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Thanks to its Mediterranean location just across the water from the heel of Italy’s “boot”, anyone envisioning luxury tours of Eastern Europe will find Albania to be an enthralling land of sun-drenched shores, verdant forests and impressive centuries-old monuments. History abounds in Tirana, Albania’s fascinating capital city, a highlight of any luxury vacation in the Adriatic. An in-depth exploration showcases a unique mix of 15th-century Ottoman citadels; stately Christian cathedrals; and ancient Roman ruins. Comfort’s escorted, private or custom vacation itineraries including the Republic of Albania are sure to meet the high expectations of sophisticated travelers.

Discover the architectural legacies of these powerful civilizations with visits to superb palaces, monasteries, and churches. Enjoy time to follow the winding lanes in ancient town centers and savor the local scene in bustling marketplaces.

Journey Pace: Active

  • Discover dramatic scenery and amazing archaeology in the lesser-visited countries of Montenegro and Albania
  • Spend a full day in photogenic Dubrovnik, a beautifully preserved medieval masterpiece
  • Explore the stunning Greek and Roman ruins of Syracuse, including the massive 15,000- seat theater, which is still in use today

Tour Details

Departure Information

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  • 13 days from $11,980

 

Day 1-3Valletta, Malta / Embark Island Sky

Arrive in Malta on Day 2. Enjoy a city tour the next day and embark on the Island Sky, your home for 10 days.

  • Island Sky

Day 4Agrigento, Sicily, Italy & Licata

Tour Agrigento, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. After lunch at a winery, continue to Licata.

  • Island Sky

Day 5Syracuse

Explore the Archaeological Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Highlights include the Roman Amphitheater of Augustus, the Ear of Dionysius, and the massive Greek Theater.

  • Island Sky

Day 6Catania & Morgantina

Travel inland to Piazza Armerina, famous for its superb Roman mosaics and the Greek site of Morgantina. The afternoon is at your leisure in Catania.

  • Island Sky

Day 7+8At Sea / Butrint, Albania

Attend lectures on Day 7. The next day, visit the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Butrint. Among its archaeological highlights are the baptistery, superb amphitheater, and medieval fortress.

  • Island Sky

Day 9+10Kotor, Montenegro / Dubrovnik, Croatia / Cavtat

In Kotor, explore palaces, towers, and Romanesque and Gothic churches. The next day, visit charming Cavtat. In Dubrovnik, visit the main square, two monasteries, and the cathedral.

  • Island Sky

Day 11Korcula Island & Split

Take a walking tour in Korcula to view several monasteries. In Split, visit the Palace of Diocletian.

  • Island Sky

Day 12Sibenik

A walking tour visits Sibenik’s crowning glory and UNESCO World Heritage Site, St. James Cathedral.

  • Island Sky

Day 13Venice, Italy

Disembark in Venice and board your flight home or on to your next destination.

  • Island Sky

Tour Details

Meeting Point

Valleta, Malta

Departure Point

Venice, Italy

Tour Includes

  • Deluxe rooms in the best available hotels
  • A professional Travel Director as your personal concierge
  • Active participation and up-close encounters to experience the cultures of your journey
  • Bottled water, soft drinks, coffee and tea included with meals; bottled water during sightseeing excursions
  • All gratuities to hotel and restaurant staff and local guides and drivers
  • Group or individual airport transfers on arrival and departure flights

Package price is per person, based on double occupancy. Single supplement applies. Land, air, and governmental/park taxes are subject to change based on date of departure. International airfare is additional. Other restrictions may apply. Contact us for complete journey details.

Built in 1992 and recently refurbished, the Island Sky is a spacious, yet intimate, expedition vessel. Public spaces available include a large lounge, elegant bar with piano, library stocked with fiction and reference books along with a selection of games, and a single sitting dining room. Outside decks feature a bar, spa pool, and a rear sun deck where meals are served in pleasant weather. For excursions ashore, the Island Sky carries a fleet of Zodiacs, and bridge visits allow for the chance to see her expert officers and crew at work.

 

 

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