Italy and Northern Croatia by land and sea

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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. Continu...

Overview

Trip type
Small Group Tour
Lodging level
Standard - 3 star
Physical level
Very Easy
Trip pace
Balanced schedule

Highlights

    • 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.

What's this trip about?

    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.

Details

Itinerary focusClassic Highlights
Group sizeGroup - max of 31 people
Age rangeNo age restrictions
Flights and transportN/A
Start CityRome
End CitySplit

Travel Themes

  • Cultural

Destinations

  • Europe
  • Croatia
  • Italy

Attractions

  • Cinque Terre
  • Colosseum
  • Croatia
  • Florence
  • La Spezia
  • Lucca
  • Pisa
  • Rome
  • Sibenik
  • Split
  • Tuscany
  • Venice

Activities

  • Culture

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Itinerary

Travel Map

Day 1 Rome

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.

Day 2 Rome

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 ...

Day 3 Siena / Monteriggioni / Chianti Region

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 C...

Day 4 San Gimignano / La Spezia

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 ...

Day 5 Cinque Terre / La Spezia

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...

Day 6 Lucca / Pisa / Florence

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, t...

Day 7 Florence

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 ...

Day 8 Florence / Venice

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 li...

Day 9 Venice

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 tak...

Day 10 Venice to Opatija

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 ...

Day 11 Krk

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....

Day 12 Rab

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, ...

Day 13 Zadar

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...

Day 14 Kornati National Park - Telascica

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...

Day 15 Sibenik

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 ...

Day 16 Split

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...

Day 17 Split

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.

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Price per day$441
Last Updated: 5/5/2021

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The total tour cost includes the tour price (regular or promotional) and the compulsory local payment. The promotional price is subject to change. Check directly with the operator for the latest price offer. The tour operator requires you to pay only the tour price to purchase your travel. The compulsory local payment will be paid when you join the trip. All prices are based on double, twin or triple share occupancy. Solo passengers will be accommodated in a double, twin or triple room according to availability with a passenger(s) of the same gender. Single supplement only needs to be paid if the passenger does not want to share and requests their own room. Discounts can only be applied at the time of booking and cannot be added at a later date, regardless of any changes made to the original booking.

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It’s been more than 36 years since our first small group set out to discover Nepal. It’s this heritage and our reputation that keeps travellers coming back time and time again.

We appeal to the well-travelled, discerning traveller. The one who chooses value over price, and wants to immerse themselves in a place instead of just ticking landmarks off a bucket list. The type of person who would rather stay in a family run B&B built in a 16th century Venetian convent than a forgettable hotel. We’re for travellers who want inclusions along the way instead of fiddling around for loose change.

Almost 20 years ago, Peregrine led an industry revolution by solely employing locally born leaders. This innovative approach gives our travellers a deeper insight into the countries they visit. Doorways are opened and a true understanding of the place is fostered.

At Peregrine, we travel in intimate groups and take the time to get under the skin of a destination. Of course we all want to see the Taj Mahal in India. But imagine then heading to a remote Rajasthani village and learning about rural life while in the company of locals. Seeing the famous sites is a must, but it’s often the memory of wandering through a small village or sharing dinner with a local family that will leave a lasting impact.

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Accommodation

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

Transportation & Flights

Small cruise ship,Boat,High speed train,Minibus,Private vehicle,Ferry,Taxi,Train,

Transportation & flights

Small cruise ship,Boat,High speed train,Minibus,Private vehicle,Ferry,Taxi,Train
Guides
On your voyage, as well as the ship and hospitality crew, there will be between 1 and 3 local tour leaders (depending on the total number of passengers). These leaders will be with you on board the ship, and on all included shore activities. They will have good general knowledge of the areas you are passing through including historical, cultural, religious and social aspects, as well as being able to recommend great local eating venues for your on shore meals and what you might like to do with your free time (when you're not relaxing and enjoying the ship's facilities).
Travel Insurance
Travel insurance is compulsory for all our trips. We require that, at a minimum, you are covered for medical expenses including emergency repatriation. We strongly recommend that the policy also covers personal liability, cancellation, curtailment and loss of luggage and personal effects and covers all countries visited on your itinerary.
Visa requirements
As a general rule most countries expect that your passport has a minimum of 6 months validity remaining. Please ensure the name on your passport matches the name on your booking and airline tickets. Your passport details are required to complete your booking. Your consultant will contact you when this is required. Take a copy of the main passport pages and other important documents with you, and leave another copy at home with family or friends. PASSPORT You will need a valid passport to travel internationally. As a general rule, most countries require that your passport has a minimum of 6 months validity remaining. Your passport details are required to complete your booking. Please ensure the name on your passport matches the name on your booking and airline tickets exactly and contact us immediately if there are any errors. We recommend taking copies of the main passport pages and other important documents with you as well as leave copies at home with family or friends. VISAS Visas are the responsibility of the individual traveller. Entry requirements can change at any time. It is important that you check your government's foreign travel advisories along with the consular website of the country or countries you are travelling to for the most up to date information specific to your nationality and circumstances. Please be aware that not all visa information found online from other sources may be valid while COVID-19 restrictions are in place. Visas can take several weeks to process, so make sure you research the requirements as soon as you have booked your trip to allow for obtaining any necessary documents as well as the application and processing time. Your booking consultant can advise on a visa processing service or you can apply yourself directly through a consulate. COVID-19 REQUIREMENTS Below you will find general visa advice about the destinations on your trip. Due to constantly evolving COVID-19 requirements and restrictions, please refer to your government's foreign travel advice for the most up to date information. RETURN TRAVEL Please ensure you stay up to date with any current testing or quarantine requirements for returning to your home country or transiting through other destinations after the completion of your tour. Australians, New Zealanders, Canadians, USA and British citizens do not require a visa to visit Croatia for a maximum stay of 90 days. Visas are currently not required for Australian, New Zealand, US, Canadian or UK/EU passport holders wishing to visit Italy as a tourist. Some EU nationals may travel in Europe using only an identity card, however it is your responsibility to check with the relevant authorities if this applies to you.
Age Requirements
No age restrictions
Additional Information
Finish point Port of Split . Split CROATIA
Trip ID
peregrine-PEIZC

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