See More of Italy in Windstar Style
Let Windstar’s Italian cruises whisk you away to charming villages, pristine beaches and legendary cities with unique itineraries that let you discover Italy as it was meant to be seen. From the picturesque pastel towns that line the Amalfi Coast to enchanting islands such as Sicily and Elba, you’ll explore breathtaking sights in charismatic small ports and beautiful hidden harbors without missing the remarkable history of larger cities such as Rome or Venice. Discover a more intimate Italy by day and unwind back onboard with the pampered, personalized touch of Windstar Cruises.
Barcelona to Rome - 7 Days
Follow in the footsteps of artists and writers, and the world’s fanciest yachts, too, as you immerse yourself in the glorious sunshine, spectacular sunsets, and altogether intoxicating views in the Italian Rivera and France’s Côte d’Azur. Your Yachtsman’s Harbors of the Rivieras cruise to Spain, Italy and France brings you to the famed cities of Rome and Barcelona as well as the world’s premier yachting playgrounds, including Monte Carlo. Embarking on your small ship cruise between Barcelona and Rome, you’ll explore delightful resort towns and small villages where Matisse, Picasso, Van Gogh and others found inspiration.
Admire the extravagant architecture of Antoni Gaudi in Barcelona. Stop and smell the flowers in Nice. Try your luck at the Grand Casino in glamourous Monte Carlo. In Rome, visit Michelangelo’s astonishing Sistine Chapel and the Roman Colosseum. Explore the haunts of Napoleon on Elba. Along the way, admire castles and ancient ruins, with access to many UNESCO World Heritage Sites. Expand your palate while sipping the product at famed vineyards.
The leisurely pace of your small ship cruise allows time too to swim and sail in the clear turquoise sea in secluded harbors, directly from your yacht’s aft Watersports Platform. Sink your toes in the sand of white-sand beaches, hike with picture-perfect coastal views. Peruse shops filled with European designer goods and local crafts, and take advantage of late-night stays to dine on some of the world’s most revered cuisine. During your blissful week, as you explore idyllic coastal scenes, you’ll quickly understand why the Rivieras are among the most treasured vacation destinations in the world.
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.
Barcelona to Rome - 7 Days
Hidden harbors. Legendary landmarks. Everything that makes the Mediterranean magical. This cruise voyage has it all. The colorful kaleidoscopes of Rome and Barcelona invite you to celebrate their high-spirited energy, while the seductive scent of oranges and olives that perfumes the enchanting islands of Elba, Corsica, Mallorca and Menorca entices you to explore their seductive secrets. From the wild green mountains of Mallorca to the striking white pebble beaches of Portoferraio – let us delight your senses and ignite your imagination.
Venice to Athens - 9 Days
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.
Rome to Cernobbio - 11 Days
Indulge in rustic Italian cuisine, Roman relics and Baroque masterworks on a 11-day odyssey that combines a picturesque overland exploration of Lake Como and Venice with an extensive cruise through the Adriatic and along Italy’s west coast. Delve into the depths of delectable Northeast Italian wine vintages and savor Amarone’s cherry and cinnamon nuances in a cool, underground Valpolicella winery. Overnight provides time to float past Venice’s romantic arched bridges and ancient alleyways on a gondola ride. Dip a kayak blade in the clear waters near old harbor walls outside Dubrovnik. Sample homemade cheeses and sausages in a family-run olive grove near Kotor. Wander between restored mosaics, broken columns and cracked pottery amid Pompeii’s storied ruins. Dine on authentic, handmade pizza while gentle coastal breezes waft through Sorrento’s aromatic citrus trees.
Barcelona to Athens - 15 Days
A perfect blend of antiquity and artistry, this 14-day cruise sails from the ancient ruins of Athens and makes a dozen port stops in Greece, Italy and France before disembarking among the contemporary architecture and gleaming, cosmopolitan wonders of Barcelona, Spain. Stroll the narrow streets inside the concealed medieval walls of Monemvasia, Greece and take an exhilarating tour of Corsica’s narrow winding coastal roads outside Calvi, France. From the Greek and Roman funerary steles - ancient marble reliefs depicting venerable people engaged in everyday life - to the vibrant and radiant impressionist paintings and dizzying mosaics of Antoni Gaudí’s Barcelona architecture, this is an ideal journey for passionate historians, art lovers and all seeking unforgettable cultural immersion.
Athens to Venice - 18 Days
Embark on your personal Homeric odyssey as you sail from Athens, cradle of Western Civilization, and explore the islands and shorelines throughout Greece, Asia Minor, Croatia and Italy. Board a small Mykonos boat and explore the remote temples and amphitheater on uninhabited Delos, a sacred place where ancient Greeks honored the mythical birthplace of Apollo and Artemis. Discover authentic preparation techniques for fried Greek meatballs and tart, creamy tzatziki under the guidance of a Rhodes taverna chef. Walk in the steps of ancient kings as you inspect the living quarters, storerooms and archaeological exhibits throughout the Palace of Knossos near Agios Nikolaos. Catch a Zadar sailboat bound for a 5th century fishing port on the island of Ošljak and pristine archipelago stops in the Adriatic Sea. This delicious and delightful journey concludes among the canals and piazzas of Venice, where you can experience the classic and timeless romance of being serenaded by your gondolier along the Noale or Grand Canals that connect over 100 tiny islets throughout the Venetian city.
Complimentary Destination Discovery Event • Kusadasi: Evening in Ephesus
Barcelona to Rome - 17 Days
Indulge in unhurried pleasures among steep coastal cliffs, tiny vineyards and romantic villages throughout the Rivieras and Western Italy during this 17-day, autumn cruise. During the fall winemakers are racking fresh wine into barrels, and new olive oils are sampled for the first time. Stroll uncrowded avenues and discover fresh, distinctly nutty porcini mushrooms served fresh on pastas and sautéed into tapas at sidewalk cafés, browse open markets and inhale the fall aromas from ripe apples, plump grapes and early season citrus. Test your luck in a Monte Carlo casino, hike the desolate Crateri Silvestri on the southeast slope of Sicily’s Mount Etna, and learn about Malta’s noble heritage inside the precipitous medieval walls of 4,000-year-old Mdina — The Silent City.
Lisbon to Athens - 18 Days
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 - 20 Days
Discover magic moments unique to extended port stays during this 20-day cruise tracing the sundrenched coastlines and reclusive ports throughout Spain, Italy, Malta, Greece and Turkey. Wander along the long the curved walls of circular Bellver Castle outside Palma de Mallorca, or dine on tapas made from toasted bread topped with salty hams, capers, anchovies and more. Board a private Amalfi boat bound for the Moorish port of Positano, a remote haven for artists, artisans and discerning shoppers seeking one-of-a-kind stylish apparel and accessories. Wind your way through narrow, alabaster passages intertwining the outskirts of Mykonos before stopping for refreshing Greek beers at a late-night waterfront café. Step among broken statues in the former ancient port of Ephesus and dine by moonlight by the towering columns of the Celsus Library. Delve into the legendary labyrinth of the mythological Minotaur below the Minoan Palace of Knossos. Follow the aroma of fresh breads and local wines throughout the flagstone arterials of the tiny medieval village of Monemvasia. This remarkable extended odyssey ends in Athens, where you can revisit the Parthenon at the top of the Acropolis or seek out savory gyros, dolmades and keftethes among the dozens of eateries and cafés throughout the thriving capital.
Complimentary Destination Discovery Event • Kusadasi: Evening in Ephesus
Venice to Barcelona - 15 Days
Discover the culture, history and cuisine on both sides of the Italian peninsula during this 15-day cruise of the Adriatic, Ionian, Ligurian and Tyrrhenian seas. This back-to-back cruise is ideal for optimizing shore excursion time in Italy, Croatia, Montenegro, Monaco, France, and Spain. Stroll through Roman ruins in Rovinj, Croatia, sample olives and smoked hams at a centuries-old family farm in Montenegro, or savor an unforgettably romantic evening dinner at Château Eza in Èze 1,400 feet above the beaches of the French Riviera.
Lisbon to Athens - 18 Days
Start your journey in Lisbon, Portugal—from the hilltop heights of the turn-of-the-century funicular to the depths of its soul-stirring fado music. Shop and snack along the colorful quay in Portimao or visit the ancient Moorish capital of Silves before heading to Cádiz where an overnight allows for a visit to national parks and sweet sherry tasting. Arrive in Casablanca’s whitewashed alleyways and make a memorable trip to Marrakech before strolling the beautiful beaches of Tangier, gateway to Africa. On an overnight in Málaga, visit Museo Picasso or venture into the Andalusian countryside to sip some of the world’s best wine in the village of Mijas. The walled town of Cartagena offers windsurfing, snorkeling and sailing for an active day ashore. Next, visit the Catalan metropolis of Barcelona—home to Gaudí’s La Sagrada Familia Cathedral. In Cagliari, Italy, discover the medieval walled Il Castello and Poetto Beach. On to Sardinia, explore the rich underwater world or relax on a white-sand beach. Sip the famous wines of Marsala in Trapani, and take in spectacular views from the medieval hill town of Erice, which only rivals Taormina’s views of the iconic Greek Theater set against sparkling waters of the Ionian Sea. In Greece, stroll Argostoli’s promenade in search of caretta-caretta turtles and savor Kephalonian meat pie. Corfu stuns visitors with its beautiful beaches and small villages while Delphi harkens back to 1400 B.C. when its oracle ruled the world. Transit the small ship only Corinth Canal for the grand finale in Athens—home to the Acropolis, the Plaka, and the Parthenon.
Venice to Lisbon - 23 Days
Oohs and ahhs over the sublime scenery alternate with oohs and ahhs over magnificent manmade creations on this voyage along the Dalmatian Coast, Ligurian Riviera, Côte d’Azur, and Costa del Sol. This is a stretch where Blue Flag beaches have to jostle for elbow space and castles, palaces and cathedrals take every form known to man – and then some. This is where the imaginations of Cezanne, Monet, Matisse, Picasso, Dali, and Gaudí were ignited. Here is where great romances blossomed: Richard Burton and Elizabeth Taylor in Portofino, Princess Grace and Prince Rainier in Monte Carlo, Romeo and Juliet near Venice. Sail through waters where the legendary sirens are said to live, watch fearless castellers climb human pyramids, play a game of picign with gregarious Croatians. Our small ships take you to smaller and less-visited ports like Sanary-sur-Mer and Portoferraio, and get you closer to town than the big ships can get in places like Dubrovnik, Venice, Barcelona, and Málaga. What you do with the extra time is entirely up to you.