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You are cordially invited to come aboard Vantage’s 2022 President’s Club departure of Pearls of Greece and the Dalmatian Coast. This once-in-a-lifetime journey is packed with exclusive feature only available to our most valued travelers. Cruise in the company of like-minded guests and experience 10 President’s Club Features — including a private tram ride in Zagreb, a cocktail and dinner gala in Split, family farm visits complete with local entertainment, and more. We’re excited to honor you!
For a start, you’ll enjoy extended stays in the capital cities of Athens and Zagreb, plus 10 days cruising along gorgeous ports, including Split, Dubrovnik, the Bay of Kotor, Corfu, and many more in the company of other seasoned travelers. Get ready to indulge in the best that Croatia, Montenegro, and Greece have to offer. Next, you'll sail through the Adriatic and Ionian seas and the Corinth canal, (passing more than 1,800 islands along the way) on a journey full of discovery, culture, history, and natural beauty. And what’s more, you can invite your friends and family to experience the magic of this region alongside you!
Not to mention the 5-star amenities that await you aboard the Ocean Odyssey when you’re not exploring: Spa, salon, infinity pool, fitness center — and that’s just the beginning! You'll have personalized amenities at your fingertips, thanks to a small passenger-to-crew ratio and the assistance of our worldwide Concierge service, while onboard bikes, kayaks, and paddleboards give you plenty of ways to stay active.
With only one departure and just 77 cabins and 15 solo cabins available, don’t wait — secure your spot on Vantage’s unmissable Mediterranean voyage filled with culture, history, natural beauty.
Enhance your Adriatic cruise by stealing away to Lake Bled, Slovenia, for a four-day stay at a tranquil resort surrounded by the majestic Julian Alps. Take daily excursions to the region’s beautiful sights including Bled Castle, set on a cliff high above the lake. Included features and Cultural Discoveries — with visits to a mountain village and a gingerbread maker — give you insight into the unique local lifestyle. Stay at a grand lakeside resort that offers unbeatable views and relax after each day of sightseeing.
Board a flight to Zagreb to begin your exclusive journey!
Your once-in-a-lifetime journey begins today when you board an overnight flight to Zagreb. Or, depart earlier for your pre-trip extension in Lake Bled, Slovenia.
President’s Club members, welcome to Zagreb!
Welcome to Zagreb! If you purchased your airfare from Vantage, a representative will meet you at the airport and assist with your transfer to your hotel. You’ll be staying at the Esplanade Zagreb, an ornate five-star establishment that could be mistaken for a royal palace. This evening, enjoy your first two President’s Club features — A Welcome Briefing and Cocktail on the terrace of your hotel, where you’ll get to know like-minded travelers over a drink, followed by a decadent Welcome Dinner in the opulent Emerald ballroom. And don’t forget to refill your glass — one way we’re honoring your loyalty is by offering unlimited drinks with dinner throughout your journey. Cheers!
Exclusive President’s Club Features:
Discover Zagreb’s markets and monuments aboard a private tram
You'll met your expert local guide this morning after breakfast for a tour of Zagreb, Croatia’s capital. Kick off your exploration with a President’s Club feature — a private tram ride that will take you from your hotel past some of the “lower city’s” most iconic sites, including Central Station, botanical gardens, Croatian Archives building, Croatian Treasury, National Theater and Opera House, and much more. 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.
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 Cruise Director will be happy to assist with directions or suggestions of other activities.
Tonight, you’ll enjoy a very special President’s Club-exclusive dinner at a family-owned village estate. You’ll be given a tour of the estate before settling in with a drink in this unique setting for a performance of Medimurska Popevka, a song that’s designated as a UNESCO Intangible Cultural Heritage feature, and other folkloric music performed by local artists.
President’s Club Features:
Discover Opatija and embark the Ocean Odyssey
After breakfast, enjoy a scenic drive through the Croatian highlands on your to the lovely seaside town of Opatija. En route you'll engage in an interesting lecture about "Croatian and Regional History." Embark on a walking tour of Opatija, which once catered to European royalty with stately villas, seaside promenade, and lovely gardens. Lunch is on your own with many excellent choices. Local guides will recommend restaurants where you can find fresh seafood, a local specialty.
Later you'll cross border to Slovenia and enjoy a scenic drive through the countryside on your way to Trieste, an Italian city that boasts a distinct Istrian culture. After a panoramic drive through this unique metropolis, you'll embark the Ocean Odyssey. Get settled in your cabin, taking time to explore its amenities, including the onboard boutique, spa, pool, and gym. Stop by the Concierge desk to reserve a spa appointment. Later, join the first of your daily port talks to learn about tomorrow’s exciting destination before toasting with your fellow travelers to embarking on a once-in-a-lifetime journey aboard the brand-new Ocean Odyssey. Tonight, the ship sets sail for Rovinj and Pula.
Enjoy the wonders of the Istrian Peninsula
Discover part of one of the most beautiful regions of Croatia on two half-day tours of Rovinj and Pula. Istria is one of the more developed regions of Croatia and is sometimes referred to as “Croatian Tuscany,” with some of the most picturesque towns in the country.
Explore the picturesque coastal town of Rovinj, which was part of Venice's mercantile empire and has a distinctive Venetian aspect to it. Today, it’s a jet-set town for regional and international tourists alike due to the breathtaking palate of its skyline and its mesmerizing ocean views. Enjoy a guided tour to see its charms for yourself. For the best views of the town and the harbor, make the mile-and-a-quarter trek uphill to the Church of St. Euphemia — it's well worth the effort!
We'll have lunch back on the ship before sailing along the 14-island national park, the Brijuni islands, to Pula. En route, enjoy an onboard lecture about “Life in Croatia.” We’ll start our tour at Pula Arena, Europe's most complete Roman amphitheater. You'll be able to go beneath the arena floor to see the actual passageways and rooms where gladiators and their foes, including wild animals, awaited their turn in combat. We’ll also see the town and its streets that are briming with history juxtaposed with modern shops and restaurants.
Tonight, gather in the dining room for a warm welcome from the captain fit for Vantage’s most valued travelers. You may also take advantage of the central location of your ship and walk into downtown Pula for an evening of discoveries.
Explore Zadar, Šibenik, and Dalmatia's scenic northern coast
This morning, set off to explore Zadar on foot. This Roman-era city boasts a historic blend of Romanesque, Medieval and Rennaisance architecture. You'll see the UNESCO-listed Historic Defense Walls in the city and explore Zadar’s ancient city center.
As you enjoy lunch onboard, we'll continue on one of most scenic stretches along Northern Dalmatia coastline, passing between the Kornati Islands, as we make our way to Sibenik. En route, continue your education on the history of this region with an informative lecture on “Yugoslavia and its End.” We’ll enter Šibenik through a narrow channel that UNESCO designated St. Nicholas Fortress in 2017. Upon arrival, set off on a walking tour among some of the oldest streets in Croatia that date back to the 11th century, where you’ll see the Cathedral of St. James, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and the most important architectural achievement in the country. Later, relax on your ship or set out and explore more of Šibenik, taking advantage of the central location of the harbor.
Enjoy natural beauty in Krka National Park and a President’s Club Gala
Have your camera handy this morning for your first President’s Club Feature of the day: A visit to Krka National Park, a gem of Croatia and home to breathtaking waterfalls and gorges. We’ll witness its 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 our hike, we’ll enjoy a private boat ride back to Šibenik with complimentary drinks on deck.
Back on board, enjoy a Mediterranean-diet lecture (with sampling of local products) as you relish scenic sailing between pretty islands on the way Split. Upon arrival, you’re in for an eventful President’s Club Feature during a cocktail gala overlooking the Split promenade complete with a traditional klapa singing performance (designated as a UNESCO Intangible Cultural Heritage feature). Then, join a Red Carpet Dinner in the famous Basement Halls of Diocletian’s Palace, with entertainment and unlimited drinks!
Unearth the UNESCO treasures of Split and Hvar
This morning in Split, return to explore ancient and UNESCO-listed Diocletian’s Palace, which the Roman emperor chose as his retirement home because of the area’s spectacular beauty. Your special tour also takes you into the mysterious passages in the lower levels of the palace’s massive structure, where you had dinner the previous night — Game of Thrones fans will recognize this site as one of the show's filming locations!
Return for lunch on board as we enjoy a beautiful cruise to Hvar, another idyllic Mediterranean port, passing islands along the way. Hvar is a popular celebrity destination known for its vast fields of lavender, ancient olive trees, and fruit orchards. Set off on a guided walking tour and learn the port town's history, hear about local legends, and visit the lace museum, inside the Benedictine Monastery. Aloe lace, or lace painstakingly crafted by needlepoint from the fibers of aloe plants, is made in Croatia only by the nuns of this monastery and is designated by UNESCO as an Intangible Cultural Heritage feature. You'll also visit visit Stari Grad Plain, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. You may also choose to go swimming, snorkeling, or fishing (weather permitting). Active travelers shouldn't miss the walk to Hvar Fortress, with entrance included.
This evening, you may choose to take advantage of your ship’s location and make your own discoveries in Hvar. Perhaps you’ll take an evening walk, grab a drink at a local bar, or just simply soak in the local atmosphere around main square.
Experience Dubrovnik's Old City and a private concert
Today, your local guide will lead you through 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.
Return to your ship for lunch, then enjoy a leisurely afternoon. 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 will be happy to recommend activities and places to see. Later, enjoy an eye-opening onboard discussion about the "Dubrovnik Republic," including its unique history and foundations. Your President’s Club Feature tonight will be the Captain’s Reception Gala and Dinner. Enjoy a delectable spread of regional specialties before leisurely sipping included drinks with your fellow travelers against the backdrop of Dubrovnik’s ancient, fortified walls.
President’s Club Feature:
Tour Kotor and the UNESCO surrounding bay
Have a scenic breakfast as you sail into the coast of Montenegro and into 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. Here, you’ll learn the history of the town — 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.
Heading toward Corfu, Greece, you’ll follow the winding Bay of Kotor, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. With its narrow profile and steep walls, Kotor’s bay is often called Europe’s southernmost fjord. Technically, however, the bay is not a true, glacier-carved fjord, but rather a ria, or submerged river valley. You'll enjoy scenic sailing of the bay, with included drinks on deck and expert commentary on this geological marvel before dinner on the ship.
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. You'll have the opportunity to explore Corfu town on the 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. Later, take part in an informative onboard lecture about the production of this region’s reigning staple, the olives! Tonight, gather with family, friends, and like-minded travelers for another special President’s Club Feature — lively onboard entertainment.
See the birthplace of the Olympics
This morning, we’ll sail into Katakolon and enjoy scenic drives through the villages of Pelelponnese. Then, you'll have a full-day tour of the pace where the ancient Olympic Games originated — in 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's remains of various sporting venues from the festive games that began in 776 BC.
In the afternoon, you'll be delighted to join a President’s Club traditional Greek lunch at the Magna Grecia, a family-owned Greek agrotourism farm. Sample its house made wine and olive oils while being regaled with local entertainment to boot. Dinner is on board tonight.
Spend the day in ancient Delphi
This morning after breakfast, you'll dock on Greece's mainland coast at Itea and be transported 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. You'll spend the morning on tour to enjoy its best points of interest, including the onsite museum.
In the afternoon, indulge in some more of the ship's amenities as you enjoy scenic sailing through the Corinth canal with drinks on deck and commentary, including an onboard lecture on Greek mythology. This evening, you'll celebrate your final night on board at the Captain's Farewell Reception and Dinner.
Disembark the Ocean Odyssey and behold Athens with a Vantage-exclusive Greek “street party”
This morning, disembark the Ocean Odyssey to conclude your journey here in Greece. You’ll enjoy a panoramic tour of Athens, the country's sophisticated capital. 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, Parliament House on Constitution Square, the Pan Athenian Stadium, and the Presidential Palace, along with the famed Panepistimiou Avenue, Catholic Cathedral, Academy of Athens, University of Athens, and the National Library. Enjoy lunch on your own, perhaps dining in the charming Plaka district, nestled at the foot of Acropolis Hill.
This afternoon, check into your beautiful luxury hotel, featuring executive rooms, high ceilings, and rooms with views of the Acropolis. Then, enjoy time at leisure in Athens, with so much to discover — from extensive shopping options to open-air markets to museums and beyond.
Your President’s Club Feature tonight will familiarize you with the most festive parts of Greek culture, as we shut down a street in Athens for a traditional Greek “street party.” Bring the street to life as you dine on regional specialties, sip unlimited drinks, and enjoy live entertainment. Dancing is encouraged!
Explore Athens on your own
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, from the rooftop swimming pool to the spa. Lunch is on your own today, 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 and pita, a classic Greek salad, or anything with feta cheese. Your conveniently located hotel is also just a stone’s throw from abundance of local restaurants and food stands.
Tonight, it’s time to say farewell to your fellow travelers, but in style! Enjoy one last President’s Club Feature, A Farewell Cocktail Social and Farewell Dinner held in your hotel’s scenic rooftop area, offering panoramic views of the ancient Acropolis that you’re now intimately familiar with.
Fly home or stay on for your post-trip extension in Istanbul, Turkey
Following breakfast this morning, you’ll transfer to the Athens airport for your flight home. Or, continue to Istanbul, Turkey, for your post-trip extension.
Immerse yourself in the exoticism, fascinating history, and resplendent architecture of Istanbul, where Europe meets Asia along the bustling Bosphorus Strait. You’ll step into the world of Ottoman sultans at the Topkapi Palace, marvel at the towering domes and minarets of the Blue Mosque and Hagia Sophia, and roam the endless passageways of the Grand Bazaar and the Spice Market, teeming with colorful carpets, leather goods, jewelry, and lanterns. Your three nights in this intoxicating cultural capital is the perfect way to round out your ocean expedition.
Important Note: 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.
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.