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Venice to Rome
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Venice to Rome
From the grandeur of ancient Rome to the Renaissance splendors of the Western Civilization’s greatest artists, few countries have influenced the modern world like Italy. This 11-day cruise tour visits both sides of the Italian peninsula with stops in romantic Venice, small ports along the scenic Dalmatian coast, and a delicious and captivating land tour of both Tuscany and Rome. Float along Venetian canals while listening to singing gondoliers. Soar to expansive Adriatic views as a tram sweeps you high above Dubrovnik’s ancient walls and rustic old town charms. Slurp rich Spaghetti alle Vongole, blended with fresh clams, rich shrimp or fried calamari at a table overlooking the Sorrento seashore. Walk around the towering white marble statue of Michelangelo’s David, a Renaissance masterpiece embraced by Florentines as a symbol in defense of civil liberties. Sniff and sip the red, black and sour cherry aromas and flavors characteristic of the best Chianti wines. Wander Roman piazzas, ancient gathering spaces for families and neighbors for over 2,000 years.
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Day 1: Venice
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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Day 2: Rovinj
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.

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Day 3: Split
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. 
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Day 4: Dubrovnik
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. 
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Day 5: Kotor
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. 
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Day 7: Giardini Naxos
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.
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Day 8: Sorrento
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. 
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Day 9: Rome
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.
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Day 9: Disembark and Head to the Chianti Region
Disembark the ship and board your coach for your 2-hour trip to Tuscany. Arrive in Pienza, a beautiful hilltop village and spend the late morning taking a walking tour of the city followed by free time for lunch. Depart Pienza and head to the Banfi Castle for winetasting and free time to visit this beautiful place overlooking the Chianti region.  You then are on your way to the luxurious Castello del Nero which was a home of a historic noble family, a 5-star mansion of refined elegance, for check in and some free time to enjoy the property followed by a sunset apertif on the panoramic Ferrari Terrace.
 
(Includes overnight at Castello del Nero)
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Day 10: In the Heart of Tuscany
Relax in the beautiful Tuscan atmosphere at the hotel with a late breakfast then it’s off to San Gimignano for a self-guided tour and free time to explore.   After enjoying this hilltop village set off for a true Chianti farmhouse, Fattoria Poggio Alloro, and meet this friendly Italian family of cooks and wine makers.  Enjoy a beautiful typical lunch of the Tuscan region. After lunch depart for Florence.  Take a guided tour of Florence including  a visit to the Academy with its stunning David. There will be free time for exploring Florence on your own and dinner.  Drive to the Castello del Nero.
 
(Includes overnight at Castello del Nero, breakfast and lunch.)
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Day 11: To Rome
Enjoy breakfast at your hotel and depart to Siene where you will have 3 hours of free time to tour the best preserved Medieval town in Italy. Continue your journey to Rome. Check in to the 5-star luxury Grand Hotel de la Minerve before an afternoon and evening to explore on your own.
 
(Includes breakfast and overnight at Grand Hotel de la Minerve.)
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Day 12: Check out and Transfer
Breakfast is included and will be served at the hotel. Check out and transfer to the airport according to your flight schedule.
 
(Includes breakfast and airport transfer)
Popular Highlights
Chianti region of Tuscany
See the beauty of the Chianti region of Tuscany from unique perspectives.
Pienza
Have your camera ready for the walking tours in San Gimignano, Pienza , Florence, and Rome.
David
See Michelangelo’s world-renowned David.
wine tasting
Relish the magic of wine tasting and dinner at Castello del Nero.
Dubrovnik
Tour the Old City and medieval walls of Dubrovnik, UNESCO sites.
Taormina
Stroll the cobblestone streets of Taormina past Palazzo Corvaja and St. Augustine’s Church with Mount Etna in the background.
The Windstar Life
The Windstar staff-to-guest ratio is 1:1.5, and it shows.The moment you board you’ll feel it: an ever-attentive crew at your service, providing you with what you want and need, when you want and need it.
Attentive Crew
Signature Onboard BBQ
Shopping With The Chef
Watersports Platform
Cooking Demonstrations
Open Bridge
Local and Live Performances
Signature Sail Away
Crew Talent Show
Enjoy regionally inspired treatments at World Spa by Windstar
Take In The Sun
24 Hour Room Service
Relax At The Pool or Hot Tub
Relax With A Morning Yoga Session
Accommodations & Pricing
Boutique cruising with fewer than 350 guests. Our expertly designed itineraries and unexpected shore excursions bring you closer to each destination.
Category B
Category B
Every inch of your stateroom is designed for comfort. Luxurious Egyptian cotton linens wrap you in pleasant sleepiness as you stretch out in your queen bed (can be separated into twins if you prefer). Your spacious bath features granite counter tops, ample storage, and a roomy shower with massage shower head. L’Occitane® bath products invite you to indulge, while comfy waffle-weave robe and slippers entice you to relax. You’ll find fresh fruit and flowers always waiting for you after a day of sun or sightseeing. And, of course, everything else you need and expect — flat-screen television and DVD, private safe. And always at your fingertips, anything you wish from room service.
$3,999 per guest
Category BX Deluxe
Category BX Deluxe
Every inch of your stateroom is designed for comfort. Luxurious Egyptian cotton linens wrap you in pleasant sleepiness as you stretch out in your queen bed (can be separated into twins if you prefer). Your spacious bath features granite counter tops, ample storage, and a roomy shower with massage shower head. L’Occitane® bath products invite you to indulge, while comfy waffle-weave robe and slippers entice you to relax. You’ll find fresh fruit and flowers always waiting for you after a day of sun or sightseeing. And, of course, everything else you need and expect — flat-screen television and DVD, private safe. And always at your fingertips, anything you wish from room service.
$4,199 per guest
Category A
Category A
Every inch of your stateroom is designed for comfort. Luxurious Egyptian cotton linens wrap you in pleasant sleepiness as you stretch out in your queen bed (can be separated into twins if you prefer). Your spacious bath features granite counter tops, ample storage, and a roomy shower with massage shower head. L’Occitane® bath products invite you to indulge, while comfy waffle-weave robe and slippers entice you to relax. You’ll find fresh fruit and flowers always waiting for you after a day of sun or sightseeing. And, of course, everything else you need and expect — flat-screen television and DVD, private safe. And always at your fingertips, anything you wish from room service.
$4,399 per guest
Category AX Deluxe
Category AX Deluxe
Every inch of your stateroom is designed for comfort. Luxurious Egyptian cotton linens wrap you in pleasant sleepiness as you stretch out in your queen bed (can be separated into twins if you prefer). Your spacious bath features granite counter tops, ample storage, and a roomy shower with massage shower head. L’Occitane® bath products invite you to indulge, while comfy waffle-weave robe and slippers entice you to relax. You’ll find fresh fruit and flowers always waiting for you after a day of sun or sightseeing. And, of course, everything else you need and expect — flat-screen television and DVD, private safe. And always at your fingertips, anything you wish from room service.
$4,499 per guest
Owner's Suite
Owner's Suite
With an expansive 220 square feet, the Owner’s Suite gives you everything offered in a stateroom, plus lots more, including a beautiful sitting area and separate in-room dining space.
$7,199 per guest
Guaranteed Cabin** (chosen by Windstar)
Guaranteed Cabin** (chosen by Windstar)
Every inch of your stateroom is designed for comfort. Luxurious Egyptian cotton linens wrap you in pleasant sleepiness as you stretch out in your queen bed (can be separated into twins if you prefer). Your spacious bath features granite counter tops, ample storage, and a roomy shower with massage shower head. L’Occitane® bath products invite you to indulge, while comfy waffle-weave robe and slippers entice you to relax. You’ll find fresh fruit and flowers always waiting for you after a day of sun or sightseeing. And, of course, everything else you need and expect — flat-screen television and DVD, private safe. And always at your fingertips, anything you wish from room service.
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Wind Surf
On any day, our 342-guest flagship, Wind Surf, the world’s largest sailing ship, draws admiring glances as she glides majestically into port with her tall sails billowing. And her beauty is far more than skin deep. During their cruise, you will find the perfect setting for ‘making an entrance’ in the beautiful reception area – and, appropriately, that’s only the beginning.
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