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Italy Cruise: Hidden Treasures from Florence to Venice 2022


13 days

Limited to 148 guests

Back by popular demand, this all-encompassing voyage led by A&K’s unparalleled Expedition Team explores nearly the entire navigable coast of Italy. Enjoy two days in Florence before cruising on all-balcony ‘Le Bougainville’ to treasures from Rome, Venice and Sicily to Puglia’s Gargano National Park, Urbino and Bastia on French Corsica.

A&K Advantages

  • Cruise the coast of Italy for 10 nights on luxury ‘Le Bougainville,’ enjoying all-balcony accommodations and a capacity limited to just 148 guests, including butler service in all suite categories
  • Spend two nights at a luxury hotel in Florence’s city center
  • Sail with a remarkable team curated by A&K, featuring our award-winning Expedition Team, a skilled service staff and crew, and one of the best personnel-to-guest ratios at 1 to 1.3
  • Enjoy all-inclusive cruising with included gratuities, unlimited house drinks, every onboard meal and most meals ashore, port charges, complimentary Wi-Fi, and Traveller’s Valet laundry service
  • Design Your Day with a choice of included, curated excursions led by A&K local guides throughout your voyage, such as in Florence, Rome, Sicily and Venice
  • Visit Bastia in the French island of Corsica, and enjoy a private polyphonic choir concert and local delicacies
  • Spend two days exploring exotic Sicily, with special excursions just for A&K guests that include a cooking lesson in a private palazzo
  • Take an optional trek in Puglia’s Parco Nazionale del Gargano, one of the largest national parks in Italy
  • Spend a full day exploring timelessly romantic Venice
  • Discover the Marches region and visit Urbino’s historic center, a UNESCO World Heritage Site

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Itinerary at a Glance

SEP 13
Arrive Florence, Italy
SEP 14
Florence | Heart of the Renaissance
SEP 15
Tuscany/Livorno | Tuscan Treasures
SEP 16
Corsica, France | Mountainous French Isle
SEP 17
Rome, Italy | The Eternal City
SEP 18
Lipari | Day at Sea
SEP 19
Palermo | Sicily’s Capital
SEP 20
Taormina | Eastern Sicily
SEP 21
At Sea | A Day at Leisure
SEP 22
Puglia | Gargano’s Natural Splendor
SEP 23
The Marches | Hidden Beauty
SEP 24
Venice | City of Bridges
SEP 25
Depart Venice

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SEP 13
Arrive Florence, Italy

Arrive in Florence, centerpiece of the Renaissance, and transfer to your hotel. Join fellow guests for a welcome dinner this evening.

The Westin Excelsior, Florence
Meals: Dinner
SEP 14
Florence | Heart of the Renaissance

Explore this cultural metropolis with a choice of curated excursions. Choose to discover iconic Florentine sites during a guided walk in the historic center, followed by a stroll through the Oltrarno District. Alternately, leave the city behind for the rolling hills of Tuscany. There, meet a truffle hunter and his faithful dog and discover the history of this prized delicacy before savoring a truffle-themed lunch. Art lovers can head to the Accademia Gallery to see one of the most iconic sculptures ever created, Michelangelo’s David, and visit the Uffizi Gallery, where masterpieces such as Da Vinci’s The Annunciation and Botticelli’s Birth of Venus hold court. Enjoy the evening at leisure in Florence.

The Westin Excelsior, Florence
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
SEP 15
Tuscany/Livorno | Tuscan Treasures

Experience more of the treasures of Tuscany, choosing from excursions designed for discovery in Florence, Pisa and Lucca. History buffs can opt for a visit to Palazzo Vecchio, the former residence of the powerful Medici clan, with its interior apartments featuring works by Michelangelo and Donatello. You may also depart for Pisa to take in its grand Baptistery, the Campo Santo, the Duomo and the world-famous Leaning Tower. Alternately, visit the charming city of Lucca and stroll its picturesque town center. See the Piazza dell’Anfiteatro, which follows the curve of the original Roman amphitheater, and the impressive 16th-century city walls and ramparts. Later, drive to Livorno to board ‘Le Bougainville’ and enjoy your first dinner aboard your luxury, all-balcony mega-yacht.

'Le Bougainville'
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
SEP 16
Corsica, France | Mountainous French Isle

Your first port of call lures you beyond the borders of Italy for a not-to-be-missed chance to experience Corsica. Set out 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-inspiring Corsican choir performance presented just for A&K guests. Visit the Mattei distillery shop to sample the city’s signature aperitif, Cap Corse, a wine with a uniquely bittersweet profile. Join your fellow guests for lunch at a local restaurant and a true taste of Corsican life. Alternately, explore the mountainous heights of Bastia on a hike, taking in superb views of the city and shoreline.

'Le Bougainville'
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
SEP 17
Rome, Italy | The Eternal City

Disembark this morning in the port of Civitavecchia and board a motorcoach for the drive to Rome, where you have your pick of expertly designed excursions. If you are a food lover, opt for a three-hour, hands-on lesson in the art of Italian cuisine, visiting a fresh market and learning the secrets to making delectable pasta and tiramisu. Alternately, discover the Vatican and enjoy an afternoon viewing its incomparable treasures. You may also tour central Rome’s narrow streets and sunny piazzas — including world-famous Trevi Fountain — and pay a private visit to Palazzo Colonna. Another alternative features a panoramic tour with various stops, including the Colosseum, and some time at leisure in the lively Trastevere district.

'Le Bougainville'
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
SEP 18
Lipari | Day at Sea

Spend the day cruising the Tyrrenian Sea, later enjoying postcard-worthy views of the Aeolian Islands and the volcanic peak of Stromboli. In the evening, arrive at the island of Lipari, where you may disembark for sightseeing or some time at leisure in the lovely town.

'Le Bougainville'
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
SEP 19
Palermo | Sicily’s Capital

Begin your exploration of Sicily with a choice of three inspiring excursions. In the first, take in the sites of capital city Palermo, including the Teatro Massimo, Palermo’s Duomo; the Quattro Canti, a spectacular Baroque square; and the 12th-century Cataldo Church. Another option is a journey into Sicily’s rich cuisine, starting with a shopping expedition to a local market in Palermo. Proceed to a private city palazzo (palace) for a three-hour, hands-on cooking class, where you learn the importance of food to Sicilian culture and prepare a four-course lunch. You may also opt to enjoy a scenic drive to Erice; walk up the hill to the historic town and enjoy tantalizing Sicilian views, as well as its own distinctive almond pastries. Enjoy lunch at a local restaurant and later visit Segesta, one of the finest Greek temples in the world, before returning to the ship for dinner.

'Le Bougainville'
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
SEP 20
Taormina | Eastern Sicily

Explore the eastern shore of Sicily with a day in and around Taormina, a clifftop city of narrow, store-packed streets and spectacular views. Walk the city with a local guide and visit the Greek Theater, a great vantage point for viewing Mount Etna. Alternately, explore Catania and a private garden. If you prefer to get up close to Sicily’s greatest landmark, take a 4x4 excursion to Mount Etna, viewing its stunning crater and learning about this volcanic peak’s history; or, after a scenic drive, enjoy a special Etna wine tasting and local specialties.

'Le Bougainville'
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
SEP 21
At Sea | A Day at Leisure

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

'Le Bougainville'
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
SEP 22
Puglia | Gargano’s Natural Splendor

Disembark in Puglia’s coastal Manfredonia for an array of excursions. These include the choice to visit the Sanctuary of Saint Michael the Archangel, a pilgrimage site since the Middle Ages where the original grotto of the Archangel is said to have been consecrated. Or, choose to hike in Gargano National Park, a place of serene paths, beautiful sea views and rich history.

'Le Bougainville'
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
SEP 23
The Marches | Hidden Beauty

Further up the coast, in the Marches region, lies the port of Ancona, your starting point for an inspiring afternoon. One excursion takes you to Urbino, a UNESCO World Heritage Site recognized for its Renaissance art and architecture. Enter the stately Palazzo Ducale, where masterworks by Raphael and Titian are on display. Alternately, privately visit the Villa Imperiale in Pesaro, or participate in a Jesi wine experience in the breathtaking countryside.

'Le Bougainville'
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
SEP 24
Venice | City of Bridges

A worthy finale, Venice is an endlessly inspiring place, and today’s excursions reveal it the way you wish to experience it. Choose a comprehensive walking tour of the island, including must-sees like St. Mark’s Square as well as places more off the beaten track, such as Frari Church, where Renaissance painter Titian is interred. Another option is a discovery of the island city by privatized water taxi, making stops 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.

'Le Bougainville'
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
SEP 25
Depart Venice

Disembark and transfer to the airport for your departing flight or continue on A&K’s post-tour extension.

Meals: Breakfast

Note: Itinerary is for guidance purposes only and may be adjusted due to unforeseen circumstances including weather, medical emergencies and other conditions beyond A&K’s control at the sole discretion of the Captain.

Rome Pre-Tour Extension

Spend more time in Italy’s exciting capital, discovering its legendary cuisine, historic landmarks and secret gems.

Europe Italy Rome EXT

4 days from TBA

Single Supplement from TBA

 

SEP 10

Arrive in Rome and transfer to your luxury hotel. Enjoy the rest of the day at leisure.

Baglioni Hotel Regina
SEP 11

Today, your expert guide leads you through the labyrinth of narrow streets and beautiful piazzas that crisscross central Rome. Admire the Pantheon and Trevi Fountain, and visit the imposing Colosseum.

Baglioni Hotel Regina
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
SEP 12

Discover the stunning Roman Castles area, where you stop at the famous town of Frascati. Visit a vineyard and enjoy a lunch of local specialties with wine. Join your fellow guests for a Roman dinner this evening.

Baglioni Hotel Regina
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
SEP 13

After breakfast at your hotel, transfer to Florence to start the main program. Stop along the way to visit the striking hilltop village of Orvieto.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Lake Como Post-Tour Extension

Experience stunning Lake Como and Italy's chic metropolis of Milan, including its flamboyant Duomo.

Europe Italy Lake Como EXT

4 days from TBA

Single Supplement from TBA

 

SEP 25

Bid farewell to Venice and transfer to Lake Como, stopping along the way in the foothills of the Alps for a cellar visit and wine tasting at the famous Franciacorta Wine region.

Meals: Lunch
SEP 26

Enjoy the charms of Milan during a guided visit including its colossal Duomo cathedral and La Scala theatre, and a special lunch.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
SEP 27

Discover the shores of Lake Como. Partake in a private boat tour, enjoying the breathtaking views and grand villas, stops at quaint villages and gardens, and a lunch of local specialties.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
SEP 28

Enjoy breakfast at your hotel before transferring to the Milan airport for your return flight home.

Meals: Breakfast


Prices are in USD, per person, based on double occupancy.

  • 2022
  • Sep 13 - Sep 25
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    Optional pre-tour and post-tour extensions available on this departure.

    Reserve your 2022 cruise now with a fully-refundable deposit. You will have seven days after the final 2022 itinerary and pricing is published to confirm your reservation. Any refunds for payments made by Money in House travel credit will be reissued as such. Dates, routings and ships are subject to change.

    'Le Bougainville' Deck Plan
Journey Details

This journey contains some active elements, including walks over uneven terrain and optional, challenging hikes.

Note: Itinerary is for guidance purposes only and may be adjusted due to unforeseen circumstances including weather, medical emergencies and other conditions beyond A&K’s control at the sole discretion of the Captain.

Minimum age is 7 years.

Categories 4–8 include room upgrade at the hotel and butler service aboard the ship.

First group event: welcome briefing at 6:30 p.m. on Sep 13.

Last group event: disembarkation at 9:00 a.m. on Sep 25.


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