Ultimate Italy – A Chairman’s Collection Tour

Ultimate Italy – A Chairman’s Collection Tour

Summer 2020

This magnificent journey showcases Italy’s grand past, romantic cities and exquisite natural wonders. Step into the ancient world, as a Local Expert shows you the cobblestone alleyways of Pompeii, the Vatican Museums and the Sistine Chapel in VIP style, and the gravity-defying Tower of Pisa. Along the way, you’ll discover how medieval trades are being kept alive, participate in a Tuscan cooking masterclass and cruise along the canals of Venice onboard a traditional gondola.

HIGHLIGHTS

YOUR WAY

Florence: 

Experience Florence Your Way with the choice to join a local art historian for an insightful walk, as you admire Michelangelo’s masterpiece, the marble statue of David, in the Accademia Museum. Continue your guided walk to see the cathedral, bell tower and Gates of Paradise on the baptistery and visit the political heart of the city, Piazza della Signoria. Alternatively, choose to join a local foodie on a walking tour of the best gastronomic treats in this Tuscan town.

VIP EXPERIENCES

Vatican City: Enter the Sistine Chapel for a private tour with a Local Expert, before it opens to the public. Luxury Gold’s fast-tracked entry into the Vatican Museums ensures optimal enjoyment of the timeless Papal art collection.

Venice: Discover the secrets of the Venetian Republic on a private evening tour of the Doge’s Palace with your Local Expert.

JOURNEY HIGHLIGHTS

Rome: Your Travelling Concierge welcomes you to Rome with a traditional passeggiata near the Piazza Navona.

Vatican City: With your Local Expert, see Rome’s most revered treasures when you visit St. Peter’s Basilica and see Michelangelo’s ‘Pietà.’

Rome: Learn of the city’s iconic history when you visit the Colosseum and the Roman Forum.

Rome: During your orientation with your Travelling Concierge see medieval buildings, including Renaissance palaces and Baroque churches, scattered throughout the city.

Pompeii: Walk with a Local Expert through the cobbled streets of this ill-fated town, frozen in time since the 1st century.

Isle of Capri: Cruise between the island and mainland by jetfoil and enjoy two nights on this famous isle.

Isle of Capri: Travel in style by open-top taxi as you get a flavour of the jet-set lifestyle.

Isle of Capri: Enjoy a private cruise around the island to see its hidden coves and grottos.

Isle of Capri: Admire the famous Faraglioni Rocks from the gardens of Caesar Augustus as you explore with your Local Expert.

Assisi: Join your Local Expert and find out why the Basilica of St. Francis is considered one of the crowning achievements of medieval Europe.

Perugia: Join your Local Expert for a guided exploration through history, as you walk along Perugia’s Corso Vannucci to the main square where you’ll see the Great Fountain, Collegio del Cambio and the splendid Prior’s Palace.

Perugia: Meet Marta, recipient of a TreadRight Foundation grant, and discover how she and her weavers are preserving the medieval tradition of loom-weaving at their artisanal workshop.

San Gimignano: Visit the medieval Manhattan of Italy!

Tuscany: Journey to the 15th century wine domain of ‘Guardastelle’ and visit the ancient cellars with a wine expert, where you will enjoy a wine tasting. Afterwards indulge in a lunch of Tuscan specialties.

Pisa: Accompanied by your Local Expert, marvel at the gravity-defying Leaning Tower of Pisa and see the Duomo and baptistery.

Cinque Terre: Experience some of the most awe-inspiring coastal scenery on earth at the UNESCO-listed Cinque Terre. Join your Local Expert and discover charming Manarola, a picturesque ?shing village, before travelling by train to the resort town of Rapallo.

Venice: Guided by your Local Expert, view the sights of Venice including St. Mark’s Basilica and the Bridge of Sighs.

Venice: Witness the ancient skill of glassblowing as you watch artisans create delicate works of art.

Venice: Take your seat in a traditional gondola for a serenade through the romantic Venetian canals.

EXCEPTIONAL DINING

Rome: As night falls, delight in the romance of the Eternal City before gathering for a Welcome Dinner of delicious Italian cuisine and wine at an elegant local restaurant near Piazza Navona.

sle of Capri: Take in Beautiful views of the Gulf of Naples from the privileged perch of Michelin-starred Mammà. Savour a delectable meal of Mediterranean flavours in perfect Caprese style, created with passion from fresh, local produce by chef Salvatore La Ragione.

Isle of Capri: A refreshing lemon granita is the perfect way to cool down in the Mediterranean.

Tuscany: Enjoy a tasting of rare Super Tuscan wines in the underground cellar of Machiavelli’s home before enjoying a light Farm-to-Table lunch.

San Gimignano: Ascend serpentine alleyways to the artisan ice-cream parlour of World Champion Gelato maestro, Sergio Dondoli, for a taste of his creamiest treats.

Florence: Forage for the region’s famous aromatic truffles guided by an expert truffle dog. Enjoy a tasting of these precious ‘diamonds’ followed by dinner in an elegant villa which will include a choice of dishes including the famous ‘Fiorentina’ (mouth-watering grilled Tuscan beefsteak).

San Gimingano: San Gimingano: Explore Guardastelle with a wine expert to learn about the various grape varieties and visit the ancient cellars, where you will enjoy a wine tasting. Afterwards indulge in a lunch of Tuscan specialties and beautiful views of the countryside.

Venice: Learn the secrets behind your aperitif, Venice’s Bellini cocktail before dinner tonight at the atmospheric Taverna La Fenice.

Dining Summary: 11 Breakfasts (B), 3 Lunches with Wine (LW) and 6 Dinners with Wine (DW) all with tea or coffee.

INCLUSIVE LUXURY GOLD SERVICES

You will be escorted by one of our fine Travelling Concierges, handpicked to serve as your expert guide, consummate organiser, and friend overseas.

Luxury Gold is proud to offer various modes of transportation, from luxury coach to included train travel to boutique river cruising and more, so that you always travel in comfort and experience your journey and destination in the best possible and most appropriate way.

Personal radio headsets give you the freedom to wander during visits to famous highlights, without missing any of your Local Expert’s fascinating commentary, available on departures with 15 or more guests.

At every hotel, you’ll be treated to seamless baggage handling, with prompt delivery inside your room.

Hotel and restaurant tips are included – you’ll never have to worry about how much to give, nor search for foreign currency. We also include all taxes and porterage charges at hotels.

Stay connected with friends and family with our complimentary coach and hotel Wi-Fi (where available).

From time to time, your Travelling Concierge will enchant you with a Luxury Gold Flourish, which is a local specialty representing the destination.

Complimentary, private airport transfers are included on start and end dates and when additional accommodation has been booked through Luxury Gold. Complimentary, private train station transfers are included when train travel is included within the itinerary. Transfers to train stations or alternate hotels, in the same start or end city of the itinerary, may be requested but are not guaranteed.