STAR COLLECTOR: THE BALKANS & THE BLACK SEA

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Star Collector: The Balkans & the Black Sea

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May 22 Sat
5:00 PM
 
May 24 Mon
8:00 AM
6:00 PM
 
May 25 Tue
6:00 AM
6:30 PM
 
May 26 Wed
10:00 AM
9:00 PM
 
May 27 Thu
At Sea
May 28 Fri
7:00 AM
6:00 PM
 
May 29 Sat
7:00 AM
3:00 PM
 
May 30 Sun
1:00 PM
8:00 PM
 
May 31 Mon
8:00 PM
11:59 PM
 
Jun 1 Tue
12:01 AM
11:00 PM
 
Jun 2 Wed
At Sea
Jun 3 Thu
7:00 AM
5:00 PM
 
Jun 4 Fri
8:00 AM
10:00 AM
 
Jun 4 Fri
3:00 PM
9:00 PM
Jun 5 Sat
At Sea
Jun 6 Sun
8:00 AM
11:00 PM
 
Jun 7 Mon
7:00 AM
2:00 PM
 
Jun 8 Tue
10:30 AM
6:00 PM
 
Jun 9 Wed
9:00 AM
10:00 PM
 
Jun 10 Thu
9:00 AM
11:59 PM
 
Jun 11 Fri
12:01 AM
 
SAT MAY 22
TO 5:00 PM Athens

day 1 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. 
MON MAY 24
8:00 AM TO 6:00 PM Nessebar

day 3 Nessebar, Bulgaria


Nessebar, Bulgaria
The terracotta rooftops come into sight as we approach Nessebar. The Old Town is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and is easy to cover by foot, tidily contained on a 24-acre island connected by a narrow isthmus to the mainland. Take a walk and you’ll see medieval churches everywhere you look, along with19th century wooden houses with drying fish strung from their roofs. Further inland, glimpse the quickly vanishing lifestyle of Bulgaria’s rural villages, and sample warm Bulgarian hospitality.
TUE MAY 25
6:00 AM TO 6:30 PM Constanta (Bucharest)

day 4 Constanta (Bucharest), Romania


Constanta (Bucharest), Romania
You’ll have time to explore this fascinating country as we extend our stay into the evening hours. The resort town of Constanta offers beaches, history, and fine wine. Head inland to the beautiful city of Bucharest, once known as “Little Paris,” where you may visit the vast and famous home of both houses of the Romanian Parliament, widely known as the Palace of the People. Don’t miss the chance to watch the locals playing chess in beautiful Cismigiu Gardens.
WED MAY 26
10:00 AM TO 9:00 PM Odessa

day 5 Odessa, Ukraine


Odessa, Ukraine
You can credit Catherine the Great with this sparkling city, designed by the finest European architects in the late 18th century. With its eclectic architectural styles and immigrants from diverse cultures, Odessa has a unique vibe. Walk the Potemkin Steps, said to bring good luck to those who go up and down them in bare feet, and stroll the beautiful tree-lined paths in the heart of the city.
FRI MAY 28
7:00 AM TO 6:00 PM Sochi

day 7 Sochi, Russia


Sochi, Russia
The port that was host of the 2014 Winter Olympics is also notable for its 20th century neoclassical buildings including the Winter Theatre. Things to do in Sochi include the 19th century Arboretum and Sochinskiy National Park for endangered species.
SAT MAY 29
7:00 AM TO 3:00 PM Batumi

day 8 Batumi, Georgia


Batumi, Georgia
This popular port and resort town on the Black Sea is full of quirky architecture and sculptures. Walk along the beach promenade and the piazza for some entertaining street art and murals and find the freshest produce and home-made products at the local market. Go up to the top of the 427-foot (130 meter)-high Alphabetic Tower with a seaside observation deck.
SUN MAY 30
1:00 PM TO 8:00 PM Sinop

day 9 Sinop, Turkey


Sinop, Turkey
One of the prettiest towns on the Black Sea coast, the walled city of Sinop perches on a promontory overlooking the harbor. It’s one of the oldest cities in the region, and thanks to its strategic location, it’s changed hands many times since the 7th century B.C. Sinop Castle, for instance, was built by the Greeks in the 7th century B.C. then later used by the Romans, Byzantines, and Seljukians. Catch up on local history at the Ethnography and Archaeological Museums. Or get a sense of daily life at the market and shop for a hand-carved meerschaum pipe, traditional nautical wood carvings, or a Turkish puzzle ring.
MON MAY 31
8:00 PM TO 11:59 PM Istanbul

day 10 Istanbul, Turkey


Istanbul, Turkey
Ah, Constantinople, Queen of Cities and the Door to Happiness. Istanbul is the only city in the world built on two continents—Europe and Asia—and its appeal is truly universal. The Romans, Byzantines, and Ottomans all ruled their empires from here, leaving behind some of their finest monuments and a fascinating blend of cultures. Visit the harem at Topkapi Palace, where the clatter of silver soles once warned concubines of the approaching sultan. Admire the Iznik tiles and stained glass windows of the Blue Mosque, and the mystical light bathing the nave of Hagia Sofia. Shop the Grand Bazaar for a coffee cezve, magic lamp, embroidered slippers, or hand-woven kilim. Temper a tiny cup of potent Turkish coffee with bites of sweet lokum (Turkish delight). 
TUE JUN 1
12:01 AM TO 11:00 PM Istanbul

day 11 Istanbul, Turkey


Istanbul, Turkey
Ah, Constantinople, Queen of Cities and the Door to Happiness. Istanbul is the only city in the world built on two continents—Europe and Asia—and its appeal is truly universal. The Romans, Byzantines, and Ottomans all ruled their empires from here, leaving behind some of their finest monuments and a fascinating blend of cultures. Visit the harem at Topkapi Palace, where the clatter of silver soles once warned concubines of the approaching sultan. Admire the Iznik tiles and stained glass windows of the Blue Mosque, and the mystical light bathing the nave of Hagia Sofia. Shop the Grand Bazaar for a coffee cezve, magic lamp, embroidered slippers, or hand-woven kilim. Temper a tiny cup of potent Turkish coffee with bites of sweet lokum (Turkish delight). 
THU JUN 3
7:00 AM TO 5:00 PM Athens

day 13 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. 
FRI JUN 4
8:00 AM TO 10:00 AM Corinth Canal

day 14 Transit Corinth Canal, Greece


Transit Corinth Canal, Greece
You’ll want to be on deck today as we transit the narrow Corinth Canal with other private yachts and Greek mail steamers. It’s a shortcut reserved for petite ships like ours, and as we cruise between the narrow limestone walls we are the envy of all the ancient Romans who once portaged their ships along this very route before there was a canal.
 
Canal transit time and duration is subject to change based on traffic and canal authorities.
FRI JUN 4
3:00 PM TO 9:00 PM Delphi

day 14 Delphi, Itea, Greece


Delphi, Itea, Greece
Before there were fortune cookies there was the oracle of Delphi, dating back to 1400 B.C. The oracle gave cryptic guidance to the leaders of the day and was so highly respected that Delphi, now a UNESCO World Heritage Site, became known as the center of the world. An optional tour lets you go exploring, from the Temple of Apollo to the Delphi Archaeological Museum, which contains some of the finest works of art in Greece. 
SUN JUN 6
8:00 AM TO 11:00 PM Dubrovnik

day 16 Dubrovnik, Croatia


Dubrovnik, Croatia
While larger ships pass by, we anchor right beyond the famous walled city so you can admire its beauty with every glance. Tender ashore and step right into Old Town, a UNESCO site where no cars are allowed, just eons of history. Capture the exhilarating views on your camera — and in your memory. End your day at the Buza CafĂ© (if you can find it) watching bold divers leap off the cliffs into the crystalline sea. 
MON JUN 7
7:00 AM TO 2:00 PM Kotor

day 17 Kotor, Montenegro


Kotor, Montenegro
This is one of Montenegro’s most beautiful bays, and the approach offers one breathtaking fjord-like view after another. Just when you’ve reached your fill of blues and greens, the bright red rooftops of the medieval Old Town come into view. The entire area has been proclaimed a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The charming streets of Old Town remain car free, filled with 12th century Baroque palaces and Romanesque churches. For a fresh perspective, climb to the fortress on the hill for a breathtaking vista. 
TUE JUN 8
10:30 AM TO 6:00 PM Zadar

day 18 Zadar, Croatia


Zadar, Croatia
Something here will capture your heart. A Roman amphitheater, 9th century churches, and museums packed with Byzantine-era artworks crowd the peninsula that tidily contains the Old Town. It’s a tempting way to spend the day for sure. While away the day listening to Zadar’s giant Sea Organ, a haunting musical improv performed by the surging Adriatic or share a bench with a sun-drunk cat as you bite into a truffle.


WED JUN 9
9:00 AM TO 10:00 PM Piran

day 19 Piran, Slovenia


Piran, Slovenia
Situated on a tiny piece of land jutting into the sea and considered to be the most beautiful of Slovenia’s coastal towns, Piran is full of medieval architecture, narrow streets, and compact houses.  A walk to the beautiful oval-shaped main square will greet you with a statue of Giuseppe Tartini, composer and virtuoso violinist, and the most famous man of Piran.  Around the square are attractions like Venetian House, and a delightful Gothic-Venetian structure, The Sergei Masera Maritime Museum and the Church of St. George with its gorgeous view over the city and the harbor from the bell tower. Take a tour to the nearby Skocjan Caves National Park, a UNESCO site. 
THU JUN 10
9:00 AM TO 11:59 PM Venice

day 20 Venice, Italy


Venice, Italy
No other sea approach in the Adriatic raises goose bumps like Venice, where the entire city and its lagoon are a UNESCO World Heritage Site. On your luxurious home-away-from home, you arrive already equipped with a sense of what it’s like to live in the city that’s neither land nor water. Add your own sigh to the Bridge of Sighs, sip a spritz al bitter as you plot your agenda, and let the water taxis do your navigating unless you don’t mind getting lost. Not such a bad prospect, with serendipitous discoveries around every corner.
FRI JUN 11
12:01 AM TO Venice

day 21 Venice, Italy


Venice, Italy
No other sea approach in the Adriatic raises goose bumps like Venice, where the entire city and its lagoon are a UNESCO World Heritage Site. On your luxurious home-away-from home, you arrive already equipped with a sense of what it’s like to live in the city that’s neither land nor water. Add your own sigh to the Bridge of Sighs, sip a spritz al bitter as you plot your agenda, and let the water taxis do your navigating unless you don’t mind getting lost. Not such a bad prospect, with serendipitous discoveries around every corner.

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