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Antiquities of the Adriatic & Greece - 9 Night Cruise Only Offer - Venice to Athens (WIN15932)

From Santorini, take a tour of the Bronze Age excavations at UNESCO site Akrotiri,

Tour Departure: Jun 3, 2021


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OutsideA$6575
SuiteA$9910

Highlights

From Santorini, take a tour of the Bronze Age excavations at UNESCO site Akrotiri,. Enjoy your 9 night voyage on board Wind Surf from  Venice to Athens.

Inclusions:

9 Night Cruise only offer includes:

  • 9 Night Cruise from Venice to Athens onboard Wind Surf
  • All main meals and entertainment onboard (excludes specialty restaurants)
  • All non-alcoholic beverages, including specialty tea and coffee drinks
  • Ocean views from all beautifully appointed staterooms or suites
  •  Champagne welcome reception
  • Cooking demonstrations powered by the James Beard Foundation and recipes by James Beard Foundation chefs
  • Port charges 
Other cabin categories can be requested. Please enquire for pricing.

Itinerary

Day 1:Venice, Italy
The magical canal city of Venice is one of the most romantic places on earth. Exploring the winding streets and alleys, crossing bridges and ducking around corners to find hidden squares, palaces and churches, you may imagine you are in another world – the city looks much the same as it did some 600 years ago. Popular tourist sights attract crowds, such as St. Mark’s Square and the 5-domed Basilica di San Marco, with its gilded interior and jewel-encrusted altarpiece, and the 14th century Doge’s Palace. It’s also easy to escape the crowds. Vaporettos (water buses) are the way locals get around and a fun way to navigate the Grand Canal waterway, really the city’s main “street.” There are discoveries at each stop. Art lovers will want to check out the Peggy Guggenheim Collection, where you’ll find works by Picasso, Kandinsky, Klee, Mondrian, and Dalí. The Galleria dell'Accademia is the place to admire Venetian art from the 13th to 18th centuries. A fascinating visit is the historic Jewish Ghetto, where Jews were restricted to live in the 16th century and where synagogues (some still active) are hidden on the upper floors of apartment buildings. 
Thu 3 Jun 2021
Depart 4:00 PM
Day 2:Zadar, Croatia
Something here will capture your heart. A Roman amphitheater, 9th century churches, and museums packed with Byzantine-era artworks crowd the peninsula that tidily contains the Old Town. It’s a tempting way to spend the day for sure. While away the day listening to Zadar’s giant Sea Organ, a haunting musical improv performed by the surging Adriatic or share a bench with a sun-drunk cat as you bite into a truffle.
Fri 4 Jun 2021
9:00 AM to 5:00 PM
Day 3:Komiza, Vis Island, Croatia
Komiza and the island of Vis have a reputation for gastronomic delights, partially because of the high quality of their local produce and the abundance of delicious seafood, accompanied by the well-respected playa wines produced there. To work up an appetite take a hike up 1,926-foot-high Mount Hum with its glorious views over Komiza or a boat ride out to the Blue Cave, or wander the streets of this beautiful old stone fishing village.
Sat 5 Jun 2021
8:00 AM to 5:00 PM
Day 4:Dubrovnik, Croatia
Thanks to the fact you are on a small Windstar yacht, you’ll have the extraordinary experience of looking up at the magnificent medieval walls and red rooftops of the Old Town of Dubrovnik as your ship anchors nearby (larger ships can’t get near). As you head ashore you’ll quickly realize why, on a Dalmatian Coast cruise, Dubrovnik is the crown jewel. In the Old Town, where no cars are allowed, walking along the fortifications and wandering the marble streets you may imagine you’re back in the 14th century. You can visit a pharmacy founded in 1317. With its historic atmosphere, it’s not surprising that Old Town starred in the TV show “Game of Thrones.” Show-focused tours point out the sights. Adventure tours explore the Adriatic Sea with such activities as swimming and snorkeling in Croatia’s Blue Grotto, the Modra Spilja Cave, in water that is startlingly blue. There is also opportunity to kayak past the walls of Old Town and to spend time on secluded beaches. Or travel into the countryside to explore Croatian farm life.
Sun 6 Jun 2021
8:00 AM to 9:00 PM
Day 5:Monopoli, Italy
Quaint and charming, Monopoli has many sites within easy walking distance.  Start at the colorful street market and head toward the cathedral, built in 1693 with a tower that is 197 feet high. Past the cathedral is part of the seafront and a promenade and the beautiful Church of Santa Maria della Zaffira and the impressive Charles V Castle, built in 1552. The little harbors that make up the port are full of brightly colored boats and fishermen busily mending their nets.
Mon 7 Jun 2021
9:00 AM to 5:00 PM
Day 6:Corfu, Greece
One of the most beautiful and popular islands, located on the Ionian Sea, Corfu has wonderful beaches and small villages throughout the island. Take in the Venetian influence at the two fortresses located in Old Town, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. 
Tue 8 Jun 2021
9:00 AM to 6:00 PM
Day 8:Santorini, Greece
For many guests, Santorini is the highlight of a cruise to Greece. Plan to be on deck when your ship sails into the sunken crater of an ancient volcano. The scene of the white island rising from the deep blue sea is breathtaking. On shore, pictures in quaint villages look like postcard views.  History-lovers will want to explore the ruins of the ancient settlement of Akrotiri, which may have inspired Plato’s fictional city of Atlantis. Santorini produces some of Greece’s best wines, which may be sampled on tours of famous wineries. The high, white-washed town of Oia is astonishing. Churches are topped with blue domes; mansions and neoclassical homes cling to volcanic rocks high above the sea; galleries and fashion boutiques will keep shoppers well-occupied; and cafes are delightful venues for a respite with cliffside views.
Thu 10 Jun 2021
8:00 AM to 9:00 PM
Day 9:Monemvasia, Greece
This medieval castle town, on an island off the eastern tip of the Peloponnese, is impressively carved into the slopes of a large rocky plateau that carries the nickname “Gibraltar of the East.” A popular vacation destination for wealthy Greeks, Monemvasia can’t be seen from the mainland. Most visitors arrive on a short causeway, and walk through one massive Venetian gate (cars are not allowed), or via a short shuttle. Most ships are too large to call here.  The isolation lends a fairytale quality. Wandering the narrow cobblestone lanes past restored, red-roofed medieval stone houses and dozens of Byzantine churches, you might imagine you are in another time. The 13th century Church of the Agia Sophia, which tops the cliffs, offers views of the town and sea. In the lower town, ruins include a Muslim Mosque, a reminder that the town once was occupied by the Ottomans – as well as the Byzantines, Crusaders and Venetians. Monemvasia is known for its excellent rooftop restaurants.
Fri 11 Jun 2021
9:00 AM to 6:00 PM
Day 10:Piraeus, 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. 
Sat 12 Jun 2021
Arrive 7:00 AM
Ports of Call may vary by departure date and subject to weather and other conditions.


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