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22 Day Treasures Of The Adriatic & Eastern Mediterranean Itinerary (Seabourn)
Countries Explored: Greece, Italy, Croatia, Montenegro, Turkey, Cyprus, Israel
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Begin your journey in Athens and cruise through to Haifa onboard the Encore and enjoy exclusive savings and cruise inclusions with Seabourn and Global Journeys.

Cruise Itinerary

Departs: 17:00

Welcome to the ancient city of Athens, the 'Cradle of Western Civilisation'. If your schedule is tight, savor traditional Greek coffee at a café with a view of the city's iconic ruins, soaking in the historic ambiance before your cruise departs. If you've got time to explore the Acropolis stands as a must-see, a UNESCO World Heritage site, adorned with iconic structures like the Parthenon and nearby Temple of Olympian Zeus. The nearby Acropolis Museum showcases stunning artifacts from ancient Greece, providing deeper insight into the city's heritage.


Piraeus is located about 12 km (7.5 miles) from the city center and it takes roughly 20-30 minutes to reach by taxi or train. A taxi ride from the airport to Piraeus port will take approximately 40-60 minutes, depending on the traffic. The taxi fare (indicative only) is around 45 euros in the daytime and 64 euros at night (24:00-05:00).

Arrives: 8:00 Departs: 17:00

A town of rustic, lyrically romantic beauty, Monemvasia is perched on a colossal rock island, which rears spectacularly from the waves. The rock is laced with tight cobbled streets, exposed stone masonry and pretty Byzantine churches. Ships will anchor offshore and tenders will be provided to the shore.

Top Things to Do in Monemvasia:

  • explore the medieval town of Mystras
  • visit the 13th century Christ Elkomenos Cathedral
  • visit the Archeological Museum
  • taste some of the renowned sweet wine

Arrives: 8:00 Departs: 18:00

Olympia is the birthplace of the Olympic Game and a treasure trove of ancient history and culture. Begin your visit at the Archaeological Site of Olympia, home to the ancient stadium where the first games were held in 776 BC. Marvel at the Temple of Zeus, once housing one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World, and explore the ruins of other significant structures like the Temple of Hera.

The Archaeological Museum of Olympia is a must-see, displaying a vast collection of artifacts, including the famous Hermes of Praxiteles statue. Enjoy a leisurely stroll through the lush surroundings of the site, reflecting on the history and heritage of this iconic location.


This quaint little seaside town on the Ionian Sea is your gateway to Ancient Olympia, where Greek mythology was born and the first Olympiad was held. Excavation of the ruins of Olympia began in 1875, and Olympia was declared a National Park in 1976. Ships will dock at the cruise terminal.

Top Things to Do in Katakolon:

  • relax on Kourouta Beach
  • tour the ruins of Olympia
  • visit the Archaeological Museum of Olympia
  • taste some local wine at Mercouri Estate
  • visit a traditional Greek olive farm

Arrives: 8:00 Departs: 18:00

Brindisi, with its huge natural harbour and characterful ancient centre, is your gateway to the Puglia region. Located on the 'heel' of the Italian boot, the region is a well-kept secret offering a landscape of orchards and forests of olive trees. Ships will dock at the Porto di Brindisi.

Top Things to Do in Brindisi:

  • admire the stunning architecture in Lecce
  • discover the Apulian Coast by boat
  • explore Ostuni, 'the white city'
  • see the conical houses of Alberobello
  • visit the Church of Santa Maria del Casale

Arrives: 8:00 Departs: 18:00

The famous medieval city of Dubrovnik, known as 'the pearl of the Adriatic', is found behind massive stonewalls that protect winding streets, charming squares, and red-roofed buildings dating back to the 7th century. Larger ships will dock at Gruz Harbour, while some smaller ships will anchor offshore and tender guests to the Old Harbour.

Top Things to Do in Dubrovnik:

  • drive along the Dalmatian coast
  • take a cruise along the Dubrovnik Riviera
  • stroll the streets of the UNESCO Old City
  • visit the traditional village of Ljuta

Arrives: 9:00 Departs: 18:00

A hidden gem of the Adriatic, Zadar is rich with thousands of years of history. The city offers beautiful beaches, charming promenades, preserved ancient architecture and fascinating historical monuments. Ships will dock at the cruise terminal.

Top Things to Do in Zadar:

  • explore Plitvice Lakes National Park
  • wander the streets of Zadar's Old Town
  • visit the Zadar Archaeological Museum
  • relax on Saharun Beach
  • listen to the music of the Sea Organ
  • visit the Museum of Ancient Glass

Arrives: 7:00 Departs: 17:00

Venice, a city built on a network of canals, offers a mesmerizing blend of art, architecture, and history. Glide through the Grand Canal to see iconic landmarks like the Rialto Bridge and St. Mark's Basilica. Wander through narrow alleys to discover hidden gems such as the enchanting Piazza San Marco, bustling with cafes and shops. The Doge’s Palace, with its opulent rooms and secret passages, provides a glimpse into Venice’s storied past. Don't miss the colorful markets, where you can sample local delicacies like cicchetti and fresh seafood.

Arrives: 10:00 Departs: 18:00

Set on the dazzling Adriatic, where the Krka River opens out into the blue, island-peppered waters, Šibenik is a stone-clad city that oozes Dalmatian medieval charm. The city is a pleasing jumble of terracotta rooftops guarded by four imposing fortresses and mighty walls. Ships will anchor offshore and tenders will be provided to the shore.

Top Things to Do in Sibenik:

  • see the waterfalls of Krka National Park
  • cruise St. Anthony's Channel
  • visit the UNESCO listed town of Trogir
  • enjoy a wine tasting at a local winery

Arrives: 8:00 Departs: 15:00

Kotor is a beautiful walled medieval city of twisting, pink-paved streets, markets and architecture reflecting Byzantine to Venetian influences. Nestled between the Adriatic Sea to the west and the limestone-covered mountain range of Mt. Lovćen to the east, this historic city boasts a magnificent natural setting. Ships will dock or anchor offshore at this port.

Top Things to Do in Kotor:

  • take in the view from St John's fortress
  • explore Old Town
  • hike at Lovćen National Park
  • spend the day in Budva

The winding Bay of Kotor is really a series of broader bays, linked by narrow straits. It comprises a ria, and ancient river channel that has been flooded by submergence of the land and rising sea levels. The bay is cradled between two towering, rugged massifs of the Dinaric Alps, the Orjen Mountains on the west and the Lovcen on the east. At its narrowest point, the Verige Strait, it is just 340 meters wide.

The bay is world-renowned for the breathtaking scale of its setting, with stony, gray mountains rising on either side and charming villages of red-tiled roofs dotted along the shores. There are hundreds of Catholic and Orthodox churches surrounding the bay, as well as monasteries. The entire region has been cited by UNESCO for its unique cultural heritage. The two most photographed churches are the Church of Saint-George and Our-Lady-of-the-Reef, which rise from tiny islands off the town of Perast.

Arrives: 8:00 Departs: 18:00

The lush and verdant island of Corfu lies in the Ionian Sea, midway between Greece and Italy. It is an island of sparkling beaches, mountains splashed with wildflowers, and historical, perched fortresses. Ships will dock at the town of Corfu.

Top Things to Do on Corfu:

  • visit the village of Palaiokastritsa
  • marvel at the Achilleion Palace
  • stroll through the UNESCO listed Old Town
  • taste the local liqueur made from kumquats
  • explore the Old Fortress
  • sail the waters of Corfu

Arrives: 8:00 Departs: 17:00

Cephalonia, the largest of Greece's Ionian Islands, offers stunning landscapes and rich history. The island is famous for its crystal-clear waters, particularly at Myrtos Beach, known for its dramatic cliffs and turquoise sea. Visitors can explore the captivating Melissani Cave, where a boat tour reveals a mesmerizing underground lake illuminated by sunlight streaming through a hole in the cave’s roof. History enthusiasts will appreciate a visit to the ancient ruins of Sami, a testament to the island's rich past. The island also had its part in the Battle of Greece during World War II, which later inspired Louis de Bernières' novel "Captain Corelli's Mandolin".

Arrives: 8:00 Departs: 17:00

With perfect beaches, crystal clear waters, and evocative fortress-capped mountains, Nafplion is a sun-soaked Greek beauty. The beautiful town is staggered up green hillsides and filled with old mansions, paved paths and a Neoclassical feel. Ships will anchor offshore and tenders will be provided to the pier.

Top Things to Do in Nafplion:

  • visit the ancient sites of Epidaurus and Mycenae
  • take in the views from the Paladimi Fortress
  • visit Corinth and cross the canal by boat
  • sample some local wine or ouzo

Arrives: 7:00 Departs: 17:00

Welcome to the ancient city of Athens, the 'Cradle of Western Civilisation' and a historian’s delight. Uncover the awe-inspiring Acropolis, a UNESCO World Heritage site, adorned with iconic structures like the Parthenon and nearby Temple of Olympian Zeus. The nearby Acropolis Museum showcases stunning artifacts from ancient Greece, providing deeper insight into the city's heritage.

Afterward, wander through Plaka, Athens' oldest neighborhood, known for its narrow streets, neoclassical architecture, and charming tavernas. For lunch, indulge in traditional Greek cuisine like moussaka or souvlaki. Head to the National Garden for a peaceful retreat in the heart of the city, perfect for a leisurely afternoon stroll amid lush greenery and historical statues.


Piraeus, the primary port for Athens, is located about 12 kilometers (7.5 miles) southwest of the city center. Cruise ships dock at the Piraeus Cruise Terminal, from where it takes roughly 20-30 minutes to reach Athens by taxi or train. The metro station is within walking distance of the port, offering a convenient and cost-effective way to get to the city.

There are taxi queues outside all gates of the airport. A taxi ride from the airport to Piraeus port will take approximately 40-60 minutes, depending on the traffic. The taxi fare (indicative) from Athens airport to the port of Piraeus is 45 euros in the daytime and 64 euros at night (24:00-05:00). Ferries from Piraeus offer connections to all islands of the Aegean, including the Cyclades, the Dodecanese, the Saronic, the North Aegean islands and Crete.

Arrives: 8:00 Departs: 18:00

Mykonos, a jewel in the Aegean Sea, is renowned for its vibrant nightlife and iconic white-washed buildings. Begin your day in Mykonos Town, or Chora, where the maze-like streets are filled with boutique shops, charming cafes, and art galleries. The town's famous windmills, a symbol of the island, offer a perfect photo opportunity and a glimpse into the island's history.

In the afternoon, relax on one of the island's beautiful beaches, such as Platis Gialos or Paradise Beach, known for their golden sands and clear waters. For a unique cultural experience, visit the Archaeological Museum of Mykonos, showcasing artifacts from the island's rich past. End your visit with a meal at a waterfront taverna, enjoying local dishes like moussaka and fresh seafood.

Arrives: 8:00 Departs: 20:00

Santorini, a jewel of the Aegean Sea, is renowned for its breathtaking sunsets and distinctive white-washed buildings with blue domes. Begin your exploration in Fira, the island's bustling capital, where narrow streets are lined with charming shops, cafes, and stunning views of the caldera. Don't miss the Archaeological Museum of Thera to glimpse into the island's ancient past.

A short journey from Fira, the village of Oia awaits with its iconic sunset views and picturesque architecture. Wander through its winding alleys, and discover unique art galleries and boutiques. For a taste of local flavors, indulge in fresh seafood and traditional Greek dishes at a cliffside taverna. End your visit with a relaxing afternoon on one of Santorini's famous black sand beaches.

Arrives: 8:00 Departs: 18:00

Bodrum, a vibrant port city on Turkey's southwestern coast, is known for its rich history and stunning coastline. Start your day at the Bodrum Castle, a magnificent fortress that now houses the Museum of Underwater Archaeology. Wander through its halls to discover fascinating artifacts and enjoy panoramic views of the city and the Aegean Sea.

Later, head to the ancient Mausoleum at Halicarnassus, one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World. For some relaxation, visit the beautiful Bitez Beach, perfect for sunbathing and swimming. Don’t miss a stroll through the bustling Bodrum Marina, where you can explore chic boutiques and charming cafes while soaking in the lively atmosphere.

Arrives: 8:00 Departs: 23:00

Ephesus, a marvel of ancient architecture, invites visitors to explore its well-preserved ruins and relive the grandeur of the Roman Empire. Key highlights include the Library of Celsus, a stunning facade that once housed over 12,000 scrolls, and the Great Theatre, which could seat 25,000 spectators for dramatic performances.

Travellers can also wander the streets of this historic city to uncover the Temple of Artemis—one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World. Although only foundations and a single column remain, the site's past significance as a major religious and commercial center is palpable. A morning visit is recommended to avoid the crowds and heat.


Kusadasi's main cruise terminal is Ege Port, conveniently located just 1 kilometer (0.6 miles) from the city center, a quick 5-minute walk. Its proximity to the ancient city of Ephesus makes it a prime spot for history enthusiasts.

In the town itself, explore the bustling bazaar, where you can find traditional Turkish crafts and spices. Take a leisurely stroll along the seafront promenade, enjoying views of the azure waters and vibrant marina. For a taste of local cuisine, try a traditional Turkish breakfast or fresh seafood at one of the many waterfront restaurants.

Arrives: 8:00 Departs: 18:00

The vibrant city of Limassol is located on Akrotiri Bay in the shadow of the Troodos mountains. Its the jumping off point to explore the ancient riches of Cyprus. See ruins, majestic mountains and scenery, stunning beaches, and vast groves of lemons, oranges and olives. Ships will dock at the cruise terminal.

Top Things to Do in Limassol:

  • visit Limassol Castle
  • explore the Kourion archaeological site
  • journey to the UNESCO listed city of Paphos
  • walk around Pissouri Village
  • visit the Kolossi Medieval Castle

Arrives: 7:00

Situated on the slopes of Mount Carmel, along one of the most beautiful bays on the Mediterranean coast, Haifa is Israel's primary port. It also serves as an important gateway to the biblical and historical sites of this sacred land. Although the origin of Haifa is obscure, its name appears for the first time in the 3rd century A.D. in Talmudic literature. Over the years, Crusaders, Arabs, Turks and the British occupied the city. Today, this bustling city possesses the nation's largest industries, several important museums and the respected Haifa Technical Institute. It is also the world center of the Baha'i faith, symbolized by a beautiful gold-domed shrine.

Note: Ship ports may not be located in the starting & ending cities listed. Port and transfer details will be provided in your travel documentation. The provided itinerary is for informational purposes only. Activities and sightseeing attractions listed may not be available or achievable within the time in port.

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