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Italy: Tuscany, Cinque Terre, Venice      




Date: Your choice. 17 nights/18 days. Ask for recommended seasons
Local guides plus self-drive
This example starts from CA$ 9,485 per person in 4* hotels
Trip Type: Custom & CLIENT APPROVED


This is an example of a trip that was designed for a couple who wanted to discover the Tuscany region of Italy. After visiting Florence, they collected their rental car and drove through the Chianti Valley and over to the intriguing city of Lucca before continuing to the beautiful area of Cinque Terre on the rugged coast. They drove up into northern Italy and the famous Lake Como before continuing to Verona and Venice.

The self-drive offered freedom and flexibility. Private tours were included throughout to provide "insider information" that you just can't get from a guidebook. Special features included a cooking class and a couple of wine estate visits including wine tastings.

Hotels were all 4* and included a river-view property in Florence and a castle in Chianti, just to highlight a couple.

Our costing is only an estimate, and it will go up or down depending on which hotels you ultimately choose and even what touring you wish to include. Please consider this to be only a starting point!

Questions?  Civilized Adventures' Adventure Travel Specialist Andrew De Angelis took care of all the details. Contact him at Or, contact any of our team at

Why this trip?


  • Stay in beautiful 4* hotels, castles and inns (breakfast is included daily)
  • Professional local guides join you for private tours in each location
  • A self-drive portion offers you great flexibility
  • See the "best" of northern Italy!

Day by Day Itinerary

Click on a day below:

Days 1, 2 & 3 - Florence

Days 1, 2 & 3 - Florence

You'll be met at the airport and transferred to your hotel on the Arno River and near the major sights. Go on a private morning walking tour on Day 2. On Day 3 experience Tuscan cuisine with a morning cooking lesson that includes lunch.  (4* hotel, 2B, 1L)

Days 4, 5 & 6 - Chianti

Days 4, 5 & 6 - Chianti Valley

Avoid driving in Florence with a private transfer to the airport where you'll collect your rental car. Continue south into the Chianti Valley, famous as one of the top wine growing districts of Italy. Stay in a refurbished castle. On Day 5 go on a guided tour of the castle and its vineyards and historic cellars; lunch and a wine tasting are included. Day 6 is a free day for your own explorations. We suggest any or all of Siena, Monteriggioni and San Gimignano (4* hotel, B daily)

Days 7 & 8 - Lucca

Days 7 & 8 - Lucca

Drive toward Lucca in northern Tuscany where you'll stay at a lovely property in the rolling hills just outside of the city. Day 8 is a free day. We suggest you visit Pisa to see the leaning tower and Lucca's old town. (4* hotel, B daily)

Days 9, 10 & 11 - Cinque Terre

Days 9, 10 & 11 - Cinque Terre

Drive to one of Italy's most beautiful coastal regions where 5 picturesque villages are clustered and joined together by walking paths. Stay in a hotel on the cliffs overlooking the sea just outside Monterosso, the oldest of the villages. On day 10, go on a full day private tour of the region that includes time to learn how to make pesto (a famous pasta sauce) and a light lunch. Day 11 is at leisure. Enjoy the pool, the beach, or perhaps walk the famous Blue Trail (4* hotel, B daily, 1L)

Days 12 & 13 - Lake Como

Days 12 & 13 - Lake Como

Return to your car and begin the drive up to Lake Como in the famous lake district of northern Italy. Stay in a modern 4* hotel on the lake shore and near Como city. On Day 13, go on a private boat tour in the morning and a walking tour in the afternoon. (4* hotel, B daily)

Day 14 - Verona

Day 14 - Verona

Drive east to Verona. This is more of a stop enroute to Venice, but it is very beautiful so you may wish to add an extra night. On the way to Verona stop at a wine estate where a sommelier awaits to take you on a tour of the vineyards followed by a wine tasting.  Stay in a lovely small hotel overlooking the city. (4* hotel, B, wine tasting)

Days 15, 16 & 17 - Venice

Days 15, 16 & 17 - Venice

Drive to the Venice airport to drop off your car, then you'll be transferred to your hotel in central Venice, a short walk from St. Mark's Square. On the morning of Day 16, go on a private walking tour. Day 17 is for your own explorations. (4* hotel, B daily)

Day 18 - Depart

Day 18 - Depart

You'll be transferred to the airport where you'll check in for your departure flight. (B)

Call us to create YOUR Custom Civilized Adventure!



From CA$ 9,485 per person, based on 2 people travelling together, twin-share. 

If you have your own private group, you will save with a larger group size since you have more people sharing costs of vehicles and guides.

Please review the attached itinerary for a more complete description of this adventure, then consult with us about hotel options and tour options that would best suit your interests and time frame. Accommodation and tours are subject to availability. Any prices we list are approximate. Please contact us for more information.

This trip includes:

  • 17 nights accommodation in  4* hotels, including daily breakfast
  • Meals as listed (B, L, D)
  • Transfers as described
  • Tours as listed (these can be customized to suit your interests)
    • Florence: private walking tour
    • Florence: Tuscan cooking class
    • Chianti: guided visit of the vineyards and historic cellars of the castle where you stay, including lunch & wine tasting
    • Cinque Terre: full day private tour of the villages and area including pesto making class and light lunch
    • Lake Como: private boat tour of the lake
    • Lake Como: private walking tour of Como
    • Serego Alighieri Estate: tour of the estate with wine tasting
    • Verona: private walking tour
    • Venice: private walking tour
  • Rental car for 11 days including insurance
  • English speaking local guides for sightseeing/excursions as per the itinerary
  • Taxes and other tourism levies (except city taxes which must be paid at each hotel. EUR1.50-4.50 per person per day)

International flights, Visas optional activities, items of a personal nature, gratuities, etc. are not included.

(Posted Aug. 9 '16)


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