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Along the Dalmatian and Greek Shores

Example 9 Day Cruise aboard Le Bougainville
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This 9-day cruise will allow you to visit impressive unforgettable landscapes. From UNESCO World Heritage Sites to historical monuments you will want to have your camera ready at all times to capture all of these jewels. From Venice, you'll sail to Hvar, Dubrovnik and Kotor. On to Greece, you'll stop in Corfu, the most famous of the Ionian Islands. Once Byzantine and later Venetian, the island was visited by Ulysses and was a favorite holiday spot of Empress Sissi. Your cruise will end in Athens, the mythical city dominated by the Acropolis and its monuments that form the most extraordinary architectural and artistic collection bequeathed by Ancient Greece to the rest of the world.

Day-by-Day Summary

Day 1 : Venice, Italy | Embark
Day 2 : Hvar, Croatia
Day 3 : Dubrovnik, Croatia
Day 4 : Kotor, Montenegro
Day 5 : Corfu, Greece
Day 6 : Itea, Greece | Crossing the Corinth
Day 7 : Nafplion, Greece
Day 8 : Hydra, Greece
Day 9 : Athens, Greece | Disembark

Highlights

  • Discover the Adriatic and Aegean Sea, featuring exceptional cultural sites
  • Visit 7 UNESCO World Heritage Sites
  • Cross the Corinth Canal
  • Sail in the Bay of Kotor

Ship

Le Bougainville

Places Visited

Activities

Trip Type

  • Small Ship

Activity Level

Relaxed

Trip Snapshots

The sprawling canals of Venice Corinth Canal, Greece Scenic view of Dubrovnik Nafplion, Greece Hydra, Greece Iconic Athens

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. 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.

Day 2 Hvar, 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. The picturesque village of Vrisnik is also a good place to try some of local produce.

Optional Excursions: 
Palmizana Island by Boat
Hvar & Its Religious Heritage Tour
Hvar FWD Adventure
Hiking in the Villages of Hva

Day 3 Dubrovnik, Croatia

  • 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. You will perhaps 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, you will 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: 
City Walls & Lokrum Island Kayaking
Sailing & Swimming in the Adriatic
Konavle Biking Tour
Treasures & Panorama of Dubrovnik

Day 4 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.

Optional Excursions: 
Adventure in Lovcen National Park
Mini Tour of Montenegro
Perast & Our Lady of the Rock
Bay of Kotor Sea Kayaking

Day 5 Corfu, Greece

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Named after the island, Corfu is the most famous city in the Ionian islands. Protected by citadel fortifications, its old city, designated UNESCO World Heritage, displays unusual Greco-Byzantine and Venetian architecture. Above the water stands Saint George’s church, looking uncannily like a classical temple. Close by, you will be won over by the lively atmosphere of Spianada Square with its arcades and cafés. You can head for the legendary island where Odysseus landed: picturesque Pontikonisi, a stone’s throw from the southern point of the town.

Optional Excursions:
Achillion Palace & Corfu Town
Paleokastritsa & Boat Ride
Corfu's Local Delicacies

Day 6 Itea, Greece | Crossing the Corinth

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Tucked away in the Gulf of Corinth, this little port is situated in continental Greece, north-west of Athens. Take an easy stroll along the old cobblestone quays, while gazing at the summits encircling the Bay of Itea. We wouldn’t be surprised if you are tempted by a visit to the Delphi Sanctuary. The sanctuary is located on a plateau on the slope of Mount Parnassus, just ten kilometers from Itea. A listed UNESCO World Heritage site, this is a once-in-a-lifetime experience. The ancient ruins are surrounded by steep mountains, and their Archaeological Museum is chock-full of cultural delights.

The Corinth Canal cuts through the Isthmus of Corinth, turning the Peloponnese into an island as it separates the region from the Greek mainland. Inaugurated in 1893, the canal is a little over six kilometres long and enables merchant vessels and passenger to avoid a long 400-km detour around the peninsula. The two sides of the canal reach a height of approximately fifty meters. From the exterior decks, don’t miss this unique opportunity to watch the ship as it navigates along the narrow strip of water encased between tall, ochre cliffs. What an experience!

Optional Excursions:
Sacred Site of Delphi
Monastery of Saint Lucas & Arachova

Day 7 Nafplion, Greece

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
The engaging town of Nafplion is staggered up green hillsides of the Argolic Gulf, to the east of the Peloponnese. Don’t be surprised by its extremely varied cultural heritage. For instance, you’ll see the ancient agora on the plateau of Akronafplia, Italianate arcades in Syntagma square as well as the baroque fortress of Palamidi on a hillside of the same name. At the top of the hill, views of the gulf and the surrounding mountains are simply awesome. If you want to chill out by the water’s edge, walk along the Arvanitia promenade to a beautiful creek in the shade of cedars and cypresses.

Optional Excursions:
Ancient Corinth & Corinth Canal
Epidaurus & Mycenae

Day 8 Hydra, Greece

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
This unusual gem belonging to the Saronic islands is located to the east of the Peloponnese. There are no cars here. Named after the island, the harbor town is layered up the slopes of a mountainous bay. You may be surprised to see beautiful stone mansions. These are traditional here, as are the multi-colored caïques along the quays. Further along the shore, you will discover the Historical Archives Museum. Collections from Athens National History Museum are exhibited in the elegant villa Koundouriotis.

Optional Excursions:
History of Hydra
Hike & Swim

Day 9 Athens, Greece | Disembark

  • 1 Breakfast
Disembark this morning after breakfast. The Greek capital city is located on the edge of the Saronic gulf, in the east of the country. It bears a plural name in reference to the first villages that surround the Acropolis. You will be enchanted by the rocky plateau presided by its monuments listed as UNESCO World Heritage. In the city below, you can visit some of the liveliest districts in Athens: Plaka, with its maze of colorful streets, and where, in the evenings the drifting aroma of moussaka and garlic prawns will tickle your taste buds. The National Archaeological museum and the Cycladic Art Museum are also some of the city’s key attractions and allow visitors to discover Athens’ cultural past.

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Fares are based on double occupancy and are capacity controlled. Rates may increase at any time as the ship sells out and are subject to change without notice.

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

Included features:
  • • All accommodations and meals while on board the ship (from dinner on the day of embarkation to breakfast on the
    day of disembarkation)
    • 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
    • Room service 24h (special selection)
    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
    • 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 the ship's control).​​​
Not included:
  • • Any flights or ground services before and/or after the cruise
    • Any optional pre and post cruise programs, overlands and excursions
    • Visa expenses (which may include additional administrative charges imposed by the
    authorities of a country) and/or immigration reciprocity taxes if applicable.
    • Luggage handling
    • Optional Spa package to be booked prior 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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