ITALY - Boutique Journeys for Solo Travellers

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Fully escorted small group with a maximum of 7 passengers

Come along with us on a grand journey through the very best of Italy.  From Lake Comi in the north to the Amalfi Coast in the south and all the best parts in between.  This is a stunning itinerary and a truly unique experience with just a maximum of 7 passengers, meaning our minibus is able to transport us to the heart of the towns and cities.  

$15,890 per person twin

$19,890 single

Please ask for costs to upgrade to Business Class

 

TOUR HOST:  Tracey Burfield-Mills

Tracey has been creating holidays for clients for over 30 years and is now specialising in tours for solo travellers.  She is the owner/operator of World Travellers Remuera and puts together all the itneraries for our tours based on years of travelling experience.  She is a full member of the New Zealand Intitute of Travel and Tourism (MNZITT).   "Solo travellers have been sadly neglected in the past, says Tracey.    We are the first (and currently only) company in New Zealand that offers tours exclusively for solo travellers.  The difference for a solo traveller travelling on one of our tours is huge.  Being part of a small group of solo travellers provides a wonderful intimate experience where it is like travelling with a group of friends.  Everyone is in the same situation which provides a relaxing and comfortable environment.  I also love the fact we all get together prior to departure.  Getting to know each other prior to the tour eases any anxiety about who will be on the tour etc so that by the time we all meet at the airport we are all familiar with each other and can look forward to doing and seeing some amazing things and having fun.  I absolutely love escorting every tour I take away. We see and do great things, stay in lovely hotels, have great meals (and of course great wine) and have sooo much fun! I cannot wait for the next one".

 

Tour inclusions:
• Return economy class air fare from Auckland on Emirates
• All taxes and levies
• Transfers and touring in air-conditioned luxury mini-van
• Sightseeing as specified
• 4 star hotels (3 star in the Cinque Terre) in excellent locations
• Welcome dinner in Lake Como
• Rail pass and ferry ticket in the Cinque Terre
• All breakfasts
• Emperors Lounge at Auckland International Airport on departure
• Gratuities
• Services of a tour host

 

Upgrade your room type on a single basis to:
Palace Hotel, Como to Lakeview Room
Savoia and Jolanda Hotel, Venice to Junior Suite with Lagoon View
Carla Hotel, Levanto – Not Applicable
Relais Santa Chiara Hotel, San Gimignano to Superior Room with
Countryside Views
Grand Hotel De La Ville, Sorrento to Premier Seaview Room
Palazzo Navona Hotel, Rome to Executive Room
Additional cost - $2,050 per person single

 

Itinerary

Monday 11June  After checking in at Auckland International Airport enjoy some relaxing time at the Emperors Lounge. This evening we depart Auckland at 8.30pm and fly to Dubai.  

Tuesday 12 June   Arrive Dubai early this morning and transfer to hotel.  Remainder of the day at leisure.  One night Taj Dubai Hotel.

Wednesday 13 June  Early this monring we are transferred to the airport for our flight to Milan.  On arrival in Milan, we are transferred to our hotel in Como, situated on Lake Como.  Three nights Palace Hotel in the centre of Como, overlooking the lakefront.

Thursday 14 June  Today is free to enjoy Como at your own pace. Suggest a 7 minute funicular ride to Brunate, a small picturesque and peaceful town situated 750m above sea level and also a visit to Villa D’Este in Cernobbio, located on the southern shores of Lake Como.

Friday 15 June  Lake Como is widely considered the most spectacular of northern Italy’s famous lakes - just ask George Clooney. Its sparkling shores, dotted with idyllic villages, lush villas and olive groves, provide a lovely spot to relax and soak up the beauty of an Italian vacation. Today we travel to Bellagio, and Tremezzo by ferry including visits to Villa Carlotta and Villa Melzi.

Saturday 16 June  Today we travel to Venice stopping in Verona for a guided tour on the way. Verona, celebrated by Shakespeare who made it famous as the romantic setting for the moving tale of Romeo and Juliet is a splendid ancient corner of the Veneto region. During our tour we will see Piazza dell Erbe, Piazza dei Signori, Piazza Bra, The Arena and of course Juliet’s House. After lunch in Verona we continue onto Venice, traversed by some 100 canals lined with palaces dating back to the 12th century. Transfer by private boat to our hotel located on the Grand Canal. Three nights Savoia and Jolanda Hotel, centrally located a short distance from St Marks Square

Sunday 17 June  Today enjoy a 2 hour walking tour of Venice plus a 1 hour boat tour including a guided tour of Doge's Palace - once the seat of the Venetian Republic and of  its chief, the Doge - with its magnificent halls decorated by the best masters of Renaissance such as Tintoretto and Veronese, the Bridge of Sighs and the Prisons. We will then take a walk in the charming Venetian alleys to discover the "real Venice", its picturesque districts and the style of life.  We will travel by boat (private water taxi) along part of the Grand Canal and minor typical canals. A unique experience, as Venice seen by the canals seems different. During this one-hour tour our guide will point out many things concerning past and present Venice,such as the Grand Canal as the main "road" in Venice, Venice as an old trade centre, palaces and current environmental problems. After the tour we have lunch at (the famous) Cafe Florian, St Marks Square.  Cafe Florian is a coffee house establised in 1720 and is the oldest cafe in the world.  As stated on their website "People don't sit here for simple coffee but to plunge into a unique experience where you can breathe history, listen to the good music of the orchestra, be pampered by the excellent service on strictly silver trays and enjoy the view of one of the most important and beautiful squares in the world: St Marks Square". After lunch we visit StMarks Basilica.  Saint Marks Basilica once the private Doges Palace chapel, now the Venetian cathedral, decorated with rate Byrantine gilded mosaics.  We finish the afternoon with  a 35 minute gondola ride of the canals of Venice.

Monday 18 June  Today is free to enjoy Venice at your own pace. You may like an optional excursion to Murano and Burano.

Tuesday 19 June  This morning we travel to Levanto, located 5 km north of the 5 villages of the Cinque Terre. Enroute enjoy time in Bologna. Three nights Hotel Carla, centrally located near the sea and train station in the charming gulf of Levanto.

Wednesday 20 June  Today we visit all 5 villages of the Cinque Terre by train and ferry or you may like to walk between some of the villages.

Thursday 21 June  Today is free to enjoy the Cinque Terre at your own pace. You may like an optional excursion to Portofino.

Friday 22 June  Today we travel to our hotel in San Gimignano, Tuscany, making stops in Pisa and Lucca on the way. San Gimignano is a small walled medieval hill town in the province of Siena, Tuscany, north-central Italy. Known as the Town of Fine Towers, San Gimignano is famous for its medieval architecture, unique in the preservation of about a dozen of its tower houses, which, with its hilltop setting and encircling walls form an unforgettable skyline. Seven nights Relais Santa Chiara Hotel located just a few minutes walk from the medieval walls of San Gimignano.

Saturday 23 June   Today is free to enjoy San Gimignano at your own pace.  You may like to explore the town and/or relax by the pool - the choice is yours.

Sunday 24 June  Today we explore the Chianti winemaking region where vineyards dot the landscape. Take in the surrounds and make our first stop at Greve, a quintessential Tuscan town, tucked into the hills. Explore the historical square and discover shops selling local handicrafts and traditional Chianti produce. We then travel to Radda in Chianti, a beautiful medieval town enclosed in large defensive walls, located up on a hill between the valleys of Arbia and Pesa. Enjoy lunch at Badia a Colituono in Gaiole in Chianti (own expense). Badia a Coltibuono is about one thousand years old and its prehistory takes us back to Estrucan times and beyond. As we know it today, Badia a Coltibuono (which means Abbey of the Good Harvest), dates from the middle of the eleventh century. In 1051 the monks of the Vallombrosan Order, a Tuscan reform of the Benedictines, founded the Abbey and also began planting the first vineyards in the Upper Chianti area. Over the centuries they extended their vast land holdings to include many thousands of acres and developed a flourishing wine production and commerce. After lunch enjoy a guided tour of the abbey, which includes the italian style garden, the frescoed hall, the ageing cellars and wine tastings of 2 organise wines. We finish our time in Chianti in nearby Castellina, a small and ancient hilltop hamlet.

Monday 25 June  This morning we enjoy time in Siena with a local guide. Siena, the home to the summer festival, the Palio, the characteristic horse race in the main square, is a jewel of Tuscany. The medieval buildings, palazzi and churches with the city’s Cathedral dominate the skyline. The city’s economic boom of the 14th century left traces of the Gothic style throughout the Siena’s art and architecture famous for its shell shaped square Piazza il Campo. After seeing the sights of Siena we head to Monteriggioni for lunch. Monteriggioni is a medieval walled town, located on a natural hillock, built by the Sienese in 1213 as a fortification for the defence of the northern limits of the republican territory. To this day is one of the best preserved and  fortified towns in all of Italy. We then travel back to our hotel with the rest of the day at leisure to enjoy San Gimignano.

Tuesday 26 June  Today is devoted to the renaissance city of Florence, absorbing the history and culture of this great city. With our guide we visit Michelangelo Square, Piazza della Signoria, Basilica di Santa Croce as well as the Duomo and the Baptistery. In the afternoon we visit one of the most famous art galleries anywhere in the world – Galleria del’ Accademia – home to statue of Michelangelo’s famous David. After our visit to Galleria del’ Accademia you maylike to visit the Uffizi Gallery - full to the brim with treasures of Renaissance art by all of the most famous masters – Leonardo, Botticelli, Raphael, Michelangelo and Giotto or you may like to wander the streets of Florence for a spot of shopping.

Wednesday 27 June  This monring we enjoy time in the walled hilltop town of Volterra.  With medieval and renaissance buildings, a roman theatre and Etruscan sites, its one of Tuscanys most evocative hill towns and generally has far fewer tourists than other more well known Tuscan towns.  The afternoon is free to enjoy San Gimignano or relax by the pool.

Thursday 28 June  Today is devoted to south Tuscany as we visit some of the oldest hill towns in the region. Our first stop is Cortona, which is best known for its Etruscan ruins dating from the 2nd century BC. This is now a well-to-do town that has managed to preserve its structures from medieval times. A number of popular movies were filmed in Cortona, including “Under the Tuscan Sun” and “New Moon”. In the afternoon we head to the UNESCO World Heritage site of Assisi.  A holy city for Christians, Assisi, as well as being a gorgeous town, is an eternal destination for pilgrims wanting to see the places where Saint Francis was born, where he worked, and where he died.

Friday 29 June  Today we head down to the Amalfi Coast. On the way we visit Orvieto, sitting astride a volcanic plug of rock above fields streaked with vines, olive and cypress trees, Orvieto is visually stunning from the first. History hangs over the cobbled lanes, medieval piazzas and churches of this cinematically beautiful town in Umbria. Few cathedrals in Italy can hold a candle to its wedding cake gothic cathedral. Our next stop is Cassino where we visit the Commonwealth War Cemetery and the Montecassino Abbey. We then make our way to our hotel in Sorrento, with its cliff-top position overlooking the sea, bustling port,picturesque bays and panoramic view of the Amalfi Coast and surround hills Sorrento has been a favourite resort since roman times. Four nights at Grand Hotel De La Ville.

Saturday 30 June  Today is free to enjoy Sorrento at own pace. Suggest spending time in Sorrento and relaxing by the pool at the hotel

Sunday 1 July  Today is all about the Amalfi Coast where we will visit Ravello, Amalfi and Positano. Ravello is situated in a more elevated position than the other pearls of the Amalfi Coast, boasting exceptional views of the coast and its marvellous villas and gardens. Amalfi’s typically Mediterranean architecture made up of lanes and characteristic white houses piled one upon the other, makes it one of Italy’s most famous resorts. Positano sits in a splendid panoramic position on one of the most beautiful stretches of coastline. Its enchanting town centre of delightful pastel-hued houses surrounds the parish church of Santa Maria Assunta, its laneways are lined with quaint, colourful shops and it numerous beaches are world famous.

Monday 2 July  Today is free to enjoy Sorrento at your own pace. You may like an optional excursion to the Isle of Capri.

Tuesday 3 July  This morning we drive to Pompeii for a 2 hour visit to the archaeological site where our tour guide will show us the best of the ancient city buried by the eruption on 79 ad. We then drive to Rome. 2 nights Palazzo Navona Hotel.

Wednesday 4 July  Today is free to enjoy Rome at your own pace. Optional tours can be arranged.

Thursday 5 July  Late morning we are transferred to the airport for our flight to dubai.  One night Premier Inn Dubai International Airport Hotel.

Friday 6  July  Depart Dubai this morning bound for Auckland.

Saturday 7 July  Arrive Auckland this monring

 

All prices are per person in New Zealand dollars. Prices are based on payment by cash, eftpos or direct deposit only. If you would prefer to share a room we will endeavour to match you up with someone of the same gender. If we cannot, you would be required to pay the single price. A non-refundable deposit of $3,500 per person is due at time of booking. Balance due date 01 March 2018. Costs are based on a group of 7 passengers. If the group falls below this number World Travellers Remuera reserves the right to cancel the tour in which case a full refund would be given. This would be known 3 months prior to departure. Once paid the full amount is non-refundable.

Please note: A reasonable level of fitness is required for this tour.

More Information?

For more information please phone Tracey on 09 520 5600 or 021 1398539.

Alternatively you can email remuera@worldtravellers.co.nz

Travel Dates

11 June 2018 - 07 July 2018

Priced From

$15,890

Sale Ends

01 March 2018

Free Space

6 spaces available

Room Sharing

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