CENTRAL ITALY JEWELS

Indulge in all essential Italy’s delights, explore the “boot” from north to south, experience the bustling Italian life in a new tour concept. These 3 escorted Signature Small Group Tours will allow you to choose the area of Italy you are most interested in (1, 2 or all 3) with the assistance of an English speaking tour escort who will take care of all details so that you can focus on enjoying the journey without worries.

“Italy Jewels” is an extra-ordinary journey through the marvels of Italy. One itinerary divided into 3 independent yet linked legs that brings first timers and previous travelers to Italy to another dimension in travel: independent escorted small-group travel, with off the beaten track experiences with special interest options in the main locations. A modular itinerary, which gives you the opportunity to choose one or more “sections” of it. Our Signature Small Group Tours concept brings together people with similar ages and all speaking a common language that would enhance friendships. The unusual, unique and special optional tours will break up the group for daily activities to satisfy personal interests, while evenings spent together at dinner and/or local evening events will be a unique opportunity to share experiences.

Just like you choose the topping on the Pizza here you can add your own desired flavor of experiences drawing from the option menu to bring your experience in Italy alive, personal and interactive with the people ....... two departures annually chosen at the best times to see the country without the crowds and with kind weather - April and October.

7 Days / 6 Nigths
Departure
Apr 24 2018
Oct 09 2018
From
€ 1625

Inclusions

  • 6 Nights accommodation in exclusive and fascinating 4 stars Hotels, with full buffet breakfasts: 2 Nights in Bologna, 2 Nights in Assisi and 2 Nights in Rome.
  • Private guided Walking Tour of Padua with English speaking local guide (entrance tickets included).
  • Dinner in Bologna and in Assisi (beverages included).
  • Half day private guided tour of Siena with professional English Speaking Guide. Entrance tickets for Duomo included.
  • Unique private guided Tour of Assisi by e-bike with local professional Guide (the Tour includes: helmets, e-bikes, water, official English speaking Guide).
  • Trekking through the vineyards in Assisi: wine and local delicacies tasting included.
  • Winery visit and tasting in Montefalco Wine Country.
  • Private Walking Tour of Rome with professional English speaking Guide. Entrance tickets for Colosseum and Imperial Fora included.
  • All private transfers by brand new buses with professional driver for the entire Tour.
  • A professional English speaking tour escort for the entire Tour to ensure your experience is smooth and without worries.
  • Our professional assistance for the whole duration of the Tour.
  • Tour begins in Venice and ends in Rome.
  • Please note that all services are subject to confirmation and price is based on 21 to 30 paying participants. In case of less than 21 participants, price may increase because of minimum fixed costs that need to be covered.
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Days 7-8 Bologna
Stop in Padua: known as the city of St. Anthony, one of the most charming and dynamic cities of Italy. The city centre boasts a fascinating mix of centuries-old traditions combined with metropolitan rhythms creating a unique atmosphere.
The tour includes the visit of the most important monuments of the town: the Medieval City Walls, the great civil and religious buildings, the University, the wonderful frescoes-cycles realized by Giotto, Andrea Mantegna and Donatello.
Dinner in Bologna, explore the city from Piazza Maggiore, the heart of the city and Le Due Torri (Asinelli and Garisenda towers).
Days 9-10 Assisi
Guided Tour of the medieval city of Siena, one of the leading art cities in Tuscany. The city of the venerated relics of Saint Catherine, patron saint of Europe, is famed for the "Palio", the annual historic bareback horse race and for the gorgeous cathedral with its coating of white-black marble.
E-bike Tour through the city of St. Francis: Assisi. Admire the beautiful St. Francis Basilica, an architectural masterpiece built upon the Saint’s tomb, cradle of the medieval European art, decorated with the worldwide famous Giotto’s frescoes.
Trekking through the vineyards to discover Assisi from a different point of view and a unique perspective. Dinner in Assisi.
Days 11-12 Rome
Morning dedicated to Montefalco Wine Country, called the balcony of Umbria thanks to its 360° view of the Umbrian Valley and the Sagrantino grapes. Winery visit and wine tasting with typical local delicacies.
Explore Rome. During the walk, your private Guide will show you and explain the main monuments and city landmarks of the eternal city. Entrance Tickets for the Colosseum and Imperial Fora included.
OPTIONAL TOURS
DAY 8 Italian Food Valley Tour
A day in the “Italian Food Valley”, where some of the best world popular Italian food products come from. Witness all the working steps in the production of Parmigiano Reggiano DOP, discover the production of the famous Aceto Balsamico Tradizionale di Modena DOP (certified Balsamic Vinegar, minimum 12 years old), using the same ancient technique of aging local wine in oak barrels. Have an Italian light Lunch at a countryside trattoria, among the rolling valleys and vineyards of Emilia-Romagna.
Visit one of the best Prosciutto di Modena DOP producers, to learn how creating one of the most delicious pork products this planet has ever known. (Euro 155 pp, min. 2 pax, transfer with minibus included)

DAY 11 Private Tour of the Vatican Museums, St Peter’s Basilica and the Sistine Chapel
Great private Tour with an authorized English speaking Vatican. Visit the Raphael Rooms, the Sistine Chapel After the visit of the Vatican Museums, you will enter St. Peter’s Basilica, the world's most famous church designed by Michelangelo, although he died before its final completion. Admire the Bernini’s Baldacchino, St. Peter’s tomb and Michelangelo’s Pietà. (Euro 65 pp, min. 10 pax, entrance tickets for the Vatican Museums and private guide included)

DAY 12 Roman Cooking Class
Time to put your hands "in pasta" so you will then be able to astonish your friends with all the different recipes you have learned. The chef will guide you through the fabrications of the delightful, traditional Italian cuisine offering his own personal advice on each dish and showing you how to serve it in a rather beautiful manner, after all the eyes are the gateway to our stomachs. After the lesson, time to eat! (Euro 125 pp, min. 2 pax)

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