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SPA, Shopping & History. A luxury journey through Italy

This 7-day luxury itinerary showcases Italy's must-see sites, with time spent in the major cities of Milan, Venice and Florence. With its elegant shops, delicious food, lush landscapes and an incredible cultural heritage, Italy is one of the most beautiful countries in the world. Maximum privacy, luxury and deep relaxation await you in this tour designed to fight stress and to make you feel rejuvenated. Your days will be spent immersed in a setting of rare natural beauty and elegance and each night you'll bed down in style, staying in a selection of Italy's most luxurious SPAs.

Highlights

• Explore Italy's three outstanding locations: Venice, Milan, Florence; • Forget your worries and enjoy luxury stays that offer opulent and unbeatable SPA treatments; • Experience a private gondola tour along the romantic canals of Venice; • Pamper yourself in a unique shopping experience with a personal shopper in Milan; • See the amazing landscape of rolling hills in a breath-taking scenic drive across Tuscany; • Learn more about the history of Renaissance Art in a private guided tour of the world-class Uffizi Gallery in Florence.


Itinerary
Day - Arrival in Venice
You’ll begin your journey in Venice, where you’ll be chauffeured from the airport to your 5-star hotel, the Gritti Palace. After the check-in you’ll have a meeting with your Tour Manager and get your stay in Italy organized before entering the famous Acqua di Parma Blu Mediterraneo Spa. Here you can choose among several treatments. We suggest the Absolute Wellbeing treatment - a slow, embracing therapeutic massage for the back and legs accompanied with a regenerative age-defying treatment for the face and neck which dissolves tension completely and will leave your body filled with a sensation of total wellbeing. After this opulent SPA treatment you will be ready to head out for an authentic Italian dinner.

Day 2 - Exclusive visit to a legendary "squero" (where Gondolas are made) and Private Gondola Tour
Today you will set out on a Venice Private Tour, which will give you an exciting and engaging look at Venice's world-famous maritime past. After a guided walking tour of this fascinating city you will visit a legendary squero – the typical boatyard where Gondolas are made - and learn more about the history and art of Gondola construction from a member of the well-regarded Tramontin Family. After a light lunch and some rest in your hotel, you will embark on a one-of-a-kind tour of Venice on board of an iconic Gondola for a romantic and enchanting tour to discover the hidden corners of this unforgettable city.

Day 3 - Transfer to Como Lake
After breakfast, you will be chauffeured to Como Lake, where you will stay at the Castadiva Resort & SPA. Here you will meet a professional fashion stylist who will make a check-up of your style and give you tips on how to improve your look before entering the Castadiva Concept SPA where you can choose among 4 types of SPA suites inspired by the 4 elements: Fire, Water, Air and Earth, each of them with private shower, sauna/steam bath, a relaxation area and a personal Starpool SPA for an individual or couple wellbeing experience. After your relaxing treatment you will be ready to enjoy your ‘al fresco’ dinner on the hotel’s outdoor terrace overlooking the Lake.

Day 4 – Chauffeured Shopping Tour in Milan with a personal shopper
After breakfast a private driver and a personal shopper will chauffeur you to Quadrilatero della Moda, the fashion district of Milan. Quadrilatero della moda – also known as Quadrilatero d'Oro ('rectangle of gold') – is so named because it is closed between four important streets: Via Montenapoleone, Via Manzoni, Via della Spiga and Corso Venezia. It is famous for its luxury shops and ateliers, fashion boutiques, jewellery stores and showrooms. Dolce & Gabbana, Versace, Armani, Fendi, Bottega Veneta, Chanel, Bulgari, Cartier, Gucci, Gianfranco Ferré, Valentino and Prada are just some of the brands that you can find along the streets of this awesome neighbourhood. Best known as the Fashion District, it is located in the centre of Milan and it is one of the 15 most expensive and prestigious streets in the world. Have dinner in a Michelin-starred restaurant before going back to Como.

Day 5 – Scenic drive across Tuscany
Today you’ll set off for a spectacular two days in Tuscany, one of the most amazing regions that you’ll ever see. In the morning, you’ll leave Como and travel to the lovely countryside of Tuscany, across green rolling hills and small farmhouses. Arrive in the afternoon in Florence where you’ll be staying at the Four Season hotel, famous for its vast park – the largest private garden of Florence - and for its SPA, which uses the products of historic body care and beauty lab Officina Farmaceutica di Santa Maria Novella. You can choose among ten different treatment rooms such as a Chianti wine massage; a full-body treatment based on iris root powder; facial treatments with a 24 Karat Gold mask to name a few. After the opulent SPA treatment of your choice you will be ready to head out for an exclusive Renaissance-style dinner on a fourth-floor private terrace on the Ponte Vecchio, Florence’s signature arch bridge.

Day 6 – Florence Walking Guided Tour & Uffizi Gallery Museum
Today you’ll explore Florence, one of the gems of Italy and considered the “Queen” of the Renaissance. On your guided tour, you’ll visit the Uffizi Museum that is world-famous for its exceptional collection of Renaissance art, and one of the world’s finest collections of Italian paintings. The tour includes a delicious Tuscan lunch at an authentic restaurant. After the guided tour, you’ll have the afternoon free to explore more of the Uffizi Museum. Or you could visit the other museums of Florence such as the Accademia Gallery. Here you can see Michelangelo’s masterpiece of Renaissance sculpture, the 17-foot tall “David” statue. After your day in Florence, you’ll return to your hotel for another SPA treatment of your choice.

Day 7 – Wine-Tasting in the Chianti Region
Enjoy a full-day tour of the delightful Chianti wine region, which stands out as one of the prettiest areas of Tuscany. The Chianti region is also the most well-known wine region in Italy. Many excellent estate wineries can be found amidst the lush vineyards that spread out over gently rolling hills. Your tour includes wine tasting at one of the region’s acclaimed wineries and lunch at an Italian trattoria that offers local specialties. After your scenic tour and discovery of fine Chianti wines, return to your hotel in Tuscany. This evening you’ll be treated to another special farewell dinner.

Day 8 – Depart Italy and Return Home
The tour ends after breakfast at your hotel. You’ll enjoy a private transfer from your hotel to the airport for your departure flight.