London - Rome
Titan’s VIP door-to-door travel service collects you from home for your journey to London Heathrow Airport and a direct, scheduled British Airways flight to Rome. Upon arrival, we transfer to the Hotel Universo (4T), where dinner is included this evening.
A full day to enjoy the ‘Eternal City’ with the opportunity to visit its historic highlights, not least the extraordinary 1st century Colosseum. A 72-hour Roma Pass has been included for your convenience during your stay in Rome, which enables free use of the public transport system and free entry to two museums and/or archaeological sites of your choice, including Colosseum and Castel Sant’Angelo where you can avoid long queues at the ticket window queue. Your local guide will be available with ideas and suggestions of how best to spend your time in Rome.
Day 3 - Rome - Civitavecchia
Rome wasn’t built in a day, and a day is not enough time to experience its many attractions. So we have another morning at leisure to explore at your own pace, before we transfer to the port of Civitavecchia and the waiting Royal Clipper (4T). This breathtaking ship takes to the sea later in the evening.
Day 4 - Ponza - Palmarola
We make our first port calls in the pretty Pontine Islands archipelago, scattered across the Tyrrhenian Sea off the west coast of Italy. Just remote enough to remain unspoiled, it is a joy to discover Ponza Town, with its pastel-coloured houses and traditional fishing harbour, and the exquisitely beautiful coastline of tiny Palmarola, acclaimed by Jacques Cousteau as ‘the most beautiful island in the Mediterranean’.
Day 5 - Sorrento
Stunningly situated overlooking Vesuvius and the Bay of Naples, Sorrento is a most delightful pleasure resort. Shop for traditional souvenirs - intricate lacework and beautiful ceramics, or head out on an optional excursion to the poignant and perfectly preserved ancient site of Pompeii.
Day 6 - Amalfi
The monumental architecture of Amalfi attests to its glorious history as a medieval maritime republic. Marvel at the Arab-Norman Cathedral in the heart of the town and the old Arsenal, now a fascinating museum; settle back with a coffee or limoncello in a bustling piazza and watch the world go by; or strike out on an optional excursion to appreciate the fabled beauty of Positano and the Amalfi Coast.
Day 7 - Taormina, Sicily
Yet another Italian gem set spectacularly between rocks and sea, the Sicilian town of Taormina enchants today as it did in the 18th century, when Goethe called it ‘the greatest work of art and nature’. Make your own explorations of its many treasures - including an entrancing Greek Theatre, or join an optional excursion to breathtaking Mt Etna.
Day 8 - Lipari
We sail from the shadow of Etna into an otherworldly volcanic seascape - the Aeolian Islands rise up dramatically from the deep blue waters of the Mediterranean and, after some hours to enjoy the lively town of Lipari, we cruise past the strato-volcano of Stromboli, which has been in almost continuous eruption for 2,000 years, looking out for nature’s fireworks in the sky.
Day 9 - At sea
Rome-ward bound, there is time to unwind aboard Royal Clipper and reflect on an unforgettable voyage.
Day 10 Civitavecchia - Rome - London
After breakfast, we disembark and transfer to Rome Airport for a direct, scheduled British Airways flight to London Heathrow. On arrival you will be met and guided to your Titan vehicle, for the journey home.