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Beyond the now-crumbling walls of Taormina stone, the alluring blue of the bay acts as a backdrop that no set designer could conjure. Where once Greek tragedies of Sophocles and Euripides played out, today film festivals and concerts hold the crowds in their thrall. For although centuries have passed, the human penchant for drama remains, as eternal as the tides that turn below.

  • Join Captain’s Choice on this brand new itinerary, with four nights pre tour in Croatia and Slovenia
  • Cruise on Silversea’s new ultra-luxury ship the Silver Muse
  • Indulge yourself at the elegant Grand Hotel Toplice, with stunning views of the exquisite blue Lake Bled
  • Visit the second largest island in the Mediterranean Sea, Sardinia
  • Take a traditional boat  to Bled Island and relax in the atmosphere
  • Explore the Italian and French Riviera, looking out for the glamourous beach resorts and independent microstate of Monaco
  • Stay at the legendary El Palace Hotel in Barcelona
  • Finish your adventure with a unique Farewell dinner with Specialized Foodie Journalists from Barcelona
Gondola - Venice, Italy - Captain's Choice Luxury Silversea Cruising

Venice, Italy

Such a high benchmark was set with Claudia and Jeremy as leaders, hotels, the ship and the shore visits that it will be a very hard act to follow. Believe me all my expectations and more were met.

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Depart Australia

Day 1: Tuesday 23 May

Ready yourself for sunnier climates as you leave Australia flying with Emirates to Croatia.

Arrive Zagreb (Croatia)

Day 1: Wednesday 24 May

After meeting our Tour Host Tem in Zagreb, we toast the spirit of adventure during a Welcome Dinner tonight. We then relax amid the luxury of the city's Hotel Esplanade, our lovely home for the next two nights.


Day 2: Thursday 25 May

A myriad of intoxicating sights await, both in and around the historic hub of Zagreb.

  • Zagreb pulses with ancient secrets and mysteries. Choose to have many of these revealed during a walking tour of the city, before lunch and an afternoon at leisure. Or perhaps take a full day to get back to nature with a visit to the devastatingly beautiful waterfalls of Plitvice Lakes National Park. Back at Hotel Esplanade, share tales from your day over a gourmet dinner. 
Plitvice Lakes, Croatia

Plitvice Lakes, Croatia

Zagreb – Lake Bled (Slovenia)

Day 3: Friday 26 May

Today, say ‘Zivjo’ to Slovenia and the stately city of Ljubljana. Setting out by foot, we discover the impressive Ljubljana Castle, a medieval fortress that offers sweeping views of the city. Patiently awaiting our arrival for dinner is the Grand Hotel Toplice, where we’ll enjoy two nights nestled right by the shores of the exquisite Lake Bled. 

Lake Bled

Day 4: Saturday 27 May

Sweep your curtains open this morning to soak in the ethereal beauty of Lake Bled. Soon, the gentle lapping of the lake and the docile ringing of the island’s church will envelop you in serenity as an oarsman rows you across the water to Bled Island. Later, indulge in a regal lunch and explore Bled Castle, perched dramatically on a cliff. This evening, sample the unique flavours of Slovenian cuisine at a local restaurant.

Lake Bled, Slovenia

Lake Bled, Slovenia

Lake Bled - Venice (Italy)

Day 5: Sunday 28 May

Today, we leave the tranquil sanctity of Lake Bled and make our way to Venice. Sample the fruits of Venice’s lagoon aquaculture and garden islands over lunch, before setting off on a tour to uncover mystery among a labyrinth of canals. The next best thing to walking on water is stepping aboard a gondola, on which you’ll be serenaded as you navigate the waterways. Anticipation is riding high later today as we board the youngest of the Silversea fleet, Silver Muse, for the first time. After settling in to your suite, we enjoy a Welcome Dinner.


Day 6: Monday 29 May

Sail 11.00pm

Resplendent in the golden halo of dawn, we awake in the city of islands today.

  • Venice beckons with the option of a full day to further explore. Or take in the sights of nearby Verona, the statuesque city in which Romeo first laid his eyes on Juliet. We re board and set sail well after the late summer sun has dipped below the horizon. 


Day 7: Tuesday 30 May

Arrive 7.00am – Sail 6.00pm

A muse to literary greats such as Byron and Dante, our first port of call is Ravenna.

  • Be dazzled by the glittering mosaics of Ravenna during a guided tour, or perhaps visit the Ferrari and Lamborghini museums to see some of your favourite fast cars from up close.
Grand Canal - Venice, Italy - Captain's Choice Luxury Silversea Cruising

Grand Canal, Venice

Mosaics Ravenna, Italy

Early Christian Mosaics, Ravena

Trogir, Croatia

Trogir, Croatia

Trogir (Croatia)

Day 8: Wednesday 31 May

Arrive 8.00am – Sail 6.00pm 

As breakfast is served, you’re thinking about how to spend your day in historic Trogir. 

  • You may like to embark on a full day tour through the countryside, visiting the Ivan Mestrovic Sculpture Gallery, Diocletian Palace and enjoying a cruise to Radmanove Mlinice. Or stay closer to port with a tour of UNESCO listed Trogir and Split.

Brindisi (Italy)

Day 9: Thursday 1 June

Arrive 8.00am – Sail 2.00pm

Returning to Italy, how will you explore the slow-paced harbour city of Brindisi?

  • Be dazzled by the charming whitewashed houses of Ostuni. Or enjoy a walking tour at the ruins of Lecce then visit Otranto to see the medieval fort, Castello Aragonese.

Afterwards, it’s back aboard for lunch as we sail for the island of Sicily.

Taormina [Sicily]

Day 10: Friday 2 June

Arrive 9.00am – Sail 6.00pm

Gangsters, volcanoes and the largest opera house in Italy; there’s little wonder the island of Sicily stirs your passion. A full day on this alluring isle will bring many legends to life. Back on board this evening, Silver Muse sails around the southern coast of mainland Italy while we sleep.

Taormina, Sicily

Taormina, Sicily

Atrani - Amalfi Coast, Italy

Amalfi Coast


Day 11: Saturday 3 June

Arrive 8.00am – Sail 6.00pm

On arriving in beautiful Sorrento, it’s your choice as to how today will unfold. 

  • Perhaps you will admire the Amalfi Coast on a full day tour, where the towns are as chic and stylish as the people. Or let Pompeii and the haunting legacy of Vesuvius move you. Then, back in Sorrento, discover new tastes during a gelato lesson.

Back on board this afternoon, we sail onwards as dinner is served.

Olbia [Sardinia]

Day 12: Sunday 4 June

Arrive 9.00am – Sail 6.00pm

North of Sicily, the island of Sardinia lies in stark contrast to its deep blue surrounds. See where affluent Italians retire as you explore the Costa Smeralda, stopping in Porto Cervo for seafood.


Day 13: Monday 5 June

Arrive 9.00am – Sail 11.30pm

This is the decadent Italy of dreams; a once sleepy fishing village turned millionaires’ playground, dripping in designer labels and yachts.

  • Set pace with the locals on a stroll around Santa Margherita Ligure. It’s difficult to imagine how so much affluence can be squeezed into such a modest sized harbour! Alternatively, skim across the water on a trip to San Fruttuoso, where you might don a snorkel to see the underwater statue, Christ of the Abyss, from up close.

La Spezia

Day 14: Tuesday 6 June

Arrive 8.00am – Sail 10.00pm

A night’s sailing has taken us south to La Spezia, a gateway to Italy’s treasures.

  • The fishing villages of the Cinque Terre present some of the world’s most dramatic coastal scenery and are certainly worth a visit for those that have not had the pleasure, or even those that have. Art aficionados, however, may prefer to head to Florence, home to more than 300,000 works of art dating from pre-historic times.

Monte Carlo (Monaco)

Day 15: Wednesday 7 June

Arrive 8.00am – Sail 10.00pm

Docking in Monaco, soak in the ostentatious riches of Monte Carlo and Eze on a lazy morning tour and enjoy a free afternoon. With time at leisure after dinner this evening, bask in the glamour of Monaco by night, and perhaps try your luck with a quick flutter at the famous casino before we sail.

Monaco, Monte Carlo

Monte Carlo, Monaco

Marseille (France)

Day 16: Thursday 8 June

Arrive 8.00am – Sail 6.00pm

During a guided tour, we breeze along the leafy boulevards of Aix-en-Provence and experience the rustic glamour of Marseille. With visits to Cezanne’s studio and the Cours Mirabeau, today will delight the art devotees among us.

Barcelona (Spain)

Day 17: Friday 9 June

Arrive 8.00am

Disembarking this morning, we take a tour of Barcelona’s Gothic Quarter, before a paella lunch. An afternoon tour includes visits to Park Guell and the Sagrada Familia, before we check in to the Hotel El Palace Barcelona.

  • Indulge in a special dine-around evening accompanied by specialised local foodie insiders, who will share with you the secrets of Spanish cuisine. 
Park Guell Barcelona Spain with Captain's Choice Luxury Tours

Park Guell, Barcelona

Paella, Spain

Paella, Barcelona

Depart Barcelona

Day 18: Saturday 10 June

After breakfast, our Mediterranean sojourn draws to its conclusion

Arrive Australia

Day 20: Sunday 11 June

Return home this evening refreshed and ready to start planning your next adventure.

All Inclusive Tours

Imagine a trip where you won’t have to lift a finger, or worry about bringing your wallet.



Sightseeing in each destination is included. Select Options even allow you to tailor aspects of the touring to your individual tastes when there are multiple touring options.


Meals and Drinks

All meals are included with your tour price along with beer, wine and soft drinks. Dining experiences can range from Michelin-starred restaurants to intimate local eateries.

Flights Included


We have included different flight options for your convenience. Should you wish to fly with a different airline to the group we can help you with those arrangements if you wish.

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Those little details

Tipping, Taxes, Transfers and Travel Insurance (subject to terms & conditions) are included. We even look after your luggage for the entire trip so you don't have to.

Tour Host Team

Tour Host Team & Doctor

Wherever you are in the world, you will always have a friendly and knowledgeable Tour Host Team on hand. Not to mention a Doctor on every tour for your peace of mind.

Accommodation Hotel Bell


We believe a superior standard of service is just as important as five star facilities. We select our hotels with location and accessibility in mind as well as luxury.

Silver muse

Introducing Silver Muse

A new beacon for ultra luxury travel takes to the seas in 2017, with the launch of Silversea’s extravagant new flagship, Silver Muse. This ship embodies the ultimate in opulence and comfort, boasting the highest number of large suites in the fleet, as well as more dining options than any other deluxe ship. With a wealth of enhancements to the onboard experience, Silver Muse blazes the way for a new era in luxury cruising.

Silver Muse

Classic Veranda Suite

Located in different areas on the ship, these veranda suites all feature a teak veranda with floor-to-ceiling glass doors and patio furniture, sitting area, marbled bathroom and vanity, full-sized bath and a separate shower, as well as a walk in wardrobe.

Atlantide - Silver Muse


Pivotal to the Silver Muse dining experience, this elegant bar and grill incorporates the best that the sea has to offer. Created to temper your taste buds, designer dishes such as royal crab, blue lobster and Verbena infused red snapper in a sea salt crust are showcased alongside the best steaks offshore.

Indochine - Silver Muse


Unlock the hidden treasures of the spice markets of Mumbai, whet your appetite with the exoticism of Thailand and temper your taste buds with the cuisine of Vietnam. Elegant and exquisite dishes bursting with Asian essence awaken your gastronomic senses and immerse you in an expansive tapestry of the palate.

Madame - Silver Muse
by Relais & Châteaux


Madame features a bespoke menu by top chefs from the Relais & Châteaux team, and is the highest expression of excellence of French dining that Silver Muse has to offer. The ambience is one of chic contemporary style.

Solo Travellers

Many Captain’s Choice guests travel solo, and almost all of them find that making friends on holiday is easy, thanks to the welcoming and like minded nature of our travellers. At the start of the tour, all solo travellers are invited to a Welcome Reception, enabling you to get to know other guests travelling on their own.

Members of our Tour Host Team are always available for a friendly chat and a meal, but if you prefer time for private reflection then that is always respected too – you can choose to be as involved as much or as little as you please. Either way, it’s a fun and rewarding way to see the world.

The Relationship Between Captain's Choice and


For over 20 years now, Captain's Choice has partnered with Silversea to take you on journeys that sail beyond the realms of your imagination. When you take a Silversea voyage with Captain’s Choice, absolutely everything is included.

From start to finish we’ve done all we can to make your travel hassle free by including international flights from Australia. You can expect ocean view suites with butler service aboard Silversea, pre and post cruise arrangements, all meals with fine wines, beers and soft drinks and fascinating shore excursions . Plus, we also send an experienced Tour Host Team to be with you every step of the way. At Captain’s Choice, it’s our pleasure to take you there.

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Venice to Barcelona Aboard Silver Muse
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Based on per person, twin share in a Classic Veranda Suite. Prices are in New Zealand dollars.

Cruise & Land Only guests join in Zagreb for dinner on Day 2 and depart Barcelona after breakfast on Day 19.

Supplements (add to base tour cost, per person, twin share)
Superior Veranda Suite $420
Deluxe Veranda Suite $840
For details of other suite upgrades, please contact one of our Tour Sales Consultants.

Single Suite Supplements including hotels (add to base tour cost)
Classic Veranda Suite $7,610
Superior Veranda Suite $9,650
Deluxe Veranda Suite $10,020
Single suites at above prices are limited. For details of other suite upgrades, please contact one of our Tour Sales Consultants.

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