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Backroads Tours: Italian Indulgence 2014

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Back-Roads Touring Company vacation packages specialize in small group tours. Travel Europe, England, and the UK on sightseeing tours exploring local flavours in intimate settings. Stay in accommodations that include historic inns, country manors, and guest houses. Tired of large coach bus tours and city hotels? Back-Roads travel tours are for you. Flight Centre and Back-Roads Tours will have you seeing the back roads like never before.

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Italian Indulgence 2014

14 days $6085*
taxes & fees included
Tour Code: BRSITA

Summary: Italy

Departs from:

Rome, Tuscany, Florence, Venice & Lake Maggiore - Italy continues to inspire visitors year after year and this tour has been carefully crafted to include all the major must-see attractions, whilst taking you to some of the lesser-known hidden gems of this fascinating country. Enjoy private guided tours in Rome, Florence and Venice, visit remote Tuscan villages, try local Italian produce, taste local wines in Chianti, explore the stunning Cinque Terre and discover Lake Maggiore’s Borromean Islands.
 
The Back-Roads Difference:
  • Move beyond Italy’s signature cities and stay in rustic countryside regions
  • Learn how to cook the perfect pasta with a Tuscan chef
  • Marvel at the acoustics reverberating around the Baptistery of St. John, Pisa
  • Enjoy the tranquillity and serenity of Lake Orta, one of Italy’s hidden gems
Tour Inclusions
  • 13 nights’ accommodation
  • Back-Roads tour leader
  • Driver & mini-coach transportation
  • Local guides in Rome, Siena, Florence, Ravenna & Venice
  • Whispers in Rome, Florence & Venice
  • European breakfast daily
  • 4 x evening meals, 2 x lunches
  • Italian pasta cooking class
  • Venice water taxi
  • Chianti wine tasting, Parma Ham, Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese and balsamic vinegar tasting
  • Included Entrances: Colosseum, Forum & the Gladiator School in Rome, the Galleria dell'Accademia, Baptistery of St. John, Cinque Terre walk, boat and ferry, Ravenna mosaics & Isola Bella on Lake Maggiore.

To book, call 1866 940 0214 or Enquire Online

Tour Details

Day 1: Rome

Arrive in Rome at your leisure. This evening meet your Back-Roads tour leader and fellow travellers for a pre-tour briefing followed by a welcome dinner. (D)

 

Overnight: Hotel Domus Australia (or similar)


Day 2: Rome

This morning we explore Rome’s classical streets and visit the Colosseum, the Forum and the Gladiator School to discover the secrets of Imperial Rome's Gladiator Games. The rest of the day is yours to spend at your leisure. (B)

 

Overnight: Hotel Domus Australia (or similar)


Day 3: Rome - Assisi - Perugia

Today we visit the picturesque town of Assisi, the birthplace of Saint Francis. Tonight we spend the night in Perugia, a lively medieval walled town. (B)

 

Overnight: Hotel Fortuna (or similar)


Day 4: Perugia - Siena - Chianti

After a guided tour of Siena we travel through a landscape of rolling green hills, vineyards and age-old olive groves to our idyllic rural villa in the Chianti region, our base for the next two nights. (B, D)

 

Overnight: Villa la Palagina (or similar)


Day 5: Chianti

This morning learn the art of traditional Italian cooking and try your hand at pasta and bread making. We then sit down to enjoy the dishes that we have prepared. This afternoon enjoy Chianti wine tasting in our Tuscan villa. (B, L, D)

 

Overnight: Villa la Palagina (or similar)


Day 6: Chianti - Florence - Lucca

Most of today will be spent in Florence. After visiting the Galleria dell'Accademia, home to Michelangelo's David, we enjoy a walking tour of the city. Late this afternoon we continue our journey to Lucca, probably the most spectacular walled town in Italy. (B)

 

Overnight: Albergo San Martino (or similar)


Day 7: Lucca - Pisa - Lucca

Journey to ancient Pisa, with its famous Leaning Tower that has withstood the onslaught of gravity for almost 600 years. Inside the Baptistery of St. John we discover the building’s remarkable acoustics. This afternoon we return to Lucca, where you have time to explore this almost perfectly preserved jewel of medieval architecture at your own pace. (B)

 

Overnight: Albergo San Martino (or similar)


Day 8: Lucca - Cinque Terre - Soragna

Travel to the Italian Riviera and explore its rugged coastline, which includes the five captivating villages that make up the Cinque Terre. We explore three of these wonderful villages to discover the secrets of this stunning UNESCO World Heritage Site. We then continue to our overnight accommodation in Soragna, a town in a region known as Italy’s “Food Valley”. (B, D)

 

Overnight: Locanda del Lupo (or similar)


Day 9: Soragna - Ravenna

We begin our exploration of the food valley with a visit and tasting at a local producer of Felino Salame, Culatello and Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese. After traditional balsamic vinegar tasting in Modena, we travel to Ravenna for an evening at leisure. (B)

 

Overnight: Palazzo Bezzi (or similar)


Day 10: Ravenna - Venice

This morning we explore Ravenna, the best place in Italy to see early Christian and Byzantine Mosaics. When we reach Venice we take a water taxi to our hotel, located on Venice Island itself. (B)

 

Overnight: Hotel al Sole (or similar)


Day 11: Venice

Enjoy a guided walking tour of this fascinating city. Watch daily Venetian life pass by in bustling St Mark’s Square and see local landmarks including St Mark’s Basilica, Doge’s Palace and Rialto Bridge. This afternoon is free for you to continue your independent exploration of the city. (B)

 

Overnight: Hotel al Sole (or similar)


Day 12: Venice - Verona - Lake Maggiore

We head to romantic Verona and explore the city, seeing its colossal Roman Amphitheatre and Juliet’s Balcony. This afternoon we travel to the serene Lakes region of northern Italy for an evening at leisure. (B)

 

 

Overnight: Hotel Majestic (or similar)


Day 13: Lake Maggiore

We spend most of today exploring the Borromean islands on Lake Maggiore visiting Isola Bella with its magnificent Baroque Garden, Isola dei Pescatori with its pretty harbour and Isola Madre with its wonderful Renaissance Villa. The rest of the day is free for you to relax on the shores of Lake Maggiore. (B)

 

Overnight: Hotel Majestic (or similar)


Day 14: Lake Maggiore - Milan

This morning we visit Lake Orta, the enchanting lake that the Milanese try to keep to themselves. After some time exploring the lake we enjoy a farewell lunch together. Leaving the serenity of the Lakes behind we head to Milan, Italy’s famous fashion capital, where the tour ends. (B, L)

 

 

Pick-Up & Drop-Off

 

The tour commences from Hotel Domus Australia, Via Cernaia, 14/b, 00185 Rome, Italy at 6:00pm. Please ensure you are at the meeting point at least 15 minutes prior to departure.

 

Drop-off 4:00pm at Hotel Genius Downtown, Via Porlezza, 4, 20123 Milan, Italy. Please bear in mind that drop-off time is an estimate only – traffic can be unpredictable!

 

Notes

 

Mobility: All of our tours involve walking and require our guests to board and disembark our vehicles several times a day making this tour unsuitable for those with reduced mobility.


Duration - 14 days

Prices are updated frequently and are subject to change. Please call 1866 940 2031 for most up to date pricing.

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