Idyllic Islands of Croatia & Montenegro

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  • Luxury Expedition Ship
  • 100 Capacity
  • 8 Days
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Summary : Experience an enchanting and serene seaborne Mediterranean journey. Enjoy strikingly beautiful landscapes, ancient cultural remains, and monuments of architectural and artistic excellence. Begin in idyllic Venice, often referred to as La Serenissima, meaning most serene. Tour the ancient city of Split built within the Palace of Diocletian. Stroll through lavender-scented lanes in Hvar, which is quietly becoming the Mediterranean’s newest Riviera. From Ploc, enjoy an excursion to multi-cultural Mostar. Discover Korcula Island, caressed by gentle breezes and graced with Venetian spires. Reach Kotor, Montenegro through southern Europe’s only fjord before arriving in beautiful Dubrovnik, Croatia where you’ll explore its medieval splendors.

Onboard Experts: Giuliano Hazan, award winning cooking teacher and author, and one of the foremost authorities on Italian cooking (6/26/2014 only); Christopher MacEvitt, professor at Dartmouth specializing in the history of medieval Mediterranean communities (5/1/2014 only). See Notes section for more experts.

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Itinerary
Day 1
Venice, Italy

Arrive in Venice, rich in extraordinary works of art and architecture. Transfer to the pier to embark in the evening.

Day 2
Rab Island, Croatia

Perched on a sloping peninsula overlooking a spacious bay, Rab, the only town on the small island by the same name, is one of the most beautiful towns along Croatia’s coast. Four graceful belfries pointing to the sky dominate the unspoiled medieval town, with its narrow streets that are lined with stately mansions. The Cathedral of Sveta Marija Velika (St. Mary the Great), consecrated in 1177, is an excellent example of a Romanesque basilica. Its magnificent bell tower is a masterpiece of 12th-century architecture. Enjoy a walking tour of this lovely town including all its landmark sites. In the afternoon, sail along the Kornati Archipelago, a National Park containing around 100 uninhabited islands.

Day 3
Split, Croatia

Originally a Greco-Illyrian settlement, Split is an ancient city centered around the formidable Palace of Diocletian, built in a.d. 295-305. Today is a designated UNESCO World Heritage site. An extensive structure, much of which is well preserved, the palace contains within its walls Split’s medieval town, making it the only palace that has been continuously inhabited since Roman times. Explore this extensive structure’s underground cellars, Mausoleum, Jupiter’s Temple, Peristyle and Northern Gate. Conclude with a visit to the gallery of famous Croatian sculptor, Ivan Mestrovic.

Day 4
Hvar & Vis Islands

Discover Hvar, a fertile island of pale stone houses surrounded by rosemary, lavender and laurel. The architecture is unmistakably Venetian, and there are fine fortifications. Visit the 17th-century Municipal Theater, Franciscan Monastery and St. Stephen’s Square. Continue by bus to the 16th-century fortress at the top of the hill for spectacular views of Hvar’s red-tiled rooftops and harbor. Later in the day, explore Vis, one of Croatia’s most beautiful and unspoiled islands. Discover its quaint town of Komiza, which has retained its medieval character and architecture. Stately homes face the palm-lined harbor while terraced hillsides provide a lovely background to this idyllic setting.

Day 5
Ploce, Croatia / Mostar, Bosnia

Sail to Ploce for an excursion to Mostar, which in the 15th-century under the Ottoman Turks became a thriving center on the banks of the emerald Neretva River. Damaged by military conflict in the 90s, the town has been carefully restored by UNESCO and declared a World Heritage site. Admire the ethereally graceful Stari Most (The Old Bridge), originally built in 1566, the nearby Tabacica Mosque as well as an old Turkish mosque. After lunch, enjoy time to explore the old bazaar, a haven for the city’s artists and craftsmen.

Day 6
Korcula Island

Arrive at Korcula Island and admire its medieval city of the same name with its walls and guard towers still intact. Its structural layout is uniquely medieval – western streets run straight to funnel in refreshing maestral breezes from the sea, while eastern streets slightly curve to minimize the chilly northern bura winds. Explore St. Mark’s Cathedral and its Treasury, the Bishop’s Palace, Church of All Saints, Icon Museum and Marco Polo’s home. On the eastern side of the island, you’ll discover quaint old villages, vineyard, wineries and quiet beaches. Sample wine at a local tavern, visit the Ethnographical Museum and village of Blato.

Day 7
Kotor, Montenegro / Dubrovnik, Croatia

Sail the deep, fjord-like Bay of Kotor to reach its port town located at the head of the bay beneath towering mountains. One of the most striking and best-preserved towns along the Adriatic Coast, Kotor is a designated UNESCO World Heritage Site. Explore this delightful town’s elegant Renaissance architecture, palaces, and churches including Drago Palace, the 12th-century St. Tryphon Cathedral, and the Baroque Lipovac Palace.

Later, sail to Dubrovnik which is set on a rocky peninsula jutting into the Adriatic Sea. Also, a UNESCO site, explore the city’s Franciscan Monastery, Baroque Cathedral, and works of Renaissance painters such as Sarto and Titian.

Day 8
Dubrovnik, Croatia

Disembark and transfer to airport.

Notes

Reverse Itinerary: Dubrovnik to Venice
5/1/2014, 5/15/2014, 6/26/2014, 7/24/2014, 8/7/2014, 8/21/2014, 10/2/2014, 10/16/2014

Classical Music Performances: Private concerts onboard 6/19/2014 and 10/9/2014 only

Expert in Residence: 6/26/2014 only
Giuliano Hazan
, award winning cooking teacher and cookbook author, is one of the foremost authorities on Italian cooking. His style is accessible, without pretense or fanfare. His cookbooks have earned him a James Beard Award nomination, and he runs an acclaimed cooking school in Italy. During our voyage, Chef Giuliano will talk about how Italian food and its history have influenced the cuisines of Croatia and the greater Mediterranean region, and he will give a demonstration or two of how to prepare simple yet authentic meals. 

Expert in Residence: 5/1/2014 only
Christopher MacEvitt, Associate Professor of Religion at Dartmouth, specializes in the history of medieval Christian communities, particularly around the Mediterranean. On this trip he will talk about Diocletian, Constantine, and the Late Roman Empire, and Venice and the Crusades.

Expert in Residence: 6/26/2014  and 7/24/2014 only
Anne-Marie Bouché
, Associate Professor of Art History at Florida Gulf Coast University, where she teaches courses on Western art and architecture before 1700. She was Assistant Professor of Western Medieval Art at Princeton University and spent several years as a staff lecturer and researcher at The Cloisters Museum in New York.

Included:
Accommodation onboard ship, welcome and farewell cocktail receptions aboard ship; all meals aboard ship, including house wine, beer, and soft drinks with lunch and dinner; tours and excursions as per itinerary; educational program of lectures and discussions by onboard expert lecturers (and private classical music concerts on the June 19-27 & October 9-17 cruises); complete pre-departure materials; transfers and baggage handling aboard on the designated program arrival and departure dates; gratuities to porters, guides, and drivers; professional tour staff.

Not Included:
Airfare; visa and passport fees; port taxes; luggage, cancellation, and accident insurance; meals and beverages other than those specified above; personal expenses including but not limited to laundry, telephone calls, faxes, and e-mail service; optional extensions; any gratuities not listed above.