This eastern Mediterranean exploration pairs wonderful walled cities in Croatia with the Greek islands of Corfu, Sifnos and Hydra. You’ll also have the chance to discover Athens, the heart of Ancient Greece
Starting in atmospheric Split, with its Roman-era Diocletian's
Palace behind, this voyage will see you sail down the Dalmatian
Coast. Having explored the pine-forested island of Korcula, where
Croatia's finest white wines are made, you'll get to admire
Dubrovnik, whose ancient walls and Baroque buildings host many
Less glitzy but equally handsome is Kotor, over the border in
Montenegro, a medieval city wedged between sheer mountains and a
blue bay, where café-covered squares and Venetian palaces abound.
Next, you'll head to Greece's islands, beginning with a classic.
Despite its popularity, Corfu retains an idyll-like feel thanks to
its sleepy villages, dreamy shores and tree-lined hills.
Two quaint islands follow: pottery-making Sifnos is a vintage
blend of whitewashed village and olive groves, while donkeys are
the sole mode of transportation along marble-cobbled lanes on
Hydra, which has long lured artists. From there you sail to
Piraeus, close to Athens and all of its glories. The Acropolis of
Athens, along with other Greek ruins, are ready to bring ancient
history to life.
Newly built, Golden Horizon is the world's largest square-rigged
sailing vessel, combining traditional style with exceptional levels
of service and comfort. On board, you can be as active as you like
during your cruise, with a choice of amazing optional excursions,
as well as enjoying the spa, pools, marina (complete with water
sports), gym, local delicacies, lectures and entertainment.