12 Day Ultimate Italy

Luxury Gold Luxury Gold Tour starting in Rome and finishing in Venice

Read reviews and enjoy exclusive savings on Luxury Gold's 12 Day Ultimate Italy. This magnificent journey showcases Italy's grand past, romantic cities and exquisite natural wonders. Step into the ancient world, as a Local Expert shows you the cobblestone alleyways of Pompeii,...read more
Overview
Operator: Luxury Gold
Type: Luxury Gold Tour (Premium)
Style: Gold Luxury
Max Group Size: 40
Duration: 12 Days
From: Rome to Venice
Tour Code: G200
Visits: Italy
Our Price From:
$ 7,785
Per Person ($AU)
Save This Month:
$ 423
Per Person ($AU)
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1
Welcome To Rome.
On arrival at Rome's Fiumicino Leonardo da Vinci Airport, you are met and transferred to your elegant five-star hotel, facing the famous Piazza Barberini. At 18:00, meet your Travelling Concierge and fellow travellers for a short stroll to the Trevi Fountain, enjoying the romance of the Eternal City as night falls, before gathering for a spectacular Welcome Dinner of delicious Italian cuisine and wine at a local restaurant. (DW) Stay Two Nights: Bernini Bristol, Rome
2
Rome And The Vatican In VIP Style.
Our fast-tracked entry into the Vatican Museums is the best way to enjoy the timeless Papal art collection. In the ultimate VIP experience, enter Michelangelo's Sistine Chapel for a private tour with a Local Expert before it opens to the public. Continue into St. Peter's Basilica, before seeing the Roman Forum and visiting the grand Colosseum. Enjoy time at leisure in the afternoon, perhaps relishing an espresso at a piazza cafe or walking along the romantic Tiber River. In the evening meet Debora, your local VizEat host, for a home-cooked Italian meal served at her wonderful city-centre home. (BB/DW)
3
Pompeii And The Isle Of Capri.
Journey to the ill-fated town of Pompeii, frozen in time since A.D. 79 when it was violently engulfed by an eruption of Vesuvius. Join your Local Expert to learn about the lifestyles of the people who once lived here and explore the remnants of ancient shops, baths and patrician villas. Journey on to the Bay of Naples where you'll board your hydrofoil bound for the sun-drenched Isle of Capri. On arrival, enjoy an escorted ride in an open-top taxi to your exclusive hotel. Settle in and appreciate the splendors of Capri at your leisure, long after the day-trippers have returned to the mainland. (BB) Stay Two Nights: Capri Palace Hotel & Spa, Isle of Capri
4
Explore The Isle Of Dreams.
Embark on a dazzling cruise to see the white grotto and spectacular cliffs of the island, before arriving in Capri town to cool off with a refreshing lemon granita. Walk with your Local Expert to the gardens of Caesar Augustus to view the legendary Faraglioni Rocks, jutting out of the water. Prepare for a highlight lunch at Ristorante L'Olivo, the only eatery on the island boasting two Michelin stars. Savour Chef Andrea Migliaccio's culinary masterpieces of traditional dishes inspired by modern interpretations, as you drink wine from carefully-crafted handmade glassware. Enjoy the rest of the day at leisure, perhaps treating yourself to a pampering massage at your hotel's day spa? (BB/LW)
5
Lush Umbria And On To Assisi And Perugia.
Return to the mainland and travel north along the Highway of the Sun to the winding, cobbled streets of Assisi for a guided visit to the imposing Basilica of St. Francis with your Local Expert. Continue on to the Umbrian capital of Perugia. Ascend from the lower town, through the maze of medieval streets, to your five-star deluxe hotel. In the afternoon, meet your Local Expert for a walk along Perugia's Corso Vannucci to the main square where you'll see the Great Fountain, Collegio del Cambio and the splendid Prior's Palace. Spend the evening at your leisure; perhaps soaking up the vibrancy of this historic university town from a local cafe? (BB) Stay: Brufani, Perugia
6
San Gimignano And Tuscany.
Discover the preserved heritage of textile loom-weaving at the Laboratorio Giuditta Brozzetti, a weaver's workshop situated inside a 13th century Franciscan church. Meet Marta, the workshop director and recipient of a TreadRight Foundation grant, and learn how this medieval craft has been kept alive over the generations. Continue your journey north through glorious Tuscan landscapes. On arrival, meet your Local Expert for a guided tour through the former house and Mediterranean gardens of the Italian Renaissance diplomat and writer, Nicolo Machiavelli. You're invited to join a special opening of his private office where he famously wrote 'The Prince' and then to enjoy an exclusive wine tasting in his original cellar. Taste a variety of wines from his cellar including a rare Super Tuscan, one of the world's most renowned wines. Conclude your visit with a light lunch of Farm-to-Table Tuscan snacks. Continue to hilltop San Gimignano and stroll through its serpentine alleyways to taste the award-winning gelato of Sergio Dondoli. Chairman's Collection: If you are travelling on a Chiarman's Collection departure, you are invited to an exclusive lunch and wine tasting with Count Francesco Mazzei at his centuries-old Tuscan estate. This experience will replace the lunch and wine tasting at the home of Nicolo Machiavelli. (BB/LW) Stay Three Nights: Villa Le Maschere, Barberino Di Mugello, Tuscany
7
Renaissance Florence.
For a relatively small city, Florence boasts an abundance of art and architectural masterpieces, chic boutiques and fabulous restaurants. Join an art historian for an insider's guide to cultural Florence. Admire Michelangelo's original statue of David in the Accademia Museum, before strolling to the cathedral, the baptistery with its Gates of Paradise and the open-air gallery in Piazza della Signoria. Enjoy Florence in the afternoon at your own pace or return to your renaissance hotel for a relaxing afternoon spent in its tranquil Tuscan gardens. In the evening, gather for a delicious dinner with wine, served at a local restaurant in delightful Barberino Di Mugello (Buffet Breakfast/Dinner with Wine)
8
Tuscan Cooking Class And Pisa.
Join a professional chef and uncover the secrets of Tuscan cooking during an authentic culinary masterclass. Complete your cooking experience by savouring the fruits of your labour with a lovely lunch. In the afternoon, travel to Pisa and with your Local Expert view the splendid Duomo, baptistery and, of course, the famous gravity-defying Leaning Tower of Pisa! (Buffet Breakfast/Highlight Lunch/Dinner with Wine)
9
Exploring The Cinque Terre And The Italian Riviera.
Journey northwest towards the Cinque Terre, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Join your Local Expert in the picturesque fishing village of Manarola, then cruise along the rugged coast to explore Monterosso's medieval quarter and popular sandy beach. Enjoy lunch at leisure, then journey by train to the resort of Rapallo. Your prestigious hotel offers striking vistas of the Portofino promontory. (BB/DW) Stay: Grand Hotel Bristol Resort & Spa, Rapallo
10
Theatrical Venice And The Doge's Palace.
Cross the fertile Po Valley to Verona, home of Shakespeare's star-crossed lovers. Stroll past the well-preserved Roman Arena and through a maze of elegant squares to stand beneath the balcony said to have belonged to the Capulet family. Continue on to your five-star luxury hotel in Venice. In the evening, you are invited to an after-hours private visit of the magnificent Doge's Palace. As all crowds disappear, discover the history, art and culture of the Venetian Republic with your Local Expert. (BB) Stay Two Nights: Bauer Palazzo, Venice
11
Venice And The Magic Of La Serenissima.
Discover the majestic wonders of Venice on a guided walk with your Local Expert. Admire St. Mark's Basilica and see the Bridge of Sighs, witness the age-old skill of glassblowing at an arts centre and finally take your seat in a traditional gondola for a serenade through the romantic canals. In the afternoon, cruise to the idyllic fisherman's island of Burano and arrive just in time for a spectacular Celebration Dinner. Raise a glass of local Italian wine, as you toast to new friendships and memories. (BB/DW)
12
Arrivederci Venice.
After breakfast, bid farewell to your travel companions and transfer by private boat to Venice Marco Polo Airport for your onward journey. (BB)
1
Welcome To Rome.
On arrival at Rome's Fiumicino Leonardo da Vinci Airport, you will be met and transferred to your elegant five-star hotel, facing the famous Piazza Barberini. At 18:00, meet your Travelling Concierge and fellow travellers for a short stroll to the Trevi Fountain, enjoying the romance of the Eternal City as night falls, before gathering for a spectacular Welcome Dinner of delicious Italian cuisine and wine at an elegant local restaurant near Piazza Navona. (DW) Stay Two Nights: Bernini Bristol, Rome
2
Rome And The Vatican In Vip Style.
Our fast-track entry into the Vatican Museums is the best way to enjoy the timeless Papal art collection. Enter Michelangelo's Sistine Chapel for a private tour with a Local Expert before it opens to the public. Continue to St. Peter's Basilica, before seeing the Roman Forum and visiting the grand Colosseum. Enjoy time at leisure in the afternoon, perhaps relishing an espresso at a piazza cafe or walking along the romantic Tiber River. In the evening meet Debora, your local EatWith host, for a home-cooked Italian meal served at her wonderful city-centre flat located on Janiculum hill with splendid views over the city. (B/DW)
3
Pompeii And The Isle Of Capri.
Journey to the ill-fated town of Pompeii, frozen in time since A.D. 79 when it was violently engulfed by an eruption of Vesuvius. Join your Local Expert to learn about the lifestyles of the people who once lived here and explore the remnants of ancient shops, baths and patrician villas. Journey on to the Bay of Naples where you'll board your hydrofoil bound for the sun-drenched Isle of Capri. On arrival, enjoy an escorted ride in an open-top taxi to your exclusive hotel. Settle in and appreciate the splendours of Capri at your leisure, long after the day-trippers have returned to the mainland. (B) Stay Two Nights: Capri Palace Hotel & Spa, Isle of Capri
4
Explore The Isle Of Dreams.
Embark on a dazzling cruise to see the white grotto and spectacular cliffs of the island, before arriving in Capri town to cool off with a refreshing lemon granita. Walk with your Local Expert to the gardens of Caesar Augustus to view the legendary Faraglioni Rocks, jutting out of the water. Prepare for a Highlight Lunch at the incredible Michelin-starred Mammà. Enjoy exclusive views over the Gulf of Naples whilst savouring Mediterranean flavours created with passion from fresh, local produce by chef Salvatore La Ragione. Enjoy the rest of the day at leisure, perhaps treating yourself to a pampering massage at your hotel's day spa? (B/LW)
5
Lush Umbria And On To Assisi And Perugia.
Return to the mainland and travel north along the Highway of the Sun to the winding, cobbled streets of Assisi for a guided visit to the imposing Basilica of St. Francis with your Local Expert. Continue on to the Umbrian capital of Perugia. Ascend from the lower town, through the maze of medieval streets, to your five-star deluxe hotel. In the afternoon, meet your Local Expert for a walk along Perugia's Corso Vannucci to the main square where you'll see the Great Fountain, Collegio del Cambio and the splendid Prior's Palace. Spend the evening at your leisure; perhaps soaking up the vibrancy of this historic university town from a local cafe? (B) Stay: Brufani, Perugia
6
San Gimignano And Tuscany.
Discover the preserved heritage of textile loom-weaving at the Laboratorio Giuditta Brozzetti, a weaver's workshop situated inside a 13th century Franciscan church. Meet Marta, the workshop director and recipient of a TreadRight Foundation grant, and learn how this medieval craft has been kept alive over the generations. Continue your journey north through glorious Tuscan landscapes to hilltop San Gimignano and stroll through its serpentine alleyways to taste the award-winning gelato of Sergio Dondoli. Travel to the Chianti region to meet your Local Expert for a guided tour through the former house and Mediterranean gardens of the Italian Renaissance diplomat and writer, Nicolo Machiavelli. You're invited to join a special opening of his private office where he famously wrote 'The Prince' and then to enjoy an exclusive wine tasting in his original cellar. Taste a variety of wines from his cellar including a rare Super Tuscan, one of the world's most renowned wines. Conclude your visit with a light lunch of Farm-to-Table Tuscan snacks. Chairman's CollectionIf you are travelling on a Chiarman's Collection departure, you are invited to an exclusive lunch and wine tasting with Marchese Mazzei at his centuries-old Tuscan estate. This experience will replace the lunch and wine tasting at the home of Nicolo Machiavelli. (B/LW) Stay Three Nights: Villa Le Maschere, Barberino Di Mugello, Tuscany
7
Renaissance Florence.
For a relatively small city, Florence boasts an abundance of art and architectural masterpieces, chic boutiques and fabulous restaurants. Explore Florence Your Way with a choice to join an art historian for an insider's guide to this romantic city. Admire Michelangelo's original statue of David in the Accademia Museum, before strolling to the cathedral, baptistery and open-air gallery of Piazza della Signoria. Alternatively, join a local foodie on a walking tour of the best gastronomic treats in this Tuscan town. Enjoy Florence in the afternoon at your own pace or return to your renaissance hotel for a relaxing afternoon spent in its tranquil Tuscan gardens. In the evening, gather for a delicious dinner with wine, served at served at Rivasud, a local restaurant in delightful Barberino Di Mugello. (B/DW)
8
Tuscan Cooking Class And Pisa.
Join a professional chef and uncover the secrets of Tuscan cooking during an authentic culinary masterclass set in a historic villa. Complete your cooking experience by savouring the fruits of your labour with a lovely lunch. In the afternoon, travel to Pisa and meet your Local Expert to view the splendid Duomo, baptistery and, of course, the famous gravity-defying Leaning Tower of Pisa! (B/LW/DW)
9
Exploring The Cinque Terre And The Italian Riviera.
Journey northwest towards the Cinque Terre, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Join your Local Expert in the picturesque fishing village of Manarola, then cruise along the rugged coast to explore Monterosso's medieval quarter and popular sandy beach. Enjoy lunch at leisure, then journey by train to the resort town of Rapallo. Your prestigious hotel offers striking views. (B/DW) Stay: Grand Hotel Bristol Resort & Spa, Rapallo
10
Theatrical Venice And The Doge's Palace.
Cross the fertile Po Valley to Verona, home of Shakespeare's star-crossed lovers. Stroll past the well-preserved Roman Arena and through a maze of elegant squares to stand beneath the balcony said to have belonged to the Capulet family. Continue on to your five-star luxury hotel in Venice. In the evening, you are invited to an after-hours private visit of the magnificent Doge's Palace. As all crowds disappear, discover the history, art and culture of the Venetian Republic with your Local Expert. (B) Stay Two Nights: Bauer Palazzo, Venice
11
Venice And The Magic Of La Serenissima.
Discover the majestic wonders of Venice on a guided walk with your Local Expert. Admire St. Mark's Basilica and see the Bridge of Sighs, witness the age-old skill of glassblowing at an arts centre and finally take your seat in a traditional gondola for a serenade through the romantic canals. In the afternoon, cruise to the idyllic fisherman's island of Burano and arrive just in time for a spectacular Celebration Dinner. Raise a glass of local Italian wine, as you toast to new friendships and memories. (B/DW)
12
Arrivederci Venice.
After breakfast, bid farewell to your travel companions and transfer by private boat to Venice Marco Polo Airport for your onward journey. (B)
Luxury Gold Inclusions
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Journey Highlights
  • Venice: Guided by your Local Expert, view the sights of Venice including St. Mark's Basilica and the Bridge of Sighs.
  • Venice: Take your seat in a traditional gondola for a serenade through the romantic Venetian canals.
  • Rome: With your Local Expert, see Rome's most revered treasures, including St. Peter's Basilica, Michelangelo's 'Pietà', the Roman Forum and visit the iconic Colosseum.
  • Isle of Capri: Travel in style to the glistening Isle of Capri by open-top taxi and enjoy a private cruise around the island to see its hidden coves and grottos. Back on land; admire the famous Faraglioni Rocks from the gardens of Caesar Augustus.
  • Pompeii: Walk with a Local Expert through the cobbled streets of this ill-fated town, frozen in time since the 1st century.
  • Assisi: Join your Local Expert and find out why the Basilica of St. Francis is considered one of the crowning achievements of medieval Europe.
  • Perugia: Join your Local Expert for a guided exploration through history, as you walk along Perugia's Corso Vannucci to the main square where you'll see the Great Fountain, Collegio del Cambio and the splendid Prior's Palace.
  • Perugia: Meet Marta, recipient of a TreadRight Foundation grant, and discover how she and her weavers are preserving the medieval tradition of loom weaving at their artisanal workshop.
  • Florence: Join a local art historian for an insightful walk, as you admire Michelangelo's masterpiece, the marble statue of David, in the Accademia Museum.
  • Pisa: Accompanied by your Local expert, marvel at the gravity-defying Leaning Tower of Pisa, alongside a Local Expert, and see the Duomo and baptistery.
  • Cinque Terre: Cruise along the rugged coast of the Cinque Terre, a UNESCO World Heritage Sit. Explore Monterosso's medieval quarter and popular sandy beach and visit Manarola with your Local Expert.
  • Manarola: Experience some of the most awe-inspiring coastal scenery on earth at the UNESCO-listed Cinque Terre. Join your Local Expert and discover charming Manarola, a picturesque fishing village.
  • Rome: Your welcome to Rome includes a traditional passeggiata to the Trevi Fountain. Isle of Capri: Relax as you leave the mainland behind, on your hydrofoil to the Isle of Capri. Florence: See the cathedral, Giotto's bell tower, the Gates of Paradise, and open-air gallery of Signoria Square. Verona: Wander through the Roman Arena to stand beneath Shakespeare's famous balcony. Venice: Visit an arts centre to witness the talents of traditional glassblowers. Scenic Drives: Highway of the Sun.
Included Meals
  • Burano: Cruise to this charming fisherman's island to enjoy a Celebration Dinner with wine and newfound friends.
  • Isle of Capri: A bustling Italian experience, the Michelin-starred Ristorante L'Olivo is the fourth successful restaurant owned by husband-and-wife team, Sergio and Jo Perano. Their regional dishes are presented with contemporary flair and have earned them two Michelin stars, a rare and impressive feat.
  • Isle of Capri: A refreshing lemon granita is the perfect way to cool down in the Mediterranean.
  • Tuscany: Enjoy a tasting of rare Super Tuscan wines in the underground cellar of Machiavelli's home before enjoying a light Farm-to-Tabel lunch. While here you will visit the Italian gardens and be privy to a private opening of the office where he wrote 'The Prince.'
  • San Gimignano: Ascend serpentine alleyways to the artisan ice-cream parlour of World Champion gelato Maestro, Sergio Dondoli, for a taste of his creamiest treats.
  • Florence: Dine out in delightful Barberino di Mugello, at a family-run restaurant where Nonna makes delicious desserts! Enjoy a four-course menu with wine that pays homage to Tuscany's most famous flavours.
  • Tuscany: Join a qualified chef to experience authentic Italian cooking at a hands-on culinary masterclass, followed by lunch.
  • Dining Summary: 11 Buffet Breakfasts (BB), 3 Lunches with Wine (LW) and 6 Dinners with Wine (DW) all with tea or coffee.
Accommodation
  • Rome: Situated minutes away from the Trevi Fountain and Spanish Steps, the historic Bernini Bristol is one of the most renowned five-star hotels in Rome. Its rooftop restaurant is the perfect place from which to take in panoramic vistas of the city and savour the culinary delights prepared by Michelin-starred chef, Andrea Fusco.
  • Venice: The Palazzo is divinely located on the Grand Canal, just off St Mark's Square, and offers spacious and elegant guest rooms.
  • Isle of Capri: The five-star luxury boutique hotel, Capri Palace Hotel & Spa, is furnished with Mediterranean elegance and offers panoramic views of the Gulf of Naples.
  • Perugia: Since 1884, this exclusive hotel has housed royalty and celebrities. It is situated in the historic heart of Perugia and the only five-star hotel in the city. Fine Umbrian dining and a luxurious wellness spa are some of the highlights that make the Brufani extra special.
  • Tuscany: A short drive from Florence, the grand Villa Le Maschere is a late Renaissance country mansion, built in the 16th century.
  • Rapallo: The Grand Hotel Bristol & Spa is regarded as one of the most prestigious properties on the eastern Ligurian Riviera, this elegant hotel overlooks the Portofino Promontory and is housed in an Art Nouveau-style residence dating back to 1908. It boasts a sea-facing restaurant terrace and a pool.
  • Venice Simplon-Orient-Express: A work of art in itself and a true art deco icon, the legendary Venice Simplon-Orient-Express is one of the world's most famous luxury trains. Step aboard and experience truly elegant travel, wrapped in timeless romance. Delightful vintage cabins, gastronomic cuisine and lively onboard entertainment make a journey on this luxury train one of the world's finest travel experiences.
  • Venice: Discover the secrets of the Venetian Republic on a private evening tour of the Doge's Palace with your Local Expert.
  • Rome: In the ultimate VIP experience, enter the Sistine Chapel for a private tour with a Local Expert, before it opens to the public. Luxury Gold's fast-tracked entry into the Vatican Museums ensures optimal enjoyment of the timeless Papal art collection.
Chairman's Collection
  • On select departures enjoy exclusive travel experiences selected by Stanley Tollman, chairman of the Travel Corporation.
  • 20 May & 23 Sep are designated Luxury Gold Chairman's Collection departures that will meet Count Mazzei instead of visiting Machiavelli's home
Trip Notes
  • Itinerary and inclusions are subject to change
  • Price is for land, cruise and internal flights as specified. Flights not specified are not included
  • 17 Jun, 29 Jul and 26 Aug are limited to just 24 guests.
Sightseeing Highlights
  • Venice: Discover the secrets of the Venetian Republic on a private evening tour of the Doge's Palace with your Local Expert.
  • Vatican City: Enter the Sistine Chapel for a private tour with a Local Expert, before it opens to the public. Luxury Gold's fast-tracked entry into the Vatican Museums ensures optimal enjoyment of the timeless Papal art collection.
  • Rome: Your Travelling Concierge welcomes you to Rome with a traditional passeggiata to the Trevi Fountain.
  • Vatican City: With your Local Expert, see Rome's most revered treasures when you visit St. Peter's Basilica and see Michelangelo's 'Pietà.'
  • Rome: Learn of the city's iconic history when you visit the Colosseum and the Roman Forum.
  • Rome: During your orientation with your Travelling Concierge see medieval buildings, including Renaissance palaces and Baroque churches, scattered throughout the city.
  • Pompeii: Walk with a Local Expert through the cobbled streets of this ill-fated town, frozen in time since the 1st century.
  • Isle of Capri: Cruise between the island and mainland by hydrofoil and enjoy two nights on this famous isle.
  • Isle of Capri: Travel in style by open-top taxi as you get a flavour of the jet-set lifestyle.
  • Isle of Capri: Enjoy a private cruise around the island to see its hidden coves and grottos.
  • Isle of Capri: Admire the famous Faraglioni Rocks from the gardens of Caesar Augustus as you explore with your Local Expert.
  • Assisi: Join your Local Expert and find out why the Basilica of St. Francis is considered one of the crowning achievements of medieval Europe.
  • Assisi: Explore the town during sightseeing with your Local Expert.
  • Perugia: Join your Local Expert for a guided exploration through history, as you walk along Perugia's Corso Vannucci to the main square where you'll see the Great Fountain, Collegio del Cambio and the splendid Prior's Palace.
  • Perugia: Meet Marta, recipient of a TreadRight Foundation grant, and discover how she and her weavers are preserving the medieval tradition of loom-weaving at their artisanal workshop.
  • San Gimignano: Visit the medieval Manhattan of Italy!
  • Tuscany: During your visit to Machiavelli's former home with a Local Expert, explore the Italian gardens and be privy to a private opening of the office where he wrote 'The Prince.'
  • Florence: Experience Florence Your Way with the choice to join a local art historian for an insightful walk, as you admire Michelangelo's masterpiece, the marble statue of David, in the Accademia Museum. Continue your guided walk to see the cathedral, bell tower and Gates of Paradise on the baptistery and visit the political heart of the city, Piazza della Signoria. Alternatively, choose to join a local foodie on a walking tour of the best gastronomic treats in this Tuscan town.
  • Pisa: Accompanied by your Local expert, marvel at the gravity-defying Leaning Tower of Pisa, alongside a Local Expert, and see the Duomo and baptistery.
  • Cinque Terre: Experience some of the most awe-inspiring coastal scenery on earth at the UNESCO-listed Cinque Terre. Join your Local Expert and discover charming Manarola, a picturesque fishing village, before travelling by train to the resort town of Rapallo.
  • Verona: During your orientation with your Travelling Concierge, walk past the well preserved Roman Arena to Juliet's balcony in the courtyard of a Renaissance villa.
  • Venice: Guided by your Local Expert, view the sights of Venice including St. Mark's Basilica and the Bridge of Sighs.
  • Venice: Witness the ancient skill of glassblowing as you watch artisans create delicate works of art.
  • Venice: Take your seat in a traditional gondola for a serenade through the romantic Venetian canals.
Trip Inclusions
  • You will be escorted by one of our fine Travelling Concierges, handpicked to serve as your expert guide, consummate organiser, and friend overseas.
  • Enjoy the comfort of Luxury Gold's air-conditioned coach and complimentary bottled water for you to enjoy while travelling. See Notes in the pricing panel for exemptions.
  • Personal radio headsets give you the freedom to wander during visits to famous highlights, without missing any of your Local Expert's fascinating commentary.
  • At every hotel, you'll be treated to seamless baggage handling, with prompt delivery inside your room.
  • Hotel and restaurant tips are included - you'll never have to worry about how much to give, nor search for foreign currency. We also include all taxes and porterage charges at hotels.
  • Stay connected with friends and family with our complimentary coach and hotel Wi-Fi (where available).
  • From time to time, your Travel Director will enchant you with a Luxury Gold Flourish, which is a local speciality representing the destination.
  • Complimentary, private airport transfers are included on start and end dates and when additional accommodation has been booked through Luxury Gold. Complimentary, private train station transfers are included when train travel is included within the itinerary. Transfers to train stations or alternate hotels, in the same start or end city of the itinerary, may be requested but are not guaranteed.
Included Meals
  • Rome: As night falls, delight in the romance of the Eternal City before gathering for a spectacular Welcome Dinner of delicious Italian cuisine and wine at an elegant local restaurant near Piazza Navona.
  • Burano: Cruise to this charming fisherman's island to enjoy a Celebration Dinner with wine and newfound friends.
  • Isle of Capri: Take in exclusive views of the Gulf of Naples from the privileged perch of Michelin-starred Mammà. Savour a delectable meal of Mediterranean flavours in perfect Caprese style, created with passion from fresh, local produce by chef Salvatore La Ragione.
  • Isle of Capri: A refreshing lemon granita is the perfect way to cool down in the Mediterranean.
  • Tuscany: Enjoy a tasting of rare Super Tuscan wines in the underground cellar of Machiavelli's home before enjoying a light Farm-to-Table lunch.
  • San Gimignano: Ascend serpentine alleyways to the artisan ice-cream parlour of World Champion gelato Maestro, Sergio Dondoli, for a taste of his creamiest treats.
  • Florence: Dine out in delightful Barberino di Mugello, at a family-run restaurant where Nonna makes delicious desserts! Enjoy a four-course menu with wine that pays homage to Tuscany's most famous flavours.
  • Tuscany: Join a qualified chef to experience authentic Italian cooking at a hands-on culinary masterclass, followed by lunch.
  • Dining Summary: 11 Breakfasts (B), 3 Lunches with Wine (LW) and 6 Dinners with Wine (DW) all with tea or coffee.
Accommodation
  • Rome: Situated minutes away from the Trevi Fountain and Spanish Steps, the historic Bernini Bristol is one of the most renowned five-star hotels in Rome. Its rooftop restaurant is the perfect place from which to take in panoramic vistas of the city and savour the culinary delights prepared by Michelin-starred chef, Andrea Fusco.
  • Venice: The Palazzo is divinely located on the Grand Canal, just off St Mark's Square, and offers spacious and elegant guest rooms.
  • Isle of Capri: The Capri Palace Hotel & Spa is a boutique, five-star hotel with elegant Mediterranean ambience and panoramic views of the Gulf of Naples.
  • Perugia: Since 1884, this exclusive hotel has housed royalty and celebrities. It is situated in the historic heart of Perugia and the only five-star hotel in the city. Fine Umbrian dining and a luxurious wellness spa are some of the highlights that make the Brufani extra special.
  • Tuscany: A short drive from Florence, the grand Villa Le Maschere is a late Renaissance country mansion, built in the 16th century.
  • Rapallo: The Grand Hotel Bristol & Spa is regarded as one of the most prestigious properties on the eastern Ligurian Riviera, this elegant hotel overlooks the Portofino Promontory and is housed in an Art Nouveau-style residence dating back to 1908. It boasts a sea-facing restaurant terrace and a pool.
Trip Notes
Luxury Gold
Luxury Gold Reviews: (28)
Tours on Sale: 53
Accommodation: 4+ to 5 Star
Average Age: 55-60+ years
Types: Guided Tours
Max Group Size(s): 40 & 24
Budget: Luxury
Destinations: Africa, Asia, Canada & Alaska, Europe, South & Central America, UK & Ireland, USA
Reviews (1)
Trip reviews from past clients of Global Journeys who have travelled on Ultimate Italy with Luxury Gold.
VIC, Australia
Jun 2017
4 Helpful Votes
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“Excellent trip exploring the wonders of Italy”
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Excellent trip from start to finish. Main highlights were getting special access to areas in private like the Vatican Museum and the Dojo's palace in Venice. Highly recommend this trip and some of the experiences (wine tasting and making pasta) made the trip very special.
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16 Sep 2018
Thursday
27 Sep 2018

8,250

per person

413

per person

7,837

per person

Sold Out
Sunday
23 Sep 2018
Thursday
04 Oct 2018

8,450

per person

423

per person

8,027

per person

Sold Out
Sunday
30 Sep 2018
Thursday
11 Oct 2018

8,195

per person

410

per person

7,785

per person

Sold Out
Sunday
07 Oct 2018
Thursday
18 Oct 2018

8,195

per person

410

per person

7,785

per person

Sold Out
Sunday
05 Aug 2018
Thursday
16 Aug 2018

10,795

per person

540

solo traveller

10,255

solo traveller

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Sunday
02 Sep 2018
Thursday
13 Sep 2018

10,820

per person

541

solo traveller

10,279

solo traveller

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Sunday
09 Sep 2018
Thursday
20 Sep 2018

10,820

per person

541

solo traveller

10,279

solo traveller

Sold Out
Sunday
16 Sep 2018
Thursday
27 Sep 2018

10,820

per person

541

solo traveller

10,279

solo traveller

Sold Out
Sunday
23 Sep 2018
Thursday
04 Oct 2018

11,020

per person

551

solo traveller

10,469

solo traveller

Sold Out
Sunday
30 Sep 2018
Thursday
11 Oct 2018

10,685

per person

534

solo traveller

10,151

solo traveller

Sold Out
Sunday
07 Oct 2018
Thursday
18 Oct 2018

10,685

per person

534

solo traveller

10,151

solo traveller

Sold Out
Sunday
07 Apr 2019
Thursday
18 Apr 2019

8,995

per person

1,223

per person

7,772

per person

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Sunday
21 Apr 2019
Thursday
02 May 2019

9,150

per person

1,244

per person

7,906

per person

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Sunday
05 May 2019
Thursday
16 May 2019

9,150

per person

1,244

per person

7,906

per person

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Sunday
12 May 2019
Thursday
23 May 2019

9,150

per person

1,244

per person

7,906

per person

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Sunday
19 May 2019
Thursday
30 May 2019

9,350

per person

1,272

per person

8,078

per person

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Sunday
26 May 2019
Thursday
06 Jun 2019

9,450

per person

1,285

per person

8,165

per person

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Sunday
02 Jun 2019
Thursday
13 Jun 2019

9,750

per person

1,326

per person

8,424

per person

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Sunday
16 Jun 2019
Thursday
27 Jun 2019

11,195

per person

1,523

per person

9,672

per person

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Sunday
23 Jun 2019
Thursday
04 Jul 2019

9,750

per person

1,326

per person

8,424

per person

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Sunday
30 Jun 2019
Thursday
11 Jul 2019

9,695

per person

1,319

per person

8,376

per person

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Sunday
07 Jul 2019
Thursday
18 Jul 2019

9,650

per person

1,312

per person

8,338

per person

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Sunday
14 Jul 2019
Thursday
25 Jul 2019

11,050

per person

1,503

per person

9,547

per person

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Sunday
21 Jul 2019
Thursday
01 Aug 2019

9,650

per person

1,312

per person

8,338

per person

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Sunday
28 Jul 2019
Thursday
08 Aug 2019

9,625

per person

1,309

per person

8,316

per person

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Sunday
04 Aug 2019
Thursday
15 Aug 2019

9,625

per person

1,309

per person

8,316

per person

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Sunday
25 Aug 2019
Thursday
05 Sep 2019

9,750

per person

1,326

per person

8,424

per person

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Sunday
01 Sep 2019
Thursday
12 Sep 2019

9,750

per person

1,326

per person

8,424

per person

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Sunday
08 Sep 2019
Thursday
19 Sep 2019

9,750

per person

1,326

per person

8,424

per person

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Sunday
15 Sep 2019
Thursday
26 Sep 2019

9,225

per person

1,255

per person

7,970

per person

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Sunday
22 Sep 2019
Thursday
03 Oct 2019

9,425

per person

1,282

per person

8,143

per person

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Sunday
29 Sep 2019
Thursday
10 Oct 2019

9,150

per person

1,244

per person

7,906

per person

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Sunday
06 Oct 2019
Thursday
17 Oct 2019

9,150

per person

1,244

per person

7,906

per person

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Sunday
07 Apr 2019
Thursday
18 Apr 2019

11,685

per person

1,589

solo traveller

10,096

solo traveller

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Sunday
21 Apr 2019
Thursday
02 May 2019

11,840

per person

1,610

solo traveller

10,230

solo traveller

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Sunday
05 May 2019
Thursday
16 May 2019

11,840

per person

1,610

solo traveller

10,230

solo traveller

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Sunday
12 May 2019
Thursday
23 May 2019

11,840

per person

1,610

solo traveller

10,230

solo traveller

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Sunday
19 May 2019
Thursday
30 May 2019

12,040

per person

1,637

solo traveller

10,403

solo traveller

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Sunday
26 May 2019
Thursday
06 Jun 2019

12,200

per person

1,659

solo traveller

10,541

solo traveller

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Sunday
02 Jun 2019
Thursday
13 Jun 2019

12,970

per person

1,764

solo traveller

11,206

solo traveller

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Sunday
16 Jun 2019
Thursday
27 Jun 2019

14,425

per person

1,962

solo traveller

12,463

solo traveller

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Sunday
23 Jun 2019
Thursday
04 Jul 2019

12,980

per person

1,765

solo traveller

11,215

solo traveller

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Sunday
30 Jun 2019
Thursday
11 Jul 2019

12,885

per person

1,752

solo traveller

11,133

solo traveller

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Sunday
07 Jul 2019
Thursday
18 Jul 2019

12,800

per person

1,741

solo traveller

11,059

solo traveller

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Sunday
14 Jul 2019
Thursday
25 Jul 2019

14,200

per person

1,931

solo traveller

12,269

solo traveller

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Sunday
21 Jul 2019
Thursday
01 Aug 2019

12,800

per person

1,741

solo traveller

11,059

solo traveller

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Sunday
28 Jul 2019
Thursday
08 Aug 2019

12,755

per person

1,735

solo traveller

11,020

solo traveller

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Sunday
04 Aug 2019
Thursday
15 Aug 2019

12,755

per person

1,735

solo traveller

11,020

solo traveller

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Sunday
25 Aug 2019
Thursday
05 Sep 2019

12,900

per person

1,754

solo traveller

11,146

solo traveller

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Sunday
01 Sep 2019
Thursday
12 Sep 2019

12,980

per person

1,765

solo traveller

11,215

solo traveller

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Sunday
08 Sep 2019
Thursday
19 Sep 2019

13,100

per person

1,782

solo traveller

11,318

solo traveller

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Sunday
15 Sep 2019
Thursday
26 Sep 2019

12,005

per person

1,633

solo traveller

10,372

solo traveller

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Sunday
22 Sep 2019
Thursday
03 Oct 2019

12,205

per person

1,660

solo traveller

10,545

solo traveller

Enquire
Sunday
29 Sep 2019
Thursday
10 Oct 2019

11,840

per person

1,610

solo traveller

10,230

solo traveller

Enquire
Sunday
06 Oct 2019
Thursday
17 Oct 2019

11,840

per person

1,610

solo traveller

10,230

solo traveller

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