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2021 2022

Hiking Cruise in the Balkans: Croatia, Greece, Albania, and Montenegro (port-to-port cruise)

8 Days - DCA_RANPP
# Description

Cruise

DUBROVNIK - CORFU - SARANDA - VLORE - DURRES - BAR - DUBROVNIK

An exciting, four-country cruise through the Adriatic Sea! Whether hiking in the mountains or strolling through the streets, the wonderful scenery in Croatia, Greece, Albania, and Montenegro is awe-inspiring.

Croisi +
All inclusive on board

THE CROISIEUROPE DIFFERENCE

  • All meals included - DRINKS INCLUDED with meals and at the bar
  • Refined French cuisine - Gala dinner and evening - Welcome cocktail
  • Free Wi-Fi onboard
  • Headsets are included for excursions
  • Official welcome from the captain and crew
  • Onboard activities
  • Travel assistance and repatriation insurance
  • All port fees included

CRUISE HIGHLIGHTS

  • NEW ITINERARY WITH NEW PORTS OF CALL
  • Discover Mediterranean treasures
  • Hiking Highlights:
    • Following an antique aqueduct in Dubrovnik
    • Achilleion Palace, Gastouri, and the Holy Church of Agia Kyriaki
    • Llogara National Park and Caesar's Pass
    • The Black Cave of Pellumbas
  • Separate visits and tours for non-hikers:
    • Corfu, paradise in the Ionian Sea
    • Apollonia, the largest archaeological site in Albania, and Berat, the city with a thousand views
    • Tirana, the capital of Albania
    • The ancient city of Bar and its ruins
  • Excursions for all passengers:
    • The captivating ancient ruins of Butrint
    • The old town in Gjirokastër
    • Stari Bar

Route

Day 1

DUBROVNIK (Croatia)

Passengers are welcome to board our ship at 5:00 p.m. We’ll introduce our crew at a welcome cocktail. We'll enjoy dinner on board. The rest of the evening is yours to do as you please.

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Day 2

DUBROVNIK

Dubrovnik stands boldly under limestone mountain peaks along the rocky coastline of the gorgeous sea. It is no wonder why Lord Byron described it as the “Pearl of the Adriatic.” Once the center of the Republic of Ragusa, the city’s medieval wall and stone streets are now famous worldwide as the main filming location for King’s Landing in Game of Thrones.

HIKERS

Following an antique aqueduct in Dubrovnik. The old aqueduct—built over 500 years ago to supply inhabitants with fresh water from a nearby spring—is now a path dotted with ruins that takes you to the views overlooking Dubrovnik. This is a great opportunity to learn more about the area’s history and to take in the spectacular scene of the river and city from above. You’ll descend on foot to the Nuncijata district. (2.5-hour hike, 4.3 miles (7 km), intermediate level.)

NON-HIKERS

Set off on a tour of Dubrovnik, which captivates tourists with its beauty and sublime views. Dubrovnik is a precious gem that adorns the coast along the Adriatic Sea. Discover the natural beauty and rich history of this majestic city.

We’ll spend the afternoon cruising alongside the Albanian and Montenegrin coastline. We'll enjoy dinner and an evening of entertainment.

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Day 3

CORFU (Greece)

We’ll spend the morning cruising to the splendid island of Corfu. According to Homer’s poems, Ulysses made a final stop here before returning to Ithaca.

In the afternoon,

HIKERS

Hike from Achilleion Palace through Gastouri to the Holy Church of Agia Kyriaki. Starting at Achilleion Palace—just one of former Empress Elizabeth of Austria’s splendid castles—we’ll hike through Gastouri to a vista that is home to an old chapel (945 ft./288 m). What makes this hike so special is the beautiful overlooks. The best panorama is from the chapel, where you’ll be able to see the islet of Pontikonisi and Corfu in the distance. (4 hours with 2.5 hours hiking time, 919-foot elevation gain (280 m), intermediate level.)

NON-HIKERS

Visit the old town in Corfu. Today a UNESCO World Heritage Site, the old city dates back to the 8th century BC, but what we see today is approximately 500 years old, built mostly by the Venetians. We’ll visit Achilleion, the island’s emblematic palace built by the beloved Empress Sissi.

After our excursion, we’ll return on board the ship. Join us for an evening of dancing in the lounge.

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Day 4

CORFU - SARANDA (Albania)

We’ll cruise to Saranda in the early morning. Excursions for all passengers This morning, we’ll visit the Butrint ruins (an approx. 4-hour tour, including 1 hour and 40 minutes of driving). These ancient ruins are famed for their size, beauty, and tranquility. They're in a fantastic natural setting and span over 2,500 years. An acropolis once sat at the top of the hill. The views give you a good idea of the city's layout, and you can see the Vivari Channel connecting Lake Butrint to the Straits of Corfu in the distance.

This afternoon, we’ll set out on a tour of Gjirokastër (an approx. 5-hour tour, including 3 hours of driving). Historic Gjirokastër is one of Albania's three UNESCO sites. Described as “a rare example of a well-preserved Ottoman town,” the city is dominated by Gjirokastër Fortress. Gjirokastër contains several remarkable homes with turrets—some dating back to the 17th century and more elaborate examples dating back to the early 19th century. The Gjirokastër Bazaar is known for handmade wood pieces, handwoven rugs, and crafts such as delicate lace items. We’ll enjoy a tasting of local products at the end of our tour.

After our excursion, we'll return on board and begin to cruise to Vlore. Tonight’s festivities will have an Albanian flair! Our ship will cruise through the night.

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Day 5

VLORE

We’ll arrive in Vlore early in the morning.

HIKERS

Llogara National Park and Caesar's Pass (lunch included). The trail begins near the forest ranger station in the park. We’ll hike through the pine forest and wilderness until we reach Caesar’s Pass. The name comes from Julius Caesar himself, who traveled the path in 48 BC during the Roman Civil War. The summit provides spectacular views of the valley, the bay, and the Karaburun Peninsula. (Approximately 6-hours with 2 hours and 15 minutes hiking time, 1.55 miles (2.5 km), 3,127-foot elevation gain (953 m), intermediate level.)

NON-HIKERS

Join us for a full-day tour of Apollonia and Berat (lunch included - approx. 10.5 hours, including 4.5 hours of driving). Our first stop will be Berat. In 2008, the village was designated as a UNESCO World Heritage Site as a rare example of a well-preserved Ottoman town. We’ll then continue on to the largest archaeological site in Albania: Apollonia. Set on rolling hills among olive groves with impressive views all around, Apollonia was founded by Greeks from Corinth and Corfu in 588 BC. While the ruins are minimal, the onsite Apollonia Museum complex is an excellent experience.

After our excursion, we’ll return on board the ship. We'll enjoy dinner and an evening of entertainment. This evening, our ship will begin to cruise to Durrës.

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Day 6

DURRËS

We’ll arrive in Durrës early in the morning.

HIKERS

Hike to the Black Cave of Pellumbas. We begin our trek along the mountain slope that takes us down to the river canyon. Once we arrive at the cave, we’ll use flashlights to get a better look at the impressive stalactites and stalagmites. Leading experts believe it was one of the first prehistoric dwellings in the region based on relics and tools dating as far back as the Neolithic era. If we have the time, we’ll jump in the river for a swim on our way back. 2-hour 45-minute hike, 1.2 miles (2 km), 1,148-foot elevation gain (350 m), intermediate level.

NON-HIKERS

This morning, we’ll visit Tirana and its Natural History Museum (approximately 5 hours long, including 2 hours of driving). Tirana, the capital and largest city, is the heart of Albania's cultural, economic, and governmental activity. We'll visit the National History Museum, which takes you chronologically from ancient Illyria to the post-communist era. We’ll also see Skanderbeg Square, where you can get a good look at the city’s oldest building, the historic Et'hem Bey Mosque (the mosque is currently closed for renovations; the initial visit to this site will be replaced by a tour of the Blloku area). Once the area where the communist elite resided, it is now an upscale location for dining, shopping, and entertainment.

We’ll spend the afternoon cruising. Join us for an evening of dancing in the lounge.

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Day 7

BAR (Montenegro)

We’ll spend the morning visiting Stari Bar. Enjoy a guided tour of this old urban settlement in the mountains above the city of Bar. The tranquil feel of this place will make you fall in love with the whole country. Together with the stronghold towers, city gates, gun powder room, Prince’s Palace, and Bishop’s Palace, we can imagine the impressive town that it used to be. We’ll spend the afternoon cruising alongside the Montenegrin coastline and through the Bay of Kotor. Tonight is our festive gala evening.

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Day 8

DUBROVNIK

Enjoy breakfast on board this morning before disembarking at 9:00 a.m. End of our services.

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Dates & Prices

START IN 2022
Departure 01/05/2022
Arrival 08/05/2022
Ship : MV La Belle de l'Adriatique Ship category : PREMIUM

* Price based on double occupancy

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  • Child discount (2-9 years) : - 20%
Included :
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The cruise with all meals from dinner the first evening to breakfast on the final day - all onboard beverages (not including the special lists) - accommodations in double-occupancy cabin with shower in private bathroom - welcome cocktail - assistance from our onboard multi-lingual host/hostess - gala dinner - excursions and hikes mentioned in the program - travel assistance and repatriation insurance - all port fees.

Transfers - drinks from our special wine list or drinks ordered during excursions or transfers - cancellation and baggage insurance - personal expenses.

Shore Excursions

Butrint

For this excursion, we’ll leave Saranda and head inland, crossing the Bistricë River and the vast Vrina Plain before arriving at the salt lagoon known as Lake Butrint. We’ll visit the UNESCO World Heritage site of Butrint, once part...

Duration 4h00 Classic
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Stari Bar

Stari Bar, meaning “Old Bar,” is located a few miles from the newer city of Bar at the foot of Mount Rumija. Although Stari Bar was abandoned after the 1979 earthquake because the aqueduct that supplied water to the town was damaged, it w...

Duration 3h00 Classic
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Following an antique aqueduct in Dubrovnik

You’ll leave by coach to the starting point of your hike, which brings you to the hills over Dubrovnik. We’ll begin on an old rail line that dates back to Austro-Hungarian Empire, before meeting up with the 15th-century aqueduct. The aque...

Duration 2h30 Classic
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Gjirokastër

Join us for an excursion to Gjirokastër, one of the most beautiful sites in Albania. Its castle, which is undoubtedly one of the most magnificent structures in Gjirokastër, sits on a rocky bluff with the city stretching out around it. This...

Duration 5h00 Classic
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Achilleion Palace, Gastouri, and the Holy Church of Agia Kyriaki

You’ll be transferred by coach to Achilleion Palace, where we’ll head up above Gastouri to Mount Agioi Dela and over to a vista at the Holy Church of Agia Kyriaki (945 feet in altitude). What makes this hike so special is the beautiful ov...

Duration 4h30 Classic
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Llogara National Park and Caesar's Pass

You’ll be transferred to the park by coach. The trail begins near the forest ranger station in this awesome, mountainous national park. We’ll hike through the pine forest and wilderness until we reach Caesar’s Pass. The name comes f...

Duration 6h00 Classic
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Hike to the Black Cave of Pellumbas

You’ll be transferred to Pellumbas by coach. We begin our trek along the mountain slope that takes us down to the river canyon. Once we arrive at the Black Cave, we’ll explore inside to get a better look at the impressive stalactites and...

Duration 2h45 Classic
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Gjirokastër

Join us for an excursion to Gjirokastër, one of the most beautiful sites in Albania. Its castle, which is undoubtedly one of the most magnificent structures in Gjirokastër, sits on a rocky bluff with the city stretching out around it. This...

Duration 5h00 Classic
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Stari Bar

Stari Bar, meaning “Old Bar,” is located a few miles from the newer city of Bar at the foot of Mount Rumija. Although Stari Bar was abandoned after the 1979 earthquake because the aqueduct that supplied water to the town was damaged, it w...

Duration 3h00 Classic
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Corfu and the Achilleon Palace

We’ll depart by coach with our guides to visit the sights of the island of Corfu. First of all you will visit the Achilleon Palace, built between 1889 and 1891 following the orders of Empress Elisabeth (better known as "Sisi") in hono...

Duration 3h30 Classic
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Guided tour of Dubrovnik

The former Republic of Ragusa is famous for its medieval walls and its wide variety of historical architecture. We'll visit the Dominican Friary, its lovely Gothic cloister, and its extraordinary museum of religious art - with several valuable p...

Duration 3h45 Classic
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Butrint

For this excursion, we’ll leave Saranda and head inland, crossing the Bistricë River and the vast Vrina Plain before arriving at the salt lagoon known as Lake Butrint. We’ll visit the UNESCO World Heritage site of Butrint, once part...

Duration 4h00 Classic
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Berat and Apollonia

Berat is one of the highlights when visiting Albania, whose most striking feature is the white houses climbing up the hill to its castle. The center of Berat is listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site and contains rare examples of Ottoman-style archit...

Duration 9h30 Classic
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Tirana

We’ll hit the road for Tirana, nestled between Dajti Peak and the coastal plains. We'll first visit the National History Museum, which takes you chronologically from ancient Illyria to the post-communist era. The museum is divided into pavi...

Duration 5h00 Classic
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Ships

Several ships available for this cruise

Valid passport required. Non-EU nationals are advised to consult their embassy or consulate.


Navigational obligations and weather conditions can disrupt the itinerary, and in certain cases, intermediate stops may be canceled. If this happens, CroisiEurope will do our best to find the best solution according to passenger expectations. For safety reasons, the company and/or the captain of the ship are the only authorities who can modify the cruise itinerary.

Alcohol can be dangerous to your health. Please drink in moderation.

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