Free flights on high season tall ship cruises

Niche tall ship cruise operator Star Clippers is offering free flights up to the value of £400pp with bookings for a tall ship cruises from Athens, through the Greek islands, departing on 6th, 13th, 20th and 27th August 2011. Sailings include all meals and a choice of two exhilarating itineraries, the Southern Cyclades (6 and 20 August) and the Northern Cyclades (13 and 27 August), on board the 170-passenger, 4-masted, fully-crewed tall ship `Star Clipper’.

A week’s tall ship cruise costs from £1295 per person, based on two sharing a brass and wood lined cabin, with free flights for bookings received by 31st May 2011.

Guests on the 6th and 13th August departures can also enjoy complimentary instruction from yoga teacher Christel Vollmer will be holding the daily sessions of Astanga yoga on deck in the cool morning air, with a second session just before sunset, including meditation. Christel will also deliver lectures on the philosophy of yoga and advice for practice at home.

The Northern Cyclades itinerary departs from Athens and calls into Camlimani and Kusadasi (for the antiquities at Ephesus) in Turkey, and Patmos, Amorgos, Mykonos and Monemvasia in Greece. The August 13 departure has a qualified yoga teacher on board and also offers complimentary talks, classes and guided meditation.

The Southern Cyclades itinerary on August 6 and 20 is a round trip from Athens, calling at Rhodes; Bodrum and Dalyan in Turkey; dramatic Santorini and Hydra, haunt of many artists. The August 6 departure has a qualified yoga teacher on board and also offers complimentary talks, classes and guided meditation.

To book contact Star Clippers on 0845 200 6145 and visit www.starclippers.co.uk

Tall ship cruise offers classic yacht race action

This September tall ship specialist Star Clippers is offering guests a chance to follow the action of the Voiles de St Tropez, one of the world’s most glamorous classic yacht regattas, from the comfort of the historically styled, square rigger, the 170-passenger Star Flyer.

Les Voiles de St Tropez is one of the principal events in the classic yachting race calendar, bringing together magnificent racing boats with world-class crews from all over the world. The regatta runs this year from September 27 to October 2 and Star Flyer will be in the bay of St Tropez on September 30, perfectly situated for guests to view the racing and admire the yachts from the heart of the action.

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Unleash your inner Picasso on a Star Clippers art cruise

Tall ship specialist Star Clippers (0845 200 6145/www.starclippers.co.uk) is offering novice and more experienced artists the chance to express themselves and refine their technique in the most inspiring of settings, the Mediterranean, on board the 170-passenger Star Flyer, one of the world’s most beautiful and graceful tall ships.

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Star Clippers offers special 2011 Grand Prix sailing

The four-masted, 170-passenger tall ship, Star Flyer, will be anchored off Monte Carlo until midnight on Sunday, May 29, the day of the race, so guests can go ashore to watch the action and soak up the Grand Prix atmosphere.

The cruise departs Cannes on May 28. In addition to the day in Monaco, ports of call include L’Ile Rousse and Bastia in Corsica; the glamorous village of Portofino; Hyeres island; Sanary-sur-Mer; and St Tropez, with calls at the town and the beach.

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