Exclusive offer: save up to £1,650 pp – ends 31 Aug

Highlights

  • Sail among the best of Italy, Malta, Greece and Croatia
  • Enjoy a choice of included shore excursions, from wine tastings to historian tours
  • Indulge with all-included drinks and dining aboard Silversea’s newest ship
  • Stay in palatial luxury in one of Venice’s best hotels
  • Travel on an icon with the Venice Simplon-Orient-Express

This is a unique chance to pair two of travel’s great pleasures – the world’s most famous train and a sailing to some of the Mediterranean’s most iconic ports aboard Silversea’s latest ultra-luxury ship. New for 2023, expect all-included fine dining, open-bar champagne and butler service in your marbled, balcony suite. Then, from the Amalfi Coast and Sicily to the islands of Greece, Malta and Croatia, a full choice of included shore excursions span the likes of heritage tours, river rafting and Michelin-standard tastings. Then, after two nights in one of Venice’s top accommodations, multi-course fine dining and pianist-accompanied drinks in the bar car will see you back through Italy, Austria and France aboard the Venice Simplon-Orient-Express.


Day 1

Welcomes in Rome

Along with airport lounge access, your flight to Rome will be bookended by included private transfers both in the UK and Italy, seeing you aboard your luxury ship. Here, you’ll settle into your butler-served, teak-verandah suite to enjoy the first of your included in-suite dining – a welcome bottle of champagne. With dinner, you’ll also begin your all-included spread of dining, with seven restaurants spanning from fine-dining delights, regional delicacies and Italian favourites to pan-Asian classics, Jazz-paired fineries and sumptuous grills. It’s all washed down with open-bar drinks, whether you’re on deck by the pool or in one of the convivial lounges. Additionally, speak to one of our specialists about starting with a luxury stay in Rome before boarding.

Stay: Silver Nova

Dinner included

Silver Nova, Silversea

Silver Nova, Silversea

Veranda Suite on board Silver Nova

Veranda Suite on board Silver Nova


Days 2 – 3

Sorrento: the Amalfi Coast

Your first port of call is the colourful town of Sorrento. Perched precipitously atop green cliffs that overlook the Bay of Naples, this is the quintessential Amalfi Coast, which you’ll be exploring on the first of your included shore excursions. With your two days here, you’ll be able to choose two excursions. Perhaps take in Pompeii’s ancient history with a top guide, enjoy a wine-paired tasting at a Michelin-rated restaurant with excellent bay views, or sweep down the Amalfi Coast. Travelling by hydrofoil and ultra-scenic coastal roads, you’ll take in pretty pastel-coloured towns and dramatic sea views alike.

Stay: Silver Nova


Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner included

Amalfi coast, Italy

Amalfi coast, Italy

Pompeii, Italy

Pompeii, Italy

Positano, Amalfi coast

Positano, Amalfi coast


Day 4

Sicily’s UNESCO-listed Syracuse

From Greek theatres and Roman amphitheatres to a Baroque cathedral, atmospheric markets and shining piazzas, Syracuse is a true World Heritage jewel, all realised in fine, honey-coloured stonework. Along with historian city tours, your choice of included excursions can also bring you to the Baroque town of Noto, iconic Mt. Etna or a nature-reserve hike to take in the region’s unique flora and birdlife. Alternatively, a boat sailing can see you to Ortygia to compare its Baroque beauty with its cragged island beauty, showcased on optional hikes and swims.

Stay: Silver Nova

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner included

Syracuse old town, Sicily

Syracuse old town, Sicily

Church of St. Dominic in Noto

Church of St. Dominic in Noto


Day 5

Malta and its arresting capital

Valletta, the Maltese capital, hides everything from illustrious palaces to medieval vestiges and 16th-century mansions in its stern walls and vertiginous bastions. It’s all realised in stunning golden stone. Your choice of included touring here can focus on your interests, whether that’s its lavish gardens, hidden gems or Game of Thrones sites. You can also head further afield, with transfers inland and rides on traditional Maltese dghajsa boats bringing you between clifftop views, fishing villages and trio of historic cities, resplendent in historic palaces and forts.

Stay: Silver Nova

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner included

Valletta, Malta

Valletta, Malta


Day 6

At sea

You’ll have today to make the most of your ship. Alongside the all-included drinks and fine dining, there’s also a state-of-the-art fitness centre with personal trainers and a spa with a full complement of treatments, from massages and beauty therapies to acupuncture and steam rooms. As Silver Nova is brand new for 2023, expect plenty more to be revealed.

Stay: Silver Nova

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner included

The Dusk Bar, Silver Nova

The Dusk Bar, Silver Nova

The Pool Deck, Silver Nova

The Pool Deck, Silver Nova


Day 7

Corfu’s Greek island life

With a history dating back three millennia, look beyond Corfu’s sandy beaches and hidden coves to discover mountains dotted with wildflowers, 13th-century hilltop monasteries and a UNESCO-listed old town where charming cafés, churches from the 1700s and a Regency-style palace vie for attention. Your included excursions here range from historical tours to local food tastings and beach relaxations.

Stay: Silver Nova

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner included

Corfu Town

Corfu Town

Corfu old town

Corfu old town

Corfu beach

Corfu beach


Day 8

Saranda: Albania’s hidden jewel

A secret gem, Saranda is the perfect gateway to Albania’s unknown highlights. While you might want to stick around and enjoy its beach and historic castle, your included touring can also bring you to winery tastings, the medieval fortressed city of Gjirokastër and Butrint – home to one of the best-preserved Greek towns. Otherwise, a jeep experience can bring you between waterfalls, port castles and rural villages, while a tasting tour showcases the local culture and its fine seafood.

Stay: Silver Nova

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner included

Saranda, Albania

Saranda, Albania

Gjirokastër, Albania

Gjirokastër, Albania


Day 9

Dubrovnik’s terracotta beauty

Ringed by 12-metre-thick walls, capped by Baroque church spires and jutting out into the glittering sea, fortressed Dubrovnik isn’t just one of the best-preserved medieval cities, it’s perhaps the most impressive. It’s all showcased on your included guided tours, which can also bring you out through rolling Croatian valleys to village winery tastings or on hilltop hikes to city-wide views from the 19th-century Imperial Fortress. There’s even a coastal cruise from seaside Cavtat’s promenade charm.

Stay: Silver Nova

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner included

Old City, Dubrovnik, Croatia

Old City, Dubrovnik, Croatia


Day 10

Sunkissed Split

Croatia’s second city stays true to its historic heart, something best exemplified by its hilltop medieval fortress, Romanesque cathedral and the UNESCO-listed Diocletian’s Palace – one of the world’s great ancient monuments. The palm-tree lined promenade is an equal delight for its buzzy bars and restaurants. And, the excursions included here feature olive oil tastings, river rafting and visits to national-park waterfalls that tumble over cascading tiers in brilliant turquoise. You can also sail out to the islands with medieval Trogir – a World Heritage jewel of 13th-century cathedrals and Renaissance palaces linked by cobblestone streets.

Stay: Silver Nova

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner included

Split, Croatia

Split, Croatia

Krka National Park

Krka National Park


Day 11

Zadar and its surrounding islands

From the Romans and Venetians to French and Italians, Zadar’s rich history is still remembered today with ancient ruins, medieval churches and welcoming cafés that span out across its walled old town. Take it in on your included guided tours, which can also see you taste your way through local vineyards, marvel at glittering multi-layered waterfalls and hike through Paklenica National Park’s green-carpeted river canyons. Though, for ornithologists, a guided walk along Vrana Lake’s cerulean shores is a must.

Stay: Silver Nova

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner included

Zadar, Croatia

Zadar, Croatia

St. Anastasia Cathedral, Zadar, Croatia

St. Anastasia Cathedral, Zadar, Croatia


Days 12 – 13

Venice’s floating wonders

Arriving into Venice this morning, you’ll be met by a private transfer to your luxurious accommodation. Overlooking San Giorgio Island and the San Marco Basin, it’s an aristocratic palace complete with silk panelling and 18th-century painted ceilings. Perhaps stroll out – or take a gondola ride from your hotel’s private pier – to explore Venice’s rabbit-warren laneways dotted with secluded churches and pretty cafés. Don’t also miss the headline-grabbing St. Mark’s Square and its 14th-century epic, the Doge’s Palace. Then, between Murano’s glassing-blowing artisans and Burano’s canals lined with colourful houses, there’s also the surrounding islands to take in.

Breakfast included

Grand Canal, Venice

Grand Canal, Venice

Canals of Venice

Canals of Venice

Saint Mark's Basilica from the Grand Canal, Venice

Saint Mark's Basilica from the Grand Canal, Venice


Day 14

The Venice Simplon-Orient-Express

Today, following a private transfer to the station, you’ll be treated to a true icon of travel as you board the gilt-edged carriages of your illustrious train. Here, you’ll be entering into a world of Art-Deco elegance as you settle into your dark-wood cabin before a three-course lunch is served in one of the opulent dining cars. Then, after high tea taken in your cabin as you head through northern Italy, a four-course dinner is served back in the restaurant carriages. Expect the likes of fresh lobster or perfectly prepared Mont Saint-Michel lamb before you retire to the bar car for drinks as the resident pianist plays. When you return to your cabin, you’ll find it transformed by your steward with berths and crisp linens.

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner included

Cabin, Venice Simplon-Orient-Express

Cabin, Venice Simplon-Orient-Express

Restaurant, Venice Simplon-Orient Express

Restaurant, Venice Simplon-Orient Express


Day 15

Returning to London

After crossing through Alpine Austria, you’ll wake to a Continental breakfast, served in your cabin at a time that suits you. Then, as you enjoy the views of rural France, you’ll be treated to a sumptuous brunch before you disembark in Calais. It's then a transfer across to Lille and a Eurostar hop across the Channel to London's St Pancras station and your included chauffeur drive home.

Breakfast & Lunch included

Venice Simplon-Orient-Express

Venice Simplon-Orient-Express


About the itinerary

"There are few more extravagant ways of experiencing southern Europe than combining contemporary luxury cruising aboard Silversea’s newest ship, with the old-world charms of the iconic Venice Simplon-Orient-Express. Not only will you discover the best of a host of beautiful Mediterranean countries, staying aboard the Silver Nova means all your needs are taken care of with a smile. And, with the Venice Simplon-Orient-Express to look forward to, your memorable journey will be sure to conclude with the ultimate in rail luxury."

David Warne

Destination Specialist

Pricing information

Exclusive offer: save up to £1,650 pp
Offer ends 31 August

Guide price from £9,725 pp incl. flights

3 August 2023 departure from: £9,725 pp incl. flights — save up to £1,650 pp

Includes

    • Complimentary UK return chauffeur transfers*
    • Scheduled flight from London to Rome in business class
    • Private transfer from Rome airport to ship
    • 12-day fully-inclusive cruise aboard Silver Nova with 1 Shore Excursion per port, per day
    • Onboard gratuities
    • Unlimited Free Wifi
    • Private transfer from ship to Venice hotel
    • Two nights at the 5-star Baglioni Hotel Luna with daily breakfast
    • Private transfer from hotel to Venice station
    • Overnight Venice Simplon-Orient-Express train from Venice to London
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