing guard over the harbor, it’s an impressive sight. Gazing up at the city walls rising from sheer cliffs, you can imagine the despair the various forces must have felt over the eons as they repeatedly laid siege. You, however, are greeted warmly upon arrival and welcomed into the cobblestoned old town, one of the best-preserved medieval cities in Europe.

Day 6 – Bodrum, Turkey
For a picture-perfect seaside playground, Bodrum offers a surprisingly rich history, or maybe it’s the other way around. Visit the Mausoleum of Halicarnassus, one of the original Seven Wonders of the Ancient World.

Day 7 – Kusadasi, Turkey
Kusadasi offers many historic sites including the Virgin Mary House, but it is Ephesus that steals the show. Once an important trading stop along the Silk Road, its well-preserved ruins reflect what was one of the most beautiful and advanced cities of the ancient world.

Day 8 – Cesme, Turkey
Just a stone’s throw from Greece lies Cesme, at the northern edge of the evocatively named Turquoise Coast. Pristine beaches, thermal springs, and a perfect climate have made Cesme a popular resort for more than a century, and the beaches are truly alluring, with a surprising variety of sand textures.

Day 9 – At sea
This is your invitation to a day of indulgence. Treat yourself to a luxurious spa experience. Dine in sumptuous casual style, or wrap yourself in that comfy waffle-weave robe and enjoy your meal in the privacy of your beautiful stateroom. Your delight is our single priority for your day at sea.

Day 10 – Istanbul, Turkey
Ah, Constantinople, Queen of Cities and the Door to Happiness. Istanbul is the only city in the world built on two continents—Europe and Asia—and its appeal is truly universal. Visit the harem at Topkapi Palace, admire the Iznik tiles and stained glass windows of the Blue Mosque, and the mystical light bathing the nave of Hagia Sofia.

Star Pride:
Our newest star – the graceful, suite-only Star Pride – will set sail in May 2014 as the first of Windstar’s three new power yachts.
Star Pride is large enough to pamper and entertain you, yet small enough to tuck into delightful tiny harbors and hidden coves that others can’t reach.

June 2014: 4 June
August 2014: 30 August
October 2014: 12 October

May 2015: 12 May
June 2015: 24 June
August 2015: 29 August
September 2015: 23 September
October 2015: 11 October