Days
19
Price from
€6,600EUR
Map of Croatia and Italy by Land and Sea including Croatia and Italy

Experience all that the northern Dalmatian coast has to offer and uncover Italy’s many treasures from Venice to Rome via the Cinque Terre and spend time in the heart of Tuscany

Join Peregrine on this new adventure cruise heading north from Split to discover what makes Croatia’s coast so special. The clear waters of the Adriatic await with a salty embrace, ready to welcome travellers and reveal its national parks, glittering bays and historic Old Towns nestled on the rocky shoreline. From the canals of Venice to the historic streets of Rome, Italy is constantly familiar and endlessly surprising. Catch the top-tier sights – Venice’s bridges, Pisa’s Leaning Tower and Rome’s Colosseum – and combine them with the humble delights of the fine food of Tuscany, natural vistas and unearthed cultural treasures. This journey will have you living la bella vita in no time.


Start
Split, Croatia
Finish
Rome, Italy
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

  • 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.

  • Feast on the freshest seafood imaginable up and down the coast (but be sure to wait two hours before swimming).

  • 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

  • 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

  • Discover the abundance of art and culture in Florence, Italy's outdoor museum. Be sure to visit the Accademia, home to the famous David by Michelangelo

  • Fall in love with Rome, a city that makes you gasp at every turn and effortlessly combines ancient history with modern architecture

  • Nestled in the postcard-perfect vineyards of Tuscany's Chianti region, your feature-stay on this trip is a five-star hotel housed in a former medieval monastery

  • Join a local shop-keeper for a Pesto making class in Levanto. Make your own pesto and enjoy it with a glass of wine afterwards

Is this trip right for you?

  • This is a small ship adventure cruise, which means you’ll be sailing on a yacht with between 30 – 50 other people. The boat is spacious and comfortable, but it 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. Wifi is available for a small charge.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • If you’re concerned about seasickness, there are seasickness tablets on-board. The ship will experience some roll and pitch in choppy conditions, however all of our ships come equipped with stabilisers to minimise movement. Most of our departures run in peak season, when the seas are calmer. 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 on-board. Handrails are always available.

  • 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.

  • The walking distance on day 15 will be around 9 km / 4 hours, depending on the route chosen. Due to recent landslides in the area it is currently not possible to walk the Via dell'Amore from Riomaggiore to Manarola and the coastal section between Manarola and Corniglia. You will take the train instead for these sections. Please note that due to safety reasons some sections of any path can be closed at short notice.

  • In general, there are few dress restrictions in Europe, however when visiting churches, monasteries or other religious sites modest dress is required - shorts or skimpy tops may not be permitted, for both men and women.

Boats

Peregrine Dalmatia

On this itinerary, you'll be travelling aboard the Peregrine Dalmatia.

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Itinerary

Welcome to Croatia. Board the ship 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.
Accommodation
  • Peregrine Dalmatia (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Welcome Dinner
Meals Included
  • Dinner
Special Information
Bags can be dropped off at the ship from noon. Feel free to explore Split at your leisure until boarding commences at 5pm.
Wake to the Adriatic and take breakfast on the deck. The morning is yours to enjoy and perhaps you’ll take a walking tour of Split before sailing for Sibenik, the gateway to the Kornati Islands. The ship will make an all-important swim stop en route, and you can stretch those sea legs on arrival Sibenik with a walking tour taking in the 15th-century stone cathedral. Follow your nose in the evening and seek out a Dalmatian dinner before heading back to the ship.
Accommodation
  • Peregrine Dalmatia (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Sibenik Orientation Walk
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
Depart Sibenik in the morning and sail for the 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. 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 BBQ on deck. Kick back and enjoy the sunset with salty skin and a cold drink.
Accommodation
  • Peregrine Dalmatia (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Telascica - BBQ Dinner
  • Kornati National Park Visit
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
This morning, local park rangers will take you on a hike around Kornati’s stunning limestone cliffs. Alternatively, if you’d rather spend your time on the water, there’s the option to explore the bays and inlets by sea kayak before sailing to Zadar, described by Alfred Hitchcock as having the most beautiful sunset in the world. A guided walk around the Old Town ends at the famous Sea Organ, a giant organ with underwater pipes that makes music as the waves gently roll in. Seriously, it’s a thing. Take a shot of Maraska, the local cherry liquor, then take your time exploring Zadar. Overnight in port.
Accommodation
  • Peregrine Dalmatia (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Kornati National Park - Cliff Hike
  • Zadar - Guided walk of Old Town
Optional Activities
  • Kayak rental Kornati National Park- including guide - EUR40
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
The ship will depart Zadar 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. Stop for a swim along the way and spend the rest of the journey 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 a tour or by yourself 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
  • Lunch
Join your leader on a hike around Rab or take a leisurely morning instead. The hike should take approximately three hours, after which the ship will head north to Krk with lunch en route. Krk is the equal-largest island in the Adriatic, a popular destination with beaches, a historic Old Town, myriad restaurants, bars and clubs. Take a guided tour upon arrival before being 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
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
The penultimate morning is free for you to explore Krk town at your own pace. Popular sights include the Frankopan Castle and the Cathedral of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary (Krk Cathedral), the latter of which was built over 15 centuries ago. Ask your leader for advice on where to lunch or find your own Adriatic gem before sailing to the rocky shore of Opatija in the afternoon. Tonight you’ll dine with the captain and reminisce with your shipmates before tomorrow’s farewell.
Accommodation
  • Peregrine Dalmatia (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Captain's Dinner
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
  • Dinner
The group will be transferred from Opatija to Venice by land and dropped at your Venice Hotel, a journey of approximately three hours. Your Adventure Cruise ends today and the next couple of days are yours to explore Venice. The canals, basilicas and piazzas have inspired painters and composers for centuries and offer enough cultural and gastronomical delights to satiate the hungriest traveller. It may not be the Adriatic, and you won’t want to swim in it, but the Grand Canal has a charm of its own.
Accommodation
  • Kosher House Giardino Dei Melograni Hotel, or similar (2 nights)
Meals Included
  • Breakfast (2)
Today you can get out and experience the winding canals and streets of beautiful Venice. This city is best explored on foot or by boat. There will be a welcome meeting tonight for the second part of your trip. After the group meeting enjoy dinner with your fellow travellers at a local restaurant. 
Accommodation
  • Kosher House Giardino Dei Melograni or similar (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Welcome Dinner in Venice
  • Complimentary Water Taxi Arrival Transfer from Venice Marco Polo Airport
Optional Activities
  • Doge's Palace and Bridge of Sighs - EUR19
  • St Mark's Basilica Treasury - EUR3
  • Accademia Gallery - EUR15
  • Venezia Ca' d'Oro - EUR10
  • Concerto - EUR32
  • Gondola Ride - EUR80
  • St Mark's Campanile - EUR8
  • Guggenheim Museum - EUR15
  • Museum of St Mark's Basilica - EUR5
  • Glass Museum Murano - EUR10
  • Ca' Rezzonico Museum of Eighteenth Century Art - EUR10
  • Scuola Grande di San Rocco - EUR11
  • Urban Adventures - Sweet Taste of Venice - EUR36
  • Urban Adventures - Canal & Aperitivo Experience - EUR113
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
  • Dinner
Special Information
There will be a welcome meeting at 6 pm this evening. Check with the hotel reception or noticeboard for details. Please have your insurance details on hand to give to your leader. Other than this meeting, there are no activities planned for today.
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.
Accommodation
  • Kosher House Giardino Dei Melograni or similar (1 night)
Included Activities
  • San Giorgio Bell Tower
  • Venice Traghetto Boat Ride
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
Florence is 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. Walk to Piazzale Michelangelo to take in beautiful views of the city is a lovely way to while away the day. 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)
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
Special Information
Our means of transportation between Venice and Florence is by High Speed Train. Italian trains are comfortable and have the added bonus of departing and arriving right in the city centre, avoiding heavy road traffic along the way.
While you are in Florence, there will be plenty of time to explore the city and its museums and galleries. It's impossible to see everything in this Renaissance wonderland, however, so take your time and enjoy it. 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.
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
  • Museum Bargello - 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
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
Special Information
All of 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.
This morning you will make your way towards the dramatic coast of the Cinque Terre, and visit Pisa and Lucca on the way. 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 definitely 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. Your next stop is Lucca, where you can walk the bustling streets or perhaps take a walk along the famous city walls. You then continue to your accommodation in La Spezia. This is the gateway to the gorgeous Cinque Terre.
Accommodation
  • Hotel Firenze e Continentale or similar (1 night)
Optional Activities
  • Leaning Tower of Pisa - EUR18
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. Join a local shop-keeper for a Pesto making class in Levanto. Make your own pesto and enjoy it with a glass of wine afterwards. In the evening there's no better way to refuel after the taxing walks than indulging in a delicious Mediterranean feast. Be sure to try the local pesto and focaccia, both specialties of the area.
Accommodation
  • Hotel Firenze e Continentale or similar (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Cinque Terre Day Trip
  • "laboratoio di 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's walking distance: 9 km; approximately 4 hours. Due to recent landslides in the area it is currently not possible to walk the Via dell'Amore from Riomaggiore to Manarola and the coastal section between Manarola and Corniglia. You will take the train instead for these sections. Please also note that due to safety reasons some sections of any path can be closed at short notice.
This morning you will start to make your way to your next hotel (the feature stay of this trip) in the Chianti Region, right in the heart of Tuscany. On the way, you will visit San Gimignano, 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. Arrive at your hotel (a converted medieval monastery) in the afternoon. Relax by the pool or perhaps take a stroll through the vineyards that are part of the property.
Accommodation
  • Castello di Spaltenna Tuscan Resort & Spa (Feature stay) or similar (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Agriturismo - Wine Tour and Tasting
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
  • Dinner
Begin the day with a short drive to the medieval city of Siena. 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, 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. After a 4 hour drive you will arrive into Rome in the early evening.
Accommodation
  • Hotel Romanico Palace or similar (1 night)
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
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, perhaps 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 breath taking. 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. Enjoy a farewell dinner with your travel companions to end the trip.
Accommodation
  • Hotel Romanico Palace or similar (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Rome Orientation Walk
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
  • Dinner
Special Information
You can pre-book tickets to the Vatican Museum online to avoid the long queues. Visit biglietteriamusei.vatican.va for more information.
Your trip comes to an end after breakfast on Day 10. Those looking to extend their stay can arrange additional nights' accommodation at the time of booking the trip (subject to availability).
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 - Roman Dolce Vita - EUR65
Meals Included
  • Breakfast

Meals

18 breakfasts, 5 lunches, 7 dinners

Transport

Small cruise ship, Boat, Minibus, Private vehicle, Ferry, Taxi, Train

Accommodation

Small cruise ship (7 nights), Comfortable hotel (10 nights), Feature stay in the Chianti Region (1 night)

Included Activities

  • Welcome Dinner
  • Sibenik Orientation Walk
  • Telascica - BBQ Dinner
  • Kornati National Park Visit
  • Kornati National Park - Cliff Hike
  • Zadar - Guided walk of Old Town
  • Rab - 3 hour hike
  • Rab - Guided Tour
  • Krk - Agritourism dinner and Prsut tasting
  • Krk - Guided Tour
  • Captain's Dinner
  • Welcome Dinner in Venice
  • Complimentary Water Taxi Arrival Transfer from Venice Marco Polo Airport
  • San Giorgio Bell Tower
  • Venice Traghetto Boat Ride
  • Cinque Terre Day Trip
  • "laboratoio di Pesto" Making & Demonstration
  • Agriturismo - Wine Tour and Tasting
  • Rome Orientation Walk

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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
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. 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.

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