Monastery Stays' Classic Tour takes you through the highlights of Bella Italia!
Monastery Stays' Classic Tour takes you through the highlights of Bella Italia!
From the grandeur of Ancient Rome & grace of a Papal gathering in St. Peter's Square, to the serenity of Assisi & onto the hilltops of Tuscany, immerse yourself in Renaissance Florence & then wonder at the enchantment of Venice.
Monastery Stays takes you on a fully escorted, small group tour (maximum 20 people) for 10 nights / 11 days, through the classic heart of Italy.
Lodging in unique Monastery Stays guest houses, dining experiences & local tips on where to find the best gelati! Expert guided sightseeing including 'whisper headsets', your own time at leisure & touring in fully equipped modern coaches are all a part of this carefully crafted & value for money tour.
Rome, Assisi, Florence & Venice
10 nights / 11 days
from €3,495 per person
Quality, all inclusions, no single supplement
Breakfasts & Dinner included every day - great value
Lunch daily, except on afternoons at your leisure!
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Welcome to the Eternal City
The Pope, Piazzas & Ancient Rome
Vatican Museums, Basilica's & Catacombs
Explore the hilltop home of St. Francis
Perugia, Vineyards & Olive Groves
Monte Oliveto & Tuscan Vistas
Today is immersed in historic Florence with a local experienced guide. The city centre is a UNESCO World Heritage site & it's not difficult to see why once you start exploring its cobblestone streets & piazzas. A medieval centre of trade, birthplace of the Renaissance & modern-day cultural wonder, Florence will leave you in awe.
You will take in the story & legacy of the famous & influential Medici family, the Santa Croce Church with it's marvellous facade & the resting places of Michelangelo & Galileo, before circling back to Piazza Duomo, Giotto's Bell Tower, the & the beautiful bronze Baptistery Gates, by which time you might be ready for an afternoon aperitif or a cooling gelato!
The afternoon is at your leisure... you may like to find a spot for a long lunch to simply relax, pondering your favourite Botticelli, da Vinci or Raphael, &/or continue your own exploration of the delights of Florence - perhaps wander the Boboli Gardens taking in Palazzo Pitti, or walk up to Piazzale Michelangelo for a photo over the rooftops of Florence.
We'll again enjoy 'la passeggiata' & walk to dinner at a great Tuscan restaurant.
Guest houses from:Suore Oblate dell'Assunzione - Borgo Pinti
Daily: Breakfast Lunch Dinner
Gallerie! Frecciarossa! Canali!
Marco Polo, Doges & Bridges
Murano the Glass Island
A dopo e Buon Viaggio!
Tour Terms & Conditions
Monastery Stays Tours are ticketed bookings inclusive of accommodation, ground transport, dining & itinerary activities (guide, entry fees & 'whisper headsets'), as detailed in the Tour Itinerary at monasterystays.com/?a=tours
The following Tour Terms & Conditions apply to Monastery Stays Tours booked through www.monasterystays.com
Separate Booking Terms & Condition apply to accommodation only bookings, they can be viewed here
In booking a Monastery Stays Tour you ('the Customer') understand & accept the following terms & conditions of the booking service provided by www.monasterystays.com ('Monastery Stays').
- Personal Information
The Price per person is detailed for the Tour. Prices are denominated in Euro.
The Price includes accommodation, dining, transport (excluding arrival & departure transfers, see Trip Notes), itinerary activities (guide, entry fees & 'whisper headsets'), as detailed in the Tour Itinerary. Tipping & City Visitor Charges are included.
The Price does not include the cost of passport, visa (check if you require this - Schengen Visa ), your personal Travel Insurance policy (required), flights, meals other than those specified in the Tour Itinerary, arrival & departure transfers (see Trip Notes), excess baggage, taxes & fees payable by cash in country of destination, personal items, such as phone calls, drinks etc.
- Baggage Allowance
Each person is allowed one item of 'checked' luggage 20kgs / 40lbs & one item of 'carry-on' luggage of 7kgs / 15lbs. Any charge for excess baggage will be at your expense.
You agree to pay the Price for your selected Tour & any Amendments or Cancellation terms detailed here. All payments are denominated in Euro.
A non-refundable deposit of 250.00 Euro per person8. is required when making your Tour booking, this can be completed via credit card, PayPal account or bank transfer.
The balance is due to Monastery Stays no later than 90 days prior to the departure of your Tour, this will be invoiced after your booking is confirmed and is payable via bank transfer.
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All communications with Monastery Stays are online ensuring secure tracking of your requirements 24/7. Following submission of your Tour booking request, all communication will be via 'firstname.lastname@example.org' & your secure Monastery Stays My Plans console at monasterystays.com/myplans
A fee of 50.00 EUR per person will be charged, in addition to any charges levied by the accommodation or ground operators, for any amendment within 70 days prior to the start date of your Tour, the amendment constitutes a change to a confirmed booking & not a transfer to another & cancellation fees apply.
Bookings for accommodation before or after your Tour are possible & will be managed for you through www.monasterystays.com & are for bed/breakfast accommodation only.
If you cancel your booking after the deposit is paid, the deposit will be forfeited. If you cancel your booking after the final payment has been made (due by 90 days prior to the start date of your Tour), but more than 70 days prior to the start date of your Tour, a cancellation fee equal to 50% of the Tour Price, per person, will apply. If you cancel your booking at or within 70 days prior to the start date of your Tour, a cancellation fee equal to 100% of the Tour Price, per person, will apply.
If the group number falls below 10 people the Tour may be cancelled by Monastery Stays. Cancellation of a Tour by Monastery Stays will be advised at/by 90 days prior to the Tour start date. Monastery Stays will offer alternate Tour start dates, or bed & breakfast bookings at the respective Tour guest house accommodations for the same dates, per the details of individual bookings at www.monasterystays.com. If you do not accept the alternate offers, all money will be refunded.
Voluntary cancellations by you due to political instability, acts of terrorism, government intervention or warning will be subject to the above-detailed cancellation charges, provided the Tour is deemed by Monastery Stays as able to proceed. If Monastery Stays cancel a Tour for any of these reasons, every effort will be made to obtain refunds from accommoation and Tour content suppliers; however no guarantee is provided on their behalf.
Monastery Stays will not be held responsible for any costs relating to the issuance and/or cancellation of airline tickets, visa fees or other costs that you incur.
- Travel Insurance
You must have personal Travel Insurance & detail of the Insurer and Policy number will be required with the deposit payment. This will be provided to the Tour Director in the event of requirement.
- Pricing Policy
Prices are based on a minimum 10 people per Tour. If the group number falls below 10 people, the Tour may be cancelled; see 8. Cancellations
- Changes To Itinerary
Itinerary details are subject to change either at Monastery Stays' discretion, or if adverse weather conditions or if a civil disturbance deem it necessary to make such changes to ensure the safety & wellbeing of the group. We will endeavour to advise in advance of any changes.
If the group number falls below 10 people, the Tour may be cancelled; see 8. Cancellations
Legislation requires us to collect from you the taxes controlled by Italian government authorities (over-night visitor charges & bus permits). These costs are included in the Tour Price but may change without notice at any time up until departure. Full payment for your Tour does not exempt you from changes to those government taxes. We will offer advice in this regard, but we do not control, nor will we be held responsible for any changes in government taxes and changes May be invoiced for payment prior to departure.
- Force Majeure
Monastery Stays shall not be liable in any way to the passenger for death, injury, illness, damage, delay or other loss or detriment to the person or property or Monastery Stays failure to perform any of its obligations caused by Act of God, war or warlike operations, terrorist activities, civil commotions, labor difficulties, whether or not Monastery Stays is a party, interference by authorities, requisitions of any transport, political disturbance, inability to secure or failure of supplies, perils of the sea, ground or air transport, collisions, breakdown of machinery, accident of any transport, fire or any other cause of whatsoever nature beyond the reasonable control of Monastery Stays ('force majeure events').
- Tour Itinerary & inclusions are subject to the Tour Terms & Conditions and these Trip Notes.
- Prices are for the Tour Itinerary only. Flights are not included.
- Transfers on arrival & departure from the Tour will be arranged on booking per your personal requirements. Transfers are additional to the Tour Itinerary. Indicative pricing per private transfer, for up to 2 people:
- Rome Fiumicino Airport to guest house - €100.00
- Rome Termini Train Station to guest house - €80.00
- Guest house to Venice Marco Polo Airport - €210.00
- Guest house to Venice Santa Lucia Train Station - €160.00
- Breakfast as indicated () is included daily & is European continental style.
Lunch where indicated () 6/10 days, is one/two courses depending on style with a drink (non alcoholic).
Dinner as indicated () is included daily & is two courses with a glass of wine or beer and water.
Your dietary requirements will be requested for meal providers.
- Ensure you have a valid passport, Schengen Visa if required, complete the Fitness to Travel and Travel Insurance acknowledgements.
- Due to the historic nature of some of the accommodation guest houses and sites visited, this tour is not suitable to those using a wheelchair. If you would still like to experience a Monastery Stay and require wheelchair access, please Contact Us and we will assist with recommendations for your booking individual Monastery Stays.
- Group size will be maximum 20 guests + Tour Director, ensuring small group care, comfort and attention to detail. Tour departure subject to a minimum of 10 guests.
See Tour Terms & Conditions.