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Luxury

Passage Through the Balkans with Shores of the Mediterranean

Belgrade to Livorno
Trip Code: NOBLBL23
  • Trip Highlights
  • Map & Itinerary
  • Travel & Accommodation

Trip Highlights

Off The Balkan Track

Explore a different side to the Balkans as you traverse through the rarely visited Serbia and North Macedonia.

The Corinth Canal

Traverse the narrow Corinth Canal, a feat only possible when travelling aboard a small ship.

Mediterranean Islands

Experience the best islands this region has to offer including Sicily, Sardinia and Corsica.

Your Vacation Includes

  • Experiences in 22 destinations
  • Freedom of Choice inclusions in two locations
  • Locally inspired dining – a total of 60 meals
  • A wide range of onboard beverages on board cruise
  • Expert APT Tour and Cruise Directors
  • Transfers, porterage, port charges and gratuities

Map & Itinerary

Europe NOBLBL23 Map 2020
Belgrade to Livorno

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

Be met on arrival and transfer to your hotel. Tonight, enjoy a welcome dinner.

Stay: Two Nights, Belgrade, Hilton Hotel or similar

Daily :
  • Dinner

See Belgrade on a walking discovery, including the Bohemian Quarter. Stroll down the curved street of Skadarlija, dotted with taverns, art galleries and antique shops. 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 in the world

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  • Breakfast
  • Dinner
Aerial view of Belgrade city centre at sunset, Serbia

Farewell Belgrade and head to Zlatibor, a mountainous region that is considered one of the most beautiful areas of Serbia due to its pristine nature and clean crisp air. On the way, stop in a winery that has been family-owned for generations.

Stay: Two Nights, Hotel Zlatibor Mona or similar

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  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Embark on a ride aboard the Šargan Eight Railroad, a heritage narrow-gauge railway. Learn about this engineering accomplishment, originally built by Austro-Hungarian forces during World War I. Continue to the traditional village of Drvengrad for lunch, where filmmaker Emir Kusturica made his film, Life is a Miracle. Afterwards, spend the afternoon in Tara National Park. Here, you will see some of Serbia's most stunning scenery. Forested slopes, breathtaking ravines, crystal-clear waters and the dramatic Drina River canyon, the third largest of its kind in the world.

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  • Breakfast
  • Lunch

Visit the health resort town of Vrnjacka Banja, a favourite for European aristocracy due to its seven mineral springs. After a sightseeing discovery, head to Niš in Southern Serbia.

Stay: Two Nights, Niš, New City Hotel or similar

Daily :
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

SIGNATURE EXPERIENCE

We have planned a special lunch at a winery that blends winemaking traditions with a rich cultural heritage. Taste some local delicacies before sampling some wines.


Explore Felix Romuliana, an archaeological World Heritage-listed site. It was an imperial palace built on the orders of Galerius Maximianus. Then it’s time for your Signature Experience.

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  • Breakfast
  • Lunch

Depart Niš for Skopje in North Macedonia. On the way, stop at Djavola Varos – meaning Devil’s Town. A nominee for the New Seven Wonders of Nature, it is made up of 202 unique 'earth pyramids', towering up to 15 metres high.

Stay: Two Nights, Stonebridge Hotel Skopje or similar

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  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Get to know Skopje, Mother Teresa's birthplace. The city has a distinct old-world charm evident in places such as the Čaršija, Stone Bridge, Tvrdina Kale Fortress and Old Bazaar.

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  • Breakfast
  • Lunch

See Mavrovo National Park on the way to Ohrid, one of the oldest settlements in Europe, that also has the rare status as being both a cultural and natural World Heritage-listed site.

Stay: Two Nights, Ohrid, Hotel Metropol or similar

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  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Spend a full day discovering Ohrid. From traditional cobblestone streets with taverns and restaurants, to incredible architecture, Ohrid is a sure to leave you spellbound.

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  • Breakfast
  • Lunch

Departing Ohrid, head towards the town of Bitolj for lunch, before leaving North Macedonia and entering Greece. Arrive in Thessaloniki.

Stay: Makedonia Palace Hotel Thessaloniki or similar

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  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Enjoy a tour of Thessaloniki, including the Museum of Byzantine Culture. Here, wander the 11 rooms that depict life in Byzantium and gain insight into ancient architecture and art. It's then time to sample Tsipouro – the local Greek brandy during lunch. Afterwards, arrive in Kalambaka for the evening.

Stay: Kalambaka, Divani Meteora Hotel or similar

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  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Experience Kalambaka’s incredible rock formations at the Monasteries of Meteora. Originally formed by monks in the 14th century, they have now become a preservation ark for the 2000-year-old Christian Orthodox creed. Afterwards, continue to Athens.

Stay: InterContinental Athenaeum Athens or similar

Daily :
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
View towards a huge ancient building on a hill, Athens

Visit the Acropolis of Athens, an ancient citadel situated high above the city. Here, see the incredible Parthenon, Propylaia, Erechtheion and the Temple of Athena Nike. Continue to the New Acropolis Museum and view its magnificent galleries, including the Gallery of the Slopes, which houses finds from the ancient sanctuaries that were founded on the slopes of the Acropolis. Later, transfer to your small ship and after capturing a majestic sunset, commence cruising in the early evening, where you’ll transit through the Corinth Canal, only accessible by small ship. Later this evening, enjoy your first dinner on board your luxurious vessel.

Stay: Nine Nights, Le Bougainville

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  • Breakfast
  • Dinner

Cruise to Katakolon, where you will visit the site of Ancient Olympia, one of the venues used for the original Olympics. Once upon a time, it was a small regional festival in the 11th century, which was dedicated to the God Zeus. At the main site, you will see the main temple devoted to the god, featuring a statue made out of ivory and gold. A local expert guide will also show you around the gymnasium where the athletes trained, as well as the main stadium where the games were held. Afterwards, you will enjoy a visit to a farm for lunch and a wine tasting straight from the oak barrels produced on the estate. You will be able to wander the property and see the animals.

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  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

SIGNATURE EXPERIENCE

Visit Ambelonas Farm, whose history dates back to the 1600s. Meet the estate’s owner, who will offer you an insight into the farm’s vineyard, then enjoy lunch within this stunning setting.


Disembark your ship and travel to the picturesque village of Gastouri, where you will visit the Achilleion Palace. Here, admire intricate statues of the nine Greek muses. You’ll also have time to explore the palace rooms and take in exceptional views of the Ionian Sea. Afterwards we have prepared a special lunch for you.

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  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Make the most of your luxurious ship with a day at sea. Perhaps take in an informative onboard lecture, relax and unwind in the revolutionary Underwater Lounge, or make the most of the sunshine and dine al fresco.

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  • Dinner

Spend a full day immersed in the ancient and modern history of Malta’s Valletta. Disembark your ship for a city tour. After lunch back on your ship, head out on an Anzac history tour, finding traces of World War I scattered over the island. In 1915, 57,950 servicemen from the Gallipoli expeditionary forces were evacuated to Malta, which earned the nickname the ‘Nurse of the Mediterranean’. Tonight, step off the ship into the heart of town to absorb Valletta’s charm.

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  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
Blue water with boats and forefront and buildings in background

FREEDOM OF CHOICE™ - Sightseeing

Travel to Modica, where you will embark on a walking discovery of the village. Conclude at the Cioccolateria Bonajuto, where you will sample some of the finest Italian chocolate. Afterwards you will have some free time to explore before returning to your ship. Alternatively, you can embark on a walking discovery of Ragusa, where you will explore its historic district, medieval streets, St George’s Gate and Pola square.


From Sicily’s Pozzallo, choose your sightseeing inclusion.

Daily :
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

On the other side of Sicily is Palermo, one of the island’s most colourful cities. During a walking exploration, your guide will show you through the medieval quarters, the Spanish courtyards and the Arab-style street markets, where history, tradition and street food are mixed with voices of the locals. Continue through Cassaro and venture through narrow streets and ancient buildings to reach Norman Cathedral. Later, visit Palatine Chapel, dedicated to Saint Peter the Apostle and famous throughout the world for its Byzantine mosaics. Afterwards, enjoy some free time to further explore.

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  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

FREEDOM OF CHOICE™ - Sightseeing

Visit Nuraghe, a settlement dating back to the Nuraghic era. Then in Barumini, visit the Casa Zapata Museum and Giovanni Lilliu Centre. Or travel to Nora with a local expert to explore the excavations of Nora and the Tower of Coltellazzo.


From Sardinia’s Cagliari, choose your morning inclusion. On an afternoon discovery, see the Basilica of Our Lady of Bonaria, Poetto Beach and Molentargius Lagoon with its pink flamingos, before reaching the historic Castello district.

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  • Lunch
  • Dinner

This morning, arrive at the fashionable French island of Corsica. Enjoy a guided tour of the fascinating Old Town, where medieval houses are perched on limestone cliffs.

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  • Lunch
  • Dinner

After breakfast, be transferred to the airport.

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  • Breakfast

Travel & Accommodation

Back half of ship in the water with pool and deckchairs and zodiac, Greece

The Luxurious Le Bougainville

With just 184 guests on board, the brand new Le Bougainville charts a course across the glittering Mediterranean waters.

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Floating Five-Star Hotel

All 92 staterooms and suites feature private balconies in addition to being well-equipped and spacious.

In Expert Hands

Throughout your journey, APT cruise and tour directors are always on hand to ensure your journey runs smoothly.

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