Follow in the wake of ancient sailing ships as you cruise along the dazzling, island-studded Adriatic on a voyage of discovery from Venice to Athens. 

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 The coastal town of Hvar  Aerial view of Split, with the remains of Diocletian's Palace  The harbor in Split  Split  Remains of Diocletian's Palace and the cathedral tower in Split  The town of Korcula, along the Dalmatian Coast  Dubrovnik, the Pearl of the Adriatic  Traditional street in Dubrovnik  Bay of Kotor, Montenegro  Kotor Harbor, Montenegro  The island of Corfu  Palace of Achilleion Museum, Corfu  <i>Dying Achilles</i> at the Palace of Achilleion Museum, Corfu  Archeological site of Butrint, Albania  Mosaics at archaeological site, Butrint  Temple at Delphi  The Corinth Canal  The magnificent Acropolis in Athens  The caryatids on the Erechtheion on the Acropolis in Athens  Venice

A Cruise of the Adriatic and Aegean

From Venice to Athens

9 days from $4,395

Follow in the wake of ancient sailing ships as you cruise along the dazzling, island-studded Adriatic on a voyage of discovery from Venice to Athens. 

or Call 855-330-1542

Tour Details


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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Cruise along the dazzling, island-studded Dalmatian Coast on a luxurious voyage that showcases five countries, six World Heritage sites, and the cultural influence of Greek, Roman, Venetian, Byzantine, and Slavic civilizations. 

Highlights Include

  • Croatia: From Venice, cruise along the Adriatic for historic ports such as Split and Hvar. Tour the charming island city of Korcula and see the most famous landmarks of the iconic walled city of Dubrovnik. Plus, meet with local residents and watch a folk music performance. 
  • Montenegro and Albania: Sail into the spectacular Bay of Kotor, deeply carved into the mountains, and admire the Venetian baroque Old Town of Kotor. Then travel to Butrint to see a splendid ancient amphitheater and buildings erected later by Roman Emperor Augustus. 
  • Greece: On the Ionian island of Corfu, note Venetian and French influences in its Old Town. From the Gulf of Corinth ascend the trail to ancient Delphi, home to the mythical Oracle. Then cruise through the dramatic Corinth Canal, on ultra-narrow passage navigable only by small ships. 
  • Your Elegant Small-Ship Experience: Enjoy cruising aboard an upscale small river ship that features sophisticated staterooms and public spaces, superb amenities, excellent cuisine, and an informal ambiance. This cruise features Le Lyrial (2019) and Le Bougainville (2020). See more information about these ships on the Tour Details page. Please note that the direction of the cruise varies depending on departure date and is outlined under the Itinerary section below. Each voyage will also host other leading cultural and educational institutions, which will add to the excitement and energy of the experience.

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.

Itinerary – Venice to Athens

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

Day 2 — Venice, Italy

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

Day 3 — Split, Croatia

One of the oldest cities in Croatia, Split was first founded as a Greek colony between the second and third centuries B.C. before being taken over by the Roman Republic. 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. This afternoon, enjoy a walking tour of Split’s historic city center, a World Heritage site built on the foundation of Roman Emperor Diocletian’s palace. Today, people live and work in this thriving, nearly 2000-year-old complex. Visit the Temple of Jupiter, considered one of the best-preserved Roman temples in the world, and the Cathedral of St. Duje, regarded as the oldest Catholic Cathedral (A.D. 305) still in use in its original structure.

This evening attend the captain’s welcome reception. (B,L,R,D)

Day 4 — Hvar / Korčula

Since the fourth 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 Hvar lace, recognized by UNESCO as an Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity.

After lunch on board, arrive in picturesque Korčula. This charming island city retains its original 13th-century walls and fishbone-shape layout, within which you will visit the Abbey Treasury, home to a priceless collection of medieval manuscripts and artwork, and the 15th-century, Gothic Renaissance-style Cathedral of St. Mark, housing masterful works by Tintoretto. Also, see the house where Marco Polo is said to have been born.

On board the ship this evening, enjoy a specially arranged, traditional Croatian klapa performance of harmonized a cappella singing. (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. Enjoy a walking tour featuring the city’s most famous landmarks, including 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. (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 known for the incredible Venetian and Baroque architecture of its Old Town and its impressive medieval fortifications. Following the walking tour, the remainder of the afternoon and evening is at leisure in Kotor.

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

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

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 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 exhibits early Christian symbolism. A short drive to 16th-century Lekursi Castle provides a stunning panoramic view of the picturesque coastal city of Sarandë.

Following lunch on board the ship, cruise to the Ionian island of Corfu, Greece, Homer’s “beautiful and rich land” where 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, formerly a Venetian theater built in 1690, and the Edwardian Palace of the King of Greece.

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

Day 8 — Itea for Delphi / Corinth Canal

Delphi was considered the center of the Greek world in the sixth century B.C. and today is 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 leads to the Temple of Apollo. Stand at the temple’s 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.

Enjoy a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to cruise through the Corinth Canal aboard your small ship, a rare and thrilling highlight. 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. (B,L,D)

Day 9 — Depart Athens for the U.S.

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

Included meals are denoted as follows: Breakfast (B), Lunch (L), Reception (R), Dinner (D)