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Costco Vacations of a Lifetime: Incredible Italy

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$6,699

12 days

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Overview

A truly once-in-a-lifetime experience, exclusive and only available to Costco members, this Vacations of a Lifetime journey showcases Italy’s grand past, romantic cities and exquisite natural wonders. With Luxury Gold’s unparalleled service and special experiences designed exclusively for Costco Travel, guests will journey from iconic capitals to Capri Island and the charming fishing villages of the Cinque Terre, uncovering the full grandeur of Italy, available as a small group departure with a maximum of 24 guests.

This September 27 - October 8, 2020 trip, custom-built exclusively for Costco Vacations of a Lifetime, is specially-priced at $6,699. Your Costco member pricing is already applied.

VACATIONS OF A LIFETIME EXCLUSIVE EXPERIENCES:

* Any guest who books this trip will receive a $200 Costco Photo Center online credit per person. Codes will be emailed to the lead guest on the booking just before departure to redeem after your travels.

* Meet Prince Corsini at his Tuscan Villa– Villa Le Corti – where he regales us with the history of his eminent family (Lorenzo Corsini was once Pope) and explains about the wine production on his estate.

* After a tour of the vineyards and wine cellars, we dine on Florentine specialities paired with the Estate wines in the company of the Prince and his wife.

* In a Tuscan forest, go Truffle hunting with trained dogs.

* Tuscany: At the magnificent wine estate of Castello Sonnino, the home of Baron and Baroness de Renzis Sonnino enjoy an “al fresco” barbeque lunch.

* Dinner paired with fine wines at the two star Michelin restaurant L’Olivo on the Isle of Capri.

VACATIONS OF A LIFETIME SPECIAL TOUCHES:

* Special Welcome and Farewell gifts.

* Sip on a traditional Bellini cocktail while enjoying the music of the orchestra at Lord Byron’s favorite restaurant on St Mark’s Square – the celebrated Caffe Florian founded in 1720.

* Visit the Leonardo vineyard with Countess Veronica Passerin d’Entreves, the owner of Villa Dianella and learn more about Leonardo da Vinci. Go home with a limited-edition Leonardo wine.

To learn more, or call to book: 1-877-456-0525

Countries Visited

Italy

Travel Style

Luxury Travel

Accommodations

11 nights included

Age Requirements

Minimum age 5

Itinerary

COLLAPSE ALL EXPAND ALL

Day 1

WELCOME TO VENICE

Welcome to the Queen of the Adriatic, known for its unique waterscapes and rich cultural heritage. On arrival at Venice Marco Polo Airport you will be met and transferred to your five-star hotel by water taxi. At 18:00, meet your Traveling Concierge and fellow travelers for a Welcome Dinner in the atmospheric ‘Taverna la Fenice’ part of the famous Opera house where ‘La Traviata’ was first performed.

  • Accommodation

    Bauer Palazzo, Venice: Old fashioned classic Venetian elegance is the order of the day – décor includes grand Murano glass chandeliers, carved stucco ceilings. Sandwiched between Campo San Moisé and the entrance to the Grand Canal – and separated from St Mark’s Square by just a street or two of luxury boutiques.

  • Meals

    Dinner with Wine

Day 2

THE MAGIC OF LA SERENISSIMA

In the morning, cruise to the idyllic fisherman’s island of Burano. On return, stop to witness the age-old skill of glassblowing, admire St. Mark’s Basilica and see the Bridge of Sighs. Later, take your seat in a traditional gondola for a serenade through the romantic canals or learn to ‘punt’ for yourself with the help of an expert ‘Gondolieri’. Sip on a traditional Bellini cocktail while enjoying the music of the orchestra at Lord Byron’s favourite restaurant on St Mark’s Square – the celebrated Caffe Florian founded in 1720. In the evening, you are invited to an after-hours private visit of the magnificent Doge’s Palace. As all crowds disappear, discover the history, art and culture of the Venetian Republic with your Local Expert.

  • Meals

    Breakfast

Day 3

THE CITY OF ROMEO AND JULIET, AND ONTO THE ITALIAN RIVIERA

Cross the fertile Po Valley to Verona, home of Shakespeare’s star-crossed lovers. Stroll past the well-preserved Roman arena and through a maze of elegant squares to stand beneath the balcony said to have belonged to the Capulet family. Enjoy lunch at leisure, then journey to the resort town of Rapallo.

  • Accommodation

    Your prestigious hotel holds beautiful views of the Portofino Promontory. Built-in an elegant Art Nouveau style, its rooms do not disappoint.

  • Meals

    Breakfast, Dinner with Wine

Day 4

EXPLORING THE CINQUE TERRE AND ONTO FLORENCE

Journey towards the Cinque Terre, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Join your Local Expert in the picturesque fishing village of Manarola, then cruise along the rugged coast to explore Monterosso’s medieval quarter and popular sandy beach. Continue your journey south through glorious Tuscan landscapes to Florence to your luxury five-star hotel with its residence of charm.

  • Accommodation

    Sina Villa Medici, Florence: This handsome heritage building, respecting the charm and the history of yore, continues to attract illustrious visitors as it has down the years.

  • Meals

    Breakfast

Day 5

RENAISSANCE FLORENCE

For a relatively small city, Florence boasts an abundance of art and architectural masterpieces, chic boutiques and fabulous restaurants. Explore Florence Your Way with a choice to join an art historian for an insider’s guide to this romantic city. Admire Michelangelo’s original statue of David in the Accademia Museum, before strolling to the cathedral, baptistery and open-air gallery of Piazza della Signoria. Alternatively, join a local foodie on a walking tour of the best gastronomic treats in this Tuscan town. Enjoy Florence in the afternoon at your own. In the evening, we head for the Corsini estate in the Chianti hills where in 1363 the Corsini family built their first home. Today – the current Prince meets us at his country house – Villa Le Corti – where he regales us with the history of his eminent family (Lorenzo Corsini was once Pope) and explains about the wine production on his estate. After a tour of the vineyards and wine cellars, we dine on Florentine specialities paired with the Estate wines in the company of the Prince and his wife.

  • Meals

    Breakfast, Dinner with Wine

Day 6

TUSCAN COOKING CLASS AND PISA

Head to Villa Dianella in Vinci – birthplace of Leonardo, where we visit the stunning Leonardo vineyard with the Villa’s owner, Countess Veronica Passerin d’Entreves, and learn more about this awe-inspiring Renaissance man. We have time to explore the grounds of this Medicean villa, including its vegetable and herb garden, where you will see the fresh ingredients you will use in the cookery lesson. Inside the historic villa, you will be given the utensils you need to create your organic dish and meet Alessio Bagnoli, our professional chef. Alessio will uncover the secrets of Tuscan cooking during an authentic culinary masterclass. In the first part of the lesson you’ll create a Tiramisu before making your pasta dish, served with fresh pesto sauce with basil and garlic from the garden and organic olive oil from the estate. Complete your cooking experience by savouring the fruits of your labor with a lovely lunch. In the afternoon, travel to Pisa and meet your Local Expert to view the splendid Duomo baptistery and the famous gravity-defying Leaning Tower of Pisa!

  • Meals

    Breakfast, Lunch with Wine

Day 7

TUSCANY AND PERUGIA AND ON TO ASSISI

Drive into the Tuscan Hills to a Truffle wood, where led by an expert Truffle-hunting dog – we search for those delicious funghi - the Tuber melanosporum. We stop a while to taste our truffles at the ancient House of Macchiavelli accompanied by a glass or two of Chianti. Then to the nearby medieval hilltop town of Montespertoli and Castello Sonnino, a preserved and historic wine estate. Since 1987 it has been the home of Baron and Baroness de Renzis Sonnino, but was once the mansion of the great statesman Sidney Sonnino. After a short visit of the castle, enjoy an ‘al fresco’ barbecue lunch, featuring the famous Florentine Beefsteak, on one of the terraces overlooking the estate vineyards and olive groves. Naturally, estate wines will be served with the lunch. Later in Perugia discover the preserved heritage of textile loom-weaving at the Laboratorio Giuditta Brozzetti, a weaver’s workshop situated inside a 13th century Franciscan church. Meet Marta, the workshop director and recipient of a TreadRight Foundation grant, and learn how this medieval craft has been kept alive over the generations. Arrive in to the mountain town of Assisi. Spend the evening at your leisure; perhaps soaking up the vibrancy of this historic town from a local cafe?

  • Accommodation

    NUN Assisi Relais & SPA, Assisi: In the very heart of Assisi, a timeless and unique destination, Nun Relais stands as a one of a kind masterpiece where the charm and mystery of an ancient monastery blend with the understated elegance of a pure, contemporary style.

  • Meals

    Breakfast, Lunch with Wine

Day 8

ASSISI AND THE ISLE OF CAPRI

Meet your Local Expert for a walk along the winding, cobbled streets of Assisi for a guided visit to the imposing Basilica of St. Francis. Journey on to the Bay of Naples where you’ll board your hydrofoil bound for the sun-drenched Isle of Capri. On arrival, enjoy an escorted ride in an open-top taxi to your exclusive hotel. Settle in and appreciate the splendours of Capri at your leisure, long after the day-trippers have returned to the mainland.

  • Accommodation

    Capri Palace Hotel & Spa, Isle of Capri: Located at the heart of the Mediterranean, the Capri Palace is a stunning luxury property where guests immerse themselves in the breath-taking natural beauty of Capri and imaginative artwork from contemporary artists.

  • Meals

    Breakfast

Day 9

RELAXED START, EXPLORE THE ISLE OF DREAMS

Embark on a dazzling cruise to see the white grotto and spectacular cliffs of the island, before arriving in Capri town to cool off with a refreshing lemon granita. Walk with your Local Expert to the gardens of Caesar Augustus to view the legendary Faraglioni Rocks, jutting out of the water. Enjoy an afternoon at leisure. You may wish to indulge in a little bit of pampering at your hotel, the exquisite Capri Palace & Spa, an ancient Neapolitan palace that prides itself on its refined 1700s elegance. This evening indulge in a sumptuous dinner, prepared by the great chef Andrea Migliacco, at the only two Michelin star restaurant on the island - L’Olivo. Undoubtedly one of the best restaurants in the world, it is a true culinary destination.

  • Meals

    Breakfast, Dinner with Wine

Day 10

POMPEII AND THE ETERNAL CITY OF ROME

Return to the mainland and travel to the ill-fated town of Pompeii, frozen in time since A.D. 79 when it was violently engulfed by a volcanic eruption from Mount Vesuvius. Join your Local Expert to learn about the lifestyles of the people who once lived here and explore the remnants of ancient shops, baths and patrician villas. Journey along the valley of the River Tiber towards the Eternal City of Rome.

  • Accommodation

    Rome: Deluxe accommodations with a perfect blend of history and contemporary design. During your time here, make sure you head to the Caschera Spa, with its Turkish bath, salt room, sensory showers, and calming treatment rooms. The minimalistic design of its rooms provides a soothing ambiance, ideal for rejuvenating before your first day exploring.

  • Meals

    Breakfast

Day 11

ROME AND THE VATICAN IN VIP STYLE

Enjoy the best of the city’s highlights with a visit to St. Peter’s Basilica in the Vatican and some free time to explore on your own. In the afternoon, gain exclusive fast-tracked VIP entry into the Vatican Museum with a Local Expert. Admire the Papal art collection and observe the stunning Museo Gregoriano Profano which documents various moments and themes in classical art, from Ancient Greece through to the late Imperial Roman age. You’ll then enter the Sistine Chapel where you’ll marvel at Michelangelo’s masterpiece on its ceiling. After, dine in the Vatican’s elegant Cortile del Giardino Quadrato, should weather permit, where you will enjoy incredible views of the cupola of St. Peter’s during your private VIP Celebration Dinner.

  • Meals

    Breakfast, Dinner with Wine

Day 12

ARRIVEDERCI ROME

After breakfast, bid farewell to your travel companions and transfer to Rome’s Fiumicino Leonardo da Vinci Airport for your onward journey.

  • Meals

    Breakfast

Highlights

  • VACATIONS OF A LIFETIME EXCLUSIVE EXPERIENCES
  • Meet Prince Corsini at his Tuscan Villa– Villa Le Corti – where he regales us with the history of his eminent family (Lorenzo Corsini was once Pope) and explains about the wine production on his estate.

  • After a tour of the vineyards and wine cellars, we dine on Florentine specialities paired with the Estate wines in the company of the Prince and his wife.

  • In a Tuscan forest, go Truffle hunting with trained dogs.

  • Tuscany: At the magnificent wine estate of Castello Sonnino, the home of Baron and Baroness de Renzis Sonnino enjoy an “al fresco” barbeque lunch.

  • Dinner paired with fine wines at the two star Michelin restaurant L’Olivo on the Isle of Capri.

  • VACATIONS OF A LIFETIME SPECIAL TOUCHES
  • Special Welcome and Farewell gifts.

  • Sip on a traditional Bellini cocktail while enjoying the music of the orchestra at Lord Byron’s favorite restaurant on St Mark’s Square – the celebrated Caffe Florian founded in 1720.

  • Visit the Leonardo vineyard with Countess Veronica Passerin d’Entreves, the owner of Villa Dianella and learn more about Leonardo da Vinci. Go home with a limited-edition Leonardo wine.

  • VIP EXPERIENCES
  • Venice: Discover the secrets of the Venetian Republic on a private after-hours evening tour of the Doge’s Palace with your Local Expert.

  • Vatican City: Enter the Sistine Chapel for a private tour with a Local Expert. Luxury Gold’s fast-tracked entry into the Vatican Museums ensures optimal enjoyment of the timeless Papal art collection.

  • EXCEPTIONAL DINING
  • Venice: Enjoy a Welcome Dinner at the restaurant, ‘ Taverna La Fenice’ part of the famous Opera house, where Verdi’s ‘La Traviata’ was first performed.

  • Tuscany: Join a qualified chef to experience authentic Italian cooking at a hands-on culinary masterclass, followed by lunch.

  • Rome: Gather for a spectacular Celebration Dinner at the Vatican’s Cortile del Giardino Quadrato, with views of the cupola of St. Peters.

  • JOURNEY HIGHLIGHTS
  • Venice: Witness the ancient skill of glassblowing as you watch artisans create delicate works of art. Take your seat in a traditional gondola for a serenade through the romantic Venetian canals or choose to learn how to punt a gondola.

  • Verona: During your orientation with your Traveling Concierge, walk past the well preserved Roman arena to Juliet’s balcony in the courtyard of a Renaissance villa.

  • Cinque Terre: Experience some of the most awe-inspiring coastal scenery on earth at the UNESCO-listed Cinque Terre. Join your Local Expert and discover charming Manarola, a picturesque fi shing village.

  • Pisa: Accompanied by your Local Expert, marvel at the gravity-defying Leaning Tower of Pisa and see the Duomo and baptistery.

  • Florence: Experience Florence Your Way with the choice to join a local art historian for an insightful walk, as you admire Michelangelo’s masterpiece, the marble statue of David, in the Accademia Museum. Continue your guided walk to see the cathedral, bell tower and Gates of Paradise on the baptistery and visit the political heart of the city, Piazza della Signoria. Alternatively, choose to join a local foodie on a walking tour of the best gastronomic treats in this Tuscan town.

  • Perugia: Meet Marta, recipient of a TreadRight Foundation grant, and discover how she and her weavers are preserving the medieval tradition of loom-weaving at their artisanal workshop.

  • Assisi: Join your Local Expert and find out why the Basilica of St. Francis is considered one of the crowning achievements of medieval Europe. to the Vatican Museum to see the Sistine Chapel and the stunning Museo Gregoriano Profano.

  • Isle of Capri: Travel in style by open-top taxi as you get a flavor of the jet-set lifestyle, enjoy a private cruise around the island to see its hidden coves and grottos.

  • Pompeii: Walk with a Local Expert through the cobbled streets of this ill-fated town, frozen in time since the 1st century.

  • Vatican City: Gain VIP access into the Vatican Museum to see the Sistine Chapel and the stunning Museo Gregoriano Profano.

  • LUXURY HOTELS
  • Venice: The Palazzo is divinely located on the Grand Canal, just off St Mark’s Square, and offers spacious and elegant guest rooms.

  • Florence: Montebello Splendid, a residence of charm, full of so many precious details: the bright glimpses of the original harmonious environment create pleasant and stimulating emotions, making guests rediscover the taste and charm of Florence.

  • Assisi: The Nun Relais is the result of a brilliant restoration of the former Santa Caterina Monastery, built in 1275. The original roman marks, combine harmoniously with the minimalist style of the hotel and the contemporary vision of the restoration.

  • Isle of Capri: The Capri Palace Hotel & Spa is a boutique, five-star hotel with elegant Mediterranean ambience and panoramic views of the Gulf of Naples.

  • VIP DOOR-TO-DOOR TRANSFER
  • Your complimentary, private transfer takes you to your local departure airport.

  • On arrival at your home airport, your drive will greet and escort you to your waiting car for your private transfer home.

  • SMALL GROUP DEPARTURE

  • Maximum group size of 24 guests.

Experience

Terms & Conditions

Trip Notes:

  • ​International Air: Please note that airfares are not included. We will quote you the lowest possible airfare available on the day you book.
  • ​Travel to Europe often requires an overnight flight. Please arrange flights to arrive on or before Day 1 of itinerary.

Terms & Conditions:

  • ​Prices listed are per person, land only and based on double occupancy (twin room). Single room supplements are available.
  • ​'Price with Current Deals' reflects current applicable 'Early Payment Discounts' or 'Last Minute Deals.' Early Payment Discounts (land only) savings vary by itinerary, are not valid on all vacations/departure dates and are subject to availability; not valid with all other promotional offers. Last Minute Deals are available on select departures only and only available to travelers departing from the United States; not combinable with Early Payment Discounts or any other promotional offers; full payment due at time of booking. All discounts are for new bookings only, subject to availability and may be withdrawn at any time without notice. Call or request a quote for complete details.
  • ​'Exclusive Costco Member Price' reflects 10% Member Discount off vacation land price, taken after all other applicable discounts are applied.
  • For 'Costco Vacations of a Lifetime: Incredible Italy itinerary, price shown is the final base price, exclusive to Costco members and already reflective of any special member savings. Additional, limited-time discounts are not applicable, other conditions apply. Costco $200 photo credit has no cash value and requires Costco Photo Center (CPC) account to redeem via promo code(s) emailed to the lead member on the booking; valid post-travel. Please see all separate Vacations of a Lifetime: Incredible Italy Terms & Conditions here.
  • ​​​Trip prices and information are correct at the time of the trips going live online, however are subject to confirmation - please confirm all details at time of quote and booking.
  • For full details, please refer to our Terms & Conditions page.
  • Other conditions may apply. CST#20687545-20

 

*The temporary change fee waiver applies to the land portion of all trips departing through April 30, 2020. If the guest chooses a trip or departure that is more expensive than the original, they are responsible for the difference in price; if the trip or departure is less expensive than the original, a future travel credit will be issued for the difference. Please note, guests are responsible for any airline penalties imposed due to trip changes and/or cancellations.

** If the guest selects this option, the new invoice will service as the future travel credit confirmation. The future travel credit amount will stay assigned to the original booking number. To redeem the future travel credit, state the booking reference number when calling to make the new reservation departing at any time before December 31, 2021. Future travel credit will be issued in the value of the amount paid for the land portion of the trip and is not redeemable for cash. If the new trip or departure is more expensive than the original, the guest is responsible for the difference in price; if the new trip or departure is less expensive than the original, a future travel credit will be issued for the difference. Please note guests are responsible for any airline penalties imposed due to trip changes and/or cancellations. Offer may be withdrawn at any time and other restrictions may apply.

***This applies to land bookings only and does not apply to group bookings. If the guest chooses a trip or departure that is more expensive than the original, they are responsible for the difference in price; if the trip or departure is less expensive than the original, a future travel credit will be issued for the difference. Please note guests are responsible for any airline penalties imposed due to trip changes and/or cancellations.

All offers are valid until further notice and may be withdrawn at any time without notice. Policies are subject to change at any time. CST#2077132-20

Updated 23 March 2020.