Grand Mediterranean and Black Sea Explorer
Enveloped within ancient walls that have withstood both tide and time, Dubrovnik is at the forefront of this cruise that ends with Istanbul’s signature silhouette – an unmistakeable skyline punctuated by mosque and minaret. Between the two, cruise the shimmering Adriatic with a dazzling constellation of islands strung out like pearls along the Croatian coast. Step ashore in countries born from the break up of the former Yugoslavia and a part of the New Europe of post-Soviet times. Then Albania – once very much off-limits in the grip of communism! With its own captivating charisma Venice is ‘Queen of the Adriatic’ Around Ithaca explore legendary sites of ancient Greece where the tension between history and mythology is almost palpable, before passing through the Strait of the Dardanelles. The Black Sea region has endured countless conquests through the ages. From crusades to the collapse of the Soviet Union, it has witnessed tumultuous religious and political change. Discover resorts loved by Russian Tsars, tales of the Crimean War and a ‘hero city’ before cruising the waterway that separates the Occident from the Orient and Europe from Asia.