Fabled Sarajevo and Idyllic Shores of Croatia and Montenegro
Discover the treasures of Sarajevo and Mostar, and sail the Dalmatian coast from Dubrovnik to Venice with stops in Split, Hvar, and Kotor on our small-ship cruise.
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- May 8 – 19, 2014 (Venice to Sarajevo)
- May 12 – 23, 2014 (Sarajevo to Venice)
- August 28 – September 8, 2014 (Venice to Sarajevo)
- October 13 – 24, 2014 (Sarajevo to Venice)
- Interested in a shorter trip? See our cruise between Venice and Dubrovnik only option Idyllic Shores of Croatia & Montenegro!
The Dalmatian coast reflects the European beauty, charm, and history of another time. Ancient Greek settlers, Roman and Byzantine emperors, Venetian doges, and Ottoman caliphs coveted this sun-dappled, island-dotted stretch of the Adriatic Sea. Yet, this magnificent coastline has escaped the machinery of mass tourism. The small, well-preserved medieval towns lining the coast, the phenomenal monuments, the palm-lined promenades, and the exquisite land and seascapes have retained their authenticity and original character.
Displaying centuries of influence from the Ottoman and Austrian empires, Sarajevo and Mostar, both in Bosnia & Herzegovina, are two of the loveliest cities in Southern Europe. Travel to the beautiful walled city of Dubrovnik where we embark Corinthian.
Kotor, in Montenegro, reached through southern Europe’s only fjord, will be our first port of call. Sail to Korcula Island, caressed by gentle breezes and graced with Venetian spires. From Ploce, enjoy an excursion to multi-cultural Mostar. Stroll through the lavender-scented lanes of Hvar, the Mediterranean’s newest Riviera. Tour the ancient city of Split built within the palace of Diocletian before ending this splendid voyage in breathtaking Venice.
Music lovers, please note that the May 15 departure of this cruise will be accompanied by soprano Deborah Voigt, who will perform two private recitals during the cruise and host a roundtable discussion.
Day 1 & 2 — US, Sarajevo, Bosnia & Herzegovina
Fly from the United States to Sarajevo. Arrive in Sarajevo and transfer to the Hotel Europe (or Hotel Astra Garni on May 13). Enjoy a welcome dinner in the hotel. (D)
Day 3 — Sarajevo
In the morning we will explore Sarajevo, one of the loveliest cities in southern Europe. Visit its principal monuments, including the Begova Mosque (1531); the 16th-century Orthodox cathedral and museum; the Pasuca Mosque, considered a masterpiece of Ottoman architecture; the Ulica Vase Miskina, the most typical Austrian street in the old town; and the Svrzo House, an outstanding example of 16th-century Turkish domestic architecture. The afternoon is at leisure to explore Sarajevo on your own. Dine this evening in a local restaurant. (B, D)
Day 4 — Sarajevo, Mostar, Dubrovnik, Croatia
Damaged during the conflicts of the 1990s, Mostar was carefully restored and declared a World Heritage site. After a tour including the famed Stari Most (“the Old Bridge”), originally built in 1566, and lunch at a local restaurant, continue to the walled hill town of Pocitelj and the nearby ancient Roman settlement of Narona. Enjoy the scenic coastal drive to Dubrovnik and check into the Valamar Dubrovnik President Hotel (or Grand Villa Argentina on October 16). (B, L)
Day 5 — Dubrovnik, Embark
Set on a rocky peninsula jutting into the Adriatic Sea, Dubrovnik is one of Europe’s best-preserved medieval cities and a designated World Heritage site. The city contains within its ramparts the Rector’s Palace, the Franciscan Monastery, which houses a 13th-century pharmacy (the oldest in Europe), and the baroque cathedral, with works by Renaissance painters Titian and Andrea del Sarto. Enjoy a morning walking tour of Dubrovnik, and leisure time in the afternoon to explore on your own. Embark Corinthian this evening. (B, D)
Day 6 — Dubrovnik, Cavtat, Dubrovnik, Kotor, Montenegro
Drive to the historic and elegant Cavtat. After exploring the town, sail the deep, fjord like Bay of Kotor to reach the port town of the same name, located at the head of the bay beneath towering mountains. A designated World Heritage site, Kotor’s fortifications and most of its monuments date from the time of Venetian rule. A tour of this delightful town reveals its magnificent walls, palaces, and churches, including the 12th-century St. Tryphon Cathedral, which contains a rich collection of artifacts. (B, L, D)
Day 7 — Korcula Island, Croatia
Steps away from our ship stands the medieval city of Korcula. Visit St. Mark’s Cathedral and its Treasury, the Bishop’s Palace, the Church of All Saints, the Icon Museum, and Marco Polo’s home. Continue by bus to the eastern end of the island, which is abundant in quaint old villages, vineyards, wineries, and out-of-the-way beaches. In the afternoon, drive to the village of Lumbarda to visit a family farm known for its production of white wine from the indigenous Korcula Grk grape. Taste the local wines as well as dry-cured ham, goat cheese, olive oil, and vegetables, all produced on site. (B, L, D)
Day 8 — Ploce, the Makarska Coast, Ploce
Drive along the coast to the town of Makarska where we visit a local museum, enjoy lunch at a local restaurant, and explore this delightful town at leisure, before returning to Ploce through the beautiful Biokovo Mountain Range. (B, L, D)
Day 9 — Vis & Hvar Islands
Vis is one of Croatia’s most beautiful and unspoiled islands. Dock at Vis Town and drive across the small island to quaint Komiza, which has retained its medieval character and architecture. Later today discover Hvar, a fertile island of rosemary, lavender, and laurel. Hvar’s architecture is unmistakably Venetian. Our tour includes a visit to the 17th-century Municipal Theater, the Franciscan Monastery and its small gallery, the city’s Loggia, and St. Stephen’s Square. Continue by bus to the 16th-century fortress for spectacular views of Hvar Town’s rooftops and harbor. (B, L, D)
Day 10 — Split
Split is an ancient city centered around the formidable Palace of Diocletian, built in A.D. 295- 305, and a World Heritage Site. An extensive structure, much of which is well preserved, the palace contains within its walls Split’s medieval town, making it the only palace that has been continuously inhabited since Roman times. Our tour of this extensive structure includes a visit to its underground cellars, the Mausoleum, Jupiter’s Temple, the Peristyle, and the Northern Gate. This evening experience a klapa performance, a traditional Croatian all-male a cappella choral group. (B, L, D)
Day 11 — Cruising the Kornati Archipelago, Rab Island
In the morning, Corinthian sails by the Kornati Archipelago, a national park of about 100 uninhabited islands, en route to Rab. Perched on a peninsula overlooking a spacious bay, Rab, the only town on the small island of the same name, is one of the most beautiful towns along Croatia’s coast. A walking tour visits all its landmark sites, including theCathedral of Sveta Marija (St. Mary the Great), and the magnificent Bell Tower, a masterpiece of 12th-century architecture. (B, L, D)
Day 12 — Venice, Italy, Disembark, U.S.
Disembark and transfer to airport for flights home.