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Top to Toe of Italy video

An abundance of art, must-see historic cities and sparkling azure waters feature on this all-encompassing tour highlighting the very best of Italy

Venice - Bologna - Pisa - Montecatini Terme - Orvieto - Fiuggi - Montecassino - Pompeii - Sorrento - Taormina

This whistle-stop tour shows off all of Italy’s finest destinations as you head from Venice in the north, through Tuscany’s vineyards on to Pisa, the ‘Art City’ of Florence, classical Rome, fascinating Pompeii, glorious Amalfi and the islands of Capri and Sicily.

Touring

15 Days from £1,599

Oct 2017 - Oct 2018 Departures

Overview

What's included

  • Return flights from Gatwick with British Airways
  • 14 nights half board in 3 and 4-star hotels
  • 28 meals: 14 breakfasts, 14 dinners
  • Travelsphere Tour Manager and Local Guide
  • Overseas transfers and other transportation
  • Porterage
  • Audio Guide

Included holiday highlights

  • 
 Tour the extraordinary floating city of Venice
  • Visit the historical city of Bologna, home to Bolognese sauce
  • View the famous Leaning Tower of Pisa
  • Visit the fortress town of Orvieto
  • Enter Montecassino Abbey, a working monastery and pilgrimage site
  • Pompeii, frozen in time by the eruption of Mount Vesuvius
  • Visit picturesque Taormina for views of Mount Etna
  • Farewell drink on the final evening

Itinerary

Depart on your scheduled flight to Venice. On arrival, transfer to your hotel in nearby Lido di Jesolo on Italy’s Adriatic Coast, where you will stay for two nights.

After breakfast join our included three-quarter-day excursion to the extraordinary floating city of Venice. Highlights include St Mark’s Square, the Rialto Bridge and the Doge’s Palace.

Today you will travel through northern Italy and into Tuscany’s glorious countryside. En route you’ll visit Bologna. It has a wonderful old centre, stylish squares and the imposing Church of San Petronio to explore. Continue to Montecatini Terme, where you will stay for three nights.

Join our included half-day excursion to Pisa to see the famous Leaning Tower. The rest of the day is free for you to spend 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.

Today you’ll 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 spa resort of Fiuggi, 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.

Today we offer an optional full-day excursion to Rome, partly accompanied by a Local Guide. A highlight will be the Colosseum and ruins. You will also visit the Spanish Steps and the Trevi Fountain, along with the Piazza di Spagna, home to designer shops and cafés.

Spend more time in the enchanting medieval town of Fiuggi. Alternatively, join our 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’ll have ample opportunities to sample this wine with an included tasting at an ‘Enoteca’ wine bar in the town of Frascati itself.

Your journey through Italy continues today as you leave Fiuggi and visit 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.


This afternoon continue to the Sorrento Peninsula, where you will stay for three nights.

Enjoy a day of relaxation as you explore Sorrento at your own pace. Or perhaps take this opportunity to see another of this area’s iconic sights - the Amalfi Coast. Our optional full-day excursion takes us through the villages of Positano and Praiano on our way to the town of Amalfi itself where there will be time to explore.

It’s just a short boat journey (approximately 30 minutes) across the Bay of Naples to the 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. This evening is your final night in mainland Italy.

Enjoy breakfast before travelling to the very tip of the Italian boot shape from where you’ll take a short ferry ride across to Messina on the island of Sicily. You’ll then transfer to your hotel near Taormina, where you’ll stay for the final three nights of your holiday.

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. 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 (Approximately ¤60pp paid locally). This evening we include a farewell drink at the hotel.

Today you’ll transfer to Sicily’s Catania Airport for your return flight to the UK.

Optional Excursions

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.

Florence - The City of Art

Florence - The City of Art

from £52

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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 and its Historical Highlights

Rome and its Historical Highlights

from £54

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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 - Europe's Highest Volcano

Mount Etna - Europe's Highest Volcano

from £46

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Don’t miss the opportunity to see at close hand Sicily’s most famous landmark and Europe’s tallest active volcano. Enjoy stunning views as you journey up Mount Etna in a cable car, 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? Once you’ve reached the Piccolo Rifugio area (2500m), why not take a journey further up the volcano (in a jeep 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.

Half 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.)

Stunning Views of the Glorious Amalfi Coast

Stunning Views of the Glorious Amalfi Coast

from £44

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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!

Castelli Romani and Frascati

Castelli Romani and Frascati

from £52

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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.

Do not be misled by the name, which has nothing to do with Scottish castles perched on top of the misty Highlands, but more with the more tortuous Colli Albani (Alban Hills) which are studded with 13 towns referred to precisely as the Castelli Romani.

A favourite holiday resort or simply a retreat for the nobility and wealthy ever since the days of the Roman Empire, today’s Romans still head straight here during the sweltering summer heat.

An absolute “must” is a visit to Frascati, dominated by the imposing sixteenth century Villa Aldobrandini, whose splendid façade, with its Italian gardens, aristocratically stands out above the entire village.

However the Castelli are also renowned for the small towns nestling around its volcanic lakes such as Castel Gandolfo, the Pope’s summer residence overlooking Lake Albano. Weather permitting, it is well worth going for a refreshing swim or relaxing in one of the many lake-side cafés.

Moving further on, we come across even more fascinating ruins and breathtaking views. However the Castelli Romani zone is also well-known for its cuisine and locally-produced white wine. Where better though to relax and enjoy all this than in one of the local vineyards where you will enjoy a light lunch along with wine.

Three-quarter day – Minimal to Moderate Walking - Beautiful scenery/ Historic Interest

Prebookable Package

Prebookable Package

from £144

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

Florence - The City of Art / Rome and its Historical Highlights / Mount Etna - Europe's Highest Volcano

The Glamorous Isle of Capri

The Glamorous Isle of Capri

from £86

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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

Montecatini Opera Festival - Prebookable Only

Montecatini Opera Festival - Prebookable Only

from £34

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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

Accommodation

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.
Located in downtown Montecini Terme just a short distance from the spa centre. Hotels facilities include restaurant, dining room, music room and tea room. Bedrooms have private facilities.
The 4-star San Giorgio Hotel is ideally located in the centre of Fiuggi.

Hotel facilities include a restuarant, bar, swimming pool and spa. Bedrooms have private facilities, air-conditioning, mini-bar, hairdryer, complimentary wi-fi, safe and a TV.
Hotel Tirrenia is a 3-star hotel located in the heart of Sorrento and just a short distance from the iconic Piazza Tasso and its historic centre. Perfect for relaxing and exploring, just 500m from the main square of Sorrento, restaurants, bars and shops are within easy walking distance.

The Hotel Tirrenia has a relaxing Jacuzzi tub and sun deck overlooking the stunning Bay of Naples- the perfect way to spend your free time in Sorrento. The onsite restaurant is known for the quality and service of fine cuisine and Campania tradition. The Lobby Bar is hosted by an expert barman serving cocktails, after dinner drinks, tea and coffee. The Terrace bar is ideally situated on the 4th floor offering wonderful views, here you can enjoy drinks and tasty snacks.

Bedrooms are bright and comfortable and equipped with everything you need, the perfect place to spend your stay in Sorrento. En suite rooms have a balcony, safe, satellite TV, telephone, hair dryer and air conditioning.
The Sant Alphio Garden Hotel & Spa is located in the heart the Giardini Naxos, close to some of Sicily’s most iconic sites. Just a few steps from the sea, the hotel is located on the east coast of the Ionian Sea. The hotel has an onsite restaurant serving regional and international cuisine, bar, freshwater outdoor pool and private beach. Bedrooms are furnished in modern style and equipped with amenities including; private facilities, TV, air conditioning, phone and wi-fi.

Salus Hotel, Lido di Jesolo

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London (Gatwick)

Monday 02 October 2017

15 Days

£1,679

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Monday 02 October 2017

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14:00 London (Gatwick)

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17:10 Venice (Marco Polo)

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Monday 16 October 2017

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19:55 Catania (Fontanarossa)

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London (Gatwick)

Monday 09 October 2017

15 Days

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Monday 09 October 2017

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Monday 23 October 2017

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19:55 Catania (Fontanarossa)

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22:15 London (Gatwick)

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London (Gatwick)

Monday 23 April 2018

15 Days

£1,729

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Monday 23 April 2018

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14:00 London (Gatwick)

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17:10 Venice (Marco Polo)

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Monday 07 May 2018

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19:55 Catania (Fontanarossa)

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22:15 London (Gatwick)

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London (Gatwick)

Monday 07 May 2018

15 Days

£1,739

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Monday 07 May 2018

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11:50 London (Gatwick)

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Monday 21 May 2018

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19:55 Catania (Fontanarossa)

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London (Gatwick)

Monday 21 May 2018

15 Days

£1,839

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Monday 21 May 2018

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Monday 04 June 2018

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22:15 London (Gatwick)

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London (Gatwick)

Monday 11 June 2018

15 Days

£1,839

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Monday 11 June 2018

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Monday 25 June 2018

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19:35 Catania (Fontanarossa)

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21:45 London (Gatwick)

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London (Gatwick)

Monday 25 June 2018

15 Days

£1,839

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Monday 25 June 2018

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11:50 London (Gatwick)

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Monday 09 July 2018

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19:35 Catania (Fontanarossa)

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21:45 London (Gatwick)

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London (Gatwick)

Monday 16 July 2018

15 Days

£1,839

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Monday 16 July 2018

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11:50 London (Gatwick)

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Monday 30 July 2018

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19:35 Catania (Fontanarossa)

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21:45 London (Gatwick)

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London (Gatwick)

Monday 20 August 2018

15 Days

£1,839

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Monday 20 August 2018

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11:50 London (Gatwick)

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15:00 Venice (Marco Polo)

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Monday 03 September 2018

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19:35 Catania (Fontanarossa)

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21:45 London (Gatwick)

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London (Gatwick)

Monday 03 September 2018

15 Days

£1,839

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Monday 03 September 2018

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11:50 London (Gatwick)

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15:00 Venice (Marco Polo)

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Monday 17 September 2018

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19:35 Catania (Fontanarossa)

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21:45 London (Gatwick)

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London (Gatwick)

Monday 10 September 2018

15 Days

£1,839

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Monday 10 September 2018

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11:50 London (Gatwick)

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15:00 Venice (Marco Polo)

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Monday 24 September 2018

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19:35 Catania (Fontanarossa)

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21:45 London (Gatwick)

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London (Gatwick)

Monday 17 September 2018

15 Days

£1,839

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Monday 17 September 2018

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11:50 London (Gatwick)

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15:00 Venice (Marco Polo)

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Monday 01 October 2018

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19:35 Catania (Fontanarossa)

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21:45 London (Gatwick)

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London (Gatwick)

Monday 01 October 2018

15 Days

£1,679

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Monday 01 October 2018

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11:50 London (Gatwick)

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15:00 Venice (Marco Polo)

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British Airways - BA

Monday 15 October 2018

Departs

19:35 Catania (Fontanarossa)

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21:45 London (Gatwick)

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London (Gatwick)

Monday 08 October 2018

15 Days

£1,609

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Monday 08 October 2018

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11:50 London (Gatwick)

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15:00 Venice (Marco Polo)

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Monday 22 October 2018

Departs

19:35 Catania (Fontanarossa)

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21:45 London (Gatwick)

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Customer Quotes

Every Travelsphere customer is asked to fill out a questionnaire when they return from their holiday so we can see how we have done and to ensure we maintain our high standards.

Below are a selection of customer quotes taken directly from the customer questionnaires:

The holiday was very enjoyable, with lots of interesting people with stories to tell. We saw and learned so much about Italy and its history. Armando was like a walking encyclopedia! Everything went very smoothly. Armando was very caring, not intrusive and always ready to help.
Mrs Woosnam - Newtown
 
Top to Toe of Italy - Sep 2015
Our Tour Manager Sergio Lucato was the best we have experienced with any company. He always went way beyond his duty. He has lived in the UK for 20 years of his life and Italy so I think was a big plus when it came to understanding both countries, communication and UK sense of humour.
Mr Hewitt - Sudbury
 
Top to Toe of Italy - Sep 2015
Tour Manager Aideen Higgins went above and beyond as a tour guide. Bubbly with an infectious laughter. Very informative in a timely manner. I could not ask for or recommend anyone more highly.
Mr Hugo - South Shields
 
Top to Toe of Italy - Jul 2015
Excellent tour to get a strong sense of Italy, its people, culture and food... Wonderful tour and excellent manager. Had a great time.
Mrs Moore - Antrim
 
Top to Toe of Italy - Jun 2015
A really enjoyable holiday with an excellent Tour Manager, packed with memorable experiences. The organisation of the trip was very good... In all cases, the local tour guides did a first rate job and added a lot to the experience.
Mr Hull - Aberfeldy
 
Top to Toe of Italy - Sep 2015
We wanted to see a big part of Italy and we definitely did that... an experience to always remember.
Mrs Wolfe - Bridgwater
 
Top to Toe of Italy - Sep 2015

What our Tour Managers say

We asked some of our Tour Managers to sum up what they really love about this tour. Here's what they said:

I love this tour because it gives at the same time an overall view of the peninsula, its history and multifaceted culture and landscape, and a great insight of both major cities and smaller but iconic centres.
Chiara Corsetti - Tour Manager
 
Top to Toe of Italy - September 2016
I love this tour because it’s a delicious taste of Italy, from north to south; the countryside, cities, historic sites and edible delights. buonissimo!
Sarah Wrightson - Tour Manager
 
Top to Toe of Italy - June 2016
I love this tour because it covers the best this amazing country has to offer, from the Queen of the Adriatic to the magic of Rome, hilltop Etruscan towns like Orvieto and wine tasting in the Castelli Romani region. It is the best way to discover the country, allowing time to relax, to explore further and to taste the local food and wines.
Cristina Hurduiala - Tour Manager
 
Top to Toe of Italy - May 2016

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