Join us aboard the luxury 50-cabin yacht, Emerald Sakara, for a summer cruise along the spectacular Adriatic coast. Romans, Byzantines, Venetians, Ottomans, and Austrians have vied for control of this strategic coastline dotted with over 1000 islands. In a region of the Adriatic well worth exploring for its natural beauty alone, visit spellbinding archeological sites, impressive cathedrals, dramatic palaces, and ancient city centers that illuminate the
layered history of the Dalmatian Coast.
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- Trip Type
- Group Travel Tour, International Ocean & Sea Voyages
- Departure Dates
Jun 13, 2024 - Jun 22, 2024
Cruise on the elegant Luxury Yacht Emerald Sakara, launching in 2023. A full 360 feet in length but with only 50 cabins, she has ample space and a relaxed atmosphere on board. The staterooms and suites are uniquely designed and offer views of the spectacular scenery. Forty-four of the fifty cabins have step-on balconies. Dining onboard includes menus with fresh locally sourced ingredients. Perhaps best of all, Sakara can tie up next to the promenades with other superyachts, rather than being banished to the commercial cruise piers where larger ships must dock.
OPTIONAL POST-TOUR EXTENSION
JUNE 22-24, 2024 TWO-NIGHT STAY IN THE HEART OF VENICE
Experience the enchanting city of Venice. Spend two nights in the heart of Venice at the elegant Ca’ di Dio Hotel, a palace that has been renovated with modern comforts while retaining the charm of traditional Venetian design. Relax and indulge in the serene atmosphere, enjoying the views of the canals and immersing yourself in the city’s romantic ambiance. Morning and afternoon guided tours include St. Mark’s Square, the island of Murano known for its exquisite glass and a romantic gondola ride. We can also arrange accommodation at the legendary Hotel Cipriani, a truly exceptional and iconic luxury hotel that embodies the essence of elegance, charm, and unparalleled service. Situated on the picturesque island of Giudecca, Hotel Cipriani offers breathtaking views of the Venetian lagoon and historic landmarks. The hotel has a rich history and timeless allure
with a sense of tradition and refined hospitality that is deeply ingrained in every aspect of the hotel. The Cipriani boasts an array of elegantly designed rooms and suites, each exuding opulence and sophistication.
CA’ DI DIO HOTEL OR HOTEL CIPRIANI (2B,D)
John Meffert, consultant on Heritage Conservation Services, has a long tradition with the National Trust. He has served as the Director for our Southern Office and was the director of the Preservation Society of Charleston, the oldest nonprofit organization in the United States, responsible for preserving the historic resources of Charleston, S.C. John has delighted many study tour groups with his lectures and insights on preservation, and receives rave reviews as study leader.
Upon payment of the $1,000 per person deposit, all reservations are subject to the cancellation provisions set forth below and by which the passenger agrees to be bound. Cancellations shall not be in effect until they are received in writing and confirmed by the National Trust for Historic Preservation. Deposits are refundable (less a $250 per person administration fee) if written notice of cancellation is received within 30 days of reservation; after that, deposits are 100% nonrefundable. After final payment deadline all payments are 100% nonrefundable, regardless of booking date. Trip cancellation insurance is strongly recommended.
Depart the U.S.- Overnight flight to Dubrovnik, Croatia
Depart home on an overnight flight to Dubrovnik, Croatia. Upon arrival on June 14, transfer to the seaside 5-star Hotel Dubrovnik Palace overlooking the Adriatic Sea. Gather in the evening for a welcome orientation and reception at the hotel.
Noted for its expansive walls and red tile rooftops, Dubrovnik is perhaps the most-visited destination on the Adriatic coast. Attend a morning lecture and explore the sites along the city’s main street, the marble-clad Stradun, including Onofrio’s Fountain and the Franciscan Church and Monastery. Stroll Žudioska Ulica (Jewish Street), which features the baroque-style Dubrovnik Synagogue, Europe’s second oldest continuously functioning synagogue, and the Jewish Museum on location, which houses numerous religious artifacts, including ancient Torah scrolls brought to Dubrovnik by its earliest Jewish residents. Explore the maze of alleyways and Renaissance-era architecture before an afternoon embarkationon the elegant Emerald Sakara.
Cruise to Korčula Island for a walking tour of the fortified Old Town, where the 15th-century St. Mark’s Cathedral dominates the small square. Present-day Korčula is rich in vineyards and olive groves, picturesque villages, a glorious old town, age-old religious ceremonies, folk music, and dance traditions. Wander the narrow, stepped streets and enjoy sampling wine made from the pošip grapes grown primarily on the island.
Visit Roman Emperor Diocletian’s Palace (UNESCO World Heritage Site), an ancient fortress-like complex spread along the Split waterfront, and marvel at one of the most imposing ancient Roman structures in existence. Meander the labyrinth of streets and alleyways to the historic Jewish neighborhood.
Cruise to lavender-scented Hvar Island, known as the “Queen of the Croatian Dalmatian islands.” Stroll along the elegant main square of Hvar, with views of St. Stephen’s Cathedral, distinguished by its tall, rectangular bell tower, and the 15th-century Franciscan Monastery, whose refectory contains a 1524 edition of Ptolemy’s Atlas.
Investigate two UNESCO World Heritage monuments in Šibenik: The Gothic and Renaissance styled St. James Cathedral and the oldest monument in town, St. Nicholas Fortress. Wander the Old Town’s maze of medieval streets and admire the views of Šibenik Bay and neighboring Adriatic Islands.
Discover the vibrant city of Zadar on a walking tour. The impressive city of Zadar boasts a rich history that dates as far back as the Neolithic era. The streets of the old town are paved with shining white marble, and the inviting waterfront is a magnet for art lovers. Just as in Roman times, the Roman Forum is the center of civic and religious life, with St. Donatus Church as the focal point.
Take a morning excursion to Pula to explore its well-preserved Roman ruins, including the remarkable Pula Arena, one of the best-preserved Roman amphitheaters. Following lunch onboard Emerald Sakara, enjoy a free afternoon of exploring picturesque Rovinj Old Town, a collection of pastel pink and yellow buildings along narrow, car-free streets.
Venice, Italy Return to U.S.
Admire the breathtaking scenery of the Venetian coast as Emerald Sakara navigates the traditional route past St. Mark’s Square in Venice. Disembark near San Basilio Square and transfer to the airport for flights home.
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