Real Italy Winter 2019 - Leisure Holidays

Real Italy Winter 2019Italy

From RM0 / per person for 9 nights
The atmospheric ruins of Pompeii, romance of Verona and island of Capri are revealed during this trip.

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Summary

Wander through ruins, beautifully maintained monuments, rolling vineyards and olive groves to explore the captivating art, history and culture that has shaped Italy's enchanting centuries-old story.


NOTES: Please note that all departure dates are not definite departure.

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Itinerary

Transfer

Transfer on arrival at Rome Fiumicino Airport will operate at 9.30am, 12.30pm and 3.30pm. Guest arriving later should make their own way to the first hotel. 

Return transfers to Rome Fiumicino Airport will operate at 7am and 9.30am.

Accommodation

Day 1-2 : Hotel Grand Tiberio

Day 3-4 : Hotel Principe/Amadeus

Day 5-6 : Hotel Grand Mediterraneo

Day 7-8 : Hotel Johanna Park

Day 9 : Hotel Sheraton Parco De Medici

Day 10 : Depart Rome

Sightseeing

Day 1: Arrive Rome (2 Nights)
Our launch pad to an epic journey through Italy begins in the Eternal City of Rome. Tread in the footsteps of gods and goddesses, emperors and gladiators as you explore its ancient streets before joining your Travel Director and fellow travellers for a Welcome Reception and orientation drive past some of the city's most iconic sights.  


Day 2: Rome Sightseeing
We join a Local Specialist this morning for a fascinating tour of the Vatican Museums and a Cultural Insight. Ascend the smooth and step-less spiral staircase designed by Donato Bramanto and admire Michelangelo's magnificent frescoed ceiling in the Sistine Chapel before visiting St. Peter's Basilica to see his sorrowful Pietà. We continue to the Palatine Hill, once the capital of the world, imagining the thunderous applause of spectators as they cheered brave warriors in the Colosseum and Circus Maximus centuries ago. There's time afterwards to explore the city on your own, or relax in one of the city's piazze watching the world go by. 


Day 3: Rome - Venice (2 Nights) 
Journey past the hilltop towns of Orte and Orvieto and cross the steep Appenine Mountains before arriving in Venice, the Queen of the Adriatic, where tonight we enjoy a Regional Meal.  


Day 4: Venice Orientation 
'Dive Into Culture' and witness the delicate craft of Venetian glassblowing at a glassblowing workshop on Giudecca Island. Then cruise by private launch to St. Mark's Square, sharing the city's bustling waterways with ferries, gondolas and yachts. We'll see the Byzantine Basilica, the Bridge of Sighs and the ornate Doges' Palace before spending the rest of the afternoon on our own getting lost in the labyrinthine calli or enjoying a relaxing spritz.


Day 5: Venice - Verona - Florence (2 Nights) 
Shakespeare's star-crossed lovers take centre stage today as we take a leisurely drive to Verona, the setting for Romeo and Juliet. We'll see the impressive Roman Arena, the third-largest in Italy, and Juliet's balcony. We continue south, through the rolling vineyard-clad landscapes of Tuscany, to Renaissance Florence where we'll 'Connect With Locals' indulging in a memorable Be My Guest dinner with the Landi family.


Day 6: Florence Sightseeing  
Join your Local Specialist for a guided walking tour through the charming cobblestone streets of Florence, past the multi-coloured Duomo with its impressive dome engineered by Brunelleschi and the Baptistery with its inspiring gilded bronze doors. The rest of the afternoon is yours to explore a city that inspired artists, poets and painters to create masterpieces. Consider a visit to the Academy of Fine Arts to see Michelangelo's statue of David, enjoy spectacular views from Piazza Michelangelo or take an Optional Experience to medieval San Gimignano, famous for its hilltop towers. 


Day 7: Florence - Sorrento (2 Nights) 
Travel through the fertile Campanian plains to the Bay of Naples which lies in the shadow of Mount Vesuvius. Our home for the next two nights is Sorrento and our introduction to the Amalfi Coast. This evening, a delicious dinner at our hotel.


Day 8: Isle of Capri Excursion 
Cross the Bay of Naples by ferry to the chic island playground of Capri where you'll join a Local Specialist to see its sophisticated sights. Consider an Optional Experience to Anacapri for beautiful views of the Tyrrhenian Sea and insight into a slower, more peaceful way of life. This evening, we enjoy the flavours of fresh seafood during a Regional Dinner at a local restaurant.


Day 9: Sorrento - Pompeii - Cassino - Rome 
We explore the tragic immortalisation of an ancient civilisation in Pompeii today, preserved by volcanic ash when Vesuvius erupted. Here a Local Specialist will take us on a walking tour to gain insights into the day-to-day life of the city's former residents. Next, we visit the Commonwealth Cemetery in Cassino, which lies below the famous Montecassino Abbey, the site of a fierce campaign during World War II. Our Italian odyssey ends in Rome where we join our Travel Director and travel companions for a Farewell Dinner, celebrating joy in true Italian style.


Day 10: Depart Rome  
It's time to bid Rome a sad arrivederci as we prepare to depart Italy. Transfers are available to Rome Fiumicino Airport. Conditions apply.

Extras

Included Extras

Please find below a selection of extras that are included within the price of your tour.

On-Trip Transport

Luxury air-conditioned coach

Meals

15 Meals as per itinerary - 9 buffet breakfast, 6 dinners (including Be my Guest) with local wine.

Local Specialist

Local Specialist to bring locations alive

Tour Director

An expert Tour Director & a separate driver

Charges & Taxes

All baggage handling, hotel charges and local taxes

Optional Extras

All of the below extras are additional to the price of your tour, and can be selected on the next stage.

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