Italian Inspirations - Departs 4th September 2018

Fly, Cruise & Tour with Ponant cruises and Back-Roads tours from Rome in September 2018

Date: 04–28 Sep 2018

Ship: Le Lyrial

BalconySuite
AU $13,995AU $19,735

HIGHLIGHTS

• Cook up an Italian feast in a Tuscan Villa

• Hunt for truffles in Piedmont

• Take in the tranquillity of Lake Orta, one of Italy`s hidden gems

• Try liquors and chocolates in the hills of Asti

• Wine tasting at Grinzane Cavour Castle

• Open Bar policy onboard cruise ship

• A cruise featuring music, culture and history, around the Italian `boot` via Malta and Sicily;

• This cruise is in partnership with Radio Classique and Alain Duault, with the exceptional presence on board of artists from the Vienna Opera

• Cruise visits UNESCO World Heritage Sites: Malta (named European Capital of Culture for 2018), Catania and Mount Etna, Venice, Rome

• Two new ports of call: Catania, at the foot of Mount Etna, for its ancient ruins and baroque churches, and Ancona, where the painter Raphael lived.

Single Deluxe Balcony from $17,995*

ITALIAN INSPIRATIONS Fly, Cruise & Tour package includes:

  • Return economy airfare from Sydney, Brisbane, Melbourne, Adelaide or Perth to Rome** inc taxes
  • One way private car transfer from Rome airport to hotel
  • 1 nights pre-tour accommodation in Rome including breakfast
  • 11 night small group (18 guests max) boutique style `Italian Indulgence` tour with Back-Roads, from Rome to Venice including:

• 11 night`s accommodation (1nt Perugia, 2nts Tuscany, 2nts Lucca, 1nt Santa Margherita, 1nt Cherasco, 2nts Lake Maggiore, 2nts Trento, 1nt Venice)

• Experienced Back-Roads tour leader

• Comfortable mini-coach transportation - tour group size approx 18

• European-style breakfast daily & 6 x evening meals

• In-the-know local guide in Florence

• Tuscan cooking class and lunch

• Truffle hunt in Piedmont

• 2 x wine tastings (Grinzane Cavour Castle & Tirano)

• 1x liquor tasting at Asti

• Boat transfer to Borromean Islands (from Lake Maggiore)

• Entrance tickets: San Fruttuoso Abbey, Isola Madre & Isola Bella, Baptistery of St John in Pisa and Grinzane Cavour Castle

  • 3 nights post-tour accommodation in Venice with breakfast
  • One way private boat transfer from Venice hotel (or nearest pick up point) to port
  • 7 night Ponant`s Le Lyrial cruise `The Vienna State Opera` cruise from Venice to Rome featuring:

• All meals while on board the ship (from dinner on the day of embarkation to breakfast on the day of disembarkation)

• Captain`s welcome cocktail and gala dinner

• Open Bar (pouring wines, house champagne | alcohol except premium brands...list available upon request)

• Port taxes

• Room service 24h (special selection)

  • One way Port - Airport transfer, Rome

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IN-DEPTH PRE-CRUISE TOUR INFORMATION:

Backroad`s `Italian Indulgence`

Discover cities that have shaped the world`s culture. Regional flavours and renowned wines, celebrated around the globe. And picture-perfect landscapes that will capture your imagination and stay in your heart. Exploring Italy is truly an experience to be savoured.

ITALIAN INDULGENCE

Tuscany, Cinque Terra, Piedmont, The Lakes and Venice

Day 1 ROME – ASSISI – PERUGIA

They say all roads lead to Rome, but after we meet, our route whisks us away to awe-inspiring Assisi, the birthplace of St Francis. Tonight, we come together for a delicious dinner in Perugia. (D)

Day 2 PERUGIA – SIENA – TUSCANY

Introducing Siena: a gorgeous Gothic city bursting with fabulous architecture. After exploring the old centre, we venture to our villa in the world-renowned Chianti region. (B,D).

Day 3 TUSCANY

Our host lets us in on a few secrets of Italian cooking today, as we prepare ourselves a classic rustic Tuscan lunch. Later, the afternoon is free to relax. (B,L,D)

Day 4 TUSCANY – FLORENCE – LUCCA

We turn our attention to Florence – birthplace of the Renaissance and home to the world’s most treasured masterpieces. A local guide brings the city alive as we stroll through the streets on a walking tour. As afternoon melts into dusk, we continue on to Lucca. (B)

Day 5 LUCCA – PISA – LUCCA

We come up close and personal to an Italian icon today, with a visit to the famous Leaning Tower of Pisa. Afternoon sees us back in Lucca, where you have the rest of the day and night to explore at your own pace. (B)

Day 6 LUCCA – CAMOGLI – SAN FRUTTUOSO – PORTOFINO – SANTA MARGHERITA LIGURE

It’s time to experience the glitz and glamour of the Italian Riviera. Have your camera ready as we tick off Camogli, San Fruttuoso and the glittering village of Portofino, before settling in Santa Margherita Ligure. Enjoy an evening at your own pace – strolling along the beachfront, lined with pastel-painted houses. (B)

Day 7 SANTA MARGHERITA LIGURE – BAROLO – CHERASCO

Our compass points north and we travel inland to Piedmont, a region of rich red wines and luxurious cuisine. Our first stop is Grinzane Cavour Castle for a wine tasting, before driving near the village of Barolo, where we join a truffle hunt with a local farmer. Once we have worked up an appetite, we will follow it up by a sumptuous slow-food dinner in Cherasco. (B,D)

Day 8 CHERASCO– ASTI – LAKE ORTA – LAKE MAGGIORE

A treat is in store for the sweet-toothed among us at a distillery near Asti, where we sip regional liquors, complemented by hand-made nougat. Then it`s time to head for the hills, pristine lakes and soaring mountains of northern Italy. Lake Maggiore marks the magnificent final stop of the day`s journey. (B)

Day 9 LAKE MAGGIORE

Leaving dry land behind us for the day, we set sail for the Borromean Islands. We 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 free for you to relax. (B)

Day 10 LAKE MAGGIORE – LECCO – TIRANO

Bidding farewell to Lake Maggiore, we discover the sights of Lecco before we reach Tirano for a wine tasting session. After an indulgent afternoon, we return to our hotel and meet for dinner at a local restaurant to continue the culinary adventure. (B,D)

Day 11 TIRANO – LAKE MOLVENO – TRENTO

This morning we turn our attention to the majestic Lake Molveno at the foot of the Brenta Dolomites. We continue to Trento for a walking tour and meet in the evening for a farewell dinner. (B,D)

Day 12 TRENTO – 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 we bid farewell. (B)

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*Conditions Apply: All prices shown here are per person share twin (unless stated as single) in AUD, based on best available cruise fare at time of publication (29May17). All prices based on cash payment - credit card fees may apply. **All airfares/taxes are based on 2017 rates/schedules and subject to change until bookable approx 10 months prior at which time all airfares/taxes are due in full 24 hours from reservation and strict cancellation/change fees apply. Cruise deposit, amendment and cancellation conditions apply. Travel agent service fees may apply. Special conditions apply - please ask for full details at time of enquiry. All passports, vaccinations and visas are the responsibility of the travelling guest to secure prior to departure from Australia. All prices based on a 25% Ponant bonus offer which is subject to change or withdrawal at anytime by the cruise line. Offer ends 29Aug17 or until sold out/withdrawn from sale and is subject to availability at time of booking. Full payment for the tour portion of this package is due in full by 29Aug17 for prices to apply - if not paid in full - higher prices will apply. Travel insurance is highly recommended but not included in package price.

24 nights From AU $13,995 per person, twin share