Cruising around Hvar Island, Croatia
Cruising around Hvar Island, Croatia

Introducing Our Unique Range Of Small Ship Cruises Cruises From £1,795pp With Archaeological Itineraries That Cover Croatia And Greece

Did you know that we have launched a brand new capsule collection of Ocean Cruise tours? Each of these memorable trips by water have an archaeological focus and can take you to an array of stunning ancient sites around the Mediterranean from just £1,795pp.

Travelling aboard the M/S Equator, the M/S Galileo and the M/S Princess Aloha, circumnavigate the Peloponnese from Athens, and explore the richly historic Dalmatian Coast and islands. These are small ships, presenting more of a yacht cruise experience, which offer you a more appealing and intimate way to explore the coastlines of Greece and Croatia. Each boat has between 18-24 cabins and their more compact sizes mean that they can berth in smaller, more characterful ports of call.

The two Dalmatian cruises will be led by our celebrated expert guide lecturer John Shepherd, who is an experienced archaeologist and Roman specialist, and worked at the prestigious Museum of London for over 20 years. Local expert Eugenia Alexiou, who holds a Master’s in Byzantine Art and is passionate about Aegean civilisations relating to the Bronze Age, will lead the Classical Greece cruise.

The Itineraries

Dalmatian Island Medley

This outstanding value for money round-trip cruise aboard the comfortable M/S Princess Aloha takes in every key highlight of the Dalmatian Coast and its islands. The fascinating history of the region is brought to life by your accompanying Andante Travels guide lecturer – and there is so much to tell, from Roman Emperor Diocletian’s retirement in his homeland to the stories of the Brac stonemasons, who shaped the emperor’s colossal palace; and from the pomp and majesty of ducal Dubrovnik to the renegade pirate ‘dukes’ of Omiš, who terrorised the Adriatic for three centuries. There are also opportunities to swim in secluded coves, appreciate the natural beauty of Mljet National Park, and explore the perfectly preserved medieval walled towns of Hvar and Korcula.
8 days from £1,795pp, departing 3rd May 2020.

Historical Highlights of Dalmatia

Sailing one way between Dubrovnik and Split allows for a more leisurely discovery of the many historical, cultural and scenic highlights of the region – known in ancient times as Dalmatia. This lovely cruise aboard the superb M/S Equator, one of the flagships of its fleet, takes in these spectacular, iconic cities – the medieval dukedom of Ragusa and the Roman Emperor Diocletian’s retirement retreat respectively – and packs in between visits to no fewer than seven islands, each with its own character and attractions, from the beautiful bays and beaches of Brac and Elaphiti to the perfectly-preserved Gothic towns of Hvar and Korcula. There is simply no better way to explore the wonders of Dalmatia. 8 days from £1,995pp, departing 17th October 2020.

Classical Highlights of Greece

This wonderfully laid-back introduction to the ancient highlights of mainland Greece combines a 2-night stay in the shadow of the Acropolis with an enchanting cruise aboard the elegant M/S Galileo, circumnavigating the Peloponnese and closing the loop with a transit of the Corinth Canal. You’ll experience a taste of Athens city life, your cruise ship at full sail and UNESCO World Heritage Sites galore, all brought to life by a renowned local expert. Our package represents sensational value for money, with 26 meals, 4* accommodation in Athens and excursions to the Acropolis and its amazing new museum, Epidaurus, Mani and Delphi amongst the inclusions, but we also have the opportunity to book three further optional excursions (at a small, extra cost) to give you the choice of either exploration or relaxation onboard. 10 days from £2,245pp, departing 4th November 2020.

The Ships

M/S Equator on the Historical Highlights of Dalmatia cruise

Built in 2017, this new vessel is one of the finest from the ATLAS fleet and it is equivalent to a good 4* hotel. With just 18 cabins across two accommodation decks, this boat is exclusive to Andante. Elegantly furnished cabins are all outside-facing, with portholes in lower deck cabins and windows in the main deck rooms, and each cabin comes with a private bathroom, air conditioning and a flat screen TV. The salon restaurant serves delicious buffet breakfasts, four-course lunches and two included dinners. The sun deck boasts a jacuzzi and sunbeds, and WiFi is available for free on board.

M/S Princess Aloha on the Dalmatian Island Medley cruise

Exclusive to Andante and just six years old, this boat belongs to the middle of three categories within the ATLAS fleet and it can be characterised as equivalent to a good 3* hotel. With just 18 cabins across two accommodation decks, the M/S Princess Aloha boasts comfortable air-conditioned cabins with private bathrooms, portholes in lower deck cabins and windows in the main deck cabins, and flat screen TVs. The on-board restaurant has communal seating and will serve up daily buffet breakfasts, four-course lunches and two included dinners. The boat’s sun deck provides the idea place to relax with a drink after a day visiting some of the ancient world’s leading archaeological and historical sites.

M/S Galileo on the Classical Highlights of Greece cruise

With its classic lines and wood-panelling evoking a bygone era of travel by sea, this is a fully motorised yacht – and one that unfurls its sails at least once every voyage. 24 cabins are situated across two decks, each featuring porthole windows, flat screen TVs, individually controlled air-conditioning units, en-suite bathrooms with showers, hairdryers, mini-fridges and mini-safes. This cruise is full-board, with all buffet meals served in the comfortable restaurant, which is situated next to a bar area and library/games store. If weather permits, the included lectures may be delivered on the impressive sun deck. WiFi is available at an extra cost throughout the cruise on board the M/S Galileo.