Hidden Treasures from Florence to Venice August 22 - September 3, 2020 13 Days / 12 nights including 2 nights hotel in Florence and 10 nights aboard the Mega-Yacht LE BOUGAINVILLE
Hosted by arie boris Editor-in-Chief, cruisegourmet.com magazine
This all-encompassing voyage explores nearly the entire navigable coast of Italy. Enjoy two days in Florence before cruising on our all-balcony "mega-yacht" encompassing everything from the treasures from Rome, Venice and Sicily to Puglia’s Gargano National Park, Urbino and Bastia on French Corsica.
INCLUDED ON OUR LUXURY EXPEDITION CRUISE
Private Balcony with Every Stateroom and Suite
Shore Excursions Led by Expert Local Guides and A&K's Expedition Team
Butler Service on Suite Accommodations
All-inclusive Cruising; Includes All Meals, House Drinks, Gratuities, Port Charges and Taxes
Complimentary Room Service
Pre-Cruise Hotel Stays and Sightseeing
Airport Meet and Greet and Transfers
24/7 A&K On-Call Support
Ultra Luxury experience with onboard dining by Ducasse Paris "Always aspiring to excellence, the company has worked closely with Ducasse Conseil, the expert catering branch of Ducasse Paris, since 2016. For more than 30 years, PONANT has strived to prepare its menus in accordance with the countries visited, always basing them on quality products that have been carefully selected. Aboard each PONANT ship, the goal of the Chefs and their teams is to offer recipes that are in line with the season and also the places visited, based on high quality and extremely fresh ingredients. And always with the aim of respecting French gastronomic heritage and also the environment."
AUG 22 ARRIVE FLORENCE, ITALY Arrive in Florence, centerpiece of the Renaissance, and transfer to your hotel. Join fellow guests for a welcome reception this evening. The Westin Excelsior, Florence AUG 23 FLORENCE | HEART OF THE RENAISSANCE Explore this cultural metropolis with a choice of curated excursions. Choose to discover iconic Florentine sites during a guided walk in the historic center, followed by a stroll through the Oltrarno District. Alternately, leave the city behind for the rolling hills of Tuscany. There, meet a truffle hunter and his faithful dog and discover the history of this prized delicacy before savoring a truffle-themed lunch. Art lovers can head to the Accademia Gallery to see one of the most iconic sculptures ever created, Michelangelo's David, and visit the Uffizi Gallery, where masterpieces such as Da Vinci's The Annunciation and Botticelli's Birth of Venus hold court. Enjoy the evening at leisure in Florence. The Westin Excelsior, Florence | Meals: Breakfast, Lunch AUG 24 TUSCANY/LIVORNO | TUSCAN TREASURES Experience more of the treasures of Tuscany, choosing from excursions designed for discovery in Florence, Pisa and Lucca. History buffs can opt for a visit to Palazzo Vecchio, the former residence of the powerful Medici clan, with its interior apartments featuring works by Michelangelo and Donatello. You may also depart for Pisa to take in its grand Baptistery, the Campo Santo, the Duomo and the worldfamous Leaning Tower. Alternately, visit the charming city of Lucca and stroll its picturesque town center. See the Piazza dell'Anfiteatro, which follows the curve of the original Roman amphitheater, and the impressive 16th-century city walls and ramparts. Later, drive to Livorno to board ‘Le Bougainville' and enjoy your first dinner aboard your luxury, all-balcony mega-yacht. 'Le Bougainville' | Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner AUG 25 CORSICA, FRANCE | MOUNTAINOUS FRENCH ISLE Your first port of call lures you beyond the borders of Italy for a not-to-be-missed chance to experience Corsica. Set out on an excursion that introduces you to the city of Bastia, a place of Baroque churches and a charming harbor front. Gather for one of the day's highlights, an awe-inspiring Corsican choir performance presented just for A&K guests. Visit the Mattei distillery shop to sample the city's signature aperitif, Cap Corse, a wine with a uniquely bittersweet profile. Join your fellow guests for lunch at a local restaurant and a true taste of Corsican life. Alternately, explore the mountainous heights of Bastia on a hike, taking in superb views of the city and shoreline. 'Le Bougainville' | Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner AUG 26 ROME, ITALY | THE ETERNAL CITY Disembark this morning in the port of Civitavecchia and board a motorcoach for the drive to Rome, where you have your pick of expertly designed excursions. If you are a food lover, opt for a three-hour, hands-on lesson in the art of Italian cuisine, learning the secrets to making delectable pasta and tiramisu. Alternately, discover Rome's Jewish heritage with a walk through the historic Jewish Ghetto, followed by the Vatican for an afternoon viewing its incomparable treasures. You may also tour central Rome's narrow streets and sunny piazzas — including world-famous Trevi Fountain — and pay a private visit to Palazzo Colonna. Another alternative features a panoramic tour with various stops, including the Colosseum, and some time at leisure in the lively Trastevere district. 'Le Bougainville' | Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner AUG 27 LIPARI | DAY AT SEA Spend the day cruising the Tyrrenian Sea, later enjoying postcard-viorthy views of the Aeolian Islands and the volcanic peak of Stromboli. In the evening, arrive at the island of Lipari, where you may disembark for sightseeing or some time at leisure in the lovely town. 'Le Bougainville' | Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner AUG 28 PALERMO | SICILY’S CAPITAL Begin your exploration of Sicily with a choice of three inspiring excursions. In the first, take in the sites of capital city Palermo, including the Teatro Massimo, Palermo's Duomo; the Quattro Canti, a spectacular Baroque square; and the 12th-century Cataldo Church. Another option is a journey into Sicily's rich cuisine, starting with a shopping expedition to a local market in Palermo. Proceed to a private city palazzo (palace) for a three-hour, hands-on cooking class, where you learn the importance of food to Sicilian culture and prepare a four-course lunch. You may also opt to enjoy a scenic drive to Erice; walk up the hill to the historic town and enjoy tantalizing Sicilian views, as well as its own distinctive almond pastries. Enjoy lunch at a local restaurant and later visit Segesta, one of the finest Greek temples in the world, before returning to the ship for dinner. 'Le Bougainville' | Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner AUG 29 TAORMINA | EASTERN SICILY Explore the eastern shore of Sicily with a day in and around Taormina, a clifftop city of narrow, store-packed streets and spectacular views. Walk the city with a local guide and visit the Greek Theater, a great vantage point for viewing Mount Etna. Alternately, explore Catania and a private garden. If you prefer to get up close to Sicily's greatest landmark, take a 4x4 excursion to Mount Etna, viewing its stunning crater and learning about this volcanic peak's history. 'Le Bougainville' | Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner AUG 30 AT SEA | A DAY AT LEISURE Relish a day of relaxation, enjoying the amenities of your ship and more engaging presentations by our experts. 'Le Bougainville' | Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner AUG 31 PUGLIA | GARGANO’S NATURAL SPLENDOR Disembark in Puglia's coastal Manfredonia for an enticing array of excursion options. Choose to visit the Sanctuary of San Michael Archangel, a pilgrimage site since the Middle Ages; hike in Gargano National Park, a place of serene paths, beautiful sea views and rich history; or explore Castel del Monte, an intriguing historic site claimed by the innovative Holy Roman Emperor Frederick. 'Le Bougainville' | Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner SEP 1 THE MARCHES | HIDDEN BEAUTY Further up the coast, in the Marches region, lies the port of Ancona, your starting point for an inspiring afternoon. One excursion takes you to Urbino, a UNESCO World Fleritage Site recognized for its Renaissance art and architecture. Enter the stately Palazzo Ducale, where masterworks by Raphael and Titian are on display. Alternately, privately visit the Villa Imperiale in Pesaro, or participate in a Jesi wine experience in the breathtaking countryside. 'Le Bougainville' | Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner SEP 2 VENICE | CITY OF BRIDGES A worthy finale, Venice is an endlessly inspiring place, and today's excursions reveal it the way you wish to experience it. Choose a comprehensive walking tour of the island, including must-sees like St. Mark's Square as well as places more off the beaten track, such as Frari Church, where Renaissance painter Titian is interred. Another option is a discovery of the island city by privatized water taxi, making stops to admire St. Mark's Square and the Rialto Bridge. Lovers of delights can opt for a visit to Mazzorbo Island, known for its walled vineyards, and to a charming Venetian bacaro (wine bar), ideal for enjoying un’ombra (a glass) and c/ccbeff/ (small bites). 'Le Bougainville' | Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner SEP 3 DEPART VENICE Disembark and transfer to the airport for your departing flight or continue on A&K's extension to Verona.
PRICES INCLUDE A $1000 PER PERSON SAVINGS FROM THE PUBLISHED FARES!