The unspoiled coastlines and idyllic islands of the Adriatic, Aegean, and Ionian Seas are the crossroads of the Roman, Byzantine, and Venetian civilizations that flourished here for more than 3,000 years. Our exclusive itinerary reveals an extraordinary cultural legacy spanning four countries—Italy, Croatia, Montenegro, and Greece.
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- Trip Type
- Group Travel Tour, International Ocean & Sea Voyages
- Departure Dates
Sep 25, 2024 - Oct 3, 2024
Venice Pre-Program Option
September 23 to 26, 2024 (Tour Begins: September 24)
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
Athens and Cape Sounion Post-Program Option
October 3 to 5, 2024 (Tour Ends: October 5)
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: $1,195
Price per person, based on single occupancy: $1,555
Airport transfers and luggage handling abroad are only included if air arrangements are booked through Gohagan & Company. If travelers make their own air arrangements, transfers and luggage handling are not included; transfers can be organized through Gohagan & Company and purchased by the traveler.
Barbara Horlbeck, M.A., is an arts and culture professional with extensive global experience. She is a lecturer, writer, independent researcher and adjunct instructor of art history, and has developed and teaches college and university-level art history courses, including “Arts of the Islamic World” and “Arts of the Ancient World.” As Founder of Arts and Influences, Barbara developed the successful Food for Thought Lecture and Lunch Series and created a series of in-depth seminars covering a broad range of topics from “Arts of the Medieval World,” and “Arts of China, India and Japan” to “Collectors, Collections, and the Modern Museum.” As a docent at the Minneapolis Institute of Art for nearly 20 years, Barbara has led tours for educators, specialists and the general public. She has traveled in nearly 40 countries, including five continents and the North Pole, as well as Iran, India, Pakistan and China. Barbara loves helping travelers develop a deeper understanding of our rich artistic and cultural legacy while, at the same time, placing works of art and architecture in their rich historical context.
A non-refundable administrative fee of $300 per person will apply for all cancellations received more than 7 days after booking and before other fees take effect at 120 days:
120 days $300 per person admin fee after 7-day grace period from booking
120 – 91 days 25% of full invoice fare
90 – 61 days 50% of full invoice fare
60 – 31 days 75% of full invoice fare
30 – 0 days 100% of full invoice fare
Separate airfare Terms & Conditions apply
day 1 & 2
Depart home city/ Venice, Italy
Arrive in Venice and transfer to San Basilio to embark L’Austral.
Take a panoramic drive through Split, and then visit the Mestrovic Gallery, home and gallery of Croatian sculptor, Ivan Mestrovic. Continue to the entrance to the nearly 2,000‑year‑old city center and built around Roman emperor Diocletian’s fourth-century palace compound, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Tour 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. Then, visit the Cathedral of St. Duje, the patron saint of Split: and the Temple of Jupiter, one of the best‑preserved Roman temples. See two of the four principal Roman gates: Golden Gate and Silver Gate; and Peristyle Square. Attend the Captain’s Welcome Reception on board this evening.
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 St. Stephen’s Cathedral and its four-story bell tower. Then, visit the Benedictine Monastery to see handcrafted lace made by nuns from agave and aloe thread—recognized by UNESCO as an Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity. After lunch on board, arrive in picturesque Korcula to explore sites within its medieval walls, including the Abbey Treasury; the 15th‑century, Gothic‑Renaissance-style St. Mark’s Cathedral, with paintings by Italian painter, Jacopo Tintoretto; and the house where Marco polo is reputed to have been born.
Enjoy a guided walking tour of UNESCO‑designated Dubrovnik to see Onofrio’s Fountains, a beloved city landmark. Visit the Romanesque Franciscan Monastery’s gorgeous cloister and historical pharmacy; the 15th‑century Rector’s Palace; and the fascinating Maritime Museum. This evening, delight in a traditional a cappella folk music performance.
Take a guided walking tour through the medieval narrow streets of Kotor, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, with its 16th-century Old Town fortifications. Then, visit the 12th-century Saint Tryphon Cathedral, a masterpiece of Romanesque architecture and one of the most recognizable symbols of the city. Then, this afternoon, enjoy an exclusive Coastal Life® forum to engage with locals who will discuss life along the Adriatic.
The island of Corfu is renowned for its beauty, exceptional architecture, and cultural heritage. On a guided walking tour of UNESCO-designated Corfu, pass through the Old Town and historical center and see the Palace of Saint Michael and Saint George; the Venetian quarters of Campiello; the Town Hall, once a Venetian theater; and the Church of Saint Spyridon, patron saint of Corfu. Attend the Captain’s Farewell Reception.
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 Chians, where the ancient Greeks awaited the Oracle’s pronouncements. Thrill to a once-in-a-lifetime cruise through the 70‑foot wide, recently reopened, Corinth Canal, which was closed for two years after a 2021 landslide.
Piraeus for Athens/ Disembark ship/ Return to Home City
After breakfast, disembark the ship and transfer to the Athens Airport for your return flight home.
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