From the spectacular canals of Venice, embark on a voyage through the Adriatic Sea aboard the three-masted Sea Cloud II. Visit timeless towns and archaeological sites where diverse civilizations have left their mark. Call at Ravenna, Italy, to view stunning mosaics, and admire UNESCO-listed architecture in Trogir, Croatia, before exploring Diocletian’s Palace in Split. Marvel at exquisite Romanesque and Renaissance architecture and ancient manuscripts in Dubrovnik, which George Bernard Shaw called “paradise on Earth”; and discover lesser-known sites in Montenegro and Albania. Conclude in Catania, Sicily, with views of Mount Etna, Europe’s most active volcano.
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- Trip Type
- Group Travel Tour, International Ocean & Sea Voyages
- Departure Dates
- Oct 4, 2020 - Oct 12, 2020
Optional Venice prelude; optional Taormina or Syracuse postlude.
- day 1
Sunday, October 4 DEPARTURE
Depart for Venice on an overnight flight.
- day 2
Monday, October 5 VENICE, ITALY
Arrive in Venice and continue for lunch at a Venetian hotel. A canal cruise brings us to Sea Cloud II. Gather on deck for a champagne toast as we sail past the Doge’s Palace and out of the Venetian Lagoon.
- day 3
Tuesday, October 6 RAVENNA, ITALY
Ravenna, once the capital of the Western Roman Empire, is home to stunning mosaics, which we will see in the Mausoleum of Galla Placidia and Theodoric’s two great churches, San Vitale and Sant’Apollinare Nuovo. Return to the ship for lunch and an afternoon at sea.
- day 4
Wednesday, October 7 SPLIT, CROATIA
After a morning at sea, dock in Split and drive to the enchanting town of Trogir to see its many Romanesque and Renaissance buildings, which helped secured its World Heritage status. Admire the Cathedral of St. Lawrence, with its remarkable portal. Return to Split to discover Diocletian’s Palace, an extraordinary example of late classical architecture that incorporates modern offices, restaurants, and residences within its ancient footprint.
- day 5
Thursday, October 8 DUBROVNIK, CROATIA
Arrive after lunch in this UNESCO-listed walled city, to discover the influence of the Venetian architects in its main street, Placa. View ancient manuscripts at the Franciscan Library and paintings in the Franciscan and Dominican Monasteries, as well as the Rector’s Palace. Alternatively, join an excursion to the colorful seaside town of Cavtat. Explore the waterfront Church of St. Nicholas; the home and studio of the eclectic 19th- to 20th-century Croatian painter Vlaho Bukovac; and the 15th-century Franciscan Monastery. There will be time at leisure to browse the village’s small shops, market, and cafés before returning to Dubrovnik. This evening enjoy an exclusive reception and concert by a folkloric a cappella choir in the courtyard of the 16th-century Palazzo Sponza.
- day 6
KOTOR / PERAST, MONTENEGRO
Montenegro, for centuries a nest of brigands where Lord Byron was once kidnapped, is today both peaceful and scenic. Kotor is still girded by its original walls. Its monuments date back to the Middle Ages and Renaissance, while its Romanesque churches are perfect examples of that simple but majestic style. Join a small boat excursion to visit Our Lady of the Rocks Church with its 17th-century frescoes, located on a small island off the coast of Perast.
- day 7
Saturday, October 10 SARANDA / BUTRINT, ALBANIA
Albania, for a long time closed to the rest of the world, can now be seen in its untamed beauty. Situated on the Straits of Corfu, UNESCO-listed Butrint was once the site of a Greek colony, a Roman city, a Byzantine bishopric, and a Venetian trading post.
- day 8
Sunday, October 11 DAY AT SEA
Experience the thrill of sailing during a day at sea. As Sea Cloud II heads south, observe as the crew practices the art of trimming the sails by hand, or perhaps settle into a comfortable deck chair with a favorite book. Gather for the captain’s farewell dinner tonight.
- day 9
Wednesday, October 12 CATANIA, ITALY
Disembark for the flights home or continue on the optional
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