Ultimate Italy - Preview 2021

03/01/2020 through 09/30/2021
03/01/2020 through 10/03/2021
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Ultimate Italy – Preview 2021
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 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 onboard a traditional gondola. On Chairman’s Collection departures, join Marchese Mazzei at his centuries-old Tuscan estate. Look for the CC icon on the Dates & Prices panel to see which departures feature the Chairman’s Collection.


Exceptional Dining

  • Rome: As night falls, delight in the romance of the Eternal City before gathering for a Welcome Dinner of delicious Italian cuisine and wine at an elegant local restaurant near Piazza Navona.
  • Isle of Capri: Take in Beautiful views of the Gulf of Naples from the privileged perch of Michelin-starred Mamm. Savour a delectable meal of Mediterranean flavours in perfect Caprese style, created with passion from fresh, local produce by chef Salvatore La Ragione.
  • Isle of Capri: A refreshing lemon granita is the perfect way to cool down in the Mediterranean.
  • Tuscany: Enjoy a tasting of rare Super Tuscan wines in the underground cellar of Machiavelli’s home before enjoying a light Farm-to-Table lunch.
  • San Gimignano: Ascend serpentine alleyways to the artisan ice-cream parlour of World Champion Gelato maestro, Sergio Dondoli, for a taste of his creamiest treats.
  • Florence: Forage for the region’s famous aromatic truffles guided by an expert truffle dog. Enjoy a tasting of these precious ‘diamonds’ followed by dinner in an elegant villa which will include a choice of dishes including the famous ‘Fiorentina’ (mouth-watering grilled Tuscan beefsteak).
  • San Gimingano: San Gimingano: 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 countryside.
  • Venice: Learn the secrets behind your aperitif, Venice’s Bellini cocktail before dinner tonight at the atmospheric Taverna La Fenice.
  • Dining Summary: 11 Breakfasts (B), 3 Lunches with Wine (LW) and 6 Dinners with Wine (DW) all with tea or coffee.

Journey Highlights

  • Rome: Your Travelling Concierge welcomes you to Rome with a traditional passeggiata near the Piazza Navona.
  • Vatican City: With your Local Expert, see Rome’s most revered treasures when you visit St. Peter’s Basilica and see Michelangelo’s ‘Piet.’
  • Rome: Learn of the city’s iconic history when you visit the Colosseum and the Roman Forum.
  • Rome: During your orientation with your Travelling Concierge see medieval buildings, including Renaissance palaces and Baroque churches, scattered throughout the city.
  • Pompeii: Walk with a Local Expert through the cobbled streets of this ill-fated town, frozen in time since the 1st century.
  • Isle of Capri: Cruise between the island and mainland by fast-boat and enjoy two nights on this famous isle.
  • Isle of Capri: Travel in style by open-top taxi as you get a flavour of the jet-set lifestyle.
  • Isle of Capri: Enjoy a private cruise around the island to see its hidden coves and grottos.
  • Isle of Capri: Admire the famous Faraglioni Rocks from the gardens of Caesar Augustus as you explore with your Local Expert.
  • Assisi: Join your Local Expert and find out why the Basilica of St. Francis is considered one of the crowning achievements of medieval Europe.
  • Perugia: Join your Local Expert for a guided exploration through history, as you 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.
  • Perugia: Meet Marta, recipient of a TreadRight Foundation grant, and discover how she and her weavers are preserving the medieval tradition of loom-weaving at their artisanal workshop.
  • San Gimignano: Visit the medieval Manhattan of Italy!
  • Tuscany: Journey to the 15th century wine domain of ‘Guardastelle’ and visit the ancient cellars with a wine expert, where you will enjoy a wine tasting. Afterwards indulge in a lunch of Tuscan specialties.
  • 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 ?shing village, before travelling by train to the resort town of Rapallo.
  • Venice: Guided by your Local Expert, view the sights of Venice including St. Mark’s Basilica and the Bridge of Sighs.
  • Venice: Witness the ancient skill of glassblowing as you watch artisans create delicate works of art.
  • Venice: Take your seat in a traditional gondola for a serenade through the romantic Venetian canals.

Luxury Hotels

  • Florence: Nestled on the banks of the Arno, Ville sull’Arno boasts beautiful pastel tones and warm wooden furnishings. Treat yourself and indulge in ancient beauty rituals as you relax in enveloping scents at the hotels spa and wellness centre.
  • Rome: The iconic Palazzo Montemartini offers the perfect blend of rich history and contemporary design. Rooms boast minimalistic elegance while mirroring Rome’s unique ambience.
  • Isle of 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 wat…

Itinerary

Day 1 Welcome to Rome.
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Day 2 Rome and the Vatican.
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Day 3 Pompeii and The Isle of Capri.
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Day 4 Explore the Isle of Dreams.
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Day 5 Lush Umbria and on to Assisi and Perugia.
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Day 6 San Gimignano and Tuscany.
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Day 7 Renaissance Florence.
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Day 8 Tuscan Cooking Class and Pisa.
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Day 9 Exploring The Cinque Terre.
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Day 10 Theatrical Venice and the Doge's Palace.
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Day 11 The Magic of Venice.
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Day 12 Arrivederci Venice.
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