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Rome (Civitavecchia) , Italy | Naples/Capri , Italy | Sicily (Messina) , Italy | Corfu , Greece | Dubrovnik , Croatia | Zadar , Croatia | Koper , Slovenia | Venice , Italy

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DAY 1 - Departure Day

Rome (Civitavecchia), Italy

DEPARTS:
5:00 PM

ADVENTURE SET IN STONE

The Eternal City endures with endless adventures. Sip a cappuccino in an al fresco café and watch the city wake. Peruse ancient artefacts in National Roman Museum and Italian masterworks in Villa Borghese. Or learn about the ancestors of the Romans at the National Etruscan Museum.

The Eternal City endures with endless adventures. Sip a cappuccino in an al fresco café and watch the city wake. Peruse ancient artefacts in National Roman Museum and Italian masterworks in Villa Borghese. Or learn about the ancestors of the Romans at the National Etruscan Museum.

Things To Do

ANCIENT AND AMAZING

Walk through the heart of Ancient Rome. Start at the Colosseum, an enormous arena where gladiators once battled. Then meander around the Roman Forum’s timeworn ruins, past crumbling temples and basilicas. See where emperors lived on Palatine Hill – and enjoy an up-close view of the 2,000-year-old, well-preserved Pantheon church.

ADVENTURE SQUARED

Roam around Rome’s piazzas, as each offers a unique perspective. Dine al fresco in Piazza Navona and climb The Spanish Steps in Piazza di Spagna. Wander cobbled alleys in bustling Trastevere and browse Campo de’ Fiori’s artisanal stalls. Be sure to toss a coin in the Trevi Fountain for good measure.

CUISINE

Romans live to eat, whether it’s family-style or in a pavement café. For an authentic taste of Cucina Romana, try carciofi alla Romana (braised artichokes) or spaghetti alla carbonara. Enjoy panino (stuffed sandwiches) or thin-crusted Roman pizza. Satisfy your sweet tooth with a scoop of gelato. Then finish the night with a glass of white wine from the surrounding Lazio region.

DAY 2 - DOCKED

Naples/Capri, Italy

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

WITH HISTORY

The third-largest Italian city and one of the oldest in Europe, Naples combines deep history and modern verve. Check out the extravagant Royal Palace of Naples, the former home of the royal family, with its beautiful tapestries and frescoes. People-watch from a streetside cafe in the Sanita district with a glass of wine and slice of classic margherita pizza. Then, head to Herculaneum to see the ruins left in Vesuvius wake after its historic eruption in 79 AD.

An aerial view of Capri
San Francesco di Paola church in Naples, Italy
Mount Vesuvius towering over the ruins of Pompeii in Naples

The third-largest Italian city and one of the oldest in Europe, Naples combines deep history and modern verve. Check out the extravagant Royal Palace of Naples, the former home of the royal family, with its beautiful tapestries and frescoes. People-watch from a streetside cafe in the Sanita district with a glass of wine and slice of classic margherita pizza. Then, head to Herculaneum to see the ruins left in Vesuvius wake after its historic eruption in 79 AD.

An aerial view of Capri
San Francesco di Paola church in Naples, Italy
Mount Vesuvius towering over the ruins of Pompeii in Naples
Things To Do

in Naples/Capri

The Catacombs of San Gennaro in Italy

Go Underground

Interested in getting up close and personal with Naples' past residents? Head underground to visit the Catacombs of San Gennaro. These historic burial places are the oldest in the city and the largest in all of Southern Italy. Spend some time wandering around the different rooms to see how the rooms where the wealthy and poor were buried.

The crater of Mount Vesuvius

Historic Hike

A quick bus ride will bring you to Mount Vesuvius National Park at the foot of the historic volcano. While there are a number of nature walks around the volcano, the real highlight is Monte Somma, the oldest, inactive crater. Hike up to the top with your camera in hand, take a peek at the steam coming out and snap some photos of the Bay of Naples.

The interior of the Gesu Nuovo in Italy

Church Bells Ring

Naples' churches are a great way to tour its architectural treasures, and most of them are concentrated in the old town centre. Check out San Domenico Maggiore, with its impressive gold-gilded ceiling and interior. Inside Sansevero Chapel, you'll find a number of impressive Baroque statues and classical art. And don't miss the beautiful frescoes and peaceful vibe of Gesu Nuovo Church during your Capri cruise.

A margherita pizza in Naples, Italy

Local Cuisine

Neopolitan-style pizza is Naples culinary gem. Grab a seat at L'Antica Pizzeria da Michele, which has been serving up pizza since 1870, and order a slice of simple, classic margherita, topped with fresh basil, tomato sauce and local mozzarella di fiore. Cruise to Naples and head to Friggitoria Vomero for the town's best arancini – gooey, fried spheres of rice and cheese – or panzarotti, a mini-calzone stuffed with mozzarella, tomato and other ingredients like spinach or ham.

Traditional pots at a shop in Italy

Shopping

Head to Via Toledo, the longest shopping street in Naples, which offers small boutiques and a huge department store. Continue down the road to Galleria Umberto I, a beautiful shopping gallery for some high-end souvenirs such as silk scarves and leather shoes to take back home.

INSIDER TIP

You won't be able to visit the Catacombs of San Gennaro without a guided tour, so be sure to book yours well in advanced.

DAY 3 - DOCKED

Sicily (Messina), Italy

ARRIVES:
7:00 AM
DEPARTS:
5:00 PM
KICK YOUR

BOOTS OFF

Messina is the coastal jewel of northern Sicily. Let yourself get a little lost in the city, as you wander the streets taking note the of the history embedded in its architecture. See the famous Messina Cathedral – its dome has stood since 1551. Stroll among neoclassical and Art Nouveau sculptures at the Camposanto. And check out the Church of the Santissima Annunziata dei Catalani, a 12th-century church that offers a unique example of Norman architecture, blending Arab, Byzantine and Roman elements.

Aerial view of Sicily (Messina), Italy
Christ the King of Montalto church in Sicily (Messina), Italy
View of the Aeolian Islands off the coast of Messina

Messina is the coastal jewel of northern Sicily. Let yourself get a little lost in the city, as you wander the streets taking note the of the history embedded in its architecture. See the famous Messina Cathedral – its dome has stood since 1551. Stroll among neoclassical and Art Nouveau sculptures at the Camposanto. And check out the Church of the Santissima Annunziata dei Catalani, a 12th-century church that offers a unique example of Norman architecture, blending Arab, Byzantine and Roman elements.

Aerial view of Sicily (Messina), Italy
Christ the King of Montalto church in Sicily (Messina), Italy
View of the Aeolian Islands off the coast of Messina
Things To Do

in Sicily (Messina)

Orions fountain in Sicily (Messina), Italy

Photographer's Playground

Messina's panoramic views and patchwork of architectural styles are an invitation for the creative photographer. The Neptune and Orione fountains created by Michelangelo's collaborator, Montorsoli are renaissance masterpieces.

An ancient eternal calendar

Dawn of the Duomo

Head to the Astronomical Clock at noon to catch the tower's daily spectacle, starring its bronze statue carousel. The 12th-century Santissima Annunziata Church, Gothic-style Messina Cathedral and the 19th-century Galleria V. Emanuele III span through centuries of architectural diversity.

View of various buildings from a look out point in Messina, Sicily

A Piazza with a View

Once you reach the Sacrario di Cristo Re, you'll discover a panoramic view of the strait and most of Messina. Visit the beautiful temple and the tomb of the unknown soldier during your Sicily cruise. Afterwards, walk back down to Piazza Cairoli to Viale San Martino where you can enjoy a refreshing granita, a sorbet-like Sicilian treat.

Three arancinis on a napkin

Local Cuisine

The cuisine here is one of the most antique in Sicily, with influences from Greek and Arabic cultures. Try Messina specialty la ghiotta di pesce stocco, filets of cod or swordfish baked in tomato sauce with potatoes, capers and herbs. Sample Sicilian bucatini, which combines pasta with local sardines and North African-inspired flavours like saffron, pine nuts and raisins. Or hit up the street vendors for arancini, the cheesy balls of fried rice that are the ultimate Sicilian comfort food.

Assorted colorful ceramic souvenirs

Shopping

Shop in local markets for the typical products, such as cheese, figs and marzipan. Visit the Galleria V. Emanuele – the world's oldest active shopping centre, dating back to the 1800s – for artisanal crafts such as coral jewellery, hand-painted glazed ceramics and fine crocheted items. Stop in the small shops off the main roads to see artisans at work during your Sicily cruise.

INSIDER TIP

Messina is a great place to discover by foot; within 10 minutes you can be at the Cathedral.

DAY 4 - DOCKED

Corfu, Greece

ARRIVES:
10:00 AM
DEPARTS:
7:00 PM
IN THE IONIAN

OF THE BEHOLDER

Old Town — which is filled with cafes, shops, restaurants and the Old Fortress — is a must. Close by you'll find the Asian Art Museum, as well as the medieval church Antivouniotissa Basilica. Once you've had your fill of history and culture, take a transfer bus to Paleokastritsa for swimming, pedal boating, kayaking, parasailing and even diving at one of its stunning beaches.

The sun beginning to set on the beach of Palaiokastritsa in Corfu, Greece
Colorful and picturesque street with café and flowers in Corfu, Greece
View of monastery in Palaiokastritsa, a town in Corfu, Greece

Old Town — which is filled with cafes, shops, restaurants and the Old Fortress — is a must. Close by you'll find the Asian Art Museum, as well as the medieval church Antivouniotissa Basilica. Once you've had your fill of history and culture, take a transfer bus to Paleokastritsa for swimming, pedal boating, kayaking, parasailing and even diving at one of its stunning beaches.

The sun beginning to set on the beach of Palaiokastritsa in Corfu, Greece
Colorful and picturesque street with café and flowers in Corfu, Greece
View of monastery in Palaiokastritsa, a town in Corfu, Greece
Things To Do

in Corfu

Statue of general Frederick Adam, in front of the Museum of Asian Art in Corfu, Greece

Palace Paintings

One of the most popular attractions on Corfu, the Asian Art Museum is the only museum in Greece dedicated solely to Asian art. With 15,000 pieces in the collection, you'll be amazed by Japanese antiquities, Buddhist sculpture, Chinese pottery and so much more. The museum itself is a work of art too, and is found in the Palace of Saint Michael and Saint George, a grand structure dating back to the early 1800s.

View of Palaiokastritsa Beach with beautiful flowers and blue sea water on Corfu, Greece

Soothing Sea-nery

Paleokastritsa offers a spectacular combination of beaches, cliffs, orchards, olive groves and even the historic Theotokou Monastery, so you can pack a lot into a visit here. The village lies about 30 minutes from Corfu town and can be reached by bus, bike or taxi. The beaches alone rank among the best in Greece and there are plenty of eateries offering traditional Greek seafood dishes. So if you've never tried octopus, you have to try it during your Corfu cruise vacation.

Statues in front of the pillars of the Achillion Palace in Corfu, Greece

Live Like Gods

Achillion Palace was built in 1890 for a former Austrian Empress, and was later home to Germany's last Emperor, Wilhelm II. Today you'll find evidence of the empress's love for Greek culture, including statues of famous Greek mythological figures such as Zeus, Achilles and Hera. You can also find frescoes and artwork that have been fully restored. Landscaped gardens and sweeping views of the city will take your breath away.

Grilled octopus served with white wine and lemons, on a restaurant in Corfu, Greece

Local Cuisine

Corfu's history — and thus its cuisine — is comprised of many different cultures. One of the greatest influences is Venice, and you won't want to miss Venetian specialties such as sliced veal with vinegar and garlic, various types of fish stew, grilled octopus and plentiful seafood. The fact that you'll be enjoying these dishes while gazing at the sea or strolling in a charming town square makes the dining experience truly magical.

Traditional Greek ceramic pottery with blue floral decorations, on a shop in Corfu, Greece

Shopping

Old Town offers plenty of shopping, including everything from housewares and modern fashion to souvenirs that suit any wallet. If you want something unique to the area, search for ceramic bowls, pitchers, plates and various other items, which are often decorated with designs specific to the island.

INSIDER TIP

Explore one of the many old churches — there are 37 within easy reach — such as the Saint Spyridon Church.

DAY 5 - DOCKED

Dubrovnik, Croatia

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

CROWN OF CROATIA

Thick 16th-century stone walls encase the entire Old Town of Dubrovnik. But you’ll find boundless adventures amongst its orange-roofed ramparts. Explore the perfectly preserved Rector’s Palace and enter beloved St Blaise’s Church. Browse Croatian art and history museums – or kayak crystal blue waters, with the 'Pearl of the Adriatic' shimmering in the distance.

 Croatia Banje Beach Coast Aerial
Famous narrow alley of old town Dubrovnik, Croatia
Croatia Fort Bokar Historic Building

Thick 16th-century stone walls encase the entire Old Town of Dubrovnik. But you’ll find boundless adventures amongst its orange-roofed ramparts. Explore the perfectly preserved Rector’s Palace and enter beloved St Blaise’s Church. Browse Croatian art and history museums – or kayak crystal blue waters, with the 'Pearl of the Adriatic' shimmering in the distance.

 Croatia Banje Beach Coast Aerial
Famous narrow alley of old town Dubrovnik, Croatia
Croatia Fort Bokar Historic Building
Things To Do

in Dubrovnik

Croatia Dubrovnik Cathedral Cathedral Tourist Sunny Day

WALK WITHIN THE WALLS

Take a stroll through the walled-in Old Town to discover a wealth of well-preserved landmarks. Walk across the Pile Gate’s drawbridge and get lost in the buzz of the limestone-paved Stradun. Then glimpse historic churches, medieval sculptures, impressive forts and St Luke’s Tower watching over the harbour.

Cable Car from the old town to the top of Mount Srd in Dubrovnik, Croatia

A WORLD AWAY

The summit of Mount Srđ delivers the best views in town. Climb winding footpaths (a 90-minute walk from Old Town) or relish a thrilling three-minute cable car ride to the top. Here you can browse museum exhibits housed in 19th-century Fort Imperial and enjoy lunch overlooking the city.

Croatia Dubrovnik Banje Beach Overhead

ACTION-PACKED ADRIATIC

Soak up Croatia’s picturesque beaches and aquatic adventures in the deep-blue Adriatic Sea. Relax along the pebbled shoreline of Banje Beach. Go scuba diving around the sunken Taranto merchant ship – or hop on a ferry to nearby Lokrum, a serene offshore island with a monastery, fortress and beaches offering panoramic views of Dubrovnik.

Croatia Bota Sare Local Cuisine Risotto

LOCAL CUISINE

Old Town is packed with seafood restaurants, while Stradun offers a string of outdoor cafés. For regional Dalmatian dishes try pašticada (beef stew), peka (baked meat and vegetables) or zelena menestra (green stew). Slurp down briny oysters from the Pelješac Peninsula or satisfy your sweet tooth with rožata custard pudding. Then take a strong sip of rakija (fruit brandy) to cap off the night.

Croatia Local Shopping Oils

SHOPPING

Stradun satisfies all your souvenir needs. Or you can visit local artisanal shops for handmade linens. The necktie was supposedly invented in Croatia, and the Franciscan Monastery sells hand cream made from ancient recipes. You can also buy olive oil from the island of Brač or jewellery featuring Adriatic coral and pearls.

INSIDER TIP

Watch your step: Streets in Old Town can be quite slippery from centuries of wear.

DAY 6 - DOCKED

Zadar, Croatia

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

FAR FROM FAMILIAR

Zadar is one of Croatia’s best-kept secrets. See its time-worn history amongst old city walls and Venetian gates. Walk along the waterfront Riva promenade or plunge into turquoise waters off Ugljan Island. Mingle over coffee in People’s Square, cycle around Old Town or check out museum exhibits teeming with artefacts. Here, you’ll adventure away from the crowds and discover off-the-radar wonders.

Aerial view of Zadar harbor in Croatia
The Church of St. Donatus in Zadar, Croatia
The Zadar, Croatia skyline

Zadar is one of Croatia’s best-kept secrets. See its time-worn history amongst old city walls and Venetian gates. Walk along the waterfront Riva promenade or plunge into turquoise waters off Ugljan Island. Mingle over coffee in People’s Square, cycle around Old Town or check out museum exhibits teeming with artefacts. Here, you’ll adventure away from the crowds and discover off-the-radar wonders.

Aerial view of Zadar harbor in Croatia
The Church of St. Donatus in Zadar, Croatia
The Zadar, Croatia skyline
Things To Do

in Zadar

Ancient Roman landmarks in Zadar, Croatia

REMNANTS OF AN EMPIRE

Walk around the largest Roman Forum on the Adriatic Sea’s eastern shore. Trace Zadar’s ancient history dating back to the first Roman Emperor Augustus, viewing Roman towers, an old aqueduct, temples and colonnades in the area that’s remained the hub of city life since the first century BC.

The famous Sea Organ in Zadar, Croatia

SEASIDE SYMPHONY

Be awed by the world’s only Sea Organ, as you listen to the waves create whistling melodies through a series of underwater pipes and perforated stone stairs. Nearby you can also enjoy the illuminated glass tiles of architect Nikola Bašić’s ‘Greeting to the Sun’ monument, glowing from its solar-sensitive properties.

Aerial view of the Plitvice Lakes in Croatia

HIT THE HINTERLAND

Head away from the coast to explore Croatia’s national parks and outdoor adventures. Go rock climbing in Paklenica National Park and splash around Plitvice Lakes’ watering holes and cascading waterfalls. Discover caverns in Krka National Park – or dive deep into the effervescent waters of Kornati National Park.

Cuttlefish risotto on a plate

Local Cuisine

Whether you dine amid the old city walls or along the picturesque harbour, seafood is served fresh from the Adriatic – salt-baked fish and brodetto (fish casserole) are popular local dishes. Try signatures like crni rižot (cuttlefish ink risotto) or pršut (Dalmatian smoked ham). Zadar is also known for its earthy truffles, fig cake, Croatian white wine and sweet Maraschino cherry liqueur.

Table cloths and knit goods at a street market in Croatia

Shopping

Zadar is home to one of Dalmatia’s largest city markets. Here you’ll find farmers selling salty Pag cheese, olive oil, Croatian wine and fruit brandy – plus local craftspeople hawk homemade lace tablecloths. A handful of boutiques sell Croatian fashions, while Galerija Morsky is widely known for its artwork.

DAY 7 - DOCKED

Koper, Slovenia

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

Backed by hills of olive groves and vineyards, this historic port is a gateway to medieval Old Towns, seaside resorts and picturesque coastal villages. Travel through scenic countryside to Slovenia's stylish capital of Ljubljana.

Slovenia Koper Town Coast
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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