From Montenegro to Malta.

9 days Dubrovnik-Kotor-Corfu-Saranda-Sicily-Gozo Island-Valletta 2020

Dubrovnik, the “Pearl of the Adriatic”, is on the UNESCO World Heritage List for good reason. Kotor on the coast of Montenegro is nestled in a fjord landscape reminiscent of Norway. Saranda in Albania receives the ship in its horseshoe-shaped bay. In Gallipoli, Apulia, the historic centre is located on a rocky island connected by a bridge to the mainland. The visit to the Etna volcano is definitely a highlight of this trip. Syracuse in Sicily has an impressive archaeological park called Neapolis. Maltese Valletta with the neighbouring Gozo appears ancient and mysterious. And everywhere you look, you see the infinite blue of the sea.

Why this cruise?

  • Enchanting old cities like Kotor and Syracuse, both on UNESCO’s list
  • To Empress Sisi’s holiday home: the Achilleion on Corfu
  • Elemental Malta and Gozo
  • Sicilian culture in Taormina with its amphitheatre and impressive views
  • Stunning view of the Mount Etna volcano
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The services provided during your trip

  • Cruise in an outside cabin in the category booked
  • nicko cruises full board:
    • Generous breakfast buffet with coffee / tea and juices
    • Varied lunch buffet, option for a light lunch, e. g. in the Lido Café
    • In the evening, 5-course menu served at table
    • Coffee/ tea facilities for self-service
    • Coffee / cake or midnight snack according to daily schedule
    • Gala dinner with reception by the captain
    • Greeting and farewell reception
  • nicko cruise director and local tour guides
  • English language service on board
  • Comfortable Sennheiser Audio system for all excursions
  • Use of the gym, the swimming pool and SPA with sauna (massage for a fee)
  • Entertainment programme and lectures on the countries visited on board
  • Luggage service between docks and cabin for embarking and disembarking
  • All harbour and passenger fees

Added optional services

  • Excursion package (4 excursions): € 214 p.p.
  • Classic beverage package: € 232 p.p.
  • Premium beverage package: € 392 p.p.

* Please note: If you require an extended hotel stay, please contact nicko cruises customer service on: +49 (0) 711 / 248980-44 or e-mail: info@nicko-cruises.de after completing the booking

Important travel information

Please note that information and excursions will only be provided in German for individual travellers. Different languages are available on request for groups and charterers. Minimum number of cruise participants up to 30 days before departure: 180 people, for extended Hotels: 20 people (see section 8.1. of our travel conditions).

Your itinerary

16.

10.

Dubrovnik
Casting off 6:00 pm Embarkation from 3:00 pm.

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17.

10.

Kotor
Mooring 8:00 am Casting off 6:00 pm Walking Tour of the UNESCO World Heritage City of Kotor. Excursion Package

Trip duration:

01:45 h

Walking duration:

00:50 h

Stairs:

Wenig

18.

10.

Kerkyra (Corfu)
Mooring 9:00 am Casting off 11:00 pm Visit to the Achilleion Palace and walking tour through Corfu town. Excursion Package

Trip duration:

04:00 h

Walking duration:

01:00 h

19.

10.

Saranda
Mooring 8:00 am Casting off 6:00 pm

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Day

4

Saranda
Panoramic drive to the Blue Eye karstic spring.

Meet with your guide at the port of Saranda and start the tour driving towards Lekursi Castle. With a panoramic view of the city, your guide will introduce you to the city of Saranda, the guide will also share the main facts and information about the city and its history. After the panoramic stop, we will drive toward the Blue Eye Spring, along the way, we will stop at the Monastery Church of St. Mary. It was built in the 11th-century by the Byzantine Emperor Constantine Monomac. A couple of kilometres away we will reach the Blue Eye spring, known as one of the most beautiful places in Albania. It has a main six-metre diameter source of crystal-clear water that never runs dry, and a large number of water sources on the sides. Syri i Kaltër is declared a Rare Natural Treasure and is protected by the Albanian Government.

Trip duration:

04:00 h

Walking duration:

02:15 h

Stairs:

Wenig

Day

4

Saranda
Excursion to the “stone city” of Gjirokastra.

Gjirokastra is famous for its Ottoman-style fortified tower houses, which are stacked up against the hillside and reached by winding pathways. Virtually all the houses seen today were built in the early 19th-century, especially after 1811 when Ali Pasha made the city a hub of trade and communications in the region. We will start the tour with a visit to the Old Bazaar, a narrow street with local handmade souvenir shops, and traditional houses. The road through the bazaar will lead us to the Castle of Gjirokastra, the tour of the castle will take 1.5 hours. We will also visit the Clocktower where we will have a magnificent panorama view of the city and various neighbourhoods. After the castle, we will visit one of the traditional houses, the house of birth of the ex-dictator of the country, Enver Hoxha. The tour will end with the visit in a very strategic "hidden" point of Gjirokastra at "Obelisk". After the tour, we will return to the port of Saranda.

Trip duration:

06:00 h

Walking duration:

03:00 h

20.

10.

Gallipoli
Mooring 8:00 am Casting off 5:00 pm Excursion to Lecce, the “Florence of Southern Italy”. Excursion Package

Trip duration:

04:30 h

Walking duration:

01:30 h

21.

10.

Taormina (Sicily)
Mooring 8:00 am Casting off 11:00 pm Visit to Mount Etna.

Trip duration:

05:30 h

Walking duration:

00:20 h

Stairs:

Wenig

Slope:

Wenig

22.

10.

Syracuse (Sicily)
Mooring 8:00 am Casting off 6:00 pm Visit to the impressive Neapolis archaeological site and tour of the historic centre of Ortygia.

Trip duration:

04:15 h

Walking duration:

03:15 h

Stairs:

Viele

Day

7

Syracuse (Sicily)
Trip to Noto, the baroque jewel of Sicily.

Trip duration:

03:30 h

Walking duration:

01:30 h

23.

10.

Island of Gozo
Mooring 7:00 am Casting off 1:00 pm Discover Gozo's highlights. Excursion Package

The Ggantija Temples are one of the world’s most valued archaeological finds, a UNESCO site that dates back to 3600 BC. Together with your guide will take a walk around the site and explore the archaeological ruins, which hold a fascinating past. Afterwards, you’ll head to the capital of Gozo, Victoria, which beneath the old citadel, the walled castle that dominates the island. Here, you can enjoy a walk within the city walls and view the imposing cathedral from the outside. Leaving Victoria, you’ll drive to the Basilica of Ta Pinu, a centre of pilgrimage. The origin of this magnificent church dates back to 1932 and is an essential holy shrine. Explore the church and enjoy the sweeping coastal views. Your next stop is to view Fungus Rock in Dwejra, here you will have a shortstop, for a photo opportunity. On the return drive to the pier, a photo stop will be made to enjoy the views across to Comino Island, also a location used for the movies ‘Troy’ and the ‘Count of Montecristo’.

Trip duration:

04:00 h

Walking duration:

02:00 h

Stairs:

Viele

Slope:

Viel

Day

8

Valletta
Mooring 3:00 pm Excursion "Malta's Megalithic Culture"

This excursion showcases the archaeology of Malta—long associated with pre-historic, megalithic structures that date back 6,000 years. The megalithic temples of Malta are among the most ancient religious sites on Earth, a UNESCO World Heritage Site described as ‘unique architectural masterpieces.’ First, visit Hagar Qim’s shrine to Mother Earth and view a short audio-visual presentation in the visitor centre. Next, proceed to the temple site. From here you can see the Mnajdra Temples, 500 yards away and closer to the sea. You will also visit the Archaeological Museum in Valletta. This building was once the Auberge de Provence, built in 1575, and now houses a significant collection of archaeological finds from all over the island.

Trip duration:

04:00 h

Walking duration:

02:00 h

Stairs:

Wenig

Day

8

Valletta
Tour on foot of Valletta with a visit to the palace of Casa Rocca Piccola.

Follow your guide on a walking tour of the capital city of Valletta going past Auberges built by the Knights, the ruins of the Old Royal Opera House and the Church dedicated to Our Lady of Victory. Visit the Upper Barrakka Gardens which are located on the highest point on the 16th-century bastion walls that the Knights built to protect and encircle their city of Valletta. From here you have an incomparable view of the Grand Harbour and the Three Cities across the water. Proceed to visit Casa Rocca Piccola, a 16th Century Palazzo which is still a private home of a Maltese noble family. Its history goes back over 400 years to an era in which the Knights of St. John decided to build themselves a prestigious city to rival other European capitals: Valletta. The first owner of the house was an Admiral of the Order of St. John and it was sold later to a Maltese nobleman. At the end of the tour, refreshments will be served in the Courtyard. Your guide will allow you some free time for shopping before heading back to your ship by coach.

Trip duration:

03:30 h

Walking duration:

01:30 h

Stairs:

Viele

24.

10.

Valletta
Disembarkation by 9:00 am.

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The arrival and departure times are guidelines. We reserve the right to change itineraries and excursion programmes. If a route cannot be travelled due to low/high tides or a boat defect, the shipping company reserves the right to take passengers on this route by bus, to accommodate them in hotels and/or change the route. In certain circumstances it may be necessary to change to another ship.

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Your ship on its journey: WORLD VOYAGER

 

Our WORLD VOYAGER can, in a unique way, combine all the requirements of sophisticated guests, lovingly finished down to the smallest detail: a manageable number of passengers and light, tasteful interior design that leaves nothing to be desired. You will not find a comparable ship of this size on the market at such an excellent price-performance relationship. The intimate atmosphere on board is the key to well-being; the excursions guarantee unforgettable experiences.

 

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    nicko Ocean 200 ca. 100 126 m 19 m 4,7 m 220 V

16.10. - 24.10.2020

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