Venice

Gems of the Adriatic – Venice to Athens

9 days / 8 days - Wind Surf Ship

View the stunning Greek Isles, the Ionian Islands, and the Croatian Riviera as only privileged yachtsmen see them. Glamorous resorts with black-pebble beaches, lavender-scented harbors, and bold city walls welcome you ashore to explore iconic sites: the Parthenon, St. Mark’s in Venice, the richly layered history of Butrint. Your grand adventure is about to begin. 

 

Venice – Athens
Ship: Wind Surf
Number of nights: 8 nights
Embark – Disembark: Venice – Athens

Day 1 – Venice, Italy
Day 2 – Rovinj, Croatia
Day 3 – Hvar, Croatia
Day 4 – Dubrovnik, Croatia
Day 5 – Brindisi, Italy
Day 6 – Butrint National Park, Albania
Day 7 – At sea
Day 8 – Gythion, Greece
Day 9 – Athens/Piraeus, Greece

Day 1 – Venice, Italy
Venice floats like a mirage in a magical lagoon. It’s a city blissfully free of cars, where everything from arched bridges to gondoliers to blown glass oozes beauty and romance. The Doges’ Palace with its poetic Bridge of Sighs. The Grand Canal with its gondolas. St. Mark’s Cathedral, home to incredible treasures amassed during the Crusades. St. Peter’s Basilica with St. Peter’s Throne, said to be the hiding place of the Holy Grail.

Day 2 – Rovinj, Croatia
Old Town Rovinj rises from the Adriatic, its arched profile frosted with terracotta rooftops and crowned by the white bell tower of St. Euphemia church. Rovinj was an island before the channel was filled in the 18th century, and the Old Town is nicely compact–perfect for exploring on foot.

Day 3 – Hvar, Croatia
Ah, the Croatian Riviera, where palm trees meet pine, and pebble beaches washed by pristine waters are all the rage. This is where you’ll find Hvar, an island that actually lives up to all the hype bestowed upon it. Hvar is on a par with Cannes and Capri when it comes to glamor and nightlife, with the added plus of being ranked one of the 10 most beautiful islandsin the world.

Day 4 – Dubrovnik, Croatia
Your first impression is the city walls. Massive and imposing, they cloak the town like a curtain of stone. Discover a 14th-century pharmacy tucked away in the Franciscan Monastery, still operating after 700 years with dusty medieval remedies still lining the shelves. Take a cable car to the top of Mount Srd for an outstanding view of the harbor where one gorgeous yacht eclipses all others.

Day 5 – Brindisi, Italy
Brindisi has always been an important crossroads. It was where Rome’s Appian Way ended at the sea, an important station along the Silk Road, and the launching point for knights on their way to the Crusades.

Day 6 – Butrint National Park, Albania
It’s one of the most remarkable archaeological sites in the Adriatic, and even more extraordinary for its rural setting on a picturesque lagoon. Study the colorful peacock mosaics in the 6th century baptistry, sit in the amphitheater where Greeks and Romans once laughed and cried, feel what Cicero felt when he wrote that Butrint is the “quietest, coolest, most pleasant place in the world.”

Day 7 – 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 8 – Gythion, Greeece
Gythion was the original port for Sparta back in the days of the Iliad and the Odyssey. Today it’s a working class city visited mostly by Greeks that offers excellent seafood, great ouzeries, and nearby, the breathtaking medieval ruins of Mystras. You could also take a long walk along the seaside promenade looking out over colorful fishing boats, or go spelunking at the Caves of Diros, some of the most beautiful caves in the world.

Day 9 – Athens/Piraues, Greeece
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.

Wind Surf:

On any day, our 310-guest flagship, Wind Surf, draws admiring glances as she glides majestically into port with her tall sails billowing. And her beauty is far more than skin deep.
Everything about Wind Surf speaks of welcome. Come aboard and see it for yourself.
October 2014: 05 October, 13 October