Antiquities of the Adriatic & Greece
 
8 DAYS
Wind Surf
Athens to Venice
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Athens to Venice
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.
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Day 1: Athens
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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Day 2: Santorini
As our ship approaches the spectacular cliffs rising from the deep azure sea, you’ll understand the magic of this area, where some say the ruins of Atlantis remain hidden. Visit the village of Oia and see the iconic Santorini blue domes or take a guided tour of Bronze Age excavations at the UNESCO site of Akrotiri. Toast the day with a crisp, cold glass of local Assyrtiko wine.
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Day 4: Corfu
One of the most beautiful and popular islands, located on the Ionian Sea, Corfu has wonderful beaches and small villages throughout the island. Take in the Venetian influence at the two fortresses located in Old Town, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. 
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Day 5: Monopoli
Quaint and charming, Monopoli has many sites within easy walking distance.  Start at the colorful street market and head toward the cathedral, built in 1693 with a tower that is 197 feet high. Past the cathedral is part of the seafront and a promenade and the beautiful Church of Santa Maria della Zaffira and the impressive Charles V Castle, built in 1552. The little harbors that make up the port are full of brightly colored boats and fishermen busily mending their nets.
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Day 6: Dubrovnik
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 Café (if you can find it) watching bold divers leap off the cliffs into the crystalline sea. 
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Day 7: Komiza
Komiza and the island of Vis have a reputation for gastronomic delights, partially because of the high quality of their local produce and the abundance of delicious seafood, accompanied by the well-respected playa wines produced there. To work up an appetite take a hike up 1,926-foot-high Mount Hum with its glorious views over Komiza or a boat ride out to the Blue Cave, or wander the streets of this beautiful old stone fishing village.

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Day 8: Zadar
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.
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Day 9: Venice
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.
Popular Highlights
Akrotiri
From Santorini, take a tour of the Bronze Age excavations at UNESCO site Akrotiri.
Athens
Plan extra time before and after your cruise to look for the UNESCO sites of Athens and Venice.
Dubrovnik
Discover the medieval walls encompassing the Old Town in Dubrovnik, a UNESCO site.
Kerkyra
Relax on the beach during your day in Kerkyra, known for a wonderful selection of beaches to choose from.
Komiza
Find a café to try the local flavors of Komiza.
Plitvice Lakes
Appreciate the beauty of the turquoise Plitvice Lakes, a UNESCO site near Zadar.
“It Is really like a group of friends sailing one of the prettiest regions in the world.”
Our Storyteller: Captain Pedro Pinto
Master, Wind Surf
From his earliest memories growing up in Estori, says Pedro Pinto, “the sea absorbed every plan I ever had.” He first attended the Portuguese Naval Academy, then decided to go into the commercial navy, where he worked his way up to chief officer on cargo vessels. A leap to cruise ships eventually lead to his first command as captain of MS Athena in 2009; upon joining Windstar in 2014, he worked onboard Wind Spirit before taking the helm of Wind Surf in 2016. Captain Pedro’s love of the sea is even central to his hobby and passion, scuba diving — although one of these days he hopes to learn how to play the Portuguese guitar.
Captain Pedro Pinto has sailed Croatia’s coast “more times than I can recall,” yet the run up to Dubrovnik always gives him goosebumps. Approaching its impressive walls, he says, “you understand why it’s called the ‘Pearl of the Adriatic.’”  The red tile-roofed city is among the many culture- and history-rich seaports the Wind Surf master loves to visit on this itinerary, and just one of seven UNESCO World Heritage Sites that Windstar guests have the chance to explore. Athens’ Acropolis leads to the Bronze Age excavations of Akrotiri on Santorini, while Corfu’s strategic location at the entrance to the Adriatic — not to mention its dual fortifications and romantic Old Town — earned it a spot on the coveted list.
 
Monopoli offers its own charms, including easy access to Alberobello, known as “capital of the trulli” for its hundreds of tiny, beehive-shaped dwellings with domed roofs. Right off Komiza lies Biševo Island and its iridescent Blue Grotto which, along with the rest of the Vis archipelago, was just named a UNESCO Global Geopark. Plitvice Lakes National Park, designated a World Heritage Site for its chain of translucent, terraced lakes and waterfalls, is a leisurely drive from Zadar — although the Wind Surf master enjoys just “sitting along the waterfront, listening to its sea organ create music from the waves.” UNESCO-designated Venice, one of Captain Pedro’s all-time favorite cities, marks the end of a journey made all the more memorable by traveling aboard Windstar’s flagship that, he says, “is really like a group of friends sailing one of the prettiest regions in the world.”
IF I WERE THERE...
  • Kayak along the medieval walls that encompass Dubrovnik’s Old Town, a UNESCO World Heritage Site: “You get a whole different perspective of this beautiful city — and work up an appetite for its oysters!”
  • From Monopoli, visit the famous Castellana cave complex and pretty Polignano a Mare: “Stop by Super Mago del Gelo for its famous caffè speciale, a mix of espresso, cream, lemon zest, and amaretto”
  • Stroll photogenic Oia on Santorini, browsing its tiny shops for souvenirs: “You can always find good historical replicas, olive oil, sponges, and local crafts”
  • Find a café to sample the flavors of Komiža — “Try the pogača (baked focaccia-like bread stuffed with anchovies, onions, and tomatoes), anything made with Croatian truffles or truffle oil — and of course, the local wine!”
  • Spend a few days wandering around Venice — “I love to just get lost in the maze of narrow streets, admiring the Venetian masks and Murano glassworks before dinner at a small, traditional restaurant”
The Windstar Life
The Windstar staff-to-guest ratio is 1:1.5, and it shows.The moment you board you’ll feel it: an ever-attentive crew at your service, providing you with what you want and need, when you want and need it.
Genuine and Thoughtful Crew
Signature Onboard Barbecue
Shopping With The Chef
Watersports Platform
Cooking Demonstrations
Open Bridge
Friendly and Relaxed Atmosphere
Local and Live Performances
Signature Sail Away
Crew Talent Show
Enjoy regionally inspired treatments at World Spa by Windstar
Take In The Sun
Complimentary 24 Hour Room Service
Relax At The Pool or Hot Tub
Relax With A Morning Yoga Session
Accommodations & Pricing
Boutique cruising with fewer than 350 guests. Our expertly designed itineraries and unexpected shore excursions bring you closer to each destination.
Category B
Category B
Stylish comfort and ocean views welcome you in 188 square feet of beautifully designed comfort. Your queen bed (which can be separated as twins if you prefer) is swathed in luxurious Egyptian cotton linens. Before or after you enjoy an invigorating massage shower with soothing L’Occitane® bath products, wrap up in your waffle-weave robe, have a snack from the fresh fruit bowl, or simply stretch out and smell the flowers.
$4,299 per guest
Category BX Deluxe
Category BX Deluxe
Stylish comfort and ocean views welcome you in 188 square feet of beautifully designed comfort. Your queen bed (which can be separated as twins if you prefer) is swathed in luxurious Egyptian cotton linens. Before or after you enjoy an invigorating massage shower with soothing L’Occitane® bath products, wrap up in your waffle-weave robe, have a snack from the fresh fruit bowl, or simply stretch out and smell the flowers.
$4,499 per guest
Category A
Category A
Stylish comfort and ocean views welcome you in 188 square feet of beautifully designed comfort. Your queen bed (which can be separated as twins if you prefer) is swathed in luxurious Egyptian cotton linens. Before or after you enjoy an invigorating massage shower with soothing L’Occitane® bath products, wrap up in your waffle-weave robe, have a snack from the fresh fruit bowl, or simply stretch out and smell the flowers.
$4,599 per guest
Category AX Deluxe
Category AX Deluxe
Stylish comfort and ocean views welcome you in 188 square feet of beautifully designed comfort. Your queen bed (which can be separated as twins if you prefer) is swathed in luxurious Egyptian cotton linens. Before or after you enjoy an invigorating massage shower with soothing L’Occitane® bath products, wrap up in your waffle-weave robe, have a snack from the fresh fruit bowl, or simply stretch out and smell the flowers.
$4,799 per guest
Category TX Deluxe
Category TX Deluxe
Stylish comfort and ocean views welcome you in 188 square feet of beautifully designed comfort. Your queen bed (which can be separated as twins if you prefer) is swathed in luxurious Egyptian cotton linens. Before or after you enjoy an invigorating massage shower with soothing L’Occitane® bath products, wrap up in your waffle-weave robe, have a snack from the fresh fruit bowl, or simply stretch out and smell the flowers.
$5,099 per guest
Suite
Suite
With 376 square feet, you’ll find the perfect space for time together — and plenty of room for time to yourself. You’ll even enjoy two full separate bathrooms. All the amenities of the staterooms await you, plus a beautiful sitting area, and two flat-screen television sets with DVD players.
$6,499 per guest
Officer's Suite
Officer's Suite
For the ultimate in nautical experiences, reserve the new Officer’s Suite located close to the Bridge where our own ship’s officers have their quarters. With its unique “insider” location and 242 square feet of comfort, the nautically appointed Officer’s Suite offers an experience you won’t find on any other cruise line.
$6,699 per guest
Guaranteed Cabin** (chosen by Windstar)
Guaranteed Cabin** (chosen by Windstar)
Guaranteed Cabin** (chosen by Windstar) 
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Bridge Suite
Bridge Suite
The ultimate in space and style surrounds you in 495 square feet of pure indulgence. Separate bedroom and living room with an in-suite dining area is an invitation to relaxation. And possibly best of all, your expansive bathroom features both a whirlpool spa tub and a massage shower.
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Wind Surf
On any day, our 342-guest flagship, Wind Surf, the world’s largest sailing ship, draws admiring glances as she glides majestically into port with her tall sails billowing. And her beauty is far more than skin deep. During their cruise, you will find the perfect setting for ‘making an entrance’ in the beautiful reception area – and, appropriately, that’s only the beginning.
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