Mediterranean Idyll: Venice to Dubrovnik


Explore the natural and artistic beauty that abounds on the shores of the Adriatic and Ionian Seas on this leisurely small-ship cruise featuring Italy, Croatia, Montenegro, and Greece.

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 Bay of Kotor, Montenegro  Kotor Harbor, Montenegro  Bay of Kotor, Montenegro  The Ducal Palace and Duomo in Urbino  The Grand Canal in Venice, Italy
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Natural and artistic beauty abounds on the shores of the Adriatic and Ionian Seas, and a leisurely small-ship cruise is the perfect way to explore it. Embark from Venice and call at Piran in Slovenia, where Venetian influences are evident in the city's architecture and alleyways. As we explore the eastern coast of Italy, renowned for its beauty and its historical legacy, we'll visit the best-preserved renaissance town of Urbino and one of the most prominent cities of Magna Graecia, Crotone. Corinthian continues to Greece and Albania, where the layers of multiple civilizations are evident in the ancient ruins and mythological sites we will visit.  Call at the World Heritage site of Split and the medieval city of Korcula.  Stop in Kotor, one of the most striking and best-preserved towns along the Adriatic coast, before concluding this grand, 15-night voyage in Dubrovnik, the “Pearl of the Adriatic.”

Itinerary
July 23 - 24, 2014 — U.S., Venice, Italy, Embark

Fly from the United States to Venice, Italy. Built on an archipelago of small islands in a lagoon and famed for its romantic canals, Venice rose to power and dominated the affairs of the Eastern Mediterranean for many years. Upon arrival, transfer to Corinthian. Overnight aboard ship docked in Venice.

July 25 — Venice
Enjoy a tour of Venice, with visits to the Scuola Grande di San Rocco, and the Basilica Santa Maria Gloriosa dei Frari. (B, L, D)

July 26 — Piran, Slovenia
Slovenia's Piran, one of the jewels of the Adriatic, is superbly sited on the tip of a long peninsula, and boasts elegant Venetian inspired architecture and arched alleyways that accentuate its medieval past. Leisurely explore the town, including the historic buildings around Tartinjen Square. Stroll through Piran on your own before the ship sails in the evening. (B, L, D)

July 27 — Ancona, Italy, Urbino, Ancona
From Ancona drive to Urbino, known as “the ideal city of the Renaissance.” Visit the famed Palazzo Ducale, which houses the National Gallery of the Marches. Also, see the house of native son Raphael. (B, L, D)

July 28 — At Sea
Enjoy a day at sea to relax or sit in on a presentation by one of our esteemed guest lecturers. (B, L, D)

July 29 — Crotone
Ancient Crotone was one of the most prominent cities of Magna Graecia. Visit the impressive Archaeological Museum and then drive to the small town of Santa Severina, dramatically situated on an isolated outcrop of sheer rock, to see the Norman cathedral with its 9th-century baptistery and Carafa Castle. (B, L, D)

July 30 — Syracuse, Sicily
Colonized by the Greeks in the 8th century B.C., Syracuse became one of the most powerful and prestigious cities of the ancient world. Discover the 15,000-seat Greek theater, among the most impressive to survive from antiquity, and the elliptical Roman amphitheater. After a visit to the Archaeological Museum, walk the winding lanes of Syracuse's Old Town and explore the remains of the Temple of Apollo, the Fountain of Aretusa, and the Cathedral, which incorporates the remains of the famed Temple of Athena. (B, L, D)

July 31 — Cephalonia, Greece
Arrive at Argostoli, Cephalonia's main town, in the late afternoon. Enjoy time at leisure ashore. (B, L, D)

August 1 — Ithaca
Ithaca, the legendary home of Odysseus, is a stunning island of pristine beaches and verdant forest. Visit the bay of Dexia, believed to be Homer's harbor of Phorkys. Admire the Cyclopean Walls, a ruined site known locally as Odysseus's Castle, and stand atop thePlateau of Marathia, where Odysseus's loyal servant Eumaeus kept his swine. (B, L, D)

August 2 — Igoumenitsa, Dodoni, Ioannina, Igoumenitsa
Call at Igoumenitsa and travel to Dodoni, the oldest oracular site in Greece. Beautifully situated in a valley below Mt. Tomaros, the site includes a superb theater, with walls 65 feet high and a seating capacity of 20,000. Continue to the charming old market town of Ioannina, beautifully built on the shores of a scenic lake. (B, L, D)

August 3 — Saranda, Albania, Butrint, Saranda
From Albania's Saranda, drive to the World Heritage site of Butrint. Inhabited since prehistoric times, the city was founded by the Trojans, or so claimed the poet Virgil. A gem of an archaeological site, its ruins span 2,500 years. (B, L, D)

August 4 — Kotor, Montenegro
Sail the deep, fjord-like Bay of Kotor to reach the 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 is a designated World Heritage site. A tour of this delightful town reveals its magnificent walls, palaces, and churches.

August 5 — Split, Croatia
Split is an ancient city centered around the formidable Palace of Diocletian, and is a designated 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 includes a thorough exploration of this ancient structure. (B, L, D)

August 6 — Korcula
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. Also enjoy time at leisure on this enchanting island. (B, L, D)

August 7 - Dubrovnik
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. After a walking tour of this splendid ancient town, enjoy free time. Spend the night aboard ship docked in Dubrovnik, which will allow you more time for exploration on your own. (B, L, D)

August 8 — Dubrovnik, Disembark, U.S.
Disembark and transfer to the airport for return flights. (B)