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 cobblestone 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.
Led by your expert chef, Giuliano Hazan, visit the food market where local farmers brind beautiful produce, homemade olive oil, cheese, and the freshest seafood daily. Enjoy the excitement of typical Mediterranean market life in the early morning hours. In the afternoon, 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, Kotor is one of the most striking and best-preserved towns along the Adriatic coast. A tour of this compact and delightful car-free 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.
In Korcula, dock only steps away from the medieval city's intact walls and guard towers. Note the city's unique layout: western streets run stright to funnel refreshing maestral breezes; easter streets slightly curce 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. In the afternoon, drive to the village of Lumbarda to visit a family farm known for its production of excellent white wine from the indigenous Korcular Grk grape. Taste local wines as well as dry-cured ham, goat cheese, olive oil, and organic vegetables - all produced on this peaceful farm on the eastern cape of Korcula.
Sail to Ploce for an excursion to Mostar, which was a thriving city center under the Ottoman Turks in the 15th century. Located along the banks of the emerald Neretva River, Mostar was damaged by the military conflict in the 1990s. Since, then town has been carefully restored by UNESCO and declared a World Heritage Site. Admire the ethereally graceful Stari Most ("Old Bridge"), originally built in 1566, the nearby Tabacica Mosque, and an old Turkish house, among other sites. After lunch at a local restaurant enjoy free time to explore the old bazaar, a haven for the city's artists and craftsmen.
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.Sately homes and other buildings face the palm-lined harbor, while the terraced hillside provides a lovely background to this idyllic setting. Following your tour sample local delicacies at a harbor-front tavern while you tak in view of the old stone-and terracotta architecture of Komiza. Later today, discover Hvar, a fertile island of pale stone hosues surrounded by rosemary, lavender, and laurel. The architecture is unmistakably Venetian. 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 red-tiles rooftops and harbor.
Originally a Greco-Illyrian settlement, Split is centered around the formidable Palace of Diocletian, build 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. Explore 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.
In the morning, the ship will sail by the Kornati Archipelago, a national park of about 100 uninhabited islands, en route to Rab. Perched on a sloping peninsula overlooking a spacious bay, Rab is one of the most beautiful towns along Croatia's coast. Four gracious belfries pointing to the sky dominate the unspoiled medieval town, whose narrow streets are lined with stately mansions. 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 tour of this city includes all of its landmark sites.
Disembark in Venice and transfer to the airport to continue your travels.