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Lead Price
From £1975pp
8 days & 7 nights
Itinerary Type
Tailor Made
Holiday Type
Self drive
Tour Highlights

Beyond Venice: Veneto & Friuli

This twin-centre fly-drive explores the borghi, vineyards and cities 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.


DAY 1: Fly to Venice • Padua
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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)

Meal basis: As per itinerary – B: Breakfast, L: Lunch, D: Dinner, N: No meal

DAY 2: Montagnana • Arquà Petrarca
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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
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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
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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
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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 Danieledel Friuli
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Valvasone • Spilimbergo • San Danieledel 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
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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
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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.

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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

What's included

  • 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

Important information

Superior tour
This tour is based in 4- and 5-star accommodation.
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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.
Guideline prices
Prices above are per person in pounds sterling (£), based on two people sharing a twin/double-room. Single supplement available on request. Pricing is indicative and may be subject to change due to external factors such as variable flight prices.
Meal basis
As per itinerary – B: Breakfast, L: Lunch, D: Dinner, N: No meals.
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