Day 1 - Southampton
Titan’s VIP door-to-door travel service collects you from home, for your journey to Southampton, where our staff will greet you and assist with embarking Braemar (3T+) in readiness for a late afternoon sailing.
Days 2-4 - At sea
Day 5 - Gibraltar
Rising sharply 1,396ft out of the sea, Gibraltar guards over the Straits, with clear views as far as Africa. Within the Upper Rock, you may experience the vast St Michael’s Cave, decorated with stalagmites and stalactites, and meet Europe’s only wild primates - the Barbary Macaques - that are far from shy, lording over the rocky slopes.
Day 6 - Almeria, Spain
Once an important Islamic port, Almeria’s cityscape is dominated by the ancient Arab fortress of Alcazaba; its vast, thick walls contain 18 acres of history. Walk the streets that once thronged with merchants from Egypt, Syria, France and Italy, who brought great riches to this Moorish town. It is also known for its history as a film location, with many spaghetti westerns and other epic Hollywood films, including Indiana Jones and Lawrence of Arabia, making use of the surrounding dry barren environment.
Day 7 - At sea
Day 8 - Cagliari, Sardinia
The best way to arrive in Cagliari is by sea, and you’ll understand why as the city comes into view, with domes and façades drawing your eyes skyward to Il Castello, once home to the city’s aristocracy. The maze of narrow alleys within the medieval battlements is a delight to explore.
Day 9 - Cruising Stromboli and Straits of Messina
We cruise amongst the eight volcanic Aeolian Islands, circumnavigating Stromboli which has been in almost continuous eruption for the last 2,000 years, and continue through the straights of Messina that have influenced many ancient legends.
Day 10 - At sea
Day 11 - Dubrovnik
It is easy to forget that the nation’s battle for independence left many scars across Dubrovnik’s Old Town; the city has bounced back and cannot fail to induce a sense of awe. Walk down the Stradun and squares open out, many of them with open-air bars and cafés, while every corner en route to the magnificent cathedral seems to have sculptures or fountains, bell towers or gardens. Maybe appreciate the beautiful cityscape from the heavy Ramparts, or take the cable car to the heights of Mount Srd.
Day 12 - Zadar, Croatia
The walled port of Zadar is today’s destination; quieter than other ports, the criss-crossed streets of the old capital of Dalmatia hide idyllic patio restaurants, roman ruins and beautiful, sun-kissed squares. Zadar is also the perfect base from which to explore this part of Croatia, with both Krka and Plitvice National Parks close enough to visit today - the incredible waterfalls are worth the journey. Alternatively, take a boat ride to find some of the 200 islands and islets hidden along the coast.
Day 13 - Rovinj
The traditional Roman fishing port of Rovinj still enjoys a fresh catch, hauled into the harbour each morning, filling the Italian inspired restaurants. Overlooking the picture-perfect harbour and glorious golden sand beaches, is the web of steep cobbled streets and piazzas that form the Old Town. Ship to shore tender service.
Days 14-15 - Venice, Italy (overnight)
Our first glimpses of Venice are across the stunning Laguna Veneta, a stretch of water that links the city’s 150 canals to the Adriatic Sea. On arrival, swap your cruise liner for a ride in one of the famed gondola’s, and glide along the ancient waterways that are lined with majestic buildings. Take to the web of narrow cobbled streets and 500 ancient bridges, where cars are banned, and you will struggle to choose from the numerous spectacles to explore. You have two full days to embrace the city’s unique heritage, however the magic of a trip to Venice does not solely lie in the many magnificent sights; there is a certain something that is truly remarkable about spending time in the city that captures your soul.
Day 16 - Koper, Slovenia
Today is dedicated to Slovenia’s largest town, Koper. This port city, delightfully medieval, embraces both Slovenian and Italian characteristics, with street signs in both languages and a rich culinary heritage.
Day 17 - Rijeka, Croatia
Rijeka is an important link between sea and central Europe. The Sanctuary of the Trsatian Madonna was built 700 years ago to guide home seamen, who would climb the 561 steps to offer thanks. It is still an essential part of local life, with exceptional events held here.
Day 18 - Split
The Roman Emperor Diocletian built a magnificent seaside palace to retire in. It still stands as the spirited heartbeat of Split, its thick walls encompassing vibrant markets and residences, as well as the Palace’s Temple of Jupiter and impressive cathedral of St Domnius, originally Diocletian’s mausoleum. The adventurous may enjoy the steep walk up Marjan for fantastic views - the dramatic coastal mountains form a perfect backdrop over the beautiful city and its sun-drenched seafront.
Day 19 - Kotor, Montenegro - Cruising Bay of Kotor
Kotor, a highly preserved example of life in the Middle Ages, sits on one of the most beautiful bays in Montenegro, its heavy stone walls joining seamlessly with the mountain behind. Spend the day learning the many stories of this fortified town, or take the opportunity to travel further into Montenegro to get a taste of the spectacular scenery. The afternoon completes with a cruise of the Bay of Kotor and the two magical islands that rise from its azure waters. It is said that one is natural and the other was created by seamen who laid a rock after each successful voyage.
Day 20 - At sea
Day 21 - Valletta, Malta
A tiny island with an epic and heroic history, Malta is one of the world’s most scenic ports. The 16th century walled capital of Valletta, with its Grand Harbour, is a treasure-chest bristling with Baroque architecture. See St John’s Co-Cathedral and its incredibly ornate chapels created by the Knights Templar, and the Blue Grotto’s impressive caves are worth a visit.
Day 22 - Trapani, Italy
Sicily, prized by the many ancient cultures, allures visitors with the promise of mesmerizingly beautiful places and delicious food. Trapani is a beautiful city renowned for its Baroque style architecture, and the perfect base for a taste of the island’s charm, authentic dishes and delicious wine.
Days 23-24 - At sea
Day 25 - Cadiz, Spain
Cadiz - one of Western Europe's most ancient cities - hugs Andalusia’s sunlit Atlantic coast and is characterised by palm trees, lookout towers and weathered old buildings. Historic and pretty, the city centre is a joy to explore with a fascinating Old Town district containing huge stone walls from the 1500s and a beautifully carved cathedral.
Days 26-28 - At sea
Day 29 Southampton
Early this morning we arrive in Southampton, disembarking after breakfast. You will be met and guided to your Titan vehicle, for the journey home.