Italy Cruise: Hidden Treasures from Florence to Venice (2023)

Sail along nearly the entire navigable coast of beautiful Italy on an all-encompassing A&K voyage. From the iconic cities of Venice and Rome to exotic Sicily and the paradisal Aeolian Islands, you will see all this amazing country has to offer.

Journey Overview

Join A&K’s famed Expedition Team for a 12-day, spectacularly all-encompassing voyage that explores nearly the entire navigable coast of Italy. Begin with two days in Florence before cruising on all-balcony ‘Le Bougainville’ to more iconic destinations, including Rome, Venice and Sicily. You also visit less frequented treasures, such as Bari, Urbino, and Bastia on French Corsica.

Journey Highlights

  • Cruise the coast of Italy for 9 nights on luxury ‘Le Bougainville,’ enjoying all-balcony accommodations and a capacity limited to just 148 guests
  • Spend two nights at a luxury hotel in Florence’s city centre
  • Sail with a remarkable team curated by A&K, featuring our award-winning Expedition Team, a skilled service staff and crew, and one of the best personnel-to-guest ratios at 1 to 1.3
  • Experience all-inclusive cruising with included gratuities, unlimited house drinks, every onboard meal and most meals ashore, port charges, complimentary Wi-Fi, and Traveller’s Valet laundry service
  • Enjoy a choice of included curated excursions led by A&K local guides throughout your voyage
  • Visit Bastia in the French island of Corsica, and enjoy a private polyphonic choir concert and local delicacies
  • Explore exotic Sicily and idyllic Puglia with special excursions that include farmhouse visits, cooking lessons and nature walks
  • Spend a full day exploring timelessly romantic Venice
  • Discover the Marches region and visit Urbino’s historic centre, a UNESCO World Heritage Site

Featured Experts

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Andrew Coleman, Photo Enrichment Coach
A contributor to National Geographic, Andrew has travelled extensively on all seven continents in search of extraordinary beauty. He also leads comprehensive workshops that teach the fundamentals of photography.


Suzana Machado d'Olivera

Suzana Machado d'Oliveira, Expedition Director
Leading A&K cruises for 30 years, Suzana has travelled everywhere, including Greece, Japan, Antarctica and the Arctic. She has a passion for Italian culture and is thrilled to be returning on this A&K voyage.

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Itinerary

Journey Itinerary

Sep 9: Arrive Florence, Italy

Arrive in Florence, centrepiece of the Renaissance, and transfer to your hotel. Join fellow guests for a welcome reception this evening.

The Westin Excelsior

Sep 10: 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 centre, 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 savouring 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: BL

Sep 11: 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 world-famous Leaning Tower. Alternately, visit the charming city of Lucca and stroll its picturesque town centre. See the Piazza dell’Anfiteatro, which follows the curve of the original Roman amphitheatre, 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 small expedition ship.

'Le Bougainville' | Meals: BLD

Sep 12: 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: BLD

Sep 13: Rome, Italy | The Eternal City

Disembark this morning in the port of Civitavecchia and transfer to Rome, where you have your pick of expertly designed excursions. Discover the Vatican and enjoy 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. An alternative panoramic tour features various stops, including the Colosseum, and some time at leisure in the lively Trastevere district. Food lovers will want to choose a visit to the papal palace in the hilltop village of Castel Gondolfo to join a hands-on cooking lesson and to learn the art of preparing local Italian specialties.

'Le Bougainville' | Meals: BLD

Sep 14: Naples | Soul-Stirring Ancient City

Reach the port of Naples this morning and join one of several curated excursions. This legendary city boasts a wealth of cultural assets and historic landmarks, which you may discover on an expert-guided tour that includes a private visit to Palazzo Doria d’Angri and lunch at a traditional Neapolitan pizzeria. Or you may opt for a tour featuring glorious Neapolitan street food, during which you visit hidden eateries, sample traditional dishes and join a pizza-making lesson. Alternately, roam the ancient ruins of Pompeii, witnessing a moment frozen in time by a volcanic eruption. You may also take on a more active challenge with a hike on Mount Vesuvius’ Gran Cono Trail, experiencing the thrilling opportunity to walk along the crater of this active volcano with views of Campania and Lazio. Later, return to your luxury expedition ship for dinner and an engaging briefing led by your Expedition Team.

'Le Bougainville' | Meals: BLD

Sep 15: Syracuse | Timeless Sicilian City

Once the largest city in the ancient world, Syracuse (Siracusa) boasts Greek ruins, baroque piazzas and notable architecture, Mediterranean citrus orchards and dazzling views of the sea. Today, explore this storied Italian city with a choice of excursions, including the opportunity to visit the Greek Apollo Temple and the Doric-style Cathedral of Syracuse. Alternatively, join a street food tour showcasing both the landmarks of Syracuse and its local culinary specialties. You may prefer a farmhouse experience in the countryside, attending a truffle hunt in an ancient forest followed by a Sicilian cooking demonstration. Another option includes visits to an almond museum with a sampling of local products as well as to a winery, where you enjoy wine tastings and local delicacies.

'Le Bougainville' | Meals: BLD

Sep 16: 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: BLD

Sep 17: Bari | Capital of Puglia

Disembark in coastal Bari, capital city of Italy’s beautiful Puglia region and gateway to an array of excursion options designed just for you. Choose to prepare a fresh Puglian pasta and other traditional specialties during a cooking class at a masseria (farmhouse), and also attend a cheese-making demonstration. Or explore Castel del Monte, an intriguing historic site claimed by the innovative Holy Roman Emperor Frederick. Opt for a nature trek in the hilly National Park of Alta Murgia, surrounded by the rare rocky pastures of the Mediterranean. You may also decide to travel inland to the region of Basilicata for a visit to the hidden gem of Matera, a UNESCO World Heritage Site known for its fascinating cave dwellings.

'Le Bougainville' | Meals: BLD

Sep 18: Ancona | Hidden Beauty of the Marches

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 Heritage 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: BLD

Sep 19: 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 local delights can opt for a an escape to the Orto wine estate and stunning Murano islands, where its one-of-a-kind glass art makes for the perfect souvenir.

'Le Bougainville'| Meals: BLD

Sep 20: Depart Venice

Disembark and transfer to the airport for your departing flight.

Meals: B

Journey Details

This journey contains some active elements, including walks over uneven terrain and optional, challenging hikes.

Note: Itinerary is for guidance purposes only and may be adjusted due to unforeseen circumstances including weather, medical emergencies and other conditions beyond A&K’s control at the sole discretion of the Captain.

Minimum age is 7 years.

Categories 4–8 include room upgrade at the hotel and butler service aboard the ship.

First group event: welcome briefing at 6:30 p.m. on Sep 9.

Last group event: disembarkation at 9:00 a.m. on Sep 20.

Note: Proof of full vaccination for COVID-19 is required for this journey, including a booster shot if vaccination was received more than four months prior to departure (two months for the Johnson & Johnson vaccine).


Included with this Luxury Expedition Cruise

  • An Exclusively Chartered, All-Inclusive Voyage Led by A&K’s Expedition Team and Local Guides
  • Pre- and/or Post-Cruise Stays at Stylish, Ideally Located Hotels and A&K-Led Excursions
  • Airport Meet and Greet and Transfers
  • Private Balcony with Every Onboard Accommodation and Butler Service with Every Suite
  • Maximum Personnel-to-Guest Ratio of 1 to 1.3 and ship occupancy limited to 80 percent
  • Culinary Program Featuring French-Inspired Cuisine, Including House Drinks, Afternoon Tea and Pastries
  • 24-Hour Room Service and Breakfast in Bed on board
  • Choice of Curated, All-Inclusive Shore Excursions
  • Enrichment program, lectures and presentations
  • Traveller’s Valet Laundry Service on board
  • All Gratuities, Port Charges and Taxes
  • Complimentary Wi-Fi on Board and in Hotels
  • Onboard Service from an English-Speaking Staff, Including an Accredited Physician
  • 24/7 A&K On-Call Support
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Preferred Accommodation

Preferred Accommodation

This journey features the following Preferred Accommodations:

Le Bougainville

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Dates & Prices

Journey Dates & Prices

Prices are per person, based on double occupancy

Sep 9, 2023 - Sep 20, 2023 Special Special Special Special Special Special Special Special
Cabin Class Le Bougainville: Classic Stateroom - Category 1 Price AU$19,005pp was AU$20,415 Single Supplement AU$15,315 Internal Air (From) AU$0 Availability Available Enquire
Cabin Class Le Bougainville: Deluxe Stateroom - Category 2 Price AU$21,120pp was AU$22,530 Single Supplement AU$16,895 Internal Air (From) AU$0 Availability Available Enquire
Cabin Class Le Bougainville: Prestige Stateroom - Category 3 Price AU$23,230pp was AU$24,640 Single Supplement AU$18,485 Internal Air (From) AU$0 Availability Available Enquire
Cabin Class Le Bougainville: Deluxe Suite - Category 4 Price AU$30,975pp was AU$32,385 Single Supplement AU$27,880 Internal Air (From) AU$0 Availability Call for Availability Enquire
Cabin Class Le Bougainville: Privilege Suite - Category 5 Price AU$34,500pp was AU$35,910 Single Supplement AU$31,050 Internal Air (From) AU$0 Availability Call for Availability Enquire
Cabin Class Le Bougainville: Prestige -Two-Room-Suite - Category 6 Price AU$43,655pp was AU$45,065 Single Supplement AU$39,290 Internal Air (From) AU$0 Availability Available Enquire
Cabin Class Le Bougainville: Grand Deluxe Suite - Category 7 Price AU$50,695pp was AU$52,105 Single Supplement AU$45,625 Internal Air (From) AU$0 Availability Call for Availability Enquire
Cabin Class Le Bougainville: Owner's Suite - Category 8 Price AU$54,215pp was AU$55,625 Single Supplement AU$48,795 Internal Air (From) AU$0 Availability Call for Availability Enquire
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