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10 Breakfasts and 8 Dinners
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Cancellation & Travel Insurance is not included in the price of the tour but can be arranged
Day 1 - London to Chambery
Meet your group and Tour Manager at our dedicated Departure
Office in St Pancras before boarding the Eurostar for the journey
to Paris. On arrival, change trains and travel to Chambery where
you will spend tonight.
Day 2 - To Rome via Milan
Continue your journey by train into Italy today, travelling to
Milan, then continuing on to Rome for three nights at the 3* Smooth
Please note: Departures 20RSS02 &
20RSS05 will stay at Smooth Hotel Repubblica in
Day 3 - Sightseeing in Rome
Enjoy a half-day's sightseeing in the Eternal City today,
starting with a guided tour which takes you to some of the many
fantastic sights and monuments of this remarkable capital. See the
iconic Roman Forum and the remarkable Pantheon and make a wish by
throwing a coin into the Trevi Fountain. Your afternoon is free to
Day 4 - At leisure in Rome
With all of today at leisure for you to absorb the history and
culture of this vibrant city, there are a number of attractions you
won't want to miss. Take a walk up the Spanish Steps, see the sight
of many infamous gladiatorial battles at the mighty Colosseum, take
in some of the most revered artworks in the world by the likes of
Da Vinci, Caravaggio, Titian, Raphael and Michelangelo as you tour
world famous galleries and museums, or explore the country within a
country with a visit to Vatican City - home to St Peter's Basilica.
Alternatively, you might like to relax in one of the many pavement
cafés or gelaterias and watch the comings and goings of modern-day
Romans as they go about their daily lives.
Day 5 - To Sorrento
Say goodbye to Rome today as you transfer to the railway station
and board the high-speed service to Naples. Here a private coach
will connect you to the seaside town of Sorrento which sits within
its own 'mini bay' in the vast Bay of Naples. Check into your hotel
for the next five nights, the 4* Majestic Palace Hotel.
Day 6 - The Amalfi Coast
Today's excursion takes you by boat along the stunning Amalfi
Coast - famous as one of the world's most picturesque coastlines.
Our port of call is the small, but perfectly formed, town of Amalfi
- one of the many desirable destinations along this stretch of
rugged shoreline. Italy's Amalfi Coast and its islands make up one
of the most visually stunning regions in the whole of Europe, where
roads twist and turn along the cliff tops and through exquisite
villages on the hillsides. There is time at leisure to explore the
town. Amalfi is a graceful place: its cluster of white buildings
gleam like pearls in the strand of towns strung along the
Day 7 - Exploring Sorrento
Today you are free to discover the joys of Sorrento. You may
want to head down the beach and relax as you listen to the waves
break against the rocks, or explore the historic centre, with its
narrow streets lined with interesting shops selling the local
products such as Limoncello, the famous drink made from lemons. One
good way to see the highlights of this relaxed, Italian town is to
take a ride on the City Train, a little train that travels from
Piazza Tasso to various attractions throughout the city.
Days 8-9 - Pompeii and at Leisure
This morning take the local Circumvesuviana train service to the
ancient ruins of Pompeii. Regarded as the best-preserved Roman city
in the world having spent the best part of two millennia buried by
volcanic ash. Pompeii was one of many prosperous cities situated in
the 'red zone' surrounding Mount Vesuvius, when in AD79 an enormous
eruption took place, killing all the inhabitants almost
immediately. It is now thought that hot surges (of at least 250
degrees Celsius) were responsible for the decimation of the city
and its inhabitants, rather than the volcanic ash that buried them.
This ash however did preserve the site, freezing it in time so that
visitors can experience what life was like for the people of
Pompeii before one of the most catastrophic and infamous eruptions
in European history.
Take a tour of the restaurants, shops and villas that made up
this fascinating city, as well as the large Amphitheatre, Grand
Theatre and other public spaces that give us a glimpse into life
here nearly 2000 years ago. You are free to relax on Day
9 or you might like to explore a little further afield.
Perhaps head down to the marina to catch the ferry or hydrofoil to
the Island of Capri, a beautiful island famed for its stunning
views, rocky seashores and scenic charm.
Day 8 - Breakfast, Dinner
Day 9 - Breakfast, Dinner
Days 10 - Turin
Bid a fond farewell to Sorrento as you journey to Turin, where
you stay overnight. Turin has the flavour of both Paris' boulevards
and Vienna's cafés, and the central square is lined with museums,
theatres, and al fresco eateries. The city also boasts several
architectural marvels in part-Italian/part-Baroque style.
Days 11 - Turin to London
Return to the station for the final leg of your journey home
today. Travelling on the TGV, disembark in Paris. Here there will
be a coach to transport you across the French capital, to the Gare
du Nord, where you board the Eurostar service for London St Pancras
International. On arrival in the UK, your tour comes to an end.
Please note that while every departure of this tour features the
same excursions, they may not necessarily be in the order listed
Provisional departure and return times, where available, can be
found together with dates and prices by clicking on the 'Prices
& Availability' button. We will write to you around 10
weeks before your departure date with the precise meeting times for
your tour group.
Due to the nature of our tours they are generally unsuitable for those with restricted mobility. If you’d like to discuss any particular holiday with us in this respect, then please don’t hesitate to call us.
The travel arrangements were fine and the organised tours (plus the extra one organised at the time by our tour guide) were excellent. Hotel accommodation was excellent though the meals were uninspired with little choice for Coeliac or vegetarian.. We ate out several times.
Mr A Grant
Organisation was very good. Courier great. Food in Sorrento hotel very poor
Mrs C Davidson
Lovely holiday food in hotels very poor
Mrs J Unsworth
Excellent tour manager - enthusiastic, caring and knowledgeable. Good hotels. Excellent itinerary.
All very organised with an excellent tour manager who was always on hand to help.
All hotels good value and great locations particularly one near Sorrento.
Whole experience enjoyable, although a little hectic at times. This was our first rail experience. Will more than likely do it again.