Cruise through azure waters to timeless medieval towns, fairy tale castles, and beautiful pebble beaches. Revel in a day of perfect bliss with the temperature just so and nothing on your agenda but a leisurely stroll along massive city walls or inviting seaside promenades. Feast your eyes on terracotta and turquoise, lose your heart to a cheerful tamburica tune, and follow Ulysses on an odyssey of discovery.
Itinerary is available at the below dates for 2017:
July 11, 19, 27
- 2 nights hotel accommodation in Venice
- Walking tour of Venice
- 8 days Italy and Croatia cruise with all meals and non-alcoholic beverages
- 24 hour assistance phone number
- Daily breakfast
- All transfers as mentioned
- All taxes
- Travel insurance
- International flights
- Personal expenses
Day 1: VENICE
Upon arrival, you will be met and transferred to your hotel. Balance of day at leisure.
Day 2: WALKING TOUR OF VENICE
Have a walk outdoors (no entries) through the most characteristic and important places for thehistory of Venice. A qualified and experienced guide will escort you through the millennium of life of the Serenissima Republic, recalling the past full of charm of this unique city. An essential tour for the understanding of Venice!! Route: Piazza San Marco - Origins, history and description of the main monuments: Basilica San Marco, Palazzo Ducale, Bell Tower, Clock Tower and Procuratie. Santa Maria Formosa - History and anecdotes related to this wonderful and characteristic square. Campo SS. Giovanni e Paolo - The "Pantheon" of Venice, the Great School of Charity, the Captains of fortune. Marco Polo’s House and Malibran Theatre - Anecdotes and past and recent history cross each other in this beautiful corner of Venice. Return to San Marco through the Mercerie, vital connection between Rialto and San Marco and the main street for the city shopping.
Day 3: VENICE
At the indicated time you will be transferred to the port to embark your 8 day cruise.
Day 4: OPATIJA, CROATIA
In In the mid 1800s, this posh health spa and seaside resort attracted Austria’s Hapsburg nobility and celebrities like Puccini. Today it draws from a broader pool of elite including film A-listers and guests on exquisite yachts like Wind Star. Walk along the romantic miles-long Lungomare (seaside promenade) passing street performers, Belle Epoque villas, and the Maiden with the Seagull — Opatija’s answer to Copenhagen’s Little Mermaid statue.
Day 5: ZADAR, CROATIA
A Roman amphitheater, 9th century churches, and museums packed with Byzantine-era artworks crowd the peninsula that tidily contains the Old Town. A tempting way to spend the day for sure, although with five national parks within an hour’s drive, your choice is not without challenge. Plitvice Lakes dazzles with turquoise terraces and veil-like waterfalls nestled in primeval forest. Or while away the day listening to Zadar’s giant Sea Organ, a haunting musical improv performed by the surging Adriatic.
Day 6: SPLIT, CROATIA
Roman Emperor Diocletian fell in love with this spot just as you will, building a retirement home whose bones still support the ancient city. People still live and work within the palace walls and in the historic buildings of nearby Trogir, both UNESCO World Heritage Sites. Rub the toe of the statue of Gregory of Nin for good luck and don’t be surprised if the gregarious Croatians invite you to a game of picign.
Day 7: DUBROVNIK, CROATIA
Look at those towering city walls, wrapped around the Old Town like a protective arm. Wander pedestrian-only streets from one 14th century marvel to another. Isn’t that view from the top of the wall incredible? The blue expanse of the Croatian Riviera in one direction, terracotta-covered history in the other. End the day at the Buza Café (if you can find it) watching bold divers leap off the cliffs into the sea.
Day 8: KORCULA, CROATIA
Fishbone streets feed off the main arterial of this walled settlement making the humped peninsula look a bit like a rust-red tortoise. Beyond the medieval town lie woods, vineyards, and the idyllic island of Mljet, where Odysseus met the nymph Calypso and stayed for seven years. Visit Marco
promenade) passing street performers, Belle Epoque villas, and the Maiden with the Seagull — Opatija’s answer to Copenhagen’s Little Mermaid statue.
Day 9: AT SEA
Day 10: PIRAN, SLOVENIA
If you woke this morning and thought we were in Venice, there’s a reason. This city, located on Slovenia’s scant 30 miles of coastline, was under Venice’s rule for 500 years, and while the canals are absent, the Venetians left their mark on local architecture, language, and cuisine. Like Venice, there are no cars to mar the views of sherbet-colored buildings and pristine water. Nearby, Ljubljana hints of Hapsburg days and Lake Bled charms with its fairy tale island and castle.
Day 11: VENICE, ITALY
Your voyage ends here but there is much left to explore in this legendary city.
You will be transferred to teh airport for your international flight.
Excursion to Murano, Burano and Torcello
After sailing past the island of San Giorgio Maggiore, the Public Gardens, the tip of Sant’Elena and the Lido famous beach resort, the boat arrives at Murano, known throughout the world for its glass manufacturing industry. Here you have 40 minutes for a visit to one of the factories, and discover the magic of glass. The second stop will be at the pictoresque island of Burano, famous not only for its lace, but also for the fishermen’s houses painted in bright colours. The stop will last about 30 minutes. After a short sail, you’ll reach Torcello, the earliest centre of civilization in the lagoon. Only the cathedral with its magnificent mosaics and the church of Santa Fosca remains as testimony ofits former glory. This stop lasts about 30 minutes. Then the boat will make its way back to St.Mark’s Square.
Clients should go to Serenissima boat station in St Mark Square in front of the Old prisons, 15 minutes before tour start.
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