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17
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Map of Italy and Northern Croatia by land and sea including Croatia and Italy

Uncover Italy’s secrets and cruise Croatia’s sparkling coast.

Let the heart of Italy and the coast of Croatia inspire a journey full of culture, relaxation and world-class cuisine on a 17-day land and sea adventure. From the historic streets of Rome to the canals of Venice, catch these city’s top-tier sights and combine them with the humble delights of the Tuscan countryside and the picture-perfect Cinque Terre. Continue your Mediterranean odyssey by boat, cruising on the turquoise waters of the Adriatic and dropping anchor in quaint seaside village, near secluded coves and at lesser-known but no less stunning isles. Your Italian and Croatian adventure will take you past the tourist hordes to discover a more authentic, a more real, Europe.


Start
Rome, Italy
Finish
Split, Croatia
Destinations
Croatia, Italy
Style
Peregrine
Theme
Adventure Cruising
Code
PEIZC
Physical rating
Ages
Min 15
Group size
Min 1, Max 31

Why you'll love this trip

  • Hike to one charming village after another along the picturesque Cinque Terre, or take the train for a more leisurely experience without missing the stunning scenery.

  • Relax in a local family’s garden surrounded by olive trees and vineyards and enjoy the local organic wine varieties produced by this family for centuries.

  • Travel the romantic, winding waterways of Venice in a traghetto and lose yourself in the town's myriad alleyways – best done with a lot of time and no map.

  • Visit the stunning Kornati National Park, the biggest and most incredible collection of islands in the entire Adriatic Sea, once described by playwright George Bernard Shaw as God’s special creation of tears, stars and breath.

  • Experience the Sea Organ in Zadar, an incredible marriage of acoustical engineering and historical art with a shot of local liqueur as the literal cherry on top.

  • Soak up hundreds of years of history in the Old Towns of Rab, Krk and Sibinek.

Is this trip right for you?

  • Summer temperatures can be extreme in many parts of Italy (over 40°C). It’s important to use sun protection, wear layers to combat the heat and drink plenty of water. Please consider the time of the year you wish to travel and your suitability to that season.

  • As accommodation on this trip is twin share, single travellers will share a room with another traveller of the same gender. If you’d prefer not to share, a single room supplement is available at an additional charge.

  • The best way to traverse the Cinque Terre is via the cliffside hiking trail. You will walk part of this trail, covering nine kilometres in around 4 hours (route depending). Due to recent landslides in the area, you will need to take the train through some sections. If you do not wish to hike at all, it will be possible to travel by train for the duration.

  • Part of travelling with Peregrine means respecting local cultures and sensibilities. When visiting churches, monasteries or other religious sites in Italy modest dress is required. Both men and women should have knees and shoulders covered when entering these sites.

  • Part of your trip is small ship Adventure Cruising, which means you’ll be sailing on a yacht with 30–50 other people. The boat is spacious and comfortable, but the itinerary focuses more on the destination than on-board activities. Instead of a pool, we have the sea itself. Instead of a casino, we’ve got board games and a good book. There’s also no formal dress code to worry about and Wi-Fi is available for a small charge.

  • Unlike other ships that cruise through the night, we’ll spend our evenings docked at port. This will give you more time to dine ashore and enjoy those balmy Croatian evenings. Cruising will mostly take place during the day.

  • Our ship moves under engine power, rather than sailing, so all cabins will experience light engine noise when the ship is moving (and occasionally when we drop anchor). It’s probably worth packing earplugs if you’re a light sleeper.

  • Onshore activities and excursions will involve a bit of walking. You’ll be visiting ancient sites and historical places, and at times you may have to cross cobbled streets and uneven ground, sometimes in hot conditions. If you have any concerns, please speak to your group leader before taking part.

  • Most of our departures run in peak season, when the seas are calmer. The ship will experience some roll and pitch in choppy conditions, however all of our ships come equipped with stabilisers to minimise movement. There will be seasickness tablets on board and your crew will do all they can to minimise any discomfort.

  • There are no lifts (elevators) on board our ships, so you’ll have to navigate a few steep flights of stairs (fitted with handrails) to access all the decks.

Boats

Peregrine Dalmatia on Adventure Cruising

Peregrine Dalmatia

The Peregrine Dalmatia was purpose-built in 2012 to cruise the Dalmatian Coast, so you know you’re in for a safe and comfortable trip through...

Itinerary

Welcome to Rome! Enjoy a complimentary transfer to your hotel and settle in. The day is at your leisure, so if you arrive with time to spare perhaps wander in search of an espresso. Your tour begins with a welcome meeting at 6 pm. Once the formalities are out of the way, get your first taste of Italy over dinner with your group at a local restaurant.
Accommodation
  • Hotel Romanico Palace or similar (1 night)
Meals Included
  • Dinner
Special Information
Please advise your travel agent of your flight details at the time of booking so we can organise the arrival transfer for you. It’s very important that you attend the welcome meeting as we will be collecting insurance details and next of kin information at this time. If you are going to be late please let your travel agent or hotel reception know. Ask reception or look for a note in the lobby for more information on where the meeting will take place.
From incredible ancient monuments to glamourous restaurants and boutiques, Rome is a city of great beauty and diversity. Today you will be taken on a walking tour of the city. You'll see such marvels as the Roman Forum, the Victor Emmanuel Monument, the Pantheon, the Colosseum, Trevi Fountain, Piazza Navona and Venezia, the Spanish Steps and Via Dei Condotti. As you wander the city, you will have time to stop in at a bar for a quick coffee or indulge in some gelato. The rest of the day is free for you to explore this great city as you please. Make sure you take the opportunity to visit the majestic Vatican City and St Peter’s Basilica. The view from the dome of St Peter’s is breathtaking. Roman food is world-renowned, and the trattorias that line the streets are the perfect place to sample the local pasta delights. A taste or two of the (very well priced) local wine is also a must.
Accommodation
  • Hotel Romanico Palace or similar (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Rome Orientation Walk
Optional Activities
  • Vatican Museum - EUR16
  • St Peter's Dome climb - EUR6
  • Venezia Palace - EUR5
  • Galleria Borghese - EUR15
  • St Peter's Dome Climb & Elevator - EUR8
  • Colosseum, Roman Forum and Palatine Hill - EUR16
  • Pantheon - EUR2
  • Imperial Fora - EUR9
  • Castel Sant'Angelo - EUR10
  • Christian Catacombs - EUR8
  • Keats-Shelley Memorial House - EUR5
  • Urban Adventures - Trastevere: Trends and Tradition - EUR56
  • Urban Adventures - Ancient Rome: Archaeological Discovery Tour - EUR110
  • Urban Adventures - Tasting La Dolce Vita - EUR90
  • Urban Adventures - In Vino Veritas: Rome Wine Tasting Tour - EUR95
  • Urban Adventures - Street Art and Renaissance - EUR47
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
Special Information
You can pre-book tickets to the Vatican Museum online to avoid the long queues. Visit biglietteriamusei.vatican.va for more information.
Begin the day with a drive to the medieval city of Siena (approximately 4 hours). It is best known for the Piazza del Campo, the site of the twice-annual Palio (a horse race that goes around the edge of the oval square). Be sure to visit the small but stunning Siena Cathedral, and see the statue of the capitoline wolf, which was brought here by the sons of Remus, the founder of Rome. It has been the city's symbol ever since. Continue to Monteriggioni (approximately 30 minutes), another Tuscan hill town that was built by the Sienese to defend their territory against the Florentines in the 13th century. Learn a little more about the circular walls and 14 towers which played a significant role in the attacks staged by the Bishop of Volterra. In the afternoon arrive at your hotel in the Chianti Region right in the heart of Tuscany (approximately 1 hour). The hotel is the feature stay of this trip, situated in a converted castle. Relax by the pool or perhaps take a stroll through the vineyards that are part of the property. Later on, rejoin the group for dinner.
Accommodation
  • Castello di Spaltenna Tuscan Resort (Feature stay) or similar (1 night)
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
  • Dinner
This morning you will make your way towards the dramatic coast of the Cinque Terre. On the way, you will visit San Gimignano (approximately 1.5 hours), the 'Town of Fine Towers'. This medieval walled town is famous for its well-preserved tower houses which are now on the UNESCO World Heritage list. There will be time for you to explore the Old Town centre and its fine Gothic and Romanesque architecture. This region is renowned for its ancient Vernaccia grapes, which are the basis for one of Tuscany's finest white wines. Relax in a local family’s garden surrounded by olive trees and vineyards and enjoy the local organic wine varieties produced by this family for centuries. Continue to your accommodation in La Spezia (approximately 3 hours), the gateway to the gorgeous Cinque Terre.
Accommodation
  • Hotel Firenze e Continentale or similar (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Agriturismo Certaldo Wine Tour and Tasting
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
Cinque Terre (translating as 'Five Lands' or 'Five Villages') is a region of Italy famed for its rugged coastline and the colourful villages that cling to it. The footpaths that run between the villages were once the only way to travel in the region. You can choose to walk just a few sections, which will still unveil a great amount of majestic scenery. There is a train that connects the villages as well, so if you prefer to enjoy a more relaxing day, you are welcome to take this option. After working up an appetite, take advantage of the foods of the Liguria region with a pesto making demonstration, and the chance for you to create your own pesto. Enjoy a glass of wine with your culinary creation. In the evening return to La Spezia. There's no better way to refuel after the taxing walks than indulging in a delicious Mediterranean feast. Be sure to try the local focaccia, a specialty of the area.
Accommodation
  • Hotel Firenze e Continentale or similar (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Cinque Terre Day Trip, including Cinque Terre Pass
  • 'Il Laboratorio del Pesto' Making & Demonstration
Optional Activities
  • Church of St Andrea in Levante - Free
  • Cinque Terre Cruise - EUR30
  • Urban Adventures - Tasting Cinque Terre - EUR89
  • Urban Adventures - Cinque Terre Hike & Bite - EUR139
  • Urban Adventures - Cinque Terre This is Aperitivo - EUR79
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
Special Information
Today you will walk 9 kilometres, which should take around 4 hours. Due to recent landslides in the area, it is not possible to walk the Via dell'Amore from Riomaggiore to Manarola and the coastal section between Manarola and Corniglia. The train will be used to travel these sections. Please also note that due to safety reasons some sections of any path can be closed at short notice.
Start the day with a drive to Lucca (approximately 1.5 hours), where you can explore the bustling streets or perhaps take a walk along the famous city walls. Your next stop is Pisa (approximately 30 minutes). Due to the precarious state of the Leaning Tower of Pisa, the Torre Pendente, it is not always possible to climb it, but you will have the opportunity to photograph it from the ground. Your trip leader will take you to the ticket office to purchase tickets to the Cathedral, Baptistry, Museums and Campo Santo, should you wish to visit them. In the afternoon make your way to Florence (approximately 2 hours).
Accommodation
  • Hotel Palazzo Ricasoli or similar (1 night)
Optional Activities
  • Leaning Tower of Pisa - EUR18
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
While you are in Florence there will be plenty of time to explore the city and its museums and galleries. Visiting the Uffizi while you are here is highly recommended – it is one of the oldest galleries in the world, and a building of great beauty. Similarly, a visit to Galleria dell'Accademia, where you can see Michelangelo's famous statue of David, is a must. Sample some of the culinary delicacies on offer from across Tuscany. Regional dishes are renowned for their simplicity and ingredient-driven quality. Olive oil, beans and fresh herbs are a feature here. Two standout dishes of the region are bistecca alla fiorentina (essentially a big T-bone steak that is shared between multiple diners) and ribollita (a simple, hearty soup of bread, vegetables and beans). Panforte is the signature sweet treat.
Accommodation
  • Hotel Palazzo Ricasoli or similar (1 night)
Optional Activities
  • Museo dell'Opera di S.Maria del Fiore - EUR15
  • Pitti Palace (Boboli Gardens, Museo Argenti, Costume Gallery, Porcellain Museum) - EUR12
  • Bargello Museum - EUR12
  • Palazzo Vecchio - EUR10
  • Uffizi Gallery - EUR24
  • Medici Chapels - EUR15
  • Baptistry - EUR10
  • Duomo & Campanile climb - EUR6
  • Accademia - EUR16
  • San Lorenzo Central Market Food Tasting - EUR15
  • Urban Adventures - Florence Foodies Walk - EUR67
  • Urban Adventures - Florence Markets & Delis - EUR58
  • Urban Adventures - Aperitivo Time! Florence Wine Tour - EUR77
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
Special Information
All the Florentine State Museums require tickets and the queues can be long. Booking your tickets online in advance (uffizi.org and accademia.org) is essential. Your leader can be of assistance booking these but be sure to organise it at the beginning of your trip.
The morning is free for you to further explore Florence, one of the most culturally rich and beautiful cities in Italy, known to many as the beating heart of Tuscany. The Medicis, Leonardo da Vinci, Raphael, Brunelleschi, Machiavelli, Donatello and Michelangelo all lived in Florence at the height of their creative reign. Perhaps walk to Piazzale Michelangelo to take in beautiful views of the city. In the afternoon head to the railway station and take a high-speed train to Venice (approximately 2 hours).
Accommodation
  • Kosher House Giardino Dei Melograni or similar (1 night)
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
Special Information
Our means of transportation between Florence and Venice is by High Speed Train. Italian trains are comfortable and have the bonus of departing and arriving right in the city centre, avoiding heavy road traffic along the way.
Today you will take an orientation walk in the morning. Board a vaporetto (water bus) to the island of San Giorgio, where you will climb the bell tower and witness expansive views of Venice. Enjoy free time in the afternoon. You might like to visit some museums or take a trip to some of the outlying islands. The Grand Canal, the quaint shopfronts that line the Rialto Bridge and the Piazza and Basilica di San Marco are all worthy sights to visit. It's equally satisfying to simply meander around the tiny cobbled streets and discover the beautiful markets, cafes, galleries and churches. A Venetian gondola ride down the canals is a must, as is a taste of the region’s speciality dessert, tiramisu. In the evening come together for a group dinner at a local restaurant.
Accommodation
  • Kosher House Giardino Dei Melograni or similar (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Venice San Giorgio Bell Tower
  • Venice Traghetto Boat Ride
Optional Activities
  • Urban Adventures - Sweet Taste of Venice - EUR52
  • Museum of St Mark's Basilica - EUR5
  • Gondola Ride - EUR80
  • St Mark's Campanile - EUR8
  • Glass Museum Murano - EUR10
  • Ca' Rezzonico Museum of Eighteenth Century Art - EUR10
  • Scuola Grande di San Rocco - EUR11
  • Urban Adventures - Canal & Aperitivo Experience - EUR113
  • Guggenheim Museum - EUR15
  • Doge's Palace and Bridge of Sighs - EUR20
  • Venezia Ca' d'Oro - EUR14
  • Concerto - EUR32
  • St Mark's Basilica Treasury - EUR5
  • Accademia Gallery - EUR15
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
  • Dinner
This morning, you can get out and experience the winding canals and streets of beautiful Venice. This city is best explored on foot or by boat. Transfer to Venice airport at approximately 12.15am to meet the rest of your group, then travel by road to Opatija to begin the cruising section of your adventure (approximately 3 hours). There will be another meeting tonight where you will be briefed on the second stage of your adventure and receive a safety demonstration on your boat. After this important meeting, enjoy some dinner on board to get to know your fellow travellers and crew.
Accommodation
  • Peregrine Dalmatia (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Welcome Dinner
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
  • Dinner
Special Information
As this is a combination trip, your group leader and the composition of your group will change today. There will be a group meeting to discuss the next stage of your itinerary. We suggest you attend, as this is also a great chance to meet your new fellow travellers. It’s important that you attend the welcome meeting as your new group leader will be collecting insurance details and next of kin information at this time.
You will be picked up from your hotel at approximately 12.15 am and transfer to Venice Airport to meet the rest of your Adventure cruise group. Your tour leader will confirm this pick up time for you prior to check out.
Wake to the Adriatic and take breakfast on the deck. The ship will make an all-important swim stop en route where you’ll have your first opportunity to take a dip in the crystal-clear waters. Head north to Krk and stretch your sea legs with a guided tour upon arrival. Krk is the equal-largest island in the Adriatic, a popular destination with beaches, a historic Old Town and plenty of restaurants, bars and clubs. After orientating yourself with the island, you’ll be transferred to a local farm for prsut (prosciutto) and wine tasting and a lamb dinner.
Accommodation
  • Peregrine Dalmatia (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Krk - Agritourism dinner and Prsut tasting
  • Krk - Guided Tour
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
  • Dinner
The ship will depart Krk in the morning and make its way to the island of Rab, which was first declared a city in 10 BC by the Roman Emperor Augustus. Spend the journey relaxing and reading, getting some sun or simply staring at the crystal water. With ancient walls, churches and squares, Rab is the ideal place to explore on foot, be it with the local guides on an optional 3-hour hike around the island, or by yourself at your own pace. In the evening. Hunt down some fresh seafood for dinner and discover why Rab is known as the Happy Island.
Accommodation
  • Peregrine Dalmatia (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Rab - 3 hour hike
  • Rab - Guided Tour
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
  • Dinner
Leave the Happy Island as a happy person this morning and cruise to Zadar, described by Alfred Hitchcock as having the most beautiful sunset in the world. Enjoy a swim stop along the way then freshen up ready for a guided walk around the Old Town on arrival. Finish up at the famous Sea Organ – a giant organ with underwater pipes that makes music as the waves gently roll in. Enjoy a shot of Maraska – the local cherry liquor – then take your time exploring Zadar before overnighting in port.
Accommodation
  • Peregrine Dalmatia (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Zadar - Guided walk of Old Town
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
An early departure this morning leaves you with plenty of time to discover Kornati National Park. Made up of 89 stunning islands, Kornati is the perfect place to while away a day cruising around the beautiful bays, swimming and soaking up some rays. Local park rangers will take you on a hike around Kornati’s stunning limestone cliff, or if you’d rather spend your time on the water, there’s an option to explore the inlets and bays by sea kayak. The ship will anchor in Telascica – a designated nature park since 1988 thanks to its historical, cultural and environmental value, and the crew will cook up a barbecue on deck. Kick back and enjoy the sunset with salty skin and a cold drink.
Accommodation
  • Peregrine Dalmatia (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Kornati National Park Visit
  • Kornati National Park - Cliff Hike
  • Telascica - BBQ Dinner
Optional Activities
  • Kayak rental Kornati National Park- including guide - EUR40
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
This morning cruise to Sibenik, stop for a dip in the azure waters of the Adriatic en route then venture out on walking tour of the Old Town on arrival, taking in the stunning stone cathedral. The Cathedral of St James is a World Heritage-listed site and was built in both a Gothic and Renaissance style over the 15th and 16th centuries. The afternoon and evening are yours to enjoy, so seek out some local seafood if you so desire and settle in for a laid-back evening on shore.
Accommodation
  • Peregrine Dalmatia (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Sibenik Orientation Walk
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
Enjoy another day of cruising with a swim in the sparkling sea. The ship will dock in Split, Croatia’s second-largest city, which is renowned for its modern lifestyle and ancient buildings. Diocletian’s Palace, the sprawling complex at Split’s centre, was built in the fourth century and its white stone walls are home to bars, restaurants, shops and hotels. Take a guided walk around town or explore on your own before joining your shipmates on deck for a Captain’s dinner and celebratory drink, reminiscing your favourite moments from your Adriatic adventure.
Accommodation
  • Peregrine Dalmatia (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Captain's Dinner
  • Split Guided Walk
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
Your trip officially ends after breakfast. Say farewell to your friends and crew and make your way into Split, back home or continue your adventures. After all, there’s still plenty to see in Croatia.
Meals Included
  • Breakfast

Meals

16 breakfasts, 4 lunches, 8 dinners

Transport

Small Cruise Ship, Boat, High speed train, Minibus, Private vehicle, Ferry, Taxi, Train

Accommodation

Small cruise ship (7 nights), Comfortable hotel (8 nights), Feature stay in the Chianti Region (1 night)

Included Activities

  • Rome Orientation Walk
  • Agriturismo Certaldo Wine Tour and Tasting
  • Cinque Terre Day Trip, including Cinque Terre Pass
  • 'Il Laboratorio del Pesto' Making & Demonstration
  • Venice San Giorgio Bell Tower
  • Venice Traghetto Boat Ride
  • Welcome Dinner
  • Krk - Agritourism dinner and Prsut tasting
  • Krk - Guided Tour
  • Rab - 3 hour hike
  • Rab - Guided Tour
  • Zadar - Guided walk of Old Town
  • Kornati National Park Visit
  • Kornati National Park - Cliff Hike
  • Telascica - BBQ Dinner
  • Sibenik Orientation Walk
  • Captain's Dinner
  • Split Guided Walk

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Important notes

BOOKING CONDITIONS
Adventure Cruising trips have a deposit of A$600 per person (different amounts apply in other currencies) and the balance is due 90 days before departure.
If a booking is cancelled 90 days or more before departure - the cancellation fee is the full loss of the deposit paid.
If a booking is cancelled between 89 and 31 days before departure - the cancellation fee is 50% of the total booking cost, or the deposit, whichever is greater.
if a booking is cancelled 30 days or less prior to departure - the cancellation fee is 100% of the total price of the voyage.
Other fees may apply for air tickets and other arrangements booked in conjunction with a voyage.

SINGLE TRAVELLERS CRUISE SECTION
Single travellers will share a twin a room with another traveller of the same gender. If you’d prefer not to share, a single cabin supplement is available at an additional charge. A single passenger cannot be booked or confirmed in a double cabin unless a single supplement is paid.

SINGLE TRAVELLERS LAND SECTION
A single supplement is bookable on this trip, subject to availability at the time of booking. Please note that due to the small properties we use in Europe there is only a limited amount of single supplements available per trip departure. If you would like to book a single supplement and enquire about availability please speak to your booking agent.

ARRIVAL TRANSFER
An arrival transfer from both Rome Airports (Fiumicino and Ciampino) to the start point hotel is included in the price of the trip. Please advise your travel agent of your flight times at the time of booking.

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