Sep 2017 - Sep 2017

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

Tauck Small Ship Cruise starting in Venice and finishing in Athens

Small Ship & Ocean Cruises Europe & Med Cruises Tauck Ocean Cruises
Book online and enjoy exclusive savings on Tauck's 14 Day Ancient Mariners: Venice, Croatia & Greece - Southbound. Cruise aboard a Wind Star yacht on an enchanting odyssey from Venice to Athens, 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: Venice to Athens
Tour Code: VAS
Reviews: Not Yet Reviewed
Visits: Italy, Croatia, Montenegro, Greece
Our Price From:
$ 10,360
Per Person ($AU)

Day By Day


Arrive Venice, Italy

Tour begins: Venice, 6:00 PM. Transfers are included from Venice Marco Polo Airport or the Santa Lucia Train Station to the five-star Bauer Palazzo in Venice's Campo San Moisé, only a four-minute walk from Saint Mark's Basilica; the hotel features a gourmet restaurant and a terrace overlooking the Grand Canal. Enjoy a festive reception and welcome dinner with entertainment at our luxury class hotel in an original Venetian house from the 18th century. Stay Two Nights: Bauer Palazzo (D)

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 the Piazza San Marco, where Saint Mark's Basilica awaits in all its glory. Visit the basilica at your leisure, or explore the city on your own. There are shops and trattorias to entice you around every corner. (B)

St. Mark's, Murano & Embark In Venice

Depart the hotel for St. Mark's Square and 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. Take a boat ride to Murano, one of the islands in the lagoon, 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 explore the island on your own, then embark on your Windstar ship. Join us this evening for the welcome reception followed by dinner aboard ship, which remains in port overnight. Stay Nine Nights: Star Pride, Breeze or Legend (B/D)

Torcello, Italy

Visit Burano, an island in the lagoon 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. From Burano it's a short ride to Torcello, a quiet, sparsely populated island where you'll visit the 11th-century Basilica of Santa Maria Assunta and its breathtaking Byzantine mosaics. Lunch at an osteria on the island, then return to the ship. Sail for Croatia this afternoon. Join us aboard ship this evening for the captain's welcome champagne party followed by dinner. (B/L/D)

Hvar, Croatia

Arrive at Hvar this morning, 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 to Dubrovnik overnight. (B/L/D)

Dubrovnik, Croatia

Dubrovnik, known 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; walk along the ramparts, and experience its wondrous views of the city and harbor; some of it you may recognize as locations or backdrops for Game of Thrones; you might also visit the Maritime Museum, housed in a waterside medieval fortress. Return to ship; dine on board tonight and sail for Montenegro. (B/L/D)

Kotor, Montenegro

The walled town of Kotor, Montenegro, is 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, then return to Kotor for a walking tour that includes the town's greatest architectural treasure, the 12th-century Cathedral of St. Tryphon, and 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 lunch. This afternoon, begin a scenic cruise to Corfu, Greece. (B/L/D)

Corfu Town, Greece

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. Late this afternoon, depart for Katakolon on Greece's 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 antiquity 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. Sail for Itea this evening, for tomorrow's excursion to Delphi. (B/L/D)

Delphi, Greece

Arrive in Itea, on the north coast of the Gulf of Corinth, 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 major undertaking. Walk through the Sanctuary of Delphi, and visit the Archaeological Museum, which illuminates the politics, art, and culture of the Archaic period, and the rise and fall of the Sanctuary. Return to the ship in Itea. This afternoon, you'll sail through the Corinth Canal, which links the Gulf of Corinth with the Saronic Gulf in the Aegean Sea. (B/L/D)

Epidaurus, Greece

Your ship arrives dockside in Nafplion this morning; 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. Next, 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. Enjoy a traditional Greek lunch ashore, then return to Nafplion and enjoy time to explore the charming town on your own. Join us for the captain's farewell reception followed by dinner onboard as we sail for Athens this evening. (B/L/D)

Athens, Greece

Disembark your Windstar ship at Piraeus, then head to Athens, where you'll get an orientation tour of this remarkable city, the center of Greek culture in ancient as well as in modern times. Visit 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. Lunch at a local restaurant, then check in for two nights at the Athens Hilton in your Acropolis view rooms. Spend the evening as you please in Athens. Stay Two Nights: Hilton Athens (B/L)

Athens, Greece

See the magnificent Acropolis on a walking tour today. 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. You'll also visit the recently opened 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, then join us this evening to cap your extraordinary cruise experience with a farewell reception and dinner in the Galaxy Room of the Athens Hilton. (B/D)

Journey Home

Tour ends: Athens. Fly home anytime. Transfers are included from the Hilton Athens to Athens 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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