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Croatia and Slovenia with Deluxe Cruise

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Visit: Venice, Poreč, Rovinj, Pula, Opatija, Postojna, Lipica, Opatija, Zagreb, Bled, Ljubljana, Plitvice, Trogir, Split, Mostar, Dubrovnik, Elaphite Islands, Slano, Mljet, Korčula, Biševo, Vis, Hvar, Stari Grad, Trogir, Split

Day 1 (Saturday): Venice - Poreč

At 4:30pm depart Venice via the speed-craft Prince of Venice to Poreč. On arrival into Poreč at 8:00pm, enjoy dinner and stay overnight in Poreč.

Meals: Dinner

Day 2 (Sunday): Poreč - Rovinj - Pula - Opatija

In the morning orientation tours of Poreč and Rovinj and then continuation to Pula. Poreč was founded as an ancient Roman town and it offers architectural and artistic treasures, such as the Basilica of Euphrasius – a complex of buildings whose oldest parts date from the 6th century. The tour takes you down the west coast of Istria through Rovinj, a typical Mediterranean town with narrow cobblestone streets and stone houses built centuries ago. Then drive further to the south for the walking tour of Pula, well known for its exceptional Roman amphitheater. A busy port town where commerce flourishes amid Roman arches and temples, Pula’s Gothic buildings and Byzantine churches make it a historical treasure. Continuation to Opatija for dinner and overnight stay.

Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

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Best of Balkans with Deluxe Cruise from Venice

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Visit: Venice, Poreč, Rovinj, Pula, Opatija, Postojna, Lipica, Opatija, Zagreb, Bled, Ljubljana, Plitvice, Trogir, Split, Krka, Trogir, Stari Grad, Hvar, Vis, Biševo, Korčula, Mljet, Slano, Elaphiti Islands, Dubrovnik

Day 1 (Saturday): Venice - Poreč

At 4:30pm depart Venice via the speed-craft Prince of Venice to Poreč. On arrival into Poreč at 8:00pm, enjoy dinner and stay overnight in Poreč.

Meals: Dinner

Day 2 (Sunday): Poreč - Rovinj - Pula - Opatija

In the morning orientation tours of Poreč and Rovinj and then continuation to Pula. Poreč was founded as an ancient Roman town and it offers architectural and artistic treasures, such as the Basilica of Euphrasius – a complex of buildings whose oldest parts date from the 6th century. The tour takes you down the west coast of Istria through Rovinj, a typical Mediterranean town with narrow cobblestone streets and stone houses built centuries ago. Then drive further to the south for the walking tour of Pula, well known for its exceptional Roman amphitheater. A busy port town where commerce flourishes amid Roman arches and temples, Pula’s Gothic buildings and Byzantine churches make it a historical treasure. Continuation to Opatija for dinner and overnight stay.

Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

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Hidden Treasures of North Italy

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Visit: Bologna, Ferrara, Ravenna, Modena, Mantova, Verona, Valpolicella, Franciacorta, Lake Iseo, Milan

From delicious Bolognese pasta to sumptuous Valpolicella wines, there’s something to delight every sense in this vibrant tour of Northern Italy.

While Southern Italy is known for its sun kissed beaches and azure blue coastline, its Northern counterpart is equally as revered for its antiquated architectural cities, and its luscious green and bountiful countryside—particularly in Emilia Romagna—producing gastronomic delights. And whilst these features are recurring throughout the region, there is still endless variety for you to explore on this tour. Destinations such as fair Verona hold a special place in people’s hearts due to being the romantic setting of Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet, whereas others offer new experiences for visitors to discover. From the gastronomic capital of Bologna—the red-bricked home of spaghetti Bolognese and the world’s oldest university— to mosaic covered Ravenna—the one-time home of renowned Italian poet Dante Aligheri—the balsamic vinegar producers of Modena, to the sumptuous red wines of the undulating vineyards of Valpolicella, there’s something to delight every sense on this Northern Italian adventure.

Day 1 (Friday): Arrival Bologna

On arrival in Bologna, make your own way to the hotel. Overnight in the heart of the city.

Day 2 (Saturday): Bologna: The City and The Food

Meet your guide at your hotel to discover Bologna, the capital of the region of Emilia-Romagna and according to many, also a gastronomic capital of Europe. The city, home of the oldest university in the western world, has precious cultural life and intriguing historical legacy, linked to the Etruscans, then the Gauls and Romans. You'll visit the Piazza Maggiore, with the Basilica di San Petronio. You'll walk through the knot of tiny alleys behind the church getting a flavor of the city, one that is pervaded with music and youthful energy. This afternoon, complete your immersion in the local culture joining a cooking class in a lovely location. Learn how to make tortellini or tagliatelle al ragu. At the end enjoy a wonderful dinner in one of the city's great osteria. Overnight in Bologna.

Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

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Tuscany Absolute

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Visit: Florence, Siena, San Gimignano, Montepulciano, Pienza

Experience all that one of Italy’s most popular regions has to offer, from its sumptuous wine to its decadent art cities, thermal springs to traditional Tuscan cuisine.

Full to bursting with quaint medieval villages, undulating fields of neatly planted vineyards and olive groves, traditional cuisine, and not to mention large, elegant, and antiquated art cities, Tuscany is the perfect place to visit for those looking for a taste of la dolce vita. Culture vultures will adore perusing the streets of Renaissance Florence, which has architectural masterpieces at every turn, and as much world-class art as you can imagine tucked away in the city’s treasure trove of museums. After all the buzz of the city, the tour will allow you to experience quieter areas of the region, from sandy-coloured Siena to picture perfect Pienza (a UNESCO world heritage site which is heralded as an excellent example of Renaissance architecture), and the therapeutic thermal springs of Montepulciano. You’ll even have the chance to plunge deep into the calm countryside for an atmospheric dinner and cooking class, surrounded by the natural beauty of the Tuscan landscape.

Day 1 (Friday): Arrival Florence

On arrival in Florence, make your own way to your hotel.  In the afternoon, meet your tour guide at your hotel for a welcome briefing. Start your discovery of Florence with an orientation tour in the heart of town, passing along Pontevecchio and Piazza della Signoria.  Overnight in Florence.

Day 2 (Saturday): Magnificent Florence

Start your exploration of Florence from the unknown and most picturesque sides of the city: visit the market of San Lorenzo where it’s possible to see the food arriving from the Tuscan countryside. It’s a chance to taste lots of varieties of local cheeses, fruits, vegetable, and breads. If you”re still hungry, there’s 
free time for lunch.  In the afternoon, meet your guide in the hotel and get ready to explore the heart of the town.

Lorenzo de Medici transformed Florence into the cradle of the Renaissance by attracting the best artists, architects and writers of the time; Leonardo da Vinci, Michelangelo and Botticelli who he commissioned to produce various works of art and architecture. We’ll visit Piazza della Signoria, walk by the Palazzo Vecchio, , the Duomo with Giotto's bell tower ( from outside), Ponte Vecchio. 
Our walk through Florence will end with a, visit to the Accademia and experience the masterpiece of Michelangelo: the statue of David.
 Overnight in Florence.

Meals: Breakfast

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Absolute Italy

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Visit: Rome, Florence & Tuscany, Venice

Experience the best Italy has to offer by taking a tour which encompasses three of the country’s most famous metropole. Perfect for first time visitors who want to get a taste of a variety of areas, start off in Rome to experience the Italian capital, and marvel at “the faithful city’s” ancient architecture and extensive history. Then head off to Italy’s art capital of Florence to see work by Italian masters, and finish up in Venice for a romantic gondola ride and even more breath-taking surroundings. As well as these cosmopolitan wonders, you’ll also get a chance to see some of the rural Tuscan countryside, of course tasting local delicacies and exquisite wines along the way. What more could you ask for?

 

Day 1 (Friday): Arrival in Rome

Welcome to Italy!

Meet your private driver upon your arrival in Rome and transfer to your hotel in the heart of Rome. Late afternoon meeting with your Tour Host in the hotel. You will learn more about your tour and familiarize yourself with the other travel companions. At the end, walk to the restaurant and enjoy a tasty welcome dinner.
 Overnight in Rome

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Meals: Welcome Dinner

Day 2 (Saturday): Vatican & Heart of Rome

After breakfast, you will enjoy a unique visit to Vatican Museum. Access the Museum easily with your skip the line tickets. Your visit will be memorable: our guides have drawn up a route to include all the major sights as well as some unexpected surprises. See the Belvedere Courtyard with Apollo Belvedere & Laocoön & His Sons, Raphael Rooms, the Galleries of the Candelabra, of the Maps and of the Tapestries, the Sistine Chapel and Pinecone Courtyard. At the end, exit on the St. Peter’s Square and enjoy the magnificent view of the imposing Cathedral. You will return to your hotel to relax after a challenging morning.  Late afternoon meet your tour leader for a walking tour of the Baroque Town with Piazza Navona, Pantheon, Spanish Steps, Piazza di Spagna, the Italian Parliament and the fascinating narrow streets of ancient Rome. Return to hotel with your tour leader or enjoy a dinner in the very heart of the eternal city. Overnight in Rome.

Meals: Breakfast

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Heart of Italy with Cinque Terre

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Visit: Rome, Florence & Tuscany, Cinque Terre

Fancy contrasting magnificent metropole with the quiet relaxing Tuscan countryside? Then this is the tour for you! Explore the bustling capital of Rome and it’s astounding ancient architecture, and then head on to see Florence’s artistic masterpieces. Afterwards you will then be able to escape to the countryside for a completely different take on Italian life. From the panoramic seaside fishing villages of the Cinque Terre, to a boutique winery in the rolling Chianti countryside – where you’ll get to see how they turn vine to vino – this tour will give you an exclusive insight in to Italian country life that you wouldn’t get if you just stayed in the city.

 

Day 1 (Friday): Arrival in Rome

Welcome to Italy!

Meet your private driver upon your arrival in Rome and transfer to your hotel in the heart of Rome. Late afternoon meeting with your Tour Host in the hotel. You will learn more about your tour and familiarize yourself with the other travel companions. At the end, walk to the restaurant and enjoy a tasty welcome dinner.
 Overnight in Rome

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Meals: Welcome Dinner

Day 2 (Saturday): Vatican & Heart of Rome

After breakfast, you will enjoy a unique visit to Vatican Museum. Access the Museum easily with your skip the line tickets. Your visit will be memorable: our guides have drawn up a route to include all the major sights as well as some unexpected surprises. See the Belvedere Courtyard with Apollo Belvedere & Laocoön & His Sons, Raphael Rooms, the Galleries of the Candelabra, of the Maps and of the Tapestries, the Sistine Chapel and Pinecone Courtyard. At the end, exit on the St. Peter’s Square and enjoy the magnificent view of the imposing Cathedral. You will return to your hotel to relax after a challenging morning.  Late afternoon meet your tour leader for a walking tour of the Baroque Town with Piazza Navona, Pantheon, Spanish Steps, Piazza di Spagna, the Italian Parliament and the fascinating narrow streets of ancient Rome. Return to hotel with your tour leader or enjoy a dinner in the very heart of the eternal city. Overnight in Rome.

Meals: Breakfast

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Grand Tour of Italy

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Visit: Alberobello, Ostuni, Polignano, Matera, Sorrento, Amalfi, Ravello, Positano, Pompeii, Rome, Siena, Florence, Venice

The Grand Tour of Italy will give you the chance to explore incredible Italian places, thanks to an unforgettable itinerary that will lead you through most of the country. Beautiful small villages, vineyards and olive trees are waiting for you in Val d'Itria, where you will enjoy the taste of tradition through wine and cheese tasting, followed by a farmer lunch in a beautiful Masseria! Your trip will then guide you into some of the oldest towns of the world, such as Matera, actually considered as a World Heritage Site. When in Pompeii, you'll explore the archeological site and his fascinating history, and will end your day with a candle light dinner in Sorrento with sea view.

In Rome, the Vatican Museum will offer you a memorable visit including some unexpected surprises. Your tour will continue to Tuscany, where you will visit Siena and Florence, the city that attracts the best artists, architects and writers with its beauty. Last stop will be Venice, where you'll enjoy a gondola tour to end your visit at "La Serenissima".

 

Day 1 (Friday): Arrival in Bari

Arrival at Bari airport and transfer to your hotel. Welcome briefing followed by Welcome dinner. Overnight in Alberobello.

Meals: Welcome Dinner

Day 2 (Saturday): Alberobello - Locorotondo & Cisternino

After breakfast, meet your driver guide and start your exploration of Val d’Itria.   You will visit Locorotondo and Cisternino and pass along beautiful small villages, vineyards and olive trees. Locorotondo is very close to Alberobello and is considered one of the most beautiful villages in Italy. Here, the town itself is the main sight. It's a pleasant place to spend an hour or two wandering, taking photographs and sitting at cafe tables. The historic part of town - the centro storico - is circular and perched on top of a hill. It's a whitewashed maze of little lanes lined with historic buildings, some humble and faded, others retaining rather grand baroque archways and architectural details.

The territory of Cisternino was already inhabited during the Middle Palaeolithic period by humans who reached the area from the north and the south of Puglia. These populations left numerous traces of their presence here, such as tools that they used like spears spikes, blades, scrapers and chisels to engrave bones.  Cisternino is today a small charming old town centre that has remained virtually intact for centuries with its white houses, narrow streets, little churches and elegant central piazza with a series of panoramic viewpoints from which you can appreciate the around countryside, dotted with its rolling hills, dry stone walls and Trulli roofs piercing the green fields. Cisternino is nice to visit at any time of day, though the magical moments are the summer's evening when the sun sets and the locals come out for their evening stroll.

We will have a wine and cheese tasting followed by a farmer lunch in a beautiful Masseria, from where you will see the green of olives and the blue of the Adriatic sea.  Return to Alberobello where you will have time to explore the city on your own.

Alberobello is a fascinating place to visit, above all because of the trulli, the traditional dome shaped buildings made from the local stone. The town is surrounded by the olive groves and vineyards typical of the Puglia region.Trulli is a word that derives from the Greek "tholos" ("dome"), the typical shape of the buildings. Each whitewashed “trullo” is built without an lime or cement, and has a conical roof on the outside, which is dome shaped inside, and consists of a square central compartment that communicates through arcades with the kitchen and other rooms. Overnight in Alberobello.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

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The Best of Italy

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Visit: Alberobello, Ostuni, Polignano, Matera, Sorrento, Amalfi, Ravello, Positano, Pompeii, Rome, Florence, Siena, Chianti & Cinque Terre

 

Day 1 (Friday): Arrival in Bari

Arrival at Bari airport and transfer to your hotel. Welcome briefing followed by Welcome dinner. Overnight in Alberobello.

Meals: Welcome Dinner

Day 2 (Saturday): Alberobello - Locorotondo & Cisternino

After breakfast, meet your driver guide and start your exploration of Val d’Itria.   You will visit Locorotondo and Cisternino and pass along beautiful small villages, vineyards and olive trees. Locorotondo is very close to Alberobello and is considered one of the most beautiful villages in Italy. Here, the town itself is the main sight. It's a pleasant place to spend an hour or two wandering, taking photographs and sitting at cafe tables. The historic part of town - the centro storico - is circular and perched on top of a hill. It's a whitewashed maze of little lanes lined with historic buildings, some humble and faded, others retaining rather grand baroque archways and architectural details.

The territory of Cisternino was already inhabited during the Middle Palaeolithic period by humans who reached the area from the north and the south of Puglia. These populations left numerous traces of their presence here, such as tools that they used like spears spikes, blades, scrapers and chisels to engrave bones.  Cisternino is today a small charming old town centre that has remained virtually intact for centuries with its white houses, narrow streets, little churches and elegant central piazza with a series of panoramic viewpoints from which you can appreciate the around countryside, dotted with its rolling hills, dry stone walls and Trulli roofs piercing the green fields. Cisternino is nice to visit at any time of day, though the magical moments are the summer's evening when the sun sets and the locals come out for their evening stroll.

We will have a wine and cheese tasting followed by a farmer lunch in a beautiful Masseria, from where you will see the green of olives and the blue of the Adriatic sea.  Return to Alberobello where you will have time to explore the city on your own.

Alberobello is a fascinating place to visit, above all because of the trulli, the traditional dome shaped buildings made from the local stone. The town is surrounded by the olive groves and vineyards typical of the Puglia region.Trulli is a word that derives from the Greek "tholos" ("dome"), the typical shape of the buildings. Each whitewashed “trullo” is built without an lime or cement, and has a conical roof on the outside, which is dome shaped inside, and consists of a square central compartment that communicates through arcades with the kitchen and other rooms. Overnight in Alberobello.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

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Wines of Tuscany & Cinque Terre

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Visit: Rome, Pisa, Lucca, La Spezia, Cinque Terre, Siena, Chianti, San Gimignano, Siena, Montepulciano, Rome

Day 1 (Sunday): Rome - Pisa - Lucca - La Spezia

Departure from the tour Office at 8:00 am (possibility to pick up from central hotels in Rome) before heading to Pisa. Visit the city of the Leaning Tower, one of the most unique masterpieces in the World, located in Piazza dei Miracoli. Then continue on to Lucca, one of the flagships of the Tuscany region, also known as the "city of a hundred churches” because of the large number of religious buildings in the historic centre. Afterwards, we depart for La Spezia and accommodation at the hotel. Enjoy a welcome dinner at la ocal restaurant and overnight stay.

Meals: Dinner

Day 2 (Monday): La Spezia - Cinque Terre - Siena area

After breakfast, departure by boat for an unforgettable day dedicated to discovering one of the most amazing and enchanting landscape in the World: Cinque Terre. This area is suspended between sea and land, hanging from sheer cliffs surrounded by hills and vineyards. You will enter into a little piece of heaven. By touring the coast line by boat, you will have the possibility to admire this amazing landscape from the seaside. (*In the event of rough sea, the visit will be done by train.) During the tour, the boat will reach Porto Venere and the most important villages where you can stop and visit them! You can take some pictures in Porto Venere, Vernazza and Monterosso and walk through the narrow streets and immerse yourself in a colourful postcard! Then return back to La Spezia by train and form there you will take a private motor coach onto the Siena area. Dinner and overnight at the hotel.

Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

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Florence, Chianti & Val d’Orcia

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Visit: Florence, Tavernelle Val di Pesa, San Gimignano, Siena, Montalcino, Pienza, Asciano, Radda in Chianti, Florence

Day 1: Florence

On arrival in Florence, make your way to your hotel where you'll stay overnight.

Day 2: Florence – Tavernelle Val di Pesa (40 kilometres / Height difference 700 metres)

After breakfast, you will begin the bike tour leaving Florence through the hills that surround it, passing from Piazzale Michelangelo, San Miniato and the area of ​​Pian dei Giullari. We will continue to the village of Tavernelle Val di Pesa. Overnight stay at the hotel.

Meals: Breakfast

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