Evansville Museum of Arts,
History & Science presents…
Art, Food & Wine of Italy
October 20 – 31, 2018
more information contact:
Tracy Wilson or Ken Meyer
Small Group Travel rewards travelers with new perspectives. With just 12-24 passengers, these are the personal adventures that today's cultural explorers dream of.
12 Days ● 17 Meals: 10 Breakfasts, 1 Lunch, 6 Dinners
Book by March 21st, 2018 & Save $150 Per Person:
For bookings made after Mar 21, 2018 call for rates.
Included in Price: Round Trip Air from Evansville Regional Airport, Air Taxes and Fees/Surcharges, Hotel Transfers
Not included in price: Cancellation Waiver and Insurance of $290 per person
**Non-members please add $150 per person to the above rates.**
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Highlights: Italian Lakes Region, Stresa, Italian Riviera, Cinque Terre, Lucca, Choice on Tour, Tuscan Countryside, Florence, Siena, Wine Tasting, Italian Cooking Class, Bologna, Venice
Day 1: Saturday, October 20, 2018 Overnight Flight Set out on your overnight flight to Italy!
Day 2: Sunday, October 21, 2018 Stresa, Italy - Tour Begins Begin in Stresa, on the shore of Lago Maggiore. Visit a wine shop and enjoy a cocktail party, tasting some local specialties. A boat transports you to your welcome dinner on Isola dei Pescatori,* the most picturesque of the Borromean Islands. (D)
Day 3: Monday, October 22, 2018 Stresa Today, visit an ancient village nestled in the mountains where you’ll stop at a local farm to sample their artisanally produced cheeses paired with the region’s delicious wines. The remainder of your day in Stresa is at leisure. Perhaps you will investigate the piazzas, flower-lined cobblestone streets and lakeside promenades; or, relax on an optional cruise on this scenic lake and take in the breathtaking surroundings. (B)
Day 4: Tuesday, October 23, 2018 Stresa - Orta - Italian Riviera Depart the Italian Lakes region for Sestri Levante on the Ligurian coast. Stop at Lake Orta and take a boat to Isola di San Giulio. Walk the grounds of this charming island with its working convent. Experience the outdoor cafés and shops of this
lakeside resort. Continue on to the Italian Riviera. (B, D)
Day 5: Wednesday, October 24, 2018 Italian Riviera - Cinque Terre Spend your day discovering the colorful Cinque Terre, a UNESCO World Heritage site. Travel by rail through the medieval villages of the Cinque Terre, perched on the edge of the sea. Traverse the rugged coastal area dotted with terraced vineyards, arriving at this nearly inaccessible string of fishing villages tucked between the mountains and the Mediterranean. Feel like you have stepped back in time. Spend an afternoon independently exploring this magical place. Your Tour Manager will be on hand to help you plan your adventure. (B)
Day 6: Thursday, October 25, 2018 Italian Riviera - Lucca - Tuscan Villa Drive to the medieval city of Lucca, encircled by 16th-century Renaissance walls. Then, it’s your choice! You decide how you want to discover Lucca: on foot or by bicycle. Either way, you’ll visit the Cathedral of San Martino, the Piazza Napoleone and the Piazza dell'Anfiteatro. Then, set off to get a taste of the region by sampling some seasonal, local delicacies at specialty food shops. End the day in a historic Tuscan villa and begin a relaxing 4-night stay.** (B, D)
Day 7: Friday, October 26, 2018 Florence Get to know Florence with a walking tour of the city’s treasures and monuments, including the Piazza del Duomo, the center of religious life in medieval Florence, and the Piazza della Signoria. Visit the Museo della Casa Fiorentina Antica, housed in the 14th-century Palazzo Davanzati. Explore independently before returning to your villa. (B)
Day 8: Saturday, October 27, 2018 Siena Travel to Siena for an expert-led walking tour. Visit the town’s dramatic cathedral, a stunning example of Romanesque and Gothic architecture. Stroll through narrow medieval streets as you experience life in this historic cultural center. Return to your villa for a relaxing afternoon. (B, D)
Day 9: Sunday, October 28, 2018 Tuscan Countryside Visit a winery in the heart of Tuscany that
showcases the wine cellar, family estate,
vineyards and olive groves. Participate in a Tuscan cooking lesson given by the winery’s own chef. Enjoy an authentic Tuscan lunch expertly paired with wines produced on-site. Return to the villa for some leisure time. At dinner, continue your sampling of Tuscan cuisine in one of Tuscany’s traditional restaurants. (B, L, D)
Day 10: Monday, October 29, 2018 Tuscany - Bologna - Venice Depart for Venice. En route, stop in Bologna where we take a guided walking tour of the center, virtually unchanged since the Renaissance. We’ll also sample local delicacies at specialty food shops. Later, arrive in romantic Venice for your 2-night stay. (B)
Day 11: Tuesday, October 30, 2018 Venice Enjoy a boat trip*** to Murano Island for a fascinating glass-blowing demonstration. Return to St. Mark’s Square for a locally guided walking tour featuring the Clock Tower, St. Mark’s Basilica, the Bridge of Sighs, and a visit to the Doge’s Palace. Tonight, partake in a celebratory farewell dinner. (B, D)
Day 12: Wednesday, October 31, 2018 Venice - Tour Ends Wake up in Venice and depart for home. (B)
Itinerary at a glance
Day 1 Overnight Flight
Days 2, 3 Regina Palace Hotel, Stresa
Days 4, 5 Grand Hotel dei Castelli, Italian Riviera
Days 6 – 9 Hotel Villa Lecchi, Tuscany
Days 10, 11 Hotel Santa Marina Venice, Venice
On some dates alternate hotels may be used.
Experience It! The Tuscan Countryside
See another side of Italy in the Tuscan countryside. This breathtaking rural area feels like a country unto itself — never-ending green rolling hills, medieval villages, and picture-perfect farm houses dot the landscape, much of which appears as if it has been frozen in time. Experience cultural moments that perfectly encompass the countryside’s idyllic beauty. You will visit a family-owned winery to tour its gorgeous vineyards; delight your senses during an expert-led cooking class; and enjoy a sumptuous lunch — which is, of course, paired with wines produced only feet away from you. Lose yourself in the beauty of the Tuscan countryside — these will truly be moments you will remember forever.