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Luxury

Mosaics of the Mediterranean with Passage through the Balkans & Tuscany

Siena to Belgrade
23 Days Request Quote
Trip Code: NOBCSB23
  • Trip Highlights
  • Map & Itinerary
  • Travel & Accommodation

Your Vacation Includes

  • Experiences in 20 destinations
  • Sit down to a gourmet lunch at a traditional Tuscan farmhouse

  • Locally inspired dining - a total of 55 meals
  • 11 nights luxury land accommodation
  • 11 nights on the small ship MS Caledonian Sky
  • A wide range of onboard beverages
  • Expert APT expedition leader and team

Map & Itinerary

APT Canada and Alaska map NOBCSB23 2021
Siena to Belgrade

Designed Exclusively for APT guests

SIGNATURE EXPERIENCE

These once-in-a-lifetime moments allow you to experience an unforgettable world of exclusive moments, incredible cultures and charming surprises

FREEDOM OF CHOICE™ - Sightseeing

Personalise your holiday with a choice of included sightseeing options sure to leave you with lifelong memories

Welcome to Italy! We’ll meet you at Florence Airport and transfer you to your hotel in Siena.

Stay: Three Nights, Siena, Grand Hotel Continental or similar

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  • Dinner

FREEDOM OF CHOICE™ - Sightseeing

Perhaps travel to San Gimignano for a sightseeing discovery, with a tasting at the world-famous Gelateria Dondolim, owned by gelateria master Sergio Dondoli. Or, travel to Val d’Orcia, one of the most attractive areas in Tuscany. Here, visit the Renaissance town of Pienza, famous for its Pecorino cheese and truffle production. After a brief stroll, continue to the countryside farm of Podere il Casale, to visit its cheese factory and wander through the farm itself. A third option is to join a guided hike followed by a picnic lunch.


Thanks to our Freedom of Choice options, you can shape your day according to your interests.

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  • Breakfast

Be guided by a historical lecturer on a morning exploration of Florence. You’ll visit the Galleria dell’Accademia to see Michelangelo’s Statue of David. Later, explore Florence’s Central Market where you’ll have the chance to meet local artisans and sample delicacies during free time. Back in Siena for dinner.

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Ponte Vecchio bridge and Florence surrounds during the day

SIGNATURE EXPERIENCE

Visit a traditional Tuscan farmhouse that produces its own wine and olive oil, and enjoy a gourmet Tuscan lunch.


After breakfast this morning, traverse the rolling hills of Tuscany en route to the Leaning Tower of Pisa, known worldwide for its unintended tilt. Later transfer from Rome to the port city of Livorno, which overlooks the Ligurian Sea. Board your ship and meet with your fellow guests this evening during a welcome dinner on board.

Stay: 11 Nights, MS Caledonian Sky

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  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Disembark in Portoferraio, the island of Elba’s charming capital. A drive takes you across the bays of Lacona, Laconella and Golfo Stella, with a stop at the coastal town of Porto Azzurro, to explore its medieval fortress and harbour. Continue to an old country farm with ocean views to enjoy a wine-tasting paired with local Tuscan produce, including salami, cheese and cantuccini (almond biscuits). Later, return to your ship for dinner, as it sets sail for the French island of Corsica.

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This morning, as you disembark in the Corsican capital’s natural harbour, Bonifacio’s clifftop citadel looks on from above. Enjoy a guided tour of Bonifacio’s fascinating Old Town, where medieval houses perch on limestone cliffs. Later, continue exploring this historic fortress town, once the former home of Napoléon Bonaparte, at your leisure.

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  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

FREEDOM OF CHOICE™ - Sightseeing

Perhaps join a guide on a city tour, including the medieval walled Castello and the 13th-century Cagliari Cathedral. Or, travel to Nora with a local expert to see the excavations of Nora and the Tower of Coltellazzo. Dating back to Phoenician times, get a feel for how this ancient civilisation once lived.


Arriving at Sardinia’s capital Cagliari, the choice is yours as to how your day unfolds.

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  • Dinner

Explore the Tunisian capital of Tunis on a guided discovery today Unearth the treasures of the city’s Bardo Museum, spanning civilisations. Visit the Heritage-listed maze-like Medina and enjoy a guided walk through its colourful, spice-laden souks. With a break for lunch back on board, you’ll then head to the coastal clifftop village of Sidi Bou Said, for glittering Mediterranean views.

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Disembark in the sickle-shaped harbour of Trapani in Sicily. Today’s adventure takes you to the medieval mountain town of Erice. If you can drag yourself away from blissful sea and valley views, there’s a sweet treat in store at Sicily’s most famous pastry shop. Then continue to Saline where the region’s salt flats and salt mounds resemble snow. Visit the Salt Museum of Nubia and stop for lunch at Trattoria del Sale before setting off for the port of Mazara del Vallo, home to Italy’s largest fishing fleet.

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  • Lunch
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Spend the day immersed in the ancient and modern history of Malta. Disembark for a guided discovery of Malta’s capital Valletta. You’ll hear all about Anzac history, finding traces of World War I’s legacy scattered throughout the city. In 1915, 57,950 service men from the Gallipoli expeditionary forces were evacuated to Malta, which earned the nickname the ‘Nurse of the Mediterranean’. Afterwards, enjoy lunch back on board, before making the most of free time to stroll through the streets of Valletta and soak up Maltese culture.

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  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

FREEDOM OF CHOICE™ - Sightseeing

Either visit the Archaeological Park Neapolis, before moving on to the island of Ortygia, to explore Syracuse’s historic centre. Or take a tour of Noto, known as the capital of Sicilian baroque style, with a trip to the fishing village of Marzamemi.


In Syracuse, spend your day one of two ways.

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  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
Syracuse on the Ionian coastline of Sicily, Italy

FREEDOM OF CHOICE™ - Sightseeing

The city of Taormina was founded in 4th century BC and perches spectacularly on a mountainside, filled with noble palaces and a Greek amphitheatre as its centrepiece. Or, Mount Etna is Europe’s tallest active volcano, which you’ll venture to via tiny villages and lunch at a local winery, handed down through generations.


Sicily’s dramatic landscapes are the perfect backdrop for today’s adventures. Will you head to Taormina or Mount Etna?

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  • Dinner

Learn how Calabria’s port of Crotone is also the site of the ancient Greek city of Kroton, where philosopher and mathematician Pythagoras set up a school in 530BC. Later, travel to Santa Severina, one of Italy’s prettiest towns overlooking the Neto River valley. Visit the Norman Carafa Castle, the cathedral, the Byzantine baptistery and explore the town. On your return to the ship, stop off at a vineyard famous for its Calabrian wine, Ciro. Join a tasting accompanied by typical Calabrian food.

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Find yourself in the port of Otranto today, in the southern region of Puglia. From here, transfer to Lecce, a city renowned for its beauty. With a guide, explore Lecce’s flourish of architectural styles, from Roman to baroque. After lunch back on deck, discover Otranto, which gazes out over the Adriatic Sea. You might also like to take a dip at one of the beaches nearby.

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This morning, disembark your ship for the final time and enjoy a guided tour of Dubrovnik, this ancient walled city of lies on the shores of the Adriatic. Set against a rugged mountain backdrop, Dubrovnik is a regular on the silver screen.

Stay: Hotel Dubrovnik or similar

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  • Breakfast

Sit back and watch the views slide by as you journey from Dubrovnik to Mostar this morning. Spanning a valley carved out by the Neretva River, this is a city packed with charming streets and architecture, clustered along steep riverbanks. First, sample traditional street food, burek (a delicious meat or cheese pastry), before continuing to see Stari Most (Old Bridge). This is the city’s centrepiece, a magnificent stone arch between medieval towers, which straddles the Neretva River. This 16th-century Ottoman treasure was rebuilt in 2004 and is now a World Heritage-listed structure known for its tradition of bridge diving. Later, take your time discovering the colourful stalls and handicrafts on display at the local bazaar of Kujundžiluk.

Stay: Mostar, Hotel Mepas or similar

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  • Breakfast
  • Lunch

Leaving Mostar, set out for the historical city of Sarajevo today. Once you’ve arrived in the capital of Bosnia and Herzegovina, there’s time to settle into your hotel and enjoy this afternoon as you like. With a full day set aside to discovering Sarajevo tomorrow, you might like to relax a while before dinner at a local restaurant this evening.

Stay: Two Nights, Sarajevo, Hotel Europe or similar

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  • Breakfast
  • Dinner

FREEDOM OF CHOICE™ - Sightseeing

Perhaps visit Sarajevo’s Old Town, including the Baščaršija, which is the city’s ancient bazaar as well as its cultural and historical centre. Baščaršija dates back to the 15th century when it was founded by Isa-Beg Isaković. Afterwards, enjoy a wander along Coppersmith’s Street and see the Yellow and White Bastions, which are part of the old wall that originally protected the city. Alternatively, journey to Bijambare Nature Park, not far from Sarajevo, and explore the ancient Bijambare caves. This limestone cave complex, filled with stalagmites and stalactites, enjoys a stunning natural setting of pine forests and pasture.


Fascinating Sarajevo was at the centre of monumental events in the 10th century – the assassination which launched World War I, and the four-year siege of the city during the Balkans conflict in the 1990s. While scars remain, it has regained its status as a beautiful and cosmopolitan city.

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View of cobbled laneway filled with shops in Sarajevo, Bosnia.

After breakfast this morning, head for Zlatibor, a region of mountains, rolling hills and rural villages, considered one of the most beautiful in Serbia. On arrival check into your hotel for the next two nights.

Stay: Two Nights, Hotel Zlatibor Mona or similar

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  • Dinner

It’s all aboard the Šargan Eight Railroad this morning, as this heritage narrow-gauge railway loops through lovely scenery. You’ll also learn about this historical feat of engineering, which was built by Austro-Hungarian forces during World War I. Afterwards, continue to the timber village of Drvengard for lunch. Filmmaker Emir Kusturica created this village as the setting for his film Life is a Miracle and it is now an open-air museum depicting traditional life. This afternoon is dedicated to exploring Tara National Park. Nothing short of breathtaking, you’ll see pristine forested slopes, ravines and the dramatic Drina River Canyon, which is the third largest of its kind in the world.

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Today depart from Zlatibor and travel to Belgrade, the capital of Serbia. Along the way, linger in a local winery, which has been family-owned for generations, where warm hospitality and wine tasting are the order of the day. Later, continue to your hotel for the next two nights.

Stay: Two Nights, Belgrade, Hilton Hotel or similar

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  • Breakfast
  • Lunch

Today, experience Belgrade on a walking discovery, including the Old Town’s Bohemian quarter, where cobbled streets are lined with trees and cafes. At its heart, take a stroll down the curved street of Skardalija dotted with taverns, art galleries and antique shops. Later, you’ll also visit the burial place of Josip Broz Tito, Belgrade Fortress, Kalemegdan Park and the Church of Saint Sava, one of the largest Orthodox places of worship in the world.

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After breakfast you will be transferred to Belgrade Airport for your onward flight.

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It has been a privilege to welcome so many guests aboard APT’s award-winning journeys, and a joy to see those guests fall in love with each new experience the world presents.