Day 1 - London - Venice
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 Venice. On arrival, you will be met by Voyages to Antiquity representatives and transferred to Civitavecchia to embark Aegean Odyssey (4T).
Day 2 - Venice
Join a sightseeing tour beginning with a boat trip down the Giudecca Canal to St Mark’s Square, dominated by St Mark's Basilica; or visit two islands of the Venetian Lagoon: Murano of glass-making fame, and Burano with its colourfully decorated fishermen's houses.
Day 3 - Urbino
Our guided tour of Urbino, a small town with a huge influence on Renaissance culture, visits the childhood home of the revered artist Raphael, the splendid 15th century Palazzo Ducale adorned with famous art, and the neoclassical Duomo.
Day 4 - Split, Croatia
In Split we explore the ancient Palace of Diocletian, built for the locally-born Roman Emperor in the early 4th century. We also visit Diocletian’s huge mausoleum, which was converted into the Cathedral of St Domnius. This afternoon, you may like to take an optional drive along the Riviera of the Seven Castles to the town of Salona and the tiny island of Trogir.
Day 5 - Dubrovnik
Discover the stunning city of Dubrovnik on this morning’s walking tour of the Old Town, with its mix of Gothic, Baroque and Renaissance churches and palaces. Ship to shore tender service.
Day 6 - Brindisi (Lecce), Italy
We visit the beautiful city of Lecce, known as the ‘Florence of the South’ due to its abundance of Baroque churches and palaces. Our tour begins at the 25,000-seat Roman amphitheatre and passes the column that marks the end of the Appian Way before discovering the remarkable city centre and continuing to the Santa Croce Basilica and Piazza Duomo.
Day 7 - Corfu, Greek Islands - Sarande, Albania
Explore Corfu Town’s 15th century church - one of Greece's most extensive collections of Byzantine art; or visit the Achilleion Palace, one of the most renowned royal villas in Europe. The inspiration of Greek mythology is unmistakeable as you tour the palace and its gardens. Continue to Sarande in Albania for an afternoon excursion to the remarkable archaeological site of Butrint. Ship to shore tender service.
Day 8 - At sea
Enjoy a leisurely day at sea.
Day 9 - Taormina, Sicily - Strait of Messina
Choose a walking tour of the ancient hilltop city of Taormina, taking in the Greek theatre, and towards Mount Etna, the cathedral and the 15th century Palazzo Corvaja. Or fans of The Godfather trilogy can travel to two remote mountains villages, Savoca and Forza d’Argo, to see landmarks that gained fame from the films. This afternoon, sail through the Strait of Messina, past the volcanic island of Stromboli. Ship to shore tender service.
Day 10 - Salerno - Capri and Amalfi Coast - Sorrento (overnight)
Head to the ancient site of Paestum, home to three well-preserved Greek temples built between 530 BC and 460 BC, or travel along the legendary Amalfi Coast to the beautiful coastal town of Ravello, and stop at the aristocratic Villa Rufolo, famed for its gardens. We sail this afternoon along the Amalfi Coast for Sorrento, where we dock for two nights.
Day 11 - Sorrento (overnight)
Walk through the streets of Pompeii to find aristocratic mansions, temples, theatres, markets and large forum that portray life in a Roman town; or visit nearby Herculaneum, smaller than its counterpart but better preserved, with inlaid marble floors, paintings, mosaics and carbonised woods there to be seen. Return to Sorrento this afternoon for time at leisure.
Day 12 - Sorrento
Enjoy time at leisure in Sorrento. Our cruise continues later this afternoon.
Disembark in Civitavecchia. Visit some of Rome’s most famous landmarks, including the Colosseum, and Colle Oppio to see some of the ancient remains of Nero’s Residence and the Baths of Titus, before your visit to the Basilica of St Peter in Chains, famous for the statue of Moses by Michelangelo. Alternatively, visit the remains of Ostia Antica, Ancient Rome’s main port. Spend your afternoon exploring Rome independently or take an optional excursion to the Vatican Museums and Sistine Chapel. We stay in a hotel for our last two nights.
Enjoy a day to take in Rome’s highlights, or take an optional excursion to Tivoli, the resort of Roman emperors, and visit the 16th century Villa d'Este, famed for its spectacular gardens and an Organ Fountain that still makes music.
Day 15 Rome - London
Transfer to Rome 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.