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Beyond Venice: Veneto & Friuli

Private Travel | General interest | Self-drive 8 Days & 7 Nights Lead-in price: £2345 Current prices from: £2345
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.

The Cox & Kings signature experiences

  • Wine tasting in the medieval cellar of San Zeno Castle in Montagnana
  • Chocolate factory visit with tasting in Spilimbergo
  • Guided tours in Padua, Vicenza, Trieste, Montagnana & Arquà Petrarca
  • Wine, cheese & ham tasting in Cormons
  • Stay in 4-star accommodation
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Superior Private Tour in brief

Day 1: Fly to Venice • Padua

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)

Day 2: Montagnana • Arquà Petrarca

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)

Day 3: Vicenza

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)

Day 4: Padua

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)

Day 5: Collio wine route

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)

Day 6: Valvasone • Spilimbergo • San Daniele del Friuli

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)

Day 7: Trieste

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)

Day 8: Venice • Fly home

Drive to Venice airport and drop off your hire car. Fly home. (B)

Meal basis:

As per itinerary – B: Breakfast, L: Lunch, D: Dinner, N: No meals.

Important information Private tour:

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.

Superior tour

This tour is based in 4- and 5-star accommodation.

Single supplement

Available on request.

Tailor-made travel

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 enquire online.

Superior private tour accommodation

  • Hotel Grand’Italia
    Hotel Grand’Italia

    Conveniently located a short walk from central Padova, Hotel Grand'Italia is a comfortable property which first opened in 1907. The hotel retains a number of original features and is an excellent example of rococo-revival architecture. A number of facilities are available on site including a bar/lounge and breakfast room, with several restaurants also within easy walking distance. Features: 65 rooms & suites, bar/lounge, breakfast room. Room amenities: Television, safe, minibar, Wi-Fi.

  • Castello Di Spessa
    Castello Di Spessa

    Situated just outside the town of Capriva del Friuli, in one of northern Italy's finest wine producing regions, Castello di Spessa is a historic property surrounded by beautiful gardens and vineyards. Built in a Venetian style, it is noted for having hosted writer and adventurer Giacomo Casanova in 1773. A manor has stood on this site since the 13th century, however the hotel has been refurbished to a high contemporary standard while retaining plenty of historic character. Facilities include a bar and lounge, a selection of dining options, library, gardens and an on-site winery. Features: 15 rooms, 3 restaurants, bar/lounge, library, golf course. Room amenities: Air conditioning, minibar, telephone.

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Dates & prices


Guideline Prices

Low season from £2345 per person

High season from £2395 per person


Flexible Prices & Itineraries
For a quote based on alternative accommodation standards or flight options, or to tailor this itinerary, please call 020 7873 5000 or send an email enquiry

Additional Information

Please call 020 7873 5000 for more information or to make a booking.

Prices above are per person in pounds sterling (£), based on two people sharing a twin-room. The prices which were valid at the time of publication, may be subject to change, particularly as a result of variable flight costs. You will be informed of any such changes prior to booking.

  • • International flights (and domestic flights if applicable)
    • UK departure and overseas airport taxes
    • Accommodation, itinerary & meal basis as described
    • Local Transfers in a private chauffeur-driven vehicle
    • The support (if required) of an English speaking local representative
    • Local guides and entrance fees where applicable

Destinations on this tour

  • Padova

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