Montenegro and the Dalmatian Coast - SOLD OUT; WAIT LIST, June 19 to July 04, 2020
Join us in Paradise for a week of diverse music and exploration of Montenegro,
plus a seven-day cruise along the Dalmatian Coast

In June 2020, the small Adriatic town of Tivat, Montenegro will host the third annual Mediterranean Notes Music Festival, where some of the world’s pre-eminent musicians – including Latvian violinist Baiba Skride – come together for a series of unique concerts, from chamber to symphonic to world music. Join us for a week at the luxurious 5-star Regent Porto Montenegro Hotel, experiencing the magic of evening chamber music while discovering the jewels of picturesque Montenegro during the day!

Following the festival, we board a brand-new, lavishly designed, 19-cabin cruise vessel to discover the natural and ancient wonders of Dalmatia, from Dubrovnik to Split, including Hvar, Vis, Korčula, Mljet, and Ston. Highlights include wandering the medieval town of Korčula and breathtaking Hvar, exploring the famous salt lakes in the Mljet National Park, sipping wine at a traditional winery in Vis, riding the cable car for scenic views of Dubrovnik, indulging on oysters in a tiny, once-fortified village, and swimming at the famous shifting beach of Zlatni Rat.
 

Space is limited, both at the Porto Montenegro Hotel and onboard the mini-cruiser Aurelia.
Reservations will be honored in the order deposits are received.
The tentative, online form may be found by clicking on the blue "Reservation" button below the description.

PRICES AND CONTENTS

Prices, per person:

  $ 4,950 sharing a double


$ 6,845 single use of a double



Prices are stated in
U.S. Dollars

calculated on an exchange rate of $1.15 to the Euro.




Package prices include

Seven nights accommodation, Superior Double, Aqua Wing*
Regent Porto Montenegro

Seven nights accommodation, lower deck double*
MV Aurelia

The air-conditioned en suite cabins on the lower deck provide double or twin beds, portholes, safe, fridge, LCD TV, sound-proofing.
Public areas include a main deck air-conditioned restaurant and bar, a covered outdoor lounge with tables and sofas, a swimming platform, and a sundeck with sun beds and a jacuzzi. Wi-Fi is free.
* see below for upgrade options

Breakfast each day

Montenegro portion:
Lunch or dinner on 4 days
(drinks included)

Dalmatian cruise portion:
Dinner on 3 days
Lunch on 6 days
Two tastings

Airport transfers

Ground transport by
private coach

  All available performances at
  Mediterranean Notes Festival

  Guided tours
as described to the right
(unless specified as "optional")

  Port fees

  Drinks with meals aboard, unlimited water, coffee and tea,
plus fresh fruit

  Baggage handling

  Access to spa facilities and swimming pool at the
Hotel Porto Montenegro

  Free Wifi throughout the hotel and on board the ship



Accommodation upgrades, cruise:

Cabins onboard the Aurelia, ranging from 140 to almost 200 square feet, are substantially larger than one would expect on an intimate cruise ship (or in many excellent hotels). In fact, the lower deck cabins (150 – 195 s.f.) are a bit larger than those on the upper deck (140 – 175 s.f.) simply because the ship is broader near the water line. What you are paying for if you choose to upgrade is not space or amenities (which are the same throughout the ship) but air and light. The lower deck provides only portholes for natural light while each upper deck cabin has both a window and a balcony, which provide air and light,
as well as offering the
opportunity to be outside
while in a private space. 
The upgrade prices are listed
per person, not per cabin.
You may see photos
of a typical cabin, as well as
the layout of the ship, by
clicking here.

Upper deck, with balcony
$525 per person, sharing
$790, single occupancy



Accommodation upgrades, Porto Montenegro
(per room/week):

Deluxe Room - $140
Deluxe Room, Sea View - $735
Junior Suite - $1,540
1 Bedrm Suite, Sea View - $3,500



You may tentatively reserve space by submitting the online reservation form, accessed via the button below; we will send you a final reservation form. Your place on the tour will be confirmed when we receive your deposit, along with that form, completed and signed.



Suggested Flights on United and/or Lufthansa
(with Croatia Airlines)


Depart Houston June 19,
one change in Frankfurt or Munich, arriving Dubrovnik in the evening, June 20


Return from Split July 4,
one change in Munich,
arriving Houston
that same afternoon


All other flight options involve a minimum of two changes of plane, one or both ways.

If there is sufficient interest,
we will explore the potential
for a Group Air Package
using the suggested flights.
 

Advantages of
Group Air:


♦Best available prices
♦Prices locked in
♦Advance payment
not required
♦In case of delay or cancellation,
the group is usually
rebooked together

If you wish to participate
in group air arrangements,
please indicae it on the reservation form;
we need to know
as soon as possible.



 

MONTENEGRO - Seven Nights



June 19: Depart Houston: Only United/Lufthansa can get you to Dubrovnik and back from Split with a single change of planes each way. More about flights in the column at the left.

June 20-27: Montenegro with the Mediterranean Notes Music Festival
Lord Byron stated: “At the birth of the planet, the most beautiful encounter between land and sea must have been on the Montenegrin coast.” Montenegro, the smallest of the ex-Yugoslav republics, has it all: medieval towns on the coast, wild mountains, the biggest lake on the Balkan peninsula, the longest and deepest canyon in Europe, mild climate, and the most beautiful fjord-like gulf in the Mediterranean. Its imposing coastline mountains inspired 15th-century Venetians to name it Monte Negro, or Black Mountain. Different cultures have left their traces here: Roman, Byzantine, Venetian, and Turkish; for centuries, it was the only Balkan state to hold out against the mighty Ottoman Empire, and although its historic capital, Cetinje was sacked by Ottomans three times, Montenegro was never completely taken.

Nestled on the UNESCO-protected Boka Bay and offering sweeping views of the Durmitor mountain range, our hotel – the 5-star Regent Porto Montenegro – is right next to the posh city promenade and the most luxurious yacht marina on the Adriatic Sea. According to Lonely Planet, “visitors to Tivat could be forgiven for wondering if they're in Monaco or Montenegro.” The hotel is elegant, aristocratic and refined, boasting gourmet dining, an indulgent spa and wellness center, and indoor and outdoor pools.

During our week in Tivat, we will explore all that Montenegro offers, complemented by two optional outdoor activities: scenic hiking around Kotor Bay and kayaking/bird-watching in the untamed nature of Lake Skadar. Below you will find the description of each tour.

Boka Bay Cruise Including the UNESCO World Heritage site of Kotor
Described as the southernmost fjord in Europe, Boka Bay is a magnificent symbiosis of bays and gorges, encircled by wooded mountains to the south and mountains with sparse vegetation to the north. Also known as “Bride of the Adriatic,” the star-shaped region – attributed to a submerged river canyon that perforates the mainland – is composed of four bays: Herceg Novi, Risan, Tivat, and Kotor. We will visit Perast, an ancient village rich in Venice-like architecture: sixteen Baroque palaces, seventeen Catholic churches, several important Orthodox structures and a series of nine defensive towers. The highlights of Perast are the twin islands of St. George and Our Lady of the Rock. According to the legend, fishermen saw Mary in the reef and began a ritual of dropping a stone on the spot every time they sailed by. Eventually the island we see today was created, and upon that island was built a fine little “Our Lady of the Rocks” church. Lunch is at the home of a family in the village of Tići on Luštica peninsula. We will have a welcome drink, walk through the olive gardens, taste their organic olive oil, and sit down to a feast of home-cooked specialties. We finish the day in Kotor, one of the best-preserved medieval towns in the Adriatic. Kotor became part of the Venetian Republic in 1420 and except for two periods of Ottoman rule, it remained under Venice until 1797. It is these four centuries of Venetian domination that have given the town its typical Venetian architecture. Visits include the Cathedral of St. Tryphon (1166) and St. Luke's Church (1195).

Budva, Sveti Stefan, and Virpazar
A fortified medieval town, Budva bears the influence of the Venice Republic. The most important buildings include the churches of St. John, Holy Trinity, Holy Mary in Punta, the citadel fortress, and the town walls. We will visit the Archeological Museum, which houses an impressive collection of artifacts from the various Illyrian, Greek, Roman, Byzantine and Slavic peoples who have settled in Budva. On our way to Virpazar, we will stop at the most photogenic place on the Montenegrin coast: Sveti Stefan, a fortified fishing town on a small island connected to the mainland by a narrow passage. The pink pebble beaches and azure waters of Sveti Stefan have made this area a favorite with both royalty and tourists since the 1930s. In Virpazar, we will visit a winery owned and operated by a family, where we taste the indigenous wines Kratosija and Vranac as well as grappa, accompanied by local delicacies (prosciutto, cheese, olives, and Dutch oven veal).

Cetinje and National Park Lovćen
Cetinje is the cultural, historical, and spiritual center of Montenegro, which has retained its old charm due to benign neglect: after the Second World War, the capital was moved from Cetinje to Podgorica (then known as Titograd). Unlike the coastal cities that boast Venetian architecture, the town displays pastel-colored houses, single-story cottages, and stately mansions. We will visit Cetinje Monastery, the most famous Orthodox monastery in Montenegro; King Nikola's Museum, the former residence of the last Montenegrin ruler, and the relief of Montenegro – a fascinating large-scale 3D map created by the Austrians in 1917. Adjacent to Centinje is Lovćen National Park, with an incredibly diverse flora and fauna, dominated by Mount Lovćen and the Njegoš Mausoleum – one of the most important works of the world-renowned Croatian sculptor Ivan Meštrović. We will climb 461 steps up to the limestone and granite mausoleum, which, in clear weather, offers a stunning 360-degree view of more than half of the tiny country. Petar II Petrović Njegoš was the greatest Montenegrin poet (and ruler), the “national hero” of Montenegro, whose wish was to be buried there.

Optional Kayaking and Birdwatching on Lake Skadar
Lake Skadar, the largest lake in the Balkans, is home to over 250 species of birds, 90% of which are migratory. Among them: the endangered pelican, pygmy cormorant, glossy ibis, squacco heron, bittern, grebe, egret, tern, mallard, etc. It is a shallow lake, surrounded by wide flood plain on its northern bank, with willows, reed beds, and floating vegetation. Kayaking will allow you to explore tiny alleys lined with water lilies and watch the wildlife without scaring it away. A boat will follow the group and be at the disposal of any who get tired of paddling or prefer not to. Following the lake experience, you are in for a treat in nearby Rineka Crnojevica, where the most appetizing Montenegrin specialties await. Before the meal is served, you will be offered a homemade fruit brandy to increase your appetite.

Optional Hiking to Ridge Vrmac
A comfortable tuk-tuk ride will take you just outside Kotor, from where we start the hike up an old switchback military trail to the top of the Vrmac ridge. This road, named after emperor Franz Joseph, was built during the Austro–Hungarian era, to connect the port of Kotor with the fortress and barracks on the top of the ridge. The hike will be around 2 hours round trip, and there are plenty of stops along the way for photos and to grab a drink. The climb will reward you with stunning view towards Kotor Old Town and the most beautiful parts of Boka bay. After the hike, there will be some free time in scenic Kotor on your own before returning to the hotel.

On the way to Dubrovnik harbor to board our luxurious mini-cruiser, we stop at Cavtat, a charming little town just south of Dubrovnik, set on a petite peninsula embraced by two harbors. We visit the mausoleum of the wealthy Račić family in the Saint Rocco Cemetery, on the highest point of the Rat Peninsula just above Cavtat. Built by Meštrović in 1922, the beautiful memorial chapel – also known as “Our Lady of the Angels”– is a white marble sepulcher surmounted by a bronze angel on a cupola, with intricate decorations, reliefs, and mosaics. For lunch on your own, there are plenty of choices: from gastronomic fish restaurants to meat prepared in the traditional "peka" style, the signature dish of Dalmatia (vegetables and meat drizzled with olive oil, sprinkled with herbs, and then baked to perfection under a bell-like dome).  Practically every restaurant along the waterfront promenade offers postcard-perfect views!



DALMATIAN COAST CRUISE - Seven Nights

Saturday June 27: Dubrovnik
Following our stop in Cavtat, we continue to Dubrovnik’s Gruž harbor where we embark on the deluxe/superior mini-cruiser, Aurelia, the newest and most spacious in the fleet. After settling into our cabins, we head out for a guided tour of the city. Buildings that have remained from the time of the old Dubrovnik Republic give the ancient town a special charm. Renaissance architecture dominates, but there are traces of Gothic style as well. From the Old Town, we ascend by cable car to Mount Srd to enjoy scenic views of the fortified city’s imposing ramparts and of the Elaphiti Islands. A cocktail reception and dinner await us on board when we return to the ship. Overnight in Dubrovnik.
 
Sunday June 28: Slano/Ston
We enjoy the magical scenery as we cruise around Dubrovnik city walls before continuing to one of the Elaphiti Islands to take a quick swim or just to enjoy the scenery. Lunch is provided on board before our afternoon arrival in Slano, a peaceful fishermen's village and the starting point of our visit to Ston. Once a small fortified village, Ston is famous today for its oysters. After exploring the medieval ramparts, we learn more about oysters and enjoy a special tasting of this delicacy. You’ll have some free time before returning to the ship. Evening features a traditional “Captain’s Dinner” on board, including entertainment.
 
Monday June 29: Mljet
After breakfast, we cruise a little farther north to the island of Mljet. The legend has it that Odysseus spent years on this island when he was a prisoner of the nymph Calypso. The cruise manager will take us for a stroll to the famous salt lakes in the Mljet National Park, where we will embark upon a small boat to St. Mary Isle to visit a 12th-century Benedictine monastery and church. Or, you have the option of renting a kayak, bicycle, scooter, or convertible to roam around the national park or island on your own – but beware of nymphs! We overnight either in port Polača or Pomena, where we’ll have dinner onboard.
 
Tuesday June 30: Korčula
Relax over breakfast as we sail towards the island of Korčula, best known as the birthplace of Marco Polo. Lunch will be in a secluded bay, followed by a guided walking tour of enchanting Korčula, one of the best-preserved medieval walled cities in the Mediterranean. You will find the “fishbone” street pattern unique; it results in a natural cooling effect, providing citizens with sheltered and comfortable accommodation. You will then have the rest of the afternoon and evening free to take advantage of a rich choice of restaurants, whether you opt for a gourmet dining experience or a simpler meal. There are plenty of bars for those looking for livelier entertainment. Alternatively, you may choose an optional excursion (additional cost) to a village near the town of Korčula to learn about the history and traditional way of living and enjoy a typical Dalmatian dinner. The ship is moored for the night in Korčula harbor.
 
Wednesday July 1: Vis
This morning, we continue to the island of Vis, once a Yugoslav strategic naval base and closed to the public for decades. Thanks to this isolation, Vis has a special charm – “the Mediterranean as it once was” – making this a particularly interesting visit. Vis town, situated on the northern side of the island, lies near the remains of ancient Issa, the first urban center in Croatia. We’ll try some exquisite local wines in one of the Vis traditional wineries. You’ll then have time to follow your own interests, whether that’s the remains of the Roman thermae, the city museum, or a leisurely walk, enjoying the views of the beautiful Villae Rusticae along the waterfront. Dinner ashore is on your own; our vessel remains in the port of Vis for the night.
 
Thursday July 2: Biševo-The Blue Cave and Hvar
Early in the morning, we cruise towards the small island of Biševo to visit (weather conditions permitting) the Blue Cave, a magnificent natural phenomenon. Continuing towards the jet-set island of Hvar, we make a stop for swimming and lunch on board at the Pakleni islands. Hvar, the longest and sunniest island in the Adriatic, is known for glorious lavender fields and breathtaking beauty. We arrive in the afternoon and tour the town, including the Renaissance cathedral with its original tower, and the oldest community theater in Europe, founded in 1612. You can also hike up the zigzag path to the fort overlooking the harbor for lovely scenic views of our ship and the Pakleni islands. In the evening, Hvar offers an abundance of entertainment - numerous restaurants (dinner on your own), bars and clubs, many open late into the night. We overnight in the port.
 
Friday July 3: Zlatni Ra – Bol – Split
We sail to Brač island, where we visit the most famous beach in Dalmatia, Zlatni Ra. Its shingle promontory shifts from side to side as the wind and waves constantly cause the shape to change. Bol is a typical fishing village, which has retained much of its charm, despite having become a popular tourist destination. Enjoy lunch onboard as we continue to Split, where we have a guided tour of the historic town, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. There is an abundance of Roman architecture, the most impressive being the magnificent Diocletian Palace, once inhabited by the eponymous Emperor.  Dinner on shore is on your own; we overnight aboard in Split harbor.
 
Saturday July 4: Split Check Out And Homeward (Onward) Flights
After breakfast, disembark and transfer to Split airport for your homeward (or onward) journey.  You can make it back to Houston in time for tonight's fireworks displays!

The photos are used courtesy of the National Tourism Organization of Montenegro,
the Regent Porto Montenegro, and Katarina Line

 

Dubrovnik, from Mount Srd
Dubrovnik, from Mount Srd
Opening Night, 2019 - Baiba Skride and Menuhin Academy Soloists
Opening Night, 2019 - Baiba Skride and Menuhin Academy Soloists
Tivat Marina
Tivat Marina
Sunset from the Porto Montegro
Sunset from the Porto Montegro
Our Hotel Pool
Our Hotel Pool
Regent Hotel Porto Montenegro by Night
Regent Hotel Porto Montenegro by Night
Our Hotel Terrace, Twilight
Our Hotel Terrace, Twilight
Boka Bay
Boka Bay
Perast
Perast
Old Town Kotor
Old Town Kotor
Budva Old Town
Budva Old Town
Lovcen National Park
Lovcen National Park
View from Lovcen
View from Lovcen
Skadar Lake from Rijeka Crnojevica
Skadar Lake from Rijeka Crnojevica
Pelicans, Lake Skadar
Pelicans, Lake Skadar
Hiking above Kotor
Hiking above Kotor
MV Aurelia
MV Aurelia
Upper Deck Cabin with balcony
Upper Deck Cabin with balcony
Dining Room
Dining Room
"Main Street," Dubrovnik
Typical Street, Dubrovnik
Typical Street, Dubrovnik
Oysters at Ston
Oysters at Ston
Korcula
Korcula
Vis
Vis
Vis Island
Vis Island
VIew of Hvar from the fort
VIew of Hvar from the fort
Hvar Harbor
Hvar Harbor
Biševo - The Blue Cave
Biševo - The Blue Cave
Venetian palace - in Split
Venetian palace - in Split
 
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