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Exploration of Umbria, Tuscany, Portofino Coast & the Italian Lakes

18
Nights
2017
Aug 31
From
$7690
Including flights, accommodation, guided sightseeing,
tours, meals
Definite
Departure

Led by Australian-born Italian resident Heather Burden, visiting Umbria, Tuscany, Portofino Coast & the Italian Lakes.

"I am looking forward to showing you hill towns, villages and other places that get to the heart of the real Italy, beyond the normal tourist route. I want you to live like an Italian, tasting the wines, meeting the people, visiting craft workshops and experiencing other local activities so you can see what Italian life is really like." Heather Burden

Highlights Include

  • Visit the small, unspoilt hill town of Bevagna
  • Be the guest of an Italian count and visit his villa, which was home to Jacopone da Todi, the medieval poet
  • Visit the cathedral of St Francis, its basilica and the chapel of St Clare
  • Spoleto’s Roman amphitheatre
  • Stay at a small family-owned, 15th-century hotel built by Bernardo Rossellino as a summerhouse for Pope Pius II
  • Visit the great medieval city of Siena
  • A local guide will introduce us to the sights of Siena
  • An afternoon’s drive through the beautiful Orcia Valley
  • Visit the studio of a local art family, which continues the ancient traditions of Tuscan painting
  • A local expert will talk about the history of the Portofino area
  • Travel by boat to the town of Vernazza
  • Take the ferry across the lake to the lovely town of Bellagio
  • Travel through the beautiful Italian Lakes countryside to Lake Maggiore
Exploration of Umbria, Tuscany, Portofino Coast & the Italian Lakes Map

Includes

  • Return economy-class air travel from Brisbane/Sydney/Melbourne/Perth to Italy (subject to minimum numbers on the group flights). Please call for other departure points and fares, or upgrade to Business Class
  • Accommodation in carefully selected, centrally located, three and four-star hotels with private facilities
  • Hotel taxes and service charges
  • Travel in a first-class chartered coach
  • Continental breakfast daily
  • Dinners on tour, as listed in the itinerary
  • Sightseeing and general entry fees as detailed in the tour itinerary
  • Tour leadership by Australian-born Italy expert Heather Burden
  • A Travelrite International travel bag

The advantages of a relaxed group tour

On these tours we are able to make the most efficient use of time in the most relaxed way possible. Forget about navigating your way through an unfamiliar road system or dealing with parking. No stress and no hassles. Everything is taken care of. Everything is planned. We have found the most interesting places to see, so come and let us look after you.

Heather Burden

Heather Burden

Heather Burden was born and educated in Sydney. In 1979, through her love of skiing, she travelled to the Italian Alps to do a ski season, promptly fell in love with a ski instructor and has been in Italy for the past 33 years. Since selling her business a few years ago, she now divides her time between the north and the south of Italy. She enjoys living surrounded by olive trees and beautiful turquoise seas. Heather has an intimate knowledge and love of the history, culture and day-to-day life of Italy and is happy to share the magic of this beautiful country.

Day 1
Thursday August 31, 2017

Departure

Today we board our overnight flight to Rome.

Day 2
Friday September 1, 2017

Spoleto, Umbria

Upon arrival we will meet Heather Burden and travel inland to Spoleto, where we will spend the next four nights. The famous Umbrian town of Spoleto was once described by the poet Shelley as the “most romantic city”.

Day 3
Saturday September 2, 2017

Todi, Umbria

This morning we will visit the Clitunno truffle workshop, just outside of Spoleto, and see how the area’s elusive black summer truffles are grown. We will then visit the small, unspoilt hill town of Bevagna. Here we will visit a papermaker, housed in the remains of the Roman amphitheatre, who still uses traditional methods to make paper. We then travel to the picturesque medieval hill town of Todi. We will be the guest of an Italian count and visit his villa, which was home to Jacopone da Todi, the medieval poet. The Count will guide us through his home and give us an insight into the life of an Italian aristocrat in the modern world. We have an included group dinner this evening to welcome everyone on the tour.

Day 4
Sunday September 3, 2017

Assisi, Umbria

This morning, we visit Assisi, birthplace of St Francis. We will visit the cathedral of St Francis, its basilica and the chapel of St Clare. There will be free time in Assisi to explore this fascinating town. We return to Spoleto late afternoon.

Day 5
Monday September 4, 2017

Spoleto, Umbria

This morning we have a guided tour, which will take us to Spoleto’s Roman amphitheatre, the arch dating from 23AD, the recently restored cathedral and the fortress that soars above the ancient aqueduct. The afternoon is free to relax and enjoy the town of Spoleto.

Day 6
Tuesday September 5, 2017

Bagno Vignoni, Tuscany

Today we travel west by coach to the Tuscan village of Bagno Vignoni. We will stop for lunch in Orvieto, a town surrounded by vineyards whose white wine is world famous. It also has an impressive gothic cathedral, which houses some of Luca Signorelli’s most beautiful frescoes. We continue on to Bagno Vignoni, a small Orcia River valley village which has long been a favourite among painters and travellers seeking solitude in a beautiful location. We will stay at a small family-owned, 15th-century hotel built by Bernardo Rossellino as a summerhouse for Pope Pius II, who enjoyed the advantage of the nearby hot mineral springs. Tour members will enjoy delicious Tuscan dinners each night during our stay at Bagno Vignoni.

Day 7
Wednesday September 6, 2017

San Gimignano, Tuscany

We travel through the Tuscan countryside to the town of San Gimignano, known as the City of Beautiful Towers, a classic walled hill town in Tuscany, famous for its medieval architecture and its fourteen surviving towers, creating a beautiful skyline, visible from the surrounding countryside.

Day 8
Thursday September 7, 2017

Siena, Tuscany

Today we visit the great medieval city of Siena. Best known for the famous Palio horse race held in the magnificent Piazza del Campo, Siena is also home to the oldest bank in the world, a spectacular town hall and majestic cathedral. This morning a local guide will introduce us to the sights of the city, including the Piazza del Campo, with its splendid civic tower and the enormous, partially completed Duomo. The afternoon will be free for tour members to explore Siena independently. We return to Bagno Vignoni for our included dinner.

Day 9
Friday September 8, 2017

Pienza, Tuscany

Today we will visit the town of Pienza, the birthplace of Pope Pius II and the setting for the film, The English Patient. It was the pope’s dream to turn his old town of Corsignano into a utopian model town. He commissioned architect Rossellino to make it into a jewel of renaissance architecture. The aroma of pecorino cheese and other local specialities will tempt us into the many cheese shops. Near Pienza, we will visit the studio of a local art family, which continues the ancient traditions of Tuscan painting. We enjoy an afternoon’s drive through the beautiful Orcia Valley, with its rolling hills, to the Brunello wine area of Montalcino to savour a wine tasting in a well-preserved 14th-century fortress.

Day 10
Saturday September 9, 2017

Portofino Coast

Today we travel by coach north-west to the Portofino Peninsula on the Italian Riviera. We will stop in Pisa for a walking tour, where we will see the famous leaning tower as well as the Piazza dei Miracoli and more. We will also have time for lunch. In the afternoon, we will continue on to Santa Margherita Ligure, a fashionable and elegant seaside resort offering some of the most attractive landscapes on the Italian Riviera. We will stay at Santa Margherita Ligure for four nights.

Day 11
Sunday September 10, 2017

Portofino Coast

This morning, we will take a ferry trip to the gorgeous village of Portofino, located at the end of the peninsula. It is a wonderful village, with a protected port area surrounded by towering hills. A local expert will talk about the history of the area as well as its present-day VIP inhabitants. We will walk to the lighthouse, about an hour’s round trip. We will enjoy wonderful views of the Gulf of Rapallo on our walk. We return to Santa Margherita late afternoon.

Day 12
Monday September 11, 2017

Cinque Terre

Today, we have a full day in the unique Cinque Terre region. We travel by boat to Riomaggiore, where we will be met by a local guide, who will explain the history, sights and food delicacies of the region, including pesto and anchovies. We will stop at Riomaggiore for exploration of the town. We move on by boat, to the town of Manarola for lunch and some free time. We continue by boat to the town of Vernazza, where we will see the tall, colourful houses and church, clustered together at the head of a well-sheltered cove. We will return to Santa Margherita.

Day 13
Tuesday September 12, 2017

Portofino Coast

Today we will travel by boat to visit the beautiful hamlet of San Fruttuoso. This small village stands at the head of a narrow cove in the shadow of Monte di Portofino. We continue on to the small town of Camogli, where tall houses crowd around a small harbour. We will return to Santa Margherita, where the rest of the day will be free for individual exploration.

Day 14
Wednesday September 13, 2017

Italian Lakes

Today we will travel by coach to Como, where we spend the next four nights. Como was prosperous under the Ancient Romans and reached its zenith in the 11th century. Now, it is a modern town situated in a beautiful setting on the shores of Lake Como.

Day 15
Thursday September 14, 2017

Italian Lakes

Today we visit Villa Carlotta, known for its beautiful setting and spectacular gardens. Built in 1745 and later given as a wedding present to Carlotta, Duchess of Saxe Meiningen. We will take the ferry across the lake to the lovely town of Bellagio. Occupying a magnificent site on the promontory dividing Lake Lecco from Lake Como, it is known for its pretty streets, villas and gardens. The group will have the option of visiting the semi-classical Villa Melzi, known for its splendid gardens, on the shore of the lake. We return to Como by ferry in the afternoon.

Day 16
Friday September 15, 2017

Italian Lakes

A free day to explore the town of Como, relax on the lake, or visit surrounding villages.

Day 17
Saturday September 16, 2017

Italian Lakes

We travel through the beautiful Italian Lakes countryside to Lake Maggiore. We will take a boat to Isola Bella, the most spectacular of the Borromean Islands. We will see the Palace, built in the Lombard baroque style, including its staterooms, Napoleon’s Room, the Hall of Mirrors, Music Room and more. The gardens are undoubtedly one of the most dramatic examples of 17th-century gardens in Italy, filled with statues and ornamented fountains.

Day 18
Sunday September 17, 2017

Departure

Our final day in the Italian Lakes. Today we depart our hotel and travel to the airport for our flights to Australia.

Day 19
Monday September 18, 2017

Arrive Australia

The group arrives in Australia and the tour arrangements concludes.

Twin Fare Single Fare
$7,490 $8,790
Air taxes, fuel and government charges (as at 1 June 2016) $200 $200
Total Price $7,690 $8,990
Land-only price per person twin-share (no airfares) $5,600  

INCLUDED IN TOUR PRICE

  • Return economy-class air travel from Brisbane/Sydney/Melbourne/Perth to Italy (subject to minimum numbers on the group flights). Please call for other departure points and fares, or upgrade to Business Class
  • Accommodation in carefully selected, centrally located, three and four-star hotels with private facilities
  • Hotel taxes and service charges
  • Travel in a first-class chartered coach
  • Continental breakfast daily
  • Dinners on tour, as listed in the itinerary
  • Sightseeing and general entry fees as detailed in the tour itinerary
  • Tour leadership by Australian-born Italy expert Heather Burden
  • A Travelrite International travel bag

NOT INCLUDED IN THE PRICE

  • Passport and visa fees
  • Travel insurance
  • Meals unless specified in the itinerary
  • Sightseeing and general expenses unless specified in the itinerary
  • Additional travel arrangements not detailed in the itinerary; these will be quoted for separately

Extending

You can stay longer in Italy for minimal additional cost. Please contact 1800 630 343 for more information.

TERMS AND CONDITIONS

International touring can involve a considerable amount of walking and stair climbing in the places visited and it is important that all tour participants have a level of physical fitness that allows them to take part in this activity without the need of assistance from others.

Tour Operator

Travelrite International Pty Ltd (ABN 64 005 817 078) (ATAS A10538) is the tour operator

Deposit and Payment

A deposit of $600 per person is required at the time of booking. Full payment will be required 60 days before departure. An administrative fee of 1.5% will be added to each payment made by Visa and Mastercard and a 3% fee for payment by American Express or Diners Club cards.

Air Taxes

From Sydney/Melbourne/Brisbane/Perth as listed in the itinerary. Please contact us for air taxes from different cities. Air taxes are as at 20/4/16. If they change due to government and airline charges and currency variations, Travelrite International reserves the right to charge additional amounts.

Cancellation Conditions

Cancellation more than 60 days from the date of departure from Australia will incur a cancellation fee of $600 per person. Cancellations 60 days or less from the date of departure will result in the loss of all monies paid. Travel insurance is strongly recommended to cover the cost of cancellation fees that could result from a death in the family, illness, etc

Refunds

The tour is based on arrangements that do not allow for any refunds in respect to sightseeing, accommodation, meals, airfare or other services not utilized after the tour has commenced.

Travel Documents

All passengers will require a valid passport. Visas for countries visited are not required for Australian passport holders. If you hold another passport please check with Travelrite. BAGGAGE: All passengers qualify for the 20kg (441b) free baggage

Travel Insurance

Adequate travel insurance is highly recommended to cover cruise members for the consequences of unforeseen events during the cruise and for cancellation fees which could result from events such as illness, accident, death etc.

Baggage

All economy-class passengers qualify for a 20kg free baggage allowance. Baggage is at own risk throughout the tour.

Minimum Tour Numbers

The tour has been priced on the basis of a minimum number of passengers having booked 60 days prior to the date of departure. Travelrite International reserves the right to cancel the tour, giving a full refund of all monies paid or offer arrangements to proceed with the tour at a modified price.

Changes to the Tour Itinerary

Travelrite International reserves the right to make changes to the tour itinerary to fit in with operational requirements. Any change to the itinerary will be replaced with similar arrangements with an equal or greater value..

Tour Costs

The tour prices are based on airfare, general transport, accommodation and other costs at foreign exchange rates at 1 June 2016. Travelrite International reserves the right to alter the tour price or modify the tour if any of these factors change, giving any passenger that has booked the right to withdraw with a full refund of monies paid if the price increase is greater than 10% of the original price. No alteration to the tour price will be made within 60 days of departure from Australia.

Responsibilities

Travelrite International Pty Ltd( ATAS No. A10538) is the tour organiser. Neither News Limited, nor any of its subsidiaries nor any of its newspapers, have any involvement in the tour. Travelrite International acts only as an agent in making arrangements with carriers, hoteliers and others for the tour. As a result we cannot accept liability for any act or omission whatsoever, whether negligent or otherwise of those carriers, hoteliers or other persons providing services in connection with the tour over whom we have no direct or exclusive control. We do not accept responsibility for any injury, damage, loss, delay, change of schedule or any other events which are beyond our direct control, such as, but not limited to, war, terrorism, flood, fire, civil disturbance, acts of God, acts of government, or any other authorities, accidents to or failure of machinery or equipment, or industrial action. The passage contract in use by the carriers concerned, when issued, shall constitute the sole contract between the transportation companies or firms and the purchasers of these tours. The contract shall be construed in accordance with the laws of the State of Victoria and any legal action must be taken in the State of Victoria.

How to Book

Bookings can be made online or by completing a booking form and sending it with a deposit of $600 per person to:

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About Travelrite International

Travelrite International Pty Ltd (ABN 64 005 817 078) is a well-established travel company which has been marketing throughout Australia for over 25 years and operating in Victoria for more than 30 years. It is a member of ATAS (No. A10538) and has two fully accredited IATA offices Heathmont and Balwyn. As such they directly represent the major airlines of the world and all major domestic and international hotel, tour and transport operators. Travelrite International Pty Ltd is a full member of the Australian Federation of Travel Agents – AFTA.

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