Italian Indulgence

Tuscany Countryside

Discover cities that have shaped the world’s culture. Regional flavors 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 savored.

  • Cook up an Italian feast in a Tuscan Villa
  • Hunt for truffles in Piedmont
  • Enjoy an afternoon of wine tasting in Tirano
  • Tour Includes: • 11 nights in boutique accommodation • Experienced Driver & Tour Leader • Local guide in Florence • Premium mini-coach transportation • Breakfast daily (B), 1 lunch (L), 6 evening meals (D) • Tuscan cooking class and lunch • Truffle hunt in Piedmont • 2 wine tastings • 1 liquor tasting

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)

Accommodation: (Hotel Fortuna)

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).

Accommodation: (Villa La Palagina)

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)

Accommodation: (Villa La Palagina)

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)

Accommodation: (Hotel Alla Corte degli Angeli)

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)

Accommodation: (Hotel Alla Corte degli Angeli)

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 pastel-painted houses. (B)

Accommodation: (Hotel Lido Palace)

DAY 7 SANTA MARGHERITA LIGURE – BAROLO – 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 for a wine tasting, before driving near the village of Barolo, where we join a truffle hunt with a local farmer. Once we have worked up an appetite, we will follow it up by a sumptuous slow-food dinner in Cherasco. (B,D)

Accommodation: (Hotel Somaschi)

DAY 8 CHERASCO – ASTI – LAKE ORTA – LAKE MAGGIORE
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. 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)

Accommodation: (Grand Hotel Majestic)

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 harbor of Isola dei Pescatori. The rest of the day is free for you to relax. (B)

Accommodation: (Grand Hotel Majestic)

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)

Accommodation: (Hotel Corona)

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)

Accommodation: (Hotel America)

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)

On rare occasions, we may be required to substitute a property previously listed in our itineraries. Please note that any hotel changes will be consistent with our high standards.

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This tour departs almost every week from February 27 until October 18, 2018. Prices from $4399*

* Prices quoted are per person, double occupancy (land only). Single rates are available, and typically add about $800 to the cost.

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