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Classic Italy & Dalmatian Coast

Duration
15 Days
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US$ 3,859

Explore three of the great cities of Italy before cruising the Adriatic to Croatia and Greece. This European vacation takes you through Rome, Florence, and Venice to see iconic Italian sites before cruising the waters of the Adriatic Sea to showcase historical treasures from Dubrovnik to Athens.


This 15-day Italy and Greek vacation takes you to the most popular Italian cities before cruising the Adriatic from Dubrovnik to Athens.

Your Italy vacation begins in Rome, the nation’s capital and the heart of the ancient Roman Empire. It's impossible to be anything but floored by all that Rome has to offer. A Glory of Ancient Rome morning tour will introduce you to a few of the city's highlights, starting at the Spanish Steps where John Keats spent the last months of his life, to the Trevi Fountain, where a coin thrown into the fountain over your shoulder will assure your return to Rome in the future, to the Pantheon, one of the world's great ancient buildings, and ending at Bernini's Four Rivers Fountain. While in Rome, be sure to delve into the city's ancient past at the Colosseum and the Roman Forum and see some of the world's great artistic treasures at the Vatican City with St. Peter's Basilica and the majesty of the Sistine Chapel. You'll also have the chance to learn how to make fresh pasta with a cooking class at That's Amore Restaurant.

Continue your Italy tour from Rome to Florence, which is Italy's treasure trove of art. Florence is the heart of Tuscany as well as the country's artistic capital. A city tour will take you to the Academy Gallery, where you can gaze upon the world's most famous statue, Michelangelo's "David," and ends in the Square of the Dumo, where you can learn about Giotto's Bell Tower and see the Cathedral. While in Florence, also be sure to visit the Uffizi Gallery, home to Botticelli's "The Birth of Venus," and take advantage of the bright flavours of Tuscan cuisine.

Pass on to Venice, the city of canals that used to be one of the world capitals of commerce and culture. Enjoy a private walking tour through the heart of the city to see St. Mark's Square and Basilica, pass by the Bridge of Sighs, and visit the home of explorer and trader, Marco Polo. While in Venice, also be sure to hire a gondola to take you along the canals and head to Rialto Bridge for the best views of the breathtaking Grand Canal. In Venice, you'll board the Norwegian Star, a state-of-the-art cruise ship that has 15 restaurants, 11 bars and lounges, and a spa and on-board casino to keep you occupied as you cruise the Adriatic Sea.

First stop on your Adriatic cruise is Dubrovnik, one of the world's best-preserved medieval cities. While Dubrovnik is likely most famous for its role as King's Landing on Game of Thrones, it has a long pedigree of gorgeous architecture and sunny weather. Walk along the 500-year-old city walls that encircle the town before deep-diving into the lively café culture that makes Dubrovnik so charming. The next day, sail to Montenegro and visit the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Kotor, a labyrinthine medieval city with high city walls and the Cathedral of St. Tryphon, which dates back to the 8th century.

Continue your cruise into Greek waters, heading to Katakolon, where you'll access the world of Ancient Olympia, the birthplace of Greek mythology. Tour these ruins from antiquity and get greater insight into the world of Ancient Greece. Then pass on to Athens, the Greek capital and one of the world's major historical centres. You'll have a day to explore some of the most popular sites, focusing on the Acropolis, which is home to the Temple of Athena Nike and the iconic Parthenon. If you have time, also visit the Panathenaic Stadium, where the first Olympics were held in 1896, and swing by Gazi to get a taste of the city's incredible food culture and nightlife.

The final stop on your Adriatic cruise is Split, a UNESCO World Heritage site and one of the most gorgeous cities in Croatia. Explore the city and its Roman heritage, culminating in the stunning Diocletian's Palace. You'll then return to Venice to close out your Italy vacation.


 

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Duration
15 Days
Prices From:
US$ 3,859

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Day 1

Fiumicino or Ciampino Airport to Central Hotel

Duration30 Minutes

Hotel Twenty One

Located in Rome, the very contemporary Hotel Twenty One features an elegant, upscale setting with fantastic views of the Pincian Hill and of Saint Peter's Cupola. Staying here will surely be an unforgettable experience. The most famous touring itineraries of art, culture, history and tradition can be easily reached from this exclusive boutique hotel, located in the city center of Rome, half way between the Vatican Museums and the Spanish Steps. This hotel is unique for its modern, sophisticated style and for its attention to detail, is the ideal destination for those seeking a pleasant vacation and for those traveling on business.

Meal Plan Buffet Breakfast
Duration3 Nights
Accommodation

Hotel Twenty One

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    Hotel Twenty One



    Located in Rome, the very contemporary Hotel Twenty One features an elegant, upscale setting with fantastic views of the Pincian Hill and of Saint Peter's Cupola. Staying here will surely be an unforgettable experience. The most famous touring itineraries of art, culture, history and tradition ...

    Located in Rome, the very contemporary Hotel Twenty One features an elegant, upscale setting with fantastic views of the Pincian Hill and of Saint Peter's Cupola. Staying here will surely be an unforgettable experience. The most famous touring itineraries of art, culture, history and tradition can be easily reached from this exclusive boutique hotel, located in the city center of Rome, half way between the Vatican Museums and the Spanish Steps. This hotel is unique for its modern, sophisticated style and for its attention to detail, is the ideal destination for those seeking a pleasant vacation and for those traveling on business.

    Facilities

    • Attractions
    • 24 Hour Reception
    • Air Conditioning
    • Conference Facilities
    • Hairdryers
    • Housekeeping Service
    • Internet Access
    • Laundry Service
    • Luggage Storage
    • Mini Bar
    • Multi-lingual Staff
    • Tour Desk
    • TV

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Day 2

The Glory of Ancient Rome - Small Group

The tour starts from you hotel and continues with Colosseum visit. Once able to seat up to 50,000 spectators, building of the Colosseum began in 72 A.D and was finished 8 years later. The scene of wild entertainments often between man and beast mighty monument has been immortalized over the centuries. The Roman Forum was the real political centre of Republican and Imperial Rome, with its ancient basilicas, triumphal arches, honorary columns, and ancient cemeteries. At the centre of the Forum, after 20 centuries, it is possible to talk on the same cobble - stones of the Sacred Way, leading to the Capitoline Hill. The Venice Square, where at the centre rises the monumental complex dedicated to the King Victor Emmanuelle II in 1911.

Duration3 Hours
Day 3

Pasta Lesson at That's Amore Restaurant

Course concentrates on the techniques to make fresh pasta (flour + egg and flour + water) with the accompanying sauces.

Duration2 Hours
Day 4

Central Hotel to Train Station

Duration30 Minutes

Rome Termini to Florence S.Maria Novella

Duration1 Hour

Florence Train Station to Florence Hotel

Duration1 Hour

Hotel L'Orologio

The L'Orologio Hotel in Santa Maria Novella is an oasis of peace in the heart of one of the most famous squares of the capital of Tuscany, where art and social life combine to create an environment in which to relax and enjoy a well-deserved rest. Hotel L'Orologio is decorated with a collection of prized vintage watches and an array of watch-themed art. Guests can sit at the hotel's bar and nibble chocolate watch faces while they wait.

Meal Plan Buffet Breakfast
Duration2 Nights
Accommodation

Hotel L'Orologio

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    Hotel L'Orologio



    The L'Orologio Hotel in Santa Maria Novella is an oasis of peace in the heart of one of the most famous squares of the capital of Tuscany, where art and social life combine to create an environment in which to relax and enjoy a well-deserved ...

    The L'Orologio Hotel in Santa Maria Novella is an oasis of peace in the heart of one of the most famous squares of the capital of Tuscany, where art and social life combine to create an environment in which to relax and enjoy a well-deserved rest. Hotel L'Orologio is decorated with a collection of prized vintage watches and an array of watch-themed art. Guests can sit at the hotel's bar and nibble chocolate watch faces while they wait.

    Facilities

    • 24 Hour Reception
    • Bar
    • Concierge
    • Fitness Centre
    • Internet Access
    • Parking (Valet)
    • Sauna

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Day 5

Florence City Tour with Academy Gallery - Seat in Coach

Please make your own way to the meeting point and ensure you arrive at least 20 minutes before the scheduled start time. This discovery tour begins with one of the most beautiful and romantic stops in the world: Piazzale Michelangelo, where you can drink in the sights and historic panorama of Florence lying before your eyes. You will then plunge into the city itself: first stop is the Academy Gallery, famous for its "David of Michelangelo", the unfinished works of Prigioni, San Matteo, La Pieta di Palestria and other master pieces by great artists. The tour ends with a stroll through the historic streets of the city, to arrive in the Square of the Duomo. Here you will learn secrets of Giotto's Bell Tower, and discover the beauty of the Baptistery with its golden and bronze doors. Last but not least, there is the breathtaking Cathedral itself.

Duration3 Hours
Day 6

Florence Hotel to Florence Train Station

Duration1 Hour

Florence S.Maria Novella to Venice S.Lucia

Duration2 Hours

St. Lucia Railway Station to Venice City Centre Hotel - Private Transfer

Duration1 Hour

Ruzzini Palace Hotel

In the 18th century, this Venice palace was home to one of the city's most prominent families, including doge Carlo Ruzzini. Renovated by renowned architect Bartolomeo Manopola, the building is now the luxurious Ruzzini Palace Hotel Venice. Overlooking the square of the Church of Santa Maria Formosa, the hotel is centrally located within walking distance to most of Venice's most popular attractions, including St. Mark's Square and the Rialto Bridge. Experience all this while living like an aristocrat in dramatic Venetian style.

Meal Plan Buffet Breakfast
Duration2 Nights
Accommodation

Ruzzini Palace Hotel

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    Ruzzini Palace Hotel



    In the 18th century, this Venice palace was home to one of the city's most prominent families, including doge Carlo Ruzzini. Renovated by renowned architect Bartolomeo Manopola, the building is now the luxurious Ruzzini Palace Hotel Venice. Overlooking the square of the Church of Santa ...

    In the 18th century, this Venice palace was home to one of the city's most prominent families, including doge Carlo Ruzzini. Renovated by renowned architect Bartolomeo Manopola, the building is now the luxurious Ruzzini Palace Hotel Venice. Overlooking the square of the Church of Santa Maria Formosa, the hotel is centrally located within walking distance to most of Venice's most popular attractions, including St. Mark's Square and the Rialto Bridge. Experience all this while living like an aristocrat in dramatic Venetian style.

    Facilities

    • 24 Hour Reception
    • Internet Access - Wireless
    • Laundry/Dry Cleaning Service
    • Lounge Bar

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Day 7

Classic Venice Saint Mark's Area - Private Walking Tour

Enjoy a 2 hour private walking tour of Venice with your English speaking local Guide. See St Mark's Square, the heart of political and religious power of the Venetian Republic for centuries, and learn the history that lies behind the walls of its most famous landmarks; the Basilica and its Byzantine heritage, the Doge's Palace and its adjoining prisons, that retain the true secrets to comprehend how a city built on swamps became one of the most enlightened cities in the western world, the Bridge of Sighs and it's romantic traditions. You will see Marco Polo's House, the Merchants' Warehouse, and explore the lively Campo Santa Maria Formosa the Church of San Giovanni e Paolo (the Pantheon of Venice). This walking tour of Venice finishes at the evocative Rialto Bridge overlooking the Grand Canal and the Rialto Market.

Duration2 Hours
Day 8

Venice City Centre Hotel to Venice Pier - Private Transfer

Duration1 Hour

Venice, Italy

Embark - 17:00

You could start a discussion about Venice by praising its restaurants, wine bars, marble churches or blown glass. But you probably won't. You'll likely start with the fact that Venice is built on water. It is a place where people either float slowly down palace-lined man-made waterways or stroll down narrow alleyways. There's no more extraordinary place to find yourself, or lose yourself.

Meal Plan Dinner
Duration7 Nights
Accommodation

Norwegian Star

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    Norwegian Star



    Norwegian Star blends the relaxed Freestyle Cruising concept with cruises to the Baltic capitals, The Caribbean and Transatlantic. Onboard Norwegian Star features 15 delicious dining options, 11 bars and lounges, a sprawling spa, an always-exciting casino, plus tons of fun for kids of every age. ...

    Norwegian Star blends the relaxed Freestyle Cruising concept with cruises to the Baltic capitals, The Caribbean and Transatlantic. Onboard Norwegian Star features 15 delicious dining options, 11 bars and lounges, a sprawling spa, an always-exciting casino, plus tons of fun for kids of every age. So whether you're exploring Northern Europe, sipping Piña Coladas in The Caribbean, or crossing the Atlantic, this ship offers it all.

    Facilities

    • Bar/Lounge
    • Dining Area
    • Fitness Centre
    • Sports Complex

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Day 9

Dubrovnik, Croatia

Arrive - 13:00, Depart - 21:00

Despite the magnificent 13th century walls that surround the city, Dubrovnik is one of the most welcoming cruise destinations in all of Europe. Dubbed “the pearl of the Adriatic” by the poet, Lord Byron, this Croatian city exudes romantic charm and beautiful scenery with its shimmering marble streets, centuries-old buildings capped by bright orange roofs, and lovely beaches ensconced between awesome rocky ledges.

Meal Plan Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Day 10

Kotor, Montenegro

Arrive - 8:00 - 14:00

Tucked away between the mountains and the Bay of Kotor, one of the most indented parts of the Adriatic Sea, is where you'll find the picturesque town of Kotor. As you arrive at this secluded city, you'll notice the dramatic 65-foot high protective walls, which date back to the Venetian period during the 9th century. Stroll the labyrinth of cobbled streets with cozy cafes and craft shops as you marvel the graceful old buildings. Listed as a UNESCO World Natural and Historical Heritage Site, Kotor is also world-famous as a premier yachting and sailing destination.

Meal Plan Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Day 11

Olympia (Katakolon), Greece

Arrive - 11:00, Depart - 17:00

This quaint little seaside town on the Ionian Sea is the gateway to Ancient Olympia, where Greek mythology was born and the first Olympiad was held. You may still be able to hear the distant echoes of the ancient Greeks cheering as you tour the ruins of one of the most important and exciting sanctuaries of antiquity.

Meal Plan Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Day 12

Athens (Piraeus), Greece

Arrive - 7:00, Depart - 17:00

This is the cradle of civilization, the oldest city in Europe. Not only is this city home to the Acropolis and some of the most important architectural structures and archaeological finds in the Western world, It is also a very modern city, an urban amalgam of extraordinary art, culture, cuisine and shopping.

Meal Plan Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Day 13

At Sea

Today enjoy and explore your vessel the Norwegian Star that truly blends the relaxed Freestyle Cruising concept. Onboard Norwegian Star features 15 delicious dining options, 11 bars and lounges, a sprawling spa, an always-exciting casino, plus tons of fun for kids of every age.

Meal Plan Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Day 14

Split, Croatia

Arrive - 8:00 - 17:00

This Mediterranean city on the eastern shores of the Adriatic has a long and eventful history dating back to the awesome Diocletian's Palace (circa 295 A.D.) in the centre of the city. Split offers cruise guests a wealth of exciting places to visit, from the majestic cathedral and marble streets in the centre of town to the harbour area with its caf-lined promenades and views of coastal mountains.

Meal Plan Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Day 15

Venice, Italy

This morning you will arrive back in the port in Venice to travel on to your next destination.

Meal Plan Breakfast

Venice Port Cruise Terminal to Venice Marco Polo Airport

Duration1 Hour

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DEPARTURES:

2018: Sept 16

PRICE INCLUDES:

  • Private transfers
  • 1st class train
  • 7 Night's in 4-Star accommodation
  • Various day tours during city stays
  • Balcony Cabin on the Norwegian Star 

PRICE EXCLUDES:

  • Travel insurance
  • International and domestic airfare & airfare taxes
  • Visa fees if applicable
  • Meals and beverages not mentioned
  • Gratuities
  • Items of a personal nature

TERMS AND CONDITIONS:

Prices are "from" per person based on twin/double share accommodation and for travel in low season. Seasonal surcharges and blackout dates may apply. Limited seat/spaces and all pricing is subject to change and availability. Rates for single or triple travellers are available on request - please inquire.

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16 Sep 2018
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