Italian Indulgence

12 Day Small Group Tour from Rome to Venice with Back-Roads

Read 4 reviews and enjoy exclusive savings on Back-Roads 12 Day Italian Indulgence. An intoxicating mix of world-shaping cities and imagination-firing landscapes, Italy is a land where unforgettable experiences lie around every corner. And with an abundance of tantalising...read more

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Small Group Tour Starts In
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Rome
Small Group Tour Ends In
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Venice
Accomodation
Accomodation
Boutique
18
Max Group Size
18
Small Group
Trip Style
Small Group
Scenic / Cultural
Trip Style
Scenic / Cultural
Countries Explored:
Italy
Trip Operated By:
Back-Roads
Back-Roads
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Trip Reviews:
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4 Reviews
Trip Code:
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Itinerary

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1 Roma - Assisi - Perugia
They say all roads lead to Rome – but after we meet today, our route will whisk us away to awe-inspiring Assisi, the birthplace of St Francis. After getting to know the famous hilltop town a little better on a walking tour, we'll move on to Perugia – where we'll start things as we mean to go on (with a delicious included dinner). (D) Stay: Hotel Fortuna (or similar)
2 Perugia - Siena - Tuscany
Introducing Siena: a magnificent Gothic city bursting with fabulous architecture. After exploring the UNESCO World Heritage-listed Historic Centre, we'll make tracks to tonight's idyllic accommodation: a country villa hotel set amidst the vineyards of the world-renowned Chianti region. (B/D) Stay: Villa San Giorgio (or similar)
3 Tuscany
Interested in learning a few Italian culinary secrets? You're in luck! Today our friendly hosts will help us to prepare a classic Tuscan lunch. This afternoon will be yours to take in the panoramic countryside views, take a dip in the pool or relax in the shadow of one of the villa's many pine trees. Tonight, there's another tasty dinner in store. (B/L/D)
4 Tuscany - Florence - Lucca
Today we'll turn our attention to Florence: the birthplace of the Renaissance and home of some of the world's most treasured masterpieces. A local guide will bring the city alive as we stroll by the likes of the Duomo and the Ponte Vecchio on a walking tour. Then, as the afternoon turns to dusk, we'll press on to lovely Lucca. (B) Stay: Hotel Alla Corte degli Angeli (or similar)
5 Lucca - Pisa - Lucca
Prepare to see an Italian icon up close today – our first stop will be Pisa, where we'll pay a visit to the legendary Leaning Tower. This afternoon will see us return to Lucca, where you'll have the rest of the day to explore the cobblestone streets at your own pace. (B)
6 Lucca - Camogli - San Fruttuoso - Portofino - Santa Margherita
It's time to experience the glitz and glamour of the Italian Riviera! Today we'll make stops at romantic Camogli, picture-perfect San Fruttuoso and glittering Portofino before settling in Santa Margherita Ligure. This evening, why not take some time to wander along the beautiful beachfront, taking in the pastel-coloured houses, elegant hotels and sparkling waters? (B) Stay: Hotel Jolanda (or similar)
7 Santa Margherita - Barolo - Asti - Cherasco
Away from the coast and onwards to Barolo, in Piedmont: a region of rich red wines and luxurious cuisine. This afternoon there's a treat is in store for the sweet-toothed among us - we'll be visiting a distillery near Asti to taste some regional liquors and handmade nougat. Finally, we'll move on to Cherasco – where a group dinner awaits. (B/D) Stay: Hotel Somaschi (or similar)
8 Cherasco - Alba - Lake Orta - Lake Maggiore
Rise and shine – this morning we'll be heading out into the hills of Alba to join a truffle hunt with a local farmer and his dog. After a risotto tasting lunch we'll hit the road to the captivating Lake Orta, a tranquil retreat sitting pretty at the bottom of the imposing Monte Mottarone. Then: from one blissful Italian lake to another! Lake Maggiore will be the final stop on today's scenic journey. (B/L) Stay: Grand Hotel Majestic (or similar)
9 Lake Maggiore
Today we'll leave dry land behind us and set sail for the Borromean Islands, a charming collection of islets located in the western corner of the lake. We'll have plenty of time to explore Isola Madre, wander the terraces of the ornate baroque garden on Isola Bella and discover the pretty harbour of Isola dei Pescatori before we return to shore for the afternoon. (B)
10 Lake Maggiore - Lecco - Tirano
After bidding a fond farewell to Lake Maggiore we'll move on to Lecco, a small commune on the southeastern shore of the exquisite Lake Como. We'll take in the sights on a walking tour before making our way to Tirano - where we'll continue our culinary adventure with an included dinner at a local restaurant. (B/D) Stay: Grand Hotel della Posta (or similar)
11 Tirano - Lake Molveno - Trento
Today we'll shine the spotlight on one of the most beautiful lakes in Italy: the spectacular Lake Molveno, a swathe of iridescent blue that lies at the foot of the Brenta Dolomites. There will be just enough time for a walking tour of the mountain city of Trento before we get together for tonight's farewell dinner. (B/D) Stay: Hotel America (or similar)
12 Trento - Verona - Venice
Filled with impressive ruins and romantic hotspots, fair Verona beckons today. After taking in the Doge's Palace, St Mark's Basilica and the Rialto Bridge, we'll board the mini-coach one last time for the journey to our show-stopping finale: the floating city of Venice. (B) Stay: Hotel America (or similar)

Back-Roads Inclusions

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Journey Highlights
  • Cook up an Italian feast in a traditional Tuscan villa
  • Join a truffle hunt in Piedmont
  • Enjoy an afternoon of wine tasting near Asti
Trip Inclusions
  • 11 nights in boutique accommodation
  • Experienced Driver
  • Premium mini-coach transportation
Included Meals
  • 19 Meals: 11 Breakfasts, 2 Lunches, 6 Dinners
Trip Notes
  • Accommodation, itinerary and inclusions subject to change.
  • Prices are for land/cruise and internal flights as specified only. Flights not specified are not included.

Reviews (4)

12 Day Italian Indulgence reviews from past clients of Global Journeys.

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“Fabulous trip!!”
- QLD, Australia May 2018 7 Helpful Votes

Loved the entire trip, it actually exceeded my expectations. I loved the fact that it was a small group. Great group and we all blended so well. Our tour guide, Margo, was fantastic. Her personality set the standard for our trip - she was infectious with her love for Italy. She made the history of Italy so interesting and I really learnt a lot.
Our driver was such a lovely young man, always a smile and even suggested a few things that turned out to be so wonderful,...read more

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“Italian Indulgence”
- NSW, Australia May 2016 10 Helpful Votes View Photo

From the start our tour guide Stephano, was excellent. We had an unfortunate experience leaving Australia and were delayed 25 hours. Arriving in Rome one full day behind our schedule. Making us miss our two private tours we had booked for the preceding day of our departure for Italian Indulgence. Also our bags had not arrived and were still in transit. Stephano took change and rang several times to British Airways to chase them up. Our bags were finally delivered to us at the end of the second...read more

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“A wide variety of experiences”
- QLD, Australia Sep 2015 5 Helpful Votes

We would highly recommend this tour, a wide variety of experiences and the smaller group was great. The back roads sections away from the big cities was the best part of the tour.

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“Memorable and enjoyable. Would thoroughly recommend”
- QLD, Australia Jul 2015 7 Helpful Votes

We found both the tour bus driver and the tour guide to be very helpful, knowledgeable and always willing to assist and go the extra mile. The tour of 'backroads' Italy was fantastic (places, the people, the experience). The people on our tour group also got on really well together which we think made the experience even more memorable and enjoyable. Would thoroughly recommend.

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