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Bravo Italia for 18 to 39: Rome to Rome

Duration
13 Days
Prices From:
US$ 2,406

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 - 35 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$ 2,406

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 and give that bucket list a workout. Make like Caesar 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. Included today: Welcome meeting with Trip Leader, and a 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 to see how Michelangelo messed around and created the High Renaissance, then play eye spy with two-and-a-half millennia's worth of history. Shop til you drop on Via Condotti, head to Capitoline Hill for sick views of the Roman Forum and Colosseum or just kick back in Piazza Navona for some dolce far niente (delicious idleness). Optional activities: 3-hour Vatican City tour with local guide.

Meal Plan Breakfast
Day 3

Rome to Sorrento via Pompeii

Kick off your day with a pit stop at the UNESCO World Heritage Site and ancient city Pompeii, which was abruptly buried one evening in 79AD when nearby Vesuvius erupted all over the place. After a guided tour and a chance to grab a bite to eat, we're off to coastal Sorrento for an afternoon arrival. Get your bearings on an orientation tour, feast at a local restaurant and soak up the seaside atmosphere. Included today: Pompei visit and guided tour and dinner in a local restaurant.

Meal Plan Breakfast and Dinner
Day 4

Sorrento

Take an optional trip 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. Either way, your jaw will be aching from all those #nofilter sights. Tonight: follow the sound of live music and carb up at a local joint of your choosing. Optional activities: - Day trip to Isle of Capri, Positano visit

Meal Plan Breakfast
Day 5

Sorrento to Assisi

Down that cappuccino, we're off to Assisi. Stare at the storybook landscape like a lovesick puppy on the way to the birthplace of Franciscan friars. See the frescoes at St Francis Basilica with a local guide before splitting off to explore the 14th century streets on your own. More grub awaits you 'al fresco' at the hotel. Included today: Assisi walking tour with local guide

Meal Plan Breakfast and Dinner
Day 6

Assisi to Florence via Siena

Shoot some espresso before milling around the medieval city of Siena. A local guide will show you around the epic Renaissance sights before you get to explore. Psst... we'll need you to cover up as we're entering a sacred site. Next up - a local Chianti wine tasting and another 'al fresco' dinner in the Tuscan countryside. Tonight, we take Florence by storm. Included today: Siena visit, wine tasting, and an 'al fresco' dinner.

Meal Plan Breakfast and Dinner
Day 7

Florence

Florence has more stories than Bilbo Baggins, more culture than a Shoreditch hipster, over 1,800 restaurants and it gave the world gelato. Get schooled on the Medici family, stroll the Ponte Vecchio (the only bridge not bombed in WWII) and get an in-depth tour of the city with a local guide. Then: learn about the art of leather craft from the city that brought you Gucci and use the afternoon to meet a guy named David doing his best Blue Steel in the Accademia Gallery. You could do worse than hunting down a Florentine steak for dinner tonight. Included today: In-depth city tour with a local guide, and a leather works demonstration

Meal Plan Breakfast
Day 8

Florence to Cinque Terre via Pisa

Start off with a tour of walled-in town Lucca, then on to Pisa to get that cliche shot with the tower. Arrive in La Spezia, gateway to the stunning Cinque Terre for another feast at a local restaurant. Included today: Lucca visit and walking tour with local guide, a visit to Pisa, and dinner in a local restaurant.

Meal Plan Breakfast and Dinner
Day 9

La Spezia

The five cliff-side villages of Cinque Terre didn't end up on the World Heritage list for nothing. Each mini-town has a vibe of its own. Completely void of corporate development and full of old town 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.

Included today: Train costs and trip to Cinque Terre

Meal Plan Breakfast
Day 10

Cinque Terre to Venice via Verona

Cruise Lake Garda, the largest in Italy, then roll on to Verona, where that Romeo kid struggled for young Juliet's attention. A walking tour wilt give you thine bearings so you can make the most of thine free time. Tonight you can enjoy a city on water and a local Venetian meal. Included today: Lake Garda visit, Verona visit and walking tour, and dinner at a local restaurant in Venice.

Meal Plan Breakfast and Dinner
Day 11

Venice

More than 100 slowly sinking islands won't explore themselves. Get your bearings on this morning's walking tour, then get hopelessly lost. Soak up St Mark's Square and watch an intricate lace demo before a quintessential gondola ride on the Grand Canal. Corny smooching not included. This afternoon, snoop the Doges Palace, cross Rialto Bridge and shop for Carnevale masks.

Included today: Walking tour of Venice, a lace demonstration, and a gondola ride.

Meal Plan Breakfast
Day 12

Venice to Rome

Southward and downward with a pit stop at the hilltop town of Orvieto to see the grand cathedral and dig into a wild boar panini. Next: stop - Rome, where all paths must end. End your day in true Italian fashion in a carb induced coma at a local trattoria.

Included today: Orvieto visit

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
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Other Information

DEPARTURES:

2017: Apr 9, 23; 7, 21, 28 May; Jun 4, 11, 18, 25; Jul 2, 9, 16, 23, 30; Aug 6, 13, 20, 27; Sep 3, 10, 17; Oct 1.

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.

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