Travel 2 Touring 18/19

AIR RAIL CRUISE NIGHTS STAYED

EUR0PE

1

LAND NIGHTS STAYED

1

Venice

2

Verona

LAND AIR NIGHTS STAYED

Florence

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Pisa

1

ITALY

Rome

2

LAND RAIL CRUISE NIGHTS STAYED

1

LAND RAIL NIGHTS STAYED

INCLUDED TOUR HIGHLIGHTS 1

ESCORTED COACH TOUR

• Visit the magnificent St. Peter’s Basilica and marvel at the mighty Colosseum on a tour of ancient Rome • Snap the perfect selfie with the Leaning Tower at Pisa’s Square of Miracles • Explore Florence with its majestic cathedrals and enjoy a visit to Piazza della Signoria • Cruise by private boat to St. Mark’s Square in Venice and take part in a traditional glassblowing workshop RAIL NIGHTS STAYED 1 LAND AIR RAIL NIGHTS STAYED 1 LAND CRUISE NIGHTS STAYED 1

PRICES FROM £799pp

7 day Jewels of Italy Rome • Pisa • Florence • Verona • Venice

Day 1: Arrive Rome Welcome to Rome. After check-in, relax and unwind. Later meet with your Travel Director and fellow travellers. In the evening, consider a stroll around this fascinating ancient city and mingle with the locals in beautiful squares with stunning architecture. Ergife Palace Hotel (2 nights) Day 2: Rome Your Local Specialist takes you on a sightseeing tour with a visit to the Vatican City. Visit the awe-inspiring St. Peter’s Basilica and view Michelangelo’s statue, the Pietà. Don’t miss the opportunity to join an Optional Experience to visit inside the famous Sistine Chapel and Vatican Museums. View the mighty Colosseum and see the ancient sites of Rome. Afterwards, enjoy free time to take in the sights or join an Optional Experience to explore the Pantheon and Piazza Navona. (B) Day 3: Rome – Pisa – Florence In the morning, you’ll leave Rome and head north towards Central Italy. Travel through picturesque scenery in Umbria and Tuscany before arriving in the town of Pisa. Visit the Square of Miracles featuring the Leaning Tower, Cathedral and Baptistery. There is time to shop for souvenirs and take pictures. Later, arrive at your hotel near Florence, birthplace of the Renaissance (B) Novotel Firenze Nord (2 nights) Day 4: Florence There are few cities in the world with an artistic legacy to equal that of Florence. Your Local Specialist gives a superb commentary of the city’s history during your walking tour, which includes views of the Baptistery, Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore, the impressive Giotto’s Bell Tower and a visit to Piazza della Signoria. Experience a demonstration of fine leatherwork with time to explore on your own. Shop for high-quality leather and 18-carat gold jewellery for which Florence is renowned and don’t forget to try the gelato. Later enjoy dinner at the hotel. (BD) Day 5: Florence – Verona – Venice (Mestre) Your journey continues north across the dramatic Apennine Mountains to Verona, the home of Shakespeare’s star-crossed lovers. View the vast Roman Arena, where concerts are still held regularly each year and see Juliet’s Balcony. Hear the story of the play which begins with a street brawl between Montague and Capulet servants who, like their masters, are sworn enemies. Head east to the magical, romantic city of Venice. (BD) Antony Hotel (2 nights)

Day 6: Venice Watch the Venetian craftsmen at work creating local specialities at a glassblowing workshop on Giudecca Island. Then cruise by private launch to St. Mark’s Square in the heart of Venice. Admire the Bridge of Sighs, the ornate Doge’s Palace and the Byzantine Basilica of St. Mark. Spend free time afterwards exploring this fascinating city or perhaps take a cruise across the lagoon to the island of Burano for a relaxing meal. Burano is an island in the Venetian lagoon known for its brightly coloured houses. (B) Day 7: Depart Venice In the morning you’ll say ‘arrivederci’ to Italy, your Travel Director and newfound friends at the end of an unforgettable holiday. (B)

TOUR DETAILS

£799 per person

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PRICES INCLUDE • 6 nights’ accommodation in named hotels or similar • Meals as specified: 6 breakfasts, 2 dinners • Touring by air-conditioned vehicle • Services of an expert Travel Director and separate driver • Sightseeing as per itinerary (excluding ‘optional’ items) DEPARTURES Various departures throughout the year, please call for details.

TOUR STYLE: Escorted Coach

GROUP SIZE: 48 max

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ACCOMMODATION LEVEL: 3 stars

Overnight hotels are subject to change. Should they vary from those shown in the itinerary, the alternative accommodation provided will always be of a similar standard.

Optional Pre/Post Stay Add-on nights are available in Rome and Venice. Please call for details.

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