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Italian Adventure

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(Tour code: TYG18)

Captivating holiday soaking up Italian splendour

This 12-day adventure takes you to the highlights of Italy in less than a fortnight. This captivating holiday soaks up Italian splendour from the waterways of Venice to the culture of Florence, the ancient relics of Rome and the scenery of Sorrento.

Highlights
  • Venice
  • Florence
  • Lucca and Pisa
  • Rome
  • Sorrento and the Amalfi Coast
  • Pompeii
What’s Included
  • Standard Class Rail
  • Breakfast Every Day
    Selected Evening Meals
    11 nights’ hotel accommodation
  • Return Scheduled Flights

Italian Adventure 2018Tour Details

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Day 1 Eurostar
Eurostar

London to Turin

We leave St Pancras after meeting at our exclusive Departure Office. Travelling on the Eurostar we make our way to Paris. Here, we change trains and continue to Turin, where we overnight.

Includes:
  • Dinner
  • Eurostar Meal
Day 2 Gondolas, Venice
Gondolas, Venice

To Venice

After breakfast, you have a morning at leisure in which to explore Turin, a stylish city that boasts airy city squares, verdant parks and broad boulevards of Renaissance architecture. This afternoon we leave Turin behind, travelling by high-speed rail to the spectacular 'Floating City' of Venice. On arrival, we transfer to our hotel on the Venice Lido, just outside the centre of the city, but nonetheless in an excellent position from which to discover the charms of Venice.

Includes:
  • Breakfast
Day 3 Grand Canal, Venice
Grand Canal, Venice

Exploring Venice

Our excursion today takes in the highlights of incomparable Venice, a city synonymous with romance and instantly recognisable waterways. We are transferred by boat from the Lido to Venice itself, where we are met by a local guide for an insightful tour of the city. The glorious city is set in its own shimmering lagoon - an incredible environment that has UNESCO World Heritage status. We explore the icons of Venice, wandering through the narrow winding streets to see some of the city's main sights. Our tour ends in St Mark's Square, without a doubt one of the world's most beautiful city squares - indeed, this reputation has earned it the nickname 'the drawing room of Europe'. Entrance is included to St Mark's Basilica, and our tickets handily help us to skip the lines, for easy access to this stunning church. Inside, the walls are decorated with over 85,000 square feet of mosaics, with Biblical scenes depicted in an array of incredible colours, whilst the artifacts housed here often date back centuries - many are relics gained from the Fourth Crusade. After time to explore, we are transferred back to our hotel on the Venice Lido.

Includes:
  • Breakfast
Day 4 Florence
Florence

To Florence

Leaving Venice behind after breakfast, we travel by rail this morning to Florence, a delightful Tuscan city known as the 'jewel of the Renaissance', owing to its abundance of Renaissance art and architecture. From here, we are transferred to our hotel, situated in Montecatini, a little way outside of Florence, in the Tuscan countryside. On arrival, your time here is at leisure to settle in, or perhaps venture out into the town to explore.

Includes:
  • Breakfast, Dinner
Day 5 Ponte Vecchio, Florence
Ponte Vecchio, Florence

Florence

We spend today soaking up the sights of Florence, with a guided tour that leads us to the key attractions of the city. The city's many treasures include the Duomo, a cathedral topped with an iconic red-tiled dome, and the Ponte Vecchio - a 14th century bridge that is home to 43 jewellers' shops. Your afternoon is free to explore Florence, before we return by rail to Montecatini. Perhaps use this opportunity to spot some of the city's vast collection of Renaissance artworks, or, if you'd prefer to spend your time outdoors, the Giardino Bardini, or 'Bardini Gardens' are a pleasure to visit. The beautiful gardens have a typical Tuscan feel, featuring azaleas, peonies and wisteria, which bloom in April and May.

Includes:
  • Breakfast
Day 6 Pisa
Pisa

Lucca and Pisa

We begin today with a visit to Lucca, a hidden gem of Tuscany that has escaped the tourist crowds, despite its beautifully-preserved medieval architecture. Splendid Renaissance architecture mingles with historic buildings from the Middle Ages, making the city a pleasure to explore on foot. One of Tuscany's hidden gems, Lucca is known for its piazzas, small community churches and fabulous art galleries, linked together by narrow cobbled streets and intricate passageways.

You are free to discover its charms under your own steam, before we head off to Pisa - a much better-known destination. Our guided tour includes the Field of Miracles, home to the famous Leaning Tower, as well as a collection of fine examples of Romanesque architecture. The marvellous white marble Duomo is key; absorb its sublime Moorish mosaics.

Includes:
  • Breakfast
Days 7-8 Trevi Fountain, Rome
Trevi Fountain, Rome

Rome

The next stop on our Italian adventure is Rome, the nation's ancient capital. We transfer by rail to the 'Eternal City', where there is free time to freshen up ahead of a guided sightseeing tour, taking in key points of interest, including the Trevi Fountain, a wonderfully detailed sculpture set in a tiny square and the iconic Colosseum. We also have included entrance to the Pantheon, a former Roman temple that now serves as a church, and is one of the city's most popular landmarks.

Your evening, and Day 8, are at leisure to spend as you wish; perhaps ascend the monumental Spanish Steps or take a walk through the bustling city. The city's impressive array of architecture charts the passage of time as clearly as anywhere in Europe, with distinctive Medieval, Renaissance and Baroque attractions. Be sure to try some of the local cuisine - with a rich culinary history, Rome has hundreds of pizzerias, trattorias and gelaterias to offer in its sprawling ancient streets. Alternatively, you could visit the tiny enclave nation, Vatican City, where marvels include the Sistine Chapel with its world-famous frescoes, and the colossal St Peter's Basilica, one of the most awe-inspiring religious structures in Europe.

Includes:
  • Day 7 - Breakfast
  • Day 8 - Breakfast
Days 9-10 Sorrento
Sorrento

Sorrento and the Amalfi Coast

After breakfast today we leave Rome behind, travelling by rail to Naples, then transferring by coach to Sorrento, our home for the next three nights. En-route, we pause at a local agriturismo, where we enjoy a delicious lunch and a tasting of limoncello, a popular local drink made from the lemons of the orchards that populate Sorrento.

On Day 10, we set out along the Amalfi Coast, taking in the captivating views of this gorgeous stretch of scenic coastline. Our first photo-stop is at Positano, a charming town that sits at the base of a deep gorge, and retains a distinctly old-fashioned feel. Our next stop is Amalfi, the jewel of the coast, characterised by its steep cliffs and historic buildings. We have free time here, before finally visiting Ravello, a town perched on the cliffs.

Includes:
  • Day 9 - Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
  • Day 10 - Breakfast and Dinner
Day 11 Pompeii
Pompeii

Pompeii

Today we visit the famous city of Pompeii, a historical testament to the power of Vesuvius. The ancient city of Pompeii is regarded as the best-preserved Roman city in the world, due to having spent the best part of two millennia buried by volcanic ash. We take a guided tour for an insight into this incredible city, followed by free time. Tonight we have a farewell dinner together in our hotel.

Includes:
  • Breakfast, Dinner
Day 12 Return Home
Return Home

Return to the UK

We leave Italy behind today, transferring back to Naples airport for our flight back to London Gatwick. On arrival in the UK, your tour concludes, and you are free to make your own way home from the airport.

Includes:
  • Breakfast

Departure Times

Provisional departure and return times, where available, can be found together with our dates and prices by clicking on the 'Prices & Availability' button. We write to all booked customers approximately 10 weeks prior to the start of their tour to advise the exact departure and return time for their particular group.

What’s included

An escorted experience and all travel arrangements

  • The services of a professional UK Tour Manager from start to finish
  • Exclusive meeting point at our dedicated Departure Office in St Pancras
  • Standard Class rail travel throughout
  • Flight from Naples to London Gatwick

Comfortable accommodation in your destination

  • 11 nights' hotel accommodation including 1 outbound overnight stay in Turin, 2 nights at the 4-Star Hotel Biascutti on the Venice Lido, 3 nights at the 4-Star Grand Hotel Francia e Quirinale in Montecatini, 2 nights at the 3-Star Smooth Hotel Repubblica in Rome, and 3 nights at the 4-Star Hotel Majestic in Sorrento

Delicious meals included

  • 17 meals including 11 breakfasts, 1 lunch at a Sorrento agriturismo, and 5 dinners, including a farewell dinner in Sorrento

 

Exciting excursions and free time to explore

  • Excursions to Lucca,Pisa, and the villages of the Amalfi Coast
  • Sightseeing tours of Rome, Venice and Florence
  • Visit to a Sorrento agriturismo, with lunch and a limoncello tasting
  • Excursion to Pompeii, with a guided tour and free time
  • Parts of this holiday make use of portable audio headsets on guided tours, allowing you to hear your guide clearly wherever in the group you are

Enhancing your tour

  • Upgrade to Standard Premier Class on Eurostar journeys from £75 per person each way (was £95 per person each way)
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