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Gems of the Adriatic - 2023

Athens • 10-night cruise with Piraeus, Itea, Katakolon, Corfu, Kotor, Dubrovnik, Hvar, Šibenik, Pula, Rovinj, Koper • Zagreb
  • Greece and the Dalmatian Coast small ship cruise from Athens to Zagreb with Piraeus, Kotor, Dubrovnik, and Split including Instanbul, Lake Bled Slovenia and Oberammergau extensions
    DISCOVER GREECE, MONTENEGRO, AND CROATIA ABOARD THE 5-STAR OCEAN ODYSSEY
  • ENJOY A WHOPPING 9 UNESCO SITES, INCLUDING THE HISTORICAL ACROPOLIS IN ATHENS
  • Small Ship Ocean Cruise from Athens to Zagreb | Pearls of Greece and the Dalmatian Coast
    SEE AND HEAR HISTORY COME ALIVE DURING A PRIVATE CLASSICAL PERFORMANCE AND A TOUR OF OLD TOWN DUBROVNIK
  • SET SAIL ALONG THE ISTRIAN PENINSULA IN CROATIA, STOPPING AT PULA AND ROVINJ
  • Greece and the Dalmatian Coast small ship cruise from Athens to Zagreb with Piraeus, Kotor, Dubrovnik, and Split including Instanbul, Lake Bled Slovenia and Oberammergau extensions
    ENJOY BREATHTAKING VIEWS ABOARD YOUR BRAND-NEW 5-STAR SMALL SHIP AS YOU SAIL ALONG THE CORINTH CANAL, THE IONIAN AND ADRIATIC SEAS, AND PAST OVER 1,800 ISLANDS
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  • $653
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  • 15
    DAYS
  • 26
    TOURS
  • 13 FREE Single Supplements Available
  • 12 Solo Friendly Spaces Available
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Board the luxurious Ocean Odyssey and experience the best of the Adriatic on an indulgent voyage through Greece, Montenegro, and Croatia. Along with extended stays in the major historic sites of Athens and Zagreb, you’ll also enjoy 10 days of cruising to gorgeous ports.
You'll sail through the scenic Corinth Canal and along the entirety of the Croatian coastline through the Ionian and Adriatic Seas on a journey full of discovery, culture, history, and natural beauty. Step back in time and discover the birthplace of the Olympic games, the lovely town of Corfu, and Dubrovnik's Old City, as well as the bustling capitals of Greece and Croatia.

With 26 included features and Cultural Discoveries, along with 9 UNESCO World Heritage sites, and a lace museum visit in a Benedictine monastery, you'll have the opportunity to fully immerse yourself in local traditions, cuisines, and more. 

This small ship ocean cruise is defined by unparalleled luxury and first-class service. When not exploring ashore, you’ll enjoy the 5-star amenities on board: spa, salon, fitness center, and more. What’s more, with just 77 cabins — including a landmark 15 solo cabins— you can look forward to a small passenger-to-crew ratio and the assistance of our complimentary worldwide Concierge service. Plus, you can explore even more of this naturally stunning region with optional extensions to Istanbul, Turkey, or Lake Bled, Slovenia.

Athens to Zagreb

Pre-Trip Extension

Istanbul, Turkey (Pre-Trip)

FROM: $1799 PER PERSON | 4 DAYS | $450 PER DAY

Lake Bled, Slovenia (Pre-trip)

FROM: $1399 PER PERSON | 4 DAYS | $350 PER DAY
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DAY 1:

Board an overnight flight to Athens, Greece

Today you’ll board an overnight flight to Athens. Or, depart earlier for your pre-trip extension to Istanbul, Turkey.

DAY 2:

Arrive in Athens

Welcome to Athens, the fabled cradle of civilization. If you purchased your airfare or transfers from Vantage, a representative will meet you at the airport and assist with your hotel transfer. Settle into your room, with views of Greece's energetic capital. This evening, enjoy a Welcome Briefing and Welcome Dinner at the hotel and get to know your fellow passengers.

Included meals:

Dinner

DAY 3:

Behold the classical wonders of Athens

This morning, enjoy a panoramic tour of Athens, the sophisticated capital of Greece. Mythology and ancient history come alive here, as you’ll see at the iconic Acropolis. It was here that Poseidon and Athena were said to have fought to determine who would be patron of the city. This was the architectural pinnacle of Athens, crowned by its breathtaking Parthenon. You’ll also visit the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, the Parliament House on Constitution Square, the Pan Athenian Stadium, and the Presidential Palace. Along the famed Panepistimiou Avenue, pass the Catholic Cathedral, Academy of Athens, the University of Athens, and the National Library.

You'll have lunch on your own, perhaps dining in the charming Plaka district, nestled at the foot of Acropolis Hill. Enjoy your afternoon at leisure in Athens, with so much to discover — from extensive shopping options to open-air markets to museums and beyond. Dinner is on your own tonight, and you're in luck: Athens restaurants are world-class, but so is its street food — at a fraction of the cost. Don't miss souvlaki, fava purée, pita, a classic Greek salad, or anything with feta cheese. Your conveniently-located hotel is just a stone’s throw from abundance of local restaurants and food stands.

Included Feature:
  • Athens panoramic walking tour, including the Acropolis

Included meals:

Breakfast

DAY 4:

Explore Athens on your own, then embark the Ocean Odyssey

You have the day at leisure to set out into the Cradle of Civilization to uncover some of its less-explored paths. If you’re looking to shop for a deal, head over to the Monastiraki flea market, the atmospheric agora of secondhand treasures. Or perhaps you’ll brush up on your ancient history at the Acropolis Museum or the Athens Archaeological Museum. Alternatively, you can relax in your hotel and enjoy its sumptuous amenities.

Lunch is on your own today, so grab one more indulgent Athenian snack at one of the local restaurants or food stands near your hotel before continuing to Piraeus to embark the Ocean Odyssey, which will be berthed in port. This 5-star small ship is designed to merge unmatched luxury with an authentic ocean cruise experience. Step aboard the ship and get settled in your stateroom, before taking time to explore the ship’s world-class amenities, including the onboard boutique, indulgent spa and hot-rock cooking restaurant. With just 77 cabins — and fewer travelers — onboard, you’ll experience more meaningful interactions with locals, Cruise Director and Program Manager, onboard lecturers, and more.

Later, you’ll join fellow travelers for the first of your daily port talks to learn about tomorrow’s exciting destination. Tonight, your ship sets sail for Itea.

Included meals:

Breakfast & dinner

DAY 5:

Spend the day in ancient Delphi

This morning, enjoy scenic sailing through the Corinth Canal as we dock on Greece's mainland coast at Itea, enjoying lunch and an onboard lecture before stepping off the ship and heading to nearby UNESCO-listed Delphi. Once known as the center of the world by ancient Greek mythologists, Delphi has been revered as a hotspot of ancient Greek culture and archeology for centuries, and you'll see its highlights today, including a visit to the onsite museum.

Included Feature:

  • Tour of Delphi

Cultural Discovery:

  • Onboard lecture on Greek mythology

Scenic Sailing:

  • Enjoy beautiful views through the Corinth Canal

Included meals:

Breakfast, lunch & dinner

DAY 6:

See the birthplace of the Olympics

This morning, we’ll dock in Katakolon – where you will be able to step easily off the ship – and enjoy scenic drives through the villages of Peloponnese. Then, you'll have a full day where the ancient Olympic Games originated — Olympia, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Surrounded by a natural setting of beauty and serenity, the archeological site dates back to the 10th century B.C., where it first became a sanctuary for the gods and a place to worship Zeus. Alongside temples, there are remains of various sporting venues from the festive games that began in 776 BC.

In the afternoon, you'll be delighted to join a traditional Greek lunch at the Magna Grecia, a family-owned Greek agriturismo farm. After a guided tour, sample its homemade wine and olive oils while being regaled with local entertainment to boot.

Included Feature:

  • Tour of Olympia

Cultural Discovery:

  • Visit to Magna Grecia agriturismo farm for lunch, wine and olive oil tasting, and local entertainment

Included meals:

Breakfast, lunch & dinner

DAY 7:

Spend the day in vibrant Corfu

Enjoy a splendid day on the scenic island of Corfu, a UNESCO World Heritage Site adorned with Venetian inspiration and a lively local lifestyle. Once you step ashore, you'll have the opportunity to explore Corfu's east side, full of traditional bars, restaurants, and shops framed by winding alleyways.

During your time in Corfu, you'll indulge in a tour of one of its most famed attractions — the elegant Achilleion Palace. Dating back to 1890, this property was the brainchild of Empress Elizabeth of Austria (also known as Sisi), who was fond of the island and visited often. Each floor is adorned with lavish decor, including bronze and stone statues of fabled Greek gods in the palace and the surrounding gardens.

After your tour, enjoy lunch back on board and a relaxing afternoon at leisure.

Included Feature:

  • Scenic sailing in Corfu
  • Tour of Achilleion Palace

Cultural Discovery:

  • Onboard lecture on olive production

Included meals:

Breakfast, lunch & dinner

DAY 8:

Tour Kotor and the UNESCO surrounding bay

This morning you'll experience the Bay of Kotor, about which the poet Lord Byron wrote, “The Bay of Kotor, a submerged river canyon surrounded by dramatic rising mountain cliffs, is the jewel of the coast of Montenegro.” Tucked away at the head of the bay is the town of Kotor featuring intriguing medieval fortifications. Enjoy scenic sailing in the morning before you disembark at the port. Here, you’ll learn the town's history — which is believed to stretch back as far as the first century — while you walk the charming tangle of Old World streets. The city’s walls stretch up more than 800 feet from sea level to the fortress of Saint Giovanni. The views are sure to take your breath away, from medieval churches to staggering mountains.

This evening, sail toward Dubrovnik, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Later enjoy an eye-opening onboard discussion about the "Dubrovnik Republic," including its unique history and foundations, before dinner on the ship.

Included Feature:

  • Tour of Kotor
  • Sail through UNESCO-listed Bay of Kotor

Cultural Discovery:

  • Onboard Lecture: Dubrovnik Republic

Included meals:

Breakfast, lunch & dinner

DAY 9:

Experience Dubrovnik's Old City and a private concert

Today, we’ll arrive in Dubrovnik and you will be met by a local guide. You will enjoy a tour of Dubrovnik's Old City — a UNESCO World Heritage Site — introducing you to its most heralded landmarks, as well as its hidden gems. Following the tour, you’ll relax in a centuries-old church for a Vantage-exclusive private classical concert by the Sorkočević Quartet, who are members of the Croatian National Philharmonic Orchestra.

You’ll return to the ship for lunch. Following lunch on board, enjoy a leisurely afternoon and evening. You'll be supplied with a one-day Dubrovnik card, which provides free entrance to numerous sites around the city, including access to the walkway atop the walls surrounding the Old City. Your Cruise Director and Destination Manager will be happy to recommend activities to do and places to see.

Included Feature:

  • Half-day tour of Dubrovnik’s Old City

Cultural Discovery:

  • Vantage-exclusive private classical concert

Included meals:

Breakfast, lunch & dinner

DAY 10:

Explore Dubrovnik at your leisure

You’ll have the day at leisure today to explore more of Dubrovnik on your own. Known as the “Pearl of the Adriatic,” Dubrovnik is filled with a plethora of intriguing attractions dating back several centuries.

One of city’s best-known features is the old city walls, even more so since being featured on the popular television series Game of Thrones. Built in the 10th century, these walls were used to provide defense against enemy invaders. From here, the views of the Adriatic and the Old City center are spectacular.

The Stradun walkway is also a popular spot for visitors and locals alike. Aside from boasting many cafés and retail facilities, this is also one of Europe’s most picturesque pedestrian thoroughfares.

Another popular activity for visitors to Dubrovnik is to head to the hills via the Dubrovnik Cable Car. You’ll soar high above the Old Town, up Srd Hill, with the views only getting better and better the higher you ascend. When you reach the top, you’ll find the ­century Imperial Fortress, which houses a fascinating exhibit pertaining to the Homeland War of 1991-1995. There's also a restaurant boasting spectacular views over the Old Town, along with unique shopping, including a fascinating traditional coin minting blacksmith shop.

Following your day of discoveries, you can return to the ship and enjoy some time to relax and unwind before tonight’s dinner on board.

Included meals:

Breakfast, lunch & dinner

DAY 11:

Unearth the UNESCO treasures of Hvar

Hvar, a popular celebrity destination, is known for its vast fields of lavender, ancient olive trees, and fruit orchards. Set off on a guided walking tour this morning and learn the port town's history, hear about local legends, and visit the lace museum inside the Benedictine Monastery. Aloe lace is made in Croatia only by the nuns of this monastery, and it is designated by UNESCO as an Intangible Cultural Heritage feature.

Later, discover even more on an island tour, including a visit to Stari Grad Plain, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Return for lunch on board and take the afternoon to explore Hvar at your leisure. You may also choose to go swimming, snorkeling, or fishing (weather permitting). Active travelers shouldn't miss the walk to Hvar Fortress, (entry fee included). Following your day of exploration, you'll head back to the ship where you can take part in an informative lecture on board.

Enjoy dinner onboard. You ship will set sail later this evening.

Included Features:

  • Tour of Hvar town
  • Hvar island tour with Stari Grad Plain

Cultural Discovery:

  • Visit a lace museum in a Benedictine monastery in Hvar
  • Afternoon lecture on board

Included meals:

Breakfast, lunch & dinner

DAY 12:

Explore Šibenik, one of Croatia's oldest cities

This morning, enjoy scenic sailing, passing by UNESCO protected St. Nicholas fortress, which guards the entrance to the ancient city of Šibenik. Upon arrival, we’ll depart for Krka National Park, a gem of Croatia and home to breathtaking waterfalls and gorges. We’ll witness the city's crystalline river rushing through the canyon against a green, mountainous backdrop as we ascend to the top of the waterfalls by bus and then hike to the bottom. On the way we’ll learn about how this water was used (and is still used today) to power local corn mills. At the end of the hike, we’ll enjoy a boat ride to the town of Skradin.

Your next stop is Jurlinovi Dvori, a Dalmatian estate with an ethnographic gallery. Enjoy a homemade lunch, prepared with centuries-old local recipes from homemade products, including Babić wine — a vintage derived from Primosten vineyards, which is strong and dry to represent the harsh land it grew on. After, depart back to Šibenik.

Tonight, enjoy a performance by local musicians on board your ship.

Included Features:

  • Krka National Park hike and boat ride
  • Šibenik guided walking tour

Cultural Discoveries:

  • Jurlinovi Dvori traditional lunch

Included meals:

Breakfast, lunch & dinner

DAY 13:

Enjoy the wonders of the Istrian Peninsula

Discover part of one of the most beautiful regions of Croatia on a morning tour of Pula. Istria is one of the most developed regions of Croatia and is sometimes referred to as “Croatian Tuscany,” with some of the most picturesque towns in the country.

You’ll enjoy a walking tour of Pula today, including a visit to Pula Arena, Europe's most complete Roman amphitheater. You'll be able to go below the arena floor to see the actual passageways and rooms where gladiators and their foes, along with wild animals, awaited their turn in combat. Later, we’ll walk through the city center to see the town and its streets brimming with history juxtaposed with modern shops and restaurants.

  • Pula tour with visit to the Pula Arena

Included meals:

Breakfast, lunch & dinner

DAY 14:

Disembark the Ocean Odyssey and discover Opatija

We’ll arrive in the port of Koper this morning. After breakfast on board the ship, you’ll disembark and transfer to your hotel in Zagreb via a lovely scenic drive through the charming Slovenian and Croatian countryside that includes a walking tour of Opatija. You’ll have time for lunch on your own before continuing on to Zagreb, where you’ll spend the night in a centrally-located historic hotel. This evening, you'll have a Farewell Dinner with your fellow travelers at the hotel.

Included Feature:

  • Walking tour of Opatija
  • Scenic drive through Slovenian and Croatian countryside to Zagreb

Included meals:

Breakfast & dinner

DAY 15:

Discover Zagreb's monuments and markets

You'll meet your expert local guide this morning after breakfast for a tour of Zagreb, Croatia’s capital. Then, walk through the main square and the city’s “upper town,” strolling past the Croatian Parliament, the Prime Minister’s office, St. Mark’s square, and the Stone Gate. You'll also visit the Dolac Traditional Food Market, the largest market in Croatia, where local products arrive from villages to be sold in the city.

This afternoon, enjoy an afternoon at leisure, perhaps visiting the city's unique Museum of Broken Relationships or taking a walk through the botanical gardens. Zagreb also has one of the world's most extensive tram systems. So consider boarding the local tram back to your hotel or to the city center for further exploration. Your Vantage Program Manager will be happy to assist with directions or suggestions of other activities.

Tonight, enjoy a private family village estate visit near Zagreb with dinner, unlimited drinks, and a guided tour of their art collection. You'll also tour the stables and meet their horses. Dinner is complete with a folkloric ensemble performance.

Included Feature:

  • Half-day panoramic and walking tour of Zagreb

Cultural Discoveries:

  • Dolac Traditional Food Market
  • Dinner at a family village estate with folkloric entertainment

Included meals:

Breakfast & dinner

DAY 16:

Fly home or stay on for your post-trip extension in Lake Bled, Slovenia

Following breakfast this morning, you’ll transfer to the Zagreb airport for your flight home. Or, continue to Bled, Slovenia, for your post-trip extension.

Included meals:

Breakfast

Post-Trip Extension

Lake Bled, Slovenia (Post-trip)

FROM: $1399 PER PERSON | 4 DAYS | $350 PER DAY

Istanbul, Turkey (Post-Trip)

FROM: $1799 PER PERSON | 4 DAYS | $450 PER DAY

Please Note: Ocean cruising is not the same experience as river cruising; as such, you may experience fluctuating tides and weather patterns that may involve some rocking of your vessel. Itineraries will include all activities as planned except in extreme cases that can’t be controlled by your shipboard crew. Day-by-day itineraries are preliminary and therefore subject to change. If changes occur while on tour, you will be notified by your Cruise Director or regional expert.

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