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    1. Perast and our Lady of the Rock

      • Port of call : Kotor
      • Length : 4h00

      From the pier, embark your coach for the 25-minute drive to Perast, an amazing town with almost the same number of churches as the number of inhabitants. Here you will enjoy the scenery and architecture of this old historical town. Between the 13th and 18th centuries Perast belonged to Venice. The most beautiful buildings were constructed under the period of the Republic of Venice in the 17th and 18th centuries when Perast was at its peak. The Parish Church in Perast was built in 1740 by the Venetian architect, Giuseppe Beati but only the church tower and the church vault remain. Visit the St. Nicholas Church, patron saint of the sailors.

      There are two small islands in the close vicinity of Perast: St. George Island and Our Lady of the Rock Island. Take a 15-minute boat ride to the man-made islet of Our Lady of the Rocks. The stone plateau in the middle of the sea with a church on it is the result of the enduring efforts of generations of mariners “to leave there, in the very heart of the Bay of Boka Kotorska, a testimony of their Christian faith and culture…” The island was built artificially by scuttling old ships and depositing stones around a small crag. The construction of a sanctuary began in the first century of the Venetian rule. The sanctuary was dedicated to the Assumption of the Virgin because this cult was greatly venerated by the Venetians. The original church was built in the mid-15th century and was of modest proportions. Over the centuries, the “island” was constantly enlarged and reinforced by both deposits of stones and scuttled sailing ships until it provided a sufficient base for a bolder architectural undertaking. On the altar is the famous icon of Our Lady of the Rock, a 15th century work by Lovro Marinov Dobricevic. It is the most valuable work of art in the church because its history is so closely related to that of the island, the only artificially built island in the Adriatic. The church itself is decorated with more than 2,500 votive tablets made of silver, mostly donated by seamen.

      Back in Kotor, follow your guide on a walking tour of the city.

       

      • This tour involves approximately 1 hour of walking, mainly over uneven and cobble-stone streets. We recommend you wear comfortable walking shoes and protect yourself from the sun. Appropriate dress is recommended (shoulders and knees covered).

      60.00 €
    2. Bay of Kotor sea kayaking

      • Port of call : Kotor
      • Length : 3h00

      Let your kayaking guide show you the wonders of this region. Paddle along to discover the cultural textures, lush landscapes, unique marine life and rich history of Kotor and the surrounding villages. Your guide is from the area, in addition to being a skilled kayaker and nature guide; he is also well versed in local history, culture and folklore.

      Join kayaking adventure of scenic Kotor Bay, during which you will discover its coastal churches, villages and vistas of Montenegro. No previous kayaking experience is necessary. You will be paddling approximately 6 kilometers/4 miles and throughout the tour you will have an opportunity to swim, snorkel and simply enjoy the landscapes of the surrounding mountains.

      • Bring a bottle of water and sun protection (sunscreen, hat, sunglasses). A towel, camera, and money are optional. Wear a bathing suit under your clothes. All of your kayak and snorkelling gear are included, including dry barrel for your personal items (wallet, camera, clothes, towel, and phone), which stay dry stored in your kayak bulkhead compartments while you are kayaking. These items are available while you are on the beach. There are beach bars and a restaurant on the shore, so bring euros if you want to purchase food or drinks while on tour. Children must be at least 9 years old in order to participate and accompanied by a parent if under 16. This tour is only conducted in English. This tour is limited to 36 participants.

      50.00 €
    3. ATV tour & history

      • Port of call : Dubrovnik
      • Length : 4h30

      An ATV Safari is the best way to discover the beauty of Dubrovnik and surrounding areas. Jump on one and escape from the crowded streets to explore its untouched nature and local villages.

      From the pier, embark your coach for a short drive to the Celopeci Village where your off-road ATV adventure will start. Your safari will lead you to the top of Srđ hill from where you can overlook Dubrovnik, its surrounding areas and the crystal-clear Adriatic Sea.

      After enjoying your ATV adventure, continue your day with a travel through history visiting the Dominican Monastery of St. Vicente. Learn more about its history, the traditions and heritage while indulging your senses in the Mediterranean garden and the distillery which is famous for the production of essential oils.

      Taste some homemade traditional liqueurs, sweets and snacks before returning to you ship.  

      • This tour involves 1 km of walking with some steps. We recommend you wear comfortable walking shoes and protect yourself from the sun. This tour is not recommended for people with back or neck problems. This tour is a self-drive adventure. Driving person must be at least 18 years old, have a valid drivers’ license and bring it with him. The minimum age required to participate in this tour is 12 years of age. Each AVT can welcome 2 people, in case of 1 person want to be alone on an AVT, he will be charged for 2 people.  This tour is limited to 14 participants.

      145.00 €
    4. The Lavezzi Islands and marine caves

      • Port of call : Bonifacio, Corsica
      • Length : 3h00

      Aboard a local boat you will be cruising along the coast of Bonifacio to enjoy a spectacular view of the citadel and upper town. The buildings atop the sheer limestone cliffs look as though they are about to topple into the sea.

      From there you will be taken to explore the marine caves which are home to numerous birds including falcons, puffins and swifts. As you exit the harbour via the inlet you will really appreciate the significance of the ramparts which encircle the old city.

      After cruising past the limestone cliffs you will reach the magical Sdragonatu marine cave (dragon’s cave). Its roof is pierced by a fissure in the shape of a map of Corsica.

      From here you continue to the Lavezzi Islands which make up one of Corsica’s two marine reserves and offer sanctuary to marine wildlife and plants. These uninhabited barren islands of granite rock lie seven miles south-east of Bonifacio, seemingly adrift on a turquoise-emerald sea, the colour of which varies with the skies overhead. It is only when you are actually in the water that you appreciate just how translucent it is, probably the clearest water in Corsica.

      There are so many magnificent beaches, and you will be at leisure for an hour to enjoy the fine sand and sea. There are also numerous paths leading to coves for exploring this unique landscape. The island is home to several rare species of wild flower, including the yellow horned poppy and white sea daffodil, and was declared a nature reserve in 1982.

      On the way back you pass Cavallo Island and Pointe de Sperone, before cruising along the calanque and cliffs to the Bonifacio marina.

      • We advise you to wear comfortable shoes, a hat and sunglasses, and to bring sun-cream  and your swimsuit if you wish to swim. Note there are no toilets, bars or shady areas on these islands. Entry to the Sdragonatu marine cave will depend on good weather conditions with a calm sea. This tour is subject to meteorological conditions. A minimum of 30 participants is required to confirm this excursion. This tour is limited to 90 participants.

      65.00 €
    5. Walking tour & cable car

      • Port of call : Dubrovnik
      • Length : 3h00

      Upon disembarkation, the guide will wait for you in the old port of Dubrovnik from where the pleasant stroll through the streets of this medieval town begins.

      Along the way you will visit, among other places, the Franciscan Monastery whose cloister ranks among the most inspiring sites of the city. The Monastery houses also the oldest still working pharmacy in Europe (opened 1317).

      After visiting the monastery, you will go to the Cathedral.

      This Cathedral has been built on the remains of another one, which has been built in the 12th century then destroyed in 1667 by a disastrous earthquake.

      Today, it houses one of the finest collections of golden and silver relics in Europe.

      You will continue your visit with the Dominican Monastery and its collection of Renaissance paintings. Among many local and Italian masters exposed, the painting most famous has been realized by Tizian.

      Other fine buildings will be viewed from the outside, like the Sponza Palace notable for its columned courtyard with elaborate stone carvings, Church of Saint Blaise, Onofriou’s Fountain, etc.

      Next stop will be Dubrovnik cable car. Short ride will take you up to the top of Srđ hill from where you can admire Dubrovnik Old town, Elaphite Islands and Lokrum.

       

      • This tour involves approximately 1 km of walking on cobblestone streets with some steps. We recommend you wear comfortable walking shoes and protect yourself from the sun. Appropriate clothing is recommended to enter religious sites: shoulders and knees must be covered. According the period, some waiting time can be expected at the cable car.

      50.00 €
    6. Walking tour of Hvar

      • Port of call : Hvar
      • Length : 2h00

      This small and charming town is located around a natural port and it’s undoubtedly one of the most famous seaside resorts of Dalmatian coast.

      A lot of splendid monuments as the Cathedral, the ancient Arsenal and different palaces are bearing witness to a rich history of gothic and renaissance arts.

      From the pier, you will have a walk through narrow tiny streets and reach the Franciscan Monastery built between 1461 and 1471. The cloister with its rounded arches with a well in the middle dominates the whole of the Renaissance monastery. The former spacious refectory and a small, adjacent room have been turned into the monastery museum. Along with a collection of old books and coins, the famous "Last Supper", a work belonging to the Venetian School of Palma the Younger from the end of the 16th century, has the strongest claims on the attention of the numerous visitors.

      After crossing the main square, you will pass by the Cathedral of St Stephan (outside visit). It was built in stages during the 16th and 17th centuries, while the interior was not wholly completed until the 18th century. From outside, it has the characteristics of a Renaissance style and inside a baroque one.

      Then, you will visit the Benedictine Monastery.

      After this walking tour and before returning to your ship, you will have the opportunity to have free time for yourself.

       

      • This excursion involves 2 hours of walking, approximately 1 mile (1.5 km). 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).

      30.00 €
    7. Adriatic sea adventure

      • Port of call : Dubrovnik
      • Length : 4h30

      One of the famous sea explorer Jacques Costeau has voted Dubrovnik Riviera one of the cleanest and best preserved waters in the world today. Board a speed-boat in the Old Town Port and cruise along Lokrum Island. You will have the possibility to admire the old city of Dubrovnik with its fortification and taking nice pictures.

      Continue with a cruise along the Lapad peninsula passing close by the Grebeni Lighthouse towards Kolocep Island.

      Continue to the outer side of Kolocep Island for snorkeling in the Modra Spilja cave. The excursion will proceed towards the other side of Kolocep Island.

      You can choose between a short tour of Donje Celo village or swimming on a sandy beach. Continue to Lopud Island, which has a very popular sandy beach, a guided tour allows you to discover this island, followed by time of the beach for swimming.

       

      • The speed-boat has a capacity of 8 passengers. A minimum of 6 passengers per boat is required to operate this tour. Wear your swimsuit under your clothes, bring a towel from the ship and protect yourself from the sun. Passengers wishing to participate in this excursion must be able to embark & disembark without assistance. Refreshment included.

      145.00 €
    8. Hvar 4WD adventure

      • Port of call : Hvar
      • Length : 4h00

      From the pier, a short walk will take you to your 4-wheel drive vehicles. Your guide will also be your driver and will give your explanation during each stop.

      After a short drive along a dirt road you will arrive in Malo Grablje, a small village abandoned decades ago. Upon arrival there will be a short walk through that picturesque village founded in the 16th century.

      Re-embark your vehicles for Velo Grablje and Vidikovac offering a perfect view of the deepest bay on the island; here your guide will give you information about the area, the oldest town in Croatia settled by ancient Greeks and more…

      Next, your drive takes you to the highest peak of the island Saint Nicoleas (626 m/1,900 ft), offering a 360-degree view of the island and the islands of Brač, Korčula and Vis.

      On the way back to the port, drive by vineyards covered hills, olive groves and undulating fields of rosemary and lavender.

       

      • Each vehicle accommodates 4 guests maximum. This tour involves little walking, however it is not recommended for guests suffering from back and/or neck injuries due to the bumpy road conditions. This tour is conducted only in English. The number of participants is limited.

      90.00 €
    9. Walking tour of Korcula

      • Port of call : Korcula
      • Length : 2h00

      Built on a peninsula, the streets of Korcula are organized around its main artery according to a plan "fishbone" drawn in the 13th century. To overcome the lack of space within the walls of the old town squares are small, narrow houses, churches and public buildings constructed in height. Fully fortified in the 16th century; its walls were destroyed in the nineteenth and only a section of wall still facing the harbour.

      You will arrive in the old town through a 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 (Kopnena Vrata) is embellished on the inside with a sculpture of St. Mark's lion over its arch. Then, you will discover St Michael Church and St Marco Cathedral which is without any doubt the most beautiful building in Korcula. After having seen the Bishop’s Palace and its Museum, you will pass by the Marco Polo house, where the famous explorer is said to have been born in 1254.

      The cars cannot drive on the town, so the peace and quiet you will discover the center of Korcula.

      • 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. Appropriate clothing must be worn when visiting the monastery: trousers for men and skirts covering the knees for the ladies

      25.00 €
    10. Pula and its amphitheatre

      • Port of call : Pula
      • Length : 2h00

      From the pier, you will start your walking tour to the Arena, 30-minutes walking.

      The Arena is an amphitheatre that was built in the 1st century CE, 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 CE). It was enlarged in 79 CE by Vespasian to accommodate gladiator fights, and was completed in 81 CE under Emperor Titus.

      In the year 284 CE, 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.

      35.00 €
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