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Famed for its crystal blue waters and pristine island chains, the Adriatic is also renowned for its maritime link between Western and Eastern Mediterranean cultures. Sail in the wake of Roman galleons and medieval seafarers from legendary Venice across the fabled Adriatic to explore the treasures found along the ruggedly beautiful Dalmatian Coast. Stroll through Emperor Diocletian’s vast palace in Split, the walled city of Korcula (supposed birthplace of Marco Polo), and the medieval fortifications of Kotor. Discover Dubrovnik’s perfectly restored Gothic and Romanesque quarters, explore the great Roman arena in Pula, and, from Trogir, tour the historic city of Mostar or the pilgrimage site of Medjugorje in Bosnia-Herzegovina. You’ll also meet local residents, enjoy a folk music performance, and attend an exclusive lecture on the restoration of Dubrovnik. Historian Thomas Emmert will enhance your experience as you cruise aboard the newly launched deluxe M.S. Le Soléal
. An optional extension to Venice is also offered.Itinerary
June 18-19 - U.S., Venice, Italy
Depart the U.S. for Venice, Italy. Embark the deluxe M.S. Le Soléal
in the afternoon the next day.June 20 - Split, Croatia
Enjoy a walking tour of Split’s historic city center
, a World Heritage site
, built on the very foundation of the vast retirement palace Roman Emperor Diocletian built here in A.D. 305. Today it teems with 21st-century life. Experience the unique vision of Ivan Mestrovic, Croatia’s most accomplished sculptor, on a visit to the Mestrovic Gallery, built by the artist as his summer home in the 1930s. Attend the Captain’s Welcome Reception and dinner this evening. (R,D)June 21 - Split, Hvar, Korcula
Since the fourth century B.C., Sicilians, Romans, Byzantines, Croatians and Venetians have all left their mark on Hvar’s history and architecture. On a walking tour within the Old Town, see the impressive landmarks including the Renaissance Cathedral of St. Stephen with its Italianate bell tower, and the Benedictine Monastery, well known for the unique lace made from agave fibers and handcrafted by nuns.
After lunch on board, arrive in Korcula and stroll along the original 13th-century city walls, which surround unique herringbone-patterned streets and many historical and artistic riches. Visit the Abbey Treasury, home to a priceless collection of medieval manuscripts, artwork and historic artifacts. See the house where Marco Polo is said to have been born. Admire masterful works by Tintoretto in the 15th-century Cathedral of St. Mark.
Later, enjoy a traditional Croatian Klapa
performance on board the ship. (B,L,D)June 22 - Kotor, Montenegro
Montenegro is one of the newest nations in the world, having gained its independence from Serbia in 2006. Drive along the spectacular Bay of Kotor, deeply carved into the Montenegrin mountains, into the charming town of Kotor
, a World Heritage site
. Visit its Venetian baroque Old Town and impressive medieval fortifications. (B,L,D)June 23 - Dubrovnik, Croatia
Affectionately called “the pearl of the Adriatic” the entire city of Dubrovnik
has been named a World Heritage site
in recognition of its incomparable beauty and historic treasures and is one of UNESCO’s largest restoration projects. Visit the city’s most famous landmarks, including the Franciscan Monastery, the 15th-century Rector’s Palace, and the Maritime Museum, which chronicles Dubrovnik’s long and fascinating history as one of Europe’s most storied ports. Walk along the well-preserved old city walls to enjoy superb views of the old port. Attend the exclusive presentation by a prominent University of Dubrovnik professor on the restoration of the city’s historic monuments. (B,L,D)June 24 - Trogir
The walled town of Trogir
, a World Heritage site
, is located on a small island and is a virtual open-air museum of Renaissance architecture. Visit the Cathedral of St. Lawrence, the town’s architectural and artistic treasure, featuring exquisite 13th-century carvings by local artist, Radovan.
On an optional afternoon excursion, visit one of Croatia’s most spectacular natural wonders, Krka National Park, where the Krka River flows through a limestone landscape creating 17 dramatic waterfalls. (B,L,D)June 25 - Pula, Rovinj
On this morning’s walking tour of Pula, see its wide array of Roman monuments, most impressive of which is the magnificent Arena, erected in 27 B.C. After Rome’s Colosseum, today it is arguably the finest and most intact Roman amphitheater in the world. Michelangelo and Piranesi took inspiration from the nearby Triumphal Arch of the Sergii, distinguished by its coffered archways and winged Victory statues. The noble Temple of Augustus, still intact after 2,000 years, displays a beautiful collection of friezes. Become aquainted with two generations of a Puljani family during the specially arranged meeting.
Continue to the beautiful city of Rovinj, where diminutive houses lean together over the labyrinthine streets of the Old Town, and traces of the Middle Ages can be seen in the ancient fortified town walls. The walking tour is highlighted by the early 18th-century St. Euphemia Church, home to the saint’s stone sarcophagus, which legend says mysteriously washed ashore in the year 800 after its disappearance from Constantinople. (B,L,R,D)June 26 - Venice, Italy, U.S.
Disembark in Venice and begin the Post-Cruise Optional Extension, or transfer to the airport for your return flight to the U.S. (B)
Pre- and Post-Cruise Options and Optional Excursions are available at additional cost. Details will be included with your reservation confirmation.
All program features are contingent upon final brochure pricing.