Days
8
Price from
FR2,360CHF

Cruise along the Adriatic coast from Croatia to Greece, taking in Montenegro and Albania along the way

Following the lead of their neighbours Croatia and Greece, Montenegro and Albania are emerging as some of the most exciting destinations in Europe. This 8-day small ship adventure cruise offers a fascinating insight into the past and the region’s rich cultural diversity. The best way to experience the Balkans is from the shimmering waters of the Adriatic Sea. Board the M/S Panorama, which offers the highest standard of accommodation, comfort and safety, and cruise from the iconic city walls of Dubrovnik to the romantic and evocative Old Town of Korcula. Turn south for Montenegro, home to pristine natural landscapes and rustic towns oozing old-Europe charm. Continue the voyage to Greece, stopping at the olive-groved island of Paxos and the Ionian Islands’ Grand Lady, Corfu. In Saranda, Albania, find a slice of the Riviera, then dock near the secluded bay of 5th-century Kotor. Refreshing swim stops, local wine tastings and fortified towns, this Adriatic adventure has all the ingredients for a memorable journey.


Start
Dubrovnik, Croatia
Finish
Dubrovnik, Croatia
Countries
Albania, Croatia, Greece, Montenegro
Style
Peregrine
Theme
Adventure Cruising
Code
PMEA
Physical rating
Ages
Min 7
Group size
Min 1, Max 49

Why we love this trip

  • This itinerary is a little special: unlike most Croatia cruises, it also includes stops in Albania, Montenegro and Greece. You’re getting four countries in eight days.

  • We’ll sail as far south as Corfu, the ‘Grand Lady’ of the Ionian Islands and the greenest island in all of Greece. Take a short walk through the UNESCO heritage city centre.

  • While large cruise liners have to moor out at sea and commute into shore via tender, we drop anchor in the middle of port towns like Saranda or Korcula. You can hop on or off the boat as you please.

  • There’s nothing like diving into the aquamarine waters of the Adriatic Coast. Weather permitting, our captain will be stopping the ship for regular swim breaks during the trip, particularly around Bar and Kotor.

  • This itinerary includes a special trip to Saranda on the Albanian Riviera. We’ve also organised an optional excursion to the archaeological site of Butrint on the Straits of Corfu.

Is this trip right for you?

  • This is a small ship adventure cruise, which means you’ll be sailing on a yacht with between 30 – 50 other people. The boat is spacious and comfortable, but it focuses more on the destination than on-board activities. Instead of a pool, we have the sea itself. Instead of a casino, we’ve got board games and a good book. There’s also no formal dress code to worry about. Wifi is available for a small charge.

  • Our ship moves under engine power, rather than sailing, so all cabins will experience light engine noise when the ship is moving (and occasionally when we drop anchor). It’s probably worth packing earplugs if you’re a light sleeper.

  • Unlike other ships that cruise through the night, we’ll spend our evenings docked at port. This will give you more time to dine ashore and enjoy those balmy Adriatic evenings. Cruising will mostly take place during the day.

  • Onshore activities and excursions will involve a bit of walking. You’ll be visiting ancient sites and historical places, and at times you may have to cross cobbled streets and uneven ground, sometimes in hot conditions. If you have any concerns, please speak to your group leader before taking part.

  • If you’re concerned about seasickness, there are seasickness tablets on-board. The ship will experience some roll and pitch in choppy conditions, however all of our ships come equipped with stabilisers to minimise movement. Most of our departures run in peak season, when the seas are calmer. Your crew will do all they can to minimise any discomfort.

  • There are no lifts (elevators) on-board our ships, so you’ll have to navigate a few steep flights of stairs on-board. Handrails are always available.

Itinerary

Embarkation will take place between 3 and 4PM. Settle in and meet your crew and fellow passengers and enjoy a welcome dinner. Overnight will be at port in Dubrovnik
Optional Activities
  • Views over Dubrovnik 1/2 Day Tour - EUR80
Meals Included
  • Dinner
We sail early heading for Korcula. Enjoy a refreshing morning swim stop near Korcula * before arriving at Korcula port in the afternoon. There will be an optional walking tour of this magnificent town. Our guide will explain why the Old Town of Korčula is a masterwork of architecture and urban planning. The layout of the town streets resembles a fishbone in order to take advantage of the different winds, like a natural air conditioning system. Korcula is also known as the birthplace of the famous world traveller Marco Polo whose alleged birth place is right in the heart of the Old Town.
Overnight we sail to Bar in Montenegro.
Optional Activities
  • Korcula Old Town Walking Tour - EUR25
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
Enjoy a morning swim stop before arriving in the coastal Montenegrin town of Bar around midday. This afternoon, take an optional sightseeing excursion to Old Budva. Leaving Bar, we will enjoy the views along the beautiful Montenegrin coastline, beach resorts, towns and countryside.
After arrival to Budva we have a short walk to the Old Town, which lies on a little island that was linked to the land by a sandbar and in time turned into a peninsula. It is surrounded by ramparts originating from the XV century including a medieval fortification system with city gates, defense walls and towers. Inside the walls the town is a combination of narrow streets and little squares with monuments of different Mediterranean cultures that marked its development. Today Budva is a center of tourism and a city of theatre, festivals and celebrations.
At the end of the tour, we will have some free time to wander around the tiny streets, or swim at the nearby popular town beach.
On the way back to Bar, we will stop for a panoramic view over the luxurious St. Steven island. Once a fishing village on a rock in the sea, it is now a modern resort connected to the mainland.
Overnight at sea sailing to Pax, Greece

Optional Activities
  • Bar and Budva 1/2 Day Tour - EUR75
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
We have a short stop in Corfu for clearance and continue to Paxos. We sail into a nearby bay for a refreshing swim stop and a BBQ lunch on board. This afternoon, we arrive in the unique port of Paxos. Overnight in port.
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
An early morning sailing to Corfu, the Grand Lady of the Ionian Islands and the greenest island in Greece. You have a choice of 2 optional excursions; to explore Corfu’s imperial past and the impressive historic centre declared UNESCO World Heritage site with its' byzantine churches, or to take a scenic tour through the lush Corfiot countryside and old high hill villages. Overnight in port.
Optional Activities
  • Corfu - Views and Tastes of Odysseus 1/2 Day Tour - EUR85
  • Empress Sissy in Mythical Corfu 1/2 Day Tour - EUR78
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
An early morning sailing to the charming town of Saranda, boasting the most attractive waterfront on the Albanian Riviera. Join the optional excursion to the nearby archaeological site of Butrint. Butrint is an important port from Hellenistic to Ottoman times and is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Situated on the Straits of Corfu and surrounded by a picturesque lagoon, it is one of the most remarkable archaeological sites in the Adriatic Sea region, and a proud owner of remains dating from 6.ct BC. The Greeks, Byzantines, Romans, Venetians, Ottomans and many other wanted to own this little peninsula for its beauty and also strategic position. Following twelve years of archaeological excavations the site and its museum make it an exceptionally attractive place to visit. Our guide will take us on a short walk along the Saranda promenade before returning back onboard.
Afternoon sailing to Kotor, Montenegro. Overnight at sea.
Optional Activities
  • Butrint's Secrets 1/2 Day Tour - EUR42
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
Early morning navigation in the Bay of Kotor, the deepest natural fjord in the Mediterranean. Take a refreshing swim in the bay or join the optional excursion. This walking tour is perfect to get to know Kotor's medieval quarter, its bustling market and beautiful Renaissance buildings. The well preserved fortified walls of Kotor were built by a Venetian in 1420 and continued being strengthened until the 18th century. Enclosing the whole Old town, the 5 km long walls formed an unique fortification project which could resist attacks from the sea and survive long sieges.
Our tour includes a visit to Cathedral of St. Tryphon which was constructed in 1166 and built on the remains of a former temple from the 9th ct. We will see the remains from 14th ct frescos and the valuable treasury with both local and Venetian golden works (14th- 20th century).
After the sightseeing tour you can walk back to the pier or enjoy free time on your own.
Overnight in port.
Optional Activities
  • Mount Lovcen National Park Tour - EUR85
  • Kotor - Montenegrin Hidden Gem Walking Tour - EUR22
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
Early in the morning sailing to Dubrovnik. Arrival and disembarkation after breakfast.
Optional Activities
  • Views over Dubrovnik 1/2 Day Tour - EUR80
Meals Included
  • Breakfast

Meals

7 breakfasts, 6 lunches, 7 dinners

Transport

Small Cruise Ship

Accommodation

Small Cruise Ship 7 nights

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Important notes

Your voyage is operated by our partner company, Variety Cruises.
SHORE EXCURSIONS
On this itinerary, shore excursions are optional and are paid on board the ship in Euro’s. The price and a description of these excursions are listed in the day to day itinerary.
BOOKING CONDITIONS
Adventure Cruising trips have a deposit of A$600 per person (different amounts apply in other currencies) and the balance is due 90 days before departure.
SINGLE TRAVELLERS
It is not possible to share with a stranger on a Variety Cruises voyage and single travellers must pay the Single Occupancy rate.
MINIMUM AGE
Children from the age of 7 can be accommodated on these voyages. Each boat has one cabin category that will accommodate a 3rd person allowing for triple sharing. Any child under the age of 18 must share with an adult.

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