Port of call & excursions
Split's local delicacies
- Port of call : Split
- Length : 3h00
From the pier, you will meet your guide and start your walking gourmet exploration of the old town.
The Old Town of Split is built on and around the Roman Palace erected by the Roman Emperor Diocletian (born in Salona – now called Solin) in the 4th century.
The visit will start with a stroll to the Pazar, the market, where you can taste the traditional pie: Soparnik (traditional Croatian swiss chard pie, declared as Intangible Cultural Heritage of Croatia). Then, you will visit the cellar of the Emperor Diocletian Palace. This very well-preserved monument allows to understand how the life in the Palace was organised.
You will also visit the very interesting Cathedral of St. Duje (patron saint of the city). According to medieval sources, Archbishop John of Ravenna purified in 650 the mausoleum of Diocletian by getting rid of its idols and founded the Cathedral whose bell tower is now the symbol of Split. The Cathedral is built on the remains of an ancient shrine and is supposed to be the oldest in the world. You will continue with a visit of the Temple of Jupiter, turned into the baptistery by Christians. Observe the front panel or the ceiling with grotesque faces.
Then, you will enjoy a traditional Croatian brunch before reaching the Golden gate and the immense "statue of Gregory of Nin" by the Croatian sculptor Ivan Mestrovic.
Your tour will end at the oldest pastry store in Split where you can taste traditional sweets and ice cream.
- This tour involves 1.5 miles (2 km) of walking on cobblestone streets with some steps. We recommend you wear comfortable shoes and protect yourself from the sun. Appropriate dress is recommended to enter religious sites (shoulders and knees must be covered). You have to walk 900 yards (800 m) between the ship and the palace entrance. The tastings and brunch are included on your tour. This tour is limited to 30 participants.
Korcula hiking tour
- Port of call : Korcula
- Length : 3h30
Board your mini-van for the ride to Zrnovo where your adventure begins. Experience the unique combination of the sea and the mountains.
Walking across the lively Korcula region, the trail takes you through vineyards and Mediterranean forest. Short breaks are made occasionally in order for the tour guide to introduce you to the historical and natural characteristics of Korcula Island.
During your hike you will see beautiful views on the peninsula of Peljesac and enjoy protected areas. After hiking you will take a break in the family estate Belin, where you will have the opportunity to taste a local snack. Your tour will end with a slight downhill walk back to the ship.
- This strenuous hike involves approximately 3 miles (4,5 km) during 2h30 – 3h00 of walking over uneven surfaces, climbing, gravel and steps. We recommend you wear comfortable shoes and protect yourself from the sun. This tour is only conducted in English. There is only a short van transfer to the start of the hike, from there it is a hiking tour all the way back to the ship.
Porec and its basilica
- Port of call : Rovinj
- Length : 4h00
From the pier, embark your coach and start your 45-minute scenic drive to Porec.
Once arriving, follow your guide for a walking tour of the old town.
You will begin with the Episcopal Complex of the Euphrasian Basilica in the historic centre of Porec. The group of religious monuments in Porec, where Christianity was established as early as the 4th century, constitutes the most complete surviving complex of its type. The basilica, atrium, baptistery and Episcopal palace are outstanding examples of religious architecture, while the basilica itself combines classical and Byzantine elements.
Due to its enormous historical value and beauty, the complex of the Basilica was enrolled in the UNESCO World Heritage list in 1997.
After the visit to the Episcopal Complex, you will have some free time in Porec before rejoining your coach for the drive back to Rovinj.
- This excursion involves around 1 3/4 hour of walking. We recommend you to wear comfortable walking shoes and protect yourself from the sun. Appropriate dress is recommended to enter religious sites (shoulders and knees must be covered).
The Snaefellsnes Peninsula
- Port of call : Grundarfjördur
- Length : 4h45
Upon leaving Grundarfjordur, your journey will take you through the several small fishing villages along the famous Snæfellsjökull glacier-capped volcano. After a stop at Djupalonssandur, take a short refreshing walk to the shore of the Atlantic Ocean.
You will live a unique experience discovering this fabulous and mystical glacier, which was made popular in 1864 by the French writer Jules Verne in his novel A journey to the Centre of the Earth, where he located the entrance to the subterranean journey inside the Snæfellsjökull crater: “Here we had entered the Earth by one volcano, and we had come out by another. And this other was situated more than twelve hundred leagues from Sneffels, from that drear country of Iceland cast away on the confines of the Earth…”
Afterwards, you will pass the cliffs of Londrangar and join the tiny fishing village of Arnarstapi which offers splendid multicolour lava formations and an abundance of bird-life.
After a walk around, you will return to your ship through Budir, famous for its beautiful surroundings of black lava and its long beach of yellow sand. Continue over Frodarheidi Heath to the north coast of the peninsula, back to Grundarfjordur.
- This excursion includes walking on uneven but essentially flat terrain. We recommend you wear a wind and waterproof jacket, bring a warm pullover and wear comfortable walking shoes, as the terrain can be slippery and steep. Please note that sights may be visited in a different order.
Pula and its Amphitheatre
- Port of call : Pula
- Length : 2h00
From the pier, you will start your 30-minute walk to the Arena.
The Arena is an amphitheatre that was built in the 1st century AD, as the city of Pula became a regional centre of Roman rule, called Pietas Julia. It was built outside the town walls along the Via Flavia, the road going from Pula to Aquileia and Rome. This amphitheatre was first built in timber during the reign of Augustus (2-14 AD). It was enlarged in 79 AD by Vespasian to accommodate gladiator fights, and was completed in 81 AD under Emperor Titus.
In the year 284 AD, St Germanus was martyred there, and the amphitheatre remained in use until the 5th century, when Emperor Honorius prohibited gladiatorial combats. The exterior wall is constructed in limestone, with the part facing the sea consisting of three stories, while the other part has only two stories since the Arena was built on a slope. The first two floors have each 72 arches, while the top floor consists of 64 rectangular openings.
The Arena was part of the circuit of the gladiators. A series of underground passageways were built underneath the arena along the main axis, from which wild animals and fighters could be released; stores and shops were located under the raked seating. Through its remarkable conservation, it is the only remaining Roman amphitheatre to have four side towers and with all three Roman architectural orders entirely preserved.
Then, you will go to the Istarka Street where you will discover the Twin Gates (2nd and 3rd century), the Gate of Hercule and the triumphal Arch of the Sergii.
Walking the Old Town before returning to your ship, you will feel the spirit of the ancient past radiates from the Romanesque portals and Gothic sculptures, attesting the influence of Venice and the Byzantine Empire that have left this great cultural treasure.
- This excursion involves approximately 2 hours of walking covering 1 mile (1.5 km). We recommend you wear comfortable walking shoes and protect yourself from the sun.
Rovinj and its cathedral
- Port of call : Rovinj
- Length : 1h30
From the pier, follow your guide and start your walking tour of the historical centre of Rovinj. The historical centre is almost entirely built on a rocky island and connected to the mainland since the 13th century. During your tour, you will discover the Venetian influence and its rich cultural legacy, omnipresent in the architecture of the tall houses with warm red-tiled roofs and the narrow streets intersected by covered passageways and archways, decorated with ancient frescoes.
The highlight of your visit will most certainly be the Basilica of Saint Euphemia, a prestigious building dating from the 8th century. Its 63-metre high bell tower rises out of the city centre, and is the most remarked symbol in the Istria region.
Built on the ancient ruins of a Roman church, it was altered in the 17th century in the Baroque style, and houses the relics of Saint Euphemia. They were brought from Constantinople in the 9th century for their safekeeping in a marble sarcophagus. There is also a mural depicting the life and the martyrdom of the saint. Every year on 16 September, the faithful gather around her tomb.
The church contains several treasures and works of art like Gothic statues from the 15th century and paintings from the 16th and the 17th centuries (The Last Supper and Christ in the Gethsemane).
- This excursion involves approximately 1.5 hour of walking on cobblestone streets with some steps. We recommend you to wear comfortable walking shoes and protect yourself from the sun. Appropriate dress is recommended to enter religious sites (shoulders and knees must be covered).
Split and its Diocletian Palace
- Port of call : Split
- Length : 2h00
After the short walk (15 minutes) from the port to the Old Town you will start with the walking portion of the tour. The Old Town of Split is built on and around the spectacular Roman Palace erected by the Roman Emperor Diocletian (born in Salona - todays Solin) in the 4th century. The walking tour starts with a visit of the Palace on the ground gallery that is still very well preserved. It offers a good view at how the life in the Palace was organised.
You will also visit the very interesting Cathedral of St. Duje (patron saint of the city). According to medieval sources, Archbishop John of Ravenna purified in 650 the mausoleum of Diocletian by getting rid of its idols and founded the Cathedral whose bell tower is now the symbol of Split.
The Cathedral is built on the remains of an ancient shrine and is supposed to be the oldest in the world. A visit will also be made to the charming Temple of Jupiter, turned into the baptistery by Christians. Observe the front panel or the ceiling with grotesque faces. Cross the Palace of the southern gate to the North door and discover the ramparts and the immense "statue of Gregory of Nin" by the Croatian sculptor Ivan Mestrovic.
After the walking tour you will head back to the ship. If you wish to spend some time on your own, you can visit the colourful open market (largest on the coast) or spend some time in the town before returning to the ship.
- This tour involves 1 mile (1.5 km) of walking on cobblestone streets with some steps. We recommend you wear comfortable shoes and protect yourself from the sun. Appropriate dress is recommended to enter religious sites (shoulders and knees must be covered). You have to walk 900 yards (800 m) between the ship and the palace entrance.
- Port of call : Sibenik
- Length : 5h00
On this tour, plunge deep into nature's wonders. You will reach by coach the Krka National Park and its famous waterfalls. A natural frontier between northern and central Dalmatia, the Krka River joins the Adriatic sea at Sibenik. On its journey, the Krka drops down from a height of 45 metres in a succession of no less than 17 natural falls, before forming a lake and then narrowing down again to Skradinski Buk.
After a 30-minute drive, your coach will stop at Skradinski Buk on river banks embellished with mills and wash houses, where you will have the opportunity to discover the ethnological museum.
Located in the park, the museum provides a great deal of knowledge and history explaining how the park became a wildlife sanctuary for many different species of animals and the plant life. If time permitted, you can enjoy some free time at the National Park.
Finally, you will admire some old water-mills in Skradinski Buk where cereals are still ground by water-spun grindstones. Then you will return to your ship positioned at Split (2-hour drive).
- This excursion involves approximately 2 miles (3 km) of walking with many steps to negotiate. We recommend you to wear comfortable shoes and to protect yourself from the sun.
Malaga walking tour
- Port of call : Málaga
- Length : 2h00
From the pier, you will meet your guide and start your short walk to the city centre.
Your walking guided tour will start at the Moorish Alcazaba Palace. It was the palace-fortress of the city's governing Muslims. Against the hillside of the mount of Gibralfaro, it was constructed in the XIe century on the ruins of another Roman bastion. It consisted of 110 main towers and some smaller ones. Many steps will bring you to the top of the building where you can explore the palace offering amazing views over the city and the port.
The tour will continue passing the main square of Málaga called Plaza de la Constitución and following one of the main shopping roads, the Calle Marqués de Larios street, all within the pedestrian area. Feel free to extend your visit on your own or return with the guide back to the ship.
- This tour involves approximately 1 1/2 mile (2.5 km) of walking over uneven ground with many steps. We recommend you wear comfortable shoes and protect yourself from the sun.
Ancient Corinth & Corinth canal
- Port of call : Nafplion
- Length : 4h30
From the pier, board your coach for a 1 ½-hour drive to the ancient town of Corinth where Saint Paul lived and preached for two years.
Back in the ancient times, Corinth was amongst the richest cities and this is quite evident by its remains, including the huge Agora (Market Place) and the Temple of Apollo (6th century BC). The systematic excavations of the area, initiated by the American School of Classical Studies in 1896, are still continuing today. They have brought to light the agora, temples, fountains, shops, porticoes, baths and various other monuments. The investigations extended also to the fortress on Acrocorinthos. But also, the prehistoric settlements, the Theatre, the Odeon, the Asklepeion, the cemeteries, the Quarter of the Potters, and other buildings outside the main archaeological site.
Then, you will discover the famous Corinth Canal. The canal is 4 miles (6.3 km) long, 70 feet (21 m) wide and has sloping sides, which reach 170 feet (52 m). The depth is at 26 feet (8 m). Its construction commenced in 1881, although the idea of connecting the Ionian and Aegean Seas to provide a short cut seems to date back to at least Roman times. You will have the opportunity to take panoramic photos from atop.
Following your short stop to admire the canal, you will board your coach for a 45-minute drive back to Nafplion.
- This tour involves approximately 1 ½ hour of extensive walking over uneven surfaces and is therefore not recommended for guests travelling alone with limited mobility. We recommend you wear comfortable walking shoes and protect yourself from the sun.
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