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Ultimate Italy (luxurygold)

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Rome, Italy

Venice, Italy

12 days, 11 nights

June 2024 to October 2025

US$ 9850.00 (1 adult - twin)


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Europe

Italy, Vatican City


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Highlights


Dining Summary

  • 5 Dinner (D)
  • 11 Breakfast (B)
  • 3 Lunch (L)

Choice Highlights

  • Choose between two carefully selected activities
  • Assisi: Join a Local Expert for a guided visit to the imposing Basilica of St. Francis.
  • Assisi: Treat your palate as you sample Umbrian specialties at a tasting experience.
  • Choose between two carefully selected activities
  • Florence: Join an art historian to immerse yourself in Renaissance Florence. Visit the Accademia Museum and marvel at the statue of David, a Michelangelo masterpiece. See the impressive trio of the Duomo, Bell Tower and Baptistery before arriving to Piazza della Signoria, traditionally the political heart of the city.
  • Florence: Join a local foodie and get to know Florence one bite at a time on your walking tour. Learn about Florentine speciliaties, visit the lively Mercato Centrale and sample a selection of gourmet highlights.

Additional Included Highlights

  • : Enjoy seamless personal assistance throughout your journey. From securing exclusive reservations, to organising transportation, your Travel Concierge ensures every aspect of your travel is tailored to your tastes and preferences.
  • : In select destinations, our network of Local Expert Guides will illuminate your journey on a deeper level.  ​
  • : Included at all hotels.
  • : Hotel taxes, porterage and tips, as well as tips for included dining experiences, are included.
  • : Enjoy breakfast every morning, and an array of incredible dining options throughout your journey, infused with discovery and adventure.
  • : On days where a Relaxed Start (RS) is indicated, you can select to indulge in breakfast in bed.​
  • : Enjoy complimentary hotel Wi-Fi. And, on select coaches, onboard Wi-Fi may also be available.
  • : Transfers are included on your journey start and end dates, and where additional accommodation has been booked in advance through Luxury Gold. Transfers to train stations or alternate hotels, in the same start or end city as the itinerary, may be requested.

Curated Experiences

  • Vatican: Enter the Vatican Museums and visit the Sistine Chapel on a tour with your Local Expert. Be awed by the frescoes that adorn the walls and roof, painted by masters such as Michelangelo, Botticelli and Ghirlandaio.
  • Venice: Triumphantly enter the Doge's Palace as a guardian permits only you and your traveling companions to enter for an after-hours tour. Discover the art, culture and history of the Venetian Republic in a small, intimate group.

Exceptional Dining

  • Rome: As night falls, delight in the romance of the Eternal City before gathering for a delicious Welcome Dinner of Italian cuisine and wine at a restaurant known only to locals, near Rome’s famous Pantheon. Watch the world go by as you savor a meal with new friends.
  • Capri: After your morning cruise, cool off from the Mediterranean sun with a refreshing local beverage, the lemon granita. Freshly made with sweet Sicilian lemons, this tasty drink will add zing to your day before more exploring.
  • Capri: Savor Mediterranean flavors in perfect Caprese style, created with passion from fresh, local produce at Michelin-starred Le Monzù restaurant.
  • San Gimignano: Get a taste of magnificence in gelato form. Ascend serpentine alleyways to the artisan ice cream parlour of World Champion Gelato maestro, Sergio Dondoli, for a taste of his creamiest treats. It may be difficult to leave.
  • Tuscany: Explore Guardastelle with a wine expert to learn about the various grape varieties and visit the ancient cellars, where you will enjoy a wine tasting. Afterwards, indulge in a lunch of Tuscan specialties and beautiful views of the rolling hills and vineyards.
  • Florence: Enjoy dinner in an elegant Florentine villa, where you’ll dine on regional dishes including the famous local specialty 'Fiorentina' - a Tuscan beef steak, seasoned and grilled to perfection.
  • Tuscany: Immerse yourself in the culture of Tuscan food with a hands-on cooking class in the former hunting lodge of the Medici family. Source fresh ingredients from the blooming garden and learn how to roll your own fresh pasta with a professional Italian chef.
  • Venice: Enjoy a traditional Venetian meal in a local restaurant.

Magnificent Stays

  • Capri: Overlooking Capri's central plaza, Quisisana Hotel is in prime position for exploring the Isle of Capri. Rooms are desigined with effortless Mediterranean elegance, matching perfectly with the idyllic backdrop of lush greenery and turquoise water.

MAKE TRAVEL MATTER

  • Perugia: Meet Marta, fourth-generation weaver and recipient of a TreadRight Foundation grant at Laboratorio Giuditta Brozzetti. Discover how she and her weavers are preserving the medieval Umbrian tradition of loom-weaving at their artisanal workshop and sharing their own piece of a colorful history. On this MAKE TRAVEL MATTER® Experience Marta and her students help to safeguard the unique patterns while contributing to the protection of Umbria’s cultural heritage. The workshop is owned by women and actively empowers women and girls through its education and training programs.
  • Venice: Witness the ancient skill of glassblowing at a long-standing arts center, where you can see the artisans create singular works of beautiful art. On this MAKE TRAVEL MATTER® Experience discover more about this incredible craft that has been part of Venetian culture for several centuries. Every visit helps to support the workshop and the survival of this traditional craft.

Passport Moments

  • Rome: Every side street has something to offer, as you’ll see on a guided exploration of the hidden sites of Rome with your knowledgeable Local Expert. Get away from the crowds and discover more culture and art in this living masterpiece.
  • Pompeii: Walk with a Local Expert through the cobbled streets of this ill-fated town, frozen in time since the 1st century, when a volcanic eruption engulfed the streets. Hear more about the lavish lives the locals lived and visit well-preserved ruins of baths and local shops.
  • Capri: Arrive in style for your overnight stay as the jet-set do, traveling to your luxurious Capri hotel by open-top taxi. Don’t forget your headscarf or hat and sunglasses so passersby can speculate about the visiting VIP.
  • Capri: Embark on a private cruise that takes you around the dramatic coast of Capri to seek out hidden coves and grottos that few get to see. The White Grotto is a dazzling sight with the stalactites that dangle over its entrance.
  • San Gimignano: Visit this small hillside city and find out why it's called the 'medieval Manhattan of Italy'. Enter the exquisite Porto San Giovanni, the main city gate, that has stood the test of time since the 13th century. Explore well-preserved streets and beautiful ceramic stores.
  • Pisa: Accompanied by your Local Expert, marvel at the gravity-defying Leaning Tower of Pisa and see the Duomo and baptistery.
  • Cinque Terre: Experience some of the most awe-inspiring coastal scenery on earth at the UNESCO-listed Cinque Terre. Join your Local Expert and discover charming Manarola, a picturesque fishing village, before traveling by train to the historic and colorful resort town of Rapallo.
  • Venice: Take a private water taxi along the Grand Canal to make an elegant arrival at your luxurious hotel, which sits right by the water’s edge. Soak up the romance of this enchanting city as you experience a relaxing journey on the water.
  • Venice: Enjoy a private cruise of Venice's Grand Canal, admire historical palaces, eastern architecture and daily Venetian life from your private water taxi cruising through the most famous of Venice's canals.
  • Venice: Let yourself be swept away by romance with a ride on a traditional gondola through the canals of Venice. See hidden corners of the city and soak up the atmosphere while being serenaded by your gondolier.
  • Venice: Join your Local Expert for an enriching exploration of the many wondrous sights of Venice. Admire St. Mark’s Basilica, a brilliant example of Italo-Byzantine architecture, and feel the whispers from the Bridge of Sighs, a historic passageway to the Doge's Palace.

Personalise your day

  • Assisi: Join a Local Expert for a guided visit to the imposing Basilica of St. Francis.
  • Assisi: Treat your palate as you sample Umbrian specialties at a tasting experience.
  • Florence: Join an art historian to immerse yourself in Renaissance Florence. Visit the Accademia Museum and marvel at the statue of David, a Michelangelo masterpiece. See the impressive trio of the Duomo, Bell Tower and Baptistery before arriving to Piazza della Signoria, traditionally the political heart of the city.
  • Florence: Join a local foodie and get to know Florence one bite at a time on your walking tour. Learn about Florentine speciliaties, visit the lively Mercato Centrale and sample a selection of gourmet highlights.

Itinerary


Day 1: Buongiorno Rome

Begin your Italy luxury tour journeying to your luxurious hotel by private chauffeur. Tonight, dine on fine Italian cuisine beneath the gaze of the Pantheon.


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NH Collection Roma Palazzo Cinquecento.
Dinner
Rome

Day 2: Rome and the Vatican

Explore the Eternal City and Vatican Museums with the guidance of a Local Expert. Admire magnificent frescos and unlock religious history at the Vatican before viewing the mighty Colosseum and the Roman Forum.


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NH Collection Roma Palazzo Cinquecento.
Breakfast
Rome, Vatican, Rome

Day 3: Pompeii and the Isle of Capri / Sorrento

At the ruins of Pompeii, your Local Expert paints a vivid picture of the past. Journey south through dramatic coastal scenery and lemon groves to your luxurious hotel in Capri or Sorrento (date dependent) and enjoy an elegant dinner of local specialties.


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Quisisana Hotel, Hotel Sorrento Palace (Seaview Executive Rooms).
Breakfast, Dinner
Rome, Pompeii, Capri

Day 4: Explore the Isle of Dreams Relaxed Start

For guests staying in Capri, indulge in a Relaxed Start. A private cruise shows off Capri’s dramatic coastline as you wind your way into hidden coves and visit the White Grotto. Dine in style at Michelin-starred restaurant Le Monzù.


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Quisisana Hotel, Hotel Sorrento Palace (Seaview Executive Rooms).
Breakfast, Lunch
Capri

Day 5: Umbria, Assisi and Perugia

Discover jewels of Umbria and personalise your day. View the 28 incredible frescos of the Basilica of St. Francis with a local historian. Or, with the help of your local gourmand, learn the roots of Umbrian cuisine and taste heavenly flavors including local olive oils and truffle-infused cured meats.


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Brufani, Perugia.
Breakfast
Capri, Assisi, Perugia

Day 6: San Gimignano and Tuscany Relaxed Start

Fourth-generation weaver Marta shares the art of medieval Umbrian tradition of loom-weaving on a MAKE TRAVEL MATTER® Experience. Delight in a private wine tasting tour with the owners of Guardastelle Estate and lunch surrounded by rolling hills and vineyards. Indulge in sensational gelato with World Champion Gelato maestro, Sergio Dondoli.


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Hotel Montebello Splendid, Florence.
Breakfast, Lunch
Perugia, San Gimignano, Florence

Day 7: Renaissance Florence

Personalise your morning in Florence with an art or gourmet exploration. Join an art historian to explore Renaissance Florence in the Accademia Gallery, home to Michelangelo’s David, or explore markets and gourmet stores with a local food expert, illuminating Florentine specialties. Take a fascinating foraging trip for the region's aromatic truffles guided by an expert truffle dog. Dine on regional dishes including 'Fiorentina' — Tuscan steak seasoned and grilled to perfection — over dinner at a Tuscan Villa.


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Hotel Montebello Splendid, Florence.
Breakfast, Dinner
Florence

Day 8: Tuscan Cuisine and Pisa Relaxed Start

Enjoy another Relaxed Start before exploring a former hunting lodge built in the 1200s by the Medici family. Stroll the estate’s vegetable and herb garden. Do as the locals do, learning from a professional Italian chef how to roll pasta by hand. In Pisa, marvel at the gravity-defying tower, Duomo and baptistery with a Local Historian.


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Hotel Montebello Splendid, Florence.
Breakfast, Lunch
Florence, Pisa, Florence

Day 9: Exploring the Cinque Terre

At the UNESCO-listed Cinque Terre, join your Local Expert and visit the cliffside towns of Manarola and Monterosso. Here, colorful houses perched upon steep, rugged coastline overlook the sparkling Mediterranean. Reach Rapallo for your stay at your luxurious hotel.


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Grand Hotel Bristol Resort & Spa, Rapallo.
Breakfast, Dinner
Florence, Cinque Terre, Rapallo

Day 10: Venice and the Doge’s Palace

Arrive by private water taxi at your luxurious hotel. Step behind the velvet ropes as you enter the Doge's Palace for an after-hours tour guided by a local art historian.


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Radisson Collection Hotel, Palazzo Nani Venice.
Breakfast
Rapallo, Venice

Day 11: The Magic of Venice Relaxed Start

Unlock the centuries-old craft of glassblowing and join a local guide to explore the hidden lanes of Venice. Then sit back in a classic gondola for a serenade through the romantic canals before a celebratory evening.


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Radisson Collection Hotel, Palazzo Nani Venice.
Breakfast, Dinner
Venice

Day 12: Arrivederci Venice

Your Italian voyage ends in style, with a private boat ride to Venice’s Marco Polo Airport.


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Breakfast
Venice

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