Italian Riviera, Tuscany & Rome

12 days from £949pp.


Portofino

Visit: Portofino, Italy

Alassio

Visit: Alassio, Italy

Monaco

Visit: Monaco, Monaco

San Gimignano

Visit: San Gimignano, Italy

Assisi

Visit: Assisi, Italy

Florence

Visit: Florence, Italy

On this glamorous holiday we see some of the most stunning sights in Italy, as we spend time on the Italian Riviera and in charming Tuscany. Whilst we roam the Riviera, we visit the exclusive state of Monaco, offer guests the opportunity to partake in a trip along the ‘Riviera of Flowers’, visiting the famous resort of Alassio and also to visit the picturesque harbour of Portofino. As we journey through Italy towards Tuscany, we visit the Leaning Tower of Pisa, before we explore the many sights of the eternal city of Rome. With visits to Umbria, Assisi and the beautiful city of Florence included, as well as the opportunity to see the Tuscan towns of Siena and San Gimignano, you’re in for an Italian adventure you will never forget. This holiday is part of our GRAND EXPLORER range.

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

    Continue to the Italian Riviera for a four-night stay.

    • Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner
    Alassio

    Alassio

    Discover the delights of your resort today or alternatively join our relaxing optional half day excursion offering a taste of the beautiful Mediterranean ‘Riviera of Flowers’. We start in the romantic village of Laigueglia located at the western end of the bay of Alassio. It is tinged with yellow, blue and pink houses, which were originally painted in bright colours so that the fishermen could see them during a storm. The village has changed very little over the centuries, with narrow alleyways and vaulted walkways, it is an ideal stop for morning coffee. Four kilometres of limestone and quartz beaches make Alassio, our next stop, one of the best-known resorts in Liguria. The artist’s wall of ceramic tiles that have been signed by the famous people who have visited the town is not to be missed. A stroll along the ‘budello’ the road that runs parallel to the sea and beaches is a haven for shoppers with a price to suit every pocket.

    • Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner
    Portofino-VIEW_OVER_HARBOUR

    Portofino-VIEW_OVER_HARBOUR

    Join our optional full-day excursion combining travel by boat and by coach. We take the scenic coastal road along the ‘Riviera of Flowers’ to Santa Margherita Ligure, an attractive resort revolving around a thriving marina. You have time at leisure to explore the town's two seaside squares, Piazza Martiri della Liberta and Piazza Vittorio Veneto and the Basilica di Santa Margherita, just off the seafront on Piazza Caprera. The church is well worth a visit to view the extravagant, gilded, chandeliered interior. Join us on a boat cruise to the exclusive resort of Portofino (weather permitting). Once a struggling artists' refuge, the town has become one of Italy's most fashionable resorts. The harbour is moored with ocean-going yachts of the rich and famous, and its pedestrian-only streets are crammed with a galaxy of designer names and stylish restaurants. *Please note that if the weather prevents the boat trip from operating then we will visit the resort of San Remo before returning to the hotel.

    • Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner
    Monaco

    Monaco

    Today our included excursion takes us to the Principality of Monaco, whose eight square miles form the smallest and almost certainly wealthiest sovereign-state, with possibly more millionaires than anywhere else on earth. There is a fascination with Monaco's ruling Grimaldi family, especially since Prince Rainier III’s marriage to the former film star Grace Kelly. One of the few autocratic Monarchies left in the world, the relationship between Monaco and France is an interesting one. Any new law passed in France is automatically sent to the ruler of the principality. If he likes it, it becomes a law in Monaco. If not, it doesn't! Spend time in probably the most famous region of Monaco; Monte Carlo. Take a stroll around the famous Formula 1 circuit; browse the sumptuous boutiques and marvel at the fabulous parks and gardens of this tiny paradise.

    • Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner
    Pisa

    Pisa

    This morning we depart the Italian Riviera and travel to Pisa for a short visit. Why not join our optional guided walking tour to introduce you to the sights? The walking tour introduces you to the Piazza dei Miracoli or Field of Miracles, where you can admire the splendid buildings that rise from the emerald-green lawns. 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. The structure was originally conceived as the Cathedral’s bell tower and construction began in 1173. The tower started leaning soon afterwards due to subsidence of the ground beneath its base. A project to keep the tower from toppling over was successfully concluded in 2001. Unknown to some, all the buildings of the Campo dei Miracoli lean because of their shallow foundations – but none so much as the Leaning Tower! From here the tour will continue to the historic centre of the town including such places as Via Santa Maria and Piazza dei Cavalieri. Following time at leisure we continue our journey to our hotel in Chianciano Terme for four nights.

    • Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner
    Rome

    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 Piazza Venezia, the imposing Monument to Vittorio Emanuele II, the first king of Italy and the mighty Colosseum (entrance not included). 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.

    • Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner
    Siena

    Siena

    Join our full-day optional excursion today to the Tuscan towns of Siena and San Gimignano both UNESCO World Heritage sites. San Gimignano is a medieval town that owes its famous skyline to the rival families who tried to outdo each other by building taller and taller towers. Of the original 76 towers only 13 still survive today. You will have time at leisure before we travel to the medieval town of Siena. Set on three hills, Siena is drawn together by winding alleyways and steep steps, whilst the Piazza del Campo stands at its heart, and the Duomo and St Maria della Scala serve as additional cultural landmarks. En-route make sure you look out the window of the coach and take in the beautiful views over the rolling Tuscan countryside.

    • Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner
    Assisi

    Assisi

    Today we include a full day through the scenic region of Umbria to the medieval town of Assisi, explore the Piazza del Comune, Assisi’s main square, which is dominated by the columns of the Tempio di Minerva and of course the Basilica di San Francesco, the burial place of St Francis. To make the most of your visit why not join our optional guided walking tour? Assisi is divided into two main parts – the Upper (Parte de Sopra) and the Lower (Parte de Sotto). The walking tour starts in the upper part of the town, home to the Church of Saint Claire, which dominates the Piazza with its pink and white striped façade. Saint Claire was a loyal follower and friend of Saint Francis and the church was dedicated to her shortly after her death in 1253. We continue to Piazza del Comune and then walk through the typical medieval streets to the Lower part of the town to the magnificent Basilica of Saint Francis (entrance included within the price of the walking tour).

    • Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner
    Florence

    Florence

    We leave Chianciano Terme and make our way to 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 to 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. We continue to the Cremona area for an overnight stay.

    • Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner

    To northern France for an overnight stay

    • Included meals: Breakfast

    Return home.

    • Included meals: Breakfast

    At a Glance

    Tour Includes

    • 11 nights hotel with continental breakfast
    • 9 evening meals
    • Convenient local joining points
    • Travel by Silver Service or upgrade to Luxuria

    Included Excursions & Visits

    • Monaco & Monte Carlo - Glamour and glitz
    • Pisa - See the Leaning Tower
    • Rome - See the Colosseum
    • Assisi - St. Francis and Italy’s Green Heart
    • Florence - Culture in abundance

    Optional Excursions & Visits

    • Riviera of Flowers - Picturesque scenery
    • Portofino - Charming resort and harbour
    • Rome Guided Sightseeing - See the best of the city
    • Siena & San Gimignano - Delightful Tuscan towns
    • Assisi Guided Sightseeing - See the sights of St. Francis’ town
    • Florence Guided Sightseeing - See the sights of this artistic capital

    Notes


    Single Room Supplement from £199.00 (12 days).

    Certain excursions are included in the price of your holiday. If you choose not to go on an included excursion, for whatever reason, no refunds will be made.
    Yes, you will receive one with your Travel Documents, which are sent 7-10 days before departure.
    We believe that our holidays may not be suitable for children under 8 years old (except for Disneyland Paris bookings) however, we will consider individual requests on application. Customers aged 18 and under at the time of travel must be accompanied by an adult, parent or guardian aged over 18 years old.
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    Accommodation

    On the Italian Riviera, you will stay for four nights at the 3-star Hotel Bergamo in San Bartolomeo al Mare. The hotel has a swimming pool (open depending on season), bar and restaurant and is situated within walking distance of the beach and the heart of the resort.

    Please note due to demand we may use other hotels in neighbouring Diano Marina such as the 3-star Hotel Helios or Raffy.

    You will then stay for four nights at the 3-star Hotel Mizar, or similar, in the spa-town of Chianciano Terme. The hotel has a bar and restaurant.

    Overnight stays in northern France and northern Italy will be in city-style hotels.

    If you prefer, then you can join the tour at the hotel. To do this, we will require a copy of your passport for identification purposes and you must advise us at the time of booking.

    No reduction will be given if you should choose to do this.

    All hotel rooms benefit from private bathroom facilities.
    Some hotels have tea and coffee making facilities. Please check the tour pages for more information or call our Customer Service Department on 01709 830333.
    Most hotels have a lift, please call our Customer Service Department on 01709 830333 for more information.
    Some hotels have ground floor rooms. Please email for information on individual hotels or call our Customer Service Department on 01709 830333.
    Your hotels will supply towels in your room.

    We are unable to guarantee that the hotel will be able to meet your dietary requirements. We find that the majority of European countries do not generally cater for vegetarians and that the meal supplied may well be what everyone else is having minus the meat.

    We will of course endeavour to arrange for a vegetarian meal at the hotel. We do however suggest that you advise us of your dietary requests at the time of booking and recommend that you speak to the receptionist on arrival with regard to your request.

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    Travel Information

    Departure times given for each region are approximate. Please check your travel documents to confirm the actual timings.

    Front row seats can be reserved for £14pp (up to 6 days duration), £22pp (7 & 8 days duration) and £25pp (9 days duration and over) on all European tours. In addition to this seats on the second row can be reserved for £7pp (up to 6 days duration), £14pp (7 & 8 days duration) and £15pp (9 days duration and over). This offer is only available for bookings of two or four persons on the front row and is subject to availability. Guaranteed front/second row seats cannot be reserved on feeder journeys to/from the U.K. port. Children under 15 years cannot occupy a front row seat due to French Law.

    Please note: On some coaches the legroom on front seats may be slightly less than that available on other seats due to the presence of a modesty board in front.

    If your tour is cancelled for any reason and front/second row seats are not available on your new tour you will be refunded the supplement. No other compensation will be payable.

    Alternatively, we can take seating requests on your booking. However, requests are not guaranteed. All seat numbers are confirmed on travel documents approximately 7-10 days prior to departure.

    We guarantee that all passengers on the same booking will be seated together on the main tour coach. Seats on the transfer coaches to and from the U.K. port are not allocated.
    Hot and cold drinks are served on the main tour coaches. Prices are approximately £1 or 1.25 Euro per drink. Prices will be confirmed by the driver. Drinks may also be served on the transfer coaches but this is not guaranteed.

    Transfer coaches are routed approximately 2-3 weeks before departure and will depend on where passengers are booked to travel from on any particular date as to which route is taken. If you require further detailed information regarding the route to the port you can contact our Customer Service Department on 01709 830333 two weeks before you are due to travel.

    With regard to the route taken by the main tour coach, this is determined by the driver.

    All main tour coaches have on-board toilets. Transfer coaches to and from the U.K. port may not have on-board toilets. When non-British coaches are used on transfers and tours (air or TGV holidays only) an on-board toilet may not be available. However, comfort stops will be made during long journeys.
    All coaches feature air-conditioning. Should the air-conditioning system break down for a period exceeding 12 hours, compensation will be awarded up to a maximum of £10 per fare-paying passenger per tour.
    We operate a passenger interchange at the Channel port. Transfer coaches, including taxis, minibuses, Megabus and National Express operate to and from the U.K. port. You will join your main tour coach at the port.
    One medium sized suitcase per person, which should weigh no more than 20kg when full. We may refuse to carry larger or heavier cases. Hand luggage can be stored in the overhead racks aboard the coach.
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