Italian Indulgence & the Greek Isles

from 

AU$9,859

per person
 
Duration: 22 Nights
Destination: Rome, Italy
Region: Europe
Deal Code: PA7Y62V

 

 

Description

An intoxicating mix of ancient cities and imagination-firing landscapes, Italy is a land where unforgettable experiences lie around every corner. Savour every moment of this Back-Roads adventure as you journey from enchanting Tuscan villages to tranquil lake-side retreats - sampling an abundance of tantalising flavours and local wines along the way.

In Santorini, you'll marvel at the iconic-whitewashed buildings lining the coast. Explore the Bronze Age ruins at Akrotiri or spend the day tanning on the red sand beaches. Mykonos is known for the non-stop party atmosphere, but it also provides ample opportunities outside the clubs. Immerse yourself in Greek mythology at the archeological sites on Delos or learn about local nautical history at the Aegean Maritime Museum. Start things off in Croatia with a walk along the famous stone walls that line the coast of the city of Dubrovnik. Take a cable car to the summit of Srd, a mountain just outside the city or visit the Rector's Palace, a 14th-century Gothic-Renaissance museum.


BONUS: Take all 4! Beverage, Specialty Dining, WiFi packages & Shore Excursion credit


Your Fly, Tour & Cruise Package Includes:

  • Economy class flights from Sydney to Rome, returning from Venice
  • 13 day Italian Indulgence guided holiday with Back-Roads Touring, Rome to Venice
  • Includes hand-picked accommodation, 18 meals, premium transport, select activities + more
  • 3 nights accommodation in Venice
  • Morning Walking Tour in Venice & Gondola Ride
  • 7 night Santorini, Mykonos & Croatia cruise onboard Norwegian Gem, Venice return
  • All onboard meals in complimentary dining venues & selected non-alcoholic beverages
  • A wide range of onboard activities & entertainment
  • Private transfers throughout
  • Port charges, prepaid gratuities onboard your cruise & airline taxes

Extend your flights and stay longer - talk to our travel experts about more options

**Package is based on travel 14 October – 6 November 2022. Price is per person twin share

Single traveller pricing available. Please speak to one of our travel consultants for more details


Italian Indulgence

Tour Highlights

  • Learn to cook a delicious Tuscan meal in a traditional countryside villa
  • Join a truffle hunt with a local farmer and his dog amongst the scenic hills of Alba
  • Bask in the wonders of Lake Maggiore on a scenic boat tour of the Borromean Islands
  • Take in the exquisite scenery and opulent atmosphere of Lake Como

Itinerary:

Day 1 - Rome

They say all roads lead to Rome – and that is where we’ll begin our delightful Italian adventure. After meeting the group, we’ll enjoy a delicious dinner at a local restaurant.

Accommodation: The Guardian Hotel (or similar)

Meals: Dinner

Day 2 - Rome – Assisi – Perugia

After breakfast, our route will whisk us away to awe-inspiring Assisi, the birthplace of St Francis. After getting to know the famous hilltop town a little better on an orientation tour, we’ll move on to Perugia – the medieval capital of the Umbria region.

Accommodation: Hotel Fortuna (or similar)

Meals: Breakfast

Day 3 - Perugia – Siena – Rural Tuscany

Introducing Siena: a magnificent Gothic city bursting with fabulous architecture. After exploring the UNESCO World Heritage-listed town centre with our Tour Leader, we’ll make tracks for tonight’s idyllic accommodation: a country villa hotel set amidst the rolling Tuscan countryside. For dinner this evening, we’ll come together to indulge in some superb local cuisine.

Accommodation: Tenuta di Artimino (or similar)

Meals: Breakfast & Dinner

Day 4 - Rural Tuscany

Interested in learning a few Italian culinary secrets? You’re in luck! Today our friendly hosts will help us to prepare a classic Tuscan lunch. After indulging in our creations, the afternoon will be ours to take in the panoramic countryside views or take a dip in the pool.

Accommodation: Tenuta di Artimino (or similar)

Meals: Breakfast & Lunch

Day 5 - Rural Tuscany – Florence – Lucca

Today we’ll turn our attention to Florence: the birthplace of the Renaissance and home of some of the world’s most treasured masterpieces. A local guide will bring the city alive as we stroll by the likes of the Duomo and the Ponte Vecchio on a walking tour. Then, as the afternoon turns to dusk, we’ll press on to lovely Lucca.

Accommodation: Hotel Alla Corte degli Angeli (or similar)

Meals: Breakfast

Day 6 - Lucca – Pisa – Lucca

Prepare to see an Italian icon up close today – we’ll pay a visit to the Campo Dei Miracoli: home to the legendary Leaning Tower of Pisa. There will be plenty of time for photographing this iconic landmark and uncovering the acoustic wonders of the Baptistry of St John before returning to Lucca. This afternoon, we’ll have the rest of the day to explore the cobblestone streets at our own pace.

Accommodation: Hotel Alla Corte degli Angeli (or similar)

Meals: Breakfast

Day 7 - Lucca – Camogli – Portofino – Santa Margherita Ligure

It's time to experience the glitz and glamour of the Italian Riviera! Today we'll make stops at romantic Camogli and glittering Portofino before settling in at Santa Margherita Ligure. This evening, take some time to wander along the beautiful beachfront - taking in the pastel-coloured houses, elegant hotels and sparkling sea.

Accommodation: Hotel Jolanda (or similar)

Meals: Breakfast

Day 8 - Santa Margherita Ligure – Barolo – Asti – Cherasco

Away from the coast and onwards to Barolo, in Piedmont: a region of rich red wines and luxurious cuisine. This afternoon there’s a treat in store for the bon vivants among us – we’ll be visiting a local distillery near Asti to taste some local liquors. After, we’ll move on to quaint Cherasco where a group dinner awaits.

Accommodation: Hotel Somaschi (or similar)

Meals: Breakfast & Dinner

Day 9 - Cherasco – Alba – Lake Orta – Lake Maggiore

Rise and shine – this morning we’ll be heading out into the hills of Alba to join a truffle hunt with a local farmer and his dog. Later, we’ll hit the road to the captivating Lake Orta – a tranquil retreat sitting pretty at the bottom of the imposing Monte Mottarone. Then: from one blissful Italian lake to another! Lake Maggiore will be the final stop on today’s scenic journey.

Accommodation: Grand Hotel Majestic (or similar)

Meals: Breakfast

Day 10 - Lake Maggiore

Today we’ll leave dry land behind us and set sail for the Borromean Islands, a charming collection of islets located in the western corner of the lake. We’ll have plenty of time to explore Isola Madre, wander the terraces of the ornate baroque garden on Isola Bella and discover the pretty harbour of Isola dei Pescatori before we return to shore. After a light lunch, we’ll have some free time to spend at our leisure.

Accommodation: Grand Hotel Majestic (or similar)

Meals: Breakfast & Lunch

Day 11 - Lake Maggiore – Lake Como – Sondrio

After bidding a fond farewell to Lake Maggiore we will venture along the shores of stunning Lake Como. Passing lakeside villages draped in opulence; here we'll receive a rare insight into how the rich and famous live. Continuing our journey, we’ll stop to taste some local wine before arriving at Sondrio – our home for the night.

Accommodation: Grand Hotel della Posta (or similar)

Meals: Breakfast

Day 12 - Sondrio – Lake Molveno – Trento

Today we’ll shine the spotlight on one of the most beautiful lakes in Italy: the spectacular Lake Molveno, a swathe of iridescent blue that lies at the foot of the Brenta Dolomites. Then, our Tour Leader will take us on a leisurely stroll around the mountain city of Trento before we settle in for tonight’s farewell dinner.

Accommodation: Hotel America (or similar)

Meals: Breakfast & Dinner

Day 13 - Trento – Verona – Venice

Filled with impressive ruins and romantic hotspots, fair Verona beckons today. After taking in the city highlights on an orientation tour, we’ll board the mini-coach one last time for the journey to our show-stopping finale: the floating city of Venice.

Meals: Breakfast


Greek Isles: Santorini, Mykonos & Croatia Cruise Itinerary

Date

Itinerary

Arrive

Depart

30 Oct 22

Venice, Italy - EMBARK

-

05.00 pm

31 Oct 22

Kotor, Montenegro

02.00 pm

08.00 pm

01 Nov 22

Corfu, Greece

-

-

02 Nov 22

Santorini, Greece

02.00 pm

10.00 pm

03 Nov 22

Mykonos, Greece

07.00 am

03.00 pm

04 Nov 22

Argostoli, Kefalonia, Greece

09.00 am

03.00 pm

05 Nov 22

Dubrovnik, Croatia

07.30 am

01.30 pm

06 Nov 22

Venice, Italy - DISEMBARK

08.00 am

-

 

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Prices listed are per person in Australian Dollars, based on twin occupancy, including all discounts unless otherwise stated. The offer is subject to availability at time of booking and shown on the lowest inside category available at the time.  Fares are capacity controlled and are subject to change at any time without notice. Prices/Offers are correct as at 02 March 2021 and can be withdrawn without notice. Cabin categories include prepaid government fees, port taxes and prepaid gratuities onboard your cruise unless otherwise stated. Visas are not included. Airfare is based on economy class flights from Sydney and are subject to the carriers’ flight schedules and conditions, please call us for prices from other cities. Payments made by credit card will incur a surcharge.