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Athens to Istanbul Cruise

8 days / 7 nights - Star Clipper Ship

On our Mediterranean cruises, experience extraordinary, iconic destinations on a modern luxury vacation in the Old World. Learn the enchanting history of Greek gods and goddesses. From glorious cathedrals, to stunning masterpieces, to architectural marvels, a Star Clipper vacation will take you far from the ordinary.

 

Athens to Istanbul
Ship: Star Clipper
Number of nights: 7 nights
Embark – Disembark:  Athens to Istanbul

Day 1     Pireus ( Port of Athens), Greece
Day 2     Mykonos, Greece
Day 3     Kos, Greece
Day 4     Patmos, Greece
Day 5     Camlimani, Kusadasi, Turkey ( Optional Tour to Ephesus)
Day 6     Dikkili, Turkey ( Optional Tour to Pergamun)
Day 7     Canakkale, Turkey
Day 8     Istanbul, Turkey

Day 1 – Pireus ( Port of Athens) – Greece
Walking in the shadow of the Acropolis in the Agora, you can almost hear the voices of Plato, Socrates and Aristotle arguing about who was the greatest philosopher. Ancient Athens, the birthplace of democracy and epicenter of western civilization, is a city for all eternity.

Day 2 – Mykonos, Greece
One of the most cosmopolitan of all the Greek Islands, Mykonos is a  contrast of   rocky hills and beautiful beaches. Hora, the capital, spreads around a colourful harbour, a popular meeting place, overlooked by a
variety of tavernas, in which fishing boats nestle side by side with luxury yachts.

Day 3 – Kos, Greece
Kos was the home of Hippocrates, and near the old Kastro (castle) of the Knights of St. John, there stands an ancient plane tree which is purported to be from the time of the famous physician. Kos abounds with famous ruins, but perhaps the best known is the Asklepian, where Hippocrates taught the healing arts. Known for its curative powers and featuring therapeutic treatments and a soothing environment, it was the original model for today’s spas.

Day 4 –  Patmos, Greece
This serene island is known as the site of the apocalyptic revelations of St. John the Divine, The cave where he is said to have lived is now the site of the Monastery of the Apocalypse. It houses priceless icons and
manuscripts in its treasury.

Day 5 – Camlimani, Kusadasi – Turkey ( Optional Tour to Ephesus)
Kusadasi is a popular Turkish port of call for cruise ships, as not only is it a bustling resort town full of shops, bars and restaurants, but it is also the main access point for the famous archeological site at Ephesus. Extensive excavations have revealed an ancient city through which visitors can now wander and observe the wonders of a bygone civilisation. Near Kusadasi, on Turkey’s turquoise coast, we make a stop at Camlimani, a small pellucid bay. Swim at the beach, snorkel, stroll the pine scented grounds, or have a run at the rides in the aquapark.

Day 6 – Dikili, Turkey (Optional Tour to Pergamun)
Dikkili is a sleepy little beach town, authentically Turkish. The harbour is lined with open-air restaurants and shops with local food specialties. Nearby, Bergama is  worth a visit especially for its two main monuments: the Acropolis perched at a height of 280 metres and the Asklepion.

Day 7 – Canakkale, Turkey
Facing squarely across the Dardanelles to confront the imposing mass of Kilitbahir Fortress, Canakkale reminds you that this area has been a place of conflict since the time of the Trojan War. Nearby Troy (Truva), uncovered by archeologist Heinrich Schliemann in 1871, was of course the site of the most famous siege in history. Time has eroded most of the 3,500 year-old ruins, but you can imagine what Priam felt as he faced Achilles’ invading Greek army.

Day 8 – Istanbul, Turkey
Throughout thousands of years Istanbul’s geographical position has maintained its importance. Today it is a huge metropolis connecting continents, cultures and religions and is home to eleven million people and one of the greatest business and cultural centres of the region.

Star Clipper Ship:
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 each carries just 170 guests in pampered comfort.

Sailing dates:
May 2014: 03 May 2014
June 2014: 14 June 2014
July 2014: 20 July 2014
August 2014: 30 august 2014