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Orient Express, Adriatic to the Aegean on Silver Shadow

14-day cruise

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In Brief

  • 1 Night London to Venice
  • 4 Nights Venice
  • 1 Night Rovinj
  • 1 Night Hvar Island
  • 1 Night Split
  • 2 Nights Kotor
  • 1 Night Corfu
  • 1 Night Olympia (Katakolon)
  • 1 Night Monemvasia
  • 1 Night Athens

About

Recommended for:
Ocean cruise

For those of you who wish to fall in love with the Eastern Med, this is the voyage for you. With the beauty of Rovinj, Hvar and Split in your wake, spend an overnight in the walled streets and wooded hills of wonderful Kotor. Lady Greece then opens her Olympian arms to introduce you to her lovely children - Corfu, Katakolon and Monemvasia - making this trip far more than a sum of its parts.

Day by day itinerary

Day 1
London to Venice

Journey on the Venice Simplon-Orient-Express from London for a luxurious overnight trip to Venice, where you arrive late afternoon the next day.

Board the Belmond British Pullman train at London Victoria. Sit back in your reserved seat and enjoy a delicious brunch and an indulgent Bellini as you travel through the countryside of Kent. After crossing the channel, board the famed Venice Simplon-Orient-Express train where you will enjoy a sumptuous four-course dinner, prepared freshly on board by French chefs.

After dinner, retire to your cabin which has been transformed into a cosy bedroom.

Stay: Venice Simplon-Orient-Express (Deluxe)

Meals: B L D

Days 2-4
Venice

Marvel at the magnificent mountain countryside scenery as you enjoy breakfast served in your cabin. Spend the morning relaxing in the Bar Car or in your cabin as you enjoy the view passing by. Head to the restaurant car for your three-course lunch, and later feast on on a selection of pastries served in your cabin.

The Venice Simplon-Orient-Express finally crosses the Venetian Lagoon and pulls into Santa Lucia Station in Venice.

You will be met and transferred by private boat to your hotel, the Baglioni Hotel Luna, for a three night stay on a room-only basis.

Venice is a city unlike any other. No matter how often you've seen it in photos and films, the real thing is more dreamlike than you could imagine. With canals where streets should be, water shimmers everywhere. The fabulous palaces and churches reflect centuries of history in what was a wealthy trading center between Europe and the Orient. Getting lost in the narrow alleyways is a quintessential part of exploring Venice, but at some point you'll almost surely end up in Piazza San Marco, where tourists and locals congregate for a coffee or an aperitif.

Stay: Baglioni Hotel Luna, Venice (Deluxe)

Day 5
Venice

Check out of the hotel and take your included private boat transfer to the port to embark Silver Shadow for your cruise to Athens.

Stay: Silver Shadow

Meals: L D

Day 6
Rovinj, Croatia

One of the true jewels of the Mediterranean, Rovinj is a jaw-droppingly beautiful town, which juts out into sparkling Mediterranean. Dominated by the pencil-like bell tower of the Venetian Saint Euphemia Cathedral, pine tree forests flow to the borders of the quaint Old Town - which evokes the romantic, tangled backstreets of the Venice. Rovinj - or Rovino in Italian - is a city of split personalities, with two official languages - having been owned by the Kingdom of Italy between 1919 and 1947.

Stay: Silver Shadow

Meals: B L D

Day 7
Hvar Island, Croatia

The Croatian island of Hvar bills itself as the "sunniest island in the Adriatic." Not only does it have the figures to back up this claim—an annual average of 2,724 hours of sunshine—but it also makes visitors a sporting proposition, offering them a money-back guarantee if there are seven consecutive days of snow (snow has been known to fall here; the last time being February 2012).

Stay: Silver Shadow

Meals: B L D

Day 8
Split, Croatia

Split's ancient core is so spectacular and unusual that a visit is more than worth your time. The heart of the city lies within the walls of Roman emperor Diocletian's retirement palace, which was built in the 3rd century AD. Diocletian, born in the nearby Roman settlement of Salona in AD 245, achieved a brilliant career as a soldier and became emperor at the age of 40. Today the historic center of Split is included on UNESCO's list of World Heritage Sites.

Stay: Silver Shadow

Meals: B L D

Days 9-10
Kotor, Montenegro

Backed by imposing mountains, tiny Kotor lies hidden from the open sea, tucked into the deepest channel of the Bokor Kotorska (Kotor Bay), which is Europe's most southerly fjord. Kotor's medieval Stari Grad (Old Town) is enclosed within well-preserved defensive walls built between the 9th and 18th centuries and is presided over by a proud hilltop fortress. Within the walls, a labyrinth of winding cobbled streets leads through a series of splendid paved piazzas, rimmed by centuries-old stone buildings.

Stay: Silver Shadow

Meals: B L D

Day 11
Corfu, Greece

Corfu town today is a vivid tapestry of cultures—a sophisticated weave, where charm, history, and natural beauty blend. Located about midway along the island's east coast, this spectacularly lively capital is the cultural heart of Corfu and has a remarkable historic center that UNESCO designated as a World Heritage Site in 2007.

Stay: Silver Shadow

Meals: B L D

Day 12
Olympia (Katakolon)

Katakolon could not seem less of a cruise port if it tried. A tiny enclave clinging to the western Peloponnese coast, it's a sleepy place except when ships dock. But it's a popular cruise destination because of its proximity to Olympia. Ancient Olympia was one of the most important cities in classical Greece. The Sanctuary of Zeus was the city's raison d'être, and attracted pilgrims from around the eastern Mediterranean, and later the city played host to Olympic Games, the original athletic games that were the inspiration for today's modern sporting pan-planetary meet. At the foot of the tree-covered Kronion hill, in a valley near two rivers, Katakolon is today one of the most popular ancient sites in Greece. If you don't want to make the trip to Olympia, then Katakolon is an ideal place for a leisurely Greek lunch while you watch the fishermen mend their nets.

Stay: Silver Shadow

Meals: B L D

Day 13
Monemvasia, Greece

Monemvasia boasts a varied and colourful history that can be traced to the 8th-century when Greeks fleeing the Slav invasion of Lakonia found refuge here.  The wall-encircled Lower Town extends along the slopes of a 985-foot-high crag that projects into the sea on the east side of the Peloponnese. The Upper Town is situated on top of the Rock of Monemvasia. It is reached via a zigzagging, paved lane. An almost impregnable bastion in earlier days, it has been uninhabited for centuries, but still manages to preserve its magnificent appearance. Visitors today can explore the remains of the ancient citadel-castle and visit the church of Hagia Sofia. From the summit there is also a fantastic view of the surrounding area.

Stay: Silver Shadow

Meals: B L D

Day 14
Piraeus (Athens)

Debark the ship and take your included private transfer to the airport for your direct British Airways flight to the UK.


Meals: B

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