Italy Uncovered Trip Notes

Italy Uncovered

These trip notes are valid for departures from 01 January 2016 to 31 December 2016. View the trip notes for departures between 01 January 2017 - 31 December 2017


Last Modified: 13 Jun 2016
Italy Uncovered
Trip code: ZMSZC
Validity: 01 Jan 2016 to 31 Dec 2016
From the romance of Venice to the laidback charm of the Amalfi Coast, take time to experience the true delights of Italy. Travel through the rolling hills of Umbria, visit medieval towns, soak up culture on a trip to Rome, explore the ruins of Pompeii and fall in love with the beauty of Sorrento. La bella Italia is diverse and fascinating - experience seaside scenery, rustic city streets and delectable cuisine, all infused with that passionate Italian spirit.
Table of Contents
StyleAccommodation NotesAlternate finish point
ThemesMeals introductionAlternate finish point description
Is this trip right for you?MealsAlternate finish point instructions
Why we love itTransportEmergency contact
MapMoney mattersVisas
ItineraryGroup leaderWhat to take
Itinerary disclaimerSafetyClimate and seasonal information
Physical ratingJoining pointHealth
Included activitiesJoining point descriptionTravel insurance
Important notesJoining point instructionsA couple of rules
Group sizeFinish pointResponsible Travel
Your fellow travellersFinish point descriptionThe Intrepid Foundation
AccommodationFinishing point instructionsFeedback
Style
Original
Themes
Explorer
Is this trip right for you?
- 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 often decked out with air-conditioning, toilets, a snack bar (or vending machine) and power points. 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 potholes and cobblestones in many European 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.
- 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. Please carefully consider the time of the year you wish to travel and your suitability to that season.
- As accommodation on this trip is multi-share, single travellers will share a room with another traveller of the same sex. 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. Also, hotels in Europe often don't have double beds, but rather two single beds that can be pushed together. This trip is a great opportunity to get to know other travellers, so embrace it while you can.
Why we love it
- Be charmed by the romantic aura of Venice city
- Travel to Rome and discover ancient sites and modern delights
- Ride a cable car to a hilltop basilica in Gubbio
- Experience Umbria's religious heart on a visit to Assisi
- Hike Mt Vesuvius
- Find ancient artefacts in Naples’s Archaeological Museum
- Explore the haunting site of Pompeii
- Take in sun and sea on the Amalfi Coast
Map

Itinerary
Day 1 Venice
Buongiorno! Welcome to Italy. Your adventure begins with a welcome meeting which usually takes place at around 6pm on Day 1. Please look for a note in the hotel lobby or ask the hotel reception where and when exactly it will take place. If you can't arrange a flight that will arrive in time, you may wish to arrive a day early so you're able to attend. We'll be happy to book additional accommodation for you (subject to availability). If you're going to be late, please inform the hotel reception. We'll be collecting your insurance details and next of kin information at this meeting, so please ensure you have all these details to provide to your leader.

Notes: Your leader will be available to help on your arrival day until after the welcome meeting, however they may be finishing a trip tonight with another group and will be spending the evening having a farewell dinner with them. Your leader will suggest a location for dinner for you and your group tonight and will be able to participate in other evening meals for the duration of your trip.
Included Activities
  • Venice Traghetto Ride
    Optional Activities
    • Gondola Ride - EUR80
    • Venezia Ca' d'Oro - EUR8
    • Doge's Palace and Bridge of Sighs - EUR18
    • Accademia Gallery - EUR15
    • Concerto - EUR32
    • St Mark's Basilica Treasury - EUR3
    • St Mark's Campanile - EUR8
    • Guggenheim Museum - EUR15
    • Glass Museum Murano - EUR10
    • Museum of St Mark's Basilica - EUR5
    • Scuola Grande di San Rocco - EUR11
    • Ca' Rezzonico Museum of Eighteenth Century Art - EUR10
    • Urban Adventures - Chicchetti of Venice - EUR80
      Accommodation
      Hotel (1 nt)
      Day 2 Venice
      After an orientation walk to familiarise you with the city you are free to explore Venice on your own. A grand city of canals, Venice is built over a hundred small islands connected by 400 bridges. Still rich with artistic masterpieces, modern Venice combines history with contemporary life through food, performance, art and architecture. There are only two ways to explore Venice - by boat or on foot. Some of the more popular sights include the Grand Canal, the shops of the Rialto Bridge, the Palace of the Doge (ruler of Venice), the Piazza and Basilica di San Marco and the Bridge of Sighs. Take the time to wander the narrow, cobblestone streets and spacious piazzas and cross the hundreds of tiny bridges, where shops, markets, galleries, churches and stunning buildings lie around every corner. You can't leave Venice without going on a classic Venetian gondola. It's a common way for visitors to see the major canal routes from a fascinating perspective.
      Accommodation
      Hotel (1 nt)
      Day 3 Gubbio
      This is a long travel day as we take several trains followed by a short bus ride inland into Umbria and the medieval hill town of Gubbio (approx 8 hrs). The streets of Gubbio are filled with stone houses and orange-tiled roofs, set against a mountain backdrop.
      Included Activities
      • Gubbio Hike and Cable Car
        Optional Activities
        • Museum of Majolica - EUR5
        • Civic Museum - EUR5
        • Ducal Palace - EUR2
        • Museum Diocesian - EUR5
        • Day trip to Perugia - EUR6
          Accommodation
          Hotel (1 nt)
          Day 4 Gubbio
          This morning take a short orientation walk up to Gubbio's unique cable car - a 15 minute and 1,000 metre high ride to the Basilica of Sant'Ubaldo, which contains the mummified body of the town's patron saint. From up here you can marvel at the amazing vistas of the Umbrian valleys and mountains plus get a great rooftop view of the town itself. Note that the cable car may not be suitable to individuals suffering from vertigo or with mobility issues. The alternative is a 30-40 minute walk uphill on a gravel road to reach the basilica. Take a short hike from the top of Mt Ingino to admire the Umbrian countryside and stunning view down to Gubbio (approx. 2-3hrs).

          You'll have some free time to explore the delights of Gubbio at leisure. You can take in the Civic Museum, the Duomo or the Palazzo Ducale, or just relax into the Umbrian pace of life. Enjoy a variety of local cuisine and try one of the dishes that Umbria is famous for - pecorino cheese, game meat and mushrooms all feature on restaurant menus.
          Accommodation
          Hotel (1 nt)
          Day 5 Assisi
          Take a bus south to Assisi (approx 2.5 hrs). Assisi was the home of one of the world's most famous saints and founder of the Franciscan order - St Francis. Whatever your feelings about religion, it's a place which inspires reverence. Join your group leader on an orientation walk past all the wonderful sights of Assisi, including Piazza Matteotti, the Basilica of St Clare and the Roman temple remains. Take a short guided tour of the magnificent Basilica di San Francesco (St Francis Cathedral). We'll be led by a member of the Franciscan community, who will explain the life and times of St Francis and the beautiful art inside the church.
          Included Activities
          • Guided Tour of Basilica di San Francesco Assisi
          • Orientation Walk Assisi
          • Enoteca Wine Tasting & Lunch - Spello
            Optional Activities
            • Eremodelle Carceri and Mount Subasio - Free
            • Museo e Foro Romano - EUR4
            • Museum of San Rufino Cathedral - EUR4
            • Basilica of St Clare - Free
              Accommodation
              Hotel (1 nt)
              Day 6 Spello / Assisi
              Take the train to charming Spello (approx 20 mins) to sample exclusive local wine and regional food specialties at an enoteca in this medieval town. Return to Assisi in the late afternoon with some free time to further explore this unique town.
              Accommodation
              Hotel (1 nt)
              Meals
              1 breakfast, 1 lunch
              Day 7 Rome
              Travel by train to Rome (approx 4 hrs). Crowded with ancient ruins and religious monuments, Rome still pulses to the beat of modern life and is packed with designer shops, restaurants, cafes and exciting nightlife. See some of the world-famous sights such as the Colosseum, Arch of Constantine and the Forum (the centre of ancient Rome). No visit would be complete without a trip to Vatican City and St Peter's Basilica. Entry to the Basilica is free, and there's a small charge to climb the dome for the ultimate breathtaking panorama over bella Roma. Also make the time to visit the Vatican Museum and Sistine Chapel. The Vatican Museum is closed on some days, including most Sundays. On the last Sunday of the month, it's open and free (but expect large crowds). Check the Vatican website for these dates: www.vatican.va

              Notes: Tickets for the Vatican Museum can be booked online at http://biglietteriamusei.vatican.va/musei/tickets/do. Alternatively, the Galleria Borghese can be booked online at http://www.galleriaborghese.it/borghese/en/einfo.htm.
              Optional Activities
              • Castel Sant'Angelo - EUR10
              • Christian catacombs - EUR8
              • Colosseum, Roman Forum and Palatine Hill - EUR16
              • Keats-Shelley Memorial House - EUR5
              • Vatican museums - EUR16
              • Pantheon - Free
              • St Peter's Dome Climb & Elevator - EUR8
              • Galleria Borghese - EUR15
              • Venezia Palace - EUR5
              • Urban Adventures - Ancient Rome: Archaeological Discovery Tour - EUR89
              • Urban Adventures - Roman Dolce Vita - EUR63
              • Urban Adventures - Trastevere: Trends and Tradition - EUR55
                Accommodation
                Hotel (1 nt)
                Meals
                1 breakfast
                Day 8 Rome
                Continue to explore Rome and all it has to offer on a free day. Check out the Victor Emmanuel Monument, the Pantheon, the Trevi Fountain, Piazza Navona, the Spanish Steps, Via Condotti and Piazza Venezia among a multitude of other sights to discover. You may want to consider taking one of our Urban Adventures day tours, for example the 'Ancient Rome: Archaeological Discovery Tour' or 'Roman Dolce Vita'.

                As this is a combination trip, your group leader and the composition of your group may change at this location. There will be a group meeting to discuss the next stage of your itinerary and you're welcome to attend, as this is a great chance to meet your new fellow travellers.
                Accommodation
                Hotel (1 nt)
                Day 9 Naples / Pompeii
                Travel by train to Naples (approx 3 hrs). Naples was carved out by many empires of the past and by merchants and pirates from across the world: Romans, Phoenicians, Carthaginians, Venetians, Spaniards, Normans and Africans. Its historical old centre is a World Heritage-listed area and the famous Spanish Quarter is still one of the most densely populated residential areas in Europe. Naples is the birthplace of the pizza, so it's only appropriate to head to one of the many pizzerias and taste what's truly some of the best that Italy has to offer. Head off to the Archaeological Museum, one of the best in Europe, which houses all the original artefacts rescued from the Pompeii site. Later in the afternoon board a train for Pompeii (approx 1 hr).
                Included Activities
                • Naples Archaeological Museum
                • Pompeii Archaeological Site
                • Guided Walk Pompeii
                  Optional Activities
                  • Chapel of San Severo - EUR7
                  • Herculaneum Ruins entrance - EUR13
                  • Sanctuary of St Mary of the Rosary - Free
                    Accommodation
                    Hotel (1 nt)
                    Meals
                    1 breakfast
                    Day 10 Pompeii
                    The small picturesque town of 'modern' Pompeii has a wonderful old town square - the perfect place to while away some time with the locals, drinking true Italian coffee and watching the world go by. Explore the ruins of ancient Pompeii, which was destroyed by the eruption of Mt Vesuvius 2,000 years ago. Pompeii is a time capsule quite unlike any other ruined city in the world.
                    Accommodation
                    Hotel (1 nt)
                    Meals
                    1 breakfast
                    Day 11 Mt Vesuvius / Sorrento
                    This morning take a bus up the mighty Mt Vesuvius, where we will meet our local guide. The final ascent of the volcano can only be done on foot, up a steep but well-made trail of volcanic ash and gravel. The ascent takes around 45 minutes.

                    In the afternoon travel by train to Sorrento. People have been coming to the peninsula and islands of the Sorrento region for at least 2,000 years, and it's easy to see why. There are many options in this small seaside town with its fine piazzas, maze of old streets, sidewalk cafes and glamorous shops. The area is also famous for its lemon and orange groves - try some limoncello, a popular lemon liqueur, while watching the sun go down over the Adriatic Sea.
                    Included Activities
                    • Mt Vesuvius Summit Climb
                    • Limoncello Tasting Sorrento
                    • Gelato Making Demonstration Sorrento
                      Optional Activities
                      • Boat trip along the Amalfi coast - EUR15
                      • Hydrofoil Sorrento to Capri - EUR38
                        Accommodation
                        Hotel (1 nt)
                        Meals
                        1 breakfast
                        Day 12 Sorrento
                        You have a free day to explore this delightful area. A trip to Capri is always popular - you can take a hydrofoil across for the day. Your leader will be of assistance and will have plenty of suggestions of what to do and see.
                        Accommodation
                        Hotel (1 nt)
                        Day 13 Amalfi
                        Arrive on the Amalfi Coast after a short bus journey (approx 2 hrs). The Amalfi peninsula is a land of rocky coasts, cliff-top vistas, azure seas and bright blue skies. You'll have time to explore the picturesque towns of Amalfi and Positano, or just relax on the beach.
                        Included Activities
                        • Walk of the Gods Hike (Sentiero degli Dei)
                          Accommodation
                          Hotel (1 nt)
                          Day 14 Amalfi
                          Your leader will take you for a half-day walk along the narrow trail of the famous Sentiero Degli Dei (the Walk of the Gods), which, until quite recently, was followed by mules and donkeys as they traversed the dramatic landscape. The trail is steep and has many stairs, but the views are breathtaking and amply repay you for the effort! You'll see forests, ancient buildings, olive groves, vineyards, villages and the dramatic coastline. Please note that this walk can be challenging for sufferers of vertigo. A certain level of fitness is required to complete this walk, especially in summer when there may not be much shade along the path. Your leader will be able to suggest alternative activities should you wish to opt out.
                          Accommodation
                          Hotel (1 nt)
                          Meals
                          1 breakfast
                          Day 15 Amalfi
                          There are no activities planned for the final day and you are able to depart the accommodation at any time. As there is so much to do along the Amalfi Coast you may want to consider to extend your stay here. We are happy to book additional accommodation for you, subject to availability. Please enquire at the time of booking.
                          Meals
                          1 breakfast
                          Itinerary disclaimer
                          ITINERARY CHANGES Occasionally our itineraries are updated during the year to incorporate improvements stemming from past travellers' comments and our own research. The information given in this itinerary may be slightly different to that in the brochure. It's very important that you print and review a final copy of your Trip Notes a couple of days prior to travel, in case there have been changes that affect your plans. If you have any queries, please contact your travel agent or our staff. We are here to help you! Please note that while we operate successful trips in this region throughout the year, some changes may occur in our itineraries due to inclement weather and common seasonal changes to timetables and transport routes. This can happen with little notice so please be prepared for modifications to the route. The order and timing of included activities in each location may also vary from time to time.

                          OPTIONAL ACTIVITIES: A selection of optional activities are listed in the day-to-day itinerary. This isn't an exhaustive list and should be used as a guide only. Prices are approximate and are for entrance only and don’t include transport to and from the sites or local guides unless indicated. All activities are subject to availability and it may not be possible to do all the activities listed in the time available at each destination. Where activities are considered medium or high risk, we work with operators whose safety and credentials we have sighted and assessed. This means that it is possible that you may find the same activity cheaper with another operator on the ground, however we cannot vouch for the safety or quality of that operator. Activities not listed above have not been assessed by us and as such our staff and leaders are unable to assist you with booking these activities. The decision to partake in any activity not listed is at your own discretion and risk.

                          MUSEUM OPENING TIMES Please note that many sights, attractions and museums are closed on Mondays.
                          Physical rating

                          Included activities
                          Venice Traghetto Ride
                          Gubbio Hike and Cable Car
                          Guided Tour of Basilica di San Francesco Assisi
                          Orientation Walk Assisi
                          Enoteca Wine Tasting & Lunch - Spello
                          Naples Archaeological Museum
                          Pompeii Archaeological Site
                          Guided Walk Pompeii
                          Mt Vesuvius Summit Climb
                          Limoncello Tasting Sorrento
                          Gelato Making Demonstration Sorrento
                          Walk of the Gods Hike (Sentiero degli Dei)
                          Important notes
                          A single supplement is available on this trip, please see trip notes for details.

                          Group size
                          Maximum of 12 travellers per group.
                          Your fellow travellers
                          GROUP TRAVEL
                          As you travel on a group trip you will be exposed to all the pleasures and maybe some of the frustrations of travelling in a group. Your fellow travellers will probably come from all corners of the world and likely a range of age groups too. We ask you to be understanding of the various needs and preferences of your group - patience with your fellow travellers is sometimes required for the benefit of everyone's travel experience. Remember too that you have responsibilities to the group. If you are requested to be at a place at a certain time, ensure that you don't keep the rest of the group waiting. We have found time and time again that the very best trips we operate are those where the dynamics within the group work well - this takes just a little effort on your part. Due to privacy reasons we are unable to provide you with contact details and any personal information about your fellow travellers booked on your trip prior to departure.

                          SINGLE TRAVELLERS:
                          Our group trips are designed for shared accommodation and don't involve a compulsory single supplement. Single travellers share with people of the same gender in accommodation ranging from twin to multishare. Some of our itineraries have accommodation booked on a mixed gender share basis and where applicable this will be specified in our Trip Notes. On a selection of our trips, you have the option to pay a single supplement to ensure that you have your own accommodation (where available). Please note that this only applies to accommodation during the tour - pre-trip and post-trip accommodation will be booked on a single room basis.

                          SINGLE SUPPLEMENT
                          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
                          Accommodation
                          Hotel (14nt)
                          OCCASIONAL ALTERNATIVE ACCOMMODATION
                          The style of accommodation indicated in the day-to-day itinerary is a guideline. On rare occasions, alternative arrangements may need to be made due to the lack of availability of rooms in our usual accommodation. A similar standard of accommodation will be used in these instances.

                          TWIN SHARE BASIS
                          Accommodation on this trip is on a twin share basis (unless noted otherwise in the day-to-day itinerary). Please note there may be times where facilities will be shared rather than ensuite and rare occasions when you share a room with passengers travelling on different Intrepid trips than your own.

                          CHECK-IN TIME
                          Throughout the trip we request that our hotels prepare rooms in time for our arrival, especially if we're arriving prior to normal check-in time. However this isn't always possible which means we won't be able to check-in immediately on arrival at some hotels. Instead, we can store our luggage and explore our new destination.

                          PRE/POST TRIP ACCOMMODATION
                          If you've purchased pre-trip or post-trip accommodation (if available), you may be required to change rooms from your trip accommodation for these extra nights.

                          FACILITIES
                          Your accommodation may not always have private en suite facilities or air-conditioning. European hotels generally don't provide kettles or fridges.
                          Meals introduction
                          While travelling with us you'll experience the vast array of wonderful food available in the world. Your group leader will be able to suggest restaurants to try during your trip. To give you maximum flexibility in deciding where, what and with whom to eat, generally not all meals are included in the trip price. This also gives you more budgeting flexibility. As a rule our groups tend to eat together to enable you to taste a larger variety of dishes and enjoy each others company. There's no obligation to do this though.

                          Vegetarians might find the menu selection less varied than they would see at home. Vegetarianism is not as common in this region and generally the choices are basic, involving vegetables, soups, salads, bread, cheese, fruit, yoghurt, eggs etc. Vegans and those on gluten-free diets may find this region very challenging and may need to supplement meals with their own supplies from supermarkets and markets. Wherever possible we will cater for dietary needs for any included meals, but there may be times when those with special requirements may need to provide their own.

                          There are some basic breakfasts included on this trip which may simply include bread/toast or pastries, butter, jam, coffee/tea/juice (or similar).
                          Meals
                          7 breakfasts, 1 lunch
                          Transport
                          Train, Public bus, Private vehicle, Boat, Cable car, Metro

                          TRANSPORT IN EUROPE
                          Half the fun of travel is the travelling itself, that's why we like to travel the local way – whether that means mingling with commuters on a train in Spain, cycling past a historic chateau in France, or encountering the world's most extravagant public transport system on the Moscow Metro. In Europe, you are guaranteed to travel by genuine local public transport wherever possible, which puts you right in the centre of the action.
                          Money matters
                          CURRENCY
                          The Euro (EUR) is the official currency in the following destinations: Andorra, Austria, Belgium, Cyprus, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Ireland, Italy, Kosovo, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Montenegro, the Netherlands, Portugal, Slovakia, Slovenia and Spain. All other European countries still have their own national currencies.

                          CASH
                          The most convenient and cheapest way to acquire money in Europe is via an Automated Teller Machine (ATM) or Bancomat as they are often referred to. Check with your bank in advance concerning the suitability of your account / card overseas and any international fees that will be applied. You can withdraw local currencies easily at airports, major train stations and most city centres, but be sure to bring some extra emergency cash in a major currency that can be exchanged if the ATMs are not functioning. When leaving home don't forget your PIN and make sure you know the telephone number for cancelling your card if it is stolen. Keep this in a safe place. Credit cards are not always accepted in stores and restaurants. We recommend you carry some cash to pay for restaurant bills and other services.

                          SPENDING MONEY
                          When it comes to spending money on the trip, every traveller is a little different. You know your spending habits better than we do, so please budget a sensible amount for things like meals not included, drinks, shopping, optional activities and laundry. It's always better to bring a little more than you think you'll need. Also make sure you've read your trip details thoroughly so you know what's included in the trip price and what isn't. This should make budgeting a little easier. You'll find this info in the Inclusions section of your Essential Trip Information (that's this document).

                          BUDGET
                          Please budget for additional meals and expenses while on your trip. We suggest EUR 525.00 for meals not included on this trip. Our suggestion is based on past traveller feedback but you may choose to spend more or less.

                          TIPPING
                          If you're happy with the services provided a tip - though not compulsory - is appropriate. While it may not be customary to you, it's of great significance to the people who will take care of you during your travels, inspires excellent service, and is an entrenched feature of the tourism industry across many Intrepid destinations. The following amounts are per person suggestions based on local considerations and feedback from our past travellers: In local markets and basic restaurants and cafes - round your bill up to the nearest €1. In more up-market restaurants we suggest 5% to 10% of your bill. Throughout your trip you may at times have a local guide in addition to your tour leader. We suggest €2-€3 per day for local guides. You may also have a range of drivers on your trip. Some may be with you for a short journey while others may be with you for several days. We would suggest a higher tip for those more involved with the group, however we suggest €1-€2 per day for drivers. You may also consider tipping your tour leader for outstanding service throughout your trip. The amount is entirely a personal preference, however as a guideline €2-€4 per person, per day can be used. Of course you are free to tip more or less as you see fit, depending on your perception of service quality and the length of your trip. Remember, a tip is not compulsory and should only be given when you receive excellent service. In total, we recommend you budget approx €5-€10 per day of your trip to cover tipping.

                          EMERGENCY FUNDS
                          Please also make sure you have access to an additional US$500, to be used when unforeseen incidents or circumstances outside our control (e.g. a natural disaster, civil unrest, strike action or an outbreak of bird flu) necessitate a change to our planned route.
                          Group leader
                          All Intrepid group trips are accompanied by one of our group leaders. The aim of the group leader is to take the hassle out of your travels and to help you have the best trip possible. Intrepid endeavours to provide the services of an experienced leader however, due to the seasonality of travel, rare situations may arise where your leader is new to a particular region or training other group leaders.

                          Your leader will provide information on the places you are travelling through, offer suggestions for things to do and see, recommend great local eating venues and introduce you to our local friends. While not being guides in the traditional sense you can expect them to have a broad general knowledge of the places visited on the trip, including historical, cultural, religious and social aspects. At Intrepid we aim to support local guides who have specialised knowledge of the regions we visit. If you were interested in delving deeper into the local culture at a specific site or location then your leader can recommend a local guide service in most of the main destinations of your trip.
                          Safety
                          Many national governments provide a regularly updated advice service on safety issues involved with international travel. We recommend that you check your government's advice for their latest travel information before departure and ensure that your travel insurance covers you for all areas your itinerary covers. Please refer to our website's safety page for links to major travel advisories and updates on safety issues affecting our trip.

                          We strongly recommend the use of a neck wallet or money belt while travelling, for the safe-keeping of your passport, air tickets, cash and other valuable items. Leave your valuable jewellery at home - you won't need it while travelling. Many of our hotels have safety deposit boxes, which is the most secure way of storing your valuables. A lock is recommended for securing your luggage.

                          Your leader will accompany you on all included activities, however during your trip you'll have some free time to pursue your own interests, relax and take it easy or explore at your leisure. While your leader will assist you with the available options in a given location, please note that any optional activities you undertake are not part of your Intrepid itinerary, and Intrepid makes no representations about the safety of the activity or the standard of the operators running them. Please use your own good judgement when selecting an activity in your free time. Please also note that your Leader has the authority to amend or cancel any part of the trip itinerary if it's deemed necessary due to safety concerns.

                          For more details on the type of conditions and safety standards you can expect on your trip, please refer to Intrepid's operational safety policy on our website. We recommend that you take a moment to read through this information before travelling, and would appreciate any feedback on how well it's being implemented in the field:

                          http://www.intrepidtravel.com/contact-us/safety

                          FIRE PRECAUTIONS:
                          Please be aware that local laws governing tourism facilities in this region differ from those in your home country and not all the accommodation which we use has a fire exit, fire extinguishers or smoke alarms.

                          TRAFFIC AND DRIVING ON THE OTHER SIDE OF THE ROAD:
                          Depending on where you come from please note that drivers in this part of the world may drive on the opposite side of the road from what you are used to. Look both ways before crossing any road. Traffic can be a little more chaotic than you might be used to at home. Be aware!

                          PETTY THEFT AND PERSONAL SAFETY:
                          While travelling there is always the risk of pick-pocketing and petty theft, particularly in the more touristy cities. We recommend that you exercise caution when walking alone at night and encourage you to walk together and only on main, well-lit thoroughfares. Be particularly vigilant on public transport. Simple measures like carrying your day pack on your front, not hanging your bag over the back of your chair or on the floor and wearing a money belt will reduce any chance that your valuables should go missing.

                          SEAT BELTS:
                          Please be aware that local laws governing transportation safety may differ from those in your home country and not all the transport which we use is able to provide seat belts.
                          Joining point
                          Alloggi Gerotto Calderan
                          Campo S. Geremia 283
                          Venice
                          ITALY
                          Phone: 39 041 715562
                          Joining point description
                          The official name for the starting point property is the 'Hotel San Geremia & Alloggi Gerotto Calderan' due to an unusual set up where several guesthouses are in located in the same vicinity. Reception is in the Hotel San Geremia and you'll be allocated your rooms in Alloggi Gerotto Calderan, which has a number of renovated rooms. Rooms here are compact and in Venetian style and wifi is available. The hotel looks out over quaint San Geremia Square.
                          Joining point instructions
                          If you arrive at Venice Marco Polo Airport the best way to get to the city is the ATVO (blue) bus which costs around EUR4 and takes approximately 20 minutes to Piazzale Roma.

                          From Piazzale Roma walk across the big bridge over the Canale Grande.

                          Continue straight for about 300 mts and you will have Santa Lucia train station to your left.

                          With the Venezia Santa Lucia train station on your left, walk straight along the Lista Di Spagna, which runs parallel with the north side of the canal. Walk about 300 metres down this road, which will take about 5 minutes, and you will reach Campo San Geremia. Alloggi Gerotto Calderan is based in this square.

                          IMPORTANT NOTE:
                          Hotel San Geremia & Alloggi Gerotto Calderan are based in the same location. The reception for both guesthouses are located in Hotel San Geremia. From here, you will be allocated a room room in Alloggi Gerotto Calderan.

                          If you arrive at Treviso airport you can also catch an ATVO (blue) bus. Cost is around 5 Euro and it takes around 75 minutes to reach Piazzale Roma. From there follow the directions as above.

                          Pre booked arrival transfer from the airport: If you have pre booked an arrival transfer, your transfer driver will be holding a board with the Intrepid Logo or your name at the arrivals hall.
                          In case of flight cancellations, changes or if you are not able find the driver, please contact the emergency phone number:+39 3334112840 or +39 3382044390
                          Finish point
                          Hotel Fontana
                          Piazza Duomo, 7
                          Amalfi
                          ITALY
                          Phone: +39 089871530
                          Finish point description
                          Hotel Fontana is located on the Piazza Duomo, close to the sea and the beach. Rooms have private bathrooms, hairdryers, satellite TV, heating and air conditioning. http://www.hotelfontanaamalfi.it/
                          Finishing point instructions
                          From our finishing point on the Amalfi coast, regular buses run to the nearby town of Salerno (1 hr). From here there are frequent trains to Naples (1 hr) with a bus connection from Naples Central station to Capodichino airport. You can also train to Rome (3hr) with bus or train connections to Rome airports.

                          If you are flying out of Rome on departure day, we recommend you do not book an international flight earlier than 4pm. Alternatively return to Sorrento by bus or boat (2hrs) for onward travel via train to Naples/Rome. Please ask your leader once on the trip for return journey advice or visit http://www.trenitalia.com

                          Pre booked departure transfer to the airport: Please double check with your tour leader for the exact pick up time for your transfer from the hotel. Maximum waiting time: In case of flight cancellations, changes or if you are not able find the driver, please contact the emergency phone numbers: +39 089871530.
                          Alternate finish point
                          For trips departing on the following dates, use this finish point.
                          07 Aug 2016 (ZMSZC160807)
                          Hotel Caporal
                          Via Alfonso Gatto, 20, 84010
                          Minori
                          ITALY
                          Phone: 0039 089 854049
                          Alternate finish point description
                          Alternate finish point instructions
                          Emergency contact
                          While we always endeavour to provide the best possible holiday experience, due to the nature of travel and the areas we visit sometimes things can and do go wrong. Should any issue occur while you are on your trip, it is imperative that you discuss this with your group leader or our local representative straight away so that they can do their best to rectify the problem and save any potential negative impact on the rest of your trip.

                          We recognise that there may be times when your group leader/local partner may not be able to resolve a situation to your satisfaction - if this is the case, please ask the leader to speak to their direct manager.

                          You may also choose to provide details in your online feedback, which we ask you to complete within 30 days of the end of your trip. But we do ask you to be aware that it is very difficult for us to provide any practical help after the trip is complete.

                          For general contact details please use the following page: http://www.intrepidtravel.com/ourtrips/contact/

                          In the case of a genuine crisis or emergency, Intrepid's Europe Office can be reached on the number listed below:

                          Peak Europe: +49 8677 9186 657
                          Visas
                          Visas are the responsibility of the individual traveller. Entry requirements can change at any time, so it's important that you check for the latest information. Please visit the relevant consular website of the country or countries you’re visiting for detailed and up-to-date visa information specific to your nationality. Your consultant will also be happy to point you in the right direction with acquiring visas. Visas can take several weeks to process, so familiarise yourself with any requirements as soon as you have booked your trip to allow for processing time.

                          Visas for Italy are not required for passport holders of the European Union, Australia, New Zealand, USA and Canada. All other nationalities should check with the relevant authorities.
                          What to take
                          PACKING
                          On this trip you must pack as lightly as possible because you will be expected to carry your own bag and although you won't be required to walk long distances with your luggage (max 30 minutes), we strongly recommend keeping the weight under 10kg / 22lb. Most travellers carry their luggage in a backpack, although an overnight bag with a shoulder strap would suffice if you travel lightly. Smaller bags or backpacks with wheels are convenient although we recommend your bag has carry straps to accommodate the cobbled streets, uneven surfaces, stairs and steps you are lightly to encounter while carrying your luggage. You'll also need a day pack/bag to carry water and a camera etc for day trips. You can find Intrepid's Ultimate Packing List on our website. It should be used as a guide only and isn't intended to be a complete packing list.

                          http://www.intrepidtravel.com/pdf/trips/packinglist.pdf

                          TRAVELLING ON LOCAL TRANSPORT
                          It's important that your bags can be locked, as on local transport it may be necessary that your luggage gets stowed separately (and unattended). The smaller your bag the better for you and other passengers. To ensure maximum comfort, try to pack small and light.

                          WATER BOTTLE:
                          Consider bringing your own water bottle to refill along the way. The sale of bottled water contributes to an enormous environmental problem around the world. In addition to the water in bottles, the production of a 1 litre plastic bottle takes 2 litres of water and 200ml of oil. A large proportion ends up in limited landfill or discarded in waterways and natural environments. Although it can be difficult to avoid bottled water when travelling, please consider water purification techniques such as iodine or micropur and use the water dispensers which are provided at some of our accommodation. When unable to avoid bottled water it is better to buy the largest available and distribute into your smaller bottle for the day.
                          Climate and seasonal information
                          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. Please carefully consider the time of the year you wish to travel and your suitability to that season.
                          Health
                          All Intrepid travellers need to be in good physical health in order to participate fully on this trip. When selecting your trip please make sure you have read through the itinerary carefully and assess your ability to cope with our style of travel. Please note that if, in the opinion of our group leader or local guide, any traveller is unable to complete the itinerary without undue risk to themselves and/or the rest of the group, Intrepid reserves the right to exclude them from all or part of a trip without refund.

                          You should consult your doctor for up-to-date medical travel information or for any necessary vaccinations and anti-malarial requirements before departure. We recommend that you carry a first aid kit as well as any personal medical requirements (including a spare pair of glasses) as they may not easily be obtained at the locations on this trip. For legal reasons our leaders and guides are prohibited from administering any type of drugs including headache tablets and antibiotics. Please ensure that you are adequately prepared.
                          Travel insurance
                          Travel insurance is compulsory for all our trips. We require that, at a minimum, you are covered for medical expenses including emergency repatriation. We strongly recommend that the policy also covers personal liability, cancellation, curtailment and loss of luggage and personal effects.

                          When travelling on a trip, you won't be permitted to join the group until evidence of travel insurance and the insurance company's 24 hour emergency contact number has been seen by your leader.

                          If you have credit card insurance your group leader will require details of the participating insurer/underwriter, the level of coverage, policy number and emergency contact number rather than the bank's name and credit card details. Please contact your bank for these details prior to arriving in-country.

                          http://www.intrepidtravel.com/insurance.php
                          A couple of rules
                          Illegal drugs will not be tolerated on our trips. Possessing or using drugs not only contravenes the laws of the land, but also puts the rest of the group at risk. Smoking marijuana and opium is a part of local culture in some parts of the world but is not acceptable for Intrepid travellers. Intrepid's philosophy of travel is one of respect towards everyone we encounter and in particular, the local people who make our destinations such special places. The exploitation of prostitutes is completely contrary to this philosophy. Our group leader has the right to expel any member of the group if drugs are found in their possession or if they use prostitutes.

                          Everyone has the right to feel safe and secure on their trip. We don’t tolerate any form of sexual harassment at Intrepid, either between passengers or involving our leaders or local operators. Sexual relationships (consensual or otherwise) between a leader and a passenger are unacceptable. If you ever feel another person is behaving inappropriately please inform us immediately by contacting the emergency contact number detailed in these trip notes.
                          Responsible Travel
                          We believe strongly in low impact or rather positive impact tourism. Broadly speaking this means that we try to minimise the negative aspects of tourism on the local cultures and environments that we visit and highlight the positive aspects. Please visit our website for further details and suggestions on how you can be a responsible traveller.

                          http://www.intrepidtravel.com/ourtrips/rt/responsibletraveller

                          DRESS CODE
                          In general, there are few dress restrictions in Europe. Note when visiting churches, monasteries or other religious sites modest dress is required - shorts or skimpy tops may not be permitted, for both men and women.

                          The Intrepid Foundation
                          Since Intrepid Travel commenced operating in 1989 we've been committed to giving something back to the communities we visit. One way has been through our support for local humanitarian, development and conservation projects. Many of our travellers want to contribute something too. Whilst it is often tempting to give hand-outs to those less fortunate, this has the potential to promote a culture of begging and dependency. Handouts are not a sustainable way for individuals or communities to live. That’s why we established The Intrepid Foundation – to make it easier for travellers wishing to give back to communities in an effective and meaningful way.

                          The Intrepid Foundation is a not-for-profit fund offering a selection of excellent grassroots organisations which you can contribute to. All donations to The Intrepid Foundation will be matched by Intrepid Travel dollar for dollar (up to AU$1,000 per donor and a total of AU$400,000 for all donors in each financial year, excluding emergency appeals). And every cent gets there as Intrepid Travel pays for all the administration costs. Donating is simple and secure. Please ask your leader for information on the projects we support through The Intrepid Foundation or go to our website:

                          http://www.theintrepidfoundation.org/

                          Feedback
                          After your travels, we want to hear from you! We rely on your feedback. We read it carefully. Feedback helps us understand what we are doing well and what we could be doing better. It allows us to make improvements for future travellers.

                          http://www.intrepidtravel.com/feedback