Sage Travel is excited to return to Italy in September/October 2020 with our Italian Monasteries Tour!
Our Italian Monasteries Tour 2020 is a unique way to experience a country of great culture and incredible history. You will be staying in some buildings of historical significance, and some of which are located in beautiful locations. As always, our Sage Travel Tour will be Small Group, Fully Escorted, and All Inclusive, with No Single Supplement.
You will have your own room with private facilities and we will take care of you from your arrival in Italy until your departure. You will also enjoy return Chauffeur transfers from home (conditions apply).
We will take you to see the highlights of this wonderful country, with your sightseeing and entrance fees included throughout, as well as enjoying the local food that Italy is famous for.
Our 2020 Italian Monasteries Tour is a leisurely tour, staying 3 or 4 nights in each destination, with relaxed touring, and plenty of free time for your own exploration.
Venice, Walking tours, Walking Dinner, Lake Garda, Tuscany, Florence, Uffizi Gallery, Rome, The Vatican and Sistine Chapel, Sorrento, Amalfi Coast and so much more!!
Return international airfares (from Melbourne, Sydney and Brisbane)
All sightseeing and guided tours as per itinerary
All accommodation (no single supplement, private facilities)
Home to airport return transfers
Taxes, tips and entrance fees as per itinerary
DAY 1 – Depart Australia
Private Chauffeur transfers from your home to the airport (conditions apply).
DAY 2 – Arrive Venice
Arrive at Venice Airport where you will be met by your Tour Escort. From there you will take a Water Taxi transfer to your accommodation in Venice. Check in and enjoy Welcome drinks before Dinner, and the chance to meet your fellow guests. Built in the 12th Century, formerly a beautiful convent,our residence is located a short stroll away from the Rialto and the lively Mercato del Pesce. This historic building in Venice was designed to offer residents profound peace within their surroundings.
Next door is a famous Oratory,originally built as part of the large monastic complex, which includes the monastery and a church. Inside the Oratory you will find significant artwork from the 16th Century. The maze-like streets and canals of Venice are just beyond our walls, yet while close to the action, it is extremely quiet, and located just far enough away from the tourist hordes. This building now brings together locals, students and International travellers alike.
Welcome dinner tonight.
DAY 3 – Morning of relaxation.
Afternoon Walking Tour – Highlights of Venice.
DAY 4 – Morning Walking Tour-
Venice’s Hidden Secrets. Tonight’s Dinner will be a special event: Cicchetti Local Food and Wine walking Dinner.
DAY 5 – Free day to explore the canals and islands of Venice on your own.
Perhaps ride a Gondola, find a café to watch the world go by, or simply get lost. Dinner is not included this evening, but your Escort can assist you with recommendations.
DAY 6 – This morning you will be transferred to Lake Garda. Enjoy a stopover in Verona en-route to see Piazza delle Erbe, Juliets’ Balcony, and the World-Famous Verona Arena. Welcome drinks on arrival over looking Lake Garda. Founded as an Institute for educating children and female youth, the Villa has since been a Convent, and a home for the sick and elderly in the local community. Although now a Guest Villa, sections of the building are still used for “spiritual and cultural education”. The Villa sits upon the waterfront, and the courtyard fountain is a spectacular place to enjoy stunning views of Lake Garda and the mountains that surround it.
LAKE GARDA (B,D)
DAY 7 – Full Day excursion around Lake Garda, with stops along the route in exotic locations such as Malcesine, where you will ride the Cable Car up to Monte Baldo.
LAKE GARDA (B,D)
DAY 8 – Half Day Boat trip on Lake Garda, enjoying the beautiful views from the water, with visits to points of interest, like historic Sirmione.
LAKE GARDA (B,D)
DAY 9 – Today you will be transferred to your accommodation in Tuscany,with a stopover in a Tuscan village. Enjoy your stay in a large Benedictine Monastery, which overlooks the picturesque Tuscan countryside. This monastery is a self-producing farm and working order of Olivetan monks. Founded in 1319, you will be taken back in time. Journey through the 14th century Tower and follow a long alley of cypresses to the Gothic Bell Tower. The beautiful church and Great Cloister have frescoes dating back to the 1500’s. You can hear the magical Benedictine chants of the monks every morning and evening, sample their produce from the farm, try the Monk’s own wine or famous liqueur in the cellar, or simply relax and enjoy the spectacular views.
DAY 10 – Full Day Trip: San Gimignano and Siena. This morning you will visit the UNESCO World Heritage Site of medieval San Gimignano, with free time to wander the cobblestone streets, enjoy a coffee, or look out over the rolling hills. This afternoon experience a guided walking tour of the historic centre of Siena. This evening you will have some free-time to explore Siena, before enjoying Dinner in a local Trattoria.
DAY 11 – Free day to relax in the Tuscan hills.
DAY 12 – Full Day Trip to Florence. Morning guided walking City Highlights tour of this renaissance city Piazza della Republica, the famous Duomo, the (replica) sculpture of David in Palazzo Vecchio, and Palazzo Pitti. Afternoon Front-of-line entry to the amazing Uffizi Gallery with audio guide to explore at your own pace, along with some free time in Florence.
DAY 13 – Coach transfer to Rome. Welcome drinks in the Courtyard.Welcome to Rome Dinner. The former Cardinals’ Palace, built in the 1500’s, is just steps from St Peters’Basilica and the Vatican, and was lovingly owned by a family of Cardinals centuries ago. Behind the grand old door is a private haven hidden from the hustle and bustle outside, and can be enjoyed sitting in the peaceful central courtyard.
DAY 14 – Half Day Locally Guided walking tour Highlights of Rome.
(Dinner is not included the next 3 nights, so you can enjoy Rome in your own way.)
DAY 15 – Half Day Guided sightseeing The Vatican and Sistine Chapel.
DAY 16 – Free day in the ancient city of Rome.
DAY 17 – Coach transfer to Sorrento.
On your way to Sorrento visit the preserved ancient city of Pompeii to explore the ruins. Welcome drinks on the balcony of your accommodation, overlooking the Gulf of Naples. A home of gardens, spirituality and art, this beautiful Villa is used today as a venue for spiritual education. The most striking feature is vast sea views from the terraces, overlooking the Gulf of Naples, the imposing Vesuvius volcano, and out to the Islands of Ischia and Capri!
DAY 18 – Full Day Tour of the Amalfi Coast, visiting spectacular Positano, Amalfi and Ravello.
DAY 19 – Today you will travel across to the serene and romantic Isle of Capri. Experience a short tour, as well as free time on the island to discover this charming holiday destination.
DAY 20 – Free day to relax and enjoy the views. Take the time to pack your bags, or catch the local bus into the town of Sorrento.
Farewell Dinner tonight.
DAY 21 – After breakfast, transfer to the airport for your onward journey. For guests enjoying our“Flavours of Tuscany” extension, transfer to Cortona in Tuscany. (B)
Price $12,490 per person (Including airfare from Melbourne, Sydney and Brisbane)