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Exploring Italy's Treasures: Tuscan Flavors


Exploring Italy's Treasures | Tuscan Flavors

12 Days from $3,999 per person

6/1/24 - 6/12/24

Vineyards, olive groves, and cities that float. Incredible history, indelible culture, and unforgettable cuisine. This is l’Italia at its most iconic.

Embark on a journey through the Alpine Lakes region and the charming villages of Cinque Terre, then explore Carrara's marble quarries. Take in the stunning views of medieval villages perched on the edge of the sea and the breath-taking views from the Italian lakes. Enjoy a leisurely stay at a Tuscan villa, where you'll learn the art of Tuscan cuisine at a family-owned villa. Discover the grandeur of Tuscan wine as you visit stunning vineyards in the Chianti countryside. Finally, uncover the wonders of Florence and Venice, immersing yourself in the legendary treasures of northern Italy.


12-Day Itinerary

June 1 | Day 1:  Overnight Flight - Travel along breathtaking landscapes and venture into metropolitan meccas ripe with culture and history. Discover Italy on an unforgettable journey that delves into its most cherished treasures.


June 2 | Day 2:  Stresa, Italy - Tour Begins. Begin on the arresting shores of Lake Maggiore, surrounded by the peaceful beauty of the Alpine lakes region. This evening, 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. Enjoy dinner tonight at Regina Palace Hotel. 

June 3 | Day 3:  Stresa - Enjoy breakfast at the Regina Palace Hotel. 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 enjoy your breathtaking surroundings during an optional cruise to Isola Bella, known as the “beautiful island.” Here an expert will guide you into the Borromeo Palace, a lakeside Baroque beauty adorned with an exotic garden. As the day draws to a close, visit a family-run wine shop and enjoy a cocktail party with some antipasto snacks.


June 4 | Day 4: Stresa - Orta - Italian Riviera -  Today, enjoy breakfast & dinner at the Grand Hotel dei Castelli. 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.

June 5 | Day 5:   Italian Riviera - Cinque Terre - Italian Riviera. Breakfast Grand Hotel dei Castelli. 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.

June 6 | Day 6:   Italian Riviera - Carrara Marble Quarries - Tuscany. Today, enjoy breakfast and dinner at the Hotel Villa Lecchi. 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.

June 7 | Day 7:   Tuscany - San Gimignano - Tuscany. Today, enjoy breakfast and lunch at Hotel Villa Lecchi. This morning, journey into the heart of the Chianti 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 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.

June 8 | Day 8: Tuscany - Siena - Tuscany - Today, enjoy breakfast and dinner at the Hotel Villa Lecchi. 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.


June 9 | Day 9: Tuscany - Florence - Tuscany - Today, enjoy breakfast at the Hotel Villa Lecchi. 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, highlighting the Piazza del Duomo and the famous Gates of Paradise on the Baptistery. You’ll also wander past the Palazzo Vecchio, the Signoria and Santa Croce squares. Enjoy time to explore Florence independently before returning to your villa.

June 10 | Day 10: Tuscany - Bologna - Venice - Today, enjoy breakfast and lunch at the Ca' dei Conti Hotel. 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.


June 11 | Day 11:   Venice - Today, enjoy breakfast and dinner at the Ca' dei Conti Hotel. 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.

June 12 | Day 12:   Venice - Tour Ends. Breakfast. Wake up in Venice and depart for home

Trip Highlights


Your Tour Includes

  • 4 Handpicked Accommodations
  • 17 Meals

Must-See Inclusions:

  • Spend two nights in romantic Venice.
  • Immerse yourself in Florence’s countless treasures on a guided tour of the city.
  • Uncover the prismatic landscape of the Tuscan countryside.

Cultural Experiences:

  • Explore Lake Orta, one of Italy’s hidden treasures.
  • Discover colorful Cinque Terre, a UNESCO World Heritage site.
  • Explore the marble quarries of Carrara aboard off-road vehicles.

Culinary Inclusions:

  • Journey by boat to Isola dei Pescatori for a lovely welcome dinner.
  • Taste authentic Italian gelato from an award-winning ice cream parlor in San Gimignano.
  • Learn the art behind Tuscan cuisine during a hands-on cooking lesson.


  • Italian Lakes Region
  • Stresa
  • Wine Tasting
  • Italian Riviera
  • Cinque Terre
  • Carrara Marble Quarries Off-Road Excursion
  • Tuscan Countryside
  • Italian Cooking Class
  • San Gimignano
  • Siena
  • Florence
  • Bologna
  • Venice

Available Packages

Price Per Person (Double Occupancy)
Unavailable as of February 19, 2024

Deposit: $349.00 per person

Price Per Person (Single Occupancy)
Unavailable as of February 19, 2024

Deposit: $349.00 per person

Extra Options

Collette's Optional Travel Protection Plan (Per Person)
Unavailable as of February 19, 2024


Collette’s travel protection plan offers you a full refund for the price of the tour, right up to the day prior to departure, minus the small cost of the waiver.

Lake Maggiore Cruise - Day 3 | Stresa
Unavailable as of February 19, 2024


Surround yourself in the beauty and grandeur found on the lakes of Northern Italy. Cruise along scenic Lago Maggiore passing the Borromean Islands sprinkled throughout this stunning lake. These petite but incredible islands are brimming with grand villas and exquisite, world-renowned gardens. Glide past Isola del Pescatore viewing the gulf of Baveno before making a stop at Isola Bella. Then we make our way along the cobblestone streets of the quaint town to the impressive, Baroque Borromean Palace and gardens. This famed palace is steeped in immeasurable wealth and regal pageantry. On your guided tour, surroundings will bring you back to the 17th century. Get a glimpse inside life as a royal as you stroll through the opulent halls superbly decorated with rare artwork and tapestries. Then, you’ll head outside to the perfectly manicured, tiered gardens that abut the lakeshore. Behold stunning views and the splendor of the gardens as we make our way through with an expert. Return to the boat for a cruise back to Stresa.

Venetian Serenaded Gondola Cruise - Day 11 | Venice
Unavailable as of February 19, 2024


Experience the romance that can only be found in Venice – La Serenìssima – while traveling on its famous waterways. Partake in one of Venice’s most famous pastimes – a gondola cruise. Take a pleasant stroll toward the Grand Canal to board your gondola. As you relax in your elegant watercraft, your gondolier navigates the Grand Canal as well as smaller side canals. Admire the scenery as you listen to the melodic voice serenading you in true Italian style – just like in those romantic Italian movies!

Pre Night Stay at Hotel-Regina Palace Hotel
Unavailable as of February 19, 2024


Post Night Stay at Hotel-Ca dei Conti
Unavailable as of February 19, 2024