Go Greek in 2021; 3 new port calls and a 10% saving from Star Clippers

 

Tall ship sailing specialist Star Clippers has included three maiden port calls within two round-trip sailings from Athens in July 2021, taking in the lesser known Greek islands of Symi, Chalki and Kastellorizo for the first time.

The departures on board the company’s head-turning flag-ship Royal Clipper embark in Athens on 20th and 27th July 2021 and for bookings made before 31st January 2021, include a 10% early booking discount, currently £1709pp for the seven night full board sailing.

The first port of call is to the island of Kastellorizo, the most easterly of Greek islands, just a mile from the Turkish coastline. Here the only sign of life, other than olive groves, tranquil bays and limestone rock formations, is the harbour village with its colourful, tall balconied houses, tavernas and yachts hugging the shore-line. The Oscar winning film `Mediteraneo’ was filmed there and Dave Gilmour wrote his instrumental track `Castellorizon’ after staying on the tranquil island.

After a port call to Fethiye in Turkey Royal Clipper drops anchor alongside its second maiden port call, the mountainous island of Symi, steeped in mythology and history and today visited by small yachts and boats seeking its isolated bays and beaches. The main harbour town is influenced by Italian occupation a century ago, with an amphitheatre of pastel coloured neoclassical houses rising on all sides of the bay.

Chalki is the third and smallest of the Dodecanese islands included in Royal Clipper’s new sailing itinerary. Its few-hundred inhabitants live in the neoclassic mansions and houses built in the mid-19th century when the island was prosperous through trade and sponge fishing. Now a traffic-free, tranquil outpost, just 10km long and 3kms wide, the island resembles a tiny Rhodes, without the tourism. 

The final port call before returning to Pireaus, Athens, is to Milos in the Cyclades to the north of Crete, centred around a dramatic volcanic caldera, with dozens of beaches, picturesque villages and dramatic rock formations. The island’s most famous export was the Venus de Milo, now in the Louvre, discovered in the ancient city ruins.

Star Clippers’ three magnificent tall ships offer the exhilaration of sailing beneath billowing sails, never far from the water, in the company of around 200 like-minded guests. Relax on the scrubbed teak deck, beneath billowing sails. Lie in the bowsprit net as the bow slices through the waves. Climb the rigging up to 67’ (over 20 metres) for a magnificent birds eye view of the sun decks and pools, amid the sails and the rigging. Enjoy long, relaxing days at sea, and many more ashore, discovering far off and idyllic islands, beaches, small villages and lush, tropical forests, calling into small ports and harbours inaccessible by larger vessels.

For more information about Star Clippers’ sailings in South East Asia, the Mediterranean, Panama Canal, Trans-Atlantic and The Caribbean visit www.starclippers.co.uk or call 0808 231 4798.

Represented in the UK by Fred. Olsen Travel.

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Notes to editors:

Star Clippers’ historically styled, authentic sailing ships are among the world’s most magnificent vessels and turn heads wherever they sail, creating lifelong memories for all who sail with her. Replicating the trading `clippers’ of the 19th century, they are adorned with polished brass portholes and gleaming wood surroundings, creating a comfortable and modern way to experience age old sailing traditions.

The ships can drop anchor in smaller harbours and visit ports often untouched by larger cruise ships and providing guests with the amenities and atmosphere of a private yacht.

High standards of service are provided by an attentive crew and all three ships have expansive teak decks, swimming pools, informal dining, a convivial Tropical Bar on deck and a comfortable piano bar and are large enough to offer first class accommodation and dining.

The two smaller ships, Star Flyer and Star Clipper, take 170 guests each, with a crew of 70, while Royal Clipper carries 227 with a crew of 106.

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