Greece Cruises


Small Enchanting Ports. Windstar Style Cruising.
See More of the Greek Isles with Windstar.


The Acropolis at sunset. A moonlight supper at the ancient Celsus Library in Ephesus. The sugar-cube houses of Santorini shimmering in the mid-day sun. Like arms joined in a syrtaki dance, one incomparable experience follows another, and your elegant white ship gives you a front row seat to it all. Frame the famous windmills of Mykonos in your lens. Feast on mouthwatering mezes and ouzo under a cerulean sky. Get deliciously lost in the medieval alleyways of Monemvasia. Dwell, if just for a time, in the land of gods.


 

Athens to Athens - 7 Days

Discover the magic and mythology of the Greek Isles – one of the most storied regions of the world. Sail across the azure waters of the Aegean Sea visiting the small hidden ports of Nafplio, Monemvasia, and Patmos and the legendary islands of Santorini and Mykonos. Windstar brings you closer to unique island cultures, ancient treasures, and the breathtaking beaches of Greece. Your vacation includes visits to nine UNESCO World Heritage Sites and a complimentary local Destination Discovery Event featuring dinner at the Celsus Library in the ancient city of Ephesus.

Complimentary Destination Discovery Event • Kusadasi: Evening in Ephesus

Barcelona to Athens - 10 Days

Set an unforgettable course from busy Barcelona to the silent ruins and relics high above Athens. Savor spicy tapas plates and fruity sangrias at a Palma de Mallorca beachside café. Delve into Bronze-age catacombs and learn Menorca’s strategic importance for Roman and Carthaginian trade. Visit a local winemaker’s Sardinian farmhouse and learn about Vermentino, Cagnulari, and Cannonau grapes as you sip and sample blends and vintages. Wander among imposing Greek statues and monuments in the Neapolis Archaeological Park outside of Catania, Sicily. Lean against the towering arches of Valletta’s Upper Barrakka Gardens as you take in breathtaking views of a fortified harbor unclaimed by centuries of kings and conquerors. This extraordinary passage along many Mediterranean island stops concludes in Athens, the cradle of democracy and Western Civilization. Take in the viewpoints from the Acropolis ruins over the city skyline or share your photos and memories in a quiet garden café among family, friends and grilled gyros paired with cool tzatziki.

Indulge your sense of adventure and slake your thirst for local cuisines and cultures during this 10-day cruise between Athens and Rome. Sail a Santorini catamaran around the volcanic islands of Thirassia, Nea Kameni and steamy newcomer Palea Kameni before swimming in relaxing thermal spring waters. Discover the untouched, windswept and often-overlooked island of Milos, the place where the storied Venus de Milo, one of the most celebrated statues in classical art, remained hidden for centuries. Transit the narrow, steep-walled Corinth Canal that divides the Peloponnese from the Greek mainland, an engineering feat attempted in antiquity, but incomplete for 2,000 years. Snorkel or sunbathe along the uncrowded beaches and clear waters near tiny Fiskardo. Master the fine art of Maltese Mediterranean antipasti platters and other culinary delights under the guidance of a professional chef. This remarkable journey ends in Rome, among the broken ruins of the Coliseum and Forum, the cradle of representative government. Wander narrow side streets and browse boutique shops for handmade souvenirs, but save a moment to throw coins in Trevi Fountain and guarantee future visits to this wondrous city.

Athens to Rome - 7 Days

Idyllic islands, charming cobbled villages, spectacular scenery, intriguing history. Capture the heart of the Mediterranean in a single cruise voyage. Each small harbor is especially suited for small cruise ship exploration. Enjoy the best of the region — from the ancient ruins of Sparta and Mystras to the pure indulgence of the Mediterranean lifestyle.

Visit the Mediterranean’s most iconic sites without vacationing multitudes or searing summer heat during this 7-day, late autumn exploration of Greece and Italy. Your voyage begins in Athens, but unlike large cruise lines, you’ll sail through the time-saving Corinth Canal, a waterway accessible to small vessels that eliminates the 400 miles spent circumnavigating the Peloponnese Peninsula. Use that time to wander unhurried among broken Doric columns and abandoned marble blocks in the Delphic Tholos of Mount Parnassus. Learn the importance of the Pythia—the Oracle of Delphi—and how Greek women sacrificed their marriages and families when chosen as priestesses. Imagine echoing cheers reverberating off weathered stone walls within the Sanctuary of Olympia, the site of the original Olympic Games, as you walk within the Palaestra, a former training ground for aspiring athletes. Discover Malta’s knights and old nobility during a tour of Valletta or serve up local dishes during a fun family farmhouse cooking challenge. Visit a small winery outside of Messina and sip rich red wines made from crushed Nero D’Avoloa grapes, one of Sicily’s most popular wine varieties, or sample a chilled bright white made from a native Carricante grape variety cultivated on Mount Etna’s conical slopes. Relax on a scenic tour through olive groves and vineyards above the Amalfi coastline. Stroll quietly among the arches and empty villas among the ghostly ruins of Pompeii.

Athens to Athens - 10 Days

Enjoy a cruise worthy of Greek gods as you visit the land of myth and legend on your own white chariot. Feast your eyes on Santorini’s raven-black cliffs draped in Cyclades-blue and white homes. Inhale the scent of heather and pines on the sacred island of Patmos, where the book of Revelation was penned. Walk on cobblestones worn smooth by peasants and knights in the living medieval cities of Rhodes and Monemvasia. Stray off the beaten path to Ermoupoli where the strains of rebetiko (Greek blues) flow from open-air tavernas, and to Agios Nikolaus, to swim in the lagoon where the goddess Athena was said to bathe. Blur the lines between dreams and reality as you dine in the shadow of Ephesus’ Celsus Library at a complimentary Destination Discovery Event. Each day adds a new page as you write your own legend

Complimentary Destination Discovery Event • Kusadasi: Evening in Ephesus

Anticipate the unforgettable and immerse yourself in a distinctly different Eastern Mediterranean cruise that explores the Peloponnese in ways inaccessible to large-ship cruise lines. Walk among weathered marble blocks and the faded echoes of ancient athletic glory during the first Olympic Games nearly 3,000 years ago near Katakolon. Step inside the restored stone arches of Meryemama Evi—the House of the Virgin Mary—a Catholic and Muslim shrine situated near the steep, stony slopes of Mount Koressos, before making your way to a delicious and exclusive Turkish dinner among the towering walls and columns of Ephesus. Wander the Grand Bazaar, Topkapi Palace, and the majestic Blue Mosque before taking in the endless parade of busy Bosporus shipping lights during an overnight stay in Istanbul. Your journey circumnavigates the Peloponnese Peninsula by slipping through the narrow, high-walled Corinth Canal, an ancient engineering dream that wasn’t completed until the late 1800s, but remains inaccessible to large freighters and cruise liners. You eventually end up back where you started in Piraeus, adjacent to Athens and a perfect culinary jumping-off point for sampling the countless tavernas and psistarias serving up savory grilled Greek meats paired with tart wines and chilled beers within the shadow of the Parthenon.

Complimentary Destination Discovery Event • Kusadasi: Evening in Ephesus

Spend long moments in quiet reflection among uncrowded exhibits and holy places during this 10-day cruise featuring excursions in Greece, Israel, and Egypt. Choose from a selection of excursions to fit your interests, including an overnight overland option in Israel. Embark from Piraeus, a brief distance from the Parthenon atop the Acropolis. Ride a donkey and learn Cypriot traditions in Paphos, a small port city in southwest Cyprus where ancient Greeks believed Aphrodite, arose from the sea. Stay overnight in Haifa for visits to the Golan Heights and Galilee, or venture overland on an unforgettable overnight tour of Petra, Masada and the Dead Sea. Explore the narrow streets of Jerusalem, the Church of the Nativity in Bethlehem or art, architecture, and artifacts at the Ilana Goor Museum in Old Jaffa. Spend a day in Cairo or around the Pyramids of Giza, the Egyptian Museum of Antiquities, and Khan El Khalili Bazaar. Wake the next day and venture overland to Alexandria and the Bibliotheca Aexandrina, Qait Bay Fort, the Roman Amphitheater, and your waiting ship. Amble among weather blocks, painted pillars and 9,000-year-old relics within the ruins of the Knossos Palace on Crete. This exceptional journey concludes back where you started in Piraeus.

Venetian tourists wander past the mosaic artistry of Saint Mark’s Basilica, footsteps and conversations punctuated by the pulsating flutter of ascending pigeons. Agile house martins dive and swoop between weathered city walls pockmarked by time or dissent, alighting on centuries-old griffins that once proclaimed fealty to the maritime Republic of Venice. Discover the Adriatic and Greece from new perspectives during this 8-day cruise that touches on storied landmarks and intimate, little-known ports on the Adriatic Sea and in Greece. Admire Zadar’s Medieval city walls and charming boutiques. Learn about the global success of Croatian organic vineyards as you sample varietal wines in a farming village. Take in Dubrovnik’s Old Town charms from the heights of a cable car. Savor local smoked hams, sausages and homemade cheeses on a Montenegro olive farm tour outside Kotor. Then transit the tapered, sheer-walled Corinth Canal, a time-saving dream of the rulers of antiquity for 2,000 years, but only reality in 1893. This Adriatic-to-Greece odyssey ends in Athens, among the shadows of the Parthenon, silent monuments to ancient athletic competitions and the savory aroma of souvlaki, seasoned and skewered grilled meats wrapped in pita bread and sold in countless cafés and sidewalk restaurants.

Sail into the summer season with a Mediterranean cruise that visits Greek and Adriatic coastlines before exploring the breathtaking and storied shores of Sicily and Italy during this 16-day adventure. Shortly after departing Athens transit the Corinth Canal, an impossibly narrow time-saving waterway that bypasses 400 miles of coastline, and is only accessible to small ships, so you enjoy the sights and splendors of the Temple of Apollo in Delphi the next day. Wander among Split’s thousand-year-old walls as you make your way to Diocletian’s Palace. Dine on tart and refreshing lemon gelato within sight of gondolas gliding beneath Venice’s Rialto Bridge. Your journey concludes near Rome, the epicenter of the Roman Empire and a contemporary focal point for Italian food and fashions. Sidestep growling scooter traffic as you make your way deep into Roman Forum ruins, take a seat in the Colosseum and don’t forget to ensure a return trip by tossing coins tossed into the lavish Trevi Fountain.

Take a vacation from Mediterranean summertime crowds and sweltering humidity during this 20-day autumn cruise to ports and sites throughout Italy, Greece, and Turkey via the Corinth Canal, wide enough only for small ships like ours. Follow Christopher Columbus’s outstretched hand atop Barcelona’s Columbus Monument near Las Ramblas Promenade, and set sail for Palma de Mallorca’s sunny beaches and medieval fortifications. Savor sweet, citrus gelato or try Stracciatella—a lemon gelato mixed with chocolate shavings—at an Amalfi gelateria just a bocce-ball toss from the sweeping stairway leading up to the Duomo di Amalfi above the town’s thriving piazza. Explore broken monuments in the Temple of Delphi, a sacred space once considered the center of the ancient world. Indulge in exceptional Turkish cuisine amid the columns and weathered blocks of the Celsus Library in Ephesus, then enjoy a complimentary live concert and dinner under the stars. This remarkable journey concludes in Athens, not far from the Parthenon—the iconic Greek temple dedicated to Athena almost 2,500 years ago.

Embark on a most exhaustive exploration of Greece, including 12 Grecian ports and an impressive transit of the Corinth Canal. Explore Italy and Turkey along the way. Examine the mysterious Grotte di Pilato on the island of Ponza, watery cavern openings that may have been used to hold moray eels destined for Europe’s earliest seafood dishes. Sample buffalo mozzarella paired with bread, olives and rich, regional Sangiovese red wines or bright and tart, white wines. Savor delicious Turkish cuisine among the pillars of the Celsus Library in Ephesus, formerly one of the largest libraries in the ancient world, and then linger for an evening concert among the ruins. Delve into the facts and fables surrounding the Colossus of Rhodes, a Greek harbor monument rivaling the Statue of Liberty’s height. Reflect on flavors savored and memories made as you wander among scarred blocks atop the Acropolis in Athens, or sip anise-flavored liquors among locals at a small café.

Rich with evocative history, unique culture and distinct cuisine, today’s Iberian Peninsula is the result of a complex confluence of civilizations. Contrast this extraordinary region with the rest of Southern Europe during this 18-day cruise spanning nearly the length of the Mediterranean Sea. Admire Moorish architectural influences in the walled port of Cadiz as you compare bready and clear regional ‘fino’ sherries with sweet, ‘cream’ sherries. Soar skyward in a gondola to the scenic vista atop Gibraltar summit. Gaze up at the towering walls of the Alcazaba of Almería, a formidable Moorish fortress overlooking the tiny Andalucian port. Peruse the works of Gaudí, Dalí, and Picasso throughout Barcelona’s museums, galleries and exhibitions. Pair authentic Italian cuisine with lip-puckering Limoncello adjacent to a bustling piazza or quiet, cobblestoned Amalfi side street. Witness the power of geologic instability as you travel inland to explore Catania’s Castello Ursino, a Medieval-era castle initially built on Sicily’s coastline 800 years ago. Float across the mirrored surface of an underground lake in the Caves of Diros far below Gythion, Greece. This exceptional journey concludes in Athens among the shadows of the towering Acropolis, where you can raise a glass of anise-scented ouzo among the company of family and friends.

Barcelona to Athens - 30 Days

Journey to the Holy Lands from the Western Mediterranean cruising to over 22 ports throughout Spain, Italy, Malta, Greece, Turkey, Cyprus, Israel, and Egypt. Depart from Barcelona to Palma de Mallorca, a beachside resort that remains warm and inviting all year long. Inhale rich blackberry and cherry aromas from a ruby glass of Nero D’Avola wine at the foot of Sicily’s Mount Etna in Catania. Travel the small-ship exclusive Corinth Canal. Dine on Turkish cuisine amid the romantic evening shadows of the Celsus Library ruins of Ephesus with our complimentary Destination Discovery Event, then, take in a memorable concert performance. Wander beneath centuries-old Christian mosaics in Istanbul’s Hagia Sofia, and admire over 20,000 hand-painted floral tiles extending to the ornate domes inside the Blue Mosque. Embark on an overland excursion to the Dead Sea and learn the true fate of Alexandria’s Great Library in Egypt. This unforgettable cruise concludes in Athens, not far from the Parthenon’s long shadows atop the Acropolis.

Lisbon to Athens - 28 Days

Contrast the vibrant and cosmopolitan western Mediterranean with the remote ruins and rustic ports in the east during this 28-day cruise featuring stops throughout Portugal, Spain, Gibraltar, Italy, Malta, Greece, and Turkey. Drink aged port wines inside a weathered riverside warehouse in Porto. Scan the distant hills of Morocco from the heights of Gibraltar. Sample sizzling, ham tapas inside a noisy bar steps away from Barcelona’s shadowy Gothic Quarter. Savor authentic eastern Mediterranean flavors during an unforgettable dinner and concert amid the ruins of the Celsus Library in Ephesus, Turkey. Wander open Turkish markets and savor the first tart pomegranates of the season or reflect among St. Therapon’s Baroque art. This extensive exploration of Mare Nostrum concludes in Athens, not far from the shadows of the Parthenon’s columns atop the Acropolis.

Explore the most popular destinations throughout the eastern Mediterranean free of summertime crowds and searing heat during this 20-day autumn cruise to Greece, Turkey, Cyprus, Israel, and Egypt. Set sail from Athens and make a brief transit to the other side of the Peloponnese peninsula via the Corinth Canal. Discover Greece and the origins of the Olympic Games outside Katakolon and walk along the training grounds used by the earliest athletes. Savor a memorable Turkish dinner and an evening concert among the shadowy ruins of the Celsus Library in Ephesus, an included Destination Discovery Event. Listen for the call to prayer from Istanbul’s minarets during an overnight stay. Walk Jerusalem’s narrow streets and view holy sites. Embark on an overland tour that explores the Great Pyramids and tombs of the pharaohs near Cairo. Your memorable journey concludes in Athens, where you can explore Hadrian’s Library on the northern side of the Acropolis, or sample Souvlaki—a spicy skewered meat—grilled fresh at local tavernas.

Combine the Riviera’s romantic, Old World ambiance with the grandeur of the Roman and Greek empires during this 17-day cruise featuring stops in Spain, France, Monaco, Italy, Malta, and Greece. Sail north from thriving Barcelona to the quiet fishing village of Palamos, where white sand beaches almost rival the delicious local prawns. Relax over French press coffee and freshly baked butter croissants at an outdoor beachside café in romantic Sanary-sur-Mer, then sample deep red Bandol wines in a wine bar. Test your luck among the gilded opulence of a Monte Carlo casino. Stroll among the blocks, columns arches and former temples throughout the Roman Forum as the Colosseum looms in the distance. Wander Valletta’s narrow passages and scarred Maltese fortifications. Your remarkable journey ends near Athens, home of the Parthenon and the epicenter of Western Civilization’s Classical Period, where the ideas of European art, literature and philosophy took root among early scholars thousands of years ago.

Transition from the crossroads of early Western Civilization to contemporary artistry and innovations throughout Italy, France and Spain during this 14-day autumn cruise along celebrated coastlines. Sail through the narrow Corinth Canal to the Temple of Apollo on Delphi, and learn how Apollo spoke to Greek citizens and early Romans. Tour the restored grandeur of the Church of Our Lady of Victory, Valletta’s first church. Stand before the bold Baroque columns and stairs of Saint Andrew’s Cathedral in Piazza Duomo, the center of Amalfi. Wander between Colosseum arches and the ruins of the Roman Forum in Rome. Shop among Monte Carlo’s most exclusive boutiques or nibble on spongy tiramisu with espresso-sipping locals. This memorable journey concludes in cosmopolitan Barcelona, where you can wander the upscale waterfront in search of paella, or venture to the heights of Montjuïc and the picturesque Palau Nacional, a palatial museum with terraced fountains and sweeping city views.

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