Idyllic Shores of Croatia and Montenegro
An Adriatic Cruise
Step back in time to discover the pristine beauty of the Dalmatian coast during our small-ship cruise from Venice to Dubrovnik, with stops in Split, Hvar, and Kotor.
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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.
Tour the ancient city of Split built within the palace of Diocletian. Stroll through the lavender-scented lanes of Hvar, the Mediterranean’s newest Riviera. From Ploce, enjoy an excursion to multi-cultural Mostar. Sail to Korcula Island, caressed by gentle breezes and graced with Venetian spires. Kotor, in Montenegro, reached through southern Europe’s only fjord, will be the last port of call before arriving in beautiful Dubrovnik.
Day 1 & 2 — US, Venice, Italy, Embark
Fly from the U.S. to Venice, Italy. Arrive in Venice and transfer to Corinthian. Sail in the evening. (D)
Day 3 — Rab Island, Croatia, Cruising the Kornati Archipelago
Perched on a sloping peninsula overlooking a spacious bay, Rab, the only town on the small island by the same name, is one of the most beautiful towns along Croatia's coast. Four graceful belfries pointing to the sky dominate the unspoiled medieval town, with its narrow streets that are lined with stately mansions and other buildings. The Cathedral of Sveta Marija Velika (Saint Mary the Great), consecrated in 1177, is an excellent example of a Romanesque basilica, while its magnificent Bell Tower is a masterpiece of 12th-century architecture. Our walking tour of this lovely town will include all its landmark sites. In the afternoon, the ship will cruise by the Kornati Archipelago, a national park of about 100 uninhabited islands. (B, L, D)
Day 4 — Split
Originally a Greco-Illyrian settlement, Split is an ancient city centered around the formidable Palace of Diocletian (a World Heritage site), built in A.D. 295-305. 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. Conclude the city tour with a visit to the gallery of famous Croatian sculptor, Ivan Mestrovic. (B, L, D)
Day 5 — Hvar & Vis Islands
Discover Hvar, a fertile island of pale stone houses surrounded by rosemary, lavender, and laurel. The architecture is unmistakably Venetian, and there are fine fortifications. Our tour of the island’s principal town 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, at the top of the hill, for spectacular views of Hvar Town’s red-tiled rooftops and harbor. Later today, continue to Vis, one of Croatia’s most beautiful and unspoiled islands. Land at Vis Town, set on a splendid bay, and drive across the small island to the quaint town of Komiza, which has retained its medieval character and architecture. Stately homes and other buildings face the palm-lined harbor, while the terraced hillside provides a lovely background to this idyllic setting. (B, L, D)
Day 6 — Ploce, Mostar, Bosnia & Herzegovina, Ploce, Croatia
Sail to Ploce for an excursion to Mostar, which in the 15th century under the Ottoman Turks became a thriving center on the banks of the emerald Neretva River. Damaged by the military conflict in the 1990s, the town has been carefully restored by UNESCO and declared a World Heritage site. Admire the ethereally graceful Stari Most (“The Old Bridge”), originally built in 1566, the nearby Tabacica Mosque, and an old Turkish house, among other sites. After lunch at a local restaurant there will be free time to explore the old bazaar, a haven for the city’s artists and craftsmen. (B, L, D)
Day 7 — Korcula Island
We arrive at Korcula Island and dock at the town of the same name. Steps away from our ship stands the medieval city with its walls and guard towers still intact. Note the medieval town’s unique layout: western streets run straight to funnel refreshing maestral breezes; eastern streets slightly curve to minimize bura winds. 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 and drive to the eastern end of the island, abundant in quaint old villages, vineyards, wineries, and out-of-the- way beaches. In the village ofBlato, visit the Ethnographical Museum and enjoy wine sampling at a local tavern. (B, L, D)
Day 8 — Kotor, Montenegro, Dubrovnik, Croatia
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. One of the most striking and best-preserved towns along the Adriatic coast, Kotor (a World Heritage site). A tour of this delightful and compact car-free town reveals its magnificent walls, palaces, and churches, including the Drago Palace, with its elegant Renaissance windows, the 12th-century St. Tryphon Cathedral, and the baroque Lipovac Palace. Over lunch aboard, sail to nearby Dubrovnik (a World Heritage site), arriving late in the afternoon. Set on a rocky peninsula jutting into the Adriatic Sea, Dubrovnik is one of Europe's best-preserved medieval cities. Its ancient walls enclose narrow cobblestoned streets and alleyways, palaces, and mansions. Overnight aboard docked in Dubrovnik. (B, L, D)
Day 9 — Dubrovnik, Disembark
Disembark and transfer to the airport for return flights. (B)