Love art and relics? Seeking destinations drenched in sunshine? Then an Eastern Mediterranean cruise is just the ticket. With ports that include Korcula, Zadar and Venice, you’ll sail along vibrant coastlines, stopping in one culture-rich location after another.
* The order of the itinerary may differ depending on your chosen departure date and airport.
Day 1 – Bridgetown, Barbados
Your Venetian Vistas cruise begins in Dubrovnik, dubbed the ‘Pearl of the Adriatic’. Famous for its sublime coastline location on the Dalmatian coast, Dubrovnik town is just a five-minute drive from the port.
One of the city’s must-see attractions are its old city walls, built in the 10th century. They climb as high as six metres and were made to be extraordinarily thick to provide solid protection against invaders. The walls offer wonderful views across the Adriatic Sea.
Other highlights include its two towers, Minceta Tower and Bokar Tower. Another sight worth seeing is the Jesuit Monastery in that same square, built in the 18th century.
If you’re up for a spot of shopping, Gundulićeva Poljana is where you’ll find a busy morning market. One of Dubrovnik’s notorious attractions is its cable car, constructed in 1969. It’ll give you jaw-dropping views of the Old Town and its shoreline.
Day 2 – Bar, Montenegro
Time in port: 08:00-18:00
On day two of the Venetian Vistas itinerary, you’ll arrive in Bar, one of the least touristy towns on the Montenegrin coast. If you’re up for a spot of exploring, you'll love this area.
Investigate the ruins of the Old Town, just four kilometres from the main town. You'll be able to check out one of the oldest olive trees on the planet and bask on the glorious beaches. An adrenaline-junkie? Try your luck at a canyoning experience, which Montenegro is famous for.
One of the destination’s most popular spots is King Nikola’s Palace, constructed in 1885. It was erected to provide King Nikola’s daughter and son-in-law with a graceful home on the seafront.
Day 3 – Korcula, Croatia
Time in port: 07:00-18:00
Before you know it, you’ll arrive at the port of Korcula in Croatia. This island is 20 miles long and laden with lush pine forests and olive groves. Filled with medieval squares, churches, palaces and houses, the island is dubbed ‘Little Dubrovnik’.
Korcula is home to a string of charming bays lining its north coast, including Vrbovica and Zrnovska Banja. Their tiny pebble beaches slope gracefully into the pristine Adriatic waters.
If you’re into diving, head to the island’s best underwater hot spot in the westernmost part of Vela Luka.
Day 4 – Zadar, Croatia
Time in port: 08:00-18:00
On day four of your Venetian Vistas cruise, you’ll dock at Zadar in Croatia, a region rich in history and natural beauty.
Did you know the city’s sunsets wowed Hitchcock? The film director was apparently lured to the city to marvel at the incredible reddening of its skies in 1964. Your best bet is to head to Brazil Bar on the Monument to the Sun, a 22-metre disc designed by artist Nikola Basic. The structure soaks up solar rays to dazzle people with them in the form of coloured light patterns as night falls.
Day 5 – Venice, Italy
Time in port: 08:00-18:00
Next on the list of your Venetian Vistas cruise is the romantic, historic Italian city of Venice. Picture gondolas, canals, impressive architecture and the vibrant towns of Burano and Murano.
The main city of Venice is small enough that you can walk it in just a few hours. Kick back and chill in the small squares that pepper the city, discover the canals or visit a café for coffee and vino.
In the heart of Venice is St. Mark’s Square from which you can easily check out many of the other hot spots. Be sure to take a panoramic photo, feed the pigeons and lose yourself as you do some people-watching.
Day 6 – Trieste, Italy
Time in port: 08:00-16:00
On day six, you’ll arrive at the gorgeous Trieste in Italy, a grand little city with much to do and see. Once occupied by the Austro/Hungarian empire, its identity is neither wholly Italian or Slovenian.
Wander the town and admire some spectacular architecture, from the Roman times to the superb Art Deco era. And be sure to try the gelato here – it tastes so good.
Day 7 – Split, Croatia
Time in port: 09:00-18:00
Before going back to Dubrovnik, you’re in for one more treat: a day in Split, Croatia. The second largest Croatian city, Split’s ruins date to the Roman Empire. Indulge in some fresh seafood served at numerous eateries in town. If you do one thing in Split, make it a trip to Diocletian’s Palace, built in 305 AD for the Roman Emperor Diocletian.
Meander the Riva Promenade, past swaying palms and colourful buildings. For another not-to-be-beaten panorama of the city, take a stroll up Marjan Hill.
If time allows, take a 35-minute taxi ride or one-hour ferry trip to Trogir, an idyllic coastal town. You can cover this gorgeous, tiny town in an hour or two if you’re super-quick.
Day 8 – Dubrovnik, Croatia
After a week of discovering these serene islands, you’ll return to Dubrovnik – but not without many treasured memories to look back on.