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Taste of Northern Italy

Tour From $9,190* per person

Tour & Return Economy Class Flights From $10,495* per person

Dates: 5 - 21 October 2019

Fully escorted

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Duration: 17 days

 

15 days of history, food and gorgeous scenery is what you’ll find on our beautiful Taste of Northern Italy tour.

Highlights

  • Ancient Rome
  • Vatican City
  • Tuscany
  • Florence
  • Cinque Terre
  • Verona
  • Lake Como
  • Venice
  • Milan

For more information, or to secure your place, call us today at 1300 044 444

Fully Escorted

Departing Brisbane 05 October 2019 – 17 Days
Starts Rome 06 October 2019 – 15 Days

Tour Pricing

$9,190* Per Person
$10,485* Per Person inclusive of return economy class airfares from Brisbane – ask us about departing from other capital cities.

Includes

  • Private single rooms in quality accommodation
  • 14 Breakfasts, 8 Lunches, 6 Dinners
  • Sightseeing tours and transfers as per itinerary
  • Tour Escort – travels with group from/to Brisbane
  • Local English speaking guides

Excludes

  • Any meals, tours, flights, shore excursions or transfers other than mentioned above or in the itinerary
  • Tipping & Gratuities
  • Items of a personal nature i.e. laundry, drinks, phone calls, internet, etc
  • Travel Insurance

 

  • *Please note: Airport Transfers are only available with the group flights. 

For more information, or to secure your place, call us today at 1300 044 444

 

Day 1 & 2

Brisbane – Rome via Singapore

Today we meet our Tour Escort and fellow travellers at Brisbane International Airport for our flight to Rome via Singapore.

Benevento.  Welcome to Italy. 

The capital of one of the world’s most powerful ancient empires, Rome is a fascinating place that has inspired people to visit it for millennia. We will spend some time touring Rome today followed by a stop to purchase lunch and then this afternoon we will check in at our hotel.  The remainder of the afternoon is at leisure and we will meet this evening for a welcome dinner at a local restaurant.

Hotel – Hotel Palladium Palace or similar

Day 3

Rome  (B-D)

Today we’ll discover some of the most beautiful places in Rome – the Eternal City. We’ll visit the Spanish Steps, Fontana di Trevi, Forum Romanum, Colosseum and Pantheon. But Rome is not only known for its temples, palaces, cathedrales and Michelangelo.  Life in Rome simply vibrates and you’ll see tempting shopping districts, colourful markets and ancient wonders.   And everywhere the people of Rome simply enjoying “la dolce vita“.

Hotel – Hotel Palladium Palace or similar

Day 4

Vatican Musuem & St Peter Basilica (B-L)

After breakfast this morning we’ll visit the Vatican Museums which house the papal art collections and are located on the territory of Vatican City. The museums contain masterpieces of painting, sculpture and other works of art collected by the popes through the centuries and include several monumental works of art, such as the Sistine Chapel, the Chapel of Beato Angelico, the Raphael Rooms and Loggia and the Borgia Apartment.   We’ll see St Peter’s Basilica – the Italian Renaissance church in Vatican City and one of the largest churches in the world.

Hotel – Hotel Palladium Palace or similar

Day 5

Tuscany (B-L)

Today we depart Rome and drive north to Tuscany.   Today we’ll stop in Orvieto, the small city perched on a rock cliff in Umbria. Lunch will be at a local restaurant and then we head for the town of Montecatini Terme where we will check into our hotel.  Montecatini is known for its art nouveau Parco delle Terme spa complex and its thermal spa waters.  We’ll use this lovely town as our base as we spend the next few days exploring Tuscany.

Hotel – Hotel Brennero & Varsavia or similar 

Day 6

Pisa (B-L)

Today we’ll visit the city of Pisa – best known for its iconic Leaning Tower. Time at the magnificent cathedral and of course the very famous bell tower. Elsewhere in compact, walkable Pisa, the embankments of the Arno River (which runs through the city) are lined with elegant aristocratic palaces and medieval churches, such as tiny Santa Maria Della Spina. Stylish, pedestrianized Corso Italia is the main shopping street. Lunch today will be at a local restaurant. Returning to Montecatini Terme later this afternoon for some time at leisure.

Hotel – Hotel Brennero & Varsavia or similar 

Day 7

Florence (B-L)

Today we explore the Tuscan capital of Florence – a city which holds about one third of Italy’s artistic treasures. Known as the cradle of the Renaissance the city is known for its museums, artwork and architecture. Today we’ll visit the Accademia Gallery famous as the home of Michelangelo‘s sculpture David. Lunch today will be at a local restaurant before returning to Montecatini later this afternoon.

Hotel – Hotel Brennero & Varsavia or similar 

Day 8

San Gimignano (B-L)

San Gimignano is an Italian hill town in Tuscany, southwest of Florence. Encircled by 13th-century walls, its old town centres on Piazza della Cisterna, a triangular square lined with medieval houses. Tuscany is Italy’s gastronomic heartland and a cooking class is the perfect way to discover the region’s rich culinary traditions. Today we’ll take a fun cooking class, to pick up tips and techniques from a local chef; create traditional recipes such as antipasti, bruschetta, and pasta dishes; and then tuck into a delicious homemade lunch complete with Tuscan wines.

Hotel – Hotel Brennero & Varsavia or similar 

Day 9

Lucca   (B-D)

This morning we say goodbye to Montecatini and head for the port city of La Spezia.  We’ll stop today in Lucca – one of the most loved cities in Tuscany.  The city is located on a plain at the foot of the Apuan Alps and completely surrounding the ancient city, the walls we see today date back to the 17th century. Now, no longer used for defence, they are crowned by 4 km of green parkland.  Then we travel on to La Spezia where we’ll check into our hotel.

Hotel – The Poet Hotel or similar 

Day 10

Cinque Terre (B-D)

After breakfast this morning we have a short train trip to Manarola – the second smallest town of the famous Cinque Terre.  Cinque Terre is a string of centuries-old seaside villages on the rugged Italian Riviera coastline. In each of the 5 towns, colorful houses and vineyards cling to steep terraces, harbors are filled with fishing boats and trattorias turn out seafood specialties along with the Liguria region’s famous sauce, pesto.  This afternoon we’ll catch the ferry back to La Spezia and our hotel.

Hotel – The Poet Hotel or similar 

Day 11

Venice (B-D)

This morning we travel to the east to beautiful Venice. Venice, the capital of northern Italy’s Veneto region, and is built on more than 100 small islands in a lagoon in the Adriatic Sea. It has no roads, just canals – including the Grand Canal thoroughfare – lined with Renaissance and Gothic palaces. Once in Venice we’ll check into our hotel and dinner tonight is at a local restaurant.

Hotel – Hotel Belle Epoque or similar 

Day 12

Venice (B-L)

Some walking today around the lagoon city. From St Mark’s Square we will visit the Doge’s Palace – one of the city’s main landmarks, and walk through the Mercerie, the famous shopping street of Venice, on the Rialto Bridge. Back in the 16th-century heyday of the gondola, there were upwards of 10,000 of these elegant boats plying the waters of Venice’s canals. Today there are but 350, but the job of gondoliere is still a coveted profession, passed down from father to son over the centuries.  Time this afternoon for a gondola ride in this enchanting city.

Hotel – Hotel Belle Epoque or similar 

Day 13

Verona (B-L)

As we make our way towards Cadenabbia today we’ll stop at the home of one of the world’s most famous love stories – Verona. This medieval town is famous for being the setting of Shakespeare’s “Romeo and Juliet.” We’ll visit the Verona Arena which is a Roman amphitheatre built in the first century and still in use today. Travelling on to Cadenabbia which is on the shores of beautiful Lake Como.

Hotel – Hotel Britannia or similar

Day 14

Lake Como (B-L)

Lake Como has enchanted artists and travellers for centuries.  Set in the shadow of the snow-covered Alps and hemmed in on both sides by steep wooded hills, Lake Como is the most spectacular of the region’s three major lakes. Shaped like an upside-down Y (or an armless wanderer), its winding shoreline is dotted with ancient villages and exquisite villas.   Lake Como is also famous all over the world for its silk.  The silk from Lake Como is very well known for its quality and elegance, and today we’ll also have time to visit a silk outlet.

Hotel – Hotel Britannia or similar

Day 15

Milan (B-D)

From Lake Como today to Milan, we’ll tour this global capital of fashion and design briefly, including a visit to the beautiful Duomo which is literally at the center of Milan. Streets radiate from the cathedral or circle it. The cathedral occupies a site that has been the most central location in the city since its founding and was 600 years in the making.  Tonight is a farewell dinner as we say arrividerci to bellissima Italy.

Hotel – Ibis Milano Central or similar

Day 16 & 17

Milan – Brisbane via Singapore (B)

After breakfast this morning we’ll transfer to the airport for our flights home.

For more information, or to secure your place, call us today at 1300 044 444

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