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Made in Italy - 10 Days

At the crossroads of civilizations for millennia, southern Italy is littered with the detritus of diverse and gilded ages, from Greek and Roman to Saracen, Norman and Spanish. Every carved stone and every frescoed palace tells a story, from fiery Carthaginian invasions and power-hungry kings, to the humble hopes of Roman slaves and gladiators. Here, ancient Greek temples are older than Rome, Byzantine mosaics attest to cosmopolitan encounters and royal palaces outsize Versailles. Southern Italy is home to no less than 13 Unesco World Heritage cultural sites, each laced with tales of victory, failure and timeless humanity.

Each year a flood of visitors come to Italy to enjoy the pleasures of la dolce vita.  With many natural and architectural treasures, Croatia has re-emerged to become the sparkling jewel of the Adriatic.

Italy has drawn travelers in search of culture and romance for many centuries. From the northern snow-capped peaks of the Alps and the idyllic hilltop villages of the renowned central Tuscany and Umbria area, to the rugged southern shores of Sicily, lies a plethora of distinctive regions and people.  From the sophisticated, vibrant cities to the simple elegance of the countryside, Italy’s culture abounds. As a united country, Italy is only a little over 150 years old which means that each region still has a strong cultural identity, resulting in a country of many different faces to delight repeat visitors. Exuberance for life and its simple pleasures endears Italy to its visitors; an appreciation of family, food, history and beauty are the core values at the heart of this popular country.

Best time to go to the Italy

Italy -The climate in Italy is diverse, with the central and northern parts best visited during the spring, summer and autumn months. During winter, the Dolomite Mountains are a haven for skiers.  Further south than Rome, the coastal areas and the islands are a great year round destination, although travel in July and August can be very hot. The arts and opera seasons are generally at their peak outside of July and August, with the exception of Rome and Verona. In the major cities, such as Rome and Milan, August is very much a shutdown month with many shops, offices and restaurants closing as Italians take their annual break. This does mean the cities are much less hectic and accommodation is often less expensive than during June or September.

Day 1
Arrive Portofino

Arrive in Portofino, the glamorous jewel of the Italian Riviera. Enjoy your first family meal together this evening in Portofino’s lively harbour, a great place for people-watching among the luxurious yachts.

Day 2
Private Motor – Yacht in the Cinque Terre

The Cinque Terre is one of Italy’s most precious treasures. Its five lands, or villages; Monterosso, Vernazza, Corniglia, Manarola and Riomaggiore are linked by a rugged, 12 mile coastal path that winds past steeply terraced olive groves and vineyards, white-sand beaches, colourful higgledy-piggledy houses and the most spectacular rocky seascapes imaginable.

The best way to explore the villages and the coast of the Italian Riviera is on-board a skippered motor-yacht. Spend the day sailing on the sparkling Mediterranean with your expert guide, taking in the beauty of the Cinque Terre.

Day 3
Hiking in the Portofino National Park

The promontory of Portofino National Park is one of great natural beauty and a paradise for walkers. Ancient walking paths lead through olive groves and vineyards up to chestnut forests.

Join your guide for an invigorating hike to the San Fruttuoso Abbey, only accessible by foot or by the sea. The abbey dates back more than 700 years and includes a defence tower to protect it from pirates!

Day 4
Off-road Experience in the Marble Mountains, Leaning Tower of Pisa, Pisa Chocolate Valley

The mountains between Portofino and Tuscany offer the most highly demanded of the famous white Italian marble, loved by the great sculptors such as Michelangelo and Bernini. Today we have a high octane 4×4 off road experience into the vast marble quarries. Your expert driver will bring you up the along steep, winding, roads. See trucks manoeuvring in the quarries at death-defying angles, and gaze in awe at dazzling landscapes. After climbing nearly 4000 feet you are rewarded with an amazing view, on a good day to the island of Corsica.

Continue your journey onwards to the world famous city of Pisa with time for lunch and climbing the iconic leaning tower. The last visit of the day is in Pisa’s ‘chocolate valley’ for tastings at an artisanal producer of fine Italian chocolate.

The day ends at your exclusive private villa on the Castiglion del Bosco estate, pride of the esteemed Ferragamo family.

Day 5
Siena Sightseeing, Evening Pizza Party at your villa

Depart for Siena for a guided tour of the great city. Siena was built on three hills and is enclosed by a set of walls and gates. See the Piazza del Campo, one of the finest main squares in Italy, and the Palazzo Pubblico which has served as Siena’s Town Hall since the 1300s. Visit Siena’s Duomo, considered to be one of the finest Gothic cathedrals in Italy with unforgettable frescoes in the Piccolomini Library. A highlight of your day in Siena will be private access into one of the Contrada Museums, dedicated to one of the quarters of the city that participates in the bi-annual Palio horse race. Here you can gain an insight into the centuries of pomp, pride and pageantry behind today’s spectacle.

Return to your luxury villa in the afternoon with your private pool inviting you in for a dip. In the evening a pizzaiola will arrive to fire up the pizza oven and create a freshly baked private pizza party for you in the grounds of your villa!

Day 6
Balloon Flight and Activity Day

This morning, enjoy a special experience, floating above the rolling Tuscan countryside during a private hot air balloon flight (subject to weather conditions). The peace and serenity of exploring Tuscany in this way is one not to be missed. Return to the hotel for breakfast.

The remainder of the day is at leisure to take advantage of the many on-site activities (payable locally) or simply relax and drink in the special atmosphere.

Activities on the estate include:Tours of the winery,Championship members/guests only golf course, Horseback riding, Hiking trails, Mountain biking trails, Extensive spa, Cooking school Academy, Kids Club.

Day 7
Pienza and Wineries of the Val d’Orcia

Today visit the pretty town of Pienza. The center of Pienza was redesigned by Pope Pius II, who wanted to build a model Renaissance Square in his native village. Nearby Montepulciano is an archetypal Tuscan hilltop town, set 605 meters above sea level and offering superb views over the surrounding countryside. Inside the ancient city walls and fortifications you will find winding streets and a wealth of Renaissance style palazzi and churches. During your excursion today you will have the opportunity to enjoy a tasting of some of the wonderful Brunello and Montalcino wines of this region.

Places to visit:

The Real Italian Pecorino

Today visit a typical Tuscan farmhouse, located in the hearth of Val d’Orcia, close to Pienza and Montepulciano, to enjoy a private cheese making demonstration. The owner will give you a brief introduction of what they do on their estate followed by an explanation about Pecorino and Ricotta making. You will be able to visit the laboratory and learn about the entire process of cheese making.

Day 8
Tuscany to Rome: The Colosseum from a Gladiator’s Perspective

Travel through the countryside of Tuscany and Umbria today to the capital city of Italy, Rome.

In the afternoon descend into the belly of the most famous and most visited ancient monument in the world, the Colosseum! Stories of the gladiatorial games will become more vivid as you visit where gladiators once held their final preparations before battling with wild beasts. These spaces are preserved in the condition they were in at the end of the fifth century AD, at which time they were covered over and only very recently opened up. Your guide will bring to life the atmosphere of Rome’s pulsating heart, crowded with people from across the Roman Empire. Your guide will also explain the other nearby Emperor’s forums; Traiana, Augusto and Cesare.

Enjoy accommodations at Rome’s newest urban resort, believed to be the birthplace of Emperor Nero and just a short walk from the Vatican City.

Day 9
Underground Rome

Take a journey back in time during your half day (4 hours) excursion accompanied by your expert guide and driver. Explore the unique church of St. Clemente as you descend down three levels and through two thousand years of history! The medieval church was built over the remains of a 4th century basilica which, in turn, covers buildings from the time of the emperor Nero and a sanctuary dedicated to the oriental divinity, Mithras. The medieval basilica houses one of the finest mosaics from the period, representing the Tree of Life. Continue to one of Rome’s’ most important catacombs, those of San Sebastiano. In burying their dead in underground cemeteries outside of the city walls, the early Christians were simply obeying the laws of time. They were not forced to use them because of persecution, as later popular myth has suggested. Many saints were buried here, and the catacombs later became shrines and places of pilgrimage.

For your final evening in Rome, come together as a family once again with dinner on your own private terrace in an exquisite villa drinking in the panoramic views of the Eternal City.

Day 10
Final departure

Privately transfer to Rome Airport today and fly towards your home town.

Inclusion

  • 9 nights Accommodation & breakfast as per above
  • Private Motor – Yacht in the Cinque Terre
  • Hiking in the Portofino National Park
  • Off-road Experience in the Marble Mountains, Leaning Tower of Pisa, Pisa Chocolate Valley
  • Siena Sightseeing, Evening Pizza Party at your villa.
  • Visit Pienza and Wineries of the Val d’Orcia.
  • Tuscany to Rome: The Colosseum from a Gladiator’s Perspective tour.
  • Half day Underground Rome tour.
  • All tours and travels are on SIC Basis.

Exclusion

  • Tips for guides, escort, drivers etc.
  • Optional shows and meals mentioned in the itinerary, which will be added up if the clients desire to take the activities.
  • Personal expenses such as excess luggage fees, postage, communications and beverages.
  • Travel insurance
  • Any other changes caused by the acts of god, natural disasters, fires, weather, governmental and local authority orders, political change , strikes, war, riot, quarantine, custom regulations, damages or injury caused by accident.
  • Any items not specified in the plan.
  • Visa Fee
  • International and domestic airfare.

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Customer Reviews

Gabriel Max
Gabriel Max
12:57 25 Aug 19
Shishu tours were fantastic, nothing was a problem for them as they go out of their way to make sure your trip is fantastic! From guides to porters they do a wonderful job, thanks for some amazing memories.read more
orla santiago
orla santiago
12:44 25 Aug 19
I visited Nepal in early 2015 for the Shishu Tours' Everest Base Camp trek. It was well organised, with a thorough briefing from Sonu before we started. The guides, led by Hari, were knowledgeable, friendly and skilled. They ensured everyone in the group was save and well looked after, as well as being informative, conveying a true sense of love and awe for the environment. The accommodation in Thamel was good and out on the trek it was as good a standard as could be expected. This was my second trip to the Everest region and I if I get the opportunity to go again, I would certainly consult with Sonu and her Shishu Tours team.read more
chilou zhuu
chilou zhuu
12:42 25 Aug 19
I hiked with a group of 11 people with the goal of Everest Base Camp. When I got to Namchee Bazaar, I had a lot of diarrhea and fatigue. I discussed with my head guide that I did not feel I had the stamina to continue to higher elevations. The head guide arranged for a porter to accompany me back to Lukla over the next 2 days. All arrangements for accommadations and flight back to Kathmandu were arranged by Shishu Tours. The rest of the group successfully went to Everest Base Camp. I am very grateful for the excellent adaptability of the head guide Hari to help my special situation. And I appreciated the help of my porter Krisha on the trip back down to Lukla. Shishu Tours did a great job with all the travel arrangements.read more
felix yeap
felix yeap
12:34 25 Aug 19
This was a magic experience and the team at Shishu tours where exactly what we needed. They looked after us, where professional and most I felt safe in their hands. Would recommend them to anyone wishing to trek in the Everest especially if it is your first time trekking and first time in Nepal.read more
oliver rim
oliver rim
12:32 25 Aug 19
I can't recommend Shishu Tours enough. Throughout the trip, it really did feel like MY trip. Any extra/ side trips I wanted to make, any extra days I wanted - my guides were more than happy and quick to accommodate.read more
babu kaji maharjan
babu kaji maharjan
12:26 25 Aug 19
I have just returned from what I can only describe as a once in a lifetime opportunity to trek to Everest Base Camp. Thank you so much to Sonu who were my points of contact for the trek. When my flight got cancelled due to poor weather , Santosh did everything he could to get me to Lukla so I would not miss the trek and stayed at the airport with me until a helicopter was arranged. Sonu met me in Lukla and was a great porter and guide for the entire duration. He helped me get through my altitude anxiety and we made it to base camp on the most beautiful day ever. Santosh kept in contact with me the whole way and was very helpful advising me to drink lots of water, stay hydrated and not to sleep during the day ( all of which are very useful tips for the trek).Trusted his advice 100 percent especially since he has summited Everest. Thank you so much...Would love to do Annapurna in future perhaps !read more
Gautam sharma
Gautam sharma
12:23 25 Aug 19
It was my first time to Nepal, first time trekking, and a friend of mine recommended Shishu to me as she already went with them before so I did EBC trekking with them. From the minute they picked me up from the airport, I knew everything is gonna be alright. Guys were so cheerful and paid a lot attention to my needs. I felt like traveling with friends, we talked a lot, shared a lot, with the great view of Himalayas and delicious meals. This has been one of my best trip and not the last. Go with them and you won't regret!read more
shrisha gurung
shrisha gurung
12:17 25 Aug 19
We went to EB trek with Shishu Tours last November, it’s kind of surreal. In the middle of nowhere and then you come across this amphitheater of a town with coffee shops and bakeries. Most travel through it going north but it worth ha gong out for a couple of days. Go to the art shop and buy something special for yourself. So genuine and humbleread more
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