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Italian Indulgence


tour code: BEHIIRV
Italian Indulgence

Global Coach Tours» Back-Roads Touring » Italy


An intoxicating mix of world-shaping cities and imagination-firing landscapes, Italy is a land where unforgettable experiences lie around every corner. And with an abundance of tantalising flavours and wines on the menu, this Back-Roads adventure is sure to help you savour every moment.

12 Days from £2,744 per passenger

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Day 1 - Roma - Assisi - Perugia


They say all roads lead to Rome – but after we meet today, our route will whisk us away to awe-inspiring Assisi, the birthplace of St Francis. After getting to know the famous hilltop town a little better on a walking tour, we’ll move on to Perugia – where we’ll start things as we mean to go on (with a delicious included dinner). Accommodation: Hotel Fortuna (or similar)
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Dinner


Day 2 - Perugia - Siena - Tuscany


Introducing Siena: a magnificent Gothic city bursting with fabulous architecture. After exploring the UNESCO World Heritage-listed Historic Centre, we’ll make tracks to tonight’s idyllic accommodation: a country villa hotel set amidst the vineyards of the world-renowned Chianti region. Accommodation: Villa San Giorgio (or similar)
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Day 3 - Tuscany



Interested in learning a few Italian culinary secrets? You’re in luck! Today our friendly hosts will help us to prepare a classic Tuscan lunch. This afternoon will be yours to take in the panoramic countryside views, take a dip in the pool or relax in the shadow of one of the villa’s many pine trees. Tonight, there’s another tasty dinner in store. Accommodation: Villa San Giorgio (or similar)
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Dinner 


Day 4 - Tuscany - Florence - Lucca 


Today we’ll turn our attention to Florence: the birthplace of the Renaissance and home of some of the world’s most treasured masterpieces. A local guide will bring the city alive as we stroll by the likes of the Duomo and the Ponte Vecchio on a walking tour. Then, as the afternoon turns to dusk, we’ll press on to lovely Lucca. Accommodation: Hotel Alla Corte degli Angeli (or similar)
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Breakfast 


Day 5 - Lucca - Pisa - Lucca


 Prepare to see an Italian icon up close today – our first stop will be Pisa, where we’ll pay a visit to the legendary Leaning Tower. This afternoon will see us return to Lucca, where you’ll have the rest of the day to explore the cobblestone streets at your own pace. Accommodation: Hotel Alla Corte degli Angeli (or similar)
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Breakfast 


Day 6 - Lucca - Camogli - San Fruttuoso - Portofino - Santa Margherita 


It’s time to experience the glitz and glamour of the Italian Riviera! Today we’ll make stops at romantic Camogli, picture-perfect San Fruttuoso and glittering Portofino before settling in Santa Margherita Ligure. This evening, why not take some time to wander along the beautiful beachfront, taking in the pastel-coloured houses, elegant hotels and sparkling waters? Accommodation: Hotel Jolanda (or similar)
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Breakfast 


Day 7 - Santa Margherita - Barolo - Asti - Cherasco 


Away from the coast and onwards to Barolo, in Piedmont: a region of rich red wines and luxurious cuisine. This afternoon there’s a treat is in store for the sweet-toothed among us - we’ll be visiting a distillery near Asti to taste some regional liquors and handmade nougat. Finally, we’ll move on to Cherasco – where a group dinner awaits. Accommodation: Hotel Somaschi (or similar)
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Dinner 


Day 8 - Cherasco - Alba - Lake Orta - Lake Maggiore 


Rise and shine – this morning we’ll be heading out into the hills of Alba to join a truffle hunt with a local farmer and his dog. After a risotto tasting lunch we’ll hit the road to the captivating Lake Orta, a tranquil retreat sitting pretty at the bottom of the imposing Monte Mottarone. Then: from one blissful Italian lake to another! Lake Maggiore will be the final stop on today’s scenic journey. Accommodation: Grand Hotel Majestic (or similar)
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Lunch 


Day 9 - Lake Maggiore 


Today we’ll leave dry land behind us and set sail for the Borromean Islands, a charming collection of islets located in the western corner of the lake. We’ll have plenty of time to explore Isola Madre, wander the terraces of the ornate baroque garden on Isola Bella and discover the pretty harbour of Isola dei Pescatori before we return to shore for the afternoon. Accommodation: Grand Hotel Majestic (or similar)
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Breakfast 


Day 10 - Lake Maggiore - Lecco - Tirano 


After bidding a fond farewell to Lake Maggiore we’ll move on to Lecco, a small commune on the southeastern shore of the exquisite Lake Como. We’ll take in the sights on a walking tour before making our way to Tirano - where we’ll continue our culinary adventure with an included dinner at a local restaurant. Accommodation: Grand Hotel della Posta (or similar)
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Dinner 


Day 11 - Tirano - Lake Molveno - Trento 


Today we’ll shine the spotlight on one of the most beautiful lakes in Italy: the spectacular Lake Molveno, a swathe of iridescent blue that lies at the foot of the Brenta Dolomites. There will be just enough time for a walking tour of the mountain city of Trento before we get together for tonight’s farewell dinner. Accommodation: Hotel America (or similar)
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Breakfast
Dinner 


Day 12 - Trento - Verona - Venice 


Filled with impressive ruins and romantic hotspots, fair Verona beckons today. After taking in the city highlights, we’ll board the mini-coach one last time for the journey to our show-stopping finale: the floating city of Venice.
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Breakfast


The Back-Roads Difference



  •  Cook up an Italian feast in a traditional Tuscan villa

  •  Join a truffle hunt in Piedmont

  •  Enjoy an afternoon of wine tasting near Asti





  • Accommodation


    11 nights in boutique accommodation

     





    The Crew


    Experienced Back-Roads Tour Leader and Driver

     





    Transport


    Premium mini-coach transportation





  • 12th August 2019
    Review rating     
    Excellent Back Roads tour of Italy. Couldn't have asked for anything more. Our tour guide Stefano was fanastic, as was our driver Renato.
  • 5th August 2019
    Review rating     
    Would definitely recommend Backroads to anyone wanting an in-depth experience and am using them again right now to tour Italy and Switzerland. Knowledgeable and friendly guides, careful drivers and just an overall fabulous trip.
  • 1st August 2019
    Review rating     
    The itinerary included extras not mentioned at the time of booking that made the tour even better than I expected
  • 31st July 2019
    Review rating     
    Annalisa and Luciano were always making us laugh. Lot's of great accomadation. Great day trips.
  • 21st July 2019
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    The best holiday i have had, with a smaller group and a Mercedes mini bus we went on roads and places big buses just can't go. As we travelled through small villages and beautiful open space of vineyards hazelnut, cherry, apricot and cherry orchards, around beautiful lakes, over snow capped mountains, to beautiful historic sights. The accommodation was great we stayed in old palaces, monastery converted into a hotel and great resorts. The service and food was great and to our liking. I had to most amazing adventure. Our tour guide Annalissa was so great with all her knowledge and seeking out interesting things to do and see between our itinerary. Our bus driver Renato was a safe and amazing driver. The 12 day italian indulgence tour we went on was fantastic we had the best time ever. In my opinion they go way over the top to make this experience perfect.