Athens to Istanbul 7

Greek Isles & Turkish Delights

8 days / 7 nights - Wind Star Ship

A single voyage covers thousands of years of civilization’s greatest feats – from the Acropolis of Athens to the palaces of Istanbul. Explore the tiny streets and narrow alleys of Mykonos, and escape to Delos, the fabled island of Apollo, where you’ll walk in the ancient footsteps of the gods. Listen for echoes of history as you explore Ephesus, the world’s largest outdoor archaeological site, and treat yourself to superlative grilled seafood, accompanied by an ouzo salute to the sunset. 

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

Day 1 – Athens/Piraeus, Greece
Day 2 – Mykonos, Greece
Day 3 – Santorini, Greece
Day 4 – Rhodes, Greece
Day 5 – Bodrum, Turkey
Day 6 – Kusadasi, Turkey
Day 7 – At sea
Day 8 – 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 – Mykonos, Greece
Weather permitting… today we visit Mykonos, the classic Greek isle, with hundreds of white-washed churches and cubist houses; round, thatched windmills catching the brisk breeze; and a harbor bobbing with fishing boats and luxury yachts. Explore the Parportiani church, a Byzantine architectural masterpiece.

Day 3 – Santorini, Greece
Cruise into the largest caldera in the world and you’re in Santorini, a vision in whitewash white, volcanic black, and blue. And don’t miss the romantic village of Oía with its cave houses (once the homes of sailors) and boxy white houses (which belonged to ship owners).

Day 4 – 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 5 – Bodrum, Turkey
Colorful peacocks strut their stuff trying to claim your attention, but they have nothing on the white sugar cube houses, palm-lined boulevards, and shockingly blue Aegean below. For a picture-perfect seaside playground, Bodrum offers a surprisingly rich history, or maybe it’s the other way around.

Day 6 – Kusadasi, Turkey
Kusadasi offers many historic sites including the Virgin Mary House, but it is Ephesus that steals the show. If you were wealthy, you might have lived in one of the grand terrace houses, their ornate frescoes and mosaics still shining.

Day 7 – At sea
This is your invitation to a day of indulgence. Treat yourself to a luxurious spa experienceDine 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 8 – 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. Admire the Iznik tiles and stained glass windows of the Blue Mosque, and the mystical light bathing the nave of Hagia Sofia. Shop the Grand Bazaar for a coffee cezve, magic lamp, embroidered slippers, or hand-woven kilim.

Wind Star:
The Wind Star is a sleek, four-masted sailing yacht accommodating 148 guests. With four decks and a gross tonnage of 5,307, Wind Star feels like your own private yacht.
Wind Star amenities include: WindSpa, Watersports Platform, Casino, Lounge, Library, Pool, and Hot Tub.

May 2014: 17 May, 31 May
June 2014: 14 June, 28 June
July 2014: 12 July, 26 July
August 2014: 09 August, 23 August
September 2014: 06 September, 20 September
October 2014: 4 October

May 2015: 02 May, 16 May, 30 May
June 2015: 13 June, 27 June
July 2015: 11 July, 25 July
August 2015: 08 August, 22 August
September 2015: 05 September, 19 September
October 2015: 03 October, 17 October