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Italy’s Treasures Art, Food & Wine of Italy 10-Night Escorted Coach Tour

Experience La Dolce Vita on this in-depth 10-night cultural tour of Italy from Stresa to Venice, the city of canals. Discover striking architecture, art, food, wine and the best gelato, as you travel along the Italian Riviera, hike the Cinque Terre, relax under the Tuscan sun and take a gondola ride in Venice under the stars.

Italy’s Treasures Art, Food & Wine of Italy 10-Night Escorted Coach Tour

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DEPARTURE DATE: June 11, 2023
Countries Visited: Italy


Vineyards, olive groves, and cities that float. Incredible history, indelible culture, and unforgettable cuisine. This is l’Italia at its most iconic. Enjoy the natural beauty and calm of the Alpine Lakes region. Snake along the edge of the sea to the medieval villages of Cinque Terre. Aboard off-road vehicles, explore the marble quarries of Carrara, where Michelangelo obtained the marble for his statue of David. Relax during a leisurely 4-night stay at a Tuscan villa. Explore the Duomo of rose hued Siena. At a family-run winery, learn the fine art of creating Tuscan cuisine during a cooking class and wine pairing. Explore Florence, the birthplace of the Renaissance. Discover Venice, a city of winding canals and bridges. From medieval masterpieces to bustling piazzas, be swept away by the legendary treasures of northern Italy.

Travel Dates & Pricing

June 11, 2023from $4,499 CDN (Compared to $4,999)Per Person

What's Included

  • 10 night escorted coach tour from Stresa to Venice
  • 10 night accommodations
  • 10 Breakfasts, 2 Lunches, 5 Dinners
  • Included excursions
  • Taxes


1Sun Jun 11Stresa, Italy
2Mon Jun 12Stresa, Italy
3Tue Jun 13Stresa – Orta – Italian Riviera
4Wed Jun 14Italian Riviera – Cinque Terre – Italian Riviera
5Thu Jun 15Italian Riviera – Carrara Marble Quarries – Tuscany
6Fri Jun 16Tuscany – San Gimignano – Tuscany
7Sat Jun 17Tuscany – Siena – Tuscany
8Sun Jun 18Tuscany – Florence – Tuscany
9Mon Jun 19Tuscany – Bologna – Venice
10Tue Jun 20Venice
11Wed Jun 21Venice

Day 1 – Stresa, Italy

Begin on the arresting shores of Lake Maggiore, surrounded by the peaceful beauty of the Alpine lakes region. Cruise to Isola dei Pescatori,* the most picturesque of the Borromean Islands, where you’ll engage with new friends at a dinner welcoming you to Italy.

Day 2 – Stressa

In an ancient village nestled in the mountains, a local family welcomes you to sample their very own artisanal cheeses, paired with the region’s best wines. The remainder of the day in Stresa is at your leisure. Explore the piazzas, flower-lined cobblestone streets, and lakeside promenades. Or, perhaps relax and enjoy the breathtaking surroundings during an optional cruise of this scenic lake region. This evening, visit a wine shop and enjoy a cocktail party with some antipasto snacks.

Day 3 – Stresa – Orta – Italian Riviera

Witness picture-perfect views from Lake Orta, an ancient glacial lake in the Alpine foothills. A boat delivers you to the island of San Giulio, dominated by its working convent. Journey to the Italian Riviera and discover its immeasurable grandeur along the Liguria coast.

Day 4 – Italian Riviera – Cinque Terre – Italian Riviera

Travel by rail today as you discover the colorful Cinque Terre (UNESCO), a string of medieval villages perched on the edge of the sea. Feel like you have stepped back in time as you traverse the rugged coastal area dotted with terraced vineyards. Spend an afternoon independently exploring this awe-inspiring landscape.

Day 5 – Italian Riviera – Carrara Marble Quarries – Tuscany

Veer off the beaten path to visit one of Italy’s great natural wonders: the Carrara marble quarries. During an off-road drive in the Apuane Mountains, you’ll follow the roads the cavatori (quarrymen) carved into the mountains while extracting the precious stone. Over the centuries, Carrara marble was used by artists such as Michelangelo to carve his Pietà in Rome’s St. Peter’s Basilica, as well as his legendary Statue of David. Enjoy some free time to explore Carrara’s old town on your own; view the town’s cathedral, the Duomo, built in white marble, or search for Michelangelo’s bust marking his former home. Continue on through the rolling hills of Tuscany, ending the day in a historic Tuscan villa for a rejuvenating 4-night stay**.

Day 6 – Tuscany – San Gimignano – Tuscany

This morning, journey into the heart of the Tuscan countryside, where a family-owned villa welcomes you. After a tour of the house and grounds, you’ll engage in a hands-on cooking lesson. Break bread during an authentic Tuscan lunch and toast to your host with local Chianti wine. Later, take in Tuscany’s landscape, a spectrum of verdant vineyards and endless groves en route to San Gimignano. Nicknamed the Manhattan of the Middle Ages, San Gimignano’s 14 towers soar distinctively over the landscape making this iconic Tuscan hilltop village stand out against the rolling hills. Taste authentic Italian gelato from an award-winning ice cream parlor while you wander the cobbled streets and gaze up at the imposing towers during time at leisure in this Tuscan gem.

Day 7 – Tuscany – Siena – Tuscany

Travel south to Siena, a UNESCO World Heritage site where stunning Romanesque and Gothic architecture can be found on every corner. Walk the narrow medieval streets on a guided tour. Get to know the local lifestyle of a contrada (neighborhood) whose community Museum is centered around the colorful Palio horse race. Retreat to your Tuscan villa for a relaxing afternoon.

Day 8 – Tuscany – Florence – Tuscany

Welcome to Florence – the birthplace of the Renaissance and the beloved home of the Medici family, Galileo, Botticelli and da Vinci. Set out on a walking tour of Florence’s treasures and monuments, including the glittering storefronts on the Ponte Vecchio (“Old Bridge”), the only Florentine bridge to survive WWII. You’ll also wander past the Palazzo Vecchio, the Piazza della Signoria, and Santa Croce. Enjoy time to explore Florence independently before returning to your villa.

Day 9 – Tuscany – Bologna – Venice

On a walking tour, discover the culture of Bologna, a city barely changed since the time of the Renaissance and Italy’s food capital. Browse the city’s specialty food shops and sample local delicacies such as parmigiano cheese, mortadella – the Italian progenitor of baloney – and lasagna. Arrive later in Venice, the “Queen of the Adriatic,” and settle in for a 2-night stay in one of the most romantic cities in the world.

Day 10 – Venice

Spend the day in Venezia, the floating city home to lavish art collections, wonders of architecture, and where marbled palaces tower over gondola-laden canals. Travel by boat to Murano*** for an expert glass-blowing demonstration, a renowned tradition on the island. Journey back to St. Mark’s Square, Venice’s iconic main square. A local guide takes you on a tour of its incredible sites, including the Bridge of Sighs, the Bell tower, and St. Mark’s Basilica. Say arrivederci to Italy at a savory farewell dinner.

Day 11 – Venice

Wake up in Venice and depart for home.

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