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Essence of Italy 2018


11 Days from $6,995

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.

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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

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

19 meals, with 10 breakfasts, 4 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
LUCCA | Roman Remnants
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 $2,495 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
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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 out to Rome’s Trastevere, where cobble-stone streets meet with labyrinth alleys, and where you join a welcoming local in her home for wine and a home-cooked feast.

Boscolo Exedra Roma
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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, explore the Mercato Centrale market before participating in a three-hour culinary class, where your chef shares the secrets of Florentine cooking.

Hotel Brunelleschi
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Meals: Breakfast, Dinner, Breakfast, Breakfast, Lunch
DAY 7
LUCCA | Roman Remnants

Drive to Lucca, a city whose history predates the Roman Empire. Explore its historic center, its streets still mirroring the plan imposed by the Romans when they colonized the city. Continue on to your next destination, the stunning Italian Riviera.

Grand Hotel Portovenere
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Meals: Breakfast, 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
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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. Tonight, enjoy the 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
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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 $2,495

DAY 1:

Arrive in Vietri sul Mare, Italy.

Hotel Raito
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Meals: Dinner
DAY 2:

Visit a ceramics museum in Vietri sul Mare. Cruise the Amalfi Coast to Positano, then drive back along the famous coastal road.

Hotel Raito
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Meals: Breakfast
DAY 3:

Marvel at the ancient Greek temples of Paestum. Meet a local organic mozzarella producer and learn how the cheese is made before enjoying a home-cooked meal at their farm.

Hotel Raito
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Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
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.

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  • Jun 05 - Jun 15
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  • Jun 19 - Jun 29
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  • Jun 26 - Jul 06
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  • Jul 17 - Jul 27
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  • Sep 04 - Sep 14
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  • Sep 25 - Oct 05
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  • Oct 02 - Oct 12
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Journey Details

Minimum age is 10 years old.

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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