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Holiday type Tours
Country Italy
Travel type Fly
Price range From £729
Travel partner Newmarket Holidays
Duration 7 nights
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Classic Italy tour

Combine a three night stay overlooking the Bay of Naples with four nights in the Tuscan countryside. Visit Vesuvius, Sorrento, ancient Pompeii and the Amalfi Drive. See historic Montecassino, and visit 'eternal' Rome and Renaissance Florence, as well as Assisi and Orvieto with its golden-fronted cathedral.


  • 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 Dania, Sorrento
  • Visits to Pompei, Sorrento, Amalfi Coast, Mount Vesuvius and Monte Cassino
  • Four nights dinner, bed and continental breakfast accommodation at the three-star Hotel Santa Chiara Terme
  • Visits to Rome, Florence, Assisi and Orvieto
  • Fully escorted by an experienced tour manager
  • Single rooms are available for a supplement

Day one

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.

Day two

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.

Day three

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.

Day four

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.

Day five

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.

Day six

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.

Day seven

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).

Day eight

Transfer back to the airport for check-in and your flight home.

Classic Italy Touring Hotels (June 2014 onwards)

You will be staying in two well-located hotels, both of which will be of at least European three-star standard.

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