Croatia, Greece & Italy Cruise

from€1519
for 10 nights

Enjoy an incredible 10-Night cruise through the Adriatic and Mediterranean visiting some of the finest islands and cities in Europe, onboard the 4-star Norwegian Pearl.

What's Included
  • Flight from Dublin to Venice
  • Transfers to the port in Trieste
  • 10 nights onboard the 4* Norwegian Pearl
  • Fine dining on a full-board basis
  • A variety of day & evening entertainment onboard
  • Return transfer from port to airport
  • Flight from Rome to Dublin
  • Taxes, charges and 20kg check-in bag per person

Experience an unforgettable Mediterranean cruise aboard Norwegian Pearl. Game of Thrones fans will enjoy a tour of Dubrovnik’s Old Town where several historic sites were featured in the hit TV show. Then explore the best of Kotor, from the medieval sites of Old Town to fascinating museums and nearby expansive beaches. From Naples, step back in time whilst exploring the ruins of Pompeii – a UNESCO World Heritage Site – and journey to Sorrento to savour lunch at a local family-owned farm. Nestled on the west coast of Tuscany, charming Livorno offers the freshest seafood, awe-inspiring forts and splendid coastal views with ample cafes and boutiques awaiting your discovery.

Enjoy 10 or more hours to explore select Mediterranean ports.
Explore the Greek Isles, Montenegro and Croatia.

Upgrade Options
Add Free At Sea for just €249pp - Get wifi, All Inclusive Drinks, $50 shore excursion credit per port, and one speciality dining
Norwegian Pearl

Cruise to the breezy islands of The Caribbean or venture into the wild in Alaska. Or simply sit back and sail through the world’s greatest shortcut on a Panama Canal cruise. Whatever you choose to do, we invite you to experience the wonders of getting there aboard the Norwegian Pearl. Her delicious dining options, multiple bars and lounges, dazzling casino, tranquil spa, and spacious Garden Villas are just a few things that make this Jewel Class cruise ship a destination of her own.

Speciality Dining
Enjoy a night of gastronomic proportions at one of our many speciality restaurants. Sip your favourite cocktail as you select from choice cuts of Angus Beef at Cagney’s Steakhouse. Enjoy delicious pasta made with the freshest ingredients inside our rustic and chic Italian eatery, La Cucina. Or savour French cuisine at Le Bistro. No matter what you choose, our speciality dining options feature the tastes you’ll crave.

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Norwegian Cruise Line
Prices
Dates Cabin Type Price
01 Nov 2024 Inside €1519 Book Now
01 Nov 2024 Oceanview €1749 Book Now
01 Nov 2024 Balcony €2439 Book Now
Agent
Eleanor M
Eleanor M
Booking Remarks
Prices are per person based on two sharing
Inclusive of taxes and service charges as indicated
Full payment due at time of booking
Optional Insurance €29 (conditions apply)
Child and family prices available on request
Gratuities on board are not included in the above price
These prices are guidelines only and are subject to change and availability. Pricing will be confirmed at time of booking.
Itinerary
Day 1

Trieste (for Venice), Italy

On arrival, you will be transferred to the port in Trieste to board the fantastic cruise ship Norwegian Pearl.

Day 2

Koper, Slovenia

Stable, prosperous and welcoming, Slovenia is a charming and comfortable place to travel, with architecturally grand, cultured cities, and lush pine-forested countryside, perfect for hiking and biking in summer and skiing in winter.

The country managed to avoid much of the strife that plagued other nations during the messy disintegration of the Yugoslav Republic.

Administered by German-speaking Habsburg overlords until 1918, the Slovenes absorbed the culture of their rulers while managing to retain a strong sense of ethnic identity through their Slavic language.

A cruise to Slovenia would be incomplete without a visit to its sophisticated capital, Ljubljana: a delight, pleasantly compact and cluttered with fabulous Baroque and Habsburg buildings.

A short ride away, the Julian Alps provide stunning mountain scenery, most accessible at the majestic twin lakes of Bled and Bohinj, while the Soča Valley, skirting the country’s western border, is even more memorable.

Further south are spectacular caves, notably at Postojna and Škocjan, while the short stretch of Slovenian Mediterranean coast is punctuated by two starkly different towns: historic Piran and party-oriented Portorož.

In the eastern wine-making regions, Ptuj is Slovenia’s oldest and best-preserved town, while the country’s second city, Maribor, is a worthwhile stopover point on the way to Austria.

Day 3

Split, Croatia

Croatia’s second-largest city, Split (Spalato in Italian) is a great place to see Dalmatian life as it’s really lived. Always buzzing, this exuberant city has just the right balance between tradition and modernity. Step inside Diocletian’s Palace (a Unesco World Heritage Site and one of the world’s most impressive Roman monuments) and you’ll see dozens of bars, restaurants and shops thriving amid the atmospheric old walls where Split has been humming along for thousands of years.
To top it off, Split has a unique setting. Its dramatic coastal mountains act as the perfect backdrop to the turquoise waters of the Adriatic and help divert attention from the dozens of shabby high-rise apartment blocks that fill its suburbs. It’s this thoroughly lived-in aspect of Split that means it will never be a fantasy land like Dubrovnik, but perhaps it’s all the better for that.

Day 4

Dubrovnik, Croatia

Regardless of whether you are visiting Dubrovnik for the first time or the hundredth, the sense of awe never fails to descend when you set eyes on the beauty of the old town. Indeed it’s hard to imagine anyone becoming jaded by the city’s limestone streets, baroque buildings and the endless shimmer of the Adriatic, or failing to be inspired by a walk along the ancient city walls that protected the capital of a sophisticated republic for centuries.
Although the shelling of Dubrovnik in 1991 horrified the world, the city has bounced back with vigour to enchant visitors again. Marvel at the interplay of light on the old stone buildings; trace the peaks and troughs of Dubrovnik’s past in museums replete with art and artefacts; take the cable car up to Mt Srđ; exhaust yourself climbing up and down narrow lanes – then plunge into the azure sea.

Day 5

Kotor, Montenegro

Wedged between brooding mountains and a moody corner of the bay, achingly atmospheric Kotor (Котор) is perfectly at one with its setting. Hemmed in by staunch walls snaking improbably up the surrounding slopes, the town is a medieval maze of museums, churches, cafe-strewn squares and Venetian palaces and pillories. It’s a dramatic and delightful place where the past coexists with the present; its cobblestones ring with the sound of children racing to school in centuries-old buildings, lines of laundry flutter from wrought-iron balconies, and hundreds of cats – the descendants of seafaring felines – loll in marble laneways. Come nightfall, Kotor’s spectacularly lit-up walls glow as serenely as a halo. Behind the bulwarks, the streets buzz with bars, live music – from soul to serenades – and castle-top clubbing.
Budva’s got the beaches, and nearby Dubrovnik’s got the bling, but for romance, ambience and living history, this Old Town outflanks them all.

Day 6

Corfu, Greece

Still recognisable as the idyllic refuge where the shipwrecked Odysseus was soothed and sent on his way home, Corfu continues to welcome weary travellers with its lush scenery, bountiful produce and pristine beaches.
Since the 8th century BC, the island the Greeks call Kerkyra has been prized for its untamed beauty and strategic location. Ancient armies fought to possess it, while in the early days of modern Greece it was a beacon of learning. Corfiots remain proud of their intellectual and artistic roots, with vestiges of the past ranging from Corfu Town’s Venetian architecture to British legacies such as cricket and ginger beer.

While certain regions of the island have succumbed to overdevelopment, particularly those close to Corfu Town, Corfu is large enough to make it possible to escape the crowds. Venture across cypress-studded hills to find vertiginous villages in the fertile interior, and sandy coves lapped by cobalt-blue waters.

Day 7

Katakolon (Olympia), Greece

A holiday to Greece during a cruise of the Mediterranean means history and myth. Katakolon is a tiny seaside town in Greece in the bay of Agios Andreas, only 20 km away from the ancient site of Olympia.

The historic associations and resonance of Olympia, which for over a millennium hosted the most important Panhellenic games, are rivalled only by Delphi or Mycenae. It is one of the largest ancient sites in Greece, spread beside the twin rivers of Alfiós and Kládhios, and overlooked by the Hill of Krónos.

The sheer quantity of ruined structures can give a confusing impression of their ancient grandeur and function, but the site itself is picturesque, definitely deserving a visit on an excursion. The entrance to the site, located just 200m from the modern village, leads along the west side of the Altis wall, past a group of public and official buildings. The Prytaneion was the administrators’ residence, where athletes stayed and feasted at official expense.

You can see the ruins of a gymnasium and a palaestra (wrestling school), used by the competitors during their obligatory month of pre-games training. Beyond these stood the Priests’ House, the Theokoleion, a substantial colonnaded building in whose southeast corner is a structure adapted as a Byzantine church. The main focus of the Altis precinct is provided by the great Doric Temple of Zeus.

Built between 470 and 456 BC, it was as large as the Parthenon, a fact quietly substantiated by the vast column drums littering the ground. The temple’s decoration, too, rivalled the finest in Athens; partially recovered, its sculptures of Pelops in a chariot race, of Lapiths and Centaurs, and the Labours of Hercules, are now in the museum.

Day 8

Messina, Sicily, Italy

Messina may well be your first sight of Sicily, and – from your holiday cruise ship – it’s a fine one, the glittering town spread up the hillside beyond its sickle-shaped Mediterranean harbour.

On a shore excursion you can discover Messina’s most important monument, the Duomo, which epitomizes the city’s phoenix-like ability to re-create itself from the ashes of its last disaster. It’s the reconstruction of a twelfth-century cathedral erected by Roger II, one of a series of great Norman churches of Sicily that include the sumptuous cathedrals of Palermo and Cefalù. The Duomo’s detached campanile, or bell tower, claims to be the largest astronomical clock in the world, and puts on its best show at noon every day, when a bronze lion (Messina’s ancient emblem) unleashes a mighty roar over the city that can be quite alarming if you’re not expecting it!

Day 9

Naples, Italy

While Milan may be home to all things chic, Florence to all that is worthy in art and Rome to historical grandeur, Naples can outdo them all in one count with its sheer ‘Napoletanità’!

Naples offers a mix of breathtaking beauty and a strong sense of life being lived to its limits.

Squeezed between Vesuvius, Europe’s second-largest active volcano on one side and the sulphurous springs and boiling mud pools of the Flegrean fields on the other, Naples and its famous blue bay is a ‘must-see’ city along your cruise.

Day 10

Livorno (Florence/Pisa), Italy

Tuscany’s third-largest city is a quintessential port town with a colourful history and cosmopolitan heritage. Declared a free port in the 17th century, Livorno (Leghorn in English) attracted traders from across the globe, who brought with them new customs and habits, exotic goods, slaves and foreign forms of worship. The result was a city famed throughout Europe for its multiculturalism. Today its seafood is the best on the Tyrrhenian coast, its shabby historic quarter threaded with Venetian-style canals is full of character, and its elegant belle époque buildings offer evocative reminders of a prosperous past. An easy train trip from Florence, Pisa and Rome, it makes an understated but undeniably worthwhile stop on any Tuscan itinerary.

Day 11

Civitavecchia (Rome), Italy

Following breakfast onboard, you will be invited to disembark the Norwegian Pearl and you will be transferred to the airport for your flight back to Dublin.

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