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Connections Boutique Group Journeys

Essence of Italy 2017


11 Days from TBA

Limited to 24 guests

Begin with a Roman tour of the Colosseum and Campo de Fiori, then explore Florence and its Uffizi Gallery with an expert guide, the coastal Cinque Terre and the many lavish treasures of Venice.

A&K Advantages

Traverse soul-stirring Italy on a journey to its most remarkable regions, experiencing A&K access and the best of la bella vita

In Rome's historic Trastevere district, enjoy wine tasting and dinner at the home of a local resident on a charming Neighborhood Connection

Make a Culinary Connection as you learn the secrets of Florentine cuisine in an Italian cooking class guided by a chef

Get a taste of local life with a visit to the buzzy market district around Venice's Rialto Bridge

Tour a family-owned balsamic vinegar factory, sampling this regional favorite before lunch

20 meals, with 10 breakfasts, 5 lunches and 5 dinners

Itinerary at a Glance

DAY 1
ARRIVE ROME, ITALY
DAYS 2-3
ROME | Ancient City & Holy See
DAYS 4-6
FLORENCE | The Renaissance & Tuscany
DAY 7
PISA | World-Famous Leaning Tower
DAY 8
CINQUE TERRE | Beauty Along the Coast
DAYS 9-10
VENICE | Palaces & Canals
DAY 11
DEPART VENICE

Extend Your Journey

Pre-Tour Extension: Amalfi Coast 4 Days from $3,295 Learn More
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DAY 1
ARRIVE ROME, ITALY

Arrive in Rome, Italy's Eternal City, where you are greeted by an A&K representative and transferred to your hotel. In the evening, join fellow guests for a special welcome dinner.

Boscolo Exedra Roma
Meals: Dinner
DAYS 2-3
ROME | Ancient City & Holy See

Journey through history with a morning visit to the Imperial Roman Forum and the Colosseum. In the afternoon, explore the charming Campo de Fiori, the Piazza Navona and its remarkable Fountain of the Four Rivers, and the Pantheon, one of the most widely copied buildings in the Western world. Later, stop at the iconic Trevi Fountain before taking in the Spanish Steps, which are said to comprise the widest stairway in Europe. The next day, explore Vatican City, where you view the magnificent Sistine Chapel with its legendary frescoes by Michelangelo, as well as St. Peter’s Basilica. Tonight venture to Rome’s Trastevere, where charming cobble-stone streets meet with labyrinth alleys. There, join a welcoming local at her home for wine and a home-cooked feast.

Boscolo Exedra Roma
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Breakfast, Dinner
DAYS 4-6
FLORENCE | The Renaissance & Tuscany

Travel north to the famed region of Tuscany and stop en route in medieval Siena. Here, your local expert introduces you to the Piazza del Campo, home of the famous Palio di Siena horse race. Dating back to the Middle Ages, the twice-yearly event honoring the Virgin Mary features a bareback horse race around the piazza. Continue to Florence, a vast and beautiful monument to the Renaissance and its art. The next day, in the company of a specialist art guide, visit the Galleria dell’Accademia to see Michelangelo’s David and the Uffizi Gallery, home to some of the world’s most important art treasures. On your last day, savor the sights of the Mercato Centrale market before participating in a three-hour culinary class, where your chef shares the secrets of Florentine cooking.

Hotel Brunelleschi
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner, Breakfast, Breakfast, Lunch
DAY 7
PISA | World-Famous Leaning Tower

Drive to Pisa, where you see the extraordinary Leaning Tower and explore the Pisa Cathedral and Baptistery with a local guide. Stop in Lucca to tour its lovely pedestrian quarter, then continue on to your next destination, the stunning Italian Riviera.

Grand Hotel Portovenere
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
DAY 8
CINQUE TERRE | Beauty Along the Coast

Discover the extraordinary beauty of the Cinque Terre (“Five Lands”), five scenic villages built along the steep coastal cliffs of Liguria on the Italian Riviera. See Manarola, a fishing village set amid terraced vineyards where you can walk to view the magical coast, and visit other villages nearby.

Grand Hotel Portovenere
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
DAYS 9-10
VENICE | Palaces & Canals

Travelling by coach to Venice, stop en route to enjoy a private tasting of balsamic vinegar at a family-owned factory, with lunch to follow. Then visit Verona, known to the world as the setting for Romeo and Juliet. Tonight, enjoy incredible atmosphere at your boutique Venetian hotel set along the romantic Grand Canal. The next day, stroll through the famous Rialto Market before visiting St. Mark’s Basilica, with its lavish decoration of marbles and golden mosaics, and the Doge’s Palace. This evening, take in the atmosphere of a local bàcaro (wine bar) before gathering for a festive farewell dinner.

Hotel L'Orologio Venice
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Breakfast, Dinner
DAY 11
DEPART VENICE

After breakfast, transfer to the airport and board your flight home.

Meals: Breakfast

Pre-Tour Extension: Amalfi Coast

Pre-Tour Extension: Amalfi Coast

4 Days from $3,295

DAY 1:

Arrive in Sorrento, Italy.

Grand Hotel Cocumella
Meals: Dinner
DAY 2:

Take a walking tour of elegant Sorrento before travelling to the breathtaking Amalfi Coast.

Grand Hotel Cocumella
Meals: Breakfast
DAY 3:

Cruise by hydrofoil to the island paradise of Capri. Meet a local mozzarella producer and learn how the cheese is made before enjoying a home-cooked meal at their farm.

Grand Hotel Cocumella
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner
DAY 4:

Travel to Rome to join your main journey, stopping first in ancient Pompeii, which was buried in volcanic ash when Mount Vesuvius erupted in AD 79.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch


Prices are in USD, per person, based on double occupancy.

Journey Details

Minimum age is 10 years.

First group event: welcome briefing at 6:00 p.m. on Day 1.

Last group event: farewell dinner at 7:15 p.m. on Day 10.

Departures are guaranteed to operate with a minimum of 2 guests.


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