Undiscovered Italy

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  • Group Tour
  • Starting Price: $8,995
  • Length: 12 days
  • Operator: Travcoa
  • 866-591-0260
    Destinations: Europe, Italy
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Tour Description

Explore the history and culture - and food and wine - of Italy’s heartland on this journey full of unique experiences and complete luxury. Cruise the streets of the Eternal City in a vintage Fiat 500, marvel at artistic masterpieces in Perugia, sip the perfect red at a scenic winery in Lecce and dine at a world-class restaurant in the heart of Naples. Explore the treasures of the past and present in the haunting ghost city of Matera, the idyllic plazas of Assisi and the magnificent cathedral in Orvieto. Travel off the beaten path to experience the heart and soul of Italy.

  • Explore the famous mountainside ghost town of Matera with your private guide
  • Visit the legendary trulli, scenic white-stone-capped houses found only in Puglia
  • Indulge your taste for the finer things in life in Lecce, the “Florence of the South”
  • Get a panoramic view of Mount Vesuvius on your private tour of Naples
  • Enjoy an exclusive tour of the fascinating Wine and Olive Museum in Torgiano
  • Cruise the ancient streets of Rome in style in a vintage Fiat 500
  • Indulge in the finest Italian cuisine and wine at world class restaurants and vineyards
  • Stay in a restored “masseria,” a fortified farmhouse, in Puglia

Itinerary

DAYS 1 - 3

Lecce, Italy

Upon your international arrival in Italy on Day 2, connect to Brindisi, where you’ll be transferred to your luxury hotel in Lecce, the “Florence of the South.” Meet your fellow travelers for a festive welcome cocktail party and dinner at the hotel. The next morning, embark on a privately guided tour of the wonders of Lecce including the castle of Emperor Charles V, Sant-Oronzo Square, the Roman amphitheater, the Basilica of Santa Croce and the lovely Piazza Duomo. Then journey out into the countryside and enjoy lunch and a wine tasting at a winery in the heart of the Primitivo wine district.

Patria Palace Hotel, Lecce

DAYS 4 & 5

Matera Monopoli

En route to Monopoli, explore the fabulous mountainside ghost town of Matera, ancient “city of stones.” Its cave dwellings have been inhabited since the Paleolithic era. Continue to the 2,000-year-old city of Monopoli, a lovely port town on the shores of the Mediterranean. The next day, visit the trulli in Alberobello, a UNESCO World Heritage Site famous for its stunning collection of unique white stone houses with conical roofs. After lunch at a local restaurant, continue your day of immersion in Puglia’s lovely town of Martina Franca. Reach its striking Old City through Baroque gates in ancient stone walls. Once inside, discover tiny, winding streets and placid piazzas.

Il Melograno Hotel, Monopoli

DAYS 6 & 7

Naples Perugia

After a brief stop to visit the seaside cathedral of Trani, continue to vibrant Naples. Dinner this evening is at one of the city’s most famous seafood restaurants, situated at the base of a stunning castle. The next morning, embark on a tour of the city, with stops for panoramic views of Mount Vesuvius and the Isle of Capri. After a guided tour of the Archaeological Museum, continue to Perugia, the heart of Umbria.

Grand Hotel Vesuvio, Naples Hotel Brufani Palace, Perugia

DAYS 8 - 10

Umbria

Begin your exploration of Umbria with an in-depth tour of Perugia. In Assisi, marvel at the ancient frescoes of Basilica di San Francesco. While in the magnificent hilltop town of Torgiano, take a tour of the Wine Olive Museum. Take some time to explore the Spoleto’s Roman ruins, impressive Duomo and lovely Ponte della Torre. Then enjoy a private wine tasting and lunch of Umbrian delicacies in Spello.

Hotel Brufani Palace, Perugia

DAYS 11 & 12

Rome Depart for Home

On your way to Rome, stop in the medieval town of Orvieto. Then visit the breathtaking cathedral and marvel at the Duomo, one of the best examples of Gothic architecture in Italy. This evening, take a private panoramic tour of the Eternal City in a vintage Fiat 500. On Day 12 you will be taken to the airport for your flight home or on to your next destination.

St. Regis Grand Hotel, Rome

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Pricing Information

May 19, 2012

From $8,995.00 per person double occupancy.

From $1,190.00 single room supplement.

June 2, 2012

From $8,995.00 per person double occupancy.

From $1,190.00 single room supplement.

September 1, 2012

From $8,995.00 per person double occupancy.

From $1,190.00 single room supplement.

September 29, 2012

From $8,995.00 per person double occupancy.

From $1,190.00 single room supplement.

Journey Includes

  • Deluxe rooms in the best available hotels
  • Three meals per day, including our unique Dine-Around program that lets you enjoy any restaurant you choose with à la carte dining, or relax with room service when available*
  • A professional Travel Director as your personal concierge
  • Local sightseeing with professional English-speaking guides with unparalleled knowledge, including entrance fees for places visited
  • Active participation and up-close encounters to experience the cultures of your journey
  • Bottled water, soft drinks, coffee and tea included with meals; bottled water during sightseeing excursions
  • All gratuities to hotel and restaurant staff and local guides and drivers
  • Group or individual airport transfers on arrival and departure flights
  • TheTravcoAssist Travel Protection Plan, including emergency medical evacuation insurance coverage for injury or illness, and 24-hour Worldwide Live Travel Assistance through Travel Guard Assistance

*Due to remote or undeveloped locations on some journeys, accommodations may not always meet Western standards. Dine-Around opportunities will be limited in remote or unsecured locations.

All prices are in US dollars and do not include international airfare, unless otherwise noted.

Prices displayed are based on the lowest season base price and assume double occupancy. Prices are shown in U.S. dollars and may or may not include administrative fees, taxes, meals, airfare (where applicable) and Single Supplements. Cancellation penalties, blackout dates and other restrictions may apply.

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