Empires of The Mediterranean – Viking Oceans Cruise

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Empires of The Mediterranean – Viking Oceans Cruise

Visit ancient ruins & iconic cities

Ten days. Nine magnificent destinations. One epic journey. Sail the Adriatic and Aegean, taking in all the riches of this fabled region. On an exploration bookended by iconic Venice and Athens, discover the ancient ruins of Olympia and the Acropolis. Explore the medieval warrens of Zadar and Dubrovnik, and admire the famed whitewashed villages of Santorini. Delight in the beauty of Corfu and be captivated by Koper, the gateway to picturesque Slovenia.

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*Expires 31st May 2024

Expired on Friday May 31st, 2024

Expired on Friday May 31st, 2024

Day 1: Venice (Chioggia), Italy

Embark your ship and settle into your stateroom. Chioggia is a charming fishing community steeped in its age-old seafaring traditions. It is also the gateway to Venice, famed for its wondrous patchwork of graceful piazzas, tranquil canals, artful footbridges and Gothic splendor. All things Venetian begin in St. Mark’s Square, where its elegant campanile, or bell tower, rings over the rooftops, and the Byzantine-Gothic St. Mark’s Basilica seems to preside over all. Beyond St. Mark’s and away from the crowds, Venice is a hushed and intriguing city to explore on foot, with medieval echoes marking every step.

Call on the Slovenian port of Koper, gateway to the unspoiled Istrian region. Your tour of this historic city reveals the rich architectural legacy of the Venetian Republic. In Tito Square, admire the Venetian-Gothic Praetorian Palace with its crenellated facade and the elegant Loggia where lively town debates once took place. Take the time to ascend the tower of the Cathedral of the Assumption for splendid views of the city and the Gulf of Trieste.

SHORE EXCURSIONS

OLD KOPER WALKING TOUR (INCLUDED)
DURATION: 2 HOURS 30 MINUTES
Sightseeing* Moderate*
THE GLORIES OF A FORMER VENETIAN CAPITAL
Uncover the rich architectural legacy of Slovenia’s only port city, once Capodistria, the grand capital of Istria. Greeks, Romans, Byzantines and Venetians all left an imprint on this former Venetian Republic stronghold. Meet your guide and head to Tito Square, where you can admire the 15th-century Venetian-Gothic Praetorian Palace. Its crenellated roof and exterior stair paint a graceful picture, and its Bocca del Leone, or Lion’s Mouth, carved into the building’s side tells a fascinating story about how the local citizenry were kept honest. Opposite the square, the Loggia is another architectural treasure, home today to an art gallery. Admire the 12th-century Cathedral of the Assumption with its tower that houses a bell cast in 1333, one of Slovenia’s oldest. View the monument honoring the Battle of Lepanto of 1571, a naval conflict.

PANORAMIC SLOVENIAN COAST & FARMERS’ MARKET
DURATION: 4 HOURS 30 MINUTES
Shopping* Sightseeing* Snack* Moderate*
MEDIEVAL BEAUTY, RURAL CHARM
Take a spectacular coastal drive, stopping to explore quaint villages and a stunning medieval town along the way. Meet your guide and follow the shores of the Adriatic. Slovenia’s coast stretches only 27 miles, wedged between Italy and Croatia, but is long on beauty and historic charms, as you will witness firsthand in Izola, a scenic traditional fishing village in which you will stop for photos. Next, arrive in Piran, dramatically set on the tip of a narrow peninsula. Enjoy free time to wander its narrow streets, lined with 15th-century Venetian-Gothic architecture and endless medieval flavor. Continue inland to the village of Padna, surrounded by olive groves and small farms. At its colorful farmers’ market, you can use your provided voucher to sample homemade breads, cheeses, wines and chard, a leafy vegetable so esteemed in Padna that there is a festival devoted to it. Later, return to your ship.

DAILY CATCH WITH A FISHERMAN
DURATION: 4 HOURS 30 MINUTES
Meal* Shopping* Special Interest* Working World* Moderate*
A SLOVENIAN’S LIFE AT SEA
Set off into the picturesque Bay of Piran to experience daily life with a local fisherman. You will transfer to the tiny peninsular town of Piran, a quaint red-roofed town with a rich medieval past. Meet your host and captain at the pier, then embark his fishing boat and cast off from the charming marina. A small corner of the northern Adriatic Sea, the Bay of Piran is teeming with diverse marine life, the ideal spot for hooking sea bass and gilthead, red and sea breams. Catching these creatures isn’t guaranteed, but a relaxing cruise is as you experience firsthand the scenic coastline and the tranquility that draws anglers here from Slovenia, Croatia, Italy and beyond. Your guide will prepare a delicious fisherman’s lunch, which you will enjoy with local Slovene wine. Upon return to Piran, take some time on your own to explore its inviting streets and the expansive Tartini Square.

HISTORIC PIRAN & TRUFFLES
DURATION: 6 HOURS
Meal* Shopping* Sightseeing* Special Interest* Local Life* Moderate*
SLOVENIA’S DELIGHTS AND DELICACIES
Visit one of the country’s most picturesque old towns and witness the art of truffle hunting, Slovene style. You will drive with your guide to the peninsular town of Piran, an open air museum of red-roofed buildings and medieval charms in a stunning Adriatic setting. Here, enjoy a walking tour among its striking architecture and winding streets. Pause at Tartini Square, named for native son and Renaissance composer Giuseppe Tartini. Admire the bronze statue honoring his accomplishments. After time to explore on your own, continue into the heart of Slovenian Istria, renowned for its wine and truffles. Visit a privately owned organic winery and see its impressive cellars with your host. During your stay, you will also take a short stroll into the woods to see a master and his dogs hunt for truffles. You can sample some as part of lunch, which features vintages from the winery’s cellar.

THE BEST OF LJUBLJANA
DURATION: 7 HOURS 30 MINUTES
Meal* Shopping* Sightseeing* Moderate*
BIG EUROPEAN CHARM IN A SMALL CITY
Journey inland to explore Ljubljana, a unique blend of old and new whose colorful charms set this capital apart. You will meet your guide and drive through the picturesque Slovenian countryside. Upon arrival, enjoy a walking tour of the historic city center, a captivating cluster of baroque architecture, churches and bridges. You will pause to admire the famous Triple Bridge at the edge of the Old Town, a three-span crossing above the Ljubljanica River. Then embark a river boat for a leisurely cruise down the picturesque Ljubljanica. Settle in as the medieval Old Town unfolds on one side of the river, the new town on the other. Admire the city’s other graceful bridges: the elegant Dragon Bridge, the Butchers’ Bridge and others. Disembark and enjoy a typical Slovenian lunch in a charming restaurant. After free time to explore, return to your ship.

LAKE BLED & BLED CASTLE
DURATION: 8 HOURS 30 MINUTES
Meal* Shopping* Sightseeing* Moderate*
A FAIRY-TALE VISTA AMID ALPINE SPLENDOR
See one of Europe’s most scenic corners, home to a pristine lake, alpine vistas and a tiny island. Join a guided excursion to magnificent Lake Bled, home to this stunning scene. Enjoy a picturesque drive inland and ascend to Bled Castle, an 11th-century fortress perched atop an outcropping with sweeping views of the lake and the distant Julian Alps. Then head down to the lake to embark a traditional pletna, a canopied boat piloted by a standing oarsman at the aft. A short cruise delivers you to Bled Island, where you can climb the 99 steps to the Church of St. Mary and perhaps continue up to the belfry. According to legend, those who ring the bell twice have their wishes answered. Reboard your pletna and continue to the shore, where you will enjoy a typical Slovenian lunch before returning to Koper.

POSTOJNA CAVE & PREDJAMA CASTLE
DURATION: 7 HOURS 30 MINUTES
Meal* Shopping* Sightseeing* Moderate*
A WONDERLAND OF CAVES AND A CASTLE
Explore a cavernous subterranean world and a castle within a cave during a full-day excursion. You will meet your guide and drive to Postojna, learning about old and new Slovenia along the way. Upon arrival, a mini-train takes you into this underground landscape of stalactites and stalagmites. The vast cave system, with 15 miles of passages, is one of more than ten thousand registered caves in Slovenia. It opened to the public in 1819, brought to Europe’s attention by Archduke Ferdinand after his visit. You will also have the chance to explore the marked pathways by foot. Next, continue to the magnificent Predjama Castle, a breathtaking Renaissance treasure seemingly carved into a vertical cliff. Its setting is truly magnificent and has captured the imagination since it was constructed in 1570. Tour its interior with your guide and learn about its fascinating history, hidden passageway and natural cave before returning to your ship.

PARK OF MILITARY HISTORY
DURATION: 4 HOURS
Shopping* Special Interest* Moderate*
A FASCINATING LOOK AT THE MACHINERY OF WAR
Delve into the military past of Slovenia during a visit to a unique and fascinating open air museum. You will meet your guide and drive inland to Pivka, nestled within the Postojna Gate region, long a strategic crossroads of Europe. Explore remnants of World War II, the cold war and the Slovenian liberation war of 1991. You can also gain insight into warfare during antiquity and the Middle Ages. Many of the modern weapons and machinery you will see were left behind by various armies that once fought on this soil, including American, Soviet and Yugoslav tanks. The impressive artillery collection also includes a submarine and cannons. Among its aircraft, you will see the American turbojet fighter-bomber F-84 Thunderjet and the Romanian IAR-93 Vultur. During your visit, learn about the Slovenian liberation war and see a short video presentation that depicts the most dramatic moments of the struggle and its military operations.

PRIVATE FAMILY ESTATE VISIT
DURATION: 4 HOURS 30 MINUTES
Local Life* Meal* Easy*
HOSTS SHARE LOCAL LIFE, REGIONAL FAVORITES AND WINE
Savor regional Slovenian favorites and wines while learning about country life during a visit with a local family. Embark on a scenic drive by motor coach through Karst, a beautiful region of limestone caves, underground rivers and deep gorges. Your picturesque journey will take you past a rustic landscape dotted with olive and fruit tree groves, vineyards, medieval stone churches and red-roofed homes en route to your hosts’ family estate. Upon arrival, you will be warmly greeted by your hosts, who will invite you into the comfort of their home. Enjoy a local aperitif, then visit the wine cellar and learn more about local wine production; this region of Slovenia is renowned for its ruby-red Terrano vintages. Sit with your hosts and share a delicious lunch of local fare, such as homemade gnocchi or pasta, cold meats and a seasonal dessert. Accompany your meal with a degustation of local wines.

*Shore excursions vary by each itinerary and are subject to change.

Explore remarkable Zadar, once an island separated from the mainland by a deep moat. The capital of independent Dalmatia for a millennium, Zadar’s impressive city walls attest to its might. A walking tour leads you along a maze of cobblestone streets through its magnificent Old Town, a remarkable repository of red-roofed, medieval stone houses. During your tour, stop to admire its three stunning churches in bold Romanesque. Perhaps you’ll also stroll the Riva, the picturesque seafront promenade where acoustical tubes embedded beneath large marble steps sing the song of the city with every lashing wave.

SHORE EXCURSIONS

WALKING TOUR OF ZADAR (INCLUDED)
DURATION: 2 HOURS 30 MINUTES
Sightseeing* Active* Moderate*
AN INTIMATE VIEW OF A RICHLY HISTORIC CITY
Discover the former capital of Dalmatia by foot, visiting two of its most revered churches. Meet your host at the pier and travel by motor coach to the magnificent Old Town. Narrow lanes and old red-roofed stone buildings lead you to the Cathedral of St. Anastasia, completed in the 13th century and Zadar’s finest example of Romanesque architecture. Admire the rose window adorning its symmetrical facade and step inside to view St. Anastasia’s stone sarcophagus. Continue to the Church of St. Donatus, built on Roman foundations in the 9th century. The most monumental church in the eastern Adriatic and Croatia’s largest pre-Romanesque building, it is uniquely circular in its design. Next, visit the 16th-century St. Mary’s Church with its Romanesque campanile from 1105. After your tour, return to your awaiting ship.

PAG: A CHEESELOVER’S PARADISE
DURATION: 4 HOURS 30 MINUTES
Sightseeing* Snack* Shopping* Moderate*
TRADITIONAL DALMATIAN ISLAND LIFE
Immerse yourself in the slow pace of yesterday during a half-day exploration of the island of Pag. Drive with your guide to the island’s eponymous town of Pag and visit the remains of its fortified convent and church. In the well-preserved medieval town, admire the grand buildings like the Church of the Assumption and the Duke’s Palace, but be sure to also admire the detail of the ornately carved door posts, tiny baroque balconies and centuries-old stone coats of arms. Next, continue to the village of Kolan, the agricultural center of Pag island. You will stop at a cheese factory along a gentle slope and hilly pastures. During your visit, sample the award-winning piquant Paški sir, or Pag cheese, a treasured delicacy.

VRANA LAKE NATURE PARK & OCEAN VISTAS
DURATION: 4 HOURS 30 MINUTES
Sightseeing* Snack* Special Interest* Natural World* Moderate*
A NATURE LOVER’S PARADISE
Stroll the banks of the largest lake in Croatia, a protected nature park teeming with birdlife. You will drive with your guide along the Adriatic coast, admiring the azure hues of the sea. Soon, you will arrive at the shores of Vrana Lake, fed by freshwater springs and home to some of Croatia’s rarest natural habitats. As you walk on well-trodden trails, you will learn about the flora and fauna as you enjoy the natural beauty of this place. Your guide will provide binoculars and explanations as you explore. The lake is unique among scientists and ecologists for its special ornithological reserve, a well-preserved patch of reeds in the lake’s northwestern area. After your walk, continue to Kamenjak, a small hill overlooking Vrana. From here, you will marvel at sweeping views of the lake and an emerald patchwork of Dalmatian islands. Enjoy a snack here, then return to your ship.

PICTURESQUE ZADAR HINTERLAND
DURATION: 3 HOURS 30 MINUTES
Sightseeing* Snack* Moderate*
EXPLORE A BAYSIDE TREASURE AND A RUSTIC FARM
Travel into the heart of Croatia’s countryside to two of its most scenic corners. Drive with your guide to the tiny village of Novigrad, hidden between the end of a long, steep bay and sloping hills. Its isolation has helped to preserve its original medieval architecture, providing a window into Europe of old. Enjoy a leisurely stroll through its narrow streets, passing the Church of the Blessed Virgin Mary’s Birth while the ramparts of its old hillside fortress watch over. Later, continue to the rural Odžakovi? farmhouse in the village of Nadin. Surrounded by 360 acres of organic vineyards and crop fields, the farm provides a stunning picture of traditional stone architecture. An on-site museum features artifacts dating back to 1835. You will have the chance to taste some homemade products before returning to your ship.

EXCLUSIVE YACHT CRUISE IN THE KORNATI ARCHIPELAGO
DURATION: 7 HOURS
Meal* Sightseeing* Natural World* Easy*
AN INTIMATE VIEW OF MAGNIFICENT DALMATIAN ISLES
Cruise in high style among the Kornati islands, the Mediterranean’s most concentrated archipelago. Embark your top-class yacht in Zadar and watch the scenic mainland disappear behind you. Pass through the narrow passage of Mali Ždrelac, between the islands of Ugljan and Pašman. Cruise past the vertical walls, or “Stene,” that rise up at Dugi Island, some of which soar to 525 feet and have been called “Devil’s Rocks” due to their jagged edges and imposing height. Traverse the strait of Mala Proversa, 320 feet wide and 6 feet deep. About two-thirds of the Kornati islands and their surrounding waters are protected as a national park, making it one of Croatia’s most pristine corners. Stop to admire the scenery throughout the day, perhaps braving the cool waters and going for a refreshing swim. Share a table and a delicious lunch with your fellow sailors. You will need to bring a swimsuit and sunscreen; towels are provided.

LACE WORKSHOP ON PAG ISLAND
DURATION: 4 HOURS
Sightseeing* Snack* Local Life* Easy*
A TIME-HONORED AND DELICATE ART
Learn about the long-cherished tradition of lace making on Pag island, a historic island of immense beauty. Known as “white gold,” Pag lace is among the most valuable and well-regarded lace throughout the world. Enjoy a scenic drive with your guide along the coast, then join your guide for an orientation walk of Pag town. In the well-preserved medieval town, admire the grand buildings like the Church of the Assumption and the Duke’s Palace, but be sure to also admire the detail of the ornately carved doorposts, tiny baroque balconies and centuries-old stone coats of arms. Your walking tour leads you to the famous Lace Museum. Here, you will receive a warm welcome from two local lace makers who will share with you their extensive experience and knowledge. Watch them intertwine the delicate fabric to create unique pieces of art, then try your hand at this centuries-old process.

KRKA NATIONAL PARK & ZADAR
DURATION: 7 HOURS
Meal* Sightseeing* Natural World* Moderate*
THE WONDERS OF MAN AND NATURE
Venture into Croatia’s picturesque countryside to Krka National Park, a rich blend of natural and cultural beauty. The park covers almost 27,000 acres and is known for its cascading waterfalls and crystalline waters. You will meet your guide and drive through the karst landscape of Zadar and into the Dalmatian hinterland. Upon arrival, walk to the astonishing Skradinski Buk waterfalls. These 17 cataracts are among the most beautiful calcium-carbonate waterfalls in Europe, tumbling a total of 150 feet along the river. Pause for photos before setting off to visit the stone-built inner city of Skradin, one of Croatia’s oldest towns with one of Croatia’s most picturesque marinas. Back in Zadar, enjoy a walking tour past the Church of St. Donatus, the Roman Forum, Cathedral of St. Anastasia and other historic buildings.

HISTORIC ŠIBENIK & CULINARY DELIGHTS
DURATION: 6 HOURS
Sightseeing* Meal* UNESCO* Moderate*
CULTURAL AND CULINARY HIGHLIGHTS ALONG THE DALMATIAN COAST
View the oldest Croatian town on the Dalmatian Coast and sample delicious local delicacies. You will experience a scenic 75-minute drive into the remarkably preserved Old Town of Šibenik, a maze of narrow streets lined with medieval houses and churches and surrounded by four historic fortresses. During a walking tour of this UNESCO World Heritage Site, you will see the Cathedral of St. Jacob, a treasure of Gothic-Renaissance splendor. View the exterior of the Town Hall and the baroque Orthodox church, and explore the historic center with its cobblestone streets and shops. Later, continue along the Adriatic coast toward the village of Stankovci, where your hosts at the House of Dalmatian Prosciutto greet you. You can sample some during your visit, then sit down to a typical Croatian lunch before returning to your ship.

KRKA NATIONAL PARK & DUBRAVA FALCONRY CENTER
DURATION: 7 HOURS
Meal* Special Interest* Natural World* Moderate*
SEE TRAVERTINE WATERFALLS AND EXPLORE FALCONRY TRADITIONS
Explore falcon conservation efforts, take in the waterfalls of Krka National Park and lunch in historic Skadin. Your first stop, the Dubrava Falconry Center, provides protection and rehabilitation to endangered birds of prey in an on-site bird hospital. The center’s activities combine education about the birds and their protection with the continuation of the medieval falconry tradition. As a visitor, you may have the rare opportunity to let a falcon fly to your hand. Next, continue to Krka National Park. Just before the river meets the sea, the Skradinski Buk waterfalls form a spectacular multilevel cascade over travertine cliffs. Pause above the falls for an excellent view. Following your guided walking tour, take free time to explore on your own. Then, continue to Skradin, one of Croatia’s oldest towns, where you will enjoy a delicious lunch before returning to your ship.

*Shore excursions vary by each itinerary and are subject to change.

Dubrovnik is a historic jewel, with its spectacular Adriatic setting, 12th-century medieval streets and incredibly preserved structures. So stunning is its Old Town, the playwright George Bernard Shaw famously called it “paradise on Earth.” It is all spectacularly surrounded by a towering medieval wall. Inside, the ancient city’s Stradun is lined with authentic stone houses. The peaceful 14th-century Franciscan Monastery and Apothecary, housing the world’s oldest working pharmacy and fine collection of Renaissance paintings, provide insight into the ages.

SHORE EXCURSIONS

DUBROVNIK WALKING TOUR (INCLUDED)
DURATION: 2 HOURS 30 MINUTES
Sightseeing* UNESCO* Moderate*
A TOUR THROUGH PARADISE ON EARTH
See Dubrovnik, one of the world’s most beautifully preserved medieval cities, on this rewarding walking excursion. George Bernard Shaw famously called it “paradise on earth,” and you will see why during a visit to the Old Town district. Meet your guide and transfer by motor coach to the heart of the city; witness its beauty up close as you enter the cobblestoned Old Town on foot through the historic Pile Gate. Follow the Stradun—the marbled main pedestrian way that gleams from centuries of footsteps—to the Dominican Monastery, where you can view a fine collection of Renaissance paintings. You will also pass the Sponza Palace, the Church of St. Blaise and the 15th-century Onofrio’s Fountain. After your tour, return to your awaiting ship.

DUBROVNIK BY CABLE CAR
DURATION: 4 HOURS
Shopping* Sightseeing* UNESCO* Moderate*
SOAR HIGH ABOVE THIS MAGNIFICENT CITY
Get a bird’s-eye view of spectacular Dubrovnik and the stunning Adriatic Sea via cable car, then explore up close. With your local guide, you will drive to the cable car station on the edge of Dubrovnik. In just under four minutes, soar to more than 1,300 feet and the summit station on Srd Hill. From this mesmerizing viewpoint, your guide will point out the landmarks of Dubrovnik and the surrounding area. Get a closer look when you walk through Old Town’s Plo?e Gate, one of the heavily fortified entries inside the formidable walls. From here, enjoy a walking tour over cobblestone streets with your guide. Stroll the marbled pedestrian street, the Stradun, and pass Sponza Palace, the Church of St. Blaise and the 15th-century Onofrio’s Fountain. You will have free time before returning to your ship.

DUBROVNIK BY LAND & SEA
DURATION: 3 HOURS
Sightseeing* UNESCO* Moderate*
EXPLORE THE FAMED DUBROVNIK RIVIERA
Explore Dubrovnik’s stunning setting as you approach from the water and disembark for an enriching walking tour. You and your guide will board a small boat and approach Old Town via the Lapad peninsula’s coast, which ocean explorer Jacques Cousteau described as among the cleanest and best preserved waters in the world. Stony beaches and a beautiful coast lead to Dubrovnik’s formidable walls. These fortifications have stood for centuries, defending the city from attack by sea and withstanding the constant battering of waves. Passing the ramparts, you will make landfall in the Old Harbor, a once-bustling hub of trade and commerce and still an active pier for the day’s daily seafood catch. Disembark to explore Dubrovnik’s medieval streets by foot. You will pass Sponza Palace, the Church of St. Blaise and the 15th-century Onofrio’s Fountain. After your tour, return to your ship.

DALMATIAN COAST WINE & FOOD TASTING
DURATION: 7 HOURS
Mea lSightseeing* Special Interest* Easy*
A CULINARY ADVENTURE ALONG THE DALMATIAN COAST
Enjoy the bounty of Croatia’s stunning Dalmatian Coast—freshly made foods, wonderful wines and spectacular seafood. You can sample them all on this excursion with a focus on rich culinary traditions. Join your guide for a drive to the small village of Orašac. Here, you can witness the operation of a horse-driven olive oil mill. Enjoy a tasting of the different oils alongside locally made cheese, smoked ham and wine. In the village of Ponikve, sample red and white varietals in local wine cellars. For the freshest seafood you will ever taste, stop in the town of Ston. Its medieval wall—known to some as the “European Wall of China”—once stretched three miles across the peninsula. Nowadays, Ston is Croatia’s oyster capital. You will cruise to the oyster and mussel beds and enjoy an incredible seafood lunch onboard, before returning to your ship.

MOSTAR & THE OLD BRIDGE
DURATION: 11 HOURS 30 MINUTES
Mea* lShopping* Sightseeing* UNESCO* Moderate*
DISCOVER THE HISTORIC CROSSROADS OF BOSNIA
Journey to Mostar, a symbol of harmony and unity in a region once torn by conflict. Enjoy a scenic drive with a local guide into neighboring Bosnia-Herzegovina. Along the way, stop in Po?itelj, a well-preserved hillside medieval village that escaped major damage during the conflict of the 1990s. In Mostar, where Muslim, Christian and Jewish faiths have long coexisted in peace, you will marvel at the Stari Most, or Old Bridge, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. This dramatic, arched span over the Neretva River was destroyed during fighting in 1993 and has been completely rebuilt in its original Islamic style. Your guide will lead you through Mostar’s network of cobblestone streets, passing the Old Bazaar, Turkish Public Baths and ancient mosques and churches. You will also visit The Turkish House (Biš?evi?a ?ošak), a stunning example of Turk architecture. You can explore on your own before returning to Dubrovnik.

CROATIAN DELIGHT: WINE TASTING
DURATION: 4 HOURS 15 MINUTES
Snack* Special Interest* Moderate*
SAMPLING CLEAN, CRISP VINTAGES IN A STUNNING SETTING
Sample some of the best of Croatia’s remarkable wines on a winery tour and tasting in the beautiful Konavle Valley. Leaving Dubrovnik, you will join your local guide and follow some of the country’s most spectacular coastal roads into the Župa Dubrova?ka, a scenic valley of charming villages and resorts. On this relaxing excursion, you will visit the Niko Karaman winery in the village of Pridvorje. A young winemaker, Niko gained notoriety in 2009 when his Malvasia 2007 white wine won first place among 63 international winemakers at a gathering of Vinistra, the Association of Winegrowers and Winemakers of Istria. You can stroll through his vineyards, learn about the Malvasia grape and its importance to Dubrovnik and taste his excellent wine, including his dessert wine Prošek. Continue to Komaji and meet Andro Crvik, wine producer and head of the Crvik family vineyards. Sample a handpicked selection of fine wines before returning to your ship.

FLAVORS & TRADITIONS OF OLD CROATIA
DURATION: 7 HOURS 30 MINUTES
Meal* Shopping* Sightseeing* UNESCO* Local Life* Moderate*
HISTORIC MILL VILLAGES AND LUNCH IN THE HOME OF A LOCAL FAMILY
Immerse yourself in the true heart of Croatia, gaining an intimate view of rural traditions and village life. Explore the Old Town of Dubrovnik on a walking tour, with time to browse handicraft market stalls and admire the fine Renaissance paintings at the Dominican Monastery. A scenic drive leads you to the village of Orašac. Here, stop to explore an ancient house, witness its horse-driven olive oil mills and taste homemade cheese, smoked ham and wine. In the hamlet of Ljuta, see how flour is still produced using the old water-powered stone mill at Mlinica Dvori. Enjoy lunch with the Novakovic family in their ?ilipi village home. They have lived here for generations, producing grape brandy, olive oil and wine from old family recipes. Sample their homemade wine and enjoy typical Dalmatian music performed by a group of local musicians. Return to your ship after lunch.

THE KITCHEN TABLE
DURATION: 2 HOURS
Culinary* Moderate*
JOIN OUR EXECUTIVE CHEF FOR A UNIQUE, MARKET-TO-TABLE EXPERIENCE
Immerse yourself in local culture and cuisine as our Executive Chef leads you on an interactive culinary adventure. In the morning, you will travel by mini-coach to the local market to handpick ingredients under the guidance of our Chef. Later this evening, you will dine on regional dishes prepared by our experienced culinary team, using produce from the market. As you and your fellow guests enjoy this delicious creation at The Kitchen Table, you will also observe the art of plating with each dish. From fresh market fare to cooking techniques and elegant presentation, experience firsthand how your ship’s world-class culinary staff brings distinct, local flavors from the market to your taste buds. It is an unforgettable, one-of-a-kind opportunity to shop, interact and dine with the masters.

QUAINT TOWNS OF DUBROVNIK’S RIVIERA
DURATION: 4 HOURS
Sightseeing* Easy*
CHARMING VILLAGES AND HISTORIC WATER MILL
Enjoy a relaxing stroll in charming Cavtat, then visit the village of Ljuta with a stop to view its water mill. With your guide, ride by motor coach to one of the most beautiful towns in the Dubrovnik area, Cavtat, originally a Greek settlement called Epidaurus; around 228 BC, it became a Roman colony. Stroll along the palm-lined promenade of this quaint little town set on Župa Bay, enclosed by two peninsulas and known for its historic buildings and lush vegetation. Continue by coach to Ljuta and witness the workings of a historic water mill. Observe the traditional process of flour production while learning about the river’s importance to the town’s residents and Dubrovnik’s economy for centuries. It is now a protected cultural site. After a light snack, you will return to your ship.

DUBROVNIK’S FORTIFICATION: A CITY WALL WALK
DURATION: 2 HOURS 45 MINUTES
Sightseeing* UNESCO* Demanding*
TAKE IN THE VIEWS FROM DUBROVNIK’S ANCIENT CITY WALLS
View Dubrovnik from a unique vantage point, strolling atop 1½ miles of medieval stone walls encircling the city. With your experienced guide, ride by motor coach to Stari Grad, Dubrovnik’s Old Town. Encircled by intact, monumental stone ramparts, this historic area has been designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Parts of the walls date from the 13th century. Ascending the stairway at Pile Gate—where Dubrovnik’s famous main street, the Stradun, begins—you soon reach the top of the walls, where your guide will lead you on a walking tour. You will see the gorgeous Min?eta Tower, St. John Fortress and Fort Bokar, and take in breathtaking views. After you descend back to the Stradun, return to your awaiting ship.

A RENAISSANCE GARDEN & VIEWS
DURATION: 4 HOURS
Sightseeing* Moderate*
SEE ROMANTIC DUBROVNIK’S RIVIERA, SPECTACULAR VISTAS AND A MAGNIFICENT ARBORETUM
Admire Dubrovnik's sweeping scenic views, and enjoy visits to Rector’s Palace of Slano and a beautiful arboretum. A panoramic motor coach ride along the breathtaking Dubrovnik Riviera offers wonderful scenery and views of the crystal clear Adriatic Sea and islands. Capture the beauty of Majkovi Village during a brief photo stop before continuing to the Trsteno Arboretum, the renaissance-era home of the Gozze family. Cultivated from the 15th century to the present, it is among the finest examples of Dubrovnik summer residence garden architecture. Continue to the Rector’s Palace of Slano, once the seat of the Rector of Primorje. Step inside to view the restored chambers and public halls, and take a stroll through its picturesque courtyard. After your tour, return to your awaiting ship.

DINNER AT A LOCAL VILLAGE ESTATE
DURATION: 4 HOURS
After Dark* Meal* Local Life* Easy*
ENJOY A HOME-COOKED MEAL AT A TRADITIONAL COUNTRY FARMHOUSE
Indulge your senses with the picturesque beauty, romance and flavors of the Dubrovnik countryside. Enjoy a scenic 30-minute journey to ?ilipi and the Novakovi? Family Village Estate, in green, fertile Konavle Valley in an old block of stone houses. The oldest part is several centuries old. The authentic interior of the family’s traditional home illustrates rural life. For generations, they have worked the land here, producing grape brandy, olive oil and wine in the same way as their ancestors. Explore the garden and view the family’s large collection of implements and wine barrels. Your gracious host and chef, Mr. Niko Novakovi?, will introduce and present local specialties cooked just for you. The food is mainly homegrown. Enjoy it with a glass of good wine, from the family’s own vineyards. In this relaxing country ambience, your kind hosts will make you feel at home. Please note that the order of visits may vary.

*Shore excursions vary by each itinerary and are subject to change.

Spend the day traversing the medieval streets of this historic Montenegro town with a walking tour. Pass by Venetian walls constructed in 1420 en route to the Cathedral of St. Tryphon, built in 1166. Notice its mismatched towers, the result of an earthquake and a budget too small to rebuild properly. Included on this tour is a visit to the Maritime Museum, which documents Kotor’s heritage. As an option, venture to the small towns of Budva and Sveti Stefan, the latter once a hideaway for the rich and famous.

SHORE EXCURSIONS

WALKING TOUR OF KOTOR (INCLUDED)
DURATION: 1 HOUR 30 MINUTES
Sightseeing* UNESCO* Moderate*
A TOUR OF THIS SECLUDED SEASIDE RESORT
Discover the charms of this medieval city, a UNESCO World Heritage Site nestled between limestone cliffs and a bay. From your ship, take the short walk with your guide to Kotor’s network of cobblestone streets. In the main square, you can admire the Venetian walls that surround the city. Constructed in 1420, they have been reinforced through the centuries and stand well preserved today. You will also visit the 12th-century Romanesque Cathedral of St. Tryphon, a remarkable repository of 14th-century frescoes and valuable artifacts. Over the centuries, the building has suffered earthquake damage—as evidenced by its mismatched towers, one of which was rebuilt with meager funds after a tremor. At the maritime museum, set in a lovely historic building, browse an engaging exhibit depicting the seafaring heritage of Kotor. At your tour’s end, return to your awaiting ship.

BAROQUE BUILDINGS & SCENIC SEASCAPES
DURATION: 4 HOURS 15 MINUTES
Sightseeing* UNESCO* Moderate*
CRUISE THE BAY OF KOTOR AND TOUR PERAST
Witness some of Montenegro’s baroque treasures and cruise beautiful Kotor Bay on this scenic excursion. Take a panoramic drive with your guide to nearby Perast. This town enjoyed its heyday during the 17th century and boasts some impressive baroque homes built by wealthy sea captains. On a short walking tour, you can learn about the town’s maritime history. Afterward, board a boat for the island of Gospa od Škrpjela, or Our Lady of the Rocks. This tiny manmade islet was created over centuries by sailors who placed rocks here in thanks for a safe return from sea. In the Church of Our Lady of the Rocks, admire the 17th-century paintings of Tripo Kokolja. A scenic sailing across the bay returns you to Kotor, where you can enjoy a walk with your guide before returning to your ship.

HIGHLIGHTS OF MONTENEGRO
DURATION: 5 HOURS 30 MINUTES
Sightseeing* UNESCO* Moderate*
EXPERIENCE THE BEST OF “BLACK MOUNTAIN”
Experience the road between Kotor and Cetinje, which has been called one of the most beautiful in the world. With your local guide, ascend the slopes of Lov?en Mountain. Gaining more elevation, you will marvel at Lov?en National Park, part of the Dinara Alps, as the waters of the Adriatic and Kotor Bay sparkle below. Stop at Njeguši, a charming mountain village and birthplace of Petar II Petrovi?-Njegoš, one of Montenegro’s most influential leaders of the 19th century. Here, you will sample some local specialties, including ham, cheese and wine. In Montenegro’s former capital, Cetinje, visit King Nikola’s Museum to learn how he introduced sweeping reforms to the country in the early 20th century. After passing through the summer resort of Budva, return to Kotor and your awaiting ship.

GLAMOUR & HISTORY IN MONTENEGRO
DURATION: 3 HOURS 15 MINUTES
Sightseeing* Moderate*
EXPLORE BUDVA AND SEE SVETI STEFAN
Explore one of Montenegro’s oldest settlements and see a resort for the rich and famous on this fascinating tour. Your local guide accompanies you on a drive along the stunning coast. Along the way, you will pause to view the resort island of Sveti Stefan. Throughout the 1960s, celebrities such as Elizabeth Taylor and Sophia Loren stayed here; today the entire island is part of an elite leisure complex operated by Aman Resorts. You will get a panorama of its unique setting from an overlook. In Budva, enjoy a walking tour of one of the oldest towns on the Adriatic coast. Legend recounts it was founded by Cadmo, son of Phoenician king Agenon, after his exile from Thebes. Once a small island, the town is now linked to the mainland by a sand isthmus. Budva’s ramparts date from the 15th century and feature impressive gates and towers.

COUNTRYSIDE & CUISINE
DURATION: 4 HOURS
Sightseeing* Snack* Local Life* Moderate*
EXPERIENCE A TASTE OF MONTENEGRO
Journey into the breathtaking Montenegro countryside for a taste of the country’s rich bounty. With a local guide, you will drive through the Vrmac Tunnel beneath its namesake mountain. The tunnel was completed in 2007 and now links Kotor to the country’s motorways. Your destination is the Luštica Peninsula, known for its beautiful coastline and its production of such local products as cheese, prosciutto and wine. Immerse yourself in the farming culture during a visit and tour one of the local olive farms. Walk through the groves of centuries-old trees to the modern production facility where olive oil is produced. You will see the venerable stone olive press and farmhouse and witness the rural way of life in Montenegro before sampling and learning about the local produce. After returning to Kotor, join your guide for a short walking tour and some free time to explore Old Town.

EVENING CONCERT ON THE ISLAND OF OUR LADY OF THE ROCKS
DURATION: 4 HOURS
After Dark* Privileged Access*Easy*
AN INTIMATE RECITAL ON A MANMADE ISLAND OF ROCKS
Attend an unforgettable concert in a truly unique venue during this delightful evening excursion. Join your local guide for a panoramic drive to nearby Perast, a picturesque seaside town of baroque palaces built by wealthy sea captains. Here, you will embark a boat for the island of Gospa od Škrpjela, or Our Lady of the Rocks. This tiny islet is manmade, created over centuries by sailors who placed rocks here to give thanks for a safe return from sea. This tradition continues for one July evening each year, when locals gather to hurl rocks into the water. On the islet, you will find the church of Our Lady of the Rocks. We invite you inside to relax with a glass of champagne and enjoy an exclusive guitar recital by two eminent Montenegrin musicians, Darko Nikcevic and Srdjan Bulatovic. After the recital, return to your boat and to Kotor.

OFF-ROAD TOUR IN LOV?EN NATIONAL PARK
DURATION: 6 HOURS
Snack* Sightseeing* Special Interest* Easy*
IMMERSE YOURSELF IN VERDANT MONTENEGRO, FROM MOUNTAINS TO SEA
Set out on an off-road journey to Lov?en National Park in a 4x4 vehicle, and enjoy seaside and mountain vistas. Begin your scenic drive along winding coastal roads, admiring the stunning views of Kotor Bay along the way. From Krsta?, take the road less traveled, stopping in Dolovi for photo opportunities of an authentic Montenegrin mountain village. Continue on to the lush green valley of Ivanova Korita, named after the founder of Cetinje, Ivan Crnojevi?. Here, you will start your ascent of Lov?en Mountain, a symbol of Montenegro’s history and culture. Stop in Njeguši, the birthplace of one of Montenegro’s most influential 19th-century leaders, Petar II Petrovi?-Njegoš. In this charming village, you will witness well-preserved folk architecture and perhaps sample traditional Montenegrin delicacies, such as its cheese and smoked ham. Your journey will come to an end in Kotor with a short guided walking tour.

PERAST & OUR LADY OF THE ROCKS ISLET
DURATION: 3 HOURS
Shopping* Sightseeing* Moderate*
EXPLORE BY FOOT AND ENJOY A PRIVATE RECITAL
Take a panoramic drive with your guide to nearby Perast, and enjoy an island church visit and musical performance. Perast enjoyed its heyday during the 17th century and boasts some impressive baroque homes built by wealthy sea captains. On a short walking tour, you can learn about the town’s maritime history and the way of life of its inhabitants. You will have free time here to explore, before you embark a boat to the isle of Gospa od Škrpjela, or Our Lady of the Rocks. This tiny manmade islet was created over centuries by sailors who placed rocks here in thanks for a safe return from sea. In the Church of Our Lady of the Rocks, admire the 17th-century paintings of Tripo Kokolja. Inside, you can relax and enjoy an exclusive guitar recital. Afterward, return to your ship.

THE KITCHEN TABLE
DURATION: 1 HOUR 30 MINUTES
Culinary* Moderate*
JOIN OUR EXECUTIVE CHEF FOR A UNIQUE, MARKET-TO-TABLE EXPERIENCE
Immerse yourself in local culture and cuisine as our Executive Chef leads you on an interactive culinary adventure. In the morning, you will travel by mini-coach to the local market to handpick ingredients under the guidance of our Chef. Later this evening, you will dine on regional dishes prepared by our experienced culinary team, using produce from the market. As you and your fellow guests enjoy this delicious creation at The Kitchen Table, you will also observe the art of plating with each dish. From fresh market fare to cooking techniques and elegant presentation, experience firsthand how your ship’s world-class culinary staff brings distinct, local flavors from the market to your taste buds. It is an unforgettable, one-of-a-kind opportunity to shop, interact and dine with the masters.

CONCERT PERFORMANCE AT ST. NICHOLAS FRANCISCAN MONASTERY
DURATION: 2 HOURS 30 MINUTES
Privileged Access* Special Interest* Easy*
AN INTIMATE RECITAL IN THE HEART OF PR?ANJ
Attend an unforgettable concert in a truly stunning venue during this delightful excursion. Join your local guide for a panoramic cruise to nearby Pr?anj, a picturesque seaside town along the Bay of Kotor. Its waterfront features an array of 17th- and 18th-century stone villas that pay homage to the town’s prosperity as an administrative center of the Venetian Republic. At the foot of Mt. Vrmac lies the Church of the St. Nicholas Franciscan Monastery. Step inside the picturesque courtyard and hear about the history of the Franciscans and the town’s decorated explorer, Ivan Visin, who was the first Croat to circumnavigate the globe. We invite you inside to relax with a glass of champagne and enjoy an exclusive guitar recital by two eminent Montenegrin musicians, Darko Nik?evi? and Srdjan Bulatovi?. After the recital, return to your awaiting ship.

*Shore excursions vary by itinerary and are subject to change.

Corfu has a rich history shaped by conquerors and by royalty seeking tranquility. Corfu’s Old Town and Fortress—fashioned by the once powerful Venetian Republic—comprise a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Its narrow warrens lead to one of Europe’s largest public squares and a lovely promenade once exclusively reserved for the local aristocracy. Everywhere, magnificent coastal views unfold and scenic byways lead to history-rich enclaves, from the archaeological site of Paleopolis and the stunning Vlacherna Monastery to a former Greek royal villa.

SHORE EXCURSIONS

PANORAMIC CORFU & OLD TOWN WALKING TOUR (INCLUDED)
DURATION: 3 HOURS
Shopping* Sightseeing* UNESCO* Moderate*
ENJOY A TOUR OF CORFU’S MAIN SITES
Take in highlights of Corfu on a relaxing drive and a short walking tour of Old Town, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. With a local guide, you will drive to Kanoni, a wonderful vantage point for photos of tiny Pontikonisi Island, or Mouse Island, and the Vlacherna Monastery. Pass the archaeological site of Paleopolis and the gates of the late Georgian Mon Repos Villa, once a residence of the Greek Royal Family and the birthplace of Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh. Past Garitsa Bay, you will reach Corfu’s Old Town. Enjoy a guided stroll down the famous Esplanade, one of Europe’s largest public squares; elegant Liston promenade, once reserved for aristocracy; the Old Fortress; Durrell Gardens; and the Palace of St. Michael and St. George, former residence of the British High Commissioner.

PALEOKASTRITSA MONASTERY & CORFU
DURATION: 4 HOURS
Shopping* Sightseeing* UNESCO* Moderate*
THE PIOUS MONKS OF PALEOKASTRITSA
Witness Corfu’s natural, historic and spiritual wonders on one comprehensive excursion. Join your guide for a panoramic drive, passing stunning island scenery. From Paleokastritsa—a seaside resort famed for its fine beaches, olive groves and crystal clear waters—you can see the Kolovri Rock offshore, said to be Odysseus’s boat, turned to stone by Poseidon. You will drive to the end of a scenic promontory to visit the 13th-century Monastery of the Virgin Mary. In charming Kanoni, pause to view tiny Pontikonisi Island, or Mouse Island, and the Vlacherna Monastery. In the Old Town of Corfu, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, see the Esplanade, one of Europe’s largest public squares, and the elegant Liston promenade, once reserved for the aristocracy. Stop at the 16th-century St. Spyridon Church, built to house relics of St. Spyridon, a 4th-century bishop. You can enjoy some free time here before returning to your ship.

CORFU BY MOUNTAIN BIKE
DURATION: 4 HOURS 30 MINUTES
Active* Demanding*
VILLAGE TO VILLAGE UP CLOSE ON TWO WHEELS
Explore Corfu’s spectacular natural landscapes and inviting villages by bicycle on this invigorating tour. A private motor coach takes you to Dassia, where you choose your bicycle and receive an instructional briefing from a local guide before embarking on a 9-mile-long (15-km) bike ride. Begin with a short, easy climb to the village of Káto Korakiána. Rest here at a traditional coffee shop and continue on to Áno Korakiána, one of the most colorful villages in Corfu. The foothills of Pantokrator, Corfu’s tallest peak, offer stunning views of the island’s wide plains. Follow a paved narrow alley to the picturesque village of Saint Marcos, an old Venetian settlement of carefully restored stone houses and a Byzantine chapel. Pause here at a local tavern to enjoy a snack before coasting downhill to meet the scenic seaside road that leads back to Dassia. Upon arrival, return to your ship.

CORFU BY 4X4 VEHICLE
DURATION: 4 HOURS 30 MINUTES
Sightseeing* Snack* kEasy*
DISCOVER GREEK ISLAND VILLAGES ALONG ROADS LESS TRAVELED
Drive a 4x4 vehicle to small villages, vistas of green mountain slopes, olive groves and the sparkling Ionian Sea. After a short transfer by motor coach, you will meet your guide and hop in the driver’s seat of a manual-shift 4x4 vehicle that accommodates you and three of your guests. Follow the main coastal road before heading inland to Káto Korakiána and Áno Korakiána, the island’s oldest villages that still cherish a traditional way of life. Take the narrow Mt. Pantokrator road and its 27 hairpin turns to the picturesque village of Sokraki. At Troumbetta and Kratsalo, the island’s highest point, you can marvel at sweeping landscapes stretching out toward the sea. Sample local products such as olives, olive oil, honey and herbs at the village of Makrades, and pause in Lakones at a charming café with magnificent views of Paleokastritsa’s azure bays. Return to your ship via Corfu’s main road.

PALEOKASTRITSA COASTAL VIEWS BY BOAT & OLD CORFU
DURATION: 4 HOURS
Sightseeing* Natural World* UNESCO* Moderate*
BREATHTAKING SEASIDE GROTTOES AND A UNESCO OLD TOWN
Visit one of Corfu’s astonishing natural wonders and explore its rich past on this enriching excursion. At Paleokastritsa, considered the “Capri of Greece,” rocky promontories are cloaked in pine and cypress and sandy bays are lapped by turquoise waters. You will trace this scenic coast by local boat and see some of its magical grottoes, including the caves known as Nafsika, St. Nicolas and the Blue Eye. Discover the island’s historic side in the Old Town of Corfu, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Its old quarter is a delightful patchwork of narrow lanes and beautiful Venetian and British neoclassical mansions. You will pass the Town Hall and the Old Fortress and visit the elaborately decorated Church of St. Spyridon, where the island’s patron saint is entombed. Next, proceed to the lively Esplanade Square, the largest square in Greece, where there will be time to explore before returning to your ship.

CORFU’S NATURAL & HISTORIC RICHES
DURATION: 7 HOURS
Meal* Shopping* Sightseeing* UNESCO* Moderate*
SPELLBINDING BEAUTY, AGE-OLD VILLAGES AND FASCINATING HISTORY
Admire sweeping vistas of Corfu’s enchanting beauty, and see traditional villages and historic quarter up close. Paleokastritsa, with its multiple clear-blue bays, is one of Corfu’s most beautiful spots; stop here to visit the Monastery of the Virgin and its small museum. You will have a bird’s-eye view of scenic Paleokastritsa from the village of Lakones, situated in the nearby hills. Ascending Mt. Pantokrator, more of the island stretches out below you. Along our route, there will be time to explore several Corfiot villages, from traditional Nissaki and Acharavi—where you will enjoy a delicious Greek lunch—to the coastal resorts of Barbati, Ipsos, Dassia, Gouvia and Kontokali. In the Old Town of Corfu, you can take in the island’s rich history as you pass the Town Hall, the Old Fortress, the Church of St. Spyridon and Esplanade Square.

TRADITIONAL FLAVORS & MODERN CUISINE OF CORFU
DURATION: 4 HOURS 30 MINUTES
Meal* Shopping* Sightseeing* Local Life* Moderate*
GREEK COOKING LESSON AT A PRIVATE VILLA
Enjoy a private tour that combines an overview of the island’s Old Town and a fun and engaging cooking lesson. A local guide leads you on a walking tour through the historic center of the Old Town of Corfu, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Follow the narrow, winding cobblestone streets to the 19th-century mansion Casa Parlante, today a unique museum recreating the life of nobility, before enjoying some free time. At beautiful Kommeno Bay, one of the most upscale suburbs on the island, you will visit the luxurious Villa of the Roses, named for the numerous varieties of rosebushes that adorn its lush garden. A local professional chef greets you in the spacious kitchen, where you will learn age-old traditions that live on in many island homes. Once the dishes are complete, you will savor the results with a drink and other local specialties on the villa’s stunning garden terrace.

SCENIC CORFU AND THEOTOKY ESTATE & WINERY
DURATION: 3 HOURS 30 MINUTES
Sightseeing* Snack* Easy*
RAISE A GLASS TO CORFU’S DRAMATIC PANORAMAS
View Corfu’s stunning vistas and sample one of its most beloved products at a local winery. Enjoy a scenic drive with your guide into the unspoiled Ropa Valley, a richly textured canvas of pine trees, olive groves and vineyards. Stop at the Theotoky Estate to learn about one of Greece’s premier wine labels. Thirty acres of vines thrive here, and during your visit you will see how Theotoky wine is produced, tour the wine press and stroll about the farm. The wine is produced using traditional techniques of fermentation and saturation in oak barrels, a process which creates natural stability and superb quality and taste. Next, continue to Paleokastritsa, a picturesque resort of fine beaches, wooded hills and crystal clear sheltered bays. Stop at the traditional village of Lakones, high in the mountains, to glimpse daily life and admire stunning panoramas before returning to your ship.

*Shore excursions vary by itinerary and are subject to change.

Visit the quaint Greek port of Katakolon, huddled around a pretty little harbor dotted with colorful fishing boats. During your visit, venture into the fertile valleys of the western Peloponnese to the legendary city of Olympia, classical birthplace of the modern-day Olympic Games on the slopes of Mt. Kronos. Walk among the ancient city’s ancient ruins with an expert guide and historian, admiring the remains of temples, the Palaestra, or wrestling school, and the Gymnasium. You will gain insight into the very first Olympic Games at the fascinating museum.

SHORE EXCURSIONS

ANCIENT OLYMPIA (INCLUDED)
DURATION: 3 HOURS 30 MINUTES
Sightseeing* Shopping* UNESCO* Moderate*
THE SITE OF THE FIRST OLYMPIAD
Step back in time to the first Olympic Games on an excursion to the magnificent setting in which they began. Drive with your guide into the breathtaking fertile valleys of the western Peloponnese, passing olive groves, vineyards and orchards. On a spectacular mountain plain in the shadow of Mt. Kronos, walk among the remains of the first Olympic park, established in 776 BC. See the Temple of Zeus, one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World and once home to a gold-and-ivory statue of the Greek god. Admire the Temple of Hera and circular Philippeion temple. Marvel at the stadium, the largest of its day with a capacity of 45,000 spectators. It was the location for many of the sporting events at the Ancient Olympic Games. The park was also the venue of the 2004 Summer Olympic Games shot put event, where 39 atheletes from 26 nations completed.

ANCIENT OLYMPIA & AMP; MAGNA GRECIA FARM
DURATION: 5 HOURS
Sightseeing* Snack* UNESCO* Moderate*
INSPIRING VENUES FOR GAMES, WINE AND OLIVE OIL
Explore the site of the first Olympic Games and visit the estate of an esteemed winemaker. Drive with your guide into the fertile valleys of the western Peloponnese, passing olive groves, vineyards and orchards. On a spectacular mountain plain in the shadow of Mt. Kronos, you will walk among the remains of the first Olympic park. See the Temple of Zeus, one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World, which once housed the gold-and-ivory statue of the Greek god. Marvel at the stadium, the largest of its day with a capacity of 45,000 spectators, and view many other of the earliest Olympic venues. Later, continue to the Magna Grecia estate, where the owner welcomes you with a small glass of ouzo. Follow your host inside to sample local wine and olive oil with delicious homemade snacks. After time to stroll the orchard and vineyard, return to your ship.

SYRTAKI, GREEK FOOD & ANCIENT OLYMPIA
DURATION: 5 HOURS
Meal* Sightseeing* UNESCO* Moderate*
A CELEBRATION OF GREEK CULTURE
Immerse yourself in the ancient history, delicious cuisine and customary dance of Greece. Drive with your guide into the fertile valleys of the western Peloponnese, where the ancient city of Olympia rests upon a dramatic mountain plain. Here, you can walk among the remains of the Temple of Zeus, one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World, the stadium, which once held 45,000 spectators, and many other of the earliest Olympic venues. Later, you will continue to the Touris Club, where hotel’s owner Mrs. Vasso welcomes you into her restaurant and invites you to participate in a cooking demonstration of traditional Greek cuisine. After, you will sample the food you have prepared together with a variety of other local specialties. During lunch, you can also learn a few steps of the nation’s syrtaki dance, made famous by the movie Zorba the Greek, a wonderful way to celebrate your Greek discoveries.

OLYMPIA COUNTRYSIDE HIKE
DURATION: 4 HOURS
Active* Natural World* Snack* Demanding*
SCENIC LANDSCAPES AND VILLAGE VISIT
Hike through the countryside, passing ancient ruins and pastoral landscapes en route to a local village. Depart your ship and drive to the village of Olympia, home of the first Olympic Games in 776 BC. The ruins of foundations, steps and columns only hint at Olympia’s past glory. Here, begin your guided hike around the perimeter of the Olympic Stadium—built to hold 20,000 spectators—while making your way through bucolic olive and orange groves. Stroll along the banks of the Alfeiós River, the longest on the Peloponnese, and make several stops along the way to admire the beautiful landscape and take photographs. Your destination is the charming village of Linaria, where you will experience renowned Greek hospitality at a local tavern. Relax and sample local snacks with refreshments before boarding your motor coach and returning to your ship.

FLAVORS OF THE GREEK COUNTRYSIDE
DURATION: 4 HOURS
Special Interest* Snack* Easy*
SAVOR A TASTE OF LOCAL OLIVE OILS AND WINES
Discover local traditions and sample olive oils and wines during a visit to the countryside of Olympia. Embark on a scenic inland drive by motor coach from Katakolon, passing the Alfeios River Dam as you travel to a family-owned olive oil mill in the charming village of Makrisia. Explore the traditional techniques and view the older production equipment on display at the open air museum, then savor a taste of different olive oils produced at the family’s facilities. Continue to the village of Koskina, located near the heart of ancient Olympia, where you will tour a family-run winery that creates wines inspired by the customs and traditions of ancient Greece. Meet the family and gain insight into their history, production techniques and enjoy a wine tasting, accompanied by tasty bites. Afterward, you will return to your ship.

THE KITCHEN TABLE
DURATION: 2 HOURS
Culinary* Moderate*
JOIN OUR EXECUTIVE CHEF FOR A UNIQUE, MARKET-TO-TABLE EXPERIENCE
Immerse yourself in local culture and cuisine as our Executive Chef leads you on an interactive culinary adventure. In the morning, you will travel by mini-coach to the local market to handpick ingredients under the guidance of our Chef. Later this evening, you will dine on regional dishes prepared by our experienced culinary team, using produce from the market. As you and your fellow guests enjoy this delicious creation at The Kitchen Table, you will also observe the art of plating with each dish. From fresh market fare to cooking techniques and elegant presentation, experience firsthand how your ship’s world-class culinary staff brings distinct, local flavors from the market to your taste buds. It is an unforgettable, one-of-a-kind opportunity to shop, interact and dine with the masters.

*Shore excursions vary by itinerary and are subject to change.

Gliding toward a full day in Santorini, prepare for its spectacular caldera and looming cliffs. Once anchored, embark a local boat for the island’s main port of Athinios. On your included excursion, drive with a local guide to the top of Mt. Profitis, where you can take in spectacular views of the island, the Aegean Sea and the summit’s monastery. En route to clifftop Oia, take in the beauty and charm of the countryside and traditional villages. Then enjoy free time in the capital of Thíra. Alternatively, visit the hot thermal springs of Palea Kameni island and enjoy the most remarkable swim of your life. Or, choose to visit a Greek vineyard for a tour and tasting.

SHORE EXCURSIONS

SUMMITS & COUNTRYSIDE (INCLUDED)
DURATION: 3 HOURS 30 MINUTES
Sightseeing* Moderate*
A GENTLE SOJOURN THROUGH THE NATURAL BEAUTY OF SANTORINI
Journey to Santorini’s highest peak and explore one of its prettiest towns and an early 18th-century monastery. From our anchorage, you will tender to the island’s main port at Athinios. Meet your local guide here for a scenic drive to the cliffside town of Oia, where you will have an opportunity to stroll its narrow, cobblestone streets. Renowned for its whitewashed houses hugging the hills, azure-blue domes and triple bell towers, Oia is a sight to behold. On a clear day, you may see spectacular views of the volcano of Palea and Nea Kameni and the island of Thírassia. Afterward, travel to the Prophet Elias Monastery, a massive 18th-century stone church. One of the oldest churches on Santorini, it sits at the island’s highest point and offers the sweeping views of the countryside, from green valleys to the blue sea. Later, return to the tender pier and your awaiting ship.

ANCIENT & MODERN ISLAND LIFE
DURATION: 4 HOURS 30 MINUTES
Sightseeing* Special Interest* Moderate*
EXPLORE AKROTIRI AND OIA
Discover the incredibly preserved remnants of an ancient civilization and visit a picturesque village. From your ship, tender to the main port at Athinios to join your local guide. Then drive across the island together to the archaeological site of Akrotiri, one of the most important prehistoric settlements in all the Aegean. Minoans from the Bronze Age inhabited this site until a volcanic eruption buried them, preserving their way of life in ash. You can view the marvelous painted frescoes and see the everyday artifacts that provide hints about Minoan life. A modern side of Santorini awaits in Oia. Walk with your guide through the narrow cobblestone streets of this classic whitewashed village perched on a cliff, marveling at typical village houses and churches along the way. After, you will return to the pier, then transfer to your awaiting ship.

SANTORINI HOME VISIT
DURATION: 4 HOURS 30 MINUTES
Local Life* Special Interest* Sightseeing* Snack* Moderate*
RECEIVE A WARM WELCOME AS GUESTS IN A LOCAL HOME
See the highlights of this breathtaking island and get acquainted with some locals in their home. You will tender to the main port and join your local guide for a drive up Mt. Profitis Ilias. From here, the island’s highest peak, you will take in spectacular vistas of land and sea. You can also view the monastery that perches atop the summit. In the village of Pyrgos, the former capital of the island, stroll among traditional homes built around the ruins of a Venetian fortress. Enjoy a short walk with your guide through these medieval labyrinthine streets. You are also invited into a traditional island home to meet locals who will share what island life is really like. After your visit, you will have time to explore hillside Thíra, the island capital. You can linger here a while and return to the tender pier by cable car using the ticket we have provided.

THE BEST OF SANTORINI
DURATION: 8 HOURS
Sightseeing* Shopping* Meal* Moderate*
A COMPREHENSIVE TOUR OF THIS WONDERFUL ISLAND
Make the most of your time on Santorini by visiting all its highlights on one extensive excursion. From the tender pier, drive with your guide to Pyrgos, the island’s former capital. Enjoy a short walking tour here among narrow serpentine streets overseen by an old Venetian fortress. You will ascend Mount Profitis Ilias for breathtaking views of Santorini and the surrounding Aegean. In the traditional village of Oia, explore picture-postcard streets of whitewashed houses and churches and peek into artists’ workshops, with sweeping views across the flooded caldera. Learn about Santorini’s viniculture at the Enosis Winery, and enjoy a taste of their famously full-bodied white wine. Return to Pyrgos for lunch at a local tavern, where musicians and dancers will regale you with traditional song. You will have free time to explore Thíra, the island’s capital. Return to the tender pier at your leisure by cable car using the ticket we have provided.

THE MANY FLAVORS OF SANTORINI
DURATION: 6 HOURS 30 MINUTES
Special Interest* Shopping* Snack* Moderate*
THE BREATHTAKING WONDERS OF A VOLCANIC ISLAND
View a remarkably preserved ancient city, visit villages perched on a caldera’s rim and toast it all at a winery. At Akrotiri, uncover a Minoan city frozen in ash, astonishing archaeologists with its multilevel houses, richly colored frescoes and advanced drainage. Sample Santorini’s wines at the Gavales Winery in Megalochori, where the owner invites you into his canava, or wine-making cave. For lunch, sample sumptuous mezedes, or Greek tapas. Take in stunning island and sea views from a ridge of red rock in Oia, the most serene place on Santorini. Here you will have time to explore narrow warrens and charming shops, or linger in the cobblestone squares of Thíra. To return to the ship, descend to the pier by cable car using the provided ticket.

SANTORINI’S SECRET WINE ROUTES
DURATION: 4 HOURS 30 MINUTES
Special Interest* Sightseeing* Snack* Moderate*
ISLAND BYWAYS LEAD TO THREE BOUTIQUE WINERIES
Travel through beautiful landscapes to visit wineries and gain an authentic view of the island’s rich wine culture. In a seductive setting, surrounded by volcanic landscapes and the glittering Sea of Crete, you will travel by local boat to the island’s port of Athinios. Your island drive offers sweeping views of stunning natural beauty and azure shores. In the charming clifftop village of Oia, stop at the Sigalas winery for a tasting, perhaps of Mavrotragano. In the hamlet of Megalochori, visit the Gavalas winery, where you might sample Assyrtiko, a mainstay of true Santorini wine. At the Argyros winery of Exo Gonia, you might try some of Santorini’s famed Vinsanto sweet wine. In Thíra, after time exploring on your own, descend to your tender’s dock by scenic cable car. You are welcome to purchase a bottle or two during the tour to enjoy back on board.

CRUISE & HIKE SANTORINI
DURATION: 3 HOURS 15 MINUTES
Sightseeing* Active* Natural World* Demanding*
WALK UP AN ISLAND VOLCANO
Hike to a low-lying volcanic crater, where your efforts will be rewarded with stunning views of the caldera. From our anchorage, you will transfer by tender to Santorini’s small island port. Here, you will meet your local guide and sail to the small uninhabited island of Nea Kameni, the summit of a still active underwater volcano. Walk about a half mile up to the crater with your guide, learning about the stark landscape and black lava rock fragments along the way; you may even see smoking craters along the way. Spend time enjoying the spectacular views of the caldera, Aegean Sea and neighboring islands at the rim. After your walk, take a scenic cruise to the hot springs on nearby Palea Kameni island, or “Old Burnt Island.” Upon returning to the main island, you will transfer back to your awaiting ship.

TASTES OF SANTORINI
DURATION: 5 HOURS 30 MINUTES
Special Interest* Meal* Moderate*
PREPARE GREEK CUISINE DURING AN INTERACTIVE COOKING CLASS
Get a hands-on lesson in gastronomic culture and the heritage of Santorini during this interactive cooking class. Embark on a steep cable car ride up to Thíra, the whitewashed island capital located atop a nearly 1,000-foot cliff overlooking the caldera. Board your motor coach for the short drive to the charming village of Megalochori. Here, you will meet your hosts, George and Paula, who will invite you into their home and share their extensive knowledge of Cycladic island cuisine and culture. Learn about local staples, such as capers, fava and cheeses, and help your hosts prepare an entire Greek menu consisting of appetizers, salad and a main course. Once the dishes are ready, sit back on the beautiful, relaxing veranda and enjoy the results of your work along with a glass of Santorini wine. Afterward, return to Thíra, where you may spend free time exploring or return to your ship.

CRUISE THE CALDERA
DURATION: 4 HOURS 45 MINUTES
Sightseeing* Snack* Easy*
SCENIC BEAUTY OF SANTORINI’S STUNNING COASTLINE
Discover the natural beauty of Santorini’s coastline during a private sailing to its caldera. The crescent-shaped features of the island are the result of a massive volcanic eruption sinking much of the island and creating its steep cliffs. Travel to the marina in Vlihada, where you will board your private catamaran and meet your experienced crew. Enjoy an array of appetizers and drinks as you head out into the Aegean Sea. Feel the warm sea breeze and admire the views as you sail past beautiful sandy beaches, the rock formations of Akrotiri and the Venetian lighthouse on the southern tip of the island. Keep your camera ready as you sail through the caldera. Gaze up at the whitewashed villages of Thíra, Thírostefani, Imerovigli and Oia perched high above you, and the green and yellow waters of the natural hot springs surrounding the volcano. Afterward, you will return to the pier and then your ship.

*Shore excursions vary by itinerary and are subject to change.

Today, you will have the opportunity to journey into ancient Athens via a panoramic drive, passing the promenade at Mikrolimano as you enter the city’s heart. There, you will see the Hellenic Parliament, Constitution Square, the Panathenaic Stadium, the Temple of Zeus and the iconic Acropolis. Explore the bustling Plaka District at the base of the Acropolis. Or as an option, explore the interior of this UNESCO Site; climb 80 steps to the entrance and glimpse an unforgettable view of the Parthenon at its peak.

SHORE EXCURSIONS

PANORAMIC ATHENS & ARCHAEOLOGICAL MUSEUM (INCLUDED)
DURATION: 3 HOURS 30 MINUTES
Sightseeing* Moderate*
A MOTOR COACH TOUR OF GREECE’S CAPITAL
See the highlights of Athens by motor coach and visit the National Archaeological Museum. From the port of Piraeus, journey with your guide into ancient Athens. You will pass the small harbor of Zea, whose 5th-century BC dock still survives, and the elegant promenade at Mikrolimano. In the center of historic Athens, you will see the Hellenic Parliament and Syntagma (Constitution) Square, as well as the distinctively uniformed Presidential Guard, or “Evzones,” at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier. Your scenic drive also includes views of Panathenaic Stadium and the Temple of Olympian Zeus. Following the panoramic tour, you will visit the National Archaeological Museum, one of the world’s great museums. With more than 11,000 exhibits, it provides a panorama of Greek civilization from the beginnings of prehistory to Late Antiquity.

ACROPOLIS & AMP; PLAKA DISTRICT BY FOOT
DURATION: 5 HOURS
Sightseeing* Special Interest* UNESCO* Demanding*
EXPLORE THE LANDMARKS OF ATHENS
Immerse yourself in ancient and modern Athens, from the heights of the Acropolis to the intimate Plaka District. Travel with your guide past the harbor of Zea, with its dock dating to the 5th century BC, and the elegant promenade at Mikrolimano. During your visit to the legendary Acropolis, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, climb 80 steps through its grand entrance, the Propylaeum, to the plateau of the rock. Here, the mighty Parthenon reigns over the Nike, Erechtheum and other temples. You will have time to take it all in. Your panoramic drive also passes the ancient athletic Panathenaic Stadium as well as the Hellenic Parliament, Syntagma (Constitution) Square, the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier and the Temple of Olympian Zeus. Stroll the cobblestone streets of the laid-back Plaka District, admiring the colorful facades of its buildings and views of the Acropolis.

CAPE SOUNION
DURATION: 4 HOURS
Sightseeing* Easy*
MYTH AND HISTORY AT THE HEADLAND OF CAPE SOUNION
Venture to the romantic reaches of Cape Sounion, with a rich history touched by gods, kings and poets. In Greek mythology, it was here that King Aegeus, a founder of Athens, committed suicide, giving his name to the Aegean Sea. Drive here with a guide, savoring the cape’s scenic vistas along the Attic Peninsula. En route you will pass the glamorous marinas of Phaleron, Glyfada and Vouliagmeni. On Cape Sounion, visit the Temple of Poseidon, surrounded by the sea and perched atop dramatic cliffs. When it was constructed in 440 BC, it boasted 42 Doric columns; today, 15 remain. At the base of one, you will see the name “Byron” carved into the marble. The English poet visited here in 1810, but we can only wonder if he was the vandal who left this graffiti.

DELPHI & THE ORACLE
DURATION: 9 HOURS 30 MINUTES
Meal* Sightseeing* Shopping* Demanding*
TOUR THE CITY AND TEMPLE OF THIS MOST FAMOUS SAGE
Visit Mt. Parnassus and Delphi, where ancient leaders sought advice and prophecies changed the course of nations. The mythical oracle is gone, but the city is a magnificent treasure. Drive with your guide to the foothills of Mt. Parnassus, where the ancient city clings to a scenic slope. Walk up the Sacred Way to the Temple of Apollo, where the oracle dispensed her advice. Continue uphill to the Theater, dating from the 4th century BC; from the top-row seats, take in stunning views of the Stadium of Delphi and the partially restored Tholos within the Sanctuary of Athena Pronaia. You may also hike up to the ancient stadium, the best preserved of its kind in Greece. Visit the excellent Delphi Archaeological Museum to view fine examples of votive offerings and statues, including the astonishing life-sized “Charioteer of Delphi.” Enjoy lunch and free time in Delphi before returning to your ship.

BEAUTIFUL COASTLINE & ANCIENT WONDERS
DURATION: 9 HOURS 30 MINUTES
Meal* UNESCO* Sightseeing* Demanding*
AEGEAN VISTAS LEAD TO THE REMAINS OF GREEK CIVILIZATIONS
Take in the stunning natural beauty of Greece’s coast and explore the fascinating remains of ancient cities. Join your local guide for a drive along the magnificent Attic Peninsula. Along the way, stop for photos at the remarkable Corinth Canal, a 3½-mile waterway carved through limestone during the 19th century. Upon arrival in the modern village of Mycenae, you will gaze upon the ancient citadel above, perched on a spur of Mt. Zara. Walk up the gentle stone ramp, pass through the fantastic Lion Gate and explore this amazing site. Here, you will see the grave circle where the golden mask of Agamemnon was found, the postern gate, the foundations of Agamemnon’s palace, the entrance to the underground cistern and the Tomb of Agamemnon. Among the remains of Epidaurus, marvel at the incredible acoustics of the theater and visit the excellent on-site museum. Another scenic drive leads back to your ship.

THE NEW ACROPOLIS MUSEUM & AMP; PLAKA DISTRICT
DURATION: 4 HOURS
Sightseeing* Moderate*
ALL THE ESSENTIALS OF THE CRADLE OF CIVILIZATION
Gain an in-depth view of Athens, from the shores of Piraeus to the new Acropolis Museum, with a local guide. En route to the city, you can admire Piraeus’s scenic Zea and Mikrolimano marinas, where sleek yachts bob on the tide. At Athens’s Olympic Stadium, a 19th-century reconstruction built on Roman foundations, imagine the games played here in 1896. Pass some of the city’s most important modern sites, including Syntagma (Constitution) Square and the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier. Continue your tour to the new Acropolis Museum, where more than 4,000 objects from the ancient city are preserved, and where you will see a stunning collection spanning the ages. From the second floor of the museum, see the Acropolis on the hilltop in the distance. Enjoy the village-like feel of the laid-back Plaka District as you walk along its cobblestone streets and admire more views of the Acropolis.

SWEEPING ACROPOLIS VISTAS & DINNER IN THE PLAKA
DURATION: 4 HOURS 30 MINUTES
After Dark* Meal* Moderate*
ENJOY AN EVENING IN ONE OF THE WORLD’S MOST CELEBRATED CITIES
Embrace the seductions of Athens, seeing splendid city views, the romantic Plaka District and a lively dinner show. With your guide, drive into downtown Athens to the Temple of Zeus. At Royal Olympic Hotel, enjoy a cocktail reception with a glass of bellini or sparkling wine at Ioannis, the top floor lounge. From here, enjoy stunning panoramic views of the Acropolis perched on its limestone hill. You can also see the Temple of Olympian Zeus, Lekabettus Hill and the Kallimarmaro (“Beautiful Marble”)—the Old Olympic Stadium, and the Hellenic Parliament. After your pre-dinner drink, enjoy a brief guided walk through the narrow pedestrian streets of the inviting Plaka District. For dinner, savor an authentic Greek meal with wine and ouzo and a cultural performance featuring live music and Greek dancers in traditional costumes.

GREEK ISLAND AMBIENCE IN THE CITY & THE KANELLOPOULOS MUSEUM
DURATION: 2 HOURS 30 MINUTES
Sightseeing* Special Interest* Demanding*
AN INTIMATE ENCLAVE AND MUSEUM IN THE HEART OF ATHENS
Explore the Anafiotika neighborhood within the historic Plaka District, stopping at the Kanellopoulos Museum. Anafiotika was built in the 19th century in the Cycladic style. With its whitewashed cubic houses and narrow lanes lined with bougainvillea, it provides a taste of the Greek islands in the heart of the city. Terraces, dead-end lanes and ladders are typical of this intimate enclave. Explore by foot with your guide, learning about the more interesting sites as you walk over the neighborhood’s uneven ground and climb its many stairs. Later, peruse the private collection of Paul and Alexandra Kanellopoulos, containing objects spanning from the prehistoric to the modern eras, from 3000 BC to the 19th century. You will see priceless clay and stone vases plus figurines, busts, weapons, coins and inscriptions. After time to explore, you may return to your ship via shuttle at your own convenience.

THE FULL ACROPOLIS EXPERIENCE
DURATION: 4 HOURS 30 MINUTES
Sightseeing* UNESCO* Demanding*
EXPLORE THE ACROPOLIS IN DEPTH
Encounter ancient architecture and legends of the Acropolis during a visit to the magnificent site and its museum. Drive with your guide past the ancient harbor of Zea, its dock dating to the 5th century BC, and the elegant promenade at Mikrolimano. Upon arrival at the Acropolis, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, climb 80 steps through the Propylaeum, the grand entrance that delivers you to the plateau of the rock. Here, the mighty Parthenon reigns over the Nike, Erechtheum and other temples. After time to explore, continue to the new Acropolis Museum, where more than 4,000 objects from the ancient city are preserved. Built atop Roman and Byzantine ruins, its stunning collection spans the ages, from the Greek Bronze Age through Byzantine Greece. You will have time to explore its priceless artifacts, then return to your ship.

THE NELSON COLLECTION & OLYMPIAS TRIREME
DURATION: 3 HOURS 30 MINUTES
Special Interest* Privileged Access* Moderate*
VIEW NAPOLEONIC WAR–ERA ARTIFACTS AND ANCIENT BATTLESHIP
Immerse yourself in seafaring culture and learn about a British naval hero and ancient Greek sailing vessels. Visit the Aikaterini Laskaridis Foundation and explore its exhibit about British naval icon Vice Admiral Lord Horatio Nelson. The Nelson Collection consists of letters, contemporary newspaper clippings, personal items, and more than 1,500 books about Nelson and the Napoleonic Wars. View personal articles such as a combination knife and fork used by Nelson after the amputation of his right arm and a pair of rings he exchanged with his mistress, Lady Hamilton. Afterward, travel to Flisvos Marina, where a reconstruction of an ancient Athenian trireme—the Olympias—is on display. The trireme was the dominant warship on the Mediterranean Sea from the 7th to the 4th century BC. Admire the sleek galley and the ship’s ingenious design, which included a tightened rope mounted beneath the deck that spanned from bow to stern and increased the rigidity of the hull.

ATHENS BY ELECTRIC BIKE
DURATION: 4 HOURS
Active* Sightseeing* Demanding*
FAMOUS ANCIENT LANDMARKS AND COLORFUL PLAKA DISTRICT
Pedal past the highlights of ancient Athens on an electric bike and enjoy time in the Plaka District. Take a short drive into the city center, where you will meet your guide and receive your e-bike. After a short safety briefing and time to familiarize yourself with your ride, head out along the wide promenade that rings the storied Acropolis. Your bike-friendly route will give you the opportunity to do some sightseeing as you ride. Pass landmarks such as the Acropolis Museum, the Odeon of Herodes Atticus, the Thision Open Air Cinema, the Temple of Zeus, Hadrian’s Gate and the Lysicrates Monument. Continue riding down to the foot of the hill to the vibrant Plaka District and enjoy a well-deserved rest and a refreshing beverage. Afterward, return to your awaiting ship.

ANCIENT CORINTH & CANAL
DURATION: 4 HOURS 45 MINUTES
Sightseeing* Moderate*
IMPORTANT ARCHAEOLOGICAL SITES AND A FAMOUS WATERWAY
Discover one of the most powerful cities of antiquity during a visit to ancient Corinth. Vestiges of its importance can be seen in the many archaeological sites that dot the old city. Join your knowledgeable guide on a walking tour to see iconic landmarks such as the monolithic Doric columns of the Temple of Apollo, the 15,000-capacity ancient theater and the imposing Acrocorinth, a hilltop fortress that had protected the city from antiquity to the 19th century. Afterward, board your motor coach for a short drive to the famous Corinth Canal; plans to build a canal through the Isthmus of Corinth predate the Romans, but the 4-mile long waterway carved through steep limestone was not completed until the late 19th century. After a short stop for photos, you will continue back to your awaiting ship.

*Shore excursions vary by itinerary and are subject to change.

Awake in Athens, where you will disembark your ship. From here, you can easily take a few extra days to further explore this historic city with our post-cruise extension.

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