See More of Italy in Windstar Style
Let Windstar’s Italian cruises whisk you away to charming villages, pristine beaches and legendary cities with unique itineraries that let you discover Italy as it was meant to be seen. From the picturesque pastel towns that line the Amalfi Coast to enchanting islands such as Sicily and Elba, you’ll explore breathtaking sights in charismatic small ports and beautiful hidden harbors without missing the remarkable history of larger cities such as Rome or Venice. Discover a more intimate Italy by day and unwind back onboard with the pampered, personalized touch of Windstar Cruises.
Rome to Barcelona - 7 Days
Enjoy the world’s premier yachting playgrounds in a beautiful small ship that feels like your own private yacht. These beautiful ports string together like perfect pearls, each glowing with its own special beauty. Sparkling cities and charming villages. Secluded harbors and immaculate beaches. Discover the mystique and magic of the Rivieras that only an intimate small ship can show you.
Barcelona to Athens - 10 Days
Set an unforgettable course from busy Barcelona to the silent ruins and relics high above Athens. Savor spicy tapas plates and fruity sangrias at a Palma de Mallorca beachside café. Delve into Bronze-age catacombs and learn Menorca’s strategic importance for Roman and Carthaginian trade. Visit a local winemaker’s Sardinian farmhouse and learn about Vermentino, Cagnulari, and Cannonau grapes as you sip and sample blends and vintages. Wander among imposing Greek statues and monuments in the Neapolis Archaeological Park outside of Catania, Sicily. Lean against the towering arches of Valletta’s Upper Barrakka Gardens as you take in breathtaking views of a fortified harbor unclaimed by centuries of kings and conquerors. This extraordinary passage along many Mediterranean island stops concludes in Athens, the cradle of democracy and Western Civilization. Take in the viewpoints from the Acropolis ruins over the city skyline or share your photos and memories in a quiet garden café among family, friends and grilled gyros paired with cool tzatziki.
Rome to Barcelona - 7 Days
Hidden harbors. Legendary landmarks. Everything that makes the Mediterranean magical. This cruise voyage has it all. The colorful kaleidoscopes of Rome and Barcelona invite you to celebrate their high-spirited energy, while the seductive scent of oranges and olives that perfumes the enchanting islands of Elba, Corsica, Mallorca and Menorca entices you to explore their seductive secrets. From the wild green mountains of Mallorca to the striking white pebble beaches of Portoferraio – let us delight your senses and ignite your imagination.
Athens to Venice - 8 Days
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.
Rome to Barcelona - 10 Days
Leave the mundane behind as you cruise effortlessly from port to sparkling port along the world’s most fabled coastline. These are the places dreams are made of. The ultimate glamour of Marseille and Monte Carlo – the enchanting harbors of Portofino, Portovenere, and Portoferraio – and, of course, the world-class charms of Rome and Barcelona. Your voyage also takes you to places few cruise ships follow, like lovely San Remo on the Riviera of Flowers, the miniature continent of Corsica, and the quaint Provençal fishing village of Sanary-sur-Mer.
Athens to Barcelona - 14 Days
A perfect blend of antiquity and artistry, this 14-day cruise sails from the ancient ruins of Athens and makes a dozen port stops in Greece, Italy and France before disembarking among the contemporary architecture and gleaming, cosmopolitan wonders of Barcelona, Spain. Stroll the narrow streets inside the concealed medieval walls of Monemvasia, Greece and take an exhilarating tour of Corsica’s narrow winding coastal roads outside Calvi, France. From the Greek and Roman funerary steles - ancient marble reliefs depicting venerable people engaged in everyday life - to the vibrant and radiant impressionist paintings and dizzying mosaics of Antoni Gaudí’s Barcelona architecture, this is an ideal journey for passionate historians, art lovers and all seeking unforgettable cultural immersion.
Barcelona to Rome - 17 Days
Indulge in unhurried pleasures among steep coastal cliffs, tiny vineyards and romantic villages throughout the Rivieras and Western Italy during this 17-day, autumn cruise. During the fall winemakers are racking fresh wine into barrels, and new olive oils are sampled for the first time. Stroll uncrowded avenues and discover fresh, distinctly nutty porcini mushrooms served fresh on pastas and sautéed into tapas at sidewalk cafés, browse open markets and inhale the fall aromas from ripe apples, plump grapes and early season citrus. Test your luck in a Monte Carlo casino, hike the desolate Crateri Silvestri on the southeast slope of Sicily’s Mount Etna, and learn about Malta’s noble heritage inside the precipitous medieval walls of 4,000-year-old Mdina — The Silent City.
Athens to Venice - 18 Days
Embark on your personal Homeric odyssey as you sail from Athens, cradle of Western Civilization, and explore the islands and shorelines throughout Greece, Asia Minor, Croatia and Italy. Board a small Mykonos boat and explore the remote temples and amphitheater on uninhabited Delos, a sacred place where ancient Greeks honored the mythical birthplace of Apollo and Artemis. Discover authentic preparation techniques for fried Greek meatballs and tart, creamy tzatziki under the guidance of a Rhodes taverna chef. Walk in the steps of ancient kings as you inspect the living quarters, storerooms and archaeological exhibits throughout the Palace of Knossos near Agios Nikolaos. Catch a Zadar sailboat bound for a 5th century fishing port on the island of Ošljak and pristine archipelago stops in the Adriatic Sea. This delicious and delightful journey concludes among the canals and piazzas of Venice, where you can experience the classic and timeless romance of being serenaded by your gondolier along the Noale or Grand Canals that connect over 100 tiny islets throughout the Venetian city.
Complimentary Destination Discovery Event • Kusadasi: Evening in Ephesus
Lisbon to Athens - 18 Days
Rich with evocative history, unique culture and distinct cuisine, today’s Iberian Peninsula is the result of a complex confluence of civilizations. Contrast this extraordinary region with the rest of Southern Europe during this 18-day cruise spanning nearly the length of the Mediterranean Sea. Admire Moorish architectural influences in the walled port of Cadiz as you compare bready and clear regional ‘fino’ sherries with sweet, ‘cream’ sherries. Soar skyward in a gondola to the scenic vista atop Gibraltar summit. Gaze up at the towering walls of the Alcazaba of Almería, a formidable Moorish fortress overlooking the tiny Andalucian port. Peruse the works of Gaudí, Dalí, and Picasso throughout Barcelona’s museums, galleries and exhibitions. Pair authentic Italian cuisine with lip-puckering Limoncello adjacent to a bustling piazza or quiet, cobblestoned Amalfi side street. Witness the power of geologic instability as you travel inland to explore Catania’s Castello Ursino, a Medieval-era castle initially built on Sicily’s coastline 800 years ago. Float across the mirrored surface of an underground lake in the Caves of Diros far below Gythion, Greece. This exceptional journey concludes in Athens among the shadows of the towering Acropolis, where you can raise a glass of anise-scented ouzo among the company of family and friends.
Venice to Barcelona - 15 Days
Discover the culture, history and cuisine on both sides of the Italian peninsula during this 15-day cruise of the Adriatic, Ionian, Ligurian and Tyrrhenian seas. This back-to-back cruise is ideal for optimizing shore excursion time in Italy, Croatia, Montenegro, Monaco, France, and Spain. Stroll through Roman ruins in Rovinj, Croatia, sample olives and smoked hams at a centuries-old family farm in Montenegro, or savor an unforgettably romantic evening dinner at Château Eza in Èze 1,400 feet above the beaches of the French Riviera.
Venice to Barcelona - 15 Days
Take advantage of the Mediterranean’s milder temperatures and uncrowded museums and markets during this 15-day autumn cruise. Set sail from Venice, not far from the storied Grand Canal and the linen-covered tables and fragrant pink peach Bellini cocktails at historic Harry’s Bar. Take in the view of Rovinj from the Baroque-styled heights of St. Euphemia’s alabaster-hued tower. Reflect on magnificent oil paintings and the tradition of throwing stones into the sea inside the Church of Our Lady of the Rocks across the scenic bay from Kotor, Montenegro. Dine on Coda alla Vaccinara, or sauce-covered oxtail, a favorite local dish in Rome. Shop stylish one-of-a-kind French beachside boutiques in Nice. Ride a gondola to Mont Faron’s scenic summit, high above Toulon. This memorable Mediterranean cruise culminates among the artistic urban splendors of Barcelona, where you can browse kiosks, shops, and cafés along La Ramblas, and tour Sagrada Família, Antoni Gaudi’s artistic vision of a contemporary Roman Catholic basilica.
Barcelona to Athens - 17 Days
Combine the Riviera’s romantic, Old World ambiance with the grandeur of the Roman and Greek empires during this 17-day cruise featuring stops in Spain, France, Monaco, Italy, Malta, and Greece. Sail north from thriving Barcelona to the quiet fishing village of Palamos, where white sand beaches almost rival the delicious local prawns. Relax over French press coffee and freshly baked butter croissants at an outdoor beachside café in romantic Sanary-sur-Mer, then sample deep red Bandol wines in a wine bar. Test your luck among the gilded opulence of a Monte Carlo casino. Stroll among the blocks, columns arches and former temples throughout the Roman Forum as the Colosseum looms in the distance. Wander Valletta’s narrow passages and scarred Maltese fortifications. Your remarkable journey ends near Athens, home of the Parthenon and the epicenter of Western Civilization’s Classical Period, where the ideas of European art, literature and philosophy took root among early scholars thousands of years ago.
Rome to Barcelona - 14 Days
Uncover the distinct and authentic culinary advantages of pairing specific olive oils with various Italian dishes under the guidance of the Maître d’hotel inside Portofino’s landmark Splendido Hotel. Roll the dice in a Monte Carlo casino or stroll along the narrow streets and tight corners on one of the most famous race courses on the Formula One circuit. Seek out the charming medieval village of Bormes Les Mimosas or the narrow cobbled streets of Old Town Antibes. Glide past walled gardens and centuries-old orange groves as you take a precipitous driving tour along the winding Golden Corniche through the French Riviera. Meander between the high columns and dust-covered scaffoldings of the Sagrada Família Cathedral in Barcelona, the largest unfinished Roman Catholic Church in the world. Or set out for tapas and riojas hours after sunset, when the aromas and din from lively bars and cafes intensify with the arrival of epicurean pleasure-seekers. There, among the ceaseless trilingual convergence of English, Spanish and Catalonian, you’ll find no better place to raise a glass to the satisfying indulgences on this Mediterranean adventure.
Barcelona to San Juan - 22 Days
Arrive rested, refreshed and ready to explore the Iberian Peninsula and Northern Africa during this 21-day transatlantic cruise combined with port stops in the Azores, Portugal, Spain, and Morocco. Slip past the sloped, imposing walls of Castillo San Cristóbal on your way across the Atlantic. Relax and book spa appointments or reconnect with friends and family as you gradually acclimatize to time zones and arrive ready to explore Horta on the island of Faial among the Azores Archipelago. Explore the waterfront of Portimao, a small Portuguese fishing port with a thriving sardine industry. Inhale the aromatic spices among the shadows of high medieval walls in a raucous Tangier market. Indulge in the visual contrasts of Almería’s 500-year-old Gothic cathedral and the modern Neolithic exhibits housed inside the angular and contemporary Museum of Almería. Your transatlantic vacation concludes along Barcelona’s vibrant waterfront, where you can sample rich seafood paella paired with touristy sangrias, and dark, smoky red Tempranillo wines.