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Trip Type : Small Ship Cruise
Greek Isles & Turkish Delights tour

Greek Isles & Turkish Delights

5.0 . Excellent
Travel Style: A lot of free time, with very few inclusions. Ideal for independent and/or low-key travelers and cruisers. Relaxed
Physical Level: Some walking over short or flat distances. Some trips may include cycling options. Some are wheelchair friendly (check for individual trips). Some cruises. Easy
Lodging Level: The highest level of comfort and service. All accomodations are in four or five star hotels, boutique lodges or high-end homestays. Luxury - 5 star
7 days
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  • The Parthenon and the Acropolis in Athens
  • Palace of the Grand Masters in Rhodes
  • White-washed buildings and blue domes of Santorini
  • Blue Mosque and Grand Bazaar in Istanbul
  • Chic boutiques and cafés of Mykonos
  • Visit Ephesus and the House of Mary from Kusadasi
  • Yacht deck barbecue

Short Description

A single voyage covers thousands of years of civilization's greatest feats – from the Acropolis of Athens to the palaces of Istanbul. Explore the tiny streets and narrow alleys of Mykonos, and escape to Delos, the fabled island of Apollo, where you'll walk in the ancient footsteps of the gods. Listen for echoes of history as you explore Ephesus, the world's largest outdoor archaeological site, and treat yourself to superlative grilled seafood, accompanied by an ouzo salute to the sunset. From the coffee houses of Bodrum to the country lanes of Rhodes, discover the Greek Isles as they were meant to be traveled, in private yacht style.

Small ship cruises usually have a max passenger count of 500. The primary purpose of these trips is to spend time off the vessel in local ports (e.g. Mediterranean) or experiencing nature (e.g Galapagos or Antarctica). Cabins can vary from budget to luxury.
Trip Type Small Ship Cruise
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Itinerary Focus Classic Highlights
The highest level of comfort and service. All accomodations are in four or five star hotels, boutique lodges or high-end homestays.
Lodging Level Luxury - 5 star
Flights & Transport Only ground transport
Start City Istanbul
End City Athens
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Day 1 & 2: 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 3: Kusadasi, Turkey

Kusadasi offers many historic sites including the Virgin Mary House, but it is Ephesus that steals the show. Once an important trading stop along the Silk Road, its well-preserved ruins reflect what was one of the most beautiful and advanced cities of the ancient world. Walk the marble-lined streets past the huge theater where St. Paul once preached, the gladiator’s graveyard, the incomparable facade of the Celsus Library. If you were wealthy, you might have lived in one of the grand terrace houses, their ornate frescoes and mosaics still shining. You would have shopped at the agora, worked out at the gymnasium, and bathed in the public baths. Life was good. But they didn’t have a graceful private yacht waiting for them in the harbor.

Day 4: Rhodes, Greece

Even without the ancient Colossus standing guard over the harbor, it’s an impressive sight. Gazing up at the city walls rising from sheer cliffs, you can imagine the despair the various forces must have felt over the eons as they repeatedly (and often fruitlessly) laid siege. You, however, are greeted warmly upon arrival and welcomed into the cobblestoned old town, one of the best-preserved medieval cities in Europe. There are no cars here, just passageways designed for knights in shining armor, medieval inns that once housed them, and museums that tell of the many civilizations that collided here at the meeting point of three continents. Walk beyond the walls to the “new” city with its elegant Venetian buildings, stroll Rodini Park where Julius Caesar, Brutus, and Marc Anthony studied rhetoric, or head to Elli beach for sun and golden sand.

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

Cruise into the largest caldera in the world and you’re in Santorini, a vision in whitewash white, volcanic black, and blue. A blue so distinctive and bright it’s become known as “Santorini blue” everywhere but in Santorini, where it’s called kyanos. What most people don’t know is that the people of the Cyclades don’t simply like the color, they believe it keeps away evil, a job it must do extremely well as it’s hard to imagine a more sublime place to spend the day. Catch iconic photos from traditional Greek windmills to donkeys with colorful collars and bells around their necks. And don’t miss the romantic village of Oía with its cave houses (once the homes of sailors) and boxy white houses (which belonged to ship owners). 

Day 7: Mykonos, Greece

Weather permitting... today we visit Mykonos, the classic Greek isle, with hundreds of white-washed churches and cubist houses; round, thatched windmills catching the brisk breeze; and a harbor bobbing with fishing boats and luxury yachts. Sit in the shadow of a café and watch as native fishermen and jet set Europeans pass by. Or explore the Parportiani church, a Byzantine architectural masterpiece.

Day 8: Athens, Greece

Here, in the city that cradled western civilization, walk in footsteps that echo with the history of 3,000 years. The very names are legends. The Acropolis, standing high above the city, facing the brilliant blue waters of the Aegean. The Parthenon, standing majestically in honor of Athena, the city’s patron. Pull yourself back into the present in Athens’ charming shops and coffee houses.


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Ship Stats

Guest Capacity: 148

Guest Decks: 4

Crew Members: 101

Length: 360 feet (110 meters) at waterline; 440 feet (134 meters) including bowsprit

Draft: 14 feet (4.1 meters)


Wind Spirit: 5,736 gross registered tons (grt)

Wind Star: 5,307 gross registered tons (grt)

Beam: 52.1 feet (15.8 meters)

Sails: 6 triangular, self-furling, bridgeoperated sails with 21,500 square feet (or 2,200 square meters) of Dacron surface area

Masts: 4 at 204 feet (62 meters)

Engines: 3 diesel electric generator sets, 1 electrical propulsion motor

Speed: 10 knots with engines only; up to 15.8 knots with prevailing wind

Ship’s Registry: Bahamas

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Flights & Transport

Only ground transport

Group Size:

Standard Group

Cancellation Policy:

Each booking cancelled before 120 days prior to initial departure will be subject to a $50 per person cancellation fee.  A full refund (except for the amounts paid for Cancellation Protection Plan and the $50 per person fee) will be made for written cancellations received by Windstar Cruises at least 121 days prior to the date on which you are to commence travel by any mode of transportation booked through Windstar Cruises (air, sea, or land). Guests who cancel after that date for any reason, including medical or family reasons, are subject to the following cancellation fee schedule:

  • 120-90 days before commencing travel  – 15% of gross fare (deposit);
  • 89-60 days before commencing travel  – 35% of gross fare;
  • 59-30 days before commencing travel  –  50% of gross fare;
  • 29-0 days before commencing travel  –  100% of gross fare.

Windstar Cruises can only be responsible for refunding amounts actually received. Travel agencies may impose their own cancellation fees. Agency fees of any nature are a matter to be decided on solely by the agency and guests. Windstar Cruises passenger contracts are non-transferable. Name changes and departure date changes are considered reservation cancellations/re-bookings and are subject to cancellation fees. Changes require the prior approval of Windstar Cruises and may not always be possible.

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