Coastal Life Cruising the Adriatic and Aegean Seas

Program Overview

Explore the influence of Roman, Greek, Byzantine, Venetian and Slavic civilizations on this exclusive cruise itinerary featuring visits to four countries and up to eight UNESCO World Heritage sites. Tour Split’s Diocletian’s Palace, Dubrovnik’s 15th-century walled city, Kotor’s medieval fortifications, Corfu’s Old Town and ancient Delphi. Enjoy the Coastal Life® Forum with local residents and a traditional folk music performance. Venice Pre-Program and Athens and Cape Sounion Post-Program Options.

Program Details

September 22 to 30, 2022 (Le Jacques Cartier)
From $4495 plus air View Terms & Conditions
  • Comprehensive, seven-night cruise featuring islands and villages of the Dalmatian Coast.
  • Exclusively chartered, Five‑Star expedition ship Le Jacques Cartier, launched in 2020.
  • Only 92 Suites and Staterooms, each with a private balcony.
  • Exclusive Coastal Life® Forum for interaction with local residents.
  • Visit four countries and up to eight UNESCO World Heritage sites, including medieval Kotor.
  • Complimentary alcoholic and nonalcoholic beverages throughout the cruise.
  • Excellent value for a Five-Star small ship.
  • Venice Pre-Program and Athens and Cape Sounion Post-Program Options.

Day 1 - Depart the U.S. or Canada

Day 2 - Venice, Italy / Embark Le Jacques Cartier

Day 3 - Split, Croatia

Day 4 - Dubrovnik

Day 5 - Kotor

Day 6 - Corfu, Greece

Day 7 - Itea for Delphi

Day 8 - Katakalon for Olympia

Day 9 - Piraeus / Disembark ship / Athens / Return to the U.S. or Canada

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Le Jacques Cartier

Exclusively Chartered, Five-Star Luxury Small Ship

Le Jacques Cartier, launched in 2020, ushers in a new generation of Five-Star small ships, combining revolutionary design and a new standard of luxury for unparalleled cruising. Dock in smaller ports inaccessible to larger ships, where authentic cultural experiences and majestic scenery await you.

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Quintessential Venice Pre-Program Option

From the marble Bridge of Sighs to the Byzantine opulence of Basilica di San Marco, Venice is one of Italy’s premier cities for art and extraordinary architectural masterpieces. Tour the heart of this treasured UNESCO World Heritage site, cruise along the Grand Canal and visit the idyllic, lace-making island of Burano. Accommodations are for two nights the deluxe Hotel Bauer Venice.

Wonders of Athens and Cape Sounion Post-Program Option

Enjoy two nights in the birthplace of democracy, an ancient city unmatched in its contributions to the foundations of the Western world. Admire the beauty of Athens and explore the glories of ancient Greece, featuring the magnificent Acropolis, a UNESCO World Heritage site. Discover the idyllic coves and sparkling Aegean waters of Cape Sounion and follow the ancient route of Pericles to the Temple of Poseidon, where 15 of the original 34 Doric columns are remarkably still standing. Accommodations are for two nights in the deluxe Hotel Grande Bretagne Athens.

The Pre-Program and Post-Program Options are available at additional cost. Details will be provided with your reservation confirmation.

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Program Itinerary

Day 1 Departure

Your trip will begin by departing the U.S. or Canada.

Day 2 Venice, Italy

Arrive in Venice and embark the Five-Star Le Jacques Cartier in the afternoon.

Day 3 Split, Croatia

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.

Croatia’s most accomplished sculptor, Ivan Mestrovic, became the first living artist to exhibit at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City. Experience his unique vision in the Mestrovic Gallery.

Attend the Captain’s Welcome Reception on board the ship this evening.

Day 4 Dubrovnik, Croatia

Enjoy a guided walking tour of Dubrovnik in the morning. Affectionately called “the pearl of the Adriatic,” UNESCO-designated Dubrovnik is one of Europe’s most beautifully preserved walled cities, with historical treasures and stone houses that seem suspended in time.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.

By special arrangement on board the ship this evening, listen to local singers perform klapa, traditional a cappella folk music recognized by UNESCO as Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity.

Day 5 Kotor, Montenegro

The breathtaking, fjord-like Bay of Kotor winds deep into the mountains of Montenegro. Charming Kotor is UNESCO-inscribed for its rich cultural history, revealed in mosaic‑tiled Roman villas, ornate Catholic churches, Venetian Baroque palaces, flamboyantly frescoed Orthodox monasteries and impressive medieval fortifications. Visit Saint Tryphon Cathedral, consecrated in 1166 and a masterpiece of Romanesque architecture, with elegant Corinthian columns and remains of Byzantine-style frescoes.

During this afternoon’s exclusive Coastal Life® Forum on board the ship, meet and engage with local residents who will discuss daily life along the Adriatic.

Day 6 Corfu, Greece

Disembark the ship for a walking tour of Corfu Old Town, which is now a member of the World Heritage List (UNESCO). Walk the historical center of the fascinating old city where historical sites such as these can be seen: the Palace of Saint Michael and Saint George, the Venetian quarters of Campiello, the Town Hall, (once a Venetian theater, built in 1690), and the Church of Saint Spyridon.

Have lunch on board ship. Later that afternoon, see Achillon Palace and Gardens. The Achillion Palace is ideally located in the picturesque village of Gastouri. This magnificent Palace was built in 1890 exclusively for Elizabeth (Sissy), the former Empress of Austria.

Enjoy dinner aboard the ship as it departs Corfu.

Day 7 Itea for Delphi

Delphi, considered the center of the Greek world in the sixth century B.C., is now a UNESCO World Heritage site. Ancient Greeks from all walks of life flocked to sacred Mount Parnassus to consult the high priestess of the Temple of Apollo. Walk along the Sacred Way to the iconic sanctuary of Delphi and stand at the marble Altar of the Chians, where the common and the mighty alike once awaited the oracle’s pronouncements. Tour the magnificent Archaeological Museum, a treasure trove of antiquities, including the life‑size, fifth‑century B.C. bronze statue of the Charioteer of Delphi.

Enjoy a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to cruise through the Corinth Canal. With the canal measuring just 70 feet wide, only small ships can make the passage.

Day 8 Katakolon for Olympia

This morning transfer from Katakolon to Olympia.

Visit the archeological site of Olympia, the site of the ancient Olympic Games. Shaded by tall trees, walking among the ruins is a peaceful and profound experience. See the celebrated, 5th Century Temple of Zeus, built by Livon. Also visit one of the most important museums in Greece, the Archeological Museum of Olympia, which holds the 4th Century Statue of Hermes by Praxiteles plus a number of other finds from the excavations including the Nike of Victory by Paeonios.

Attend the Captain’s Farewell Reception on board the ship this evening.

Day 9 Athens / U.S.

Disembark the ship in Athens and continue on the Athens and Cape Sounion Post-Program Option or transfer to the airport for your return flight to the U.S.