STAR COLLECTOR: FROM GREEK GODS TO GAUDÍ

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Star Collector: From Greek Gods to Gaudí

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MON AUG 16
TO 5:00 PM Lisbon

day 1 Lisbon, Portugal


Lisbon, Portugal
The rhythm of Lisbon invites you to join its captivating dance. This splendid capital city on the banks of the Rio Teja offers a warm welcome and an unparalleled blend of architectural styles. Elegant outdoor cafés line the cobbled sidewalks. Turn-of-the-century funiculars climb the scenic hills. Find the UNESCO sites of the Tower of Belem and the Monastery of the Hieronymites. And, everywhere, the city engages you with its easy style and remarkable charm. 
WED AUG 18
8:00 AM TO 10:00 PM Cádiz

day 3 Cádiz, Spain


Cádiz, Spain
Cádiz is the most southern province of the Iberian Peninsula. It is extremely rich in natural beauty and some of the most important Natural Parks of Spain and Europe are found here including Sierra de Grazalema and los Alcornocales. Both are rich in flora and fauna, including species under threat of extinction. Many birds find their resting and feeding place here just after or before making the jump from or to Africa.
THU AUG 19
9:00 AM TO 6:00 PM Gibraltar

day 4 Gibraltar, British Territory


Gibraltar, British Territory
It’s an odd bit of Britain here at the toe of Spain, with Barbary apes and miles of tunnels as well as traditional red phone boxes. Legend says Gibraltar was one of the two pillars erected by Hercules to mark the edge of the world. Take the cable car to the top to see if you can see it from here. No, that’s not it. That’s just Africa. What a view.
FRI AUG 20
8:00 AM TO 8:00 PM Málaga

day 5 Málaga, Spain


Málaga, Spain
Here, on the shores of Costa del Sol, the Andalusian spirit thrives. Be sure to include an optional visit to see the brilliant and comprehensive collection of Picasso’s work at Museo Picasso Málaga, a tribute to this artistic genius in the city of his birth. Or you may choose to opt for a visit to the beautiful village of Mijas, where picturesque Andalusian country life creates some of the world’s best wines. 
SAT AUG 21
7:00 AM TO 6:00 PM Almeria

day 6 Almeria (Granada), Spain


Almeria (Granada), Spain
Enjoy a walking tour of this ancient city. If you prefer, opt for a beautiful drive through the Andalusian countryside to Granada and the magnificent UNESCO site, the Alhambra Palace. Built in the 14th century, this breathtaking example of Moorish architecture combines intricate mosaics and stone-cast latticework in a tapestry of grace and sophistication unparalleled in western civilization. Or take an optional excursion into nature at one of three UNESCO Biosphere Reserves. 
SUN AUG 22
7:00 AM TO 12:00 PM Cartagena

day 7 Cartagena, Spain


Cartagena, Spain
The walled town of Cartagena is a popular seaport with a large naval shipyard. The seashore offers a wide range of activities from windsurfing to good snorkeling to sailing. From Cartagena you can easily explore the ancient city of Murcia, the coastal resorts of Mazarrón, Cala Cortina, and Cabo de Palos or a little further north, the world famous resort of Mar Menor.
MON AUG 23
9:00 AM TO 5:00 PM Palma de Mallorca

day 8 Palma de Mallorca, Spain


Palma de Mallorca, Spain
Mallorca is steep, green, and fringed with enticing coves and more than 200 lush beaches. But all that natural beauty is just the beginning. Stroll along the tree-shaded Paseo de Born in search of tapas. Shop for a Siurell; a traditional red, green, and white clay whistle dating back to the time of the Moors. Watch the street performers on the piazza around the church, or cross the island to beautiful Sóller. Not to be missed is the cultural landscape of the Serra de Tramuntana, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
 
TUE AUG 24
7:00 AM TO 5:00 PM Barcelona

day 9 Barcelona, Spain


Barcelona, Spain
The old meets the new in this sunny Catalan metropolis, where narrow alleyways contrast with grand boulevards, trendy cuisine meets homemade tapas, and everywhere you’re greeted by the warm, welcoming smiles of the fashionable locals. Don’t miss UNESCO sites like the mind-boggling architecture of Antoni Gaudí or La Sagrada Familia Cathedral, with its eight decorative spires soaring hundreds of feet into the sky.
WED AUG 25
8:00 AM TO 6:00 PM Palma de Mallorca

day 10 Palma de Mallorca, Spain


Palma de Mallorca, Spain
Mallorca is steep, green, and fringed with enticing coves and more than 200 lush beaches. But all that natural beauty is just the beginning. Stroll along the tree-shaded Paseo de Born in search of tapas. Shop for a Siurell; a traditional red, green, and white clay whistle dating back to the time of the Moors. Watch the street performers on the piazza around the church, or cross the island to beautiful Sóller. Not to be missed is the cultural landscape of the Serra de Tramuntana, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
 
THU AUG 26
8:00 AM TO 4:00 PM Mahon

day 11 Mahon, Spain


Mahon, Spain
What an entrance you will make as you cruise into one of the deepest natural harbors in the world. Picturesque Mahon is home to lovely white-sand beaches and delightful architecture, a gin distillery, and a dairy plant where delicious white cheese is made.
FRI AUG 27
11:00 AM TO 10:00 PM Alghero

day 12 Alghero, Italy


Alghero, Italy
A fortified wall complete with impressive towers heralds your arrival to the charming town of Alghero in Sardinia. Within the city walls, cobblestone streets lead to attractive little squares lined with lively shops and cozy tavernas. Enjoy the first signs of evening sunset from the landscaped esplanade along the Lido. 
SUN AUG 29
7:00 AM TO 5:00 PM Amalfi

day 14 Amalfi, Italy


Amalfi, Italy
The town of Amalfi lies at the mouth of a deep ravine surrounded by dramatic cliffs and coastal scenery. As part of the Amalfi Coast, it has been designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site and is an important tourist destination. The whole region is famed for its lemons, which are about double the size of other lemons, and the production of the limoncello liqueur. An optional tour can take you to the UNESCO archaeological areas of Pompeii, Positano and Ravello. 
MON AUG 30
1:00 PM TO 9:00 PM Catania

day 15 Catania, Italy


Catania, Italy
In this fascinating city nestled at the foot of Mount Etna you’ll find a thriving downtown that is not only the active city center, but a historic UNESCO World Heritage Site, combining the best of ancient and modern city style. Your options are as wide as your imagination. Explore the temperamental volcano that has reshaped the city many times, visit the beautiful setting of Taormina where stunning views and beautiful antiquities vie for your attention or the UNESCO site of Tantalica. If you prefer, explore the ancient city of Syracuse, called by Cicero himself “the most beautiful of all,” and another UNESCO site. 
TUE AUG 31
9:00 AM TO 4:00 PM Valletta

day 16 Valletta, Malta


Valletta, Malta
Malta’s capital city, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, is among the world’s smallest, yet definitely most charming.  Graced with the paintings of Caravaggio and kissed by beautiful shorelines, you’ll find photographic icons at almost every turn.  Not to be missed is a visit to the stately Palazzo Parisio to glimpse the enchanting lifestyle of Malta’s nobility.  Our stay here also allows the exquisite romance of an evening walk through the beautiful lanes of Mdina, Malta’s enigmatic “Silent City.” 
THU SEP 2
8:00 AM TO 4:00 PM Gythion

day 18 Gythion, Greece


Gythion, Greece
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.  Or go exploring on an optional tour of Mystras, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. 
FRI SEP 3
7:00 AM TO 11:59 PM Athens

day 19 Athens, Greece


Athens, Greece
With 3,000 years of history, you can’t turn around in Athens without encountering the past. The Acropolis, a UNESCO site, the Plaka, and the Acropolis Museum are must-sees. But leave time if you can to climb Pnyx Hill for photos of the Parthenon at sunset, to buy your own set of Greek komboloi (worry beads), and to explore the metro stations that serve as mini-museums for the relics that are constantly being unearthed. 
SAT SEP 4
8:00 AM TO 5:00 PM Nafplio

day 20 Nafplio, Greece


Nafplio, Greece
With its red-roofed buildings and cobblestone streets, this medieval town in the Peloponnese is one of the lesser-known and nicest places to visit on the Greek mainland – a charming port accessible thanks to the small size of your Windstar yacht. It was the first capital of modern Greece from 1823 to 1834. Named for Nafplios, son of Poseidon, god of the sea, the fortressed town is a delightful place to wander. It’s also a starting off point for tours of nearby antiquities, such as the Theatre of Epidaurus, the best-preserved ancient Greek theater known for its great acoustics. Conquerors of Nafplio included Romans, Venetians, and Turks. All left their mark on the architecture and culture. Dominating the view is Palamidi, a Venetian fortress some 708 feet above the sea. You can get a workout walking the 999 rock-carved steps to the top, but will be rewarded with views. You may choose a less-taxing stroll along the little harbor to admire cliffside chapels or wander the town’s narrow cobblestone streets past neoclassical buildings, statues of heroes from the Greek War of Independence, and cool parks. 
SUN SEP 5
8:00 AM TO 11:59 PM Mykonos

day 21 Mykonos, Greece


Mykonos, Greece
When you arrive on this legendary island you will no doubt be dazzled by what you see. Whitewashed homes with brightly colored doors and window frames, fishing boats in the harbor, and the frequent presence of pelicans. Photographer’s delight in the color contrasts of golden-sand beaches and blue water, buildings and sky, and the garb of sun worshipers. Mykonos is one of the few places in the Aegean Sea where you may go diving or snorkeling to see underwater antiquities. Ancient ruins are accessible on the nearby island of Delos, mythical birthplace of the twin gods Apollo and Artemis. Or, you may stick to the main town of Hora to explore chic boutiques on quaint streets, view thatched-roofed windmills (some from the 16th century), admire blue-domed churches, and visit art galleries. Stop by a bakery to sample the island’s famous almond cakes and tarts. An overnight visit allows time to immerse yourself in this classic Greek island’s beauty and culture.
MON SEP 6
12:01 AM TO 7:00 AM Mykonos

day 22 Mykonos, Greece


Mykonos, Greece
When you arrive on this legendary island you will no doubt be dazzled by what you see. Whitewashed homes with brightly colored doors and window frames, fishing boats in the harbor, and the frequent presence of pelicans. Photographer’s delight in the color contrasts of golden-sand beaches and blue water, buildings and sky, and the garb of sun worshipers. Mykonos is one of the few places in the Aegean Sea where you may go diving or snorkeling to see underwater antiquities. Ancient ruins are accessible on the nearby island of Delos, mythical birthplace of the twin gods Apollo and Artemis. Or, you may stick to the main town of Hora to explore chic boutiques on quaint streets, view thatched-roofed windmills (some from the 16th century), admire blue-domed churches, and visit art galleries. Stop by a bakery to sample the island’s famous almond cakes and tarts. An overnight visit allows time to immerse yourself in this classic Greek island’s beauty and culture.
MON SEP 6
10:00 AM TO 5:00 PM Ermoupoli

day 22 Ermoupoli, Syros, Greece


Ermoupoli, Syros, Greece
Your first views of Ermoupoli, capital of the island of Syros, will be of homes clinging to the coastline and up two hills, one topped by a Catholic church, the other by a blue-domed Orthodox church. This is a port rarely visited by cruise ships, and is a real find. There are wonderful beaches and quaint villages nearby, or stick to the city to discover layers of surprises.  Greek refugees fleeing the Turks landed here during the 19th century Greek War of Independence. Wealthy sea captains and merchants built gorgeous neoclassical mansions and marble squares. The town hall is one of the most beautiful you’ll find anywhere, with its colonnaded exterior and opulent interior. The opera house is a scaled down version of La Scala in Milan. Head uphill to the medieval Catholic quarter, Ano Syros, to explore narrow cobblestone streets and stone passageways built by the Venetians in the 13th century. Some of the white-washed buildings house cafes with sweeping views of the city and sea.
TUE SEP 7
7:00 AM TO 11:00 PM Kusadasi

day 23 Kusadasi, Turkey


Kusadasi, Turkey
The port of Kusadasi, once ruled by Ottomans, is a full-blown resort town where you can bargain for Turkish rugs and leather goods or relax on beaches. The biggest draws are outside the city – the amazing ancient city of Ephesus and the location where the Virgin Mary is believed to have spent her last days, now a pilgrimage site. Ephesus is a jaw-dropping place, one of the world’s best-preserved ancient cities. While Greeks and Egyptians spent time here, most of what you see today was built by the Romans, including the 2-story remains of a façade of a library that once contained some 12,000 scrolls.  As you walk through the city, it’s not difficult to imagine early toga-clad residents at baths, aqueducts, and a massive amphitheater. Your complimentary Windstar Destination Discovery Event delivers the once-in-a-lifetime experience of appreciating  the ruins under moonlight – with dinner and music. Nearby are sites significant in early Christianity. Drinking from one of the three fountains at the House of the Virgin Mary is said to bring good luck.
 


WED SEP 8
8:00 AM TO 6:00 PM Patmos

day 24 Patmos, Greece


Patmos, Greece
In a cave on this spiritual island, is where St. John the Evangelist had his vision of the Apocalypse, which led to the writing of his Book of Revelations some 1,920 years ago. The cave and a fortress monastery, established in the 11th century, are both pilgrimage sites. The Monastery of St. John, with its imposing medieval gray stone walls, rises above the island’s pretty harbor. As you approach by ship, past whitewashed homes, you’ll notice the battlements atop the high walls. Within are eight chapels, impressive frescoes, and a museum filled with treasures – including jeweled chalices, crowns, and crosses. Tours also visit the Grotto of St. John, where a small chapel surrounds the spot where the Evangelist is said to have lived in exile. If you choose to stick around the harbor, say at an outdoor café, you’ll find the people in the fishing village both friendly and proud of their island.
THU SEP 9
8:00 AM TO 5:00 PM Rhodes

day 25 Rhodes, Greece


Rhodes, Greece
On an island that enjoys 300 days of sunshine each year, head to the beach or immerse yourself in history. Rhodes was touched by the great Greek, Roman, and Ottoman Empires, and the crusading Knights of St. John. All left their mark. Don’t bother looking for the legendary Colossus of Rhodes. The giant statue of the Greek god Helios collapsed millennia ago. In the large, walled, medieval Old City, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, wander the same 14th century streets as the knights and visit the Palace of the Grand Masters, when you’re not checking out trinkets at the Turkish bazaar. If you do lunch in Rhodes, look for local seafood dishes featuring snails or octopus and pitaroudia (falafel-like fritters made from chickpeas). Venture outside the city to see the natural beauty of the island, including lush valleys and gold-sand beaches. A trip to Lindos, the island’s old capital, brings you to winding hillside streets lined with art galleries and leading to the ruins of the Acropolis of Lindos.
FRI SEP 10
8:00 AM TO 10:00 PM Agios Nikolaos

day 26 Agios Nikolaos, Crete, Greece


Agios Nikolaos
Soak in the culture and scenic beauty of eastern Crete in this laid-back town. Hit the beach (you may swim in the lagoon where the goddess Athena was said to bathe) and stroll the waterfront, taking a break at open-air cafes or seafood restaurants. Look for Cretan specialties such as locally made cheeses and kalitsounia (fried cheese pies). You may want to fortify yourself with a taste of raki (a Cretan brandy made from grapes). A late-night stay in port affords time to linger and get into the spirit of the small town. History buffs will want to do a side trip to see the ancient Minoan palace of Knossos, a UNESCO World Heritage Site where the queen had running water in her palace bathroom more than 3,000 years ago. According to Greek mythology, this Bronze Age religious and administrative center was the domain of King Minos, son of Zeus and Europa, who built a labyrinth to contain the Minotaur (half man and half bull). Tours include the Archaeological Museum of Heraklion, with its collection of Minoan artifacts.
 
SAT SEP 11
9:00 AM TO 9:00 PM Santorini

day 27 Santorini, Greece


Santorini, Greece
For many guests, Santorini is the highlight of a cruise to Greece. Plan to be on deck when your ship sails into the sunken crater of an ancient volcano. The scene of the white island rising from the deep blue sea is breathtaking. On shore, pictures in quaint villages look like postcard views.  History-lovers will want to explore the ruins of the ancient settlement of Akrotiri, which may have inspired Plato’s fictional city of Atlantis. Santorini produces some of Greece’s best wines, which may be sampled on tours of famous wineries. You may choose to lounge on one of the island’s dramatic black volcanic sand beaches or set sail on a catamaran to nearby hot springs. The high, white-washed town of Oia is astonishing. Churches are topped with blue domes; mansions and neoclassical homes cling to volcanic rocks high above the sea; galleries and fashion boutiques will keep shoppers well-occupied; and cafes are delightful venues for a respite with cliffside views.
SUN SEP 12
9:00 AM TO 6:00 PM Monemvasia

day 28 Monemvasia, Greece


Monemvasia, Greece
This medieval castle town, on an island off the eastern tip of the Peloponnese, is impressively carved into the slopes of a large rocky plateau that carries the nickname “Gibraltar of the East.” A popular vacation destination for wealthy Greeks, Monemvasia can’t be seen from the mainland. Most visitors arrive on a short causeway, and walk through one massive Venetian gate (cars are not allowed), or via ferry. Most ships are too large to call here, but your Windstar yacht brings you directly to Monemvasia, a rare opportunity to get the best views. The isolation lends a fairytale quality. Wandering the narrow cobblestone lanes past restored, red-roofed medieval stone houses and dozens of Byzantine churches, you might imagine you are in another time. The 13th century Church of the Agia Sophia, which tops the cliffs, offers views of the town and sea. In the lower town, ruins include a Muslim Mosque, a reminder that the town once was occupied by the Ottomans – as well as the Byzantines, Crusaders and Venetians. Monemvasia is known for its excellent rooftop restaurants.
MON SEP 13
7:00 AM TO Athens

day 29 Athens, Greece


Athens, Greece
With 3,000 years of history, you can’t turn around in Athens without encountering the past. The Acropolis, a UNESCO site, the Plaka, and the Acropolis Museum are must-sees. But leave time if you can to climb Pnyx Hill for photos of the Parthenon at sunset, to buy your own set of Greek komboloi (worry beads), and to explore the metro stations that serve as mini-museums for the relics that are constantly being unearthed. 

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