Europe – Italy
Rail & Stay Package
Price: from R26,140 ex Jhb
Valid: 15 Jan – 15 Mar 2019
Book By: 31 January 2019
Duration: 7 Nights
Return airfare and taxes ex Johannesburg.
7 Nights accommodation in 4* Hotels.
Private Aiport transfers.
HD Colosseum Tour including entrance fee and “no-line” fast-track.
Train tickets between Rome-Florence-Venice in 2nd Class high speed train.
FD Tuscany wine & olive oil tasting tour with escorted guide and lunch.
Private water taxi in Venice.
Meet & Greet and porterage service to hotels.
Walking tour of Venice and Doge’s Palace
Rome – Arrival: Transfer from airport to the hotel, free time at leisure. Overnight at hotel.
Rome – Vatican City After breakfast, departure to visit the Vatican city. Guided excursion to visit Vatican Museum, Sistine Chapel and St. Peter’s Basilica without queue. Upon arrival your guide will lead you into the museums where you’ll visit one of the most important art collection of the world. Admire the beautiful spiral stairway the gallery of tapestries and geographical maps, before arriving at the famous Sistine Chapel and the unforgettable Basilica!
Afternoon, free time at leisure. Overnight at hotel.
Rome – Archaeological Rome – Breakfast at the hotel. Morning at leisure to explore.
In the afternoon depart from hotel to the Archeological Area, to have a complete guided tour of the Colosseum , Roman Forum and Palatine Hill. Access the Palatine hill with no line and discover the hill where Rome was founded at the beginning. Then reach the Colosseum and be amazed by this monument that is the symbol of Rome in the world.The Amphitheater created to entertain ancient Roman citizens with bloody shows of gladiators, animals and cruel games, is now one of the most fascinat¬ing landmark of the City. Walk on the original path of ancient Rome along the Via Sacra and see the Temples of Vesta, Antonino and Faustina, the ancient Basilica Julia and Aemilia and dream about the glorious past of the Roman Empire.
Overnight at the hotel.
Rome – Florence – After breakfast, private transfer from hotel to termini railway station. Train to Florence (2nd class ticket, high speed) arrival in Florence at 12 am. Transfer from Santa Maria Novella railway station to hotel.
In the afternoon Florence guided city tour. Crossing the beautiful and green hills of Florence we reach the picturesque Etruscan-Roman village of Fiesole that towers above Florence and the Arno Valley. Heading back to the city by bus, we will ride through the famous Lungarno, along the Arno River and reach the Basilica di Santa Croce. Our walking tour will continue to Piazza Signoria, heart of the city social life. Here we will admire the architecture of Palazzo Vecchio and the famous statues of Loggia de’ Lanzi. Our Guide will finish the tour inside the Uffizi Gallery, where we will admire, without queuing, the impressive and magnificent paintings of Leonardo, Giotto, Michelangelo, Botticelli and Raffaello.
Overnight at hotel.
Pisa & Leaning Tower After breakfast, pick up at hotel and departure to an unforgettable excursion to Pisa. this tour gives you the opportunity to enjoy the city of one of the symbols of Italy. We start our excursion with a walk alongside the Medieval walls up to the old entrance gate: Porta Santa Maria. From here an extraordinary view will take your breath away! You will be in front of a unique panorama: Piazza dei Miracoli with its marble architecture and neat grass lawns. Your guide will accompany you on your visit to the precious interiors of the Cathedral, an unchallenged masterpiece of Romanesque art. Once outside you can admire the Baptistery, the Monumental Graveyard and, finally, the world famous Leaning Tower, discovering all its secrets. Before heading back to Florence you will have free time for an ice-cream and for the inevitable photo -memories. Come back in Florence. Overnight at hotel.
From 15/01 to 15/03 on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays the excursion to Pisa will be replaced by the full day regular tour “San Gimignano, Siena & Chianti”. Enjoy a full-day tour of Tuscany’s villages and wine regions from Florence and travel into the heart of the beautiful Tuscan countryside. Visit the town of San Gimignano, the wine territory of Chianti, the medieval town of Siena and the Monteriggioni fortress.
Florence – Venice- After breakfast, private transfer from Hotel to Santa Maria Novella Station. Train to Venice (2nd class ticket, high speed) arrival in Venice at 12h30. Private transfer to the hotel: included private water taxi, meet & greet with the assistance and porterage service to the hotel (depending on the booked hotel).
In the afternoon an excursion to discover Murano island, to watch the antique art of making glass. Proceeds to the characteristic Island of Burano, renowned for lace making and Torcello with its old Cathedral and its atmosphere of remote Venetian past. Return to St Mark’s Square.
Overnight at hotel.
Venice – After breakfast, a walking tour of Venice and Doge’s Palace. No entry fees required. See the most characteristic and important historical places of Venice. A qualified and experienced guide will escort you through the millennium of life of the Serenissima Republic, recalling the charming past of this unique city. At the end of the walking tour, visit the Doge’s Palace. The Palazzo Ducale represented, for centuries the seat of the Venetian political power. In the splendid rooms, plastered and immersed with hundreds of masterpieces of paintings. The Duke and his Council controlled the fate of a thousand-year history.
Overnight in Venice.
Venice departure – After breakfast, private transfer from hotel to Venice airport. Arrivederci!
Passport & Visa costs (if applicable)
Porterage and Tipping
Meals/Drinks not mentioned above
Optional Sightseeing & Excursions
All items of a personal nature e.g. telephone calls, laundry
TERMS & CONDITIONS
Packages are subject to availability at the time of the reservation.Passport & visa costs (if applicable), travel insurance & items of a personal nature are not included.Prices are subject to change without prior notice due to airfare increases and currency fluctuations.Rebooking and cancellation fees apply.All prices are per person sharing unless otherwise specified.Standard terms and conditions apply.All discounts and/or special offers have already been included in the package price.