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17 Day Grand Italy

  • Discover Venice, Rome, Siena, Florence & More
  • Visit Pompeii, Cinque Terre & the Amalfi Coast
Includes Return International Flights

Italy - the home of romance, beauty and 'La Dolce Vita', also known as 'the good life'. Lovers of food, wine, history, culture and beautiful sights will be delighted with the classical cities and sparkling coastlines of the country. This incredible 17 day grand tour will showcase the best of it all.

Enjoy unforgettable days venturing through some of Italy's most iconic cities and picturesque seaside villages. Experience the romance of Venice with a local guided tour of Piazza San Marco. See how the locals like to holiday at the resort towns surrounding Lake Garda, the largest Italian lake. Take a boat ride to the stunning Cinque Terre coastline to enjoy quaint seaside fishing villages, and enjoy local cuisine. Stop for a photo at the Leaning Tower of Pisa. Visit classical Florence, known for its world-famous, centuries-old art and architecture. Journey through the scenic Tuscan countryside, visit the beautiful medieval town of Montepulciano, explore the magnificent ruins of Pompeii under the watch of Mount Vesuvius, travel along the breathtaking Amalfi Coast, and so much more.

Includes return international flights, 14 nights accommodation, 14 meals including daily buffet breakfast, English-speaking tour leader and more.

ITINERARY

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Today, depart from either Wellington or *Auckland for Venice, Italy. Fly with Emirates, Etihad Airways, Finnair, British Airways or Cathay Pacific to name a few (subject to availability).


Meals included: In-Flight

Upon arrival into Venice, be met at the airport and transferred to the hotel.

Overnight: Hotel Amadeus, Venice or similar
Meals included: None

After breakfast, enjoy a locally guided tour of Venice (approx. 2 hours) – one of the most romantic cities in the world. The tour starts from the magnificent Piazza San Marco, (St Mark's Square) the centre of Venetian life. The Basilica of San Marco and the Palazzo Ducale (entries not included) - the symbolic monuments of the Republic - stand on the background of the square. Inside the church, admire the beautiful decorations and the magnificent Byzantine mosaics. Continue walking to the Rialto Bridge, one of the most beautiful bridges and symbols of the town. Afterwards, enjoy the rest of the day free at leisure to perhaps meander through the myriad of narrow water lined streets, bridges and canals.

Overnight: Hotel Amadeus, Venice or similar
Meals included: Breakfast

After breakfast, the tour continues to Lake Garda, the largest Italian lake, which is surrounded by mountains and is well known for its water sports and outdoor activities. Dotted around its shores you can find both charming old villages and modern day towns. Enjoy some of the small resort towns located around Lake Garda like Peschiera del Garda and Sirmione, one of the more popular holiday resorts on Lake Garda. The small historic town is located on the tip of a long peninsula protruding from the southern shore of the lake. It also has thermal springs and was a spa destination even in Roman times. Afterwards continue onto Dossobuono for the night.

Overnight: Hotel West Point, Dossobuono (Lake Garda Area) or similar
Meals included: Breakfast

After breakfast, the tour departs to La Spezia, where you will embark a boat to Cinque Terre. Cinque Terre is a string of centuries-old seaside villages on the rugged Italian Riviera coastline. Enjoy a full day to discover the beautiful villages of Monterosso, Vernazza, Manarola, Rio Maggiore and more. Enjoy the unique atmosphere of this place, colourful houses and vineyards that cling to steep terraces, harbours that are filled with fishing boats and “trattorias” (typical restaurants) which turn out seafood specialties along with the Liguria region’s famous sauce, pesto.

Please note: Cinque Terre full day tour itinerary is subject to change depending on the season.

Overnight: Hotel NH La Spezia, La Spezia or similar
Meals included: Breakfast

This morning, journey to the Renaissance city of Florence, making a stop at Pisa along the way. Take time to stroll through the parklands that surround the Leaning Tower of Pisa, and try to capture that perfect photo! Afterwards continue to Florence, which was the centre of medieval European trade and finance and is considered the birthplace of the Renaissance. Enjoy an orientation walking tour this afternoon, and take in the wonderful panoramic view of the city from Piazzale Michelangelo. It boasts glorious vistas over the red roofs, Arno River and ancient city walls out towards the surrounding countryside. From here continue to walk around Florence’s many highlights, including the Ponte Vecchio over the Arno, the Piazza del Duomo and Campanile Tower.

Overnight: The Gate Hotel, Sesto Fiorentino (Florence Area) or similar
Meals included: Breakfast

Today enjoy a free day at leisure in the beautiful city of Florence. Continue to explore the historical sights of the city or perhaps enjoy a spot of shopping - the choice is yours.

Overnight: The Gate Hotel, Sesto Fiorentino (Florence Area) or similar
Meals included: Breakfast

Today, continue your Italian journey through the Tuscan countryside to Siena. On arrival, enjoy a walk through the narrow cobbled streets to Piazza del Campo with your tour leader, where the annual Palio horse race takes place. See the 14th century Town Hall with its slim Mangia Tower and afterwards, the hilltop Cathedral.

In the afternoon continue to Montepulciano, a medieval town of rare beauty. The city, full of elegant Renaissance palaces, ancient churches, charming squares and hidden corners, boasts vast panoramas of the wonderful Val d'Orcia and Val di Chiana Valleys that surround it. It is also surrounded by vineyards and is well known for its red wine, “Rosso di Montepulciano”. Afterwards continue onto Chianciano Terme, a famous thermal baths destination.

Overnight: Cristallo Hotel, Chianciano Terme or similar
Meals included: Breakfast

After breakfast depart to Assisi. Along the way, cross the River Tevere, and enjoy the beautiful Italian countryside before stopping to see St. Maria of the Angels Church. The basilica was constructed in the Mannerist style between 1569 and 1679 and encloses the 9th century little church. Continue to the hilltop town of Assisi to see the huge Basilica of Saint Francis. The Papal Basilica of Saint Francis of Assisi is the mother church of the Roman Catholic Order of Friars.

Overnight: Cristallo Hotel, Assisi or similar
Meals included: Breakfast

This morning, enjoy breakfast at the hotel before continuing the journey to Pompeii (entrance included). Explore this magnificent archaeological site, of the city that was buried from the eruption of Mount Vesuvius in 79AD. It remains practically intact, as a testimony to the life of a commercial city of ancient Rome. Afterwards, continue to the beautiful seaside Sorrento area, the gateway to the Amalfi Coast.

Overnight: La Panoramica Grand Hotel, Castellammare di Stabia or similar
Meals included: Breakfast

Today, enjoy the Amalfi Coast, a 50km stretch of coastline along the southern edge of Italy’s Sorrentine Peninsula. It’s a popular holiday destination with sheer cliffs and a rugged shoreline, dotted with small beaches and pastel coloured fishing villages. The coastal road between the port city of Salerno and cliff top Sorrento winds past grand villas, terraced vineyards and cliffside lemon groves. Today stop and explore some beautiful villages like Ravello, Minori and Maiori.

Overnight: La Panoramica Grand Hotel, Castellammare di Stabia or similar
Meals included: Breakfast

This morning, transfer to the Sorrento pier and depart by hydrofoil to Capri, the dream island in Italy’s Bay of Naples. Famed for its rugged landscape, upscale hotels and shopping, from designer fashions to limoncello and handmade leather sandals. Explore the narrow alleyways, browse in the exclusive boutiques and enjoy the wonderful sea views. In the late afternoon, after a day of island life, you will be transferred back to Sorrento. Here you will enjoy a walking tour of this handsome cliff-top resort town, wedged on a ledge between the mountains and the Mediterranean. It’s as well-located for regional sightseeing as it is a pleasant place to stay and stroll beautiful landscapes.

Overnight: La Panoramica Grand Hotel, Castellammare di Stabia or similar
Meals included: Breakfast

Today you will enjoy an Amalfi Coast excursion by boat. Depart from Salerno and head to Amalfi and Positano. Amalfi is an outstanding example of a Mediterranean landscape, a town in a dramatic natural setting below steep cliffs. Positano is a cliffside village and the coast’s most picturesque and photogenic town.

Overnight: La Panoramica Grand Hotel, Castellammare di Stabia or similar
Meals included: Breakfast

Enjoy breakfast before travelling to Rome. Upon arrival, check in to the hotel and then enjoy the remainder of the day at leisure in the capital city of Italy! Perhaps explore the many relics of the Roman Empire like the Forum and the Vatican City.

Overnight: Black Hotel, Rome or similar
Meals included: Breakfast

Today, take part in a locally guided tour of imperial Rome (approx. 3 hours). See the Colosseum (entrance not included), the Arch of Constantine and the Arch of Titus. Continue to the Roman Forum (entrance not included), the biggest archaeological area in the world in the heart of Rome. Arriving at the top of Capitole Hill, today the seat of City Hall, you can admire the beautiful square designed by Michelangelo Buonarroti that houses the Palazzo Conservatori and the Palazzo Nuovo. Afterwards, continue down Capitole Hill and arrive directly into Venice Square, where you will be astonished by the Vittoriano, the biggest European monument. Enjoy the remainder of the day at leisure.

Overnight: Black Hotel, Rome or similar
Meals included: Breakfast

Today, transfer to the airport for your return flight back to New Zealand.

Please note: If your flight departs early, breakfast will be arranged for pick up from the hotel reception the night before.


Meals included: Breakfast;In-Flight

Please note: Some flights may arrive in New Zealand +1 day later.

Tour Inclusions

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  • Discover the iconic cities and landscapes of Italy
  • Wander through the romantic streets of Venice on a locally guided walking tour
  • See the icons of Rome on a locally guided walking tour
  • Discover Lake Garda, the largest Italian lake
  • Stop for a photo at the Leaning Tower of Pisa
  • Discover the beautiful medieval town of Montepulciano
  • Be amazed by the magnificent Pompeii archaeological site
  • Admire the stunning Cinque Terre coastline
  • Enjoy a free day at leisure in Florence
  • Travel through the gorgeous Tuscan countryside
  • See Piazza del Campo on a walking tour of Siena
  • Spend the night in Chianciano Terme, a famous thermal baths destination
  • See the Papal Basilica of Saint Francis in Assisi
  • Visit some beautiful villages along the Amalfi Coast
  • Discover the picturesque island of Capri at leisure
  • Travel along the Amalfi Coast from Sorrento to Salerno by boat
  • Explore Sorrento on a walking tour
  • Return international flights (economy class) departing *AKL/WLG
  • 14 nights in quality hotel accommodation
  • Enjoy 14 meals including daily buffet breakfast
  • English speaking tour leader
  • English speaking local tour guides (day 3 & 15)
  • Airline taxes and surcharges
  • Parking and check point fees
  • Transportation by private A/C vehicles
  • Return airport transfers

Important info

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After purchase, you will receive a receipt and a Purchase Confirmation, directing you to an online Passenger Information Form. The Passenger Information Form must be completed within 72 hours of purchase.
 
Any special requests, preferences and optional extras MUST be clearly stated in your Passenger Information Form. Any change requested after submitting your Passenger Information Form cannot be guaranteed, is strictly subject to availability and will incur surcharges as outlined in the Schedule of Fees below.
 
On purchasing this Travel Offer you are bound by the General Terms and Conditions, in addition to the specific terms and conditions outlined in this Important Information. 
 
Please note: All additional charges are payable direct to your Travel Consultant in NZD (unless otherwise stated).


Travel offer is valid for travel on selected dates until the 18th September 2019.
 
This travel offer is priced for one person based on twin share.
 
Single Traveller Supplement
For solo travellers, a mandatory single supplement of $700 applies.
 
Departure Dates (2019)
May: 1
June: *25
September: *18
 
Surcharges
Please note: Dates/months with a * incur a flight high season surcharge of $450 per person.
 
Departure Cities
*Auckland or Wellington
 
Interstate Surcharges
*Auckland: $100 per person


Full Service Airline(s) Used
Etihad Airways, Emirates, British Airways, Singapore Airlines, Qantas Airways, Cathay Pacific, Virgin Atlantic, Lufthansa, Swiss Airways, Austrian Airlines, Scandinavian Airlines, Qatar Airways, Air France, KLM, Finnair, Virgin Australia, Thai Airways, Korean Airlines, Malaysia Airlines, China Southern Airlines, China Eastern Airlines, Turkish Airlines, Oman Air, Garuda Indonesia, Vietnam Airlines, Air China, China Airlines, Malindo Airlines plus codeshare partners (subject to availability)
 
Please note: One-way flights cannot be accommodated. Travellers must take all included flights within the package, and any flights intentionally forfeited will result in later flights being subject to cancellation.
 
Arrive early in Venice, Italy
$220 per person, subject to availability
Please note:
- This fee does not include extra nights accommodation, meals or airport transfers.
- No flight booking changes or cancellations permitted after air tickets have been issued.
- Flight changes are subject to availability at the time of booking.
- Blackout dates:
* 4th April – 20th April 2019
* 20th June – 17 July 2019
 
Stay behind in Rome, Italy
$220 per person, subject to availability
Please note:
- This fee does not include extra nights accommodation, meals or airport transfers.
- No flight booking changes or cancellations permitted after air tickets have been issued.
- Flight changes are subject to availability at the time of booking.
- Blackout dates:
* 20th June – 17 July 2019
* 20th September – 13th October 2019
 
Stopover Packages
Twin share: $500 per person/one way
Solo Traveller: $800 one way
Locations:
*  Doha
Includes:
- 2 Nights in 4 star accommodation
- Daily breakfast
- Return airport transfers 
Please note: 
- Outbound (pre-tour) stopover available only.
- Stopover packages are subject to availability.
 
Flight Class Upgrades
- Premium Economy: Not Available
- Business Class (Long haul sectors only): Buy now for $6999 per person
Please note: 
- All Premium Economy and Business Class upgrades are subject to availability (if we are not able to fulfill your business class request the upgrade cost will be refunded).
- On any upgrade purchase, short haul flights, Trans-Tasman, and domestic flight sectors are not guaranteed in a Premium or Business cabin; subject to aircraft configuration.



Accommodation Used


3-4 Star (self-rated)

- Venice: Hotel Amadeus or similar

- Dossobuono (Lake Garda Area): Hotel West Point or similar

- La Spezia: Hotel NH La Spezia or similar

- Sesto Fiorentino (Florence Area): The Gate Hotel or similar

- Chianciano Terme: Cristallo Hotel or similar

- Assisi: Cristallo Hotel or similar

- Castellammare a Stabia (Sorrento Area): La Panoramica Grand Hotel or similar

- Rome: Black Hotel or similar

 

Please note: Rooms offered are based on a lead-in room type, and are subject to availability based on seasonality. Properties will be confirmed, no later than two weeks prior to travel.

 

Extra Nights
- Venice, Italy (Pre Tour): $500 per room including breakfast.
- Rome, Italy (Post Tour): $200 per room including breakfast.
Please note: Extra nights are subject to availability until the time of booking. Airport transfers are not included if you wish to arrive early or stay behind.
 
Maximum Room Capacity
3 people (subject to availability).
 
Child Policy
- No child discounts. Full price applies for all children travelling with their parents.
- Valid for Children/infants 2 years old and over.
Please note: Children must be accompanied by a responsible adult 18 years old and over to travel. No unaccompanied minors allowed.
 
Triple Share
No discounts apply for 3rd person travelling. Full price applies, subject to availability. 
Please note: Triple shares may be required to share existing bedding.
 
Bedding Configuration
Double or Twin Bedding (subject to availability).
 
Adjoining / Interconnecting Rooms
Subject to availability and at the hotel's discretion. Please enquire on booking if you require this option.


Minimum group size 20, maximum group size 50 per vehicle.
 
Optional Tours / Activities
Customers wishing to do any particular sightseeing where entrance fees may apply, are strongly advised to book these tickets online in advance, in order to avoid the queues.


- Visa fees and requirements (A visa is not required in Italy if travelling on a New Zealand Passport for stays of up to 90 days)
- Meals/beverages not stated in the itinerary (including any specialty restaurants onboard cruise)
- Recommended gratuities/tipping: €5 per person/day payable to the tour leader on tour
- Optional activities/tours (including any 'onshore' excursions as part of cruise)
- Personal expenses
- Mandatory City Taxes: approx. €33 (approx. $58 NZD) payable on tour (please note pricing is subject to change)
- Travel insurance (Mandatory)
Please note: A comprehensive travel Insurance policy must be organised BEFORE all details can be finalised.



TOUR GUIDE VS. TOUR LEADER
Tour Guide: 
Often locals with intimate knowledge of an area, its culture, and history. Their role entails providing commentary, routing the tour, and seeing that people have a good time. They are a licensed, qualified expert who supplies specific information on history, art, architecture and culture of the city/village/attraction in which he or she is guiding the tour. The guide meets the group at the required place and leaves the group at the end of the tour, they do not travel with the group. 
 
Tour Leader: 
An experienced person tasked with ensuring the smooth operation of tours, as well as providing practical support to passengers throughout the whole trip. Their role primarily includes assisting with accommodation, transportation between locations, and communication with tour guides in each stop. A tour leader may provide general guidance around a city or village, and offer information on the place visited on the bus, however they are not required to have specific knowledge on art, architecture, or history. They are not allowed to provide a guided tour or commentary of a city/village/attraction once there and if caught doing so, can be fined. 

Please note: Tour leaders/guides are not a standard inclusion in all travel offers. Tour leaders/guides will only be made available when particularly required to enhance the experience of the destination featured. 
 
CLIMATE & AVERAGE TEMPERATURES
The warmest weather is from June to September, when temperatures range from 20°C - 30°C. By the end of August, all of Italy has typically hit its peak in terms of temperature – and that means September often includes gloriously hot days followed by cool nights. In October, the temperatures are cooler and range from 11°C -22°C.
 
FLIGHTS
Seat Selection & Frequent Flyer Points:
At TripADeal we do not arrange seat selection. It is important to highlight that some Airlines do not allow pre-selected seats. We strongly suggest you contact the Airline directly with seating allocation requirements and or arrive at the airport earlier to arrange your seating. While we do not add frequent flyer member details to bookings, you can do this directly with the Airline once you have your flight information.
 
Passport Validity:
Customers are required to provide valid passport details either at the time of purchase, or no later than 45 days prior to departure date. Failure to do so may result in cancellation of the booking. In this instance customers will be responsible for any costs and fees incurred.
 
COACH TOUR
Meals:
Daily buffet breakfast is included in the tour, for all other meals; lunches and dinners the tour leader (when available) will offer assistance with reservations, suggestions and directions to local restaurants. It is your responsibility to notify TripADeal of any dietary requests/requirements. Please note; we will do our best to meet your requests/requirements, however cannot guarantee that we will always be able to.
 
Luggage:
You will be responsible for all your personal belongings whilst on the tour. With regards to luggage, you must carry your own luggage from the coach to the hotel room and back to the coach. The driver will assist with the uploading and off-loading of the luggage from the coach.
 
OTHER
Fitness Level Required / Mobility:
Our vehicles are not equipped with wheelchair access, so unfortunately our tours are currently not suitable for wheelchair users and those less mobile. 
Please note: a general level of fitness will be required. If you have any concerns please consult your healthcare provider prior to purchase/travel.
 
Gratuities / Tipping:
Gratuities (tips) are not included in the tour price for services of the tour leader (when available) and driver throughout the tour. The recommended tip for the tour leader and driver is €5 per person per day, which will be collected whilst on tour. 
 
Sightseeing:
Please note: In the event entrance to a site is affected by changes in operating hours or public holiday closures, your itinerary will be adjusted to ensure you do not miss out on the experience. 
  
Shopping:
Shopping overseas can be a daunting and confusing experience, especially when there is a language barrier. Please be very cautious when foreign currencies and prices are involved.  If paying by credit card, please pay close attention to the amount you are being charged and keep all of your receipts. 
Do not make any purchases you are not comfortable with or feel pressured into. If you are uncertain or need assistance with the language barrier, please seek assistance from your Tour Guide/Leader.
Please refer to our Terms and Conditions in regards to shopping for further information.


A tourist visa is not required in Europe for stays of up to 90 days if travelling on a New Zealand passport.
 
Please note: Passengers who are not New Zealand citizens must check with the respective consulate or visa agency to determine what their visa requirements are and what personal identification is required. It is also important to note, some areas of employment such a journalism, government authorities and charity organisations may have additional restrictions in applying for Visas. This may in turn affect the type of application required.


We are proud to offer a range of travel insurance products - please ask your Travel Consultant for more information.



Post-Purchase Change
This includes booking changes requested by you, including but not limited to those changes requiring an airline ticket or a Purchase Confirmation reissue.
- $50 NZD per change request post-purchase + any additional charges applied by the travel partners associated with the order.
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