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2020 Italy Cruise: Hidden Treasures from Florence to Venice

2020 Italy Cruise: Hidden Treasures from Florence to Venice


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Tour Itinerary

Back by popular demand in 2020, this all-encompassing voyage led by our expertsexplores nearly the entire navigable coast of Italy. Enjoy two days in Florencebefore cruising on all-balcony ‘Le Bougainville’ to treasures from Rome, Veniceand Sicily to Puglia’s Gargano National Park, Urbino and Bastia on French Corsica.

AUG 22: Arrive Florence, Italy

Arrive in Florence, centerpiece of the Renaissance, andtransfer to your hotel. Join fellow guests for a welcomereception this evening.

Hotel: The Westin Excelsior, Florence  

AUG 23: Florence

Explore this cultural metropolis with a choice of curatedexcursions. Choose to discover iconic Florentine sites duringa guided walk in the historic center, followed by a strollthrough the Oltrarno District. Alternately, leave the citybehind for the rolling hills of Tuscany. There, meet a trufflehunter and his faithful dog and discover the history of thisprized delicacy before savoring a truffle-themed lunch. Artlovers can head to the Accademia Gallery to see one of themost iconic sculptures ever created, Michelangelo’s David,and visit the Uffizi Gallery, where masterpieces such asDa Vinci’s The Annunciation and Botticelli’s Birth of Venushold court. Enjoy the evening at leisure in Florence.

(Breakfast, Lunch)
Hotel: The Westin Excelsior, Florence  

AUG 24: Tuscany/Livorno

Experience more of the treasures of Tuscany, choosing fromexcursions designed for discovery in Florence, Pisa andLucca. History buffs can opt for a visit to Palazzo Vecchio,the former residence of the powerful Medici clan, with itsinterior apartments featuring works by Michelangelo andDonatello. You may also depart for Pisa to take in its grandBaptistery, the Campo Santo, the Duomo and the worldfamousLeaning Tower. Alternately, visit the charmingcity of Lucca and stroll its picturesque town center. Seethe Piazza dell’Anfiteatro, which follows the curve ofthe original Roman amphitheater, and the impressive16th-century city walls and ramparts. Later, drive toLivorno to board ‘Le Bougainville’ and enjoy your firstdinner aboard your luxury, all-balcony mega-yacht.

(Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
Hotel: 'Le Bougainville'  

AUG 25: Corsica, France

Your first port of call lures you beyond the borders of Italy for a not-to-be-missed chance to experience Corsica. Setout on an excursion that introduces you to the city of Bastia,a place of Baroque churches and a charming harbor front.Gather for one of the day’s highlights, an awe-inspiringCorsican choir performance presented just for A&K guests.Visit the Mattei distillery shop to sample the city’s signatureaperitif, Cap Corse, a wine with a uniquely bittersweetprofile. Join your fellow guests for lunch at a local restaurantand a true taste of Corsican life. Alternately, explore themountainous heights of Bastia on a hike, taking in superbviews of the city and shoreline.

(Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
Hotel: 'Le Bougainville'  

AUG 26: Rome, Italy

Disembark this morning in the port of Civitavecchia andboard a motorcoach for the drive to Rome, where youhave your pick of expertly designed excursions. If youare a food lover, opt for a three-hour, hands-on lesson inthe art of Italian cuisine, learning the secrets to makingdelectable pasta and tiramisu. Alternately, discover Rome’sJewish heritage with a walk through the historic JewishGhetto, followed by the Vatican for an afternoon viewing itsincomparable treasures. You may also tour central Rome’snarrow streets and sunny piazzas — including world-famousTrevi Fountain — and pay a private visit to Palazzo Colonna.Another alternative features a panoramic tour with variousstops, including the Colosseum, and some time at leisure inthe lively Trastevere district.

(Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
Hotel: 'Le Bougainville'  

AUG 27: Lipari

Spend the day cruising the Tyrrenian Sea, later enjoyingpostcard-worthy views of the Aeolian Islands and the volcanicpeak of Stromboli. In the evening, arrive at the island ofLipari, where you may disembark for sightseeing or sometime at leisure in the lovely town.

(Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
Hotel: 'Le Bougainville'  

AUG 28: Palermo

Begin your exploration of Sicily with a choice of threeinspiring excursions. In the first, take in the sites of capitalcity Palermo, including the Teatro Massimo, Palermo’sDuomo; the Quattro Canti, a spectacular Baroque square;and the 12th-century Cataldo Church. Another option is ajourney into Sicily’s rich cuisine, starting with a shoppingexpedition to a local market in Palermo. Proceed to aprivate city palazzo (palace) for a three-hour, hands-oncooking class, where you learn the importance of food toSicilian culture and prepare a four-course lunch. You may also opt to enjoy a scenic drive to Erice; walk up the hillto the historic town and enjoy tantalizing Sicilian views,as well as its own distinctive almond pastries. Enjoy lunchat a local restaurant and later visit Segesta, one of the finestGreek temples in the world, before returning to the shipfor dinner.

(Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
Hotel: 'Le Bougainville'  

AUG 29: Taormina

Explore the eastern shore of Sicily with a day in andaround Taormina, a clifftop city of narrow, store-packedstreets and spectacular views. Walk the city with a localguide and visit the Greek Theater, a great vantage pointfor viewing Mount Etna. Alternately, explore Catania anda private garden. If you prefer to get up close to Sicily’sgreatest landmark, take a 4x4 excursion to Mount Etna,viewing its stunning crater and learning about thisvolcanic peak’s history.

(Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
Hotel: 'Le Bougainville'  

AUG 30: At Sea

Relish a day of relaxation, enjoying the amenities of yourship and more engaging presentations by our experts.

(Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
Hotel: 'Le Bougainville'  

AUG 31: Puglia

Disembark in Puglia’s coastal Manfredonia for an enticingarray of excursion options. Choose to visit the Sanctuaryof San Michael Archangel, a pilgrimage site since theMiddle Ages; hike in Gargano National Park, a place ofserene paths, beautiful sea views and rich history; or exploreCastel del Monte, an intriguing historic site claimed by theinnovative Holy Roman Emperor Frederick.

(Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
Hotel: 'Le Bougainville'  

SEP 1: The Marches

Further up the coast, in the Marches region, lies the port ofAncona, your starting point for an inspiring afternoon. Oneexcursion takes you to Urbino, a UNESCO World HeritageSite recognized for its Renaissance art and architecture. Enterthe stately Palazzo Ducale, where masterworks by Raphaeland Titian are on display. Alternately, privately visit the VillaImperiale in Pesaro, or participate in a Jesi wine experiencein the breathtaking countryside.

(Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
Hotel: 'Le Bougainville'  

SEP 2: Venice

A worthy finale, Venice is an endlessly inspiring place, andtoday’s excursions reveal it the way you wish to experienceit. Choose a comprehensive walking tour of the island,including must-sees like St. Mark’s Square as well as placesmore off the beaten track, such as Frari Church, whereRenaissance painter Titian is interred. Another option is adiscovery of the island city by privatized water taxi, makingstops to admire St. Mark’s Square and the Rialto Bridge.Lovers of local delights can opt for a visit to Mazzorbo Island,known for its walled vineyards, and to a charming Venetianbacaro (wine bar), ideal for enjoying un’ombra (a short glass)and cicchetti (small bites).

(Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
Hotel: 'Le Bougainville'  

SEP 3: Depart Venice

Disembark and transfer to the airport for your departingflight or continue on A&K’s extension to Verona.


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Airfare from your point of origin to and from the trip is not included in the land price.

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