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DAY 1 - Departure Day

Venice, Italy

DEPARTS:
5:00 PM

EXPLORE VENICE

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

FAMOUS ARCHITECTURE

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 an elevator to the top of the 320-foot-tall 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 motorized Vaporetto waterbus around neighboring 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 bring 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 shop artisan studios. Pick up authentic Venetian pearl jewelry, 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, jewelry and housewares.

DAY 2 - DOCKED

Split, Croatia

ARRIVES:
9:00 AM
DEPARTS:
6:00 PM
A SPLIT BETWEEN

HISTORIC AND MODERN

Split's town center 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 center 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 neighbors. 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 specialties. 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.

DAY 3 - DOCKED

Dubrovnik, Croatia

ARRIVES:
7:00 AM
DEPARTS:
4:00 PM

CROWN OF CROATIA

Thick 16th-century stone walls encase the entire Old Town of Dubrovnik. But you’ll find boundless adventures among 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 among 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 harbor.

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 stop by local artisan 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 jewelry featuring Adriatic coral and pearls.

DAY 4 - AT SEA

CRUISING

CAN'T MISS FAVORITES

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

DAY 5 - DOCKED

Athens (Piraeus), Greece

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

Explore the Acropolis

Explore the harbors of Piraeus, which showcase the Golden Age of Greek history. Visit the Hellenic Maritime Museum and the ship sheds — here, you can see how ancient ships were crafted. In the charming Castella district, you'll find some small, quaint shops and cafes amid the elegant neoclassical buildings. Head to Sotiros Street to find brand name stores, alongside smaller local shops.

View of the Parthenon atop the Acropolis in Athens, Greece
View of the Parthenon in Athens, Greece
Herodes Theater in Athens, Greece

Explore the harbors of Piraeus, which showcase the Golden Age of Greek history. Visit the Hellenic Maritime Museum and the ship sheds — here, you can see how ancient ships were crafted. In the charming Castella district, you'll find some small, quaint shops and cafes amid the elegant neoclassical buildings. Head to Sotiros Street to find brand name stores, alongside smaller local shops.

View of the Parthenon atop the Acropolis in Athens, Greece
View of the Parthenon in Athens, Greece
Herodes Theater in Athens, Greece
Things To Do

in Athens (Piraeus)

The Agia Triada church in Greece

Take Me to Church

The Agia Triada is one of the finest examples of Byzantine-style churches in Greece. The Church of St. Nicholas, which overlooks the port, has a magnificent interior filled with orthodox icons, frescoes and sculptures.

Mikrolimano harbour in Greece

Mediterranean Romance

Part of the Castella district, Mikrolimano is the smallest and most picturesque port of Athens, making it perfect for a romantic afternoon. Take a leisurely stroll along the promenade to take in the amazing views, then settle in a cafe or taverna for some fresh seafood or a refreshing drink with your cruise to Athens.

Various decorative Greek vases

Boats and the Bronze Age

The Naval Museum has exhibits that present ship building from ancient times to the present day. You will be fascinated by the Neosoikoi, the archaeological remains of the ship sheds where local craftsmen maintained and repaired the boats. Art lovers will have plenty to see at the Piraeus Archaeological Museum, from Bronze Age sculptures to classical Hellenistic pottery.

Grilled octopus on a white plate with a lemon on the side

Local Cuisine

Try the local dishes prepared with sun-ripened tomatoes, eggplant, bell peppers and fresh seafood like mussels and grilled octopus. Look for trovolia, a typical fresh cheese to savor with marinated olives. Ask for recommendations on local wines — the most common white is lively, floral and aromatic Moschofilero, while the red of choice is Xinomavro, an indigenous grape with a bold, complex flavor.

An assortment of Greek souvenirs such as helmets and sculptures

Shopping

You may want to bring back home some of the typical liquors such as the anise-flavored Ouzo or the strong Tsipouro. Greek olives, spices and capers can be vacuumed-packed, making for convenient souvenirs. Look for locally made leather sandals, pottery and hand-painted ceramics. You'll find most shops in the Psyri district, not far from the Acropolis during your Athens cruise.

DAY 6 - TENDERED

Santorini, Greece

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

Greek Island

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

Nea Kameni volcanic island in Santorini, Greece

VOLCANIC WONDERS

Explore the volcanic history and geology of Santorini, site of an immense eruption 3,500 years ago. Trek the rocky landscape of Nea Kameni, an island in the center of the Santorini caldera, to see its smoking craters. Then soak in the soothing hot springs of Palea Kameni.

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 among the island’s traditional wine cellars. Vineyards dapple Santorini’s countryside, and many are among 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 eggplant included. Try egg-based sfougato and fried tomatokeftedes fritters, two Santorini specialties. Pick up melitinia cookies from a local bakery. And for an after-dinner drink, sip unsweetened, anise-flavored raki.

Small white and blue house souvenirs in Santorini, Greece

SHOPPING

Ypapantis Street in Fira is known for its dozens of jewelry 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.

DAY 7 - DOCKED

Katakolon, Greece

ARRIVES:
9:00 AM
DEPARTS:
5:00 PM

Explore Olympia

A small fishing village on the Ionian Sea, Katakolon offers visitors a look inside authentic Greek lifestyle. Spend a relaxing afternoon exploring local crafts, sampling fresh-caught seafood and soaking up the idyllic views. Or take the short drive to Olympia to discover the origins of the Olympic games and relive history while strolling through ancient ruins.

The ruins of an ancient building in Greece
Ruins of pillars in Olympia, Greece
The harbor of Katakolon, Greece

A small fishing village on the Ionian Sea, Katakolon offers visitors a look inside authentic Greek lifestyle. Spend a relaxing afternoon exploring local crafts, sampling fresh-caught seafood and soaking up the idyllic views. Or take the short drive to Olympia to discover the origins of the Olympic games and relive history while strolling through ancient ruins.

The ruins of an ancient building in Greece
Ruins of pillars in Olympia, Greece
The harbor of Katakolon, Greece
Things To Do

in Katakolon

An ancient street in Olympia with columns on both sides

Relive History

The train to Olympia takes you through the splendid green hills of the Greek countryside, dotted with olive groves and vineyards. On the remains of the Olympic site, you'll find the Archaeological Museum at Olympia and the Museum of the Olympic Games.

Assorted colorful plates with painted designs hanging on a wall

Find Local Treasures

As you walk through the village, stop and chat with the locals who create ornate traditional goods. Choose from an array of handmade crafts made from olive wood, ceramic and leather at one of the many shops that line Katakolon's main street.

Various different kinds of fish for sale at a fish market

Eat Like an Olympian

Local tavernas offer a wide array of Greek traditional cuisine, served alongside views of the pristine blue water. Jump onboard a Greece cruise to enjoy a glass of the region's crisp white wine with some fresh seafood. If you're feeling adventurous, be sure to try the grilled octopus.

A grilled octopus salad served on a blue plate

Local Cuisine

Katakolon's local cuisine is fresh and simple enough to be healthy but so delicious that you won't even notice. Locally caught seafood is prepared grilled with herbs and a drizzle of olive oil. Flavorful vegetables are served plain or in dishes such as spanakopita, a spinach pie, or moussaka, a delicious combination of vegetables, meat and bechamel sauce.

An assortment of clay pots in Greece,

Shopping

Pottery, olive wood, lace and leather are just a few of the materials used here to create traditional crafts. Local artisans pride themselves in making each piece a one-of-a-kind item. From hand-crocheted center pieces to ceramic bowls that tell a story, each item reflects Katakolon's local traditions and history.

DAY 8 - 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

DAY 9 - 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

FAMOUS ARCHITECTURE

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 an elevator to the top of the 320-foot-tall 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 motorized Vaporetto waterbus around neighboring 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 bring 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 shop artisan studios. Pick up authentic Venetian pearl jewelry, 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, jewelry and housewares.

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