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Italian Odyssey & the Dalmatian Coast

  • Overview
  • Itinerary
  • Fares
  • Accommodation

A journey overview

  • Dalmatian Coast Voyage
  • Kotor
  • Dubrovnik
  • Split
  • Venice
  • Golden Eagle Train
  • Bari
  • Pompeii
  • Sicily

23 Days Explorations
  • Departing:
  • 6 Sep 2018

This languid exploration takes place on board the privately chartered Princess Eleganza ship and Golden Eagle Danube Express train, and is earmarked for just 36 travellers.

Italian Odyssey and the Dalmatian Coast 2018 map

On the Adriatic Coast of Montenegro, embarking the Princess Eleganza, we celebrate the commencement of our journey with a superb Mediterranean dinner. Leaving our ship docked in Kotor, we take a trip to Rijeka Crnojevica. A scenic boat ride brings us to Virpazar – an ideal place to sample the local wines. Returning to Kotor, we explore the town on foot.

Through the Pile Gate and across the drawbridge, we approach the main street of the medieval Old Town of Dubrovnik, marvelling at its Gothic and Romanesque architecture. Our ship then takes us north to Korcula Island, where we remain moored for the night.

Founded by the Greeks in the 3rd century BC, the Emperor Diocletian’s former palace continues to be a prominent feature of Split’s Old Town. Inland lies Krka National Park, with spectacular gorges, deep turquoise water and dramatic waterfalls. The city of Zadar has a rich history, having been inhabited since the late Stone Age.

After spending the morning walking through the streets of Zadar, we set sail for the picture-perfect, island town of Rab. Our ship then takes us to Opatija, and its lavish Belle Époque villas. Enjoy the afternoon exploring at your own pace, before returning to the ship for dinner.

Disembarking the Princess Eleganza, we drive to Venice, staying at the iconic Hotel Danieli. The city of canals never fails to charm and a visit could not be complete without a ride in a gondola. You might also choose to spend some time admiring St Mark’s Basilica.

Boarding the Golden Eagle Danube Express, we head west along the Po River to Cremorna, where the rhythm of small town northern Italy can be felt while walking through its 13th century piazza.

Encountering the preserved buildings remaining from the eruption of Mount Vesuvius makes for a fascinating visit to Herculaneum and Pompeii. The Golden Eagle crosses the Strait of Messina via a unique train ferry, securing our passage to Sicily. In Palermo, we enjoy a private concert at the Teatro Massimo, renowned for its perfect acoustics.

At Agrigento, we tour the World Heritage-listed Valle dei Templi, home to seven monumental Doric-style temples. Syracuse, once larger than Athens, was proclaimed by Cicero to be the most beautiful city in Ancient Greece. We view its delights from the water on a leisurely cruise.

At the foot of Mt Etna sits Catania, still boasting grand architecture despite surviving earthquakes and eruptions. Making our way to the distinctly relaxed air of Taormina, we make our way to Mt Etna, before toasting the end of our journey over dinner at Hotel San Domenico Palace.