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Dubrovnik to Civitavecchia

Example 8 Day Cruise aboard SeaDream II
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Explore the sunny jewels of the Mediterranean on this stunning 8-day Croatia to Italy small ship cruise. Begin in historical Dubrovnik and sail for Kotor, Sicily, Capri, and more. As you sail, keep your eyes on the gorgeous landscape and watch the horizon for the presence of marine mammals and seabirds. Disembark daily to explore magnificent ancient cities and lively colorful markets, and take advantage of the ship's bicycles to explore the area on your own.

Day-by-Day Summary

Day 1 : Dubrovnik, Croatia | Embark
Day 2 : Kotor, Montenegro
Day 3 : At Sea
Day 4 : Taormina, Sicily
Day 5 : Stromboli, Sicily
Day 6 : Amalfi, Italy
Day 7 : Capri, Italy
Day 8 : Civitavecchia (Rome), Italy | Disembark

Highlights

  • Enjoy a buggy safari across the historic and magnificent city of Dubrovnik
  • Visit Budva, one of the most popular seaside destinations in Montenegro
  • Discover Lecce, also known as The Florence of South Italy
  • Be amazed by the remarkably well-preserved ruins of Pompeii

Ship

SeaDream II

Places Visited

Activities

Trip Type

  • Small Ship

Activity Level

Relaxed

Trip Snapshots

Beautiful Taormina, Italy, with Mt. Etna in the background Landscape of old Perast, Kotor bay Scenic view of Dubrovnik Taormina, Italy Amalfi, Italy The Roman Colosseum in autumn Piazza Navona, Rome, Italy

Day 1 Dubrovnik, Croatia | Embark

Arrive at Dubrovnik, one of the most prominent destinations in the Adriatic Sea. It lies in the region of Dalmatia and was awarded UNESCO World Heritage status in 1979. 

Optional Activities: 
 
Dubrovnik – Buggy Safari with Srdj Views: Dubrovnik's Buggy Safari is the ultimate fun activity for people of all ages. Depart the Port of Dubrovnik by foot toward the lower cable car station for an enjoyable panoramic cable car ride toward Srdj Hill. Srdj Hill is the buggy tour starting point and today well known as the upper station from where from magnificent views of Dubrovnik Old Town and the entire Riviera can be enjoyed. Upon arrival meet the professional instructors who give a brief tour introduction and safety briefing. The program lasts about 1.5 hours and you get to drive off-road, seeing sites from the recent war, fortresses, villages, domestic animals, and lush vegetation. Enjoy amazing 360° views of the whole Dubrovnik area and the islands and mountains behind the hill. After your Buggy Safari have approximately 45 minutes to relax at the cable car upper station before going back to the Old Town.
Duration: 3.5 hours

Dubrovnik – UNESCO’s Walled City Walk with Oysters & Wine: Today, Dubrovnik is considered the place for all those who wish to renew themselves and their faith in human nature. When you arrive at the walled city of Dubrovnik, enter its fortress walls through the Harbor Gate. Once inside, you are sure to notice immediately the absence of signage and neon, with its stone-paved Stradun Avenue lined with graceful stone palazzos, shops, sidewalk cafes, and government buildings all looking as they did hundreds of years ago. Along the way visit The Cathedral built on the remains of another one from the 12th century that was destroyed in 1667 by a disastrous earthquake. Today its treasure contains one of the finest collections of gold and silver in Europe. Other fine buildings can be viewed from the outside: the Sponza Palace, notable for its column courtyard with elaborate stone carvings, The Church of Saint Blaise, Onofriou`s Fountain, and more. At the end of the walking discovery, the guide escorts you to a local oyster & sushi bar located close to the Old Town port where can taste delicious oysters from the Adriatic Sea and have a glass of wine before going back to the ship.
Duration: 2.5 hours

Dubrovnik – Adriatic Sea Adventure: Dubrovnik is a very popular destination. Board a luxurious inflatable zodiac boat in the Old Town Port, and cruise along Lokrum Island. Enjoy the possibility to admire the old city of Dubrovnik. Continue with a cruise along the Lapad Peninsula and pass close by the charming Grebeni Lighthouse toward Kolocep Island. The next stop is to the outer side of Kolocep Island where you can snorkel in the Modra Spilja Cave. The adventure continues towards the other side of the island of Kolocep, to the settlement Donje Celo which has a beautiful and very popular sandy beach. Here you can take some free time to relax in the sun and swim or to ride on tubes through the beautiful bay of Donje Celo. A light lunch and drink is served at the restaurant Gverovic-Orsan before returning to Dubrovnik. 
Duration: 2.5 hours

Dubrovnik – Traditional Dubrovnik: This is a incredible opportunity to explore the beautiful natural setting of the green and fertile Konalve Valley. Enjoy a scenic drive through the small and picturesque villages. Discover Ljuta and visit the Old Mill called Mlinica Dvori which is still in function today. Upon visiting Watermills and Stamp Mills continue your trip toward Gruda Village, where Antonia Ruskovic keeps the tradition of small handcrafted silk production. This Land Adventure enables you to share in this magnificent cultural endeavor as you produce a silk thread in the age-old, traditional manner. The thread you produce is used to embroider new costumes. Listen to an explanation of the whole process, from cocoon boiling, to thread reeling, dyeing, plying, reeling, weaving, and embroidering. Enjoy the hospitality of a host in the village and connect with some of this ancient country's profound cultural values as you actively participate in their rebirth and restoration. Upon this very unique experience continue your trip toward Dubrovnik for a guided tour of the Old Town.
Duration: 4.5 hours

Day 2 Kotor, Montenegro

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Kotor is a coastal town in Montenegro. The old Mediterranean port of Kotor is surrounded by an impressive city wall built by the Republic of Venice, and the Venetian influence remains dominant among the architecture. In 1979 the Bay of Kotor, City of Kotor, and the surrounding territory were listed with UNESCO Heritage as a Cultural Site.
 
Optional Activities: 
 
Kotor - Pearls of the Adriatic: Depart Kotor for a one-hour scenic drive along the coast to Sveti Stefan. Pass beautiful sandy beaches and small coastal towns. Since the 1960s Kotor has been endorsed as a world-famous resort among international jet-setters with comfortable villas and luxurious apartments. Its warren of stone paths, stairways, tunnels, and tiny gardens is one of the most secluded and beautiful hideaways in an already secret place. Then drive back to Budva, which is considered one of the oldest settlements in the Balkans and is the most popular seaside destination in Montenegro. The town is surrounded by fortifications originating from the fifteenth century, including a medieval rampart system with city gates, defensive walls, and towers. Inside the walls the town is a combination of narrow streets and tiny squares with monuments testifing to the variety of Mediterranean cultures that marked its development. After the visit to Budva, return to Kotor and enjoy some exterior sightseeing of the Old Town. You then can return to the yacht or if you prefer, stay in the town for some more independent exploration.
Duration: 4 hours
 
Kotor- Tastes and Traditions of Montenegro: Start this Land Adventure by departing Kotor and the Old Town through a tunnel under the mountain-peninsula Vrmac. After a short drive through the Tivat municipality area, arrive at the Lustica Peninsula. Stunning photo opportunities are all around. Your visit to the Moric family property and other parts of this village starts in the olive grove where a welcome drink is served. This is an incredible opportunity to learn about olive cultivation, the olive harvest, and certain methods of olive oil production. This is followed by olive oil tasting, with a diversity of homemade food and drinks served in the form of a buffet. Enjoy homemade products and a variety of drinks.
Duration: 4.5 hours

Day 3 At Sea

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner

Day 4 Taormina, Sicily

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
The ship anchors in the bay of Giardini Naxos and offers fantastic views of the recently awarded UNESCO Natural Site of Mt. Etna (2013) as well as Taormina perched on the cliffside. Shuttle bus service has been arranged to transport guests from Giardini Naxos to the entrance gate of Taormina town.

Optional Activities: 

Taormina (Etna) Sicily – Ascent of Mt. Etna: Depart from the port for a dramatic drive via air-conditioned motor coach to the slopes of Europe's largest active volcano. Winding your way through small villages, lemon groves, orchards, vineyards, chestnut, and pinewoods, you gradually encounter the hardened lava fields scattered with volcanic cones. Enjoy the view from the Silvestri Craters located at an altitude of 6200 feet and surrounded by hardened lava flow. You're sure to appreciate this eerie, unique scenery as you travel to the next level by cable car. Finally, board 4x4 vans for the drive to the base of the crater, where alpine guides join you for the twenty-minute walk up as close as possible to the crater's edge. Then it's back down, winding through the fields and villages for a return to Taormina.
Duration: 5-6 hours

Taormina (Etna) Sicily – Land of the Godfather: Your adventure begins with a brief drive through the small town of Naxos, founded by Greek colonizers in the 8th century BC and nowadays a lovely summer resort with hotels and tourist facilities. Driving along the coastal road, reach Santa Teresa, the largest coastal town between Messina and Taormina. From there, a picturesque road runs inland to Savoca, a village in a saddle between two hills. Its scenic beauty and historical-artistic heritage makes Savoca one of the most attractive places in the environs of Taormina. At the entrance of the village there is the "Bar Vitelli", which has a collection of local artisans' tools and photographs taken when Francis Ford Coppola shot some scenes of "The Godfather". Your first visit is made to the Cappuccini Church, whose crypt houses the so-called catacombs with 37 mummified bodies in wooden boxes of friars and noble people who lived there in the 18th and 19th centuries. After a short stop at "Bar Vitelli", start a slow walking tour along the village's main street which climbs up the hill, with several Churches from the 15th and 16th centuries (Chiesa Madre, Santa Lucia, San Michele), ruins of a Norman castle, and a magnificent view of the Sicilian coastline, Strait of Messina, Italian mainland, and villages perched on the surroundings hills. Afterwards proceed to Forza d'Agro (a 30-minute drive), a charming little village overlooking the Arab-Norman castle of Capo Sant'Alessio and the coastline towards Messina. In 1990, Al Pacino and Sophia Coppola came here when they shot some scenes of the film "The Godfather III". From the main square, a lane leads up to the close Gothic-Catalan portal in front of the Church of S. Agostino (known as "Triade"), with a pleasant 15th-century facade. Before driving back to the pier, you also have an opportunity to see the Baroque Mother Church.
Duration: 4.5 hours

Taormina (Etna) Sicily – Lava Views by Quad Bike: Discover a side of Mount Etna not typically encountered by visitors to Europe's largest active volcano during this fun and exciting quad bike adventure. Depart from the pier by coach and start your drive passing first by the small town of Naxos and then continuing through the motorway and the local road that follows the slopes of Mount Etna. Upon arrival at the meeting point in the Ragabo pine forest, get your quad bike and equipment delivered to start the excursion. Discover Mount Etna, driving off-road through the Ragabo pine forest. During your drive you have the opportunity to visit an old lava cave and the remains of the past eruptions in 1923 and 2002 (last big one). Cross the lava mule-tracks surrounded by chestnut and oak woods. Also visit the oldest pine of Mount Etna called the “Zappinazzu”. Finally reach Piano Provenzana to see the remains of old lava flows. Upon completion of the tour, return back to the starting point to leave your quad bike and reboard the coach, returning to the pier.
Duration: 5 hours

Day 5 Stromboli, Sicily

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Stromboli is one of 8 small islands in the Aeolian group in Tyrrhenian Sea. It’s located just off the north coast of Sicily, containing one of the three active volcanoes in Italy. It has been almost constantly erupting in some manor for the past 200 years. Some refer to this island as the "Lighthouse of the Mediterranean".

Day 6 Amalfi, Italy

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Amalfi is a picturesque town in the province of Salerno, in the Campania region of Italy. With its incredible views, it is the main town that makes up the very famous and UNESCO awarded Amalfi coast (Costiera Amalfitana). Amalfi sports some impressive medieval architecture, including its Cathedral of Sant'Andrea (St. Andrew), the church tower, and the convent of the Cappuccini, founded by the Amalfitan Cardinal Pietro Capuano. They richly represent the artistic movement prevailing in Southern Italy.

Optional Activities: 

Amalfi – Fascinating Pompeii, with a “Whisper”: This land adventure is the opportunity to enhance your visit to the incredible site of Pompeii. A local guide speaks to you directly through the use of an audio headset, referred to as a "whisper". It allows you to listen to the wonderful detailed commentary of your excellent guides without straining to hear over other visitors and noises. From the ship quay in Amalfi, travel along the panoramic coastline and peninsula roads to the remarkably well-preserved ruins of Pompeii. Originally settled by indigenous people before the 8th century BC, and later ruled by Etruscans, Greeks, and Samnites, Pompeii became a thriving commercial center under Roman rule. It was a city full of shops, markets, and town houses, with paved streets, wide sidewalks, a stadium, two theaters, temples, and baths. Then, shortly after noon on August 24 in 79 AD, live cinder and ash from Mount Vesuvius covered the entire city. The community of 30,000 people was effectively embalmed. The material thrown out by the volcano was lighter than lava and enabled the city to be covered, with architectural detail, furnishings, household articles, and even foodstuffs and artwork preserved intact. Walk through the streets rutted by chariot tracks, past the ancient forum, the homes of the wealthy, and the shops of the common man. Caught in the moment of death, view body casts of the eruption's victims seemingly come alive in their struggle for breath, their desire to protect loved ones and their doomed attempts to escape. Those who visit Pompeii cannot help but be amazed and moved by this remarkable ruin and the story it tells of a city captured at the height of its power and the moment of its death.
Duration: 5 hours

Amalfi – Scenic Ravello: Enjoy a panoramic drive climbing up from the harbor in Amalfi to Ravello, one of the most famous and popular locations on the UNESCO awarded Amalfi coast. Ravello has long attracted writers, artists and celebrities, among them Greta Garbo, Gore Vidal (current resident), Richard Wagner, and D.H. Lawrence, who was inspired to write Lady Chatterley's Lover here. The winding route along the famed Amalfi Drive brings you to Ravello's main square, where you set eyes on the Duomo whose linear Romanesque facade is graced with a valuable bronze door made in 1179 by Barissano da Trani. To the right stands the 13th-century bell tower. Visit Villa Rufolo, a spectacular complex formed by the main palazzo and built in the second half of the 13th century, and various buildings in Arabian-Sicilian style on a wide terrace facing the gulf. Having entered the smaller 14th-century tower, continue along a small avenue flanked by cypresses and reach the Moorish courtyard, decorated with friezes and arabesques. Passing the knight's room, the picturesque belvedere opens up, a luxurious garden with pines, cypresses, and exotic plants. After exploring the villa, enjoy some free time to browse and shop among the friendly inhabitants of Ravello before returning to the pier in Amalfi.
Duration: 4 hours

Day 7 Capri, Italy

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Capri may very well be the most popular island on the planet. It is a beautiful Italian island in the Tyrrhenian Sea just off the Sorrentine Peninsula, on the south side of the Bay of Naples. Capri town is the island's main population center. The island has two harbors, Marina Piccola and Marina Grande (the main port of the island). The separate village of Anacapri is located high on the hills to the west. From there visitors can continue up to the highest point of Mt. Solero. Besides some simply amazing shopping boutiques, the island has so much to offer including the ever popular Grotta Azzura, Villa Jovis, Giardini di Augusto, Certosa di San Giacomo, Villa San Michele di Axel Munthe, and the uniquely shaped Faraglioni Rocks. SeaDream has put together most of the sites into one adventure called “Discovering the Island of Love”. There’s also some great hikes available on the island; check with the activities team on board for more information.

Optional Activities: 
 
Capri – Blue Grotto Junket: Touristy, kitschy and fun! For those that "must-see" this well-known and visited grotto, SeaDream has made some special arrangements for you. A local motorboat pulls alongside the SeaDream gangway to transfer you, with a guide, to the famous Grotta Azzurra. Zip along the northern coast of the island before arriving at the grotto entrance, where SeaDream guests get priority over the usual tourist crowds. Transfer to one of the small rowboats that enter the grotto and the most extraordinary turquoise water. The luminescent glow of the cave walls reflecting in the seawater is quite a sight. Transfer back to Marina Grande on Capri, where you are free to explore the island on your own.
Duration: 1.5 hours

Capri – Discovering The Island of Love: This land adventure has it all! In love or not, sign up early for this annual favorite! Begin your discovery of "The Island of Love" by stepping from the yacht into a motor launch to explore the island's dramatic eastern coastline. See the famous Faraglioni Rocks, cruise into a coral cave, and explore the rugged vistas of Capri's tiny coves. As you step back ashore, head next to the high village of Anacapri in high style via your waiting convertible touring car (specifically made for the island of Capri – it’s a Caprisian Convertible!). Once in Anacapri, board a chairlift that takes you skimming over vineyards to the top of Mt. Solaro and its magnificent vistas. After some free time to wander in Anacapri, hop back in your car to wind down to Capri town, where you may explore the lush Cesar August Gardens with your guide before either returning to the yacht, or wandering through the shops and restaurants on your own. This is an excellent overview of one of the most visited islands in the world – enjoy every second of it!
Duration: 4 hours

Day 8 Civitavecchia (Rome), Italy | Disembark

  • 1 Breakfast
Arrive at one of the largest and busiest ports in the Mediterranean - Civitavecchia is the gateway to Rome. Rome has been recognized as one of the most-visited cities in the world. Its incredible history spans over 2,500 years, and its historic center is listed by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site. Monuments and museums such as the Vatican Museum and the Colosseum are among the world's 50 most-visited destinations. 

Disembark after breakfast. Transfer to the airport for your continued independent journeys.

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Please Note: Fares are capacity controlled and may change without notice. All fares are posted in USD and are based off of double occupancy. Single and triple rates are available upon request.

Cruise fares do not include Governmental, Port, Document Issuance, Handling and Service fees. Please see pricing for additional fees.

 Please note: Optional Activities are NOT included in this cruise-only rate. Contact us for details.

- All guests are required to have a valid passport while onboard. 

Rates Include:
  • Accommodations
  • All gourmet meals
  • Wine with lunch and dinner
  • Open bar with selected premium brands
  • Gratuities
  • Use of water toys
  • Mountain bikes
  • Golf simulator
  • DVDs and more
Rates Exclude:
  • Optional land adventures. Contact us for pricing.
  • Air and ground travel arrangements
  • Spa treatments
  • Certain select premium liquor and wine cellar selections
  • Individual caviar requests
  • Communication costs
  • Use of satellite telephone
  • Internet access
  • Boutique purchases
  • Medical services
  • Casino play
  • Laundry
  • Government, Port, Document Issuance, Handling & Service fees
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