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Grand Tour of Italy

From £2,249.00
Duration 15 Days
Departures from: Jun 2022 - Oct 2023
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From £2,249.00
Duration 15 Days
Departures from: Jun 2022 - Oct 2023
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

  • 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

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
  • 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
  • Visit Taormina for views of Mount Etna

Airport Travel Service

On all flight inclusive holidays, you can now choose to start your holiday with our Private Chauffeur Service* or we can organise free airport parking*. If you'd prefer to make your own arrangements, we'll give you a £100 price reduction* off your holiday. Details on how to book will be included in your confirmation invoice on booking.

*Mileage restrictions apply over 100 miles. Please see our Terms & Conditions for information.

Itinerary

Day 1 UK - Venice

Make you own way to the airport or be collected by our Private Chauffeur (if you've pre-booked) for your flight to Venice today, from where we 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 for you to explore at leisure.

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 ending with a taste of delicious ice-cream at the famous Sorbetteria Castiglione.

Meals included: B

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.

Meals included: B

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,D

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,D

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,D

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 close up 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 the Sicily's Catania Airport for your return flight to the UK. Upon arrival, either make your own way home or your Travelsphere Private Chauffeur Service will be waiting for the journey home (if you've pre-booked). 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 (as specified or similar)

Villa Pace Park Hotel Bolognese

Set in a historic 19th-century building in the middle of rich parkland, the Villa Pace Park Bolognese is just outside Treviso and a 20 minute drive from Venice. The hotel features a new renovated wing, which is connected to the main building by panoramic corridors overlooking the park. The spacious rooms feature parquet floors, classical or modern furnishings and a satellite TV.

Grand Hotel Francia & Quirinale

Enjoy a homely stay at the 4-star Grand Hotel Francia & Quirinale, in Montecatini Terme. Built in 1908, in Liberty Style, the four-generation owners still live in the hotel and welcome guests with warmth and exceptional hospitality. Facilities include a restaurant, bar, swimming pool and poolside bar, wi-fi throughout. Rooms have tea & coffee facilities.

Hotel The Guardian or The Republic

Part of the AG Hotels, the Hotel The Guardian and The Republic are both modern 4 star contemporary hotels. The choice of furniture, innovative style and clean moder lines have been designed to provide each room with a new and fresh feeling. Both hotels are centrally located in Rome, 10min walk from Termini train station and nearest tube. Facilities include a bar and a restaurant.

Hotel Sporting

Hotel Sporting is a 4 star hotel perched on a cliff in Vico Equense overlooking the Bay of Naples and Mount Vesuvius. It features a panoramic restaurant and a private beach equipped with deckchairs and umbrellas. Each air conditioned room comes with decorated tiled floors, simple light wood furniture, and a private bathroom with toiletries and a hairdryer. Free wifi is available in the lobby.

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.

Optional Excursions

Experience even more of your destination by adding one or more optional experiences to your holiday before you set off. Take a look below at the extra trips you can enjoy on this tour

Italy - Sicily - Discover Mount Etna by cable car

Italy - Sicily - Discover Mount Etna by cable car

Don’t miss this opportunity to visit Sicily’s most famous landmark and Europe’s tallest active volcano. Enjoy stunning views of the lunar-like landscape as you ascend Mount Etna by cable car. Past lava flows have left behind a pockmarked surface and you’ll see impressive craters. From the Piccolo Rifugio area at around 2,500 metres, those feeling adventurous can, at additional cost, continue their journey up the volcano by Jeep for an even more thrilling experience.
Please note: even on a sunny day, it can be cold and windy at the summit. You should wear shoes with a good grip and a warm jacket, although these can be hired at Mount Etna.

Half-day – Spectacular views/must-see – Choice of strenuous walking at the higher level, around 2,700 metres, or moderate walking at the coach park level, around 1,800 metres.
Don’t miss this opportunity to visit Sicily’s most famous landmark and Europe’s tallest active volcano. Enjoy stunning views of the lunar-like landscape as you ascend Mount Etna by...

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Italy - Sorrento - Drive along the Amalfi Coast

Italy - Sorrento - Drive along the Amalfi Coast

This journey takes you on a spectacular drive along the stunning Amalfi Coast, widely considered to be Italy’s most scenic stretch of coastline. From the comfort of your seat, you’ll see pastel-coloured villages cut into hillsides and enjoy panoramic views of 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 tour – Beautiful scenery – Minimal walking

This journey takes you on a spectacular drive along the stunning Amalfi Coast, widely considered to be Italy’s most scenic stretch of coastline. From the comfort of your seat, you’...

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Italy - Sorrento - The Beautiful Island of Capri

Italy - Sorrento - The Beautiful Island of Capri

Sail to the enchanting island of Capri, which has been a haunt of the international jet set for many decades. It also charmed a Roman emperor or two in its time. You can still see the ruins of Tiberius’ magnificent Villa Jovis and admire views from the cliffs over which he is said to have thrown his enemies!

On this tour, you’ll see the Faraglioni rocks and visit the wonderful Gardens of Augustus, where colourful terraces are filled with flowers. At an additional cost, there may also be time to take the chairlift from Anacapri to the highest point of the island.

Full-day tour – Moderate walking – Not-to-be missed
Sail to the enchanting island of Capri, which has been a haunt of the international jet set for many decades. It also charmed a Roman emperor or two in its time. You can still see ...

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Italy - Sicily - Discover Mount Etna by cable car and Jeep

Italy - Sicily - Discover Mount Etna by cable car and Jeep

Don’t miss this opportunity to visit Sicily’s most famous landmark and Europe’s tallest active volcano. Enjoy stunning views of the lunar-like landscape as you ascend Mount Etna by cable car. Past lava flows have left behind a pockmarked surface and you’ll see impressive craters. From the Piccolo Rifugio area at around 2,500 metres, you’ll head off on a Jeep adventure with an Alpine Guide for even more incredible views of the mountain.

Please note: even on a sunny day, it can be cold and windy at the summit. You should wear shoes with a good grip and a warm jacket, although these can be hired at Mount Etna.

Half-day tour – Spectacular views/Must-see – Strenuous walking at the higher level, around 2,700 metres.

You will travel to a height of 2,500 metres by cable car and up to 2,920 metres by Jeep. The duration of this is will be approximately two hours.

Don’t miss this opportunity to visit Sicily’s most famous landmark and Europe’s tallest active volcano. Enjoy stunning views of the lunar-like landscape as you ascend Mount Etna by...

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Italy - Montecatini - The walled town of Lucca

Italy - Montecatini - The walled town of Lucca

Lucca is always a popular excursion and this trip will give you ample time to explore the delights of this walled town. You’ll discover perfectly preserved medieval and Renaissance architecture, charming piazzas and even a tree-topped tower as you stroll through its historic centre. Further must-see highlights include the Piazza Anfiteatro, built on the site of an original Roman amphitheatre, and the Duomo di San Martino. This beautiful marble cathedral houses the Volto Santo – a large crucifix of the Holy Face carved into cedar wood. Lucca is also the birthplace of composer Puccini, and his former home is now a museum.

Half-day tour – Moderate walking
Lucca is always a popular excursion and this trip will give you ample time to explore the delights of this walled town. You’ll discover perfectly preserved medieval and Renaissance...

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Italy - A night at the Montecatini Opera

Italy - A night at the Montecatini Opera

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 evening 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. 2 to 3 hours - Minimal Walking - Cultural ambience
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...

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