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Italian Discovery cruise from Rome to Venice, including Arena di Verona Opera

An Italian discovery, including an EXCLUSIVE opportunity to see the stunning operatic performance of Mozart's Don Giovanni at the world-famous Arena di Verona, with a complementary luxurious 2-night post-cruise stay in Verona following your luxury cruise aboard the Regent Seven Seas Mariner - the all inclusive 6 star cruising experience

Cruise Departs Rome (Civitavecchia) on Sun 19th Jul 2015 – 10 nights

Enjoy a luxurious 2-night post-cruise stay at the legendary Palazzo Victoria Hotel in Verona, Gold tickets for the Opera, 2-hour guided walking tour of Verona and an escorted post-cruise programme. Penthouse suites and above enjoy in addition a FREE VIP Opera Experience, including dinner at the Arena di Verona, complimentary drinks and dedicated staff throughout the evening, opera programme book and backstage visit prior to the show.

Cruise Destination Ports include; Sorrento/Capri, Taormina, Zakynthos, Corfu, Bari, Kotor, Zadar, Koper & Venice.

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Itinerary Rome to Venice inc Arena di Verona Opera

Regent Seven Seas Mariner

A trailblazer in the exclusive world of all-suite, all-balcony cruise ships, Seven Seas Mariner exceeds even the loftiest expectations for luxury.

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Mariner Rome to Venice inc Arena di Verona

Suite Prices from £4,869 pp
for a Deluxe Veranda Suite – G, based on 2 persons sharing, including return air fares.

FREE 1-Night Pre-Cruise Luxury Hotel Package in Concierge Suites and Higher.

FREE Unlimited Beverages Including Fine Wines and Premium Spirits

FREE Open Bars and Lounges Plus In-Suite Mini-Bar Replenished Daily

FREE Pre-Paid Gratuities

FREE Ground Transfers

FREE 24-Hour Room Service

NO Charge for Speciality Restaurants and much more.


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About the Ship, Cruise Highlights, Ports of Call & Excursions

The world’s first all-suite, all-balcony cruise ship, Seven Seas Mariner features four gourmet restaurants with open seating. Hallmarks include generous amenities and a welcome spaciousness. Catering to only 700 guests, her staff-to-guest ratio of 1 to 1.6 ensures the absolute highest level of personal service.

Restaurants Aboard the Regent Seven Seas Mariner

Dine whenever, wherever and with whomever you choose in any of our open-seating restaurants. Simply request a table when the mood strikes and the Maître D’ will happily seat your party.

Using fresh local produce, dry-aged prime meats, fish and seafood sourced from international markets, delicious artisan cheeses and scrumptious baked goods crafted from the finest imported French flour, combined with all the skills and imagination of our celebrated chefs to put it all together — cruising has never tasted so good. Menus change daily in Compass Rose as a multitude of Continental-inspired dishes are offered during the course of your voyage. Indulge in a Sunday champagne and caviar brunch at La Veranda or at Compass Rose. Dine in elegant surroundings including the iconic Prime 7, the premier steakhouse at sea, and delight in mouth watering entrées paired with distinctive complimentary wines and spirits.

MAR_CompassRoseHAs the flagship restaurant aboard each of our ships, the wonderfully spacious Compass Rose serves breakfast, lunch and dinner and features an exceptional variety of European-inspired Continental cuisine, as well as flavourful vegetarian and kosher dishes and nutritious Canyon Ranch SpaClub® specialties. Elegantly decorated in warm golden and maroon hues, Compass Rose delights with a beautifully refined atmosphere blessed with natural light during the day. Whenever you decide to whet your appetite, your Maître D’ will guide you to a quiet, romantic table for two or a festive larger table — reservations are not necessary.

MAR 6199 Sette Mari al frescoServing breakfast and lunch, La Veranda is exceedingly popular any time of the day. Spacious and comfortably casual, La Veranda offers regional specialties that often reflect the cuisines of the countries called on, such as Grilled Lamb Chops with Spanish Sherry Sauce or pan-sautéed Mediterranean Sea Bass. Dishes are presented in a buffet style that displays the diversity of the menu. La Veranda also features an authentic pizzeria and a shaded, open-air veranda for dining al fresco.

Regent Seven Seas Mariner Restaurant La VerandaEach evening, La Veranda transforms into Sette Mari at La Veranda, a casual, intimate dining experience. Enjoy an extensive menu of authentic antipasti and Italian specialties served á la carte and paired with fine Italian wines — complimentary of course. Delectable dishes are prepared á la minute by our talented chefs using only the freshest gourmet ingredients and served by our attentive waiters. Sette Mari at La Veranda is open for dinner only.

Voyager Pool GrillThe ultimate come-as-you-are dining venue, the Pool Grill couldn’t be more casual. Walk over straight from sunbathing or swimming in the pool. Drop by before or after a shore excursion. Enjoy a snack between activities. The Pool Grill is open air, yet abundantly shaded for comfortable dining. Enjoy grilled-to-order burgers, grilled seafood, sandwiches and fresh salads. Treat yourself to milk shakes, malts, and hand-dipped ice cream desserts sprinkled with all your favourite toppings.

MAR_Prime7A true classic in every sense, Prime 7 sets a new standard in steakhouse fare with its contemporary interpretation of an American favourite. Handsomely decorated with supple leather wing-back chairs, burnished woods and rich earth-toned fabrics, Prime 7 exudes a distinct, intimate elegance. This is glamour redefined, a luxurious setting to enjoy classic steakhouse cuisine with a modern flair.

All the traditional starters are here, including Jumbo Lump Crab Cakes, Oysters Rockefeller, and French Onion Soup Gratinée. Of course, beef is the undisputed star, as it is all USD A Prime and Dry-Aged at least 28 days to ensure the ultimate tenderness, juiciness and flavour. “Côte de Boeuf” Bone-in Rib Steak, Porterhouse Steak and succulent Filet Mignon only touch upon the selections. Mouth watering alternatives include Colorado Double-Cut Lamb Chops and Oven-Roasted Organic Free-Range Chicken. Prime 7 is open for dinner only and reservations are required.

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Voyager Signatures RestaurantSignatures is one of two restaurants at sea (the other is aboard Seven Seas Voyager). Preparing authentic, decadent French cuisine is an art form and is the raison d’être of our French restaurant, Signatures. Capturing the diversity of French fare, our seasoned chefs offer an exquisite dining experience with tantalizing tastes and enticing presentation. Consequently, each and every dish served in Signatures is absolutely sublime and purely French.

Classics like Quiche au Camembert and Foie Gras Terrine with Plum Marmalade tease the palate. Main courses such as Rack of Lamb with Morel Mushrooms and Melted Potato Garnishes and Magret Duck Fillet with Raspberry Vinaigrette excite the senses, especially when perfectly paired with a delightful French vintage carefully selected by the sommelier. The experience is so authentically French that it rivals that of the finest Parisian restaurants. Open for dinner only, reservations are required for Signatures.

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Suites aboard the Regent Seven Seas Mariner

A trailblazer in the exclusive world of all-suite, all-balcony cruise ships, Seven Seas Mariner exceeds even the loftiest expectations for luxury.

Deluxe Veranda Suite

Layout:

Marble bathroom
Private balcony
Sitting area
Walk-in closet with safe
Max # of Pax: Up to 3

Dimensions:

Suite: 252 ft2 (23.5 m2)
Balcony: 49 ft2 (4.5 m2)
Suite measurements are approximate

Highlights:

FREE Roundtrip Air*
FREE Ground Transfers between Airport and Ship*
European King-Size Suite Slumber Bed® (twin bed configuration available)
Interactive flat-Screen television & direct-dial satellite phone
Personalized Mini-Bar Set-up
Vanity & Hair Dryer
Regent Bathrobes & Slippers
L’Occitane® Amenities
Welcome bottle of champagne
24-hour room service with dinner served course-by-course

Concierge Suite

Layout:

Marble bathroom
Private balcony
Sitting area
Walk-in closet with safe

Dimensions:

Suite: 252 ft2 (23.5 m2)
Balcony: 49 ft2 (4.5 m2)
Suite measurements are approximate.

Highlights:

FREE Roundtrip Air*
FREE Ground Transfers between Airport and Ship*
FREE 1-Night Pre-Cruise Luxury Hotel Package including:
– FREE Ground Transfers
– FREE Breakfast
– FREE Porterage
FREE WiFi throughout the ship on selected sailings*
Priority online shore excursions and dining reservations
15 minutes of FREE ship-to-shore phone time
10% discount on premium wine and liquor purchases
5% discount on Regent Choice Shore Excursions, Hotel and Land Programs
European King-Size Suite Slumber Bed® (twin bed configuration available)
Interactive flat-Screen television & direct-dial satellite phone
Personalized Mini-Bar Set-up
Vanity & Hair Dryer
Regent Bathrobes & Slippers
L’Occitane® Amenities
Binoculars, illy® espresso maker and cashmere blanket
Welcome bottle of champagne
24-hour room service with dinner served course-by-course

Penthouse Suite

Layout:

Marble bathroom
Private balcony
Sitting area
Walk-in closet with safe

Dimensions:

Suite: 376 ft2 (35 m2)
Balcony: 73 ft2 (7 m2)
Suite measurements are approximate.

Highlights:

FREE Roundtrip Air*
FREE Roundtrip Business Class Air* on European Voyages
FREE Ground Transfers between Airport and Ship*
FREE WiFi throughout the ship on selected sailings*
FREE 1-Night Pre-Cruise Luxury Hotel Package including:
– FREE Ground Transfers
– FREE Breakfast
– FREE Porterage
15 minutes of FREE ship-to-shore phone time
Priority online shore excursions and dining reservations
10% discount on premium wine and liquor purchases
5% discount on Regent Choice Shore Excursions, Hotel and Land Programs
5% discount on pre- or post-cruise Hotel or Land Programs
Personal butler
Welcome bottle of champagne
Stocked refrigerator
Daily Canapés
Vanity & Hair Dryer
Regent Bathrobes & Slippers
A variety of L’Occitane® and Hermès® soaps, shampoos and lotions
Complimentary use of iPad®
iPhone® docking station
Interactive flat-Screen television & direct-dial satellite phone
Binoculars, illy® espresso maker and cashmere blanket
24-hour room service with dinner served course-by-course

Horizon Suite

Layout:

Marble bathroom
Private balcony
Sitting area
Walk-in closet with safe
Max # of Pax: Up to 4

Dimensions:

Suite: 359 ft2 (33.5 m2)
Balcony: 167-268 ft2 (16-25 m2)
Suite measurements are approximate.

Highlights:

FREE Roundtrip Air*
FREE Roundtrip Business Class Air* on European Voyages
FREE Ground Transfers between Airport and Ship*
FREE 1-Night Pre-Cruise Luxury Hotel Package including:
– FREE Ground Transfers
– FREE Breakfast
– FREE Porterage
FREE WiFi throughout the ship
15 minutes of FREE ship-to-shore phone time
Priority online shore excursions and dining reservations
10% discount on premium wine and liquor purchases
5% discount on Regent Choice Shore Excursions, Hotel and Land Programs
5% discount on pre- or post-cruise Hotel or Land Programs
Personal butler
European King-Size Suite Slumber Bed® (twin bed configuration available)
Interactive flat-Screen television & direct-dial satellite phone
Personalized Mini-Bar Set-up
Daily Canapés
Vanity & Hair Dryer
Regent Bathrobes & Slippers
A variety of L’Occitane® and Hermès® soaps, shampoos and lotions
iPhone® docking station
Complimentary use of iPad®
Binoculars, illy® espresso maker and cashmere blanket
Welcome bottle of champagne
24-hour room service with dinner served course-by-course

Seven Seas Suite Forward

Layout:

Marble bathroom
Private balcony
Spacious bedroom
Sitting area
Walk-in closet with safe
Max # of Pax: Up to 4

Dimensions:

Suite: 505 ft2 (47 m2)
Balcony: 97 ft2 (9 m2)

Highlights:

FREE Roundtrip Air*
FREE Roundtrip Business Class Air* on European Voyages
FREE Ground Transfers between Airport and Ship*
FREE 1-Night Pre-Cruise Luxury Hotel Package including:
– FREE Ground Transfers
– FREE Breakfast
– FREE Porterage
FREE WiFi throughout the ship
15 minutes of FREE ship-to-shore phone time
Priority online shore excursions and dining reservations
10% discount on premium wine and liquor purchases
5% discount on Regent Choice Shore Excursions, Hotel and Land Programs
5% discount on pre- or post-cruise Hotel or Land Programs
Personal butler
European King-Size Suite Slumber Bed® (twin bed configuration available)
Interactive flat-Screen television & direct-dial satellite phone
Personalized Mini-Bar Set-up
Daily Canapés
Vanity & Hair Dryer
Regent Bathrobes & Slippers
A variety of L’Occitane® and Hermès® soaps, shampoos and lotions
iPhone® docking station
Complimentary use of iPad®
Binoculars, illy® espresso maker and cashmere blanket
Welcome bottle of champagne
24-hour room service with dinner served course-by-course

Seven Seas Suite Aft

Layout:

1 1/2 marble bathrooms
Private balcony
Spacious bedroom
Living area
Walk-in closet with safe
Max # of Pax: Up to 4

Dimensions:

Suite: 561 ft2 (52 m2)
Balcony: 286 ft2 (27 m2)

Highlights:

FREE Roundtrip Air*
FREE Roundtrip Business Class Air* on European Voyages
FREE Ground Transfers between Airport and Ship*
FREE 1-Night Pre-Cruise Luxury Hotel Package including:
– FREE Ground Transfers
– FREE Breakfast
– FREE Porterage
FREE WiFi throughout the ship
15 minutes of FREE ship-to-shore phone time
Priority online shore excursions and dining reservations
10% discount on premium wine and liquor purchases
5% discount on Regent Choice Shore Excursions, Hotel and Land Programs
5% discount on pre- or post-cruise Hotel or Land Programs
Personal butler
European King-Size Suite Slumber Bed® (twin bed configuration available)
Interactive flat-Screen television & direct-dial satellite phone
Personalized Mini-Bar Set-up
Daily Canapés
Vanity & Hair Dryer
Regent Bathrobes & Slippers
A variety of L’Occitane® and Hermès® soaps, shampoos and lotions
iPhone® docking station
Complimentary use of iPad®
Binoculars, illy® espresso maker and cashmere blanket
Welcome bottle of champagne
24-hour room service with dinner served course-by-course

Mariner Suite

Layout:

1 1/2 marble bathrooms
Private balcony
Spacious bedroom
Expansive living room
Walk-in closet with safe
Max # of Pax: Up to 5

Dimensions:

Suite: 650 ft2 (60.5 m2)
Balcony: 89 ft2 (8.5 m2)

Highlights:

FREE Roundtrip Air*
FREE Roundtrip Business Class Air* on European Voyages
FREE Ground Transfers between Airport and Ship*
FREE 1-Night Pre-Cruise Luxury Hotel Package including:
– FREE Ground Transfers
– FREE Breakfast
– FREE Porterage
FREE WiFi throughout the ship
15 minutes of FREE ship-to-shore phone time
Priority online shore excursions and dining reservations
10% discount on premium wine and liquor purchases
5% discount on Regent Choice Shore Excursions, Hotel and Land Programs
5% discount on pre- or post-cruise Hotel or Land Programs
Personal butler
European King-Size Suite Slumber Bed® (twin bed configuration available)
Interactive flat-Screen television & direct-dial satellite phone
Personalized Mini-Bar Set-up
Daily Canapés
Vanity & Hair Dryer
Regent Bathrobes & Slippers
A variety of L’Occitane® and Hermès® soaps, shampoos and lotions
iPhone® docking station
Complimentary use of iPad®
Binoculars, illy® espresso maker and cashmere blanket
Welcome bottle of champagne
24-hour room service with dinner served course-by-course

Grand Suite

Layout:

2 marble bathrooms
Private balcony
Spacious bedroom
Expansive living room
Walk-in closet with safe
Max # of Pax: Up to 6

Dimensions:

Suite: 903 ft2 (84 m2)
Balcony: 84 ft2 (8 m2)

Highlights:

FREE Roundtrip Air*
FREE Roundtrip Business Class Air* on European Voyages
FREE Ground Transfers between Airport and Ship*
FREE 1-Night Pre-Cruise Luxury Hotel Package including:
– FREE Ground Transfers
– FREE Breakfast
– FREE Porterage
FREE WiFi throughout the ship
15 minutes of FREE ship-to-shore phone time
Guaranteed reservation each night in specialty restaurant of your choice
Priority online shore excursion reservations
10% discount on premium wine and liquor purchases
5% discount on Regent Choice Shore Excursions, Hotel and Land Programs
5% discount on pre- or post-cruise Hotel or Land Programs
Personal butler
European King-Size Suite Slumber Bed® (twin bed configuration available)
Interactive flat-Screen television & direct-dial satellite phone
Personalized Mini-Bar Set-up
Daily canapés & upgraded bar set-up
Complimentary cocktail party
Vanity & Hair Dryer
Regent Bathrobes & Slippers
A variety of L’Occitane® and Hermès® soaps, shampoos and lotions
iPhone® docking station
Complimentary use of iPad®
Daily newspaper
Binoculars, illy® espresso maker and cashmere blanket
Nespresso coffee & Tea Forté set-up
Welcome bottle of champagne
24-hour room service with dinner served course-by-course

Master Suite

Layout:

2 private balconies
2 1/2 marble bathrooms
2 spacious bedrooms
Expansive living room
Walk-in closet with safe
Max # of Pax: Up to 6

Dimensions:

Suite: 1,204 ft2 (112 m2)
Side Balcony: 71 ft2 (6.5 m2)
Fwd. Balcony: 727 ft2 (67.5 m2)

Highlights:

FREE Roundtrip Air*
FREE Roundtrip Business Class Air* on European Voyages
FREE Ground Transfers between Airport and Ship*
FREE 1-Night Pre-Cruise Luxury Hotel Package including:
– FREE Ground Transfers
– FREE Breakfast
– FREE Porterage
FREE WiFi throughout the ship
15 minutes of FREE ship-to-shore phone time
Guaranteed reservation each night in specialty restaurant of your choice
Priority online shore excursion reservations
10% discount on premium wine and liquor purchases
5% discount on Regent Choice Shore Excursions, Hotel and Land Programs
5% discount on pre- or post-cruise Hotel or Land Programs
Personal butler
European King-Size Suite Slumber Bed® (twin bed configuration available)
Interactive flat-Screen television & direct-dial satellite phone
Personalized Mini-Bar Set-up
Daily canapés & upgraded bar set-up
Complimentary cocktail party
Vanity & Hair Dryer
Regent Bathrobes & Slippers
A variety of L’Occitane® and Hermès® soaps, shampoos and lotions
iPhone® docking station
Complimentary use of iPad®
Daily newspaper
Binoculars, illy® espresso maker and cashmere blanket
Nespresso coffee & Tea Forté set-up
Welcome bottle of champagne
24-hour room service with dinner served course-by-course

Ports of Call & Excursions

RSSC RomeWhether enjoying the street performers at the Spanish Steps and people-watching over a fine glass of wine in colorful Trastevere, or taking in the historical and architectural glory that is Rome, visitors are spoiled for choice in this truly Eternal City. St. Peter’s Basilica is a full-day outing, featuring the Sistine Chapel and panoramic city vistas for those willing to climb to the top of the dome. Other landmarks not to miss include the renowned Trevi Fountain, the Coliseum, and Aventine Hill, which provides you with a grand view of the imposing remains of the Imperial Palaces and the Circus Maximus, of Ben Hur fame.

RSSC SorrentoSorrento is surely one of the world’s most beautiful towns, built on a coast with breathtaking views and landscapes. Yet it is far from a frivolous vacation destination. The houses, people and the entire region are filled with a history and culture so deep that it can be traced back to the 11th century BC. Overlooking the bay of Naples, the town is the key point on the Sorrentine Peninsula and is one of the most popular destinations of the entire Campania region. Make sure to plan a day trip to Capri, one of the most celebrated Italian islands, noted for its natural beauty.

Capri and Lunch At the Quisisana

Moderate Activity/Walking
Duration: 7 1/2 hours

Ever since ancient Roman times, the fabled resort area of Capri has earned a legendary reputation as “the Island of Love”. Although immortalized in poetry, paintings, songs and movies, the inimitable Capri must be seen up close to be appreciated.

As you come ashore in Sorrento harbor, your guide will take you on a 20-minute journey to Capri by jetfoil. Upon arrival at Marina Grande, the main port of Capri, private taxis will take you to the higher village of Anacapri. There, you can ride a chair lift up the 1,884-foot Mount Solaro for a wonderful, 360° panoramic view. You’ll see the Gulf of Naples, Vesuvius, the Gulf of Salerno, Anacapri Plain, the Sorrentinian Peninsula, Ischia Island and Capri. You’ll then proceed to Capri village, where a wonderful Italian lunch will be served at the famous Deluxe Hotel Quisisana. After lunch, you’ll have free time for shopping or browsing. At the end of your visit, take the famous funicular from La Piazzetta, the main square of Capri, to the pier landing area. Upon arrival, you’ll be taken back to Sorrento by jetfoil.

Please note: A visit to the Blue Grotto is not included in this tour as there are often long waits, and it is subject to weather conditions. Capri is very popular. Therefore, expect crowded streets, traffic delays and lines at the funicular. This tour is not recommended for those with walking difficulties.

Scenic Riviera and Taste of Sorrento

Light Activity /Walking
Duration: 3 1/2 hours

You’ll leave Sorrento for a drive along part of the beautiful coastline and pass the village of Santa Agata. The narrow road winds along the side of rocky seaside cliffs and offers breathtaking views of the Italian Riviera. You’ll marvel at the rocks rising from the sea and see small boats in sheltered sandy coves that look like brightly colored toys from above. Sorrento’s cliff-side setting affords fabulous views across the Bay of Naples, and more breathtaking sights lie ahead, as you proceed along a scenic coastline, dotted with olive groves and fragrant lemon and orange trees.

On the drive back to Sorrento, you will stop at a local farm in the Sorrentine Hills to see a fabulous view of the Gulf of Naples. This agricultural farm produces oranges, lemons, olives and wine, with equipment and methods dating back to the end of the 18th century. You’ll enjoy a light snack of bruschetta and mozzarella, accompanied by a glass of wine or water. Before returning to Sorrento, a stop will be made in town at the Ianuzzi Store for those wishing to leave the tour to shop or explore independently. Later on, you can catch the local shuttle back to the pier at your leisure.

Please note: Mini-buses will be used to transfer guests from the pier to the motor coach parking lot and vice versa. There will be approximately 10 minutes of moderate walking at La Sorgente Farm.

Food & Wine Trails – Wines & Ancient Villas of Vesuvius

Moderate Activity/Walking
Duration: 8 1/2 hours

On August 24, AD 79 in the Italian region of Campania, the earth began to shake and Mount Vesuvius erupted, altering life and land forever. Today you will experience, and even taste, the monumental effects the volcano has on the past and the present. You will visit ancient ruins of a Roman home that, like the neighboring town of Pompeii, was covered in volcanic ash and preserved in time. You will also visit a family-run winery that sits at the foot of the mountain and taste wines made with grapes grown in the now volcanic soil.

You will first have a guided tour of the Villas of Ancient Stabiae, described in a Smithsonian article as “the largest concentration of well-preserved elite seafront Roman villas in the entire Mediterranean world.” Believed to be summer homes of the Roman elite, each villa boasts more than 110,000 square feet of space, with multiple dining rooms that overlook the sea, private heated baths, decorated gardens and huge colonnaded courtyards. Only recently dug out, you can still see the existence of an ancient water heating system, mosaic floors and structure walls decorated with beautiful frescoes.

From Stabiae, you will drive up to the southern face of Vesuvius to the winery and home of the Sorrentino family. The Sorrentino’s have been making wine on this land for more than a century, and are said to produce the finest example of Lacryma Christi wine. You will immediately feel like one of the family as they greet you at the door with open arms. A member of the family will walk you through the vineyards and describe in detail the effects the volcanic soil has on growing grapes, as well as the other fruits and vegetables planted here on their land. Back in the family kitchen, the women of the family will prepare a multi-coursed lunch of local specialties and traditional dishes that will be served with a selection of their highly rated wines.

Regent Seven Seas Cruises is proud to partner with FOOD & WINE TRAILS, America’s foremost culinary travel company, in the offering of this tour. F&WT tours are always kept intimate and visit sites not typically offered by mainstream travel suppliers. Their tours are always led by a knowledgeable, English-speaking sommelier, wine or food expert, cooking instructor or chef, who enjoys introducing visitors to some of the best and most authentic food and wine of their region.

Please note: This tour includes approximately 2-hours of moderate to easy walking; however, there is some uneven terrain and steps to negotiate. Due to excavations taking place, guests should use caution and remain with the group at all times. The tour is not available to wheelchair guests or those with mobility concerns. Comfortable, weather appropriate clothing and flat, comfortable walking shoes are recommended. While there are public restroom facilities at Villa Arianna, there are none at Villa San Marco. Given it is a set meal that is served on this excursion, guests with any dietary restrictions should advise the Destination Services Desk once on board the ship.

RSSC TaorminaNaxos is gateway to the island of Sicily’s strategically significant northeastern region. From this port city, it is a short transfer to Taormina, resting 820 feet above the sea and overlooking imposing Mount Etna. In the early 20th century, Taormina became a colony for expatriate artists and writers, including D H Lawrence. Highlights of any tour of this city would include the remarkably preserved Roman-style Greek Theater, whose acoustics are still appreciated in performances today; the splendid 15th century Palazzo Corvaia; and the Odeon, a small Imperial Age theater set amidst colorful public gardens.

Hidden Sicily – in the Footsteps of the Godfather

Moderate Activity/Walking
Duration: 4 1/2 hours

Experience Sicily’s unparalleled beauty as featured in The Godfather film series during this scenic tour of Naxos, Savoca and Taormina.

Depart the pier for the brief drive through the small town of Naxos, founded by Greek colonizers in the 8th century BC. While driving along the coastal road, you will pass by villas, flowering gardens and picturesque villages en route to Santa Teresa, the largest coastal town between Messina and Taormina. From here, a picturesque road will take you inland to scenic Savoca, a village nestled between two hills. In a private house at the entrance of the village is the Bar Vitelli, which features a collection of local artisans’ tools and photographs taken when Francis Ford Coppola was in this area filming some scenes for The Godfather II.

Upon arrival, you will visit the Cappuccini Church, whose crypt houses 37 mummified bodies (standing in niches and fully-dressed) of 18th and 19th-century friars and nobles. There are about 30 steps to descend and ascend to reach the catacombs. After visiting Bar Vitelli, you will begin a slow walking tour along the village’s main street, then continue up the hill. Along the way, you will pass by several 15th- and 16th-century churches and the remains of a Norman Castle, and take in magnificent views of the valley.

Next, you will proceed for a brief drive toward Taormina, and a visit to Forza d’Agro. This charming little village overlooks the Arab-Norman castle of Capo Sant’Alessio, and the coastline towards Messina and the strait. In 1990, Al Pacino and Sophia Coppola came here to film some scenes for The Godfather III. From the main square, a lane leads up to circular steps that ascend to the Gothic-Catalan portal in front of the Church of St. Agostino, or Triade, which features a pleasant 15th-century facade.

After a visit to the Baroque-styled Chiesa Madre, you will re-board your coach for the return drive to the pier.

Please note: This tour involves extensive walking over uneven surfaces.

Taormina and Lunch in a Private Villa

Moderate Activity/Walking
Duration: 7 hours

Discover spectacular palaces, scenic vistas and historic sites high above the magnificent Bay of Naxos during this visit to Taormina.

Depart the pier for the brief drive through the small town of Naxos, founded by Greek colonizers in the 8th century BC. Now one of the major tourist centers in Sicily, Naxos offers many fine hotels and facilities. Guests will drive along the coastal road to Taormina, one of the Mediterranean’s most complete Medieval towns. Perched on the side of a hill overlooking the sea, Taormina exudes a delightful character and offers wonderful photo opportunities. Its original buildings in the picturesque town center remain unchanged, and many have retained their characteristic window boxes overflowing with brightly colored flowers.

Upon arrival in Taormina, you’ll begin your walking tour with a brief outside visit to the 15th-century Palazzo Corvaia, a famous palace built in the architectural style of the period, and adorned with classic double windows. Next, our tour will continue on for a visit to the impressive theater built by the Greeks in the 3rd century BC. This remarkable theater retains its excellent acoustics, and is still used for performances during the summer months. Before leaving town, free time will be made to browse Corso Umberto, the main street lined with shops and cafés. Just off this pedestrian avenue, you’ll find many lanes and viuzze, where you can shop for local handicrafts.

Depart Corso Umberto for the short drive to Castello degli Schiavi, a private villa exclusively for you to enjoy a typical Sicilian lunch. Built as a countryside residence for the Prince of Palagnia and Fiumefreddo, Castello degli Schiavi was subsequently restored during the 1750s. The villa features a large courtyard surrounded by a privately-owned house and small chapel dating from 1544. The wine cellars are the foundation of the original building dating back to the year 600 AD. The villa was used as the home of Don Masino Corleone in the movie The Godfather, and appeared on the cover of Life magazine in 1970. Upon arrival at Castello degli Schiavi, your hosts will greet you in the garden, and you’ll enjoy cocktails and lunch while musicians play. Guests will be able to tour the inside of this lovely home, which is decorated in traditional Sicilian style, with family portraits hanging on the walls and plenty of antique furniture.

Following your visit to Castello degli Schiavi, guests will rejoin the coach for the return drive to the ship.

Please note: Extensive walking is required in Taormina, including uphill climbs, steps, and uneven terrain.

RSSC ZakynthosThis green gem in the Ionian Sea, frequently called the the Florence of Greece, has a long history shared with many nations, having been occupied by Italy (specifically the Venetians) and later by Turkey. While many visitors choose to stroll the beaches or take a relaxing day cruise, those looking for a glimpse into history should make their way to The New Museum at Solomou Square, with artwork in the Byzantine and post- Byzantine style; or the Museum Solomos & Kalvos, resting place of the native poets, featuring their works and portraits, on St. Markus Square.

Highlights of Zakynthos

Light Activity /Walking
Duration: 4 1/4 hours

Zakynthos Town, historically known as The Venice of the South, is the island’s modern capital and was nearly completely destroyed by an earthquake and fire on August 9, 1953. Afterwards, the town was rebuilt, taking care to preserve its original Venetian and Byzantine style wherever possible.

Tendering ashore, your coach awaits to transport you to Bohali Village, which is located below the Venetian fortress and offers incredible views of Zakynthos town and the surrounding areas for as far as the eye can see. This charming enclave enchants visitors with its quiet lanes, quaint houses with flowered courtyards and elegant tavernas. Enjoy a photo stop here before traveling on.

Your next stop is at the The Church of St. Mavra, located in the village of Maherado, was built during the 14th century and is considered one of the most important and famous churches of the island. The church houses a remarkable collection of fine icons and frescoes painted by famous Greek artists.

Continuing on, you will make your way to Kampi, where the deepest point in the Mediterranean lies just off the dramatic cliffs found here. During your visit, you will be treated to some Greek Mezedes and a traditional folkloric show before it’s time to return to the pier.

Please note: This tour consists of approximately 1-hour of moderate walking and is not available to wheelchair guests. Those guests with mobility concerns are cautioned to evaluate their personal level of stamina and ability.

Panoramic Zakynthos

Light Activity /Walking Minimal Activity Required
Duration: 4 hours

Zakynthos is the third largest of the Ionian Islands and is famous for its wonderful sandy beaches and surrounding crystalline blue waters. The terrain on the island itself is varied; with fertile plains found in the southeastern part and the western section being more mountainous and boasting dramatic steep cliffs along the coastline. The island is also well-known as a habitat for the endangered Caretta-Caretta Logerhead turtles.

Zakynthos Town, historically known as The Venice of the South, is the island’s modern capital and was nearly completely destroyed by an earthquake and fire on August 9, 1953. Afterwards, the town was rebuilt, taking care to preserve its original Venetian and Byzantine style wherever possible.

Arriving ashore, you will board your coach and make the short drive to the main square where you will commence a guided walking tour that passing by Solomos Square, named after the poet who wrote the National Anthem of Greece. Your walking tour will also take you past Zakynthos’ important buildings, such as the Byzantine Museum, the Church of Saint Nicholas and the Cultural Center of Zakynthos along with strolling along the major shopping street.

Re-boarding your coach, you will continue to Bohali village, which is located below the Venetian fortress and offers incredible views of Zakynthos town and the surrounding areas for as far as the eye can see. After a brief photo stop, it’s on to the Monastery of Anafonitria, dedicated to the Virgin Mary, it is the oldest monastery on the island (14th century) and is where St. Dionysios, Patron saint of Zakynthos served as abbot for the majority of his life until his death in 1624. St. Dionysios (St. Dennis) was well-known for his healing powers and compassion and was declared a saint in 1703. During recent renovations, some wonderful 15th century frescos were uncovered. Following your visit at the Monastery, you will head to your final stop, Volimes.

Volimes is a traditional mountain village that is famous for products such as handicrafts, rugs, embroideries, china, honey and pure olive oil, all displayed along the roadside. Free time will be afforded for browsing before returning back to pier.

Please note: This tour consists of approximately 1 hour of moderate walking and is not available to wheelchair guests. Those guests with mobility concerns are cautioned only to participate to the extent of their personal stamina and ability and may make arrangements with the guide to not participate in some of the walking portions of the tour. Comfortable, flat-heeled, closed-toe walking shoes, a hat, sunglasses and sunscreen are recommended. Shoulders and knees must be covered while visiting the Monastery.

RSSC CorfuLegendary Corfu is a lush and romantic island, written about by Homer in his famous Odyssey. The island’s history is full of battles, indicative of Corfu’s turbulent position that lasted until modern times with unification with modern Greece in 1864. Corfu offers a combination of cosmopolitan and time-honored Greece. As well as a flower-strewn countryside and Adriatic-style villages, Corfu has splendid coastal scenery and some excellent secluded beaches.

Achilleion Palace, Perama and Corfu Town

Light Activity /Walking
Duration: 3 1/2 hours

Departing from the port, your coach follows the road leading out of town. Soon you are in the lush Corfiot countryside. Kerkyra is the most verdant of all the Greek Islands and this becomes at once apparent as you are driven through orange, lemon, cypress and olive groves interspersed with vineyards and fields carpeted with beautiful wild flowers, like a garden in paradise which has been decorated by the Gods themselves.

Approximately 20 minutes later you reach the old traditional village of Gastouri and enter the Achilleion Palace, built by the Empress Elisabeth “Sissy” of Austria in 1891, and later owned by Kaiser Wilhelm II of Germany. You visit the rooms in the palace, as well as its beautiful gardens offering a spectacular view over the Ionian Sea. The gardens, full of exotic trees and flowers which the empress brought with her from her trips around the world, are adorned with classical statues, as she was very fond of ancient Greek history and mythology. The main Terrace of the Muses, decorated with statues of the Nine Greek Muses and the imposing figures of Achilles Victorious and Achilles Dying, are some of the most interesting.

Leaving Achilleion Palace, your coach takes you to Corfu Town passing by the coastal resort of Perama, from where you will enjoy some excellent views of the Convent of Vlacherna and picturesque Mouse Island. Seize this photo-stop opportunity to test your camera skills on this view – the most photographed location on the island.

Once in the Old Quarter of Corfu, the coaches drop you off in front of the 14th-century Old Venetian Fortress, (a UNESCO World Heritage Site), opposite the central Esplanade Square. While your coach waits for your return, your guide takes you on a beautiful walking tour of the historic center of the Old Town. Walking around in the maze of narrow winding cobbled streets known as kandounia, you visit some of the most elegant quarters of this Venetian-built town, which competes with Naples, Florence and Venice in terms of beauty, style, character and charm.

Walking along the old cricket grounds you will see the Royal Palace of St. George & St. Michael, an imposing building built entirely of yellow Maltese stone by the first British Commissioner of the island. View the spectacular arcades of the Liston Piazza, a down-sized replica of the Rue de Rivoli of Paris, built by the French in the 19th century before heading into the heart of the old town. You visit the 300-year-old Church of Saint Spiridon with its priceless collection of icons and gifts offered to the patron saint of the island, explore the old flea-market, pass by the old Town Hall and then find yourself in the busy shopping district, where you will have some free time for shopping.

Following your tour in town, it is time to board your coach for your return to the ship.

Please note: Guests are encouraged to wear comfortable walking shoes for this tour which involves moderate walking and approximately 80 steps in total to climb at Achilleion Palace.

Explore Corfu By 4×4

Most Active or Strenuous
Duration: 4 1/2 hours

This 4-wheel drive vehicle tour allows you to explore some of the most traditional and typical old villages on the island, not often visited by the tourists, as well as some of the most beautiful parts of the Corfiot countryside. This adventure explores the northwestern parts of the mountainous terrain of Mount Pantokrator, known as the Land of the Gods because of the natural beauty of the area and the breathtaking views over the plains of the island below. Starting from the port, you drive up the main coastal road leading to the north of the island, passing by the resorts of Kontokali, Gouvia and Dassia.

Once in Dassia, you will take a small road shaded by olive trees which passes through Kato (Lower) Korakiana and leads to the village of Ano (Upper) Korakiana. Crossing through the village of Ano Korakiana, one of the oldest, largest and most beautiful Corfiot villages, you take the narrow winding road with the 27 zigzag turns leading up the slopes of Pantokrator Mountain and into the picturesque village of Sokraki, one of the oldest on the island, resting on the top of the mountain, hidden amidst the pine and the olive trees. Once in Sokraki, your guide will take you for a walk around the narrow winding street of the village. You will enjoy a heartening meze (light snack) and a refreshing glass of local wine or a soft drink at the local coffee shop situated at the village square.

Having gathered up your strength, take a fantastic drive along a mountain ridge to the village of Troumbetta, resting on the main pass to the northern part of the island. From there, your drive will lead you to the northwestern shores of the island amidst dense forests of fern, pine and cypress trees and the usual ageless olive groves. You will then arrive to the village of Lakones, perched high on the north-western slopes of Pantokrator Mountain. From here you can enjoy some breathtaking panoramic views of Paleokastritsa, the area known as the Capri of Greece before driving through the valley of Ropa back to your ship.

Please note: The tour is led by professional guides and has a lead driver. Guests wishing to drive themselves need to carry a valid driving license. Drivers are available at an extra cost. Guests must be at least 21 years of age and have a valid driver’s license in their possession. Each 4-wheel drive vehicle carries a driver and three passengers and has a manual transmission.

RSSC BariPerched on the Adriatic Sea, the Italian city of Bari has long served as an important port city for both ancient and modern Italy. Today, its rich past attracts visitors from around the world. The Basilica of Saint Nicholas, built in 1087, holds the remains of its namesake beneath the altar, while the Petruzzelli Theatre is one of the grandest opera houses in the country.

Bari, the City of St. Nicholas

Light Activity /Walking
Duration: 3 1/2 hours

Walk through Old Town, admiring landmark architecture that includes a castle and two churches that respectively hold the holy remains of Saint Nicolas and Saint Sabin.

After departing from the pier, you will enjoy a brief drive through downtown Bari, an area that has been associated with Saint Nicolas since the 11th century when his remains were moved there. Upon arriving in Old Town, you will begin a walking tour of its landmarks, the most dominant being the Norman-Swabian castle that is now a symbol of Bari.

A spectacular example of medieval construction, the four-sided castle features a stone bridge over a dry moat, rampart walls and several stone towers. In more recent times, the castle has been used as a prison, army barracks and headquarters of the Department of Environmental and Historical Buildings.

Continuing through Old Town’s warren of narrow streets, you may see woman hand-making orecchiette (meaning “little ears”) pasta on tabletops outside their homes. The uniquely shaped pasta is the favorite throughout the Puglia region at the heel of Italy’s boot.

Before long, you will reach the Cathedral of San Sabino, which according to legend shelters the saint’s relics. It is a masterpiece of Apulian Romanesque design, as is Bari’s more famous Saint Nicolas Basilica, where the remains of Saint Nicolas lie.

After visiting both churches, you will walk along Bari’s ancient defensive walls by the sea and then return to the pier or remain in Piazza Massari to browse on your own.

Please note: This tour includes nearly 3-hours of guided moderate walking. There will be some uneven surfaces to negotiate. The tour is available to wheelchair guests who have a collapsible wheelchair, are able to make their own way on and off the coach and have an able-bodied companion to assist them. Those with mobility concerns are cautioned to carefully evaluate their personal level of stamina and ability.

Castellana Caves, Volare White Cliffs & Polignano a Mare

Light Activity /Walking
Duration: 4 1/2 hours

Behold the natural wonders underground in the labyrinthine Castellana Caves and then enjoy free time in the seaside village of Polignano a Mare.

After departing from the pier, you will drive inland toward the Itria Valley, where you will visit the limestone Castellana Caves. Although the caves were created millions of years ago when an ancient sea retreated, they weren’t discovered until 1938. It was a spectacular find.

The Castellana Caves are the longest network of caves in Italy, and as you walk through them, you will behold extraordinary natural sights such as the massive main chamber, which is illuminated by sunlight. Many of the stalactites and stalagmites have been named to reflect their familiar shapes, which include an owl, a slab of bacon and even the Madonna.

Still it’s the White Cave that captures the imagination. Its uniformly white alabaster walls are said to shine brighter than any other cave walls in the world. Almost every inch of the cave is gleaming white, some of it covered with sparkling crystals.

Then you will head back to the coast for free time in Polignano a Mare. Perched atop white cliffs at the edge of the sea, the town couldn’t be more scenic. While strolling through the narrow streets of Old Town, you will see architecture that reflects Arab, Byzantine, Spanish and Norman designs. You may also spot an ancient archway for a gate that was once the only way into the city. Afterwards, you will return to the pier.

Please note: This tour includes approximately 1-hour of guided moderate walking plus any additional walking at the guests’ discretion during free time in Polignano. There will be some uneven surfaces to negotiate. The tour is not available to wheelchair guests. Those with mobility concerns are cautioned to carefully evaluate their personal level of stamina and ability.

White Ostuni & Olive Oil Tasting

Light Activity /Walking
Duration: 5 1/2 hours

Tour hillside Ostuni, beautiful city that is almost entirely whitewashed, and then stop at a nearby farmhouse to sample the distinct olive oil that has been made here for centuries.

After departing from the pier, you will drive inland to Ostuni, a lovely city that blankets three hills. It’s known as the White City because most of the buildings are whitewashed and radiate in the sunlight. The whitewash makes Ostuni look somewhat Greek. In fact, the name is derived from the Greek word “astynéon,” meaning “new city,” as Ostuni was built over a 1st-century settlement.

The atmosphere is simply delightful. As you walk through the narrow streets and alleyways, it’s easy to become enthralled by the gorgeous setting. Ostuni’s 15th-century cathedral is one of the architectural highlights. Now a national monument, the cathedral boasts a magnificent rose window, a feature characteristic of Romanesque-Gothic structures.

Following the walking tour of Ostuni, you will drive through the surrounding groves of olive trees to a fortified farmhouse known as Masseria Brancati. The olive trees here are hundreds of years old and have been producing extraordinary oil the entire time. While here, you may see an underground olive mill dating to the Roman era, the original living quarters from the 11th century, and a museum with a fascinating collection of farm tools.

After sampling the masseria’s signature olive oil with fresh-baked bread and a local snack known as friselline, you will drive back to the pier.

Please note: This tour includes approximately 90-minutes of guided moderate walking. There are some uneven surfaces to negotiate. The tour is not available to wheelchair guests and may not be suitable for those with mobility concerns who are cautioned to carefully evaluate their personal level of stamina and ability.

RSSC KotorKotor is a coastal town in Montenegro, located in a most secluded part of the Gulf of Kotor. The old port, surrounded by an impressive city wall built by the House of Nemanjicc, is very well preserved and is a UNESCO World Heritage site. Numerous other attractions include the Cathedral of Saint Tryphon in the old town (built in 1166), and ancient walls which stretch directly above the city. Nightlife also attracts tourists to Kotor with pubs, taverns, cafes, and nightclubs.

Town of Kotor & Bay of Kotor Heritage

Light Activity /Walking
Duration: 4 hours

A lovely ride by motor coach takes you to seaside Perast, which was once under Venetian control for nearly 400 years. The serene, medieval town’s architecture reflects its rich maritime history and proud past, especially the ornate Church of Sveti Nikola, which was built between the 15th and 17th centuries. After some free time to explore further, it’s on to Gospa Islet, which you’ll reach by boat. According to legend, seamen created this small man-made island by dropping a rock into Kotor Bay after each successful voyage. The church here is fittingly called Our Lady of the Rocks, and dozens of baroque paintings by a local 17th century artist adorn its walls. After sailing back to shore, you’ll return to Kotor for a fascinating, guided walking tour that starts in the medieval Old Town, which is crisscrossed with narrow streets and squares. After visiting Kotor’s Cathedral of St. Triphon, a beautiful Romanesque basilica, you’re free to shop and enjoy the enchanting setting.

Please note: This tour consists of considerable walking with steps to negotiate at some of the sites and may not be considered suitable for wheelchair guests, those with mobility concerns are cautioned to evaluate their personal level of ability and stamina. Comfortable walking shoes are recommended.

Highlights of Montenegro

Light Activity /Walking
Duration: 5 hours

This tour follows a route that inspired Irish playwright George Bernard Shaw to proclaim, “I have heard that the road to Cetinje via Kotor is one of the most beautiful in the world, and that is the reason I have come.” You, too, will be mesmerized by the road’s natural beauty, as you pass majestic mountains on one side and a stunningly beautiful bay on the other. In Cetinje, once the center of Montenegrin rule, you will visit The Museum of King Nikola, followed by a scenic ride along the Budva Riviera, a resort area renowned for its beaches. Once in Kotor, you’ll soon see why the town was deemed a World Heritage Site. The old section of Kotor is well preserved and surrounded by a protective wall built in the Middle Ages. The city boasts many other architecturally important structures, including the Cathedral of Sveti Tripun and the Prince’s Palace.

Please note: Amount of walking (approx. 2 hour 30 minutes). This tour is not considered suitable for guests who utilize a wheelchair. Those guests with mobility concerns are cautioned to evaluate their personal level of ability and stamina.

RSSC ZadarFound on the northern Dalmatian coast of Croatia, Zadar is rich with thousands of years of history. Ruled at various times by the Romans, Ostrogoths, and Byzantium, the city became a center of commerce and naval power rivaling that of Venice. Today, Zadar’s history, culture, and architecture draw visitors from around the world, as does Plitvice National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Charming Split & Diocletian Palace

Light Activity /Walking
Duration: 7 3/4 hours

Tour Split, the second-largest city in Croatia, focusing on the extraordinary palace complex that Roman Emperor Diocletian built at the turn of the 4th century.

After departing from the pier, you will settle in for a relaxing drive south to Split, one of the most exuberant cities in Croatia. Although originally colonized by Greeks, this beautiful coastal area wasn’t developed until Roman Emperor Diocletian built a magnificent palace here in the early 4th century. It’s considered the most historically valuable Roman architecture on the eastern coast of the Adriatic and has been deemed a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

You will discover just how special it is by exploring several different areas of the palace complex, which includes more than 200 buildings, many of them constructed with lustrous white limestone from the nearby island of Brac. The palace is like a city within a city because it contains all sorts of residences, restaurants, museums, cathedrals and ancient Roman relics.

You might begin in the cellar, which in Diocletian’s day was used to store food and wine. The cellar also opened to the sea at that time, allowing noble guests to arrive by ship. Other highlights within the complex include the Cathedral of St. Domnius, which was originally built to be Diocletian’s mausoleum, and the Temple of Jupiter, which became a baptistery.

Following the tour, you will have free time to explore Split further and then linger over a traditional Croatian lunch before returning to the pier in Zadar.

Please note: This tour includes approximately 90-minute of moderate walking, plus any additional walking at the guests’ discretion during free time. There will be some uneven surfaces and steps to negotiate. The tour is not available to wheelchair guests and may not be considered suitable for those with mobility concerns.

Sibenik & Dalmatian Village

Light Activity /Walking
Duration: 6 1/2 hours

Admire the architectural treasures in Sibernik, a village dating back to the 11th century, and then visit a large family-owned farm that is so all-encompassing that it resembles a village.

After departing from the pier, you will settle in for a picturesque drive south to Sibenik, an immensely historical and cultural city at the mouth of the Krka River. Being blessed with one of the finest naturally protected harbors on the Adriatic Sea, Sibenik developed sooner than most Croatian cities and many of its early architectural gems still stand.

Walking through the Old Town, you will view landmarks such as the Church of St. Francis, whose 13th-century cloisters remain intact, the Renaissance-style Town Hall, and the seemingly impenetrable Duke’s Palace, part of Sibenik’s 13th-century defensive system.

Despite the splendor of these signature attractions, the Cathedral of St. James is considered Sibenik’s crown jewel. Deemed a World Heritage Site for skillfully combining architectural influences from Dalmatia, Northern Italy and Tuscany, the cathedral was consecrated in 1555.

Following free time in Sibenik, you will drive inland to a family-owned farm that produces some of Croatia’s finest agricultural products, particularly ham. While touring the farm, you will learn how the pigs and poultry are raised, the olives grown, and the family’s distinctive wine is produced. You will then have the chance to sample some of these traditional Croatian foods before returning to the pier.

Please note: This tour includes approximately 90-minutes of moderate walking/standing, plus any additional walking at the guests’ discretion during free time. There will be some uneven surfaces and steps to negotiate. The tour is not available to wheelchair guests and may not be considered suitable for those with mobility concerns who are cautioned to carefully evaluate their personal level of stamina and ability.

RSSC KoperWith its captivating marina and red tiled roofs set against the deep blue of a summer day on the Adriatic, lovely Koper charms with its inviting cafes and old Venetian mansions harking back to its glory days as a jewel of Venice’s overseas empire. Around quaint Titov Square view the Praetorian Palace built in the Venetian Gothic style. Further afield, excursions include the phenomenal Skocjan Caves, a UNESCO World Heritage site, or embark on a trip through the beautiful Slovenian countryside to the capital of Ljubljana followed by an unforgettable river cruise past picturesque historical buildings.

A Walking Tour of Koper

Moderate Activity/Walking
Duration: 2 1/2 hours

An ancient Mediterranean town, Koper lies on the northern coast of the Istrian peninsula, where the Adriatic Sea carves most deeply into the heart of Central Europe. Koper’s rich Venetian Renaissance tradition is very well preserved and its many beautiful squares and burgher buildings bear witness to its long history as an important city of the 1000-year republic. As the capital town of Istria, in Italian, Koper is called Capodistira and translates as the head of Istria. The town’s prosperity has long been founded on maritime trade and today, this pulse is supported by the port of Koper which was founded 50 years ago and has allowed for Koper to become an important maritime gateway for Slovenia and other central and eastern European countries.

This lovely city that faces the sea, enjoys a Mediterranean climate with mild winters and warm and dry summers. Visitors and residents alike are treated to pleasant seaside vistas while being embraced by soft breezes. On days when the sirocco wind blows, the sky can turn an amazing color of scarlet, only serving to add to the allure of this destination.

Joining your local guide at the pier, your walking tour begins by climbing the 100 stairs that lead to the upper level of the town. Your approximately 90-minute stroll through the picturesque town center includes visits to the museum, Pretorian Palace and the Cathedral of St. Mary’s Assumption.

Before heading back to the pier, a stop will be made at Carpaccio Square for a glass of local Slovenian wine and light cheese snack. Those who wish, may stay behind in the city and make their own way back to the ship.

Please note: This tour includes approximately 2 hours of moderate walking – at times on uneven ground. There are also a considerable number of steps (approximately 160) to be negotiated and it is not considered suitable for guests who utilize a wheelchair or those with mobility concerns.

Postojna Cave & Predjama Castle

Light Activity /Walking Regent Choice
Duration: 7 1/4 hours

This amazing tour takes you to the Postojna Cave system, the largest known cave system in Slovenia. What sets the Postojna cave apart from others in the world is its diversity of shapes, stalactite and stalagmite formations, expansive cave areas and water characteristics. Especially noteworthy is the cave’s easy accessibility to visitors. Considered a horizontal cave, the greatest majority of the cave is able to be viewed from well-tended pathways. After an awesome 90-minute visit at this spectacular cave, you will re-join your coach for the short drive to Predjama Castle.

Perched high atop a cliff and only accessible from one side, this stunning castle truly commands the surrounding countryside. A magnificent edifice literally built into the enormous exposed mouth of a vast underground cave system, Predjama Castle is one of the most unique and picturesque castles to be found anywhere and has often been referred to as a masterpiece of medieval ingenuity, courage, cunning and defiance. While today’s castle clearly dates from the Renaissance era and the date of its construction is shown by the coat-of-arms of its owners, the Kobenzl family, as 1583, the castle does conceal an older heart. This interior cave castle was an impregnable refuge and historical sources have shown the castle dates back to the 13th century and perhaps even earlier. Enjoy a photo stop and brief interior visit at this renowned residence of famous knights and noblemen that was at times also notorious for being the hide-out of medieval bandits.

Following your time at the Castle, you’ll return to the pier where your tour concludes.

Please note: This tour includes approximately 2 hours 30 minutes of walking – at times on uneven ground. There are also a considerable number of steps (approximately 130) to be negotiated and it is not considered suitable for guests who utilize a wheelchair or those with mobility concerns. The temperature inside Postojna Cave averages 44 degrees Fahrenheit. The humidity is 90%. Casual lightweight clothing, a light jacket and comfortable walking shoes are suggested.

RSSC VeniceThis renowned “City of Canals” was built on an archipelago of more than 100 islands formed by about 150 canals. Ancient cobblestone streets lined with tiny ceramic and glass workshops and tempting cafes wind their way between fabulous palazzos and vast town squares along the banks of the canals. For shoppers, the city offers colorful markets; for those interested in architecture, the original Baroque classics, Basilica San Marco, the Rialto Bridge, the Doge’s Palace, and the Bridge of Sighs as viewed from a gondola or toured on foot, are breath-taking. And art lovers should make sure not to miss the Scuola Grande di San Rocco, home to Tintoretto’s finest works; or, for more modern tastes, the Peggy Guggenheim Collection, showcasing masterpieces of 20th-century art currents and the avant-garde movements.

Secret Corners of Venice and Grand Canal

Moderate Activity/Walking
Duration: 4 hours

See the grandeur of Venice by motor launch, cruising down the Grand Canal, which bisects the city and then exploring further on foot.

Departing by motor launch, you will first proceed along the Giudecca Canal and skim Rio San Trovado to reach the Grand Canal, often called the “street” with the finest houses in the world. The beautiful palazzi that line the two-mile canal are architectural wonders that have been home to the likes of Wagner and Lord Byron.

Cruising by Rio delle Poste will allow you to view the house of the explorer Marco Polo before continuing on to the Laguna Nord and passing by the Cemetery of Venice. You will also have an opportunity to view Murano from a distance before disembarking your motor launch nearby Rialto Mercato where you will commence the walking part of your tour. Your walk through the charming narrow streets of Venice gives you an amazing close-up look of the city and takes you by Campo Santo Stefano and then on to the legendary Rialto Bridge area where you will have some time to browse around. From here, it’s on to St. Mark’s Square where you can rejoin your motor launch and return to the ship or stay behind and do some shopping or further exploring on your own.

Please note: This tour includes approximately 90-minutes of moderate walking/standing and includes steps, inclines and uneven surfaces. The tour is not available to wheelchair guests or those with mobility concerns.

St. Mark’s Square After Hours

Light Activity /Walking Regent Choice
Duration: 2 1/2 hours

Depart from the pier by motor launch en route to St. Mark’s Square to visit the famed basilica, one of Venice’s main landmarks. As it will be closed to the general public, you’ll have the rare opportunity to enjoy it without interruption and at a more leisurely pace.

During your exclusive tour, the guide will share the basilica’s history, enlightening you regarding its treasures, perhaps the finest being the gold Pala d’Oro high altar. Following your visit, you will cruise by motor launch back to ship via the Giudecca Canal.

Please note: Guests must walk approximately 0.375 mile (in one hour) over uneven surfaces with 10 to 15 steps. Strict dress code enforced.

Arena di Verona Performance

Arena di Verona Opera

An exclusive opportunity to see the stunning operatic performance of Mozart’s Don Giovanni at the world-famous Arena di Verona on Thursday 30th July.

Spectacular Gold level tickets for the concert, plus for Penthouse Suites and above will enjoy a free VIP Opera Experience, including dinner at the Arena di Verona, complimentary drinks and dedicated staff throughout the evening, opera programme book and backstage visit prior to the show.

Performance Synopsis

Dramma giocoso in 2 acts by: Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

Libretto by: Lorenzo Da Ponte

Act I

It is the nighttime and Don Giovanni has stolen into Donna Anna’s rooms, while Leporello keeps guard outside cursing his own destiny as a servant. A cry is heard: Donna Anna has resisted her seducer and is running to get help for her father, the Commendatore, who has intervened with his sword drawn to protect his daughter. Don Giovanni kills him and escapes with Leporello, while Don Ottavio turns up to join his betrothed Donna Anna and swears to her that the seducer will be discovered and that his crime will be punished.

On the road Don Giovanni is walking around in search of adventure. One of his past lovers, Donna Elvira, appears on the scene and is looking for him to remind him of the promises he has made to her. The cavalier avoids responding to her, and leaves her with Leporello who, to console her, recites to her the endless list of conquests of his master. When Donna Elvira leaves, Don Giovanni joins a cheerful brigade of farmers who are celebrating the wedding of Zerlina and Masetto. Immediately the seducer manages to keep Masetto at a distance while at the same time trapping the bride. However, Donna Elvira intervenes and tries to block the manoeuvre. Don Ottavio and Donna Anna arrive and the latter is able to recognize that Don Giovanni is her father’s killer by his voice. He is already far away at this stage but the young girl who is shocked, reveals all of the particulars of the nocturnal attempt of seduction to Don Ottavio, and she instigates him, once again, to carry out the revenge. In the meantime Leporello, carrying out his master’s orders, has organized a party in the palace, where Don Giovanni is preparing himself for other conquests.

In Don Giovanni’s garden the farmers have already arrived while Zerlina is trying to calm Masetto down. Donna Elvira leads Anna and Ottavio, masked, towards Don Giovanni’s lair.

In a room in the palace the dances begin and while the activities are in full swing Don Giovanni seeks to depart with Zerlina while Leporello detains Masetto; however, the girl begins to shout and Don Giovanni grabs Leporello and makes people believe that it is he who is the seducer, and once again the cavalier manages to save himself even if the plan to kidnap Zerlina has backfired.

Act II

On the street Don Giovanni exchanges his clothes with Leporello in order to dedicate himself with greater ease to seducing Donna Elvira’s maid; Donna Elvira appears at the window and Don Giovanni makes her believe that he is still in love with her. Donna Elvira comes out onto the street and mistakes Leporello for Don Giovanni, as he is wearing his clothes and Don Giovanni in this way is able to keep them at a distance in order to be able to continue his attempt to conquer the maid without being disturbed. He is surprised and interrupted by Masetto who is looking for him in order to kill him. The farmer doesn’t recognize him, however, in Leporello’s clothes and the crafty cavalier fools him, gives him a beating and escapes. Zerlina, who runs to help her fiancé, can only console him with a heart-easing melody.

In the meantime Leporello and Donna Elvira have arrived at Donna Anna’s house and while Don Ottavio and Donna Anna arrive with lamps, Leporello tries to escape. He is, however, blocked by Zerlina and Masetto who are entering and would have been killed if he didn’t finally reveal that he was, in fact, wearing Don Giovanni’s clothes. There is a huge ensemble of consternation and Leporello is able to escape.

Leporello joins his master in a secluded place, which he discovers is actually the cemetery where the statue of the Commendatore Don Giovanni killed is to be found. Don Giovanni, mocking the statue, forces Leporello to invite him to dinner and to his and Leporello’s astonishment the statue accepts the offer.

Having already forgotten about the strange invitation in the cemetery, Don Giovanni is lightheartedly dining in his palace and is being served by Leporello, while a group of musicians raise the spirits of the evening. Donna Elvira bursts in, making a final appeal to Giovanni to reform. He laughs at her, invites her to join him but Elvira, recognizing that she will not change him, runs despairingly off. From outside she utters a piercing scream. Leporello investigates and returns in terror, babbling of a white stone man with earth-shaking strides. Knocking is heard at the door and Don Giovanni opens it.
It is the Commendatore’s statue and he offers Giovanni the chance to repent but the cavalier refuses and he is dragged into the engulfing flames of hell.

Leporello narrates the death of his master to all who have come to arrest the cavalier. A final chorus (“Questo è il fin di chi fa male”) rejoices the new re-found serenity.


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