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Italian Indulgence: Rome to Venice

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14 Days
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Explore and discover the beauty and charms of Northern Italy - Umbria, Tuscany and Piedmont. Visit medieval cities, hilltowns, enjoy wine tasting, stay at an Idyllic villa and learn to make the perfect pasta. As a grand finale, spend time in Venice, city of canals.


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Depart from Rome heading north to the province of Umbria. Stop first in the medieval village of Assisi, the birthplace of St. Francis. After time exploring Assisi, continue to Perugia, another Umbrian medieval walled city dating back to Etruscan times. It is known for its universities and as a cultural and artistic centre. Overnight in Perugia.

Visit the following morning, the wonderful impressive city of Siena in Tuscany. The Piazza del Campo will take your breath away with its imposing beauty. It is also the venue of the famous Palio horse race. Later, you will travel through the local Tuscan countryside with its rolling hills, olive groves and vineyards arriving at your idyllic Tuscan villa in the Chianti region where you will stay for 2 nights.

The next day, the villa’s chef will teach you the secrets to making the perfect pasta and Italian bread which you will then prepare and eat for lunch. The remainder of the day is free to relax by the pool.

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The next morning, travel to Florence where you will have a walking tour of the city including the renowned and ancient Ponte Vecchio spanning the Arno River. Walk over the bridge with its many glittering jewellery shops. Visit the Galeria dell’ Accademia to view the famous imposing Michelangelo statue of David. Leave Florence and head to Lucca, an extremely attractive Tuscan town, one of Italy’s finest medieval towns with its massive 16th Century walls. Spend 2 nights here.

Next up is a visit to Pisa with its famous Leaning Tower and the Baptistery of St. John. Return to Lucca with a free afternoon to explore the charms of the city.

The next day takes you to the Cinque Terre which is an 8 kilometre/5 mile long steep coastline and a UNESCO World Heritage site. It consists of 5 coastal villages each one remote and situated on rocky promontories. They are not accessible by car and you will explore a few of them by means of boat, train and on foot. Later, continue to Santa Margherita on the Mediterranean for overnight. Santa Margherita is known as the playground of the rich and famous. It is a beautiful old resort with palm trees, an attractive marina and a sailboat centre.

The following morning, head north to the province of Piedmont known for its charming castles, quaint villages and hilltop vineyards. Arrive at the village of Barolo where you will go on a truffle hunt with a local farmer together with a hunting dog to eek out the famed, rare and expensive white Alba truffle. Continue to Pollenza, an unassuming small town known for its cuisine and a UNESCO World Heritage site. Here you will visit the Banca del Vino to have a wine tasting lead by professional sommeliers. Overnight in Pollenza.

The next day, start with a visit to the Torronificio Barbero Nougat private collection for a tasting of nougat and chocolate. This is followed by a risotto lunch after which continue to the lakes of Northern Italy. After a short stop at Lake Orta, arrive at Lake Maggiore for a 2 night stay.
The next morning, explore the Borromean Islands on Lake Maggiore. You will visit Isola Bella with its magnificent baroque garden, Isola del Pescatori with its pretty harbour and Isola Madre with its Renaissance villa.

Leave Lake Maggiore and travel to Verona stopping at Lake Garda en route. On arrival in Verona, explore the city with its wonderful Roman amphitheatre, venue of open air operas and Juliet’s balcony. Overninght in Trento.

Finally head to Venice where you bid farewell.

 

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Duration
14 Days
Prices From:
US$ 4,261

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Day 1

Fiumicino or Ciampino Airport to Central Rome

Duration30 Minutes

Hotel Twenty One

Located in Rome, the very contemporary Hotel Twenty One features an elegant, upscale setting with fantastic views of the Pincian Hill and of Saint Peter's Cupola. Staying here will surely be an unforgettable experience. The most famous touring itineraries of art, culture, history and tradition can be easily reached from this exclusive boutique hotel, located in the city center of Rome, half way between the Vatican Museums and the Spanish Steps. This hotel is unique for its modern, sophisticated style and for its attention to detail, is the ideal destination for those seeking a pleasant vacation and for those traveling on business.

Meal Plan Buffet Breakfast
Duration1 Night
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Hotel Twenty One

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    Hotel Twenty One



    Located in Rome, the very contemporary Hotel Twenty One features an elegant, upscale setting with fantastic views of the Pincian Hill and of Saint Peter's Cupola. Staying here will surely be an unforgettable experience. The most famous touring itineraries of art, culture, history and tradition ...

    Located in Rome, the very contemporary Hotel Twenty One features an elegant, upscale setting with fantastic views of the Pincian Hill and of Saint Peter's Cupola. Staying here will surely be an unforgettable experience. The most famous touring itineraries of art, culture, history and tradition can be easily reached from this exclusive boutique hotel, located in the city center of Rome, half way between the Vatican Museums and the Spanish Steps. This hotel is unique for its modern, sophisticated style and for its attention to detail, is the ideal destination for those seeking a pleasant vacation and for those traveling on business.

    Facilities

    • Attractions
    • 24 Hour Reception
    • Air Conditioning
    • Conference Facilities
    • Hairdryers
    • Housekeeping Service
    • Internet Access
    • Laundry Service
    • Luggage Storage
    • Mini Bar
    • Multi-lingual Staff
    • Tour Desk
    • TV

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Day 2

Rome - Assisi - Perugia

They say all roads lead to Rome - but after we meet today, 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 a walking tour, we'll move on to Perugia - where we'll start as we mean to go on (with a delicious included dinner).

Meal Plan Dinner
Duration1 Night
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Hotel Fortuna

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    Hotel Fortuna



    In an exclusive location in the historic center of Perugia, just a few meters from Corso Vannucci and the city hall, in a building of 1300, Hotel Fortuna is unique for the comfort and hospitality of the staff. The hotel will be happy to give ...

    In an exclusive location in the historic center of Perugia, just a few meters from Corso Vannucci and the city hall, in a building of 1300, Hotel Fortuna is unique for the comfort and hospitality of the staff. The hotel will be happy to give illustrations and explanations about the city, to advise on shows, exhibitions and events and to offer the most characteristic restaurants.

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    • Internet Access - Wireless
    • Library
    • Multi-lingual Staff
    • Room Service Limited Hours

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Day 3

Perugia - Siena - Tuscany

Introducing Siena: a magnificent Gothic city bursting with fabulous architecture. After exploring the UNESCO World Heritage-listed Historic Centre, we'll make tracks to tonight's idyllic accommodation - a country villa hotel set amidst the vineyards of the world-renowned Chianti region.

Meal Plan Breakfast and Dinner
Duration2 Nights
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Villa San Giorgio

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    Villa San Giorgio



    Villa San Giorgio is a country hotel: mix the amazing country position with the services of a modern hotel. This property is placed on the top of a green hill, in the Chianti vineyards overlooked on the Val d'Elsa, 3 km from the Poggibonsi town ...

    Villa San Giorgio is a country hotel: mix the amazing country position with the services of a modern hotel. This property is placed on the top of a green hill, in the Chianti vineyards overlooked on the Val d'Elsa, 3 km from the Poggibonsi town centre, in Siena province, 12 km from San Gimignano, 25 km from Siena and 35 km from Florence.

    In a typical Tuscan villa, recently refurbished and originally from the beginning of the XX century, it offer three kinds of room (comfort, standard and economy) for the pleasure of the relax and comfort at low prices.

    The Villa is surrounded by vineyards and olive trees and it has got a panoramic position with a large overlooking over the San Gimignano's towers and the Tuscany's countryside.

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    • Concierge
    • Free Parking
    • Free WiFi
    • Outdoor Pool
    • Restaurant
    • Room Service

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Day 4

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. This afternoon will be yours to take in the panoramic countryside views, take a dip in the pool or relax in the shadow of one of the villa's many pine trees.

Tonight, there's another tasty dinner in store.

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Day 5

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.

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Duration2 Nights
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Hotel Alla Corte degli Angeli

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    Hotel Alla Corte degli Angeli



    La Corte Degli Angeli stands cupped within the encircling walls of Lucca crowned with its sheltering trees. It is the size of a jewel-box both intimate yet spacious and is full of charm and fascinating attractions. A delightful place to stay, it is furnished with ...

    La Corte Degli Angeli stands cupped within the encircling walls of Lucca crowned with its sheltering trees. It is the size of a jewel-box both intimate yet spacious and is full of charm and fascinating attractions. A delightful place to stay, it is furnished with every comfort and decorated according to a pattern of flowers which enhances the interior decoration with its lively colours. The evocative view over the old roofs and characteristic towers of the town are an added joy.

    Facilities

    • 24 Hour Room Service
    • Concierge
    • Internet Access - Wireless
    • Laundry facilities
    • Lounge Bar
    • Multi-lingual Staff

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Day 6

Lucca - Pisa - Lucca

Prepare to see an Italian icon up close today - our first stop will be Pisa, where we'll pay a visit to the legendary Leaning Tower. This afternoon will see us return to Lucca, where you'll have the rest of the day to explore the cobblestone streets at your own pace.

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Day 7

Lucca - Camogli - San Fruttuoso - 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, picture-perfect San Fruttuoso and glittering Portofino before settling in Santa Margherita Ligure.

This evening, why not take some time to wander along the beautiful beachfront, taking in the pastel-coloured houses, elegant hotels and sparkling waters?

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Duration1 Night
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Hotel Jolanda

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    Centrally located in the beautiful setting of Santa Margherita Ligure, just 100 meters from the sea and halfway between the charming Portofino and Rapallo, Hotel Jolanda, open all year, offers serene and cozy stay in a thoroughly elegant surroundings.

    Centrally located in the beautiful setting of Santa Margherita Ligure, just 100 meters from the sea and halfway between the charming Portofino and Rapallo, Hotel Jolanda, open all year, offers serene and cozy stay in a thoroughly elegant surroundings.

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    • Bar/Lounge
    • Fitness Centre
    • Gym
    • Restaurant
    • Spa

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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 sweet-toothed among us - we'll be visiting a distillery near Asti to taste some regional liquors and handmade nougat.

Finally, we'll move on to Cherasco - where a group dinner awaits.

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Duration1 Night
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Hotel Somaschi

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    Hotel Somaschi


    Hotel Somaschi is in Cherasco, a 15-minute drive from A6 motorway and 45 minutes from Torino. It offers a mini spa, free Wi-Fi and parking and hill and mountain views. Somaschi's spacious rooms are air conditioned and feature a Sky TV, a computer and panoramic ...

    Hotel Somaschi is in Cherasco, a 15-minute drive from A6 motorway and 45 minutes from Torino. It offers a mini spa, free Wi-Fi and parking and hill and mountain views.

    Somaschi's spacious rooms are air conditioned and feature a Sky TV, a computer and panoramic views on the Monviso, part of the Cottian Alps.


    The on-site mini spa includes an outdoor swimming pool, a Turkish bath and relaxation area. You will find small lounge area for coffee breaks and breakfast. In the cigar room you can enjoy liquors.

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    • Parking
    • Pool
    • Restaurant
    • Spa

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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. After a risotto tasting lunch, 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.

Meal Plan Breakfast and Lunch
Duration2 Nights
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Grand Hotel Majestic

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    Grand Hotel Majestic is a superior hotel located directly on the lake. Built in 1870, on the elegant west Piedmont shores of Lake Maggiore, the property is a fascinating exemplary conception of La Belle Epoque. The Grand Hotel Majestic is member of Small Luxury Hotels ...

    Grand Hotel Majestic is a superior hotel located directly on the lake. Built in 1870, on the elegant west Piedmont shores of Lake Maggiore, the property is a fascinating exemplary conception of La Belle Epoque.

    The Grand Hotel Majestic is member of Small Luxury Hotels of the World and since 2007 is recommended by Legambiente Turismo for its commitment in the environmental protection.

    Facilities

    • Concierge
    • Fitness Centre
    • Free Parking
    • Free WiFi
    • Indoor Pool
    • Laundry Service
    • Meeting and Event Facilities
    • Restaurant
    • Spa
    • Wedding venue

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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 for the afternoon.

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Day 11

Lake Maggiore - Lecco - Tirano

After bidding a fond farewell to Lake Maggiore, we'll move on to Lecco, a small commune on the southeastern shore of the exquisite Lake Como. We'll take in the sights on a walking tour before making our way to Tirano - where we'll continue our culinary adventure with an included dinner.

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Duration1 Night
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Grand Hotel Della Posta

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    Welcome to Grand Hotel della Posta, a relaxing oasis right in the centre of Sondrio: since 1862 the "Hotel Posta" welcomes its guests. This building of solid tradition, recently restored with great attention and care for detail, offers visitors all the comforts of home

    Welcome to Grand Hotel della Posta, a relaxing oasis right in the centre of Sondrio: since 1862 the "Hotel Posta" welcomes its guests. This building of solid tradition, recently restored with great attention and care for detail, offers visitors all the comforts of home

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    • Meeting Facilities
    • Restaurant
    • Spa

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Day 12

Tirano - 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. There will be just enough time for a walking tour of the mountain city of Trento before we get together for tonight's farewell dinner.

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Duration1 Night
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Hotel America

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    Hotel America



    Your hotel in the city center, perfect for discovering Trento: Simply Different! In the historic center of Trento, a few steps from Castle Buonconsiglio and the Duomo; Hotel America Trento offer cozy spaces, exclusive services and a staff dedicated entirely to you. Business, culture, art, ...

    Your hotel in the city center, perfect for discovering Trento: Simply Different! In the historic center of Trento, a few steps from Castle Buonconsiglio and the Duomo; Hotel America Trento offer cozy spaces, exclusive services and a staff dedicated entirely to you. Business, culture, art, events, nature, sports... all at your fingertips!

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    • 24 Hour Reception
    • 24 Hour Reception

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Day 13

Trento - Verona - Venice

Filled with impressive ruins and romantic hotspots, fair Verona beckons today. After taking in the city highlights, we'll board the mini-coach one last time for the journey to our show-stopping finale: the floating city of Venice.

Meal Plan Breakfast

Hotel Tiziano

The Hotel Tiziano is located in a neighbourhood where you can feel the romantic atmosphere of Venice: the streets and squares are truly genuine, suspended between art, history and daily life, and far from the areas of the mass tourism. Hotel Tiziano is set in a 15th-century building in the Dorsoduro district, near the Church of San Nicolo dei Mendicoli, one of the most beautiful churches in the heart of Venice. The famous Churches St. Nicolo dei Mendicoli or Angello Raffaele are only several metres from the front door.

Meal Plan Buffet Breakfast
Duration1 Night
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Hotel Tiziano

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    The Hotel Tiziano is located in a neighbourhood where you can feel the romantic atmosphere of Venice: the streets and squares are truly genuine, suspended between art, history and daily life, and far from the areas of the mass tourism. Hotel Tiziano is set in ...

    The Hotel Tiziano is located in a neighbourhood where you can feel the romantic atmosphere of Venice: the streets and squares are truly genuine, suspended between art, history and daily life, and far from the areas of the mass tourism. Hotel Tiziano is set in a 15th-century building in the Dorsoduro district, near the Church of San Nicolo dei Mendicoli, one of the most beautiful churches in the heart of Venice. The famous Churches St. Nicolo dei Mendicoli or Angello Raffaele are only several metres from the front door.

    Facilities

    • Express Check In/Out
    • Internet Access - Wireless
    • Multi-lingual Staff
    • Reception (Limited hours)
    • Smoke Free Hotel

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Day 14

Venice City Centre Hotel to Venice Airport - Private Transfer

Duration1 Hour

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DEPARTURES:

2020: Mar 14, 21; Apr 8, 15, 22, 25; May 2, 4, 6, 9, 13, 16, 18, 20, 23, 25, 27, 30; Jun 3, 10, 13, 17, 20, 24; Jul 4, 8; 11, 15, 18, 25; Aug 5, 15, 19, 22, 26, 29; Sep 2, 5, 7, 9, 12, 14, 16, 19, 21, 23,  26, 28, 30; Oct 3, 7, 12

PRICE INCLUDES:

  • Arrival and departure transfers
  • 1 night accommodation in Rome
  • 1 night accommodation in Venice
  • 12 day escorted tour from Rome to Venice including;
    • 11 nights' boutique accommodation
    • Experienced Driver and Tour Leader
    • Premium mini-coach transportation

    • Daily European-style breakfast (B), 2 lunches (L), 6 evening meals (D)
    • Entrance included to all attractions in the itinerary, including: Isola Madre and Isola Bella, The Pisa Baptistery of St John

PRICE EXCLUDES:

  • International and Domestic airfare & airfare taxes
  • Driver/tour leader gratuity is at your discretion
  • Lunches (unless otherwise stated)
  • Social drinks
  • Meals on free nights
  • Items of a personal nature
  • Entrance fees when not listed in the schedule of inclusions
  • Occasional optional evening theatre/festival visits and entrances not detailed in the tour inclusions
  • Incidental expenses, such as room service incurred at hotels
  • All expenses are to be settled prior to leaving the accommodation
  • Laundry costs and any shipping charges for the return of purchases made on tour, or for the return of property lost on tour
  • Pre and post tour accommodation
  • Unless otherwise listed in the inclusions, transfers are not included in the tour price

OTHER INFORMATION:

Blue-Roads Touring have hand-picked an extensive portfolio of quality properties across Europe and to ensure the very best experience on each of our tours, hotels may vary to those listed in this itinerary.

Mobility: All of our tours involve walking and require our guests to board and disembark our vehicles several times a day making this tour unsuitable for those with reduced mobility.

TERMS AND CONDITIONS:

Prices are "from", per person, based on twin share. Subject to availability. The hotels have been hand-picked from an extensive portfolio of quality properties across Europe and to ensure the very best experience on each of our tours, hotels may vary to those listed in this itinerary.

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