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

B, LCommence 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

Bthe 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

BThis 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

BVisit 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

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

2019 Dates & PricesTwin ShareSolo Traveller
May: 25$6,990.00$9,990.00
June: 17$6,990.00$9,990.00
July: 05$6,990.00$9,990.00
August: 02$6,590.00$9,590.00
August: 30$6,990.00$9,990.00
October: 07$6,590.00$9,590.00
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
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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: Townhouse Galleria  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

Enjoy 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 where your tour ends.

2019 Dates & PricesTwin ShareSolo Traveller
April: 25$3,990.00$5,990.00
May: 20$4,390.00$6,390.00
June: 04, 30$4,390.00$6,390.00
July: 28$3,990.00$5,990.00
August: 25$4,390.00$6,390.00
September: 15$4,390.00$6,390.00
October: 02$4,390.00$6,390.00
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
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The Long White Cloud

Embark on an enchanting expedition through New Zealand’s North and South. This Inspiring Journey provides the perfect balance of relaxation and adventure, from the hot pools of Franz Josef to the brave depths of Queenstown, the adventure capital. Explore extraordinary landscapes and the age-old legends of the Māori as you come face to face with 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

Your New Zealand adventure begins in Christchurch, the Garden City. Spend the afternoon at leisure, before joining your Travel Director and fellow travellers for a welcome drink and
dinner to kick-off your journey of a lifetime.

Hotel: Crowne Plaza, Christchurch

Day 2: Christchurch – Punakaiki

Traverse the Canterbury Plains on board the TranzAlpine train. The gentle chug-chug in extraordinary surrounds gives way to more epic scenery as you board the coach at Arthur’s Pass and travel to Punakaiki to see the Pancake Rocks and Blowholes. Your home tonight is in an eco-friendly resort on the waterfront.

Hotel: Punakaiki Resort, Punakaiki

Day 3: Punakaiki – Franz Josef

Admire the vivid hues of greenstone (jade) on a visit to Hokitika for a jewellery carving demonstration. Continue to Franz Josef Glacier. Spend tonight in the pristine wildernerss. Your only priority – relaxing in Franz Josef’s geothermal hot pools.

Hotel: Te Waonui Forest Retreat, Franz Josef

Day 4: Franz Josef – Queenstown

Today, meander through the Haast Pass and along the pebble-laden shores of Lakes Wanaka and Hawea, stopping in Makarora and the historic gold-mining village of Arrowtown. The adventure capital of Queenstown awaits and you’ll have an opportunity to explore it during an orientation tour.

Hotel: Crowne Plaza, Queenstown, 3 nights

Day 5: Queenstown Free Time

Calling all thrill seekers! Today’s the day to earn your adventurer stripes braving some of Queenstown’s most daring activities. Or indulge your more serene side with a round of golf or relaxing spa treatment. This evening, enjoy a memorable Highlight Dinner at one of Queenstown’s fine dining restaurants.

Day 6: Queenstown Free Time

Another daring day awaits in New Zealand’s adrenalin capital. Consider a day indulging in the region’s vintages at the Gibbston Valley Winery, or board a jet boat for an exhilarating ride.

Day 7: Queenstown – Milford Sound

Venture to Te Anau and then deep within the Fiordland National Park. Drive through the hand-hewn Homer Tunnel and emerge into a photographer’s paradise where glaciers and peaks give way to the unexpected beauty of Mirror Lake. You’ll stop to explore the wonder of the Chasm Walk before arriving at Milford Sound Lodge, with its exquisite 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, board the Southern Discoveries vessel for a half day exploration of Milford Sound. Sail out to the Tasman sea looking for wildlife and an opportunity to go sea kayaking in Harrisons Cove.

Day 9: Milford Sound – Wedderburn

This morning, embark on a journey from the rainforests of Fiordland through Te Anau and the rolling hill country of Southland to the hills of Central Otago. Arrive in Wedderburn
and head out to a high country farm to learn about life on the plains. Finish your day with dinner at the local pub.

Hotel: Wedderburn Cottages

Day 10: Wedderburn – Mt. Cook

Today explore the town of Naseby to learn the history of this gold mining town. From here it’s on towards the spectacular scenery of the Southern Alps and Lake Pukaki before arriving in Aoraki Mount Cook National Park. Enjoy dinner against the backdrop of the highest mountain in the southern hemisphere.

Hotel: The Hermitage, Mount Cook

Day 11: Mt. Cook – Christchurch

Discover the shores of Lake Tekapo and the Church of the Good Shepherd today, before returning to Christchurch for an in depth sightseeing tour.

Hotel: Crowne Plaza, Christchurch

Day 12: Christchurch – Wellington

Against the backdrop of snow-capped peaks, you’ll arrive in the whale-watching capital of Kaikoura. Consider a scenic whale watching flight (own expense). Continue to the picturesque port town of Picton, the launch pad for a serene sailing across the Cook Strait to trendy Wellington.

Hotel: Sofitel Hotel, Wellington, 2 nights

Day 13: Wellington Free Time

Spend your day delving into the coffee culture and gourmet delights of Wellington – consider a cable car ride for a bird’s-eye view of the city – today is yours to enjoy the city on your terms.

Day 14: Wellington – Taupo

Follow the spectacular Kapiti Coast to Tongariro National Park, home to remarkable volcanic peaks. Departing the caldera, stop to admire the raging Huka Falls before arriving in Taupo.

Hotel: Hilton Hotel, Taupo

Day 15: Taupo – Rotorua

Continue to nearby Rotorua to gain insights into the fascinating rituals and traditions of the Māori people. Tonight, indulge in the mouthwatering flavours of a traditional Hangi Highlight Dinner cooked in the ground using geothermal steam.

Hotel: Princes Gate Hotel, Rotorua, 2 nights

Day 16: Rotorua

Ascending to the Redwoods Treewalk, enjoy an elevated bird’s eye view of these redwood giants. Next up is Rotorua’s natural splendour – revealed in the crystal clear mineral
springs and native flora of Rainbow Springs Nature Park. Visit Whakarewarewa Living Village for insights into the lives of the Māori community and their special bond with this ancient land.

Day 17: Rotorua – Coromandel

Begin your day with a dazzling show during an exclusive five-star Eco Glowworm experience. Later, visit Matamata, of The Lord of the Rings fame. This epic journey continues to Coromandel, where you’ll stay in Tree Hut Chalets.

Hotel: Grand Mercure Puka Park Resort, Coromandel

Day 18: Coromandel – Auckland

Enjoy a relaxed start before heading to Auckland. Get your bearings during a city tour, then spend the rest of the day discovering why it’s deemed one of the world’s most livable cities.

Hotel: Sofitel, Auckland

Day 19: Auckland – Bay of Islands

The golden sands of Orewa seem to stretch endlessly heading north to the native forest of Waipoua. Join a local Māori guide and head deep into the forest, immersing yourself in the
fascinating legends behind these giant trees. Finally, journey to your waterfront resort in the Bay of Islands.

Hotel: Copthorne Resort, Bay of Islands, 2 nights

Day 20: Bay of Islands

Set off by ferry to Russell. Embark on a guided walking tour of the town and explore its centuries-old seafaring heritage.

Day 21: Bay of Islands – Auckland

Set forth across the Bay of Islands, cruising to the Māori’s sacred Hole in the Rock to witness how it resists the power of the sea. Return to Auckland for a memorable Farewell Dinner.

Hotel: Sofitel, Auckland

Day 22: Farewell from Auckland

Bid a fond farewell to your newfound friends as your epic New Zealand Inspiring Journey has come to an end.

2018 Dates & PricesTwin ShareSolo Traveller
October: 15$11,850.00$15,875.00
November: 12, 19$11,850.00$15,875.00
December: 10, 17$11,850.00$15,875.00
Meals: 21 breakfasts, 1 lunch, 15 dinners
Transport:Private Airport Transfers & Travel by luxury coach
Rail:Journey over the Southern Alps on the TranzAlpine Train
Accommodation: 21 nights accommodation
Guide: Expert Travel Director and/or Driver Guide
Entrance Fees & Touring:Entrance fees & activities as per itinerary
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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

Your adventure will begin in fitting style in Trogir. After touring the town centre we’ll journey to 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 years of history. We’ll also take in the Grgur Ninski Statue and the Cathedral and Bell Tower of St Domnius before taking a seat at a family-owned tavern for an authentic meal – and warm Croatian welcome

Day 2: Trogir – Krka National Park – Trogir

This morning will see us seeking the crystalline lakes and energetic rivers of Krka National Park. Then, it’s onwards to a hidden treasure: the Bibich Winery, where we’ll enjoy an afternoon of pure indulgence. 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. We’ll round off our day with free time to relax back in Trogir.

Day 3: Trogir – Korcula

Today we’ll catch the ferry from Split to Korčula – our home for the next two nights. Reputed to be the birthplace of Marco Polo, it’s hard to see why he would’ve wanted to leave. After checking into our hotel, we’ll get our bearings with a walk through the Old Town – and before the day is over, there’s time to enjoy a dinner and a local cooking class.

Day 4: Korcula

Today you can wake in your own time, knowing you have the whole day to spend as you wish. You can lounge at a nearby beach, or find a café and get to know the local cuisine. If you’re in the mood for exploration, you can even hop aboard a taxi boat to Vrnik.

Day 5: Korcula – Peljesac Peninsula – Kotor

After bidding farewell to Korčula, we’ll set sail to the nearby Pelješac 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 we leave Croatia briefly for a night in Montenegro. Kotor Bay is a soul-stirring sight – and at the centre lies UNESCO World Heritage-listed Kotor town, seemingly untouched by time.

Day 6: Kotor – Dubrovnik

This morning we’ll delve into Kotor’s history, wandering through cobbled streets and exploring the Cathedral of St Tryphon and the picture-perfect harbour. After stopping off in charming Perast, we’ll board a boat out into the Bay of Kotor to the gorgeous island of Our Lady of the Rocks. While here, we’ll explore the intriguing Byzantine-style church, before heading back to dry land.

Day 7: Dubrovnik

A guided tour of Dubrovnik will take us into the Old Town, where we’ll see top-drawer sites including 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 Mount Srd by cable car. Tonight, there’s a final included dinner to enjoy together.

Day 8: Dubrovnik – Elaphite Islands – Dubrovnik

Our last day will see us visit the Elaphiti archipelago before returning to Dubrovnik, where our tour ends.

2019 Dates & PricesTwin ShareSolo Traveller
May: 22$3,999.00$4,798.00
May: 29$4,099.00$4,898.00
June: 05, 12, 19, 26$4,099.00$4,898.00
July: 17, 24$4,099.00$4,898.00
August: 14, 21, 28$3,999.00$4,798.00
September: 04, 11, 18, 25$4,099.00$4,898.00
October: 02, 09$4,099.00$4,898.00
October: 16$3,999.00$4,798.00

Meals: 7 breakfasts, 1 lunch, 4 dinners
Transport: Premium Mini-Coach Transportation & Ferry Crossing: Split - Korcula - Orebic
Ferry: Ferry Crossing: Split - Korcula - Orebic
Accommodation: 7 nights boutique accommodation
Guide: Experienced Driver & Tour Leader
Local guides in Split, Trogir, Perast, Kotor, Korcula & Dubrovnik
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 mountains, charming villages and fragrant fields of flowers. Join us on a voyage through quintessential France.

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

Day 1: Paris – Épernay – Reims – Troyes

From Paris, we’ll begin our journey to Troyes. En route, we’ll be treated to a delicious champagne tasting in Épernay, as well as a visit to the impressive Reims Cathedral. In the evening we’ll dine together in Troyes, our home for the next two nights.

Day 2: Troyes – Ch Teau De Vaux – Troyes

On the agenda today: a walking tour of Troyes, where we’ll take the opportunity to visit a local market. Afterwards, we’ll visit the grand Château de Vaux, which was built in the 1700s for the Aubeterre family.

Day 3: Troyes – Beaune

Day three of the trip will see us sample more world-class local produce when we swap fizz for the dry white wines of Chablis at a wine tasting. Then, afternoon will bring us to Beaune, where you’ll have the evening free to explore this attractive city known for its Gothic architecture.

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, the unique building is now a museum and an exceptional example of fifteenth-century French architecture. Afterwards, you’ll be free to explore Beaune at your own pace.

Day 5: Beaune – Savoie

On day five, we’ll leave Beaune behind and set our sights on Savoie – but en route, we’ll make a stop at Château de la Greffière. Famous for its vineyards, the property also has a winery and a museum on-site.

Day 6: Savoie – Annecy – Savoie

We’ll check off a highlight of the tour on day six – the postcard-perfect alpine town of Annecy. Annecy is a must-visit while passing through southeastern France and is known for its Old Town, canals that rival those of Venice, candy-coloured houses and cobbled streets. Also on the cards today will be a visit to a traditional fromagerie.

Day 7: Savoie – Vercors

We’ll get the chance to sample more tasty local produce today when we explore a Chartreuse cellar and distillery. The famous French liqueur has been produced by Carthusian Monks since 1737 and is infused with an array of plants, herbs and flowers. This afternoon, our road will take us through the region of Vercors.

Day 8: Vercors – Sisteron – Forcalquier

Our road will turn towards Provence today. Alpine slopes will give way to rugged hills and wildflower meadows when we travel to Sisteron, stopping at the Sisteron Citadel along the way. Later, we’ll reach Forcalquier where we’ll settle in for a farewell dinner and final overnight stay.

Day 9: Forcalquier – Entrevaux – Nice

Our closing day will take us deeper into exquisite Provençal countryside and through Entrevaux. Then, we’ll finish our tour in Nice – the elite resort and shining capital of the French Riviera. There’s no better place to end our journey than among the golden beaches and clear waters of the Côte d’Azur.

2019 Dates & PricesTwin ShareSolo Traveller
May: 17, 31$4,349.00$5,648.00
June: 14, 21$4,349.00$5,648.00
July: 05, 19$4,349.00$5,648.00
August: 23$4,349.00$5,648.00
September: 06, 13, 20, 27$4,349.00$5,648.00

Meals: 8 breakfasts, 1 picnic lunch, 5 dinners, 3 wine tastings
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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A Taste of Bordeaux

Earthy truffles. Exquisite wines. Take time to savour the finer things in life in South West France. As we seek out Bordeaux gastronomic gems and treasured vineyards, we’ll travel over soaring mountains and along the Atlantic coast, into enchanting castles and otherworldly caves.

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

Day 1: Bordeaux – Arcachon Bay – Biarritz

Where better to begin our journey through South West France than in Atlantic Ocean-fringed Arcachon Bay? After stopping to see the Great Dune of Pilat – Europe’s highest sand dune – 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. To round off our first day, we’ll gather together in Biarritz for a welcome dinner.

Day 2: Biarritz – Bayonne – Biarritz

Today we’ll indulge our cultural sides in Bayonne, a true cultural art and history hub just a short drive from Biarritz. We’ll visit a traditional Bayonne ham museum and indulge in a ham tasting over a glass of wine before returning to Biarritz together.

Day 3: Biarritz – Lourdes – Midi-Pyrénées

Today we’ll turn to the east and briefly on to beautiful Pau. We’ll then travel onwards through the Midi-Pyrénées region, pausing en route at the spiritual town of Lourdes. In keeping with the spirit of our surroundings, we’ll check in to comfortable rustic accommodation before tucking into dinner.

Day 4: Midi-Pyrénées – Cathare Country – Carcassonne

Following the trail of knights, we’ll continue our own crusade through the Midi-Pyrénées and past picture-perfect Bastides. After passing through 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 Carcassonne, where we’ll enjoy a group dinner.

Day 5: Carcassonne

Today is free to discover Carcassonne chivalric secrets at your own pace.

Day 6: Carcassonne – Albi – Sarlat

Historic Albi will be this morning’s first stop. After an included visit to the town museum, we’ll move on to the town of Sarlat in the Dordogne, where we’ll check in to our hotel for the night.

Day 7: Sarlat – Vézère Valley – Sarlat

Today our travels through the Dordogne will take in the prehistoric paintings of Lascaux Cave and the pretty Les Eyzies village. We’ll then 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. After returning to Sarlat, the night will be yours to enjoy at your own pace.

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 magnificent medieval château. Afterwards, we’ll return to Sarlat to enjoy our last meal together.

Day 9: Sarlat – Saint- Émilion – Bordeaux

We’ll spend the final day of our tour in Saint-Émilion, where we’ll have a chance to sample some of the region’s ‘heavy reds’ and say a final ‘santé’. We’ll then move on to Bordeaux, where our tour will end.

2019 Dates & PricesTwin ShareSolo Traveller
April: 17$4,549.00$5,648.00
May: 08, 29$4,549.00$5,648.00
June: 12, 26$4,549.00$5,648.00
July: 17$4,549.00$5,648.00
August: 21$4,549.00$5,648.00
September: 04, 11, 18, 25$4,549.00$5,648.00
October: 02$4,549.00$5,648.00

Meals: 8 breakfasts, 4 dinners, 2 wine tastings, Oyster Tasting
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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Provence & The French Riviera

Explore Provence and The French Riviera. Take the back roads from the elegant resort of Cannes to quaint towns such as Saint-Rémy-de-Provence. Have a Provençal lunch and accompanying wines in a private vineyard and c=visit the Roman theatre of Orange.

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

Day 1: Nice – Antibes – Vence

The French Riviera has it all – and on this tour, we’ll soak up its history, glamour and natural beauty. Our first stop today will be Antibes, where we’ll take a look around the old port. Then we’ll journey through Saint-Paul-de-Vence – one of the older medieval towns of the area. We’ll round off the day with a guided tour of the light-filled Chapelle du Rosaire de Vence, a chapel which was built from a plan created by the legendary Henri Matisse.

Day 2: Vence – Aix-En-Provence

Today, we’ll journey through Grasse on our way to Aix-en-Provence. Nestled in the hills north of Cannes, Grasse is where world-class perfumes are created. So, it’s only right that we’ll make a stop at the Fragonard Museum where we’ll treat our senses to some beautiful fragrances. Once we arrive in Aix-en-Provence, you can expect narrow streets lined with spectacular architecture and centuries-old monuments.

Day 3: Aix-En-Provence – Arles

On day three, you’ll get the chance to spend the morning at leisure in Aix-en-Provence. Then, having stopped in some classic Provençal villages and towns, we’ll call Arles home for the night. Known for inspiring paintings by Van Gogh, wandering through the city will make you feel like you’re in one of his famous artworks. In the evening, we’ll settle down to dinner together to round off the day.

Day 4: Arles

Today will be yours for the taking. Seize the opportunity to uncover thousands of years of history and culture. Highlights in Arles 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

Farewell Arles, we’ll be heading in the direction of Saint-Rémy-de-Provence today. A highlight of the day will be the impressive Saint Paul de Mausole Monastery. Vincent van Gogh resided here from May 1889 to May 1890 and you’ll get the chance to visit a reconstruction of the artist’s room. In the Van Gogh Field, there’s also the opportunity to see 20 large-scale reproductions of the painter’s work on the sites where they were created.

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

Roman engineering. Catholic architecture. It must mean we’re en route to Avignon! On our journey, we’ll pay a visit to the iconic Pont du Gard. Then, it’s onwards to Avignon where we’ll visit the Palace of the Popes, which towers over the historic centre. Among all of the exploring, there’ll also be time for a wine tasting today.

Day 7: Saint-Rémy-De-Provence – Gorges Du Verdon

‘Au revoir’ Saint-Rémy-de-Provence, today we’ll be travelling to Gorges du Verdon via picturesque villages. Also en route, we’ll visit Sénanque Abbey. An example of a Cistercian abbey, the site is still an active monastery. A highlight of the site includes the postcard-perfect lavender grown by the monks. Then, we’ll arrive at the sensational Gorges du Verdon – for many, the jewel in this region’s crown. It’s so spectacular that we’ll stay for two nights in the area.

Day 8: Gorges Du Verdon

Today will be all about exploring this incredible area. Known as the ‘Grand Canyon of Europe’, the Verdon River formed the gorges over millions of years. The steep cliff sides, white-water rapids and turquoise-coloured water make for an incredible sight. We’ll have the chance to share pictures and memories from the trip when settle down to a final dinner together tonight.

Day 9: Gorges Du Verdon – Castellane – Nice

Our tour’s last stop will see us in the cobbles of Castellane. Look out for the dazzlingly high Chapelle Notre Dame du Roc. After, we’ll return to Nice where we’ll say goodbye to the group.

2019 Dates & PricesTwin ShareSolo Traveller
May: 10, 24$4,499.00$5,798.00
June: 07, 14$4,499.00$5,798.00
July: 12$4,499.00$5,798.00
August: 16$4,499.00$5,798.00
September: 06, 13, 20$4,499.00$5,798.00
October: 11$4,499.00$5,798.00

Meals: 8 breakfasts, 1 lunch, 4 dinners, wine tasting
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

Your introduction to Italy begins with an in-depth guided walking tour of Florence. Then, it’s off to leafy Lucca, where cobbled streets and red-roofed buildings await. When we get there, we’ll learn about its fascinating history and fine architecture as we go beyond the city walls. Tonight, we’ll come together for the first of our delicious dinners at a local osteria.

Day 2: Lucca – Cinque Terre – Lucca

Rocky coastline. Romantic candy-coloured villages. It’s time to explore the Italian Riviera’s sublime shoreline. Our route brings us to Cinque Terre, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and a tour highlight. After time spent discovering this beautiful area, we’ll return to Lucca.

Day 3: Lucca – Pisa – Volterra

Infamous and impossible to miss, the Leaning Tower of Pisa is a staggering sight and our first port of call today. Afterwards, we’ll travel on to Volterra, where you’ll have the chance to explore the town at your own leisure. Perched on a plateau, this magnificent and mysterious medieval walled town is our home for the night. There’s plenty of time for you to discover its unique character this evening.

Day 4: Volterra – San Gimignano – Siena – Pienza

Today we’ll make tracks to San Gimignano, home to a magnificent piazza, meandering stepped streets and some beautifully preserved architecture. Here, we’ll visit Gelateria Dondoli to sample the creations of a master gelato maker, 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 continue to Pienza with a stop at Siena along the way. Tonight, the evening is all yours.

Day 5: Pienza – Tuscany

Pienza’s timeless charm and enchanting rural backdrop make it a serene spot to spend this morning on foot with your Tour Leader. After, we’ll sample some handcrafted Pecorino cheese and world-class wine. Driving onwards through the Chianti countryside, another gem awaits: a Tuscan country house that we’ll call home for the next two nights.

Day 6: Tuscany

Rise and shine! Today you’re cordially invited to the kitchen, where we’ll roll up our sleeves and put on our aprons. The villa’s chef will treat us to an exclusive lesson in making Tuscan delicacies before we sit down to savour the fruits of our labours for lunch.

Day 7: Tuscany – Florence

Sadly, we have to say goodbye to our villa this morning – but there’s one more treat in store. On our 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.

2019 Dates & PricesTwin ShareSolo Traveller
February: 22$2,899.00$3,798.00
March: 15$2,949.00$3,848.00
April: 12, 19, 26$2,949.00$3,848.00
May: 08, 15, 22, 24, 29, 31$2,999.00$3,898.00
June: 07, 14, 21
July: 05, 12, 19$2,999.00$3,898.00
August: 02, 09, 16, 23, 30$2,999.00$3,898.00
September: 04, 06$2,999.00$3,898.00
September: 09, 11, 13, 18, 27$2,949.00$3,848.00
October: 04$2,949.00$3,848.00
October: 09$2,899.00$3,798.00

Meals: 6 breakfasts, 2 lunches, 3 dinners, Wine tasting, olive oil tasting & Cheeese tasting
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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Slow Food Tour of Puglia

On this Slow Food Tour of Puglia savour creamy farm-produced burrata. Sip wine beneath grape-heavy vines. Sample fresh-from-the-ocean seafood. Inspired by the slow food movement, this tour introduces the culinary traditions, tucked away villages and breath-taking architecture in this sublime corner of Italy.

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

Day 1: Bari – Matera – Martina Franca

Our first stop entails a drive to Andria followed by our first taste of Puglia food culture: smooth burrata and silky mozzarella cheeses. After lunch, it’s on to Matera to enjoy a tour with a local guide. As dusk sets in, it’s time to relax into our welcome dinner at a local pub.

Day 2: Martina Franca – Castellana Caves – Alberobello – Martina Franca

This morning we’ll move on to a local olive grove and oil mill to uncover the secrets of the oil-making process (with a chance to sample the local fare, of course). Next, in Alberobello, we’ll take some time to marvel at the prehistoric cone-topped trulli dotted across the landscape. After lunch, we’ll head below ground to the spellbinding Castellana Caves. Look up to see stalactites and down to find fossils hidden throughout these fairytale grottos. After that, we’ll return to Martina Franca.

Day 3: Martina Franca – Ostuni – Masseria Ferri – Lecce

With its jumble of icing-sugar buildings, pretty Ostuni wholeheartedly lives up to its nickname: the White Village. And it’s here that we’ll begin day three of our tour. This pretty hamlet is huddled in quintessential Puglia countryside, so it’s only right that lunch today will be in a rural masseria – a country estate. After watching a cooking show, we’ll drive on to Lecce, where we’ll enjoy a walk with a local guide and taste some local produce.

Day 4: Lecce – Otranto – Depressa – Gallipoli

Emerald lake. Turquoise seas. Pink-hued hills. The pretty-as-a-postcard harbour town of Otranto is where we’ll swap town and country for a seaside sojourn. When we stop at the beautiful bay of Porto Badisco, be sure to search for some freshly caught sea urchins – a not-to-be-missed treat. We’ll wash them down with a selection of wines at Castel di Salve, famous for its Santi Medici Bianco, Santi Medici Rosé, Armecolo and Cento Su Cento Primitivo. Then it’s onwards to the historic fishing port of Gallipoli, where the sun sets on day four of our trip.

Day 5: Gallipoli – Nardò – Manduria – Gallipoli

When in Gallipoli, we’ll do as the fishermen do. That means an early start down at the fish markets, where stalls are piled high with a dazzling array of seafood. Here, we’ll taste raw shrimp and shellfish straight off the boat. Then we’ll tear ourselves away from the water with a trip to the old town of Nardò. It’s a treasure trove of some of Puglia’s finest Baroque architecture and an area renowned for exquisite red wines, so it’s only right that we pay a visit to Manduria’s Museo della Civiltà del Vino Primitivo for a guided tasting – and to pay homage to the celebrated Primitivo grape.

Day 6: Gallipoli – Polignano A Mare – Bari

Within its peaceful honey-stone cloisters and Romanesque architecture you’ll find thousands of years of history. When we step inside Santa Maria di Cerrate, we’ll discover a monastery with roots deep in Puglia’s rich food culture. Afterwards, we’ll climb the coastal road up to Polignano a Mare – the ‘Pearl of the Adriatic’, and our final stop. And with that, it’s time to say goodbye to this exquisite region, as we round up our tour back in Bari.

2019 Dates & PricesTwin ShareSolo Traveller
April: 16$3,599.00$4,298.00
May: 07, 21$3,599.00$4,298.00
June: 11$3,599.00$4,298.00
September: 03, 10, 17, 24$3,599.00$4,298.00
October: 08$3,599.00$4,298.00

Meals: 5 breakfasts, 2 lunches, 2 dinners, 2 wine tastings, 1 olive tasting
Transport: Premium Mini-coach transportation
Accommodation: 5 nights boutique accommodation
Guide: Experienced Back-Roads Driver and Tour Leader & Local guide in Matera and Lecce
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

We’ll start with our local guide leading us into the labyrinthine streets of the historic centre in search of the Cappella Sansevero, home to the Veiled Christ – one of the finest sculptures in the world. The afternoon will transport us back in time with a visit to archaeological wonder Pompeii. We’ll then travel to UNESCO World heritage-listed Paestum, where we’ll dine tonight.

Day 2: Paestum – Minori

Today we have an appointment at Tenuta Seliano – an authentic farm-inn – where we’ll visit the buffaloes and watch the owner make light, fresh mozzarella. We’ll then take a guided tour of Paestum before returning to Tenuta Seliano and a kitchen piled high with fresh local produce. It’s time for a cooking lesson! Our hard work will be rewarded when we get to eat what we’ve prepared at lunch with the family. Our hunger satisfied, we’ll continue on to Minori.

Day 3: Minori – Ravello – Tramonti Minori

This morning we’ll explore Minori on a guided walking tour before continuing on to Ravello. Our next stop involves a citrus twist – we’re off to a lemon farmhouse. After learning about the cultivation process, we’ll dive into a tasting spread of limoncello, lemon salad and of course, lemon gelato.

Day 4: Minori – Amalfi – Positano – Minori

Today’s first stop, Amalfi, will be nothing short of wow-inducing. When we get there, we’ll embark on a short walking tour. Later, we’ll venture onwards to the oh-so blissful town of Positano. Here we’ll meet with a ceramics specialist and join a ceramic colouring session. We’ll rest our heads in Minori tonight.

Day 5: Minori – Capri – Minori

The high life beckons today as we sail to the island of Capri. We’ll enjoy a ride on the charming funicular railway from the port, which whisks us through bright, fragrant lemon groves, before taking some free time to see and be seen among the exclusive boutiques, cafés and restaurants of Capri town. Later on this afternoon, we’ll return 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 a morning of exploring, we’ll drive to Vietri sul Mare – where local craftspeople create hand-painted, vividly coloured ceramics – for a look around. Back in Minori, we’ll enjoy some free time before meeting for our final dinner together.

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

Today we’ll bid the Amalfi Coast a fond farewell and drive to the 18th-century Royal Palace of Caserta, the last great creation of the Italian Baroque period. From the royal to the rustic – our next stop is a farmhouse in Sant’Agata de’ Goti, where we’ll taste Falanghina wines produced from black grapes grown in the Campania region. There’s time for one last, leisurely Italian lunch before we return to Naples, where our adventure ends.

2019 Dates & PricesTwin ShareSolo Traveller
April: 21, 28$3,699.00$4,398.00
May: 12, 26$3,699.00$4,398.00
June: 02, 09$3,699.00$4,398.00
August: 25, 29$3,699.00$4,398.00
September: 01, 08, 15, 22, 26, 29$3,699.00$4,398.00
October: 06$3,699.00$4,398.00

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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