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DAY 1
WELCOME TO THE ETERNAL CITY OF ROME.

Rome is not only the modern capital of Italy, but also a spectacular encyclopedia of living history. You will be met on arrival at Rome’s Fiumicino Leonardo da Vinci Airport. At 09:30, 12:30 and 15:30 transfers depart for your hotel. Join your Travel Director at 17:30 and get to know your fellow travellers over a pleasant evening during your Welcome Dinner at a local restaurant.

Hotel: Hotel Romanico Palace, Rome. Meals: Dinner with Wine
DAY 2
VIP VATICAN AND ROME WITH A LOCAL.

In the morning, you will be joined by a Local Expert to guide you through the art collection of the Vatican Museums, culminating beneath Michelangelo’s famous ceiling in the Sistine Chapel. Your VIP visit includes fast-tracked entry and a behind-the-scenes look at the Bramante Staircase, a part of the Vatican usually closed to visitors. More of Michelangelo’s genius is on display next door in St. Peter’s Basilica. With time at leisure, perhaps venture inside the Colosseum to learn about the mighty Gladiators? Rome is about art, antiquity, piazzas and pizzazz, and our included walking exploration has it in abundance. Toss a coin into the spectacular Trevi Fountain, see the Pantheon, the best preserved monument from the Roman period, and enjoy free time in Piazza Navona.

Hotel: Hotel Romanico Palace, Rome. Meals: Breakfast
DAY 3
PISA AND SANTA MARGHERITA LIGURE.

Enjoy a delightful drive through rolling countryside dotted with cypress trees, passing vineyards and olive groves to Pisa. With a Local Expert, view the incredible Leaning Tower in the Square of Miracles from which Galileo is said to have conducted experiments on velocity and gravity. See the splendid cathedral and baptistery, decorated with mosaics and designs in solid marble. Your journey continues to the pretty seaside resort of Santa Margherita Ligure.

Hotel: Best Western Regina Elena, Santa Margherita Ligure. Meals: Breakfast, Dinner with Wine
DAY 4
THE CHARMS OF THE CINQUE TERRE.

Head for the famous Cinque Terre, which translates to Five Lands, located on a gorgeously wild yet hospitable part of the coastline and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Visit two of the picturesque fishing villages before taking the train to Santa Margherita Ligure, and then journeying on to Portofino. There is plenty of time for you to admire the coloured houses, browse the boutiques and stay a while in the cafe bars on the piazzetta, watching the yachts moored in the harbour. Should weather permit, return with a cruise along the rugged Ligurian coast to your hotel in the resort of Santa Margherita.

Hotel: Best Western Regina Elena, Santa Margherita Ligure. Meals: Breakfast
DAY 5 – RELAXED START
LAKE MAGGIORE.

Head north to the beautiful Lake Maggiore in the Italian Lakes District and the town of Baveno, noted for its narrow cobbled streets and charming 16th century square. On arrival, settle into your hotel and take in the magical scenery. In the evening, why not join a private cruise to Isola Bella to explore the palace and admire the stunning Botanical Gardens?

Hotel: Hotel Simplon, Baveno, Italian Lakes. Meals: Breakfast
DAY 6
FAIR VERONA AND ONTO VENICE.

Follow the southern fringes of the Alps to romantic Verona, the setting of one of literature’s most tragic and best known love stories between star-crossed lovers. See the ancient Roman Arena, still used for opera performances and stand beneath Juliet’s balcony in a Renaissance courtyard of the supposed Capulet home – can you recite Shakespeare’s immortal words? Your travels continue through the Soave vineyards, passing Padua, and on to the canals of Venice.

Hotel: Bellini Venezia, Venice. Meals: Breakfast, Dinner with Wine
DAY 7 – RELAXED START
THE MAGIC OF LA SERENISSIMA.

Even for the experienced traveller, there can be no better joy than waking up in Venice. Admire the art of glassblowing by master craftsmen when you visit a traditional arts centre on Giudecca Island. Then cruise by private launch along canals lined with ornate palaces to arrive at St. Mark’s Square where St. Mark’s Basilica, the Doge’s Palace and its adjoining Bridge of Sighs await. Board your gondola to be serenaded through the beautiful canals, passing water-lapped doorways and Rococo palaces. Relax amongst the romantic atmosphere as you drift along before having an afternoon to enjoy at leisure.

Hotel: Bellini Venezia, Venice. Meals: Breakfast
DAY 8
A SCENIC JOURNEY TO FLORENCE.

Bid farewell to Venice and begin your journey to Renaissance Florence. Join your Local Expert to see Michelangelo’s David when you visit the Accademia Gallery. Walk to the cathedral and see Giotto’s bell tower and the Gates of Paradise on the baptistery. Wander through the open-air gallery of Piazza della Signoria, gazing at statues such as Neptune, Hercules and Cacus, along the front of the Palazzo Vecchio. Your exploration will finish in front of the basilica where Michelangelo lies buried in Piazza Santa Croce, famous for its quality goods. Enjoy a traditional Bistecca alla Fiorentina steak dinner paired with delicious local wine, a specialty not to be missed.

Hotel: Hilton Garden Inn Florence Novoli. Meals: Breakfast, Dinner with Wine
DAY 9 – RELAXED START
FLORENCE, BIRTHPLACE OF THE RENAISSANCE.

Start the day with a traditional Florentine leather-work demonstration, then there is plenty of time to shop with the rest of the day at your leisure. Perhaps join an Optional Experience to explore the hilltop town of San Gimignano?

Hotel: Hilton Garden Inn Florence Novoli. Meals: Breakfast
DAY 10
ILL-FATED POMPEII AND ON TO SORRENTO.

Journey south through the volcanic hills of Frascati to Pompeii, which was buried in A.D. 79 by Mount Vesuvius’ catastrophic eruption. Walk with a Local Expert through the preserved cobbled streets for a glimpse into the daily life of civilisation during the Roman Empire. Follow the clifftop road to the resort of Sorrento, overlooking the Bay of Naples.

Hotel: Hotel Regina, Sorrento. Meals: Breakfast
DAY 11
CAPRI, THE ISLE OF DREAMS.

Meet your Local Expert and cruise to the beautiful Isle of Capri. The funicular railway takes you up to Capri town where you will explore the narrow alleyways and have time to browse exclusive boutiques and enjoy the views over the Tyrrhenian Sea. Descend to the port by open-top taxi, just as the jet-set do and return to Sorrento where the rest of the day is at your leisure.

Hotel: Hotel Regina, Sorrento. Meals: Breakfast
DAY 12
SASSI DI MATERA AND ALBEROBELLO.

After breakfast, discover two UNESCO World Heritage Sites. First you will visit Matera for an in-depth guided exploration of the extraordinary Sassi which are troglodyte dwellings and churches dug out of the rock. Here is the most extensive example of their kind in the Mediterranean and were inhabited by about 20,000 people up until 1950. Matera was also used as the setting for ‘The Passion of the Christ’. Continue to Alberobello, the second UNESCO World Heritage Site and your home for the next two nights.

Hotel: Grand Hotel La Chiusa di Chietri, Alberobello. Meals: Breakfast, Dinner with Wine
DAY 13 – RELAXED START
ALBEROBELLO.

Join your Local Expert to admire the Trulli of Alberobello – small, circular structures with conical roofs and clustered together like mushrooms. They are built from local limestone and stacked without using mortar. Venture into the surrounding region, a paradise for wine-lovers. Join an expert vintner for a tasting of Puglia’s most robust and structured red wines. For your Dine-at-Home experience, you are invited to join a local and their family. See Nonna making pasta and enjoy a freshly prepared meal together, traditional of southern Italy.

Hotel: Grand Hotel La Chiusa di Chietri, Alberobello. Meals: Breakfast, Dinner with Wine
DAY 14
SICILY AND THE TAORMINA RIVIERA.

The local roads will take you south, following the shores of the Gulf of Taranto to the mountainous Calabria region. Travel along the Purple Coast to the very ‘toe’ of Italy and board your ferry bound for Sicily. According to ancient legend, it was here at the Straits of Messina where the twin whirlpools of Scylla and Charybdis carried unwary seafarers away to their doom! After you disembark, continue to the Taormina Riviera.

Hotel: Hilton Giardini Naxos, Taormina Riviera. Meals: Breakfast, Dinner with Wine
DAY 15 – RELAXED START
TAORMINA AND THE DAWN COAST OF EUROPE.

Join a Local Expert for a visit to the Greek theatre. Set on a cliff and open to the sky, take a moment to sit in this ancient theatre and absorb the view through the crumbling arches to Mount Etna. Stroll on to the tiny courtyard of the Palazzo Corvaja, Taormina’s grandest building. Further along the elegant Corso Umberto, the Piazza IX Aprile offers panoramic views. The remainder of the day is yours to enjoy at your own pace.

Hotel: Hilton Giardini Naxos, Taormina Riviera. Meals: Breakfast
DAY 16
PALERMO, CAPITAL OF SICILY.

Head to the Sicilian capital of Palermo. On arrival, your Local Expert will show you the highlights of the capital. Pass the huge Teatro Massimo to the Baroque Quattro Canti Square and glimpse the beauties of the Fountain of Shame. Palermo Cathedral has been altered over the years and a venture inside will help you to appreciate the composite architectural styles. Next, head to the amazing Palatine Chapel in the Palace of the Normans. With the outside completely covered in glittering 12th century mosaics, it provides an insight to what’s within. Join your travelling companions and Travel Director at a local restaurant for an unforgettable Celebration Dinner of delicious local cuisine and wine.

Hotel: Best Western Ai Cavalieri Hotel, Palermo. Meals: Breakfast, Dinner with Wine
DAY 17
DEPART PALERMO.

Your journey draws to an end with departure transfers arriving at Palermo’s Falcone–Borsellino Airport at 06:00 and 08:00.

Meals: Breakfast
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CARS LAND

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Get ready to be floored! Cars Land is coming to Disney California Adventure Park. You’ll feel like you’re walking into the Disney•Pixar Cars movie, because the entire town of Radiator Springs has now been brought to life.

Cars Land is big, really big. It’s the kind of place your whole family will want to stop by, stay awhile and get cozy with your favourite Cars friends from the cutest little town in Carburetor County. You can even meet Lightning McQueen and Tow Mater!

BUENA VISTA STREET

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The adventure starts the moment you enter the park through the new Streamline Moderne gates and set foot on Buena Vista Street.

Stroll past charming interpretations of 1920’s Los Angeles buildings — complete with Art Deco storefronts, Spanish-tile roofs, wrought-iron balconies, sparkling fountains and shade trees. Ride the Red Car Trolley past shops, restaurants and an iconic reproduction of Carthay Circle Theatre, where Walt Disney’s first animated feature, Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, premiered in 1937.

WORLD OF COLOR

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Water, light and fire intertwine with Disney storytelling to create World of Color, a magnificent nighttime water spectacular — springing to life exclusively in Disney California Adventure Park!

SPACE MOUNTAIN

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Rocket into the outer reaches of darkest space on this high-speed thrill ride that hurtles you into the final fun frontier!

Get ready for the launch of your life!

Getting There

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Los Angeles is approximately 14 hours from Australia’s East Coast. The Disneyland Resort Express shuttle operates hourly services directly between LA airport and Disneyland Resort and takes approximately 45 minutes. Prices start from $19* per adult & $15* per child.

Where to Stay

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For the ultimate Disney experience, stay at one of the Disneyland Resort Hotels — the majestic Disney’s Grand Californian Hotel & Spa; the magical Disneyland Hotel; or the laid-back, California-style Disney’sParadise Pier Hotel. You’ll find a whole world of Disney wonder right outside your door — including two Disney Theme Parks and a worldclass entertainment, dining and shopping district.

Getting Around

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Many hotels are within walking distance of Disneyland Resort however the Anaheim Transit Trolley also makes it easy to get around the Anaheim area. If you decide to stay within Disneyland Resort, you can either walk or take the monorail to the Parks. Alternatively you might like to hire a car from $39* per day.

Disneyland Resort Park Hopper Bonus Ticket

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A Disneyland Resort Park Hopper Bonus Ticket is a multi-day ticket entitling guests admittance to both Disneyland Park and Disney California Adventure Park on the same day over a specified number of days. 2-5 day tickets are available and prices start at $239* per adult & $225* per child.

Pre-Purchase Benefits

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Creative Holidays guests save precious play time by avoiding long queues at the gate as well as locking in the exchange rate at the time of purchase. PLUS pre-purchased Disneyland Resort Park Hopper Bonus Ticket holders are entitled to one Magic Morning, which allows entry into the Park one hour before it opens to regular guests.

Character Dining Experiences

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Share a delicious meal and some hearty laughs with your Disney Character friends at fun-filled Character Dining experiences offered throughout the Disneyland Resort. Prices start from $45* per adult & $25* per child.

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Disneyland Park, originally Disneyland, is the first of two theme parks built at the Disneyland Resort in Anaheim, California, opened on July 17, 1955. It is the only theme park designed and built under the direct supervision of Walt Disney. It was originally the only attraction on the property, though it was slightly renamed to distinguish it from the expanding complex in the 1990s.

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List of Not Included items for your package:

  • Bed Type: One King plus one sofabed
  • Children Policy: Children two and under are permitted within maximum occupancy at no additional cost using existing bedding. Up to two children three to 12 are permitted in addition to the double occupancy for $40 per child, per night, using existing bedding or a roll-away bed (for an additional cost).
  • Additional Adult Policy: Up to two adults 13 and over are prmitted in addition to the double occupancy for $40 per adult, per night, using existing bedding or a roll-away bed (for an additional cost).Roll-away beds are based on availability and cannot be guaranteed; they can be requested for $5 per bed, per night.
  • Additional Person: and bedding fees will be collected by the property. For additional person and bedding requests, please highlight in the Special Instructions field after purchase.
  • Handicap-Accessible: No, the resort is not accesible by wheel chair.