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Valletta to Athens - Example 7 Day Cruise aboard Star Flyer
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Start your tall ship sailing expedition in Valletta, a European Art City, and a World Heritage City. city of Athens. Visit Syracuse, a city on the Ionian coast of Sicily that's known for its ancient ruins. It was once the largest city in the world, bigger than Athens and Corinth and as you can imagine it's steeped in history.  There are also knight's watchtowers, tiny chapels, and beautiful peaceful beaches to explore. Disembark in Athens, the birthplace of democracy and epicenter of western civilization, a city for all eternity.
The towering ruins of the Acropolis rise over AthensEnjoying gelato with friendsCoast of Ortigia island at city of SyracuseView of VallettaAncient ruins in Athens
Highlights
  • Visit Parco Archeologico della Neapolis, Sicily's greatest archaeological site
  • Explore the historic city of Pilos, Greece
  • Walk in the shadow of the Acropolis in the Agora and the ancient Athens
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  • Small Ship
Activity Level: Relaxed
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Day 1: Valletta, Malta | Embark

Valletta is the tiny capital of the island of Malta. The walled city was established in the 1500's on a peninsula by the Knights of St. John, a Roman Catholic order. It has a rich historical past and is a European Art City and a World Heritage City. It has an abundance of museums, palaces, and grand churches to visit but be sure not to miss out on exploring one of its beautiful gardens. Embark on Star Flyer and enjoy your first dinner on board. 

Day 2: Syracuse, Sicily

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Syracuse is a city on the Ionian coast of Sicily that's known for its ancient ruins. It was once the largest city in the world, bigger than Athens and Corinth and as you can imagine it's steeped in history. Visit Parco Archeologico della Neapolis, one of Sicily's greatest archaeological sites. Relax in one of its stylish little cafes that surround its beautiful baroque piazzas before wandering down its medieval lanes towards the sparkling blue sea.

Day 3: At Sea

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Feel the wind fill the sails and gently carry you from one gorgeous destination to the next. During your time on board, you can choose to relax on a sun lounger or cool off in one of the pools on the top deck, while more adventurous passengers may enjoy the opportunity to climb the rigging or even have a go at steering the ship. Alternatively, you can wander the interior areas of the ship and discover relaxing lounges, and a peaceful library.

Day 4: Pilos, Greece

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Homer's “Wise King Nestor” was very wise indeed to build his magnificent palace near Pilos. For the city's harbor of Navarino Bay and the land-locked lake that was the original harbor were a perfect refuge from storms – and invaders. And it was at this site on October 20, 1827, with the help of Britain, Russia, and France, that modern Greece attained independence, defeating the Turkish navy in the Battle of Navarino Bay.

Day 5: Monemvasia, Greece

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
From the shore, it's a big rock sticking out into the sea. Then you pass over the causeway, and through an iron fortress gate, and suddenly, the town of Monemvasia is before you, a perfectly preserved Byzantine fortified port, once 60,000 strong, now home to just a few hundred. You can readily see why the name Monemvasia means single entrance! In the rocky hills above, ancient Byzantine ruins loom over the town, while below a maze of red-tiled roofs and twisting alleys hide tavernas and cafes and the home of revered Greek poet Yannis Ritsos.

Day 6: Nafplio, Greece

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Nafplio is a seaport town in the Peloponnese that is one of Greece’s prettiest and most romantic towns. Elegant Venetian houses, neoclassical mansions, and interesting museums nestle beneath the towering Palamidi fortress. There are also plenty of quayside cafes to relax in and some lovely boutiques to keep the keen shoppers occupied. The town is an ideal base from which to explore many nearby ancient sites. it is a popular destination for locals from Athens so it is busy in peak season.

Day 7: Piraeus, Greece | Disembark

  • 1 Breakfast
Walking in the shadow of the Acropolis in the Agora, you can almost hear the voices of Plato, Socrates, and Aristotle arguing about who was the greatest philosopher. Ancient Athens, the birthplace of democracy and epicenter of western civilization, is a city for all eternity. Disembark after breakfast and continue your independent trip back home. 

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Star Flyer Category 6 Cabin
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Located on the Commodore Deck, 4 Inside Staterooms (no portlight) have upper and lower Pullman style bunk beds, ample closet and storage space, a private bathroom with shower, and a sitting area with desk, vanity, and seating. All staterooms have their own thermostat-controlled air-conditioning, telephone, private safe, and hairdryer.
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Category 5
Located on the Clipper & Commodore Decks, 6 Outside Staterooms w/porthole (#139,136,300,301,342,345), with Portlight, with raised Fixed Double Bed (43 inches (1.09 m) off the floor / raised about 4-feet off the ground and steps/stairs are provided in order to reach bed) Ample closet and storage space, private bathroom with shower, and a sitting area with desk, vanity, and seating. All staterooms have their own thermostat-controlled air-conditioning, telephone, television with DVD player, private safe, and hairdryer. 2 Inside Staterooms (Inside/no porthole = cabin 404 & 406) feature Two Twin beds that convert to a double (no portlight) ample closet and storage space, private bathroom with shower, and a sitting area with desk, vanity, and seating. All staterooms have their own thermostat-controlled air-conditioning, telephone, television with DVD player, private safe, and hair dryer. The inside Category 5 is also equipped with an additional Pullman bed (upper bunk) to accommodate a third guest/child.
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Category 4
Located on the Commodore Deck, 20 Outside Staterooms with 1 Portlight, two twin beds that convert to a double, ample closet and storage space, a private bathroom with shower, and a sitting area with desk, vanity, and seating. All staterooms have their own thermostat-controlled air-conditioning, telephone, television with DVD player, private safe, and hairdryer. Some staterooms are equipped with additional bedding (upper Pullman-upper bunk bed) to accommodate a third guest.
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Category 3
Located on the Clipper & Commodore Decks, 20 Outside Staterooms with 1 Portlight, two twin beds that convert to a double, ample closet and storage space, private bathroom with shower, and a sitting area with desk, vanity, and seating. All staterooms have their own thermostat-controlled air-conditioning, telephone, television with DVD player, private safe, and hairdryer. Some staterooms are equipped with additional bedding (upper Pullman-upper bunk bed) to accommodate a third guest
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Category 2
Located on the Clipper Deck, 24 Outside Staterooms with 1 Portlight, two twin beds that convert to a double, ample closet and storage space, a private bathroom with shower, and a sitting area with desk, vanity, and seating. All staterooms have their own thermostat-controlled air-conditioning, telephone, television with DVD player, private safe, and hairdryer. Some staterooms are equipped with additional bedding (upper Pullman-upper bunk bed) to accommodate a third guest.
Star Flyer, Star Clipper Cabin
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Category 1
Located on the Main & Sun Decks, 8 Outside Staterooms (with 1 Window + 1 Portlight) located on the Main deck - have a full windowed door leading to the main deck, two lower beds that convert into a double-sized bed, ample closet and storage space, private bathroom with whirlpool tub and shower, and a living area with desk, vanity, and sofa. All deluxe staterooms have their own thermostat-controlled air-conditioning, mini bar, telephone, television with DVD player, private safe, hairdryer, bathrobes.
Star Flyer Owner's Cabin
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Owner's Cabin (Double)
Located on the Clipper Deck, Cabin with 4 Portlights, one fixed double-sized bed, ample closet and storage space, private bathroom with whirlpool tub and shower, and a spacious living area with desk, vanity, and wrap-around sectional sofa. All suites have their own thermostat-controlled air-conditioning, mini bar, telephone, television with DVD player, private safe, hairdryer, bathrobes. Cabin Stewart service and complimentary mini-bar (an exception to champagne)

Notes

Included in cruise fare:
  • Accommodation
  • Full board meal plan with mineral water, tea and coffee served during meal times
Not included in cruise fare:
  • Any items of a personal nature such as laundry, telephone calls, and purchases from the gift shop
  • Shore excursions are not included but can be purchased onboard
  • Gratuity to staff
  • Alcoholic beverages
  • Medical services travel insurance or visas
  • All transfers to/from the boat from airports
  • International and domestic airfare

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