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Contents General Information
Take to the Road
Touring by Rental Car & Lease Car
France & Italy Map
Adventure by Motorhome
6 Tips for your Holiday What’s your style?
Take to the Tracks
Paris Day Tours from Paris
Cruising The Waterways
The French Riviera & Provence Bordeaux, Dordogne & Languedoc Roussillon Normandy, Brittany & Loire Valley
River Cruises Ocean Cruising
Champagne, Alsace & the Rhône Valley Battlefield Tours
Venice Florence Tuscany Cinque Terre & Ligurian Coast Milan Italian Lakes Emilia-Romagna Amalfi Coast Italy Experiences Fascinating Puglia
Saint Tropez, France
Sun drenched Sicily
General Information Accommodation Ratings To assist with the selection of your accommodation we have created our own rating system allowing you to compare each property. These are personal ratings offered by our people from their own experience and should therefore be used as a guide only. These ratings may alter throughout the year due to a change of circumstances. A standard level of accommodation with a limited range of rooms and facilities. Rooms are clean and comfortable with basic furnishings. Moderate accommodation with a reasonable range of rooms and facilities, with rooms furnished to a comfortable standard. Superior standard of accommodation with a wide range of rooms and facilities, and a higher standard of service. First Class accommodation with an excellent range of facilities and services. Accommodation in this rating is considered among the best in the country.
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France & Italy Whether you want to climb the Eiffel Tower or the Leaning Tower, these are a couple of dreamy countries bursting with cultural, historical and natural treasures. They have 90 UNESCO World Heritage-sites between them, from prehistoric decorated caves to fortified cities. They share the snowy French and Italian Alps, perfect for lovers of winter sports, and the Mediterranean coast along the glamourous South of France, Cote d’Azur, past colourful fishing villages piling down the cliffs of the Cinque Terre, breath-taking Amalfi Coast and the stylish island of Capri. They have cool microstates – Monaco, Andorra, Vatican and San Marino – small independent states dating back to the first millennium, and famous iconic cities full of history, showcased in magical architecture, ruins and cathedrals. Both countries have excellent train systems that deliver you to the heart of the main towns. Once you’ve feasted on the museums, art, shopping, it’s time to experience leisurely living in the countryside. Stay in a villa, or a castle, wander cobbled streets and rejoice at the gastronomic delights at every turn.
6 Tips for Your Holiday
There’s nothing quite as delicious as a real French croissant or fresh baguette. Dine at any auberge and a basket of sliced ‘pain’ will be endlessly replenished at your table. When in Italy, it’s all about rustic indulgence; little family-run restaurants where non-flashy décor is an indication that the food is not only sublime, but also authentic. Forget your carb woes and embrace pasta like an Italian; spaghetti is a daily pleasure you really can’t deny yourself.
1 / ART LOVERS UNITE Of course there’s the Louvre but there’s also Paris’ Musee D’Orsay. As well as the huge collection of artwork, this former Gare d’Orsay railway station is a stunning piece of art nouveau in itself. For convenience, purchase a ‘Skip the Line’ pass; it costs a little extra but you’ll be able to jump the queue, and if you’re in Paris on the first Sunday of the month, entry is free. In Italy, Florence can’t be outdone for its endless selection of art galleries, such as the Uffizi and Accademia, while in Rome, the works of Michelangelo are almost inescapable. For less commercialised arty hangouts, Mougins in the French Riviera is where Picasso spent the last 12 years of his life. It’s also where he famously painted on the walls of his hotel room, much to the fury of its owner.
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2 / MARVEL AT HISTORIC ICONS When the sun shines on the Château Chenonceau it’s an enchanting spectacle of fairytale turrets and perfectly manicured flowerbeds. From the Loire Valley to southern France, a magic ambience also exists at Pont du Gard. This ancient Roman aqueduct is illuminated at night with dramatic effect. Historic relics can be sought throughout Europe, but nothing quite compares to Pompeii. From dusty roads to intricate tiles still adorning dilapidated walls, you’ll be overwhelmed by pockets of history.
5 / BECOME A WINE CONNOISSEUR Regardless of whether your palette is accustomed to a sharp Chablis or a Pinot Noir, the vineyards that blanket France and Italy are a spectacle in themselves. In France’s countryside you’ll find hearty reds in Bordeaux and the charming town of St Émilion, whereas lovers of a lighter red will enjoy Beaujolais; its subtle yet refreshing characteristics perfectly complement a long lazy lunch. Chianti is found in Italy’s much loved Tuscany region and Vino Nobile di Montepulciano is another famed red from the region. And then there’s Champagne, which somehow tastes even more exquisite when served against a beautiful Champagne backdrop.
4 / BE YOUR OWN SKIPPER Is there anything better than commandeering your own boat, adopting the role of captain and taking to the water with no fixed itinerary? In a country connected by canals, a great way to discover France is from the unique perspective of its serene waterways. Ideal for couples, families and groups of friends, acquire a vessel with a flying bridge (external navigational controls) so you can be the skipper as well as part of the social experience. If France has canals, then Italy has Venice; replete with a romantic assortment of palaces, squares, churches and bridges.
6 / KIWI CONNECTION You'll receive a warm welcome everywhere in France, but nowhere more so than Le Quesnoy. A small commune in the north, Germans held this township captive for the majority of WWI. That was until the New Zealand division seized it back; an act the residents (both past and present) have never forgotten. You'll find streets named after New Zealand places and even a primary school bearing the name of a Kiwi soldier. Almost one hundred years after Le Quesnoy's freeing, you won't find a more poignant place to commemorate the French NZ connection. In Italy, a small city called Cassino is where NZ soldiers fought for the liberation of its historic hilltop abbey, Monte Cassino in WWII. Today the monastery stands fully re-built, but the atmosphere attests to a traumatic past.
What’s your style? Kiwis love to travel. We pride ourselves on our friendly, outgoing nature and when we travel, we like nothing better than striking up a conversation with the locals - it's how we really connect with a destination. It's often hard to do this when you're staying in a hotel. That's why we're such great fans of more unique, boutique-style accommodation options. This style of accommodation is great if you like to get off the beaten track and live amongst the locals. Throughout France and Italy there are hundreds of properties to choose from, ranging from private apartments to villas and even châteaux.
HOTEL Traditional and serviced, if you want a truly relaxed break where everything is done for you, booking a hotel is the way to go. Serviced daily, you’ll return to a lovely clean bathroom, fluffy towels, a made bed and possibly a chocky on your pillow. Many hotels are well facilitated with a restaurant, bar, pool or gym, and because there’s such a huge variety of price and standards/star-rating, it's important to search out the right hotel to suit your needs.
APARTMENT If you’re looking for greater independence, apartments are fully equipped with facilities such as kitchen and laundry and more space. They’re usually located in the heart of the neighbourhood so you can choose to eat out at local restaurants or visit the market for some fresh produce before a relaxing night in. Perfect for longer stays but also ideal for families and groups of friends who want a little extra privacy.
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CHÂTEAU VILLA Press pause and catch your breath as you take the time to appreciate the simpler things in life by renting a villa in France or Italy. These types of holidays are great for people who like to take each day as it comes; staying put for a week or two at a time and living like a local. Dally over a meal as you reconnect with family and friends, munch on a crusty baguette beside your pool, and let languid afternoons melt into lazy evenings over a bottle of Chianti. Visit charming markets and meander from sight to sight, exploring nearby towns and villages.
When you think of France, chances are one of the things to come to mind is a magnificent château, surrounded by immaculate gardens and grounds. They retain a tangible atmosphere of past grandeur that brings out the romantic in most people and the good news is, it’s easier than you think to live like a king or queen. Many of these magical châteaux are now hotels offering you the chance to peek into the past while enjoying modern facilities like spas and gyms, swimming pools and tennis courts. They’re scattered through the country so perfect for a selfdrive royal discovery.
PRIVATE APARTMENT This is the most authentic way to see Paris. You will have Parisian neighbours and gain a better understanding of what it is like to live in Paris. If you like the idea of being self-sufficient, then staying independently is a unique way to experience Paris and is perfect for the seasoned traveller who does not require hotels services such as house-keeping or concierge. 7
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Festivals and Events 2019
16 Feb-02 Mar
Lemon Festival, Menton
International Garden Festival, Chaumont-sur-Loire
Great Roman Games, Nimes
Night of Museums (museums stay open late for free)
29 Jun-29 Jul
Lavender Parade, Digne-les-Bains
Wine Harvest Festivals
wines and gourmet food. It’s the largest country in Western Europe so there’s a province for everyone and a city for every taste. The Atlantic and Mediterranean coastlines, the Pyrenées forming a border with Spain, the Alps shared with Italy and Switzerland, and rivers including the legendary Loire and Rhine, ensure stunning landscapes.
From this land have risen historical figures such as Joan of Arc, Napoléon and the Sun King, Louis XIV. France breathes history but bursts with artistic accomplishment too – stand and feel the magic of scenes captured by renowned painters such as Monet, Cézanne and Picasso. The land too has given us Champagne and burgundy wines, truffles and Camembert. Markets overflow with glowing peaches and cherries, and chefs transform this bounty into haute cuisine. Paris, the city of light and the French capital is, its residents believe, the heart of France. With the Louvre, the Eiffel Tower and the Seine River, who can blame them for being biased? But follow the French into the countryside and you’ll find a different world of stone villages, fields of lavender, vineyards and seaside playgrounds of the rich and famous.
Paris What other city can conjure up romance, elegance and chic sophistication like Paris? This is a city to savour – whether from high among the lattice work of the Eiffel Tower or from a pavement café with a glass of Bordeaux in hand. The treasures of the Louvre, the glories of Notre Dame Cathedral, the Arc de Triomphe and the elegant Champs Elysées – all are essential Paris. But be prepared to detour – watch a game of boules in the Jardin de Luxembourg or dither between a rich, custardy millefeuille and a flaky pain au chocolat at a nearby pâtisserie. Watch artists at work near the Sacré-Coeur Basilica and marvel at the Impressionist masterpieces in the Musée d’Orsay. Peoplewatch in a side walk café and when the sun sets, fall in love with Paris all over again.
Our favourite things to see and do The Paris Museum Pass – A sightseer’s best friend, allowing entry as many times as you wish to over 60 museums and monuments in and around Paris. Check out the crazy traffic from the Arc de Triomphe, have Mona Lisa’s eyes follow you at the Louvre and imagine times gone by at Château de Fontainebleau.
Canal St Martin – With its old iron footbridge, Canal St Martin was made famous in the movie Amelie and is lined with cafés and restaurants and is a great place to hang out.
Tour Montparnasse – For stunning views of Paris. From here you can see all the major sights, and it is far less crowded than the Eiffel Tower.
Père-Lachaise Cemetery – Said to be the world’s most visited graveyard and some of the most frequented graves are those of Edith Piaf, Jim Morrison, Chopin and Oscar Wilde. Get a free map on the way at the conservation office just inside the main entrance off Boulevard de Menilmontant.
Saint Chapelle – Not far from the Notre Dame, Saint Chapelle is a spectacular cathedral with the most amazing stained glass windows.
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a local (the most economical). Sit down inside the café and the price goes up, and if you sit outside on the footpath the cost is even higher, but worth it for the people watching.
Paris is Full of Surprises – Problem is that you might miss them if you don’t know where to look. There are plenty of guides that give interesting ideas for self-guided walks. Investing in a set of guide cards or a book is well worth it. The “City Walks” series are great and cost from about $40. If self-guided isn’t for you, your travel consultant has plenty of guided options.
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Hotel Keppler Merci to this excellent home-away-from-home hotel combining traditional and contemporary styles for comfort and calm luxury in the heart of Paris. You’re an easy walk to the Arc de Triomphe, Eiffel Tower, Seine, Champs-Elysees and even Le Louvre or use the metro to rest your feet. After all this sightseeing, return for a relaxing sauna or steam.
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On the edge of the vibrant Latin quarter, in a Haussmann-style building, this bright, newly renovated hotel provides elegance and style. Still family-run with lovely personal service and now with a brand new fitness and wellness area. It is in a great spot to experience a more local flavour, with the historic Rue Mouffetard markets close by.
This area has a real village atmosphere with local favourite, Rue Des Martyrs, at the end of the street. It’s renowned for its tempting delis and boulangeries. A 15 minute walk up the hill is Montmartre and the steps of the stunning Sacré-Coeur Basilica. Quirky and fun Parisian art adorns a feature wall in these contemporary rooms.
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You don’t get real estate in a more prime location than this. It’s tucked away in a quiet street close to Rue St-Honore, perfect for browsing the shops. Le Louvre, Place de La Concorde and the Tuileries Gardens are just a short walk away. It’s housed in an authentic Parisian building, with a charming courtyard and trendy breakfast cellar.
In the midst of the stylish Saint-Germain des Pres area on the left bank, you will find this literary hotel. The rooms and suites are cosy and comfortable with high ceilings and romantic views of the city. Stroll through the small side streets, where the best art galleries are found and immerse yourself in artistic Paris.
In the heart of the lively Bastille area, your apartment is not far from Opera Bastille and the historic Marais district, and just a 10 minute stroll down to the historic Place des Vosges. Locals frequent this part of town. It’s surrounded by numerous cafés, restaurants and wee shops and there are street markets held regularly in the surrounding streets.
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Right in the centre of the city, in a really busy area. It doesn’t matter what your favourite things are, you’ll find them all within cooee of your apartment's front door. A plethora of amazing shops, impressive theatres, fabulous art galleries, beautiful architecture, gardens, decadent chocolate shops, and of course a buzzing ambience that is Paris.
Ready for an apartment-like home in the city centre? This place is tucked away in a restful spot and is totally renovated in contemporary style. Be delighted by the historic shopping arcades, the glass-roofed passageways (Passage des Princes, Jouffroy des Panoramas, Verdeau) and the glamorous department stores just 10 minutes walk away.
These apartments have been lovingly created with stunning 1908 architecture, featuring an Art Nouveau stone façade adorned with balconies, sculptures and colonnades. In a very prestigious part of the city, the Tuileries gardens, Le Louvre, and the elegant and stylish boutiques along Rue Saint-Honore and Rue de Rivoli are very close by.
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PARIS PASS ® When you purchase the Paris Pass you get free entry into over 60 attractions and free use of Paris’s metro and buses plus a free Hop On Hop Off tour, a River Seine cruise and a guided wine tasting tour in an historic royal cellar. Skip the Line fast track entry is at many of the major sights which helps avoid the long queues.
SKIP THE LINE CATACOMBS Delve into Paris’s dark underworld on this tour of the eerie Paris catacombs. A labyrinth of underground tunnels filled with more than 6 million human skulls, you will uncover the bloody history of Paris with fascinating stories from your local guide. Skip the Line is a must at this attraction!
HOP ON HOP OFF CITY TOUR A great way to get your bearings in this fabulous city. You’ll see the famous sights with a bird’s eye view from a double decker bus and the commentary will give you all the interesting facts. The best part is that you have the flexibility to jump on and off where and when you want.
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PARIS BIKE TOURS Are you ready to see Paris as you’ve never seen it before? This is perfect for both first time visitors and Parisian veterans. It offers a great orientation of the city, you get to see the sights, learn some interesting history and hear great stories – all as you cruise along the bike lanes of the city.
SKIP THE LINE EIFFEL TOWER GUIDED TOUR Built for the World’s Fair of 1889, the Eiffel Tower stands tall at 324 metres and can be seen from anywhere in the city. Today it is one of the city's most visited monuments which means it can get busy. Your tour guide will Skip the Lines and take you to a special entrance and straight up the tower.
Enjoy a guided tour of one of the world’s largest and historic museums. See and learn about famous works such as Leonardo da Vinci’s Mona Lisa, Venus de Milo and the Coronation of Napoléon before having free time to explore.
PARIS VISITE CARD Make getting around the city effortless by purchasing this before leaving home. Travel on the train, Metro and bus networks unlimited times over a set number of days. Avoid the hassle of ticket queues, unfamiliar machines, language difficulties and save your feet when you need a rest.
DINNER AND SHOW AT MOULIN ROUGE WITH HALF BOTTLE OF WINE
THE PARIS SECRET FOOD TOUR TASTE OF LE MARAIS Stroll through charming medieval streets with a foodie guide, popping into the neighbourhood’s best brasseries, boulangeries, and markets to sample French specialties like croissants, cheeses, croque monsieur, chocolates, and macarons, topped off with wine pairings and a secret dish.
LEARN HOW TO MAKE FRENCH MACAROONS IN PARIS Meet a local French chef in a private Parisian apartment in the heart of the city, where you'll discover the secrets behind making these esteemed, colourful French delights, made of two moist meringue shells sandwiched together by a creamy filling.
DINNER AT EIFFEL TOWER AND CRUISE Skip the Line Eiffel Tower to the first floor and experience a delightful dinner with a panoramic view over Paris. Then take a magical cruise along the Seine River to admire the monuments and the bridges of the “City of Lights”.
In the Montmartre area is the Moulin Rouge cabaret where you can enjoy its “Feerie” show with the famous French Can-Can. Half bottle of Champagne will be served during the show while you admire the numerous attractions with the beautiful Doriss Girls.
2CV SECRET PARIS TOUR See a hidden side of Paris during a private tour of the city in a vintage Deux Chevaux, an iconic French 2CV convertible. Let your private guide lead you away through the Marais district to see some of the historic mansions, find some of Paris' notable street art and pass the elegant Place Vendôme.
Day Tours from Paris
VERSAILLES BY BIKE Ride to the famous city market to shop for picnic supplies (baguettes, croissants, cheese, salad, red wine). Bike through the Gardens of Versailles, visit Marie Antoinette’s Hamlet and the Petit and Grand Trianons, then picnic by the Grand Canal. Continue through the grounds to Skip the Line into the château and walk through the breath-taking Hall of Mirrors.
VERSAILLES APARTMENTS Listed as a UNESCO World Heritage-site, the Palace of Versailles was once the residence of the Kings of France (1682-1789). Discover the beautiful State Apartments (Hall of Mirrors), hear of the enthralling details of the lives of the Kings and explore the famous French gardens.
MONET'S GARDEN BY BIKE
GIVERNY This is one pretty, peaceful and colourful village. It was home to Claude Monet and you can easily see how it inspired his beautiful masterpieces. Visit Monet’s home and studio which are surrounded by flower-filled gardens, and wander past ‘the’ lily pond and its famous Japanese bridge.
Meet at Gare St Lazare and train northwards into the Brittany countryside. Pick up your bike in Vernon and head to the market for picnic supplies, before pedalling down small paths alongside the river to the village of Giverny. Soak up the tranquil atmosphere enjoying Monet’s beautiful gardens.
GIVERNY AND VERSAILLES Explore two unmissable sights in one day. In Giverny visit Monet’s home and studio and the lush gardens that inspired the artist, then after lunch in the countryside, discover the magnificent Palace of Versailles and enjoy free time in its stunning French-style gardens.
Château de Chenonceau
FONTAINEBLEAU AND BARBIZON Embark on a half day guided tour to Fontainebleau, where you'll explore the Château de Fontainebleau and gardens and wander the town's scenic forest. Visit Barbizon, a country village that gave its name to the Barbizon school of painters since the mid 19th century.
Visit all the bigname Champagne houses – Moet & Chandon of Epernay, House of Mumm in Reims and Hautvillers, the birthplace of Champagne pioneer, Dom Perignon. With your expert guide, learn about the intricate Champagne-making process and sample glasses of premium Champagne.
MONT-SAINT-MICHEL DAY TRIP It’s a scenic drive from Paris, through Normandy, to reach this UNESCO World Heritage-listed island village, and it's totally worth it! Learn about the history of the famous abbey and enjoy free time to explore the backstreets of the village. Be sure to climb to the top of the historic abbey for the best views.
LOIRE VALLEY CASTLES DAY TRIP
Stroll through the flower gardens of Chenonceau; admire the architecture at the largest of the Loire valley château, Chambord; at Amboise, the home of King Francois 1st and the tomb of Leonardo da Vinci, stroll through the charming village.
Mickey and Minnie in Paris! Hop between Disneyland® Park and Walt Disney Studios® as often as you like for a day to discover thrills like Space Mountain. Go behind the scenes of four studio lots and meet your favourite Disney characters.
Nice Defined by its curved bay and the Promenade des Anglais, Nice is the capital of the Côte D’Azur and a hub of year-round liveliness. The mostly pedestrianised centre is easily walkable, with busy French bistros spilling from its lanes. Discover the palm-lined promenade by bike or Segway, or climb Castle Hill for the best views of the sea, city and port. Vieux Nice (the Old Town) is bursting with markets, restaurants and bars, while Rue Bonaparte makes for a nice distraction with its boutiques and delicious patisseries, as well as the former dwellings of a young Napoléon.
Our favourite things to see and do Promenade des Anglais – Soak up the French Riviera at its best while wandering along the promenade. Great for people watching. Just beware for learners on rollerblades and small dogs!
Parc du Château – There are only a few sections of wall of the ancient castle remaining but there is an lovely park and the view over Nice, the Bay of Angels and the port from the top is well worth the walk up the zig zag steps. There is also a small elevator that goes to the top.
Cruising the Coastal Road – If you’ve got your own wheels then the drive along the coast between Cannes and Menton is fabulous. Don’t miss the Cap d’Antibes, dotted with impressive villas.
Cours Saleya – This is a gorgeous baroque square in the old town that is the setting for a great flower and vege market. Surrounded with cafés and restaurants, it is a really vibrant spot for lunch.
Saint-Paul-de-Vence – A super cute Provençal town just a 30 minute drive from Nice. The narrow pedestrian cobbled lanes are bursting with galleries, boutiques and souvenir shops.
Visit the Musée National Marc Chagall – Take a break from the beach, pick up an audio guide and enjoy the art of Chagall in this small but good collection, beautifully painted and thought provoking.
Jardin du Monastère de Cimiez – For a peaceful time out, you can walk or bus up to these wonderful gardens. Enjoy the views over Nice and the beautiful flower beds, and there is also a monastery with an attached church.
Villefranche-sur-Mer – Take the train or local bus along the coast to this gorgeous, colourful town and enjoy lunch on the waterfront.
Create your Signature Scent – Follow your nose to the Molinard Perfume Workshop to discover what makes French perfumes so prized, and learn how master mixologists combine different bases, fragrances and oils to make sweet-smelling concoctions. Try your own hand at perfumery by blending ingredients to create your own signature scent to take home in a vial.
Nice Accommodation & Sightseeing
Hotel Villa Rivoli
Mercure Nice Promenade
This little boutique hotel is super cute with rooms individually decorated in a real French style with lots of panache. If you want some time out, venture to the cosy lounge where you'll feel like you are a guest in somebody's home. The location is great, just a few blocks from the waterfront.
In less than 30 seconds after leaving the front door you'll be on the famous Promenade des Anglais alongside the sparkling Mediterranean Sea. You can easily do as the Niçoise do and wander down to the beach for an early morning dip – not a bad way to start your day. At night you have restaurants, cafés and bars galore.
In the heart of Nice on the stylish Boulevard Dubouchage, this hotel has a jazzy atmosphere and is within easy reach of the old town, the beach and shopping. Your stay will be memorable with homemade American buffet breakfast, the Duke Bar & Lounge and the sunny patio.
Nice City Bike Tour
Monaco & Eze Trip
Cycle through this picture-perfect city, past charming city squares, grand boulevards and sandy beaches. See the city's famous Belle Époque architecture, Baroque churches, trendy bars and busy cafés. With a knowledgeable guide and a bike, you'll see parts of Nice that most people miss.
Your driver-guide will whisk your small group away on this half day tour. Stop along the Moyenne Corniche for a panoramic view of coastal Villefranche-sur-Mer and Saint-JeanCap-Ferrat en route to the medieval village of Eze and visit its perfume factory. When you reach the Principality of Monaco your driver takes you on a spin down the Formula One racetrack to Monte-Carlo, which features outstanding architecture.
Splendid Hotel & Spa Set in a quiet part of town but central to everything, the beach is just a 7 minute stroll and the lively old town 15 minutes away on foot. This stylish and sophisticated hotel comes with a swimming pool and hot tub on the rooftop, offering fabulous views over the hills and the alps and a beautiful terrace. The perfect spot to relax.
Monaco Famous for the glamorous Monte-Carlo Casino, the Grand Prix and its princely family, this principality is the world's second smallest country, filled with remarkable heritage, an outstanding wealth and variety of sites, museums and excursions. The Prince’s Palace is the guardian of centuries of tradition and the residence of the prince. Admire some of its splendours, such as the State Apartments, the Italian Gallery, the Main Courtyard, Salon Louis XV and the Throne Room. Car enthusiasts will enjoy the Prince’s collection of vintage cars. The Old Town is full of picturesque spots and houses glued closely together while on the Place du Palais, the Prince’s Carabiniers execute the traditional Changing of the Guard every day (subject to change). Monaco is a fascinating surrealist artwork brought to life, just waiting to be explored.
Passport to Monte-Carlo The Monaco Government Tourist Office is delighted to offer you this exclusive passport to Monte-Carlo! Book a minimum of 2 or 3 nights accommodation and receive:
FREE helicopter departure transfer between Monaco and Nice from 1st of April to 31st of October. FREE return helicopter transfer from 1st of November to 31st of March*
Special attention (eg: a welcome cocktail) will be offered in each hotel
A book of free entrance tickets to the museums and attractions of the principality
Please note –
Book 2 nights minimum for stays between 1 January 2019 and 31 March 2019 and between 1 November 2019 and 31 December 2019 in order to benefit from the “Passport” advantages Book 3 nights minimum for stays between 1 April 2019 and 31 October 2019 in order to benefit from the “Passport” advantages Breakfast included daily
Package available all Hotels (page 18-19) *Black out dates apply for the helicopter transfer (1st January, 25th December and Formula 1 Grand Prix). A shuttle bus transfer between the helipad and hotel in Monaco is included Helicopter transfers operate between certain hours. Please contact us to check available times. No substitute will be given for free helicopter transfers if your arrival time is not within operating hours
Deluxe Premium Sea View Room
A Taste of Monaco
Formula 1 racing driver, David Coulthard developed this “first art of living hotel” as a cool and chic alternative to Monaco’s traditional hotels. Near the Mediterranean Sea, nestled between the Princess Grace Rose garden and the Marina of Fontvieille, the hotel combines an elegant blend of contemporary and relaxing atmosphere with the warm welcome of its team.
Set between the Mediterranean Sea and the Monte-Carlo Casino, this unique hotel is one of the largest in Europe and an island unto itself. Spoil yourself with a workout in the fitness centre with fabulous views of the Riviera. The shopping arcade, restaurants, bar and stunning Fairmont Spa - it's hard to find a reason to leave.
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3 nights 3-star accommodation Breakfast daily Passport to Monte-Carlo Full day Cannes, Antibes and Saint-Paul-deVence tour • Shuttle transfer from your hotel in Monaco to heliport and helicopter transfer to Nice airport FC
Monaco Accommodation & Sightseeing
Monte-Carlo Bay Hotel & Resort
Hotel Hermitage Monte-Carlo
Sweeping views of Roquebrune-Cap-Martin and the Monte-Carlo Beach complex await you at this bright, sophisticated resort. Set amongst ten acres of gardens and luxury on the water's edge, with indoor and outdoor pools and a unique sandy bottom lagoon, there are many spots to cool off after exploring this luxurious principality.
The Monte-Carlo Beach offers a modern resort experience, blending the spirit of the golden years of the Riviera with the intimacy of a luxury resort. Boasting stunning views of the Mediterranean Sea with access to the beach as well as an Olympic-size outdoor pool, a fabulous spot to lounge around after an exciting night at the casino.
Overlooking the Mediterranean, this historic, luxury hotel is a haven of peace. It is a beautiful example of living in 'Belle Epoque' style where you'll witness a respect for tradition and a sense of hospitality. On balmy summer evenings enjoy musical entertainment and panoramic views from the terrace at Crystal Bar.
Cannes, Antibes and Saint-Paulde-Vence Tour
The Magnificent Tour Stop in the medieval village of Eze to visit the perfume factory. In Monaco, admire the Prince's Palace, the casino and the Grand Prix circuit. Wander the stone streets of Saint-Paul-deVence then follow the coast road through Antibes to Cannes and the Film Festival Palace.
The Ferrari Driving Experience
Walk on the red carpet covering the worldfamous steps of the Palais des Festivals. Follow the sea side toward Antibes to discover the old town surrounded by ramparts. Antibes has become a focus of contemporary art thanks to the famous painter, Picasso. Also visit Cap d' Antibes peninsula the famous seaside resort and Saint-Paul-de-Vence, a magnificent 11th century fortified village. FC
Get behind the wheel of a stunning Ferrari for an unforgettable drive. You can take this unique experience as either a passenger or a driver as you head out along the panoramic French Riviera roads with the roar of the V8 engine in your ears and the warm Mediterranean breeze in your hair.
The French Riviera & Provence When you finish in Nice, the hub of the Côte D’Azur, you’ll leave the Mediterranean shores and head inland to a region that oozes seduction. Not only is this region drenched in sunshine 300 days of the year, its landscape is diverse and its pretty wee hilltop villages so enticing, you will simply want to explore more.
6 days/5 nights Suggested Self-Drive Day 1: Nice – Mougins – Grasse – Saint-Paul-de-Vence (98km) Stop for café au lait in the village of Mougins, home to Picasso and the place where he died. Take a tour of Fragonard perfumery in the world’s perfume capital, Grasse, then onto the art lover’s paradise, Saint-Paul-de-Vence. Day 2: Saint-Paul-de-Vence – Gourdon – Saint-Paul-de-Vence (50km) Discover this charming town, visiting the antique shops and art galleries, all housed in 16th and 17th century buildings along cobbled pedestrianised lanes. Off the beaten track is Gourdon, a magical village perched at an altitude of 760 metres on the edge of a rocky spur above the Loup River. Explore the Provençal boutiques, the art galleries and superb restaurants.
Avignon L’Isle-surla-Sorgue Saint-Rémyde-Provence
Roussillon Gordes Ménerbes
Saint-Paul-de-Vence Nice Biot Antibes Mougins
Day 3: Saint-Paul-de-Vence – Aix-En-Provence (170km) Stroll around the ramparts and absorb views of the Alps and the Mediterranean before driving to Aix-en-Provence. Day 4: Aix-En-Provence – Ménerbes – L’Isle-sur-la-Sorgue (93km) Discover the pedestrian streets of the old town of Aix, home to Cézanne, and enjoy coffee along the tree-lined Cours Mirabeau before heading off to Ménerbes, in the heart of the Luberon. Designated a Regional Nature Park, this is a stunning place to escape. End the day in the riverside town of L'Isle-sur-la-Sorgue. Day 5: L’Isle-sur-la-Sorgue – Gordes – Roussillon – Avignon (85km) The Luberon landscape is an explosion of brilliant colour. Marvel at the ochre clad countryside, the vineyards and cherry orchards dotting the hillsides, the terraced fields and the shady squares in the town centres. Day 6: Avignon Explore the Pont d’Avignon and the old town. It’s small and compact with ancient ramparts surrounding the historical town and the magnificent Papal Palace. Customise this itinerary to travel at your own pace. Head to Paris or continue over to the Rhône & Alps. Our favourite places to stay: • Hotel Les Bastides St Paul, Saint-Paul-de-Vence • Aquabella Hotel, Aix-en-Provence • Grand Hotel Henri, L’Isle-sur-la-Sorgue • Mercure Pont d’Avignon, Avignon
Highlights worth seeing along the way Millau Viaduct – At 270 metres tall, this is the world’s tallest suspension bridge, straddling the River Tarn. Visit the nearby underground caves where Roquefort Cheese is produced. St-Remy-de-Provence – Explore this trendy village. Wednesday is market day and is renowned for its authentic ranges of colourful linens. Biot – Is a picturesque hill town above the French Riviera midway between Cannes and Nice. It is also renowned for its amazing glass works, crafting clear or coloured pieces. Lavender Fields – These are absolutely breath-taking in colours of mauve, lilac and provincial blue. They are at their best from mid-June until August. Aix-en-Provence – Grab a pamphlet from the Tourist Office and follow the tiled trail of Cézanne through the town. Impossible to get lost but very easy to get side tracked. Wine Lovers – Make sure to sample the renowned wines of the Châteauneuf-du-Pape and maybe even see the amazing grapevines that are so old, knotted and twisted. Gordes – On the outskirts of the town, visit the historic Abbey de Senanque. It is set on a steep hill so be prepared for walking. Chapelle du Rosaire, Saint-Paul-de-Vence – An artistic delight, this is the Matisse Chapel that was designed inside and out by Matisse in the years following the end of the WWII. It’s small yet perfectly formed.
Bordeaux, Dordogne & Languedoc Roussillon Bordeaux is impressive with its romantic bridges and Gothic gargoyles clinging to limestone walls, unmatched dining, legendary wines and world-class art. From here discover the everbeautiful Dordogne River with its castles and cave art before heading south to the magic of Carcassonne and eventually the Med.
7 days/6 nights Suggested Self-Drive Day 1: Bordeaux – Saint-Émilion – Bordeaux (96km) Spend the day in Saint-Émilion, a quaint, medieval, hilltop village and classified as UNESCO World Heritage for its natural landscape. Day 2: Bordeaux – Bergerac – Sarlat-la-Canéda (192km) Explore the medieval town of Bergerac renowned for its vineyards, castles, historic monuments, cathedral and gardens, en route to Sarlat-la-Canéda.
Lascaux Saint-Émilion Bergerac Souillac Bordeaux Rocamadour La RoqueGageac Sarlat-laCanéda Garonne River
Day 3: Sarlat-la-Canéda – Rocamadour – Sarlat-la-Canéda (102km) Take a day trip to breath-taking Rocamadour. It’s a pilgrimage and fortress village set in a gorge above a tributary of the River Dordogne. Day 4: Sarlat-la-Canéda – Souillac – Lascaux – Sarlat-la-Canéda (96km) Don’t miss the Abbey Church of Sainte Marie in the picturesque town of Souillac, it’s outstanding with its famous Romanesque architecture. Visit the UNESCO World Heritage-site of Lascaux, known for its magnificent Palaeolithic cave paintings. Day 5: Sarlat-la-Canéda – Toulouse (200km) Head to Toulouse, and admire the blushing cascade of the terracotta buildings, built from the clay beds of the River Garonne. Day 6: Toulouse – Castelnaudary – Carcassonne (103km) Marvel at the 13th century citadel of Carcassonne which has the UNESCO World Heritage-site of the Canal du Midi close by. It’s massive, is perched on a rocky hilltop, has spikey turrets and fortified walls with amazing gardens. Day 7: Carcassonne – Collioure (148km) Drive down to the coast to discover the sensational fishing village of Collioure with its old town, gorgeous beaches, and a waterfront castle and church, all set around a beautiful bay. Customise this itinerary to travel at your own pace. Continue on to Provence and The French Riviera.
Our favourite places to stay: • Quality Hotel Bordeaux Centre, Bordeaux • Le Mas de Castel, Sarlat-la-Canéda • Grand Hotel de L’Opera, Toulouse • Hôtel de la Cité Carcassonne MGallery Collection, Carcassonne
Highlights worth seeing along the way Saint-Émilion – Be sure to enjoy a wine tasting in the village and also pickup some Macarons, a local delicacy, to take on your journey. Bordeaux – Book a table at La Brasserie Bordelaise for a bustling and fun evening with yummy food and a great selection of local wines. Rocamadour – AOC Cheese Rocamadour is a ‘must’ taste – it’s made locally into small white rounds and is creamy and delicious. Sarlat-la-Canéda – Take a walk in the early morning when the sunshine often catches the light on the gorgeous yellow sandstone buildings that date back to renaissance and medieval times. They are well restored and very beautiful. La Roque-Gageac – Voted one of the prettiest villages in all of France, this is another ‘must-see’. It is a picture postcard with its white and ochre houses, nestled between the cliffside and the Dordogne River. Souillac Jazz Festival – If visiting in July, this town comes alive with a weeklong jazz festival. It’s been held now for over 30 years and artists flock to the bars, cafés and squares of the town and surrounding villages. Castelnaudary – Stop here en route to Carcassonne. On Monday’s they have market day which is packed with local produce including fresh veges, breads and patisseries, charcuterie and preserves. Aim to get there early though, before it is too hot to wander around. Collioure – See works of Matisse and Derain on the walls throughout town.
Normandy, Brittany & Loire Valley Echoes of historic struggles can be experienced right across Normandy – from the Norman conquest woven into the tapestry at Bayeux, to the dramatic D-Day landings of 1944. Travel onto Brittany with its ancient walled cities and rugged geography and then to the Loire, made so famous as the playground of royalty.
6 days/5 nights Suggested Self-Drive Day 1: Paris – Giverny – Rouen – Bayeux (263km) Journey north to the pretty village of Giverny to visit Monet’s home and gardens that inspired the artist. Wander through Rouen’s historic quarters packed with half-timbered houses and tempting shops and restaurants.
Landing Beaches Bayeux
Day 4: Bayeux – St-Malo (160km) Stroll along St-Malo’s ramparts and see the stunning cathedral. Visit the picturesque monastic island of Mont-Saint-Michel, take a tour of the famous Abbey and then walk around the narrow streets on the base of the rock, with its jumble of medieval houses. Day 5: St-Malo – Angers – Tours (328km) Wander through the lively university town of Angers. It’s the gateway to the Loire Valley and is easy to get around with a pedestrianised old town with several great places to eat. Day 6: Loire Valley Discover the charm and beauty of the Château region. Chenonceau spans the water’s flow, while Azay-le-Rideau sits like a tiny jewel in the centre of its own moat. Customise this itinerary to travel at your own pace. Head back to Paris or continue over to Alsace or down to Burgundy.
Our favourite places to stay: • Hotel Le Lion d’Or, Bayeux • Château du Colombier, St-Malo • Clarion Hotel Chateau Belmont, Tours
Day 2: Bayeux – Honfleur – Bayeux (142km) Enjoy a relaxing day in the well preserved and very picturesque town of Honfleur. A stop in Caen in one direction is a must. Day 3: Bayeux – Landing Beaches – Bayeux (34km) Discover the beaches of Normandy and conjure up the scenario that began here on D-Day, 6 June, 1944. The placid beaches are still best known by their wartime code names, such as Omaha, Utah and Juno. Monuments are placed along the 60 mile stretch of sand, and there are many war museums.
Le Mans Loire Valley Nantes
Chambord Cheverny Chenonceaux Amboise Bourges Azay-le-Rideau Tours
Highlights worth seeing along the way Caen – Visit the poignant Caen Memorial Museum which is dedicated to peace and renowned as one of the best WWII museums in all of France. Mont-Saint-Michel – Getting to Mont-Saint-Michel is half the fun, thanks to the dramatic causeway that connects it to the mainland and extreme tides. At low tide, you can walk out to the island, but watch the water, or you’ll have to wait at least 6 hours before returning. Cancale – A great place to stop off for a feed of the best oysters ever! Other local delicacies in the same area are the mussels and lobster. Honfleur – Stop at the Musée de la Marine, housed in the church of St. Étienne which features model ships and antique furnishings. You’ll also find many galleries with art dating back to pre-Impressionism. Calvados and Camembert – True specialties of the Normandy region. The village of Camembert is authentic, the cheese gourmet and creamy. Local pear cider and Calvados apple brandy are the perfect accompaniments. Villandry – Make sure to stop at the beautiful gardens of Villandry, taking time to explore the maze and see the gorgeous restored Renaissance palace. Loire Valley – Pack a picnic today and discover the Châteaux. Start at Amboise and head in a clockwise direction through to Chambord and Cheverny, ending with two favourites, Chenonceau and Azay-le-Rideau.
Champagne, Alsace & the Rhône Valley An illustrious region by any standards, Champagne quite literally sparkles with a gorgeous patchwork of vineyards, villages and cities. Alsace produces the finest wines, dry days and long summers whilst the Rhône is complete with medieval castles, châteaux and gourmet cuisines.
8 days/7 nights Suggested Self-Drive PARIS
Day 5: Strasbourg Discover the blend of German and French influences. You’ll love the quaint lanes and alleyways with leaning half crooked houses. Day 6: Strasbourg – Colmar (69km) Follow the Alsace Wine Route to check out delightful Obernai, surrounded by the valley of the Ehn River. It has a 13th century medieval tower, old town gates, ancient walls and narrow streets. Day 7: Colmar – Annecy (356km) From Mulhouse, cross into Switzerland and travel down through Bern, skirting peaceful Lake Geneva to reach picturesque Annecy. Day 8: Annecy – Lyon (148km) Drive through to Lyon, known as one of the food capitals of France. Circle back up to Paris or keep going down to the French Riviera. Our favourite places to stay: • Mercure Reims Centre Cathedrale, Reims • Hotel Hannong, Strasbourg • Best Western Grand Hôtel Bristol, Colmar • Annecy Imperial Palace, Annecy
Day 3: Reims – Epernay – Nancy (227km) Drive through the picturesque vineyards and villages along the Route du Champagne, stopping for a visit at Dom Perignon and perhaps the most famous of all, Moet & Chandon. Day 4: Nancy – Strasbourg (160km) Explore the medieval yet trendy Vielle Ville quarter of Nancy, with elegant Baroque and art nouveau landmarks, churches and magnificent squares.
Day 1: Paris – Reims (144km) Capital of the Champagne area, Reims, completely restored after both world wars, has many ancient Roman ruins to explore and pedestrian boulevards. Day 2: Reims Tour the most famous Champagne houses or select one. Stand out favourites include Veuve Clicquot or Mumm followed by a visit to the Grandes Maisons de Champagne. Enjoy a fabulous lunch of local specialties and more bubble samplings.
Highlights worth seeing along the way Colmar – The capital of Alsace Wines and home to half-timbered houses, flower boxes and canals. In Little Venice walk along the tree lined cobbled pathways or take a scenic boat tour. Notre-Dame de Reims – This is a UNESCO listed cathedral – it is a stunning Gothic masterpiece which you must visit. Avenue de Champagne – Stroll down Epernay’s main boulevard, reputed to be the world’s most expensive street. Alsace Wine Route – Winding its way for 170 kilometres along the foothills of the Vosges Mountain, this whole area has become famous for its exceptional natural beauty, medieval ramparts, stunning castles, pretty villages and rolling vineyards. Bergheim – Built in 1311, the ancient walls of this town are still completely intact and are perfect for that early morning walk. Ribeauville – Without doubt one of the prettiest villages in Alsace. It has a medieval setting, standing on a hilltop with the ruins of three magnificent 11th-14th century castles overlooking the village. Riquewihr – Listed as one of the "Plus Beaux Villages de France" (Most Beautiful Villages of France). You can pick this one out as you drive along, as it has a gorgeous church steeple rising above the well preserved village. There are also plenty of shops, boutiques and eateries. Basel – If time allows, stop in Basel to wander through its stunning old town.
Battlefields Follow in the footsteps of our fallen servicemen and pay your respect to all the soldiers who fought for our freedom with a visit to the historic battlefields of France. With world war memorials, museums, military cemeteries and battlefield remains, you’ll be transported to a time that was equal amounts heroic and harrowing; moments in history that shaped our existence forever and a future our ancestors paid so dearly to protect. From bunkers and D-Day beaches to trenches and tunnel tours, this is an undoubtedly evocative experience that will deeply move you.
Somme and Ypres Tour
Somme, Artois and Ypres Tour
3 days/2 nights
4 days/3 nights
This tour has been tailored for New Zealanders and takes you on a trail of discovery through important sites and cemeteries commemorating the sacrifice of our brave soldiers.
Discover the Somme and Ypres battlefields where many significant battles were fought. Gain an in-depth understanding of what took place on these famous battlefields.
It's a very moving experience at the Battlefields of the Western Front. Remember our fallen soldiers at the cemeteries and memorials at the Somme, Artois, Arras and Ypres.
Tour Highlights: -- Lochnagar Crater, Thiepval Visitors' Centre, Beaumont Hamel and the preserved trenches -- Mailly Maillet and La Signy farm, scene of the New Zealanders' success against the German offensive of March 1918 -- Longueval and High Wood, the scene of New Zealand’s first involvement on the Somme on the 15th September 1916 -- Caterpillar Valley Cemetery and New Zealand Memorial to the Missing, where the Unknown Warrior was exhumed in 2004 -- New Zealand Memorial -- Visit Carrière Wellington (Underground tunnels and memorial)
Day 1: Arras – Somme Region Today you will experience the Full Day Somme Tour itinerary.
Day 1: Arras – Somme Region Today you will experience the Full Day Somme Tour itinerary and overnight in Arras.
Day 2: Arras – Somme & Ypres Region Discover Armentieres and Flerbaix, the first taste of trench warfare in France Flanders. Visit the New Zealand Memorial at Tyne Cot and New Butts Cemetery, Polygon Wood. Continue on to Messines Ridge, Craters and New Zealand Memorial Park, before overnighting in Ypres. Attend the Last Post at Menin gate.
Day 2: Somme & Artois Region – Arras Travel to Grevillers and Bapaume, which were captured by the New Zealanders on 29th August 1918. Follow the path of the New Zealanders to the walled town of Le Quesnoy.
Note: Itinerary subject to change
Note: Itinerary subject to change
Note: Itinerary subject to change
Inclusions: Driver/English guide, minivan transport, museum entry fees, pick up/drop off Arras
Inclusions: 2 nights accommodation, 2 breakfasts, driver/English guide, minivan transport, selected entrance fees, pick up/drop off Arras
Inclusions: 3 nights accommodation, 3 breakfasts, driver/English guide, minivan transport, selected entrance fees, pick up/drop off Arras
Full Day Somme Tour
Price Guide From: $340
Day 3: Ypres Explore Ypres and Flanders Fields Museum.
Price Guide From: $1195
Day 3: Somme & Ypres Region – Ypres Today you will experience day two of the Somme and Ypres Tour and overnight in Ypres. Day 4: Ypres Explore Ypres and Flanders Fields Museum.
Price Guide From: $1820
The price guide shown is per adult, per tour for twin share based on low season travel. Price shown does not include Earlybird or other discounted offers. Specials and surcharges may apply depending on travel date.
ANZACs on the Western Front
5 days/4 nights
5 days/4 nights
All major Commonwealth countries played roles in ensuring victory and this tour allows you to see the areas of their involvement across the Western Front. See memorials to our country’s fallen, and gain an understanding of the overall conduct and strategy of the war.
From the trenches at Ypres to monuments marking The Somme, this ANZAC tour maps Australian and New Zealand troops’ movements in WWI. Visit the Wellington Tunnels and hear the Last Post played at Ypres. You can tailor the tour to visit relatives' graves.
Day 1-2: Lille – The Somme – Amiens The region of the Somme had great losses on the first day of battle, 01 July 1916. Visit Newfoundland Memorial Park, the Ulster Tower, Pozières and Thiepval Memorial to the Missing of the Somme.
Day 1-2: Lille – Ypres Travel via the Messines Ridge, spend time around the Passchendaele battlefields, including Polygon Wood, the Gravenstafel Ridge and Tyne Cot Military Cemetery and Hill 60. Attend The Last Post under the Menin Gate.
Day 3: Amiens – Villers-Bretonneux – Ypres Travel to the Australian National War Memorial & Cemetery at VillersBretonneux and Canadian Memorial Park on Vimy Ridge.
Day 3: Ypres – Amiens Leaving Belgium, you cross into French Flanders and spend time at Fromelles. Visit Pheasant Wood Cemetery, the Wellington Quarries and stop in the village at the Digger Memorial.
Day 4: Ypres – Ypres Salient – Menin Gate – Ypres Ypres was totally destroyed during the war, and sits in the epicentre of British endeavours during four long years of conflict. There is much to see here before attending the Last Post under the Menin Gate Memorial.
Day 4: Amiens – The Somme – Amiens Tour the front line on the battlefields of The Somme, visit Longueval and Flers, and Thiepval Memorial to the Missing of the Somme.
Day 5: Ypres – Fromelles – Lille Explore Hill 60 and the area around Fromelles, Pheasant Wood Cemetery, VC Corner and the Australian Memorial Park.
Day 5: Amiens – Villers-Bretonneux – Lille Be inspired by the Australian National Memorial. Today focuses on the final year of the war, 1918, with success at Le Hamel.
Departures: Set departures (Apr-Nov)
Departures: Set departures (Apr-Oct)
Inclusions: 4 nights accommodation, 4 breakfasts, 2 dinners, Expert Battlefield Guide/driver, premium mini-coach transportation, entrance fees as per itinerary
Inclusions: 4 nights accommodation, 4 breakfasts, 3 dinners, Expert Battlefield Guide/driver, premium mini-coach transportation, entrance fees as per itinerary
Price Guide From: $1529
Price Guide From: $1859
The price guide shown is per adult, per tour for twin share based on low season travel. Price shown does not include Earlybird or other discount offers. Specials or surcharges may apply depending on travel date.
Passion seeps into all aspects of life in Italy – you can hear it in the opera, taste it in
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Festivals and Events 2019
16 Feb-05 Mar
Gelato Festival, Florence
Lemon Festival, Monterosso
Verona Opera Season
Le Infiorate, Spello (giant flowercarpet competition)
02 Jul & 16 Aug
Palio Horse Race, Siena
Ravello Music Festival
International White Truffle Fair, Alba
lovingly prepared pasta, and see it in action as the Italians promenade across their piazzas, talking with their hands. Only the most hard-hearted of visitors can fail to be caught up in the Italian love of life.
In its capital of Rome and its fashion and business powerhouse of Milan, life is lived at a fast pace and often via a host of speeding Vespas. Life flows through Venice via its canals and into its grand palaces and shines from the artworks housed in the living museum that is the renaissance jewel of Florence. Deep in the countryside, however, Italian life slows down a little – here there is time to savour a new wine, linger over lunch under the vines, and contemplate a field of sunflowers. There’s something timeless about a Tuscan landscape of hilltop towns, stately cypress and olive groves, and a sense of history is palpable in the ruins of Pompeii and in Rome’s eerie Colosseum. On the coast, villages washed in pastel colours cling to cliffs; and in the Italian Alps, elegant villas overlook tranquil lakes. No wonder Italy was home to so many inspired painters and composers. La Dolce Vita, living the sweet life!
Rome An espresso shot at breakfast before treading the nearly 2000-year-old steps in the Colosseum, a slice of gourmet pizza served among jostling, exquisitely dressed Romans, a gelato in delectable Piazza Navona, ravioli for dinner near the Spanish Steps: the Romans love to eat and drink, so when in Rome… There is so much history to discover in Rome, and in the world’s tiniest state that lies within it: the Vatican City. Follow in the ghostly sandalled footsteps of a Roman senator through the Forum or tread the marble floors in the wake of the Popes in St Peter’s Basilica. A few steps off the tourist trail and you’ll find another side of Rome: a black-clad Italian ‘mamma’ hanging out the washing, and children running home with the daily fresh bread.
Our favourite things to see and do Trastevere – A maze of alleyways, terracotta coloured buildings and restaurant-lined cafés. It is where the Romans go for an evening out and is great fun.
The Pantheon – Often missed but a must-see between Piazza Navona and Trevi Fountain. Believed to be the oldest building in Rome dating back to 27BC, the only light into the church is from the opening in the ceiling dome.
St Peter’s Basilica – Make the climb to the top as the views it offers of Rome and the Piazza San Pietro are breath-taking.
Papal Audience – There are generally thousands of people keen to see the Pope and we therefore recommend booking the Papal Audience Tour. You will be sure to arrive at St Peter’s Square in plenty of time for the Pope’s blessing, avoid queues and get a good position.
Catacombs – The underground burial site of early Christians dating back to the second century, you will see the bones of people buried there.
Vatican Museums – If you don’t attend the Papal audience on a Wednesday morning then this is a great time to visit the Vatican Museums, as you’ll avoid the crowds. Capri
Ferrari – For those car enthusiasts – visit the Ferrari Shop on Via Tomacelli where you can buy a key ring for about EUR100 or a baby blanket for EUR240!
Villa Borghese – When you feel like taking a break from the monuments and museums, this vast park overlooking the city has relaxing walks around the lake. It's a great spot to take a picnic, lie on the grass and enjoy the sunset over Rome.
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A real gem of a hotel, inside it oozes character and charm. You'll love the modern breakfast bar which spills out onto a gorgeous rooftop terrace in the summer months, ideal for that leisurely breakfast or evening cocktail. Step outside the door of the hotel and you're right in the heart of it all: shops, people, cafés and bars.
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Located in the historical centre of Rome in an elegant 19th century building, this hotel has been recently refurbished. Bus and metro stops are nearby which make exploring easy and the Termini train station is just a 10 minute walk away. A small library and living room with a fireplace are the perfect spots to relax after long days walking around Rome. Termini
Hotel Diana Roof Garden
Just a few metres from the Opera House, Termini station and the metro, this hotel is in a prime location close to the historical centre. Famous for its panoramic restaurant, the Roof Garden “L’Uliveto” is set on a beautiful terrace surrounded by greenery and olive trees, where the view extends to 360° over the rooftops of Rome.
Set on a wee cobbled street just a short walk from the Piazza del Popolo, Via del Corso (the main shopping street), and the Spanish Steps. It is the ideal location from which to explore the city and is surrounded by shopping and eateries galore. It’s privately owned and has a focus on art pieces which are scattered throughout the hotel. Flaminio
Style, hospitality and comfort exude from these elegant and peaceful surroundings, in one of Rome's most picturesque areas. This beautifully restored historical building is just off Via Veneto. The rooms are modern and comfortable. Some of Rome's best shopping, dining and sightseeing are within easy walking distance.
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Trianon Borgo Pio
This elegant, modern hotel is close to the famous Trevi Fountain and opposite Quirinale Presidential Palace in the historical centre of Rome. The rooms are spacious with all the mod cons and decorated in different styles, while the funky roof garden terrace offers relaxation with stunning views over the rooftops of the Eternal City. Barberini
Located in the heart of Rome near the gates of the Vatican, amongst the famous streets, old palaces, and only a few blocks walk from the shopping district of Via del Corso. Depending on how you feel you can whip up an Italian feast in your apartment or enjoy one of the many restaurants that make the area so characteristic.
Relais Trevi 95 Boutique Hotel
Mood Suites Tritone
In a quaint narrow street near the Trevi fountain, the location of these suites is ideal for exploring historical Rome. You are surrounded by sidewalk restaurants, with the market and a grocery store nearby for Italian snacks. It’s an easy walk to the Spanish Steps and Pantheon. The suites are elegant and bright with a perfect combination of space and comfort. Barberini
VIP EXPERIENCE AT THE VATICAN WITH BREAKFAST AND EARLY ENTRY
SKIP THE LINE VATICAN EXPERIENCE TOUR
Start your day at the Vatican with a buffet breakfast, followed by a small-group tour of the Vatican Museums before they open to the public. See highlights such as Raphael’s Rooms and the Sistine Chapel before heading inside St Peter’s Basilica through a reserved entranceway to beat any crowds.
Skip the long lines and head straight inside the galleries, where an expert local guide will lead you to ancient and Renaissance highlights and the Sistine Chapel. Learn the stories behind the masterpieces, then get direct entry into the stunning interior of St Peter’s Basilica.
OMNIA VATICAN AND ROME CARD A great sightseeing package which opens up some of Rome's top attractions to visitors, allowing you to make the most of your holiday. Not only do you get free entry and reduced entrance fees but also the all-important fast track entry allowing you to skip the lines.
ROME VESPA TOUR WITH LUNCH
I LOVE ROME TOUR A great way to orientate yourself around this beautiful city. This Hop On Hop Off tour covers all of the major sights. Individual earphone audio guides are offered providing an unforgettable account of the incredible history and splendour of the art that make this city so unique.
CRYPTS AND CATACOMBS Peel back the layers of history as you descend into the Eternal City's underground burial chambers, catacombs and crypts. Hear the story behind the Cappuccini Crypt – chapels decorated entirely by human bones. Most of this tour is underground.
Live like a local and explore the "Eternal City" by new Vespa Primavera 125cc. Follow your tour leader to some of the city's ancient monuments, such as the Colosseum and Pantheon. See the wonderful Trevi Fountain, enter stunning Piazza Navona and much more.
ROME FOOD TOUR BY SUNSET AROUND PRATI DISTRICT Head off the beaten path to embrace local cuisine and culture. Visit a gourmet food shop, an awardwinning restaurant, the number 1 pizzeria in Rome, a mozzarella specialty store and an artisanal gelateria. And meet the families behind these food traditions, to learn their secret recipes and tips.
VATICAN MUSEUMS AND BRAMANTE STAIRCASE Delve deep into the Vatican Museums with this extended tour that takes you where the public donâ€™t usually go. Cross the velvet ropes to gain rare access to the famous Bramante Staircase, a dizzying spiral of carved stone built in 1512 inside a square tower.
ANCIENT MONUMENTS OF ROME SKIP THE LINE Dodge the crowds with Skip the Line to the Colosseum, stroll through the ancient streets of the Roman Forum, admire the remains of the Temple of Hadrian and learn more about life in ancient Rome. Stand in awe before the Pantheon, the magnificent temple dating back to 27BC.
FRASCATI WINE TASTING TOUR FROM ROME Travel out through the olive groves and vineyards to one of the oldest and most beautiful vineyards in the Frascati region. Learn how the traditional winemaking techniques have evolved and step down inside ancient cellars where fine wines lie maturing in barrels, to enjoy a tasting session.
SKIP THE LINE COLOSSEUM UNDERGROUND, ROMAN FORUM AND PALATINE HILL With rare access to the Colosseum's underground chambers, Palatine Hill and the Roman Forum your guide will visually reconstruct the former grandeur of this once massive empire, to make you feel like you are reliving history.
NAPLES AND POMPEII After a quick panoramic tour of Naples visit a cameo factory before lunching in Pompeii by the archaeological sight. It was a busy town before Mt Vesuvius blew her top in 79AD, burying it in soot and ash thereby preserving an example of a Roman city and its way of life.
Venice To visit Venice is to step into a dream. It seems unreal to be in a city where the streets are canals, and snatches of Italian opera sung by gondoliers waft down narrow lanes. Newcomers are usually openmouthed as they are swept along the Grand Canal for the first time, past crumbling palaces, bobbing gondolas and domed churches. After you’ve seen the main sights, lose yourself along the paths that cling to the canal-sides or take a water taxi to one of the many islands. For a truly authentic Venetian meal, opt for a superb seafood risotto in one of the tiny bacari (or pubs) frequented by the locals.
Our favourite things to see and do Doge’s Palace – This was the seat of the government of Venice for centuries and is one of the city’s most famous buildings. If you book a guided tour you can follow in the footsteps of the leaders of Venice who wouldn’t use the public doors and stairways but would slip through passageways and secret entrances. Skip the Line is a must for this sight.
San Marco Piazza – Take a walking tour through this square, surrounded by stunning architecture. Make sure you visit at night too, when it’s beautifully lit up. Splash out on a glass of wine, listen to the orchestras and absorb the incredible atmosphere.
Rialto Food Market – Locals have depended on these markets for fresh fruit, veges and fish since 1097! They’re open at dawn so the best photo opportunities are early in the morning when it is really bustling.
Accademia Galleries – For a complete overview of Venetian art history from the 14th–18th century. On a Tuesday you can also visit the warehouses on the top floor of the monastery designed by Palladio. If modern art is more your cup of tea, then check out the Peggy Guggenheim Museum.
Gondola Ride – A magical way to admire the romantic waterways of Venice is from a gondola, cruising the secluded waterways and passing under tiny bridges, look up at old palaces and see their reflections.
Cicchetti and Wine in the Jewish Ghetto – Wander through the charming streets of the Jewish Ghetto passing by Synagogues and mask-making workshops. Stop at bàcari to savour cicchetti, traditional Venetian appetizers, which you can wash down with a glass or two of local wine.
Murano, Burano and Torcello – Three islands nearby, all different and all worth a look. Torcello is uninhabited and has an extraordinary mosaic of the Last Judgement in its cathedral. Murano is the island for glass – gorgeous coloured vases, glassware, dishes, jewellery. Burano is renowned for its lace and brightly painted houses.
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The Satore family have been welcoming guests here for three generations and the welcome you’ll get is warm to say the least. It’s in a great spot between the Rialto Bridge and St Mark’s Square so you could easily head over the Rialto Bridge to the centuries-old fish and produce markets.
Hotel Ca' Dei Conti
Delightfully positioned on a quiet, picturesque canal, this charming hotel is inside a former Patrician palace, close to St Mark's Square. Rooms are tastefully and elegantly decorated in Venetian style with antique furnishings and lots of natural light. Take time to relax on the small outdoor terrace overlooking a wee side canal.
If being close to all the action is for you, yet you still like to retreat to a quieter spot to put your head down, consider this. You’ll be 7 minutes walk to St Mark’s Square and 2 minutes from the hustle and bustle of the Grand Canal. You can spend all day out and about returning to relax in the ‘homey’ hotel bar.
Overlooking the lagoon, where the view over San Giorgio Island is spectacular. Located a few steps from the Biennale d’arte and Piazza San Marco, with a 1 Michelin Star restaurant, a surprising collection of antiques, and the Citrus Garden, a Mediterranean oasis of jasmine, palms, bird of paradise flowers and orange trees, this is a truly luxurious place to enjoy Venice from.
Locanda Vivaldi Hotel
A small boutique hotel, set in a fantastic location overlooking the Venice Lagoon and only minutes walk to St Mark's Square and the Doges Palace. Stacked with charm, rooms are classic in their décor with antique-style furniture and glass chandeliers. Some rooms have window balconies and there is a seasonal outdoor terrace restaurant.
Palazzo Schiavoni Apartments
A magnificent historical building located near St Mark's Square, and in the heart of Venice. It houses four elegant, cosy apartments located on the various floors of the Palazzo. All are named after four famous artists that worked for the Republic of Venice; Carpaccio, Giorgione, Tintoretto and Tiepolo.
Florence The birthplace of the Renaissance; a city overflowing with art and astounding architecture, Florence is almost overwhelming in its riches. Michelangelo’s David, Botticelli’s Venus and Giotto’s Madonnas: you’ll want to feast your eyes on all of them. Find a perch among the sculptures in the 14th century Loggia della Signoria near the Uffizi Gallery and enjoy the buskers, or windowshop along the 13th century Ponte Vecchio, the bridge across the Arno River that is lined with glittering jewellery shops. People-watch outside the Duomo, Florence’s extraordinary marble cathedral.
Our favourite things to see and do Art – A great place for art buffs to see some fabulous artworks. Two of the main galleries are the Uffizi and Accademia. Book a combo ticket with a guide to learn about the works. These galleries house famous works such as Michelangelo’s David (Accademia) and Botticelli’s The Birth of Venice (Uffizi).
Markets – If you’re after leather, head to the San Lorenzo Markets for bags and jackets. For a real foodie market check out the Sant’ Ambrogio market, it’s a great spot to either have lunch or pick up goodies for a picnic.
The Duomo – Finished around 1367, the cathedral is decorated in pink, white and green marble and stands proudly above the surrounding buildings. Take a tour of the Baptistry secret passages.
Giotto’s Bell Tower – Attached to the Duomo, the 400 odd steps to the top can be hard work (and is not for those with a fear of tight spaces as it is narrow in places) but the view over Florence from the top is superb.
Piazzale Michelangelo – About a 20 minute walk from the Duomo (or a short bus ride) this is half piazza and half parking lot BUT it is a great spot for fantastic views over Florence and the Arno Valley.
Ponte Vecchio – The only bridge in Florence to have been spared by German bombs in WWII, it is lined with jewellery stores, art galleries and souvenir shops, and most definitely worth a wander across. It’s a photographer’s delight!
Leaning Tower of Pisa – About an hour’s drive out of Florence through the picturesque Tuscan countryside, you arrive in Pisa. Explore the surrounding remarkable buildings and have your photo taken holding up the tower.
Siena, San Gimignano and Greve – See some of the nearby countryside and the rolling hills of Chianti on a day tour to a hilltop town.
Florence Palazzo Vecchio and Arnolfo Tower Sunset Tour – As the sun goes down walk around the one-time fortress, Palazzo Vecchio and hear tales of its past. Admire the Hall of The Five Hundred and soak up magical sunset city views from the battlements and Arnolfo Tower.
Enjoy yourself on this fully guided bike tour of the outskirts of Florence and the Tuscan Countryside. Change your pace and the scenery, feel the cool breeze, breathe the fresh air, and really see Tuscany from a different perspective!
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Cooking Class and Market Tour in Tuscany On this full day experience search for fresh, local produce at the market to prepare a typical Tuscan pasta, roast pork and dessert. Then sit down to enjoy the fruits of your labour, complemented by Tuscan wine.
Enchanting Tuscany A meandering drive through Tuscany is the way to experience Italy at its best: shop at the local markets, wander through the villages, and dine on the rustic foods that the area is famous for. Base yourself at a villa for seven nights and head out and about on day trips.
8 days/7 nights Suggested Self-Drive
Day 1: Florence – Greve, Chianti (76km) Explore the Duomo, the cathedral in the heart of Florence, get your art fix in the Uffizi Gallery and cross the medieval Ponte Vecchio with its shops. Day 2: Chianti area Chianti is a delightful region famous for its wines and panoramic landscape lined with vineyards, olive groves and fortresses. Take an afternoon drive down to Monteriggioni, a perfect walled town. Day 3: San Gimignano – Volterra – Colle di Val d’Elsa (142km) Spend the morning in the hilltop town of San Gimignano. Admire the 14 imposing stone towers along its skyline and wander the cobblestone streets of this medieval town. In the afternoon visit the magnificent walled city of Volterra, driving via the castle town of Colle di Val d’Elsa back to your villa. Day 4: Lucca – Pisa (206km) Discover Lucca’s intact Renaissance-era walls, Torre Die Guinigi; a medieval tower with mature oak trees growing from its top, the cathedral San Martino with its asymmetrical 11th century façade and the Piazza del Mercato. Return to your villa via Pisa to see the world-famous Leaning Tower. Day 5: Chianti area Relax at your villa, visit the local markets and have a picnic by the pool. Day 6: Montalcino – Pienza – Montepulciano (225km) Continue down to Montalcino located in the Area Naturale Val d’Orcia. Close to Renaissance perfection with the Duomo and Palazzo Piccolomini being fine examples of this era. Day 7: Chianti area Pop down to Siena and pick up some local delicacies for an alfresco dinner. Day 8: Greve, Chianti – Florence (76km) Enjoy the beauty of the Tuscany countryside before departing your villa. Customise this itinerary to travel at your own pace.
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Highlights worth seeing along the way Climb 463 steps – To the top of the Duomo in Florence. Take a Picnic Lunch to Rocca – This fortress has a public garden filled with fig and olive trees. Walk your lunch off by climbing the Torre Grossa to enjoy panoramic views over vineyards. Marvel at Piazza del Campo – In the historic city centre of Siena, shaped like a scallop shell, the spectacular bareback Palio horse race has been held since at least 1283. As you wind your way down narrow, hilly streets, you will be transported back to the middle ages. Lucca’s Ramparts – Stroll along the top to glimpse some private gardens. Colle di Val d’Elsa – This walled old town is a perfect example of a castle defence town, with many charming shops, restaurants and a weekly market. Sample Pecorino at an Alimentari – Pienza’s delicious famous local sheep’s milk cheese. Indulge in Pastries and Sweets – Perugia has many sweet local delights. Wine Taste in Chianti – Pick up a bottle or two to enjoy back at your villa, or nestle at one of the vineyards for a long lunch in the picturesque surroundings. Montepulciano – A hilly village renowned for its underground wine cellars.
Our favourite places to stay: • Villa in Greve, Chianti
Montalcino – This classic fairytale hilltop town is set within a full circle of fortified walls, is home to a 14th century fort and the famous Brunello wine.
Tuscany Villa Package
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Stay in a beautiful 14th century villa perched in the heart of Tuscany. Enjoy all the things that Tuscany is famous for; the gastronomy, including cooking classes and wine tastings, excursions to Siena and San Gimignano, and plenty of time to relax by the pool and enjoy the sights and tastes of Tuscany.
Stroll your way through quintessential Tuscan countryside, rolling hills and fields, olive groves, vineyards, cypress trees reaching skyward, landscape dotted with hill-top farmhouses and walled villages. Learn to make incredible dishes and wash them down with the region’s delicious red wines Vino Nobile and Brunello.
Day 1: Arrive at Villa Casagrande today and enjoy a welcome dinner this evening.
Day 1: Montepulciano Arrive at the medieval walled hilltop town of Montepulciano with incredible views over the surrounding countryside. Try the Nobilo di Montepulcino wine!
Day 2: Enjoy the day at leisure, in the afternoon is your first cooking class with Mamma Paola. You will learn to prepare three traditional seasonal dishes then indulge in your Tuscan feast.
Day 2: Montepulciano – Pienza Walk to Pienza, a UNESCO World Heritage-site, Renaissance jewel and producer of Pecorino cheese.
Day 3: A full day excursion to Siena and San Gimignano. Discover the beauty of these medieval towns independently or arrange a tour of Siena. Enjoy wine tasting on a local farm before returning to the villa for the evening.
Day 3: Pienza – Bagno Vignoni Walk through classic Tuscany today before your first cooking class in a local farmhouse. Create a four-course dinner, paired with regional wines. Through food and wine you truly understand the rhythm of Italian life!
Day 4: Enjoy the day at leisure. There are lots of options. Visit the cellar and museum of the villa which has been host to Popes and Princes. In the afternoon is pizza making with Mamma Paola! Learn the basics of traditional Italian Pizza then eat your masterpiece.
Day 4: Bagno Vignoni – Montalcino Discover the Abbey of Sant’Antimo then transfer to Montalcino, the home of Brunello wine.
Day 5: Enjoy a private excursion through Tuscany to Pienza and Montalcino with lunch at a winery. OR Catch the train to Florence with a half day private tour including entrance to the Accademia (not available Monday). Day 6: After breakfast, you'll be transferred to Florence Airport or Railway station.
Departures: Daily Inclusions: 5 nights accommodation in Villa Casagrande (or similar), 6 breakfasts, 3 dinners, 2 x cooking classes with Mamma Paola, excursion to Siena and San Gimignano, wine tastings, excursion to Florence with entrance to Academia Gallery or Pienza and Montalcino & airport transfers from/to Florence Price Guide From: $2690
Day 5: Montalcino – Buonconvento A demanding but rewarding day’s walk through the hilly Brunello vineyards and olive groves. Tonight stay in a lovely agriturismo, a working farm. Day 6: Buonconvento – Siena Visit the monastery at Monte Oliveto Maggiore before your transfer to Siena. Day 7-8: Siena Walking tour of arguably Europe’s best preserved medieval city and the scene of the annual Palio horse race. Late afternoon attend a cooking class at a culinary school in Siena. Enjoy your four-course creation with a wine or two! Departures: Daily (Apr-Oct), note Siena cooking class operates certain days of the week Inclusions: 7 nights accommodation, daily breakfast, 2 cooking classes including dinner and wine, guided tour of Siena, transfers as stated, luggage transfers between hotels, detailed route notes & map, local contact Price Guide From: $2530
The price guide shown is per adult based on low season travel. Specials or surcharges may apply depending on travel date.
Cinque Terre & Ligurian Coast Decades ago the five villages that comprise the Cinque Terre had no road access. Clinging to cliffs overlooking the azure Mediterranean, their houses were an artist’s palette of terracottas and creams. Then the first tourists arrived and now the walking tracks that connect the five are almost always thronged with visitors, though the villages retain their postcard-perfect charm. It is possible to walk between the northernmost village of Monterosso and Riomaggiore in the south in one day, but it’s far better to take your time, stay in one village for a few days and explore the villages on foot. If you don’t fancy the walk, there are roads now (nervous drivers beware!) or more preferably you can ride the local train. For an entirely different view, take to the sea on the ferry.
Our favourite things to see and do Il Gigante – Carved into the cliffs in Monterosso is the 14 metre high statue of Neptune holding the waves at bay. Due to wartime bombing and rough seas he lost his arms, trident and the giant seashell he held.
Riomaggiore Murals – These striking murals paint a picture of life in the Cinque Terre and are situated outside the train station. The murals are to glorify the unknown workers who constructed all of the dry stone walls and terracing that is so distinctive to the area.
Walking the Coastal Path – This links the villages, but be sure to wear comfortable walking shoes and carry water as it is not sold along the route. Get an early start to avoid the heat and the crowds. Try the Best Basil Pesto – This is the home of pesto and it’s generously served in restaurants with two different types of pasta that are local to the area (trofie – short dense twists or trenette – long flat with a ruffle on the edges) There is also pesto lasagna!
Rest at one of the Spectacular Terraced Vineyards – Check out the local wine and also the delicious limoncello, enjoy an accompanying antipasto platter while soaking up the atmosphere.
Sip a Sciacchetra – A rare sweet white wine unique to the Cinque Terre. It’s delicious especially with creamy gorgonzola cheese.
Taste the Local Anchovies – These are caught along the coast, then salted and barrelled in the bay by the woman of the Cinque Terre.
Swimming on the Cinque Terre – While the Cinque Terre is not famous for its long white beaches, the coastline is full of small bays and the clear Ligurian Sea. Manarola you can sunbathe on the rocks then dive off into the deep waters; Vernazza has a small sandy beach good for kids, or jump off the rocks at the end of the harbour; Monterosso has a sandy, pebbly beach great for families.
Visit Portofino for the Day – Take the train to Santa Margherita, then the local bus from directly outside the station.
Santa Margherita Portofino
Rapallo Levanto Monterosso Vernazza Corniglia Manarola
Riomaggiore La Spezia Portovenere
Cinque Terre & Ligurian Coast
A Taste of Cinque Terre 4 days/3 nights Day 1: La Spezia – Riomaggiore (17km) Transfer from La Spezia to Riomaggiore by private vehicle and spend the rest of the day exploring, hike up to the top of town for panoramic views along the coast and glistening sea-views through the lemon trees. Enjoy a Welcome Dinner at your hotel this evening. Day 2: Cinque Terre Use your Cinque Terre Card to explore this beautiful area at your own pace. With vineyards, olive groves and delightful houses, each of the villages exudes its own authentic charm. Train to Corniglia, the smallest least touristy village high up on the cliff 350 step descent to the water. Next stop’s Manarola, the most iconic photo is of the colourful houses cascading down the rock to the little harbour. You can ferry back from here or catch the train. Day 3: Cinque Terre Today train to the northmost village of Monterosso. Fuel up with a gelato on the sandy beach before trekking to Vernazza. There is a strenuous climb at the start but you’ll be rewarded with the most stunning views walking along the cliff path towards Vernazza. This is the most picturesque village with a small sandy beach but can get very overcrowded in summer.
Getting there & around
When to go & where to stay
The Cinque Terre Card is compulsory and gives you access to the Park area. Prices start from EUR7.50 as a 1, 2, 3 day pass and are available locally from the National Park offices situated outside the train stations of any of the five villages.
Don’t underestimate the heat in summer and the crowds on weekends. The best time to visit is between April and October when there are local boats linking many of the villages and providing a good alternative to experience this coastal region. We suggest walking one way and boating back. June and August tend to be very touristy so try going in spring or autumn to avoid crowds. Winter can become quite cold and some facilities are shut. If the trails get too wet they are closed for safety reasons. Currently the trails between Corniglia and Riomaggiore are closed.
The train is the best way to get to the Cinque Terre from either La Spezia or Levanto and for an additional EUR8 per person you get unlimited 2nd class train travel and access to the five villages in between. Cars are not allowed beyond the village entrances. You can either leave it in La Spezia or Levanto or park at the top of the villages. These parks are small, expensive and often full in summer. A lovely way to arrive is by ferry from La Spezia or Levanto if you’re visiting March to October, but these can be suspended in rough weather and are an additional cost to the Cinque Terre Card.
Decide if you would prefer to stay inside the National Park, on the Cinque Terre, or outside of the National Park, in Levanto to the north or La Spezia to the south. Accommodation on the Cinque Terre is very limited and fills up quickly. In Monterosso or Riomaggiore you can pre book hotel style accommodation. The town of Levanto has more hotels to choose from and there are B&Bs scattered throughout the region.
Day 4: Riomaggiore – La Spezia (17km) The tour ends after breakfast with a private transfer to La Spezia.
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Private transfer La Spezia/Riomaggiore round trip 3 nights accommodation Breakfast daily 1 dinner Shopping card for Brugnato 5Terre Outlet Discounts at La Spezia museums 2 day Cinque Terre Card including map of the area, access to all trekking paths, train and boat schedules, unlimited train travel on the Levanto – Cinque Terre – La Spezia line (regional train 2nd class)
Milan High among the spires of Milan’s 500-year-old cathedral is a great spot to view Italy’s dynamic financial hub, the cathedral in its café-lined piazza lies at the heart of Milan. Close by is the Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II and the designer nirvana lies in the aptly named Quadrilatero (Golden Quadrilateral) where Prada, Valentino, Gucci and more await. Gaze at Leonardo’s Last Supper and be dazzled at La Scala, one of the world’s greatest opera houses. Milan also offers access to Verona, with its Roman arena and romantic associations with Romeo and Juliet. To the north of Milan lies Lakes Como, Lugano and Maggiore, nestled at the foot of the Italian Alps. Sip wine, stroll beside the palazzi of the rich and famous, and share the high-flyers’ million-dollar views.
Our favourite things to see and do The Last Supper – Visit Leonardo da Vinci’s masterpiece ‘The Last Supper’ in the refectory of the 15th century Church of Santa Maria delle Grazie.
Fashion Week – The Spring/Summer event is held in February-March and the Autumn/ Winter event is held in September-October of each year. Milan is one long catwalk for the elegant and sophisticated, and you can join them in the restaurants and clubs buzzing with attitude and glamour.
The Terraces of the Cathedral – The Terraces on the roof of the cathedral have a surface of 8,000 m2 which is covered by marble. Climb the 201 steps to the top, and once there you will have a breath-taking view of the city; with good weather you can even see the Italian and Swiss Alps. Admire magnificent arches, the 135 pinnacles of the cathedral, the numerous statues and breathe in the peaceful atmosphere over this constantly active city.
Navigli District – There is a system of canals through Milan and the oldest one, Naviglio Grande, is bustling with canal-side cafés, old-fashioned gelaterie (ice-cream shops), boutiques, artists of Milan, restaurants and old moored barges fitted out as bars.
Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II – This elegant shopping arcade is considered to be one of the main centres for shopping in Milan and is one of the most beautiful covered galleries in Europe.
Day trip to the Lakes – The magnificent Lake District is dotted with dozens of colourful small towns along the shorelines with spectacular mountain scenery as their backdrops. There is a dependable ferry service which will shuffle you from town to town.
Parco Sempione – A beautiful park that has a little something for everyone. The grounds are dappled with ponds and enchanting bridges; find a relaxing spot on the grass and watch the kids play on the playgrounds.
Via Fauche – Especially for the fashionistas, at these markets you will find discounted clothes and shoes from the most prestigious Italian stylists.
Milan Accommodation & Sightseeing
Ibis Milano Centro
Best Western Hotel Galles
A great hotel boasting a magnificent location just a short walk from Milan’s vibrant city centre and the train station. Not far from the great shopping streets, this is also the perfect base for visiting Milan Cathedral or spending an evening at the La Scala Opera House.
Corso Buenos Aires is one of the main shopping streets, and you’re right at the beginning of it when staying here. It’s a great spot for bargains during the sales (after Christmas and mid summer) but if you’re after the famed designer gears then Via Montenapoleone is the place for you, and is en route to the Duomo.
Renovated in classical style whilst preserving the original 19th century palace architecture, this hotel is located within walking distance from the main train station. It is on the corner of Corso Buenos Aires, one of the main shopping streets and just a few stops by metro into the Duomo area. Be sure to try out the relaxing spa centre.
Best of Milan Experience
The Milano Card will give you a huge range of FREE and reduced attractions throughout Milan as well as a range of reduced services in Venice, Rome and Florence. With this card you will have free public transport in Milan and discounts for several museums, tours, restaurants and the airport bus.
Walk by Milan’s most loved attractions, and favourite local spots often missed by visitors. Your guide will detail the history of the many sights for a level of insider’s perspective. Skip the line at the Duomo di Milano and your choice between a visit to see 'The Last Supper' or Leonardo da Vinci's Vineyard and enjoy priority access to some of the city’s other famous churches.
Starhotel Rosa Grand This stunning hotel is surrounded by Milan's iconic sights and attractions - a few steps from the Gothic Duomo Cathedral, Milan's exclusive fashion street, Via Montenapoleone and the world renowned La Scala Opera Theatre. That's if you can bear to leave your designer room in tones of mink and rose pink - a real girlie treat.
Italian Lakes People have been holidaying on the Italian Lakes since Roman times and it certainly hasn’t got any less popular. There is very good reason for this – the sights are magical: mountains, lake shores, islands, stately villas and baroque palaces.
Varenna, Lake Como
7 days/6 nights Suggested Self-Drive Day 1: Venice – Verona – Sirmione, Lake Garda (166km) Stop in Verona to check out the setting of Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet, including ‘Juliet’s balcony’. Verona has many archaeological sites, the grandest of which is the Roman Arena, the impressive amphitheatre. Drive through rolling vineyard country to Lake Garda. Day 2: Lake Garda Sirmione is built on a narrow peninsula jutting into Italy’s largest lake with an imposing castle and Roman ruins. Day 3: Lake Garda – Bergamo – Bellagio, Lake Como (150km) Bellagio sits at the junction of the lakes two arms with fabulous panoramas over the lake with an Alpine backdrop.
ITALY Locarno Lake Maggiore
Lugano Bellagio Lecco Como Bergamo
Riva del Garda Vicenza
Day 4: Lake Como Roads around the lakes are narrow and take you through small villages and many tunnels. This is a good reason to get a small car and a GPS, but you will feel like a film star driving along the lake shore of Lake Como.
Highlights worth seeing along the way
Day 5: Lake Como – Lugano – Stresa, Lake Maggiore (160km) Follow the shores of Lake Como to Como, head north and cross the border to Lugano in Switzerland, then drop back into Italy to Lake Maggiore where you can follow the shore to Stresa.
Stop at the small fishing village of Peschiera del Garda – This historic fortified town has a moated castle.
Day 6: Lake Maggiore The delightful town of Stresa is a former fishing village that grew to the wealthy haven it is today. Day 7: Lake Maggiore – Milan (90km) In Milan shop along Vittorio Emanuele II, stroll through Piazza del Duomo and visit the iconic red-brick castle of Sforza which houses several museums. Customise this itinerary to travel at your own pace.
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The best way to see Venice is by foot – Wander over the Rialto Bridge, through bustling St Mark’s Square to see Doge’s Palace and St Mark’s Basilica.
Sirmione – Lunch at a traditional trattoria overlooking the lake. Discover magical Lake Garda – Cruise on the lake visiting Castello Scaligero, Grottoes of Catullus and the Rocca di Manerba Walk around delightful Bellagio – This picture perfect town on Lake Como has a medieval layout of winding streets, cobbled stairways and grand historic buildings, as well as 19th century villas on the shoreline. Explore Lake Como by ferry – The boats take you to Tremezzo and Lenno and the medieval towns of Varenna and Bellano. Take the Funicular up to Bergamo Alta – Visit the Piazza del Duomo in this fortified village to explore the Santa Maria Maggiore and the Colleoni Chapel. Catch the Cablecar in Stresa – Take in the fabulous views of the Alps and Lake Maggiore.
Our favourite places to stay: Hotel Gardenia, Sirmione, Lake Garda Miralago B&B & Apartments, Bellagio, Lake Como Regina Palace, Stresa, Lake Maggiore
Stroll in the Parco di Villa Pallavicino – This English garden has pelicans and llamas as well as tropical plants. Cruise to the Borromean Islands – Explore these three tiny settlements.
Emilia-Romagna From the Po River in the north to the Apennine Mountains, explore medieval cities, seaside resorts and delicious cuisine from the region known as the ‘bread basket of Italy’. Home of Ferrari and Luciano Pavarotti, and a vibrant capital with the oldest continually used university.
8 days/7 nights Suggested Self-Drive Piacenza
Day 1: Bologna – Ravenna (86km) In Bologna, visit the Piazza Maggiore, a beautiful square lined with arched colonnades, cafés, medieval and Renaissance buildings. The Bolognese take their food tradition very seriously. Be sure to try the ‘Spaghetti Bolognese’. Day 2: Ravenna See astonishing frescoes, Dante’s tomb, enjoy a piadina (pizza), Ravenna has 8 UNESCO World Heritage-sites of amazing Byzantine mosaics. Day 3: Ravenna – San Marino – Rimini – Ravenna (154km) San Marino's cobblestone streets wind steeply up the mountain and at the top sits the mighty fortress and its towers with sweeping views. Relax in Rimini, a famous seaside resort on an endless stretch of white sand. Drive back along the coast. Day 4: Ravenna – Comacchio – Ferrara – Ravenna (226km) Head to the small village of Comacchio before venturing through the Po Delta, a unique wetlands area and World Heritage-site. Inland you’ll find Ferrara's castle, basilica, monastery and lovely piazzas. For an unforgettable experience go boating through the freshwater wetlands near Valli di Argenta.
Ferrara Modena Bologna
SAN MARINO Florence
Highlights worth seeing along the way Osteria Del Sole in Bologna – It’s been around since 1465, and has a great atmosphere. Very basic with wooden tables, take some local meats and cheeses then buy a beer or wine.
Day 5: Ravenna – Vignola – Maranello – Modena – Parma (222) Rocca di Vignola, has a stunning castle with free entry, beautiful frescoes and the amazing Spiral staircase. For Ferrari fans visit the Ferrari museum in Modena and for opera lovers Pavarotti’s house and museum.
San Marino – An independent country, the 5th smallest in fact, the most ancient republic in Europe (since AD 301).
Day 6: Parma The city of gastronomy, great music, art and architecture, home of Parmesan cheese, Parma ham and the 19th century Teatro Regio, one of the best opera houses in Italy.
Hire kayaks to discover the Po Delta – This protected natural reserve is a peaceful escape where you can spot otters and flamingos.
Day 7-8: Parma Explore the medieval villages, castles and incredible food producers littered around the surrounding countryside. You never know what you'll find on this adventure!
Walk the city walls of Ferrara – For great views before wandering the labyrinth of one of Europe’s oldest Jewish quarter.
Cross over the Trepponti in Comacchio – A famous 17th century bridge in the pretty fishing village.
Abbey of Pomposa – 6th century Romanesque architecture and is surrounded by restaurants serving traditional food and wine of the Po Delta.
Museo Ferrari Maranello – This second Ferrari museum tells the story through the actual cars. Sit in a Formula 1 simulator and do a tour to the track and factory. Bobbio – Explore the ancient abbey, Basilica and famous Old Bridge in this small town located in the Trebbia River valley.
Our favourite places to stay: • Palazzo Bezzi Ravenna • Sina Maria Luigia, Parma
Food tastings – Many of Italy’s Protected Designation of Origin products are from this region including Parmigiano Reggiano (Parmesan cheese), Prosciutto crudo di Parma (Parma ham), Traditional Balsamic Vinegar of Modena.
Amalfi Coast South of Naples lies a coastline of dramatic cliffs, precariously perched fishing villages and the ever-present shimmering Mediterranean. This is the Amalfi Coast, which has been enticing visitors for decades to its tiny beaches and chic resort towns such as Sorrento and Positano and its island of Capri. If you are driving the coast, beware – this is no place for motorists with no head for heights, but adrenaline junkies will love the hairpin bends and vertical drops. It’s little different in the towns that cling to the hillsides, where often steep steps provide the only access to hotels and restaurants with terraces that seem to float between sea and sky. Nestle yourself into one of the coastal villages like Ravello or tiny Furore, kick back, relax and enjoy the heady views.
Our favourite things to see and do Capri – Take the short boat ride from Sorrento to Capri, steeped in myths and Roman history. Head to Piccola Marina following winding lanes, then wander down a precipitous flight of steps to La Canzone del Mare right by the seaside and visited by Capri’s rich and famous.
Ravello – Enjoy tranquility in Ravello’s exquisite gardens and immerse yourself in the local village life. Villa Rufolo was built on an existing Roman structure, with a 30 metre high tower that overlooks Piazza Duomo. The Wagner Symphonic Music Festival takes place in the garden in July.
Furore – This tiny village is a good base from which to tackle Amalfi Coast walks with names like The Fishing Vixen. A cluster of old fishermen houses look like they have been glued to the cliffs. This is a dramatic and unique part of the Amalfi Coast.
Walk Of The Gods – Take a walking tour along the ancient pathways, winding along shoreline cliffs from coastal towns through rustic woodland, and up to beautiful villages perched on craggy peaks. You can go beyond the crowds – just make sure you are reasonably fit!
Limoncello – The golden treasure of Amalfi. Locals affectionately call it sunshine wine and serve it chilled, like summer champagne. Walk the streets of Amalfi, from the bustling tourist district to the small villages dotting the coastline, and you will see dozens of shops displaying beautifully shaped bottles of homemade limoncello.
Public Transport – Public transport along the coast is cheap and fairly
efficient. Blue buses run from Salerno to Amalfi, and from Amalfi to Sorrento and Ravello. There is a local service within the towns. Ferries connect the principal towns of the Amalfi Coast and can be quicker than buses.
Naples Bay of Naples
Ferries – During the summer months of April through to October a ferry service runs between Sorrento, Positano, Amalfi and Salerno. In the winter months ferries only run between Naples and Sorrento but are subject to cancellation due to rough seas.
Salerno Minori Amalfi Positano Praiano Ravello
Amalfi Coast Accommodation & Sightseeing
Hotel Miramalfi, Amalfi
Art Hotel Pasitea, Positano
Maison La Minervetta, Sorrento
This family owned hotel, built in the 1950s, got its name from when the owner stood on the terrace and emotionally said, “Mira... Amal!” or “Look... Amalfi!”. The same family still owns the hotel and you’ll know what he meant when you see the spectacular vista. Rooms have views out to sea and there’s a great pool perched on top of the rocks.
Located dramatically on the cliffs of Positano, offering spectacular views from every room's private balcony to the Mediterranean Sea. Within walking distance of the Fornillo Beach and Church of Santa Maria Assunta. The hotel is typical of the Mediterranean architecture of white and lava stone decorations with wrought iron furniture.
Family owned and operated since the 1950s, this gorgeous, Mediterranean style hotel has been fully restored and all rooms have sea views. Perched on a ridge overlooking the Bay of Naples, it is just 15 minutes walk to the centre of the town and you can connect to the famous fishing village, Marina Grande, via its own private staircase.
Pompeii and Herculaneum Day Trip from Amalfi
Sorrento Small Group Food Walking Tour
Small Group Capri Day Cruise from Sorrento
Visit two ancient Roman towns with a large group in an air-conditioned bus. Stroll through Pompeii and Herculaneum with your guide to learn about the history. Walk through the alleys of what was once the most important commercial centre of the area. See the main features, such as the Temple of Jovis, the Macellum, and the public baths.
Eat your way around Sorrento, the gateway to the Amalfi Coast on this small-group guided food tour. Stroll the streets of charming Sorrento with your guide, stopping at eight family-run restaurants, deli’s and markets to indulge in an array of local edible delights. Eat everything from homemade gnocchi to buffalo mozzarella to prosciutto and gelato. And then wash it all down with locally made beer, wine and limoncello.
Hop on a traditional wooden boat in Sorrento and set sail in the beautiful Gulf of Naples to the island of Capri. Swim and snorkel to explore caves and the famed Blue Grotto, admire the famous Faraglioni rocks and the Gardens of Augustus (at own expense), and learn about the history of the place on the boat ride over from your skipper before enjoying free time to wander Capri at leisure.
Taste of Lake Maggiore
Amalfi Coast – Ravello to Positano
4 days/3 nights
5 days/4 nights
8 days/7 nights
Visit beautiful Lake Maggiore on this independent package - a playground for the rich and famous and a favourite amongst romantic poets such as Byron and Shelley, Lake Maggiore in Northern Italy is truly stunning.
This semi-escorted tour takes in the highlights of the Amalfi Coast; Pompeii, the Isle of Capri & famous Blue Grotto, Positano the Jewel of the Amalfi Coast, staying two nights in Sorrento and two nights in the town of Amalfi.
Follow a walking route along ancient paths and stairways linking isolated villages, across hills with lemon and chestnut groves, vineyards and meadows. Along the way enjoy the divine Campania cuisine and lively hospitality.
Day 1: Milan – Stresa Transfer from Milan to your hotel in Stresa. Spend the afternoon exploring this delightful town at your leisure before enjoying a welcome dinner at the hotel.
Day 1: Rome–Naples–Pompeii–Sorrento First stop Naples then onto Pompeii, destroyed by the eruption of Mt Vesuvius in 79AD. Your guide with take you on a journey of this ancient city giving you an understanding of Roman life.
Day 1-2: Ravello Arrive Ravello, explore the elegant villas and monuments followed by a walk down to the quaint fishing village of Atrani.
Day 2: Borromean Islands Board a morning ferry for a leisurely excursion to the Borromean Islands. Visit the Borromean Palace on Isola Bella, famous for its baroque art and fine Italian gardens. Continue to Isola Madre, the biggest of the three islands, known for its English-style gardens and lovely flowers. End your trip on Isola dei Pescatori, where you can relax, take in the scenery and poke around the small souvenir market.
Day 2: Isle of Capri A full day excursion to the Isle of Capri. Ferry across to the island, visit the Blue Grotto, have lunch in the town of Anacapri, some time to explore before returning to Sorrento.
Day 3: Stresa Spend the day exploring the lakeshore at your leisure. We suggest a visit to the magnificent Villa Taranto, whose terraced gardens contain more than 202,000 trees and plants from all over the world. Day 4: Stresa – Milan Enjoy breakfast before returning to Milan.
Day 4: Amalfi Today is yours. Spend it in Amalfi, the historic centre is like an outdoor museum as it preserves much of the towns rich maritime past. Visit Ravello and its beautiful villas and gardens. Or relax on the beach.
Day 5-6: Praiano Walk through ancient villages along the 1,000 year old Maestro dei Villagi footpath to Praiano. Continue to the Valley of Praia, where many vineyards cling to the cliffs, and on to the beginning of the famous Pathway of the Gods. Day 7: Pathway of the Gods to Positano Today is the most scenic walk on the Amalfi Coast – the Pathway of the Gods. The track is rocky and barren in parts with steep stone steps at either end, but the views are as divine as the name suggests. Day 8: Positano Arrangements end after breakfast in Positano.
Day 5: Amalfi–Pompeii–Rome Morning in Amalfi before returning to Rome.
Departures: Daily (Apr-Oct)
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Inclusions: 3 nights accommodation, 3 breakfasts, 1 dinner, return transfers from Milan & ferry tickets to the Borromean Islands
Inclusions: 4 nights accommodation with breakfast, 2 lunches, 2 dinners, guided tour of Pompeii, excursion to Capri & Blue Grotto & transport
Inclusions: 7 nights accommodation, daily breakfast, local contact, luggage transfers & walking notes and route maps
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Day 3: Sorrento–Positano–Amalfi Travel along the breath-taking Amalfi Coast drive to Positano. You have some time to explore this picturesque village, the narrow lanes, shops, or church of Santa Maria Assunta. Then it’s onto Amalfi.
Day 3-4: Amalfi Walk to Amalfi via Scala, the “oldest little city” of the coast, along the high path of the Valle delle Ferriere. Free day in Amalfi relaxing or exploring.
The price guide shown is per adult based on low season travel. Specials or surcharges may apply depending on travel date.
Fascinating Puglia Puglia forms the heel of Italy’s “boot” and is known for its whitewashed hill towns, centuries old farmland and stretching Mediterranean coastline. Discover fishing ports and villages perched on steep coastal cliffs.
7 days/6 nights Suggested Self-Drive Day 1: Bari Stroll through the old part of town to see ladies on their front door kneading pasta. Wander by cloisters, churches, craft shops and bakeries.
Day 4: Bari – Altamura – Matera (69.8km) Enter the ancient walls of Altamura to discover the historical centre surrounded by palaces and churches. Matera, European Capital of Culture 2019, is a prehistoric troglodyte settlement which has developed over time but maintained a uniquely ancient feel. Day 5: Matera – Alberobello – Taranto (106km) Alberobello and the Itria Valley are home to UNESCO World Heritage Trulli style houses, the incredible stone huts with distinctive conical roofs. Day 6: Taranto – Gallipoli – Lecce (155km) Travel over the swing bridge to the old town of Taranto. Visit the small fishing village of Gallipoli with beautiful beaches. Enjoy the baroque architecture in Lecce and explore the spectacular Roman amphitheatre. Day 7: Lecce – Brindisi – Ostuni – Bari (172km) Travel to Ostuni via Brindisi then join the coastal route Monopoli to Bari. Customise this itinerary to travel at your own pace. Extend your stay in the peaceful Itria Valley.
Our favourite places to stay: • Her Majesty, Bari • La Teresina Holiday Homes, Matera • Akropolis, Taranto • Torre del Parco 1419 Dimora Storica, Lecce
Rutigliano Conversano Castellana Caves
Polignano A Mare
Day 2: Bari – Molfetta – Giovinazzo – Bari (60km) Drive north up the coast to Molfetta to explore the narrow streets of the medieval centre overlooked by churches and monuments. Stop in Giovinazzo, the small fortified town on a cliff overlooking the sea. Day 3: Bari – Polignano A Mare – Monopoli – Conversano – Bari (135km) Polignano A Mare is a medieval village perched on a high, jagged coastline with a succession of narrow streets and typical white houses and terraces. Get lost in the maze of Monopoli’s old town alleys. Venture inland through green almond and olive hills towards Conversano.
Gioia del Colle
Highlights worth seeing along the way Gioia del Colle – Famous for its burrata cheese and mozzarella, also “zampine” rolled sausages and the wine Primitivo Doc Gioia del Colle. Stop in Polignano – See the houses built right out to the cliff edge overlooking the azure waters of the Mediterranean. Relax at a beach bar in Capitolo – Enjoy the sand dunes then sit back and savour the “pugliese sushi” shrimps and sea urchins. Explore Castellana Caves – 3 kilometres of winding paths in the tunnel network at a depth of 60 metres and filled with amazing stalactites and stalagmites. Festival of Cherries – Visit Conversano in June to make the most of the cherry season. Marvel at the lines of vines – Rutigliano is a land full of cultivated vineyards whose grapes are known as “Vittoria”. Taste the wares of Puglia – Bread “DOP”, dating back to medieval times and still cooked in a wooded oven in Altamura, wines of Salento, cheeses of Caciocavallo Podolico and the salamis of the Matera area. Be transported back to biblical times – As you walk the streets and explore the caves of Matera. Whitewashed town of Ostuni – Walk through the narrow alleyways and discover flower filled old balconies, lots of historical buildings and a castle within the 16th century circular walls.
Sun drenched Sicily Beautiful Sicily is a treasure trove of Roman and Greek ruins, medieval villages, incredible architecture and dramatic landscape. Just as dramatic is the long, complicated history – the mafia originated here, the Romans ruled, the Byzantines, the Arabs, the Normans - all make for a truly unique culture.
8 days/7 nights Suggested Self-Drive Day 1: Palermo – Monreale – Palermo Palermo’s old town has a 3000 year old history. The slightly chaotic streets show the architectural marks of the many invaders. Drive past olive groves and citrus orchards to Monreale. Day 2: Palermo – Cefalù – Nebrodi Park – Taormina (252km) Drive along the coast to the former fishing village of Cefalù. Randazzo is the closest village to Europe’s most active volcano Mt Etna, with the volcanic lava rock used in much of its construction. Day 3: Taormina – Mt Etna Built high on the cliffs with restored medieval treasures, and views across to Etna and lovely cove-like beaches which you can reach by cable car. Day 4: Taormina – Catania – Syracuse (122km) Visit the UNESCO listed historical centre of Catania. In Syracuse you’ll find most of the main archaeological sites in the old town on Ortigia Island. Day 5: Syracuse – Noto – Ragusa – Caltagirone (150km) The south east landscape is rough and dramatic with mountains and ravines. Noto sits peacefully amongst them as Baroque architecture in honey coloured stone. Ragusa cascades down the slope of the hills. Day 6: Caltagirone – Piazza Armerina – Agrigento (128km) Ceramics decorate walls, streets and stairways of Caltagirone. Visit Piazza Armerina’s Villa Romana del Casale, a ruined villa filled with incredible Roman mosaics. Day 7: Agrigento – Marsala – Trapani (166km) Visit the UNESCO listed ‘Valley of the Temples’ and the seaside town of Marsala on the drive to Trapani, see functioning salt windmills. Day 8: Trapani – Erice – Palermo (124km) The narrow winding streets of Erice have hardly changed since 600 BC. Customise this itinerary to travel at your own pace. Our favourite places to stay: • Mercure Palermo Centro, Palermo • Diamond Hotel and Resort Naxos, Taormina • L'Alba sui Templi Bed and Breakfast, Agrigento • Hotel Cala Marina, Trapani
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Highlights worth seeing along the way Wander through the Ballaro Market in Palermo – A souk-like market with Moorish influences, it is vibrant. Everything is fresh and it is one of the best places to eat. Admire the mosaics in Monreale – The famous cathedral is an extensive Arab-Norman complex with Byzantine mosaic and a Benedictine cloister. Cross one of three bridges to Ortigia – The best way to see this island is to just wander around the 2500 years of history, past Baroque and medieval palaces, churches and the 6th century BC Temple of Apollo. Enjoy the best gelato as you stroll down the promenade of Noto – Palms and Baroque palaces and churches line the grand Corso Vittorio Emanuele and there are beautiful gardens to rest in. Try chocolate made in the Aztec style – Modica is famous for its chocolate shops. It is one of the Val di Noto eight UNESCO listed towns, explore the zig-zag of streets and steep staircases. The 1693 earthquake forced the townsfolk out of their cave dwellings, and into building their own town around the castle fortress. Agrigento – One of the best preserved architectural legacies of ancient Greece, the Doric temples in the ruins of Akragras, known as the Valley of the Temples, were built around 450 BC. Sample an authentic Marsala wine – This dessert wine is dry and flavoursome with no added sugar. Try it at any of the wine cellars.
Take to the Road There’s a lot to be said for having your own wheels on holiday. You can drive down that inviting country lane or cute village you’ve spied. Driving in a foreign country is not so different to driving in New Zealand. You soon get used to driving on the other side, and the major roads let you cover long distances in good time. If you opt for the minor roads, you’ll avoid the tolls and see much more of the countryside. These days you don’t even have to worry about those relationship-testing moments where the navigator mutters “I think that was our exit…” as you race past an off ramp. For a little extra, you can have a slightly bossy but very knowledgeable GPS system that’ll tell you exactly how to get to where you’re going. There’s a huge range of car types on offer, and if you’re worried about your carbon footprint you can even opt for a more eco-friendly diesel or hybrid model. If you’re going to be on the road for a longer period of time, you should consider a lease arrangement – you’ll get a brand new car with full factory warranty plus the usual benefits of a rental car such as unlimited kilometres and comprehensive insurance. Once all that’s sorted, you’re ready to hit the road!
Distances are approximate, in kilometres and based on direct routes.
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Touring by Rental Car Driving in Europe In Europe the free wheeling experience becomes more challenging with driving on the right hand side of the road. Don’t be put off, roads and autobahns are well surfaced and clearly signposted. Most major roads do have tolls so it is often cheaper and more scenic to stay on the secondary roads. Choosing your Rental Car Take into consideration the size of the vehicle you require. We strongly recommend a compact size car for two adults. If the vehicle is to be used for day touring from a central base and not for transporting your luggage, a smaller vehicle may be adequate. We suggest you book your car before leaving home as this will save money and ensure you get the car of your choice.
Emergency Roadside Assistance
Things to think about:
While each vehicle is serviced and cared for individually there may be an instance that you need some assistance. You can rest assured that in many countries throughout Europe, Hertz provides Emergency Roadside Assistance 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.
What driver’s licence is needed
Minimum age requirements (varies from country to country)
Additional driver fees
One way rental fees
Optional equipment eg. child seats, roof racks
Non waivable excess
When you collect your car Hertz will take an imprint of your credit card as security. This can be between €250-€750
Collision Damage Waiver & Theft Protection Insurance are included – you may be offered additional insurance options when you pick up your car
Hertz NeverLost Hertz NeverLost satellite navigation system is available across 15 countries in Europe and 300 locations, and with its seamless cross-border capability, it is ideal for independent travellers who like to know where they are going. The system has extensive, detailed mapping, a wide, easy-to-use fullcolour touch-screen that provides access to turn-by-turn directions to points of interest including hotels and petrol stations, simply by touching an icon.
SIGHT–SEEING YOUR WAY. There really is only one way to see the best of Europe – SELF DRIVE. With a modern fleet, competitive prices and friendly service you can enjoy everything Europe has to offer from the comfort of a Hertz rental vehicle. To start your adventure today call or visit your local travel agent.
Explore Europe with Peugeot EuroLease Peugeot EuroLease is the Number 1 choice world-wide for tax-free car leasing in Europe. Tinker about with the locals at market day and meander your way from village to village – get off the beaten track and have your own holiday at your own pace.
If you are planning a driving holiday in Europe, from 21-175 days, Peugeot EuroLease is often better value than a rental car! Not only will you drive a brand new Peugeot, you will also receive unlimited mileage & GPS.
Collections/Returns You can collect/return your Peugeot from 15 cities within France, as well as 12 cities outside of France (for an extra fee).
Insurance/Assistance Your Peugeot EuroLease includes comprehensive insurance, with no excess, as well as 24 hour assistance through 40 countries. Your insurance cover even includes punctures, broken glass and repair costs if you put the wrong fuel in your vehicle.
Choose from over 30 Models From a small hatch through to an 8-seater minivan. Use our website to see the full list of vehicles and the specifications to ensure you choose the model that best fits your passengers and luggage requirements, as you are unable to change your vehicle on collection: www.peugeoteurolease.co.nz Note: Not all models are available to view in New Zealand.
Booking Tips ••
Book early for the best availability; better choice of vehicle and better deal, especially if you need an automatic as these will often start selling out from as early as December the year prior
Book the smallest car that you, your passengers and luggage will fit into, making it easy to park and explore those quaint narrow village streets
An International Driving Permit (IDP) is a requirement in many European countries. These can be obtained from the AA for approximately $40
Other Benefits ••
Minimum driver age is just 18 years. No maximum age
All models have in-built GPS - otherwise known as a 'marriage saver'!
No “extra driver” fees (conditions apply)
No airport/location service fees within France
All paperwork is done in NZ before you go – ensuring no last minute decisions or unexpected charges on collection
Adventure by Motorhome Just imagine those quaint villages, the fresh artisan-produced food and friendly locals waiting to be dazzled by your schoolhouse language skills. What a pity you have to dash past it all on the motorway, hurtling towards the next major city on the itinerary. Next time you’ll do it differently; next time you’ll seek out those locals and their delicious cuisine; next time you’ll avoid the eight lane autobahn; next time you won’t take a map or plan an itinerary; next time you’ll sleep in the same bed every night but have a different view out of your window each day; or if it’s really special, the view will stay the same for a week; next time it’ll be up to you.
McRent Motorhome Details
Hints & Tips:
Includes: Unlimited mileage, comprehensive insurance (with excess), shower and toilet, air-conditioned driver’s cab, emergency breakdown service, vehicle kit, 2 gas bottles, awning, toilet chemicals, additional drivers (must hold appropriate licence), manual transmission with reversing camera, vehicle instruction book, camping guide and tax.
Motorhomes are much more suited to the open roads of the countryside than the congested cities
Pick up depots are located outside the main city centre and could be up to an hour away – check with your travel agent on the best option to get there
Optional Extras: Cookware and tableware, comprehensive insurance excess, camping set (picnic table and 4 chairs), bed set, towel set.
Try to plan a circular round trip for your motorhome adventure as you will need to return to the same location. One way hires are not permitted with McRent
The larger the motorhome, the harder it is to manoeuvre. We recommend you don’t hire a motorhome larger than needed
Sign up to local camping and caravanning clubs as they can offer discounts for your stop overs
Additional Fees: Security deposit, service fee, comprehensive insurance excess, refuel fee (if vehicle not returned full), late return fee and amendment or cancellation charges. All hires are based on afternoon pick up and morning drop off. Seasonal rates vary depending on location of pick up depot. Number of berths and seats vary between France & Italy. Driver’s licence and experience restrictions apply. Minimum hires apply 7 or 14 days depending on dates and pick up location. Ask your travel consultant about McRent’s long term hire discount options and for full details about hiring motorhomes in Europe.
Explore the best of Europe › Choose from 2 to 6 berth motorhomes › Freedom to drive into any country in Europe › Accomodation and transport all in one
Take to the Tracks Passionate people, gastronomic feasts and superb shopping make France a country not to be missed, with extensive and modern railway networks linking charming villages to cities to wine cellars. You can easily experience the romance, history and culture of Italy by train with over 16,000 kilometres of tracks. The superb daily connection between France and Italy, make it easy to enjoy the cultural highlights of Paris and Milan. With speeds of up to 270 kilometres per hour, the TGV France Italy is the ultimate way to get around. Those wanting to take the trip at a more leisurely pace can also stop off along the way as the train visits 12 destinations en route. So sit back, relax and let someone else do the driving. Your adventures through France and Italy start right here on the train.
High Speed Trains
Eurail Passes These are the ideal way to travel around Europe.
Single Country Pass Pick from individual European Country Passes, the flexible pass is valid for unlimited travel on your chosen day of travel and valid for one month. Your chosen travel days may be used consecutively or non-consecutively.
High Speed Trains Try to fit a journey on a high speed train into your European itinerary. They are now operating in more and more countries and will travel up to 300 kilometres per hour.
Eurail Global Pass A Global Pass provides the ultimate freedom, see Europe your way, visiting any of the 28 countries in any order you wish. Choose a continuous pass if you are frequently on the move, or the Flexi Pass option if you want to spend more time in each destination and not travel every day. Eurail Select Pass If you are planning to visit only a few countries, this pass provides unlimited travel on the rail networks of 2, 3 or 4 adjoining countries. Fully flexible, you choose the number of days you want within a 2 month period. Eurostar Eurostar is the number one choice for travel between the centre of London and the heart of Brussels or Paris, via the Channel Tunnel. Avoid the stress of airports, costly transfers and taxes as Eurostar whisks you to your destination in style, comfort and speed.
France and Italy’s Rail Pass With more than 1000 trains running daily, the France and Italian rail networks link all of the big cities and small towns quickly, comfortably and efficiently. You’ll arrive into the centre of cities like Rome or Paris discovering major landmarks, or you can travel through the countryside to places like Tuscany, the stunning coastal towns of the Cinque Terre and gorgeous vine clad landscape of Champagne and Alsace. France – Italy Pass When you travel around Europe you want it to be quick, efficient, good value and in your control. With so many sights and sounds waiting to be discovered in France and Italy like the Eiffel Tower, the fashion district of Milan or the Vatican, a France – Italy pass brings it all together in one easy rail pass.
TGV Known for its punctuality, the TGV, a high speed premier train, operates across France and offers connections to the bordering countries of Italy, Switzerland, Belgium, Germany and Spain. Italy “Frecciarossa” & “Frecciargento” These high speed trains offer multiple connections to Italian main cities and towns, in super quick time, for example, Rome to Milan is possible in less than 3 hours. Italy – Italo Italo is the name of the high speed train operated by NTV, the first private rail operator on the Italian high speed network, offering a brand new way to travel around Italy.
Albatross Tours Discover Europe the Albatross way… with unique touring itineraries designed for New Zealand travellers. Featuring small group sizes and leisurely 2, 3, 4 and even 5 night stays with Albatross Tours you get more time to relax and savour the superb places you have travelled so far to visit. Offering the perfect balance of included regional and city sightseeing along with that essential guaranteed 'My Time' to do your own exploring, Albatross Tours’ touring programmes are genuinely inclusive with no additional ‘on tour’ costs, even the end of tour tips are included!
La Grande France
16 days/15 nights
18 days/17 nights
Five of France’s seductive regions… the graceful châteaux of the Loire Valley, the glorious Dordogne, the land of the Cathars in the Languedoc Roussillon, to ancient Provence and the stunning Côte d’Azur.
Explore Italy’s regions as you travel from Milan to Rome discovering delights and stunning scenery along the way. Stay in a dreamy Italian castle, discover the fairytale San Gimignano, and marvel at the ruins of Pompeii.
Tour Highlights: -- Stay 3 nights amongst the glorious châteaux of the Loire Valley, see the mighty Chambord, visit Châteaux Chenonceau -- Stay 3 nights in perfectly preserved Sarlat-la-Canéda and see the magnificent Palaeolithic rock paintings on the cave site of Lascaux IV and enjoy a cruise down the River Dordogne past medieval castles -- Stay 3 nights in medieval Avignon and walk across the spectacular Pont du Gard and experience the Carrières de Lumières sound and light show in the quarries of Les Baux -- Stay 3 nights in the old town of Nice, visit a perfumery in Grasse
Tour Highlights: -- Stay 4 nights beside Lake Maggiore in the magnificent Italian Lakes District and enjoy a cruise on Lake Como -- Stay 2 nights in either a centuries old Italian Castle or a grand Venetian Villa in Mira, near Venice -- Stay 5 nights in the Tuscan spa town of Montecatini Terme, discover the city of Florence and savour local produce in a Tuscan farmhouse -- Explore the scenic villages of the famous Cinque Terre -- Enjoy 2 nights in the Umbrian Hills staying in medieval Spoleto -- Stay 3 nights on the Amalfi Coast
Departures: Set departures (May-Sep)
Departures: Set departures (Apr-Oct)
Inclusions: 15 nights accommodation, fully escorted by an experienced Tour Manager in a first class coach, breakfast daily, 11 dinners, all sightseeing, excursions & entrances as per the itinerary, end of tour tips Price Guide From: $8997
FRANCE Château Villandry Chinon Fontevraud Oradour-sur-Glane
Price Guide From: $8375
Lascaux MIDI-PYRENEES Rocamadour Gouffre de Padirac ITALY St Remy Avignon Pont du Gard St Paul Toulouse de Vence MONACO Nimes Nice Aigues-Mortes Les Baux Cap Carcassonne Ferrat Béziers Mirepoix Cassis Grasse Couiza Rennes-le- Les Cannes Calanques Château
Sarlat-la-Canéda La Roc Gageac Domme
Chambord Amboise Loire Valley Chenonceau
Inclusions: 17 nights accommodation, fully escorted by an experienced Tour Manager in a first class coach, breakfast daily, 12 dinners, sightseeing, Strasbourg excursions & entrances asGERMANY per the itinerary, end of tour tips
ITALY Stresa Castelbrando Bellagio Macugnaga Venice Orta San Giulio Milan Lake Garda Mira
Lucca Pisa Montecatini Terme San Gimignano
ROME Ravello Capri
The price guide shown is per adult per tour twin share based on low season travel. Price shown does not include Earlybird or other discounted offers. Specials and surcharges may apply depending on travel date.
Back-Roads Touring With a maximum of 18 passengers, Back-Roads are the experts in small group touring. Picture a touring holiday which delves that much deeper. One that doesn’t simply drop by top sights and major cities – but invites you to see a destination through the eyes of the people who know it best: the locals who call it home. Where journeys are made for absorbing never-to-be-forgotten views, not darting from A to B. And each day ends in a cherry-picked boutique retreat loaded with local charm. With over 25 years experience Back-Roads knows that the best adventure is immersing you in experiences and sights that last a lifetime.
Florence The Splendours of Sicily Tuscany 9 days/8 nights Perugia and Norman Churches. Ancient Greek temples and bustling ena Monasteries Italian markets. Sicily is a living museum, wrapped in superb scenery, from Assisi sheer gorges and a volcano to golden beaches. Tour Highlights: -- Wander through Palermo’s warren of streets for a mafia themed tour -- In Selinunte stay on a farm and sample tasty olives, award-wining olive oil and breads -- Hear about the rise of the mafia in Corleone and stroll the streets of beautiful Savoca, where scenes from The Godfather were filmed -- Take part in a cheese workshop and be treated to chocolate and cheese tastings -- Many sweets are made from almonds and you get to visit an almond farm for lunch
Italian Indulgence 12 days/11 nights Discover cities that have shaped the world’s culture. Taste regional flavours and renowned wines, celebrated around the globe. Picture-perfect landscapes that will capture your imagination. Tour Highlights: -- Cook up an Italian feast in a Tuscan villa -- Hunt for truffles in Piedmont with a local farmer -- Take in the tranquillity of Lake Orta, one of Italy’s hidden gems -- Move beyond Italy’s signature cities and stay in rustic countryside regions -- Explore Assisi, Perugia, Siena and the spectacular walled city of Lucca -- A walking tour of Florence with a local guide -- Fair Verona beckons with its impressive Roman ruins and romantic hotspots -- Take a boat ride on Lake Maggiore and visit the Borromean Islands Strasbourg
Departures: Set departures (Mar-Oct)
GERMANY Departures: Set departures (Mar-Oct)
Inclusions: 8 nights accommodation in boutique hotels, driver/tour leader, LOIRE VALLEY luxury mini coach transportation, European breakfast daily, 3 lunches, 3 evening meals, local guides, sightseeing & some entrances
Inclusions: 11 nights accommodation in boutique hotels, driver/tour leader, luxury mini-coach transportation, European breakfast daily, 6 evening meals, 2 lunches, cooking class, sightseeing & some entrances
Price Guide From: $4899
Price Guide From: $6329
Palermo Mount Etna
Piazza Armerina Ragusa
Taormina Carruba Catania
Santa Margherita Ligure Portofino Lucca
Florence Tuscany Perugia
The price guide shown is per adult per tour twin share based on low season travel. Price shown does not include Earlybird or other discounted offers. Specials and surcharges may apply depending on travel date.
La Belle France
A Taste of Bordeaux
9 days/8 nights
9 days/8 nights
Step into a land of renowned artists and royal crusaders, hilltop monasteries and valley castles. From dramatic northern shores to châteaux-sprinkled countryside, to WWII sites, and centuries-old villages.
Earthy truffles. Exquisite wines. Savour the finer things in life. Seek out Bordeaux’s gastronomic gems and treasured vineyards, travel over soaring mountains, into enchanting castles and other worldy caves.
Tour Highlights: -- Immerse yourself in Normandy history with a visit to the windswept shoreline of the Normandy beaches -- Sleep in storybook surrounds of a grand French château and stroll through the fairytale territory of the Loire Valley -- Visit the home of the celebrated artist – Claude Monet -- Explore the town of Dinan, one of France’s most beautiful -- Marvel at the magnificent Mont-Saint-Michel, a UNESCO heritage site -- Visit Beuvron-en-Auge, voted one of the most beautiful villages in the country -- Relax in the seaside resort of Trouville on the Cote Fleurie, boasting a long sandy beach and historical markets
Tour Highlights: -- Taste fresh oysters, local sparkling wine and world-famous Bordeaux reds -- Sleep beneath turrets and towers with 2 nights in the romantic walled city of Carcassonne -- Join the hunt for black truffles at a traditional truffle farm -- Visit the fortified city Bayonne, 'City of Art and History' in 2012 -- Travel through the peaceful Midi-Pyrenees region, pausing en route at the spiritual town of Lourdes -- Traverse the beautiful Dordogne region and explore the majestic beauty of Sarlat -- Taste traditional Bayonne Ham with a glass of wine
Departures: Set departures (Mar-Oct)
Departures: Set departures (Apr-Oct)
Inclusions: 8 nights accommodation in boutique hotels, driver/tour leader, luxury mini coach transportation, European breakfast daily, 4 evening meals, cider/calvados tasting, sightseeing & some entrances BELGIUM
Inclusions: 8 nights accommodation in boutique hotels, driver/tour leader, luxury mini coach transportation, European breakfast daily, 4 evening meals, oyster tasting, sightseeing & some entrances
Price Guide From: $4369
Price Guide From: $4969
Crepon Normandy Beaches Bayeux
FRANCE Arcachon Bay
Saint Émilion Bordeaux
Chateau de Villandry Chinon
Vezere Valley Sarlat Beynac-et-Cazenac
Midi-Pyrenees Cathare Country
Blaye Bourg DORDOGNE RIVER Saint-Emilion Pauillac Bergerac Bordeaux Libourne GARONNE RIVER Cadillac Sauternes
The price guide shown is per adult per tour twin share based on low season travel. Price shown does not include Earlybird or other discounted offers. Specials and surcharges may apply depending on travel date.
Intrepid Travel Trust us, Europe looks a lot better without a coach window in the way - the trick is to get out and feel the cobbles beneath your feet. Intrepid Travel are the experts in small group travel, leading the way with incredible local leaders, real life experiences and responsible travel. With guaranteed departures and average group sizes of 10, there’s no better way to experience the passion, spirit and irrepressible essence of France or be seduced by a slice of La Dolce Vita in Italy.
Italy Real Food Adventure
Best of Italy
8 days/7 nights
15 days/14 nights
Regional and seasonal, Italy’s cuisine is hearty, satisfying and made with heart. Pizza and pasta are only the tip of the iceberg when it comes to the diverse array of unforgettable food you’ll find on this adventure.
La dolce vita – the good life – is exactly what this trip is all about. Starting in the ‘Eternal City’ of Rome and ending by the canals of Venice, uncover the best of northern Italy and all this wonderful country is famous for.
Tour Highlights: -- Explore Venice on a breakfast and market tour, tasting all the local specialities along the way -- Visit a factory dedicated to the production of one of Italy's most coveted culinary exports – the mighty Parmigiano Reggiano -- Enjoy a farmstay in Tuscany and get an insider's glimpse into wine and olive production in this iconic region -- Experience hands-on cooking classes led by local masters, you'll learn to roll pasta like a pro in Bologna, and prepare an authentic tagliatelle al ragu -- Take a guided food expedition through the historical city centre of Rome
Tour Highlights: -- Meet Michelangelo’s David in Florence -- Visit the gravity – defying Torre de Pisa -- Cycle across the Tuscan hinterland -- Walk to Portofino then soak up stunning views along the Cinque Terre coast on the return boat ride -- Unwind by Lake Como -- Experience classic Italian food, wine, history and style -- Catch the Traghetto across the Grand Canal in Venice
Departures: Set departures (May-Oct)
GERMANY Departures: Set departures (Apr-Oct)
LOIRE VALLEY Inclusions:Strasbourg 7 nights accommodation, 7 breakfasts, 1 lunch, 3 dinners, all GERMANY transport by Train, Metro, Private Vehicle, Bus, sightseeing as per itinerary
Inclusions: 14 nights accommodation, 7 breakfasts, all transport by bus, boat, metro, train and bicycle, sightseeing as per itinerary
Price SWITZERLAND Guide From: $3195
Price GuideSWITZERLAND From: $4225
Italian Lakes Milan
Asti Santa Margherita Portofino Cinque Lucca Terre Florence Pisa
ROME ROME 58
Côte d’Azur Sailing Adventure – Marseille to Nice
8 days/7 nights
8 days/7 nights
From the charming French cities of Marseille, St-Tropez, Cannes and Nice to the relaxed islands of Porquerolles, Port-Cros, St Marguerite and St Honorat, this is a unique and relaxing sailing adventure filled with culture, good food and plenty of time to swim and relax in the Mediterranean.
This journey through Southern France is an idyllic blend of scenic trail riding, historical sights and wine tasting. Wind your way past neat rows of vineyards, beneath towering aqueducts and through forests on this cycling adventure through Provence.
Tour Highlights: -- Discover the contrasts that lie along the coast of Provence, from the bright lights of Cannes and St Tropez to the hidden coves of the Iles d’Hyeres Archipelago -- Explore the wonderfully preserved natural beauty of the historic Iles d’Hyeres – hike, bike or stroll through national parks, olive groves and pine forests, relax on picturesque beaches and enjoy some of the best snorkelling in France -- Indulge in fresh seafood and delicious Provençal cuisine
Tour Highlights: -- Visit the serene gardens of St Remy to see where Vincent van Gogh created his famous works. -- Encounter rich Roman history and architecture in the historic towns of Arles and Orange -- Stop in at famous vineyards outside Avignon and savour iconic French wines -- Pass by fragrant fields of lavender en route to the spectacular threetiered city of Pont du Gard -- Search for wild white horses outside Camargue as you cycle to the Mediterranean Sea
La Roc Gageac Departures: Set departures (May-Sep)
Departures: Set departures (Apr-Oct)
Inclusions: 7 nights accommodation, all transport by boat & private vehicle
Inclusions: 7 nights accommodation, 7 breakfasts, all transport by bicycle and support vehicle (optional e-bike), sightseeing as per itinerary
Price Guide From: $2219
Price Guide From: $2395
Cannes Marseille St-Mandrier-sur-Mer
St-Tropez Cavalaire-sur-Mer Iles d’Hyeres Archipelago
Saint-Rémy Les Baux Arles Saintes-Maries-de-la-Mer
Arles The price guide shown is per adult per tour twin share based on low season travel. Price shown does not include Earlybird or other discounted offers. Specials and surcharges may apply depending on travel date.
Trafalgar – Simply the best... way to holiday Trafalgar infuses every trip with the best moments, like their exclusive Insider Experiences, VIP treatment and relaxing free time. Every element of their holidays is carefully crafted to take you to the heart of a destination, bringing local cultures to life with the perfect balance of the right experiences, sights, inclusions, hotels, even the locals you meet. They’re committed to doing everything to give you the best holiday. And that means you’re guaranteed the best memories without worrying about a thing.
Best of Italy
9 days/8 nights
13 days/12 nights
Pop the cork for a sparkling encounter with Paris, the French Riviera, Burgundy's gastronomic talents and the Roman footprints left on the French landscape centuries ago.
Add a dash of 'issimo' to your love affair with Italy as you explore its captivating landscapes, culture, and the mouth-watering flavours.
Trip Highlights: -- Enjoy a Be My Guest dinner with Provençal home cooking on the banks of the Sorgue with Poppy Salinger, who will regale you with stories of her famous former husband -- Discover Paris and Arles with a Local Specialist. Walk across the top of the Pont du Gard aqueduct dating back to Roman times; plus visit the Eiffel Tower and Pont du Gard -- Travel by boat to the sun-kissed shores of glitzy St. Tropez for a leisurely morning sojourn to soak up our glamorous surroundings
Trip Highlights: -- Enjoy a unique experience on Lake Maggiore by taking a private boat and joining Signor Telli for an exclusive dinner at his family run restaurant -- Visit essential sites such as St Peter’s Basilica and the Sistine Chapel, the Colosseum, Monte Cassino Commonwealth War Cemetery and the Pompeii excavations -- At the Vatican ascend Bramante’s smooth, stepless spiral staircase; see the famous Leaning Tower of Pisa and cruise to the Isle of Capri
Departures: Saturday (Apr-Oct)
Inclusions: 8 nights accommodation, daily hot buffet breakfasts, BELGIUM 4 dinners including Be My Guest, experienced Travel Director, transport & sightseeing as per itinerary
Departures: Set departures (Apr-Oct) GERMANY Inclusions: 12 nights accommodation, daily hot buffet breakfasts, 7 dinners including Be My Guest, experienced Travel Director, sightseeing & transport as per itinerary
Price Guide From: $3725
Price Guide From: $4995
ITALY Avignon Pont du Gard Arles
Lake Como Milan
Florence Assisi ADRIATIC
French St. Tropez Riviera
MEDITERRANEAN Pompeii SEA
Isle of Capri
Travelling with Insight Vacations Insight Vacations is renowned for providing seamless, stress-free travel with small group sizes, luxury coaches with business class legroom, and hand-picked hotels in exceptional locations. Their trips include a carefully curated collection of authentic experiences and mustsee attractions so you don’t have to constantly dip into your pocket as you go. Insight’s highlytrained Travel Directors, the best in the business, are on hand to share knowledge and advice, and manage the details of your journey so that everything runs smoothly. With more 2 and 3 night stops than other guided holidays, you can truly absorb the essence of a destination, when cities come alive at night – you’re right there. It is the finest, most hassle-free way to explore the depth and breadth of Europe.
Country Roads of France
8 days/7 nights
16 days/15 nights
See Italy’s best-loved cities and discover a treasure trove of cultural riches, authentic cuisine and genuine dolce vita on this diverse itinerary.
Leafy vineyards, majestic mountains, Riviera sunshine, Roman remains and fortified towns, combined with great food and wine, make for an engaging ‘Tour de France', through Normandy, Brittany & the Loire Valley.
Trip Highlights: -- Rome: See the mighty Colosseum and Roman Forum -- Venice: To the tune of accompanying musicians, experience being serenaded through the atmospheric canals by gondola -- Vatican City: Visit the stunning Museo Gregoriano Profano which documents various moments and themes in classical art, from Ancient Greece through to the late Imperial Roman age -- Pisa: See the cathedral, baptistery and gravity-defying Leaning Tower -- Verona: See to Juliet's balcony in the courtyard of a Renaissance villa
Trip Highlights: -- Côte d’Azur: Visit a perfumery to learn about the French perfume industry and discover your signature scent -- St-Paul-de-Vence: Discover how this hilltop town became a refuge for artists -- Arles: See the ancient bridges of Pont du Gard, Pont Saint-Bénézet and Pont d'Avignon -- Lascaux II Caves: Containing some of the oldest and finest prehistoric art in the world -- Paris: See Notre Dame Cathedral, Eiffel Tower, facades of the Louvre, the River Seine and drive along the Champs Elysées to the Arc de Triomphe
Strasbourg Departures: Set departures (Apr-Oct)
Departures: Set departures (Apr-Oct)
Inclusions: 7 nights accommodation, 7 breakfasts, 3 dinners, highly-skilled Insight Travel Director, luxury transport
Inclusions: 15 nights accommodation, UNITED KINGDOM 15 breakfasts, 7 dinners, highly-skilled GERMANY Travel Director, luxury transport BELGIUM
Price Guide From: $3795
Price guide From: $6750
Lake Como Milan
BAY OF BISCAY
Grenoble Lascaux Caves Dordogne ITALY Rocamadour Châteauneufdu-Pape Cahors Pont du Gard Avignon Monaco Albi Arles Aix-enNice Provence St-Paul-de Vence Carcassonne
Canal Boating – Locaboat Experience the stunning scenery, great food and fascinating culture of France and Italy from the comfort of your Pénichette. Pénichettes are exclusively custom-built for Locaboat, designed to transport you from village-to-village and from lock-to-lock in easy style. The boats range from the Classic, great for couples, to the Flying Bridge with inside and outside steering positions. Stop off to explore castles and vineyards, swimming spots and cycle routes.
Holiday Tips for your Locaboat • We recommend a ‘flying bridge’ as this enables better vision whilst cruising and provides another great deck area for enjoying the long summer nights. • Electricity on the boat is operated by DC power so don’t forget an adaptor for charging your mobiles and digital cameras. • Remember to hire a bicycle and ask for a basket, it’s great for bringing home baguettes and wine. • When locking up or locking down, remember to move as far forward in the lock as possible and always moor at bow and stern. This allows room for other boats in the lock and means there is no chance of tipping over when the water level changes. • It’s an excellent idea to bring (or buy at the Base) a pair of gloves to protect your hands when going through the locks.
Midi and Camargue
8 days/7 nights
8 days/7 nights
Explore Southern France by travelling along the Canal du Midi. This canal is a World Heritage-site and a marvel of 17th century civil engineering. It winds through a landscape of vines, cypresses and pine trees. The air is scented with the lovely aroma of flowers, and cicadas and crickets shrill all around. A real highlight is the sight of the towers of Carcassonne on the skyline.
Cruise along historic canals, admiring medieval abbeys and villages dotted along the banks. The scenery is varied and you will pass by forests, vineyards, timbered houses and wine producing villages. This region is also famous for its châteaux and it is a glorious sight to see them either close to the edge of the canal or further in the distance – just jump on your bike to get a closer look.
Departs: Set Departures (Mar-Nov)
Departs: Set Departures (Apr-Oct)
Price Guide From: $1675
Price Guide From: $1675
• Always make use of the fresh water and power at moorings along the way. Keeping topped up saves the worry of running out. • No experience is required as Locaboat will give you a full induction before departure. • Book a larger boat than needed, this means more room to store your luggage.
The price shown is per boat per week based on couples rate for low season travel. Price does not include Earlybird offer. Specials or surcharges may apply depending on travel dates.
Canal Boating – Le Boat Ahoy independent travellers! This is your chance to captain your own boat and cruise Europe’s canals at your own pace. Whether you are a family, a couple or a group, there’s a boat for you all. The Vision and Horizon fleets provide a practical layout and larger sundeck, ideal for families and couples. If you are travelling in a group of 6-10 people, consider the new Horizon 5 and Horizon 4 cruisers, offering bright and spacious interior living space and large outside sundecks! Above all, this is about slowing down and seeing Europe from a different perspective.
Things to consider on Self-Drive Boats • No experience is required to enjoy a selfdrive boating holiday. Prior to departure a captain’s handbook is provided and a demonstration is given at the base. • All boats are fully equipped for maximum comfort and can accommodate groups as small as 2 people and as big as 12. • Most locks are automatic and operated by a lock keeper, but some are manual and on average take approximately 20 minutes to go through. • Generally you can moor anywhere you want along the public canals and river ways. There are some restrictions and private areas but finding free moorings is not a problem.
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• Explore the towns and villages by bike but it's recommended you book this in advance to avoid missing out.
8 days/7 nights
8 days/7 nights
Known for its fabulous wines and gourmet cuisine, the Aquitaine epitomises the best of gastronomical boating in France. The Canal Latéral à la Garonne and the River Baïse are your playground, winding through meadows, orchards and medieval villages that tempt you to tie up and spend time simply sipping wine in the warm sunshine with your family and friends.
Famous Burgundy well deserves its reputation for fine wines and gourmet cuisine. Lush vineyards hug rolling hills, and quiet villages invite you to linger on. The Canal du Nivernais, Canal Lateral a Loire and the River Saone are the focus for cruising in the Burgundy region. These beautiful waterways usher you into a world of pleasures, a realm that pleases the senses and soothes the soul.
Departs: Most Days (Apr-Oct)
Departs: Most Days (Apr-Oct)
Book and Save!
One week cruise
Standard FREE* second Bike Standard Bike
*FREE bike maximum one per booking, subject to availability
Price Guide From: $1837
Price Guide From: $1837
The price shown is per boat, 3-star, per week for 2 people based on low season travel. Price does not include Earlybird offer. Specials or surcharges may apply depending on travel dates.
Luxury Barging Experience a fascinating world of luxury hotel barging on one of Europe’s most picturesque waterways. Relax and enjoy the fine wines, excellent cuisine and the company of fellow passengers. Take a guided tour around many castles, markets, battlefields and ancient monuments, or go off exploring on your own. The captain and crew are English speaking and will provide an excellent insight into the culture, land and folklore. The refurbished barges have rustic wood panelling and a distinctive blend of antique and traditional décor. Sightseeing and local excursions are included. Sit back and be pampered.
La Belle Epoque, Burgundy, France
La Bella Vita, the Veneto, Italy
7 days/6 nights
7 days/6 nights
Cruise sedately through the heart of Burgundy, famous for its Chablis vineyards, rolling hills and medieval towns. This is a rich and diverse region with a real tradition for good food and wine, two of life’s real pleasures.
Immerse yourself in Italian Renaissance culture, as you cruise the Venetian lagoon and calm waters of the Po Valley. Delicious seafood, local specialities, fine wines and attentive service complete this fairytale adventure.
Tour Highlights: -- Departing Venarey or Tanlay, cruise the Burgundy Canal past sleepy villages and unspoilt countryside on a gentle voyage of exploration -- Marvel at Abbaye de Fontenay, a UNESCO World Heritage-site. -- Visit Champagne and enjoy lunch at Château de Ricey-Bas hosted by the baroness -- Wander through Château d’Ancy-le-Franc a beautifully symmetrical, 16th century masterpiece containing France’s biggest collection of Renaissance murals, set in magnificent gardens -- Visit the village of Flavigny sur Ozerain, location of the film ‘Chocolat’
Tour Highlights: -- Departing Venice or Mantua, you’ll cruise past the picturesque islands of the Venetian lagoon and through the Po Valley -- Take a tour of hidden Venice, the Castello District and Naval Museum -- Wander through Chioggia’s colourful fish market -- Dine ashore at the 17th century stately home, Villa Ca’Zen -- Experience a private wine tasting in the cellars of Villa Widmann-Borletti -- Explore historic Ferrara and the Schifanoia Palace -- Visit Mantua’s Ducal Palace and gardens, or the Doges’ Palace in Venice *Note: cruise may operate on Bianco Canal or the parallel River Po
Departures: Sunday (Apr-Oct)
Departures: Sunday (Apr-Oct)
Inclusions: 6 night cruise, all meals catered by onboard master chef & beverages (open bar of fine wines, premium spirits, Champagne), chauffeured & guided sightseeing, use of all barge facilities such as bicycles, spa pool
Inclusions: 6 night cruise, all meals catered by onboard master chef & beverages, chauffeured & guided sightseeing, use of all barge facilities such as bicycles
Price Guide From: $8019
Price Guide From: $6055
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Taglio di Po
VenaryLes-Laumes The price shown is per adult per cruise for twin share based on low season travel. Price does not include Earlybird offer. Specials or surcharges may apply depending on travel dates. Itineraries are subject to change and operate in reverse direction on alternate weeks.
APT River Cruises There’s nothing quite like the romance of viewing epic cities and quaint riverside villages from the deck of an elegant ship. Sit back and relax as APT brings the best of Europe right to your doorstep. Your cares will drift away with the breeze as lush fields, towering mountains, charming villages and medieval ruins glide gently by. You will be lead through regions overflowing with beautiful and historic treasures and with APT, you’ll dock close to the heart of many charming towns and villages. Local guides will lead you on an interactive cultural immersion like nothing you’ve experienced before.
Rhône Treasures - Wine Series
Majestic Seine & Bordeaux
8 days/7 nights
15 days/14 nights
Immerse yourself in the breath-taking villages and charming towns along the Rhône River in France. With exclusive winery visits, tastings and onboard lectures and all-inclusive sightseeing in up to nine destinations.
Delight in the beauty of western France and delve into the rich heritage in the north-west while you enjoy APT’s renowned all-inclusive onboard lifestyle, travelling along the Seine River and the waterways of Bordeaux.
Cruise Highlights: -- Guided tour followed by a Cocktail Reception in the village of Grignan -- Indulge in a decadent gourmet experience at L’Abbaye de Collonges owned by Michelin-starred chef, Paul Bocuse -- Tour Château des Baux, the Les Baux-de-Provence castle -- Enjoy a guided culinary walk, taking in Lyon’s most famous fresh food market
Cruise Highlights: -- Unique guided cultural experiences in up to 15 towns, villages and cities -- Excursions and entertainment included -- Visit Château de Cazeneuve, once home to the Kings of Navorre and later King Henry IV of France and his wife Queen Margot -- In Blaye travel to Cognac to sample the region’s famous brandy at a historic French cognac house or sail to Bourg for a guided walk along the charming alleyways and medieval ramparts -- Explore the picture-perfect town of Bergerac or discover Libourne on a guided tour including a visit to a caviar farm for a tasting
Departures: Set departures (Aug-Sep)
Departures: Set departures (Jun-Sep)
Inclusions: 7 night river cruise Nice to Lyon, superb cuisine with all meals onboard, wine & beer with all onboard lunches and dinners, an expert Cruise Director, sightseeing with Local Guides, WiFi access, port charges & PARIS onboard gratuities
Inclusions: 7 night Seine river cruise & 7 night Bordeaux river cruise onboard an Aria class ship, all meals whilst cruising, standard beverages throughout the cruise, sightseeing & 40 meals as per itinerary, APT Cruise Director, port GERMANY taxes & gratuities
Price Guide From: $6295
Price Guide From: $12,445 Saône River
Vienne Tournon Viviers
Cruise Coach Rail
Somme Caudebec-en-Caux Battlefields Honfleur Rouen Normandy Les Andelys Beaches Giverny Pays d’Ague Vernon Seine River PARIS
Les Baux-de Saint-Paul de Vence -Provence Monte Carlo Nice Arles Camargue National Reserve Cannes Marseilles Avignon
Blaye Pauillac Bordeaux Garonne River
Bourg Dordogne River
Saint-Emilion Bergerac Libourne Cadillac Sauternes
The price guide shown is per adult, per cruise for twin share, based on low season travel. Specials or surcharges may apply depending on travel date.
Uniworld Boutique River Cruise Collection Europe draws travellers in with the wondrous allure of its history, architecture, art and culture. You deserve the best when travelling this grand continent, which is why Uniworld offers boutique ships with an average capacity of just over 100 guests, the most all-inclusive amenities, farm-totable cuisine, exclusive excursions, meticulously appointed staterooms and the highest staff-toguest ratio in the river cruise industry. Discover the unique scenic treasures of Europe from the luxurious serenity of your river cruise ship.
Gems of Northern Italy
8 days/7 nights
10 days/9 nights
Discover the proud legacy of one of the world’s most acclaimed wine regions. Sail three stunning rivers—the Garonne, the Dordogne and the Gironde—on one amazing journey.
Uncover hidden treasures on this odyssey that begins in Milan and ends in Venice. These two iconic cities bookend an exploration that rewards the curious traveller with experiences in Verona, Padua, Bologna and Ferrara.
Cruise Highlights: -- Delight in a Masterpiece Collection cooking lesson and lunch at Château Ambe Tour Pouret -- Sip the region’s premier wine in a Saint-Émilion château after a guided tour of the local village -- Venture into the remnants of WWII bunkers and portions of the Atlantic Wall in Soulac -- Relax with friends over drinks onboard in the Salon Gascogne’s Aquitaine Bar
Cruise Highlights: -- Milan city tour with visit to Da Vinci’s “The Last Supper” -- Verona, the city of Romeo & Juliet and Valpolicella wine estate lunch -- Walking Discovery tour of Padua & Venice and exclusive eveningopening of St. Mark’s Basilica plus full day “The Magic Islands of Venice” tour -- Choice of full-day excursion to Bologna with exclusive pasta-making workshop or half-day excursion to Ferrara -- Cycle along the beaches of Chioggia
Departures: Set departures (Apr-Nov)
Departures: Set departures (Mar-Oct)
Inclusions: 7 night cruise in a luxurious riverview stateroom on the S.S. River Royale, all meals & unlimited beverages onboard, guided excursions, onboard entertainment, Cruise Manager, airport transfers, tips & gratuities
Inclusions: 7 night cruise in a luxury riverview stateroom on River Countess, 2 night hotel stay in Milan, all meals & unlimited beverages onboard, guided excursions, onboard entertainment, Cruise Manager, airport transfers, tips & gratuities
Price Guide From: $4599 (Classic Cabin)
Price Guide From: $5199 (Classic Cabin)
Bourg-sur-Gironde Libourne Saint-Émilion Dordogne River
GULF OF VENICE
Torcello Mazzorbo Venice Chioggia
Taglio di Po
The price guide shown is per adult, per cruise for twin share, based on low season travel. Price shown does not include Earlybird or other discounted offers. Specials or surcharges may apply depending on travel date.
8 days/7 nights
15 days/14 nights
Cruising the Mediterranean with MSC Cruises means coming within reach of the best in culture, tradition and monuments that have for centuries enriched its shores.
Pay your respects at Normandy’s World War II beaches. Walk in Joan of Arc’s footsteps at Rouen. Luxuriate in Paris’s sophistication. Savour Lyon’s culinary heritage. Toast the Beaujolais vineyards.
Port Arrive Depart Day 1: Genoa, Italy 5:00pm Day 2: Naples, Italy 11:00am 7:30pm Day 3: Messina, Italy 8:00am 6:00pm Day 4: Valletta, Malta 8:00am 6:00pm Day 5: At sea Day 6: Barcelona, Spain 7:00am 6:00pm Day 7: Marseille, France 8:00am 6:00pm Day 8: Genoa, Italy 8:00am
Cruise Highlights: -- Take in the École Militaire, Orsay Museum and Latin Quarter as well as the Magnificent Notre Dame Cathedral -- Visit the Château de Malmaison, where Napoleon spent his final days in France -- Tour the city of Lyon, a UNESCO World Heritage-site -- Enjoy the Train de l’Ardèchec ride through deep gorges of the Ardèche plateau, cut by the Doux River
Departures: Set departures (Mar-Nov)
Departures: Set departures (Apr-Nov)
Inclusions: 7 night cruise on MSC Bellissima, main meals & entertainment, children’s programmes & port charges
Inclusions: 14 night river cruise Paris to Avignon, meals onboard, beer, wine & soft drinks onboard with lunch & dinner, specialty coffees, teas & bottled water, one complimentary shore excursion in every port of call, Enrichment lectures & Destination Performances, port taxes, fees & gratuities
Price Guide From: $1229
Price Guide From: $8630
Rouen Les Andelys Vernon Giverny Mantes-la-Jolie PARIS S
Lyon Vienne Tournon Viviers
The price guide shown is per adult, per cruise for twin share, based on low season travel. Specials or surcharges may apply depending on travel date. Itineraries may differ slightly, please reconfirm at time of booking.
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House of Travel France & Italy Brochure 2019