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Cruising the Adriatic Sea

Explore the Adriatic Sea’s stunning, island-dappled Dalmatian Coast on this seven-night cruise aboard the exclusively chartered, deluxe M.S. L’AUSTRAL, launching in 2011 and featuring General Wesley Clark, NATO’s Supreme Allied Commander Europe (1997-2000). Visit six UNESCO World Heritage sites, fortified walled cities, ancient Roman ruins and pristine blue waters. Stroll through Emperor Diocletian’s vast retirement palace in the lively and historic center of Split; explore the walled city of Korˇcula, birthplace of Marco Polo; walk along the medieval fortifications of Kotor in Montenegro, one of the world’s newest nations; step back into the 15th century on the winding streets of Dubrovnik’s perfectly restored Gothic and Romanesque quarters; tour the historic city of Mostar or the pilgrimage site of Medjugorje in Bosnia and Herzegovina; and walk in the footsteps of emperors and gladiators in the great Roman Arena in Pula. To further enhance your experience, this comprehensive itinerary includes an exclusive VILLAGE FORUM™ with local residents, a folk music performance onboard and a specially arranged lecture by a leading expert on the restoration of Dubrovnik. Experience the art and romance of Venice on the two-night Pre or Post-Cruise Options offered.

From approximately $3995 plus air

Thomas P. Gohagan