The Adriatic Odyssey Small Ship Cruise

   
 

The Adriatic Odyssey Small Ship Cruise

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4 weeks ago

DURATION

8 Days

SEASON

May - September

RATES

USD 2,400.00 per person

EXPIRES

Dec 31, 2019
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The 8-day Adriatic Odyssey cruise explores four countries in one week: Croatia, Montenegro, Albania and Greece. Cruise the Adriatic Sea and the Ionian Sea on this exciting voyage of discovery, unraveling the wonders of this treasured Mediterranean coastline.

Each day discover a new port of call, a hidden cove with cooling crystal-blue waters, glimpses of ancient history and rich cultural diversity. Daily optional activities allow you to explore with a guided group or on your own, making this Mediterranean cruise as relaxing or active as you want it to be.

Tick three UNESCO World Heritage sites off your list with optional tours through the city of Dubrovnik in Croatia; Corfu, known as the Grand Lady of the Ionian Islands and the greenest island in Greece; and Butrint in Saranda, Albania, an impressive, recently discovered archaeological site. Navigate through the deepest natural fjord in the Mediterranean: the Bay of Kotor. Drink wine in the Korcula village of Lumbarda. Explore Venetian architecture and Budva’s cultural heritage in Bar, Montenegro, and swim in the crystal-clear waters near Paxos Island, where a troubled Poseidon once sought peace and quiet.

Beautiful swim spots grace your mornings, while hiking and walking explorations fill the afternoons. Optional daily activities may be added on to the voyage at an additional price, or simply enjoy time in port on your own. The Adriatic Odyssey cruise is aboard the 34-guest mega-yacht Callisto, which offers a boutique style and high standard of small ship cruising. Whether you relax on board, meander through culturally rich towns or adventure on optional daily excursions, you’ll experience the best of the Adriatic and Ionian Seas.

ADDITION RATE INFORMATION

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Rates vary by cabin starting at $2400 per person. Please see website for full details on rates.

ITINERARY

Day 1: Embark Dubrovnik, Croatia
Dubrovnik, Dubrovnik-Neretva, Croatia
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Arrive in Dubrovnik for embarkation between 3:00pm-4:00pm. Dubrovnik is a Croatian city on the Adriatic Sea coast positioned at the terminal end of the Isthmus of Dubrovnik. It is one of the most prominent tourist destinations on the Adriatic, a seaport and the center of Dubrovnik-Neretva county. In 1979, the city of Dubrovnik joined the UNESCO list of World Heritage Sites. The prosperity of the city of Dubrovnik has always been based on maritime trade. Although demilitarized in the 1970s with the intent of forever protecting it from war devastation, in 1991, after the breakup of Yugoslavia, it was besieged by Serb-Montenegrin forces for 7 months and heavily damaged by shelling. Spend your first night at port in this historic city.

ACCOMMODATIONS: Callisto

MEALS: dinner

Day 2: Korcula, Croatia
Korcula, Dubrovnik-Neretva, Croatia
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Depart early for the island of Korcula, the birthplace of legendary Marco Polo. Sail north and enjoy a morning swim stop. An afternoon arrival in Korcula Port allows you to enjoy an optional excursion. Korcula is in the Dubrovnik-Neretva County of Croatia. The island lies just off the Dalmatian coast. Its 16,182 (2001) inhabitants make it the second most populous Adriatic island after Krk. The island was first settled by Mesolithic and Neolithic peoples, and there is archaeological evidence at the sites of Vela Spila and Jakas Cave near the village of Zrnovo. The finds of Vela Spila are on display at the Center for Culture in Vela Luka. The fate of these peoples is not known, but the sites provide a window into their way of life. Spend the night at sea as you head south on your way to Bar, Montenegro.

ACCOMMODATIONS: Callisto

MEALS: breakfast, lunch and dinner

Day 3: Bar, Montenegro
Bar, Montenegro
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Morning swim stop with a midday arrival at Bar, a small coastal town in Montenegro. Take an optional sightseeing excursion to Old Budva and to Centinje, a museum town. Explore Budva's vast cultural heritage and Venetian architecture, then overnight at sea to Paxos, Greece, the southernmost point of this cruise.

ACCOMMODATIONS: Callisto

MEALS: breakfast, lunch and dinner

Day 4: Paxos Island, Greece
Paxos, Ionian Islands, Greece
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Upon arrival at the island of Paxos enjoy a midday swim near port. You will be amazed by the crystal-clear sea and the natural beauty of the island. Paxi or Paxoi is the name given to the smallest group of the Ionian Islands (the Heptanese). In Greek it is a plural form and it refers to a complex of islands, the largest of which are Paxos and Antipaxos (a smaller nearby island famous for its wine, and two of the finest sandy beaches in the Ionian Sea). The main town of Paxoi, and the seat of the municipality, is Gaios. In Greek mythology, Poseidon created the island by striking Corfu with his trident, so that he and wife Amphitrite could have some peace and quiet. Sail into port in the late afternoon and overnight in Paxos Port.

ACCOMMODATIONS: Callisto

MEALS: breakfast, lunch and dinner

Day 5: Corfu, Greece
Corfu, Ionian Islands, Greece
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The ship departs Paxos at dawn to reach Corfu, a Greek island in the Ionian Sea, early in the morning. Corfu's Venetian and Italian style fascinates travelers; it is the second largest of the Ionian Islands. The island is connected to the history of Greece from the beginning of Greek mythology. Its Greek name, Kerkyra or Korkyra, is related to two powerful water symbols: Poseidon, god of the sea, and Asopos, an important Greek mainland river.The island's history is laden with battles and conquests. The legacy of these struggles is visible in the form of castles punctuating strategic locations across the island. Two of these castles enclose Corfu's capital, which is the only city in Greece to be surrounded in such a way.

An optional full day excursion visits many marvels of this romantic city including the Fortress, the Aghios Spiridonos Cathedral (the protector of Corfu) and the Anchillion Palace, once the summer retreat of the Empress of Austria, Elizabeth of Bacaria, also known as Sissi. Overnight in Corfu port.

ACCOMMODATIONS: Callisto

MEALS: breakfast, lunch and dinner

Day 6: Saranda, Albania
Saranda, Albania
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Early-morning sailing to Saranda, Albania where you will have the opportunity to join an optional excursion. Saranda is one of the most important tourist attractions of the Albanian Riviera. It is situated on an open sea gulf of the Mediterranean's Ionian Sea, two nautical miles from the Greek island of Corfu. The city of Saranda has a population of about 30,000 (2001 estimate). Near Sarandë are the remains of the ancient city of Butrint, a UNESCO World Heritage site. Natural and man-made disasters emptied the city; over five centuries it became buried under silt and vegetation, only to be rediscovered in the 1990s. Alongside its ethnic Albanian majority, Saranda is home to an ethnic Greek minority and considered one of the centers of the Greek minority in Albania. Afternoon sailing to Kotor, Montenegro.

ACCOMMODATIONS: Callisto

MEALS: breakfast, lunch and dinner

Day 7: Kotor, Montenegro
Kotor, Montenegro
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Incredible scenery surrounds you as the boat sails into the fjord-like Bay of Kotor and docks at the Port of Montenegro. The old Mediterranean port of Kotor is surrounded by an impressive city wall built by the Republic of Venice, and Venetian influence remains predominant in the city's architecture. The Bay of Kotor (Boka Kotorska), one of the most indented parts of the Adriatic Sea, is sometimes called the southernmost fjord in Europe (though it is actually a submerged river canyon). Kotor is home to one of the best preserved medieval old towns in the Adriatic. An optional guided walking tour visits the maritime museum, some of the city's Romanesque churches and the imposing St Tryphon Cathedral built in 1166. Together with the nearby overhanging limestone cliffs of Orjen and Lovcen, Kotor and its surrounding area form an impressive and picturesque Mediterranean landscape. Overnight in Kotor.

ACCOMMODATIONS: Callisto

MEALS: breakfast, lunch and dinner

Day 8: Disembark Dubrovnik, Croatia
Dubrovnik, Dubrovnik-Neretva, Croatia
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A morning sailing to Dubrovnik arrives into port at 9:00am. Disembark and return home or begin the rest of your journey.

ACCOMMODATIONS: n/a

MEALS: breakfast

WHAT'S INCLUDED

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  • Accommodations in double or twin cabins with private bathroom and air conditioning.
  • Full board buffet breakfast and two meals daily, including welcome cocktail, local themed evening, fun BBQ (weather permitting) and captain’s dinner.
  • Regular filter coffee, tea and drinking water free all day.
  • Use of fishing and snorkeling equipment (subject to availability).
  • English-speaking cruise escort.

NOTES

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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.


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