Split, Hvar and the Delights of Dalmatia Yacht Cruise - MS Mendula

Split, Hvar and the Delights of Dalmatia Yacht Cruise - MS Mendula

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Split, Hvar and the Delights of Dalmatia Yacht Cruise - MS Mendula

8 Days Starting and ending in 21000, Split, Croatia

Visiting: Split, Makarska, Bol, Jelsa, Korčula, Šćedro, Vis, Hvar, Trogir, Otočić Sveta Fumija, Postira

Tour operator:

Riviera Travel

Ship Name:
MS Mendula
Guide Type:

Fully Guided

Ship Capacity:

30

Physical rating:

Low

Age range:

12-99

Special diets catered:

Vegetarians

Tour operated in:
English
Trip Styles:

Cruise, Sailing

Interests:

History, Island Hopping

Activities:

Sightseeing, Walking

This tour is no longer available

Tour Overview

Experience the romance and glamour of a unique holiday at sea aboard our twin-masted luxury yacht, the MS Mendula. Feel like a VIP as you anchor up in the most picturesque little ports along the dazzling Dalmatian coast and step ashore with ease to soak up the charms and ambience of medieval towns unchanged in centuries and fascinating historic cities along the way. Lie back in the sun on deck, switch off and take in the glorious coastal vistas as you cruise through the Adriatic's glistening waters, enjoying your most memorable holiday ever.

Highlights

  • Happy by day two or we'll bring you home with a full refund

  • Guided tour of Split and Emperor Diocletian’s monumental palace

  • Guided tour of Korcula, a perfectly preserved medieval port

  • E-bike tour of Hvar around its delightful old town

  • Guided tour of picturesque Jelsa nestling in a pretty bay

  • Visit the delightful medieval harbour town of Postira

  • Explore Brac’s Mediterranean landscape on all-terrain vehicles, with visit to a masonry school and Olive Oil Museum

  • Explore Trogir with its maze of winding medieval streets

  • Visit Bol and its enchanting old town

  • Swim stops in unspoilt, idyllic locations

Itinerary

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Day 1 : Arrival In Split

Location: Split

Meals Included: Breakfast

You’ll arrive at the airport to fly to Split. On arrival you will be met and transferred to Makarska Port to board your ship, the magnificent four-star, twin-masted MS Mendula. As you step on board, you’ll be welcomed by the crew who’ll be on hand to help you settle in and familiarise yourself with the vessel. You’ll have the rest of the day to unpack and unwind – perhaps taking a stroll ashore before it’s time to enjoy dinner in the ship’s restaurant. Tonight, chat with your fellow guests over a digestif from the bar as the sun goes down.

Day 2 : Makarska, Bol & Jelsa

Location: Makarska, Bol, Jelsa

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch

Dawn breaks as our voyage begins and what an adventure we have in store! The Dalmatian coast is reputedly one of the most stunning in the world with shingle beaches, secret coves and idyllic bays. After breakfast take to the deck for a spot of reading as our captain skilfully navigates our vessel through the waters. You’ll soon realise why this is one of the most relaxing ways to holiday as you sit back to watch the coastal views drifting by.



We arrive in Bol, with a cluster of little fishing boats jostling in its harbour, fringed by stone cottages. A short visit will enable you to explore the winding lanes unchanged by time, stopping to admire the blooms cascading from balconies and windowsills. Return to the ship for lunch whilst you savour the views of this archipelago.



Later we arrive in Jelsa, nestled on the edge of a pretty bay on the island of Hvar, situated between the island’s highest peaks, St Nikola and Hum, and we moor in its harbour fringed with palms and pavements cafés. With its freshwater springs the island is lush and green, its hillsides draped in thick forest and its foothills perfumed with lavender and fruit orchards. Inhabited since Neolithic times, the Greeks then founded a colony here, becoming a major naval base during the 14th-century as the Venetian Empire extended its reach. We enjoy a guided tour, stopping to admire the historic stonework of the typical Dalmatian houses, and the church encircled by a web of terracotta roofs and cobbled alleys.



We remain moored here overnight so this evening hop ashore to dine in one of the restaurants serving local Mediterranean inspired menus: grilled fresh fish, pasta with seafood or hearty meat dishes - look out for dishes cooked peka, very slowly under a bell.

Day 3 : Jelsa & Korčula

Location: Jelsa, Korčula

Meals Included: Breakfast

A leisurely breakfast awaits in the ship’s restaurant and as you sit back savouring that second cup, soak up the dazzling seascapes in this archipelago as our vessel cuts effortlessly through the waves. There’ll be opportunity to swim in the waters too - nothing beats the experience of swimming off the platform at the back of the ship as if it were your own!



Having worked up an appetite, lunch is served and it’s not long before we arrive in the historic walled town of Korčula and moor on the little quayside. Known as Black Korčula by the Greeks due to its thickly forested interior, the island was ruled by the Venetians for 800 years and was famed for supplying timber to build Venice’s legendary wooden walls. It also provided a major shelter for the Venetian fleet and its Italianate atmosphere is evident as you explore its characterful lattice of winding streets and cool, shaded alleys. There’s a view to capture around every corner in its exquisite old town - no wonder it’s affectionately termed ‘Little Dubrovnik’.



After our guided walking tour, there’s time to explore this spot under your own steam and as evening falls take dinner at leisure in one of the island’s restaurants before heading back on board and finishing the evening with a glass of local rakija in the convivial bar.

Day 4 : Korčula, Scedro Island & Vis

Location: Korčula, Šćedro, Vis

Meals Included: Breakfast

A chorus of circling gulls overhead signals daybreak as the sun rises over the fine Venetian facades fringing the quayside as we head north to Vis, the most remote of Croatia’s inhabited islands. Take to the deck to enjoy the warm breeze and watch our impressive vessel slice through the waves before we drop anchor to swim at Scedro Island and have lunch before arriving in Vis. An Allied Forces base during World War II, the island was also used as a Yugoslavian naval base and closed to visitors until 1989. Step ashore into its harbour with a quaint jumble of stone houses nestling at the water’s edge and a spectacular wild mountain backdrop behind.



There’ll be time to wander at your own pace, soaking up the ambience of this idyllic spot and as evening falls, wander back through the little streets in Vis’s old town and enjoy dinner at leisure. Why not sample a hearty bowl of gregada, fish and potato stew, with some crusty bread a glass of local white wine – life doesn’t get much better!

Day 5 : Vis, Hvar & Trogir

Location: Vis, Hvar, Trogir

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch

Enjoy another morning’s sailing through this breath-taking archipelago before arriving on the northern side of Hvar Island with its swathes of pebble beach and coastline studded with bays and coves. Fed by freshwater springs, the island is lush and green with hillsides draped in a blanket of pine and eucalyptus forest.



Once moored, you’ll enjoy a guided tour of Hvar town and then you’ll be able to take an e-bike tour around its historic centre – where the streets don’t even have names! See St Stephen’s Square, the largest in Dalmatia, with a 16th century fountain and lined by honey-coloured stone buildings and bustling cafés or visit St Stephen’s Cathedral, rebuilt in 1560, to admire the treasures within, the sculptured stonework and 13th century paintings. Or stroll the harbour area to visit the renaissance monastery. Head inside to find renaissance artworks including an exceptional depiction of The Last Supper. Or perhaps the more energetic will venture to the Spanjola Fortress perched high on a hill overlooking the town. Dating from the early 16th century, this preserved building with its mighty walls, towers, and tunnels to explore, also houses a collection of historic artefacts including ancient amphorae dating from the Bronze Age.



After lunch back on board, the ship will drop anchor for another swim stop before arriving in the historic city of Trogir. Tucked behind a waterfront and imposing 15th-century walls you’ll find a web of little streets and cobbled alleys to explore, and at its heart the cathedral, a mix of architectural styles dating from the 12th century. Step inside to admire its ornately sculptured ceiling in the chapel and a Romanesque portal. You are free to enjoy dinner independently ashore here this evening.

Day 6 : Trogir, Fumija & Split

Location: Trogir, Otočić Sveta Fumija, Split

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch

Take to the deck to take in the panoramic views or just lie back in the sun. Enjoy a swim stop around Fumija followed by lunch on board as we sail on to Split. You’ll get the best views up on deck as we make our approach towards this historic capital and Croatia’s second city. Whilst you may have been here before, there’s always something new to discover, and we disembark for a guided tour discovering more about this city’s eventful past through the insightful eyes of our local guide.



At its core lie s the ancient ruins of the Emperor Diocletian’s Palace, recently used as the setting for Game of Thrones, but undoubtedly one of the most exceptional Roman legacies on earth. Constructed from the finest materials, Italian marble, local limestone and even sphinxes from Egypt, the entire complex surrounded by gigantic stone walls, occupied over 30,000 square metres. During medieval times, other buildings were grafted on to this immense structure and as you wander under the huge, vaulted ceilings and amongst the quirky jumble of houses, churches, and chapels, where medieval stonework juxtaposes Roman columns, you’ll be transported back in time on a fascinating historical journey.



Dinner is at your leisure tonight so why not choose to return to the old town to savour some local fare before returning to our ship for a nightcap on the deck, against the backdrop of this city’s legendary skyline.

Day 7 : Split, Postira & Makarska

Location: Split, Postira, Makarska

Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

Our final day’s sailing arrives but there’s still so much to enjoy as this morning. With sunshine glinting on the azure water, we slip our moorings once again, sailing towards the island of Brač, the third largest in the Adriatic.



We arrive in the fishing port of Postira to spend the afternoon exploring aboard all-terrain vehicles. The landscape here is typically Mediterranean – pine-scented uplands with vineyards and citrus groves tumble down to deserted beaches. Once dependent on its grape harvest, Brač also relied on the export of its stone – a useful mixture of marble and limestone – which can be traced to constructions as diverse as the White House, the Reichstag and Liverpool cathedral! We visit a local masonry school to learn more about this ancient craft. Take in the panorama from Vidova Gora, the island’s highest peak before we enjoy a visit to the Olive Oil Museum in Škrip to learn more about this ancient and health-promoting oil before sampling some of the local produce.



Back on board, relax with an aperitif in the bar before we enjoy the Captain’s Dinner, with a delicious locally inspired menu.

Day 8 : Return Flight

Location: Split

Today you’ll disembark and transfer to the airport for your return flight.

Ship Details

MS Mendula

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A very special cruise awaits in 2022 as we are thrilled to be able to bring you our latest addition to the Riviera fleet, the magnificent MS Mendula. This spectacular twin-masted yacht, at a stately 36 metres, can easily access the wonderfully picturesque little ports along the Dalmatian coast so when you drop anchor and hop ashore, immediately you’ll be fully immersed in every destination we visit with no time wasted. Launched in 2012, this exquisite vessel offers a thrilling and authentic experience on a classic sailing ship yet with all the comfort and glamour of a modern-day private yacht. With just 15 cabins available for 30 guests, the atmosphere on board is convivial and relaxed with a touch of exclusivity – and you’re assured a first-class service throughout.

Instantly recognisable and causing quite a stir on the quayside, as you are welcomed aboard by our dedicated crew, you’ll be made to feel completely at home in your elegant surroundings. Delight in the ample and stylish sun deck where you can sit and unwind over a long cold drink and catch up on some reading or chat with your fellow sailors and take in the panoramic vistas as you glide through the glistening water. When it’s time to cool off, take a dip off the ship’s platform straight into the Adriatic’s crystal waters then back on board to dry off in the sun – once you’ve discovered this way to holiday, you won’t look back! Enjoy delicious, locally inspired menus in the informal ambience of the ship’s restaurant whilst savouring the views and nothing beats your favourite cocktail or an after-dinner coffee on the smart terrace area with plenty of chairs and tables as the sun sets.

Your comfort is assured in fully air-conditioned cabins, with stylish furniture and contemporary lighting. Wooden flooring and a gleaming superbly appointed bathroom provide a touch of glamour and a home from home experience without compromise. All cabins feature either a double bed or twin beds and are equipped with dressing table and chair, wardrobe, hairdryer and bathroom with shower, plus free Wi-Fi on board. Lower and main deck cabins feature two fixed porthole windows, whilst cabins on the upper decks have one fixed porthole and one opening window.

Ship Name:

MS Mendula

Adults Only Areas:

no kids

Ship Children Facilities:

none

Ship Nursery:

none

Smoking Areas:

some

Ship Size:

mini

Ship Type:

ocean

Ship Kind:

Yacht

Ship Currency:

EUR

Ship Language:

en

Ship Capacity:

30

Ship Crew Count:

6

Number of Decks:

3

Number of Cabins:

15

Number of Large Cabins:

0

Number of Wheelchair-Friendy Cabins:

0

Ship Launch Year:

2012

Ship Length (Meters):

36 M

Ship Speed (Knots):

12 Kn

Lower Deck

Category B Cabins

Main Deck

Category A CabinsDining Room

Sun Deck

Sun LoungersTables & Chairs

Upper Deck

Category A+ Cabins

With just 15 cabins available for 30 guests, the atmosphere on board is convivial and relaxed with a touch of exclusivity – and you’re assured a first-class service throughout.

Your comfort is assured in fully air-conditioned cabins, with stylish furniture and contemporary lighting. Wooden flooring and a gleaming superbly appointed bathroom provide a touch of glamour and a home from home experience without compromise. All cabins feature either a double bed or twin beds and are equipped with dressing table and chair, wardrobe, hairdryer and bathroom with shower, plus free Wi-Fi on board. Lower and main deck cabins feature two fixed porthole windows, whilst cabins on the upper decks have one fixed porthole and one opening window.

Category A+ Cabins (Grade AA )

Cabins 1, 2 & 3: These cabins measure approximately 10-11 square metres (108-118 square feet) and are located on the upper deck with fixed twin beds and one porthole plus one opening window.

Category A Cabins (Grade A )

Cabins 5 & 6: These cabins measure approximately 10-11 square metres (108-118 square feet) and are located on the main deck with fixed twin beds and two porthole windows.Cabins 7 & 8: These cabins measure approximately 10-11 square metres (108-118 square feet) and are located on the main deck with fixed double beds and two porthole windows.

Category B Cabins (Grade B )

Cabins 9, 10, 13 and 14: These cabins measure approximately 13.5 square metres (145 square feet) and are located on the lower deck with fixed double bed and two porthole fixed windows.Cabins 11, 12, 15 and 16: These cabins measure approximately 14 square metres (151 square feet) and are located on the lower deck with fixed double bed, a single bed and two porthole fixed windows.

Enjoy delicious, locally inspired menus in the informal ambience of the ship’s restaurant whilst savouring the views and nothing beats your favourite cocktail or an after-dinner coffee on the smart terrace area with plenty of chairs and tables as the sun sets.

Delight in the ample and stylish sun deck where you can sit and unwind over a long cold drink and catch up on some reading or chat with your fellow sailors and take in the panoramic vistas as you glide through the glistening water.

Excursions

On our river cruises we love to take you right into the heart of each town or city you visit along the way, and during your cruise local guides will offer a variety of guided walking tours, panoramic coach tours and/or visits to museums and local cultural favourites such as a wine tasting in Burgundy and a train journey through the Swiss mountains. You will have a good mix of touring and free time to learn about the history and the little quirks of each place, with plenty of time to explore at your own leisure. Please check the itinerary of the cruise for more specific details.

Please note: There are no dedicated children's facilities on board.

When it’s time to cool off, take a dip off the ship’s platform straight into the Adriatic’s crystal waters then back on board to dry off in the sun – once you’ve discovered this way to holiday, you won’t look back!

Tips are not charged at a set percentage and are not included in the holiday cost, as we understand that giving a gratuity should be entirely at your discretion.

As a guideline we would recommend giving €8-12 per person per day should you feel that is appropriate. Usually, an envelope is left in your cabin on the final evening, for you to drop off at reception, if you choose to, the following morning.

The tips are divided equally between the crew. Should you also wish to give a gratuity directly to your Riviera Travel Cruise Director and Concierge, this is also at your discretion.

Age Restrictions

The minimum age limit is 12 years old at the date of departure. We reserve the right to limit the number of children on any particular cruise. Any minor must be accompanied by and share a cabin with an adult aged 21 or over. If the adult is not the minor’s parent, a ‘Parental Consent Guardianship Form’ must be signed by a parent or legal guardian prior to sailing.

Air Conditioning

Our ships are fully air-conditioned throughout. Each cabin has individual air-conditioning and heating controls.

Dietary Requirements

In the morning a full breakfast is served which includes healthy options and your choice of eggs made to order. For lunch enjoy salads from the buffet, soup and a choice of main courses, including local dishes, plus dessert. The four course a la carte dinners include a selection of international and regional specialities. We cater for most dietary requirements, please ensure you advise our sales team when making the booking.

Disabled Facilities

We want to ensure you make the correct choice before you book your holiday with us. If you have any concerns regarding the suitability of the holiday due to reduced mobility we would encourage you to contact us or call us on 01283 688 518 to discuss these concerns.MooringDue to the popularity of river cruising at some mooring places, or where our ship is moored alongside another vessel, access to the ship may be via the sun deck and require the navigation of steps so passengers must be able to walk on and off the ship themselves, without the use of crutches or other aids, as gangplanks can be positioned at a steep angle.On boardOur ships are not adapted for wheelchair access; if you are intending to take a wheelchair or mobility scooter with you, it is essential that you please contact us to let us know. Wheelchairs and mobility scooters can be used on excursions however cannot be used on board the ships due to safety reasons and must not be left in corridors, the lounge or restaurant or any other public areas, but must be stored at reception.River cruises operate with a smaller crew than ocean cruises and do not have the crew available to personally attend to passengers with reduced mobility; therefore, a travelling companion would need to be able to help with any physical needs.Whilst most of our ships have a lift on board, it does not operate to all decks.River cruising on European rivers offers the opportunity to take in the scenery from the comfort of the ship. If you are unable to do some of the shore excursions, your river cruise can still be enjoyable and worthwhile, so please contact us with any concerns or questions you may have.Shore ExcursionsFor our river cruises which include an extension and feature a hotel stay, the hotels we use have been chosen due to their location and standard, the facilities offered can differ, it is therefore important that we make the appropriate enquiries with our suppliers on your behalf to ensure any special needs or requests can be catered for.AccommodationFor our river cruises which include an extension and feature a hotel stay, the hotels we use have been chosen due to their location and standard, the facilities offered can differ, it is therefore important that we make the appropriate enquiries with our suppliers on your behalf to ensure any special needs or requests can be catered for.Overseas Transport ArrangementsAll of our tours involve coach travel. The coaches we use have not been adapted for wheelchair access.Air TravelWe are able to arrange airport assistance, from the check-in desk to the plane, for anyone with reduced mobility. This is a free service which must be arranged with the airline prior to travel. If you would like us to arrange this assistance for you it needs to be pre-booked more than 48 hours before your flight departs.EurostarIf you have reduced mobility and are travelling by Eurostar to your cruise, please contact us. Should you need to travel in your own wheelchair, Eurostar does have specially adapted wheelchair spaces which need to be pre-booked. If you would like assistance at St. Pancras, we can provide you with information and contact details for Eurostar Assist, although we cannot reserve this service for you directly.

Dress Code

There is no requirement to bring formal dress; smart/casual is acceptable for both day and evening as there is no dress code enforced. However men are requested not to wear shorts for dinner or vest tops at any time in the dining room. Men may wish to wear a jacket and tie for dinner. The Captain’s Dinner offers the opportunity, should you wish, for more special attire.

Drinks Packages

We offer a selection of drinks packages available to purchase and the price is dependent on the length of the cruise, so please check each tour page for more details. This includes the following with lunch and dinner: draught beer; non-alcoholic beer; soft drinks; juices; red, white and rose house wines; and wine recommendations from the menu. The drinks package must be added to your booking for all passengers in a cabin prior to departure and you can do this by calling the reservations team.If you choose not to purchase a drinks package, there is a vast selection of drinks on board each ship available for individual purchase. 

Laundry Service

A limited laundry service is available on board, except on the day of disembarkation. A dry cleaning service is not available.

Medical Facilities

If you have any concerns about your health whilst on tour, please see your Cruise Director or Concierge. They will be able to advise you about chemists and availability of doctors, etc. In an emergency you could always phone our emergency number as issued on your itinerary. There are no on-board medical personnel, although specific crew members will have basic first aid training. However, the ship can stop at any time to transfer any passenger requiring emergency medical attention to local medical facilities.

Reduced Mobility

We want to ensure you make the correct choice before you book your holiday with us. If you have any concerns regarding the suitability of the holiday due to reduced mobility we would encourage you to contact us or call us on 01283 688 506 to discuss these concerns. MooringDue to the popularity of river cruising at some mooring places, or where our ship is moored alongside another vessel, access to the ship may be via the sun deck and require the navigation of steps so passengers must be able to walk on and off the ship themselves, without the use of crutches or other aids, as gangplanks can be positioned at a steep angle.On boardOur ships are not adapted for wheelchair access; if you are intending to take a wheelchair or mobility scooter with you, it is essential that you please contact us to let us know. Wheelchairs and mobility scooters can be used on excursions however cannot be used on board the ships due to safety reasons and must not be left in corridors, the lounge or restaurant or any other public areas, but must be stored at reception.River cruises operate with a smaller crew than ocean cruises and do not have the crew available to personally attend to passengers with reduced mobility; therefore, a travelling companion would need to be able to help with any physical needs.Whilst most of our ships have a lift on board, it does not operate to all decks.River cruising on European rivers offers the opportunity to take in the scenery from the comfort of the ship. If you are unable to do some of the shore excursions, your river cruise can still be enjoyable and worthwhile, so please contact us with any concerns or questions you may have.Shore ExcursionsFor our river cruises which include an extension and feature a hotel stay, the hotels we use have been chosen due to their location and standard, the facilities offered can differ, it is therefore important that we make the appropriate enquiries with our suppliers on your behalf to ensure any special needs or requests can be catered for.AccommodationFor our river cruises which include an extension and feature a hotel stay, the hotels we use have been chosen due to their location and standard, the facilities offered can differ, it is therefore important that we make the appropriate enquiries with our suppliers on your behalf to ensure any special needs or requests can be catered for.Overseas Transport ArrangementsAll of our tours involve coach travel. The coaches we use have not been adapted for wheelchair access.Air TravelWe are able to arrange airport assistance, from the check-in desk to the plane, for anyone with reduced mobility. This is a free service which must be arranged with the airline prior to travel. If you would like us to arrange this assistance for you it needs to be pre-booked more than 48 hours before your flight departs.EurostarIf you have reduced mobility and are travelling by Eurostar to your cruise, please contact us. Should you need to travel in your own wheelchair, Eurostar does have specially adapted wheelchair spaces which need to be pre-booked. If you would like assistance at St. Pancras, we can provide you with information and contact details for Eurostar Assist, although we cannot reserve this service for you directly.

Smoking and E-Cigarette Policy

Smoking, including e-cigarettes, is not permitted anywhere on board except for designated areas on the sun deck.More and more countries in Europe are adopting a stricter legislation on smoking in public places. Smoking is not allowed on any public transport and there may be other restrictions in hotels, bars and restaurants.

Wi-Fi

Free Wi-Fi available for your convenience

What's Included

  • Fully Guided

    Services of our experienced tour manager

  • International Travel

  • Additional Services

    All port charges, airport taxes and overseas transfers

  • ABTA and ATOL protection

  • All port charges, airport taxes and overseas transfers

  • Meals

    Daily breakfast, 5 lunches, 1 dinner plus the Captain’s Dinner

  • Complimentary Wi-Fi on board

What's Not Included

  • Tipping and Gratuity

  • Insurance

Check out our Q&As

  • Is there any free time to explore places during the tour?

    As detailed in the itinerary

  • Are all the relevant entry visa’s included in the price of the tour?

    No

  • Are flights included in this tour?

    Return flights from a choice of regional airports

  • Are airport transfers included in this tour?

    Yes

  • Will I know the names and details of all the accommodation before I depart?

    Yes

  • Are children permitted to take part in the tour?

    For cruises, the minimum age limit is 12 years old at the date of departure. We reserve the right to limit the number of children on any particular cruise.

  • Will there be an escort accompanying this tour?

    Yes

  • How long has the tour company been trading?

    For almost 40 years

  • I have reduced mobility; can I still travel?

    We want to ensure you make the correct choice before you book your holiday with us. If you have any concerns regarding the suitability of the holiday due to reduced mobility we would encourage you to contact us to discuss these concerns

  • Do I require travel insurance?

    It is a condition of booking that you carry suitable travel insurance.

  • What is my luggage allowance?

    You will receive details of your luggage allowance with your final travel documents, which are sent approximately 10 days prior to your date of departure.

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David Clarke (Google Reviewer)  

This review is for the...

08-Aug-2023

This review is for the italian Lake Como trip Aug 1-8 Wow what a trip. Riviera from start to finish were excellent the booking and help line answering questions were very good and clear. The travel booklet you get is laid out that it is simple to read and follow with step by step info from booking in to flights to meeting the guides. Our guide Matt Purse was just the best guide and real credit to Riviera with his knowledge and straight forward approach to running the trips. Matt kept us informed and told us all the sort of info you want to know without going over the top....This chap should teach other reps ..thank you so much. The coaches they use are all clean and well equipped with usb chargers and have aircon. The places chosen to visit were well researched even down to where coaches park or drop you off. The Bernina Express was the highlight for our family and matts photo tip was welcomed. The only down point was the hotel,a little dated and evening meal in main restuarant was a bit of a let down. I think we were lucky with our room on level 7 and with balcony as the walls are very thin and noise travels. We would book again with riviera

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I have been on three...

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Thankyou Riviera and all the...

28-Apr-2024

Thankyou Riviera and all the staff on the William Wordsworth Danube River cruise. My husband and i have just travelled on the Danube to celebrate my husbands 60th and we had such a lovely experience. We were younger than most of the travellers but we met so many lovely people so this wasnt a problem. The staff were so lovely and professional. The service we experienced was so high. The boat was beautiful, the food amazing and the excursions were informative and well managed. I would definately recommend riviera as a company. In fact we are now considering their Japan holiday.

Valerie Pascoe  

We would go again in a heartbeat

22-Jan-2022

Oh my goodness, what a relief it was to actually get away! Full marks to all at Riviera for keeping us up to date before our trip and for the help so cheerfully and patiently given with the extra admin that Covid brought our way. We felt totally safe with the measures taken on board, thank you very much for this. Without exception, Staff were fantastic and our every need was attended to. The additional Covid testing ran smoothly, organised by our Riviera Reps. The guided tours were most interesting: the guides very knowledgeable and more importantly, interesting to listen to. We loved this trip and would do it again in a heartbeat. Thank you again Riviera, you were FAB!

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Second escorted tour with this...

25-Jul-2022

Second escorted tour with this company. Did 5 days in Iceland tour. Everything went smoothly, excellent tour guide, Per. Extremely knowledgeable and interesting guy. Very friendly too. Highly recommend. Just let down by the room given at the hotel, but I guess the travel company doesn't have control over this.

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Just completed a 5 day trip on the Rhine. Our first river cruise and a tester for future cruises. The boat was well appointed and the cabin and public areas were spotlessly clean. The staff were attentive and contributed to the very relaxed atmosphere on the boat. The quality of the food surpassed that which we have experiened on sea cruises in recent years. I have written little because it was a faultless experience. We have booked a further cruise (in France) on the basis of our experience.

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Although most people seem to...

10-Mar-2024

Although most people seem to book and pay for their holidays online, because we live close by we prefer to make a personal visit. In my opinion if they are offering this as an option they should be better equipped to accommodate visits in person. We have not been on our river cruise yet, so can't comment on that yet.

Rob Steele (Google Reviewer)  

My 3rd Riviera trip within...

16-Feb-2024

My 3rd Riviera trip within a year and I wasn't disappointed 😁 This time it was https://www.rivieratravel.co.uk/escorted-tours/southern-india-coastal-route-solo-travellers This trip, although not cheap, it really offers exceptional value for money as you see a lot of Tamil Nadu and Kerela, stay in fantastic hotels, excellent breakfasts every day as well as some lunches and dinners also included. George Bareham, our "Tour Manager" was brilliant, very professional, but also friendly and diligent. Satheeshan, our local guide was helpful and picked me up antibiotics when I got ill, he was a nice chap, if (for my taste) went on a bit and used 20 words when 1 would suffice. Mr Sweeny, our coach driver was fantastic,really professional and an exceptionally good driver. His assistant, Murgon wad a delight, always smiling and attentive. This is a full on trip, early morning starts and quite a packed itinerary, but still leaving time to laze around some brilliant hotel swimming pools. Only a couple of suggestions to improve the holiday. More shopping time in Cochin and change carriers from Etihad who, unfortunately aren't the excellent airline they used to be. But, will I use Riviera Travel again - Yes 😁

Barbara Parkes (Google Reviewer)  

Presently in Croatia staying at...

22-Sep-2023

Presently in Croatia staying at Arauana Hotel, supposedly a 4 star property, but wouldn't give it any star rating. Rooms are small and dirty. Wallpaper blistering. Meals served in a shed like lean-to. Food like warm, greasy and always self service. Second holiday with Riviera this year and neither at standard advertised. Have travelled with them previously and everything was fine, but standards have really dropped. Have booked a holiday with them next year and now dreading it. Certainly don't provide the standard advertised. We have never stayed in such a hovel and have visited youngsters in back packers accommodation which was far better than this supposedly 4 star accommodation. There are no indoor bars or lounges only a shed as a so called restaurant. Absolutely disgusting. Won't be boking with them again

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