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Ideal Classic Tour & Magnificent South 2017 
Combo Tour

Duration: 12 days / 11 nights
Routing: Rome – Assisi – Siena – Florence – Padua – Venice – Verona – Sirmione (Garda Lake) – Como Lake – Milan – Rome – Naples – Pompeii – Sorrento – Capri – Sorrento – Castellana Caves – Locorotondo – Alberobello – Castellana Caves – Lecce – Gallipoli – Ostuni – Castellana Caves – Matera – Sorrento or Rome

 

 

Includes

• 11 nights in 4* hotel
• 10 american buffet breakfasts (B)
• 2 lunches (L)
• 9 dinners (D)
• A/C motor coach
• Excursion to Pompeii & Capri
• Visit Blue Grotto (weather permitting)
• Monolingual tour – English (day 1 – 7)
• Multilingual tour – English, Spanish & French (day 8 – 12)
• Service charges and taxes

Accommodation (or similar)

• Florence – Hotel Rivoli (4*)
• Venice – Hotel Continental (4*)
• Milan – Hotel Antares Concorde (4*)
• Rome – Hotel Villafranca (4*)
• Sorrento – Hotel Vesuvio (4*)
• Noci – Hotel Cavaliere (4*)

Highlights

• Assisi – St Francis & St Claire Churches
• Siena – Piazza del Campo & Palace
• Florence – (exterior) Piazza del Duomo, Santa Maria del Fiore Cathedral, Giotto’s Bell Tower, Baptistery of St John, Santa Croce & Franciscan Church
• Padua – Basilica & Donatello’s Gattamelata
• Venice – St Mark’s Square, Doge’s Palace & Bridge of Sighs Murano Island
• Verona – Town of Romeo & Juliet
• Sirmione – Charming town on Lake Garda
• Lake Como – Famous for villas & scenery
• Milan – Vittorio Emanuele II, The Sforza Castle, Cathedral of Milan
• Naples – Piazza del Plebiscito, Royal Palace, Gallery of Umberto I, San Carlo Opera House
• Pompeii – Coral & Cameo factory, Archaeological site
• Capri – Blue Grotto (weather permitting), Augustus Gardens, Piazzetta, Anacapri
• Castellana Cave, Alberobello – Trulli
• Lecce – St Oronzo church, Basilica of Santa Croce, Celestini palace & Roman amphitheatre
• Gallipoli, Ostuni – “white town” & Matera – Sassi (stones)

2017 PRICES
Per Person NZ$
Tour Code: 2017-GT-IT-ICTMS12
Start Dates
End DatesTwin ShareSingle
Mon 24 AprFri 05 May3,7064,556
Mon 08 MayFri 19 May3,7064,556
Mon 22 MayFri 02 Jun3,7064,556
Mon 05 JunFri 16 Jun3,7064,556
Mon 19 JunFri 30 Jun3,7064,556
Mon 03 JulFri 14 Jul3,7064,556
Mon 17 JulFri 28 Jul3,7064,556
Mon 31 JulFri 11 Aug3,7064,556
Mon 14 AugFri 25 Aug3,7064,556
Mon 11 SepFri 22 Sep3,7064,556
Mon 25 SepFri 06 Oct3,7064,556
Mon 09 OctFri 20 Oct3,7064,556
GUARANTEED DEPARTURES

Prices do not include city tax. These are paid directly to each hotel
Triple room & child rates available on request
Pre/Post Tour rates available on request
Departure transfer available on request

TOUR ITINERARY

Day 1, Monday: Rome – Assisi – Siena – Florence

Pickup at 7.30/7.45am at the hotel and departure by coach to Assisi for a visit of the mystic town of Saint Francis still surrounded by ancient walls. Visit the Basilica of Saint Francis with its early Renaissance masterpieces by Giotto and Cimabue. At the end of the visit, we continue towards Siena, the beautiful medieval city renown for the Palio horse race. Proceed to Florence. Dinner and overnight at the hotel. (D)

Day 2, Tuesday: Florence

Guided sightseeing tour of the city, also known to be the cradle of the Renaissance. Visit the beautiful Piazza del Duomo, the Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore, Giotto’s Bell Tower, the Baptistery of St John, and Santa Croce, the 13th century Franciscan Church with Cimabue’s famous crucifix. The balance of the day is at leisure for optional sightseeing (we suggest the Pisa half day tour) or for shopping. Dinner at a local Restaurant and overnight at the hotel. (B, D)

Day 3, Wednesday: Florence – Padua – Venice

American buffet breakfast at the hotel and departure to Venice by coach. Along the way you will stop in Padua, where you will visit the famous Cathedral of St Anthony, guarded by Donatello’s “Gattamelata”. Continue towards Venice, and upon arrival enjoy a panoramic guided walking tour of this unique city. You will see the St Mark’s square, the Basilica of St Mark, the Doge’s Palace, the Bridge of Sighs and the Prisons. Dinner and overnight at the hotel in Venice island. (B, D)

Day 4, Thursday: Venice

American buffet breakfast at the hotel. Morning tour by boat. You will cross the lagoon with a view of the islands and reach the island of Murano where you will assist to a demonstration of glass blowing (some time will be allowed for shopping). Afternoon at leisure. Dinner and overnight at the hotel. (B, D)

Day 5, Friday: Venice – Verona – Sirmione (Garda Lake) – Como Lake – Milan

American buffet breakfast at the hotel. Morning departure by motor coach to Verona. Visit of the town of Romeo and Juliet. Continue to Sirmione. Free time for lunch and tour of the town. In the afternoon, proceed to Como Lake for a panoramic tour by bus. In the evening arrival in Milan. Dinner and overnight at the hotel. (B, D)

Day 6, Saturday: Milan – Rome

Breakfast at the hotel. Morning panoramic tour of the city including the shopping gallery Vittorio Emanuele II, Sforza Castle and Duomo, one of the world’s largest, most striking Gothic cathedrals. Travel back to Rome by bus and arrival at about 7:30pm. Overnight at the hotel. (B)

Day 7, Sunday: Rome

American buffet breakfast. Rest of the day is at leisure to explore the city on your own. Overnight at the hotel. (B)

Day 8, Monday: Rome – Naples – Pompeii – Sorrento

Pick up at 6:45am for your departure from Rome to Naples by coach with a multilingual tour leader. Upon arrival in Naples our local guide will take you for a walking tour of the historical centre to admire the Piazza del Plebiscito, Royal Palace, Gallery of Umberto I and San Carlo Opera House. From Naples, continue to Pompeii and enjoy a short visit to a coral and cameo factory. Lunch in a typical restaurant, followed by a visit of the excavations of this ancient Roman city which was destroyed by the eruption of Mount Vesuvius in 79 BC. Proceed to Sorrento, a charming town on the Sorrentine Peninsula, famous for the cultivation of orange, lemon and olive trees. Dinner and overnight at the hotel. (L, D)

Day 9, Tuesday: Sorrento – Capri – Sorrento

American buffet breakfast at the hotel, and departure at 8.00am to the island of Capri. You will board the ferry and arrive in Marina Grande. Once on the island you will visit the Blue Grotto (weather permitting), the Augustus Gardens and stop at the famous Piazzetta. Mini coach will take you up to Anacapri. After lunch in Anacapri, you will return to Marina Grande where you will board the ferry for your transfer back to Sorrento. Dinner and overnight at the hotel. (B, L, D)

Day 10, Wednesday: Sorrento – Castellana Caves – Locorotondo – Alberobello – Castellana Caves

Pick up at 7:30am from your hotel or at the meeting point in Sorrento and departure for Apulia. Along the way you will visit The Castellana Caves discovered in 1938. The Grottos of Castellana are one of the most important attractions of Puglia and a natural heritage of inestimable value to Italy. Unique guided tour of the caves to more than 60 metres deep in an amazing scenario made of stalactites, stalagmites, concretions, incredible shapes, fossils, canyons and caves. Calcifications from conformations and amazing colors solicit the imagination of children and adults. Time at leisure for lunch. After the visit of the caves, continuation to Locorotondo where you’ll enjoy a wine tasting in the local wine cellar. Journey continues to Alberobello, town of the “Trulli” which is part of the Unesco. The Trulli are typical houses with a cone roof, used as homes and to store farmer utensils. Here you’ll enjoy a wine tasting in the local wine cellar. Proceed to Noci. Dinner and overnight at the hotel. (B, D)

Day 11, Thursday: Castellana Caves – Lecce – Gallipoli – Ostuni – Castellana Caves

Buffet breakfast at the hotel and departure to Lecce famous for its baroque arts & architecture. During the tour you will admire the rich and beautiful decoration of the St Oronzo church, the basilica of Santa Croce and the Celestini palace and the Roman amphitheatre. The tour will continue to Gallipoli, which is a fishing village on the coast in southern Italy’s Puglia region. Gallipoli has a good old town built on a limestone island and linked to the mainland by a 16th century bridge. Free time for lunch and proceed to the village of Ostuni, also called “white town” with its white walls and white painted houses. Return to the hotel in Castellana Caves. Dinner and overnight at the hotel. (B, D)

Day 12, Friday: Castellan Caves – Matera – Sorrento or Rome

Buffet breakfast at the hotel and departure to Matera. This town is internationally known for the “Sassi” – stones, originated from a prehistoric settlement, and are suspected to be the first settlements in Italy. The Sassi are houses into the tuff rock itself, which is characteristic of the Basilicata & Apulia regions. One of the peculiarities of this ancient city is that there is a great similarity with the ancient sites in and around Jerusalem. This caught the eye of film directors and movie studios and the Sassi were the set of various films such as “The Gospel according to St Matthew”, “King David”, “The Passion of the Christ” and the “Nativity story”. Matera is also part of the Unesco. Time for a snack in Matera and return via Pompeii where you will board a bus to Sorrento or Rome. Arrival in Rome or Sorrento after which tour ends. (B)

 

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