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Athens to Venice Cruise

12 days / 11 nights - Star Clipper Ship

In hidden coves, Star Clipper finds harbors where pristine sands and warm crystalline waters beckon you to explore underwater grottoes while beach goers laze away under sun-blessed skies, yet another dream-like day in the
mythic, magical Cyclades. After exploring the historic Cyclades, spv Star Clipper sails up the Adriatic Sea Athens to Venice. Before reaching Venice, you’ll explore four alluring stops along the coast of Croatia and a call at Kotor, Montenegro.

 

Athens to Venice
Ship: Star Clipper
Number of nights: 11 nights
Embark – Disembark:  Athens to Venice

Day 1     Pireus ( Port of Athens), Greece
Day 2     Mykonos, Greece
Day 3     Santorini, Greece
Day 4     At Sea
Day 5     Katakolon, Greece
Day 6     Corfu, Greece
Day 7     Kotor, Montengro
Day 8     Dubrovnik, Croatia
Day 9      Korcula, Croatia
Day 10   Hvar, Croatia
Day 11   Mali Losinj, Croatia
Day 12 – Venice, Italy

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 – Santorini, Greece
The island of Santorini is perhaps the most breathtaking of all the Greek Islands. Around 1500 BC, a volcanic eruption destroyed the centre of the island, leaving a crescent shaped rim of cliffs around a harbour formed in the volcano’s caldera.

Day 4 –  At Sea
A relaxing day at sea. Enjoy some downtime between exciting ports of call.

Day 5 – Katakolon, Greece
The beach at little Katákolon is an inviting diversion, but you will surely want to go inland to Olympia for bigger game. Set in a stunningly lovely valley overlooked by Kronos Hill, Olympia began hosting athletic games in the 11th century BC. Walk through the sacred Temples of Zeus and Hera, stand on the still visible starting line in Stadium and imagine the chariots about to hurtle around the Hippodrome.

Day 6 – Corfu, Greece
The lushest (and some say the loveliest) of all the Greek Islands, Corfu lies just a stone’s throw from the Albanian coast. Nowhere is the stunning natural beauty of Corfu more evident than in the small village of Paleocastritsa, where legend says Odysseus was washed ashore to be rescued by Nausicaa.

Day 7 – Kotor, Montenegro
This stunning rock-walled chasm splitting the coastal mountains of Montenegro is the longest arm of the sea in Southern Europe. Boka harbours one of the prettiest unspoiled towns you’ll ever see, the medieval city of Kotor. Founded by the Romans, fortifie.

Day 8 – Dubrovnik, Croatia
It was George Bernard Shaw who said, “Those who seek paradise on earth should come to Dubrovnik.” Indeed, Dubrovnik is a treasure by any measure made more precious by its miraculous restoration. Crowned by the Minceta Tower, the 10th century city walls are the proud symbol of Dubrovnik’s colourful history.

Day 9 – Korcula, Croatia
Framed by dense green forests of allepo pine and twisted cypress, the red tile roofs of Korcula, whose most famous native son was Marco Polo, form an inviting picture. The pale wheat-coloured stone Cathedral of St. Mark houses a treasure trove of Dalmatia.

Day 10 – Hvar, Croatia
The heavenly scent of lavender perfumes the air in the fields and valleys around the island of Hvar. Idyllically located just off the Dalmatian Coast, the island and the little port named after it have been a favorite getaway ever since the time of the Romans, the Byzantines, the Venetians and even Austro-Hungarian royalty.

Day 11 – Mali Lasinj, Croatia
The warm sands of Cikat Bay, situated near the port of Mali Losinj where we anchor, are an irresistible magnet for beachgoers. And no wonder, the beach is 30 kilometres long and offers every watersport imaginable. For
those who prefer to wander farther afield, our bicycle tour takes you  around the island past the fortified town of Veli Losinj.

Day 12 – Venice, Italy
Venice is the heart and soul of romance. Cast your eye on the rounded domes of San Marco, take a deep breath at the Bridge of Sighs, gaze on the golden lions and the Renaissance glories of the Doge’s Palace, listen for the ghosts of Verdi, Puccini and Caruso at La Fenice Opera House, gape at the classic Palladian proportions of the Church of San Giorgio Maggiore, glide in a gondola down the Grand Canal. And know that love is always in the air in Venice.

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:
June 2014: 28 June 2014
September 2014: 13 september 2014