Follow a local guide through Diocletian’s Palace in Split, where narrow cobblestone streets are lined with pre-Romanesque churches, Gothic chapels and museums.. Head out with a local fisherman and his crew from Lastovo Island, helping to bring in the daily catch and enjoying an on-board lunch of the freshest seafood imaginable.. Discover the winding streets and cathedral of medieval Kotor, hidden in the Bay of Montenegro and protected by limestone cliffs.. Travel inland to the World Heritage-listed towns of Matera and Alberobello, known for their historical ‘trulli’ and rock-cut ‘sassi’ caves respectively.
Charming fishing hamlets, sun-soaked medieval towns and pretty islands are the star attractions of this 15-day tour and cruise through the gems that line the Adriatic. With stops in Croatia, Montenegro, Italy, Albania and Greece, this tour showcases history at its most beautiful. Begin with an in-depth adventure through the Dalmatian coast before boarding your small, stylish vessel and cruising further south. Spend time swimming off little-known Albanian beaches and delving into the myths that define the Greek islands, enjoying a mixture of locally guided excursions and free time to explore (or relax) at your own pace.
Breakfast Included: 14 Lunches Included: 3 Dinner Included: 8
Your trip starts today with your arrival in Split, the second-largest city in Croatia, located right on the Adriatic coast. You can arrive at any time during the day as there are no activities planned until the important group meeting at 6 pm. If you arrive with time to spare you are free to head out and get a first taste of this magnificent city. After the meeting tonight, get to know your fellow travellers and group leader over dinner.
Trogir – Split
This morning embark on a sightseeing tour of Split with a local guide. The city dates back 1800 years to the time when Roman emperor Diocletian built a monumental imperial residence for his retirement. Today this fortified camp is an intriguing warren of narrow cobblestone streets where pre-Romanesque churches exist alongside Gothic chapels and a multitude of museums. Very much a living monument, it is framed by four gates, the most famous of which is the Golden Gate. In front of it stands a statue of the tenth-century bishop Grgur Ninski, who once opposed the pope and introduced the Croatian language into his services. In the afternoon, take a small boat to the town of Trogir and explore this quaint seaside town on a guided tour. Visit the cathedral where you can see the famous monument (a 13th-century portal of Dalmatian masonry) before returning to Split in the evening.
Enjoy a free morning in gorgeous Split before boarding an afternoon catamaran to Croatia’s most remote island – Lastovo. The 4-hour journey is worth it to reach this secluded slice of paradise. The protected island nature park remains free from the effects of mainstream tourism and has retained its local flair. Free of the infrastructure that caters to mass tourism (and with a dwindling population for the same reason) Lastovo Island offers visitors scenes of traditional Adriatic island life as it once was. As a bonus, our sustainable tourism here supports the locals who have decided to remain. Transfer to your guesthouse and enjoy an included dinner with your group overlooking over the tiny bay.
Today you’ll learn the local trade with an immersive fishing experience – early start included. Rise and shine and head out on the water with a local fisherman, his wife and his crew. Help them to bring in the days' catch – usually scorpion fish, mackerel, sardine and bream. Enjoy the fishy fruits of your labour with a seafood lunch freshly prepared on board. This is a great chance to ask the captain any questions you may have. Return to Lastovo Island and enjoy the rest of the day as you see fit. Perhaps relax on the beach or explore the peace and quiet of the stone waterfront and tiny port of this unique island lost in time.
Bid farewell to Lastovo and transfer back to the port of Ubli, where you will board the mid-morning ferry bound for the island of Korcula (approximately 1.5 hours). Disembark at Vela Luka and transfer to Korcula Town, stopping en route at Blato, a little-known interior town on the island. Enjoy some time to explore a town few tourists see and enjoy an optional lunch before continuing. Arrive in Korcula Town and get acquainted with this fortified, seaside city on an orientation walk. Enjoy a free evening in this stunning city. Perhaps wander through the narrow streets of the Old Town, taking in the stocky Revelin Tower and impressive defensive walls before stopping for dinner in one of the many restaurants.
Peljesac Peninsula – Dubrovnik
Take a short ferry ride from Korcula to the Peljesac Peninsula, famous for its wine. Visit a family winery and sample some of the local drops, along with light cheese and smoked ham. Next, visit the town of Ston and enjoy time to explore or partake in an optional lunch. Continue to Dubrovnik. Visit the amazing Stari Grad – Dubrovnik's compact Old Town – with your leader, just in time to enjoy the sunset views from the famous city walls. This walled city is often referred to as the 'pearl of the Adriatic' and is surprisingly tiny (400 metres by 600 metres within its protective walls). It's a lovely city to walk around, as it's been restored to its former glory since the damages of the 1991 conflicts.
Lokrum Island – Dubrovnik
Travel by boat to the island of Lokrum, located off the coast of Stari Grad. In this quasi 'botanical garden' you'll encounter a collection of exotic Mediterranean plants. Lokrum is also strewn with many golden sandy beaches that are popular with the locals. Visit the ruins of an old Benedictine monastery and enjoy great views back across to Dubrovnik as well as of Napoleon's fortress. Return by boat to Dubrovnik at around midday. The remainder of the afternoon is free for you to explore at leisure. Perhaps visit the Rector's Palace. In the evening meet up with your group again to enjoy an included dinner.
Enjoy breakfast at the hotel and then the day is yours to explore the beautiful old town of Dubrovnik. You will be picked up from your hotel and transferred to board the Callisto at 4.30pm. Settle into your cabin and meet your new ship mates. There will be a safety briefing, followed by your first dinner on board. Sail overnight to Kotor.
Wake to the World Heritage-listed city of Kotor on Montenegro's Adriatic coast. Explore the fortified town on foot once the boat has docked, taking in sights including Saint Tryphon Cathedral, which was built in the 12th century, and the ancient city walls. Travel by small boat to Perast, located north of Kotor in the Bay of Montenegro, and ride a local ferry out to the striking church islands, one of which hosts a 12th-century monastery and the other an 18th-century church. The small boat will transfer you back to Kotor (approx. half an hour), then once you're back on board you'll sail overnight across the Adriatic to Bari, the capital of Italy's Puglia region.
Bari – Matera - Alberobello - Brindisi, Italy
Buongiorno! And welcome to the western side of the Adriatic. Arrive in Bari and travel with the group on private bus to two areas known for their jaw-dropping architecture. After approximately 1 hour and 30 minutes, arrive at Matera, claimed as the third-oldest continuously inhabited city in the world and one of Europe's 2019 Capitals of Culture. It's played host to film sets including Passion of the Christ and the new Ben Hur, and tourists flock to the stunning 'sassi' cave dwellings that dot the cliffs around town. It's hard to believe a place like this is real, but it lends itself to photography so fortunately you'll always have a reminder of its 9000-year-old existence. You’ll have some free time to enjoy lunch in Matera before travelling just over one hour in a private bus to Alberobello, a small town with hundreds of unique 'trullo' buildings, or 'trulli', which are whitewashed houses built from local limestone with conical roofs. Some of these World Heritage-listed dwellings were built as early as the 14th century and are recognised as an outstanding example of dry-stone construction. Once you've 'trulli' seen the Alberobello, travel on to Brindisi, a city south of Bari, where you'll board the Callisto for an overnight sail to Albania.
Saranda, Albania – Butrint, Albania - Corfu, Greece
Relax as the Callisto cuts through the Adriatic before arriving into Saranda, Albania in the morning. Albania isn't on the radar of most travellers, but the beaches dotting the coastline are as beautiful as any on the Mediterranean. Travel overland to Butrint, a World Heritage site and national park. The area's occupation dates back tens of thousands of years and is noted by UNESCO for 'a special atmosphere created by a combination of archaeology, monuments and nature”. Spend some time exploring the sight before travelling back to Saranda for a deck BBQ lunch on board as you sail towards Corfu. Stop along the way for a refreshing swim stop before arriving at your destination for the evening, the Greek island of Corfu, where you'll have a night at port.
Corfu – Ithaki, Greece
Spend the day exploring Corfu, the second-largest Ionian Island, which has long attracted travellers in search of sun and sun. Corfu Town displays unique architecture influenced by Sicilian, Venetian, French and English styles. It's kept many of its imposing buildings, elegant mansions, superb palaces, French-style flowered squares and beautiful fortresses, and is an absolute dream to explore on foot. Enjoy some free time after the walking tour, perhaps visiting Palaio Frouiro or simply soaking up island life on the beautiful stone streets. In the evening, sail south down the Greek coastline to Ithaki, or Ithaca, the island home to which Odysseus, the hero of Homer's epic Odyssey, strived so hard to return. Your journey won't be so perilous.