See More of the Mediterranean in Windstar Style
Surrounded by wonders like the magnificent Cinque Terre, the culturally transcendent Alhambra, and the Belém Tower monument, it is easy to fall in love with the Mediterranean. With unique cruise itineraries, Windstar brings you closer to this spectacular part of the world. Cruise the Guadalquivir River, the only navigable river in Spain spanning 408 miles, to Seville. Anchor in the heart of Old Town Dubrovnik as larger cruise ships pass by. Visit a local Mediterranean market with our Windstar Chef, enjoy local experiences in interesting locales such as Giardini Naxos, Portofino, and Mallorca and see a new port almost every day with never more than one sea day.
Barcelona to Rome - 7 Days
Enjoy the world’s premier yachting playgrounds in a beautiful small ship that feels like your own private yacht. These beautiful ports string together like perfect pearls, each glowing with its own special beauty. Sparkling cities and charming villages. Secluded harbors and immaculate beaches. Discover the mystique and magic of the Rivieras that only an intimate small ship can show you.
Barcelona to Lisbon - 8 Days
From the culture and cuisine of Lisbon to the incredible beaches of Portimao, in the southern region of the Algarve, you’ll visit two quintessential Portuguese ports before indulging in all that Spain has to offer. Experience Andalusia, a region which hugs the southern coast of Spain and embraces cultural influences from both sides of the Strait of Gibraltar; Europe, and Africa. On this cruise voyage you’ll find the UNESCO sites of Alhambra and Alcázar. Partake in a relaxing day, lounging on the stunning beaches of Mallorca and explore Barcelona as you take in the fascinating architecture of Antoni Gaudi. Sip a glass of sherry and explore golden beaches and anachronistic mountain villages, passionate flamenco, magnificent Moorish architecture, and mouthwatering tapas.
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.
Lisbon to Barcelona - 10 Days
Dazzle your senses with Spanish treasure — golden Costa del Sol beaches, Picasso’s genius in Málaga, the Roman ruins of Cartagena and Tarragona. Sit at a café in Tangier’s medina sipping mint tea and watching old men play backgammon. Nestle up to the other exclusive yachts in Ibiza’s harbor with some 80 blissful beaches calling your name. Celebrate a dream come true.
Barcelona to Athens - 8 Days
Discover Italy and Greece at their best, when towns and beaches are less crowded and the weather is just right for strolling historic ruins and admiring Greece’s 5,000-plus wildflowers. Feast your eyes on the smooth bone-white columns of Athens’ Parthenon, and the honeycombed spires of Barcelona’s Sagrada Familia. Inhale the heady aroma of wild rosemary and thyme mingled with fresh-baked guttiau bread in Cagliari, and the citrus tang of kumquat liqueur in Corfu. In Messina, watch as the bell tower clock’s bronze characters come to life, announcing noon with a lion’s fierce roar and a rooster’s loud crow. Spot bright pink flamingos stilt-walking the white salt flats in Trapani. Enjoy the sweet sound of Argostoli’s street musicians playing kantades on mandolins. And discover the tranquility of Delphi, where oracles channeled the prophecies of Apollo to kings and commoners. On this voyage you’ll visit ports reserved for small ships like Itea, dock closer to key attractions than larger ships can in Trapani and Barcelona, and cross the Corinth Canal, too narrow for most modern ships but just wide enough for your small ship.
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.
Barcelona to Lisbon - 10 Days
Gaze skyward at the endless azure expanse above Casablanca’s narrow, stone-walled alleys and discover how easy it is to imagine yourself in another time — be it apart by a century or a millennium. Inhale the rich, earthy aroma of new leather goods hanging above weathered flagstones in the Old Medina market. Sip fiery, dry and sweet flavors of Spanish sherries handcrafted in Cádiz, and learn why European nations spilled blood for centuries to control this precious commodity. Wander among the dizzying mosaic intricacies and golden grandeur of Seville’s Alcázar Palace. Stand in the place of coastal sentries as you scan the African horizon from the heights of upper Gibraltar. Explore the modest city of Motril, a former economic powerhouse for sugar cane production, and Spanish rum and liquors. This unforgettable journey concludes among the brooding walls of Barcelona’s Gothic Quarter, where you can enjoy Catalonian wines and wild boar hams, admire the ongoing construction of Antonio Gaudí’s Sagrada Familia Cathedral, or simply relax and watch the activity along this thriving city’s extensive sandy beaches.
Rome to Barcelona - 7 Days
Roll the dice, tap slot buttons or draw a hand in baccarat in Monte Carlo’s Casino Square. Stand unhurried or distracted before the white marble perfection of Michelangelo’s David in Florence. Linger among Salvador Dali’s most memorable and flamboyant works during an extended stay in the picturesque coastal Spanish town of Palamos. This weeklong autumn cruise explores Europe’s most popular Mediterranean destinations in November, long after most tourists return to work and school, leaving you and the locals with extra time and space to enjoy uncrowded galleries, museums, restaurants, and waterfront promenades. Wander the Papal Palace grounds and stand in silence beneath the Sistine Chapel’s sweeping ceiling paintings. Shop at leisure among market stalls along the Cours Saleya in Old Town Nice. Sample small-run wines from local family vineyards and shop for one-of-a-kind handcrafted souvenirs among the winding cobbled streets and high walls of St. Paul De Vence. Sit among fountains with your coffee in the unhurried Parisian ambiance of Toulon’s Place de la Liberte. If you love Europe and the Riviera without the summertime crowds, this cruise is the ideal way to bask in the time-honored continental charms of Europe’s sunniest coastlines.
Athens to Athens - 12 Days
Follow Jason and the Argonauts through the Black Sea on their quest for the Golden Fleece and find a magical world where lines blur between fact and fantasy. Listen as your onboard narrator shares tales of the Trojan Horse and the Battle of Gallipoli as you navigate the narrow Dardanelles between ancient Troy and the famous World War I battlefield. Discover Istanbul, the romantic city once known as Constantinople, with its radiant Blue Mosque and still-bustling Silk Road caravanserai dating to the 17th century. Explore ancient towns brimming with medieval churches, charming Ottoman villages where the gold of the realm is saffron, and cuisines as delicious as they are unfamiliar. In fact, the unexpected is your constant companion on this voyage to all 6 countries that border the Black Sea. Follow wine to its original source in Georgia, far from the vineyards of France and Italy. Spend a long day in Odessa, a city that appears more European than Soviet with its Greek Street, French Boulevard and Italian Boulevard. Take in the novelty architecture of Batumi from the Acropolis to an upside-down White House. And rearrange your reality in Bulgaria, where shaking your head from side to side means "yes," and nodding your head up and down means "no." Although you may not find a golden fleece on this journey, each port you visit offers diverse and wonderful rewards.
Barcelona to Lisbon - 12 Days
Discover little-known villages, breathtaking vistas and delicious regional cuisine during this 12-day cruise along Mediterranean and Atlantic coastlines with stops in Spain, Morocco, Portugal and three remarkable days amid the sunny Canary Islands. Dine on spicy and succulent lamb dishes simmered in earthenware tagines. Lose yourself in the labyrinth-like alleys and cluttered merchant displays of jewelry, colorful scarves and ornate pottery in the souks throughout Marrakesh in Casablanca. Ride perched high atop a camel amid the crimson-hued volcanic landscape outside Lanzarote in the Canary Islands. Ascend to Mount Teide’s arid and exposed summit in an enclosed cable car—the easiest way to scale Spain’s highest mountain peak—and enjoy ocean views in all directions. Sip black tea and dine on delicious cakes, pastries and finger foods beneath century-old white arches decorating Belmond Reid’s Palace, an elegant and iconic hotel perched on the edge of oceanside cliffs in Funchal, Madeira.
Athens to Athens - 13 Days
Venture to the epicenters of ancient Western Civilization during this pairing of guided Delphi and Meteroa tours and an extensive Greek Isles cruise. Explore the high halls of medieval Meteora monasteries perched on clifftops. Delve into tales of Titans, Olympians and early deities as you step between limestone blocks hewn by hand, etched by turmoil and strewn among the angular shadows of the Parthenon’s marble pillars. Raise your voice and test perfect acoustics in classical amphitheaters near the storied Temple of Delphi and the Epidaurus Theatre. Pull up a bar stool at a bustling estiatorio and sample grilled pita bread paired with a creamy spread of tangy taramasalata--a pureed blend of potato, lemon juice and briny local fish roe. Wander among the white-walled shops of Santorini and the stirring cloth sails of village windmills on Mykonos. Slip between broken walls in Ephesus, a former trading port along the picturesque Turkish Coast, plus appreciate the special dinner at Ephesus during our Destination Discovery Event and the small ship delightful ports of Ermoupoli, Monemvasia and Agios Nikolaos.
Athens to Athens - 10 Days
Delve into the ancient wonders of early Western Civilization on this 10-day journey featuring Meteora and Delphi and delve into the islands of Greece. Stroll the monument-lined Sacred Way toward the Grand Temple of Apollo in Delphi. Savor a moonlit Turkish dinner and romantic concert among the broken columns and weathered walls of Ephesus in Turkey during Windstar’s complimentary Destination Discovery Event. Imagine the sense of adventure among Medieval Turkish raiders as you stare skyward at distant monasteries topping foreboding cliffs and natural sandstone pillars throughout Meteora Valley. Sip tangy, bright citrus flavors of local Assyrtiko wine paired with freshly caught calamari while relaxing on a whitewashed patio high above Santorini’s steep volcanic slopes. Relax by the crystal clear waters of Acropolis, Mykonos and Santorini beaches. Gaze across the Baroque-styled parapets of Palamidi Castle at Nafplio’s red-tiled roofs and the azure Argolic Gulf. Scale the marble steps leading to the Acropolis high above the city of Athens and lose yourself amid the iconic Parthenon’s limestone blocks and marble columns.
Athens to Athens - 11 Days
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
Athens to Athens - 10 Days
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.
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 Lisbon - 12 Days
Combine a culturally immersive inland journey throughout Portugal with a scenic and insightful tracing of Spain’s iconic coastlines during this remarkable 12-day combination cruse and land tour. Inhale intermingled aromas of seafood and spicy bean soup on Porto’s glowing twilight streets as melancholic fado lyrics and guitarra strings reverberate across stone walls from a more modest skyline. Light a white candle amid prayerful pilgrims in the silence of Fátima’s most sacred sites. Peer into the spiraling, moss-lined columns of the Initiation Well near the misty and verdant Sintra Forest. Bask in the Douro Valley’s unique sunlit glow as you stand among the rocky contours of steep terraced vineyards and gnarled gray trunks of Tinta Cão vines. Master the art of tapas cooking under the direction of an Andalusian chef near Málaga. Sip sherries and wander among old barrels in Cadiz wine cellars. Kayak between scenic caletas, or quays, in Mallorca’s clear coastal waters.
Athens to Venice - 8 Days
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.
Lisbon to Barcelona - 10 Days
Discover unforgettable destinations overlooked by larger cruise lines during this 10-day Western Mediterranean cruise that visits historic landmarks and little-known spaces in Portugal, Spain, and Morocco. Wander warm sandy beaches near Portimao or board a small boat bound for caves and bronze- and umber-hued rock formations at the Alfanzina Grotto. Sip fino and oloroso sherries in a quiet cellar outside of Cádiz. Prepare traditional Moroccan flat bread for baking in a local oven during a Tangier cooking school lesson. Barter for handmade jewelry and handpainted ceramics in a crowded souk. Browse Pablo Picasso’s sculptures and obscure works and savor a Spanish sunset and evening tapas—best paired with spicy Grenacha and dark Tempranillo wines—during an overnight stay in Málaga. Unearth the ancient influences of Hispania Antiqua as you explore the Roman Theatre and Museum prior to observing the excavations and 2,000-year-old Punic relics at the Muralla Punica archaeological site.
Lisbon to Barcelona - 8 Days
Poised as if to kiss the continent of Africa, Andalusia hugs the southern coast of Spain and embraces cultural influences from both sides of the strait. This is the birthplace of Don Juan and Carmen, evening paseos by women in lace mantillas, cape-twirling matadors. In short, it is quintessential Spain. The beaches of the Costa del Sol are legendary. And behind lie equally magnificent mountain ranges sheltering picturesque “white villages.” Here you won’t find cookie-cutter castles, but amazing cultural amalgams like the Alhambra and Alcázar. On your elegant ship, you will cruise past larger ships right to the heart of old towns and to the steps of friendly bodegas.
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.
Barcelona to San Juan - 23 Days
Enjoy the best of both worlds, a port-rich journey through southern Iberia and a classic ocean crossing that’s unscripted and utterly relaxing. Everything you’re looking for is here. Whimsical Modernist architecture in Barcelona, as colorful as it is unconventional. The inescapable footprints of Moors throughout Andalusia from the tile-and-fountain artistry of the Alcazar and Alhambra to cuisine—savory foods seasoned with fruits and spices, desserts made with almonds and honey, rice and saffron transformed into Spain’s signature paella. Honor the Moors with a port call in Casablanca, within reach of Marrakech, Rabat, and of course, the Kasbah. Walk the streets of Lisbon’s Alfama district, eyes dazzled by brilliant azulejo tiles, and make your way to Belem Tower, a classic departure point during the Age of Discovery. Watch from the Yacht Club as Lisbon fades into the distance knowing time now belongs to you, and only you. Work out in the fully redesigned Fitness Center. Treat your palate to French-inspired cuisine and wine pairings in Amphora. Or simply wrap yourself in a soft waffle weave robe and snack on grapes as the world passes by your suite window.
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
Athens to Venice - 16 Days
This voyage through Greece, Italy, and Croatia is simply bursting with engrossing history lessons, delizioso cuisine, natural beauty, and often-overlooked destinations. Begin in Athens, where the magnificent white Parthenon still stands tall after watching nearly 2,500 years of world events pass by. Explore the well-preserved Greek castle towns of Monemvasia, the Gibraltar of Greece, and Mystras, near Gythion. Both are less-visited gems, and Mystras is a magical ghost town of exquisite Byzantine architecture. Taste Istrian truffles and olive oil in the quaint little fishing town of Rovinj. Wander the medieval Old Towns of Kotor and Dubrovnik, limestone streets polished to a high shine by centuries of shuffling feet. Visit the must-sees of Italy from Michelangelo’s mastery in Rome’s Sistine Chapel to the romance of Venice and eerie Pompeii, then veer off to laid-back Ponza, the secret island retreat where Italians go to escape the crowds. Find a quiet corner of Wind Surf to write home a stream of superlatives.
Athens to Lisbon - 20 Days
Transit the narrow Corinth Canal en route to Delphi to explore the Temple of Apollo and the Archaeological Museum. Corfu stuns visitors with its beautiful beaches and Old Town, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. In Argostoli, stroll the promenade in search of caretta-caretta turtles and savor Kephalonian meat pie. From Messina, visit Sicily’s hillside town of Taormina to take in views of the iconic Greek Theater. In Trapani, marvel at the hardworking 17th century windmills and salt marshes that produce its signature colored salts. Discover the medieval walled Il Castello and Poetto Beach in Cagliari before setting sail for Spain. Upon arrival in Barcelona, behold Gaudí’s La Sagrada Familia Cathedral and savor tapas. A later stay in Málaga allows time to tour the famous Alhambra. Embark on Morocco’s city of Tangier, known for its unspoiled beaches and old walled city of Medina. A late night in Casablanca affords time to see Marrakech’s mosques, palaces and souk market. Cruise south to the Canary Islands to experience the small volcanic island of Lanzarote and follow the famous wine trail, wander Santa Cruz de Tenerife’s beautiful UNESCO beaches San Cristóbal de La Laguna and Teide National Park, and listen for the whistling locals of La Gomera who use their skills to communicate across the steep ravines and lush cloud forest of Garajonay National Park. Head north to Portugal for an overnight in Funchal, with time to taste Madeira wines and try poncha, a delightful rum and honey cocktail.
St. Maarten to Barcelona - 25 Days
Ideal for anyone seeking equal portions of relaxing time at sea and port visits, this 28-day transatlantic crossing features a combination of leisurely, uninterrupted sea crossing time balanced with the best ports in the Western Mediterranean. Board in Nassau, then spend time crossing the Atlantic and enjoying the romance of sailing as you make your way to your ultimate destination. Sip port wines in Lisbon, Portugal, browse wares in the bustling Grand Souk in Tangier, Morocco, and wander the medieval cobbled streets of Tarragona, Spain.
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.
Lisbon to Athens - 28 Days
The scope of this month-long odyssey is astounding, putting you within reach of at least 16 UNESCO World Heritage Sites, 2 tentative sites, and 2 Biosphere Reserves, not to mention a myriad of other unforgettable cultural experiences. Watch architecture evolve from the imposing Parthenon to the graceful arches of the Alhambra to Gaudí’s spikey Modernist Sagrada Familia. Listen to the impeccable acoustics of a 3rd century Greek theater and lively flamenco music punctuated by pulsing footwork. Graze on tapas, mezzes, and antipasto while life ebbs and swirls around you. Swim in the sulfur green thermal waters of Santorini, watch magenta bougainvillea pour over honey-colored stone walls in Mallorca, and befriend the Barbary monkeys who rule the Rock. As an added bonus, your voyage includes an exclusive Windstar Destination Discovery Event: dining in front of the Celsus Library in ancient Ephesus as live musicians serenade you under the stars. Simply unforgettable
Athens to Lisbon - 24 Days
Revel in two dozen unforgettable days venturing from Greece’s golden shores to small ports, remote villages and legendary landmarks throughout Italy, Spain, Morocco and Portugal. Float among fossils, towering natural spires and stunning colorful walls deep inside the scenic caverns of Vlyhada and Alepotrypa near Gythion, Greece. Take the wheel of a vintage Fiat 500 on Sicilian streets near Messina and visit Savoca, a small, unspoiled village rich in cinematic memories for fans of The Godfather. Capitalize on your overnight stay in Málaga by adding on an overnight inland excursion exploring Grenada’s wineries, vineyards and monasteries before cooking up an exceptional Spanish dinner in Alhambra—then lose yourself in the aromas of Italy’s wines, cappuccinos, pastas, and limoncellos.
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.
Barcelona to Miami - 27 Days
Combine a memorable exploration of scenic Atlantic and western Mediterranean coastlines prior to crossing the Atlantic Ocean to Miami during this 27-day cruise featuring stops in Spain, Morocco, Portugal and the Canary Islands. Delve into Pablo Picasso’s paintings, sketches and ceramic works during a Málaga walking tour. Shop for Moroccan ingredients in an open market prior to a delicious Tangier cooking class. Wander the maze-like passages in the old city of Rabat in the Moroccan capital. Trace the Lanzarote wine route and discover the flavorsome facts of fast-draining volcanic soils as you taste wines made from local Malvasia and Lístan black grapes. Ride a cable car to the 11,660-foot summit of Mount Teide, the highest point in all of Spain’s territories. Sip Poncha, a sweet regional blend of Madeiran rum and honey, during an overnight port stay in Funchal, Portugal. Make your way across a transparent skywalk nearly 2,000 feet above the Atlantic at Cabo Girao, Europe’s highest coastal cliff.
Athens to Barcelona - 18 Days
Start your pilgrimage in the ancient city of Athens with nearly 3,000 years of history that include the still-standing Acropolis and the Parthenon. Travel to Cyprus to see the Limassol Castle, Archaeological Museum, and award-winning Folk Art Museum. In Israel, overnight in Haifa and see Elijah’s Cave, or take an overland journey to Petra and the Dead Sea. Next, explore one of the most ancient cities in the world: Ashdod. Visit the Korin Maman Museum, climb 500 feet to Giv’at Yonah, or travel overland to experience Jerusalem. In Egypt’s Port Said, take a caliche (2-person horse carriage) through town to see the beautiful colonial architecture, or opt for a full day journey to the Pyramids of Giza. In Alexandria, founded by Alexander the Great, visit Pompey’s Pillar and the catacombs of Kom el-Shoqafa. On Crete, take in Morosini Fountain and visit Knossos Palace, the Minoan-era castle in Heraklion. Transit the narrow Corinth Canal on the way to Delphi to explore the Temple of Apollo and the Archaeological Museum. Corfu stuns visitors with its beautiful beaches and historic Old Town. In Argostoli, savor Kephalonian meat pies and stroll the promenade in search of caretta-caretta turtles. From Messina, visit Sicily’s hillside town of Taormina to take in views of the iconic Greek Theater. Discover the medieval walled Il Castello and Poetto Beach in Cagliari before setting sail for Spain.
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.
Athens to Barcelona - 14 Days
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.
Barcelona to Rome - 9 Days
Listen closely and you’ll hear echoes of Europe’s past, from debates and discourse surrounding the broken columns and marble blocks in the Roman Forum, to the reverberating roar of smoking engines in 1920s roadsters winding up city streets to Monte Carlo’s Casino Square. Indulge your senses and engage your sense of wonder during this 9-day journey that combines a multi-day inland exploration to Rome with a scenic cruise along the steep and majestic Italian and French Rivieras. Tour the Sistine Chapel and discover the Colosseum, Rome’s most recognizable landmark. Savor fresh handmade pasta dishes and rich Chianti wines amidst the warm ambiance and sincere hospitality of a neighborhood Italian restaurant. Your cruise features unforgettable opportunities to experience the scenic Portoferraio Biosphere Reserve and explore the historic vineyards of Elba. Watch beachcombers from white-linen sidewalk cafés or sunbathe on romantic sandy beaches in Cannes. Inhale seafood aromas and herbal fragrances in a Barcelonan open market