Carol Richey
Agency 318-317-2882

The Dalmatian Coast: From Venice to Athens

October 7-21, 2024

• Hosted Group Cruise
• Escorted by Carol & Elton Richey of Expedia Cruises™

This Wanderlust Cruise will explore the rich cultural diversity of the region from Italy's historic canals to Greece and Turkey's ancient marvels.


Four Countries • Nine Ports • One Gorgeous Ship!

Join veteran travelers Carol and Elton Richey on this Wanderlust journey across 4 countries and explore 9 iconic ports of call, over 14 days. It all begins on October 7, 2024. with a two night pre-cruise stay in Venice, Italy before boarding the all-new Norwegian Viva In Trieste for an unforgettable voyage down the Dalmatian coast concluding with two nights in Athens after stops in Croatia, Greece and Turkey, and returning on October 21st.

Designed to bring guests closer to the ocean and the destinations they explore, the Viva allows for a deeper connection to the cultures and natural beauty encountered on this amazing one-of-a-kind itinerary.  With its wide array of onboard experiences, from Infinity Beach to the Indulge Food Hall, Viva provides us the perfect backdrop for creating unforgettable moments and fostering new friendships among like-minded explorers. Featuring fabulous entertainment like Beetlejuice: The Musical! and relaxation opportunities like the  breathtaking Mandara Spa, you’ll definitely come back home with new friends, and the best stories to share!

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Venice "Venezia"

Mon Oct 7 — 9, 2024 | Pre-cruise escorted tour

Depart on October 7th and arrive on the 8th for two nights in this UNESCO World Heritage site. Unparalleled in its cultural significance and beauty, Venice is best explored on foot to truly appreciate its unique charm. Founded by refugees fleeing Germanic invasions in the 5th century, it evolved into a mighty Mediterranean trading power, boasting a vast fleet at its zenith. Despite historical upheavals, including a period under Austrian rule and a brief independence before joining Italy in 1866, Venice emerged as a prime tourist destination after the 1932 construction of a bridge connecting it to the mainland. Beyond the well-trodden paths of St Mark's Square and the Rialto Bridge, Venice's allure lies in its intricate, maze-like neighborhoods and fascinating areas like Cannaregio, San Polo/Santa Croce, Dorsoduro, San Marco, and Castello, offering a deeper glimpse into the city's soul.

Ravenna, Italy

Thu Oct 10 (Overnight ) & Fri Oct 11, 2024 | Depart 07:00 PM

Embark the Norwegian Vivat in the  historic town of Ravenna, Italy is a treasure chest of art and culture. You'll have plenty of time for exploration with an overnight stay in Ravenna.Once a major seaport and a Byzantine Empire stronghold, the city is renowned for its exquisite Byzantine mosaics, evoking a rich Eastern heritage amidst its peaceful squares and Italian streets. Explore the artful blend of ancient and modern influences as you stroll through its center, feeling the pulse of history from the Roman Empire to the present. Ravenna also offers a taste of the Emilia-Romagna region's famous cuisine. October promises pleasant weather, with temperatures ranging from 54 to 68 ºF, perfect for uncovering the city's many stories and curious legends.

Split, Croatia

Sat Oct 12, 2024 | 08:00 AM To 08:00 PM

Split embodies the Dalmatian life, offering a mix of centuries-old architecture, stunning beaches, and exquisite cuisine, promising a day of discovery and rejuvenation. Immerse yourself in the contrast of ancient charm and modern vibrancy. Enjoy the remarkable Diocletian's Palace at its heart, surrounded by marble streets and the lively harbor area with café-studded promenades against a backdrop of coastal mountains. October temperatures ranging from 54 to 69 ºF, allow you to explore historic sites like Saint Dominus Cathedral, enjoy panoramic views from Marjan Hill, and experience the lively Riva boardwalk..

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Dubrovnik, Croatia

Sun Oct 13, 2024 | 06:00 AM To 06:00 PM

Step back in time and immerse yourself in the unique beauty and history of Dubrovnik, the "pearl of the Adriatic." Encircled by magnificent 13th-century walls and known for its welcoming atmosphere, this enchanting city boasts marble streets, historic buildings with vivid orange roofs, and picturesque beaches nestled between rocky ledges. Average October temperatures between 56 to 69 ºF, make perfect weather to explore the city's  Gothic, Renaissance, and Baroque wonders. Venture beyond the city walls to the countryside and town of Cavtat, offering a glimpse into local life, exquisite wines, and cuisine..

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Corfu, Greece

Mon Oct 14, 2024 | 08:00 AM To 03:00 PM

Known for its lush landscapes, dramatic blue waters, and tranquil villages, Corfu offers a perfect blend of continental charm with its quaint cafes and the unmistakable beauty of secluded Greek Isles' coves and beaches. With the mild October climate of 56 to 74 ºF, immerse yourself in the island's rich cultural tapestry and marvel at key landmarks, including the majestic Achilleion Palace, the serene Paleokastritsa Monastery, and the historically rich old town. The stunning coastline and breathtaking Ionian Sea vistas of Corfu ensure a memorable visit

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Santorini, Greece

Tue Oct 15, 2024 | 02:00 PM To 10:00 PM

Santorini, Greece, dazzles with its iconic whitewashed villages perched on sea cliffs, making it one of the most photographed places worldwide and a speculated site for Atlantis. With its radiant blue waters, unique black sand beaches, and picturesque landscapes, Santorini exudes Greek charm. In October, enjoy pleasant temperatures between 60 to 75ºF, perfect for touring the vibrant towns of Oia and Fira, tasting local cuisine and wines, exploring volcanoes, or relaxing in hot springs. This island not only offers stunning views but also a chance to immerse in village life and uncover the beauty and mystery that have captivated visitors for centuries

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Kusadasi & Ephesus, Turkey

Wed Oct 16, 2024 | 06:30 AM To 12:30 PM

Enjoy  the rich history of Ephesus, the ancient city famed for the Temple of Artemis, and one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World. Explore remarkable ruins like the Roman Library of Celsus and the Basilica of St. John, against a backdrop of perfect October weather with temperatures ranging from 61 to 75 ºF. In Kusadasi, a port town renowned for its vibrant history and delicious Turkish cuisine, savor traditional dishes and enjoy the scenic beauty of waterfront cafes overlooking the Aegean. Don't miss the opportunity for a day trip to Dilek Peninsula National Park for outdoor adventures.

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Istanbul, Turkey

Thu Oct 17, 2024 | 09:00 AM To 06:00 PM
Istanbul vibrates with excitement, merging its Ottoman heritage with contemporary art, fashion, cuisine, and nightlife. Mild October temperatures of 55 to 67ºF, provide ideal conditions for exploring this cultural intersection of the crossroads of Europe and Asia. Visitors can explore the "Big Three"—Hagia Sophia, the Blue Mosque, and Topkapi Palace—all in one day, enriched by its varied culture and history through museum visits and coastal boat tours.

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Mykonos, Greece

Fri Oct 18, 2024 | 01:30 PM To 09:00 PM

Discover the enchanting island of Mykonos, a Cycladic gem known for its whitewashed houses, blue-domed churches, and vibrant nightlife. With temperatures ranging from 64 to 72ºF in October, Mykonos invites you to its famous beaches like Agios Ioannis for its soft sands and clear waters, Elia for family-friendly vibes, and Paradise for the ultimate party scene. Explore ancient Delos, a UNESCO World Heritage Site next door, or wander the picturesque streets of Old Town Mykonos. Whether you're into watersports, archaeological sites, or simply soaking up the sun and culinary delights, Mykonos offers a diverse array of activities to satisfy every traveler. Plus, with regular ferries, it's easy to hop between Mykonos and other Greek islands, making it a perfect hub for your Aegean adventure.

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Piraeus Athens, Greece

Sat Oct 19, 2024 | Arrive 06:00 AM
Athens, the cradle of civilization and Europe's oldest city, is a dynamic blend of ancient wonders and modern vibrancy. Home to the Acropolis, Parthenon, and other monumental archaeological sites, Athens also thrives as a contemporary metropolis rich in art, culture, cuisine, and shopping. 
Check into your post cruise hotel and enjoy a free day before a day of escorted tours


Sun Oct 20 — 21, 2024 | Post-cruise escorted tour

Experience the unique melding of ancient and modern in this world-renowned travel destination. With average October temperatures between 58 - 73ºF, it's the perfect time to explore UNESCO World Heritage sites like Delphi and Epidaurus or dive into the city's vast history, from the Temple of Poseidon to the charming streets of Plaka and Corinth.

We will have opportunities for group tours or time for your own solo exploration.
If your sense of wanderlust includes an appreciation for iconic destinations, enriching cultural experiences and in-depth destination exploration and the joy of discovery alongside others, then this cruise is for you.

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