Reader Holidays - Classic Italy Tour from Daily Echo

Departing May 2014 - October 2015

From £649.00

*Price shown: 12 Jul 2014 - ICL

CLASSIC ITALY HOLIDAY
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Discover the delights of central Italy

Combine a three-night stay overlooking the glorious Bay of Naples with four nights in the sublime Tuscan countryside. Discover brooding Vesuvius, fabled Sorrento, ancient Pompeii and the exquisite Amalfi Drive. See historic Montecassino, and visit 'eternal' Rome and Renaissance Florence, as well as beautiful Assisi and extraordinary Orvieto with its great, golden-fronted cathedral.

What The Price Includes

  • Return flights from your local airport to Italy
  • Return airport-to-hotel transfers
  • Three nights' dinner, bed and continental breakfast accommodation at the three-star Hotel Villa Serena, Castellammare di Stabia
  • Visits to Pompeii, Sorrento, Amalfi Coast, Mount Vesuvius and Montecassino
  • Four nights' dinner, bed and continental breakfast accommodation at the three-star Hotel Santa Chiara, Chianciano Terme
  • Visits to Rome, Florence, Assisi and Orvieto
  • The services of a Newmarket Tour Manager

Single rooms are available for a supplement

Resort Information

This holiday is based beside the beautiful Bay of Naples, and in the idyllic Tuscan countryside.

Castellammare di Stabia

Beneath the slopes of Mount Faito, and with distant views of the Bay of Naples and Vesuvius, this traditional resort lies in Italy's Campania Region. An excellent base for exploring the area, it has a small selection of shops, bars, and cafes, and an atmosphere and style that are typically Southern Italian.

Chianciano Terme

The spa-resort of Chianciano Terme, 60 miles from Florence, boasts a wonderful climate. It comprises two settlements: the old hill-town and the modern spa town below it, and offers some excellent shops as well as many small gelaterie, bars, cafes and restaurants.

Itinerary

Day One

Fly to Italy, meet our Tour Manager in the airport and transfer to your first hotel. You'll then have time to rest and relax before dinner is served.

Day Two

In the morning we'll head to the Amalfi Drive. With its immense cliffs and dizzy bridges spanning deep gorges, this is among Europe's most scenic coast roads. Experience the unforgettable view above Positano's colourful Moorish-style houses, and visit beautiful Amalfi and Ravello, with its alleys, stairways and roofed passages clinging to the mountainside.This afternoon's highlight is our half-day tour of Roman Pompeii. Buried by the eruption of Vesuvius in AD79 and forgotten for hundreds of years, Pompeii was rediscovered in the 18th Century. Since then, excavations have gradually revealed the city's magnificent villas, temples and frescoed houses.

Day Three

Today you'll begin to explore the beautiful Bay of Naples, travelling first to the slopes of Mount Vesuvius, brooding over the blue waters below. The road leads to a height of 1000 metres, but you can take a guide (payable locally) and climb the further 500 metres or so to the rim of the volcano itself.Descending Vesuvius's mighty slopes we'll then head to Sorrento. Here you'll be free to wander the maze of narrow alleyways crammed with small shops, bars and restaurants, and enjoy its two tiny ports, even tinier beach and blue waters dotted with colourful pedalos and sailboats.

Day Four

Today we'll head north towards the rolling hill country of Lazio. En route, we'll call at the town of Cassino, scene of one of the fiercest battles of World War Two, and site of the Benedictine monastery of Montecassino. The town and hill-top monastery have been faithfully restored, but the museum and cemetery still contain poignant reminders of the turbulent past. Later this afternoon you'll arrive in Chianciano Terme, your base for the next four nights.

Day Five

Today we'll travel into Umbria, to Assisi, birthplace of Italy's patron Saint, and home to Umbria's greatest glory - the magnificent Basilica. After time to explore here, we'll head to the Tuscan hill-top settlement of Orvieto. Some 300 metres above the valley floor, the town stands on a volcanic bluff crowned by the great Gothic cathedral, one of the most ornate in Christendom.

Day Six

Today we travel south to the Eternal City - Rome. Explore on your own, or enjoy our optional guided tour of the ancient Colosseum and Forum, the great basilicas and the Baroque fountains. In the Vatican City, the dome of St Peter's looks over the vast Square, while a visit to the nearby Sistine Chapel will reveal Michelangelo's fabled frescoes.

Day Seven

Revel in the wonders of Florence, Italy's beautiful Renaissance capital, on our final included excursion. Join our optional city tour and you'll see the magnificent Florentine skyline, explore Santa Croce and cross the medieval Ponte Vecchio. For art lovers, the Accademia houses Michelangelo's peerless statue of David, and the Uffizi, Botticelli's exquisite 'Birth of Venus' (gallery entrances payable locally).

Day Eight

Transfer back to the airport for check-in and your flight home.

Further Information

Hotel transfer times

The transfer time from the airport to your hotel is approximately one hour from Naples, and three and a half hours from Rome. The transfer time back to the airport from your hotel is approximately three and a half hours to Naples and two hours to Rome.

Combining hotel transfers

We sometimes need to combine transfers to and from your hotel. We always try to keep any wait to a minimum, but you may be asked to wait at the airport for up to an hour, while other incoming flights arrive, before the transfer to your hotel. Similarly, we may need to transfer you back to the airport up to three hours before your flight home departs.

Meals in Italy

Guests on half-board arrangements will be served a three-course evening meal, and can expect a first course of traditional pasta or soup, a main meat or fish course accompanied by one or two types of vegetable, and a simple dessert of fruit, cake or Italian ice cream. Breakfasts will usually consist of bread rolls, jam, cereal, ham, cheese, fruit juice, tea and coffee. Menus will vary from hotel to hotel, but choice will be more limited than in a normal restaurant.

Entrance fees

Since certain attractions visited offer free admission to visitors aged under 18 and over 65, we do not include entrance fees. These will be payable locally where applicable. This applies to excursions that are included in the price of your holiday and to excursions booked as optional extras.

Special requirements

If you have notified us of any special requirements, please check that they have been noted and acknowledged. This is especially important with any dietary needs you may have.

Disabled access

The majority of our tours involve a certain amount of walking, including a short walk from the coach stop to the town, attraction or venue you're visiting. If you are bringing a wheelchair or electric scooter, please let us know as soon as possible so that appropriate arrangements can be made.

Italian hotel room tax

Some regions of Italy have introduced a room tax of between 1 EURO and 3 EURO per person per night, payable directly by the guest to the hotel on check-out. You will be advised by your tour manager in resort if a particular hotel is implementing this charge.

Airport development fees

An Airport Development Fee has been introduced at a few UK Airports. You will be required to pay this charge at the following airports prior to checking in for your flight: Blackpool, Durham Tees Valley, Newquay and Norwich. The amount varies from airport to airport, but it is generally between GBP5 and GBP10 per person. Please visit the airport's website for further information.

Changes to your hotel

This holiday is very popular, and we have limited rooms in the hotels described. If demand is high on a particular date we may accommodate you in an alternative hotel, of a similar standard, in a convenient location for the tour. Full details of your hotel will be sent with your Joining Instructions.

Itinerary changes

Occasionally, for operational reasons, we may have to change the order of the excursions on your holiday. The final day-by-day itinerary will be confirmed on your Final Travel Documents, which you will receive approximately three weeks prior to your departure.

The following hotels are offered with this holiday (subject to availability and supplementary pricing)

Hotel Santa Chiara
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The Santa Chiara Hotel is situated in a quiet area and is conveniently close to the centre of Chianciano, where there is a good selection of shops, bars and restaurants. HALF-BOARD UPGRADES AVAILABLE!

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Introduction

The Santa Chiara Hotel is situated in a quiet area and is conveniently close to the centre of Chianciano, where there is a good selection of shops, bars and restaurants. HALF-BOARD UPGRADES AVAILABLE!

Facilities & Amenities

This friendly family-run hotel offers a wide range of facilities, including a bar and lounge area, dining room, reception, lift, games room and TV room. There is an outdoor swimming pool (open between mid-May and mid-September) with a sunbathing terrace.

Rooms

Each bedroom is spacious and has private facilities, air conditioning, a mini-bar, TV and a safe.

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Classic Italy Touring Hotels

You will be staying in two well-located hotels, both of which will be of at least European three-star standard.

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Introduction

You will be staying in two well-located hotels, both of which will be of at least European three-star standard.

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All the holidays featured are operated by Newmarket Air Holidays Ltd, ABTA No.V7812, ATOL No. 2325, and Newmarket Promotions Ltd, ABTA No. V787X.

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