Our autumn cruise in the Adriatic offers a delightful combination of beautiful scenery, fascinating history and wonderful music. October is of course, a lovely time in the Mediterranean, comfortable temperatures and uncrowded resorts make for a most enjoyable trip. We will begin our journey with a two night stay in Venice, a fitting starting place given the city is one of the musical cities in the world and the influence La Serenissima exerted over the region in bygone days. As we make our way along the Adriatic coast of Italy and across to Montenegro and Croatia we will call into cities and towns, learning of their intriguing history from our informative local guides and witnessing some stunning architecture. We will be joined by London Festival Opera who will perform on board and ashore. One of the highlights for many will be Dubrovnik where, unlike most vessels we will moor overnight and enjoy an exclusive concert in one of the city’s splendid palaces.

Highlights


• Join a walking tour to discover the hidden corners of Venice.

• Travel to the UNESCO site of Urbino which grew in the 15th century attracting poets, painters and scholars from Italy and beyond to become one of the most illustrious courts in Europe.

• Discover Lecce which is often referred to as ‘The Florence of the South’ with its amazing collection of Baroque architecture.

• Explore Dubrovnik - a breathtaking sight and its many historic and cultural treasures have earned it the designation as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Fly by scheduled flight. Arrive into Venice this afternoon and transfer to the MS Serenissima for embarkation. Moor overnight in Venice.
After breakfast we will enjoy a half day tour by private motor launch visiting two of the most beautiful islands of the lagoon and exploring fascinating aspects of Venice that are quickly disappearing: the handicrafts of the glassblowers and lacemakers. We will pass many of the 40 picturesque islands that surround the Venetian lagoon and visit Murano, renowned since 1291 for its glass manufacture and where you will witness masters of this delicate craft at work during a visit to a leading factory. Continue to Burano, a tiny island dotted with brightly painted houses and famous for its traditional lace making, an art still practiced by many of the local women. We will return to the vessel for lunch and, in the afternoon, head to St. Mark’s Square to visit the famous Doge’s Palace and St. Mark’s Cathedral. After our visit we will walk a short distance for an exclusive private concert of Vivaldi themed music at the Chiesa della Pieta, the church where Vivaldi composed the Four Seasons. The Four Seasons were a revolution in musical conception in the 18th century and it will be a thrilling experience to hear the music performed where it was originally composed.
After breakfast we embark on a walking tour to discover the hidden corners of Venice. An off the beaten track itinerary will take us through the Arsenale, a colossal shipyard of the Serenissima Republic; the San Giorgio dei Greci church and its secret courtyard; Campo Santa Maria Formosa, one of the city’s largest squares and perhaps the most Venetian place in town and Marco Polo’s House, before we reach the famous Rialto bridge. Here you will have time to stroll around the market square, admiring the eye-catching contrast of different colours, lights, people and reflections on the glittering Grand Canal. We will return to the ship for lunch and enjoy an afternoon at leisure to explore the city further. After an early dinner on board we will travel by water taxis to Palazzo Zen and enjoy a concert by London Festival Opera. We have hired this delightful venue for the evening which will be lit by candlelight and is acoustically perfect for the performance. During the evening we will enjoy Venetian canapés and refreshments including, of course, some Italian Prosecco. Return to the ship and sail this evening.
Ravenna has a rich history being the capital of the Western Roman Empire and capital of the Ostrogoth Kingdom of Italy whilst the port of Classe was one of the largest in the Roman world. From the 4th to 6th century the city became a hub for skilled craftsmen who covered the city’s churches in stunningly beautiful mosaics which were described by Dante as a “symphony of colour”. Our tour will include the Basilica di Sant Apollinare, named after Ravenna’s patron and featuring mosaics of biblical figures such as Abraham and Emperor Constantine IV. Meanwhile, at the Basilica di San Vitale we will see mosaics representing old testament scenes and the Byzantine Emperor Justinian.
From our berth in Ancona we will travel into the Marche region and to the UNESCO site of Urbino which grew in the 15th century attracting poets, painters and scholars from Italy and beyond to become one of the most illustrious courts in Europe. On a walking tour we will wander through the Renaissance buildings and see the Palazzo Ducale with its fairytale twin towers, arcaded courtyards, stunning halls and a remarkable collection of paintings in the gallery including works by Rafael and Titian. After lunch we will drive to Pesaro, an attractive seaside resort on the Adriatic coast. We will explore the town and see the remarkable mosaic floor of the cathedral and in the Civic Museum we will find one of the finest collections of Renaissance pottery. However, our main reason for visiting is to see the birthplace of the composer Gioachino Rossini. Our tour will visit the house where he was born in 1792, the small museum and the local theatre which was named after him and where we hope to enjoy a concert of his music. Return to Ancona this evening and moor overnight.
This morning you may choose to stay in Ancona and explore the city independently. From the 11th century Cathedral of San Ciriaco, and the port, you can enjoy wonderful sea views and worth a visit is the art gallery (Pinacoteca Communale), situated in a historic palazzo, and the remains of the Roman amphitheatre. Alternatively, join us on an excursion to nearby Loreto, a site of worldwide pilgrimage. The “Santa Casa” or Holy House of Loreto is one of the most revered shrines in the world. Since Medieval times, the Holy House is believed to have been the home in which the Virgin Mary lived and raised the young Jesus and which was transferred from the Holy Land in the 13th century. A large basilica has been built around the small shrine and our guides will explain the icons and images. Return to the MS Serenissima for lunch and enjoy an afternoon at sea as we cruise to the heel of Italy. Enjoy a concert by London Festival Opera on board this evening.
After a morning at sea we arrive into the Puglia port of Brindisi, our base for an afternoon tour to Lecce which is often referred to as ‘The Florence of the South’ with its amazing collection of Baroque architecture. A guided walk will include a visit to the beautifully decorated Santa Croce Basilica and Piazza Duomo, considered one of the finest and most impressive squares in southern Italy. After the tour there will be an exclusive, private visit to the 15th century Palazzo Tamborino-Cezzi. The owner of the palazzo will personally take us on a tour, sharing interesting stories and anecdotes regarding his family and the palazzo itself. Enjoy a chance to taste some of the local food specialties before a concert of traditional music of the Salento region called La Pizzica.
Be on deck early this morning as we sail through the stunning fjord-like scenery into Kotor. On arrival at our berth a morning walking tour will explore this Medieval town and UNESCO World Heritage Site. This really is an extraordinary place full of marvellous architecture and pretty town squares. Our walk will include the 12th century cathedral of St Tryphon, the ancient town gates, the Maritime Museum and Romanesque churches including St Luke’s. Return to the ship for lunch and enjoy the afternoon to explore at your own pace. The more active amongst us may wish to take the strenuous climb to the Castle of San Giovanni which offers wonderful views over the bay and town below. Alternatively, find a cafe to watch the world go by before sailing in the early evening.
The Adriatic is famous for the many islands that line the Croatian coastline and today we enjoy the benefits of our small ship as we explore two of the most interesting islands. Sailing into Hvar we are greeted by an impressive sight with the town’s elegant Renaissance churches and old stone buildings forming three sides of a picturesque harbour. Explore the old town, starting in the main square which is the largest piazza in Dalmatia, the cathedral and the palatial quarter of Grad and the more humble residential area of Burg. Over lunch we will sail to Korcula, the reputed birthplace of Marco Polo, where on a walking tour we will see the crooked Medieval streets and the elegant squares which are flanked with palaces of the old nobility. Please note that the vessel will be at anchor today and Zodiacs or local tenders will be used as transport ashore.
Dubrovnik is a breathtaking sight and its many historic and cultural treasures have earned it the designation as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Founded by the Romans in the 7th century, it eventually came under the influence of the Byzantine Empire, then Venice, Hungary and finally Turkey. This morning our local guides will lead us through the bustling old town taking in the beautiful civic buildings, the Rector’s Palace, the Romanesque- Gothic Dominican and Franciscan Monasteries and the Sponza Palace. After lunch we have free time to explore further at our own pace and perhaps walk along the city walls to enjoy the views. Tonight we will enjoy a farewell concert with London Festival Opera at one of the city’s palaces.
Disembark this morning and transfer to the airport for our scheduled flight to London.

Inside single

£ 4225 GBP pp
Inside single
Inside single cabins range in size from 9.9 to 11.52 square metres. All cabins are fully air conditioned with an en-suite bathroom with shower and a selection of toiletries in addition to a hairdryer, robes and slippers. All cabins come equipped with telephone, flat screen television, safety deposit box and other thoughtful appointments. Bottles of still and sparkling water are replenished daily.

Inside cabin

£ 4225 GBP pp
Inside cabin
The inside cabins are approx 10 square metres. All cabins are fully air conditioned with an en-suite bathroom with shower and a selection of toiletries in addition to a hairdryer, robes and slippers. All cabins come equipped with telephone, flat screen television, safety deposit box and other thoughtful appointments. Bottles of still and sparkling water are replenished daily.

Standard Stateroom

£ 4455 GBP pp
Standard Stateroom
The standard staterooms range in size from 10 to 15.5 square metres. All cabins are fully air conditioned with an en-suite bathroom with shower and a selection of toiletries in addition to a hairdryer, robes and slippers. All cabins come equipped with telephone, flat screen television, safety deposit box and other thoughtful appointments. Bottles of still and sparkling water are replenished daily.

Standard Single

£ 4455 GBP pp
Standard Single
The standard single cabins range in size from 7.1 to 12.7 square metres. All cabins are fully air conditioned with an en-suite bathroom with shower and a selection of toiletries in addition to a hairdryer, robes and slippers. All cabins come equipped with telephone, flat screen television, safety deposit box and other thoughtful appointments. Bottles of still and sparkling water are replenished daily.

Standard Stateroom Plus

£ 4585 GBP pp
Standard Stateroom Plus
The standard staterooms range in size from 10 to 15.5 square metres. All cabins are fully air conditioned with an en-suite bathroom with shower and a selection of toiletries in addition to a hairdryer, robes and slippers. All cabins come equipped with telephone, flat screen television, safety deposit box and other thoughtful appointments. Bottles of still and sparkling water are replenished daily.

Superior Stateroom

£ 4805 GBP pp
Superior Stateroom
The superior staterooms range in size from 11 to 19.6 square metres. All cabins are fully air conditioned with an en-suite bathroom with shower and a selection of toiletries in addition to a hairdryer, robes and slippers. All cabins come equipped with telephone, flat screen television, safety deposit box and other thoughtful appointments. Bottles of still and sparkling water are replenished daily.

Deluxe Stateroom

£ 5025 GBP pp
Deluxe Stateroom
The deluxe staterooms range in size from 15 to 25.4 square metres. All cabins are fully air conditioned with an en-suite bathroom with shower and a selection of toiletries in addition to a hairdryer, robes and slippers. All cabins come equipped with telephone, flat screen television, safety deposit box and other thoughtful appointments. Bottles of still and sparkling water are replenished daily.

Standard Stateroom Sole

£ 5455 GBP pp
Standard Stateroom Sole
The standard staterooms range in size from 10 to 15.5 square metres. All cabins are fully air conditioned with an en-suite bathroom with shower and a selection of toiletries in addition to a hairdryer, robes and slippers. All cabins come equipped with telephone, flat screen television, safety deposit box and other thoughtful appointments. Bottles of still and sparkling water are replenished daily.

Standard Stateroom Plus Sole

£ 5585 GBP pp
Standard Stateroom Plus Sole
The standard staterooms range in size from 10 to 15.5 square metres. All cabins are fully air conditioned with an en-suite bathroom with shower and a selection of toiletries in addition to a hairdryer, robes and slippers. All cabins come equipped with telephone, flat screen television, safety deposit box and other thoughtful appointments. Bottles of still and sparkling water are replenished daily.

Junior Suite

£ 5795 GBP pp
Junior Suite
The junior suites range in size from 20.9 to 21.7 square metres. All cabins are fully air conditioned with an en-suite bathroom with shower and a selection of toiletries in addition to a hairdryer, robes and slippers. All cabins come equipped with telephone, flat screen television, safety deposit box and other thoughtful appointments. Bottles of still and sparkling water are replenished daily.

Owners Suite

£ 6125 GBP pp
Owners Suite
The owner’s suites are 22.7 square metres. All cabins are fully air conditioned with an en-suite bathroom with shower and a selection of toiletries in addition to a hairdryer, robes and slippers. All cabins come equipped with telephone, flat screen television, safety deposit box and other thoughtful appointments. Bottles of still and sparkling water are replenished daily.

Executive Suite

£ 6125 GBP pp
Executive Suite
The executive suites are 25 square metres. All cabins are fully air conditioned with an en-suite bathroom with shower and a selection of toiletries in addition to a hairdryer, robes and slippers. All cabins come equipped with telephone, flat screen television, safety deposit box and other thoughtful appointments. Bottles of still and sparkling water are replenished daily.

Serenissima

Vessel Type: Small Ship

Length: 87 metres

Passenger Capacity: 107 (from Dec 2018 - 95)

Built / refurbished: 1960 / 2013 / 2018

We are delighted to have had the MS Serenissima on long term charter since 2013. There are so few ships of her generation still cruising and the fact that she is is a great testament to her owners who invest considerable sums to keep her in top form. In December 2018, the vessel will once again undergo a significant refurbishment after which she will accommodate a maximum of just 95 guests.

MS Serenissima is a charming vessel and one of her best known and loved features of this vessel is its unique style. During a major refit the then owners commissioned Swedish interior designers to create a Gustavian style interior. This bright Swedish 18th century influenced, country house style works particularly well on a vessel of this vintage, providing intimacy and classic nautical sensibility often lacking in larger vessels.

The vessel is equipped with a fleet of Zodiac landing craft allowing us to visit remote places where normal tender arrangements are not possible. The European Captain, Officers, Expedition Staff, and crew offer a first class service and have been selected for their professionalism and caring attitudes. The atmosphere on board is warm and welcoming and dedicated to discovery and relaxation.

AIR-CONDITIONING

The ship is air conditioned throughout. Please note that only the Serenissima Suites have individually controlled air-conditioning.

DAILY PROGRAMME

A Daily Programme, detailing the following day’s arrangements as well as any specific information about the day’s activities is produced onboard and delivered to your cabin each evening during the turn down service.

DINING, DRINKING AND DIETARY REQUIREMENTS

The Venice Restaurant onboard serves international cuisine and accommodates all guests at a single open seating. Tables seat 4 to 10 diners. In addition, there is an outside dining area for when the weather and itinerary permit. Breakfast and lunch are both buffet style, dinner is waiter service only. Complimentary (red and white) house wine, beer and soft drinks are included with lunch and dinner. Bar drinks and other beverages with meals are not included; these may be purchased onboard and paid for at the end of your cruise. Complimentary tea and coffee are available between 07:00 hours and 23:00 hours at the tea and coffee station located in the Andrea lounge. Please advise of any special dietary requests in advance.

DISABLED FACILITIES

The ship can accommodate passengers with mobility restrictions and wheelchair dependent passengers in cabin 407, which has a wider door and no step into/out of the bathroom and shower area. There is a lift serving decks 3 to 6, but there is no stair lift.

DOCTOR

A medical doctor is available on board 24 hours a day. A fee is charged for any consultations and medication prescribed. Please ensure you carry adequate supplies of any regular medications you may require. 

ELECTRICITY

The electrical outlets in the cabins and public areas are 220V and take a two-round-pin plug (as in continental Europe). There is a 110/220V, 60Hz outlet for electric shavers in the bathroom. We recommend that you bring an international adaptor.

GRATUITIES

Gratuities to crew and whilst on excursions are included in the cost of your holiday.

INTERNET

The onboard library has a computer equipped for email/internet access and Wi-Fi access is available in public areas, although you will require your own laptop, tablet or smartphone, and charges apply – 100mb for €15 Euros, or 500mb for €25 Euros. Please note that connection is dependent on weather conditions and location.

LANGUAGE

All members of the crew speak English.

MONEY

The following payment methods are accepted for settlement of shipboard accounts: Cash (Euros or British Pounds), Credit Card (MasterCard, Visa, American Express), Debit Card (MasterCard and Visa). Please note that personal cheques and Travellers’ Cheques are not accepted.

PUBLIC AREAS

• Andrea Lounge (on Deck 5). The bar is open from 11.00 until 24.00.

• Harald Jarl Lounge (on Deck 5). There is a small library here with books and games. There is also a computer for public use (charges apply for internet access)

• Lido area (on Deck 5) with a Jacuzzi and fitness room with two running machines

• Observation Deck (access from Deck 5 lido area)

• Deck 5 and Deck 6 outside seating areas

SNORKELLING

Snorkelling equipment is kept onboard. Please note that there is no snorkelling from Zodiacs. All snorkelling stops will operate from a beach. 

TELEVISION

The ship is equipped with a satellite TV system which receives 15 channels. TV reception depends on the satellite dish and on occasion it may not be possible to receive a signal. There is one central video channel on which it is possible to listen to the lectures delivered in the Andrea Lounge. There is also a channel for the ship’s camera located in front of the ship.

ZODIACS

Some destinations may require the use of Zodiacs to go ashore. These are usually on expedition cruises though may sometimes be used on destination cruises. 

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