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Windstar Cruises Discovery Guide

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EXPLORE MORE OF GREECE & TURKEY on the World’s Best Small Ship Cruise Line Enter the world of Windstar’s Greek Isles & Turkey to find a place where the past comes alive with the lyrical beauty of an ancient lyre. Where civilization holds court in palaces and palm lined lanes. A place where tiny villages, secluded islands, and hidden coves beckon your small ship to discover their secrets. While others stand and wait, kept at bay by the crush of tourist crowds, you will be swept past them into places others simply cannot reach. Enjoy a complimentary candlelit dinner in Ephesus’ legendary Library … share an ouzo toast in a sidewalk café … and hear the whisper of ancient cultures welcome you to a world of small ship magic.2 I WINDSTARCRUISES .COM


ATHENSS tep ashore, onto a land where history lays buried all around you; where antiquities older than time stand boldly before you; impossibly warm, azure waters lull you back in time, and humble people steeped in ancient tradition eagerly take you in. Enter the magical portal of Athens and discover a land and people … waiting for you.Places of Interest Athens ➌ ➋➊➍➎1. The Parthenon If all you know of the Parthenon is from books and paintings, 4. Plaka This historic neighborhood, be prepared. That moment you stand in located at the base of the hill topped by the very shadow of antiquity and gaze the Acropolis, is filled with unforgettable upon the iconic face of Athena, is one districts restored in the 19th century with that will change you forever. picturesque ruins, pedestrian-friendly streets, shops, and restaurants from the2. The Acropolis Climb the steps of the Roman era of the city. Acropolis and you’ll soon discover you are scaling the history of Western 5. Syntagma Square Experience Athens … Civilization. Surrounded by sacred marble now. Visit the heart of modern Athens temples and wandering the timeless and see the Royal Palace, the Parliament collection of ancient ruins, it quickly Building, and other key urban buildings, becomes clear that you are part of the restaurants, and evidences of Greece in very fabric of time. the 21st Century.3. National Archaeological Museum (Ethniko Archaiologiko Museo) The National Archaeological Museum houses a truly stunning collection of art and treasures from the Minoans to the Mycenae. No other place on the planet can reveal the historic relics, legends, and lore of Ancient Greece like the National Archaelogical Museum.ExcursionsAthens, Acropolis & New Museum Tour The antiquities of Athens are among the Mediterranean’s the brightest jewels. Go deep into the Ancient City and experience the Acropolis, the Parthenon, the goddess Athena, and much more.4 I WINDSTARCRUISES.COM I 8 0 0 -24 0 - 975 6

HERAKLIONW elcome to Heraklion, Crete’s largest city and home to the Minoan civilization. See where larger-than-life legends, kings, and history rose up to alter the face of Western civilization. Explore the palace where King Minos reigned the islands of the Aegean Sea and where the Minotaur was born. And wander through the art and architecture left behind by its various rulers: the Arabs, Venetians, and Ottoman Empire.Places of Interest1. The Knossos Palace A visit to Crete is Heraklion ➋ not complete unless you have visited the ➊ magnificent Palace of Knossos - the ➌ legendary home of King Minos, not to ➍ mention the mythical labyrinth said to hold the Minotaur, slewed by Theseus. ➎2. Chania Archaeological Museum This 4. Kioutsouk Hassan Mosque This stunning museum has seen many public homes Mosque built during the second half of from the Residency and the Boys’ High the 17th century is located at the School, to the Hassan Mosque, but it now Venetian Port of Chania. Also know as resides in the Venetian church of St Giali Tzamisi (or Mosque of the Seaside), Francis. Stop by to view unique objects it stands as unique sample of Islamic that paint an enduring picture of the Renaissance art. cultural history of Chania. 5. Samaria Gorge One of Europe’s longest3. Arabian Lighthouse One of the first and most impressive of limestone gorges, things you’ll notice as you enter Chania’s Samaria is an excellent example of Crete’s Venetian Harbor is the dramatic Arabian many gorges that descend from the Lighthouse. Walk the seawall and explore White Mountains to the Libyan sea. Don’t this historic lighthouse that harkens back miss this natural wonder! to the Venetian era and was restored during 1830 by the Egyptians.ExcursionsHeraklion, Discover Cretan Lifestyle Experience traditional village life in Greece on a scenic tour of Asites, where you will visit a local family in Crete and enjoy a scenic drive past picturesque villages, olive groves, vineyards, and more.Heraklion, Knossos Palace & Archaeolgoical Museum Explore the renowned Palace of Knossos and wander the labyrinth built to confine the fabled Minotaur. Continue on to the Archaeological Museum of Heraklion, and see artifacts that defined the Minoan Civilization.Heraklion, Knossos Palace & Winery Experience the history and culture of Crete and visit the Knossos Palace and the internationally renowned Boutari Winery. Ancient Minoans not only built palaces, but also cultivated grapes – a tradition still practiced today. 8 0 0 -24 0 - 975 6 I WINDSTARCRUISES.COM I 5

HYDRAS ome Mediterranean towns offer you a glimpse of the past and others skip all that and simply take you there. Hydra is one of the latter. This is a town where pedestrians and donkeys take the place of automobiles. Where 18th century red-roofed stone houses cozy up to the lanes. It’s the perfect place to stop at a pastry shop for some amigdalota (almond cakes) and pause in wonder at the silence and tranquility of a village where there’s not an engine or modern building in sight.Places of Interest Hydra ➌➎ ➍1. The Monastery of Agia (St.) Eupraxia This female monastery, built in 1865, is ➊➋ just a stone’s throw from the Monastery of Prophet Elias. Surrounded by pines 4. Merchant Marine Academy Welcome to and cypress trees, its high altitude the oldest school in operation … in the promises a spectacular view. Take some entire world. The Merchant Marine time to join a pack of donkeys and walk Academy of Hydra is a living historical up the hill for a visit. and naval monument, and is a vital expression of Greece’s maritime2. Prophet Elias Monastery Pass through a continuity. beautiful pine forest to visit the Monastery of Prophet Elias, founded in 5. Hydroneta Right next to Spilia beach is 1813 by Kollyvades monks. During the this delightful little restaurant with revolution of 1821 the monastery served outdoor dining and gentle music. A quick as a prison and place of exile for key walk down the adjacent stairs and you chieftains. Today it offers a panoramic can drop a towel to take in the sun, or view of Hydra and the islands of the even better, the sunset, as this is the best Argo-Saronic Gulf. place on the island to do it.3. Spilia Beach Some 5-minute walk from the port you will find a staircase leading to Spilia beach. Find a nice spot amongst the rocks and concrete platforms to place your towel and soak up the sun. Find access to deeper sea waters through the iron stairs or just stop off for a bite or sip of coffee.ExcursionsA Walk Through Hydra Wander the town with your guide on a walking tour through the narrow streets of this amphitheater-style city, admiring the impressive legacies of the past as you peel back the secrets and learn the incredible history of this unassuming little island.6 I WINDSTARCRUISES.COM I 8 0 0 -24 0 - 975 6

ITEA (DELPHI)D elphi, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, was once known as the center of the world. And while not technically our port of call, what just might be the greatestmoment of Delphi is actually a day at sea: crossing the Corinth Canal … an experiencefew other ships can take you on. As we cruise between the narrow limestone walls youcan’t help but think that we’d be the envy of all the ancient Romans that had to portagetheir ships along this very route before there was a canal.Places of Interest Itea (Delphi) ➌ ➊➋1. Ancient Delphi Overlooking the Gulf of ➎ Corinth, extending into a valley of cypress and olive trees on the slopes of Mt. ➍ Parnassos, this World Heritage site is as stunning as it is inspiring, with ruins that 4. Corinth Canal Connecting the Gulf of will leave you breathless. Delphi was the Corinth with the Saronic Gulf in the center of the world according to the Aegean Sea, the Corinth Canal was an ancient Greeks and after you visit – you idea 2,000 years in the making. Cutting may decide they had it right. through the narrow limestone Isthmus of Corinth, it separates the Peloponnesian2. Delphi Museum Remember that peninsula from the Greek mainland, Humanities course you took back in the thereby effectively making the peninsula day? Put it to the test here. See the an island. Sphinx of the Naxians, a frieze from the Siphnian treasury depicting the battle 5. Taverna To Patriko Mas For an between the gods and the giants, unforgettable, upscale dining experience, examples of 6th-century BC kouroi head to this swank little taverna (statues of young men), and even a delightfully set in a 19th-century stone life-size Bronze Charioteer. building. After enjoying some of the best (and largest) mezedhes and salads,3. Sikelianos Museum Lovers of Greek amazing grills (including a veggie drama should head to the intimate souvlaki), and your choice from the Sikelianos Museum, held in a classic all-Greek wine list, you may find yourself mansion overlooking Delphi. Established here more than once! as a European center for drama and the arts, it showcases a lovely array of masks, costumes, and photos.ExcursionsItea, Mythology of Delphi An aura of mystery surrounds the ruins of Delphi, even today. With ruins exposed on a rocky slope, for sheer beauty combined with ancient ruins, no spot on earth can rival Delphi. The Sanctuary of Apollo is here, where the oracle Pythia dwelt and whom droves of pilgrims came to consult. And on this tour, you will visit that very Sanctuary, not to mention the Temple of Apollo, the Sacred Way, the amphitheater, and much more.8 0 0 -24 0 - 975 6 I WINDSTARCRUISES.COM I 7

KALYMNOSKalymnos may just be the quintessential Greek fishing island. Tucked in the southeast corner of the Aegean Sea and locked in seemingly perpetual sunshine, this isn’t just any fishing island; it’s a sponge fishing island. Kalymnos specializes in the catching, processing, and exporting of natural sponges. And nearly everything here revolves around that. Sponges helped to fund the stately mansions you’ll pass and even helped to stock the archaeological museum.Places of Interest1. Monastery of Saint Sava After a short ➎ but hilly walk you’ll arrive high upon the hill where this beautifully appointed little Kalymnos ➌ church offers an amazing vantage point ➊➍ for some pretty impressive views. ➋2. Archaeological Museum of Kalymnos Kalymnos is home to a number of nice 4. Rock Climbing Paradise Attention rock little museums, but certainly the draw at climbers: This little limestone gem of an this one is the “Lady of Kalymnos” – the island was made for climbing. You’ll find nearly perfectly preserved 4th or 3rd a colossal amount of rock and superb century BC, larger-than-life-sized bronze limestone crags to climb here. statue pulled from the sea by fishermen some 20 years ago. 5. Kalymnos Caves Kalymnos is littered with caves, but more than just stalactites3. Kalymnos Beaches While Kalymnos and stalagmites, caves in this part of the might not be the beach mecca Rhodes or world also expose ancient displays of neighboring Kos might be, during the inhabitance and worship. summer months local Greeks head here in droves – and with good reason. The heat is less oppressive here during peak summer months, and the beach bars aren’t bad either.ExcursionsKalymnos, Caique Cruise Enjoy a relaxing day in the beautiful Myrties area and then set sail off the jetty to explore idyllic spots and hidden bays. Your experienced Kaiki crew will guide you as you cruise, taking you all the way to Panionissos Bay for some fun in the sun.Kalymnos, Fishing Exploration Get up close and personal with crystal waters under the Aegean sun as you sail, fish, swim, and explore nearby bays and coves. Your local captain will instruct you how to catch fish using local methods, and also how to catch and taste sea urchins.Kalymnos, St. Savvas Monastery, Kalymnian House & Sponge Factory This is your full-meal-deal Kalymnos tour: Explore local villages, visit a famous monastery, enjoy views of the harbor, learn local traditions, and discover the inside secrets of the epic Kalymnian sponge diver and secrets of the sponge trade.8 I WINDSTARCRUISES.COM I 8 0 0 -24 0 - 975 6

KATAKOLONT he gateway to Olympia, quaint and charming Katakolon (with its population of some 600 people, plus or minus one) is the original home of the Olympic Games. For more than amillennium the ancient Greeks gathered here every four years to celebrate the sacred games,in honor of the god Zeus. If you choose, you can visit this nearby memorable site, or shouldyou prefer to stay closer to the yacht, you surely can’t go wrong with a stop at the DomaineMercouri winery – whose delicious red and white offerings are less than two miles away.Places of Interest ➋➍ ➊ ➌1. Ancient Olympia Around the 10th century B.C., Olympia became a center of Katakolon worship for the god, Zeus. The Altis, a sanctuary to the gods, was built, and largely due to the crystal clear waters contains one of the highest here, which have been awarded the Blue concentrations of ancient Greek Flag of the European Eponymous masterpieces anywhere. Of course at this program – a voluntary eco-label awarded site you’ll also find the remains of all the to select beaches and marinas around sports venues put in place for the the world. Olympic Games. 4. Kyllini Baths The Kyllini Baths include a2. Chlemoutsi Castle One of the most thermal spring, Roman bath playground, beautiful and well-preserved castles in all and modern spa and hydrotherapy of Greece, Chlemoutsi Castle, built from complex. The healing properties of these 1220 – 1223, sits atop a peak surrounded warm waters, vapors, and sulphur-rich by rolling hills and olive groves. From the mud are said to heal arthritis, asthma, castle’s western side, enjoy the postcard- and many skin conditions. worthy view of the Ionion Sea, and the islands of Zakynthos and Kephallonia shimmering in the distance.3. Kourouta Beach The most popular beach of the Ilia region. No doubt this isExcursionsAncient Olympia & Zorba Event Head to the sanctuary of Olympia and step 2,000 years back into the past. Imagine the area crowded with athletes, orators, merchants, and philosophers – all surrounding the Temple of Zeus and its 40-foot statue of the god, the ruins of which seen today. After your visit to Olympia, you’ll be served refreshments as you are entertained by traditional Greek music and Zorba dancing.Ancient Olympia (Site & Museum) Enter the mystical site of ancient Olympia, some 25 miles east of the port, awash in lush green countryside. For harmony of body and soul and the pursuit of physical excellence, the ancient Greeks couldn’t have chosen a more suitable site. The sanctuary of Olympia has the appearance of a park, lying in a soft and fertile landscape. There you will see the impressive ruins of the Temple of Zeus, once one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World and as the day continues, much more. 8 0 0 -24 0 - 975 6 I WINDSTARCRUISES.COM I 9

MONEMVASIAH istory in Monemvasia is old, even by Mediterranean standards. It is guarded by a sole point of entry, a gateway winding back time guiding you to a townwhere legends and lore lay trapped in ageless cobblestone. Watched over by a stalwartByzantine castle-citadel and guarded by ancient city walls, visit here and you canalmost hear the whisper of ages gone by.Places of Interest ➍ ➋1. Local History & Culture of Monemvasia Explore the region’s three diverse ➊ ➎ museums (one, an archaeological ➌ collection inside the Castle and two folklore museums) and develop a true sense of this unique slice of Greek culture and history.2. Velies Folklore Museum The Folklore Monemvasia Museum exhibits a variety of household and agricultural tools, indigenous fabrics, on the culture and history of the embroideries, clothing, handicrafts, and surrounding Zarakas region as you view other one-of-a-kind items from this area’s many aspects of life from ancient times past. to the first two World Wars.3. Monemvasia Archaeological Collection 5. The Lower Town It may be a medieval This small-but-mighty-museum town, but it is still full of life. Explore the showcases artifacts uncovered primarily main thoroughfare from the entry gate during time spent working to repair local through the citadel; one end of the ‘rock ancient monuments and other surface island’ to the other. Just like in olden work. The unique collection brings to times, you’ll discover main street houses, light rare, architectural sculptures and an array of shops, workshops, taverns objects used in daily life. and cafés.4. Reichia Folklore Museum Folklore is rich in these parts. Discover unique insightsExcursionsMonemvasia Castle Explore narrow, twisting cobblestone roads hidden within castle walls. Discover ancient Byzantine ruins, and visit the castle-citadel itself, with its commanding views of the houses and sea below.Monemvasia Castle & Liotrivi Olive Oil Factory Visit “Liotrivi”(Olive Oil Factory), a fully restored historic mansion, and amble through the vineyards and olive groves. Explore the old olive mill and learn – and taste –traditional methods of producing extra virgin olive oil.10 I WINDSTARCRUISES.COM I 8 0 0 -24 0 - 975 6

MYKONOST here’s a reason Mykonos is called the jewel of the Aegean Sea. Out of the shores of the sapphire Mediterranean rise up whitewashed, cube-like buildings clinging together tofrom a crazy maze of tight alleyways, eventually giving way to bare hills and tiny red-roofedhomes. This is the classic Greek isle, dotted with whitewashed churches, thatch-roofedwindmills, a sparkling harbor bobbing with fishing boats and luxurious private yachts.Places of Interest ➍1. Little Venice Where the town meets the ➎ Mykonos sea on its westernmost edge you’ll ➊➋ discover “Little Venice.” Here buildings have been constructed right on the sea’s ➌ edge, their balconies overhanging the water. They say pirates used this area for 4. The Armenistis Lighthouse Built in 1891, a speedy place to drop-off and load-up the Armenistis Lighthouse overlooks the during the 16th and 17th centuries. strait separating the island of Tinos from Mykonos. Its high elevation provides2. Paraportiani As one of the most famous excellent views and makes a particularly architectural structures in Greece, memorable scenic attraction. Paraportiani is a must-see. Beautifully situated near the main harbor entrance, 5. Mykonos Beaches Pick a beach, any beach this church is the central feature of the – because this island is loaded with them. “Kastro” or castle area, the oldest section Beautiful bays, long, sweeping shorelines, of town. idyllic sand and sun, offshore breezes perfect for windsurfing, endless water3. Delos One of Greece’s most famous sports, beachside dining, you name it – and archaeological sites is actually on the Mykonos has you covered. Be prepared small island of Delos; in truth, it’s actually though, you’re likely to find many the entire island of Delos, as the whole sunbathers that are, well … uncovered. island has been declared a national museum. Don’t miss one of the daily excursions leaving from Mykonos.ExcursionsMykonos, Delos Discovery Explore the tiny uninhabited island of Delos, declared to be the most important archaeological site in all of Greece. Start your journey with a 45-minute ferry ride to this richly historic place. Delos was the major center of the ancient Greek world and the mythical birthplace of the god Apollo and his twin sister Artemis.Mykonos, Five Senses of Mykonos Your tour will start at Agios Giannis Beach, a traditional fishing port where you will see fishermen as they return from fishing. There will be time to walk to nearby Kapari Beach before you head for the Monastery of Holy Mary, with its miraculous icon, and the Square with a marble patio in the middle – and much, much more. 8 0 0 -24 0 - 975 6 I WINDSTARCRUISES.COM I 11

RHODEST here’s a reason travelers flock to this ancient walled, summertime beach retreat: its seemingly endless summers and idyllic white-sand beaches are one draw, butthis island oasis is more than just a pretty shoreline. Picturesque Rhodes also boastspremiere archaeological sites, not to mention it was once home to one of SevenWonders of the Ancient World, the legendary Colossus.Places of Interest ➌➊ ➋➍➎1. The Palace of the Grand Master (Byzantine Museum) This site has seen it Rhodes all: once the site of the Temple of the Sun God, then a 7th century Byzantine Palace, 4. Seven Springs Around 100 miles from then a 14th century palace for the Grand Rodos, nature begins to take over as Master, this Palace has been destroyed, rustic bridges and babbling brooks rebuilt, destroyed, rebuilt, repeat – and is prepare the way for ‘Epta Piges’ (Seven a must-see. Springs). Meander the maze of footpaths to try and discover the source of each of2. Valley of the Butterflies This is one of spring, or just lay back and enjoy the the most naturally moving and evocative country air, tranquil waters, and maybe destinations on the island. Every year, even a wandering peacock or two. during the month of August, thousands of Panaxia butterflies swarm the valley 5. The Monastery of Tsampika Spend some and transform the landscape into an quiet time at this tiny, Byzantine church amazing sight. nestled at the top of a hill, with breathtaking views of the region.3. The Ancient City of Ialysos With evidences of occupation from as far back as the 3rd millennium B.C. Ialysos is one of the three ancient cities of Rodos that truly captures the deep and rich past of this historic period.ExcursionsRhodes, Concierge Collection - Introduction to Rhodian Pottery Discover the “other” Acropolis … in ancient Rhodes. Witness the massive, tumbled pillars of the Temple of Athena, the Temple of Apollo, and more. Then – get messy. Discover the hands-on art of ceramics at the Bonis Ceramic Workshop and leave with your very own hand-made souvenirs.Rhodes, Highlights & Authentic Greek Cooking Class Indulge your senses and experience the history, beauty, and flavors of Rhodes as you take in scenic views of the island and even pass the site where it is believed the Colossus of Rhodes once stood. Then learn from the chef of a local Greek tavern the secrets to making classic Greek fare.Rhodes, Old Rhodes on Foot Take a leisurely stroll through this unique medieval city and dive deep into its diverse history. Tread ancient cobblestone roads past the Mosque of Suleiman and the 14th century Palace of the Grand Masters, not to mention numerous cafes and shops along the way.12 I WINDSTARCRUISES.COM I 8 0 0 -24 0 - 975 6

SANTORININ othing compares to the moment you first spot those iconic white-washed walls and stunning blue domes perched dramatically on cliffs headed straight for theazure blue below. … Especially when you experience it all from the rail of your ownyacht escort. From mythical ruins of Atlantis to the village of Oia, the magic of Santoriniwill change you.Places of Interest ➋➊1. Oia There is a reason why Oia is famous. Santorini ➌ More than just charm, culture, and ➎ sunsets, you’ll find the homes and ➍ cobblestone roads of Oia precariously nestled into volcanic rock cliffs, offering other-worldly views. Discover what makes Oia your favorite.2. Ammoudi Don’t miss one of the “truest” 4. Ancient Akrotiriis Excavations may seem moments of Santorini: relaxing. It doesn’t a “dime a dozen” out here, but some surely take much. Simply walk the dusty road to stand out. This fascinating archaeological Ammoudi and settle into the small beach site, nicknamed the “Minoan Pompeii,” town with cliffs that shoot straight into displays yet another ancient, flourishing the deep waters below the caldera. Grab town at-once destroyed and preserved by a bite, a drink, and a loved one and watch volcanic eruption. as the sun slowly drops behind the island of Thirasia. 5. The Village of Emporio Stroll Emporio’s quaint streets and discover some of the3. Santorini Museums From excavations in most well-preserved parts of the Kasteli Akrotiri to Ancient Thira in Mesa Vouno, (Castle City) of Santorini. Enjoy quiet the Santorini is flooded with fossils and moments as you explore the array of iconic art. Check out one of the many churches and steeples sparking in the sky, museums that capture the region’s and snap photos you’ll never forget. distinctive history.ExcursionsSantorini, Island Overview and Oia Village Get lost in one of the most breathtaking landscapes in all of Greece. Traditional villages built on tall cliffs offer jaw-dropping views over a former volcanic crater, now submerged by the sea. Get to know it all, up close and personal.Santorini, The Ancient City of Akrotiri & Santozeum From your journey on a local tender boat to the scenic drive escorting you to the Akrotiri Archeo- logical site, you’ll find the world you know drifting away. Be transported even further as these amazing ruins leave you imagining what life was like some 3,650 years ago.Santorini, Wineries of Santorini & Oia Village Prepare your palette! Visit one of Santorini’s foremost wineries and sample local wines, then head to Gavalas Winery (one of the oldest “canavas” of the island) to taste some more. Finally explore the underground labyrinth Wine Museum of Santorini (and the town of Oia) to wrap up the day. 8 0 0 -24 0 - 975 6 I WINDSTARCRUISES.COM I 13

D I S C OV E R The Best Value in Luxury Cruising Here is your perfect vacation, complete with two complimentary nights to begin or end your cruise in Athens or Istanbul. Everything you need is at your fingertips, waiting before you even think of it — plus, we’ve enhanced your cruise to make sure you enjoy an authentic cultural experience, including: • A beautiful, exclusive Private Event on a special evening on every cruise • Our ondeck barbecue with an extensive grilled buffet of regional specialties and popular favorites (not to mention entertainment that takes guest participation to a new level) — the best party on the seas • Local entertainers who join us on board for an evening of fun and enrichment • Delicious upscale dining is always complimentary in every dining venue • Our award-winning service named best in the world by Condé Nast TravelerW1 4I NI DWS TIANRDCS RTAU RI SCERSU. CI SOEMS . CI O1M4

EXTENDYOUR TRIPIn Athens or IstanbulTake your pick of these beautiful hotels to extend your vacationin the Greek Isles & Turkey.Athens, Greece Istanbul, TurkeySaint George Pera Palace HotelLycabettus Hotel Pera Palace Hotel welcomes its guestsRenowned for its famous Greek back to the glamour of old Istanbulhospitality, this chic modern hideaway with its classic and uniquely furnishedfor discerning travelers features rooms and suites. Along withlovely views of the Acropolis. politicians, artists and writers, kings and queens have also stayed here.Includes breakfast. Includes breakfast. WINDSTARCRUISES .COM I 15

GEMS OF THE AEGEANATHENS TO ISTANBUL (or reverse) | 9 Days | Star PrideF ind wonders across the breadth of the Aegean Sea, from the azure tip of Crete to the soaring spires of Istanbul, in one comprehensive 9-day voyage. Themonuments of Ephesus and Rhodes are calling, and Santorini’s blue-and-white charmsare on your list of “must sees.” Yet it may be the personal moments on board that arethe most memorable. Black Sea DAY 1 • Athens, Greece GREECE Istanbul Fill the day with legendary sights. The Acropolis. The Parthenon. The ancientAthens TURKEY Agora. The sight of your beautiful white Cesme yacht in the harbor.(Piraeus) Kusadasi DAY 2 • Monemvasía, Greece Monemvasia Chania Kalymnos This Gibraltar-like town holds treasures that Rhodes are old even by Mediterranean standards. Climb to the upper town for a look at the Santorini Mediterranean Sea castle and Agia Sophia. Wander the lower CRETE town lined with Venetian mansions.Athens to Istanbul, or reverse DAY 3 • Chania, Crete, Greece9 DAYS Hints of Florence, Venice, and Istanbul areStar Pride: May 12, 28 ; Jun 24; everywhere. Explore the old Venetian harborJul 17 ; Aug 29; Sep 14 , 23, 2015. from the Arabian Lighthouse to theMay 8 , 17; Jun 16, 25 ; Sep 11 , 20; Kioutsouk Hassan Mosque. Pause in one ofOct 6, 2016 the picturesque tavernas for some dácosReverse Route = (Cretan bread) and mizithra cheese.16 I WINDSTARCRUISES.COM I 8 0 0 -24 0 - 975 6

Monemvasía, GreeceDAY 4 • Santorini, Greece DAY 9 • At Sea Some say the ruins of Atlantis remain hidden Cruise through the Dardanelles in one of the in these beautiful waters. Find beauty above world’s unique yachting thrills. The haunting as well, in the whitewashed village of Oia and history of Gallipoli surrounds you, as you see the ancient city of Akrotiri. Europe on one hand and Asia on the other.DAY 5 • Rhodes, Greece DAY 10 • Istanbul, Turkey This was home to the legendary Colossus, one Take advantage of our 3-day, 2-night tour to of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World. discover this ancient city. From the beautiful Pass through quaint villages and lemon Pera Palace Hotel you’ll explore the groves to the ancient Acropolis of Lindos. indescribable Hagia Sofia, the stunning Blue Mosque, Topkapi Palace, and much more.DAY 6 • Kalymnos, Greece Call your travel professional or Tucked away in the sunniest corner of Greece and off the beaten path, Kalymnos is known Windstar Cruises at 800-240-9756 as the home of the sponge fishermen. Stop by the local market for a spongy souvenir A Complimentary Windstar and a taste of wild thyme honey. PRIVATE EVENTDAY 7 • Kusadasi, Turkey KUSADASI: The well-preserved ruins of Ephesus form one EVENING IN EPHESUS of the world’s greatest outdoor museums. This evening we present our Private Event — Join us for a dinner in the moonlight and a concert at the complimentary Celsus Library in Ephesus. moonlit dinner event and liveDAY 8 • Cesme, Turkey concert at the Celsus Library Today is a cornucopia of delightful choices. in ancient Explore the 14th century Genoese Castle, the Ephesus, Turkey. alluring thermal springs, or wander among the fig and aniseed groves.8 0 0 -24 0 - 975 6 I WINDSTARCRUISES.COM I 17

BLACK SEA TAPESTRYISTANBUL TO ISTANBUL | 7 Days | Star PrideY ou’ll experience the transcendent magic of Istanbul and the enigmatic, once hidden, wonders of the Black Sea in signature Windstar style. Discover the Turkish delights of Istanbul. Write your own Romanian Rhapsody. Glimpse the quickly vanishing lifestyle of Bulgaria’s rural villages. And find yourself back where you started with a deliciously broader sense of the world. UKRAINE DAY 1 • Istanbul, Turkey Odessa Board your beautiful yacht in this ancientROMANIA Black Sea city. Cruise between continents under the Constanta iconic bridge that connects Europe and Amasra Asia as we make our way towards more (Bucharest) intriguing Black Sea ports. (Bartin) Varna DAY 2 • Amasra (Bartin), Turkey Nessebar Istanbul BULGARIA TURKEY A complimentary shuttle from Bartin takes you to Amasra, off the radar ofIstanbul to Istanbul • 7 DAYS most foreigners. Climb to the 14th century citadel for a breathtaking panorama of redStar P ride: May 21; Sep 7, 2015 roofs and twin coves, then explore the Old Town. Or take an optional excursion to the UNESCO town of Safranbolu with its well- preserved Ottoman homes and traditional artisan workshops. DAY 3 • At Sea18 I WINDSTARCRUISES.COM I 8 0 0 -24 0 - 975 6

Varna, BulgariaDAY 4 • Odessa, Ukraine DAY 8 • Istanbul, Turkey You can credit Catherine the Great with Take advantage of our 3-day, 2-night this sparkling city, designed by the finest tour here to discover the former European architects in the late 18th Constantinople. From the beautiful Pera century. Tonight is our Private Event at the Palace Hotel, explore the indescribable Odessa National Opera and Ballet Theatre, Hagia Sofia, the stunning Blue Mosque, known for its unique acoustics. Topkapi Palace, and more.DAY 5 • Constanta Call your travel professional or Windstar Cruises at 800-240-9756 (Bucharest), Romania A Complimentary Windstar We extend our stay into the evening hours. Bucharest, once known as “Little Paris,” is PRIVATE EVENT nearby. Don’t miss the chance to watch the locals playing chess in beautiful ODESSA: ARTISTRY IN Cismigiu Gardens. ARCHITECTURE AND DANCEDAY 6 • Varna, Bulgaria You are the VIP in this Beautiful Varna, surrounded by gardens, magical vineyards, and groves is Bulgaria’s largest evening, at city on the Black Sea coast and their main the Odessa port for both naval and commercial National shipping. The oldest gold treasure in Opera and the world was found here. Ballet Theatre.DAY 7 • Nessebar, Bulgaria The terracotta rooftops come into sight as we approach Nessebar. The Old Town is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and is easy to cover by foot. Further inland, glimpse the quickly vanishing lifestyle of Bulgaria’s rural villages, and sample warm Bulgarian hospitality.8 0 0 -24 0 - 975 6 I WINDSTARCRUISES.COM I 19

GREEK ISLES & TURKISH DELIGHTS ATHENS TO ISTANBUL | 7 Days Wind Star | Star Pride | Star BreezeExplore the hidden delights of the Greek Isles, the Turkish coasts, and the greatest icons of civilization on this, our signature voyage. You’ll discover thousandsof years of humankind’s greatest feats — from the Acropolis of Athens to the grandpalaces of Istanbul. Mykonos, Santorini, Rhodes — discover the Greek Isles as they weremeant to be traveled, in private yacht style. Black Sea DAY 1 • Athens, Greece GREECE Istanbul Follow the past to the Acropolis, facing the brilliant blue waters of the Aegean, Athens TURKEY and the Parthenon, standing majestically in honor of Athena. (Piraeus) Kusadasi Mykonos DAY 2 • Mykonos, GreeceMediterranean Sea Bodrum Wake this morning to the postcard-like Rhodes scene of Mykonos, the classic Greek isle dotted with hundreds of whitewashed Santorini churches and thatch-roofed windmills. A scenic ferry ride takes you back to the 6thAthens to Istanbul • 7 DAYS century B.C. to the tiny island of Delos, theWind Star: May 2, 16, 30; Jun 13, 27; mythical birthplace of Apollo.Jul 11, 25; Aug 8, 22; Sep 5, 19;Oct 3, 17, 2015. May 7, 12; Jun 4, 18; DAY 3 • Santorini, GreeceJul 2, 16, 30; Aug 13, 27; Sep 10, 24;Oct 8, 2016 As our yacht approaches the spectacularStar Pride: Jul 10, 2015. May 1; Jun 2, cliffs rising from the deep azure sea, you’ll4, 18; Sep 4, 2016 understand the magic of this area, whereStar B reeze: Aug 3, 17, 2015 some say the ruins of Atlantis remain hidden. And don’t miss the picture postcard village of Oia.20 I WINDSTARCRUISES.COM I 8 0 0 -24 0 - 975 6

Santorini, GreeceDAY 4 • Rhodes, Greece DAY 8 • Istanbul, Turkey This gracious oasis, known as the “island of Take advantage of our 3-day, 2-night tour Roses,” was home to the legendary here to discover this ancient city. From the Colossus, one of the Seven Wonders of the beautiful Pera Palace Hotel you’ll explore Ancient World. Our Private Event here the indescribable Hagia Sofia, the stunning features the charming, family-run Hatzikelis Blue Mosque, Topkapi Palace, and Seafood Restaurant. much more.DAY 5 • Bodrum, Turkey Call your travel professional or A myriad of activities fills your day, from Windstar Cruises at 800-240-9756 SCUBA diving with a certified master to lounging on the beach of a luxurious A Complimentary Windstar resort. Or get away from it all on a romantic wooden gulet schooner, where PRIVATE EVENT you’ll moor in beautiful inlets to swim and sun. RHODES: THE TASTES OF GREECEDAY 6 • Kusadasi, Turkey Enjoy a special Legendary sights await in Ephesus, one of evening at the the greatest outdoor museums in the award-winning world, and on Bulbul Mountain, where the Hatzikelis roof of one house forms the terrace of the Seafood next. Cap the day with fine Turkish cuisine Restaurant, and the region’s best wines. acclaimed for the best cuisineDAY 7 • At Sea on the island. We cruise today through the Dardanelles in one of the world’s unique yachting thrills. The haunting history of Gallipoli surrounds you, as you see Europe on one hand and Asia on the other.8 0 0 -24 0 - 975 6 I WINDSTARCRUISES.COM I 21

GREEK ISLES& TURKISH DELIGHTSISTANBUL TO ATHENS | 7 DaysWind Star | Star Pride | Star BreezeA single voyage covers thousands of years of civilization. Escape to Delos, the fabled island of Apollo, to walk in the footsteps of the gods. Listen for echoesof history in Ephesus, the world’s largest outdoor archaeological site. From thecoffee houses of Bodrum to the country lanes of Rhodes, the Greek Isles are even moreenchanting in private yacht style. Black Sea DAY 1 • Istanbul, Turkey GREECE Istanbul Welcome to the only city in the world that rests on two continents. Wonders appearAthens TURKEY at every turn: the Byzantine beauty of the Hagia Sophia, the Grand Bazaar, and the (Piraeus) Kusadasi Blue Mosque. MykonosMediterranean Sea DAY 2 • At Sea Bodrum Rhodes Indulge yourself today — as though it’s your own private yacht. But don’t forget Santorini the utter beauty and compelling history around you as we sail through theIstanbul to Athens, 7 DAYS Dardanelles in one of the world’s uniqueWind Star: May 9, 23; Jun 6, 20; yachting thrills. The haunting history ofJul 4, 18; Aug 1, 15, 29; Sep 12, 26; Gallipoli surrounds you, as you see EuropeOct 10, 24, 2015. May 14, 28; Jun 11, on one hand and Asia on the other.25; Jul 9, 23; Aug 6, 20; Sep 3, 17;Oct 1, 15, 2016 DAY 3 • Kusadasi, TurkeyStar Pride: Jul 3; Oct 10, 2015.May 26; Jun 9; Jul 11, 25; Sep 29; Kusadasi is your gateway to Ephesus,Oct 15, 2016 the best-preserved classical city of theStar Breeze: Aug 24, 2015 Eastern Mediterranean. See the “glass houses” built into the mountainside, legacy of the upper-class Romans who22 I WINDSTARCRUISES.COM I 8 0 0 -24 0 - 975 6

Istanbul, Turkey once lived here. This late call gives you scenic ferry ride takes you back to the a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to 6th century B.C. to the tiny island of Delos, experience an exclusive moonlit dinner the mythical birthplace of Apollo. in the Celsus Library in historic Ephesus, at our Private Event. DAY 8 • Athens, GreeceDAY 4 • Rhodes, Greece Here, in the city that cradled western civilization, walk in footsteps that echo This gracious oasis, known as the “Island with the history of 3,000 years. Pull of Roses,” is a yachting paradise whose yourself back into the present in Athens’ shores are lined with sparkling beaches charming shops and coffee houses. and lush green mountainsides. Call your travel professional orDAY 5 • Bodrum, Turkey Windstar Cruises at 800-240-9756 Whitewashed stucco houses watched over by St. Peter’s Castle, the Mausoleum (one A Complimentary Windstar of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World), diving with seahorses … this lush PRIVATE EVENT resort has much to offer. KUSADASI:DAY 6 • Santorini, Greece EVENING IN EPHESUS As our yacht approaches the spectacular Join us for a cliffs rising from the deep azure sea, you’ll complimentary understand the magic of this area. moonlit dinner Spend the day falling in love with the event and live whitewashed villages of Fira and Oia, or concert at the in the ancient city of Akrotiri, a UNESCO Celsus Library World Heritage Site. in ancient Ephesus, Turkey.DAY 7 • Mykonos, Greece Admire Little Venice with its captains’ mansions, quaint windmills, a friendly pelican wandering the waterfront. A8 0 0 -24 0 - 975 6 I WINDSTARCRUISES.COM I 23

VENETIAN PASSAGEWAYS ATHENS TO VENICE (or reverse) | 9 Days Star Pride | Star Breeze | Star LegendEnjoy all the wonders of Venice, the Queen of the Adriatic, as we overnight in this magical city on a voyage that takes you along the ancient trade routes throughthe narrow Corinth Canal, to the ancient oracle of Delphi, and into the stunning fjordsof Montenegro. Each new experience is intoxicating, provocative, makes you yearn formore. And more is exactly what you get.Venice CROATIA DAY 1 • Athens, Greece ITALY Hvar Dubrovnik The Acropolis, the Plaka, and the MONTENEGRO Acropolis Museum are must-sees. But seekMediterranean out lesser-known sites too, like the metro Sea Kotor stations that serve as mini-museums for ALBANIA the relics that are constantly being unearthed. Butrint GREECE Itea DAY 2 • Hydra, Greece (Butrint (Delphi) National Park) This is a town where pedestrians and Athens donkeys take the place of automobiles. Zakynthos Stop at a pastry shop for some (Piraeus) amigdalota (almond cakes) and wonder at Corinth Canal the tranquility of a village where there’s Hydra not an engine or modern building in sight.Athens to Venice, or reverse DAY 3 • Corinth Canal & Itea9 DAYS (Delphi), GreeceStar Pride: Jun 6, Jun 15 ; Jul 26;Aug 20 , 2015. Aug 1, 26 , 2016 This shortcut is reserved for petite shipsStar Breeze: Aug 31; Oct 12 , 21, like ours, and we are the envy of the2015. Sep 30 , Oct 9, 2016 ancient Romans who once portaged theirStar Legend: May 10 ; Sep 26, 2016 ships along this very route before thereReverse Route = was a canal. Delphi, now a UNESCO World Heritage Site, was once known as the center of the world. Explore the Delphi Archaeological Museum, which contains some of the finest works of art in Greece.24 I WINDSTARCRUISES.COM I 8 0 0 -24 0 - 975 6

Venice, ItalyDAY 4 • Katakolon, Greece only streets whose gleaming white granite is polished by centuries of footsteps. Charming and scenic Katakolon is the gateway to Olympia, the original home of DAY 8 • Hvar, Croatia the Olympic Games. You can visit this memorable site only 30 minutes away or if Celebrities from Prince Harry to Beyoncé you want to stay closer to the yacht, the have made Hvar their go-to place. Follow Domaine Mercouri winery offers delicious the city walls to sweeping views from the red and white wines less than 2 miles away. fortress on the hill.DAY 5 • Butrint/Butrint National DAY 9 • Venice, Italy (Overnight) Park, Albania No other sea approach in the Adriatic raises goose bumps like Venice. Add your own sigh Encroaching marshes perfectly preserved to the Bridge of Sighs, sip a spritz al bitter as history for you on a lovely bluff you plot your agenda, cherish serendipitous overlooking the sea. When you’re ready discoveries around every corner. for a break from the parade of cultural treasures at this UNESCO World Heritage Call your travel professional or Site, walk along the saltwater channel watching for birds, otters, and the Windstar Cruises at 800-240-9756 occasional loggerhead turtle. A Complimentary WindstarDAY 6 • Kotor, Montenegro PRIVATE EVENT The approach offers one breathtaking fjord-like view after another. The charming BUTRINT: BRONZE AGE streets of the Old Town remain car free, TO VENETIANS filled with 12th century Baroque palaces and Romanesque churches. This exclusive tour featuresDAY 7 • Dubrovnik, Croatia some of the world’s most Unlike larger ships, we anchor right outside significant this beautiful walled city, the better to ooh Roman ruins and ahh at its medieval magnificence. including Enjoy a leisurely stroll atop the ancient the beautiful walls and a wander through pedestrian- Baptistery.8 0 0 -24 0 - 975 6 I WINDSTARCRUISES.COM I 25

ENCHANTING GREECE& THE AMALFI COASTROME TO ATHENS (or reverse) | 7 DaysStar Pride | Star Breeze | Star LegendI dyllic islands, charming cobbled villages, spectacular scenery, intriguing history. Capture the heart of the Mediterranean in a single voyage. Each small harbor is especially suited for small ship exploration. Enjoy the best of the region and the pure indulgence of the Mediterranean lifestyle.Rome DAY 1 • Rome, Italy(Civitavecchia) The amazing Eternal City seems as old as time, yet as vibrantly engaging as next ITALY season’s fashion. From the chic shops of Capri Via Condotti to tastings of classic cucina Romana, Rome is filled with unexpectedLipari GREECE wonders. SICILY Athens DAY 2 • Capri, Italy Giardini (Piraeus) In English, it’s ka-PREE. In Italian, KAH- Naxos pree. In person, it’s simply spectacular.Mediterranean Sea Monemvasía Whether you seek the stunning splendor Gythion of the famous Blue Grotto, or simply meander among lemon-scented lanes, thisAthens to Venice, or reverse island will captivate you.9 DAYS DAY 3 • Lipari, ItalyStar B reeze: Jul 27, 2015. Aug 1;Sep 5 , 2016 Take time on shore to explore the beautifulStar Pride: Oct 9 , 2015. Oct 22 , village and enjoy the exclusive access thatApr 24, 2016 only a small ship can provide in a portWind Star: Apr 25, Oct 31 , 2015. large cruise ships cannot reach.Apr 30; Oct 22 , 2016Star Legend: May 19 ; Sep 19, 2016Reverse Route =26 I WINDSTARCRUISES.COM I 8 0 0 -24 0 - 975 6

Capri, ItalyDAY 4 • Giardini Naxos (Taormina), DAY 8 • Athens, Greece Sicily, Italy Explore the city in a 2- or 2-day Windstar Land Tour. From the gracious Hotel Grande An excursion to the popular hillside town of Bretagne you’ll discover Athens’ Taormina will be a highlight of your voyage. celebrated treasures — the Parthenon, the Take a more adventurous tack and explore stunning new Acropolis Museum, the Mount Etna, Europe’s most active volcano. Temple of Zeus, and many more — in the care of knowledgeable guides who will notDAY 5 • At Sea only share the city’s ancient secrets and modern enchantments, they’ll also escort Sun yourself by the pool, let us make sure you with expert ease in complete comfort you have a cool drink in your hand and an and confidence. appetizing snack on your plate, treat yourself in WindSpa, and live like the Call your travel professional or royalty you deserve to be. Windstar Cruises at 800-240-9756DAY 6 • Gythion, Greece A Complimentary Windstar Cheerful pastel houses are littered among intriguing whitewashed lanes and PRIVATE EVENT staircases. Playful sculptures welcome you to the harbor’s cheerful shops, coffee GIARDINI NAXOS: houses, and waterfront cafés. This is a TASTE S OF SICILY perfect place to enjoy a cup of rich coffee or a glass of ouzo while you watch the Enjoy a tour world go by. and lunch at Vinicola Benanti,DAY 7 • Monemvasía, Greece a family-run Sicilian winery This beautiful hamlet might have been with a passion forgotten by time. Accessible only by a for perfection. narrow causeway from the mainland, the city is a myriad of streets wide enough only for pedestrians, lined with picturesque shops, and ancient still lived in, houses.8 0 0 -24 0 - 975 6 I WINDSTARCRUISES.COM I 27

STAR PRIDE and STAR BREEZEWindstar’s All Suite Power YachtsWindstar’s all suite yachts complete their debut in 2015. The beautiful Star Breezejoins her sister ship, Star Pride, in carrying you to the exotic shores of the Aegean.You’ll recognize the Windstar touch in each yacht. Easy-going style and casualelegance have graced these beautiful small ships with airy, sophisticated colorsand inviting, contemporary furnishings. New finishes, upholstery, lighting, wall andwindow treatments, and floor coverings are beckoning you to relax.Each spacious suite. Every delightful dining venue. All the spaces, nooks andcorners. Everything is designed to make you feel completely at home. Just likeyour own private yacht.Owner’s Suite Relax on deck AmphorA Restaurant28 I WINDSTARCRUISES .COM

WIND STARThe Essence of Small Ship SailingSailing with a mere 148 guests, the luxurious Wind Star is like being on your ownprivate yacht. The ship has recently been updated with contemporary furnishingsand enhanced spaces. Gourmet cuisine is served course-by-course nightly inAmphorA, while Veranda offers breakfast and lunch made to order in fresh “market-style” buffets. For a special treat, make a reservation to dine under the stars atCandles, our romantic outdoor deck restaurant.Additional Wind Star amenities include the lavish WindSpa, a pool and whirlpool, theWatersports Platform with complimentary water toys, a Casino, and our internationalcrew of 90 on hand for 24-hour pampering.Wind Star stateroom Delicious meals Watersports Platform WINDSTARCRUISES .COM I 29

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