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Back-Roads Earlybird Small Group Touring: Italian Indulgence - 12 days/11 nights + More

Rome, Italy

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Discover cities that have shaped the world’s culture. Regional flavours and renowned wines, celebrated around the globe. And picture-perfect landscapes that will capture your imagination and stay in your heart. Exploring Italy is truly an experience to be savoured.

Prices from $5599* per person twin share

Valid for travel: Selected departures, 3 Mar - 17 Oct 19


What's Included:

  • 11 NIGHTS boutique hotel accommodation
  • European breakfast daily
  • 2 lunches, 6 dinners
  • Local guide in Florence
  • Tuscan cooking class and lunch
  • Truffle hunt in Piedmont
  • 2 wine tastings
  • 1 liquor tasting
  • Entrance included to: Isola Madre & Isola Bella and Baptistery of St John in Pisa
  • Small Group Touring, maximum 18 people
  • Premium mini-coach transportation
  • Experienced driver and tour leader

Dates & Departures

Valid for travel: 3 March 2019 - 17 October 2019

Deal Ends: 28 February 2019, unless sold out prior. Availability is limited.

 

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 the awe-inspiring Assisi, the birthplace of St Francis. Tonight, we’ll come together for a delicious dinner in Perugia. (D)
DAY 2: PERUGIA – SIENA – TUSCANY
Introducing Siena: a gorgeous Gothic city bursting with fabulous architecture. After exploring the Historic Centre, we’ll venture to our villa in the world-renowned Chianti region. (B,D)
DAY 3: TUSCANY
Our host will let us in on a few Italian culinary secrets today as we have a go at preparing a classic Tuscan lunch. Later, the afternoon is yours to relax or explore as you wish. (B,L,D)
DAY 4: TUSCANY – FLORENCE – LUCCA
Today we turn our attention to Florence, the birthplace of the Renaissance and home to the world’s most treasured masterpieces. A local guide will bring the city alive as we stroll through the streets on a walking tour. As the afternoon turns to dusk, we’ll continue on to Lucca. (B)
DAY 5: LUCCA – PISA – LUCCA
We’ll get up close to an Italian icon today with a visit to the famous Leaning Tower of Pisa. Later, the afternoon will see us back in Lucca, where you’ll have the rest of the day and night to explore at your own pace. (B)
DAY 6: LUCCA – CAMOGLI – SAN FRUTTUOSO – PORTOFINO – SANTA MARGHERITA LIGURE
It’s time to experience the glitz and glamour of the Italian Riviera. Make sure you have your camera ready – we’ll be ticking off Camogli, San Fruttuoso and the glittering village of Portofino, before settling in Santa Margherita Ligure. The evening is yours to explore at your own pace and stroll along the beachfront, which is lined with pastel-coloured houses. (B)
DAY 7: SANTA MARGHERITA LIGURE – BAROLO – CHERASCO
Today we travel inland to Piedmont, a region of rich red wines and luxurious cuisine, before continuing on to the village of Barolo. A treat is in store for the sweet-toothed at a distillery near Asti, where we’ll sip regional liquors complemented by handmade nougat. Finally, we’ll end our day with a sumptuous dinner in Cherasco. (B,D) 
DAY 8: CHERASCO – LAKE ORTA – LAKE MAGGIORE
This morning we’ll join a truffle hunt with a local farmer. After a risotto tasting lunch, it’s time to head for the hills, pristine lakes and soaring mountains of northern Italy. Lake Maggiore will be the magnificent final stop on today’s journey. (B,L)
DAY 9: LAKE MAGGIORE
Today we’ll leave dry land behind and set sail for the Borromean Islands. We’ll have plenty of time to wander the terraces of the ornate baroque garden on Isola Bella and discover the pretty harbour of Isola dei Pescatori. The rest of the day is yours to relax or explore. (B)
DAY 10: LAKE MAGGIORE – LECCO – TIRANO
After bidding farewell to Lake Maggiore, we’ll discover the sights of Lecco. After an indulgent afternoon of wine tasting on the way to Tirano, we’ll return to our hotel and meet for dinner at a local restaurant to continue our culinary adventure. (B,D)
DAY 11: TIRANO – LAKE MOLVENO – TRENTO
This morning we’ll turn our attention to the majestic Lake Molveno, which lies at the foot of the Brenta Dolomites. We’ll continue to Trento for a walking tour and meet in the evening for a farewell dinner. (B,D)
DAY 12: TRENTO – VERONA – VENICE
Fair Verona beckons today, with its impressive Roman ruins and romantic hotspots. Then, it’s onwards to the show-stopping finale, the floating city of Venice, where we’ll bid farewell to the group. (B)

Terms & Conditions

*Agents may charge service fees and/or fees for card payments which vary. A fee will apply for payments made by debit and credit cards. Please check this fee with us or your travel consultant when booking. Conditions apply. Valid for sale until 28 Feb 19, unless sold out prior. Prices correct as at 9 Jan 19 but may fluctuate if surcharges, fees, taxes or currency change. Offers subject to availability. Amounts payable to third parties not included. Please check all prices, availability and other information with your travel consultant before booking. Room upgrades and late check-outs are subject to availability unless otherwise stated. Bookings must be made direct with Qantas Holidays or a travel agent. A non-refundable deposit of AUD200pp required at time of booking and full payment is required by 29 Feb 19.These are our own views and not related to any other rating system. 3 diamonds (diamond symbol) indicate a comfortable standard of accommodation, 4 diamonds indicate superior standard and 5 diamonds indicate deluxe standard. A half diamond (half diamond symbol) indicates an additional half rating. All savings and bonus nights (if applicable) are included in the advertised price. Offers may be withdrawn without notice and are not combinable with any other offers unless stated. Airfares are not included unless otherwise stated. †Prices vary depending on departure date. The Qantas Holidays General Bookings Conditions apply, available at http://www.qhv.com.au/terms-and-conditions. Other conditions apply - ask for details. Qantas Holidays Limited ABN 24 003 836 459.

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