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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

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17 Days from only $7395 including international airfare

Activity Level:

1 2 3 4 5

Moderately Easy

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Metropolis: Venice

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

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Life in Malta

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

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No Place Like Malta

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

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Amazing Venice

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

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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.

Facts & Figures

Get to know more about the places you’re visiting on this trip—from common languages and religions, to time zones, geography, and more.

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  • Area: 116,305 square miles

    Capital: Rome

    Languages: Italian is the official language; French and English are also spoken.

    Location: Italy is bordered by France, Slovenia, Austria, Switzerland, the Ligurian Sea, the Tyrrhenian Sea, the Ionian Sea, the Adriatic Sea, and the Mediterranean Sea.

    Geography: Italy lies in southern Europe and includes the Mediterranean islands of Siciliy, Sardinia, and several other small islands. Campania (the region of Naples, Sorrento, and the Amalfi coast) has 220 miles of coastline and is on the southwestern side of the Italian peninsula. Its two famous gulfs, the Bay of Naples and Gulf of Salerno, are enclosed by picturesque promontories, including the Sorrento Peninsula. The region of Tuscany is a blend of rugged hills, fertile valleys, and long stretches of sandy beaches that curve along the west coast of central Italy and fringe the pine-forested coastal plain of the Maremma.

    Population (2007 estimate): 58,145,321

    Religion: Roman Catholic 98%, Other 2%

    Time zone: Italy is on Central European Time, six hours ahead of U.S. EST. When it is 6am in New York, it is noon in Rome. Daylight Saving Time begins the last weekend in March and ends the last weekend in October.

  • Area: 121 square miles

    Capital: Valetta

    Languages: Maltese and English are the official languages.

    Ethnicity: Maltese 95.3%, British1.6%, other 3.1%

    Location: Malta is an archipelago surrounded by the Mediterranean Sea.

    Geography: Located about 60 miles south of the Italian island of Sicily across the Malta Channel, Malta’s three largest islands–Malta, Gozo, and Comino–are the only ones inhabited. Numerous bays along the indented coastline of the islands make excellent harbors. The islands' landscape consists of low hills with terraced fields. The highest point in Malta is Ta' Dmejrek, at 253 m (830 ft). Although there are some small rivers at times of high rainfall, there are no permanent rivers or lakes on Malta.

    Population (2010 estimate): 417,608

    Religion: Roman Catholic 98%, Other 2%

    Time Zone: Malta is on Central European Time, six hours ahead of U.S. EST. When it is 6am in New York, it is noon in Valetta.

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