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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 no more than 22 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:
    22 Days
  • Status:
    Early bird offer
  • Region:
    Europe
  • Destinations:
    Italy
  • Travel Style:
    Small deluxe group tour
  • Accomodation:
    Quality hotels
  • Prices:
    @ early bird price from $13239 with your own room including airfares. EB saving applies ONLY if airfare is booked with us
  • Transport:
    Bus,Boat
  • Pace:
    3
  • Group Size:
    maximum 22
  • Trip Code:
    italy18-5
  • Terms:
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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

  • Economy class airfare ex Australia *
  • 19 nights (quality hotels)
  • Daily breakfast (19) 
  • A group welcome drink on day 1
  • 2 highlight lunches including a glass of wine
  • 8 highlight dinners including a glass of wine
  • A wine tasting event
  • A vinegar tasting in Modena
  • Headphones for guided sightseeing tours
  • English speaking, professional tour director
  • English speaking local guides as indicated by itinerary
  • Tours & excursions as per itinerary
  • Porterage (1 bag) where available
  • Pre paid tips for tour service personnel ~
  • Tourist taxes
  • Private, air conditioned coach with driver
  • Arrival transfer and departure transfer with group flight ^
  • Maximum group size 22 passengers 

* airfares are ex Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Adelaide and Perth are inclusive of fuel levy surcharges & taxes up to the value of $200 per person.
^ arrival and departure transfers only apply to nominated group flights, and only when you purchase your airfare with us as part of your holiday package.  
~ Pre paid tips include tips for the tour director, coach driver, local guides, wait staff for included lunches, dinners, wine & vinegar tastings, hotel porters, boat drivers on included boat tours.

Itinerary

HIGHLIGHTS:
  • A relaxing three night stay in Rome, Sorrento, Florence and Lake Maggiore
  • 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 Pompeii.
  • Guided tours of Ravello & Positano, local towns of the Amalfi Coast
  • A day tour to Isle of Capri, off the Amalfi Coast
  • A guided tour of the Commonwealth Cemetery of Montecassino.
  • Time in Assisi, a charming hilltop town of Umbria
  • All lunches and dinners highlight experiences including a glass of wine with your meal, and a dining experience in the Chianti Hills, Florence.
  • A sightseeing tour of Florence including a visit to see Michelangelo's original statue of ‘David'.
  • A Tuscan highlight lunch
  • A superb day discovering the delights of the Cinque Terre (or Five Lands).
  • Two nights staying Venice Mestre; visit Venice and Murano Islands included guided tours
  • A full day of visiting the three magnificent islands of Lake Maggiore
  • Concluding with a city tour in Milan

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 – SUNDAY 13 MAY 2018
Ex Australia

Depart Australia for your flight to Rome, Italy with nominated group airfare for travellers who have booked the tour and airfare package (see Getting There page for details) with us.

DAY 2 – MONDAY 14 MAY 2018
Rome

Welcome to Rome, Italy, the ‘Eternal City' for a three night stay.

If you have booked the group flight with us, you will be met at the airport and transferred to our group hotel by a private group transfer.

You will have some time at leisure this afternoon before you meet with the group Tour Director for a welcome drink and tour briefing at 5:30PM.   After a long flight the rest of the evening will be at your leisure.

Meals: Welcome Drink 

DAY 3 – TUESDAY 15 MAY 2018
Rome

A relaxed morning at your hotel.

After a relaxing breakfast, mid-morning 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 local restaurant in Rome.

Meals: Breakfast, Highlight Dinner

DAY 4 – WEDNESDAY 16 MAY 2018
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 this evening 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 5 – THURSDAY 17 MAY 2018
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, you will have some free time at your leisure in the afternoon before we meet for a group highlight dinner at a local restaurant including a glass of Italian wine with your meal.

Meals: Breakfast, Highlight Dinner

DAY 6  - FRIDAY 18 MAY 2018
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 7 – SATURDAY 19 MAY 2018
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 with the group.

Meals: Breakfast, Highlight Dinner

DAY 8 – SUNDAY 20 MAY 2018
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 9 – MONDAY 21 MAY 2018
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 dinner at a local restaurant in Assisi.

Meals: Breakfast, Highlight Dinner

DAY 10 – TUESDAY 22 MAY 2018
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.

The 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 11 – WEDNESDAY 23 MAY 2018                         
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 12 – THURSDAY 24 MAY 2018
Florence

Time to discover Florence at your leisure. It's a wonderful time for wandering, shopping and simply absorbing the atmosphere.

A gorgeous evening ahead, as we visit the Monastery of Certosa where we'll enjoy a three course menu and welcome drink, along with Tuscan entertainment.

Meals: Breakfast, Highlight Dinner

DAY 13 – FRIDAY 25 MAY 2018
Florence
 – Pisa – La Spezia

A relaxing start to our day with a mid-morning departure to make our way to Florence via Pisa to Spezia, the eastern end of the Italian Riviera. Your tour director will take you on a guided walking of Pisa.

Today, we 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 14 – SATURDAY 26 MAY 2018
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 15  -  SUNDAY 27 MAY 2018
La Spezia – Bologna - Venice

Today, it's a longer drive to cross the Italian peninsular and see the quarries at Carrara, its milky white stone attracting everyone from Michelangelo to Mussolini before we arrive to Venice, a glorious city of quaint bridges, ornate palaces, and gondolas.

On our way, we take a stop to experience an Italian vinegar tasting, before arriving to Bologna.

We arrive 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 16 – MONDAY 28 MAY 2018
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 also includes entrance to the Doges' Palace and a view to the adjoining Bridge of Sighs. 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 a Italian wine.  After dinner, we are escorted back to our hotel.

Meals: Breakfast, Highlight Dinner

DAY 17 – TUESDAY 29 MAY 2018
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 it includes entry to the Arena Di Verona, an ancient Roman arena and venue for the opera each summer and entry to Juliet's house and the balcony (from Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet).

Lunch is by your own arrangement.

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 three night stay, at our hotel in Stresa as a finale to your Italian Splendour tour. This evening is at your leisure. 

Meals: Breakfast

DAY 18  - WEDNESDAY 30 MAY 2018
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 19 – THURSDAY 31 MAY 2018
Lake Maggiore 

A day at leisure. Perhaps you’d like to visit Switzerland today; it’s close and easily reached by a short train ride.

Tonight, come together for a dinner at a local Stresa restaurant enjoying a four course deluxe dining experience.

Meals: Breakfast, Highlight Dinner

DAY 20 – FRIDAY 1 JUNE 2018
Lake Maggiore – Milan

Today after breakfast we transfer to Milan. There will be a city tour of Milan before a final farewell group highlight dinner.

Meals: Breakfast, Highlight Dinner

DAY 21 – SATURDAY 2 JUNE 2018
Depart / Return to Australia

Our memorable tour comes to an end after breakfast. The remainder of the day is at your leisure until it’s time to transfer to the airport for your onward journey.

Those group members travelling on the group nominated flight (or if you have made other arrangements with us) will be transferred to the airport (Milan Malpensa International Airport) for the return journey home.

Meals: Breakfast

DAY 22 – SUNDAY 3 JUNE 2018
Return to Australia

Arrive home 

 

Itineraries are 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 of Stay

Rome       

Hotel Universo

3

Sorrento

Hotel Central

3

Assisi

Grand Hotel Dei Congressi

2

Florence

Grand Hotel Baglioni

3

La Spezia

Hotel CDH

2

Venice Mestre

Hotel Plaza OR
Hotel Palazzo Giovanelli

2

Stresa (Lake)

Regina Palace

3

Milan

Hotel Una Century

1

Total Nights

 

19

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

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.

HOTEL CENTRAL, SORRENTO
Situated in the heart of Sorrento, Hotel Central is run by Colonna family and has been active for two generations with four hospitality properties in the tourist offerings of Sorrento. It is only 700 meters from Sorrento’s Circumvesuviana line train station, and guests can reach the very central Piazza Tasso, one of the main gathering spots of the city, by walking past the lovely shops of Corso Italia in less than 10 minutes. Guests can also enjoy the enchanting scenery of the bay of Naples from the panoramic terrace of the hotel.

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.

GRAND HOTEL BAGLIONI, FLORENCE
The history of Florence has passed through the Grand Hotel Baglioni becoming contemporary.
The hotel greets you in true Florentine fashion and accompanies you, keeping pace with your desires. The elegant decor blends discreetly with modern comforts, harmoniously merging the past and the future. 

HOTEL CDH, LA SPEZIA
Feel welcome in this unique hotel, in a unique setting, an area of natural beauty on the Tyrrhenian Sea between Versilia and the Cinque Terre. A four star hotel which can only be described as a delightful alternative. Facing the sea and just a few steps from the beach, which are easy to reach for day trips and visits to the famous quarries.

HOTEL PALAZA, VENICE MESTRE
Just across the Venzia Mestre station, Hotel Plaza is only 10 minutes away from Grand Canal and Venice Airport. This 4-star contemporary hotel has over 50 years of experience in hospitality offering 209 rooms which have classic feeling, are cosy and spacious, with free Wi-Fi, satellite TV, hairdryer, minibar and air conditioning. 

HOTEL PALAZZO, GIOVANELLI
Elegant and romantic, 4 star Hotel Palazzo Giovanelli in Venice overlooks the Grand Canal, enclosed between the splendid Church of San Stae and Ca' Pesaro, with suites facing its green gardens and a waterside door to receive guests.

The successful mix of decorations, in a perfect balance between modern and traditional, gives Hotel Palazzo Giovanelli an inviting and welcoming aspect, in tune with the impeccable quality of the service of a warm, highly professional and multilingual staff.

Hotel Palazzo Giovanelli is located in the historic center of Venice, enjoying the magnificent atmosphere and offering its guests private, quiet rooms, where a gentle stillness is interrupted only by the passing of gondolas and the flow of water in the canals.

REGINA PALACE, STRESA
Overlooking the banks of Lake Maggiore, in the centre of Stresa and directly facing the Borromean Islands, the hotel represents a fine example of prestige both in the hotel world and historically speaking. The four-star Regina Palace hotel that opened in 1908, still preserves its fin de siècle fascination, even though it has a renewed appearance as a result of a meticulous, albeit conservative refurbishment programme.

UNA HOTEL CENTURY, MILAN (OR SIMILAR)
UNA Hotel Century is a few steps away from Milano Stazione Centrale, the main train station of Milan, but it is located inside a courtyard protected from the city traffic. \

UNA Hotel Century features a restaurant with patio, a breakfast room, a bar, four meeting rooms with natural light, and garage nearby. The renovated 4 star hotel is designed to provide accommodation suitable for both business and leisure travel, with the use of contemporary furniture, Eco-friendly materials, and environmentally friendly lighting.

144 spacious junior suites (30-35 sq m ) with double or twin beds, large working desk, and a queen size sofa bed or two armchairs . The rooms have modern furniture and feature a safe, telephone,  USB port charger,  free WiFi internet connection, minibar, 39" satellite TV, air conditioning. The bathrooms with bathtub and shower or large shower box, feature telephone, hair-dryer and hospitality set. 

 

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

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PRICES

** EARLY BIRD OFFER **

SAVING #2: Book & pay the tour deposit by Thursday 30 November 2017
SAVE $500 for tour & airfare package with your own room | $350 if you share

*EB saving applies ONLY if airfare is booked with us
* sharing refers to ‘twinshare’; share a room with a friend or a roommate match that we arrange.

 

Per Person AUD

Your Own Room

EARLY BIRD Package: Tour & airfare ex Sydney/Melbourne/Brisbane/Adelaide/Perth

$13239

STANDARD Package: Tour & airfare ex Sydney/Melbourne/Brisbane/Adelaide/Perth

$13739

Tour Only

$11909

Pre Tour Hotel: ROME - Hotel Universo including breakfast

$325

Post Tour Hotel: MILAN - Hotel Una Century including breakfast

$325


AIRPORT TRANSFERS

Only required if you have not booked the tour and airfare package with group nominated tour flight as part of your package

ARRIVAL TRANSFER: Rome - with group transfer

$55

ARRIVAL TRANSFER: Rome - not with group transfer

$135

DEPARTURE TRANSFER: Milan - with group transfer

$55

DEPARTURE TRANSFER: MILAN – a private transfer, not with group transfer

$220

Deviation fee (stop over/non group travel dates)

$75

Tipping – About the Pre Paid Tips
Tipping is customary for European touring. To take the hassle of tipping we have packaged the tour with pre paid tips. Tips are included for all the major services detailed by the itinerary, including tips for your director, coach driver, local guides, wait staff for lunches, dinners, wine & vinegar tastings, hotel porters and boat drivers on boat tours.

The pre paid tips does not cover the tips for room maids, donations, coffee-tea stops, and anything else not mentioned above.

For excellent service additional tips for your tour director and driver are gratefully received but not in any way mandatory and entirely at your discretion. 

OTHER PRICE INFORMATION:

SHARE & SAVE
If you are happy to share with a roommate of the same gender, save $2190 on package prices above that include your own room (not sharing).

TOUR & AIRFARE PACKAGE
* International airfare ex Australia is valid from: Sydney, Melbourne, Adelaide, Brisbane & Perth. Once the ticket is issued penalties are incurred for changes, and in some cases airfares may be non-refundable. Reservation are made in the name you provide to us with your booking form – this name must match your passport. Failure to provide your name as per your passport may result in an invalid ticket.

TOUR ONLY PACKAGE:
The airfare is not included with the price. Quotes are provided on request, and are indicative only. Prices are subject to variation until tickets are issued. Tickets are issued once the tour is a guaranteed departure, you have paid the airfare in full and accepted the airfare booking terms in writing. Once the ticket is issued penalties are incurred for changes, and in some cases airfares may be non-refundable. Reservation are made in the name you provide to us with your booking form – this name must match your passport. Failure to provide your name as per your passport may result in an invalid ticket.

DAY/DATE VARIATIONS:
Due to airline flight schedules and availability, day of arrival and day of departure may vary depending on your city of departure. If additional nights of stay are required, the cost of any additional night/s of stay applies.

TAXES & FUEL COSTS, AND SURCHARGES:
The tour and airfare package includes air taxes to the value of $200 per person. Taxes and fuel surcharges change regularly so above levies are shown as a guide only. At the time final monies are due the amount for the airline tax & fuel surcharge will be updated if there has been any change.

An airfare supplement may apply depending on airline availability and departure cities, and this would be advised with your quote. 

EARLY BIRD, TERMS & CONDITIONS:
To be eligible for the early bird savings you need to book and pay the deposit to secure your booking, and make any progress payment by the nominated date, as per the booking terms.

PROGRESS PAYMENT:
A progress payment of $2750 for a single room and $3950 for a twin share room becomes due by Monday 15 January 2018, or within 3 days of your deposit payment if your pay your deposit after Monday 15 January 2018.

See detailed clause ‘cancellation charges’ for complete details of non-refundable monies.

UPGRADING ECONOMY FARE TO BUSINESS CLASS FARE WITH POINTS
The airfare included in a package, or otherwise purchased separately may not allow the use of flyer points to upgrade. However, there is the option of paying a surcharge where we would book the airfare which does allow you to upgrade. The surcharge can be quoted at time of requesting quote and is subject to availability.

ACCRUING FREQUENT FLYER POINTS
The airfare offered may not permit frequent flyer points to be accrued. If you wish to accrue frequent flyers points please check with us at the time of booking. We will advise the status and if any airfare supplement applies to book an airfare class that permits the accrual of frequent flyer points.

PRICE INFORMATION
Prices and itineraries correct at current time but are subject to change.  

Not included: 

  • Airfares
  • Airport Transfers when not purchasing tour & airfare package
  • Travel insurance
  • Excess baggage
  • Visa fees
  • Any tips or porterage at airports, hotels, drivers & local staff
  • Meals and beverages not specified on itinerary
  • Items of a personal nature such as laundry & medical expenses
  • Incidental expenses such as taxi fares, telecommunications 
ROOMMATE MATCH 

Share and save with our roommate match option.
On your request and subject to availability, we will match you with another group member (same gender) so that you can share a room and take advantage of the twin share price.

Reduced Single Supplement:
If we are not able to offer you a roommate match, a 'reduced single supplement' price will be offered. This represents a $500 saving on the standard single supplement price. Alternatively, you have the option decline and receive a full refund of your tour deposit.

If you are not prepared to pay for a reduced single supplement we recommend you should not pay for the airfare until you have a guaranteed roommate match, and this is advised by us in writing. If you have arranged the group airfare with us we will not ticket your airfare until such time that you accept the policy for the Reduced Single Supplement

This supplement becomes due after we finalise the group and before departure.  The reduced single supplement offer only applies to bookings secured with a deposit by Tuesday 13 February 2018. After this time the offer is at our discretion.

Please note: if a roommate becomes available after receiving advice of a reduced single supplement rate, your booking automatically reverts to the twin share price and any monies paid for the reduced single supplement will be refunded.

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.

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

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

Early Check In
If your flight arrives well in advance of the hotel check in time, then we recommend travellers consider booking an additional night at the hotel the evening prior to guarantee a morning check-in. Early check in without payment can be requested, and is at the discretion of the hotel, but cannot be guaranteed.

Late Check Out
If your flight departs after the hotel check out time we recommend that you make an enquiry with us about securing a late check out with payment.  Some hotels will require payment in full of the next night of stay while others may have a rate for a late check out such as a payment to extend check out until 6pm as an example.

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

FLIGHT ITINERARY
Group Flight Arrangements
The group nominated flight is with Emirates. In the event seat/s are unavailable in our booking class for the nominated group tour and airfare package, or no availability whatsoever, we may replace this itinerary with Etihad for some or all passengers.  The final itinerary and airline will be confirmed prior to the airfare being issued (ticketed) and will be sent to you to check the reservation details in advance of issuing the ticket.

Other airlines can be requested but the included group airport transfers on arrival and departure may not apply and the tour only price will apply plus the cost of the alternative fare with another airline.

AIRPORT TRANSFERS
With Group Flight
Arrival and departure transfers in Italy are included for passengers travelling on the group flight, booked with us as part of your package.

On arrival to Rome (Fiumicino International Airport)
If you have not arranged your flight with us, as part of your package 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 flight departing Milan.

If you are not joining the group 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.

ROME - AIRPORT TRANSFERS BY YOUR OWN ARRANGEMENT
By Train
The train station at Fiumicino International Airport Rome is located within short walking distance of the baggage claim area.

Follow the signs for the train station. There is a Leonardo da Vinci Express train. It departs every 30 minutes from the airport to Termini station. It’s takes half an hour.  Price is from Euro14.  For further information, click here.

When you arrive to Rome train station ‘Termini’ we recommend you opt for a taxi to your hotel. Have cash in Euro to pay your driver.

By Taxi
There is a flat rate to go from Fiumicino airport to the city centre of Euro48 (correct at time of publishing but subject to increase without notice).

For further information, click here.  The baggage is included, for a maximum of four passengers.

For Fiumicino Airport Information, click here

MILAN - AIRPORT TRANSFERS BY YOUR OWN ARRANGEMENT
If you are not travelling on the group transfer on completion of the tour, you may like to consider the option of travelling by train to Milan Airport (Milan Malpensa Airport MXP).

The airport is located in the province of Varese, 50km north west of Milan, and there are two main terminals. The airport is connected to Milan by the Milano-Varese highway as well as by the "Malpensa Express" train and taking about 50 minutes. At the time of publishing this content the fare was Euro12 per ticket.

By Train ‘Malpensa Express’

Malpensa Airport - Milano Centrale

View the Malpensa Express website for ticket information and timetables.


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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 25 travellers. This tour is exclusively for single-solo travellers. Generally, this tour departs with around 16-22 group members.

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. 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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