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Splendours of Italy

Duration 13 days

Destinations visited :
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Embrace excess as you travel the length and breadth of ‘la bella Italia’. From the former capital of the world to the sun-kissed south, the shimmering Italian Lakes to quiet contemplation in Assisi, the birthplace of the Renaissance to fiery Naples – this grand 13-day exploration of Italy will reveal why Verdi proclaimed that he would gladly exchange the entire universe for Italy. One day you may feel the same.

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DAY 1

Arrive Rome (2 Nights)
Welcome to Rome. After check-in at your hotel, relax and unwind before meeting with your Travel Director in the afternoon. This evening why not take a stroll around this fascinating city and soak up the amazing atmosphere.
Hotel: Ergife Palace
Meal:

DAY 2

Rome Sightseeing and Free Time
Your Local Specialist takes you on a sightseeing tour of the city, starting with a visit to St. Peter’s Basilica, one of the largest and most inspiring churches ever built. Your trip continues across the Tiber River with views of the iconic Colosseum and the ancient sites of Rome. Spend free time exploring the wonderful sights on your own. Perhaps take an Optional Experience offered by your Travel Director.
Meal: Buffet Breakfast

DAY 3

Rome – Bay of Naples (2 Nights)
This morning perhaps join an Optional Experience to the Vatican Museums. Then journey south past the Abbey of Monte Cassino to the Bay of Naples, your home for the next two nights.
Hotel: Grand La Panoramica/Costa
Meal: Buffet Breakfast,Dinner

DAY 4

Sorrento Excursion
Enjoy an excursion to the nearby clifftop resort of Sorrento with free time to shop for souvenirs. Make sure you sample some of the delicious Limoncello produced from local lemons for which the region is famous.
Meal: Buffet Breakfast,Dinner

DAY 5

Bay of Naples – Assisi
This morning consider an Optional Experience to see the excavations of Pompeii, which laid undiscovered for centuries beneath a layer of volcanic ash after the eruption of Mount Vesuvius. Later drive through the rolling hills of Umbria to the mystical town of Assisi on the slopes of Mount Subasio, the birthplace of St. Francis. Enjoy an orientation tour which includes views of the Basilica of St.
Hotel: Frate Sole
Meal: Buffet Breakfast,Dinner

DAY 6

Assisi – Venice (Oriago) (2 Nights)
Enjoy a scenic drive across the dramatic Apennine Mountains to the magical floating city of Venice. Dine at your hotel this evening.
Hotel: Il Burchiello
Meal: Buffet Breakfast,Dinner

DAY 7

Venice Orientation and Free Time
Watch the Venetian craftsmen at work creating local specialities at a glassblowing workshop on Giudecca island. You are surrounded by magnificent sights and sounds as you cruise by private launch along the Giudecca canal to St. Mark’s Square. Admire the Bridge of Sighs, the ornate Doge’s Palace and the Basilica of St. Mark. Explore the city during your free time or maybe take a trip to Burano Island in the lagoon for a delicious meal.
Meal: Buffet Breakfast

DAY 8

Venice (Oriago) – Verona – Lugano – Italian Lakes (2 Nights)
Journey west to Verona, the setting for Shakespeare’s most famous play, and stop to admire the Roman Arena and Juliet’s Balcony. Continue across the Swiss border and visit the pretty lakeside resort of Lugano. Arrive at your hotel where you dine tonight.
Hotel: Starhotels Grand Milan
Meal: Buffet Breakfast,Dinner

DAY 9

Free Day or Milan and Lake Como Excursion
Today you have a full day to enjoy the facilities at your hotel including the swimming pool. Alternatively consider an Optional Experience to Milan and Lake Como.
Meal: Buffet Breakfast

DAY 10

Italian Lakes Region – Pisa – Florence (2 Nights)
Cross the Apennine Mountains, travel along the Italian Riviera arriving in Pisa. Here we see the famous Leaning Tower in the Square of Miracles. Later arrive at your hotel near the Renaissance city of Florence. Tonight you may wish to enjoy a wonderful dinner in the Tuscan hills.
Hotel: Wall Art
Meal: Buffet Breakfast

DAY 11

Florence Sightseeing and Free Time
Florence is one of the liveliest and most creative cities in Europe and home to some of the world’s greatest works of art and architecture. Your Local Specialist gives you an excellent account of the city’s history during your walking tour, which includes views of the Baptistery, the Ponte Vecchio, the Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore, the impressive Giotto’s Bell Tower and a visit to Piazza della Signoria. Learn about the quality and workmanship of two of this city’s historic industries at demonstrations of Florentine leathercraft and 18-carat gold. In your free time, perhaps visit one of the many museums or simply relax and enjoy the ambience.
Meal: Buffet Breakfast

DAY 12

Florence – Siena – Rome
Admire the beautiful scenery as you drive through the Chianti region of Tuscany to Siena, a medieval city famous for its biannual Palio horse race. Marvel at its rich heritage during your orientation tour. This evening in Rome you might like to mark the end of an enjoyable holiday with a meal out.
Hotel: Raganelli
Meal: Buffet Breakfast

DAY 13

Depart Rome
This morning say ‘arrivederci’ to Italy, your Travel Director and fellow travellers as you prepare to return home with wonderful memories. Transfers are available to Rome Fiumicino airport. Conditions apply.
Meal: Buffet Breakfast

Sightseeing Highlights

  • Rome Sightseeing with a Local Specialist includes a visit to St. Peter’s Basilica and views of the mighty Colosseum
  • Sorrento Orientation tour of this popular resort
  • Assisi Orientation tour includes St. Francis’ Basilica
  • Venice Cruise by private boat to St. Mark’s Square. Visit a traditional glassblowing workshop on Giudecca Island
  • Verona View the Roman Arena and Juliet’s Balcony
  • Lugano Visit this magnificent lakeside resort
  • Italian Lakes Enjoy a free day with spectacular views
  • Pisa View the Square of Miracles and the famous Leaning Tower
  • Florence Sightseeing with a Local Specialist includes views of the Cathedral, Piazza della Signoria and Ponte Vecchio
  • Siena Visit the Piazza del Campo famous for the Palio horse race

Dining Highlights

  • 12 Buffet breakfasts
  • 5 Three course dinners

First class travel Highlights

  • Audio Headsets Provided throughout your holiday to enhance your included sightseeing experiences
  • Luxury air-conditioned coach
  • Cherry-picked hotels, all tried and trusted
  • Variety of Optional Experiences
  • City orientation tours
  • An expert Travel Director and a professional 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
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Splendours of Italy

Embrace excess as you travel the length and breadth of ‘la bella Italia’. From the former capital of the world to the sun-kissed south, the shimmering Italian Lakes to quiet contemplation in Assisi, the birthplace of the Renaissance to fiery Naples – this grand 13-day exploration of Italy will reveal why Verdi proclaimed that he would gladly exchange the entire universe for Italy. One day you may feel the same.