A Cruise from the Adriatic to the Aegean
Sail in the wake of Roman galleons, from legendary Venice across the fabled Adriatic, to explore the treasures of the ruggedly beautiful Dalmatian Coast.
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The combination of big picture lectures on board and knowledgeable local guides in the towns was excellent. The very complex history of the area was brought into meaningful and sharp focus.”
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Cruise from Venice to Athens along the stunning, island-dappled Dalmatian coast on our new cruise aboard the new five-star ship Le Lyrial. You’ll travel to five countries and eight World Heritage sites as you explore the cultural influence of the Greek, Roman, Venetian, Byzantine, and Slavic civilizations. Historian Glenn Bugh provides special insight to your experience as our small ship takes you into ports, bays, and inlets inaccessible to larger vessels—such as Hvar, Korcula, the Bay of Kotor, and the Corinth Canal. Stop to visit Split’s Roman Palace of Diocletian, Dubrovnik’s beautifully restored 15th-century walled city, Kotor’s medieval fortifications, the archaeological site of Butrint, Corfu’s Old Town (dating to the 8th century B.C.), and the ancient Greek site of Delphi. You’ll also enjoy an exclusive meeting with local residents in Croatia, a folk music performance onboard ship, and a specially arranged lecture by a leading expert on the restoration of Dubrovnik. Optional extensions to Venice and Athens are also offered.
June 15-16 — U.S., Venice, Italy, Embark
Depart your home city on an overnight flight to Venice, Italy. Arrive in Venice, Italy. Embark the Five-Star M.S. Le Lyrial in the afternoon. (D)
June 17 — Split, Croatia
Enjoy a walking tour of Split’s historic city center, a UNESCO World Heritage site, built on the very foundation of the vast retirement palace Roman Emperor Diocletian built here in the late third century. Today, people still live and work in this nearly 2000-year-old palace. Experience the unique vision of Ivan Meštrovíc, Croatia’s most accomplished sculptor, on a visit to the Meštrovíc Gallery, built by the artist as his family home and atelier in the 1930s. Attend the Captain’s Welcome Reception and dinner this evening. (B,L,R,D)
June 18 — Hvar/Korčula
Since the fourth century B.C., Sicilians, Romans, Byzantines, Croatians and Venetians have all left their mark on Hvar’s history and architecture. Within the Old Town, see the impressive landmarks including the Renaissance Cathedral of St. Stephen, with its Italianate bell tower, and the Benedictine Monastery, well known for the unique lace made from agave fibers and handcrafted by nuns.
After lunch on board, arrive in Korčula and stroll along the original 13th-century city walls that surround unique herringbone-patterned streets and many historical and artistic riches including the Abbey Treasury, home to a priceless collection of medieval manuscripts, artwork and historic artifacts; the house where Marco Polo is said to have been born; and masterful works by Tintoretto, housed in the 15th-century, Gothic-Renaissance Cathedral of St. Mark.
This evening, enjoy a traditional Croatian klapa performance on board the ship. (B,L,D)
June 19 — Dubrovnik, Croatia
Affectionately called “the pearl of the Adriatic” the entire city of Dubrovnik has been named a UNESCO World Heritage site in recognition of its incomparable beauty and historic treasures and is one of UNESCO’s largest restoration projects. See the city’s most famous landmarks include the Franciscan Monastery, the 15th-century Rector’s Palace, well-preserved old city walls and the Maritime Museum, which chronicles Dubrovnik’s long and fascinating history as one of Europe’s most storied ports. By special arrangement, Professor Vjekoslav Vierda, who has worked on a wide range of restoration projects in Dubrovnik over the past 25 years, will share his insights on the restoration of Dubrovnik’s magnificent Old City. (B,L,D)
June 20 — Kotor, Montenegro
Montenegro is one of the newest nations in the world, having gained its independence from Serbia in 2006. The spectacular Bay of Kotor, deeply carved into the Montenegrin Mountains, leads to the charming town of Kotor, a UNESCO World Heritage site known for its Venetian baroque Old Town and impressive medieval fortifications. (B,L,D)
June 21 — Sarandë, Albania for Butrint, Corfu, Greece
Upon arrival in historic Sarandë, Albania, travel overland to the ancient ruins on the archaeological site of Butrint, a UNESCO World Heritage site. Inhabited since prehistoric times, Butrint was at various times the site of a Greek colony, a Roman city, and a bishopric under the Byzantine Empire. Following a period of prosperity under the Byzantines and a brief Venetian occupation, the city was abandoned in the late Middle Ages after marshes formed in the area. Tour this important archaeological site and national park, a repository of fascinating ruins spread over pristine hills.
Cruise to the Ionian island of Corfu, Greece, and discover Homer’s “beautiful and rich land” on an afternoon tour. Experience the fascinating history of this ancient civilization with an array of past rulers reflected in the French boulevards, Georgian mansions, Venetian citadel and Greek temple. (B,L,D)
June 22 — Itea for Delphi, Cruise Corinth Canal
This morning arrive in Itea for an excursion to the Pan-Hellenic sanctuary of Delphi, perched on the edge of an olive grove on Mount Parnassos overlooking the Gulf of Corinth. Enjoy a guided visit of the magnificent Delphi Archeological Museum with an unmatched treasure-trove of ancient artifacts including a life-size Bronze Charioteer from the fifth century B.C. and the spectacular ancient ruins of Delphi, a UNESCO World Heritage site. Explore the archaeological site that was once one of the holiest places in all of Greece, passing through the Sacred Way to the Temple of Apollo and the Altar of the Chians.
Return to Itea and cruise through the Corinth Canal, an impressive waterway that cuts through the Isthums of Corinth that is so narrow, most modern ships cannot pass through. The Captain’s Farewell Reception and dinner are on board this evening. (B,L,R,D)
June 23 — Athens, U.S.
Disembark the ship in Athens and begin the Post-Cruise Option, or transfer to the airport for your return flight to the U.S. (B)
Pre- and Post-Cruise Options are available at additional cost. Details will be included with your reservation confirmation.
All program features are contingent upon final brochure pricing.