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New! 2018 Undiscovered Adriatic: Eastern Italy, Venice, Puglia & Malta

Italy: Venice, Ravenna • Republic of San MarinoItaly: Urbino, L’Aquila, Tremiti Islands, Monopoli, Alberobello, Otranto, Riace • Malta: Valletta, Hagar Qim, Marsaxlokk, Mdina

EXPLORE IN SMALL GROUPS OF 25 ABOARD OUR PRIVATELY OWNED 50-PASSENGER M/V ARTEMIS
OPERATED BY GRAND CIRCLE CRUISE LINE
89% Traveler Excellence Rating Read reviews

17 Days from only $7395 including international airfare

Activity Level:

1 2 3 4 5

Moderately Easy

Courtesy Kristine Juergensen and Ian Cross
Metropolis: Venice

Discover Venice’s rich cultural landscape--from the city’s labyrinth of canals to St. Mark’s Square and Doge’s Palace.

Courtesy of Michael Paulis
Life in Malta

From a peaceful pace to friendly neighbors, hear why locals love living in Malta.

Courtesy of Malcom Debono
No Place Like Malta

Soar high above the island of Malta—from its placid turquoise coves to its gleaming white cities.

Courtesy Tolvydas Ramanauskas
Amazing Venice

Soar peacefully above St. Mark’s square—the magnificent heart of Venice.

Courtesy BBC.com Travel
Rome's Unwritten Epicurean Rules

Pick up a few of the unspoken edicts behind Rome's laid-back culinary culture to live—and dine—as the locals do.

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Find the Adventure That’s Right for You

Our Activity Level rating system ranks adventures on a scale of 1 to 5 to help you determine if a trip is right for you. See the descriptions below for more information about the physical requirements associated with each rating.

Activity Level 1:

1 2 3 4 5

Easy

Travelers should be able to climb 25 stairs consecutively, plus walk at least 1-2 miles over some uneven surfaces without difficulty. Walks typically last at least 1-2 hours at a time. Altitude can range from zero to 5,000 feet.

Activity Level 2:

1 2 3 4 5

Moderately Easy

Travelers should be able to climb 40 stairs consecutively, plus walk at least 2-3 miles over some uneven surfaces without difficulty. Walks typically last for at least 2-3 hours at a time. Altitude can range from zero to 5,000 feet.

Activity Level 3:

1 2 3 4 5

Moderate

Travelers should be able to climb 60 stairs consecutively, plus walk at least 3 miles over some steep slopes and loose or uneven surfaces without difficulty. Walks typically last for 3 or more hours at a time. Altitude can range from 5,000 to 7,000 feet.

Activity Level 4:

1 2 3 4 5

Moderately Strenuous

Travelers should be able to climb 80 stairs consecutively, plus walk at least 4 miles over some steep slopes and loose or uneven surfaces without difficulty. Walks typically last for 4 or more hours at a time. Altitude can range from 7,000 to 9,000 feet.

Activity Level 5:

1 2 3 4 5

Strenuous

Travelers should be able to climb 100 or more stairs consecutively, plus walk at least 8 miles over some steep slopes and loose or uneven surfaces without difficulty. Walks typically last for 4 or more hours at a time. Altitude can range from 10,000 feet or more.

Accommodations

Main Trip

M/V Arethusa or M/V Artemis

Owned, operated, and staffed by Grand Circle Cruise Line, these vessels were designed exclusively for two small groups of just 25 travelers, each with its own Program Director. These ships feature spacious common areas, including a lounge/bar with inviting leather couches and soft chairs. Topside, a Sun Deck has classic wooden deck chairs for admiring the scenery. Complimentary wireless Internet access is available throughout your ship; connectivity may be limited in certain locations on your itinerary.

Main Trip

Hotel Palazzo Giovanelli

Venice, Italy Rating: First Class

Set in the historic city center overlooking the Grand Canal, Hotel Palazzo Giovanelli features an elegant Venetian style, waterside door, and easy access to public transportation. Each air-conditioned room includes wireless Internet access at a charge, TV, telephone, safe, and private bath.

Please note: Select departures feature similar accommodations.

Corinthia Palace Hotel & Spa

Balzan, Malta Rating: Deluxe

Located less than five miles from all of Malta's major attractions, the Corinthia Palace is an ideal base for your discoveries. Hotel ammenities include a health club, spa, indoor and outdoor pool, and restaurant set in a 19th century villa. Your air-conditioned room features a balcony, cable/satellite TV, refrigerator, safe, and private bathroom. 

Extensions

Starhotels Savoia Excelsior Palace

Trieste, Malta Rating: Superior First Class

The traditional Savoia Excelsior Palace is located on the waterfront in the heart of Trieste. Hotel amenities include concierge services, as well as laundry and dry-cleaning services. Your air-conditioned room includes a safe, coffee- and tea-making facilities, cable/satellite TV, and a private bathroom. 

Hotel Slon

Ljubljana, Slovenia

The Hotel Slon is just steps away from the historical Old Town, Ljubljana Castle, and other highlights. The hotel features three restaurants, a fitness center, and lounge. There are 168 comfortable and well-appointed rooms, each with satellite TV, minibar, safe, coffee- and tea-making facilities, and private bath with robe and slippers.

Dei Mellini Hotel

Rome, Italy Rating: Superior First Class

Located in Rome's historic city center, the Dei Mellini is an ideal base for your Roman discoveries. Amenities include a gym, cafeteria (open until 12AM), concierge services, and laundry and dry-cleaning services. Your air-conditioned room features a safe, telephone, refrigerator, cable/satellite TV, and private bathroom. 

Click below to read our Travel Planning Guide on Undiscovered Adriatic: Eastern Italy, Venice, Puglia & Malta

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