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Pearls of Greece and the Dalmatian Coast - 2022

Athens • 10-night cruise with Piraeus, Itea, Katakolon, Corfu, Kotor, Dubrovnik, Hvar, Split, Šibenik, Zadar, Pula, Rovinj, Trieste • Zagreb
  • DISCOVER GREECE, MONTENEGRO, AND CROATIA ABOARD THE INAUGURAL SEASON OF THE 5-STAR OCEAN ODYSSEY
  • ENJOY A WHOPPING 11 UNESCO SITES, INCLUDING THE BREATHTAKING BAY OF KOTOR
  • SEE AND HEAR HISTORY COME ALIVE WITH A LOCAL PERFORMANCE AND TOUR OF OLD TOWN DUBROVNIK
  • MARVEL AT NATURAL BEAUTY IN KOTOR, A UNESCO-LISTED BAY AND MEDIEVAL TOWN
  • SET SAIL ALONG THE ISTRIAN PENINSULA IN CROATIA, STOPPING AT PULA AND ROVINJ
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DAY 1:

Board an overnight flight to Zagreb, Croatia

Today you’ll board an overnight flight to Zagreb. Or, depart earlier for your pre-trip extension in Lake Bled, Slovenia.

DAY 2:

Arrive in Zagreb

Welcome to Zagreb! If you purchased your airfare from Vantage, a representative will meet you at the airport and assist with your hotel transfer. This evening, enjoy a Welcome Briefing and Dinner at the hotel, getting to know your fellow passengers.

Included meals:

Dinner

DAY 3:

Discover Zagreb's monuments and markets

You'll met your expert local guide this morning for a tour of Zagreb. View the city’s impressive landmarks, including the Croatian National Theater and Opera House, Croatian Parliament, Prime Minister's office, St. Mark’s Square, the Old City, the Stone Gate, and Zagreb Cathedral.

This afternoon, enjoy an afternoon at leisure, perhaps visiting the city's Museum of Broken Relationships. Zagreb also has one of the world's most extensive tram systems. So, consider boarding the local tram to Jarun Lake and Park. There, you can enjoy the walking trails or rent a bike to go for a spin. Your Vantage Cruise Director will be happy to assist with directions or suggestions of other activities. Dinner is on your own tonight.

Included Feature:

  • Half-day panoramic and walking tour of Zagreb

Included meals:

Breakfast

DAY 4:

Discover the Opatija Riviera and embark Ocean Odyssey

After breakfast, enjoy a walking tour of the lovely seaside town of Opatija, which once catered to European royalty taking in Opatija’s stately villas, seaside promenade, and lovely gardens. Continue to tour the Opatija Riviera’s villages, including Mošćenice — and be charmed by the amazing views. Lunch is on your own.

Enjoy a walk along the Opatija Promenade for lovely views and perhaps stop for a bite to eat or a drink. How far you go is up to you — a round trip walk can cover up to 7.5 miles and, in total, connects seven towns and villages of the Opatija Riviera.

You'll later board 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. Tonight, the ship sets sail for Pula and Rovinj.

Included Feature:
  • Half-day guided tour of Opatija

Cultural Discovery:

  • Lecture on Zagreb

Included meals:

Breakfast & dinner

DAY 5:

Enjoy the wonders of the Istrian Peninsula

Discover one of the most beautiful regions of Croatia on a full-day tour of the Istrian Peninsula. Explore the picturesque coastal town of Rovinj, which was part of Venice's mercantile empire and has a distinctive Venetian aspect to it. 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! 

Lunch is back on the ship as we cruise to the ancient town of Pula. Here, we'll visit the 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. 

This evening, enjoy your dinner onboard with "klapa" singers, a UNESCO protected cultural heritage of Croatia.

Included Features:
  • Walking tour in Rovinj
  • Pula tour with visit to the Pula Arena

Cultural Discovery:

  • "Klapa" singers performance

Included meals:

Breakfast, lunch & dinner

DAY 6:

Explore Zadar, Šibenik, and Croatia's scenic northern coast

Following breakfast this morning, the ship will arrive in Zadar, another coastal gem that was named Europe's top destination in 2016 and was inducted as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2017. This Roman-era city boasts a historic blend of Ancient, Renaissance, Romanesque, and medieval architecture. On your walking tour, you'll have the chance to visit the UNESCO-listed Historic Defense Walls in the city, dating back to the 1500s.

Following lunch onboard, enjoy some scenic sailing to Šibenik, paired with an onboard lecture. Upon arriving in Šibenik, set off on a walking tour among the medieval streets, where you’ll see the Cathedral of St. James, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Dinner will be back on the ship, as well as some lively entertainment onboard this evening.

Included Feature:

  • Šibenik guided walking tour
  • Zadar guided walking tour

Cultural Discovery:

  • Onboard lecture
  • Evening entertainment onboard

Included meals:

Breakfast, lunch & dinner

DAY 7:

Sailing into Split

Enjoy a morning at leisure in Šibenik with an interesting lecture on the Mediterranean diet. Lunch is back onboard as we cruise to Split, one of the oldest cities in this historic region. Dinner will be back on the ship paired with evening entertainment.

Cultural Discoveries:

  • Onboard lecture on the Mediterranean diet with product sampling
  • Evening onboard entertainment

Included meals:

Breakfast, lunch & dinner

DAY 8:

Unearth the UNESCO treasures of Hvar and Split

This morning in Split, 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!

Return for lunch on board as we cruise to Hvar, another idyllic Mediterranean port. It's 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. 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. 

Included Features:

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

Included meals:

Breakfast, lunch & dinner

DAY 9:

Experience Dubrovnik's Old City and a private concert

Today, your carefully selected 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 to do and places to see. 

Included Feature:

  • Half-day tour of Dubrovnik’s Old City

Cultural Discovery:

  • Classical concert

Included meals:

Breakfast, lunch & dinner

DAY 10:

Tour Kotor and the UNESCO surrounding bay

Have a scenic breakfast as you sail into the coast of Montenegro. Tucked away at the head of the bay is Kotor, a fortified medieval town. 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 views are sure to take your breath away, from medieval churches to staggering mountains.

Heading toward Corfu, 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.

Included Feature:

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

Cultural Discoveries:

  • Bay of Kotor commentary
  • Onboard Lecture

Included meals:

Breakfast, lunch & dinner

DAY 11:

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, 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 onboard and a relaxing afternoon at leisure.

Included Feature:

  • Tour of Corfu
  • Tour of Achilleion Palace

Cultural Discovery:

  • Onboard lecture

Included meals:

Breakfast, lunch & dinner

DAY 12:

See the birthplace of the Olympics

Today, 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 B.C.

In the afternoon, you'll be delighted to join in on a traditional Greek lunch at the Magna Grecia Greek Farm. Sample their house made wine and olive oils while being regaled with local entertainment to boot.

Included Feature:

  • Tour of Olympia

Cultural Discovery:

  • Visit to a Greek farm with lunch

Included meals:

Breakfast, lunch & dinner

DAY 13:

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.

In the afternoon, the time is yours to explore more of Delphi on your own, or indulge in some more of the ship's amenities, including a later onboard lecture.

Included Feature:

  • Tour of Delphi

Cultural Discovery:

  • Onboard lecture

Included meals:

Breakfast, lunch & dinner

DAY 14:

Behold the classical wonders of Athens, then disembark the Ocean Odyssey

This morning, disembark the Ocean Odyssey to conclude your journey here in Greece. Today, 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 the famed Panepistimiou Avenue, pass the Catholic Cathedral, Academy of Athens, the 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.

Enjoy an afternoon at leisure in Athens. 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 souvlakifava purée and pita, a classic Greek salad, or anything with feta cheese.

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

Included meals:

Breakfast

DAY 15:

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. Back at the hotel, say goodbye to fellow travelers at your Farewell Dinner.

Included meals:

Breakfast & dinner

DAY 16:

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.

Included meals:

Breakfast

Post-Trip Extension

Lake Bled, Slovenia (Post-trip)

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Istanbul, Turkey (Post-Trip)

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

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.

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