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Our Superb Range of Excursions – Extended Fleet Palace Mateus Salamanca Wine tasting Palace Mateus & Vila Real Vila Real is a historic city is of a rural tranquillity. Palace Mateus was the holiday home of the Portuguese royal family in the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries. We visit the palace as well as the promenade in the park. Port & wine tasting at Quinta do Seixo Sandeman’s Quinta do Seixo wine centre offers breathtaking views across its vineyards and the Douro river. During our visit we take a guided tour of the cellar and enjoy a glass of delicious Porto wine. Porto city tour with port wine tasting This excursion leads you from Ribeira square, the historical heart of Porto, to the waterfront, taking in numerous highlights along the way. We then visit one of the port wine houses for a tour and tasting. Salamanca with lunch and a flamenco show Enjoy a full day in the famous Spanish university city Salamanca. During a sightseeing walk you will see the Plaza Mayor (the oldest university in Spain), the Casa de las Conchas, the baroque church La Clereria, the cathedral and the Roman bridge. The excursion also includes lunch and a flamenco show. Wine tasting in the Quinta Avessada We are taken to the little village of Favaios in the heart of the Douro region to visit the Quinta Avessada wine cellar and enjoy a tasting of different kinds of port wine, as well as dinner and live entertainment. Traditions here are still very much at the heart of winemaking, but the winery has also developed an interactive technological system which uses robots – a project that’s totally unique in Europe. MVI nfi n it y Dubrovnik Korcula Dubrovnik guided tour We fly to Dubrovnik and transfer to Gruž harbour where we settle aboard our ship. Dubrovnik is widely regarded as the pearl of the Adriatic and was described by George Bernard Shaw as “heaven on earth”, so it’s the perfect place to start our cruise. You can spend the evening exploring at leisure or join an included guided tour to get the most from our visit. There’s also the chance to get to know your fellow passengers as we enjoy dinner onboard. Korcula guided walking tour This morning we cruise towards Korcˇula, another striking island which was also the birthplace of the explorer Marco Polo. Enjoy a leisurely lunch onboard with views of Lumbarda bay before stepping ashore to visit the historic town. Surrounded by ancient walls and fortified bastions, Korcula is very well preserved with its layout and structure dating back to 13th century. You can join an optional guided walking tour or explore at your own pace. We stay here overnight. Mljet National Park This is the most forested island in the Adriatic and much of it is a national park with two salt lakes. You can visit the old abbey and church in the middle of one of the lakes or hire a small boat to roam around the national park. Bicycles can also be hired to cycle around the paths that surround the lakes. 14 To book simply call 01858 438 315

Spilt Trstenik Dubrovnik Peljesac Split guided tour Split is a fascinating city in a unique setting between the turquoise Adriatic waters and dramatic mountains. It is renowned for its 1,700-year-old Diocletian’s palace and historical richness, along with its thriving restaurants and shops. This can all be appreciated during a guided tour as we walk past medieval buildings and look out for the Roman influence. We stay here overnight. Trstenik village party dinner Early this morning we begin cruising towards the little village of Trstenik on the Pelješac peninsula. Lunch is served onboard. The coastline along the town and the neighbouring islets is covered by pine groves, offering fine views for an afternoon swim. This is also one of the most famous areas for vineyards and wineries in Croatia, and is where the Californian winemaker Grgich was born. You can join an optional village party dinner excursion. We stay in Trstenik overnight. Our Superb Range of Excursions – Extended Fleet Mljet Salt Lake For excursion prices please see page 18 15

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