Verona - Friuli-Venezia - Veneto - Emilia Romagna - Liguria

Classic Italy Coast to Coast

Destination
Verona - Friuli-Venezia - Veneto - Emilia Romagna - Liguria
Dates From
29/08/2019
Duration
21 nights
22 days
Price From
$13,995
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BOUTIQUE SMALL GROUP TOUR

You are invited to leisurely explore the rich and fertile northern regions of Italy on this 22-day adventure.

Starting and finishing in Milan, this relaxing tour of northern Italy is for all who love this destination with a passion and wish to gain a wider understanding of the richness of this region in particular. Following our popular concept of three and four night stays in carefully chosen locations, you will leisurely explore the best of each region. Upon arrival in Italy, we are headed for Verona to take in the highlights of this romantic city. Transferring to the Veneto region, famed for its colourful mosaics and Palladio villas,
you will experience the best of the lush north renowned for its stunning countryside. Naturally, a visit to Venice, ‘Jewel of the Adriatic’ is essential on this classic tour.
Our travels continue to the area where the gastronomy of Italy really shines. Come to think of it, so many famous export products come from just this region alone, balsamic vinegar from Modena, prosciutto ham from Parma and of course the delicious parmesan cheese. Travelling from coast to coast, the tour leisurely winds up in Liguria. With temperatures still mild, late summer is an ideal time for touring this part of Italy.
Join us in the country of ‘La Dolce Vita’ and experience Italy at its finest.

  • * Enjoy multiple night hotel stays in charming boutique hotels located in romantic locations
    * Marvel at the 15th c. frescoed houses in Treviso and the colourful mosaics in Ravenna
    * Admire colourful pastel coloured houses in Portofino and the ‘Cinque Terre’ villages
    * View the ‘House of Juliet and its famous balcony’ in Verona
    * Cruise along the canals of Venice, the most romantic city in the world!
    * Sail Lake Garda on a private boat
    * Indulge in a refreshing glass of prosecco in the heartland of this famous wine region
    * Visit Trieste on the Adriatic Sea and admire grandeur of a different time and era
    * Explore the rich cultural heritage of Ljubljana during a day tour to Slovenia

 

Inclusions

  • THAI Airways economy class return flights ex Australia & departure taxes
  • 1 night Bangkok airport hotel stopover incl. buffet breakfast and transfers en route to Europe
  • Meet and greet and assistance during outbound flights
  • Airport transfers and airline check-in assistance in Europe
  • 19 nights in charming boutique/heritage hotels
  • Daily buffet breakfast, 3 course dinner (or lunch) with beverages based on typical traditional regional cuisine where indicated
  • Luxury coach travel in Europe
  • Entry fees covering sightseeing and entertainment
  • Hotel service charges city taxes, most tipping, baggage handling (1 bag pp)
  • Services of a full-time professional tour director and local city guides

Itinerary

Day 1 & 2: DEPARTURE AUSTRALIA / STOPOVER

Meet with representatives for assistance with your airline check-in (for Brisbane passengers). Interstate passengers will meet up at our stopover hotel. Sit back and relax and enjoy a good flight followed by transfer to your airport hotel. You will enjoy an overnight stay with breakfast included and the next day
you will have access to your room all day until check-out in the early evening.
The 24 hours between outbound flights are at your leisure. On day 2, there is time to explore the local surrounds on a guided tour, do some shopping, visit the day spa at the hotel or simply relax with a
book around the pool.

Day 3: ARRIVAL MILAN

Welcome to Italy! In Milan, our private coach and tour director will be awaiting you at the airport for transfer to your hotel. After a light welcome lunch and hotel check-in, the remainder of your day is at
your leisure to settle in and relax. At night a special welcome dinner is planned at the hotels charming restaurant offering typical regional cuisine and wine. Dinner at the hotel. (L/D)

Day 4: VERONA

Accompanied by a local guide, we start our adventure with a walking tour of Verona. Located in the Veneto region, one of Italy’s most beautiful cities and known as ‘Little Rome’, Verona has been a Roman colony since the 1st century BC and is famous for its pink marble ‘Arena’. This third largest Roman amphitheatre now acts as the Opera House attracting acts from all over the world.
The city is of course also well known for the ‘House of Juliet and the famous balcony’. After our guided tour, you will enjoy free time for lunch and shopping. Dinner at the hotel. (B/D)

Day 5: LIMONE - LAKE GARDA

Today we head for Lake Garda and drive along the lake to Limone to enjoy some free time after which we will board a boat to Malcesine to have lunch. Lake Garda is the biggest pre-alpine lake in Italy.
Set between the Po Valley and Lombardy, Trentino and Veneto, the lake attracted many different civilisations and noble families. The numerous churches, castles and villas of the area represent the
landmarks of its glorious history. Dinner at the hotel. (B/D)

Day 6: MANTOVA

We start our day with a visit to Mantova, a beautiful little town with lots of character, to visit the Ducal Palace, built by the Gonzaga family. After our tour, there is time for shopping and lunch. Mantova,
European city of culture in 2016 and known as the sleeping beauty of Italy, prospered under Roman rule and attracted many famous dynasties but its ‘golden days’ came to an end in 1708 when Austrian
troops took control. Before we head back to our hotel, we will enjoy a short visit to Borghetto sul Mincio. Dinner at the hotel. (B/D)

Day 7: ASOLO - VALDOBBIADENE

Entering the Friuli-Venezia Giulia region, today is a feast for the senses and promises a relaxing day out. After breakfast, we start with a visit to Asolo, a charming medieval town well known for its
delicious coffee, Veneto pastries and cheeses. As we find ourselves in the heartland of Prosecco country and so close to the famous town of Valdobbiadene, we follow the ‘Strada di Prosecco’, driving
along beautiful rolling hills covered in vines. The strong centurylong wine culture of the area has contributed greatly to forming a fascinating landscape. Prosecco has been grown in the hills near
Trieste since Roman times, the locals are proud of their roots and keen to preserve tradition offering warm hospitality while we sample the local produce. Therefore, our day can’t help but include a taste
of their famous export product. Dinner at the hotel. (B/D)

Day 8: TRIESTE

We start the day with a guided morning visit of Trieste. Situated between the Adriatic Sea and Slovenia and entirely facing the bay, this city embraces the sea. A great southern port in the 18th and 19th centuries, Trieste offers grandeur of a different time and era. Set in the far corner of Italy, wedged between the Carso hills, an hours drive from Venice, this is the place where Europe’s three great
civilisations intersect and merge, Latin, Germanic and Slavic. With its early Austro-Hungarian heritage and deep commercial roots, it is a place that is truly multicultural resulting in a mixture of traditions,
flavours and tastes that combined with its history distinguish the city from the rest of Italy.
A city of history, monuments, cultural heritage, music and theatre, today will introduce you to the best including a visit to the charming Castello di Miramare followed by an organised lunch. Trieste’s first coffee houses opened during the second half of the 18th c., immediately taking on an unmistakable Viennese connotation and avant-garde culture to rival Paris. The evening is at your leisure to
explore the old centre of this captivating city. (B/L)

Day 9: UDINE - CIVIDALE DEL FRIULI - COLLIO

In the morning we head for Udine for a walking tour with a local guide. The city lies at the heart of Friuli and its history has left an interesting mixed culture but it is the Venetian influence that is most striking in the town’s medieval centre. Today also includes a visit to picturesque Cividale del Friuli, founded by Julius Caesar in 50 BC, this town offers much charm and character to be enjoyed during free time over lunch. In its heyday, an important strategic location for the defence of Rome’s hold on its northern borders and the first capital of the newly formed Lombard Kingdom. Today it is a sleepy UNESCO
Heritage listed medieval town in the foothills of the eastern alps. The day would not be complete without a wine-tasting in Collio in one of their oldest wineries, a charming venue where we will enjoy an
organised lunch. The evening is at your leisure. (B/L)

Day 10: LJUBLJANA (SLOVENIA)

Lets cross the border and set out to enjoy a day trip to nearby Slovenia. First we drive to Ljubljana where we set out on a walking tour with a local guide followed by free time for lunch and shopping.
Ljubljana is the capital and largest city of Slovenia and the city’s symbol is the dragon, you will find them everywhere. Located in the middle of a trade route between the northern Adriatic Sea and
the Danube region, it has been an important historical capital and now the cultural, educational, economic, political and administrative center of Slovenia. Dinner at the hotel. (B/D)

Day 11: TREVISO - VENICE

After breakfast we head for Treviso to walk through its medieval centre including free time to explore on your own. This town was considered ‘The garden of Venice’ and we will explore its narrow canals, 15th c. frescoed houses, medieval arcades and typical ‘barbacani’, i.e. arches without a column support. Also known as the ‘City of water’ and famous for its five delightful bridges, a visit to this leafy picturesque town is a real treat including a tasting of the famous tiramisu. We continue our journey to Venice for hotel check in and dinner at the hotel at night. (B/D)

Day 12: VENICE

One of the most intriguing cities in the world, its time to explore Venice. A local guide will join us on a walking tour to take in the best of this captivating city including a visit to the Doge’s Palace. The charms speak for themselves…. undoubtedly the most beautiful city built by man, it has also been described as being one of Europe’s most romantic cities. The capital of the Veneto region, the city
consists of a group of 118 small islands separated by canals and linked by bridges. Venice is renowned for its magnificent setting, its architecture and artworks. Venice in its entirety is listed as a World Heritage Site, along with its lagoon. After an organised lunch, the afternoon is at your leisure, a perfect opportunity to visit one of the glass factories at nearby Murano Island. Enjoy a free evening in this magic city. (B/L)

Day 13: BURANO

Sit back, relax and delight as we have planned a relaxing morning on the water sailing the lagoons around Venice. Your private boat will transfer you to the nearby island of Burano to enjoy an organised
lunch and free time for shopping. A perfect opportunity to find some souvenirs for your loved ones. The evening is at your leisure. (B/L)

Day 14: FERRARA

Entering the Emilia Romagna region, we drive to Ferrara to enjoy some free time followed by lunch. Known as the food bowl of Italy, this part of the north extends from the Apennine mountains to the
Po river, through the lakes and on to the seaside resorts of the coast. Visiting Ferrara today, we will take in the Romanesque-Gothic style Cathedral, the characteristic Via delle Volte, the exterior of the Este Castle and the Jewish Ghetto. Dinner at the hotel. (B/D)

Day 15: CASTEL SAN PIETRO - DOZZA

Today we drive towards the little town of Castel San Pietro in Terme.
First mentioned in 1171, these days the town is best known for its tobacco processing, distilleries, textiles, watches and metal. You will enjoy free time to explore its local treasures underneath the many
‘Porticoes’ after which we will continue the day with a drive to Dozza, a small medieval hamlet known for its ‘Festival of the painted wall’ where art blends with street furniture as it covers the walls of houses, streets and squares making every corner brighter and offering lovely views.
Today will also include a visit to La Rocca, a fortified mansion. As it is harvest time, the day continues with a drive to the Imola Hills to visit a family winery for a tasting of the local produce, some typical local
hams and cheeses. Dinner at the hotel. (B/D)

Day 16: BOLOGNA

In the morning we enjoy a guided walking tour of Bologna, a walled city that reached its peak in the 12th century. Wealth brought a building boom and every well-to-do family left its mark by building a tower, there were 180 of them in all of which 15 still stand. Renowned for its rich gastronomy, Bologna is lively and vibrant, the 11th c. university, arched porticoes line the streets and squares of its historic centre.
Close to the river and wetlands, the town has retained much of the splendour of its Renaissance heyday. This dynamic city has a charming historic centre where we will enjoy some free time for lunch and shopping. One of Italy’s greatest culinary centers, make the most of your time today and indulge in its many treats. Dinner at the hotel. (B/D)

Day 17: RAVENNA

Immerse yourself in the culture and history of Ravenna during a guided morning tour. The town’s famous mosaics are best viewed in its churches and are described in Dante’s Divine Comedy as ‘a symphony of colour’. Italy contains the richest concentration of late antique and medieval
mosaics in the world and in Ravenna some of the best-preserved examples of Byzantine art are right in its heart, many World Heritage listed.
We will visit the Piazza del Popolo, built in the middle ages, during a 60 year period when the city was ruled by Venice, the Basilica di San Vitale as well as the Mausoleum of Galla Placidia. Close to the Adriatic beaches, the town gradually rose to become one of the most splendid cities in the Mediterranean and today we will take in the very best. Dinner at the hotel. (B/D)

Day 18: SPILAMBERTO - RAPALLO

We transfer back to the coast for our stay in the region of Liguria.
En route, we stop in the medieval town of Spilamberto to visit the interesting Museum of Balsamic Vinegar to understand more about the production of vinegar and sample a couple of them. In the
afternoon, we continue with a visit to a local farm to study and taste the famous prosciutto crudo ham.
This culinary region is full of tradition and is home to the famous parmesan cheese, parma ham (prosciutto) and one of Italy’s largest pasta factories. Not many know that parmesan, the king of cheeses, has been made in the area for around 700 years and is so valuable that it was once quite accepted for wheels of the cheese to be used as currency. The unique setting of our hotel reflects the elegance of the early 1900’s where the international beau monde would descend in season to revel in refined comfort and splendour. Dinner at the hotel. (B/D)

Day 19: PORTOFINO - SANTA MARGHERITA LIGURE

The final leg of our journey is designed for sitting back and relaxing and taking in the picturesque coastline. After breakfast we board a boat headed for Portofino. Best known for its pastel-coloured houses around the port, this exclusive hub has been the base of many poets and writers and is now home to the rich, famous and powerful.
Following free time for lunch in the elegant nearby town of Santa Margherita Ligure, a perfect opportunity to stock up on some souvenirs for your loved ones back home. Dinner at the hotel. (B/D)

Day 20: CINQUE TERRE VILLAGES

Why not sail again and take in some of the scenic ‘Cinque Terre’ villages (5 Lands) and enjoy a panoramic day out. Balanced precariously along ridges high above the sea, this charming part
of Italy really is a picture postcard. We will visit some of the better known villages famous for their four storey houses, narrow lanes and good views.
Surrounded by mountains and covered by terraced vineyards, this scenic part of the Italian coast is well worth a visit. Today we will board a boat in Levanto, stop in Vernazza and finish our time in Portovenere for lunch. Dinner at the hotel. (B/D)

Day 21: A DAY AT YOUR LEISURE

Enjoy a relaxing breakfast as today is at your leisure. With its Roman origins, the town of Rapallo boasts a bridge supposedly used by Hannibal during the Carthaginian invasion of Italy in 218 BC.
These days the town offers an authentic typical Italian atmosphere so explore its charming walking street, elegant seaside promenades and countless coffee bars. The symbol of the town is the picturesque castle, built in 1551 to defend against pirate invasions. Dinner at the hotel. (B/D)

Day 22: MILAN MALPENSA AIRPORT

All good things come to an end and after breakfast and hotel checkout, we head for Milan Malpensa International Airport for airline check-in.

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Exclusions

Single supplement (if required)
Optional excursions/sightseeing
City Tax: some City Councils may introduce a tourist tax that has to be paid directly at the hotel
Meals and beverages other than those specified
Tips/Gratuities
Everything which is not clearly specified under inclusions

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