Italian Lakes Region ● Stresa ● Italian Riviera ● Cinque Terre ● Lucca ● Choice on Tour ● Florence ● Siena ● Tuscan Countryside ● Wine Tasting ● Italian Cooking Class ● Bologna ● Venice
From $3499 per person
12 Days ● 17 Meals: 10 Breakfasts ● 1 Lunch ● 6 Dinners
★Explore Lake Orta, one of Italy’s hidden treasures.
★Discover magical Cinque Terre, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
★Experience medieval life at the Palazzo Davanzati.
★Spend two nights in romantic Venice.
★Immerse yourself in Florence’s myriad treasures while on a tour of the city.
★Uncover the prismatic landscape of the Tuscan countryside.
★Journey via watercraft to Isola dei Pescatori for a lovely welcome dinner.
★Learn the art behind Tuscan cuisine during a cooking lesson with an expert chef.
★Indulge in local delicacies during a cocktail party in Stresa.
Day 1: Overnight Flight
Along magical landscapes and inside metropolitan meccas ripe with culture and history, discover Italy on an unforgettable journey of its most cherished treasures.
Day 2: Stresa, Italy - Tour Begins
Begin on the arresting shores of Lake Maggiore, surrounded by the peaceful beauty of the Alpine Lakes region. Visit a wine shop and enjoy a cocktail party with some prima di Cena snacks. Cruise to Isola dei Pescatori,* the most picturesque of the Borromean Islands, where you’ll engage with new friends at a dinner welcoming you to Italy. Today dinner will be included.
Day 3: Stresa
In an ancient village nestled in the mountains, a local family welcomes you to sample their very own artisanal cheeses, paired with the region’s best wines. The remainder of the day in Stresa is at your leisure. Explore the piazzas, flower-lined cobblestone streets, and lakeside promenades. Or, relax and enjoy the breathtaking surroundings during an optional cruise of this scenic lake region. Today breakfast will be included.
Day 4: Stresa - Orta - Italian Riviera
Witness picture-perfect views of the lakes region from Lake Orta, the ancient glacial lake in the Alpine foothills. A boat delivers you to Isola di San Giulio, dominated by its working convent. Journey next to discover the myriad glories of the Italian Riviera as the Liguria coast calls you to the town of Sestri Levante. Today breakfast and dinner will be included.
Day 5: 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. Spend an afternoon independently exploring this magical place. Today breakfast will be included.
Day 6: Italian Riviera - Lucca - Tuscan Villa
Encircled by 16th-century Renaissance walls, the medieval city of Lucca’s appeal lies in the old-world ambience contained within its ramparts. Old storefronts offer a glimpse into the city’s elegant past, while Lucca’s cultural scene thrives in the busy piazzas – local gathering spots for more than 2,000 years. This afternoon, it’s your choice! Discover Lucca on foot -OR- pedal the city circuit via bicycle. Whatever you choose, you’ll see historic marvels including the Cathedral of San Martino and the Piazza dell’Anfiteatro. On a tour of Lucca’s speciality food shops, sample the region’s seasonal delicacies. Stop at a family-owned leather shop and learn the traditional Italian techniques of leather making. End the day in a historic Tuscan villa where you’ll begin a rejuvenating 4-night stay.** Today breakfast and dinner will be included.
Day 7: Florence
Florence. Birthplace of the Renaissance. Home of the Medici family, Galilei, Botticelli and da Vinci. Set out on a walking tour and see medieval Florence’s treasures and monuments, including the Piazza del Duomo, the centre of religious life in medieval Florence, and the Piazza della Signoria. Visit the world-famous Academy Gallery to see Michelangelo’s incredible statue of David. Florence is yours to explore independently before returning to your villa. Today breakfast will be included.
Day 8: Siena
Travel south to Siena, where Romanesque and Gothic architecture surrounds you, and history ignites the culture inside this UNESCO World Heritage site. Walk the medieval streets through narrow passageways on a guided tour and visit the Gothic cathedral, a dramatic architectural marvel rich in frescoes by Pinturicchio and masterpieces by Pisano, Donatello, and Michelangelo. Retreat to your Tuscan villa for a relaxing afternoon. Today breakfast and dinner will be included.
Day 9: Tuscan Countryside
Tuscany’s landscape is a magical colour wheel, where the rays of a pure, sharp sun electrify its vineyards and groves. In the heart of the countryside, a family wine estate welcomes you. After a tour that showcases the wine cellar, the estate, vineyards and olive groves, engage in a lunchtime cooking lesson with the estate’s own chef. Break bread during an authentic Tuscan lunch and toast with wines produced on-site. Return to the villa for some leisure time this afternoon. Continue your culinary journey tonight at one of Tuscany’s traditional restaurants. Buona digestione! Today breakfast, lunch and dinner will be included.
Day 10: Tuscany - Bologna - Venice
On the way to Venice, discover the virtues of Bologna. A city barely changed since the Renaissance, the vivacious capital of the Emilia-Romagna region enthrals you during a walking tour of its medieval grid. Browse the city’s speciality food shops, ripe with the smells and sights of epicurean fantasy, and sample local delicacies along the way. Arrive later in Venice, the “Queen of the Adriatic,” and settle in for a 2-night stay in one of the most romantic cities in the world. Today breakfast will be included.
Day 11: Venice
Welcome to Venezia, the floating city that’s home to magnificent art collections, wonders of architecture, and where marbled palaces belonging to the Gothic and Renaissance periods tower over gondola-laden canals. Embark on a boat journey to Murano*** for an expert glass-blowing demonstration on an island that’s renowned for its long tradition of glass making. Journey back to Venice’s St. Mark’s Square, where a local guide takes you on a tour of its incredible sites, from the Bridge of Sighs and the Clock Tower, to St. Mark’s Basilica. Addio, Italia! Join friends tonight for a spectacular farewell dinner. Today breakfast and dinner will be included.
Day 12: Venice - Tour Ends
Wake up in Venice and depart for home. Today breakfast will be included.
Explore. Connect. Live. ________________ The Tuscan Countryside
See another side of Italy in the Tuscan countryside. This breathtaking rural area feels like a country unto itself — never-ending green rolling hills, medieval villages, and picture-perfect farm houses dot the landscape, much of which appears as if it has been frozen in time. Experience cultural moments that perfectly encompass the countryside’s idyllic beauty. You will visit a family-owned winery to tour its gorgeous vineyards; delight your senses during an expert-led cooking class; and enjoy a sumptuous lunch — which is, of course, paired with wines produced only feet away from you. Lose yourself in the beauty of the Tuscan countryside — these will truly be moments you will remember forever.
YOUR ITINERARY AT A GLANCE
Day 1 Overnight Flight
Days 2, 3 Regina Palace Hotel or Grand Hotel des Iles Borromees
Days 4, 5 Grand Hotel dei Castelli or Grande Albergo, Sestri Levante
Days 6 – 9 Villa Lecchi or Villa Sanpaolo
Days 10, 11 Hotel Ca' dei Conti or Hotel Bonvecchiati
On some dates, alternate hotels may be used.
August 24th 2019
April 20th 2020
Please contact us for other departure dates in 2019/2020