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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:
    tour with airfare from $ own room, or share & save
  • Transport:
    Bus,Boat
  • Pace:
    3
  • Max Group Size:
    maximum 22
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 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 $210 per person.
# Arrival & departure airport transfer provided for nominated tour flight, booked with us as part of your 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.

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

Not included: 

  • Airfares & airport transfers if booking a tour only package
  • Travel insurance
  • Excess baggage
  • Visa fees
  • Any tips not part of tour package
  • 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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12 MAY -2 JUN 2019
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$13845 tour & airfare*
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* sharing refers to ‘twinshare’; share a room with a friend or a roommate match that we arrange. 

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Own Room

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$13845

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$14245

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$12550

 
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Trip Code: italy19-5

TERMS & CONDITIONS
15 SEPT - 6 OCT 2019
Early bird offer
$13845 tour & airfare*
REQUEST QUOTE
** EARLY BIRD OFFER **

Book & pay the tour deposit by Wednesday 19 December 018
SAVE $400 for tour & airfare package with your own room | $250 if you share

* sharing refers to ‘twinshare’; share a room with a friend or a roommate match that we arrange.

From Per Person AUD

Your Own Room

EARLY BIRD Package: Tour & airfare ex SYD/MEL/BNE/ADL/PER*

$13845

STANDARD Package: Tour & airfare ex SYD/MEL/BNE/ADL/PER*

$14245

Tour Only

$12550

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If you are happy to share with a roommate of the same gender, save $2295 on package prices above that include your own room (not sharing).

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Trip Code: italy19-9

TERMS & CONDITIONS

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.
  • Visits to 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.

Pre Tour Stay
Consider arriving a day before the tour starting date, or enjoy a stopover.  You can relax and refresh after your flight.  The cost of the additional night/s of stay applies. Ask our travel team about this option, and the additional costs.

DAY 1
Ex Australia

Depart Australia for your flight to Rome, Italy with the nominated tour flight for travellers who have booked the tour and airfare package with us.

DAY 2
Rome

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

If you have booked the nominated tour flight with us, you will be met at the airport and transferred to our group hotel with 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.  The remainder of the evening will be at your leisure.

Meals: Welcome Drink 

DAY 3
Rome

After breakfast at the hotel, 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 wonderful local restaurant in Rome.

Meals: Breakfast, Highlight Dinner

DAY 4
Rome
 

An early breakfast today, and 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 for 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
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 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 Amalfi Coast

Once we arrive to the Amalfi Coast, you will have some free time 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
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 one of the local restaurants for dinner?

Meals: Breakfast 

DAY 7
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, it’s a pizza making night and after, dine out on your own hand made pizza creation.

Meals: Breakfast, Highlight Dinner

DAY 8
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
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
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                                                                       
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
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 outskirts of Florence for an evening meal of Tuscan flavours in the enchanting hills of Chianti.

Meals: Breakfast, Highlight Dinner

DAY 13
Florence
 – Pisa – La Spezia

We depart 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
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.  After an adventurous day, the evening is at your leisure.

Meals: Breakfast

DAY 15 
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 16
Venice

Today is full day on Venice Island. 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 and a visit to the ornate St Mark’s Basilica. Also today, visit a glass showroom for an interesting demonstration of the traditional craftsmanship of Murano glassware, unchanged for centuries.

The afternoon is at leisure to explore Venice on your own.

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

Meals: Breakfast, Highlight Dinner

DAY 17
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 a visit 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
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
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 superb dining experience.

Meals: Breakfast, Highlight Dinner

DAY 20
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
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 tour 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
Return to Australia

Arrive home 

 

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 of Stay

Rome       

BW Plus Hotel Universo

3

Sorrento / Sant’Agnello

Hotel Cristina OR Regina Hotel Sorrento

3

Assisi

Grand Hotel dei Congressi ROSEO

2

Florence

NH Firenze

3

La Spezia

NH La Spezia OR CDH La Spezia

2

Venice Mestre

Hilton Garden Inn

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.

Hilton Garden Inn, Venice Mestre

Grand Hotel dei Congressi Roseo, Assisi

Regina Palace, Lake Stresa

HOTEL DESCRIPTIONS

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 room standard the same 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. 

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. 

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 CRISTINA, SORRENTO
Hotel Cristina overlooks the town of Sant’Agnello and is located 1200 meters from the central Piazza Tasso in Sorrento. With its breath-taking views over the Bay of Naples and Mount Vesuvius the hotel offers the possibility to enjoy a comfortable and relaxing stay in a stylishly furnished and welcoming environment.  With staff on hand 24 hours a day, guests can sit back and relax, enjoying Italian food and hospitality. Rooms have got fully equipped bathroom, satellite TV, wi-fi internet connection, balcony with garden or sea view and air conditioning.

A free shuttle service is provided to and from Sorrento Train Station (City Center).

REGINA HOTEL, SORRENTO
The Hotel Regina is located in a residential area of the old town of Sorrento, surrounded by the most prestigious trees. It’s an oasis in the heart of Sorrento, and just a stones throw away from the town centre, with its bars shops and restaurants.

Fully renovated in 2011 according to the latest standards of safety and comfort. The bright rooms, furnished according to modern canons of Italian style, are designed to meet every customer need. From standard to superior garden and partial sea-view, the deluxe with sea-view classified with the name of the most representative location of the Gulf of Naples and Salerno: Sorrento, Vesuvio, Positano, Capri.

Some have Jacuzzi, all have a lovely terrace where you can enjoy your sunset cocktail or your morning coffee.

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 awat 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.

HILTON GARDEN INN, VENICE MESTRE
A convenient base on the mainland of Venice, the Hilton Garden Inn hotel in Mestre offers modern accommodations within easy reach of the airport, motorways and the many islands of Venice.

This hotel is ideal for guests with a cruise or flight leaving from Venice, or who prefer to leave the crowds behind after a day of exploring the city. Private transfers are available, and guests can catch a ten-minute bus ride to Venice at the station across the street.

Rooms are spacious, tastefully decorated and fully equipped with modern conveniences. Enjoy the outdoor pool, modern fitness room and on-site restaurant with terrace seating and a selection of fine wines.

  • Located on the Venice Mainland (Mestre) with easy access to Venice, Marco Polo Airport and Venice Cruise Terminal
  • Steps from Parco San Giuliano, the biggest green park in Europe with 74 hectares
  • 136 modern and spacious rooms with wide bright windows
  • Free WiFi connection throughout the hotel; Meeting rooms from 10 up to 120 people available
  • Fitness room, seasonal private swimming pool, cocktail area and restaurant with outdoor terrace
  • Parking is free of charge during your stay; bus stop at the hotel with 10-minute connection to Piazzale Roma

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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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.
As a guide consider these times

Check In: no earlier than 2pm or 3pm 
Check Out: no later than 10am or 11am

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.

 

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
Since 2006
We've already racked up over 12 years of experience creating and delivering the best ever holidays for solo travellers. As a boutique tour operator, we delight in detail, delivering personal service and finding your next best memory.
Australian Owned
100% Australian, created by Australians for Australians; we 'get' the Australian travel style. And, better still, our arms are open to welcome our friends from other countries around the world, who'd like to travel with friendly Aussies.
Small Group Tours
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.