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Italys Treasures (11 Days, Standard)

Code: CV-304-S-11

A 11-Day Collette Tours tour starting from $2,999.00

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Escorted Tour Highlights

Countries Visited:

Italy

Cities Visited:

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Sightseeing Highlights

Italian Lakes Region
Across northern Italy at the base of the Alps you find the Italian Lake Region. These glacier carved lakes are set against the backdrop of the nearby mountains. The major lakes are Garda, Maggiore, Como, and Orta. Each lake has its own alpine inspired charms. Visitors to the lakes are greeted by microclimates that are created by the lakes; making them comfortable locales, year round.

Stresa
The famous town is located on Lake Maggiore in the Gulf of Borromeo, which is the main attraction for the town because it overlooks the eponymous islands. Visitors can travel via cable cars to get an aerial view of Stresa. Stresa has also been renowned for its culture and music. The history of Stresa officially appeared in documents in AD 998. In the 15th century it grew into a fishing community and then came under control of the Borromeo family. The town is home to about 5,000 inhabitants. In 1948, Ernest Hemingway had visited Stresa and was the setting of part of his novel, Farewell to Arms.

Italian Riviera
The Italian Riviera stretches from the French border to northern Tuscany along the Ligurian Sea. The rocky coast is dotted with small fishing villages overlooking the sea and has many popular beaches and seaside resort towns. Portofino, Santa Margherita, Sestri Levante and the Cinque Terre are all popular places for Italian and international visitors looking for sun and surf in a beautiful setting.

Cinque Terre
The Cinque Terre is made up of five small villages that cling to the rocky cliffs of the southern Italian Riviera. Each village has its own unique charms with views over the terraced vineyards and the small beaches of the Ligurian Sea. The villages are linked together by trains, hiking paths, and seasonal boat service. From the North to the South the Villages are: Riomaggiore, Manarola, Corniglia, Vernazza, and Monterosso al Mare.

Lucca
Lucca is a small town in the Northwest of the Italian region of Tuscany. The town is famous for its intact city walls that surround the charming pedestrianized city center. The former wealth of the town can be seen in the elegant palaces and large number of churches that can be found throughout the city. Lucca’s Roman heritage is also visible at sites like Piazza dell’Anfiteatro - a series of apartments built on the old Roman arena. Today visitors are also drawn to the number of high quality shops and cafes.

Tuscan Countryside
See another side of Italy in the Tuscan countryside. This breathtaking rural area feels like a country unto itself — never-ending green rolling hills, medieval villages, and picture-perfect farm houses dot the landscape, much of which appears as if it has been frozen in time. Experience cultural moments that perfectly encompass the countryside’s idyllic beauty. You will visit a family-owned winery to tour its gorgeous vineyards; delight your senses during an expert-led cooking class; and enjoy a sumptuous lunch — which is, of course, paired with wines produced only feet away from you. Lose yourself in the beauty of the Tuscan countryside — these will truly be moments you will remember forever.

Florence
Florence is the regional capital of Tuscany and home to countless Renaissance Masterpieces. The city developed great wealth during the late middle ages and was the birthplace of the Italian Renaissance that produced great artists like Michelangelo, Raphael, Brunelleschi and many others. Today it is a UNESCO World Heritage site filled with numerous museums, stunning architecture and charming piazzas. The city offers something for everyone from culture, to great food and excellent shopping (like their famous gold or leather).

Siena
The city of Siena is a charming hill town in central Tuscany with a city center that has masterfully preserved its medieval architecture. It radiates out over three hills from its central piazza called Ill Campo which is home to Siena’s famous Palio - a horse race and medieval festival that occurs twice a year. Siena strikes the perfect balance as a city that welcomes the students studying at their university, locals conducting their business and tourists taking in the many sights.

Wine Tasting
The Tuscany region is famous for their wines and home to numerous vineyards. The most well known wine produced in Tuscany is the Chianti wine. Chianti wine can only be produced in a section the country that stretches from Florence to Siena in the heart of Tuscany. Two other great Tuscan wines include the Brunello di Montalcino and the Nobile di Montepulciano, both of which are robust big bodied reds. During a tour of a local winery, guests can learn about the wine making process from vine to bottle, and taste a few samples.

Italian Cooking Class
Italian food is a huge part of the culture, traditions and excitement of visiting Italy. A hands on cooking class allows visitors to learn about classic elements of the cuisine like pasta making. The chef walks guests through the preparation of the dough and how to make rustic pasta. Once the pasta is mastered, guests can discover other dishes such as dessert. No class would be complete without sampling what you made with local wines.

Bologna
Bologna is the regional capital of the Emilia-Romagna Region in northern Italy. The entire region is famous for its food products and home to some serious “foodies”. The city center contains many artistic and cultural monuments made of the local red brick. The local university and food culture makes for a lively cafe scene.

Venice
Venice is the regional capital of the Veneto region in the northeast section of Italy. Venice has a unique design like no other city, built on over a hundred different islands in the center of the Venetian Lagoon. Early Venetians built their city on the islands to escape barbarian invaders. The islands of the city are separated by numerous small canals and connected by hundreds of small bridges. The city is famous for its romantic gondola filled canals and ornate palaces that line the Grand Canal. The famous glass factories of Venice are located on Murano Island. Today the Murano Islands are home to a dwindling number of glass factories, whose artists are producing handmade Murano Glass.

Overview

The romance of Italy comes to life. Explore a local farm and indulge in a cheese and wine tasting. Explore the rugged coast and remote fishing villages of the Cinque Terre. Spend four relaxing nights in a Tuscan villa. Choose the way you discover the charming town of Lucca: on foot or by bicycle. Get to know Florence with a walking tour of the city’s treasures and monuments, including the Piazza del Duomo. Experience medieval life at the Palazzo Davanzati. Venture to rose-hued Siena. Visit a winery in the countryside and learn the secrets of Tuscan cuisine when you participate in a cooking lesson. Wander the streets of Bologna and taste some of the area’s specialty foods. Spend two wonderful nights in Venice. These are Italy’s treasures.

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Italys Treasures (11 Days, Standard)

Day 1: Stresa, Italy - Tour Begins
Begin in Stresa, on the shore of Lago Maggiore. Visit a wine shop and enjoy a cocktail party, tasting some local specialties. A boat transports you to your welcome dinner on Isola dei Pescatori,* the most picturesque of the Borromean Islands.
(Meals: Dinner)

Day 2: Stresa
Today, visit an ancient village nestled in the mountains where you’ll stop at a local farm to sample their artisanally produced cheeses paired with the region’s delicious wines. The remainder of your day in Stresa is at leisure. Perhaps you will investigate the piazzas, flower-lined cobblestone streets and lakeside promenades; or, relax on an optional cruise on this scenic lake and take in the breathtaking surroundings.
(Meals: Breakfast)

Day 3: Stresa - Orta - Italian Riviera
Ease your way into the local culture as your Tour Manager teaches you a few key phrases of the native language. Depart the Italian Lakes region for Sestri Levante on the Ligurian coast. Stop at Lake Orta and take a boat to Isola di San Giulio. Walk the grounds of this charming island with its working convent. Experience the outdoor cafés and shops of this lakeside resort. Continue on to the Italian Riviera.
(Meals: Breakfast, Dinner)

Day 4: Italian Riviera - Cinque Terre
Spend your day discovering the colorful Cinque Terre, a UNESCO World Heritage site. Travel by rail through the medieval villages of the Cinque Terre, perched on the edge of the sea. Traverse the rugged coastal area dotted with terraced vineyards, arriving at this nearly inaccessible string of fishing villages tucked between the mountains and the Mediterranean. Feel like you have stepped back in time. Spend an afternoon independently exploring this magical place. Your Tour Manager will be on hand to help you plan your adventure.
(Meals: Breakfast)

Day 5: Italian Riviera - Lucca - Tuscan Villa
Drive to the medieval city of Lucca, encircled by 16th-century Renaissance walls. Then you’ll choose the way you discover Lucca: on foot or by bicycle. Either way, you’ll visit the Cathedral of San Martino, the Piazza Napoleone and the Piazza dell'Anfiteatro. Then, set off to get a taste of the region by sampling some seasonal, local delicacies at specialty food shops. Stop at a family-owned leather shop and learn the traditional Italian techniques of leather making. End the day in a historic Tuscan villa and begin a relaxing 4-night stay.**
(Meals: Breakfast, Dinner)

Day 6: Florence
Get to know Florence with a walking tour of the city’s treasures and monuments, including the Piazza del Duomo, the center of religious life in medieval Florence, and the Piazza della Signoria. Visit the Museo della Casa Fiorentina Antica, housed in the 14th-century Palazzo Davanzati. Explore independently before returning to your villa.
(Meals: Breakfast)

Day 7: Siena
Travel to Siena for an expert-led walking tour. Visit the town’s dramatic cathedral, a stunning example of Romanesque and Gothic architecture. Stroll through narrow medieval streets as you experience life in this historic cultural center. Return to your villa for a relaxing afternoon.
(Meals: Breakfast, Dinner)

Day 8: Tuscan Countryside
Visit a winery in the heart of Tuscany that showcases the wine cellar, family estate, vineyards and olive groves. Participate in a Tuscan cooking lesson given by the winery’s own chef. Enjoy an authentic Tuscan lunch expertly paired with wines produced on-site. Return to the villa for some leisure time. At dinner, continue your sampling of Tuscan cuisine in one of Tuscany’s traditional restaurants.
(Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Day 9: Tuscany - Bologna - Venice
Depart for Venice. En route, stop in Bologna where we take a guided walking tour of the center, virtually unchanged since the Renaissance. We’ll also sample local delicacies at specialty food shops. Later, arrive in romantic Venice for your 2-night stay.
(Meals: Breakfast)

Day 10: Venice
Enjoy a boat trip*** to Murano Island for a fascinating glass-blowing demonstration. Return to St. Mark’s Square for a locally guided walking tour featuring the Clock Tower, St. Mark’s Basilica, the Bridge of Sighs, and a visit to the Doge’s Palace. Tonight, partake in a celebratory farewell dinner.
(Meals: Breakfast, Dinner)

Day 11: Venice - Tour Ends
Wake up in Venice and depart for home.
(Meals: Breakfast)

All prices are per person, double occupancy, subject to availability and are quoted in U.S. Dollars. These pages are not endorsed or supported by the tour operator in any way. All information presented is based on promotional material provided by the tour operator. All prices, itineraries, accommodations and dates are subject to change without notice and at any time by the tour operators. Availability is limited and must be reconfirmed at time of booking. The prices on this website are not guaranteed. We are not responsible for errors, omissions, or changes in pricing. Please call us toll free at 888-942-3301 to confirm availability and pricing.

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• 10   nights accommodations

• Centrally-located hotels provide a home away from home.

• Hotel-to-hotel baggage handling.

• A professional tour manager accompanies you throughout your trip.

• Expert local guides provide insightful, personalized tours.

• Unparalleled sightseeing includes all of the “must-sees.”

• Enriching cultural experiences bring the destination to life.

• Private climate-controlled motor coach enhances your tour.

• Free round trip sedan service that takes you from your home to the airport when you purchase an air-exclusive Collete tour(within 50 miles of nearest airport gateway).

• 17 meals. Welcome and farewell dinners feature local specialties.



All prices are per person, double occupancy, subject to availability and are quoted in U.S. Dollars. These pages are not endorsed or supported by the tour operator in any way. All information presented is based on promotional material provided by the tour operator. All prices, itineraries, accommodations and dates are subject to change without notice and at any time by the tour operators. Availability is limited and must be reconfirmed at time of booking. The prices on this website are not guaranteed. We are not responsible for errors, omissions, or changes in pricing. Please call us toll free at 888-942-3301 to confirm availability and pricing.

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