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From Italy to Croatia, this incredible 8 days voyage takes you across the stunning Adriatic waters aboard Le Lyrial. Discover Montenegro by sailing through the famous Bay of Kotor. This veritable “Mediterranean fjord” is considered one of the most beautiful bays in the world. Once reaching Dubrovnik, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, you can observe its visitors, its monasteries, palaces, and fountains from the Renaissance are each more graceful than the next. Explore Mljet, an island of lush forests, and Korčula, which, according to certain historians, is Marco Polo’s native island. Finish with an overnight stay on the ship in Venice. The Serenissima and its splendors, Piazza San Marco, the Doge’s Palace, the Grand Canal and the palaces will crown this unforgettable voyage.

Day-by-Day Summary

Day 1 : Venice, Italy | Embark
Day 2 : Rab, Croatia
Day 3 : Hvar, Croatia
Day 4 : Kotor
Day 5 : Dubrovnik
Day 6 : Mljet | Korcula
Day 7 : Piran, Slovenia
Day 8 : Venice, Italy

Highlights

  • Admire the dazzling beauty of Venice to really enjoy the 'Most Serene City'
  • Visit three enchanting and historical countries: Italy, Croatia and Montenegro
  • Explore Trieste and its many Neo-Classical and Viennese palaces
  • Discover the charming port of Cres and admire its medieval architecture

Ship

Le Lyrial (CDP)

Places Visited

Activities

Trip Type

  • Small Ship

Activity Level

Relaxed

Trip Snapshots

View from gondola during the ride through the canals, Venice Turquoise sea of Hvar island Quaint alley in Korcula St. Marija monastery Mljet National Park St.Blaise Church, Dubrovnik

Day 1 Venice, Italy | Embark

Proud and eternal, Venice has reigned on its lagoon ever since the 6th century. You may think you know this city before even setting foot here. 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 Rab, Croatia

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
With no doubt, the authenticity of this little island in Kvarner bay can charm you beyond belief. Dating from Adriatic Antiquity, its name means “wooded lands” in reference to the pinewoods, cypresses and cork oaks surrounding the main town. This town is called Rab, like the island. Here, Admire the architecture of Venetian influence, inherited from the Middle Ages, illustrated by the bell-tower. Below, the ramparts provide views embracing the entire coastline. Punctuated by deserted creeks, you can be tempted to take a trip along the coast.

Optional Excursion:

Walking Tour of Rab
  • Length: 2h00
The small town of Rab was encircled by medieval walls in the 12th century. Parts of them have survived on the cliffs and at a few places close to the harbor. 
From the pier, follow your guide on a 2-hour walking tour, showing some of the finest features of this lovely town. First, visit one of the four Rab’s bell towers. Then, y the Cathedral, a 12th-century basilica dedicated to St Mary. Along with its three naves, the most notable feature inside is the 12th-century silver-gilt reliquary of St Christopher, the patron saint of the town. Further, discover the Church of St Justine with its fine Museum of Sacral Art. Along the walk you have the opportunity to see all the finest buildings in the town, including the Church of St John the Baptist and the Dominis Nimara Palace, just to mention a few.

Day 3 Hvar, Croatia

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Off the coast of Split, Hvar surprises 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, discover hams and cheeses made by local producers. The picturesque village of Vrisnik is a good place to try some of the local produce.

Optional Excursions:

Hiking in the Villages of Hvar
  • Length: 4h00
The island of Hvar boasts a mild climate and lush subtropical vegetation. With this tour, visit the most beautiful parts of our island. See places rarely visited by tourists as even some of the locals don't know they exist - all completely inaccessible by regular tour activities.
The tour starts in the port of Hvar where you meet your guide. Passing through the town towards the bus station your guide gives a short explanation of the town and historical buildings and monuments. From the bus stop, there is a 20-minute transfer to the starting point, the village of Velo Grablje. The road to the starting point offers beautiful views on the surrounding island and on parts of the history and tradition on the island. On arrival in Velo Grablje, your one-hour walking tour to Malo Grablje starts, using part of the old trail which in medieval times used to be the main road connecting Hvar with Starigrad on the north side of the island.
The entire trail is downhill, starting with approximately 20 long steps and continuing as a small trail for approximately 1 mile/ 1.5 km. After that part continue your walk to Malo Grablje on a wide gravelly trail. From Velo Grablje to Malo Grablje it usually takes us around 1 hour with about 45 minutes more of walking on the wide gravelly road to Milna, where your walk ends and you can spend some time on the beach before returning to Hvar town. Time spent on the beach is usually 30 minutes.

Sailing Experience
  • Length: 6h00
Hvar is renowned for its beautiful valleys and picturesque bays but also for the indulgent lifestyle it has to offer. This tour is the best possible way to discover the most precious hidden corners of Hvar, enjoy a breathtaking scenery and taste some of that Mediterranean 'chill'!
From the pier, join your boat and start your sailing to Pakleni islands archipelago, a labyrinth of islands, as the weather and the winds lead you. Stopping in the bays for swimming and snorkeling. Depending on the strength of the wind and the general weather conditions, you should sail 30 min to 45 min before stopping for first in one of the bays. You will also get to Palmizana bay where you can disembark and join your restaurant for lunch after 10 minutes of walking time.
After lunch, enjoy some free time to swim or snorkel from the boat or the beach. Finally, sail back to Hvar to reboard your ship.

Hvar Walking Tour
  • Length: 2h00
This small and charming town is located around a natural port and it’s undoubtedly one of the most famous seaside resorts of Dalmatian coast.
A lot of splendid monuments as the Cathedral, the ancient Arsenal, and different palaces are bearing witness to a rich history of gothic and renaissance arts.
From the pier, walk through narrow tiny streets and reach the Franciscan Monastery built between 1461 and 1471.
After crossing the main square, pass by the Cathedral of St Stephan (outside visit). It was built in stages during the 16th and 17th centuries, while the interior was not wholly completed until the 18th century. From outside, it has the characteristics of a Renaissance style and inside a baroque one.
Then, visit the Benedictine Monastery. After this walking tour and before returning to your ship, you will have the opportunity to have free time for yourself.

Hvar FWD Adventure
  • Length: 4h00
From the pier, a short walk takes you to your 4-wheel drive vehicles. After a short drive along a dirt road, arrive in Malo Grablje, a small village abandoned decades ago. Upon arrival, there is a short walk through that picturesque village founded in the 16th century.
Re-embark your vehicles for Velo Grablje and Vidikovac offering a perfect view of the deepest bay on the island; here your guide gives you information about the area, the oldest town in Croatia settled by ancient Greeks and more…
Next, your drive takes you to the highest peak of the island Saint Nicoleas (626 m/1,900 ft), offering a 360-degree view of the island and the islands of Brač, Korčula, and Vis. On the way back to the port, drive-by vineyards covered hills, olive groves and undulating fields of rosemary and lavender.

Day 4 Kotor

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
The long walls of the fortified city of Kotor unfurl before your eyes as you admire this medieval construction enclosed between the sea and the rugged cliffs from the decks of your ship. The still, deep waters of the bay plus the clouds of mist floating here and there create a surreal and magical atmosphere. Small islands with churches and fortresses built on them remind us that a proud maritime people have lived here for centuries, in this bay that forms a perfect natural harbor, used by sailors since ancient times. At the crossroads of Latin and Byzantine cultures, you will have the pleasure of observing the natural treasures of Montenegro during an unforgettable journey.

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 5 Dubrovnik

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Emblem of the Dalmatian coast, Dubrovnik is magnificently positioned on a rocky spur. History is sovereign here, in this ancient city, now a listed UNESCO World Heritage site. Be 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 you can 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.

Optional Excursions:

Dubrovnik Walking Tour
  • Length: 2h00
After disembarking, stroll on the old town and will discover all the treasures that this old city contains. Visit the Franciscan Monastery built in 1360 with its Romanesque cloister. Nearby, see the third oldest pharmacy in the world founded in 1317. It is still active and still offers creams manufactured according to ancestral recipes. Then integrated into the Eastern city walls, discover the Dominican Monastery, soberer than the previous one, and its museum with a fine collection of Renaissance paintings, including the triptych of N. Bozidarvic representing Dubrovnik before the earthquake or the table of Sainte Madeleine and Saint Blaise, the work of Titian. Not far away appears the Assumption Cathedral built in the 18th century on the ruins of a church dating from the 12th century destroyed by an earthquake in 1667. This one might surprise you by its simplicity and the clarity of its interior but its treasure is among the richest in Europe, with a unique collection of relics in gold and silver. Have the opportunity to see: Stradun, large paved street, a favorite place for tourists and locals, unique for its beauty and the abundance of its cultural heritage. Sponza Palace, identifiable by its gallery of arcades, the Church of St. Blaise, built in 1715 in Baroque style, richly detailed or the Onofrio Fountain, covered by a dome, built by a Neapolitan artist, and which was used as a reservoir by the inhabitants.

City Walls & Lokrum Island Kayaking
  • Length : 3h15
Here’s a novel way to get to know a place – in a kayak. Set off on a tour that skirts the city’s famous city walls, taking in fortresses, caves, and islands along the way.
First off, the row between the forts of Bokar and Lovrijenac. One of the oldest of its kind, Bokar served as the protector of Pile Gate and City Bridge. It was even used as a prison at one time. Lovrijenac, meanwhile, guards the west entrance and is the only fortress that stands alone. While all the other fortresses form part of the city wall system, this one stands high on its own rock, a position which earned it the title ‘the Gibraltar of Dubrovnik’. Today, instead of cannon balls, you may hear the words of Shakespeare resonating off its chunky walls – it’s used for Shakespeare productions as well as Dubrovnik’s summer festival.
Leaving the forts behind and steer a course around the city walls to Lokrum. According to legend, Richard the Lionheart was cast ashore here after being shipwrecked in 1192. Stop at the island for refreshment, then enjoy some time at leisure to discover the island or have a swim.

ATV Tour & History
  • Length : 4h30
An ATV Safari is the best way to discover the beauty of Dubrovnik and surrounding areas. Jump on one and escape from the crowded streets to explore its untouched nature and local villages.
From the pier, embark your coach for a short drive to the Celopeci Village where your off-road ATV adventure starts. Your safari leads you to the top of Srđ hill from where you can overlook Dubrovnik, its surrounding areas, and the crystal-clear Adriatic Sea.
After enjoying your ATV adventure, continue your day with a travel through history visiting the Dominican Monastery of St. Vicente. Learn more about its history, the traditions, and heritage while indulging your senses in the Mediterranean garden and the distillery which is famous for the production of essential oils.
Taste some homemade traditional liqueurs, sweets, and snacks before returning to your ship.  

Adriatic Sea Adventure
  • Length : 4h30
One of the famous sea explorer Jacques Costeau has voted Dubrovnik Riviera one of the cleanest and best-preserved waters in the world today. Board a speed-boat in the Old Town Port and cruise along Lokrum Island. Have the possibility to admire the old city of Dubrovnik with its fortification and taking nice pictures.
Continue with a cruise along the Lapad peninsula passing close by the Grebeni Lighthouse towards Kolocep Island.
Continue to the outer side of Kolocep Island for snorkeling in the Modra Spilja Cave. The excursion proceeds towards the other side of Kolocep Island.
You can choose between a short tour of Donje Celo village or swim on a sandy beach. Continue to Lopud Island, which has a very popular sandy beach, a guided tour allows you to discover this island, followed by the time of the beach for swimming.

Day 6 Mljet | Korcula

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
This splendid, pristine island is located off the Pelješac peninsula. Untouched nature awaits you in the protected forests of Mljet National Park. A hike up the hills brings you to the bays linked to two saltwater lakes. On the larges lake, Veliko Jezero, you can see an old Benedictine monastery. 

This harbor town has a very special location, residing on a spur on the north-eastern coast of the island of Korçula. 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 MorskaVrata(Marine portal). As you make your way through the little streets, you’ll see the bell-tower of Saint-Mark’s cathedral rise above you. 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.

Optional Excursions:

Korcula Walking Tour
  • Length: 2h00
Built on a peninsula, the streets of Korcula are organized around its main artery according to a plan "fishbone" drawn in the 13th century. To overcome the lack of space within the walls of the old town squares are small, narrow houses, churches and public buildings constructed in height. Fully fortified in the 16th century; its walls were destroyed in the nineteenth and only a section of wall still facing the harbor. Arrive in the old town through a monumental staircase which joins the Revelin Tower. This 14th-century portal and its 15th-century Revelin tower frame the only land access to the walled Old Town. The gate (Kopnena Vrata) is embellished on the inside with a sculpture of St. Mark's lion over its arch. Then, discover St Michael Church and St Marco Cathedral which is without any doubt the most beautiful building in Korcula. After having seen the Bishop’s Palace and its Museum, pass by the Marco Polo house, where the famous explorer is said to have been born in 1254. The cars cannot drive on the town, so the peace and quiet you can discover the center of Korcula.

Korcula Hiking Tour
  • Length : 3h30
Board your mini-van for the ride to Zrnovo where your adventure begins. Experience the unique combination of the sea and the mountains.
Walking across the lively Korcula region, the trail takes you through vineyards and Mediterranean forest. Short breaks are made occasionally in order for the tour guide to introduce you to the historical and natural characteristics of Korcula Island. During your hike, admire beautiful views on the peninsula of Peljesac and enjoy protected areas. After hiking you can take a break in the family estate Belin, where you have the opportunity to taste a local snack. Your tour ends with a slight downhill walk back to the ship.

Day 7 Piran, Slovenia

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
On the Slovenian coast, the picturesque town of Piran stands on a tongue of land bathed by the Adriatic. Its old town, girded by fortifications, provides a medieval atmosphere embossed with Venetian nuances. From Tartini square, you can explore a whole interweave of mysterious streets located on the hillside, leading you to Saint George’s church, built on a hillock overlooking the shoreline. After admiring the view, don’t miss a good look at the nave, and its rich decorations of frescoes and paneling. See that the tower built behind the church reproduces the famous bell-tower of Saint Mark’s square. During your peregrinations, make sure you try a borek, a sort of pasty which can be sweet or savory, filled with meat or fruit.

Day 8 Venice, Italy

  • 1 Breakfast
Proud and eternal, Venice has reigned on its lagoon ever since the 6th century. You may think you know this city before even setting foot here. You will inevitably 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.

Say farewell to your fellow passengers and the crew and start your independent journey back home. 

Le Lyrial (CDP)

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$4,330
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Deluxe Stateroom
28 cabins, 200 sq. ft. + 43 sq. ft. balcony located on Deck 3. Individually-controlled A/C, en suite shower, desk, Wi-Fi access, TV, and stereo.
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Prestige Stateroom - Deck 4
35 cabins, 200 sq. ft. + 43 sq. ft. private balcony. Individually-controlled A/C, en suite shower, Wi-Fi access, TV, and stereo.
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Prestige Stateroom - Deck 5
37 cabins, 200 sq. ft. + 43 sq. ft. private balcony. Individually-controlled A/C, en suite shower, Wi-Fi access, TV, and stereo.
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Prestige Stateroom - Deck 6
1 cabin, 200 sq. ft. + 43 sq. ft. private balcony. Individually-controlled A/C, en suite shower, Wi-Fi access, TV, and stereo.
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Deluxe Suite
3 cabins on Deck 6, 290 sq. ft. + 54 sq. ft. private balcony. Individually-controlled A/C, en suite shower, sofa, armchair and pedestal table, Wi-Fi access, TV, and stereo.
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Prestige Suite - Deck 5
11 cabins, 398 sq. ft + 86 sq. ft. private balcony. Individually controlled A/C, ensuite bathroom with shower, desk, sofa, armchair & table, 2 TVs, stereo, Satellite telephone, Wi-Fi access.
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Privilege Suite
8 cabins, 398 sq. ft + 86 sq. ft. private balcony. Individually controlled A/C, ensuite bathroom with shower, desk, sofa, armchair & table, 2 TVs, stereo, Satellite telephone, Wi-Fi access.
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Grand Deluxe Suite
1 cabin, 484 sq. ft. + 96 sq. ft. private balcony. Individually controlled A/C, ensuite bathroom with jacuzzi and shower, desk, TV, stereo, Satellite telephone, Wi-Fi access.
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Grand Privilege Suite
7 cabins, 398 sq. ft. + 86 sq. ft. private balcony. Individually controlled A/C, ensuite bathroom with bathtub and shower, desk, minibar, TV, stereo, Satellite telephone, Wi-Fi access.
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Owner Suite
On Deck 6, 592 sq. ft. + 129 sq. ft. private balcony. Individually controlled A/C, ensuite bathroom with jacuzzi and shower, desk, sofa, table with 4 chairs, armchair and table, 2 televisions, stereo, Satellite telephone, Wi-Fi access.

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Cruise fares are per person and include the following:
  • All meals while on board the ship 
  • Captain’s welcome cocktail and gala dinner
  • “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
  • Complimentary boot rental on select cruises
  • 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).​
  • Gratuities to onboard crew, local guides and drivers
Cruise fares do not include:
  • Any ground services before and/or after the cruise other than the ones mentioned. Details are available upon request
  • Optional excursions are an additional cost
  • 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)
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