Idyllic Islands & Majestic Shores Cruise

Of the many seaborne idylls possible in the Mediterranean, this has to be one of the loveliest. The area you will explore is distinguished by several features, including its striking beauty, the contrast of the remains left by many cultures, and the architectural and artistic excellence of the monuments. Your adventure begins in Venice, “La Serenissima,” once mistress of the Adriatic, whose influence can still be seen. This idyllic region is best explored by sea, and the all-suite, 100-guest Corinthian is the ideal vessel for this splendid itinerary.

Day 1

    Dubrovnik, Croatia / Embark

    Arrive in Dubrovnik and transfer to the Corinthian. Set on a rocky peninsula jutting into the Adriatic Sea, Dubrovnik is one of Europe’s best-preserved medieval cities and a designated UNESCO World Heritage site. Its ancient walls enclose narrow cobblestoned streets and alleyways, palaces, and mansions. The city contains within its ramparts the Rector's Palace; the Franciscan Monastery, which houses a 13th-century pharmacy (the oldest in Europe); and the baroque Cathedral, with works by Renaissance painters Titian and Andrea del Sarto. Overnight aboard ship docked in Dubrovnik.

    Day 2

      Dubrovnik, Croatia / Kotor, Montenegro

      Sail the deep, fjord-like Bay of Kotor to reach the port town of the same name, located at the head of the bay beneath towering mountains. One of the most striking and best-preserved towns along the Adriatic coast, Kotor is a designated UNESCO World Heritage site. A tour of this delightful town reveals its magnificent walls, palaces, and churches, including the Drago Palace, with its elegant Renaissance windows, the 12th-century St. Tryphon Cathedral, and the baroque Lipovac Palace.

      Day 3

        Korcula Island, Croatia

        Dock in Korcula town. Steps away from your ship stands a medieval city with its walls and guard towers still intact. Note the medieval town’s unique layout: western streets run straight to funnel refreshing maestral breezes; eastern streets slightly curve to minimize bura winds. Visit St. Mark’s Cathedral and its Treasury, the Bishop’s Palace, the Church of All Saints, the Icon Museum and Marco Polo’s home. Continue by bus to the eastern end of the island, abundant in quaint old villages, vineyards, wineries, and out-of-the-way beaches. In the village of Blato, visit the Ethnographical Museum and enjoy wine sampling at a local tavern.

        Day 4

          Ploce, Croatia / Mostar, Bosnia & Herzegovina

          Sail to Ploce for an excursion to Mostar, which in the 15th century under the Ottoman Turks became a thriving center on the banks of the emerald Neretva River. Damaged by the military conflict in the 1990s, the town has been carefully restored by UNESCO and declared a World Heritage site. Admire the ethereally graceful Stari Most ("The Old Bridge"), originally built in 1566, the nearby Tabacica Mosque, and an old Turkish house, among other sites. After lunch at a local restaurant there will be free time to explore the old bazaar, a haven for the city’s artists and craftsmen.

          Day 5

            Vis & Hvar Islands, Croatia

            Closed to outsiders until 1989 for military reasons, Vis is one of Croatia’s most beautiful and unspoiled islands. Land at Vis Town, set on a splendid bay, and drive across the small island to the quaint town of Komiza, which has retained its medieval character and architecture. Stately homes and other buildings face the harbor, while the terraced hillside provides a lovely background to this idyllic setting. Later today, discover Hvar, a fertile island of pale stone houses surrounded by rosemary, lavender, and laurel. The architecture is unmistakably Venetian, and there are fine fortifications. Your tour of the island’s principal town includes a visit to the 17th-century Municipal Theater, the Franciscan Monastery and its small gallery, the city’s Loggia, and St. Stephen’s Square. Continue by bus to the 16th-century fortress at the top of the hill for spectacular views of Hvar Town’s rooftops and harbor.

            Day 6

              Split, Croatia

              Originally a Greco-Illyrian settlement, Split is an ancient city centered around the formidable Palace of Diocletian, built in A.D. 295-305. Today it is a designated UNESCO World Heritage Site. 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. Your tour of this extensive structure includes a visit to its underground cellars, the Mausoleum, Jupiter’s Temple, the Peristyle, and the Northern Gate. Conclude the city tour with a visit to the gallery of famous Croatian sculptor, Ivan Mestrovic.

              Day 7

                Kornati Archipelago / Rab Island, Croatia

                In the morning the ship cruises by the Kornati Archipelago, a national park of about 100 uninhabited islands. Perched on a sloping peninsula overlooking a spacious bay, Rab, the only town on the small island of the same name, is one of the most beautiful locales along Croatia’s coast. Four graceful belfries pointing to the sky dominate the unspoiled medieval town, with its narrow streets that are lined with stately mansions and other buildings. The Cathedral of Sveta Marija (St. Mary the Great) consecrated in 1177, is an excellent example of a Romanesque basilica, while the magnificent Bell Tower is a masterpiece of 12th-century architecture. Your walking tour of this lovely town includes all its landmark sites.

                Day 8

                  Venice, Italy / Disembark

                  Disembark and transfer to the airport for return flights.

                  Cabin Information:
                  Willing to share cabins often available for solo travelers. Contact us for single occupancy rates if you want a private room.

                  Program Inclusions:
                  • 7-night cruise aboard the all-suite, 100-guest Corinthian
                  • Complete program of tours and excursions
                  • Welcome and farewell cocktail receptions aboard ship
                  • All meals aboard ship including: early riser’s coffee & pastry, breakfast, lunch, afternoon Tea, and dinner
                  • Wine with lunch and dinner
                  • Educational program of lectures and discussions by accompanying study leaders
                  • Organized bicycle excursions in select ports of call
                  • Professional tour staff
                  • Complete pre-departure materials
                  • Baggage handling and transfers on the designated program arrival and departure dates
                  • Gratuities to guides and drivers

                  Themed Departures:
                  June 19 - 27, 2014: Cellist David Finckel and pianist Wu Han, artistic directors of The Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, rank among the world's most esteemed and influential classical musicians. Enjoy the finest chamber music while you cruise the Adriatic Sea.