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Mediterranean Cruise: Italy, Croatia & Greece

12 days |  14 days with Rome extension
12 days |  14 days with Rome extension
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Take to the high seas between three storied nations.

The Italian, Balkan, and Peloponnese peninsulas all share something in common: the glittering waters of the Mediterranean that separate them. On this special version of our Italy, the Adriatic & Greek Islands Cruise, you’ll get to know them well—as well as the countries that sit along its shores. Begin in canal-crossed Venice before streaking across the Adriatic to Split, Croatia. From this historic city, you’ll move on to the iconic Greek island of Santorini, before finishing in the cradle of civilization itself—Athens. (Not ready to go home? Rome awaits on this trip’s extension!)

Your tour package includes

  • 3 nights in handpicked hotels
  • 7 nights aboard the Royal Caribbean Explorer of the Seas
  • 10 breakfasts
  • 6 lunches
  • 9 dinners, some with beer or wine
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Included highlights

  • St. Mark’s Square
  • Grand Canal
  • Santorini
  • Mykonos
  • Athens
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Day-by-day itinerary

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Overnight Flight1 night
Day 1: Travel day

Board your overnight flight to Venice today.

Venice2 nights
Day 2: Arrival in Venice
Included meal: Welcome dinner

Welcome to Italy! Meet your Tour Director and fellow travelers at tonight’s welcome dinner.

Day 3: Sightseeing tour of Venice
Included meal: Breakfast

Admire historic churches, winding canals, and picture-perfect piazzas on a guided tour of the city known as the Queen of the Adriatic.

  • Step into the iconic St. Mark's Square and enter St. Mark's Basilica.
  • View the stately Doge's Palace, built in the Venetian Gothic style in 1340.
  • Marvel at the Bridge of Sighs, the link between Doge's Palace and the New Prison.
  • See a glassblowing demonstration to learn about the city's most celebrated art.

Enjoy a free afternoon in Venice or add an excursion.

Please note: On some departures travelers may enter St. Mark's Basilica after the sightseeing tour based on ticket time availability.

Gondola Ride: Venice Canal Cruise

From $125 per person

Private Gondola Ride: Canal Cruise for Two

From $225 per person

Overnight Cruise7 nights
Day 4: Cruise embarkation
Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Transfer to Ravenna this morning, where your cruise will depart this evening. Board your ship, Explorer of the Seas, and settle in to your stateroom. Then, sit down for an included dinner aboard the ship this evening.

Day 5: Day at sea
Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Spend the day aboard the cruise ship. Soak in the ocean views as you enjoy an included lunch aboard the ship and make your way to Greece.

Sit down for an included dinner aboard the ship this evening.

Day 6: Santorini, Greece
Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Stop in Santorini this morning and spend the day exploring the volcanic isle known for its black-sand beaches, cliff-lined shores, and stunning whitewashed architecture. You’ll have the option to return to the ship in the afternoon to enjoy an included lunch.

Sit down for an included dinner aboard the ship this evening.

Day 7: Mykonos, Greece
Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Dock in Mykonos this morning and spend a free day exploring Mykonos Town, home to the island’s iconic windmills. You’ll have the option to return to the ship in the afternoon to enjoy an included lunch.

Sit down for an included dinner aboard the ship this evening.

Day 8: Athens, Greece
Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Dock in Athens this morning and spend a free day exploring ancient ruins, shorelines steeped in mythology and villas bursting with local charm. You’ll have the option to return to the ship in the afternoon to enjoy an included lunch.

Sit down for an included dinner aboard the ship this evening.

Day 9: Day at sea
Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

As you make your way to Croatia, sit back, enjoy an included lunch aboard the ship, and take in the scenery.

Enjoy for an included dinner aboard the ship this evening.

Day 10: Split, Croatia
Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Cruise along the Adriatic Sea to Split, Croatia. Take a guided tour of the coastal city, which has a local culture that seamlessly combines tradition and modernity.

  • Examine sculptures, drawings, and paintings at the Ivan Meštrović Gallery.
  • Enter Diocletian’s Palace, an enormous third-century palace complex.
  • View the monuments to the city’s varied cultural influences, including Gothic churches, Renaissance palaces, Venetian fortifications, and an Egyptian sphinx.

Continue exploring Split this afternoon, with the option to enjoy an included lunch aboard the ship.

Sit down for an included dinner aboard the ship this evening.

Venice1 night
Day 11: Disembarkation
Included meals: Breakfast, Farewell dinner

Transfer to your hotel after disembarking in Ravenna. Then, spend a free afternoon exploring the city or add an excursion.

This evening, enjoy a farewell dinner as you celebrate your trip with your fellow group members.

Islands of the Venetian Lagoon: Burano & Torcello

From $119 per person

Flight Home
Day 12: Departure
Included meal: Breakfast (excluding early morning departures)

Transfer to the airport for your flight home or continue on to explore Rome.

Extension to Rome
Have your sights on more art, history, and street life? Rome is sure to deliver. Only in the Italian capital can you sip cappuccino in front of the Pantheon and have an audience with the pope all in one morning. After a train ride, admire the highlights during guided sightseeing.
Rome2 nights
Day 12: Sightseeing tour of Rome
Included meal: Breakfast

Transfer to Rome via high-speed train. Then, follow in the footsteps of the ancient Romans on a guided tour of the Eternal City.

  • Pass by Trajan’s Column and Piazza Venezia, the city’s central hub.
  • Stop at the ruins of the Roman Forum, once the setting of parades, elections, and trials.
  • Soak up over 2,000 years of history in Imperial Rome, viewing the Arch of Constantine, the Arch of Titus, and the Temple of Venus and Roma.
  • Enter the Colosseum, the largest amphitheater of the Roman Empire, and take time to explore on your own.
Day 13: Free day in Rome
Included meal: Breakfast

Spend a free day in Rome or add excursions.

This evening, enjoy a farewell drink as you celebrate your trip with your fellow group members.

Food of Rome: Walking Tour of Trastevere

From $189 per person

Iconic Sights: Vatican City

From $175 per person

Flight Home
Day 14: Departure
Included meal: Breakfast (excluding early morning departures)

Transfer to the airport for your flight home.

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    5/15/24 by 1st-time traveler Yolanda

    We were a small but mighty group of 13 plus our Tour Director Alex. My tour was the Mediterranean cruise: Italy, Greece and Croatia with an extension to Rome. Only seven of us continued on to Rome. By the end of the trip, we are all a close nit family helping one another. We all definitely got our ...

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    4 out of 5 stars

    So much to see, so little time!
    5/15/24 by 1st-time traveler Mary

    I enjoyed my land and cruise tour as a taster of various places visited. I now have a better idea of where I would return to spend more time. A lot of time was spent getting the group organized or supporting the tour leader in assisting individual group members having difficulties. Our tour guide Al...

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    Mediterranean cruise Italy, Greece, Croatia
    5/15/24 by 1st-time traveler Analeigh

    I just returned from this wonderful Mediterranean cruise to Italy, Greece and Croatia I had the best time, met some wonderful people. This was my first experience for a cruise, Royal Caribbean and I had a blast. I made lifelong friends and our tour Director Alexandra is totally awesome. You can’t go...

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    Hotels, flights & FAQ

    Here's the nitty-gritty—where you’ll stay, how you’ll get there, and what to know about your destination before you go.

    Hotels

    We handpick every hotel to strike the balance of comfort, location, and local charm. Specific accommodations will vary based on your departure date, but these are frequently used hotels for this tour and we're confident you'll be satisfied.
    Hotel Avani Rio Novo Venice
    Hotel Avani Rio Novo Venice

    This calming hotel is located on the Dorsoduro neighborhood of Venice. Guests enjoy the gym, garden, bar. Nearby you’ll find Rialto Bridge, Doge's Pal...

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    Explorer of the Seas
    Explorer of the Seas

    Royal Caribbean's Explorer of the Seasons brings many different activities paired with a range of restaurants and staterooms. Enjoy thrills like the s...

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    Hotel Milton Roma
    Hotel Milton Roma

    This classical hotel is located in the heart of Rome. Guests enjoy the inner courtyard, bar, and convenient location. Nearby you’ll find the Colosseum...

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