VATICAN & CROATIAN COASTLINES CRUISE TOUR

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Vatican & Croatian Coastlines Cruise Tour


date
port
arrive
depart
Sep 10 Thu
 
Sep 12 Sat
4:00 PM
 
Sep 13 Sun
8:00 AM
5:00 PM
 
Sep 14 Mon
12:00 PM
6:00 PM
 
Sep 15 Tue
At Sea
Sep 16 Wed
9:00 AM
10:00 PM
 
Sep 17 Thu
8:00 AM
5:00 PM
 
Sep 18 Fri
8:00 AM
4:00 PM
 
Sep 19 Sat
9:00 AM
7:00 PM
 
Sep 20 Sun
7:00 AM
 
THU SEP 10
12:00 AM TO 12:00 AM Rome

day 1 Welcome to Rome


Trastevere
Upon arrival at the Fiumicino airport an English-speaking guide will be waiting.  Board a motor coach to the heart of the city to the Ambasciatori Hotel where you will be greeted by the hospitality staff and checked into your room. You will have time to relax and get settled before your historical walking tour in Trastevere. The area is rich in romance and history and has preserved a local character with its narrow streets and irregular alleys. Walk along the Tiber River, see the Ponte Sisto, an original stone bridge, past pastel-colored houses and medieval walkways full of traditional smells of the local cuisine. Dine at Enoteca Ferrara Restaurant for a typical Roman meal.
 
(Includes overnight at the Savoy Hotel and dinner)


FRI SEP 11
12:00 AM TO 12:00 AM Rome

day 2 In the Heart of the Eternal City


Colosseum
Breakfast is included at your hotel. This is your morning to enjoy a historic tour. Meet your guide at the hotel and set off to the Colosseum where you will visit and learn about the expansion and organization of Rome at the time of the Emperors. Approach the Forum and see a valley full of temples and ancient buildings reminiscent of the ancient city that lives below the modern one. Follow your guide underground to San Clemente Basilica and see the amazing excavations of this former temple turned into a Catholic church. Enjoy some free time for a cappuccino or snack before moving to the Vatican City for your tour of the Vatican Museums and Sistine Chapel. You will enter the museums by means of a skip-the-line reservation and you will admire the greatest collection of works of art with the help of an informative guide. Enter the world-famous Sistine Chapel where the masterpieces of Michelangelo Buonarroti live - such as the glorious fresco painting of the Last Judgment - a truly intense moment.

(Includes overnight at the Hotel Savoy and breakfast.)
SAT SEP 12
12:00 AM TO 12:00 AM Rome

day 3 Rome to your Waiting Ship


Rome
Enjoy breakfast at your hotel before your guide takes you on a local fruit and vegetables market tour, explaining the Roman lifestyle and cooking. Discover the picturesque and hidden corners of Rome while sampling some local delicacies such as Pecorino Cheese, pizza or gelato! The Roman Street Food experience is a foodie’s dream. Transfer to the pier by motor coach to meet your waiting ship
 
(Includes breakfast and lunch and dinner will be on board.)
SAT SEP 12
TO 4:00 PM Rome

day 3 Rome, Italy


Rome, Italy
In this enchanting city the past and present intersect in perfect harmony. Casually intermingled among ancient ruins and majestic cathedrals are the trappings of a modern metropolis: Skyscrapers,cafes, boutiques selling designer footwear. But of course what you seek first in the heart of Rome is its breathtaking history.  A good place to begin is the Vatican, with its Sistine Chapel and St. Peter’s Basilica. Works by Bernini, Michelangelo, Caravaggio, and Raphael are just a few of those on display, any one of which is worth hours of contemplation. Then the ancient ruins—Colosseum, Forum, Circus Maximus. And of course the Trevi Fountain for the obligatory coins promising your return to the Eternal City.
SUN SEP 13
8:00 AM TO 5:00 PM Sorrento

day 4 Sorrento, Italy


Sorrento, Italy
UNESCO World Heritage Sites abound in Sorrento.   Optional tours will take you to the archaeological areas of Pompeii and Torre Annunziata, or the 4th century B.C. city of Herculaneum. Perhaps your choice will be a boat ride to Positano, the legendary home of the Sirens. Perched on a terrace on the spectacular Amalfi Coast, Sorrento offers exceptional views of the Bay of Naples and Mount Vesuvius. 
MON SEP 14
12:00 PM TO 6:00 PM Giardini Naxos

day 5 Giardini Naxos, Italy


Giardini Naxos, Italy
Today you’ll discover one of Sicily’s jewels, the charming village of Giardini Naxos, nestled in one of the world’s most beautiful bays. An optional excursion to the popular hillside town of Taormina will be a highlight of your voyage — from the stunning setting of the iconic Greek Theater to the sparkling beaches along the Ionian Sea. Take a more adventurous tack and explore the UNESCO site of Mount Etna, Europe’s most active volcano.
WED SEP 16
9:00 AM TO 10:00 PM Kotor

day 7 Kotor, Montenegro


Kotor, Montenegro
This is one of Montenegro’s most beautiful bays, and the approach offers one breathtaking fjord-like view after another. Just when you’ve reached your fill of blues and greens, the bright red rooftops of the medieval Old Town come into view. The entire area has been proclaimed a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The charming streets of Old Town remain car free, filled with 12th century Baroque palaces and Romanesque churches. For a fresh perspective, climb to the fortress on the hill for a breathtaking vista. 
THU SEP 17
8:00 AM TO 5:00 PM Dubrovnik

day 8 Dubrovnik, Croatia


Dubrovnik, Croatia
While larger ships pass by, we anchor right beyond the famous walled city so you can admire its beauty with every glance. Tender ashore and step right into Old Town, a UNESCO site where no cars are allowed, just eons of history. Capture the exhilarating views on your camera — and in your memory. End your day at the Buza Café (if you can find it) watching bold divers leap off the cliffs into the crystalline sea. 
FRI SEP 18
8:00 AM TO 4:00 PM Split

day 9 Split, Croatia


Split, Croatia
Split welcomes you with open arms, Mediterranean style, and a bustling harbor lined with busy cafés. Beyond, looms stately Diocletian’s Palace a UNESCO World Heritage Site in the center of town. Within the palace walls, a majestic cathedral soars, surrounded by polished marble streets lined with every type of tempting shop. If you’re longing for a quiet respite, head for the western end of town for an easy stroll through a verdant mountain park. Or take an optional tour to Trogir, another UNESCO site. 
SAT SEP 19
9:00 AM TO 7:00 PM Rovinj

day 10 Rovinj, Croatia


Rovinj, Croatia
The lovely fishing port of Rovinj on the west coast of the Istrian peninsula bordered on three sides by the Adriatic Sea. You can tour the maze of cobblestone streets that lead to the hilltop St. Euphemia Cathedral with its towering steeple dominating the skyline. Old Town Rovinj is a delightful tangle of medieval streets and twisting stairways. Seek out the Bronze Age ruins of Monkodonja, the hidden beaches or the breathtaking natural beauty of the 6-mile-long Lim Fjord.

SUN SEP 20
7:00 AM TO Venice

day 11 Venice, Italy


Venice, Italy
No other sea approach in the Adriatic raises goose bumps like Venice, where the entire city and its lagoon are a UNESCO World Heritage Site. On your luxurious home-away-from home, you arrive already equipped with a sense of what it’s like to live in the city that’s neither land nor water. Add your own sigh to the Bridge of Sighs, sip a spritz al bitter as you plot your agenda, and let the water taxis do your navigating unless you don’t mind getting lost. Not such a bad prospect, with serendipitous discoveries around every corner.

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