21 Day La Serenissima

Luxury Gold Tour & River Cruise starting in Milan and finishing in Venice

Book online and enjoy exclusive savings on Luxury Gold's 21 Day La Serenissima. This magnificent itinerary is a showcase of Italy's grand past, romantic cities and exquisite natural wonders. Discover the gems of Venice and Northern Italy on your all-inclusive, luxury river cruise, before continuing in elegance by rail and...read more
Overview
Operator: Luxury Gold
Type: Tour & River Cruise (Premium)
Style: Gold Luxury
Max Group Size: 40
Duration: 21 Days
From: Milan to Venice
Tour Code: G201
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Visits: Italy
Our Price From:
$ 11,825
Per Person ($AU)
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1
Welcome To Milan
On arrival at Milan Malpensa Airport, you are met and transferred to your centrally-located hotel. Enjoy the rest of the day at your leisure. Stay Two Nights: Rosa Grand Milano (or similar), Milan
2
Highlights Of Milan.
Milan, known for its high-end fashion and artistic landmarks, provides the perfect starting point for your Italian adventure. Join your Local Expert for a walking tour of the city's many highlights. Admire the grand Gothic Duomo in the urban heart and then come face-to-face with Leonardo da Vinci's magnificent fresco, 'The Last Supper,' at the Santa Maria delle Grazie convent. (BB)
3
Verona, The City Of Romeo And Juliet, And On To Venice.
En route to Venice, stop in Verona, home to Shakespeare's star-crossed lovers, Romeo and Juliet. Continue to the revered Serego Alighieri estate, which belongs to descendants of Dante Alighieri, one of Italy's most famous poets, for an exclusive wine tasting and multi-course lunch. On arrival in Venice, step aboard Uniworld's River Countess where you'll begin your exploration of the Queen of the Adriatic. (BB/LW/DW) Stay Seven Nights: Uniworld's River Countess
4
Venice.
With your Local Expert, wind through Venice's labyrinthine back lanes, as you appreciate the city's residential heart and legendary locations, including the Doge's Palace and the Rialto Bridge. Cap the day with an after-hours VIP lighting ceremony, hosted inside St. Mark's Basilica when available. In the evening prepare for the dazzling Captain's Welcome Reception and Gala Dinner. (BB/LW/DW)
5
Chioggia
Admire the magnificent views of The Floating City's greatest sights, as your ship sets sail for Chioggia. Explore the delights of this picturesque fishing village. Choose between wandering the canals on a discovery tour with your Local Expert or take an invigorating guided bicycle tour along the beaches of Chioggia. (BB/LW/DW)
6
Polesella: Bologna Or Ferrara.
Art lovers will delight in a half-day visit to Ferrara. This UNESCO World Heritage Site is a beautifully preserved Renaissance treasure, an ancient center for the arts that once rivaled Medici Florence. Its long history of art was founded on the sponsorship of the noble Renaissance family of d'Este. (BB/LW/DW)
7
Taglio Di Po And Chioggia
There's no better place to indulge in Italy's famed frutti di mare than Chioggia, a colorful fishing village on the Venice Lagoon. Stroll through the town's bustling fish market alongside your Local Expert and appreciate the enterprising atmosphere. Should weather permit, hop aboard a small boat to go mussel harvesting with local fishermen out in the lagoon. (BB/LW/DW)
8
Venice Islands: Torcello, Burano And Mazzorbo.
Enjoy a full day on the The Magical Islands of Venice, showcasing Burano, Mazzorbo and Torcello. Wonder at Burano's colourful homes and visit a lace-making atelier, then be treated to a very special wine tasting in Mazzorbo. Visit Torcello, home to Byzantine mosaics depicting the Last Judgment in the seventh-century Cathedral of Santa Maria Dell'Assunta. (BB/DW)
9
Theatrical Venice
Get a feel for daily life in Venice with a guided stroll through the bustling Rialto Market, or tour the renowned Accademia Gallery with a local art historian. Celebrate your last evening onboard at the Captain's Farewell Reception and Gala Dinner. (BB/LW/DW)
10
To Rome By Rail
Transfer to the station to board your high-speed train to Rome. Enjoy the ever-changing scenery and business class comfort as you head South across the back-bone of Italy. On arrival, you are met and transferred to your hotel. At 18:00, meet your Travelling Concierge for a short stroll to the Trevi Fountain, enjoying the romance of the Eternal City as night falls, before an evening of culinary delights and wine. (BB/DW) Stay Two Nights: Bernini Bristol, Rome
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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)
12
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
13
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)
14
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
15
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
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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)
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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/Lunch with Wine/Dinner with Wine)
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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
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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
20
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)
21
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 Milan.
On arrival at Milan Malpensa Airport, you will be met and transferred to your centrally-located hotel. Enjoy the rest of the day at your leisure. Stay Two Nights: Rosa Grand Milano (or similar), Milan
2
Highlights Of Milan.
Milan, known for its high-end fashion and artistic landmarks, provides the perfect starting point for your Italian adventure. Join your Local Expert for a walking tour of the city's many highlights. Admire the grand Gothic Duomo in the urban heart and then come face-to-face with Leonardo da Vinci's magnificent fresco, 'The Last Supper,' at the Santa Maria delle Grazie convent. (B)
3
Verona, The City Of Romeo And Juliet, And On To Venice.
En route to Venice, stop in Verona, home to Shakespeare's star-crossed lovers, Romeo and Juliet. Continue to the revered Serego Alighieri estate, which belongs to descendants of Dante Alighieri, one of Italy's most famous poets, for an exclusive wine tasting and multi-course lunch. On arrival in Venice, step onboard Uniworld's River Countess where you'll begin your exploration of the Queen of the Adriatic. (B/LW/DW) Stay Seven Nights: Uniworld's River Countess
4
Venice.
With your Local Expert, wind through Venice's labyrinthine back lanes, as you appreciate the city's residential heart and legendary locations, including the Doge's Palace and the Rialto Bridge. In the evening prepare for a dazzling Captain's Welcome Reception and Gala Dinner. (B/LW/DW)
5
Chioggia.
Admire the magnificent views of The Floating City's greatest sights, as your ship sets sail. Experience Chioggia Your Way with a choice between a morning walk in Padua with your Local Expert or take an invigorating guided bicycle tour to Chioggia to explore the delights of this picturesque fishing village. (B/LW/DW)
6
Ferrara.
Art lovers will delight in a half-day visit to Ferrara. This UNESCO World Heritage Site is a beautifully preserved Renaissance treasure, an ancient centre for the arts that once rivalled Medici Florence. Its long history of art was founded on the sponsorship of the noble Renaissance family of d'Este. (B/LW/DW)
7
Chioggia And Venice.
There's no better place to indulge in Italy's famed frutti di mare than Chioggia, a colorful fishing village on the Venice Lagoon. Stroll through the town's bustling fish market guided by your onboard chef and appreciate the enterprising atmosphere. End the day with an after-hours VIP lighting ceremony, hosted inside St. Mark's Basilica, when available. (B/LW/DW)
8
Venice Islands: Torcello, Burano And Mazzorbo.
Enjoy a full day on the The Magical Islands of Venice, showcasing Burano, Mazzorbo and Torcello. Wonder at Burano's colourful homes and visit a lace-making atelier, then be treated to a very special wine tasting in Mazzorbo. Visit Torcello, home to Byzantine mosaics depicting the Last Judgment in the seventh-century Cathedral of Santa Maria Dell'Assunta. (B/DW)
9
Theatrical Venice.
Explore Venice Your Way and get a feel for daily life in Venice with a guided stroll through the bustling Rialto Market, tour the renowned Accademia Gallery with a local art historian or visit Fondaco dei Tedeschi. Celebrate your last evening onboard at the Captain's Farewell Reception and Gala Dinner. (B/LW/DW)
10
To Rome By Rail.
Transfer to the station to board your high-speed train to Rome. Enjoy the ever-changing scenery and business class comfort as you head south across the back-bone of Italy. On arrival, you are met and transferred to your hotel. At 18:00, meet your Travelling Concierge for a short stroll to the Trevi Fountain, enjoying the romance of the Eternal City as night falls, before an evening of culinary delights and wine. (B/DW) Stay Two Nights: Bernini Bristol, Rome
11
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)
12
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
13
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)
14
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
15
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
16
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)
17
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)
18
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
19
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
20
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)
21
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.
  • Ferrara: For lovers of art, spend a half day in Ferrara, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and a hidden Renaissance treasure, with a long history of art founded on the sponsorship of the noble Renaissance family of d'Este.
  • 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.
  • Milan: Experience the Gothic cathedral and see Da Vinci's astounding 'The Last Supper'.
  • Venice: Choose from a 'Do as the Locals Do' exploration of the city or visit the Accademia with an Art Historian.
  • Venice Islands: Discover the Byzantine mosaics of Torcello, learn about lace-making in Burano and taste the luscious golden wine of Mazzorbo.
  • Verona: Explore fair Verona with a Local Expert.
  • Venice: Enjoy a walking discovery tour of the city and an exclusive after-hours visit within St. Mark's Basilica.
  • 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.
  • Venice: Discover the secrets of the Venetian Republic on a private evening tour of the Doge's Palace with your Local Expert.
  • Paris: See Notre Dame Cathedral, the Louvre, Place de la Concorde, Arc de Triomphe and Eiffel Tower. Pont du Gard: See the Roman aqueduct. Avignon: See the battlements, famous bridge and walk through the old town. Arles: Enjoy an orientation of the city. Aix-en-Provence: See the elegant mansions and cafes of the Cours Mirabeau. Monaco: Drive along part of the Grand Prix circuit
  • See the Grimaldi Royal Palace and the tomb of Princess Grace. Monte Carlo: Perhaps try your luck at one of the casinos. Scenic Drives: French Riviera and Camargue.
Accommodation
  • Paris: Situated in the heart of the aristocratic district of Le Marais, this modern hotel places you moments away from iconic attractions such as Canal Saint-Martin and the Notre-Dame Cathedral. Its elegant guest bedrooms, luxury spa, traditional restaurant, bar and lounges are complimented by magnificent views of the Le Marais skyline.
  • Arles: The recently-renovated five-star Jules Cesar Hotel has beautifully blended 18th century character with contemporary art. Curated by master of fashion, Christian Lacroix, the refurbished hotel places you in the heart of Arles and offers everything from a luxury spa to a gourmet restaurant.
  • Monte Carlo: Overlooking the Mediterranean Sea, this prestigious hotel is a destination in its own right, boasting a stunning rooftop pool, an in-house casino and a luxury spa.
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.
  • Chioggia: Perhaps choose to join a guided stroll through the town's bustling fish market or head to a casoni, which is a traditional fisherman's hut, to learn the art of mussel harvesting from local fishermen, should weather and maritime conditions permit.
  • Dining Summary: 11 Buffet Breakfasts (BB), 3 Lunches with Wine (LW) and 6 Dinners with Wine (DW) all with tea or coffee.
  • Isle of Capri: Savour a delicious lunch at Ristorante L'Olivo, a Michelin-starred restaurant, known for its regional dishes and contemporary flair.
  • Chioggia: Learn about the Dorona grape and taste its luscious golden wine.
  • Valpolicella: Enjoy a multi-course lunch complete paired with Valpolicella wines at the Serego Alighieri estate, which belongs to descendants of Dante Alighieri, one of Italy's most famous poets.
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 Insight's luxury, air-conditioned, 40-seat coach with double the standard legroom, onboard restroom and and complimentary bottled water for you to enjoy while travelling.
  • Personal radio headsets give you the freedom to wander during visits to famous highlights, without missing any of your Local Expert's fascinating commentary.
  • We carry your bags for you and promptly deliver them to your hotel door.
  • 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 an Insight Flourish, which is a local specialty representing the destination.
  • At every hotel, you'll be treated to seamless baggage handling, with prompt delivery inside your room.
  • Included complimentary, private transfers are available on start and end dates, and when additional accommodation has been booked through Luxury Gold.
Chairman's Collection
  • On select departures enjoy exclusive travel experiences selected by Stanley Tollman, chairman of the Travel Corporation.
  • 11 May & 14 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
  • Prices include port charges, all river cruising and touring gratuities.
  • Your River Po cruise is operated by Uniworld
  • St. Mark's Basilica: It is not always possible to arrange after-hours visits, if religious functions or festivities are taking place in the evening, we will visit during regular hours.
  • Generations Program: The cruise portion of 29 Jun & 6 Jul are applicable for Uniworld's family-friendly program.
  • Special Small Groups: 8 Jun, 27 Jul and 24 Aug are limited to only 24 guests on the land portion.
Sightseeing Highlights
  • 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.
  • Venice: Enjoy a walking discovery tour of the city and an exclusive after-hours visit within St. Mark's Basilica.
  • Venice: Discover the secrets of the Venetian Republic on a private evening tour of the Doge's Palace with your Local Expert.
  • Rome: Your Travelling Concierge welcomes you to Rome with a traditional passeggiata to the Trevi Fountain.
  • Milan: Led by your Local Expert, experience the Gothic cathedral and see Da Vinci's astounding 'The Last Supper.'
  • 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: 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.
  • Venice: Explore the backstreets with your Local Expert and see the Doge's Palace and the Rialto Bridge.
  • 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.
  • Chioggia: Explore the delights of this picturesque fishing village Your Way with the choice of a discovery tour along the canals with a Local Expert or a guided bicycle tour along the beaches.
  • 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.
  • Ferrara: For lovers of art, spend a half day in Ferrara, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and a hidden Renaissance treasure, with a long history of art founded on the sponsorship of the noble Renaissance family of d'Este.
  • 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.'
  • Chioggia: Stroll through the town's bustling fish market guided by your onboard chef.
  • 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.
  • Burano: Learn about lace-making when you visit this Venetian island.
  • Torcello: Discover the Byzantine mosaics of this island.
  • 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.
  • Venice: Explore Your Way, choose from a 'Do as the Locals Do' exploration of the city, visit the Accademia with an art historian or visit Fondaco dei Tedeschi.
  • Rome: Learn of the city's iconic history when you visit the Colosseum and the Roman Forum.
  • Venice: Experience the Italian countryside as you travel in business class comfort from Venice to Rome by high-speed train.
  • 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
  • For more information about the services and inclusions of your Uniworld Cruise, please refer to their website: www.uniworld.com
  • 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, 40-seat coach with double the standard legroom, onboard restroom and and complimentary bottled water for you to enjoy while travelling.
  • 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
  • Valpolicella: Enjoy a multi-course lunch paired with Valpolicella wines at the Serego Alighieri estate, which belongs to descendants of Dante Alighieri, one of Italy's most famous poets.
  • 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.
  • Marzzorbo: Learn about the Dorona grape and taste its luscious golden wine.
  • Burano: Cruise to this charming fisherman's island to enjoy a Celebration Dinner with wine and newfound friends.
  • Dining Summary: 20 Buffet Breakfasts (BB), 8 Lunches with Wine (LW) and 14 Dinners with Wine (DW) all with tea or coffee. While Cruising: You can enjoy unlimited beverages on-board, including fine wines, beer, spirits, soft drinks, specialty coffee and tea, and mineral water.
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.
  • 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.
  • Uniworld's River Countess: Step aboard your boutique, floating hotel and experience the elegance of travelling in grand comfort. Relax in your lavishly-appointed luxury bedroom, appreciate the timeless decor of your ship and enjoy the personalised and customised service of dedicated crew members.
  • Venice: The Palazzo is divinely located on the Grand Canal, just off St Mark's Square, and offers spacious and elegant guest rooms.
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
  • Twin prices are per person, based on Category 5 for cruising portion and include port charges, all river cruising and touring gratuities.
  • Your River Po cruise is operated by our sister company Uniworld.
  • St. Mark's Basilica: It is not always possible to arrange after-hours visits, if religious functions or festivities are taking place in the evening, we will visit during regular hours.
  • Extend your journey via the luxurious Venice Simplon-Orient-Express
Luxury Gold
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Tours on Sale: 48
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
Prices & Dates
Earlybird Savings
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Repeat Travellers
If you have previously travelled with Luxury Gold or another of their sister brands including Trafalgar, Insight Vacations, Inspiring Journeys, Uniworld or Contiki Holidays you can save an additional 5% off the land-only portion of your trip. (Limited availability on select departures only).
Past Client Loyalty Saving
Have you booked a trip with Global Journeys previously? Thanks! Save an additional $50 per person (up to $100 per booking) off the trip of your choice (over 6 days in length). This saving is open for a period of 4 years from the date of last booking you made with Global Journeys.
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29 Mar 2019
Thursday
18 Apr 2019

13,850

per person

2,025

per person

11,825

per person

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Friday
12 Apr 2019
Thursday
02 May 2019

14,300

per person

2,086

per person

12,214

per person

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Friday
26 Apr 2019
Thursday
16 May 2019

14,850

per person

777

per person

14,073

per person

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Friday
03 May 2019
Thursday
23 May 2019

14,850

per person

2,161

per person

12,689

per person

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Friday
10 May 2019
Thursday
30 May 2019

15,050

per person

785

per person

14,265

per person

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Friday
17 May 2019
Thursday
06 Jun 2019

15,150

per person

2,202

per person

12,948

per person

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Friday
24 May 2019
Thursday
13 Jun 2019

15,450

per person

2,243

per person

13,207

per person

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Friday
07 Jun 2019
Thursday
27 Jun 2019

16,850

per person

2,433

per person

14,417

per person

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Friday
14 Jun 2019
Thursday
04 Jul 2019

15,450

per person

2,243

per person

13,207

per person

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Friday
21 Jun 2019
Thursday
11 Jul 2019

15,400

per person

2,236

per person

13,164

per person

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Friday
28 Jun 2019
Thursday
18 Jul 2019

15,050

per person

2,188

per person

12,862

per person

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Friday
05 Jul 2019
Thursday
25 Jul 2019

16,425

per person

840

per person

15,585

per person

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Friday
12 Jul 2019
Thursday
01 Aug 2019

15,050

per person

2,188

per person

12,862

per person

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Friday
19 Jul 2019
Thursday
08 Aug 2019

15,025

per person

2,185

per person

12,840

per person

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Friday
26 Jul 2019
Thursday
15 Aug 2019

15,025

per person

2,185

per person

12,840

per person

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Friday
16 Aug 2019
Thursday
05 Sep 2019

15,150

per person

2,202

per person

12,948

per person

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Friday
23 Aug 2019
Thursday
12 Sep 2019

15,150

per person

2,202

per person

12,948

per person

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Friday
30 Aug 2019
Thursday
19 Sep 2019

15,150

per person

2,202

per person

12,948

per person

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Friday
06 Sep 2019
Thursday
26 Sep 2019

14,925

per person

780

per person

14,145

per person

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Friday
13 Sep 2019
Thursday
03 Oct 2019

15,125

per person

2,199

per person

12,926

per person

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Friday
20 Sep 2019
Thursday
10 Oct 2019

14,850

per person

2,161

per person

12,689

per person

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Friday
27 Sep 2019
Thursday
17 Oct 2019

14,850

per person

2,161

per person

12,689

per person

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Friday
29 Mar 2019
Thursday
18 Apr 2019

18,720

per person

2,687

solo traveller

16,033

solo traveller

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Friday
12 Apr 2019
Thursday
02 May 2019

19,320

per person

2,769

solo traveller

16,551

solo traveller

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Friday
26 Apr 2019
Thursday
16 May 2019

20,150

per person

996

solo traveller

19,154

solo traveller

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Friday
03 May 2019
Thursday
23 May 2019

20,150

per person

2,882

solo traveller

17,268

solo traveller

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Friday
10 May 2019
Thursday
30 May 2019

20,350

per person

1,006

solo traveller

19,344

solo traveller

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Friday
17 May 2019
Thursday
06 Jun 2019

20,520

per person

2,932

solo traveller

17,588

solo traveller

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Friday
24 May 2019
Thursday
13 Jun 2019

21,290

per person

3,037

solo traveller

18,253

solo traveller

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Friday
07 Jun 2019
Thursday
27 Jun 2019

22,700

per person

3,229

solo traveller

19,471

solo traveller

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Friday
14 Jun 2019
Thursday
04 Jul 2019

21,300

per person

3,038

solo traveller

18,262

solo traveller

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Friday
21 Jun 2019
Thursday
11 Jul 2019

21,200

per person

3,025

solo traveller

18,175

solo traveller

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Friday
28 Jun 2019
Thursday
18 Jul 2019

20,670

per person

2,953

solo traveller

17,717

solo traveller

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Friday
05 Jul 2019
Thursday
25 Jul 2019

22,045

per person

1,091

solo traveller

20,954

solo traveller

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Friday
12 Jul 2019
Thursday
01 Aug 2019

20,670

per person

2,953

solo traveller

17,717

solo traveller

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Friday
19 Jul 2019
Thursday
08 Aug 2019

20,625

per person

2,947

solo traveller

17,678

solo traveller

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Friday
26 Jul 2019
Thursday
15 Aug 2019

20,625

per person

2,947

solo traveller

17,678

solo traveller

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Friday
16 Aug 2019
Thursday
05 Sep 2019

20,770

per person

2,966

solo traveller

17,804

solo traveller

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Friday
23 Aug 2019
Thursday
12 Sep 2019

20,850

per person

2,977

solo traveller

17,873

solo traveller

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Friday
30 Aug 2019
Thursday
19 Sep 2019

20,970

per person

2,993

solo traveller

17,977

solo traveller

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Friday
06 Sep 2019
Thursday
26 Sep 2019

20,325

per person

1,005

solo traveller

19,320

solo traveller

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Friday
13 Sep 2019
Thursday
03 Oct 2019

20,525

per person

2,933

solo traveller

17,592

solo traveller

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Friday
20 Sep 2019
Thursday
10 Oct 2019

20,150

per person

2,882

solo traveller

17,268

solo traveller

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Friday
27 Sep 2019
Thursday
17 Oct 2019

20,150

per person

2,882

solo traveller

17,268

solo traveller

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