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.
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.
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.
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.
Day 6 - At sea
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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).
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.
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.