Departure Date: 26/04/2020
Book your 2020 holiday at 2019 prices. Valid for sale until 3 October 2019. This trip reveals all that's special about Italy, including Ancient Rome, Pisa, Florence, Verona and Venice. Explore Italy's sophisticated capitals of Venice, Florence and Rome. The beautiful cobblestone squares, centuries' old tradition and historic highlights like the mighty Colosseum, Leaning Tower of Pisa and the spectacular Duomo are must-visits on your open-air museum tour of this fascinating destination.
Rome: Sightseeing tour with a Local Specialist includes a visit to St. Peter's Basilica and views of the mighty Colosseum
Pisa: Visit the Square of Miracles to view the Leaning Tower
Florence: Sightseeing with a Local Specialist includes views of the Cathedral, Piazza della Signoria and Ponte Vecchio
Verona: View the Roman Arena and Juliet's Balcony
Venice: Cruise by private boat to St. Mark's Square. Visit a traditional glassblowing workshop on Giudecca Island
1. Arrive Rome (2 Nights)
Welcome to Rome. After checking in, relax and unwind. Later meet with your Travel Director and fellow travellers. This evening, consider a stroll around this fascinating ancient city and mingle with the locals in beautiful squares with stunning architecture.
Hotel Ergife Palace
2. Rome sightseeing and free time
Your Local Specialist takes you on a sightseeing tour with a visit to the Vatican City. Enter the awe-inspiring St. Peter's Basilica and view Michelangelo's statue, the Pietà. Don't miss the opportunity to join an Optional Experience to visit the famous Sistine Chapel and Vatican Museums. View the mighty Colosseum and see the ancient sites of Rome. Afterwards, enjoy free time to take in the sights or join an Optional Experience to explore the Pantheon and Piazza Navona.
3. Rome – Pisa – Florence (2 nights)
This morning, leave Rome and head north towards Central Italy. Travel through picturesque scenery in Tuscany before arriving in the town of Pisa. Visit the Square of Miracles featuring the Leaning Tower, Cathedral and Baptistery. There is time to shop for souvenirs and take pictures. Later, arrive at your hotel near Florence, birthplace of the Renaissance.
Meals: Buffet Breakfast
Hotel Novotel Firenze Nord
4. Florence sightseeing and free time
There are few cities in the world with an artistic legacy to equal that of Florence. Your Local Specialist gives a superb commentary of the city's history during your walking tour, which includes views of the Baptistery, Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore, the impressive Giotto's Bell Tower, Ponte Vechio and a visit to Piazza della Signoria. Learn about the quality and workmanship of two of this city's historic industries at demonstrations of Florentine leathercraft and 18-carat gold. Don't forget to try a gelato! Later enjoy dinner at the hotel.
Buffet Breakfast & Dinner
5. Florence – Verona – Venice (Mestre) (2 nights)
Your journey continues north across the dramatic Apennine Mountains to Verona, the home of Shakespeare's star-crossed lovers. View the vast Roman Arena, where concerts are still held regularly each year. Stop and view Juliet's balcony in a courtyard which has become a popular tourist site for the tragic story of the Montague and Capulet family feud. Head east to the magical, romantic city of Venice.
Buffet Breakfast & Dinner
6. Venice orienation and free time
Watch the Venetian craftsmen at work creating local specialities at a glassblowing workshop on Giudecca Island. Then cruise by private launch to St. Mark's Square in the heart of Venice. Admire the Bridge of Sighs, the ornate Doge's Palace and the Byzantine Basilica of St. Mark. Spend free time afterwards exploring this fascinating city or perhaps take a cruise across the lagoon to Burano for a relaxing farewell dinner. Burano is an island in the Venetian lagoon known for its brightly coloured houses.
7. Depart Venice (Mestre)
This morning say 'arrivederci' to Italy, your Travel Director and newfound friends at the end of an unforgettable holiday. Transfers are available to Venice Marco Polo Airport. Conditions apply.
Return airport transfers on first and last day of the trip*, 7 nights’ hotel accommodation, 7 hot buffet breakfasts, 2 Three-course dinners, Sightseeing tour included in each major city including the main sites and icons, travel by luxury air-conditioned coach, services of a professional Travel Director, all hotel service charges and tips, baggage handling fees and local taxes, choice of Optional Experiences and free time included.
6 Nights from R17 200 pps
*For a limited time only. Costsaver’s 2020 Europe & Britain Pre-sale pricing is available on select itineraries identified as "Pre-sale 2020" only, and is valid for bookings until 3 October 2019. A non-refundable deposit of R3000 per person is required per standard booking conditions to lock in this price. If the holiday price is higher once the main brochure is released in early October, Costsaver will honour the lower Pre-sale rate; if it is lower, Costsaver will refund the difference. Final payment is due 60 days prior to departure. The 5% VIT discount is combinable and final payment for VIT discount is due by 2 December 2019. Not combinable with Trafalgar, custom groups or any other offers. Subject to availability and may be withdrawn at any time. Please note additional products such as (but not limited to) extra nights, pre-paid gratuities or transfers cannot be added to the booking until the 2020 itineraries are on sale in early October. Note that itineraries, hotels and prices are subject to change until the release of the 2020 Europe brochures. Where there are any major itinerary changes (number of days, cities visited or number of overnight stays in each city location) Costsaver will advise you accordingly. Excludes: Flights, visas, travel insurance, spending money and items of a personal nature. These offers are brought to you by Travel Counsellors (Pty) Ltd. Offers are per person sharing. Rates for other periods are available on request. Packages are subject to availability, seasonal surcharge; high season supplements, increases and currency fluctuations. Supplier's terms and conditions are available on request. Additional information available on request. Valid for SA residents only. Terms and conditions apply. Prices and information correct at time of publishing. E&OE.