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Tour Code - 6415 17 days - ROME to ROME From $3239 AUD

This colourful and affordable Italy tour showcases a combination of famous cities of the mainland with the highlights of Sicily – the largest island in the Mediterranean.

You’ve heard about Italy’s magnificent architecture, majestic cathedrals, ancient history, world-class art, sumptuous cuisine and wine, and relaxing cafés. Now it is your turn to experience it with this value-minded Italy tour to explore its most iconic cities and discover its spectacular sights.

This Italy tour offers you the opportunity to step back in time. Imagine what life was like during the classical Greek period when you visit Sicily’s Valley of the Temples in Agrigento, an archeological jewel. See the Acropolis in Selinunte, a city at the apex of its power before 409 BC.

Immerse yourself in the Roman Empire’s era of gladiators as you see Rome’s Colosseum; and see the Roman Forum – the site of the political, social, and commercial center of the Roman Empire. Imagine life during the Middle Ages as you explore San Gimignano’s medieval squares, town walls, streets, alleyways, and 14 towers still standing from the Middle Ages. Visit the Renaissance gem of Florence for a walking tour featuring on the city’s highlights, including the beautiful Piazza Signoria, the center of Florence’s social and political life since the 14th century.

On this budget travel to Italy tour, you’ll discover its magnificent cathedrals. In Vatican City, wonder at the masterpieces St. Peters Basilica and square. In Orvieto, the Cathedral is a masterpiece and a great example of gothic architecture in Italy. In Assisi, where St. Francis was born, visit the world-famous Romanesque and gothic Basilica, where the saint is buried. See Pisa’s Square of Miracles, a UNESCO World Heritage Site whose three revered structures—the Leaning Tower, Cathedral, and Baptistery—have been considered central to religious life.  In Palermo, you will visit the Cappella Palatina, with its exquisite Byzantine mosaics.

You’ll also experience a wine tasting in Greve, the capital of Chianti, and a visit to Venice, including a boat ride to the popular St. Mark’s Square. Watch Venetian glassblowers create works of art as they have done for centuries, and spend free time admiring Venice’s crisscrossing canals, lovely gondolas passing under the arched bridges, palaces, and quaint piazzas. In Sicily, you will take a scenic cable car to charming Erice, a fortified town overlooking Trapani and the Egadi archipelago.

Breathtaking landscapes, including Tuscany’s rolling hills, the emerald-blue strait of Messina, and lush orange groves on the flanks of Mount Etna – Europe’s tallest active volcano, will create fond memories of this fabulous Italy vacation designed for the value-minded traveler.

Standard Features


    Shown in UPPERCASE in the tour description including admission charges where applicable.
    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, Mount Etna, Piazza Armerina Roman Villa, Agrigento archaeological site, Selinunte Acropolis, Marsala salt mill.
    Chianti Valley, Apennines.
    Local Guides for city sightseeing in Rome, Florence, Trapani, Palermo, Naples; professional Tour Director while touring.
    Touring by private, first-class, air-conditioned motorcoach; canal transfer boat in Venice; ferry crossing to Sicily; cable car in Erice; overnight ferry Palermo-Naples.
    Rooms with private bath or shower, hotel taxes, porterage, tips,and service charges.
    Personalise your tour ahead of time with additional excursions. Visit our website for details and conditions.


Breakfast Lunch Dinner

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

Day by Day

    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.
    The "Eternal City," is steeped in history, vibrantly alive and exciting, and absolutely unique! Included sightseeing with a Local Guide starts with St. Peter's Square and Basilica. Other highlights are the iconic Colosseum, the largest amphitheatre ever built; the Roman Forum; Piazza Venezia, and Campidoglio. An optional visit is available to the Vatican Museums and Sistine Chapel, world famous for Michelangelo's impressive fresco of The Last Judgment. (B)

    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)

    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)

    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)

    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)

    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)

    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)

    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)

    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)

    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)

    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)

    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 MILL and learn how this local product is extracted and refined. Then, head to Palermo, capital of Sicily. (B)

    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)

    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 featuring a visit of the magnificent CAPPELLA PALATINA, learn more about this fascinating city. Evening embarkation for the overnight ferry from Palermo to Naples. (B)

    Before travelling back to the "Eternal City," discover the picturesque city of Naples with its many contrasts on the included guided tour.

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

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PRE ROME 01 Nov 2018 31 Dec 2018 $132 AUD $86 AUD $86 AUD
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PRE ROME 01 Sep 2018 30 Sep 2018 $174 AUD $122 AUD $122 AUD
PRE ROME 05 Aug 2018 31 Aug 2018 $150 AUD $99 AUD $99 AUD
PRE ROME 29 Jul 2018 04 Aug 2018 $174 AUD $122 AUD $122 AUD
PRE ROME 01 Jul 2018 28 Jul 2018 $150 AUD $99 AUD $99 AUD
PRE ROME 01 Jun 2018 30 Jun 2018 $171 AUD $119 AUD $119 AUD
PRE ROME 01 May 2018 31 May 2018 $174 AUD $122 AUD $122 AUD
PRE ROME 16 Mar 2018 30 Apr 2018 $171 AUD $119 AUD $119 AUD
PRE ROME 01 Mar 2018 15 Mar 2018 $150 AUD $99 AUD $99 AUD
POST ROME 01 Nov 2018 31 Dec 2018 $169 AUD $104 AUD $104 AUD
POST ROME 01 Sep 2018 31 Oct 2018 $194 AUD $124 AUD $124 AUD
POST ROME 01 Jul 2018 31 Aug 2018 $167 AUD $103 AUD $103 AUD
POST ROME 01 Apr 2018 30 Jun 2018 $194 AUD $124 AUD $124 AUD
POST ROME 01 Jan 2018 31 Mar 2018 $167 AUD $103 AUD $103 AUD
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OPTIONAL Gratuity $207 AUD

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