Italy, Sorrentine Peninsula & Adriatic - cruise & land journey

19 Days
Venice to Venice
From (AUD)
$ 18,898
Dates & Pricing

2023 Venice > Venice

La dolce vita

Italy is the ideal holiday destination with the greatest number of UNESCO World Heritage Sites in the world, home to the world’s , much-loved cuisine and a land of warm, passionate people From the winding romantic canals of Venice to the jaw-dropping murals on the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel in Rome. Vitality & a zest for life blends perfectly throughout the Mediterranean and Adriatic, with the wonders of Italy and Croatia yours to discover on board Scenic Eclipse.
The popular and hidden wonders of Italy await you on an unforgettable 9-day land journey. From being serenaded by gondoliers during your tranquil ride through the Venetian canals,t to posing alongside the Leaning Tower of Pisa , there is a lot you can check off your ‘ to do list in Italy’. Besides visiting the popular attractions like the Trevi Fountain and Michelangelo’s masterpiece David, you will also have the chance to explore Italy’s quaint 11th century countryside and dine at a Tuscan farmhouse. Set sail on Scenic Eclipse, Explore the Italian coastline past cliffs plunging into the deep blue of the Mediterranean, stopping in volcanic archipelagos and ancient cities. While the sapphire beaches, beautiful mountain ranges, elegant old towns and historic sites of the Adriatic are a delight to discover.
Tour Map
Tour Code:
ODI4
Duration:
19 days
Departure City:
Venice
Return City:
Venice

Selected Itinerary

19 Day Itinerary

  1. Day 1 - Venice

    Welcome to Venice – a truly magical, unique city. A world of wonder awaits with a two-night Special Stay.  our haven of luxury in this busy city offers the perfect place to relax before your adventure.

    Meals Included: Dinner

  2. Day 2 - Venice

    Enjoy a gondola ride under ancient bridges and among magnificent canals. Marvel at the colourful Grand Canal, glide under the Rialto Bridge and explore the winding canals past ancient mansions and public buildings.

    Freechoice

    Explore the picturesque Dorsoduro district, ending in a private guided visit of the Peggy Guggenheim Collection, one of the most renowned masterpieces of modern art in the world. Alternatively, discover Venice’s lesser-known gems on a walking tour. Appreciate the wealth and power that pervaded this maritime city in times past, see the spectacular Doge’s Palace and visit the majestic Basilica of San Marco. Stroll through the stalls of fresh produce at the Rialto Market, stopping at an osteria for a glass of wine and a few cicchetti.

    Meals Included: Breakfast

  3. Day 3 - Venice > Rapallo

    Your first stop today is Modena, where you will visit a producer of traditional balsamic vinegar, including a tasting and a light lunch, before arriving in Rapallo for a two-night Special Stay

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  4. Day 4 - Rapallo

    The rugged coastline known as the Cinque Terre is a World Heritage-listed Site that comprises the five villages of Monterosso al Mare, Vernazza, Corniglia, Manarola and Riomaggiore. They’re accessible only via walking paths, train or boat, which lends itself to the already considerable charm of these unique 11th century villages. Bask in a full day exploring this picturesque coastline.

    Meals Included: Breakfast

  5. Day 5 - Rapallo > Florence

    Travel to Pisa to enjoy a guided tour and see its famous tower. Then continue on to Portofino, a gorgeous fishing village, where you will enjoy a scenic cruise. Arrive in Florence for a two-night Special Stay.

    Meals Included: Breakfast

  6. Day 6 - Florence

    Delight in a walking tour of this art lover’s paradise, including a visit to the Academy of Fine Arts to admire Michelangelo’s David.

    Meals Included: Breakfast

  7. Day 7 - Florence > Rome

    Today drive past tranquil Lake Trasimeno to Siena and enjoy a guided tour through this delightful medieval city.

    Enrich

    Visit a Tuscan farmhouse and discover local wine and oil production techniques. Later, enjoy a tasty rustic lunch featuring the region’s wine and produce.

    Arrive in Rome for a two-night Special Stay hotel. Enjoy a walking tour of the historic centre your expert local guide will show you the iconic landmarks including the Spanish Steps and the Trevi Fountain.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch

  8. Day 8 - Rome

    Begin by exploring the world’s smallest state, the Vatican City, where you will marvel at the Vatican Museum, the breathtaking Sistine Chapel and St. Peter’s Basilica, the world’s largest church, which leads to the magnificent St. Peter’s Square. From there, you will continue to the Forum and the historic Colosseum.

    Enrich

    This evening enjoy a private farewell dinner near the Pantheon, hosted by a culinary connoisseur accompanied by a wine pairing.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

  9. Day 9 - Rome

    Bid a fond farewell to Rome and transfer to the luxurious Scenic Eclipse. Toast the beginning of your voyage.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

  10. Day 10 - Capri

    Famous for its jaw dropping beauty, Capri’s mythical charm has captured hearts since time immemorial. Wander the Piazzetta and listen to the melodious chiming of the clock tower, admire the impossibly blue ocean as it crashes onto the steep cliffs, and taste the fresh, aromatic caprese salad or the famous flourless chocolate cake.

    Freechoice

    Join a guided walking tour of Capri and visit the Cesare Augusto gardens

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  11. Day 11 - Sorrento

    A resort town with a huge reputation, Sorrento, is known as the land of lemons and orange groves, and the birthplace of Limoncello. Gateway to the Amalfi Coast and perhaps the most stunning stretch of?coast line?to be found anywhere in Europe, if not the world, Sorrento is a bucket list stop. Perched on cliffs that plunge into the deep blue of the Mediterranean, Sorrento is home to peaceful alleyways, villas, hotels and a gentle way of life has been charming visitors and authors since the 19th Century, from Byron and Tolstoy to Dickens and Goethe. Today choose one of our Scenic Freechoice activities or join a more active Scenic Discovery excursion.

    Freechoice

    Drive along the coast of Sorrento to the miraculous ruins of Pompeii, or walk through the historical centre of Sorrento before cooling off with Sorrento’s favourite homemade ice cream/ Alternatively, experience a local farm in the Sorrentine hills.

    Discovery

    Enjoy kayaking in the Bay of Leranto, the heart of a protected marine area. Visit caves and spectacular cliffs with your guide.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  12. Day 12 - Lipari

    Of the seven Aeolian Islands, Lipari is the largest and the most populated. Lying off the north coast of Sicily in the Tyrrhenian Sea, Lipari is one of UNESCO’s marvellous World Heritage-listed sites. This volcanic archipelago boasts picturesque streets, glorious hiking trails, and a long and distinguished history – having been inhabited since 5,000 BC. Lipari’s castle guards its panoramic position and represents how big the town once used to be. Today choose one of our Scenic Freechoice activities or join a more active Scenic Discovery excursion.

    Freechoice

    Join a panoramic tour around the island, and choose to visit the archaeological museum or going for a local tasting. Alternatively, board a private boat to Vulcano and visit the thermal wells and fumaroles before exploring the small village.  

    Discovery

    Hike the unique volcanic scenery of Vulcano. 

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  13. Day 13 - Giardini Naxos (Taormina)

    Taormina is one of Sicily’s most popular summer destinations, and the gateway to the treasures of Sicily with Mount Etna, the largest active volcano in Europe, dominating the backdrop. The picturesque small town located above the Ionian Sea is known for its stunning ancient theatre, astonishing vistas and fabulous luxury atmosphere. With rich artistic, historical and cultural heritage it's no wonder the seaside town had brought flocks of visitors since the eighteenth century.?Today choose one of our Scenic Freechoice activities or join a more active Scenic Discovery excursion.

    Freechoice

    Delve into the Sicilian atmosphere of the classic film trilogy The Godfather, or explore the medieval centre of Taormina. Alternatively, drive to Mount Etna, Europe’s largest active volcano. 

    Discovery

    Explore the Alcantara Gorges and the Alcantara River.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  14. Day 14 - Otranto

    Italy’s eastern most town, Otranto, sits proudly on the Adriatic. Once a thriving Roman port, Otranto was successively ruled by various different empires over the years, each leaving their unique imprint on the seafront city. Boasting ancient city walls, a perfectly preserved castle, sparkling beaches, and crystal clear waters, Otranto is one of Puglia's most charming towns. Today choose one of our Scenic Freechoice activities or join a more active Scenic Discovery excursion.

    Freechoice

    Join a city tour of Oranto, or explore the interesting history and the Baroque architecture of Lecce.

    Discovery

    Enjoy a guided hike, learning of the history and legends of the region.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  15. Day 15 - Kotor, Montenegro

    Startlingly beautiful, the Bay of Kotor has been inhabited since antiquity and is often described as the Mediterranean’s only fjord. Cruise past the steep brooding mountains into this medieval town, a cluster of orange terracotta rooftops nestled at the bottom of a lavish green hill, protected by UNESCO. With a late departure, spend your afternoon wandering through the maze of cobblestone streets, hidden passageways, and watch as the streets come to life with live music. Today choose one of our Scenic Freechoice activities or join a more active Scenic Discovery excursion.

    Freechoice

    Join a guided walking tour of this world heritage listed city, or visit Perast with architecture dating back to the 17th and 18th centuries, before boarding a boat to Our Lady of the Rock island to visit the chapel filled with magnificent paintings by local Baroque artists. Alternatively, visit the Old Royal Capital of Montenegro, Cetinje, and the village of Njeguši.

    Discovery

    Join a guided hike of the Kotor city walls to St John’s Fortress and be awed by the views of Kotor and Boka Bay.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  16. Day 16 - Dubrovnik, Croatia

    Even if you have travelled to Dubrovnik before, the sense of wonder never fails to descend when you see the beauty of this old town. Known as the 'Pearl of the Adriatic’, the historic walled city of Dubrovnik will be a highlight of your cruise. World Heritage-listed, it has remained largely unchanged since medieval times, surviving both earthquakes and armed combat. Enjoy an entire day exploring the stone streets, admiring the architectural splendour, baroque churches and splashing fountains. Today choose one of our Scenic Freechoice activities or join a more active Scenic Discovery excursion.

    Freechoice

    Discover the historic city centre and visit some of Dubrovnik’s most significant historical landmarks, or see the Croatian country side with a tour to the Konavle Valley, taste local wines and discover the tradition of silk weaving. Alternatively, experience the charming medieval town of Ston.

    Discovery

    Take a Discovery excursion by kayak and see the medieval walls from the sea, or walk the city walls, climb the Minceta Tower and hear fascinating stories from your guide.

    Enrich

    Be enthralled by a moving private concert set in a magnificent Baroque Church in the historic precinct.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  17. Day 17 - Hvar

    Hvar, the queen of the Croatian Dalmatian islands, known for its sunshine, it coastline dotted with pebbly coves and electric blue waters, and medieval history. The Town Square in Hvar is among the most beautiful and the largest in Croatia, and the medieval streets of Hvar Town are a treat to wander on this dreamy island. Hvar is home to an elegant shoreline bursting with luxurious yachts and is one of the more glamorous settings in the Adriatic, therefore Scenic Eclipse will fit right in. Today choose one of our Scenic Freechoice activities or join a more active Scenic Discovery excursion.

    Freechoice

    Visit world heritage-listed Starigrad or explore the picturesque medieval centre of Hvar on a walking tour. Alternatively, discover the island of Hvar, visit a family owned cellar for an olive oil tasting and see the magnificent views from the Fortica fortress.

    Discovery

    Discover the surroundings of Hvar and the Pakleni islands on a kayaking tour.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  18. Day 18 - Rovinj

    Feel the strong Italian influence as you immerse yourself in the tangled splendour of this atmospheric old town, wandering the narrow, winding cobbled streets of Old Town, strolling along the seafront promenade. This fishing village on the Croatian Adriatic is famous for the St. Euphemia Cathedral, the highest church tower in Istria. Romantic, historic and picturesque, you will soon see why Rovinj tops many favourite lists. Today choose one of our Scenic Freechoice activities or join a more active Scenic Discovery excursion.

    Freechoice

    Explore the well-preserved historic centre that started developing in the 3rd century, or visit the Roman Amphitheatre in Pula built at the same time as the Colosseum in Rome in the 1st century. Alternatively, drive through the Istrian country side to Motovun and the famed truffles.

    Discovery

    Choose a Discovery excursion by kayak with a local or a guided bike tour.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  19. Day 19 - Venice, Italy

    Your cruise ends this morning as you say farewell to your crew. Disembark after breakfast and transfer to the airport for your homeward flight. 

    The itinerary is a guide only and may be amended for operational reasons. As such Scenic cannot guarantee the tour will operate unaltered from the itinerary stated above. Please refer to our terms and conditions for further information.

    Meals Included: Breakfast

Tour inclusions

Your luxury escorted journey includes
  • The intimacy of small group land journeys with up to 20 guests
  • Exclusive Scenic Enrich experiences
  • Your choice of Scenic Freechoice activities
  • Memorable Scenic Special Stays
  • Fully escorted land journey led by an expert handpicked Tour Director and knowledgeable local guides
  • Porterage throughout, plus return airport transfers
  • All tipping and gratuities

Truly all-inclusive luxury
  • Only 228 guests on board for a truly intimate experience
  • Spacious all Verandah Suites
  • Butler service for every guest
  • Up to ten on board dining experiences, from casual to fine dining
  • Complimentary beverages all day, every day
  • 4 member Specialist Discovery Team
  • Your choice of Scenic Freechoice activities
  • Exclusive Scenic Enrich experiences
  • Scenic Discovery excursions
  • Engaging lecture and education program on board
  • All tipping and gratuities

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