Venice & the Dalmatian Coast 2019

Venice & the Dalmatian Coast 2019

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Itinerary

Countries Visited

Croatia , Italy , Montenegro

Tour Itinerary

Stunningly beautiful and richly resilient, Croatia and the Dalmatian Coast have reemerged as Europe’s hottest holiday destinations. It’s not just the scenic showstoppers that are found here... golden sand beaches, vineyards bucolic with lemon trees, olives and vines, lavender fields fragrant from afar, limestone caves and rocky mounts, sculpted in time. It’s also the architectural artistry, fortified towns and terra cotta tableaus that play out in palaces and promenades steeped in history... Walk with us to places immortalized with local color, sip and savor wines masterfully crafted, toast traditions and tales fondly shared, and become part of the stories, past and present, that make your vacation memories last lifetimes. Guided visits and shore excursions choices include revered UNESCO World Heritage sites as you cruise between Venice, the Dalmatian Coast and Montenegro. Discover the architectural masterpiece that is Venice... the Gothic Cathedral of St. James in Sibenik... the ancient Roman Palace of Diocletian in Split... the walled city of Dubrovnik, renowned for its Gothic, Renaissance and Baroque monasteries, palaces, fountains, and churches... the stunning harbor town of Kotor... and the lavender-scented island of Hvar, where Stari Grad Plain astounds with its intact ancient Greek land system. Le Lyrial , perfectly sized and ideally suited for island exploration where the bigger ships can’t go, charts a course for destinations of scenic serenity like the Bay of Kotor in Montenegro, where private shore excursions reveal maritime treasures and seaside settlements worthy of leisurely discovery. Two nights at a premier hotel in Venice brings the aura of daily life amidst architectural masterpieces, ancient squares and the ever-present lacework of canals.

Day 1: Arrive Venice / Embark Cruise

Tour begins: 5:00 PM. A transfer from Venice Marco Polo Airport directly to your innovative yacht, Le Lyrial, is included upon your arrival. Join us for the captain's welcome, then sip cocktails on deck as the ship departs from Venice for the Dalmatian Coast; your first port of call is the island of Korcula in Croatia.


Meals: D

Day 2: The remarkable island of Korcula

Sail to Korcula, birthplace of explorer Marco Polo. You have a choice of sightseeing excursions today – a guided walking tour through Old Town that highlights the variety of architectural styles seen in Korcula, including the Rector's Palace, the City Museum, the Museum of Icons in the church, the Gothic-Renaissance Cathedral of St. Marco, and the House of Marco Polo (viewed from the outside); and "A Taste of Korcula," where you'll experience life in a Croatian village with a visit to a 100-year-old family estate to sample local wines and food specialties; enjoy the Korcula village landscapes including orchards and vegetable gardens. Late afternoon, everyone attends a private Moreska dance presentation of a Moroccan folk story, performed only on this island. Enjoy free time this evening to explore on your own, before returning to the ship for the captain's welcome reception and dinner.


Meals: B, L, D

Day 3: Choices in Sibenik, Krka National Park & Split

Le Lyrial arrives in Sibenik, Croatia, where you'll have an opportunity to choose morning and afternoon sightseeing excursions. Morning choices include a walking tour of Sibenik and a visit to a local Dalmatian village; visits to the medieval town of Trogir (a UNESCO World Heritage Site) and a local Dalmatian village; or a scenic coastal drive along the Adriatic that takes you to Krka National Park for walks and swimming. Everyone arrives in Split, Croatia's second-largest city, for afternoon exploring that includes a choice between a "Historic Split Walking Tour" showcasing the remains of Diocletian's Palace, built between the 3rd and 4th centuries; "The Best of Split and a Cetina Rivercruise" featuring the highlights of Split on a guided walk, including Diocletian's Palace, and a riverboat cruise on one of Croatia's most scenic rivers; a guided bicycle tour of Split plus a visit to Diocletian's Palace; a "Taste of Split" countryside tour; and sea kayaking. Board Le Lyrial late afternoon for cocktails and dinner.


Meals: B, L, D

Day 4: Along the Dalmatian Coast for a day in Dubrovnik

Arrive in Dubrovnik; the day begins with a private lecture, by a former officer in the Croatian Army, on the country's formative war in the 1990s. It's your choice for exploring Dubrovnik: a guided walking tour of the City Walls of Dubrovnik, including a climb to the top of the walls and a visit to the Maritime Museum; a panoramic drive to visit a pair of typical Croatian villages in the Konavle Valley, followed by a return to Dubrovnik for a walking tour of its historic Old Town; or a drive along the Dubrovnik Rivera with a taste of local specialties, a visit to the seaside resort of Cavtat, and a tour of Dubrovnik's Old Town. The afternoon is yours to spend as you please in Dubrovnik.


Meals: B, L, D

Day 5: Exploring Kotor, Montenegro

Head to the observation deck as Le Lyrial sails into Montenegro's Bay of Kotor, Europe's southernmost fjord – the view is inspiring and unforgettable. Morning shore excursion choices include a guided walking tour of Kotor, a visit to the small village of Perast and a private boat trip on the Bay of Kotor including a visit to Our Lady of the Rocks Church; or a journey to Lovcen Mountain for culinary tasting and a guided walking tour in Kotor.  Everyone spends the afternoon as they please exploring the charming, winding streets of medieval Kotor, returning to the ship for an evening sail for Hvar.


Meals: B, L, D

Day 6: Choices to explore the chic island of Hvar

Experience the island of Hvar; sightseeing here offers a number of choices: traveling to Stari Grad, dating back thousands of years, for a walking tour that includes a visit to the Dominican Monastery followed by a scenic drive to Vrisnik for a special wine tasting; a hiking adventure that takes you through local villages with lunch in a small tavern in the picturesque, hidden village of Malo Grablje; or a sea kayaking excursion. Everyone returns to Hvar midday; spend the afternoon in Hvar Town. Tonight, a private cocktail party for Tauck guests only prior to the Captain's farewell reception and dinner at leisure.


Meals: B, L, D

Day 7: The Istrian Peninsula: Pula and Rovinj

Dock in Pula, where you can choose between a walking tour to visit Pula's 1st-century Roman amphitheatre (arena) along with other ancient Roman structures; or a tour visiting the Pula amphitheatre and the nearby village of Vodnjan for olive oil tasting at an award-winning family-owned establishment. This afternoon the ship arrives in one of the most picturesque and romantic little towns in the world, Rovinj. Sightseeing opportunities here include a walking tour of Rovinj or an Istrian truffle experience in the village of Livade, with a visit to the ancient hilltop town of Motovun. Back aboard ship, join us for farewell cocktails and dinner as Le Lyrial returns to Venice.


Meals: B, L, D

Day 8: Disembark in Venice & visit Murano Island

Sail back to remarkable Venice today, where you'll disembark Le Lyrial and take a walking tour of Venice's San Rocco district. Then board a boat for an excursion among the picturesque islands of the Venetian Lagoon – part of the region's UNESCO World Heritage Site designation, along with the city of Venice – and stop for a visit to Murano, famous for glass production since medieval times. See how artisans still craft their signature glass in the traditional way at a glassblowing demonstration at a Murano studio. Return to Venice for an evening spent as you please.


Meals: B

Day 9: Sightseeing in Venice including St. Mark's Square and the Doge's Palace

You’ll get a taste of how opulent life was for the ruling elite of medieval Venice at the richly decorated Doge’s Palace; it served as the official residence of the Venetian Republic’s rulers through the Renaissance and beyond. There’s nothing quite like getting to know a new destination through the eyes – and the experiences – of a local expert... and you’ll do just that in Venice today when you join a resident guide in this city of canals for a tour of Piazza San Marco (St. Mark’s Square), the center of Venetian life and home to dramatic St. Mark’s Basilica. After some first-class people-watching (not to mention pigeon-watching) in one of the most recognizable public squares on Earth, go inside the Basilica, a magnificent blend of Eastern and Western influences, for a close-up look at its gleaming mosaics and other priceless treasures including statues, icons and its famous horses (day of visit may vary). Following an afternoon spent as you wish in Venice, please join us this evening for a farewell reception and dinner at your hotel.


Meals: B, D

Day 10: Journey home

Tour ends: Venice. Fly home anytime. A transfer is included from Hotel Danieli or the Westin Europa & Regina to Marco Polo Airport or the Venice Train Station. Allow 3 hours for check-in at the airport.


Meals: B

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Inclusions

Stunningly beautiful and richly resilient, Croatia and the Dalmatian Coast have reemerged as Europe’s hottest holiday destinations. It’s not just the scenic showstoppers that are found here... golden sand beaches, vineyards bucolic with lemon trees, olives and vines, lavender fields fragrant from afar, limestone caves and rocky mounts, sculpted in time. It’s also the architectural artistry, fortified towns and terra cotta tableaus that play out in palaces and promenades steeped in history...

Walk with us to places immortalized with local color, sip and savor wines masterfully crafted, toast traditions and tales fondly shared, and become part of the stories, past and present, that make your vacation memories last lifetimes. Guided visits and shore excursions choices include revered UNESCO World Heritage sites as you cruise between Venice, the Dalmatian Coast and Montenegro. Discover the architectural masterpiece that is Venice... the Gothic Cathedral of St. James in Sibenik... the ancient Roman Palace of Diocletian in Split... the walled city of Dubrovnik, renowned for its Gothic, Renaissance and Baroque monasteries, palaces, fountains, and churches... the stunning harbor town of Kotor... and the lavender-scented island of Hvar, where Stari Grad Plain astounds with its intact ancient Greek land system. Le Lyrial, perfectly sized and ideally suited for island exploration where the bigger ships can’t go, charts a course for destinations of scenic serenity like the Bay of Kotor in Montenegro, where private shore excursions reveal maritime treasures and seaside settlements worthy of leisurely discovery. Two nights at a premier hotel in Venice brings the aura of daily life amidst architectural masterpieces, ancient squares and the ever-present lacework of canals.

  • In-depth shore excursion choices including visits to revered UNESCO World Heritage Sites in Venice, Dubrovnik, Sibenik, Kotor, Stari Grad Plain and Split
  • All gratuities to Tauck Director, ship staff and local guides
  • Seven-night cruise aboard the yacht Le Lyrial
  • Tauck's private shore excursions and distinctive inclusions valued at $2,394
  • Choice of all-included shore excursions most days

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Accommodations


Hotel Danieli
Le Lyrial

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Questions & Answers

Question: How many suitcases can I take with me on my trip?

Each person is allowed one "check-in," and one "carry-on." Remember to take all valuables with you as "carry-on", because electronic equipment, cameras, laptops, jewelry, business documents and money are not covered by the airlines' liability, so always carry them aboard with you.

Question: Is Airfare Included in the Price?

Airfare from your point of origin to and from the trip is not included in the land price.


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