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Pearls of Greece and the Dalmatian Coast - 2023

Athens • 10-night cruise with Piraeus, Itea, Katakolon, Corfu, Kotor, Dubrovnik, Hvar, Šibenik, Opatija, Pula, Rovinj, Trieste • 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, PLUS 2 INTANGIBLE HERITAGE FEATURES
  • 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
  • The ruins of Olympia and the mountains of Greece
    STEP BACK IN TIME TO DISCOVER ANCIENT HOLY SITES AND THE ORIGIN OF THE OLYMPIC GAMES
  • Optional Extension to Lake Bled, Slovenia
    ROUND OUT THIS REMARKABLE JOURNEY WITH AN OPTIONAL EXTENSION TO LAKE BLED, SLOVENIA
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Istanbul, Turkey (Pre-Trip)

FROM $1,799 PER PERSON | 4 DAYS | $449 PER DAY

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.

Your Price Includes:
  • 3 nights’ accommodations at the Hotel Ritz Carlton (or similar) with guaranteed Bosphorus View rooms
  • 6 meals: 3 breakfasts, 1 lunch, and 2 dinners
  • 6 included features and Cultural Discoveries, including the Grand Bazaar and Spice Bazaar
  • Sultanahmet walking tour, with visit to Hagia Sophia
  • 1 UNESCO World Heritage Site: The Historic Areas of Istanbul
  • All transfers and baggage handling (where permitted)
  • Services of a Cruise Director and local guides
  • Tipping for drivers and local guides
  • Complimentary Vantage Deluxe Concierge Service to plan celebrations, activities, or provide regional expertise. Log in to My Portfolio and submit a request, or send an email any time up to two weeks prior to your departure at Concierge@vantagetravel.com
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DAY 1:

Fly to Turkey

Today you’ll board an overnight flight to Istanbul, Turkey.

DAY 2:

Arrive in Istanbul

Today you'll land in Istanbul, Turkey’s exotic capital straddling Europe and Asia. You’ll arrive in time to check-in and relax before a Welcome Dinner.

Included meals:

Dinner

DAY 3:

Royal and cultural splendors of Istanbul

After breakfast, head to the Fatih district, home to the Historic Areas of Istanbul, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Begin your explorations at the Topkapi Palace, once home to Ottoman sultans and today a magnificent museum. Your guided tour leads you into some of its many chambers, including the Harem Apartments. 

After lunch in the Topkapi Palace, continue to the spectacular Blue Mosque, named for the countless blue Iznik tiles that adorn its vast interior. Conclude the day among the teeming stalls and passageways of the Grand Bazaar, Istanbul’s historic marketplace.

Included Features:

  • Tour of Topkapi with Harem
  • Tour of the Blue Mosque

Cultural Discovery:

  • Visit to the Grand Bazaar

Included meals:

Breakfast  & lunch

DAY 4:

Spectacular Sultanahmet on foot

Stretch your legs this morning during a walking tour of the Sultanahmet district. You’ll stop at the 6th-century Hagia Sophia, built as a church and later converted into a mosque. It has been a magnificent museum since 1935. 

After, follow your nose to the Spice Bazaar, where mounds of colorful turmeric, saffron, and countless other spices vie for your olfactory attentions. Be sure to sample some Turkish Delight, the nation’s favorite sweet, while you’re here! 

After lunch on your own, enjoy a free afternoon to relax and explore. This evening, gather for a Farewell Dinner with traditional cuisine and a folkloric performance.

Included Feature:

  • Walking tour of Sultanahmet and Hagia Sophia

Cultural Discovery:

  • Spice market visit
  • Turkish dinner with folklore show

Included meals:

Breakfast & dinner

DAY 5:

Join group in Athens

Head to the Istanbul airport for you flight to Athens, Greece to meet for your base tour.

Included meals:

Breakfast
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Lake Bled, Slovenia (Post-trip)

FROM $1,399 PER PERSON | 4 DAYS | $350 PER DAY

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.

Your Price Includes:
  • 3 nights' accommodations at the Superior First-Class Rikli Balance Hotel (or similar)
  • 5 meals: 3 breakfasts and 2 dinners
  • 5 included features and Cultural Discoveries, including Bled Castle tour, tours of Lake Bohinj and Kranjska Gora, walking tour of Ljubljana, and dinner at a local Gostilna — a traditional restaurant — with gingerbread-making demonstration
  • All transfers and baggage handling (where permitted)
  • Services of a City Host and regional experts
  • Tipping for drivers and local guides (excluding City Host)
  • Complimentary Vantage Deluxe Concierge Service to plan celebrations, activities, or provide regional expertise. Log in to My Portfolio and submit a request, or send an email any time up to two weeks prior to your departure at Concierge@vantagetravel.com.
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DAY 16:

Sightseeing in Ljubljana

After breakfast, transfer to Ljubljana, Slovenia’s capital, for a guided sightseeing tour. The rest of the day is yours to spend as you wish. You could wander around the bustling Prešeren Square, stroll through Tivoli Park or along the art nouveau Dragon Bridge, take in the views at Ljubljana Castle, or shop for souvenirs in lovely boutiques. The city has a wonderful farmers' market that's easy to wander around with many good regional wines, farm cheeses, and meats. Don’t forget to enjoy lunch on your own at any of the tempting local restaurants and cafés; Slovenia is renowned for its farm-to-table cuisine.

Later, you'll transfer to Lake Bled, where the rest of the day is yours to spend at your leisure. Dinner is included tonight at the hotel.


Included Feature:
  • Half-day tour of Ljubljana

Included meals:

Dinner

DAY 17:

Lake Bled’s highs and lows

Spend the day exploring this scenic region, starting with take a trip to the Bled Castle, set atop a cliff towering over the lake. Then, visit Bohinj Lake, where you'll explore the village of Ribcev Laz and ride the cable car up Vogel Mountain for the spectacular views. You'll have time for lunch on your own, enjoying some of the Alpine specialties known in the northwest of Slovenia — you are sure to taste the influences of Austria and Northern Italy in the local cuisine. Then, you'll return to Lake Bled for an afternoon at leisure. Active travelers may enjoy a round of golf, ballooning, horseback riding, cycling, rafting, tennis, and more! Ask your host for guidance. Or, perhaps you'll take a lovely ride on the lake in pletna, a traditional gondola.

Included Features:
  • Half-day tour of Bled Castle
  • Visit Bohinj Lake and ride a cable car up Vogel Mountain
Active Features:
  • Golf, horseback riding, rafting, and ziplining in summer

Included meals:

Breakfast

DAY 18:

Visit the resort town of Kranjska Gora

Today takes you to Kranjska Gora, a four-season mountain resort that’s lively and green during the summer months, while a winter wonderland with incredible skiing in the colder seasons. Located under the highest of the Julian Alps, near the glacial lakes of Triglav Park and magnificent waterfalls, this this scenic resort town is nestled between the Austrian and Italian borders. Enjoy a lovely walk from Jasna Lake to the center of Kranjska Gora.

This evening, enjoy dinner at Gostilna Lectar, a popular local restaurant that is one of the oldest trattorias in Slovenia and that prepares traditional, regional Slovenian Alpine specialties, local wines, and traditional sweets known as “Lectar Hearts.” We will also enjoy a presentation on gingerbread-making.


Included Feature:
  • Half-day tour of Kranjska Gora and Planica Museum
Culinary Feature:
  • Presentation on gingerbread-making, with a dinner of Slovenian Alpine cuisine at a local restaurant
Active Feature:
  • Walk from Jasna Lake to the center of Kranjska Gora, and around Lake Bled

Included meals:

Breakfast & dinner

DAY 19:

Fly home 

Transfer to Ljubljana airport for your flight home.

Included meals:

Breakfast
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Lake Bled, Slovenia (Pre-trip)

FROM $1,399 PER PERSON | 4 DAYS | $349 PER DAY

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.

Your Price Includes:
  • 3 nights' accommodations at the Superior First-Class Rikli Balance Hotel (or similar)
  • 5 meals: 3 breakfasts and 2 dinners
  • 5 included features and Cultural Discoveries, including Bled Castle tour, tours of Lake Bohinj and Kranjska Gora, walking tour of Ljubljana, and dinner at a local Gostilna — a traditional restaurant — with gingerbread-making demonstration
  • All transfers and baggage handling (where permitted)
  • Services of a City Host and regional experts
  • Tipping for drivers and local guides (excluding City Host)
  • Complimentary Vantage Deluxe Concierge Service to plan celebrations, activities, or provide regional expertise. Log in to My Portfolio and submit a request, or send an email any time up to two weeks prior to your departure at Concierge@vantagetravel.com.
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DAY 1:

Depart the U.S. and fly overnight to Slovenia

Your journey starts with an overnight flight to Ljubljana, Slovenia.

DAY 2:

Arrive in Ljubljana

After arriving in Ljubljana, you'll transfer to Lake Bled, where you settle in to your lakeside hotel. Later, gather for an included dinner at your hotel.

Included meals:

Dinner

DAY 3:

Lake Bled's highs and lows

Spend the day exploring this scenic region, starting with a trip Bohinj Lake, where you'll explore the village of Ribcev Laz and ride the cable car up Vogel Mountain for the spectacular views. You'll have time for lunch on your own, enjoying some of the Alpine specialties known in the northwest of Slovenia. You’ll taste the influences of Austria and Northern Italy in the local cuisine. Next, visit the Bled Castle, set atop a cliff towering over the lake. Afterwards, return to Lake Bled for an afternoon at leisure. Perhaps you'll take a lovely ride on the lake in a traditional gondola called a pletna

Prefer a more active day? In Bled and nearby Bohinj and Kranjska Gora, there are numerous fun-filled opportunities for you to take advantage of, depending on the season. Choose to go Alpine climbing, geocaching, and more. If you’re visiting in the warmer months, you can enjoy a round of golf, ballooning, horseback riding, cycling, rafting, canyoning, tennis, squash, tubing, ziplining, and more! Speak with your City Host for guidance.

Active Features:
  • Alpine climbing, golf, horseback riding, rafting, and ziplining in summer

Included meals:

Breakfast

DAY 4:

The mountain resort of Kranjska Gora

Today takes you to Kranjska Gora, a four-season mountain resort that’s lively and green during the summer months. Located under the highest of the Julian Alps, near the glacial lakes of Triglav Park and magnificent waterfalls, this this scenic resort town is nestled between the Austrian and Italian borders. Enjoy a lovely walk from Jasna Lake to center of Kranjska Gora.

Later, back in Lake Bled, the day is yours to spend at your leisure. You may like to take a walk or opt to go on a boat ride. This evening, enjoy dinner at Gostilna Lectar, a popular local restaurant that is one of the oldest trattorias in Slovenia and prepares traditional, regional Slovenian Alpine specialties, local wines, and traditional sweets known as “Lectar Hearts.” We will also enjoy a presentation on gingerbread making here.

Active Feature:

  • Walk or boat ride at Lake Bled
Culinary Features:
  • Dinner of Slovenian Alpine cuisine, with local wines and traditional sweets
  • Presentation on gingerbread-making

Included meals:

Breakfast & dinner

DAY 5:

Tour Slovenia's capital before joining the base tour

After breakfast, take a walking tour of Ljubljana, Slovenia’s capital city. Then, move on to Zagreb and join day 2 of the base program.

Included Feature:

  • Walking tour of Ljubljana

Included meals:

Breakfast
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Istanbul, Turkey (Post-Trip)

FROM $1,799 PER PERSON | 4 DAYS | $450 PER DAY

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.

Your Price Includes:
  • 3 nights’ accommodations at the Hotel Ritz Carlton (or similar) with guaranteed Bosphorus View rooms
  • 6 meals: 3 breakfasts, 1 lunch, and 2 dinners
  • 6 included features and Cultural Discoveries, including the Grand Bazaar and Spice Bazaar
  • Sultanahmet walking tour, with visit to Hagia Sophia
  • 1 UNESCO World Heritage Site: The Historic Areas of Istanbul
  • All transfers and baggage handling (where permitted)
  • Services of a Cruise Director and local guides
  • Tipping for drivers and local guides
  • Complimentary Vantage Deluxe Concierge Service to plan celebrations, activities, or provide regional expertise. Log in to My Portfolio and submit a request, or send an email any time up to two weeks prior to your departure at Concierge@vantagetravel.com
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DAY 16:

Arrive in Istanbul

Welcome to Istanbul! Settle in and enjoy the rest of the day at leisure to acclimate before an evening Welcome Briefing and lively Turkish dinner with a folkloric show. 


Included meals:

Dinner

DAY 17:

Royal and cultural splendors of Istanbul

After breakfast, head to the Fatih district, home to the Historic Areas of Istanbul, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Begin your explorations at the Topkapi Palace, once home to Ottoman sultans and today a magnificent museum. Your guided tour leads you into some of its many chambers, including the Harem Apartments. 

After lunch in the Topkapi Palace, continue to the spectacular Blue Mosque, named for the countless blue Iznik tiles that adorn its vast interior. Conclude the day among the teeming stalls and passageways of the Grand Bazaar, Istanbul’s historic marketplace.

Included Features:

  • Tour of Topkapi with Harem
  • Tour of the Blue Mosque

Cultural Discovery:

  • Visit to the Grand Bazaar

Included meals:

Breakfast  & lunch

DAY 18:

Spectacular Sultanahmet on foot

Stretch your legs this morning during a walking tour of the Sultanahmet district. You’ll stop at the 6th-century Hagia Sophia, built as a church and later converted into a mosque. It has been a magnificent museum since 1935. 

After, follow your nose to the Spice Bazaar, where mounds of colorful turmeric, saffron, and countless other spices vie for your olfactory attentions. Be sure to sample some Turkish Delight, the nation’s favorite sweet, while you’re here! 

After lunch on your own, enjoy a free afternoon to relax and explore. Dinner is included at the hotel tonight.

Included Feature:

  • Walking tour of Sultanahmet and Hagia Sophia

Cultural Discovery:

  • Spice market visit
  • Turkish dinner with folklore show

Included meals:

Breakfast & dinner

DAY 19:

Fly to Athens and then fly home

Transfer to the airport this morning for your return flight to the U.S.

Included meals:

Breakfast

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