Vacation Packages in Italy
A Papal Retreat at Relais La Suvera
A Papal Retreat at Relais La SuveraHave you ever wondered how it would have felt to be an Italian Renaissance aristocrat? Well wonder no more! During this 3-night vacation package, you can stay at the Relais La Suvera and live the life of luxury. At the beginning of your stay, you will discover your sumptuous, deluxe room in the estate's Papal Villa, named for its previous tenant, the Renaissance Pope Giulio II. Other than the room's plush decor and handsome antiques, a complementary bottle of the property's La Suvera wine and a cornucopia of fresh fruit will catch your eye. Over the next three mornings, indulge in the full daily breakfast buffet that includes a variety of freshly baked sweets and pastries. Spend your time enjoying the estate, taking advantage of the wine and cheese tasting and the one free massage or Wine Wrapping that are comprised in this package. The Spa boasts a hydro-massage bath made from a medieval cistern, and there's also a heated pool right beside the Papal Villa for an invigorating mid-morning swim. In the evening, mingle at the Bar dei Limoni during aperitif hour. There you can sample a buffet of delicious Tuscan snacks while sipping on a scrumptious drink. Afterwards, stroll over to the Ristorante Oliviera and delight in a three-course dinner of Tuscan specialties like pici (eggless fresh-pasta) and local salumi that has been booked for you as part of the package. If you love the Tuscan countryside and you wish to relax and travel back in time for a few days, not foregoing any 5-star modern comforts, this package is ideal for you! And if you can bear to leave Relais La Suvera's all-enveloping ambiance, Siena and San Gimignano are only 30-minutes by car.
Venice and 11 other cities.
Croatia's Dalmatian Coast Cruise
Croatia's Dalmatian Coast CruiseThe marvelous Dalmatian Coast, situated where the Mediterranean and central Europe meet, can be defined as one of the last paradises not yet ruined by mass tourism. Once land of the ancient Greeks, of the Roman and Byzantine emperors, and of Venetian doges and Ottoman caliphs, this exquisite coastline, dotted with over 1,000 little islands, is rich in history and treasures waiting to be discovered. Undoubtedly the best way to admire this enchanting seascape and to explore the well-preserved medieval towns along the coast is to go on a cruise! Ours is not a big commercial cruise ship that holds thousands of tourists but the "Corinthian", an exclusive private yacht-like vessel that accommodates a maximum of 100 guests in 50 spacious suites, 16 of which have a private balcony. Among the yacht's facilities are two lounges, a restaurant, an outdoor cafe, a library, a gym, a spa, an infirmary, an outdoor Jacuzzi and a spacious open-deck area for relaxing and sunbathing. Operating from Venice to Dubrovnik, the vessel will cross the Adriatic Sea and cruise along the glorious coastline of Croatia and Montenegro. The journey lasts eight days, with departure from Venice or from Dubrovnik. The carefully designed itinerary includes some of the most fabulous destinations on the Dalmatian coast such as Hvar, Split, the Kornati archipelago, Vis and the Lastovo islands and Kotor, among other unique places. One of the advantages of sailing on the "Corinthian" is that you will be able to stop at small, unspoiled ports and admire highlights that are usually inaccessible to larger cruise ships. The "Corinthian" can anchor in secluded bays for swimming and snorkeling, and remain berthed until late in some ports so that passengers can enjoy the local nightlife. All meals and several entertaining onboard activities are included in this exclusive package. Throughout the cruise, organized shore excursions are planned; it is also possible to arrange them on your own. Additionally, a fleet of bikes and kayaks is available at no additional cost, allowing passengers to go on self-guided excursions along country roads, or to paddle through the turquoise waters of Croatia and Montenegro.
Rome and 2 other cities.
The Big 3 - Rome, Florence and Venice
The Big 3 - Rome, Florence and VenicePerfect for first-time visitors and experienced travelers alike, this package is focuses on the must-see marvels of the Bel Paese. From the ancient majesty of the Eternal City to the Renaissance splendor of Florence and the incomparable atmosphere of Venice, this affordable package includes accommodations in selectively chosen 3-star hotels, museum reservations, a private walking tour and ground transportation. Your sojourn begins with three nights in Rome at the charming Hotel Fontanella Borghese, located within walking distance of the Spanish Steps and Piazza Navona. It is an ideal starting point from which to explore not only the most famous of Rome's monuments but her exclusive boutiques, fine restaurants and many theaters as well. Included in your package is a half-day private walking tour to give you a greater understanding of Rome's prominent place in world history, as well as entrance tickets to the Vatican Museums (meaning that you get to skip the lines!). A private wine tasting in one of the city's most stylish wine bars provides a taste of La Dolce Vita, Roman style! Florence beckons so it's off to the capital of Tuscany and the birthplace of the Renaissance. Opened in 1999, the Hotel Relais Uffizi seems almost too good to be true; its prime location on Piazza della Signoria means your morning cappuccino can be enjoyed overlooking what is virtually an open-air museum of Renaissance sculpture. Just across the square is the Uffizi Gallery, housing world-renowned masterpieces by such luminaries as Botticelli, Michelangelo, Raphael and Leonardo da Vinci. Your vacation package includes advance reservations to this museum, as well as to the Accademia Gallery where Michelangelo's 15-foot tall marble "David" stands center stage. Your final destination is Venice: no other place on earth quite compares with the allure of this romantic city often called La Serenissima. During your two nights in Venice, the delightful Hotel Violino d'Oro will be your home base. From here the joys of Venice are right at your doorstep including the glittering, mosaic-encrusted Basilica of St. Mark, the lavish Doge's Palace and the art treasures in the Accademia Gallery. Not to mention brightly lit shops featuring exquisitely hand-blown Murano glass and exceptional restaurants serving the best of Venetian cuisine; we're sure you'll leave Venice wanting more! Customize This Package Do you like this package but prefer a different style of hotel or arrangement of cities? We would be happy to modify the "Big 3" vacation package with 4- or 5-star hotels, with 3 nights in all cities or in the reversed direction (visiting Venice first and ending in Rome). A $100.00 change fee + any additional costs associated with the modified services applies. Please email us or phone 800-877-1755 for a custom "Big 3" quote.
Verdi Festival in Parma
Verdi Festival in ParmaThe Verdi Festival in Parma is one of the most important music festivals in the world, and the 2013 edition promises to be even more exceptional in honor of the 200th anniversary of Verdi's birth. From September 30th to October 31st, the whole town will become a part of the Festival with outstanding art exhibitions, special events, and performances all around. On every day that month, there's an event either in Parma itself or in one of the centers related to Verdi: Busseto, Roncole, Reggio Emilia, Fidenza, and Modena. Parma's historic Teatro Regio will present the operas "Simon Boccanegra" (Oct. 1, 4, 6, 8, and 11) and "I Masnadieri" (Oct. 18, 20, 23, 25, and 27), while on the maestro's birthday, Thursday October 10th, the Filarmonica Arturo Toscanini will be performing Act II of "Aida" in concert form. The gala celebration concludes on October 31st with a thrilling rendition of Verdi's "Messa da Requiem" by the Orchestre national de France, Daniele Gatti conducting. Our two-night package includes first category seats for two performances of the Verdi Festival, two nights in a double room at a 4-star hotel in downtown Parma (daily breakfast included), and a privately-guided walking tour of the artistic marvels of Parma, including the Romanesque Baptistery and the splendid frescoed ceiling by Correggio in the Cathedral. One of the particular delights of the Festival is to have music lovers taste the gastronomic tradition of the region. Parma and its surroundings are great culinary centers with well-known products such as Parma ham, Parmesan cheese and fine wines making every meal a gourmet experience!
Rome and 2 other cities.
Amazing Family Tours
Amazing Family ToursSelect Italy's Amazing Family Tours are a bonding experience for the whole family! We have created them by teaming up with Alphabet Kids, the go-to source for multicultural educational activities and adventures. The trip starts in Venice where your hotel is the warm and welcoming 3-star Locanda al Leon. It's right in the center of town, and when you arrive, a gondola ride will introduce you to the city's canals and to mesmerizing views of its ancient palazzo. The following day, explore Venice with a private guide in a special guided walking tour designed for children with interactive learning in mind. In the afternoon, get your hands dirty during an informative and fun mask-making workshop. You will learn all about Carnival and its centuries-old traditions, while making your very own mask to take back home with you! Florence is your next stop -- here you will stay at Relais Uffizi, a charming property facing onto the central Piazza della Signoria. Our family-friendly walking tour introduces your children to the birthplace of the Renaissance; they'll get to climb a 13th century tower and do a yummy gelato tasting, too! No visit to Florence is complete without a face-to-face meeting with Michelangelo's David. In Italy food is both culture and fun, so get ready for a visit the farmer's market and your hands-on family cooking class where you will prepare a traditional Tuscan meal. Last stop is Rome, the Eternal City. Your hotel, the Fontanella Borghese, once belonged to a Borghese princess. A highlight is your visit to one of the world's the most compelling art spaces: the Vatican Museums and the Sistine Chapel. In the afternoon, it's time for another hands-on cooking class where you will learn how to make a real pizza just like the Romans do! Customize This Package Like this package, but prefer a different hotel category or a reversed sequence of cities? We are happy to modify the "Amazing Family Tours" vacation package with 4- or 5-star hotels, a reversed itinerary flow (visiting Rome first and ending in Venice) or with pre- and post-tour extensions. The revised package will be customized and re-quoted based on your preferences. Please email or call us toll free at 800-877-1755 for a customized "Amazing Family Tours" itinerary.
Siena: The Race That Stops the Nation!
Siena: The Race That Stops the Nation!The Palio occurs just twice each summer, on July 2nd and August 16th, and the pure excitement of this festival that has survived almost intact from the Middle Ages is unequaled in Italy. Because Siena's lovely medieval buildings were never torn down and replaced with modern structures, UNESCO has declared its medieval city center a world heritage site of incomparable beauty. The medieval city was divided into 17 contrade, or city wards, and in the 13th century these neighborhoods held a competition to establish which contrada would reign supreme. Today the Palio is not just a medieval horse race, it's a festival rich in tradition that is televised live on national TV. For the citizens of Siena, this event is all about neighborhood pride and rivalry; the Palio is also the continuation of a medieval tradition associated with religion and honor. The night before the race, you'll bask in the undeniable atmosphere of excitement by attending the exclusive, invitation-only contrada dinner. Here you'll sit with the locals and enjoy enormous bowls of pasta and exquisite wine. On race day you have reserved tickets to watch the event from one of the many balconies or in the grandstand on the Piazza del Campo. In addition to the Palio tickets, your package also allows you to learn about the festival and the city of Siena with a guided walking tour featuring a visit to a contrada museum. This is an once-in-a-lifetime experience that no Italy lover should miss! Customize This Package Do you want to discover more about Siena and the Palio festival? If so, here are some options for you to consider: Request a room upgrade Add a couple of days in Siena Upgrade your tickets for the horse race to mossa seats to be closer to the action For these and more options please email us or phone 800-877-1755 for a custom Palio Festival quote!
Sicily and 4 other cities.
Mystery & Fire: Taormina & the Aeolian Islands
Mystery & Fire: Taormina & the Aeolian IslandsEnchantment and the odd flash of volcanic fire will be your guides on this 9-day trip to a mysterious and enchanting, sensual corner of Italy and the Mediterranean. You begin in historic Taormina, near one of the world's most active volcanoes, Mount Etna. Get to know the fashionable city center with your own private guide and wind down your days at the beautiful sandy beach below the city, which can be reached by funicular. After a journey by land and water, you'll head to the Aeolian Islands, located just off Sicily's north coast. A warm turquoise-blue sea, soaring volcanic peaks, fragrant breezes...the Aeolians are the Mediterranean at its most majestic. The tiny but uber-stylish island of Panarea is home to a small population during the off season but in the spring and summer the place comes to life with beachgoers, scuba divers and party people looking for some sophisticated relaxation. The 5-star Hotel Raya is just steps from the water and offers fantastic views to the nearby islands from its pools and terraces. Next up is the island of Stromboli, home to another of the world's most active volcanoes. Stromboli is in a constant state of eruption and people have been coming here for years to enjoy therapeutic thermal waters, beautiful volcanic sand beaches and a glimpse of a moody and majestic Mother Nature you don't see every day. You can enjoy all of the beauties of the island and the comforts of a top-notch hotel at La Sirenetta Park Hotel, the finest on the island. Your last stop will be the green island of Salina. A magical place that is relatively unknown to foreigners, Salina boasts a lush, pristine landscape that you may recognize as the setting for much of the classic 1994 film Il Postino. Indulge in a luxurious body treatment at your hotel's spa, shop for local crafts and souvenirs in the charming town of Malfa, and sample the local Malvasia, a delicious variety of sweet white wine produced on Salina. With so much beauty, history and remarkably unspoiled nature, this truly is a part of the world that invites exploration.
Rome and 2 other cities.
Italia by Ferrari - A Customized Driving Adventure...
Italia by Ferrari - A Customized Driving AdventureImagine the invigorating scent of Italy as you speed past olive groves and vineyards, along cypress-lined country roads. Feel the power of an 8 or 12-cylinder engine as you fly through the Italian countryside. This is the ultimate in luxury road trips - our fully customizable Ferrari tour has all the bells and whistles, including multiple cars and a specialized entourage of Ferrari travel experts to guide you on your adventure. Select Italy offers the following three routes: 1-Day Rome Ferrari Tour The exclusive Sporting Yacht Club in Civitavecchia is the meeting point for this tour that heads to Lake Bolsena. Drive through Tarquinia, Monte Romano, and Viterbo before coming to a halt in Bolsena, where a break for lunch is planned. In the afternoon, you explore the beautiful, ancient Etruscan town of Orvieto in scenic Umbria, before heading back to Civitavecchia. 1-Day Milan and Lake Como Ferrari Tour Starting point for this tour is an exclusive location outside Milan where you take your Ferrari for a short practice drive, before heading towards Lake Como. The first stop is Cernobbio, famous for its villas; among the most beautiful is certainly Villa d'Este where you stop for a drink. Bellagio is next, with its wonderful views of the lake. Following a short break for lunch, the tour continues towards Lecco with a planned coffee break, before heading back to Milan. 1-Day Florence and Chianti Ferrari Tour Meet the Tour Director at an exclusive location outside Florence, and the scenic Via Chiantigiana through Greve in Chianti, Castellina in Chianti, and Barberino Val d'Elsa to San Gimignano; here you stop for coffee at Relais La Collegiata. The drive continues towards Siena (famous for its Palio) with some free time to explore the medieval city and have lunch. In the afternoon, on the way back to Florence, the last stop is the charming Tuscan village of Radda in Chianti. Each tour is completely defined by your desires - it is the ultimate indulgence. Let us create the perfect vacation while you enjoy the thrill of the ride, relaxing in the knowledge that absolutely everything is taken care of!
Brindisi and 6 other cities.
Southern Hospitality: Wine & Culinary Trails of Pu...
Southern Hospitality: Wine & Culinary Trails of PugliaAs one of the most celebrated but often overlooked wine regions of Italy, Puglia offers visitors a true taste of Italy. The best wines of the region will be your guide on this eight-day trip to a mysterious and enchanting corner of Italy and of the Mediterranean. Puglia's most representative wines are red and rose' wines, however, the region also produces some interesting whites from local grapes. Distinctive tastes are achieved through time-honored methods of winemaking using Moscato of Trani, Verdeca, Malvasia of Salento, Primitivo, Salice Salentino and Negroamaro grapes. These grapes can be seen growing everywhere throughout the region.During the tour you will stop at different vineyards and will have the chance to sample the flavors that have made this region famous and you will also discover Puglia from its historical, artistic and architectural point of view. Each producer offers different local varietals accompanied by a selection of carefully chosen appetizers made by Puglian artisans from only the freshest ingredients. At a caseificio in Altamura you can watch expert cheese makers create what is truly one of the world's most delicious foods, while at a bakery you'll taste some of the best breads of Southern Italy!
Sicily and 1 other city.
Fresh and Sicilian: The Healthy, Tasty Roots of Si...
Fresh and Sicilian: The Healthy, Tasty Roots of Sicilian CuisineAbout halfway between Palermo, on the north coast of Sicily, and Agrigento, on the south, lies one of the island's premier wineries and cooking schools - Regaleali, which has been in the family of Count Lucio Tasca since 1830. The almost 3,000 acre Regaleali estate and its cooking school draws culinary professionals from around the world and is practically self sufficient, producing most of the vegetables, fruits, wheat, olives, cheeses and meats used in the classes. In the charming country kitchen of Le Case Vecchie, immersed in the vineyards, you will learn to make authentic Sicilian dishes like sarde al beccafico (pan-fried fresh sardines) and arancini, the breaded rice balls consumed all over Sicily as a snack. Cooking lessons will be held daily under the expert guidance of the school's director, Fabrizia Tasca Lanza, an art and food historian who is the daughter of acclaimed cookbook writer, Anna Tasca Lanza. Choose from a 3-night or a 5-night package that includes accommodation in a room with private bath. Each hands-on lesson will feature seasonal ingredients produced on the estate and will end with a delectable meal paired with some of Tenuta Regaleali's exquisite wines.
The 'All-in-One' Amalfi Coast
The 'All-in-One' Amalfi CoastThis seven-night package gives you an opportunity to relax and unwind, while immersing yourself in Italian culture and traditions. You will be staying at Hotel Villa Romana, a charming and family-run 4-star hotel situated in the seaside village of Minori. Only 12 miles from Positano, in the heart of the Amalfi Coast, it is the ideal base from which to explore the coastline and its surroundings. The small town of Minori itself is a hidden treasure, overlooking the turquoise-blue Tyrrhenian Sea - an authentic slice of small town Italian life that you'll get to experience on your guided walking tour of the town. Minori also has a rich culinary tradition dating back to Ancient Rome. Learn about it from the hotel's chef whom you will join for the cooking lessons that introduce you to delicious regional specialties like Sorrentine-style cannelloni and branzino all'acqua pazza (sea bass with fresh herbs and tomatoes). A certificate will be conferred at the end of the two-day course. During your stay, a tasting session is arranged so you can sample the Amalfi Coast's traditional lemon liqueur, limoncello. A visit to a traditional pasta-making facility and a mozzarella-making demonstration at a local dairy is also included. Relaxation is easy when you can choose between the hotel's sun terrace, its outdoor pool or the private beach. Hotel Villa Romana is only steps from the lively seafront promenade with its many bars, restaurants and boutiques; here you can enjoy the vividness of life in a typical Italian town. After a pleasant week in this charming Amalfi Coast town, you will return home relaxed and ready to share all the culinary tips you've leaned with your friends and family.
Fall in Love with Matera!
Fall in Love with Matera!Sleep like a caveman on this exclusive 2-night vacation package that provides a glimpse of what life would have been like 9,000-years ago (if prehistoric people had had Wi-Fi and air conditioning, of course!). Sextantio Le Grotte della Civita (The Caves of Civita) in Matera is an extraordinary 4-star boutique hotel where tufa rock mixes with hospitality to create an atmosphere that's far from the traditional concept of luxury. Call it "minimalist eco-luxury" that coddles its guests in spacious but sparsely furnished caves spread over three levels that are all connected by a staircase and a system of private terraces, accessible through the individual rooms. The hotel is located in the oldest part of the Sassi di Matera, facing the dramatic backdrop of the Park of the Murgia and its gorgeous rock-hewn churches. After check-in, you will venture out to explore the Sassi on a 3-hour privately guided walking tour of the intricate labyrinth of alleys and stairways, of caves and small elegant buildings, arches, galleries, gardens and terraces that make up this remarkable city of stone. Streets in some parts of the Sassi are located on the rooftops of other houses in a tight-knit community that has evolved over the millennia in complete harmony with its natural environment. Highlights of the walking tour are a visit to the evocative spaces of the Museum of Modern Sculpture (MUSMA) and to the immense underground cisterns in Piazza Vittorio Veneto, as well as a stop to sample local gastronomic products. That evening you'll be introduced to Basilicata's traditional cuisine as you savor a multi-course meal at a restaurant in the main piazza of the Sasso Barisano. An organic breakfast gets Day 2 off to a healthy start, and then you'll board an air-conditioned luxury vehicle for a full day enogastronomic excursion to the charming small towns of Venosa and Melfi in search of Basilicata's most characteristic wines. Learn all about Primitivo, Negromaro, Sussumaniello and Aglianico in the vineyards where these grapes are grown; you'll also visit the cellars and pause for two guided wine tastings. Lunch in a farmhouse and a tour of the 11th-century Norman-Swabian Castle built at the foot of the Vulture Mountains in Melfi are included too.
Venice and 2 other cities.
Wine Roads of Italy: The Allegrini Experience
Wine Roads of Italy: The Allegrini ExperiencePolished elegance and superior quality define that which is the Allegrini family's oenological reign. As pioneers Veneto wine making since the 16th century, the family's advancement in research and innovation coupled with a fierce commitment to the indigenous grapes of the region has resulted in year after year of spectacular wines whose praises are only superseded by their taste. The family's estate in Veneto and join-ventures with Leonardo Lo Cascio in Tuscany are woven into this highly customized eight-day experience, carefully tailored to bring the refined flavors of Allegrini in the glass to life. Your experience begins with exploring and tasting La Serenissima from the five-star Danieli, from the hotel's opened Wine Suite, depths of the doge's palace to the nooks of Venice's cicchetti bars. The following stay in Verona at Allegrini family's luxury apartment, located in the historical center of Verona, includes a private afternoon tour of the city and dinner reservations at the critically acclaimed Antico Bottega del Vino. Frequented by celebrated authors, poets, and artists, this self-proclaimed "Temple of Wine" boasts a world-famous wine cellar and one the most extensive wine lists in Italy. A visit to Allegrini's acclaimed Palazzo della Torre Estate, dedicated to traditional Veneto grapes such as Corvina, Rondinella, and Mollinaro, reveals how the family implements the age-old appassimento technique while using state-of-the-art technologies to create their award-winning wines. A tasting and lunch follows at the on-site Villa della Torre, a 16th-century jewel of the Italian Renaissance. Arrival in Tuscany at the wine resort Castello di Casole allows you for relaxing pause before venturing on a two-day experience of Tuscan wine country, beginning with a trip to Montalcino's San Polo Estate and the tasting of its elegant expression of the Sangiovese grape. The grounds are a tribute to the natural beauty of the landscape, and use only environmentally friendly practices in their cultivation, harvesting, and vinification of grapes. The final day begins with a scenic drive from the Castello through an unspoiled Tuscan landscape to the coastal region of Bolgheri, where the tesoro, "treasure" of Bolgheri is evident in the three distinct plots of land at the Poggio al Tesoro Estate with the many excellent expressions of international varieties.
Palermo and 2 other cities.
Wine Roads of Sicily: The Tasca d'Almerita Experie...