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BEYOND BYZANTIUM: CRYSTAL GETAWAYS

V4309B

Corfu to Venice on Crystal Serenity
DATES : May 13 - 18, 2014 (5 Days)  CRUISE-ONLY FARES FROM : $1,730 Per Person

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Discover the cosmopolitan flair of the Greek Isles and the stunning beauty of the Dalmatian Coast en route to Venice, Queen of the Adriatic.

Date Port Arrival Departure
May 13, Tuesday
Corfu, Greece »   5 pm
Shaped like a scythe, the island of Corfu is considered one of the Mediterranean's best-kept secrets. Its lush interior is covered in cypress and olive trees while the main downtown area has elegant Venetian architecture and a serene atmosphere. Strategically important due to its location, this island has managed to maintain its uniqueness despite numerous invasions by outside forces. Today, the culture of Corfu reflects its turbulent past as well as its origins.
May 14, Wednesday
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.
May 15, Thursday
Korčula, Croatia » 8 am 2 pm
Long stretches of beaches, rocky mountains within reach of the sea, fervent summers, untouched nature and unique city monuments make up the beautiful country Croatia. The town of Korčula is the historical, cultural and political center of the island. Considered the birthplace of Marco Polo, Korčula's history and tradition are apparent when you walk along the paved streets and squares of this lovely town. Cultural and historical monuments such as the Treasury of the Abbey, the City Museum and the Museum of Icons can all be found in Korcula.
May 16, Friday
Koper, Slovenia » 8 am 6 pm

Situated on the Adriatic coast near the Italian border, the Slovenian city of Koper has been overtaken by numerous powers over the centuries, including Venetian, Austrian and Yugoslavian. The city reveals its unique story in its architecture, highlights of which are the remains of the main door from the once-grand fortified walls and the many preserved buildings dating from the 15th to the 18th centuries. A walk in the old Venetian quarter can truly begin to give a visitor a sense of both the city’s history and future, as restorations of the elegant buildings are underway.

May 17, Saturday
Venice, Italy (overnight) » 7 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.
May 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.
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