Ultimate Italy

Rome, Pompeii, Capri, Assisi, Perugia, San Gimignano, Florence, Pisa, Rapallo, Venice

This magnificent journey showcases Italy's grand past, romantic cities and exquisite natural wonders. You will discover how medieval trades are being kept alive, participate in a Tuscan cooking masterclass and cruise the canals of Venice. After your journey ends in Venice, extend your luxurious travels onboard the Venice Simplon-Orient-Express to Paris.

Our prices start from

$ 7,295 LAND ONLY

12 Days • GUIDED • 19 Meals

Operated Tour

The Details

  • 11 nights accommodation
  • Services of a Traveling Concierge
  • All on-tour transportation and related fees
  • Hotel-to-hotel baggage handling
  • Airport transfers (Restrictions apply)
  • 11 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 5 dinners

Itinerary

Engaging Experiences These special places and experiences are considered tour highlights. Look for them in the daily itineraries.

Day 1 - Welcome To Rome

Hotel Palazzo Montemartini

Dinner Included

Your complimentary, private transfer takes you to your local departure airport. 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. At 5:30 p.m., meet your traveling concierge and fellow travelers for a short stroll through the charming streets, enjoying the romance of the Eternal City as night falls, before gathering for a welcome dinner in an elegant restaurant in Piazza della Rotonda near Rome's famous Pantheon.

Day 2 - Rome And The Vatican

Enter the Sistine Chapel for a tour with a local expert, before it opens to the public. VIP entry into the Vatican Museums ensures optimal enjoyment of the timeless Papal art collection.

Hotel Palazzo Montemartini

Breakfast Included

Explore the beautiful corridors of the Vatican museums with a local expert on the way to Michelangelo's Sistine Chapel before it opens to the general public. Continue to St. Peter's Basilica to see La Pietà, before seeing the Roman Forum and skipping the line to visit the grand Colosseum. This afternoon enjoy time at leisure or join a local expert for a walking tour of some of the harder to find sites of Rome.

Day 3 - Pompeii And The Isle Of Capri

Quisisana Hotel

Breakfast, Dinner Included

Journey to the ill-fated town of Pompeii. Join your local expert to learn about the lifestyles of its former residents. In Naples, board a fast-boat at the Molo Beverello for the sun-drenched Isle of Capri. On arrival, ride in a stylish, open-top taxi to your luxurious hotel.

Day 4 - Relaxed Start - Explore The Isle Of Dreams

Quisisana Hotel

Breakfast, Lunch Included

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. The rest of the day is yours to explore and relax in this island paradise. Ask your traveling concierge for suggestions.

Day 5 - Lush Umbria And On To Assisi And Perugia

Brufani, Perugia

Breakfast Included

Return to the mainland and travel north along the highway of the sun to the winding, cobbled streets of Assisi for a guided visit to the imposing Basilica of St. Francis with your local expert. Continue on to the Umbrian capital of Perugia. Ascend from the lower town, through the maze of medieval streets, to your hotel. Your centrally located hotel allows for easy access to one of the traditional outdoor cafes where you can enjoy the lively buzz of the town. Ask your traveling concierge for dinner recommendations this evening.

Day 6 - Relaxed Start - San Gimignano And Tuscany

Hotel Montebello Splendid

Breakfast, Lunch Included

Meet Marta, the director of Laboratorio Giuditta Borzetti and the recipient of a TreadRight grant, to learn how the workshop's artisans are preserving the heritage craft of textile loom-weaving. 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. Explore the vineyard estate with a wine expert to learn about the various grape varieties and visit the wine cellars that combine ancient traditions with modern technology, where you will enjoy a wine tasting. Afterwards indulge in a lunch of Tuscan specialties and beautiful views of the countryside.

If you are traveling on a Chairman's Collection departure, Marchese Mazzei invites you to his ancestral home, Castelo di Fonterutoli.

Day 7 - Renaissance Florence

Hotel Montebello Splendid

Breakfast, Dinner Included

For a relatively small city, Florence boasts an abundance of art and architectural masterpieces, chic boutiques and fabulous restaurants. Explore Florence your way with a choice to join an art historian for an insider's guide to this romantic city. Admire Michelangelo's original statue of David in the Accademia Museum, before strolling to the cathedral, baptistery and open-air gallery of Piazza della Signoria. Alternatively, join a local foodie on a walking tour of the best gastronomic treats in this Tuscan town. Enjoy the rest of the afternoon at leisure. Enjoy dinner in an elegant villa which will include a choice of dishes featuring the famous "Fiorentina" (mouth-watering grilled Tuscan beefsteak).

Day 8 - Tuscan Cooking Class And Pisa

Hotel Montebello Splendid

Breakfast, Lunch Included

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 savoring the fruits of your labor 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.

Day 9 - Exploring The Cinque Terre

Grand Hotel Bristol Resort & Spa

Breakfast, Dinner Included

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.

Day 10 - Theatrical Venice And The Doge's Palace

Bauer Palazzo, Venice

Breakfast Included

Today's journey will take you across the the Appenine mountain range with spectacular scenery. Take a water taxi along the famous Grand Canal, lined with historical Venetian palaces. Formerly the Doge's residence and the seat of Venetian government, the Palace is the very symbol of Venice and a masterpiece of Gothic architecture. As all crowds disappear, discover the history, art and culture of the Venetian Republic with your local expert.

Day 11 - Relaxed Start - The Magic Of Venice

Bauer Palazzo

Breakfast, Dinner Included

Spend the day exploring the beauty and culture of Venice. Venture to a craftsman's workshop to witness the age-old skill of glassblowing and admire the famous St. Mark's Basilica and the Bridge of Sighs. Later, take your seat in a traditional gondola for a serenade through the romantic canals. At our final dinner this evening, you will learn how to make Venice's celebrated cocktail, the "Bellini" - your aperitif tonight at dinner in the atmospheric Taverna La Fenice. Savor a dish that keeps with tradition and is enriched with seasonal ingredients.

Day 12 - Arrivederci Venice

Breakfast Included

After breakfast, bid farewell to your travel companions and transfer by private boat to Venice Marco Polo Airport for your onward journey. On arrival at your home airport, your driver will greet and escort you to your waiting car for your private transfer home.

2021 Tour Dates

August
22
|
$7,575
29
|
$7,375
September
5
|
$7,425
12
|
$7,395
19
|
$7,550
26
|
$7,395
October
3
|
$7,395

Pricing is per person, double occupancy, land only, based on April 5, 2021 travel date. International airfare is additional.

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