Best of Italy & Sicily tour

17 day Italy and Sicily tour including return flights, accommodation, breakfast daily, in-depth sightseeing, professional tour manager and more.

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Highlights

 

 Ciao! Buongiorno! 

Immerse yourself in the Italian way of life, speak like a local (or try!) and explore unparalleled beauty with a 17 day Italy & Sicily tour

Explore the waterways of Venice, discover the UNESCO World Heritage site of Piazza del Duomo in Pisa, see the rolling hills of Umbria and learn about the history in Pompeii

Relax in the Sicilian sun with a visit to stunning Taormina, enjoy a guided tour of capital, Palermo, wander the cobblestoned streets of Rome and so much more.

Your package includes return flights, accommodation, breakfast daily, in-depth sightseeing, professional tour manager, meals and more.

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Day 1: Australia – airplane-takeoff – Venice 

Depart Australia today to begin your tour of Italy. 

Day 2: Venice

Today, arrive in to Venice! On arrival, please make your own way to your hotel. 

Few cities can claim such a priceless art and history heritage as Venice. This unique city with its magical, spectacular scenery is not just beautiful; it is a real miracle of creative genius: a city built on mud, sand and the slime of a difficult, inhospitable landscape. Venice is the symbol of wise government and freedom. The lagoon was its only defence, there were no palace guards except the Arsenal workers and no parade ground except the sea. During centuries of feudalism and barbarism, Venice symbolised democracy and civilization. 

Day 3: Venice (B)

After breakfast, you will be taken on a half day guided boat tour of three of Venice’s islands where you will stop at a glass-blowing factory on Murano. Learn about the Murano glassmakers, arguably some of the most famous glass artists in the world. We then visit the Island of Burano, famous for its handcrafted lace. The first laces date back to 1500 and initially their workmanship takes place in posh houses, employing needle-and-thread without a canvass as prop. We then continue on to the sparsely populated island of Torcello. Here we visit the oldest cathedral in Venice. According to an ancient inscription, it was founded by the exarch Isaac of Ravenna in 639, when Torcello was still a rival to the young nearby settlement at Venice.

Day 4: Venice – Florence (B)

Today, travel south to Florence, a shrine to the wonders of the Renaissance, with more artistic treasures per square metre than any other city in the world! One of its most iconic sights is the Duomo, a cathedral with a terracotta-tiled dome engineered by Brunelleschi and a bell tower by Giotto. On arrival, we enjoy an exciting half day guided walking tour and after drive through a stretch of olive groves and vineyards before arriving at your hotel for check-in.

Day 5: Florence – Pisa – Florence (B)

After breakfast we cross the Arno Valley onto Pisa. In the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Piazza del Duomo, see the famous Leaning Tower as well as the beautiful sculpted marble cathedral. Already tilting when it was completed in 1372, the 56m white-marble cylinder is the bell tower of the Romanesque, striped-marble cathedral that rises next to it in the Piazza dei Miracoli. See the Baptistery and the cemetery, according to a legend the cemetery was born around a layer of earth brought by ship from the Holy Land after a Crusade in the 12th century. Later arrive back to Florence to enjoy free time exploring the city. 

Day 6: Florence – Umbria Region – Assisi (B)

This morning we drive south from Florence to Umbria, the green heart of Italy known for its medieval hill towns, dense forests and local cuisine, particularly foraged truffles and wines. On arrival in to the spiritual city of Assisi on the slopes of Mount Subasio, we visit St. Francis’ Basilica and enjoy a walking tour with a local expert.

Day 7: Assisi – Pompeii – Sorrento (B)

This morning, stop at Cassino to visit the Commonwealth War Cemetery and view the Benedictine Abbey.  After, we arrive into Pompeii, the affluent Roman town which was buried under tons of ash which poured down from Mount Vesuvius in AD79. Enjoy a guided tour where you can walk through the preserved remains, revealing the daily life of Roman civilisation which was captured in a few dramatic moments. You will be led through the ancient cobbled streets, houses, temples, shops and cafes by a local guide, who will impart the history of one of the world’s most fascinating archaeological experiences. We then leave Pompeii and continue our drive to the Amalfi coast before arriving in Sorrento for our overnight. 

Day 8: Sorrento (B)

Today, enjoy a free day at leisure to enjoy the stunning Amalfi coast! 

Day 9: Sorrento – Villa San Giovanni – cruise-icon – Messina – Taormina (B)

Today, we leave Sorrento and drive south via Salerno before boarding a ferry at Villa San Giovanni to cross the straits of Messina to the rugged and historic island of Sicily and to the beachside resort town of Giardini Naxos near Taormina. On arrival we drive to the hotel for check in. 

Day 10: Taormina (B)

Spend the day relaxing in this fun Sicilian resort town. Perhaps swim and sunbathe or shop for handmade lace on the Corso. Consider joining an Optional Experience to Savoca, the village made famous by ‘The Godfather’, and the crater of Sicily’s active volcano, Mount Etna, widely regarded as one of the most impressive in the world (available locally).

Day 11: Taormina – Agrigento (B)

Travel through the vineyards of the southern hills towards Agrigento, a hilltop city on Sicily’s southwest shore. It’s known for the ruins of the ancient city of Akragas and the Valley of the Temples, a vast archaeological site with well-preserved Greek temples. On the modern city’s outskirts is the Museo Archeologico Regionale Agrigento, with artifacts and a telamon (giant male statue). West lies Scala dei Turchi, an unusual stepped white cliff overlooking sandy beaches.

Day 12: Agrigento – Palermo (B)

Today in Agrigento, enjoy a half day guided tour that takes you on a tour of the Valley of the Temples. This UNESCO World Heritage site is home to five ancient Greek temples dating from the 6th century BC. These are some of the grandest Grecian remains outside of Athens. After, we continue on to the city of Palermo. 

Palermo is the capital of the Italian island of Sicily. The 12th-century Palermo Cathedral houses royal tombs, while the huge neoclassical Teatro Massimo is known for opera performances. Also in the center are the Palazzo dei Normanni, a royal palace started in the 9th century, and the Cappella Palatina, with Byzantine mosaics.

Day 13: Palermo – cruise-icon – Naples (B)

Today enjoy a half day guided tour of the capital of Sicily. Palermo delivers a heady, heavily spiced mix of Byzantine mosaics, Arabesque domes and frescoed cupolas. Explore the historic centre of Palermo on a walking tour led by a knowledgeable local guide. Learn about the city’s history as you see landmarks including Teatro Massimo, the Palermo Cathedral and the Royal Palace of Palermo (Palazzo dei Normanni) – part of a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Stop by the Chiesa del Gesù (Casa Professa), an elaborate 16th-century church, and view the Palazzo Pretorio (Palace of the Eagles). Stroll around the Piazza Pretoria and Piazza Bellini, and browse tempting treats in renowned food markets that offer Sicilian cuisine. Tonight, we board an overnight ferry back to the Italian coastline of Naples.

Day 14: Naples – Rome (B)

This morning we arrive into the port of Naples. After disembarking from our ferry we re-board our coach and begin the drive north to the incredible capital of Rome!

This morning we arrive into the port of Naples. After disembarking from our ferry we re-board our coach and begin the drive north to the incredible capital of Rome!

We then embark on a full day tour of Italy’s historic capital city. Head to the Vatican City, the smallest nation in the world! Headed by his holiness the Pope, it is the administrative and spiritual capital of Roman Catholicism. It boasts a priceless art collection and is probably per square foot the richest country in the world! Visit the Vatican Museum, one of the largest museum complexes in the world. A must see is the Sistine chapel. The most famous square of Vatican City is St. Peter’s Square with St. Peter’s Basilica, one of the largest churches in the world. 

Pass the ruins of the Roman Forum and the Circus Maximus – the Hippodrome – known for its ancient chariot races, which was reconstructed by Hollywood for ‘Ben Hur’! Pay tribute to the brave Gladiators of Rome, with a photo-stop at the Colosseum. At this amphitheatre, the notorious and gory gladiatorial games were held, where they fought one another and wild animals while the crowd roared!

See the triumphal Arch of Constantine, one of the most important commemorative monuments of antiquity and then drive through Piazza Venezia, the main square in Rome, where the grandiose monument to the reunification of Italy is often referred to as the Marble wedding cake! Continue the tour at the famous Trevi Fountain. Legend has it, that if you make a wish and toss a coin over your left shoulder into the fountain, you are sure to return to Rome!

Day 15: Rome (B)

Today enjoy the day at leisure.

Day 16: Rome –airplane-takeoff– Australia (B)

Today, your tour of Italy concludes after breakfast. At the appropriate time, make your own way to the airport for your homeward flight. 

Day 17: Australia 

Arrive home today. 

Please note: Some flight may arrive home 1 day later

 

 
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What You Get

 
  • Return international economy airfares with a full service airline
  • 13 nights quality 3-4 star accommodation throughout Italy & Sicily
  • 1 night overnight ferry from Palermo to Naples in an inside cabin
  • Breakfast daily
  • The services of a professional tour manager throughout
  • In depth sightseeing in all cities and towns with local experts that know them best
  • All entrance fees as per the itinerary
  • Dedicated coach transportation throughout

Highlights:

  • Wind your way through the narrow alley ways of Venice and be mesmerised by the beauty of this canal city
  • Witness the birth place of the Renaissance in the ancient town of Florence. Enter the Accademia Galley and view one of the world’s great masterpieces – Michelangelo’s David
  • Journey to Pisa and see one of the most famous engineering mistakes, the Leaning Tower of Pisa
  • Enjoy the quite country life of Umbria’s, Assisi
  • Unearth the mysteries of Pompeii which was buried beneath the outpourings from Mount Vesuvius
  • Soak up the sun on the Amalfi Coast in the resort town of Sorrento
  • Take the ferry across the straits of Messina to the rugged and historic island of Sicily
  • Explore the Vatican Museum – Boasting one of the world’s greatest art collections
  • Step back in time at the Colosseum where great gladiatorial battles took place
 
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Fine Print

 

How To Book:

To book your Tour:

  • Bookings essential
  • Once you have purchased your voucher, please complete the following request form: https://exclusives.webjet.com.au/bookings
  • Voucher valid for 1 person (must purchase 2 vouchers)
  • Once booked and confirmed, no cancellations permitted
  • Must book by the 65 days prior to departure. 
  • Book early to secure your desired date and time

Deposit Information:

  • A deposit of $199 per person plus any applicable surcharges are due at the time of purchase in order to secure your date. We offer a FREE date change policy allowing you to change your departure date any time up until your final payment is made.
  • Final Payment is due 60 days after initial deposit. Once this payment is made, no cancellations or amendments are permitted and all prior payments become strictly non-refundable. If you book within 90 days of travel, you will be sent an invoice within 7 days for final payment. Up to 12 Months Interest Free available: https://exclusives.webjet.com.au/up-to-12-months-interest-free/
  • Invoices will be emailed to you in advance and it is your responsibility to ensure payments are made prior to the due date
  • Should payment not be received by the due date, your booking will be cancelled and all prior payments will remain strictly non-refundable. 
  • Your tour is subject to availability at the time of your booking. We advise you to book early to avoid disappointment.

Free Date Changes:

  • After booking your travel and paying the deposit, you may change your travel date subject to the following terms.
  • Changes can only be made up until 60 days after purchase or 90 days prior travel whichever is earlier. After this point, your booking becomes non-changeable and remains strictly non-refundable.
  • Any change is subject to availability
  • To request a date change, please email customerexperience@webjetexclusives.com.au with your existing booking details and your requested travel date
  • If you choose to change your travel date, you will be requested to complete another booking form. Please ensure you include all preferences and special requests, as prior submissions will not be considered in finalising your booking.

Excludes: Travel insurance, Airport transfers, Porterage, Tipping, Visas, Personal expenses, Anything not mentioned or “optional” or “own account” in the itinerary.

Single Supplement:

$1,099 per person in addition to the twin share voucher.

Please purchase one twin share voucher and then purchase your single supplement. You can purchase your single supplement by clicking here

Triple Share: Not available

Group Sizes: 10 – 40 people

Accommodation: 

Venice: Villa Foscarini or similar
Florence: Grand Hotel Mediterraneo or similar
Assisi: Viole Country Hotel or similar
Sorrento: Club Sorrento or similar
Taormina Region: Hotel Albatros or similar
Agrigento: Grand Hotel Mose or similar
Palermo: Hotel San Paolo Palace or similar
Ferry: Grandi Navi Veloci or Tirrenia Ferry (Inside Cabin)
Rome: Ergife Palace or similar

Land Only: To purchase this tour land only (no flights) please click here 

Visas: Visas are not included. It is the traveller’s responsibility to ensure they meet the visa requirements for the country they are visiting. Webjet Exclusives is unable to provide visa advice.

For Visa assistance, please visit Webjet’s Travel Visa Service page

Travel Insurance: Help cover yourself for the unexpected with great value Webjet Travel Insurance, we highly recommend it. Click here for a quote

Note: If you have not yet selected your dates of travel or submitted your booking form, our 21 Day Money Back Guarantee allows you to claim a full refund within 21 days of your purchase. However, if you have selected your dates and submitted your booking form, your purchase becomes strictly non-refundable even within 21 days of purchase. See our Terms & Conditions for further details.

 

 
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Travel Dates

 

Departure Dates:

20 April 2018
18 May 2018
10 August 2018
7 September 2018

Surcharges may apply to some dates, please see the availability calendar for more details

Bookings not accepted when within 65 days of departure

Availability on Departure Dates listed in Fine Print is subject to change. Live availability is shown on the availability calendar after clicking on the BUY NOW button

 

 
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Flight Information

 

Airline: 

  • Return economy airfares from Melbourne, Sydney or Brisbane with Lufthansa (Finnair, KLM, China Southern, Emirates or Etihad if unavailable). 
  • Adelaide or Perth – A $250 Interstate surcharges applies per person. You can purchase your interstate surcharge after you click ‘Buy Now’ or by clicking here 
  • Including minimum 20kg of checked baggage per passenger (actual limit is subject to airline).
  • One return airfare is supplied per voucher
  • Names cannot be changed once flights have been booked. 
  • Flights cannot be used one-way only 

Flights:

  • Note that the total length of the package includes time spent in flight as specified in the itinerary
  • Some flights may depart a day before the itinerary and involve up to 2 transits. These changes are beyond our control and are subject to availability and airline schedule changes.
  • Full names (First, Middle & Surname) as per passport must be provided for ticketing. Passport Details are also required at time of booking in order to confirm your flights. 
  • Once your flights are confirmed and ticketed, flights are non-refundable and non-changeable.
  • Flight itineraries will not be provided until 30 days prior to departure, along with final documentation.
  • All flights have been booked to meet minimum connection times as per airline policy and fare rules.

Schedule Changes: 

  • Airline schedule changes or cancellations can happen from time to time and are beyond our control. The customer is responsible for reviewing their flight schedule prior to their departure. Webjet Exclusives endeavours to assist customers where possible, however should any change or cancellation occur, please contact your Travel Insurance provider to check whether you are covered by your policy.

Flight Variations:

Option 1: Arrive early and/or extend your stay post tour with the promotional airline

  • A flat fee of $350.00 per person is applied per person should you wish to arrive early and/or extend your stay. Fee is non-negotiable and must be paid before your flight variation can be confirmed.
  • Please select how many days you want to arrive early and/or extend your stay by on your Booking Form. 
  • Flights will arrive into the city as per the tour itinerary and depart from the city as per tour itinerary. Customers cannot choose another airport or city for their arrival and/or departure.
  • All flights will be booked with the promotional airfare available at the time of booking – for your choice of preferred airline or cabin class, please see below.
  • Your fight request is subject to availability and if the promotional airfare is not available, you will be quoted the fare difference in addition to the flat fee.
  • You will be sent an invoice for the additional fee after your booking form has been received. Once this invoice has been paid, your flights will be ticketed based on the days you have requested. Your varied flight itinerary will not be provided in advance of ticketing and once your flights have been ticketed, no further changes can be made.
  • If the invoice is not paid by the expiry date, you will be automatically booked on the promotional airfare for the standard dates of the package.
  • If you are wishing to arrange internal flights, this must be arranged at your own expense. Webjet Exclusives cannot assist with the purchase of additional flights outside of the itinerary.
  • Webjet Exclusives are unable to provide any additional accommodation outside of the tour itinerary and this will need to be arranged at your own expense. By extending your departure date, you will also forfeit the included airport transfer (if applicable) and will need to make your own way to the airport at your own expense.

 Option 2: Upgrade to Premium Economy or Business Class (where available)

  • A flat fee of $350.00 per person, plus additional airfare and taxes will be quoted if choosing to upgrade your flights to another cabin class.
  • Please select your preferred cabin class from the drop down box on the booking form at the time of making your purchase.
  • If you have a preferred airline for your upgrade quote, please mention this in the Special Request field of your Booking Form. If no specific airline is requested, the best available fare will be quoted to you.
  • Your quote will not be provided immediately and will be processed in departure date order only after the final payment.
  • The quote will be sent via email only and will include clear instructions on how to make payment. Failure to pay by the stipulated date and time will cause the quote to expire, by which Webjet Exclusives will proceed to book the promotional airfare included in your packages.
  • If also choosing to arrival early and/or extend your stay, this will be quoted to you in conjunction with your preferred airline request.

 Should you be unsatisfied with the quote provided for your cabin upgrade, you can opt to:

1. Travel with the group as per the tour itinerary on the promotional airfare or;
2.Take the package as Land Only and receive a refund of the Land Only discount, if available.

Once your flights have been confirmed and ticketed, no further changes can be made and your booking will remain non-refundable.

Option 3: Choose an alternative airline

  • A flat fee of $350.00 per person, plus additional airfare and taxes will be quoted if choosing to travel with a premium airline for your tour.
  • Please specify your preferred airline in the Special Request field of your booking form.
  • Your quote will not be provided immediately and will be processed in departure date order only after the final payment.
  • The quote will be sent via email only and will include clear instructions on how to make payment. Failure to pay by the stipulated date and time will cause the quote to expire, by which Webjet Exclusives will proceed to confirm your flights as per the tour itinerary.
  • If also choosing to arrival early and/or extend your stay, this will be quoted to you in conjunction with your preferred airline request.

Should you be unsatisfied with the quote provided for your airline preference, you can opt to:

1. Travel with the group as per the tour itinerary on the promotional airfare or;
2.Take the package as Land Only and receive a refund of the Land Only discount, if available.

Once your flights have been confirmed and ticketed, no further changes can be made and your booking will remain non-refundable.

 
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Package Inclusions
  • Return international economy flights
  • 13 nights quality 3-4 star accommodation throughout Italy & Sicily
  • 1 night overnight ferry from Palermo to Naples in an inside cabin
  • Breakfast daily
  • The services of a professional tour manager throughout
  • In depth sightseeing in all cities
  • Dedicated coach transportation throughout
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