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Explore the Adriatic with SeaDream & the Venice Simplon-Orient-Express

10-day rail & cruise holiday from £9,890 pp incl. flights


Short description

Discover the highlights of the Venice and the Adriatic this ultra-luxury rail and cruise holiday


  • Experience the golden-age luxury of the Venice Simplon-Orient-Express
  • Board your cruise in the very heart of Venice and navigate the famed Grand Canal in style
  • Explore the best of the Adriatic, from northern Italy to Croatia
  • Discover the hidden gems of Piran, Opatija and Vis island
  • Savour multi-course menus designed with elegant, light portions paired with fine wines

In Brief

  • 1 Night Venice Simplon-Orient-Express
  • 2 Nights Venice
  • 1 Night Trieste
  • 1 Night Piran
  • 1 Night Optija
  • 1 Night Zadar
  • 1 Night Vis Island
  • 1 Night Dubrovnik


Recommended for:
History & culture | Ocean cruise | Rail journey

Discover the delights of the Adriatic on this spectacular voyage aboard a luxury yacht. You'll start with the world's most famous train journey to Venice before sailing to some of Europe's most charming yet unexplored towns. SeaDream typically docks at the San Basilio, so you can enjoy navigating the Grand Canal in style, aboard one of the very few commercial vessels that can transit this famous waterway. Discover vibrant Trieste and Venetian-influenced Pitan in Slovenia before heading across to Croatia's turquoise-framed shores, stopping to explore the 17th-century architecture of Vis Island, ultra-modern Zadar and the walled city of Dubrovnik. It's all enjoyed alongside a host of onboard delights, including a sumptuous spa and a water sports deck as well as gourmet dinners and all-inclusive drinks. Private transfers are included throughout.

Day by day itinerary

Day 1
London to Paris

Your journey begins with a Business Premier Eurostar hop across the Channel to Lille, from where a short transfer will see you to Calais and the blue-and-gold carriages of the Venice Simplon-Orient-Express. You’ll be escorted to your 1920s cabin where wood-framed picture windows invite in the view and oak panelled luxury recalls the golden age of travel. Change for dinner or perhaps visit the bar car for a choice of aperitif before your four-course dinner, complemented by superb vintages and the twinkling ivories of a baby grand piano. Expect menus to reflect the train’s routes in such delicacies as Brittany lobsters and Mont St Michel saltmarsh lamb. After picking up passengers in Paris, you’ll find your private cabin transformed into sleeping berths, complete with crisp damask sheets.

Stay: Venice Simplon-Orient-Express (Deluxe)

Meals: L D

Day 2
Venice, Italy

Wake to the scenery of the magnificent Swiss Alps and enjoy a continental breakfast in your carriage as the beauty of rural Austria speeds by. A three-course lunch is then served while crossing into Italy, leaving time to browse the boutique as you pass through the Italian Dolomites, marvelling at their armoured peaks. An afternoon tea is then taken as you cross the Venetian Lagoon. On arrival, you'll board one of those emblematic water taxis, all polished timber and sweeping curves, to transfer right to the pier of your Venetian palace hotel. The Baglioni is particularly impressive; it's the oldest hotel in Venice and features a rooftop terrace with spectacular views over the lagoon. And, you'll be perfectly poised to visit Harry's Bar, Hemingway's iconic haunt. However, we recommend a visit to Hotel Metropole for your Bellini – the service is better and the man himself preferred it.

Stay: Baglioni Hotel Luna, Venice (Deluxe)

Meals: B L

Day 3
Venice, Italy

Take the morning to explore Venice, perhaps visiting the magnificent Doge's Palace and spectacularly-carved Rialto Bridge dotted among the warren of cobbled alleys and canals. Then, in the afternoon an included private transfer will whisk you to your luxurious yacht. Settle in to your elegant stateroom before indulging in the first of your included gourmet dinners, served in the elegant dining room, with dishes such as filet mignon and lobster.

Stay: SeaDream I or II

Meals: D

Day 4
Trieste, Italy

Anchor in to Trieste today, where a melange of Latin, Slavic and Germanic cultures combine to create a city that's as vibrant as it is laid-back. Stroll among its traditional cafes, medieval old city and ancient architecture, framed by pretty sea views, before returning to the ship and perhaps taking advantage of the watersports deck, on-board Thai-certified spa or a movie under the stars on the outdoor big screen. 

Stay: SeaDream I or  II

Meals: B L D

Day 5
Piran, Slovenia

You've got the day to explore Piran, one of Slovenia's most beautiful coastal towns. We recommend a guided walking tour – easily organised through the ship – to really get a feel for Piran's Venetian-empire history, evident in every cobbled alleyway and ancient building – and don't miss a visit to the home of the famous Slovenian-heritage Lipizzaner horses. Of course, back on board, there's the chance to enjoy yoga lessons, golf simulators or simply dips in the pool alongside al fresco lunches on the deck and pre-dinner cocktails at the Top of the Yacht Bar – a wonderful spot for panoramic sunset views.

Stay: SeaDream I or  II

Meals: B L D

Day 6
Opatija, Croatia

After breakfast, arrive in Opatija, often referred to as the 'Croatian Monte Carlo'. Here, green hillsides tumble down to the ocean's rocky harbour that's lined with super yachts and Habsburg-era houses, framed by the famous Lungomare promenade which extends all the way to the picturesque pine trees of Lovran village. Spend your day exploring or simply relax at one of the dozens of picturesque secluded coves, ideal for whiling away the hours sunbathing or cliff swimming.

Stay: SeaDream I or II

Meals: B L D

Day 7

Sail to Zadar today, the oldest inhabited city in Croatia that's full of ancient Roman ruins and medieval churches. Don't miss a stroll around the charming Old Town and a visit to the famous Sea Organ that plays music through sea waves and tubes that lie underneath architecturally-designed marble steps. Of course, you could always simply relax on one of the Balinese-style sunbeds onboard the ship alongside a fresh seafood lunch. 

Stay: SeaDream I or II

Meals: B L D

Day 8
Vis Island, Croatia

Vis Island is your next stop today. Not reachable via larger cruise ships, it's got a true sense of remoteness and authenticity – famous for not only being the oldest town in Croatia, it also featured in 2018's Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again. Perhaps enjoy a boat trip to the myriad hidden coves – including the famous cobalt-blue of the aptly-named Blue Cave – alongside guided tours among the ancient city walls and Roman theatres. There's also opportunities to take advantage of the ship's onboard watersports platform, with everything from private catamaran trips to waterskiing and snorkelling on offer.

Stay: SeaDream I or II

Meals: B L D

Day 9
Dubrovnik, Croatia

Anchor in to your final stop today – UNESCO World Heritage-listed Dubrovnik. Enjoy everything from tours around the ancient walled city and kayaking to neighbouring Lokrum Island to panoramic cable car rides above the city. For your last evening on board, enjoy a final gourmet dinner before a drink at the opulent Piano Bar with new-found friends.

Stay: SeaDream I or II

Meals: B L D

Day 10
Dubrovnik to UK

After breakfast, disembark and take your included private transfer to the airport for your flight back to the UK.

Meals: B



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

Accommodation rating: Deluxe

10-day rail & cruise holiday from £9,890 pp incl. flights

13 July 2023 departure


    • London St Pancras to Lille on Eurostar in Business Premier Class and transfer to Calais to board the Venice Simplon-Orient Express
    • Calais to Venice on the Venice Simplon-Orient-Express including selected meals 
    • Private transfer to the Baglioni Luna Hotel, Venice for overnight stay with breakfast 
    • Private transfer from hotel to SeaDream I or II
    • 7-night cruise from Venice to Dubrovnik
    • Gourmet meals throughout your cruise expertly prepared with the freshest of ingredients and paired with fine wines 
    • 24-hour room service from the in-suite menu
    • Open Bar with select premium brands
    • Cruise Gratuities
    • Water “toys” from the yacht’s marina including kayaks, personal sailboats, stand-up paddle boards, snorkel gear, water skiing
    • Mountain bikes for shore side exploration
    • Crew-led shore side activities like hiking and biking with the Activities Manager, or go shopping with the Chef
    • Private transfer from yacht to Dubrovnik airport
    • Flight from Dubrovnik to the UK

    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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