Find wonders across the breadth of the Aegean Sea, from the azure waters of Crete to the soaring spires of Istanbul, in one comprehensive 9-day voyage.
The monuments of Ephesus and Rhodes are calling, and Santorini’s blue-and-white charms are on your list of “must sees.” Yet it may be the personal moments on board that are the most memorable.
• Enjoy a private candlelight dinner at Celsus Library, the most spectacular setting in ancient Ephesus
• Investigate the car-free lower town of Monemvasía, “the Gibraltar of Greece”
• Imagine the Minoan civilization in the labyrinthine Knossos Palace in Heraklion
• Savor the scenery in Santorini, with its whitewashed buildings and “Santorini blue” domes
• Visit the medieval Palace of the Grand Masters in Rhodes
• Explore the marble, myths, and magic of Athens
• Get a glimpse of the past in Cesme’s 14th century Genoese castle
• Barter for jeweled slippers in Istanbul’s Grand Bazaar
|DEPARTURE DATES FROM ATHENS GREECE 2016|
|STAR PRIDE CRUISE SHIP|
SANTORINI PRIVATE GUIDED TOURVisually, Santorini is the most spectacular of the isles in the Cyclades. With its brilliant flooded caldera, high cliffs and charming villages, it is the Greek Isle of everyone’s dreams. Our tour will take us to Santorini’s highest peak, crowned by the Mount Profitis Ilias Monastery. At 883 feet, Mt. Profitis Ilias rugged landscape is largely composed of volcanic rocks as a result of hundreds of eruptions during the last two million years, some of them being large caldera-forming events. Here, in this remote spot, we’ll have an ideal photo opportunity to capture the beauty of this ancient island.
We’ll discover the village of Pyrgos, which was the capital of Santorini until 1800. Here we’ll be able to admire the beautiful old houses and the Venetian Fortress crowned by several churches.
Our half-day tour then takes us to one of the island’s most famous traditional wineries. Viniculture is an ancient art in Santorini, and the fact that vines thrive at all is amazing considering the fact that the island has limited water resources. But the volcanic soil is an excellent medium for producing grapes, especially the Assyrtiko grape – a rare, white variety.
After our visit, we’ll drive through the countryside to visit Oia. This traditional Greek village of whitewashed cubes is perched impossibly high on cliffs at the north west tip of the island. Here, take in the stunning views of the island from one of the charming cafés or stroll above the rooftops of the homes carved into the cliffs and gaze into the deep blue waters of the caldera far below.
From Oia village, we’ll return to the cliff top town of Fira. Our tour ends here.
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