The Fabled Adriatic

September 1, 2015
14 Days
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

Trip Preparation: Gear Up!

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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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