Come to Italy in 2016
I’m excited to tell you about an amazing tour to Italy I’ve organised for people touched by cancer – including friends, partners, families and support people.
When I finished cancer treatment in 2012, I somehow wanted to take control of my year and end it on a high note instead of having a year defined by cancer treatment. So I booked myself on a Trafalgar tour to Europe and had one of the best months of my life. The tour really helped me get myself back from cancer.
I want to offer that travel opportunity to other people who’ve gone through the cancer journey. So I organised a holiday to celebrate life and to give people who’ve been through cancer treatment a trip of a lifetime – surrounded by others affected by cancer, people ‘who get what you’ve been through’. It’s going to have an incredible energy as everyone on the tour will understand what you’ve been through. The tour has been specially designed for us and I’ll be travelling with the group.
The tour will be amazing as you’ll be travelling through Italy staying in high quality accommodation. And you’ll be seeing inspiring sights – art, history, architecture and beautiful vistas.
From New Zealand – it’s a 20 day package including a 13 day tour to beautiful Italy – Venice, Florence and Rome – including Assisi – departing in April 2016. We’ll fly together from New Zealand with 2 days stop over in Singapore. Then when we finish the tour, there’ll be 2 free days in Rome before flying back as a group or going your own way.
If you’re joining us in Italy, it’s a 13 tour of Italy and we will meet you in Rome!
It’s a gentle to moderate pace. Each day you decide what activities you would like to do – have a rest or go sightseeing with the group. I chose to partner with Trafalgar tours as they offer quality tours and accommodation and Trafalgar is super supportive; you don’t even need to carry your suitcase.
Please contact me to make a booking. I’d love to talk to you about the tour – either by skype, phone or email firstname.lastname@example.org. It’s only available through booking with me and there are limited spaces available.
The costs depends on whether you join us in NZ or Rome. Email me and I’ll send you all the info.
I’d love to see you – and if you need to raise money for the tour, I’m happy to advise on fundraising too.
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More details are below.
For those flying from New Zealand, we’ll have a 2 day stop over and tour/free time in Singapore.
Then on to Rome. For those joining us in Rome, you’ll meet the group on Day 4.
DAY DATE LOCATION & MOVEMENTS
1 Monday 05 April AUCKLAND – SINGAPORE (2 NIGHTS)
A warm welcome from Andrea at Auckland International Airport prior to boarding your midday Singapore Airlines flight to Singapore. On arrival, you will be met and transferred to your hotel.
2 Tuesday 06 April IN SINGAPORE, SIGHT SEEING AND AT LEISURE
Enjoy a half day city tour of Singapore. Highlights include a ride on the Singapore Flyer, a giant observation wheel which gives you panoramic views of Singapore’s skyline. Afternoon is at leisure. Meal(s) Buffet breakfast.
3 Wednesday 07 April SINGAPORE AT LEISURE
Your day is at leisure and opportunities are everywhere. Why not experience the hop-on-hop-off bus to see highlights of this exciting city? Visit the timeless and elegant Raffles Hotel and wander through the extensive tropical gardens and perhaps enjoy a Singapore Sling in the Long Bar! This evening you will be transferred to Changi Airport for an overnight flight to London with Singapore Airlines. Meal(s) Buffet breakfast.
4 Thursday 08 April FLY SINGAPORE – ROME
Depart Singapore on Singapore Airlines to Rome. Early morning arrival in Rome where you will be transferred to your hotel. Spend the rest of your day relaxing or take a leisurely stroll around the city.
Commence 13 day Hello Italy Goodbye Treatment tour. Join your companions and your Travel Director later for a Welcome Reception. Enjoy an orientation drive to see St. Peter’s Basilica and other sights – a great introduction to this beautiful city. Meal(s) Buffet breakfast, Welcome Reception.
5 Saturday 09 April ROME SIGHTSEEING AND FREE TIME
Your included sightseeing tour with a Local Specialists begins at the Vatican Museums. Experience a Cultural Insight in the Vatican when you ascend the smooth and step-less spiral staircase designed by famous architect Donato Bramante. Admire Michelangelo’s magnificent frescoed ceiling in the Sistine Chapel and then visit St. Peter’s Basilica to see his famous Pietà. Your tour continues in ancient Rome. See the Forum and the Circus Maximus, where chariot races were held. Visit the impressive Colosseum. There’s time afterwards to explore the city on your own, or simply relax and watch the world go by. Meal(s) Buffet Breakfast.
6 Sunday 10 April ROME – MONTE CASSINO – POMPEII – SORRENTO (2 NIGHTS)
Visit the Commonwealth War Cemetery near Monte Cassino. Your Local Specialists tells you all about the devastation caused by the eruption of Vesuvius in AD 79 during your walking tour of Pompeii. Arrive later at your hotel in Sorrento where you dine tonight. Meal(s) Buffet Breakfast, Dinner with wine.
7 Monday 11 April ISLE OF CAPRI EXCURSION AND FREE TIME
Witness the intricate art of inlaid woodwork, a Cultural Insight for which Sorrento is famous. Later, embark on an included excursion by ferry to the Isle of Capri. Visit Capri Town and other sights during your tour with a Local Specialists. Spend time exploring this lovely island on your own. Meal(s) Buffet Breakfast.
8 Tuesday 12 April SORRENTO – ASSISI
Assisi is a mystical town perched on the slopes of Mount Subasio overlooking the peaceful Umbrian landscape. Under the protection of St. Francis this city is still enclosed by medieval ramparts. Your Local Specialists takes you on a walking tour, which includes a visit to the Basilica of St. Francis, famous for its frescoes depicting the life of this much-loved saint. Spend time afterwards exploring on your own and shopping for souvenirs. Dine at your hotel this evening. Meal(s) Buffet Breakfast, Dinner with wine.
9 Wednesday 13 April ASSISI – VENICE (2 NIGHTS)
Today, enjoy the glorious countryside and historic architecture of the Emilia Romagna region. The area is also renowned for its cuisine such as Tortellini, Mortadella and Parmesan cheese, which you could sample during your lunch stop. Arrive later in Venice, Queen of the Adriatic. Meal(s) Buffet Breakfast, Dinner with wine.
10 Thursday 14 April VENICE ORIENTATION AND FREE TIME
Your cruise by private launch to St. Mark’s Square is magical. View the Bridge of Sighs, the beautiful Doge’s Palace and the Basilica. Gain a Cultural Insight into the ancient art of glassblowing at a traditional workshop on Giudecca Island. Spend free time seeing the sights of your choice. You might like to cruise across the lagoon to the Island of Burano and enjoy a delicious meal. Meal(s) Buffet Breakfast.
11 Friday 15 April VENICE – VERONA – MILAN – ITALIAN LAKE DISTRICT (2 NIGHTS)
This morning travel to Verona, the home of Shakespeare’s star-crossed lovers, to admire the Roman arena and Juliet’s balcony. Cross the plains of Lombardy to Milan for a walking tour of this fashionable city with your Local Specialists. See the Duomo, La Scala Opera house and the famous Galleria. Meal(s) Buffet Breakfast, Dinner with wine.
12 Saturday 16 April LAKE COMO ORIENTATION AND FREE TIME
Enjoy an orientation of Como including the Old Town and views of the Cathedral. Later consider joining a lake cruise that takes in views of beautiful villas and gardens along the shoreline. Meal(s) Buffet Breakfast.
13 Sunday 17 April ITALIAN LAKE DISTRICT – PISA – FLORENCE (2 NIGHTS)
Cross the Plains of Lombardy and the forested Apennine Mountains to Pisa. View the extraordinary Leaning Tower before arriving in Florence, birthplace of the Renaissance. Tonight, you might like to sample some local Tuscan cuisine. Meal(s) Buffet Breakfast
14 Monday 18 April FLORENCE SIGHTSEEING AND FREE TIME
Your Local Specialists brings the city’s rich history to life during your walking tour. See the Cathedral and Piazza della Signoria and view Ponte Vecchio. Tonight experience typical Tuscan cuisine as you enjoy a special Be My Guest dinner with a local family. Meal(s) Buffet Breakfast, Be My Guest Dining.
15 Tuesday 19 April FLORENCE – SIENA – ROME
Set in scenic Tuscan countryside, visit the medieval town of Siena, famous for its exciting Palio horse race. This evening in Rome, join your Travel Director and new friends for a Farewell Dinner. End of Hello Italy Goodbye Treatment tour. Meal(s) Buffet Breakfast, Farewell Dinner.
16+17 Wed 20 & Thu 21 April ROME AT LEISURE (2 NIGHTS EXTRA IN ROME)
A final day at leisure to sightseeing and explore independently. Meal(s) Buffet Breakfast
18 Friday 22 April ROME – SINGAPORE
Say ‘ciao Italia’ at the end of your wonderful Italian adventure as you prepare to return home with fantastic memories of your holiday. Transfer to the airport for your Singapore Airlines flight to Singapore. Meal(s) Buffet Breakfast.
19 Saturday 23 April ARRIVE SINGAPORE – FLY TO AUCKLAND
Arrive Singapore. Time allows for a visit into town before continuing on an overnight Singapore Airlines flight to Auckland.
20 Sunday 24 April ARRIVE IN AUCKLAND
Arrive Auckland International Airport.
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