14 days – Spring has Sprung in Italy
16th May – 28th May 2019
• 16th May – 28th May 2019
• Price: $5,579.00
• Double occupancy accommodation a B&B basis
• Airport transfers and some private transfers included
• Flights and train travel are not included
• Breakfast and some meals included
• 16th – 18th – Rome
• 19th – 21st – Florence
• 22nd – 24th – Lake Come
• 25th – 27th – Milan
• 28th – Depart
16th May – Day of departure
It’s time to pack those bags! Fly out of your hometown into the captivating city of Rome and meet your new friends for a whirlwind tour through Italy. You’ll be met by luxury Mercedes minivan and transferred to the hotel for the first night of your stay.
This Italian capital is full of enchanting art, architectural wonders and fascinating Roman ruins just waiting to be explored. Not to mention some of the Continent’s most tantalizing cuisine… Bring those appetites!
17th May – Rome
It’s your first full day of tour! Spend the day at leisure, taking in the sites of Rome’s flamboyant Trastevere neighborhood, a relaxed Bohemian quarter where cobblestone streets lead to craft beer pubs, atmospheric piazzas and ancient Baroque churches. In the afternoon, visit the historic Coliseum, make a wish at the Trevi Fountain and take that much-anticipated tourist photo on the Spanish Steps.
After a full day of sightseeing, we’ll have a 4-course dinner with the group at Chef Barbara’s House with all the fine Italian wine you can drink (included). Come hungry!
18th May – Rome
With another free day to spend as you wish in Rome, we’d suggest taking the time to discover the marvels of the Vatican City. Measuring just 110 acres and with a very small population, the Vatican City is the smallest sovereign state in the world, headquarters of the Roman Catholic Church and home of the Pope. While it may be small, there’s so much to see within this enchanting ancient city, from centuries-old Roman sculptures, to the Sistine Chapel, one of Michelangelo’s masterpieces.
Take a moment to stand in St. Peter’s Square and admire the view of St. Peter’s Basilica – one of the largest churches on earth. If you’re feeling energetic, climb the 551 steps to the cupola for an entrancing view of the city’s rooftops.
19th May – Florence
Good morning Florence! After breakfast, we’ll travel to one of Italy’s most beautiful cities – the ‘Renaissance City’ – so-called for its incredible Italian art and architecture. The city is picture-perfect with its iconic red rooftops and fascinating landmarks.
Practice your bargaining skills at the leather market, explore the Uffizi Gallery, one of the oldest museums in the western world, and taste delicious artisanal foods at the famous Mercato Centrale. Then work off your lunch with a little shopping along the Ponte Vecchio Bridge or by climbing the 463 steps to the top of the Duomo for an unforgettable bird’s eye view of the city of Florence.
When you’ve worked up an appetite, you can join Sybil at her restaurant choice: Senz’ Altro Bistrot, a cozy Italian bistro home to ‘the best bread in Florence’.
20th May – Florence
Start the day early and enjoy a full day exploring the tranquil Tuscan countryside. We’ll travel by private Mercedes minivan to the oh-so-scenic wine regions of Siena and Chianti for a spot of wine tasting and a light lunch (included).
Explore the streets of Siena, known for its medieval brick buildings, fan-shaped central square and 14th-century tower with 360 degree views from its characteristic white crown. Next on the ‘to do’ list is a visit to Chianti’s wine region with its evergreen vineyards, small picturesque towns and fine Italian wines. We’ll have dinner at Osteria di Passignano, an excellent Michelin starred restaurant surrounded by vineyards and a beautiful old monastery (not included) before heading back to our hotel.
21 May – Florence
Today we’ll explore the charming cities of Pisa and Lucca, less than an hour’s train ride from Florence. Take your time strolling the streets of Pisa, a city that’s so much more than iconic tourist photos in front of the Leaning Tower of Pisa. Admire the glittering golden ceilings of the Pisa Cathedral and the bewildering Gothic sculptures of the Baptistery.
The town of Lucca is a short half hour train ride away and full of surprises with its narrow cobbled streets, medieval towers and Renaissance center surrounded by dense olive groves. Take your time exploring before meeting up for a group dinner at Da Pasquale, an owner-run eatery known for its delicious home-cooked cuisine and fine Italian wines.
22nd May – Lake Como
Say goodbye to Florence as we travel onwards to Lake Como. Arriving early, you’ll have the day on your own to explore this exceptional waterside region at your own pace. Explore scenic Blevio, a panoramic terrace town overlooking Lake Como, or venture out to Como center for some much-anticipated retail therapy – there’s some wonderful silk products to be found here – and lunch with the locals.
We’ll have dinner at Il Cantuccio’s where we’ll meet Michelin star Chef, Mauro Elli. This award-winning restaurant has kept its Michelin star reputation for ten years and offers a mix of traditional and creative cuisine. We’d recommend the risotto for good old fashioned Italian!
23 May – Lake Como
Start the day off the right way with a morning cooking class with Michelin star Chef, Mauro Elli. You’ll learn how to cook a mouthwatering array of typical and regional dishes from the Lombardy Region (included). Plus, you’ll get to eat it all afterwards! With our bellies full, we’ll cross the border into Switzerland to shop at the famous FoxTown Factory Stores – the country’s the largest outlet shopping mall – so be sure to pack light!
24th May – Lake Como
Today we’ll take a boat ride to visit breathtaking Bellagio, a lakeside town known for its cobblestone streets, idyllic buildings and 18th century terraced gardens. We’ll enjoy lunch at Michelin starred Mistral restaurant, with inventive Italian cuisine directed by Chef Ettore Bocchia (not included).
With a belly full of good old fashioned Italian, work it off with a leisurely stroll to browse Bellagio’s famous Italian silk products the region is so famous for, or unwind with a relaxing spa treatment at Villa Serbelloni. Bliss!
25th May – Milan
Welcome to Milan! This morning we’ll travel to Italy’s finance and fashion capital where you’ll have the day to sightsee at your own pace. Visit Milan’s intriguing Gothic cathedral and admire Leonardo Da Vinci’s masterpieces – the ‘Last Supper’ – one of the most legendary paintings in the world – and the Da Vinci canals in the hip Navigli neighborhood.
Once you’ve worked up an appetite, join Sybil for lunch at Restaurant Al Mercante, the perfect spot to savor some traditional Milanese cuisine. As Milan is Italy’s fashion capital, there’ll also be plenty of time to shop until you drop!
We’ll then head onwards to the city of Monza on the outskirts of Milan, just one train stop away from Milan, to stay overnight. This fascinating city is steeped in history and was once used as the summer residence of the queens of Lombardy and the headquarters of the military – so you’ll be able to explore some magnificent historical architecture here, from the striking Monza Cathedral and the Royal Villa of Monza, to the Parco di Monza – the largest walled park in Europe. You may also recognize it as the home of the famous annual Formula 1 Grand Prix.
26th – 27th May – Milan
Today is your last full day in Italy. Choose to stay around Monza and discover more of the city’s fascinating monuments and historical sites or head back into Milan for continued sightseeing. If you opt for Milan, we’d recommend visiting Palazzo Mezzanotte, the old seat of Milan’s stock exchange, climbing to the rooftop of the astonishing Milan Cathedral, one of the world’s largest Gothic cathedrals, and exploring Sforza Castle with its impressive artwork and sculptures by illustrious artists, from Da Vinci to Michelangelo.
In the afternoon, it’s time to fill up the rest of your suitcase as it’s your last chance to go shopping. Pick up a few designer pieces at Grand Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II and end the day sipping aperitivos at a stylish café at happy hour. Choose to dine in Milan or in Monza before heading back to your hotel for a good night’s sleep.