Italy

Nine-Day Italy Tour With Return International Flights

Uncover the beauty of Italy on a scenic nine-day coach tour, one of the best ways to take in stunning views of Italy’s famed countryside from the rolling hills of Tuscany to the picturesque shores of Lake Garda. Travel the country as you take in the famous sights of Rome, Orvieto, Venice, Lake Garda, Florence, Tuscany, San Gimignano and Siena with return economy flights from Melbourne, Sydney, Brisbane or Perth, seven nights of premium accommodation, select meals, ten experiences and more.

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9 Days
9-DAY ITALY TOUR
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  • Return economy flights departing Melbourne, Sydney, Brisbane or Perth
  • Seven nights accommodation in premium, centrally located hotels
  • 10 meals including seven breakfasts, one antipasto and two dinners
  • 10 experiences including guided walking tours, orientation walks, driving tours of cities and other exciting activities
  • Fully escorted coach tour as per itinerary
  • Transport in a modern air-conditioned coach with reclining seats, TV and toilet
  • Airline taxes and fuel surcharges

Known for its majestic history, rich culture and inviting climate, Italy is one of the most frequented destinations in the world and this nine-day tour is an ideal way to experience all that this wonderful country has to offer.

What You’ll Love – See the sights of Rome, Siena, Venice, Florence and Tuscany

Wander through Rome, Italy’s iconic capital – a sprawling, cosmopolitan city with nearly 3,000 years of globally influential art, architecture and culture on display. Ancient ruins such as the Forum and the Colosseum evoke the power of the former Roman Empire. Vatican City, the headquarters of the Roman Catholic Church has St. Peter’s Basilica and the Vatican Museums, which house masterpieces such as Michelangelo’s Sistine Chapel frescoes.

Embark on a guided walking tour of Rome, stopping at all the landmarks that have made Rome a perennial favourite. See ancient Roman architecture, medieval buildings, Renaissance artworks and more remnants of Rome’s illustrious past.

Drive through the region of Umbria, known as the ‘fruit bowl of Italy’ and famed for its produce, food and beautiful mountainous landscapes, as you approach Orvieto – a city perched dramatically atop sheer vertical volcanic rock.

Enjoy a guided walking tour of Florence as you learn about the heritage of the city, which stretches back through the ages to encompass Renaissance artworks and Roman ruins.

Your Package Includes

  • Return economy flights departing Melbourne, Sydney, Brisbane or Perth
  • Seven nights accommodation in premium, centrally located hotels
  • 10 meals including seven breakfasts, one antipasto and two dinners
  • 10 experiences including guided walking tours, orientation walks, driving tours of cities and other exciting activities
  • Fully escorted coach tour as per itinerary
  • Transport in a modern air-conditioned coach with reclining seats, TV and toilet
  • Airline taxes and fuel surcharges

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 Luxury Escapes Refund Policy applies.

Valid for the following departure dates:

20 October 2018

23 March 2019

25 May 2019

The package is valid for ONE PERSON aged eight 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 (see below). Single travellers will get their own room throughout the tour.

*Single Traveller Surcharge: *If travelling alone a single traveller surcharge of AU$900 applies, payable directly to the tour company after booking.

The minimum capacity on the tour is two people, and the maximum capacity is 40 people.

Return international flights in economy class are included in your package. Departures are available from Melbourne, Sydney, Brisbane and Perth. Flights are provided by Thai Airways, Qatar Airlines, China Southern Airlines, Etihad Airlines, China Eastern Airlines or Korean Airlines. Flights are provided at the tour company’s discretion and requests for specific flights cannot be guaranteed. Flight time will not exceed 26 hours. A surcharge of AU$150 plus additional airfare will apply for flight changes.

Allocated hotels are subject to availability and may be replaced with a similar hotel.

*Rome: *Hotel Cristoforo Colombo

*Tuscany: *Grand Hotel Panoramic Montecatini Terme or Hotel Astsoria Montecatini Terme

*Venice: *Elite Residence Hotel

Bedding configuration is double or twin single upon request.

*Maximum Room Capacity: *The maximum room capacity is two adults and one child aged 8 - 16 years on a rollaway bed or fold out couch. Please note, child must purchase a full price twin share voucher.

Connecting rooms are available on request (subject to availability).

Please note, disability access is limited during the tour, please consider this before making your booking.

Booking confirmation must be presented at check-in.

All surcharges are payable directly to the tour company.

Dining inclusions do not include beverages (unless otherwise stated) and menu options are subject to change.

Travel insurance is strongly recommended. We suggest purchasing travel insurance as soon as possible after purchasing this accommodation package.

Strictly no refunds for this accommodation package for amendments and change of date - fees are at the tour company’s discretion and the tour company’s cancellation and change of date policy applies.

Not valid in conjunction with any other offer or on existing reservations.

Any unused portion of the package is non-refundable and cannot be exchanged for other services or cash.

Package cannot be split.

Offer only available for consecutive nightly stays.

Your passport must be valid at least 6 months beyond your intended stay overseas.

A visa may be required to the countries you are visiting and transiting. It is your responsibility to ensure you are holding a current visa.

The value and comparative savings has been determined based on the tour company’s published rack rates and the value of inclusions. Please be advised that rack rates may not be reflective of actual rates being charged, dependent on the timing and manner of your booking and therefore are only indicative of the level of saving.

All activities and services (including late checkout) are subject to availability.

Please note that full terms and conditions apply - refer to LuxuryEscapes.com/terms

Day 1: Depart Australia

Day 2: Arrive in Rome

Welcome to Rome, and one of our most popular Italy tours! The first day of the tour is an arrivals day, please catch a taxi to your hotel. You will overnight in the eternal city for the next 2 nights. Tonight, you will meet the tour guide and rest of the tour group at our included welcome dinner. Rome, Italy’s capital, is a sprawling, cosmopolitan city with nearly 3,000 years of globally influential art, architecture and culture on display. Ancient ruins such as the Forum and the Colosseum evoke the power of the former Roman Empire. Vatican City, headquarters of the Roman Catholic Church, has St. Peter’s Basilica and the Vatican Museums, which house masterpieces such as Michelangelo’s Sistine Chapel frescoes.

Accommodation: Hotel Cristoforo Colombo (or similar)

Meals: Dinner

Day 3: Rome

Today we’ll take a guided walking tour of the city, stopping off at the landmarks that have made Rome a perennial favourite with travellers all over the world. See ancient Roman architecture, medieval buildings, Renaissance artworks and more remnants of Rome’s illustrious past as capital of this incredible country – and of the Roman Empire at large. Be sure to see sightseeing highlights like the Spanish Steps, Trevi Fountain, the Roman Forum, the Pantheon and the countless other attractions that make Rome famous the world over. Later, you’ll have the option of taking a guided walking tour of the Vatican City. Marvel at glittering artworks, vast marble halls and opulent architecture – all part and parcel of the Vatican’s status as the seat of papal power. Eating and drinking well is also an important part of Roman life, and as they say, ‘When in Rome, do as the Romans do.’ Try excellent Italian cuisine and be sure to grab a famous Roman gelato while you’re sight-seeing!

Accommodation: Hotel Cristoforo Colombo (or similar)

Meals: Breakfast

Day 4: Rome – Orvieto - Venice

Leaving the capital behind, we'll drive through the region of Umbria. Known as the 'fruit bowl of Italy', it is famous for its produce, food and beautiful mountainous landscapes. Prepare for one of the most spectacular sights in Europe as we approach Orvieto, a city perched dramatically atop sheer vertical volcanic rock. We'll take the funicular up to the historic centre, where you'll have some free time to explore and see the sights, including the exquisite facade of the Cathedral of Orvieto, the papal residence and the Albornoz fortress, before we travel on to Venice. We'll get a classic Venetian view from the famous Rialto Bridge on our orientation walking tour. While in Venice you also have the opportunity to board a gondola and see Venice the traditional way, try classic Venetian cuisine, visit the famous museums and art galleries and simply get the full Venetian experience!

Accommodation: Elite Residence Hotel (or similar)

Meals: Breakfast

Day 5: Venice

Take the time to explore today on your free day in Venice. Marvel at this incredible city, which features more artistic masterpieces per square kilometre than any other place on earth! Speak with your tour leader for suggestions for your free day in Venice. You also have the option of joining our evening excursion to Verona, where you can see Juliet’s balcony – where Juliet is said to have been wooed by Romeo in Shakespeare's most famous play - and see the ancient amphitheatre built by the Romans.

Accommodation: Elite Residence Hotel (or similar)

Meals: Breakfast

Day 6: Lake Garda – Florence -Tuscany

Today, we make our way to the beautiful city of Florence, stopping along the way in Lake Garda for a photo opportunity. Then, we make our way to Florence for a guided walking tour. Learn more about the heritage of this city, which stretches back through the ages to encompass Renaissance artworks and Roman ruins. Sights to see in Florence include Ponte Vecchio, Palazzo Vecchio, Florence Cathedral, the Basilica of Santa Croce and of course Michelangelo’s David. A cultural and political focal point during the Renaissance, Florence is endowed with a huge variety of important buildings and famous artworks. We’ll then make our way to our accommodation in Tuscany.

Accommodation: Grand Hotel Panoramic Montecatini Terme or Hotel Astoria Montecatini Terme

Meals: Breakfast

Day 7: Tuscany

Enjoy the option of a free day today in beautiful Tuscany, where options include further time in the city of Florence or exploring the spa town of Montecatini. You also have the option of joining an optional excursion to Pisa and Cinque Terre! A highlight of any tour to Italy, you’ll be able to snap photos of the legendary Leaning Tower of Pisa and explore the grounds. We will then continue on to the stunning coastal town of La Spezia, the gateway to the Cinque Terre. Cinque Terre literally means ‘Five Lands’ and consists of five coastal cliff-side towns linked by rail and by footpaths. On this excursion return transport via Pisa is included in your tour package, and you have the option of purchasing a pass to enter Cinque Terre.

Accommodation: Grand Hotel Panoramic Montecatini Terme or Hotel Astoria Montecatini Terme

Meals: Breakfast

Day 8: San Gimignano – Siena – Rome

This morning we make our way through one of the world’s most picturesque countryside landscapes, admiring Tuscan farmhouses, vineyards and olive groves as we drive by. Our first stop of the day will be in San Gimignano, a small walled hill town. Known as the 'Town of Fine Towers', it offers beautiful Romanesque and Gothic architecture and 12 well-preserved tower houses. We'll then make the short drive to Siena, a UNESCO World Heritage Site famous for the 'Palio' horse race held twice a year in the main piazza, or public square. We'll enjoy a wine tasting accompanied with antipasto, before we head back to Rome and round the off the day with a dinner together.

Accommodation: Hotel Cristoforo Colombo (or similar)

Meals: Breakfast, Antipasto & Dinner

Day 9: Depart Italy for Australia

Please catch a taxi to Rome airport for your flights to home to Australia. Tour concludes – memories begin.

Meals: Breakfast

Getting to Italy has never been easier, with return international flights from Melbourne, Sydney, Brisbane and Perth included in your package. See ‘Fine Print’ for more information.