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Italy for First Timers

22 Days  |  Departing Saturday 11th May 2024 and returning Saturday 1st June 2024

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Prices are subject to change due to airfare increases and surcharges may apply. Please enquire at the time of booking.

Progress Payment: $ 6999 8400 by 12 Jan 2024
Final Payment: $ 8000 9599 by 13 Feb 2024
Pay by direct deposit or credit card.

Highlights

  • Two night stay in Venice
  • Cruise along the Grand Canal on board a Venetian Gondola
  • Two night stay in the Romeo & Juliet town of Verona
  • Guided walking tour of the medieval town of Verona
  • Visit picturesque Cernobbio overlooking Lake Como
  • Take a scenic funicula ride for breathtaking views over Como Town
  • Milan city tour including Sforzesco Castle, Duomo di Milano and Galleria Vittoria Emanuele II
  • Cruise to the Cinque Terre town of Riomaggiore and walk the famous Via dell'Amore (Path of Love)
  • Enjoy walking tour of Lucca, viewing Puccini's birthplace, San Michele, Piazza Napoleone & Romanesque Cathedral
  • Three night stay in Florence including a guided food tour
  • Visit Regello olive oil producer including tasting & tour of the olive groves
  • Visit to Leaning Tower of Pisa
  • Wine, cheese & charcuterie tasting in Orvieto
  • Overnight stay in the beautiful Tuscan San Gimignano area
  • Five night stay in Rome
  • Half day guided tour of Rome taking in the main city sights
  • Half day guided coach tour of the Vatican Museum, Sistine Chapel & St Peters Basilica
  • Free time in Rome to explore or relax at leisure

Inclusions

  • Fully escorted by an experienced Sisterhood Tour Hostess who is on hand to assist with making your holiday a memorable one
  • Return economy airfares including taxes ex Melbourne (other departure cities and classes of travel upon request)
  • All sightseeing as per detailed itinerary
  • All meals as per detailed itinerary
  • Quality accommodation as per itinerary ++   
  • Tips for touring Coach Driver and Tour Manager
  • Hotel city taxes
  • Hotel porterage of 1 bag 
  • Willing to share option (subject to availability)
  • Meet and greet prior to departure (subject to minimum numbers attending)

++ Accommodation is subject to change and will be of similar standard

Notice

Local tipping is customary and appreciated.  Outside of the included tipping, we may have local guides at many of our destinations.  Sisterhood Womens Travel tipping system on all Group Tours involves passengers contributing to a kitty which is paid to the tour hostess at the beginning of the tour who then distributes it daily to service providers on your behalf. This avoids the need for you to consider individual tipping situations daily throughout your trip. The estimated amount for your tour is EUR100 and this will confirmed in your final documentation.

Itinerary

Day 1 - Saturday 11 May 2024

Melbourne - Dubai

Welcome to Sisterhood Womens Travel. Meet your fellow travellers at Melbourne Airport for your flight to Venice via Dubai. Sit back, relax and enjoy the inflight entertainment of your airline as you head towards your next adventure.

Day 2 - Sunday 12 May 2024

Dubai - Venice (D)

Upon arrival in Venice Airport, we will be met by the tour manager and transferred by private boat to the hotel for a 2 night stay. 

There may be some walking involved however porters will deliver the bags to the hotel.   

Remainder of the day is at leisure.   

Dinner in a local restaurant tonight (3 courses). 

Accommodation: Hotel Santa Marina, (or similar) Venice– 2 nights 

Day 3 - Monday 13 May 2024

Venice Island (B)

This morning, we have a morning walking tour of San Marco Island with a local guide.  Explore the famous sites of Venice as we follow the guide through a romantic maze of backstreets to discover some of Venice’s hidden gems. 

View St Mark’s Basilica, Doge’s Palace and the Bridge of Sighs.  Learn the fascinating history of Venice as we wander through narrow alleys and over stone footbridges, and then hop aboard a Venetian gondola for a leisurely ride along the Grand Canal. 

Some free time for shopping or exploring before returning to the hotel for the evening at leisure.   

Day 4 - Tuesday 14 May 2024

Venice Island - Verona (B,D)

Transfer from Venice Island to Tronchetto via private boat.  Travel to Verona with a stop en-route for lunch (lunch at own expense).  Verona is a medieval town built on the Adige River and famous for being the setting of Shakespeare’s “Romeo and Juliet”. 

Transfer to the hotel and dinner in a local restaurant tonight (3 courses).   

Accommodation: Hotel Firenze (or similar), Verona – 2 nights 

Day 5 - Wednesday 15 May 2024

Verona (B)

Enjoy a half day guided walking tour of Verona with a local guide.  View Arena di Verona and Piazza delle Erbe and take a visit to Juliet’s House. 

Return to the hotel for the remainder of the day at leisure. 

Day 6 - Thursday 16 May 2024

Verona - Cernobbio - Como (B,D)

Morning is at leisure in Verona.  This afternoon travel to Cernobbio with a stop en route for lunch (lunch at own expense).  Cernobbio is a picturesque town overlooking Lake Como. 

Transfer to the hotel in Como and dinner in a local restaurant tonight (3 courses).   

Accommodation: Hotel Avenue, (or similar), Como  – 2 nights 

Day 7 - Friday 17 May 2024

Como (B)

This morning, we take the funicular (a train up the mountainside) up to Brunate, a small village up the mountain. 

Como town is located on the Italian-Swiss border, the town overlooks the southwest end of its lake and is surrounded by green ridge hills, resulting in unparalleled, natural scenery.  Explore the town centre and take a walk on the lakefront.  Enjoy a breathtaking view of Como by taking the funicular up to Brunate, a small village overlooking the lake.   

Return to the hotel for evening at leisure.

Day 8 - Saturday 18 May 2024

Como - Milan (B,D)

Transfer to Milan and enjoy a city tour of Milan with a local guide taking in the sights of Milan, viewing the Sforzesco Castle, Duomo di Milano and Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II. 

Remainder of the day at leisure.  

Dinner in a local restaurant (3 courses). 

Accommodation: Star Hotel Ritz (or similar), Milan – 1 night 

Day 9 - Sunday 19 May 2024

Milan - La Spezia - Riomaggiore - Monterosso - La Spezia (B,D)

Early this morning we transfer to La Spezia.  Take a cruise to Riomaggiore and the chance to walk on the famous Via dell’Amore (path of love) – this is flat, well paved and not too far – but still worth the short stroll. 

Continue with the cruise along the coast past the Cinque Terre villages to Monterosso. Walk to the train station and board the train to La Spezia where the coach will meet and transfer us to the hotel.

Dinner in a local restaurant (3 courses). 

Accommodation: CDH La Spezia (or similar), La Spezia  – 1 night  

 

Day 10 - Monday 20 May 2024

La Spezia - Lucca - Pisa - Florence (B,D)

This morning we transfer to Lucca for a walking tour of the historic centre with a local guide.  Walk on the vast encircling city walls, Puccini’s birthplace (stop to view only, no interior visit), the pretty church of San Michele, Piazza Napoleone and nearby Piazza del Giglio and the Romanesque cathedral.  Take in Via Fillungo, the most prestigious shopping street with its medieval buildings and towers, including the Torre Guinigi. 

Continue to Pisa to view the Leaning Tower and then transfer to Florence for a three night stay.

Dinner in a local restaurant (3 courses). 

Accommodation: Grand Hotel Baglioni (or similar), Florence – 3 nights 

Day 11 - Tuesday 21 May 2024

Florence - Vinci - Florence (B)

Today, we take a half day panoramic city tour with a local guide including the historical centre, Duomo, Baptistery gates, the Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore, Palazzo Vecchio, Medici Palace & Tombs and Ponte Vecchio. 

Entrance is included to the Accademia to see the statue of David by Michelangelo. 

In the afternoon we travel to Vinci, the one time home of Leonardo Da Vinci. 

This evening is at leisure. 

Day 12 - Wednesday 22 May 2024

Florence (B)

This morning we enjoy a locally guided food tour of Florence while strolling the quaint Florentine streets.  Discover what makes Tuscan food unique.  Tastings include tortellini, mortadella, parmiggiano, prosciutto and more. 

Return to the hotel for the remainder of the day at leisure. 

Day 13 - Thursday 23 May 2024

Florence - San Gimignano (B,D)

Today we travel by coach to San Gimignano for a walking tour of this ‘Medieval Manhattan’ with a local guide before a stop at a vineyard for a tour and tasting session. 

Later, we transfer to the hotel and have dinner in a local restaurant (3 courses). 

Accommodation: Borgo di Cortefreda, (or similar) San Gimignano area – 1 night 

Day 14 - Friday 24 May 2024

Florence - Reggello - Siena (B,D)

Today, we travel by coach to Reggello, in the Florentine mountains and the Vallombrosa Woods among abbeys and incredible castles.  We'll visit an olive oil producer for a tour and tasting.  The olive groves in Reggello have been growing since the 14th century. 

We continue to Siena, Italy’s loveliest medieval city and enjoy an afternoon walking tour of Siena with a local guide.  View Piazza del Campo, Duomo de Siena and Torre del Mangia. 

Transfer to the hotel and have dinner in a local restaurant (3 courses). 

Accommodation: Hotel Garden (or similar), Siena – 1 night 

Day 15 - Saturday 25 May 2024

Siena - Orvieto - Rome (B,D)

Travel by coach to Orvieto, perched on a rock cliff in Umbria.  Visit a local wine producer for a wine, cheese and charcuterie tasting.  Enjoy time at leisure in Orvieto before continuing to the "Eternal City" and capital of Italy, Rome for a five night stay.  

Dinner in a local restaurant (3 courses). 

Accommodation: Hotel Quirinale (or similar), Rome  – 5 nights 

Day 16 - Sunday 26 May 2024

Rome - Vatican - Rome ((B)

Today, we'll enjoy a half day guided city tour on a local coach with a local guide of the Vatican taking in the Vatican museum and the Sistine Chapel (headsets included), then a short tour of St. Peters Basilica.   

Return to the hotel for the remainder of the day at leisure. 

Day 17 - Monday 27 May 2024

Rome (B)

Today is at leisure to relax or explore Rome on your own. 

Day 18 - Tuesday 28 May 2024

Rome (B)

This morning embark on a half day guided tour of Rome taking in the main sights of the city including, Via Veneto, Piazza della Republica, Via Nazionale, Palazzo della Esposozioni, the world famous Trevi Fountain, Via del Corso, visit to the Pantheon, Piazza Navona, Roman Forums, Imperial Forums, Piazza Venezia with the Tomb to the Unknown Soldier and a stop to view the Colosseum (no internal visit).  

Remainder of the day will be at leisure.

Day 19 - Wednesday 29 May 2024

Rome (B,D)

Today is at leisure to relax or explore Rome on your own. 

Tonight we celebrate great times with new friends at our Farewell Dinner (3 courses). 

Day 20 - Thursday 30 May 2024

Rome - Dubai (B)

A morning at leisure before we bid Arriverderci to Italy and head home.

We will be met and transferred to Rome Airport for the onward flight.

Sit back, relax and enjoy the inflight entertainment of our airline as we head towards home.
 

Day 21 - Friday 31 May 2024

In transit (in-flight meals)

In flight

Day 22 - Saturday 1 June 2024

Arrive Melbourne

Flight from Dubai and early morning arrival back into Melbourne.  What a fantastic adventure we've enjoyed. 

Thank you for travelling with Sisterhood Womens Travel and we look forward to welcoming you back.

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