GREECE, ITALY, & CROATIA CRUISE TOUR

2 DAYS PRE-CRUISE IN ROME, 10 NIGHT CRUISE ONBOARD CELEBRITY ASCENT FROM ROME (CIVITAVECCHIA), ITALY 

 

SEPTEMBER 16-25, 2025

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10 Night Greece, Italy, & Croatia Cruise from Rome

This cruise itinerary allows you to visit four countries and experience a culture that is unique to each.

Corfu, an island in the Ionian Sea off Greece’s northwest coast, is known for its rugged mountains and beautiful coastline, as well as the beautifully preserved Old Town of Corfu, a UNESCO world heritage site. Stroll through its narrow cobblestone streets, or pause to enjoy one of the local outdoor cafés.

Dubrovnik, on the Adriatic Sea in southern Croatia, is known for its Old Town with its well-preserved city walls. If you wish, you can walk along them. Old Town is also known for Stradun (or Placa), the main thoroughfare that is lined with shops and restaurants. Split, on the eastern shore of the Adriatic Sea, is the largest city on the Croatian coast and the country’s second largest city after the capital of Zagreb. Located on the Split (Marjan) peninsula, it is surrounded by the sea and offers spectacular views of the surrounding mountains.

Bar, Montenegro is a town and port on the Adriatic Sea. The country was established in 2006 following independence from Serbia. The region has plenty of historical and cultural offerings as well as several beaches to relax on.

Katakolon, Greece is the gateway to visit the ruins of Olympia, where thousands of years ago, the first Olympic Games were held to honour Zeus, the Greek god. An express train is available for the journey to this UNESCO World Heritage Site. The Katakolon Tourist Train or Plakes Beach are also major attactions here. Messina, a harbour city in northeast Sicily is best explored on foot, and the square is the place to be at midday when the carillon of the Norman Messina Cathedral plays Schubert’s Ave Maria. Nearby are marble fountains, including Neptune Fountain, topped by a statue of the sea god.

Naples, the third largest city in Italy, is the capital of the Campania region, and famous as the birthplace of pizza. In the shadow of the volcano Vesuvius, and overlooking the sea, its historical centre is a UNESCO World Heritage Site because of its monuments representing European and Mediterranean culture.

Itinerary

DAY 1 – TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 16, 2025

OVERNIGHT FLIGHT TO ROME

Join us at Pearson International Airport today as we check-in for our overnight

flight to Rome, Italy. Sit back, relax and rest as we cross the Atlantic tonight.

DAY 2 – WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 17, 2025

ROME, ITALY

This morning we arrive at Leonardo da Vinci–Fiumicino Airport, the international

airport in Fiumicino, Italy, serving Rome. We transfer into Rome for a short

orientation tour, before checking in to our hotel for two nights. Balance of the day

free. Dinner is included this evening. (D)

DAY 3 – THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 18, 2025

FREE DAY TO EXPLORE ROME

Breakfast included at your hotel this morning. Today is free to explore more of Rome

on your own. Rome is best known for the Colosseum, Roman Forum, Pantheon, Trevi Fountain, Spanish Steps, the magnificent monuments of St. Peter's Square and

St. Peter's Basilica, and Vatican City. Your free time in Rome can be spent exploring

as many of these sites as you wish, visit some shops or just enjoy people watching at

an outdoor café – the choice is yours! (B)

DAY 4 – FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 19, 2025

BOARD CELEBRITY ASCENT

DEPARTS 5:00PM

Breakfast included at our hotel in Rome this morning, before we transfer to the pier in Civitavecchia to board Celebrity Ascent to begin our 10 Night cruise to Greece, Croatia, and Montenegro before returning back to Italy.

Once you board Celebrity Ascent you can unpack and relax for the next ten nights in your selected cabin category. You can be as active or inactive as you like – the choice is yours! Celebrity Ascent features 32 distinctive restaurants, bars, and lounges. Celebrity Ascent includes all the best of Celebrity’s Edge-series ships, from the inviting multi-deck Sunset Bar to the open-air Rooftop Garden where two cantilevered floating pools offer breathtaking views six feet over the ship's edge. Celebrity Ascent offers a wide range of daily activities on board that can keep you occupied from sunrise until long past sunset. Entertainment options on board include cooking demos, port shopping talks, bingo, lectures, art auctions and more. Nightly entertainment can be found at The Theatre on Celebrity Ascent which offers musical and show productions in the evenings. Other options for entertainment at night can be found at The Club, The Sunset Bar, Martini Bar, Eden Bar, Craft Social Bar, Mast Bar in the main pool area and the Casino. A unique feature of the Celebrity Edge-series ships is its Magic Carpet - a glass structure (glass-roofed, cantilevered platform) the size of a tennis court, able to traverse 14 stories, like a large elevator. Mounted on the ship's starboard side, the open-air Magic Carpet offers stunning ocean views, comfortable seating, full bar, and a stage for live music performances.

This "traveling venue" changes its theme, function, and location by extending from Deck 2 up to Deck 16. Serving a wide variety of culinary delights to please every palate, the complimentary dining options include four main dining rooms, a buffet and a variety of casual cafés, grills and on-the-go choices. To help you enjoy your cruise even more, we have included the Surf Wi-Fi package, Classic Beverage Package and Prepaid Gratuities in your tour package. The only thing you have to do is enjoy the experience on board Celebrity Ascent! (B)

DAY 5 – SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 20

DAY AT SEA

While at sea, take the time to recharge before the next adventure. Lounge by the pool, be spoiled at the spa, taste the delicacies or explore the venues on-board, until we arrive at the next amazing destination.

DAY 6 – SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 21

CORFU, GREECE

Docked: 8:00AM to 6:00PM

According to myth, Poseidon honeymooned on this picturesque Greek island—and it's easy to see why. Its breathtaking natural landscape and long history as an artistic and cultural hub make Corfu one of the most cosmopolitan and captivating of the Greek Isles. Wander through the cobblestoned streets of Old Town, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, or soak up some sun on one of the island's many beaches.

DAY 7 – MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 22

DUBROVNIK, CROATIA

Docked: 8:00AM to 7:00PM

Established 1,300 years ago on the far southern tip of the Dalmatian Coast, this city once rivaled Venice in terms of its importance. Take a walking tour to the Dominican Monastery and marvel at the finest collection of Renaissance paintings, including a painting by Titian. Prepare to be riveted when first laying eyes on the old walled city on your cruise to Dubrovnik. This land has had many invaders including the Greeks, Romans, Slavs, Romans, Hungarians, and French, to name a few, and it has resulted in a fiercely independent citizenry with dynamic cultural influences. The views of the Adriatic from its rooftops are truly awe-inspiring. If beach-going is on the agenda, make sure to wear appropriate footwear as the beaches here tend to be of the pebbly variety. That said, the beautiful emerald green waters and coves make the slight inconvenience more than worthwhile. And, there’s plenty of seafood, specifically mussels and oysters, deliciously prepared in authentic regional styles on offer at restaurants throughout town.

DAY 8 – TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 23

SPLIT, CROATIA

Docked: 8:00AM to 6:00PM

Lined with palm trees, this Adriatic seaside town is also a cultural mecca. Within the walls of the Diocletian Palace, you'll discover historical buildings, numerous museums, the National Theatre and a collection of old churches. Culture, beauty, natural wonder – your Split cruise has it all. The mixture of old and new is very pronounced here. Everywhere there are signs and evidence left behind from the city’s previous conquerors namely the Romans and Austro-Hungarians and there is no better place to view them than in Split’s Old City. The Old City is so otherworldly that it’s been dedicated a World Heritage Site by UNESCO and you’ll encounter the most imposing Roman ruins left on Earth, including the Diocletian’s Palace which was built facing the harbor in 4 A.D. for the Roman Emperor. This sprawling, expansive structure was built to be an all-in-one fortress/imperial residence/fortified town. The Cathedral of St. Domnius stands as one of the most pristine and preserved examples of ancient Roman architecture in the world. And for a breathtaking, all-encompassing view of Split you won’t soon forget, head to Marajan Hill which is just 10 minutes outside the city.

DAY 8 – WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 24

BAR, MONTENEGRO

Docked: 8:00AM to 6:00PM

This sunny coastal town in southern Montenegro is not only the principal and largest seaport in the country but also the sunniest one—with 270 days of sunshine per year. Set against 27 miles of Adriatic coast, with nearly 6 miles of beach coastline, you’ll discover more than 20 different, breathtaking beaches where you can soak up the warm Mediterranean sun. Exploring the area, you’ll find a diverse mix of cultures and activities like live discos, shows, old architecture—historic monasteries and churches—and sites like the Haj Nehaj Fortress, the Castle of King Nikola, and other 15th-century remnants. For a unique experience, you can seek out the Stara Maslina, one of the world’s oldest olive trees at over 2,000 years old, and get a taste of the area to take home by picking up some fresh local olive oil on your way out.

DAY 9 – THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 25

AT SEA

While at sea, take the time to recharge before the next adventure. Lounge by the pool, be spoiled at the spa, taste the delicacies or explore the venues on-board, until we arrive at the next amazing destination.

DAY 10 – FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 26

OLYMPIA (KATAKOLON), GREECE

Docked: 7:00AM to 5:00PM

This small port on the Ionian coast is your gateway to ancient Olympia, the home of the original Olympic Games. Olympia has preserved both athletic and mythological monuments, many dating back to 776 BC. Most intriguing is the stadium, which is still standing, and the gymnasium. The museum also offers a peek at fabulous Greek sculptures.This Grecian port city is also the gateway to one of the most important archeological sites in the world, the ruins of ancient Olympia. You can relive the glory of ancient Greece on your Katakolon cruise. As the birthplace of the Olympics, the great stadium still echoes the cheering of the first superstars of sport. Enter the stadium and pose in the marble starting blocks where the first marathoners once stood. Take a scenic drive through the small Greek villages on the way to Kouroutas Beach and spend three hours relaxing under the sun, swimming, and soaking up a perfect Greek beach day. Soak up the gorgeous Katakolon waterfront views while savoring traditional Greek specialties, like pastitsio or moussaka at one of the quaint tavernas and cafes offering shady outdoor tables. And of course, an abundance of calamari and other fresh seafood brought in by local fishermen are always on menus.

DAY 11 – SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 27

SICILY (MESSINA), ITALY

Docked: 9:00AM to 7:00PM

Located in northeastern Sicily on the slopes of the Peloritani Mountains, Messina is an ancient place with a fascinating history. Walk by the ruins of the Santa Maria Alemanna Church, built in 1220 A.D. You'll also want to see the Duomo, a Romanesque and Norman cathedral that includes a display of artifacts in its treasury.

DAY 12 – SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 28

NAPLES, ITALY

Docked: 9:00AM to 7:00PM

Framed by Mount Vesuvius along a dramatic skyline, the 2,800 year-old port city of Naples is chock full of historical sites, churches, and museums that make it a fascinating place for you to explore. For all of Rome’s notoriety and reputation, Naples, with its historic city center deemed a UNESCO World Heritage Site, has just as many important archeological sites and landmarks. Visit the Museo Archeologico Nazionale for a world-class collection of Egyptian and Graeco-Roman artifacts. And, if you’d like to venture a little deeper on your Naples cruise, then exploring Naples from below the ground is a must. Start with a trip into the basement of the San Lorenzo Maggiore church where you’ll find a partially excavated Roman market and a little deeper, just below the Roman ruins, you’ll find remnants from the Greeks to discover. And in the region where pizza was first invented, you know the food is going to be incredible. Whether you’re looking for a thin, wood-fired Margherita pie, spaghetti alle vongole or a zeppole dusted with confectioner’s sugar, Naples and her bountiful edible treasures is sure to please. Only 35 miles down the coast, Salerno offers you a rich history, but also boasts a marvelous collection of parks, natural wonders, and unique vantage points to take in the beauty of the Tyrrhenian Sea. Two cities. One incredible stretch of Italian coastline.

DAY 14 – MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 29, 2025

ARRIVAL ITALY and FLIGHT TO TORONTO

This morning we arrive at 5:00 AM to the port of Civitavecchia, Italy and after disembarkation we transfer to Leonardo da Vinci-Fiumicino International Airport for our return flight to Toronto. We hope that you have enjoyed your tour and cruise to Greece, Italy, Croatia and Montenegro. We look forward to seeing you again on a future tour with BST Vacations.

Inclusions

COST INCLUDES:

• Air Flights Toronto to Rome and Rome to Toronto

• Two nights accommodation in Rome including Breakfast (B)

• 10 Night Cruise on Celebrity Ascent in your choice of Cabin Category

• Transfers from Leonardo da Vinci–Fiumicino International Airport to

hotel in Rome and pier at Civitavecchia to Airport

• Motorcoach transportation for tour itinerary in Italy on Day 2

• City orientation tour of Rome

• Dinner in Rome (D)

• Transfer from Rome to Civitavecchia Cruise pier to board Celebrity Ascent

• Surf Wi-Fi Package, Classic Beverage Package and Prepaid Gratuities on Celebrity Ascent

• All meals in Main Dining Rooms, Oceanview Buffet and Mast Grill on Celebrity Ascent

• Blowes & Stewart Travel Group Ltd. Professional Fee

• Services of a BST Vacations Tour Manager

COST DOES NOT INCLUDE:

• Items of a personal nature such as drinks on land portion of tour, laundry,

telephone calls, bottled water, etc.

• Trip Cancellation, Trip Interruption and/or Out-of-Province Medical Insurance

• New Government taxes, levies, fuel or industry increases beyond our control

• Fees for Passports or Visas that may be required

• Any item not specified as being included

Pricing

COST PER PERSON

Based on Double/Twin Occupancy in Canadian Dollars

C1 – Concierge Class Veranda Stateroom

$8,749.00 (including taxes and fees of $1040.64 + $11.05 HST)

C2 & C3 – Concierge Class Veranda Stateroom

$8,689.00 (including taxes and fees of $1039.19 + $11.05 HST)

P1 – Porthole View Stateroom with Veranda

$8,499.00 (including taxes and fees of $1034.37 + $11.05 HST)

To confirm space on the Tour, a non-refundable deposit of $2,000.00 per person is required at time of booking. Balance of payment is due June 13, 2025. At the time of booking, we will also require a photocopy of the information page of your passport indicating that it is valid for six months following the date of your return to Canada.

Blowes & Stewart Travel Group Ltd. highly recommends the purchase of Cancellation & Trip Interruption Insurance as well as Out-of-Province Medical Insurance Coverage for your holiday.

Full terms and conditions of booking and travel as per Terms and Conditions found on the Blowes & Stewart Travel Group Ltd. website at www.bstvacations.ca

Celebrity Ascent

INAUGURAL DATE - Fall 2023

OCCUPANCY - 3,260

The fourth ship in our revolutionary Edge® Series, Celebrity Ascent℠ takes our innovative outward-facing design further than ever, creating an even closer connection between you, the sea, and every exciting place on the horizon. Soak up the sun, salt breezes, and stunning scenery in newly expanded open-air spaces. Savor fine dining that rivals anything you’d find on land. And discover even more ways to relax and renew.

Celebrity Ascent

Trip Notes

Weather in Greece

The average daily temperatures in Greece during September range from around 20°C (68°F) to 28°C (82°F), depending on the region. The northern parts of the country, such as Thessaloniki, have slightly cooler temperatures, while the southern coastal areas, like Athens and Crete, tend to be warmer.

Weather in Italy

The average daily temperature in Italy during September ranges from 18°C (64°F) to 26°C (79°F). However, do keep in mind that temperatures can vary depending on the region you are in. The northern region, such as Milan and Venice, tends to be slightly cooler compared to the central and southern regions.

Weather in Croatia

In September, Croatia experiences pleasant temperatures with an average high of 24°C (75°F) and an average low of 16°C (61°F). However, it is important to note that temperatures can vary depending on the region. Coastal areas tend to be slightly warmer than inland areas.

Terms & Conditions

BST Escorted Group Terms & Conditions

(These Terms & Conditions do not apply to Charters. Separate T & C apply.)

Please carefully review the Terms & Conditions outlined below. Any reservation made with BST constitutes a binding agreement signifying your acceptance of, and your agreement to follow, these Terms & Conditions, and to be bound by them.

To process your reservation, we will need your personal information including your name, address, telephone number, email address, passport number, date of birth, citizenship, and information you have disclosed regarding health, medical, dietary, mobility and other special requirements. BST will require a copy of your valid passport at time of deposit.

Deposit and Final Payment

Deposit is due at time of booking to secure your reservation. The deposit amount due is $500.00 CAD per person.

The final payment deadline is due in our office on or before the date included on your invoice.

All payments once received are non-refundable. Please refer to insurance sections below.

Please make cheques payable to Blowes and Stewart Travel. We also accept in-office cash / debit payments, or Visa, Mastercard and American Express credit cards.

Completion of the electronic credit card authorization form or the PDF credit card authorization form commits you to your reservation and the charges on your credit card.

The Company reserves the right to cancel a reservation if payment has not been received by the specified due date.

Final Travel details will be issued 2 weeks prior to departure.

Not Included in the Trip Cost

All quoted trip costs do not include items of a personal nature such as but not limited to; medical insurance, cancellation/interruption insurance, alcoholic beverages, gratuities, phone calls, airline baggage fees where applicable and meals that are not included or listed in the itinerary.

Escorted Group Cancellation Policy

All escorted groups require a minimum number of passengers to travel. Should minimum numbers not been reached, the Company has the right to cancel the tour with a full refund to the passengers booked. Refund will be processed in manner received. Tours unable to operate due to Travel Advisory, acts of God, Terrorism or any other event and no fault of BST, will be subject to cancellation charges as listed above.

BST highly recommends the purchase of cancellation/interruption insurance for all trips. BST will not be held responsible for loss of monies due to cancellation/changes.

Medical insurance is mandatory for all trips outside of the Province of Ontario. If client has out of province medical insurance with a separate insurance provider, BST must be advised of insurance company name, policy number & company contact information prior to trip commencement.

Persons leaving the tour during operation will not receive a refund of unused services and all costs of returning to the point of embarkation will be borne by the client. For additional information on packages/plans offered, please visit https://www.igoinsured.com/Direct/ManulifeGlobal.aspx? ag=STEWPET&lang=E

Global Pandemic

Customer acknowledges the risks related to the spread of infectious or contagious diseases. It remains the customer's responsibility to take the necessary precautions applicable to any health hazards, including but not limited to a Global Pandemic. To ensure the safety of all guests and employees, suppliers may have mandatory safety protocols in place, and the availability of their services and facilities may be impacted.

Customer agrees to follow all current and future regulations/protocols set forth for safety in compliance with government policies at your own expense.

BST is not responsible for any fees for, or associated with, mandatory government testing in destination or for returning to Canada, quarantine or expenses relating to any Global Pandemic or similar. If additional insurance protection is declined, it remains the customer's responsibility to verify if their travel insurance policy covers a Global Pandemic.

BST will not be held liable should customers be denied boarding due to insufficient proof of a negative Global Pandemic test prior to departure, or displaying symptoms of a Global Pandemic upon check in. No monies will be refunded to customers who have been denied boarding or refunded at port of entry.

Additional Notes

All prices listed are per person in Canadian Dollars unless otherwise noted. Pricing is based on supplier cost, currency exchange rates and conditions in effect at the time of brochure printing. Final payment may fluctuate based on changes to the currency exchange at that time. Should there be a pricing increase, a maximum of 7% of base cost, may be applied, or to the taxes and/or government-imposed fees, fuel surcharges or additional airline fees before final payment, these increased charges will be levied to the customer and applied to the final invoice. No additional surcharges may be applied after the trip is paid in full. All trips may be subject to change in situations beyond our control.

When travelling outside of Canada all Canadian passengers require a valid passport. If travelling with a foreign passport (not Canadian) BST must be advised at time of booking so we can advise accordingly. Most countries require passports to be valid for 6 months beyond the expected return date.

Some countries may also have visa requirements for entry. Any fees to obtain visas or additional travel documentation that may be required are the responsibility of the traveler. Entry into another country cannot be guaranteed and is at the sole discretion of the local authorities. BST takes no responsibility for a customer being denied entry into another country. Cancellation charges and any additional fees will be at the customer’s expense.

It is the passenger's responsibility to obtain information, and to have in their possession, all the required documentation to travel (such as passports, visa where applicable, etc.) required by the relevant governmental authorities, for themselves and passengers in their care. Note that the documents required for the outbound portion of your travel may differ from those required for the return.

BST is not responsible for any missing or inappropriate documents. Failure to have proper travel documents will result in denied boarding and automatic cancellation of your reservation without refund.

BST accepts any passengers that have a disability, intellectual or physical condition providing they are able to care for themselves during the trip which includes boarding the plane/bus on their own; participating in any included tours/sightseeing without assistance; the ability to understand meeting points/times and the ability to care for their own documents. BST will accept any passenger who’s intellectual or physical condition is such as to render him/her incapable of caring for him/herself without assistance, provided that he/she is accompanied by an attendant (at an additional cost) who is responsible for the passenger enroute and with the care of such attendant, he/she will not require attention or assistance beyond that which is usually provided by BST tour escort. Some destinations may not be suitable for physical mobility issues.

Baggage restrictions vary by airline and destination. Specific details will be provided with your final travel documents.

Please ensure that you have secured baggage tags to your luggage prior to arriving at the airport, train station or boarding the coach.

Please note that you are responsible for carrying your own luggage and are responsible for the safety and security of your luggage at all times. BST will not assume liability for loss, theft, or damage due to breakage, fire, water, or theft, during transport on the plane, coach, train or at hotel. Ask your agent for details of Baggage and Personal Effects Insurance coverage.

Airline seating requests are taken into consideration and sent to each airline if applicable. Additional charges apply for premium seating on aircraft. Specific seating on coaches or trains cannot be guaranteed. BST will try to accommodate all requests.

BST reserves the right to decline any person as a member of the trip at any time before or during the trip should such person’s presence be considered detrimental to the interest, comfort, and enjoyment of the other members. Persons leaving the trip after commencement will not receive a refund of unused services and all costs of returning to the point of embarkation will be borne by the client.

When travelling outside of Ontario, please note local customs may differ and conditions of travel may not be the same as home. Clients not travelling on full itinerary as outlined assume full responsibility for any cancellation penalties or fees incurred due to cancellation or alteration to itinerary in any way.

Our Role

In offering travel arrangements for sale, BST acts solely as the organizer of the tours and responsible for making all reservations as outlined. BST cannot be held responsible for supplier errors or omissions. We do not maintain any control over the personnel, equipment or operations of any supplier and we assume no responsibility for, and shall not be expected or required to pay for any financial loss, personal injury, other loss, accident, delay, inconvenience or irregularity which you may experience either by reason of (1) non-performance by any supplier for whatever reason (2) wrongful causes, negligent or unauthorized acts or omissions on the part of any supplier or its employees or on the part of any other party not under the control of BST (3) any defect, breakdown or other failure of any aircraft, train, bus, automobile, accommodation, ship or other equipment or instrumentality operated and owned or otherwise used by a supplier or (4) BST is not liable for any loss, damage, injury or death resulting from circumstances beyond its direct control such as unexpected weather conditions, civil unrest, acts of God, force Majeure or any other unforeseen circumstances.

Book early to secure your cabin! Reach out to your BST Vacations Travel Advisor for details.