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Malta to Athens Cruise

8 days / 7 nights - Star Clipper Ship

Life aboard is blissfully relaxed, much like traveling on a private yacht. You’ll never feel confined on Star Clipper. Star Clipper offers spacious accommodations and expansive teak decks with ample space and not one, but two swimming pools. In fact, you’ll find that this ship offers more outdoor space per passenger than most conventional cruise ships.
Sail with Star Clipper & experience what the Eastern Mediterranean has to offer – a unique destination to unwind and relax as you enjoy the picturesque scenery. A cruise not to be missed!

 

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

Day 1     Valleta – Malta
Day 2     Syracuse, Sicily – Italy
Day 3     At sea
Day 4     Katakolon, Greece ( Optional Tour Olympia)
Day 5     Monemvasia, Greece
Day 6     Mykonos, Greece
Day 7     Hydra, Greece
Day 8     Pireus ( Port of Athens), Greece

Day 1 – Valleta, Malta
Valletta is the capital of Malta, colloquially known as Il-Belt (English: The City) in Maltese. It is located in the central-eastern portion of the island of Malta. Valletta is the second southernmost capital of the EU member states after Nicosia.

Day 2 – Syracuse, Sicily – Italy
Syracuse (or Siracusa) was the most important city of Magna Graecia. It defeated the mighty Athens in 413 and was home to many a great Greek, including the inimitable Archimedes.
For travelling to Sicily today, Siracusa is not to be missed. It is relatively easy to visit in a day, though obviously deserves rather more time.

Day 3 – At Sea
A relaxing day at sea. Enjoy some downtime between exciting ports of call.

Day 4 –  Katakolon, Greece ( Optional Tour Olympia)
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 5 – Monemvasia, Greece
From the shore, it’s a big rock sticking out into the sea. Then you pass over the causeway, and through an iron fortress gate, and suddenly, the town of Monemvasia is before you, a perfectly preserved Byzantine fortified port, once 60,000 strong, now home to just a few hundred. You can readily see why the name Monemvasia means single entrance! In the rocky hills above, ancient Byzantine ruins loom over the town, while below a maze of red tiled roofs and twisting alleys hide tavernas and cafes and the home of revered Greek poet Yannis Ritsos.

Day 6 – 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 7 – Hydra, Greece
Hydra is a town of stately mansions all built around 1800 by blockade runners who had made fortunes outwitting the British during the Napoleonic Wars. As there are no cars, for the spectacular view from the Monastery of Ilias you’ll have to ride a donkey to the top.

Day 8 – 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.

 

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:
April 2014: 26 April 2014