Italy

Spectacular Italy: An 11-Day Luxury Small Group Tour Through History, Art & Culture

Unearth the art, culture and history of Italy, one of the most loved destinations in the world, on this 11-day, luxury small-group tour (max. 16 travellers). Stay in stunning historic hotels and palazzi exuding Italian charm, travel in business class style aboard the country’s fast trains between iconic cities and historic sights, discover Venice from a traditional Gondola and taste authentic local flavours in Milan, Rome and Florence, with the option to extend your journey to the sun-kissed Amalfi Coast. Includes 10 nights of boutique luxury accommodation in prime locations, daily breakfast and hand-picked gourmet experiences, return airport transfers and private transportation, business class high speed train travel, the services of an expert local, English-speaking guide, insider experiences and so much more.

Package Options


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11 Days
TWIN SHARE - LOW SEASON
Inclusion Highlights:
  • Package valid for one person (twin share) - you must purchase and redeem two packages
  • 10 nights' accommodation in handpicked boutique luxury hotels in prime locations including two nights at luxuriously appointed Splendid Hotel Venice - just a 3-minute walk to St Mark’s Square, and three nights at the iconic Hotel d’Inghilterra - located just a stone’s throw from the Spanish Steps
  • Daily breakfast plus a selection of dining experiences
  • A walking tour of Milan’s fashion and historical center with an aperitivo and dinner
Calendar
11 Days
TWIN SHARE - HIGH SEASON
Inclusion Highlights:
  • Package valid for one person (twin share) - you must purchase and redeem two packages
  • 10 nights' accommodation in handpicked boutique luxury hotels in prime locations including two nights at luxuriously appointed Splendid Hotel Venice - just a 3-minute walk to St Mark’s Square, and three nights at the iconic Hotel d’Inghilterra - located just a stone’s throw from the Spanish Steps
  • Daily breakfast plus a selection of dining experiences
  • A walking tour of Milan’s fashion and historical center with an aperitivo and dinner
Calendar
11 Days
TWIN SHARE - PEAK SEASON
Inclusion Highlights:
  • Package valid for one person (twin share) - you must purchase and redeem two packages
  • 10 nights' accommodation in handpicked boutique luxury hotels in prime locations including two nights at luxuriously appointed Splendid Hotel Venice - just a 3-minute walk to St Mark’s Square, and three nights at the iconic Hotel d’Inghilterra - located just a stone’s throw from the Spanish Steps
  • Daily breakfast plus a selection of dining experiences
  • A walking tour of Milan’s fashion and historical center with an aperitivo and dinner
Calendar
11 Days
SINGLE - LOW SEASON
Inclusion Highlights:
  • Package valid for one person
  • 10 nights' accommodation in handpicked boutique luxury hotels in prime locations including two nights at luxuriously appointed Splendid Hotel Venice - just a 3-minute walk to St Mark’s Square, and three nights at the iconic Hotel d’Inghilterra - located just a stone’s throw from the Spanish Steps
  • Daily breakfast plus a selection of dining experiences
  • A walking tour of Milan’s fashion and historical center with an aperitivo and dinner
Calendar
11 Days
SINGLE - HIGH SEASON
Inclusion Highlights:
  • Package valid for one person
  • 10 nights' accommodation in handpicked boutique luxury hotels in prime locations including two nights at luxuriously appointed Splendid Hotel Venice - just a 3-minute walk to St Mark’s Square, and three nights at the iconic Hotel d’Inghilterra - located just a stone’s throw from the Spanish Steps
  • Daily breakfast plus a selection of dining experiences
  • A walking tour of Milan’s fashion and historical center with an aperitivo and dinner
Calendar
11 Days
SINGLE - PEAK SEASON
Inclusion Highlights:
  • Package valid for one person
  • 10 nights' accommodation in handpicked boutique luxury hotels in prime locations including two nights at luxuriously appointed Splendid Hotel Venice - just a 3-minute walk to St Mark’s Square, and three nights at the iconic Hotel d’Inghilterra - located just a stone’s throw from the Spanish Steps
  • Daily breakfast plus a selection of dining experiences
  • A walking tour of Milan’s fashion and historical center with an aperitivo and dinner
Calendar
14 Days
TWIN SHARE - LOW SEASON
Inclusion Highlights:
  • Package valid for one person (twin share) - you must purchase and redeem two packages
  • 10 nights' accommodation in handpicked boutique luxury hotels in prime locations including two nights at luxuriously appointed Splendid Hotel Venice - just a 3-minute walk to St Mark’s Square, and three nights at the iconic Hotel d’Inghilterra - located just a stone’s throw from the Spanish Steps
  • Daily breakfast plus a selection of dining experiences
  • A walking tour of Milan’s fashion and historical center with an aperitivo and dinner
Calendar
14 Days
TWIN SHARE - HIGH SEASON
Inclusion Highlights:
  • Package valid for one person (twin share) - you must purchase and redeem two packages
  • 10 nights' accommodation in handpicked boutique luxury hotels in prime locations including two nights at luxuriously appointed Splendid Hotel Venice - just a 3-minute walk to St Mark’s Square, and three nights at the iconic Hotel d’Inghilterra - located just a stone’s throw from the Spanish Steps
  • Daily breakfast plus a selection of dining experiences
  • A walking tour of Milan’s fashion and historical center with an aperitivo and dinner
Calendar
14 Days
TWIN SHARE - PEAK SEASON
Inclusion Highlights:
  • Package valid for one person (twin share) - you must purchase and redeem two packages
  • 10 nights' accommodation in handpicked boutique luxury hotels in prime locations including two nights at luxuriously appointed Splendid Hotel Venice - just a 3-minute walk to St Mark’s Square, and three nights at the iconic Hotel d’Inghilterra - located just a stone’s throw from the Spanish Steps
  • Daily breakfast plus a selection of dining experiences
  • A walking tour of Milan’s fashion and historical center with an aperitivo and dinner
Calendar
14 Days
SINGLE - LOW SEASON
Inclusion Highlights:
  • Package valid for one person
  • 10 nights' accommodation in handpicked boutique luxury hotels in prime locations including two nights at luxuriously appointed Splendid Hotel Venice - just a 3-minute walk to St Mark’s Square, and three nights at the iconic Hotel d’Inghilterra - located just a stone’s throw from the Spanish Steps
  • Daily breakfast plus a selection of dining experiences
  • A walking tour of Milan’s fashion and historical center with an aperitivo and dinner
Calendar
14 Days
SINGLE - HIGH SEASON
Inclusion Highlights:
  • Package valid for one person
  • 10 nights' accommodation in handpicked boutique luxury hotels in prime locations including two nights at luxuriously appointed Splendid Hotel Venice - just a 3-minute walk to St Mark’s Square, and three nights at the iconic Hotel d’Inghilterra - located just a stone’s throw from the Spanish Steps
  • Daily breakfast plus a selection of dining experiences
  • A walking tour of Milan’s fashion and historical center with an aperitivo and dinner
Calendar
14 Days
SINGLE - PEAK SEASON
Inclusion Highlights:
  • Package valid for one person
  • 10 nights' accommodation in handpicked boutique luxury hotels in prime locations including two nights at luxuriously appointed Splendid Hotel Venice - just a 3-minute walk to St Mark’s Square, and three nights at the iconic Hotel d’Inghilterra - located just a stone’s throw from the Spanish Steps
  • Daily breakfast plus a selection of dining experiences
  • A walking tour of Milan’s fashion and historical center with an aperitivo and dinner

Embark on an exciting 11-day, luxury small-group tour (max 16. travellers) through the beautiful and awe-inspiring Italy – staying in luxury boutique hotels in prime locations, including the iconic Hotel D’Inghilterra in Rome, located just moments from the Spanish Steps, and Palazzo Castri in Florence, a meticulously renovated Florentine Palazzo dating back to 1874.

What You’ll Love...

The Accommodation – Stunning properties showcasing Italian elegance and style

Capturing the elegance and allure of the fashion capital of Italy -Milan, the striking Rosa Grand Hotel boasts style and grace in an enviable location, steps away from Milan’s exclusive fashion district and the famous Duomo.

Spend two nights at Splendid Hotel Venice, a sophisticated haven perfectly positioned in the heart of the city just minutes away from St Mark’s square, allowing you to soak up all the magic of Venice.

No trip to Italy is complete without a stay in a historic palazzo. In Florence, you will stay in a gorgeous palazzo dating back to 1874 that was meticulously restored into a charming hotel: Palazzo Castri.

Stay in 5-star luxury at the iconic Hotel D’Inghilterra at one of the best addresses in Rome, just moments from the famous Spanish Steps surrounded by high end fashion boutiques near Via dei Condotti.

The Cities – Discover Milan, Venice, Florence and Rome

On trend, elegant and sophisticated: Milan is the fashion capital of Italy, a fast-paced metropolis where history, artistic masterpieces and modern buildings mix to make it one of the most dynamic cities in the country. Walk the streets of the Quadrilatero Della Moda, Milan’s upscale shopping area lined with boutique shops, admire the Duomo – an icon of Gothic style and beauty, and discover the La Scala Theatre, where the world’s greatest dancers, singers and musicians perform.

Venice needs no introduction: a watery wonderland with over 400 bridges and infinite canals, framed by spectacular architecture, the city is packed with charm and magic. Uncover the secrets of Venice on an exciting foodie tour and enjoy a ride on the most famous boat in the world, the gondola.

Travel through the stunning rolling hills of Tuscany, dotted with vineyards and cypresses, and reach the Cradle of the Renaissance, Florence. Let this city enchant you with its glorious art, elegant palaces and splendid bridges. Stand in awe of Michelangelo's David, admire the perfect shape of the Duomo and the world's finest art and architecture, as you stroll through the city center.

The ‘Eternal City’, Rome will be your last stop in Italy: retrace the steps of emperors and gladiators as you tour ancient Rome, full of historical intrigue. Walk the grounds of the Roman Forum, enter the Colosseum and learn more about ages past.

Your included VIP entry to the Colosseum and the Vatican Museums allows you to bypass the lines ensuring you get the most out of these incredible sites. Stand in awe surrounded by 2000 years of history where 50,000 spectators once gathered in the Colosseum’s tiered seats to watch gladiatorial games. Walk the magnificent halls filled with the masterpieces of one of the most important art collections in the world at the Vatican Museums. Admire to the incredible Sistine Chapel and the Pieta, Michelangelo's finest works of art, and walk the world-famous St. Peter's Square, with its striking 248 columns and 88 pilasters.

The Scenery – From the waters of Lake Como to the rolling hills of Tuscany and beyond

Soak up the exquisite beauty of Lake Como, Italy’s third largest lake known for its dramatic scenery of lush green hills dotted with gorgeous villas, owned by the rich and famous. Board a stunning scenic cruise and enjoy the glorious landscape, bejeweled with stunning lake towns and century-old villas. End your day with a visit to Bellagio, the jewel in the crown of Lake Como, home to some of the finest villas in the area.

Spend a full day in the timeless Tuscan countryside and discover quaint medieval towns of rare beauty: start with San Giminiano, the UNESCO-listed beauty surrounded by tower-houses, then follow the panoramic roads of the Chianti region to reach Siena, home to the world-famous Palio. A true medieval masterpiece, Siena will enchant you with its cobblestone streets lined with artisanal shops, stunning architecture and rare beauty.

The Food – Embrace the Italian lifestyle with gourmet experiences

From an aperitivo in Milan to a foodie trip in Rome, the gourmet experiences on this tour will give you the opportunity to embrace the renown Italian lifestyle and cuisine to the fullest.

Toast the start of your Italian adventure in Milan with an authentic aperitivo, paired with traditional antipasti. Embark on a progressive dinner in Venice, where you will taste the ‘cicchetti Veneziani’ - the city’s traditional snacks, enjoy a real Fiorentina bistecca, or a Porterhouse steak in a traditional restaurant in Florence, tour the streets of Rome and taste the famous suppli – or rice croquettes. Finally, enjoy a wine tasting in the heart of the Chianti region, tasting traditional wines and sampling glorious local produce.

Your Package Includes:

  • 10 nights' accommodation in handpicked boutique hotels in prime locations including two nights at the sophisticated Rosa Grand Hotel - located in the heart of Milan’s fashion district, two nights at luxuriously appointed Splendid Hotel Venice - just a 3-minute walk to St Mark’s Square, three nights at the Palazzo Castri - a meticulously renovated Florentine Palazzo dating back to 1874, and three nights at the iconic Hotel d’Inghilterra - located just a stone’s throw from the Spanish Steps and Via Condotti in the heart of the historical centre of Rome
  • Daily breakfast plus a selection of dining experiences including welcome and farewell dinners, lunch in the Tuscan countyside with wine tasting, a traditional Florentine dinner of “bistecca”, a foodie tour in Venice, and so much moreA walking tour of Milan’s fashion and historical center with an aperitivo
  • Full day tour of Lake Como with a lake cruise and traditional lunch in Bellagio
  • A foodie walking tour in Venice with a gondola ride included
  • A guided walking tour with a traditional dinner in Florence
  • Full day visit to the beautiful Tuscan countryside with lunch and wine tasting
  • A guided walking tour in Rome’s impressive Vatican Museums, including access to the Sistine Chapel
  • Ample free time to explore on your own
  • Travel by high-speed train in Business Class between all major cities
  • Porterage and luggage assistance at all stations
  • Private return airport transfers
  • Expert English-speaking guides, insider experiences, private transportation, sightseeing and entrance fees throughout the tour itinerary

Amalfi Coast Extension – Italy’s most scenic coastline awaits

Extend your luxury-small group tour with four, unforgettable days in the UNESCO-listed Amalfi Coast: Italy’s most striking destination, where lush mountains plunge into the deep-blue sea, and wisteria-draped buildings are perched atop verdant hills, looking out to the sparkling waters of the Tyrrhenian Sea.

Your three nights in the Amalfi Coast will be spent at the iconic five-star Parco Dei Principi Hotel, a chic, minimalist hotel nestled amid a three-hectare botanical garden and boasting unparalleled views over the sea. Rest easy in your stunning Sea View Room, complete with a balcony to admire the panorama.

Before reaching Sorrento, step back in time with a visit to the ruins of Pompeii, Europe's most fascinating archeological site. Time stands still in this haunting site, frozen under a thick carpet of volcanic ash following the eruption of Mt. Vesuvius, over 2,000 years ago.

Bask in the seaside atmosphere of the enchanting Positano, a much-loved destination and a must-see when in the Amalfi Coast. Admire the colorful houses and jaw-dropping scenery from a different point of view, as you cruise the Tyrrhenian Sea. Discover Amalfi and its cathedral and enjoy time at leisure in the sun-kissed coastal town of Sorrento. Take some time to wander along scenic medieval cobblestone walkways and bustling marina, shop for finely handcrafted souvenirs or take up a seat at the waterfront for a drink with one of the best views in the world.

Travelling during winter? Your boat cruise on the Tyrrhenian Sea will be substituted with a stunning scenic drive along Amalfi's famous coastal road.

Your Package Includes:

  • Three nights’ accommodation at the iconic five-star Parco dei Principi Hotel, located in a 27,000 sqm botanical garden overlooking the waters of the Tyrrhenian Sea
  • Daily breakfast plus additional dining experiences including a lunch in a traditional trattoria along the Amalfi Coast and Positano
  • A guided tour of Pompeii archeological site
  • Full day tour of the Amalfi Coast including visits to Amalfi and Positano
  • One free day at leisure to relax and soak up the Italian coastal lifestyle or further exploration
  • Travel by high-speed train in Business Class between all major cities
  • Private return transfer to Naples airport or train station
  • Expert English-speaking guides, insider experiences, sightseeing and entrance fees throughout the tour itinerary

The ’7 day change of mind guarantee’ does not apply for Tour bookings. Due to the high demand and limited departures any cancellation / refund requests must be made within 48 hours of purchase. Otherwise, the standard Luxury Escapes Refund Policy applies.

After you have made your booking, please follow the instructions on your confirmation email and ensure you complete your traveller information details within 48 hours.

Important: Please allow for travelling time from Australia. International flights are not included in your package and must be purchased separately. It is your responsibility to make your own travel arrangements and ensure that you arrive in Milan on your chosen tour start date.

Please note: This tour uses the Italian Rail Network extensively to travel between cities. Porterage and luggage assistance will be provided at all train stations. For groups of eight or more, Luxury Escapes will provide an onward luggage transfer service. We will collect your luggage from your hotel and ensure it arrives safely at your next hotel before you do. Please note that this is limited to one suitcase per passenger, any extra pieces of luggage for transfer will be at your own expense.

Valid for select departure dates:

Low Season:

9 November 2019 - SOLD OUT

14 December 2019 - SOLD OUT

11 January 2020 - SOLD OUT

15 February 2020 - SOLD OUT

High Season:

20 July 2019 - LIMITED AVAILABILITY

17 August 2019

Peak Season:

20 April 2019 - SOLD OUT

18 May 2019

15 June 2019

7 September 2019

12 October 2019

Instant Booking: To secure your dates at purchase, click 'Instant Booking' and select your preferred package. Once your preferred package is selected you'll click through to 'Choose Your Dates of Travel' and will be able to enter in your preferred tour commencement date.

Twin-Share Package: The package is valid for ONE PERSON aged 18 years or older (based on twin share). If you are travelling with another person you must purchase TWO PACKAGES, otherwise, an additional single traveller surcharge will apply. Single travellers will get their own room throughout the tour.

Private Departures Available: Guests must be aged 18 years or older. If you wish to travel with children, or on your own private tour together with friends, please enquire for further information (minimum four travellers – surcharges apply).

Maximum tour capacity is 16 people, minimum tour capacity is two people.

Tour includes accommodation at the following hotels or similar:

Rosa Grand Milano, Milan (Deluxe Room)

Splendid Hotel Venice (Superior Room)

Palazzo Castri, Florence (Classic Room)

Hotel d’Inghilterra, Rome (Superior Room)

Extended Tour:

Parco Dei Principi, Sorrento (Deluxe Seaview with Balcony)

Accommodation is subject to availability and may be substituted for a hotel of a similar standard.

Maximum Room Capacity: Two adults, using double or twin bedding.

Arrival and departure transfers are only available on the first and last day of the tour. Any arrivals and departures outside of these days will need to make their own arrangements to/from the airport.

Travellers should have a good level of physical fitness and mobility and must be able to negotiate uneven surfaces, climb stairs and board boats. Please note that we do a lot of walking around historical sites and use public transport at times to travel between sites and to/from our hotel so please be sure to pack comfortable walking shoes.

Your passport must be valid at least SIX months beyond your intended stay overseas.

All surcharges are payable directly to Luxury Escapes.

Dining inclusions do not include beverages (unless otherwise stated) and menu options are subject to change.

Additional expenses such as (but not limited to) international flights, visa fees, travel insurance, additional activities and anything not listed on the itinerary are not included with this package.

Tipping and gratuities are not included in the package and are at your own discretion (as a guide, approx. US$10-15 per person, per day is the industry standard).

Package cannot be split.

Travel insurance is compulsory. We suggest purchasing travel insurance as soon as possible after purchasing this package.

Strictly no refunds for this package for amendments and change of date.

Not valid in conjunction with any other offer or on existing reservations.

Any unused portion of the package is non-refundable and cannot be exchanged for other services or cash.

Please Note: Disability access is limited during the tour, please consider this when making your booking.

Before making a reservation, please ensure that the name on the reservation is the same as it appears on your passport. An error may result in a name change penalty. Luxury Escapes accepts no responsibility for accuracy of name on the travel documents.

The value and comparative savings have been determined based on published rack rates and the value of inclusions. Please be advised that rack rates may not be reflective of actual rates being charged, dependent on the timing and manner of your booking and therefore are only indicative of the level of saving.

Occasionally our itineraries are updated prior to departure to incorporate improvements stemming from past travellers’ feedback as well as updates from our ground operators. Please note that while we operate successful tours in this region throughout the year, some changes may be necessary due to inclement weather and common seasonal changes to timetables and transport routes. This can happen with little notice so please be prepared for modifications to the route. The order and timing of included activities may also vary from time to time.

All activities and services are subject to availability.

Please note that full terms and conditions apply.

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