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Venice - Venice - Example 8 Day Cruise aboard Le Jacques Cartier
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Discover the beauty of the Adriatic on an exceptional 8-day cruise in Croatia and Montenegro. Aboard Le Jacques-Cartier, fall under the spell of the hidden treasures of the Dalmatian coast and its turquoise waters. Explore Venice, its canals lined with multi-colored stonework, criss-crossed with bridges, and dotted with black gondolas. Set sail across the Adriatic for the Croatian coast, where you'll find ancient ruins, a wealth of art, and timeless cities just waiting to be explored. Hike to the stunning waterfalls at Krka, or explore the legendary palace of Diocletian. Stroll through the historic streets of the walled city of Dubrovnik, and taste local wines and olive oils at Rovinj. With each new port, find ancient history, stunning art and architecture, rich culture, and stunning natural beauty. 
Relax in beautiful SplitExplore the historic island of KorculaGorgeous waterfalls at KrkaAdmire the distinctive red roofs of the cities of the Dalmatian coastTurquoise sea of Hvar islandLandscape of old Perast, Kotor baySt.Blaise Church, DubrovnikGolden hour in Venice's famed Piazza San Marco
Highlights
  • Explore the historic canals and bridges of Venice
  • Experience the spectacular Krka Waterfalls
  • Stroll through the beautifully preserved walled city of Dubrovnik
  • Wander the streets of Rovinj and taste local wines and olive oil
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  • Small Ship
Activity Level: Relaxed
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Day 1: Venice, Italy | Embark

Arrive in Venice and transfer to the pier to embark on Le Lyrial. Explore Venice, the proud and eternal, and fall in love with the charm of the innumerable treasures of the Serenissima: Saint Mark’s Square, the basilica, Doges palace, the Grand Canal, and the gondolas. Yet, secret Venice is also waiting for you to explore its little interlacing streets and canals, to ramble through its squares, and to push open the doors of its churches. The city’s extraordinary heritage shouldn’t stop you from enjoying a glass of Spritz and a few tramezzini.

Day 2: Korcula Island, Croatia

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Arrive at Korcula Island just after lunch and dock at the town of the same name. This harbor town has a very special location, presiding on a spur on the northeastern coast of the island of Korcula. The ramparts in its medieval district provide perfect vantage points over the Pelješac peninsula. To get there, you can take the monumental staircase in the Revelin Tower. Another way is to climb the steps in the shade of palm trees from the Morska Vrata(Marine portal). See the bell-tower of Saint-Mark’s Cathedral rise above you as you make your way through the little streets. This landmark helps you locate the house where Marco Polo was born. The island also has some of its own famous wines like the red Plavac and the white Posip.

 Please note the following optional excursions will be available for an additional charge: The History Of Korcula

Day 3: Sibenik to Krka Falls, Croatia | Split, Croatia

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
When your ship drops anchor across from the Croatian village of Sibenik, in the heart of Central Dalmatia, you will have the possibility of discovering the exceptional Krka Waterfalls. Krka National Park, with its eight waterfalls formed by calcium carbonate deposited by the water as it flows along the Krka river, is one of the most spectacular in Croatia. During an optional excursion, visit this lush natural site boasting an incredibly rich fauna and flora.

On the Dalmatian coast, the town of Split offers cultural visits in a seaside atmosphere. Close to the seafront shaded by palm trees, the historical center listed as a UNESCO World Heritage site, boasts a unique building: the Diocletian’s Palace. Here you will explore its galleries, courtyards with carved columns, as well as a former mausoleum converted into a church, namely Saint Domnius Cathedral. If you get peckish, stop off at a terrace in the Pjaca, the main square in the old town, where you can try a palacinka, a kind of pancake topped with melted cheese.

Please note the following optional excursions will be available for an additional charge: Krka Waterfalls & Lunch, Split & the diocletian palace.

Day 4: Dubrovnik, Croatia

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Arrive to Dubronovik in the early morning. Emblem of the Dalmatian coast, Dubrovnik is magnificently positioned on a rocky spur. History is sovereign here, in this ancient city now listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Feel surprised by the proportions of La Placa, the central drag through the city. The sheer width of it can be explained by the fact that it straddles a former lagoon. The elegant houses along La Placa are built in the legendary travertine stone. At Pile gate, be greeted by the statue of the patron saint of Dubrovnik, and admire the coastline as you walk along the ramparts. But what’s inside Fort Saint John, adjoining the outer walls? A maritime museum and an aquarium featuring rare fish from the Adriatic.

Please note the following optional excursions will be available for an additional charge: Treasures & Panorama Of Dubrovnik, Meet the wine makers, City walls & Lokrum Island Kayaking.

Day 5: Kotor, Montenegro

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Situated in one of Montenegro’s most beautiful bays, the medieval city of Kotor is a small town full of charm, truly imbued with the traditions and stories of another time. Built between the 12th and 14th centuries, this village, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, has preserved many historical monuments from this epoch. During your stop, be sure to admire the impressive castle that dominates the town, and let yourself fall under the charm of its maze of small streets and intimate squares on which folk festivals featuring magnificent colorful costumes are often organized.

Day 6: Hvar Island, Croatia

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Off the coast of Split, Hvar will surprise you by its traditions that haven’t changed since Antiquity. The country’s oldest town, Stari Grad, is here on this Dalmatian Island. The town nestles by a cove on the north-west coast, surrounded by dry stone wall structures on the Stari Grad plains. These have been designated a UNESCO World Heritage site because they were built in the time of the Ancient Greeks.  From these parcels of land come wines and olive oil manufactured manually. In the upper part of town, it is possible to discover hams and cheeses made by local producers. 

Please note the following optional excursions will be available for an additional charge: Hvar & Its Religious Heritage, Sea Kayaking, Palmizana Island by boat

Day 7: Rovinj, Croatia

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Rovinj is located in Istria, a region bordering Slovenia. This becomes apparent as you walk through its old cobblestoned town. There are many monuments of Venetian influence here. If you study the Balbi arch, you will see the winged lion, symbol of Venice. The bell-tower erected beside Saint Euphemia Cathedral was designed like the bell of St. Marc in Venice. From the top of the tower, you can scan the entire historical district. To absorb its quaint atmosphere, take a walk in the ochre and sepia-colored streets leading to bustling squares and terraces shaded by canvas awnings.

Please note the following optional excursions will be available for an additional charge: Medieval Village & Truffle Tasting, Porec & wine Tasting

Day 8: Venice, Italy | Disembark

  • 1 Breakfast
Disembark in Venice in the early morning. 

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*Rates are capacity controlled and are subject to change without notice.

Cruise fares are per person and include the following:
  • All meals while on board the ship 
  • Captain’s welcome cocktail and gala dinner
  • Gratuities to onboard crew, local guides and drivers
  • “Open Bar” (pouring wines, house champagne, alcohol except premium brands...list available upon request)
  • Evening entertainment and events
  • 24h Room service (special selection)
  • English speaking lecturer 
  • Water sports activities (except scuba diving) using the ship’s equipment, when permitted by local authorities and confirmed by ship Master according to safety and sea conditions onsite
  • Highly experienced bilingual (French-English) Expedition team 
  • Park entry fees into protected areas
  • Free and unlimited Wi-Fi (Internet access may be slower or in some situations interrupted, depending on certain geographic locations or other circumstances beyond our control).
Cruise fares do not include:
  • Any ground services before and/or after the cruise other than the ones mentioned 
  • Pre or post cruise programs, overland programs or shore excursions mentioned
  • Visa expenses and/or immigration reciprocity taxes if applicable
  • Luggage handling
  • Optional Spa package to be booked prior to your departure
  • Beverages other than the ones mentioned
  • Laundry services, hair salon, and à la carte Spa treatments
  • Personal expenses, on board medical consultations and drug prescriptions
  • Cancellation/luggage/assistance/repatriation/medical insurance(s)
  • Dives when authorized by local authorities and feasible with ship equipment and Zodiacs®. Rates: €70 per standard dive; €80 per dive when local equipment or staff must be used, €80 for a “discover scuba dive” course, on some cruises a dive package might be on offer. In order to participate to diving sessions, guests must have with them a medical certificate less than 1-year-old and their up to date dive book.
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Ports of call, visited sites, outings and landings will depend on weather conditions, position of ice, winds and the state of the sea. These can force a change of plans at any time. The Captain and the Expedition Leader may at any time cancel or stop any activity, or even modify the itinerary. The final itinerary will be confirmed by the Captain, who will take into account the touristic quality of the sites and above all, the safety of the passengers. His decision will be based on advice from experts and authorities.

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