Real Italy (Winter 2013/2014)

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Isle of Capri in the province of Naples, ItalyFlorence, ItalyThe ruins of Pompeii near Naples, ItalyColosseum in Rome, ItalyVenice, ItalyVerona Arena in Verona, Italy
Isle of Capri in the province of Naples, Italy
Florence, Italy
The ruins of Pompeii near Naples, Italy
Colosseum in Rome, Italy
Venice, Italy
Verona Arena in Verona, Italy
  • Duration: 11 Days
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  • Brochure: Europe & Britain 2013-2014
  • Style: Italy Regionals
  • Description: Understand the Real Italy as you tour awe-inspiring Italian sights including the Colosseum, Vatican and St Peter's Basilica in Rome. Cruise through Venice's canals and admire panoramic views from Piazzale Michelangelo in Florence. Be enlightened as Local Guides discuss the excavations in Pompeii, the Commonwealth Cemetery in Monte Cassino and the stunning Isle of Capri.

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Trip Itinerary

  • Day 1


    Overnight flight to Rome.

  • Day 2


    Welcome to Rome, the Eternal City! Unwind or take a stroll through ancient streets and soak up the ambience. This evening, meet for a Welcome Reception with your fellow travellers and Travel Director.

    Meal(s): (Welcome Reception)

    Hotel: Grand Hotel Tiberio

    Hotels are subject to change.
  • Day 3


    See the sights with your Local Guide. Visit the magnificent St. Peter’s Square, designed so the greatest number of people could see the Pope give his blessing. Explore the Basilica, one of the largest and most important religious sites on earth. On your way to Trastevere, see Tiburtina Island. Admire the Circus Maximus, the ancient site of chariot racing, set in a valley below the Aventine and Palatine Hills. Learn about gladiatorial combat and other public events that took place at the Colosseum on your guided visit. Spend the rest of the day as you choose. You might like to visit the ancient Catacombs along the old Appian Way.

    Meal(s): (Buffet Breakfast)

  • Day 4


    Experience a Unique Insight in the Vatican when you ascend the smooth and step-less spiral staircase designed by famous architect Donato Bramante. Visit the Sistine Chapel with your Local Guide and see Michelangelo’s frescoed ceiling, believed by many to be his crowning achievement. Admire the scenery as you drive north from Rome past the hilltop towns of Orte and Orvieto into Tuscany. See the Chianti vineyards and the extensive olive groves before crossing through the Apennine hills and eventually reaching the flat plains of the Veneto region and magical Venice.

    Meal(s): (Buffet Breakfast / Dinner)

    Hotel: NH Laguna Palace

    Hotels are subject to change.
  • Day 5


    Venice − Queen of the Adriatic − was a maritime power and staging post for the Holy Crusades, and played a significant part in the Renaissance. The history and culture of this unique city is revealed as you cruise by private launch to St. Mark’s Square. See the Byzantine Basilica, Bridge of Sighs and Doges’ Palace. Watch the Venetian craftsmen at work creating local specialities at a glass-blowing workshop on Giudecca island. Your afternoon is free to discover the delights of Venice or perhaps consider a seafood lunch at a local restaurant.

    Meal(s): (Buffet Breakfast)

  • Day 6


    A leisurely drive brings you to Verona, the setting for Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet. See the impressive Roman arena, the third largest in Italy, and Juliet’s balcony, close to Piazza della Erbe. To the south, through the beautiful landscape of Tuscany lies Florence, birthplace of the Renaissance. Explore Piazza della Signoria and see the Ponte Vecchio during your walking tour, with commentary from your Local Guide. See the multi-coloured Duomo, with a dome engineered by Brunelleschi, and see the Baptistery, with its towering bronze doors and relief sculptures. Tonight enjoy a Highlight Dinner in a local restaurant.

    Meal(s): (Buffet Breakfast / Highlight Dinner)

    Hotel: Grand Hotel Mediterraneo

    Hotels are subject to change.
  • Day 7


    Plan your day’s sightseeing as you wish. There are endless things to see in this fascinating city including the Academy of Fine Arts featuring Michelangelo’s statue of David, and the world-famous Uffizi Gallery. Florence is also renowned for luxury leather goods and 18-carat gold jewellery. This afternoon, you have the opportunity to take an excursion to San Gimignano, whose tall medieval towers can be seen from miles around.

    Meal(s): (Buffet Breakfast)

  • Day 8


    Visit the Commonwealth Cemetery in Monte Cassino which lies below the famous Abbey that was the site of a fierce battle in May 1944. Continue south through the fertile Campania region to the Bay of Naples in the shadow of Mount Vesuvius, and along the coast to Sorrento. Dine tonight at your hotel.

    Meal(s): (Buffet Breakfast / Dinner)

    Hotel: Johanna Park

    Hotels are subject to change.
  • Day 9


    Accompanied by a Local Guide, cross the Bay of Naples by ferry to the Isle of Capri, where Emperor Tiberius built a series of villas and governed the Roman Empire for the last ten years of his life. Spend the afternoon sightseeing or consider an excursion to Anacapri which features magnificent views. Later in Sorrento, visit an inlaid woodwork factory for a short demonstration on the production of this Local Speciality. This evening, join your fellow travellers for a memorable Be My Guest dinner of delicious local ingredients prepared by a local family on a lemon farm.

    Meal(s): (Buffet Breakfast / Be My Guest)

  • Day 10


    Explore the excavations at Pompeii which was preserved by volcanic ash when Vesuvius erupted in 79 AD. Your Local Guide gives a historical commentary of day-to-day life in the city on your Small Group Sightseeing tour. Your Italian odyssey ends in Rome where you enjoy a Farewell Dinner with your Travel Director and companions.

    Meal(s): (Buffet Breakfast / Farewell Dinner)

    Hotel: Sheraton Golf Parco De Medici

    Hotels are subject to change.
  • Day 11

    ROME – USA

    Say 'arrivederci' to Italy, your travelling companions and your Travel Director at the end of this memorable adventure. Airport transfers are available to Rome Fiumicino. Conditions apply.

    Meal(s): (Buffet Breakfast)

What's Included

Insider Experiences

  • Local Specialty Visit Giudecca Island for an insider look at Venetian Arts. See glass-blowing artisans and other craftsmen in action.
  • Local Specialty Visit an inlaid wood workshop in Sorrento.
  • Be My Guest Visit a family home on a lemon farm and enjoy a delicious meal.
  • Hidden Treasure Enjoy at least one surprise Hidden Treasure experience, unique to your itinerary, courtesy of your expert Travel Director.
  • Unique Insight Follow in the footsteps of Michelangelo and da Vinci when visiting the Vatican Museums. Ascend the smooth and step-less spiral staircase designed by famous architect Donato Bramante, in a part of the Vatican not open to the public.
  • Small Group Sightseeing In Pompeii, experience a guided visit to the excavations with a group size of no more than 25 guests to enhance your visit.
  • Local Guide For included sightseeing in Rome, Florence and the Isle of Capri.

Sightseeing Highlights

  • RomeExplore the Sistine Chapel and St. Peter’s Basilica in the Vatican City. Visit the Colosseum and see the Circus Maximus.
  • VeniceCruise by private motor launch to St. Mark’s Square, the Byzantine Basilica and the Doge’s Palace.
  • VeronaSee the Roman arena and Juliet’s balcony.
  • FlorenceView Signoria Square, Ponte Vecchio, the Duomo and Baptistery. Admire panoramic views from Piazzale Michelangelo.
  • Monte CassinoVisit the Commonwealth Cemetery.
  • Isle of CapriDiscover the Isle of Capri (weather permitting) on your included round-trip cruise.
  • SorrentoVisit an inlaid wood factory.
  • PompeiiGuided visit of the ancient excavations.


  • 9 hot buffet breakfasts.
  • 6 evening meals including:
    • Welcome Reception with your Travel Director in Rome including light snacks and a Welcome Drink.
    • 2 three-course dinners with local wine.
    • Highlight dinner in Florence.
    • Be My Guest dinner in Sorrento.
    • Farewell Dinner with wine in Rome.
  • Christmas & New Year's Eve Highlights:

    • The 19 December 2013 departure
      Celebrate Christmas in Florence where you will enjoy a delicious festive meal with all the trimmings 'Italian style'. Experience the atmosphere of this beautiful city at Christmas.
    • The 27 December 2013 departure
      Celebrate New Year's Eve in the enchanting city of Venice. Enjoy the party atmosphere and see the sky lit up with celebratory fireworks after a dinner of local specialties. A night to be remembered forever!

      Each of these specially arranged Festive meal celebrations will replace one of the included meals featured in the itinerary.

Travel Highlights

  • First Class hotel accommodation featuring twin rooms and private facilities.
  • All hotel service charges and tips, baggage handling fees and local taxes included.
  • Travel by luxury air-conditioned coach with reclining seats and an on-board restroom.
  • The services of a professional Travel Director throughout your journey.
  • Complimentary keepsake photo and map.
  • Audio Headsets Provided throughout your trip to enhance your included sightseeing experiences.
  • A travel wallet with your documentation.

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