Grand Circle Cruise Line – a Boston-based company operating a fleet of more than 60 privately owned river cruise ships and small ocean-going vessels in Europe, Russia, China, and South America – has announced three new Mediterranean itineraries for its fall schedule. The small ship sailings, each to be held aboard an independently owned, high-end 50-passenger vessel (M/V Arethusa, M/V Artemis, and M/V Athena specifically), are primed for accessing islands and ports of the Mediterranean that the larger ships just can’t get to. Ships will feature just 26 cabins, a trio of teak decks (including a sun deck), and a reception and lounge area.
The three new itineraries include the “Hidden Gems of the Dalmatian Coast & Greece,” with stops in Zagreb, Plitvice Lakes, Split, Hvar, Korcula, and Dubrovnik, Croatia; Bay of Kotor, Montenegro; Butrint, Albania; and Corfu, Delphi, Corinth Canal, and Athens, Greece. Rates for the 14-night trip start at $4,595 per person; select dates from September through November. Or, try the “Treasures of the Aegean” sailing, with stops in Athens, Meteora, Delphi, Mykonos, Santorini, and Patmos in Greece; and Ephesus and Istanbul in Turkey. Rates for 14-night sailings start at $4,295 per person; select dates from September through November. Finally, the “Cruising the Adriatic” sailing offers stops in Zagreb, Zadar, Sibenik, Split, Hvar, Dubrovnik, and Korcula, Croatia: the Bay of Kotor, Montenegro; and Mostar and Neum in Bosnia and Herzegovina. Rates for the 13-night trip start at $1,895; select dates in December.
Cruise fares include standard cruise board and meals, as well as extras like small group tour excursions and guide services, land transportation, wine with dinner, baggage handling, and more. Plus, fares include waived single supplement fees on both the cruise tours and pre- and post-trip extensions – a huge lure for cruisers looking to fly solo this year! Optional pre-trip or post-trip add-ons or international round-trip airfare are additionally available, at an additional cost. www.gct.com
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