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Adriatic & Ionian Reflections: Dubrovnik to Athens

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Embark on the Crystal Esprit Yacht and join an 8-day cruise from Dubrovnik to Athens. Get to know the history of Kotor and  Dubrovnik, the home to lavender, olive oil, and gorgeous beaches. Immerse in the beauty of Corfu, an immaculately preserved island blessed with serene beaches. See the colorful landscape of Parga with terracotta-roofed houses sitting along the sloping the hillside. Discover Hydra with its harbor putting on a veritable show of taste and fashion with each catamaran’s arrival from Piraeus. Sail through Corinth Canal, a four-mile-long canal that ignites wonder, with steep rock walls rising 300 feet above sea level. Explore the city of Navplion and finally, reach and explore the historical Athens as you disembark the ship.

Day-by-Day Summary

Day 1 : Dubrovnik, Croatia | Embark
Day 2 : Kotor, Montenegro
Day 3 : Corfu, Greece
Day 4 : Parga, Greece
Day 5 : Itea | Corinth Canal
Day 6 : Hydra, Greece
Day 7 : Nafplion, Greece
Day 8 : Athens, Piraeus, Greece | Disembark

Highlights

  • Explore the UNESCO-listed Kotor at Montenegro
  • Discover old churches and ancient ruins of Parga
  • Pass through the four-mile-long Corinth Canal
  • Visit beautiful Nafplion, located at the sunny east coast of Peloponnese

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Activities

Trip Type

  • Small Ship

Activity Level

Relaxed

Trip Snapshots

Cape Drastis at Corfu island in Greece Relax on the beaches of the Greek Mediterranean Landscape of old Perast, Kotor bay Hydra Island, Greece Explore the colorful villages of Parga

Day 1 Dubrovnik, Croatia | Embark

Embark on the Crystal Esprit at the port of Dubrovnik.

Dubrovnik is one of the most recognizable cities in Europe. Behind the walls, find sleek Venetian-style buildings and rich Slavic culture. Home to lavender, olive oil, and gorgeous beaches, Dubrovnik will leave a lasting impression on all your senses. 

Day 2 Kotor, Montenegro

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  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Few places in the world boast such clear architectural accounts of their full histories as does UNESCO-listed Kotor and its bay. Roam the city squares and enjoy sweeping ocean views as you follow footsteps through time, including fortifications dating from the 9th century, significant churches and cathedrals from the 12th-15th centuries, the 17th-century Prince’s Palace and the 19th-century Napoleon’s Theatre.

Day 3 Corfu, Greece

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  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Immerse yourself in this immaculately preserved island covered in cypress and olive trees. Corfu is considered one of the Mediterranean’s best-kept secrets and its elegant downtown area, serene beaches, and warm breezes will keep leave you truly captivated. 

Day 4 Parga, Greece

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  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
The sight of Parga as you sail into its sapphire bay will make you feel as if you’ve stepped into a picture postcard or a travelogue from the 1960s. Colorful, terracotta-roofed houses sitting along the sloping hillside look frozen in time. But indeed, time moves on during your visit, and you surely will want to set aside an hour or so for a stroll through Parga’s tiny avenues that yield simple discoveries like family-run stores and cafes, old churches and ancient ruins. When it comes time for the sun to set, the locals welcome you to pull up a chair at the waterfront tavernas and kafenios, or coffeehouses, to toast your happy travels.

Day 5 Itea | Corinth Canal

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Today, discover the beauty of Itea.

Reach the Corinth Canal on this day. Rulers of ancient times wanted to construct a canal connecting the Gulf of Corinth to the Saronic Gulf, but lack of engineering expertise and fear of Poseidon’s wrath kept the project stalled. It wasn’t until 1893 that a deep cut through the narrow isthmus was finally completed. Today, the four-mile-long canal only ignites wonder, with steep rock walls rising 300 feet above sea level at a near-vertical angle and width of a mere 70 feet allowing ships of only a limited size to pass through.

Day 6 Hydra, Greece

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  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Get the chance to explore Hydra on this day. If there is a holiday retreat where rustic meets chic, it is Hydra, one of Greece’s Saronic Islands. Put on the map in the 1950s and by artists, celebrities and musicians and a perennial favorite for locals, the island is a place to see and be seen, with the harbor putting on a veritable show of taste and fashion with each catamaran’s arrival from Piraeus. People-watching has become an unofficial pastime, along with sipping a cappuccino at the cafes centered on the crescent-shaped port. Energized by your brew and ready to explore, head out by foot and in fact, by foot is the only way to conduct your discovery. Other than a few city-operated vehicles, no cars, scooters or motorcycles are allowed on the island. Walking along the steep, stone streets, some of the best-preserved anywhere, you will surely appreciate a sense of stepping back in time and an intimate look at the 18th- and 19th-century mansions, or archontika. Be sure to yield to the primary mode of transportation, the donkey, and any temptation you may have to wander into a gallery or quiet back lane.

Day 7 Nafplion, Greece

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  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
When in Greece, do as the Grecians do: Go to the Peloponnese. Connected by a narrow isthmus (it's less than four miles across at its narrowest) off the southern end of central Greece, the Peloponnese is a large peninsula with many things going for it. Not only are there fewer crowds than on the Aegean islands, but it also has just as many-if not more-ancient sites, including the temples at Nemea and Olympia. On the sunny east coast of the Peloponnese, tucked away in a deep bay, is the city of Navplion.

Day 8 Athens, Piraeus, Greece | Disembark

  • 1 Breakfast
Venture through Greece’s largest port city, Piraeus, as you make your way to the cradle of Western culture. Athens has long since been the location of myth and muse, and its ancient heritage is still an incredible source of inspiration.

After breakfast aboard the ship, disembark at the port of Athens.

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Solo Supplement: A select number of cabins are available for single use. The single supplement varies by cabin type, please contact us for details.
Child Discount: Children age 11 or under receive 50% off when sharing a cabin with two full paying guests. Children, regardless of age pay full rate in a double occupancy cabin.

A wide selection of specially curated and optional shore excursions are available on every itinerary.  There will be complimentary adventures to choose from, other excursions will be available at an additional cost.  ​

Cruise Fares Include:
  • Beverages including fine wines, champagne, premium spirits and all non-alcoholic beverages such as bottled water, soft drinks, and specialty coffees
  • Gratuities for housekeeping, dining and bar staff
  • 24-hour self-service coffee tea, soft drinks, wines
  • 24-hour room service
  • Personal Butler service
  • Daily yoga and fitness classes
  • Onboard entertainment and enrichment programs
  • Complimentary shore excursions
  • Complimentary Wi-Fi for the duration of your voyage. 
  • Complimentary marina and water sports equipment including a wide variety of aquatic toys (water skis, wakeboards, kayaks, jet skis, snorkeling equipment) based on destination's local rules and regulations and the discretion of the Captain due to weather and sea conditions
  • Complimentary transfers between the airport and ship on the day of embarkation and disembarkation, when requested in advance
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  • Airfare
  • Cruise port, security, navigation, berthing, stevedoring, and baggage handling/storage charges 
  • Fuel surcharges, fees or charges imposed by governmental or quasi-governmental authorities, 
  • Optional shore excursions,
  • Sightseeing or meals ashore, taxes, gratuities,
  • Visa fees
  • Laundry or valet service or any item or service whatsoever of a personal nature, such as medical treatment, expenses incurred on board or ashore in connection with medical treatment, medical condition, or medical debark
  • Massage, s­­­­­pa services or hairstyling for which separate charges may be imposed. 
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