Splendours of Italy – 13 days land only
|Starting from||R25 000|
|Package Validity||Set departure dates between 21 APR 2018 - 20 OCT 2018. *** Book & pay by 29 JAN 2018 ***|
- Return airport/hotel transfers at selected times
- 12 nights hotel accommodation
- Breakfast daily & 6 three-course dinners
- Travel by luxury coach & Free Wi-Fi on-board
- Assistance of a Travel Director
- All hotel service charges, taxes, baggage handling & hotel tips
- Sightseeing tour included in each major city, free time & Optional Experiences
- VISITS: Rome, Sorrento, Bay of Naples, Assisi, Venice, Italian Lakes & Florence
Arrive Rome (2 nights)
Welcome to Rome! After check-in at your hotel, relax & unwind before meeting with your Travel Director in the afternoon. This evening, why not take a stroll around this fascinating city & soak up the amazing atmosphere.
Rome sightseeing & 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 & most inspiring churches ever built. Your trip continues across the Tiber River with views of the iconic Colosseum & 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.
Rome – Bay of Naples (2 nights)
Journey south past the Abbey of Monte Cassino to the Bay of Naples, your home for the next two nights. This afternoon, why not take an optional experience to Positano & the Amalfi Coast?
Your excursion to the nearby resort of Sorrento starts with a visit to an inlaid wood workshop, for which the area is renowned. Later consider an Optional Experience to see the excavations of Pompeii, which lay undiscovered for centuries beneath a layer of volcanic ash after Mount Vesuvius erupted in 79 AD.
Bay of Naples - Assisi
Drive through the rolling hills of Umbria to the mystical town of Assisi on the slopes of Mount Subasio, birthplace of St. Francis. Enjoy an orientation tour which includes St. Francis Basilica, renowned for its fresco paintings.
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.
Venice orientation & free time
You are surrounded by magnificent sights & 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 & the Basilica of St. Mark. Watch the Venetian craftsmen at work creating local specialities at a glassblowing workshop on Giudecca island. Explore the city during your free time or maybe take a trip to Burano Island in the lagoon for a delicious meal.
Venice (Oriago) – Verona – Lugano - Italian Lakes (2 nights)
Journey west to Verona, the setting for Shakespeare's most famous play, & stop to admire the Roman Arena & Juliet's balcony. Continue across the Swiss border & visit the pretty lakeside resort of Lugano. Arrive at your hotel where you dine tonight.
Italian Lakes free day
Today you have a full day to enjoy the magnificent scenery of the Italian Lakes region.
Italian Lakes – 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
Florence sightseeing & free time
Florence is one of the liveliest & most creative cities in Europe, & home to some of the world's greatest works of art & architecture. Your Local Specialist gives you an excellent account of the city's history during your walking tour of the city, which includes views of the Baptistery, the Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore, the impressive Giotto's Bell Tower & a visit to Piazza della Signoria. Experience a demonstration of fine leatherwork, & in your free time, visit one of the many museums or simply relax & enjoy the ambience!
Florence – Siena - Rome
Admire the beautiful scenery as you drive through the Chianti area of Tuscany to Siena, a medieval city famous for its bi-annual 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!