La Serenissima (Summer 2018)

Tour Type: Luxury Gold
Brochure Type: Luxury Gold 2018

This magnificent itinerary is a showcase of Italy's grand past, romantic cities and exquisite natural wonders. Discover the gems of Venice and Northern Italy on your all-inclusive, luxury river cruise, before continuing in elegance by rail and road across the Italian peninsula. Personalize your trip with a selection of included experiences. Whether you prefer to admire the art scene in Ferrara, or try your hand at making pasta in Bologna, this journey brings la dolce vita to life for the ultimate Italian vacation. See how you travel like a VIP with Luxury Gold

Additional Included Highlights
  • Paris: See Notre Dame Cathedral, the Louvre, Place de la Concorde, Arc de Triomphe and Eiffel Tower. Pont du Gard: See the Roman aqueduct. Avignon: See the battlements, famous bridge and walk through the old town. Arles: Enjoy an orientation of the city. Aix-en-Provence: See the elegant mansions and cafes of the Cours Mirabeau. Monaco: Drive along part of the Grand Prix circuit
  • See the Grimaldi Royal Palace and the tomb of Princess Grace. Monte Carlo: Perhaps try your luck at one of the casinos. Scenic Drives: French Riviera and Camargue.
Exceptional Dining
  • Burano: Cruise to this charming fisherman's island to enjoy a Celebration Dinner with wine and newfound friends.
  • 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-Tabel lunch. While here you will visit the Italian gardens and be privy to a private opening of the of?ce where he wrote 'The Prince.'
  • 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: Dine out in delightful Barberino di Mugello, at a family-run restaurant where Nonna makes delicious desserts! Enjoy a four-course menu with wine that pays homage to Tuscany's most famous flavours.
  • Tuscany: Join a qualified chef to experience authentic Italian cooking at a hands-on culinary masterclass, followed by lunch.
  • Chioggia: Perhaps choose to join a guided stroll through the town's bustling fish market or head to a casoni, which is a traditional fisherman's hut, to learn the art of mussel harvesting from local fishermen, should weather and maritime conditions permit.
  • Isle of Capri: Savour a delicious lunch at Ristorante L'Olivo, a Michelin-starred restaurant, known for its regional dishes and contemporary flair.
  • Chioggia: Learn about the Dorona grape and taste its luscious golden wine.
  • Valpolicella: Enjoy a multi-course lunch complete paired with Valpolicella wines at the Serego Alighieri estate, which belongs to descendants of Dante Alighieri, one of Italy's most famous poets.
  • Dining Summary: 20 Buffet Breakfasts (BB), 8 Lunches with Wine (LW) and 12 Dinners with Wine (DW) all with tea or coffee. While Cruising: You can enjoy unlimited beverages on-board, including fine wines, beer, spirits, soft drinks, specialty coffee and tea, and mineral water.
Journey Highlights
  • Venice: Guided by your Local Expert, view the sights of Venice including St. Mark's Basilica and the Bridge of Sighs.
  • Venice: Take your seat in a traditional gondola for a serenade through the romantic Venetian canals.
  • Rome: With your Local Expert, see Rome's most revered treasures, including St. Peter's Basilica, Michelangelo's 'Pieta', the Roman Forum and visit the iconic Colosseum.
  • Isle of Capri: Travel in style to the glistening Isle of Capri by open-top taxi and enjoy a private cruise around the island to see its hidden coves and grottos. Back on land; admire the famous Faraglioni Rocks from the gardens of Caesar Augustus.
  • Pompeii: Walk with a Local Expert through the cobbled streets of this ill-fated town, frozen in time since the 1st century.
  • 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.
  • Florence: Join a local art historian for an insightful walk, as you admire Michelangelo's masterpiece, the marble statue of David, in the Accademia Museum.
  • Pisa: Accompanied by your Local expert, marvel at the gravity-defying Leaning Tower of Pisa, alongside a Local Expert, and see the Duomo and baptistery.
  • Cinque Terre: Cruise along the rugged coast of the Cinque Terre, a UNESCO World Heritage Sit. Explore Monterosso's medieval quarter and popular sandy beach and visit Manarola with your Local Expert.
  • Ferrara: For lovers of art, spend a half day in Ferrara, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and a hidden Renaissance treasure, with a long history of art founded on the sponsorship of the noble Renaissance family of d'Este.
  • Manarola: 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.
  • Milan: Experience the Gothic cathedral and see Da Vinci's astounding 'The Last Supper'.
  • Venice: Choose from a 'Do as the Locals Do' exploration of the city or visit the Accademia with an Art Historian.
  • Venice Islands: Discover the Byzantine mosaics of Torcello, learn about lace-making in Burano and taste the luscious golden wine of Mazzorbo.
  • Verona: Explore fair Verona with a Local Expert.
Stay at the Best Addresses
  • Paris: Situated in the heart of the aristocratic district of Le Marais, this modern hotel places you moments away from iconic attractions such as Canal Saint-Martin and the Notre-Dame Cathedral. Its elegant guest bedrooms, luxury spa, traditional restaurant, bar and lounges are complimented by magnificent views of the Le Marais skyline.
  • Arles: The recently-renovated five-star Jules Cesar Hotel has beautifully blended 18th century character with contemporary art. Curated by master of fashion, Christian Lacroix, the refurbished hotel places you in the heart of Arles and offers everything from a luxury spa to a gourmet restaurant.
  • Monte Carlo: Overlooking the Mediterranean Sea, this prestigious hotel is a destination in its own right, boasting a stunning rooftop pool, an in-house casino and a luxury spa.
VIP Experiences
  • Venice: Enjoy a walking discovery tour of the city and an exclusive after-hours visit within St. Mark's Basilica.
  • Rome: In the ultimate VIP experience, 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.
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.
  • Relax in comfort on Luxury Gold's air-conditioned, 40-seat coach with double the standard legroom, onboard restroom and and complimentary bottled water for you to enjoy while travelling.
  • Personal radio headsets give you the freedom to wander during visits to famous highlights, without missing any of your Local Expert's fascinating commentary.
  • We carry your bags for you and promptly deliver them to your hotel door.
  • 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.
  • At every hotel, you'll be treated to seamless baggage handling, with prompt delivery inside your room.
  • Included complimentary, private transfers are available on start and end dates, and when additional accommodation has been booked through Luxury Gold.

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Tour Operator
Luxury Gold by Insight
Offer valid through 9/30/2018
22 Days
Escorted - Yes
Day 1Your Journey BeginsYour Journey Begins: Board your overnight flight to Europe (please ask about our great deals)
Day 2MilanWelcome to Milan: On arrival at Milan Malpensa Airport, you are met and transferred to your centrally-located hotel. Enjoy the rest of the day at your leisure.
Rosa Grand Milano (or similar), Milan
Day 3MilanHighlights of Milan.: Milan, known for its high-end fashion and artistic landmarks, provides the perfect starting point for your Italian adventure. Join your Local Expert for a walking tour of the city's many highlights. Admire the grand Gothic Duomo in the urban heart and then come face-to-face with Leonardo da Vinci's magnificent fresco, 'The Last Supper,' at the Santa Maria delle Grazie convent. (Buffet Breakfast)
Rosa Grand Milano (or similar), Milan.
Day 4Verona, the City of Romeo and Juliet, and on to VeniceVerona, the City of Romeo and Juliet, and on to Venice.: En route to Venice, stop in Verona, home to Shakespeare's star-crossed lovers, Romeo and Juliet. Continue to the revered Serego Alighieri estate, which belongs to descendants of Dante Alighieri, one of Italy's most famous poets, for an exclusive wine tasting and multi-course lunch. On arrival in Venice, step aboard Uniworld's River Countess where you'll begin your exploration of the Queen of the Adriatic. (Buffet Breakfast / Lunch with Wine / Dinner with Wine)
Uniworld's River Countess.
Day 5VeniceVenice.: With your Local Expert, wind through Venice's labyrinthine back lanes, as you appreciate the city's residential heart and legendary locations, including the Doge's Palace and the Rialto Bridge. Cap the day with an after-hours VIP lighting ceremony, hosted inside St. Mark's Basilica when available. In the evening prepare for the dazzling Captain's Welcome Reception and Gala Dinner. (Buffet Breakfast / Lunch with Wine / Dinner with Wine)
Uniworld's River Countess.
Day 6ChioggiaChioggia: Admire the magnificent views of The Floating City's greatest sights, as your ship sets sail for Chioggia. Explore the delights of this picturesque fishing village. Choose between wandering the canals on a discovery tour with your Local Expert or take an invigorating guided bicycle tour along the beaches of Chioggia. (Buffet Breakfast / Lunch with Wine / Dinner with Wine)
Uniworld's River Countess.
Day 7Polesella: Bologna or FerraraPolesella: Bologna or Ferrara.: Art lovers will delight in a half-day visit to Ferrara. This UNESCO World Heritage Site is a beautifully preserved Renaissance treasure, an ancient center for the arts that once rivaled Medici Florence. Its long history of art was founded on the sponsorship of the noble Renaissance family of d'Este. (Buffet Breakfast / Lunch with Wine / Dinner with Wine)
Uniworld's River Countess.
Day 8Taglio di Po and ChioggiaTaglio di Po and Chioggia: There's no better place to indulge in Italy's famed frutti di mare than Chioggia, a colorful fishing village on the Venice Lagoon. Stroll through the town's bustling fish market alongside your Local Expert and appreciate the enterprising atmosphere. Should weather permit, hop aboard a small boat to go mussel harvesting with local fishermen out in the lagoon. (Buffet Breakfast / Lunch with Wine / Dinner with Wine)
Uniworld's River Countess.
Day 9Venice Islands: Torcello, Burano and MazzorboVenice Islands: Torcello, Burano and Mazzorbo.: Enjoy a full day on the The Magical Islands of Venice, showcasing Burano, Mazzorbo and Torcello. Wonder at Burano's colourful homes and visit a lace-making atelier, then be treated to a very special wine tasting in Mazzorbo. Visit Torcello, home to Byzantine mosaics depicting the Last Judgment in the seventh-century Cathedral of Santa Maria Dell'Assunta. (Buffet Breakfast / Dinner with Wine)
Uniworld's River Countess.
Day 10VeniceTheatrical Venice: Get a feel for daily life in Venice with a guided stroll through the bustling Rialto Market, or tour the renowned Accademia Gallery with a local art historian. Celebrate your last evening onboard at the Captain's Farewell Reception and Gala Dinner. (Buffet Breakfast / Lunch with Wine / Dinner with Wine)
Uniworld's River Countess.
Day 11RomeTo Rome by rail: Transfer to the station to board your high-speed train to Rome. Enjoy the ever-changing scenery and business class comfort as you head South across the back-bone of Italy. On arrival, you are met and transferred to your hotel. At 18:00, meet your Travelling Concierge for a short stroll to the Trevi Fountain, enjoying the romance of the Eternal City as night falls, before an evening of culinary delights and wine. (Buffet Breakfast / Dinner with Wine)
Bernini Bristol, Rome.
Day 12RomeRome and the Vatican in VIP Style: Our fast-tracked entry into the Vatican Museums is the best way to enjoy the timeless Papal art collection. In the ultimate VIP experience, enter Michelangelo's Sistine Chapel for a private tour with a Local Expert before it opens to the public. Continue into St. Peter's Basilica, before seeing the Roman Forum and visiting the grand Colosseum. Enjoy time at leisure in the afternoon, perhaps relishing an espresso at a piazza cafe or walking along the romantic Tiber River. In the evening meet Debora, your local Eatwith host, for a home-cooked Italian meal served at her wonderful city-centre home. (Buffet Breakfast / Dinner with Wine)
Bernini Bristol, Rome.
Day 13Isle of CapriPompeii and The Isle of Capri.: Journey to the ill-fated town of Pompeii, frozen in time since A.D. 79 when it was violently engulfed by an eruption of Vesuvius. Join your Local Expert to learn about the lifestyles of the people who once lived here and explore the remnants of ancient shops, baths and patrician villas. Journey on to the Bay of Naples where you'll board your hydrofoil bound for the sun-drenched Isle of Capri. On arrival, enjoy an escorted ride in an open-top taxi to your exclusive hotel. Settle in and appreciate the splendors of Capri at your leisure, long after the day-trippers have returned to the mainland. Prepare for a Highlight Dinner at Ristorante L'Olivo, the only eatery on the island boasting two Michelin stars. Savour Chef Andrea Migliaccio's culinary masterpieces of traditional dishes inspired by modern interpretations, as you drink wine from carefully-crafted handmade glassware. (Buffet Breakfast / Dinner with Wine)
Capri Palace Hotel & Spa, Isle of Capri.
Day 14Isle of CapriExplore the Isle of Dreams.: Embark on a dazzling cruise to see the white grotto and spectacular cliffs of the island, before arriving in Capri town to cool off with a refreshing lemon granita. Walk with your Local Expert to the gardens of Caesar Augustus to view the legendary Faraglioni Rocks, jutting out of the water. Enjoy the rest of the day at leisure, perhaps treating yourself to a pampering massage at your hotel's day spa? (Buffet Breakfast)
Capri Palace Hotel & Spa, Isle of Capri.
Day 15PerugiaLush Umbria and on to Assisi and Perugia.: Return to the mainland and travel north along the Highway of the Sun to the winding, cobbled streets of Assisi for a guided visit to the imposing Basilica of St. Francis with your Local Expert. Continue on to the Umbrian capital of Perugia. Ascend from the lower town, through the maze of medieval streets, to your five-star deluxe hotel. In the afternoon, meet your Local Expert for a 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. Spend the evening at your leisure; perhaps soaking up the vibrancy of this historic university town from a local cafe? (Buffet Breakfast)
Brufani, Perugia.
Day 16TuscanySan Gimignano and Tuscany: Discover the preserved heritage of textile loom-weaving at the Laboratorio Giuditta Brozzetti, a weaver's workshop situated inside a 13th century Franciscan church. Meet Marta, the workshop director and recipient of a TreadRight Foundation grant, and learn how this medieval craft has been kept alive over the generations. Continue your journey north through glorious Tuscan landscapes to hilltop San Gimignano and stroll through its serpentine alleyways to taste the award-winning gelato of Sergio Dondoli. Travel to the Chianti region to meet your Local Expert for a guided tour through the former house and Mediterranean gardens of the Italian Renaissance diplomat and writer, Nicolo Machiavelli. You're invited to join a special opening of his private of?ce where he famously wrote 'The Prince' and then to enjoy an exclusive wine tasting in his original cellar. Taste a variety of wines from his cellar including a rare Super Tuscan, one of the world's most renowned wines. Conclude your visit with a light lunch of Farm-to-Table Tuscan snacks. Chairman's Collection If you are travelling on a Chiarman's Collection departure, you are invited to an exclusive lunch and wine tasting with Count Francesco Mazzei at his centuries-old Tuscan estate. This experience will replace the lunch and wine tasting at the home of Nicolo Machiavelli. (Buffet Breakfast / Lunch with Wine)
Villa Le Maschere, Barberino Di Mugello, Tuscany.
Day 17FlorenceRenaissance Florence.: For a relatively small city, Florence boasts an abundance of art and architectural masterpieces, chic boutiques and fabulous restaurants. Join an art historian for an insider's guide to cultural Florence. Admire Michelangelo's original statue of David in the Accademia Museum, before strolling to the cathedral, the baptistery with its Gates of Paradise and the open-air gallery in Piazza della Signoria. Enjoy Florence in the afternoon at your own pace or return to your renaissance hotel for a relaxing afternoon spent in its tranquil Tuscan gardens. In the evening, gather for a delicious dinner with wine, served at a local restaurant in delightful Barberino Di Mugello (Buffet Breakfast / Dinner with Wine)
Villa Le Maschere, Barberino Di Mugello, Tuscany.
Day 18TuscanyTuscan Cooking Class and Pisa.: Join a professional chef and uncover the secrets of Tuscan cooking during an authentic culinary masterclass. Complete your cooking experience by savouring the fruits of your labour with a lovely lunch. In the afternoon, travel to Pisa and with your Local Expert view the splendid Duomo, baptistery and, of course, the famous gravity-defying Leaning Tower of Pisa! (Buffet Breakfast / Lunch with Wine / Dinner with Wine)
Villa Le Maschere, Barberino Di Mugello, Tuscany.
Day 19RapalloExploring The Cinque Terre and The Italian Riviera.: Journey northwest towards the Cinque Terre, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Join your Local Expert in the picturesque ?shing village of Manarola, then cruise along the rugged coast to explore Monterosso's medieval quarter and popular sandy beach. Enjoy lunch at leisure, then journey by train to the resort of Rapallo. Your prestigious hotel offers striking vistas of the Porto?no promontory. (Buffet Breakfast / Dinner with Wine)
Grand Hotel Bristol Resort & Spa, Rapallo.
Day 20VeniceTheatrical Venice and the Doge's Palace.: Cross the fertile Po Valley to Verona, home of Shakespeare's star-crossed lovers. Stroll past the well-preserved Roman Arena and through a maze of elegant squares to stand beneath the balcony said to have belonged to the Capulet family. Continue on to your five-star luxury hotel in Venice. In the evening, you are invited to an after-hours private visit of the magni?cent Doge's Palace. As all crowds disappear, discover the history, art and culture of the Venetian Republic with your Local Expert. (Buffet Breakfast)
Bauer Palazzo, Venice.
Day 21VeniceVenice and the Magic of La Serenissima.: Discover the majestic wonders of Venice on a guided walk with your Local Expert. Admire St. Mark's Basilica and see the Bridge of Sighs, witness the age-old skill of glassblowing at an arts centre and finally take your seat in a traditional gondola for a serenade through the romantic canals. In the afternoon, cruise to the idyllic ?sherman's island of Burano and arrive just in time for a spectacular Celebration Dinner. Raise a glass of local Italian wine, as you toast to new friendships and memories. (Buffet Breakfast / Dinner with Wine)
Bauer Palazzo, Venice.
Day 22VeniceArrivederci Venice: After breakfast, bid farewell to your travel companions and transfer by private boat to Venice Marco Polo Airport for your onward journey. (Buffet Breakfast)

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DatePrice / DescriptionQuote
07/26/2018$11,885.00* (USD) / Land PriceQuote
08/23/2018$11,860.00* (USD) / Land Price - Definite DepartureQuote
08/30/2018$12,035.00* (USD) / Land Price - Definite Departure - FullQuote
09/06/2018$12,235.00* (USD) / Land Price - Definite Departure - FullQuote
09/13/2018$12,310.00* (USD) / Land Price - Definite Departure - FullQuote
09/20/2018$11,985.00* (USD) / Land Price - Definite DepartureQuote
09/27/2018$11,985.00* (USD) / Land Price - Definite DepartureQuote
Notes: Twin prices are per person, based on Category 5 for cruising portion and include port charges, all river cruising and touring gratuities. Your River Po cruise is operated by our sister company Uniworld, visit for details. St. Mark's Basilica: It is not always possible to arrange after-hours visits, if religious functions or festivities are taking place in the evening, we will visit during regular hours. Generations Program: The cruise portion of 28 Jun & 12 Jul are applicable for Uniworld's family-friendly program. 10 May, 7 Jun, 14 Jun, & 21 Jun departures will stay at alternative accommodation of similar standard in Tuscany. Venice Simplon-Orient-Express: Extend your journey via the luxurious Venice Simplon-Orient-Express on 26 Apr, 30 Aug & 20 Sep departures. Chairman's Collection: On 10 May & 20 Sep departures, join Count Francesco Mazzei at his Tuscan estate instead of visiting the home of Machiavelli. Special Small Group Departures: 7 Jun, 26 Jul & 23 Aug departures are limited to just 24 guests on the land portion.

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  • La Serenissima (Summer 2018)

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