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. 

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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 Aboard the Le Bougainville

9 days from $4,495

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. 

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Tour Details

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 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. Enjoy a walking tour of Split's historic center, known for the immense retirement palace built by Roman Emperor Diocletian. Tour the charming island cities of Hvar and Korčula and see the most famous landmarks of the exquisite 15th-century walled city of Dubrovnik, a World Heritage site. 
  • Montenegro and Albania: Sail into the spectacular Bay of Kotor and admire the Venetian baroque Old Town of Kotor. In Butrint, now designated a World Heritage site, see a beautiful 3rd-century B.C. amphitheater.
  • Greece: On Corfu, take a walking tour of the Old Town, then stop along the Gulf of Corinth ascend the trail to ancient Delphi, home to the mythical Oracle. En route to Piraeus, cruise through the dramatically narrow Corinth Canal, navigable only by small ship.
  • Small Ship Experience: Enjoy cruising aboard an upscale small ship that features sophisticated staterooms and public spaces, superb amenities, excellent cuisine, and an informal ambiance. Each voyage will also host other leading cultural and educational institutions, which will add to the excitement and energy of the experience. See more information on the Tour Details page. 

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.

Athens to Venice – September 10-18, 2020

*The September 17-25, 2020 departure will run from Venice to Athens, while the September 10-18, 2020 departure will run from Athens to Venice. 

Day 1 — Depart the U.S. or Canada for Athens, Greece

Day 2 — Athens, Greece

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

Day 3 — 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. This conduit for the migration of civilizations between the Aegean and Adriatic Seas was first proposed at the end of the 7th 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.

Delphi was considered the center of the Greek world in the 6th century B.C. and today is a World Heritage site. Ancient Greeks from all walks of life flocked to sacred Mount Parnassus to consult the high priestess of the Temple of Apollo. Walk along the Sacred Way to the iconic sanctuary of Delphi and stand at the marble Altar of the Chians, where the common and the mighty once awaited the oracle’s pronouncements. Tour the magnificent Archaeological Museum, a treasure trove of ancient artifacts including a life‑size 5th‑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, Homer’s “beautiful and rich land,” where 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, a World Heritage site, and see the 17th-century Town Hall, once a Venetian theater, and the Edwardian Palace of the King of 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. The Greco‑Roman amphitheater highlights the ancient city’s rich cultural life during its cultural apex. Public baths, a gymnasium, and an aqueduct built by Emperor Caesar Augustus offer glimpses of Butrint as a Roman port, while the intricately tiled Baptistery depicts its ties to early Christianity. A short drive to 16th-century Lekursi Castle provides a stunning panoramic view of the coastal city of Sarandë. (B,L,D)

Day 5 — 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, 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.

On board the ship this evening, enjoy a specially arranged, traditional klapa performance of harmonized a cappella singing. (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 a 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 — Korčula / Hvar

This morning, arrive in picturesque Korčula. Inside the original 13th-century walls of this charming island city, you will find the Abbey Treasury, home to a priceless collection of medieval manuscripts and artwork; the house where Marco Polo is said to have been born, widely contested between Croatians and Venetians; and masterful works by Tintoretto in the 15th‑century, Gothic‑Renaissance-style Cathedral of St. Mark.

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 Hvar lace, recognized by UNESCO as an Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity. (B,L,D)

Day 8 — Split

Split’s nearly 2,000-year‑old city center, a World Heritage site, was built on the foundation of Roman Emperor Diocletian’s retirement palace and remains a thriving community. Visit the Temple of Jupiter, one of the world’s best‑preserved Roman temples, and the Cathedral of Saint Domnius (A.D. 305), regarded as the world’s oldest Catholic cathedral still in use in its original structure. 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. (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)

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

Venice to Athens – September 17-25, 2020

*The September 17-25, 2020 departure will run from Venice to Athens, while the September 10-18, 2020 departure will run from Athens to Venice. 

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

Day 2 — Venice, Italy

Arrive in Venice and embark the five-star Le Bougainville 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 2nd and 3rd 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 2,000-year-old complex. Visit the Temple of Jupiter, considered one of the best-preserved Roman temples in the world, and the Cathedral of Saint Domnius, 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 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 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. (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.

On board the ship this evening, enjoy a specially arranged, traditional Croatian klapa performance of harmonized a cappella singing. (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, participate in our Coastal Life Forum® on board the ship where local residents will discuss contemporary life along the Adriatic

Then enjoy the remainder of the afternoon at leisure in Kotor(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 6th 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 5th-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 7th 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)