Windstar Rolls Out New Istanbul Tour Packages

Ana Figueroa Guests traveling to the Greek Islands on a sleek, four-masted Windstar yacht now have the option to extend their stay pre- or post-cruise with Windstar’s Istanbul Discovery tour package. A one, two or three night package combines hotel, excursions, guides, transportation, and selected mea

By: Ana Figueroa

Guests traveling to the Greek Islands on a sleek, four-masted Windstar yacht now have the option to extend their stay pre- or post-cruise with Windstar’s Istanbul Discovery tour package.

A one, two or three night package combines hotel, excursions, guides, transportation, and selected meals into a convenient package purchased before leaving home. Tour groups are kept small to complement the small-ship sailing experience.

The Istanbul Discovery packages were put together by a knowledgeable local tour partner in Istanbul, Sea Song Tours. Day one of the three-day package includes visits to the Byzantine Hippodrome, the Blue Mosque, Topkapi Palace, Turkish and Islamic Arts Museum, the famous Grand Bazaar, and at the end of the day, an orientation drive around the old city. A traditional Turkish lunch is served at the Green House Garden, an old Ottoman house.

Day two includes visits to St. Sophia, the Church of the Divine Wisdom, known as one of the greatest buildings in the world; the Underground Cistern; and the Archaeological Museum of Istanbul.

Day three visits the Suleymaniye Mosque, regarded as the most beautiful of all the imperial mosques; a nearby Egyptian Bazaar to explore the second-largest covered market in Istanbul; and lunch at Hamdi Restaurant overlooking the Bosphorus. After lunch, guests will cruise the Bosphorus Strait aboard a private motor-yacht. On view will be magnificent palaces, old seaside mansions, and impressive fortresses.

The 148-guest motor sailing yachts Wind Star and Wind Spirit sail in the Greek Isles from May through October. The Wind Star and Wind Spirit will both sail the popular Athens to Istanbul itinerary, visiting Mykonos, Santorini, Rhodes, Bodrum and Kusadasi. New for 2006, the Wind Spirit will sail five Greek Islands cruises on a new itinerary between Istanbul and Athens that includes visits to Canakkale and Izmir, Turkey; Patmos, Agios, Kos and Naxos, Greece; and Nikolaos, Crete. The addition of this new itinerary allows guests to combine two cruises for a 14-day Greek Isles cruise without repeating ports of call.

Guests may purchase a one day package for $185, two days for $325 and three days for $585. All rates are per person based on double occupancy. Windstar guests stay at the five-star Hilton Istanbul hotel.

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