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Italy - Italian Expresso - 8 days - Set dep. 12 Oct.20

Italy - Italian Expresso - 8 days - Set dep. 12 Oct.20

Venice, Italy

From: R 35,900.00
Per Person Sharing
  • Prices From

    From: R 35,900.00 Per Person Sharing
  • Trip Reference

  • Flights

    No Flights Included
  • Duration

    8 Days
  • Valid From

    12th of October 2020 (Monday)
  • Valid To

    19th of October 2020 (Monday)
  • Expires

    18th of July 2020 (Saturday)
  • Need Visa's

    South Africa: Yes
    British: No
    European Union: No
    American: No
Quick Holiday Overview

From the wonders of ancient Rome to the beautiful Venetian canals, enjoy a taste of Italy on this 8-day tour, exploring Tuscany and its beautiful Renaissance capital Florence, the enchanting cliffside villages of Cinque Terre and the iconic Leaning Tower of Pisa. 

For set departure on 12 October 2020 starting in Rome.

Trip Highlights:

  • Rome - step back in time on a tour of the mighty Colosseum and Italy's historic capital
  • San Gimignano - see the famous towers of this medieval Tuscan hill town, set in the heart of the Chianti wine region, and go wine tasting at a local vineyard
  • Cinque Terre - follow a spectacular coastal trail to discover five captivating fishing villages in pastel hues, which cling to the cliff face
  • Montecatini - spend two nights in this pretty Tuscan spa town, famous for its thermal waters and beautiful fountains
  • Lucca - stop to visit the enchanting Tuscan town of Lucca, set within imposing Renaissance walls 
  • Florence - roam around this beautiful Renaissance city, taking in highlights such as the iconic cathedral
  • Pisa - visit the iconic Leaning Tower of Pisa
  • Venice - discover the highlights of this romantic city of canals, including St Mark's Square and the breathtaking St Mark's Basilica

Please note: NO Flights are included

About the Holiday

This is a truly picturesque tour, not to be missed...

Itinerary :

Day 1 - Rome

Monday. Welcome to Italy! Arrive into Rome airport where you will be met and transferred to the start hotel. Spend the remainder of the day at leisure exploring the capital. This evening at 19:00 meet the tour leader and other members of the group for a welcome meal. 
Overnight: Rome  |  Dinner

Day 2 - Rome City Tour

Step back in time this morning as we follow the path of the ancient on a guided tour of the historic capital. Our first stop is to the Roman Forum, the former religious, political and commercial centre of ancient Rome followed by the mighty Colosseum where gladiators would battle to the death for glory before visiting the Pantheon, the best-preserved Roman building. Other highlights include the Spanish steps and the romantic Trevi fountain. The afternoon is free for you to independently explore the city or make your way to the Vatican, home to the Pope and the spectacular Sistene Chapel.
Overnight: Rome

Day 3 - San Gimignano wine tasting

Rome - San Gimignano - Florence. We leave the capital behind today and make our way north to the little town San Gimignano, nestled in the Tuscan Hills overlooking the Chianti region. We visit local vineyard to sample some delicious Chianti wine and explore this picturesque town which is famous for its medieval towers, before continuing our journey to Florence, Tuscany’s Renaissance capital. The remainder of the afternoon is at leisure to explore this fascinating city. 
Overnight: Florence

Day 4 - Florence sightseeing

Our day begins with a walking tour through Florence’s cobbled streets discovering the extraordinary architecture, wonderful sculptures and world-class museums. Strolling through the historical centre, we'll take in highlights such as the Duomo, standing tall over the city with its striking red dome and beautiful bell tower, Palazzo Vecchio in Piazza della Signoria and the beautiful Ponte Vecchio with its ancient gold shops. 

The afternoon is ours to continue exploring Florence at our own leisure. Head to the famous Galleria Del Accademia, home to Michelangelo's most famous sculpture "David", visit the vast Uffizi Gallery or walk to the Piazzale Michelangelo which offers stunning panoramic views of the city. Alternatively, sit back and sip on some local wine and feast on the mouth-watering Tuscan cuisine. 
Overnight: Florence  |  Breakfast

Day 5 - Leaning Tower of Pisa and Lucca

Florence - Pisa - Montecatini. This morning finds us travelling to the famous Piazza dei Miracoli in Pisa to take photos of the iconic Leaning Tower of Pisa. We then have some free time to enjoy lunch and walk around the city before we continue our journey to the charming Tuscan city Lucca, located on the Serchio river and surrounded by its original Renaissance walls. Here we have some time to walk along walls encircling the city, or sip on a glass of Lucchesi wine in one of the lovely bars. We continue to Montecatini, home to Italy’s pristine spas famous for their curative powers, and our base for the next two nights. 
Overnight: Montecatini  |  Breakfast

Day 6 - Cinque Terre day tour

Today we set our sights on exploring the five captivating, pastel hued fishing villages of Cinque Terre, which cling to the rugged Italian Riviera coastline. We explore the villages of Monterosso, Riomaggiore, Vernazza, Corniglia and Manarola at leisure using our Cinque Terre pass which allows us to travel between each village on the quaint 19th century railway, as cars have been banned for over 10 years. For those looking to enjoy spectacular views, we recommend walking along one of the scenic coastal trails. This evening we dine together at a local trattoria in Montecatini. 
Overnight: Montecatini  |  Breakfast, Dinner

Day 7 - Venice Walking Tour

Montecatini - Venice. Bidding farewell to our tour leader this morning, transfer to Florence train station for an unescorted express train journey from Florence to Venice. Upon arrival at Venice train station make your way to the hotel which is just a two minute walk from the station. 

This afternoon take in the delights of Venice on a walking tour with a local guide. Marvel at the glorious Venetian architecture, as you wander along the waterways and down the winding narrow streets of the island. Highlights include the beautiful Rialto Bridge, which spans the Grand Canal and the Bridge of Sighs, St Marks Square and a tour of the spectacular St Marks Basilica with its golden domes. Your final evening is free to independently explore and perhaps enjoy a traditional Gondola ride along the canals. 
Overnight: Venice  |  Breakfast

Day 8 - Venice

Monday. Our Italian adventure comes to an end after breakfast and hotel check out today. If you wish to spend longer in Venice, post tour accommodation can be arranged upon request. 

For set departure on 12 October 2020 starting in Rome.

Includes & Excludes
  • 7 nights 3 - 4 star hotels 
  • Rome airport arrival transfer on day 1
  • Full day excursion to Cinque Terre, including the Cinque Terre day pass 
  • Private transportation in an air-conditioned vehicle
  • Escorted by an English speaking tour leader days 1 - 6
  • 7 breakfasts and 2 dinners
  • Guided city tour of Rome, Florence and Venice with local English speaking guides
  • San Gimignano wine tasting at a vineyard in Tuscany's Chianti Region
  • Unescorted train journey from Florence to Venice (fast train - 2nd class) 
  • Entrance to the Colosseum in Rome and St Mark's Basilica in Venice

For set departures on 12 October 2020 starting in Rome.

  • International flights and visa
  • Departure transfer - can be booked upon request
  • Tipping - an entirely personal gesture
  • A hotel tax to be paid directly to the hotels at time of check in. See Trip Notes for details.
Package Conditions:

The above package is subject to availability at time of reservation. Price is per person sharing. Prices are subject to change in accordance with currency fluctuations and increased airfares. When making a booking enquiry it is important that you are in possession of the correct documentation to travel i.e. visas, inoculation certificates etc. Please check that all names and surnames are spelt exactly as they appear in the relevant passports. Fares, where indicated, are based on low season rates.Prices shown are per person travelling. 'Twin/Double' prices per person apply when there are 2 people travelling, sharing a room. The 'Single supplement' applies for single travellers who require their own room and needs to be added to the 'Twin/Double' price.

If you are happy to share a room with another single traveller of the same sex on your tour, this can be arranged, thus avoiding the single person supplement.

For set departure on 12 October 2020 starting in Rome.

Venice is a city in northern Italy, the capital of region Veneto. The city stretches across 117 small islands in the marshy Venetian Lagoon along the Adriatic Sea in northeast Italy.

While there are no historical records that deal directly with the origins of Venice, the available evidence has led several historians to agree that the original population of Venice comprised refugees from Roman cities such as Padua, Aquileia, Altino and Concordia (modern Portogruaro) who were fleeing successive waves of barbarian invasions.

The sestieri are the primary traditional divisions of Venice. The city is divided into the six districts. At the front of the Gondolas that work in the city there is a large piece of metal intended as a likeness of the Doge's hat. On this sit six notches pointing forwards and one pointing backwards. Each of these represents one of the Sestieri.

In short, visitors to Venice will often be hard-pushed to find entertainment beyond their plate of cuttlefish risotto. Most of the action takes place in the early evening, when Venetians take their daily stroll or passeggiata along the Riva degli Schiavioni or to their neighbourhood campo. Sometimes they stop off for an aperitif - preferably a glass of chilled prosecco, the local white wine that fizzes on the tongue.
Terms and Conditions

Prices are based on per person sharing.
Due to the volatility in the South African currency and the price of fuel affecting the price we cannot ensure the accuracy of the price as mentioned. The price was correct at the time of printing on 28 May 2020.

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