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Experience the best the Mediterranean has to offer on a fascinating, luxurious cruise through the eastern jewels of this sparkling sea. Enjoy extended stays in the major historic sites of Athens and Zagreb, plus 10 days cruising along gorgeous ports, including Dubrovnik, Olympia, Split and many more in between. Indulge in the best that Greece, Montenegro, and Croatia have to offer. Plus, on select departures, you can make your journey even more unforgettable when you add a trip extension to see a once-in-a-lifetime performance: the Oberammergau Passion Play.
You'll sail through the Corinth Canal and the Ionian and Adriatic seas along the entirety of the Croatian coastline — passing more than 1,800 islands along the way — on a journey full of discovery, culture, history, and natural beauty. Step back in time to discover temples and the origin of the Olympic games and see the lovely seaside town of Opatija in Croatia. Hear tradition come alive with a Vantage-exclusive private concert and tour of Dubrovnik's Old City, along with tours of the bustling capitals of Greece and Croatia. With 32 included features and Cultural Discoveries, along with 11 UNESCO World Heritage sites, a klapa performance, and a lace museum visit at a Benedictine monastery (UNESCO honors of the intangible kind), you'll have the opportunity to fully immerse in local tradition, cuisine, and more.
This ocean cruise is defined by unparalleled luxury and first-class service. Enjoy 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 kayaks give you another way to stay active. Join Vantage in 2022 for a voyage of unforgettable natural beauty.
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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 are the perfect way to start off your ocean expedition.
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 an overnight flight to Athens, Greece
Today you’ll board an overnight flight to Athens. Or, depart earlier for your pre-trip extension to Oberammergau, Germany or Istanbul, Turkey.
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. When you settle into your room, enjoy scenic views of either the Acropolis or Lybertus Hill. This evening, enjoy a Welcome Briefing and Welcome Dinner at the hotel and get to know your fellow passengers.
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 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.
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, from the rooftop swimming pool to the spa.
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. 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, top-deck infinity pool, and hot-rock cooking restaurant. With just 77 cabins — and fewer travelers — onboard, you’ll experience more meaningful interactions with locals, Program Manager and Cruise Director, 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.
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.
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 at the location 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 in on a traditional Greek lunch at the Magna Grecia, a family-owned Greek agriturismo farm. After a guided tour, sample its house made wine and olive oils while being regaled with local entertainment to boot.
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. We will berth at the port and, 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.
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 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 Dubrovnik, you’ll follow the winding Bay of Kotor, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and enjoy a beautiful stretch of scenic sailing. 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 commentary onboard about this bay as you sail, and later an eye-opening onboard discussion about the "Dubrovnik Republic," including its unique history and foundations, before dinner on the ship.
Experience Dubrovnik's Old City and a private concert
Today, we’ll anchor off the coast of Dubrovnik and tender into port, where 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, you may tender back into Dubrovnik and 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 Concierge will be happy to recommend activities to do and places to see.
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. We’ll anchor offshore and board a tender into this idyllic Mediterranean port. 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 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, with entrance included.
We'll enjoy breathtaking scenic sailing as we set off to Split, and you'll enjoy a lecture entitled "Mediterranean Diet & Local Products" which includes a tasting of local products. Enjoy scenic sailing into Split, then take in an evening onboard entertainment by a local folkloric ensemble.
Revisit the Roman era at the Diocletian’s Palace in Split
Welcome to Split, one of the oldest cities in this historic region. Explore ancient Diocletian’s Palace, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, which the 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 — Game of Thrones fans will recognize this site as one of the show's filming locations!
This afternoon, enjoy one of the most scenic stretches of ocean on this journey as the Ocean Odyssey heads from Split to Šibenik — which we’ll enter though a narrow channel which the UNESCO designated St. Nicholas Fortress watches over. 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.
Explore ancient Zadar and Croatia's scenic northern coast
Following breakfast this morning, you'll have some free time in Šibenik. At lunchtime, we’ll continue scenic sailing along the northern Dalmatia coastline, passing between the Kornati Islands which feature some of Croatia’s largest national parks. As we cruise to Zadar — another coastal gem that was named Europe's top destination in 2016 and was inducted as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2017 — enjoy an interesting lecture on Yugoslavian history post-World War II. This Roman-era city boasts a historic blend of Ancient, Renaissance, Romanesque, and medieval architecture. You'll see the UNESCO-listed Historic Defense Walls in the city, and explore Zadar’s ancient city center.
Enjoy the wonders of the Istrian Peninsula
Discover part of one of the most beautiful regions of Croatia on a full-day tour of the Pula and Rovinj. 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. Your ship will berth in port so you’ll be able to disembark with ease – no waiting and no tendering. Explore Pula Arena, Europe's most complete Roman amphitheater, when we stop in the ancient town of Pula. 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. We'll have lunch back on the ship before scenic sailing takes us to 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!
This evening, enjoy your Captain's Farewell Dinner on board with klapa singers, a UNESCO protected cultural heritage of Croatia. Your ship sets sail for Trieste tonight.
Disembark the Ocean Odyssey and discover Opatija
After breakfast, you'll disembark the Ocean Odyssey in Trieste, Italy and say goodbye to your ship before enjoying a scenic drive through the Slovenian countryside on your way back to Croatia, to the lovely seaside town of Opatija. Upon arrival in port this afternoon, you’ll disembark the Ocean Odyssey, and set out on a walking tour of this coastal town, which once catered to European royalty with stately villas, seaside promenade, and lovely gardens. Lunch is on your own with many excellent choices. Ask you guide where you can find fresh seafood, a local specialty.
Later, you'll depart for your hotel in Zagreb, paired with a lovely scenic drive through the Croatian Highlands. You’ll hear about “Life in Croatia Today,” which will bring you closer to the cultural discoveries you’ve made throughout your journey. Arriving in Zagreb in the afternoon, you’ll spend another two nights in this vibrant capital city in a centrally-located historic hotel. This evening, you'll have a Farewell Dinner with your fellow travelers at the hotel.
Discover Zagreb's monuments and markets
You'll met your expert local guide this morning for a tour of Zagreb, Croatia’s capital. View the city’s impressive landmarks during a panoramic drive, including the “lower city” distinguished by its 18th and 19th century Austro-Hungarian architecture, Croatian National Theater and Opera House, Croatian Treasury, and 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. 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 Cruise Director will be happy to assist with directions or suggestions of other activities. Dinner is on your own tonight, so perhaps you’ll enjoy the upscale Zinfandel restaurant at your hotel or discover the many other options within walking distance.
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.
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.
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.