Italians love to surround themselves with beauty, and it shows. A more fitting country could not have been designed by Michelangelo himself: from medieval hilltop towns to sun-drenched Mediterranean islands, Italy is sublime. Icons are so numerous it's difficult to choose. Some are entire cities: Venice, Florence and Rome are works of art in themselves, and Italy has played host to arguably the greatest collection of art, architecture and artists the world has ever seen. Home to more UNESCO World Heritage sites than any other country, Italy is nothing if not cultured; an education was once considered incomplete until one spent time in Italy. Today this tradition continues, as visitors from around the world come to surround themselves with beauty and immerse themselves in la dolce vita. Viva Italia!
Mont Blanc Explorer (EFME)
The French call her "La Dame Blanche." To Italians, she’s "Il Bianco." And to all who set out to tame her, she is known simply as 'The Big One'. Towering above the already towering Alps, Mont Blanc commands respect. This trip puts committed travellers with excellent fitness on intimate terms with the ceiling of Europe, rewarding all comers with strolls through quaint alpine villages, hearty dinners, relaxing spa visits, and some of the most jaw-droppingly beautiful mountain scenery you’ll ever see. Prepare to be challenged, awestruck, and amazed.
Highlights: Marvel at Mont Blanc massif from France and Italy, Hike along stunning Alpine trails, Spend your evenings relaxing in quaint Alpine villages.
Trekking in Tuscany (EIRT)
The difference between a tourist and a traveller? Tourists visit. Travellers explore. And once you’ve seen, smelled, felt, and tasted northern Tuscany, you’ll want to devour as much of it as possible. This journey into Garfagnana – one of Italy’s top trekking regions – offers plenty of exercise for mind, body, and soul alike. Over seven days, you’ll hike the unspoiled mountains by day, learn to prepare delicious local cuisine in the evening, and put your well-used feet up at the end of it all to soak in the simple pleasures of country life.
Highlights: Enjoying day hikes in stunning countryside, tasting local specialties, savouring home-cooked meals, relaxing at our authentic countryside accommodations
Cycling in Tuscany (EITC)
What better way to experience the beauty of Tuscany than from the seat of a bike? A mixture of on- and off-road biking awaits on a ride through some of the most gorgeous, yet challenging countryside you’ll find anywhere. You'll explore beautiful hill towns, stunning lakes, and have the option to soak in thermal hot springs. After a hard day's ride, what could be better than enjoying the delicious meals your host Stefano will prepare for you each evening, from his locally grown produce. When you are not riding take the chance to wander the property's vineyard, relax by the pool, or visit the pigs!. There's no better way to work up an appetite.
Highlights: Cycle through Tuscan countryside and stone-walled hill towns, visit quaint Pienza and medieval Montepulciano, learn traditional recipes and eat delicious Tuscan cuisine.
Cinque Terre Coastal Walk (EICW)
Isolated from the rest of Italy by the impressive landscape, you're here to hike. The rugged villages of Cinque Terre still remain a world away from the bustle of Rome. Follow coastal trails and discover villages clustered on windswept cliffs and perched above beautiful coastlines. Hike and swim by day and sample the fresh seafood and local delicacies by night. For the active traveller who wants to experience a real slice of Italian life, this compact adventure tops the menu.
Highlights: Walk narrow coastal trails with magnificent sea views, sample the local cuisine and wines, stay in a Cinque Terre village.