Private-Style Cruising Aboard the 100-Guest Corinthian
The Idyllic Islands and Majestic Shores of Croatia & Montenegro
The Idyllic Islands and Majestic Shores of Croatia & Montenegro
Of the many seaborne idylls possible in the Mediterranean, this has to be one of the loveliest. The area we will explore is distinguished by several features, including its striking beauty, the contrast of the remains left by many cultures, and the architectural and artistic excellence of the monuments. Our adventure begins in Venice, “La Serenissima,” once mistress of the Adriatic, whose influence can still be seen. Tour the ancient city of Split built within the Palace of Diocletian. We’ll stroll through the lavender-scented lanes of Hvar, which is quietly becoming the Mediterranean’s newest Riviera. From Ploce we’ll enjoy an excursion to multi-cultural Mostar. Next it’s Korcula Island, caressed by gentle breezes and graced with Venetian spires. Kotor, in Montenegro, reached through southern Europe’s only fjord, will be our last port of call before arriving in beautiful Dubrovnik, Croatia where we’ll explore the medieval splendors of Dubrovnik. This idyllic region is best explored by sea, and the all-suite, 100-guest Corinthian is the ideal vessel for this splendid itinerary.
May 15 - 23, 2014: We are priveleged to be joined by one of opera’s most celebrated stars: the distinguished American soprano Deborah Voigt, who during the voyage will perform two recitals for you in stunning, intimate venues, as well as participating in an on-board discussion about her life in music.
June 19 - 27, 2014: Cellist David Finckel and pianist Wu Han, artistic directors of The Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, rank among the world's most esteemed and influential classical musicians. Enjoy the finest chamber music while you cruise the Adriatic Sea.
June 26 - July 7, 2014: Guiding us on this culinary adventure is Chef Giuliano Hazan, who learned the art of Italian cooking from his mother, the legendary Marcella Hazan. Chef Giuliano is an accomplished Italian chef in his own right, and he will bring us his insights into Croatian cuisine, which was strongly influenced by Italian cuisine.
Arrive in Venice and transfer to Corinthian. Sail in the evening.
Perched on a sloping peninsula overlooking a spacious bay, Rab, the only town on the small island by the same name, is one of the most beautiful towns along Croatia’s coast. Four graceful belfries pointing to the sky dominate the unspoiled medieval town, with its narrow streets that are lined with stately mansions and other buildings. The Cathedral of Sveta Marija Velika (Saint Mary the Great), consecrated in 1177, is an excellent example of a Romanesque basilica, while its magnificent Bell Tower is a masterpiece of 12th-century architecture. Our walking tour of this lovely town will include all its landmark sites. In the afternoon, the ship will cruise by the Kornati Archipelago, a national park of about 100 uninhabited islands.
Originally a Greco-Illyrian settlement, Split is an ancient city centered around the formidable Palace of Diocletian, built in a.d. 295-305. Today it is a designated UNESCO World Heritage site. An extensive structure, much of which is well preserved, the palace contains within its walls Split’s medieval town, making it the only palace that has been continuously inhabited since Roman times. Our tour of this extensive structure includes a visit to its underground cellars, the Mausoleum, Jupiter’s Temple, the Peristyle, and the Northern Gate. Conclude the city tour with a visit to the gallery of famous Croatian sculptor, Ivan Mestrovic.
Discover Hvar, a fertile island of pale stone houses surrounded by rosemary, lavender, and laurel. The architecture is unmistakably Venetian, and there are fine fortifications. Our tour of the island’s principal town includes a visit to the 17th-century Municipal Theater, the Franciscan Monastery and its small gallery, the city’s Loggia, and St. Stephen’s Square. Continue by bus to the 16th-century fortress, at the top of the hill, for spectacular views of Hvar Town’s red-tiled rooftops and harbor. Later today, continue to Vis, one of Croatia’s most beautiful and unspoiled islands. Land at Vis Town, set on a splendid bay, and drive across the small island to the quaint town of Komiza, which has retained its medieval character and architecture. Stately homes and other buildings face the palm-lined harbor, while the terraced hillside provides a lovely background to this idyllic setting.
Sail to Ploce for an excursion to Mostar, which in the 15th century under the Ottoman Turks became a thriving center on the banks of the emerald Neretva River. Damaged by the military conflict in the 1990s, the town has been carefully restored by UNESCO and declared a World Heritage site. Admire the ethereally graceful Stari Most (“The Old Bridge”), originally built in 1566, the nearby Tabacica Mosque, and an old Turkish house, among other sites. After lunch at a local restaurant there will be free time to explore the old bazaar, a haven for the city’s artists and craftsmen.
We arrive at Korcula Island and dock at the town of the same name. Steps away from our ship stands the medieval city with its walls and guard towers still intact. Note the medieval town’s unique layout: western streets run straight to funnel refreshing maestral breezes; eastern streets slightly curve to minimize bura winds. Visit St. Mark’s Cathedral and its Treasury, the Bishop’s Palace, the Church of All Saints, the Icon Museum, and Marco Polo’s home. Continue by bus and drive to the eastern end of the island, abundant in quaint old villages, vineyards, wineries, and out-of-the-way beaches. In the village of Blato, visit the Ethnographical Museum and enjoy wine sampling at a local tavern.
Sail the deep, fjord-like Bay of Kotor to reach the port town of the same name, located at the head of the bay beneath towering mountains. One of the most striking and best-preserved towns along the Adriatic coast, Kotor is a designated UNESCO World Heritage site. A tour of this delightful town reveals its magnificent walls, palaces, and churches, including the Drago Palace, with its elegant Renaissance windows, the 12th-century St. Tryphon Cathedral, and the baroque Lipovac Palace. Over lunch aboard, sail to Dubrovnik. Set on a rocky peninsula jutting into the Adriatic Sea, Dubrovnik is one of Europe’s best-preserved medieval cities and a designated UNESCO World Heritage site. The city contains within its ramparts the Rector’s Palace; the Franciscan Monastery, which houses a 13th-century pharmacy (the oldest in Europe); and the baroque Cathedral, with works by Renaissance painters Titian and Andrea del Sarto. Overnight aboard ship docked in Dubrovnik.
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|Cabin Code||Cabin Description||Regular Rate|
|E||Deluxe suites on Ariadne and Leto Decks with windows and sitting area. 215 sq. ft. Suites *342-*345,*428, *429 *Partially obstructed view||$4,890|
|D||Deluxe suites on Ariadne and Leto Decks with windows and sitting area. 215 sq. ft. Suites 334 - 335, 433||$5,290|
|C||Deluxe suites on Athena Deck with portholes and sitting area. 275 sq. ft. Suites 246 - 252||$5,890|
|B||Deluxe suites on Ariadne Deck with windows and sitting area. 225 sq. ft. Suites 336 - 341||$6,790|
|A||Deluxe suites on Leto Deck with windows and sitting area. 235 sq. ft. Suites 420 - 427, 430 - 431||$7,290|
|AA||Deluxe suites on Cleo Deck with forward windows and sitting area. 285 sq. ft. Suites 505 - 506||$7,890|
|VS||Deluxe Veranda Suites on Cleo Deck with private balcony and sitting area. 245 sq. ft. Suites 507 - 518||$8,690|
|PHS||Deluxe Penthouse Suites on Phoebe Deck with private balcony, window and sitting area. 260 sq. ft. Suites 601 - 604||$9,290|
NOTE: All rates are per person based on double occupancy.
THIRD PERSON SHARING A SUITE: $1,990
SINGLE SUPPLEMENT: Single accommodations are available in select categories at a supplement to the per person, double occupancy rates as follows: Category E: $1,790; Category C: $2,090; Category A: $2,490; Category VS: $4,390.
PORT TAXES: $310 per person additional.
OPTIONAL EXTENSIONS IN DUBROVNIK, VENICE, & SARAJEVO
Rates: $775 per person, double occupancy;
single supplement: $260
Additional hotel nights are available at $320 per person, per night, double occupancy; single supplement: $260.
Rates: $435 per person, double occupancy;
single supplement: $190
Additional hotel nights are available at $260 per person, per night, double occupancy; single supplement: $190.
SARAJEVO & DUBROVNIK
Rates: $1,290 per person, double occupancy;
single supplement: $385
Additional hotel nights are available in Sarajevo at $165 per person, double occupancy; single supplement: $95.
After extensive refurbishment in 2009, the all-suite Corinthian offers the finest in small-ship cruise travel. This private yacht-like cruise ship accommodates only 100 guests in 50 suites, each of which affords ocean views, measures 215 square feet or more and is appointed with a sitting area or separate living room, twin or queen-size beds, spacious closets, air conditioning.
• 7-night cruise aboard the all-suite, 100-guest Corinthian
• All meals aboard ship, including house wine, beer, and soft drinks with lunch and dinner
• Welcome and farewell cocktail receptions aboard ship
• All tours and excursions
• Enrichment program of lectures and discussions by onboard expert lecturers (and private classical music concerts on the June 19-27 & October 9-17 cruises)
• Comprehensive pre-departure materials
• Transfers and baggage handling abroad on the designated arrival and departure dates
• Gratuities to porters, guides, and drivers
• Professional Travel Dynamics International tour staff
Travel With A Team Of Experts
Giuliano Hazan, an award winning cooking teacher and cookbook author, is one of the foremost authorities on Italian cooking. His style is accessible, without pretense or fanfare. His cookbooks have earned him a James Beard Award nomination, and he runs an acclaimed cooking school in Italy. During our voyage, Chef Giuliano will talk about how Italian food and its history have influenced the cuisines of Croatia and the greater Mediterranean region, and he will give a demonstration or two of how to prepare simple yet authentic meals. (Onboard June 26–July 4)
Christopher MacEvitt, associate professor of religion at Dartmouth, specializes in the history of medieval Christian communities, particularly around the Mediterranean. On this trip he will talk about Diocletian, Constantine, and the Late Roman Empire, and Venice and the Crusades.(Onboard May 1-9)
Charlie Ingrao is professor of history at Purdue University, where he teaches courses in modern Europe. Since 1996 his research and writing have focused primarily on ethnic coexistence and conflict in the former Yugoslavia, and he has made over 40 trips to the war zones in the 1990s. His latest book, Confronting the Yugoslav Controversies, presents a common narrative of the recent Balkan war. (Onboard May 8-16)
Jodi Magness is Kenan Distinguished Professor in the Department of Religious Studies at the University of North Carolina. Her career has included research and teaching positions at Brown University and Tufts University, where she taught Classical Archaeology for ten years. Jodi’s lecture topics will include, “What Have the Romans Ever Done for Us?”, Byzantine Art and Architecture, and Early Greek colonization. (Onboard May 15-23)
William North, Associate Professor of History at Carleton College, is interested in the dynamics of religious and cultural encounter and how the legacies of the ancient world are preserved and re-appropriated for contemporary purposes, especially within the Mediterranean World. He will speak about the layering of these successive legacies in the Adriatic Sea. (Onboard May 22-30)
Anne-Marie Bouché is Associate Professor of Art History at Florida Gulf Coast University, where she teaches courses on Western art and architecture before 1700. She was Assistant Professor of Western Medieval Art at Princeton University and spent several years as a staff lecturer and researcher at The Cloisters Museum in New York. (Onboard June 26–July 4 & July 24–August 1)
Harry Amory Cahill has served as an American diplomat for over 30 years, his last post being U.S. Minister Counselor to the U.N. His assignments in the former Yugoslavia and its present-day successor nations included USAID director, embassy officer in Belgrade and Sarajevo, chief of refugee operations, and political-military adviser to NATO forces in Bosnia. He continues to serve in the State Department, consults for the Defense Department, and teaches at Pepperdine University. He speaks Serbo-Croatian and will lecture on the region’s history, politics, economy, and arts and culture. (Onboard August 28–September 5)
John Meffert has traveled extensively as a lecturer on architecture, preservation, and culture for many respected institutions. He served as the director for the National Trust for Historic Preservation’s Southern Office from 1982-1988 and was the director of the Preservation Society of Charleston, the oldest nonprofit organization in the U.S. Mr. Meffert is a principal with Heritage Consulting Services. (Onboard September 25–October 3)