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An Aegean Adventure With The Star Clipper

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An Aegean Adventure With The Star Clipper

An Aegean Adventure With The Star Clipper (10 days)

An Aegean Adventure With The Star Clipper

An Aegean Adventure With The Star Clipper

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An Aegean Adventure With The Star Clipper (10 days) (10 Days)

An Aegean Adventure With The Star Clipper

This expressive and stylish Tall Ship is a world for those who seek a genuine sailing experience and wish to re-discover a maritime tradition, without sacrificing hard-earned creature comforts. This beautiful, traditionally-built ship is living proof that craftsmanship is far from dead, making extensive use of rich hardwoods, polished brass and wrought iron fittings, marble, deep pile carpets and tasteful furnishings which all together have created a ship of outstanding harmony, beauty and luxury. Be ready to explore the beauties of magnificent Aegean Sea.

An Aegean Adventure With The Star Clipper (10 days)

An Aegean Adventure With The Star Clipper (10 days) (10 Days)

Day 1: Athens
When you arrive at the airport in Athens you will be transferred to the modern four-star Divani Palace Acropolis Hotel where you will also have breakfast.

Day 2: Athens
This morning you will have a walking tour of Athens, visiting the Acropolis, so fittingly one of the great wonders of the ancient world. While ascending the hill you will soon experience the grandeur of the Parthenon – its blindingly white marble columns with their perfect symmetry and balance completely dominate the skyline. You will also visit the new Acropolis Museum with its amazing glass floor displaying ancient houses and streets below. After a stroll through the Agora, the political, social and commercial heart of the ancient city, you will explore the picturesque old district of Plaka. Dating from the end of the 18th century when Athens had shrunk to little more than a village below the Acropolis, it’s utterly charming, crammed with neo-classical mansions, balconies overflowing with geranium pots and twisting cobbled lanes lined with homely tavernas. After some free time for a relaxed lunch and some shopping in the nearby flea-market, you are at leisure for the rest of the day. Later, we leave for Piraeus harbor where the SPV Star Clipper awaits! After time to settle in, you will enjoy our first dinner on board, as our ship slips its moorings and heads out through the city’s twinkling lights towards our first port of call, Monemvasia in the Peloponnese.

Day 3: Monemvasia
Today you will take an early stroll on deck before breakfast and savor the fresh sea breeze as the sails silently propel your ship through the azure Aegean. Known as the ‘Gibraltar of the East’, Monemvasia’s vast rocky bulk juts out of the mountainous coastline of the Peloponnese, linked to the mainland by a narrow causeway - a superb defensive position. It reached its zenith during the medieval period, supporting a population of 40,000, when it was known for its superb wine (Richard III’s brother drowned in a vat of it!). It was a valuable prize and was besieged and attacked numerous times. During World War II a large number of New Zealanders were successfully evacuated to Crete from here. Monemvasia has been sympathetically restored and is considered a wonderful time-capsule of a medieval Greek town. You will have plenty of time to wander through the maze of narrow pedestrian streets and relax in one of the tavernas. If you are more energetic you may try the steep path up to the ruins of the Upper Town – on a clear day you may catch a glimpse of the mountains of Crete!
This evening, as the sun sets behind you, you will sail Eastwards, the Star Clipper cutting through the clear waters, bound for the Greek Islands, probably the world’s most beautiful archipelago.

Day 4: Santorini, Fira, Oia
How about standing on deck this morning for one of the finest experiences Greece has to offer? You will be sailing into the vast caldera of Santorini. It will be impossible to find the words to describe the extraordinary magnitude of the panorama before you: multi-hued 1,000- foot cliffs rise above the dark-blue sea, their rim crowned by the blindingly white cubist architecture so typical of the Greek islands. If the views from below are amazing, the spectacular vista from the top is simply breathtaking! Back in the Bronze Age, most of the island was blown apart by one of the biggest volcanic explosions in history, destroying the sophisticated Minoan civilization in Crete, just 60 miles away. A small crater still bubbles away on an island in the middle of the bay and you can easily spot the pumice stones floating in the water. The main town of Fira perched high above the harbour is nowadays easily reached by cable car. Your included trip will visit the highest point on the island, as well as some of the most interesting of the island’s small villages. You will end your tour with free time in the stunning cliff-top village of Oia before we drive back to Fira. This evening, the ship does not set sail until later so that you can enjoy the extraordinary colours of the setting sun across this amazing and unique landscape.

Day 5: Patmos
Today is the day to anchor in Patmos - one of the smaller islands of the Dodecanese. However, what it lacks in size it makes up for in beauty and history. It’s been called the ‘Jerusalem of the Aegean’ for it was here that St. John the Theologian wrote the Book of Revelation, the last book of the New Testament. Your included tour will depart the pretty port of Skala for the Grotto of the Apocalypse, where St. John lived for two years. This small cave is now a beautiful little chapel and is still an active place of worship. Towering above the main town of Chora is the imposing 11th century fortified monastery of St. John: an architectural masterpiece, with eight chapels, courtyards, terraces and galleries with stunning 12th century frescoes. The Monastery’s museum has manuscripts from the 5th century, jewelled chalices, crowns, crucifixes, and vestments, along with an early work of El Greco. You will also have the chance to visit the three hundred year old mansion of the Simandiris family. This exceptional example of island architecture houses a fine collection of antiques, with gilded mirrors, silverware, paintings, chandeliers and exquisite furnishings. The rest of the day will be free to wander around the meandering streets of whitewashed houses before setting sail in the late afternoon.

Day 6: Chios Island, Kambos area, Village of Mesta
Chios is one of the richest and largest islands in the Aegean, yet it remains little-known. The island has produced some of the most successful Greek shipping entrepreneurs, who still control around 50% of the Greek merchant marine. Its Southern half has been known since ancient times for its cultivation of the mastic plant – a precursor to today’s chewing gum and highly prized. Your included tour will pass through the Kambos area with its grand rambling mansions and citrus groves and we’ll also visit Pyrgi, a village unique in Greece, as all the houses are intricately decorated in a geometric ‘sgraffito’ style. Your next stop will be the village of Mesta with its labyrinthine vaulted streets – an amazingly well-preserved living medieval village. This evening you will leave Greece as you sit down for dinner amid the wood and polished brass splendour of your luxurious nautical home.

Day 7: Pergamon, Canakkale, Troy
As the Star Clipper glides into the small port of Dikili. you will have your first glimpse of Turkey’s stunning Aegean coastline. From here your included guided tour will explore the fascinating ancient Hellenistic city of Pergamon. Perched on a high rocky outcrop with stunning views, the city was famed for its library, which rivalled Alexandria’s. Knowledge then, as now, was power and so concerned were the Egyptians about this competition, they cut off supplies of papyrus, thus prompting the invention of parchment. You’ll see the remains of the Temple of Trajan, the altar of Zeus and the steepest ancient amphitheatre in the world. Pergamon was also renowned as a healing centre so we visit the Asclepion sanctuary where the sick came to be cured by having their dreams analysed! You will return to your ship in the afternoon to continue our journey along the scenic coastline to your next port of call, Canakkale and Troy.

Day 8: Canakkale, Istanbul
Today you will anchor at Canakkale, the main port along the Asian side of the famous Dardanelles Strait and from where we drive inland for an included guided tour of Troy. Who can forget the famous ‘Wooden Horse’ story, when Queen Helen of Sparta eloped with Prince Paris and her enraged husband followed - classic stuff! Today, Troy is a complex archaeological site covering nine separate cities and remains a romantic and alluring place to anyone who has read about the heroic struggles in Homer’s Iliad. On the other side of the strait lies the Gallipoli peninsula, the scene of one of the most tragic campaigns of the First World War. Over 35,000 Australian, British and New Zealanders perished here, their deaths commemorated in the many cemeteries dotted along this now peaceful and rural area. For anyone not wishing to tour Troy, another visit can be arranged (subject to minimum numbers) to the Lone Pine memorial and Anzac Cove, where the Australians landed by mistake and had to scale steep cliffs and ravines under constant bombardment. In the afternoon you will set sail on the final leg of our journey through the Sea of Marmara, to the great city of Istanbul.

Day 9: Istanbul
Istanbul, an exotic city of huge contrasts and a centre of shifting civilisations for 2,500 years. Chosen by Emperor Constantine as the eastern capital of the Roman Empire, it then became the capital of the Ottoman Empire and probably nowhere in the world can you find such an array of diverse monuments and fascinating places to see. You will visit the Blue Mosque, symbol of the city - you cannot fail to be impressed by its grace and harmony, but its real attraction is the interior lined with 20,000 blue Iznik tiles and Arabesque inscriptions. Its beauty is hardly surprising when you consider that many of the same craftsmen who built it also worked on the Taj Mahal!
You will then continue to the breathtaking Haghia Sophia, conceived as a mirror of the heavens, arguably the greatest church ever built and quite simply one of the world’s greatest architectural achievements. Built in the 6th century it was the largest enclosed space in the world for 1,400 years! The artistic highlights are the amazing Byzantine mosaics with their vibrant golds, reds and yellows. And, just as you leave, you will see a beautifully crafted massive bronze door dating from 300BC – the sheer skill of these ancient artisans will never cease to astound you.
For thousands of years Istanbul was at the centre of overland trade routes and its Grand Bazaar became home to merchants from throughout the known world. Its 4,000 shops sell all sorts of goods: mainly gold, silver, leatherwear, ceramics and carpets and in the maze of tiny shops surrounding this unique institution you can still find tiny, industrious workshops.
You will end your tour at the Topkapi Palace, the glittering imperial residence of the Sultans for a thousand years. Today, it is a spectacular museum, but in its heyday it was a city within a city, home to over 4,000 elite guards, eunuchs, courtiers and, of course, the ladies of the Harem. There is a superb display of arms from throughout history: crossbows, firearms inlaid with ivory and beautifully crafted armour from as far afield as Japan. The Treasury is breathtaking too, with an amazing array of jewellery including the world’s fifth largest diamond, emeralds, jewel-encrusted thrones and the famous Topkapi dagger – all displaying outstanding craftsmanship. After your tour you will check into your hotel for the night, the four-star Dosso Dossi on bed and breakfast. Alternatively, you may upgrade to the sumptuous the five-star Biz Cevahir Hotel.

Day 10
Today is the end of your tour and you will be transferred to the airport for your flight back home.

 

An Aegean Adventure With The Star Clipper (10 days)

ACROPOLIS HOTELS  »  DIVANI PALACE ACROPOLIS

Offering elegant rooms, Divani Palace Acropolis features breathtaking views of the Acropolis from its rooftop terrace. It is within walking distance of the new Acropolis museum and Herodion theater. A unique feature of the Divani Palace Acropolis hotel is the ancient ruins of Themistocles wall, discovered in the foundations during construction and tastefully incorporated in the hotel's architectural design.

The rooftop restaurant Acropolis Secret serves Greek and international dishes. Aspassia, the main restaurant, offers Mediterranean cuisine and breakfast in a stylish setting.

BIZ CEVAHIR HOTEL  »  BIZ CEVAHIR HOTEL

The Biz Cevahir Hotel is one of the few modern luxury hotels In the heart of the old city Sultanahmet. The hotel is decorated by the interior designer Ayse Cevahir who was greatly inspired by her love for apple tree wood. You will feel the same sensation she conveyed in her fascinating touch.

You as our guest are welcome in this unique hotel.

THE STAR CLIPPER  »  THE STAR CLIPPER

The Star Clipper is not just a cruise ship and is of a sufficiently intimate size to sail close to the shore where the views are stunning, plus visiting small, fascinating ports: so not only do you have a wonderful seafaring experience, you are simultaneously able to learn much about the areas you are sailing through. This beautiful, traditionally-built ship is living proof that craftsmanship is far from dead, making extensive use of rich hardwoods, polished brass and wrought iron fittings, marble, deep pile carpets and tasteful furnishings which all together have created a ship of outstanding harmony, beauty and luxury.

An Aegean Adventure With The Star Clipper (10 days)

An Aegean Adventure With The Star Clipper (10 days) (10 Days)

INCLUDES
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 Flights to Athens, returning from Istanbul
+One night at the Metropolitan Hotel Athens with breakfast;
+Guided tours of Athens, Monemvasia, Santorini, Patmos, Chios, Pergamon, Troy (or Galipolli, subject to minimum numbers) and Istanbul
+One night at the Crowne Plaza Old City Istanbul with breakfast+Full breakfast, buffet lunch and à la carte dinner daily whilst on Star Clipper
+All port taxes (worth £150)
+Porterage of one item of luggage per person
+All transfers
+The services of our experienced Elite Turkey Tours managers

EXCLUDES
+Turkish visa, available locally, approx £10 per person
+Cruise gratuities €8 per person per day (recommended) 

Please note in the event of unsatisfactory weather or wind conditions, Star Clipper reserves the right to proceed under motor power or reschedule itinerary. Availability of watersports subject to weather and local port authority regulations. Single rooms/cabins are subject to availability at the brochured supplements.

 

An Aegean Adventure With The Star Clipper (10 days)

An Aegean Adventure With The Star Clipper (10 days) (10 Days)

Please note that the prices below are for per person travelling. 'Twin/Double' prices per person apply when there are 2 people travelling and sharing a room. The 'Single supplement' applies for single travelers who require their own room and needs to be added to the 'Twin/Double' price. If you are happy to be paired up with another single traveler of the same sex on your tour, this can be arranged, thus avoiding the single person supplement. All our scheduled tour departures are guaranteed subject to a minimum of 2 travelers. 

From $ 3290 per person

 

An Aegean Adventure With The Star Clipper (10 days)

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Highlights

Athens, Acropolis, Plaka, Monemvasia, Caldera of Santorini, Crete, Fira, Oia, Patmos, Chora, Chios, Village of Mesta, Dikili, Pergamon, Canakkale, Troy, Anzac Cove, Istanbul, Blue Mosque, Haghia Sophia, Topkapi Palace.