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OVERVIEW

Solos Only

The end of spring, just as summer commences, is a beautiful time of year to visit Italy. On this tour you will discover the best of one of the world's most picturesque countries from the south to the north.

Starting in the ancient city of Rome then continuing to the Amalfi Coast in the south, before the  tour makes its way north, through Umbria and Tuscany regions.  After Tuscany, the tour visits Venice before a relaxing stay at the beautiful Lake Maggiore in the north and coming to conclusion in Milan.

Touring highlights include a three night stay in  Rome, Sorrento, Florence and Lake Maggiore, plus a highlight excursion of the Cinque Terre (or five villages), Pompeii, the superb Vatican museums, along the way discovering scenic countryside regions of Italy.

This tour enjoys the benefit of small group touring with some superb dining experiences, with no more than 16 travellers in the group and is fully escorted from Italy. All in the company of fellow solo travellers! 

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PACKAGE DETAILS
  • Ages:
    45+
  • Duration:
    18 Days
  • Status:
    Early bird offer
  • Region:
    Europe
  • Destinations:
    Italy
  • Travel Style:
    Discovery
  • Accommodation:
    Quality hotels
  • Prices from:
    AUD$10829 @ early bird, with own room
  • Transport:
    Bus,Boat
  • Pace:
    3
  • Max Group Size:
    maximum 21
REVIEWS

'The Italian tour was the trip of a lifetime.  It was all amazing the food, locations, hotels and our tour guide Giuseppe. I cannot fault anything about it about it. It is a must do !!!'

Diana, 60 years, New South Wales

'Italy,a fabulous holiday destination for a group of Aussies with history culture landscape and food all brought together by our wonderful tour guide, Luis.'

Keith, 61 years, Sydney, New South Wales
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INCLUSIONS

ACCOMMODATION & MEALS

  • 17 nights quality hotel accommodation
  • A group welcome drink on day 1
  • 2 highlight lunches including a glass of wine
  • 6 highlight dinners including a glass of wine
  • A wine tasting event
  • A vinegar tasting in Modena

SIGHTSEEING AND GUIDE

  • English speaking, professional tour director
  • An Italian cooking class
  • English speaking local guides as indicated by itinerary
  • All entry fees, valued at Euro195 as per itinerary inclusions
  • Headphones for guided sightseeing tours
  • Tours & excursions as per itinerary

TRAVEL

  • Private, air conditioned vehicle with driver
  • Boat ride, Isle of Capri
  • Arrival and departure transfer with nominated tour flight #

ADDITIONAL SERVICES

  • Porterage (1 bag) where available
  • Pre paid tips for tour service personnel ~
  • Tourist taxes
  • Maximum group size 21 passengers

# Arrival & departure airport transfer provided for nominated tour flight, including 1 day prior to tour commencement when airfares purchased as part of your package
~ Pre paid tips include tips for the tour director, coach driver, local guides, boat drivers on included boat tours.

Travel insurance is a mandatory requirement for joining this tour and is in addition to the package price.

Not included: 

  • Airfares & airports if booking a tour only package
  • Travel insurance
  • Excess baggage
  • Visa fees
  • Tips for hotel porters or room attendants
  • Any tips not part of tour package inclusions
  • Meals and beverages not specified on itinerary
  • Items of a personal nature such as laundry & medical expenses
  • Incidental expenses such as taxi fares, telecommunications

Departure Dates for this tour

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AUD $10829 @ early bird, tour with your own room
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PRE TOUR HOTEL ROME 15MAY 2020: including breakfast @ BW Plus Hotel Universo

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POST TOUR HOTEL, STRESA 02JUN 2020: including breakfast @ Gran Hotel Bristol

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Trip Code: italy20-5

TERMS & CONDITIONS

Itinerary

HIGHLIGHTS
  • Wonderful three night stays in Rome, Sorrento and Florence
  • In Italian style, included lunches and dinners are enjoyed with a glass of wine
  • Restaurants selected to showcase Italian cuisine
  • In Rome, visit the superb Vatican Museums and admire Michelangelo's ceiling of the Sistine Chapel
  • A guided tour through the cobble-stoned streets of the ill-fated town of
  • Visits to Ravello & Positano, local towns of the Amalfi Coast
  • An Italian cooking class, Amalfi Coast
  • A day tour to Isle of Capri, off the Amalfi Coast
  • A guided tour of the Commonwealth Cemetery of Montecassino
  • Enjoy a Michelin plated venue for a superb dinner in Assisi
  • A Tuscan highlight lunch
  • A superb day discovering the delights of the Cinque Terre
  • Time in Assisi, a charming hilltop town of Umbria
  • A sightseeing tour of Florence including a visit to see Michelangelo's original statue of ‘David'.
  • Two nights staying Venice Mestre; visit Venice and Murano Islands with included guided tours
  • A full day of visiting magnificent islands of Lake Maggiore

Pre Tour Stay
Consider arriving a day before the tour start, or enjoy a stopover.  The cost of the additional night/s of stay applies. Ask our travel team about this option, and the additional costs.

Guided Tours with Headsets
Our travellers are provided with a headset each and a guide narrates using a radio microphone. This eliminates background noise, interruptions from other tour groups and offers a more intimate touring experience.  

DAY 1
Rome

Welcome to Rome, Italy, the ‘Eternal City' for a three night stay. At 5:30pm meet with the group Tour Director for a welcome drink and tour briefing.   The evening is at your leisure. You may like to head out with other group members and enjoy dinner together.

Meals: Welcome Drink 

DAY 2
Rome

After a relaxing breakfast we head out for a guided walking tour of Rome. You will be escorted by an expert local guide, as you visit Rome's iconic landmarks and places of interest including entrance to The Colosseum and Roman Forum, to explore ancient Rome. This afternoon you have time at leisure to enjoy your choice of sightseeing, shopping or relaxing in Rome.

We celebrate our tour commencement with a wonderful group dinner including a glass of Italian wine, at a lovely local restaurant in Rome.

Meals: Breakfast, Highlight Dinner

DAY 3
Rome
 

An early breakfast today, and then we complete our discovery tour of the highlights of Rome.  We have a group reservation (no queues) for our guided tour of the Vatican Museums to see Michelangelo's ceiling in the Sistine Chapel plus visit St Peter's Basilica * built around the tomb of St Peter, and designed by some of history's greatest architects, Bramante, Bernini and Michelangelo.

Enjoy the afternoon at your leisure. Shop till you drop, explore more of Rome or you may be tempted to throw another coin into the famous Trevi Fountain to ensure your return one day! The evening is at your leisure and the chance to make your own local discoveries for a dinner spot. We suggest you ask your tour director for recommendations.

Meals: Breakfast

* shorts or short skirts not permitted

DAY 4
Rome – Pompeii - Amalfi Coast 

Today we travel to the Amalfi Coast for a relaxing three night stay. We get off to an early start to first reach Pompeii where an expert local guide will walk you through the streets of this Roman resort buried by an eruption of the volcano Mt Vesuvius in AD79. From Pompeii it’s only about a forty minute drive to reach the city of Sorrento on the Amalfi Coast.  Once we arrive to the Amalfi Coast, there’s some free time before the fun and fabulous cooking class.

HIGHLIGHT EXPERIENCE: ITALIAN COOKING CLASS
Dinner tonight is a fabulous cooking class with Chef Carmen. In your two hour hands-on cooking class, learn to cook two typical Italian dishes like gnocchi and eggplant parmigiana. After, enjoy what you’ve prepared with wine, coke, water and of course limoncello!

Meals: Breakfast, Highlight Dinner

DAY 5 
Amalfi Coast

It’s a fabulous day of sightseeing, escorted by your tour director, as we get to know the Amalfi Coast, including a visit to the resort town of Ravello, perched above Amalfi, renowned for its views and wonderful gardens and a visit to Positano.

This evening, why not try the local seafood at a local restaurant for dinner?

Meals: Breakfast 

DAY 6
Amalfi Coast (Isle of Capri)

We take a hydrofoil ride from Sorrento to the Isle of Capri and around the Isle to appreciate the isle’s beauty from the water. By boat, visiting the Blue Grotto (subject to suitable weather conditions), then returning for a tour to Ana Capri. Before returning to the mainland, there will be some time at leisure in the town of Capri. This evening, another chance to dine locally on the Amalfi Coast.

Meals: Breakfast

DAY 7
Amalfi Coast – Assisi

From the coast, we depart first thing to make our way to Assisi for a two night stay.   A few hours along the way, we enjoy a guided city tour on foot at the Commonwealth Cemetery of Montecassino. After lunch we take the afternoon to reach Assisi. It’s a scenic drive to the
hill top town of Assisi home of St Francis.

The evening is at your leisure.

Meals: Breakfast 

DAY 8
Assisi

In the morning, there's a guided city tour on foot to visit the Basilica of St Francis with its magnificent frescoes by the artist Giotto and other highlights of Assisi. The rest of the day is free to wander the cobblestone streets and enjoy the peaceful atmosphere. We come together in the evening for a special & very memorable dinner, at a Michelin plated restaurant in Assisi.

Meals: Breakfast, Highlight Dinner

DAY 9
Assisi - Florence

We depart Assisi to make our way to Florence for our three night stay. On our way to Assisi, in the heart of Tuscany, on a hilltop stands the majestic medieval walled town of San Gimignano. It has retained all its old streets, its walls, gates, palaces, strongholds and thirteen towers.  There’s a guided city tour on foot to explore this many towered and very charming town with its squares and winding streets.

This afternoon we travel to Florence, just over an hour from San Gimignano and the rest of the day is at your leisure.

Meals: Breakfast

DAY 10
Florence 

In Florence this morning, there's a city tour which includes a visit to the Academy of Fine Arts, to show you Michelangelo's statue of ‘David' in the Academy Gallery. We continue, to visit the Cathedral and Baptistry, Giotto's 14th century Campanile (said to be the most beautiful bell-tower in the world), the ‘Gates of Paradise' and enjoy a view of Signoria Square, the political stage of the Florentines.

This afternoon, there's a wonderful excursion to Greve in the picturesque Chianti region including wine tasting. The evening is at your leisure.

Meals: Breakfast, Wine tasting

DAY 11
Florence

Time to discover Florence at your leisure. Florence is wonderful for wandering, shopping and simply absorbing the atmosphere. And tonight, farewell Florence with dinner at a lovely local Florentine restaurant.

Meals: Breakfast, Highlight Dinner

FREE TIME EXTRA
Uffizi Museum
This afternoon take the option to go to the Uffizi Museum

DAY 12
Florence
 – Pisa – La Spezia

Today onto La Spezia via Pisa, to reach the eastern end of the Italian Riviera. Your tour director will take you on a guided walk of Pisa and of course, see the Leaning Tower of Pisa.  A special stop in Monte Carlo for a highlight Tuscan lunch at a Tuscan farm and winery for some of the best of Tuscan cuisine. After lunch, we make our way to La Spezia, where the rest of the day is at your leisure.

Meals: Breakfast, Highlight Lunch 

DAY 13
La Spezia
 (Cinque Terre)

Today, is the highlight excursion to the Cinque Terre (or the five lands), which were for years only accessible by donkey. Luckily, today we take the train to explore the spectacular area.

Enjoying walking around the postcard pretty villages, which both retain their charm and reputation for producing one of Italy's most sought after and exclusive wines. For the adventurous there is a hill side track which leads from one village to another. There's also the option to return by boat after the walk (which is spectacular) or you can choose to walk further to more of the five villages and then return by train to La Spezia.

After an adventurous day, the rest of the day is at your leisure.

Meals: Breakfast

DAY 14
La Spezia – Bologna - Venice

Today, it's a longer drive to cross the Italian peninsular. On our way, we take a stop to experience an Italian vinegar tasting, before arriving to Bologna, a medieval town in northern Italy. Your tour director will take you on a short walking tour and then, you have time to wander at your leisure. More importantly, take the time to enjoy lunch, as Bologna is often regarded as the culinary capital of Italy. The market in the city centre displays an impressive array of deli produce; cheeses, meats, fruits, vegetables and baked delights. From Bologna it’s a few hours to arrive to Venice Mestre where our hotel is located. Dinner tonight is at your leisure.

Meals: Breakfast

DAY 15
Venice

Your morning tour today is by boat and by foot. There’s a walking tour from the famous Piazza San Marco. You'll enjoy a guided sightseeing tour that includes entrance to the Doges' Palace. Also today there's a visit a glass showroom for an interesting demonstration of the traditional craftsmanship of Murano glassware, unchanged for centuries. We also see visit the ornate St Mark's Basilica. The afternoon is at leisure to explore Venice on your own.

This evening, we come together again to dine near to Piazza San Marco, Venice a local restaurant with traditional Venetian and regional cuisine and of course, a glass of Italian wine.  After dinner, we are escorted back to our hotel.

Meals: Breakfast, Highlight Dinner

DAY 16
Venice – Verona – Lake Maggiore

This morning we drive to the elegant city of Verona. There's a guided city centre walking tour in Verona and entrance to the Arena Di Verona, an ancient Roman arena and venue for the opera each summer and visit Juliet's house and the balcony (from Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet).  After, take some time for lunch at your leisure. .

In the afternoon, we make our way to our lake-side hotel at Lake Maggiore.  It’s an impressive lake, south of the Alps. It’s here that you take a leisurely stay, at our hotel in Stresa as a finale to your Italian Splendour tour. This evening a special treat for dinner at a superb Italian restaurant in Stresa. 

Meals: Breakfast, Highlight Dinner

DAY 17 
Lake Maggiore 

Today's highlight is a full day of experiencing the magnificent Lake Maggiore, visiting three of the islands.  A local guide joins the group to escort us on our cruise to visit the first two islands; Isola Madre being the largest of the Borromeo Islands and Isola Bella. At each of the islands we enjoy a visit to the monumental baroque palaces and their majestic gardens. 

Today, enjoy a highlight lunch at a fabulous restaurant on Isola Superiore di Pescatori, the third of the three islands.  Isola Superiore di Pescatori is renowned as a quaint village with its narrow cobbled street, pretty harbour and charming homes.

After lunch, we return by ferry to our hotel.

Meals: Breakfast, Highlight Lunch

DAY 18
Lake Maggiore – Milan

Our memorable tour comes to an end after breakfast. Or feel free to extend your stay with additional nights at Lake Maggiore, or transfer for a city break in the cosmopolitan city of Milan,

Meals: Breakfast

 

Itineraries may be subject to change, due to circumstances outside of our control. If there is any itinerary change prior to departure of significance, we aim to inform you prior to travel.  Itinerary changes while on tour will be informed by your tour leader/guide while on tour.

 

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ACCOMMODATION

HOTELS

Destination

Hotel Name

Nights

Rome       

BW Plus Hotel Universo

3

Sorrento

Hotel Regina 

3

Assisi

Grand Hotel

2

Florence

NH Firenze

3

La Spezia

NH La Spezia

2

Venice Mestre

NH Laguna

2

Stresa (Lake)

Gran Hotel Bristol

2

Total Nights

 

17

Hotels are subject to change, due to circumstances outside of our control. Should this occur, a hotel of a similar standard will be provided.

HOTEL DESCRIPTIONS
We book all rooms as double rooms for sole use if taking your own room and not sharing, avoiding small single rooms.  Please note, if sharing it’s more regular in Europe that beds are singles.

ACCOMMODATION – DOUBLE FOR SINGLE USE
Encounter Travel books all hotels so that if you take your own room you have the same standard room as two people sharing.  This is to avoid common practice in Europe where a room for one person is allocated (a single room) and the room standard and/or size is less than that of a room for two people.  Also throughout Europe the beds can be somewhat smaller than an average sized beds in Australia.  For example a standard double sized bed is from 137 – 187cm, in Europe the beds are smaller and average between 120 and 140cm.

Please note, if sharing it’s more regular in Europe that beds are singles.

If you think that you have been given the incorrect room type anytime while on tour, speak directly to the hotel or your tour director who can sort this out for you at the time. Advice to us after the fact or on your return means we can’t make amends.

Grand Hotel dei Congressi Roseo, Assisi

HOTEL DESCRIPTIONS

HOTEL UNIVERSO, ROME
Perfectly located near the heart of Rome’s historical centre and just steps from Rome’s opera house and major landmarks, such as the Viminale, Palazzo Baracchini or the historical via XX Settembre, The BEST WESTERN Hotel Universo enjoys a prime location in an elegant and historical district. Numerous museums and interesting sites are easy to walk to including the Borghese Gallery, Palazzo Massimo museum or the Coliseum and the Capitole. The nearby Termini railway station offers good public transport links to visit sites further afield.

GRAN ART HOTEL PARADISO, SORRENTO
The Art Hotel Gran Paradiso is perched on a hilltop over the Gulf of Naples, offering an unforgettable view past citrus groves, olive trees, and lush gardens over the coastline of Sorrento and as far as Mount Vesuvius, Ischia, and Procida on the horizon.  Explore the halls of the hotel and feel like you’re in an exclusive art gallery, then relax on the terrace and feel like you’re in heaven.

ART HOTEL GRAN PARADISO, SORRENTO
It is a unique, four star hotel in the Sorrento hills: from the terraces guests can savour the sweeping views which stretch over the whole of the Sorrento Peninsula and the Gulf of Naples. Gran Paradiso offers heavenly views from sky high terraces and has an in­house collection of modern works curated over the years by the Mario Colonna, hotelier and art aficionado. Standard rooms are 23 square metres with either a bath or shower.

Guest at Art Hotel Gran Paradiso enjoy:

  • Shuttle service to and from the center of Sorrento
  • Free wifi
  • Outdoor pool open until sunset
  • Restaurant and poolside café
  • Welcome cocktail & live music in the evenings

Wi Fi: free

GRAND HOTEL DEI CONGRESSI, ASSISI
Strategically located right in the heart of Umbria, the Grand Hotel dei Congressi Assisi welcomes you to Assisi, one of Italy's uniquely magical towns brimming with history, art and with a strong religious significance for believers across the globe. The Grand Hotel dei Congressi Assisi overlooks the magnificent Valle Umbra from its exceptional vantage point at the feet of Mount Subasio. From the hotel it is possible to see as far as the dome of the Basilica of Santa Maria degli Angeli, Santuario of Rivotortowhereas the roof garden commands views to the Rocca Maggiore, the bell tower of the Basilica of St Claire's, the Basilica of St Francis' and the Sacred Convent.

NH FIRENZE, FLORENCE
The NH Firenze hotel is in the Porta al Prato area, near to one of the gates of the ancient Walls of Florence. In front of the hotel is Cascine Park, the city’s biggest green space. And 20 minutes’ walk along the Arno River gets you to the stunning Duomo and the San Lorenzo shopping area.

  • idyllic stroll along the river to the city center
  • One tram stop away from the Santa Maria Novella Train station
  • 10-minute tram ride to the Duomo and cathedral
  • Stazione Leopolda is very close to the hotel

NH LA SPEZIA, LA SPEZIA
The NH La Spezia hotel is in the city center, just in front of the harbor, so it’s ideally placed for boat trips to the spectacular Cinque Terre. The building itself dates back to the 1950s, and every room has a sea view.

  • on the promenade, in front of the departure point for boats headed to the Cinque Terre
  • just footsteps from the shops, cafés and restaurants of the city center
  • a 15-minute walk from the train station

CDH HOTEL, LA SPEZIA (SEP)
CDH Hotel La Spezia located on one of the most beautiful coastlines in Italy, in the city centre, guests can easily visit the city at their leisure.  The hotel is very well located, with the railway station just 3 minutes walk away, for those wishing to visit Cinque Terre. The hotel offers free wi-fi internet connection throughout.

NH LAGUNA, VENICE MESTRE
The NH Venezia Laguna Palace hotel is a striking, contemporary hotel in Venice-Mestre. This landmark building features one of the largest glass-covered structures in Europe. The hotel enjoys a great location 5 minutes from the Mestre train station, and 10 minutes from historical Venice’s sights by car or by bus. The hotel faces a marina, so you’ve water access, too.

Rooms are tastefully furnished in shades of white, beige and black-brown. They come equipped with free Wi-Fi, a TV and a well-stocked minibar, as well as a desk for working.  The restaurant serves a wide range of regional and Italian dishes. There is also a bar and an outdoor terrace overlooking the marina. The hotel also has a gym.

Wi Fi: free

HOTEL MILAN SPIRANZA, STRESA

Hotel Milan Speranza au Lac is composed of two adjacent buildings, located in the center of Stresa, and belongs to the historical tradition of the hospitality on Lake Maggiore started in 1859. Rooms are both classic and timeless. They offer many comforts such as: air condition, satellite TV, safe and free WI-FI connection.

Wi Fi: free

 

Hotel descriptions are taken from the hotel website and edited to suit our page. 


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GETTING THERE

Arrive to: Rome, Italy
Depart from: Milan, Italy                

You must hold a valid passport with a minimum of six 6 months validity from your return date to your home country. Ensure you have at least two blank pages in your passport. See 'VISA' information in our MORE INFORMATION section below.

NOT TAKING THE TOUR WITH AIRFARE PACKAGE?
When booking your own flights, and not asking us to manage your flights be sure to check you book the correct travel dates. Tour dates we promote with our tour & airfare packages include travel dates from Australia. If booking only the tour, you need to check the date of arrival in the tour destination, and the date the tour ends to make sure you match your flights to match the tour itinerary.

HOTEL CHECK IN /CHECK OUT TIMES
Consider the hotel check in time on arrival and the hotel check out time on departure. 

Check In: 2pm (as a guide but can be as late as 3pm)
Check Out: 11am as a guide (can be as early as 10am)

Late check out can be requested but without payment cannot be guaranteed.

AIRPORT TRANSFERS WITH GROUP NOMINATED TOUR FLIGHT

 

Refer to your quote for included transfers.

AIRPORT TRANSFERS – FLIGHTS MADE BY YOUR OWN ARRANGEMENTS (APPLIES TO MAY 2019 DEPARTURE)

On arrival to Rome (Fiumicino International Airport)
If you have not arranged your flight with us, but are travelling on the same flights as our group (such as using frequent flyer points), you can request to join the arrival transfer; a service fee applies.

On departure from Milan (Malpensa International Airport)
On the final day of the tour the group departs the group hotel in Milan for Milan Malpensa Airport to meet the group nominated tour flight departing Milan.

If you are not joining the group nominated tour flight, you still have the option of joining the transfer to the airport for another onward flight (no fee applies) but you must advise us of this at the time of finalising your booking and in advance of 45 days prior to the tour departure.

DETAILS

Read on for other key trip information that you should know before you decide on joining the group.

TRIP AVAILABILITY
If this trip seems right for you then we encourage you to book early and secure your place with a deposit.  Tour space is limited. Also, many services on this tour must be booked well in advance. To ensure your place, please check trip availability at your earliest convenience.

FELLOW TRAVELLERS 
You will enjoy this small group experience with a maximum group size of 16 travellers. This tour is exclusively for single-solo travellers.

THE PACE  [3 out of 5]
This tour includes a reasonable amount of sightseeing on foot and is graded as a medium-paced tour. A reasonable fitness level is required to participate in this tour.

There is an exceptional three night stay in Rome, Sorrento, Florence and at Lake Maggiore, and two nights of stay at the other destinations, creating a relaxed tour pace. Then finally, a one night stay in Milan.

The majority of driving days are not too long, with convenient stops at places of interest along the way for refreshments and sightseeing.

ACCOMMODATION – DOUBLE FOR SINGLE USE
Encounter Travel pays a supplement to all hotels for this itinerary so that the passengers who opt to take a single room get a double bed. Throughout Europe the beds can be somewhat smaller than an average queen sized bed here in Australia. For example a standard double sized bed is from 137 – 187cm, in Europe the beds are smaller and average between 120 and 140cm.

If you think that you have been given the incorrect room type anytime while on tour, it’s best to speak directly to your tour director who can sort this out for you at the time.

YOUR FITNESS REQUIREMENTS
You should be able to carry your own luggage without assistance and not require an assistance while walking. As mostly tours are by foot, you should be able to walk three to four kilometres during the day, without difficulty.

Travellers of 70 years and over will be required to have a doctor complete a Fit to Travel form.

ABOUT THE MEALS
It’s regular that our trips included welcome dinners and farewell dinners for our groups. In addition, we include other group dining experiences to ensure that everyone can enjoy the benefit of travelling and dining as a group. There’s nothing better than to share a meal with new friends and discuss the day’s adventures.

The meals included with our itinerary are Italian/European cuisine. We include highlight dinners and lunches as detailed by the itinerary. Highlight references that use local restaurants of a high standard or if we use hotel restaurants they are of a high standard. Also, with each included meal a glass of wine is included.

Special Diet Requirements
Please be sure to advise us at the time of booking of any special dietary requirements. We always do our best to accommodate special diet needs and in most cases, special dietary needs can be met. Gluten free pizza and pasta may not be available.

However, in some destinations the variety of choice for certain special diets may be limited. If you are concerned please check with us before you book.

GROUP LEADER/ESCORT/GUIDE
This is a private group tour with a coach driver and English speaking, locally based tour director. Your tour escort commences their services from Italy and is there to assist with group arrangements and to act as the liaison for all tour services. A tour escort is not included for the travel arrangements to/from Italy.

In addition, local guides are included for major sightseeing tours as detailed by the itinerary.

TRANSPORT
Touring is by a private air-conditioned coach, or van (dependent on group size). There is also some boat travel for your visit to the Isle of Capri, around Venice and while staying at Lake Maggiore.

LUGGAGE INFORMATION AND RESTRICTIONS
Emirates baggage allowance depends on the class of travel. Economy class passengers are permitted between 20 and 30kg. The total amount will be advised on your ticket. Passengers who travel business class are permitted to carry 40kg of luggage.

If your allowance has increased after having a ticket reissued, we strongly recommend that you carry proof of your original baggage allowance (a print out or screenshot of the original ticket).

You can check in as many pieces of baggage as you need, as long as the total weight is less than the maximum baggage allowance of your class. However, each individual item must weigh less than 32kg in total.

If an individual item has total dimensions (length + width + height) greater than 300cm (118 inches), it can’t be checked in as baggage and will need to be sent as cargo or freight. There are no exceptions to this rule.

Cabin Baggage
Generally, the amount of cabin baggage you may bring depends on which service class you are flying.
First Class and Business Class customers are permitted two pieces of carry-on baggage: one briefcase plus either one handbag or one garment bag. The briefcase may not exceed 18 x 14 x 8 inches (45 x 35 x 20cm); the handbag may not exceed 22 x 15 x 8 inches (55 x 38 x 20cm); the garment bag can be no more than 8 inches (20cm) thick when folded. The weight of each piece must not exceed 7kg (15lb).

Economy Class customers are permitted one piece of carry-on baggage, either a handbag or laptop bag, that may not exceed 22 x 15 x 8 inches (55 x 38 x 20cm) and must weigh no more than 15lb (7kg).

TRAVEL GUIDE QUICK FACTS
Visit our Travel Guide page on our website for destination information.

TRAVELLER REVIEWS

'The Italian tour was the trip of a lifetime.  It was all amazing the food, locations, hotels and our tour guide Giuseppe. I cannot fault anything about it about it. It is a must do !!!'

Diana, 60 years, New South Wales

'Italy,a fabulous holiday destination for a group of Aussies with history culture landscape and food all brought together by our wonderful tour guide, Luis.'

Keith, 61 years, Sydney, New South Wales

'My first overseas holiday ever, best choice I ever made, everything was so perfectly organised, never any problems. Great destination, great travel mates, many new friends and fantastic tour guide. Wish I had known about this way to travel earlier, I now definitely have the travel bug'

Teena, 48 years, Queensland
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Travel solo, not alone when you join one of our small group tours. Share your journey, without the drawbacks of big coach tours or the solitude of being alone.
Age-Matched Tours
From our traveller feedback we know that our age-matched holidays are one of the main reasons that solo travellers choose to join us. All our 'Solos Only ' tours are age-matched, making for a better chance that you'll be travelling other like minded single travellers.