Italian Scene

10 days

from $134 pppd

Trip available from Jul 2017 to Oct 2017.
"Saw everything we wanted and more!"
Joseph , Jul 2014

Trace the idyllic lakes, Renaissance cities, lush countryside and ancient heritage of Italy's historic centres of Venice, Florence and Rome, with stops in feisty Naples, Assisi and the elegant cliff-side village of Sorrento to catch up on Italy's café culture.

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 to view the mighty Colosseum and see the ancient sites of Rome.

    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

    Stabia

  • 4.

    BAY OF NAPLES – CASSINO – ASSISI

    Perhaps join an Optional Experience guided walking tour of Pompeii, which lay undiscovered beneath a layer of volcanic ash for centuries after Mount Vesuvius erupted in 79 AD. Afterwards leave the Bay of Naples and view the monastery at Cassino, the scene of fierce battles 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

    Frate Sole

  • 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. See the sights of St. Francis' birthplace, including the medieval ramparts. Your journey continues north across the dramatic Apennine Mountains to the magical, romantic city of Venice.

    Meal(s)

    Buffet Breakfast
    Dinner

    Hotel

    Il Burchiello

  • 6.

    VENICE ORIENTATION AND FREE TIME

    Watch the Venetian craftsmen at work creating local specialities at a glassblowing workshop on Giudecca Island. Then 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. 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 meal.

    Meal(s)

    Buffet Breakfast

  • 7.

    VENICE (ORIAGO) – VERONA – LAKE COMO - ITALIAN LAKES (SARONNO)

    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

    Starhotels Grand Milan

  • 8.

    ITALIAN LAKES (SARONNO) – PISA – FLORENCE

    This morning travel south to the famous town of Pisa. Explore the Square 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

  • 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 del Fiore, 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
  • Cassino

    Views of the monastery high on the hill
  • Pisa

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

    Sightseeing tour with your Local Specialist includes a visit to St. Peter's Basilica and views of the mighty 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

Unbeatable Features

  • Audio Headsets Provided throughout your holiday to enhance your included sightseeing experiences
  • Daily breakfast
  • Luxury air-conditioned coach
  • Cherry-picked hotels, all tried and trusted
  • Variety of Optional Experiences
  • An expert Travel Director and separate driver
  • All hotel service charges and tips, baggage handling fees and local taxes
  • Airport transfers are provided on the first and last travel day. Conditions apply

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

  • Delights of Rome with Dinner

    Adult Price: €49.00 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.
  • Inside The Vatican & Colosseum

    Adult Price: €79.00 We skip the lines at the Vatican Museums for this tour that shows not just remarkable works of art collected and commissioned over the history of the Papacy, but also Michelangelo’s amazing ceiling frescoes in the Sistine Chapel. Later we hear fascinating tales of gladitorial combat and more on our visit to the Colosseum, again with time-saving VIP entrance.
  • Piazzas and Fountains of Rome

    Adult Price: €33.00 Discover the most charming areas in the city with a Local Specialist. Wander through the labyrinth of narrow streets and beautiful squares of Rome's historic centre, leading to highlights such as the Trevi Fountain and the Pantheon, as well as hidden corners of the Eternal City.
  • Arrivederci Roma

    Adult Price: €50.00 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

  • Amalfi Coast and Positano

    Adult Price: €43.00 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: €40.00 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

  • Gondolas and the Grand Canal

    Adult Price: €70.00 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.
  • Venice's Secrets and St. Mark's Basilica

    Adult Price: €36.00 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 Cruise to Burano with Food and Drinks

    Adult Price: €70.00 Join us as we discover the Venetian Lagoon by private boat. You will enjoy a delicious meal with a selection of drinks on the fishermen's island of Burano, famous for its multi-coloured houses - a real photographer's paradise.

ITALIAN LAKES

  • Discover Lake Como

    Adult Price: €38.00 Enjoy views of elegant villas and gardens as you cruise with your Local Specialist along Lake Como, one of the most beautiful spots in the Italian Lake District.

Florence

  • Dinner, Wine And Music In The Tuscan Hills

    Adult Price: €64.00 Join us for a scenic drive through the beautiful Tuscan countryside. We will enjoy a meal at a charming restaurant where a selection of regional favourites is served, accompanied by a selection of the local wines and live music. A truly unforgettable experience, with an atmosphere that is the essence of all things Tuscan.
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