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  • Dubrovnik to Athens
  • 25 August - 1 September 2024

Sail of the year - book by 29 February 2024

Cruise on board Seabourn Encore from Dubrovnik to Athens for 7 nights.

Embark on an unparalleled journey through the cradle of civilization - the Mediterranean. From the moment you step on board your Seabourn luxury cruise ship, you will enter a world of history, culture, opulence, and exploration.

Cruise Itinerary

Dubrovnik 25-08-2024
Vis Island, Croatia 26-08-2024
Kotor 27-08-2024
Sarande, Albania 28-08-2024
Zakynthos 29-08-2024
Nafplion, Greece 31-08-2024
Athens 01-09-2024
Dubrovnik

Dubrovnik Embark: 25 August 2024

Acknowledged as The Pearl of the Adriatic Dubrovnik is truly an amazing destination to visit. Its history is as rich and intriguing as the first sight of it looming out of crystalline waters is breathtaking. The Old Town was made a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1979 and it is no wonder as you discover its morning market piled with fresh flowers, cheese and fish.
Vis Island, Croatia

Vis Island, Croatia In Port: 26 August 2024

Located some 30 miles off the Croatian coast, Vis is the most westerly inhabited island in the Adriatic and the largest in the Vis archipelago — a designated UNESCO Global Geopark and biodiverse haven for bottlenose dolphins, giant devil rays, and blue-fin tuna. The Greeks first settled here in the 4th century BC, followed by the Romans; during World War II, Vis served as an Allied base and refuge for future Yugoslav president Josip Broz Tito. (You can visit the cave where Marshal Tito led his resistance efforts.) Only a few scattered ruins attest to the island’s former glory, although you can view Croatia’s largest collection of Hellenic artifacts at the archeological museum in Vis Town; just outside of town stands Fort George, built by the British in 1813. Closed to foreigners until 1989, Vis remains sparsely populated, much of it covered in vineyards, pine groves, and citrus orchards. Take a winery tour, relax on Rastovaca Beach, or hop on a moped and head to the tiny fishing village of Komiza; from there, catch a boat to Bisevo, an islet renowned for its mesmerizing Blue Cave.
Kotor

Kotor In Port: 27 August 2024

Kotor is a lesser-known gem on a beautiful fjord-like gulf of the same name in Montenegro. It's a fairy-tale setting, where medieval spires rise dreamily over orange rooftops beside mountainous scenery. The landscapes grow ever more dramatic inland, not least in the Durmitor National Park, draped around the majestic Balkan Mountains.
Sarande, Albania

Sarande, Albania In Port: 28 August 2024

This important port on Southern Albania curls around a superb natural harbor, dominated by the hilltop 16th century Lekuresi Castle with distinctive round towers. In the town center are the ruins of a 5th century synagogue, later a Christian basilica, with remnant mosaic floors. Another picturesque ruin is the Forty Saints Monastery from the 6th century, which is thought to have been an important pilgrimage site. But the main attraction in southern Albania is the archaeological site of Butrint, a UNESCO World Heritage Site with extensive ruins of communities dating from prehistory, though the Greek and Roman eras, as well as the Byzantine period, until the medieval period.
Zakynthos

Zakynthos In Port: 29 August 2024

Zakynthos is a true vision of Ionian beauty. Turquoise waters, whitewashed villages and green countryside combine to dazzling effect all over the island. Its soft sands include the emblematic Shipwreck Beach, while the surrounding sea is home to turtles and the stunning Blue Caves where reflected sunlight creates a magical scene.
Nafplion, Greece

Nafplion, Greece In Port: 31 August 2024

Held to be one of the loveliest small towns in all the islands, Nafplion has a tradition and culture all its own. The sheltered location, below a rocky headland crowned by a Venetian fortress is perhaps unrivaled in Greece. After the Greek revolution of the early 19th century, Nafplion served as the first modern capital. The neoclassical houses, large official buildings and carefully planned seafront streets all date from this period.
Athens

Athens Disembark: 1 September 2024

Sun-drenched and mythic, Athens is a big and modern metropolis with inspiring world heritage marvels at its very heart. The most important city-state in ancient Greece and the birthplace of democracy is also the sprawling capital of Greece today, but most of the major archaeological and historical sites are to be found within a compact area around the Acropolis itself. Athens is one of the oldest cities in the world and rightly considered to be the cradle of Western Civilization. Even a short visit of the Greek capital’s highlights, starting with the iconic Acropolis, is enough to fall under its legendary spell. And then there’s the Plaka! This enchanting, historic neighbourhood curls around the bottom of the slopes of the Acropolis. Cobblestone streets, pastel-coloured neoclassical townhouses and myriad shops and cafes make this the most beautiful neighbourhood for a stroll.
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Seabourn Encore

Seabourn Encore is as strikingly beautiful and as excitingly innovative as any Seabourn has ever debuted. She crowns a fleet that is already the newest, most modern and most acclaimed in the ultra-luxury segment. Modelled on the award-winning trio of ships introduced with Seabourn Odyssey, Seabourn Encore represents another welcome stage in the evolution of small-ship cruising, which Seabourn pioneered and has consistently expanded and enriched.

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