2017 Italy, "Bella Italia" 25 days Departing 2nd June.

Date: 
Friday, 2 June 2017 to Monday, 26 June 2017

FlorenceStarting in Rome and finishing in Venice our 2017 Italian tour is not to be missed!  With stays in Rome, Sorrento, Florence, Milan, Lake Como, Verona, Orvieto and Venice, you will love immersing yourself in the food, the culture, the history and the people.  As spring officially ends on 31st May we've renamed this beautiful itinerary "Italy: Bella Italia".

Friday 2 June, 2017
DEPART AUSTRALIA
Flying Emirates to Rome via Dubai.

Sat 3 June - ROME 4 nights
Arrive in Rome and transfer to hotel to begin your Italian adventure! 

Sun 4 June - ROME 
Full day tour of Rome including the Colosseum, Roman Forum, Palatine Hill, Spanish Steps, The Pantheon, Trevi Fountain, Navona Square, St Peter’s Basilica and much more.  (B, D)

Mon 5 June – ROME
Half day tour including the Vatican.  Rest of day is free to explore. (B)

Tue 6 Jun – ROME
Enjoy a day at leisure for any last minute sightseeing or shopping!  Tonight enjoy a dinner at a local restaurant. (B, D)

Wed 7 June – SORRENTO 4 nights
Drive south to the beautiful World Heritage Amalfi Coast and Sorrento visiting the famous Roman city of Pompeii which was destroyed in 79AD by the Volcano of Vesuvius and Naples on the way. Dinner at hotel.  (B, D)

Thu 8 June – ISLE OF CAPRI
Full day Isle of Capri tour (including visit Grotte Blu or Blue Grotto weather permitting) and Villa San Michele.  (B)

Fri 9 June – AMALFI COAST
Full day tour of the Amalfi Coast including Ravello, Villa Rufolo, Positano and Amalfi Cloister.  (B)

Sat 10 June – SORRENTO
Today is a free day to shop and explore. (B)

Sun 11 June - ORVIETO 1 night
Today a local coach for a full day tour to the hilltop town of Orvieto stopping to view the Abbey of Monte Cassino.  Continue to Orvieto for the evening. (B)

Mon 12 June - FLORENCE 3 nights
A morning walking tour of Orvieto to view the main sights of the city with a local guide.  A cooking class in Umbria at a local Cookery School before enjoying the fruits of our labour along with some well-earned wine for lunch.  Continue on to Florence.  (B,L)

Tue 13 June – FLORENCE
A morning walking tour of Florence with guide including Duomo and Baptistry. Afternoon free to explore.  (B)

Wed 14 June – PISA - LUCCA - FLORENCE
Journey through Tuscany!  Visit Lucca and Pisa to see leaning Bell Tower and beautiful Duomo and Baptistery at mouth of Arno River.  Dinner at local restaurant.  (B, D)

Thu 15 June – TUSCANY - PORTOVENERE 2 NIGHTS
Half day tour to the beautiful Tuscan hill towns of Sienna & San Gimignano.  (B)

Fri 16 June - PORTOVENERE - CINQUE TERRE
Full day drive and tour to the beautiful World Heritage site of Cinque Terre.  The area comprises of 5 coastal villages between Genoa and La Spezia on the NW coast of Italy.  (B,L)

Sat 17 June - LAKE COMO 1 night
We travel by coach today from La Spezia to Lake Como via the town of Modena.  According to Lonely Planet, “If  Italy were a meal, Modena would be the main course”.  Continue on to Lake Como where we have the remainder of the evening at leisure.  (B)

Sun 18 June – MILAN 2 nights
Travel to Bellagio and enjoy some free time before taking a boat ride to Como.  After a lovely lunch in the area we will continue on to Milan.  (B,D)

Mon 19 June – MILAN 
Full day tour of the city including La Scala Theatre, Castello Sforzesco and a visit to Leonardo da Vinci’s "Last Supper"**  (B,D)**To be confirmed 

Tue 20 June – VERONA 1 night
This morning is at leisure until our departure in the afternoon for Verona.  A short walk from our hotel to a local restaurant for dinner this evening. (B,D)

Wed 21 June - VENICE 3 nights
On arrival transfer to our hotel and enjoy the evening free to explore. (B)

Thu 22 June - VENICE
Walking tour of Venice including St Marks Square.  Afternoon free.  Evening gondola ride. (B,L)

Fri 23 June - VENICE
Private visit to the islands of Murano and Burano with time to explore.  Farewell dinner tonight.  (B,D)

Sat 24 June – VENICE to AUSTRALIA
Morning free before transfer to airport for flight to Australia. (B)

Sun 25 June – IN TRANSIT

Mon 26 June – ARRIVE AUSTRALIA

INCLUSIONS
Return international flights ex Brisbane - Economy class
•All transport in air-conditioned coaches
•Breakfast daily.  Other meals as shown.
•4 star hotels incl porterage (3* Lake Como)
•All entries and touring as shown on itinerary.
•Professional guides
•Full time Australian escort
•Twin share on first come basis
•Information Kit and pre-departure information and advice

EXCLUSIONS
•Tips and gratuities
•Airline taxes approx $200
•Personal items, travel insurance
•Anything not specified above

Cost - $14,997pp twin share* ex Brisbane plus approx airline taxes $200 @ 4/11/16 (subject to change).
* based on minimum group of 10 and subject to currency fluctuations

Other capital city departures available on request and may be subject to different airline taxes and fares.

Single supplement $2,695

Deposit of $1,500 is required on booking with final monies due on or before 15th March, 2017.  

Please note the tour escort for this tour will be Judy.  

This tour involves walking tours of up to 3 hours and as such a reasonable level of fitness is required to enjoy and get the most from this tour.