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Icons of the Mediterranean: Italy, Sicily & Croatia - 2023

Venice • 10-night small ship cruise with Trieste, Zadar, Split, Brindisi, Giardini Naxos, Syracuse, Valletta, Trapani, Lipari, Castellammare di Stabia/Pompeii, Civitavecchia • Rome
  • Small Ship Ocean Cruise from Venice to Rome - Split - Diocletians Palace
    EXPLORE THE UNESCO-LISTED DIOCLETIAN’S PALACE, BUILT BY THE ROMAN EMPEROR DIOCLETIAN AS HIS RETIREMENT HOME BECAUSE OF THE AREA’S SPECTACULAR BEAUTY
  • Mediterranean Small Ship Ocean Cruise from Italy, Sicily, Croatia to Rome including Venice Split, Syracuse, and Pompeii
    CRUISE THE MEDITERRANEAN AND ADRIATIC SEAS ABOARD THE NIMBLE, 5-STAR OCEAN ODYSSEY
  • Small Ship Ocean Cruise from Venice to Rome | Icons of the Mediterranean: Italy, Sicily & Croatia
    FALL IN LOVE WITH THE ETERNAL CITY’S GRANDEUR, AND TOUR THE VATICAN MUSEUMS WHILE IN ROME
  • Small Ship Ocean Cruise from Venice to Rome - Venice Canals
    SPEND TWO NIGHTS IN THIS UNESCO-LISTED FLOATING CITY, AND SEE ICONIC HALLMARKS LIKE ST. MARK'S BASILICA AND DOGE'S PALACE
  • Small Ship Ocean Cruise from Venice to Rome - Florence Extension
    ROUND OUT THIS REMARKABLE JOURNEY WITH AN OPTIONAL EXTENSION TO FLORENCE, ITALY
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  • 15
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  • 28
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Florence, Italy (Pre-Trip)

FROM $1,299 PER PERSON | 3 DAYS | $433 PER DAY

Get under the Tuscan sun in Florence, the beating heart of Italy’s esteemed foodie region and the birthplace of the Renaissance. On tours of the city’s two premiere galleries — Uffizi and Accademia — you’ll get insights on the artistic masters who changed the world. You’ll also see Florence’s many corners on a guided tour, while having ample time to discover this magnificent city on your own, too. From the banks of the Arno to the stunning duomo overlooking the city, Florence is a feast for all the senses. Famous cuisine, unparalleled wine, and world-class leather products are all at your fingertips on this compact and enlightening extension. Uncover the beauty of Tuscany’s capital with Vantage!

Your Price Includes:

  • 2 nights’ accommodations at the Hotel Villa dei Medici (or similar)
  • 4 meals: 2 breakfasts, 1 lunch, and 1 dinner
  • 5 included features and Cultural Discoveries, including a Florence city tour and visits to the Uffizi Gallery and Accademia Gallery
  • 1 UNESCO World Heritage Site: Florence
  • All transfers and baggage handling (where permitted)
  • Services of a City Host and local guides
  • Tipping for drivers and local guides
  • Complimentary Vantage Deluxe Concierge Service to plan celebrations, activities, or provide regional expertise. Log in to My Portfolio and submit a request, or send an email any time up to two weeks prior to your departure at Concierge@vantagetravel.com
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DAY 1:

Fly to Florence

Today your journey to Italy begins with an overnight flight to Florence, the birthplace of the Renaissance.

DAY 2:

Arrive in Florence and get acquainted

Arrive in Florence today. If you purchased your airfare from Vantage, you’ll be met at the airport and transferred to your hotel in Florence’s center. Get settled in and enjoy a Welcome Dinner at the hotel tonight.

Included meals:

Dinner

DAY 3:

Discover Florence’s sights and its artworks

Embark on a guided sightseeing tour of Florence, including its UNESCO-listed historic center. A tour of the Accademia Gallery, whose world-renowned art collection counts with Michelangelo’s David, will introduce you to the city’s rich artistic history. 

The afternoon and dinner will be on your own, where you can explore more of the city, shop its famous leather markets, and join locals on some merendas, or traditional snacktime.

Included Features:

  • Florence sightseeing tour

Cultural Discovery:

  • Tour of the Accademia Gallery

Included meals:

Breakfast

DAY 4:

Tour the Uffizi Gallery, then transfer to Rome

Delve even deeper into Florence’s artistic heritage at the renowned Uffizi Gallery. Here, you’ll explore work by some of Italy’s revered Renaissance masters: Michelangelo, da Vinci, Botticelli, and Raphael. Afterward, you’ll lunch in one of Florence’s wonderful local restaurants. Florentine cooking is world-renowned, and this is your chance to splurge on local delicacies including wild boar ragú, ribollita soup, and — if you’re bold and ravenous — a fine Florentine steak.

Afterward, you’ll board the high-speed train to Rome. There will be a private luggage transfer service, so you can simply relax and enjoy the day knowing the details have been handled! When you check into your Rome hotel, your luggage will be waiting for you.

Included Features:

  • Tour of the Uffizi Gallery
  • High-speed train to Rome

Cultural Discovery:

  • View works by the grand masters of the Italian Renaissance

Included meals:

Breakfast  & lunch
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Florence, Italy (Post-Trip)

FROM $1,299 PER PERSON | 3 DAYS | $433 PER DAY

Get under the Tuscan sun in Florence, the beating heart of Italy’s esteemed foodie region and the birthplace of the Renaissance. On tours of the city’s two premiere galleries — Uffizi and Accademia — you’ll get insights on the artistic masters who changed the world. You’ll also see Florence’s many corners on a guided tour, while having ample time to discover this magnificent city on your own, too. From the banks of the Arno to the stunning duomo overlooking the city, Florence is a feast for all the senses. Famous cuisine, unparalleled wine, and world-class leather products are all at your fingertips on this compact and enlightening extension. Uncover the beauty of Tuscany’s capital with Vantage!

Your Price Includes:

  • 2 nights’ accommodations at the Hotel Villa dei Medici (or similar)
  • 4 meals: 2 breakfasts, 1 lunch, and 1 dinner
  • 5 included features and Cultural Discoveries, including a Florence city tour and visits to the Uffizi Gallery and Accademia Gallery
  • 1 UNESCO World Heritage Site: Florence
  • All transfers and baggage handling (where permitted)
  • Services of a City Host and local guides
  • Tipping for drivers and local guides
  • Complimentary Vantage Deluxe Concierge Service to plan celebrations, activities, or provide regional expertise. Log in to My Portfolio and submit a request, or send an email any time up to two weeks prior to your departure at Concierge@vantagetravel.com
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DAY 16:

Discover Florence’s sights and its artworks

Depart Rome via high-speed train to Florence. There will be a private luggage transfer service, so you can simply relax and enjoy the day knowing the details have been handled! When you get to your hotel in Florence, your luggage will be waiting for you.

After arrival in Florence, you’ll lunch in one of Florence’s wonderful local restaurants. Florentine cooking is world-renowned, and this is your chance to splurge on local delicacies including wild boar ragú, ribollita soup, and — if you’re bold and ravenous — a fine Florentine steak. Then, embark on a guided sightseeing tour of Florence, including its UNESCO-listed historic center. A tour of the Accademia Gallery, whose world-renowned art collection counts with Michelangelo’s David, will introduce you to the city’s rich artistic history. 

The afternoon and dinner will be on your own, where you can explore more of the city, shop, and join locals on some merendas, or traditional snacktime.

Included Features:

  • Florence sightseeing tour
  • High-speed train to Florence

Cultural Discovery:

  • Tour of the Accademia Gallery

Included meals:

Lunch

DAY 17:

Tour the Uffizi Gallery

Delve even deeper into Florence’s artistic heritage at the renowned Uffizi Gallery. Here, you’ll explore work by some of Italy’s revered Renaissance masters: Michelangelo, da Vinci, Botticelli, and Raphael. Your afternoon is at leisure to explore more of Florence. Farewell Dinner is in the hotel tonight.

Included Feature:

  • Tour of the Uffizi Gallery

Cultural Discovery:

  • View works by the grand masters of the Italian Renaissance

Included meals:

Breakfast & dinner

DAY 18:

Fly home

Today, head to Florence’s airport for your return flight home.

Included meals:

Breakfast
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Stresa & the Italian Lakes (Post-Trip)

FROM $1,399 PER PERSON | 4 DAYS | $350 PER DAY

Discover the Italian Lakes on this thrilling and compact extension into one of the most illustrious regions of the world just oozing with showbiz appeal. Along the shores of Lake Como, absorb the scenery, staggering cliffsides, and natural beauty that draws both filmmakers and the famous, including the likes of George Clooney, Madonna, Richard Branson, and more. But you won’t need to be a celebrity to enjoy the finer things — this extension is chock-full of them. Embark on a private Borromean Islands tour, and stay in a hotel overlooking gorgeous Lake Maggiore. And discover Milan, the centerpiece of the Italian fashion world. Don’t miss this scenic and unforgettable journey through the best of Italy’s lakes!

Your Price Includes:

  • 3 nights’ accommodations at the Hotel La Palma (or similar) with guaranteed lake-view rooms
  • 4 meals: 3 breakfasts and 1 dinner
  • 6 included features and Cultural Discoveries, including a private boat tour of the Borromean Islands and tour of Lake Como
  • All transfers and baggage handling (where permitted)
  • Services of a City Host and local guides
  • Tipping for drivers and local guides
  • Complimentary Vantage Deluxe Concierge Service to plan celebrations, activities, or provide regional expertise. Log in to My Portfolio and submit a request, or send an email any time up to two weeks prior to your departure at Concierge@vantagetravel.com
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DAY 16:

Transfer by high-speed train to Milan

Depart Venice today by high-speed train to Milan. There will be a private luggage transfer service, so you can simply relax and enjoy the day knowing the details have been handled!

Upon arrival in Milan, you’ll have a guided panoramic and walking tour of Milan’s historic city center before lunch on your own. Afterward, you’ll transfer to Stresa by motorcoach. When you check into your Stresa hotel, your luggage will be waiting for you. Get settled in and later enjoy dinner at the hotel.

Included Features:

  • Panoramic and walking tour of Milan
  • High-speed train transfer

Included meals:

Dinner

DAY 17:

Explore the Borromean Islands by private boat

Set off on a private Lake Maggiore cruise to the enchanting Borromean Islands, a trio of tiny islands settled in the 16th and 17th centuries by an aristocratic Italian family. Your adventure begins on Isola Madre, where you’ll enjoy a guided walking tour of its English-style botanical gardens. Continue on to Isola Bella for a tour of its stunning baroque palace, with time to explore its lovely grounds and Italian gardens. Conclude your island tour on picturesque Isola dei Pescatori, where you’ll have an opportunity for lunch on your own or some shopping in the quaint fishing village.

Upon return to Stresa, you can explore more of Stresa on your own. Later, an enlightening lecture offers an inside look at the daily life in Italy’s lakes region.

This evening, you’ll be amazed at the stunning views of Lake Maggiore from Stresa’s only rooftop bar — in your hotel! The La Palma Sky bar is the perfect idyllic setting to unwind and savor the Italian experience. You’re free to dine as you wish tonight at any of the delectable restaurants in Stresa.

Included Feature:

  • Private boat tour to Isola Bella, Madre, and Pescatori

Cultural Discovery:

  • Lecture about daily life in Italy’s lakes region

Included meals:

Breakfast

DAY 18:

Seek out George Clooney and other famous denizens of Lake Como

After breakfast, we’ll depart Stresa by private boat for one of the most illustrious parts of the Italian Lakes — Lake Como. Here, movie stars like George Clooney come to play and movies like Casino Royale are filmed.

On a guided tour, you’ll take in the town’s neoclassical villas on a walk that leads you to the historical center, watched over by the towering duomo. You’ll then depart by private boat for Bellagio, another town hugging the shores of Lake Como. Enjoy a panoramic view of the lake along the way, known as the “Amalfi Coast road of Lake Como.” Once in Bellagio, set off on another walking tour that introduces you to a classic Italian medieval town known as a borgo. You’ll have free here to shop, photograph, and dine on your own. Your time in Bellagio will conclude by hopping on a ferry to Cadenabbia, where you’ll transfer back to Stresa by motorcoach. Dinner is on your own in Stresa.

Included Features:

  • Walking tours of Lake Como and Bellagio with private boat transportation

Included meals:

Breakfast

DAY 19:

Fly home

Today, you’ll transfer to Milan and fly home from its airport.

Included meals:

Breakfast
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Stresa & the Italian Lakes (Pre-Trip)

FROM $1,399 PER PERSON | 4 DAYS | $349 PER DAY

Discover the Italian Lakes on this thrilling and compact extension into one of the most illustrious regions of the world just oozing with showbiz appeal. Along the shores of Lake Como, absorb the scenery, staggering cliffsides, and natural beauty that draws both filmmakers and the famous, including the likes of George Clooney, Madonna, Richard Branson, and more. But you won’t need to be a celebrity to enjoy the finer things — this extension is chock-full of them. Embark on a private Borromean Islands tour, and stay in a hotel overlooking gorgeous Lake Maggiore. And discover Milan, the centerpiece of the Italian fashion world. Don’t miss this scenic and unforgettable journey through the best of Italy’s lakes!

Your Price Includes:

  • 3 nights’ accommodations at the Hotel La Palma (or similar) with guaranteed lake-view rooms
  • 4 meals: 3 breakfasts and 1 dinner
  • 6 included features and Cultural Discoveries, including a private boat tour of the Borromean Islands and tour of Lake Como
  • All transfers and baggage handling (where permitted)
  • Services of a City Host and local guides
  • Tipping for drivers and local guides
  • Complimentary Vantage Deluxe Concierge Service to plan celebrations, activities, or provide regional expertise. Log in to My Portfolio and submit a request, or send an email any time up to two weeks prior to your departure at Concierge@vantagetravel.com
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DAY 1:

Fly to Milan

Today your journey to Italy begins with an overnight flight to Italy’s fashion epicenter, Milan.

DAY 2:

Arrive in Milan and transfer to Stresa

You’ll arrive in Milan today. If you purchased your airfare from Vantage, you’ll be met at the airport by one of our representatives who will assist you with your transfer to your Stresa hotel, where you’ll enjoy a lake-view room. Get settled in and later enjoy dinner with your City Host at the hotel.

Included meals:

Breakfast & dinner

DAY 3:

Explore the Borromean Islands by private boat

Set off on a private Lake Maggiore cruise to the enchanting Borromean Islands, a trio of tiny islands settled in the 16th and 17th centuries by an aristocratic Italian family. Your adventure begins on Isola Madre, where you’ll enjoy a guided walking tour of its English-style botanical gardens. Continue on to Isola Bella for a tour of its stunning baroque palace, with time to explore its lovely grounds and Italian gardens. Conclude your island tour on picturesque Isola dei Pescatori, where you’ll have an opportunity for lunch on your own or some shopping in the quaint fishing village.

Upon return to Stresa, you can explore more of Stresa on your own. Later, an enlightening lecture offers an inside look at the daily life in Italy’s lakes region.

This evening, you’ll be amazed at the stunning views of Lake Maggiore from Stresa’s only rooftop bar — in your hotel! The La Palma Sky bar is the perfect idyllic setting to unwind and savor the Italian experience. You’re free to dine as you wish tonight at any of the delectable restaurants in Stresa.

Included Feature:

  • Private boat tour to Isola Bella, Madre, and Pescatori

Cultural Discovery:

  • Lecture about daily life in Italy’s lakes region

Included meals:

Breakfast

DAY 4:

Seek out George Clooney and other famous denizens of Lake Como

After breakfast, you’ll depart Stresa by private boat for one of the most illustrious parts of the Italian Lakes — Lake Como. Here, movie stars like George Clooney come to play, and movies like Casino Royale are filmed. 

On a guided tour, you’ll take in the town’s neoclassical villas on a walk that leads you to the historical center, watched over by the towering duomo. You’ll then depart by private boat for Bellagio, another town hugging the shores of Lake Como. Enjoy a panoramic view of the lake along the way, known as the “Amalfi Coast road of Lake Como.” Once in Bellagio, set off on another walking tour that introduces you to a classic Italian medieval town known as a borgo. You’ll have free here to shop, photograph, and dine on your own. Your time in Bellagio will conclude by hopping on a ferry to Cadenabbia, where you’ll transfer back to Stresa by motorcoach. Dinner is on your own in Stresa.

Included Features:

  • Walking tours of Lake Como and Bellagio with private boat transportation

Included meals:

Breakfast

DAY 5:

Embark the high-speed train to Milan and join the base tour

Today you'll board a private motorcoach to Milan, Italy's city of the future. Famed for its ties to art, fashion, and design, you'll enjoy a guided panoramic and walking tour of the city's historic center. This area is home to its most famous landmarks, including the Duomo di Milano, the Galleria Vittorio Emmanuelle shopping arcade, and the Teatro alla Scalla opera house. After your tour, you'll have time for lunch on your own before heading to the Milan train station, where you will board a high-speed train to Venice, where you’ll join Day 2 of the base program. We’ve coordinated with a private luggage transfer service, so you can simply relax and enjoy the day while we take care of the details! When you check into your Venice hotel, your luggage will be waiting for you.

Included Features:

  • Panoramic and walking tour of Milan
  • High-speed train transfer

Included meals:

Breakfast

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Journey Icons of the Mediterranean: Italy, Sicily & Croatia Rome to Venice
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 Departure Comparison  9/13/23  8/14/23
Per Diem $713 $1,170
Included Tours and Special Features 27 included features and Cultural Discoveries - a value of $2,100

Visit 11 UNESCO World Heritage Sites: Rome, the Vatican, Pompeii, Aeolian Islands, Valletta, Syracuse, Etna (choice of tours), Alberobello, Diocletian’s Palace, Historic Defensive Walls of Zadar, Venice

Complimentary Vantage Deluxe Concierge Service on board ship to assist with all your personal requests

Up to 69 shore excursions

 Vessel Size  Our ocean discovery vessel, the m/s Ocean Odyssey has 15 solo cabins (11 for expedition cruises) and 15 triple-occupancy cabins each, with a maximum capacity of under 150 passengers on each sailing.    Our ships are smaller, more intimate, and have an industry-leading number of solo-ready cabins, as well as a fantastic crew-to-passenger ratio.
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 # of Days 15   10
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