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Italian Indulgence

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  • An intoxicating mix of ancient cities and imagination-firing landscapes, Italy is a land where unforgettable experiences lie around every corner. Savor every moment of this adventure as you journey from enchanting Tuscan villages to tranquil lake-side retreats - sampling an abundance of tantalising flavors and local wines along the way.

    Tour Highlights

    •  Learn to cook a delicious Tuscan meal in a traditional countryside villa
    •  Join a truffle hunt with a local farmer and his dog amongst the scenic hills of Alba
    •  Bask in the wonders of Lake Maggiore on a scenic boat tour of the Borromean Islands
    •  Take in the exquisite scenery and opulent atmosphere of Lake Comoour Itinerary
    • Day 1 - Rome They say all roads lead to Rome – and that is where we’ll begin our delightful Italian adventure. After meeting the group, we’ll enjoy a delicious dinner at a local restaurant. Accommodation: The Guardian Hotel (or similar) Meals Dinner
    • Day 2 - Rome – Assisi – Perugia After breakfast, our route will whisk us away to awe-inspiring Assisi, the birthplace of St Francis. After getting to know the famous hilltop town a little better on an orientation tour, we’ll move on to Perugia – the medieval capital of the Umbria region. Accommodation: Hotel Fortuna (or similar) Meals Breakfast
    • Day 3 - Perugia – Siena – Rural Tuscany Introducing Siena: a magnificent Gothic city bursting with fabulous architecture. After exploring the UNESCO World Heritage-listed town centre with our Tour Leader, we’ll make tracks for tonight’s idyllic accommodation: a country villa hotel set amidst the rolling Tuscan countryside. For dinner this evening, we’ll come together to indulge in some superb local cuisine. Accommodation: Tenuta di Artimino (or similar) Meals Breakfast Dinner
    • Day 4 - Rural Tuscany Interested in learning a few Italian culinary secrets? You’re in luck! Today our friendly hosts will help us to prepare a classic Tuscan lunch. After indulging in our creations, the afternoon will be ours to take in the panoramic countryside views or take a dip in the pool. Accommodation: Tenuta di Artimino (or similar) Meals Breakfast Lunch
    • Day 5 - Rural Tuscany – Florence – Lucca Today we’ll turn our attention to Florence: the birthplace of the Renaissance and home of some of the world’s most treasured masterpieces. A local guide will bring the city alive as we stroll by the likes of the Duomo and the Ponte Vecchio on a walking tour. Then, as the afternoon turns to dusk, we’ll press on to lovely Lucca. Accommodation: Hotel Alla Corte degli Angeli (or similar) Meals Breakfast
    • Day 6 - Lucca – Pisa – Lucca Prepare to see an Italian icon up close today – we’ll pay a visit to the Campo Dei Miracoli: home to the legendary Leaning Tower of Pisa. There will be plenty of time for photographing this iconic landmark and uncovering the acoustic wonders of the Baptistry of St John before returning to Lucca. This afternoon, we’ll have the rest of the day to explore the cobblestone streets at our own pace. Accommodation: Hotel Alla Corte degli Angeli (or similar) Meals Breakfast
    • Day 7 - Lucca – Camogli – Portofino – Santa Margherita Ligure It's time to experience the glitz and glamour of the Italian Riviera! Today we'll make stops at romantic Camogli and glittering Portofino before settling in at Santa Margherita Ligure. This evening, take some time to wander along the beautiful beachfront - taking in the pastel-coloured houses, elegant hotels and sparkling sea. Accommodation: Hotel Jolanda (or similar) Meals Breakfast
    • Day 8 - Santa Margherita Ligure – Barolo – Asti – Cherasco Away from the coast and onwards to Barolo, in Piedmont: a region of rich red wines and luxurious cuisine. This afternoon there’s a treat in store for the bon vivants among us – we’ll be visiting a local distillery near Asti to taste some local liquors. After, we’ll move on to quaint Cherasco where a group dinner awaits. Accommodation: Hotel Somaschi (or similar) Meals Breakfast Dinner
    • Day 9 - Cherasco – Alba – Lake Orta – Lake Maggiore Rise and shine – this morning we’ll be heading out into the hills of Alba to join a truffle hunt with a local farmer and his dog. Later, we’ll hit the road to the captivating Lake Orta – a tranquil retreat sitting pretty at the bottom of the imposing Monte Mottarone. Then: from one blissful Italian lake to another! Lake Maggiore will be the final stop on today’s scenic journey. Accommodation: Grand Hotel Majestic (or similar) Meals Breakfast
    • Day 10 - Lake Maggiore Today we’ll leave dry land behind us and set sail for the Borromean Islands, a charming collection of islets located in the western corner of the lake. We’ll have plenty of time to explore Isola Madre, wander the terraces of the ornate baroque garden on Isola Bella and discover the pretty harbour of Isola dei Pescatori before we return to shore. After a light lunch, we’ll have some free time to spend at our leisure. Accommodation: Grand Hotel Majestic (or similar) Meals Breakfast Lunch
    • Day 11 - Lake Maggiore – Lake Como – Sondrio After bidding a fond farewell to Lake Maggiore we will venture along the shores of stunning Lake Como. Passing lakeside villages draped in opulence; here we'll receive a rare insight into how the rich and famous live. Continuing our journey, we’ll stop to taste some local wine before arriving at Sondrio – our home for the night. Accommodation: Grand Hotel della Posta (or similar) Meals Breakfast
    • Day 12 - Sondrio – Lake Molveno – Trento Today we’ll shine the spotlight on one of the most beautiful lakes in Italy: the spectacular Lake Molveno, a swathe of iridescent blue that lies at the foot of the Brenta Dolomites. Then, our Tour Leader will take us on a leisurely stroll around the mountain city of Trento before we settle in for tonight’s farewell dinner. Accommodation: Hotel America (or similar) Meals Breakfast Dinner
    • Day 13 - Trento – Verona – Venice Filled with impressive ruins and romantic hotspots, fair Verona beckons today. After taking in the city highlights on an orientation tour, we’ll board the mini-coach one last time for the journey to our show-stopping finale: the floating city of Venice. Meals Breakfast
    • Tour Inclusions Accommodation 12 nights in hand-picked accommodation
    • Tour Leader and Driver
    • Transport Premium mini-coach transportation
    • 12Nights
    • 18Meals 12 Breakfasts, 2 Lunches, 4 Dinners
    • Plus airfare:
    • $4699 per person sharing a twin room
    • $5629 in a room to yourself
    • Travel Insurance recommended.
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