Adriatic (Greece, Albania, Montenegro & Croatia) - Adriatic Odyssey

Swim in the crystal blue waters of the Adriatic, glimpse into the lives of the Mesolithic and Neolithic peoples in Korcula and discover the hidden coves of Paxos and the beauty of Corfu, the island of Nausica in Odysseus’ journey. Savor the flavors of Mediterranean cuisine with hints of smoky paprika and lemon zest and the crisp tastes of local wine. Tradition and rich history greet you as you sail the various ports of call.

Degree of Difficulty - Three Paws

Moderately Active. May involve some moderate hikes in rainforests and nature reserves, getting in and out of safari vehicles and rocking boats, and walking in uneven pavement in archaeological sites, in some cases in extreme weather conditions, heat, high elevation and humidity.

Weather Reports - When To Go

Spring and early autumn are the best times to visit the Adriatic. During that time, the weather is pleasantly warm in most places and beaches and ancient sites are relatively un-crowded. Mid-June to the end of August is high season and can be warm, and the beaches and ancient sites can be crowded. However, being on a cruise, the sea breezes cool you down, and there’s always a secluded cove for a refreshing swim. Traveling in the summer can be just as pleasant.

Days 1/2/3 NEW YORK / ATHENS

Fly overnight to Athens where you are escorted to your hotel and later enjoy a welcome dinner. Next day, explore some of Athens’ most important sites including the Parthenon, the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, Royal Palace, the Temple of Olympian Zeus and the exciting new Acropolis Museum. Enjoy lunch in Plaka, the unique old section of Athens. Your luxury hotel is situated underneath the Acropolis, just in front of one of the greatest masterpieces of Classical Athens, the Temple of Zeus, right next to picturesque “Plaka,” the Royal Gardens and the Ancient Stadium. ROYAL OLYMPIC HOTEL. (Meals Aloft; D; B,L)

Day 4 ATHENS / CORFU: CRUISE EMBARKATION

This morning fly to Corfu, the second largest island on the Ionian Sea. The island’s Greek name is Kerkyra and is related to two powerful water symbols: the god of the sea, Poseidon, and an important Greek mainland river, Asopos. The island’s history is rich with battles and conquests where castles placed in strategic locations are proof of the many hardships and struggles the island endured. You will board your vessel around 3:00 pm. The 177-foot/25-cabin S/C PANORAMA was launched in 1993 and renovated in 2008. Two bars, a sun deck, two lounges, a library, a swimming platform and comfortable, fully air-conditioned cabins with en suite facilities and all modern amenities, make this a great home from which to explore the fascinating Adriatic. Enjoy a welcome dinner tonight. (B,L,D)

Day 5 CRUISE: SARANDA, ALBANIA

Depart Corfu this morning and sail to Saranda. Perhaps one of the most important attractions of the Albanian Riviera, Saranda is situated on an open sea gulf of the Ionian Sea. Visit the remains of the ancient city of Butrint, a National Park and World Heritage Site and one of the Mediterranean’s most prominent archaeological sites. Thousands of years of settlement by the Greeks, Trojans, Romans, Byzantines, Ottomans and Venetians have left their mark here. Continue to Lekures Castle, built in 1537 by Suleyman, commanding a strategic hill point overlooking the town of Saranda. In the afternoon, set sail for Kotor. (B,L,D)

Days 6 CRUISE: KOTOR, MONTENEGRO

Arrive in Kotor, a city built by the Republic of Venice, where Venetian influence is still very prominent in the city’s architecture. The Bay of Kotor (Boka Kotorska) is sometimes called the southernmost fjord in Europe. The city has one of the best preserved medieval old towns in the Adriatic and is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The stunning backdrops of the limestone cliffs of Orjen and Lovcen make this city a typical Mediterranean landscape. One of the biggest sites here is the Cathedral of Saint Tryphon, built in 1166 and the ancient walls that stretch three miles above the city. Tonight you will remain docked at Kotor. (B,L,D)

Days 7 CRUISE: DUBROVNIK, CROATIA

Leave Kotor early this morning and sail to Dubrovnik, the “Pearl of the Adriatic,” and formerly known as Ragusa in the 1800’s. In 1979 the city joined the UNESCO list of World Heritage Sites. Demilitarized in the 1970’s with the hopes of preserving it from any war devastation, it suffered major damage in 1991 and 1992 by the Yugoslav People’s Army. Much of the city was repaired since and visitors are flocking back. While here, walk around the pedestrian-only Old Town and discover what makes this quaint and tranquil city such a charming place. (B,L,D)

Day 8 CRUISE: KORCULA, CROATIA

Sail to Korcula this morning and stop en route for a swim in the middle of the crisp Adriatic. The island lies just off the Dalmatian coast and it is the second most populated island in the Adriatic. First settled by the Mesolithic and Neolithic people, archaeological finds at Vela Spila and Jakas Cave near the village of Zrnovo is evidence of this. The findings of Vela Spila are on display at the Center for Culture in Vela Luka. Korcula is also known as the birthplace of Marco Polo whose alleged birth house can be seen from the outside. (B,L,D)

Days 9 CRUISE: BAR, MONTENEGRO

Enjoy a morning swim en route to Bar, Montenegro. Like most Montenegrin towns, Bar has belonged to many different civilizations and cultures throughout the years and it is evident today. Unlike the other Montenegrin towns, Bar has embraced them and has become a huge melting pot. It is a mixture of modernity, tradition and beauty and it is here that one can find the oldest written documents and the most important work of medieval Montenegrin literature and history. The oldest olive tree referred to as “Old Olive of Mirovica,” grows here and it said to be over 2,000 years old. It is the sunniest of Mediterranean towns with an average of 270 sunny days per year. (B,L,D)

Day 10 CRUISE: PAXOS, GREECE

The island of Paxos is one of the smaller islands on the Ionian. It is said that in mythological times, Poseidon created the island by striking Corfu with his trident, so he and his wife could have a place for peace and quiet. The island is only eight miles long with steep white cliffs that harbor “blue caves.” Olive groves dot the landscape as you explore this quaint town. In the mid-60s, olive oil making, soap manufacturing and fishing were all replaced by tourism which resulted in massive construction along the coast. (B,L,D)

Day 11/12 CORFU / ATHENS / NEW YORK

Sail back to Corfu this morning, where you will transfer to the airport for your flight to Athens. Enjoy a last day in Athens at the ROYAL OLYMPIC HOTEL before you transfer back to the airport the next day for your flight home. Bring with you memories of the exciting Adriatic and all the friendly faces you met along the way. (B, Meals Aloft)

EXTENSION TO CLASSICAL GREECE

Time to discover classical Greece with a journey to some of Greece’s most famed landmarks. Cross over from Corfu by ferry to Epirus and continue by bus to Meteora (‘suspended in air’) – massive pinnacles with 24 monasteries on top rising towards the sky in a strange but breathtaking landscape that has been sculpted by wind and water over thousands of years. Then, drive by mountain villages to Delphi, home to the Oracle of Apollo, declared the center of the world by Zeus himself. Beautiful artifacts, priceless works of ancient and Byzantine art, and amazing ruins coupled with authentic accommodations, make this the perfect ending to your adventure.

YOUR JOURNEY INCLUDES:

  • Roundtrip flight between Athens & Corfu.
  • All transfer and sightseeing on land by air-conditioned motorcoach.
  • 7 nights aboard the luxury S/C PANORAMA in category C Cabin with private shower and air-conditioning. Upgrades available to other categories.
  • Superior accommodations throughout as indicated or similar on land.
  • Services of specialist guide throughout the tour and cruise with 10 travelers.
  • Expert guest speaker, and multi-lingual Cruise Director.
  • Breakfasts daily, all other meals as specified on land.
  • During the cruise, American buffet breakfast and two meals daily, including a Welcome Coctail, Greek Evening and Captain’s Dinner.
  • All admission fees.
  • Gratuities for baggage handling, hotel tips and taxes.
  • Complimentary baggage tags and passport wallet.

ROYAL OLYMPIC HOTEL

Your luxury hotel is situated underneath the Acropolis, just in front of one of the greatest masterpieces of Classical Athens, the Temple of Zeus.

S/C PANORAMA

This 177-foot vessel two bars, a sun deck, two lounges, a library, a swimming platform and comfortable, fully air-conditioned cabins with en suite facilities and all modern amenities.

Dates Price
Aug 22 - Sep 2, 2013 $5,995
Sep 19 - 30, 2013 $6,395
May 15 - 26, 2014 $6,595
Jun 12 - 23, 2014 $6,595
Jul 17 - 28, 2014 $6,195
Aug 21 - Sep 1, 2014 $6,195
Sep 18 - 29, 2014 $6,595