Day 1: CORFU (Greece)
Passengers are welcome to board our ship at 6 p.m. After comfortably settling into your cabins, we’ll introduce our crew at a welcome cocktail and have dinner on board. After dinner, we’ll present the cruise highlights to you, followed by a lecture. Our ship will cruise through the night.
Day 2: CORFU - IGOUMENITSA (Greece)
This morning, there will be a guided visit of Achilleion Palace, Kanoni Beach and the city of Corfu. We’ll first visit Achilleion Palace, built in 1890 by Elisabeth, Empress of Austria. From the palace gardens, you’ll have a magnificent view of the Ionian Sea. We’ll continue our tour with a ride along the Kanoni Peninsula by coach. We’ll catch a glimpse of the Vlacherna Monastery and Mouse Island (Pondikonissi), before heading to the old town of Corfu, nestled between the two Venetian fortresses. Full of charming, narrow streets, this quarter also houses one of the most famous monuments in Corfu: Saint Spyridon Church. This afternoon will be spent cruising to Igoumenitsa. Take advantage of this time to participate in the onboard activities or to laze about on the sun deck. There will be a lecture in the lounge before our arrival at the end of the afternoon. Greek-themed evening on board.
Day 3: IGOUMENITSA - VLORE (Albania)
We’ll leave by coach for a trip to Igoumenitsa and a visit to Dodona, at the heart of the magnificent countryside. The shrine of Dodona is regarded as the oldest Hellenic oracle. The shrine was first dedicated to an Earth Mother, and later to Zeus. We’ll continue on to Ioannina for a panoramic tour of the city. Spread out around beautiful Lake Pamvotida, the city is cradled within a splendid natural environment. After our tour, we’ll return on board and cruise to Vlore. There will be a lecture in the lounge as well as onboard activities. Tonight’s entertainment will be provided by the crew. Our ship will cruise through the night.
Day 4: VLORE - KOTOR (Montenegro)
There will be a lecture in the lounge and we’ll arrive in Vlore at the beginning of the morning. Join us for an excursion to Berat and Apollonia. Berat is one of the highlights when visiting Albania, whose most striking feature is the white houses climbing up the hill to its castle. The center of Berat is listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site and contains rare examples of Ottoman-style architecture. The old quarter contains lovely ensembles of whitewashed walls, tiled roofs and cobblestone roads. Although Berat is now a major tourist site, it has managed to retain its easy-going charm and friendly atmosphere. Don't miss it! We’ll enjoy lunch during our excursion and then continue on to the largest archeological site in Albania: Apollonia. Apollonia was founded in 588 B.C. by Greek colonists from Corfu and Corinth. The city flourished during Roman rule and was home to a renowned school of philosophy. Julius Caesar rewarded Apollonia with the status of “free city” for supporting him during the Great Roman Civil War. The future Emperor Augustus completed his studies here. The picturesque ruins within the city walls include a small theatre and the elegant pillars on the restored facade of the city's administrative center. After our tour, we’ll return on board and begin cruising to Kotor. Italian-themed evening on board. Our ship will cruise through the night.
Day 5: BAY OF KOTOR - KOTOR (Montenegro)
There will be a lecture in the lounge as we spend the morning cruising through the Bay of Kotor. Once called Europe's southernmost fjord, it is actually a ria with many calm inlets and has been inhabited since antiquity. The abundant rainfall and mild climate explain the bay’s overabundance of lush vegetation. Our ship will arrive in Kotor by late morning. You can leave for the guided tour on foot of this lovely city. We’ll visit Saint Tryphon’s Cathedral, originally built in the 12th century but reconstructed after several earthquakes, as well as the maritime museum. We’ll return on board at the end of the afternoon and begin to cruise towards Dubrovnik. Tonight's dinner will be followed by dancing, and we’ll arrive in Dubrovnik during the night.
Day 6: DUBROVNIK (Croatia)
Join us for a tour of Dubrovnik, known as the “Pearl of the Adriatic”. The former Republic of Ragusa is famous for its medieval walls and its wide variety of historical architecture. We’ll see the Dominican Friary, its lovely Gothic cloister, and its extraordinary museum of religious art with several valuable paintings, including a triptych by Nikola Bozidarevic; the Rector’s Palace, once the seat of the government and now a museum; and the cathedral, re-built after it crumbled to dust in the great earthquake of 1667. We’ll also visit Onofrio’s Fountains, St. Blaise's Church (18th century) and Sponza Palace - a superb Gothic-Renaissance structure. We’ll return on board by 1:00 p.m. After lunch, enjoy some free time in Dubrovnik. We suggest you walk along the walls(1) which completely enclose the old city and are about 1.25 miles long and can reach 82 feet high. You’re guaranteed a fantastic view from up there! After our tour, we’ll return on board. Tonight will be our gala dinner and evening.
Day 7: DUBROVNIK
Enjoy breakfast on board before disembarking at 9:00 a.m. End of our services.