Vineyards, olive groves, and cities that float. Incredible history, indelible culture, and unforgettable cuisine. This is l'Italia at its most iconic. Enjoy the natural beauty and calm of the Alpine Lakes region. Snake along the edge of the sea to the medieval villages of Cinque Terre. Relax during a leisurely 4-night stay at a Tuscan villa. Explore the Duomo of rose hued Siena. At a family-run winery, learn the fine art of creating Tuscan cuisine during a cooking class and wine pairing. Explore Florence, the birthplace of the Renaissance. Discover Venice, a city of winding canals and bridges. From medieval masterpieces to bustling piazzas, be swept away by the legendary treasures of northern Italy.

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Tour Operator
Collette
Offer
Offer valid through 12/31/2020
Duration
11 Days
DayDestinationDescription
Day 1StresaOvernight Flight: Travel along breathtaking landscapes and venture into metropolitan meccas ripe with culture and history. Discover Italy on an unforgettable journey that delves into 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 antipasto 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, perhaps relax and enjoy the breathtaking surroundings during an optional cruise of this scenic lake region.
Day 4StresaStresa - Orta - Italian Riviera: Witness picture-perfect views from Lake Orta, an ancient glacial lake in the Alpine foothills. A boat delivers you to the island of San Giulio, dominated by its working convent. Journey to the Italian Riviera and discover its immeasurable grandeur along the Liguria coast.
Day 5Italian RivieraItalian Riviera - Cinque Terre - Italian Riviera: Travel by rail and boat** today as you discover the colorful Cinque Terre (UNESCO), a string of medieval villages perched on the edge of the sea. Feel like you have stepped back in time as you traverse the rugged coastal area dotted with terraced vineyards. Spend an afternoon independently exploring this awe-inspiring landscape.
Day 6Italian RivieraItalian Riviera - Lucca - Tuscany: Encircled by 16th-century Renaissance walls, Lucca exudes an old-world ambience. Old storefronts and busy piazzas offer a glimpse into the city's medieval past. This morning, it's your choice! Discover Lucca on foot -OR- pedal the city via bicycle. Whatever you choose, you'll see historic marvels including the oval-shaped Piazza dell'Anfiteatro. Enjoy some free time to explore the rest of the city on your own while being on the lookout for a peak at Lucca's unique, tree-crowned Guinigi tower. Continue on through the rolling hills of Tuscany, ending the day in a historic Tuscan villa for a rejuvenating 4-night stay.***
Day 7TuscanyTuscany - Florence - Tuscany: Welcome to Florence - the birthplace of the Renaissance and the beloved home of the Medici family, Galileo, Botticelli and da Vinci. Set out on a walking tour of Florence's treasures and monuments, including the glittering storefronts on the Ponte Vecchio ('Old Bridge'), the only Florentine bridge to survive WWII. You'll also wander past the Palazzo Vecchio, the Piazza della Signoria, and Santa Croce. Enjoy time to explore Florence independently before returning to your villa.
Day 8TuscanyTuscany - Siena - Tuscany: Travel south to Siena, where Romanesque and Gothic architecture surround you within this UNESCO World Heritage site. Walk the narrow medieval streets on a guided tour. Visit the Gothic cathedral,**** an architectural marvel featuring frescoes by Pinturicchio and masterpieces by Pisano, Donatello, and Michelangelo. Retreat to your Tuscan villa for a relaxing afternoon.
Day 9San GimignanoSan Gimignano - Tuscan Countryside: Take in Tuscany's landscape, a spectrum of verdant vineyards and endless groves en route to San Gimignano. Nicknamed the Manhattan of the Middle Ages, San Gimignano's 14 towers soar distinctively over the landscape making this iconic Tuscan hilltop village stand out against the rolling hills. Taste authentic Italian gelato from an award-winning ice cream parlor while you wander the cobbled streets and gaze up at the imposing towers during time at leisure in this Tuscan gem. Later today, journey further into the heart of the countryside, where a family-owned wine estate welcomes you. After a tour of the wine cellar, the estate, the vineyards and the olive groves, engage in a dinnertime cooking lesson with the estate's own chef. Break bread during an authentic Tuscan dinner and toast with wines produced on-site.
Day 10TuscanyTuscany - Bologna - Venice: On a walking tour, discover the culture of Bologna, a city barely changed since the time of the Renaissance and Italy's food capital. Browse the city's specialty food shops and sample local delicacies such as parmigiano cheese, mortadella - the Italian progenitor of baloney - and lasagna. 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: Spend the day in Venezia, the floating city home to lavish art collections, wonders of architecture, and where marbled palaces tower over gondola-laden canals. Travel by boat to Murano***** for an expert glass-blowing demonstration, a renowned tradition on the island. Journey back to St. Mark's Square, Venice's iconic main square. A local guide takes you on a tour of its incredible sites, including the Bridge of Sighs, the Clock Tower, and St. Mark's Basilica. Say arrivederci to Italy at a savory farewell dinner.
Day 12VeniceVenice - Tour Ends: Wake up in Venice and depart for home.
Dates/Pricing

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DatePrice / DescriptionQuote
05/08/2022$3,999.00* (USD) / Land OnlyQuote
05/22/2022$3,999.00* (USD) / Land OnlyQuote
Lodging
Regina Palace Hotel Stresa, Italy
Grande Albergo Sestri Levante Sestri Levante, Italy
Zacchera Hotels Baveno, Italy
Grand Hotel dei Castelli Sestri Levante, Italy
Hotel Villa Lecchi Poggibonsi (SI), Italy
Ca' dei Conti Hotel Venice, Italy
Villa San Lucchese Poggibonsi (Siena), Italy
Hotel NH Venezia Rio Novo Venice, 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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