Day 1: Australia –– Venice
Depart Australia today to begin your incredible Italian holiday.
Day 2: Venice (B)
Welcome to Italy! Arrive in Venice and make your own way to your hotel. You are then at leisure to enjoy this historic city and relax after your flight.
Your hotel: Hesperia (or similar)
This little hotel is situated in the historic centre, looking onto the Canale di Cannaregio. It has recently been restored, using carefully chosen traditional materials and, while offering every modern comfort, still retains a typical Venetian style. The Hotel Hesperia provides an excellent, personalized service, thanks to the fact that the owners are always present, and available to give their constant care and attention to the needs of their guests.
For those purchasing the Tour Only option, your tour starts today. Please make your own way to the hotel.
Day 3: Venice – – Lake Garda (B)
Explore Venice today with a guided walking tour through the most characteristic and important places of Venice. Among others, you will see St. Mark’s Square with St. Mark’s Basilica, the Doge’s Palace as well as St. Mark’s clock tower. Move onto Santa Maria Formosa square, followed by the Campo SS. Giovanni e Paolo, housing one of the city’s largest cathedrals. See Marco Polo’s House and the Malibran Theatre before returning to the San Marco district through the Mercerie – the primary connection between Rialto and San Marco districts, and the main street shopping.
In the afternoon catch a train to Lombardy and Lake Garda. Once in Desenzano make your own way to the hotel.
Day 4: Lake Garda (B)
Today you are free to explore the southern shores of Lake Garda. Desenzano and Sirmione are both resort towns with a great atmosphere, shops, restaurants and historic sites. Desenzano Castle offers sweeping lake views and Sirmione is famous for its thermal baths and fortress.
Your hotel: Bonotto (or similar)
The Hotel is enviably located within the idyllic lakeside town of Desenzano del Garda: where a corner of blue sky fell to earth. With an experienced and youthful management team at the helm, boasting Real Italian Hospitality Traditions since 1973, coupled with the hotel’s recent renovation, staff are committed to offer you an unforgettable experience of the highest quality.
Day 5: Lake Garda – – Milan (B)
This morning, make your way to the station for your train to Milan. Enjoy the views as the train takes you to one of the world’s capitals of fashion and design. Make your own way to the hotel and continue to see the sights of Milan onboard a Hop on- Hop off bus service. Drive by must-see Milan landmarks including La Scala opera house, Milan Cathedral and Il Cenacolo Vinciano.
Your hotel: Michelangelo (or similar)
The strategic location, just a short walk from Milano Centrale Station, will allow you to easily reach every corner of the city. Treat yourself with a thoughtless stay, just relax in the hot tub after a long busy day and regenerate at David Bar & Restaurant.
Day 6: Milan – – Florence (B)
Make your way to the station for your train to Florence. Relax as the train takes you south to the capital of Tuscany. Make your own way to the hotel and spend the rest of the day at your leisure.
Your hotel: Delle Nazioni (or similar)
This charming property is located in the heart of downtown Florence, just to the east of the central train station – Santa Maria Novella. It is ideally situated, providing excellent access to the main tourist attractions like the Duomo, as well as the shopping districts, conference centre and exhibition halls.
Day 7: Florence (B)
Start off your day with a guided walking tour of the city. Florence is the birthplace of the Renaissance, but there is so much to see, it can be hard to know where to start. This 2 hour small-group walking tour is ideal for checking off top attractions such as The Cathedral, Palazzo Vecchio, Ponte Vecchio and Giotto’s Bell Tower.
Day 8: Florence – – Rome (B)
Make your way to the station for your train to Lazio and the Eternal City. Enjoy the views as the train takes you south. Make your own way to the hotel and spend the rest of the day at your leisure.
Your hotel: Patria (or similar)
Located only 300 meters away from Stazione Termini, in Rome’s historic center, Hotel Patria welcomes you in elegant rooms, with all modern comforts, in a warm and relaxing atmosphere. If you are looking for a hotel with great tradition and prestige, this hotel offers a comfortable facility well served by public transportation that will take you to the city’s most beautiful places.
Day 9: Rome (B)
After breakfast, make your way to the central pick-up point for a guided tour of Imperial Rome and the Colosseum. Arriving by coach at Piazza Venezia you will see the impressive Il Vittoriano monument. Continue on foot to the famous Piazza Del Campidoglio designed by Michelangelo from where you will have a fantastic view of the Roman Forum. By coach you will then drive by the Circus Maximus and the Aventino Hill. Stop to admire the beautiful statue of Moses by Michelangelo located in the Church of St. Peter’s in Chains. Conclude your tour with a visit of the majestic Colosseum, an iconic symbol of this eternal city.
Day 10: Rome (B)
Join a tour of the Vatican Museum today, passing through Piazza della Repubblica with the Fountain of the Naiadi. Follow the ancient Aurelian Walls, which once surrounded the city, then see an Egyptian obelisk dating back to the time of Ramses II at Piazza del Popolo. On arrival at the Vatican Walls, your guide will lead you into the museum exhibitions. There you visit the Gallery of the Tapestries and the Gallery of the Geographical Maps. Next, you arrive in the famous Sistine Chapel, with its magnificent fresco of the Last Judgement by Michelangelo.
Day 11: Rome – – Naples (B)
This morning, make your way to the station for your train to Naples. Enjoy the views as the train takes you south to Campania. Make your own way to the hotel and spend the rest of the day at your leisure.
Your hotel: Holiday Inn Naples (or similar)
Set 4 minutes from Centro Direzionale station, this casual hotel is also within easy reach of the Naples National Archaeological Museum and the Sansevero Chapel Museum. Its central location makes for a convenient guest experience.
Day 12: Naples, Pompeii & the Amalfi Coast (B)
Admire the UNESCO-listed ruins of Pompeii and wind along the Amalfi Coast on this day trip from Naples. Led by a local guide, hop aboard a luxury coach and journey to the ancient city of Pompeii. Enjoy some free time for lunch on own arrangements and then drive along the Amalfi Coast, stopping to explore the town of Amalfi on the way back to Naples.
Day 13: Naples – – Rome (B)
Make your way to the station for your train to back to Rome for your final night. Make your own way to the hotel and spend the rest of the day at your leisure.
Day 14: Rome – – Australia (B)
Bid farewell to Italy and make your own way to the airport today.
For those purchasing the Tour Only option, at the appropriate time please make your own way from the hotel to your next travel arrangements.
Day 15: Australia
Arrive home today.