Grand Tour of Italy

From £1,812.57
Duration 15 Days
Departures from Apr 2020 - Oct 2020
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From £1,812.57
Duration 15 Days
Departures from Apr 2020 - Oct 2020
Tour Overview

Start this incredible journey with a tour of the 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. ​

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Your Holiday Includes

  • Return flights from Gatwick with British Airways
  • 14 nights in 4-star hotels
  • 22 meals: 14 breakfasts, 1 lunch, 7 dinners and welcome drink
  • ​Travelsphere Tour Manager and Specialist Local Guide
  • Overseas transfers, other transportation and porterage
  • Audio Guide​

Included Holiday 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 
  • 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
  • Visit Taormina for views of Mount Etna​​​

Itinerary

Day 1 UK - Venice

After flying to Venice, we'll transfer you to your hotel in Preganziol. After time to settle in, we'll get together for a buffet-style welcome dinner, which features food typical of the Veneto region.

Meals included: D

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.

Meals included: B

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.

Meals included: B,D

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. You may want to join an optional excursion to Lucca this afternoon.

Meals included: B,D

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 and guide.
This evening, there will be an opportunity to attend the Montecatini Opera Festival.​

Meals included: B

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. 

Meals included: B,D

Day 7 Rome

​Let's set off and explore the magnificent sights of Rome on a guided tour. Highlights include the beautiful Spanish Steps and the ornate Trevi Fountain. This afternoon is yours to do as you please in Rome. 

Meals included: B

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 Museum and Sistine chapel.​

Meals included: B

Day 9 Pompeii - Sorrento Peninsula

A full day of exploration begins with a visit to Montecassino Abbey before we arrive at the ruins of Pompeii for a guided walking tour. Later, we'll arrive in the scenic Sorrento ​Peninsula, where our hotel is centrally located.

 

Meals included: B

Day 10 Sorrento Peninsula - at Leisure

Today you can relax 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.​

Meals included: B

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.​

Meals included: B

Day 12 Pizzo Calabro - Sicily

We're leaving mainland Italy now, and heading to Sicily. On the way we'll stop at a seaside resort in Calabria for lunch. A short ferry ride takes us to Messina, with an onward drive to Taormina.

Meals included: B,L,D

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.

Meals included: B,D

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.

Meals included: B,D

Day 15 Catania - UK

Today you'll transfer to Sicily's Catania Airport for your return flight to the UK.​​
Meals included: B

Additional Information

​Pools are typically open from May-October, at the discretion of the hotel.​

  1. Favourite Moment

    Lose yourself in Venice and it's just a matter of time before you'll find a pretty courtyard away from all the crowds.

Accommodation

Villa Pace Park Hotel Bolognese

Grand Hotel Tettuccio

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.

Park Hotel Dei Massimi

Park Hotel Dei Massimi is set in a quiet, residential area of Rome. It offers a free scheduled shuttle to the Vatican 3 times in the morning and 3 in the afternoon. The rooms come with air conditioning, satellite TV and tea and coffee facilities. Some rooms have a private balcony. Sony Playstations are available on request. Free Wi-Fi is available in the lobby.

Hotel Sporting

Sant Alphio Garden Hotel & Spa

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.

Prices shown are based on twin occupancy of a double or twin bedded room with private facilities unless otherwise stated. Single occupancy supplements will apply. Travelsphere have made every effort to ensure the accuracy of the hotel images provided on this website and images of room types displayed may vary to those offered on your tour. Therefore due to the possibility of inadvertent errors we do not guarantee their accuracy. Hotels, airlines used and flight times are subject to change and will be confirmed in your final documents.