10-Day Italy Tour: Discover Stunning Sorrento, Florence, Rome and Venice
Unearth the art, culture and history of Italy on this 10-day tour, taking you to the most breathtaking sights and cities around the country. Walk the narrow streets of Venice and admire its epic grandeur, discover artistic masterpieces in Florence and be amazed by the majesty of Vatican City, learn more about ancient empires in Rome and take in the mesmerising beauty of Sorrento. All this plus nine nights of deluxe accommodation, daily breakfast and three dinners, the services of an English-speaking guide, wireless touring headphones and more.
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'Italy is like a dream that keeps returning for the rest of your life', said Russian poet Anna Akhmatova. Make the dream a reality, and embark on an Italian adventure like no other, discovering some of the country's best attractions and experiencing a mix of countryside charm, coastal beauty and historic city art and heritage along the way.
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The Sights – The majesty of Venice, Florence, Rome and Sorrento await
Spend a full day exploring Venice, a watery wonderland with over 400 bridges and infinite canals, framed by spectacular architecture. Learn more about legendary local glass-blowing in Murano, spot the Byzantine, Roman and Venetian influences in the Golden Basilica of San Marco, cross the 17th-century Bridge of Sighs and admire the pink-marbled walls of the Doge’s Palace.
Travel through the stunning rolling hills of Tuscany, dotted with vineyards and cypresses, and reach the Cradle of the Renaissance, Florence: let this city enchant you with its glorious art, elegant palaces and splendid bridges. Stand in awe of Michelangelo's David, admire the perfect shapes of the Duomo and the world's finest art and architecture as you stroll through the cobbled streets of the city center.
On your way to Rome, pay a visit to the UNESCO World Heritage-site of Assisi and the incredible Basilica, a 13-th century masterpiece showcasing numerous works of art – including Giotto's astonishing frescoes.
Retrace the steps of emperors and gladiators taking a tour of ancient Rome, full of historical intrigue. Wander the streets of the central area of the city and visit awe inspiring historical landmarks such as the Roman Forum and the Colosseum to learn more about ages past.
Stroll through halls filled with masterpieces when visiting one of the most important art collections in the world: the Vatican Museums. Admire the incredible Sistine Chapel and the Pieta, Michelangelo's finest works of art, and walk the world-famous St. Peter's Square, with its striking 248 columns and 88 pilasters.
Before reaching Sorrento, step back in time with a visit to the ruins of Pompei, Europe's most fascinating archeological site. Time stands still in this haunting site, frozen under a thick carpet of volcanic ash following the eruption of Mt. Vesuvius, over 2,000 years ago.
Bask in the seaside atmosphere of sunny coastal Sorrento as you wander along scenic walkways and bustling marinas. Enjoy free time to shop for finely handcrafted souvenirs, take to the waterside for a drink by the scenic Gulf of Naples.
Your package includes:
- Nine nights of deluxe accommodation, featuring two nights at either the Hotel Villa Mabapa in Venice Lido or Hotel Gabrielli and Hotel Carlton & Grand Canal in Venice, two nights at the Hotel Londra or Grand Hotel Mediterraneo in Florence, three nights at the Grand Hotel Palatino, Massimo D'Azeglio or K Hotel Boutique in Rome and two nights at the Hotel Central in Sorrento.
- Daily breakfasts and three dinners
- An authentic culinary experience in rural Tuscany, enjoy a a delectable wine tasting paired with a selection of fresh local delicacies
- Italian hotel porterage, taxes, fees & service charges
- The services of an English-speaking tour manager and guides
- Entrance fees per itinerary
- All tipping and gratuities
- Sightseeing per itinerary in modern air-conditioned motor coach
- Comfortable wireless headphones for enhanced touring
The ’7 day change of mind guarantee’ does not apply for Tour bookings. Due to the high demand and limited departures any cancellation / refund requests must be made within 48 hours of purchase. Otherwise, the standard Refund Policy applies.
Valid for the following departure dates:
10 December 2018
9, 11 & 16 March 2019
Booking conditions and cancellation fees do apply. Please take out travel insurance at this time.
Please note: Airfares and airport transfers are not included in this package.
The package is valid for ONE PERSON aged 8 years or older (based on twin share). If you are travelling with another person you must purchase TWO PACKAGES, otherwise, an additional single traveller surcharge will apply. Single travellers will get their own room throughout the tour.
Single Traveller surcharge: If travelling alone, you must pay a single traveller surcharge.
A single traveller surcharge of AU$550 applies for tours departing on 10 December 2018
A single traveller surcharge of AU$500 applies for all other departure dates.
Please note this tour is not suitable for children under 8 years of age.
The maximum capacity on this tour is 42 people.
Maximum Room Capacity: The maximum room capacity is two people. If a child is travelling with two adults, then a twin and single room can be requested and single surcharge will apply.
Please note: Disability access is limited during the tour, please consider this before making your booking. Hotels may not have ramps, wide entryways or elevators to accommodate disabled passengers or devices such as wheelchairs, walkers and motorised scooters. Due to physical constraints and space limitations, wheelchairs, walking frames and motorised scooters may not be taken aboard motor coaches.
If a hotel listed is not available, a hotel of a similar standard will be substituted.
Dining inclusions do not include beverages (unless otherwise stated). Menus are subject to change without notice.
Please note that full terms and conditions apply. Refer to website's terms and conditions.
DAY 1 - Arrive in Venice
Arrive in Venice and make your way to your hotel; remainder of the day is at leisure in this magical city built over a hundred small islands and connected by 400 bridges, before tonight's orientation meeting with your Tour Manager on the upcoming journey that awaits you in Italy, followed by a Welcome Dinner
DAY 2 - Venice City Tour
The discovery of Venice begins with a boat ride to the Island of Murano, known for its artistic and colorful Murano glassware. While here, enjoy a visit to one of the factories to witness the art of glass blowing, Afterward, to St. Mark's Square where you begin the guided walking tour of this romantic city. View the Golden Basilica of San Marco, built over several centuries in a fusion of Byzantine, Roman and Venetian architecture. Walk via the Bridge of Sighs, created at the beginning of the 17th century to serve as a link between prisons. Continue, to the pink marble Doge's Palace, the official residence of the Venetian ruler; its facade is highlighted by a massive late-Gothic gate, known as the Porta della Carta. The rest of the day is yours to explore Venice independently. Or, participate in this afternoon's optional Gondola Ride with music - it's definitely one of the highlights of any Italian holiday!
Optional: Gondola Ride with Music (PM)
DAY 3 - Tuscany & Pisa en route to Florence
Depart Venice and travel through the stunning golden landscape of Tuscany, dotted with olive and fig trees. Visit a typical Tuscan farm in the countryside for a wine tasting coupled with delectable local specialties. On to Pisa, to view the famous Piazza dei Miracoli with its Leaning Tower, among the most instantly recognizable structures on earth. The monuments on the extraordinary Piazza dei Miracoli create a unique architectural blend of Romanesque and Gothic styles. Then, travel to the lively Renaissance city of Florence, with its priceless art and architecture for overnight
DAY 4 - Florence City Tour
Today's tour of Florence begins with a visit to the Accademia of Fine Arts, where Michelangelo's David is housed; stand in awe of this glorious work of art. Walk to the Duomo, celebrated for its magnificent dome designed by Brunelleschi, and view the Baptistery's renowned "Gates of Paradise" by Ghiberti. Continue on a walk through the open-air museum at Signoria Square, ending at the splendid Ponte Vecchio. Florence is indeed the center of the world's finest art and architecture. Enjoy the afternoon at leisure in this spectacular Renaissance city, or participate in the optional guided tour of the Uffizi Gallery* that provides insight into the history of the structure and its collections. The tour highlights include exceptional examples of Florentine painting to help you better understand the works of the masters, including Giotto, Botticelli, and Leonardo da Vinci. Tonight, a delightful optional evening begins with a ride through the Tuscan hills to a lovely restaurant where a sumptuous Tuscan dinner is served along with unlimited wine and entertainment
*Optional Uffizi Gallery Tour ($62) - available for purchase only in Italy from your Tour Manager. Tour participation guarantees immediate entry to the Gallery, with no lengthy waits in 2-3 hour lines
Optional: Dinner at a Tuscan Restaurant (PM)
DAY 5 - Medieval Assisi City Tour en route to Rome
Depart Florence to the small medieval town of Assisi perched high on a hill in the Umbria region, with its Roman ruins, winding medieval streets and sacred shrines. Assisi is best known as the birthplace of St. Francis of Assisi - patron saint of Italy. Its main attraction is the 13th-century Basilica di San Francesco, one of the artistic highlights of medieval Europe with Giotto's astonishing frescoes. The town of Assisi has been designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site for its significant art and architecture. Afterward, continue to Rome, the astonishing city built on seven hills. Dinner together at the hotel tonight
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner
DAY 6 - Vatican Museums & Michelangelo's Sistine Chapel
Today visit the Vatican Museums and Michelangelo's masterpiece, the Sistine Chapel. Stroll through one of the most important art collections of the world. Admire the Gallery of Tapestries and the Geographical Maps before arriving to the Sistine Chapel, with its great frescoes by Michelangelo. Continue to St. Peter's Square, passing Bernini's famous colonnade to view St. Peter's Basilica*, built on the burial site of Saint Peter, with the most famous Michelangelo's Pieta. Enjoy the afternoon at leisure or, join the optional walking tour of the Eternal City's grand piazzas that begins at the Spanish Steps and continues to the legendary Trevi Fountain, the Pantheon and the baroque Piazza Navona. Tonight's optional tour in Rome includes a delicious four-course Italian dinner with unlimited wine, and a drive to see some of Rome's most famous sights**
*Due to Religious events, the opening times of St. Peter's Basilica are subject to change without notice. In these cases, you will visit the Vatican Library instead of the Basilica.
**Available for Nov-Dec departures only.
Optional: Piazzas of Rome (PM)
Optional: Dinner & Evening Sightseeing Drive of Rome (PM)
DAY 7 - Tour Ancient Rome
The historic tour of ancient Rome begins at the legendary Roman Forum, the central area of the city from which ancient Rome developed. Next, view the triumphal Arch of Constantine, erected by the Roman Senate to commemorate Constantine's tenth year of leadership over the Eternal City. On to the mighty Colosseum, the largest amphitheater built in the Roman Empire that seated over 50,000, where gladiator contests and public events were attended by the rich, the poor and by the Emperor himself. Discover the delights of Rome this afternoon on your own. Stop at a local café and just people-watch, or linger over a cup of coffee, indulge in a delectable gelato or try an authentic Italian pizza
DAY 8 - Pompeii Tour en route to Sorrento
Traveling south to Sorrento, at a distance you can view (weather conditions permitting) the magnificent Abbey of Montecassino, perched high on the mountaintop, scene of a huge battle near the end of World War II in which the Abbey was completely destroyed, but has now been lovingly restored. As you pass the Bay of Naples, majestic Mt. Vesuvius marks the way to Pompeii, the city that was frozen in time under a thick carpet of volcanic ash almost 2,000 years ago. The tragic fossils of people attempting to escape, along with their children and dogs are still visible, along with the preserved ruins of the Temples of Apollo and Jupiter, and the Forum. You're welcomed to Sorrento with a spectacular panoramic view and by the sapphire blue waters of the Gulf of Naples
DAY 9 - Full Day in Sorrento
A stunning day in picturesque Sorrento, strikingly beautiful with its seaside setting and soaring cliffs plunging into the sea. As you walk along the coastal road and through the charming town, you'll understand why this town has long been beloved by poets and artists. The optional full day tour takes you along the rugged Amalfi coast, one of the most spectacular drives in the world, with its dramatic landscapes and amazing panoramas. Nestled into mountains which rise thousands of feet above the sea, you'll see enchanting villages, cliffs terraced with lemon groves, white washed villas and sparking turquoise seas. Drive by Positano and stop in Amalfi, named a UNESCO world heritage sight, to enjoy time at leisure in town. Your last night in Italy is celebrated in this coastal paradise with a Farewell Dinner at a local restaurant
Optional: Full Day Amalfi Tour (AM)
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner
DAY 10 - Depart Italy
Make your way to the airport in Naples for your onward journey.
Your tour starts in Venice and ends in Sorrento. Getting to Venice is easy, regular flights are available with carriers including Qantas, Ethiad and Emirates and an approximate flight time of 24 hours.
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