Once Upon a time in Italy with Belmond Once Upon a time in Italy with Belmond

Once Upon a time in Italy with Belmond

Join us on our 10 night luxurious Italian fantasy: a timeless place where elegance and charm are found in every detail. Experience aristocratic rural life paired with contemporary style, surrounded by rolling hills and sprawling vineyards before you rekindle the romance of the rails as you travel between Europe’s most captivating cities.

This is your invitation to join us on this exclusive journey as we experience iconic Belmond hotels & trains, in remarkable cities of Italy.

We begin with 3 nights at the Grand Hotel Timeo,  the first hotel to be built in Taormina, harnessing the history and mystique of nearby Mount Etna and Greek theatre. This is a place where the old world and new harmonize  located at the east coast of the beautify Sicily Island.  

From Sicily Island, board a chartered private jet and fly to Florence for three nights at our next Belmond property, Castello Di Casole. Experience aristocratic rural life paired with contemporary style, surrounded by rolling hills and sprawling vineyards. While away the hours visiting local farms, spotting wildlife or hunting for rare truffles.  Highlights of Tuscany:  Truffle hunt experience accompanied by a professional guide and his dogs, followed by lunch with local Tuscan gourmet produce. End the day with a visit to Antinori Family Winery, followed by a dinner in a Michelin star restaurant with a menu accompanied by wine pairing.

We then travel up to the capital of the Veneto Region, Venice and stay at our last Belmond Hotel, Hotel Cipriani. Included is a day out to explore a couple of the islands surrounding Venice including the world famous Murano Island for a glass workshop to learn about glass making with a hands-on experience! 

Set off a journey of a lifetime onboard one of the world's most famous luxury train - Venice Simplon-Orient-Express from Venice to Paris. Step onboard and experience truly elegant travel, wrapped in timeless romance.  Wake up with different landscapes in the morning in Paris, a breakfast of fresh coffee, fruits, warm breads and pastries is served to your cabin at a time that suits you. Enjoy your day in Paris either shopping at chic designer stores, head for your own foodie adventure or spend a day at leisure at the hotel before your departure flight home.

Destinations: Europe

Commencing: Sicily, Italy

Duration: 10 nights

Departure Date: 20 Oct 2023

Pricing: from $26,999

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Highlights

  • Small group limited to only 20 guests
  • Hosted by a Latitude 33 Tour Host and local guides

Latitude 33 - A Grand Belmond holiday in Italy

  • 10 night hosted with a day of unique experience in Sicily, Tuscany and Venice
  • Luxury hand-picked hotels and an iconic rail journey
  • Chartered private jet from Catania, Sicily to Florence  
  • Day out at nature to the Mt Etna and a winery visit in Sicily
  • Truffle Hunt Experience and winery visit followed with a wine pairing dinner at a Michelin star restaurant in Tuscany
  • Murano Island hands on glass workshop experience
  • Hosted dinners and cocktail receptions at each Belmond hotel
  • Luxury transfers throughout the tour
  • Meals included (as per itinerary) 
  • Drinks included with meals (as per itinerary) 
  • All baggage handling 
 

Full Itinerary

click through the days of your journey

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    Day 01

    Friday 20 Oct 2023

    Australia | Catania, Sicily

    Welcome to Sicily, the jewel of Southern Italy!

    On arrival, you will be transferred to Grand Hotel Timeo, A Belmond hotel Taormina located at the east coast of the beautify Sicily Island.  

    Enjoy the rest of the afternoon before joining a cocktail reception ahead of our first hosted dinner (regional wine selections included with dinner*) to meet your fellow travelers who you will spend the next 10 days exploring Italy with.

     

    Grand Hotel Timeo, A Belmond Hotel Taormina (D)

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    Day 02

    Saturday 21 Oct 2023

    Catania | Mt Etna, Sicily

    Included excursion: You will be picked up from hotel for a scenic ride through idyllic Sicilian villages and colours of the black lava. An easy hike of approx. 45 min. on the craters in the surrounding where you will see the unique landscape with the old and new lava. Continue with an adventurous off-road jeep tour through the pine forests, get an insight into the unique and diverse flora and fauna which inhabits the lava rocks. Equip with helmets and flashlights to explore one of the famous lava caves on foot with your guide and find out the fascinating history behind these caves. Visit a local winery and sample wine that is grown on this volcanic soil on Mount Etna, lunch is included with a selection of typical antipasti, a first course, Sicilian sweets, fruits, selected wine and espresso. 

    Grand Hotel Timeo, A Belmond Hotel Taormina (B/L)

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    Day 03

    Sunday 22 Oct 2023

    Catania, Sicily

    Enjoy Sicily at your own leisure!

    Grand Hotel Timeo, A Belmond Hotel Taormina (B)

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    Day 04

    Monday 23 Oct 2023

    Catania, Sicily | Tuscany

    From Sicily Island, we travel by private jet to Florence. Board a private jet and fly to Florence for three nights at our next Belmond property, Castello Di Casole.This 10th century estate is the perfect place to experience the rural Italy and the one of the best wine region in the world - Tuscany.

    Castello Di Casole, A Belmond Hotel Tuscany (B)

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    Day 05

    Tuesday 24 Oct 2023

    Tuscany

    A stay in Tuscany is not complete without a winery visit and a truffle hunt! Included excursion: Today will be the highlight of our trip, put on your hats and walking attire for a hike in the woods on this special truffle hunt experience, accompanied by a professional guide who will teach you everything about truffle hunting before lunch including local Tuscan gourmet produce. Return to your hotel and get ready for the most exciting part of this trip.

    A winery visit to one of Antinori Family Winery, where you will get an introduction to viticulture and wine production in this world famous region as well as access to the historical Abbey cellars, there will be time for you to wander before dinner at a Michelin Starred Restaurant with a menu accompanied by wine pairing.

    Castello Di Casole, A Belmond Hotel Tuscany (B/L/D)

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    Day 06

    Wednesday 25 Oct 2023

    Tuscany

    Enjoy the last day in Tuscany at your own leisure and join us for a cocktail reception before our second hosted dinner (Wine selection with dinner included*) at the hotel before heading north to Venice tomorrow. 

    Castello Di Casole, A Belmond Hotel Tuscany (B/D)

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    Day 07

    Thursday 26 Oct 2023

    Tuscany | Venice

    Today, we will travel up north to the capital of the Veneto Region, Venice for a 3 nights at our last Belmond Hotel, Hotel Cipriani ( Approx. 3 1/2 hours). Founded in the 5th century AD and spread over 118 small islands. The whole city is an architectural masterpiece with works done by world's greatest artists such as Titian, Tintoretto, Giorgione, Veronese and others. Enjoy the rest of the day at your own leisure.
     

    Cipriani, A Belmond Hotel Venice (B)

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    Day 08

    Friday 27 Oct 2023

    Venice

    Included excursion: A day out to explore a couple of the islands surrounding Venice - Burano famous for it's colourful houses, you will have time at your own leisure before traveling to next island, Torcello. Our experienced tour guide will show you around the this peaceful Island that once was a very important island in ancient time with more than 200,000 inhabitants. After lunch at Locanda Cipriani, head towards the world famous Murano Island for another highlight of our trip to join a glass workshop to learn about glass making and a hands-on experience! 

    Cipriani, A Belmond Hotel Venice (B/L)

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    Day 09

    Saturday 28 Oct 2023

    Venice

    Enjoy the day at your own leisure exploring Venice. Our last hosted dinner will be held tonight at the hotel with a cocktail reception to share the joy and memories with your fellow travelers. Tomorrow, we will be board the legendary Venice Simplon-Orient-Express Train for a journey of a lifetime. 
     

    Cipriani, A Belmond Hotel Venice (B/D)

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    Day 10

    Sunday 29 Oct 2023

    Venice, Italy | Paris, France

    Set off a journey of a lifetime onboard one of the world's most famous luxury train - Venice Simplon-Orient-Express from Venice to Paris. Step onboard and experience truly elegant travel, wrapped in timeless romance. The art deco and marquetry design of the train are full of history and each with a story of their own. Enjoy a lavish three-course lunch in one of the beautifully hand-restored 1920s restaurant cars. Then spend the afternoon relaxing in the comfort of your cabin, gazing at the beautiful scenery as the continent passes before you while enjoying your afternoon tea, a personal steward attends to your every need. Follow a leisurely four-course dinner prepared on board by our famed French chefs. You may want to visit the Bar Car before your retire to your cabin. 
     

    Venice Simplon-Orient-Express, A Belmond Train (B/L/D)

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    Day 11

    Monday 30 Oct 2023

    Paris

    In the morning wake up with different landscape in Paris, a breakfast of fresh coffee, fruits, warm breads and pastries is served to your cabin at a time that suits you. Then prepare to disembark as the train pulls into Paris Gare de l'Est where our luxury transfer awaits that will take you to InterContinental Hotel Paris Le Grand or similar. Enjoy your day in Paris either shopping at chic designer stores, head for your own foodie adventure or spend a day at leisure at the hotel before heading to airport for your departure flight home in a luxury transfer.

    Day Room in Paris (Breakfast on train)

Once Upon a time in Italy with Belmond Map
 

Inclusions

    01 | FLIGHT & TRANSFERS

    • Return economy International airfares from Australia 
    • Chartered Flight from Catania, Sicily to Florence, Tuscany in Italy 
    • All transfers and baggage handling on tour 
    • Contact our travel consultant for international flight upgrade options, subject to availability 
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    02 | ACCOMMODATION

    • Grand Hotel Timeo, A Belmond Hotel Taormina | 3 nights
    • Castello Di Casole, A Belmond Hotel Tuscany  | 3 nights 
    • Cipriani, A Belmond Hotel Venice | 3 nights 
    • Venice Simplon-Orient-Express, A Belmond Train | 1 night
    • Day room in Paris
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    03 | Venice Simplon-Orient-Express A Belmond Train

    • LUXURIOUS ACCOMMODATION
      One night aboard the Venice Simplon-Orient-Express train - Historic Cabin - Coverts to bunk bed at night 
      Contact our consultant for Suite upgrade option on train, subject to availability
    • A SUMPTUOUS FOUR-COURSE DINNER
      Feast on our seasonal table d'hôte menu, which includes biscuits, cheeseboard and chutney, as well as coffee and tea
    • A DELICIOUS THREE-COURSE LUNCH
      A sumptuous three-course lunch as the world passes by your window
    • CONTINENTAL BREAKFAST
      Served in your cabin for ultimate comfort
    • DEDICATED STEWARD SERVICE
      To attend to your every request as you unwind in style
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    04 | Private Chartered Flight

    • Private check in counter for a seamless check in process
    • Private boarding 
    • Coffee, tea, soft drinks and snacks are included for a relaxing flight journey
     
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