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Italy Cruise: Hidden Treasures from Florence to Venice with A&K

Embark on an all-encompassing A&K voyage along nearly the entire navigable coast of Italy. Begin with two days in Florence, the land of the Renaissance, before cruising on brand-new ‘Le Bougainville’ to treasures from iconic Rome and Venice, exotic Sicily and the paradisal Aeolian Islands to Puglia’s Gargano National Park, UNESCO-protected Urbino, and little-known Bastia on French Corsica.

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Book early and save $1,350 per person, double occupancy on stateroom categories 1, 2, and 3*
and save 50% on single supplements in categories 1, 2 and 3.

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Ports of Call: Florence, Corsica, Rome, Lipari, Palermo, Taormina, Manfredonia, Ancona, Venice


Highlights
  • Discover Italy on a uniquely comprehensive, truly luxurious expedition revealing the country’s most magnificent destinations
  • Cruise the coast of Italy for 10 nights on brand-new luxury ‘Le Bougainville,’ enjoying A&K exclusives that include all-balcony accommodations and a capacity limited to just 150 guests
  • Spend two nights at a luxury hotel in Florence and enjoy a beautiful welcome event in the rolling Tuscan countryside
  • Sail with a remarkable team curated by A&K, featuring our award-winning Expedition Team and local guides, a skilled service staff and crew, and one of the best personnel-to-guest ratios at 1 to 1.3
  • Enjoy all-inclusive cruising with included gratuities, unlimited house drinks, every onboard meal and some meals ashore, port charges, and — our newest offerings — complimentary Wi-Fi and Traveller’s Valet laundry service
  • Explore Italy your way in each port, choosing from included, expertly crafted excursions aimed at a range of interests
  • Experience the French island of Corsica, where you enjoy a private polyphonic choir concert and local delicacies
  • Cruise to the breathtaking Aeolian Islands and enjoy views of volcanic Stromboli Island
  • Spend two days exploring exotic Sicily, with special excursions that include a festive gala dinner at a private castle
  • Take an optional trek in Puglia’s coastal Parco Nazionale del Gargano, one of the largest national parks in Italy
  • From Ancona, visit the mountain town of Urbino or Villa Imperiale in Pesaro, formerly a Sforza residence
  • Spend a full day exploring grand, timelessly romantic Venice
  • Drinks are complimentary and unlimited.
  • Choose from a selection of fine wines, champagnes, spirits, mineral waters and non-alcoholic drinks.
Important Terms
  • Please Note: This journey contains some active elements and is subject to change based elements beyond A&K’s control, including weather and sea conditions. The final itinerary will be determined at the sole discretion of the Captain and Expedition Leader.
  • Prices are based on best available cruise fare per person, inclusive of all discounts.
  • All prices based on cash or cheque payment - credit card fees may apply.
  • Cruise deposit, amendment and cancellation conditions apply.

Cruise ID 33795 Book By 26Jul19
Embarkation Livorno, Italy Disembarkation Venice, Italy
Departure Dates 18Aug19 Duration 12 nights
Arrival Dates 30Aug19 Region Europe
Cruise Line Ponant Cruise Ship Le Bougainville
Cruise Type Ocean Cruise Package Type Cruise-Tour

Cabin Name
Price per person twin share from
Classic Stateroom - Category 1
$15,975
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Deluxe Stateroom - Category 2
$17,975
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Prestige Stateroom - Category 3
$19,975
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Deluxe Suite - Category 4
$25,325
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Privilege Suite - Category 5
$27,995
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Prestige Two Room Suite - Category 6
$34,675
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Grand Deluxe Suite - Category 7
$41,325
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Owner's Suite - Category 8
$45,325
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* All prices quoted are PER PERSON in Australian Dollars and include taxes, fees and port expenses (if applicable).  Prices for alternative departure dates may vary. Gratuities included. For real time availability, talk to your travel specialist.

 

Special Offer

Book early and save $1,350 per person, double occupancy on stateroom categories 1, 2, and 3*
and save 50% on single supplements in categories 1, 2 and 3.

*Offer valid on stateroom categories 1-3. Subject to availability and may be withdrawn at anytime

 


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Aug 18

Arrive Florence

Arrive in Florence, centerpiece of the Renaissance, where you are met and transferred to your hotel. Join fellow guests for a welcome reception this evening.
Accommodation: The Westin Excelsior, Florence

 

Aug 19

Florence, Heart of the Renaaissance

Explore one of the most culturally rich cities on earth with a choice of curated excursions. Discover some of Florence’s most iconic sites before an afternoon in the Oltrarno District, where you may walk its winding streets, admire exquisite jewelry shops and learn about the famous Renaissance families who resided here. Alternately, choose a quintessentially Tuscan experience, leaving the city behind for the medieval town of San Miniato. There, meet a truffle hunter and his faithful dog, learning the history of this prized treat before a truffle-themed lunch. History buffs, meanwhile, can visit Palazzo Vecchio, originally known as Palazzo della Signoria, the former residence of the Medici clan and the setting where political power was wielded; the interior apartments contain decorations by Michelangelo and Donatello. This evening, drive to Artimino Villa for a welcome gala dinner, complete with a string quartet and an operatic recital.
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Accommodation: The Westin Excelsior, Florence

 

Aug 20

Florence, Tuscan Treasures

Take another opportunity to experience the treasures of Tuscany with more excursions designed for discovery. Art lovers can head to the Accademia Gallery to see one of the most iconic sculptures ever created, Michelangelo’s David, followed by a visit to the Uffizi Gallery, where masterpieces such as Caravaggio’s Medusa and Botticelli’s Birth of Venus hold court. You may also leave Florence for Pisa, taking in its charming Baptistry, the Campo Santo and the Duomo before stopping at the world-famous Leaning Tower, even climbing its 284 steps if you like. Alternately, visit the charming city of Lucca and stroll its picturesque town center, closed to car traffic. See the Piazza dell’Anfiteatro, which still follows the curve of the original Roman amphitheater, and the impressive 16th-century city walls and ramparts, now lined with leafy parks and promenades. Later, drive to Livorno to board ‘Le Bougainville’ and enjoy your first dinner on board.
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Accommodation: ‘Le Bougainville’

 

Aug 21

Corsica, Mountainous French Isle

Your first port of call lures you beyond the borders of Italy for a not-to-be-missed chance to explore Corsica. Set out on an excursion that introduces you to the city of Bastia, a place of Baroque churches and charming harborfront. Visit the Mattei distillery to sample the city’s signature aperitif, Cap Corse, a wine with a uniquely bittersweet profile. Drive to the nearby village of Cardo and join your local guide, who leads you to a favorite food truck on the village square for lunch and a true taste of Corsican life. Alternately, explore the mountainous heights of Bastia on a hike, taking in its fragrant maquis (shrub vegetation), and superb views of the city and shoreline. Stop to visit a pair of icehouses, one of which dates back to the 16th century and both of which were in use well into the 20th century. Enjoy an awe-inspiring Corsican choir performance performed just for A&K guests.
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Accommodation: ‘Le Bougainville’

 

Aug 22

Rome, The Eternal City

Disembark this morning in the port of Civitavecchia, and then board a motorcoach for the drive into Rome, where you have your pick of expertly designed excursions. If you’re a food lover, opt for a three-hour, hands-on lesson in the art of Italian cuisine, learning the secrets to delectable pasta, ravioli and tiramisu. Alternately, discover Rome’s extensive Jewish heritage with a tour of the historic Jewish Ghetto, followed by the Vatican for an afternoon viewing its incomparable treasures. Also an option is a tour of central Rome’s narrow streets and spacious, sunny piazzas, including world-famous Trevi Fountain and a private visit to Palazzo Colonna, the grandest of Rome’s noble residences and a Baroque gem.
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Accommodation: ‘Le Bougainville’

 

Aug 23

Lipari, Afternoon At Sea

Spend the morning cruising the Tyrrenian Sea, enjoying postcard-worthy views of the Aeolian Islands and the volcanic peak of Stromboli. Arrive at the island of Lipari, where you may disembark for sightseeing and an evening of lively local festivities.
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Accommodation: ‘Le Bougainville’

 

Aug 24

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 Siciliy’s rich cuisine, starting with a shopping expedition to a local outdoor market for ingredients. Proceed to a private 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. For your third option, visit Segesta, one of the finest Greek temples in the world, and then drive up the hill to Erice, stopping for lunch at a local farmhouse. Erice boasts some of Sicily’s most tantalizing views over the Trapani coast, as well as its own distinctive almond pastries, which you sample before returning to the ship for dinner.
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Accommodation: ‘Le Bougainville’

 

Aug 25

Taormina, Mount Etna & Movie History

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, the most prosperous city in Roman Sicily and today filled with well-preserved ancient buildings. If you prefer to get up close to Sicily’s greatest landmark, take a driving excursion to Mount Etna, viewing its stunning crater and learning about this volcanic peak’s history. However you spend your day, enjoy a spectacular evening gala at a stunning private castello (castle) with a captivating history. Sit down to a lavish banquet punctuated by a variety of local entertainment and surprises.
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Accommodation: ‘Le Bougainville’ 

 

Aug 26

At Sea, A Day at Leisure

Relish a day of relaxation, enjoying the amenities of your ship and more engaging presentations.
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Accommodation: ‘Le Bougainville’

 

Aug 27

Manfredonia, Gargano’s Natural Splendor

Disembark in Puglia’s coastal Manfredonia for an enticing array of excursion options. You may visit the Sanctuary of San Michael Archangel, a pilgrimage site since the Middle Ages; hike in Gargano National Park, a place of white limestone cliffs, serene olive groves and beautiful sea views; or explore Castel del Monte, built by the innovative Holy Roman Emperor Frederick II and one of the most intriguing historic sites in Italy.
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Accommodation: ‘Le Bougainville’ 

 

Aug 28

Ancona, Hidden Beauty

Further up the coast 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, visit the Villa Imperiale in Pesaro, proceeding then to the quaint port town of Senigallia, which boasts both a majestic old fort and a white-sand coast known as “Velvet Beach.” Food lovers may opt for a wine-themed trek to the nearby walled villages, known as Castelli di Jesi, where local vintners make their famous Verdicchio varietal. Enjoy a tasting accompanied by some fresh local snacks.
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Accommodation: ‘Le Bougainville’

 

Aug 29

Venice, City of Bridges

A worthy finale of your cruise, Venice is an endlessly inspiring place, and today’s excursions reveal it the way you want to experience it. The first option is a comprehensive tour of the island, from must-sees like St. Mark’s Square to places more off the beaten track, such as Frari Church, where Renaissance painter Titian is interred. Lovers of wine can opt for a visit to Mazzorbo Island, known for its walled vineyards as well as its bacaris: charming wine bars where locals and visitors alike gather for un’ombra (a short glass) and cicchetti (small bites). For a more active option, learn to row like a Venetian when an experienced gondolier teaches you the secrets of navigating Venice’s canals in the traditional way.
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Accommodation: ‘Le Bougainville’

 

Aug 30

Depart Venice

Bid farewell to your Expedition Team and fellow guests, and transfer to the airport for your departing flight or join our optional extension to Verona.
Meals Included: Breakfast

 


Journey Details:

 This journey contains some active elements.
 Minimum age is 10 years.
 Categories 4-8 include upgraded accommodations at the hotel and butler service on board the ship.
 First group event: welcome briefing and reception at 6:00 p.m. on Aug 18.
 Last group event: disembarkation on Aug 30 by 9:00 a.m.

 





Area: 19 m²
Capacity: up to 2 passengers per cabin

Amenities:

  • Private balcony
  • Individually-controlled air-conditioning
  • King-size bed or twin beds
  • Shower
  • Minibar
  • Flat screen
  • Satellite TV
  • Desk with stationery

  • Ipod™ players
  • Video on demand
  • Safe
  • Hairdryer
  • Bath robes
  • Satellite direct line telephone
  • 110/220 volts outlet
  • French bath products
  • 24hr room service
  • Internet acces wifi



Area: 27 m²
Capacity: up to 3 passengers per cabin

Amenities:

  • Private balcony
  • Individually-controlled air-conditioning
  • King-size bed or twin beds
  • 1 sofa
  • Shower
  • Minibar
  • Flat screen
  • Satellite TV
  • Desk with stationery

  • Ipod™ players
  • Video on demand
  • Safe
  • Hairdryer
  • Bath robes
  • Satellite direct line telephone
  • 110/220 volts outlet
  • French bath products
  • 24hr room service
  • Internet acces wifi



Area: 45 m²
Capacity: up to 2 passengers per cabin

Amenities:

  • 40m² private balcony
  • Individually-controlled air-conditioning
  • King-size bed or twin beds
  • Bathtub
  • Minibar
  • Flat screen
  • Satellite TV
  • Desk with stationery

  • Ipod™ players
  • Video on demand
  • Safe
  • Hairdryer
  • Bath robes
  • Satellite direct line telephone
  • 110/220 volts outlet
  • French bath products
  • 24hr room service
  • Internet acces wifi



Area: 19 m²
Capacity: up to 2 passengers per cabin

Amenities:

  • Private balcony
  • Individually-controlled air-conditioning
  • King-size bed or twin beds
  • Shower
  • Minibar
  • Flat screen
  • Satellite TV
  • Desk with stationery

  • Ipod™ players
  • Video on demand
  • Safe
  • Hairdryer
  • Bath robes
  • Satellite direct line telephone
  • 110/220 volts outlet
  • French bath products
  • 24hr room service
  • Internet acces wifi
  • 1 stateroom for people with reduced mobility.



Area: 38 m²
Capacity: up to 2 passengers per cabin

Amenities:

  • 8m² private balcony
  • Individually-controlled air-conditioning
  • King-size bed or twin beds
  • Shower
  • Minibar
  • Flat screen
  • Satellite TV
  • Desk with stationery

  • Ipod™ players
  • Video on demand
  • Safe
  • Hairdryer
  • Bath robes
  • Satellite direct line telephone
  • 110/220 volts outlet
  • French bath products
  • 24hr room service
  • Internet acces wifi



Area: 32 m²
Capacity: up to 3 passengers per cabin

Amenities:

  • Private balcony
  • Individually-controlled air-conditioning
  • King-size bed or twin beds
  • 1 sofa
  • Shower
  • Minibar
  • Flat screen
  • Satellite TV
  • Desk with stationery

  • Ipod™ players
  • Video on demand
  • Safe
  • Hairdryer
  • Bath robes
  • Satellite direct line telephone
  • 110/220 volts outlet
  • French bath products
  • 24hr room service
  • Internet acces wifi
  • Butler service



Area: 45 m²
Capacity: up to 2 passengers per cabin

Amenities:

  • 30mprivate balcony
  •  Individually-controlled air-conditioning
  • King-size bed
  • or twin beds
  • Shower & Bathtub + Jacuzzi on terrace
  • Minibar
  • Flat screen
  • satellite TV
  • Desk with stationery
  • Ipod™ players
  • Video on demand

  • Safe
  • Hairdryer
  • Bath robes
  • Satellite direct line telephone
  • 110/220 volts outlet
  • French bath products
  • 24hr room service
  • Internet acces wifi
  • Butler service
  • 1 private transfer (round trip): Airport – Hotel – Port
  • 1 free hour of Spa treatments


Le Bougainville

 

Featuring innovative and environmentally-friendly equipment, elegantly designed staterooms, spacious suites with large windows, and lounge areas that open onto the outside, this new limited-capacity yacht boasting just 92 staterooms and suites will offer you a truly unique cruising experience.

As the third ship in a new series that remains true to the Ponant spirit, Le Bougainville will embody the unique atmosphere that is the cruise line’s hallmark: a subtle blend of refinement, intimacy and comfort.

Aboard this ship that flies the French flag, you will experience the incomparable pleasure of an intimate cruise, with the possibility of exploring an ever-increasing range of destinations in an ethnic-chic ambiance with luxury service.

Experience a luxurious setting where the accent is on authenticity and passion for travel.

 

Public Areas 

Le Bougainville has many common areas that are designed and equipped to meet all of your needs while preserving the intimacy of each passenger.

A 140 m² reception area includes:

  • A reception/concierge desk,
  • An excursions desk,
  • The ship’s administrative services,
  • The sales office, manned by our Guest Relations Officer,
  • Our 50 m² boutique which sells clothing, jewellery, beauty products, postcards and various accessories,
  • Toilets accessible to passengers with reduced mobility.

 

A new hydraulic platform with adjustable height provides:  

  • Easier boarding than on any other cruise ship,
  • Easier Zodiac embarkation and disembarkation for expeditions,
  • Easier access to the sea for swimming and practising various water sports such as kayaking or paddle-boarding.

 

A pool deck offering:

  • A pool with a panoramic view, equipped with a counter-current swimming system,
  • A pleasant solarium,
  • An outdoor bar and lounge with armchairs and sofas.

 

A 200 m² main lounge which can accommodate all of our passengers to share convivial moments and to host activities organised during the day or evening.

Lastly, a theatre that seats 188, equipped with:

  • The latest sound and lighting technology,
  • A LED wall as the stage backdrop, for the projection of high-resolution images and videos.

 

Restaurants

As it is an essential part of French culture, gastronomy will naturally have pride of place aboard this new ship.

To the back of Deck 4, you will find a 260 m² panoramic restaurant which can accommodate all of our passengers in a single sitting. Designed differently to that on our other ships, this dining area, which opens onto the outside, will have a buffet of salads, desserts and cheeses at your disposal. Our discreet and attentive crew will provide table service for hot meals.

In a relaxed atmosphere, an outdoor grill on Deck 3 will serve grilled meats with a variety of salads and desserts.


Le Bougainville


Ponant

Ponant is a French cruise ship operator. It was founded in April 1988 by Philippe Videau, Jean-Emmanuel Sauvé, and other officers of the French Merchant Navy and launched the first French cruise ship.



 

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