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Picturebook Italy

Europe
  • Duration: 14 days
  • Board Basis: Half Board
  • Tour Ref: D2TLEGIPB

Holiday Summary

  • Travel Type: Coach
From the shores of Lake Garda and canals of Venice, to awe-inspiring Rome and the beauty of Sorrento, get a true taste of Italy on this tour.
PRICE FROM ? £1189 per person
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Itinerary

  • Day 1

    Local departure by coach or Door-to-Door service, then to northern France or Belgium for an overnight stay.

  • Day 2

    Continue south to Lake Garda for a three-night stay.

    Meals - Breakfast, Dinner

  • Day 3 - Lake Garda

    A full-day included excursion along the shores of Lake Garda visiting some of the picturesque villages on its shoreline. We travel along the eastern side of the lake where we visit Malcesine, dominated by Monte Baldo, a 2218-metre high mountain.

    We continue to Garda, the principal town of the area. Spend time exploring the narrow streets of the old village or relax in one of the many cafés. We also see the ancient fortified town of Sirmione, from where you can take an optional cruise around the peninsula, which lasts approximately 30 minutes. Sit back, relax and enjoy the picturesque views of the surrounding area from the lake itself.

    Meals - Breakfast, Dinner

  • Day 4 - Free Time or Venice

    Join our optional excursion to Venice. Venice is renowned for its beauty, architecture and its artwork. It is the world’s only pedestrian city, which makes it easy to explore on foot. Be sure to see some of the famous sights such as the Doge’s Palace, the symbolic seat of Venetian power and the enclosed Bridge of Sighs. A visit to St. Mark’s Square, the main public square of Venice, is also a must. It is dominated at its eastern end by the magnificent St. Mark’s Basilica, a superb example of the Romanesque-Byzantine style. Perhaps take a ride on a gondola, with your expert gondolier steering you through the busy waterways of Venice (at own cost) or maybe sit back and relax at Harry’s Bar with one of their famous Bellini cocktails, the choice is yours.

    Meals - Breakfast, Dinner

  • Day 5 - Siena

    We leave Lake Garda and call in at Siena, a picturesque, Tuscan medieval town, listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The Piazza del Campo is one of the most famous squares in the world on account of its beauty and architectural integrity. It is also the place where the famous horse race, the Palio di Siena, is run. Continue to the Fiuggi or Tivoli area near Rome for a three-night stay.

    Meals - Breakfast, Dinner

  • Day 6 - Free Time or Sorrento

    Join our optional visit to the popular Neapolitan resort town of Sorrento, where you can spend the full day exploring at your leisure. If you wish to be introduced to all Sorrento has to offer, then join our optional Taste of Sorrento excursion, where you can combine your visit to Sorrento with a guided walking tour of the town and a visit to a Limoncello factory.

    Meals - Breakfast, Dinner

  • Day 7 - Rome

    Today you have the full day to discover the Italian capital city of Rome on our included excursion. The Historic Centre is a UNESCO World Heritage Site with wonderful palaces, churches, basilicas, Roman ruins, monuments and fountains. It has an immensely rich historical heritage and cosmopolitan atmosphere. There will be ample free time for you to explore this wonderful city at your leisure. To make the most of your visit, why not join our optional guided sightseeing tour. The sightseeing tour takes place on both coach and foot and will introduce you to the city’s wonderful sights, including the mighty Colosseum (entrance not included), Trevi Fountain and the Spanish Steps. Note: Although Rome is a relatively compact city, we would remind you that this is a walking tour, not suitable for anyone with mobility difficulties and we would recommend you wear suitable shoes for the day.

    Meals - Breakfast, Dinner

  • Day 8 - Florence

    We leave our hotel and travel to our overnight stay in the Montecatini Terme area, Tuscany. En route we visit the Renaissance city of Florence. There will be time at leisure to explore the endless historic sights. See the shops in and around the centuries-old Ponte Vecchio, or even have your portrait painted by one of the street artists who usually gather in the square next to the medieval Duomo (cathedral). To get the most from your visit, join our optional guided sightseeing tour with local guide. The tour starts by coach and takes us up the hills behind the city, to Piazza Michelangelo. Here you can enjoy a magnificent panoramic view of the city and surrounding countryside. Once you have taken your photos the coach will take you back to the city, where your guide will lead you on a walking tour through the delightful streets of Florence, pointing out the major sights. See the Santa Croce church, the burial place of Michelangelo, the famous statues in Piazza della Signoria and also the magnificent Santa Maria Duomo.

    Meals - Breakfast, Dinner

  • Day 9 - Pisa

    This morning we leave our hotel and head north pausing at the beautiful city of Pisa, home to the world-famous Leaning Tower. There will be time at leisure for you to explore all the city has to offer. The area around the Leaning Tower is geared more towards tourists, so you will find lots of small souvenir kiosks selling all kinds of merchandise with the leaning tower motif. Pisa is also famous for its biscotti biscuits and bakeries all through the town sell different varieties. To introduce you to the most important sights why not join our optional guided walking tour? The tour starts at the Piazza dei Miracoli or Field of Miracles. The piazza is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and contains the city’s most famous sights. The Leaning Tower or Torre Pendente has to be the most legendary of them all. From here the tour will continue to the historic centre of the town including such places as Via Santa Maria and Piazza dei Cavalieri. Later today we travel to Lake Maggiore for a two-night stay.

    Meals - Breakfast, Dinner

  • Day 10 - Free Time or Lake Maggiore & the Borromean Islands

    Join our optional excursion to the southern shores of beautiful Lake Maggiore and the lakeside town of Baveno, from where we board a boat for the short cruise out towards the picturesque Borromean Islands with their landscaped gardens and parks.

    Meals - Breakfast, Dinner

  • Day 11

    To northern France for an overnight stay.

    Meals - Breakfast

  • Day 12

    Return home.

    Meals - Breakfast

  • Day 1

    Local departure by coach or Door-to-Door service, then to northern France or Belgium for an overnight stay.

  • Day 2

    Continue south to Lake Garda for a five-night stay.

    Meals - Breakfast, Dinner

  • Day 3 - Lake Garda

    A full-day, included excursion along the shores of Lake Garda, visiting some of the picturesque villages on its shoreline including Sirmione, from where you can take an optional cruise on the lake.

    Meals - Breakfast, Dinner

  • Day 4 - Free Time or Venice

    Join our optional excursion to Venice with its maze of ornate bridges, weaving canals and elegant Byzantine and Renaissance architecture.

    Meals - Breakfast, Dinner

  • Day 5 - Verona

    After breakfast, we have an included excursion to the second largest city in the Veneto region, Verona. This beautiful Roman city is situated alongside the River Adige and is the setting for William Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet. Verona was a Roman city, and many Roman ruins have been preserved, notably the Arena. Most of the historical sites to see today date from the past 800 years. Verona's military importance has also left city fortifications and an excellent castle. To introduce you to the city’s array of spectacular sights, why not join our optional guided walking tour. The many charms of the city will be brought to life as you walk through its streets accompanied by a local guide. Admire the 1st century Arena (entrance included on the walking tour), home to the prestigious Verona Opera Festival, which dominates the main square. Verona boasts an abundance of fine palaces, churches and monuments, which adorn its alleyways and squares. Our informative guide will reveal many of the fascinating stories behind the history of the buildings and personalities that will allow you to appreciate to the full the charming nature of this fine old historic town. You will have time at leisure to browse amongst the shops or take a coffee break in one of the many cafés in Piazza Bra overlooking the Arena.

    Meals - Breakfast, Dinner

  • Day 6 - Day at leisure

    Spend your final day on Lake Garda, relaxing and enjoying some last minute sightseeing.

    Meals - Breakfast, Dinner

  • Day 7 - Siena

    We leave Lake Garda and call in at Siena, a picturesque, Tuscan medieval town, listed as a UNESCO World Heritage site. The Piazza del Campo is one of the most famous squares in the world on account of its beauty and architectural integrity. It is also the place where the famous horse race, the Palio di Siena, is run. Continue to Fiuggi or Tivoli area near Rome for a three-night stay.

    Meals - Breakfast, Dinner

  • Day 8 - Free Time or Sorrento

    A day of choices today with two different optional excursions available. You may wish to join our optional visit to the popular Neapolitan resort town of Sorrento where you can spend the full day exploring at your leisure. The town and area have been a popular holiday resort for over 2000 years with all nationalities and is the perfect place to watch the world go by. If you wish to be introduced to all Sorrento has to offer then join our optional Taste of Sorrento excursion, where you can combine your visit to Sorrento with a guided walking tour of the town and a visit to a Limoncello factory. Limoncello is the signature lemon liqueur of the area, and our visit will include a short tour of the factory and orchard along with a sampling of this famous drink. The choice is yours!

    Meals - Breakfast, Dinner

  • Day 9 - Rome

    Today you have the full day to discover the Italian capital city of Rome on our included excursion. The Historic Centre is a UNESCO World Heritage Site with wonderful palaces, churches, basilicas, Roman ruins, monuments and fountains. It has an immensely rich historical heritage and cosmopolitan atmosphere. There will be ample free time for you to explore this wonderful city at your leisure. To make the most of your visit, why not join our optional guided sightseeing tour. The sightseeing tour takes place on both coach and foot and will introduce you to the city’s wonderful sights, including the mighty Colosseum (entrance not included), Trevi Fountain and the Spanish Steps. Note: Although Rome is a relatively compact city, we would remind you that this is a walking tour, not suitable for anyone with mobility difficulties and we would recommend you wear suitable shoes for the day.

    Meals - Breakfast, Dinner

  • Day 10 - Florence

    We leave our hotel and en route to our overnight stay in the Montecatini Terme area, Tuscany, we visit the Renaissance city of Florence, which is rich in architectural splendour. To get the most from your visit, join our optional guided sightseeing tour.

    Meals - Breakfast, Dinner

  • Day 11 - Pisa

    This morning we leave our hotel and head north pausing at the beautiful city of Pisa, home to the world famous Leaning Tower. There will be time at leisure for you to explore all the city has to offer. The area around the Leaning Tower is geared more towards the tourists so you will find lots of small souvenir kiosks selling all kinds of merchandise with the leaning tower motif. Pisa is also famous for its biscotti biscuits and bakeries all through the town sell different varieties. To introduce you to the most important sights why not join our optional guided walking tour? The tour starts at the Piazza dei Miracoli or Field of Miracles. The piazza is a UNESCO World Heritage site and contains the city’s most famous sights. The Leaning Tower or Torre Pendente has to be the most legendary of them all. From here the tour will continue to the historic centre of the town including such places as Via Santa Maria and Piazza dei Cavalieri. Later today we travel to Lake Maggiore for a two night stay

    Meals - Breakfast, Dinner

  • Day 12 - Free Time or Lake Maggiore & the Borromean Islands

    Join our optional excursion to the southern shores of beautiful Lake Maggiore and the lakeside town of Baveno, from where we board a boat for the short cruise out to the picturesque Borromean Islands with their landscaped gardens and parks.

    Meals - Breakfast, Dinner

  • Day 13

    To northern France for an overnight stay.

    Meals - Breakfast

  • Day 14

    Return home.

    Meals - Breakfast

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Accommodation

12-day tour

You will stay for three nights at a 3-star hotel such as the Hotel Bristol, San Giorgio or Hotel Drago on Lake Garda; three nights at a 3-star hotel in Fiuggi or Tivoli area, south of Rome; overnight at a 3-star hotel in the Montecatini Terme area, Tuscany; then two nights at a 3-star hotel on Lake Maggiore such as the Hotel Sant'Anna in Verbania or Hotel Intra in Verbania.

14-day tour

You will stay for five nights at a 3-star hotel on Lake Garda; three nights at a 3-star hotel in the Fiuggi or Tivoli area, south of Rome; overnight at a 3-star hotel in the Montecatini area, Tuscany; then two nights at a 3-star hotel on Lake Maggiore.

Overnight stays in northern France/Belgium will be in city-style hotels.


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