A new cruise offering from Smithsonian Journeys and PONANT 

Set sail from Venice’s fabled waterways to explore the legacy of the Greeks, Romans, Venetians, and more on an 8-day cruise along Croatia’s island-studded Dalmatian Coast to the Ionian Sea.   

Starting at: $4,470 Ask Us A Question or Call 855-330-1542
 The coastal town of Hvar  Iconic harbor of Dubrovnik  Traditional street in Dubrovnik  Fort and Old City of Dubrovnik

Cruising the Dalmatian Coast and the Ionian Sea

From Venice to Athens Aboard the 184-guest Le Jacques Cartier

8 days from $4,470

A new cruise offering from Smithsonian Journeys and PONANT 

Set sail from Venice’s fabled waterways to explore the legacy of the Greeks, Romans, Venetians, and more on an 8-day cruise along Croatia’s island-studded Dalmatian Coast to the Ionian Sea.   

or Call 855-330-1542

Activity Level

Level 3: Moderate / Active

This tour will begin in Venice and includes half day excursions, many of them walking tours that include standing and walking for extended periods of time. During the coastal cruise the ship will pull up to a pier for disembarkation via a gangway. In certain ports, the ship will be at anchor and disembarkation will be by tender. Morning and afternoon excursions off ship will include walks at archeological sites and on cobblestone streets, walkways and city hills. Stairs may not have handrails and there will be limited or no access to elevators. Some guided walks will depart directly from the pier and others will require a motor coach to reach the site. The ship does have elevators 

Appropriate for: Travelers who are physically fit, walk on cobblestone streets, and on steep or uneven paths. 

Ship

Le Jacques Cartier

Le Jacques Cartier, launched in 2020 by PONANT, ushers in a new generation of five-star small ships, combining revolutionary design and a new standard of luxury for unparalleled cruising. Dock in smaller ports inaccessible to larger ships and where authentic cultural experiences and majestic scenery await you.

Respect for the Environment

The newest addition to the Ponant “clean ship” fleet, a prestigious certification among ocean‑cruising vessels, Le Jacques Cartier is energy efficient and eco‑friendly, protecting fragile marine ecosystems while providing a safe and comfortable voyage.

Chic and Casual Dining

Dine indoors or alfresco on international and regional cuisine served in the stylish, spacious indoor‑outdoor restaurant, at the casual pool deck grill or from 24‑hour room service. Daily meals include continental and buffet breakfasts, buffet lunch, afternoon tea, and four‑course dinner.

92 Elegant Suites and Staterooms, 100% with Private Balconies

Each five‑star stateroom and suite (up to 484 square feet) features a private balcony. Grand Deluxe Suites have a bay window and spacious private terrace. Accommodations offer two twin beds or one queen bed, private bathroom with shower, individual climate control, and luxurious hotel amenities.

Life on Board

Enjoy sweeping views from the lounges, which open to the outdoors, and lectures, cultural performances, or film screenings in the state‑of‑the‑art theater. Relax in the spa and sauna or the Sun Deck’s infinity‑style swimming pool. There is a beauty salon, fitness room, and three elevators. Complimentary Wi‑Fi is available throughout the ship.

World-Class Service

The highly trained, English‑speaking crew are personable and attentive, and the ship has a medical center staffed with a doctor and nurse.

Le Jacques Cartier

Le Jacques Cartier, launched in 2020 by PONANT, ushers in a new generation of five-star small ships, combining revolutionary design and a new standard of luxury for unparalleled cruising. Dock in smaller ports inaccessible to larger ships and where authentic cultural experiences and majestic scenery await you.

Respect for the Environment

The newest addition to the Ponant “clean ship” fleet, a prestigious certification among ocean‑cruising vessels, Le Jacques Cartier is energy efficient and eco‑friendly, protecting fragile marine ecosystems while providing a safe and comfortable voyage.

Chic and Casual Dining

Dine indoors or alfresco on international and regional cuisine served in the stylish, spacious indoor‑outdoor restaurant, at the casual pool deck grill or from 24‑hour room service. Daily meals include continental and buffet breakfasts, buffet lunch, afternoon tea, and four‑course dinner.

92 Elegant Suites and Staterooms, 100% with Private Balconies

Each five‑star stateroom and suite (up to 484 square feet) features a private balcony. Grand Deluxe Suites have a bay window and spacious private terrace. Accommodations offer two twin beds or one queen bed, private bathroom with shower, individual climate control, and luxurious hotel amenities.

Life on Board

Enjoy sweeping views from the lounges, which open to the outdoors, and lectures, cultural performances, or film screenings in the state‑of‑the‑art theater. Relax in the spa and sauna or the Sun Deck’s infinity‑style swimming pool. There is a beauty salon, fitness room, and three elevators. Complimentary Wi‑Fi is available throughout the ship.

World-Class Service

The highly trained, English‑speaking crew are personable and attentive, and the ship has a medical center staffed with a doctor and nurse.

Reading List

Highly Recommended

The World of Venice: Revised Edition
By: Morris, Jan
Travellers History Of Croatia (The Traveller's History)
By: Benjamin Curtis
DK Eyewitness Croatia (Travel Guide)
By: DK Eyewitness
DK Eyewitness Greece, Athens and the Mainland (Travel Guide)
By: DK Eyewitness

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