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Star Collector Vino, Venice & Volcanos - 17 Nights Cruise only Offer - Rome to Athens (WIN15931)

Discover the medieval walls encompassing the Old Town in Dubrovnik, a UNESCO site.

Tour Departure: May 26, 2021


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Highlights

 Discover the medieval walls encompassing the Old Town in Dubrovnik, a UNESCO site  while you enjoy your 17 night voyage on board Wind Surf from Rome to Athens.

Inclusions:

17 Night Cruise only offer includes:

  • 17 Night Cruise from Rome 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 grades can be requested. Please enquire for pricing.

Itinerary

Day 1:Civitavecchia, Rome, Italy
The “Eternal City” lives up to its name. Italy’s capital is a bustling modern metropolis with a history that spans some 2,500 years. Exploring here is like visiting a vast open-air museum. A peek around nearly every corner in the city reveals a church – about 900 in total – or one of the hundreds of gorgeous fountains. The city’s historic center is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.  The must-sees for many first-time visitors include the Roman Colosseum, where gladiators once competed in front of 50,000 spectators, Vatican City and the Sistine Chapel’s ceiling filled with Michelangelo’s frescoes. Beyond these landmark attractions, on your cruise from Rome or to the city, just wander the streets and you will discover ancient ruins and imposing monuments, palaces, basilicas, views of the Tiber River and other sights where you may find your jaw suddenly drops. On your small ship Rome cruise you’ll discover that this city is a living museum with surprises everywhere.  Don’t forget to include the modern delights of Rome, such as restaurants that serve the perfect bowl of Cacio e Pepe pasta, gelato shops, and the parade of beautiful people. Among the excellent shopping opportunities are designer stores on Via Condotti, near the impressive 18th century Spanish Steps (which actually were funded by the French Bourbons). On your Rome cruise exploration, don’t forget to toss a coin in the Trevi Fountain. The coin is said to assure your return. 
Wed 26 May 2021
Depart 5:00 PM
Day 2:Sorrento, Italy
On your Italy cruise you’ll visit the small and pretty city of Sorrento. It’s a delightful place to linger, catching views of the Bay of Naples; exploring the city’s squares; and sitting at a sidewalk café, sampling the local cuisine while watching the world go by. Don’t forget to taste the locally produced limoncello (lemon liquor) – a gourmet tour provides further insight into limoncello and olive oil production. From Sorrento, you may also explore more of the gorgeous Amalfi Coast including Positano; the famous fishing village rises from the blue sea uphill in steep steps, with its square, white Moorish-style houses creating a dream-like scene. Or dive into ancient history at the remarkable ruins of the Roman city of Pompeii, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. In the year 79, the city of 20,000 was buried by ash. Much appears as it was, frozen in time.
Thu 27 May 2021
8:00 AM to 5:00 PM
Day 3:Giardini Naxos, Taormina, Italy
Thanks to the fact you are on a small ship, your cruise around Italy can call at this Sicilian resort town, just below the popular cliffside town of Taormina (large ships have to bus visitors in from many miles away). The charming village of Giardini Naxos is located on one of the world’s most beautiful bays and has a delightful beach scene including ocean-view restaurants and cafes where you might indulge in pizza, the perfect bowl of pasta, or fresh seafood. Those who venture up to Taormina will be treated to stunning views of the Ionian Sea and the Greco-Roman Theater, which dates back to the 2nd and 3rd centuries. Much of the town is pedestrians-only and the narrow cobblestone streets are full of tempting shops, wine bars, and cafes. For those who want to see more of Sicily, tours provide closeup views of snow-capped Mount Etna. Fans of “The Godfather” will want to follow in the footsteps of the Corleones,  visiting towns seen in the movies.
Fri 28 May 2021
12:00 PM to 6:00 PM
Day 5:Kotor, Montenegro
You’ll want to be on deck and have your camera ready when your Windstar yacht sails into the magnificent Bay of Kotor. What looks like a fjord surrounded by tall cliffs is actually a submerged ancient river valley. In addition to breathtaking natural scenery, your ship will pass a small Catholic church with origins in the 15th century, and a tiny island that’s home to a 12th century Benedictine monastery, with views too of the red rooftops of the Old Town as you approach Kotor. Wander through the dreamy medieval Old Town on pedestrians-only alleyways past historic homes, hidden squares and stone churches (and boutiques and restaurants). Climb to the fortress on the hill for stunning views. The name Montenegro refers to the dark mountain forests that cover much of the landscape. Side trips visit villages in the countryside. A late-night stay affords opportunity to admire the sunset from a restaurant terrace – sipping the Montenegrin red wine Vranac while sampling smoked ham and other local specialties.
Sun 30 May 2021
9:00 AM to 10:00 PM
Day 6: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.
Mon 31 May 2021
8:00 AM to 5:00 PM
Day 7:Split, Croatia
In Croatia’s second largest city, the scenery is a calling card, the rugged Dalmatian mountains a backdrop for pebbled beaches and the Adriatic Sea. Wander the wide palm tree-lined promenade for views, stopping for coffee at one of the outdoor cafes. You’ll also want to step way back in time in the Old Town, a medieval city built within a palace created for Roman Emperor Diocletian in the 4th century. A tall room at the palace was seen on the TV show “Game of Thrones” as the holding place for Daenerys’ dragons. Actors and actresses reenact the arrival of the emperor daily on Old Town’s marble streets. Cultural tours delve into both the past and modern history of Split, which was part of Yugoslavia until the Croatian War of Independence and was heavily bombed in the 1990s. Outside the city are gorgeous nature areas. Rafting the Class I and II rapids of the Cetina River, through a canyon with 590-foot cliffs, brings views such as the 131-foot high Gubavica Waterfall.
Tue 1 Jun 2021
8:00 AM to 4:00 PM
Day 8:Rovinj, Croatia
This small fishing port is a hidden gem, the kind of delightful place you can only visit on a small ship. The town is on the scenic Istrian Peninsula and bordered on three sides by the Adriatic Sea. Wander the maze of medieval cobblestone streets up to the hilltop St. Euphemia Cathedral, which dominates the skyline, or explore the Bronze Age ruins of the fort of Monkodonja. Or spend time on the breathtaking beaches along the 6-mile Lim Fjord. Outside of town, an old narrow-gauge rail line, Parenzana, once connected Istria with the Italian city of Trieste, and makes for a wonderful biking experience as you peddle between medieval villages through a lush river valley. Another exciting excursion explores by inflatable Zodiac the coastline, protected forested areas, and oyster farms of the Rovinj Archipelago and Lim Fjord. Or delve into the world of Croatian wines on a winery visit. 
Wed 2 Jun 2021
9:00 AM to 7:00 PM
Day 9: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
7:00 AM to 4:00 PM
Day 10: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 11: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 12: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 13: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 14: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 16: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 17: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 18: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
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