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Soak up new views from the top of the Rock Climbing Wall. Learn skills from a seasoned chef in a culinary class. Or discover a new favourite red or white at Vintages. All on your most thrilling adventure yet.

DAY 1 - Departure Day

Venice, Italy

DEPARTS:
5:00 PM

PALAZZO-PALOOZA

Sip a cappuccino in a Piazza San Marco coffee bar before setting out on foot. Walk past Palazzo Ducale’s pink marble colonnades, and marvel at I Frari church’s gothic altarpiece. Snap a photo of the Grand Canal’s gondola traffic while walking across the Rialto Bridge. Take the waterbus to Lido island for beachside scenery – or discover the fabulous mosaics atop Loggia dei Cavalli.

Aerial view of the Grand Canal in Venice, Italy
The narrow Rio Marin canal in Venice, Italy
A gondola in a canal in Venice, Italy

Sip a cappuccino in a Piazza San Marco coffee bar before setting out on foot. Walk past Palazzo Ducale’s pink marble colonnades, and marvel at I Frari church’s gothic altarpiece. Snap a photo of the Grand Canal’s gondola traffic while walking across the Rialto Bridge. Take the waterbus to Lido island for beachside scenery – or discover the fabulous mosaics atop Loggia dei Cavalli.

Aerial view of the Grand Canal in Venice, Italy
The narrow Rio Marin canal in Venice, Italy
A gondola in a canal in Venice, Italy
Things To Do

in Venice

The San Marco basilica in Venice, Italy

IN GOOD CAMPANILE

Discover the heart of Venice in Piazza San Marco, home to outdoor cafés and flocks of hungry pigeons. Enter San Marco Basilica to admire its Byzantine architecture and golden mosaics. Then take a lift to the top of the 100-metre Campanile bell tower for rewarding views of Venice.

A group riding in a gondola in Venice, Italy

PADDLE THROUGH THE AGES

A boat cruise is a must-do when visiting the City of Canals. Relax in a gondola, as you’re rowed along the Grand Canal and under the stone-arch Rialto Bridge. Paddle your own kayak through the Venetian lagoon. Or take the motorised Vaporetto waterbus around neighbouring islands.

Glass art in Murano, Italy

SEE HOW IT’S MADE

Travel to the offshore island of Murano to go behind the scenes in a historical glass-blowing factory. Watch local artisans create one-of-a-kind glassworks, using techniques dating from the 13th century. You can even take home your own masterpiece from one of the island’s glass showrooms.

Tables set up at a waterfront café in Venice, Italy

LOCAL CUISINE

Fresh-off-the-boat seafood from the surrounding lagoon highlights many Venetian menus. Try fritto misto (lightly fried seafood) or risotto frutti di mare (fruit of the sea). Afternoon cicchetti (small plates) come in the form of meatballs and bruschetta, while baicoli (thin oval cookies) and fregolotta (almond cake) satisfy dessert lovers. Enjoy a bellini in Harry’s Bar, birthplace of the Italian cocktail.

Assorted gondlorier's hat souvenirs

SHOPPING

A string of souvenir kiosks borders the Grand Canal, but roam the backstreets to browse in artisan studios. Pick up authentic Venetian pearl jewellery, marbled paper travel journals and long-nosed carnival masks. Burano is known for its handmade lace products, while hand-blown Murano glass comes in the form of vases, jewellery and housewares.

INSIDER TIP

The Vaporetto water bus runs regular routes along the Grand Canal and between the city’s islands, offering a low-cost way to travel around town.

DAY 2 - TENDERED

Kotor, Montenegro

ARRIVES:
1:00 PM
DEPARTS:
8:00 PM

FORTRESS OF PARADISE

Discover all Kotor has to offer. Explore the monuments and museums inside the city's picturesque Old Town, where you can also enjoy a fresh seafood lunch — try riblja corba, the local fish soup. Or enjoy a breathtaking panorama of Kotor, either from the fortifications that rise above it or across the bay in Prcanj.

View of the city of Kotor, Montenegro
View of St. George Island in Montenegro
The Kotor Cathedral in Kotor, Montenegro

Discover all Kotor has to offer. Explore the monuments and museums inside the city's picturesque Old Town, where you can also enjoy a fresh seafood lunch — try riblja corba, the local fish soup. Or enjoy a breathtaking panorama of Kotor, either from the fortifications that rise above it or across the bay in Prcanj.

View of the city of Kotor, Montenegro
View of St. George Island in Montenegro
The Kotor Cathedral in Kotor, Montenegro
Things To Do

in Kotor

Saint Nicholas Church in Kotor, Montenegro

Old-Town Exploration

After entering through the Sea Gate, which dates back to 1555, discover all the attractions inside Kotor's compact Old Town. Say your prayers at the 11th-century St. Tryphon's Cathedral or in front of St. Nicolas Church, one of Kotor's best examples of Orthodox architecture. Alternatively, learn about the long history of seafaring in this important port at the Maritime Museum, which is housed within a Baroque-era palace.

Aerial view of Kotor, Montenegro

Fort Hike

Want to get your blood pumping? Hike up the Fortifications of Kotor, a serpentine wall and UNESCO World Heritage site that protected Kotor during its violent past. Reaching the top, which not only affords you a panorama of Kotor Bay but also the iconic Church of Our Lady of Health, takes about an hour if you hike at a moderate pace. Follow signs throughout the Old Town to find the trail head, or simply ask a friendly local.

Coastal buildings in Kotor, Montenegro

Gain Another Perspective

Want to enjoy a great view of Kotor and not get winded? Take a taxi or public bus across the bay to Prcanj, where you can see Kotor (and the fortifications rising above it) from across Kotor Bay with your Montenegro cruise. If the water is calm, you'll notice in its reflection that the Fortifications of Kotor form a heart shape — that should make for a worthy photo.

Black rissoto with squid served in a white bowl

Local Cuisine

Not surprisingly, seafood is the star of the culinary show in Kotor. Head to the Old Town to enjoy Montenegrin dishes like octopus salad or mussels stew. Or seek out the local favorite "black risotto," named for the color it takes from the ink of the cuttlefish that flavors the dish.

Various ceramic souvenirs for sale in Kotor, Montenegro

Shopping

Shop a quirkier take on traditional Kotor souvenirs with a visit to Cats of Kotor, which features cat-themed Montenegro keepsakes. Cruise to Montenegro and stop in at Efesya Souvenir, where you can explore handmade ceramics, jewelry, lighting fixtures and textiles made by artisans from in and around Kotor.

INSIDER TIP

The stone paths of Kotor's Old Town are well-worn — and slick. If you're wearing flip-flops, walk slowly and firmly so that you don't fall.

DAY 3 - AT SEA

CRUISING

CAN'T-MISS FAVOURITES

Family Playing Mini Golf on Liberty of the Seas
Girl Climbing the Rock Wall while Parents Watch

Family Playing Mini Golf on Liberty of the Seas
Girl Climbing the Rock Wall while Parents Watch

Things to Do

Family Playing Mini Golf on Liberty of the Seas
Mini Golf

ON PAR FOR ADVENTURE

Hit the links on the high seas! Refine your mini-golf game on a green that overlooks a sea of blue. Included in your fare, no reservation required.

Man Climbing Down the Rock Wall
Rock Climbing Wall

A BOLDER BOULDER

Rise to the occasion and take on the signature Rock Climbing Wall. From beginners to speed climbers, everyone can enjoy an unparalleled view from 12 metres (40 feet) above deck. Included in your fare, no reservation required.

DAY 4 - TENDERED

Mykonos, Greece

ARRIVES:
7:00 AM
DEPARTS:
6:00 PM
A WHIRLWIND

ADVENTURE

Powder white houses, sparkling blue waters and red-hot nightlife – the Island of the Winds carries you away with colourful upmarket adventures. Explore Hora’s bougainvillea-laced pathways and see the Folklore Museum’s Mykonian ship models. Join the raucous party on the shimmering sands of Super Paradise beach. Or watch the sunset from an open-air taverna – all nestled in the heart of Greece’s Cyclades islands.

Chairs with tables in typical Greek tavern in Mykonos, Greece
Famous windmills during sunset in Mykonos, Greece
A street of white buildings with blue accents in Mykonos, Greece

Powder white houses, sparkling blue waters and red-hot nightlife – the Island of the Winds carries you away with colourful upmarket adventures. Explore Hora’s bougainvillea-laced pathways and see the Folklore Museum’s Mykonian ship models. Join the raucous party on the shimmering sands of Super Paradise beach. Or watch the sunset from an open-air taverna – all nestled in the heart of Greece’s Cyclades islands.

Chairs with tables in typical Greek tavern in Mykonos, Greece
Famous windmills during sunset in Mykonos, Greece
A street of white buildings with blue accents in Mykonos, Greece
Things To Do

in Mykonos

A beautiful old white chapel, the Panagia Paraportiani Church, in Mykonos, Greece

COASTAL COSMOPOLITAN

Mykonos’ main town of Hora is a mixture of classic Cycladic architecture and buzzing street culture. Admire the stark-white Panagia Paraportiani chapel and meet the town’s famous pelican Pétros. See the island’s trademark 16th-century windmills spinning high above the port. Then explore the strip of medieval houses and waterfront cafés in Little Venice.

Agios Stefanos Beach in Mykonos, Greece

INTO THE BLUE

The multi-hued waters surrounding Mykonos are perfect for surfing and scuba diving, while prevailing winds invite sailing and windsurfing. Get your fill of aquatic thrills, then hit the beach – Psaroú for family fun, Agrari for seaside serenity, Paradise for epic beach parties or Elia for a blend of all three.

The Temple of Isis in archaeological site of Delos island, Mykonos, Greece

DIG UP THE PAST

Enjoy a short boat trip to the island of Delos, a sacred Greek archaeological site and the mythological birthplace of twin gods Apollo and Artemis. Comb the crumbling ruins of its ancient theatre, Doric temples, markets and mosaic-laced houses – plus the Terrace of Lions statues and amphitheatre.

Greek salad and olive oil on sunny seaside restaurant in Mykonos, Greece

LOCAL CUISINE

Some of the Mediterranean’s most delectable restaurants are found on Mykonos. Its trademark kopanisti (peppered cheese) is a must-try, while you can’t go wrong with classic kremmydopita (onion pie). Enjoy fresh seafood by the sea – or a glass of sweet Heliophilos wine in a beach bar. Then for dessert go for amygdalota (almond cookies) or melopita (honey cake).

Souvenirs hanging on a wall outside a shop, Mykonos, Greece

SHOPPING

Hora is a hub for top designer fashions, including the world-famous Soho-Soho clothing boutique. Family-owned and operated Greek Light sells handmade jewellery with Greece’s traditional maiandros symbol. And don’t leave Mykonos without buying a pair of house-designed sandals or hand-loomed weavings – scarves, rugs or tablecloths.

INSIDER TIP

Hop on one of the many seawater-taxi services around the island for transport to the beaches.

DAY 5 - TENDERED

Santorini, Greece

ARRIVES:
7:00 AM
DEPARTS:
6:00 PM
ERUPTING WITH

BEAUTY

Santorini is one of the world’s most popular islands, where adventure bubbles above the Aegean Sea in breathtaking ways. Take a cable car to see Fira’s old cathedrals and enthralling museums. Swim in deep blue waters that lap black pebbled beaches. And peel back layers of history in excavated Akrotiri – all while relishing the dramatic scenery of this Cyclades isle.

Scenic view of traditional cycladic houses on small street with flowers in foreground, in Santorini, Greece
View of the sea from a beautiful terrace with flowers in Santorini, Greece
Beautiful landscape of two fishing boats anchored in blue water at the old port in Oia, Santorini, Greece

Santorini is one of the world’s most popular islands, where adventure bubbles above the Aegean Sea in breathtaking ways. Take a cable car to see Fira’s old cathedrals and enthralling museums. Swim in deep blue waters that lap black pebbled beaches. And peel back layers of history in excavated Akrotiri – all while relishing the dramatic scenery of this Cyclades isle.

Scenic view of traditional cycladic houses on small street with flowers in foreground, in Santorini, Greece
View of the sea from a beautiful terrace with flowers in Santorini, Greece
Beautiful landscape of two fishing boats anchored in blue water at the old port in Oia, Santorini, Greece
Things To Do

in Santorini

Early morning in Byzantine Castle Ruins in Oia village, Santorini, Greece

IT TAKES A VILLAGE

Considered the island’s most picturesque village, Oia radiates authentic Cyclades charm. Meander along tiny paths squeezed between stark-white villas. Snap selfies with the blue-domed St Gerasimos Church, and view Byzantine castle ruins. Or dine on Greek seafood in a waterfront taverna – also the perfect perch for watching Oia’s fabulous sunsets.

Bunch of white grapes in the vineyard in the Wine Museum of Thira, Santorini, Greece

THE GLASS HALF FULL

Indulge your taste buds in a delectable tasting journey amongst the island’s traditional wine cellars. Vineyards dapple Santorini’s countryside, and many are amongst some of Europe’s oldest. White Assyrtiko and red Mantilaria are both popular varietals – and be sure to sample Santorini’s beloved dessert wine, Vinsanto.

Alcohol drink Raki with anis on wooden board in Santorini, Greece

LOCAL CUISINE

Thanks to Santorini’s rich volcanic soil, the island has a solid reputation for producing fantastic wines and vegetables – fresh cherry tomatoes, fava beans and white aubergine included. Try egg-based sfougato and fried tomatokeftedes fritters, two Santorini specialities. Pick up melitinia cookies from a local bakery. And for an after-dinner drink, sip unsweetened, anise-flavoured raki.

Small white and blue house souvenirs in Santorini, Greece

SHOPPING

Ypapantis Street in Fira is known for its dozens of jewellery stores selling pieces inspired by ancient Greek and Byzantine designs. You’ll find local artwork in the galleries of Oia and books about the Cyclades in Atlantis Books. A bottle of Santorini wine or Canava ouzo makes for a tasty souvenir.

INSIDER TIP

Wear hiking boots or comfortable trainers and plenty of sunscreen when hiking the caldera.

DAY 6 - AT SEA

CRUISING

FOR FOODIES

Shrimp Wonton Soup served at Izumi, fine dining Japanese Restaurant. One of Royal Caribbean's best cruise dining restaurants.
12 oz Grilled NY-Strip Steak served at the fine dining steakhouse, Chops Grille. One of the best cruise line restaurants.

Shrimp Wonton Soup served at Izumi, fine dining Japanese Restaurant. One of Royal Caribbean's best cruise dining restaurants.
12 oz Grilled NY-Strip Steak served at the fine dining steakhouse, Chops Grille. One of the best cruise line restaurants.

Things to Do

Assorted Sushi Rolls Platter served at Izumi, Japanese Restaurant. One of the best fine dining cuisine on a cruise.
Izumi

A FAR EAST FEAST

Say “Konnichiwa” to a reimagined favorite. Sushi, sashimi and more, all made-to-order with intense flavors, the best ingredients and impeccable presentation.

Grilled Veal Chop entree at the specialty, Chops Grille restaurant. Cruise vacation fine dining steaks served table side.
Chops Grille

A CUT ABOVE THE REST

For more than a decade, the chefs of Chops Grille have proudly presented quality, hand-cut prime steaks at this hallmark Royal Caribbean restaurant.

DAY 7 - DOCKED

Split, Croatia

ARRIVES:
7:00 AM
DEPARTS:
5:00 PM
A SPLIT BETWEEN

HISTORIC AND MODERN

Split's town centre is compact, so you can see its main sights in a morning. This includes Diocletian's Palace, the large and ancient fortress that constitutes approximately half of Split's Old Town; and Riva, its infamous seaside promenade lined with cafes and restaurants. In the afternoon, relax at one of Split's beaches or do a half-day cruise to picturesque Brac Island.

Beautiful old stone street in Split, Croatia
Beautiful high view of Split bay area through a stone window in Split, Croatia
Colorful boats on the harbor of Split, Croatia

Split's town centre is compact, so you can see its main sights in a morning. This includes Diocletian's Palace, the large and ancient fortress that constitutes approximately half of Split's Old Town; and Riva, its infamous seaside promenade lined with cafes and restaurants. In the afternoon, relax at one of Split's beaches or do a half-day cruise to picturesque Brac Island.

Beautiful old stone street in Split, Croatia
Beautiful high view of Split bay area through a stone window in Split, Croatia
Colorful boats on the harbor of Split, Croatia
Things To Do

in Split

Croatia Diocletian Palace Tour Close Up

Discover Diocletian's Palace

One of the world's most dominant Roman ruins, Diocletian's Palace (and its nearby cathedral) was constructed over 10 years in the mid-4th century. There are 220 buildings within its boundaries, which include homes, bars, hotels and cafes. The palace's cellar was used in season four of Game of Thrones, as Daenerys' Throne Room.

Bacvice Beach Tourist Enjoying a Sunny Day

Aim for the Adriatic

Split is home to both sandy and pebbly beaches, which have calm turquoise waters. Radisson Blu Resort manages Trstenik Beach, which has umbrellas and sun lounges. Bacvice is the most popular and central beach option. About a 20-minute walk from Split is Kastelet Beach and its beachfront bars, too.

Colorful scenery of the mediterranean town of Hvar, near Split, Croatia

Island Hop

Although Split is beautiful, make the most of your time on the Croatian coast and visit one of its neighbours. Island spot on your breezy catamaran ride from Split to Hvar, which only takes one hour. On the island, bike along the Stari Grad Plain and visit Stari Grad and its historic buildings, including Tvrdalj Castle. Meanwhile, Brac Island is only 50 minutes from Split and is home to beautiful beaches, such as Punta Rata and Zlatni Rat.

Nero, a seafood risotto, specialty dining dish with shrimp and scallops smothered in ink from squid, on a restaurant in Split, Croatia

Local Cuisine

Split's cuisine is a mix of Croatian and Italian specialities. Located in Diocletian Palace's western gate, Poseidon Restaurant serves fresh seafood such as octopus, fish and oysters, and black cuttlefish risotto, a traditional Croatian dish that's made with cuttlefish ink. Along the Riva visit Brasserie on 7, with its delicious platters of prawns, clams and tuna, as well as charcuterie and cheese.

Hearts of Croatia Local Tradition

Shopping

A traditional Croatian souvenir is a licitar heart – a unique way to show someone you loved them in the 16th century. They're bright red and edible, but most people use them today as Christmas decorations. To remember your cruise to Split, Croatia, visit Break Time for unique nautical-themed bracelets.

INSIDER TIP

With Split's Mediterranean climate, always remember your sunscreen year-round.

DAY 8 - Arrival Day

Venice, Italy

ARRIVES:
6:45 AM

ACQUOLINA ADVENTURE

Venice’s serene waterscape overflows with adventure. Nibble on cicchetti in a buzzing bacaro bar, then walk it off with a jaunt through verdant Giardini Pubblici. Head to the Peggy Guggenheim Collection to check out some of Italy’s most renowned modern artwork. Grab a bottle of bubbly prosecco for sipping on a classic gondola ride. And top off the day with a seafood-centric meal in a canal-side ristorante.

A gondola near the Rialto Bridge in Venice
A narrow canal in Venice, Italy
Piazza San Marco in Venice, Italy

Venice’s serene waterscape overflows with adventure. Nibble on cicchetti in a buzzing bacaro bar, then walk it off with a jaunt through verdant Giardini Pubblici. Head to the Peggy Guggenheim Collection to check out some of Italy’s most renowned modern artwork. Grab a bottle of bubbly prosecco for sipping on a classic gondola ride. And top off the day with a seafood-centric meal in a canal-side ristorante.

A gondola near the Rialto Bridge in Venice
A narrow canal in Venice, Italy
Piazza San Marco in Venice, Italy
Things To Do

in Venice

The San Marco basilica in Venice, Italy

IN GOOD CAMPANILE

Discover the heart of Venice in Piazza San Marco, home to outdoor cafés and flocks of hungry pigeons. Enter San Marco Basilica to admire its Byzantine architecture and golden mosaics. Then take a lift to the top of the 100-metre Campanile bell tower for rewarding views of Venice.

A group riding in a gondola in Venice, Italy

PADDLE THROUGH THE AGES

A boat cruise is a must-do when visiting the City of Canals. Relax in a gondola, as you’re rowed along the Grand Canal and under the stone-arch Rialto Bridge. Paddle your own kayak through the Venetian lagoon. Or take the motorised Vaporetto waterbus around neighbouring islands.

Glass art in Murano, Italy

SEE HOW IT’S MADE

Travel to the offshore island of Murano to go behind the scenes in a historical glass-blowing factory. Watch local artisans create one-of-a-kind glassworks, using techniques dating from the 13th century. You can even take home your own masterpiece from one of the island’s glass showrooms.

Tables set up at a waterfront café in Venice, Italy

LOCAL CUISINE

Fresh-off-the-boat seafood from the surrounding lagoon highlights many Venetian menus. Try fritto misto (lightly fried seafood) or risotto frutti di mare (fruit of the sea). Afternoon cicchetti (small plates) come in the form of meatballs and bruschetta, while baicoli (thin oval cookies) and fregolotta (almond cake) satisfy dessert lovers. Enjoy a bellini in Harry’s Bar, birthplace of the Italian cocktail.

Assorted gondlorier's hat souvenirs

SHOPPING

A string of souvenir kiosks borders the Grand Canal, but roam the backstreets to browse in artisan studios. Pick up authentic Venetian pearl jewellery, marbled paper travel journals and long-nosed carnival masks. Burano is known for its handmade lace products, while hand-blown Murano glass comes in the form of vases, jewellery and housewares.

INSIDER TIP

Keep an eye out for menus dotted with asterisks, noting their seafood is frozen, not fresh.

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