Just months after its idyllic maiden voyage through the Seychelles to Dubai, Crystal Yacht Cruises’ Crystal Esprit will spend an extended season cruising some of the Adriatic Coast’s most coveted locales. The yacht’s more than six months in the region includes calls in some long-beloved Mediterranean spots, plus some islands and coastal towns that are best — or only — accessible by smaller boats (like, say, an ultra-luxury yacht).
From late March through October 2016, more than 30 itineraries will cruise to destinations that are captivating in their beauty, charm, and historical significance. The intimate, 62-guest yacht offers travelers up-close access to some of the region’s most coveted destinations. Here are some highlights to get your travel juices flowing:
Piran, Slovenia — Situated at the very tip of the Slovenian peninsula, which is the heart of what is affectionately known as the world’s outdoor playground, but also boasting a beautifully preserved historic Old Town. Here, Crystal guests can enjoy the bounty of natural adventures and meandering walkways between seafood restaurants.
Kotor, Montenegro — A tradition-rich town that blends imposing walled fortresses with welcoming piazzas. Set at the base of a dramatically sloped mountain, Kotor is loved by history buffs and travelers with a taste for striking architecture and rich cuisine. The spectacular Kotor Fjord that surrounds the destination is, in itself, a must-see.
Limassol, Cyprus — Truly a playground for virtually every type of traveler, with its storied past (look for Byzantine castles, Venetian walls, and conflicting Greek and Turkish influences); outdoor escapes (with rugged landscapes that beckon hikers and explorers and waters that scuba divers find irresistible); and a vast menu of foods that reflect the many cultural influences on the island.
Kaş, Turkey — Where divers will find not only exotic sea life, but also centuries-old shipwrecks to explore in the famously inviting waters. Besides the plethora of outdoor adventures for which Kaş is ideal, the town is populated with ancient walls, theaters, and rock tombs that help tell its fabled history.
The true beauty of all of these locales lies in the fact that you can visit them aboard Crystal’s newest offering for discerning luxury travelers, ensuring that, whether you favor underwater and mountaintop adventures or cultural immersion through food and people watching, your wishes will be met, and likely exceeded.
Crystal Esprit’s 2016 Adriatic/Mediterranean season, as well as voyages through early 2018, are now available for booking.