12 Day Enchanting Italy from $4499 pp including flights

Includes Flightsreturn economy airfares  from $4499 per person twin share   escorted tourenglish speaking guides Stunning Italy, on a super budget, and including flights from Sydney, This is a super trip with the value you can get from Go West Travel…. Book now 

Start with a boat ride to the Island of Murano, known throughout the world for it’s glassware, followed by a walking tour of Venice including a visit to the Doge’s Palace. Travel though the stunning panorama of Tuscany, with a stop at a typical Tuscan farm for a wine tasting in the countryside, then continue to Pisa and view the famous Piazza dei Miracoli with its Leaning Tower. In Florence, enjoy a morning tour taking you to the Accademia of Fine Arts, housing Michelangelo’s David, among other significant works of art.

Travel to the small medieval town of Assisi, perched high on a hill in the Umbria region, before continuing to Rome, the Eternal City. Here, enjoy sightseeing taking you to the Vatican Museums, Michelangelo’s Sistine Chapel and St. Peter’s Basilica. Plus, enjoy a tour of “ancient Rome” to marvel at the Colosseum, Roman Forum and The Arch of Constantine.

Next pass by the Bay of Naples, majestic Mt. Vesuvius and the infamous Pompeii en route to Sorrento. Explore the strikingly beautiful seaside setting of Sorrento at your own leisure with the opportunity to travel to the picturesque Isle of Capri. Depart Sorrento for a gorgeous drive along the Amalfi coast, undoubtedly one of the most spectacular drives in the world. Nestled into mountains which rise thousands of feet above the sea, you’ll see enchanting villages, cliffs terraced with lemon groves, whitewashed villas and sparkling turquoise seas. Drive via Positano, the coast’s most expensive town, and enjoy time at leisure in Amalfi, named a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Return to Sorrento and enjoy the evening at leisure before transferring to Naples.

 THIS DEAL EXPIRES at 5PM 30 MAY 2018 

Departs SYD  10 AUG ’18
flying 
 Final Book By:30 MAY 2018  Deposit: $2000pp
Final Balance: 10 JUN 18

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Travel Dates in 2018

Dates

 

*prices based on two people travelling, Twin Share Accommodation, and flying Economy Class. Sale airfares are correct and available as at date of eBrochure, but strictly subject to availability and confirmation from the Airlines. Space on escorted tours is subject to confirmation from tour operator. Book and confirm early to guarantee availability.

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Escorted Package Includes
  • Flights Sydney-Venice, Naples-Sydney
    Other departure cities available.
  • Airline taxes & fuel surcharges
  • 10 nights First Class accommodations
    • 2 nights Venice or Venice Lido
    • 2 nights Florence
    • 3 nights Rome
    • 3 nights Sorrento Coast
  • Italian city hotel taxes, fees & service charges
  • Hotel porterage
  • All transfers
  • 16 meals: 10 breakfasts, 6 dinners with wine
  • Sightseeing per itinerary in modern air-conditioned motor coach
  • Services of English-speaking tour manager throughout
  • Services of local guides in all major cities
  • Entrance fees per itinerary
  • Comfortable wireless earphones for enhanced touring

Special Features

  • Visit the pink marble Doge’s Palace in Venice
  • Stop at a typical farm in the Tuscan countryside for wine tasting and local specialties
  • See Pisa’s Piazza dei Miracoli with its famous Leaning Tower
  • Stand before Michelangelo’s David in Florence
  • Visit the 13th-century Basilica di San Francesco in Assisi
  • Tour of the Vatican Museums and Michelangelo’s incomparable Sistine Chapel
  • Historic tour of Ancient Rome including the Roman Forum and the Colosseum
  • Travel past the Bay of Naples and Mt. Vesuvius to Pompeii, the city frozen in time
  • Stay in Sorrento with its panoramic views of the azure-blue Gulf of Naples
  • Experience one of the world’s most spectacular drives along the Amalfi coast

Note: Gratuities for tour manager and coach driver are included.

Daily Itinerary

 

DAY 1, Friday – Depart for Italy
Depart for Italy

Departure Airline Flight #   From To Arrival Total
Duration
10 Aug 2018 09:00PM Qatar Airways 909 Sydney, Doha, 11 Aug 2018 05:00AM
24h 20m
11 Aug 2018 08:05AM Qatar Airways 125 Doha, Venice, 11 Aug 2018 01:20PM

DAY 2, Saturday – Arrive Venice

Arrive int Venice , transfer to your hotel and enjoy the balance of the day to yourselves.

DAY 3, Sunday – Boat Ride to Murano, Tour of Venice
The discovery of Venice begins with a boat ride to the Island of Murano, known for its artistic and colorful Murano glassware. While here enjoy a visit to one of the factories to witness the art of glass blowing. Afterward, on to St. Mark’s Square where you begin the guided walking tour of this romantic city. View the Golden Basilica of San Marco, built over several centuries in a fusion of Byzantine, Roman and Venetian architecture. See the Bridge of Sighs, created at the beginning of the 17th century to serve as a link between the prisons and the Inquisition rooms of Doge’s Palace. Then, continue to visit the pink marble Doge’s Palace, the official residence of the Venetian ruler; its facade is highlighted by a massive late-Gothic gate, known as the Porta della Carta. The rest of the day is yours to explore Venice independently, or participate in this afternoon’s optional Gondola Ride with music – it’s definitely one of the highlights of any Italian holiday

Optional: Gondola Ride with Music (PM)
Overnight: Venice
Meals: Breakfast

DAY 4, Monday – Tuscany, Pisa, Arrive in Florence
Depart Venice and travel through the stunning golden landscape of Tuscany, dotted with olive trees. Visit a typical Tuscan farm in the countryside for a wine tasting coupled with delectable local specialties. On to Pisa, to view the famous Piazza dei Miracoli with its Leaning Tower, among the most instantly recognizable structures on earth. The monuments on the extraordinary Piazza create a unique architectural blend of Romanesque and Gothic styles. 

Then, travel to the lively Renaissance city of Florence, with its priceless art and architecture for overnight
Overnight: Florence
Meals: Breakfast

DAY 5, Tuesday – Tour of Florence

Today’s tour of Florence begins with a visit to the Accademia of Fine Arts, where Michelangelo’s David is housed; stand in awe of this glorious work of art. Walk to the Duomo, celebrated for its magnificent dome designed by Brunelleschi, and view the Baptistery’s renowned “Gates of Paradise” by Ghiberti. Continue on a walk through the open-air museum at Signoria Square, ending at the splendid Ponte Vecchio. Florence is indeed the center of the world’s finest art and architecture. Enjoy the afternoon at leisure in this spectacular Renaissance city, or participate in the optional guided tour of the Uffizi Gallery*. Tonight, a delightful evening that begins with a ride through the Tuscan hills to a lovely restaurant where a sumptuous Tuscan dinner is served along with unlimited wine and entertainment
*(Optional Uffizi Gallery Tour PM, US $62): available for purchase only in Italy from your Tour Manager
Florence and the fine arts are synonymous. This guided tour of the Uffizi Gallery provides insight to the history of the structure and its collections. Originally the private collection of the Medici family, the palazzo was opened to the public in 1765. Your tour highlights exceptional examples of Florentine painting with an aim to help you better understand the works of masters including Giotto, Botticelli, and Leonardo da Vinci. Tour participation guarantees immediate entry to the Gallery, with no lengthy waits in oftentimes two-three hour queues
Important: Please note: The museum has a limited maximum capacity and therefore reserves the right to restrict admission. In this case, we may not be able to offer the tour. Price is based on minimum number of passengers
Overnight: Florence
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 6, Wednesday – Medieval Assisi to Rome
Depart Florence to the small medieval town of Assisi perched high on a hill in the Umbria region, with its Roman ruins, winding streets and sacred shrines. Assisi is best known as the birthplace of St. Francis of Assisi – patron saint of Italy. Its main attraction is the 13th-century Basilica di San Francesco, one of the artistic hi

 

ghlights of medieval Europe which contains the sacred relics of St. Francis and Giotto’s astonishing frescoes. The town of Assisi has been designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site for its significant art and architecture. Afterward, continue to Rome, the astonishing city built on seven hills. Dinner together at the hotel
Overnight: Rome
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 7, Thursday – Vatican Museums & Michelangelo’s Sistine Chapel
Today visit the Vatican Museums and Michelangelo’s masterpiece, the Sistine Chapel. Stroll through one of the most important art collections of the world. Admire the Gallery of Tapestries and the Geographical Maps before arriving at the Sistine Chapel, with its great frescoes by Michelangelo. Continue to St. Peter’s Square, passing Bernini’s famous colonnade to view St. Peter’s Basilica*, built on the burial site of Saint Peter, with the most famous Michelangelo’s Pieta. Enjoy the afternoon at leisure or join the optional walking tour of the Eternal City’s grand piazzas that includes the Spanish Steps and continues to the legendary Trevi Fountain, the Pantheon, and the baroque Piazza Navona. Tonight linger and explore on your own and perhaps enjoy the typical Roman cuisine
*Due to Religious events, the opening times of St. Peter Basilica are subject to change without notice. In these cases, you will visit the Vatican Library instead of the Basilica.
Optional: Piazzas of Rome (PM)
Overnight: Rome
Meals: Breakfast

DAY 8, Friday – Tour Ancient Rome
The historic tour of ancient Rome begins at the Roman Forum, the central area of the city from which ancient Rome developed. View the triumphal Arch of Constantine, erected by the Roman Senate to commemorate Constantine’s tenth year of leadership over the Eternal City. On to the mighty Colosseum, the largest amphitheater built in the Roman Empire that seated over 50,000, where gladiatorial contests and public events were attended by the rich, the poor and by the Emperor himself. Discover the delights of Rome this afternoon on your own. Stop at a local café for lunch and just people-watch, or savor a cappuccino, indulge in a delectable gelato or try an authentic Italian pizza. Tonight, dinner in a typical Roman restaurant with wine and music, followed by an illuminated tour of the city
Overnight: Rome
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 9, Saturday – Bay of Naples, Mt. Vesuvius and Pompeii, Sorrento
Traveling south to Sorrento, at a distance you can view the magnificent Abbey of Montecassino, perched high on the mountaintop, scene of a huge battle near the end of World War II in which the abbey was completely destroyed, but has now been lovingly restored (conditions permitting). As you pass the Bay of Naples, majestic Mt. Vesuvius marks your way to Pompeii, the city that was frozen in time under a thick carpet of volcanic ash almost 2,000 years ago. The tragic fossils of people attempting to escape with their children and dogs are still visible, along with the preserved ruins of the Temples of Apollo and Jupiter, and the Forum. You are welcomed to Sorrento with a spectacular panoramic view and by the sapphire blue waters of the Gulf of Naples. Tonight, a lovely dinner together highlights your arrival in Sorrento
Overnight: Sorrento
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 10, Sunday – Full Day in Sorrento
A day at leisure in picturesque Sorrento, strikingly beautiful with its seaside setting and soaring cliffs plunging into the sea. As you stroll along the coastal road and through the charming town, you’ll understand why this town has long been loved by poets and artists. Don’t miss the optional full day tour to the enchanting and picturesque Isle of Capri by boat – it will be a highlight! Here, you’ll walk through the narrow lanes of Anacapri, with its chic boutiques and shops offering tastings of the island’s famous Limoncello. Then, on to La Piazzetta where everyone gathers to socialize and to the Gardens of Augustus, a natural paradise, from where you can see splendid views of the sea and the famous Faraglioni rock formations, one of the island’s natural wonders. After a lovely day in Capri, return to Sorrento. Tonight enjoy dinner at a local restaurant
Optional: Full Day Capri
Overnight: Sorrento
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 11, Monday – The Gorgeous Amalfi Drive
A fantastic day as you drive along the rugged Amalfi coast, undoubtedly one of the most spectacular drives in the world, with its dramatic landscapes and amazing panoramas. Nestled into mountains which rise thousands of feet above the sea, you’ll see enchanting villages, cliffs terraced with lemon groves, whitewashed villas and sparkling turquoise seas. Drive by Positano and stop in Amalfi, named a UNESCO World Heritage Site, to enjoy time at leisure in town. Return to your hotel in the late afternoon
Overnight: Sorrento
Meals: Breakfast

DAY 12, Tuesday – Depart Italy
Transfer to the airport in Naples for your departure flight
Meals: Breakfast

Departure Airline Flight #   From To Arrival Total
Duration
21 Aug 2018 02:55PM Qatar Airways 5328 Naples, Milan Malpensa, 21 Aug 2018 04:25PM
31h 45m
Operated By: IG-Meridiana Fly S.p.a
21 Aug 2018 10:40PM Qatar Airways 118 Milan Malpensa, Doha, 22 Aug 2018 05:45AM
22 Aug 2018 09:25AM Qatar Airways 906 Doha, Sydney, 23 Aug 2018 06:40AM

 

Other information
Visa Info

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Most Australians traveling on an Australian passport will not require a visa for this itinerary. Check for updated information on the Smartraveller Website

Most New Zealanders traveling on a New Zealand  passport will not require a visa for this itinerary. Please check the Safetravel Website or contact me for more information

Accomodation

 

Optional Tours
Prices are per person and can be booked individually if only one person wishes to go

 

Day #3

AUD$86.00

Gondola Ride with Music

Gondola Ride with Music ThumbnailOne of the highlights of any Italian holiday! Enjoy a relaxing gondola ride with music along the famous Grand Canal, and experience a piece of Venetian history. Glide along the centuries old canals, past lavish palaces and under famous arched bridges (the Gondola holds a maximum of six passengers. Please note that this is not a private gondola ride. There will be one musician on board of one of the gondolas in your fleet).

Pick-up details to be advised locally.

 

Day #7

AUD$68.00

Piazzas of Rome

Piazzas of Rome ThumbnailThis half day walking tour takes you to explore the grand piazzas of the Eternal City. Stand in awe in front of the majestic Spanish Steps, the longest and widest decorative steps in Europe, and with your local guide stroll through the most characteristic “piazzas and vias ” of Rome. Stop to admire the breathtaking grandeur of the Trevi Fountain and take the opportunity to toss in one, two, or three coins, each of which is supposed to bring a unique kind of good fortune. View the monumental Pantheon, the best preserved of any Roman building and admire the baroque Piazza Navona, which follows the shape of the ancient Roman Diocletian Stadium, with Bernini’s Fountain of the Four Rivers and the Egyptian Obelisk. Pick-up details to be advised locally.

 

 

Day #10 AUD$164.00

Full Day Capri

Full Day Capri ThumbnailEnjoy a full day journey to the colorful Isle of Capri by boat. Visit the lovely Anacapri and explore the charming shops and chic boutiques as you stroll the island’s narrow streets. Continue to see “La Piazzetta,” the social heart of the island, on your way to the open-air Gardens of Augustus, from where you will appreciate breathtaking views of the famous Faraglioni rocks. Tour includes: local guide, round trip transportation to port, round trip transportation by fast boat, minibus or cable car transportation on the island.

Pick-up details to be advised locally. Approximate tour duration is 7 hours.