Tours in Venice, Florence, Roma, Perugia, Pisa, Santa Margherita Ligure, Lucca, Cherasco, Lecco, Tirano & Trento

Italian Indulgence 2019 - Small Group Tour

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Discover cities that have shaped the world's culture. Taste regional flavours and wines that are celebrated around the globe. Experience picture-perfect landscapes that will capture your imagination. Exploring Italy is truly an experience to be savoured.

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DURATION
11 nights
WHAT'S INCLUDED
  • Accommodation
  • Daily breakfast
  • Day tours
  • Selected meals
  • Selected entry fees
  • Exclusive experience

About this holiday

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The Back-Roads Difference

  • Cook up an Italian feast in a Tuscan villa
  • Hunt for truffles in Piedmont
  • Enjoy an afternoon of wine tasting near Tirano

Inclusions

  • 11 nights in boutique accommodation
  • Experienced Back-Roads Driver and Tour Leader
  • Premium mini-coach transportation
  • Daily European-style breakfasts (B), 2 lunches (L), 6 evening meals (D)
  • Local guide in Florence
  • Tuscan cooking class
  • Truffle hunt in Piedmont
  • Wine tasting, liquor tasting, risotto tasting
  • Entrance included to all attractions in the itinerary, including: Isola Madre and Isola Bella, The Pisa Baptistery of St John

Accommodation

11 nights in boutique accommodation

Travel dates

Save 10% on the following 2019 departures when you book before 9 August:

5 Sep -WAS $5899pp twin share - NOW $5,309pp twin share

24 Sep, 26 Sep, 30 Sep & 10 Oct - WAS $5,849pp twin share - NOW $5,264pp twin share

17 Oct - WAS $5,799pp twin share - WAS $5,219pp twin share

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.

Meals: Dinner

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.

Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

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.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

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.

Meals: Breakfast

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.

Meals: Breakfast

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

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.

Meals: Breakfast

Day 7 - Santa Margherita - Barolo - Alba - 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.

Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 8 - Cherasco - Alba - 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.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

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.

Meals: Breakfast

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.

Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

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.

Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

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.

Meals: Breakfast

Questions

How much luggage can I bring?

As we travel in mini-coaches, luggage space is limited. Each guest may bring one piece of main luggage of a standard size of no more than 158cm (when the length, width and height is added together) and weighing no more than 20kg. You may also bring one small carry-on bag per person. If you have more luggage, please make arrangements to store it prior to joining the tour. We are unable to carry extra luggage on the mini-coach.

What clothes should I bring?

A suggested packing list will be provided in your pre-departure information. We suggest packing for variable weather conditions. We also suggest a pair of good shoes for walking tours.

Top 10 items to bring:

  • Chargers and adapters
  • A waterproof jacket or umbrella
  • Towel
  • Medication
  • Sunglasses
  • Camera
  • Reusable water bottle
  • Layers
  • Comfortable shoes
  • Passport

What level of mobility do I need?:

You need to be fit enough to get on and off the vehicle on a regular basis, and to walk both to attractions and around towns and villages. You also need to able to walk up and down stairs in the hotels and use a shower over the bath. We frequently use traditional style hotels and the majority will not have lifts or ground floor rooms. 

Unfortunately, we are unable to accommodate mobility scooter or wheelchair users. If you have any medical issues, please declare them to us in advance of your tour. If you are in any doubt as to whether our tours are suitable for you, please check with us.

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