Ultimate Italy - with Venice Simplon Orient Express, Summer 2021

Tour Type: Luxury Gold
Brochure Type: 2021-2022 Worldwide

This magnificent journey showcases Italy's grand past, romantic cities and exquisite natural wonders. Step into the ancient world, as a Local Expert shows you the cobblestone alleyways of Pompeii, the Vatican Museums and the Sistine Chapel in VIP style, and the gravity-defying Tower of Pisa. Along the way, you'll discover how medieval trades are being kept alive, participate in a Tuscan cooking masterclass and cruise along the canals of Venice onboard a traditional gondola. From iconic capitals to the charming fishing villages of the Cinque Terre, uncover the full grandeur of Italy. Your luxurious travels continue as you step onboard the Venice Simplon-Orient-Express for your overnight journey to Paris.

Exceptional Dining
  • Rome: As night falls, delight in the romance of the Eternal City before gathering for a Welcome Dinner of delicious Italian cuisine and wine at an elegant local restaurant near Rome's famous Pantheon and watch the world go by.
  • Isle of Capri: Take in beautiful views of the Gulf of Naples from the privileged perch of Michelin-starred Mamma. 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.
  • San Gimignano: Explore Guardastelle with a wine expert to learn about the various grape varieties and visit wine cellars that combine ancient traditions with modern technology, where you will enjoy a wine tasting. Afterwards indulge in a lunch of Tuscan specialties and beautiful views of the countryside.
  • 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: Enjoy dinner in an elegant villa which will include a choice of dishes including the famous 'Fiorentina' (mouth-watering grilled Tuscan beefsteak).
  • Tuscany: In the former hunting lodge of the Medici family, join a qualified chef to experience authentic Italian cooking at a hands-on culinary master-class. Afterwards enjoy the fruits of your labor while enjoying the views of the Tuscan Countryside.
  • Venice: Learn the secrets behind your aperitif, Venice's Bellini cocktail before dinner tonight at the atmospheric Taverna La Fenice.
  • Dining Summary: 15 Breakfasts (B), 4 Lunches with Wine (LW) and 7 Dinners with Wine (DW) all with tea or coffee.
Journey Highlights
  • Rome: Your Travelling Concierge welcomes you to Rome with a traditional passeggiata near The Pantheon.
  • Vatican City: With your Local Expert, see Rome's most revered treasures when you visit St. Peter's Basilica and see Michelangelo's 'Pieta.'
  • Rome: Learn of the city's iconic history when you visit the Colosseum and see the Roman Forum.
  • Rome: During your orientation with your Travelling Concierge see medieval buildings, including Renaissance palaces and Baroque churches, scattered throughout the city.
  • Rome: Join your Local Expert for a guided exploration through history, as you discover hidden sites of Rome.
  • 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: Travel in style by open-top taxi as you get a flavour of the jet-set lifestyle.
  • 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.
  • 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: Meet Marta, recipient of a TreadRight Foundation grant: to 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: Journey to the 15th century wine domain of 'Guardastelle' and visit the wine cellars that combine ancient traditions with modern technology with an enological expert, where you will enjoy a wine tasting. Afterwards indulge in a lunch of Tuscan specialties.
  • Pisa: Accompanied by your Local Expert, marvel at the gravity-defying Leaning Tower of Pisa and see the Duomo and baptistery.
  • 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 ?shing village, before travelling by train to the resort town of Rapallo.
  • Venice: Arrive to your hotel by a private water-taxi along the Grand Canal.
  • 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.
Stay at the Best Addresses
  • Florence: Nestled on the banks of the Arno, Ville sull'Arno boasts beautiful pastel tones and warm wooden furnishings. Treat yourself and indulge in ancient beauty rituals as you relax in enveloping scents at the hotels spa and wellness centre.
  • Rome: The iconic Palazzo Montemartini offers the perfect blend of rich history and contemporary design. Rooms boast minimalistic elegance while mirroring Rome's unique ambience.
  • Perugia: Since 1884, this exclusive hotel has housed royalty and celebrities. It is situated in the historic heart of Perugia and is 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.
  • 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.
  • Venice: The Bauer Palazzo is divinely located on the Grand Canal, just off St Mark's Square, and offers spacious and elegant guest rooms.
  • Venice Simplon-Orient-Express: A work of art in itself and a true art deco icon, the legendary Venice Simplon-Orient-Express is one of the world's most famous luxury trains. Step aboard and experience truly elegant travel, wrapped in timeless romance. Delightful vintage cabins, gastronomic cuisine and lively onboard entertainment make a journey on this luxury train one of the world's finest travel experiences.
VIP Experiences
  • Vatican City: Enter the Sistine Chapel for a 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.
Inclusive Luxury Gold Services
  • You will be escorted by one of our fine Travelling Concierges, handpicked to serve as your expert guide, consummate organiser, and friend overseas.
  • Luxury Gold is proud to offer various modes of transportation, from luxury coach to included flight to included train travel and more, so that you always travel in comfort and experience your journey and destination in the best possible and most appropriate way.
  • Personal radio headsets give you the freedom to wander during visits to famous highlights, without missing any of your Local Expert's fascinating commentary, available on departures with 15 or more guests.
  • 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).
  • Complimentary, private airport transfers are included on start and end dates, when flights are included within the itinerary 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. Guests will be transferred with fellow Luxury Gold Travellers that arrive on the same flight. Transfers to train stations or alternate hotels, in the same start or end city of the itinerary, may be requested but are not guaranteed.

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Tour Operator
Luxury Gold by Insight
Offer
Offer valid through 12/31/2020
Duration
16 Days
Escorted
Escorted - Yes
DayDestinationDescription
Day 1RomeWelcome to Rome.: On arrival at Rome's Fiumicino Leonardo da Vinci Airport, you will be met and transferred to your hotel, designed with the perfect mix of elegance and rich history. Built in the heart of the eternal city, Hotel Palazzo Montemartini is ideally located to begin your Italian journey. At 17:30, meet your Travelling Concierge and fellow travellers for a short stroll through the charming streets, enjoying the romance of the Eternal City as night falls, before gathering for a Welcome Dinner in an elegant restaurant in Piazza della Rotonda near Rome's famous Pantheon. (Dinner with Wine)
Hotel Palazzo Montemartini, Rome.
Day 2VaticanRome and the Vatican.: Our VIP entry into the Vatican Museums is the best way to enjoy the timeless Papal art collection. Explore the beautiful corridors of the Vatican museums with a Local Expert on the way to Michelangelo's Sistine Chapel before it opens to the general public. Continue to St. Peter's Basilica to see La Pieta, before seeing the Roman Forum and skipping the line to visit the grand Colosseum. This afternoon enjoy time at leisure or join a Local Expert for a walking tour of some of the harder to find sites of Rome. (Breakfast)
Hotel Palazzo Montemartini, Rome.
Day 3SorrentoPompeii and Sorrento.: Journey to the ill-fated town of Pompeii, frozen in time since A.D. 79 when it was violently engulfed by a volcanic eruption from Mount 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. Arrive in Sorrento to check in to your Seaview rooms and maybe explore this resort town that overlooks the Bay of Naples. Tonight you will indulge in a dinner as you watch the sunset on this beautiful coastline. (Breakfast / Dinner with Wine)
Sorrento Palace (Seaview Executive Rooms).
Day 4CapriExplore the Isle of Dreams.: In the morning, board a fast-boat to the beautiful Isle of Capri. 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 Mamma. Enjoy exclusive views over the Gulf of Naples whilst savouring Mediterranean flavours created with passion from fresh, local produce by chef Salvatore La Ragione. Return to Sorrento where you are at leisure. (Breakfast / Lunch with Wine)
Sorrento Palace (Seaview Executive Rooms).
Day 5PerugiaLush Umbria and on to Assisi and Perugia.: 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 hotel. Your centrally located hotel allows for easy access to one of the traditional outdoor cafes where you can enjoy the lively buzz of the town. Ask your Travelling Concierge for dinner recommendations this evening. (Breakfast)
Brufani, Perugia.
Day 6FlorenceSan Gimignano and Tuscany.: Meet Marta, the director of Laboratorio Giuditta Borzetti and the recipient of a TreadRight grant, to learn how the workshop's artisans are preserving the heritage craft of textile loom-weaving. Journey to the 15th century wine domain of 'Guardastelle', with its spectacular views over the rolling vineyards and the 'medieval Manhattan' which is San Gimignano. Explore the vineyard estate with a wine expert to learn about the various grape varieties and visit the wine cellars that combine ancient traditions with modern technology, where you will enjoy a wine tasting. Afterwards indulge in a lunch of Tuscan specialties and beautiful views of the countryside. [CC] If you are travelling on a Chairman'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 'Guardastelle' estate. [/CC] (Breakfast / Lunch with Wine)
Hotel Montebello Splendid, Florence.
Day 7FlorenceRenaissance 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 the rest of the afternoon at leisure. Enjoy dinner in an elegant villa which will include a choice of dishes featuring the famous 'Fiorentina' (mouth-watering grilled Tuscan beefsteak). (Breakfast / Dinner with Wine)
Hotel Montebello Splendid, Florence.
Day 8FlorenceTuscan Cooking Class and Pisa.: Join a professional chef and uncover the secrets of Tuscan cooking during an authentic culinary masterclass set in the former hunting lodge of the Medici family. 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 the famous, gravity-defying Leaning Tower of Pisa. (Breakfast / Lunch with Wine)
Hotel Montebello Splendid, Florence.
Day 9RapalloExploring The Cinque Terre.: 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, before arriving at your hotel with fabulous views overlooking the Portofino peninsula where you may want to take a dip in the pool or enjoy a cocktail before dinner. (Breakfast / Dinner with Wine)
Grand Hotel Bristol Resort & Spa, Rapallo.
Day 10VeniceTheatrical Venice and the Doge's Palace.: Today's journey will take you across the the Appenine mountain range with spectacular scenery. Take a water taxi along the famous Grand Canal, lined with historical Venetian palaces. Formerly the Doge's residence and the seat of Venetian government, the Palace is the very symbol of Venice and a masterpiece of Gothic architecture. As all crowds disappear, discover the history, art and culture of the Venetian Republic with your Local Expert. (Breakfast)
Bauer Palazzo, Venice.
Day 11VeniceThe Magic of Venice.: Spend the day exploring the beauty and culture of Venice. Venture to a craftsman's workshop to witness the age-old skill of glassblowing and admire the famous St. Mark's Basilica and the Bridge of Sighs. Later, take your seat in a traditional gondola for a serenade through the romantic canals. At our final dinner this evening, you will learn how to make Venice's celebrated cocktail, the 'Bellini' - your aperitif tonight at dinner in the atmospheric Taverna La Fenice. Savour a dish that keeps with tradition and is enriched with seasonal ingredients. (Breakfast / Dinner with Wine)
Bauer Palazzo, Venice.
Days 12-13VeniceVenice at Leisure.: Enjoy this beautiful city at your own pace. With two days at leisure, why not attend a performance at the Fenice, see the Accademia or visit Guggenheim's famed museum? (Breakfast)
Bauer Palazzo, Venice.
Day 14ParisVenice to Paris by Venice Simplon-Orient-Express.: Experience the classic Venice Simplon-Orient-Express train journey. Depart Venice late morning for a romantic overnight journey to Paris. Step aboard one of the best trains in Europe and be whisked away to a world of timeless indulgence. Mingle with your fellow travellers in the Champagne Bar or admire the passing scenery from your cabin. In the evening, dress to impress and head to one of the restaurant cars for an unforgettable dinner. A leisurely four-course dinner is served, prepared on board by our skilled French chefs. After dinner retire to your cabin which has now been transformed into a cosy bedroom. (Breakfast / Lunch / Afternoon Tea / Dinner with Wine)
Venice Simplon-Orient-Express.
Day 15ParisParis, The City of Light.: Breakfast is served in your cabin at a time that suits you. On arrival into Paris Gare de l'Est, a private transfer awaits to take you to your centrally located hotel. The whole day is yours to explore this stylish and elegant city. Maybe stroll by the Seine or watch the passers-by from a Parisian cafe? (Breakfast)
Paris Baltimore Tour Eiffel.
Day 16Depart ParisDepart Paris.: Your wonderful stay concludes with private transfers to the airport after breakfast. (Breakfast)
Dates/Pricing

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DatePrice / DescriptionQuote
04/04/2021$11,695.00* (USD) / Land PriceQuote
05/02/2021$11,850.00* (USD) / Land PriceQuote
05/09/2021$11,850.00* (USD) / Land PriceQuote
06/13/2021$13,225.00* (USD) / Land PriceQuote
09/05/2021$11,875.00* (USD) / Land PriceQuote
09/12/2021$11,850.00* (USD) / Land PriceQuote
09/26/2021$11,850.00* (USD) / Land PriceQuote
Disclaimer
Notes: Twin prices are per person. (04 Apr and 18 Apr) These departures will indulge in an alternative dining experience as Mamma in Capri will not be open. (13 Jun, 20 Jun, 27 Jun, 04 Jul, 18 Jul, 216 May and 19 Sep Jul, 01 Aug and 12 Sep) These departures will stay at Sorrento Palace in Sorrento in lieu of Quisisana in Anacapri. (02 May, 09 May, 22 Aug and 29 Aug) This departure will stay at an alternative hotel of a similar standard in lieu of the Bauer Palazzo in Venice. (16 May and 19 Sep) Chairman's Collection: These departures will meet Marchese Mazzei instead of visiting Machiavelli's home. (6) Special Small Groups: These departures are limited to just 24 guests.

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