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ENCHANTING GREECE, SICILY & THE AMALFI COAST

An 8-Day Cruise Adventure: Story Small Ships® debut sailing begins in Athens and "finalés" in Rome


 

Discover the Story of Greece, Sicily and the Amalfi Coast!

Come sail away with Story Land & Sea® on a Tall Masted Ship with Windstar Cruises. Join us for this unique experience onboard, and enjoy world-class service from your Story Tour Captain, on an itinerary that truly captures the spirit, culture and people of the Mediterranean.

We will journey along the coastlines of Greece, Sicily and up to the Amalfi Coast as we sail along some of the most popular seas in the world, and port at idyllic islands, with charming cobbled villages, spectacular scenery, and intriguing history.

Santiago, Chile

14 DAY ADVENTURE: 6-DAY LAND & 8-DAY SEA ITINERARY

The Story begins in Athens.
We've designed this "Land & Sea" itinerary with only the best experiences, accommodation and teams found on the land or the sea. The casual elegance of the Wind Star ensures no crowds, no lines and no waiting. Just a 'warm and intimate ambiance' you won't find on larger ships.

Set sail with Story Land & Sea® as we board the Wind Star and journey to the heart of Old World villages beginning with the city of Athens.

Day 1: October 8, 2018: International Flight Date

Your international flight is not included in your tour package, however, we can arrange your air travel through our Story® Air Service Department. We'll work with you to get the absolutely lowest fare available based on your travel preferences. We utilize both our own air department and online agencies to find the best rate.

Day 2: Oct 9: Arrive Athens.

Make your flight date from USA/Canada on Oct 8, 2018. Upon arrival, be met by our driver for transfer to our deluxe hotel in Athens, the Hotel Grande Bretagne, our home for the next two nights.

Story Exclusive®
Enjoy a Story Unique Perspectives' Welcome Reception later tonight.

Accommodation: 2 Nights at the Grand Bretagna Hotel in Athens

Day 3: Oct 10: Athens Discovery with Story Land & Sea®

The Story of Athens
Enjoy our sightseeing immersion tour complete with the Acropolis of Athens. The ancient citadel sits atop a high rocky outcropping above the city and contains the remains of several ancient buildings of great architectural and historic significance with the most famous being the Parthenon. We enjoy a driving tour of some of the most renown sites in the city before returning to our hotel for the balance of the afternoon at leisure.

Story Way® Dining
Join Tour Captain David Douglas tonight for a welcome dinner in Athens. It's a 'fiery' experience with our local chef and the wonderful ambiance.

 

Day 4: Oct 11: To Santorini

This morning enjoy our transfer to the airport for our short and included hop to the island of Santorini. Upon arrival we transfer to our hotel, check-in, store bags until rooms are ready later today and enjoy an afternoon orientation tour of the island.

Story Exclusive®
Tonight enjoy a thoroughly Story experience with a sunset reception from the town of Oia — as her white-washed homes and domed structures glisten in the late afternoon glow —  we enjoy a toast followed by our welcome dinner.

Story Way® Dining
We enjoy a dinner tonight as the sun sets and our first night on Santorini comes to life!

Accommodation: Enjoy 2 nights in the beautiful village of Oia in our 5 Star hotel.

Day 5: Oct 12: Santorini: Oia at Leisure

Sightseeing Immersion
Today, enjoy a visit to the Santos Winery for a tasting and onward journey to the Red Beach for free time at leisure. Prefer to stay in Oia? No problem, just discuss with reservations. Prefer a private excursion to explore more of Santorini? We can make that happen.

Join the Tour Captain tonight for an optional dinner or explore at leisure.

 

Day 6: Oct 13: Our Small Ships Cruise embarks today from Athens.
ETD 17:00

This morning, we transfer to the airport in Santorini for short and included flight to Athens. Upon arrival, we transfer to the Plaka for time at leisure. Bags are stored securely while you enjoy some free time in Athens before we board the ship later this afternoon at 4PM.

Story Exclusive®
Welcome aboard the Wind Star. Tonight, we enjoy our first Unique Perspectives' Experience with our traditional Welcome Reception. A great setting to experience the beginning of our Adventure. Your Tour Captain, David Douglas, will be on-hand to greet you and celebrate this amazing journey.

Bon Voyage!
Tonight we will enjoy dining together onboard the Wind Star.

Santiago, Chile

Day 7: Oct 14: MONEMVASIA, GREECE
ETA 08:00 | ETD 17:00

This Gibraltar-like town tied to the mainland by a single thread of causeway holds treasures that are old even by Mediterranean standards, with town walls and several churches dating to the 12th century. Climb to the upper town for an up-close look at the castle and Agia Sophia, a Byzantine church. Wander the lanes of the lower town lined with Venetian mansions, many of which have been lovingly restored. Savor the sun on a smooth pebble beach.

 
Santiago, Chile

Day 8: Oct 15: GYTHION, GREECE
ETA 08:00 | ETD 16:00

This exuberant little port is the very essence of all that we celebrate as Greek. Cheerful pastel houses are littered among intriguing whitewashed lanes and staircases. Playful sculptures welcome you to the harbor's cheerful shops, coffee houses, and waterfront cafés. This is a perfect place to enjoy a cup of rich coffee or a glass of ouzo while you watch the world go by. To explore further, consider an excursion to the Dyros Caves, often cited as the most beautiful in the world.

Day 9: Oct 16: AT SEA


Day 10: Oct 17: MESSINA (TAORMINA), ITALY
ETA 08:00 | ETD 14:00

 
Santiago, Chile

The cobblestone streets of Messina, Sicily, are the perfect launching point for an optional visit to nearby Taormina. Stroll along flower-filled streets in search of a delightful lunch or an artist's palette of colorful gelati. The ancient Greek Theater is an ideal place to sit back and admire shimmering waters below and Mount Etna, languidly smoking in the distance.

 

Day 11: Oct 18: SORRENTO, ITALY
ETA 10:00 | ETD 23:59

 
Santiago, Chile

UNESCO World Heritage Sites abound in Sorrento. Optional tours will take you to the archaeological areas of Pompei and Torre Annunziata, or the 4th century B.C. city of Herculaneum. Perhaps your choice will be a boat ride to Positano, the legendary home of the Sirens. Perched on a terrace on the spectacular Amalfi Coast, Sorrento offers exceptional views of the Bay of Naples and Mount Vesuvius.

Day 12: Oct 19: AT SEA


Day 13: Oct 20: WELCOME TO MAINLAND ITALY
ETA 07:00

Santiago, Chile

In this enchanting city the past and present intersect in perfect harmony. Casually intermingled among ancient ruins and majestic cathedrals are the trappings of a modern metropolis: Skyscrapers, Internet cafes, boutiques selling designer footwear. But of course what you seek first in the heart of Rome is its breathtaking history. A good place to begin is the Vatican, with its Sistine Chapel and St. Peter's Basilica. Works by Bernini, Michelangelo, Caravaggio, and Raphael are just a few of those on display, any one of which is worth hours of contemplation. Then the ancient ruins—Colosseum, Forum, Circus Maximus. And of course the Trevi Fountain for the obligatory coins promising your return to the Eternal City.

Sequence of Ports of Call are subject to change.

 


Find out why more and more travelers are opting to 'Leave the Herd Behind' while discovering the many authentic experiences and heart of the Eastern Mediterranean on a Story Land & Sea® Cruise aboard the Star Clipper.

Ship: Windstar Cruises' Windstar 4-Masted Sailing Yacht

This sleek yacht accommodates only 148 guests.

Wind Star is a sleek, 4-masted sailing yacht accommodating 148 guests. With four decks and a gross tonnage of 5,307, Wind Star feels like your own private yacht.

Wind Star features wide open, teak decks—quite unusual for small ships. Guests will find hidden nooks for private moments giving them a feeling of being on their own private veranda.

All staterooms have ocean views, queen beds, flat-screen TV with DVD player, and Bose SoundDock speakers for Apple iPods. The Owner's Suite includes a sitting area.

Wind Star offers two primary dining venues. The AmphorA restaurant offers gourmet, course-by-course cuisine in the evenings and Veranda restaurant offers casual buffet and full-service dining for breakfast and lunch. All dining is open seating. And, for dining under the stars, make a reservation for Candles which features steaks and skewers.

Wind Star amenities include: WindSpa, Watersports Platform, Casino, Lounge, Library, Pool, and Hot Tub.

See the amazing video of the Wind Star here (opens in new window).

Star Clipper

 

LENGTH: 360 feet (110 meters) at waterline; 440 feet (134 meters) including bowsprit
BEAM (WIDTH): 52.1 feet
DRAFT: 14 feet
ENGINES: 3 diesel electric generating sets, 1 electrical propulsion motor
SPEED: 10 knots with engines only; up to 15.8 knots with prevailing wind
GROSS TONS: 5,307 gross registered tons (grt)
SAILS: 6 triangular, self-furling, computer-operated sails with 21,500 square feet (or 2,200 square meters) of Dacron surface area
MASTS: 4 at 204 feet (62 meters)
TOTAL STAFF: 101 international staff
PASSENGER CAPACITY: 148 Guests
STATEROOMS: 73 deluxe ocean view staterooms
OWNER'S SUITE: 1 ocean view owner's suite
DECKS: 4
SHIP'S REGISTRY: Bahamas

 

 

GRACIOUS STATEROOMS

Every inch of your stateroom is designed for comfort. Luxurious Egyptian cotton linens wrap you in pleasant sleepiness as you stretch out in your queen bed (can be separated into twins if you prefer). Your spacious bath features granite counter tops, ample storage, and a roomy shower with massage shower head. L'Occitane® bath products invite you to indulge, while comfy waffle-weave robe and slippers entice you to relax. You'll find fresh fruit and flowers always waiting for you after a day of sun or sightseeing. And, of course, everything else you need and expect — flat-screen television and DVD, Bose® SoundDock, wireless Internet access, private safe. And always at your fingertips, anything you wish from room service.

OWNER'S SUITE

With an expansive 220 square feet, the Owner's Suite gives you everything offered in a stateroom, plus lots more, including a beautiful sitting area and separate in-room dining space.

 

ALL ACCOMMODATIONS FEATURE:

Queen Size Bed with Luxurious Linens

Waffle Weave Robe and Slippers

Flat Screen TV with DVD player

Fully-Stocked Mini Bar/Refrigerator

Safe Direct Dial Phone

L'Occitane Bath Amenities

Wi-Fi (internet cards can be purchased at reception)

Fresh Flowers

Fresh Fruit

Granite vanity with magnifying mirror and chair

Mirrored closet with ample drawer space

Bathroom with granite countertop and shower

Hair Dryers and 110/220 outlets

 

YOUR WINDSTAR VOYAGE INCLUDES:

All meals in all venues at all times, including room service menu available 24 hours

All non-alcoholic beverages, including cappuccino, espresso, and other specialty non-alcoholic drinks

Welcome cocktails at reception

All onboard entertainment

Unlimited use of Fitness Center

Unlimited use of all water sports equipment

Informative nightly port talks and destination briefings

 

ONBOARD SPACES

Reception

AmphorA Restaurant

Candles

Veranda

The Lounge

Casino

Pool Bar

Watersports Platform

Pool/Whirlpool

Signature Shop

WindSpa

Library

The Bridge (with Windstar's Open Bridge Policy)

PREMIUM BEVERAGE PACKAGE

This package provides unlimited cocktails, sparkling wines and wines by the glass that are $12 and under, and beer. Includes mini-bar beverage selections and beverages provided through room service.

Package cost per day (based on double occupancy) $108.00* per stateroom/suite

*Premium Beverage Packages are only sold per stateroom/suite and must be purchased for all guests occupying a stateroom/suite. Package must be added by the first day of the cruise and must be purchased for the full duration of the cruise. Package price (based on double occupancy) is $108 per stateroom/suite, per day, and includes some top shelf brands. The standard 15% beverage service charge is not included. All sparkling wines and wines by the glass are included that are $12 and under. Bottles of wine and champagne are excluded from the package. Package prices are inclusive of applicable taxes. Minimum drinking age aboard Windstar Cruises is 21 years old.

 

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Deck Plan

 

 

 The Story of Your Adventure Begins

The Story Begins: Land

  • Two (2) nights accommodation in Athens: Grand Hotel Bretagne
  • Three (3) nights accommodation in Santorini:
  • Exclusive Reception with Tour Captain
  • Story Way® Dining: Athens Welcome Dinner
  • Customary gratuities excluding Tour Captain

The Story Continues: Sea

  • Seven (7) nights accommodation onboard the Wind Star
  • Ports of Call commencing from Athens include Monemvasia, Gythion, Messina/Taormina, Sorrento and Rome
  • Gratuities and beverage package not included - see details below.

2018 ENCHANTING GREECE & THE AMALFI COAST

Pricing is per person and in US dollars. Includes all meals onboard, port charges, fees, special Story Land & Sea® excursion and select receptions per itinerary. Cabin categories are limited and will be assigned on a first come, first served basis.

Story Land & Sea®'s Small Ships experience included: 
• Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner and Buffets (All Dining Included)
• All Port Charges and taxes included
• Story Land & Sea® Exclusives per itinerary
• Traditional Story Welcome Reception onboard
• Exclusive Story Land & Sea® Mystery Excursion (Port TBA)
• Farewell Reception 
• Guests will select optional beverage packages - see below (not included).

2018 ENCHANTING GREECE, SICILY & THE AMALFI COAST

In US Dollars

Published Date Category Price Per Person
5 DAYS LAND: ATHENS & SANTORINI (Pre-Cruise Tour)
October 8 (commences Oct 9 in Athens) $2559 + $380 On-Tour Air
8 DAYS SEA: WIND STAR (Cruise Only)
October 13 Category B $6269
(Cruise Only: $4539)
Category BX Deluxe
$6449
(Cruise Only: $4749)
Category A $6549
(Cruise Only: $4829)
Category AX Deluxe $6779
(Cruise Only: $4979)

OPTION: PREMIUM BEVERAGE PACKAGE
Wind Star's premium beverage package provides unlimited cocktails, sparkling wines and wines by the glass that are $12 and under, and beer. Includes mini-bar beverage selections and beverages provided through room service. Package cost per day (based on double occupancy) $108.00* per stateroom/suite.
*Premium Beverage Packages are only sold per stateroom/suite and must be purchased for all guests occupying a stateroom/suite. Package must be added by the first day of the cruise and must be purchased for the full duration of the cruise. Package price (based on double occupancy) is $108 per stateroom/suite, per day, and includes some top shelf brands. The standard 15% beverage service charge is not included. All sparkling wines and wines by the glass are included that are $12 and under. Bottles of wine and champagne are excluded from the package. Package prices are inclusive of applicable taxes. Minimum drinking age aboard Windstar Cruises is 21 years old.

Payment Schedule:

Deposit: $1900 per person.
November 29, 2017: Second deposit of $1900 due.
January 15, 2018: Balance Due.

Shore excursions will be selected optionally onboard the Wind Star by guests. Trip Cancellation & Interruption Insurance is required. Please inquire for details.


 


2018 ENCHANTING GREECE & THE AMALFI COAST Cruise

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