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|Price range||From £649|
|Travel partner||Newmarket Holidays|
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Classic Italy tour
- Return flights from your local airport to Italy
- Return airport-to-hotel transfers
- Three nights dinner, bed and continental breakfast accommodation at the three-star Hotel Villa Serena, Castellammare di Stabia
- Visits to Pompei, Sorrento, Amalfi Coast, Mount Vesuvius and Montecassino
- Four nights dinner, bed and continental breakfast accommodation at the three-star Hotel Santa Chiara Terme
- Visits to Rome, Florence, Assisi and Orvieto
- The services of a Newmarket Tour Manager
- Single rooms are available for a supplement
Fly to Italy, meet our tour manager in the airport and transfer to your first hotel. You'll then have time to rest and relax before dinner is served.
In the morning we'll head to the Amalfi Drive. With its immense cliffs and grand bridges spanning deep gorges, this is among Europe's most scenic coast roads. Experience the view above Positano's colourful Moorish-style houses, and visit Amalfi and Ravello, with their alleys, stairways and roofed passages clinging to the mountainside.This afternoon's highlight is our half-day tour of Roman Pompeii. Buried by the eruption of Vesuvius in AD79 and forgotten for hundreds of years, Pompeii was rediscovered in the 18th Century. Since then, excavations have gradually revealed the city's villas, temples and frescoed houses.
Today you'll begin to explore the Bay of Naples, travelling first to the slopes of Mount Vesuvius, brooding over the blue waters below. The road leads to a height of 1000 metres, but you can take a guide (payable locally) and climb the further 500 metres or so to the rim of the volcano itself. Descending Vesuvius's slopes we'll then head to Sorrento. Here you'll be free to wander the maze of narrow alleyways crammed with small shops, bars and restaurants, and visit its two tiny ports, even tinier beach and blue waters dotted with pedalos and sailboats.
Today we'll head north towards the rolling hill country of Lazio. En route, we'll call at the town of Cassino, scene of one of the fiercest battles of the second world war, and site of the Benedictine monastery of Montecassino. The town and hill-top monastery have been restored, but the museum and cemetery still contain poignant reminders of the turbulent past. Later this afternoon you'll arrive in Chianciano Terme, your base for the next four nights.
Today we'll travel into Umbria, to Assisi, birthplace of Italy's patron Saint, and home to Umbria's greatest glory - the Basilica. After time to explore here, we'll head to the Tuscan hill-top settlement of Orvieto. Some 300 metres above the valley floor, the town stands on a volcanic bluff crowned by the great Gothic cathedral, one of the most ornate in Christendom.
Today we travel south to the Eternal City - Rome. Explore on your own, or enjoy our optional guided tour of the ancient Colosseum and Forum, the basilicas and the Baroque fountains. In the Vatican City, the dome of St Peter's looks over the vast Square, while a visit to the nearby Sistine Chapel will reveal Michelangelo's frescoes.
Florence, Italy's Renaissance capital. Join our optional city tour and you'll see the Florentine skyline, explore Santa Croce and cross the medieval Ponte Vecchio. For art lovers, the Accademia houses Michelangelo's peerless statue of David, and the Uffizi, Botticelli's 'Birth of Venus' (gallery entrances payable locally).
Transfer back to the airport for check-in and your flight home.
Classic Italy Touring Hotels 2013
You will be staying in two well-located hotels, both of which will be of at least European three-star standard.
Hotel Santa Chiara
The Santa Chiara Hotel is situated in a quiet area, and is conveniently close to the centre of Chianciano and its thermal baths.
|Departure date||Departing point||Nights||Price|
|07-Jun-2014||Liverpool John Lennon||7||719.00||book|
|14-Jun-2014||Lydd London Ashford Airport||7||699.00||book|
|28-Jun-2014||Liverpool John Lennon||7||819.00||book|