Italian Discovery

  • days: 24
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Flights Included

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Countries Visited:

  • Italy
  • Vatican City

Description

Immerse yourself in 'la dolce vita' on this Italian small group tour. Discover the cultural impact of the Roman civilisation and the Renaissance in Venice, Rome and Florence. Search for truffles in the Langhe region, explore Lake Como and Milan, and tour the colourful coastlines of Amalfi and the Cinque Terre.

La Dolce Vita

Savour the Italian 'good life' with many tastings of local delicacies and produce. Indulge in Franciacorta's famous wine, Langhe's truffles, Emilia Romagno cheese, and Modena balsamic vinegar and proscuitto. Relax and admire the palatial villas and hotels of beautiful Bellagio on Lake Como, explore ever-romantic Venice and discover glamourous Milan.

Cultural Delights

Delve into the rich history of Florence and Rome. These magical cities are brimming with art, stories and culture. From Imperial Rome to the Renaissance and Roman Catholicism, there’s no shortage of sights to see and things to discover.

Incredible coasts

Discover some of Italy’s most spectacular coastline. The stunning colourful fishing villages of the Cinque Terre, perched on dramatic coastal cliffs and inaccessible by car are a definite highlight, as well as seaside Sorrento, the Isle of Capri and the dreamy Amalfi Coast. 

Itinerary

Abbreviation: [B,L,D] Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 1. Depart Australia

Day 2. Arrive Bologna 

Welcome to Italy, and the lively and historic city of Bologna. Meet your fellow travellers and Tour Director this evening for a welcome drink.

Day 3. Bologna 

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Special Experience: Today we'll experience the 'Food Valley' heading to Emilia Romagna to taste cheese and to Modena to try the famous balsamic vinegar and prosciutto.

Tonight we’ll enjoy a group welcome dinner. [B,D]

Day 4. Bologna - Venice

Today we tour the city of Bologna, characterised by its red-brick palazzi, towers and lengthy porticos. We'll enjoy a visit to the Gelato Museum before heading to the ever-enchanting canal city of Venice. [B]

Day 5. Venice

A place like no other, a day exploring Venice will leave lasting memories. Today’s highlights include Piazza San Marco, the Basilica, the Doge’s Palace and the Bridge of Sighs. [B]

Day 6. Venice - Milan

Today we travel through the Italian countryside to Milan, via the fair city of Verona, made famous by Shakespeare’s Romeo & Juliet. 

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Special Experience: Visit a famous wine cellar in Franciacorta for a tasting, accompanied by some local cheeses and smallgoods. [B]

 

Day 7. Lake Como Excursion

Today’s excursion takes us to the idyllic Italian Lake District at stunning Lake Como. We’ll take a scenic cruise to admire the palatial villas and hotels and enjoy some free time in beautiful Bellagio. [B]

Day 8. Milan

Discover the glamorous city of Milan today on a sightseeing tour. We’ll admire the intricate Duomo, Sforzesco Castle and visit the Vittorio Emanuele Gallery. The afternoon is free for you to explore at leisure. [B]

Day 9. Milan - Langhe Region

This morning we depart for Turin. On a city tour, we’ll see the Basilica of Superga, the Royal Palace and the Renaissance Duomo. This afternoon we’ll continue to the Langhe region. [B,D]

Day 10. Langhe Region 

Italy’s hilly region of Langhe is renowned for its wines, cheeses and truffles. This morning we’ll tour Cherasco and visit Castello di Serralunga d'Alba.

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Special Experience: We’ll enjoy lunch in a local restaurant before venturing into the woods in search of the region’s famous truffles.

Later this afternoon we’ll visit a local farm to taste some of its produce and wine. [B,L]

Day 11. Langhe Region - La Spezia

Today we depart for La Spezia, stopping to enjoy free time to explore the port city of Genoa, known for its twisting maze of narrow streets. [B]

Day 12. Cinque Terre Excursion

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Special Experience: We spend a full day exploring Italy’s most photographed coastline, discovering some of the five colourful villages that make up the Cinque Terre. Clinging to steep terraces, the villages and ancient vineyards are linked by paths, trains and boats and cannot be accessed by car, making this a truly unique area. [B,L]

Day 13. La Spezia - Pisa - Florence

We travel to Pisa, home of the famous Leaning Tower. Here we’ll also see the Baptistery and Duomo of St John. This afternoon we continue through the beautiful Tuscan countryside to Florence, the birthplace of the Renaissance. [B]

Day 14. Florence

Our tour this morning commences at the grand Piazza del Duomo, where we see the Cathedral, Giotto’s Bell Tower, and the Baptistery. We’ll also admire Michelangelo’s sculptural masterpiece, the statue of David, at the famous Galleria dell’Accademia. This evening we enjoy dinner with a local and learn about everyday life in Florence. [B,D]

Day 15. Tuscany Excursion

Today we venture out to explore the rolling hills of Tuscany, visiting the UNESCO World Heritage-listed towns of Siena and San Gimignano. Up first is Siena, where we'll explore the medieval town square and Basilica of San Domenico. Continuing on to San Gimignano, we'll then sit atop a hill to admire the incredible Tuscan horizon. [B]

Day 16. Florence - Rome

Sit back and enjoy the countryside as we travel to the Eternal City of Rome, via the beautiful town of Assisi and the city of Orvieto, where we'll uncover the important sights. [B]

Day 17. Rome

Walking Man

Discover majestic Vatican City this morning (fast-track entry). We’ll visit the amazing Vatican Museum, the Sistine Chapel and St Peter’s Basilica - all containing works of art and sculptures by Michelangelo. We'll also explore Imperial Rome. Highlights include the Roman Forum, Piazza Venezia, the Capitol and the Colosseum (fast-track entry), where gladiatorial contests and games were held along with mock sea battles and executions. [B]

Day 18. Rome

Today is at leisure for you to explore the city at your own pace. [B]

Day 19. Rome - Pompeii - Sorrento

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We travel to the stunning Bay of Naples and the town of Sorrento via the ancient city of Pompeii (fast-track entry). Buried under ash for centuries after the eruption of Mt Vesuvius in 79AD, it is one of the best-preserved examples of Roman civilisation. [B]

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Special Experience: This evening we’ll make our way to the historic Teatro Tasso for a performance of the ‘Sorrento Musical’. [B]

 

Day 20. Sorrento

After breakfast, we take the hydrofoil to the island of Capri. Beguiling Capri is known for its rugged landscape, café culture and brilliant bougainvillea. We’ll tour the hilltop town of Anacapri and have some time at leisure before returning to Sorrento in the late afternoon.[B]

Day 21. Amalfi Coast Excursion

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Special Experience: We’ll travel along the famous Amalfi Coast and through the stunning town of Amalfi, making several photo stops along the way! 

Enjoy the afternoon at leisure in Sorrento. [B]

Day 22, Sorrento - Rome

After breakfast we return to Rome. The rest of the day is free for you to enjoy at leisure before tonight’s group farewell dinner. [B,D]

Day 23. Depart Rome

Today we begin our journey home. [B]

Day 24. Arrive Australia

Inclusions

Travel

  • Return economy-class flights from Australia to Italy. Taxes included
  • Airport transfers on the first and last day of tour
  • All touring in air-conditioned vehicles
  • Tipping Made Easy, $255pp pre-paid 

Accommodation & Meals

  • 21 nights in 3-4 star hotels
  • 21 breakfasts, 2 lunches and 4 dinners, including group welcome and farewell dinners

Tour Guides

  • English-speaking locally based tour director
  • English-speaking locally based guides

Porterage

  • Porterage included where available

Sightseeing

La Dolce Vita

  • Stop in the town of Emilia Romagna to taste its famous cheese and Lambrusco.
  • Taste some of the balsamic vinegar for which the Modena region is famous.
  • Visit a prosciutto manufacturer for a tasting in Parma.
  • Tour the city of Bologna, characterised by its red-brick palazzi, towers and lengthy porticos.
  • Visit the Gelato Museum - with a tasting so you can pick your favourite! 
  • Enjoy a comprehensive tour of Venice, the most alluring city in the world, showcasing St Mark’s Square, St Mark’s Basilica, Doges Palace and the Bridge of Sighs.
  • Visit the fair city of Verona, made famous by Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet.
  • Stop at a famous wine cellar in Franciacorta for a tasting, accompanied by local cheeses and smallgoods.
  • Visit stunning Lake Como in the idyllic Italian Lake District and take a scenic cruise by private boat to admire the palatial villas and hotels and enjoy some free time in Bellagio.
  • Discover the glamourous city of Milan on a sightseeing tour, including the Duomo, Sforzesco Castle and the Vittorio Emanuele Gallery.
  • Explore Turin on a city tour, taking in the Basilica of Superga, the Royal Palace and Renaissance Duomo.
  • Tour the town of Cherasco in Italy's Langhe Region.
  • Visit the majestic castle of Seralunda d'Alba.
  • Venture into the woods in search of the Langhe region's famous truffles followed by a visit to a local farm complete with tastings.
  • Explore the port city of Genoa, known for its twisting maze of narrow streets.
  • Spend a full day exploring the UNESCO World Heritage-listed Cinque Terre. Here we will see some of the five colourful villages – Monterosso, Vernazza, Corniglia, Manarola and Riomaggiore – the region’s brightly painted houses are some of the world’s most photographed.
  • Visit Pisa, home to one of Europe’s most iconic structures – the Leaning Tower.
  • In Florence see the Cathedral of Florence at the grand Piazza del Duomo, as well as Giotto’s Bell Tower and the Baptistery with Ghiberti’s famed bronze ‘Gate of Paradise’.
  • Admire Michelangelo’s incomparable statue of David at a visit to the Galleria dell'Accademia.
  • Enjoy dinner with a local and learn about everyday life in Florence.
  • Tour the sights of medieval Siena, including Piazza del Campo, the Cathedral and Baptistery.
  • Enjoy free time to explore charming San Gimignano, a UNESCO World Heritage-listed medieval walled town.
  • Explore the Umbrian town of Assisi, birthplace of St Francis, and tour the famous St Francis Basilica.
  • Visit the clifftop town of Orvieto, sitting 1,000 feet above a valley of vines and olive trees.
  • Discover the opulent Vatican City and visit the amazing museum, the Sistine Chapel and St Peters Basilica.
  • Explore Imperial Rome including the Roman Forum, Piazza Venezia, the Capitol and the Colosseum.
  • Enjoy a day at leisure to explore the wonders of Rome. 
  • Visit the famous ruins of Pompeii which lay buried for hundreds of years after the eruption of Mt Vesuvius in the year 79AD - it's one of the most significant examples of Roman civilisation. 
  • Visit Sorrento's historic Teatro Tasso for a performance of the "Sorrento Musical".
  • Explore the beautiful Isle of Capri and visit the cheerful village of Anacapri.
  • Enjoy a half day excursion along the stunning Amalfi Coast. Enjoy the views at a stop over Positano, and wander the streets of Amalfi.

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Other departure cities: Please contact our office for applicable pricing
Tips: Total cost includes - Tipping Made Easy, $255pp pre-paid
Taxes: Total cost includes - air taxes, $310pp
Single supplement: from $3,050
  • Day/Date Variations: Tour dates and length subject to change depending on airline schedules and your city of departure.
  • Taxes & Fuel Costs: Total cost includes air taxes. Taxes and fuel surcharges change regularly so above levies shown as a guide only
  • T&C: All prices shown are per person based on twin share and include airfares, all taxes and tips. Prices and itineraries correct at current time but are subject to change. Please call for more details. View our full terms & conditions here.
  • Some cities may require day use in Singapore which will be at your own expense.

Fitness to Travel

Let's Talk Fitness

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At Bunnik Tours we don’t put specific age limits on our tours, but we also recognise some travellers may find our itineraries challenging.
We have a duty of care to all tour participants and the tour guides, so we do impose a firm policy on the level of fitness required by all our clients to attempt to ensure your safety and the safety of other travellers on our tours.
Our goal is for all our travellers to enjoy their tour, not struggle through it! Which is why we want to work with you to ensure you are on the best possible trip for your fitness level. We do reserve the right to refuse bookings if we feel that the requirements of the tour are too demanding.
Bunnik Tours are for independently-minded travellers with good levels of mobility.

Our tours include:
1. Generous amounts of free time
2. Lots of walking
3. Local and authentic experiences including various modes of transport and accommodation

In some regions travellers can also expect:
1. Long days of travelling, at times on dirt and gravel roads in Africa
2. Extended periods at high altitude (3,000-4,000 metres) in Ecuador, Peru, Bolivia and Ethiopia
3. Extended periods of walking/hiking through humid forest areas in Rwanda
4. Limited medical facilities in remote areas

Bunnik Tours travellers are required to at least:
1. Be able to walk 2-3 hours on uneven surfaces without the use of any walking aid, on any given day
2. Walk up multiple flights of stairs and short, steep hills
3. Stand for 20 minutes without needing to sit down, often in hot/humid climates
4. Carry their own luggage
5. Get on and off various modes of transport without assistance, including small boats

Accommodation

Accommodation

Please note, the below accommodation reflects the 2020 program. Accommodation is subject to change and every effort is made to avoid this. However if a change does become necessary, accommodation of a similar standard will be used.  

Hotel Porta San Mamolo, Bologna

Located in the heart of Bologna, this charming hotel boasts stunning interior gardens and quaint, traditional rooms in keeping with the 'touch of romance and light-heartedness' synonymous with the city of Bologna itself.

Facilities: air-conditioning; free wifi; fridge; safe deposit box

Hotel Santa Marina, Venice

Situated in the heart of romantic Venice, just a short walk from the Rialto Bridge and St Mark's Square, the Hotel Santa Marina is the perfect base for exploring the city. Built on the ruins of an ancient convent, the hotel features a beautiful rooftop terrace where you can enjoy breakfast or relax over a drink. Charming rooms are decorated with a mix of styles, combining classic and contemporary details.

Facilities: air-conditioning; free wifi; fridge/minibar; safe deposit box 

UNAHOTELS Mediterraneo, Milan

Ideally located in the centre of Milan, this newly renovated and elegant hotel offers guests a taste of Italy's most fashionable city with a modern twist of Mediterranean charm and exceptional service.

Facilities: air-conditioning; free wifi; fridge/minibar

Hotel Le Botti, Guarene

Please Note: Hotel Le Botti is a small hotel in a former 19th century farmhouse, therefore rooms are spread over different categories. There are only a limited number of twin rooms available, and passengers booking a twin may have to share a King size bed. Rooms will be allocated at random on arrival.

In Italy's beautiful Roero region, just a stone's throw from Langhe, Hotel Le Botti is housed in a 19th century former farmhouse with modern comforts. With just 22 comfortable guest rooms, the hotel offers an intimate and cosy atmosphere. Guests can relax and enjoy the jacuzzi and outdoor swimming pool, and dine at the traditional Piemontese restaurant and wine bar.

Facilities: air-conditioning; free wifi; fridge/minibar; outdoor swimming pool

CDH Hotel, La Spezia

CDH Hotel La Spezia is in the shopping district, 10 minutes' walk from La Spezia Centrale Station for trains to the Cinque Terre. The air-conditioned rooms have a modern design with tiled floors and warm colour schemes. 

Facilities: air-conditioning; free wifi; safe deposit box; fridge/minibar

Hotel Cellai, Florence

This charming hotel is located in the heart of Florence's historic centre and is the perfect base for exploring the city on foot. The property's intimate atmosphere and attention to detail will make you instantly feel at home.

Facilities: air-conditioning; free wifi; fridge/minibar

Hotel Genova, Rome

Boasting a peaceful, modern atmosphere, the Hotel Genova is an ideal base from which to discover Rome. The property is situated on the prestigious Via Cavour in the city's Esquilino district - an area with veritable crossroads of Rome's famous streets and piazzas.

Facilities: air-conditioning; free wifi; fridge/minibar; safe deposit box

Art Hotel Gran Paradiso, Sorrento

Perched on a hilltop overlooking the Gulf of Naples, this stunning property is known for its heavenly views from its various terraces. The hotel is also known for its in-house collection of modern art works that has been curated over the years by the hotelier himself.

Facilities: air-conditioning; free wifi; fridge/minibar; safe deposit box; outdoor swimming pool

Weather

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Currency

Currency

Euro

The official currency of Austria, Belgium, Cyprus, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, the Netherlands, Portugal, Slovakia, Slovenia and Spain is the Euro (EUR; €).

  • 1 Euro = 100 cents
  • Notes are in denominations of €500, 200, 100, 50, 20, 10 and 5
  • Coins are in denominations of €2, 1, and 50, 20, 10, 5, 2 and 1 cents

Reviews for Italian Discovery

This tour has a rating of 5 stars based on 2 reviews.

Here's what others have had to say about this tour.

Italian Discovery Excellent didn’t disappoint 5
Our first tour - and it didn’t disappoint, positives for us were small group size, great itinerary, excellent guide, and the space and time to do our own thing when we chose too.. A suggestion would be to add 2 extra nights prior to the commencement of the tour in Venice - 2 nights in Venice is not enough, and maybe an extra two nights in Rome at the end - we did this and we saw so much more than would have .. Di Kerr - May 2019
Italian Discovery Good mix 5
Having a good mix of organised activities and free time to explore/do our own thing. Stephen K - August 2018

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Special Experiences!

  • Explore the food lover's paradise of Bologna, stopping in Emilia Romagno to taste cheese, and Modena to try the famous balsamic vinegar and prosciutto.
  • Visit a famous wine cellar in Franciacorta for a tasting, accompanied by some local cheeses and smallgoods.
  • Discover the Langhe Region, venturing into the woods in search of the region’s famous truffle.
  • Spend a full day exploring some of Italy’s most photographed coastline, discovering some of the five colourful villages that make up the Cinque Terre.
  • Visit historic Teatro Tasso for a performance of the ‘Sorrento Musical’.
  • Travel along the famous Amalfi Coast and through the stunning town of Amalfi, making several photo stops along the way!

Trip Info

Group Size

Max: 20

Transportation

Bus, water taxi, ferry, hydrofoil, train & boat

Tips

Total cost includes - Tipping Made Easy, $255pp pre-paid

Tour Highlights

• Experience romantic Venice • Tour the fashion capital of Milan • Cruise Lake Como and admire the scenic views • Discover the art and history of Renaissance Florence • Tour the eternal city of Rome and discover the treasures of the Vatican • Visit the famous ruins of Pompeii, buried for hundreds of years after the eruption of Mt Vesuvius • Travel along the stunning Amalfi Coast, enjoy the views over Positano and wander the streets of Amalfi

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This tour has a rating of 5 stars based on 2 reviews.