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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 Honeymoon

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 Honeymoon (10 Days)

An Aegean Adventure With The Star Clipper

The Star Clipper is a magnificent sailing ship for those who want the sailing experience with the option of taking things easy and relaxing on the voyage in luxurious surroundings. Hand built, using traditional methods out of hardwoods, marble, polished brass and furnished with sumptuous carpets and furnishings, it is truly a ship of immense beauty and luxury.

An Aegean Adventure With the Star Clipper Honeymoon

An Aegean Adventure With the Star Clipper Honeymoon (10 Days)

Day 1 ATHENS
Upon arrival at Athens airport, you will be taken to the four­star Divani Palace Acropolis Hotel where you will stay for bed and breakfast. 

Day 2 ATHENS
After breakfast, you will take a walking tour of Athens visiting one of the ancient wonders of the world, the Acropolis. As you get to the top of the hill you will see the magnificent Parthenon with its marble columns creating an iconic skyline. You will also visit the Acropolis Museum where you can see through the glass floors into the excavations of houses and streets beneath. After a short stroll through the Agora, the political and public life in ancient Athens, you will arrive at the charming district of Plaka. Consisting of narrow streets of whitewashed houses with colourful geraniums in pots, neo­classical mansions and lively tavernas, it dates back to the 18th Century and there are many museums. You will then be free for a leisurely lunch, perhaps some shopping in the flea-market and exploration before, in the late afternoon, leaving for the Piraeus Harbour where you will join the SPV Star Clipper. When you have settled in, you will have dinner as the ship slips from port, passing the city lights on its way to the first port of call, Monemvasia in the Peloponnese. 

Day 3 MONEMVASIA
On deck, for a pre­breakfast stroll in the fresh sea breeze, you will see the plateau that is the 'Gibraltar of the East' or Monemvasia rise out of the Aegean. Connected to the mainland by a causeway, the island was separated by an earthquake in 375 AD and was at its heyday during the Middle Ages and was well known for Malmsey wine (the brother of Richard III drowned in a vat of it). In recent history, it has seen a resurgence in popularity and many of the buidings have been restored with many turned into hotels and is now considered to be a time capsule of a traditional Greek town.
There will be plenty of time to wander down the narrow streets, visit a taverna or even climbing the steep path leading to the Upper Town where you may see the mountains of Crete on a clear day.
Back on board, with the sunset behind, you will sail Eastwards towards the Greek İslands and arguable the world's most stunning archipelago. 

Day 4 SANTORINI, FIRA, OIA
As you stand on deck, you will experience the magnificence of the huge caldera of Santorini as the ship sails past 1000 foot cliffs with typical greek architectural houses set on top. Due to the biggest volcanic explosions in history in the Bronze Age, most of the island was decimated along with the Mınoan civilization in Crete 60 miles away. You can see pummice stones floating in the water and a small crater is still active today in the centre of the bay. Fira is the main town on top of the cliffs and can be reached by roads on the eastern side, by climbing a steep z­shaped path on foot or by donkey or by steep cable car. There are museums, a cathedral and stunning panoramic views. You will visit the highest point of the island and some of the interesting villages on the island. The tour will end with free time in the cliff­top village of Oia before the drive back to Fira and the ship. As the ship sails later in the evening, you will be able to see the sun setting onto the water with the beautiful backdrop of the caldera. 

Day 5 PATMOS
Today the ship arrives in Patmos, one of the northernmost islands of the Dodecanese and is known as the 'Jerusalem of the Aegean' as St. John wrote the Book of Revelation here. Your tour begins by leaving the picturesque port of Skala to visit the Grotto of the Apocalypse, where St. John resided for 2 years, and is now an actively used chapel. Chora is the capital of Patmos and is built around the imposing Monastery of St. John the Theologian built in the 12th century. This impressive structure consists of eight chapels, courtyards, terraces and galleries with colourful frescoes. The museum has many artifacts including 5th century manuscripts, chalices, jewellery and crucifixes. You will also be able to visit the three­hundred year old mansion that belongs to the Simandiris family. It contains a fabulous collection of antiques, silverware, paintings and furnishings. You will then have the rest of the day to explore the pretty whitewashed houses lining the narrow streets before heading back to the ship for an evening sailing. 

Day 6 CHİOS ISLAND, KAMBOS AREA, VİLLAGE OF MESTA
Chios Island is the fifth largest of the Greek islands and is famous for its mastic groves, from which it produces mastic gum giving it the nickname of the mastic island. Your tour will take you through the Kambos region with sprawling mansions and scented citrus groves until you arrive at the Greek village of Pyrgi where the houses are decorated in the 'sgraffito' style of delicate geometric patterns. You will also visit the village of Mesta which is a best preserved medieval fortified village untouched for centuries. The entire village was built as a maze of labyrinthine cobbled streets as protection against raids. Back on board ship, while you have dinner in sumptuous surroundings, you will sail away from Greece and head towards Turkey.

Day 7 PERGAMON, CANAKKALE, TROY
The ship will sail along the stunning coastline of the Aegean as it arrives at the small port of Dikili. You will disembark and travel to Pergamon located at the top of a high rocky outcrop. Here, you will be able to see the Library of Pergamon, the second best of ancient Greek civilization, the Temple of Trajan, the altar of Zeus and the steepest ancient amphitheatre in the world. You will also see the Asclepion or healing centre dedicated to the god of healing where people would bathe in the sacred spring and the god Asclepius would appear in their dreams and tell them how to heal themselves. İn the afternoon, you will return to the ship to continue along the coast, enjoying the beautiful scenery to the next port of call, Canakkale and Troy. 

Day 8 CANAKKALE, ISTANBUL
You will arrive at Canakkale, the main port on the Asian side of the Dardanelles from where you will be taken to visit Troy, where according to Homer’s Iliad, the Trojan Wars took place. On your guided tour of the archaeological site covering nine cities, you will see the Temple of Athena, the Sanctuary, the Odeon and a replica of the famous wooden horse. You will travel to the Gallipoli Peninsula to visit various sites from World War l. Gallipoli is most well known for the failed offensive of the Allied Forces in 1915. Anzac Cove was the landing site for the Australian and New Zealand Army Corps (ANZAC) on 25 established field hospitals and jetties for landing supplies. You will also see other sites such as the Lone Pine Australian Memorial and Chunuk Bair New Zealand Memorial. In the afternoon, you will return to the ship for the final leg of the tour, through the Sea of Marmara to Istanbul. 

Day 9 ISTANBUL
As you arrive in Istanbul, the largest city in Turkey, you will notice it is a city of contrasts, ancient and modern, eastern and western which gives it an air of exoticism. Your tour will begin with a visit to Hagia Sophia. As one of the best surviving examples of Byzantine architecture and originally a basilica built by Emperor Justinian in th century, Hagia Sophia, the Church of the Divine Wisdom, is the 6 often referred to as one of the Wonders of the World because of its rich decoration and its many stunning mosaic frescoes. Opposite the Hagia Sophia, stands the Blue Mosque, renowned for its 20,000 blue Iznik tiles and unique architecture featuring six minarets. Sultan Ahmed 1 allegedly broke ground when he had it built. When you enter the Hippodrome, you will see where the important political discussions were held as well as athletics and chariot races took place. Some other features adorning the Hippodrome are The Serpentine Column, the Obelisk of th April 1915, where they Theodosius and the German Fountain of Wilhelm II. You will be able to visit the world’s largest covered bazaar at the aptly­named Grand Covered Bazaar. This marketplace includes almost 4000 shops selling everything from leather goods, gold, carpets, jewellery and souvenirs.
The tour will end with a visit to the magnificent Topkapi Palace. This palace has four courtyards, many smaller buildings, extensive parks and gardens and was used as the official residence of the Ottoman Sultans for four hundred years until it was turned into a museum in 1924. The first two courtyards are parks and gardens with the palace kitchens to the right in the second, now housing galleries with imperial collections of crystal, silver and Chinese porcelain. The third courtyard is where the Harem is located and is where the Sultan’s wives, concubines, eunuchs and children lived. It now contains the Audience Hall, the Library of Ahmet lll and houses a fabulous collection of Imperial costumes and jewellery of the treasury along with an impressive collection of miniature medieval manuscripts. You can also see a footprint of The Prophet Muhammed along with an ornamental jewel­encrusted throne and the famous Topkapi dagger. At the end of the tour, you will check into the four­star Dosso Dossi hotel for bed and breakfast or alternatively, you may upgrade to the lavish five­star Biz Cevahir Hotel. 

Day 10
You will be transferred to the airport for your flight home.

An Aegean Adventure With the Star Clipper Honeymoon

An Aegean Adventure With the Star Clipper Honeymoon (10 Days)

An Aegean Adventure With the Star Clipper Honeymoon

An Aegean Adventure With the Star Clipper Honeymoon (10 Days)

An Aegean Adventure With the Star Clipper Honeymoon

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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.