Highlights

  • Experience the magic of a live performance of Carmen at the Opera di Verona
  • Discover the treasures of Verona on a guided walking tour
  • Head for Trieste to embark on a luxury Mediterranean cruise
  • Take in storied ports spread across five countries
  • Relax onboard with five-star service and all-inclusive drinks and dining

This standout itinerary combines an unforgettable live performance of Bizet's Carmen with a luxurious cruise between the historic ports of the Adriatic and Aegean seas. It all begins in historic Verona, where a guided walking tour will introduce you to the storied sights and fascinating architecture of one of Italy's most romantic cities, a fitting preamble to the highlight of your stay – a night of world-class opera at the famed Arena di Verona. You'll then head for the coast and the city of Trieste, the launchpad for your luxury cruise. Stepping aboard Seven Seas Explorer, you'll enter a world of unmatched luxury, showcased across the ship's stylish suites, an indulgent spa and a range of magnificent dining venues. You'll then embark on a voyage of discovery, taking in fascinating ports, ancient cities and magical landscapes throughout Croatia, Montenegro, Greece and Turkey.


Day 1

UK to Verona

Start your holiday in stye with included home-to-airport transfers and airport lounge access before your flight to Verona. On arrival, you'll be met for a private transfer to your luxury boutique hotel, located right in the heart of the historic city centre, just a short stroll from Porta Nuova, Piazza Bra and the Arena. Spend the rest of the day relaxing or exploring the city at your own pace.

Stay: Hotel Indigo Verona – Grand Hotel des Artes

Chauffeur Service

Chauffeur Service

Bridge Ponte Pietra, Adige River, Verona

Bridge Ponte Pietra, Verona


Days 2 – 3

Exploring Verona and a night at the Opera

After an included breakfast, take a walking tour of the city. Explore the captivating streets under the expert care of local guides who'll provide insightful commentary on the architecture and world-renowned sites of this fascinating city. Then, in the evening, make your way to the world-famous open-air Arena di Verona to watch a magical performance of Bizet's Carmen. Poltronissima Gold tickets are included in your package. The next day is free for you to explore the city at your own pace.

Stay: Hotel Indigo Verona – Grand Hotel des Artes

Breakfast included

Arena di Verona

Arena di Verona


Day 4

Board Seven Seas Explorer in Trieste

After breakfast you'll be transferred from your hotel to Trieste to join Seven Seas Explorer. Settle in to your luxurious suite and explore the ship before setting sail in the evening and enjoying the first of many delicious dining experiences.

Stay: Seven Seas Explorer

Breakfast & Dinner included

Castello di Miramare, Trieste, Italy

Castello di Miramare, Trieste

Seven Seas Explorer's pool deck

Seven Seas Explorer


Day 5

The Roman wonders of Split

Enjoy the morning views from the deck as you arrive at port, where a day of adventure and history awaits in the ancient city of Split, famed for the Roman emperor Diocletian’s 4th-century palace complex. Join an included shore excursion which explores the complex in more detail and also delves into the history of the Old Town – a UNESCO World Heritage site – with a guided walking tour.

For those who have visited Split before, there are many other shore excursions to choose from. Game of Thrones fans will be inspired by the sites around Klis, an age-old village that is home to a fortress featured in the show. Alternatively, discover ancient Ottoman Empires of the 16th and 17th centuries that influenced the area and the historic town of Sinj.

Stay: Seven Seas Explorer

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner included

View of the Roman Diocletian's Palace, Split

Diocletian's Palace, Split


Day 6

World Heritage Kotor

Drop anchor in Kotor today where you’ll take in the old port, famed for its well-preserved city wall – a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Set off by foot to explore the Cathedral of Saint Tryphon, a 12th-century marvel, and sample local favourites from the old-world shops and restaurants. Join one of the many included shore executions taking in the best highlights of the city. Knowledgeable guides will reveal the character and hidden secrets of this Montenegro coastal town.

Stay: Seven Seas Explorer

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner included

Kotor, Montenegro

Kotor, Montenegro

St George Island, Bay of Kotor, Montenegro

St George Island, Bay of Kotor


Day 7

Sun-kissed Corfu

Arrive in Corfu, an island famed for its flower-strewn countryside, beautiful coastal scenery and traditional Adriatic villages. With a range of included shore excursions, you might choose to admire the Byzantine Paleokastritsa Monastery and search for rare icons of beguiling relics in the monastery’s museum. Alternatively, take a guided walk through Corfu town, with its quaint streets and local shops. There’s also the chance to slow things down, taking a meander through the Ambelonas Wine Estate or sampling local delicacies at a waterfront sailing club.

Stay: Seven Seas Explorer

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner included

Paleokastritsa bay, Corfu, Greece

Corfu, Greece


Day 8

Culture and cuisine in Gythion

Once a vibrant seaport of the Sparta era, Gythion, with its rich history and vibrant seafood, welcomes visitors from around the world. Walk along the white sandy beaches and explore the historic past with expert local guides. Otherwise, experience the gourmet side of Gythion and visit a local farm, learning about the vegetables, fruits and olives that thrive in the area.

Stay: Seven Seas Explorer

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner included

Gythion, Greece

Gythion, Greece

Dining onboard Regent ship Seven Seas Explorer

Seven Seas Explorer


Day 9

Volcanoes and vineyards in Santorini

Santorini, with its iconic whitewashed houses and caldera views, will win the hearts of any visitor. Browse the local shops looking for the perfect souvenir or take a walk on one of the many beautiful beaches – there's certainly something for everyone. Today, join a small group tour exploring the highlights of Santorini, viewing active volcanoes, bathing in warm thermal springs and sampling fine wine from a local vineyard.

Stay: Seven Seas Explorer

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner included

Santorini, Greece

Santorini, Greece

Nea Kameni Volcanic Park, Santorini

Nea Kameni Volcanic Park, Santorini


Day 10

Ephesus – a wonder of the ancient world

Once one of the largest cities in all of the Roman Empire, Ephesus is now home to ancient ruins and a rich history. Take time to explore one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World – the Temple of Artemis. Browse the artefacts of the Ephesus Museum and walk amongst the ruins of the Odeon theatre, signs of a bygone past. Choose from a selection of shore excursions with knowledgeable local guides, excited to share stories of the past.

Stay: Seven Seas Explorer

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner included

Celsus Library, Ephesus, Selcuk, Turkey

Celsus Library, Ephesus


Day 11

Athens to UK

After breakfast, it's time to say a fond farewell to Seven Seas Explorer. Disembark in Piraeus and transfer to Athens airport for your flight home. On arrival, you'll be met by one of our chauffeurs who'll see you safely home. 

Breakfast included


About the itinerary

"Once we discovered that a Mediterranean voyage with one of our favourite cruise lines paired seamlessly with a night at the Verona opera, we simply had to marry the two to create this unique holiday combination. What's more, as well as expert-led touring, premium drinks and fine-dining included throughout the cruise, you'll be treated to premium Gold-level seating at the famous Arena di Verona, so you can look forward to a superb viewing experience at one of the world's most iconic and atmospheric venues."

David Warne

Destination Specialist

Pricing information

Guide price from £5,530 pp incl. flights

Departure 10 August 2022 from: £5,530 pp

Last spaces available for 10 August 2022 departure 

Includes

  • Scheduled flights from the UK to Verona and back from Athens in economy class (Business Class Flights in Penthouse Suites and higher categories where available)
  • Transfers from airport to hotel, hotel to ship and ship to airport
  • 3 nights Hotel Indigo Verona Grand Hotel des Artes on a Bed & Breakfast Basis
  • Guided morning walking tour of Verona
  • Poltronissima Gold Opera Tickets for the opera Carmen
  • 7 night all-inclusive cruise aboard Seven Seas Explorer
  • Unlimited beverages, including fine-wines and spirits
  • Choice of up to 47 included shore excursions
  • Unlimited wi-fi
  • Pre-paid gratuities


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