Thomson Cruises have unveiled their Adriatic Explorer cruise itinerary, taking guests along the Adriatic’s dramatic coastline from only £899 on board the refurbished Thomson Dream.

Starting in Corfu Town on the Greek island of Corfu, guests will be able to spend a leisurely day at sea cruising the sparkling Adriatic before arriving in Koper, Slovenia, with its handsome hilltop castles and white stone squares.

A short sail across the Adriatic will take guests to the fabulous floating city of Venice in Italy, famous for its maze of canals and romantic gondola rides – available in full day and half day excursions. Visit St Mark’s Square, the Bridge of Sighs and the iconic Rialto Bridge, or explore the quaint narrow backstreets packed with shops, cafés and bars, before returning to the ship.

Crossing the Adriatic, Thomson Dream will continue to Split, a beautiful town on Croatia’s Dalmatian Coast known for its beaches and fortresslike Diocletian’s Palace.

Sailing south, the ship will reach Croatia’s medieval city of Dubrovnik, where passengers can enjoy a scenic drive to Pile Gate, entrance to the old walled city of Dubrovnik, stopping at a panoramic viewpoint on the way.

Once inside, visit the 17th century cathedral, with its rich treasury and gold and silver relics, and then be dazzled by The Rector’s Palace, with its astounding collection of artefacts, furniture and arms. Afterwards, guests can soak up the atmosphere of the city before making their way to the old harbour, where a scenic boat ride around the southern part of the old city walls and the beautiful Lapad peninsula takes guests back to the ship.

The last port of call before returning to Corfu is Kotor in neighbouring Montenegro, a charming and secluded market town.

The seven-night Adriatic Explorer cruise on board Thomson Dream departs Corfu Town, Corfu on dates between 13 May and 14 October 2016 with flights from a choice of 18 UK regional airports. Full board prices start at £899pp (based on an inside cabin, plus flights from London Gatwick), including transfers to and from the ship, all on board activities, entertainment, tips, service charges and port taxes (thomson.co.uk/cruise).

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