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A Cruise Through the Agean Sea

GREEK ODYSSEY CRUISE
SUMMER, 2019

Athens – Milos – Santorini – Bodrum (Turkey) – Mykonos – Sifnos – Spetses – Athens

One hundred fifty interpid souls on board the SV Star Flyer take an epic hero’s journey through the lands of ancient myth. And encounter some “journeys” of their own…

Modern Athens, Ancient Ruins and Island Hopping Through the Agean Sea

Duration: August 24-31, 2019 (8 days, 7 nights)
Miles Travelled: 3,000

Sailing out of the ancient port of Pireus, the Agean sea beckoned before us. Dusk was falling over the city of Athens and it twinkled further and further into the distance as we made our way along the paths of ancient mariners.

This Source Events trip marked the 6th time we have taken like-minded adventurers on a voyage of unimaginable beauty and calm, among the over 1400 Greek islands. We stopped at but a few, but enjoyed incredible food and wine, and beautiful villages and cities and beaches – full of mythic legends and stunning sites to explore.

Enjoy the pictures we took, the times we had and the friends we made – both old and new as we traveled along these ancient water routes on board our own 4-masted sailing ship, the SV Star Flyer

 

Happy is the man, I thought, who, before dying, has the good fortune to sail the Aegean sea.” 

-Nikos Kazantzakis

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Best Food & Drink

1. Greek Salad Horiatiki (the Greek village way)

If you think Greek Salad is mostly lettuce with a little feta and olives sprinkled through it…think again. A traditional Greek salad ditches the lettuce and is composed only of fragrant tomatoes, fresh cucumber, a little red onion, some olives, olive oil and, usually, a giant block of feta cheese on top. Recipe

1. Greek Salad Horiatiki (the Greek village way)

If you think Greek Salad is mostly lettuce with a little feta and olives sprinkled through it…think again. A traditional Greek salad ditches the lettuce and is composed only of fragrant tomatoes, fresh cucumber, a little red onion, some olives, olive oil and, usually, a giant block of feta cheese on top. Recipe

2. Lobster Under Pasta

At Club 1500 on Santorini, we dined on the freshest food available. One of the most unforgettable dishes were giant Mediterranean spiny lobsters served under a mound of tomato-sauced fettucini. Decadent. Recipe

3. Aperol Spritz

What is more refreshing than an Apero Spritz after a day in the sun on the shop or at the beach club on Mykonos? This classic yachting drink quickly became a favorite among our Source adventurers. It’s simple to make…if you can find Aperol at your local liquor store! Recipe

The Itinerary

Athens, Greece – Saturday, August 24, 2019

Step back in time and walk upon the same steps as the ancient gods. The magnificent Acropolis,  visible from almost every part of the city, reminds Greeks daily of their heritage and the city’s many transformations. Cultural and social life plays out amid, around and in ancient landmarks where philosophers and heroes battled wit and brawn. Go and explore the stunning new Acropolis Museum, enjoy a beer at a local taverna or dance the night away in the hip Gazi district.


Milos, Greece – Sunday, August 25, 2019

Milos is the untouched Greek Island of your dreams. The island has a mythological landscape, uncrowded tavern-lined port towns, and the bluest water in the Cyclades. The island’s coastline is stunning, with more than 75 small and big beaches of crystal, blue caves, and sparkling seas. It’s no wonder that Milos is beginning to get attention from celebrities and adventurers looking for an untouched Greek Island. We’ll include a beach stop in Milos.


Santorini, Greece – Monday, August 26, 2019

As our ship approaches the spectacular cliffs rising from the deep azure sea, you’ll understand the magic of this area, where some say the ruins of Atlantis remain hidden. With multicolored cliffs soaring above a sea-drowned caldera, Santorini looks like a giant slab of layer cake.  Visit the village of Oia with white Cycladic houses lining the cliff tops and watch the sun cast a golden glow on iconic Santorini blue domes. Take a guided tour of Bronze Age excavations at the UNESCO site of Akrotiri, enjoy an excursion to the volcano in the middle of the Caldera, or relax on Santorini’s red sand beach.


Bodrum, Turkey – Tuesday, August 27, 2019

Once a tiny fishing port, you’ll see why Bodrum has become a vacation paradise; perfect climate, natural beauty, magnificent history, and a bustling nightlife. More than any other Turkish seaside getaway, it has an enigmatic elegance that pervades it, from the town’s crowning castle and glittering marina to its flower-filled cafes and white-plastered backstreets. Bodrum is also the site of the ancient city of Halicarnassus, the location of the famous Mausoleum, which was one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World.


Mykonos, Greece – Wednesday, August 28, 2019

The gayest island in Greece, Mykonos gleams with Mediterranean charm. In addition to world-renowned gay beaches, seaside cafes and nightlife, this classic Greek isle are dotted with hundreds of whitewashed churches and thatch-roofed windmills in a harbor bobbing with fishing boats and luxurious private yachts. You’re also just a short ferry ride away from the tiny island of Delos, a UNESCO site and the mythical birthplace of Apollo.


Sifnos, Greece – Thursday, August 29, 2019

Sifnos has a dreamlike quality. Three whitewashed villages, anchored by the capital Apollonia, sit like pearls on a string along the crest of the island. The changing light kisses the landscape, and as you explore the flanking slopes of the central mountains you’ll discover abundant terraced olive groves, almond trees, oleander, and aromatic herbs. Each of the island’s bays harbors a spectrum of aqua waters and offers breathtaking vistas. Sifnos has gained a reputation as the most “delicious” of the Greek Islands, with foodies coming from around the world to experience its unique cuisine.


Spetses, Greece – Friday, August 30, 2019

This lovely Greek island of the Saronic Gulf has always had an air of quiet carefree glamour. It’s long been a popular playground for rich Greeks and the yacht crowd. The lively, historic old town is the only village on the island; the rest, ringed by a simple road, is rolling hills, pine forests, and crystal-clear coves. Explore the little alleys and look out for charming black and white pebble mosaics. Touring the island by bicycle is a great way to experience the lush natural landscapes.


Athens, Greece – Saturday, August 31, 2019

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