13 Day Romantic Italy, go now for $6399 pp incl flights

Includes Flightsreturn economy airfares  from $6399 per person twin share   escorted tourenglish speaking guides Romantic Italy with stunning hotels.
Discover the Lake Region with a scenic cruise and come on a walking tour of Verona, a UNESCO World Heritage Site
Tour St. Mark’s Square in Venice, with its extraordinary treasures and architectural wonders and visit a typical farm in the Tuscan countryside for wine tasting and local specialties.
See Pisa’s Piazza dei Miracoli with its famous Leaning Tower and 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 and enjoy a historic tour of Ancient Rome including the Roman Forum and the Colosseum before travelling on past the Bay of Naples and Mt. Vesuvius to visit Pompeii, the city frozen in time

 THIS DEAL EXPIRES at 5PM 30 APRIL 2019 

Departs MEL 19 AUG ’19
flying 
 Final Book By:30 APRIL 2019  Deposit: $1999pp
Final Balance: 90 days prior

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Prices correct as at 2019-04-17 09:00:05 Booking Terms and Conditions
Other Travel Dates and prices
2019 Prices
Depart Date
Special Price Depart Date Special Price
Fri, Jul 12 $ 6599* Thu, Oct 10 $ 6599*
Mon, Jul 22 $ 6399* Fri, Oct 11 $ 6399*
Fri, Aug 16 $ 6699* Thu, Oct 17 $ 6599*
Mon, Aug 19 $ 6399*

Very Important note, the Airline used for the highlighted deal may not be the same for all dates, Go West Travel offers best pricing at the time of booking and uses various airlines over the range of dates- and yes, I certainly can book you on your preferred airline or alliance and quote as you ask.

 

*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.

*WARNING, spots on these genuine sales and special tours sell out very fast. Please ask for available dates so I can hold space for you.

~ Ask about a supplement to fly your preferred airline or alliance.

Escorted Package Includes

Flights Melbourne-Milan, Naples-Melbourne
Airline taxes & fuel surcharges
11 nights First Class accommodations
2 nights Lake Region
2 nights Venice or Venice Lido
2 nights Florence
3 nights Rome
2 nights Sorrento Coast or Amalfi Coast
Italian city hotel taxes, fees & service charges

Hotel porterage
All transfers included only with airfare purchase on package arrival & departure dates†
18 meals: 11 breakfasts, 7 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

Note: Gratuities for tour manager and coach driver are included.
~to make it easier for you I include tips in the price so you dont have to worry about it.

† Transfers may be in a group coach, minivan or private vehicle

Daily Itinerary

DAY 1, Monday – Depart for Italy
Depart for Italy

Departure Airline Flight # From To   Arrival Total Duration
19 Aug 2019 03:55PM Etihad Airways 463

Melbourne

Abu Dhabi 20 Aug 2019 12:05AM 26h 20m
20 Aug 2019 02:15AM Etihad Airways 85 Abu Dhabi Rome 20 Aug 2019 06:20AM
20 Aug 2019 09:00AM Etihad Airways

Operated by Alitalia

3024 Rome Milan 20 Aug 2019 10:15AM

DAY 2, Tuesday – Arrive in Milan, Transfer to Baveno
Arrive in Milan and then transfer to your hotel in the town of Baveno, on the Lago Maggiore, one of Italy’s most romantic destinations. The rest of the day is at leisure to enjoy the beautiful surroundings. Tonight, attend an orientation meeting with Tour Manager about the wonderful journey that awaits you in Italy, followed by a Welcome Dinner with your fellow travelers
Overnight: Baveno, Lake Maggiore
Meals: Dinner

DAY 3, Wednesday – Cross Lake Maggiore, Visit Isola Bella & Isola dei Pescatori
Today, cruise Lake Maggiore to Isola Bella, visit the palace of Prince Borromeo, and its splendid gardens with the famous white peacocks. Continue to the charming fishermen’s island (Isola dei Pescatori) that gets its name from the occupation of its inhabitants. Walk along the windy medieval streets and marvel at the incredible views of the lake. Sail back to Baveno with time to experience the delights of this lakeside town with its spectacular mountain views
Overnight: Baveno, Lake Maggiore
Meals: Breakfast

DAY 4, Thursday – Verona Walking Tour, Travel to Venice
After breakfast, set out for Verona, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and one of the richest cities in Roman remains. Take a guided orientation tour of the city followed by free time to savor the atmosphere here. Continue to Venice and enjoy dinner at your hotel
Overnight: Venice
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 5, Friday – 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. Walk via the Bridge of Sighs, created at the beginning of the 17th century to serve as a link between prisons. Continue, to 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, offering a different perspective of this unique city built on water
Optional: Gondola Ride (PM)
Overnight: Venice
Meals: Breakfast

DAY 6, saturday – Tuscany & Pisa en route to Florence
Depart Venice and travel through the stunning golden landscape of Tuscany, dotted with olive and fig 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. Continue to the Baptistery, the Duomo, and the Monumental Cemetery. The four 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 7, Sunday – 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* that provides insight into the history of the structure and its collections. The tour highlights include exceptional examples of Florentine painting to help you better understand the works of the masters, including Giotto, Botticelli, and Leonardo da Vinci.. 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. Tour Participation guarantees immediate entry to the Gallery, with no lengthy waits in line. 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 8, Monday – Medieval Assisi City Tour en route 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 medieval 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 highlights 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. Afterwards, continue to Rome, the astonishing city built on seven hills. Dinner together at the hotel
Overnight: Rome
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 9, Tuesday – Vatican Museum & 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 to 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 begins at 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 10, Wednesday – 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. Next, 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 and just people-watch, or linger over a cup of coffee, indulge in a delectable gelato or try an authentic Italian pizza. Tonight join a scenic drive through the city and dinner in a typical Roman restaurant with wine and music
Overnight: Rome
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 11, Thursday – Pompeii Tour en route to Sorrento
Traveling south to Sorrento, at a distance you can view (weather conditions permitting) 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. As you pass the Bay of Naples, majestic Mt. Vesuvius marks your way to Pompeii, visit 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’re 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 12, Friday  – 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 will 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 13, Saturday – Depart Italy
Transfer to the airport in Naples for your departure flight
Meals: Breakfast

Departure Airline Flight # From To   Arrival Total Duration
31 Aug 2019 07:35PM  Etihad Airways
operated by Alitalia
2825

Naples

Rome 31 Aug 2019 08:30PM 25h 40m
31 Aug 2019 10:00PM Etihad Airways 84 Rome Abu Dhabi 01 Sep 2019 06:05AM
01 Sep 2019 10:00AM Etihad Airways 462 Abu Dhabi Melbourne 02 Sep 2019 05:15AM

 

Other information
Visa Info

Australians should check information on the Smarttraveller Website

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

Accomodation
ACCOMODATION  

Grand Hotel Dino, Baveno 
This first class hotel is located a few meters from the shore of Lake Maggiore.

Hotel Simplon, Baveno 

This first class hotel is located in the town of Baveno.

Grand Hotel Principe, Venice 

This first class hotel is a prestigious ancient palace situated on the Grand Canal, just after the Scalzi Bridge.

Starhotels Michelangelo, Florence 

This first class hotel is located in the center of Florence, near the Arno River.

Grand Hotel Palatino, Rome 

This first class hotel is located in the heart of ancient Rome, just a short walk from the Colosseum.

Hotel Central, Sorrento 

This first class hotel is well-located near the city center, overlooking the Bay of Naples.

 

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

Gondola Ride- Day #5 AUD$92.00
One of the experiences of any Italian holiday is a Venetian gondola ride. For centuries, the traditional flat bottom boat has been a major means of transportation in Venice though its primary role today is to take tourists on rides. Gondoliers may seem like “rough-and-ready” characters, however they are actually highly skilled operators constantly working on the perfect balance of this watercraft. The profession, handed down from generation to generation, is regulated by a guild which issues a limited number of licenses to highly trained gondoliers to navigate the narrow spaces of the Venetian Canals. Explore part of the Grand Canal as well as some other hidden minor waterways. The gondola holds a maximum of six passengers. Please note that this is not a private gondola ride. Your gondolier will indicate the seating arrangements to balance the boat and you may not be seated next to your travel companions. Though you may envision the gondolier singing to you, there will only be a musician aboard one of the boats in your fleet of several different gondolas.

Pick-up details to be advised locally. Approximate tour duration is 30 minutes.

Piazzas of Rome Day #9  AUD$72.00

I adore Rome

This 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 Domitian Stadium, with Bernini’s Fountain of the Four Rivers and the Egyptian Obelisk.

Pick-up details to be advised locally. Approximate tour duration is 2-3 hours.

Full Day Capri Day #12 AUD$175.00
Enjoy 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.

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