Join SeaDream II for this 11-day cruise exploring some of the highlights and under-the-radar delights of the Adriatic Sea. Begin your journey in Venice, the floating city. Cruise to Piran, Slovenia, a charming port city whose present architecture reflects it Venetian and Austro-Hungarian influences. Stop in smaller towns along the coast, such as Rovinj, Croatia, and Spetses, Greece, for a peek at everyday life for the people who call this gorgeous region home. Explore Dubrovnik's beautifully preserved Old Town, and stop in beautiful Corfu, Greece for exploration by land and sea, before transiting the shockingly narrow and historic Corinth Canal. Conclude your journey in Piraeus, the port of Athens, Greece, a marvel in its own right.
Transit the famously steep and narrow Corinth Canal
Explore the beautifully preserved Dubrovnik Old Town
See the influence of the Venetian empire on architecture of the region
Venice has been known as the "Queen of the Adriatic," "City of Water," "City of Masks," "City of Bridges," "The Floating City," and "City of Canals." It's widely considered to be one of Europe's most romantic cities. Founded in the 5th century, the city stretches across 118 small islands in the marshy Venetian Lagoon along the Adriatic. Explore this charming city before boarding your ship and setting off on your journey.
Piran may be the most beautiful of Slovenia's coastal towns. It is perched on a tiny piece of land jutting into the sea, and has the feeling of being more like an Italian coastal town, without all the tourists. Piran was part of the Venetian empire from the late 13th century to the end of the 18th century and also had some influence from the Austria-Hungary Empire.
Rovinj is a popular tourist resort in Croatia situated on the north Adriatic Sea. It is situated on the western coast of the Istrian peninsula and remains as one of the last true fishing ports. Enjoy optional land and sea excursions here.
UNESCO-awarded Trogir is considered to be one of the oldest and most exciting villages along the Adriatic Coast. This town is located on a small island that lies between the mainland and Ciovo and sports some impressive medieval walls and a collection of Romanesque and Renaissance architecture.
Dubrovnik is one of the most prominent destinations in the Adriatic Sea, in the region of Dalmatia. It was awarded World UNESCO Heritage status in 1979 and is considered to be among the 10 best medieval walled cities in the world. SeaDream anchors off the walled city as a port of call and tenders directly to the town gate.
Kotor is a coastal town in Montenegro. The old port of Kotor is surrounded by an impressive city wall built by the Republic of Venice and the Venetian influence remains dominant among the architectural influences. In 1979 the Bay of Kotor, City of Kotor, and the surrounding territory were listed in the UNESCO Heritage as a Cultural Site. Enjoy an optional excursion such as a walking discovery tour, or learn about the heritage and countryside of Montenegro. For the active guests, there’s incredible biking along the coast as well as a hike up to the fortress.
Corfu is the second largest Greek island in the Ionian Sea and considered to be the greenest. The municipality includes the island Corfu and the smaller islands of Ereikoussa, Mathraki and Othonoi. Its Greek name, Kerkyra or Korkyra, is related to two powerful water symbols: Poseidon, god of the sea, and Asopos, an important Greek mainland river. In 2007, the island's old town was inscribed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Parga is a resort town located in the northwestern part of Preveza in Epirus. Parga lies on the Ionian coast between the cities of Preveza and Igoumenitsa. This resort town is particularly known for its scenic beauty. Active guests love the Acheron River Safari adventure. Others enjoy a stroll through the town and playing from the marina in the afternoon.
Itea is a small town situated on the north coast of the Gulf of Corinth, 2 km west of Kirra, 8 km southwest of Delphi. The town has a nice beach along with some shops, cafes and restaurants. It allows the closest access to the incredible sight of Delphi which is within the top three archaeological attractions in Greece and in 1987 was inscribed as a UNESCO Heritage Site.
So narrow! So dramatic! The canal was first completed in 1893, despite previous attempts from ancient times - the first plans date to 602 BC. The Roman Emperor Nero actually started construction in 67 AD, making the first cut himself with a golden pick. The canal you transit is 6.3 kilometers (3.9 mi) in length.
This small Greek Isle is a best-kept secret. White-washed buildings, popular seaside cafes and bars, and a central piazza make Spetses a quintessential Mediterranean yachting port. Visitors to the island will enjoy visits to the Poseidonion Grand Hotel, idyllic Mediterranean beaches, and the island’s historic churches. You’ll step back to a simpler time as you quickly realize that Spetses is mostly automobile-free, so be sure to enjoy a traditional horse-drawn carriage ride along the seashore.
Day 11: Piraeus (Athens), Greece | Disembark
Piraeus, roughly translating to “the place over the passage”, is an important Greek port located within the Athens agglomeration, in the Attica Basin. Now a peninsula, Piraeus, originally a rocky island, was developed in the early 5th century BC. when it was initially designated as Athens’ import and transit trade port. It is the largest marine-based shipping center of Greece, one of the largest ports in Europe, and considered the second largest passenger port in the world. Inhabited since the 26th century, it wasn’t until the 6th century BC that Piraeus began catching attention. Disembark SeaDream II after breakfast to explore Athens, continue on your independent travels, or return home.
Everything was amazing! The planning with Adventure Life went smoothly. The actual trip was fantastic! One of the best trips I have experienced. The cruise staff members were knowledgeable and attentive. I will be writing more about this on the blog!