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The Norwegian Jade was built in 2006, and refurbished just last year. Jade is a mid sized ship with a gross tonnage of 93,500, and carries 2,000 passengers. There are 422 inside cabins, and 811 outside. Of her 648 outside staterooms, 54% have balconies. The Norwegian Jade is based in Europe year-round and it epitomizes NCL’s “freestyle” mantra. Their goal is to create an onboard ambience that abandons traditional cruise formalities. All meals are open seating and choice of cuisine and vibe is relatively unrivaled (range goes from a steakhouse and Tepannyaki to French, Italian, tapas, sushi, buffets and even a 24-hour cafe, complete with traditional English breakfast.

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Your 20 day Venice, Greek Islands and the Dalmation Coast Cruise Tour is fully escorted and departs and returns to Sydney, Brisbane or Melbourne. Experience the exceptional service that is the hallmark of Emirates Airways aboard your luxury A380 to Dubai for a direct flight into Venice.

Transfer to your beautiful ship, the Norwegian Jade and unpack in your luxury Balcony cabin before sailing the Adriatic Sea to Corfu. You’ll enjoy the restful day at sea after your round the world travels yesterday.

Corfu is fascinating and is the westernmost Greek Isle where vineyards and olive trees thrive amid rocky mountains. Horse-drawn carriages for hire lead tours of the Liston, a galleria of open-air cafes and alluring shops. The best excursions include a city tour and an island outing that explores the beaches and countryside. Then its off to Santorini.

Santorini embraces all that has made the Greek Islands legendary - splendid beaches, unparalleled architecture, dramatic cliffs and quaint villages. Ride a donkey up the trail to the city of Thira or take a cable car. The views from Thira, set atop a ledge overlooking the sea, are stirring. You’ll have enough time here to wander the streets, admire the churches and browse the shops and cafes. Enjoy the wonderful seafood and hospitality before sailing away late at night to Mykonos.

In Greek mythology, Mykonos held the battle between Zeus and the Titans and the island was named in honor of Apollo’s grandson, Mykons. Composed primarily of granite, this little town with its windmills and brilliant whitewashed houses is a photographer’s dream. You can spend time wandering the winding streets or browsing the boutiques, or take a cruise to Delos.

From the small port of Katakolon on the Ionian Coast, it’s a short 30-minute drive to Olympia, where ancient Greeks came to celebrate the games. At the ruins of the sanctuary at Olympia, visit the temples of Zeus and Hera, the floor of the original stadium and the Council House where athletes took the Olympic oath.

Then its back to Venice with its palazzos, bridges and famous canals. Wander the piazzas and alleys or glide through the narrow canals in a gondola. A guided city tour is a good choice for first-timers, typically taking in the Basilica San Marco, the Doges’ Palace and the Basilica Museum. Some excursions visit Murano, centre of Venetian glassmaking.

And then we embark upon our cruise of the Dalmation Coast firstly to Koper in Slovenia. It is located in southwestern Slovenia, on the Gulf of Trieste, at the northern end of the Adriatic Sea. The old city centre is well preserved; built around a grid of medieval squares and the remains of an ancient city wall. The main square is home to the largest cathedral in Slovenia, the Cathedral of St. Nazarius. You can also tour the Praetor Palace, in the Venetian Gothic style and dating from the 15th century, or visit the 12th century Carmine Rotunda church. Then sail to Split in Croatia. This busy port is also a popular resort with beaches and pleasant promenades. Venetian, Gothic and Renaissance houses and several medieval churches add architectural interest. A must-see is the old town within Diocletian’s Palace.

The “Jewel of the Adriatic” on the Dalmatian Coast is Dubrovnok in Croatia with its rich Baroque, Gothic and Renaissance architecture. The medieval Mediterranean city is encircled by 14th-century walls and massive guard towers, and the carefully preserved old town features marble-paved squares, cobbled streets and splendid churches, palaces, monasteries and fountains.

Then we sail for Messina situated on the western shore of the strait bearing its name, this port is the gateway to Sicily. Messina’s principal attractions include the Duomo, its adjoining bell tower and the local museum on the northern outskirts of the city. Train-ferries, car-ferries and hydrofoils make the connection across the Strait of Messina to Reggio Calabria on the Italian mainland, with excursions available to Taormina, Mount Etna and the mainland.

We then set sail for Naples, one of the world’s greatest cultural centres, filled with extraordinary works of art and architecture in the classical Greek and Roman styles. Several interesting tours are available of the city itself and the fascinating places that lie just outside of Naples. While you’re in the area, you’ll want to visit Pompeii, one of the most famous excavation sites in the world. Take a short boat trip to the entrancing Isle of Capri, or, take a ride up the Amalfi Coast with its ocean views and beautiful vistas, it’s one of the most breathtaking stretches of road in the world.

You’ll experience the beauty of the Adriatic having experienced the best of the Greek Islands and the Dalmatian Coast. Your flights home on wonderful Emirates are via Dubai and include a FREE stop over before heading home to Australia.

A “once in a lifetime opportunity” to cruise the Adriatic from VENICE to the Greek Islands as well as the DALMATION COAST in total luxury.

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