Vacation Packages in Italy
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 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! If you like this package but prefer to customize it in any way, such as a different style of hotel, additions or subtractions in the number of nights, extensions into other cities, or a change in the number of participants, please click on the following link and use our Custom Itinerary Service.
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.
Trento and 2 other cities.
Wine Roads of Italy: The Ferrari Experience
Wine Roads of Italy: The Ferrari ExperienceThere is one name that rises above the rest in the world of Italian sparkling wines: Ferrari. For the past 100 years, these internationally renowned bottles have donned the greatest of tables and appeared at the most exquisite of occasions, exciting taste buds and creating aficionados the world over. The story begins in 1902, when Giulio Ferrari changed the history of sparkling wine by pioneering the very first Champagne-method wines in Italy. When Giulio entrusted his Trento winery to beloved friend Bruno Lunelli in 1952, the family devoted themselves upholding to upholding tradition. This customizable itinerary is created by Select Italy and the Lunelli family to bring what is inside the sparkling glass, out, telling the story of Ferrari and the Lunelli family, whose passion for fine wine, art, and culture has lead them to expand even deeper down into their beloved Italy with additional estates in Tuscany and Umbria. Embark on this one-of-a-kind journey through oenology, art, and elegance as you experience the wines of Italy's most stunning regions. After your arrival in Venice, where you enjoy an initial wine tasting at the iconic five-star Hotel Danieli, you will venture to the striking northeastern city of Trento, nestled in the Adige valley. The follow day will reveal the world of Ferrari wines with a full day of Ferrari's Beauty and Delicacies, created by the Lunelli family to provide guests with the experience of the finest of wines, flavors, and art. Your morning begins with a tour and tasting at Cantine Ferrari, where you will wander through rows of almost 20 million bottles of Ferrari Trento DOC peacefully resting in rows of splendor. The immersion into the sparkling world of this revered wine continues at Locanda Margon, a Michelin-starred restaurant whose chef, Alfo Ghezzi, will prepare a multi-course meal of the region's cuisine paired with Ferrari wines. Lunch concludes with a visit to the nearby Villa Margon, an historic 15th century villa whose artistic and historical value to the region lead the family to choose the structure as the heart and seat which represents the Ferrari realm. The experience continues in Umbria, recently named one of the Top Ten Wine Destinations of 2014 by Wine Enthusiast magazine, where will tour the architectural masterpiece the Carapace cantina at the Lunelli family's Tenuta Castelbuono, explore the charming nearby town of Bevagna and overnight at the illustrious five-star Nun Assisi Relais & Spa Museum in Assisi. Lastly, you will journey into Tuscany, where you are hosted, tour and taste at the Lunelli family's Casale Podernovo, a splendid complex of typical Tuscan 18th-century buildings nestled within the Podernovo vineyards. Your taste of Tuscany is complete with a privately guided full-day tour of the medieval town of San Gimignano with lunch and visits to historic macellerie, typical butcher shops, in its surrounding territory. On the final day your private transfer will be waiting to bring you to your departure airport.
Florence and 2 other cities.
Wine Roads of Italy: The Antinori Experience from ...
Wine Roads of Italy: The Antinori Experience from Salento to ChiantiTignanello, Solaia, Tormaresca - all esteemed labels of the Antinori family which evoke respect and reverence in the world of wine. The family itself is a staple in Tuscan wine culture, creating waves in the proverbial bicchiere (glass) since 1385. Over the next twenty-six generations the Antinori family remained fiercely devoted to its wine-making principles of tradition, passion, and intuition and today has expanded its estates throughout Italy and the world. This seven-day, six-night itinerary traces the family's properties in Puglia and Tuscany, providing the rare opportunity of a full experience of the wine, with unprecedented glimpses of the history and culture therein. After an arrival to Puglia's capital city of Bari, you will be transported to Masseria Torre Maizza, a five-star resort just south of Monopoli on the sparkling Adriatic Coast. Your next day in Puglia, recently named one of the Top Ten Wine Travel Destinations of 2013 by Wine Enthusiast, is an experience of Tormaresca. Tormaresca was created in 1988 by the Antinori family in firm belief that the ancient viticultural traditions of the region could produce high-quality wines. You will tour and taste wines at Masseria Maime, one of the two Tormaresca Puglian estates, hand-selected by the Antinori family. The experience of this culturally rich region is complete with private guided tours of the stunningly beautiful city of Lecce and the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Alberobello, After a picturesque train ride through the Italian countryside, your arrival in Florence begins with an aperitivo at Antinori's Procacci followed by VIP dinner reservations at the Cantinetta Antinori, located in the Renaissance Palazzo Antinori. Visit the state-of-the-art Antinori Cantina in Chianti Classico the following day, with its impressive wine museum, before arriving at Badia di Passignano. This historic Antinori estate dates back to 395 AD and continues to house Vallombrosan monks who, similar to those of Burgundy, are known for their cataloging and research on the growth of vines to make fine wines. A visit to the cantina, which is still making exceptional wines, is accompanied by a cooking class and wine-paired dinner at the property's Michelin-starred Osteria di Passignano. Your night's rest is in none other than Antinori's charming Fonte de' Medici resort, home of the vines of Tignanello and Solaia. The next day you will learn about the world outside of the Antinori properties, venturing into the region for a private day tour of the nearby medieval stronghold of San Gimignano with lunch in Panzano in Chianti. The final evening will be one of peaceful tranquility amongst the distinguished vines back at the Fonte de' Medici resort, and a private driver is reserved for you departure transfer on your final day.
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...
Wine Roads of Sicily: The Tasca d'Almerita ExperienceFor over eight generations the Tasca d'Almerita family has been bringing Sicily to ready glasses worldwide. Considered a hallmark of Sicilian wines and recently named Vini d'Italia's Winery of the Year, the Tasca d'Almerita name is synonymous to the highest quality wines from the region. Their diligent commitment to the grapes, from vineyards to cellars to tables, results in award-winning wines from all five Tasca estates, each which proclaims the distinct geographies of the island: from the volcanic soils on the slopes of Mt. Etna to the expansive countryside of Regaleali to the dusty earth of Palermo. Your week begins at the stunning Hotel Villa Carlotta in Taormina, the cliff-side town described by Goethe as "a corner of paradise." Continue with an afternoon visit and tasting at the Tascante vineyard, where interpretations of the Nerello grapes perfectly interpret the volcanic soil on which they grow. The visit is followed by dinner at the acclaimed Osteria Nero d'Avola in Taormina, whose wine list of over 240 Sicilian wines and acclaimed Chef Turi's seasonal dishes continue to dazzle the likes of international diners. Your tour of Sicily continues after a morning excursion on Etna with the arrival at Tasca d'Almerita's centrally located Regaleali, the winery's principle producing estate since 1837. The grounds are completely self-sufficient, and the fresh local products are highlighted in your cooking course conducted at the culinary school of published author Anna Tasca Lanza. Your stay at Regaleali also includes an inside look at the expansive vineyards with a tasting of the fine wines produced from indigenous varietals such as Nero d'Avola to awarded international varietals like Chardonnay. The week's subsequent stay in Palermo begins with an introductory tour of the vibrant capital city, deeply colored in history and tradition, before a final tasting at Sallier de la Tour, lauded for its production of Monreale DOC. The estate brings home the notion of perfect terroir in its Syrah and pays tribute to the historical variety of the Marsala area, Grillo. The Tasca d'Almerita experience concludes with a dinner at Palermo's 16th-century Gagini Social Restaurant, whose mantra includes "passion above all for the knowledge of nature and its laws" and whose seasonal, fresh dishes display a commitment to Slow Food and Sicily's abundant cuisine.
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! If you like this package but prefer to customize it in any way, such as a different style of hotel, additions or subtractions in the number of nights, extensions into other cities, or a change in the number of participants, please click on the following link and use our Custom Itinerary Service.
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! 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 grandstand seats at Start/Finish line 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.
Venice and 10 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 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. 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.
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.
Venice and 4 other cities.
Istria Experience - a Five-Day Getaway from Venice
Istria Experience - a Five-Day Getaway from VeniceBeautiful Istria is often nicknamed the gourmet paradise of Croatia. Besides the precious white truffle, the black truffle can be found year-round, olive oil produced here is of the highest quality, and the wines are simply excellent. Being only a bit over two-hour drive away from Venice, four nights in Umag is ideal for all that wish to spend some time exploring the diversity of this region, whether on a pre- or post-cruise trip, or as an extension to the stay in La Serenissima. The experience commences with a private chauffeured transfer from Venice airport or cruise port to Umag - a charming fisherman's town on the coast of Istria peninsula. The five-star Melia Coral will be your home for the next few days in Istria. The day following your arrival, you will embark on a discovery of the charming, historical towns dotting the coast - Pula, Rovinj, and Porec. Pula is a city known for one of the last preserved Roman amphitheaters in the world; Rovinj is a charming coastal town known for the bell tower of St. Euphemia that dominates the panorama, while Porec is the home of a World Heritage Site - the Episcopal Complex of the Euphrasian Basilica dating back to the 6th century. On the third day, you can select to either enjoy Umag and the amenities of your hotel, or you can pick one of the alluring excursions to either nearby Slovenia - Lake Bled and Ljubljana, or the UNESCO-protected Plitvice Lakes with its' stunning waterfalls. The final day is reserved for the true truffle hunt in inland Istria - following specially trained dogs, you will try to find the 'treasure' in the form of the white truffle, season permitting. This is also the area that boasts many hilltop towns - Motovn, Groznjan, Zavrsje, and Oprtalj. These Medieval picturesque towns in the hinterland will charm you at first sight. Following your last night at the luxurious Melia Coral your driver will take you back to Venice for your departure flight. If you would like to customize this package in any way - shorten or lengthen it, or add some more fun activities while in Istria, please give us a call at 1-800-877-1755.
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.
The Rhythm of Time: Le Marche's Lifestyle
The Rhythm of Time: Le Marche's LifestyleAn undiscovered pearl in the Italian landscape, a captivating beauty that harbors Renaissance history, art and serenity, and a place that the New York Times considers "the next Tuscany" - this is Le Marche. Situated between the Adriatic Sea and the rolling hills of a picturesque landscape, this unspoiled region is the perfect blend of natural beauty and Italian history. Discover the serenity of a five-star boutique hotel untouched by crowds of tourists. At the Hotel Magnolia, you will stay five nights in one of seven individually decorated Suites, where you can enjoy a complementary bottle of wine on a private balcony overlooking the breathtaking views of the southern Marches. Dine at Magnolia's restaurant at any time of the day, and make sure to try the local delicacies like the pasta di Campofilone al ragu' and olive all'Ascolana prepared exclusively by the executive chef. One gourmet dinner is included in your package. Enjoy high quality amenities in all the rooms, indulge in spa therapy with an in-room massage, and visit the state-of-the-art winery Domodimonti. A sister company of the Hotel Magnolia, the Domodimonti is a boutique winery that specializes in producing natural, organic wines. Located in the heart of the serene countryside, Domodimonti strives to maintain ecological sustainability and respect for the virgin landscapes. Find out how this philosophy translates in their wine. Their highly qualified team will lead you through a wine tasting of five organic wines, all while you breathe the fresh, pure air of the Le Marche region. Visit nearby Renaissance cities such as Ascoli Piceno with its stunning palaces and churches in pale travertine stone or San Benedetto del Tronto, a gracious resort on the palm-fringed Adriatic Riviera. Discover how Le Marche takes you back to a slow-paced, unhurried way of life while offering you a top-of-the-line accommodation in an organic winery.
Venice and 4 other cities.
Veneto at Your Fingertips
Veneto at Your FingertipsIt can't get more valuable than this. Seriously. 3 days to spend in Veneto and Venice to discover some of the oh-so-many other great destinations that the region has to offer. A Select Italy TRAVEL SMART package offered at an incredible price.
Sorrento and 2 other cities.
A Full Immersion in Southern Italian Gastronomy
A Full Immersion in Southern Italian GastronomyAre you passionate about Italian food? Have you always wanted to uncover the secrets of Italian cuisine but agree that a single cooking class is not enough to learn about all of its many characteristics and variations? This vacation package might just be what you're looking for: a one-week culinary program that is a total immersion into the exquisite local gastronomy, traditional culture and idyllic beauty of the Sorrentine Peninsula. The cooking classes take place at Casa Laura, a recently-renovated, historic villa of the 18th century situated in the beautiful village of Sant'Agata sui due Golfi, only 8 miles from Sorrento. Guests stay in a gorgeous independent apartment located on the second floor of the house. It features four double bedrooms with four ensuite bathrooms, a living room, a kitchen and a 250 sq. foot terrace with a striking panoramic view of Vesuvius and the gulf of Naples. The owner of the house, Laura, lives on the 1st floor. She is a well-versed chef who has taught Italian cooking in Italy and in the United States, as well as working with one of Italy's most renowned chefs: Gualtiero Marchesi. Your cooking adventure begins with a welcome party held at Casa Laura upon your arrival. Beginning the following day, Laura will schedule daily professional cooking classes on the most traditional and modern Italian recipes. Menus based on particular themes such as pizza, pasta, special desserts or dishes traditionally eaten at Christmas and Easter can also be arranged upon request. The week-long culinary program is complemented by hand-picked gastronomic and cultural excursions, guided tours and tastings, and superb dinners in world-renowned local restaurants including the 2-Michelin-star Ristorante Don Alfonso 1890. Among the selected gastronomic excursions are a tour and tasting at a traditional limoneto (lemon tree farm) and a trip to a family-run mozzarella cheese producer where you will witness the distinguished Provolone del Monaco being made. There will also be a special pizza cooking class and lunch in a beautiful 18th century villa. Your full immersion in Italian food and culture will be pleasantly concluded with a festive farewell dinner party at Casa Laura before leaving as newly-ordained Master of the Southern Italian kitchen!
Dubrovnik and 2 other cities.
The Zinfandel Experience