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Top to Toe of Italy

Journey from Venice in the north, through Tuscany’s vineyards to picture-perfect Pisa, Florence, classical Rome, Pompeii, bustling Sorrento, Amalfi and the light-filled islands of Capri and Sicily. See it all on this whistle-stop tour of Italy’s finest destinations.

What's included

  • Scheduled flights from Gatwick with British Airways or similar scheduled airline
  • Overseas transfers and other transportation
  • 14 nights’ accommodation on a half-board basis
  • The services of a Travelsphere Tour Manager and Local Guides
  • Hotel porterage (one bag per person)
  • All airport taxes, security charges, UK Airline Passenger Duty, all state and local taxes, plus ATOL protection fee.

Included holiday highlights

  • Tour the extraordinary floating city of Venice (three-quarter day)
  • Visit the historical city of Bologna, home to Bolognese sauce
  • View the famous Leaning Tower of Pisa (half day)
  • The fortress town of Orvieto
  • Enter Montecassino Abbey, a working monastery and pilgrimage site
  • Pompeii, the doomed city frozen in time by the eruption of Mount Vesuvius
  • Farewell drinks at the famous Foreigners club overlooking the stunning bay of Naples.
  • Visit picturesque Taormina for sweeping views of Mount Etna (three-quarter day)
  • Granita and Canoli tasting in Taormina

Optional excursions

  • Italy’s ‘art city’ Florence (full day)
  • Rome and its historical highlights (full day)
  • Hilltop villages of Castelli Romani including wine tasting in Frascati (three-quarter day)
  • The glamorous isle of Capri (full day)
  • Mount Etna – Europe’s highest volcano (three-quarter day)
  • Stunning views of the glorious Amalfi Coast (full day)
  • Florence, Rome and Mount Etna can be pre-booked as a package from just £134 per person (subject to change for 2016)
Depart on your scheduled flight to Venice today. On arrival, transfer to your hotel in nearby Lido di Jesolo on Italy’s Adriatic Coast, where you will stay for two nights on a half-board basis.
After breakfast this morning you’ll join our included three-quarter-day excursion to the extraordinary floating city of Venice, built on a maze of more than 150 canals and home to some 400 bridges. You’ll see all the main sights such as St Mark’s Square, the Rialto Bridge and the Doge’s Palace before you return to your hotel this evening.
Today you will travel through northern Italy and into Tuscany’s glorious countryside. En route you’ll visit the ‘Red City’ of Bologna, so called because of the eye-catching stone which features in much of its architecture. It has a wonderful old centre, stylish squares and the imposing Church of San Petronio to explore, or why not find a restaurant and treat yourself to a delicious lunch – Bolognese sauce and tortellini are just two of the culinary specialities that originated here. After leaving Bologna, your journey continues to your hotel in Montecatini Terme, where you will stay for the next three nights. If there’s time, why not take a stroll before dinner.
Join our included half-day excursion to Pisa to see the famous Leaning Tower. One of four buildings which make up the cathedral complex and what is known as the Field of Miracles, the tower took 176 years to complete. The rest of the day is spent at leisure.
You can enjoy a free day today or take the opportunity to join our optional full-day excursion to Florence, Italy’s ‘Art City’. The city’s compact centre means its iconic buildings, beautiful piazzas and charming streets are easily explored on foot, as we will do in the company of a Local Guide for part of the day. Often referred to as one of the most beautiful cities in the world and named a UNESCO World Heritage Site, you’ll find a new treasure around every corner.
You’ll leave Tuscany today after breakfast and head south towards the region of Lazio and Rome. On the way you’ll visit the impressive fortress town of Orvieto which has a historical centre well worth exploring. You’ll arrive in the traditional spa resort of Fiuggi, which is located in the hills of Monti Ernici, late afternoon. The waters here are said to have restorative properties and the town itself, where you’ll stay for three nights, is centred around two spas set in an attractive park and boasts an appealing selection of shops, restaurants and cafés.

DAY 7 Rome Today we offer an optional full-day excursion to the ‘Eternal City’ of Rome, partly accompanied by a Local Guide. A highlight will be the Colosseum and ruins which date back to the days of the Empire in the ancient quarter, Roma Antica. You will also visit the Spanish Steps and the wonderful Trevi Fountain, along with the Piazza di Spagna, home to fabulous designer shops and charming cafés.
You’ll have plenty of time today to become more acquainted with the enchanting medieval town of Fiuggi. We also offer a three-quarter-day optional excursion to the pretty hill-top villages of Castelli Romani, which play host to the Pope each year as he heads to Castel Gandolfo and his summer palace. Frascati is produced locally and you will have ample opportunities to sample this golden-coloured wine with an included tasting at an “Enoteca” wine bar in the little town of Frascati itself.
Your journey through Italy continues today as you leave Fiuggi and head south, visiting Montecassino Abbey before arriving at the ruins of Pompeii. A Local Guide will take you on a walking tour of this fascinating town that was frozen in time when nearby Mount Vesuvius erupted in 79AD and buried the entire area under a layer of hot ash. Excavations have revealed many fascinating remains and give an intriguing glimpse into the inhabitants’ way of life 2,000 years ago. This afternoon you continue on to the beautiful Sorrento Peninsula, where you will stay for the next three nights.
Enjoy a day of relaxation today as you explore Sorrento at your own pace. Or perhaps take this opportunity to see another of this area’s iconic sights - the stunning Amalfi Coast. Our optional full-day excursion takes us through the villages of Positano and Praiano, which cling spectacularly to the cliffs, on our way to the town of Amalfi itself where there will be time to explore it’s pretty streets and famous cathedral poised between the mountains and the sea.
It’s just a short boat journey (approximately 30 minutes) across the Bay of Naples to the wonderful island of Capri on today’s optional excursion. Here, you’ll visit the villages of Capri and Anacapri, the Gardens of Caesar Augustus and see the Faraglioni Rocks. If you choose to take the chair lift from Anacapri up to the highest point of the island you’ll be rewarded with spectacular views across to the mainland so be sure you have your camera at the ready. This evening is your final night in mainland Italy. Join your Tour Manager for a drink at the famous Foreigners’ Club that overlooks the spectacular Bay of Naples.
Enjoy breakfast before travelling to the very tip of the Italian boot shape from where you will take a short ferry ride across to Messina on the wonderful island of Sicily. You’ll then transfer to your hotel near Taormina, where you’ll stay for the final three nights of your holiday. Enjoy a relaxing evening – maybe explore or simply spend time in your comfortable hotel.
Join us after breakfast on an included visit to picturesque Taormina. The town is situated at the top of a sheer cliff, perched above some excellent beaches and close to Mount Etna, so it’s easy to imagine the spectacular views you’ll be treated to during your stay. You’ll also get the chance to sample Granita, the Sicilian iced drink, and Canoli, a local sweet pastry. Later, why not explore at your own pace with a stroll through its fine historic centre and pretty public gardens.
You may choose to spend today relaxing or perhaps you’ll join our optional three-quarter-day excursion to Sicily’s famous landmark, Mount Etna. This is Europe’s highest volcano, standing at 10,910 feet and today’s visit gives you an opportunity to view it at close hand. There is also a further option to view the volcano with an Alpine guide and 16-seater Jeep (Approx. ¤60pp paid locally).
You’ll bid Italy farewell today as you transfer to Sicily’s Catania Airport for your return flight to the UK.

Please note: This holiday includes walking in areas with rough ground, gradients and steps.

Experience even more of your destination by adding one or more optional excursions to your holiday before you set off. Right now is the perfect opportunity to do that – with everything booked and paid for you’ll have even more to get excited about and all you’ll need to think about while you’re away is having a great time.

By the way - look out for ‘Optional Excursion Packages’. For some holidays we’ve grouped a selection of excursions into a package which means you can make a saving when you book in advance.

Prices shown may vary according to departure date and are subject to change.  The full range of excursions will be detailed in your holiday information pack, sent approximately 15 weeks prior to departure.

Rome and its historical highlights

Rome and its historical highlights

from £50

There’s no better way to see Rome than in the company of a Local Guide. Yours will introduce you to all the famous landmarks and maybe some less well known sights. Step back in time as you stroll among the ruins of the Colosseum and imagine the roars of the crowds as they watched bloody gladiatorial battles. Admire the wonderful Trevi Fountain then descend the Spanish Steps and head to the Piazza di Spagna where you’ll find fabulous designer shops and inviting cafes.
Please note: An entrance fee is payable locally at the Colosseum.

Full day – Moderate walking - Historical Interest

Italy's 'Art City' Florence

Italy's 'Art City' Florence

from £48

Spend a full day exploring Italy’s ‘Art City’ Florence, whose museums, palaces and churches house some of the world’s greatest artistic treasures. A Local Guide will introduce you to many of its highlights such as the vast Gothic cathedral. Stroll through beautiful piazzas and across the Ponte Vecchio, or climb the hill to the Church of San Miniato al Monte for wonderful city views.

Full Day - Moderate Walking - Best Seller

Mount Etna - Europes highest volcano

Mount Etna - Europes highest volcano

from £43

Don’t miss the opportunity to see at close hand Sicily’s most famous landmark and Europe’s tallest active volcano. Enjoy panoramic views as you journey up Mount Etna, where you’ll be surrounded by a unique lunar landscape. The mountain itself has pockmarked surfaces created by past lava flows and impressive craters. Feeling adventurous? Why not take a journey further up the volcano (at extra cost) for an even more thrilling experience.
Please note: Even on a sunny day it can be cold and windy at the summit. You will need to wear shoes with a good grip and a warm jacket, however it is possible to hire these at Etna.

Three-quarter Day – Spectacular Views/Must See – Choice of strenuous walking at the higher level (9000ft a.s.l.) or moderate walking at the coach park level (6000ft a.s.l.)

The glamorous Isle of Capri

The glamorous Isle of Capri

from £75

You’ll sail to the enchanting island of Capri, which has been the haunt of the international jet set for many decades. It’s also charmed a Roman emperor or two in its time, and you can still see the ruins of Tiberius’ magnificent Villa Jovis and admire the views from the cliffs over which he is said to have thrown his enemies! On our guided tour you’ll get to see the Faraglioni Rocks and visit the wonderful Gardens of Augustus, where you’ll find colourful terraces filled with flowers. You may also have time to take the chairlift (at extra cost) from Anacapri to the highest point of the island.

Full Day – Moderate Walking - Not to be missed

Stunning views of the glorious Amalfi Coast

Stunning views of the glorious Amalfi Coast

from £42

This journey by road takes you on one of the most iconic drives in the world along the stunning Amalfi Coast. Widely considered to be Italy’s most scenic stretch of coastline make sure you keep watch out of the window to see pastel-shaded villages cut into hillsides and panoramic views over turquoise waters and verdant mountains. Upon reaching your destination, the pretty town of Amalfi, there’s plenty of time to explore. Head to the Piazza del Duomo to see its impressive 9th century cathedral then maybe relax in a café or enjoy a spot of shopping.

Full day – Beautiful scenery - Minimal walking!

Prebookable Package - Florence / Rome / Mount Etna

Prebookable Package - Florence / Rome / Mount Etna

from £134

You can save money and enhance your holiday with this pre bookable excursion package...

Florence
Spend a full day exploring Italy’s ‘Art City’ Florence, whose museums, palaces and churches house some of the world’s greatest artistic treasures. A Local Guide will introduce you to many of its highlights such as the vast Gothic cathedral. Stroll through beautiful piazzas and across the Ponte Vecchio, or climb the hill to the Church of San Miniato al Monte for wonderful city views. Full Day - Moderate Walking - Best Seller

Rome
There’s no better way to see Rome than in the company of a Local Guide. Yours will introduce you to all the famous landmarks and maybe some less well known sights. Step back in time as you stroll among the ruins of the Colosseum and imagine the roars of the crowds as they watched bloody gladiatorial battles. Admire the wonderful Trevi Fountain then descend the Spanish Steps and head to the Piazza di Spagna where you’ll find fabulous designer shops and inviting cafes.
Please note: An entrance fee is payable locally at the Colosseum. Full day – Moderate walking - Historical Interest

Mount Etna
Don’t miss the opportunity to see at close hand Sicily’s most famous landmark and Europe’s tallest active volcano. Enjoy panoramic views as you journey up Mount Etna, where you’ll be surrounded by a unique lunar landscape. The mountain itself has pockmarked surfaces created by past lava flows and impressive craters. Feeling adventurous? Why not take a journey further up the volcano (at extra cost) for an even more thrilling experience.
Please note: Even on a sunny day it can be cold and windy at the summit. You will need to wear shoes with a good grip and a warm jacket, however it is possible to hire these at Etna.

Three-quarter Day – Spectacular Views/Must See – Choice of strenuous walking at the higher level (9000ft a.s.l.) or moderate walking at the coach park level (6000ft a.s.l.)

Montecatini Opera Festival - Prebookable Only

Montecatini Opera Festival - Prebookable Only

from £30

Through the passing of time music and culture have remained vital aspects of the town, confirming the strict link between past and present and making Montecatini an ideal place for art and emotions. We offer an optional excursion to the music festival which presents the great tradition of opera and the cultural heritage of this region. The Festival is well merged with the town itself and its inhabitants and it is recognized as one of the great musical festivals to take place in Italy. Your ticket price includes a guaranteed seat and refreshment.

2 to 3 hours - Minimal Walking - Cultural ambience

Castelli Romani and Frascati

Castelli Romani and Frascati

from £45

Take a scenic journey to the wine-producing villages of the Castelli Romani, which are scattered over the wooded slopes of the Alban Hills. You’ll see the great medieval villas and palaces built by the area’s richest and most powerful families and make a stop at the summer residence of the Pope, Castel Gandolfo, poised above Lake Albano among extensive gardens. You’ll also visit Frascati, where you’ll have plenty of opportunities to sample the area’s namesake white wine and purchase bottles to enjoy back at home.

Three-quarter day – Minimal to Moderate Walking - Beautiful scenery/ Historic Interest
The 3-star Salus, Lido di Jesolo in Venice is located in a great position overlooking the lovely Jesolo beach. Take a dip in the pool or spend some time on the hotel’s private beach. The Salus is also within easy reach of unique Venice.

Hotel facilities include an outdoor pool (typically open May-Sept), restaurant, bar and private beach. Bedrooms have private facilities, air-conditioning and a small terrace.

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The 3-star Hotel Tirrenia is ideally located in the centre of Sorrento.

Hotel facilities include a restuarant, bar and a rooftop terrace. Bedrooms have private facilities, air-conditioning, hairdryer, a balcony, safe and a TV.
The 4-star Caesar Palace is ideally located in reach of Sicily.

Hotel facilities include a restuarant and a swimming pool. Bedrooms have private facilities, air-conditioning, mini-bar, hairdryer, tea/coffee-making facilities, safe and a TV.

Salus Hotel - Lido di Jesolo

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