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

Small Group Tour Italian Villages 

Enjoy a taste of Italian village life on this fully escorted small group tour. This small group tour for seniors visits some of Italy’s most interesting villages. You consequently visit places no one else you know has ever been to.  Experiencing Italian life away from the big cities.

The Mediterranean nation of Italy is as mature and aged as many of its red wines. In terms of nationhood, however, it is even younger than New Zealand. This is often hard to believe, bearing in mind that Italy gave rise to Europe’s largest ancient empire.  An empire  which endured, through its Eastern Empire centred on Byzantium, for almost 17 hundred years. In Italy the new constantly brushes with the old. In doing so it generates sparks that makes any journey to the country a deeply textured experience.

Itinerary:

The small group tour, “Italian Villages”, commences in Milan before heading north and then south to finish in the hillside town of Frascati. Along the way we spend extended time in the villages of Trento, Radda in Chianti, Castelfranco and Corregio.

Most of all  this tour seeks to deliver  the experience of being in small towns in the regions of Italy away from the usual tourist path. Especially relevant is that some of the best local guides in each region visited share their knowledge of the history with you.

Along our way on this 26 day tour whilst we enjoy time in the larger cities of Milan, Florence and Todi. Our purpose here is to learn about the contribution these regional centres made to village life before we retreat again to explore the smaller towns.

Highlights:

  • Visit Modena to sample the vinegar and then on to Parma for ham and parmesan cheese.
  • Roam the villages of the Northern Dolomites.
  • Meet locals during visits to Chianti and Montepulciana. Enjoy with them some of the great local wines.

This small group tour Italian villages is one of 9 tours offered each year to travellers Italy by Odyssey . Each tour offers something different.  Almost  all  these tours are designed to interest the mature traveller, travelling either alone or in company. Because Odyssey’s tours are fully escorted, they allow you time to enjoy yourself time exploring Italy.

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Tour Notes
  • Group size will be a maximum of 20 participants.

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1
Meet locals during visits to Chianti and Montepulciano.
2
Appreciate the works of Michelangelo and Brunelleschi and learn how this style underpins everything Italian.
3
Savour vinegar in Modena as well as ham and Parmesan in Parma.
4
Roam the villages of the northern Dolomites, home to more than 40 glaciers.
5
Experience the famed region of Tuscany.

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 Radda in Chianti. En route we spend half the day in Florence where our local guide will show us the highlights of this fabulous city. We carry on to Radda in Chianti and check in to our accommodation in time for dinner.

Accommodation: 5 nights at Palazzo San Lorrenzo or similar.

Overview: This morning we visit Castello Meleto for a vineyard tour and wine tasting. We return to Radda in Chianti for an afternoon at leisure followed by dinner at a local restaurant.

Accommodation: Palazzo San Lorrenzo or similar.

Overview: We spend today exploring historic Colle di Val d’Elsa. We will also pause in Castellina in Chianti. We have dinner at a local restaurant in Colle di Val d’Elsa before returning to our accommodation in Radda in Chianti.

Accommodation: Palazzo San Lorrenzo or similar.

Overview: This morning’s field trip explores the hill town of Volterra, including a visit to the excellent Etruscan Guarnacci Museum. After lunch at own arrangements and some free time we travel to Certaldo where we take the funicular to the old town for dinner at a local restaurant.

Accommodation: Palazzo San Lorrenzo or similar.

Overview: Monteriggioni is first stop on our schedule today. We pause there for brief exploration en route to Siena. In Siena our local guide will introduce us to the highlights of this medieval city. After lunch at own arrangements, we travel on to San Gimignano for time to explore at leisure. We will have dinner in a local restaurant before our return to Radda in Chianti.

Accommodation: Palazzo San Lorrenzo or similar.

Overview: This morning we check out of our hotel and have time to explore Pienza at leisure. We carry on to Montepulciano where we visit a vineyard for a tour and tasting. Our local guide will then take us on a tour of the town. We carry on to Todi and check in to our accommodation in time for dinner.

Accommodation: 3 nights at Albergo Bramante or similar.

Overview: Today our local guide takes us on a full-day excursion to Todi and Spoleto. We are given guided tours of both towns before we carry on to Montefalco where we visit a local olive oil producer for a tour and tasting. We have dinner in a local restaurant before our return to Todi for the night.

Accommodation: Albergo Bramante or similar.

Overview: We spend the morning exploring the town of Norcia and take lunch in a local restaurant where we sample the local produce, including the famous local truffles. During the afternoon we return to Todi for a free evening to explore the town at leisure. Dinner is at own arrangements.

Accommodation: Albergo Bramante or similar.

Overview: Today we leave Todi bound for Frascati. En route we pause in Orvieto to explore at leisure. We carry on to Cerveteri where we have a guided tour and visit the Necropolis of the Banditaccia. We continue to Frascati and check in to our accommodation in time for dinner.

Accommodation: 5 nights at Hotel Flora or similar.

Overview: Today we have a full day exploring the Roman Hills. After a guided tour of Frascati we travel through to Nemi, pausing at Grottaferrata en route. We have lunch in a local restaurant in Nemi before we carry on to explore Castel Gandolfo. Dinner tonight is at own arrangements.

Accommodation: Hotel Flora or similar.

Overview: Anzio is our destination today. We have a guided tour here and visit the Beach Head Landings Museum in the town. We have lunch at a local restaurant and time to explore before returning to Frascati. Dinner is at own arrangements tonight.

Accommodation: Hotel Flora or similar.

Overview: We have a full day’s field trip to Tivoli where we explore the ancient Villa of Hadrian and the medieval Villa D’Este with lunch in restaurant in Tivoli. Dinner is at own arrangements tonight.

Accommodation: Hotel Flora or similar.

Overview: Today’s field trip takes us to the medieval town of Sermoneta and the ruined village of Ninfa, now a restored garden. Our farewell dinner is at a restaurant in Frascati where we enjoy local produce and local wine.

Accommodation: Hotel Flora or similar.

Overview: Services end after breakfast at the hotel.

What’s included in our Tour

  • Applicable entry fees and services of local guides.
  • Services of a Tour Leader.
  • Detailed tour information booklet.
  • Transport, lectures and field trips as indicated.
  • 25 breakfasts, 9 lunches, and 16 dinners.
  • Service charges and gratuities.
  • 25 nights of hotel accommodation offering en-suited share twin rooms.

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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