Croatian Coast with Explora Journeys

16 Days – 03rd October 2024 – 18th October 2024

 

from $22,995.00 per person based on 2 sharing

Trip Style: Cruise, Independent, Luxury

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If you are looking for a short break to Europe when the crowds disperse in October, then look no further. This is a stunning cruise with Explorer Journeys that takes you from Athens up the Croatian Coast to Venice and back again. Every stop on this journey offers you something different and Iconic. The ship itself is luxury redefined and with it being all inclusive there is nothing but sitting back and enjoying yourself to think about.

We used a great business class airfare to get you there that keeps the cost down whilst allowing you to explore another European City in Copenhagen. Feel free to extend this trip or change your flights to Economy, we can tailor the journey to suit you. For now though, if you miss the chance to get away in summer, this is the perfect way to finish of 2024.

 

Day 1

Overnight Flight

We have chosen Singapore Airlines and Scandinavian Airlines for this journey to enjoy one of the worlds best Business Class options available and a stopover via Copenhagen on the way home to elevate this itinerary even further.

Day 1

Athens, Greece

We arrive into Athens for  1 night before embarking on our Explora Ship the following morning. Athens is a city steeped in history, which boasts a captivating blend of ancient ruins and modern vibrancy. The Acropolis, a UNESCO site, hosts the iconic Parthenon, offering a glimpse into Greece’s ancient past.

Wander through Plaka’s cobblestone streets, adorned with tavernas and traditional Greek architecture. Nearby, Monastiraki Square invites visitors with bustling markets and eclectic shops.

Syntagma Square showcases the Greek Parliament and the revered Changing of the Guard ceremony. Adjacent, the National Gardens provide a tranquil retreat amidst lush greenery.

This ancient city harmonizes its past with a vibrant present, offering a lively nightlife, diverse culinary adventures, and a charming Mediterranean atmosphere that enchants visitors.

Day 2

Mykonos, Greece

Day 2 of your cruise is a stop at the ever popular Mykonos, a Greek island jewel in the Aegean Sea, is renowned for its vibrant energy, striking beaches, and lively nightlife. The island boasts a captivating mix of whitewashed buildings adorned with blue accents, epitomizing the classic Cycladic architecture.

Visitors are drawn to the pristine sands of Psarou and Paradise Beaches, perfect for sunbathing or indulging in water sports. Stroll through the charming streets of Mykonos Town (Chora), characterized by its narrow pathways, inviting boutiques, and picturesque windmills overlooking the sea.

Savor the island’s culinary delights at seaside tavernas or chic restaurants, offering traditional Greek dishes and fresh seafood. Mykonos seamlessly blends relaxation with an electric ambiance, attracting a diverse mix of travelers seeking both tranquility and excitement.

Day 3

Day at Sea

Day 4

Dubrovnik, Croatia

After a relaxing day at sea we come to our third location – Dubrovnik, located on Croatia’s stunning Dalmatian Coast, is a UNESCO World Heritage Site famed for its rich history and well-preserved medieval architecture. Encircled by ancient stone walls, the city boasts terracotta-roofed buildings, charming cobblestone streets, and panoramic views of the Adriatic Sea.

Visitors can explore the enchanting Old Town, a labyrinth of narrow alleys, historic churches, and splendid Renaissance palaces. Walk along the iconic city walls for breathtaking vistas of the shimmering sea and the picturesque rooftops.

Dubrovnik is renowned for its vibrant cultural scene, offering a wealth of art galleries, museums, and open-air concerts. Relax on the scenic pebble beaches or take a boat tour to nearby islands for a glimpse of the stunning coastline.

This captivating destination is a harmonious blend of history, natural beauty, and a bustling contemporary lifestyle, making it a must-visit for travelers seeking a unique and unforgettable experience.

Day 5

Zadar, Croatia

Continuing on Croatia’s Adriatic coast, we stop in Zadar which is a charming coastal city celebrated for its rich historical heritage and captivating waterfront views. This ancient town beautifully blends Roman ruins, medieval churches, and modern attractions.

Stroll through the atmospheric Old Town to discover Roman forums, intricate stone streets, and the impressive 9th-century Church of St. Donatus, an iconic pre-Romanesque structure. Don’t miss the famous Sea Organ, an architectural sound art installation producing melodious tunes powered by the sea waves.

Zadar’s sun-kissed beaches, such as Kolovare and Borik, offer a relaxing seaside escape. Experience the radiant sunset at the “Greeting to the Sun” installation, a mesmerizing solar-powered light show on the waterfront.

With its blend of historical charm and contemporary allure, Zadar presents a perfect destination for travelers seeking a blend of cultural heritage, natural beauty, and modern attractions along the Adriatic coastline.

Day 6

Venice, Italy

This next stop has to be one of our favorites – Venice, renowned as the “City of Canals,” is a captivating marvel that floats on water, nestled in northeastern Italy’s Veneto region. This romantic city is an architectural masterpiece adorned with intricate bridges, palaces, and picturesque alleyways.

Explore Venice’s timeless allure by wandering through its labyrinthine streets and over its iconic bridges, like the Rialto and Bridge of Sighs. Admire the opulent St. Mark’s Basilica, an exquisite example of Byzantine architecture, and revel in the grandeur of St. Mark’s Square.

A gondola ride along the serene canals is a quintessential Venetian experience, offering a unique perspective of the city’s beauty. Discover hidden gems in the quieter districts of Cannaregio and Dorsoduro or visit the artistic hub of Murano Island, known for its glassblowing heritage.

Venice, with its rich history, unparalleled art, and romantic ambiance, remains an enchanting destination that beckons travelers to revel in its timeless charm and unparalleled beauty.

Day 7

Split, Croatia

Back to Croatia, Split is not to be missed. It stands as a stunning blend of ancient history and vibrant modernity. This coastal city is renowned for its UNESCO-listed Diocletian’s Palace, a breathtaking Roman architectural gem that forms the heart of the city.

Explore the narrow stone-paved streets of the Old Town within the palace walls, bustling with lively squares, hidden courtyards, and historical sites. Marvel at the Peristyle, the palace’s central square, and the Cathedral of Saint Domnius, an architectural masterpiece with a fascinating history.

Stroll along the Riva promenade, where locals and visitors converge to enjoy stunning sunsets, indulge in seaside dining, and absorb the vibrant atmosphere. For a panoramic view of the city, ascend Marjan Hill’s lush parkland, offering breathtaking vistas of the Adriatic Sea and the cityscape.

Discover Split’s vibrant arts scene, lively markets, and coastal charm, making it an inviting destination for history enthusiasts, culture seekers, and those craving the perfect blend of tradition and modern allure.

Day 8

Kotor, Montenegro

Before making our way back to Athens we stop at a remarkable destination. Nestled in Montenegro’s fjords, Kotor is a captivating coastal town with a rich history and stunning natural beauty. Its UNESCO-listed Old Town boasts narrow cobblestone streets, medieval architecture, and ancient churches. The town’s well-preserved fortifications offer panoramic views. Visitors can enjoy the vibrant atmosphere, dine in local cafes, and explore the bay on boat rides or island excursions. Kotor’s historic charm and scenic landscapes make it an unforgettable destination within Montenegro’s coastline.

Day 9

Day at Sea

Day 10

Athens, Greece

Your Journey with Explora ends here in Athens, but yours doesn’t as you get to spend a final night in the city. Wander through the historic Plaka district’s maze-like streets, filled with charming tavernas and souvenir shops. Discover the bustling Monastiraki Flea Market offering a colorful array of goods. 

Embrace the city’s culture by savoring traditional Greek cuisine at local eateries and experiencing the lively nightlife. Athens’ enduring spirit, evident in its archaeological treasures and vibrant ambiance, invites visitors to immerse themselves in its rich heritage and dynamic urban landscape.

Day 11-13

Copenhagen, Denmark

We stop over for 2 nights on your journey home in beautiful Copenhagen, the capital of Denmark, exudes a charming blend of modernity and historical charm. This vibrant city is renowned for its cutting-edge design, picturesque canals, and eco-friendly lifestyle. Visitors can explore iconic landmarks like the colorful Nyhavn Harbor, lined with charming eateries and historic buildings. Embrace the rich cultural scene at the world-class museums, including the National Museum of Denmark and the Ny Carlsberg Glyptotek, boasting impressive art collections. 

Stroll through the Tivoli Gardens, a fairytale-like amusement park offering entertainment for all ages. Embrace the city’s biking culture by cycling along the scenic waterfront or through the bike-friendly streets. Copenhagen’s commitment to sustainability, coupled with its architectural wonders and cultural diversity, promises an unforgettable experience for every traveler.

Day 14

Overnight Flights home

Departing from Copenhagen you will have one connection via Singapore before you arrive home. Let us know if you would like to extend your journey even further with a stop in Singapore on the way home also. 

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