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Ultimate Italy

Corporate Retreat

Enjoy the ultimate Italian experience during this 12-day guided tour.

EXPERIENCE OVERVIEW

Enjoy the ultimate Italian experience during this 12-day guided tour. Sail to the sun-drenched island of Capri, where you will join a Local Expert for a tour of the infamous Faraglioni Rocks — three towering rocks jutting out from the Mediterranean Sea. At lunch, sit down to an Italian feast at the Michelin-starred Mammà, where you will have sweeping views of the Gulf of Naples while savoring dishes made from fresh, seasonal ingredients. See Florence your way with a choice of activities: Join an art historian and visit the Accademia to see Michelangelo's David or walk with a local food expert and taste this Tuscan town’s most decadent treats. In Venice, visit the Doge's Palace with a Local Expert and without the crowds — the expansive residence is yours alone to explore after hours. Extend your tour in timeless elegance onboard the luxurious Venice Simplon-Orient-Express to travel to Paris.

highlights

Choice Highlights
  • Choose between two carefully selected activities
  • Assisi: Join a Local Expert for a guided visit to the imposing Basilica of St. Francis.
  • Assisi: Treat your palate as you sample Umbrian specialities at a tasting experience.
  • Choose between two carefully selected activities
  • Florence: Join an art historian to immerse yourself in Renaissance Florence. Visit the Accademia Museum and marvel at the statue of David, a Michelangelo masterpiece. See the impressive trio of the Duomo, Bell Tower and Baptistery before arriving to Piazza della Signoria, traditionally the political heart of the city.
  • Florence: Join a local foodie and get to know Florence one bite at a time on your walking tour. Learn about Florentine speciliaties, visit the lively Mercato Centrale and sample a selection of gourmet highlights.
Well-being
  • Your Well-Being Director takes a proactive approach to your welfare ensuring all well-being regulations are met. On tours fewer than 15 guests, your Traveling Concierge will act as your Well-Being Director.
  • Our customized luxury coaches are sanitized before the start of your tour and are maintained to very high standards. Physical distancing measures have been implemented on our customized luxury coaches.
  • Experience enhanced hygiene protocols to align with the latest guidance following COVID-19. All Travelling Concierge's, Well-Being Directors and Drivers have completed training in enhanced well-being and hygiene protocols.
  • We only work with establishments we are confident will consistently adhere to our high well-being standards, which include hotels, restaurants and sight-seeing venues.
  • Hand sanitizer is freely available on board for you to use throughout the day.
Exceptional Dining
  • Rome: As night falls, delight in the romance of the Eternal City before gathering for a delicious Welcome Dinner of Italian cuisine and wine at a restaurant known only to locals, near Rome’s famous Pantheon. Watch the world go by as you savour a meal with new friends.
  • Capri: After your morning cruise, cool off from the Mediterranean sun with a refreshing local beverage, the lemon granita. Freshly made with sweet Sicilian lemons, this tasty drink will add zing to your day before more exploring.
  • Capri: Take in beautiful views of the Gulf of Naples from the privileged perch of Michelin-starred Mammà restaurant. Savour a delectable meal of Mediterranean flavours in perfect Caprese style, created with passion from fresh, local produce by chef Salvatore La Ragione.
  • Assisi: Treat your palate as you sample Umbrian specialities at a tasting experience.
  • Tuscany: Explore Guardastelle with a wine expert to learn about the various grape varieties and visit the ancient cellars, where you will enjoy a wine tasting. Afterwards, indulge in a lunch of Tuscan specialties and beautiful views of the rolling hills and vineyards.
  • San Gimignano: Get a taste of magnificence in gelato form. Ascend serpentine alleyways to the artisan ice cream parlour of World Champion Gelato maestro, Sergio Dondoli, for a taste of his creamiest treats. It may be difficult to leave.
  • Florence: Join a local foodie and get to know Florence one bite at a time on your walking tour. Learn about Florentine speciliaties, visit the lively Mercato Centrale and sample a selection of gourmet highlights.
  • Florence: Enjoy dinner in an elegant Florentine villa, where you’ll dine on regional dishes including the famous local specialty 'Fiorentina' - a Tuscan beef steak, seasoned and grilled to perfection.
  • Tuscany: Immerse yourself in the culture of Tuscan food with a hands-on cooking class in the former hunting lodge of the Medici family. Source fresh ingredients from the blooming garden and learn how to roll your own fresh pasta with a professional Italian chef.
  • Dining Summary: 4 Dinner with Wine (DW), 8 Breakfast (B), and 3 Lunch with Wine (LW)
Journey Highlights
  • Rome: Stroll around the Roman Forum, learning more about the ancient ruins of government buildings while enjoying the panoramic views over the Eternal City. Then, skip the queues to view the iconic Colosseum and hear the remarkable history of the largest amphitheater in the ancient world.
  • Rome: Every side street has something to offer, as you’ll see on a guided exploration of the hidden sites of Rome with your knowledgeable Local Expert. Get away from the crowds and discover more culture and art in this living masterpiece.
  • Pompeii: Walk with a Local Expert through the cobbled streets of this ill-fated town, frozen in time since the 1st century, when a volcanic eruption engulfed the streets. Hear more about the lavish lives the locals lived and visit well-preserved ruins of baths and local shops.
  • Capri: Arrive in style for your overnight stay as the jet-set do, travelling to your luxurious Capri hotel by open-top taxi. Don’t forget your headscarf or hat and sunglasses so passersby can speculate about the visiting VIP.
  • Capri: Embark on a private cruise that takes you around the dramatic coast of Capri to seek out hidden coves and grottos that few get to see. The White Grotto is a dazzling sight with the stalactites that dangle over its entrance.
  • Assisi: Join a Local Expert for a guided visit to the imposing Basilica of St. Francis.
  • Perugia: Meet Marta, fourth generation weaver and recipient of a TreadRight Foundation grant at Laboratorio Giuditta Brozzetti. Discover how she and her weavers are preserving the medieval Umbrian tradition of loom-weaving at their artisanal workshop and sharing their own piece of a colorful history. On this MAKE TRAVEL MATTER® Experience Marta and her students help to safeguard the unique patterns while contributing to the protection of Umbria’s cultural heritage. The workshop is owned by women and actively empowers women and girls through its education and training programs.
  • San Gimignano: Visit this small hillside city and find out why it's called the 'medieval Manhattan of Italy'. Enter the exquisite Porto San Giovanni, the main city gate, that's stood the test of time since the 13th century. Explore well-preserved streets and beautiful ceramic stores.
  • Florence: Join an art historian to immerse yourself in Renaissance Florence. Visit the Accademia Museum and marvel at the statue of David, a Michelangelo masterpiece. See the impressive trio of the Duomo, Bell Tower and Baptistery before arriving to Piazza della Signoria, traditionally the political heart of the city.
  • Pisa: Accompanied by your Local Expert, marvel at the gravity-defying Leaning Tower of Pisa and see the Duomo and baptistery.
  • Cinque Terre: Experience some of the most awe-inspiring coastal scenery on earth at the UNESCO-listed Cinque Terre. Join your Local Expert and discover charming Manarola, a picturesque fishing village, before travelling by train to the historic and colourful resort town of Rapallo.
Chairman's Collection
  • Tuscany: If you are travelling on a Chairman's Collection departure, on Day 6 you are invited to an exclusive lunch and wine tasting with Marchese Mazzei at his centuries-old Tuscan estate. This experience will replace the lunch and wine tasting at the 'Guardastelle' estate.

Highlights

Choice Highlights
  • Choose between two carefully selected activities
  • Assisi: Join a Local Expert for a guided visit to the imposing Basilica of St. Francis.
  • Assisi: Treat your palate as you sample Umbrian specialities at a tasting experience.
  • Choose between two carefully selected activities
  • Florence: Join an art historian to immerse yourself in Renaissance Florence. Visit the Accademia Museum and marvel at the statue of David, a Michelangelo masterpiece. See the impressive trio of the Duomo, Bell Tower and Baptistery before arriving to Piazza della Signoria, traditionally the political heart of the city.
  • Florence: Join a local foodie and get to know Florence one bite at a time on your walking tour. Learn about Florentine speciliaties, visit the lively Mercato Centrale and sample a selection of gourmet highlights.
Well-being
  • Your Well-Being Director takes a proactive approach to your welfare ensuring all well-being regulations are met. On tours fewer than 15 guests, your Traveling Concierge will act as your Well-Being Director.
  • Our customized luxury coaches are sanitized before the start of your tour and are maintained to very high standards. Physical distancing measures have been implemented on our customized luxury coaches.
  • Experience enhanced hygiene protocols to align with the latest guidance following COVID-19. All Travelling Concierge's, Well-Being Directors and Drivers have completed training in enhanced well-being and hygiene protocols.
  • We only work with establishments we are confident will consistently adhere to our high well-being standards, which include hotels, restaurants and sight-seeing venues.
  • Hand sanitizer is freely available on board for you to use throughout the day.
Exceptional Dining
  • Rome: As night falls, delight in the romance of the Eternal City before gathering for a delicious Welcome Dinner of Italian cuisine and wine at a restaurant known only to locals, near Rome’s famous Pantheon. Watch the world go by as you savour a meal with new friends.
  • Capri: After your morning cruise, cool off from the Mediterranean sun with a refreshing local beverage, the lemon granita. Freshly made with sweet Sicilian lemons, this tasty drink will add zing to your day before more exploring.
  • Capri: Take in beautiful views of the Gulf of Naples from the privileged perch of Michelin-starred Mammà restaurant. Savour a delectable meal of Mediterranean flavours in perfect Caprese style, created with passion from fresh, local produce by chef Salvatore La Ragione.
  • Assisi: Treat your palate as you sample Umbrian specialities at a tasting experience.
  • Tuscany: Explore Guardastelle with a wine expert to learn about the various grape varieties and visit the ancient cellars, where you will enjoy a wine tasting. Afterwards, indulge in a lunch of Tuscan specialties and beautiful views of the rolling hills and vineyards.
  • San Gimignano: Get a taste of magnificence in gelato form. Ascend serpentine alleyways to the artisan ice cream parlour of World Champion Gelato maestro, Sergio Dondoli, for a taste of his creamiest treats. It may be difficult to leave.
  • Florence: Join a local foodie and get to know Florence one bite at a time on your walking tour. Learn about Florentine speciliaties, visit the lively Mercato Centrale and sample a selection of gourmet highlights.
  • Florence: Enjoy dinner in an elegant Florentine villa, where you’ll dine on regional dishes including the famous local specialty 'Fiorentina' - a Tuscan beef steak, seasoned and grilled to perfection.
  • Tuscany: Immerse yourself in the culture of Tuscan food with a hands-on cooking class in the former hunting lodge of the Medici family. Source fresh ingredients from the blooming garden and learn how to roll your own fresh pasta with a professional Italian chef.
  • Dining Summary: 4 Dinner with Wine (DW), 8 Breakfast (B), and 3 Lunch with Wine (LW)
Journey Highlights
  • Rome: Stroll around the Roman Forum, learning more about the ancient ruins of government buildings while enjoying the panoramic views over the Eternal City. Then, skip the queues to view the iconic Colosseum and hear the remarkable history of the largest amphitheater in the ancient world.
  • Rome: Every side street has something to offer, as you’ll see on a guided exploration of the hidden sites of Rome with your knowledgeable Local Expert. Get away from the crowds and discover more culture and art in this living masterpiece.
  • Pompeii: Walk with a Local Expert through the cobbled streets of this ill-fated town, frozen in time since the 1st century, when a volcanic eruption engulfed the streets. Hear more about the lavish lives the locals lived and visit well-preserved ruins of baths and local shops.
  • Capri: Arrive in style for your overnight stay as the jet-set do, travelling to your luxurious Capri hotel by open-top taxi. Don’t forget your headscarf or hat and sunglasses so passersby can speculate about the visiting VIP.
  • Capri: Embark on a private cruise that takes you around the dramatic coast of Capri to seek out hidden coves and grottos that few get to see. The White Grotto is a dazzling sight with the stalactites that dangle over its entrance.
  • Assisi: Join a Local Expert for a guided visit to the imposing Basilica of St. Francis.
  • Perugia: Meet Marta, fourth generation weaver and recipient of a TreadRight Foundation grant at Laboratorio Giuditta Brozzetti. Discover how she and her weavers are preserving the medieval Umbrian tradition of loom-weaving at their artisanal workshop and sharing their own piece of a colorful history. On this MAKE TRAVEL MATTER® Experience Marta and her students help to safeguard the unique patterns while contributing to the protection of Umbria’s cultural heritage. The workshop is owned by women and actively empowers women and girls through its education and training programs.
  • San Gimignano: Visit this small hillside city and find out why it's called the 'medieval Manhattan of Italy'. Enter the exquisite Porto San Giovanni, the main city gate, that's stood the test of time since the 13th century. Explore well-preserved streets and beautiful ceramic stores.
  • Florence: Join an art historian to immerse yourself in Renaissance Florence. Visit the Accademia Museum and marvel at the statue of David, a Michelangelo masterpiece. See the impressive trio of the Duomo, Bell Tower and Baptistery before arriving to Piazza della Signoria, traditionally the political heart of the city.
  • Pisa: Accompanied by your Local Expert, marvel at the gravity-defying Leaning Tower of Pisa and see the Duomo and baptistery.
  • Cinque Terre: Experience some of the most awe-inspiring coastal scenery on earth at the UNESCO-listed Cinque Terre. Join your Local Expert and discover charming Manarola, a picturesque fishing village, before travelling by train to the historic and colourful resort town of Rapallo.
Chairman's Collection
  • Tuscany: If you are travelling on a Chairman's Collection departure, on Day 6 you are invited to an exclusive lunch and wine tasting with Marchese Mazzei at his centuries-old Tuscan estate. This experience will replace the lunch and wine tasting at the 'Guardastelle' estate.
Enjoy the ultimate Italian experience during this 12-day guided tour. Sail to the sun-drenched island of Capri, where you will join a Local Expert for a tour of the infamous Faraglioni Rocks — three towering rocks jutting out from the Mediterranean Sea. At lunch, sit down to an Italian feast at the Michelin-starred Mammà, where you will have sweeping views of the Gulf of Naples while savoring dishes made from fresh, seasonal ingredients. See Florence your way with a choice of activities: Join an art historian and visit the Accademia to see Michelangelo's David or walk with a local food expert and taste this Tuscan town’s most decadent treats. In Venice, visit the Doge's Palace with a Local Expert and without the crowds — the expansive residence is yours alone to explore after hours. Extend your tour in timeless elegance onboard the luxurious Venice Simplon-Orient-Express to travel to Paris.

Trip details

Trip Type: Group Tour

Comfort: Deluxe

Travel Styles: Family, 55+, Luxury

Starts: Rome, Italy

Finishes: Venice, Italy

Duration: 9 days

Includes

ADDITIONAL INCLUDED HIGHLIGHTS

Additional Included Highlights
  • You will be escorted by one of our fine Travelling Concierges, handpicked to serve as your expert guide, consummate organiser, and friend overseas.
  • Personal radio headsets give you the freedom to wander during visits to famous highlights, without missing any of your Local Expert's fascinating commentary, available on departures with 15 or more guests.
  • At every hotel, you'll be treated to seamless baggage handling, with prompt delivery inside your room.
  • Hotel and restaurant tips are included - you'll never have to worry about how much to give, nor search for foreign currency. We also include all taxes and porterage charges at hotels.
  • Stay connected with friends and family with our complimentary coach and hotel Wi-Fi (where available).
  • Complimentary, airport transfers are included on start and end dates and when additional accommodation has been booked through Luxury Gold. Guests will be transferred with fellow Luxury Gold Travellers that arrive on the same flight. Complimentary, private train station transfers are included when train travel is included within the itinerary. Transfers to train stations or alternate hotels, in the same start or end city of the itinerary, may be requested but are not guaranteed.

ITINERARY

1Day 1: Welcome to Rome.

On arrival at Rome's Fiumicino Leonardo da Vinci Airport, you will be met and transferred to your hotel, designed with the perfect mix of elegance and rich history. Built in the heart of the eternal city, Hotel Palazzo Montemartini is ideally located to begin your Italian journey. Meet your Travelling Concierge at 17:30 for a short stroll through the charming streets of Rome. Watch the world go by as you enjoy a spectacular welcome dinner at an elegant restaurant in Piazza della Rotonda, near the city’s famous Pantheon.

Accommodation: Hotel Palazzo Montemartini, Rome.
Meals: Dinner with Wine

2Day 2: Rome and the Vatican.

Join a Local Expert to explore the religious history of the Vatican as you make your way to the Sistine Chapel. Appreciate the magnificently painted frescoes before continuing to St. Peter's Basilica to see the Pieta, another masterpiece by Michelangelo. Continue to see the Roman Forum and skip the line to visit the mighty Colosseum. This afternoon enjoy time at leisure or join a Local Expert for a walking tour of some of the hidden sites of Rome.

Accommodation: Hotel Palazzo Montemartini, Rome.
Meals: Breakfast

3Day 3: Pompeii and the Isle of Capri.

Journey to the ill-fated town of Pompeii, frozen in time since A.D. 79 when it was violently engulfed by a volcanic eruption from Mount Vesuvius. Join your Local Expert to learn about the lifestyles of the people who once lived here and explore the remnants of ancient shops, baths and patrician villas. In Naples board a fast-boat at the Molo Beverello for the sun-drenched Isle of Capri. On arrival, enjoy an escorted ride in an open-top taxi to your exclusive hotel. Settle in and appreciate the splendours of Capri at your leisure, long after the day-trippers have returned to the mainland.

Accommodation: Quisisana Hotel, Capri., Hotel Sorrento Palace (Seaview Executive Rooms).
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner with Wine

4Day 4: Explore the Isle of Dreams. Relaxed Start

Embark on a dazzling cruise to see the White Grotto and spectacular cliffs of the island, before arriving in Capri town to cool off with a refreshing lemon granita. Walk with your Local Expert to the gardens of Caesar Augustus to view the legendary Faraglioni Rocks, jutting out of the water. Prepare for a Highlight Lunch at the incredible Michelin-starred Mammà. Enjoy exclusive views over the Gulf of Naples, whilst savouring Mediterranean flavours created with passion from fresh, local produce by chef Salvatore La Ragione. The rest of the day is yours to explore and relax in this island paradise. Your Traveling Concierge is on hand for suggestions.

Accommodation: Quisisana Hotel, Capri.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch with Wine

5Day 5: Lush Umbria and on to Assisi and Perugia.

Return to the mainland and travel north along the Highway of the Sun to the winding, cobbled streets of Assisi. Your Journey, Your Way. Choose to join a Local Expert for a guided visit to the imposing Basilica of St. Francis. Alternatively, treat your palate at a tasting experience as you sample Umbrian specialities such as fresh truffle, seasoned pecorino and local breads. Continue on to Perugia, the regional capital. Ascend from the lower town, through the maze of medieval streets, to your five-star hotel, allowing for easy access to one of the traditional outdoor cafés where you can enjoy the lively buzz of the town. Why not ask your Travelling Concierge for dinner recommendations this evening.

Accommodation: Brufani, Perugia.
Meals: Breakfast

6Day 6: San Gimignano and Tuscany. Relaxed Start

Join a MAKE TRAVEL MATTER® Experience and discover the preserved heritage of textile loom-weaving at the Laboratorio Giuditta Brozzetti. Meet Marta, the workshop director and recipient of a TreadRight Foundation grant, and learn how this medieval craft has been kept alive over the generations. Journey to the 15th century wine domain of Guardastelle, with its spectacular views over the rolling vineyards and the medieval Manhattan which is San Gimignano. Here a wine expert will lead you around the wine estate so that you will learn more about the various grape varieties used and later go into the ancient wine cellars that combine ancient traditions with modern technology for a wine tasting. A lunch of Tuscan specialities will add to the full enjoyment of the wines, as will the breath-taking views over the Tuscan landscape. Continue to San Gimignano, to taste the award-winning gelato of Sergio Dondoli.

Accommodation: Hotel Montebello Splendid, Florence.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch with Wine

7Day 7: Renaissance Florence.

Your Journey, Your Way. Choose to join an art historian to immerse yourself in Renaissance Florence. Visit the Accademia Museum and marvel at the original statue of David, a masterpiece of Michelangelo. See the impressive trio of the Duomo, Bell Tower and Baptistery before arriving to Piazza della Signoria, traditionally the political heart of the city. Alternatively, join a local foodie and get to know Florence one bite at a time on your walking tour. Learn about Florentine speciliaties, visit the lively Mercato Centrale and sample a selection of gourmet highlights. Spend the rest of the afternoon at leisure. This evening, forage for the region's famous aromatic truffles guided by an expert truffle dog. Enjoy dinner in an elegant villa offering a choice of dishes, including the famous Fiorentina (mouth-watering grilled Tuscan beefsteak).

Accommodation: Hotel Montebello Splendid, Florence.
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner with Wine

8Day 8: Tuscan Cooking Class and Pisa.

Join a professional chef and uncover the secrets of Tuscan cooking during an authentic culinary masterclass set in the former hunting lodge of the Medici family. Complete your cooking experience by savouring the fruits of your labour with a lovely lunch. In the afternoon, travel to Pisa and meet your Local Expert to view the splendid Duomo, Baptistery and the famous, gravity-defying Leaning Tower of Pisa.

Accommodation: Hotel Montebello Splendid, Florence.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch with Wine

9Day 9: Exploring The Cinque Terre.

Journey northwest towards the Cinque Terre, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Join your Local Expert in the picturesque fishing village of Manarola, then cruise along the rugged coast to explore Monterosso's medieval quarter and popular sandy beach. Enjoy lunch at leisure, before arriving at your hotel with fabulous views overlooking the Portofino peninsula, where you may want to take a dip in the pool or enjoy a cocktail before dinner.

Accommodation: Grand Hotel Bristol Resort & Spa, Rapallo.
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner with Wine
Day 1: Welcome to Rome.
On arrival at Rome's Fiumicino Leonardo da Vinci Airport, you will be met and transferred to your hotel, designed with the perfect mix of elegance and rich history. Built in the heart of the eternal city, Hotel Palazzo Montemartini is ideally located to begin your Italian journey. Meet your Travelling Concierge at 17:30 for a short stroll through the charming streets of Rome. Watch the world go by as you enjoy a spectacular welcome dinner at an elegant restaurant in Piazza della Rotonda, near the city’s famous Pantheon.

Accommodation: Hotel Palazzo Montemartini, Rome.
Meals: Dinner with Wine
Day 2: Rome and the Vatican.
Join a Local Expert to explore the religious history of the Vatican as you make your way to the Sistine Chapel. Appreciate the magnificently painted frescoes before continuing to St. Peter's Basilica to see the Pieta, another masterpiece by Michelangelo. Continue to see the Roman Forum and skip the line to visit the mighty Colosseum. This afternoon enjoy time at leisure or join a Local Expert for a walking tour of some of the hidden sites of Rome.

Accommodation: Hotel Palazzo Montemartini, Rome.
Meals: Breakfast
Day 3: Pompeii and the Isle of Capri.
Journey to the ill-fated town of Pompeii, frozen in time since A.D. 79 when it was violently engulfed by a volcanic eruption from Mount Vesuvius. Join your Local Expert to learn about the lifestyles of the people who once lived here and explore the remnants of ancient shops, baths and patrician villas. In Naples board a fast-boat at the Molo Beverello for the sun-drenched Isle of Capri. On arrival, enjoy an escorted ride in an open-top taxi to your exclusive hotel. Settle in and appreciate the splendours of Capri at your leisure, long after the day-trippers have returned to the mainland.

Accommodation: Quisisana Hotel, Capri., Hotel Sorrento Palace (Seaview Executive Rooms).
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner with Wine
Day 4: Explore the Isle of Dreams. Relaxed Start
Embark on a dazzling cruise to see the White Grotto and spectacular cliffs of the island, before arriving in Capri town to cool off with a refreshing lemon granita. Walk with your Local Expert to the gardens of Caesar Augustus to view the legendary Faraglioni Rocks, jutting out of the water. Prepare for a Highlight Lunch at the incredible Michelin-starred Mammà. Enjoy exclusive views over the Gulf of Naples, whilst savouring Mediterranean flavours created with passion from fresh, local produce by chef Salvatore La Ragione. The rest of the day is yours to explore and relax in this island paradise. Your Traveling Concierge is on hand for suggestions.

Accommodation: Quisisana Hotel, Capri.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch with Wine
Day 5: Lush Umbria and on to Assisi and Perugia.
Return to the mainland and travel north along the Highway of the Sun to the winding, cobbled streets of Assisi. Your Journey, Your Way. Choose to join a Local Expert for a guided visit to the imposing Basilica of St. Francis. Alternatively, treat your palate at a tasting experience as you sample Umbrian specialities such as fresh truffle, seasoned pecorino and local breads. Continue on to Perugia, the regional capital. Ascend from the lower town, through the maze of medieval streets, to your five-star hotel, allowing for easy access to one of the traditional outdoor cafés where you can enjoy the lively buzz of the town. Why not ask your Travelling Concierge for dinner recommendations this evening.

Accommodation: Brufani, Perugia.
Meals: Breakfast
Day 6: San Gimignano and Tuscany. Relaxed Start
Join a MAKE TRAVEL MATTER® Experience and discover the preserved heritage of textile loom-weaving at the Laboratorio Giuditta Brozzetti. Meet Marta, the workshop director and recipient of a TreadRight Foundation grant, and learn how this medieval craft has been kept alive over the generations. Journey to the 15th century wine domain of Guardastelle, with its spectacular views over the rolling vineyards and the medieval Manhattan which is San Gimignano. Here a wine expert will lead you around the wine estate so that you will learn more about the various grape varieties used and later go into the ancient wine cellars that combine ancient traditions with modern technology for a wine tasting. A lunch of Tuscan specialities will add to the full enjoyment of the wines, as will the breath-taking views over the Tuscan landscape. Continue to San Gimignano, to taste the award-winning gelato of Sergio Dondoli.

Accommodation: Hotel Montebello Splendid, Florence.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch with Wine
Day 7: Renaissance Florence.
Your Journey, Your Way. Choose to join an art historian to immerse yourself in Renaissance Florence. Visit the Accademia Museum and marvel at the original statue of David, a masterpiece of Michelangelo. See the impressive trio of the Duomo, Bell Tower and Baptistery before arriving to Piazza della Signoria, traditionally the political heart of the city. Alternatively, join a local foodie and get to know Florence one bite at a time on your walking tour. Learn about Florentine speciliaties, visit the lively Mercato Centrale and sample a selection of gourmet highlights. Spend the rest of the afternoon at leisure. This evening, forage for the region's famous aromatic truffles guided by an expert truffle dog. Enjoy dinner in an elegant villa offering a choice of dishes, including the famous Fiorentina (mouth-watering grilled Tuscan beefsteak).

Accommodation: Hotel Montebello Splendid, Florence.
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner with Wine
Day 8: Tuscan Cooking Class and Pisa.
Join a professional chef and uncover the secrets of Tuscan cooking during an authentic culinary masterclass set in the former hunting lodge of the Medici family. Complete your cooking experience by savouring the fruits of your labour with a lovely lunch. In the afternoon, travel to Pisa and meet your Local Expert to view the splendid Duomo, Baptistery and the famous, gravity-defying Leaning Tower of Pisa.

Accommodation: Hotel Montebello Splendid, Florence.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch with Wine
Day 9: Exploring The Cinque Terre.
Journey northwest towards the Cinque Terre, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Join your Local Expert in the picturesque fishing village of Manarola, then cruise along the rugged coast to explore Monterosso's medieval quarter and popular sandy beach. Enjoy lunch at leisure, before arriving at your hotel with fabulous views overlooking the Portofino peninsula, where you may want to take a dip in the pool or enjoy a cocktail before dinner.

Accommodation: Grand Hotel Bristol Resort & Spa, Rapallo.
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner with Wine

WHAT’S INCLUDED

Additional Included Highlights
  • You will be escorted by one of our fine Travelling Concierges, handpicked to serve as your expert guide, consummate organiser, and friend overseas.
  • Personal radio headsets give you the freedom to wander during visits to famous highlights, without missing any of your Local Expert's fascinating commentary, available on departures with 15 or more guests.
  • At every hotel, you'll be treated to seamless baggage handling, with prompt delivery inside your room.
  • Hotel and restaurant tips are included - you'll never have to worry about how much to give, nor search for foreign currency. We also include all taxes and porterage charges at hotels.
  • Stay connected with friends and family with our complimentary coach and hotel Wi-Fi (where available).
  • Complimentary, airport transfers are included on start and end dates and when additional accommodation has been booked through Luxury Gold. Guests will be transferred with fellow Luxury Gold Travellers that arrive on the same flight. Complimentary, private train station transfers are included when train travel is included within the itinerary. Transfers to train stations or alternate hotels, in the same start or end city of the itinerary, may be requested but are not guaranteed.

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