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Italy has a vast culinary heritage, and your local Florence chef will share its secrets. Explore the vibrant marketplace, selecting seasonal ingredients. Return to their home, warm up with an Aperitivo, and dive into a cooking class. Next, your travels take you to the lush, rolling countryside of Tuscany’s Chianti region and glorious, medieval Siena. Wine and food tastings are offered throughout the Tuscan landscape.

Discover Bologna’s central market. Delight in fresh fish stalls, fruit and vegetable stands, plus intriguing shops with pasta, cheese, hams, and a curious kitchen tool. (Take one home!) Visit one of the last vineyards enclosed within the walls of the Venice islands—it produces a world-renowned wine. Guided by a sommelier, you’re surrounded by the scents and sounds of this Venice island. Your Michelin-starred chef prepares an unforgettable dinner. Smile.

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Included Unique Activities

  • Private Accademia Gallery Art Experience
  • Florentine Cooking Class & Authentic Market Tour
  • Full Day Private Chianti Excursion
  • Bologna Street Food Tour
  • Private Tasting Tour of Northern Italy
  • Venissa Vineyards Tour & Dinner at Osteria
Private Walking Tour & Accademia Gallery

Private Walking Tour & Accademia Gallery

Private Florence Cooking Class & Market Tour

Private Florence Cooking Class & Market Tour

Private Chianti Wine Tour

Private Chianti Wine Tour

Bologna Street Food Tour

Bologna Street Food Tour

Private Tasting Tour of Northern Italy

Private Tasting Tour of Northern Italy

Venissa Vineyards Tour & Dinner at Osteria

Venissa Vineyards Tour & Dinner at Osteria

Accommodation

2 Nights

13th Century Medieval Tower & Palace Residence

2 Nights

Chianti Countryside Wine Resort

2 Nights

4-Star Boutique Heart of Bologna Hotel

2 Nights

Venetian Lagoon Wine Resort

Transportation

  • Meet & Greet with Private Transfer on Arrival in Florence
  • Private Chauffeur Transfer from Florence to Chianti
  • Private Chauffeur Transfer from Chianti to Bologna
  • Private Chauffeur Transfer from Bologna to Burano
  • Private Transfer to Venice Airport upon Departure

Dining Options Included

  • 8 Gourmet Italian Breakfasts
  • Bologna Street Food Tasting Tour
  • Private Tasting Tour of Northern Italy
  • Chianti Wine Tour with Lunch
  • Venissa Vineyards Tour & Dinner

Points of Interest

  • Architectural Masterpiece Brunelleschi's Dome
  • Intricate Frescoes in the Famous Uffizi Courtyard
  • Michelangelo's Iconic David Statue
  • Parma Cheese Factory Tasting
  • Exclusive Wine Tasting with Personal Sommelier
  • Visit to Balsamic Vinegar Producer
  • Medieval San Gimignano UNESCO World Heritage Site
  • The Art of Making Legendary Tiramisu

Uffizi Gallery, Florence, Tuscany Region

Boboli Gardens, Florence, Tuscany Region

Florence Cathedral, Florence, Tuscany Region

Ponte Vecchio, Florence, Tuscany Region

Siena, Tuscany Region

Fountain of Neptune, Bologna, Emilia Romagna Region

Sanctuary of the Madonna, Bologna, Emilia Romagna Region

Towers of Bologna, Emilia Romagna Region

Low Season 

Available Tour Dates

Jan, Feb, Mar, Nov, Dec

From $4,238 per person

Mid Season 

Available Tour Dates

Apr, Jul, Aug

From $4,348 per person

High Season 

Available Tour Dates

May, Jun, Sep, Oct

From $4,718 per person

Your 2022 Price Includes

ACCOMMODATION

  • 2-nights 13th-century Medieval Tower Residence
  • 2-nights Tuscany Wine Resort Villa
  • 2-nights 4-Star Boutique Bologna Hotel
  • 2-nights Venetian Island Wine Estate

TRANSPORTATION

  • Meet & Greet with Private Transfer on Arrival in Florence
  • Private Chauffeur Transfer from Florence to Chianti
  • Private Chauffeur Transfer from Chianti to Bologna
  • Private Chauffeur Transfer from Bologna to Burano
  • Private Transfer to Venice Airport upon Departure

DINING OPTIONS INCLUDED

  • 8 Gourmet Italian Breakfasts
  • Bologna Street Food Tasting Tour
  • Private Tasting Tour of Northern Italy
  • Chianti Wine Tour with Lunch
  • Venissa Vineyards Tour & Dinner

UNIQUE EXPERIENCES

  • Private Accademia Gallery Art Experience
  • Florentine Cooking Class & Authentic Market Tour
  • Full Day Private Chianti Excursion
  • Bologna Street Food Tour
  • Private Tasting Tour of Northern Italy
  • Venissa Vineyards Tour & Dinner at Osteria

POINTS OF INTEREST

  • Architectural Masterpiece Brunelleschi's Dome
  • Intricate Frescoes in the Famous Uffizi Courtyard
  • Michelangelo's Iconic David Statue
  • Parma Cheese Factory Tasting 
  • Exclusive Wine Tasting with Personal Sommelier
  • Visit to Balsamic Vinegar Producer
  • Medieval San Gimignano UNESCO World Heritage Site
  • The Art of Making Legendary Tiramisu

Prices Based On

  • All Taxes & Fees Included
  • Risk-Free Booking Policy
  • Custom Priced Quote (Want to Add/Subtract Days? Let Us Know!)
  • Self-guided vacation package. Choose any date to begin your travels.
  • Prices are per person based on 2 people traveling together and sharing a room.
  • Traveling alone? No problem. Just ask us for a single supplement price.

"Ireland Anniversary Getaway"

Regina R.

Annville, PA

This was one of the best vacation experiences we ever had and we can be quite finicky! Our flight with American Airlines (coming and going) was great, with no issues, excellent customer service, and food not bad at all!


Spent a couple of days in Dublin catching the sights and enjoying the food and pints of Guinness. Rented a very nice car (Audi) which paired great with our phone GPS and off we went!  Stayed at 3 castle hotels, a couple of boutique hotels, and a 4 star (in Dublin). Though there was one accommodation that could use some updating, by and large, they were really wonderful! The rooms were cozy and the grounds were beautiful. Great customer service all around.  So many beautiful sights to name but of course, the Cliffs and old ruins were great. We did lots of hiking in Connemara and Killarney National Parks with sun and rain!! Lovely views.


I have to say that working with Michaela at Authentic Vacations was super! She kept us up to date with everything as we planned this before the pandemic. She was very patient rescheduling hotels and flights several times as we kept moving it forward due to quarantines. I highly recommend this travel service. The cost was also amazing so you can't really go wrong. I felt that if anything did go sideways, they would have been right there.  Sorry to be so long-winded here but we are just so very happy with our getaway and have some amazing photos and memories!

"First Visit Ever to Ireland"

Peggy B.

Cary, Illinois

We had the best tour guide and driver. They both made the experience top-notch. Green, green acres, stone fencing, marvels throughout

"Ireland, We Will Go Again"

Mary C.

Milford, Ohio

This vacation was years in the making. We planned it in 2019 for Spring 2020. Then Covid hit. Over the course of 2 years we had several Authentic agents. Lonna was able to collect all the pieces and made travel there smooth as silk when we actually made it in 2022 and was terrific in selecting hotels, venues, and sites to see. Each day was a wonder. Lloyd, our tour guide, was smart, witty, full of song and knowledge. Des, our driver, was amazing as he moved that huge bus around tight corners. We were in the best group of travelers ever. While I’m glad to be home, I was also sorry to say farewell. I made many friends in a week, and I’d do it again, and again, and again. Thank you every one!

"Ireland Vacation/Birthday Trip"

Alicia G.

Louisiana

Let me first start off by saying that Lonna our Authentic Vacations agent, did an amazing job our setting up our trip! We have been planning this trip for a couple of years and had to keep pushing it back because of Covid, and the wait was totally worth it, Lonna added some extras for us and OH my goodness they were amazing!!! Ireland is gorgeous and if you have not been you really need to take the time and explore this beautiful piece of heaven and let Lonna help you! She is defiantly good at what she does. 5 +++ plus stars!!! Thank you so much Lonna!!! We will be booking with Lonna again for future vacations !!!

"Ireland Retry 50th Birthday."

Tracy M.

Oregon

Covid struck one week before we were originally to go, now I am kinda glad we had waited. This was a great trip. While there were a few things we did not get a chance to see. I am already looking at our next vacation back to Ireland. I felt that the idea of going there around St Patrick's day is a good idea. While in Kilkenny had a 20-minute fireworks display that made it all worth it.

"40th Wedding Anniversary to Italy"

Patti S.

Savannah

This was our second trip with Authentic Vacations. I didn’t think it would be possible to match our perfect trip to Ireland in 2017, but it did! Our 10 days in Italy were fabulous. Well organized, fun and knowledgeable guides and thoughtful outings. Lauren was such a pleasure to work with, and her help was invaluable. Our on the ground contact in Italy was reassuring, too. Thank you to the entire team. Especially Sara & Angelo who welcomed us into their home for a cooking class and dinner! It was the trip of a lifetime!

"Scottish Roots Journey"

Gary E.

Ohio

Adina and Authentic Vacations did an outstanding job of setting up this trip, twice delayed due to COVID 19. We went to Scotland to explore our family's Scottish roots. It was magical how everything was prepared and ready for us at the time of our appointed arrival. We decided to drive and this proved to be a good, albeit challenging decision. The weather was amazing for March, with many sunny days. Highlights of the trip were visiting Inveraray Castle, home to the Duke of Argyll, and meeting the Clan Chief for Gary's family clan. Scottish hospitality is among the best in the world. We completely enjoyed this once-in-a-lifetime trip to Scotland. Thank you.

"30th Anniversary Celtic Celebration!"

Donna D

Florida

Our 10-day adventure in Ireland was truly amazing, and we couldn't have done it without Lonna and everyone at Authentic Vacations! The entire experience, from sightseeing in Dublin to relaxing at The K Club, to the exceptional golf, and the excursion to Northern Ireland for The Game of Thrones Tour, was well-planned and well-executed. All of the details were covered so the group could focus on being on vacation and enjoying our time together.


Lonna took the time to answer all of my questions and provide suggestions and insight about traveling to Ireland. I truly appreciated her attention to detail, and I credit her with such a smooth experience that met all of our expectations.


Because of the pandemic, we had to cancel and reschedule this trip several times over the course of 2 years. Authentic Vacations provided us with the support and commitment to plan the best possible experience for when we were able to travel. Can't wait to book with Authentic Vacations again!

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With offices in Scottsdale, San Francisco, London, Dublin, Copenhagen and Edinburgh, we can offer you unrivaled support while you are abroad. We truly believe all our clients deserve an extraordinary, authentic experience!