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Italy’s Treasures

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$4,109.00

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.

That’s Amore!

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.

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Please note: Accommodation is subject to change.

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Itinerary

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.

icons_food  Dinner   icons_therma High  17°  Low  4°   icons_hotel Regina Palace Hotel

 

Day 2. Stresa – Lago Maggiore – Stresa

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.

icons_food  Breakfast   icons_therma High  17°  Low  4°   icons_hotel Regina Palace Hotel

 

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.

icons_food  Breakfast & Dinner    icons_therma  High  9°  Low  3°  icons_hotel  Grand Hotel Dei Castelli

 

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.

icons_food  Breakfast    icons_therma  High  9°  Low  3°  icons_hotel  Grand Hotel Dei Castelli

 

Day 5. Italian Riviera – Lucca – Tuscan Villa

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*.

icons_food  Breakfast & Dinner  icons_therma  High  19°  Low  8°  icons_hotel  Villa Sanpaolo

 

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.

icons_food  Breakfast & Dinner  icons_therma  High  19°  Low  8°  icons_hotel  Villa Sanpaolo

 

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.

icons_food  Breakfast & Dinner   icons_therma High  19°  Low  8°   icons_hotel  Villa Sanpaolo

 

Day 8. Tuscan Countryside

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.

icons_food  Breakfast & Lunch   icons_therma High  19°  Low  8°   icons_hotel  Villa Sanpaolo

 

Day 9. Tuscany – Bologna – Venice

Depart for Venice and stop en route in Bologna. Take a guided walking tour of the centre, virtually unchanged since the Renaissance. Sample local delicacies at speciality food shops. Arrive in romantic Venice for your two-night stay.

icons_food  Breakfast  icons_therma  High  21°  Low  13°  icons_hotel  Hotel Bonvecchiati

 

Day 10. 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.

icons_food  Breakfast & Dinner  icons_therma  High  21°  Low  13°  icons_hotel  Hotel Bonvecchiati

 

Day 11. Venice – Tour Ends

Wake up in Venice and depart for home.

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  • 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

Jun 5, 2016 – Jun 15, 2016                             $4,869

Jun 19, 2016 – Jun 29, 2016                           $4,869                   Sold Out

Jun 26, 2016 – Jul 6, 2016                               $4,869                   Sold Out

Jul 10, 2016 – Jul 20, 2016                              $4,739                   Sold Out

Aug 21, 2016 – Aug 31, 2016                         $4,739                     LIMITED SEATS REMAINING

Sep 3, 2016 – Sep 13, 2016                            $5,119                   $4,869                   Expires 15/06/2016

Sep 4, 2016 – Sep 14, 2016                            $4,929                   Sold Out

Sep 6, 2016 – Sep 16, 2016                            $4,929                   Sold Out

Sep 11, 2016 – Sep 21, 2016                          $4,929                   Sold Out

Sep 13, 2016 – Sep 23, 2016                          $4,929                   Sold Out

Sep 18, 2016 – Sep 28, 2016                          $4,929                   Sold Out

Sep 20, 2016 – Sep 30, 2016                          $4,929                   LIMITED SEATS REMAINING

Sep 25, 2016 – Oct 5, 2016                            $4,929                   Sold Out

Sep 27, 2016 – Oct 7, 2016                            $4,929                   $4,679                   Expires 15/06/2016

Oct 2, 2016 – Oct 12, 2016                             $4,869                   Sold Out

Oct 9, 2016 – Oct 19, 2016                             $4,869                    LIMITED SEATS REMAINING

Oct 16, 2016 – Oct 26, 2016                          $4,739

Oct 23, 2016 – Nov 2, 2016                            $4,739

Nov 6, 2016 – Nov 16, 2016                           $4,359

Dec 4, 2016 – Dec 14, 2016                            $4,109

 

Jan 15, 2017 – Jan 25, 2017                           $4,109

Feb 12, 2017 – Feb 22, 2017                          $4,359

Mar 5, 2017 – Mar 15, 2017                          $4,419

Mar 19, 2017 – Mar 29, 2017                        $4,489                   Sold Out

Apr 2, 2017 – Apr 12, 2017                            $4,679                   $4,429                   Expires 15/06/2016

Apr 4, 2017 – Apr 14, 2017                            $4,679                   Sold Out

Apr 18, 2017 – Apr 28, 2017                          $4,739                   Sold Out

Apr 23, 2017 – May 3, 2017                           $4,739                   Sold Out

Apr 25, 2017 – May 5, 2017                           $4,739                   Sold Out