Upon arrival, you will be met and transferred to your hotel. The rest of the day is at leisure until you gather with your Tour Director and traveling companions for a Welcome Dinner.
This morning, we visit the Colosseum, a symbol of Rome. After our visit, we continue to see the splendid Arch of Constantine, climb the ancient Palatino Hill, overlook Circus Maximus and the Imperial Palace; and stop on the legendary Via Sacra or “Sacred way”. In the afternoon we have time at leisure for more discoveries and activities on your own or join an optional tour of the Grand Piazzas & food tour.
Today we visit the Vatican Museums, located within the city’s boundaries. We see the works of Raphael & Michelangelo and admire the Sistine chapel’s magnificent frescoes. We continue to St. Peter’s Square where some of the most important Papal ceremonies take place.
In the afternoon you might want to visit some of the chic shops, galleries, and museums; do some more sightseeing on your own or relax in a sidewalk cafe with a glass of fine Italian wine, some refreshing gelato, or a hearty dish of pasta.
Travel through the stunning panorama of Tuscany with its iconic landscapes as you make your way to Assisi, the hometown of St. Francis. Here you will take a walking tour to see the main square and visit the impressive Basilica of St. Francis.
Continue to Florence for dinner and an evening at leisure.
Our morning city tour begins at the majestic Piazza del Duomo to see the Cathedral crowned by Brunelleschi’s awe-inspiring Dome, Giotto’s Bell Tower, and the Baptistery with Ghiberti’s splendid bronze “Gates of Paradise.” Then, we visit the Academy of Fine Arts, where Michelangelo’s David is displayed. The tour ends at the Piazzale Michelangelo with a spectacular view over Florence. The remainder of the day is free to savor the Renaissance splendor of the Tuscan capital on your own or take an optional tour Visit of San Gimignano with wine tasting.
Drive to Pisa where you will view the famous Piazza Dei Miracoli with its Leaning Tower, Baptistery, and Duomo. Continue to Ferrara, a renaissance gem in the Emilia-Romagna region, standing on the banks of the Po River. After an orientation tour of Ferrara, we continue to Venice for a dinner and free evening.
We begin our exploration of Venice at St. Mark’s Square with a walking tour which includes visits to the St. Mark’s Basilica and the Doge’s Palace. We take in the amazing views of the Bell Tower and the Bridge of Sighs. We also take a boat ride to Murano Island, famous for its artistic glassware. Visit a glassblowing factory, where you will watch a demonstration of traditional Venetian glassblowing by master craftsmen. The balance of the day is at leisure to enjoy Venice on your own or join an optional Gondola serenade with Aperol spritz Venetian style drink.
Drive to the seaside town of Opatija. A gem on Croatia’s Adriatic coast, nestled along the striking Gulf of Kvarner. Afternoon is at leisure to explore the town on your own. Perhaps take a stroll along the “Lungo Mare” seafront and enjoy beautiful views of the Gulf, sheltered by soaring mountains.
Enjoy dinner with your fellow travelers.
Enjoy a full day at leisure in the seaside town of Opatija, with its rich history, picturesque surroundings and once a gathering spot for the Austro-Hungarian nobility. Alternatively, join the optional tour to the Istrian Peninsula that begins in Pula, a strategic port since the times of the ancient Romans. Afterwards, the tour continues to the resort town of Rovinj. Tonight, return to Opatija and explore the charming town with its wealth of fine seafood restaurants.
Depart today for a drive along spectacular Adriatic coast to Split. Comfortable stop on the way for a delicious lunch included. Continue traveling past old fishing villages and new resorts, to the city of Split. Upon arrival, a city tour featuring the historic inner city, built around the Roman Emperor Diocletian’s Palace, a UNESCO World Cultural Heritage site. Finally, see the remnants of Split’s Roman heritage, its Renaissance and Gothic structures, Jupiter’s Temple, the Peristyle, and the Cathedral. The reminder of the day is at leisure.
After breakfast, transfer from the Split’s hotel to harbour, where embarkation begins at 1 pm. Get settled in your cabin before attending a Welcome Reception followed by dinner.
Depart from Split early in the morning towards Sibenik. After lunch disembark in Sibenik and take the bus to visit Krka National Park. Its magnificent waterfalls, including the famous waterfall Skradinski Buk, are one of Croatia’s most famous sights. After the sightseeing tour, we will return to Sibenik, a city of exceptional history and rich cultural heritage. Set out on a walking tour of Sibenik historical centre and visit one of the most beautiful Renaissance Cathedrals of the Adriatic. Your night is at leisure in town.
Leaving Sibenik early in the morning we set sail for Galesnjak, a typical small Dalmatian Island, where you can enjoy a swim stop in one of secluded bays. Enjoy lunch while we cruise into Zadar harbour in the afternoon. Set out on a walking tour of Zadar historical centre and admire the old walls and Port Gate built in 16th century. Visit the Square of the Five Wells, the Church of St. Donat, the Roman Forum and the largest Cathedral in Dalmatia, St. Anastasia. If there is a breeze, enjoy at the sea organ, an amazing art installation. Overnight in Zadar.
Morning departure for Sali, a tourist town on Dugi Otok surrounded by hills, fields, bays, and islets. Enjoy swimming in one of the secluded bays. We set sail for the National Park Kornati, comprised of 89 unforgettable islands, islets, and reefs. The Kornati National Park is often mentioned as a “nautical paradise” and has a rich marine eco-system. Afterwards we continue to Primosten, built on a hill and dominated by the parish Church of St. George which was built in 1485. Your evening is at leisure in town.
We will have an early morning cruise towards the island of Vis once a strategic naval Yugoslav base and closed to the public. Due to this isolation, Vis has a special charm – “the Mediterranean as it once was” making it interesting to visit. Upon arrival in town of Vis join the walking tour to visit the remains of the Roman thermal place and views of the beautiful Villae Rusticae situated along the waterfront. Tonight, enjoy Captain’s dinner on board.
We will have an early morning cruise towards small island of Bisevo to visit the Blue cave, a magnificent natural phenomenon. As sometimes weather conditions can be very unpredictable, the possibility of our visit will depend on those conditions, however you will be notified of this on time. Enjoy a relaxing cruise as we sail towards the island of Hvar, with swim stop in one of the secluded bays. Hvar is a favourite holiday destination for international celebrities, but it’s also a charming seaside town with 8 centuries of architecture. On a walking tour visit the old town with the picturesque little streets and the first public theatre in Europe. We will continue towards Stari Grad on the Hvar Island, the sunniest Adriatic Island. The famous Stari Grad Field is the oldest in Croatia and the best-preserved example of ancient Greek system of agriculture. It is a part of world heritage protected by UNESCO. Overnight in Stari Grad.
In the morning we will continue towards our final island destination – the island of Brac where swimming is planned at the most famous beach in Dalmatia – Golden Horn near Bol – whose pebbles shifts from side to side as the wind and waves constantly change the shape of it. Join the visit to a Winery where you will have a guided winery tour to learn more about Dalmatian wines and enjoy a Wine tasting. We arrive in Split in the afternoon. This UNESCO World Heritage city bases the city centre in and around the stunning Diocletian’s Palace, the Roman emperor Diocletian’s retirement palace from 295–305 AD. Stroll through the palace basement filled with market stalls and outside experience the historical architecture of this beautiful palace. See the remnants of Split`s Roman heritage, it`s Renaissance and Gothic structures, Jupiter`s temple, the Peristyle, and many other unique sites. Overnight in Split.
Disembark after breakfast. You will be transferred to Split airport/hotel.
|PRICE PER PERSON|
|DOUBLE OCCUPANCY, PRICES
IN USD (LOWER DECK CABIN
ON A SUPREME BOAT)
|May 11, 25||$5,594|
|SINGLE USE CABIN SUPLEMENT||$2,250|
|MAIN DECK SUPPLEMENT||$250|
|PORT TAX + TOURIST TAX||$44 net per person|
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