Treasures of the Greek Isles

Treasures of the Greek Isles

Join me for the trip of a lifetime in the Greek Isles

Athens Mykonos Kusadasi Patmos Santorini Monemvasia Nafplio Athens
Departing July 26, 2020
Santorini
Andy Melilli
Andy Melilli — Co-Owner, CruiseExperts.com

I've taken scores of cruises all over the world which always prompts others to ask, what's my favorite. I always answer, "they're all great", and they are, but the truth is, I do have a hands-down favorite. That favorite is a 7-day cruise I took with Windstar Cruises to the Greek Isles. I vowed I'd someday do it again and finally that day has come. I'd like to invite you to join me.

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Cecily Cassiman and I are hosting an Ensemble Travel Group cruise on the amazing Wind Star, the flagship of Windstar Cruises, this July 26 sailing roundtrip from Athens, Greece.

We'll sail across the azure waters of the Aegean Sea visiting Mykonos, Kusadasi (Ephesus), Patmos, Santorini, Monemvasia, and Nafplio. If I never leave the deck of the Wind Star it will be like I had died and gone to heaven, but this itinerary is an explorer's dream. It's one that lifetime memories are made from. So we will certainly leave the deck and explore the wonders of these amazing ports.

Andy and Cecily
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Check it out and then join Cecily and me for what will truly be an adventure.

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Cruise Itinerary

Day 1 — 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.
Day 2 — 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 3 — 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 at Celsus Library in Ephesus.
Day 4 — Patmos, Greece
This UNESCO World Heritage Site is known worldwide as the sacred island where St. John wrote the Book of Revelation, Patmos is the ideal place for nature lovers with its coastline of sheer cliffs and its volcanic soil. Highlights of Patmos include the Cave of the Apocalypse and the Holy Monastery of the Apocalypse.
Day 5 — 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 6 — Monemvasia, Greece
This Gibraltar-like town tied to the mainland by a single thread of causeway holds treasures that are old even by Mediterranean standards, with town walls and several churches dating to the 12th century. Climb to the upper town for an up-close look at the castle and Agia Sophia, a Byzantine church. Wander the lanes of the lower town lined with Venetian mansions, many of which have been lovingly restored. Savor the sun on a smooth pebble beach.
Day 7 — Nafplio, Greece
This charming seaside town on the Peloponnese is one of the most romantic cities in Greece. Enjoy the medieval old town with narrow cobblestone alleys, and neoclassical mansions with bougainvillea trees adorning the balconies. Take an optional tour to the UNESCO site of Epidaurus or the UNESCO site of Mycenea, ancient ruins including the famous Lion’s Gate. Stroll the Syntagma Square and take in the beauty of the Palamidi Castle with its 999 steps carved from the rocks. The view is breathtaking.
Day 8 — 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.

Cruise Highlights

  • Spend full days in the Greek Isles with later evening visits in Santorini, Kusadasi*, Patmos, and Mykonos
  • Relax on one of the many beautiful beaches of Mykonos
  • Take an excursion to Epiduras, where people have traveled miles to be healed
  • Envelop yourself in history with at least nine UNESCO World Heritage Sites in this region
  • Tour highlights of Athens like The Parthenon, The Acropolis, Mount Lycabettus, the Temple of Hephaestus and the National Archaeological Museum
  • Find the breathtaking view from Nafplio's Palamidi Castle after climbing the 999 rock steps
  • Visit romantic ancient castles of Monemvasia

Ensemble Experience Complimentary Shore Event to Ephesus, from Kusadasi

  • See the historical splendors of Ephesus on a guided tour
  • Explore the Terrace Houses, homes of wealthy Ephesians
  • Savor lunch at a family farm
  • Enjoy a performance by a Turkish Folk Dance Group
  • Stop at the Temple of Artemis
  • Visit the chapel where the house of the Virgin Mary once stood
Terms & Conditions

*A tourist visa to visit Kusadasi, Turkey is not required on this itinerary. Day visits are covered by transit visas which are arranged for guests on board by Windstar for a nominal fee, and are not affected by current travel restrictions.

Prices are in USD, availability subject to change. Price is per person, based on double occupancy, and does not include airfare or promotion. Other restrictions apply. CruiseExperts.com reserves the right to correct mistakes and technical errors.
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