ITALY, CROATIA AND GREECE!
Three beautiful countries on one amazing cruise, a dream come true for us!
Greece has always been on our bucket list. The beautiful Aegean Sea, the stunning islands with white-washed houses, and amazing Greek ruins tell us about the past. Ancient Greece was the birthplace of democracy - the ancient Greeks created city-states. They also began marathons, and then hosted the first olympics. The Greeks worshipped ancient gods and goddesses, giving us classical greek mythology.
And let's not forget the Romans known for their military, political and social institutions, and who conquered vast regions of Europe and Northern Africa. With 1000 years of incredible art, Italy has also been on our bucket list. Imagine how excited we were when our partners, Travel by Georgia, told us this cruise was available for our group - Italy, Croatia and Greece!
And on a beautiful new ship from Oceania Cruises, known for small luxury ships and fine dining experiences at exotic locations around the world.
Our ship, the Vista, is the newest addition to the Oceania family. Its stylish design features spaces reflecting organic elements inspired by the land and sea, and staterooms are very comfortable and luxurious.
And your hosts and entertainers are Sunny Jim and Scott Kirby! Intimate private shows on board, exploring exciting locations on land and more to be announced.
PORTS OF CALL
Oct 13, 2024
We embark on our voyage from the amazing city of Venice with treasures like Doge's Palace and St. Mark's Basilica. We can visit lovely Burano and the glass factories on Murano. Or simply enjoy the scenic countryside with its beautiful Palladian villas. In Venice you can discover secret quarters down narrow alleys that open into spacious campos. As we leave port, the ship will glide along the city’s canals, under its bridges. Venice’s opulent palazzi and ancient churches line the route.
Oct 14, 2024
Tiny, red-tile-roofed Hvar is tucked into a protected cove on Hvar Island, one of the more fertile areas on Croatia's beautiful Dalmatian Riviera. Vineyards, fragrant herbs and fields of lavender blanket the countryside. This natural beauty has turned Hvar into a resort city sought by travelers looking for beaches in a quaint setting. The Venetian-built 16th century fortress overlooking Hvar is a reminder that invaders have long sought this island. Another interesting site is Hvar’s Franciscan monastery and its museum full of religious artifacts. The Pjaca, the limestone town square, offers a beautiful and quiet place to relax at the end of your exploration.
Oct 15, 2024
Dubrovnik is a famous walled medieval city and with beautiful Venetian monuments. Places to explore include a Franciscan monastery, the Rector's palace and the cathedral. Take a countryside drive to visit lovely Cavtat, a seaside resort that was once a Greek, and then Roman, colony. Choose to visit a local family in a Konavle Valley village where visitors are given a traditional welcome of brandy and figs, while being serenaded by local musicians.
Oct 16, 2024
This is an Island of glorious scenery and beaches, quiet monasteries, stunning palaces, traditional mountain towns and Corfu's lovely old Venetian quarter. At Vornate Achilleion Palace, built by Empress Sissi of Austria, we’ll see dramatic sculptures of the Greek hero Achilles.
Oct 17, 2024
Katakolon, Greece (Olympia)
This is ancient Olympia where the Olympic Games began in 776 B.C. If you are a history buff, take a stroll around this deserted sanctuary, admiring the temples, altars and treasuries, and stand on the ground where ancient athletes practiced before competing. Or take a pleasant drive through the countryside past quaint villages to a local vineyard and sample the wines, local cheeses and other foods.
Oct 18, 2024
Santorini is famous for its whitewashed and picturesque hilltop towns of Oia and Fira which offer breathtaking views of the caldera below. Fira's museum is filled with stunning artifacts, including recent finds from the excavation of Akrotiri, thought by many to be the legendary city of Atlantis. You can visit a winery, or stroll through the winding streets with fantastic views around every corner.
Oct 19, 2024
Mykonos is a delightful seaside village with whitewashed houses that are adorned with brightly painted doors and shutters. Wander through the village’s narrow, winding streets and visit its archaeological museum, or stop by an old bakery that still uses a 15th century wood-burning stove. Another thing you can do on Mykonos is to stand beneath the windmills on the hill, great photo op!
Oct 20, 2024
We arrive in Athens at the end of our cruise, and always on our bucket list! We’ll climb up the magnificent Acropolis and see the ancient Parthenon and beautiful Greek temples, long a personal dream for me. The views of Athens stretched out before us - I can hardly wait! Athens city highlights include the new and old Olympic stadiums. You can also journey to Cape Sounion and the temple of Poseidon, that overlooks the sea. Ancient Corinth its narrow Corinth Canal is also a great attraction. The canal was cut through miles of solid rock.
Staterooms start at $4049 and a $500 deposit per person reserves your cabin.
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GAME OF THRONES FANS
Much of HBO's hit fantasy series was filmed in Dubrovnik, Croatia where the mythical King’s Landing was located.
Walking through Dubrovnik we’ll see The Red Keep, the House of the Undying, the setting of the Purple Wedding, and much more. Jesuits Staircase leading to the Church of St. Ignatius - Steps of the Great Sept of Baelor in King's Landing. This is where Cersei's infamous "walk of shame" tooK place, We will walk those very steps!
Another GoT location is Diocletian's Palace in Split, Croatia's second-largest city. The palace was used to stage Daenerys' Throne Room, and also where she kept her dragons! This palace is over 1700-years-old, and we'll be able to walk through the eerie tunnels and basement rooms,
Fort Lovrijenac is where the Red Keep was set and the site where the tournament in honor of King Joffrey's name day was filmed.
Pile, a beautiful spot in the old town of Dubrovnik, doubles as Blackwater Bay in the series. From here, we'll be able to take in amazing views of the bay and Lovrijenac Fort.
At the highest point of Dubrovnik is magnificent Minceta Tower which offers spectacular views of the red roofs below. The tower was used as the House of the Undying, where Dani had a hard time finding the entrance.
Klis Fortress near Split is where Meereen was set. Meereen was the largest of the three Slaver's Bay cities. The fort has a peaceful, yet dramatic landscape of medieval stone walls and bright blue sea views,
LIVE ONBOARD SHOWS
Sunny Jim & Scott Kirby will be performing their original music for us on this incredible cruise. They always enjoy playing together, expect some great and intimate shows in picturesque settings. Schedule to be determined.