Italy’s Treasures: Art, Food & Wine

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12 Days
Availability : Guaranteed departure dates March - May, 2024
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Italy’s Treasures: Art, Food & Wine of Italy

Experience true adventure on a Collette Small Group Tour

Explore all the treasures that Italy has to offer on this tour. Witness the unparalleled art, food, & wine, through unique tours and immersive experiences that take you beyond the surface. These experiences allow you to discover the heart of the destination—and feel its pulse.

Active and engaging, interpretive and enlightening, unforgettable and unique, Explorations experiences will help shape your understanding of a destination, and shape your vision of the world.

12 days from $4,649 CAD per person, based on double occupancy

*International airfare additional

Departure Location

Stresa, Italy

End Location

Venice, Italy

Price Includes

  • Small group guided tour
  • 10 breakfasts, 1 lunch, 6 dinners
  • 2 nights in Venice
  • Florence city tour
  • Stresa cocktail party
  • Tuscan cooking lesson

Price Excludes

  • International flights & transfers
  • Travel insurance
  • Any private expenses
  • Optional excursions
  • Taxes, fees, gratuities

Tour Specialist

  • Deborah Charles
What to Expect

Vineyards, olive groves, and cities that float. Incredible history, indelible culture, and unforgettable cuisine. This is l’Italia at its most iconic. Enjoy the natural beauty and calm of the Alpine Lakes region. Snake along the edge of the sea to the medieval villages of Cinque Terre. Relax during a leisurely 4-night stay at a Tuscan villa. Explore the Duomo of rose hued Siena. At a family-run winery, learn the fine art of creating Tuscan cuisine during a cooking class and wine pairing. Explore Florence, the birthplace of the Renaissance. Discover Venice, a city of winding canals and bridges. From medieval masterpieces to bustling piazzas, be swept away by the legendary treasures of northern Italy.

  • Discover Lucca on foot or by bicycle
  • Explore Lake Orta, one of Italy's hidden treasures
  • Discover the beautiful Tuscan countryside
  • Travel by boat to a welcome dinner on Isola dei Pescatori
  • Participate in a Tuscan cooking lesson given by an expert chef
For more information on this tour, or help with booking, please contact your favourite Lloyds Travel Agent!


Regina Palace Hotel- Would you like to start your vacation with an additional Hotel night in Stresa, Italy pre- tour additional cost. Standard double pricing from $260 per night.

The Regina Palace is a charming first class hotel embedded in beautiful gardens and situated right on the lake promenade facing the Borromean Islands. All 170 guestrooms’ decor is precious with fine stuccos, antique furniture and beautiful crystal chandeliers.

Day 1Overnight 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.

Day 2Stresa, Italy - Your Tour Begins

Begin on the arresting shores of Lake Maggiore, surrounded by the peaceful beauty of the Alpine lakes region. Visit a wine shop and enjoy a cocktail party with some antipasto snacks. 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.


Regina Palace Hotel

Day 3Stresa

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, perhaps relax and enjoy the breathtaking surroundings during an optional cruise of this scenic lake region.


Regina Palace Hotel

Day 4Stresa - Orta - Italian Riviera

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.

Breakfast & Dinner

Grand Hotel Dei Castelli

Day 5Italian Riviera - Cinque Terre - Italian Riviera

Travel by rail and boat** 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.


Grand Hotel Dei Castelli

Day 6Italian Riviera - Lucca - Tuscany

Encircled by 16th-century Renaissance walls, Lucca exudes an old-world ambience. Old storefronts and busy piazzas offer a glimpse into the city’s medieval past. This morning, it’s your choice! Discover Lucca on foot -OR- pedal the city via bicycle. Whatever you choose, you’ll see historic marvels including the oval-shaped Piazza dell’Anfiteatro. Enjoy some free time to explore the rest of the city on your own while being on the lookout for a peak at Lucca’s unique, tree-crowned Guinigi tower. Continue on through the rolling hills of Tuscany, ending the day in a historic Tuscan villa for a rejuvenating 4-night stay.***

Breakfast & Dinner

Hotel Villa Lecchi

Day 7Tuscany - Florence - Tuscany

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, including the glittering storefronts on the Ponte Vecchio (“Old Bridge”), the only Florentine bridge to survive WWII. You’ll also wander past the Palazzo Vecchio, the Piazza della Signoria, and Santa Croce. Enjoy time to explore Florence independently before returning to your villa.


Hotel Villa Lecchi

Day 8Tuscany - Siena - Tuscany

Travel south to Siena, where Romanesque and Gothic architecture surround you within this UNESCO World Heritage site. Walk the narrow medieval streets on a guided tour. Visit the Gothic cathedral,**** an architectural marvel featuring frescoes by Pinturicchio and masterpieces by Pisano, Donatello, and Michelangelo. Retreat to your Tuscan villa for a relaxing afternoon.

Breakfast & Dinner

Hotel Villa Lecchi

Day 9San Gimignano - Tuscan Countryside

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 Tuscan 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. Later today, journey further into the heart of the countryside, where a family-owned wine estate welcomes you. After a tour of the wine cellar, the estate, the vineyards and the olive groves, engage in a dinnertime cooking lesson with the estate’s own chef. Break bread during an authentic Tuscan dinner and toast with wines produced on-site.

Breakfast & Dinner

Hotel Villa Lecchi

Day 10Tuscany - Bologna - Venice

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.

Breakfast & Lunch

Ca’ Dei Conti Hotel

Day 11Venice

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 Clock Tower, and St. Mark’s Basilica. Say arrivederci to Italy at a savory farewell dinner.

Breakfast & Dinner

Ca’ Dei Conti Hotel

Day 12Venice - Tour Ends

Wake up in Venice and depart for home.


Post NightOptional

Would you like to end your vacation with an additional Hotel in Venice? Additional cost. Standard double pricing – From $390 per night

Ca’ dei Conti Hotel