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    15 Days Italy & Venetian River Cruise package from $7,418pp, $4,599pp after member benefits.

    • Specially-selected accommodation in Rome, Florence, and Venice.
    • Highlights and food tours in Rome
    • Frecciarossa fast rail travel
    • Visit Orvieto and Assisi in Umbria
    • Ultimate 7 day Venetian River Cruise with Venice
    • Optional Hanoi, Vietnam stop over package

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    Trip Highlights

    Your Italian journey will be a blend of history, cuisine, and scenic wonders, exploring Rome's iconic landmarks, Florence's regional treasures, and Venice's history and ambience. Then, embark on a seven-day very special Venetian River Cruise, sailing through charming villages and historical landmarks, immersing yourself in the beauty of Italy from a unique perspective.

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    • Enjoy specially selected accommodation in Rome, Florence, and Venice. 
    • Discover culinary delights on a Roman food tour 
    • Be enthralled by St Peters Basilica and the Sistine Chapel
    • Travel easy on Frecciarossa fast rail travel
    • Visit Orvieto and Assisi in Umbria
    • Relax and be spoiled on the ultimate 7 day Venetian River Cruise with Venice
    • Try the optional Hanoi, Vietnam stop over package

    * Package price varies according to season and departure city and final travel plan inclusions.

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    In the style of most Global Escapes Independent Traveler itineraries, this is a perfect blend of self-guided adventure and forward-planning to ensure that the main elements are organised in advance allowing for plenty of time to relax and take in each place you visit.

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    "There are river cruise and then there are Italian river cruises. Unveil the magic of Italy and Venice on our very special Venetian river cruise package, offering an unforgettable journey through picturesque coastlines and charming towns."

    We've covered just about everything you'll need for a great travel experience but this travel package is 100% flexible. We'll tailor it for you, using your membership to get the best total value possible. You can add days, places, and inclusions to suit.

    This is a first-class travel itinerary that's fully flexible. Want more or fewer days or you want to include a special destination or activity? No problem, we’ll customise a travel plan for you.

    Package inclusions:

    • Private car transfer from Rome airport to central Rome
    • 3 nights’ central accommodation in Rome
    • Vatican, Sistine Chapel & St.Peter’s Basicilica tour with skip-the-line access
    • Food tour in Rome
    • Train service to Florence
    • 3 nights’ accommodation in central Florence
    • Assisi and Orvieto tour from Florence
    • Train service to Venice
    • 1 night accommodation in Venice
    • ACTV water bus (vaporetto) day pass
    • 7 days, 6 nights Venetian river cruise (standard cabin)
    • Train service from Venice to Rome
    • 1-night, pre-flight accommodation in Rome
    • Fast rail services included
    • All meals included on the river cruise
    • All drinks included on the river cruise (with meals and at the bar)

    Optional: 2 nights stop-over in Hanoi, Vietnam with walking tour before or after your trip from $499 per person after member benefits. Consider extending with a tour of southern Italy.

    Flight-inclusive package from $9,704 $6,599 after member benefits. Final price subject to your travel dates and airline preference.

    All packages include:

    • Lonely Planet guide for Italy
    • No fees to alter the itinerary (you just pay for the adjusted itinerary)
    • Extra nights at industry wholesale price (using GCash travel credits)
    • Google Drive folder with soft copies of all travel documents
    • Comprehensive, printed itinerary
    • Personal travel consultant to help plan and customize your holiday
    • Option for best-in-class travel insurance at member price

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    Fully customisable:

    This itinerary is fully customisable to suit your requirements. Your personal travel consultant is available to discuss changes and additions that will enhance your travel experience.

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    You will receive this guide to help you gain the most out of your holiday. Recommendation: Take the time to read suggestions for things to see and do before you leave home. Take your Lonely Planet guide with you in your luggage.

    * All prices are per-person on a twin-share basis and bookings are subject to availability. Price and deposit amount varies according to travel date. If flights are shown as included then a flight cost provision (allowance) applies and is based on travel from Sydney, Melbourne or Brisbane. Travel can be arranged from any other major centre and for any number of people. All prices shown are estimates only. A firm quote (travel plan) with payment terms will be submitted for consideration prior to agreement to proceed. Total price after member discount (using Getaway Cash travel credits and Australian Escapes Free Flights Vouchers if applicable) is generally payable as follows: Deposit on booking, balance 120 days prior to departure. Packages can be priced for families and groups on request. Standard price and full retail value comparisons are with similar packages offered elsewhere or what we estimate would be payable by a non-member for the same or similar package and may include a value we define for specialty travel agency services. Travel insurance if included is a provision only and may be declined on requestTravel insurance pricing if stated is based on comprehensive travel insurance for two travellers aged 69 years or less as at the date of departure from Australia. No recommendations or advice are given in regard to travel insurance suitability. Travel Directions Pty Ltd (t/as Australian Escapes Holiday & Travel Club) standard booking terms and conditions apply to all booking enquiries and bookings and are available here to view (or visit our website and go to either the "Booking Enquiry" or "About Us" menu item.)

    Your Itinerary

    Start your adventure with three nights in Rome where you'll delve into the captivating history of the Eternal City on a guided tour enjoying skip-the-line access to St Peter's Basilica and Sistine Chapel. Immerse yourself further into Roman culture with a delectable food tour. Then travel by train to Florence to stay for three nights. Uncover the treasures of Assisi and Orvieto on an enchanting tour. Next, head to Venice to join a very special, seven-day Venetian river cruise. Experience the wonders of Italy and beyond with this unforgettable itinerary.

    "Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn't do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover." - Mark Twain


    You will be met at the airport by your private driver and taken into central Rome where your Italian dream starts. Seize the opportunity to dive headfirst into the city's vibrant streets, ripe for exploration and discovery.

    Wander the streets of Rome

    We'll provide you with a Lonely Planet guide packed with insider tips and must-see recommendations for your sightseeing adventures.


    Discover the wonders of the Vatican, Sistine Chapel, and St. Peter's Basilica on your included tour. Walk through ancient streets, learn about art and history, and see famous masterpieces like Michelangelo's Creation of Adam.

    Visit St.Peter's Basilica and the Sistine Chapel

    Explore St. Peter's Square and Vatican Museums, filled with statues and beautiful art. Finally, visit St. Peter's Basilica, a stunning church with breathtaking architecture. It's a journey you won't forget!


    Join a fun food tour in Rome's pretty streets with a local guide. They'll show you cool old stuff and yummy snacks. Romans love street food because it's quick and tasty. You'll try lots of delicious things like pizza, suppli, and pastries. This tour is great for people who want to see Rome's main sights and eat yummy food.

    Experience great Roman cuisine on the included food tour

    The rest of the day will be your own pace. Enjoy free activities like visiting the Pantheon, tossing a coin into Trevi Fountain, and exploring Piazza Navona. Admire city views from Gianicolo Hill and discover ancient ruins along the Appian Way. Attend a Papal Audience at St. Peter's Square or explore colourful street art in Testaccio.


    Embark on a picturesque journey to Florence. Let the scenic route captivate your senses as you traverse the Italian countryside, immersing yourself in the beauty of the landscape along the way.

    Savor the remainder of the day at your unique accommodation. Does the idea of an Italian leather jacket appeal to you? Florence is the home of leather goods. If a handbag is your aim, hold off until you get to Venice.


    Embark on a day excursion to Assisi and Orvieto, escorted by a knowledgeable guide. Starting from Florence, your journey unfolds in Assisi, where you'll explore landmarks like the Convent of Santa Chiara and the Basilica of San Francesco while learning about the inspiring life of St. Francis of Assisi.

    Mystical town of Assisi

    Take a moment to step inside the revered Santa Maria degli Angeli church, reputedly cherished by St. Francis. Next, venture to Orvieto to admire its notable sights, such as the impressive Duomo, before concluding your adventure back in Florence.


    In Florence, there are plenty of free activities to enjoy. You can start by taking in the breathtaking views from Piazzale Michelangelo or strolling across the iconic Ponte Vecchio.

    Don't miss the outdoor sculptures at Piazza della Signoria or the lively Mercato Centrale for a taste of local culture. Take a walk around the Boboli Gardens or attend a Mass at the Duomo for a spiritual experience. Enjoy street performances and browse the San Lorenzo Market for a vibrant taste of Florence's street life.


    Bid farewell to Florence and embark on a scenic train journey to Venice. You'll stay in the lagoon area for a night before embarking on the river cruise and you will have time to expore the Grand Canal by water bus with a free day pass.

    The Grand Canal of Venice

    Enjoy free activities like wandering through charming streets, visiting landmarks such as St. Mark's Square and the Rialto Bridge, exploring local neighbourhoods, taking a stroll along the Grand Canal, admiring historic churches, and experiencing street performances and local markets.


    Get ready for the highlights of your journey - embark on a very special, 7-day Venetian cruise.

    Venetian River Cruise

    You'll be transferred by coach from Venice to Mantua, where you'll board our ship at 6 pm. After settling into your cabin join the crew for a welcome cocktail. Then, enjoy the rest of the evening on board.


    This morning, you can choose between two optional excursions. Join a guided tour of Mantua, known for its rich history and artistic treasures, including the Ducal Palace and Bridal Chamber.

    Visit the Ferrari museum in Modena

    Alternatively, car enthusiasts can visit the Ferrari Museum in Modena to explore the legacy of Enzo Ferrari. In the afternoon, enjoy free time. Later, we'll sail towards Valdaro.


    This morning, you can opt for two exciting excursions. In the classic tour, explore the renowned Verona and its iconic amphitheatre or take a tranquil stroll through the Giusti Gardens. Departing from Rovigo, immerse yourself in the romantic atmosphere of Verona, famously known as the City of Love, and visit Juliet's House to see the legendary balcony where Romeo declared his love.

    Visit Verona where Romeo met Juliet

    Verona boasts a rich history spanning over 2,000 years, evident in its architecture and artistic heritage. Alternatively, in the discovery tour, delve into Verona's gastronomy scene. After the excursion, we'll return to the ship in Ostiglia and spend the afternoon cruising.


    In the morning, we'll glide along the waterways, enjoying a tranquil cruise as we soak in the scenic views.

    Later in the day, you're invited to join us on an optional excursion to Padua, renowned as the home of Saint Anthony. This charming city is adorned with medieval squares and elegant palaces encircling its historic center. Discover the Pontifical Basilica of Saint Anthony of Padua, housing the revered remains of the city's patron saint.

    While exploring Padua, our ship will continue its journey towards Chioggia. For those opting out of the excursion, transportation will be provided from Porto Viro to Chioggia, where you'll have the opportunity to enjoy some leisure time.

    Following our tour, we'll return to the ship and set sail towards Venice. With the evening ahead, you're free to explore the enchanting city at your own pace, creating unforgettable memories amidst its timeless beauty.

    DAY 12: VENICE

    This morning, choose between two optional excursions: Either explore Doge’s Palace and Saint Mark’s Square. Admire the basilica from outside and tour the palace, known for its stunning architecture and artworks or discover Venice and the Dorsoduro district. Enjoy a free afternoon to explore the city, including a visit to the iconic Rialto Bridge for breathtaking views of the Grand Canal.


    Set out on a morning cruise across the Venice lagoon, where from the sun deck, you'll be treated to breathtaking vistas of churches and palaces silhouetted against the horizon. Amidst this labyrinth of canals and islands, witness a captivating spectacle as numerous boats gracefully navigate the waterways. Your journey leads you to the enchanting island of Mazzorbo, connected by a pedestrian bridge to the colorful island of Burano.

    Burano Island for great food and unique lace products

    Explore Burano at your leisure. It is renowned for traditional lacemaking and charming, vibrant homes. For an optional excursion visit Murano Island, famous for its glass production. Witness the artistry of glass-blowing with a visit to a workshop.


    Enjoy one last breakfast aboard before disembarking at around 9.00 am. Head to the train station for your return journey back to Rome.


    On the final day of your Italian adventure, bid arrivederci to Italy as you prepare for your flight back home. After departing from Rome, reminisce about the unforgettable memories made during your journey across this captivating country. Consider extending your trip with a tour of Southern Italy.


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    • 2 nights’ accommodation in Hanoi
    • Free walking tour in Hanoi

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