Discover cities that have shaped the world’s culture. Regional flavours and renowned wines, celebrated around the globe. And picture-perfect landscapes that will capture your imagination and stay in your heart. Exploring Italy is truly an experience to be savoured.
• 11 nights in boutique accommodation
• Experienced Back-Roads Driver & Tour Leader
• Local guide in Florence
• Premium mini-coach transportation
• European breakfast daily (B), 1 lunch (L), 6 evening meals (D)
• Tuscan cooking class and lunch
• Truffle hunt in Piedmont
• 1 wine tasting
• 1 liquor tasting
• Entrance included to: San Fruttuoso Abbey, Isola Madre & Isola Bella, Baptistery of St John in Pisa and Grinzane Cavour Castle.
27 Feb and 20 Mar 2018. Other departures available between Apr - Oct 2018, seasonal surcharges may apply.
5%* Early Bird Discount on 2018 tours (when paid in full by 15 Jan 2018
Helloworld Travel Exclusive Offer: $100* discount per person per tour (valid on 2018 tours and departures)
27 Feb and 20 Mar 2018
Other departures available between Apr - Oct 2018, seasonal surcharges may apply.
30 Nov 17,
unless sold out prior. Availability is limited.
DAY 1 ROME – ASSISI – PERUGIA
They say all roads lead to Rome, but after we meet, our route whisks us away to awe-inspiring Assisi, the birthplace of St Francis. Tonight, we come together for a delicious dinner in Perugia. (D)
DAY 2 PERUGIA – SIENA – TUSCANY
Introducing Siena: a gorgeous Gothic city bursting with fabulous architecture. After exploring the old centre, we venture to our villa in the world-renowned Chianti region. (B,D).
DAY 3 TUSCANY
Our host lets us in on a few secrets of Italian cooking today, as we prepare ourselves a classic rustic Tuscan lunch. Later, the afternoon is free to relax. (B,L,D)
DAY 4 TUSCANY – FLORENCE – LUCCA
We turn our attention to Florence – birthplace of the Renaissance and home to the world’s most treasured masterpieces. A local guide brings the city alive as we stroll through the streets on a walking tour. As afternoon melts into dusk, we continue on to Lucca. (B)
DAY 5 LUCCA – PISA – LUCCA
We come up close and personal to an Italian icon today, with a visit to the famous Leaning Tower of Pisa. Afternoon sees us back in Lucca, where you have the rest of the day and night to explore at your own pace. (B)
DAY 6 LUCCA – CAMOGLI – SAN FRUTTUOSO – PORTOFINO – SANTA MARGHERITA LIGURE
It’s time to experience the glitz and glamour of the Italian Riviera. Have your camera ready as we tick off Camogli, San Fruttuoso and the glittering village of Portofino, before settling in Santa Margherita Ligure. Enjoy an evening at your own pace – strolling along the beachfront, lined with pastelpainted houses. (B)
DAY 7 SANTA MARGHERITA LIGURE – BAROLO – ASTI – CHERASCO
Our compass points north and we travel inland to Piedmont, a region of rich red wines and luxurious cuisine. Our first stop is Grinzane Cavour Castle, before driving near the village of Barolo. A treat is in store for the sweet-toothed among us at a distillery near Asti, where we sip regional liquors, complemented by hand-made nougat. Finally, we will end our busy day with a sumptuous slow-food dinner in Cherasco. (B,D)
DAY 8 CHERASCO – LAKE ORTA – LAKE MAGGIORE
This morning we join a truffle hunt with a local farmer, and then it’s time to head for the hills, pristine lakes and soaring mountains of northern Italy. Lake Maggiore marks the magnificent final stop of the day’s journey. (B)
DAY 9 LAKE MAGGIORE
Leaving dry land behind us for the day, we set sail for the Borromean Islands. We wander the terraces of the ornate Baroque Garden on Isola Bella and discover the pretty harbour of Isola dei Pescatori. The rest of the day is free for you to relax. (B)
DAY 10 LAKE MAGGIORE – LECCO – TIRANO
Bidding farewell to Lake Maggiore, we discover the sights of Lecco before we reach Tirano for a wine tasting session. After an indulgent afternoon, we return to our hotel and meet for dinner at a local restaurant to continue the culinary adventure. (B,D)
DAY 11 TIRANO – LAKE MOLVENO – TRENTO
This morning we turn our attention to the majestic Lake Molveno at the foot of the Brenta Dolomites. We continue to Trento for a walking tour and meet in the evening for a farewell dinner. (B,D)
DAY 12 TRENTO – VERONA – VENICE
Fair Verona beckons today, with its impressive Roman ruins and romantic hotspots. Then it’s onwards to the show-stopping finale: the floating city of Venice where we bid farewell. (B)
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