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Idyllic Italy Tour

15th - 22nd September 2024

We invite you to join us for 8 days to remember, exploring the Backwaters of Italy. Hidden gem locations that you simply will not find in your local travel agents Italian holiday destinations; unique properties you would not find yourself, and some outright incredible roads in between.  

Tour highlights include, but are not limited to:- 

The Great Dolomites Road. The Dolomites boast some of the highest peaks of Europe. This spectacular road provides both exhilarating and scenic driving, taking you from Bolzano to Cortina d’Ampezzo through the heart of the UNESCO-listed Dolomites. 

CastelBrando. The jewel in the crown of three great hotels on this tour. One of the largest and oldest castles in Europe overlooking the hills of Prosecco, and it is your accommodation for three nights to conclude this tour. Unique and exclusive, you might wish to extend your stay to relax for longer before heading for home.  

The Prosecco Wine Route. The rolling hills between Valdobbiadene and Conegliano is where you can admire long stretches of hillsides of Prosecco grapes, occasionally giving way to a small villages, wineries and wonderful stone houses.

(price based on two people sharing a room)

£2,499 per person
Brief tour overview
  • DAY 1: Arrival at Stocker Hotel & Tour Briefing

  • DAY 2: ‘Stelvio Pass’ Run

  • DAY 3: Check out from Stocker Hotel & Drive to Franceschi Park Hotel via ‘Great Dolomite Road’ Run. Check in Franceschi Park Hotel

  • DAY 4: Free day in Cortina d’Ampezzo

  • DAY 5: Check out from Franceschi Park Hotel & Drive to CastelBrando

  • DAY 6: ‘Prosecco Route’ Run

  • DAY 7: A day in Bassano del Grappa, including a guided tour of Bassano del Grappa, Aperol Spritz Experience, light lunch and return transfers

  • DAY 8: Tour end & departure

What's Included

  • 2 Nights at the Stocker Hotel, San Valentino Alla Muta

  • 2 Nights at the Franceschi Park Hotel, Cortina d'Ampezzo

  • 3 Nights at CastelBrando, Cison di Valmarino

  • Welcome drink on the first night at all hotels

  • Breakfast each morning at the hotels

  • Dinner each evening at the hotels

  • 3 Lunch Stops

  • 1 Coffee Stop

  • 3 Organised Runs

  • Guided tour of CastelBrando

  • 1.5-hour guided tour & tasting at Villa Sandi

  • Return Transfers from CastelBrando to Bassano del Grappa

  • Guided walking tour of Bassano del Grappa

  • Aperol Spritz Experience in Bassano del Grappa

  • Farewell drink on the last night at CastelBrando

  • Detailed Road Book (Please note that Tulip Books are not provided for non-UK tours)

  • Commemorative Tour Rally Plate

  • Car Parking at all Hotels

  • Services of a Backwater Classic Car Tours Representative throughout the tour

What's Not Included

  • Ferry Crossing

  • Overnight accommodation to/from Italy, to accommodate individual preferences

  • All drinks, to accommodate individual preferences

Approximate tour mileages

15 September – Make your own way at leisure to the Stocker Hotel for the first night

16 September – Optional drive to the Stelvio Pass (120 miles round trip) OR optional visit to town or Merano (160 miles round trip)

17 September – Great Dolomite Road (150 miles)

18 September – Day at leisure

19 September – Cortina to Castelbrando (80 miles)

20 September – Prosecco Route Scenic Drive (70 miles)

21 September – Transfers included for the day, car stays safely at the hotel

22 September – Check out and end of tour


Upgrades in Castelbrando

We include superior rooms, or you can upgrade to a Junior Suite at £40 per person per night OR Royal Suite at £60 per person per night.


Ferry Crossings

Due to the various sailing routes and times, we have NOT included a ferry crossing in our package. We will be happy to book your desired ferry crossing(s), please contact us for a quote if desired.

To book online, click here

Or call us on 01732 879181

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