Sicily with Montenegro, Croatia, Albania & Greece
- Sample Sicilian delicacies during wine tastings and gourmet luncheons.
- Explore the exquisite Greek and Roman ruins of Agrigento and Syracuse.
- Visit photogenic Dubrovnik, a beautifully-preserved medieval masterpiece.
At a glance
Duration: 14 Days, 13 Nights
Coverage: Palermo, Sicily, Italy to Athens, Greece
Activities: Archaeology, Culture, History, Photography
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This unique voyage weaves together the archaeological wonders, breathtaking scenery, world-class food and wine, and rich and varied cultural heritage of our favorite stops in the Mediterranean and Adriatic. Early September is a glorious time to visit this region and the elegant, 110-passenger Clipper Odyssey allows for an intimate exploration of charming villages and historic ports of call.
- Day 1 - Depart USA
Depart on your independent overnight flight.
- Day 2 - Palermo, Sicily, Italy
Arrive in Palermo this afternoon where you will be met and transferred to our hotel for dinner and overnight.
- Day 3 - Palermo / Trapani / Embark the Clipper Odyssey
After breakfast we tour Palermo, famous for its jumbled, picturesque streets.
We then drive to Monreale, situated in the hills above Palermo, and tour the fabled Cathedral, built in 1174. After enjoying a typical Sicilian lunch, we drive through scenic countryside to magical Segesta, a center of the ancient Elymian civilization and home to a magnifi cent Doric temple. Alternatively, travel to Erice, a charming medieval village perched high on a mountain-top with stunning views of the Tyrrhenian Sea. Founded as Eryx by the Carthaginians, the town boasts a fertility temple and a mythical association with Hercules and Aeneas, along with its Norman castle and dramatic winding streets. Both tours end in the thriving fi shing town of Trapani where we embark the Clipper Odyssey in the late afternoon.
- Day 4 - Mazara del Vallo / Selinunte / Marsala
After breakfast we disembark in Mazara and drive to the sprawling 7th-century B.C. site of Selinunte. Local guides lead us through these Greek ruins to the Sanctuary of Demetra Malophoros and the Acropolis. We return to the ship for lunch as we sail for Marsala. Situated on the westernmost tip of Sicily, Marsala was founded by the Carthaginians in 396 B.C. and was occupied by the Saracens who named it Marsa el Allah—Port of God. We visit the Regional Museum that houses the famous Carthaginian shipwreck found in the multi-hued Stagnone Lagoon. Continue to Cantine Florio, one of Sicily’s ancient vineyards, where we enjoy local specialties accompanied by Marsala wines.
- Day 5 - Licata / Agrigento
Today disembark in the charming fishing village of Licata, where we board coaches for our scenic drive to the Butero Winery and Villa for a lunch of delicious Sicilian fare accompanied by wines of the region.
In the afternoon we tour the stunning World Heritage Site of Agrigento. Here we walk through the Valley of the Temples, where the exquisite architecture dates back to the 4th and 5th centuries B.C. and showcases the Temples of Juno, Concordia, and Hercules, as well as the Temple of Zeus—the largest Doric temple from Greek antiquity. We also visit the Museum of Santa Nicola, which displays an impressive collection of Greek vases, coins, and other artifacts. Return to the Clipper Odyssey in time for dinner.
- Day 6 - Syracuse / Ortygia
Founded by the Corinthians in the 8th century B.C., Syracuse was one of the most powerful Greek cities. We begin at the Saint John Catacombs with their maze of underground passageways then drive to the Archaeological Park, a World Heritage Site. Highlights include the Roman Amphitheater of Augustus; the Ear of Dionysius, a grotto with an extraordinary echo; and the massive 15,000-seat Greek Theater which is still in use today.
We return to the ship, at port in Ortygia, for lunch, before striking out on a walking tour of the old town. Highlights include the ruins of the 6th-century B.C. Apollo Temple—the oldest in Sicily—and the Piazza Duomo, built around the ancient Temple of Minerva (Athena).
- Day 7 - At Sea
Enjoy a relaxing day at sea as our lecturers recap the highlights of our Sicilian adventures and prepare us for our time in the Adriatic.
- Day 8 - Kotor, Montenegro / Dubrovnik, Croatia
Our first stop in the Adriatic is Kotor where we witness the same beautiful scenery that captivated kings for centuries. At this World Heritage Site we tour luxurious palaces, towers, and Romanesque and Gothic churches. Enjoy free time to explore before re-boarding the Clipper Odyssey for lunch. Th e magnifi cent Dalmatian Coast unfolds in scenic splendor as we cruise toward Croatia this afternoon. Dubrovnik has been a strategic seaport since the 13th century and its Old Town—a medieval masterpiece surrounded by fortifi ed walls—is a World Heritage Site. Arrive in Dubrovnik this evening and enjoy independent time to dine, stroll the labyrinthine streets, and participate in the lively evening scene.
- Day 9 - Dubrovnik
Today we explore Dubrovnik further with a choice of two morning excursions. Our fi rst option includes the main square; the lovely 14th-century Dominican Monastery; the Franciscan Monastery and its Romanesque cloister; and the Cathedral, completed in 1713. Th e second option includes visits to the two monasteries and Cathedral, the Maritime Museum, and a walk along the city’s southern walls with beautiful views of the fortress and old Dubrovnik’s terra cotta rooftops.
After lunch options include a drive through the surrounding countryside, highlighted by spectacular vistas of the city and the harbor, or time to explore this charming city on your own.
- Day 10 - Durres, Albania / Tirana
Today we begin our exploration of Albania, a land of splendid terrain and historical monuments. An inland drive brings us to Tirana, Albania’s capital city, to visit the museum and the city’s bustling quarters—a mix of Ottoman buildings, Christian cathedrals, and marketplaces. After lunch we visit Kruja Fortress, a fortifi ed citadel with nine observation towers built during the 5th and 6th centuries.
- Day 11 - Saranda / Butrint
This morning we visit the World Heritage Site of Butrint—a veritable chronological repository of its various inhabitants: Greeks, Romans, Byzantines, and Venetians. Among its archaeological highlights are the baptistery with its colorful fl oor mosaics, superb amphitheater, and medieval fortress. From the ruins we take in the splendid views of the surrounding mile-high mountains.
- Day 12 - Itea, Greece / Delphi
This morning embark on a tour of Delphi, a World Heritage Site known in ancient times as the navel of the world. Pass by Castalia Spring, visit the archeological site with the Temple of Apollo, famous for its oracle, and tour the Museum of Delphi with its spectacular fi nds. After Delphi visit the picturesque mountain village of Arachova, built on the south slopes of Parnassus, well known for its attractive hand-woven carpets, rugs, and quilts, as well as for its excellent wine and cheese. Visit the Byzantine Monastery of Osios Louca before lunch at a local restaurant. Return to the ship with an afternoon at leisure to explore the charming town of Itea on your own.
- Day 13 - Corinth Canal / Athens
Th is morning we transit the Corinth Canal, a narrow passage connecting the Gulf of Corinth with the Saronic Gulf in the Aegean Sea. Arrive in Athens after lunch and depart on a tour of the city’s highlights including the Acropolis, our fi nal World Heritage Site. Enjoy a festive farewell dinner as the Clipper Odyssey overnights pier side.
- Day 14 - Athens / Disembark / USA
Disembark the Clipper Odyssey after breakfast and transfer to the airport for independent homeward fl ights.
Dates & Rates
All prices per person based on double occupancy. Single share and single rates available. Call for details.
Included in Cruise Fare
- Accommodations in our hotels and on board Clipper Odyssey as outlined in the itinerary.
- All onboard meals.
- All group meals on land.
- Group transfers.
- Services of the expedition staff, including lectures, briefings, slide/film shows.
- All group activities and excursions.
- Landing and port fees.
- $50,000 of emergency sickness/accident medical expenses and $75,000 in evacuation insurance.
- All gratuities
Not Included in Cruise Fare
- All air transportation.
- Excess baggage charges.
- Airport arrival and departure taxes
- Transfers for independent arrivals and departures
- Passport and/or visa fees.
- Accident/baggage/cancellation insurance.
- Items of a personal nature such as laundry, bar charges, alcoholic beverages, e-mail/Internet/fax/telephone charges.
The Clipper Odyssey is a 110-passenger luxury vessel, ideally suited for expedition cruising. She carries a fleet of Zodiacs, which allows us to land anywhere nature or curiosity dictates. All cabins have an ocean view, safe, minibar, individually controlled heat/air conditioner, in-room music system, and sitting area with sofa. Passengers can track the progress of their voyage on the Global Positioning System broadcast in each cabin. View ship details...