Italian Scene - 2015

5 out of 5 stars

10 days

from $1995 pp

Trip available from May 2015 to Oct 2015.
"Saw everything we wanted and more!"
Joseph , Jul 2014

The effortless beauty of Italy is both natural and man-made. The legacy of the Romans and the Renaissance thrives in cities like Rome, Venice and Florence, but in between these cities are the gorgeous Bay of Naples, the towering Apennines and picture-perfect Italian Lakes.

Trip type:
CostSaver
Trip code:
ITSE

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Trip Itinerary

  • 1.

    ARRIVE ROME (2 NIGHTS)

    Welcome to Rome! After check-in, relax and unwind. Later meet with your Travel Director and fellow travellers. This evening, consider a stroll around this fascinating city and take in the vibrant atmosphere.

    Hotel

    Ergife Palace

  • 2.

    ROME SIGHTSEEING AND FREE TIME

    Don't miss the opportunity to join an optional experience to the famous Sistine Chapel and Vatican Museums. Later, your Local Specialist takes you on a sightseeing tour starting with a visit to the Vatican City and the awe-inspiring St. Peter's Basilica to view Michelangelo's statue, the Pietà. Cross the Tiber in ancient Rome and view the Forum and the mighty Colosseum.

    Meal(s)

    Buffet Breakfast

  • 3.

    ROME – SORRENTO – BAY OF NAPLES

    Today head south to the Bay of Naples. Drive to the nearby resort of Sorrento to visit an inlaid-wood workshop. Then consider an optional experience to Positano and the Amalfi Coast. Later enjoy dinner at the hotel.

    Meal(s)

    Buffet Breakfast,Dinner

    Hotel

    Grand Moon Valley

  • 4.

    BAY OF NAPLES – MONTE CASSINO – ASSISI

    Perhaps join an optional guided walking tour of Pompeii, which lay undiscovered beneath a layer of volcanic ash for centuries after Mount Vesuvius erupted in AD 79. Afterwards, leave the Bay of Naples and see the monastery at Monte Cassino, the scene of fierce fighting during the Second World War. Continue north to the mystical town of Assisi, built on the fertile slopes of Mount Subasio in Umbria.

    Meal(s)

    Buffet Breakfast,Dinner

    Hotel

    Casa Leonori

  • 5.

    ASSISI – VENICE (ORIAGO) (2 NIGHTS)

    Your morning orientation tour of Assisi reveals a town that has changed little since the time of St. Francis, who was born here in 1182. There is a chance to visit the great Basilica and see the Saint's tomb. Later see the Basilica of St. Mary of the Angels, built on the site where St. Francis died in 1226. Your journey continues north across the dramatic Apennine Mountains to near the magical, romantic city of Venice.

    Meal(s)

    Buffet Breakfast,Dinner

    Hotel

    Il Burchiello

  • 6.

    VENICE ORIENTATION AND FREE TIME

    Your day starts with a cruise by private launch to St. Mark's Square in the heart of Venice. Admire the Bridge of Sighs, the ornate Doge's Palace and the Byzantine Basilica of St. Mark. Watch the Venetian craftsmen at work creating local specialities at a glassblowing workshop on Giudecca island. Spend free time afterwards exploring this fascinating city or perhaps take a trip out across the lagoon to the island of Burano for a relaxing seafood meal.

    Meal(s)

    Buffet Breakfast

  • 7.

    VENICE (ORIAGO) – VERONA – ITALIAN LAKES (CAPOLAGO)

    Head west across the plains of the Veneto to Verona, the home of Shakespeare's star-crossed lovers. View the vast Roman Arena, where concerts are still held regularly each year, and walk to view Juliet's balcony. Continue north to the Italian Lake District to visit Lake Como, a favoured summer retreat of the rich and famous, before arriving at your hotel where you dine tonight.

    Meal(s)

    Buffet Breakfast,Dinner

    Hotel

    Capolago

  • 8.

    ITALIAN LAKES (CAPOLAGO) – PISA – FLORENCE

    This morning leave the Lakes and travel south to the famous town of Pisa. In Pisa, explore the Field of Miracles, featuring the Leaning Tower, Cathedral and Baptistery. There is time to shop for souvenirs and take pictures! Arrive later at your hotel near Florence, birthplace of the Renaissance.

    Meal(s)

    Buffet Breakfast

    Hotel

    Wall Art Hotel

  • 9.

    FLORENCE SIGHTSEEING – ROME

    There are few cities in the world with an artistic legacy to equal that of Florence. Your Local Specialist gives a superb commentary of the city's history during your walking tour, which includes views of the Baptistery, Cathedral of Santa Maria dei Fiori, the impressive Giotto's Bell Tower, and a visit to Piazza della Signoria. Shop for high quality leather and 18-carat gold jewellery, for which Florence is renowned and don't forget to try the gelato! Later travel back to the Eternal City. This evening in Rome you might like to celebrate the end of your holiday in style!

    Meal(s)

    Buffet Breakfast

    Hotel

    Ergife Palace

  • 10.

    DEPART ROME

    This morning, say ‘arrivederci' to Italy, your Travel Director and newfound friends at the end of an unforgettable holiday. Transfers are available to Rome Fiumicino Airport. Conditions apply.

    Meal(s)

    Buffet Breakfast

What's Always Included

Sightseeing Highlights

  • Assisi

    Orientation of this beautiful town dedicated to St. Francis
  • Florence

    Sightseeing with a Local Specialist includes views of the cathedral and Piazza della Signoria
  • Italian Lakes

    Visit Lake Como
  • Italian Riviera

    Drive this scenic route
  • Monte Cassino

    Views of the monastery high on the hill
  • Pisa

    Visit the Field of Miracles to view the Leaning Tower
  • Rome

    Sightseeing tour with your Local Specialist includes a visit to St. Peter's Basilica plus views of the Forum and Colosseum
  • Sorrento

    Visit this popular resort
  • Venice

    Cruise by private boat to St. Mark's Square. Visit a traditional glassblowing workshop on Giudecca Island
  • Verona

    View Juliet's Balcony and the impressive Roman Arena

Dining

  • 9 buffet breakfasts
    4 three course dinners

Travel Highlights

  • Audio Headsets Provided throughout your holiday to enhance your included sightseeing experiences
  • Travel by luxury air-conditioned coach with reclining seats and an on-board restroom.
  • Hotel accommodation featuring twin rooms and private facilities
  • Variety of Optional Experiences
  • The services of a professional Travel Director throughout your trip
  • All hotel service charges and tips, baggage handling fees and local taxes included

Airport Transfers

Specific transfer information can be found on the airport transfers page

Optional Experiences

Notes

Optional Experiences are subject to change. Your Travel Director will supply you with a final list of Optional Experiences available on your trip. Optional Experiences cannot be booked online; they can be purchased during your trip through your Travel Director.

Rome

  • Inside The Vatican And The Colosseum

    Adult Price: €78.00 Join us for an extension to your included sightseeing tour, which gives you a chance to see the artistic masterpieces collected and commissioned by the Popes. You’ll visit the Tapestry Gallery, Gallery of Maps and the Sistine Chapel. Michelangelo spent 11 years preparing the vault and altar wall, and we give you plenty of time to admire just how much painstaking work went into his creations. Your experience will be rounded off with a visit to Rome's iconic Colosseum.
  • The Delights Of Rome

    Adult Price: €47.00 Spend an evening getting to know Rome. We’ll take you via coach where you’ll have the chance to see some of the city’s much-loved sights. Afterwards, you’ll enjoy a delicious light dinner of Italian specialities, alongside local music and drinks.
  • Backstreets, Piazzas and Fountains of Rome

    Adult Price: €33.00 With our Local Specialist, you'll discover the many delights that Rome has to offer by wandering through the labyrinth of narrow backstreets and beautiful squares. Developed over many centuries, they've created an amazing legacy for us today. The Pantheon and the Trevi Fountain (under restoration) are just two of the fine monuments en route. Later, you'll have free time to eat at the restaurant of your choice in one of the piazzas.
  • Arrivederci Roma

    Adult Price: €49.00 Rome comes alive this last evening of our trip as you savour her unforgettable sights! We then celebrate together with a Farewell Dinner including entertainment in one of our favourite places.

Sorrento

  • Experience The Scenic Amalfi Coast

    Adult Price: €42.00 Come with us for a drive along the famous Amalfi Coast. You’ll have a chance to visit the exclusive artists’ paradise of Positano, which is magnificently positioned on the Mediterranean coast.
  • Discover Pompeii

    Adult Price: €39.00 Join our expert on a tour of the excavations of Pompeii, the perfectly preserved Roman town which was engulfed by Mount Vesuvius' eruption in AD 79. You'll witness the devastating destruction it had at the time, as well as the opportunity to go back in time and get a glimpse of everyday Roman life, frozen for more than 2,000 years.

Venice

  • Discover The Magic Of Venice

    Adult Price: €69.00 Join us for a scenic cruise by private water taxi along Venice's Grand Canal. You’ll admire the magnificent palazzos, as well as catching a glimpse of the Rialto Bridge and St. Mark's Square. Later on, you'll glide gracefully on a gondola along Venice’s dreamy, narrow waterways.
  • Majestic Venice

    Adult Price: €35.00 Explore the hidden maze of streets which make up this unique city as your Local Specialist gives you a fascinating insight into Venice's past and present. You’ll visit the majestic basilica of St Mark, where you’ll have a chance to view some of the prized trophies looted by the Venetians in their rise to power. Alternatively, we’ll visit the outside terrace for exceptional vistas.
  • Lagoon Discovery Cruise With Food And Drinks

    Adult Price: €69.00 Come with us on a private boat trip to the lagoon in Venice and you’ll see the island of Murano, where the renowned glassblowers live. You’ll enjoy lunch or dinner with drinks at the nearby ‘Island of the Fishermen’, Burano, which is famous for its multi-coloured houses and a photographer's paradise.

ITALIAN LAKES

  • Villas Of Lake Como And Como Town

    Adult Price: €38.00 Enjoy views of elegant villas and gardens as you cruise along Lake Como, one of the most beautiful spots in the Italian Lake District. Our Local Specialist will show you the sights - and their favourite spots - as you explore the old parts of Como.

Florence

  • Dinner, Wine And Music In The Tuscan Hills

    Adult Price: €63.00 Come for a scenic drive through the beautiful Tuscan countryside. We'll stop off at a delightful restaurant set among the pines and cypress trees, where you’ll be served regional favourites alongside local music.
  • Tuscan Hills Dinner At Villa Machiavelli

    Adult Price: €63.00 A scenic drive into the Chianti hills, past vineyards and sunflower fields, brings us to a delightful hamlet overlooked by an imposing castle. Our destination is the ancient stone house of Machiavelli, where the great political theorist wrote his immortal work, ‘The Prince’. After a welcome drink and visit of the villa and its wine-cellars, we enjoy the best of Tuscan cuisine accompanied by great music and drinks, including of course, Chianti from the Villa’s own vines. This is the essence of all great things Tuscan, past and present, condensed into one memorable evening!
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