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Take a trip back in time on one of these 38 Italy archaeology tours in 2023. Explore ruins, excavations, and archaeology digs near hot spots such as Venice, Syracuse, Civitavecchia, Taormina, and Sorrento on a guided private or small group tour with an exceptional multi-lingual guide aided by historians and archaeologists. These 38 archaeology trips also afford plenty of opportunities to enjoy archaeological site visits, small ship cruises, cruises, luxury, and village visits. Simply tell one of our Italy travel experts about your ideal archaeology trip they will help you start planning a seamless adventure.
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Cape Drastis at Corfu island in Greece
$3,070
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Italy, Montenegro & Croatia

Venice to Rome - 12 Day Itinerary aboard Royal Clipper
  • Ride in a gondola in Venice
  • Visit the town of Rovinj
  • Call in at Kotor, Montenegro
  • Join an optional tour to Pompeii
Starts / Ends:
Venice / Civitavecchia
Activities:
Archaeological Site Visits, Small Ship Cruises, Small Ship Sailing, Snorkeling
Activity Level:
Relaxed
Enjoy one of the most stunning destinations in Europe, the Eastern Mediterranean, aboard the luxury tall ship the Royal Clipper. Sail to Italy, Croatia, and Montenegro from Venice. Discover the heavenly scent of lavender in the fields and valleys around the island of Hvar. In Dubrovnik, the sense …
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Scenic view of Dubrovnik
$16,950
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Mediterranean Gems: From Dubrovnik to Naples

Dubrovnik to Naples - 11 Day Itinerary aboard Sea Cloud
  • Explore Gerace
  • Tour the Amalfi Coast
  • Visit Pompeii
  • Explore Dubrovnik
Activities:
Archaeological Site Visits, Small Ship Cruises, Small Ship Sailing, Village Visits
Activity Level:
Relaxed
Marvel at ornate cathedrals and remarkable baroque buildings, explore great sites of antiquity—from renowned Pompeii to the less-visited Greek temples of Paestum—and meander through unspoiled clifftop towns, soaking up breathtaking views. Plus, with a little luck witness the orange glow …
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St.Blaise Church, Dubrovnik
$3,070
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Italy, Montenegro & Croatia

Rome to Venice - 12 Day Itinerary aboard Royal Clipper
  • Explore the Sistine Chapel
  • Snorkel at Palmarola
  • Visit the medieval city of Kotor
  • Cruise through Venice's canals
Starts / Ends:
Civitavecchia / Venice
Activities:
Archaeological Site Visits, Small Ship Cruises, Small Ship Sailing, Snorkeling
Activity Level:
Relaxed
Sail aboard the tall ship Royal Clipper from Rome to Venice on this 12-day expedition. Fall asleep to the gentle rhythms of the ship and sea, and awake refreshed and ready to explore a new destination. Experience friendly and gracious service and a delightful menu of international foods from the …
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Turquoise sea of Hvar island
$2,780
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Italy, Montenegro & Croatia

11 Day Itinerary aboard Royal Clipper
  • Ride in a gondola in Venice
  • Visit the town of Rovinj
  • Call in at Kotor, Montenegro
  • Join an optional tour to Pompeii
Starts / Ends:
Venice / Civitavecchia
Activities:
Archaeological Site Visits, Small Ship Cruises, Small Ship Sailing, Snorkeling
Activity Level:
Relaxed
Sail to Italy, Croatia, and Montenegro from Venice. Discover the heavenly scent of lavender in the fields and valleys around the island of Hvar. In Dubrovnik, the sense of awe never fails to descend when you set eyes on the beauty of the old town. Barrel under full sail through the narrow Strait of …
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Discover distinctive Venetian architecture
$6,937
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Classic Italy

Venice to Rome - 10 Day Itinerary
  • Ride the gondola in Venetian canals
  • Discover the city of Venice
  • Admire Michelangelo's masterpiece
  • Explore the Vatican Museums
  • Marvel at the architecture in Siena
  • Savor authentic Tuscan cuisine
  • Drive across Tuscany's vineyards
Starts / Ends:
Venice / Rose Garden Palace
Activities:
Archaeological Site Visits, Cooking Classes, Land Tours, Local Market Visits, Village Visits, Wine Tasting
Activity Level:
Relaxed
This 10-day classic Italy tour takes you to some of the country's most famous landmarks. Experience first-hand some must-see destinations in Venice and Florence before heading to Rome. Glide through the famous grand canals of Venice on a gondola ride. Listen to the guide as they explain the …
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Relax on the Italian coast
$4,270
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Ionian Sea Adventure

8 Day Itinerary aboard Emerald Azzurra
  • Tour Delphi's archaeological site
  • Visit the Aeolian Island of Lipari
  • Explore Cephalonia
  • Cruise the Corinth Canal
Starts / Ends:
Piraeus / Civitavecchia
Activities:
Archaeological Site Visits, Small Ship Cruises, Urban Exploration
Activity Level:
Relaxed
Join this idyllic 8-day itinerary aboard the Emerald Azzurra sailing the Ionian Sea. Transit the Corinth Canal from Athens, before sailing onwards to the Greek town of Itea for a tour of thearchaeological site of Delphi and the village of Fiskardo in Cephalonia which is considered as the largest of …
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Korcula Island
$4,880
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The Best of Croatia

8 Day Itinerary aboard Le Lyrial
  • Explore the medieval town of Split
  • Tour Dubrovnik
  • Visit Pula's ancient amphitheater
  • Wander the streets of Rovinj
Starts / Ends:
Venice / Venice
Activities:
Archaeological Site Visits, Hiking, Small Ship Cruises, Urban Exploration, Village Visits, Wine Tasting
Activity Level:
Relaxed
From Venice, set sail for Croatia and its many hidden treasures on this 8-day voyage. Le Lyrial slips effortlessly through the turquoise Adriatic Sea, wending her way between necklaces of islands dotted here and there off the Dalmatian Coast. There are cities that thrive on their legend – and …
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Beautiful Amalfi Coast
$4,220
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Highlights of Southern Italy

8 Day Itinerary aboard Emerald Azzurra
  • Visit the town of Sorrento
  • Explore Apollo’s temple in Crotone
  • Wander the Church of the Purgatory
  • Explore Italy's beautiful coast
Starts / Ends:
Civitavecchia / Dubrovnik
Activities:
Archaeological Site Visits, Small Ship Cruises, Village Visits
Activity Level:
Relaxed
Explore Italy’s breathtaking southern coasts with visits to the picturesque lemon-growing town of Sorrento, and navigate the Tyrrhenian Sea to Amalfi. Cruise onwards to the Sicilian town of Giardini Naxos, the port city of Crotone, Otranto in Italy’s Apulia region and Monopoli on the …
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Relax by the sea near colorful Nice
$4,390
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From the French Riviera to Italian Shores

7 Day Itinerary aboard Le Lyrial
  • Explore colorful Nice, France
  • Wander charming Italian villages
  • See where Napoleon was exiled
  • See historic Civitavecchia
Starts / Ends:
Nice / Civitavecchia
Activities:
Archaeological Site Visits, Small Ship Cruises, Village Visits
Activity Level:
Relaxed
Enjoy the Mediterranean's sun-drenched beaches on this 7-day journey from the French Riviera to the Italian Riviera onboard the luxury Le Lyrial. Begin your journey in Nice, a jewel of the French Riviera renowned for its beaches and laid-back atmosphere. Sail to Calvi, Corsica, and explore …
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Relax on France's colorful coast
$5,530
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Island Hopping in the Mediterranean

Valletta - Nice - 8 Day Itinerary aboard Le Jacques Cartier
  • Explore ancient cities
  • Visit historic cities of Sicily
  • Tour UNESCO-listed Valletta
  • Visit the island of Elba
Starts / Ends:
Nice / Valletta
Activities:
Archaeological Site Visits, Small Ship Cruises
Activity Level:
Relaxed
Your voyage begins inNice, the glittering jewel of the French Riviera. Set sail from this sun-soaked port to the island of Elba, where Napoleon spent a period of exile. Sail to Corsica, where the charming Porto Vecchio invites exploration of its historic sites and its surrounding natural beauty. In …
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Stop in beautiful Malta
$5,110
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The Charm of Italian Shores

Civitavecchia - Valletta - 8 Day Itinerary aboard Le Lyrial
  • Cruise the Italian coast
  • Discover Amalfi Coast
  • Visit Sicily
  • Sail by Stromboli volcano
Starts / Ends:
Civitavecchia / Valletta
Activities:
Archaeological Site Visits, Small Ship Cruises, Village Visits
Activity Level:
Relaxed
Discover Italy's treasures by taking a cruise along its coast. The first stop on your journey from Civitavecchia is Sorrento. Byron, Tolstoy, Dickens, and Goethe were all enchanted by the town's calm way of life and lovely environment, which clings to the cliffs overlooking the Bay of Naples. …
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Tour the charming city of Valletta, Malta.
$6,360
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A Circumnavigation of Sicily with Smithsonian Journeys

Valletta - Valletta - 9 Day Itinerary aboard Le Bougainville
  • Take a loop around Sicily
  • Discover Sicily's beautiful cities
  • Visit Syracuse
  • Explore Palermo
Starts / Ends:
Valletta / Valletta
Activities:
Archaeological Site Visits, Small Ship Cruises
Activity Level:
Relaxed
Cruise around Sicily aboard the new luxury expedition ship Le Bougainville, while exploring mythical places at the crossroads of Eastern and Western civilizations. Discover Sicily's most beautiful historic cities and ancient sites. Valletta, the capital of Malta, will be the departure point. …
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The clifftop town of Bonifacio, Corsica
$6,340
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Southern France and the Italian Riviera by Sea – with Smithsonian Journeys

Barcelona - Civitavecchia - 9 Day Itinerary aboard Le Champlain
  • Visit Cinque Terre, a UNESCO Site
  • Tour Avignon's Palace of the Popes
  • Spend time in Portofino resort town
  • Enjoy Pisa's Leaning Tower
Starts / Ends:
Barcelona / Civitavecchia
Activities:
Archaeological Site Visits, Small Ship Cruises
Activity Level:
Relaxed
Experience this 9-day exploration cruise along the French and Italian Riveras with Smithsonian Journeys. Discover the history and culture of the Mediterranean Sea's northern coastlines. Your voyage begins in Barcelona and continues to Sete, where your exploration of southern France begins. …
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Portovenere, Italy
$5,030
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Tuscan Shores and Dolce Vita

Nice - Livorno - 8 Day Itinerary aboard Le Bougainville
  • Sail along the Cinque Terre
  • Visit Portofino
  • Explore Porto Santo Stefano
  • Walk by The Château hill
Starts / Ends:
Nice / Porto Santo Sefano
Activities:
Archaeological Site Visits, Small Ship Cruises, Village Visits
Activity Level:
Relaxed
Enjoy a glimpse into La Dolce Vita on this 8-day journey along Italy's beautiful coastlines. Sail down Italy's south coast, visit a charming tiny town known for its Duomo, and discover a city known for its Renaissance-era defenses. After a long travel, you'll arrive at Livorno full of …
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Visit the Cathedral of Palmero on your small ship cruise around Sicily
$6,195
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Sicily's Rich Cultural Heritage

Valletta to Syracuse - 8 Day Itinerary aboard Sea Cloud II
  • View the Cappella Palatina
  • Visit Syracuse, a UNESCO site
  • Take a cable car up Mt. Etna
  • Join a cooking class at Lipari
Starts / Ends:
Malta / Malta
Activities:
Archaeological Site Visits, Cooking Classes, Small Ship Sailing
Activity Level:
Relaxed
Be a part of this exclusive 8-day cruise and discover the most beautiful sights of Sicily, a magical place full of royal palaces, ancient temples, and heavenly panoramas. Delight yourself with the many facets of the largest Mediterranean island, a fabulously diverse microcosm in its own right with …
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Sicilian landscape in the early evening
$4,760
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Jazz Festival at Sea

Venice - Civitavecchia - 8 Day Itinerary aboard Le Lyrial
  • Enjoy musical cruise
  • Discover Ancona
  • Appreciate baroque architecture
  • Explore the Amalfi Coast
Starts / Ends:
Venice / Civitavecchia
Activities:
Archaeological Site Visits, Small Ship Cruises, Wildlife Viewing
Activity Level:
Relaxed
Embark from Venice, theSerenissima, you will call at different Italian sites on this unique jazz-themed 8-day cruise through the Mediterranean Sea. Your journey will take you tothe island of Malta, where you will call atValletta, the European City of Culture for 2018. They,will set sail toSicilyand …
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Explore ruins in Sicily
$7,115
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On a Course of Longing through Bella Italia

Civitavecchia to Valletta - 9 Day Itinerary aboard Sea Cloud II
  • Explore the Vatican State
  • Admire beautiful Bonifacio
  • Discover Corsica's history
  • Visit the royal Capella Palatina
Starts / Ends:
Civitavecchia / Malta
Activities:
Archaeological Site Visits, Small Ship Cruises, Small Ship Sailing
Activity Level:
Relaxed
Explore the historical wonders of the Mediterranean on this 8-day small ship cruise sailing from Rome. Enjoy thepicturesque Corsica Coast with its houses perched upon cliffs like swallows’ nests, and perron stairs with views out over the turquoise sea. Discover Taormina, a stunning town in …
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View of Varenna town at Lake Como, Italy
$6,884
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Lake Como, Milan, and Amalfi

10 Day Itinerary
  • Ride a boat on Lake Como
  • Explore the village of Varenna
  • Visit Piona Abbey in Colico
  • See the Gothic Art in Milan
  • Visit the Duomo di Milano
  • Stroll around in Galleria Vittorio
  • See archaeological sites in Pompeii
  • Admire the coastline of Amalfi
  • Enjoy scenic drives in Italy
Starts / Ends:
Milan / Naples
Activities:
Archaeological Site Visits, Land Tours, Small Ship Cruises, Village Visits
Activity Level:
Relaxed
Join this 10-day tour to explore Lake Como, Milan, and the famous and dramatic Amalfi Coast. Explore the treasures of Lake Como on a private Venetian-style boat for a picturesque ride across Lake Como. Visit the Cistercian Santa Maria di Piona Abbey, a masterpiece of Lombard architecture. After the …
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