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Italy's Treasures - Art, Food & Wine of Italy

10 nights from $3,499 per person

  • Included:
  • Accommodation
  • Dedicated Tour Manager
  • Selected excursions & meals
  • In resort assistance & 24 hour contact center
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Overview

A 12-day small group escorted tour of some of the most beautiful Italian regions, with time to relax and enjoy your surroundings. Begin in the picture-perfect Italian Lakes, continue to the coastal gems of Portofino and Cinque Terre. Then you can relax in a Tuscan villa for four nights, spending your days exploring the spectacular cities of Florence and Siena, and enjoying some gastronomic fun with a Tuscan cookery lesson and wine-tasting. The finale is Venice – the unique City of Canals (CL)

Highlights

  • Explore the spectacular scenery of the Italian Lakes region, visiting tiny historic islands and enjoying local wine and specialties
  • Boat ride to glamorous Portfino, followed by train ride to the picturesque string of fishing villages Cinque Terre
  • Four night stay in a traditional Tuscan villa to relax and enjoy this beautiful region
  • Walking tour of the treasures of Florence, followed by free time to explore its historic streets
  • Discover beautiful Siena on a guided walking tour, and soak up the atmosphere of the Piazza del Campo – venue of the world famous Palio horse-race
  • Visit a traditional winery enjoy a Tuscan cookery lesson, followed by a lunch of local specialities and wines
  • Explore the porticoes of Bologna on a walking tour, taking in the medieval towers and dramatic cathedral
  • Whilst in Venice, take a boat trip to the centre of glass-making Murano Island, and enjoy a walking tour around the highlights of this unique city

Details

Day 1

Stresa

Begin your tour in the lakeside town of Stresa, on the shores of Lago Maggiore. Set your tour off in style with a visit to a wine shop and a cocktail party tasting the local products. Then take a boat to your welcome dinner the tiny Island of the Fishermen - Isola dei Pescatori, the most picturesque of the Borromean Islands.

Dinner included

Day 2

Stresa, Lake Maggiore

Today you can choose how you would like to spend your day. Perhaps you will take to the water on a cruise of the beautiful Lake Maggiore – taking in the islands, villas and palaces as you pass, and enjoying a guided tour of the quaint town of Pallanza. Or you might want to choose a trip inland to an ancient village nestled in the mountain where you will visit a local farm to sample their traditional cheeses paired with the regions delicious wines. You have the evening at leisure to stroll the lakeside promenades and flower-line cobblestone streets.

Breakfast included

Day 3

Stresa – Orta – Italian Riviera

Before leaving the Italian Lakes district, visit picturesque Lake Orta and take a boat ride to enchanting Isola di San Giulio. This is a tiny island with a working convent and you can stroll the Way of Silence though the narrow alleyways, reflecting on the solitude and beauty of this retreat. Next continue southbound to the Italian Riviera where you will spend the next two nights.

Breakfast and dinner included

Day 4

Italian Riviera – Portofino – Cinque Terre

Travel to the seaside resort of Santa Margherita to take a boat ride to glamorous Portofino. Admire the picturesque harbor dotted with fishing boats and yachts set against the backdrop of pastel-colored buildings. Then you will take the train through the rugged coastal area of the Cinque Terre, passing through traditional villages and terraced vineyards. Cars are not allowed in this UNESCO World Heritage Site, giving the villages a unique timeless atmosphere. Spend the afternoon in these antiquated fishing villages, exploring the narrow lanes and marvelling at the dramatic views.  

Breakfast included

Day 5

Italian Riviera – Lucca – Tuscan Villa

Travel to the medieval city of Lucca, surrounded by 16th century walls. Walk around the piazza and visit the Cathedral San Martino. Continue on to a traditional Tuscan villa which will be home for the next four nights.

Breakfast and dinner included

Day 6

Florence

In the morning take a walking tour of Florence to see the treasures housed in this very special city. Take in the Piazza del Duomo and the Piazza della Signoria, and visit the Museo della Casa Fiorentina Antica housed in the 14th century Palazzo Davanzati. Enjoy free time in Florence to perhaps sample some gelato or relax over a glass of Chianti. This evening you will enjoy a traditional Tuscan dinneer at a local locanda.

Breakfast and dinner included

Day 7

Siena

This morning you will visit the charming city of Siena and take a walking tour with a local expert. Soak up the historic atmosphere as you stroll the medieval streets and visit the dramatic cathedral – stunningly beautiful inside and out. Return to your villa for a relaxing afternoon

Breakfast and dinner included

Day 8

Tuscan countryside

A fun day ahead, with a visit to a winery in the heart of the Tuscan countryside, that showcases the vineyards, olive groves, family estate and wine cellar. Participate in a Tuscan cooking lesson given by the winery’s own chef. Enjoy an authentic Tuscan lunch expertly paired with the estate wines. Return to the villa to relax for the remainder of the day.

Breakfast and lunch included

Day 9

Tuscany – Bologna - Venice

Head north to the historical university town of Bologna. Take guided walking tour of the historic center with its beautiful Renaissance architecture, medieval defensive towers and intriguing arched porticos covering the pavements. Enjoy exploring the delicatessens and traditional shops selling local specialities where you will be able to sample regional meats and cheeses. Continue your journey to magical Venice for your final two nights.

Breakfast included

Day 10

Venice

Begin the day with a boat trip to Murano Island, the center of glassmaking since the fourteenth century. Here you will have a glass-blowing demonstration and discover the secrets of the ancient art of glass-making. Return to St Mark’s Square, for a locally guided walking tour taking in the Basilica, the Clock Tower, the Doge’s Palace and the romantically named Bridge of Sighs. This evening enjoy a farewell dinner to toast your Italian experiences.

Breakfast and dinner included

Day 11

Venice

Your tour ends

Breakfast included

 

What's Included:

  • 17 meals - 10 breakfasts, 1 lunch, 6 dinners
  • 10 nights accommodation*: Stresa 2 nights Regina Palace Hotel; Italian Riviera 2 nights Grand Hotel dei Castelli; Cortona or San Gimignano 4 nights Relaiz Villa Petrischio or Villa Baldelli (Cortona) or Villa Sanpaolo (San Gimignano); Venice 2 nights Hotel Bonvecchiati or Hotel Santa Maria
  • Dedicated Tour Manager
  • Tours as described in the above itinerary

* On some dates alternate hotels may be used

With offices in UK and Ireland, we have the experience and resources to provide you with the very best vacation, partnering only with the most reputable coach operators to ensure you have a truly great touring experience.

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