Italian Escape with Romantic Adriatic Cruise


  • 15 days

  • Italy

  • Comfortable pace

tour : KIKX

Overview

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Discover the best of both worlds: get a taste of Italy’s passion when you explore Rome, Florence and Venice, then set sail for a 7 night cruise of the Adriatic Sea showing you Mediterranean coastal wonders in Greece, Montenegro and Croatia.

You’ve heard about Italy—its mouth-watering cuisine, excellent wine, fabulous art, splendid beauty, ancient ruins, and remarkable architecture—now it’s your turn to experience it all! In Rome step back in time as you get up close to ancient buildings and ruins to imagine what life was like thousands of years ago. Discover the historical sights including St. Peter’s Basilica, the Vatican Museums, the Sistine Chapel and the Colosseum. The capital of the Tuscany region, Florence has historically been a hub of art and culture. Here, enjoy a light lunch and a guided walking tour that includes a visit to see Michelangelo’s famous David statue. Spend time shopping for local Florentine goods. A stop in Pisa will allow you to marvel at the spectacular Square of Miracles with its world-famous Leaning Tower. Then leave the mainland to stay on the unique and intriguing island city of Venice where a private boat ride awaits. Visit St. Mark’s Square and Basilica, the Doges’ Palace, and the Bridge of Sighs. You’ll also have time to explore the maze of streets.

Get on board and relax on the recently refurbished Celestyal Olympia cruise ship. Sail across the glimmering Adriatic Sea and discover the pivotal role it has played on the surrounding countries. Indulge in memorable experiences at each intriguing port of call. Visit the beautiful Greek Island of Corfu and see the Achilleion. Explore the 3000 year old coastal city of Patras. Relive the glorious past of UNESCO listed Kotor, set on a spectacular bay and boasting splendid architecture, monumental walls and a maze of narrow streets. The splendid Croatian cities of Dubrovnik and Split both epitomize the beauty of this cruise. Time to explore the imposing city walls of Dubrovnik, its charming streets and to taste the local specialties.

In Split the incredible Diocletian’s Palace awaits you. All this and much more is there for you to discover on a fascinating walking tour.
Throughout this vacation, Globus has taken care of the details, giving you more time to experience the sights and more time to indulge in the sumptuous cuisine, to enjoy some shopping and explore the destinations, and participate in optional excursions. Just imagine the memories you’ll create on this fabulous Mediterranean vacation at a price that’s as enticing as a glass of wine and tiramisù!

Highlights

ROME Welcome dinner at a local restaurant; guided sightseeing, visit the Vatican Museums and Sistine Chapel, St. Peter’s Square and Basilica, the Colosseum
ASSISI Visit St. Francis’ Basilica
FLORENCE Guided walking tour, visit Michelangelo’s David and Signoria Square and enjoy LF lunch
PISA Marvel at the Leaning Tower
VENICE Private boat ride, guided walking tour, visit St. Mark’s Square and Basilica, Doges’ Palace and the Bridge of Sighs; glassblower demonstration; dinner at a local restaurant
CRUISING Seven-night cruise starting in Venice with ports of call at Corfu (Greece), Patras, Kotor (Montenegro), Dubrovnik (Croatia) and Split.
INCLUDED SHORE EXCURSIONSCorfu: visit Corfu town and Kanoni; Kotor: walking tour with visit to the Cathedral of Saint Tryphon and Maritime Museum; Split: Historic walking tour, visit Diocletian Palace, Ethnographic Museum and Split City Museum
Cruise Details:
  • Rotation of ports of call may vary for congestion reasons at certain ports with or without prior notice.
  • Outside cabin (category XA). All cabins with two lower beds and private shower and toilet.
  • Full entertainment program on board.
  • Drink package: selection of non-alcoholic & alcoholic drinks.
  • Globus Host service throughout the cruise.
  • The ship scheduled to depart for the cruise portion of your vacation is the Celestyal Olympia, operated by Celestyal Cruises.

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2020 Tour itinerary

Total meals included:

  • 14 breakfasts, 7 lunches, 10 dinners

ARRIVE IN ROME, ITALY

Day
1

Welcome to Rome! At 5 pm, meet your Tour Director and traveling companions, and leave the hotel for a welcome dinner at a local restaurant.

Meals included:

  • Dinner

ROME

Day
2

A fascinating day awaits. Your guided sightseeing includes inside visits of the VATICAN MUSEUMS and SISTINE CHAPEL where you can marvel at Michelangelo’s ceiling paintings and The Last Judgment. Visit monumental ST. PETER’S SQUARE and BASILICA to admire Michelangelo’s Pietà. Also, visit the magnificent COLOSSEUM next to the Roman Forum and the Arch of Constantine, and hear about the gladiators who fought here. An optional walking tour with a Local Guide is available to further explore famous sites.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

ROME–ASSISI–FLORENCE

Day
3

Enjoy a morning break in the majestic medieval hilltop town of Assisi. Visit the massive 13th-century ST. FRANCIS BASILICA, the hub of a religious order devoted to the ideals of humility, forgiveness, simplicity, and love for all God’s creatures. Enter Tuscany and arrive in Florence, “Cradle of the Renaissance.”
Today’s Distance: 230 mi / 370 km

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

FLORENCE

Day
4

During your walking tour with a Local Guide, visit the ACADEMY OF FINE ARTS, home to Michelangelo’s celebrated statue of David, admire the magnificent cathedral, Giotto’s Bell Tower, the Baptistry’s heavy bronze “Gates of Paradise,” and sculpture-studded SIGNORIA SQUARE. Enjoy LF lunch next to Santa Croce Square with time to shop for Florentine leather goods and gold jewelry, sold by the ounce.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch

FLORENCE–PISA–VENICE ISLAND.

Day
5

This morning drive to Pisa. In the spectacular Square of Miracles, take the traditional picture pushing back the amazing Leaning Tower. Drive through the wooded Apennine Hills, known as the backbone of Italy, to Venice, a powerful magnet for romantics and art lovers from around the globe.
Today’s Distance: 280 mi / 450 km

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

VENICE ISLAND.

Day
6

Take a PRIVATE BOAT to join your Local Guide for a walking tour. Highlights are ST. MARK’S SQUARE, a favorite location for many movies, the byzantine BASILICA, lavish DOGES’ PALACE, and the BRIDGE OF SIGHS. Also, watch a skilled GLASSBLOWER fashion delicate objects in an age-old traditional manner. Immerse yourself in the wonderful atmosphere of Venice. Wander through the narrow streets and discover the Rialto Bridge. You may wish to take an optional gondola serenade.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Dinner

VENICE (EMBARKATION)

Day
7

Later today head to the port and embark your cruise ship. Tonight set sail on the Adriatic sea.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Dinner

CRUISING: AT SEA

Day
8

Time to relax and enjoy the ship’s facilities as you cruise towards Corfu, Greece.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

CRUISING: CORFU, GREECE

Day
9

Almost a full day to explore CORFU one of the larger and more diverse Greek Islands. Visit CORFU TOWN, with its mixture of Byzantine & Venetian architecture, once defended by two fortresses, and the cosmopolitan town of KANONI. Also see the Achilleion, a stunning palace built for the Austrian Empress Sissi.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

CRUISING: PATRAS

Day
10

This morning arrive in 3000 year old Patras, the largest city in the Peloponnese. A full day to explore the city, alternatively optional excursions are available.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

CRUISING: KOTOR, MONTENEGRO

Day
11

Morning at sea. This afternoon disembark in KOTOR a UNESCO listed city located on a spectacular bay. The guided walking tour will bring to light the fascinating history of this intriguing city. Visit the CATHEDRAL OF SAINT TRYPHON, the city’s symbol, and the MARITIME MUSEUM. Plenty more time to explore the finely preserved fortifications.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

CRUISING: DUBROVNIK, CROATIA

Day
12

This morning wake-up to magnificent Dubrovnik. A full day to explore and soak up the atmosphere of this ancient city which juts out into the Adriatic Sea. A variety of optional excursions are available for your enjoyment.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

CRUISING: SPLIT

Day
13

Follow your Local Guide through the narrow cobblestone streets within the walls of Emperor DIOCLETIAN’S PALACE. Visit the ETHNOGRAPHIC MUSEUM and SPLIT CITY MUSEUM, then see more of Split’s iconic sites, the Golden Gate, the Silver Gate and Peristyle Square.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

VENICE, ITALY (DISEMBARKATION)

Day
14

This morning arrive back in Venice. After disembarkation free time to catch up on a final bit of sightseeing and shopping before tonight’s farewell dinner.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Dinner

VENICE

Day
15

Your vacation ends with breakfast this morning.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

Things to note

  • Hotels listed may occasionally be substituted with alternative hotels of equivalent standard.
  • Please check visa requirements with your local consulate(s); responsibility for obtaining visas rests with the traveler.
  • Please ask your Travel Consultant for cruise ship details. The ship scheduled to depart for the cruise portion of your vacation is the Celestyal Olympia, operated by Celestyal Cruises.

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