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Dalmatia and the Adriatic by land and sea


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Day 1: Split

Your trip starts today with your arrival in Split, the second-largest city in Croatia, located right on the Adriatic coast. You can arrive at any time during the day as there are no activities planned until the important group meeting at 6 pm. If you arrive with time to spare you are free to head out and get a first taste of this magnificent city. After the meeting tonight, get to know your fellow travellers and group leader over dinner.

Day 2: Trogir – Split

This morning embark on a sightseeing tour of Split with a local guide. The city dates back 1800 years to the time when Roman emperor Diocletian built a monumental imperial residence for his retirement. Today this fortified camp is an intriguing warren of narrow cobblestone streets where pre-Romanesque churches exist alongside Gothic chapels and a multitude of museums. Very much a living monument, it is framed by four gates, the most famous of which is the Golden Gate. In front of it stands a statue of the tenth-century bishop Grgur Ninski, who once opposed the pope and introduced the Croatian language into his services. In the afternoon, take a small boat to the town of Trogir and explore this quaint seaside town on a guided tour. Visit the cathedral where you can see the famous monument (a 13th-century portal of Dalmatian masonry) before returning to Split in the evening.

Day 3: Lastovo Island

Enjoy a free morning in gorgeous Split before boarding an afternoon catamaran to Croatia’s most remote island – Lastovo. The 4-hour journey is worth it to reach this secluded slice of paradise. The protected island nature park remains free from the effects of mainstream tourism and has retained its local flair. Free of the infrastructure that caters to mass tourism (and with a dwindling population for the same reason) Lastovo Island offers visitors scenes of traditional Adriatic island life as it once was. As a bonus, our sustainable tourism here supports the locals who have decided to remain. Transfer to your guesthouse and enjoy an included dinner with your group overlooking over the tiny bay.

Day 4: Lastovo Island

Today you’ll learn the local trade with an immersive fishing experience – early start included. Rise and shine and head out on the water with a local fisherman, his wife and his crew. Help them to bring in the days' catch – usually scorpion fish, mackerel, sardine and bream. Enjoy the fishy fruits of your labour with a seafood lunch freshly prepared on board. This is a great chance to ask the captain any questions you may have. Return to Lastovo Island and enjoy the rest of the day as you see fit. Perhaps relax on the beach or explore the peace and quiet of the stone waterfront and tiny port of this unique island lost in time.

Day 5: Korcula Island

Bid farewell to Lastovo and transfer back to the port of Ubli, where you will board the mid-morning ferry bound for the island of Korcula (approximately 1.5 hours). Disembark at Vela Luka and transfer to Korcula Town, stopping en route at Blato, a little-known interior town on the island. Enjoy some time to explore a town few tourists see and enjoy an optional lunch before continuing. Arrive in Korcula Town and get acquainted with this fortified, seaside city on an orientation walk. Enjoy a free evening in this stunning city. Perhaps wander through the narrow streets of the Old Town, taking in the stocky Revelin Tower and impressive defensive walls before stopping for dinner in one of the many restaurants.

Day 6: Peljesac Peninsula – Dubrovnik

Take a short ferry ride from Korcula to the Peljesac Peninsula, famous for its wine. Visit a family winery and sample some of the local drops, along with light cheese and smoked ham. Next, visit the town of Ston and enjoy time to explore or partake in an optional lunch. Continue to Dubrovnik. Visit the amazing Stari Grad – Dubrovnik's compact Old Town – with your leader, just in time to enjoy the sunset views from the famous city walls. This walled city is often referred to as the 'pearl of the Adriatic' and is surprisingly tiny (400 metres by 600 metres within its protective walls). It's a lovely city to walk around, as it's been restored to its former glory since the damages of the 1991 conflicts.

Day 7: Lokrum Island – Dubrovnik

Travel by boat to the island of Lokrum, located off the coast of Stari Grad. In this quasi 'botanical garden' you'll encounter a collection of exotic Mediterranean plants. Lokrum is also strewn with many golden sandy beaches that are popular with the locals. Visit the ruins of an old Benedictine monastery and enjoy great views back across to Dubrovnik as well as of Napoleon's fortress. Return by boat to Dubrovnik at around midday. The remainder of the afternoon is free for you to explore at leisure. Perhaps visit the Rector's Palace. In the evening meet up with your group again to enjoy an included dinner.

Day 8: Dubrovnik

Enjoy breakfast at the hotel and then the day is yours to explore the beautiful old town of Dubrovnik. You will be picked up from your hotel and transferred to board the Callisto at 3.30pm. Settle into your cabin and meet your new ship mates. There will be a safety briefing, followed by your first dinner on board. Sail overnight to Kotor.

Day 9: Kotor – Bari

Wake to the World Heritage-listed city of Kotor on Montenegro's Adriatic coast. Explore the fortified town on foot once the boat has docked, taking in sights including the 12th-century Saint Tryphon Cathedral and the ancient city walls. Travel by coach to Perast, located north of Kotor in the Bay of Montenegro, and ride a local ferry out to the striking church islands. See a a 12th-century monastery and an 18th-century church on the islands, then return to Kotor (approximately 30 minutes). Board the vessel and sail overnight across the Adriatic to Bari, the capital of Italy's Puglia region.

Day 10: Bari – Saranda

Buongiorno! Welcome to the western side of the Adriatic. Arrive in Bari and travel with the group to two areas known for their jaw-dropping architecture. The first is Alberobello, a small town with hundreds of unique 'trullo' (trulli) buildings – whitewashed houses built from local limestone with conical roofs. Some of these World Heritage-listed dwellings were built as early as the 14th century and are recognised as an outstanding example of dry-stone construction. Once you've 'trulli' seen the Alberobello, continue inland to Matera, claimed as the third-oldest continuously inhabited city in the world and one of Europe's 2019 Capitals of Culture. It's played host to film sets including Passion of the Christ and the 2016 iteration of Ben-Hur. The stunning 'sassi' cave dwellings that dot the cliffs around town are the main reason to visit. Continue to Brindisi, a city south of Bari, and board the vessel for an overnight sail to Albania.

Day 11: Saranda – Corfu

Relax as the vessel cuts through the Adriatic this morning before stopping near Dhermi, an Albanian village, for a swim. Albania isn't on the radar of most travellers but the beaches dotting the coastline are as beautiful as any on the Mediterranean. Enjoy a barbecue on deck after cooling off, then travel south down the coast to Butrint, a World Heritage site and national park. The area's occupation dates back tens of thousands of years and is noted by UNESCO for 'a special atmosphere created by a combination of archaeology, monuments and nature.' Spend some time exploring the sight then sail to your destination for the evening, the Greek island of Corfu, where the night is spent at port.

Day 12: Corfu – Ithaki

Spend the day exploring Corfu, the second-largest Ionian Island, which has long attracted travellers in search of sun and sun. Corfu Town displays unique architecture influenced by Sicilian, Venetian, French and English styles. It's kept many of its imposing buildings, elegant mansions, superb palaces, French-style flowered squares and beautiful fortresses, and is an absolute dream to explore on foot. Enjoy some free time after the walking tour, perhaps visiting Palaio Frouiro or simply soaking up island life on the beautiful stone streets. In the evening, sail south down the Greek coastline to Ithaki, or Ithaca, the island home to which Odysseus, the hero of Homer's epic Odyssey, strived so hard to return. Your journey won't be so perilous.

Day 13: Ithaki – Itea

Spend some time exploring the island of Ithaki, soaking up both its mythology and storied history, then sail westwards to Sami, a port town on the island of Kefalonia where Captain Corelli's Mandolin was filmed. Travel north to Lake Melissani, an area that was once home to nymphs – or so the legend goes. Excavations in 1962 uncovered oil lamps, plates and figures depicting the god Pan, and some believe that one of the nymphs drowned here after being rejected by Pan, god of the wild. Whether you believe the stories or not, the beautiful cave and lake surrounded by forest certainly feels magic. You'll also visit the Ancient Acropolis of Sami, the remains of a heavily fortified town dating back to the Hellenistic period, before some free time in Sami. It's a picturesque little port with plenty of bars and restaurants, so why not take a stroll or settle in for a spot of people watching before sailing overnight to Itea.

Day 14: Itea – Aegina

Dock in Itea and travel inland to Delphi, site of the Temple of Apollo and home to the famous Delphic oracle. The area is what the ancient Greeks believed to be the centre, or navel, of the world, the meeting point between two eagles released by Zeus to the east and west. It received World Heritage listing thanks to 'an immense impact through the ancient world,' and is one of those pinch-yourself places where history and legend seep from every crack and crevice. Afterwards, return to the boat and cruise to the Corinth Canal, which divides the Greek mainland from the Peloponnese and is just 21 metres at its base. Travel through the canal both in daylight and in awe of this engineering feat, emerging in the Aegean Sea. Enjoy an evening with your fellow travellers on the island of Aegina.

Day 15: Athens

This adventure comes to an end today in Athens, Greek's historic capital and the heart of Ancient Greece, overflowing with sights like the Acropolis, the Parthenon and more. Say your farewells and if you have any time to spare, we highly recommend extending your stay to take it all in.

Start date - End date Trip Status Price
05/JUN/2020 - 19/JUN/2020 OR DGAU$8400
(single supplement $3785)
05/JUN/2020 - 19/JUN/2020 FS DGAU$8710
05/JUN/2020 - 19/JUN/2020 OR DGAU$9170
05/JUN/2020 - 19/JUN/2020 FS DGAU$9170
05/JUN/2020 - 19/JUN/2020 OR DGAU$9390
05/JUN/2020 - 19/JUN/2020 FS DGAU$9390
11/SEP/2020 - 25/SEP/2020 OR DGAU$8400
(single supplement $3785)
11/SEP/2020 - 25/SEP/2020 FS DGAU$8710
11/SEP/2020 - 25/SEP/2020 FS DGAU$9170
11/SEP/2020 - 25/SEP/2020 OR DGAU$9170
11/SEP/2020 - 25/SEP/2020 OR DGAU$9390
11/SEP/2020 - 25/SEP/2020 FS DGAU$9390