From $4,109* pp | 11 Days • 17 Meals *Rate is per person, land only, double occupancy.
The romance of Italy comes to life on this culinary and cultural adventure that will take you from medieval masterpieces to lively markets.
- Explore Lake Orta, one of Italy’s hidden treasures.
- Travel by boat to your welcome dinner on Isola dei Pescatori.
- Enjoy regional wines with every included dinner.
- Explore Lucca’s piazzas and medieval streets.
- Experience the benefits of personal audio headsets, designed for better communication between you and your guides throughout your tour.
The romance of Italy comes to life. Explore the lakes region your way when you choose between a scenic boat ride on Lake Maggiore or a visit to a local farm for a cheese and wine tasting. Explore the rugged coast and remote fishing villages of the Cinque Terre. Spend four relaxing nights in a Tuscan villa. Discover the charming town of Lucca and rose hued Siena. Experience medieval life at the Palazzo Davanzati. Visit a winery in the countryside and learn the secrets of Tuscan cuisine. Wander the streets of Bologna and taste some of the area’s speciality foods. Spend two wonderful nights in Venice. These are Italy’s treasures.
Meals as per itinerary
Activities as stated
Please note: Accommodation is subject to change.
Meals not indicated on the itinerary
Comprehensive travel insurance
Items of a personal nature – laundry, telephone, room service
Tips and gratuities
Day 1. Stresa, Italy – Tour Begins
Begin in Stresa, on the shore of Lago Maggiore. Visit a wine shop and enjoy a cocktail party, tasting some local products. A boat transports you to your welcome dinner on Isola dei Pescatori, the most picturesque of the Borromean Islands.
Today you choose how you want to spend your day in Stresa. Cruise on scenic Lago Maggiore past islands, villas, and historic palaces, and also enjoy a guided visit of the quaint town of Pallanza. Or, visit an ancient village nestled in the mountains where you stop at a local farm to sample their artisanally produced cheeses paired with the region’s delicious wines. Your evening in Stresa is at leisure. Perhaps you will investigate the piazzas, flower-lined cobblestone streets and lakeside promenades.
Day 3. Stresa – Orta – Italian Riviera
Ease your way into the local culture as your Tour Manager teaches you a few key phrases of the native language. Depart the Italian Lakes region for Sestri Levante on the Ligurian coast. Stop at Lake Orta and take a boat to Isola di San Giulio. Walk the grounds of this charming island with its working convent. Experience the outdoor cafés and shops of this lakeside resort. Continue on to the Italian Riviera.
Day 4. Italian Riviera – Cinque Terre
Spend your day discovering the colourful Cinque Terre, a UNESCO World Heritage site. Travel by rail through the medieval villages of the Cinque Terre perched on the edge of the sea. Traverse the rugged coastal area dotted with terraced vineyards, arriving at this nearly inaccessible string of fishing villages tucked between the mountains and the Mediterranean. Feel like you have stepped back in time, spending an afternoon independently exploring this magical place. Your Tour Manager will be on hand to help you plan your adventure.
Drive to the medieval city of Lucca, encircled by 16th-century Renaissance walls. Tour the piazza on foot. Next, visit the Cathedral of San Martino and the Piazza Napoleone. Then, set off to get a taste of the region by sampling an array of seasonal, local delicacies at speciality food shops. End the day in a historic Tuscan villa and begin a relaxing four-night stay*.
Day 6. Florence
Get to know Florence with a walking tour of the city’s treasures and monuments, including the Piazza del Duomo, the centre of religious life in medieval Florence, and the Piazza della Signoria. Visit the Museo della Casa Fiorentina Antica, housed in the 14th-century Palazzo Davanzati. Explore independently before returning to your villa. At dinner, sample Tuscan cuisine in one of Tuscany’s traditional restaurants.
Day 7. Siena
Travel to Siena for an expert-led walking tour. Visit the town’s dramatic cathedral, a stunning example of Romanesque and Gothic architecture. Stroll through narrow medieval streets as you experience life in this historic cultural centre. Return to your villa for a relaxing afternoon.
Visit a winery in the heart of Tuscany that showcases the wine cellar, family estate, vineyards and olive groves. Participate in a Tuscan cooking lesson given by the winery’s own chef. Enjoy an authentic Tuscan lunch expertly paired with wines produced on-site. Return to the villa for some leisure time.
Day 9. Tuscany – Bologna – Venice
Enjoy a boat trip** to Murano Island for a fascinating glass-blowing demonstration. Return to St. Mark’s Square for a locally guided walking tour featuring the Clock Tower, St. Mark’s Basilica, the Bridge of Sighs, and a visit to the Doge’s Palace. Tonight, partake in a celebratory farewell dinner.
Day 11. Venice – Tour Ends
- Italy is 6 hours ahead of Eastern Standard Time.
- Elevation on this tour will not exceed 2400 feet.
- The currency in Italy is the Euro.
- Voltage in Italy is 220V.
- Why not consider a pre and post tour extension. Start and end your holiday rested.
This tour includes moderate physical activity. The itinerary blends some longer days with shorter days and more leisure time. Walking tours, as well as walking slightly longer distances, upstairs or on uneven walking surfaces should be expected
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