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13 Day Luxury Small Group Italy Rome to Venice

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13 Day Luxury Small Group Italy Rome to Venice

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.

Our adventure map

 Map of Italian Indulgence | 2017

Day by day

First Day welcome to Rome 

Arrive into Rome and enjoy a private transfer to your pre-tour accommodation where the rest of your day is at leisure.

Second Day its Assisi then Perugia

They may say all roads lead to Rome, but after meeting up, our route whisks us away to awe inspiring Assisi, the birthplace of St Francis. We marvel at the towering 13th century Basilica of St Francis, and lose ourselves in the labyrinthine lanes of this medieval village. Then we travel through the bountiful Umbrian countryside for a warm welcome and delicious dinner in Perugia, a buzzing medieval walled town where we’ll spend our first night. (D)

Hotel:    Hotel Fortune

Third Day we're off to Siena then onto Tuscany

Introducing Siena: a gorgeous Gothic city bursting with history, art and fabulous architecture. After exploring the old centre, we venture deep into the verdant Tuscan landscape. Enjoy views of hills circled with vineyards and olive groves and crowned with golden-hued medieval villages. At the heart of it all: our idyllic villa in the world-renowned Chianti region. (B, D)

Hotel:    Villa la Palagina 

Fourth Day we sample Tuscany

Our host lets us in on a few secrets of Italian cooking today, as we prepare ourselves a classic rustic Tuscan lunch. After we’ve enjoyed the fruits, vegetables and fresh pasta of our labour, the afternoon is free to relax. Make the most of the pool, or lounge on the terrace with a good book. (B, L, D)

Hotel:    Villa la Palagina 

Fifth Day we tour Florence then see 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 – held by many as the most spectacular walled town in Italy. We highly recommend classical music lovers and novices alike take up the chance to attend the Puccini Opera, a beloved tradition held in the town every evening. (B)

Hotel:    Alla Corte degli Angeli 

Sixth Day we visit Pisa then return to Lucca

We come up close and personal to an Italian icon today, with a visit to the famous Leaning Tower of Pisa. Then we venture into the city itself, discovering the remarkable acoustics inside the Baptistery of St John, where even the faintest whisper echoes around the walls. Afternoon sees us back in Lucca, where you have a few hours to explore at your own pace. (B)

Hotel:    Alla Corte degli Angeli 

Seventh Day its off to Cinque Terre then Santa Margherita

It’s time to experience the glitz and glamour of the Italian Riviera. While here, we discover the five captivating villages of the UNESCO protected Cinque Terre. After uncovering the secrets and fascinating stories behind these gems, we venture to Santa Margherita. Enjoy an evening at leisure – strolling along the beachfront, lined with pretty, pastel-painted houses. (B)

Hotel:    Lido Palace 

Eighth Day we head to Barolo and Alba then dine in Cherasco 

Our compass points north and we travel inland to Piedmont, a region of rich red wines and luxurious cuisine. Our first stop is the village of Barolo, where we join a truffle hunt with a local farmer. All that searching is thirsty work, so we continue to Grinzane Cavour Castle for a wine tasting followed by a sumptuous slow-food dinner in Cherasco. (B, D)

Hotel:    Hotel Somaschi 

Ninth Day takes you to Asti and Lake Orta then Lake Maggiore 

A treat’s in store for the sweet-toothed among us at a distillery near Asti, where we sip regional liquors, complemented by chocolate and hand-made nougat. Then it’s time to head for the hills, pristine lakes and soaring mountains of northern Italy. En route, we pass the rice-growing province of Vercelli and pause at the enchanting Lake Orta. Lake Maggiore marks the magnificent final stop of the day’s journey, and is our base for the next two nights. (B)

Hotel:    Grand Hotel Majestic

Tenth Day see the sights of Lake Maggiore 

Leaving dry land behind us for the day, we set sail for the Borromean Islands – the ambitious summer retreats of the Borromeo family, on Lake Maggiore. We wander the terraces of the ornate Baroque Garden on Isola Bella, drop by the Renaissance Villa on Isola Madre and discover the pretty harbour of Isola dei Pescatori. The rest of the day is free for you to relax on the shores of Lake Maggiore. (B)

Hotel:    Grand Hotel Majestic

Eleventh Day we leave the Lake and head to Negrar 

Bidding farewell to Lake Maggiore, we discover the rural back roads of the Lombardy. Our trail takes us through quintessential Italian villages and the beautiful Sigurta Garden Park near Lake Garda. Our final stop is Negrar, where we enjoy dinner at a local restaurant. (B, D)

Hotel:    Villa Moron 

Twelfth Day we visit Verona then finally Venice 

Fair Verona beckons today, with its impressive Roman ruins and romantic hot spots such as Juliet’s Balcony. After exploring the city we continue to the Valpolicella region – the jewel in the crown of Italian wine making. Here we visit Tenuta Santa Maria Valverde estate to taste their reserve wines. Then it’s on to the show-stopping finale of our adventure: an evening in the floating city of Venice. After enjoying a little time to explore, we sit down to a farewell dinner at a local restaurant. (B, D)

Hotel:  Hotel Carlton on the Grand Canal 

Thirteenth Day breakfast in Venice

Wake to a leisurely breakfast, before we all go our separate ways and start on our journey home. (B)

Travel Highlights

  • Private transfers to and from the airport
  • 12 nights’ accommodation
  • Tour leader
  • Luxury mini-coach transportation
  • Local guide in Florence
  • European breakfast daily (B)
  • 6 x evening meals (D) 
  • Tuscan cooking class and lunch
  • Truffle hunt in Piedmont
  • Venice water taxi
  • Two wine tastings
  • One liquor tasting
  • Boat transfer to Borromean Islands
  • Included Entrances: Basilica of St Francis of Assisi, Baptistery of St John in Pisa, Cinque Terre Card, Grinzane Cavour Castle, Isola Bella, Madre on Lake Maggiore and Sigurta Garden Park.

The Difference

Cook up an Italian feast in a Tuscan Villa

Hunt for truffles in Piedmont

Take in the tranquillity of Lake Orta, one of Italy’s hidden gems

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