Meeting Place of Empires: Balkan Exploration« All Corinthian cruise options
- Day 1 Venice, Italy
- Day 2 Split, Croatia
- Day 3 Ploce, Croatia / Mostar, Bosnia & Herzegovina
- Day 4 Dubrovnik, Croatia / Kotor, Montenegro
- Day 5 Saranda, Albania / Butrint
- Day 6 Nafpaktos (Lepanto), Greece
- Day 7 Chios
- Day 8 Izmir, Turkey / Sardis
- Day 9 Thessaloniki, Greece
- Day 10 At Sea
- Day 11 Istanbul, Turkey / Disembark
|Dates||Deck + Cabin Type|
|Category E||Category D||Category C||Category B||Category A||Category AA||Category VS||Category PHS|
|Sep 23 '13
A limited number of cabins have been designated for single travelers in Categories C - A at no supplement to the per person, double occupancy rates. Additional cabins are available at either 1.2 or 1.7 the double occupancy rate.
Day 1 Venice, Italy
Arrive in Venice and transfer to Corinthian.
Day 2 Split, Croatia
Originally a Greco-Illyrian settlement called Aspalathos, Split is an ancient city centered around the formidable Palace of Diocletian, built in a.d. 295. An extensive structure, much of which is well preserved, the palace contains within its walls Split’s medieval town, making it the only palace that has been continuously inhabited since Roman times. Also visit the Archaeological Museum.
Day 3 Ploce, Croatia / Mostar, Bosnia & Herzegovina
Sail to Ploce for an excursion to Mostar, which became a thriving center in the 15th century under the Ottoman Turks. Admire the ethereally graceful Stari Most (“The Old Bridge”), originally built in 1566, and the nearby Tabacica Mosque.
Day 4 Dubrovnik, Croatia / Kotor, Montenegro
For hundreds of years, Dubrovnik (the “Pearl of the Adriatic”) was an independent city-state set in competition with Venice for Constantinople’s trade routes. Visit the Franciscan Monastery, Dominican Monastery, and the Baroque Cathedral, containing works by Titian and Andrea del Sarto. Also view the wonderful courtyard of the Rector’s Palace. Depart on a scenic drive through the mountains to Kotor, located at the head of its namesake bay. One of the most quaint and best-preserved medieval towns along the Dalmatian coast, Kotor is a designated UNESCO World Heritage site. The town’s fortifications and most of its monuments, which you will visit on a walking tour, date from the time of Venetian rule.
Day 5 Saranda, Albania / Butrint
From Saranda, drive to the UNESCO World Heritage site of Butrint. Inhabited since prehistoric times, the city was founded by the Trojans, or so claimed the poet Virgil. A gem of an archaeological site, its ruins span 2,500 years and include the remains of a Greek acropolis, Roman theater, 6th-century baptistery, and 19th-century fortress.
Day 6 Nafpaktos (Lepanto), Greece
It was at Nafpaktos (the medieval Lepanto) that the celebrated Battle of Lepanto was fought in 1571 between the Turkish fleet and an allied fleet of Venice, Genoa, the Papal States, Spain, Sicily, and Naples. The overwhelming defeat of Muslim sea power was one from which they never recovered. Nafpaktos’s medieval appearance is well-preserved. Enclosing walls come down to the sea, while an imposing castle sits above the town in a beautiful forest of pine.
Day 7 Chios
Today visit Chios, the Greek island claiming to be Homer’s birthplace. The island’s volcanic rock formations and deep green valleys forge a landscape of stunning color oppositions and intricate appearances. Visit the 11th-century Monastery of Nea Moni, a UNESCO World Heritage site and one of the most important ecclesiastical monuments in Greece. The Monastery sits majestically in a wooded vale and is decorated throughout with exquisite frescoes and mosaics.
Day 8 Izmir, Turkey / Sardis
Arrive in Izmir and take an excursion to the ruins of the ancient city of Sardis. Sardis was one of the world’s wealthiest cities from the 7th to the mid-6th centuries b.c. and was most likely inhabited as far back as 1200 b.c. First settled by the Lydians, natives of Anatolia, the city was also home to Persians, Macedonians, and Romans. During the first major excavations here in the 1950s, archaeologists unearthed an ancient synagogue. Later excavations revealed remnants of a flourishing Jewish settlement, which coexisted peacefully with Christian ones. Explore the massive 4thcentury a.d. synagogue, whose walls are covered by impressive mosaics; the bath complex; the Temple of Artemis, built by the Lydian king Croesus and later rebuilt by Alexander the Great; and other ruins.
Day 9 Thessaloniki, Greece
Arrive in Thessaloniki, justly famous for its late Classical and Medieval remains as well as early Christian churches. On a tour of the city, explore several of these monuments, including a visit to a Byzantine church as well as the Byzantine Museum (or the Archaeological Museum).
Day 10 At Sea
Attend lectures while sailing toward Bulgaria.
Day 11 Istanbul, Turkey / Disembark
Disembark in Istanbul and transfer to the airport for return flights home.
Itinerary NotesPROGRAM INCLUSIONS
• 10-night cruise aboard the all-suite, 100-guest Corinthian
• Welcome and farewell cocktail receptions aboard ship
• All meals aboard ship, including house wine, beer, and soft drinks with lunch and dinner
• Open bar aboard ship throughout the cruise
• Complete program of tours and excursions
• Educational program of lectures and discussions by accompanying guest lecturers
• Professional tour staff
• Complete pre-departure materials
• Baggage handling and transfers abroad on the program arrival and departure dates
• Port and embarkation taxes
• Gratuities to porters, guides, and drivers
Deposit & Payment
Initial deposit is $1700, and most travelers will call our office and pay the deposit with a credit card. We accept Visa, Mastercard, AmEx, and Discover. Alternatively, you can send a check to our Missoula, Montana, office or register online at: https://www.adventure-life.com/forms/fourways.php
Final payment is due 100 days prior to departure.
Final payment by bank transfer, check or Visa, Mastercard, Discover, or Amex. Credit Card payments subject to 3% convenience fee and maximum $15,000 charge.
Booking last minute? No problem! Please contact one of our trip planners, and we can get you on your way if booking less than 100 days prior to departure.
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|Days Prior to departure||Fee|
|91 days or more||$500|
|90-61 days||55% cruise cost|
|60-0 days||100% cruise cost|
- Ship Highlights
- Passengers : 100
- Luxury Expedition Ship
Recently re-launched after extensive refurbishment, redecoration and other improvements, the all-suite Corinthian offers the finest in small-ship cruise travel. Taken together with her limited guest capacity, excellence of design, craftsmanship, and material, Corinthian’s spaciousness and intimate ambiance combine to make her ideal for distinctive cultural and expedition voyages.
This private yacht-like cruise ship accommodates only 100 guests in 50 spacious suites, each of which affords ocean views and is equipped with luxurious attention to detail and amenities.
Attractive Amenities & Public Facilities:
The luxuriously appointed public facilities include a restaurant accommodating guests at a single, unassigned seating, two lounges, an expansive library with Internet access, gym, spa, beauty salon, boutique, Jacuzzi, doctor’s office, and ample deck areas for relaxing and sunbathing. An elevator serves all decks.
Decorated with rich fabrics, handsome wood, polished brass, rare antiquities and fine works of art, the yacht’s public spaces are warm and inviting. These include:
• Library with Internet access
• 2 Lounges with audiovisual facilities
• State-of-the-art gym/spa
• Beauty salon
• Elevator to all passenger decks
• Dining room
• Two sun decks
• Swimming platform
Each of the 50 suites all of which affords ocean views, measure 215 square feet or more and is appointed with a sitting area or separate living room, twin or queen-size beds, spacious closets and climate control. Guests staying in the spacious Penthouse Suites and Veranda Suites will also enjoy a private balcony, private butler service, and other exclusive in-suite amenities. Additional amenities for all suites include:
• Satellite TV, DVD/CD player
• Marble-appointed bathroom with fine toiletries and teak floor
• Plush terry robes and slippers
• Fresh flowers and fruit basket
• 24-hour room service
Safety and Security:
Corinthian complies with the latest international and U.S. Coast Guard safety regulations and is outfitted with the most current navigational and communications technology as well as with retractable fin stabilizers for smooth sailing, an ice-strengthened hull and a fleet of Zodiacs. Corinthian is staffed by 60 European officers and crew.
Deluxe suites, Ariadne & Leto Decks, windows and sitting area. 215 sq ft. Suites *342-*345,*428, *429 *Partially obstructed view
Deluxe suites, Ariadne & Leto Decks with window and sitting area. 215 sq ft. Suites 334 - 335, 433.
Deluxe suites, Athena Deck with portholes and sitting area. 275 sq ft. Suites 246 - 252
Deluxe suites, Ariadne Deck with windows and sitting area. 225 sq ft. Suites 336 - 341
Deluxe suites, Leto Deck with window and sitting area. 235 sq ft. Suites 420 - 427, 430 - 431
Deluxe suites, Cleo Deck with forward windows and sitting area. 285 sq ft. Suites 505 - 506
Deluxe Veranda Suites, Cleo Deck with private balcony and sitting area. 245 sq ft. Suites 507 - 518
Deluxe Penthouse Suites, Phoebe Deck with private balcony, window and sitting area. 260 sq ft. Suites 601 - 604