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7-DAY GREECE & DALMATIAN DELIGHTS

 
 
7-DAY GREECE & DALMATIAN DELIGHTS
Starting from $5,199*

Piraeus (Athens), Greece to Venice, Italy


Ship: Seabourn Odyssey


Departure Date :

Aug 17 2019 | Sep 14 2019

Optional tours are available from most ports for an additional charge.

 

Itinerary

 
Day Piraeus (Athens), Greece
Depart 05:00 PM
"No modern metropolis is more steeped in myth than Athens, Greece. From the gritty port of Piraeus—gateway to Greece’s fabled isles—to the Parthenon—eternal symbol of Western civilization—Athens has attracted adventurers and classicists for centuries. This heritage is still very much alive for modern visitors sightseeing in Athens: ancient stadiums and temples dwell alongside apartment blocks, modern performances are staged in the marble amphitheaters where Greek drama was born and millennia-old monuments are scattered in the archaeological park that circles the Acropolis. One of the world’s oldest maritime powers, Athens is blessed with a balmy climate and stunning coastline. The seaside suburbs of Athens are scalloped with sandy beaches, fancy yacht clubs and glamorous beach bars. While the Athenian lifestyle is known for late-night dinners and dancing until dawn, the city shines brightly by day in the bustling markets, lively cafés and fascinating museums that illuminate Greece's past and present. Contemplate the magnitude of all that culture and ancient tourist attractions while marveling at the sun setting into the Aegean or rising over the Acropolis. "
Piraeus (Athens), Greece
 
 
Day Monemvasia, Greece
Arrive 08:00 AM Depart 05:00 PM
Monemvasia was once on the Peloponnese mainland. Then an earthquake turned it into an island. It is now joined to the mainland by a narrow causeway that limits access, originally for reasons of defense. The tall, flat isle is completely honeycombed with nooks and grottoes, narrow alleys and rock-carved rooms. Clearly it was a formidable redoubt in times of attack, and earned its nickname the Gibraltar of the East. The upper town, long uninhabited, has narrow pathways leading to the Byzantine Aghia Sophia church, and remains of the medieval fortress and walls. In the lower town, look for the bell tower that leads you to Elkomenos Square, with its namesake medieval Elkomenos Christos church and a small museum.
Monemvasia, Greece
 
 
Day Katakolon (Olympia), Greece
Arrive 08:00 AM Depart 06:00 PM
"The port of Katakolon is the gateway to the Peloponnese, one of Greece’s most intriguing and least well-known areas. Beyond the region’s famous site of ancient Olympia—one of the most treasured remnants of the classical world—the Peloponnese gets little of the glory given the Greek islands and Athens. And it deserves much more, as you’re about to discover. A distinctly Greek welcome can be experienced here like nowhere else. The region reveals what it means to be Greek: traditions that go back thousands of years, simple but delicious and healthy cuisine, towering mountains, crystal blue seas and, above all, the true hospitality of the people. In Greek, xenos means ""stranger,"" but the word also means ""guest,"" and a respectful traveler will be treated like a favored friend."
Katakolon (Olympia), Greece
 
 
Day Nydri, Nisos Lefkada, Greece
Arrive 08:00 AM Depart 05:00 PM
Resting at the mouth of a picturesque inlet, the town of Nydri has long been a favorite of the sailing community, who prize this picturesque port as a safe harbor when sailing the Ionian. It feels natural, then, that our intimate Seabourn ship arrives alongside the impressive yachts that call here. Once ashore, the refreshing breeze brings with it the scent of fresh olives, calling you to explore the vast groves that blanket the landscape. Further afield, you’ll find the famous Nydri Waterfalls. Afterwards, return to town and relax at one of the many chic tavernas along the shoreline.
Nydri, Nisos Lefkada, Greece
 
 
Day Brindisi (Lecce), Italy
Arrive 08:00 AM Depart 06:00 PM
"The Puglia region of Italy is a well-kept secret that is just leaking out, so now is the time to visit as an insider before the word spreads. It is a land of orchards and endless forests of olive trees. Of baroque towns like Lecce, all warm pink stone embellished by talented and imaginative carvers with fruits and flowers, cherubs and monsters. In the Middle Ages grand churches were built in Puglia’s distinctive Romanesque style, and the Holy Roman Emperor Frederick II had a string of castles erected. Still the most unique attraction is the area around Alberobello, with its clusters of whitewashed trulli, simple stone houses with conical roofs."
Brindisi (Lecce), Italy
 
 
Day Dubrovnik, Croatia
Arrive 08:00 AM Depart 07:00 PM
On the southern end of Croatia's Adriatic coast, Dubrovnik staked its claim to glory during the 450 years it existed as the independent Ragusan Republic, shoulder to shoulder with mighty forces like Venice and the Ottoman Empire. Once a renowned seafaring, shipbuilding and trading center, today it's an enchanting tourist destination. Dubrovnik seduces sightseeing visitors with its polished (and very clean!) limestone streets, theatrical architecture, charming cafés, welcoming restaurants and distinctive shops along scenic side streets. The natural backdrop, much of which is protected, consists of pine and cypress forests and the shimmering Adriatic, dotted with uninhabited islands. Visitors quickly discover that the wider Dubrovnik area is just as striking as its main attraction—the Old Town.
Dubrovnik, Croatia
 
 
Day Zadar, Croatia
Arrive 09:00 AM Depart 06:00 PM
"It may sound like the name of some fantastic distant land or even a planet, but the only things out of this world about Zadar are its seaside views, delicious Croatian-Mediterranean cuisine and wines and the warm welcome when you arrive in this history-steeped Croatian town. Perched on a peninsula extending into the Adriatic, Zadar was a crossroads in the ancient world and a cornerstone of the Venetian Empire. As in many Croatian towns, layers of history and art are everywhere (keep your eyes open for the ubiquitous signature Venetian lions). In recent years, Croatia has found some new fame as the backdrop for Game of Thrones, but Zadar’s story of survival rivals anything that Hollywood could imagine. Caught on the front lines between the Allies and Mussolini’s troops, some 60 percent of the city’s buildings were destroyed in World War II. Today, however, the city that was once described as ""the Dresden of the Adriatic"" has been meticulously restored."
Zadar, Croatia
 
 
Day Venice, Italy
Arrive 07:00 AM
"When I went to Venice, my dream became my address," wrote Lord Byron, just one of many famous figures who found a haven in this fantasy city. This enchanted land was built on stilts, set into the water by ancient Venetians seeking refuge from the harsh realities of landlocked life. And Venice, Italy still offers a palpable feeling of escape from the real world today. When you cruise into the lagoon and step onto what passes for solid ground, you'll still be very much on the water. Venice is a floating labyrinth of reflections, with mirror and glass sights everywhere, from glorious Venetian architecture echoed in the canal waters to the marble palaces that shimmer in the sky. And although Carnivale is only held once a year, being in Venice on any day is like going to a festival with plenty of vibrant things to do and attractions to see. Locals seem to love the many sightseeing visitors who arrive each year, and Venice will openly reveal her charms even to those who are only here for a few hours, an afternoon or a magical evening.
Venice, Italy
 
 
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