Holiday Itinerary - Grand Tour of Italy

Day 1 - UK/Venice

Travelsphere’s Private Chauffeur Service collects you from home for your flight to Venice today, from where we transfer you to your hotel in Preganziol. After time to settle in, we'll get together for a buffet-style welcome dinner, which features food typical of the Veneto region. (D)

Day 2 - Venice

Today's the day you'll get to explore Venice, with famous highlights including St Mark's Square and the Rialto Bridge. In the evening we'll transfer you to the beautiful town of Treviso. (B)

Day 3 - Bologna - Montecatini

This morning we'll head off into northern Italy and Tuscany's glorious countryside. Our journey takes us through Bologna, where we'll stretch our legs on a sightseeing tour ending with a taste of delicious icre-cream at the famous Sorbetteria Castiglione. (B)

Day 4 - Pisa

From our base in Montecatini Terme, the famous Leaning Tower of Pisa is within reach. After your visit, the rest of the day is all yours. (B, D)

Day 5 - Florence

Today, you'll visit the 'art city' of Florence for a tour. This afternoon, there is an optional excursion to the Uffizi gallery with 'skip-the-line' admission and guide. This evening, there will be an opportunity to attend the Montecatini Opera Festival. (B)

Day 6 - Orvieto - Rome

We're heading south today, to the region of Lazio and Rome. The impressive fortress town of Orvieto is ours to explore on the way to our hotel in Rome. (B,D)

Day 7 - Rome

Let's set off and explore the magnificent sights of Rome on a guided tour. Highlights include the beautiful Spanish Steps and the ornate Trevi Fountain. This afternoon is yours to do as you please in Rome. (B)

Day 8 - Rome at Leisure

Today you have the chance to pre-book an exclusive skip-the-line, timed admission two-hour guided visit of the Vatican Museum and Sistine chapel. (B)

Day 9 - Pompeii - Sorrento Peninsula

A full day of exploration begins with a visit to Montecassino Abbey before we arrive at the ruins of Pompeii for a guided walking tour. Later, we'll arrive in the scenic Sorrento Peninsula, where our hotel is centrally located. (B)

Day 10 - Sorrento Peninsula - at Leisure

A full day of exploration begins with a visit to Montecassino Abbey before we arrive at the ruins of Pompeii for a guided walking tour. Later, we'll arrive in the scenic Sorrento Peninsula, where our hotel is centrally located.(B,D)

Day 11 - Sorrento Peninsula - at Leisure

Today you can relax at your hotel, or join an optional excursion and discover the beauty of the Amalfi Coast.​ (B,D)

Day 12 - Pizzo Calabro - Sicily

We're leaving mainland Italy now, and heading to Sicily. A short ferry ride takes us to Messina, with an onward drive to Taormina.(B, L, D)

Day 13 - Taormina

Taormina sits on a sheer cliff, perched above beautiful beaches and close to Mount Etna, so just imagine the views you'll see on today's tour. There's plenty of free time too, so spend the afternoon making your own discoveries. (B,D)

Day 14 - Giardini Naxos - at Leisure

You've seen Mount Etna from afar, so maybe now's the time to see Europe's highest volcano up close on our optional excursion. Once here, there's a further option to head off on a 16-seater Jeep adventure with an Alpine Guide for amazing views of this majestic mountain. Back at your hotel tonight, we'll get together to enjoy a farewell drink in the bar. (B,D)

Day 15 - Catania/UK

Today you'll transfer to the Sicily's Catania Airport for your return flight to the UK. Upon arrival, your Travelsphere Private Chauffeur Service will be waiting for the journey home. (B)

Pools are typically open from May - October, at the discretion of the hotel.

What's Included

  • Travelsphere Private Chauffeur Service
  • Return flights from Gatwick with British Airways
  • 14 nights in 4-star hotels
  • 23 meals: 14 breakfasts, 1 lunch, 8 dinners and welcome drink
  • ​Travelsphere Tour Manager and Specialist Local Guide
  • Overseas transfers, other transportation and porterage
  • Portable audio headset system on excursions

More flight choices are available, see price panel for details. Supplements may apply

London Gatwick Departure Dates and Prices 2022 - Grand Tour of Italy

To book this tour online or to check other available airports and prices click here. Or to request a brochure click here.

Departure Date
Prices from Departure Dates Prices from
9, 30 May £2249 15 August £2299
6, 13 June £2299 5, 12, 19 September £2299
11 July £2299 3 October £2249

The holiday price may be subject to change and will be confirmed at the time of booking.  Airlines used and flight times are subject to change and will be confirmed in your final documents.  Alternative dates may be available but not yet guaranteed, call for details. Prices are based on twin occupancy of a double or twin bedded room. Single occupancy supplements will apply. Travelsphere have made every effort to ensure the accuracy of the hotel images provided on this website and images of room types displayed may vary to those offered on your tour. Therefore due to the possibility of inadvertent errors we do not guarantee their accuracy. Hotels, airlines used and flight times are subject to change and will be confirmed in your final documents. All holidays subject to Travelsphere Terms & Conditions. Please check tour details with the operator at time of booking as Cennet Ltd cannot be held responsible for any errors showing on it’s website

Optional Excursions

Guided "Skip the line" entrance to Vatican Museum and the Sistine Chapel in Rome - from £60. To get more out your time in Rome why not choose to skip the line and join a guided tour of the Vatican Museum and Sistine Chapel. Starting with the Vatican Museum, your expert guide will show and teach you about the world-famous sculptures and paintings housed in the corridors before having the chance to admire the timeless beauty of the Raphael Rooms, Tapestries Gallery and other marvels of significance. Next we'll venture into the famous Sistine Chapel which is home to Michelangelo's iconic artworks including the elaborate ceiling. The tour ends at the St. Peters's Basilica which is known as the central pilgrimage in all of Christianity. Please note you must cover your knees, arms and back in order to enter.

A night at the Montecatini Opera - from £28. Through the passing of time music and culture have remained vital aspects of the town, confirming the strict link between past and present and making Montecatini an ideal place for art and emotions. We offer an optional excursion to the evening music festival which presents the great tradition of opera and the cultural heritage of this region. The Festival is well merged with the town itself and its inhabitants and it is recognized as one of the great musical festivals to take place in Italy. Your ticket price includes a guaranteed seat. 2 to 3 hours - Minimal Walking - Cultural ambience

Guided "Skip the Line" entry to the Uffizi Gallery Museum in Florence - from £46. You've seen the delights of Florence so why not now immerse yourself further and get skip the line entrance and a guided tour of the Uffizi Gallery Museum. Constructed in the 1500's and originally designed as offices for the magistrates, your expert guide will take you round this now museum which contains one of the most famous and oldest art collections in the world. As you venture through the 50 rooms your guide will talk you through the history and significance of the paintings ranging from the 13th to the 18th Century including the famous 'Madonna di Ognissanti' and the works of Leonardo and Michelangelo. After admiring the beautiful artwork in the form of paintings, you will then move through the halls to see the galleries hosting anicent Roman and Greek sculptures and statues. For art lovers or anyone looking to get a deeper understanding of the history of this wonderful city this is something you do not want to miss

Prebookable Package - Guided Skip the Line entry to the Uffizi Gallery Museum in Florence / Guided Skip the line entrance to Vatican Museum and the Sistine Chapel in Rome / Sicily - Discover Mount Etna by Cable Car and Jeep - £186.

More optional excursions available - click availability to view

Travelsphere
Grand Tour of Italy

Holidays by Air 15 Days 2022

Prices from £2249

Start this incredible journey with a tour of the extraordinary floating city of Venice. Discover highlights including St Mark's Square and the Rialto Bridge before heading to Bologna. Travel through Tuscany's beautiful countryside to the spa town of Montecatini Terme, and from here discover the Leaning Tower of Pisa.

Head to the Lazio region, and the ancient city of Rome to discover iconic landmarks such as Trevi Fountain, the Colosseum, and the Spanish steps, with optional trips to the Vatican and the Sistine Chapel highly recommended. Your next destination is the scenic Sorrento Peninsula, where a guided tour of Pompeii, buried beneath hot ash when Mount Vesuvius erupted, brings this well-preserved ruined city to life. You'll also have the chance to admire the beauty of the Amalfi Coast and cruise to the island of Capri, before ending this epic tour on the island of Sicily for views of Mount Etna.

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Included Holiday Highlights

  • Welcome dinner with buffet of local specialities
  • Tour the floating city of Venice
  • Evening in the charming town of Treviso 
  • Visit the historical city of Bologna
  • Taste delicious ice-cream from a famous ice-cream parlour 
  • View the Leaning Tower of Pisa 
  • Italy's 'art city' Florence 
  • Visit the fortress town of Orvieto
  • Rome and its historical sites​ 
  • Enter Montecassino Abbey
  • Explore the ruins of Pompeii 
  • Typical lunch at the seaside town of Pizzo Calabro
  • Visit Taormina for views of Mount Etna​​​

Rome

Accommodation

Villa Pace Park Hotel Bolognese. Day 1 - 2

Set in a historic 19th-century building in the middle of rich parkland, the Villa Pace Park Bolognese is just outside Treviso and a 20 minute drive from Venice. The hotel features a new renovated wing, which is connected to the main building by panoramic corridors overlooking the park. The spacious rooms feature parquet floors, classical or modern furnishings and a satellite TV.

Grand Hotel Francia and Quirinale. Day 3 - 5

Enjoy a homely stay at the 4-star Grand Hotel Francia & Quirinale, in Montecatini Terme. Built in 1908, in Liberty Style, the four-generation owners still live in the hotel and welcome guests with warmth and exceptional hospitality. Facilities include a restaurant, bar, swimming pool and poolside bar, wi-fi throughout. Rooms have tea & coffee facilities.

Hotel The Guaridian or The Republic. Day 6 - 8

Part of the AG Hotels, the Hotel The Guardian and The Republic are both modern 4 star contemporary hotels. The choice of furniture, innovative style and clean moder lines have been designed to provide each room with a new and fresh feeling. Both hotels are centrally located in Rome, 10min walk from Termini train station and nearest tube. Facilities include a bar and a restaurant.

Hotel Sporting. Day 9 - 11

Hotel Sporting is a 4 star hotel perched on a cliff in Vico Equense overlooking the Bay of Naples and Mount Vesuvius. It features a panoramic restaurant and a private beach equipped with deckchairs and umbrellas. Each air conditioned room comes with decorated tiled floors, simple light wood furniture, and a private bathroom with toiletries and a hairdryer. Free wifi is available in the lobby.

Sant Alphio Garden Hotel and Spa. Day 12 - 14

The Sant Alphio Garden Hotel and Spa is located in the heart the Giardini Naxos, close to some of Sicily’s most iconic sites. Just a few steps from the sea, the hotel is located on the east coast of the Ionian Sea. The hotel has an onsite restaurant serving regional and international cuisine, bar, freshwater outdoor pool and private beach. Bedrooms are furnished in modern style and equipped with amenities including; private facilities, TV, air conditioning, phone and wi-fi.

Hotels are subject to change and will be confirmed in your final documents.

Pompeii


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