Greek Isles Cruise 2019

Greek Isles Cruise

July 24-August 4, 2019

Join the Purdue President’s Council for a ten-night cruise aboard Windstar Cruises’ 310-guest sailing yacht the Wind Surf, plus one night at the Athens Intercontinental Hotel. Our ship sails through the azure waters of the Aegean Sea to explore the ancient wonders and myths of the Greek Isles. Feast your eyes on Santorini’s raven-black cliffs draped in Cyclades-blue and white homes. Inhale the scent of heather and pines on the sacred island of Patmos, where the Book of Revelation was penned. Walk on cobblestones worn smooth by peasants and knights in the living medieval cities of Rhodes and Monemvasia.

Suites and cabins are booking quickly for this exciting adventure, so we highly encourage you to book as soon as possible. 

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Your participation supports

Ever True: The Campaign for Purdue University

Your travel-package registration fee includes support for ongoing adventures, events, and lifelong educational opportunities with the President’s Council family.  As a part of your overall price, a $250-per-person, tax-deductible donation to the President’s Council Enrichment Fund helps underwrite the involvement of Purdue educators and administrators to enhance your personal travel experiences—a benefit exclusive to Purdue President’s Council members.

All-Inclusive President’s Council Package Features:

  • One night at the Athens Intercontinental Hotel with breakfast, airport transfers, and evening at leisure to explore the Plaka district
  • Guided tour to visit the Parthenon on the Acropolis and the new Acropolis Museum prior to transferring to the ship
  • Ten-night cruise aboard Windstar Cruises’ newly renovated, 310-guest flagship sailing yacht Wind Surf
  • Windstar Signature private moonlit dinner and orchestra concert at the Celsus Library, an ancient Roman ruin in Ephesus, Turkey
  • $100-per-person onboard credit (WindSpa or Signature Shop, as well as for internet or laundry)
  • Three exclusive President’s Council private shore excursions to be announced
  • Purdue President’s Council and Global Tracks Staff

Onboard the Wind Surf:

  • Purdue President’s Council Welcome Reception
  • Open-seating dining in a choice of four dining venues – Veranda, AmphorA, Stella Bistro, and Candles – featuring fresh locally sourced ingredients, specialty dining under the stars, and 24-hour room service
  • All non-alcoholic drinks with an option to purchase an all-inclusive beverage package
  • Prepaid gratuities for ship housekeeping and dining staff
  • Relaxed and casual onboard ambiance, WindSpa, lounge, library, pool, poolbar, and hot tubs
  • Watersports platform with complimentary snorkeling equipment, kayaks, paddleboards, water trampoline, and more
  • Optional Windstar shore excursions in all ports with highlights:
    • Mykonos’ white-washed churches and thatch-roofed windmills
    • Palace of the Grand Masters in the Old Town of Rhodes
    • Stunning white buildings with blue domes in romantic Santorini
    • Explore Monemvasia’s narrow streets within its castle

President’s Council Guest Lecturer:

Purdue Classics Professor Keith Dickson

We are excited to announce that Purdue Classics Professor Keith Dickson will be onboard our Greek Isles cruise to share his knowledge of Greek mythology and ancient culture.

Professor Dickson has served on the faculty of the Classical Studies program at Purdue since 1989, where he has taught a wide range of classes in Ancient Greek and Latin language, along with courses on the literature, mythology, science, and religion of the ancient West. His teaching has been recognized through numerous awards, including Purdue’s Charles B. Murphy Award for Outstanding Undergraduate Instruction. He established the first Western Cultural Studies program in the People’s Republic of China, and holds a joint appointment at Beijing Capital Normal University.

Professor Dickson has authored three books and more than one dozen articles and chapters on comparative mythology, ancient Greek and Near Eastern literature, and ancient western medicine. He has delivered over 80 lectures at local, regional, national, and international venues.


Wednesday, July 24, 2019 | Athens, Greece

Upon arrival in Athens you will be met by an arrival assistant and transferred directly to the Athens Intercontinental Hotel.

The balance of the afternoon and evening are at leisure. Perhaps enjoy dinner in the Plaka, Athens’s oldest and most picturesque neighborhood that is a maze of cobblestone pedestrian streets lined with shops, boutiques, souvenir stands and restaurants.

Thursday, July 25, 2019 | Athens, Greece

After breakfast at the hotel, depart on a brief city orientation drive before arriving at the Acropolis. Ascending to the top of the Acropolis, we will see magnificent buildings dating from the 5th century BC, the Golden Age of Athens. On the highest point is the Parthenon, often considered the finest monument to Greek civilization. The temple was dedicated to Athena “Parthenos,” the virgin and patron goddess of the city.

Our guided tour continues to the new Acropolis Museum. The museum was built to house every artifact found on the rock, from the Greek Bronze Age to Roman and Byzantine Greece. Nearly 4,000 objects are exhibited over an area of 14,000 square metres.

Transfer to the pier to board the Windstar Cruises’ Wind Surf. We have lunch onboard and then time to relax, unpack, and get settled into our cabin. Join fellow travelers this evening for a President’s Council Welcome Reception followed by dinner.

Friday, July 26, 2019 | Nafplio, Greece

This charming seaside town on the Peloponnese is one of the most romantic cities in Greece. Enjoy the medieval old town with narrow cobblestone alleys, and neoclassical mansions with bougainvillea trees adorning the balconies. Or Journey east to Ancient Epidaurus, one of the most known archaeological sites of Greece, which is considered to be the birthplace of medicine. Visit the UNESCO site of Mycenea featuring ancient ruins including the famous Lion’s Gate, stroll the Syntagma Square and take in the beauty of the Palamidi Castle with its 999 steps carved from the rocks. The view is breathtaking.

Saturday, July 27, 2019 | Mykonos, Greece

Wake this morning to the postcard-like scene of Mykonos, the classic Greek isle dotted with hundreds of whitewashed churches and thatch-roofed windmills, in a harbor bobbing with fishing boats and luxurious private yachts. An optional tour including a scenic ferry ride takes you back to the 6th century B.C. to the tiny island of Delos, a UNESCO site and the mythical birthplace of Apollo.

Sunday, July 28, 2019 | Ermoupoli, Syros, Greece

Ermoupoli, the capital of Syros, opens the door to a little-known Greek island packed with rainbow-colored houses clinging to the hillsides. Not much has changed here since medieval times and the narrow cobblestone streets full of stairways and arches create a delightful maze. Sites to see include the Aghios Georgios Cathedral at the top of the hill, the Capuchin and Jesuit monasteries, and the picturesque main square known as the Piatsa.

Monday, July 29, 2019 | Kusadasi, Turkey

Few places offer such a rich combination of history and scenic beauty. In Ephesus, one of the greatest outdoor museums in the world, you’ll explore legendary sites steeped in history. Also visit the houses of Bulbul Mountain, where the roof of one forms the terrace of the next.

Kusadasi: Evening in Ephesus

This evening enjoy Windstar’s Destination Discovery Event for a once-in-a-life-time experience with an exclusive dinner in the moonlight and a concert at Celsus Library in Ephesus. Walk the Marble Road to the Library that housed more than 12,000 scrolls nearly two millennia ago. The spectacularly illuminated façade of the library allows us to examine the statues in their niches and the elegant details of the frames.

Please note: A tourist visa to visit Kusadasi, Turkey is not required on this itinerary. Day visits are covered by transit visas which are arranged for guests on board by Windstar for a nominal fee, and are not affected by current travel restrictions.

Tuesday, July 30, 2019 | Patmos, Greece

Patmos, located on the Dodecanese Islands, with a population of 3,000 people is considered to be one of the best places to live with its beaches and tranquil lifestyle. The island is an UNESCO World Heritage Site known worldwide as the sacred island where St. John wrote the Book of Revelation and is also an ideal place for nature lovers with its coastline of sheer cliffs and its volcanic soil. The town of Skala at the port is a quaint and tranquil place to stroll.

Wednesday, July 31, 2019 | Rhodes, Greece

This gracious oasis, known as the “Island of Roses,” was home to the legendary Colossus, one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World. Today it is a yachting paradise, whose shores are lined with sparkling beaches and lush green mountainsides. A scenic drive leads you through quaint villages and lemon groves to the ancient Acropolis of Lindos, standing guard over the picturesque town or to the Old City of Rhodes, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Thursday, August 1, 2019 | Agios Nikolaos, Crete, Greece

Agios Nikolaos is a colorful blend of traditional tavernas, upscale boutiques, fish markets, bars, and coffee houses. Stroll the harbor and stop by a tavern for Cretan specialties such as xynomizythra (a tangy soft white cheese) or kalitsounia (small savory herb pies).

Friday, August 2, 2019 | Santorini, Greece

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. Visit the village of Oia and see the iconic Santorini blue domes or take a guided tour of Bronze Age excavations at the UNESCO site of Akrotiri. Toast the day with a crisp, cold glass of local Assyrtiko wine.

Saturday, August 3, 2019 | Monemvasia, Greece

This Gibraltar-like town tied to the mainland by a single thread of causeway holds treasures that are old even by Mediterranean standards, with town walls and several churches dating to the 12th century. Climb to the upper town for an up-close look at the castle and Agia Sophia, a Byzantine church. Wander the lanes of the lower town lined with Venetian mansions, many of which have been lovingly restored. Savor the sun on a smooth pebble beach.

 Sunday, August 4, 2019 | Athens, Greece

Depart the Wind Surf and transfer to the Eleftherios Venizelos International Airport for your return flight home.

President’s Council Rates:

President’s Council Rates Double
Per person
Category & Deck
Standard and Deluxe Cabins | 188 sq. ft.
Category B | Deck 1 | Forward/Aft $6,295 $9,335
Category BX Deluxe | Deck 1 | Midship $6,515 $9,675
Category A | Deck 2 | Forward/Aft $6,699 $10,025
Category AX Deluxe | Deck 2 | Midship $6,899 $10,369
Category TX Deluxe | Deck 3 | Forward/Aft or Midship $7,199 $10,895
Suite | Deck 3 | Forward/Aft or Midship | 376 sq. ft. $8,699 $13,515
Bridge Suite | Deck Bridge | Midship | 495 sq. ft. – waitlisted $10,499  N/A

Rates INCLUDE port taxes of $200 per person.

Double pricing is based on double occupancy or two people per stateroom
Single pricing is based on one person per stateroom and is capacity-controlled by Windstar and subject to change

Cancellation Schedule: Cancellation penalties apply once deposit is paid, so please review policy below.

Reservation Booking Terms and Conditions:

Required Deposit:
Cruise Package: $1,500 per person for double occupancy and $1,750 for single occupancy

Final Payment: April 17, 2019

Save $250 per person for all 2019 President’s Council Panama Canal cruise attendees!

Your all-inclusive President’s Council package features a one-night pre-cruise stay at the Athens Intercontinental Hotel on July 24, allowing for anytime flight arrivals with included airport transfers. If you decide you want even more time to explore Athens on your own or to simply relax and enjoy the amenities of the hotel, take the opportunity to add an extra night! Please enquire for more details!

Airfare is not included. Global Tracks will book your air arrangements for a $75 ticketing fee, or you may choose to handle your own reservation.

Passports: Passports are required for all guests and must be valid for six months after the end of the cruise.

Travel Insurance: Global Tracks offers optional travel insurance. Purchase within 15 days of deposit for additional benefits.

Cancellation Penalties: All cancellations must be made in writing to Global Tracks. Travel Insurance and Airfare are non-refundable once ticketed. Any payment to Global Tracks constitutes your acceptance of the Terms and Conditions set herein, including but not limited to the cancellation terms.

From time of deposit until March 21, 2019 $150 per person penalty
From March 22, 2019, to April 17, 2019 15% of total package price penalty
From April 18, 2019, to May 22, 2019 35% of total package price penalty
From May 23, 2019, to June 20, 2019 50% of total package price penalty
After June 21, 2019, to departure 100% of total package price penalty