LOADING...
LOADING...
LOADING...
LOADING...
LOADING...
LOADING...
 
1-888-722-0021
 

INTO THE ADRIATIC

V5324

Athens to Venice on Crystal Serenity
DATES : October 11 - 18, 2015 (7 Days)  CRUISE-ONLY FARES FROM : $2,685 Per Person

PLAN & BOOK THIS VOYAGE

Contact a Crystal Expert Travel Agency:

1-888-722-0021
Get-a-Quote
Into the Adriatic Into the Adriatic Map

Immerse yourself in the treasures of the Adriatic, from the ruins of ancient Greece to the stunning Dalmatian Coast and Albanian Riviera.

Date Port Arrival Departure
Oct 11, Sunday
Athens/Piraeus, Greece »   7 pm
Piraeus is Greece's largest port and has been a gateway to the Mediterranean since 482 BC. It lies on the innermost point of the Saronic Gulf and is a short drive from Athens, the cradle of Western democracy and culture. Throughout the ages, Athens' lofty Acropolis has been a source of inspiration. The ancient ruins scattered throughout this legendary city are reminders of Greece's great cultural heritage.
Oct 12, Monday
Monemvasia, Greece » 8 am 6 pm
If you wished to paint the perfect picture of a Greek island, it would probably look like Monemvasia. Start with a rocky promontory on the eastern edge of the Peloponnese. Then sketch in restored stone houses, beautiful churches and a winding two-donkey wide road. Add a medieval citadel. Remove all automobiles. Then make the island accessible from the mainland via a strollable causeway spanned by a grand Venetian gate. The finishing touch: the backdrop of an exquisite Aegean sunset.
Oct 13, Tuesday
Katakolon, Greece » 8 am 5 pm

While the Katakolon's main street is just a five-minute walk from the pier, you will probably want to venture farther out to see the ancient site of Olympia, the storied place where the Olympic Games originated in 776 BC. A look at the impressive monuments, including the Temple of Zeus, the Temple of Hera and the famous stadium, along with a visit to the nearby Archaeological Museum, offers a fascinating introduction to the Games and ancient mythology.

Back in town, stroll the oceanfront walkway, relax over ouzo in an open-air café, or engage in a friendly round of haggling for jewelry and handcrafts, a modern-day sporting event that enjoys widespread popularity.

Oct 14, Wednesday
Sarande, Albania » 8 am 5 pm

One of the most popular spots on the Albanian Riviera, Sarande boasts an idyllic location on the Ionian Sea, just opposite the Greek island of Corfu. Its position near the Greek border also puts Sarande within reach of important archaeological sites. One is the ancient city of Buthrotum, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Also nearby are the ruins of the fortified city of Onchesmos, where excavations are unearthing the remains of dwellings, water cisterns and an early Christian basilica dating to the 5th century.

For many travelers, however, Sarande itself is all that's needed for a satisfying vacation, for it is here that they can bask in the warm sun, shop for delicate lacework and embroidery, and enjoy views of the sea.
Oct 15, Thursday
Dubrovnik, Croatia » 8 am 6 pm
Though it has only recently re-emerged as an independent nation, Croatia is by no means a new country. There were settlements along the Dalmatian Coast before recorded time. When Slavic people migrated here in the 6th century, they converted to Catholicism and adopted the local Latin alphabet. The region eventually became part of the powerful Kingdom of Croatia. Medieval Dubrovnik, formerly the Republic of Ragusa, was one of several walled cities established in the 7th century to guard the coastal approaches. Its fortification was completed in the 13th century and has remained relatively unchanged. The city walls are in excellent condition and today prevent invasion by automobiles. Within the walls, the lovely sleek lines of Venetian-style buildings complement a wealth of ancient stone architecture. Nearby islands feature beautiful beaches as well as intriguing ancient ruins.
Oct 16, Friday
Split, Croatia » 8 am 5 pm
Split was first settled when, at the end of the third century AD, the Roman Emperor Diocletian built his palace in the charming city. The importance of Diocletian's Palace far transcends local significance because of its level of preservation and the buildings of succeeding historical periods found within its walls, which today form the very heart of old Split. The palace is one of the most famous and integral architectural and cultural constructs on the Croatian Adriatic coast. The seaport of Split lies on the Dalmation coast. It is the economic and administrative center of Middle Dalmatia, with about 200,000 inhabitants. Split's growth became particularly rapid in the 7th century, when the inhabitants of the destroyed Greek and Roman metropolis Salonae took refuge within its walls. The lovely ruins of Solin, located outside the city, can still be explored today. Split has a long tradition of collecting and caring for monuments. This interest appeared as early as the Renaissance. Diocletian's Palace, Mestrovic Gallery, the Archaeological Museum and the Temple of Jupiter are just a few of the impressive museums and galleries that shouldn't be missed.
Oct 17, Saturday
Venice, Italy (overnight) » 9 am  
Venice rests three miles off the coast of mainland Italy and is considered one of the world's most enchanting cities. Known as the "Queen of the Adriatic," it actually comprises more than 100 separate islands. Laced together by a string of 400 intricate bridges, Venice is legendary for its labyrinthine network of canals. A whimsical stroll through the city can lead one to a hidden world of ornately decorated piazzas and shops. As you explore colorful marketplaces and busy town squares, marvel at a priceless legacy of Baroque architecture. Admire the richness of St. Mark's Basilica and the lavishness of the Palazzo Ducale. Getting lost in Venice can be a truly delightful experience. The place of dreams, this romantic city will live long in your memory.
Oct 18, Sunday
Venice, Italy » Disembark am  
Venice rests three miles off the coast of mainland Italy and is considered one of the world's most enchanting cities. Known as the "Queen of the Adriatic," it actually comprises more than 100 separate islands. Laced together by a string of 400 intricate bridges, Venice is legendary for its labyrinthine network of canals. A whimsical stroll through the city can lead one to a hidden world of ornately decorated piazzas and shops. As you explore colorful marketplaces and busy town squares, marvel at a priceless legacy of Baroque architecture. Admire the richness of St. Mark's Basilica and the lavishness of the Palazzo Ducale. Getting lost in Venice can be a truly delightful experience. The place of dreams, this romantic city will live long in your memory.
All itineraries and times are subject to change. Click on ports for detailed information.
REQUEST A BROCHURE »
EMAIL NEWSLETTER
Don’t miss out! Sign up for Crystal promotions. »
Crystal Serenity

Tour the ship

Crystal Serenity
DECK PLANS & DETAILS »

WORLD MAP

V5324 Enlarged Map