Ultimate Italy Luxury Gold Tour

Day 1 - Welcome to Rome

You will be met on arrival at Rome’s Fiumicino Leonardo da Vinci Airport and transferred to your elegant five-star hotel on the Via Veneto. There can be no better introduction to the Eternal City than an evening of authentic food and wine at a boutique artisan pizzeria.

Stay: Regina Baglioni, Rome

Meals included: Welcome reception and dinner

 

Day 2 - Rome and the Vatican in style

Enter the Sistine Chapel before it is open to the public for a private tour without the crowds. After contemplating Michelangelo’s frescoed ceiling, continue into St. Peter’s Basilica, then visit the Colosseum where the gladiators once prepared for battle.

Stay: Regina Baglioni, Rome

Meals included: Buffet breakfast

 

Day 3 - Pompeii and The Isle of Capri

Journey to the ill-fated town of Pompeii, frozen in time when it was engulfed by an eruption of Vesuvius in 79AD. Next, board your hydrofoil bound for the sun-drenched Isle of Capri. Transfer to open-top taxis to ride to your exclusive hotel in style. Once the day-trippers have returned to the mainland, you will be offered a selection of discerning restaurants on your ‘Dine-Around’ evening.

Stay: Capri Palace Hotel & Spa

Meals included: Buffet breakfast, 

Dine-Around

 

Day 4 - Explore the Isle of Dreams

(Relaxed Start) Relax on-board a cruise around the island. See the white grotto and spectacular cliffs, before ascending to Capri town by funicular. Cool off with a refreshing lemon granita before walking with your local expert to the Gardens of Augustus to view the Faraglioni rocks. Lunch will be served at Il Riccio – a Michelin-starred restaurant famous for its sparkling waterside setting.

Stay: Capri Palace Hotel & Spa

Meals included: Buffet breakfast, Michelin-starred Highlight Lunch

 

Day 5 - Into the green hills of Umbria to Assisi and Perugia

Follow the Highway of the Sun north to the winding, cobbled streets of Assisi for a guided visit inside the imposing Basilica of St Francis. Move on to the Umbrian capital of Perugia. Ascend from the lower town through the maze of medieval streets to your five-star deluxe hotel.

Stay: Hotel Brufani Palace, Perugia

Meals included: Buffet breakfast

 

Day 6 - San Gimignano and Tuscany

(Relaxed Start) Walk with a local expert along Perugia’s Corso Vannucci to the main square. Afterwards, visit a workshop to see how the art of hand-weaving textiles has been passed down through the generations. Continue to hilltop San Gimignano, famous for its medieval towers. Ascend serpentine alleyways to taste the award-winning gelato of Sergio Dondoli. Journey on through the vines, olive groves and cypresses of the Chianti hills for a delicious exploration of the regional wines.

Stay: Villa le Maschere, Barberino

Di Mugello

Meals included: Buffet breakfast

 

Day 7 - Renaissance Florence

Meet an art historian for an insider’s guide to Florence. Admire Michelangelo’s original Statue of David in the Academy Museum before strolling to the cathedral, the Gates of Paradise and the open-air gallery in Signoria Square. Make an exclusive behind-the-scenes visit to the Uffizi Gallery and a private viewing of the Vasari Corridor. The afternoon is free to enjoy Florence at your own pace before a delicious dinner with wine in delightful Barberino Di Mugello.

Stay: Villa le Maschere, Barberino Di Mugello

Meals included: Buffet breakfast, Highlight Dinner

 

Day 8 - Pisa and Tuscan Cooking Class

(Relaxed Start) Head to Pisa and view the splendid Duomo, baptistery and gravity-defying bell tower. Experience authentic Italian cooking at a hands-on culinary masterclass with lunch.

Stay: Villa le Maschere, Barberino Di Mugello

Meals included: Buffet breakfast, lunch, dinner

 

Day 9 - Exploring the Cinque Terre and the Italian Riviera

(Relaxed Start) Journey west towards the Mediterranean, and continue along the coast to the Cinque Terre. Join a 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. After free time for lunch, board the train bound for the resort of Rapallo. 

Stay: Grand Hotel Bristol, Rapallo

Meals included: Buffet breakfast, dinner

 

Day 10 - ‘Fair’ Verona and on to the 

Islands of Venice

(Relaxed Start) Cross the fertile Po Valley to Verona, home of Shakespeare’s star-crossed lovers. Stroll past the well-preserved Roman Arena and through a maze of elegant squares to stand beneath the balcony said to have belonged to the Capulet family. 

Stay: Bauer L’Hotel, Venice

Meals included: Buffet breakfast

 

Day 11 - The Magic of Venice

(Relaxed Start) A local expert will introduce you to the joys of Venice. Admire St Mark’s Basilica and see the lavish pink-marbled Doge’s Palace with its Bridge of Sighs. Take your seat in a traditional gondola for an enchanting ride through the romantic canals. In the evening, cruise to the idyllic fisherman’s island of Burano for a celebratory dinner.

Stay: Bauer L’Hotel, Venice

Meals included: Buffet breakfast, Celebration Dinner

 

Day 12 - Arrivederci Venice

Your Luxury Gold journey will come to an end after breakfast with a private boat transfer to Venice Airport for your onward flight.

Meals included: Buffet breakfast

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Inclusions:

11 nights' accommodation and 11 buffet breakfasts, six evening meals, a Michelin-starred lunch on the Isle of Capri, a Tuscan cooking demonstration, an exclusive behind-the-scenes visit to the Uffizi Gallery and Vasari Corridor in Florence, and access to the Vatican City before it opens to the general public. Also included are VIP door-to-door private airport transfers in Italy, sightseeing and the services of a professional Travelling Concierge throughout.

Rates:

From A$7,325 per person twin share.

 

 

 

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For a relatively small country, the weather differs significantly between northern and southern Italy. The north of Italy is flanked by the Alps and the Apennines, generating a harsh climate with brutally cold winters and hot, humid, summers.  The middle part of the country has a mild climate with little change seen between winters and summers, while the south of Italy and the islands winters are hardly noticeable.  Due to these differences the best time to visit depends on what region you are visiting, but the high seasons are May through early July and September & October.

 

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