This 12-day cruise and stay itinerary combines time in historic Rome (including a complimentary tour) with a trip around Italy and Greece on one of Star Clippers’ iconic tall sailing ships.
Get involved with hoisting the sails and climbing up to the crow’s nest, or relax around one of the two pools up on deck. The ship’s small size means it can reach ports that the larger cruise ships can’t, so you’ll call in at lesser-known gems like Palmarola in Italy and the tiny Greek isle of Elafonisos.
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After flying in to Rome, a private transfer will take you to your five-star hotel in the heart of the city.
You’ll have a couple of days to explore the city’s sights, with a complimentary tour included on day two as part of your itinerary.
Highlights here include the ancient ruins of the Roman Forum and Palatine Hill, the baroque fountains of Piazza Navona and the art-filled halls of the Vatican Museums.
For fantastic sunset views, head south-west of the Colosseum to the Giardino degli Aranci, or Garden of Oranges. Set on a hilltop, it offers up wide-angle views across Rome’s rooftops and church domes.
On day three, enjoy your final morning in Rome before your private transfer takes you to the coast to begin your cruise on the 360-foot-long Star Flyer.
Day four starts in Ponza, an unspoilt harbour town with terraced rows of pastel houses.
From here, you’ll sail on to Palmarola, part of The Pontine Islands located off the coast between Rome and Naples. The craggy landscape here makes it perfect for snorkelling.
Day five sees the ship pull in to Sorrento. Spend the day exploring this volcano-view town, or join an optional excursion to the ruins of Pompeii.
Day six is spent in Lipari, the largest of the Aeolian Islands just off the north coast of Sicily. Here, you can climb narrow streets to the medieval castello and enjoy time on a secluded beach.
Make sure you keep an eye out for a volcanic fireworks display as the ship sails past the island of Stromboli.
The next day, you’ll visit Syracuse, a city on the south coast of Sicily that’s known for its ancient ruins. Visit Parco Archeologico della Neapolis, then relax in a little café in the baroque Piazza del Duomo, one of Italy’s prettiest squares.
Day eight is spent at sea, enjoying time on the stunning Star Flyer.
For the next few days, you’ll be sailing around Greece. Day nine is spent in historic Pilos, where the 1827 Battle of Navarino Bay took place.
On day 10, you’ll call in to Elafonisos, an island in the south Peloponnese. Life here is centred around the beach – enjoy freshly caught seafood while enjoying views of the white sands, clear waters and fishing boats.
Day 11 takes you to pretty Hydra, a car-free town where a view from the Monastery of Ilias means a donkey ride to the top.
On your final day, you’ll arrive in Athens. Choose to extend your stay, or take a private transfer back to the airport.