Summertime Adriatic Discovery

Departed 14th Jun 2022 18 nights Sails from Southampton Bolette T2213
Beautiful view on Mostar city with old bridge and ancient buildings on Neretva river in Bosnia and Herzegovina Beautiful view on Mostar city with old bridge and ancient buildings on Neretva river in Bosnia and Herzegovina

Experience an insight into the Balkan Peninsula’s centuries of fascinating history, shaped by various civilisations and changing eras. Visiting cities of deep historical importance, you’ll get to journey from the middle ages through to modern times, witnessing the marks that the Romans, medieval Ottomans and many other powers made during their rule in the region.

At each of the destinations, ancient monuments, walls, ruins and remarkably well preserved archaeological finds all have their own stories to tell.[ReadMoreMob] Dubrovnik, Croatia’s ‘Pearl of the Adriatic’, is the pinnacle of this Balkan discovery; capture the beauty, as well as the history, of this UNESCO-listed city, with its imposing fortifications and terracotta-topped buildings. In Split, see the influences of Emperor Diocletian in the ruins of his 4th century palace; or tour to the war-torn town of Trogir, where impressive examples of centuries-old architecture await. Along the coast, Kotor beckons amongst scenes of Montenegro’s magnificent landscapes; the Venetian Works of Defence, built between the 15th and 17th centuries, will be in view of your ship and ready for your exploration.[ReadMoreDesk]

Off the beaten tourist track, Bolette takes you to discover the historic sites of lesser-known destinations too; a highlight is a maiden visit to Neum, gateway to places showcasing the influence of Ottoman rule such as UNESCO-listed Pocitelj and the Mostar & Stari Most. There are also rare visits to the Albanian city of Durres, a city awash with the contrasting architectural wonders of various eras, and Reggio Calabria in Italy. What’s more, you’ll get to revel in the scenic splendour of Sardinia and the Strait of Messina; experience scenic cruising of the fjord-like Bay of Kotor; and – either side of your time in the Balkans – visit the culture-rich cities of Cartagena and Tangier.