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THE SPLENDORS OF ITALY WITH SICILY EXTENSION - 2017

Tour Code - 6415 17 days - ROME to ROME $3535 AUD
 Italy—a country filled with history, amazing art, delicious cuisine, remarkable architecture, and splendid beauty. You’ll see and feel it all on this affordable tour through Italy. Explore the maze of streets in Venice, and discover hidden treasures and restaurants in their back alleys. Stand in awe as you admire the Leaning Tower of Pisa, a must-see icon in Italy. Have your camera ready as you explore the historical sites of Rome, including the Colosseum, the amphitheater used for gladiatorial contests and public spectacles during the Roman Empire. Sit in a café as you admire one of Italy’s most unique squares in Siena. Explore the laid-back town of Sorrento with its beautiful landscapes—high and low hills, azure seas, majestic mountains, and deep valleys. Enjoy wine tasting in Italy’s Chianti wine region, and shop for local goods in Italy’s Tuscany region. What do you want from your Italian vacation? Amazing architecture, sumptuous food, delicious wine, breathtaking art, historical treasures, or scenic beauty? Whatever it is, this Italy vacation delivers it! 

Standard Features

Destinations

  • INDIVIDUAL HEADSETS.
  • INSIDE VISITS AND SPECIAL FEATURES
    Shown in UPPERCASE in the tour description including admission charges where applicable.
  • SIGHTSEEING
    Visits to Orvieto Cathedral, Siena, San Gimignano, Greve in Chianti with wine tasting, see the Leaning Tower of Pisa, Venice, Assisi's St. Francis Basilica.
  • SCENIC HIGHLIGHTS
    Chianti Valley.
  • GUIDES
    Local Guides for city sightseeing in Rome, Florence; professional Tour Director while touring.
  • TRANSPORTATION
    Touring by private, first-class, air-conditioned motorcoach; canal transfer boat in Venice.
  • HOTELS
    Rooms with private bath or shower, hotel taxes, porterage, tips,and service charges.
  • MYACCOUNT
    Personalise your tour ahead of time with additional excursions. Visit our website for details and conditions.
  • SICILY EXTENSION.

Meals

Breakfast Lunch Dinner
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6

Buffet breakfasts (B) daily
6 dinners (D), including a dinner at a local restaurant in Siena.

Day by Day

  1. ARRIVE IN ROME, ITALY.
    Check into your hotel. The rest of the day is free for you to explore this ancient capital. This evening, meet your Tour Director and fellow travellers.

  2. ROME.
    Rome, the "Eternal City," is steeped in history, vibrantly alive and exciting, and absolutely unique! Included sightseeing with a Local Guide starts in St. Peter's Square, followed by a visit to the ROMAN FORUM and the mighty COLOSSEUM to understand more about life in ancient Roman times. In the evening, you have a chance to join an optional Rome by Night excursion. (B)

  3. ROME-ORVIETO-SIENA.
    Journey to charming Orvieto in the Umbria region to visit its black basalt and yellow limestone CATHEDRAL, an excellent example of Italian Gothic architecture. Reach Siena, with time to visit this jewel of Tuscany. Sit in one of the cafes surrounding the Piazza del Campo and admire one of Italy's most unique squares, famed all over the world for its medieval-style Palio horse race. Tonight, enjoy a special dinner at a local restaurant. (B,D)

  4. SIENA-SAN GIMIGNANO-GREVE- MONTECATINI.
    Arrive in San Gimignano and discover one of Tuscany's greatest attractions. Its medieval squares, town walls, streets, alleyways, and 14 towers make it unique. Next, head into the very heart of the Chianti vineyards; watch out for names such as Castellina in Chianti, Badia, Gaiole, and Brolio, where Chianti Classico wines are produced. Stop in Greve for some WINE TASTING at the Vicchiomaggio wine estate. Arrive in Montecatini in time to join the optional Tuscan dinner outing. (B)

  5. MONTECATINI. EXCURSION TO FLORENCE.
    This Renaissance gem and city of the Medicis will keep you enthralled the entire day. Wander at leisure and admire the city's timeless beauty. Don't miss out on the included walking tour with a Local Guide, which features most of the city highlights. You will see Piazza Santa Croce; beautiful Piazza Signoria; Palazzo Vecchio and its courtyard; Loggia dei Lanzi; and, to top it all, Piazza del Duomo and its cathedral with the Giotto Campanile, and the magnificent East Door of the Baptistry, known as the "Gate of Paradise." (B,D)

  6. MONTECATINI-PISA-VENICE AREA.
    This morning, drive to Pisa to see its SQUARE OF MIRACLES and the amazing Leaning Tower, 55 metres (180 feet) high and no less than 5 metres (16 feet) out of the perpendicular. Head across the wooded Apennine hills into the farmlands of the Po Valley to the Venice area. (B)

  7. VENICE AREA.
    Venice is more like a marvellous film set than a real-life city, with its criss-crossing canals, gondolas and water buses, arched bridges, palaces, and quiet piazzas. The included orientation starts with a BOAT RIDE to St. Mark's Square and is followed by time at leisure and a chance to watch Venetian GLASSBLOWERS fashion their delicate objects as they did centuries ago. Don't miss out on the optional gondola trip, gliding along the picturesque canals with a local troubadour to serenade you. (B,D)

  8. VENICE AREA-ASSISI-ROME.
    Travel across the Po Delta, then into the green Apennines to Umbria. Stop in medieval Assisi, where St. Francis was born in 1182. Visit the world-famous BASILICA with its beautiful frescoes by Giotto, then head for Rome. (B)

  9. ROME-SORRENTO.
    Travel to Sorrento, a town set on a plateau high above the waters of the Bay of Naples and with truly spectacular views as far as towering Vesuvius. Sorrento's terraces, adorned with flowers, jut from winding streets and alleys above a small harbour. Streets are filled with shops, cheerful bars, and cafes. (B,D)

  10. SORRENTO-VILLA SAN GIOVANNI-FERRY CROSSING- TAORMINA AREA.
    Travel through the wild and mountainous scenery of Italy's southernmost regions before boarding the FERRY for the 45-minute crossing to Sicily. Continue to the Taormina area. (B,D)

  11. TAORMINA AREA. EXCURSION TO MOUNT ETNA.
    Magnificently situated on a 213-metre (700-foot) plateau overlooking the Ionian Sea, the heart of Taormina is Piazza Nove Aprile, a paved square with unrivalled views of the sea and Mount Etna. Later, ascend to the heights of MOUNT ETNA and the option of a jeep or cable-car ride for a better view of Europe's largest active volcano (subject to weather conditions). (B)

  12. TAORMINA AREA-PIAZZA ARMERINA-AGRIGENTO.
    Drive to Piazza Armerina, a maze of steep streets positively overflowing with the colourful atmosphere of Sicilian life. At nearby Casale, visit the ROMAN VILLA, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and famous for its mosaics, including the whimsical "Bikini Girls." On to Agrigento's Valley of the Temples, one of Italy's archaeological jewels. Visit the DORIC TEMPLE OF CONCORD, one of the finest examples of Greek civilisation existing today, and the hilltop TEMPLE OF JUNO LACINIA. (B,D)

  13. AGRIGENTO-SELINUNTE- MARSALA-PALERMO.
    Leave for Selinunte, one of the most striking and interesting sites in Sicily. At the apex of its power before 409 BC, the city exceeded 30,000 people, excluding slaves. Here, you will see the remains of the ACROPOLIS with its temples and fortifications. On the western coast of Sicily, stop in Marsala, known for its celebrated Marsala wine. Here, you will visit a local SALT MINE and learn how this local product is extracted and refined. Then, head to Palermo, capital of Sicily. (B)

  14. PALERMO. EXCURSION TO TRAPANI & ERICE.
    Two Sicilian treats are on the agenda today. First, visit enchanting Trapani with a Local Guide, set on a harbour that was once at the heart of a powerful trading network stretching from Carthage to Venice. The city centre stretches along the port and was built in primarily baroque style. Next is the medieval hilltop town of Erice, reached by cable car. Situated about 762 metres (2,500 feet) above sea level, it immediately impresses with its defensive walls and castle affording breathtaking views over the Trapani Gulf and Egadi Island and on clear days, all the way to the African coast. Return to Palermo. (B)

  15. PALERMO (EMBARKATION)- OVERNIGHT FERRY CROSSING TO NAPLES.
    A full day to enjoy this busy and colourful city full of interesting squares and marketplaces, churches, and palazzos in every style-from Moorish to baroque. On the included guided tour, learn more, and visit the magnificent CAPPELLA PALATINA. Evening embarkation for the overnight ferry from Palermo to Naples. (B)

  16. NAPLES (DISEMBARKATION)- ROME.
    North this morning back to the "Eternal City" with plenty of time to enjoy one of the optional excursions, to do last-minute shopping, or maybe to sip a drink in Piazza Navona and watch the world go by. (B)

  17. ROME.
    Your holiday ends with breakfast this morning. (B)

Prev Year Available 2017 Tours Next Year
Start Date End Date Twin Share Single Hotels Excursions Availability
12 Oct 2017 28 Oct 2017 $3535 AUD $4732 AUD View Hotels View Excursions Please Call Tour departure is guaranteed to operate
Pre/Post City Start Date End Date Single Price
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Twin Price
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Triple Price
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PRE ROME 01 Oct 2017 31 Oct 2017 $173 AUD $120 AUD $120 AUD
PRE ROME 01 Sep 2017 30 Sep 2017 $175 AUD $122 AUD $122 AUD
PRE ROME 01 Jul 2017 31 Aug 2017 $151 AUD $99 AUD $99 AUD
POST ROME 01 Oct 2017 31 Oct 2017 $173 AUD $120 AUD $120 AUD
POST ROME 01 Sep 2017 30 Sep 2017 $175 AUD $122 AUD $122 AUD
POST ROME 01 Jul 2017 31 Aug 2017 $151 AUD $99 AUD $99 AUD
Charge Type Name Price
OPTIONAL Gratuity $209 AUD

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