ANTIQUITIES OF THE ADRIATIC & GREECE

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Athens to Venice

Antiquities of the Adriatic & Greece
The timeless grandeur of the Acropolis and the volcanic vistas from Santorini’s blue-domed villages are perfect preludes to this detailed 8-day exploration of Greece and the Adriatic. Wander the elegant gardens surrounding the white-pillared Achilleion Palace in Corfu, an expansive summer home built by the former empress of Austria prior to World War I. Admire Monopoli’s 4,500-year-old urns and ancient artifacts, then stroll along the formidable walls of Castle of Carlo V, a pentagon-shaped fortification built to counter an emerging age of cannons and sails. Wander the uncrowded streets of tiny Komiza, then board a small boat and experience the azure and emerald iridescent magic within the limestone walls of the Blue and Green Grottos. Sit, sip and listen as Zadar’s shoreline waves create a concert of random music along the waterfront. This memorable journey culminates among Venetian gondolas and glass-blowers, where you can stroll with the pigeons in the Piazza San Marco or browse one-of-a-kind artisan shops featuring intricate jewelry or ornamental handmade masks.
“It Is really like a group of friends sailing one of the prettiest regions in the world.”
Our Storyteller: Captain Pedro Pinto
Master, Wind Surf
From his earliest memories growing up in Estori, says Pedro Pinto, “the sea absorbed every plan I ever had.” He first attended the Portuguese Naval Academy, then decided to go into the commercial navy, where he worked his way up to chief officer on cargo vessels. A leap to cruise ships eventually lead to his first command as captain of MS Athena in 2009; upon joining Windstar in 2014, he worked onboard Wind Spirit before taking the helm of Wind Surf in 2016. Captain Pedro’s love of the sea is even central to his hobby and passion, scuba diving — although one of these days he hopes to learn how to play the Portuguese guitar.
Captain Pedro Pinto has sailed Croatia’s coast “more times than I can recall,” yet the run up to Dubrovnik always gives him goosebumps. Approaching its impressive walls, he says, “you understand why it’s called the ‘Pearl of the Adriatic.’”  The red tile-roofed city is among the many culture- and history-rich seaports the Wind Surf master loves to visit on this itinerary, and just one of seven UNESCO World Heritage Sites that Windstar guests have the chance to explore. Athens’ Acropolis leads to the Bronze Age excavations of Akrotiri on Santorini, while Corfu’s strategic location at the entrance to the Adriatic — not to mention its dual fortifications and romantic Old Town — earned it a spot on the coveted list.
 
Monopoli offers its own charms, including easy access to Alberobello, known as “capital of the trulli” for its hundreds of tiny, beehive-shaped dwellings with domed roofs. Right off Komiza lies Biševo Island and its iridescent Blue Grotto which, along with the rest of the Vis archipelago, was just named a UNESCO Global Geopark. Plitvice Lakes National Park, designated a World Heritage Site for its chain of translucent, terraced lakes and waterfalls, is a leisurely drive from Zadar — although the Wind Surf master enjoys just “sitting along the waterfront, listening to its sea organ create music from the waves.” UNESCO-designated Venice, one of Captain Pedro’s all-time favorite cities, marks the end of a journey made all the more memorable by traveling aboard Windstar’s flagship that, he says, “is really like a group of friends sailing one of the prettiest regions in the world.”
IF I WERE THERE...
  • Kayak along the medieval walls that encompass Dubrovnik’s Old Town, a UNESCO World Heritage Site: “You get a whole different perspective of this beautiful city — and work up an appetite for its oysters!”
  • From Monopoli, visit the famous Castellana cave complex and pretty Polignano a Mare: “Stop by Super Mago del Gelo for its famous caffè speciale, a mix of espresso, cream, lemon zest, and amaretto”
  • Stroll photogenic Oia on Santorini, browsing its tiny shops for souvenirs: “You can always find good historical replicas, olive oil, sponges, and local crafts”
  • Find a café to sample the flavors of Komiža — “Try the pogača (baked focaccia-like bread stuffed with anchovies, onions, and tomatoes), anything made with Croatian truffles or truffle oil — and of course, the local wine!”
  • Spend a few days wandering around Venice — “I love to just get lost in the maze of narrow streets, admiring the Venetian masks and Murano glassworks before dinner at a small, traditional restaurant”

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