Empires of The Mediterranean (10 Days)

Cruise Line: Viking Cruises
Ship: Varies by Departure
Piraeus, Greece to Venice, Italy
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DAY 1
Piraeus, Greece

Step on board in Athens, where you will have an entire day to explore this ancient city. Perhaps you will see the Hellenic Parliament, Constitution Square, the Panathenaic Stadium, the Temple of Zeus or the iconic Acropolis. Explore the bustling Plaka District at the base of the Acropolis. As we remain in port overnight, you'll have time to enjoy dinner in town.

DAY 2
Piraeus, Greece
Athens, Greece
Piraeus, Greece

Today, you will have the opportunity to journey into ancient Athens via a panoramic drive, passing the promenade at Mikrolimano as you enter the city's heart. There, you will see the Hellenic Parliament, Constitution Square, Panathenaic Stadium, Temple of Zeus, and the iconic Acropolis. Explore the bustling Plaka District at the base of the Acropolis. Or as an option, explore the interior of this UNESCO Site; climb 80 steps to the entrance and glimpse an unforgettable view of the Parthenon at its peak.

DAY 3
Athinios, Greece

Gliding toward a full day in Santorini, prepare for its spectacular caldera and looming cliffs. Once anchored, embark a local boat for the island's main port of Athinios. On your included excursion, drive with a local guide to the top of Mt. Profitis Ilias, where you'll have spectacular views of the island, the Aegean Sea, and the summit's monastery. En route to clifftop Oía, take in the beauty and charm of the countryside and traditional villages. Then enjoy free time in the capital of Fira. Alternatively, visit the hot thermal springs of Palea Kameni island, and enjoy the most remarkable swim of your life. Or, choose to visit a Greek vineyard for a tour and tasting.

DAY 4
Katákolon, Greece
Olympia, Greece
Katákolon, Greece

Visit the quaint Greek port of Katakolon, huddled around a pretty little harbor dotted with colorful fishing boats. During your visit, venture into the fertile valleys of the western Peloponnese to the legendary city of Olympia, the classical birthplace of the modern-day Olympic Games on the slopes of Mt. Kronos. Walk among the ancient city's ancient ruins with an expert guide and historian, admiring the remains of temples, the Palaestra, or wrestling school, and the Gymnasium. You will gain insight into the very first Olympic Games at the fascinating museum.

DAY 5
Corfu, Greece

Spend the entire day on the romantic island of Corfu, resplendent with charming pastel townhouses and pristine white beaches. Our included tour takes us on a drive to Kanoni, where we will make a photo stop to view tiny Mouse Island and the Vlacherna Monastery. Following the coastline through Garitsa Bay, you will reach the UNESCO Site of the Old Town. See the fabled Esplanade, one of Europe's largest public squares, and the Liston Promenade, once the exclusive preserve of the local aristocracy.

DAY 6
Kotor, Montenegro

Spend the day traversing the medieval streets of this historic Montenegro town with a walking tour. Pass by Venetian walls constructed in 1420, en route to the Cathedral of St. Tryphon, built in 1166. Notice its mismatched towers, the result of an earthquake and a budget too small to rebuild properly. Included on this tour is a visit to the Maritime Museum, which documents Kotor's heritage. As an option, venture to the small towns of Budva and Sveti Stefan, the latter once a hideaway for the rich and famous.

DAY 7
Dubrovnik, Croatia

Where city meets coastline, you will sail to this beautiful 12th-century walled city in Croatia. As it happens, George Bernard Shaw declared, "Those who seek paradise on earth should come to Dubrovnik". We think he has a point. Enjoy an entire day to take an inclusive tour with a drive high up to catch the magnificent views of the city and countryside. Or, descend to the coast and enter the city on foot through the historic Pile Gate, passing by the Sponza Palace, the 15th-century Onofrio's Fountain, and stop inside the Dominican Monastery to see Renaissance paintings. You may also wish to consider exploring the famed Dubrovnik Riviera with a cruise along the Lapad Peninsula.

DAY 8
Zadar, Croatia

Explore the remarkable Old Town of Zadar, once an island separated from the mainland by a deep moat. The capital of independent Dalmatia for a millennium, Zadar's impressive city walls attest to its might. A walking tour leads you along a maze of cobblestone streets through the magnificent Old Town, a remarkable repository of red-roofed medieval stone houses. During your tour, stop to admire its three stunning churches in bold Romanesque style. Perhaps you'll also stroll the Riva, the picturesque seafront promenade where acoustical tubes embedded beneath large marble steps sing the song of the city with every lashing wave.

DAY 9
Koper, Slovenia

Call on the Slovenian port of Koper, gateway to the unspoiled Istria region. Your tour of this historic city reveals the rich architectural legacy of the Venetian Republic. In Tito Square, admire the Venetian-Gothic Praetorian Palace with its crenellated façade and the elegant Loggia, where lively town debates once took place. Take the time to ascend the tower of the Cathedral of the Assumption for splendid views of the city and the Gulf of Trieste.

DAY 10
Venice, Italy

Awake in Venice, where you will be disembarking from your ship. From here, you can easily spend a few extra days to further explore this magical city or other parts of Italy.

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