Greece, Montenegro, Croatia & Italy! A Culinary & Cultural Cruise With Mara Papatheodorou

Dear World Traveler and Culinary Enthusiast!

The magic of the Mediterranean is as alluring as it is diverse. The tastes & traditions of the region are simple, sublime and romantically delicious. The sea, the sun and the soil all contribute to what thrives and grows here which in turn creates each areas’ special flavors and flair. It is the unique interpretation and usage of these common elements – the how and the why – that make each country’s dishes different. As a former editor at Bon Appetit for 11 years, I look forward to hosting you on this culinary and cultural journey of the Aegean and Adriatic Seas in the Eastern Mediterranean. I promise I will bring the region alive and act as your culinary guide during this tantalizing cruise!

Silversea offers an elite luxury experience with all-suite accommodations, an attentive staff and unrivaled cuisine, making it the perfect venue for this extraordinary culinary and cultural exploration. Aboard the Silver Spirit, discover the award-winning amenities that earned Silversea “World’s Best Small Ship Cruise Line” for ten consecutive years from the readers of Condé Nast Traveler. Gracious hosts greet you by name and remember your personal preferences. With every detail cared for in advance – including an extensive selection of fine wines and spirits, complimentary 24-hour room service and all gratuities – you’re free to relax and enjoy a journey above and beyond all expectations

I look forward to welcoming you aboard ship!.

Mara Papatheodorou’s Exclusive
Culinary Enrichment Program

  • Welcome Luncheon in Athens overlooking the Parthenon & the Acropolis
  • Wine Tasting & Bites in Kotor
  • Explanations of local culinary traditions
  • An evocative Croatian Dinner in Dubrovnik
  • Learn the secrets of the Mediterranean’s food and wine
  • On board meals at sea inspired by Relais & Chateaux Chefs
  • An evening reception hosted by Mara Papa theodorou
  • An elegant Farewell Luncheon in Venice


The Acropolis and the Parthenon were built by the Athenians during the 5th century BC in honor of the goddess Athena. The temple complex was regarded as a citadel of the gods. The ship’s embarkation point is Piraeus, Athens’ busy seaport, located eight miles from the city .


Visit Ancient Olympia, birthplace of the Olympic Games in 776 BC. The area’s most imposing monument was the outstanding Temple of Zeus. It housed the gold-and-ivory statue of Zeus, one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World. The famous Olympia Stadium was the largest of its day with a capacity of 45,000 spectators.


Situated off the western coast of the Greek mainland, Corfu is one of the six Ionian Islands. Its
unique scenery, verdant with gentle green hills and sub-tropical flora,makes it one of the most captivating of all the Greek islands.


The narrow streets of Kotor’s Old Walled Town hide architectural treasures including Medieval houses, palaces, and churches. The magnificent Cathedral of St. Triphun was constructed in 1166 on the remains of a 9th-century temple. And 17th-century Grgurina Palace is a testament to the town’s lengthy maritime history.


Called the “Jewel of the Adriatic” by Lord Byron and classified as a world heritage treasure by UNESCO, Dubrovnik boasts of ancient streets lined with stone palaces, Venetian-style buildings and majestic bell towers. A walk atop the walls af fords spectacular views of the city and the sea.


Hvar is the longest of the Croatian islands and noted for its lush vegetation, quaint towns and fertile vineyards. Often called the Lavender Island, a particularly rich Medieval heritage complements Hvar ’s natural and unique beauty.


Located on Italy’s north coast and virtually surrounded by water, Venice is singular among the world’s cities. Built over a sprawling archipelago, Venice encompasses 118 islands separated by more than 150 canals, spanned by some 400 bridges. Add a rich history and incomparable art treasures, and its fame as one of the world’ s great cities is set.