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Bravo Italia for 18 to 39: Rome to Rome

Duration
13 Days
Prices From:
US$ 2,590

This two-week Italy tour sets out from Rome to immerse you in the history and beauty of this unique country. Wander Roman ruins, admire the genius of the Renaissance, and get lost exploring romantic Venice.


This is a FUN experience designed for 18 - 39 year-olds. It is high energy and fast paced. It has a great balance of free time and inclusions. It is fantastic value with many inclusions.

This 13-day round trip from Rome is perfect for Italy first timers or anyone who’s had a taste of la dolce vita and is craving more.

Known as the Eternal City, Rome never fails to fascinate and enchant, with thousands of years of history sitting alongside frenetic modern day life, and the centre of the Catholic faith. A day tour takes you to the Pantheon, the Trevi Fountain, the Spanish Steps, and the Colosseum. The following day, visit the Vatican Museums, feasting your eyes on the Sistine Chapel among 65,000 works of art. Then take some time to explore any parts of Rome you’ve missed, such as Capitoline Hill or Piazza Navona.

Stop in at the ruins of ill-fated Pompeii for a guided tour before going on to Sorrento for a couple of nights. This is a fabulous seaside town to simply relax in, but you’ll have the option of a day trip to the Isle of Capri to see the Blue Grotto, or explore other parts of the Amalfi Coast. Then take off to Assisi, where you’ll visit St Francis Basilica and roam the 14th century streets. On your way to Florence, stop in at Siena, Florence’s greatest rival both in influence and in beauty.

With over 1,800 restaurants, it’s tempting just to eat your way through Florence, and that’s certainly a valid choice, but don’t miss an insight into the Medicis and the Renaissance while you’re at it. This living testament to the splendour of that period has lots to offer, and a city tour will unlock its stories, along with the doors to the Accademia Gallery (notably home to Michelangelo’s David). Speaking of Italian icons, visit Pisa for a quick snap of the Leaning Tower, then let your eyes go wide at Cinque Terre, the colourful ‘five towns’ that hug some of Italy’s most beautiful cliffs. You won’t be rushed, so give the charms of this region time to sink their hooks in proper.

Speed your way through Italy’s north, bound first for Verona. You won’t be able to climb a certain lovestruck teenager’s balcony, but you’ll be able to take a photo before discovering your own love affair with the winding medieval streets. Save some romance for Venice, however, because it has plenty to offer you. A walking tour will help you get your bearings, but getting lost in this city is really half the fun. Recharge with a coffee in St Mark’s Square and explore the Doges Palace and Rialto Bridge. And yes, your included gondola ride is strictly a tourist’s Venice experience, but an unforgettable one that lets you admire the city’s best views – the ones from the water.

Return to Rome for one last night (and meal!) before you depart.


 

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Duration
13 Days
Prices From:
US$ 2,590

Itinerary

Day 1

Rome

Meet your Trip Leader and step back to 753 BC in one of the world's oldest open-air museums on a walking tour. Make like Caesar (the emperor, not the salad) and work up a 'colossus' hunger as you pass by the Pantheon, throw your two cents in the Trevi Fountain, sit on the Spanish Steps and visit ancient history's version of the Hunger Games set at the Colosseum. Tonight, you're in Disneyland for foodies. Have fun.

Included today: Walking tour of Rome

Meal Plan Dinner
Day 2

Rome

Create the ultimate Roman Holiday in one day with a whirlwind of Vespas, espresso, two-cheek kisses and pizza the way it's supposed to taste. Count your blessings on an optional tour of the Vatican City, then play 'I-spy' with two-and-a-half millennia worth of history. Want more? Then you could always shop till you drop on Via Condotti, head to Capitoline Hill for awesome views of the Roman Forum and Colosseum or just kick back in Piazza Navona for some dolce far niente (delicious idleness).

Optional activities:
Guided tour of the Vatican City

Meal Plan Breakfast
Day 3

Rome to Amalfi Coast

Kick off your day with a pit stop at the UNESCO World Heritage Site and ancient city of Pompeii, which was abruptly buried one evening in 79AD by a volcanic eruption. After an optional guided tour and a chance to grab a bite to eat, we're off to the Amalfi Coast. Get your bearings, then feast at a local restaurant and soak up the atmosphere.

Optional activities:
Guided tour of historic Pompeii

Meal Plan Breakfast and Dinner
Day 4

Amalfi Coast

The day is all yours. Why not head to the Isle of Capri to see the famous Blue Grotto or set off on your own down the Amalfi coast to Positano by local bus. Tonight: follow the sound of live music and load up on carbs at a local joint of your choosing. It's a tough life.

Meal Plan Breakfast
Day 5

Amalfi Coast to Assisi

Down that cappucino, we're off to Assisi. Stare at the storybook landscape like a lovesick puppy on the way. See the frescoes at the St Francis Basilica with a local guide before splitting off to explore the 14th century streets on your own. Dinner's on us tonight.

Included today: Walking tour of Assisi with a local guide

Meal Plan Breakfast and Dinner
Day 6

Assisi to Florence via Siena

Shoot some espresso before we hit up Siena. A local guide will show you around the Renaissance sights before you get to explore. Psst... we'll need you to cover up as we're entering a sacred site. Tonight, we take Florence by storm.

Included today: Walking tour of Siena with a local guide

Meal Plan Breakfast
Day 7

Florence

Next up: a local Chianti wine tasting and an al fresco dinner in the Tuscan countryside. Then: Renaissance beauty meets Italian style. Explore the streets of Florence with a local guide today. Florence has more stories than Bilbo Baggins, more culture than a Shoreditch hipster, over 1,800 restaurants and it gave the world gelato. Say ciao to cheeky David and strut along the Ponte Vecchio, gelato in hand. Later, delve into a higher state of culinary consciousness.

Included today: Wine tasting and al fresco dinner, Walking tour of Florence with a local guide

Meal Plan Breakfast and Dinner
Day 8

Florence to Cinque Terre via Pisa

Start off the day with a tour of the walled-in town of Lucca. Then, it's on to Pisa to get the shot with that famous tower. Final destination: the stunning Cinque Terre for a feast together at a local restaurant.

Included today: Walking tour of Lucca with a local guide, Visit Pisa and see the famous Leaning Tower

Meal Plan Breakfast and Dinner
Day 9

Cinque Terre

The five cliff-side villages of Cinque Terre didn't end up on the World Heritage list for nothing. And each has a vibe of its own. Completely void of corporate development and full of quirks, this is a place where la dolce vita is not so much encouraged as enforced. And it comes with a world-class glass of red. Not bad, huh?

Included today: Visit the picturesque villages of the Cinque Terre

Meal Plan Breakfast
Day 10

Cinque Terre to Venice via Verona

Cruise Lake Garda, the largest in Italy, before rolling on to Verona where Romeo fell in love with Juliet. Set off on a walking tour to get your bearings. Tonight: time to explore the city on water and to tuck in to a local Venetian meal.

Included today: Visit Lake Garda, Walking tour of Verona

Optional activities:
Get a personalised trip T-shirt or hoodie

Meal Plan Breakfast and Dinner
Day 11

Venice

You know it as The Floating City, but this place is actually sinking (slowly). Today we'll check out a who's who of Venice's usual suspects on a guided walking tour (ticking off the likes of St Mark's Square and Accademia Bridge), then we'll jump on a gondola ride. Throw away your map in the afternoon and try to find the world's most epic little bookshop, Libreria Acqua Alta, or just go on a mission to find the perfect gelato.

Included today: Walking tour of Venice, Gondola ride

Meal Plan Breakfast
Day 12

Venice to Rome

Today there's a pit stop at the hilltop town of Orvieto to see the grand cathedral and dig into a wild boar panini. Next: All roads lead to Rome. End your day in true Italian fashion: at a local trattoria. It's been emotional.

Included today: Visit Orvieto

Meal Plan Breakfast and Dinner
Day 13

Rome

Make it an espresso doppio this morning - you're on your own from here. Rome wasn't built in a day so why not spend a few more and get to know this ancient powerhouse a little better?

Meal Plan Breakfast

Other Information

DEPARTURES:

2019: Apr 2, 23; May 7, 21, 28; Jun 4, 11, 18, 25; Jul 2, 4, 9, 16, 18, 23, 30;
Aug 6, 8, 13, 20, 27; Sep 3, 10, 17; Oct 1, 8

PRICE INCLUDES:

  • 12 nights' accommodation as indicated or similar
  • Meals as specified
  • Modern air-conditioned coach with free Wi-Fi
  • Leader + Driver
  • Activities as mentioned
  • Local guides in Assisi, Siena, Florence and Lucca
  • Welcome and farewell dinner in Rome

PRICE EXCLUDES:

  • Travel insurance
  • International airfares and airfare taxes
  • Items of a personal nature
  • Optional activities
  • Beverages unless otherwise stated
  • Visa fees if applicable
  • Optional gratuities for your guide

OTHER INFORMATION:

Group Size: Average 20, maximum 28

Optional Activities: On all trips we have arranged extra activities that we think will enhance your travel experience, but you have a choice as to whether or not you will participate. These are not included in the cost of your trip. They are usually organised on a group participation basis and should be taken into consideration when budgeting your spending money. None of the Optional Activities on your trip are operated by Topdeck, nor do they form part of your contract with Topdeck for your trip. Topdeck arranges the activity as an agent of the local supplier. Should you participate in any Optional Activities your contract will be with the local supplier and their conditions will apply. Please note: while we make every effort to keep these prices as accurate and up-to-date as possible, they are subject to change and in rare circumstances the actual price may vary slightly to what is published here.

Accommodation: We endeavour to select a combination of good quality hotels that reflect the character of the local area as well as being as centrally located as possible, all the while striving to keep the cost affordable. Your trip will stay in a range of European hotels of three and four-star quality. Please be aware that European hotel rooms, especially those in major urban centres or older cities, may be smaller than what you are used to in other parts of the world. Standards and ratings may also be different to your home country. Rooms are en-suite and either twin- or triple-share, depending on what you have booked. If you are a solo traveller, you will always be sharing a room with someone of the same sex. If you are travelling as a couple and would prefer to have a double bed, please officially request a double room with your travel agent or Topdeck trip consultant. We never presume that two people travelling together are a couple, even if you share the same surname, unless informed otherwise.

Meals: Breakfasts are included every day in the hotel (except on the first morning). They are usually 'continental breakfasts', which are typical in most European countries. A typical breakfast may consist of cereals with milk or yoghurt, bread, croissants, cold meats, cheese and a range of spreads, with fruit juice, tea or coffee to drink. It is rare to get a hot breakfast in continental Europe, though on some occasions there may be some hot food available as well. Included evening meals are in local restaurants or accommodation places, and are either two or three courses. In most cases table water is provided with the meals, and if you wish to purchase additional drinks you can do so at your own expense. If you have any dietary requirements we will make every effort to cater to your specific needs as long as you advise your travel agent or Topdeck Trip Consultant when you book. But please be aware that although we will do everything in our power to arrange it, we cannot guarantee that every restaurant we use will be able to cater to all dietary needs, particularly in Eastern Europe. We also cannot cater for tastes or dislikes, as most of our included evening meals feature a set menu.

No Tip Necessary: Your Topdeck crew never expect tips themselves and will not ask for any; that's not what friends do! We also know how much tipping can cost you. So go ahead, spoil yourself with the money you will save by travelling with Topdeck!

Ages: These tours are exclusively designed for passengers 18 to 39 years old.

TERMS & CONDITIONS:

Prices are "from" per person based on twin/double share accommodation and for travel in low season. Seasonal surcharges and blackout dates may apply. Limited seat/spaces and all pricing is subject to change and availability. Rates for single or triple travellers are available on request - please enquire.

TB TOPDECKROM19SG: EXBIRR
8 Oct 2019
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