Tuscan Villages

Welcome to Tuscan Villages, a journey boasting Tuscany’s most amazing towns, villages, iconic landscapes and traditions that have profoundly influenced world culture, art, gastronomy and history through a lifestyle that blends passion with simplicity. Across 11 sensational days, explore the length and breadth of Tuscany and marvel at its beautiful winding roads and fortified hilltop towns; meander the cobbled streets of secluded villages; visit castles; and discover unforgettable tastings in Italy’s most renowned wine region.

Planning your holiday is easy, and speak to your friendly Consultant.

Day 1: Florence

Welcome to Florence, the heart of Tuscany and the perfect starting point for your Tuscan experience. Transfer to your hotel and relax in readiness for tomorrow’s departure. If not partaking in our pre-tour Florence city break, we suggest a visit to Florence Cathedral, Accademia or Uffizi Galleries or simply stroll the streets and take advantage of Florence’s famous leather markets.

Hotel: Baglioni Grand Hotel or similar

Day 2: Florence – Pisa – Barga – Lucca

Depart for enchanting Pisa to view the Leaning Tower and the Piazza del Duomo, before enjoying lunch at an olive oil producing estate, paired with a tasting and workshop visit. In the afternoon, venture into Tuscany’s Garfagnana region, characterised by is mountainous and densely wooded terrain adjacent to the Northern Apennines. Visit the picturesque town of Barga, awarded an ‘orange flag’ as one the Best Villages of Italy. Afterward, check into your wonderful hotel within the protected walls of Lucca.

Hotel: Hotel Alla Corte degli Angeli or similar, 2 nights

Day 3: Lucca

Enjoy a morning guided tour of Lucca, famous for its historic centre, medieval towers and best preserved ramparts in Italy. In the afternoon, embrace the opportunity to get lost in the town’s maze of streets, people watch in its famous Piazzas such as Piazza dell’Anfiteatro, Verdi, Napoleone and San Michele or wander along its ancient walls that now serve as a popular pedestrian promenade.

Day: 4 Lucca – Volterra – Monteriggioni – Chianti retreat

Visit the ancient Tuscan village of Volterra and enjoy a guided tour.
An important Etruscan city, Volterra features beautiful winding cobbled streets and artisan craftsmanship, particularly alabaster carvings. The walled mountaintop town’s history dates to before the 7th century BC and contains structures from the Etruscan, Roman and Medieval periods. Afterward, have time to stroll around and enjoy an independent lunch before continuing to the unique medieval walled town of Monteriggioni. Afterward, venture into Chianti to your amazing rural retreat.

Hotel: Castel Monastero Resort & Spa or similar, 3 nights

Day 5: Chianti retreat – Greve in Chianti – Castello di Brolio – Chianti retreat

Commence your Chianti experience with a visit to Greve in Chianti that was settled well before the Etruscans. The town is one of the main towns in Chianti and is known for its triangular shaped main piazza and Franciscan monastery. Continue for a scrumptious lunch and tasting on a picturesque Chianti winery before returning to your hotel via a short visit to the gardens of Castello di Brolio.

Day 6: Chianti retreat – Radda in Chianti – Gaiole in Chianti – Castellina in Chianti – Chianti retreat

Enjoy the pleasure of a late morning start before visiting the delightful medieval town of Radda in Chianti. Located up on a hill and blessed with panoramic views, enjoy time to wander around and have an independent lunch before continuing to nearby Castello di Meleto for a castle tour and wine tasting on grounds surrounded by vines. Afterward, enjoy dinner in a local restaurant in the endearing Castellina in Chianti.

Day 7: Siena – San Gimignano – Monteriggioni – Siena

Visit the multi-towered town of San Gimignano; a 12th century Romanesque church with famous frescoes; and the Piazza del Duomo that houses the Museo Civico and Palazzo del Popolo. Enjoy time to explore the town at your leisure including perhaps, climbing the stairs of one of the towers for a fantastic view. In the early afternoon, depart for Siena, with its maze of narrow streets and alleys converging onto one of Europe’s most famous squares, the Piazza del Campo.

Hotel: Grand Hotel Continental or similar, 2 nights

Day 8: Siena

This morning, enjoy a privately guided walking tour of Siena’s historic centre, declared a World Heritage Site for its preserved gothic appearance dating from the 12th to 15th century. The tour includes an explanation of Siena’s Contrade or family districts that have existed since the Middle Ages, as well as visits to Siena Cathedral and Piazza del Campo, that hosts the twice yearly Palio horse race. The afternoon is at leisure to wander the cobbled streets of this amazing town.

Day 9: Siena – Pienza – Montalcino

Travel into the inspiring and amazing Val d’Orcia, a region of Tuscany characterised by gentle cultivated hills, gullies and picturesque villages that have inspired painters through the ages and which is listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site for its cultural landscape. Visit Pienza, another UNESCO World Heritage Site. Afterward, continue to the world’s most enchanting wine region for lunch and wine tasting at a renowned vineyard. Finish with a brief visit to the town of Montalcino and nearby Abbey of Sant’Antimo before checking into your wonderful retreat.

Hotel: Castel Porrona Relais or similar, 2 nights

Day 10: Montalcino – Pitigliano – Sorano – Montalcino

Visit two of Italy’s most picturesque villages Pitigliano and Sorano, in the south of Tuscany close to the border with Lazio. Both towns are built into ‘tuff’ bedrock that formed into steep hills from volcanic ash. Enjoy time to stroll both towns before returning to your hotel.

Day 11: Tuscan retreat – Florence

IIf not continuing with us in Florence, Cinque Terre or to the Amalfi Coast, return to Florence airport, train station for your ongoing journey.

2020 Dates & PricesTwin ShareSolo Traveller
May: 29$6,990.00$10,390.00
July: 09, 31$6,990.00$10,390.00
August: 28$6,990.00$10,390.00
Inclusions 
Meals: 10 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 1 dinner
Transport: Airport Transfers & Deluxe VIP transport
Accommodation: 10 nights accommodation
Guide: Experienced Tour Leader
Entrance Fees & Touring:Entrance fees & activities as per itinerary

* Tour departure dates are subject to availability at time of booking.
* Prices and itinerary are correct at time of publication and are subject to change without notice.

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Piedmont: Food, Wine & Truffles

Satisfy your culinary cravings with delicious truffle infused cuisine, paired with the finest Barolo and Barbaresco wines in an idyllic setting, amidst rolling plains, mountainous green hills and the Alps. This is Piedmont, which boasts one of Italy’s finest winegrowing regions, contains the UNESCO World Heritage Listed Langhe area, produces the world-famous Alba white truffle and is at the centre of the Slow Food movement. Throughout this culinary discovery, partake in a local wine appreciation lesson from a master sommelier; experience the thrill of a truffle hunt; visit an aged cheese producer; shop at a local market and partake in a cooking class; visit the picturesque towns of Alba and Barolo; relax in two magnificent rural retreats; and indulge in food, wine and truffles at wineries and a Michelin star restaurant.

Planning your holiday is easy, and speak to your friendly Consultant.

Day 1: Milan

Welcome to Milan for the upcoming regional discovery of nearby Piedmont. Transfer to your hotel and enjoy the day at leisure in readiness for tomorrow’s departure.

Hotel: Hotel Galleria Vik Milano or similar

Day 2: Milan – Costiglione d’Asti – Benevello retreat

After breakfast, depart for Piedmont, Italy’s picturesque region of mountains and valleys, overrun with vineyards, castles and incredible cuisine. Our regional discovery begins with a thrilling truffle hunt with hunting dog on a family property that has been passed down through generations. Unlock the mystery and allure of the truffle and enjoy the find with a light lunch, paired with local sparkling Asti wine. Afterward, continue through Langhe, a UNESCO World Heritage listed area to check into an amazing rural retreat. Freshen up and relax before embarking on a late afternoon wine appreciation masterclass and tasting with a sommelier. Once the seat of the Savoy Empire, Piedmont is known for Barolo and Barbaresco, the wine of kings and queens made from the Nebbiolo grape, that are among the most coveted wines in the world. The evening is yours to relax at this rural paradise.

Hotel: Relais Villa d’Amelia or similar, 2 nights

Day 3: Benevello retreat – Bra – Barolo – Benevello retreat

Visit a family cheese business established in Bra in the 1920’s and learn the secret of aging to reflect the tradition of the territory. Enjoy a cheese sampling before venturing into Barolo for a tasting and lunch on a winery overlooking the vines. In the afternoon, enjoy time to explore the town of Barolo, the namesake city for the ‘king of wines and the wine of kings’, before returning to the hotel to relax and freshen up before a magnificent 3-course dinner and pairing in Chef Damiano Nigro’s one star Michelin restaurant.

Day 4: Benevello retreat – Alba – Barbaresco – Gavi retreat

EEnjoy a guided tour of Alba, considered the capital of Langhe and formerly known as the city with a hundred towers. The town features the Romanesque Alba Cathedral, dating to the 12th century, and is home to the world-renowned Ferrero confectionery company. Afterward, enjoy time for self-discovery and independent lunch which may include the famed 3 star Michelin restaurant, Piazza Duomo. In the afternoon, venture to a Barbaresco winery for a tasting and an incredible view of the Barbaresco Cru hills, before continuing to Gavi to check into another amazing retreat. In the evening, visit the properties impressive cellar before enjoying a degustation dinner in its fantastic restaurant.

Hotel: Villa Sparina or similar, 2 nights

Day 5: Gavi retreat

Visit the market to source your fresh ingredients for a special cooking class and learn the culinary secrets of select local dishes. Afterward, enjoy the fruits of your labour with a celebratory closing tour lunch. The afternoon is yours to relax at the hotel or perhaps walk or cycle to nearby wineries.

Day 6: Gavi retreat – Milan

After breakfast, return to Milan for your ongoing journey or possibly head south to Liguria’s Cinque Terre coastline or to Tuscany.

2020 Dates & PricesTwin ShareSolo Traveller
May: 24$4,390.00$6,390.00
June: 07$4,390.00$6,390.00
July: 04, 26$3,990.00$5,990.00
August: 23$4,390.00$6,390.00
September: 13$4,390.00$6,390.00
Inclusions 
Meals: 5 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 2 dinners
Transport: Airport Transfers & Deluxe VIP transport
Accommodation: 5 nights accommodation
Guide: Experienced Tour Leader
Entrance Fees & Touring:Entrance fees & activities as per itinerary

* Tour departure dates are subject to availability at time of booking.
* Prices and itinerary are correct at time of publication and are subject to change without notice.

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The Long White Cloud

This expedition will invite you to become immersed in ancient Maori culture, and some of the planet’s most pristine wilderness. Be awed as you traverse New Zealand’s North and South Islands, from the hot pools of Franz Josef, an exclusive TreadRight experience in Rotorua, to the brave depths of Queenstown, the adventure capital. Explore extraordinary landscapes and ancient heritage, as you encounter exhilarating New Zealand as few have seen it before.

Planning your holiday is easy, and speak to your friendly Consultant.

Day 1: Welcome to Christchurch

On arrival at Christchurch Airport you’ll be driven by private car to your hotel. Spend some time at leisure to relax or explore on your own. Perhaps visit the Christchurch Botanical Garden or take a ride on the Christchurch Tram. In the evening meet your Journey Director for a Welcome Reception.

Hotel: Hotel Montreal

Day 2: Christchurch – TranzAlpine – Franz Josef

It’s all aboard the TranzAlpine train. Rated as one of the world’s great scenic railway journeys, you’ll travel in comfort across the Canterbury Plains through to the Southern Alps. From Arthur’s Pass, visit the small town of Hokitika, the heritage and cultural centre of the West Coast, to learn about the importance of Pounamu, better known as jade or greenstone. Later we continue to Franz Josef. Your eco-friendly accommodation is set amid native bush, with an emphasis on relaxation and rejuvenation. This evening, why not enjoy Franz Josef’s local geothermal hot pools or perhaps a massage

Hotel: Te Waonui Forest Retreat, 2 nights

Day 3: Franz Josef Glacier

After a relaxed start we explore this area, where a local guide explains the history behind the mighty Franz Josef Glacier.

Day 4: Franz Josef – Arrowtown – Queenstown

This morning it’s time for an adventure as we journey down the Haast River in a purpose built, fully enclosed river jet boat. After a lunch stop at Makarora then travel on to Arrowtown where there is time to explore this historic gold-mining village on the Arrow River. Continue to Queenstown for an orientation tour. Tonight, dinner is included at your hotel.

Hotel: Hotel St Moritz, 3 nights

Day 5: Queenstown at Leisure

Enjoy Queenstown your way! Perhaps join a wine tour and taste some of Central Otago’s world-renowned Pinot Noir or view The Lord of the Rings film locations on a scenic tour of Queenstown and Glenorchy. Tonight, you can dine at one of the local restaurants along the waterfront in town or simply relax at your hotel.

Day 6: Queenstown at Leisure

Make the most of your extended stay in Queenstown. Why not sit back and enjoy a peaceful cruise across Lake Wakatipu aboard New Zealand’s oldest steamship, the TSS Earnslaw to Walter Peak Station, take a jet boat ride down the mighty Shotover River. Or simply relax, shop or enjoy time at one of the many cafés and restaurants while soaking up the alpine views. Tonight, enjoy a Local Dining Experience in one of Queenstown’s most exclusive restaurants.

Day 7: Queenstown – Te Anau – Milford Sound

Travel south along the shores of Lake Wakatipu to Te Anau on the shores of the South Island’s largest lake. Later you’ll travel through the rainforest of the UNESCO-listed World Heritage site of Fiordland National Park, sighting glaciers and mountain ranges onto the amazing Mirror Lake before driving through the hand-hewn Homer Tunnel. Tonight, stay at the magical Milford Sound Lodge, with views of the Cleddau Valley.

Hotel: Milford Sound Lodge, 2 nights

Day 8: Milford Sound

Wake up to the startling beauty of Milford Sound. This morning, explore a section of the famous Milford Track on an easy going half day guided walk. This place is steeped in rich history and stories, the flora and fauna are unique and special. This afternoon aboard the Southern Discoveries vessel sit back and relax as a specialist nature guide introduces you to the natural wonders of Milford Sound often called the ‘eighth natural wonder of the world’.

Day 9: Milford Sound – Gore – Dunedin

We leave the majestic Fiordland National Park for the fertile sheep-dotted pastures of South Otago. Travel through Te Anau known for its beautiful lake and on to the country musical town of Gore for lunchtime, before arriving in Dunedin, New Zealand’s southernmost city. Enjoy dinner tonight at Parcels Restaurant at your hotel.

Hotel: Distinction Dunedin Hotel, 2 nights

Day 10: Dunedin

Enjoy a relaxed start this morning, before taking a guided tour oat Emerson’s Brewery, sample the tasty craft beer before an afternoon at leisure. Relax or continue exploring Dunedin as you wish. Perhaps ride the historic Tairei Gorge Railway or take a wildlife cruise of the Otago Pennisula.

Day 11: Dunedin – Omarau – Timaru – Christchurch

Travel up the east coast of the South Island via Oamaru and Timaru. On arrival in Christchurch embark on a sightseeing tour of the city to learn about its rebirth after the devastating 2011 earthquake.

Hotel: Hotel Montreal

Day 12: Christchurch – Kaikoura – Wellington

Travel up the rugged Pacific Ocean coast this morning to Kaikoura, where sperm whales can often be seen not far from shore. Pass the pink tinged crystallisation ponds of the Lake Grassmere Salt Works, then travel to pretty seaside fishing village of Picton. Later cruise Queen Charlotte Sound and cross the Cook Strait to the North Island. On arrival in Wellington embark on a city orientation tour. Tonight, enjoy dinner at your hotel.

Hotel: Sofitel Wellington, 2 nights

Day 13: Wellington at Leisure

Today see Wellington your way! Perhaps visit Weta Workshop, home to the creative wizards behind ‘The Lord of the Rings’ and ‘The Hobbit’ trilogies or learn about New Zealand history and culture on a visit to Te Papa – Museum of New Zealand. Your Journey Director can assist in booking your optional experience.

Day 14: Wellington – Hawke’s Bay

Continue north today, travelling through the dairy farming land of Manawatu to Napier in Hawkes Bay. Tonight, enjoy dinner with wine matching at Craggy Range Winery, one of the regions world famous wineries situated in the shadow of the spectacular Te Mata Peak.

Hotel: Porters Boutique Hotel, 2 nights

Day 15: Napier

Enjoy a relaxed start before we venture out to explore the Hawkes Bay region. Relive the glamour and style of the jazz era with a luxurious vintage car tour. Your driver will provide a fascinating commentary as you are driven in style, through Art Deco Napier and surrounding areas. You’ll learn about the earthquake that destroyed the city, hear stories of the people that led the rebuild, and discover the Art Deco style. Tonight, enjoy dinner at your hotel.

Day 16: Hawke’s Bay – Rotorua

Enjoy a leisurely start before continuing the journey to Rotorua. This afternoon visit Waimangu Volcanic Valley where you will connect with the beating heart of the world’s youngest geothermal valley, it’s unique history and legacy. Along the guided walk you’ll experience geothermal activity, hot springs, volcanic craters, nature and wildlife. Followed by a relaxing 45-minute cruise around the tranquil waters of Lake Rotomahana see stunning geothermal activity only accessible by boat as well as rare native birdlife. Immerse in the stories of the Mt Tarawera volcanic eruption and the resulting dramatic landscape changes that created this amazing part of the world.

Hotel: Pullman Rotorua, 2 nights

Day 17: Rotorua

Ascending to the breathtaking Redwoods Treewalk, enjoy an elevated bird’s eye view of the 115-year-old redwood giants and the beautiful surrounds of the forest from a unique perspective. Next stop is Rainbow Springs Nature Park for a behind the scenes look at the National Kiwi Hatchery. Tonight, an evening of culture, history and scrumptious food awaits you at Tamaki Maori Village. Wander through the ancient forest village and learn about Maori art forms and traditions, followed by a cultural performance. Experience an authentic Maori Hangi meal, steamed underground in the traditional way.

Day 18: Rotorua – Auckland

Begin your day with a dazzling show during an exclusive five-star Eco Glow Worm experience at Caveworld Waitomo. Your guide sets the scene for a cave experience where you will see glow worms, cave formations and appreciate the beauty of Footwhistle Cave. Later, travel through the dairy farming district of Waikato, and onto Auckland. Tonight, Toast your trip together tonight at a Celebration Dinner.

Hotel: Sofitel Auckland Viaduct Harbour

Day 19: Farewell from Auckland

Say farewell to your fellow travellers as your Inspiring Journey comes to an end and we transfer you to Auckland Airport for your onward flight.

2021 Dates & PricesTwin ShareSolo Traveller
January: 11, 25$12,150.00$16,665.00
February: 01, 08$12,150.00$16,665.00
March: 01, 08, 15, 22$12,150.00$16,665.00
October: 11$12,435.00$16,910.00
November: 08$12,435.00$16,910.00
December: 06$12,435.00$16,910.00
Inclusions 
Meals: 18 breakfasts, 1 lunch, 12 dinners
Transport:Private Airport Transfers & Travel by luxury coach
Rail:Journey over the Southern Alps on the TranzAlpine Train
Accommodation: 18 nights accommodation
Guide: Expert Travel Director and/or Driver Guide
Entrance Fees & Touring:Entrance fees & activities as per itinerary

* Tour departure dates are subject to availability at time of booking.
* Prices and itinerary are correct at time of publication and are subject to change without notice.

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Croatia & The Dalmatian Coast

Golden-roofed towns and pristine national parks; tranquil islands lapped by turquoise waters; ancient sites and time-honoured traditions. Our South Croatia tour takes in all this and more, inviting you to discover one of Europe’s most enticing destinations.

Planning your holiday is easy, and speak to your friendly Consultant.

Day 1: Trogir – Split – Trogir

We’ll start our tour in Split, a UNESCO World Heritage-listed city beside the azure Adriatic. Here, our trail will take us into the white walls of Diocletian’s Palace, a vast fortress filled with centuries of history. We’ll also take in the Grgur Ninski Statue and the Cathedral and Bell Tower of St Domnius before moving on to Trogir – where we’ll embark on a tour of the historic town centre with a local guide. To finish our first day, we’ll take a seat at a local restaurant for an authentic meal (and warm Croatian welcome).

Hotel: Pasike Hotel or similar, 2 nights

Day 2: Trogir – Krka National Park – Trogir

This morning will see us seeking the crystalline lakes and energetic rivers of Krka National Park before we move on to a hidden treasure: the Bibich Winery. At this small, family-owned establishment we’ll learn the history of winemaking in the region – while being treated to local wines and gourmet tapas. After that, we’ll round off the day with some free time to relax back in Trogir.

Day 3: Trogir – Korcula

Today we’ll say goodbye to Trogir and move on to Split, where we’ll catch the ferry to Korcula – an island that’s reputed to be the birthplace of Marco Polo. After checking into our hotel, we’ll get our bearings on a walk through the Old Town. Then: time to hone those culinary skills! An included cookery class and dinner are on the agenda.

Hotel: Hotel Korcula De La Ville or similar, 2 nights

Day 4: Korcula

Today you’re free to explore Korcula as you wish. Lounge at a nearby beach, or find a café and get to know the local cuisine – and if you’re in the mood for exploration, you can even hop aboard a taxi boat to the tiny island of Vrnik.

Day 5: Korcula – Peljesac Peninsula – Kotor

After bidding farewell to Korcula, we’ll set sail to the nearby Peljesac Peninsula – a hotspot for winemaking since the days of the Roman Empire. We’ll savour the fruits of this ancient tradition on a tour of a local winery before leaving Croatia for Montenegro. Kotor Bay is a soul-stirring sight – and at the centre lies UNESCO World Heritage-listed Kotor town, seemingly untouched by time.

Hotel: Hotel Vardar or similar, 2 nights

Day 6: Kotor

First today: a walking tour of Kotor with a local guide. Old Kotor was built like a maze for protective purposes – and it’s very easy to get lost here! When the tour is over, we’ll continue to UNESCO-protected Perast for an insight into the area’s history. Then: time to take to the water! A boat will carry us to Our Lady of the Rocks – a small church on an manmade island. After hearing the legend behind the church, we’ll return to Kotor – where you’ll be free to spend the rest of the afternoon as you please.

Day 7: Kotor – Lovcen National Park – Dubrovnik

Today it’s back on the road (taking the scenic route, of course) as we make our way to the picturesque Lovcen National Park – which boasts incredible views across Montenegro. After stopping for a delicious lunch at a restaurant in the charming village of Njeguši, we’ll move on to Dubrovnik – where the evening will be yours to hunt down more local fare, explore the city’s cobbled streets or simply put your feet up and relax at the hotel.

Hotel: Mor Hotel or similar, 2 nights

Day 8: Dubrovnik

Today’s guided tour of Dubrovnik will see us strolling through the Old Town, where we’ll see the likes of the Franciscan Monastery, Sponza Palace, the Cathedral of Our Lady and the Old Port. If the weather is on our side, we’ll take the opportunity to climb the spectacular Mt Srd on a cable car ride. Later on, we’ll come together for one last included dinner to toast the end of our trip.

Day 9: Dubrovnik- Mali Ston – Trsteno -Dubrovnik

Before we say goodbye, there’s still plenty of time to round things off with a visit to the beautiful Trsteno Arboretum (one of the filming locations featured in Game of Thrones). After tucking into lunch at a local oyster farm, we’ll return to Dubrovnik – where the tour will end.

2020 Dates & PricesTwin ShareSolo Traveller
March: 23$3,999.00$4,799.00
March: 30$4,099.00$5,129.00
April: 20$4,099.00$5,129.00
May: 06, 11, 18$4,389.00$5,709.00
June: 03, 17$4,389.00$5,709.00
June: 29$4,099.00$5,129.00
July: 06$4,099.00$5,129.00
August: 03, 19$4,099.00$5,129.00
August: 24$4,389.00$5,709.00
September: 02, 09, 16, 21$4,389.00$5,709.00
September: 30$4,099.00$5,129.00
October: 12, 19$4,099.00$5,129.00
November: 02$3,999.00$4,799.00

Inclusions 
Meals: 8 breakfasts, 2 lunches, 4 dinners
Transport: Premium Mini-Coach Transportation & Ferry Crossing: Split - Korcula - Orebic
Ferry: Ferry Crossing: Split - Korcula - Peljesac Peninsula
Accommodation: 8 nights boutique accommodation
Guide: Experienced Driver & Tour Leader
Entrance Fees & Touring:Entrance fees & activities as per itinerary

* Tour departure dates are subject to availability at time of booking.
* Prices and itinerary are correct at time of publication and are subject to change without notice.

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Paris to Nice through Vineyards & Mountains

Glasses glinting with bubbles and rich red wines; windows that open out on soaring mountain ranges; charming villages and fragrant fields of flowers. Join us on a voyage through quintessential France – and discover the history, cuisine and landscapes that make this beautiful country unique.

Planning your holiday is easy, and speak to your friendly Consultant.

Day 1: Paris – Reims – Troyes

After meeting the group amidst the hustle and bustle of Paris, we’ll begin our journey. Our first stop? The picturesque Champagne region, where we’ll be treated to a delicious champagne tasting at a vineyard that used to belong to premium champagne house Veuve Clicquot. Then: we’ll tour the impressive Reims Cathedral before moving on to Troyes. Tonight, we’ll celebrate our first night together with a welcome dinner.

Hotel: To be advised, 2 nights

Day 2: Troyes – Bayel – Troyes

On the agenda today: a walking tour of Troyes with a local guide. After taking the opportunity to visit the bustling market, we’ll move on to Bayel – where we’ve an appointment to keep at the Crystal Museum. Here, we’ll learn about the history of glass and crystal – from antiquity until the present day – as well as being treated to a glass blowing demonstration. Back in Troyes, the evening will be yours to spend as you please.

Day 3: Troyes – Chablis – Beaune

Day three of the trip will see us sampling more world-class local produce, as we swap fizz for the dry white wines of Chablis. After that, the afternoon will bring us to Beaune – where you’ll have plenty of time to explore the city’s famous Gothic architecture before we reconvene for a sumptuous included dinner.

Hotel: Hôtel de la Paix or similar, 2 nights

Day 4: Beaune

Today we’ll spend some more time in the beating heart of the Burgundy wine region, with a visit to the Hospices de Beaune. Originally founded as a hospital for the poor by the Chancellor of Burgundy back in 1443, this unique building is now a museum – and an exceptional example of fifteenth-century French architecture. And then? The rest of the day is yours for the taking!

Day 5: Beaune – Chambéry

After breakfast, we’ll leave Beaune behind and set our sights on Chambéry – but first, we’ll stop off at the family-owned Château de la Greffière for a delicious picnic (filled with local produce, of course). After taking in the marvellous views of the surrounding vineyards over lunch, we’ll be lucky enough to take a closer look at them on a guided tour – with an included wine tasting session to boot.

Hotel: Hôtel des Princes or similar, 2 nights

Day 6: Chambéry – Annecy – Chambéry

We’ll check off a tour highlight on day six: the postcard-perfect alpine town of Annecy. Known for its Old Town, canals that rival those of Venice, the magnificent Lake Annecy, candy-coloured houses and cobbled streets, this lovely town is a must-visit while passing through southeastern France. Also on the cards today: a visit to a fromagerie, where we’ll learn everything there is to know about the local cheese ripening process – a tradition that’s been passed down from generation to generation. After visiting the cheese cellars, we’ll have the chance to taste a sample or two.

Day 7: Chambéry – Chabrillan

We’ll have the chance to sample more tasty local produce today at a Chartreuse cellar and distillery. Did you know? The famous French liqueur has been produced by Carthusian Monks since 1737, and is infused with an array of plants, herbs and flowers. Later on, we’ll set a course for the picturesque Vercors region – an area famous for its spectacularly rugged plateaux and towering mountains.

Hotel: Auberge de la Plaine or similar

Day 8: Chabrillan – Sisteron – Forcalquier

Today alpine slopes will give way to rugged hills and wildflower meadows as we travel to Sisteron – where we’ll stop to take in the views from the Citadel. Our final stop of the day will be Forcalquier, where we’ll round off the evening in style: with a farewell dinner to remember.

Hotel: Hotel Charembeau (or similar)

Day 9: Forcalquier – Entrevaux – Nice

The last day of the tour will take us deeper into exquisite Provençal countryside as we press on to Entrevaux – one of the most beautiful villages in France. Then, it’s onwards to the elite resort and shining capital of the French Riviera: Nice. After all, there’s no better place to end our journey than alongside the clear waters of the Côte d’Azur!

2020 Dates & PricesTwin ShareSolo Traveller
April: 24$4,569.00$5,939.00
May: 15, 29$4,569.00$5,939.00
June: 12$4,569.00$5,939.00
June: 26$4,349.00$5,219.00
July: 03, 17$4,349.00$5,219.00
August: 21$4,349.00$5,219.00
August: 28$4,569.00$5,939.00
September: 04, 18$4,569.00$5,939.00
October: 02$4,349.00$5,219.00

Inclusions 
Meals: 8 breakfasts, 2 lunches, 5 dinners
Transport: Premium Mini-coach transportation
Accommodation: 8 nights boutique accommodation
Guide: Experienced Back-Roads Driver and Tour Leader
Entrance Fees & Touring:Entrance fees & activities as per itinerary

* Tour departure dates are subject to availability at time of booking.
* Prices and itinerary are correct at time of publication and are subject to change without notice.

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Jewels of South West France

Delicious oysters. Exquisite wines. Take time to savour the finer things in life on this journey of discovery through Southwest France. Starting in Bordeaux (just a two-hour train journey from Paris), we’ll seek out the region’s gastronomic gems and treasured vineyards – travelling over soaring mountains, along the Atlantic coast, and into enchanting castles and otherworldly caves as we go.

Planning your holiday is easy, and speak to your friendly Consultant.

Day 1: Bordeaux – Arcachon Bay – Biarritz

Where better to begin our journey than Bordeaux? After meeting the group, we’ll move on to Atlantic Ocean-fringed Arcachon Bay, where we’ll get our first taste of coastal cuisine with fresh oysters and a glass of local wine from one of the port’s traditional cabins. We’ll then stop to see the Great Dune of Pilat – Europe’s highest sand dune, with panoramic views over the bay. Then: to round off our first day, we’ll gather together in Biarritz for a welcome dinner.

Hotel: Hôtel Georges VI or similar, 2 nights

Day 2: Biarritz – Bayonne – Biarritz

Today we’ve a full day to spend taking in the beauty of the French Basque Country. First, we’ll indulge our cultural sides in Bayonne – an art and history hub just a short drive away from Biarritz. While we’re here, we’ll discover a local family business going back three generations at the Bayonne Ham Museum – where we’ll indulge in a ham tasting before returning to the hotel for an afternoon of leisure time.

Day 3: Biarritz – Lourdes – Midi-Pyrenees

Today we’ll turn to the east – and (briefly) on to beautiful Pau. We’ll then travel through the Midi-Pyrénées region (along roads made famous by the Tour de France), pausing en route at the spiritual town of Lourdes – where we’ll see the likes of the Sanctuaires Notre-Dame de Lourdes and the Massabielle Grotto. In keeping with the spirit of our surroundings, we’ll check into comfortable rustic accommodation before tucking into this evening’s dinner.

Hotel: Hostellerie des Cèdres or similar

Day 4: Midi-Pyrenees – Cathare Country – Carcassonne

Following the trail of knights, we’ll continue our own crusade through the Midi-Pyrénées and past picture-perfect bastides. In Cathar country, we’ll visit a local winery and enjoy a glass of the region’s speciality – a sparkling Blanquette. Our final stop of the day will be medieval Carcassonne, where we’ll enjoy an included dinner together before resting our heads in our hotel – one of only two that lie within the old city walls.

Hotel: Hôtel Le Donjon or similar, 2 nights

Day 5: Carcassonne

Today you’ll be free to discover Carcassonne’s chivalric secrets at your own pace. From the alleys, passageways and 52 towers of the UNESCO-listed medieval citadel (which dates back two millennia) to the Château Comtal and its ramparts, there’s plenty to keep you occupied.

Day 6: Carcassonne – Albi

Today we’ll leave the stronghold of Carcassonne behind and make tracks to the ‘red city’ of Albi. Here, we’ll get our bearings on a walking tour – stopping off at the Toulouse-Lautrec Museum on the way. Set within the Palais de la Berbie, this fascinating museum houses the largest public collection in the world devoted to the Albi painter.

Hotel: Hostellerie Saint-Antoine or similar

Day 7: Albi – Sarlat

This morning we’ll take to the water for a cruise on the River Lot in a traditional wooden gabare boat – enjoying unrivalled views of the clifftop village of Saint-Cirq-Lapopie (recently voted ‘France’s favourite village’) as we go. Later, we’ll move on to Sarlat – one of the most beautiful towns in the Dordogne.

Hotel: Grand Hôtel de Sarlat or similar, 3 nights

Day 8: Sarlat – Beynac-et-Cazenac – Sarlat

On the itinerary today: a stroll through stunning Sarlat, followed by a delightful visit to the riverside town of Beynac-et-Cazenac and its magnificently well-preserved medieval château – which has kept watch over the Dordogne from its clipptop position for nine centuries. Afterwards, we’ll return to Sarlat for dinner.

Day 9: Sarlat – Vezere Valley – Sarlat

Today our travels through the Dordogne will take in the prehistoric paintings of the UNESCO-protected Lascaux Cave – which was discovered when it was happened upon by a group of teenagers back in 1940. After a stop at pretty Les Eyzies village, we’ll follow the ‘Royal Road’, winding between craggy rocks and flowing rivers until we get to a local truffle farm – where local guides will give us an exclusive lesson in seeking out the rare delicacies. Tonight, we’ll come together for one last farewell dinner.

Day 10 – Sarlat – Saint-Emilion – Bordeaux

We’ll spend the final day of our tour in historic Saint-Émilion, a village perched above beautiful rolling countryside and countless vineyards. Here, we’ll have the chance to sample some of the region’s ‘heavy reds’ and say a final santé. We’ll then return to Bordeaux, where our tour will end.

2020 Dates & PricesTwin ShareSolo Traveller
May: 13, 20$5,099.00$6,629.00
June: 10$5,099.00$6,629.00
June: 24$5,009.00$6,629.00
July: 01$5,009.00$6,629.00
August: 19$5,009.00$6,629.00
August: 26$5,099.00$6,629.00
September: 10, 17$5,099.00$6,629.00
September: 24$5,009.00$6,629.00
October: 07$5,009.00$5,459.00

Inclusions 
Meals: 9 Breakfasts, 1 Lunch, 4 Dinners
Transport: Premium Mini-coach transportation
Accommodation: 9 nights boutique accommodation
Guide: Experienced Back-Roads Driver and Tour Leader
Entrance Fees & Touring:Entrance fees & activities as per itinerary

* Tour departure dates are subject to availability at time of booking.
* Prices and itinerary are correct at time of publication and are subject to change without notice.

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Provence & The French Riviera

Glamour, picturesque villages and stunning mountain scenery: this tour through the French Riviera and Provence is sure to impress with its diversity and dramatic beauty! Join us as we experience the luxury of the French Riviera, marvel at the architecture of Avignon and venture into the mighty Gorges du Verdon – soaking up some fascinating history along the way.

Planning your holiday is easy, and speak to your friendly Consultant.

Day 1: Nice – Antibes – Vence

After meeting the group in Nice, our first stop will be Antibes – where we’ll take some time to stroll the picturesque old port. Then, it’s onwards to Saint-Paul-de-Vence, one of the region’s older medieval towns, where we’ll enjoy a guided tour of the light-filled Chapelle du Rosaire de Vence: a chapel that was built from a plan created by the legendary Henri Matisse. Later on, a welcome dinner awaits us in the Provence region.

Hotel: Château de la Bégude or similar

Day 2: Vence – Grasse – Aix-En-Provence

Nestled in the hills north of Cannes, Grasse is where world-class perfumes are created – so it’s only fitting that we stop in at the Fragonard Museum, where we’ll treat our senses to some beautiful fragrances. Then: onwards to Aix-en-Provence, passing through plenty of quintessential Provençal villages along the way.

Hotel: Hôtel Le Calendal or similar

Day 3: Aix-En-Provence – Arles

On day three, we’ll have the chance to learn more about a centuries-old French tradition – delightful santons figurines – at the Santons Museum. Then, after stopping off in some classic Provençal villages and towns, we’ll move on to Arles – a city that’s famous as the inspiration behind Van Gogh’s paintings – for a delicious included dinner.

Hotel: Hôtel Le Calendal or similar, 2 nights

Day 4: Arles

Today, Arles is yours for the taking – so why not seize the opportunity to uncover thousands of years of local history and culture? City highlights include the Arles Amphitheatre, the Church of St Trophime, the Langlois Bridge and the Vincent van Gogh Foundation.

Day 5: Arles – Les Baux-De-Provence – Saint-Rémy-De-Provence

First today: a stop at the famous Les Baux-de-Provence (which is renowned for its Les Baux stone), where we’ll see an extraordinary multimedia art show. Then: it’s onwards to a local olive farm, where we’ll make the most of our glorious surrounds by tucking into a delicious picnic together. We’ll even have the chance to taste some of the farm’s olive produce, too. Appetites satisfied, we’ll make tracks to Saint-Rémy-de-Provence, where a visit to the impressive Saint Paul de Mausole Monastery is lined up for us. Vincent van Gogh lived here from 1889 to 1890 – and in the Van Gogh Field, you’ll have the opportunity to see 20 large-scale reproductions of his work.

Hotel: Hôtel Sous les Figuiers or similar, 2 nights

Day 6: Saint-Rémy-De-Provence – Pont Du Gard – Avignon – Saint-Rémy-De-Provence

First today, we’ll pay a visit to the iconic Pont du Gard – an ancient Roman aqueduct with no fewer than three tiers of archways. And this afternoon? We’ll stop off in Avignon, where we’ll visit the Palace of the Popes, before moving on to a local winery –where we’ll visit the wine cellar and learn more about Châteauneuf-du-Pape and Côtes-du-Rhône wines (and indulge in a tasting session). Tonight, we’ll dine together back in Saint-Rémy-de-Provence.

Day 7: Saint-Rémy-De-Provence – Tourtour

First today: one of our tour highlights! This morning we’ll visit the idyllic Sénanque Abbey, where we’ll meet the monks and take some time to enjoy the calming atmosphere and picturesque surrounds. After that, we’ll move on to the fascinating L’Occitane-en-Provence factory in Manosque, where we’ll step inside the museum and blooming gardens. After a sweet-smelling sensory experience, we’ll set a course through the villages of Luberon to beautiful Tourtour: an amber-stoned town filled with delightful cobbled lanes and boutique shops.

Hotel: La Bastide de Tourtour or similar, 2 nights

Day 8: Tourtour – Gorges Du Verdon – Tourtour

Onwards to the spectacular Gorges du Verdon – the jewel in the region’s crown. Picture this: steep cliff sides, whitewater rapids and turquoise-coloured water. No wonder they call it the ‘Grand Canyon of Europe’! When we return to Tourtour, we’ll come together for one last dinner at a local restaurant. What better way to round off the trip with a bang?

Day 9: Tourtour – Castellane – Nice

Onwards to the spectacular Gorges du Verdon – the jewel in the region’s crown. Picture this: steep cliff sides, whitewater rapids and turquoise-coloured water. No wonder they call it the ‘Grand Canyon of Europe’! When we return to Tourtour, we’ll come together for one last dinner at a local restaurant. What better way to round off the trip with a bang?

2020 Dates & PricesTwin ShareSolo Traveller
May: 11, 25$5,039.00$6,559.00
June: 22$5,039.00$6,559.00
July: 20$4,909.00$6,139.00
September: 07, 21$5,039.00$6,559.00
October: 05$4,909.00$6,139.00

Inclusions 
Meals: 8 breakfasts, 1 picnic lunch, 4 dinners
Transport: Premium Mini-coach transportation
Accommodation: 8 nights boutique accommodation
Guide: Experienced Back-Roads Tour Leader and Driver
Entrance Fees & Touring:Entrance fees & activities as per itinerary

* Tour departure dates are subject to availability at time of booking.
* Prices and itinerary are correct at time of publication and are subject to change without notice.

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Tuscan Treats

A rich tapestry of idyllic countryside and ancient towns, beautiful architecture and delectable food. On our Tuscan Treats Tour you’ll seek out world-renowned treasures and hidden gems, turn into a culinary connoisseur and fall head over heels for this exquisite Italian region.

Planning your holiday is easy, and speak to your friendly Consultant.

Day 1: Florence – Lucca

Our introduction to Italy will begin with an in-depth guided tour of Florence before we set a course for leafy Lucca – where cobbled streets, red-roofed buildings, fascinating history and fine architecture await us. We’ll discover what lies beyond the city walls before coming together for a delicious welcome dinner at a local osteria.

Hotel: Albergo San Martino or similar, 2 nights

Day 2: Lucca – Cinque Terre – Lucca

A rocky coastline, romantic candy-coloured villages… We must be in the Italian Riviera! After winding our way along this sublime stretch of shoreline we’ll find ourselves in Cinque Terre: a UNESCO World Heritage Site (and one of the highlights of our tour). After spending some time getting to know the area, we’ll return to Lucca for the evening.

Day 3: Lucca – Pisa – Volterra

Infamous and impossible to miss, the Leaning Tower of Pisa makes for a staggering first port of call today. After snapping some photographic evidence of our visit, we’ll travel on to Volterra – where you’ll have the chance to look around at your own leisure. Perched on a plateau, this magnificent and mysterious medieval walled town will be our home for the night.

Hotel: Hotel La Locanda or similar

Day 4: Volterra – San Gimignano – Pienza

Today we’ll make tracks to San Gimignano: home to a magnificent piazza, meandering stepped streets and some beautifully preserved architecture. While we’re here, we’ll sample the creations of a master gelato maker at Gelateria Dondoli – before carrying on to Fattoria San Donato for an indulgent wine tasting, complete with bruschetta and local meats. After taking in the town’s head-turning historic centre, we’ll journey onwards to Pienza – with a whistlestop tour of Siena along the way.

Hotel: Relais Il Chiostro di Pienza or similar, 2 nights

Day 5: Pienza

Pienza’s timeless charm and enchanting rural backdrop make it a serene spot to spend this morning. After a walking tour, we’ll sample some handcrafted pecorino cheese and world-class wines at a delightful organic restaurant with sweeping views over the surrounding countryside.

Day 6: Pienza Chianti

Onwards to the delightful Chianti region! Today we’ll make our way through heavenly countryside on our way to a traditional Tuscan country house, where a regional cookery class awaits us. After learning some local recipes from our host, we’ll have the chance to tuck into our creations for lunch. Buon appetito!.

Hotel: Hotel to be advised

Day 7: Chianti– Florence

On the way back to romantic Florence, we’ll stop off at an oil mill for a guided tour, olive oil tasting and light lunch. All in all, it’s a fitting end to a tour celebrating the natural beauty and culinary traditions of Tuscany.

2020 Dates & PricesTwin ShareSolo Traveller
June: 10, 21, 24
$3,149.00$4,099.00
July: 05, 22$3,059.00$3,829.00
August: 05, 23$3,059.00$3,829.00
September: 02, 04, 06, 11, 18, 20, 23$3,149.00$4,099.00
September: 25$3,059.00$3,829.00
October: 09, 18, 25$3,059.00$3,829.00
November: 04, 15$2,899.00$3,479.00
December: 09$2,899.00$3,479.00

Inclusions 
Meals: 6 breakfasts, 2 lunches, 3 dinners
Transport: Premium Mini-coach transportation
Accommodation: 6 nights boutique accommodation
Guide: Experienced Back-Roads Driver and Tour Leader & Local guide in Florence
Entrance Fees & Touring:Entrance fees & activities as per itinerary

* Tour departure dates are subject to availability at time of booking.
* Prices and itinerary are correct at time of publication and are subject to change without notice.

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Secrets of Puglia

The enchanting Italian region of Puglia is famous for its historic cities, quaint fishing villages and (of course) its exquisite cuisine. On this round trip, we’ll delve into the area’s many splendours – from Naples to Martina Franca, Lecce, Gallipoli, Bari and back again – touring historic towns, discovering local traditions and indulging in a wine tasting or two along the way.

Planning your holiday is easy, and speak to your friendly Consultant.

Day 1: Naples – Andria – Martina Franca

After meeting the group in vibrant Naples, we’ll board the mini-coach and hit the road to Andria – where a local expert will reveal how mozzarella and burrata are made. We’ll have the chance to taste both delicious cheeses before we move on to Martina Franca for tonight’s welcome dinner.

Hotel: Relais Villa San Martino or similar, 3 nights

Day 2: Martina Franca – Alberobello – Locorotondo – Martina Franca

Our first stop of the day will be Alberobello – a UNESCO World Heritage site that’s famous for its charming cone-topped trulli. After learning more about the limestone buildings on a walking tour, we’ll move on to the beautiful countryside of Locorotondo – where there’s a wine tasting session in store for us at a local vineyard. After raising a glass or two, we’ll return to Martina Franca for the evening.

Day 3: Martina Franca – Altamura – Matera – Martina Franca

This morning we’ll explore the medieval streets of the quaint town of Altamura with a local guide – with an included bread tasting session at a quaint local bakery to round off our visit. Then: it’s back on the road as we travel onwards to the mesmerising city of Matera. We’ll delve into Matera’s fascinating history on a tour of the ancient Sassi before heading back to the hotel for some relaxation time.

Day 4: Martina Franca – Monopoli – Ostuni – Lecce

Today will begin with a visit to the picturesque seaside town of Monopoli – where we’ll explore the old town centre and harbour on a walking tour. After that, we’ll move on to Ostuni, the ‘White City’. While we’re here, we’ll learn the secrets behind some authentic cookery techniques at a cooking demonstration (and lunch!) in a traditional masseria. After a busy day, we’ll rest our heads in Lecce.

Hotel: Hotel Santa Chiara or similar, 2 nights

Day 5: Lecce – Gallipoli – Lecce

We’ll embark on a guided tour of magnificent Lecce this morning – where we’ll take some time to explore impressive sandstone buildings, hidden piazzas and winding alleyways. Then: onwards to the historic fishing port of Gallipoli, where we’ve an appointment to keep at an underground olive mill museum – not to mention a walking tour ticking off the likes of the Greek fountain and the cathedral. Accommodation: Hotel Santa Chiara (or similar)

Day 6: Lecce – Polignano a Mare – Bari

Today we’ll say goodbye to Lecce and set a course for the ‘Pearl of the Adriatic’: Polignano a Mare, where we’ll explore the old town centre and beautiful terraces on a walking tour. This afternoon we’ll trade Polignano for Bari, where a local guide will show us the hotspots – and educate us on the local cuisine as we taste some of the city’s excellent street food. What better way to make ourselves at home?

Hotel: Orient Hotel or similar, 2 nights

Day 7: Bari – Minervino Murge – Bari

Next stop: the pretty hilltop town of Minervino Murge. While here, we’ll have the chance to join a basket making workshop before paying a visit to a private wine cellar museum – where we’ll be lucky enough to taste some of the produce in an underground grotto. After that, it’s back to Bari for the grand finale: a farewell dinner and wine pairing, which will be made all the more special by a traditional folk dance performance.

Day 8: Bari – Magherita di Savoia – Naples

We’ve one final stop to make: the Margherita di Savoia natural saltworks. The largest natural saltworks reserve in Europe, this breathtaking place is the perfect spot from which to spot many bird species. As we come full circle this afternoon, the tour will end.

2020 Dates & PricesTwin ShareSolo Traveller
June: 09$4,499.00$5,849.00
July: 14$4,139.00$5,179.00
September: 08, 22$4,499.00$5,849.00
September: 29$4,139.00$5,179.00
October: 06$4,139.00$5,179.00
October: 27$3,599.00$4,319.00
November: 17$3,599.00$4,319.00

Inclusions 
Meals: 7 breakfasts, 1 lunch, 2 dinners
Transport: Premium Mini-coach transportation
Accommodation: 7 nights boutique accommodation
Guide: Experienced Back-Roads Tour Leader and Driver & Local guides in Matera, Lecce, Bari
Entrance Fees & Touring:Entrance fees & activities as per itinerary

* Tour departure dates are subject to availability at time of booking.
* Prices and itinerary are correct at time of publication and are subject to change without notice.

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Enchanting Southern Italy

Southern Italy beguiles every sense. Step back in time to the Roman Empire in the beautiful Bay of Naples. Tour ancient cities and marble temples, and explore pastel-hued villages on the Amalfi Coast. All while savouring exquisite regional delicacies.

Planning your holiday is easy, and speak to your friendly Consultant.

Day 1: Naples – Pompeii – Paestum

After we’ve met the group, a local guide will lead us into the labyrinthine streets of Naples’ historic centre in search of the Cappella Sansevero – the home of the Veiled Christ, one of the finest sculptures in the world. The afternoon will transport us back in time, with a visit to one of the world’s most famous archaeological wonders: Pompeii. Tonight, we’ll clink glasses over a welcome dinner in World Heritage-Listed Paestum.

Hotel: Il Granaio dei Casabella or similar

Day 2: Paestum – Minori

Today we’ve an appointment at Tenuta Seliano – an authentic farm-inn – where we’ll be lucky enough to visit the buffaloes and watch the owner make light, fresh mozzarella. We’ll then take a guided tour of Paestum before returning to the farm – and a kitchen piled high with fresh local produce. Time for a cooking lesson! Our hard work will be rewarded as we tuck into our own creations at lunch with the host family.Then: we’ll end the day in Minori, our base for the next five days.

Hotel: The Minori Palace Hotel or similar, 5 nights

Day 3: Minori – Ravello – Tramonti Minori

This morning we’ll make stops at the grand Villa Rufolo (the historical centre of Ravello) and the splendid Villa Cimbrone – before moving on to a lemon grove for an afternoon with a zesty twist! After learning how the lemons are grown, we’ll dive into a tasting spread of limoncello, lemon salad and of course, lemon gelato. Later, dinner will be a group affair.

Day 4: Minori – Amalfi – Positano – Minori

Today’s first stop, Amalfi, will be nothing short of wow-inducing. After taking in the sights on a short walking tour, we’ll venture onwards to the blissful town of Positano. This afternoon, we’ll return to Minori – where we’ll meet a local artisan and join a fun ceramic decorating session.

Day 5: Minori – Capri – Minori

The high life beckons today! After setting sail to the island of Capri, we’ll enjoy a ride on the charming funicular railway – which will whisk us away from the port and through bright, fragrant lemon groves. We’ll then take some free time to see and be seen among the exclusive boutiques, cafés and restaurants of Capri town before returning to Minori.

 Day 6: Minori – Maiori – Vietri – Cetara – Minori

Today we’ll add more pearls to our collection with visits to Maiori and Cetara. After spending the morning exploring, we’ll make tracks to Vietri sul Mare – which is famous for its hand-painted, vividly coloured ceramics. Back in Minori, we’ll enjoy some free time before coming together for a delicious farewell dinner.

Day 7: Minori – Palace of Caserta – Sant’agata De’ Goti – Naples

Today we’ll say goodbye to the Amalfi Coast and move on to the 18th-century Royal Palace of Caserta, the last great creation of the Italian Baroque period. Then: from the royal to the rustic! Our next stop will be a farmhouse in Sant’Agata de’ Goti, where we’ll taste fabulous Falanghina wines produced from black grapes grown in the Campania region. We’ll have time for one last Italian lunch before we return to Naples, where our adventure will come to a close.

2020 Dates & PricesTwin ShareSolo Traveller
June: 07$3,779.00$4,919.00
July: 12$3,699.00$4,629.00
August: 20$3,699.00$4,629.00
August: 31$3,779.00$4,919.00
September: 02, 07, 14, 21$3,779.00$4,919.00
September: 28$3,699.00$4,629.00
October: 04, 11, 18$3,699.00$4,629.00
October: 06$3,589.00$4,309.00
November: 08$3,589.00$4,309.00
December: 06$3,589.00$4,309.00
2021 Dates & Prices
January 12$3,589.00$4,309.00

Inclusions 
Meals: 6 breakfasts, 2 lunches, 3 dinners
Transport: Premium Mini-coach transportation & Ferry to Capri
Accommodation: 6 nights boutique accommodation
Guide: Experienced Back-Roads Driver and Tour Leader
Entrance Fees & Touring:Entrance fees & activities as per itinerary

* Tour departure dates are subject to availability at time of booking.
* Prices and itinerary are correct at time of publication and are subject to change without notice.

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