Star Clippers Named Among Top Holidays in Spain & Greece

[caption id="attachment_16559" align="aligncenter" width="550"] Star Clippers' Balearic Island and Greek itineraries were named among the best in the Med!




Star Clippers was featured in not one but two countdown lists of top cruise holidays by The Daily Telegraph. Jane Archer included Star Clippers eastern Mediterranean cruise to Momnevasia on the list of top 10 cruise holidays in Greece, and John Wilmott featured Star Flyer's western Mediterranean cruise to Menorca on his list of top 10 cruise holidays in Spain. Read on for excerpts from both stories!








This photo of Minorca is courtesy of TripAdvisor



Star Clippers cruise to Menorca
by John Wilmott







Tall-ship cruising is a rare chance to cruise, wind permitting, under sail. Star Clippers’ ship, Star Flyer, has 16 sails on four lofty masts and plenty of nimble-footed crew to handle the ropes. Designed to replicate a tea clipper the ship is a majestic sight when in full flow and has copious creature comforts including comfy cabins (some with balcony), a small pool, bar, library and plush dining room, all for just 170 guests.



The itinerary is very Spain-intensive, beginning in Barcelona and calling at Menorca (quite a rarity), Majorca, Cartagena, Motril – the closest port to Granada and its Alhambra – chic Puerto Banus and Málaga.



[caption id="attachment_16556" align="aligncenter" width="550"] The Star Clippers cruise includes a visit the old square in Monemvasia. Photo courtesy of The Daily Telegraph.




Star Clippers cruise to Monemvasia
by Jane Archer







Known as the Gibraltar of the East, Monemvasia sits on a small island off the east coast of the Peloponnese, connected by a causeway. The name comes from the Greek mone and emvasia, which means single entrance. When you enter through the fortress gate you’ll see it’s the perfect moniker. The town one was sizeable; today just a few hundred people live in the beautifully-restored houses crowded around narrow streets and placas filled with tavernas and cafés. Star Clippers brings you here under sail on the last day of a cruise around the Greek Islands that also visits Patmos, said to be where John received a vision from Jesus, and Amorgos, where the dazzling white monastery of Hozoviotissis is the main attraction.



Which holiday would you prefer, the Eastern Mediterranean or the Western Mediterranean? Let us know in the comments!
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Peeking at Patmos




Sommelier Cécile Montout joined Star Clipper in the Mediterranean the second week of October, 2014, to share her vast knowledge of wine and pairings.



At Patmos Mountout captured these shots of Star Clipper from St. John the Theologian Monastery. The Monastery is a popular stop at the port and offers beautiful views of the bay of Patmos and surrounding region.



Stay tune for more information on Cécile's journey!






Have you visited Patmos or St. John the Theologian? Let us know in the comments!
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Navigate the Northern Cyclades

This week our fleet arrived in the Med where we'll be sailing through the summer months. Between the three tall ships, there are a number of different itinerary options, each distinct from the next.



[caption id="attachment_15223" align="aligncenter" width="550"] Photo courtesy of guest Kim Fine.




Star Flyer will mostly concentrate on the Spanish Balearic Islands, Royal Clipper will navigate the western Mediterranean and Star Clipper will sail the eastern Med. The Northern Cyclades is one of Star Clipper's fabulous summer 2014 itineraries






Guests embark at Piraeus, the port of Athens, Greece, and enjoy a day at sea before arriving at Kusadasi, Turkey. At Kusadasi you can take a tour of Ephesus. Ephsesus, once the trade center of the world and the religious center of early Christianity, is a well preserved ancient city located less than 20 miles from Kusadasi.



[caption id="attachment_15228" align="aligncenter" width="550"] Clockwise from left: the Monastery of Panagia Hozoviotissa; the view of Patmos, Greece; Sunset at Mykonos; and Star Clipper at Monemvasia. Photos by Greg Baxter, Star Clippers’ director of incentive sales and national accounts, west and Star Clippers' guest Shirley.




After Kusadasi it's off to Patmos, the small Greek island in the Aegean Sea. There you can visit the Monastery of Saint John the Theologian and the Cave of the Apocalypse, UNESCO World Heritage Sites, or just take in the view.



Amorgos is known for the Monastery of Panagia Hozoviotissa that protrudes from the side of the cliff, nearly vertical, and for beautiful clear blue waters. It is the eastern-most island of the Cyclades.



Mykonos, one of the best known Greek Isles, features the iconic windmills looking out over the sea, whitewashed houses, and beautiful boats.



The last call of this itinerary is Monemvasia, Greece, known as the Gibraltar of the east. This was the site of a powerful medieval fortress. The town walls and many Byzantine churches remain.



At each port you're free to take a tour and learn more about the ancient history of the region or to stroll around on your own. The itinerary ends as it began at Piraeus, the port of Athens, rich in history and iconography all its own.



What do you think you'd like to explore when you visit these ports? Do you like to learn about history or prefer to relax and enjoy the gorgeous scenery? Let us know in the comments below!
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Words of Wisdom Wednesday 2/12




Do you have a passion for travel?



Do you prefer an urban setting like Rome, Italy, or would you rather roam the more remote roads on Star Clippers' destinations like Patmos, Greece?
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