Ionian & Adriatic Highlights

8-Days | Athens • Nafplion • Katakolon • Corfu • Saranda • Kotor • Dubrovnik

Fares From £1,745

Single Supplement 15%

Ionian & Adriatic Highlights Cruise Summary

Cruise the Peloponnese peninsula to the beautiful island of Corfu and the best of the Adriatic, beginning with the picturesque town of Nafplion or the ruins of Corinth, where the Panhellenic Isthmian Games of Ancient Greece were held in rotation with the Olympics.

Alternatively, see the historic Corinth Canal, a breathtaking engineering achievement dreamt of by the ancients and made reality in the 19th-century. Or relive the tales of Agamemnon and Homer’s heroes on a tour of Mycenae and the Citadel of Agamemnon, which legend holds was constructed with the aid of the Cyclops.

Take an excursion to the ancient site of Olympia, where the Olympic Games took place from 776BC to 393AD. Tour the Archaeological Museum for finds from the site including the Head of Hera, ornaments from the Temple of Zeus, Praxiteles’ famous statue of Hermes and the helmet of Miltiades.

Idyllic Corfu was a place of refuge for the shipwrecked Odysseus and has been enchanting visitors ever since. Succumb to the beauty of its charms on a tour through Corfu old town, and discover why the 19th-century Empress Elisabeth of Austria had the neoclassical Palace of Achilleion redesigned as her private residence.

Relax on the beautiful beaches and crystal-clear waters of Saranda in Albania, or visit the UNESCO World Heritage archaeological site of Butrint, where excavations have revealed a Roman forum and an extensive townhouse known as Triconch Palace.

Alternatively, take a guided stroll around the hillside town of Gjirokastra, where the well-preserved Ottoman-era old quarter is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Or visit the “bottomless” Blue Eye karst hole known as the Springs of Bistricë.

Enter the fjord-like wonderland of Kotor Bay to explore the medieval alleyways of its namesake city, before stepping ashore in the walled city of Dubrovnik, described by Lord Byron as the ‘Pearl of the Adriatic’ and more recently immortalised by Game of Thrones.

Stroll through the magnificent city walls for sights including the imposing Baroque Church of St Blaise and the Cathedral of Our Lady, and take a cable car ride up to the summit of Mount Srd, for stunning views over the Old Town and harbour.

 

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CRUISE HIGHLIGHTS

  • The mythological sites of Mycenae and Olympia, birthplace of the Olympics

  • The Palace of Achilleion in Corfu

  • Albania’s little-visited archaeological site of Butrint

  • Cruising the breathtaking Bay of Kotor

  • The walled ‘Pearl of the Adriatic’, Dubrovnik

Day-by-Day Itinerary

 

Day 1 – Piraeus (Athens), Greece

Departure time: 08:00
 
Walk in the footsteps of history in Athens with a visit to the imposing Acropolis and learn a lot about the impressive buildings in the Greek capital in the fascinating Acropolis Museum.

Embarkation 15:00 – 17:00

 
 
 

Day 2 – Nafplion, Greece – Tender Port

Berthing time: 07:00 Departure time: 17:00

 

 
 

Day 3 – Katakolon (Olympia), Greece

Berthing time: 09:00 Departure time: 18:00
 
Katakolon is the gateway to Olympia: Walk in the footsteps of the Olympians who held sporting competitions in Olympia more than 2000 years ago. Discover historical buildings, beautiful nature and lively markets in fascinating Greece!
 

Day 4 – Corfu, Greece

Berthing time: 08:00 Departure time: 23:30
 
Corfu: These are rugged mountains, medieval alleys and Venetian fortresses. The popular island off Greece’s northwest coast lies in the Ionian Sea. The climate is balanced and the vegetation is Mediterranean, which is why Corfu is also called the “green island”. Sisi, Empress Elisabeth of Austria, called Corfu her “favourite island”.

 

 
 

Day 5 – Saranda, Albania

Berthing time: 08:00 Departure time: 17:00
 
Kilometers of beautiful beaches and crystal clear water welcome you to the south of Albania! The picturesque port city of Saranda also delights visitors from all over the world with two impressive UNESCO World Heritage sites in the surrounding area.

 

 
 

Day 6 – Kotor, Montenegro 

Berthing time: 08:00 Departure time: 23:30
 
Winding streets and historic squares against a picturesque backdrop await you in the medieval port city. Behind the charming town on the Adriatic coast of Montenegro rises the imposing Lovćen mountain range.

 

 

 

Day 7 – Dubrovnik, Croatia 

Berthing time: 08:00 Departure time: 23:30
 
 
Get to know the most famous and perhaps most beautiful city in Croatia: Dubrovnik, often referred to as the “Pearl of the Adriatic” and “Croatian Athens”. The old town, from which cars have been completely banned, is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
 
 

Day 8 – Dubrovnik, Croatia

Berthing time: 08:00

Disembarkation by 09:00 

 

 

 
 

Shore excursions are available at a supplement and can be pre-booked, approximately 30 days prior to departure, or booked onboard.

Fares From £1,745

Single Supplement 15%

 

Prices are per person based on two people sharing a cabin and are correct at the time of going to print, but may be subject to change. Cruise only options and single supplements are available on request. Tailor-made transfers can be booked at a supplement. Please call our Reservations Team for up to date pricing and availability.

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WHAT’S INCLUDED

    • Return economy flights from London
    • All meals on board
    • Gratuities
    • Bathrobes
    • Coffee machine
    • Refillable premium drinks bottle
    • Nightly onboard entertainment
    • Guest speaker programme
    • Baggage handling and port fees
    • Full ATOL financial protection
    • Transfers abroad

    Additional Charges

    • Drinks package
    • Wi-Fi
    • Shore excursions
    • Club/Premium Class Flight Upgrades (prices on request)
    • Regional flight supplements

Call our Reservations Team on

01223 568907

or email

sales@lightbluetravel.co.uk

 

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