Countries
France, Monaco, Italy
Highlights
Learn about the history of Italy from your Tour Manager; explore Le Cinque Terre villages; discover Villa La Gamberaia; tour Rome, the Vatican and Pompeii; admire Villa d’Este and Ninfa Gardens; marvel at Ischia and La Mortella Garden; visit Villa Rufolo on the spectacular Amalfi Coast

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French and Italian Gardens in Spring – Nice to Rome

NOTE: This tour can be stand-alone or a continuation of French Gardens in Spring – Paris to Nice

 

Day 1. Arrive Nice

Arrive into Nice on the French Riviera, where you will enjoy dinner this evening.
Stay: Two Nights: Nice, Hotel Ellington
  • Daily Meals Included:
  • • Dinner

Day 2. Nice and Monaco

Visit the gardens of Ephrussi de Rothschild, featuring French and Japanese gardens. See the exotic gardens, which brings together several million species of succulents. Boldly planted on the rocky mountainside where it blooms superbly, a prehistoric cave 60 metres below ground reveals its spectacular stalagmites and stalactites formed over a millennia. We continue to Princess Grace Rose Garden in Monaco, a place of calm and serenity where the scent of some 4,000 roses hangs in the air. Afterwards, we visit the Jardin de la Madone in Menton.
  • Daily Meals Included:
  • • Breakfast

Day 3. Le Cinque Terre

Explore the famous fishing villages of the Cinque Terre, then head to La Spezia, a village on the Cinque Terre.
Stay: La Spezia, My One Hotel
  • Daily Meals Included:
  • • Breakfast
  • • Dinner

Day 4. Pisa

See the Leaning Tower of Pisa, then enjoy lunch in a Tuscan vineyard. Next, we visit Villa Gamberaia, constructed in the early 1600s and is famed for its magnificent gardens located in an exceptional position overlooking the Arno Valley. The unique garden plan and setting in the Tuscan landscape have been celebrated by garden designers throughout the centuries.
Stay: Two Nights: 5-star hotel in Florence, Helvetia and Bristol Hotel
  • Daily Meals Included:
  • • Breakfast
  • • Lunch
  • • Dinner

Day 5. Florence

In Florence, we visit the Accademia Gallery that houses Michelangelo’s masterpiece ‘David’. Continue to the Piazza del Duomo, home to the Basilica di Santa Maria del Fiore, the Baptistry and Giotto’s Campanile. Later, perhaps visit Boboli Gardens and marvel at the collection of sculptures dating from the 16th through to the 18th centuries. Please note if you wish to visit the Uffizi Gallery in your own time, please book tickets in advance.
  • Daily Meals Included:
  • • Breakfast

Day 6. Tuscany and Rome

Travel to San Gimignano, then see the gardens at Villa Lante at Bagnaia, with its cascades to fountains and dripping grottoes. Here, marvel at the Quadrato, a perfectly square parterre. Its centre basin contains the “Fontana dei Mori” by Giambologna, where four life-sized moors stand around two lions representing the Montalto coat of arms. Continue to Rome, and enjoy an evening walking tour to see the Trevi Fountain and Spanish Steps.
Stay: Two Nights: Rome, Boscolo Exedra
  • Daily Meals Included:
  • • Breakfast
  • • Dinner

Day 7. Rome Sights and The Vatican

This morning after breakfast, enjoy a sightseeing tour of Rome, including the Colosseum, the Vatican museums and Sistine Chapel and marvel at the art and gardens of this incredible complex. Then, head to the exquisite Villa d’Este garden at Tivoli, with its impressive fountains, nymphs, grottoes, plays of water, and music.
  • Daily Meals Included:
  • • Breakfast

Day 8. Ninfa and Pompeii

Travel to the Garden of Ninfa, set within the ruins of this ancient city. This oasis houses a rich variety of fauna, including the rare Brown Trout and over 150 species of birds. Afterwards, visit fascinating Pompeii to enjoy a guided tour of this historic site, then travel to Sorrento.
Stay: Two Nights: Sorrento, Hilton Palace
  • Daily Meals Included:
  • • Breakfast

Day 9. La Mortella and Ischia Island

Cruise to the island of Ischia and the fabulous La Mortella garden, divided into two parts: a lower garden, called The Valley; and an upper garden named The Hill, terraced with retaining walls. The expansive areas of the garden are linked by a network of walks, paths, ramps and steps that climb the dry walls, permitting us to reach the upper hill, where we can enjoy breathtaking views of the Bay of Forio.
  • Daily Meals Included:
  • • Breakfast
  • • Dinner

Day 10. Amalfi Coast and Depart Rome

Travel back to Rome and admire the breathtaking scenery via the Amalfi Coast. Visit Villa Rufolo in Ravello, which overlooks the front of the cathedral square. The villa, whose original function was that of watchtower, dates back to 1200 and originally belonged to the powerful Rufolo family. The enchantment of the villa is found within its famous garden and magnificent main tower 30 metres high. Arrive at Rome airport at approximately 5.00 pm and the Rome hotel at 6.00 pm.
  • Daily Meals Included:
  • • Breakfast

 

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Twin 2 Adults, 2 Beds
Adult $7,695 AUD pp

Single 1 Adult, 1 Bed
Adult $10,595 AUD

Double 2 Adults, 1 Bed
Adult $7,695 AUD pp

Includes:
Services of a Tour Manager and Botanical Guide
15 Meals – 9 Breakfasts, 1 Lunch and 5 Dinners
Transfers on first and last day, tipping and porterage
Travel in a comfortable air-conditioned coach with plenty of room to spread out
Stay in good quality 4-5 star hotels that are centrally located