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A Journey to Unesco Treasures with an Opulent Edge

Discover the hidden gems of the Adriatic and Ionian Seas on a 9-night luxury cruise round-trip from Athens (Piraeus) with Explora Journeys. Sail to fascinating destinations, including Corfu, Dubrovnik, the Bay of Kotor, and Venice. Immerse yourself in captivating landscapes, ancient walls, winding streets, and breathtaking views.
SHIP: Explora I

A Journey to Unesco Treasures with an Opulent Edge

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DEPARTURE DATE: October 22, 2024
Countries Visited: Croatia, Greece, Italy, Montenegro
Departure Port:Piräus (Athen), Greece

OVERVIEW

Colour, beauty, rarity are the hallmarks of this journey beginning with Corfu, the love interest of Poseidon, a crown set with castles on hills and monasteries on islets. The pearl of the Adriatic, Dubrovnik, lives up to her name in rare beauty. We explore the emerald Bay of Kotor, a stunning World Heritage site, and a medieval maze of café-strewn squares in the Jewel of the Adriatic, Venice.

Travel Dates & Pricing

TRAVEL DATEPRICETYPE
October 22, 2024from $6,375 CADPer Person
October 22, 2024from $7,950 CADSingle Traveler

What's Included

  • 9 night luxury small ship cruise round trip from Athens (Piraeus )
  • Truly incredibly huge ocean suites – 377 sq ft
  • Welcome bottle of champagne and your choice of in-suite drinks in the fridge
  • In room espresso machine and a Dyson hair dryer
  • Full sized sun terrace with dining area and a full sunbed
  • All culinary Experiences ( choice of 9 dining areas )
  • Unlimited Premium Beverages
  • Onboard Gratuities
  • Free access to onboard thermal spa
  • Included Yoga classes and fitness classes
  • WiFi
  • Taxes and port charges

Itinerary

DAYDATEPLACE
1Tue Oct 22Athens, Greece
2Wed Oct 23Day at Sea
3Thu Oct 24Corfu, Greece
4Fri Oct 25Dubrovnik, Croatia
5Sat Oct 26Ancona, Italy
6Sun Oct 27Venice, Italy
7Mon Oct 28Split, Croatia
8Tue Oct 29Kotor, Montenegro
9Wed Oct 30Day at Sea
10Thu Oct 31Athens, Greece

DAY 1 – Progressive Athens

Port: Athens (Piraeus) Arrival Method: DOCK

Departure: 19:00

Athenians don’t live in the past. Ahead of its time, Athens exudes glamour and a sense of possibility – housing galleries, gelaterias, bijoux boutiques alongside a plethora of museums. And you can’t help but marvel at the archaeological wonders of the Acropolis and the Parthenon. Stroll through vibrant streets and markets, dance at buzzing bouzoukia, sing along in tavernas. At night, head to the harbour, where dimly lit bars serve the local ice cold beer. And, as you inhale the salty air and watch Greek fishing boats peacefully depart for their catch, reflect on this ancient city’s progressive attitude.

Day 2 – At Sea

Day 3 – Greek Classic Corfu

Port: Corfu

Arrival Method: Dock
Arrival: 08:00
Departure: 18:00

Revel in a heady mix of Ionian landmarks amid spirit-boosting views. Sit beneath the iconic Liston arches in the atmospheric Old Town, span Spianada Square where skinny streets radiate off past churches and cross the moat to the Old Fortress. Slip into homey tavernas where chefs work meze finesse, skip aboard a caique, mountain bike, horse ride or shop ceramics. Head for staggering Paleokastritsa views strewn with pines, firs and sleepy Corfiot villages, bird spot in lush wetlands and climb Mount Pantokrator to capture rare icons. An enticing and scenic jaunt through an eternal Greek classic.

Day 4 – Distinctive Dubrovnik

Port: Dubrovnik
Arrival Method: Dock
Arrival: 10:00
Departure: 19:00

Marvel at this chic walled city paved with a wealth of aristocratic palazzi, ancient forts and epic Adriatic views. Enter grand Pile Gate to lose yourself in intricate alleys, stage-set squares, museums and baroque churches. Ease out of town to kayak around sturdy ramparts, taste Dalmatian wines in the Konavle countryside, and visit archaic Cavtat and history-packed Mostar. Escape the crowds to cacti-clad Lokrum for a spot of yoga and botanical walking, or join in to graze at trendy restaurants on the rocks. It’s no wonder the glitterati flock to the strength of this charming and inspiring medieval Dalmatian marvel.

Day 5 – Queen Ancona of the Italian Adriatic

Port: Ancona
Arrival Method: Dock
Arrival: 10:00
Departure: 20:00

Memories of maritime glory echo through the winding streets of charming Ancona, where handsome palazzos and elegant churches bear witness. Established by the Greeks on Italy’s outer elbow, the ancient harbour anchors undulating hillsides and rugged Adriatic coastline peppered with fishermen’s caves and pearlescent beaches. Cast your eyes towards the rising sun through the Arch of Trajan, Roman gateway to the east, and watch life unfold at ageless waterfront trattorias and cobbled piazzas. Lion-flanked San Ciriaco Cathedral stands sentinel on a hill above the port, rewarding those who make the journey with oil painting scenes as sunset bathes all in an amber glow. Further north, the UNESCO historic centre of Urbino beckons with its Renaissance walls that survive virtually intact.

Day 6 – Waltz into Venice
Port: Fusina
Arrival Method: Dock
Arrival: 08:00
Departure: 18:00

Delve into ancient palaces, century-old galleries, and modern-day exhibits as you whirl through Venice. Walk through masterpieces, catch an opera, gaze at medieval buildings, blow Murano glass and drift down the Grand Canal by gondola to visit churches, convents and campi “squares” that vary in spirit and scale. Cross hump-backed bridges, reach teeming Piazza San Marco’s Basilica and Doge’s Palace, or duck down passages to escape reality. From palazzos to perfumeries and the must-see Bridge of Sighs, you’re only moments from a place of beauty in this liquid-gold city of treasures.

7 – Dalmatian Daydreams in Split

Port: Split
Arrival Method: Dock
Arrival: 10:00
Departure: 20:00

Sheltered by mountains and hills of pine, Split casts a sirenic spell, its terracotta-tiled rooftops spilling straight down to the sparkling Adriatic. Wander within the ancient walls of Diocletian’s seafront palace to its collonaded courtyard and cathedral, the sinuous streets and sunny squares abuzz with cafes and shops, and everyday life ongoing amid the palace’s atmospheric alleyways. From here, people-watch over coffee on the Saint Tropez-esque Riva promenade; climb to the hilltop park, small churches hidden along the way, for a sundowner; or seek the sandy Bacvice beach, swimming the shallows as Splicani play picigin (ballgame), and perfecting the Dalmatian art of fjaka, the sweetness of doing nothing.

8 – The Jewel of the Balkan Fjords

Port: KOTOR
Arrival Method: Dock
Arrival: 09:00
Departure: 18:00

Comely Kotor Bay, a lesser-travelled amphitheatre etched into the Adriatic coast of Montenegro, welcomes with hypnotic jade waters encircled by emerald-crowned slopes. Sheltered in the fjord’s angelic embrace, Kotor Old Town beckons as a fairy-tale city whose formidable walls, Romanesque churches and medieval bastions have witnessed the highs and lows of masked carnivals and devastating earthquakes. Italian and Mediterranean influences flavour the cuisine, where gelato and brodetto accompany fresh Adriatic seafood. Uphill, the Church of our Lady of Remedy affords spectacular views of Kotor’s red-tiled UNESCO World Heritage rooftops, a manmade jewel amongst landscapes where the inspired will wander.

Day 9 – At Sea

Day 10 – Progressive Athens

Port: Athens (Piraeus)
Arrival Method: Dock
Arrival: 07:00

Athenians don’t live in the past. Ahead of its time, Athens exudes glamour and a sense of possibility – housing galleries, gelaterias, bijoux boutiques alongside a plethora of museums. And you can’t help but marvel at the archaeological wonders of the Acropolis and the Parthenon. Stroll through vibrant streets and markets, dance at buzzing bouzoukia, sing along in tavernas. At night, head to the harbour, where dimly lit bars serve the local ice cold beer. And, as you inhale the salty air and watch Greek fishing boats peacefully depart for their catch, reflect on this ancient city’s progressive attitude.

Explora Journeys

Discover a new standard of luxury travel on an all-inclusive voyage aboard Explora Journey’s new ship, Explora I.

The custom-built 922-guest cruise ship provides an unforgettable experience, effortlessly combining boutique hotel sensibilities with cutting-edge technology and unrivalled comfort. From the spacious open decks and beautiful ocean-front accommodations to the best-in-class wellness facilities, every element of Explora I exudes class and sophistication.

The service is exceptional, with 700 crew members on-hand to guarantee your every need is taken care of, whether you’re ordering a drink by the pool or looking to book a bespoke shore excursion.

Where sustainability is concerned, Explora I boasts shore-to-ship power, ‘smart’ heating and air conditioning, and state-of-the-art recycling and waste management systems. In addition, as part of the MSC Foundation, Explora Journeys are committed to supporting noble environmental causes.

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