There is nothing not to love about Italy. Cook up feasts in Tuscan villas and walk amidst Renaissance masterpieces in Florence, take to the water on Lake Maggiore and in the Venetian canals; from the food and the attitude to the history and the art, there’s another reason to fall hard around every corner in this part of the world. With a night in Rome before your totally immersive escorted land tour and a chance to unwind in Venice before you fly home, this cruise and stay holiday has it all.
|1||Fly from London to Rome. Transfer on arrival to the Smooth Hotel Termini for a one-night stay.|
|2||Rome - Assisi - Perugia.
The start of your Italian Indulgence tour. Today's route will whisk you away to the awe-inspiring Assisi, the birthplace of St Francis. Tonight, we'll come together for a delicious dinner in Perugia. Meals: Dinner
|3||Perugia - Siena - Tuscany.
Introducing Siena, a gorgeous Gothic city bursting with fabulous architecture. After exploring the historic centre, you'll venture to a villa in the world-renowned Chianti region. Meals: Breakfast and Dinner
Your host will let you in on a few Italian culinary secrets today as you have a go at preparing a classic Tuscan lunch. Later, the afternoon is yours to relax or explore as you wish. Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
|5||Tuscany - Florence - Lucca.
Today, attention turns to Florence, the birthplace of the Renaissance and home to some of the world's most treasured masterpieces. A local guide will bring the city alive on a walking tour. As the afternoon turns to dusk, you'll continue on to Lucca. Meals: Breakfast
|6||Lucca - Pisa - Lucca.
Get up close to an Italian icon today, with a visit to the famous Leaning Tower of Pisa. Later, the afternoon will see you back in Lucca, where you'll have the rest of the day and night to explore at your own pace. Meals: Breakfast
|7||Lucca - Camogli - San Fruttuoso - Portfofino - Santa Margherita.
It's time to experience the glitz and glamour of the Italian Riviera. Make sure you have your camera ready - you'll be ticking off Camogli, San Fruttuoso and the glittering village of Portofino, before settling in Santa Margherita Ligure. The evening is yours to explore at your own pace and stroll along the beachfront, which is lined with pastel-coloured houses.
|8||Santa Margherita - Barolo - Alba - Cherasco.
Today you travel inland to Piedmont, a region of rich red wines and luxurious cuisine, before continuing on to the village of Barolo. A treat is in store for the sweet-toothed at a distillery near Asti, where you'll sip regional liquors complemented by handmade nougat. Finally, you'll end our day with a sumptuous dinner in Cherasco. Meals: Breakfast and Dinner
|9||Cherasco - Alba - Lake Orta - Lake Maggiore.
This morning you'll join a truffle hunt with a local farmer. After a risotto tasting lunch, it's time to head for the hills, pristine lakes and soaring mountains of northern Italy. Lake Maggiore will be the magnificent final stop on today's journey. Meals: Breakfast and lunch
Today you'll leave dry land behind and set sail for the Borromean Islands. You'll have plenty of time to wander the terraces of the ornate baroque garden on Isola Bella and discover the pretty harbour of Isola dei Pescatori. The rest of the day is yours to relax or explore. Meals: breakfast
|11||Lake Maggiore - Lecco - Tirano.
After bidding farewell to Lake Maggiore, you'll discover the sights of Lecco. After an indulgent afternoon of wine tasting on the way to Tirano, you'll return to your hotel and meet for dinner at a local restaurant to continue your culinary adventure. Meals: breakfast and dinner
|12||Tirano - Lake Molveno - Trento.
This morning you'll turn your attention to the majestic Lake Molveno, which lies at the foot of the Brenta Dolomites. You'll continue to Trento for a walking tour and meet in the evening for a farewell dinner. Meals: breakfast and dinner
|13||Tirano - Verona - Venice.
Fair Verona beckons today, with its impressive Roman ruins and romantic hotspots. Then, it's onwards to the show-stopping finale, the floating city of Venice, where you'll bid farewell to the group. Meals: breakfast. Transfer to the 4* Venice Times Hotel for a two-night stay.
Day at leisure.
Transfer to port. Embark Rhapsody of the Seas and depart Venice.
Arrive in Venice and disembark. Transfer to the airport for your return flight to the UK.
11-night fully escorted FULLY-ESCORTED 'Italian Indulgence' Tour on a luxury bus with back-roads travel featuring experiences such as:
Boasting tasteful décor, two acres of glass canopies, skylights and floor-to-ceiling windows, Rhapsody of the Seas is a light and airy cruise ship that has won the hearts of many who have sailed aboard her. Unlike her sister ship’s she’s not dominated by an ice skating rink, RipCord, Flowrider or even a Boardwalk Neighbourhood, but that doesn’t lessen the fun that she has to offer as she is still hugely popular with families.
Terms & Conditions: Cruise and Stay Holidays by Bolsover Cruise Club are solely organised by Bolsover Cruise Club (ATOL 11481). Prices shown are per person in £ sterling based on two adults sharing and are subject to availability. Fares and other information are correct at the time of going to issue. The holiday is subject to » Bolsover Cruise Club Terms of Business.. Visa and vaccinations may be required. Hotel accommodation is on a room only basis unless otherwise stated. Travel insurance is at an additional cost. Package price based on 16 May 2020 Gatwick/Rome British Airways flight BA2542 08:20/12:00, returning Venice/Gatwick 6 Jun 2020 British Airways flight BA2585 17:25/18.40. Elements of this package holiday are non-escorted, personal transfers may need to be arranged, please contact our sales team for further information. E&OE.