Grand Tour of Italy

Resort: Grand Tour of Italy
Operator: Travelsphere
Destination: Italy
Price From: £2199.00

Overview

Start this incredible journey with a tour ofthe extraordinary floating city of Venice. Discover highlights including St Mark’s Square and the Rialto Bridge before heading to Bologna. Travel through Tuscany’s beautiful countryside to the spa town of Montecatini Terme, and from here discover the Leaning Tower of Pisa. Head to the Lazio region, and the ancient city of Rome to discover iconic landmarks such as Trevi Fountain, the Colosseum, and the Spanish steps, with optional trips to the Vatican and the Sistine Chapel highly recommended.

Your next destination is the scenic Sorrento Peninsula, where a guided tour of Pompeii, buried beneath hot ash when Mount Vesuvius erupted, brings this well-preserved ruined city to life. You’ll also have the chance to admire the beauty of the Amalfi Coast and cruise to the island of Capri, before ending this epic tour on the island of Sicily for views of Mount Etna.


Highlights

  • – Welcome dinner with buffet of local specialities

  • – Tour the floating city of Venice

  • – Evening in the charming town of Treviso

  • – Visit the historical city of Bologna

  • – Taste delicious ice-cream from a famous ice-cream parlour

  • – View the Leaning Tower of Pisa

  • – Italy’s ‘art city’ Florence

  • – Visit the fortress town of Orvieto

  • – Rome and its historical sites

  • – Enter Montecassino Abbey

  • – Explore the ruins of Pompeii

  • – Typical lunch at the seaside town of Pizzo Calabro


What’s Included:

  • – Private Chauffeur Service, Free Airport Parking or £100 reduction if you make your own arrangements

  • – Return flights from London

  • – 14 nights in 4-star hotels

  • – 23 meals: 14 breakfasts, 1 lunch, 8 dinners and welcome drink

  • – Travelsphere Tour Manager and Specialist Local Guide

  • – Overseas transfers, other transportation and porterage

 


Itinerary

Day 1 UK – Venice

  • After flying to Venice, we’ll transfer you to your hotel in Preganziol. After timeto settle in, we’ll get together for buffet-stylewelcome dinner,which featuresfood typical of the Veneto region.
  • Day 2 Venice
  • Today’s the day you’ll get to explore Venice, with famous highlights including St Mark’s Square and the Rialto Bridge. In the evening we’ll transfer you to the beautiful town of Treviso.
  • Day 3 Bologna – Montecatini
  • This morning we’ll head off into northern Italy and Tuscany’s glorious countryside. Our journey takes us through Bologna, where we’ll stretch our legs on a sightseeing tour.
  • Day 4 Pisa
  • From our base in Montecatini Terme, the famous Leaning Tower of Pisa is within reach. After your visit, the rest of the day is all yours or you may want to join an optional excursion to Lucca this afternoon.
  • Day 5 Florence
  • Today you’ll visit the ‘art city’ of Florence for a tour. This afternoon there is an optional excursion to the Uffizi gallery with ‘skip-the-line’ admission. This evening there will be an opportunity to attend the Montecatini Opera Festival.
  • Day 6 Orvieto – Rome
  • We’re heading south today, to the region of Lazio and Rome. The impressive fortress town of Orvieto is ours to explore on the way to our hotel in Rome.
  • Day 7 Rome
  • Let’s set off and explore the magnificent sights of Rome on a guided tour. Highlights include thebeautiful Spanish Steps andthe ornate Trevi Fountain. This afternoon is yours to do as you please in Rome.
  • Day 8 Rome – at Leisure
  • Today you have the chance to pre-book an exclusive skip-the-line, timed admission two-hour guided visit of the Vatican Museumand Sistine chapel.
  • Day 9 Pompeii – Sorrento Peninsula
  • A full day of exploration begins with avisit to Montecassino Abbey before we arrive at the ruins of Pompeii for a guided walking tour. Later, we’ll arrive in the scenic SorrentoPeninsula, where ourhotelis centrally located.
  • Day 10 Sorrento Peninsula – at Leisure
  • Today you canrelax at your hotel, or join an optional excursion.It’s just a short boat journey across the Bay of Naples to Capri, so if you want to add this glamorous island to your sightseeing list, today’s optional excursion is a must.
  • Day 11 Sorrento Peninsula – at Leisure
  • Today you can relax at your hotel, or join an optional excursion and discover the beauty of the Amalfi Coast.
  • Day 12 Pizzo Calabro – Sicily
  • We’re leaving mainland Italy now, and heading to Sicily. On the way we’ll stop at aseaside resort in Calabria for lunch.A short ferry ride takes us to Messina, with an onward drive to Taormina.
  • Day 13 Taormina
  • Taormina sits on a sheer cliff, perched above beautiful beaches and close to Mount Etna, so just imagine the views you’ll see on today’s tour. There’s plenty of free time too, so spend the afternoon making your own discoveries.
  • Day 14 Giardini Naxos – at Leisure
  • You’ve seen Mount Etna from afar, so maybe now’s the time to see Europe’s highest volcano up close on our optional excursion. Once here, there’s a further option to head off on a 16-seater Jeep adventure with an Alpine Guide for amazing views of this majestic mountain. Back at your hotel tonight, we’ll get together to enjoy a farewell drink in the bar.
  • Day 15 Catania – UK
  • Today you’ll transfer to Sicily’s Catania Airport for your return flight to the UK.

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