UK - Milan - Baveno, Lake Maggiore
Titan’s VIP door-to-door travel service collects you from home for your flight to Milan. On arrival, we’ll transfer to our hotel, where you can enjoy beautiful views of Lake Maggiore from your room. The afternoon is at leisure for you to enjoy lovely Baveno. This town has been welcoming tourists since the 19th century and its elegant past is reflected by the beautiful villas that dot the lake’s shore.
Today we set off to see the baroque architecture and magnificent gardens of the Borromean Islands. On our private boat tour, we’ll spend the day gliding across the serene waters of Lake Maggiore to explore Isola Bella and Isola dei Pescatori.
Enjoy a day at leisure to take in all this town has to offer. Baveno has a quiet, unassuming beauty and the kind of charm unique to the Italian lakes. A pretty lakeside promenade is the go-to for a cone of gelato or a coffee in the waterfront cafés. Set back from the waterfront, the heart of the town is a little clutch of narrow, cobbled streets that emerge out onto a 16th century square with a beautiful Romanesque church. Or perhaps take a day trip to Baveno’s livelier neighbour, Stresa.
Days 4-5 - Baveno - Venice (overnight)
After breakfast, we head towards the masterpiece city of Venice. Lose yourself among the winding streets, float down the Grand Canal on a gondola or stop for a spot of people watching in elegant St Mark’s Square. We’ll embark our ship on day 4 and remain docked in Venice, before setting sail on day 5.
Day 6 - Ancona
Perched on Italy’s eastern coast, Ancona is steeped in 2,400 years of history. From its cathedral standing high above the old town on Gusaco Hill, to its beautiful ancient arches, Ancona is waiting for you to discover its past. Piazza del Plebiscito (Piazza del Papa to the locals) is a charming square to stop for an al fresco tipple.
Elsewhere, marvel at ancient Greek ceramics, Roman ruins, relics of the Picenian civilisation and a wealth of artefacts at the Marche National Archaeological Museum. Be sure to also visit the marble Arco di Traiano towers high above the harbour and dates back to AD 115.
Day 7 - Kotor, Montenegro
From Ancona, we glide across the Adriatic Sea to Montenegro and dock in Kotor. A UNESCO World Heritage Site, Kotor’s winding old town is known as one of the best-preserved medieval cities in Europe - and it’s simply beautiful.
The entire city is surrounded by stone and the jumble of streets can get a little confusing. But a wrong turn can quickly turn into a right one as you discover churches, shops, restaurants and hidden piazzas (the perfect setting for a glass of Montenegrin wine). The 12th century St Tryphon Cathedral and the Church of Our Lady of Health stand tall, or if you’re up for a challenge perhaps climb the 1,350 steps to the top of the upper town walls for spectacular views over the city and bay.
Day 8 - At sea
Day 9 - Giardini Naxos, Sicily
For a postcard-pretty setting and relaxed vibe, Giardini Naxos is just the ticket. Perched on Sicily’s rocky coast, the town boasts a sweeping bay and a treasure trove of antique shops, designer boutiques and seafood restaurants hidden in its old quarter. If you’re looking for a slice of cultural heritage, head to the archaeological park, where you can see what remains of Greek Naxos.
Outside the town, perhaps choose to explore mighty Mt Etna, Europe’s largest active volcano, and trek the famed Silvestri Craters. Or, for something a little less strenuous, head to nearby Taormina to explore one of Sicily’s most beautiful towns.
Day 10 - Sorrento
Cascading down a steep hillside overlooking the Bay of Naples and Mount Vesuvius, Sorrento holds an enviable position. Driving distance from edgy-yet-ancient Naples, a stone’s throw from the fabled Amalfi Coast and a short boat ride from sparkling Capri, you’ll never be at a loss of things to do here. The town itself is a warren of twisting narrow streets decorated with gelato shops and market stalls selling those famous Amalfi lemons.
Perhaps opt for a boat trip across the water to Capri, the island of Italian luxury where designer shops and five-star hotels line the streets. Up in Anacapri, the clifftop views are second-to-none. You can take a chair lift to the very top of the island, where you’re completely alone with your own private view.
Day 11 - Civitavecchia (Rome)
Upon docking, you can transfer to Rome - the Eternal City. You’ll be captivated by the Italian capital, whether it’s your first visit or your tenth. Walk in the steps of gladiators at the Colosseum, channel your inner statesman at the Forum, or gaze up in wonder at Michelangelo’s masterwork at St Peter’s Basilica. Then gorge yourself on all the fresh pasta and fine wine you can find.
Day 12 - Livorno
From Livorno, you can visit Florence - the birthplace of the Renaissance. Elegant architecture towers above you as you wander through inviting piazzas, discovering magnificent palaces and churches as you go. The roll call of artists to have found their muse in Florence is vast. Michelangelo, Donatello, Raphael, Da Vinci - just a few of the greats.
For art lovers, the Uffizi and Accademia galleries are ranked among the world’s best. For the best view of the city and the Duomo, climb 414 steps to the top of the cathedral’s bell tower; or perhaps grab a gelato and wander across the famed Ponte Vecchio bridge.
Day 13 - Santa Margherita (Portofino)
Santa Margherita is brimming with old-world elegance. Here, palm trees line the wide promenade and grand hotels with Liberty facades overlook yachts in the harbour. Castello di Santa Margherita is worth a visit, dating back to 1550.
Postcard-perfect Portofino is just a short ferry ride away - the iconic harbour is instantly recognisable as you drift in to dock. Perhaps linger for a little shopping (window or otherwise), enjoy the changing view as you climb up to Chiesa di San Martino, or find a sunny spot and watch the fisherman unload the catch of the day.
Day 14 Nice - UK
We disembark after breakfast and transfer to the airport for your return flight to the UK. Upon arrival, your Titan vehicle will be waiting for the journey home.