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Pietro

Having grown up on the Island of Sicily, I was introduced to Croatia over a decade ago and I immediately fell in love. Like Sicily its adorned with spectacular coastline, charming Old Towns and warm and welcoming locals at every turn.

Pietro

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Overview

  • from $6,390 PP
  • 14 Nights
  • Private Land Tour & Cruise
  • May - Oct
  • Easy
  • 10hrs from NYC

Highlights

Discover the magic of Italy and Croatia on this 14-night tour from Venice to Dubrovnik with seven nights of land touring and seven nights of cruising, the perfect mix for the ultimate getaway. You’ll enjoy stays in hand-picked 4- and 5-star hotels and accommodation in a luxurious en-suite cabin aboard a small cruising ship for an intimate experience and the opportunity to anchor in more out-of-the-way ports and secluded bays for seductive swims. Throughout your journey, you’ll enjoy many private tours led by local guides for expert insight with time on your own to sample plenty of the local cuisine with a variety of special tasting experiences included too. After exploring the “Floating City” you’ll explore famous works by the masters in Florence and Vatican City, take a day trip to medieval hilltop towns, and discover Ancient Rome. Highlights of your island-hopping cruise include Hvar, Korcula, Vis, and Mljet.

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At a Glance

  • Days 1/2
    • Venice

      • Private from Venice airport
      • Private guided tour of Venice
  • Days 3/4
    • Florence

      • Transfer via train (premium class) to Florence
      • Private Florence with the Academia Gallery walking tour
      • San Gimignano & Siena guided day trip
  • Days 5/7
    • Rome

      • Transfer via train (premium class) to Rome
      • Private half-day Vatican City tour
      • Private half-day Ancient Rome tour
  • Day 8
    • Split

      • Transfer by air to Split
      • Split guided walking tour
      • Welcome Cocktail Reception with dinner
  • Day 9
    • Trogir

      • Free time to explore Trogir
  • Day 10
    • Bol & Hvar

      • Visit Bol in Brac & Zlatni Rat beach
      • Wine Tasting in Hvar
  • Day 11
    • Vis

      • Visit the quaint & beautiful island of Vis
  • Day 12
    • Blue Cave & Korcula

      • OPTIONAL: Experience the magical Blue Cave
      • Guided walking tour of medieval Korcula
  • Day 13
    • Mljet National Park & Slano

      • Visit stunning Mljet National Park
      • Oyster tasting in Ston
      • Captain's Dinner
  • Days 14/15
    • Dubrovnik

      • Tour of breathtaking Dubrovnik
      • Private transfer to Dubrovnik airport
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    Day by Day Itinerary

    Day 1 Venice Arrival

    Venice, Italy

    Upon arrival at Venice Marco Polo Airport, you’ll be welcomed by our driver who will provide a private transfer to your Venice hotel. You’ll have easy access to water taxis while St. Mark’s Square can be reached in a little over five minutes on foot. After checking in, the rest of the day is yours. Get settled in then perhaps take a relaxed stroll through this atmospheric city. You’ll get an in-depth tour tomorrow but it’s always fun to wander with surprises around nearly every corner. Perhaps find an enticing café to unwind with a glass of wine while watching the world go by.

    • Preferred Hotel Hotel Ai Cavalieri di Venezia

    Day 2 Venice

    Venice's Grand Canal, Italy

    Join your local guide for a private tour of Venice that will take you to see the highlights of this fascinating floating city. You’ll meet at St. Mark’s Square with iconic landmarks like St. Mark’s Basilica, the Torre dell ’Orologio (clock tower), and Doge’s Palace, a masterpiece of gothic architecture built in 1340. See the Bridge of Sighs that’s connected to the palace stretching over Rio di Palazzo and visit the oldest part of Venice, the Rialto area, including the Grand Canal and the lively historic market where many Venetians do their shopping. Fishmongers hawk their fresh seafood catches while colorful seasonal fruits and vegetables fill the stalls.

    • Excursions Included Private guided tour of Venice with entry to Dodges Palace
    • Preferred Hotel Hotel Ai Cavalieri di Venezia

    Day 3 Florence

    Florence, Italy

    It’s time to head to your next destination, Florence. You’ll travel by water taxi, with assistance provided, traveling to the train station to hop on the train to Florence, premium class tickets included. Upon arrival, take a private transfer to your hotel with time to settle in and refresh before joining a local guide for a walking tour. You’ll visit Santa Croce Church, the burial place for Italian greats, including Michelangelo and Galileo. Marvel at the town hall, Pallazo Vecchio, and Florence Cathedral too. The highlight of your tour is the Academia Gallery which includes Michelangelo’s original statue of David with its remarkable life-like details.

    • Excursions Included Private Florence with the Academia Gallery walking tour
    • Preferred Hotel Hotel Balestri

    Day 4 San Gimignano & Siena from Florence

    San Gimignano, Italy

    Heading outside of the city this morning, you’ll enjoy a full-day trip with your private driver/guide to San Gimignano and Siena, both hilltop towns. You notice San Gimignano right away with its skyline that includes 14 towers dating to the 11th century. After exploring you’ll visit a farmhouse for a typical local meal and then continue to your next stop, Siena. Meet our local guide for a tour, with a focus on Piazza del Campo, best known for its biannual II Palio horse race. It’s also the main square and hub of local life, with a soaring bell tower and 13th-century City Hall.

    • Excursions Included San Gimignano & Siena guided day trip
    • Preferred Hotel Hotel Balestri

    Day 5 Rome

    Rome, Italy

    It’s time to travel to your next destination, taking a private transfer to the Florence train station where you’ll catch the train to Rome, premium class tickets included. Upon arrival to the Eternal City, another driver will be waiting to bring you to your hotel in Rome’s historic center. Enjoy the rest of the day at leisure, perhaps an easy stroll to the Spanish Steps which ascend a steep slope between Piazza di Spagna at the base and Piazza Trinita dei Monti at the top. You’ll find many shops to browse, cafes for an espresso pick-me-up, and eateries serving tasty cuisine.

    • Preferred Hotel Hotel Artemide

    Day 6 Rome

    Vatican, Rome

    Join your private driver/guide for a half-day tour of Vatican City. It’s located in Rome, but it’s an independent state with its own coins, flag, and militia to protect the pope. You’ll explore its massive museum complex to see one of the world’s most extensive collection of Renaissance art, visit the Gallery of Geographical Maps, the Gallery of Tapestries, the Sistine Chapel with Michelangelo’s famous frescoes and St. Peter’s Basilica, the largest church on Earth. The basilica’s elaborate dome stands out in Rome’s skyline, providing a compass for all who roam the city streets. Completed in the early 17th century, it includes Michelangelo’s Pieta.

    • Excursions Included Half-day tour of Vatican City
    • Preferred Hotel Hotel Artemide

    Day 7 Rome

    Colosseum in Rome, Italy

    A half-day tour with your private guide will bring you to explore the Roman Colosseum and Roman Forum, the heart of Ancient Rome, for an immersion into the history of the Roman Empire. The latter is the most recognizable symbol of the Eternal City, inaugurated in the 1st century AD. It once sat over 50,000 in its perfectly arranged stands, with spectators coming to watch famous battle re-enactments and gladiator games that included brutal fights between man and beast. The Forum was the center of life, playing host to rituals, festivals, celebrations, and funerals, dating all the way back to 500 BC.

    • Excursions Included Half-day tour of Ancient Rome
    • Preferred Hotel Hotel Artemide

    Day 8 Fly to Split

    Split, Croatia

    It’s time to begin the second portion of your tour by taking a private transfer to the airport in Rome to catch your flight to Split, Croatia. Another driver will meet you upon arrival, providing a transfer to your ship in the harbor. After check-in, you’ll meet our local guide for a tour that includes the remarkable 4th-century Roman Emperor Diocletian’s Palace which covers much of the historic center. Stroll the ancient streets and alleyways, gazing up at some of the world’s most well-preserved Roman architecture before returning to the ship to prepare for this evening’s welcome dinner that will begin with introductions to the captain and crew.

    • Excursions Included Guided tour of Split
    • Meals Included Breakfast and Welcome Dinner

    Day 9 Trogir

    Old town of Trogir in Dalmatia

    While our destination this evening is medieval Trogir, with its walled Old Town that’s like an open-air museum, after departing Split you’ll enjoy a swim stop in a beautiful hidden bay. Once in Trogir, you’ll enjoy time to explore the historic center, including its most imposing monument, the Cathedral of St. Lawrence, one of the finest examples of sacral architecture in Croatia. There are many other impressive landmarks to marvel at as well, including the Kamerlengo castle/fortress, which can be viewed from the promenade. Built in the mid-15th century as part of an expansion of Veriga Tower, it hosts performances in the summer.

    • Meals Included Breakfast and Lunch

    Day 10 Bol & Hvar

    Hvar

    On route to our next destination, Hvar, we’ll enjoy an especially memorable swim stop: Zlatni Rat beach. Located near the town of Bol on Brac Island, it’s one of the most beautiful beaches in Europe, jutting out into calm, pale turquoise waters that surround it on three sides. Lunch will be served on board as we continue to Hvar. Upon arrival, we’ll head to the small town of Jelsa to visit one of the most sought-after wineries for a tasting. This evening, you can take advantage of the many delights in Hvar Town, including the world-class restaurants and buzzing nightlife that draw many international jet setters. 

    • Excursions Included Wine tasting in Hvar
    • Meals Included Breakfast and Lunch

    Day 11 Vis

    Pakleni

    Today we sail to the peaceful island of Vis, famed for its seclusion and isolation. To get to Vis we sail through the beautiful Pakleni island archipelago which is known for its stunning secluded bays with crystal clear water. Our captain will dock in one of these bays giving the guests an extended swim stop and time to snorkel or use the various water toys on the yacht. After lunch, we continue to sail to Vis to experience the ‘Mediterranean as it once was,’ having been virtually cut off from civilization for four decades as an important Yugoslav military base. Enjoy an afternoon at leisure to meander through its tranquil streets.

    • Meals Included Breakfast and Lunch

    Day 12 Blue Cave & Korcula

    Blue Cave, Bisevo

    The Blue Cave on Bisevo Island is just a short sail from Vis and this morning, if conditions are right, an optional boat excursion can bring you inside to marvel at a remarkable phenomenon of Mother Nature that occurs, illuminating the interior in blue. Once we’re all back on board, we’ll cruise to Korcula Island, anchoring near Old Town Korcula so you can join our local guide for a tour. Sometimes referred to as a “mini-Dubrovnik,” it’s surrounded by 13th-century stone walls with gates, towers, and bastions. You’ll see lots of influence from its Venetian past, including St. Mark’s Cathedral with its lion figures.

    • Excursions Included Entrance to the Blue Cave (entrance fee payable locally) & Guided tour of Korcula
    • Meals Included Breakfast and Lunch

    Day 13 Mljet National Park & Slano

    Croatia, Mljet National Park, Unforgettable Croatia

    Our final island stop brings us to Mljet Island is home to one of southern Dalmatia’s most important protected areas. Mljet National Park covers a significant portion, boasting stunning emerald lakes surrounded by lush greenery, one that includes an islet with a 12th-century Benedictine monastery. Your cruise manager will lead you on a short walk to visit the lakes and if you’d like you can take the short boat ride to visit the monastery. Afterward, we’ll continue to Slano where we’ll walk along the coast to visit an oyster farm in Ston for a fresh tasting. This evening, enjoy the Captain’s Dinner with live music.

    • Excursions Included Admission fees to Mljet National Park, Oyster farm tour in Ston, including a fresh oyster and mussel tasting
    • Meals Included Breakfast, Lunch and Captain's Dinner

    Day 14 Dubrovnik

    Dubrovnik old town

    We’ll depart early this morning for Dubrovnik and as we approach, the captain will cruise around the imposing Old City walls, providing a great photo-op. Soon you’ll join our local guide for a walking tour of the historic center, strolling the limestone-paved streets to view fine examples of Gothic-Renaissance architecture, including 16th-century Sponza Palace, while learning about the history behind the landmarks. After your tour, you’ll have time to explore on your own. There are many shops and galleries to browse, or you might take a walk atop the walls followed by dinner with a sea and sunset view in a rooftop eatery.

    • Excursions Included Guided tour of Dubrovnik
    • Meals Included Breakfast and Lunch

    Day 15 Departure from Dubrovnik

    Dubrovnik

    After 14 nights of traveling through Italy and Croatia, the departure time will soon be here. You’ll have breakfast and time for goodbyes to the captain, crew, and your fellow passengers, many of whom are likely to be new friends. Upon disembarkation, you’ll be met by your driver for a private transfer to Dubrovnik’s airport to catch your flight home, or to your local Dubrovnik hotel if you’ve decided to extend your stay. Whatever your plans, we’re always here to assist you, and hope to see you again on another unforgettable trip.

    • Meals Included Breakfast
    • Korcula, Croatia

      Want to extend your trip?

      If you are looking to extend your stay in Croatia or equally visit another European destination on your trip, then please speak to our travel experts as we can create you a bespoke itinerary to suit your needs.

    Our Cruise Ships

    MS Phoenix 72

    MS Phoenix

    Phoenix 72 is a very modern luxurious yacht, this beauty was built in 2021. This cruise ship offers 18 luxury cabins and accommodates up to 36 guests. You can enjoy the first-class facilities on board the ship, state-of-the-art technology, sun-loungers on the upper deck and a Jacuzzi to relax in. Soak up the scenery as you travel in style to the beautiful islands of Croatia.

    What’s Included

    • Private airport transfers to/from Venice and Dubrovnik
    • Other private transfers as noted on itinerary
    • Deluxe cruise for 7 nights from Split to Dubrovnik
    • Spacious, en-suite cabin accommodation on the ship
    • 7 nights of land touring with accommodation in 4- or 5-star hotels/B&B basis
    • Half-board meals including breakfast andd lunch or dinner with a drink whilst cruising
    • Welcome Cocktail Reception with a multicourse dinner
    • Captain’s Dinner, including a three-course meal, live music and entertainment
    • Free unlimited filtered water, coffee and tea throughout the cruise
    • Private guided tours in Venice, Florence, Rome, Vatican City, Split, Korcula and Dubrovnik
    • San Gimignano and Siena private guided day trip from Florence
    • Entrance fee to Mljet National Park
    • Oyster tasting experience in Ston
    • Hvar family-run winery tasting
    • Daily swim stops
    • English-speaking cruise manager
    • Baggage handling
    • Complimentary Wi-Fi throughout the ship
    • Daily cabin service

    What's Not Included

    • Arrival flight to Venice / Departure flight from Dubrovnik
    • Gratuities
    • Port taxes, please refer to your quote
    • We strongly advise all guests purchase comprehensive travel insurance

    Supplement Free Cabins for Single Travelers

    • We have a limited number of supplement free cabins for single travelers per departure. Once these supplement free cabins have sold out, a single supplement of 80% applies to lower deck cabins.

    Departure Dates

    2024

    • May

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    • July

      Jul 06, 2024Jul 13, 2024Jul 20, 2024Jul 27, 2024
    • August

      Aug 03, 2024Aug 10, 2024Aug 17, 2024Aug 24, 2024Aug 31, 2024
    • September

      Sep 07, 2024Sep 14, 2024Sep 21, 2024Sep 28, 2024
    • October

      Oct 05, 2024

    2025

    • May

      May 03, 2025May 17, 2025May 31, 2025
    • June

      Jun 14, 2025Jun 28, 2025
    • July

      Jul 12, 2025Jul 26, 2025
    • August

      Aug 09, 2025Aug 23, 2025
    • September

      Sep 06, 2025Sep 20, 2025
    • October

      Oct 04, 2025

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