Day 1 - Arrive Florence, Italy
Arrive in Florence, centerpiece of the Renaissance, and
transfer to your hotel. Join fellow guests for a welcome
reception this evening.
Day 2 - Florence
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.
Day 3 - Tuscany/Livorno
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 worldfamous
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.
Day 4 - Corsica, France
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.
Day 5 - Rome, Italy
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, learning the secrets to making
delectable pasta and tiramisu. Alternately, discover Rome’s
Jewish heritage with a walk through the historic Jewish
Ghetto, followed by the Vatican for 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.
Day 6 - Lipari
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.
Day 7 - Palermo
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
Day 8 - Taormina
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.
Day 9 - At Sea
Relish a day of relaxation, enjoying the amenities of your
ship and more engaging presentations by our experts.
Day 10 - Puglia
Disembark in Puglia’s coastal Manfredonia for an enticing
array of excursion options. Choose to visit the Sanctuary
of San Michael Archangel, a pilgrimage site since the
Middle Ages; hike in Gargano National Park, a place of
serene paths, beautiful sea views and rich history; or explore
Castel del Monte, an intriguing historic site claimed by the
innovative Holy Roman Emperor Frederick.
Day 11 - The Marches
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.
Day 12 - Venice
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, and to a charming Venetian
bacaro (wine bar), ideal for enjoying un’ombra (a short glass)
and cicchetti (small bites).
Day 13 - Depart Venice
Disembark and transfer to the airport for your departing
flight or continue on A&K’s extension to Verona.