Duration
10 Days
Fitness
Moderate
Travel
Multiple dates in 2019 & 2020
Destination
Italy
The sunlight looks different in Tuscany to anywhere else in the world. The wine certainly tastes different. Italy’s distinct flavour is yours for the sampling on this 10 day Affordable Italy tour as you rove from the ancient treasures of Roman ruins and intriguing mysteries of life in Pompeii to the opulent art of Florence and echoes of Venetian gondoliers. Fill up on art and architecture, pizza and pasta, with modern coach and expert guide included.
HIGHLIGHTS
  • Savings of up to $280 per person for MyDiscoveries customers only
  • Return international flights to Italy included
  • Taste homegrown wines at local farm in Tuscany
  • Enjoy guided tours of Ancient Rome, Pompeii, Vatican Museums and Michelangelo’s Sistine Chapel

HOLIDAY INCLUDES
MyDiscoveries exclusive saving of AUD $280 per person
Flights Australia-Venice, Rome-Australia included
Airline taxes & fuel surcharges
8 nights First Class accommodations: 2 nights Venice, 2 nights Florence, 4 nights Rome
Italian city hotel taxes, fees & service charges
Hotel porterage
All transfers included only with airfare purchase on package arrival & departure dates
10 meals: 8 breakfasts, 2 dinners
Sightseeing per itinerary in modern air-conditioned motor coach
Services of English-speaking tour manager throughout
Services of local guides in all major cities
Entrance fees per itinerary
Comfortable wireless earphones for enhanced touring

TRAVEL DATE Departure in 2019:
  • Nov: 10, 16, 18, 19, 30
  • Dec: 09, 16
Departure in 2020:
  • Jan: 21
  • Feb: 01, 02, 03, 29
  • Mar: 02, 07, 14, 16, 23
PLEASE NOTEDue to flight schedule and departing times, you may depart one day earlier/later* Advertised price based on 02 Feb 2020 departure from Sydney at time of publishing.
ITINERARY – AFFORDABLE ITALY TOUR
  • Day 1: Depart for Italy
  • Day 2: Arrive in Venice / Meals: Dinner
  • Day 3: Venice City Tour / Meals: Breakfast 
  • Day 4: Tuscany & Pisa en route to Florence / Meals: Breakfast
  • Day 5: Florence City Tour / Meals: Breakfast
  • Day 6: Medieval Assisi City Tour en route to Rome / Meals: Breakfast, Dinner
  • Day 7: Vatican Museums & Michelangelo’s Sistine Chapel / Meals: Breakfast 
  • Day 8: Tour Ancient Rome / Meals: Breakfast
  • Day 9: Pompeii Excursion / Meals: Breakfast
  • Day 10: Depart Italy / Meals: Breakfast
For full itinerary information CLICK HERE
MAP
HOTELS
  • Venice: Hotel Carlton & Grand Canal
  • Florence: Grand Hotel Mediterraneo or similar
  • Rome: Grand Hotel Palatino or similar

WHY BOOK WITH MYDISCOVERIES?
At MyDiscoveries we want to help you make ‘one day’, today. Whether you’re into cruising or glamping, or if you’d prefer to holiday at home or abroad, we’re driven to make your holiday dreams come true. With over 20 years of travel experience, you can be sure we can create the right holiday for you. Can’t find what you’re looking for on our site? Call us on 1300 404 606 and one of our travel consultants can create an incredible package for you.
The MyDiscoveries 30 Day Booking Guarantee means that if you can’t get the travel dates you want within 30 days of buying the voucher, we’ll give you your money back
Pay over 5 x monthly, interest-free instalments. Credit card holders can spread their payments over 5 months on all MyDiscoveries holidays

FINE PRINT 
  • Valid for travel: Multiple departure dates in 2019 & 2020
  • Advertised price based on 02 Feb 2020 departure from Sydney at time of publishing. Flights aren’t available for 2020 yet.
  • Advertised price may vary and is subject to availability at time of booking.
  • Subject to availability at time of booking for new bookings only.
  • Airlines are subject to best available at the time of confirmation or may change depending on date of departure.
  • All prices are subject to change at any time without notice.
  • Valid for sales unless sold out prior.
  • If you need to cancel your trip after travel has been confirmed, the travel operator may impose cancellation fees. In addition, MyDiscoveries will charge a AUD $100 per person cancellation fee. We recommend taking out travel insurance as soon as you have booked your travel dates so you have protection against emergency cancellations that might be needed.
  • Travel insurance not included, customers are advised to purchase appropriate cover.
  • Once your MyDiscoveries Voucher has been purchased you will be contacted by the MyDiscoveries Reservations team will work with the tour operator to get you booked onto your preferred travel dates.
  • When booking in your travel dates, make sure you have your travel voucher number, traveller names and details of any special requirements (e.g. vegetarian etc)
  • The MyDiscoveries team will send an email to you confirming all of your booking information.
  • Excludes: visa, travel insurance, meals not mentioned and items of a personal nature

VISA INFORMATION A visa gives a non-citizen permission to enter and stay in a certain country. MyDiscoveries cannot issue visas for your trip. You will need to research Visa requirements and contact the nearest embassy or consulate. Australian Government’s travel advice service smartraveller.gov.auis a good place to start. Read more Visa information here.
Book your holiday in Italy now, online at www.mydiscoveries.com.au or on the phone 1300 404 606
1

Depart for Italy

2

Arrive in Venice

Arrive in Venice and transfer to your hotel; remainder of the day is at leisure in this magical city built over a hundred small islands and connected by 400 bridges, before tonight’s orientation meeting at approximately 6 pm (exact time will be advised on tour arrival day), with your Tour Manager on the upcoming journey that awaits you in Italy, followed by a Welcome Dinner. MEALS: Dinner
3

Venice City Tour

The discovery of Venice begins with a boat ride to the Island of Murano, known for its artistic and colorful Murano glassware. While here, enjoy a visit to one of the factories to witness the art of glass blowing. Afterward, to St. Mark’s Square where you begin the guided walking tour of this romantic city. View the Golden Basilica of San Marco, built over several centuries in a fusion of Byzantine, Roman and Venetian architecture. Walk via the Bridge of Sighs, created at the beginning of the 17th century to serve as a link between prisons. Then, continue to visit the pink marble Doge’s Palace, the official residence of the Venetian ruler; its facade is highlighted by a massive late-Gothic gate, known as the Porta della Carta. The rest of the day is yours to explore Venice independently. Or, participate in this afternoon’s optional Gondola Ride, offering a different perspective of this unique city built on water. Optional: Gondola Ride (PM) MEALS: Breakfast
4

Tuscany & Pisa en route to Florence

Depart Venice and travel through the stunning golden landscape of Tuscany, dotted with olive and fig trees. Visit a typical Tuscan farm in the countryside for a wine tasting coupled with delectable local specialties. On to Pisa, to view the famous Piazza dei Miracoli with its Leaning Tower, among the most instantly recognizable structures on earth. The monuments on the extraordinary Piazza dei Miracoli create a unique architectural blend of Romanesque and Gothic styles. Then, travel to the lively Renaissance city of Florence, with its priceless art and architecture for overnight. MEALS: Breakfast
5

Florence City Tour

Today’s tour of Florence begins with a visit to the Accademia of Fine Arts, where Michelangelo’s David is housed; stand in awe of this glorious work of art. Walk to the Duomo, celebrated for its magnificent dome designed by Brunelleschi, and view the Baptistery’s renowned “Gates of Paradise” by Ghiberti. Continue on a walk through the open-air museum at Signoria Square, and view the splendid Ponte Vecchio. Florence is indeed the center of the world’s finest art and architecture. Enjoy the afternoon at leisure in this spectacular Renaissance city, or participate in the optional guided tour of the Uffizi Gallery* that provides insight into the history of the structure and its collections. The tour highlights include exceptional examples of Florentine painting to help you better understand the works of the masters, including Giotto, Botticelli, and Leonardo da Vinci. Tonight, a delightful optional evening begins with a ride through the Tuscan hills to a lovely restaurant where a sumptuous Tuscan dinner is served along with unlimited wine and entertainment. *(Optional Uffizi Gallery Tour PM, US $62): available for purchase only in Italy from your Tour Manager. Tour Participation guarantees immediate entry to the Gallery, with no lengthy waits or lines. The museum has a limited maximum capacity and therefore reserves the right to restrict admission. In this case, we may not be able to offer the tour. Price is based on minimum number of passengers. Optional: Dinner at a Tuscan Restaurant (PM) MEALS: Breakfast
6

Medieval Assisi City Tour en route to Rome

Depart Florence to the small medieval town of Assisi perched high on a hill in the Umbria region, with its Roman ruins, winding medieval streets and sacred shrines. Assisi is best known as the birthplace of St. Francis of Assisi – patron saint of Italy. Its main attraction is the 13th-century Basilica di San Francesco, one of the artistic highlights of medieval Europe with Giotto’s astonishing frescoes. The town of Assisi has been designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site for its significant art and architecture. Afterward, continue to Rome, the astonishing city built on seven hills. Dinner together at the hotel tonight. MEALS: Breakfast, Dinner
7

Vatican Museums & Michelangelo's Sistine Chapel

Today visit the Vatican Museums and Michelangelo’s masterpiece, the Sistine Chapel. Stroll through one of the most important art collections of the world. Admire the Gallery of Tapestries and the Geographical Maps before arriving to the Sistine Chapel, with its great frescoes by Michelangelo. Continue to St. Peter’s Square, passing Bernini’s famous colonnade to view St. Peter’s Basilica*, built on the burial site of Saint Peter, with the most famous Michelangelo’s Pieta. Enjoy the afternoon at leisure or, join the optional walking tour of the Eternal City’s grand piazzas that begins at the Spanish Steps and continues to the legendary Trevi Fountain, the Pantheon and the baroque Piazza Navona. *Due to Religious events, the opening times of St. Peter’s Basilica are subject to change without notice. In these cases, you will visit the Vatican Library instead of the Basilica. Optional: Piazzas of Rome (PM)
MEALS: Breakfast
8

Tour Ancient Rome

The historic tour of ancient Rome begins at the legendary Roman Forum, the central area of the city from which ancient Rome developed. Next, view the triumphal Arch of Constantine, erected by the Roman Senate to commemorate Constantine’s tenth year of leadership over the Eternal City. On to the mighty Colosseum, the largest amphitheater built in the Roman Empire that seated over 50,000, where gladiator contests and public events were attended by the rich, the poor and by the Emperor himself. Discover the delights of Rome this afternoon on your own. Stop at a local café and just people-watch, or linger over a cup of coffee, indulge in a delectable gelato or try an authentic Italian pizza. MEALS: Breakfast
9

Pompeii Excursion

Depart Rome this morning on a full day excursion to Pompeii. Drive along the Sun Route motorway through the scenic regions of Lazio and Campania, rich in astonishing natural beauty. At a distance, you can view (weather conditions permitting) the magnificent Abbey of Montecassino perched high on the mountaintop, scene of a huge battle near the end of World War II in which the Abbey was completely destroyed, but now lovingly restored. As you pass the Bay of Naples, majestic Mt. Vesuvius marks the way to Pompeii, the city that was frozen in time under a thick carpet of volcanic ash almost 2,000 years ago. The tragic fossils of people attempting to escape, along with their children and dogs are still visible, along with the preserved ruins of the Temples of Apollo and Jupiter, and the Forum. Leisure time for lunch on own before returning to Rome. MEALS: Breakfast
10

Depart Italy

Arrivederci Roma! Transfer to the airport for your departure flight. MEALS: Breakfast
DESTINATION
For people who don’t mind cold weather, winter can be a great time to travel to Italy. Most of Italy has fewer tourists in winter, meaning less crowded museums and shorter or non-existent lines to get into major sights.
On this 10-days tour, you will enjoy food, art, architecture, famous cities and incredible world heritage sites. Italy is home to some of the most famous structures in the world, including the Colosseum and the Leaning Tower of Pisa.

FLIGHT 
  • Flights are included in this deal.
For more information, call 1300 404 606
TRANSFER
  • All transfers are included in this deal.

WEATHER
  • Winter weather in Italy ranges from relatively mild along the coasts of Sardinia, Sicily, and the southern mainland to very cold and snowy inland, especially in the northern mountains. Even popular tourist destinations like Venice, Florence, and the hill towns of Tuscany and Umbria can get a dusting of snow in winter.
  • For most of Italy, the highest rainfall occurs during November and December, so winter may not be as rainy as fall. Although you’ll probably encounter some rain or snow, you may also be rewarded with crisp, clear days where the only outerwear you need is a light jacket – and a pair of sunglasses.

VISA Visas for Australians travelling overseas A visa is a form of permission for a non-citizen to enter, transit or remain in a particular country. We do not issue visas for overseas travel and cannot provide definitive information on visas. Only the countries you plan to visit can provide up-to-date information about their visa requirements. For all countries, contact the nearest embassy or consulate of the country you intend to visit well in advance of travel. Not all countries have representation in Australia. For a list of all countries visa requirements Click Here
TRAVEL INSURANCE
  • MyDiscoveries can arrange a personalised travel insurance quote for you.
  • Call us on 1300 404 606 and quote Discovery10 for a 10% discount.
What is included in The Deal? Please refer to the ‘Includes’ section in The Deal for details of what’s included. If you are unclear, please don’t hesitate to contact us on 1300 404 606 for more information.
Are there any health precautions or vaccinations that I need? We recommend you see your doctor at least six weeks prior to travel to get their advice and to allow time for any necessary vaccinations.
Can I arrange my flights with MyDiscoveries? MyDiscoveries is a full-service travel agency and we can arrange flights to any destination. Call us on 1300 404 606 to get a personalised quote.
Do I need travel insurance? We always recommend that you purchase travel insurance as soon as your travel dates are confirmed. MyDiscoveries can arrange a personalised travel insurance quote for you – call us on 1300 404 606
Can MyDiscoveries organise my travel insurance? We always recommend that you purchase travel insurance as soon as your travel dates are confirmed. MyDiscoveries can arrange a personalised travel insurance quote at competitive rates for you – call us on 1300 404 606
When will my booking be confirmed? Once your MyDiscoveries holiday voucher has been purchased you will be contacted by a member of the MyDiscoveries Reservations team. MyDiscoveries will work with the tour operator to get you booked onto your preferred travel dates and will send you an email to confirm your booking information. If for any reason we are unable to book you onto your preferred dates please refer to the MyDiscoveries 30 Day Booking Guarantee to understand our refund policy. When booking in to your travel dates, make sure you have your travel voucher number, traveller names and details of any special requirements.
What is the cancellation procedure? / Can I cancel or make changes to my booking? If for any reason you need to cancel your booking, contact the MyDiscoveries Reservations team on 1300 404 606. Once we have received your verbal request for cancellation we will ask you to confirm the request in writing (email or post is fine) so that we can accurately start processing the cancellation. Make sure you include your travel voucher number and traveller names when requesting and confirming the cancellation. Please be aware that the travel operator may impose cancellation fees. In addition, MyDiscoveries will charge a AUD $100 per person cancellation fee for cancellations outside our 30 Day Booking Guarantee period.
When will I receive my tour documentation? This one depends on the tour operator.
What type of clothes should I bring? Bring comfortable walking shoes, a sweater, clothes you can layer and an all-weather coat.
I haven’t received my MyDiscoveries voucher yet. What do I do? If you have not received your voucher contact MyDiscoveries on 1300 404 606 and we will resend your voucher by email or post.
How fit do I need to be? We have graded all MyDiscoveries products with a fitness level. Relaxed, Moderate & Active. For more information on the MyDiscoveries Fitness Levels CLICK HERE
How do I take advantage of the 5 monthly payments plan? At time of booking online, you should be able to select our 5 monthly installment plan as a payment option. If booking over the phone, please mention you wish to pay in 5 monthly payments and our team will ensure this is set up. This is a free of charge service that allows you to pay off your holiday in 5 equal payments. How does it work? Pay only 1/5th of the total of your Holiday at time of booking. Your remaining 4 payments will be taken automatically from the same credit card on the same day of the next 4 months. Easy!
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