Tauck Explores “The Heart of Italy” With New Culturious Journey to Venice, Florence and Rome

Small Groups Enjoy “Insider” Cultural Experiences in Three Iconic Cities

NORWALK, CT (February 19, 2013)  Tauck is introducing a new in-depth, 8-day itinerary for 2013 that explores Italy’s three most iconic cities, Venice, Florence and Rome.  “The Heart of Italy: Venezia, Firenze & Roma” is part of Tauck’s Culturious collection of immersive, small-group journeys for active, boomer-aged travelers.

“Our Culturious journeys are crafted specifically for inquisitive, culturally-curious travelers, and it’s hard to imagine a more perfect trio of classic, culturally-rich Italian cities than Venice, Florence and Rome,” said Tauck CEO Dan Mahar.  “Whether it’s food, art, history or religious significance, these cities have it all.”

The itinerary begins with a two-night stay in Venice, where Tauck guests will visit a glassblower’s studio for a hands-on demonstration and later enjoy an exclusive lunch with a contessa inside her private palazzo.  A high-speed train ride to Florence precedes a three-night stay in the city, where Tauck guests will learn about classical art restoration at the Opificio delle Pietre Dure, and enjoy a private piano recital with concert pianist Gregorio Nardi in his home.  Guests will also travel outside of Florence to nearby Chianti Rufina, where they’ll enjoy a wine and olive oil tasting followed by dinner in the hilltop castle fortress that houses the wine cellars of the Frescobaldi family, 30th-generation vintners whose list of past clients includes Michelangelo and Henry VIII.

A second high-speed train journey brings Tauck’s guests to Rome, where “The Heart of Italy” concludes with a two-night stay at the Residenza Di Ripetta, a former Baroque convent.  In Vatican City, Tauck guests will enjoy an exclusive, after-hours tour of the Sistine Chapel and Vatican Museums, including access to rooms in the Museums that are seldom open to the public.  Guests will also travel to Rome’s Trastevere neighborhood to tour its historic, fourth-century Basilica di Santa Maria, and participate in a hands-on cooking class with a local chef. 

As with Tauck’s other Culturious journeys, group size is limited to no more than 24 guests.  “The Heart of Italy” is priced from $4,390 per person, double occupancy, plus air, and the itinerary is virtually all-inclusive.  Built into the price are all sightseeing and activities, accommodations, most meals, airport transfers, luggage handling, and much more.  Those interested in more information may visit their local travel professional, call Tauck at 1 800 468 2825, or go to www.tauck.com.

About Tauck’s Culturious small-group journeys
With an average group size of just 20 travelers, Tauck’s Culturious journeys are in-depth,  immersive, regionally-focused cultural explorations.  Culturious trips are designed for inquisitive, “culturally-curious” travelers, with each offering experiential, hands-on activities (such as cooking classes and local market visits), and typically including active elements such as hiking, kayaking, cycling, rafting or zip lining.  Tauck offers Culturious journeys in North America, Europe and Latin America.

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