Multi-Day Tour | Escorted

Ultimate Italy - Chairman's Collection (13 days)

Luxury Gold

Rome, Italy To Venice, Italy

Itinerary

DAY LOCATION(S) HOTEL MEALS DESCRIPTION
Day 1
Rome, Italy
None None

YOUR JOURNEY BEGINS

Board your overnight flight to Europe

Day 2
Rome, Italy
Bernini Bristol, Rome Dinner

WELCOME TO ROME

On arrival at Rome's Fiumicino Leonardo da Vinci Airport, you are met and transferred to your elegant five-star hotel, facing the famous Piazza Barberini. At 18:00, meet your Travelling Concierge and fellow travelers for a short stroll to the Trevi Fountain, enjoying the romance of the Eternal City as night falls, before gathering for a spectacular Welcome Dinner of delicious Italian cuisine and wine at a local restaurant.

Day 3
Rome, Italy
Bernini Bristol, Rome Breakfast, Dinner

ROME AND THE VATICAN IN VIP STYLE

Our fast-tracked entry into the Vatican Museums is the best way to enjoy the timeless Papal art collection. In the ultimate VIP experience, enter Michelangelo's Sistine Chapel for a private tour with a Local Expert before it opens to the public. Continue into St. Peter's Basilica, before seeing the Roman Forum and visiting the grand Colosseum. Enjoy time at leisure in the afternoon, perhaps relishing an espresso at a piazza cafe or walking along the romantic Tiber River. In the evening meet Debora, your local VizEat host, for a home-cooked Italian meal served at her wonderful city-centre home.

Day 4
Capri, Italy
Capri Palace Hotel & Spa, Isle of Capri Breakfast

POMPEII AND THE ISLE OF CAPRI

Journey to the ill-fated town of Pompeii, frozen in time since A.D. 79 when it was violently engulfed by an eruption of Vesuvius. Join your Local Expert to learn about the lifestyles of the people who once lived here and explore the remnants of ancient shops, baths and patrician villas. Journey on to the Bay of Naples where you’ll board your hydrofoil bound for the sun-drenched Isle of Capri. On arrival, enjoy an escorted ride in an open-top taxi to your exclusive hotel. Settle in and appreciate the splendors of Capri at your leisure, long after the day-trippers have returned to the mainland.

Day 5
Capri, Italy
Capri Palace Hotel & Spa, Isle of Capri Breakfast, Lunch

RELAXED START - EXPLORE THE ISLE OF DREAMS

Embark on a dazzling cruise to see the white grotto and spectacular cliffs of the island, before arriving in Capri town to cool off with a refreshing lemon granita. Walk with your Local Expert to the gardens of Caesar Augustus to view the legendary Faraglioni Rocks, jutting out of the water. Prepare for a highlight lunch at Ristorante L’Olivo, the only eatery on the island boasting two Michelin stars. Savour Chef Andrea Migliaccio’s culinary masterpieces of traditional dishes inspired by modern interpretations, as you drink wine from carefully-crafted handmade glassware. Enjoy the rest of the day at leisure, perhaps treating yourself to a pampering massage at your hotel’s day spa?

Day 6
Perugia, Italy
Brufani, Perugia Breakfast

LUSH UMBRIA AND ON TO ASSISI AND PERUGIA

Return to the mainland and travel north along the Highway of the Sun to the winding, cobbled streets of Assisi for a guided visit to the imposing Basilica of St. Francis with your Local Expert. Continue on to the Umbrian capital of Perugia. Ascend from the lower town, through the maze of medieval streets, to your five-star deluxe hotel. In the afternoon, meet your Local Expert for a walk along Perugia's Corso Vannucci to the main square where you’ll see the Great Fountain, Collegio del Cambio and the splendid Prior's Palace. Spend the evening at your leisure; perhaps soaking up the vibrancy of this historic university town from a local cafe?

Day 7
Tuscania, Italy
Villa Le Maschere, Barberino Di Mugello, Tuscany Breakfast, Lunch

RELAXED START - SAN GIMIGNANO AND TUSCANY

Discover the preserved heritage of textile loom-weaving at the Laboratorio Giuditta Brozzetti, a weaver’s workshop situated inside a 13th century Franciscan church. Meet Marta, the workshop director and recipient of a TreadRight Foundation grant, and learn how this medieval craft has been kept alive over the generations. Continue your journey north through glorious Tuscan landscapes to hilltop San Gimignano and stroll through its serpentine alleyways to taste the award-winning gelato of Sergio Dondoli. Travel to the Chianti region to meet your Local Expert for a guided tour through the former house and Mediterranean gardens of the Italian Renaissance diplomat and writer, Nicolo Machiavelli. You’re invited to join a special opening of his private office where he famously wrote 'The Prince' and then to enjoy an exclusive wine tasting in his original cellar. Taste a variety of wines from his cellar including a rare Super Tuscan, one of the world’s most renowned wines. Conclude your visit with a light lunch of Farm-to-Table Tuscan snacks.

Chairman's Collection

You are invited to an exclusive lunch and wine tasting with Count Francesco Mazzei at his centuries-old Tuscan estate. This experience will replace the lunch and wine tasting at the home of Nicolo Machiavelli.

Day 8
Florence, Italy
Villa Le Maschere, Barberino Di Mugello, Tuscany Breakfast, Dinner

RENAISSANCE FLORENCE

For a relatively small city, Florence boasts an abundance of art and architectural masterpieces, chic boutiques and fabulous restaurants. Join an art historian for an insider's guide to cultural Florence. Admire Michelangelo's original statue of David in the Accademia Museum, before strolling to the cathedral, the baptistery with its Gates of Paradise and the open-air gallery in Piazza della Signoria. Enjoy Florence in the afternoon at your own pace or return to your renaissance hotel for a relaxing afternoon spent in its tranquil Tuscan gardens. In the evening, gather for a delicious dinner with wine, served at a local restaurant in delightful Barberino Di Mugello

Day 9
Pisa, Italy
Villa Le Maschere, Barberino Di Mugello, Tuscany Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

RELAXED START - TUSCAN COOKING CLASS AND PISA

Join a professional chef and uncover the secrets of Tuscan cooking during an authentic culinary masterclass. Complete your cooking experience by savouring the fruits of your labour with a lovely lunch. In the afternoon, travel to Pisa and with your Local Expert view the splendid Duomo, baptistery and, of course, the famous gravity-defying Leaning Tower of Pisa!

Day 10
Rapallo, Italy
Grand Hotel Bristol Resort & Spa, Rapallo Breakfast, Dinner

EXPLORING THE CINQUE TERRE AND THE ITALIAN RIVIERA

Journey northwest towards the Cinque Terre, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Join your Local Expert in the picturesque fishing village of Manarola, then cruise along the rugged coast to explore Monterosso's medieval quarter and popular sandy beach. Enjoy lunch at leisure, then journey by train to the resort of Rapallo. Your prestigious hotel offers striking vistas of the Portofino promontory.

Day 11
Venice, Italy
Bauer Palazzo, Venice Breakfast

THEATRICAL VENICE AND THE DOGE'S PALACE

Cross the fertile Po Valley to Verona, home of Shakespeare's star-crossed lovers. Stroll past the well-preserved Roman Arena and through a maze of elegant squares to stand beneath the balcony said to have belonged to the Capulet family. Continue on to your five-star luxury hotel in Venice. In the evening, you are invited to an after-hours private visit of the magnificent Doge's Palace. As all crowds disappear, discover the history, art and culture of the Venetian Republic with your Local Expert.

Day 12
Venice, Italy
Bauer Palazzo, Venice Breakfast, Dinner

RELAXED START - VENICE AND THE MAGIC OF LA SERENISSIMA

Discover the majestic wonders of Venice on a guided walk with your Local Expert. Admire St. Mark's Basilica and see the Bridge of Sighs, witness the age-old skill of glassblowing at an arts centre and finally take your seat in a traditional gondola for a serenade through the romantic canals. In the afternoon, cruise to the idyllic fisherman's island of Burano and arrive just in time for a spectacular Celebration Dinner. Raise a glass of local Italian wine, as you toast to new friendships and memories.

Day 13
Venice, Italy
None Breakfast

ARRIVEDERCI VENICE

After breakfast, bid farewell to your travel companions and transfer by private boat to Venice Marco Polo Airport for your onward journey.

Optional Extension - Day 14-17

OPTIONAL VENICE SIMPLON-ORIENTEXPRESS OPTION

Why not extend your stay in Venice and travel onwards to Paris in timeless elegance onboard the Venice Simplon-Orient-Express train?

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Description

This magnificent journey showcases Italy’s grand past, romantic cities and exquisite natural wonders. Step into the ancient world, as a Local Expert shows you the cobblestone alleyways of Pompeii, the Vatican Museums and the Sistine Chapel in VIP style, and marvel at the gravity-defying Tower of Pisa. Along the way, you’ll discover how medieval trades are being kept alive, participate in a Tuscan cooking masterclass and cruise along the canals of Venice aboard a traditional gondola. From iconic capitals to the charming fishing villages of the Cinque Terre, uncover the full grandeur of Italy. After your journey ends in Venice, why not choose to extend your luxurious travels there and step aboard the Venice Simplon-Orient-Express for an overnight journey to Paris?

Stanley Tollman - Chairman's Collection

You’re invited to an exclusive lunch and wine tasting with Count Francesco Mazzei at his centuries-old Tuscan estate.

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