The glories of ancient Greece highlight this historic voyage, perfectly complemented by the charms of Croatia and Montenegro.
A spectacular menagerie of diverse and exotic destinations, your world is just waiting to be discovered, and there is no better way to explore it than on the elegant ship of Oceania Cruises the Riviera. Savor the majestic beauty of Venice and her canals, opulent palazzi and elegant churches. Enjoy a walk through the walled medieval city of Dubrovnik and through the winding streets of Santorini, with fantastic views around every corner. Immerse in the layers of mythology, and drama, and philosophy that is Athens. Sail away and disconnect completely from ordinary life, reaching for new horizons with different perspectives; uncover the glories of ancient Greece in luxury.
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Venice to Athens
10 NIGHT VOYAGE | DEPARTS JUL 04, 2019 | Oceania Cruises
Join us for this 10 day voyage experience from $4,290 PP
Highlights and Inclusions
Begin your voyage with an overnight stay in Venice and watch the moonlight glistening on the Grand Canal from the famous Rialto Bridge
Wander among the fortifications of the UNESCO World Heritage site of Kotor, and climb to St. John’s Fortress for astounding views of the bay
On the Greek island of Crete, visit the palace of Knossos, a UNESCO World Heritage site that was once the seat of power of legendary King Minos
Learn of the comforts enjoyed by the wealthiest residents of ancient Ephesus during a tour of the terrace houses
Day 1 & 2: Venice, Italy
Savor the majestic beauty of this amazing city as you glide along its canals and under its bridges, opulent palazzi and elegant churches lining the route. Discover Venice's secret quarters down narrow alleys opening into spacious campos. Admire the Doge's Palace and St. Mark's Basilica. Visit lovely Burano and the glass factories on Murano. Or enjoy the scenic countryside with its stunning Palladian villas.
Day 3: Dubrovnik, Croatia
Enjoy a walk through this famous walled medieval city and its exquisite Venetian monuments. See the Franciscan monastery and explore the Rector's palace and the cathedral. Or explore the countryside with a visit to lovely Cavtat, an enchanting seaside resort that began life as a Greek and then Roman colony. Then visit a local family in a Konavle Valley village and enjoy their hospitality over a traditional welcome of brandy and figs with a serenade by local musicians.
Day 4: Kotor, Montenegro
Kotor is a beautiful walled medieval city of twisting, pink-paved streets, markets and architecture reflecting Byzantine to Venetian influences. Stroll through the compact old town, admire the impressive walls and tour the imposing St. Tryphon Cathedral, consecrated in 1166.
Day 5: Corfu, Greece
Immerse yourself in this island of glorious scenery and beaches, serene monasteries, beautiful palaces, traditional mountain towns and Corfu's lovely old Venetian quarter. Or visit the ornate Achilleion Palace, built by Empress Sissi of Austria and filled with dramatic sculptures of the Greek hero Achilles.
Day 6: Katakolon, Greece
Visit ancient Olympia where the Olympic Games began in 776 B.C. and stroll around this deserted sanctuary, admiring the temples, altars and treasuries, and stand on the ground where ancient athletes practiced before competing. Or enjoy a pleasant drive through the countryside past quaint villages to a local vineyard and sample the wines, local cheeses and other foods.
Day 7: Chania (Crete), Greece
Chania wears its past on its sleeve. Spend the day in museums, from those uncovering the ancient history buried beneath the rocky soil to those celebrating Greece’s magnificent maritime history and the region’s unique folklore. Visit the ruins of the city-state of Aptera, a powerhouse in Minoan and Hellenistic times and eventually a Roman stronghold.
Day 8: Santorini, Greece
Visit the beautiful whitewashed hilltop towns of Oia and Fira and their breathtaking views of the caldera below. See the stunning artifacts in Fira's museum, including recent finds from the excavation of Akrotiri, thought by many to be the legendary city of Atlantis, or visit a winery. Stroll through the winding streets with fantastic views around every corner.
Day 9: Ephesus (Kusadasi), Turkey
Meander through the ruins of ancient Ephesus and marvel at the famed Library of Celsus, the huge amphitheater, the marble roads with their chariot marks, the amazing mosaic sidewalks and the superb, rarely opened Terrace Houses. Or journey to three monumental cities of antiquity - Priene, Miletus and Didyma - renowned for their majestic temples and impressive, beautifully preserved stadiums.
Day 10: Mykonos, Greece
Enjoy wandering through the narrow, winding streets of this delightful seaside village with its whitewashed houses, flowers and brightly painted shutters and doors. Stand beneath the windmills on the hill. Visit the archaeological museum and an old bakery still using a 15th century wood-burning stove.
Day 11: Athens (Piraeus), Greece
Climb up the magnificent Acropolis and stand in awe of the Parthenon, the beautiful temples and the view over Athens stretched out before you. See city highlights including the new and old Olympic stadiums. Journey to Cape Sounion and the temple of Poseidon overlooking the sea, or visit ancient Corinth and the narrow Corinth Canal cut through miles of solid rock.