The Fabled Adriatic

September 1, 2015
14 Days
Aboard the Variety Voyager
72 Guests
From $9,980
The Fabled Adriatic

Expedition Highlights

  • Discover dramatic scenery and amazing archaeology in the lesser-visited countries of Montenegro and Albania, a focal point of this Adriatic expedition.
  • Spend time in photogenic Dubrovnik, a beautifully-preserved medieval masterpiece on your Croatia tour.
  • Tour the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Valletta, Malta’s charming capital.
  • Explore the stunning Greek and Roman ruins of Syracuse, including the massive 15,000-seat theater, which is still in use today.
  • Enjoy ample opportunities to explore charming seaside towns, with the chance to dine ashore on your own.
  • As part your Croatia expedition visit Diocletian’s magnificent 4th-century palace in Split.

Our Fabled Adriatic expedition was exceptional—we had a warm and attentive crew, energetic excursions, and intellectual lecturers. Zegrahm is the best expedition company on earth as far as my experience goes.

Kaaren K.

Expedition Team

Variety Voyager

The Variety Voyager is a newly built, state-of-the art private yacht which accommodates up to 72 guests. All ocean-view staterooms feature en suite marble bathrooms, flat-screen television, mini fridge, and individually controlled heating/cooling. The spacious and elegantly-appointed public spaces include a lounge, library, single-seating dining room, outdoor deck for dining in pleasant weather, and sun deck with a bar and lounge area.

Gear Up!

  • 2-in-1 Backpack Tote
2-in-1 Backpack Tote

Easily packable and conveniently expandable, this two-in-one backpack/tote is just waiting to be filled with your travel essentials and the treasures you find along the way, as you explore the Adriatic’s stunning landscapes and archaeological jewels. Adjustable straps, ample pockets, and easy lockable main compartment make it a superb travel choice.

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Beyond the Destination

  • Sicily: An Island of Bounty, Beauty, and Battles

    June 8, 2015

    The collective whisper of an olive grove’s rustling leaves at twilight, the trees seem to exhale after a day beneath the intense Mediterranean sun; soft, rolling hills, dotted with vineyards, lush and fragrant, the vines hang heavy with clusters of the patiently-ripening fruit; the crystalline waters of the sea, alive with fish and fisherman alike, each playing their age-old role in feeding the

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    Eggplant caponata

    Sicily's Menu - Celebrate Fall with Sicilian Fare

    September 23, 2013

    It's official: summer is over (at least it is here in our Seattle headquarters). But what better way to celebrate fall than to use up the last of your summer vegetables, as part of a Sicilian menu? Try out this recipe for Eggplant Caponata as a starter; we recommended enjoying it with a glass of fruity white wine and reflecting back on the long, warm days of summer.

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    Dancers, Albania

    Cruising the Adriatic Sea

    September 15, 2011

    Our ship made a calm crossing on the deep blue Mediterranean from Sicily to the Adriatic Sea and the beautiful shores of Montenegro, Croatia, and Albania. Our first Adriatic stop was in Montenegro. Sailing there was itself an event, winding our way through the dramatically curving coastline of the fjord-like Bay of Kotor.

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  • Agrigento, Sicily

    Ode to Sicily

    April 21, 2011

    Ode to Sicily By Kevin Clement (with apologies to Robert Service)

    There are strange things done in the Med’s warm sun And one of those was our trip Round Sicily Isle, and in highest style On the Clipper Odyssey ship.

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    Syracuse, Sicily

    On Location: Syracuse, Sicily

    April 19, 2011

    The claim to fame of many towns, in America and elsewhere, is that somebody famous was born there. In most cases it’s an author or a Civil War general. If the town is very lucky, it might be a movie star. Syracuse, too, has its names to drop, but in a place where history and greatness reach back as far as this one, the situation is a little different.

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    On Location: Erice, Segesta, Monreale & Palermo, Sicily

    April 9, 2011

    The history of Sicily is a list of foreign conquerors. The island was a Greek colony, then Carthaginian, next Roman, then Byzantine, followed by Moorish, Norman, and Spanish. It didn’t become part of Italy until 1860.

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  • Vineyard

    On Location: Selinunte & Marsala, Sicily

    April 8, 2011

    It is almost a truism to say that Sicily is a colorful place. But until coming here, I never realized how rich and subtly vibrant and vibrantly subtle and, well, Mediterranean the colors would be. So I have made a partial list of the colors I saw today.

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    Agrigento, Sicily

    On Location: Agrigento, Sicily

    April 7, 2011

    Within the sprawling, expansive Valley of the Temples, outside Agrigento, runs a narrow, rocky ridge. The ridge is visible from all points of the valley, and from far out to sea. At one time, long ago, the valley was filled with one of the most lavish cities of the entire Grecian Empire, and the ridge was its centerpiece.

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    Mediterranean Diet

    Attention: Slow Fish Ahead – Sicily’s Rich Culinary Heritage

    December 31, 2010

    More information on the island’s cuisine is preserved in The Life of Luxury written around 350 B.C.

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  • Valletta, Malta

    The Fabled Adriatic Field Report 2010

    June 1, 2010

    Wednesday, April 14, 2010 - Valletta, Malta: After our individual arrivals we made our own way to the comfortable Grand Hotel Excelsior just outside the walls of the city of Valletta situated on the northeastern coast of the island. In the afternoon many of us set out to explore the ancient city while some rested after the long journey to the Mediterranean.

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    Syracuse, Sicily

    On Location: Syracuse, Sicily

    April 19, 2010

    There was a brisk breeze blowing, but it was a sunny morning as we sailed into the great harbor at Syracuse and perhaps we had something of the same experience of those first Greek colonists from Corinth who arrived more than 2,700 years ago to their new land.

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    Dubrovnik, Croatia

    On Location: Pageantry, Poppies, and the Pearls of the Adriatic

    April 21, 2009

    Springtime is the best time to be in the Adriatic. The hillsides are ablaze with poppies, irises, and gorse and the medieval walled cities are filled with festivals of the season. We watched Easter Pageants in Malta and Sicily and toured the palaces, archaeological sites, and bustling mountain-top bazaars of Corfu and Albania.

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