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An unforgettable trip to Italy's watery wonderlands of Lake Como and Venice, with a scenic Mediterranean cruise through Greece and Croatia – includes all travel
Food, art, history, and life-enriching landscapes – Italy’s got it all. Embrace la dolce vita on a city-hop from the see-and-be-seen Italian Lakes superstar, Lake Como, to the romantic waterways of enchanting Venice, all before an unforgettable cruise taking you around Greece and Croatia.
Described by Wordsworth as ‘a treasure which the earth keeps to itself’, Lake Como is easily the most beautiful of all the Italian Lakes. With its Hollywood A-list following, rich silk heritage, must-see lakeside towns and surrounding hills, mountains and forests, it’s easy to see why these crystalline waters have captured the heart of the literati and glitterati for centuries. Housed in a 19th-century building right on Lake Como’s shores, Metropole Suisse is centrally located in the town of the same name, Como. But what makes it special is the high level of personal service – the Cassani family’s 123 years of ownership has made it one of the most welcoming waterfront stops.
It's on to Venice next, where you’ll find the Hotel Carlton on the Grand Canal impresses from its Carlton Sky Lounge downwards. Take in the city’s medieval palaces and Grand Canal views from the fourth floor or enjoy authentic Venetian flavours and 1700s-inspired decor at La Cupola Restaurant. In the rooms, Murano glass lamps and traditional plasterwork mix with modern luxuries. Whilst here, you could find yourself floating through the waterways with an unforgettable gondola serenade.
After sailing to the historic Italian gem of Bari, you’ll spend some time at sea, cruising towards the breathtaking Greek Islands. Soak up iconic, majestic caldera vistas in stunning Santorini, explore the atmospheric city of Chania with its Venetian quarter, and visit the unspoiled gem of Kefalonia and town of Argostoli. Then its on to the Adriatic seafront treasure, Split, where history meets cosmopolitan flair. You’ll be well catered for aboard the MSC Lirica too, which boasts a plethora of top-class facilities and services, from a selection of bars and eateries to a casino, disco and theatre, plus an indulgent spa – something to suit everyone.
Staying right on the shores of Lake Como, the third-largest lake in Italy
Exploring Venice’s crumbling palaces, romantic waterways and buzzing piazzas
Spending seven nights cruising around the Med, from Santorini to Split
To find out more about Hotel Metropole Suisse, visit their website or read guest reviews on TripAdvisor
To find out more about Hotel Carlton on the Grand Canal, visit their website or read guest reviews on TripAdvisor
To find out more about MSC Lirica cruise ship, please visit their website or read guest reviews on Cruise Critic
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