Taste of Italy & Italian Treasures - a land & cruise journey

17 Days
Venice to Valetta
From (CAD)
$ 17,615
Dates & Pricing

2024 Venice > Valetta

Under the Tuscan sun & Iconic Italian Coastlines

The country with the largest number of UNESCO World Heritage Sites in the world, home to the world’s favourite foods, and a land of warm, passionate people. Italy is the ideal holiday destination. From Venice’s winding romantic canals to the jaw-dropping murals on the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel, the country is one magnificent moment after another.
On board Scenic Eclipse discover the must-see coastal sites of Italy, and be immersed in natural splendour, architecture, wonderous food, UNESCO World Heritage sites and Roman history. From being serenaded by gondoliers during your tranquil ride through the Venetian canals, to pretending to support the Leaning Tower of Pisa in your holiday pictures, there is a lot you can check off your ‘things to do in Italy’ list. Besides covering the popular attractions like the Trevi Fountain and Michelangelo’s David, you will also have the chance to explore Italy’s quaint 11th century countryside, dine at a Tuscan farmhouse and bask in the picturesque coastline of Cinque Terre. The popular and hidden wonders of Italy await you on this unforgettable 9-day itinerary. Board Scenic Eclipse and be enchanted by sheer cliffs dotted with picture-perfect beaches, pastel coloured fishing villages, terraced vineyards and olive and lemon groves. This is Italy at its most spectacular.
Tour Map
Tour Code:
OMI7
Duration:
17 days
Departure City:
Venice
Return City:
Valetta

Selected Itinerary

17 Day Itinerary

  1. Day 1 - Venice

    Welcome to Venice – a truly magical, unique city. A world of wonder awaits with a two-night Special Stay. Your haven of luxury in this busy city offers the perfect place to relax before your adventure.

    Meals Included: Dinner

  2. Day 2 - Venice

    Enjoy a gondola ride under ancient bridges and among magnificent canals. Marvel at the colourful Grand Canal, glide under the Rialto Bridge and explore the winding canals past ancient mansions and public buildings.

    Freechoice

    Explore the picturesque Dorsoduro district, ending in a private guided visit of the Peggy Guggenheim Collection, one of the most renowned masterpieces of modern art in the world. Alternatively, discover Venice’s lesser-known gems on a walking tour. Appreciate the wealth and power that pervaded this maritime city in times past, see the spectacular Doge’s Palace and visit the majestic Basilica of San Marco. Stroll through the stalls of fresh produce at the Rialto Market, stopping at an osteria for a glass of wine and a few cicchetti.

    Meals Included: Breakfast

  3. Day 3 - Venice > Rapallo

    Your first stop today is Modena, where you will visit a producer of traditional balsamic vinegar, including a tasting and a light lunch, before arriving in Rapallo for a two-night Special Stay.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  4. Day 4 - Rapallo

    The rugged coastline known as the Cinque Terre is a World Heritage-listed Site that comprises the five villages of Monterosso al Mare, Vernazza, Corniglia, Manarola and Riomaggiore. They’re accessible only via walking paths, train or boat, which lends itself to the already considerable charm of these unique 11th century villages. Bask in a full day exploring this picturesque coastline.

    Meals Included: Breakfast

  5. Day 5 - Rapallo > Florence

    Travel to Pisa to enjoy a guided tour and see its famous tower. Then continue on to Portofino, a gorgeous fishing village, where you will enjoy a scenic cruise. Arrive in Florence for a two-night Special Stay.

    Meals Included: Breakfast

  6. Day 6 - Florence

    Delight in a walking tour of this art lover’s paradise, including a visit to the Academy of Fine Arts to admire Michelangelo’s David.

    Meals Included: Breakfast

  7. Day 7 - Florence > Rome

    Today drive past tranquil Lake Trasimeno to Siena and enjoy a guided tour through this delightful medieval city.

    Enrich

    Visit a Tuscan farmhouse and discover local wine and oil production techniques. Later, enjoy a tasty rustic lunch featuring the region’s wine and produce.

    Arrive in Rome for a two-night stay Special Stay. Enjoy a walking tour of the historic centre your expert local guide will show you the iconic landmarks including the Spanish Steps and the Trevi Fountain.  

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch

  8. Day 8 - Rome

    Begin by exploring the world’s smallest state, the Vatican City, where you will marvel at the Vatican Museum, the breathtaking Sistine Chapel and St. Peter’s Basilica, the world’s largest church, which leads to the magnificent St. Peter’s Square. From there, you will continue to the Forum and the historic Colosseum.

    Enrich

    This evening enjoy a private farewell dinner near the Pantheon, hosted by a culinary connoisseur accompanied by a wine pairing.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

  9. Day 9 - Rome

    Bid a fond farewell to Rome. Be transferred to Scenic Eclipse & toast the beginning of your voyage with the Captain, crew and new friends.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

  10. Day 10 - Ponza

    Ponza is frequented by the rich and famous who prefer to keep a low profile on holiday. The small island, which was used as a prison in Roman times, has a pretty harbour fringed with colourful fishing boats, steep white cliffs and crystalline waters. Savour its slow pace, excellent cuisine and terraced slopes carpeted with green bushes and boutique vineyards.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  11. Day 11 - Capri

    Famous for its jaw-dropping beauty, Capri’s mythical charm has captured hearts for centuries. Wander the Piazzetta and listen to the melodious chiming of the clock tower, admire the impossibly blue ocean as it crashes onto the cliffs, and taste its famous flourless chocolate cake or a fresh caprese salad.

    Freechoice

    Join a guided walking tour of Capri and visit the Cesare Augusto gardens.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  12. Day 12 - Amalfi

    Amalfi and Positano are the two main towns on the world-famous Amalfi Drive, Italy’s most scenic and romantic road, which is carved into the side of cliffs that plunge into the sea. During the Middle Ages, Amalfi was an independent maritime state with a population of 50,000. The nearby village of Ravello offers spectacular views of the Bay of Salerno and peaceful gardens surrounding medieval ruins.
    Today choose one of our Scenic Freechoice activities or join a more active Scenic Discovery excursion.

    Freechoice

    Explore the coastline of Postano by boat, or join a walking tour of Amalfi with a local. Alternatively, visit an sustainable ecological lemon farm, a unique local experience.

    Discovery

    Kayak the azure waters of the Amalfi Coast.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  13. Day 13 - Lipari

    A UNESCO World Heritage Site, Lipari is the largest and most populated of the seven Aeolian islands off the north coast of Sicily. From its panoramic position, a castle overlooks the seafront of pastel-coloured townhouses, with windswept highlands and steep cliffs in the distance. Inhabited since 5,000 BC, this volcanic archipelago boasts an historic harbour, picturesque streets and hiking trails.
    Today choose one of our Scenic Freechoice activities or join a more active Scenic Discovery excursion.

    Freechoice

    Join a panoramic tour around the island, and choose to visit the archaeological museum or going for a local tasting. Alternatively, board a private boat to Vulcano and visit the thermal wells and fumaroles before exploring the small village.

    Discovery

    Hike the unique volcanic scenery of Vulcano.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  14. Day 14 - Giardini Naxos (Taormina), Spain

    Taormina is one of Sicily’s most popular summer destinations, and the gateway to the treasures of Sicily with Mount Etna, the largest active volcano in Europe, dominating the backdrop. The picturesque small town located above the Ionian Sea is known for its stunning ancient theatre, astonishing vistas and fabulous luxury atmosphere. With rich artistic, historical and cultural heritage, it's no wonder the seaside town has drawn in flocks of visitors since the eighteenth century.
    Today choose one of our Scenic Freechoice activities or join a more active Scenic Discovery excursion.

    Freechoice

    Delve into the Sicilian atmosphere of the classic film trilogy The Godfather, or explore the medieval centre of Taormina. Alternatively, drive to Mount Etna, Europe’s largest active volcano.

    Discovery

    Explore the Alcantara Gorges and the Alcantara River.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  15. Day 15 - Licata, Sicily

    Enjoy breakfast on the ship before heading out to Licata, an important port at the mouth of Salso River. Licata is a compact city, full of history and natural beauties. Admire the architecture, the ancient ruins, and the excellent sandy beaches stretching along the coast.

    Freechoice

    Discover the Valley of the Temples of Agrigento, or indulge in some wine tasting at a local winery. Alternatively, learn about the history of WWII tour in Sicily.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  16. Day 16 - Mgarr, Gozo Island, Malta

    Gozo is an idyllic Mediterranean island, with green rolling hills of small farms, quaint fishing villages, small coves and sandy, sheltered beaches. Its crystal clear waters invite you to explore. Complete with historical sites, forts and phenomenal panoramas, this sleepy island is just waiting for you to explore it. Gozo has earnt the reputation of being one of the Mediterranean’s top outdoor adventure playgrounds, with 300 days of sunshine a year.

    Today choose one of our Scenic Freechoice activities or join a more active Scenic Discovery excursion.

    Freechoice

    Join a panoramic tour taking in the incredible scenery of Gozo, or learn the history from the Ggantija Temples to the Ta' Pinu Basilica. Alternatively, experience Gozo’s artisan food-making and cottage industries.

    Discovery

    Kayak the crystal waters of the Mediterranean along towering cliffs.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  17. Day 17 - Valletta

    Disembark in the walled city of Valletta, established in the 1500s by the Knights of St John.

    Please book your flight to depart out of Valetta after 11:00 AM.

    The itinerary is a guide only and may be amended for operational reasons. As such Scenic cannot guarantee the voyage will operate unaltered from the itinerary stated above. Please refer to our terms and conditions for further information.

    Meals Included: Breakfast

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