Cruise - Wind, Voyage 2413 ex Athens to Venice
9 Night Cruise sailing from Athens to Venice aboard Silver Wind.
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Day 1 29 Jul 12 Athens (Piraeus) Greece 6.00pm Day 2 30 Jul 12 Kusadasi, Turkey 8.00am 10.00pm Day 3 31 Jul 12 Santorini, Greece 8.00am 6.00pm Day 4 1 Aug 12 Navplion, Greece 8.00am 6.00pm Day 5 2 Aug 12 Katakolon, Greece 1.00pm 7.00pm Day 6 3 Aug 12 Corfu, Greece 8.00am 6.00pm Day 7 4 Aug 12 Kotor, Montengro 9.00am overnight Day 8 5 Aug 12 Kotor, Montengro 6.00am Day 8 5 Aug 12 Dubrovnik, Croatia 10.00am 11.00pm Day 9 6 Aug 12 Hvar, Croatia 8.00am 3.00pm Day 10 7 Aug 12 Venice, Italy 7.00am
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9 Night Cruise sailing from Athens to Venice aboard Silver Wind.
Silver Wind, launched in 1995, was the second ship introduced by Silversea. Much like its sister ship, Silver Cloud, the Wind is a shining example of intimate Italian cruising. Fewer guests, combined with more space and Silversea's signature six-star personalised service make for the ultimate sailing experience. This elite vessel is as a grand hotel, as gracious as a long-time friends' home. Each all ocean-view suite provides a sumptuous retreat. Each public space is intimate yet inviting. It's a warm feeling of home upon the seas of the earth.
Aboard Silver Wind you will find a most accommodating place to view our world. Whether it's delicious onboard diversions, world-class cuisine, memorable dining venues or staying connected from anywhere, Silversea's impeccable standards apply to every detail of your voyage.
Highlights of this cruise:
If you come to Athens in search of gleaming white temples, you may be aghast to find that much of the city has melded into what appears to be a viscous concrete mass. Amid the sprawl and squalor, though, the ancient city gives up its treasures. Lift your eyes 200 feet above the city to the Parthenon, and you behold architectural perfection that has not been surpassed in 2,500 years. Today this shrine of classical form, this symbol of Western civilization and political thought, dominates a 21st-century boomtown. To experience Athens fully is to understand the essence of Greece: tradition juxtaposed with a modernity that the ancients would strain to recognize but would heartily endorse. Ancient Athens is certainly the lure for the millions of visitors to the city, but since the late 1990s, inspired by the 2004 Olympics, the people have gone far toward transforming Athens into a sparkling modern metropolis.
The central and southern Aegean is probably the most developed area of Turkey, and the rolling hills, mountains surrounded by clear blue seas, and glorious white-sand beaches are just a few of the reasons why. Wandering through historic ruins, boating, scuba diving, basking in the Anatolian sun, and eating fresh fish are just some of the ways you can fill your day. Although very developed, Kuşadası is also the stepping stone to some of Turkey's most important ancient sites, including Ephesus and the early Christian site of Meryemana.
Undoubtedly the most extraordinary island in the Aegean, crescent-shape Santorini remains a mandatory stop on the Cycladic tourist route. Arriving by boat, you are met by one of the world's truly breathtaking sights, the caldera: a crescent of cliffs, rising 1,100 feet, with the white clusters of the towns of Fira and Ia perched along the top. The encircling cliffs are the ancient rim of a still-active volcano, and you are sailing east across its flooded caldera.
Oraia (beautiful) is the word Greeks use to describe Nafplion. The town's old section, on a peninsula jutting into the gulf of Argos, mixes Greek, Venetian, and Turkish architecture; narrow streets, often just broad flights of stone stairs, climb the slopes beneath the walls of Acronafplia. Tree-shaded plazas surround neoclassic buildings. The Palamidi fortress-an elegant display of Venetian might from the early 1700s-guards the town. Nafplion deserves at least a leisurely day of your undivided attention, and you may want to spend several days or a week here and use the city as the base from which to explore the many surrounding ancient sights.
Kerkyra (Corfu) is the greenest and, quite possibly, the prettiest of all Greek islands-emerald mountains, ocher and pink buildings, shimmering silver olive leaves. The turquoise waters lap rocky coves and bougainvillea, scarlet roses, and wisteria spread over cottages. This northernmost of the major Ionian islands has, through the centuries, inspired artists, conquerors, royalty, and, of course, tourists. Indeed, when you look at Corfu in total, it's hard to believe that any island so small could generate a history so large. Classical remains vie with architecture from the centuries of Venetian, French, and British rule, leaving Corfu with a pleasant combination of contrasting design elements. The town of Corfu remains one of the loveliest in all of Greece, every nook and cranny tells a story, every street meanders to a myth, even during the busiest summer day. Corfu today is a vivid tapestry of cultures; a sophisticated weave, where charm, history, and natural beauty blend.
Located in Bokor Kotorska (Kotor Bay), Europe's most southerly fjord, Kotor lies 50 miles (80 km) west of Podgorica, the capital of Montenegro, from which it is separated by a belt of dramatic, rugged mountains. Listed as a UNESCO World Heritage site, Kotor's medieval Stari Grad (Old Town) is enclosed within well-preserved defensive walls built between the 9th and 18th centuries and presided over by a proud hilltop fortress. In the Middle Ages, as Serbia's chief port, Kotor was an important economic and cultural center with its own highl -regarded schools of stone-masonry and iconography. Later, it spent periods under the control of Venice, Austria, and France, though it was undoubtedly the Venetians who left the strongest impression on the city's architecture. Since the breakup of Yugoslavia, some 70% of the stone buildings in the romantic Old Town have been snapped up by foreigners. Fast becoming a celebrity destination, it's been visited recently by such celebrities as Catherine Zeta-Jones and Michael Douglas.
Commanding a splendid coastal location, Dubrovnik is one of the world's most beautiful fortified cities. Its massive stone ramparts and splendid fortress towers curve around a tiny harbor, enclosing graduated ridges of sun-bleached orange-tiled roofs, copper domes, and elegant bell towers. In the 7th century AD, residents of the Roman city Epidaurum (now Cavtat) fled the Avars and Slavs of the north and founded a new settlement on a small rocky island, which they named Laus, and later Ragusa. On the mainland hillside opposite the island, the Slav settlement called Dubrovnik grew up. In the 12th century the narrow channel separating the two settlements was filled in, and Ragusa and Dubrovnik became one. The city was surrounded by defensive walls during the 13th century, and these were reinforced with towers and bastions during the late 15th century. The city became a UNESCO World Heritage site in 1979. During the war for independence, it came under heavy siege, though thanks to careful restoration work few traces of damage remain. Today Dubrovnik is once again a fashionable, high-class destination; Eva Longoria Parker, Beyonce, John Malkovich, and Sir Roger Moore have been recent visitors. New in July 2010 is a cable car, which takes visitors up to the top of Mount Srdj for fantastic views down onto the Old Town and out to sea.
The island of Hvar bills itself as the "sunniest island in the Adriatic." Not only does it have the figures to back up this claim-an annual average of 2,724 hours of sunshine with a maximum of two foggy days a year-but it also makes visitors a sporting proposition, offering them a money-back guarantee if there is ever a foggy day. While fog has been known to happen, hotels don't ordinarily have to give much of their income back. All this sun is good for the island's fields of lavender, rosemary, and grapes. Hvar is also probably Croatia's hippest island, attracting gossip column-worthy celebrities, would-be artists, politicians, and nudists. Visitors have included King Abdullah and Queen Rania of Jordan, Nicky Hilton (Paris's sister), and local tennis champion Goran Ivaniseviæ.
It's called La Serenissima, "the most serene," a reference to the majesty, wisdom, and monstrous power of this city that was for centuries the unrivaled mistress of trade between Europe and the Orient and the bulwark of Christendom against the tides of Ottoman expansion. Built entirely on water by men who defied the sea, Venice is unlike any other town. No matter how many times you've seen it in movies or on television, the real thing is more dreamlike than you could ever imagine. Its landmarks, the Basilica di San Marco and the Palazzo Ducale, are exotic mixes of Byzantine, Gothic, and Renaissance styles. Shimmering sunlight and silvery mist soften every perspective here, and you understand how the city became renowned in the Renaissance for its artists' rendering of color. It's full of secrets, inexpressibly romantic, and at times given over entirely to pleasure.
Departure date Departs from Price from 10 May 14 Athens (Piraeus) Greece Ask
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