Your Escape Details – Greece, Italy and Malta
Escape to some of the less traveled parts of Greece, Italy and then venture to the archipelago of Malta, packed with history, otherworldly landscapes and a trendy new scene. Basking in the sun, cooled by a light breeze filling the sails of your clipper ship we will sail to these amazing places to explore, adventure, and play! The best of the past and the present. All enjoyed aboard your well appointed and equipped sailing ship making for the most fabulous, unforgettable and unique way to experience and travel in the Mediterranean Sea.
The Peloponnese region of Greece is best approached from the sea. Landing in Nafplio, you can wander the narrow streets and alleyways, enriched with the color and scent of flowers. Explore one of the two forts or visit one of the amazing UNESCO heritage sites of Mycenae, Tiryns and Epidarus. Or maybe just soak up the sun on the beach. Full of ancient history and current day beauty, this visit will convince you this is one of the most beautiful Greek towns.
Then on to Monemvasia, a medieval castle town, almost fairy tale like. Lovingly cared for and preserved, this magical place will captivate you.
Sailing on to Pilos, full of history, this is the place where the battle for Greece to break free from the Turks, you can also relax on amazing beaches, explore cobblestone streets or visit the archeological museum.
Sailing from the Peloponnese, we move on to the Ionian coast of Sicily and the amazing city of Syracuse. The central Archaeological Park Neapolis comprises the Roman Amphitheater, the Teatro Greco and the Orecchio di Dionisio, a limestone cave shaped like a human ear, let’s explore these archeological wonders while also enjoying Italian food, wines and atmosphere.
We end in Malta, spending 2 nights visiting Gozo and the Malta capital of Valletta. With all the famous people moving here, it must have something special! Malta is 6000 years of history, steeping in gastronomical pleasures, and action packed with adventures both on land and sea.
All of this, and sailing on the amazing Star Flyer. Romance the wind aboard a tall ship! This ship is as fleet as the wind and as graceful as a swan. A true clipper ship, every inch polished brass and gleaming brightwork. Step aboard this unique vessel where the traditions of the past are happily married to the comforts and amenities of the present day. The Star Flyer is 360 feet long and carries just 170 guests in pampered comfort. Life aboard is blissfully relaxed, much like traveling on a private yacht. She offer spacious accommodations and expansive teak decks with ample space and not one, but two swimming pools. The décor of Star Flyer is reminiscent of the grand age of sail. Antique prints and paintings of famous sailing ships please the eye, while teak and gleaming mahogany rails are richly reminiscent of Star Clippers’ proud nautical heritage.
All Star Clippers ships feature open-seating dining in an elegantly appointed dining room, our convivial indoor-outdoor Tropical Bar and Piano Bar, and an Edwardian style library where a Belle Époque fireplace glows with a warmth that reflects the friendliness and enthusiasm of Star Clippers’ hospitable officers and crew.
7 amazing days
Sail from October 15 to October 22nd, 2019
Our voyage starts the in Athens traveling through history and ending in Malta.
Each escape brings you experiences you wouldn’t find on your own.
Escape With Us
Our escapes are unique in offering you an adventure filled itinerary with a local flavor. We work with local guides, planners and connections to make sure you do, see and even eat and drink things you may not have even thought of on your own.
We keep our groups small so we get to know each other and travel together, unified by the destination and our experiences. Often lifelong friendships are forged. If anything, our growing group of like minded travelers start traveling together on future trips. “Where should we go next?” is often the last question asked as we depart for home.
Are you traveling solo? It is our pleasure to welcome you to our small group. We will match you with another solo traveler of the same gender. If you wish, you may choose to pay a solo supplement to have your own room. Please check for availability.
For each trip, you will be invited to our Facebook group so you can chat with fellow travelers, dream about the upcoming trip together, maybe prepare together, hiking, practice a useful skill, etc. Usually, we also organize a get together about a month before the trip to share information, pass out travel documents, and ‘break the ice’ so when we embark on our trip we already know each other a bit. If you don’t live in the area, no worries, we will Skype you into the party and mail you your travel documents.
Why negotiate and plan yourself. Even the best guidebook can’t give you the freedom to embrace and immerse yourself in the destination. Enjoy the pleasure of travel without having to think about the details, leave the planning to us, your job is to fully embrace the journey without the hassles! We are so happy you are considering being our guest and can’t wait to deliver your fantastic experience!
DAY 1 – October 15
Walking in the shadow of the Acropolis in the Agora, you can almost hear the voices of Plato, Socrates and Aristotle arguing about who was the greatest philosopher. Ancient Athens, the birthplace of democracy and epicenter of western civilization, is a city for all eternity. Then board the Star Flyer to begin the sailing adventure.
DAY 2 – October 16
Nafplio is a seaport town in the Peloponnese that is one of Greece’s prettiest and most romantic towns. Elegant Venetian houses, neoclassical mansions and interesting museums nestle beneath the towering Palamidi fortress. There are also plenty of quayside cafes to relax in and some lovely boutiques to keep the keen shoppers occupied. The town is an ideal base from which to explore many nearby ancient sites. it is a popular destination for locals from Athens so it is busy in peak season.
DAY 3 – October 17
From the shore, it’s a big rock sticking out into the sea. Then you pass over the causeway, and through an iron fortress gate, and suddenly, the town of Monemvasia is before you, a perfectly preserved Byzantine fortified port, once 60,000 strong, now home to just a few hundred. You can readily see why the name Monemvasia means single entrance! In the rocky hills above, ancient Byzantine ruins loom over the town, while below a maze of red tiled roofs and twisting alleys hide tavernas and cafes and the home of revered Greek poet Yannis Ritsos.
DAY 4 – October 18
Homer’s “Wise King Nestor??? was very wise indeed to build his magnificent palace near Pilos. For the city’s harbour of Navarino Bay and the land-locked lake that was the original harbour were a perfect refuge from storms – and invaders. And it was at this site on October 20, 1827, with the help of Britain, Russia and France, that modern Greece attained independence, defeating the Turkish navy in the Battle of Navarino Bay.
DAY 5 – October 19
Each Star Clippers ship offers a traditional and elegant way to see the world. Feel the wind fill the sails and gently carry you from one gorgeous destination to the next. During your time on board, you can choose to relax on a sun lounger or cool off in one of the pools on the top deck, while more adventurous passengers may enjoy the opportunity to climb the rigging or even have a go at steering the ship. Alternatively, you can wander the interior areas of the ship and discover relaxing lounges, a revitalising spa (Royal Clipper only) and a peaceful library.
DAY 6 – October 20
Siracusa (Syracuse) is a city on the Ionian coast of Sicily that’s known for its ancient ruins. It was once the largest city in the world, bigger than Athens and Corinth and as you can imagine it’s steeped in history. Visit Parco Archeologico della Neapolis, one of Sicily’s greatest archaeological sites. Relax in one of it’s stylish little cafes that surround it’s beautiful baroque piazzas before wandering down it’s medieval lanes towards the sparkling blue sea.
DAY 7 – October 21
The charm of Malta’s sister island Gozo is immediately apparent Steeped in myth Gozo is thought to be the legendary Calypso’s isle of Homer’s Odyssey. It’s green, rural and calm relying on fishing and agriculture as well as tourism. It is one of the Mediterranean’s top diving destinations with an incredible range of shore and boat dives including reefs, caves and wrecks. There are also Knight’s watchtowers, tiny chapels and beautiful peaceful beaches to explore.
DAY 8 – October 22
Malta (Valletta), Malta
Valletta is the tiny capital of the island of Malta. The walled city was established in the 1500s on a peninsula by the Knights of St. John, a Roman Catholic order. It has a rich historical past and is a European Art City and a World Heritage City. It’s has an abundance of museums, palaces and grand churches to visit but be sure not to miss out on exploring one of it’s beautiful gardens.
Your Investment starts at $1730 per person based on double occupancy (we will match same gender roommates)
Other cabin categories available. Each cabin is sold on a first come, first served basis. Book early to get your optimal cabin category. Call for single pricing.
Port fees and taxes are an additional $270 per person.
The refundable deposit to hold your space is $400 per person. Final Payment is on July 17, 2019.
Please note, if you book by 11/30/18 you will receive $200 on board credit as an incentive for booking early!
If you prefer to make payments, please contact us and we will arrange a plan that works.
Your Trip Includes
- 7 nights on Star Clippers Star Flyer
- All meals on board the ship
- $200 on board credit if booked by 11/30/18
- Water sports offered on ship
Your Trip Does Not Include
- International Airfare
- Travel Insurance (required)
- Meals not included in the itinerary
- Gratuities (recommended at $11 per guest per day)
How We Make Your Escape Awesome!
We are ready to answer your questions throughout the process via phone or email.
Once you sign up and pay your deposit:
- We will send you a link to your My Trips account. You can view your trip details any time from your PC or Mobile Phone.
- We will send you arrival and departure details so you can make your flight arrangements.
- We will email you your final payment reminder about 1 week before it is due.
- About two-three months before the trip we will send significant details like packing lists, further itinerary details, etc.
- One month before the trip we will mail you your travel documents (or pass them out at a gathering for those local).
You will be invited to a private Facebook group where you can meet, virtually, your fellow travelers, discuss the trip, make any preparation plans together, and share your excitement.
Our groups are typically 10-15 travelers. We aren’t a ‘big bus’ tour and don’t want to be. We don’t just look out the window and drive by the sights. Typically, our tours are custom and private. The advantage is, we can say, ‘stop here, we want to see this’ and we can stop and explore, even if it isn’t in the plan. Yes, we have an itinerary, but we also feel it’s important to take advantage of unexpected moments that arise. We attract travelers who are flexible and adventurous. A bit of spontaneity is a good thing!
(Please note, some tours lend themselves to a bit larger group so at times, we may expand the group to a maximum size of 25. We make group size decisions with the commitment that none of the spontaneity or sense of adventure will be impacted by the group size.)
You should know, our travelers are like you, they don’t want a canned tour, they like a sense of freedom on their trip, they understand the value of flexibility in travel, and they love the idea of working with a planning team that understands and respects their travel values.
So, Is this Trip for You?
- You love traveling with like minded people and a tour company that is focused on traveling deeply into a destination, knowing how to read the group and make the best decisions for a perfect trip.
- You find joy in trying new things, food, activities, etc.
- Plans are good, and important to a great trip, however, flexibility sometimes brings a deeper experience and it’s OK with you.
- You enjoy meeting and traveling with new people.
- Some moderate physical activity will bring you the memories that make your trip special.
This Trip is Not for You If…
- Travel is stressful and sometimes you find yourself anxious and frustrated when things don’t go perfectly as planned.
- New things, new situations, aren’t really your thing.
- You don’t like trying unusual local foods.
- You feel uncomfortable and unsafe in places that are ‘foreign’ to Western culture.
- Too much walking for long distances is tough.
Frequently Asked Questions
How often will I change accommodations during the trip?
Please refer to the itinerary.
Can I extend my stay?
Absolutely, adding a pre or post stay always enhances a trip. You spent the money to get there, why not stay a while? We will be happy to help you make plans.
What airport do I fly into and out of?
You will fly into Athens International Airport, ATH and home from Malta International Airport (MLA).
What are VISA requirements for Greece?
U.S. citizens need a valid passport to enter Greece. … Private U.S. citizens do not need a visa for visits of up to 90 days for tourism or business. At the time of entry your passport must be valid for an additional 6 months.
What type of currency is used in Greece?
Greece is part of the European Union and uses Euros for currency.
Who do I contact for other questions and travel advice?
Call us at 860-779-6531 or send an email to email@example.com
What is the age group of my potential fellow travelers?
Our guests typically range in age from 45-75. They tend to be of an age where they are either already retired and traveling is an objective for them, or are getting close. There are some tours that attract a younger group, sometimes adult children of a traveler in the group will join the tour.
Groups tend to be predominantly female, although we are wanting a good mix of men and woman, solo and couples traveling.
In any case, our travelers are in good health, active and adventurous.
I’m not a tour person, will this be too much of a standard tour for me?
No worries here, your fellow travelers feel exactly the same way and so do we, your tour curators. Of course there are some parts of our tours that are standard, we travel often by a van or motor coach, we eat together and do activities together. What makes us different, are two critical things, we don’t like traditional touring either, we work hard to be different. And two, you will always have the opportunity to choose. If you want to do something on your own or different than the group plan, you are welcome to do that.
We would love to have you join us! We will do our best to provide the opportunities and activities that allow you to make amazing memories and lasting friendships. We are looking forward to traveling with you.