Vacation of a Lifetime

This one-of-a-kind 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. Dine with Prince Corsini and his wife on their elegant Tuscan estate. Participate in a Tuscan cooking masterclass. In a Tuscan forest go truffle hunting with trained dogs and indulge in an al fresco lunch at Castello Sonnino, the home of the Baron and Baroness de Renzis Sonnino. Indulge in a luxurious dinner paired with fine wines at the two-star Michelin restaurant L'Olivo on the Isle of Capri. Celebrate the end of your luxurious journey with a private dinner at the Vatican. From iconic capitals to Capri Island and the charming fishing villages of the Cinque Terre, uncover the full grandeur of Italy with the special touches that deliver a truly once-in-a-lifetime experience available exclusively to Costco members.

Vacation Includes

  • Explore Italy in a group (maximum 24 guests) of like-minded new friends and enjoy the personal service of one of our fine Traveling Concierges, handpicked to serve as your expert guide, consummate organizer, and friend overseas

  • Two nights in Venice (Bauer Palazzo), one night in Rapallo (Grand Hotel Bristol Resort & Spa), three nights in Florence (Montebello Splendid), one night in Assisi (Nun Assisi Relais & Spa), two nights on the Isle of Capri (Capri Palace Hotel & Spa) and two nights in Rome (Palazzo Montemartini)

  • 11 breakfasts, two lunches and five dinners, including an exclusive celebration dinner at the Vatican Museum

  • $200 Costco Photo Center online credit (per person)†

  • In Venice, learn how to punt a gondola with the help of an expert 'Gondoliere'

  • 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 specialties paired with the Estate wines in the company of the Prince and his wife

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

  • At the magnificent wine estate of Castello Sonnino, the home of Baron and Baroness de Renzis Sonnino enjoy an "al fresco" barbeque lunch

  • On the Isle of Capri, enjoy dinner paired with fine wines at the two star Michelin restaurant L'Olivo

  • 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

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

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

  • And more!

Itinerary Days 1 - 3

Day 1

  • Welcome to Venice. On arrival at Venice Marco Polo Airport, you will be met and transferred to your hotel by water taxi. Later, 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.

  • Meals served: Dinner with Wine

  • Overnight accommodations: Bauer Palazzo (Venice)


Day 2

  • 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 ‘Gondoliere’. 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.

  • Meals served: Breakfast

  • Overnight accommodations: Bauer Palazzo (Venice)


Day 3

  • 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.

  • Meals served: Breakfast, and Dinner with Wine

  • Overnight accommodations: Grand Hotel Bristol Resort & Spa (Rapallo)


Itinerary Days 4 - 6

Day 4

  • 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.

  • Meals served: Breakfast

  • Overnight accommodations: Montebello Splendid (Florence)


Day 5

  • 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 served: Breakfast, and Dinner with Wine

  • Overnight accommodations: Montebello Splendid (Florence)


Day 6

  • 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 savoring 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 served: Breakfast, and Lunch with Wine

  • Overnight accommodations: Montebello Splendid (Florence)


Itinerary Days 7 - 9

Day 7

  • 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?

  • Meals served: Breakfast, and Lunch with Wine

  • Overnight accommodations: Nun Assisi Relais & Spa (Assisi)


Day 8

  • 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 splendors of Capri at your leisure, long after the day-trippers have returned to the mainland.

  • Meals served: Breakfast

  • Overnight accommodations: Capri Palace Hotel & Spa (Isle of Capri)


Day 9

  • 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 served: Breakfast, and Dinner with Wine

  • Overnight accommodations: Capri Palace Hotel & Spa (Isle of Capri)


Itinerary Days 10 - 12

Day 10

  • 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.

  • Meals served: Breakfast

  • Overnight accommodations: Palazzo Montemartini (Rome)


Day 11

  • 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 served: Breakfast, and Dinner with Wine

  • Overnight accommodations: Palazzo Montemartini (Rome)


Day 12

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

  • Meals served: Breakfast


 

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*Prices listed are per person, land only and based on double occupancy (twin room). Single room supplements are available.

*​International Air: Please note that airfares are not included. We will quote you the lowest possible airfare available on the day you book.

†Included extras cannot be substituted with other items or services and have no cash value. Costco Photo Center (CPC) credit requires CPC account to redeem. Visit https://www.costcophotocenter.com to sign up. You must reside in the United States and be at least 18 years old to become a member of CPC. CPC online service is available to you if certain requested information is submitted, including your name, Costco Wholesale membership number and a valid email address. CPC credit is available for 1st and 2nd passengers in a room. A promotion code valid for $200 will be emailed to you with instructions for use on your CPC online account one week prior to departure. The promo code will be activated one to two weeks after you return from your trip.

*General: Every endeavor is made to ensure all services are included as per your quote request, however it is your responsibility to check all inclusions in the attached itinerary as any items not specified will incur supplementary charges. All itineraries/quotations are offered subject to EU driver regulations. Full details of EU driver regulations can be provided on request. It is the Travel Concierges duty to ensure that driver's regulations are not broken. Please be aware that public holidays, events, conferences or trade fairs may be scheduled to occur at the time of the group's visit and may have an effect on this trip with accommodations often difficult to secure in and around the area. We will update you on these events as they become available. Hotels listed are to be used as a guide only, and are subject to availability unless otherwise stipulated. Luxury Gold reserves the right to alter or deviate from the trip itinerary, inclusions or hotels should circumstances dictate. Coach use is subject to Driver Regulations. Deposit: A non-refundable deposit of $200 per person is required to set up the group. Additional deposits may be required by particular hotels which we secure for the trip. As they become known you will be invoiced accordingly and payment conditions specified. Passenger List: Required to our office no later than 70 days prior to departure. Final Payment: Due in our office by no later than 70 days prior to group departure. Invoicing: Regardless if passenger numbers drop or increase after final payment has been paid to Insight, you will be re-invoiced accordingly, based on full paying passenger numbers travelling, corresponding with the applicable price break quoted. This applies right up until day of departure. Price: The advertised price is in US dollars and includes security and local taxes as per the itinerary. The price based on minimum passenger numbers and in order for the trip to operate these passenger numbers must be met. Cancellation Fees: More than 70 days prior to departure: loss of deposit; Between 70 - 22 days prior to departure: 27.5% of total trip cost; Between 21 - 8 days prior to departure: 33% of total trip cost; Between 7 days - day of departure: 100% of total trip cost. Trips with Rail & Cruise: Additional supplier penalties may apply depending on the date of the cancellation. Individual cancellations may necessitate an adjustment in the per person trip rate. Pre/Post Accommodations: Between 14 days and day of departure 100% of accommodation cost. *any other components to be advised on cancellation. Amendments: A fee of $100 may apply to any change made to your booking once confirmed. Refunds: No refund is available if cancellations occur after the trip has commenced or with respect to any trips, accommodation, meals or any other services not utilized. Itinerary Changes & Trip Cancellation: Luxury Gold reserves the right to vary itineraries should circumstances dictate, as well as cancel or reschedule any trip departure in accordance with operating requirements, or circumstances beyond its control. The advertised trips require minimum numbers to depart. Should these not be met Luxury Gold reserves the right to cancel arrangements. Rooming Arrangements: Single and Triple rooms are limited. Please advise if the group requires more than five (5) rooms as these will need to be requested and an additional supplement may apply. Single rooms are on a request basis and will be subject to availability at the applicable confirmed hotels. Triple rooms are on a request basis and will be subject to availability at the applicable confirmed hotels. Trip Membership: Any person aged 5 years or more is eligible, though if under 18 years of age must be accompanied by an adult. The Travel Concierge may, at his or her discretion, require any person to withdraw from any trip if he or she deems the person's acts or conduct offensive or a nuisance to other passengers, and we shall have no further liability. Baggage Allowance & Porterage: Porterage of one suitcase per person is included in the trip price for arrival and departure from hotels in Europe. Due to limited coach capacity the sum of the length, width and depth of the case should not exceed 160cm (63 inches), and weight should not exceed 20kg (44 Lbs). Charges may be levied in the event these limits are exceeded and the promise to transport you may be invalidated. What's Not Included: Passports and applicable visa fees, laundry, phone calls, items of a personal nature, beverages, meals and sightseeing not detailed on the itinerary, tips and gratuities to the Travel Concierge, coach drivers and local city guides, excess baggage, optional experiences and travel insurance. Please note that travel insurance is highly recommended. Please see your Travel Agent for further details. Documentation: Will be sent to the Travel Agent approximately 3 weeks prior to departure. Booking Terms and Conditions: These conditions incorporate the basis upon which bookings are accepted by the Travel Agent and Luxury Gold. By making a booking you are agreeing to these terms and conditions. Conditions on this page do supersede conditions stated in the Brochure however for additional terms and conditions not stated here please refer to the 'Booking Conditions and other Important Information' pages in the Luxury Gold Europe & Britain 2019/20 Brochure. These must be studied prior to making the commitment of paying the deposit as they must be referred to. Additional terms and conditions may be applicable to group bookings and will be advised as they become known.

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