See More of the Mediterranean in Windstar Style
Surrounded by wonders like the magnificent Cinque Terre, the culturally transcendent Alhambra, and the Belém Tower monument, it is easy to fall in love with the Mediterranean. With unique cruise itineraries, Windstar brings you closer to this spectacular part of the world. Cruise the Guadalquivir River, the only navigable river in Spain spanning 408 miles, to Seville. Anchor in the heart of Old Town Dubrovnik as larger cruise ships pass by. Visit a local Mediterranean market with our Windstar Chef, enjoy local experiences in interesting locales such as Giardini Naxos, Portofino, and Mallorca and see a new port almost every day with never more than one sea day.
Barcelona to Rome - 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.
Venice to Venice - 8 Days
Discover the Croatia that empires have coveted for centuries aboard a small cruise ship. Experience the amazing rainbow colors of Plitvice Lakes National Park and Lake Bled’s fairytale island. Wonder at the tenacity of Dubrovnik’s charming Old Town and Diocletian’s Palace. Relax on perfect pebble beaches, explore Piran’s Venetian legacy, and savor the taste of fine Croatian wine and wild truffles.
Barcelona to Lisbon - 8 Days
From the culture and cuisine of Lisbon to the incredible beaches of Portimao, in the southern region of the Algarve, you’ll visit two quintessential Portuguese ports before indulging in all that Spain has to offer. Experience Andalusia, a region which hugs the southern coast of Spain and embraces cultural influences from both sides of the Strait of Gibraltar; Europe, and Africa. On this cruise voyage you’ll find the UNESCO sites of Alhambra and Alcázar. Partake in a relaxing day, lounging on the stunning beaches of Mallorca and explore Barcelona as you take in the fascinating architecture of Antoni Gaudi. Sip a glass of sherry and explore golden beaches and anachronistic mountain villages, passionate flamenco, magnificent Moorish architecture, and mouthwatering tapas.
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.
Barcelona to Rome - 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.
Lisbon to Barcelona - 10 Days
Dazzle your senses with Spanish treasure — golden Costa del Sol beaches, Picasso’s genius in Málaga, the Roman ruins of Cartagena and Tarragona. Sit at a café in Tangier’s medina sipping mint tea and watching old men play backgammon. Nestle up to the other exclusive yachts in Ibiza’s harbor with some 80 blissful beaches calling your name. Celebrate a dream come true.
Barcelona to Athens - 8 Days
Discover Italy and Greece at their best, when towns and beaches are less crowded and the weather is just right for strolling historic ruins and admiring Greece’s 5,000-plus wildflowers. Feast your eyes on the smooth bone-white columns of Athens’ Parthenon, and the honeycombed spires of Barcelona’s Sagrada Familia. Inhale the heady aroma of wild rosemary and thyme mingled with fresh-baked guttiau bread in Cagliari, and the citrus tang of kumquat liqueur in Corfu. In Messina, watch as the bell tower clock’s bronze characters come to life, announcing noon with a lion’s fierce roar and a rooster’s loud crow. Spot bright pink flamingos stilt-walking the white salt flats in Trapani. Enjoy the sweet sound of Argostoli’s street musicians playing kantades on mandolins. And discover the tranquility of Delphi, where oracles channeled the prophecies of Apollo to kings and commoners. On this voyage you’ll visit ports reserved for small ships like Itea, dock closer to key attractions than larger ships can in Trapani and Barcelona, and cross the Corinth Canal, too narrow for most modern ships but just wide enough for your small ship.
Venice to Athens - 9 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.
Barcelona to Lisbon - 10 Days
Gaze skyward at the endless azure expanse above Casablanca’s narrow, stone-walled alleys and discover how easy it is to imagine yourself in another time — be it apart by a century or a millennium. Inhale the rich, earthy aroma of new leather goods hanging above weathered flagstones in the Old Medina market. Sip fiery, dry and sweet flavors of Spanish sherries handcrafted in Cádiz, and learn why European nations spilled blood for centuries to control this precious commodity. Wander among the dizzying mosaic intricacies and golden grandeur of Seville’s Alcázar Palace. Stand in the place of coastal sentries as you scan the African horizon from the heights of upper Gibraltar. Explore the modest city of Motril, a former economic powerhouse for sugar cane production, and Spanish rum and liquors. This unforgettable journey concludes among the brooding walls of Barcelona’s Gothic Quarter, where you can enjoy Catalonian wines and wild boar hams, admire the ongoing construction of Antonio Gaudí’s Sagrada Familia Cathedral, or simply relax and watch the activity along this thriving city’s extensive sandy beaches.
Rome to Barcelona - 7 Days
Roll the dice, tap slot buttons or draw a hand in baccarat in Monte Carlo’s Casino Square. Stand unhurried or distracted before the white marble perfection of Michelangelo’s David in Florence. Linger among Salvador Dali’s most memorable and flamboyant works during an extended stay in the picturesque coastal Spanish town of Palamos. This weeklong autumn cruise explores Europe’s most popular Mediterranean destinations in November, long after most tourists return to work and school, leaving you and the locals with extra time and space to enjoy uncrowded galleries, museums, restaurants, and waterfront promenades. Wander the Papal Palace grounds and stand in silence beneath the Sistine Chapel’s sweeping ceiling paintings. Shop at leisure among market stalls along the Cours Saleya in Old Town Nice. Sample small-run wines from local family vineyards and shop for one-of-a-kind handcrafted souvenirs among the winding cobbled streets and high walls of St. Paul De Vence. Sit among fountains with your coffee in the unhurried Parisian ambiance of Toulon’s Place de la Liberte. If you love Europe and the Riviera without the summertime crowds, this cruise is the ideal way to bask in the time-honored continental charms of Europe’s sunniest coastlines.
Athens to Athens - 12 Days
Follow Jason and the Argonauts through the Black Sea on their quest for the Golden Fleece and find a magical world where lines blur between fact and fantasy. Listen as your onboard narrator shares tales of the Trojan Horse and the Battle of Gallipoli as you navigate the narrow Dardanelles between ancient Troy and the famous World War I battlefield. Discover Istanbul, the romantic city once known as Constantinople, with its radiant Blue Mosque and still-bustling Silk Road caravanserai dating to the 17th century. Explore ancient towns brimming with medieval churches, charming Ottoman villages where the gold of the realm is saffron, and cuisines as delicious as they are unfamiliar. In fact, the unexpected is your constant companion on this voyage to all 6 countries that border the Black Sea. Follow wine to its original source in Georgia, far from the vineyards of France and Italy. Spend a long day in Odessa, a city that appears more European than Soviet with its Greek Street, French Boulevard and Italian Boulevard. Take in the novelty architecture of Batumi from the Acropolis to an upside-down White House. And rearrange your reality in Bulgaria, where shaking your head from side to side means "yes," and nodding your head up and down means "no." Although you may not find a golden fleece on this journey, each port you visit offers diverse and wonderful rewards.
Barcelona to Lisbon - 12 Days
Discover little-known villages, breathtaking vistas and delicious regional cuisine during this 12-day cruise along Mediterranean and Atlantic coastlines with stops in Spain, Morocco, Portugal and three remarkable days amid the sunny Canary Islands. Dine on spicy and succulent lamb dishes simmered in earthenware tagines. Lose yourself in the labyrinth-like alleys and cluttered merchant displays of jewelry, colorful scarves and ornate pottery in the souks throughout Marrakesh in Casablanca. Ride perched high atop a camel amid the crimson-hued volcanic landscape outside Lanzarote in the Canary Islands. Ascend to Mount Teide’s arid and exposed summit in an enclosed cable car—the easiest way to scale Spain’s highest mountain peak—and enjoy ocean views in all directions. Sip black tea and dine on delicious cakes, pastries and finger foods beneath century-old white arches decorating Belmond Reid’s Palace, an elegant and iconic hotel perched on the edge of oceanside cliffs in Funchal, Madeira.
Barcelona to Bordeaux - 12 Days
Spain is sometimes referred to as “the Spains,” and for good reason. Each of its 17 autonomous regions is distinct – as you’ll discover as you cruise the entire Spanish Coast from one side of the Iberian Peninsula to the other. Cuisines, customs, even languages differ as you travel French-influenced Catalonia, Moorish Andalusia, Portuguese- and Celtic-inspired Galicia, and the indigenous Basque Country. All the more reason to appreciate long days in port and overnight stays. Compare the architectural extremes of Barcelona’s multi-spired Sagrada Familia with the graceful arches of Seville’s Alcazár Palace, the ship-inspired glass balconies of El Ferrol with Bilbao’s undulating titanium Guggenheim. Taste fresh oysters in the seafood paradise of Vigo, wafer-thin slivers of melt-in-your-mouth air-cured ham (jamon) in Málaga, and anything on the menu at San Sebastian’s many Michelin-starred restaurants. Treat your palate to a palette of fine wines from Galicia’s zesty whites to the Basque Country’s full-bodied Tempranillo to Andalusia’s famous sherries to Catalonia’s sparkling Cava … and a grand finale of French wines in Bordeaux. See the real Spain in towns like Vigo and Andalusia’s White Villages. Make the most of your time as Star Legend docks in the center of center of Old Towns while larger ships must dock at ports further away.
Athens to Athens - 13 Days
Venture to the epicenters of ancient Western Civilization during this pairing of guided Delphi and Meteroa tours and an extensive Greek Isles cruise. Explore the high halls of medieval Meteora monasteries perched on clifftops. Delve into tales of Titans, Olympians and early deities as you step between limestone blocks hewn by hand, etched by turmoil and strewn among the angular shadows of the Parthenon’s marble pillars. Raise your voice and test perfect acoustics in classical amphitheaters near the storied Temple of Delphi and the Epidaurus Theatre. Pull up a bar stool at a bustling estiatorio and sample grilled pita bread paired with a creamy spread of tangy taramasalata--a pureed blend of potato, lemon juice and briny local fish roe. Wander among the white-walled shops of Santorini and the stirring cloth sails of village windmills on Mykonos. Slip between broken walls in Ephesus, a former trading port along the picturesque Turkish Coast, plus appreciate the special dinner at Ephesus during our Destination Discovery Event and the small ship delightful ports of Ermoupoli, Monemvasia and Agios Nikolaos.
Athens to Athens - 10 Days
Delve into the ancient wonders of early Western Civilization on this 10-day journey featuring Meteora and Delphi and delve into the islands of Greece. Stroll the monument-lined Sacred Way toward the Grand Temple of Apollo in Delphi. Savor a moonlit Turkish dinner and romantic concert among the broken columns and weathered walls of Ephesus in Turkey during Windstar’s complimentary Destination Discovery Event. Imagine the sense of adventure among Medieval Turkish raiders as you stare skyward at distant monasteries topping foreboding cliffs and natural sandstone pillars throughout Meteora Valley. Sip tangy, bright citrus flavors of local Assyrtiko wine paired with freshly caught calamari while relaxing on a whitewashed patio high above Santorini’s steep volcanic slopes. Relax by the crystal clear waters of Acropolis, Mykonos and Santorini beaches. Gaze across the Baroque-styled parapets of Palamidi Castle at Nafplio’s red-tiled roofs and the azure Argolic Gulf. Scale the marble steps leading to the Acropolis high above the city of Athens and lose yourself amid the iconic Parthenon’s limestone blocks and marble columns.
Athens to Athens - 11 Days
Anticipate the unforgettable and immerse yourself in a distinctly different Eastern Mediterranean cruise that explores the Peloponnese in ways inaccessible to large-ship cruise lines. Walk among weathered marble blocks and the faded echoes of ancient athletic glory during the first Olympic Games nearly 3,000 years ago near Katakolon. Step inside the restored stone arches of Meryemama Evi—the House of the Virgin Mary—a Catholic and Muslim shrine situated near the steep, stony slopes of Mount Koressos, before making your way to a delicious and exclusive Turkish dinner among the towering walls and columns of Ephesus. Wander the Grand Bazaar, Topkapi Palace, and the majestic Blue Mosque before taking in the endless parade of busy Bosporus shipping lights during an overnight stay in Istanbul. Your journey circumnavigates the Peloponnese Peninsula by slipping through the narrow, high-walled Corinth Canal, an ancient engineering dream that wasn’t completed until the late 1800s, but remains inaccessible to large freighters and cruise liners. You eventually end up back where you started in Piraeus, adjacent to Athens and a perfect culinary jumping-off point for sampling the countless tavernas and psistarias serving up savory grilled Greek meats paired with tart wines and chilled beers within the shadow of the Parthenon.
Complimentary Destination Discovery Event • Kusadasi: Evening in Ephesus
Athens to Athens - 10 Days
Spend long moments in quiet reflection among uncrowded exhibits and holy places during this 10-day cruise featuring excursions in Greece, Israel, and Egypt. Choose from a selection of excursions to fit your interests, including an overnight overland option in Israel. Embark from Piraeus, a brief distance from the Parthenon atop the Acropolis. Ride a donkey and learn Cypriot traditions in Paphos, a small port city in southwest Cyprus where ancient Greeks believed Aphrodite, arose from the sea. Stay overnight in Haifa for visits to the Golan Heights and Galilee, or venture overland on an unforgettable overnight tour of Petra, Masada and the Dead Sea. Explore the narrow streets of Jerusalem, the Church of the Nativity in Bethlehem or art, architecture, and artifacts at the Ilana Goor Museum in Old Jaffa. Spend a day in Cairo or around the Pyramids of Giza, the Egyptian Museum of Antiquities, and Khan El Khalili Bazaar. Wake the next day and venture overland to Alexandria and the Bibliotheca Aexandrina, Qait Bay Fort, the Roman Amphitheater, and your waiting ship. Amble among weather blocks, painted pillars and 9,000-year-old relics within the ruins of the Knossos Palace on Crete. This exceptional journey concludes back where you started in Piraeus.
Rome to Cernobbio - 11 Days
Indulge in rustic Italian cuisine, Roman relics and Baroque masterworks on a 11-day odyssey that combines a picturesque overland exploration of Lake Como and Venice with an extensive cruise through the Adriatic and along Italy’s west coast. Delve into the depths of delectable Northeast Italian wine vintages and savor Amarone’s cherry and cinnamon nuances in a cool, underground Valpolicella winery. Overnight provides time to float past Venice’s romantic arched bridges and ancient alleyways on a gondola ride. Dip a kayak blade in the clear waters near old harbor walls outside Dubrovnik. Sample homemade cheeses and sausages in a family-run olive grove near Kotor. Wander between restored mosaics, broken columns and cracked pottery amid Pompeii’s storied ruins. Dine on authentic, handmade pizza while gentle coastal breezes waft through Sorrento’s aromatic citrus trees.
Lisbon to Barcelona - 12 Days
Combine a culturally immersive inland journey throughout Portugal with a scenic and insightful tracing of Spain’s iconic coastlines during this remarkable 12-day combination cruse and land tour. Inhale intermingled aromas of seafood and spicy bean soup on Porto’s glowing twilight streets as melancholic fado lyrics and guitarra strings reverberate across stone walls from a more modest skyline. Light a white candle amid prayerful pilgrims in the silence of Fátima’s most sacred sites. Peer into the spiraling, moss-lined columns of the Initiation Well near the misty and verdant Sintra Forest. Bask in the Douro Valley’s unique sunlit glow as you stand among the rocky contours of steep terraced vineyards and gnarled gray trunks of Tinta Cão vines. Master the art of tapas cooking under the direction of an Andalusian chef near Málaga. Sip sherries and wander among old barrels in Cadiz wine cellars. Kayak between scenic caletas, or quays, in Mallorca’s clear coastal waters.
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 Venice - 8 Days
Venetian tourists wander past the mosaic artistry of Saint Mark’s Basilica, footsteps and conversations punctuated by the pulsating flutter of ascending pigeons. Agile house martins dive and swoop between weathered city walls pockmarked by time or dissent, alighting on centuries-old griffins that once proclaimed fealty to the maritime Republic of Venice. Discover the Adriatic and Greece from new perspectives during this 8-day cruise that touches on storied landmarks and intimate, little-known ports on the Adriatic Sea and in Greece. Admire Zadar’s Medieval city walls and charming boutiques. Learn about the global success of Croatian organic vineyards as you sample varietal wines in a farming village. Take in Dubrovnik’s Old Town charms from the heights of a cable car. Savor local smoked hams, sausages and homemade cheeses on a Montenegro olive farm tour outside Kotor. Then transit the tapered, sheer-walled Corinth Canal, a time-saving dream of the rulers of antiquity for 2,000 years, but only reality in 1893. This Adriatic-to-Greece odyssey ends in Athens, among the shadows of the Parthenon, silent monuments to ancient athletic competitions and the savory aroma of souvlaki, seasoned and skewered grilled meats wrapped in pita bread and sold in countless cafés and sidewalk restaurants.
Lisbon to Barcelona - 10 Days
Discover unforgettable destinations overlooked by larger cruise lines during this 10-day Western Mediterranean cruise that visits historic landmarks and little-known spaces in Portugal, Spain, and Morocco. Wander warm sandy beaches near Portimao or board a small boat bound for caves and bronze- and umber-hued rock formations at the Alfanzina Grotto. Sip fino and oloroso sherries in a quiet cellar outside of Cádiz. Prepare traditional Moroccan flat bread for baking in a local oven during a Tangier cooking school lesson. Barter for handmade jewelry and handpainted ceramics in a crowded souk. Browse Pablo Picasso’s sculptures and obscure works and savor a Spanish sunset and evening tapas—best paired with spicy Grenacha and dark Tempranillo wines—during an overnight stay in Málaga. Unearth the ancient influences of Hispania Antiqua as you explore the Roman Theatre and Museum prior to observing the excavations and 2,000-year-old Punic relics at the Muralla Punica archaeological site.
Lisbon to Barcelona - 8 Days
Poised as if to kiss the continent of Africa, Andalusia hugs the southern coast of Spain and embraces cultural influences from both sides of the strait. This is the birthplace of Don Juan and Carmen, evening paseos by women in lace mantillas, cape-twirling matadors. In short, it is quintessential Spain. The beaches of the Costa del Sol are legendary. And behind lie equally magnificent mountain ranges sheltering picturesque “white villages.” Here you won’t find cookie-cutter castles, but amazing cultural amalgams like the Alhambra and Alcázar. On your elegant ship, you will cruise past larger ships right to the heart of old towns and to the steps of friendly bodegas.
Nassau to Athens - 43 Days
Transition from Bahamian sapphire seas to storied Mediterranean ports and cities during this 43-day transatlantic crossing that starts in Nassau and features stops in Portugal, Morocco, Spain, France, Italy, and Greece. Admire restored mosaics representing Poseidon at the Roman Ruins of Lixus, one of Morocco’s most picturesque rural settings near Tangier. Master the art of preparing sizzling tapas plates under the tutelage of a famous Andalusian chef during a friendly, small-group cooking competition and culinary workshop prior to dinner and an overnight stay in Málaga, Spain. Discover the distinct Old World magic of earthy, red-fruit Corsican wines while touring cellars and vineyards around Calvi, France. Wander Pompeii’s restored streets between bleached column and sun-dappled gardens as Mount Vesuvius silently steams in the distance. Board a swift private speedboat bound for Positano’s cafés, boutiques and narrow cobblestoned streets for a frothy cappuccino or tart and fiery limoncello apéritif.
San Juan to Athens - 52 Days
Venture from Caribbean beaches, spicy jerk chicken, and rum cocktails to Riviera shoreline fortresses, Moroccan cumin-infused lamb, and robust Italian Sicilian red wines during this epic 52-day cruise that explores the West Indies before crossing the Atlantic to the Azores, Portugal, Spain, Morocco, France, Monaco, Italy, Malta, and Greece. Snorkel among picturesque reefs and vibrant tropical fish in the hidden island gems of the Caribbean including Guadeloupe and the British Virgin Islands, then relax and rest up with multiple spa visits and intriguing lecturers as you sail from San Juan, Puerto Rico to the tropical small port of Horta in the Azores Islands. Taste the important differences among Spanish sherries and fine wines at Cádiz wineries. Browse for trinkets and inhale the aromas of countless spices in a Moroccan market in Tangier. Test your luck at tables inside an opulent casino in Monte Carlo. Wander the ruins of the Roman Forum and the monuments inside the Vatican City in Rome. This exceptional and memorable journey embraces Greek island hopping and concludes in Piraeus, with the storied Acropolis and the Greek Parthenon temple high above Athens.
Barcelona to Athens - 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 San Juan - 23 Days
Enjoy the best of both worlds, a port-rich journey through southern Iberia and a classic ocean crossing that’s unscripted and utterly relaxing. Everything you’re looking for is here. Whimsical Modernist architecture in Barcelona, as colorful as it is unconventional. The inescapable footprints of Moors throughout Andalusia from the tile-and-fountain artistry of the Alcazar and Alhambra to cuisine—savory foods seasoned with fruits and spices, desserts made with almonds and honey, rice and saffron transformed into Spain’s signature paella. Honor the Moors with a port call in Casablanca, within reach of Marrakech, Rabat, and of course, the Kasbah. Walk the streets of Lisbon’s Alfama district, eyes dazzled by brilliant azulejo tiles, and make your way to Belem Tower, a classic departure point during the Age of Discovery. Watch from the Yacht Club as Lisbon fades into the distance knowing time now belongs to you, and only you. Work out in the fully redesigned Fitness Center. Treat your palate to French-inspired cuisine and wine pairings in Amphora. Or simply wrap yourself in a soft waffle weave robe and snack on grapes as the world passes by your suite window.
San Juan to Barcelona - 21 Days
Arrive rested, refreshed and ready to explore the Iberian Peninsula during this 21-day transatlantic cruise combined with port stops in the Azores, Portugal,and Spain. 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. 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.
St. Maarten to Barcelona - 22 Days
An Atlantic crossing offers abundant opportunities for catching up on reading, spa treatments and indulging in important passions that you keep putting off, like organizing to-do lists or outlining that manuscript you always plan to complete. You’ll also be fully rested and ready to explore Lisbon’s prominent landmarks like the alabaster-like Belém Tower, the elaborate grounds of the Jerónimos Monastery or the quiet corners of a wine bar serving fruity Vinho Verde or countless golden, nutty-nuanced port wines. Take an Andalusian-style side trip to Seville and discover often-overlooked Moorish influences in the medieval architecture throughout the 2,200-year-old city. Soar to the top of The Rock of Gibraltar and gaze down on one of the busiest and most strategic sea. Even if it’s cloudy, you’ll still be captivated by the hundreds of Barbary macaques, the last surviving wild monkey population in Europe. Study Cubist co-founder Pablo Picasso’s sculptures, sketches, engravings and paintings in detail near his birthplace in Málaga. Stroll the weathered 14th century flagstones and admire the circular, Gothic-themed architecture of Bellver Castle near Palma de Mallorca. This restful adventure concludes across the historic Balearic Sea in Barcelona, where you can stay up late to dance among the vibrant night life or sit down for amazing toasty tapas and seafood paellas among the countless cafés and airy sidewalk bars.
Barcelona to Athens - 20 Days
Take a vacation from Mediterranean summertime crowds and sweltering humidity during this 20-day autumn cruise to ports and sites throughout Italy, Greece, and Turkey via the Corinth Canal, wide enough only for small ships like ours. Follow Christopher Columbus’s outstretched hand atop Barcelona’s Columbus Monument near Las Ramblas Promenade, and set sail for Palma de Mallorca’s sunny beaches and medieval fortifications. Savor sweet, citrus gelato or try Stracciatella—a lemon gelato mixed with chocolate shavings—at an Amalfi gelateria just a bocce-ball toss from the sweeping stairway leading up to the Duomo di Amalfi above the town’s thriving piazza. Explore broken monuments in the Temple of Delphi, a sacred space once considered the center of the ancient world. Indulge in exceptional Turkish cuisine amid the columns and weathered blocks of the Celsus Library in Ephesus, then enjoy a complimentary live concert and dinner under the stars. This remarkable journey concludes in Athens, not far from the Parthenon—the iconic Greek temple dedicated to Athena almost 2,500 years ago.
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
Athens to Venice - 16 Days
This voyage through Greece, Italy, and Croatia is simply bursting with engrossing history lessons, delizioso cuisine, natural beauty, and often-overlooked destinations. Begin in Athens, where the magnificent white Parthenon still stands tall after watching nearly 2,500 years of world events pass by. Explore the well-preserved Greek castle towns of Monemvasia, the Gibraltar of Greece, and Mystras, near Gythion. Both are less-visited gems, and Mystras is a magical ghost town of exquisite Byzantine architecture. Taste Istrian truffles and olive oil in the quaint little fishing town of Rovinj. Wander the medieval Old Towns of Kotor and Dubrovnik, limestone streets polished to a high shine by centuries of shuffling feet. Visit the must-sees of Italy from Michelangelo’s mastery in Rome’s Sistine Chapel to the romance of Venice and eerie Pompeii, then veer off to laid-back Ponza, the secret island retreat where Italians go to escape the crowds. Find a quiet corner of Wind Surf to write home a stream of superlatives.
Tilbury to Barcelona - 19 Days
Uncover Europe’s culinary and cultural delights throughout this 19-day August cruise featuring stops in the UK, France, Spain, and Portugal. Set sail near London and walk the small town of Dartmouth among fresh Royal Naval College cadets and Medieval Era exhibits. Pair rich Bordeaux wine blends with succulent French cuisine during an overnight stay in Bordeaux. Admire the view of distant Moroccan mountain ranges from the strategic heights of the Rock of Gibraltar. Discover the beauty of UNESCO site the Alhambra Palace. Kick back on a warm beach not far from Palma de Mallorca’s exceptional restaurants, or head up the hill and explore Castell de Bellver, a circular fortification dating back to the 1300s. This amazing adventure culminates in cosmopolitan Barcelona, where you can amble up Las Ramblas with pedestrians and shoppers, or wander among the Gothic Quarter’s narrow passages and daunting walls.
Athens to Lisbon - 20 Days
Transit the narrow Corinth Canal en route to Delphi to explore the Temple of Apollo and the Archaeological Museum. Corfu stuns visitors with its beautiful beaches and Old Town, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. In Argostoli, stroll the promenade in search of caretta-caretta turtles and savor Kephalonian meat pie. From Messina, visit Sicily’s hillside town of Taormina to take in views of the iconic Greek Theater. In Trapani, marvel at the hardworking 17th century windmills and salt marshes that produce its signature colored salts. Discover the medieval walled Il Castello and Poetto Beach in Cagliari before setting sail for Spain. Upon arrival in Barcelona, behold Gaudí’s La Sagrada Familia Cathedral and savor tapas. A later stay in Málaga allows time to tour the famous Alhambra. Embark on Morocco’s city of Tangier, known for its unspoiled beaches and old walled city of Medina. A late night in Casablanca affords time to see Marrakech’s mosques, palaces and souk market. Cruise south to the Canary Islands to experience the small volcanic island of Lanzarote and follow the famous wine trail, wander Santa Cruz de Tenerife’s beautiful UNESCO beaches San Cristóbal de La Laguna and Teide National Park, and listen for the whistling locals of La Gomera who use their skills to communicate across the steep ravines and lush cloud forest of Garajonay National Park. Head north to Portugal for an overnight in Funchal, with time to taste Madeira wines and try poncha, a delightful rum and honey cocktail.
San Juan to Lisbon - 20 Days
Combine Caribbean cocktails, steel drum rhythms, and white sandy beaches with Portuguese port wines, fado folk songs and lofty Baroque architecture during this 21-day transatlantic cruise from Puerto Rico to Portugal. Begin with an unforgettable circuit of Caribbean destinations, including Les Saintes, Bequia, and St. Georges, before embarking from San Juan, Puerto Rico and crossing the Atlantic to the Azores and Portugal. Shop among stylish boutiques in Philipsburg, St. Maarten. Dive or snorkel among turtles and vibrant tropical fish off Bequia’s tropical coastlines. You’ll circle back to Old San Juan before relaxing spa days, delicious meals and shared moments throughout a transatlantic crossing to the Azores. Explore Horta’s Old World architecture or Capelinhos’ volcanic slopes. This memorable crossing concludes in Lisbon, the Portuguese capital, where you can dine on Caldeirada, grilled sardines, stuffed crab, and other amazing seafood meals accompanied by the strumming and singing of talented fado performers.
Edinburgh to Barcelona - 29 Days
Extensively explore Britannia before sailing south to France, Spain, Portugal, and Morocco during this 29-day cruise along North Sea, Atlantic, and Mediterranean shorelines. Begin in Edinburgh, an inspirational setting for J.K Rowling’s Harry Potter drafts. Tour the decks of the HMS Belfast adjacent to London’s Tower Bridge and imagine the life of a Royal Navy sailor. Bite into rich and creamy Camembert cheeses and wash them down with local ciders or apple brandy near Honfleur, France. Learn dominant grape varieties along the Dordogne’s Left Bank and Right Bank during a delicious overnight stay in Bordeaux. Delve into the Caves of Hercules in Tangier, a fabled cavern for resting Greek and Roman heroes, and a human habitat during Africa’s Neolithic Era. Your memorable journey concludes on Barcelona’s cosmopolitan waterfront, a short distance from the tapas bars and boutiques along the thriving, centuries-old Las Ramblas.
St. Maarten to Barcelona - 25 Days
Ideal for anyone seeking equal portions of relaxing time at sea and port visits, this 28-day transatlantic crossing features a combination of leisurely, uninterrupted sea crossing time balanced with the best ports in the Western Mediterranean. Board in Nassau, then spend time crossing the Atlantic and enjoying the romance of sailing as you make your way to your ultimate destination. Sip port wines in Lisbon, Portugal, browse wares in the bustling Grand Souk in Tangier, Morocco, and wander the medieval cobbled streets of Tarragona, Spain.
Stockholm to Venice - 62 Days
Savor more than two months exploring Europe’s small ports and popular landmarks throughout the Baltic, North Sea, and the Western and Central Mediterranean during this once-in-a-lifetime cruise. Visit 48 ports in 20 countries over 62 days aboard our flagship sailing ship, Wind Surf. Spend the night in St. Petersburg, Russia and visit The State Hermitage Museum, one of the largest museums in the world, or attend an exclusive evening ballet performance. Feel inspiration from Norway’s beautiful towering fjords and sample the fresh flavors of an abundant smorgasbord. Attend the 3-day Sail Amsterdam Celebration and check out historic sailing ships from all over the world, a bucket list highlight. Bask on sandy Spanish beaches sipping delicious local wines. This exceptional journey concludes among Venice canals, where you watch gondoliers atop the Rialto Bridge and reflect on a wealth of new travel memories.
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.
Barcelona to Amsterdam - 23 Days
Sip and savor delicious European cuisine paired with famous destinations and little-known fishing villages during this deliciously delightful, 23-day exploration of Spain, France, Belgium and the Netherlands. Browse more than 155 works spanning 83 years, including ceramics created by Picasso at the Fundación Museo Picasso de Málaga. Ride in a scenic gondola to Gibraltar’s summit and enjoy panoramic strait views in the company of resident Barbary apes. Dip a paddle blade in the Minho River during a guided kayak tour near Vigo, Spain. Sail up the river to overnight in Seville where many varieties of tapas beckon. Tour globally renowned wineries and indulge in steak au poivre paired with spectacular Cabernet Sauvignon dominant red wine blends from Bordeaux’s famed left bank during an extended 2-night Bordeaux stay. Walk amid the ruins of German concrete fortifications above the beaches of Normandy near Caen. Overnight in St-Malo ensuring time to visit UNESCO site Mont St Michelle. Admire the French countryside during a cruise up the Seine River, culminating in a romantic overnight stay near Paris and the well-known wine and food delicacies.
London to Barcelona - 18 Days
Lesser-known North Sea splendors and warm Mediterranean beaches beckon during this 18-day cruise that stops at ports in England, France, Guernsey, Spain, Portugal, and Morocco. Cast off from London’s busy riverfront, past the Tower Bridge and the restored light cruiser HMS Belfast. Learn how Victor Hugo lived and wrote during his exile from France, or dine on rich, local cassoulet and conger—sea eel—soup at a St. Peter Port café in Guernsey. Wander winding streets to walled fortifications above the tiny French port of Le Palais. Sniff, swirl, and sip your way through a flight of red wines during a delectable overnight stay in Bordeaux. Inhale the aroma and savor the richness of t Porto’s renowned Ports. Quench your thirst with sweet Moroccan mint tea and shop for trinkets and dried fruit and nuts among the stalls at the Grand Socco in Tangier. Your journey concludes in cosmopolitan Barcelona, where enticing aromas of sizzling seafood paella reminds you of the eclectic cuisine, culture, and history Spain offers.
Venice to Lisbon - 23 Days
Start your adventure along the famed canals of Venice. Then it’s off to Croatia to experience the romantic, once-tiny island of Rovinj, Split’s enthralling Palace of Diocletian, and the ancient, car-free, walled city of Dubrovnik. In Montenegro, visit the beautiful fjord of Kotor and walk the medieval alleyways of Baroque palaces. Discover Sicily’s charming village of Giardini Naxos and visit the popular hillside town of Taormina. Tour beautiful Sorrento, designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and when in Rome, sip cappuccino in the cosmopolitan capital that’s home to the Forum, the Colosseum and Vatican City. Take in the beaches and pine-scented forests in Portoferraio. Absorb the golden ochre and terracotta buildings, designer shops, and chic cafés in Portofino. One of Europe’s most exclusive harbors, Monte Carlo offers incredible people watching and a chance to visit the glittering Grand Casino. Let the exclusive French Riviera continue to impress on the palm-fringed boulevards of Cannes before cruising to the Côte d’Azur to enjoy the seaside town of Antibes. In Spain, stroll the narrow alleyways of Barcelona en route to Gaudí’s La Sagrada Familia Cathedral; nibble tapas in Palma de Mallorca; see the Andalusian countryside on a visit to Alhambra Palace; and see Museo Picasso in Málaga. Witness the “pillar” erected by Hercules at Gibraltar and explore the natural parks of Cádiz. In Portimao, follow the savory aroma of sardines grilling on the colorful quay before the grand finale back in Lisbon as you climb steep hills in a turn of the century funiculars and reflect on the trip of a lifetime.
Barcelona to Reykjavik - 23 Days
Venture from warm Mediterranean shores to Iceland’s turquoise-tinged ice floes and stark white glaciers during this remarkable 23-day journey along the most scenic coastlines in Western Europe. Browse shops, tapas bars, and cluttered kiosks along Barcelona’s arboreal Las Ramblas pedestrian mall. Learn the difference between Fino, Pedro Ximénez and Manzanilla sherries while sampling at a winery tasting room near Cádiz, Spain. Sip dark, sweet, blackberry-like port at a waterfront café along the Douro River in Porto, Portugal. Tour the Guinness Brewery in Dublin and master the perfect pour. Explore Iceland’s lesser-known ports and capture breathtaking imagery of azure-hued ice floes at the Jokulsarion Glacier Lagoon in Djupivogur. Your remarkable journey concludes in Reykjavik, the capital of Iceland, a stylish nexus for indie music and home to more published writers per capita than any country in the world.
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.
Lisbon to Athens - 28 Days
The scope of this month-long odyssey is astounding, putting you within reach of at least 16 UNESCO World Heritage Sites, 2 tentative sites, and 2 Biosphere Reserves, not to mention a myriad of other unforgettable cultural experiences. Watch architecture evolve from the imposing Parthenon to the graceful arches of the Alhambra to Gaudí’s spikey Modernist Sagrada Familia. Listen to the impeccable acoustics of a 3rd century Greek theater and lively flamenco music punctuated by pulsing footwork. Graze on tapas, mezzes, and antipasto while life ebbs and swirls around you. Swim in the sulfur green thermal waters of Santorini, watch magenta bougainvillea pour over honey-colored stone walls in Mallorca, and befriend the Barbary monkeys who rule the Rock. As an added bonus, your voyage includes an exclusive Windstar Destination Discovery Event: dining in front of the Celsus Library in ancient Ephesus as live musicians serenade you under the stars. Simply unforgettable
Reykjavik to Athens - 66 Days
Set sail on an unforgettable vacation rich in European art, Mediterranean cuisine, and memorable cultural exchanges during this epic 66-day cruise featuring stops in Iceland, Faroe Islands, Scotland, Norway, Northern Ireland, Wales, England, France, Spain, Portugal, Spain, Morocco, Italy, Malta, Greece, and Turkey. You begin in Reykjavik, surrounded by ice-topped ridgelines. Visit Akureyri along the northern Icelandic coast, not far from lunar-like volcanic expanses where astronauts perfected simulated moonwalks. Sip a pint of amber ale or a dram of fiery golden Scotch whisky in a Kirkwall pub. Wander Dublin Castle’s Gothic halls. Sample premier crus and small-run French wines during an overnight stay in Bordeaux. Stroll Valetta’s narrow flagstone streets and touch dun-hued city walls gouged by centuries of sieges. Dine among the history of the Celsus Library prior to an exclusive concert in Ephesus. This epic journey concludes in Athens not far from the Acropolis and the best souvlaki-serving tavernas found in the Attica.
Athens to Lisbon - 24 Days
Revel in two dozen unforgettable days venturing from Greece’s golden shores to small ports, remote villages and legendary landmarks throughout Italy, Spain, Morocco and Portugal. Float among fossils, towering natural spires and stunning colorful walls deep inside the scenic caverns of Vlyhada and Alepotrypa near Gythion, Greece. Take the wheel of a vintage Fiat 500 on Sicilian streets near Messina and visit Savoca, a small, unspoiled village rich in cinematic memories for fans of The Godfather. Capitalize on your overnight stay in Málaga by adding on an overnight inland excursion exploring Grenada’s wineries, vineyards and monasteries before cooking up an exceptional Spanish dinner in Alhambra—then lose yourself in the aromas of Italy’s wines, cappuccinos, pastas, and limoncellos.
Lisbon to Reykjavik - 15 Days
Venture from Portugal’s warm shores and Ireland’s verdant estuaries to Iceland’s blue-tinged glaciers and steaming geothermal pools during this 15-day cruise that visits memorable ports throughout Portugal, Spain, United Kingdom, Ireland, Faroe Islands, and Iceland. Sip rich red ports in a riverfront winery warehouse in Porto, Portugal. Stroll through a tropical garden in a former abbey on the Isles of Scilly. Step atop massive basalt columns along the Giant’s Causeway near Belfast. Explore a Viking excavation near the remote village of Torshavn on the Faroe Islands. Listen to survivor accounts during a volcanic eruption on Heimaey Island, the Pompeii of the North. This memorable journey concludes in Reykjavik, Iceland, where you can enjoy coffee and nibble on sweet pastries steps away from Hallgrimskirkja’s soaring spire, or soak up the Blue Lagoon’s steamy outdoor waters.
Barcelona to Athens - 20 Days
Discover magic moments unique to extended port stays during this 20-day cruise tracing the sundrenched coastlines and reclusive ports throughout Spain, Italy, Malta, Greece and Turkey. Wander along the long the curved walls of circular Bellver Castle outside Palma de Mallorca, or dine on tapas made from toasted bread topped with salty hams, capers, anchovies and more. Board a private Amalfi boat bound for the Moorish port of Positano, a remote haven for artists, artisans and discerning shoppers seeking one-of-a-kind stylish apparel and accessories. Wind your way through narrow, alabaster passages intertwining the outskirts of Mykonos before stopping for refreshing Greek beers at a late-night waterfront café. Step among broken statues in the former ancient port of Ephesus and dine by moonlight by the towering columns of the Celsus Library. Delve into the legendary labyrinth of the mythological Minotaur below the Minoan Palace of Knossos. Follow the aroma of fresh breads and local wines throughout the flagstone arterials of the tiny medieval village of Monemvasia. This remarkable extended odyssey ends in Athens, where you can revisit the Parthenon at the top of the Acropolis or seek out savory gyros, dolmades and keftethes among the dozens of eateries and cafés throughout the thriving capital.
Complimentary Destination Discovery Event • Kusadasi: Evening in Ephesus
Barcelona to Venice - 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.
Barcelona to Athens - 30 Days
Journey to the Holy Lands from the Western Mediterranean cruising to over 22 ports throughout Spain, Italy, Malta, Greece, Turkey, Cyprus, Israel, and Egypt. Depart from Barcelona to Palma de Mallorca, a beachside resort that remains warm and inviting all year long. Inhale rich blackberry and cherry aromas from a ruby glass of Nero D’Avola wine at the foot of Sicily’s Mount Etna in Catania. Travel the small-ship exclusive Corinth Canal. Dine on Turkish cuisine amid the romantic evening shadows of the Celsus Library ruins of Ephesus with our complimentary Destination Discovery Event, then, take in a memorable concert performance. Wander beneath centuries-old Christian mosaics in Istanbul’s Hagia Sofia, and admire over 20,000 hand-painted floral tiles extending to the ornate domes inside the Blue Mosque. Embark on an overland excursion to the Dead Sea and learn the true fate of Alexandria’s Great Library in Egypt. This unforgettable cruise concludes in Athens, not far from the Parthenon’s long shadows atop the Acropolis.
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.
Lisbon to Athens - 28 Days
Contrast the vibrant and cosmopolitan western Mediterranean with the remote ruins and rustic ports in the east during this 28-day cruise featuring stops throughout Portugal, Spain, Gibraltar, Italy, Malta, Greece, and Turkey. Drink aged port wines inside a weathered riverside warehouse in Porto. Scan the distant hills of Morocco from the heights of Gibraltar. Sample sizzling, ham tapas inside a noisy bar steps away from Barcelona’s shadowy Gothic Quarter. Savor authentic eastern Mediterranean flavors during an unforgettable dinner and concert amid the ruins of the Celsus Library in Ephesus, Turkey. Wander open Turkish markets and savor the first tart pomegranates of the season or reflect among St. Therapon’s Baroque art. This extensive exploration of Mare Nostrum concludes in Athens, not far from the shadows of the Parthenon’s columns atop the Acropolis.
Athens to Barcelona - 18 Days
Start your pilgrimage in the ancient city of Athens with nearly 3,000 years of history that include the still-standing Acropolis and the Parthenon. Travel to Cyprus to see the Limassol Castle, Archaeological Museum, and award-winning Folk Art Museum. In Israel, overnight in Haifa and see Elijah’s Cave, or take an overland journey to Petra and the Dead Sea. Next, explore one of the most ancient cities in the world: Ashdod. Visit the Korin Maman Museum, climb 500 feet to Giv’at Yonah, or travel overland to experience Jerusalem. In Egypt’s Port Said, take a caliche (2-person horse carriage) through town to see the beautiful colonial architecture, or opt for a full day journey to the Pyramids of Giza. In Alexandria, founded by Alexander the Great, visit Pompey’s Pillar and the catacombs of Kom el-Shoqafa. On Crete, take in Morosini Fountain and visit Knossos Palace, the Minoan-era castle in Heraklion. Transit the narrow Corinth Canal on the way to Delphi to explore the Temple of Apollo and the Archaeological Museum. Corfu stuns visitors with its beautiful beaches and historic Old Town. In Argostoli, savor Kephalonian meat pies and stroll the promenade in search of caretta-caretta turtles. From Messina, visit Sicily’s hillside town of Taormina to take in views of the iconic Greek Theater. Discover the medieval walled Il Castello and Poetto Beach in Cagliari before setting sail for Spain.
Athens to Athens - 20 Days
Explore the most popular destinations throughout the eastern Mediterranean free of summertime crowds and searing heat during this 20-day autumn cruise to Greece, Turkey, Cyprus, Israel, and Egypt. Set sail from Athens and make a brief transit to the other side of the Peloponnese peninsula via the Corinth Canal. Discover Greece and the origins of the Olympic Games outside Katakolon and walk along the training grounds used by the earliest athletes. Savor a memorable Turkish dinner and an evening concert among the shadowy ruins of the Celsus Library in Ephesus, an included Destination Discovery Event. Listen for the call to prayer from Istanbul’s minarets during an overnight stay. Walk Jerusalem’s narrow streets and view holy sites. Embark on an overland tour that explores the Great Pyramids and tombs of the pharaohs near Cairo. Your memorable journey concludes in Athens, where you can explore Hadrian’s Library on the northern side of the Acropolis, or sample Souvlaki—a spicy skewered meat—grilled fresh at local tavernas.
Venice to Lisbon - 23 Days
Oohs and ahhs over the sublime scenery alternate with oohs and ahhs over magnificent manmade creations on this voyage along the Dalmatian Coast, Ligurian Riviera, Côte d’Azur, and Costa del Sol. This is a stretch where Blue Flag beaches have to jostle for elbow space and castles, palaces and cathedrals take every form known to man – and then some. This is where the imaginations of Cezanne, Monet, Matisse, Picasso, Dali, and Gaudí were ignited. Here is where great romances blossomed: Richard Burton and Elizabeth Taylor in Portofino, Princess Grace and Prince Rainier in Monte Carlo, Romeo and Juliet near Venice. Sail through waters where the legendary sirens are said to live, watch fearless castellers climb human pyramids, play a game of picign with gregarious Croatians. Our small ships take you to smaller and less-visited ports like Sanary-sur-Mer and Portoferraio, and get you closer to town than the big ships can get in places like Dubrovnik, Venice, Barcelona, and Málaga. What you do with the extra time is entirely up to you.
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.
Lisbon to Athens - 16 Days
From the hilltop heights of the funicular to the depths of its moody fado music, start your adventure in Lisbon, Portugal. Shop and snack along the colorful quay in Portimao or visit the ancient Moorish capital of Silves before heading to Cádiz, Spain to discover Sierra de Grazalema and los Alcornocales nature parks. Said to have been erected by Hercules himself, soar to the top of Gibraltar to gaze across to Africa. On the Costa del Sol in Málaga, see Museo Picasso Málaga or toast to some of the world’s best wine in the village of Mijas. Outside Granada, experience the amazing Alhambra Palace while taking in views of the Andalusian countryside along the way. Beachcomb and stop for tapas in Palma de Mallorca before visiting the Catalan metropolis of Barcelona—home to Gaudí’s La Sagrada Familia Cathedral. In Cagliari, Italy, visit the medieval walled Il Castello and Poetto Beach. On to Sardinia, explore the rich underwater world or relax on a pearly white-sand beach. Sip the famous wines of Marsala in Trapani, and take in spectacular views from the medieval hill town of Erice, which only rivals Taormina’s views of the iconic Greek Theater set against sparkling waters of the Ionian Sea. In Greece, stroll Argostoli’s promenade in search of caretta-caretta turtles and savor Kephalonian meat pie. Corfu stuns visitors with its beautiful beaches and small villages while Delphi harkens back to 1400 B.C. when its oracle ruled the world. Transit the Corinth Canal for the grand finale in Athens—home to the Acropolis, the Plaka, and the Parthenon.
Barcelona to Dun Laoghaire (Dublin) - 15 Days
Bask on sunny beaches along the Iberian Peninsula before sailing north to the green hills of Ireland during this 15-day cruise that visits ports in Spain, Gibraltar, Portugal, Isles of Scilly, and Ireland. Indulge in a savory seafood paella at a beachside café in Palma de Mallorca or examine relics from the Middle Ages inside the circular Castell de Bellver. Gaze down at busy Gibraltar Strait and the distant Moroccan Coast from atop the Rock of Gibraltar. Uncover the distinct characteristics of almond-fragranced Fino sherry and learn about stacked solera barrel aging systems in bodegas near Cádiz, Spain. Explore the fortifications and shipbuilding relics throughout El Ferrol, the world’s most formidable port during the age of cannon and sail. Your journey concludes in Dun Laoghaire, close to Dublin and home to the Maritime Museum, the James Joyce Tower, and local pubs, unique boutiques and outdoor cafés serving hot and crunchy fish and chips.
Athens to Barcelona - 14 Days
Transition from the crossroads of early Western Civilization to contemporary artistry and innovations throughout Italy, France and Spain during this 14-day autumn cruise along celebrated coastlines. Sail through the narrow Corinth Canal to the Temple of Apollo on Delphi, and learn how Apollo spoke to Greek citizens and early Romans. Tour the restored grandeur of the Church of Our Lady of Victory, Valletta’s first church. Stand before the bold Baroque columns and stairs of Saint Andrew’s Cathedral in Piazza Duomo, the center of Amalfi. Wander between Colosseum arches and the ruins of the Roman Forum in Rome. Shop among Monte Carlo’s most exclusive boutiques or nibble on spongy tiramisu with espresso-sipping locals. This memorable journey concludes in cosmopolitan Barcelona, where you can wander the upscale waterfront in search of paella, or venture to the heights of Montjuïc and the picturesque Palau Nacional, a palatial museum with terraced fountains and sweeping city views.
Barcelona to Rome - 9 Days
Listen closely and you’ll hear echoes of Europe’s past, from debates and discourse surrounding the broken columns and marble blocks in the Roman Forum, to the reverberating roar of smoking engines in 1920s roadsters winding up city streets to Monte Carlo’s Casino Square. Indulge your senses and engage your sense of wonder during this 9-day journey that combines a multi-day inland exploration to Rome with a scenic cruise along the steep and majestic Italian and French Rivieras. Tour the Sistine Chapel and discover the Colosseum, Rome’s most recognizable landmark. Savor fresh handmade pasta dishes and rich Chianti wines amidst the warm ambiance and sincere hospitality of a neighborhood Italian restaurant. Your cruise features unforgettable opportunities to experience the scenic Portoferraio Biosphere Reserve and explore the historic vineyards of Elba. Watch beachcombers from white-linen sidewalk cafés or sunbathe on romantic sandy beaches in Cannes. Inhale seafood aromas and herbal fragrances in a Barcelonan open market