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Cruising the Dalmatian Coast and the Ionian Sea: Athens to Venice – with Smithsonian Journeys

Athens - Venice

Dates:
17/9/2023
to  24/9/2023

8
days
7
nights on board
Starting from*
AU$8,080

Shore excursion in each port of call + transfers included


In alliance with Smithsonian Journeys.

This cruise is part of a collection of PONANT voyages that are specially-tailored for English-speaking travellers who want to engage with the world. In addition to the usual elements of the PONANT experience, the listed price for these voyages includes transfers to and from the ship, talks and discussions aboard ship by world class experts, and a shore excursion or activity in each port of call that encourages guests to embrace the sights, sounds, tastes, and smells of the local environment and culture.

The eastern shore of the Adriatic Sea – the Dalmatian Coast – is rich in the culture and art of ancient, medieval, Renaissance, and Baroque worlds and home to some of the most charming and welcoming towns and villages to be found anywhere.

Your voyage begins when you depart Athens, transit the Corinth Canal, and arrive in the small port town of Itea the following morning. You may choose to visit Delphi, home of the oracle of Apollo, whose massive ruins dominate an entire hillside. Or travel to St. Lucas Monastery, which, like Delphi, is a UNESCO World Heritage site—one of the most important monuments of Middle Byzantine art and architecture in the world.

A cruise along the shores of the Ionian Sea brings you to the Albanian port of Sarandë, from which you may travel to the UNESCO World Heritage site of Butrint, whose ruins span 2,500 years and include the remains of a Greek acropolis, Roman theater, and 19th-century fortress.

Be on deck as Le Lyrial sails into the deep, fjord-like Bay of Kotor to reach the port town of the same name, also a UNESCO World Heritage site, located at the head of the bay beneath towering mountains. This delightful town is the pride of Montenegro, and you will have a full day to explore its richly varied history.

Set on a rocky peninsula jutting into the Adriatic Sea, Dubrovnik, despite a devastating earthquake in 1667 and the ravages of many wars, is one of Europe’s best-preserved medieval cities and a designated UNESCO World Heritage site. Discover Dubrovnik's old city on a guided tour or visit the surrounding countryside before enjoying time at leisure to explore this marvelous city on your own in the evening.

The port of Ploče serves as your gateway to the Bosnian city of Mostar, which under the Ottoman Turks became a thriving administrative and cultural center. Severely damaged in the military conflict of the 1990s, the town was declared a World Heritage site and now showcases what the restoration work of UNESCO can accomplish.

During your time on the island of Hvar, tour the island’s charming principal town. Or you may choose to visit a lavender farm in the countryside and enjoy some of the most beautiful views available along the Croatian coast.

Your journey comes to an end as your ship sails into Venice's famous lagoon.


Ref : AV4145US - LY170923


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A voyage specially-tailored for English-speaking travellers including discussions with experts, transfers before and after your cruise, and an included excursion in each port of call. Engaging discussions...


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Choose your stateroom

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Superior Stateroom
 

(21 m2)

From AU$8,080

Deluxe Stateroom
 

(18 m2)

From AU$8,660

Prestige Deck 4
 

(18 m2)

From AU$9,490

Prestige Deck 5
 

(18 m2)

From AU$9,890

Prestige Deck 6
 

(18 m2)

Fully booked

Deluxe Suite
 

(27 m2)

Fully booked

Prestige Deck 5 Suite
 

(37 m2)

Fully booked

Privilège Suite
 

(37 m2)

From AU$19,440

Suite Grand Deluxe
 

(45 m2)

From AU$22,160

Grand Privilege Suite
 

(55 m2)

Fully booked

Owner's Suite
 

(55 m2)

From AU$28,080



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Shore Excursions, Overlands & Pre/Post Programmes
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