Embark on MV La Belle de L'Adriatique and join this 8-day cruise through the countries in the Adriatic Sea! Between Croatia and Montenegro via Greece and Albania, between beautiful cities and archaeological remains, wild beauty and unusual landscapes. Discover Dubrovnik, the pearl of the Adriatic, Tirana, the Albanian capital, but also Corfu in Greece, or the ancient city of Bar in Montenegro.
Explore the largest archaeological site in Albania, Apollonia
Visit the National History Museum in Tirana, Albania
This morning, cruise towards the splendid island of Corfu. According to Homer's poems, Ulysses made a final stop here before returning to Ithaca. This afternoon, enjoy the tour of the old city and see also an approximately 500 years old UNESCO World Heritage Site that origins of the old city date back to the 8th century BC and was built by the Venetians. Visit the Achilleion, the island's emblematic palace built by the beloved Empress Sissi. Join an evening of dinner and dancing.
Cruise towards Saranda this morning. Once arrived, visit the Butrint ruins (an approx. 4-hour tour, including over 90 minutes of driving). These ancient ruins are famed for their size, beauty, and tranquility. They're in a fantastic natural setting and span 2,500 years. The top of the hill is where the acropolis once was; the views give you a good idea of the city's layout, and you can see the Vivari Channel connecting Lake Butrint to the Straits of Corfu in the distance. In the afternoon, set out on a tour of Gjirokastër (an approx. 5-hour tour, including 3 hours of driving). Historic Gjirokastër is one of Albania's three UNESCO sites. Described as "a rare example of a well-preserved Ottoman town,¿ the city is dominated by Gjirokastër Fortress. Gjirokastër contains several remarkable examples of houses with turrets, which date from the 17th century, but also more elaborate examples dating from the early 19th century. The Gjirokastër Bazaar is known for handmade wood pieces, handwoven rugs, and crafts such as delicate lace items. Enjoy a tasting of local products at the end of our tour. Join an evening of entertainment.
Join this full day tour of Apollonia and Berat (lunch included - approx. 10.5 hours long, including 4.5 hours of driving). First stop in Berat which was was designated as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2008 as it is a rare example of a well-preserved Ottoman town. Continue the tour towards the largest archaeological site in Albania: Apollonia. Set on rolling hills among olive groves, with impressive views all around, Apollonia was founded by Greeks from Corinth and Corfu in 588 BC. While the ruins are minimal, the onsite Apollonia Museum complex is excellent to experience. Return on board. Tonight's festivities will have an Albanian flair!
Visit Tirana and its Natural History Museum this morning (approx. 5 hours long, including 2 hours of driving). Tirana, the capital and largest city, is the heart of Albania's cultural, economic, and governmental activity. Visit the National History Museum, which takes you chronologically from ancient Illyria to the post-communist era. You should also see the Skanderbeg Square, the city center surrounded by important government buildings, as well as the historic Et'hem Bey Mosque (the mosque is closed during prayers - please wear appropriate clothing: your legs and shoulders must be covered; women need scarves for their hair).
Spend the afternoon cruising. Join for an evening of dinner and dancing.
Arrive in Stari Bar this morning. Tour this old urban settlement in the mountains above the city of Bar. The tranquil feel of this place will make you fall in love with the whole country. Together with the stronghold towers, city gates, gun powder room, Prince's Palace, and Bishop's Palace, one can imagine the impressive town that it used to be.
Spend the afternoon cruising alongside Montenegrin coastline and through the Bay of Kotor. Tonight is the festive gala evening.
Day 8: Dubrovnik, Croatia | Disembark
Enjoy breakfast on board this morning before disembarking at 9:00 a.m.
We are so glad that we chose Adventure Life. The service is top-notch. Everything is well taken care of and we just have to print the documents and go. Franny even gave us timely updates on possible airport strike.