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Adriatic Luxury with Silversea & the Venice Simplon-Orient-Express

15-day luxury rail & cruise holiday from £10,220 pp incl. flights

Special offer: Exclusive offer – Save up to £1,820pp


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Explore the Continent in consummate style

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  • Cruise the Aegean Sea in style aboard Silversea’s newest ship
  • Explore the ancient and natural wonders of Italy, Malta, Greece and Croatia
  • Take it all in with a choice of included, expert-led excursions
  • Stay at one of Venice’s finest hotels
  • End with a journey to savour on the Venice Simplon-Orient-Express

In Brief

  • 1 Night Rome
  • 2 Nights Sorrento
  • 1 Night Siracusa
  • 1 Night Valletta
  • 1 Night At sea
  • 1 Night Corfu
  • 1 Night Sarandë
  • 1 Night Dubrovnik
  • 1 Night Split
  • 1 Night Zadar
  • 2 Nights Venice
  • 1 Night Venice Simplon-Orient-Express


Recommended for:
Bucket-list holidays | History & culture | Ocean cruise | Rail journey

This not-to-be-missed ultra-luxury rail and cruise holiday will see you explore the Continent in consummate style. It all begins with a Mediterranean voyage aboard Silversea’s newest ship, Silver Nova, bringing you first from Rome’s historic treasures to lemon-scented Sorrento and the volcanic beauty of Sicily. It’s then just a short hop to the Malta and its UNESCO-listed capital, followed by the coastal delights of Corfu and the chance to step off the beaten track with a day Sarande, Albania. From there, it’s on to Croatia’s Dalmatian coast with its pretty old towns and sun-kissed islands before your arrival in Venice. But that’s not the end as, following a two-night stay in one of the city’s finest hotels, you’ll board the famous carriages of the Venice Simplon-Orient-Express to begin an unforgettable journey across the heart of alpine Europe. 

Day by day itinerary

Day 1
Fly to Rome

Begin your holiday in style with included UK airport lounge access before your flight to Rome. On arrival in the Italian capital, you’ll be met and transferred to Civitavecchia and the luxurious Silver Nova to begin your Mediterranean cruise. Of course, you might choose to arrive early and spend some time in the city, taking in the historic treasures of its Roman past. Otherwise, take the chance for a first taste of life on board the ship, enjoying the first of your included dining experiences or perhaps splashing out on a treatment at the spa.

Stay: Silver Nova (Deluxe)

Meals: D

Days 2-3

Having sailed overnight, you’ll arrive in Sorrento on Italy’s idyllic Amalfi Coast. Backdropped by green hills and scented lemon groves, traditional towns tumble down steep cliffs towards the Mediterranean’s deep blue. A selection of included shore excursions will see you explore the region in depth, perhaps taking in ancient Pompeii at the foot of the cloud-wisped cone of Mt. Vesuvius or enjoying a scenic drive along the famed Blue-Ribbon Road. Alternatively, indulge your love of fine Italian food with a tasting at the Michelin-rated Quattro Passi Restaurant and cellars.

Stay: Silver Nova (Deluxe)

Meals: B L D

Day 4

Spend today on the island of Sicily, making port in honey-hued Siracusa – a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Again, there’s a selection of included tours to choose from, taking in the likes of Mount Etna and Catania, beautiful Ortygia Island or Siracusa itself. Alternatively, join a guided hike through Vendicari Nature Reserve or upgrade for a full day of private island exploration in the company of an expert guide.

Stay: Silver Nova (Deluxe)

Meals: B L D

Day 5

Approaching Valletta by sea, you’ll gain a spectacular perspective of its looming fortifications which form the outer defences of the city’s World Heritage-listed old town. It’s the atmospheric setting for a number of today’s optional shore excursions, which take in everywhere from the Grand Master’s Palace to the impressive Fortress City itself. Otherwise, why not take a local’s look at the bustling Mdina, so atmospheric after sundown, or head further afield to explore Malta’s picturesque gardens or take an island-wide sightseeing tour.

Stay: Silver Nova (Deluxe)

Meals: B L D

Day 6
At sea

After a busy few days, enjoy some relaxing time at sea and the chance to fully enjoy all the luxurious facilities onboard Silver Nova, from its fine-dining restaurants to its sumptuous spa. Head out on deck to spot passing wildlife, soak up some of the world-class entertainment or simply head the pool deck to read a book and work on your tan.

Stay: Silver Nova (Deluxe)

Meals: B L D

Day 7

With its British, French and Venetian influences, this sickle-shaped Greek Island has a fascinating recent past to sit alongside its ancient Greek roots. Indeed, between 13th-century monasteries and a World Heritage old town, there’s plenty to keep even the most ardent culture vulture entertained. Of course, with its golden beaches and gently lapping seas, the island is also well-loved by sunseekers, so if you’re simply looking to relax, there are plenty of options for that too, among a choice of seven complimentary shore excursions. Alternatively, you might choose to upgrade for the likes of guided mountain biking or a guided jeep tour.

Stay: Silver Nova (Deluxe)

Meals: B L D

Day 8

Just 20 minutes from Corfu, Sarande is Albania’s most southerly port and a real hidden gem in the shadow of its more illustrious neighbour. You’ll have a full day here to take in any number of sights, from the ancient city of Butrint, host to ancient Greek ruins and mosaic, to the magnificent Lekurski Castle and its nearby winery. Otherwise, perhaps choose a jeep tour for a wider appreciation of the region.

Stay: Silver Nova (Deluxe)

Meals: B L D

Day 9

With its imposing battlements and terracotta-roofed old town surrounded by impossibly turquoise seas, medieval Dubrovnik has set the scene for many a Hollywood blockbuster. Today, it’s yours to explore with the likes of guided city tours introducing you to this Croatian gem’s storied past. For an insider’s look at the city’s film-star good looks, a Game of Thrones tour will bring you to some of the best-known filming locations. Alternatively, head outside the city for a countryside visit, or splash out on an upgraded kayak trip beneath the city walls.

Stay: Silver Nova (Deluxe)

Meals: B L D

Day 10

Your next stop is Split and its extraordinary Diocletian’s Palace – a Roman remain that still harbours the lifeblood of this bustling, feelgood city. Naturally, your choice of included excursions features plenty of options for getting beneath the skin of this Adriatic icon, perhaps even paired with an olive oil tasting. If you feel like giving the history a miss, however, there’s also the chance to visit the magnificent Krka National Park and Waterfalls or go rafting on the nearby Cetina River.

Stay: Silver Nova (Deluxe)

Meals: B L D

Day 11

Zadar is a glorious mesh of cultural and architectural influences – the Venetians, Austrians, French and Italians all left their mark on this fun and flamboyant city. Take in the best of it on a walking tour, combining winding laneways with grand cathedrals. There’s even the option to add on a liqueur tasting, pairing cherry brandies with delicious local cakes. Beyond the city, Krka National Park remains within easy reach, as does Vrana Lake with its historic paths, abundant birdlife and marvellous ocean views en route.

Stay: Silver Nova (Deluxe)

Meals: B L D

Days 12-13

Arrive in Venice this morning, where you’ll disembark and transfer to the luxurious Baglioni Luna – one of the city’s finest hotels. Then, spend two days relaxing and exploring Italy’s floating city at your own pace, perhaps taking in the likes of The Doge’s Palace and St Mark’s Square, taking a gondola ride or simply taking in the unique atmosphere accompanied by a gelato or Bellini cocktail – a Hemmingway favourite.

Stay: Baglioni Hotel Luna, Venice (Deluxe)

Meals: B

Day 14
Venice Simplon-Orient-Express

Today marks yet another trip highlight in this extraordinary adventure. Having checked out of your hotel, a private transfer will see you to Santa Lucia station where you’ll board the famous blue-and-gold carriages of the Venice Simplon-Orient-Express. Then, accompanied by the very best in fine dining and white-glove service, you’ll begin one of the world’s great rail journeys, heading across northern Italy, past the imposing peaks of the Dolomites, and into alpine Austria.

Stay: Venice Simplon-Orient-Express (Deluxe)

Meals: B L D

Day 15
Arrive in London

Wake this morning in your private cabin or suite to a delicious Continental breakfast as the landscapes of France rush past. Then, after brunch served in one of the art-deco dining cars, you’ll disembark in Calais, transfer across to Lille and board the Eurostar for the final leg of the journey into London St Pancras.

Meals: B L



Any element of this cruise can be adjusted to suit your needs. Just contact us to find out more.

Accommodation rating: Deluxe

15-day luxury rail & cruise holiday from £10,220 pp incl. flights

3 August 2023 departure

Special Offer

Exclusive offer: Save up to £1,820 pp.

Book by: 10 October 2022

Cruise includes

  • Scheduled flight from London to Rome in business class
  • Private transfer from Rome airport to ship
  • 12-day cruise aboard Silver Nova
  • Multiple restaurants, diverse cuisine, open-seating dining
  • Beverages in-suite and throughout the ship, including champagne, select wines and spirits
  • 1 Shore Excursion per port, per day
  • Onboard entertainment
  • Onboard gratuities
  • Unlimited Free Wifi

Post Cruise 

  • Private transfer from ship to Venice hotel
  • Two nights at the 5-star Baglioni Hotel Luna with daily breakfast
  • Private transfer from hotel to Venice station 
  • Overnight Venice Simplon-Orient-Express train from Venice to London via Paris

Terms & Conditions

Prices are per person based on two people sharing a twin/double room; prices are subject to availability and possible change; normal booking conditions apply.

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