Aug 2017 - Oct 2017

14 Day Ancient Mariners: Venice, Croatia & Greece - Northbound

Tauck Small Ship Cruise starting in Athens and finishing in Venice

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Book online and enjoy exclusive savings on Tauck's 14 Day Ancient Mariners: Venice, Croatia & Greece - Northbound. Cruise aboard a Wind Star yacht on an enchanting odyssey from Athens to Venice, exploring islands in Croatia, Montenegro and Greece steeped in legend and antiquity, accessible only by small ships.


Operator: Tauck
Type: Small Ship Cruise (Premium)
Duration: 14 Days
From: Athens to Venice
Tour Code: VAN
Reviews: Not Yet Reviewed
Visits: Greece, Montenegro, Croatia, Italy
Our Price From:
$ 9,990
Per Person ($AU)

Day By Day


Arrive Athens, Greece

Tour begins: Athens, 6:00 PM. Transfers are included from Athens International Airport to the Hilton Athens, your 5-star hotel in the heart of the city, where you'll enjoy Acropolis view rooms. Join us for a welcome reception and dinner in the Galaxy Room. Stay Two Nights: Hilton Athens (D)

The Acropolis & Its Treasures

See the magnificent Acropolis on a walking tour. The citadel, rising on a hill above the city, features the colonnaded Parthenon, iconic symbol of classical Greek civilization and its achievements in architecture, art, and ideas: more than stone antiquity, the Acropolis represents the foundation of western thought and philosophy, and the birthplace of democracy. The complex of buildings includes the Temple of Athena Nike, the Parthenon (Temple of Athena the Virgin), the Erectheum, dedicated to Athena and Poseidon, and the Theatre of Dionysus. Visit the Acropolis Museum, built over an archaeological site, and exhibiting artifacts discovered at the citadel, which reach back to the Bronze Age. Return to the hotel for time at leisure. (B)

Athens From A To Z & Embark Ship

Depart the hotel for a guided visit to the National Archaeological Museum, a treasure-house of ancient Greek art from pre-history to late antiquity; over 20,000 exhibits of sculpture, weapons, jewelry, tools and create a panoramic view of classical Greek civilization, and other civilizations that developed in the Aegean, beginning in the 6th millennium BC. Drive to Piraeus, where your Windstar ship awaits. Lunch at the Yacht Club Restaurant in Piraeus, then get settled aboard the ship. Sail for Nafplion this afternoon. Stay Nine Nights: Star Pride, Breeze or Legend (B/L/D)

Epidaurus, Greece

Your ship arrives dockside in Nafplion; from there, you'll drive to the ancient citadel at Mycenae, one of the most important archaeological sites in Greece. The ruins are the remains of the Bronze Age civilization that preceded Classical Greece, and dominated the Aegean until 1100 BC; its ancient culture is believed to be the source of epics and legends that include Perseus, Hercules, and Agammenon, who resided here, and launched the war against the Trojans, described in The Iliad. A guided tour includes the citadel's famous Lion Gate, its "Cyclopian" fortifications, named for the mythical Cyclops that supposedly built them, and the foundation remains of the palace. Later, visit Epidaurus, site of an ancient sanatorium where sick people went to be cured; here you'll find masterpieces of Hellenic architecture in the ruins of The Sanctuary of Asclepius, the god of medicine, and the great outdoor theatre, famous for its perfect acoustics. Return to Nafplion and enjoy time to explore the charming town on your own. Set sail tonight for the Corinth Canal and Ancient Delphi. (B/L/D)

Delphi, Greece

This afternoon, you'll sail through the Corinth Canal, which links the Gulf of Corinth with the Saronic Gulf in the Aegean Sea. Arrive at Itea, and drive to Delphi. This rich archaeological site on the slopes of Mount Parnassus was believed by the ancient Greeks to be the center of the world; here you'll find the remains of the Temple of Apollo, the Treasury of Athens, and an amphitheatre large enough for 5,000 spectators. Delphi is where the Pythian Games were played, and it is also the home of the legendary Oracle, who was consulted by kings before any risky undertaking. With a local guide, visit the site's Archaeological Museum, which illuminates the politics, art, and culture of the Archaic period, and the rise and fall of the Sanctuary of Delphi. Walk through the Sanctuary, see the ruins of the Temple of Apollo, and hear all about the Oracle. Return to the ship and depart for Katakolon on the Peloponnese peninsula. (B/L/D)

Katakalon, Greece

Dock in Katakalon, and drive inland to Olympia, the birthplace of the Olympic Games. With a local guide you'll explore the remains of the Temple of Zeus, the Temple of Hera, where the Olympic torch is lighted, and the ancient stadium where sporting events dedicated to Zeus took place thousands of years ago. Visit the Olympic Museum, which houses a priceless collection of statues and antiquities recovered from archaeological sites. Stop at a Greek farm for lunch and cultural entertainment on your way back to Katakalon; wander through the picturesque seaside town and board the ship at your leisure. Late this afternoon, sail for the island of Corfu. (B/L/D)

The Beautiful Greek Island Of Corfu

Corfu is an island of rugged mountains and seaside resorts off the northwest coast of Greece, in the Ionian Sea, believed to be the farflung mythical place where Odysseus was washed ashore, the last stop on his journey home. Its old town is a UNESCO World Heritage site, a cosmopolitan warren of secluded squares and alleyways that wind among Venetian palaces and Byzantine churches; its outlying areas are dotted with whitewashed houses and resort towns, mountains and cypress trees. Take a scenic drive through the countryside, amid slopes lush with olive groves and citrus orchards, to Paleokastritsa, the "Capri of Greece," set along a spectacular coastline of beaches, jagged cliffs, and forests. Visit the 13th-century Monastery of the Virgin, still inhabited by monks; pause in the lofty mountain village of Lakones for the panoramic views. Later, enjoy a guided walking tour of Corfu Town along its twisting cobblestone streets known as "kandounia,", and experience its elegant enclaves. There's time for shopping and exploring on your own. Then return to the ship, and sail for Montenegro. (B/L/D)

Kotor, Montenegro

Arrive mid-morning in the walled town of Kotor, set in a bay bordered by limestone cliffs and mountains, a stunning landscape that echoes the fjords of northern Europe. The town was a thriving artistic and commercial center during the Renaissance, and its well-preserved narrow streets and squares and outstanding Venetian architecture earns its designation as a UNESCO World Heritage site. Your first stop is an islet in the harbor called Our Lady of the Rocks; the artificial island was built by fishermen with stones and rock-laden sunken ships, and the 17th-century church upon it is a charming work of Italian and Balkan art. Continue across the bay to the quiet town of Perast, with its one main street lined with a multitude of Venetian churches and palazzos; enjoy free time to explore on your own. Return to Kotor for a walking tour; see the 12th-century Cathedral of St. Tryphon, and enjoy an included visit to the Maritime Museum, which recalls Kotor's days as a formidable naval power. Spend free time on your own, then return to the ship for dinner; tonight, set off on a cruise to Croatia. (B/L/D)

Dubrovnik, Croatia

Dubrovnik, hailed as "the Pearl of the Adriatic," is one of the most beautiful old towns in Europe, its marble streets and eclectic architecture bordered by medieval walls and rocky cliffs beside an azure sea; a longtime resort for writers and celebrities, George Bernard Shaw called it "Paradise on Earth." The city-state once rivaled Venice in wealth, sea power, and influence. A walking tour this morning includes the Dominican monastery; the Rector's Palace, formerly the governor's residence, now a museum; and the Dubrovnik Synagogue, established in 1408, the oldest Sephardic synagogue still in use in the world. Enjoy free time to explore this charming city of restored Gothic, Renaissance and Baroque palaces, fountains, and churches on your own - perhaps walking along the ramparts to experience their wondrous views of the city and harbor (some of which you may recognize as locations or backdrops for TV's Game of Thrones), or visiting the Maritime Museum, housed in a waterside medieval fortress. Return to ship; dine on board tonight. (B/L/D)

Discovering Hvar, Croatia

Your yacht arrives this morning in Hvar, an island in the Adriatic Sea that was once a jewel in the crown of the Venetian Empire. Important as a military base and trading port, Hvar was also a thriving cultural center during the Renaissance, its wealth reflected in its splendid villas, palaces and churches. Visit Stari Grad, a town on the northern end of the island founded in 384 BC by Ionian Greeks, set in a landscape of vineyards and olive groves. A walking tour includes the fortified Dominican Monastery, founded in 1482, featuring masterpieces by Venetian artists Tintoretto and Giuseppe Crespi, and a museum of ancient cultural artifacts. Drive to Vrisnik, a town of stone houses, splendid courtyards and gardens; enjoy a wine tasting, and a visit to Fortress Spagnola, built on a hilltop in the 16th century, with panoramic views of the sea and Hvar Town, surrounded by ancient walls and lavender hills. A sightseeing tour of Hvar Town, prized for its Renaissance architecture and town square, ends with dinner aboard ship this evening. Sail on overnight, bound for Venice. (B/L/D)

Torcello & Burano Islands

Upon arriving in Venice this morning, take a boat ride to Torcello, a quiet, sparsely populated island in the lagoon, where you'll visit the 11th-century Basilica of Santa Maria Assunta and its breathtaking Byzantine mosaics. Lunch at an osteria, then depart for the nearby island of Burano, known for its luminous, brightly colored fishermans' houses and its lacemaking industry, which dates back to 1500; in fact, on your free time here you might explore the Piazza Galuppi, where a museum traces the history of lacemaking on the island with exhibits of stunning artistry. Return to the ship, and join us for a farewell reception and dinner this evening. (B/L/D)

Murano, Italy

Disembark ship via motor launch, then visit the island of Murano for a glass-blowing demonstration at a private studio; glass-making has been the main industry here since 1291, and there was a time when Venetian glass was so treasured all over Europe that glass-makers were forbidden to leave the Republic. Enjoy time to lunch and explore the island on your own, then take a boat ride that lands you near St. Mark's Square for a tour of the Doge's Palace. The massive pink stone structure next door to St. Mark's is a masterpiece of Venetian Gothic design, supported by numerous arches that give the palace a sense of floating on air. This was for centuries the seat of power of the Venetian Empire, where the Doge resided, and government offices were housed; it is also where justice was meted out. Besides a great hall where judges held court, there are prison cells and loggias that look out onto the square where public executions took place. During the Renaissance, power was expressed through art, and the palace is a dazzling showcase of symbolic paintings and sculpture by Venetian masters. Check into the five-star Bauer Palazzo in Venice's Campo San Moisé, a short walk from Saint Mark's Square; the hotel features a gourmet restaurant and a terrace overlooking the Grand Canal. Stay Two Nights: Bauer Palazzo (B)

Venice's San Polo & San Rocco

This morning, depart the hotel for a walking tour of the San Polo and San Rocco districts with a local guide. San Polo is one of the city's oldest neighborhoods, a beguiling labyrinth of winding streets and alleys, lively markets, and historic churches and palazzos. Visit the Scuola Grande di San Rocco, a 16th-century palace dedicated to Saint Roch, protector against the Plague. Inside are paintings of Biblical scenes by Jacopo Tintoretto, commissioned in 1564; in fact, the palace is sometimes called "Tintoretto's Sistine Chapel" for the scale of the breathtaking artwork that graces the walls and ceilings. You'll also visit the Frari Church, an Italian-Gothic basilica built in 1396, featuring stunning works by many of Venice's best Renaissance artists, including Titian, who is buried here. Excite your senses with a stop at the colorful Rialto Market, where Venetians have been buying their fruit, vegetables and fish since the Middle Ages. Then walk over the famous Rialto Bridge, to Saint Mark's Square; visit the basilica at your leisure, or explore the city on your own. There are shops and trattorias to entice you around every corner. This evening, join us for a festive reception and farewell dinner at the hotel. (B/D)

Journey Home

Tour ends: Venice. Fly home anytime. Transfers are included from the Bauer Palazzo to Venice's Marco Polo International Airport. Allow three hours for flight check-in. (B)

Trip Inclusions

Travelling Well Includes...

  • Two nights in Venice at Bauers L'Hotel in the heart of the city
  • Two nights in Athens at the Hilton Athens with Acropolis View Rooms
  • Nine nights aboard a luxury Windstar ship cruising from Venice to Croatia, Montenegro and Greece
  • Shore excursions to Hvar, Dubrovnik, Kotor, Epidaurus, Corfu, Katakolon, Paleokastritsa, Olympia, Delphi, Mycenae, and Nafplion
  • Visit to the ancient citadel of Mycenae
  • Excursion to a Greek farm for a taste of traditional cuisine and entertainment
  • Exploration of the birthplace of the Olympic Games and the Sanctuary of the Delphi Oracle
  • Guided visits to 9 UNESCO World Heritage sites: Venice and its Lagoon, Old City of Dubrovnik, Hvar's Stari Grad Plain, Kotor, the Acropolis, Delphi, Ancient Olympia, Mycenae, and the Old Town of Corfu.
  • Three days of Venice exploration including the Doges Palace, San Rocco, Murano, Burano and Torcello

Tauck Inclusions

  • Tauck's private shore excursions and distinctive inclusions
  • Your tour is conducted by a professional, fully trained Tauck Director who remains with the group throughout the tour.
  • Complimentary internet service and WIFI are available for your use while travelling on board the cruise ship.
  • Air conditioned cruise ship and motor coaches for your comfort.
  • Airport transfers upon arrival and departure as noted in the itinerary.
  • Service charges, taxes, porterage, and applicable fuel surcharges.
  • All gratuities to Tauck Directors, local guides and ship staff.

Tauck Dining

  • Complimentary soft drinks, coffee and tea service are available throughout the day and complimentary open bar is available while bars are open.
  • 35 meals (12 dinners, 13 breakfasts, 10 lunches)

Trip Notes

  • Itinerary and inclusions subject to change
  • Price is for land, cruise and specified internal flights. International flights not included.


Operator Details

Region: Europe
Type: Small Ship Cruise
Style: N/A
Gratuities: N/A
Shore Excursions: N/A
Flights: N/A
Airport Transfers: N/A
Free WiFi: N/A
Drinks: Various
Accommodation: N/A
* Source: Tauck for river cruises in Europe. Some variances may occur on individual trips and information is provided as a guide only. Refer to Trip Inclusions section for more details.
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