Explore the best of the Med by land and sea with this exceptional itinerary. Spend one night in Milan before setting off on a Heritage of the North tour, which transports you to picturesque towns and villages throughout Italy. With exquisite hotel stays throughout, you’ll have plenty of time to explore your surroundings. Then it’s on to Rome for your fix of iconic historical sights, before embarking on Celebrity Edge, an amazing ship that will showcase more of Italy as well as ports throughout France and Spain.
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Fly from the UK to Milan.
On arrival, take your private transfer to your four-star hotel for a one-night stay (B&B)
Today, after breakfast, you’ll join your six-day tour. Make your way to meet your tour leader, who will take you on a panoramic tour of Milan, considered the world’s capital of fashion and shopping. Discover its most symbolic points, such as Doumo, the Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II and the Teatro Alla Scala. In the afternoon you’ll head for Como, a tiny jewel of a town rich in history. You’ll spend the evening at a four-star hotel in Milan including a welcome dinner.
Sirmione, Verona & Mestre
After breakfast in the hotel, you’ll head for Sirmione, one of the most popular places in Lake Garda. Upon arrival, join a boat ride to see the Villa of Maria Callas, the Scaligero Castle and the ruins of an ancient Roman villa, more commonly known as the Grotte di Catullo. Continue the tour to Verona, where you will have time at leisure to visit this romantic city that set the scene for the love story of Romeo and Juliet. Spend the afternoon in Mestre, where you’ll enjoy an evening in a four-star hotel with evening dinner included.
Mestre & Venice
Wake up to breakfast at the hotel before transferring to Venice. Enjoy a guided tour of the city, passing through Piazza San Marco, otherwise known as St Marks’s Square, with its extraoridinary buildings: Basilica di San Marco, Palazzo Ducale, the Clock Tower and the Bridge of Sighs. Depart by boat to Murano to visit a famous glass factory and admire the amazing glass-making process. In the afternoon head back to St Mark’s Square where you will have time to wander the city at your own pace. You’ll return to your hotel late afternoon.
Mestre, Bologna & Florence
Enjoy breakfast in the hotel before joining the tour leader to Bolgona. Upon arrival, you’ll have time to explore at your home pace buildings such as Piazza Maggiore, the Asinelli and Garisenda towers. You’ll then head to Florence and enjoy a guided tour of the city, taking in the old town, passing through its symbolic spots such as Piazza del Duomo, Santa Maria del Fiore Cathedral, Piazza Della Signoria and Ponte Vecchio. You’ll spend the evening at your four-star hotel in Florence
After an American breakfast at the hotel, you’ll head for Florence to spend a day at your leisure exploring the spots you didn’t get to see yesterday. Some of the most important museums are Galleria dell’ Accademia and Uffizi Gallery. Stepping aside from these art and cultural treasures, Florence offers one of Italy’s most atmospheric and pleasant places to visit. The streets radiate the charm of real Italian culture. Make your way back to your hotel for your final dinner with your small group.
Florence, San Gimignano, Siena & Rome
Wake up to one last breakfast and join your group for the final day of the tour. Spend time at leisure in San Gimignano exploring this little medieval town and also a UNESCO World Heritage site. The tour will continute to Siena, where you’ll enjoy a guided tour of the town built up around Piazza del Pampo, famous all over the world for its archetectural beauty. The last stop will be Rome where you will check in to your four-star hotel for a two-night stay.
Today is your day to get to know Rome however you wish, whether it be a guided tour or wandering at your leisure. The Colosseum is a must-see, even just for a photo opportunity and also head to the Trevi Fountain to throw your three coins in.
Take your private transfer to the port and embark Celebrity Edge. Depart Rome.
It’s the region of ‘mosts.’ The most romantic cities. The most fashion forward. The most delicious foods. And the most sought after cruise destinations—Norway to Mykonos, France to Africa—delivered in a way that makes the most of your European vacation time.
Arriving for your Europe cruise, you’ll explore lands rich in romantic languages, classic architecture, food, art and music for one or multiple days at a time. You can hop from port-to-port, or take a Cruisetour, which allows you to have more land time to explore. So you can spend time enjoying centuries-old treasures on land and return to luxurious accommodations onboard to restore the new you.
There are few towns more picturesque than Portofino, an Italy cruise destination that rivals Cinque Terre, Florence, and Rome. This small and intimate vacationer’s haven offers Portofino cruise passengers the quintessential Italian experience. You’ll be tendered via boat to a land of sunshine, beach umbrellas, and fresh seafood, where you can scuba dive to see a statue of Christ underwater, or enjoy a challenging hike up Monte de Portofino for the afternoon.
Portofino begs you to turn off the notifications on your phone, order a cold drink or sip a cappuccino, and enjoy the finer things in life. The pastel homes and buildings against the glittering lure of the Ligurian Sea is a feast for the eyes. Sure, you could venture on to Genoa or spend a day in San Rocco, but Portofino has all the simple pleasures you could ask for. Portofino, oozing Italian charm and brimming with art and history, is proof that you don’t have to compete with Italy’s big cities for a great time.
Florence, capital of Italy’s Tuscany region, is home to many masterpieces of Renaissance art and architecture. One of its most iconic sights is the Duomo, a cathedral with a terracotta-tiled dome engineered by Brunelleschi and a bell tower by Giotto. The Galleria dell’Accademia displays Michelangelo’s “David” sculpture. The Uffizi Gallery exhibits Botticelli’s “The Birth of Venus” and da Vinci’s “Annunciation.”
Cannes and the tiny principality of Monaco personify the charismatic French Riviera, with its long boardwalks, the massive yachts anchored in the harbor, and its warm, sunny plazas. It’s no wonder these two cities draw some of the world’s elite travelers every summer.
This island enclave is often described as a mini-Barcelona, with a Gothic feel that has overtaken centuries of Roman and Moorish culture. Visit El Baluard, the Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art, which was built on the site of the remnants of the 16th century Bastio de Sant Pere, or shop for bargain pearls at the city’s many jewelers.
Disembark Celebrity Edge and take your private transfer to the airport for your return flight to the UK.