Iconic Italy with the Venice Carnival

Departed 15th Feb 2022 28 nights Sails from Southampton Balmoral L2204SN
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Experience a journey of contrasts combining the tranquillity of ancient towns, the classic opulence of iconic cities, and the vibrancy and extravagance of the Venice Carnival.

Rome, within reach of the port of Civitavecchia, is one of the world’s most famous cities and home to treasures galore, including the magnificent Colosseum and Vatican City, while your extended stay in Venice is certain to be an undoubted highlight of your holiday. You’ve ample time to explore Venice’s network of canals, delight at the legendary landmarks and immerse yourself in all the sights and sounds of the city’s unique carnival.[ReadMoreMob] The flamboyant costumes and intricate jewelled masks cannot fail to amaze as the streets come alive with music and dance. Elsewhere in Italy, Livorno is your gateway to Tuscany’s iconic highlights; you could head to Pisa to see its iconic leaning tower, or to Florence to lose yourself in the most romantic of Renaissance cities.

In Croatia, you’ll not only get to revel in views of the country’s spectacular Adriatic coastline, but also step ashore and be greeted by its fascinating history and culture in spellbinding cities. Visit the UNESCO-listed World Heritage sites of Dubrovnik and Split’s enchanting old towns, and stroll through tales of centuries past amongst their ancient walls, terracotta-topped buildings, churches and monasteries, and breathtaking seascapes. There’s a call at Zadar, the perfect base from which to journey to the beautiful Krka National Park, with its waterfalls and walking trails. And, as if all that wasn’t enough, you’ll have chances to explore Valletta and see its UNESCO-listed Grand Harbour; delve into the maritime heritage of Lisbon, and step back to Roman times in Cartagena.