Eastern Mediterranean Southern Cyclades Itinerary
Departing every alternate week from May to October
Departs 24 May, 7 Jun, 23 Aug , 11 Oct 2014
Fly from UK to Athens – 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. In the soaring, subtly curved Doric columns of the Parthenon you see the masterful mind of Pericles, Athens’ greatest general and builder. And in the ethereally graceful bodies of the Caryatids supporting the porch of the Erectheum, you behold the beauty of the immortals. Ancient Athens, the birthplace of democracy and epicentre of western civilization, is a city for all eternity.
At Sea – Take time to relax into your cruise, exploring the lavish and complete accommodation aboard the Star Clipper. Sun-bathe and wind down as you sail across the Aegean Sea in style.
Bodrum, Turkey – Known in ancient times as Halicarnassus, this was the birthplace of Herodotus and the site of King Mausoleus’ Tomb (4th century BC), one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World. In the harbour, Bodrum Castle, or the medieval castle of St. Peter, is a fine example of 15th century crusader architecture, and has been converted into a Museum of Underwater Archaeology, with remains dating as far back as the Bronze Age.
Bodrum – Dalyan River – At first glance, this is a picture one hardly expects to see in Turkey. A lovely, unspoiled lake teeming with fish, a lush marshy delta, verdant farmlands, a lazy, reed-fringed river meandering into the sea. And a lonely, deserted beach where sea turtles lay their eggs. But the sea is an incredibly clear blue, and on the bottom are ruins of an ancient civilization. On shore, you can see ruins of the Lycian city of Caunos, with its basilica and fortifications looming over the green marsh where endangered Caretta loggerhead turtles hatch in the spring.
Dalyan River – Santorini, Greece – The island of Santorini is perhaps the most breath-taking of all the Greek Islands. Around 1500 BC, a volcanic eruption destroyed the centre of the island, leaving a crescent shaped rim of cliffs around a harbour formed in the volcano’s caldera.
Santorini – Milos - Milos is known to most people as the place where the statue of Venus, now in the Louvre Museum in Paris, was discovered. It is only recently that tourism has noticed the beautiful beaches of this Cycladic island, its rocks and its clear waters.
Milos – Hydra – It looks barren and rocky, but the narrow harbour of Hydra hides a surprise, a town of stately mansions all built around 1800 by blockade runners who had made fortunes outwitting the British during the Napoleonic Wars. Many of Hydra’s merchants were also celebrated naval heroes during the Greek fight for independence from Turkey in the 1820s. Another surprise is that there are no cars, so if you want to see the spectacular view from the Monastery of Ilias you’ll have to ride a donkey to the top.
Athens – Disembark and transfer to the airport for your return flight or to your hotel if extending your stay.