13 days
Duration
Europe
Destination
Level 2 - Introductory to Moderate
Activity

Italian Villages Short Tour

The Mediterranean nation of Italy is as mature and aged as many of its red wines. However, in terms of nationhood, it is even younger than New Zealand. This can be hard to believe, because Italy gave rise to Europe’s first global empire, which endured for approximately 2,000 years. While visiting Italy, you will see how the new constantly brushes with the old, generating sparks that make the journey a deeply textured experience. A small group tour is a great way to get to know Italy, or reacquaint yourself with its beauty.

Small Group Tour: Italian Villages

Northern Italy is famous for its sunny coastlines, mountainous landscape, and marvelous food. This small group tour showcases the country’s wine, cheese, and art, along with its magnificent architecture and countryside. You will learn about the production of Prosecco, and of course have a chance to taste it. You will tour a Balsamic vinegar factory in Modena. Also included are guided tours of Trento, Castelfranco, and Florence. In addition, highlights include a trip to a Parmesan cheese producer in Parma, visits to the magnificent Trento Cathedral and Buonconsiglio Castle, and an excursion to the picturesque Venetian fishing port of Chiogga. Throughout the trip, local guides will bring Italy’s history and culture to life.

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Tour Notes
  • Group size will be a maximum of 18 participants.

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1
Appreciate the works of Michelangelo and Brunelleschi and learn how this style underpins everything Italian.
2
Enjoy a full-day excursion to the scenic Dolomite resort of Moena.
3
Roam the villages of the northern Dolomites, home to more than 40 glaciers.
4
Visit Parma and learn about the local ham and parmesan cheese production.
5
Sample the famous balsamic vinegar in Modena.

Overview: We come individually to our hotel in Milan. Tonight we come together for our welcome meeting and dinner.

Accommodation: 1 night at Antares Concorde Hotel or similar.

Overview: In the morning we have a short tour in Milan. Later on we depart Milan and head for Trento along the scenic route. We will stop regularly along the way. This evening a local alpine choir will perform for us.

Accommodation: 3 nights at Grand Hotel or similar.

Overview: This morning we have a guided tour of Trento, including visits to the cathedral and the Castle of Buonconsiglio. After time for lunch at leisure we head out of town and visit a local vineyard for a tour and tasting. We return to our hotel for some time to relax at leisure before we walk to a local restaurant for dinner.

Accommodation: Grand Hotel or similar.

Overview: Today we have a full-day excursion to the scenic Dolomite resort of Moena. We will explore the area with our leader in the morning before having lunch at a local restaurant. After lunch we take an afternoon cable car ride from Campitello di Fassa to Col Rodella. Dinner tonight is at own arrangements.

Accommodation: Grand Hotel or similar.

Overview: We have a free morning to explore Trento at leisure. This afternoon we depart Trento bound for Castelfranco. En route we pause at San Michele all’Adige where we will visit the Museum of Mountain Traditions. We continue on to Castelfranco and check in to our accommodation. We will have dinner tonight at a local restaurant.

Accommodation: 4 nights at Albergo al Moretto or similar.

Overview: This morning we have a guided tour of Castelfranco. Following that, we visit the Conservatory di Musica A Steffani for a tour followed by a piano recital. We then travel to Treviso where we will have lunch at a local restaurant. Following lunch we have a guided tour of Treviso. Dinner tonight is at own arrangements.

Accommodation: Albergo al Moretto or similar.

Overview: We have a full-day excursion to the charming Venetian fishing port of Chioggia today. We will have lunch at a restaurant offering the local fare before an afternoon free to explore at leisure. Dinner tonight is at own arrangements.

Accommodation: Albergo al Moretto or similar.

Overview: This morning we visit the Prosecco wine school in Conegliano for a tour, a taste, and the chance to learn about how Prosecco is produced. A local guide will then give us a tour of the town of Conegliano before we have time for lunch at our own arrangements. We transfer to the town of Asolo for a guided tour before we carry on to Bassano del Grappa for a guided tasting of the local product. We have dinner at a local restaurant in Bassano del Grappa before returning to our accommodation in Castelfranco.

Accommodation: Albergo al Moretto or similar.

Overview: After checking out of our accommodation early, we head for Correggio by way of Venice. We meet our local assistant and board the vaporetto to Piazza San Marco. Our local guide then gives us a guided tour of the city of canals before we have a fish and wine tasting. After some free time we jump back on the vaporetto and meet up with our coach to continue the journey to Correggio. We arrive at our hotel in time for dinner.

Accommodation: 4 nights Best Western Hotel Dei Medaglioni or similar.

Overview: Our day begins with a free morning to relax and explore Correggio at leisure. At noon we head for Modena, where we have lunch at own arrangements before our local guide gives us a guided tour of the highlights of the city. We have a tour of a local balsamic vinegar factory where we learn what work goes into producing this Italian staple. We will have dinner at a local restaurant in Modena before we board our coach for our return to Correggio.

Accommodation: Best Western Hotel Dei Medaglioni or similar.

Overview: Parma is the destination for our full-day excursion today. This morning we meet our local guide and visit local cheese and prosciutto producers where we learn about the local Parmesan and Parma ham. Naturally, some tasting will be involved. We have lunch at a local restaurant to sample more of the local produce before our local guide gives us a tour of the city. Dinner tonight is at own arrangements.

Accommodation: Best Western Hotel Dei Medaglioni or similar.

Overview: This morning we explore Comacchio Natural Park in the area of the Po Delta. We have a guided boat tour of the wetlands where we gain an understanding of the local flora and fauna. We have lunch at a local restaurant in Comacchio. After lunch we visit Ferrara where our local guide will take us on a walking tour including a visit to the local castle. Dinner tonight is at own arrangements.

Accommodation: Best Western Hotel Dei Medaglioni or similar.

Overview: We check out of our hotel and depart Correggio bound for Florence, where we spend half the day with our local guide showing us the highlights of this fabulous city.

The tour concludes after the city tour of Florence.

What’s included in our Tour

  • Service charges and gratuities.
  • 12 nights of hotel accommodation offering en-suited share twin rooms with breakfast.
  • Applicable entry fees and services of local guides.
  • Services of a Tour Leader.
  • Transport, lectures and field trips as indicated.
  • Detailed tour information booklet.

What’s not included in our Tour

  • Comprehensive travel insurance.
  • Return economy class international airfares including taxes.
  • Items of a personal nature.

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