10 Night Cruise sailing from Venice to Nice onboard Azamara Quest.
ush coastlines peppered with islets, superb stretches of beach, and influences from Roman, Venetian, and Slavic cultures make Croatia a captivating destination—perfect for exploring from your boutique hotel at sea on this 10-night voyage. From romantic Venice, it’s off to Rovinj on Croatia’s Istrian peninsula. Picturesque and perched on the Adriatic Sea, its medieval façade gives way to a town with a cool cosmopolitan vibe.
Popular with yachters and celebrities, Hvar is known as the “Sunniest Place in Europe”—so get outside and enjoy it! Go on an off-road excursion through remote villages and rolling vineyards. Smell the lavender, and work up an appetite for lobster with homemade spaghetti accompanied a glass of local wine.
Next stop is Split, where the old world collides with modern life in Croatia’s second-largest city. Don’t miss the breathtaking Diocletian’s Palace—a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Next, it’s on to the medieval town and marble streets of Korcula. Yell “Marco” here and you’ll likely get a “Polo” back. The renowned explored was born right here. We stay late in Dubrovnik, a must-see, walled city of golden stone, then call on Kotor, one of the best-preserved medieval towns in the Adriatic.
A day at sea takes us around Italy’s always fashionable boot to Sorrento. Treat your taste buds to limoncello, meander the pedestrian-only streets, or take a hydrofoil over to the legendary isle of Capri. Ajaccio, Corsica is the home of Napoleon and is a treasure trove of historic sites and Renaissance art, and our last stop before we conclude in chic Nice.
Highlights of this cruise:
Venice is one of the world’s most beautiful cities, and arguably the most romantic. An independent city-state and major power during the Middle Ages and the Renaissance, it was a center of commerce in silk, grain, and spices, and home to a wide range of interesting characters from Marco Polo to Casanova. Consisting of more than 100 small islands connected by arched bridges, its thoroughfares are canals, and transportation options are limited to boats and your own two feet. After the requisite gondola ride, do stroll the winding traffic-free streets along the canal sides – prime real estate for the palaces of the aristocracy of old.
Known as the “Sunniest Place in Europe”, Hvar receives an average of 7.7 hours of sunshine per day. So sunbathing is a favorite pastime here, especially at the beaches of Dubovica and the Pakleni Islands. There are plenty more jaw-dropping sights to see here: lush olive groves, fruit orchards, fields of lavender, and dozens of vineyards, since Hvar is one of the top winemaking regions in Croatia.
Venture to the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Diocletian’s Palace, which dates back to the 4th century. Let intuition be your guide as you spend the day meandering through the cobblestone streets. Wander down to the water’s edge and stroll along the Riva, the spectacular white marble-esque promenade. And if you do lose your bearings, one of the locals will be more than happy to point you in the right direction.
The isle of Korcula is said to have been founded by a Trojan hero in 12th century BC, but reputed to be the birthplace of Marco Polo. So, you’ll probably want to check out all things Marco-related: Visit the Marco Polo Museum and climb the steps of the Marco Polo Tower. Refresh yourself with a glass of grk white wine and local cheeses, then explore the marble streets of medieval Korcula town.
From the moment you step beyond the stonewalls that protects Dubrovnik, you’ll understand what makes it so special. This UNESCO World Heritage Site is adorned with charming squares and centuries-old red-roofed buildings. Walk the walls for a spectacular view of the city, and if anything looks familiar, it’s probably because Dubrovnik is the home of King’s Landing on HBO’s Game of Thrones.
A UNESCO World Heritage Site, Kotor is filled with churches, shops, bars, restaurants, and hidden piazzas. (The latter are perfect for enjoying Montenegrin wines like the red Vranac or dry white Krstač.) The entire city is surrounded by stone, both in the form of imposing Mount Saint John and by towering ancient walls, creating a cozy feeling of protection when you walk the cobblestone streets.
Looking out from Sorrento is the isle of Capri. The island is divided into two main parts, Capri and Anacapri. Capri is full of Italian luxury, with designer stores and five-star hotels lining the streets, while Anacapri is slightly more down-to-earth. Take a relaxing chair lift ride to the very top of the island, as the views are jaw-droppingly gorgeous.
Ajaccio, Corsica, France
Discover Napoléon's influence and enduring legacy in his hometown of Ajaccio. His presence is visible throughout the city in everything from his childhood home, the Maison Bonaparte, to museums like Salon Napoléonien. History aside, this small town is brimming with Italian Renaissance art and delicious French cuisine.
Nice is more than just a “nice” place to visit! Bristling with colorful buildings, towering palm trees, and a stunning harbor, strolling through Nice is like visiting a painting come to life. On your walk, you’ll find Place Rossetti, home of the must-visit cathédrale Saine-Réparate. Also nearby is Fennochios, a world-famous ice cream and sorbet shop where you can enjoy a delicious sweet treat.
12 - Club Interior Stateroom
|AU$ 3,821||AU$ 4,593||AU$ 6,136||AU$ 12,057|
11 - Club Interior Stateroom
|AU$ 3,886||AU$ 4,679||AU$ 6,266||AU$ 12,317|
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