Ancient Civilizations Adriatic and Aegean Odyssey
Cruise from Venice along the stunning Adriatic Coast to Athens on this seven-night itinerary aboard the exclusively chartered, Five‑Star small ship Le Jacques Cartier, with private balconies in all of its ocean-view Suites and Staterooms.
Explore the influence of the Roman, Greek, Byzantine, Venetian and Slavic civilizations on this comprehensive program featuring ports inaccessible to larger vessels, including the Bay of Kotor. In Greece, visit the ancient Greek site of Delphi and Corfu’s Old Town, rooted in the eighth century B.C.; in Montenegro visit Kotor’s medieval fortifications; and in Croatia, see Dubrovnik’s 15th‑century walled city and tour Split’s Roman Diocletian’s Palace.
- Pricing from
Early booking discount of up to $4,200 per cabin! Must book by August 18, 2023!
- Trip Type
- Group Travel Tour, International Ocean & Sea Voyages
- Departure Dates
Sep 18, 2023 - Sep 26, 2023
Pre‑Program Option – Venice
September 16 to 19, 2023
Beloved worldwide for its extraordinary beauty, Venice is one of Italy’s premier cities for art and architecture. Tour the heart of this UNESCO World Heritage Site, including visits to the Doge’s Palace and Basilica di San Marco, a flamboyant example of Byzantine architecture. Enjoy a traditional gondola ride, cruise the Grand Canal, and visit the charming archipelago of Burano, known for its skilled fishermen, polychrome houses, and intricate lace‑making.
Accommodations are for two nights in the ideally located Hotel Monaco & Grand Canal.
Price per person, based on double occupancy: $1,395
Price per person, based on single occupancy: $1,795
Post‑Program Option – Athens
September 26 to 28, 2023
Experience a beautiful ancient city unmatched in its contributions to the foundations of the Western world—Athens, the birthplace of democracy. Explore the enduring grandeur of the Acropolis, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and the gracefully proportioned Parthenon—dedicated to the goddess Athena in 438 B.C. See the archaeological treasures of the Acropolis Museum and visit the Temple of Poseidon, perched high on a cliff overlooking the Saronic Gulf.
Accommodations are for two nights in the centrally located, five‑star Hotel Grande Bretagne.
Price per person, based on double occupancy: $995
Price per person, based on single occupancy: $1,395
Further details will be provided with your reservation confirmation.
Tom Moriarity is a nationally recognized preservationist and urban development specialist. Trained as an architect, Tom was one of the founders of the National Trust’s pioneering Main Street Program. As Managing Principal at Retail & Development Strategies LLC, Tom has been involved in major restoration and urban rehabilitation projects across the U.S. and the world. He will bring his expertise on architecture, architectural history, historic preservation and adaptive use that will help each traveler better understand the beauty and significance of the places we will visit. Tom holds two degrees in Architecture from the University of Texas at Austin.
CANCELLATION FEES: Final payment due at least 95 days prior to departure. Cancellation fees and penalties apply as follows:
|PRIOR TO DEPARTURE
96 days or more prior*
95-61 days prior
60-45 days prior
44-0 days prior
50% of program price
75% of program price
100% of program price
*In the event of a cancellation between 45 and 95 days prior to departure, the refund will be by credit, usable on a future Gohagan & Company trip which commences on or before December 31, 2023. In addition, for all bookings, any applicable airline cancellation fees, optional excursion cancellation fees and administrative fees may apply. Click here for more information.
day 1 & 2
Depart home city/ Venice, Italy
Depart your home city and arrive the next day in Venice, Italy to embark the five‑star Le Jacques Cartier.
The glory of Split’s nearly 2,000‑year‑old city center is how contemporary life continues to thrive in and around Roman emperor Diocletian’s palace compound, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Visit the palace, including Diocletian’s mausoleum, converted to the Cathedral of Saint Domnius (A.D. 305) and regarded as the world’s oldest Catholic cathedral. The Temple of Jupiter, one of the best‑preserved Roman temples, now houses the cathedral’s baptistery. Attend the Captain’s Welcome Reception tonight.
Welcome Reception tonight. Hvar/Korcula
Since the fourth century B.C., Greeks, Romans, Byzantines, and Venetians have left their mark on the island of Hvar, a key center of the Croatian Renaissance. Tour the Old Town’s remarkably preserved landmarks within its 13th‑century walls, including Saint Stephen’s Cathedral and its four-story bell tower. After lunch on board, arrive in picturesque Korcula to explore sites within its medieval walls, including the Abbey Treasury and the 15th‑century, Gothic‑Renaissance-style Cathedral of Saint Mark.
Enjoy a guided walking tour of UNESCO‑designated Dubrovnik to see Onofrio’s Fountains, a beloved city landmark, and visit the 15th‑century Rector’s Palace, the fascinating Maritime Museum, and the Romanesque Franciscan Monastery’s gorgeous cloister and historical pharmacy. This evening, listen to local singers perform klapa, traditional a cappella folk music.
On a walking tour of Kotor, visit Saint Tryphon Cathedral, a masterpiece of Romanesque architecture. During this afternoon’s exclusive Coastal Life® forum, meet and engage with locals who will discuss daily life along the Adriatic.
Sarandë for Butrint, Albania/ Corfu, Greece
Visit the UNESCO-designated ruins of Butrint. Explore ancient sites such as the public baths, a gymnasium and aqueduct built by Emperor Caesar Augustus, and the intricately tiled baptistery. Continue to Lëkurësi Castle to enjoy stunning panoramic views. This afternoon, visit Corfu’s UNESCO‑inscribed Old Town to see the 17th‑century Town Hall and the Regency-style Palace of Saints Michael and George. Attend the Captain’s Farewell Reception this evening.
Itea for Delphi/ Corinth Canal
In the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Delphi, tour the Archaeological Museum, and see the life‑size, fifth‑century B.C. bronze statue of the Charioteer of Delphi. Walk along the Sacred Way to the iconic sanctuary of Delphi and stand at the marble Altar of the Chains, where the ancient Greeks awaited the Oracle’s pronouncements. Enjoy a once-in-a-lifetime cruise through the 70‑feet wide recently reopened Corinth Canal.
Athens, Greece/ Home City
Disembark and continue on the Athens Post‑Program Option or transfer to the airport for your return flight home.
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