Day 1 London - Verona - Bardolino, Lake Garda
Titan’s VIP door-to-door travel service collects you from home, for your journey to London Gatwick Airport and your direct, scheduled British Airways flight to Verona. On arrival, we make the short transfer to Bardolino and our hotel for the next three nights, the Hotel Caesius Thermae Resort & Spa (4T), located opposite beautiful Lake Garda. We enjoy an included dinner at the hotel tonight.
Day 2 Isola del Garda
The spectacular Isola del Garda has hosted many distinguished names from as early as the Roman age. Today we take a boat to this private island to explore the impressive battlements, neo-gothic Venetian rooms, beautiful formal gardens and untouched nature reserve.
Day 3 Sirmione
Spend this morning in one of the most popular towns of Lake Garda; Sirmione de Garda, sitting on a picturesque peninsula, has been a spa destination since Roman times, and there are some impressive Roman ruins. The huge and well-preserved 13th century Scaliger Castle is certainly worth your attention and the ruined Villa Romana is still impressive. Return to Bardolino for an afternoon at leisure, and maybe a stroll along the picturesque shore.
Day 4 - Bardolino - Verona - Venice
After breakfast, we depart the hotel for the short drive to the elegant city of Verona, where we make a stop before continuing to Venice to embark Azamara Quest® (5T) and settle in before we begin our cruise; the experience of sailing out of Venice, passing St Mark’s Square, is truly memorable.
Day 5 - Koper, Slovenia
Koper opens up opportunities to explore Slovenia’s capital, Ljubljana, one of Europe’s secret gems, or visit the UNESCO World Heritage site of the Skocjan Caves, the world’s largest underground canyon. Sitting so close to Italy, a country which has had great influence on Slovenia, you may consider crossing the border to visit Trieste, or stay in Koper to explore the Old Town, with its own beautiful historic sites.
Day 6 - Hvar, Croatia
Croatia’s coastline is speckled with innumerable islands and we spend today on one of the largest and most popular. Explore the old picturesque traffic-free streets of Hvar Town, surrounded by 13th century walls. The fortress and Benedictine convent provide an interesting insight into the island’s history and lace-making traditions. Ship to shore tender service.
Day 7 - Dubrovnik
Dubrovnik has long been a centre for Croatian culture, and home to artists and scholars of all disciplines. Walk within the thick city walls to find a criss-cross of ancient streets, squares, fountains, palaces and monasteries. Walk atop the medieval walls for fantastic views across the city, or delve into museums to take a closer look at the city’s turbulent past. Enjoy an AzAmazing EveningSM in the heart of the Old Town of Dubrovnik and enjoy a private performance of the famous cellist Ana Rucner. We sail late tonight.
Day 8 - Kotor, Montenegro
Kotor’s beautiful bay has long attracted ships that stopped to trade, plunder, or conquer. Spend today strolling along cobblestone streets where merchants of numerous empires have walked, designed in a maze to confuse unwanted pirates and soldiers. There are several landmarks to help you navigate, including the 12th century St Tryphon Cathedral and several distinct churches.
Day 9 - Fiskardo (Kefalonia), Greece
The island of Kefalonia was struck by three devastating earthquakes in 1953, however the town of Fiskardo was virtually undamaged. A network of donkey tracks and footpaths link this quiet town, where pastel buildings with green shutters follow the sweeping bay, to small and abandoned villages, creating interesting scenic walks. Alternatively, a coastal boat ride reveals secluded coves and shingle beaches fringed with olive groves, and seaside tavernas. Ship to shore tender service.
Day 10 - Katakolon (Olympia)
This seaside town is the gateway to the ruins of Olympia, known as the birthplace of the ancient games in 776 BC. One myth states the games were started by Zeus in memory of his victory in a power struggle with his father, Cronus. The games continued for over 1000 years, until they were outlawed as a pagan festival when Rome adopted Christianity. The modern Olympic flame is lit here, in the presence of the remaining training structures and temples, including the celebrated temple of Zeus.
Day 11 - Giardini Naxos, Sicily
Giardini Naxos, considered the first Greek colony in Sicily, is an ideal base from which to explore the island. Neighbouring Taormina is a lovely small medieval town perched on high cliffs, with spectacular views over the bay and rugged coastline. Crops of olives, citrus and grapes thrive on farmland which is enriched by volcanic soil, deposited by Europe’s most active volcano - Mount Etna. Climb higher and you will find forests, the scars left by old lava flows, and eventually the crater where smoke and simmering lava is sometimes visible. Ship to shore tender service.
Day 12 - Amalfi, Italy
Wedged into the mouth of a ravine, encircled by sheer cliffs and blue waters, it is hard to believe that this tranquil little town was once a great naval power. Amalfi is set on a stunning coastline, where terraced hillsides support lemon groves, where the region’s famed limoncello is produced. Ship to shore tender service.
Day 13 - Sorrento
For millennia, attractive Sorrento has drawn the rich and famous here to build lavish villas and palaces, and has been a haven for artists, writers and philosophers. The massive eruption of nearby Vesuvius in 79 AD caused considerable damage, but the resulting volcanic ash is responsible for Sorrento’s thriving olive orchards and excellent wine, and there is plenty of heritage to fill your day. Ship to shore tender service.