Hi Guys. So here's the deal... (I always like to use that, and it works well in this case)
My wife and I started out dreaming about a perfect anniversary cruise many years ago. I got the first twinkle in my eye in January 2012. I remember it well -- we got a mailer from Oceania, and I started to think, "...yeah, we need to do a real blow out vacation for our 30th." The more I thought about it, the more I liked the notion. Maybe a land-cruise thing. Something original and unique. Not a tightly wound-up pre-cruise deal with some operator showing their tried-and-true tourist sites, all on board the comfort (?) of a bus with a strict timetable and pre-book hotels. On no. We like doing our own thing.
I wanted a land tour on our own terms -- fly in somewhere exotic, rent a car, and see the remote areas a lot of folks have yet to discover. And I really liked it to be a lead-in for a fabulous cruise to follow. I wanted to try a cruise line we'd never experienced before.
The best cabin we've ever booked. Very spacious, plenty of lights and outlets, and the separate seating area was nice. Mattress on the bed was not too good, and is due for replacement.
Venice is best explored early in the day, at dawn if possible. Wandering around after dinner also works. Plan on getting lost, because no tourist map will prepare you for the maze of canals, alleys and pathways. That's okay! Just get re-oriented by looking for signs to the Rialto Bridge and Piazza San Marco. Venice is a very expensive city, but with some looking around just about everyone will find nice souvenirs for every taste worth buying.
Hvar doesn't seem too interesting. Truth be told, it was raining steadily, and that reduced our interest in wandering around.
Fabulous, and a real highlight of our vacation. Wonderful opportunities for site seeing, walking the walls, buying souvenirs, and taking pictures of beautiful scenery. Should be on everyone's bucket list.
Absolutely our favorite port. Gorgeous. Not yet spoiled by commercialism and tourist activities. Unbelievably scenic, with great photo ops everywhere. Souvenirs are less expensive than Dubrovnik. An absolute five-star, gotta-see destination, and should be at the top of anyone's bucket list.
Mildly interesting, small port with a good shopping avenue near the dock.