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19 Day Wonders of Italy Tour with Flights

Rome - Venice - Tuscany - Sorrento - Alberobello - Taormina - Agrigento - Palermo

Roundtrip international flights included 

Modern hotel accommodation with breakfast

Overnight Palermo to Naples ferry experience

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Prepare yourself for the ultimate in-depth tour of Italy. Experience the iconic sights, culture and food of one of the most incredible destinations in Europe! Begin your adventure with a flight to Rome, the Eternal City that has seen the rise and fall of entire empires. See ancient Roman architecture, Renaissance artworks and more as you walk through this magical city. Next, make your way to Orvieto, a city perched atop a sheer vertical volcanic rock and then to Venice. Visit Lake Garda, Florence and head over to Tuscany, where you can marvel at the majesticity of the Leaning Tower of Pisa! You'll have the opportunity to experience the countryside landscapes, admire Tuscan farmhouses, vineyards and olive groves as you drive to San Gimignano. Known as the 'Town of Fine Towers', it offers beautiful Romanesque and Gothic architecture and well-preserved tower houses. Enjoy a wine tasting accompanied with antipasto in Siena before you head back to Rome. You will get to tick off Pompeii, Sorrento and so much more on this tour! Trust us - this one is not to be missed.

Itinerary


Day 1 Day 2 Day 3 Day 4 Day 5 Day 6 Day 7 Day 8 Day 9 Day 10 Day 11 Day 12 Day 13 Day 14 Day 15 Day 16 Day 17 Day 18 Day 19

Day 1

Australia Italy

Take an international flight from Australia to Rome. You will be transferred to your hotel on arrival.

Accommodation: Hotel American Palace or similar, Rome

Meals included: inflight only

Day 2

Rome

Welcome to Rome, the Eternal City! The first day of the tour is an arrival day: meet up with your tour leader at our accommodation in the afternoon and prepare for the tour of a lifetime! If you arrive early, head into the city and see some of the sites that make Rome famous the world over. 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. Tonight, you’ll meet the rest of the tour group at our included welcome dinner.

Accommodation: Hotel American Palace or similar, Rome

Meals included: inflight and dinner

Day 3

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 from 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 – and of the Roman Empire at large. Be sure to see sightseeing highlights like the Spanish Steps, Trevi Fountain, the Roman Forum, the Pantheon and the countless other attractions that make Rome famous the world over. Later, you’ll have the option of taking a guided walking tour of the Vatican City. Marvel at glittering artworks, vast marble halls and opulent architecture – all part and parcel of the Vatican’s status as the seat of papal power. Eating and drinking well is also an important part of Roman life, and as they say, ‘When in Rome, do as the Romans do’. Try excellent Italian cuisine, and be sure to grab a famous Roman gelato while you’re sight-seeing!

Accommodation: Hotel American Palace or similar, Rome

Meals included: breakfast

Day 4

Rome Orvieto Venice

Leaving the capital behind, we'll drive through the region of Umbria. Known as the 'fruit bowl of Italy', it is famous for its produce, food and beautiful mountainous landscapes. Prepare for one of the most spectacular sights in Europe as we approach Orvieto, a city perched dramatically atop a sheer vertical volcanic rock. We'll take the funicular up to the historic centre, where you'll have some free time to explore and see the sights, including the exquisite facade of the Cathedral of Orvieto, the papal residence and the Albornoz fortress before we travel on to Venice. You have the evening free to relax at the hotel or explore Venice with the option to join your tour leader on a twilight water taxi cruise of the Venetian canals.

Accommodation: Elite Hotel Residence or similar, Venice

Meals included: breakfast

Day 5

Venice

You’ll start your stay in Venice with an orientation tour led by your tour leader so you can get your bearings, after which you have free time to explore this unforgettable city at your leisure. Every visit to Venice should include a gondola ride, which your tour leader can organise for you, as well as a trip further out into the lagoon to visit Murano and Burano. These islands are famous for their glass-blowing and lace-making crafts respectively, and rows of beautiful multi-coloured houses. Alternatively, you can simply relax and soak up the sun on the sandy beaches at Jesolo or Lido. There’s also the Bridge of Sighs and the Doge’s Palace to see – and any number of culinary delights to sample too!

Accommodation: Elite Hotel Residence or similar, Venice

Meals included: breakfast

Day 6

Lake Garda Florence

Today, we travel on to Florence and the beautiful region of Tuscany. Along the way, we'll make a stop at Lake Garda for a photo opportunity. This is the biggest lake in Italy and an internationally famous holiday destination that has inspired artists of all persuasions for centuries. On arrival in Florence, your tour leader will take you an orientation tour. A cultural and political focal point during the Renaissance, the city is endowed with a huge variety of Renaissance artworks and Roman ruins. Sights to see in Florence during your free time include the Ponte Vecchio bridge and Florence Cathedral.  We’ll then make our way to our accommodation in Tuscany.

Accommodation: Hotel Massimo D'Azeglio or similar, Florence

Meals included: breakfast and dinner

Day 7

Pisa Cinque Terre and Tuscany

This morning we drive north to La Spezia in the Liguria region. This city is the gateway to Cinque Terre, five picturesque fishing villages on the rugged Italian Riviera coastline. The harbours are filled with fishing boats, vines climb the terraces and the houses are painted in bright colours - you'll undoubtedly take some fantastic photos here! Each village is linked by hiking trails and a railway, giving you the choice of how best to explore. This afternoon we'll head back to Tuscany, stopping off on the way at the Leaning Tower of Pisa. A highlight of any tour to Italy, you’ll be able to snap photos of this legendary structure and explore the grounds, which include a cathedral and baptistery.

Accommodation: Hotel Massimo D'Azeglio or similar, Florence

Meals included: breakfast

Day 8

San Gimignano Siena Rome

This morning we make our way through one of the world’s most picturesque countryside landscapes, admiring Tuscan farmhouses, vineyards and olive groves as we drive by. Our first stop of the day will be in San Gimignano, a small walled hill town. Known as the 'Town of Fine Towers', it offers beautiful Romanesque and Gothic architecture and 12 well-preserved tower houses. We'll then make the short drive to Siena, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, famous for the 'Palio' horse race held twice a year in the main piazza, or public square. We'll enjoy a wine tasting accompanied with antipasto before we head back to Rome and round off the day with an included dinner, the perfect chance to say goodbye to the travellers on the Taste of Italy tour that is leaving us tomorrow morning.

Accommodation: Hotel American Palace or similar, Rome

Meals included: breakfast and dinner

Day 9

Rome

Welcome back to Rome! Enjoy a free day to explore any of the sights you missed on your first visit to this historic city. Later on, meet back up with your tour leader and fellow travellers, including those joining us from the Highlights of Southern Italy & Sicily tour, and experience 'Rome by night’ - explore some of the iconic sights of the Eternal City including the Trevi Fountain, Piazza Navona and the Pantheon. Afterwards, we'll enjoy dinner at a local restaurant.

Accommodation: Hotel American Palace or similar, Rome

Meals included: breakfast and dinner

Day 10

Pompeii and Sorrento

Leaving Rome, head to the Sorrento peninsula, stopping off along the way to see Mount Vesuvius and to explore the ancient ruins of Pompeii, destroyed in 79AD in a catastrophic volcanic eruption. Then, choose the option to explore the Amalfi Coast for the rest of the day, or simply explore the area at your own pace! Later this afternoon, settle in for a two-night stay on the Sorrento peninsula. This area is famous for limoncello (a sweet lemon liqueur), the perfect way to finish off your included dinner this evening!

Accommodation: Hotel Soggiorno Salesiano or similar, Sorrento

Meals included: breakfast and dinner

Day 11

Sorrento

Today you have a free day in Sorrento! A gorgeous old town hugging the coastline, the Sorrento peninsula is your base for the day. Explore the town in your own time, or choose our optional excursion to the famous Isle of Capri, where you can spend some free time exploring the rugged coastline, ancient Roman ruins and stylish piazzas.

Accommodation: Hotel Soggiorno Salesiano or similar, Sorrento

Meals included: breakfast

Day 12

Matera and Alberobello

Today we’ll head east and explore the southern Italian region of Apulia, taking a comfort stop along the way in the ancient cave city of Matera. Known as "la Città Sotterranea" (the Subterranean City), it is famous for its extensive cave-dwelling districts, the ‘sassi’. Later we'll arrive in Alberobello, and enjoy an orientation tour of the region's famous ‘trullo’ houses. These beautiful 14th century whitewashed stone huts have iconic conical roofs and are specific to the Itria Valley. This afternoon you’ll have free time to further explore Alberobello; check out the church of St Antony and the Trulli museum.

Accommodation: Hotel Colle del Sole or similar, Alberobello

Meals included: breakfast and antipasto lunch

Day 13

Taormina

Today we take a coastal drive beside the Ionian Sea before we leave the mainland behind and take a short ferry ride over to the island of Sicily, home of Mount Etna. Prepare for stunning views as we make our way to Taormina. Upon arrival, your tour leader will take you on an orientation walk of this hilltop town, showing you some of the highlights you can explore further on your free day tomorrow, including the historic Porta Catania and the Villa Comunale. This evening we’ll top off our Sicilian experience with an included dinner at our beachside hotel.

Accommodation: Hotel Ariston Taormina or similar, Taormina

Meals included: breakfast and dinner

Day 14

Taormina

Enjoy a free day to relax on Sicily's beautiful beaches, or explore the island's quaint towns. The town of Taormina itself is one of Italy’s most popular summer destinations, perched on the side of a mountain and offering medieval churches, a castle and Greek amphitheatre. For those looking to explore further afield on their Italian tour, speak to your tour leader for their recommendations, including boat tours of the beautiful coastline, paragliding and 'Godfather' tours.

Accommodation: Hotel Ariston Taormina or similar, Taormina

Meals included: breakfast 

Day 15

Syracuse and Agrigento

Drive through the heart of Sicily, along the way taking a lunch stop in enchanting Syracuse. Syracuse is a city that was founded as a Greek colony in 734 BC. Today it’s a UNESCO-listed historic centre and wonderland boasting beautiful baroque buildings and. This afternoon, get your cameras ready as stopping at the ‘Valle dei Templi’ (Valley of the Temples), one of the most outstanding examples of Magna Grecia art and architecture. Stay over tonight in Agrigento

Accommodation: Hotel Dioscuri Bay Palace or similar, Agrigento

Meals included: breakfast 

Day 16

Cefalù - Palermo

Leaving Agrigento this morning, take a scenic drive through central Sicily as you set out to the town of Cefalù for lunch. Cefalù is a historic town that boasts some of Italy’s finest beaches. Arriving in Palermo in the early afternoon, enjoy a walking tour that will introduce you to the city’s highlights. Founded more than 2,700 years ago by the Phoenicians, Palermo is noted for its history, culture, architecture and food. Sights you'll see on your walking tour include the Piazza Indipendenza, Porta Nuova (The New Gate) and the Cathedral of Palermo.

Accommodation: Ibis Styles Palermo President Hotel or similar, Palermo

Meals included: breakfast and dinner

Day 17

Palermo

Enjoy a full day to further explore Sicily’s capital. Over the centuries Palermo has been colonized by many different rulers over the centuries, including the Greeks, Romans and Normans making it a melting pot of cultures and architectural styles. You also have the option to join your tour leader for an excursion to Monreale to see and explore the UNESCO-listed Monreale Cathedral. The excursion includes lunch at a local farmhouse to feast on some traditional Sicilian food. This evening, we’ll take an overnight ferry back to the Italian mainland.

Accommodation: Ibis Styles Palermo President Hotel or similar, Palermo

Meals included: breakfast

Day 18

Rome Australia

This morning we’ll arrive in Naples and then continue on the coach with the tour leader and make our way back to Rome. Transfer to the airport for your departure flight home.

Meals included: breakfast and inflight

Day 19

Australia

Arrive home.

Meals included: inflight only

Inclusions & Exclusions


Inclusions

  • Return economy class airfare from Melbourne, Sydney, Brisbane, Adelaide, Perth, Hobart* or Canberra* (*surcharges apply)
  • International flights with Qantas Airlines, Emirates Airlines, Singapore Airlines, Cathay Pacific Airways, Etihad Airways, Qatar Airways, Thai Airways, Lufthansa or Swiss International Airlines (subject to availability)
  • Airport transfers
  • 15 nights hotel accommodation on twin share basis with private bathroom facilities
  • 1 night Palermo to Naples ferry in a cabin on twin share basis with private bathroom facilities
  • Meals as indicated: 16 breakfasts, 1 antipasto lunch and 7 dinners
  • Transportation in an air-conditioned deluxe vehicle
  • English Speaking tour leader, who will be on hand with advice and tips to ensure that you get the most from your trip
  • Included experiences
    • Evening tour of Rome
    • A classic Italian meal for dinner
    • See Mount Vesuvius; explore the ruins of Pompeii
    • Stop in the ancient cave city of Matera
    • Visit Alberobello; explore the trulli stone houses and museum 
    • Guided walk of Taormina
    • Visit Cefalù, an attractive seaside town
    • Walking tour of Palermo 
    • Enjoy a truly Italian welcome dinner
    • Locally-guided walking tour of Rome
    • Free time to explore Orvieto
    • Photo stop in Lake Garda
    • Orientation tour of Florence
    • Explore Cinque Terre's villages
    • See the Leaning Tower of Pisa
    • Stop and explore San Gimignano
    • Visit the UNESCO World Heritage town of Siena
    • Enjoy a wine tasting with antipasto
    • Visit the ancient city of Syracuse
    • Explore the Valley of the Temples

 

Accommodation

Rome - Hotel American Palace or similar

Venice - Elite Hotel Residence or similar

Florence - Hotel Massimo D'Azeglio or similar

Sorrento - Hotel Soggiorno Salesiano or similar

Alberobello - Hotel Colle del Sole or similar

Taormina - Hotel Ariston Taormina or similar

Agrigento - Hotel Dioscuri Bay Palace or similar

Palermo - Ibis Styles Palermo President Hotel or similar

Exclusions

  • Travel insurance (strongly recommended)
  • Any visas as required
  • Meals not mentioned.
  • All Drinks.
  • Any additional requests.
  • Tips (Driver, Representative & Guide)

 

Optional Activities

Venice - Gondola Ride for approximately $95 pp

Venice - Murano, Burano & Venetian lagoon  $99 pp

Venice - Venice by night  $89 pp

Sorrento - Isle of Capri  $195 pp

Palermo - Amalfi Coast  $175 pp

 

Child Policy 

Children that are 2 to 11 years of age are eligible for a 10% discount. Children must be accompanied by a responsible adult 18 years old and over to travel. No unaccompanied minors are allowed.

 

Single Supplement

The additional supplement for a single traveller is $2000.

Looking to save on the single supplement? Join our Facebook group - Solo Traveldreamers to connect with other solo travellers or call us on 1300 350 263.

Departure Dates


MAY 2020
09 th
Saturday 09 May 2020  ‐  Wednesday 27 May 2020
JUN 2020
13 th
Saturday 13 Jun 2020  ‐  Wednesday 01 Jul 2020
AUG 2020
22 nd
Saturday 22 Aug 2020  ‐  Wednesday 09 Sep 2020
SEP 2020
05 th
Saturday 05 Sep 2020  ‐  Wednesday 23 Sep 2020
SEP 2020
19 th
Saturday 19 Sep 2020  ‐  Wednesday 07 Oct 2020

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