Tuscany - Florence - The Lakes

Italian Indulgence

Destination
Tuscany - Florence - The Lakes
Dates From
15/03/2020
Duration
11 Nights
12 Days
Price From
$5,399
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SMALL GROUP TOUR

*** $250 DISCOUNT ON SELECTED DATES MARKED WITH AN ASTERISK!! BOOK AND DEPOSIT BY 30TH OF NOVEMBER TO MAKE USE OF THIS GREAT OFFER ***

An intoxicating mix of world-shaping cities and imagination-firing landscapes, Italy is a land where unforgettable experiences lie around every corner. And with an abundance of tantalising flavours and wines on the menu, this Back-Roads adventure is sure to help you savour every moment.

  • * Cook up an Italian feast in a Tuscan villa
    * Join a truffle hunt in Piedmont
    * Enjoy an afternoon of wine tasting near Asti

Inclusions

  • 11 nights in boutique accommodation
  • Experienced Driver and Tour Leader
  • Premium mini-coach transportation
  • Daily European-style breakfast, 2 lunches, 6 evening meals

Itinerary

Day 1: Rome - Assisi - Perugia

They say all roads lead to Rome – but after we meet today, our route will whisk us away to awe-inspiring Assisi, the birthplace of St Francis. After getting to know the famous hilltop town a little better on a walking tour, we’ll move on to Perugia – where we’ll start things as we mean to go on (with a delicious included dinner). Accommodation: Hotel Fortuna (or similar)

Day 2: Perugia - Siena - Tuscany

Introducing Siena: a magnificent Gothic city bursting with fabulous architecture. After exploring the UNESCO World Heritage-listed Historic Centre, we’ll make tracks to tonight’s idyllic accommodation: a country villa hotel set amidst the vineyards of the world-renowned Chianti region. Accommodation: Villa San Giorgio (or similar)

Day 3: Tuscany

Interested in learning a few Italian culinary secrets? You’re in luck! Today our friendly hosts will help us to prepare a classic Tuscan lunch. This afternoon will be yours to take in the panoramic countryside views, take a dip in the pool or relax in the shadow of one of the villa’s many pine trees. Tonight, there’s another tasty dinner in store. Accommodation: Villa San Giorgio (or similar)

Day 4: Tuscany - Florence - Lucca

Today we’ll turn our attention to Florence: the birthplace of the Renaissance and home of some of the world’s most treasured masterpieces. A local guide will bring the city alive as we stroll by the likes of the Duomo and the Ponte Vecchio on a walking tour. Then, as the afternoon turns to dusk, we’ll press on to lovely Lucca. Accommodation: Hotel Alla Corte degli Angeli (or similar)

Day 5: Lucca - Pisa - Lucca

Prepare to see an Italian icon up close today – our first stop will be Pisa, where we’ll pay a visit to the legendary Leaning Tower. This afternoon will see us return to Lucca, where you’ll have the rest of the day to explore the cobblestone streets at your own pace. Accommodation: Hotel Alla Corte degli Angeli (or similar)

Day 6: Lucca - Camogli - San Fruttuoso - Portofino - Santa Margherita Ligure

It’s time to experience the glitz and glamour of the Italian Riviera! Today we’ll make stops at romantic Camogli, picture-perfect San Fruttuoso and glittering Portofino before settling in Santa Margherita Ligure. This evening, why not take some time to wander along the beautiful beachfront, taking in the pastel-coloured houses, elegant hotels and sparkling waters? Accommodation: Hotel Jolanda (or similar)

Day 7: Santa Margherita Ligure - Barolo - Asti - Cherasco

Away from the coast and onwards to Barolo, in Piedmont: a region of rich red wines and luxurious cuisine. This afternoon there’s a treat is in store for the sweet-toothed among us – we’ll be visiting a distillery near Asti to taste some regional liquors and handmade nougat. Finally, we’ll move on to Cherasco – where a group dinner awaits. Accommodation: Hotel Somaschi (or similar)

Day 8: Cherasco - Alba - Lake Orta - Lake Maggiore

Rise and shine – this morning we’ll be heading out into the hills of Alba to join a truffle hunt with a local farmer and his dog. After a risotto tasting lunch we’ll hit the road to the captivating Lake Orta, a tranquil retreat sitting pretty at the bottom of the imposing Monte Mottarone. Then: from one blissful Italian lake to another! Lake Maggiore will be the final stop on today’s scenic journey. Accommodation: Grand Hotel Majestic (or similar)

Day 9: Lake Maggiore

Today we’ll leave dry land behind us and set sail for the Borromean Islands, a charming collection of islets located in the western corner of the lake. We’ll have plenty of time to explore Isola Madre, wander the terraces of the ornate baroque garden on Isola Bella and discover the pretty harbour of Isola dei Pescatori before we return to shore for the afternoon. Accommodation: Grand Hotel Majestic (or similar)

Day 10: Lake Maggiore - Lecco - Tirano

After bidding a fond farewell to Lake Maggiore we’ll move on to Lecco, a small commune on the southeastern shore of the exquisite Lake Como. We’ll take in the sights on a walking tour before making our way to Tirano – where we’ll continue our culinary adventure with an included dinner at a local restaurant. Accommodation: Grand Hotel della Posta (or similar)

Day 11; Tirano - Lake Molveno - Trento

Today we’ll shine the spotlight on one of the most beautiful lakes in Italy: the spectacular Lake Molveno, a swathe of iridescent blue that lies at the foot of the Brenta Dolomites. There will be just enough time for a walking tour of the mountain city of Trento before we get together for tonight’s farewell dinner. Accommodation: Hotel America (or similar)

Day 12: Trento - Verona - Venice

Filled with impressive ruins and romantic hotspots, fair Verona beckons today. After taking in the Doge’s Palace, St Mark’s Basilica and the Rialto Bridge, we’ll board the mini-coach one last time for the journey to our show-stopping finale: the floating city of Venice.

DATES & PRICES

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15/03/202026/03/2020$5,399 p/p twin shareFully Booked
22/03/202002/04/2020$5,399 p/p twin shareFully Booked
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16/04/202027/04/2020$5,399 p/p twin shareAvailable
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Exclusions

Single supplement (if required)
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

* Please note, price is subject to fluctuation and availability is subject to change until booked and confirmed *

The $250 saving is valid on selected UK & Europe 2020 tours, select departures only. Valid only for bookings made between 1 October – 30 November 2019. The offer is combinable with multi-tour discount only. Subject to availability at time of booking. Back-Roads Touring reserves the right to amend or withdraw this offer at any time. Discount applies to tour cost only.