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Taking in the spectacular views as we navigate tunnels and bridges aboard the world-famous Bernina Express.

Summary

The romance of the Italian lakes. The thrill of the Swiss Alps. The legends of the ancient world. This cruise and tour holiday is a whirlwind of cultures that will take you to Italy, Switzerland, Turkey, Greece and Croatia. You’ll take to the waters of Lake Maggiore and Lake Garda, glide through snow-capped peaks on the Bernina Express before embarking on a Mediterranean cruise, taking in UNESCO-listed Ephesus, and the Peloponnese, home to Olympia. Istanbul and Venice are two highlights, so you’ll have an overnight stay in each to explore to their fullest.

Your holiday includes:

4 excursions and visits

  • Boat tour to visit the Borromean Islands
  • Visit to the chocolate factory in Tessin
  • Bernina Express journey (St Moritz to Tirano)
  • Boat tour on Lake Garda

Plus:

  • 5 nights in hotels and 12 nights cruise on Oosterdam (accommodation as specified or similar)
  • International flights. Prices are based on return flights with British Airways from London Heathrow. Supplements may apply from other airports
  • 41 meals: 17 breakfasts (days 2-18) 11 lunches (days 7-17) 13 dinners (days 1 and 6-17)

Plus

  • Titan’s VIP door-to-door travel service
  • Local Titan tour manager in Italy and Switzerland
  • Travel in destination by coach
  • Porterage

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  • 1

    UK - Milan - Lake Maggiore

    Titan’s VIP door-to-door travel service collects you from home for your flight to Milan. On arrival we transfer to Lake Maggiore - the most tranquil and undiscovered of Italy’s lakes. We’ll stay in one of the Zacchera hotels situated here, with lakeside views to enjoy. The specific hotel will be confirmed closer to departure.

    Zacchera hotel group, Lake Maggiore (4-star)


  • 2

    Lake Maggiore

    Lake Maggiore is edged by charming towns with twisting cobbled streets and family-run trattoria. It’s backed by prominent snow-capped peaks in every direction. Its wind-ruffled waters are dotted with three tiny islands, the Borromean Islands, and today we’ll explore each of them.

    Isola Bella (beautiful island) lives up to its name with the dominating 17th-century Palazzo Borromeo and sprawling gardens. Isola Madre is noted for its beautiful botanical gardens, rich in rare plants. Then we’ll enjoy some free time on picturesque Isola dei Pescatori.

    • Boat tour to visit the Borromean Islands (all day)

    Zacchera hotel group, Lake Maggiore (4-star)


  • 3

    Lugano - St Moritz

    We leave Italy behind and head for the soaring alpine peaks and timber villages of Switzerland. We’ll learn about the sweetest of Swiss traditions at a chocolate factory - there’ll be plenty of opportunity for a tasting, too.

    We arrive at lakeside Lugano, where the maze of cobblestoned streets untangle by the tranquil lakeshore to reveal a long, flowery promenade fringed with waterside eateries and cafés. The Mediterranean-style squares and vast parkland are a delight to explore. We then continue to St Moritz this afternoon - the picture of Swiss alpine perfection.

    • Visit to the chocolate factory in Tessin (morning)

    Steffani Hotel, St Moritz (4-star)


  • 4

    St Moritz - Bernina Express - Lake Garda

    An ‘express’ train ride doesn’t usually conjure images of gentle journeys through snow-covered peaks, admired through panoramic windows. But the Bernina Express is not your usual express train journey. Today you’ll wind through the magnificent Swiss Alps, crossing borders and cultures as you travel from St Moritz to Tirano in Italy. You’ll pass over 196 bridges and climb the incredible Brusio Spiral Viaduct, which was built to limit the railway’s incline to 7%. On arrival in Tirano, we transfer to our hotel in Lake Garda for the evening.

    • Bernina Express journey from St Moritz to Tirano (all day)

    Poiano Resort Hotel, Lake Garda (4-star)


  • 5

    Lake Garda - Sirmione

    Visitors have been captivated by the beauty of Lake Garda for centuries - and it’s easy to see why. The largest of Italy’s lakes, the north offers mesmerising views of the Alps tumbling into the lake’s waters and its shoreline is a mix of waterside towns and cliff-hanging villages. The south is splendid with sprawling vineyards and olive groves - and some of the lake’s prettiest towns, not least of which is Sirmione.

    We’ll take to the crystal-clear waters this morning for a cruise on the lake and spend some time exploring Sirmione. Here, the medieval Rocca Scaligera looms over the charming twists of the old town. It was originally a Roman fortification, but it was rebuilt in the 13th century and affords beautiful views of Sirmione from the tower.

    • Boat tour on Lake Garda (all day)

    Poiano Resort Hotel, Lake Garda (4-star)


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    Day 6 - Lake Garda - Venice

    We journey to Venice harbour where we embark our ship for a late afternoon sailing.

    Westerdam (4-star)

  • 7

    Day 7 - At sea

    A day at leisure to spend as you please on board the ship.

    Westerdam (4-star)

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    Day 8 - Katakolon (Olympia), Greece

    Katakolon is the gateway to the Peloponnese, Greece’s most legendary lands and home to Olympia. It is at the Temple of Zeus where gods once gathered to meddle in the affairs of mortals. But mythological charms aside, the region reveals what it means to be Greek through its dedication to tradition. It feels removed from the fame of Athens or the islands yet boasts so many of the same charms - the very first Olympic games were held here some 2,000 years ago - making this part of Greece truly special. You’ll revel in natural wonders and gain an insight to the rural way of life.

    Westerdam (4-star)

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    Day 9 - Piraeus (Athens)

    No modern metropolis is more steeped in myth and legend than Athens and Piraeus is our gateway to the wonders that await. The heritage of the city is still very much alive for modern visitors sightseeing in Athens. Ancient stadiums and temples dwell alongside apartment blocks. Modern performances are staged in the marble amphitheatres where Greek drama was born. Millennia-old monuments are scattered in the archaeological park that circles the Acropolis. Wandering the streets and taking it all in is a pinch-me experience.

    Westerdam (4-star)

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    Day 10 - Kusadasi (Ephesus), Turkey

    Ephesus is one of the most legendary cities of the ancient world. It is the grandest and best-preserved of Turkey’s ancient cities. St Paul preached in its Great Theatre and even today the façade of the Celsus Library still stands, as a testament to the city’s one-time role as a centre of learning and culture.

    Westerdam (4-star)

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    Day 11 - Cruising the Dardanelles - Istanbul, Turkey (overnight)

    On the far northwest coast of Turkey, the 60km-long Dardanelles divides the continents of Europe and Asia. This historic waterway once acted as a strategic gateway for both shipping trade and military to Istanbul and the Black Sea region. We’ll enjoy a day of scenic cruising as we glide towards Istanbul.

    Westerdam (4-star)

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    Day 12 - Istanbul

    Awake to enjoy the day in Turkey’s capital to discover the sights and sounds of this magnificent city. Travel back thousands of years at the Sultanahmet Meydani, once the sporting and social heart of Constantinople; admire the incredible tiles adorning the Blue Mosque; and gaze up at the domes and minarets of UNESCO-listed Hagia Sophia.

    The colourful Grand Bazaar is also a must-see. With almost 4,000 shops of antiques, carpets, jewellery and more, it’s the biggest souk in the world. After all the browsing, perhaps call in at one of the bazaar’s historic coffee roasters for a cup of authentic Turkish coffee, prepared and poured the traditional way.

    Westerdam (4-star)

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    Day 13 - Mykonos, Greece

    Once a favourite holiday destination of Jackie Kennedy Onassis and her entourage, Mykonos has been associated with wealthy jetsetters for decades. But glitz and glamour aside, this island is teeming with Greek charm. A walk around Mykonos Town will capture your heart. It’s a maze of whitewashed buildings with blue doorways and draping pink bougainvillea. The iconic windmills stand tall, the swathes of beach are golden and inviting and the dolmades are fresh and delicious.

    You might like to get a flavour of the whole island on a panoramic tour taking in Ioannis, Ornos, Kalafatis and ending in Ano Mera, perhaps the most traditional of the island’s villages.

    Westerdam (4-star)

  • 14

    Day 14 - Souda (Chania), Crete

    In Chania, the pretty Venetian quarter is a tangle of narrow lanes and colourful buildings. Set your compass to the magnificent waterfront where old townhouses have been transformed into atmospheric restaurants. Walk along the breakwater to the restored 500-year-old lighthouse - the sunset views here are second to none.

    You could easily spend the day exploring the delights of the city, stopping periodically for a taste of ‘bouyatsa’ (custard pastry) or a glass of Cretan red wine. Or you might like to venture into the countryside on an excursion.

    Westerdam (4-star)

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    Day 15 - At sea

    A day at leisure to spend as you please on board the ship.

    Westerdam (4-star)

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    Day 16 - Korcula, Croatia

    Korcula is a true gem of Dalmatia. Steeped in history, dense pine forests and glorious little towns, this island has it all. In Korcula Town, the Adriatic Sea laps at the shore on three sides and sprawling groves of palms and evergreens border the other. You may feel as though you’ve awoken in a Croatian paradise this morning.

    Korcula Old Town is the island’s treasured highlight. Its stone architecture and historic ambience is reminiscent of the one-time Venetian rule with towered gates, lion statues, magnificent palazzos and elaborate stonework decorating the streets. You’ll feel completely transported as you wander the walkways here.

    Westerdam (4-star)

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    Day 17 - Venice, Italy (overnight)

    You’ll have the day to discover an Italian icon today. Marshland-turned-masterpiece, Venice has a rich history of art and wealth that has made it world famous. It’s a wonderland of winding canals, higgledy bridges and tangled spaghetti backstreets and its as much a pleasure to explore the big-name sites like St Mark’s Square as it is uncovering hidden churches, where washing lines hang between homes.

    Perhaps opt for the classic Venetian experience and take to the waters on a romantic gondola ride, feast on pizza sold by the slice, sip thick hot chocolate and pose for a photo at Rialto Bridge. The day is yours to spend as you please.

    Westerdam (4-star)

  • VIP Inbound 2

    Day 18 Venice - UK

    We transfer to the airport for your return flight to the UK. Upon arrival, your Titan vehicle will be waiting for the journey home.

    Arrive Home


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Important information about your destination

Please note: A tour manager isn’t included on the cruise. Your ship’s expert crew will be available instead. *Included Drinks Package: Book an Ocean View stateroom or higher and receive the Signature Beverage Package# - book by 31 December 2021. #Signature Beverage Package has a daily limit of 15 alcoholic beverages priced at US$11 or lower and unlimited non-alcoholic beverages. Guests must order beverages one at a time and must be 21 years or older for alcoholic beverages. Sharing is not permitted. Package excludes purchases made in Signature Shops, Mini Bar, In-Room Dining and Freestyle Coca-Cola on applicable ships. Offer ends 31 December 2021. The deposit due for this holiday is £299pp

Italian Lakes and Bernina Express Tour with a Mediterranean Cruise