Venice & the Dalmatian Coast
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Venice & the Dalmatian Coast

Starting at $7,990


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Beautiful, historic and richly resilient, Croatia's Dalmatian Coast has reemerged among Europe’s hottest holiday destinations.... offering golden sand beaches, vineyards bucolic with lemon trees, olives and vines, lavender fields fragrant from afar, limestone caves sculpted in time... the architectural artistry of the Venetian Republic... fortified towns and terra cotta tableaus that play out in palaces and promenades...

Walk with us to places immortalized with local color, sip and savor wines masterfully crafted, toast traditions and tales fondly shared, and become part of the stories, past and present, that make your vacation memories last lifetimes. Guided visits and shore excursions choices include revered UNESCO World Heritage sites as you cruise between Venice, the Dalmatian Coast and Montenegro. Discover the architectural masterpiece that is Venice... the Gothic Cathedral of St. Lawrence in Sibenik... the ancient Roman Palace of Diocletian in Split... the walled city of Dubrovnik, renowned for its Gothic, Renaissance and Baroque monasteries, palaces, fountains, and churches... the stunning harbor town of Kotor... and the lavender-scented island of Hvar, where Stari Grad Plain astounds with its intact ancient Greek land system. Le Lyrial, perfectly sized and ideally suited for island exploration where the bigger ships can’t go, charts a course for destinations of scenic serenity like the Bay of Kotor in Montenegro, where private shore excursions reveal maritime treasures and seaside settlements worthy of leisurely discovery. Two nights at a premier hotel in Venice bring the aura of daily life amidst architectural masterpieces, ancient squares and the ever-present lacework of canals.

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Destination & Sightseeing

Beautiful, historic and richly resilient, Croatia's Dalmatian Coast has reemerged among Europe’s hottest holiday destinations.... offering golden sand beaches, vineyards bucolic with lemon trees, olives and vines, lavender fields fragrant from afar, limestone caves sculpted in time... the architectural artistry of the Venetian Republic... fortified towns and terra cotta tableaus that play out in palaces and promenades...

Walk with us to places immortalized with local color, sip and savor wines masterfully crafted, toast traditions and tales fondly shared, and become part of the stories, past and present, that make your vacation memories last lifetimes. Guided visits and shore excursions choices include revered UNESCO World Heritage sites as you cruise between Venice, the Dalmatian Coast and Montenegro. Discover the architectural masterpiece that is Venice... the Gothic Cathedral of St. Lawrence in Sibenik... the ancient Roman Palace of Diocletian in Split... the walled city of Dubrovnik, renowned for its Gothic, Renaissance and Baroque monasteries, palaces, fountains, and churches... the stunning harbor town of Kotor... and the lavender-scented island of Hvar, where Stari Grad Plain astounds with its intact ancient Greek land system. Le Lyrial, perfectly sized and ideally suited for island exploration where the bigger ships can’t go, charts a course for destinations of scenic serenity like the Bay of Kotor in Montenegro, where private shore excursions reveal maritime treasures and seaside settlements worthy of leisurely discovery. Two nights at a premier hotel in Venice bring the aura of daily life amidst architectural masterpieces, ancient squares and the ever-present lacework of canals.



Highlights
In-depth shore excursion choices including visits to revered UNESCO World Heritage Sites in Venice, Dubrovnik, Sibenik, Kotor, Stari Grad Plain and Split
All gratuities to Tauck Director, ship staff and local guides
Seven-night cruise aboard the yacht Le Lyrial
Tauck’s private shore excursions and distinctive inclusions valued at $2,270
Choice of all-included shore excursions most days

ITINERARY

Welcome to Venice
Tour begins: 6:00 PM. A transfer from Venice Marco Polo Airport via water taxi to the JW Marriott Venice or the San Clemente Palace Kempinski in the heart of Venice is included upon your arrival. Join us this evening for a welcome reception and dinner at the hotel.

Sightseeing in Venice including St. Mark's Square and the Doge's Palace
You’ll get a taste of how opulent life was for the ruling elite of medieval Venice at the richly decorated Doge’s Palace; it served as the official residence of the Venetian Republic’s rulers through the Renaissance and beyond. There’s nothing quite like getting to know a new destination through the eyes – and the experiences – of a local expert... and you’ll do just that in Venice today when you join a resident guide in this city of canals for a tour of Piazza San Marco (St. Mark’s Square), the center of Venetian life and home to dramatic St. Mark’s Basilica. After some first-class people-watching (not to mention pigeon-watching) in one of the most recognizable public squares on Earth, go inside the Basilica, a magnificent blend of Eastern and Western influences, for a close-up look at its gleaming mosaics and other priceless treasures including statues, icons and its famous horses (day of visit may vary). Spend the afternoon and evening as you wish in Venice.

Visit the Venetian Islands & embark Le Lyrial
Board a local boat today for an excursion among the picturesque islands of the Venetian Lagoon – part of the region's UNESCO World Heritage Site designation, along with the city of Venice. Visit Murano, famous for glass production since medieval times, where you'll see how artisans still craft their signature glass in the traditional way with a demonstration at a glassblowing studio; and Burano, known for its lace and the colorfully painted homes lining its canals, with free time to explore on your own. Return to Venice late this afternoon and embark Le Lyrial to begin your Dalmatian Coast cruise.

The remarkable island of Korcula
Sail to Korcula, birthplace of explorer Marco Polo. You have a choice of sightseeing excursions today – a guided walking tour through Old Town that highlights the variety of architectural styles seen in Korcula, including the Rector's Palace, the City Museum, the Museum of Icons in the church, the Gothic-Renaissance Cathedral of St. Marco, and the House of Marco Polo (viewed from the outside); and "A Taste of Korcula," where you'll experience life in a Croatian village with a visit to a 100-year-old family estate to sample local wines and food specialties; enjoy the Korcula village landscapes including orchards and vegetable gardens. Late afternoon, everyone attends a private Moreska dance presentation of a Moroccan folk story, performed only on this island. Enjoy free time this evening to explore on your own, before returning to the ship for the Captain's welcome reception and dinner.

Sibenik, Krka National Park & Split
Le Lyrial arrives in Sibenik, Croatia, where you'll have an opportunity to choose morning and afternoon sightseeing excursions. Your morning choices include "Krka National Park," where you'll experience the most impressive part of the park, Skradinski Buk. Here you'll see the most stunning waterfall reaching 142 feet in height, plus panoramic views from a large plateau above the waterfall. Explore the area further via one of the many walking trails during your free time."Medieval Port of Trogir plus Burni" takes you inland to the small, picturesque village of Burni where you'll visit a typical Dalmatian settlement; and to the island of Trogir (a UNESCO World Heritage Site) established as a Greek colony by merchants of Siracusa. Everyone arrives in Split, Croatia's second-largest city, for afternoon exploring that includes a choice between a "Historic Split Walking Tour" showcasing the remains of Diocletian's Palace, built between the 3rd and 4th centuries; or "Split plus Cetina River cruise" featuring a scenic drive to Radman's Mills for refreshments at a riverside restaurant followed by a riverboat cruise on one of Croatia's most scenic rivers. Board Le Lyrial late afternoon for cocktails and dinner.  

Along the Dalmatian Coast for a day in Dubrovnik
Arrive in Dubrovnik; the day begins with a private lecture, by a former officer in the Croatian Army, on the country's formative war in the 1990s. It's your choice for exploring Dubrovnik: a guided walking tour of the City Walls of Dubrovnik including a climb to the top of the walls, and a panoramic drive to visit a pair of typical Croatian villages in the Konavle Valley, followed by a return to Dubrovnik for a walking tour of its historic Old Town; or a drive along the Dubrovnik Riviera with a taste of local specialties, a visit to the seaside resort of Cavtat, and a tour of Dubrovnik's Old Town. The afternoon is yours to spend as you please in Dubrovnik.

Exploring Kotor, Montenegro
Head to the observation deck as Le Lyrial sails into Montenegro's Bay of Kotor, Europe's southernmost fjord – the view is inspiring and unforgettable. Morning shore excursion choices include a guided walking tour of Kotor and a visit to the small village of Perast via a private boat trip on the Bay of Kotor with a visit to Our Lady of the Rocks Church, or journey up a narrow mountain road to the village of Njegusi for a guided walking tour of Kotor. Everyone spends the afternoon as they please exploring the charming, winding streets of medieval Kotor, returning to the ship for an evening sail for Hvar.

Choices to explore the chic island of Hvar
Experience the island of Hvar; sightseeing here offers a number of choices: traveling to Stari Grad, dating back thousands of years, for a walking tour that includes a visit to the Dominican Monastery followed by a scenic drive to Vrisnik for a special wine tasting; a hiking adventure that takes you through local villages with lunch in a small tavern in the picturesque, hidden village of Malo Grablje; or a sea kayaking excursion. Everyone returns to Hvar midday; spend the afternoon in Hvar Town. Tonight, enjoy a private cocktail party prior to the Captain's farewell reception and dinner at leisure.

The Istrian Peninsula & Rovinj
Dock in Rovinj this morning, one of the most picturesque and romantic little towns in the world. Sightseeing opportunities here include a walking tour of Rovinj or an Istrian truffle experience in the village of Livade, with a visit to the ancient hilltop town of Motovun. Enjoy your final evening aboard Le Lyrial as she returns to Venice.

Journey Home
Tour ends: 9:00 AM, Venice. A transfer is included from Le Lyrial to Marco Polo Airport or the Venice Train Station. Allow 3 hours for check-in at the airport.

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