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This twin-centre fly-drive explores the borghi, vineyards and cites of Veneto and Friuli Venezia Giulia. Visit some of the region's most historic borgos - traditional hilltop towns - as well as the larger cities of Padua, Vicenza and Trieste. Along the way, enjoy the traditional produce of the region including wine, cheese, ham and chocolate.
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Fly to Venice, pick up your hire car and drive to
the historic Grand Hotel Italia (or similar) for 4
nights. Traditional welcome dinner. (D)
Depart for Montagnana, a 14th-century walled
town known for its high walls and moat. Take
a tour of the borgo and enjoy a wine tasting in
the medieval cellar of the castle. After lunch,
continue to Arquà Petrarca, the home of
Renaissance poet Francesco Petrarch, before
returning to the hotel in Padua. (B)
Visit the peaceful Renaissance city of Vicenza,
notable for its 16th-century Teatro Olimpico
and Basilica, and famous for its textiles. Guided
tour and time at leisure. (B)
Full day to explore Padua, one of Italy’s finest
small cities, which once vied with Verona and
Venice for dominance of the Veneto region. A
highlight is the Scrovegni Chapel with its fresco
cycle by Giotto. Take a 3-hour walking tour
followed by time at leisure. (B)
Travel along the wine route in the Collio
area, making a stop in Ruttars, known for its excellent trattorias (traditional Italian eateries).
Continue to the 12th-century Hotel Castello
di Spessa (or similar) in the Gradisca d’Isonzo
area for a 3-night stay. (B)
Today you will visit three historic borgos of
the Friuli region: Valvasone, dating back to the
13th century; Spilimbergo, whose cathedral is
considered the most important gothic building
in Friuli for its enchanting frescos; and, finally,
San Daniele, with its endless views over rolling
countryside. Stops for wine, chocolate and
ham tastings are all included. (B)
Full day to explore Trieste, once the main
port for the Austro-Hungarian Empire. Take a
3-hour guided tour of the city and its exquisite
neoclassical, art nouveau and baroque
architecture, followed by free time to explore
independently. Dinner at a local restaurant or
at the hotel. (B, D)
Drive to Venice airport and drop off your hire
car. Fly home. (B)
As per itinerary – B: Breakfast,
L: Lunch, D: Dinner, N: No meals.
This tour can also be taken with a
private car and driver; please enquire for prices.
We recommend extending your
time in the region with a stay in Venice. Please
enquire for prices.
This tour is based in 4- and 5-star accommodation.
Available on request.
For a price quote based on alternative accommodation standards, to discuss flight options or to tailor this itinerary, please call to speak with a Cox & Kings consultant or
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BVV2020: 7 Nights