1 8 DAY Espresso Italia EXBIRF-9 This tour visits: Italy, Vatican City Enjoy the best that Italy has to offer as we make our way from the ancient wonders of Rome to the Renaissance beauty of Florence. Along the way, we ll take in Italy s architecture, food and culture. Are you ready for this? The Bucket List More Inclusions Local Italian guide in Florence Local Italian guide in Siena Local Italian guide in Assisi Welcome dinner in Rome Tuscan winery experience & al fresco dinner 7 breakfasts, 4 dinners 7 nights in hotels (twin or double) Smaller group size Modern air-conditioned coach with free Wi-Fi Awesome Trip Leader and Driver Trip Itinerary
2 Day 1 - Rome, Italy Meet your Trip Leader and step back to 753 BC in one of the world's oldest open-air museums on a walking tour. Make like Caesar (the emperor, not the salad) and work up a colossus hunger as you pass by the Pantheon, throw your two cents in the Trevi Fountain, sit on the Spanish Steps and visit ancient history's version of the Hunger Games set at the Colosseum. Tonight, you're in Disneyland for foodies. Have fun. -Walking tour of Rome Day 2 - Rome including Vatican City Visit Create the ultimate Roman Holiday in one day with a whirlwind of Vespas, espresso, two-cheek kisses and pizza the way it's supposed to taste. Count your blessings on an optional tour of the Vatican City, then play I-spy with two-and-a-half millennia worth of history. Want more? Then you could always shop till you drop on Via Condotti, head to Capitoline Hill for awesome views of the Roman Forum and Colosseum or just kick back in Piazza Navona for some dolce far niente (delicious idleness). Optional activities: -Guided tour of the Vatican City Day 3 - Rome to Sorrento Kick off your day with a pit stop at the UNESCO World Heritage Site and ancient city of Pompeii, which was abruptly buried one evening in 79AD by a volcanic eruption. After an optional guided tour and a chance to grab a bite to eat, we're off to coastal Sorrento. Get your bearings, then feast at a local restaurant and soak up the atmosphere. Optional activities: -Guided tour of historic Pompeii Day 4 - Sorrento The day is all yours. Why not head to the Isle of Capri to see the famous Blue Grotto or set off on your own down the Amalfi coast to Positano by local bus. Tonight: follow the sound of live music and load up on carbs at a local joint of your choosing. It s a tough life.
3 Day 5 - Sorrento to Assisi Down that cappucino, we're off to Assisi. Stare at the storybook landscape like a lovesick puppy on the way. See the frescoes at the St Francis Basilica with a local guide before splitting off to explore the 14th century streets on your own. Dinner s on us tonight. -Walking tour of Assisi with a local guide Day 6 - Assisi to Florence Shoot some espresso before we hit up Siena. A local guide will show you around the Renaissance sights before you get to explore. Psst we'll need you to cover up as we're entering a sacred site. Tonight, we take Florence by storm. -Walking tour of Siena with a local guide Day 7 - Florence Next up: a local Chianti wine tasting and an al fresco dinner in the Tuscan countryside. Then: Renaissance beauty meets Italian style. Explore the streets of Florence with a local guide today. Florence has more stories than Bilbo Baggins, more culture than a Shoreditch hipster, over 1,800 restaurants and it gave the world gelato. Say ciao to cheeky David and strut along the Ponte Vecchio, gelato in hand. Later, delve into a higher state of culinary consciousness. -Wine tasting and al fresco dinner -Walking tour of Florence with a local guide Day 8 - Florence We re outta here after breakfast. Wanna stick around for more Florence fun? We don t blame you. Accommodation
4 Rooms are en-suite and either twin, double or triple-share, depending on what you have booked. If you are a solo traveller, you will always be sharing a room with someone of the same sex unless you have paid an extra fee for your own room. Optional Activities On all trips we have arranged extra activities that we think will enhance your travel experience, but you have a choice as to whether or not you will participate. These are not included in the cost of your trip. They are usually organised on a group participation basis and should be taken into consideration when budgeting your spending money. None of the Optional Activities on your trip are operated by Topdeck, nor do they form part of your contract with Topdeck for your trip. Topdeck arranges the activity as an agent of the local supplier. Should you participate in any Optional Activities your contract will be with the local supplier and their conditions will apply. Please note: while we make every effort to keep these prices as accurate and up-to-date as possible, they are subject to change and in rare circumstances the actual price may vary slightly to what is published here. Italy - Rome Guided tour of the Vatican City: TBC Meals Your included meals are detailed in the 'More Inclusions' section of this document. Breakfasts are included every day in the hotel (except on the first morning). They are usually 'continental breakfasts', which are typical in most European countries. A typical breakfast may consist of cereals with milk or yoghurt, bread, croissants, cold meats, cheese and a range of spreads, with fruit juice, tea or coffee to drink. It is rare to get a hot breakfast in continental Europe, though on some occasions there may be some hot food available as well. Included evening meals are in local restaurants or accommodation places, and are either two or three courses. In most cases table water is provided with the meals, and if you wish to purchase additional drinks you can do so at your own expense. If you have any dietary requirements we will make every effort to cater to your specific needs as long as you advise your travel agent or Customer Service Consultant when you book, or make note of this in the Topdeck App when you check in (refer below). However, please be aware that although we will do everything in our power to arrange it, we cannot guarantee that every restaurant we use will be able to cater to all dietary needs, particularly in Eastern Europe. We also cannot cater for tastes or dislikes, as most of our included evening meals feature a set menu. No Tip Necessary Your Topdeck crew never expect tips themselves and will not ask for any; that s not what friends do! We also know how much tipping can cost you. So go ahead, spoil yourself with the money you will save by travelling with Topdeck (just don t forget Mum s souvenir).
5 Topdeck Travel App Our travel app has landed! With a range of awesome features including a Currency Converter, Budget Tracker, Check-In tool and Social Timeline you can plan your trip like a pro. Think of it like your very own Topdeck Trip Leader, always on call with the latest info, weather, maps and city guides to give you the trip of a lifetime, all in the palm of your hand. Please note: The Topdeck Travel App should only be downloaded once you have booked onto your trip. You will not be able to log in unless you have a Topdeck Booking Reference Number. Get it for iphone Get it for Android Passenger safety One of the best parts of travelling is experiencing the nightlife and entertainment each city has to offer. However, amidst the fun and excitement, it s important to be aware of your surroundings and personal safety as well. Before you hit the road with us, it s important to be aware of the following: When you re on a night out, remember to avoid walking alone, particularly through deserted areas like beaches and back streets. Always stick together, take a taxi where possible, and keep a note of your accommodation details so you can find your way back to your fellow Topdeckers if you become separated. In some countries, alcoholic measures can be considerably larger than what you may be used to. Try to keep track of what you re drinking, and if you see one of your trip mates looking a little worse for wear, take them back to your accommodation. Be cautious when accepting drinks from strangers and never leave your drink unattended. It s also important to be aware that what you might consider harmless flirting may be interpreted differently in some countries. Be yourself and have fun, but don t be naïve, and be mindful of the signals you are sending out so that you don t find yourself in an uncomfortable situation.