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Istanbul Icons & Aegean Artifacts Cruise Tour
 
Athens, Greece to Istanbul
Sun Sep 28, 2025 - Mon Oct 6, 2025,
 8 days
 on Star Legend
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ITINERARY AND SHORE EXCURSIONS

The best on land brought to you by the best at sea. Get to the heart of local cultures with Windstar shore excursions. You don't want to just dip a toe in local culture, you want to dive into the deep end, and that's exactly what Windstar shore excursions are designed to do. All of our excursion are created to provide authentic local experience - the kind travelers like you are looking for. And with more than 2,500 excursions to choose from, you can experience your destination in whatever way is most meaningful to you. Whether you're an outdoor enthusiast, a foodie, a history buff, or someone who loves to get to know the faces behind the many places we travel.

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Sun Sep 28
Athens, Greece
Arrive:
Depart:5:00 PM
Watersports Platform: 
6 Available
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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. 
6 Shore Excursions Available
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Athens, Acropolis & New Museum Tour & Transfer to Airport *Culture | Essentials Collection | Sightseeing | UNESCO
Duration4 Hours
Activity LevelModerate-Strenuous
$149
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Athens, Acropolis & New Museum Tour & Transfer to Windstar Hotel *Essentials Collection | Sightseeing | UNESCO
Duration3 Hours
Activity LevelModerate-Strenuous
$149
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Athens, Concierge Collection: Half Day Private CAR *Concierge Collection | Sightseeing
Duration4 Hours
Activity LevelEasy
$1,199
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Athens, Concierge Collection: Half Day Private VAN *Concierge Collection | Sightseeing
Duration4 Hours
Activity LevelEasy
$1,299
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Athens, Concierge Collection: Full Day Private CAR *Concierge Collection | Sightseeing
Duration8 Hours
Activity LevelEasy
$1,399
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Athens, Concierge Collection: Full Day Private VAN *Concierge Collection | Sightseeing
Duration8 Hours
Activity LevelEasy
$1,499
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Mon Sep 29
Corinth Canal
Arrive:8:00 AM
Depart:10:00 AM
Watersports Platform: 
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.
Mon Sep 29
Delphi
Arrive:3:00 PM
Depart:9:00 PM
Watersports Platform: 
4 Available
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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. 
4 Shore Excursions Available
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Itea, Concierge Collection: Half Day Private Car & Guide *Concierge Collection | Sightseeing
Duration4 Hours
Activity LevelEasy
$1,299
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Itea, Concierge Collection: Half Day Private Van & Guide *Concierge Collection | Sightseeing
Duration4 Hours
Activity LevelEasy
$1,399
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Itea, Mythology of Delphi *Culture | Essentials Collection | UNESCO | Walking
Duration4 Hours
Activity LevelModerate
$149
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Itea, Monastery of Ossios Loukas *Culture | Essentials Collection | Sightseeing | Walking
Duration4 Hours
Activity Level(not specified)
$129
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Tue Sep 30
AT SEA
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Wed Oct 1
Santorini
Arrive:8:00 AM
Depart:9:00 PM
Watersports Platform: 
8 Available
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As our yacht 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 and appreciate the magic accessible to small ships like ours.
8 Shore Excursions Available
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Santorini, The Ancient City of Akrotiri & OiaCulture | Essentials Collection | Sightseeing | UNESCO
Duration4 Hours
Activity LevelModerate
$139
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Santorini, Concierge Collection: Sailing the Caldera *Boating | Concierge Collection | Dining | Watersports
Duration4 Hours
Activity LevelModerate
$339
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Santorini, Scenic Drive to Oia & Free Time *Culture | Essentials Collection | Sightseeing
Duration4 Hours
Activity LevelModerate-Strenuous
$119
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Santorini, Wineries of Santorini & Oia Village *Culture | Essentials Collection | Sightseeing | Wine
Duration6 Hours
Activity LevelModerate-Strenuous
$179
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Santorini, Concierge Collection: Half Day Private CAR + Guide *Concierge Collection | Sightseeing
Duration4 Hours
Activity LevelEasy
$1,049
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Santorini, Concierge Collection: Half Day Private VAN + Guide *Concierge Collection | Sightseeing
Duration4 Hours
Activity LevelEasy
$1,155
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Santorini, Concierge Collection: Full Day Private CAR + Guide *Concierge Collection | Sightseeing
Duration6 Hours
Activity LevelEasy
$1,625
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Santorini, Concierge Collection: Full Day Private VAN + Guide *Concierge Collection | Sightseeing
Duration6 Hours
Activity LevelEasy
$1,729
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Thu Oct 2
Bodrum
Arrive:8:00 AM
Depart:10:00 PM
Watersports Platform: 
7 Available
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The 15th century Castle of St. Peter, built by the Crusaders, presides over the city’s dual harbors. Colorful peacocks strut their stuff trying to claim your attention, but they have nothing on the white sugar cube houses, palm-lined boulevards, and shockingly blue Aegean below. For a picture-perfect seaside playground, Bodrum offers a surprisingly rich history, or maybe it’s the other way around. Visit the Mausoleum of Halicarnassus, one of the original Seven Wonders of the Ancient World. Surrender to the captivating magic of bathtub-warm waters and the Marina. Shop the bazaar for Milas cloth scarves and silver jewelry. Stroll the marina to see the other private yachts in port. (None as grand as yours, of course.)
7 Shore Excursions Available
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Bodrum, Concierge Collection: A day at the Beach Kempinski Barbaros Bay Hotel *Beach | Concierge Collection | Dining | Sightseeing
Duration6.5 Hours
Activity LevelEasy
$215
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Bodrum, Castle & Gulet Cruise *Boating | Dining | Essentials Collection | Sightseeing
Duration7.5 Hours
Activity LevelModerate-Strenuous
$299
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Bodrum, Concierge Collection: Exclusive Bodrum Culinary Experience *Concierge Collection | Culture | Dining | Sightseeing | Walking
Duration6.5 Hours
Activity LevelEasy-Moderate
$249
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Bodrum, Castle & Mausoleum *Essentials Collection | Sightseeing
Duration3 Hours
Activity LevelModerate-Strenuous
$129
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Bodrum, Certified One Tank Dive in Bodrums Wonderful Reefs *Boating | Essentials Collection | Sightseeing | Snorkeling
Duration3 Hours
Activity LevelModerate
$299
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Bodrum, Concierge Collection: Private Gulet Cruise *Boating | Concierge Collection | Dining | Sightseeing | Wine
Duration7.5 Hours
Activity Level(not specified)
$1,699
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Bodrum, Certified Two Tank Dive in Bodrums Wonderful Reefs *Boating | Essentials Collection | Sightseeing | Snorkeling
Duration3 Hours
Activity LevelModerate
$399
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Fri Oct 3
Kusadasi
Arrive:9:00 AM
Depart:11:00 PM
Watersports Platform: 
7 Available
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Few places offer such a rich combination of history and scenic beauty. In Ephesus, one of the greatest outdoor museums in the world, you’ll explore legendary sites steeped in history. Also visit the houses of Bulbul Mountain, where the roof of one forms the terrace of the next. This evening we present our Destination Discovery Event -- dinner in the moonlight and a concert near the  Celsus Library or on Harbour Street in ancient Ephesus. 

 
7 Shore Excursions Available
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Kusadasi, Ephesus & Ancient Houses *Culture | Essentials Collection | Sightseeing | UNESCO | Walking
Duration4 Hours
Activity LevelModerate-Strenuous
$79
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Kusadasi, Archaeological Ephesus & Museum *Culture | Essentials Collection | Sightseeing | Refreshments | UNESCO | Walking
Duration5 Hours
Activity LevelModerate
$79
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Kusadasi, Concierge Collection: Ephesus & Private Lunch at Sirince Village *Concierge Collection | Culture | Dining | UNESCO | Walking | Wine
Duration7 Hours
Activity LevelModerate-Strenuous
$135
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Kusadasi, Ephesus and Virgin Marys HouseCulture | Essentials Collection | Outdoors | UNESCO | Walking
Duration5 Hours
Activity LevelModerate
$79
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Kusadasi, Concierge Collection: Half Day Private VAN + Guide *Concierge Collection | Sightseeing
Duration4 Hours
Activity LevelEasy
$599
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Kusadasi, Concierge Collection: Full Day Private VAN + Guide *Concierge Collection | Sightseeing
Duration8 Hours
Activity LevelEasy
$899
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Kusadasi, Best of Ephesus *Culture | Dining | Essentials Collection | Sightseeing | UNESCO | Walking
Duration7.5 Hours
Activity LevelModerate-Strenuous
$119
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Sat Oct 4
Mykonos
Arrive:8:00 AM
Depart:5:00 PM
Watersports Platform: 
4 Available
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Wake this morning to the postcard-like scene of Mykonos, the classic Greek isle dotted with hundreds of whitewashed churches and thatch-roofed windmills, in a harbor bobbing with fishing boats and luxurious private yachts. An optional  tour including a scenic ferry ride takes you back to the 6th   century B.C. to the tiny island of Delos, a UNESCO site and the mythical birthplace of Apollo.
4 Shore Excursions Available
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Mykonos: Mykonos Cooking Class *Culture | Dining | Essentials Collection
Duration4 Hours
Activity LevelEasy-Moderate
$269
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Mykonos, Delos Discovery *Culture | Essentials Collection | UNESCO | Walking
Duration4 Hours
Activity LevelStrenuous
$119
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Mykonos, Concierge Collection: Five Senses of MykonosConcierge Collection | Sightseeing | Wine
Duration5.5 Hours
Activity LevelModerate
$189
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Mykonos, Delos and Rhenia Island with Private Rib Boat *Beach | Beyond Ordinary Collection | Boating | Sightseeing
Duration6 Hours
Activity LevelEasy
$3,499
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Sun Oct 5
Myrina
Arrive:7:00 AM
Depart:12:00 PM
Watersports Platform: 
Limnos is a delightful, off the beaten path island with wild mountainous geology and large, uncrowded, sandy beaches all along the coastline. Windsurfing is becoming increasingly popular here. Sites to see here include the Medieval Castle of Myrina, Ancient Poliochni, Ancient Kavirio and the legendary cave of Philocetes.
Mon Oct 6
Istanbul
Arrive:7:00 AM
Depart:
Watersports Platform: 
3 Available
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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). 
3 Shore Excursions Available
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Istanbul: Byzantine Treasures & Hotel Transfer *Culture | Essentials Collection | Sightseeing | UNESCO | Walking
Duration5 Hours
Activity LevelModerate
$129
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Istanbul: Byzantine Hippodrome, St. Sophia, Grand Bazaar & Airport Transfer *Culture | Essentials Collection | Sightseeing | UNESCO | Walking
Duration4.5 Hours
Activity LevelModerate
$149
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Istanbul: Highlights of Istanbul & Hotel TransferCulture | Dining | Essentials Collection | Sightseeing | UNESCO | Walking
Duration7 Hours
Activity LevelModerate-Strenuous
$199
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Mon Oct 6
Disembark and Istanbul Sightseeing
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Following disembarkation, meet your guide at the port and depart to the old city for a full day of sightseeing starting with a scenic drive across the Galata Bridge into the heart of Istanbul, where the historic area of Istanbul is listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Visit the newly restored Serefiye Cistern, one of the greatest surviving examples of Byzantine architecture. Visit the Byzantine Hippodrome, one of the largest chariot race grounds of the Byzantine Empire. See the Egyptian Obelisk, Serpentine Column, and Constantine Column. View the Blue Mosque, with its six elegant minarets and exceptional Iznik tile work inside. Visit one of the greatest buildings in the world: St. Sophia Mosque, built in AD 537, the greatest church in Christendom until 1453. Lunch is on your own possibly at recommended Konyali Restaurant. Following lunch enter the magnificent Topkapi Palace Museum, located on the promontory between the Bosphorus and the Golden Horn. Steps away, visit the Harem Section offering a revealing look into how the sultans of the Ottoman Empire lived in private. At the end of the day, you will be transferred to the hotel. Dinner is suggested at Mikla Restaurant (in walking distance).
 
( Includes overnight at Pera Palace Hotel )
 
Please note: Modest attire is required; when visiting St. Sophia Mosque, knees, shoulders and midriffs must be covered and women must cover their head with a scarf, provided at the Mosque. Shoes must be removed and shoe bags will be provided for the visit. There is ongoing restoration of the Topkapi Palace, which may result in some exhibits being closed. There are approximately 25 steps to negotiate at the entrance to the Serefiye Cistern and a further 25 steps to exit. Professional photography and flash are not allowed. All tours in the old town require considerable walking, as it is closed to traffic. 
Tue Oct 7
Istanbul Full Day of Sightseeing
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After breakfast, meet your professional guide at the lobby for your private sightseeing. Visit the beautiful Dolmabahce Palace. Stretching over 1,960 feet on the shore of the Bosphorus Strait, the palace stands as a symbol of glamour and decadence. Your knowledgeable guide will lead you through the Palace, considered the grandest of all the Ottoman imperial palaces boasting 43 large salons, a 4.5-ton Bohemian crystal chandelier and a glass façade that measures over 3,000 feet long.  Drive to visit the Suleymaniye Mosque, situated atop one of the city’s seven hills.  Among its innovative construction features were the use of Juniper trees to absorb the shock of earthquakes and 255 pots suspended from the central dome to provide better acoustics and thermal insulation. Return to the hotel for lunch and some time on your own. In the late afternoon, meet your guide in the lobby for a short drive to the Kabatas Pier to embark your motor yacht. This relaxing tour features a 2-hour motor yacht cruise along the Bosphorus waterway, with excellent views of the Asiatic and European shores. Enjoy views of the Dolmabahce Palace, Beylerbeyi Palace, and the few remaining towers of the Anadolu fortress. Passing underneath the Sultan Mehmet Bridge find Rumeli Fortress. Istanbul has one of the loveliest skylines in the world and is without doubt a city built to be appreciated from the water. A refreshment of coffee, tea or local soft drink and local wine will be served during your cruise.   At the end of the cruise, transfer to Sunset Restaurant where dinner is suggested and return to your hotel.
 
(Includes breakfast and overnight at Pera Palace Hotel)
 
Please note: Modest attire is required; when visiting the Suleymaniye Mosque, knees, shoulders and midriffs must be covered and women must cover their head with a scarf, provided at the mosque. Professional photography and flash are not allowed. Wear comfortable walking shoes and bring a shawl or light jacket. Not suitable for guests using a wheelchair.
Wed Oct 8
Istanbul Full Day of Sightseeing
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After breakfast, meet your professional guide in the lobby for your private full day sightseeing. Visit the famous Grand Bazaar, where you will explore some of its 64 streets. A variety of Turkish handicrafts, oriental carpets, rare jewels and inexpensive souvenirs are all sold in its small shops. You may also enjoy an optional private carpet weaving session in a collectioner’s gallery. Lunch will be served at Hamdi Restaurant. After lunch, visit the Rustem Pasa Mosque, a beautiful newly restored mosque where most of the interior is covered with Iznik tiles. Visit the Spice Bazaar, an exotic trading house for dried herbs, spices and exotic condiments. You can also find colorful local produce, fresh cheeses, pickles and other Turkish specialties such as sucuk (chorizo-like sausages) and pastirma (cured beef). Stock up on saffron, Turkish apricots and freshly made Turkish delight. Dinner is suggested at Agatha Restaurant or Orient Terrace in your hotel.
 
(Includes breakfast, lunch and Overnight at Pera Palace Hotel)
 
Please note: Modest attire is required; when visiting the Rustem Pasha Mosque, knees, shoulders and midriffs must be covered and women must cover their head with a scarf, provided at the mosque. Professional photography and flash are not allowed.
Thu Oct 9
Flight Home
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Breakfast at the hotel and then (according to your flight time), you will be transferred to the Istanbul Grand Airport for your homebound flight.
 
Please note: VIP departure service can be arranged upon request.