Greece is a land of mythical dimensions that should be checked off everyone’s Bucket List. Here is the cradle of western civilization with ancient wonders, lively tavernas, sun-kissed beaches and a true spirit of Greek hospitality. Oh but it’s the beauty of her islands that beckons. If you’ve longed to visit them, do it right, on an authentic Tall Ship. Nothing’s more exhilarating then zipping from one exotic port to another beneath the billowing white sails with the heritage of sailing in the golden age, or like Johnny Depp in Pirates of the Caribbean, but with all the modern luxuries you could dream of.
Our Voyage – You’ll be totally pampered on our Star Clippers Mega-Yacht in polished teak, brass and 42 sails to let the wind carry us. We can glide into secret hideaways that mega-ships can’t reach. With just 170 guests onboard, its open spaces with no lines and intimate service. You’ll feel so relaxed with no need to dress up and dine whenever you like on superb cuisines. Of course, all meals are included. Visit the Captain on the bridge or help the crew hoist the sails. Climb the awesome Crow’s Nest. Enjoy the complimentary watersports provided. The best draw is the Star Clipper’s staff who really care.
Our Unforgettable Ports – In countries of Greece and Turkey, each with distinct cultures and legends, these are epic destinations! In Athens discover countless ancient wonders as well as its new modern delights. Rhodes “Island of Roses” is filled with crusader history, quaint villages and stunning beaches. Bodrum Turkey crowned with medieval castles is now the trendiest resort town that draws a million visitors a year. Deylan River, the unspoiled and lush nature port off Mamaris Turkey has ruins to 400 B.C. Santorini the most visited, photographed and famous island of all. Finally, charming Hydra where no cars are allowed. So chic and earthy, you’ll never want to leave.
This is our 18th group to the Greek Islands. This cruise into the blue Aegan is exceptional. It’s the old world sailing experience where the wind is our guide. Come be awed by the beauty. Come be blissfully relaxed. This is poetry in motion – Bon Voyage!Book Now!
You will arrive in Athens next day for evening sailing or fly in early to explore. Group Air options will come later in Trip Tips but its easy to arrange your own air roundtrip to Athens.
Walking in the shadow of the Acropolis, you can almost hear the whispers of Plato, Socrates, and Arostotle saying “Behold the beauty of the immortals”. 3,000 year old ancient Athens is a timeless city for all eternity. Here is the birthplace of democracy and western civilization.
Explore the Parthenon, Temple of Zeus, National Archeological Museum, original Olympic Stadium, Royal Palace and much more. Be sure to get lost in the delightful old Plaka neighborhood filled with great shops and tavernas. OPA! You can linger here all night.
(See Trip Tips for our pre trip add on)
Morning flight arrival for those departing July 28. Day to explore. We’ll arrange a place and time for a group transfer from city 45 minutes to Piraeus port. Boat sails at 9:00 PM so plenty of time before we embark around 6:00 PM.
Get settled in your elegant cabin and explore your 379-foot sailing yacht. Join the officers for a drink in the Tropical bar. The open bridge policy allows you to chat with the captain. No formal night, but there will be fun activities like crab races, talent show and more.
Definitely help the crew hoist the sails and roll the ropes. For the brave, climb the 65 foot mast to the Crows Nest (with safety harness) for awesome photos. From the aft Watersport Platform, you can swim right off the boat. Snorkel equipment, kayaks, paddleboards, dingys are complimentary. Diving can be arranged for certified divers. You’ll receive a daily program with all ship details and shore excursion options.
Overnight on ship.
Enjoy all that the ship has to offer.
This beautiful island has a rich history and one of my favorites because there is so much to do here. The fortified harbor once held the ‘Colossus of Rhodes’, 7th Wonder of the Ancient World. It’s loaded with Crusader history in the Old Town. Enter the gates to walk the Street of Knights to Grand Masters Palace and Castle with great museum.
Rhodes is a large island. Head out to the incredible village of Lindos perched on a hill overlooking the blue Bay of St. Paul. Ascend by mule up to the Acropolis for spectacular views. Lindos is an artists’ haven where exquisite pottery and paintings can be found. In Rhodes New Town, the main street is filled with fun Greek venues. Stroll the shops and taste the sweet baklava at a sidewalk café.
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More than any other Turkish seaside getaway, Bodrum has an unexplainable elegance, from the towns crowning castle to the glittering marina filled with million dollar yachts. Over a million tourists flock here for the trendy restaurants, hip bars, beach clubs, and affordable shopping. The lively bazaar offers everything from Turkish carpets to top designer wear.
You can still find plenty of history in the ancient ruins at Hierapolis, the Castle of St. Peter, 4th century tombs and museums. Lunch at the Fish Market and visit a wonderful Turkish bath, an experience you’ll never forget!
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As part of the Turkish Riviera, you’ll find some of the most beautiful coastal territory in the Mediterranean. This unspoiled and lush town on the Aegan sea revolves around its river that flows through a national park. Its known for giant loggerhead sea turtles that breed here. You may see them if you swim famous Iztuzu Beach also called ‘Turtle Beach’. Enjoy a boat cruise along tall sheer cliffs that were cut from rocks in 400 B.C. Visit the ancient Lycian tombs of Sultaniye hot springs and mud baths and enjoy the freshest Turkish cuisines here.
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With whitewashed villages clinging to cliffs rising a thousand feet out of the deep blue sea, Santorini is considered the most breathtaking of all islands. The island is a caldera formed by the biggest volcanic eruption in history and may be the fabled Lost City of Atlantis. Ascend the town by cable car or donkey and wander the winding alleyways filled with shops, churches, little wineries and tavernas. Book a cliff-side table for an unforgettable Greek lunch.
Options include Thira Volcano with hot springs, the excellent archeological site of Akrotiri, hiking the calders, swimming black sand beaches and more. Everyone should head by scooters or bus to the village of Oia which cascades down a craggy cliff. Here you can gaze at what’s reputed to be the world’s most stunning sunsets.
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This gem in the Saronic Gulf is the only island that bans vehicles. No cars. No scooters. Just tiny marbled lanes, donkeys and gardens on a rocky coastline against a deep cobalt blue sea. The main village is as cute as they come. It looks like a painting of the old quintessential Greece. Enjoy people watching during a dinner of fresh calamari at the harbor. So colorful and laid back, I’ve always fantasized about living here.
Some beach bars have swimming platforms or you can ride a water taxi to the pebbled beaches. Walk the promenade up to the Spilia hill or take a horse ride up to the Monastery of Illias for great views. Some rent speed boats or visit the three museums. Whatever you chose, you won’t want to leave Hydra.
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Star Flyer docks at 7:30 AM. Later, we’ll arrange for a group transfer to Athens airport for departing flights. You may choose to extend your time in Greece to depart a few days later.
2. I have no trouble walking and if necessary, can walk for 3+ miles. Uneven surfaces are not a problem. I do not need a cane or walking device.
A $400 deposit will secure your space. Book now! We are limited to only 40 participants. (No refunds after Jan 28, 2017 on deposit.)
We blocked two different mid-range categories of cabins for our group but you can upgrade to a suite. All are outside cabins and are ‘Run of Ship’ – meaning that the ship will make cabin assignments within each category.
Category A $2495 (mid-ship)
Category B $2295
Pre-cruise Option $177 includes 1 night Athens hotel, transfer to pier.
Not included: gratuities, $270 port charges, international air.
All prices are per person and based on shared cabin. We will find you a roommate. Single cabins available on request, but at an added cost.
This 'option' is a required additional charge for this trip.
Please review AFS Terms and Conditions as well as Heading Abroad with AFS. Group air - Airlines may add surcharges to offset fuel inflation or taxes. The total ticket cost is not final until we receive your final payment and are ticketed. If doing own air, airport transfer may or may not be included depending on your air schedule. Do not buy air until we either group air is set or we advise - dates can change! Itineraries are prepared often a year in advance. Though not likely, AFS and our suppliers reserve the right to change or modify such to meet local conditions. Although rare, hotels can change – all hotel rooms are run of the house. Our prices are based on current taxation structures. In case any revision in taxes, sudden fluctuation in currency levels, change in Visa fees or increase in fuel charges, we will amend our prices and inform you accordingly. Land price is based on minimum number of trip participants.