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Explore ruins in Taormina within view of volcanic Mount Etna

Italy, Montenegro & Croatia

Venice - Rome - Example 12 Day Cruise aboard Royal Clipper
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Embark on a 12-day Mediterranian cruise aboard the Royal Clipper, starting in Venice, Italy. Cruise past landmarks like San Marco and the Doge's Palace, then stroll through Rovinj, Croatia. Explore Hvar's lavender-scented streets, discover Dubrovnik's paradise, and sail to Kotor's medieval charm. Experience Corfu's lush beauty, then visit Sicily's Taormina and Amalfi's coastal towns. Explore Pompeii from Sorrento, then relax on Ponza and Palmarola's idyllic islands. Finally, dock in Civitavecchia and explore Rome's historic wonders. This cruise perfectly blends history, romance, and natural beauty.
View from Accademia Bridge on Grand Canal in VeniceTurquoise sea of Hvar islandGreek church tower on Corfu islandVisit charming RovinjExplore Italy's colorful Amalfi coastSorrento LandscapeVisit Rome's famed ColosseumBlue hour over the Roman PantheonExplore ruins in Taormina within view of volcanic Mount Etna
Highlights
  • Explore the domes of San Marco and feel the history at the Bridge of Sighs in Venice
  • Discover the Baroque church of St. Euphemia and the old Town Hall in Rovinj, Croatia
  • Experience the heavenly scent of lavender in the fields and valleys around Hvar, Croatia
  • Marvel at the stunning medieval city of Kotor and its rock-walled chasm in Montenegro
Activity Level: Variable
Activity options vary depending on destination and operator. Activity level is determined by the range and intensity of activities you choose to participate in. Discuss with your Trip Planner which options are best for you.
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Day 1: Venice, Italy | Embark

Venice is all about romance. See the domes of San Marco, feel the history at the Bridge of Sighs, admire the Doge's Palace, enjoy opera at La Fenice, visit the Church of San Giorgio Maggiore, and take a gondola ride on the Grand Canal. Love fills the air in Venice.

Day 2: Rovinj, Croatia

Rovinj is a classic Mediterranean town with landmarks like the Baroque church of St. Euphemia, the clock tower, Balbi's Arch, and the old Town Hall near the harbor. The Franciscan monastery is to the east, and the Romanesque chapel of the Holy Trinity is to the south, the town's oldest monument.

Day 3: 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 4: Dubrovnik, Croatia

George Bernard Shaw 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 colorful history.

Day 5: Kotor, Montenegro

This stunning rock-walled chasm, splitting the coastal mountains of Montenegro, is the most extended arm of the sea in southern Europe. Boka harbors the medieval city of Kotor, one of the prettiest, unspoiled towns you can see. Founded by the Romans, fortified during the Byzantine era, and then ruled by Venice for much of its history, Kotor has been naturally preserved by its isolation.

Day 6: Corfu, Greece

Corfu is the lushest (and some say the loveliest) of all the Greek Islands, just a stone's throw from the Albanian coast. Nowhere is Corfu's stunning natural beauty more evident than in the small village of Paleocastritsa, where legend says Odysseus was washed ashore to be rescued by Nausicaa.

Star Clippers offers excursions in Corfu:
  • Corfu Old Town & Kanaoni (the 'View of the Mouse Island')
  • Panagias Monastery and panoramic transfer to Paleokastritsa
  • Corfu by sea
  • All you ever wanted to know about Olive Oil

Day 7: At Sea

Each Star Clippers ship offers a traditional and elegant way to see the world. Feel the wind fill the sails and gently carry you from one gorgeous destination to the next. During your time on board, you can choose to relax on a sun lounger or cool off in one of the pools on the top deck, while more adventurous passengers may enjoy the opportunity to climb the rigging or even have a go at steering the ship. Alternatively, you can wander the interior areas of the ship and discover relaxing lounges, a revitalizing spa (Royal Clipper only), and a peaceful library.

Day 8: Taormina, Sicily

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, ' It is the most outstanding work of art and nature.'

Day 9: Amalfi, Italy

Amalfi was a powerful republic of 70,000 people during the Middle Ages, rivaling nearby Ravello. For a sense of Amalfi's medieval glory, wander through the grand Duomo, which contains the remains of St. Andrew. In the evening, visit nearby Positano, which is said to be the most beautiful town in the Mediterranean.

Day 10: 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 11: Ponza | Palmarola

The pastel houses of Ponza Town rise in neat terraced rows from the busy harbor, 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.

Palmarola is a snorkeling heaven, part of a group called The Pontine Islands, located off the coast between Rome and Naples. A craggy landscape with pink coral beaches and emerald coves beckons, so don't forget your swimsuit and flippers. It's unique, isolated, and stunning.

Day 12: Civitavecchia, Italy | Disembark

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Arrive in Rome: St. Peter's, with its breathtaking Sistine Chapel, newly restored to its former glory; the Spanish Steps, where all of Rome passes by; the Colosseum, where gladiators fought to the death, and the Pantheon, considered to be the perfect architectural statement of the ages. Disembark after breakfast and continue your independent trip back home. 

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$3,290 2-3 travelers
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Category 6
Located on the Clipper Deck, this inside cabin features double beds, a marble bathroom with shower and is 108 sq. ft. There is one 97 sq. ft dedicated solo cabin as well.
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Category 5
Located on the Commodore Deck, this outside cabin features a double bed, a marble bathroom with shower and is 118 sq. ft.
Royal Clipper Cabin Category 4
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Category 4
Located on the Clipper & Commodore Decks, this outside cabin features twin/double/triple beds, a marble bathroom with shower and is 150 sq. ft.
Royal Clipper Cabin Category 3
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Category 3
Located on the Clipper & Commodore Decks, this outside cabin features twin/double/triple beds, a marble bathroom with shower and is 150 sq. ft.
Royal Clipper Cabin Category 2
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Category 2
Located on the Clipper Deck, this superior outside cabin features twin/double/triple beds, a marble bathroom with shower and is 150 sq. ft.
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Category 1
Located on the Main Deck, this deluxe deck cabin features double beds, minibar, marble bathroom with whirlpool, cabin doors that open onto deck and is 226 sq. ft.
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Deluxe Suite
Located on the Main Deck, this deluxe outside suite features a private verandah, twin/double beds, sitting area, minibar, marble bathroom with whirlpool, room service and is 225 sq. ft.
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Owner's Suite
Located on the Clipper Deck, this deluxe outside suite features two double beds (sleeps 2-4 guests), separate sitting area, minibar, marble bathroom with whirlpool, room service and is 450 sq. ft.

Notes

Single supplement: A single supplement fare is available at 150% of the published cruise fare for categories 2-6 during the season in which passengers are traveling. It is available at 200% for category 1 cabins, Deluxe Suites, and Owner's Suites. Single space is capacity controlled.

Children's rate: Savings may be available for children under 18 years when traveling with a full-paying adult on select sailings and subject to availability. Contact us for details.
Included
  • 11 Breakfasts, 10 Lunches, 11 Dinners
  • 11 Nights Accommodations
  • Accommodations as listed
  • Ground transportation as listed
  • Activities as listed
  • Meals as listed
  • Access to a 24-7 Emergency line while traveling
  • All meals and snacks (open seating) including: Coffee and tea are available 24 hours a day. Different juices are included only for breakfast.
  • Ocean transportation to remote ports.
  • Complimentary snorkeling, kayaks, paddle boarding, water-skiing, windsurfing, and sunfish sailing (subject to weather conditions and local authorities).
Excluded
  • Travel Insurance
  • Personal Expenses
  • Flight costs (please request a quote)
  • Additional excursions during free time
  • Fuel and transportation surcharges (when applicable)
  • Gratuities
  • Visa
  • Port Fees
  • All transfers to/from the boat from airports.
  • Laundry services 
  • Medical services
  • Shore Excursions
  • Alcoholic drinks and sodas.

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