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Lake Garda and Highlights of Italy & the Adriatic

Roman palaces, ancient Greek temples and baroque cathedrals are all on the cards on this 16-day holiday. You’ll start with a cruise around Italy’s ‘boot’, diverting to Greece, Albania and Croatia as you sail from Rome to Venice. Enjoy the Amalfi Coast’s views, see Stromboli smoking and take in the dramatic sights of Dalmatia, before arriving in ‘La Serenissima’, where you’ll travel on to Lake Garda for a relaxed few nights.

13 included excursions and visits

  • Pompeii
  • Herculaneum
  • Choice of Paestum or Ravello
  • Choice of Taormina Walking Tour or Sicilian Landscapes
  • Choice of Corfu Town Highlights or The Achilleion Palace and Paleokastritsa
  • Archaeological site of Butrint
  • Choice of Ancient Lecce or Alberobello
  • Dubrovnik Walking Tour
  • Palace of Diocletian
  • Renaissance Urbino
  • Choice of Walking tour of Venice or Murano & Burano
  • Short visit to the beautiful city of Verona
  • Visit Sirmione


  • 3 nights in hotel and 12 nights cruise on MV Aegean Odyssey (accommodation as specified or similar)
  • 41 meals: 15 breakfasts (days 2-16) 11 lunches (days 2-12) 15 dinners (days 1-15)
  • All onboard gratuities for restaurant and cabin staff
  • Selected wine, beer or soft drinks with dinner on board
  • In-depth lecture programme featuring expert guest speakers
  • Portable audio headset system on excursions

Plus all these benefits:

  • Titan’s VIP door-to-door travel service
  • Services of the staff on board MV Aegean Odyssey
  • International flights (prices are based on return flights with a leading airline from London Heathrow or Gatwick. Supplements may apply from other airports)
  • Porterage
  • All airport/port taxes and duties

map of the mediterranean

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Day 1 - UK - Rome, Italy

Titan’s VIP door-to-door travel service collects you from home, for your flight to Rome. On arrival, you will be met by Voyages to Antiquity representatives and transferred to embark Aegean Odyssey (4T) and sail early evening.

MV Aegean Odyssey (4T)

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Days 2-3 - Sorrento (overnight)

Two days of discoveries of Italy’s Roman past, with guided half-day tours of Pompeii and Herculaneum. In Pompeii, a guide takes you through streets that linked its aristocratic mansions, temples, theatres, markets and large forum. Then see Herculaneum, where volcanic mud engulfed entire buildings, protecting marble floors, paintings, mosaics and carbonised woods. In Sorrento, you can explore independently. Ship to shore tender service.

MV Aegean Odyssey (4T)

Day 4 - Sorrento - Salerno

We follow the beautiful Amalfi Coast, passing Capri, on our cruise to Salerno. After lunch, visit Paestum, a city founded by Jason and the Argonauts, according to mythology. Three exquisite Greek temples are at the heart of the city, as well as magnificent Roman baths, an amphitheatre and a museum exhibiting ancient Greek paintings. Alternatively, choose an excursion to Ravello, a journey considered one of the world’s most beautiful. In a stunning town of antique towers and graceful arches, the sumptuous fountain-decked garden of Villa Rufolo adds to its appeal.

MV Aegean Odyssey (4T)

Day 5 - Strait of Messina - Taormina, Sicily

We cruise past Stromboli, one of the world’s most active volcanoes, to Sicily. An afternoon walking tour takes in the highlights of Taormina, passing the Cathedral, the Palazzo Corvaja decorated with black and white lava, and the theatre built by Greeks in the 3rd century BC and rebuilt by Romans. Alternatively, discover beautiful Sicilian landscapes on a tour that includes film locations for The Godfather trilogy, and the macabre Catacombs of the Capuchins. Ship to shore tender service.

MV Aegean Odyssey (4T)

Day 6 - At sea

MV Aegean Odyssey (4T)

Day 7 - Corfu, Greek Islands - Sarande, Albania

Discover treasured Byzantine art and icons in Corfu Town, including the church of Corfu’s patron saint, Agios Spyridon. Alternatively, visit Achilleion Palace, the summer residence of Empress Elisabeth of Austria, with pillared colonnades and hanging gardens inspired by Greek mythology. Sail at noon, arriving in Sarande two hours later, from where we visit the UNESCO World heritage Site of Butrint. Inhabited since prehistoric times, this beautiful national park is a rich repository of Hellenistic, Roman, Medieval and Venetian civilisations. Ship to shore tender service.

MV Aegean Odyssey (4T)

Day 8 - Lecce (Brindisi), Italy

Visit Lecce, a city of honey-hued architectural treasures, including the 25,000-seat Roman amphitheatre, the Roman column that marks the end of the Appian Way, and the sumptuously decorated Santa Croce Basilica. Or visit Alberobello, known for its trulli houses.

MV Aegean Odyssey (4T)

Day 9 - Dubrovnik, Croatia

Dubrovnik is the best-preserved walled city in the Mediterranean, with a photogenic skyline of red rooftops and bell towers. Our morning tour features the massive 10th century city walls, Baroque church of St Blaise, Cathedral and the Franciscan Monastery, home to Europe’s oldest pharmacy. The afternoon is free to explore the city, or take a cable car to the summit of nearby Mount Srd for dramatic views. Ship to shore tender service.

MV Aegean Odyssey (4T)

Day 10 - Split

Emperor Diocletian prepared for his retirement in AD 305 by building a magnificent stone palace complex, a military fortress large enough to accommodate 9,000 people. Our city tour centres on Diocletian's Palace and the Temple of Jupiter. Spend this afternoon exploring Split independently, or take an optional tour of Salona, the excavated home of an affluent Roman colony where Diocletian was born, and Trogir, a remarkable fortified island.

MV Aegean Odyssey (4T)

Day 11 - Urbino (Ancona), Italy

We return to Italy to visit Urbino, the birthplace of Raphael. Our tour includes the modest house where he lived until he was 14, Palazzo Ducale, Italy’s most beautiful Renaissance palace, and the magnificent Duomo which houses several important artworks including a painting of the Last Supper by Federico Barocci. Afterwards, enjoy some free time to explore before returning to the ship.

MV Aegean Odyssey (4T)

Day 12 - Venice (overnight)

Hear the story of Venice while our guide takes us through its maze of footpaths and bridges. We travel by boat down the beautiful Guidecca Canal to St Mark’s Square to admire St Mark's Basilica and Doge’s Palace, before you are free to make your own discoveries. An optional afternoon tour visits two islands of the Venetian Lagoon - Murano of glass-making fame, and Burano with its gaily-painted fishermen's houses.

MV Aegean Odyssey (4T)

Venice - Verona - Lake Garda

Disembark and begin our journey to beautiful Lake Garda. En route we stop in Verona for a short visit to this city best known for its associations with Shakespeare’s ‘Romeo and Juliet’. Continuing to serene Lake Garda we stay for three nights at the Hotel Acquaviva del Garda (4T) or in lake-view rooms at the Hotel Savoy Palace (4T).

Hotel Acquaviva del Garda (4T) or Hotel Savoy Palace (4T), Lake Garda


Natural springs made Sirmione a popular holiday destination for wealthy Romans, and our morning at this beautiful peninsula takes in the impressive three-storey Roman villa, Grotto of Catullus, and the magnificent Scaligera Fortress. Return to our hotel for an afternoon at leisure.

Lake Garda

A day at leisure to enjoy the hotel’s beautiful location.

Day 16 Lake Garda - Verona - UK

Transfer to Verona 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

Important Information

Please note: • Excursions are subject to change. • A room tax of between €1-5 per person per night (subject to change), is payable directly to the hotel on check-out. The deposit due for this holiday is £200pp

Lake Garda and Highlights of Italy & the Adriatic