departing 5 capital cities to Rome, 24 Sep 2018
2 night pre-tour accommodation in Rome, 24 Sep 2018
from Rome to Venice, 25 Sep 2018
2 night pre-cruise accommodation in Venice, 6 Oct 2018
with Peregrine Adventures, Spit to Dubrovnik, 7 Oct 2018
1 nights post-cruise accommodation in Dubrovnik, 15 Oct 2018
from Italy to Croatia, departing 7 Oct and returning 16 Oct 2018
departing Rome to 5 capital cities in Australia, 16 Oct 2018
This 22 night Italy and Croatia tour and cruise package offers the best of both worlds, land and sea, as a way to explore two of Europe's most beautiful countries. Discover Italian cities that have shaped the world's culture, savour regional flavours and renowned wines, and soak up picture-perfect landscapes as you tour from Rome to Venice. Then experience the elegance and old-world charm of Croatia on a small ship adventure cruise. An idyllic island escape in the middle of Europe, Croatia offers up impressive coastlines, meandering rivers, and the sparkling waters of the Adriatic. This cruising adventure is the best way to travel the Dalmatian Coast.
Embark on a truly memorable holiday exploring two of Europe's most beautiful countries. In Italy, cook up an Italian feast in a Tuscan Villa, hunt for truffles in Piedmont and enjoy an afternoon of wine tasting in Tirano. In Croatia, cast off from the historic city of Split aboard the M/S Royal Eleganza, and cruise to islands both chic and ancient. Paddle up the rivers of Krka National Park to dip into waterfalls, then discover the soul of Croatia – Split. Navigate the Adriatic to the Renaissance facades and jagged limestone cliffs of Hvar, then board wooden boats and sail up the River Neretva to Bosnia and Herzegovina, stopping in Mostar, a town situated in a beautiful valley in the high mountains. Explore the romantic and evocative Old Town of Korcula and enjoy tastings at a local winery, then dock in stunning Dubrovnik.
24 Sep 2018 - Arrive in Rome and transfer to Hotel Champagne Palace, Rome
Your package includes one way economy class airfare from your home city to Rome. When you arrive at Fiumincino Airport, a private transfer will take you to your hotel, Champagne Palace Rome. Located in the heart of Rome, 200m from Termini Station, Hotel Champagne Palage is housed in a historic building dating from the beginning of the 1900's.
25 Sep 2018 - Day 1, Back-Roads Italian Indulgence Tour, Rome - Assisi - Perugia
On the first day of your tour, you'll travel from Rome to awe-inspiring Assisi - the birthplace of St Frances, and then on to Perugia, where the tour group comes together for a delicious dinner. Spend the night at Hotel Fortuna, a charming property that dates back to 1300 and is very close to Corso Vannucci.
26 Sep 2018 - Day 2, Perguia - Siena - Tuscany
From Perugia, travel to beautiful Sienna, a gorgeous Gothic city bursting with fabulous architecture. After exploring the old centre, venture to the Backroads villa in the world-renowned Chianti region, Villa La Palagina.
27 Sep 2018 - Day 3, Tuscany
Your hosts will let you in on a few Italian cooking secrets as you prepare a classic rustic Tuscan lunch. The afternoon is free for you to spend your time exploring Tuscany or relaxing at the Villa.
28 Sep 2018 - Day 4, Tuscany - Florence - Lucca
Moving on to Florence - the birthplace of the Renaissance and home to thw world's most treasured masterpieces - you will be taken on a walking tour of the city, before moving on to Lucca in the afternoon, where you will spend the night at Hotel Alla Corte degli Angeli, a delightful place to stay within the encircling walls of Lucca.
29 Sep 2018 - Day 5, Lucca - Pisa - Lucca
Today come up close and personal with an Italian icon - the famous Leaning Tower of Pisa. In the afternoon, we head back to Lucca, where you have the rest of the day and night to explore at your own pace.
30 Sep 2018 - Day 6, Lucca - Camogli - San Fruttuoso - Portofino - Santa Margherita Ligure
It's time to see a different side of Italy - the glitz and glamour of the Italian Riviera, ticking off Camogli, San Fruttuoso and the glittering village of Portofino, before settling into Santa Margherita Ligure for the night. You will be able to enjoy the evening at your own pace, strolling the beachfront, lined with pastel-painted houses. Accommodation for the night is at Hotel Lido Palace.
1 Oct 2018 - Day 7, Santa Margherita Ligure - Barolo - Cherasco
Leaving behind the Italian Riviera, we head inland today, to Piedmont - a region of rich red wines and luxurious cuisine. Your first stop is a wine tasting at Grinzane Cavour Castle, and then we drive near the village of Barolo for a truffle hunt with a local farmer. Once you've worked up an appetite, you'll follow it up with a slow-food dinner in Cherasco, before retiring to Hotel Somaschi for the night.
2 Oct 2018 - Day 8, Cherasco - Asti - Lake Orta - Lake Maggiore
If you have a sweet-tooth, then you're in for a treat today with a stop at a distillery near Asti, where you can sip on regional liquors and snack on hand-made nougat. Then it's time to head for the hills, pristine lakes and soaring mountains of northern Italy, with Lake Maggiore your final stop for the day. Your night's accommodation is at Grand Hotel Majestic, a historic hotel with beautiful lake views.
3 Oct 2018 - Day 9, Lake Maggiore
Today we set sail for the Borromean Islands, where we will wander the terraces of the ornate Baroque Garden on Isola Bella, and discover the pretty harbour of Isola dei Pescatori, before returning to Grand Hotel Majestic for another night.
4 Oct 2018 - Day 10, Lake Maggiore - Lecco - Tirano
Our next stop is the sights of Lecco before reaching Tirano for a wine tasting session. After an indulgent afternoon, return to your hotel - Hotel Corona - and meet the group for dinner at a local restaurant to continue your culinary adventure.
5 Oct 2018 - Day 11, Tirano - Lake Molveno - Trento
Today we head to the foot of the Brenta Dolomites, the majestic Lake Molveno. From there, continue to Trento for a walking tour and then meet the group in the evening for a farewell dinner. Your last night will be spent at Hotel America in Trento.
6 Oct 2018 - Day 12, Trento - Verona - Venice
The last day of your tour sees Verona beckoning, with its impressive Roman ruins and romantic hotspots. The it's onwards to the show-stopping finale: the floating city of Venice, where your tour comes to an end and you bid farewell to the group. Tonight, you have accommodation at Ca Dei Conti Hotel in Venice.
7 Oct 2018 - Travel from Venice, Italy to Split, Croatia
Today, take a shuttle boat transfer from Venice Island to Marco Polo Airport, where you will catch a one-way flight to Split in Croatia. Once you land, a transfer awaits to take you to your hotel in Split, the Split Atrium 5 star hotel.
8 Oct 2018 - Day 1 of 7-night Croatia Coastal Cruise, Split
Board the Rpyal Eleganza at 5 pm. Meet your crew and fellow travellers over a welcome drink and introductory meeting. In the evening, sit down to your first on-board dinner.
9 Oct 2018 - Day 2, Split - Krka National Park - Split
After a leisurely breakfast on board, take your private bus transfer to Krka National Park. Here you will board a small boat for some cruising and exploring within the park. The park spans two thirds of the Krka River, and some 142 square kilometres. You visit some of the gorgeous waterfalls for which this park is renowned, stopping for a refreshing swim or two along the way. Afterwards, return by bus to Split, where the evening is at your leisure. Stay overnight in Split.
10 Oct 2018 - Day 3, Split - Hvar
Set sail for the island of Hvar, enjoying breakfast on board. Stop to swim in the waters of the Adriatic at a secluded beach close to Stari Grad - Hvar's Old Town. Arrive in Stari Grad around midday and look across one of Europe's oldest towns while lunching aboard the board. Board a bus to explore the island known as the 'Queen of the Dalmatian Islands'. Visit a local beekeeper for a honey tasting and a walk through the nearby lavendar fields, then drive to Hvar town. Take an orientation walk with your leader, then enjoy free time to explore. Return to Stari Grad, and dine at a local restaurant in your free time. Overnight in Hvar (Stari Grad).
11 Oct 2018 - Day 4, Hvar - Opuzen
Set sail early towards Opuzen, breakfasting on board and then stopping for a spot of swimming. Lunch on the board before arriving in Trpani. Transfer to Saint Hils Vinarija for a tour of the winery and a tasting, before returning to the ship and sailing to Opuzen. Tonight, perhaps have dinner on board or seek out a local restaurant.
12 Oct 2018 - Day 5, Opuzen - Mostar - Opuzen
This morning, board wooden boats and sail up the River Neretva, enjoying local snacks along the way. Continue on to Mostar in Bosnia and Herzegovina by minibus. Take an orientation walk through the town, visiting a workshop specialising in traditional coffee sets and copper wall carvings on the way and enjoy some free time at your leisure. Stop at the Blagaj Teke Monastery then return to the ship for a barbecue dinner.
13 Oct 2018 - Day 6, Opuzen - Korkula
Depart for Hvar, enjoying breakfast on board and a mid-morning swim stop in beautiful clear turquoise waters of Loviste - Peljesac. Return to the ship and set sail for Korcula, enjoying an on-board cooking demonstration by our chef, followed by lunch. Arrive Korcula, birthplace of Marco Polo, in the afternoon before a free evening. Your leader can assist with dinner recommendations.
14 Oct 2018 - Day 7, Korkula - Dubrovnik
Leave early this morning and cruise to Dubrovnik, stopping mid-morning for a swim near the island of Jakljan. Take your lunch on board before arriving in Dubrovnik in the early afternoon. The afternoon is yours to enjoy Dubrovnik's old city and cafe culture. Return to this ship, then this evening enjoy a farewell four course dinner with the captain and your travelling companions.
15 Oct 2018 - Day 8, Dubrovnik, Disembark Ship
Your small ship adventure cruise along the Dalmatian coast ends after breakfast this morning. Once disembarking, a private transfer will take you from the port to your hotel, Hotel More Dubrovnik.
16 Oct 2018 - Transfer to airport for your flight home
Your journey sadly comes to an end today. A transfer will pick you up from your hotel and take you to the airport, where you will board a one-way flight from Dubrovnik to Rome, and then connect to a one way economy class flight from Rome to your home city.
- One way economy class airfare from home city to Rome
- Private Transfer from Fiumincino to Rome hotel
- 1x night Champagne Palace Rome - Standard twin - Cold Buffet breakfast
- Back-Roads Italian Indulgence Tour, 11 Nights, Rome to Venice
- 1 x night Ca Dei Conti Hotel Venice - Standard room - room only
- Shuttle Boat Transfer from Venice island to Marco Polo airport
- One way domestic flight from Venice to Split
- Transfer from Split airport to hotel
- 1 x night Split Atrium 5 star hotel Standard twin room with Full Breakfast
- 7 Night Peregrine Croatia Sailing Tour from Split to Dubrovnik
- Private Transfer from Dubrovnik Port to Dubrovnik hotel
- 1 x night 5 star Hotel More Dubrovnik Double Classic room full breakfast
- Private transfer from Dubrovnik hotel to Dubrovnik airport
- One way domestic flight from Dubrovnik to Rome
- Travelshoot photography Economy package in one of the following cities: Rome, Venice or Dubrovnik
- 7-night Croatia Coastal Cruising on board Royal Eleganza
- Krka National Park waterfalls & swim stop
- Hvar Orientation Walk
- Lavender farm and beekeeper visit
- Winery tour and tasting
- Boat trip on the River Neretva with local snacks
- Mostar Orientation Walk
- Blagaj Tekija (Dervish House)
- Cooking demonstration
- 11 nights in boutique accommodation
- Experienced Back-Roads Driver & Tour Leader
- Local guide in Florence
- Premium mini-coach transportation
- European breakfast daily (B), 1 lunch (L), 6 evening meals (D)
- Tuscan cooking class and lunch
- Truffle hunt in Piedmont
- 1 wine tasting
- 1 liquor tasting
- Entrance included to: San Fruttuoso Abbey, Isola Madre & Isola Bella, Baptistery of St John in Pisa and Grinzane Cavour Castle
Package cost based on:
- Lower Deck Standard Double, ex PER - $11,055
- Main Deck Premium Twin, ex PER - $11,245
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