As Royal Clipper sails along the Adriatic coastline, see the grand, romantic architecture left behind by Venetian conquerors in Corfu and the medieval towns along the coast of Montenegro and Croatia. Visit medieval Kotor and the red-roofed city of Dubrovnik before sailing to the island of Hvar. The final port visited as Royal Clipper continues to Venice is Piran in Slovenia, an attractive and well-preserved city.
Rome – Venice
Ship: Royal Clipper
Number of nights: 11 nights
Embark – Disembark: Rome – Venice
Day 1 Civitavecchia ( Port for Rome), Italy
Day 2 Palmarola ( morning), Ponza ( afternoon), Ponzian Islands, Italy
Day 3 Sorento, Italy ( Optional Tour Capri or Pompeii)
Day 4 Taormina, Sicily – Italy
Day 5 At Sea
Day 6 Corfu, Greece
Day 7 Kotor, Montenegro
Day 8 Dubrovnik, Croatia
Day 9 Hvar, Croatia
Day 10 Rovinj, Croatia
Day 11 Piran, Slovenia
Day 12 Venice, Italy
Day 1 – Civitavecchia ( Port for Rome), Italy
St. Peter’s, with its breathtaking Sistine Chapel, newly restored to its former glory; the Spanish Steps, where all Rome passes by; the Colosseum, where gladiators fought to the death, and the Pantheon, considered to be the most perfect architectural statement of the ages.
Day 2 – Palmarola ( Morning), Ponza ( Afternoon), Ponzian Islans – Italy
The pastel houses of Ponza Town rise in neat terraced rows from the busy harbour where sleekly groomed yachts and ramshackle fishing boats moor side by side. Happily, there are few tourists here, so it’s a delight to wander through the unspoiled town.
Day 3 – Sorrento, Italy
Sorrento, whose city walls rise straight out of the sea, is located on the lovely Amalfi Coast and overlooks the Bay of Naples. Optional excursions might include taking a trip back in history to Pompeii, where the ashen remains of ancient Romans lie frozen in time.
Day 4 – Taormina, Italy
Barreling under full sail through the narrow Strait of Messina past Scylla and Charybdis, where rock and whirlpool almost claimed Ulysses, you arrive in lovely Taormina. Perched on the shoulder of Mt. Etna, Taormina inspired Goethe to say that “It is the greatest work of art and nature.”
Day 6 – Corfu, Greece
The lushest (and some say the loveliest) of all the Greek Islands, Corfu lies just a stone’s throw from the Albanian coast. Nowhere is the stunning natural beauty of Corfu more evident than in the small village of Paleocastritsa, where legend says Odysseus was washed ashore to be rescued by Nausicaa.
Day 7 – Kotor, Montenegro
This stunning rock-walled chasm splitting the coastal mountains of Montenegro is the longest arm of the sea in southern Europe. Boka harbours one of the prettiest, unspoiled towns you’ll ever see, the medieval city of Kotor. Founded by the Romans, fortified during the Byzantine era, then ruled by Venice for much of its history, Kotor has been naturally preserved by its isolation.
Day 8 – Dubrovnik, Croatia
It was George Bernard Shaw who said, “Those who seek paradise on earth should come to Dubrovnik.” Indeed, Dubrovnik is a treasure by any measure made more precious by its miraculous restoration. Crowned by the Minceta Tower, the 10th century city walls are the proud symbol of Dubrovnik’s colourful history.
Day 9 – Hvar, Croatia
The heavenly scent of lavender perfumes the air in the fields and valleys around the island of Hvar. Idyllically located just off the Dalmatian Coast, the island and the little port named after it have been a favorite getaway ever since the time of the Romans, the Byzantines, the Venetians and even Austro-Hungarian royalty.
Day 10 – Rovinj, Croatia
Rovinj is a typical example of a Mediterranean town. The town is dominated by the Baroque three-nave church of St. Euphemia (Fuma). Close to the harbour are the clock tower, the Baroque Balbi’s Arch and the former 17th century Town Hall. To the east lies the complex of the Franciscan monastery and to the south, Rovinj’s oldest monument, the Romanesque heptagonal chapel of the Holy Trinity.
Day 11 – Piran, Slovenia
At the tip of the Piran Peninsula sits Slovenia’s hidden gem. Despite its modest size, Piran boasts some of the country’s finest architecture, history and cuisine Resembling an open-air museum, the town’s Venetian influence is evident throughout its narrow streets. Visit the 19th century Tartini Square, named after famous violinist and composer Giuseppe Tartini, and St. George’s Church, dramatically situated hilltop.
Day 12 – Venice, Italy
Venice is the heart and soul of romance. Cast your eye on the rounded domes of San Marco, take a deep breath at the Bridge of Sighs, gaze on the golden lions and the Renaissance glories of the Doge’s Palace, listen for the ghosts of Verdi, Puccini and Caruso at La Fenice Opera House, gape at the classic Palladian proportions of the Church of San Giorgio Maggiore, glide in a gondola down the Grand Canal. And know that love is always in the air in Venice.
Royal Clipper Ship:
Inspired by the tall ship Preussen, the Royal Clipper has the proud distinction of being the largest and only five-masted full-rigged sailing ship built since her predecessor was launched at the beginning of the last century. With her complement of 42 sails, Royal Clipper is a splendid sight to behold.
June 2014: 21 june 2014
July 2014: 12 july 2014
August 2014: 02 august 2014; 23 august 2014