Domed cathedral Florence Italy at dusk

Day 1 – Milan

Arrive at Milan Malpensa Airport, where you will be transferred to your hotel.

Day 2 – Milan

FEATURED EXCURSION: Milan city tour with visit to Da Vinci’s The Last Supper
Vibrant Milan is the fashion and design capital of Italy. Today you’ll explore this dazzling city and encounter two of its greatest sights—the towering Gothic cathedral and Da Vinci’s astounding The Last Supper.

Day 3 – Milan, Verona, transfer to Venice (embark)

FEATURED EXCURSIONS: Verona, “City of Romeo and Juliet,” and Valpolicella wine estate lunch
Head to Venice today, stopping en route in Verona—home to Shakespeare’s tragic Romeo and Juliet. Outside fair Verona, enjoy a tasting and multi-course lunch at a beautiful Valpolicella wine estate. In magical Venice, you will board your ship and embark on your exploration of the “Queen of the Adriatic.”

Day 4 – Venice

FEATURED EXCURSIONS: Walking discovery of Venice and exclusive evening–opening of St. Mark’s Basilica
Wind through Venice’s labyrinthine back lanes on a walking tour that features the city’s top sights and a Venetian glassmaking demonstration. This evening, you’re in for a once-in-a-lifetime experience—a crowd-free, after-hours visit inside St. Mark’s Basilica. In the evening, enjoy a Captain’s Welcome Reception and Gala Dinner. 

Note: It is not always possible to arrange after-hours visits to St. Mark’s Basilica. If religious functions or festivities are taking place in the evening, we will visit during regular hours.

Day 5 – Venice, Chioggia (Padua), Taglio di Po, Polesella

FEATURED EXCURSION: Padua walking discovery tour
Enjoy magnificent views of “The Floating City’s” greatest sights, including the Grand Canal, as your ship departs Venice. Visit the medieval walled city of Padua, walking through ancient arcades and porticos to Palazzo della Ragione, Padua’s historic city center, and enjoy a treat at a local café.

Day 6 – Polesella (Bologna or Ferrara)

FEATURED EXCURSIONS: Choice of full-day excursion to Bologna with exclusive pasta-making workshop with lunch OR half-day excursion to Ferrara with lunch onboard
Spend the day in Bologna, Italy’s culinary capital, an ideal place to learn the art of making pasta. Or, spend a half day in Ferrara, a UNESCO World Heritage Site with a long history as a center for the arts.

Day 7 – Taglio di Po, Chioggia, Venice

FEATURED EXCURSIONS: Chioggia market visit and boat ride on the Chioggia Lagoon
There’s no better place to indulge in Italy’s famed frutti di mare than Chioggia, a colorful fishing village on the Venice Lagoon. Stroll through the town’s bustling fish market with a guide. Later, head to the Sun deck of your luxury ship to take in views of two more Venice Lagoon isles: sleepy Pellestrina, and Lido, home to the prestigious Venice Film Festival.

Day 8 – Venice Island (Burano and Mazzorbo), Venice

FEATURED EXCURSION: Full-day “The Magic Islands of Venice” tour: colorful Burano with lace making and peaceful Mazzorbo with wine tasting
Spend the day exploring the Venice Lagoon and two of its most notable islands. Visit Burano, known for its colorful houses and lace making tradition, and Mazzorbo, where you'll enjoy a special tasting of wine made from golden-hued Dorona grapes, a time-honored and historic variety that dates back for centuries.

Day 9 – Venice

FEATURED EXCURSIONS: Choice of exclusive “Do as the Locals Do” Venice walking tour OR “Venetian Painters at the Accademia” tour with art-historian guide
Get a feel for daily life in Venice with a guided stroll through the bustling Rialto Market, or tour the renowned Accademia Gallery with an art historian. In the evening, enjoy a Captain’s Farewell Reception and Gala Dinner.

Day 10 – Venice, transfer to Florence

FEATURED EXCURSION: Guided Accademia Gallery tour with visit to Michelangelo’s David
Florence offers innumerable artistic treasures, but perhaps none is more spectacular than Michelangelo’s David, which you’ll see today on your guided visit to the Accademia Gallery.

Day 11 – Florence

FEATURED EXCURSION: “Architectural Treasures of Renaissance Florence” walking discovery tour

Your walking discovery tour of Florence provides close-up views of some of the city’s most glorious sights, including the Cathedral of St. Mary of the Flower and Signoria Plaza. Gaze across the Arno River at the Palazzo Pitti, a Renaissance palace that once housed the powerful Medici family.

Day 12 – Florence, transfer to Rome

FEATURED EXCURSION: Chianti tasting and lunch at Castello di Verrazzano wine estate

See Tuscany’s breathtaking scenery via motorcoach, stopping en route to Rome for a homemade lunch and wine tasting at a gorgeous estate in Chianti country.

Day 13 – Rome

FEATURED EXCURSION: “Imperial Rome and the Heart of the City” discovery tour

After a panoramic tour of Rome’s most iconic sights, venture inside the Colosseum for an expertly guided tour, then stroll through the heart of the city from Piazza Navona to the dome-topped Pantheon. After lunch on your own, you’re free to explore or continue on with your guide to the Trevi Fountain and Spanish Steps. 

Day 14 – Rome

FEATURED EXCURSION: Guided Vatican Museums and Sistine Chapel visit

St. Peter’s Basilica and Michelangelo’s sublime Sistine Chapel frescoes are just two of the wondrous sights awaiting you on today’s guided tour.

Day 15 – Rome

Transfer to Rome Leonardo da Vinci Airport for your flight home.