Here’s Our Top Three Picks from the Mediterranean Specialist
Small ship cruise expert AdventureSmith Explorations offers a variety of cruises throughout the Mediterranean region. One selection from the experts even shows that a Mediterranean cruise doesn’t have to mean deep pockets. And it can mean immersing one’s self in sights directly from the Game of Thrones.
From now through October just 38 privileged guests per sailing enjoy royal treatment for eight days for under $180 a day aboard the 161-foot small ship Infinity. This small ship, new as of 2015, explores Croatia along the Dalmatian Coast, beginning and ending in Dubrovnik or Split, a UNESCO World Heritage Site (think Game of Thrones).
This Dalmatian Coast Cruise bypasses major European ports in deference to Roman ruins, lavender fields, the medieval towns of Korcula and Hvar, the famous salt lakes in the Mljet National Park, indulging on oysters in a once fortified small village and swimming at the famous beach Zlatni Rat. Onboard expedition leaders and local guides reveal thousands of years of stories at these sites of ancient stone. On-own explorations can be conducted by renting kayaks, bicycles and scooters, depending on the destination. Among the inclusions in the per person rate, double, starting at $1,425 are daily buffet breakfast and three-course lunch, drinks with meals, Dubrovnik sightseeing and scenic cable car ride, half day excursion of Ston with oyster farm visit and tasting, wine tasting at a traditional winery in Vis, Mljet National Park entrance fee, visitors’ taxes and port fees, transfers from and to Split/Dubrovnik airports, daily cabin service, and Wi-Fi onboard.
Also May through October the 34-guest Callisto brings guests on an Aegean Odyssey, an eight-day cruise from $2,790 per person, double. While on this classic motor yacht the wonders of the Aegean Islands and the coast of Turkey unfold. Included are world-famous sunsets from Oja village in Santorini, brilliant white dwellings of Mykonos, archaeological ruins of a UNESCO World Heritage Site in Delos, medieval sites in Chora and the St. John monastery in Patmos, the markets of Kusadasi and one of the world’s great archaeological sites, Ephesus. This cruise begins and ends in Athens.
For those with time and money seeking wind in their sails, the 12-day May through September Under Sail: Greece to the Dalmatian Coast is an immersion in acres of canvas aboard the 58-guest Sea Cloud. The itinerary hugs the coastlines of Croatia, Montenegro, Albania and Greece, including a sail around most of the Peloponnese Peninsula. This National Geographic trip is from $12,210 per person, double. Sites well known to Homer and others known later to medieval worlds come to life in five-star luxury as historians and naturalists open windows on this classical world. The adventure begins or ends in Athens and Dubrovnik.
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