The Royal Clipper - A Mediterranean Odyssey - Royal Clipper

The Royal Clipper - A Mediterranean Odyssey - Royal Clipper

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The Royal Clipper - A Mediterranean Odyssey - Royal Clipper

14 Days Starting in Rome, Metropolitan City of Rome Capital, Italy and ending in Venice, Metropolitan City of Venice, Italy

Visiting: Rome, Civitavecchia, Sorrento, Pompei, Capri, Taormina, Katakolo, Archaeological Site of Olympia, Corfu, Kotor, Montenegro, Dubrovnik, Hvar, Dalmatian coastal, Rovinj, Croatia, Venice

Tour operator:

Riviera Travel

Tour code:

CLR

Guide Type:

Fully Guided

Physical rating:

Low

Age range:

12-99

Special diets catered:

Vegetarians

Tour operated in:
English
Trip Styles:

Cruise, Sailing

This tour is no longer available

Tour Overview

Just imagine this: gentle waves rhythmically lapping against a wind-driven hull, the smell of the salty spray on the freshening breeze, the huge taut sails majestically towering above, reflecting the dazzling sun which glints on the clear azure waters before you; a pod of young dolphins playfully dance in the curling bow wave and the backdrop - some of the most outstandingly beautiful coastlines in the world. Nothing beats the romance of being at sea on a true 'Tall Ship' so we invite you to join us aboard the magnificent SPV Royal Clipper- where ultimate relaxation and pampering awaits you!

This beautifully, traditionally built ship is living proof that craftsmanship is far from dead with both making extensive use of rich hardwoods, polished brass and wrought iron fittings, marble, deep pile carpets and tasteful furnishings which all together have created a ship of outstanding harmony, beauty and luxury. The Royal Clipper is not an ocean cruise ship and is of a sufficiently intimate size to sail close to the shore where the views are stunning, plus visiting small, fascinating ports: so not only do you have a wonderful seafaring experience, you are simultaneously able to learn much about the areas you are sailing through.

Ships are nothing without their crew and as you would expect on this prestigious craft, from the Stewards to the Captain - all are consummate professionals. You will love the informality of life on board too and you will be amazed that even within the confines of the ship you can always find places to be alone if you wish, perhaps catch up on some reading or as the sun sets, just lean over the teak rail, drink in hand and reflect how good life can be.

Highlights

  • Guided tour of Rome, home to the ancient world’s mightiest empire, the Vatican and some of the world’s best shopping

  • Visit to gorgeous Sorrento and guided tour of thought-provoking Pompeii – a city frozen in time

  • Visit the stunning island of Capri

  • Sail past the Aeolian Islands and Stromboli, the most consistently active volcano in Europe

  • Absorb the history of the ancient Greek Amphitheatre in Sicily’s Taormina – one of the most attractive hill-top villages in Italy

  • Tour Corfu’s atmospheric old town – unchanged for centuries

  • Visit Kotor, a nostalgic journey to the Mediterranean as it was thirty years ago in Montenegro’s most dramatic setting

  • Tour of Dubrovnik, glistening Pearl of the Adriatic

  • Explore the beautiful verdant isle of Hvar and the extraordinary Dalmatian coast

  • Visit to Rovinj, one of the most picturesque ports on the Adriatic

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Day 1 : Arrival In Rome

Location: Rome

Accommodation: Hotel

Accommodation Name: 4* Crowne Plaza Rome - St Peter’s or 5* Hotel Bernini Bristol

Meals Included: Breakfast

You should arrive at the airport to take your flight to Rome where we stay one night. Your hotel is the four-star Crowne Plaza Hotel St Peters with breakfast.

Day 2 : Board The Royal Clipper

Location: Civitavecchia

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Rome was, is and always will be, one of the world’s most compelling cities with probably more to see here than in any other capital on earth. Boasting an uninterrupted recorded history for upwards of 2,500 years, nowhere else seems to have managed to combine, and with such finesse, a heritage of classical antiquities and medieval buildings from Renaissance palaces to intricate baroque piazzas. The grandeur of the Colosseum, scene of some of the most cruel acts ever committed, the Appian Way where Spartacus was crucified, the magnificence of St. Peter’s, the grandeur of the Vatican, the Trevi Fountain and flamboyant Baroque buildings are all here – and the list is endless. But Rome is much more than monuments alone, incredible though they are! A city is nothing without people and Rome’s citizens have been amongst the most colourful in history with probably nowhere having been visited by so many of the world’s famous for so long: Julius Caesar, Cleopatra, Nero, Atilla the Hun, St Peter, the Medici, Michelangelo, Napoleon, and Byron - all captivated by its magnificence.



There is a host of other things to experience too. Take a coffee in the famous Caffè Greco, once the haunt of Keats, Byron and Wagner. You could shop along the Via Condotti for some of the finest clothes you will find anywhere – fashion straight from the catwalk. Perhaps the most satisfying activity though, is simply to wander where your feet take you and explore this wonderful city at your leisure stopping off where you wish. Rome will not fail to captivate you.



This afternoon the adventure begins. We drive to the port of Civitavecchia to board the SPV Royal Clipper and the crew, ready to welcome you, ensure you settle in and familiarise yourself with the ship, your first-class floating hotel. As we sit down for the first of our delectable dinners, the ship gently slips her mooring and heads off into the Tyrrhenian Sea – bon voyage!

Day 3 : Sorrento & Pompeii

Location: Sorrento, Pompei

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

The first morning on board is always a thrill: the unique sound of the hull powerfully cutting through the clear waters below is quite electrifying. Today we anchor below the multihued villas of Sorrento, which came to fame during the late 18th century when it became part of the ‘Grand Tour’ for Europe’s aristocracy. Today it’s everything you imagine an Italian town to be: cobbled streets and quaint squares, bright flowers decorating every pastel-coloured, crumbling building, the stylish young astride their ‘vespas’ and the wondrous aroma of fresh coffee drifting from the pavement cafés which grace almost every street corner.



Or you can visit nearby Pompeii where we have an included guided tour of this amazing site. The story is well known, but this is more than a series of ruins; the state of preservation is remarkable and even if you are not so interested in the history, you cannot fail to be moved by the scale of the city, the construction of which puts many of our modern structures to shame. Much of our knowledge of the life of the ordinary Roman, their habits, social structure, class systems and domestic arrangements comes from the excavations at Pompeii. Some of the baths are virtually complete, as are various murals and mosaics, with some buildings displaying graffiti describing political events of the period, romantic entanglements and some just plain gossip! You can even see the traffic calming measures and how the one-way system operated and appreciate the high standard of living of the Roman elite. You will be moved by the simultaneously fascinating yet eerie, pained expressions of the victims of Vesuvius, preserved as a monument for all time.

Day 4 : Capri

Location: Capri

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

This morning feast your eyes on the legendary coast of Capri! Cited by most guidebooks as Europe’s most beautiful, a claim, once seen, it is difficult to refute. High ochre-coloured cliffs, topped with thick forest plunge dramatically into the calm blue Mediterranean, with sea birds soaring on the many thermals and the air full of the scent of pine forests and wildflowers.



Capri has long been sought after: three Roman Emperors were attracted here; both D.H. Lawrence and George Bernard Shaw sought inspiration, whilst Graham Greene and Gracie Fields made it their home. It is easy to see why it is so adored: as we approach the island, you can see fishing boats at anchor rising and falling with the waves and pretty shops lining the quaint quayside. The picturesque main town is perched high above and you may wish to visit the ‘Blue Grotto’ whilst you are here, a large cavern reachable only by boat, and which by a freak of nature is bathed in an incandescent blue light.



Early evening we return to the Royal Clipper and as we enjoy another magnificent sunset we set sail southwards towards Sicily, passing the volcanic Aeolian Islands and the occasionally glowing crater of Stromboli during the night.

Day 5 : Taormina

Location: Taormina

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

This morning you awake on the eastern shore of Sicily sailing towards the bay of Taormina. This is one of the smartest and most exclusive small towns in Italy and you would find it difficult to find a more agreeable spot in which to spend the day! Retaining much of its medieval charm, wonderfully situated on a high balcony, facing Etna and overlooking the sea, it is renowned for its beautiful gardens and peaceful atmosphere. Today, its short main street is lined by smart designer boutiques and exclusive jewellers with tiny side streets, some of which are so narrow you can touch both sides at once, leading to intimate piazzas lined with atmospheric family-run restaurants. As you would expect in a country so famous for its cuisine, speciality food shops selling fresh pasta, olives, Sicilian wine and the local Marsala abound. Splashes of vibrant colour from the smart window boxes and stylish locals deep in animated conversation complete the picture.



Our included tour of Taormina takes in its greatest claim to fame: its amazing theatre, a legacy of the ancient Greeks. Wonderfully preserved and still in use today, it has a panoramic view of Etna, Europe’s highest volcano, as its awesome natural backdrop!

Day 6 : At Sea

Location: Taormina

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

As the wind fills the sails today we head east across the Adriatic past the southernmost point of Italy towards the coastline of the Peloponnese in Greece. We are at sea today, so what is it to be? Top up your tan on the sun deck or have a dip in one of the pools. You are most welcome to visit the bridge too, but for the most outstanding view of all why not climb up to the ‘crow’s nest’ (with harness!) or perhaps just catch up on some reading. Let your mind wander and reflect on who, in the same manner, has crossed these seas before you: Julius Caesar, Cleopatra, the Crusaders, the Venetians, Napoleon and countless others.

Day 7 : Katakolon & Ancient Olympia

Location: Katakolo, Archaeological Site of Olympia

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

This morning we arrive in Katakolon, a small port on the western coast of the Peloponnese and the gateway to one of the world’s greatest ancient sites: Olympia. The ancient Olympic Games were as major an occasion then as they are today – though hopefully cheaper to stage! Taking place every four years, the ancient stadium had a staggering capacity of 45,000, a huge number and a clear indication of the event’s importance. All military conflicts ceased for the duration and huge rewards were conferred on the winners, whilst penalties for cheating included fines, bans and public embarrassment - how little has changed! The Olympiad continued for about 1,000 years and this morning we experience a fascinating optional tour of the site, also visiting the excellent museum housing numerous extraordinary finds, which include superb bronze artefacts displaying exquisite workmanship.



 

Day 8 : Corfu

Location: Corfu

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

This morning we arrive in the enchanting island of Corfu, at the mouth of the Adriatic. Between Italy and mainland Greece, with just a narrow channel of sea separating it from Albania. This is Greece’s emerald isle, cloaked in olive, pine and cypress trees and well renowned for the beauty of its spectacular coastline.



The island has a chequered past: colonised by the ancient Corinthians, then the Romans and the Byzantines, it fell to the Venetians, was captured by the French, and finally the British, before joining modern Greece in 1864. All have influenced picturesque Corfu Town, one of the most attractive and best-preserved medieval towns in Europe which owes much of its charm to the disparate architectural elements it contains: its two massive Venetian fortresses and the grand palaces and public buildings from the French and British eras.



We have a choice of two included tours. Our Achilleion & Corfu Town trip visits the splendid palace built by the Empress Elizabeth of Austria, also used by the Greek royal family. We return to Corfu Town, for a walking tour amongst the maze of charming narrow lanes, ending with some free time around the ‘Spianada’, the town’s main square, lined with cafés where you can relax with some traditional meze.



Our second option is a drive towards the famous bays of Paleokastritsa, known as the Amalfi coast of Greece. As you cross the countryside, you’ll see how little things have changed: in the villages black-robed women carrying firewood still ride along side-saddle on their mules! We visit the Byzantine Monastery of the Virgin – still inhabited by a community of monks – and its small museum, housing a unique collection of Byzantine icons. From the gardens you can admire breathtaking views over the beautiful bays of Paleokastritsa below, with their crystal-clear waters and rocky promontories. Opposite is the 13th century fort of Angelokastro, perched high on a rocky pillar, rising a thousand feet from the sea. We return to the Old Town of Corfu for a walking tour and some free time. The Royal Clipper sets sail from Corfu in the late afternoon.

Day 9 : Kotor, Montenegro

Location: Kotor, Montenegro

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

By morning you will have crossed into outstandingly beautiful Montenegro with its sapphire-blue coastline. Prepare to be truly amazed by the views! We sail into a huge inland sea, almost a lake, with the topography rather reminiscent of Switzerland. Reflections of the surrounding mountains dance on the water whilst sleepy, timeless fishing villages hug the shoreline. At lunchtime we anchor and visit Kotor, nestling below a mountainside in probably Montenegro’s most dramatic setting. Walled, with a labyrinth of cobbled streets surrounding its Orthodox Cathedral that radiate to quiet intimate squares, it is a delight to explore. Its bustling market really is from yesteryear, selling homemade cheese, cured hams, honey and Mediterranean vegetables of every colour, shape and size in a refreshingly chaotic manner! You can try some of the local wine too, which despite its lack of international exposure, is rather good – and exceptional value. We weigh anchor late evening and continue our northward voyage.

Day 10 : Dubrovnik

Location: Dubrovnik

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

As you wake this morning you will again be treated to the continuing delight of the Dalmatian coast before we gently round the headland when the unique city of Dubrovnik, Pearl of the ‘Adriatic’, makes its astonishing debut.



An independent city-state for much of its history, Dubrovnik has evolved differently to the rest of Croatia. The city threw off its Venetian masters in medieval times and founded a commercial empire trading with the eastern Mediterranean, France, Spain and later the Ottoman Empire. As so often happened, the city began to reflect its resultant wealth and today this wonderfully baroque city proudly nestles behind its huge imposing ramparts in a situation of outstanding natural beauty. The main avenue, lined by unspoilt intimate cafés, is completely paved with marble, which dazzles in the sunlight and gives credence to its description as the ‘Pearl of the Adriatic’.



Throughout the city you will find a wonderful array of monasteries, beautifully decorated churches and civic buildings dating from the 14th century, reflecting Dubrovnik’s outstanding artistic heritage. We have an included guided walking tour seeing all this and more, after which you are free to explore at your leisure before re-joining the Royal Clipper for dinner. We set sail tonight heading north to the undeniably beautiful island of Hvar.

Day 11 : Hvar, Dalmatian Coast

Location: Hvar, Dalmatian coastal

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Part of the Roman Empire, Croatia was then ruled in medieval times by the Venetians. Subsequently, it became part of the Austro-Hungarian Empire and finally Italian. Latterly it was incorporated into Yugoslavia before eventually becoming independent. Totally unspoilt, Croatia today is how the Mediterranean was perhaps a generation ago: the towns still very traditional with little unsightly development spoiling the wonderful natural coastline.



A stunning island in the Dalmatian archipelago, Hvar is one of the most enchanting spots in the entire Mediterranean. We disembark into this delightful and bewitching little town where wandering is a joy! Compact and cosy, even the streets have no names.



As we enjoy another assault on the taste buds during dinner we continue our northward journey sailing along one of the most beautiful stretches of water in the world - the amazing Dalmatian coast. This archipelago has to be seen to be believed: a series of islands, some small, some large, some with tiny medieval fishing villages clinging to the seashore, all covered by a green carpet of lush Mediterranean forest that exudes its typical pine scent in the warm night air. This evening nothing will beat the exhilaration of a ‘sundowner’ on deck, as the sun sets in the west and the stars twinkle above in the clear night sky.

Day 12 : Rovinj, Croatia

Location: Rovinj, Croatia

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Today as the morning unfurls we approach the dramatic Istrian peninsula.



We disembark at the pretty fishing port of Rovinj where a maze of Italianate waterside buildings perches above the crystal blue of the Adriatic. The most satisfying activity here is to simply lose oneself in the web of medieval alleyways and lanes spreading out from the waterfront. From the splendid baroque church enjoy the views across the 22 small islands that form a natural park, or stroll along the steps of Grisia Street lined with art galleries, before resting for a quiet drink in one of the charming harbourside cafés.



This afternoon the Royal Clipper sets sail on the final leg of our odyssey, towards Venice. This is the final opportunity to relax on board so take a dip in the pool and watch the sun setting for the final time in a blaze of colour before enjoying your last dinner on board this spectacular ship.

Day 13 : Venice

Location: Venice

Accommodation: Hotel

Accommodation Name: 4* Plaza Hotel or 4* Splendid Venice

Meals Included: Breakfast

This morning we disembark at Venice and there is still plenty to enjoy: we have an included tour of the city before checking into our hotel, the four-star Plaza in Mestre, staying one night with breakfast.



Venice is quite unique in the truest sense of the word and this morning’s included tour will reveal the city’s most famous sights including the glorious Doge’s Palace, St. Mark’s with its magnificently decorated Basilica and grandiose square, the legendary Bridge of Sighs, the Rialto plus a host of other fascinating gems. After this you will have some free time to explore as you wish, perhaps starting with a peaceful gondola ride on Venice’s backwaters, or a trip on the iconic vaporetto water bus along the Grand Canal which teems with vessels of all sorts, just as it has for centuries. For art lovers, the Accademia houses a world-class collection of incredible masterpieces, whilst the markets near the Rialto are as traditional as you can get and the view from the Campanile bell tower is unrivalled possibly anywhere in the world. Away from the bustle though, is another equally fascinating Venice - endless quiet corners waiting to be discovered, washing stretched high across narrow canals between picturesque yet crumbling buildings, curious little shops dotted here and there and locals putting the world to rights in tiny tucked-away bars.



 

Day 14 : Return Flight

Location: Venice

Today at the appropriate time you will be taken to the airport for your flight home. Whilst the holiday may be over, reminiscences of the sights you have seen, experiences you have had and people you have met on this unique and special voyage of discovery will remain with you for a very long time to come.

What's Included

  • Accommodation

    11 nights on the Royal Clipper

    2 nights in 4 to 5-star hotels

  • Airport Transfers at Destination

  • Fully Guided

    The services of a Riviera Travel tour manager

  • International Travel

    Flights to Rome, returning from Venice

  • Meals

    Full board cruise, B&B hotels

  • Visits to Rovinj, Hvar, Kotor, Capri and Sorrento

  • Guided sightseeing tours of Venice, Dubrovnik, Corfu, Taormina, Pompeii, and Rome

  • Additional Services

    All port taxes (worth £255)

  • Porterage of one item of luggage per person

  • All transfers

What's Not Included

  • Tipping and Gratuity

  • Insurance

Check out our Q&As

  • Will there be an escort accompanying this tour?

    Yes

  • What is the standard of the hotels on this tour?

    As detailed in the itinerary

  • 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.

  • Are airport transfers included in this tour?

    Yes

  • 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 & transfers

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

    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

Barbara Shillaker (Google Reviewer)  

I have been on three...

11-Jan-2024

I have been on three trips with Riviera Travel so far, with two more booked during 2024. Highly recommended. Excellent tour guides. Great program of visits. Great hotels used.

Mrs Bodnarec (Google Reviewer)  

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!

Chris Wilson (Google Reviewer)  

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.

Kathryn Jurin, GB  

Riviera South Africa tour - awesome

21-May-2021

Riviera have amazing holidays and tours to choose from. The one we chose was South Africa and wow! It turned out to be our best trip ever - incredible memories we will never forget. We’ve been all over the world which was because of all our experiences, this one was awesome. The organisation of the holiday, the guide and the travel was e cells that. The choice of hotels, meals, restaurants, trips was absolutely fantastic - very good quality and character - nothing bland or boring! The Riviera guide was permanently with us along with a South Africa guide and they were both extremely friendly, professional, informative and you could ask any questions you want! I would massively recommend this holiday/trip and when you’ve experienced it, you realise how reasonable the price is. We reflect on this trip a lot and thank you Riviera for giving us such a wonderful experience.

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Barry, GB  

Rhine Christmas markets cruise

09-Dec-2019

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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Christine Hardy (Google Reviewer)  

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.

Norma Patrick (Google Reviewer)  

Recently went on a tour...

18-May-2024

Recently went on a tour of the Deep South USA plus Texas. Before we set off on the trip we were informed that our trip On the Amtrak train would not be going ahead and we were given a £50 refund each. We were disappointed especially as there was no consultation beforehand and to only receive £50 each in compensation was poor. This was one of the reasons we had chosen Riviera Travel and may have considered another company had we been given the choice. Despite this we had a fabulous holiday, although we thought the tour guide was poor. There was no music played whilst we were traveling on the coach and when asked if more could be played we received a flat ‘no’. If we had relied on the tour guide all the time we wouldn’t have gone anywhere. However we ignored his comments that Nashville was ‘mad’ and went downtown and had the best night. All in all we had a wonderful holiday but it could have been better from Riviera Travel point of view. This is a very expensive tour and we thought the standard of hotels were very poor in some places. Probably would try a different tour company next time.

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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