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Malta, Sicily & Greece

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Start your tall ship sailing expedition in the city of Valletta, European Art City, and a World Heritage City. 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. See the perfectly preserved Byzantine fortified port in Monemvasia which was home to 60,000 people but now home to just a few hundred. Visit Spetses and explore its rich history through its museums, churches, and cathedrals. Disembark in Athens, the birthplace of democracy and epicenter of western civilization, a city for all eternity.

Day-by-Day Summary

Day 1 : Valleta, Malta | Embark
Day 2 : Syracuse, Sicily
Day 3 : At sea
Day 4 : Pilos, Greece
Day 5 : Monemvasia, Greece
Day 6 : Nafplio, Greece
Day 7 : Piraeus (Port of Athens), Greece
Day 8 : At Sea
Day 9 : Morning sailing through Samos Strait | Kusadasi, Turkey
Day 10 : Patmos, Greece
Day 11 : Amorgos, Greece
Day 12 : Mykonos, Greece
Day 13 : Spetses, Greece
Day 14 : Piraeus (Port of Athens), Greece | Disembark

Highlights

  • Visit Parco Archeologico della Neapolis, Sicily's greatest archaeological site
  • Walk the historic streets of Pilos, Greece
  • See the perfectly preserved Byzantine fortified port in Monemvasia
  • Tour the famous archeological site at Ephesus
  • Explore the historical museums, churches and cathedrals in Spetses

Ship

Star Flyer

Places Visited

Activities

Trip Type

  • Small Ship

Activity Level

Relaxed

Trip Snapshots

Coast of Ortigia island at city of Syracuse View of Valletta Charming streets of Mykonos, Greece The sunny coast of Sardinia The towering ruins of the Acropolis rise over Athens

Day 1 Valleta, Malta | Embark

Valletta is the tiny capital of the island of Malta. The walled city was established in the 1500s 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.

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 (Port of Athens), Greece

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
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.

Day 8 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 9 Morning sailing through Samos Strait | Kusadasi, Turkey

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Each Star Clippers ship offers a traditional and elegant way to see the world. 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, a revitalizing spa (Royal Clipper only) and a peaceful library.

Kusadasi is a popular Turkish port of call for cruise ships, as not only is it a bustling resort town full of shops, bars, and restaurants, but it is also the main access point for the famous archeological site at Ephesus. Extensive excavations have revealed an ancient city through which visitors can now wander and observe the wonders of a bygone civilization. Near Kusadasi, on Turkey’s turquoise coast, we make a stop at Camlimani, a small pellucid bay. Swim at the beach, snorkel, stroll the pine-scented grounds, or have a run at the rides in the aquapark.

Day 10 Patmos, Greece

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
This serene island is known as the site of the apocalyptic revelations of St. John the Divine, The cave where he is said to have lived is now the site of the Monastery of the Apocalypse. It houses priceless icons and manuscripts in its treasury.

Day 11 Amorgos, Greece

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Amorgós’ cliff-clinging monastery of Hozoviotissas has one of the most spectacular locations of any in Greece. Only a few monks live in the cavernous 50-room monastery, but the view from their terrace aerie might make you think they had all flown to heaven from this very spot.

Day 12 Mykonos, Greece

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
One of the most cosmopolitan of all the Greek Islands, Mykonos is a contrast of rocky hills and beautiful beaches. Hora, the capital, spreads around a colorful harbor, a popular meeting place, overlooked by a variety of tavernas, in which fishing boats nestle side by side with luxury yachts.

Day 13 Spetses, Greece

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Spetses, an island boasting a long naval tradition, is famous for its significant contribution to the 1821 War of Independence. Take a romantic trip around the island in horse-drawn carriages and admire the grand mansions adorning the narrow cobbled streets of the island. Due to its rich history, there are many attractions worthy of a visit including museums, churches, and cathedrals. There are also many beautiful beaches within easy reach where you can soak up the sun or take part in the water sports on offer.

Day 14 Piraeus (Port of Athens), 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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$2,820
Star Flyer Category 6 Cabin
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Category 6
Located on the Commodore Deck, this inside stateroom features upper/lower berths and a private bathroom with shower.
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Category 5
Located on the Clipper & Commodore Decks, this inside/outside stateroom features two lower beds, double beds, or triple berths and a marble-lined bathroom with shower. In several cabins beds are raised 4' off the ground with a small ladder to bed.
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Category 4
Located on the Commodore Deck, this outside stateroom features two lower beds, double bed, or triple berths and a marble-lined bathroom with shower.
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Category 3
Located on the Clipper & Commodore Decks, this outside stateroom features two lower beds, double bed, or triple berths, and a marble-lined bathroom with shower.
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Category 2
Located on the Clipper Deck, this large outside stateroom features two lower beds, double bed, or triple berths and a marble-lined bathroom with shower.
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Category 1
Located on the Main & Sun Decks, this deluxe outside deck stateroom features two lower beds that convert to a double bed, minibar, marble-lined bathroom with whirlpool bath, and cabin doors that open onto deck.
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Owner's Cabin
Located on the Clipper Deck, this luxurious large outside stateroom features a double bed, sitting area, minibar, and private marble bath with whirlpool bath.

Notes

Single supplement: A single supplement fare is available at 150% of the published cruise fare for categories 2-6. It is available at 200% for category 1 cabins, Deluxe Suites, and Owner's Suites. Single space is capacity controlled and may not be available on all departures.

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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Our guide and driver were very good with their knowledge and were very helpful with our questions. It was a very pleasant visit that would have been impossible to do on our own. Hotels and restaurants were fantastic. The special places we got to go to, like the kitchens, were great. Enjoyed the entire trip!
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