Thrillist – BEAUTIFUL SMALL TOWNS IN EUROPE MORE AMERICANS SHOULD VISIT

Starting in April SeaDream I and SeaDream II set sail from the Caribbean to make their way to the Mediterranean. Our voyages are known for visiting some of the most colorful and historical ports of the region. Thrillist explored lesser-known gems in hidden valleys and un-cruise-shipped coves to find these beautiful small towns in Europe more Americans should visit and of course, we recommend visiting these two on your own yacht.

Portovenere, Italy

Population: 4,000

SeaDream has a wonderful land adventure in this region not to be missed, a private motor-boat ride! Depart from the Portovenere pier directly to Cinque Terre (“Five Lands”) and marvel at the breathtaking coast with the villages suspended above the sea, almost defying gravity. There they are – five picturesque villages of pastel-colored houses and terraced vineyards alive with the fragrance of olive trees blending with the fresh ocean breeze. Arrive at the village of Vernazza, where you disembark and begin a guided walk of this 1st-century village. Notice the richness of its architecture, which is evidence of a standard of living that was wealthier than the other villages. Following this guided walk, there will be free time to browse the local shops or enjoy a café.

Then re-board the vessel for a stop at the second village – Monterosso, known as the most westerly village and the beach town of the Cinque Terre. This town is divided into two distinct parts San Cristoforo Hill, and the old maritime village protected by a rock spur. Your guide will point out the highlights of the village before enjoying a sampling of the excellent local wine and some delicious focaccia bread. Then free time to explore on your own before returning to the boat for the return journey to Portovenere.

Rovinj, Croatia

Population: 15,000

Take part in this unforgettable SeaDream Land Adventure heading towards the Istria Peninsula Hinterland to the village of Paladini where you will meet with the Karlic Family (A grandfather, mother, grandchildren and dogs) at their Farm. At the Farm, your host – Karlic Family – will give an introduction to the truffles and the history of truffles in Istra and their family. You will taste delicious products made of truffles all prepared by the family, including Istrian cheese with truffles, sausages with truffles, truffle patte, honey with truffles, olive oil with truffles. The highlight of tasting is a live interactive presentation of making famous Istrian “fritaja” scrambled eggs with truffles, when you will have the opportunity to join in cooking the fritaja. After tasting, your hosts will take you to a truffle hunt in their own woods where they grow and harvest black truffle. The truffles grow underground and are therefore invisible. However, their strong smell and of course trained dogs recognize them very well.