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An Aegean Odyssey aboard the Star Flyer

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Experience more with so much included

  • Scheduled flight to Istanbul and return flight from Athens
  • Superbly appointed cabins, beautifully crafted using teak and marble on the beautiful four masted barquentine, Star Flyer
  • Exquisite fine dining prepared by inspired chefs
  • A fascinating voyage of discovery visiting Istanbul and Athens – combining some of the world’s most beautiful islands with little-known gems and the great classical sites of Pergamon
  • Included shore excursions in every port of call*
  • Stay in five-star hotels in Istanbul and Athens with upgraded room option available
  • Guided tour of Istanbul, visiting the Haghia Sophia, the Blue Mosque and the Topkapi Palace
  • Sail along the Turkish coast and discover the great ancient city of Pergamon, famed as a centre of learning and medicine, with the steepest amphitheatre in the world
  • Visit Chios, one of the most fertile and richest islands in Greece, known in ancient times for its superb wine
  • Explore Patmos, stunningly beautiful and beloved of the ‘jet-set’
  • Sail into the vast caldera of Santorini, the fabled site of Atlantis and one of the world's most breathtaking anchorages
  • Visit the amazingly preserved walled town of Monemvasia, the ‘Gibraltar of the East’ and a medieval marvel
  • Guided tour of the Acropolis, the Athenian Agora and the acclaimed Acropolis Museum


*Monemvasia is an independent visit

At a Glance
Departing in May 2023
7 nights on the Star Flyer
3 nights in 5-star hotels
Return flights & transfers
Programme of daily tours & visits
Full board cruise, B&B hotels
Expert tour manager
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Offers available on this holiday

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Save 10% when you book a 2023 Ocean or Yacht cruise


Our new collection of Ocean and Yacht cruises promise authentic and life-enriching experiences, with everything you need included in the price.

For a limited time only, we are offering a 10% discount when you book a 2023 Ocean or Yacht cruise.
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Savings will be applied to your final balance post-booking. T's & C's apply.



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Flexible Booking

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Embrace the history of the greatest ancient civilisations, legendary cities at the crossroads of eastern and western cultures, and picturesque islands in the glistening Aegean where time has almost stood still. Discover some of the world’s most spectacular classical legacies, from Athens, the birthplace of democracy and crucible of civilisation, theatre and philosophy to the exotic mystique of Istanbul, with its wondrous architecture and intriguing Eastern ambience. You’ll be transported back in time to a grand maritime age as you sail through this extraordinary region aboard our spectacular vessel the Star Flyer. This four-masted barquentine, evoking the spirit of a true maritime adventure, attracts enviable glances on the quayside with its polished teak decks, shining brass and gleaming mahogany and as you set sail into the dazzling blue, you’re assured an unforgettable journey of a lifetime.

Your Itinerary

Price Includes

The price of this holiday is per person, based on two people sharing a twin room or cabin. The price includes:

  • Flights to Istanbul, returning from Athens
  • Two nights hotel in Istanbul and 1 night in Athens with breakfast
  • All visits and excursions as mentioned including sightseeing in Istanbul and Athens
  • Full board on the Star Flyer
  • Attentive service from an English-speaking crew and knowledgeable local guides
  • Services of a Riviera Travel tour manager
  • All port charges (worth £165) airport taxes and overseas transfers
  • Porterage of one item of luggage per person
  • ABTA, ATOL and IATA protection

Personalise Your Holiday

Upgrade Your Stay

Upgrade your stays in both Istanbul and Athens.

There will be an option to upgrade your room category at the hotels in both Istanbul and Athens.

Upgrades are available from £230pp in a double/twin and £620pp in a single room.

Please call us for details.

On-Board the Star Flyer

Cabin Facilities

Your cabin is designed for comfort and efficiency and includes:

  • Private bathroom
  • Air-conditioning
  • Flatscreen TV/DVD player
  • Hairdryers
  • Private safe located inside the wardrobe
  • Radio
  • Telephone
  • Under bed storage
  • 110-volt European & American plugs provided

All cabins are non-smoking. Cruise gratuities are not included. We recommend €8 per person, per day.


In the event of unsatisfactory weather or wind conditions, the Star Flyer reserves the right to proceed under motor power or reschedule the itinerary.

Availability of watersports is subject to weather conditions and local authority regulations.

Useful Information

Fact File

  • Countries: Turkey and Greece
  • Currencies: Turkey – Turkish Lira (Euros are widely used but at a poor exchange rate); Greece – Euro
  • Flight time: UK to Istanbul - Approx 3 hrs 50 mins; Athens to UK: Approx. 3 hrs 40 mins
  • Languages: Turkey – Turkish, Greece – Greek
  • Time zone: Turkey and Greece – GMT+2

Visa Information

British Citizens travelling to Turkey and Greece for tourist purposes are currently able to travel without a visa, however must have a passport valid for at least six months from the date of arrival. For the most up-to-date passport and visa information visit  https://www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/turkey/entry-requirements for Turkey and https://www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/greece/entry-requirements for Greece.

We are unable to accept responsibility if you are unable to travel because you have not complied with any passport/entry/immigration requirements.


We want to ensure you make the correct choice before you book your holiday with us. If you have any concerns regarding the suitability of the holiday due to reduced mobility we would encourage you to call us to discuss these concerns. General information on mobility in connection with our tours can be found here.

Transfer Times

All transfer times listed here are approximate, and dependent on traffic. If you have a question regarding transfer times please don't hesitate to contact us

Arrival airport First hotel location Transfer time Final hotel location Departure airport Transfer time
Istanbul Ataturk Airport Istanbul 50 mins Athens Athens Airport 40 mins


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The Star Flyer sailing out at sea
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