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26. September 2017 - 03. October 2017 Venice - Italy, Ravenna - Italy, Split - Croatia, Dubrovnik - Croatia, Zader - Croatia, Koper - Slovenia, Venice - Italy
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Venice Venice, Italy Without doubt, Venice is one of the most impressive cities in the world!
Venice is 118 islands, 150 canals and 400 bridges. The Venetians are moving in the city mostly by foot. It is a world in itself, everything is closer and the distances shorter, so that everything is within walking distance. Venice is like a big house, where people meet each other while they walk through the streets and you always meet someone you know.

Venice is a coastal city, therefore it is not surprising that you can find fish dishes almost daily on the table. The menucards consist fresh traditional fish dishes, which are served with fresh vegetables from the island gardens. The Venetians use the osterias as their living room where they can eat, drink and meet friends.

In Venice they still exist, the small family run Bottegas, where you can buy Italian food at normal prices. In the district of Dorsoduro you can purchase fruits and vegetables directly from a floating boat, which is a special feature of the city and saturdays you can go to the weekly market of Rialto. You can watch the bustle with a Spritz (Aperol or Campari with white wine and an olive). The glass production is a hallmark of Venice and meantime a protected product. The manufacturers of Murano are the only ones which are initiated into the mysteries in this centuries-old tradition and they pass them on from generation to generation. It is worth to observe the artists when creating these works of art.

Everyone in Venice should take a gondola ride through the city. Many canals have not even walkable streets. A gondola trip provides you a look into the hidden corners of the city and you can discover areas that would otherwise be unreachable. The cost of a gondola ride is about 80.- € for 40 minutes, each additional 20 minutes cost 40.- € more. You may start your gondola ride anywhere in the city, but most gondolas can be found near the large channels or the main streets. The gondoliers are easily recognized by their characteristic sailor dress and straw hat.

Lido is a popular beach with gently sloping seabed full of charm and elegance in the summer time. You will notice immediately the beach huts with the closed cabin and a porch. There are many different beaches, public and private beaches, all with different equipment. You can rent the cabins, parasols and deckchairs on daily basis. The sand dunes of San Nicolò and Alberoni (protected), the rocks of Murazzi and the beach of Blue Moon are located near Santa Maria Elisabetta, where you also will find showers and toilets.

In Venice high water is almost normal, by signals you get warned. Usually it takes about 3-4 hours, until the high water recedes again. During this time it is still possible to get around in the city.

Venice is ideal for shopping. Giuliana Longo is such a Shop. He has beautiful hats including original Panama hats. The shop is located a few meters from the Rialto Bridge in the center of Venice. From Campo San Bartolomeo, take the direction to the San Salvador Church and the store is on the right side of the narrow road (Calle del Lovo) to the left of the Scuola Grande San Teodoro. (Address: Calle del Lovo, San Marco 4813, 30124 Venice). Fabulous costumes and masks can be found at Nico Lao (Address: Cannaregio, 2590, 30121 Venice, Italy +39 041 520 7051)

No visit to Venice is complete without to have seen the Doge's Palace (Palazzo Ducale). (Address: Piazza San Marco, 31024 Venice, Italy) Take a tour, the guide speaks also English.

The Doge's Palace is one of the most important monuments of Venice. Nothing shows more clearly what power Venice for centuries had. In the majestic spaces ruled the Duke and his Council for centuries, about the fate of Serenissima (Venice), surrounded by hundreds of masterpieces and paintings.

Venice offers a City Pass which you can configure by yourself and it is worth more if you are going to see Venice: City Pass

In the event of a medical emergency, dial the phone number of the emergency service (118), which is active for emergencies. This is a national number that is available around the clock and seven days a week. The call is free and can be dialed from the fixed line and from mobile phones. Health-in-touch is a service which is offered to tourists from 1. April to 31. October. Here you get the information what to do in an emergency, available in German, Italian and in English languages. The service is available from 8h00 to 18h00.

Pharmacies are open from 8h30 to 12h30 and 16h00 to 20h00, Monday to Friday and Saturday from 9h00 to 12h00. It is offered a night or emergency service. The Office hours of the night pharmacies can be found at the front door of the pharmacy.

Do not buy counterfeit goods from illegal traders, they not only risk your health, but you commit a crime. Not controlled products, are not only harmful to the buyer and the crafts, but also promote the exploitation of the weaker. It threatens a fine of up to 7,000 euros and confiscation of the goods purchased.

Information for cruise participants

From the cruise terminal, you can reach Piazzale Roma with the People Mover. The People Mover is a rail-bound railway that connects Tronchetto with the Piazzale Roma. The ticket costs € 1.50 and can be purchased directly at the vending machine at the entrance of the station. Upon arrival at Piazzale Roma, a few steps away is the public transport dock of the ACTV ship main lines and circular lines in all directions and to all destinations, along the Grand Canal or the Giudecca canal. From the airport in Venice (Marco Polo) to the Cruise Terminal it is approx. 15 km. The taxi ride takes about 30 minutes. Consider upon arrival, you have to be done with the check-in procedure no later than 2 hours before departure. The process can be speeded up if you you exhibit your manifesto online. The online check-in is possible until 5 days before departure. If you are not 60 minutes before departure on board, you can not participate in the cruise. A refund of the cabin price is excluded in this case.

Ravenna Ravenna, Italy, the Mosaic city Dante described Ravenna magnificent gold, emerald and sapphire artwork as a symphony of colors and this description is still relevant today. Ravenna is known for its churches, which can be dated to 1500 years ago and are decorated with eye-catching colored Byzantine mosaics.

Between the years 402 and 476 Ravenna enjoyed a short time the reputation as the capital of the Western Roman Empire. During this time the city served for Byzantine craftsmen as an art studio that adorned the Christian churches with their mosaics in bright colors. Check out the Basilica of San Vitale, the Mausoleum of Galla Placidia, the Basilica of Sant'Apollinare in Classe and Battistero degli Ariani to see some of the spectacular examples.

In Ravenna you can visit the grave of Dante, and the pile of rubble where the locals hid his urn to protect this during World War II. The Museo Dantesco is located next to the grave and it is a must for anyone who has read the Divine Comedy. Visit the the Azienda Agricola Vignato Virgilio winery and reward yourself for a day with a glass of Gambellara or a rich Cabernet.

Split Split, Croatia Split emerged in the last 1700 years out from a palace. The city of Split is situated on the south Dalmatian coast. The old town is still within the walls of the palace, the Roman Emperor Diocletian had built as a retirement home. Today the palace is considered one of the most valuable buildings of Roman architecture on the Adriatic coast.

Split is a modern city, with pedestrian areas, narrow streets and some open places. The cruise ships anchor at some distance to the harbor and small motorized boats take passengers ashore. The historic center is then reachable in just a few minutes.

There are shops, inexpensive restaurants, attractions, beaches and shopping areas. In the Old Town you can find many small shops with jewelry, watches, photographs, shoes, bags and clothing. In Diocletian's basement is a market where you can find handmade jewelry, pictures, candlesticks, and many more. In the new part of town are especially fashionable clothes and shoes from well known brand manufacturers located and small shops with a personal touch.

If you do not feel like shopping you can find in the surrounding area also two beautiful sand and pebble beaches. The beach Bacvice is located southeast of the main port and the beach Ovčice in the neighboring bay. The beach Trstenik is east from the city center.

Dubrovnik Dubovnik, Croatia Dubrovnik, the Pearl of the Adriatic Dubrovnik is located in southern Croatia, is known romantically as the Pearl of the Adriatic. The Old Town of Dubrovnik is surrounded by Mediterranean countryside and outlying islands.

Cruise ships are daily at anchor in the port of Gruz, which is about 4 km away from the Old Town. If the sea is really calm the cruise ships also anchor on the roadstead, which is located on the Old Port.

Cost Shuttle buses take tourists from the port Gruz to the entrance of the Old Town, the Pile gate. Alternatively, you can take a cab for about 10.- to 15.- Euro per route.

The old town is easy and comfortable from the Pile Gate accessible by walking. Here you can find also a tourist office and the stairs to the city wall, where you can walk around the entire old town. The beautiful old town itself is car-free, a wide pedestrian area leading from west to east and is ideal for a stroll through the alleys and streets with its lovely shops, cafes and restaurants. Zu entdecken gibt auch prunkvolle Paläste, Kirchen, Festungen und Inseln. In Dubrovnik and the surrounding area are some textile and nudist beaches where you will also find a variety of leisure activities, including scuba diving, horseback riding, hiking, wellness, sports and water sports.

The beach Buza can be seen from the city walls and is accessible via staircase. An adjacent café-bar offers refreshments. At the southern end of the old town offers the pebble beach of Banje recreational facilities, sanitary facilities, bars and restaurants. North of the old town are still more beaches and bays to find. Unfortunately, the nudist beaches are a bit off, like on the island of Lokrum or Lopud for example, more nude beaches are in the south of Dubrovnik.

Take your Passport or identity card with you when you are leaving the port area! The Croatian currency is the Kuna (HRK) 1.- Euro correspond to about 7.63 Kuna. Exchange offices are located in Gruz Bay. The maximum average temperature in September and October is 30° C.

Zader Zadar, Croatia a port city and a seaside resort at the same time Zadar, a port city and seaside resort, situated in southern Croatia on the Adriatic Sea offers a combination of urban and beach holiday. Zadar can look back on a 3000 year long history and includes churches and monuments from various epochs of this time. The old town is completely surrounded by a wall and has narrow, cobbled streets, many well-preserved monumental buildings, small shops, markets, cozy restaurants and cafes. Good fish restaurants serve daily fresh crabs, mussels, lobster and other fish species.

The pier of the cruise ships is quite central and the old town of Zadar is thus well within walking distance. Not far away is also the first sight a sea organ, built in 2005 by architect Nikola Basic. 7 steps leading up into the sea, and at the end cored holes and 35 pipes, play different tones when they get covered by the waves of the sea. Due to the resulting air pressure of the waves resound 7 chords in 5 shades.

In the same area was created by the same architect "a salute to the sun". It is said that you can watch in Zadar the most beautiful sunsets round the world. A large circle of glass plates with solar panels provides energy to the beautiful light organ at sunset. You can expect a spectacle of every imaginable color.

The most popular tourist places are located about 4 km outside of the city center and can be easily reached by regular bus. Here you can find beaches, hiking and biking trails and a variety of great activities. For example, the hotel beach Borek, a mixture of sand and pebbles with restaurants, bars, sanitary facilities and a swimming pool. With a taxi boat more beaches and coves can be reached quickly. Green lawns, shade trees, restaurants and countless entertainment and recreational opportunities you will find at the town beach at the eastern end of the old town Kolovare.

Koper Koper, the most important port in Slovenia Koper is located in northern Istria and is the most important port of Slovenia. The small old town is the tourist center with the "Porta della Muda", a 1516 in Venetian style built Church of the Assumption and the Praetorian Palace. Right next to the harbor is a sea-swimming pool with a small cafe.

From a small snack bar with terrace on the jetty, you have a great view of the sea and the passing ships. The Italian border is 5 km and Trieste only 10 km from here.

The closest attractions are Izola, Piran and Portorož. Piran and Izola are Venetian settlements and are approximately 7 and 18 km away from Koper. The resort Portorož offers traditional spa's with thermal water and casinos and it is approx. 16 km away.