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Southern European Spoils: Venice to Barcelona - 2023

Venice • 20-night small ship cruise with Trieste, Zadar, Split, Brindisi, Giardini Naxos, Syracuse, Valletta, Trapani, Lipari, Castellammare di Stabia/Pompeii, Civitavecchia, Rome, Olbia (Sardegna), Bastia (Corsica), Elba Island, Livorno, Portovenere, Monte Carlo, Cannes, Marseille, Sète • Barcelona
  • FALL IN LOVE WITH ROME ON A WALKING TOUR OF ITS MOST FAMOUS SIGHTS, INCLUDING THE COLOSSEUM AND THE ROMAN FORUM
  • SCENERY AWAITS AT EVERY TURN ABOARD YOUR JOURNEY, INCLUDING SCENIC SAILING THROUGH THESE PICTURESQUE ADRIATIC ISLANDS
  • CIRCUMNAVIGATE SICILY AND VISIT THREE OF THE ISLAND’S MOST HISTORIC AND INTERESTING TOWNS: SYRACUSE, TAORMINA, AND TRAPANI — AS WELL AS PORTS OF CALL ALL OVER ITALY
  • Isola Bella, Lake Maggiore, Stresa, Italy
    ROUND OUT THIS REMARKABLE JOURNEY WITH AN EXTENSION TO STRESA & THE ITALIAN LAKES
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Madrid, Spain (Pre-Trip)

FROM $1,299 PER PERSON | 4 DAYS | $324 PER DAY

Discover Spain’s lively cosmopolitan capital on a 4-day tour that lets you experience its historical highlights, traditional cuisine, and more. Explore by coach and on foot, witnessing bustling centers like Plaza Mayor and the aromatic Mercado Central. Then, stop in at one of the world’s premier art museums, Museo del Prado, and marvel at the 1,500 pieces on display (it houses around 7,000 in its reserves!). You’ll also have ample free time to explore the Spanish capital on your own and make independent discoveries. Vamos!

INCLUDED IN YOUR PRICE

  • Purchase your airfare from Vantage and airport transfers, fuel surcharges, and government taxes and fees are included
  • 3 nights’ accommodations at the Melia Madrid Princesa (or similar)
  • 4 meals: 3 breakfasts and 1 dinner
  • 5 included features and Cultural Discoveries
  • Gratuities for local guides and drivers
  • A City Host and driver-guides, experienced and English-speaking
  • All transportation on tour
  • All transfers and baggage handling when overseas, beginning with your first hotel
  • 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 overnight to Madrid, Spain

You’ll begin your European journey with an overnight flight to Madrid, Spain

DAY 2:

Arrive in Madrid

Welcome to Madrid, Spain’s energetic capital! Check into your centrally located hotel and settle in before a brief orientation walk and a Welcome Dinner at your hotel.

Included meals:

Dinner

DAY 3:

Explore Madrid's landmarks and try traditional tapas

Explore vibrant Madrid on foot, walking through Plaza Sol and Plaza Mayor, savoring city views, and passing multiple other historic monuments. Later, visit the city’s Mercado Central for an included tapas tasting! Then in the afternoon, enjoy a guided tour of the Museo del Prado, one of the world’s premier art galleries that houses around 7,000 paintings. This evening is at your leisure, with dinner on your own.

Included Features:

  • Walking tour of Madrid
  • Museo del Prado guided visit

Cultural Connection:

  • Tapas tasting at Mercado Central

Included meals:

Breakfast

DAY 4:

Explore Madrid at your leisure

Enjoy a free day to pursue your own interests with recommendations provided by your City Host. Wander the city’s many squares, shop for espadrilles and other classic Spanish products, and get your fill of tapas. Enjoy an included dinner at your hotel this evening.

Included meals:

Breakfast

DAY 5:

Transfer to Barcelona and begin your main journey

This morning after breakfast, check out of your hotel, board a high-speed train to Barcelona and begin your main journey!

Included Features:

  • High-speed train ride to Barcelona

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, attend a Welcome Briefing and 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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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 26:

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 27:

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 28:

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 29:

Fly home

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

Included meals:

Breakfast
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Madrid, Spain (Post-Trip)

FROM $1,299 PER PERSON | 4 DAYS | $325 PER DAY

Discover Spain’s lively cosmopolitan capital on a 4-day tour that lets you experience its historical highlights, traditional cuisine, and more. Explore by coach and on foot, witnessing bustling centers like Plaza Mayor and the aromatic Mercado Central. Then, stop in at one of the world’s premier art museums, Museo del Prado, and marvel at the 1,500 pieces on display (it houses around 7,000 in its reserves!). You’ll also have ample free time to explore the Spanish capital on your own and make independent discoveries. Vamos!

INCLUDED IN YOUR PRICE

  • Purchase your airfare from Vantage and airport transfers, fuel surcharges, and government taxes and fees are included
  • 3 nights’ accommodations at the Melia Madrid Princesa (or similar)
  • 4 meals: 3 breakfasts and 1 dinner
  • 5 included features and Cultural Discoveries
  • Gratuities for local guides and drivers
  • A City Host and driver-guides, experienced and English-speaking
  • All transportation on tour
  • All transfers and baggage handling when overseas, beginning with your first hotel
  • 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 26:

Arrive in Madrid, Spain

Today, you’ll leave Barcelona on a high-speed train bound for Madrid. Upon arrival, you’ll be whisked away on a panoramic tour of Spain’s capital city. Afterward, check into your hotel and enjoy dinner on your own in this city of gastronomical delights.

Included Feature:

  • Panoramic Madrid tour

DAY 27:

Explore Madrid's landmarks and try traditional tapas

Explore vibrant Madrid on foot, walking through Plaza Sol and Plaza Mayor, savoring city views, and passing multiple other historic monuments. Later, visit the city’s Mercado Central for an included tapas tasting! Then in the afternoon, enjoy a guided tour of the Museo del Prado, one of the world’s premier art galleries that houses around 7,000 paintings. This evening is at your leisure, with dinner on your own.

Included Features:

  • Walking tour of Madrid
  • Museo del Prado guided visit

Cultural Connection:

  • Tapas tasting at Mercado Central

Included meals:

Breakfast

DAY 28:

Explore Madrid at your leisure

Enjoy a free day to pursue your own interests with recommendations provided by your City Host. Wander the city’s many squares, shop for espadrilles and other classic Spanish products, and get your fill of tapas. Enjoy an included dinner at your hotel this evening.

Included meals:

Breakfast & dinner

DAY 29:

Fly home

After breakfast, depart for the Madrid airport for your flight home.

Included meals:

Breakfast

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