La Dolce Vita
The Jewel of the Mediterranean
|Tour Provider||Bunnik Tours|
|Number of Days||
1 to 20
|29 Apr 2019||21 May 2019||Guaranteed Departure||AUD $10,190|
|06 May 2019||28 May 2019||Available||AUD $10,190|
|13 May 2019||04 Jun 2019||Limited Seats||AUD $10,190|
|20 May 2019||11 Jun 2019||Limited Seats||AUD $10,190|
|03 Jun 2019||25 Jun 2019||Available||AUD $10,190|
|10 Jun 2019||02 Jul 2019||Guaranteed Departure||AUD $10,190|
|17 Jun 2019||09 Jul 2019||Guaranteed Departure||AUD $10,490|
|01 Jul 2019||23 Jul 2019||Available||AUD $10,490|
|19 Aug 2019||10 Sep 2019||Available||AUD $10,490|
|26 Aug 2019||17 Sep 2019||Available||AUD $10,490|
|02 Sep 2019||24 Sep 2019||Available||AUD $10,490|
|09 Sep 2019||01 Oct 2019||Guaranteed Departure||AUD $10,490|
|16 Sep 2019||08 Oct 2019||Guaranteed Departure||AUD $10,490|
|30 Sep 2019||22 Oct 2019||Available||AUD $10,490|
Abbreviation: [B,L,D] Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Welcome to vibrant Italy and the beautiful Eternal City of Rome! Meet your fellow travellers and Tour Director for a welcome drink this evening.
This morning we explore Imperial Rome. Highlights include the Roman Forum, Piazza Venezia, the Capitol and the Colosseum (fast-track entry), where gladiatorial contests and games were held along with mock sea battles and executions. The afternoon is at leisure before tonight's group welcome dinner. [B,D]
Discover the majestic Vatican City this morning (fast-track entry). We'll visit the amazing Vatican Museum, the Sistine Chapel and St Peter's Basilica - all containing works of art and sculptures by Michelangelo. The rest of the day is at leisure for you to explore the city at your own pace. [B]
We travel to the stunning Bay of Naples and the town of Sorrento via the ancient city of Pompeii (fast-track entry). Buried under ash for centuries after the eruption of Mt Vesuvius in 79AD, it is one of the best-preserved examples of Roman civilisation. [B,D]
Special Experience: Tonight we'll enjoy an authentic Italian pizza-making class.
Day 6. Isle of Capri Excursion
After breakfast, we take the hydrofoil to the island of Capri. Beguiling Capri is known for its rugged landscape, caf culture and brilliant bougainvillea. We'll tour the hilltop town of Anacapri and have some time at leisure before returning to Sorrento in the late afternoon. [B]
Special Experience: We'll travel along the famous Amalfi Coast, through the stunning towns of Positano and Amalfi, making several photo stops along the way!
Enjoy the afternoon at leisure in Sorrento. [B]
On our way to Alberobello, we visit the 13th century UNESCO World Heritage-listed Castel del Monte in Andria. When we arrive in Alberobello, famous for its unique limestone dwellings, we'll explore the town on foot. [B]
Special Experience: For the next two nights we'll stay in a heritage-listed 'Trullo'.
The Grotte di Castellana began to form some 90 million years ago and is more than 3km long. We'll take a guided tour of this natural wonder to admire the incredible stalactites and stalagmites, fossils and canyons. We'll also visit the seaside town of Polignano a Mare, famous for its special Polignano gelato and 'caffe speciale'. Tonight, we meet a local and learn about everyday life. [B,D]
From Alberobello, we explore the ornate town of Lecce, characterised by its abundance of baroque architecture. On our way to Matera we discover the beautiful 'White City' of Ostuni, spread high on a hill just 8km from the coast. [B]
Special Experience: For the next two nights we'll be staying in one of Matera's impressive cave residences known as 'sassi'.
We begin the day with a walking tour of unusual Matera, famous for its unique cave dwellings, before enjoying an afternoon at leisure. [B]
This morning we travel to Villa San Giovanni, where we'll board a ferry across the Strait of Messina to Sicily. Once we arrive in Sicily, we'll make our way along the coast to the charming resort town of Giardini Naxos overlooking the Ionian Sea. [B]
Today we visit Mt Etna, Europe's largest active volcano. In the afternoon we'll explore the hillside town of Taormina, where we'll stroll along the narrow streets, see the 13th century Duomo and enjoy sweeping views over the Gulf of Naxos. [B]
Travelling to Palermo, we stop in the charming seaside village of Cefal and visit the Norman Basilica. [B]
Palermo, the capital of Sicily, has been invaded many times and this is evident in the many architectural styles that can be seen. We'll visit the Moorish St John of the Hermits Church, the Norman Palace, and the Cathedral, characterised by its fusion of romanesque, baroque and gothic styles. [B]
Today we travel to Agrigento via Segesta, where we'll visit its well-preserved 5th century Greek Doric temple. Later we'll explore Agrigento's 'Valley of the Temples', including a visit to the Temple of Zeus. [B]
We make our way along the coast, stopping to explore in the beautiful Ragusa region.
Special Experience: Try the specialty 'Cioccolato di Modica', characterised by a grainy texture and aromatic flavour.
This evening we cross the Mediterranean to the island of Malta. [B,D]
Today we explore Malta's capital, Valletta. Highlights include the Upper Barrakka Gardens, St John Co-Cathedral, the Grand Master's Palace, and the Malta 5D Show. We'll then board a traditional dghajsa for a cruise around Valletta's Grand Harbour. [B]
We discover the tiny island of Gozo. Marvel at the rugged terrain and spectacular coastline. [B,L]
Special Experience: We visit an organic vineyard for wine tastings and a light lunch.
Day 20. Malta
A full day at leisure to enjoy the delightful island of Malta. This evening we'll explore Mdina. The city is at its most charming at dusk. Our guide will share tales as we wander the narrow streets, lit by old lanterns. Tonight we'll enjoy a group farewell dinner. [B,D]
Today we begin our journey home. [B]