Cruise & Rail: Milan, Venice, Istanbul & the Balkans (2025)

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  • No booking fees
  • duration 10 days
  • tour type Cruise
  • age requirement 2-99 yrs
  • max group size 20
  • Tour Code BM-43857
  • Footprint Carbonneutral CO2 emissions resulting from all trips on Bookmundi will be offset via investments in carbon reduction projects.
  • Operated in English
  • Starts Milan, Italy
  • Ends Istanbul, Turkey
The trip "Cruise & Rail: Milan, Venice, Istanbul & The Balkans (2025)" is a 10 days river cruise trip which sets out in Milan and ends in Istanbul. You will be cruising through Slovenia, Greece and 6 more countries and visit Venice, Mostar, Trieste and 8 other destinations. The trip "Cruise & Rail: Milan, Venice, Istanbul & The Balkans (2025)" includes cabin accommodation onboard the cruise ship and others. Please refer to the package includes section for more details.

Begin your journey in stunning Milan and embark on your cruise in romantic Venice. These two legendary cities will bookend unforgettable experiences throughout the Veneto region. Treat yourself to a private evening lighting ceremony at St. Mark’s Basilica. Depart the enchanting “City of Water” to explore the waterfront shops, colorful facades, and peaceful canals unique to Burano, Mazzorbo, and Torcello. Farther south, discover Chioggia—a charming southern port loved by fishermen, artists, and anyone looking for unique gifts or souvenirs.

Then set off on a private train journey to Istanbul, during which you’ll sleep on the luxury Golden Eagle Danube Express with ever-changing views at your window—the perfect addition to a river cruise. Along the way, visit Alpine lake towns, historic cities across Eastern Europe, and more.
  • Day 1: Milan
  • Day 2: Milan
  • Day 3: Milan (Verona/Valpolicella), Transfer to Venice (Embark)
  • Day 4: Venice
  • Day 5: Venice, Mazzorbo (Burano)
  • Day 6: Mazzorbo, Burano, Chioggia
  • Day 7: Chioggia
  • Day 8: Chioggia, Venice
  • Day 9: Venice
  • Day 10: Venice (Disembark), Transfer to Train (Embark), Trieste
  • Day 11: Postojna, Ljubljana
  • Day 12: Sarajevo, Mostar
  • Day 13: Belgrade
  • Day 14: Bar, Podgorica
  • Day 15: Skopje
  • Day 16: Sofia, Plovdiv
  • Day 17: Istanbul (Disembark)
  • Day 18: Istanbul
  • Day 19: Istanbul
  • 6 nights in a luxury cabin onboard the Golden Eagle Danube Express private train
  • 2 nights in Milan at the Rosa Grand (or similar) with breakfast
  • 2 nights in Istanbul at the Four Seasons Hotel Istanbul at Sultanahmet (or similar)
  • 7-night cruise in a riverview stateroom onboard the elegant S.S. La Venezia
  • Well-appointed en-suite sleeping cabins and suites on the train have remote-controlled air-conditioning and heating, individual bathrobes and slippers, wardrobes, large viewing windows, and day seating that converts into comfortable beds for the evening
  • Lavishly appointed riverview staterooms and suites on the cruise have handcrafted Savoir® Beds of England, high thread count 100% Egyptian cotton sheets and European duvets, and a menu of pillow options
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • All meals onboard cruise and train, prepared using the finest and freshest ingredients
  • 20 breakfasts, 15 lunches, 16 dinners
  • Captain’s Welcome and Farewell Receptions
  • Welcome and Farewell Gala Dinners
  • Unlimited beverages onboard, including fine wine, beer, spirits, specialty coffee and tea, soft drinks and mineral water
  • Cruise Ship
  • 17 days of excursions, all fully hosted by English-speaking local experts
  • State-of-the-art Quietvox portable audio-headset system on all excursions
  • Use of bicycles and Nordic walking sticks
  • 7 countries: Italy, Slovenia, Bosnia & Herzegovina, Montenegro, Macedonia, Bulgaria, Turkey
  • 7 UNESCO World Heritage sites
  • Services of an experienced Uniworld Cruise Manager
  • Group Transfers are included on arrival and departure days (please see terms and conditions for transfer guidelines)
  • Gratuities for onboard personnel (ship staff, crew, Cruise/Tour Manager) are included during the cruise/tour
  • Captivating onboard local entertainment
  • Cultural enrichment
  • Any international flights to Milan and from Istanbul are not included in this price. We always recommend that you arrive 1 day prior to your tour starting date.
  • Travel insurance is not included in this Cruise & Rail: Milan, Venice, Istanbul & the Balkans (2025) tour. Travel insurance is mandatory to buy. World Nomads' travel insurance has been designed by travelers for travelers.
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No additional cancellation fees apply for this Cruise & Rail: Milan, Venice, Istanbul & the Balkans (2025) tour. You can cancel the tour up to 121 days prior departure and avoid paying the full amount, but your deposit paid is non-refundable. No refund applies for cancellations within 120 days of departure.


For any tour departures within 18 October 2024, full payment is required. For tours that depart later than 18 October 2024, a deposit of 10% is required to confirm this tour, and the remaining balance will be charged 120 days before trip departure.

Travel Insurance

Cruise & Rail: Milan, Venice, Istanbul & the Balkans (2025) tour requires that you have adequate and valid travel insurance covering medical and personal accidents, including repatriation costs and emergency evacuation. World Nomads offers travel insurance for independent travelers and intrepid families.


For this Cruise & Rail: Milan, Venice, Istanbul & the Balkans (2025) tour getting the required visa(s) is the responsibility for each individual traveller, as visa requirements vary depending on your nationality. We recommend to check with your local embassies representing the countries that you are traveling to, as part of this itinerary.

COVID-19 Safety Measures

This trip incorporates the following COVID-19 measures:

  • Hygiene safety measures and distancing will be followed in transportation, accommodation and meal venues.
  • Several COVID-19 distancing measures have been adopted on this package tour to keep travellers safe.
  • This trip requires you to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 atleast 14 days before embarkation. Young children who are not eligible to be vaccinated will be required to provide a negative PCR or Antigen test result taken within 72 hours of embarkation.
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