Seaside town of Brac with small fishing boats, white-sand beach & terra cotta-roofed homes, seen during the Best of Croatia luxury cruise.
A Venice canal of turquoise water flanked by bright gold buildings on a sunny day during the Best of Croatia luxury cruise.
A French flag flies from the aft upper deck of a luxury small ship as it cruises through the narrow Corinth Canal, lined by greenery and tall rock walls, during the Best of Croatia Cruise.
Woman stands on deck of a luxury ship as it cruises past the medieval Croatian city of Dubrovnik at dusk during the Best of Croatia luxury cruise.
A large wave slams into a sea wall on a partly sunny day in the Mediterranean during the Best of Croatia Cruise.
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Europe Mediterranean Cruise

The Best of Croatia Cruise

Discover the beauty of the Adriatic on this exceptional 8-day luxury Croatia cruise, operating round-trip from Venice, Italy. Aboard 244-guest Le Lyrial, fall under the spell of the hidden treasures of the Croatian coast and its turquoise waters. The voyage begins in Italy with an embarkation in Venice. Savor the opportunity to discover (or rediscover) the sublime city of the Doges, with its many canals, its vaporetti and its mythical gondolas. Next visit Korčula, full of olive groves, vineyards and ancient buildings. This is an island marked by history as the birthplace of the explorer Marco Polo.

Then head to the aptly named Pearl of the Adriatic, Dubrovnik, a UNESCO World Heritage site. Surrounded by medieval ramparts, its terracotta-tiled roofs, palaces, cloisters and fountains are bound to impress. Plunge into the heart of Croatian history here. The ship then sets sail towards Montenegro, for an unforgettable cruise in the Bay of Kotor. This impressive gash between two mountain ranges is home to a veritable inland lake with a magical atmosphere; the medieval city of Kotor and its many historical monuments are its jewels. Conclude this exploration of the Croatian coastline with visits to Hvar, Pula and Rovinj, before heading back to Venice for disembarkation.

The main itinerary operates round-trip from Venice, Italy, focusing on visits along the Croatian coastline with unique visits to the northern Croatian cities of Rovinj and Pula. Alternative itineraries offer 8- or 10-day variations of this luxury Adriatic Sea cruise. The 8-day Shores of the Adriatic & Italy cruise operates from Venice to Rome, visiting Croatia’s Bol and Lopud Island before rounding the tip of Italy’s boot and cruising north along the Amalfi Coast. The 8-day Dalmatian Shores and the 10-day Cultural Jewels of the Adriatic itineraries each depart Athens, Greece, and end in Venice, Italy; the 10-day itinerary uniquely visits northeastern Italy and only makes one stop in Croatia.

Passage is aboard Le Lyrial, a luxury expedition ship cruising the Mediterranean. Enjoy her elegant aqua-and-ivory decor that reflects the azure seas in which she sails. Explore breathtaking medieval walled cities, romantic canals and magical bays off ship, then return on board Le Lyrial for 5-star hotel service and a plethora of activities such as performances, culinary tastings and enriching lectures.

Read on for details about this trip, or view all of AdventureSmith’s Mediterranean cruises.



Itinerary

8-Day Best of Croatia Itinerary

The Best of Croatia Cruise operates round-trip from Venice, Italy, and cruises along Croatia and Montenegro’s eastern shores of the Adriatic Sea, with visits to magical medieval cities such as Split and Dubrovnik. Unique to this itinerary, visit the northern Croatian cities of Rovinj and Pula.

Route map of Best of Croatia luxury cruise, operating round-trip from Venice, Italy, with visits to Rovinj, Pula, Sibenik, Split, Hvar, Korcula, Dubrovnik & Kotor, Montenegro.
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Day 1
Embark Venice, Italy

Proud and eternal, Venice has reigned on its lagoon ever since the 6th century. Fall in love with the charm of the innumerable treasures of the Serenissima: Saint Mark’s square, the basilica, Doges palace, the Grand Canal and the gondolas. Yet, secret Venice is also waiting for to be explored with its little interlacing streets and canals. Ramble through its squares and push open the doors of its churches. The city’s extraordinary heritage goes hand in hand with enjoying a glass of Spritz and a few tramezzini.

Accommodations

Le Lyrial

Meals

dinner

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Day 2
Korcula, Croatia

This harbor town has a very special location, presiding on a spur on the north-eastern coast of the island of Korçula. The ramparts in its medieval district provide perfect vantage points over the Pelješac peninsula. To get there, take the monumental staircase in the Revelin Tower. Another way is to climb the steps in the shade of palm trees from the MorskaVrata (Marine portal). As you make your way through the little streets, see the bell-tower of Saint-Mark’s cathedral rise above. This landmark will help locate the house where Marco Polo was born. The island also has some of its own famous wines like the red Plavac and the white Posip.

Accommodations

Le Lyrial

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Day 3
Sibenik

Located at the heart of central Dalmatia, Sibenik is proud of its pure Croatian architecture, unlike its neighbors which were founded by the Romans. Behind its walls, along its steep narrow streets with their almost Italian charm, the old town has conserved a prestigious built heritage of churches and palaces dating from the 15th and 16th centuries. The magnificent Cathedral of Saint James is one of the emblematic sites of the city. The remarkable ornate frieze of 71 sculpted portraits of women, men and children, illustrates the successful merger of Gothic and Renaissance art.

Accommodations

Le Lyrial

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Day 4
Split

On the Dalmatian coast, the town of Split offers cultural visits in a seaside atmosphere. Close to the seafront shaded by palm trees, the historical center listed as a UNESCO World Heritage site, boasts a unique building: the Diocletian’s Palace. Explore its galleries, courtyards with carved columns, as well as a former mausoleum converted into a church, namely Saint Domnius Cathedral. If hunger strikes, then stop off at a terrace in the Pjaca,the main square in the old town, and try a palacinka, a kind of pancake topped with melted cheese.

Accommodations

Le Lyrial

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Days 5 - 6
Dubrovnik

Emblem of the Dalmatian coast, Dubrovnik is magnificently positioned on a rocky spur. History is sovereign here, in this ancient city, now a listed UNESCO World Heritage site. Be amazed by the proportions of La Placa, the central drag through the city. The sheer width of it can be explained by the fact that it straddles a former lagoon. The elegant houses along La Placa are built in the legendary travertine stone. At Pile gate, be greeted by the statue of the patron saint of Dubrovnik and admire the coastline while walking along the ramparts. But what’s inside Fort Saint John, adjoining the outer walls? A maritime museum and an aquarium featuring rare fish from the Adriatic.

Accommodations

Le Lyrial

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Day 7
Kotor, Montenegro

Situated in one of Montenegro’s most beautiful bays, the medieval city of Kotor is a small town full of charm, truly imbued with the traditions and stories of another time. Built between the 12th and 14th centuries, this village, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, has preserved many historical monuments from this epoch. During this stop, be sure to admire the impressive castle that dominates the town, and fall under the charm of its maze of small streets and intimate squares on which folk festivals featuring magnificent colorful costumes are often organized.

Accommodations

Le Lyrial

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Day 8
Hvar, Croatia

Off the coast of Split, Hvar will surprise with its traditions that haven’t changed since Antiquity. The country’s oldest town, Stari Grad, is here on this Dalmatian Island. The town nestles by a cove on the north-west coast, surrounded by dry stone wall structures on the Stari Grad plains. These have been designated a UNESCO World Heritage site because they were built in the time of the Ancient Greeks. From these parcels of land come wines and olive oil manufactured manually. In the upper part of town, it is possible to discover hams and cheeses made by local producers. The picturesque village of Vrisnik is also a good place to try some local produce.

Accommodations

Le Lyrial

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Day 9
Pula & Rovinj

The Pearl of the Adriatic, lying at the southern tip of the Istrian Peninsula, Pula is undoubtedly the most Roman of all Croatian towns. Some of the greatest pages in history were written here, as the breathtaking ancient remains testify. Take your pick exploring the amphitheater, the Twin Gates, the Gate of Hercule and the triumphal Arch of the Sergii. Stroll through the busy lanes in the old town, enjoying the warm welcome of the locals, and perhaps will be tempted to try the famous Kvarner scampi or Istrian ham.

Rovinj is located in Istria, a region bordering Slovenia. This becomes apparent while walking through its old cobblestone town. There are many monuments of Venetian influence here. Study the Balbi arch with its winged lion, symbol of Venice. The bell tower erected beside Saint Euphemia Cathedral was designed like the bell of St. Marc in Venice. From the top of the tower, scan the entire historical district. To absorb its quaint atmosphere, take a walk in the ochre- and sepia-colored streets leading to bustling squares and terraces shaded by canvas awnings.

Accommodations

Le Lyrial

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Day 10
Disembark Venice, Italy

Proud and eternal, Venice has reigned on its lagoon ever since the 6th century. Fall in love with the charm of the innumerable treasures of the Serenissima: Saint Mark’s square, the basilica, Doges palace, the Grand Canal and the gondolas. Yet, secret Venice is also waiting for to be explored with its little interlacing streets and canals. Ramble through its squares and push open the doors of its churches. The city’s extraordinary heritage goes hand in hand with enjoying a glass of Spritz and a few tramezzini.

Accommodations

n/a

Meals

breakfast

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Details
Inclusions, Terms & Notes

Included

All meals while on board the ship; captain’s welcome cocktail and gala dinner; “open bar” (pouring wines, house champagne, alcohol except premium brands); evening entertainment and events; room service; highly qualified bilingual French/English expedition team; lectures presented by the expedition team; Zodiac and shore excursions; park entry fees into protected areas; complimentary unlimited Wifi on board; port fees and taxes (except for child passengers–see Families & Children); gratuities.

Exclusions

Optional add-on excursions or packages; ground services before or after the cruise; visa expenses; possible immigration reciprocity taxes; gratuities; luggage handling; beverages beyond those in Inclusions; laundry, hair salon, spa treatments, onboard medical consultations and other personal charges; cancellation, luggage, assistance, repatriation, medical and insurance of any kind.

Payment & Cancellation

In order to confirm this trip, a deposit of 25% of the total trip cost is required per person at time of booking. The balance of the trip price is due 90 days before the departure date. Special holiday payment and cancellation terms apply. Guests who must cancel their trip for any reason must do so in writing. Standard cancellations beyond 14 days after booking confirmation are subject to the following per-person penalties, based on number of days prior to departure:
365 days or more – $150
364 to 211 days – 10% of total trip cost
210 to 121 days – 25% of total trip cost
120 to 91 days – 50% of total trip cost
90 to 0 days – 100% of total trip cost

Terms & Conditions

This trip is subject to AdventureSmith Explorations Terms and Conditions. Please read this information carefully and call us if you have any questions. A Traveler Information Form, which includes a release of liability, must be completed and signed by all travelers. Your Adventure Specialist will send you a unique link to complete this form along with a packing list and extensive pre-departure and travel insurance information upon booking confirmation.

Arrival & Departure

The Best of Croatia Cruise begins and ends in Venice, Italy (VCE). We highly recommend arriving one day prior to your trip start date in case of any flight delay, cancellation or lost luggage issues. Recommended flight arrival and departure times are specific to each voyage; consult your Adventure Specialist for guidelines relating to your departure. If you would like assistance with international flights, please visit our Booking Flights resource page.

Activities

Optional activities on your Best of Croatia Cruise include practicing photography, Zodiac cruising and possible swim stops. Optional added-cost excursions are available on certain days and may be pre-booked from two months to one week prior to departure, or booked on board; these excursions may require a minimum group size. In addition to these off-ship excursions, a multitude of onboard activities keep guests engaged, including live music, dance and theater; spa treatments; exercise and stretching classes; specialty food, wine and cocktail tastings; organized games; and lectures by guides and possible special guests.

Room Configuration

Select double-occupancy cabins may be available for single occupancy with a single supplement fee. This supplement may vary depending on cabin category and remaining capacity per departure. A willing-to-share program is not available. Triple and quadruple rates may be available in select cabin categories; contact AdventureSmith for details.

Families & Children

Children 6 years and older at time of travel are welcomed on this cruise. Select departures offer a Kid’s Club with organized kid-friendly activities. Children 6 to 11 years old at time of travel pay only port fees and taxes when sharing a cabin with two full-fare adults. Children 12 to 17 years old receive 50% off double occupancy rate when sharing a cabin with 1 or 2 full fare adults. Contact AdventureSmith for details.

Travel Insurance

A medical form for all travelers, signed by their doctor, is required for every departure. Travelers are also highly encouraged to have full and adequate travel insurance covering the risks of cancellation, assistance being required, emergency medical evacuation and repatriation, damages to and loss of baggage, and medical expenses. In addition, we highly recommend our travelers protect their investment with travel insurance that includes trip cancellation and other benefits. Our partners at Travelex offer a variety of plans and policies to fit every trip and budget. You must purchase your travel insurance policy within 15 or 21 days of booking (depending on plan) for it to cover pre-existing medical conditions; refer to plan details. Learn more about travel insurance or get a free quote.

Itinerary Notes

Use the itinerary as a guide only. Itineraries may be altered due to weather, wildlife, national park regulation or at the captain’s discretion. The ability to be flexible makes this type of small ship cruising unique.

8-Day Shores of the Adriatic & Italy Itinerary

The Shores of the Adriatic & Italy cruise operates westbound from Venice, Italy, and cruises through the Adriatic Sea with two stops in Croatia before rounding Italy’s boot and ending in Rome.

Route map of Shores of the Adriatic & Italy luxury Mediterranean cruise, operating from Venice to Rome, Italy, with 2 stops in Croatia.
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Day 1
Embark Venice, Italy

Proud and eternal, Venice has reigned on its lagoon ever since the 6th century. Fall in love with the charm of the innumerable treasures of the Serenissima: Saint Mark’s square, the basilica, Doges palace, the Grand Canal and the gondolas. Yet, secret Venice is also waiting for to be explored with its little interlacing streets and canals. Ramble through its squares and push open the doors of its churches. The city’s extraordinary heritage goes hand in hand with enjoying a glass of Spritz and a few tramezzini.

Accommodations

Le Lyrial

Meals

dinner

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Day 2
Bol, Croatia

Bol is a destination in the Dalmatian archipelago, best kept secret. This picturesque village is located on the southern coast of Brac Island. Its traditional architecture has unbelievable charm: little houses with white facades and red tiled roofs provide the perfect setting for laid-back meanders. Beyond the port, the waterfront promenade leads onto the beaches which are shaded by pines and cypresses. The most famous of them is Zlatni Rat, the golden horn. From the belvedere on Vidova Gora mountain, view its unusual contours and get an eyeful of the other Adriatic islands.

Accommodations

Le Lyrial

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Day 3
Lopud Island

An intimate destination among the Elaphiti islands, the harbor village of Lopud warms the heart with its picturesque waterfront. In the higher areas, is the Sutvra belvedere which hosts the ruins of a Spanish fort. Here, gaze at amazing views of the hillsides and coastline. Below, on an isolated promontory, stands the Franciscan monastery. The monastery nestles among maritime pines and cypresses announcing Šunj beach. This cove is famous for its fine sand and translucent waters. Consider taking a dip while walking the coastal paths.

Accommodations

Le Lyrial

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Day 4
Otranto, Italy

Located in the Apulia region, Otranto is the easternmost transalpine town. Behind its medieval ramparts, taste the sweet life of Salento, the heel on Italy’s boot. Inhabited since Antiquity, Otranto has today become a very pleasant seaside town. Yet its history is still visible while meandering through the little streets of its old center. With its magnificent 12th century ornamental mosaic tiling, the cathedral is one of its most beautiful treasures. During a stroll along the ramparts, sit and relax at a café terrace.

Accommodations

Le Lyrial

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Day 5
Taormina, Sicily

Located on Sicily’s eastern coast, in the province of Messina, the seaside town of Taormina is Sicily’s Saint-Tropez, boasting heritage sites, secluded beaches and luxury shopping. Visit its medieval center, suspended 985 feet (300 m) above sea level, where terraces offer a spectacular view of the Mediterranean Sea. Another vestige from its past are the ruins of the Greco-Roman theater. This extremely well-preserved site attracts visitors who are fascinated by the natural beauty of the area which overlooks a turquoise bay.

Accommodations

Le Lyrial

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Day 6
Lipari, Aeolian Islands

Of the seven Aeolian islands, this is the largest and the most populated. Lying off the north coast of Sicily, in the Tyrrhenian sea, Lipari is one of UNESCO’s marvelous World Heritage sites. Its lava stone quarries and obsidian flow of Rocce Rosse are indications of its volcanic nature. The town, the largest urban area in the whole archipelago, proudly houses its citadel and its castle, both rooted in Antiquity. Head farther into the center to come across a Norman cathedral, complete with a magnificent baroque façade.

Accommodations

Le Lyrial

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Day 7
Amalfi

The little town of Campania gives its name to the region containing the magnificent, UNESCO World Heritage listed, Amalfi Coast. And for good reason. Located at the foot of Mount Cerreto, against a rock face of a gorge that opens onto the sea, Amalfi’s absolutely splendid natural scenery alone is enough to feast eyes on before making for the medieval streets to explore some of its history. The mix of cultural influences from the Mediterranean Rim is omnipresent here. Don’t miss the dome of Saint André the Apostle and its beautiful cloister,before sipping a delicious lemon juice made from locally grown lemons at a terrace bar.

Accommodations

Le Lyrial

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Day 8
Disembark Civitavecchia (Rome), Italy

Built on an Etruscan site, between the Tyrrhenian sea and the Monti della Tolfa, Civitavecchia respires the dolce vita. This very modern and easy going town combines art and history with panache. Consider also visiting superb historical sites like Fort Michelangelo or the Cathedral of Saint Francis of Assisi. Just 50 miles (80 km) from Rome, the town is a beautiful first step to the Italian capital.

Accommodations

n/a

Meals

breakfast

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Details
Inclusions, Terms & Notes

Included

All meals while on board the ship; captain’s welcome cocktail and gala dinner; “open bar” (pouring wines, house champagne, alcohol except premium brands); evening entertainment and events; room service; highly qualified bilingual French/English expedition team; lectures presented by the expedition team; Zodiac and shore excursions; park entry fees into protected areas; complimentary unlimited Wifi on board; port fees and taxes (except for child passengers–see Families & Children); gratuities.

Exclusions

Optional add-on excursions or packages; ground services before or after the cruise; visa expenses; possible immigration reciprocity taxes; gratuities; luggage handling; beverages beyond those in Inclusions; laundry, hair salon, spa treatments, onboard medical consultations and other personal charges; cancellation, luggage, assistance, repatriation, medical and insurance of any kind.

Payment & Cancellation

In order to confirm this trip, a deposit of 25% of the total trip cost is required per person at time of booking. The balance of the trip price is due 90 days before the departure date. Special holiday payment and cancellation terms apply. Guests who must cancel their trip for any reason must do so in writing. Standard cancellations beyond 14 days after booking confirmation are subject to the following per-person penalties, based on number of days prior to departure:
365 days or more – $150
364 to 211 days – 10% of total trip cost
210 to 121 days – 25% of total trip cost
120 to 91 days – 50% of total trip cost
90 to 0 days – 100% of total trip cost

Terms & Conditions

This trip is subject to AdventureSmith Explorations Terms and Conditions. Please read this information carefully and call us if you have any questions. A Traveler Information Form, which includes a release of liability, must be completed and signed by all travelers. Your Adventure Specialist will send you a unique link to complete this form along with a packing list and extensive pre-departure and travel insurance information upon booking confirmation.

Arrival & Departure

The Shores of the Adriatic & Italy cruise begins in Venice, Italy (VCE), and ends in Rome, Italy (FCO). We highly recommend arriving one day prior to your trip start date in case of any flight delay, cancellation or lost luggage issues. Recommended flight arrival and departure times are specific to each voyage; consult your Adventure Specialist for guidelines relating to your departure. If you would like assistance with international flights, please visit our Booking Flights resource page.

Activities

Optional activities on your Shores of the Adriatic & Italy cruise include practicing photography, Zodiac cruising and possible swim stops. Optional added-cost excursions are available on certain days and may be pre-booked from two months to one week prior to departure, or booked on board; these excursions may require a minimum group size. In addition to these off-ship excursions, a multitude of onboard activities keep guests engaged, including live music, dance and theater; spa treatments; exercise and stretching classes; specialty food, wine and cocktail tastings; organized games; and lectures by guides and possible special guests.

Room Configuration

Select double-occupancy cabins may be available for single occupancy with a single supplement fee. This supplement may vary depending on cabin category and remaining capacity per departure. A willing-to-share program is not available. Triple and quadruple rates may be available in select cabin categories; contact AdventureSmith for details.

Families & Children

Children 6 years and older at time of travel are welcomed on this cruise. Select departures offer a Kid’s Club with organized kid-friendly activities. Children 6 to 11 years old at time of travel pay only port fees and taxes when sharing a cabin with two full-fare adults. Children 12 to 17 years old receive 50% off double occupancy rate when sharing a cabin with 1 or 2 full fare adults. Contact AdventureSmith for details.

Travel Insurance

A medical form for all travelers, signed by their doctor, is required for every departure. Travelers are also highly encouraged to have full and adequate travel insurance covering the risks of cancellation, assistance being required, emergency medical evacuation and repatriation, damages to and loss of baggage, and medical expenses. In addition, we highly recommend our travelers protect their investment with travel insurance that includes trip cancellation and other benefits. Our partners at Travelex offer a variety of plans and policies to fit every trip and budget. You must purchase your travel insurance policy within 15 or 21 days of booking (depending on plan) for it to cover pre-existing medical conditions; refer to plan details. Learn more about travel insurance or get a free quote.

Itinerary Notes

Use the itinerary as a guide only. Itineraries may be altered due to weather, wildlife, national park regulation or at the captain’s discretion. The ability to be flexible makes this type of small ship cruising unique.

8-Day Dalmatian Shores Itinerary

The Dalmatian Shores cruise operates eastbound from Athens, Greece, to Venice, Italy, and cruises along Greece, Montenegro and Croatia’s eastern shores of the Adriatic Sea, with visits to magical medieval cities such as Itea and Dubrovnik.

Route map of Dalmatian Shores luxury Mediterranean cruise, operating from Athens, Greece, to Venice, Italy, with visits to Montenegro & Croatia.
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Day 1
Embark Athens, Greece & Cross the Corinth Canal

The Greek capital city is located on the edge of the Saronic gulf, in the east of the country. It bears a plural name in reference to the first villages that surround the Acropolis. Be enchanted by the rocky plateau presided by its monuments listed as UNESCO World Heritage sites. In the city below, visit some of the liveliest districts in Athens: Plaka, with its maze of colorful streets, and where, in the evenings, the drifting aroma of moussaka and garlic prawns will tickle the taste buds. The National Archaeological Museum and the Cycladic Art Museum are also some of the city’s key attractions and allow visitors to discover Athens’ cultural past.

The Corinth Canal cuts through the Isthmus of Corinth, turning the Peloponnese into an island as it separates the region from the Greek mainland. Inaugurated in 1893, the canal is a little over 3.7 miles (6 km) long and enables merchant vessels and passenger ships to avoid a long 250-mile (400-km) detour around the peninsula. The two sides of the canal reach a height of approximately 165 feet (50 m). From the exterior decks, don’t miss this unique opportunity to watch the ship as it navigates along the narrow strip of water encased between tall ochre cliffs. What an experience!

Accommodations

Le Lyrial

Meals

dinner

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Day 2
Itea

Tucked away in the Gulf of Corinth, this little port is situated in continental Greece, northwest of Athens. Take an easy stroll along the old cobblestone quays, while gazing at the summits encircling the Bay of Itea. Consider a visit to the Delphi Sanctuary. The sanctuary is located on a plateau on the slope of Mount Parnassus, roughly 6 miles (10 km) from Itea. A listed UNESCO World Heritage site, this is a once-in-a-lifetime experience. The ancient ruins are surrounded by steep mountains, and their Archaeological Museum is chock-full of cultural delights.

Accommodations

Le Lyrial

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Day 3
Parga

An ancient port in the Epirus region, picturesque Parga is located on the western coast of the Greek mainland. Ancient classical ruins and the Venetian citadel bear witness to the town’s colorful history and the diverse influences that shaped it. Take the time to discover this ancient fishing village built like an amphitheater, by strolling along the picturesque maze of pedestrian streets lined with small, typical Greek houses decorated with flowers and many lively taverns.

Accommodations

Le Lyrial

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Day 4
Kotor, Montenegro

Situated in one of Montenegro’s most beautiful bays, the medieval city of Kotor is a small town full of charm, truly imbued with the traditions and stories of another time. Built between the 12th and 14th centuries, this village, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, has preserved many historical monuments from this epoch. During this stop, be sure to admire the impressive castle that dominates the town, and fall under the charm of its maze of small streets and intimate squares on which folk festivals featuring magnificent colorful costumes are often organized.

Accommodations

Le Lyrial

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Day 5
Dubrovnik, Croatia

Emblem of the Dalmatian coast, Dubrovnik is magnificently positioned on a rocky spur. History is sovereign in this ancient city that’s now a listed UNESCO World Heritage site. Be amazed by the proportions of La Placa, the central drag through the city. The sheer width of it can be explained by the fact that it straddles a former lagoon. The elegant houses along La Placa are built in the legendary travertine stone. At Pile gate, be greeted by the statue of the patron saint of Dubrovnik and admire the coastline while walking along the ramparts. But what’s inside Fort Saint John, adjoining the outer walls? A maritime museum and an aquarium featuring rare fish from the Adriatic.

Accommodations

Le Lyrial

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Day 6
Mljet & Korcula

Discover Mljet Island off the Pelješac peninsula. Known for its national park and protected forests, this pristine Croatian island offers many opportunities for walking with bays linked to two salt water lakes. Veliko Jezero, a small island with the largest lake, is home to an old Benedictine monastery.

Korcula has a very special location, presiding on a spur on the northeastern coast of the island of the same name. The ramparts in its medieval district provide perfect vantage points over the Pelješac peninsula. To get there, take the monumental staircase in the Revelin Tower. Another way is to climb the steps in the shade of palm trees from the MorskaVrata (marine portal). From the little streets, see the bell tower of Saint-Mark’s cathedral rising above. This landmark will help locate the house where Marco Polo was born. The island also has some of its own famous wines like the red Plavac and the white Posip.

Accommodations

Le Lyrial

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Day 7
Hvar

Off the coast of Split, Hvar will surprise with its traditions that haven’t changed since Antiquity. The country’s oldest town, Stari Grad, is here on this Dalmatian Island. The town nestles by a cove on the northwest coast, surrounded by dry stone wall structures on the Stari Grad plains. These have been designated a UNESCO World Heritage site because they were built in the time of the Ancient Greeks. From these parcels of land come wines and olive oil manufactured manually. In the upper part of town, it is possible to discover hams and cheeses made by local producers. The picturesque village of Vrisnik is also a good place to try some local produce.

Accommodations

Le Lyrial

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

Read More
Day 8
Disembark Venice, Italy

Proud and eternal, Venice has reigned on its lagoon ever since the 6th century. Fall in love with the charm of the innumerable treasures of the Serenissima: Saint Mark’s square, the basilica, Doges palace, the Grand Canal and the gondolas. Yet, secret Venice is also waiting for to be explored with its little interlacing streets and canals. Ramble through its squares and push open the doors of its churches. The city’s extraordinary heritage goes hand in hand with enjoying a glass of Spritz and a few tramezzini.

Accommodations

n/a

Meals

breakfast

Read More
Details
Inclusions, Terms & Notes

Included

All meals while on board the ship; captain’s welcome cocktail and gala dinner; “open bar” (pouring wines, house champagne, alcohol except premium brands); evening entertainment and events; room service; highly qualified bilingual French/English expedition team; lectures presented by the expedition team; Zodiac and shore excursions; park entry fees into protected areas; complimentary unlimited Wifi on board; port fees and taxes (except for child passengers–see Families & Children); gratuities.

Exclusions

Optional add-on excursions or packages; ground services before or after the cruise; visa expenses; possible immigration reciprocity taxes; gratuities; luggage handling; beverages beyond those in Inclusions; laundry, hair salon, spa treatments, onboard medical consultations and other personal charges; cancellation, luggage, assistance, repatriation, medical and insurance of any kind.

Payment & Cancellation

In order to confirm this trip, a deposit of 25% of the total trip cost is required per person at time of booking. The balance of the trip price is due 90 days before the departure date. Special holiday payment and cancellation terms apply. Guests who must cancel their trip for any reason must do so in writing. Standard cancellations beyond 14 days after booking confirmation are subject to the following per-person penalties, based on number of days prior to departure:
365 days or more – $150
364 to 211 days – 10% of total trip cost
210 to 121 days – 25% of total trip cost
120 to 91 days – 50% of total trip cost
90 to 0 days – 100% of total trip cost

Terms & Conditions

This trip is subject to AdventureSmith Explorations Terms and Conditions. Please read this information carefully and call us if you have any questions. A Traveler Information Form, which includes a release of liability, must be completed and signed by all travelers. Your Adventure Specialist will send you a unique link to complete this form along with a packing list and extensive pre-departure and travel insurance information upon booking confirmation.

Arrival & Departure

The Dalmatian Shores cruise begins in Athens, Greece (ATH), and ends in Venice, Italy (VCE). We highly recommend arriving one day prior to your trip start date in case of any flight delay, cancellation or lost luggage issues. Recommended flight arrival and departure times are specific to each voyage; consult your Adventure Specialist for guidelines relating to your departure. If you would like assistance with international flights, please visit our Booking Flights resource page.

Activities

Optional activities on your Dalmatian Shores cruise include practicing photography, Zodiac cruising and possible swim stops. Optional added-cost excursions are available on certain days and may be pre-booked from two months to one week prior to departure, or booked on board; these excursions may require a minimum group size. In addition to these off-ship excursions, a multitude of onboard activities keep guests engaged, including live music, dance and theater; spa treatments; exercise and stretching classes; specialty food, wine and cocktail tastings; organized games; and lectures by guides and possible special guests.

Room Configuration

Select double-occupancy cabins may be available for single occupancy with a single supplement fee. This supplement may vary depending on cabin category and remaining capacity per departure. A willing-to-share program is not available. Triple and quadruple rates may be available in select cabin categories; contact AdventureSmith for details.

Families & Children

Children 6 years and older at time of travel are welcomed on this cruise. Select departures offer a Kid’s Club with organized kid-friendly activities. Children 6 to 11 years old at time of travel pay only port fees and taxes when sharing a cabin with two full-fare adults. Children 12 to 17 years old receive 50% off double occupancy rate when sharing a cabin with 1 or 2 full fare adults. Contact AdventureSmith for details.

Travel Insurance

A medical form for all travelers, signed by their doctor, is required for every departure. Travelers are also highly encouraged to have full and adequate travel insurance covering the risks of cancellation, assistance being required, emergency medical evacuation and repatriation, damages to and loss of baggage, and medical expenses. In addition, we highly recommend our travelers protect their investment with travel insurance that includes trip cancellation and other benefits. Our partners at Travelex offer a variety of plans and policies to fit every trip and budget. You must purchase your travel insurance policy within 15 or 21 days of booking (depending on plan) for it to cover pre-existing medical conditions; refer to plan details. Learn more about travel insurance or get a free quote.

Itinerary Notes

Use the itinerary as a guide only. Itineraries may be altered due to weather, wildlife, national park regulation or at the captain’s discretion. The ability to be flexible makes this type of small ship cruising unique.

10-Day Cultural Jewels of the Adriatic Itinerary

The Cultural Jewels of the Adriatic cruise operates westbound from Athens, Greece, to Venice, Italy, and cruises through the Adriatic Sea, stopping at points along Greece, Montenegro, Croatia and Italy’s eastern coast.

Route map of The Cultural Jewels of the Adriatic cruise, operating from Athens, Greece, to Venice, Italy, with visits within Greece, Montenegro and Croatia, and along Italy's eastern coast.
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Day 1
Embark Athens, Greece

The Greek capital city is located on the edge of the Saronic gulf, in the east of the country. It bears a plural name in reference to the first villages that surround the Acropolis. Be enchanted by the rocky plateau presided by its monuments listed as UNESCO World Heritage sites. In the city below, visit some of the liveliest districts in Athens: Plaka, with its maze of colorful streets, and where, in the evenings, the drifting aroma of moussaka and garlic prawns will tickle the taste buds. The National Archaeological Museum and the Cycladic Art Museum are also some of the city’s key attractions and allow visitors to discover Athens’ cultural past.

Accommodations

Le Lyrial

Meals

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Day 2
Delos & Cross the Corinth Canal

The legendary Cyclades island of Delos stands just a few miles southwest of Mykonos. The ceremonial solemnity of this ancient holy sanctuary will impress. The sheer size and importance of this UNESCO World Heritage site, which covers over half of the island, is thrilling in itself. From the Stoa of Antigonos, the Terrace of the Lions, to the carved marble animal statues, make discovery after discovery against a backdrop of the Aegean stretching to the horizon. The theater steps on the hillside are a particularly good place from which to enjoy the expansive view.

The Corinth Canal cuts through the Isthmus of Corinth, turning the Peloponnese into an island as it separates the region from the Greek mainland. Inaugurated in 1893, the canal is a little over 3.7 miles (6 km) long and enables merchant vessels and passenger ships to avoid a long 250-mile (400-km) detour around the peninsula. The two sides of the canal reach a height of approximately 165 feet (50 m). From the exterior decks, don’t miss this unique opportunity to watch the ship as it navigates along the narrow strip of water encased between tall ochre cliffs. What an experience!

Accommodations

Le Lyrial

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Day 3
Itea

Tucked away in the Gulf of Corinth, this little port is situated in continental Greece, northwest of Athens. Take an easy stroll along the old cobblestone quays, while gazing at the summits encircling the Bay of Itea. Consider a visit to the Delphi Sanctuary. The sanctuary is located on a plateau on the slope of Mount Parnassus, roughly 6 miles (10 km) from Itea. A listed UNESCO World Heritage site, this is a once-in-a-lifetime experience. The ancient ruins are surrounded by steep mountains, and their Archaeological Museum is chock-full of cultural delights.

Accommodations

Le Lyrial

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Day 4
Parga

An ancient port in the Epirus region, picturesque Parga is located on the western coast of the Greek mainland. Ancient classical ruins and the Venetian citadel bear witness to the town’s colorful history and the diverse influences that shaped it. Take the time to discover this ancient fishing village built like an amphitheater, by strolling along the picturesque maze of pedestrian streets lined with small, typical Greek houses decorated with flowers and many lively taverns.

Accommodations

Le Lyrial

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Day 5
Otranto, Italy

Located in the Apulia region, Otranto is the easternmost transalpine town. Behind its medieval ramparts, taste the sweet life of Salento, the heel on Italy’s boot. Inhabited since Antiquity, Otranto has today become a very pleasant seaside town. Yet its history is still visible while meandering through the little streets of its old center. With its magnificent 12th century ornamental mosaic tiling, the cathedral is one of its most beautiful treasures. During a stroll along the ramparts, sit and relax at a café terrace.

Accommodations

Le Lyrial

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Day 6
Kotor, Montenegro & Dubrovnik, Croatia

Situated in one of Montenegro’s most beautiful bays, the medieval city of Kotor is a small town full of charm, truly imbued with the traditions and stories of another time. Built between the 12th and 14th centuries, this village, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, has preserved many historical monuments from this epoch. During this stop, be sure to admire the impressive castle that dominates the town, and fall under the charm of its maze of small streets and intimate squares on which folk festivals featuring magnificent colorful costumes are often organized.

The long walls of the fortified city of Kotor unfurl while admiring this medieval construction enclosed between the sea and the rugged cliffs, from the decks of the ship. The still, deep waters of the bay plus the clouds of mist floating here and there create a surreal and magical atmosphere. Small islands with churches and fortresses built on them remind us that a proud maritime people has lived here for centuries, in this bay that forms a perfect natural harbor, used by sailors since ancient times. At the crossroads of Latin and Byzantine cultures, have the pleasure of observing the natural treasures of Montenegro during an unforgettable journey.

Emblem of the Dalmatian coast, Dubrovnik is magnificently positioned on a rocky spur. History is sovereign in this ancient city that’s now an UNESCO World Heritage site. Perhaps be surprised by the proportions of La Placa, the central drag through the city. The sheer width of it can be explained by the fact that it straddles a former lagoon. The elegant houses along La Placa are built in the legendary travertine stone. At Pile gate, be greeted by the statue of the patron saint of Dubrovnik and admire the coastline while walking along the ramparts. But what’s inside Fort Saint John, adjoining the outer walls? A maritime museum and an aquarium featuring rare fish from the Adriatic.

Accommodations

Le Lyrial

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Day 7
Split

On the Dalmatian coast, the town of Split offers cultural visits in a seaside atmosphere. Close to the seafront shaded by palm trees, the historical center listed as an UNESCO World Heritage site boasts a unique building: the Diocletian’s Palace. Explore its galleries, courtyards with carved columns, and a former mausoleum converted into a church, namely Saint Domnius Cathedral. If hunger strikes, then stop off at a terrace in the Pjaca,the main square in the old town, and try a palacinka, a kind of pancake topped with melted cheese.

Accommodations

Le Lyrial

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Day 8
Ancona, Italy

Situated on the promontory of Monte Conero, Ancona, the capital of the Marche region, offers visitors all the charm of a typical Italian historical city. Founded by the Greeks in 390 BC and conquered by Julius Caesar in 49 BC, Ancona has a long history that was very much shaped by its harbor, a hub attracting different populations and cultures. Take the time to discover the city’s many buildings, such as the cathedral dedicated to Judas Cyriacus and its façade made of white and pink marble, the Arch of Trajan, which is considered to be the port’s main embellishment, or the 15th-century mansion where the painter Raphael was born and raised.

Accommodations

Le Lyrial

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Day 9
Ravenna

Linked to the Adriatic Sea by a canal, the city of Ravenna and its countless monuments offer a rich journey back in time. Roman and Byzantine cultures intermingle here, and the fruits of this history adorn the interiors of the city’s religious buildings: the abundance of classical mosaics is the most stunning witness to Ravenna’s glorious past. Eight UNESCO World Heritage-listed Paleo-Christian sites punctuate this journey into the historic heart of the city. Still very lively despite the weight of its history, Ravenna has much to offer to visitors.

Accommodations

Le Lyrial

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Day 10
Disembark Venice, Italy

Proud and eternal, Venice has reigned on its lagoon ever since the 6th century. Fall in love with the charm of the innumerable treasures of the Serenissima: Saint Mark’s square, the basilica, Doges palace, the Grand Canal and the gondolas. Yet, secret Venice is also waiting for to be explored with its little interlacing streets and canals. Ramble through its squares and push open the doors of its churches. The city’s extraordinary heritage goes hand in hand with enjoying a glass of Spritz and a few tramezzini.

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Inclusions, Terms & Notes

Included

All meals while on board the ship; captain’s welcome cocktail and gala dinner; “open bar” (pouring wines, house champagne, alcohol except premium brands); evening entertainment and events; room service; highly qualified bilingual French/English expedition team; lectures presented by the expedition team; Zodiac and shore excursions; park entry fees into protected areas; complimentary unlimited Wifi on board; port fees and taxes (except for child passengers–see Families & Children); gratuities.

Exclusions

Optional add-on excursions or packages; ground services before or after the cruise; visa expenses; possible immigration reciprocity taxes; gratuities; luggage handling; beverages beyond those in Inclusions; laundry, hair salon, spa treatments, onboard medical consultations and other personal charges; cancellation, luggage, assistance, repatriation, medical and insurance of any kind.

Payment & Cancellation

In order to confirm this trip, a deposit of 25% of the total trip cost is required per person at time of booking. The balance of the trip price is due 90 days before the departure date. Special holiday payment and cancellation terms apply. Guests who must cancel their trip for any reason must do so in writing. Standard cancellations beyond 14 days after booking confirmation are subject to the following per-person penalties, based on number of days prior to departure:
365 days or more – $150
364 to 211 days – 10% of total trip cost
210 to 121 days – 25% of total trip cost
120 to 91 days – 50% of total trip cost
90 to 0 days – 100% of total trip cost

Terms & Conditions

This trip is subject to AdventureSmith Explorations Terms and Conditions. Please read this information carefully and call us if you have any questions. A Traveler Information Form, which includes a release of liability, must be completed and signed by all travelers. Your Adventure Specialist will send you a unique link to complete this form along with a packing list and extensive pre-departure and travel insurance information upon booking confirmation.

Arrival & Departure

The Cultural Jewels of the Adriatic cruise begins in Athens, Greece (ATH), and ends in Venice, Italy (VCE). We highly recommend arriving one day prior to your trip start date in case of any flight delay, cancellation or lost luggage issues. Recommended flight arrival and departure times are specific to each voyage; consult your Adventure Specialist for guidelines relating to your departure. If you would like assistance with international flights, please visit our Booking Flights resource page.

Activities

Optional activities on your Cultural Jewels of the Adriatic cruise include practicing photography, Zodiac cruising and possible swim stops. Optional added-cost excursions are available on certain days and may be pre-booked from two months to one week prior to departure, or booked on board; these excursions may require a minimum group size. In addition to these off-ship excursions, a multitude of onboard activities keep guests engaged, including live music, dance and theater; spa treatments; exercise and stretching classes; specialty food, wine and cocktail tastings; organized games; and lectures by guides and possible special guests.

Room Configuration

Select double-occupancy cabins may be available for single occupancy with a single supplement fee. This supplement may vary depending on cabin category and remaining capacity per departure. A willing-to-share program is not available. Triple and quadruple rates may be available in select cabin categories; contact AdventureSmith for details.

Families & Children

Children 6 years and older at time of travel are welcomed on this cruise. Select departures offer a Kid’s Club with organized kid-friendly activities. Children 6 to 11 years old at time of travel pay only port fees and taxes when sharing a cabin with two full-fare adults. Children 12 to 17 years old receive 50% off double occupancy rate when sharing a cabin with 1 or 2 full fare adults. Contact AdventureSmith for details.

Travel Insurance

A medical form for all travelers, signed by their doctor, is required for every departure. Travelers are also highly encouraged to have full and adequate travel insurance covering the risks of cancellation, assistance being required, emergency medical evacuation and repatriation, damages to and loss of baggage, and medical expenses. In addition, we highly recommend our travelers protect their investment with travel insurance that includes trip cancellation and other benefits. Our partners at Travelex offer a variety of plans and policies to fit every trip and budget. You must purchase your travel insurance policy within 15 or 21 days of booking (depending on plan) for it to cover pre-existing medical conditions; refer to plan details. Learn more about travel insurance or get a free quote.

Itinerary Notes

Use the itinerary as a guide only. Itineraries may be altered due to weather, wildlife, national park regulation or at the captain’s discretion. The ability to be flexible makes this type of small ship cruising unique.

Rates & Dates

Cruise Rates & Dates

Rates are variable per remaining availability and are subject to change. Please contact AdventureSmith for the most up-to-date pricing.

See Deals section for details on flexible booking policies.

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