Medieval masterpieces and Romanesque fortresses. A city that floats on water, and another that stands on centuries-old foundations. Wine vineyards and olive groves and ancient mountain villages, ruins and marbled landmarks. These are the roots of Italy's treasures. Surrender to the calm of the Alpine Lakes region, explore rose hued Siena's Duomo and be seduced by the Riviera. Snake along the edge of the sea on a rail journey through the medieval villages of Cinque Terre, and luxuriate in a 4-night stay at a Tuscan villa. At a family-run winery, immerse yourself in the art of Tuscan cuisine during a cooking class and wine pairing. Find yourself in Florence, the birthplace of the Renaissance, and see the remarkable city of Venice from the canals. This is l'Italia at its most iconic, where history mingles seamlessly with the present and romance comes alive under painted horizons.

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Tour Operator
Collette
Offer
Offer valid through 3/31/2019
Duration
11 Days
DayDestinationDescription
Day 1StresaOvernight Flight: Along magical landscapes and inside metropolitan meccas ripe with culture and history, discover Italy on an unforgettable journey of its most cherished treasures.
Day 2StresaStresa, Italy - Tour Begins: Begin on the arresting shores of Lake Maggiore, surrounded by the peaceful beauty of the Alpine lakes region. Visit a wine shop and enjoy a cocktail party with some prima di cena snacks. Cruise to Isola dei Pescatori,* the most picturesque of the Borromean Islands, where you'll engage with new friends at a dinner welcoming you to Italy.
Day 3StresaStresa: In an ancient village nestled in the mountains, a local family welcomes you to sample their very own artisanal cheeses, paired with the region's best wines. The remainder of the day in Stresa is at your leisure. Explore the piazzas, flower-lined cobblestone streets, and lakeside promenades. Or, relax and enjoy the breathtaking surroundings during an optional cruise of this scenic lake region.
Day 4StresaStresa - Orta - Italian Riviera: Witness picture-perfect views of the lakes region from Lake Orta, the ancient glacial lake in the Alpine foothills. A boat delivers you to Isola di San Giulio, dominated by its working convent. Journey next to discover the myriad glories of the Italian Riviera as the Liguria coast calls you to the town of Sestri Levante.
Day 5Italian RivieraItalian Riviera - Cinque Terre: Spend your day discovering the colorful Cinque Terre, a UNESCO World Heritage site. Travel by rail through the medieval villages of the Cinque Terre, perched on the edge of the sea. Traverse the rugged coastal area dotted with terraced vineyards, arriving at this nearly inaccessible string of fishing villages tucked between the mountains and the Mediterranean. Feel like you have stepped back in time. Spend an afternoon independently exploring this magical place.
Day 6Italian RivieraItalian Riviera - Lucca - Tuscan Villa: Encircled by 16th-century Renaissance walls, the medieval city of Lucca's appeal lies in the old-world ambience contained within its ramparts. Old storefronts offer a glimpse into the city's elegant past, while Lucca's cultural scene thrives in the busy piazzas - local gathering spots for more than 2,000 years. This afternoon, it's your choice! Discover Lucca on foot -OR- pedal the city circuit via bicycle. Whatever you choose, you'll see historic marvels including the Cathedral of San Martino and the Piazza dell'Anfiteatro. On a tour of Lucca's specialty food shops, sample the region's seasonal delicacies. Stop at a family-owned leather shop and learn the traditional Italian techniques of leather making. End the day in a historic Tuscan villa where you'll begin a rejuvenating 4-night stay.**
Day 7FlorenceFlorence: Florence. Birthplace of the Renaissance. Home of the Medici family, Galilei, Botticelli and da Vinci. Set out on a walking tour and see medieval Florence's treasures and monuments, including the Piazza del Duomo, the center of religious life in medieval Florence, and the Piazza della Signoria. Visit the world-famous Academy Gallery to see Michelangelo's incredible statue of David. Florence is yours to explore independently before returning to your villa.
Day 8SienaSiena: Travel south to Siena, where Romanesque and Gothic architecture surround you, and history ignites the culture inside this UNESCO World Heritage site. Walk the medieval streets through narrow passageways on a guided tour and visit the Gothic cathedral, a dramatic architectural marvel rich in frescoes by Pinturicchio and masterpieces by Pisano, Donatello, and Michelangelo. Retreat to your Tuscan villa for a relaxing afternoon.
Day 9TuscanyTuscan Countryside: Tuscany's landscape is a magical color wheel, where the rays of a pure, sharp sun electrify its vineyards and groves. In the heart of the countryside, a family wine estate welcomes you. After a tour that showcases the wine cellar, the estate, vineyards and olive groves, engage in a lunchtime cooking lesson with the estate's own chef. Break bread during an authentic Tuscan lunch and toast with wines produced on-site. Return to the villa for some leisure time this afternoon. Continue your culinary journey tonight at one of Tuscany's traditional restaurants. Buona digestione!
Day 10TuscanyTuscany - Bologna - Venice: On the way to Venice, discover the virtues of Bologna. A city barely changed since the Renaissance, the vivacious capital of the Emilia-Romagna region enthralls you during a walking tour of its medieval grid. Browse the city's specialty food shops, ripe with the smells and sights of epicurean fantasy, and sample local delicacies along the way. Arrive later in Venice, the 'Queen of the Adriatic,' and settle in for a 2-night stay in one of the most romantic cities in the world.
Day 11VeniceVenice: Welcome to Venezia, the floating city that's home to magnificent art collections, wonders of architecture, and where marbled palaces belonging to the Gothic and Renaissance periods tower over gondola-laden canals. Embark on a boat journey to Murano*** for an expert glass-blowing demonstration on an island that's renowned for its long tradition of glass making. Journey back to Venice's St. Mark's Square, where a local guide takes you on a tour of its incredible sites, from the Bridge of Sighs and the Clock Tower, to St. Mark's Basilica. Addio, Italia! Join friends tonight for a spectacular farewell dinner.
Day 12VeniceVenice - Tour Ends: Wake up in Venice and depart for home.
Dates/Pricing

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DatePrice / DescriptionQuote
05/05/2019$4,599.00* (USD) / Land OnlyQuote
05/07/2019$4,599.00* (USD) / Land OnlyQuote
05/19/2019$4,599.00* (USD) / Land OnlyQuote
05/26/2019$4,599.00* (USD) / Land OnlyQuote
06/02/2019$4,599.00* (USD) / Land OnlyQuote
06/25/2019$4,599.00* (USD) / Land OnlyQuote
07/14/2019$4,499.00* (USD) / Land OnlyQuote
08/25/2019$4,699.00* (USD) / Land OnlyQuote
09/03/2019$4,699.00* (USD) / Land OnlyQuote
09/08/2019$4,699.00* (USD) / Land OnlyQuote
09/10/2019$4,699.00* (USD) / Land OnlyQuote
09/15/2019$4,699.00* (USD) / Land OnlyQuote
09/17/2019$4,699.00* (USD) / Land OnlyQuote
09/29/2019$4,599.00* (USD) / Land OnlyQuote
10/08/2019$4,599.00* (USD) / Land OnlyQuote
10/13/2019$4,499.00* (USD) / Land OnlyQuote
10/22/2019$4,499.00* (USD) / Land OnlyQuote
11/03/2019$3,999.00* (USD) / Land OnlyQuote
12/03/2019$3,799.00* (USD) / Land OnlyQuote
02/09/2020$3,849.00* (USD) / Land OnlyQuote
03/08/2020$3,999.00* (USD) / Land OnlyQuote
03/15/2020$3,999.00* (USD) / Land OnlyQuote
04/05/2020$4,499.00* (USD) / Land OnlyQuote
04/14/2020$4,499.00* (USD) / Land OnlyQuote
04/19/2020$4,499.00* (USD) / Land OnlyQuote
04/21/2020$4,499.00* (USD) / Land OnlyQuote
04/26/2020$4,499.00* (USD) / Land OnlyQuote
Lodging
Regina Palace Hotel Stresa, Italy
Grand Hotel des Iles Borromees Stresa, Italy
Grande Albergo Sestri Levante Sestri Levante, Italy
Hotel Bonvecchiati Venice, Italy
Grand Hotel dei Castelli Sestri Levante, Italy
Hotel Villa Lecchi Poggibonsi (SI), Italy
Ca' dei Conti Hotel Venice, Italy
Villa Sanpaolo San Gimignano, Italy
Disclaimer
* NOTE:Tour prices are land only rates based on per person, double occupancy. Some dates may feature various changes in hotels, sightseeing and inclusions. Please confirm your specific itinerary at the time of booking. Government taxes and fees are additional. Land rates are guaranteed at time of deposit. Certain taxes and fees are to be paid upon exiting the country in local currencies.
Airfare is additional and is available through Collette Vacations.

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