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Flavours Of Italy Preview 2014

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The Leaning TowerColosseum in Rome, ItalyThe Trevi Fountain by night in Rome, ItalyVenice, Italy
The Leaning Tower
Colosseum in Rome, Italy
The Trevi Fountain by night in Rome, Italy
Venice, Italy
  • Duration: 10 Days
  • Rating: Read Reviews
  • Brochure: Europe Preview 2014
  • Style: Italy and Combinations Regionals
  • Description: Gain a deeper knowledge of culinary Italy. As well as the sights of ancient Rome, Renaissance Florence and Byzantine Venice, sample the real Tuscan lifestyle. Visit olive oil and wine producers, shop for fresh ingredients at local markets and cook up a storm with a professional chef!

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Trip Itinerary

  • Day 1


    Welcome to Rome, the capital of Italy! Relax after your journey and meet your Travel Director and companions this evening for a Welcome Reception to hear details about your exciting holiday. Discover the beauty of this city during an evening orientation drive. Pause to enjoy the atmosphere at the buzzing Piazza Navona where you will indulge in a delicious gelato.

    Meal(s): (Welcome Reception)

  • Day 2


    View the Colosseum and see Circus Maximus during your sightseeing tour with a Local Guide. Visit St. Peter’s Basilica in the Vatican and view Michelangelo’s Pieta. Consider an excursion inside the Sistine Chapel to see the breath-taking ceiling or spend the rest of the day seeing the sights of your choice.

    Meal(s): (Buffet Breakfast)

  • Day 3


    Drive through Lazio, and the provinces of Umbria and Tuscany to the charming town of Greve. Visit a wine and olive oil outlet and taste excellent Chiantis and extra virgin olive oils! Greve’s main square has some of the finest food shops in Europe - don’t forget to try the salami. Later, travel through picturesque scenery to your beautiful historic hotel in a characteristic village near Florence. Tonight enjoy a special Be My Guest dinner with wine in a family-owned vineyard overlooking the rolling Chianti Hills.

    Meal(s): (Buffet Breakfast / Be My Guest)

  • Day 4


    Your Local Guide takes you on a walking tour to the Accademia to see Michelangelo’s famous statue of David. Admire Piazza Signoria and the coloured marble Duomo. This evening over a glass of wine, enjoy a short talk from your Travel Director on the basic principles of Italian cuisine and learn a few words of Italian in preparation for your shopping and cooking day tomorrow!

    Meal(s): (Buffet Breakfast / Dinner)

  • Day 5


    Begin your day at a fruit and vegetable market in Florence by gaining a Unique Insight into Italian cuisine from a professional chef. Here you will participate in purchases for the fresh produce for your cooking lesson. Take your produce to the restaurant and spend time together preparing your delicious luncheon with a glass of wine! After enjoying a relaxing and memorable Highlight Lunch return to your Tuscan village for the night. Your evening is free to do as you please.

    Meal(s): (Buffet Breakfast / Highlight Lunch)

  • Day 6


    This morning stop in Pisa to view the amazing Leaning Tower and the majestic cathedral and baptistery set in the Square of Miracles. Travel to Parma where a memorable Highlight Dinner of local specialities awaits you.

    Meal(s): (Buffet Breakfast / Highlight Dinner)

  • Day 7


    A short drive will bring you to Bologna. This city is renowned for its culinary tradition and cured meats such as prosciutto, mortadella and salami. It has also given its name to the well-known meat-based pasta sauce called ragù alla bolognese. Here you will enjoy a walking tour with a Local Guide who will enlighten you further on local delicacies. Stop to take in views of the famous Kissing Towers. In your free time you could perhaps try a local delicatessen such as Tamburini to taste some regional specialities. This evening is yours to enjoy in Bologna. You may decide to take an excursion into the countryside, to experience a gourmet dinner in the grounds of an ancient castle.

    Meal(s): (Buffet Breakfast)

  • Day 8


    See the Basilica, the Bridge of Sighs and the Doge’s Palace during your private cruise to St. Mark’s Square. Stop at Giudecca island to visit a glass-blowing workshop for an informative demonstration and see other traditional crafts. Spend time exploring the labyrinth of streets and canals on your own or join an optional activity.

    Meal(s): (Buffet Breakfast)

  • Day 9


    Cruise along the Grand Canal to the Rialto Bridge. Your Local Guide brings the city to life during your walking tour. See how the locals shop for food and find out about some of the regional cuisine. Cross the Rialto see a range of curious and beautiful architecture including Marco Polo’s house. The rest of the day is free to explore, or perhaps consider an excursion to Burano for some delicious local seafood! Celebrate this evening with your Travel Director and companions at a special Farewell Dinner with wine at a local restaurant.

    Meal(s): (Buffet Breakfast / Farewell Dinner)

  • Day 10


    This morning, say 'arrivederci' to your fellow travellers at the end of your wonderful flavours of Italy holiday! Transfers are available. Conditions apply.

    Meal(s): (Buffet Breakfast)

What's Included

Insider Experiences

  • Local Speciality Enjoy a delicious gelato on Piazza Navona.
  • Local Speciality Visit Giudecca Island for an insider look at Venetian Arts. See glass-blowing artisans and other craftsmen in action.
  • Be My Guest Dinner and wine in a vineyard setting overlooking the Chianti hills with a local family who also tend an olive grove.
  • Local Guide in Rome, Florence, Bologna and Venice.
  • Unique Insight Meet a professional Italian Chef who will tell you about fresh produce and the basic principles of local cuisine.
  • Hidden Treasure Enjoy at least one surprise Hidden Treasure experience, unique to your itinerary, courtesy of your expert Travel Director.
  • Wine Tasting Visit a wine and olive oil outlet in the Chianti wine region for an informative talk and tasting.

Sightseeing Highlights

  • RomeSightseeing tour with a Local Guide includes views of the ancient Roman Forum, the Colosseum and Circus Maximus. Visit St. Peter’s Basilica and see Michelangelo’s Pieta.
  • GreveVisit this gastronomic town in the chianti wine-growing region.
  • FlorenceAdmire the panoramic views from Piazzale Michelangelo. Your walking tour with a Local Guide takes you to Signoria Square and includes views of the Duomo, Baptistery, Ponte Vecchio and Santa Croce Basilica. Enjoy a guided visit of the Academy of Fine Arts, including Michelangelo’s David.
  • PisaVisit the Square of Miracles. View the Cathedral, Leaning Tower and Baptistery.
  • ParmaOrientation of the city.
  • BolognaWalking tour with your Local Guide includes views of the Kissing Towers and Neptune’s Fountain. Hear about the local gastronomy.
  • VeniceCanal cruise by private launch to St. Mark’s Square. View the Byzantine St. Mark’s Basilica, the Doge’s Palace and the Bridge of Sighs with your Local Guide.
  • Secret Venice ExperienceEnjoy a cruise along the Grand Canal to the Rialto Bridge and enjoy a guided walking tour through the calle. Visit the famous fruit market.


  • 9 hot buffet breakfasts.

  • Italian cooking lesson and Highlight Lunch.

  • 5 evening meals including:
  • Welcome Reception including light snacks and welcome drinks with your Travel Director in Rome.
  • 1 three-course dinner with local wine.
  • Highlight Dinner with wine in Parma.
  • Be My Guest dinner with wine in a vineyard overlooking the Chianti hills.
  • Farewell Dinner with wine in Venice.

Travel Highlights

  • First Class hotel accommodation featuring two-bedded rooms and private facilities
  • All hotel service charges and tips, baggage handling fees and local taxes
  • Travel by luxury, air-conditioned coach with reclining seats and an on-board restroom
  • The services of a professional Travel Director
  • Audio headsets to clearly hear your guide’s commentary on all included sightseeing
  • A travel wallet with your documentation
  • Complimentary keepsake photo and map
  • Airport transfers are included on the arrival and departure days of your trip.

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