London - Rome
Titan’s VIP door-to-door travel service collects you from home for your journey to London Heathrow or Gatwick Airport and a scheduled leading airline flight to Rome. On arrival, you will be met by Voyages to Antiquity representatives and transferred to your hotel.
Italy’s vibrant capital is one of the world’s most inspiring cities with historic art, endless ruins, and outstanding monuments; and we make this our home for two days. Choose from a selection of excursions including a visit to the stunning archaeological site of Ostia Antica. Or, discover one of the most iconic representations of the ancient Roman world, the extraordinary Colosseum, which at its peak was capable of holding 65,000 viewers. An optional afternoon visit to the Vatican Museums and Sistine Chapel is also available.
Day 3 - Rome - Civitavecchia
Enjoy a morning at leisure, or join a half-day optional excursion to the exquisite UNESCO-listed grounds of the Villa d’Este. This afternoon we embark Aegean Odyssey (4T) in Civitavecchia.
Days 4-5 - Sorrento (overnight)
In AD 79, Mount Vesuvius erupted claiming the inhabitants of Pompeii and Herculaneum; today we explore the remains of these ancient lands. Begin with a guided tour of Pompeii, before enjoying a delicious traditional Italian lunch at a local restaurant. Then, head to Herculaneum to explore remains of marble floors, paintings and stunning mosaics. Day 5 is free to discover Sorrento.
Day 6 - Sorrento - Salerno
This morning we cruise past Capri and the glorious Amalfi Coast before arriving midday in Salerno. Join a half-day tour of the ancient city of Paestum, abandoned during the fall of the Roman Empire but rediscovered in the 17th century. Or, drive along the picturesque Amalfi Coast to Ravello, overlooking the beautiful harbour and glistening sea in the Bay of Salerno.
Day 7 - Taormina, Sicily
Sicily’s beautiful Taormina, extraordinarily located on the side of a mountain, is our port of call today. A walking tour of the hilltop town takes you to an idyllic spot for great views, and through the narrow medieval streets past the magnificent cathedral and beautiful 15th century medieval palace of Palazzo Corvaja. You’ll also tour the town’s theatre, originally constructed by the Greeks in the 3rd century and later rebuilt by the Romans. Or, explore the breathtaking Sicilian landscapes including the two remote mountain villages of Savoca and Forza d’Agrò, including the Cappuccini Church, where mummified bodies can be seen fully dressed in crypts.
Day 8 - At sea
Day 9 - Corfu, Greece - Sarande, Albania
We spend this morning in Corfu with a choice of two excursions; on the first you’ll discover the very essence of Byzantine Corfu beginning with time in the historic Campielo quarter’s Byzantine Museum. Then, enjoy a short walk through Corfu Town, filled with Georgian mansions, boulevards, a picturesque Greek temple and the 16th century rococo church dedicated to Corfu’s patron saint, St Spyridon. Your second choice is a visit to the Achilleion Palace; built in 1890 by the Empress Elisabeth of Austria to be her summer palace. Early this afternoon we cruise to Sarande for a visit of the archaeological site of Butrint, inhabited in prehistoric times and adapted to a Roman city in the 6th century.
Day 10 - Lecce, Italy
Lecce is a city of ancient ruins, grand Baroque churches and elegant palaces. Today, we join a guided tour including the grand Santa Croce Basilica; the city’s magnificent amphitheatre dating back to the 1st century and the Piazza Duomo.
Day 11 - Dubrovnik, Croatia
Arrive in the UNESCO-protected walled city of Dubrovnik, where many bell towers, copper domes and the 10th century wall dominate the landscape. Join a sightseeing walking tour of this powerful city founded in the 7th century; despite a disastrous earthquake in 1667, many of the city’s stunning Gothic, Baroque and Renaissance churches, palaces, monasteries and exquisite fountains still remain in good shape.
Day 12 - Split
Croatia’s city of Split awaits your discovery today. Visit the UNESCO-listed Palace of Diocletian, once consisting of three grand temples and an extensive mausoleum. Alternatively, join an optional excursion to the impressive town of Salona.
Day 13 - Urbino (Ancona), Italy
Don’t let Italy’s hilltop town of Urbino deceive you, despite its small size the town has a wealth of history which won it UNESCO status in 1998. Join an exciting tour of the renaissance highlights including Palazzo Ducale, constructed for Duke Federico da Montefeltro during his rule between 1444 and 1482. We’ll also explore the grand neo-classical Duomo.
Day 14 - Venice (overnight)
Be inspired by the romantic water city of Venice, dotted with photogenic bridges, historic buildings, glistening waterways and footpaths. You have a choice of two half-day excursions; join a walking tour of Venice accompanied by a knowledgeable local guide who will take you to St Mark’s Square, the 14th century Gothic-style Doge’s Palace, and the vibrant area of Riva degli Schiavoni. Or, discover two of the most interesting islands of the Venetian Lagoon: enjoy a scenic boat journey to Murano, ‘the island of glass’, then continue to the picturesque island of Burano, for its traditional lace-making industry. This evening, visit one of the most revered venues in Italian Opera, the La Fenice theatre founded during the 18th century.
Day 15 Venice - London
After breakfast, transfer to Venice Airport for a scheduled 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.