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Three nights in Italy's Lakes District.

See the Romanesque architecture and gardens of the Italian Lakes district, with Botanica World Discoveries.

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Discover the pristine lakes, Romanesque architecture and gardens of the Italians Lakes district, before crossing into Slovenia to the beautiful town of Bled. Continue into Croatia then sail along the picturesque Dalmatian Coast. View complete itinerary

Trip code: BTILC14
Duration: 14 days
Accommodation: Boutique Small Ships and Comfortable Hotels
Journey: Milan to Dubrovnik or Kotor
Meals included: 25

Itinerary

Day 1. Arrive Milan to the Italian Lakes

Starting at 10am from the Milan hotel enjoy a city sightseeing tour before continuing to the Italian Lakes District. This evening enjoy a Welcome Dinner.
Stay: Two Nights: Stresa, Regina Palace Hotel
  • Daily Meals Included:
  • • Dinner

Day 2. Isola Bella & Isola Madre Gardens

Travel by ferry to Isola Bella to one of the most celebrated privately owned baroque gardens in Italy. Afterwards, visit Isola Madre, the largest island of the Isole Borromee archipelago, often referred to as a botanical garden on water.
  • Daily Meals Included:
  • • Breakfast
  • • Dinner

Day 3. Villa Carlotta & Villa Melzi Gardens

At Villa Carlotta see a range of plants, stairways, ponds and fountains that date back to the 17th century. Take a ferry to Bellagio to explore Villa Melzi Gardens.
Stay: Como, Metropole Suisse Hotel in lakeview rooms or similar
  • Daily Meals Included:
  • • Breakfast

Day 4. Verona & Giardini Giusti

Today we will travel to the quaint city of Verona, made famous by Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet. Visit the garden of Giardini Giusti then enjoy time to explore Verona.
Stay: Verona, Hotel Due Torri
  • Daily Meals Included:
  • • Breakfast
  • • Dinner

Day 5. Bled, Slovenia

This morning cross the border into Slovenia. Take an afternoon tour of Bled including the castle and church.
Stay: Two Nights: Bled, Hotel Toplice
  • Daily Meals Included:
  • • Breakfast
  • • Dinner

Day 6. Wildflowers of Slovenia

Today we go into the hills of Slovenia with a wildflower guide to see the unique and endemic plants of the area. Afterwards visit the Bohinj Wildflower Festival.
  • Daily Meals Included:
  • • Breakfast

Day 7. Arboretum Volcji Potok, Ljubljana & Embark Ship

Journey to Slovenia’s most esteemed horticultural facility, Arboretum Volcji Potok. See more than 3,000 roses in bloom then enjoy free time to explore Slovenia’s capital, Ljubljana. This afternoon we continue to the town of Opatija, where you will board the Princess Eleganza.
Stay: Seven Nights: MS Princess Eleganza
  • Daily Meals Included:
  • • Breakfast
  • • Dinner

Day 8. Plitvice Lakes National Park, Croatia

Today we enjoy an excursion to the Plitvice Lakes National Park. This is an area of extraordinary natural beauty with 16 lakes interconnected by a series of waterfalls set within forested hills.
  • Daily Meals Included:
  • • Breakfast
  • • Dinner

Day 9. Sibenik Garden Visit

Arrive in Sibenik for a visit of the historic town centre and a medieval garden. This evening choose to dine in one of the many restaurants ashore.
  • Daily Meals Included:
  • • Breakfast
  • • Lunch

Day 10. Split

Arrive in Split and enjoy a walk through the old town including the 4th century Palace of Diocletian. This evening choose to dine in one of the many restaurants on the Riva promenade.
  • Daily Meals Included:
  • • Breakfast
  • • Lunch

Day 11. Hvar & Korcula

Enjoy a free morning on Hvar exploring the old town then cruise on to Korcula, said to be the birthplace of Marco Polo.
  • Daily Meals Included:
  • • Breakfast
  • • Lunch

Day 12. Dubrovnik & Trsteno Arboretum

Arrive in Dubrovnik and enjoy a guided walk. Alternatively travel to Trsteno Arboretum the 15th century summer residence of Gueti-Gozze family.
  • Daily Meals Included:
  • • Breakfast
  • • Lunch
  • • Dinner

Day 13. Kotor, Montenegro

Enjoy a tour of the city of Kotor including the Cathedral of Saint Tryphon. Meet later for a Farewell Dinner on board.
  • Daily Meals Included:
  • • Breakfast
  • • Dinner

Day 14. Disembark Ship & Depart Kotor

Disembark this morning and be transferred to Kotor’s Tivat airport or Dubrovnik airport for your onward flight.
  • Daily Meals Included:
  • • Breakfast

Trip Highlights

  • Learn about the region’s history from the Tour Manager and Cruise Director
  • Spend three nights in the beautiful lakes district of Italy
  • Visit Isola Bella and Isola Madre
  • Explore the gardens of Villa Carlotta and Villa Melzi
  • Marvel at the Giardini Giusti Garden
  • Discover Romeo and Juliet’s Verona
  • Spend time exploring in Venice
  • Uncover the history of the walled city of Dubrovnik
  • Explore the pristine islands of Croatia
  • Cruise into beautiful Kotor in Montenegro

Map

Included Experiences

  • All sightseeing as mentioned
  • Services of a Tour/Cruise Director & Botanical Guide
  • Airport transfers on first & last day, port taxes, tipping & porterage
  • 25 Meals – 13 Breakfasts, 4 Lunches & 8 Dinners
  • 7 nights aboard the MS Princess Eleganza, with a maximum of 36 guests
  • Stay in centrally located 4-star hotels

Suite Floor and Ship Plan

Princess Eleganza  

Discover the Dalmatian Coast aboard this private boutique motor yacht with up to just 36 guests, providing an intimate coastal cruising experience up close to the islands.

Please note: this small ship is cosy, comfortable and perfect for enjoying the beautiful scenery and islands of the Dalmatian Coast, but not as luxurious as some of our other ships.

See the deck plans for Princess Eleganza here

Additional Information

This tour can be combined with:

  • Private Gardens of Devon & Cornwall & Chelsea Flower Show - BTCFDC8

 

MS Princess Eleganza

  • The MS Princess Eleganza is a beautifully crafted and comfortable small cruise ship, designed specifically for the Dalmatian Coast. With just 19 spacious air-conditioned cabins all with their own private ensuite, you will feel a sense of intimate comfort and relaxation aboard. The vast and elegant interior salon can be found on the top deck, providing excellent views and the perfect place to relax and unwind while dining or simply enjoying a drink at the bar. Featuring outstanding onboard service by the friendly crew members, as well as beautifully appointed common areas including an upper sun deck offering sun lounges and an additional lounge area, you will thoroughly enjoy your Dalmatian Coast journey.

 

Fitness level

  • Our tours and cruises cater to various fitness levels
  • This tour requires a medium level of fitness – Involves walking on uneven surfaces for more than one hour, multiple two-night stays in one location with potential for unexpected changes to itineraries

Trip Notes

  • Itinerary and inclusions are subject to change
  • Prices are for land/cruise only. Flights not included

Three nights in Italy's Lakes District.

Enjoy the stunning scenery of the Italian Lakes, on your Botanica World Discoveries tour of Europe.

Request quote

  • Watch video

Discover the pristine lakes, Romanesque architecture and gardens of the Italians Lakes district, before crossing into Slovenia to the beautiful town of Bled. Continue into Croatia then sail along the picturesque Dalmatian Coast. View complete itinerary

Trip code: BTILC14
Duration: 14 days
Accommodation: Boutique Small Ships and Comfortable Hotels
Journey: Milan to Dubrovnik or Kotor
Meals included: 24

Itinerary

Day 1. Arrive Milan to the Italian Lakes

This morning enjoy a city sightseeing tour of Milan, before continuing to the magnificent Italian Lakes District. This evening enjoy a Welcome Dinner.
Stay: Two Nights, Stresa, Regina Palace Hotel
  • Daily Meals Included:
  • • Dinner

Day 2. Isola Bella and Isola Madre Gardens

Travel by ferry to Isola Bella, and discover many rare and exotic plants. Afterwards, visit Isola Madre, the largest island of the Borromee archipelago, often referred to as a botanical garden on water.
  • Daily Meals Included:
  • • Breakfast
  • • Dinner

Day 3. Villa Carlotta and Villa Melzi Gardens

At Villa Carlotta, see a range of plants, stairways, ponds and fountains that date back to the 17th century. Take a ferry to Bellagio on stunning Lake Como and explore Villa Melzi Gardens.
Stay: Como, Metropole Suisse Hotel in lakeview rooms or similar
  • Daily Meals Included:
  • • Breakfast

Day 4. Verona and Giardini Giusti

Today visit the beautiful garden of Giardini Giusti and have free time to explore Verona.
Stay: 5-star hotel in Verona, Hotel Due Torri or similar
  • Daily Meals Included:
  • • Breakfast
  • • Dinner

Day 5. Bled, Slovenia

This morning cross the border into Slovenia. Take an afternoon tour of Bled including the castle and church set on Bled Island.
Stay: Two Nights, 4-star hotel in Bled, Rikli Balance
  • Daily Meals Included:
  • • Breakfast
  • • Dinner

Day 6. Wildflowers of Slovenia

Today we go into the hills of Slovenia with a wildflower guide and afterwards visit the Bohinj Wild Flower Festival.
  • Daily Meals Included:
  • • Breakfast

Day 7. Arboretum Volcji Potok, Ljubljana and Embark Ship

Today visit Arboretum Volcji Potok and see more than 3,000 roses. Enjoy time to explore Slovenia's capital, Ljubljana. This afternoon we continue to the town of Opatija and board the Princess Eleganza, your home for the next 7 nights.
Stay: Seven Nights, MS Princess Eleganza
  • Daily Meals Included:
  • • Breakfast
  • • Dinner

Day 8. Plitvice Lakes National Park

Cruise to Senj and travel to the Plitvice Lakes National Park, an area of natural beauty with 16 lakes interconnected by a series of waterfalls set within forested hills.
  • Daily Meals Included:
  • • Breakfast
  • • Dinner

Day 9. Å ibenik Garden Visit

Sit back, relax and enjoy the beautiful Mediterranean waters. Arrive in Å ibenik in the afternoon for a visit to a local Mediterranean Garden.
  • Daily Meals Included:
  • • Breakfast

Day 10. Split

Arrive in Split and enjoy a short guided walk through the Old Town. This evening, dine in one of the many restaurants on the Riva promenade.
  • Daily Meals Included:
  • • Breakfast
  • • Lunch

Day 11. Hvar and Korcula

Enjoy a free morning on the Dalmatian Island of Hvar. Cruise to Korcula, said to be the birthplace of Marco Polo, a haven of crooked medieval streets, and elegant squares. Tonight dine independently in one of the fabulous local restaurants.
  • Daily Meals Included:
  • • Breakfast
  • • Lunch

Day 12. Dubrovnik

Arrive in Dubrovnik this afternoon and enjoy a guided walk through this breathtaking city. Its many historic and cultural treasures have earned it World Heritage-listing.
  • Daily Meals Included:
  • • Breakfast
  • • Lunch
  • • Dinner

Day 13. Montenegro

Sail to Kotor today. Enjoy a tour of the city of Kotor including the Cathedral of Saint Tryphon and see the ancient walls which stretch for 4.5 kilometres directly above the city. Meet later for a Farewell Dinner on board with your fellow travellers.
  • Daily Meals Included:
  • • Breakfast
  • • Dinner

Day 14. Disembark Ship and Depart Kotor

Disembark this morning and be transferred to Kotor's Tivat airport in Montenegro or Dubrovnik airport for your onward flight.
  • Daily Meals Included:
  • • Breakfast

Trip Highlights

  • Learn about the region’s history from the Tour Manager and Cruise Director
  • Spend three nights in the beautiful lakes district of Italy
  • Visit Isola Bella and Isola Madre
  • Explore the gardens of Villa Carlotta and Villa Melzi
  • Marvel at the Giardini Giusti Garden
  • Discover Romeo and Juliet’s Verona
  • Visit the Wildflower Festival in Slovenia
  • Uncover the history of the walled city of Dubrovnik
  • Explore the pristine islands of Croatia
  • Cruise into the beautiful town of Kotor in Montenegro

Map

Included Experiences

  • Services of a Tour/Cruise Director and Botanical Guide
  • Airport transfers on first and last day, port taxes, tipping and porterage
  • 24 Meals - 13 Breakfasts, 3 Lunches and 8 Dinners
  • 7 nights aboard MS Princess Eleganza cruising the Dalmatian Coast
  • Stay in centrally located 4-5 star hotels

Ship Floor and Deck Plan

Princess Eleganza  

Discover Croatia and the Adriatic Coast aboard this private boutique yacht with just 30 guests, providing an intimate coastal cruising experience up close to the islands.

Please note: this small ship is cosy, comfortable and perfect for enjoying the beautiful scenery and islands of the Dalmatian Coast, but not as luxurious as some of our other ships.

See the deck plans for Princess Eleganza here

Additional Information

Fitness level

  • Medium - Involves walking on uneven surfaces for more than one hour, multiple two-night stays in one location with potential for unexpected changes to itineraries. A good degree of mobility is required.

Trip Notes

  • Itinerary and inclusions are subject to change
  • Wildflowers subject to nature
  • Group Size - 30 guests
  • This tour can be combined with: Private Gardens of Devon, Somerset and Cornwall with Chelsea Flower Show (BTCFDC8) Savings apply. Enquire for details
  • Prices are for land/cruise only. Flights not included

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