Passage to Venice & Ionian Islands

12-Days | Malta • Corfu • Dubrovnik • Korčula • Venice • Kotor • Saranda • Ionian Islands • Sicily • Malta

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Passage to Venice & Ionian Islands Cruise Summary

Succumb to the beauty of the Mediterranean, beginning with the idyllic island of Corfu, for the Palace of Achilleion and the lovely old quarter of the main town.

Step ashore in Dubrovnik, described by Lord Byron as the ‘Pearl of the Adriatic.’ Stroll through the magnificent old city walls, for sights including the imposing Baroque Church of St Blaise and the Cathedral of Our Lady, then take a cable car ride up to the summit of Mount Srd, for stunning views over the town and harbour.

The pine-forested island of Korcula is one of the largest islands in Croatia and the reputed birthplace of Marco Polo. Enjoy a guided walk through the old quarter of Korcula town, including a visit to Polo’s former family home, or discover the culinary highlights of the island on a gourmet wine tour.

Overnight in Venice and travel by boat down the Giudecca Canal into the heart of the city, for highlights including the La Fenice opera house, the Basilica of St Mark’s Square and the Doge’s Palace. Enjoy a boat-ride to the island of Murano, famous for its brightly coloured glassware, then as evening comes, enjoy a romantic gondola ride on the Grand Canal.

Returning to the Adriatic, enter the fjord-like wonderland of Kotor Bay in Montenegro, to explore the medieval alleyways of its namesake city. Then in Albania, tour the UNESCO World Heritage archaeological site of Butrint or the hillside town of Gjirokastra, where the well-preserved Ottoman-era old quarter is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Alternatively, visit the “bottomless” Blue Eye karst hole known as the Springs of Bistricë.

The largest of the Ionian Islands, Cephalonia offers more historic and natural wonders to discover, from the Archaeological Museum of Argostoli to the fabulous Cave of Melissani, where the sunlit-dappled underground lake is a vision to behold.

In Sicily, discover the beautiful city of Messina, or visit enchanting Taormina, for highlights including views of Mount Etna and the 3rd-century BC Graeco-Roman Theatre. Cinema fans may also like to take a scenic drive to the remote villages of Savoca and Forza d’Agrò, used to create the eponymous seat of the Corleone family in the epic Godfather saga.



  • The ‘Pearl of the Adriatic,’ Dubrovnik
  • The beautiful island of Korcula in Croatia
  • Overnight in the fabulous canal city of Venice
  • The archaeological site of Butrint, or the “museum town” of Gjirokastra in Albania

Day-by-Day Itinerary


Day 1 – Valletta, Malta

Departure time: 20:00
The capital of Malta, which has been a UESCO World Heritage Site since 1980, offers numerous sights: the Grand Master’s Palace, St. John’s Co-Cathedral, Fort St. Elmo and many other impressive buildings adorn the city. The smallest capital in Europe was founded by the Grand Master of the Order of Malta, who also gave it its name: Jean de la Vallette.

Embarkation 15:00 – 17:00





Day 2 – At Sea

A chance to enjoy everything that Vasco da Gama has to offer.



Day 3 – Corfu, Greece

Berthing time: 08:00 Departure time: 18:00
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 4 – Dubrovnik, Croatia

Berthing time: 08:00 Departure time: 22:00
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 5 – Korcula, Otok Korcula, Croatia – Tender Port

Berthing time: 07:00 Departure time: 14:00
Historic stone facades, time-honoured towers and ancient stairs exude a special flair in the old town of Korcula. Stroll through the Croatian port city and enjoy beautiful beaches, azure waters and beautiful landscapes on the enchanting island.







Day 6-7 – Venice, Italy

Berthing time: 11:00 Departure time 12:00
Benvenuto – welcome to Venice. You have the whole day at your disposal and you decide which of the many sights you want to stay longer or shorter at. The Serenissima with its many canals and bridges, the famous Piazza San Marco with St. Mark’s Church and the Doge’s Palace, the opera house “La Fenice”? Or does the path take you to the glassblowing island of Murano? Just let the Venetian flair work its magic on you and use the evening for a gondola ride on the Grand Canal.




Day 8 – Kotor, Montenegro

Berthing time: 12:00 Departure time: 20:00
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 9 – Saranda, Albania – Tender Port

Berthing time: 10:00 Departure time: 20:00
Kilometres 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 10 – Kefalonia, Argostoli, Greece – Tender Port

Berthing time: 08:00 Departure time: 18:00
As the largest of the Ionian Islands with a rich history, there is much to discover in Kefalonia. Be it unique caves, lakes and lagoons or historical things in the Archaeological Museum of Argostoli. Particularly worth seeing is the mysterious cave of Melissani. The roof of the cave collapsed and now the sun’s rays reach the surface of the lake; the water is reflected on the walls of the cave and creates a particularly mystical atmosphere

Day 11 – Messina, Sicily

Berthing time: 12:00 Departure time: 19:00
Messina, beautifully situated on the strait of the same name, is often referred to as the “Gateway to Sicily”. Mainland Italy is only 3 kilometres away in places. A wild architectural mix awaits you in Messina. The city was devastated by earthquakes several times, but was always rebuilt. The heart of the city is the Cathedral Square with the beautiful Orion Fountain, the Cathedral of Maria Santissima Assunta and the bell tower. Or you can walk to the Tempio Votivo di Cristo Re and enjoy the wonderful view from the church terrace. In the surrounding area, the volcano Etna and Taormina are popular excursion destinations. Cinephiles can visit well-known filming locations from the film series “The Godfather” in Forza d’Agrò and Savoca.

Day 12 – Valletta, Malta

Berthing time: 07:00

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 £1,575

Single Supplement 15%


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