Day 1 London - Rome, Italy
Titan’s VIP door-to-door travel service collects you from home, for your journey to London Heathrow or Gatwick Airport and a direct, scheduled British Airways or another leading airline flight to Rome. On arrival, you will be met by Voyages to Antiquity representatives and transferred to your hotel.
Day 2 Rome
Take your choice of tours today - visit the Colosseum, still magnificent in ruins, and St Peter in Chains, the church named for the chains that held St Peter when he was imprisoned in Rome but better known for Michelangelo’s statue of Moses; or head to Ostia Antica, the ancient port city that was buried in silt for millennia and became an archaeological site that rivals Pompeii. Enjoy an afternoon of independent exploration or join an optional visit to the Vatican Museums and the Sistine Chapel, considered one of the world's most important art collections.
Day 3 - Rome
Enjoy a day at leisure to wander through the streets of Rome, where delightful lanes link numerous piazzas, ice cream parlours and Roman monuments. Or take an optional excursion this morning to tour the grounds of the Villa d'Este. Among the world's most beautiful gardens, the grounds of the Villa d'Este embody Renaissance culture. We transfer to Aegean Odyssey (4T) this afternoon, to begin our cruise.
Day 4 - Livorno (Florence) (overnight)
Florence engulfs the senses and stretches your mind at every turn. It is the birthplace of the Renaissance and was home to many of Italy’s artistic giants, all of whom left behind an astonishing legacy of art. View city monuments including Ponte Vecchio and the Basilica di Santa Croce, and enter the world-renowned Uffizi Gallery and Galleria dell'Accademia, Europe’s first school of drawing. Or visit the remarkable Duomo, the impressive Piazza della Signoria where a copy of Michelangelo’s David stands tall, and Santa Croce, where many important Italians are entombed.
Day 5 - Livorno (Lucca - Pisa)
Today’s included excursion takes us to Lucca, where cobbled streets, handsome piazzas and shady promenades sit amid imposing Renaissance walls. See the finely decorated, Romanesque Cathedral of San Martino and the remains of the colossal Roman amphitheatre that once graced the centre of town before we head to Pisa to see the iconic Leaning Tower and the magnificent Romanesque Cathedral, miraculously unscathed by World War II bombs.
Day 6 - Elba
Explore Elba, the island where Napoleon Bonaparte was exiled, on our excursion that includes a walking tour of the Emperor's principal residence, an elaborate villa largely unchanged from when he lived here - even his books still fill the library. You also have the opportunity to explore the medieval village of Capoliveri on an optional tour and enjoy sampling the local wine at a beautiful old wine estate.
Day 7 - Bonifacio, Corsica
Cruise the Iles Lavezzi and Maddalena Archipelago en route to a leisurely afternoon in the spectacular town of Bonifacio, established in 883 with ramparts rising from the white limestone cliffs of the natural harbour. The town has retained its Renaissance features, and feels more Italian than French.
Day 8 - Ajaccio
Visit Ajaccio to discover another side of Corsica. The island’s capital is also the cultural hub, and the home of the city’s most famous son, Napoleon Bonaparte, is now a national museum to the emperor. There are also numerous ruins to find from its Roman origins, and the cathedral where Napoleon was baptised.
Day 9 - Mahón, Menorca, Spain
Mahón only became Menorca’s capital relatively recently, in 1721 when the British wanted to take advantage of the beautiful natural harbour, the second deepest in the world. This historic city is a pretty place to spend your day, with many historical buildings to discover including the Church of Santa Maria, with a spectacular organ with over 3,000 pipes, which you may hear during a lunchtime recital.
Day 10 - Palma, Mallorca
Visit the bustling city of Palma de Mallorca. It originates from before Roman times, and Roman remains are still being discovered under the old quarter; however the city today is a relatively modern creation. Hints into its past include the 14th century Bellver castle, the Arab Baths and Almudaina Royal Palace.
Day 11 - At sea
Take in a lecture and relax as we sail towards the mainland.
Day 12 - Málaga
Take a panoramic drive to view some of the outstanding sites of Málaga, including the grand 11th century Gibralfaro Castle, and visit the Picasso Museum which displays paintings, sculptures, drawings, ceramic and graphic works of this unique artist throughout his life. Or choose to take an optional tour to Granada, to one of the most magical places in the world and the most outstanding symbol of Moorish heritage in Spain, the Alhambra.
Day 13 - Cadiz (overnight)
A tour of the historically influential city of Cadiz takes you to the ancient Phoenician port of La Caleta, Santa Catalina Fortress and the old quarter, where many historical monuments have links to famous sea farers, including Sir Francis Drake and Christopher Columbus. Or choose to take a shorter tour of the city before venturing to Jerez for sherry tasting.
Day 14 - Cadiz - Cruising the Guadalquivir River - Seville (overnight)
We depart this morning for Seville, sailing along the Guadalquivir River right into the city’s heart, where we arrive early evening and dock for the night.
Day 15 Seville
Today we disembark and transfer to our hotel in Seville. Our tour of this beautiful and romantic city, said to have been founded 3,000 years ago by Hercules, includes the magnificent cathedral, Almohad mosque and Royal Palace Alcazar, compared by some to heaven. Some of the Upper Royal Quarters are still used by the Spanish royal family today.
Day 16 Cordoba
Cordoba has been both a capital of a Roman province and capital of the Arab state of Al-Andalus. We take a tour to discover this UNESCO listed city of wonderful buildings, monuments and artefacts that are a reminder of the cultures that have settled here throughout history, including the Roman Bridge, the old Jewish quarter and the famous Great Mosque.
Day 17 Seville - London
Today we transfer to Seville Airport for a British Airways or another leading airline flight to London Heathrow or Gatwick Airport. Upon arrival you will be met and guided to your Titan vehicle for the journey home.