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Italian Delights Tour

Places Covered: Rome, Sorrento, Cassino , Assisi, San Marino, Venice
Duration: 12 days
Tour Cost: €930

An Italian feast awaits as for 12 days you can enjoy, explore, and immerse yourself in this Italy coach tour with a difference.

This exciting coach trip takes visitors on a 12 day tour of Italy and covers some of the most stunning destinations such as the cities of Rome, Venice as well as the picturesque Italian Lake District and the Italian Riviera. On tour you have plenty of opportunities to sample to unique flavours and speciality dishes of different parts of Italy such as classic Italian pizza, spaghetti carbonara and richly delicious risotto.

Some of the highlights of the tour include exploring the ruins of Pompeii and wine tasting in the stunning San Gimignano region. All of these experiences are organised by our experienced tour leader to ensure you have a fun and memorable experience. There are plenty of opportunities to connect with other travellers and watch the world go by from the comfort of the fully equipped coaches.

One of the great things about this guided coach tour is that visitors will also have plenty of free time to sample the sights and flavours of Italy at their own pace. Visitors can unwind with a gelato and a cup of strong coffee at a pavement café while watching the world go by before discovering the sights of each vibrant destination and shopping for souvenirs in local markets. Buon Appetito!

DAY 01

Rome

Welcome to Rome! If you arrive early enough, head into the city to see what Rome has to offer. An ancient city that has seen the rise and fall of entire empires, there is no shortage of historical real estate to feast your eyes on. Not to mention designer shopping and brilliant food… Meet up with your tour leader at our hotel in the afternoon and prepare for the tour of a lifetime! Tonight you’ll meet the rest of the tour group at our included welcome dinner.

Dinner

DAY 02

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. Highlights today include the Spanish Steps, the Pantheon, Piazza Navona and the Roman Forum. And let’s not forget Trevi Fountain – legend has it that if you drop a coin into the fountain, you’ll return again one day. Later you’ll have the option of taking a guided walking tour of the Coliseum, probably Rome's most recognisable landmark, and the center of Roman social life. See where countless gladiators, martyrs, wild animals and other unfortunate souls did battle in the name of entertainment. Eating and drinking well is also an important part of Roman life – and as they say, ‘When in Rome, do as the Romans do.’ One of the best areas for sampling authentic Roman food is in Trastevere where restaurants, favoured by the locals, serve original and classic dishes you may not find elsewhere. Be sure to grab a famous Roman gelato while you’re sight-seeing! This afternoon you have the option to explore the Vatican, please refer to our optional excursion letter.

Breakfast

DAY 03

Rome - Pompeii - Sorrento

Leaving Rome, we’ll head to Sorrento via Pompeii. As it’s our first day on the coach, take the time to get to know your fellow travel companions, and listen out for tips on Italy from your tour leader. On our way to the coastal town of Sorrento, you will see Mt Vesuvius and we will stop at Pompeii to explore the ruins of this ancient Roman town, destroyed in 79AD in a catastrophic volcanic eruption. Preserved since ancient times under meters of ash and pumice, it offers superb insights into life (and death) in the ancient Roman Empire. Finally we arrive in Sorrento where we have a two night stay. Among other things, Sorrento is famous for Limoncello, (a sweet lemon liqueur), and this is the perfect way to finish off your meal.

Breakfast, dinner

DAY 04

Sorrento free day

A gorgeous old town hugging the coastline, Sorrento is our base for the day – explore the town in your own time, and seek out little shops producing lacework, ceramics and specialising in marquetry. Alternatively, choose our optional excursion to the famous Isle of Capri. Capri has charmed everyone from Roman emperors to modern showbiz elites. Try it for yourself and enjoy the smooth mix of cafes, rugged coastline, ancient Roman ruins and stylish piazzas.

Breakfast

DAY 05

Sorrento - Cassino - Assisi.

Today we depart the coast and head north to Assisi, stopping en route in Cassino. Famed for the site of the Abbey of Montecassino, along with its rolling green hills, vineyards and rivers, the city was also the scene of fierce fighting in World War II, which left the town almost completely destroyed. After a comfort stop here we continue on to Assisi, whose most famous son, St. Francis, was born here in 1181. Enjoy the ancient churches and basilicas – many of them are just as St Francis would have seen them.

Breakfast, dinner

DAY 06

Assisi - San Marino - Venice.

Leaving the churches and basilicas behind, we head to Venice, stopping off for a comfort stop in Europe’s third-smallest state – San Marino. Claiming to be the oldest surviving sovereign state in the world, San Marino was founded by Saint Marinus on the 3rd of September 301, and is now one of the most popular day-trip destinations for visitors to the area. Once we’ve had a look around, we’re off to the canals of Venice! Here we’ll take an orientation walking tour with your tour leader including the Rialto Bridge and St Marks Square. Sample some of the city’s culinary delights and marvel at this incredible city – which features more artistic masterpieces per square kilometre than any other place on earth!

Breakfast.

DAY 07

Venice free day.

Take the time to explore today on your free day in Venice. Get a classic Venetian view from the famous Rialto Bridge, board a gondola and see Venice the way it should be seen, try Venetian cuisine, visit museums & art galleries and get the full Venetian experience! Alternatively you can simply relax and soak up the sun on the sandy beaches at Jesolo or Lido. There’s also St Mark’s Square, The Bridge of Sighs and the Doge’s Palace to see – and any number of culinary delights to sample too!

Breakfast

DAY 08

Venice - Verona - Italian Lake District.

First up today we’ll stop off in ‘fair Verona’ to catch a glimpse of Juliet’s balcony, where Romeo supposedly wooed Juliet in Shakespeare’s classic ‘Romeo & Juliet.’ Beset by family feuds, drama and romance since its founding in Roman times, Verona has its share of stories to tell. Look out for the 2000 year-old arena and the ancient city gates. Later we head to Italian Lakes – and you’ll find out just what famous writers like DH Lawrence and Hemingway were on about when they heaped praise on the area. Peek at palatial lakeside villas, and revel in the pleasant mix of luxury and rural charm.

Breakfast, dinner

DAY 09

Italian Lake District - La Spezia.

Leaving the beautiful Italian Lakes, we head to La Spezia, our base for exploring the famous Cinque Terre region. Made up of five picturesque Italian towns, Cinque Terre features hiking routes and trains running regularly along the coastline between the towns of Monterosso, Vernazza, Corniglia, Manarola and Riomaggiore. With cars and motorcycles banned from the towns, you’ll have a wonderful time exploring the region. Taste local wines along with local produce such as pesto, freshly-caught fish and sweet lemons. Unforgettable!

Breakfast

DAY 10

La Spezia - Florence - Tuscany

On our way to Florence, we stop off at the famous town of Pisa to get a few shots of its distinctive Leaning Tower. Now over 800 years old, it’s a classic sight in Italy and well worth a visit. Bragging rights are all yours! On arrival in Florence, we take a guided walking tour of the city, exploring many of the most famous sites and gaining local insight from our guide. 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. After exploring, it’s off to our accommodation in the Tuscan hills, in the ancient spa town of Montecatini Terme. Later you are free to search for that perfect restaurant or speak with your tour leader for recommendations.

Breakfast

DAY 11

Tuscany - San Gimignano - Siena - Rome

Today we enjoy a Tuscan highlights driving tour, winding our way through one of the world’s most picturesque countryside landscapes. We also stop off in the medieval town of San Gimignano with its amazing towers, here sample local wines and enjoy Antipasto (a selection of cheese, cured meats, bread and olives). This afternoon we stop at the town of UNESCO World Heritage town of Siena – featuring largely gothic artistic remnants, as opposed to the Renaissance flourishes of Florence: a true Tuscan experience. We then return home to Rome to round things off with a celebratory final dinner.

Breakfast, Antipasto, Dinner

DAY 12

Rome

After breakfast we say goodbye to our travel companions and depart for home. We hope you have enjoyed your 12 day Italian Tour. Arrivederci Italia!

Breakfast

Tour Dates & Rates

Dates

Tour Price

EarlyBird

Status

Description

04 Aug to 15 Aug 2015

€1860

€1290

Guaranteed to depart

Less than 13 seats left

01 Sep to 12 Sep 2015

€1860

€1505

Guaranteed to depart

Less than 2 seats left

29 Sep to 10 Oct 2015

€1715

€1190

Guaranteed to depart

Less than 20 Seats left

27 Oct to 07 Nov 2015

€1715

€930

Guaranteed to depart

Early Bird Deal

22 Dec to 02 Jan 2016

€2005

€1145

Christmas & New Year Departure!

Christmas & New Year Tour

Included in Tour

  • 11 night’s accommodation in twin rooms. Single travellers have the option to pay a single supplement to ensure a private room.
  • 11 breakfasts, 1 Antipasto in Tuscany and 5 dinners.
  • 16 Included Experiences, (including guided walks, orientation walks, driving tours of certain regions)
  • Modern air conditioned coach with reclining seats, TV for showing DVDs, and toilet.
  • Free Wi-Fi in hotels
  • Services of tour leader who will be on hand with advice and tips and ensure that you get the most from your trip. You can also book any of the optional excursions available during your tour with your tour leader.
  • All taxes and fees
  • Any public transport used as part of the tour (excludes free days and arrival and departure days).
  • Free tour souvenir – a memorable gift of your once in a lifetime trip.

REMEMBER ALL TOURS ARE GUARANTEED DEPARTURES AND WILL OPERATE.

Many other companies that operate tours of Europe cancel tours if minimum numbers are not achieved or will only guarantee some departure dates. All tours operated by us are guaranteed departures and will operate.∗

Tour Experiences

Rome

1 Included Experience

1 Optional Experience

Included Experience:

Included in our tour we take a locally-guided walking tour of the city, stopping off at some of the sightseeing highlights that make Rome famous. Highlights include the Pantheon, the Colosseum, Trevi Fountain, the Spanish Steps, Piazza del Popolo, the Roman Forum and much more.

Optional Experience: Vatican &Sistine Chapel

Vatican City - Take a guided tour around the amazing art works in the Vatican Museums and bask in the beauty of Michelangelo’s frescoes in the Sistine Chapel. Tour includes queue jumping privileges for both the Vatican Museums and St Peter’s Basilica

Other places of interest you could visit in your free time:

  • Castel Sant'Angelo
  • Vatican Museums
  • Villa Borghese
  • Villa Borghese bike rental (in the park)
  • Catacombs
  • Saint Peter Basilica
  • Saint Peter Cupola (tower) Campidoglio / Cordonata / Palazzo Nuovo & Senatorio: Famous sights around Capitoline Hill
  • Castel St Angelo
  • Piazza del Popolo
  • Trastevere
  • Capitoline Hill
  • Campo dei Fiori
  • Piazza Venezia - Vittoriano
  • Coliseum

Pompeii

2 Included Experiences

On our way to the legendary ruins of Pompeii, you will see Mt Vesuvius, an ancient volcano.

Then we’ll have the opportunity to explore the ruins of Pompeii itself on a guided tour.

Sorrento & Capri

1 Optional Excursion

From Sorrento you’ll have the option of taking a day-trip to Capri, the famous Isle that has charmed everyone from Roman Emperors to modern showbiz stars.

Assisi & Cassino

2 Included Experiences

Arriving in Assisi in the late afternoon, you’ll have the opportunity to explore the city, which is famous for its churches and basilicas.

Comfort stop at the town of Cassino,the city was the scene of fierce fighting in World War II, which left the town almost completely destroyed

Venice & San Marino

2 Included Experiences

On arrival in Venice, your tour leader will take you on an orientation tour of Venice

Comfort stop at San Marino,one of the oldest surviving sovereign states in the world

Verona

1 Included Experience

Included in the tour is a stop in Verona to admire Juliet’s balcony – where Romeo is said to have wooed Juliet.

The Italian Lake District

1 Included Experience

We stop off in The Italian Lakes for the night – one of Europe’s most beautiful settings. Make sure the camera batteries are fully charged!

La Spezia & Cinque Terre

1 Included Experience

Using La Spezia as our base, we explore the famous Cinque Terre region, made up of five picturesque Italian towns. Hike or catch trains in between each one and sample fresh local produce, all the while surrounded by incredible scenery.Now a UNESCO World Heritage Site, the five villages of the region are linked by rail or by hiking trails, giving you the option of how best to explore this incredible scenic region. Sample traditional cuisine sourced from the surroundings and soak up the atmosphere of this stunning region.

Pisa

1 Included Experience

Explore the site of the famous leaning tower of Pisa – a true classic and a must-see on any tour visiting Italy.

Florence & Tuscany

5 Included Experiences

In Florence, enjoy a locally-guided walking tour taking in some of the city’s most famous attractions.

Enjoy a driving tour through the stunning Tuscan countryside.

Be treated to a wine-tasting in the San Gimignano region.

Anitpasto, enjoy the local cuisine.

Comfort stop at the amazing town of Siena.

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