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Hidden Italy Escorted Tour

7 nights starting from
£1145

  • Wonderful Renaissance cities – Vicenza, Padova, Ferrara and Mantova

  • Fascinating Sabbioneta – a perfect city in miniature

  • Wine and olive oil tasting

  • Glorious mountain scenery around Bassano del Grappa and Asolo

  • Beautiful buildings by renowned architect, Andrea Palladio

The northern Veneto region of Italy is one of the most historic and beautiful in the country, packed with gems usually overlooked by most visitors. This tour, a version of which we ran 20 years ago, has been updated and includes a host of wonderful sights that compare to the more famous (and crowded) monuments in Verona and Venice. Glorious Renaissance cities, spectacular scenery, beautiful art and architecture as well as a superb regional cuisine combine to create a tour to savour.

Available Departures

From

07 - October - 2019 £ 1145.00 Travel Info Book Now

Provisional Timings

London Gatwick

Departing: 07th October 2019 at 08:40

Returning: 14th October 2019 at 16:15

ITINERARY

Day 1: Fly from London Gatwick to Venice and transfer to Vicenza.

Day 2: Guided walking tour of Vicenza.
The city of architect Andrea Palladio, with entrance to one of his masterpieces, the Teatro Olimpico.

Day 3: Full day Mantova and Sabbioneta.
Lakeside Mantova is full of marvellous buildings including the Duomo and Palazzo Ducale. Tiny Sabbioneta is a perfect city in miniature, dating from the 16th century.

Day 4: Full day to Castelfranco Veneto, Asolo and Bassano del Grappa.
A full day into the hills to the walled town of Castelfranco, renowned for the work of artist, Giorgiona, the mountain town of Bassano, famed for its liqueur and Asolo, a town that Robert Browning loved, which means to “pass time in a meaningless but delightful way”.

Day 5: Full day to Padova.
A glorious university city with a wealth of sights including the beautiful Scrovegni Chapel.

Day 6: Full day to Grezzana, Soave and Montecchio Maggiore.
A varied day to the pretty town of Grezzana, winetasting in Soave and a visit to the castle of Romeo and Juliet at Montecchio.

Day 7: Full day to Ferrara.
Another virtually uknown gem with a wealth of stunning Renaissance palaces and churches.

Day 8: Transfer from Vicenza to Venice airport for return flight to London Gatwick.

NB: Exact order of excursions may vary according to local conditions and tour manager's discretion.

Please note the maximum group size on this tour is 40 passengers.

INCLUDED

  • Return flights from London Gatwick to Venice
  • Seven nights’ accommodation on bed and breakfast basis at the four-star De La Ville Hotel, Vicenza, based on shared occupancy of a twin/double room
  • Transfers, tours and visits as detailed in the itinerary
  • Full touring itinerary conducted by tour manager
  • Tour manager throughout

NOT INCLUDED

  • Single room supplement 
  • Holiday insurance
  • Meals other than those stated
  • Items of a personal nature such as drinks, laundry, telephone calls 
  • Porterage and gratuities 

HOTELS


Hotel De La Ville, Vicenza
Modern four-star hotel, located about 1.5km (20 mins) from the main square in Vicenza, an easy walk or well served by local bus and taxi services. Facilities here include a bar and restaurant. Bedrooms are very comfortable bedrooms and all have private bathroom facilities, TV, telephone, minibar, safe and hairdryer.

Hotel De La Villa Website

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Hotel: 2hour wait for room to be prepared on arrival, difficult to get bar service room perfectly comfortable location not ideal,too far from majority of restaurants Otherwise thoroughly enjoyed the holiday

Review by Dykes who travelled 01-October-2018


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I should have preferred a hotel that was more central, as the walk into town for an evening meal was rather a trek after a long day out, especially on a wet evening. and not much choice nearby. The hotel was very comfortable however, although its menu never changed I enjoyed visiting the different places but would have liked longer in every one, especially Padua and Ferrara. as there was so much more to see Would a short break based on Padua/Ferrara not be a good idea?

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A very enjoyable tour. The places visited were well chosen, varied and interesting. Some problems with local guides - one or two were quite difficult to understand and because of the size of the group, audibility was sometimes a problem. More time to explore places on our own would have been appreciated but some of us might have got lost...!

Review by Grosvenor who travelled 01-October-2018


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Tour Manager Angela was really excellent. She was organised, well informed and good fun. She didn't bombard us with unwanted facts but ensured we got all the information we needed each day. She was good company and we really enjoyed travelling with her. (She was very kind, too!)

Review by Barber who travelled 01-October-2018


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