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Date: May 16 - 24, 2022
Host: Locally guided aboard Star Pride
Cost: Civilized Adventures Special Offer - See costing tab and call us for details!

Greek temples and Turkish mosques punctuate the golden coastlines of these ancient rival nations throughout this 9-day coastal exploration of the Aegean Sea, scenic Dardanelles and the Sea of Maramara. Transit the narrow, time saving Corinth Canal to Itea and the sacred ruins of the Sanctuary of Apollo, the former home of the ancient world’s most respected oracle. Sip tart and flavorful white wines made from local grapes grown atop the windy ridges of Santorini. Hike between black lava rocks and white pumice stones to the smoldering crater on Neo Kameni. Shop for fresh fruits and vegetables in an open Turkish market with a local chef, then return to his Bodrum restaurant and cook up Turkish meals paired with regional wines and beer. Stroll in the shade of former terrace houses and columned buildings in ancient Ephasus prior to a late-night stay in the markets and cafes of Kusadasi, Turkey.

Highlights:

  • Newly renovated all-suite ship
  • From Canakkale see the ruins of Troy and Trojan Horse statue
  • Discover the island of Delos, a UNESCO site and the mythical birthplace of the god Apollo
  • Visit memorable Ephesus and the House of Mary from Kusadasi
  • Enjoy late night stays in Bodrum and Kusadasi and get a flavor of the local life there
  • Appreciate the beauty of the whitewashed buildings and blue domes of Santorini
  • Transit the narrow Corinth Canal, so close you can almost reach out and touch the walls
  • Visit the Delphi Archeological Museum, which contains some of the finest works of art in Greece.

Questions? Please contact one of the Civilized Adventures’ Custom Travel Advisors at info@civilizedadv.com

© Images courtesy of Windstar Cruises

Brief Itinerary

Day 1: Istanbul, Turkey
Ah, Constantinople, Queen of Cities and the Door to Happiness. Istanbul is the only city in the world built on two continents—Europe and Asia—and its appeal is truly universal. The Romans, Byzantines, and Ottomans all ruled their empires from here, leaving behind some of their finest monuments and a fascinating blend of cultures. Visit the harem at Topkapi Palace, where the clatter of silver soles once warned concubines of the approaching sultan. Admire the Iznik tiles and stained glass windows of the Blue Mosque, and the mystical light bathing the nave of Hagia Sofia. Shop the Grand Bazaar for a coffee cezve, magic lamp, embroidered slippers, or hand-woven kilim. Temper a tiny cup of potent Turkish coffee with bites of sweet lokum (Turkish delight).
Day 2: Canakkale, Turkey
Steeped in antiquity and fascinating intrigue, the region and its famous Trojan War were long considered legend because of the fact that no one could find them. After approximately 4,000 years, the treasured antiquities from the legendary city have been uncovered. Enjoy the beauty of this strategically located city on the shores of both the Marmara and Aegean Seas.
Day 3: Mykonos, Greece
Wake this morning to the postcard-like scene of Mykonos, the classic Greek isle dotted with hundreds of whitewashed churches and thatch-roofed windmills, in a harbor bobbing with fishing boats and luxurious private yachts. An optional tour including a scenic ferry ride takes you back to the 6th   century B.C. to the tiny island of Delos, a UNESCO site and the mythical birthplace of Apollo.
Day 4: Kusadasi, Turkey
Few places offer such a rich combination of history and scenic beauty. In Ephesus, one of the greatest outdoor museums in the world, you’ll explore legendary sites steeped in history. Also visit the houses of Bulbul Mountain, where the roof of one forms the terrace of the next. This evening we present our Destination Discovery Event — dinner in the moonlight and a concert near the  Celsus Library or on Harbor Street in ancient Ephesus.
Day 5: Bodrum, Turkey
The 15th-century Castle of St. Peter, built by the Crusaders, presides over the city’s dual harbors. Colorful peacocks strut their stuff trying to claim your attention, but they have nothing on the white sugar cube houses, palm-lined boulevards, and shockingly blue Aegean below. For a picture-perfect seaside playground, Bodrum offers a surprisingly rich history, or maybe it’s the other way around. Visit the Mausoleum of Halicarnassus, one of the original Seven Wonders of the Ancient World. Surrender to the captivating magic of bathtub-warm waters and the Marina. Shop the bazaar for Milas cloth scarves and silver jewelry. Stroll the marina to see the other private yachts in port. (None as grand as yours, of course.)
Day 6: Santorini, Greece
As our ship approaches the spectacular cliffs rising from the deep azure sea, you’ll understand the magic of this area, where some say the ruins of Atlantis remain hidden. Visit the village of Oia and see the iconic Santorini blue domes or take a guided tour of Bronze Age excavations at the UNESCO site of Akrotiri. Toast the day with a crisp, cold glass of local Assyrtiko wine. 
Day 7: At sea
Today will be at sea, which affords you plenty of time to relax and enjoy the amenities and entertainment onboard Star Pride.
Day 8: Delphi, Greece
Before there were fortune cookies there was the oracle of Delphi, dating back to 1400 B.C. The oracle gave cryptic guidance to the leaders of the day and was so highly respected that Delphi, now a UNESCO World Heritage Site, became known as the center of the world. An optional tour lets you go exploring, from the Temple of Apollo to the Delphi Archaeological Museum, which contains some of the finest works of art in Greece. 
Day 9: Athens, Greece
With 3,000 years of history, you can’t turn around in Athens without encountering the past. The Acropolis, a UNESCO site, the Plaka, and the Acropolis Museum are must-sees. But leave time if you can to climb Pnyx Hill for photos of the Parthenon at sunset, to buy your own set of Greek komboloi (worry beads), and to explore the metro stations that serve as mini-museums for the relics that are constantly being unearthed.  

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Plan extra time before and after your cruise to experience the UNESCO sites of Istanbul and Athens. Please contact us, about possible extension options.

Starting July 2021, this all-suite ship will complete renovation as part of the $250 Million Star Plus Initiative to provide more of what our guests love.

New public areas, including two new dining venues, a new spa, infinity pool, and fitness area. The ship also boasts all new bathrooms in every suite and a new category of Star suites, featuring a new layout.

Carrying only 312 guests, Star Pride still tucks into narrow waterways like the Corinth Canal.

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Includes:

  • Accommodations for 8 nights onboard the Star Pride
  • All meals in all venues at all times, including room service menu available 24 hours
  • All non-alcoholic beverages, including cappuccino, espresso, and other specialty non-alcoholic drinks
  • Welcome cocktails at reception
  • All onboard entertainment
  • Unlimited use of Fitness Center
  • Unlimited use water sports equipment
  • Informative nightly port talks and destination briefings

Excludes:

  • International flights to Istanbul/ home from Athens
  • Travel & Personal accident insurance (strongly recommended)
  • Port, security, and handling fees of US$180 per person (additional charges)
  • Shore activities (chargeable)
  • Onboard gratuities for room stewards and dining staff
  • All items of a personal nature including spa
  • Any increases due to circumstances beyond our control

Cost

Starting in Istanbul, Turkey /Ending in Athens, Greece:

Civilized Adventures Special Offer - Price starting from US$3,359* per person :

  • Twin share in Category Star Porthole Suite (entry level cabin)
  • Please inquire if interested in Single Supplement

Our recommended category on this ship is Balcony Suite (best cabin placement), starting from US$4,709* per person. Other cabins available, ask us for more details!

Civilized Adventures Bonus US$100 shipboard credit per person.

Book with confidence! Cancel up to 121 days or greater from travel and get a full refund (less a US$100 p.p. admin. fee).

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* Port taxes of US$180 per person are additional. 

All quoted prices effective at time of publication (May 11, 2021). A deposit of 15% reserves your space. Itinerary is subject to change due to improvements or changes in local conditions; prices are subject to change.