Northern Italy & Sardinia

  • days: 21
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Description

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Journey across the Italian countryside exploring Tuscany, Bologna and the Cinque Terre. Discover the beauty of Venice and Lake Como and taste all the 'Food Valley' has to offer. Then travel to the rugged island of Sardinia visiting the delightful villages, spectacular coves and Bronze Age ruins.

La Dolce Vita

Welcome to Roma! Discover its hidden piazzas,and enjoy the old-world charm before we travel through the Tuscan countryside. Spend 3 nights in a beautiful Tuscan villa, enjoy a special Tuscan dinner at an agriturismo and explore the Renaissance city of Florence. We'll then discover the stunning villages of the Cinque Terre before continuing to Bologna via the 'Food Valley' of Modena and Parma, tasting cheese, balsamic vinegar and prosciutto. 

Waterside delights of Venice and Lake Como

Make lasting memories in Venice as we explore the Piazza San Marco and the Basilica, the Doge's Palace and the Bridge of Sighs. Travel through the northern Italian countryside to Lake Como and enjoy the idyllic surrounds. 

Surprising Sardinia

Spend 6 nights on the sun-soaked island of Sardinia, discovering its surprising diversity. From the delightfully picturesque villages to walled cities, and the rugged, dramatic coves and caves to amazing Bronze Age ruins, there is so much to explore.

Itinerary

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

Day 1. Depart Australia

Day 2. Arrive Rome

Welcome to vibrant Italy and the beautiful 'Eternal City of Rome'! Meet your fellow travellers and Tour Director for a welcome drink this evening.

Day 3. Rome - Tuscany 

Today we travel north to the beautiful rolling hills of Tuscany, where we'll spend the next 3 nights in a picturesque Tuscan villa. Stopping en route, we'll visit the stunning Marmore Falls and the city of Perugia. Tonight we’ll enjoy a group welcome dinner. [B,D]

Day 4. Florence Excursion

We visit the Renaissance city of Florence today. Our tour this morning commences at the grand Piazza del Duomo, where we see the Cathedral, Giotto’s Bell Tower, and the Baptistery. And no visit to Florence is complete without seeing the statue of David at the Galleria dell'Accademia. [B]

Day 5. Tuscany

The UNESCO World Heritage-listed towns of Siena and San Gimignano, characterised by their medieval architecture, will be our sightseeing today. [B,D]

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Special Experience: This evening we’ll enjoy a special Tuscan dinner at an agriturismo (farmstay), using local produce and ingredients.

Day 6. Tuscany - La Spezia 

Sit back and enjoy the beautiful Tuscan countryside as we travel to Pisa, home to one of Europe’s most iconic structures - the Leaning Tower. This afternoon we’ll head towards the coast and the stunning Cinque Terre. [B]

Day 7. 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 8. La Spezia - Bologna 

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Special Experience: Visit the ‘Food Valley’ of Modena and Parma for a day tasting cheese, balsamic vinegar and prosciutto. [B]

Day 9. Bologna 

This morning we explore lively Bologna. Highlights include the sprawling Piazza Maggiore, the Basilica di San Petronio, Neptune Fountain and Two Towers. The afternoon is free to enjoy at your leisure. [B]

Day 10. Bologna - Venice 

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

Day 11. Venice - Lake Como

Today we travel through the northern Italian countryside to Lake Como, via the fair city of Verona, made famous by Shakespeare’s Romeo & Juliet. [B]

Day 12. Lake Como

We’ll take a walking tour of Como before we ride the funicular railway for views from high above the town. [B]

Optional Walking Discovery: Why not discover more of this beautiful setting on one of the area’s many walks? Learn more

Day 13. Lake Como - Milan - Oristano

After breakfast we transfer to the airport for our flight to Sardinia. On arrival, we’ll make our way to the delightful town of Oristano, the perfect base from which to discover the surrounding area. Tonight we’ll enjoy dinner at a local restaurant. [B,D]

Day 14. Oristano 

We begin the day exploring some of the town’s cathedrals and churches. We’ll then visit the Stagno di Cabras wetlands, home to many rare species of aquatic birds. [B]

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Special Experience: This afternoon we’ll stop at one of Sardinia’s oldest wineries to taste the local wine, Vernaccia.

Day 15. Oristano

This morning we visit the UNESCO World Heritage-listed sites of Su Nuxari and Barumini, dating back to the Bronze Age. Our next stop is the Necropolis of Pranu Muttedu, commonly referred to as the ‘Stonehenge of Sardinia’. [B]

Day 16. Oristano - Alghero

Today we venture north towards Alghero, stopping along the way at the Castle of Serravalle, nestled on a hill with vistas over the below river and valley of Temo. We’ll also have some time in the colourful village of Bosa, famous for its jewellery and lace-making tradition. [B]

Day 17. Alghero

Walking Man

Discover some of the stunning western coastline this morning at Capo Caccia, a dramatic promontory overlooking the sea with a functioning 19th century lighthouse. A staircase will lead us down to Neptune’s Grotto, a stunning stalactite cave. Later we will visit a local winery, Santa Maria La Palma, for a tasting. This evening we will enjoy a group dinner. [B,D]

Day 18. Alghero

Today is free for you to explore at leisure. Why not walk along the city’s famous golden sea walls, built by the Aragonese in the 16th century, or try some porcetto, Sardinia’s famous spit-roasted pork? [B]

Day 19. Alghero - Rome

We transfer to the airport for our flight to Rome. Enjoy an afternoon at leisure before tonight’s group farewell dinner. [B,D]

Day 20. Depart Rome 

Today we begin our journey home. [B]

Day 21. Arrive in Australia

Inclusions

 Travel

  • Return economy-class flights from Australia to Italy. Taxes included
  • 2 economy-class flights within Italy
  • Airport transfers on the first and last day of tour
  • All touring conducted in air-conditioned vehicles
  • Tipping Made Easy, $200pp pre-paid 

Accommodation & Meals

  • 15 nights in 3-4 star hotels
  • 3 nights in a Tuscan Villa 
  • 18 breakfasts, 1 lunch and 5 dinners, including group welcome and captain's dinner

Tour Guides 

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

Porterage

  • Porterage included where available

Sightseeing

La Dolce Vita

  • Uncover Marmore Falls, a man-made waterfall created by the ancient Romans.
  • Explore Peruiga through a city tour, uncovering the Palazzo dei Priori and the Fontana Maggoire.
  • Spend 3 nights in a villa nestled amongst the beautiful rolling hills of Tuscany.
  • In Florence see the Cathedral of Florence at the grand Piazza del Duomo, as well as Giotto's Bell Tower and admire Michelangelo's incomparable statue of David.
  • Enjoy free time to explore charming San Gimignano, a UNESCO World Heritage-listed medieval walled town.
  • Tour the sights of medieval Siena, including Piazza del Campo, the Cathedral and Baptistery.
  • Enjoy free time in the Tuscan town of Lucca. 
  • Visit Pisa, home to one of Europe's most iconic structures - the Leaning Tower. 
  • Spend a full day exploring some of the UNESCO World Heritage-listed Cinque Terre. Made up of five colourful villages the region's brightly painted houses are some of the world's most photographed.
  • 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. 
  • 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 & Juliet.
  • Enjoy a walking tour of Como, taking in its many churches, museums, parks and palaces, and ride the funicular railway to enjoy the views from high above the picturesque city. 
  • Explore Lake Como on a walk of its beautiful surroundings.

Sun-drenched Sardinia

  • Explore the delightful Sardinian town of Oristano on a sightseeing tour.
  • Visit the Stagno di Cabras wetlands, home to many rare species of aquatic birds.
  • Taste the local Vernaccia wine at one of Sardinia's oldest wineries.
  • Visit the UNESCO World Heritage-listed sites of Su Nuxari and Barumini, dating back to the Bronze Age.
  • Admire the necropolis of Pranu Muttedu, known as the 'Stonehenge of Sardinia'. 
  • Enjoy free time in colourful Bosa, a village famous for jewellery and lace-making.
  • Discover the stunning western coastline at Capo Caccia and the Grotto di Nettuno, a dramatic promonotory overlooking the sea with a stunning stalactite cave below. 
  • Indulge in a wine tasting at Santa Maria La Palma.
  • Enjoy a full day at leisure in Alghero to explore the beautiful town at your own pace.

Dates & Prices

Dates & Prices

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Tips: Total cost includes - Tipping Made Easy, $200pp pre-paid
Taxes: Total cost includes - air taxes, $260pp
Single supplement: from $2,050
  • Day/Date Variations: Due to airline flight schedules day of arrival and day of departure may vary depending on your city of departure
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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, 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.

Best Western Globus Hotel, Rome

The Best Western Globus Hotel offers a modern and clean design. It's located in the San Lorenzo district which is packed with local restaurants, cafes, shops and pubs, and is in close proximity to many tourist attractions.

Facilities: air-conditioning; free Wi-Fi; safe deposit box; minibar

Villa Il Palagio, Rignano sull'Arno

Relais Il Palagio is set in an elegant villa and surrounded by a large private garden and features a rooftop terrace with panoramic views of the Tuscan countryside. Florence is 30 km away. 

Facilities: air-conditioning; free wifi; 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 Touring, Bologna

Hotel Touring is a 3 stars superior hotel in Bologna, situated in a quiet location in the old town a short walk from Piazza Maggiore, the Church of San Domenico. Some top-floor rooms offer a balcony with views of Bologna's rooftops and the hills.

Facilities: air-conditioning; free wifi

Hotel Bellini, Venice

Located in the heart of Venice, Hotel Bellini offers views of the Grand Canal and imposing Scalzi bridge. The hotel offers a beautiful design, full of Venetian antiques, frescoed ceilings and glass chandeliers.

Facilities: air-conditioning; safe deposit box; free wifi; 24-hour reception

Hotel Como, Como

Hotel Como is situated in downtown Como at a 10 minute walk from the city’s historical centre and a 20 minute stroll from its beautiful lake and landmarks including the Duomo, the Brunate Funicular and Villa Olmo. The hotel features spacious rooms with wooden flooring, an outdoor swimming pool on the roof terrace, free gym use and bicycle rental, restaurant and bar.

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

Mariano IV Palace Hotel, Oristano

This elegant hotel in the heart of Oristano is conveniently located close to the train station and a short walk from the city's historic centre and most important piazza. The hotel offers a restaurant, bar/lounge, internal courtyard and laundry services. Rooms are spacious and comfortable and staff are welcoming and professional.

Facilities: air-conditioning; free wifi; fridge/minibar; safe deposit box; tea & coffee making facilities (common areas)

Hotel Calabona, Alghero

Oozing a relaxed and tranquil atmosphere, Hotel Calabona offers a contemporary and clean design. It's situated near a small cove and a conveniently located just outside the town centre.

Facilities: air-conditioning; minibar; two open-air swimming pools

Weather

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Currency

Currency

Euro

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  • 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

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Special Experiences!

  • Enjoy a special Tuscan dinner at an agriturismo (farmstay), using local produce and ingredients. 
  • 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. 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.
  • Visit the 'Food Valley' of Modena and Parma for a day tasting cheese, balsamic vinegar and prosciutto.
  • Stop at one of Sardinia’s oldest wineries to taste the local wine, Vernaccia.

Trip Info

Group Size

Max: 20

Transportation

Bus, train, watertaxi, funicular railway & plane

Tips

Total cost includes - Tipping Made Easy, $200pp pre-paid

Tour Highlights

• See the stunning, man-made Marmore waterfalls, crafted by ancient Romans • Spend 3 nights in a villa nestled amongst the beautiful rolling hills of Tuscany • Visit Pisa, home to one of Europe’s most iconic structures – the Leaning Tower • Enjoy a comprehensive tour of Venice, the most alluring city in the world • Taste the local Vernaccia wine at one of Sardinia's oldest wineries • Discover the stunning western coastline at Capo Caccia and the Grotta di Nettuno

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