ANCIENT WONDERS OF GREECE & EPHESUS

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Ancient Wonders of Greece & Ephesus

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Athens to Athens

Ancient Wonders of Greece & Ephesus
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

A Complimentary Windstar Destination Discovery Event

Ancient Wonders of Greece & Ephesus

Kusadasi: Evening in Ephesus

No one who has seen the magnificent Celsus Library of Ephesus will ever forget it. And Windstar guests will get a once-in-a-lifetime experience of the Library – after hours during this exclusive Evening in Ephesus event.
 
You will walk the Marble Road to the Library that housed more than 12,000 scrolls nearly two millennia ago. Your 5-course, white-glove-service dinner will be in the courtyard in front of the Library. The spectacularly illuminated façade allows you to examine the statues in their niches and the elegant details of the frames. Dinner under the stars will be accompanied by a trio from the Aegean Chamber Orchestra. 
 
Just as you'd expect. No crowds. No rush. Delight in every detail.

Please note: This Destination Discovery Event has been scheduled in a way that will allow you to book and experience another shore excursion on the same day and you will not miss anything.

 

“We were left to explore the ancient Marble Road. Soon a beautiful voice echoed from the amphitheater — a fellow passenger testing the amazing acoustics. It was the perfect prelude to a fabulous dinner and concert in front of the Celsus Library, a setting which cannot be duplicated.”
Our Storyteller: David Schoenberg
Regional Sales Manager
I have traveled extensively to many places in the world and have been in the travel industry since 1995 when I owned a travel agency. I have been to Greece several times during my 5 years with Windstar and once prior to joining Windstar.
David Schoenberg recalls Windstar’s exclusive evening at Ephesus with vivid imagery. “Arriving after hours, with no tourists,” says the regional sales manager, “we were left to explore the ancient Marble Road. Soon a beautiful voice echoed from the amphitheater — a fellow passenger testing the amazing acoustics. It was the perfect prelude to a fabulous dinner and concert in front of the Celsus Library, a setting which cannot be duplicated.”

The complimentary Destination Discovery Event is just one of the magical moments you’ll experience on what David calls “the quintessential Windstar cruise,” a mix of bucket-list destinations and charming little villages where only a ship the size of Wind Star can navigate. The romantic walled town of Monemvasia is one of David’s all-time favorites, as is bougainvillea-lined Nafplio. Visits to pastel-colored Ermoupoli and Agios Nikolaos, home to the Palace of Knossos with its fabled labyrinth, are rounded out with perennial favorites Santorini, Mykonos, Patmos, and Rhodes — each offering access to UNESCO World Heritage Sites. Add a few days before or after in Athens and this itinerary, as David says, “has every element of a select sailing, and one that I could repeat over and over again.”
IF I WERE THERE...
  • Sail around Santorini in a catamaran, stopping to swim in the Caldera’s warm waters — “The island is so beautiful,” says David, “that only from a boat can you see all of the terrain and colors, and really feel like you are in Greece”
  • Take advantage of a late night in Rhodes to visit the 2nd-century acropolis and Palace of the Grand Masters, one of many medieval treasures in the UNESCO-designated Old City
  • Enjoy another late evening in Agios Nikolaos to soak in Crete’s natural beauty — Schoenberg suggests finding an outdoor café overlooking the harbor: “I lingered over what must have been a three-hour lunch … I simply I did not want to leave”
  • Watch Mykonos’ windmills and shop its chic boutiques during an overnight call, which also allows time to explore the UNESCO-designated ruins on nearby Delos
  • Lose yourself in tiny Monemvasia with its charming shops, wine bars, and cafés — Schoenberg recommends Mateo’s at the pier: “One of the finest for authentic local delicacies like clams, sardines, and grilled fish, enjoyed beneath blue umbrellas.”

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