A Dalmatian Coast Cruise: from Venice to Rovinj.
When: June 20, 2013 - June 28, 2013 (iCal)
“A relaxing and stimulating experience.”
Join us aboard the deluxe M.S. L’AUSTRAL. on an exclusively chartered small ship cruise along Italy’s neighboring coastline: the alluring eastern coast of the Adriatic Sea. A stunning landscape of bluffs, hidden coves, unspoiled islands, and pristine waters complement our visits to preserved towns showcasing Greek, Roman, Venetian, and Slavic architecture. Stroll through Emperor Diocletian’s vast palace in Split; explore the walled city of Korˇcula, birthplace of Marco Polo, and more! Featuring four countries – Italy, Croatia, Bosnia-Herzegovina, and Montenegro – and seven UNESCO World Heritage sites, this engaging itinerary includes historic gems, lively towns, winding streets, a folk music performance on board, and time to meet local residents. Plus, an expert on Dubrovnik’s restoration will join us for a talk on board. An optional pre-cruise extension in Venice is available.
Activity level: Active
cruise only; per person, based on double occupancy.
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Day 1 - U.S.
Depart your home city on an overnight flight to Venice, Italy.
Day 2 - Venice, Italy
We will arrive in Venice, Italy. Embark the M.S. L’AUSTRAL in the afternoon; then meet for the Captain’s Welcome Reception and dinner this evening.
Day 3 - Sibenik /Trogir/Split, Croatia
Further along the eastern Adriatic coast, at the mouth of the Krka River, lies the town of ˘Sibenik. We will walk through the historic city center, along narrow cobblestoned streets lined with Renaissance architectural sites. Next we will visit the Cathedral of St. James, a UNESCO World Heritage site. The historic town of Trogir, a UNESCO World Heritage site located on a small island, is our next destination. Here we will walk together to see the Cathedral of St. Lawrence, the town’s architectural and artistic highlight. Continuing on to Split, which gained renown when the Roman Emperor Diocletian built a vast retirement palace, we will stroll through the historic city center, another UNESCO World Heritage site.
Day 4 - Hvar/Korcula
Our walking tour of Hvar will take us to the Franciscan Monastery, the Renaissance cloister and the old rectory, where we will see a remarkable collection of paintings, books, manuscripts and lace. Next, we will tour the Renaissance Cathedral of St. Stephen with its Italianate bell tower and the Benedictine Monastery known for its nuns’ unique lace hand-crafted from agave fibers. After lunch on board, we will arrive in Korˇcula and stroll along the 13th-century city walls of this immaculately preserved town. During our visit we will see the house where Marco Polo is said to have been born, works by Tintoretto in the Cathedral of St. Mark, and the historic Abbey Treasury, home to a priceless collection of medieval manuscripts, artwork and historic artifacts. Later, we will enjoy a traditional Croatian klapa performance on board the ship.
Day 5 - Kotor, Montenegro
Montenegro is one of the newest nations in the world, having gained its independence from Serbia in 2006. Our excursion into this newly emerging nation features a scenic drive along the spectacular Bay of Kotor, deeply carved into the Montenegrian mountains, to the UNESCO World Heritage site of Kotor. In this charming town we will visit the Venetian Baroque old town and its medieval fortifications. This afternoon, enjoy time at leisure in Kotor.
Day 6 - Dubrovnik, Croatia
Called “the pearl of the Adriatic,” the entire city of Dubrovnik has been named a UNESCO World Heritage site in recognition of its incomparable beauty and historic treasures and is one of UNESCO’s largest restoration projects. Together we will visit the city’s most famous landmarks, including the Franciscan Monastery, Rector’s Palace and Maritime Museum, which chronicles Dubrovnik’s long and history as one of Europe’s most storied ports. Our walk along the old city walls will allow us to enjoy superb views of the old port. We will also attend an exclusive presentation by a prominent University of Dubrovnik professor on the restoration of the city’s historic monuments.
Day 7 - Ploce/Mostar or Medjugorje, Bosnia and Herzegovina
Today, we will travel through the mountainous countryside into Bosnia and Herzegovina. You may choose to tour historic Mostar, restored after the civil war that ended in 1995. Stand on its Stari Most bridge, a UNESCO World Heritage site and an emblem of the city’s revival. Walk through the Old Town, along cobblestone lanes tucked in between medieval, Turkish-style houses and the Neretva River.
Alternatively, choose the excursion to the pilgrimage site of Medjugorje. This quiet village nestled in the lush hills of Bosnia and Herzegovina gained international renown in 1981 when a group of children reportedly saw an apparition of the Virgin Mary. Walk along the path up Apparition Hill to see an artful series of bronze plaques depicting the mysteries of the rosary.
Day 8 - Pula/Rovinj
On this morning’s walking tour of Pula, we will see its wide array of Roman monuments, most impressive of which is the magnificent Arena, erected in 27 B.C. After Rome’s Colosseum, it is arguably the finest and most intact Roman amphitheater in the world. Michelangelo and Piranesi took inspiration from the nearby Triumphal Arch of the Sergii, distinguished by its coffered archways and winged Victory statues. The noble Temple of Augustus, still intact after 2,000 years, displays a beautiful collection of friezes. We will become acquainted with two generations of a Puljani family during the specially arranged VILLAGE FORUM™.
Continuing to the beautiful city of Rovinj, where diminutive houses lean together over the labyrinthine streets of the old town and traces of the Middle Ages can be seen in the ancient fortified town walls, we will begin a walking tour highlighted by the St. Euphemia Church, home to the saint’s stone sarcophagus. Legend says it mysteriously washed ashore in the year 800 after its disappearance from Constantinople.
Day 9 - Venice, Italy/U.S.
Disembark the M.S L’AUSTRAL in Venice. Begin the Venice Post-Cruise Option, or transfer to the airport for your return flight to the U.S.
*Price and Itinerary are tentative and subject to change