Port of call & excursions
Syros between history & local sweet
- Port of call : Syros
- Length : 3h00
Syros is a cosmopolitan island with a rich history. Today Syros is the administrative centre of all the Cyclades.
From the pier, meet your guide and walk to the Archaeological Museum of Syros, located on the west side of the City Hall megaron. The museum houses collections from the Hellenistic and Roman periods as well as sculptures from the islands of Amorgos, Los, Kea and Naxos. You can also see finds from the prehistoric period discovered on Protocycladic acropolis of Chalandriani.
Continue your stroll and visit Syros’ town hall, the work of the well-known Austrian architect Schiller. Its foundations were laid in 1876 and the building was completed at the end of the 19th century.
Then, you will visit the Church of Saint Nicholas, the patron and protector of Syros seafarers. The church was built between 1848 and 1905. You can see its blue dome and bell tower.
You will visit the Church of the Dormition of the Virgin (Greek Orthodox Church), which houses the Dormition of the Virgin Mary by Domenicos Theotokopoulos (El Greco). The icon was, in all probability, transferred from Venice some time during the past century. In 1983, the signing of the Greco revealed by cleaning of this work showed for the first time the artist had started his career as an icon painter.
Your tour will conclude with a visit to "Sykoutris" traditional loukoumi workshop, which has been running since 1928 and is considered as one of the best in Syros. Loukoumi is the traditional dessert of the island, made of sugar and water boiled together and it is said that Syros loukoumi is unique, due to the use of local water.
Finally, you can either return to the ship or remain in town.
- This excursion is done entirely on foot. We recommend you 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 unspoiled beauty of Amorgos
- Port of call : Amorgos
- Length : 3h45
Amorgos is an unspoiled island and the Eastern-most of the Cycladic Islands, chosen by filmmaker Luc Besson for the scene of "The Big Blue".
From the pier, you will board your coach and start your visit by the island’s trademark, the Byzantine Monastery of Hozoviotissa. Dedicated to Saint of the island, which is wedged into a huge precipice at 900 ft from the sea, the Monastery was founded by the Byzantine Emperor Alexius Komninus in 1088 and contains rare icons and manuscripts.
Continuing your tour, you will reach Chora with its castle, one of the most picturesque villages in Cyclades. Along the streets lined with whitewashed houses, Byzantine or pre-Christian churches alternate with windmills. After tasting local homemade sweets served with ouzo and raki, you may stroll around the paved little streets and discover the typical architecture of Cyclades or you may relax under the shade of the huge eucalyptus tree located in the middle of "Plateia Lozza" main square.
You will then return to Katapola port to embark your ship.
- Coaches are very limited on the island and are not recent models. This tour involves approximately 2 hours of walking. In order to visit the inside of the monastery, guests will have to negotiate the 269 steps up and back down. Guests who do not wish to walk up the monastery can enjoy a panoramic view from the parking lot where there are benches but no shade. We recommend you wear comfortable walking shoes. Appropriate dress is required, men have to wear long pants and ladies need to have their knees and shoulders covered.
- Length : 4h15
From the pier, you will embark your coach for the 1-hour transfer to Lipiza. Once arriving, you will start your one-hour guided visit of the stables.
In the picturesque Karst region of Slovenia and a short distance from the Slovenian/Italian border lies the Lipica Stud Farm. Founded in 1580, it is today a jewel among the cultural and historical monuments of the Republic of Slovenia. For over four centuries, the Lipica Stud Farm has kept up with the tradition of breeding and selecting thoroughbred horses. In the period after World War II, Lipica established its own classical riding school and has successfully performed with its horses at various equestrian events all over the world. The riding school was established during the Austrian Empire in 1572 and is the oldest of its kind in the world. Records show that a wooden riding arena was first commissioned in 1565, but it wasn't until 1729 that Emperor Charles VI had the architects build the white riding hall that is used today. For a time, the riding hall was used for various private ceremonies, but it is now open to the public, who may witness training and performances by the wondrous white stallions. The Spanish Riding School once used breeds formed by the Lipizzaner horse. Today the horses delivered to the Spanish Riding School are bred in a court stud farm in Piber, Austria, although they originally came from the stud farm in Lipica, which also gave its name to the breed.
During your visit, you will observe a training session to discover the Lipizzaners' rare qualities. Afterward, you will enjoy some free time to explore, and then rejoin your coach for the drive back to the ship.
- This excursion involves approximately 1 km (0,7mile) on flat streets with some steps. We recommend you wear comfortable walking shoes and protect yourself from the sun.
Walking tour of Korcula
- Port of call : Korcula
- Length : 2h00
Built on a peninsula, the streets of Korcula are organised around its main artery according to a "fishbone" plan drawn in the 13th century. To overcome the lack of space within the walls of the old town, squares are small, houses are narrow, churches and public buildings are constructed vertically. Fully fortified in the 16th century; its walls were destroyed in the 19th century and only a section of a wall still faces the harbour.
From the pier, meet your guide and start your walking tour of the old town.
Your first visit will be the Bishop’s Palace and its Icon museum. The museum contains a unique collection of Byzantine Icons from the 13th to the 15th century and ceremonial pieces from the 17th and 18th centuries. The collection is primarily from Korcula sailors, who acquired the pieces on their journeys, especially to Crete, in the 17th and 18th centuries.
Then, you will discover Saint Mark’s Cathedral. This cathedral is probably the most important building in Korcula Old Town. Completed in the 15th century at the place of another church from 13th century, it is built in Gothic-Renaissance style. It was erected by local masters and craftsmen of stone masonry, very well known for their Renaissance and Baroque pieces in Dubrovnik and Venice.
Continue your exploration with the visit of the Korcula Town Museum. Facing the cathedral, the museum is housed in Gabrielis palace, a 3-storey building with basement and attic built between the 15th and 16th century. The museum presents various collections covering the history and culture of the town from the Ancient times to nowadays.
During your walking tour, you can see the monumental staircase which joins the Revelin Tower. This 14th century portal and its 15th century Revelin tower frame the only land access to the walled Old Town. The gate is embellished on the inside with a sculpture of Saint Mark's lion over its arch. You will also discover the Marco Polo house, where the famous explorer is said to have been born in 1254.
Finally, you will have the choice between following your guide to join your ship or strolling on your own.
- This tour involves approximately 1 mile (1.5 km) of walking on narrow streets with some steps. We recommend you wear comfortable walking shoes and protect yourself from the sun.
The ancient theatre of Dodoni
- Port of call : Parga
- Length : 3h30
From the pier, board your coach and start your 1-hour drive to the Ancient Dodoni, one of the most important archaeological sites in Greece.
The first remains on the site date from the prehistoric period and the first deity worshipped here was the Earth goddess. The cult of Zeus and the sacred oak tree was brought to Dodona by the Selloi, a branch of the Thesprotian tribe, between the 19th and 14th centuries BC and soon became the prevalent cult of the sanctuary. The theatre was built in the 3rd century BC, during the reign of Pyrrhus, and was destroyed in 219 BC by the Aetolians. It was rebuilt shortly thereafter but was again demolished by the Roman invaders in 167 BC. In the Roman period, it had a different function and it became an arena in the 4th century AD, during the reign of Theodosius the Great.
Its oracle was, according to ancient philosopher Aristotle, the birthplace of Greek civilization. The theatre of Dodoni is one of the best preserved Greek ancient theatres with a capacity of 18,000 spectators.
Following your visit, you will return to the pier, a 1-hour drive.
- This excursion involves 1 ½ hour of walking on uneven terrains with some steps. We recommend you wear comfortable shoes and protect yourself from the sun.
City of Arta and Archaeological Museum
- Port of call : Parga
- Length : 4h30
From the pier, board your coach for a 1 ¼ -hour drive to Arta, region of Greece still largely untouched by tourism.
The modern town of Arta sits on the ancient site of Ambracia. An ancient Corinthian colony dating back to the 7th century B.C. which later became the capital of the Kingdom of Pyrrhus in about 295 B.C.
Arriving into Arta, who means “fortress”, you will see the famous stone bridge standing over the river Arachthos. The bridge dates back to the 17th century but it is built on the site of older bridges that go back even further to the time of Pyrrus. Legend has it that the bridge's builder, frustrated with each day’s work being ruined by the river, was advised by a bird that the problem could be solved by putting his wife in the foundations which he actually did.
You will enjoy the panoramic view from the bridge on the river and its surroundings before continuing to the Archaeological Museum of Arta, located just a short distance from the bridge and near the banks of Arachthos River.
This museum, fully renovated, houses the antiquities from the wider region of Arta and the exhibits cover a time span from the Palaeolithic to the Roman times. The collection includes funerary stelae and burial offerings from the cemeteries of ancient Ambracia finds from the ancient city of Ambracia, as well as from the "Koudounotrypa" cave, and several other sites in the region of Arta.
Arta is also famous for its Byzantine architecture and churches, the most beautiful and famous one being the church of Panagia Parigoritissa, dating from the 13th century. This church, crowned with towers and domes, is ornate with wall paintings inside dating back hundreds of years that you can discover during your visit.
Following your visit to the church take a stroll around the colourful pedestrian street of the town with its little shops and cafes before you board your coach again for your return drive to Parga pier, 1 ¼-hour drive.
- The drive to/from Parga to Arta takes 1 ¼ hour in each direction. This tour involves approximately 1 hour of walking, over flat and paved terrain. We recommend you wear comfortable walking shoes and protect yourself from the sun. Appropriate clothe is required to enter religious sites: shoulders and knees must be covered.
Palace and fortifications
- Port of call : Dubrovnik
- Length : 3h15
After disembarking, walk to the old town to discover the monuments dating back to the golden period of the Republic of Dubrovnik and its three most significant sites.
Your walking tour will take you right into the heart of this UNESCO World Heritage site. Discover the Rector's Palace where you can admire its first class collection of artefacts, furniture and arms. Then you will head to the Maritime Museum situated in the fortress Sveti Ivan where you will discover the maritime affairs of Dubrovnik and Croatia as a whole.
The Old City of Dubrovnik and its medieval walls have been designated a World Heritage Site by UNESCO. The walls were completed in the 13th century and encircle the old city with a length of more than a mile. At St. John’s fortress entrance, your walking tour and special exploration of the City Walls begins.
You will soon reach the top of the wall where your guide will lead you on a walking tour along half of the wall's length. You will see the gorgeous Minceta Fortress, St. John`s Fortress, and Bokar Fortress. The charming red terra cotta roofs of Dubrovnik`s old houses spread out before you.
- This tour involves approximately 1 ¼ mile / 2 km of walking with over 200 steps. We recommend you wear comfortable shoes and protect yourself from the sun. If the Rector´s Palace is closed, the visit will be made at the Ethnographical Museum Rupe.
Secrets of Brac
- Port of call : Bol
- Length : 3h30
This tour will reveal the charm of the island of Brac, the island of stone, sea and sun.
From the pier, board your coach for a short drive through the olive groves and vineyards to Pucisca Village.
On arrival, you will visit the Stone masonry workshop and school, which has been producing stone objects for centuries. Though the school itself was founded in 1909, the education of stonemasons on Brac began in 1906 because of the great need for the development of stonemasonry. Preserving the tradition of the trade, many generations of superior craftsmen were educated at this school. In their work, one could always recognise the signature style of the school. The history of the Pucišca stone masonry school is intertwined with the history and tradition of the Brac stone, embedded in many buildings. Learning how to cut the Brac stone, the students even use toothed tools that were used by the Romans. Each year, the school enrolls one hundred students from all parts of the country.
Continue your tour through the island, you will head to Vidova Gora, which is the highest peak of all Adriatic islands. Overlooking the sea, you can discern the coasts of Hvar Island. This mountain has always been considerated as a sacred site. The pagans thought it housed Svevid, the Slavic divinity of light, war, fertility and abundance. From here, you will see the world famous "Zlatni rat" beach and have some time for picture taking before returning to Bol.
Once returning to Bol, follow your guide for an orientation walking tour to discover baroque summer residences, Loza with a little church, parish church, little market and Kastil. Then, you will visit the Gallery Deskovic, located in the heart of Bol, inside a Renaissance Baroque palace from the end of the 17th century. It exhibits more than 380 pieces of contemporary Croatian art, paintings and sculptures showing Mediterranean motifs. Many artists were inspired with Brac, Dalmatia and Mediterranean to realise their art.
- This excursion involves approximately 1 km (0.7 miles) of walking on cobblestone streets and gravel with some steep slopes. We recommend you wear comfortable walking shoes and protect yourself from the sun.
- Port of call : Bol
- Length : 3h00
Enjoy beautiful coastal scenery as you paddle the crystal-clear waters of the Adriatic.
Your kayak excursion will begin directly at the pier in Bol harbour. After a safety briefing you will be ready to take it to the water. Take in the view of Bol Village and scenery as you paddle along the unspoilt coastline, with your experienced guide leading the way. This excursion will allow you to view the Adriatic coastline from the sea. As you paddle, you cannot miss Vidova Gora, which is the highest mountain of all Adriatic islands (778 m above the sea level). It is named after the small church of St. Vid, which stands at the top of the hill, now in ruins.
You will see many small, hidden bays that are known just to the locals and still hidden from passers-by. Bol has some of the most beautiful beaches, such as Grabov rat, Murvica and the most famous Croatian beach - Zlatni rat (Golden Cape). Zlatni rat was created by deposits of fine pebbles as a sediment around the underwater reef, spreading as a small tongue as much as 500 metres in the sea. The very tip of Zlatni rat keeps changing its shape constantly due to the influence of the winds, waves and sea currents, making it appear different and repeatedly interesting. This location is a protected natural area and a favourite spot for surfers and kite-surfers around the globe.
On arrival in Zlatni rat beach, enjoy some free time to relax, explore the beach or swim.
Finally return the same way back to the town of Bol.
- Children under the age of 8 and pregnant women may not participate. Participants must be good swimmers and physically fit. Please take a hat, sunglasses, shoes that can get wet, a towel and sunscreen. Please wear your swimwear under your clothes as there are no changing facilities or toilets available. You will require to wear a life jacket. Waterproof compartments are available to store your belongings, however please keep these to a minimum. This tour is limited to 20 participants. Two-person kayaks are used.
Greenland National Museum
- Port of call : Nuuk
- Length : 4h00
From the pier located in the new part of the city, a short transfer by coach will lead you through Nuuk to the old city with its beautiful ancient buildings. During this transfer, you can observe the urban development of a young and expanding capital.
Start your walking tour near the Tourist Information Centre in the old part of Nuuk. A short walk through the old city will lead you to the National Museum. Visit its collections covering the 4,500 years old history of Greenland, coming from all parts of the country. The four 600-year-old mummies found in Qilakitsoq in the north of the country are the museum’s most famous and highly acclaimed exhibits.
After your visit, you will have free time to enjoy the old colonial town centre with its ancient wooden houses, the statue of Hans Egede and the beach.
This tour will give you a taste of this unique town of Nuuk, the capital and largest city of Greenland.Included
* Subject to availability.