Discover legendary Venice and fabled Athens as you follow in the wake of ancient sailing ships to explore the treasures of the island-dappled Dalmatian Coast.

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A Cruise of the Adriatic and Aegean

Explore Venice and Athens Aboard the 220-guest Le Lyrial

9 days from $4,295

Discover legendary Venice and fabled Athens as you follow in the wake of ancient sailing ships to explore the treasures of the island-dappled Dalmatian Coast.

or Call 855-330-1542

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WHAT OUR TRAVELERS SAY

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. 

- Susan C.

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Overview

Cruise from Venice to Athens along the stunning, island-dappled Dalmatian coast. You’ll travel to five countries and six World Heritage sites as you explore the cultural influence of Greek, Roman, Venetian, Byzantine, and Slavic civilizations.

Highlights Include:

  • Croatia: Enjoy walking tours of Split, with its immense Roman Palace of Diocletian, and Korcula, with its Gothic and Renaissance sites. In Dubrovnik, see the most famous landmarks of this beautifully restored 15th-century walled city. Plus, meet with local residents and attend a folk music performance.
  • Montenegro and Albania: Admire the Venetian baroque Old Town of Kotor and explore the archaeological site at Butrint.
  • Greece: Sail to the Ionian island of Corfu. Ascend the trail to the ancient site of Delphi, home to the mythical Oracle. Cruise through the dramatic Corinth Canal before concluding in Athens. 

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. 

- Susan C.

To see itinerary, please click on an option below.

2016 Itinerary

Day 1 — Depart the U.S. for Venice, Italy

Day 2 — Venice

Arrive in Venice and embark the five-star Le Lyrial in the afternoon. (D)

Day 3 — Split, Croatia

Enjoy a walking tour of Split’s historic city center, a World Heritage site, built on the foundation of Roman Emperor Diocletian’s retirement palace. Today, people live and work in this thriving, nearly 2,000-year-old complex. Visit the Temple of Jupiter, considered to be one of the best-preserved Roman temples in the world, and the Cathedral of St. Domnius, regarded as the world’s oldest Catholic cathedral (A.D. 305) that remains in use in its original structure. Experience the unique vision of Ivan Mestrovic, Croatia’s most accomplished sculptor, on a visit to the Mestrovic Gallery. Listen to local residents discuss contemporary life along the Adriatic. This evening, attend the Captain’s welcome reception this evening. (B,L,R,D)

Day 4 — Hvar, Korčula

Since the 4th century B.C., Greeks, Romans, Byzantines, and Venetians have all left their mark on the island of Hvar. The Old Town is filled with impressive landmarks, including the Renaissance Cathedral of St. Stephen and its four-story bell tower. Visit the Benedictine Convent, well known for its unique lace, a tradition recognized by UNESCO today for its important cultural heritage contribution.

After lunch on board, arrive in Korčula. This charming island city retains its original 13th-century walls, within which you will find the Abbey Treasury, home to a priceless collection of medieval manuscripts and artwork and masterful works by Tintoretto, housed in the 15th-century, Gothic-Renaissance Cathedral of St. Mark.

This evening on board ship, enjoy a specially arranged, traditional Croatian klapa performance of harmonized a cappella singing, recognized by UNESCO for its cultural heritage of humanity. (B,L,D)

Day 5 — Dubrovnik

Affectionately called “the pearl of the Adriatic,” the entire city of Dubrovnik is a World Heritage site in recognition of its historic treasures and incomparable beauty. Visit the city’s most famous landmarks, including the 15th-century Rector’s Palace and the fascinating Maritime Museum. Walk amid the well-preserved Old City walls and see the Franciscan Monastery. (B,L,D)

Day 6 — Kotor, Montenegro

Montenegro is one of the newest nations in the world, having gained its independence in 2006. The spectacular Bay of Kotor, deeply carved into the Montenegrin mountains, leads to the charming town of Kotor, a World Heritage site. Enjoy time at leisure to explore its Venetian baroque Old Town and impressive medieval fortifications. (B,L,D)

Day 7 — Corfu, Greece and Sarandë, Albania for Butrint

Cruise to the Ionian island of Corfu, Greece, Homer’s “beautiful and rich land,” where the varying cultural influences of past rulers are reflected in the French boulevards, Georgian mansions, Venetian citadel, and Greek temple. Enjoy a walking tour of the Old Town of Corfu, a World Heritage site. See the Town Hall, once a Venetian theater, built in 1663, and the Edwardian Palace of the King of Greece. Visit the museum at the grand, mythologically inspired Achilleion Palace.

Upon arrival in the picturesque coastal city of Sarandë, Albania, travel overland to the revelatory remains of Butrint, where ancient history is displayed through its well-preserved archaeological ruins. Virgil speaks of Butrint as a parvam Troiam (little Troy), a stop for Aeneas and his exiled Trojans on their epic journey. Today, visit Butrint’s ruins, a World Heritage site, trace the rise and fall of 3,000 years of ancient civilizations, from the Greek and Roman to the Byzantine, Venetian, and Ottoman Empires. The Greco-Roman amphitheater highlights the city’s rich cultural life during boom times. Public baths, a gymnasium, and an aqueduct built by Emperor Augustus offer glimpses of Butrint as a Roman port, while the intricately tiled Baptistery resounds with early Christian symbolism. A short drive to 16th-century Lekursi Castle provides a stunning panoramic view of Sarandë. (B,L,D)

Day 8 — Itea for Delphi and Cruise Corinth Canal

Ancient Greeks of all classes flocked to this sacred ground on Mount Parnassus to consult Pythia, the high priestess of the Temple of Apollo, on matters as mundane as farming and as monumental as the declaration of war. Visit the spectacular ruins of the iconic sanctuary of Delphi, considered the center of the Greek world in the 6th century B.C. and today a World Heritage site. Pass through the Sacred Way and stand at the marble Altar of the Chians, where the common and the mighty awaited the oracle’s pronouncements. Tour the magnificent Delphi Archaeological Museum, a treasure trove of ancient artifacts including a life-size 5th-century B.C. bronze charioteer.

Return to Itea and cruise through the Corinth Canal, first proposed at the end of the 7th century B.C. but not fully realized until a French engineering company completed it in 1893. An impressive waterway that cuts through the Isthmus of Corinth, at only 82 feet wide at the water’s surface, it is so narrow that only small ships can make its passage. Transit the canal aboard your small ship Le Lyrial, a thrilling highlight for sea captains and travelers. Attend the Captain’s farewell reception this evening. (B,L,R,D)

Day 9 — Depart Athens for the U.S.

Disembark the ship in Athens and begin the Athens Post-Cruise option, or transfer to the airport for your return flight to the U.S. (B)

2017 Itinerary

Day 1 — Depart for Athens, Greece

Day 2 — Athens, Greece

Arrive in Athens and embark the five-star Le Lyrial in the afternoon. (D)

Day 3 — Cruise Corinth Canal / Itea for Delphi

Enjoy a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to cruise through the Corinth Canal aboard your small ship, a rare and thrilling highlight for sea captains and travelers. This conduit for the migration of civilizations between the Adriatic and Aegean Seas was first proposed at the end of the seventh century B.C. but was not fully realized until completion by a French engineering company in 1893. An impressive waterway that cuts through the Isthmus of Corinth, at only 70 feet wide, it is so narrow that only small ships can make its passage.

Arrive in Delphi, considered the center of the Greek world in the sixth century B.C. and today a World Heritage site. Ancient Greeks of all classes flocked to this sacred ground on Mount Parnassus to consult Pythia, the high priestess of the Temple of Apollo, on matters as routine as farming and as monumental as the declaration of war. Enjoy a walking tour through the spectacular ruins of Delphi’s iconic statuary, along the Sacred Way that winds up to the Temple of Apollo, and stand at the marble Altar of the Chians, where both the common and the mighty awaited the oracle’s pronouncements. Tour the magnificent Delphi Archaeological Museum, a treasure trove of ancient artifacts including a life‑size fifth‑century B.C. bronze charioteer.

Join your traveling companions on board this evening for the captain’s welcome reception. (B,L,R,D)

Day 4 — Corfu / Sarandë, Albania, for Butrint

Cruise to the Ionian island of Corfu, Greece, Homer’s “beautiful and rich land,” where the varying cultural influences of past rulers are reflected in the French boulevards, Georgian mansions, Venetian citadel and Greek temple. Walk through the picturesque Old Town, a World Heritage site. See the Town Hall, once a Venetian theater, built in 1690, and the Edwardian Palace of the King of Greece. Tour the Old Fortress, a hilltop Venetian fortification whose twin peaks inspired the name of Corfu, “Coryphe” in Greek, meaning “peaks.”

Virgil speaks of Butrint as a parvam Troiam (little Troy), a stop for Aeneas and his exiled Trojans on their epic journey. Today, Butrint’s ruins, a World Heritage site, trace the rise and fall of three thousand years of ancient civilizations. From the Greek and Roman to the Byzantine and Ottoman Empires, tour these revelatory remains, where ancient history is displayed through well-preserved archaeological ruins. The Greco‑Roman amphitheater highlights the city’s rich cultural life during times of prosperity. Public baths, a gymnasium and an aqueduct built by Emperor Augustus offer glimpses of Butrint as a Roman port, while the intricately tiled Baptistery exhibits its early Christian symbolism. A short drive to 16th‑century Lekursi Castle provides a stunning panoramic view of the picturesque coastal city of Sarandë. (B,L,D)

Day 5 — Kotor, Montenegro

Montenegro is one of the newest nations in the world, having gained its independence in 2006. The spectacular Bay of Kotor, deeply carved into the Montenegrin mountains, leads to the charming town of Kotor, a World Heritage site known for its Venetian Baroque Old Town and impressive medieval fortifications. Following the walking tour, the remainder of the afternoon and evening is at leisure in Kotor. (B,L,D)

Day 6 — Dubrovnik, Croatia

Affectionately called “the pearl of the Adriatic,” the entire city of Dubrovnik is a World Heritage site in recognition of its historic treasures and incomparable beauty. Enjoy a walking tour featuring the city’s most famous landmarks—see the Franciscan Monastery and the well‑preserved old city walls, and visit the 15th‑century Rector’s Palace and the fascinating Maritime Museum. The afternoon is at leisure in Dubrovnik.

On board the ship this evening, enjoy a specially arranged, traditional Croatian klapa performance of harmonized a cappella singing. (B,L,D)

Day 7 — Korčula / Split

The charming island city of Korčula retains its original 13th-century walls, within which you will visit the Abbey Treasury, home to a priceless collection of medieval manuscripts and artwork, and the 15th‑century, Gothic‑Renaissance Cathedral of St. Mark, housing masterful works by Tintoretto. Also see the house where Marco Polo is said to have been born.

Continue to Split for an afternoon walking tour of its historic city center, a World Heritage site built on the foundation of Roman Emperor Diocletian’s retirement palace. Today, people live and work in this thriving, nearly 2000-year-old complex. Visit the Temple of Jupiter, considered to be one of the best-preserved Roman temples in the world, and the Cathedral of St. Duje, regarded as the world’s oldest Catholic cathedral (A.D. 305) that remains in use in its original structure.

During this evening’s exclusive Coastal Life Forum®, local residents will discuss contemporary life along the Adriatic. (B,L,D)

Day 8 — Split

In 1947, Ivan Meštrović, one of the most renowned artists of the 20th century and Croatia’s most accomplished sculptor, became the first living artist to exhibit at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City. Experience his unique vision during a visit to the Meštrović Gallery.

Attend the captain’s farewell reception on board this evening. (B,L,R,D)

Day 9 — Depart Venice, Italy for the U.S.

Disembark the ship in Venice and continue on the post-cruise option, or transfer to the airport for your return flight home. (B)