Sail across the sea and visit five of the Eastern Mediterranean’s finest countries on an eight-day Adriatic Explorer cruise. Immerse yourself in medieval history in Dubrovnik, admire nature at its best in Croatia and marvel at the floating city of Venice, while travelling in style on your ship, Marella Discovery.
* The order of the itinerary may differ depending on your chosen departure date and airport.
Day 1 - Corfu Town, Corfu
Hello Corfu, the departure port for your cruise. Your free airport transfer takes 20 minutes. If you arrive early enough, you'll have time to explore the scenery and turquoise waters of Greece's Emerald Isle. Add a dash of golden sand and some brightly coloured houses, and you’ve got a destination photographers are clambering to snap. The best place to get your own photographs is Bella Vista, Corfu’s most famous viewpoint perched above the village of Paleokastritsa, north of Corfu Town.
Corfu Town is home to the largest square in Greece, Spianada where locals congregate, and tourists come to see the Peristyle of Maitland monument, and several statues of important dignitaries in Corfu’s history. Pop along to the Neoclassical palace of Mon Repos, the birthplace of our very own HRH Prince Phillip. Nearby is the 11th-century Church of Saints Jason and Sosipater, a great example of Byzantine architecture.
Day 2 - At Sea
Put your Adriatic exploring on hold today and relax onboard. It’s not all about lounging around the two pools, drinking cocktails at the Deck Bar and grabbing a bite to eat in the nearby Snack Shack, although that sounds like an excellent way to while away a few hours.
The kids are covered with Babyentertainment, Kid’s Club, and the Hideout (for teens). There’s a library to relax in and cake to be had in the Coffee Port. A jogging track is onboard to burn off the cake calories and the Veranda is a perfect adults-only sunbathing area where you can catch some rays.
In the evening, have dinner in the signature pan-Asian restaurant before watching a show in the Broadway Lounge and finishing the evening with a nightcap in the Live Room.
Day 3 - Koper, Slovenia
Time in port: 07:00 - 23:00
Revel in the olive groves and azure water in the medieval town of Koper. For the naturists amongst us, the Škocjan Zatok Nature Park, a marsh with around 250 species of birds is waiting to be explored. Adventurers should bike or hike to the Karst Edge rock climbing area to hang out on the cliffs.
History lovers can visit the Venetian Gothic Praetorian Palace or contemplate the Dance of Death fresco in St Trinity’s church. Sports enthusiasts should head for Active Koper water sports park to hire a SUP or dive in search of the SS Rex shipwreck which sank in September 1944.
Day 4 - Venice, Italy
Time in port: 08:00 - 18:00
Romantic Venice awaits on Day 4 of your Adriatic Explorer cruise with its matrix of canals, 400 bridges and stunning Venetian Gothic architecture. There’s only one way to travel here, so snuggle up on a gondola and let your gondolier guide you past famous landmarks like the Bridge of Sighs, St Mark’s Square, the Rialto Bridge and its adjoining market.
Do some island hopping in the Venetian Lagoon. Watch glass being blown in Murano, admire the brightly coloured fishermen’s cottages on Burano and gaze at the impressive cathedral, the Basilica di Santa Maria Assunta on the sparsely inhabited Torcello.
Day 5 - Split, Croatia
Time in port: 09:00 - 18:00
Croatia is fast becoming a favourite destination on Marella’s Eastern Mediterranean Cruises. Split, the largest city in Dalmatia, has a lively outdoor vibe which epitomises the Mediterranean culture. Get your history fix at the Diocletian’s Palace in the heart of Split. The complex encompasses a square full of cafes, restaurants and shops, the Cathedral of Saint Domnius and its bell tower, and a 3500-year-old sphinx sitting on a column.
Stroll the Riva, or seafront promenade, where the locals take their daily passeggiata (evening stroll) or go to Bačvice, the city’s beach, a great place for kids to paddle in its shallow water.
Day 6 - Dubrovnik, Croatia
Time in port: 08:00 - 23:00
Time to don your Adriatic explorer hat and head for the marbled streets of this medieval masterpiece. Take a cable car up to Mount Srd, and enjoy the best views of the city.
Visit the Old Town and its iconic walls, wander down the Stradun and take in the Orlando Column at one end, the Onofrio Fountain at the other, and the myriad of historical landmarks in between. Are you a Game of Thrones fan? See if you can spot where some of the smash hit series was filmed in the city.
Banje Beach is the place to go for sun worshipping or hitting the waves on a speedboat or jet-ski.
Day 7 - Kotor, Montenegro
Time in port: 08:00 - 15:00
Make sure you’re camera-ready as you sail into Kotor. Red roofs reflecting on blue water against a backdrop of rugged mountains are views not to be missed. Nor is the 'Bride of the Adriatic', the dramatic fjord which rises above the port.
A walk around the town will have you stumbling upon hidden squares with monuments in every corner. Visit the Prince’s Palace and the Romanesque St Tryphon Cathedral with Byzantine frescoes in its arches.
Visit Montenegro’s most popular tourist destination, Budva. It's situated across the bay from Kotor and boasts 17 beaches, several monasteries and art galleries.
Day 8 - Corfu Town, Corfu
Your time in the Eastern Mediterranean comes to an end as you arrive in Corfu Town. If you have time before your flight, head into the old town and go shopping in the Bazaar. The cobbled alleyways are filled with stalls and boutiques selling everything from souvenirs to designer clothes. Stop at a café for one last taste of Greece before you leave - a coffee and some Tiropita, a delicious pastry filled with feta.