Golden Horizon, A Little Croatia & A Lot of Greece ex Split to Athens

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23 Night Cruise sailing from Split to Athens aboard Golden Horizon.

23 Night Cruise sailing from Split to Athens aboard Golden Horizon.

The World’s largest square-rigged sailing vessel, Golden Horizon. A near replica of the 1913-built ocean vessel, France II, she retains the charm, adventure and romance of an historic ship.

Golden Horizon attracts like-minded adventure seekers for a sailing experience which allows guests to connect with the elements of the natural world.

The ambience on board is relaxed, casual, elegant and without unnecessary formality. We have created an environment which will encourage our guests to return to time and time again, and to share their stories and experiences.

With grace and beauty, the Golden Horizon is a sailing ship first and foremost, sailing to share adventures with our friends, our guests.

All 140 cabins are outside facing, so guests can enjoy the breath-taking views. Cabins evoke the luxury and facilities expected of a boutique cruise ship, whilst retaining charm, adventure and romance of a truly historic sailing vessel.

Our ship uses the wind and currents and follows the sun to allow adventure seekers to travel the world in a unique way. Our philosophy is to be powered by nature whenever possible and we intend to sail, without using propulsion, for around 70% of each season.

CRUISE OVERVIEW

Croatia & Greek Islands:
Leaving atmospheric Split and its Roman-era Diocletian’s Palace behind, we’ll sail down the Dalmatian Coast. Having explored the pine-forested island of Korcula, where Croatia’s finest white wines are made, you’ll get to admire Dubrovnik, whose ancient walls and Baroque buildings host many sophisticated restaurants. Less glitzy but equally handsome is Kotor, over the border in Montenegro, a medieval city wedged between sheer mountains and a blue bay, where café-covered squares and Venetian palaces abound. after Kotor, we set sail for Sarande, an Albanian town that sits on a horseshoe-shaped bay, edged by beaches and a promenade.

Now turning our attention to the Greek Islands, we begin with a classic. Despite its popularity, Corfu retains an idyll-like feel thanks to its sleepy villages, dreamy shores and tree-lined hills. Two quaint islands follow: pottery-making Sifnos is a vintage blend of whitewashed village and olive groves, while donkeys are the sole mode of transportation along marble-cobbled lanes on Hydra, which has long lured artists. From there we sail to Piraeus, close to Athens and all of its glories.

A Greek Grand Tour:
Starting and finishing from Athens, where the old Acropolis citadel towers over Byzantine churches and pop-up warehouse bars, we sail for the largest Ionian island, Cephalonia. At the pretty port of Argostoli, where mandolin-playing musicians soundtrack streets with traditional kantades songs, there’s the chance to go shopping, lounge on a blissful cove or tour inland vineyards and oak forests. Back on mainland Greece, Katakolon is a gateway to Olympia, where the first Ancient Olympic Games were held in 776 BC. Visit the old, ruined stadium and learn from guides about early events such as the boxing-like pancratium.

Often likened to Gibraltar, the tidal island of Monemvasia is a sheer slab of rock that hosts a Byzantine fort and a red-roofed village that can only be seen from the sea. After exploring, we’ll move on to Milos, a volcanic Cycladic island blessed with brilliant beaches, strange rock formations and a litany of picture-perfect villages. No less photogenic is the mainland town of Nafplio, Greece’s former capital and our penultimate stop, before returning to Athens’ cruise port, Piraeus. Below Nafplio’s towering castle, Venetian houses line narrow lanes as romantic tavernas serve freshly-grilled fish or mezze platters along the waterfront.

Greek Island Hopping
Leaving Athens’ hip restaurants and Acropolis fortress in our wake, we’ll sail to spectacular Santorini. White-washed villages like Oia spill dramatically down clifftops toward the cobalt sea, with hiking trails connecting to ancient thermal baths inland. Moving onto the less-visited Dodecanese archipelago, near Turkey’s coast, we dock next at Rhodes. There’s something for everyone here: beaches fringed by gin-clear water, wooded valleys to stroll and a cobbled old town rich in boutique shops. Nearby Kos has even finer shores, plus an abundance of crags and classic Corinthian columns, while Patmos ranks among the Christian world’s most sacred sites thanks to its Cave of the Apocalypse – where St John of Patmos penned the Book of Revelation around 95 CE.

Pilgrims of a very different kind flock to Mykonos, back in the Cycladic Islands. Hedonistic and party-minded, it’s a glamorous, seductive place with perfect people-watching opportunities – especially amid the labyrinthine, cubist streets of Mykonos Town. Far more rustic is uncrowded Paros, where fertile hills and rural villages tempt walkers, and the seas enable windsurfing and diving. If you’re less activity-minded, marvel at the preserved seaside windmill in capital Parikia. After a full day on the island, we’ll sail back to Athens’ major port, Piraeus.

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