Join us as we discover the beauty and wonders of the Adriatic, a captivating region that offers a delightful combination of lovely scenery and fascinating history. Our autumn cruise includes some charming places in both Italy and Croatia and over the course of ten days we will immerse ourselves in the region’s rich heritage and musical diversity. October is, of course, a lovely time in the Mediterranean when comfortable temperatures and uncrowded resorts make for a most enjoyable trip.

Our journey begins in Puglia, the heel of Italy, from where we make our way along the Adriatic coast of Italy and across to Croatia. We will call into cities and towns, learning of their intriguing history from our informative local guides and we also have the opportunity to experience a variety of glorious music at a selection of unique venues. From Vivaldi to Rossini, our musical programme will include great works from the early music to the golden age of opera and where better to listen to such inspiring works than in the places they were written or performed.

A highlight for many will be our two full days in Venice where we learn of the influence La Serenissima exerted over the region in bygone days and enjoy an exclusive private concert of Vivaldi themed music.

With just 95 like-minded fellow passengers and the MS Serenissima as our base, by the end of the voyage you will have seen and learnt so much about the fascinating musical legacy of the region. To complement our journey further, we have the expertise and knowledge of Guest Speaker Philip Blake-Jones who will be joining us on board.
Fly by scheduled flight. On arrival transfer to the MS Serenissima and enjoy welcome drinks and dinner as we moor overnight.
After breakfast we drive to Lecce, 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 one of the city’s palazzos. The owner of the palazzo will personally take us on a tour, sharing interesting stories and anecdotes regarding his family and the palazzo itself. We will also enjoy a concert of traditional music and dance of the Salento region called La Pizzica. Return to the ship for lunch and spend a relaxing afternoon at sea.
After a morning at sea we arrive into Ancona from where we drive inland to Jesi. Jesi was a prosperous town in the Middle Ages and Renaissance leaving a legacy of many beautiful palaces, churches and civic buildings which we will see during our guided city walk. The city was also the birthplace of the musician and composer Giovanni Battista Pergolesi in 1710 and we will see the theatre named after him before visiting the workshop of Maestro Quagliano to learn about the construction of violins, violas and cellos, all built according to classical traditions. Apart from music, this part of Marche is famous for its Verdicchio wines and we will enjoy a tasting accompanied by regional delicacies before returning to the ship. We remain moored in Ancona overnight.
A morning drive takes us to Pesaro, an attractive seaside resort on the Adriatic coast. We will explore the town, see the remarkable mosaic floor of the cathedral and visit the Civic Museum. However, our main reason for visiting Pesaro is to see the birthplace of the composer Gioachino Rossini. Our tour will take us to Via Rossini where we visit the house where he was born in 1792 and the small museum containing some of his original scores and documents. See the Conservatory, built with funds bequeathed to the Town Council on his death in 1868, and the local theatre which was named after him. We hope to enjoy a concert of his music with students at the city’s “Accademia del canto”. Return later to Ancona where there will be some free time to relax on board or explore independently. Maybe visit the 11th century Cathedral of San Ciriaco, the art gallery (Pinacoteca Communale), the archaeological museum or the remains of the Roman amphitheatre.
From our berth in Ravenna there will be a choice of tours today. 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”. A morning 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 scenes from the old testament and the Byzantine Emperor Justinian. Return to the MS Serenissima for lunch and an afternoon at leisure. Alternatively join a full day tour to Bologna, considered one of the most beautiful cities in Italy it is dominated by spectacular architecture from the Medieval, Renaissance and Baroque periods. Our exploration of music heritage in Bologna includes Bologna’s main music chapel inside the Basilica of San Petronio, the huge Gothic church of San Giacomo Maggiore, containing the private chapel of the noble Bentivoglio family, and the small oratory of Santa Cecilia. We end at the museum and library of music which exhibits musical instruments, manuscripts, original music scores and opera libretti spanning nearly six centuries of European music. The collection includes pieces from Padre Martini who met with a young Mozart on his visit to the city in 1770. We will enjoy lunch in the city and some free time before returning to the ship and sailing this evening.
After breakfast we will take a private motor launch, passing many of the 40 picturesque islands that surround the Venetian Lagoon to visit two of the most beautiful islands which are home to the city’s artisans. Murano has been renowned for its glass manufacture since 1291 and here we will witness masters of this delicate craft at work. Continue to Burano, a tiny island dotted with brightly painted houses but also famed for its traditional lace making, an art still practised by many of the local women. This afternoon and evening are free to explore at your own pace as we moor overnight. Should there be a performance at La Fenice we will be able to assist with bookings once the schedules for the theatres are released, we hope to send details of this 12 weeks prior to departure.
This morning we take a private tour of the famous Fenice Opera House. Founded in 1792, the theatre has staged many premieres of operas by Rossini, Bellini and Verdi. Despite being destroyed by fires in 1836 and 1996 the theatre has been restored to its original glory. After lunch we embark on a walking tour to discover the hidden corners of Venice. An off-the-beaten-track itinerary 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 Marco Polo’s House. We end at the Chiesa della Pieta, a former convent and orphanage and an authentic masterpiece of the 18th century by Giorgio Massari. The young orphans that stayed here were encouraged to study music and their most famous teacher was Antonio Vivaldi. It was here that he composed the Four Seasons and we have arranged for an exclusive private concert of Vivaldi themed music performed by a Venetian orchestra. It will be a thrilling experience to hear the music performed where it was created. Return to the ship for dinner as we sail this evening.
Arrive in Croatia at the tip of the Istrian Peninsula and the former Roman settlement of Polensium, now known as Pula. On a morning tour we will discover one of the best preserved Roman amphitheatres left in the world. The Arena, built in the 1st century AD was designed to host gladiatorial contests with seating for up to 20,000 spectators. This afternoon we will set sail to the atmospheric town of Rovinj where the houses inside the old town are small and lean into each other creating a unique atmosphere. Our guided walking tour will include the Franciscan Monastery, City Palace and the 17th century clock tower before we visit the town’s main landmark, St Euphemia Church, which is built on the top of a small hill. This Baroque building built in Venetian style was dedicated to the saint and martyr whose sarcophagus, according to a legend, was miraculously washed ashore somewhere around 800 AD. We will enjoy a private choir concert before returning to the ship and sailing this evening.
Rijeka has flourished under many empires from the Romans to Habsburg and Austro Hungarian which is reflected in the varied architecture in the city centre from the Roman arch to the 17th century St Vitus Church. A short walk from the pier is the Zajc Theatre. Named after Croatian composer, Ivan Zajc and built in 1885 this is the main theatre in Rijeka and we will be able to see the stunning ceiling which contains works by Gustav Klimt. Continue to the Governor’s Palace which houses the Maritime and Historical Museum. Here we find the Kresnik Collection dedicated to the life and work of Franjo Kresnik, a famous Croatian violinist, known as ‘the man who reads violins’. He built 52 violins himself, eight of which remain in the museum, and we will be treated to a private performance of one of these instruments. Return to the ship for lunch and enjoy an afternoon at sea.
Disembark this morning and transfer to the airport for our scheduled flight to London.
Itineraries are subject to change.

Standard Stateroom

£4,195 GBP pp
Standard Stateroom
10 to 11.5 sq meters. The cabins are attractively designed for comfort and convenience. All cabins are fully air conditioned with an en-suite bathroom with shower (please note cabins 601 - 605 and 507 have a bath with shower attachment) 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. Due to the very nature of the ship, the cabins vary in shape and size, adding to the vessel’s overall charm.

Classic Stateroom

£4,495 GBP pp
Classic Stateroom
14 to 19 sq meters. The cabins are attractively designed for comfort and convenience. All cabins are fully air conditioned with an en-suite bathroom with shower (please note cabins 601 - 605 and 507 have a bath with shower attachment) 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. Due to the very nature of the ship, the cabins vary in shape and size, adding to the vessel’s overall charm.

Superior Stateroom

£4,795 GBP pp
Superior Stateroom
11.5 to 18 sq meters. The cabins are attractively designed for comfort and convenience. All cabins are fully air conditioned with an en-suite bathroom with shower (please note cabins 601 - 605 and 507 have a bath with shower attachment) 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. Due to the very nature of the ship, the cabins vary in shape and size, adding to the vessel’s overall charm.

Standard Single

£4,995 GBP pp
Standard Single
7 to 12.5 sq meters. The cabins are attractively designed for comfort and convenience. All cabins are fully air conditioned with an en-suite bathroom with shower (please note cabins 601 - 605 and 507 have a bath with shower attachment) 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. Due to the very nature of the ship, the cabins vary in shape and size, adding to the vessel’s overall charm.

Deluxe Stateroom

£5,295 GBP pp
Deluxe Stateroom
11 to 25 sq meters. The cabins are attractively designed for comfort and convenience. All cabins are fully air conditioned with an en-suite bathroom with shower (please note cabins 601 - 605 and 507 have a bath with shower attachment) 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. Due to the very nature of the ship, the cabins vary in shape and size, adding to the vessel’s overall charm.

Junior Suite

£5,795 GBP pp
Junior Suite
21 sq meters. The cabins are attractively designed for comfort and convenience. All cabins are fully air conditioned with an en-suite bathroom with shower (please note cabins 601 - 605 and 507 have a bath with shower attachment) 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. Due to the very nature of the ship, the cabins vary in shape and size, adding to the vessel’s overall charm.

Owner’s Suite

£6,295 GBP pp
Owner’s Suite
22 sq meters. The cabins are attractively designed for comfort and convenience. All cabins are fully air conditioned with an en-suite bathroom with shower (please note cabins 601 - 605 and 507 have a bath with shower attachment) 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. Due to the very nature of the ship, the cabins vary in shape and size, adding to the vessel’s overall charm.

Serenissima Suite

£6,495 GBP pp
Serenissima Suite
25 sq meters. The cabins are attractively designed for comfort and convenience. All cabins are fully air conditioned with an en-suite bathroom with shower (please note cabins 601 - 605 and 507 have a bath with shower attachment) 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. Due to the very nature of the ship, the cabins vary in shape and size, adding to the vessel’s overall charm.

Serenissima

Vessel Type: Small Ship

Length: 87 metres

Passenger Capacity: 95

Built / refurbished: 1960 / 2013 / 2019

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. 

Cabin layout for Serenissima

Inclusions


• Voyage on board in selected cabin category
• House wine, beer and soft drinks with lunch and dinner on board
• Expedition team
• Shore excursions as per the itinerary (Note: Some itineraries have optional excursions as per the specific exclusions)
• Gratuities
• Port Charges/ Taxes
• Transfers as per the itinerary (Note: Transfers are offered in conjunction with group flights only when booked together, both can be taken off if included in the itinerary and credited)

Exclusions


• Passport and Visa costs where applicable
• Travel insurance
• Beverages other than those listed in inclusions
• Meals when not on board the ship unless otherwise stated
• Pre and post voyage accommodation unless otherwise stated
• Optional excursions as per specific itinerary
• Any items of a personal nature
Serenissima
Adriatic ExpeditionExpedition
10 Days from
£4,195 GBP pp

Highlights

• Jesi

• Pesaro & Ancona

• Ravenna & Bologna

• Pula & Rovinj

• Rijeka

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