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Adriatic Sea & Greek Gems

Virgin Voyages

On Board Resilient Lady

Departure Date: 21 August 2022

Duration: 7 Nights

Inside £1,378pp
Outside£1,559pp
Balcony £1,734pp
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Itinerary

Day 1 - Piraeus - GreeceArrow up click to collapse dayArrow Up - Click to expand day
It's no wonder that all roads lead to the fascinating and maddening metropolis of Athens. Lift your eyes 200 feet above the city to the Parthenon, its honey-color marble columns rising from a massive limestone base, and you behold architectural perfection that has not been surpassed in 2,500 years. But, today, this shrine of classical form dominates a 21st-century boomtown. To experience Athens—Athína in Greek—fully is to understand the essence of Greece: ancient monuments surviving in a sea of cement, startling beauty amid the squalor, tradition juxtaposed with modernity. Locals depend on humor and flexibility to deal with the chaos; you should do the same. The rewards are immense. Although Athens covers a huge area, the major landmarks of the ancient Greek, Roman, and Byzantine periods are close to the modern city center. You can easily walk from the Acropolis to many other key sites, taking time to browse in shops and relax in cafés and tavernas along the way. From many quarters of the city you can glimpse "the glory that was Greece" in the form of the Acropolis looming above the horizon, but only by actually climbing that rocky precipice can you feel the impact of the ancient settlement. The Acropolis and Filopappou, two craggy hills sitting side by side; the ancient Agora (marketplace); and Kerameikos, the first cemetery, form the core of ancient and Roman Athens. Along the Unification of Archaeological Sites promenade, you can follow stone-paved, tree-lined walkways from site to site, undisturbed by traffic. Cars have also been banned or reduced in other streets in the historical center. In the National Archaeological Museum, vast numbers of artifacts illustrate the many millennia of Greek civilization; smaller museums such as the Goulandris Museum of Cycladic Art Museum and the Byzantine and Christian Museum illuminate the history of particular regions or periods. Athens may seem like one huge city, but it is really a conglomeration of neighborhoods with distinctive characters. The Eastern influences that prevailed during the 400-year rule of the Ottoman Empire are still evident in Monastiraki, the bazaar area near the foot of the Acropolis. On the northern slope of the Acropolis, stroll through Plaka (if possible by moonlight), an area of tranquil streets lined with renovated mansions, to get the flavor of the 19th-century's gracious lifestyle. The narrow lanes of Anafiotika, a section of Plaka, thread past tiny churches and small, color-washed houses with wooden upper stories, recalling a Cycladic island village. In this maze of winding streets, vestiges of the older city are everywhere: crumbling stairways lined with festive tavernas; dank cellars filled with wine vats; occasionally a court or diminutive garden, enclosed within high walls and filled with magnolia trees and the flaming trumpet-shaped flowers of hibiscus bushes. Formerly run-down old quarters, such as Thission, Gazi and Psirri, popular nightlife areas filled with bars and mezedopoleia (similar to tapas bars), are now in the process of gentrification, although they still retain much of their original charm, as does the colorful produce and meat market on Athinas. The area around Syntagma Square, the tourist hub, and Omonia Square, the commercial heart of the city about 1 km (½ mi) northwest, is distinctly European, having been designed by the court architects of King Otho, a Bavarian, in the 19th century. The chic shops and bistros of ritzy Kolonaki nestle at the foot of Mt. Lycabettus, Athens's highest hill (909 feet). Each of Athens's outlying suburbs has a distinctive character: in the north is wealthy, tree-lined Kifissia, once a summer resort for aristocratic Athenians, and in the south and southeast lie Glyfada, Voula, and Vouliagmeni, with their sandy beaches, seaside bars, and lively summer nightlife. Just beyond the city's southern fringes is Piraeus, a bustling port city of waterside fish tavernas and Saronic Gulf views.
Day 2 - Cruising
Day 3 - Dubrovnik - CroatiaArrow up click to collapse dayArrow Up - Click to expand day
Nothing can prepare you for your first sight of Dubrovnik. Lying 216 km (135 miles) southeast of Split and commanding a jaw-dropping coastal location, it is one of the world's most beautiful fortified cities. Its massive stone ramparts and fortress towers curve around a tiny harbor, enclosing graduated ridges of sun-bleached orange-tiled roofs, copper domes, and elegant bell towers. Your imagination will run wild picturing what it looked like seven centuries ago when the walls were built, without any suburbs or highways around it, just this magnificent stone city rising out of the sea.In the 7th century AD, residents of the Roman city Epidaurum (now Cavtat) fled the Avars and Slavs of the north and founded a new settlement on a small rocky island, which they named Laus, and later Ragusa. On the mainland hillside opposite the island, the Slav settlement called Dubrovnik grew up. In the 12th century the narrow channel separating the two settlements was filled in (now the main street through the Old Town, called Stradun), and Ragusa and Dubrovnik became one. The city was surrounded by defensive walls during the 13th century, and these were reinforced with towers and bastions in the late 15th century.From 1358 to 1808 the city thrived as a powerful and remarkably sophisticated independent republic, reaching its golden age during the 16th century. In 1667 many of its splendid Gothic and Renaissance buildings were destroyed by an earthquake. The defensive walls survived the disaster, and the city was rebuilt in baroque style.Dubrovnik lost its independence to Napoléon in 1808, and in 1815 passed to Austria-Hungary. During the 20th century, as part of Yugoslavia, the city became a popular tourist destination, and in 1979 it was listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. During the war for independence, it came under heavy siege. Thanks to careful restoration, few traces of damage remain; however, there are maps inside the Pile and Ploče Gates illustrating the points around the city where damage was done. It’s only when you experience Dubrovnik yourself that you can understand what a treasure the world nearly lost
Day 4 - Kotor - MontenegroArrow up click to collapse dayArrow Up - Click to expand day
Backed by imposing mountains, tiny Kotor lies hidden from the open sea, tucked into the deepest channel of the Bokor Kotorska (Kotor Bay), which is Europe's most southerly fjord. To many, this town is more charming than its sister UNESCO World Heritage Site, Dubrovnik, retaining more authenticity, but with fewer tourists and spared the war damage and subsequent rebuilding which has given Dubrovnik something of a Disney feel.Kotor's medieval Stari Grad (Old Town) is enclosed within well-preserved defensive walls built between the 9th and 18th centuries and is presided over by a proud hilltop fortress. Within the walls, a labyrinth of winding cobbled streets leads through a series of splendid paved piazzas, rimmed by centuries-old stone buildings. The squares are now haunted by strains from buskers but although many now house trendy cafés and chic boutiques, directions are still given medieval-style by reference to the town’s landmark churches.In the Middle Ages, as Serbia's chief port, Kotor was an important economic and cultural center with its own highly regarded schools of stonemasonry and iconography. From 1391 to 1420 it was an independent city-republic and later, it spent periods under Venetian, Austrian, and French rule, though it was undoubtedly the Venetians who left the strongest impression on the city's architecture. Since the breakup of Yugoslavia, some 70% of the stone buildings in the romantic Old Town have been snapped up by foreigners, mostly Brits and Russians. Porto Montenegro, a new marina designed to accommodate some of the world’s largest super yachts, opened in nearby Tivat in 2011, and along the bay are other charming seaside villages, all with better views of the bay than the vista from Kotor itself where the waterside is congested with cruise ships and yachts. Try sleepy Muo or the settlement of Prčanj in one direction around the bay, or Perast and the Roman mosaics of Risan in the other direction.
Day 5 - Corfu - GreeceArrow up click to collapse dayArrow Up - Click to expand day
Corfu town today is a vivid tapestry of cultures—a sophisticated weave, where charm, history, and natural beauty blend. Located about midway along the island's east coast, this spectacularly lively capital is the cultural heart of Corfu and has a remarkable historic center that UNESCO designated as a World Heritage Site in 2007. All ships and planes dock or land near Corfu town, which occupies a small peninsula jutting into the Ionian Sea.Whether arriving by ferry from mainland Greece or Italy, from another island, or directly by plane, catch your breath by first relaxing with a coffee or a gelato in Corfu town's shaded Liston Arcade, then stroll the narrow lanes of its pedestrians-only quarter. For an overview of the immediate area, and a quick tour of Mon Repos palace, hop on the little tourist train that runs from May to September. Corfu town has a different feel at night, so book a table at one of its famed tavernas to savor the island's unique cuisine.The best way to get around Corfu town is on foot. The town is small enough so that you can easily walk to every sight. There are local buses, but they do not thread their way into the streets (many now car-free) of the historic center. If you are arriving by ferry or plane, it's best to take a taxi to your hotel. Expect to pay about €10 from the airport or ferry terminal to a hotel in Corfu town. If there are no taxis waiting, you can call for one.
Day 6 - Argostoli - GreeceArrow up click to collapse dayArrow Up - Click to expand day
Ground literally to ashes in World War II and wracked by a massive earthquake a decade later, the capital of Kefalonia once more shows pride in its native spirit and natural beauty. The vast harbor on Argostoli’s east side makes an especially attractive port for cruise ships full of visitors who never seem to tire of strolling the cobbled seaside promenade, sipping ouzos in cafés, and stocking up on the succulent Mediterranean fruits in the outdoor markets.
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Dining Options

Food glorious food.

Michelin-starred chef collective creates incredible onboard dining experiences. Virgin Voyages have ditched buffets and pre-set dining times to bring Sailors made-to-order food and leisurely brunches from our 20+ unique eateries. All the food is included - meaning no exclusive spots they have to pay to get into.

Eat your heart out.

Pairing fresh ingredients and vibrant flavors with ever-evolving ways to experience food, we’ve elevated and diversified our menus while minimizing waste by only cooking what’s been ordered. It’s a win for their stomach and a win for the planet.

Here’s a taste of what to expect from our foodie-approved eateries.

20+ Eateries On Us - From steakhouses and Korean BBQ to a cooking lab and an international food market, all eateries are on us.

No Buffets or Big Dining Halls - With unique spaces and diverse options, we’ve ditched the one-big-dining-hall experience and said goodbye to buffets.

Late-Night Bites - Whether you're craving a slice of pizza, a burger, or a hearty diner breakfast - your schedule doesn’t stop, so neither will ours.

Made-To-Order - Every eatery has its own kitchen and an executive chef - and all our food is fresh and made-to-order, never mass produced.

Fresh Is Best - Balance is key, so we offer vegetarian, vegan and gluten-free options in every eatery - designed from scratch and always created from the freshest ingredients.

Michelin-Starred Chefs - World-class Chefs like Brad Farmerie (of PUBLIC in NYC) and Sohui Kim (of The Good Fork and Insa in NYC) are a few of the names behind our incredible menus.

Entertainment

You must be at least 18 to sail with Virgin Voyages.

Let’s face it, even parents could use a holiday from their little ones sometimes.

To relax, order a glass of wine and dedicate all of their attention to the voyage at hand.

That’s why we’ve taken great care to design a place where you, your friends or your significant other can have the best possible experience, sans the unpredictability of kids.

Because of that you must be at least 18 to sail with us. No kidding. See what we did there?

So whether you want to unplug and disconnect or network with like minded travelers, it’s all there.

Just show up with your dreams, curiosity, and love of all things stress-free.

Let us do the rest.


Enrichments

Accommodation and Deck plan

Modern, yacht-inspired aesthetic and clever cabin technology make for more than just a space to live (or sleep). The cabins and suites are a hero experience, a signature moment, places to escape and retreat from the world; that sweet moment of exhale. They are...cozy, stylish, modern and smart. This is sailing the Virgin way.

Let’s talk Quarters. (Suites)

RockStar Quarters are where superyachts meet luxury cruises along with rock and roll royalty. Accents of brass and slabs of marble guide you to spacious stargazing terraces, and every detail of these suites serves to celebrate the romance of the open ocean. The suites were conceptualized by world-renowned designer, Tom Dixon - describing Grace Jones as the muse for these gorgeous suites.

Richard's Rooftop

Booking a suite unlocks access to Richard's Rooftop; an exclusive sun deck where elegance meets exuberance. A lavish, elaborate and members-only outdoor space for RockStar Quarters Sailors to bask under the sun or have a drink under the stars. Think VIP Rockstar service, chilled vibes, cool tunes, sophisticated loungers and being surrounded by dichroic glass casting stunning rainbow reflections through the rooftop.

Let's talk Cabins.

The ultimate go-to for rejuvenation, the cabins stand out for their flexible furnishings, upgraded bathrooms with Roomy Rainshowers and sensory mood lighting, creating comfy quarters that are way more than just a place to crash. The Lady Ships offer the most lavish, and unique, beds at sea. The Seabed re-imagines the cruise cabin experience. Your cabin, your way. The cabins are custom-created to accommodate the Seabed, the first-ever transformational cabin bed at sea. Award-winning Walter Knoll, who’s designed thoughtful and sustainable furniture for over 150 years, is responsible for specially engineering and handcrafting our transformative Seabed in Germany. Sailors can enjoy their cabin in two distinct ways, as a place to revel or a place to relax. A luxurious loungey space transforms into an expansive bedroom with a queen size bed in one swift movement. The transformation can be executed by the sailor or by one of our crew. 

The Insider (in)
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Nightlife type who prefers to catch Z’s without the morning sun peeking through the blinds? Then this window-free cabin will be perfect. Add in all the amenities of other cabins, just subtract the pesky glare. Sleeps...

Nightlife type who prefers to catch Z’s without the morning sun peeking through the blinds? Then this window-free cabin will be perfect. Add in all the amenities of other cabins, just subtract the pesky glare. Sleeps up to three.

Heroes:

  • Seabed
  • Roomy Rainshower
  • Mood lighting

Brilliant Basics:

  • Glam area
  • Clever cabin technology
  • In-room entertainment (43” 4K TV)
  • Steamer & hairdryer
  • In-room safe (fits 17” laptop)
  • Flexible wardrobe for luggage
  • and clothes
  • Mini bar
  • Plugs/USBs in all the right places
Facilities
Double or Twin Configuration,Lounge Area,TV,Free Wi-Fi,Safe,Telephone,Desk
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The Sea View
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Views on views minus the messy hair. This cabin has all the amenities of cabin life with a window seat that’s the closest Sailors can get to the ocean without getting wet (save that for the pool party). Sleeps up to...

Views on views minus the messy hair. This cabin has all the amenities of cabin life with a window seat that’s the closest Sailors can get to the ocean without getting wet (save that for the pool party). Sleeps up to three.

Heroes:

  • Seabed
  • Roomy Rainshower
  • Mood lighting

Uniquie Call-Outs:

  • Window Seat

Brilliant Basics:

  • Glam area
  • Clever cabin technology
  • In-room entertainment (43” 4K TV)
  • Steamer & hairdryer
  • In-room safe (fits 17” laptop)
  • Flexible wardrobe for luggage and clothes
  • Mini bar
  • Plugs/USBs in all the right places

Facilities
Double or Twin Configuration,Shower,TV,Free Wi-Fi,Safe,Hair Dryer,Telephone,Desk
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Ltd View Sea Terrace
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All the comforts and amenities of The Sea Terrace with a slightly limited view because, well, shippy stuff. Otherwise, this sensory and responsive clever cabin has it all from nautically inspired brass∘ and leather...

All the comforts and amenities of The Sea Terrace with a slightly limited view because, well, shippy stuff. Otherwise, this sensory and responsive clever cabin has it all from nautically inspired brass∘ and leather finishings to the personal tablet, intuitive mood lighting, music controls, movie streaming and one-touch room service.

Sailors will relax on the European queen, transitional Seabed or the sustainably sourced, hand-woven terrace hammock. Not in the outdoor mood? No problem, refresh and relax under the Roomy Rainshower in the upgraded bathroom experience. Sleeps up to four.

Heroes:

  • Terrace hammock
  • Seabed
  • Roomy Rainshower
  • Mood lighting

Unique Call-Outs:

  • Obstructed View
  • Saddle leather lounge chair
  • Champagne table

Brilliant Basics:

  • Glam area
  • Clever cabin technology
  • In-room entertainment (43" 4K TV)
  • Steamer & hairdryer
  • In-room safe (fits 17" laptop)
  • Flexible wardrobe for luggage and clothes
  • Mini bar
  • Plugs/USBs in all the right places
Facilities
King or Twin Configuration,Lounge Area,Shower,Paid Mini Bar,TV,Free Wi-Fi,Safe,Hair Dryer,Desk
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Resilient Lady – Virgin Voyages
21 August 2022 – 7 Nights