* Europe – Mediterranean : France, Spain, Italy and Croatia by your Europe incoming
Period : April, May, June, July, August, September, October
Reference : 14B019
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Southern Europe ahoy! Warm welcomes abound in these sunny lands ruled by the Mediterranean sea. Explore culture, architectural and artistic legacies and local delicacies as you sail from country to country.Highlights of this turnkey trip :2 cruises : Mediterranean – Barcelona to Rome; Adriatic Sea – Ancona to Split. To discover with your Europe incoming agency
Turnkey trip : Arrive in Marseille. Dinner. Board in Marseille.
D2 Avignon, the Pont du Gard and Nîmes (160 km)
Set off for Avignon. Explore the old town and the papal past of its Popes’ Palace on a guided tour. Free time for lunch. Continue towards Uzès. Guided tour of the UNESCO listed Pont du Gard, an ancient masterpiece that once channelled Uzès’ spring water to Nîmes. Dinner. Board in Nîmes.
D3 Barcelona (400 km)
Depart for Spain. Free time for lunch on the way. Guided tour of Barcelona and the outside of the Sagrada Familia, the Olympic installations and the port. Dinner. Board cruise ship for Italy. Accommodation on board.
D4 Mediterranean cruise : Barcelona to Rome
Morning and lunch on board. Evening arrival in Civitavecchia. Dinner and board in Rome.
D5 Rome the Eternal (40 km)
Guided tour of ancient Rome and the enormous Roman Forum. Optional tour of the beautifully preserved Colosseum, so untouched that images of the gladiators almost seem to spring to life. Free time for lunch. Guided tour of baroque Rome, including Piazza Navona – a square that was once a place of lights and festivities – and the Trevi fountain that featured in acclaimed Italian film ‘la Dolce Vita’. Dinner. Board.
D6 Assisi and the Adriatic Sea (330 km)
Depart for Assisi. Free time for lunch. Perched on one of Umbria’s numerous peaks between cypress and olive trees, explore the medieval birth town of St Francis during a guided tour. Continue on to the port of Ancona. Ferry crossing to Croatia. Dinner and accommodation on board.
D7 Korcula, Marco Island and Dubrovnik (215 km)
Arrive in Split. Meet with guide. Set off to Ston. Boat trip to the island of Korcula. Guided tour of Korcula, the cathedral’s treasures and the Icon Museum. Free time for lunch. Boat ride from Trpanj to Ploče. Continue towards Dubrovnik. Dinner. Board in Dubrovnik.
D8 Dubrovnik, the Pearl of the Adriatic Sea and the Makarska Riviera (165 km)
Guided tour of the pearl of the Adriatic: Dubrovnik. This UNESCO-listed living, breathing museum is staggeringly beautiful. Explore its churches, monasteries, palaces and gothic, baroque and Renaissance-era fountains. Some of the best known sites include the Rector’s Palace and the Franciscan monastery. Free time for lunch. Set off for Makarska. Free time. Dinner. Board in the Makarska area.
D9 Split, Trogir and the Sibenik area (135 km)
Guided tour of Split, Diocletian’s Palace and the St Dujam cathedral. Free time for lunch. Head on to Trogir. Guided tour of this lovely medieval town, its beautiful Roman churches, baroque and Renaissance-era buildings from the Venetian period, and its cathedral. Continue to Sibénik. Dinner. Board in the Sibenik area.
D10 The Wonders of Croatia, Plitvice and Rijeka (360 km)
Journey to Plitvice. Free time for lunch. Trip to the stunning national park : rolling green landscape that has been immaculately preserved and 16 shimmering turquoise lakes that ebb and flow in and out of each other. Continue on to Rijeka. Dinner. Board in Rijeka.
D11 Rijeka to Mestre (220 km)
Guided tour of Croatia’s largest port and seat of government : Rijeka. Cruise along the river Opatija. Once at sea, take in the sumptuous views of the region’s rich and diverse flora – cypress, pine and palm trees intertwine, whilst in the gardens wisteria, bougainvillea and oleander bloom into dense bursts of colour. Free time for lunch. Set off for Italy. Dinner. Board in Mestre.
D12 Venice and the Lagoons (40 km)
Vaporetto ride to St Mark’s Square. Guided tour of Venice : the Porta della Carta, St Mark’s Square and its awe-inspiring basilica, the Doge’s Palace, the clock tower…Free time for lunch. Boat trip out to the Lagoon Islands: Murano and its glass-making ateliers, built astride several small islands linked by bridge ; followed by the traditional needle lace-making town of Burano, dotted with little houses painted apricot, lavender, and cherry red. Dinner. Board.
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Croatian guide from Day 4 to Day 9
Ferry crossing with indoor double cabin: Barcelona-Civitavecchia, Ancona-Split
Ferry crossing : Orebic-Korcula, Trpanj-Ploče
Guided tours (2h): Avignon, Barcelona, Assisi, Korcula, Dubrovnik, Split, Trogir, Rijeka, Venice, (1 day) Rome
Admission fees: the Popes’ Palace, Pont du Gard, Korcula Cathedral, Icon Museum, Rectors’ Palace, Franciscan monastery, Diocletian’s Palace, St Dujam and Trogir cathedrals, Plitvice park
Opatija Riviera cruise (1h)
Vaporetto return ticket : Tronchetto-St Mark
Single room (12 nights): 240 €
Single cabin (2 nights): 90 €
Coach transport (see price table)
Port taxes : 40 €
Licence per day and per coach :
Punta Sabbioni 150 €, Verona 100 €