An Italian Winter Wonderland

9 days only $3,499 pp twin share

  • Enjoy 3 nights in an Italian Castle
  • Stay in authentic, character style hotels
  • Genuinely inclusive, no additional on tour costs
  • Guaranteed 'My Time'
  • Designed for Australians & New Zealanders
  • Personal group sizes up to 40

Tour Overview

Imagine… staying three nights in a glorious 900 year old Italian Castle set in the charming foothills of the Italian Dolomites with visits to Cortina d’Ampezzo and the romantic city of Venice. Stay three more nights in the medieval, walled Tuscan city of Lucca, visit renaissance Florence, the ‘town of towers’ San Gimignano and enjoy lunch in a traditional Osteria in an Olive Farmhouse estate.
This very special Italian tour has been timed so it can be joined immediately following our Austrian & Swiss Winter Wonderland tour, which finishes in Milan just before this tour starts.


  • Stay 3 nights in a stunning, 900 year old hilltop Italian Castle
  • Explore the canals of Venice with a local guide
  • Spend a day in the dramatic Italian dolomites, visit the chic ski resort town of Cortina d'Ampezzo
  • See the Leaning Tower of Pisa
  • Drive into the picturesque Tuscan countryside and sample local olive oil & wines
  • Savour lunch in a traditional Italian Osteria
  • Explore 'Cradle of the Renaissance' Florence and visit the Accademia Gallery
  • Visit the fairytale 'town of towers' San Gimignano


The Italian Winter Wonderland Tour is just one of the many tours you can enjoy in Italy. Visit the destination page for more information for our other amazing tours!

Tour Itinerary

Day 1: Milan

Your tour commences this evening in Milan. Dinner tonight is included, but first enjoy a welcome drink. This is an ideal opportunity to meet your fellow travellers. 

Michelangelo Hotel

Day 2: ‘My Time’ in Verona and CastelBrando

Boarding our coach we drive east and make a lunchtime stop to explore Verona, the city where tragic lovers, Romeo and Juliet, avowed a love that spanned the centuries. Later in the afternoon we continue to the foothills of the Dolomites and our superb CastelBrando. Located above the village of Cison di Valmarino this 2,000 year old Roman fortress was turned into a sumptuous noble’s palace in the 13th century. On arrival we have included a guided tour of the castle – there is a lot to see – and this will be your home for the next three evocative nights. 


Day 3: Venice sightseeing and ‘My Time’

Today we visit nearby ‘Venezia’ (Venice) – arguably one of the most romantic cities in the world. At Tronchetto we board a private boat to take us to St Mark’s Square, where we join our expert local guide for a walking tour through the central city’s historic back streets to the famous Rialto Bridge and St Mark’s Square. We have included visits to St Mark’s Basilica, the pink and white marble Doges Palace and Bridge of Sighs. The rest of the day is free to meander through the myriad of narrow, water lined streets and alleys spanned by humped back bridges. Dinner this evening is back in ‘our’ magnificent Castle. 


Day 4: ‘My Time’ in your Castle or chic Cortina d’Ampezzo

Your choice today… Enjoy a day at leisure in your wonderful castle, or join us to have some fun in the snow as we drive north into the spectacular Dolomites to visit the chic Italian ski resort of Cortina d’Ampezzo. The rest of the day is free to shop and enjoy the breathtaking scenery of the dramatic, snow laden peaks surrounding you. For lunch maybe take the cable car (not included) to one of the numerous mountain restaurants. 


Day 5: ‘My Time’ in medieval Lucca in Tuscany

This morning we drive south into Tuscany. We stay the next three nights in the typically ‘Tuscan’ town of Lucca – a medieval walled city, filled with palaces, churches and ancient houses. After settling into our hotel we will enjoy a short guided walking tour of this beautiful city. The remainder of your afternoon has been left entirely free to explore delightful Lucca. Perhaps visit the former home of Puccini, where he wrote Turandot, walk, or hire a bike and ride, around the entire town on top of the broad city walls. Delightful! This evening we have included dinner in a local restaurant. 

Hotel Ilaria

Day 6: Florence sightseeing and ‘My Time’

Today is dedicated to nearby ‘Firenze’ (Florence). A local guide will bring to life this truly beautiful city which is otherwise known as the ‘Cradle of the Renaissance’. Your tour starts with a visit to the famous Accademia Gallery, home to Michelangelo’s ‘David’ and numerous other extraordinary Italian, Florentine and Renaissance works of art. We see the Duomo and take in the magnificent statues in the Piazza della Signoria. Your afternoon is at leisure to enjoy Florence at your own pace. Espresso Coffee on Piazza Santa Croce where Michelangelo is buried? A gelato whilst strolling across the Ponte Vecchio? And then, of course, there is the excellent shopping. 


Day 7: Leaning Tower of Pisa and lunch in the Tuscan countryside

Our day begins with a visit to nearby Pisa with its famous Leaning Tower, Cathedral and Baptistery in the magnificent Piazza dei Miracoli. As a highlight we drive into the picturesque Tuscan countryside to visit a local Olive Farmhouse Estate, and enjoy an olive oil tasting accompanied by Tuscan wines and a selection of antipasto including local meats, cheese and bread – all specialities of this region, followed by a light lunch. 


Day 8: ‘Fairytale’ San Gimignano to the eternal city of Rome

This morning we drive across the Tuscan Hills to enjoy lunchtime in the fairytale ‘town of towers’ San Gimignano, famous for its 13th and 14th century Tuscan towers. Exploring the pedestrian walkways of this hilltop town is an absolute delight. Tonight, in the eternal city of Rome, we will enjoy a farewell dinner. 

Hotel Mediterraneo

Day 9: Rome

This morning it is time to say farewell as your tour ends. 


Incredible Value Inclusions

  • All excursions, scenic drives, sightseeing and entrances as described
  • Fully escorted by our experienced Tour Manager
  • Travel in a first class air conditioned touring coach
  • 8 nights authentic, specially selected hotel accommodation
  • Hotel porterage (1 suitcase pp)
  • Welcome drink in Milan
  • 15 Meals – Buffet breakfast daily (B), 1 lunch (L) and 6 evening dinners (D)
  • A complimentary wine, beer or soft drink with all included dinners
  • Tea and coffee with all included dinners
  • Local guides as described
  • Free WiFi on most coaches and at hotels
  • End of tour tips to Tour Manager and Driver, tips for local guides
  • Albatross Tours travel App

Your Hotels

CastelBrando, Italy

CastelBrando, Italy - 3 nights

Skilful restoration and sensitive modernisation have brought the original magnificence back to life. Guelph style decorative battlements, stone cellars, tapestries, swords and suits of armour set the scene for the elegant halls, dining rooms, manicured gardens and terraces overlooking the valley. There is an extensive beauty and wellness centre connected to the hotel (entrance charge applicable) with an indoor pool,thermal health spa, massage services and Turkish baths.

Hotel Ilaria, Lucca

Hotel Ilaria, Lucca - 3 nights

This 4-star hotel offers elegantly furnished rooms equipped with modern comforts. Renovated from Villa Buonvisi’s historic stables and a 14th-century church, Hotel Ilaria is perfectly located in the historic centre of Lucca, a short walk to all the major sights.

Dates and Prices

Start Date End Date Price Per Person Availability
10 Feb 2019 18 Feb 2019 AUD $3,499 Space Available

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