Explore intoxicating Italy from Venice to Rome, Amalfi and Bari
Wander enchanting streets and alleys in Venice, hike through rolling green fields in Gubbio and discover the haunting side of Pompeii on this captivating adventure through la bella Italia. Sample Spello’s famous wine in an enoteca, spot a celebrity in Capri, traverse the incredible Amalfi coastline and explore ancient grottoes in Matera. Sip an espresso in Rome after visiting the Colosseum, relax in the retro Trani marina, and marvel at the fascinating Basilica Di Santa Croce in Lecce. From rustic cobbled streets to spectacular seaside scenery, fall in love with the spirit of Italy on this diverse – and delicious – adventure.
Romantic Venice is like no other city in the world, a watery wonderland literally sinking under the weight of its iconic sights
Explore the masterpiece medieval town of Gubbio – centuries of history around every corner and the requisite cobblestone streets, gothic palaces and churches, all with stunning views straight across the valley
Visit the birthplace of St Francis, Italy's second holiest city, to explore the imposing basilica built in his name
Wander around Rome's famous landmarks including the Colosseum, Vatican City, Sistine Chapel, St Peter's Basilica and much more. This is a city that bucket lists were made for
Explore the vast, frozen in time ruins of ancient Pompeii, which emerged from the ashes after thousands of years, and take a peak inside the steaming crater of Mt Vesuvius, the volcano that destroyed it
Hike among the olive groves on the Path of the Gods along the spectacular Amalfi Coast
Stay in a bit of local history and feel like a true Alberobello resident with a night in Alberobello’s unique trulli
Explore the otherworldly Sassi of Matera – stone houses formed from natural grottoes and tufo cliffs overlooking a dramatic gorge
The primary means of transportation on this trip is by train. Train travel is a fast way to traverse long distances, allowing you to avoid traffic jams and arrive right into the city centre. Trains are comfortable and all have toilets, however can often be quite busy. Please note that you'll have to carry your own luggage on and off the train, so make sure it doesn’t exceed our weight and size recommendations. You can find this information in the 'What to Take' section of the trip notes.
As there are cobblestones in many Italian cities, it's recommended that you leave any wheelie bags/cases at home and bring a backpack instead. A large backpack should be enough to carry all of your belongings. A backpack also comes in handy as often there are no lifts or escalators in train stations or in the hotel, so you will have to carry your bags up and down the stairs.
Summer temperatures can be extreme in many of the regions visited (over 40°C), which can be uncomfortable. It’s important to use sun protection, wear layers to combat the heat and drink plenty of water. Many hotel rooms in Europe are not equipped with air-conditioning. Please carefully consider the time of the year you wish to travel and your suitability to that season.
As accommodation on this trip is twin-share, single travellers will share a room with another traveller of the same sex. This trip is a great opportunity to get to know other like-minded people, so embrace it while you can. If you’d prefer not to share, a single room supplement is available at an additional charge. Please ask your travel consultant for more details, and please note that in some hotels a single supplement exclusion applies where single rooms are not available. Hotel rooms in Europe can seem rather small by American or Australian standards and often don't have double beds, but rather two single beds that can be pushed together. Please also note that often hotels offer shared bathrooms rather than en-suite facilities.
As this is a combination of 3 trips, your leader and the composition of your group may change in Rome and in Amalfi.
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A Single Supplement is available on this trip, please ask your booking agent for more information. The price of the Single supplement does not include the following nights where single rooms may not be available. If a single room becomes available at check in for these nights, there may be the option to upgrade to a single room and pay the surcharge locally for that night:
- Days 11 and 12 - Sorrento