The enchanting towns of the Amalfi Coast. Tuscany’s rolling hills and historic cities. The fabled villages of the Italian Riviera. The Eternal City of Rome. Sardinia's swathes of white sand and blue sea. This cruise evokes sumptuous images of romance, elegance and that famously warm Italian hospitality. Indulge yourself in a slice of la dolce vita as we sail Italy’s west coast. But the adventure doesn't end there. On the way home, you'll explore Toulon in France, Spain's Cartagena and the magnificent city of Cádiz.
Titan’s VIP door-to-door travel service collects you from home for your journey to Liverpool. Embark our ship in preparation for a late afternoon sailing.
As we sail towards Spain, you’re free to do as much (or as little) as you wish. Maybe start your day off with a brisk walk around the deck. Or opt for a yoga class. Spend the afternoon learning a craft, or perfecting your golf swing. After your choice of dinner, you can catch a show or dance into the night.
One of Spain’s African outposts, Ceuta is located on the coastline of Morocco. Jutting into the Mediterranean on a peninsula, this is Spain with a Moorish lilt. Compact, but full of fantastic architecture, interesting museums, excellent food and a relaxing maritime park.
Perhaps take a stroll through the pretty plazas and past the bustling tapas bars. Or, if you’re keen to learn about the history of the city, there are plenty of museums to choose from; Museo de la Basilica Tardorromana and the Military Museum of the Legion are both fascinating.
As the sun sets early evening, the city is undeniably romantic. The skyline of stylish buildings sparkles in the tangerine sky, framed by swaying palm trees.
Two free days as we continue our cruise. Enjoy a hearty breakfast then take your pick from the variety of activities on board. Show off your general knowledge in an afternoon or evening quiz. Try your hand at bridge, bingo or deck quoits. Or indulge in a traditional afternoon tea to while away your time. Top off the day with a sumptuous dinner or a simple tasty buffet.
We’ll spend the morning relaxing on board our ship. Keep an eye out as we cruise past the volcanic island of Stromboli. This afternoon we’ll dock in Sicily’s Milazzo, home to an ancient Greek settlement that’s great for exploration.
There are few places in the world that evoke the feelings of romance quite like Amalfi. Here, cliffs plunge into the Mediterranean Sea and restaurants, bars and houses cling to the cliffs. A sprawl of beach separates the town from the glistening sea.
The UNESCO-listed town of Amalfi is a cluster of charming narrow streets, medieval architecture and a delightful marina. The striking Byzantine Sant’Andrea Cathedral punctuates the town and the Museo Arsenal, a medieval shipyard converted to an exhibition space, is worth a visit, too.
But otherwise, take your time to wander the network of narrow café-lined streets and stroll along the picturesque harbour. Ship to shore tender service.
We dock in Civitavecchia today, the gateway to the Eternal City of Rome. Perhaps take a journey into the past and venture into the city to explore the world-famous sites that have well and truly stood the test of time. This ancient city is a combination of haunting ruins and awe-inspiring art - plus it’s one of the most romantic and charismatic cities in the world.
Take in some of the highlights, such the Colosseum, the Roman Forum, Trevi Fountain, the Pantheon and St Peter’s Basilica. After all that sightseeing, perhaps stop for an al fresco aperitivo and a spot of people-watching in glorious Piazza Navona.
Cascading down a steep hillside overlooking the Bay of Naples and mighty Mount Vesuvius, Sorrento is a bustling warren of twisting narrow streets, sparkling waters and a picturesque Old Town.
The higgledy-piggledy streets are an absolute delight to explore under your own steam - not forgetting to try some of the local limoncello and homemade gelato along the way. But if you’re keen to discover some of Italy’s most fascinating historical sites, you might consider an excursion to the UNESCO-listed towns of Pompeii and Herculaneum. These towns were both destroyed in the infamous eruption of Mount Vesuvius in AD 79. Ship to shore tender service.
The lively city of Salerno is overlooked by many visitors, who flock to glitzy Amalfi instead, but their loss is our gain today as we spend the morning soaking up centuries of history in this free-flowing local town.
Explore medieval churches, capture the gritty charm of the neighbourhood trattorias, sample authentic Italian dishes or perhaps just stroll along the tree-lined promenade. Salerno is sure to get under your skin.
Olbia sits prettily on Sardinia’s northeast coast. This handsome city is laden with chic boutiques, wine bars and café-lined piazzas. It also has a number of historic structures and archaeological sites worth visiting, such as the beautiful 11th-century Basilica of San Simplicio and the Church of St Paul the Apostle.
But Olbia is also known as the gateway to the famed Costa Smeralda; the poster girl for the entire island of Sardinia. Named for its brilliant blue-green waters, Costa Smeralda (Emerald Coast) is a jetsetter’s paradise. Porto Cervo is the glitzy heart of the coast; its marina decorated with mega yachts and its beaches dotted with celebrities and paparazzi. You might choose an excursion to explore the coastline, or you might like to stay put and explore Olbia.
We dock in Livorno early this morning, a quintessential Italian port on the west coast of Tuscany, known for its seafood, Renaissance-era architecture and modern harbour.
It’s also a gateway to some of Tuscany’s best-loved treasures, such as Florence and Pisa. In Pisa, pose next to the leaning tower, while Florence is a work of art in itself, without even stepping foot inside one of its world-famous galleries.
We sail north today along the glistening Italian Riviera to one of Italy’s most famous fishing villages. The pastel-coloured houses that line the harbour in Portofino are instantly recognisable. Chic boutiques and fabulous seafood restaurants make up the majority of the village, while super yachts bob in the harbour.
Follow the path from the square up to the 12th-century Church of San Giorgio for unspoilt views of the bay. Ship to shore tender service.
Spend the day exploring Genoa’s famous winding, narrow Gothic streets and majestic open squares. This is the capital of Italy’s Liguria region - and birthplace of Christopher Columbus (and pesto sauce). With a maritime trade that rivalled even Venice over the centuries, Genoa’s medieval Old Town is as stunning as any in Europe.
We cross over into French waters today and dock in Toulon. In the Old Town, open-air markets sell fresh fruits, vegetables and charcuterie. It’s worth visiting to savour the scent of fresh herbs and lavender that hangs in the air.
Spend the day on board. Maybe read a book and relax or choose to listen to a fascinating talk by a guest speaker. Enjoy lunchtime melodies or a piano recital, then walk a mile with the cruise fitness instructor.
One of Spain’s most important port cities for over 2,000 years, Cartagena is understandably bursting at the seams with history and culture. Murals, mosaics and medieval buildings decorate this attractive city - and the tapas bars and vibrant al fresco cafés on the marina offer some fabulous local wining and dining.
Keep your brain active with the morning quiz, then perfect your dance moves in the afternoon with a beginners’ class. After dinner, you could continue the dancing theme and join the hosted dancing, or choose to watch the professionals instead.
Characterised by swaying palms and swathes of sand, Cádiz hugs the sunlit Andalucian coast. It’s one of Europe’s most ancient cities and there’s plenty of fascinating sites to unearth. Wander through the Old Town for bulking stone walls from the 1500s and the beautifully crafted Cádiz Cathedral.
Or you might bypass the city in favour of the stunning Spanish city of Seville. Its maze of courtyards, atmospheric old quarters and ornate churches and cathedrals are entirely irresistible.
As we sail home you may want to rest after all your sightseeing. If you’re still full of energy, there’s lots to fill your time - from quizzes, games and music recitals to walks on deck and dance classes. And of course there’s plenty of opportunity to enjoy all the tasty food options.
We arrive back early this morning and your Titan vehicle will be waiting for the journey home.
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