Italy

10-Day Italy Art, Culture and History Tour

Unearth the art, culture and history of Italy on this 10-day tour. Get acquainted with the canals of Venice, discover artistic masterpieces in Florence and be amazed by the vast scale of Vatican City, learn more about ancient empires in Rome and admire panoramic views of the Amalfi Coast. All this plus nine nights of first class accommodation, daily breakfasts and six dinners with wine, the services of an English-speaking guide, wireless touring headphones and more.

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10 Days
Twin Share
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  • Nine nights of first-class accommodation in Venice, Florence, Rome and Sorrento
  • Daily breakfasts and six dinners with wine
  • 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

Art, architecture and some of the world’s finest food – it’s no wonder Italy is a world-favourite travel destination. Travel to some of the country’s best attractions on this journey with visits to iconic Venice, the Leaning Tower of Pisa, Florence,Rome, VaticanCity,Pompeii __and __Sorrento, experiencing a mix of countryside charm, coastal beauty and historic city art & heritage along the way.

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What You'll Love...

Historic cities, stunning coastlines and culturally rich experiences

Spend a full day exploring Venice, a watery wonderland of canals and beautiful 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 Bridgeof Sighs and admire the pink-marbled walls of the Doge’s Palace.

Known as one of the world’s most important civilisations, the ruins of ancient Rome are full of historical intrigue. Take a guided tour through the city and visit awe inspiring historical landmarks such as the Roman Forum and the __Colosseum __to learn more about ages past.

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 Amalfi Coast or join an optional tour to visit the upmarket boutiques and well-kept gardens on the island of Capri.

The Culture – Taste the fine flavours of Tuscany and behold the artistic masterpieces of Michelangelo

Indulge your tastebuds during an authentic culinary experience in rural Tuscany. Sit down to a delectable wine tasting at a typical Tuscan farm, with each glass paired to a selection of fresh local delicacies.

Learn more about Italy’s artistic past as you visit some of Michelangelo’s greatest works. Wander the galleries of Florence __before seeing the classic sculpture of __David __and enter __Vatican City for views of the massive painted mural of the Sistine Chapel.

Your Package Includes

  • Nine nights of first-class accommodation, featuring two nights at the Hotel Villa Mabapa or Hotel Gabrielli in Venice, two nights at the Hotel Londra or Grand Hotel Mediterraneo in Florence, three nights at the Grand Hotel Palatino in Rome and two nights at the Hotel Central in Sorrento.
  • Daily breakfasts and six dinners with wine
  • 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

Valid for select departure dates below:

30 June 2018 4 July 2018 14 July 2018 18 July 2018 25 July 2018 1 August 2018 4 August 2018 8 August 2018 15 August 2018 22 August 2018 29 August 2018 15 September 2018 29 September 2018 13 October 2018

Additional expenses such as (but not limited to) international flights and airport transfers are not included with this package.

Package price is for one person based on twin share. Single travellers must pay an additional surcharge as follows: 30 June 2018 – AU$200 July to August – AU$440 September to October – AU$320

All prices mentioned in this package are for AUD$ unless otherwise specified.

Maximum tour group size: 40

Children aged 8 years and above can be taken on this tour at the price of a full package.

Hotel Guarantee: Hotels listed are guaranteed unless booked out or in the case of force majeure.

Instant Booking: To confirm your dates of stay at purchase, select 'Instant Booking' and select your preferred package. Use the calendar to browse and select available dates. Blackout dates - dates that are not available for stay - cannot be selected. Dates with a surcharge are identified.

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Strictly subject to availability and please book early to lock in your preferred dates. After the booking guarantee period, bookings for specific dates during the validity period will be accepted on a first in, best dressed basis.

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 package for amendments and change of date - fees are at the tour company’s discretion/policy.

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.

Your passport must be valid at least six 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.

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

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DAY 1 – Venice Full of towering Gothic-style buildings and canals, the watery city of Venice is equal parts unique and enchanting. Start your adventure with a leisurely day of exploration, strolling over the small islands and their connecting bridges. In the evening, meet up with your tour manager and the rest of your group for a welcome dinner. Accommodation: Hotel Villa Mabapa or Hotel Gabrielli Meals: Dinner

DAY 2 – Venice Today’s adventures through Venice begin with a boat ride to the island of Murano – home to some of Venice’s finest glassware. During your time here you’ll see colourful glass-crafts being created at a factory before returning to the centre of town for a guided walking tour. Start at the Piazza of San Marco and visit the nearby Golden Basilica of San Marco, built over centuries in a fusion of Byzantine, Roman and Venetian architecture. Admire the 17th-century Bridge of Sighs, then wander below the walls of the pink marble Doge’s Palace – the official residence of Venice’s ruler. Take a glimpse at it’s massive late-Gothic gate, known as the Porta della Carta, then enjoy the rest of the day at your own leisure. You may wish to continue on an optional afternoon gondola ride with music – an iconic addition to any Italian holiday. Optional Tour: Gondola Ride with Music Accommodation: Hotel Villa Mabapa or Hotel Gabrielli Meals: Breakfast

DAY 3 – Florence As you depart from Venice, immerse yourself in the rural beauty of Tuscany on a drive past its rolling fields and olive groves. Take a stop at a typical Tuscan farm for a wine tasting with delectable local specialties paired to each glass. Continue to Pisa to view the Piazza dei Miracoli and the iconic Leaning Tower – one of the most recognisable structures on earth. The monuments on the Piazza create a unique architectural tapestry of Romanesque and Gothic styles. By the end of the day you’ll arrive in the lively Renaissance city of Florence, prized for its art and architecture. Accommodation: Hotel Londra or Grand Hotel Mediterraneo Meals: Breakfast

DAY 4 – Florence Few cities can compete with the artistic and architectural contributions made by Tuscany’s beautiful capital, and today’s guided tour will show you why. Start off with a visit to the Accademia of Fine Arts, home to one of the world’s most iconic sculptures – Michelangelo’s David. Admire the towering dome of the Duomo and view the Baptistery’s renowned Gates of Paradise before heading to Signoria Square and finishing up with scenic waterside views at Ponte Vecchio. The day is now at your leisure, although you can join in on an optional tour of the Uffizi Gallery*. In the evening, take a ride through the beautiful Tuscan hills to a restaurant and enjoy a dinner of regional Tuscan fare served with unlimited wine and entertainment.

*(Optional Uffizi Gallery Tour PM): available for purchase only in Italy from your Tour Manager

Florence and the fine arts are synonymous. This guided tour of the Uffizi Gallery provides insight to the history of the structure and its collections. Originally the private collection of the Medici family, the palazzo was opened to the public in 1765. Your tour highlights exceptional examples of Florentine painting with an aim to help you better understand the works of masters including Giotto, Botticelli, and Leonardo da Vinci. Tour participation guarantees immediate entry to the Gallery, with no lengthy waits in oftentimes two-three hour queues.

Important: Please note: The museum has a limited maximum capacity and therefore reserves the right to restrict admission. In this case, we may not be able to offer the tour. Price is based on minimum number of passengers

Accommodation: San Gallo Palace Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 5 – Rome Say farewell to Florence and begin your drive to medieval Assisi, perched high on a hill in the Umbria region. Best known as the birthplace of St Francis of Assisi, the city has earned a UNESCO-listing thanks to its well preserved Roman ruins, winding medieval streets and sacred shrines. Take a quick trip to the city’s main attraction, the artistic 13th-century Basilica di San Francesco, and admire the beautifully painted frescoes of St Francis and St Giotto. Afterwards, continue to the heartland of the Roman empire – Rome – an astonishing city built on seven hills. End the day with dinner with the rest of the group at your hotel. Accommodation: Grand Hotel Palatino Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 6 – Rome Discover the history of ancient Rome on a sightseeing tour to the city’s historic sites. Start at the Roman Forum in the centre of the city, where processions, elections, criminal trials, public speeches and gladiatorial matches all once took place. View the triumphal Arch of Constantine, built to commemorate Emperor Constantine the Great’s decade of leadership over Rome. Head to the iconic Colosseum, the Roman Empire’s largest amphitheatre which seated up to 50,000 people. Stop at a local café for lunch and some people watching, sip a cappuccino, taste some famous Roman gelato or try an authentic Italian pizza. Tonight, enjoy dinner in a typical Roman restaurant with wine and music before taking a short night tour to admire the city lights. Accommodation: Grand Hotel Palatino Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 7 – Vatican City Full of religious influenced art, culture and architecture, Vatican City houses some of the world’s most famous paintings and sculptures. Start your adventures through the world’s smallest city-state with visits to the Gallery of Tapestries and Geographical Maps before arriving at the Sistine Chapel – the painted roof being universally lauded as one of Michelangelo’s greatest works. Continue to St Peter’s Square, passing Bernini’s famous colonnade to view St Peter’s Basilica which serves as the burial site of the saint and as a home to Michelangelo’s Pieta. The afternoon is free, although you can take an optional walking tour to visit Rome’s grand piazzas, Spanish Steps, Trevi Fountain, the Pantheon and the baroque Piazza Navona. Optional Tour: Piazzas of Rome (PM) Accommodation: Grand Hotel Palatino Meals: Breakfast

DAY 8 – Sorrento Begin your drive to Sorrento, keeping an eye out for the Abbey of Montecassino perched high on a mountaintop along the way. Spot towering Mt Vesuvius as you pass the Bay of Naples en route to Pompeii – the legendary city preserved in time after a thick carpet of volcanic ash covered the city almost 2,000 years ago. The tragic fossils of people attempting to flee with their children and pets are still visible, along with the Forum and the city’s temples to Apollo and Jupiter. After taking in a spectacular panoramic view of the Gulf of Naples, arrive in Sorrento where a group dinner awaits. Accommodation: Hotel Central Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 9 – Sorrento Beloved for its seaside views, soaring cliffs and busy marinas, Sorrento is quintessential coastal Italy. Today is at your leisure to sink into the flow of this waterside city – you might want to start with a stroll along the coastal road into the town which has long been loved by poets and artists. Take an optional full day tour to the enchanting Isle of Capri if you wish. Start off with a scenic boat ride to Capri’s shores, then explore the chic boutiques and shops of Anacapri where you can taste the island’s signature Limoncello. Indluge in La Dolce Vita in La Piazzetta’s Gardens of Augustus, taking a stop to view the famous Faraglioni rock formations while there. After a lovely day of sightseeing in Capri, you’ll return to your hotel just in time for a farewell dinner with the rest of your tour group. Optional Tour: Full Day Capri Accommodation: Hotel Central Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 10 – Tour Ends Today marks the end of your tour and there are no further activities planned. Make your own way to the airport in Naples for your departure flight. Meals: Breakfast

PLEASE NOTE: Depending on your departure dates, DAY 6 – Rome and DAY 7 – Vatican City may be swapped on some itineraries.

Flights to Venice depart daily from all major Australian cities. Flight times can take close to 30 hours, typically with two stops along the way. These flights can be booked through Qantas, Emirates, Qatar Airways and other carriers.

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