The Italian 'Grande' Tour

18 days from $7,769 pp twin share

  • Leisurely 2, 3 and 5 night stays
  • Small group size with a maximum of 28 travellers
  • Genuinely inclusive, no additional on tour costs
  • Character hotels in superb locations
  • Designed for Australians & New Zealanders
  • Guaranteed group departures

Tour Overview

Explore Italy’s evocative regions as you travel from Milan to Rome discovering regional delights and stunning scenery along the way. Cruise on Lake Como, stay in a dreamy Italian castle, explore the idyllic villages on the Cinque Terre, drink wine in Tuscany and of course travel along the stunning Amalfi Coast.
 

Imagine… a more leisurely paced tour with two, three, four and even five night stays doing justice to Italy’s evocative regions. We stay four nights in the magnificent Italian Lakes District visiting Orta San Giulio, Macugnaga, Lake Maggiore and we cruise on Como to Bellagio. Following two nights in a dreamy Italian castle we enjoy five nights touring Tuscany visiting Florence, the Cinque Terre, Lucca, Pisa, Siena, and San Gimignano, two nights in the Umbrian Hills, and as a finale, four nights in Naples visiting Ischia Island, the Isle of Capri and of course, the Amalfi Coast and a visit to the picturesque town of Ravello. Then there is the food, the wine, the ambience and the time to get “sotto la pelle”… under the skin.

 

Highlights

  • Spend 4 nights by Lake Maggiore in the magnificent Italian Lakes District, visit Villa Carlotta and the town of Bellagio on the shores of Lake Como plus cruise on Lake Maggiore to the Borromean Islands
  • Visit the traditional mountain village of Macugnaga set high in the stunning Alps and spend an evening lakeside in beautiful Orta San Giulio
  • Stay 2 nights in either a centuries old Italian castle or a grand Venetian Villa, visit Lake Garda and the romantic canals of Venice
  • Spend 5 nights in Tuscany in the spa town of Montecatini Terme, visit Florence and the Accademia Gallery, Pisa, the medieval cities of Lucca and Siena, the fairytale ‘town of towers’ San Gimignano, sample the regional wines, olive oil and delightful local produce in a Tuscan farmhouse
  • Savour traditional Tuscan cuisine at a local olive oil farmhouse estate
  • Explore the scenic villages of the famous Cinque Terre 
  • Enjoy 2 nights in the Umbrian Hills staying in medieval Spoleto and visit Assisi
  • Relax over 3 nights in wonderful Naples, visit the beautiful island of Capri and the picturesque towns of Amalfi and Ravello on the stunning Amalfi Coast.  
  • Marvel at the ancient ruins of Pompeii 


The Italian 'Grande' Tour is just one of many you can enjoy in Italy. Visit each destination page for more information for our other amazing tours! 


Please note: In this tour we visit a number of medieval hilltop towns which may have some steep, uneven cobbled stone streets, and attractions with steep staircases and no lifts.  Additionally some larger cities only provide coach passenger drop off points 15 minutes or so walk from the old town centres. This need to walk from coach drop off points in some Italian towns and cities is common to ALL Tour Operators.  People with walking difficulties or limitations should consider this before booking. Additionally, local traffic by-laws and regulations on coach travel in Italian cities require a higher than usual number of earlier starts.

 

Message from the Mo

Italy is very big. Very big!

Did you know, with motorway service station stops for morning tea and lunch, taking into consideration tolls, traffic and entering and exiting major cities it takes over eight and a half hours to travel on a coach from Florence to Sorrento or Venice to Rome! Yet so many tours have these drives as a standard day in their itinerary. Even worse they often have just one or two night stops at either end.

That is why Albatross Tours breaks these journeys with five nights in Tuscany and two nights in Spoleto, enroute to the Neapolitan Riviera.  That is also why when we travel between destinations our days are not endurance tests.  We allow leisurely stops en route!  For instance, between Tuscany and Umbria we enjoy visits to both Siena and delightful San Gimignano and between Stresa and CastelBrando we have lunchtime beside Lake Garda.  Aren’t these sorts of visits exactly why you want to travel to glorious Italy? By providing four nights in the glorious Lakes District, two in an ancient castle, five in Tuscany, two in Spoleto and three in Naples to explore the Amalfi Coast and nearby island of  Capri, we perfectly complete your Italian experience!

It’s all about a sensible touring style, a civilized pace, genuine inclusions and actually enjoying what you have come so far to see.
 

Tour Itinerary

Day 1: Stresa on Lake Maggiore

Commencing in central Milan at 2pm we will transfer you to Stresa on wonderful Lake Maggiore, where you will stay the next four nights. Join us tonight for a welcome drink before dinner. This is an ideal chance to meet, and get to know, your Tour Manager and fellow traveller
*17 August departure stays at Regina Palace Hotel in Stresa
Meals:
D
Hotel:
La Palma Hotel
Bellagio, Lake Como
World famous Bellagio epitomises the gorgeous towns lining the shores of the majestic Italian Lakes. That is why we charter a private cruise boat to admire the sumptuous villas and mansions adorning Lake Como before enjoying a relaxing lunchtime in beautiful Bellagio. Our leisurely 4 night stay in lakeside Stresa allows you the necessary time to do this, plus another cruise on Lake Maggiore, take in the Lakes of Garda and scenic Orta, and visit the mighty Alps. Absolutely Albatross! 
 

Day 2: Stresa on Lake Maggiore

This morning we drive to the town of Como and follow the shore of the lake to Tremezzo, where we visit the world famous Villa Carlotta. This wonderful Villa is set in 70,000 square metres of romantic Italianate Gardens and faces across Lake Como to the Bellagio peninsula. The classic gardens boast fountains and pergolas and in spring time is famous for its Rhododendrons and Azaleas. Later we board our private boat and enjoy a cruise on Lake Como, past a number of striking lakeside villas, to delightful Bellagio. This beautiful town is situated at the tip of the peninsula separating the lake’s two southern arms, with the Alps visible across the lake to the north. It’s time to relax in this delightful town which boasts peaceful villas and gardens nestled by the lakeside, elegant shops and walkways plus stylish al fresco dining at its very best. Later we return to Stresa. Dinner tonight is included in a local restaurant. 
 
Meals:
B
D

Day 3: Stresa on Lake Maggiore

There is nothing like a day in the mountains – especially amongst some of the highest and most dramatic in the Alps! Following a deep valley we soon reach the mountain village of Macugnaga, close to the Swiss border. Used as a location in many films, the village is famous for its beautifully preserved wooden huts and chalets, and the stunning backdrop of the Monte Rosa (Pink) Massif and the 4638 metres high Dufourspitze – Europe’s second highest mountain.
 
Your time is at leisure to explore the village and surroundings, and perhaps take a mountain cable car ride (subject to operating) to enjoy lunch and the extraordinary views. Later today we also visit the delightful town of Orta San Giulio beside the beautiful, and some say most romantic of all the lakes – Lake Orta. Your evening is at leisure 
in Stresa. 
 
Meals:
B

Day 4: Stresa on Lake Maggiore

Boarding our private boat we visit the famous islands of Lake Maggiore. First stop will be Isola Bella where we have included entrance and a guided tour of the palatial Borromeo villa and gardens, which dominate the island. The villa boasts Murano glass chandeliers, gobelin-covered chairs, intricate tapestries and paintings. The spectacular formal gardens rise behind the ornate villa, with patterned flower beds falling in terraces, with statues and ornamental stonework completing the Italianate style. Next we visit Isola Pescatori (the Fisherman’s island). Lunchtime is at leisure on this small, picturesque island with its quaint cafés and restaurants set amongst the old houses with wooden balconies, tiny boats and fishing nets. The afternoon and evening are at leisure 
in delightful, lakeside Stresa. 
Meals:
B

Day 5: Castelbrando

Bidding farewell to Lake Maggiore we drive east and arrive at Lake Garda late morning. This is the largest of the Italian lakes and the meeting point of three Italian regions. With a circumference of about 100 kilometres, the lake is surrounded by lemon and citrus groves. There will be time at leisure for lunch in one of the colourful and diverse lakeside towns.  Depending on your selected departure date, you stay in either the foothills of the Dolomites in the superb CastelBrando, or in a noble residence in Mira, nearby Venice, for the next two evocative nights. 

 

* 20 May, 6 June, 14 June, 17 July, 5 September & 21 September departures stay at Villa Margherita. All other departures stay at CastelBrando.

 
Meals:
B
D
Hotel:
CastelBrando or Villa Margherita in Mira

Day 6: Castelbrando

After a leisurely start we visit nearby ‘Venezia’ (Venice) – arguably one of the most romantic cities in the world. At Tronchetto we board a private boat to take us to St Mark’s Square, where we join our expert local guide for a walking tour. The rest of the day is free to meander through the myriad of narrow, water lined streets and alleys spanned by humped back bridges. 

Meals:
B
D

Day 7: Montecatini Terme in Tuscany

A leisurely start today as we travel south to Tuscany. We arrive in the charming spa town of Montecatini Terme mid afternoon. This was once a favourite ‘cure resort’ of the crowned heads of state from all over Europe. We stay here for the next five nights, in a traditional family run, 4-star hotel, close to the major sights. As a highlight, this evening we drive into the picturesque Tuscan countryside, where we have arranged dinner at a local olive oil farmhouse estate. Meals: B,D
 
* 29 May departure stays at Hotel Francia E Quirinale.
 
Meals:
B
D
Hotel:
Hotel Ercolini & Savi

Day 8: Montecatini Terme in Tuscany

Today is dedicated to nearby ‘Firenze’ (Florence). We are joined by a local guide who will bring to life this truly beautiful city, which is otherwise known as the ‘Cradle of the Renaissance’. Your tour starts with a visit to the famous Accademia Gallery, home to Michelangelo’s ‘David’ and numerous other extraordinary Italian, Florentine and Renaissance works of art. We see the Duomo and take in the magnificent statues in the Piazza della Signoria. Your afternoon is entirely free to enjoy Florence at your own pace. Espresso coffee on Piazza Santa Croce where Michelangelo is buried? A gelato whilst strolling across the Ponte Vecchio? Don’t forget the excellent shopping. 

Meals:
B
D

Day 9: Montecatini Terme in Tuscany

The whole of today has been purposely left entirely at leisure. This is a perfect opportunity for you to do as little, or as much as you want! Maybe take the local train back to the museums and shops of Florence. Alternatively explore Montecatini’s old centre and parklands, or pamper yourself in one of the Spas. Perhaps just relax in your hotel or sip wine in a café and watch the world go by! 
 
 
Meals:
B
Montecatini Alto, Tuscany
We used to spend 4 nights here in Montecatini Terme, but then many past clients commented on how lovely and typically Tuscan this elegant spa town is and suggested that adding an extra day here –­ completely free – would make the stay perfect. So we did. Yes, we fully explore this amazing region, but now, by staying 5 nights in this delightful town, we add a fabulous, authentic activity – a completely free day to ‘go native’ simply for the pleasure of it! 
 

Day 10: Montecatini Terme in Tuscany

A delightful day is planned as we explore the famous Cinque Terre. The name means ‘five lands’ and comes from the five unspoilt fishing villages that cling to the cliffs, overlooking the sea. We have arranged a coastal boat ride for you to admire the spectacular scenery and almost inaccessible fishing villages, and to visit Portovenere and Monterosso. Our return journey is by train through the tunnels and cliffs above. 

Meals:
B
D

Day 11: Montecatini Terme in Tuscany

Our first stop today is in one of the most typically ‘Tuscan’ towns in the area, Lucca – a medieval walled city, filled with palaces, churches, ancient houses and the former home of Puccini, where he wrote Turandot. Walk on top of the city walls for the very best city views, or visit Piazza San Michele and stroll along the shops of Borgo Giannotti. Later we visit Pisa with its famous Leaning Tower, Cathedral and Baptistery in the magnificent Piazza dei Miracoli. This afternoon we visit a local farmhouse to enjoy an olive oil tasting accompanied by Tuscan wines and a selection of antipasto including local meats, cheese and bread – all specialities of this region.

Meals:
B

Day 12: Spoleto in Umbria

We make the short drive across Tuscany to the fairytale ‘town of towers’ San Gimignano, famous for its 13th and 14th century Tuscan towers. Exploring the pedestrian walkways of this hilltop town is an absolute delight. Lunchtime will be at leisure in the beautifully preserved streets of medieval Siena amongst the great sights such as the gothic town hall and the Piazza del Campo, scene of the famous Palio horse race. Next we wind up to the hills of Umbria and the wonderful walled town of Spoleto where we stay the next two nights. Medieval Spoleto is easily explored on foot. There are numerous romanesque churches and cobbled stone alleyways lined with shops, bars and trattorias. 
Meals:
B
D
Hotel:
Hotel Dei Duchi

Day 13: Spoleto in Umbria

We spend this morning in the nearby beautiful Umbrian city of Assisi. Badly damaged by earthquakes in 1997 the city, dominated by two medieval castles, undertook a remarkable programme of restoration which soon brought it back to all its glory. On arrival in Assisi we are joined by a local guide for a tour of the Basilica of St Francis with its magnificent frescoes. Afterwards there is time for you to explore Assisi at your own pace. Returning to Spoleto, the rest of the afternoon is at leisure. Perhaps take a leisurely walk along the path around the castle and across the medieval viaduct in to the Umbrian countryside. This is the real Italy! 

Meals:
B
D

Day 14: Naples & the Amalfi Coast

Driving south past Vesuvius we arrive in Naples, where we stay for the next three nights. Naples – some call it Italy’s hidden masterpiece. Once run down and often derided Naples has now cleaned up its act and redefined itself. It is bursting with castles, palaces and squares, plus there is also a revitalised sea front, excellent shopping and of course it is home to the country’s best pizza and pasta! Staying three nights in the fashionable Chiaia district, we are surrounded by pedestrian promenades, upmarket shopping, cafés and restaurants. Naples also makes a perfect base for visiting the nearby island of Capri and the Amalfi Coast! On arrival we have included a guided walking tour of the UNESCO World Heritage Listed ‘Centro Storico’ (historic centre) with its glorious architecture and piazzas. The rest of your afternoon will be free to visit the palaces, castles and museums or simply shop in the fashionable Chiaia district nearby your hotel. 
 
* 20 May, 6 June, 5 September, 13 September & 21 September departures stay at Grand Hotel Santa Lucia. 
 
27 April departure stays at Hotel Royal Continental. 
 
5 May departure stays at the Eurostars Hotel Excelsior. 
 
All other departures stay at Palazzo Alabardieri.
 

 

Meals:
B
D
Hotel:
Palazzo Alabardieri

Day 15: Naples & the Amalfi Coast

Enjoy your day as we take you on the ferry across to Marina Grande on the island of Capri, which the Roman emperor Tiberius made his capital. On arrival we meet our local guide and board a bus which takes us up to the top of the island to explore the charming village of Anacapri. We also spend time at leisure amongst the boutiques and galleries in the main town, Capri. Your evening is at leisure in Naples. 
 
Meals:
B

Day 16: Naples & the Amalfi Coast

Today we experience the world famous ‘Amalfi Drive’. Following the dramatic coastline, it is famous for its twisting, winding scenic drive with picturesque villages and towns hugging the cliffs and craggy coves. After spending time exploring Amalfi town, we climb into the hills to visit perhaps one of the most scenic towns along the Amalfi Coast, Ravello. Perched on the mountain, commanding panoramic views across the coast, Ravello is evocatively described as being “nearer to the sky than it is to the sea”, and has been a favourite haunt of artists and composers for centuries. This is Naples and pizza was invented here. Dinner tonight is in a local Pizzeria where they will prove to you they really know how to make it! 
Meals:
B
D

Day 17: Rome

On our way back to Rome today we visit the ancient ruins of Pompeii, where a local guide takes us through the city that was buried under volcanic ash in AD 79. Paintings, furniture, mosaics, sculptures, graffiti and even loaves in ovens are wonderfully preserved. After checking into our central Rome hotel, our finalé will be a farewell dinner in a local restaurant. 

 

Meals:
B
D
Hotel:
Hotel Mediterraneo

Day 18: Rome

Your tour ends today after breakfast. 

Meals:
B

Incredible Value Inclusions

  • Fully escorted by our experienced Tour Manager
  • Travel in a first class air-conditioned touring coach
  • 17 nights specially selected hotel accommodation
  • Hotel porterage (1 bag per person)
  • Breakfast daily 
  • 12 dinners including welcome and farewell dinners, local restaurant dinner in Stresa & Naples, Tuscan dinner at a local olive oil farmhouse estate and welcome drink in Stresa 
  • All excursions, scenic drives, sightseeing and entrances as described
  • Special Highlights - private boat Lake Maggiore, Lake Como and Venice, cruises Portofino and Cinque Terre, Capri and olive oil tasting in a Tuscan farmhouse
  • Local guides as described in the itinerary
  • Personal audio system whilst on tour
  • Free WiFi available on most coaches and at hotels
  • End of tour tips to Tour Manager and Driver, tips for local guides

 

 

Your Hotels

La Palma Hotel, Stresa

La Palma Hotel, Stresa – 4 Nights

Set in its own private gardens and within an easy walking distance of Stresa’s old town, this first class hotel is superbly located on the lakeside promenade with magnificent views across Lake Maggiore. The elegant dining room leads out into the hotels manicured gardens, and the swimming pool is located opposite the hotel, on the lakeshore. 
Regina Palace Hotel, Stresa

Regina Palace Hotel, Stresa – 4 Nights

The 4 star Regina Palace hotel is situated on the banks of Lake Maggiore, in the centre of Stresa and offers stunning view of the Borromean Islands. The century old hotel offers classic style interiors and is surrounded by large gardens and an open air pool.

*17 August departure stays at Regina Palace Hotel in Stresa

Castelbrando in the foothills of the Italian Dolomites , Castelbrando Hall

CastelBrando, Cison Di Valmarino – 2 Nights

 Located above the village of Cison di Valmarino, this 2000 year old Roman fortress was turned into a sumptuous noble’s palace in the13th century. Access to the castle is by funicular. On arrival we have included a guided tour of the castle. Skilful restoration and sensitive modernisation have brought the original magnificence back to life. Guelph style decorative battlements, stone cellars, tapestries, swords and suits of armour set the scene for the elegant halls, dining rooms, manicured gardens and terraces overlooking the valley. Glorious for those après dinner drinks on those long summer evenings! Dinner is included both nights in ‘our’magnificent Castle. 
 
Villa Margherita, Mira

Villa Margherita in Mira – 2 Nights

Once a grand noble residence, this elegant 17th century villa has now been sensitively restored into an excellent, meticulously maintained 4-star hotel. The traditionally styled, elegant guest rooms offer all the modern conveniences expected from a hotel situated near the world famous city of Venice, and provide the experience of residing in an authentic Palladian style villa. Villa Margherita is surrounded by large private gardens and overlooks the Brenta River. Situated just 25 minutes from the centre of Venice, this villa is perfectly located with only a 10 minute walk from the town centre. Dinner is included both nights at your Villa hotel. See 

Ercolini & Savi Hotel, Montecatini Terme

Hotel Ercolini & Savi, Montecatini Terme – 5 Nights

Located in a Liberty style building dating back to the 19th century, the Hotel Ercolini & Savi offers a fantastic location as well as being a relaxing and welcoming place to stay. The hotel is in an extremely central location in the elegant Via San Martino, close by Piazza del Popolo. 
 
 
Hotel Dei Duchi, Spoleto

Hotel Dei Duchi , Spoleto – 2 Nights

 This unpretentious, family run hotel is located just outside the old city walls and is known locally for its cuisine. The dining area offers wide panoramic views of the stunning Umbrian countryside. The hotel has the dual benefit of being a ‘town’ hotel but at the same time giving the feeling as if you are in the middle of the countryside. 

View of Naples Bay

Palazzo Alabardieri, Naples – 3 Nights

This 4-star hotel features comfortable rooms with modern amenities and is the perfect location to explore Naples from. 
Grand Hotel Santa Lucia, Naples

Grand Hotel Santa Lucia, Naples - 3 nights

 This elegant 4-star hotel offers old world charm combined with modern facilities. Overlooking the Bay of Naples, the hotel is superbly located in the heart of historic Naples. The comfortable rooms feature high quality furnishings & amenities.

Tour Reviews

This tour met all my expectations largely due to our exceptional Tour Manager. Her local knowlege, including historical knowledge of specific sites made each visit memorable. She would have a map ready for us each day we had a visit to a new town, a notice board in a prominent place in each hotel hightlighting times and activities for the days we were staying and helped with booking everything from trains to tours not included with Albatross.

I particularly liked the free time we had in most places to see and experience what interested us - shopping for some, museums or historical sites for others.

Each hotel was different, as were rooms, but I found all to be a good or excellent standard - exactly what was stated in the pre tour information.

Meals were also very good and there were also plenty of opportunities to sample local fare on your own or within the group if you wanted to.

 

Maree

Grand Canal, Venice

Tour Rating 5-Star

This tour surpassed my expectations. I was able to relax with no worries about time and venues. Other travellers were friendly. I enjoyed spending several nights in the same hotel and gaining a more in depth appreciation of the beauty and wonder of scenery. 

Our Tour Manager was enthusiastic, resourceful, showed tremendous attention to detail and went well beyong the call of duty. 

Marion

Cinque Terre, courtesy of Deb Greenhalgh

Tour Rating 5-Star

The first organised tour we have experienced, and what a wonderful one it was. Small group of like minded Aussies who all took care of each other and most importantly  the most fantastic and dedicated Tour Manager. Our welfare and comfort was her main concern. Every detail was taken care of and all the dinners both included and extras and hotels were excellent, as was our driver.

When I became ill, our Tour Manager took care of me by organising a Doctor to come to our hotel. This enabled me to continue on our further travels. All her recommendations about places to see and eat we're spot on.

We feel privileged to have done an Albatross tour and would be more than pleased to have our Tour Manager as our guide again.

Wouldn't hesitate doing another Albatross tour again in the future.
 

Robert and Maree

Assisi

Tour Rating 5-Star

From when I was eight years old I dreamed of seeing Italy. It has taken a long timeand  I thank my Tour Manager and Albatross for bringing the dream to life.

Barry

Tour Rating 4-Star

Thoroughly enjoyed the whole tour with great inclusions and a  knowledgable and friendly Tour Manager who made the tour fun. I would highly recommend this tour as good value for money, great inclusions and a good balance of activities. Love the complimentary photobook idea - previous memories!

Ann

Venice

Tour Rating 5-Star

Had a great time, saw amazing locations and we could not have done so much on our own. The driver of the coach was very compitent on all roads especially the Amalfi Coast. Our Tour Manager was exceptional and helped make the whole trip memorable.

Peter

Cinque Terre

Tour Rating 4-Star

This was our first every organised tour. We cannot speak highly enough of our driver and our tour manager was exceptional. She was so well organised and enabled us to truly have a holiday. She was so sweet to always ask about our wellbeing and ensuring our dietary needs were met everywhere.

Katherine

Assisi

Tour Rating 4-Star

This has been our first Albatross tour and we will certainly be looking to travel with you again. Our tour manager was absolute gold.

Joan

Cinque Terre

Tour Rating 4-Star

The tour was all we had hoped for. All the places we wished to visit, we could not have organised it oureslves to visit in the time we had spare.

Elizabeth

Assisi

Tour Rating 4-Star

This was a fantastic tour. Our tour manager was fabulous and she quickly knew everyones issues, health and otherwise, and was on top of everything almost before it became an issue. La Palma hotel almost brought tears to the eyes. We could fault our tour managers knowledge of all things Italian. Value for money we weren't sure about until we saw the costs involved e.g. fees into the cities and road tolls etc etc. The hotels also were of a top quality so would be expensive. Even though our drivers english was not brilliant he made himself understood and was such a safe and thoughtful driver.  I would recommend this tour to everyone. I do believe having all Australians added to the trip as we all understood each other and became firm friends.

Gail

Venice

Tour Rating 5-Star

Aided by beautiful spring weather and no rain our tour was terrific. As we stayed in some more out of the way towns we were able to relax, especially staying in one hotel for several nights. Our tour manager was excellent - so organised, competent and cheerful. His positive outlook was infectious and he looked after all members of the group, took care of any medical emergencies discreetly and nable all of the group to have a fabulous time. This is my fourth time in Italy and was a wonderful experience bathed in laughter, sunshine, good food and wine!

Susie

Tour Rating 5-Star

We cannot fault the organistion of this tour - no stone unturned and everything went like clockwork. Hotels, meals, tours all terrific! Special commendation to group leader Vanessa Nicol - she is an outstanding employee for you.

Can't wait to do another trip with Albatross!

Keith and Cheryl

Tour Rating 5-Star

My partner Mike Coulthard and I would like to express our gratitude to Helen Sheehan (our tour manager) and Ermano (our coach driver) for the service provided on the Italian Grande Tour departure date 27 September 2015 to ensure that we had a wonderful memorable tour.
 
We have thoroughly enjoyed the tour and have found the variety in the places we have visited gave us a wonderful overview of Italy as it really is.Helen worked hard to ensure that we enjoyed ourselves, offering suggestions for things to do, places to see and where to eat in our down time. We found Helen to have an intimate knowledge of the places we visited and she was always willing to share further information that she had sourced along the way.
 
Our driver Ermanno endeared himself to the tour group with his hearty buongiorno's each morning, courtesy and care for his passengers and precision driving in some very tight places and precarious roads. We were amazed at what he could do with our coach on tiny Italian Roads. Thankyou Ermanno for being part of our touring family...
 
We found the ability to stay at least a couple of nights in one spot (and these not being major cities) to be a wonderful help in obtaining a feel for the real Italy. We loved the family atmosphere of all of the hotels we stayed at during our trip and would be happy to return to each and every hotel if the opportunity presents itself in the future...
 
Overall we would have no hesitation in recommending Albatross Tours to friends or family. In fact we are hoping to be able to travel again with Albatross in the near future when we next visit Europe...
 

Tour Rating 5-Star

The tour guide Antonio was excellent, she made our tour effortless with her management of every aspect. I know so much more thanks to her excellent commentary on difference areas visited.

Gloria, travelled April 2016

Tour Rating 4-Star

The trip was a special 80th birthday splurge for my mother. She hasn't stopped talking about her adventure since our return and has been asked to give a talk to a local group about her experience.

We felt well cared for by our tour guide who was not only knowledgeable but also thoughtful and well organised. The bus drivers took their job seriously so we never felt unsafe on the journey.

It was then a very relaxed tour through wonderfully diverse landscapes and cultural sites. We especially liked the visit to local artisans to sample their produce, olive oil, wine and food. There were many surprising treats too like the visit to the La Montella gardens Ischia and the Roman ruins next to our hotel in Spoleto.

So many enjoyable memories

 

 

Kerrie

St. Marks Square, Venice - courtesy of Kerrie McCaw

Tour Rating 5-Star

Loved the locations and the hotels we stayed at, especially Castelbrando and Spoleto. Also liked staying in the same place for several days.

I thought the tour to be well organised and planned, a little more special than many other tours.

Our tour leader Prisca is very knowledgable and handled any problems in a professional and diplomatic manner. Our driver Carmine was excellent with his ability in driving the coach.

Very happy with Albatross and am now thinking about my next tour.
 

Heather

Castelbrando, Italy

Tour Rating 5-Star

I liked everything about my tour.  The pace was fantastic, with enough time to explore on our own.  Staying several nights in each stop was great as it meant we didn't have to pack every day.  Group size was terrific and Tour Manager and Drivers were exceptional.  Difficult to pick any standout highlight although staying in a castle was special.  The Amalfi Coast, Stresa and Macugnaga were especially wonderful.  Food and wine featured so much local specialities and was varied and fantastic.  Highly recommend this tour :)

Jan

Italian Food

Tour Rating 5-Star

All great.  The organisation, the excellent Tour Manager and drivers, comfortable coaches made for a smooth trouble free trip.  The choice of accommodation, the meals, the wine all terrific.  Staying in a castle, the trip to Macugnaga and the Amalfi Coast were highlights.  I would highly recommend this tour.

Peter

Ravello Square, Italy

Tour Rating 5-Star

I wanted to express my our thanks and appreciation for this fantastic tour package that you have put together.
 
Can I say that from the moment I watched your tour presentation on Youtube, I knew that this was the holiday I wanted to give my wife for her 70th birthday.
We always said that we would go back to Italy one day for an extended time and we could not have chosen a better tour to do it with.
 
The content, small group size  and relaxed pace was perfect. Your tour guide Antonia was excellent, her knowledge, professionalism and attention to detail was brilliant. 
She provided personal touches like biscuits and cakes from the regions we travelled through, organising for us to attend an evening at the opera in Montecatini Terme.
Additional items not included in the tour but arranged by her – Grotto visit and boat cruise in Amalfi was what set her apart from other tour guides.
She maintained good cohesion within the group and this provided the catalyst for a great tour. She is an tremendous asset to your business.
 
The choice of accommodation was great and very centrally located and the towns and cities we visited gave us a wonderful insight into the Italian lifestyle and culture.
As my wife is Gluten intolerant, this tour made it easier to cater to her food needs and most of the establishments supplied good choices and variety to choose from.
 
We have been on a number of tours throughout Europe but this one sits right at the top of our list – “Very hard to beat”
 
Thank you again for putting together a wonderful tour package and we would have no hesitation in recommending your travel group.
We look forward to the time when we can travel with you again.

Peter

Lucca, Italy

Tour Rating 5-Star

Our tour guide and coach driver were amazing, the whole tour was wonderful the places we saw we would never do ourselves.

Siham

Street in Naples

Tour Rating 5-Star

Dates and Prices

Start Date End Date Price Per Person Guaranteed to Depart Availability
2 Sep 2016 19 Sep 2016 AUD $7,489 Sold Out
6 Sep 2016 23 Sep 2016 AUD $7,489 Sold Out
14 Sep 2016 1 Oct 2016 AUD $7,489 Space Limited - Call Now
18 Sep 2016 5 Oct 2016 AUD $7,489 Sold Out
22 Sep 2016 9 Oct 2016 AUD $7,689 Space Available
2 Oct 2016 19 Oct 2016 AUD $7,489 Space Limited - Call Now
27 Apr 2017 14 May 2017 AUD $7,769 Space Available
5 May 2017 22 May 2017 AUD $7,969 Space Available
13 May 2017 30 May 2017 AUD $7,769 Space Available
20 May 2017 6 Jun 2017 AUD $7,969 Space Available
29 May 2017 15 Jun 2017 AUD $7,969 Space Available
6 Jun 2017 23 Jun 2017 AUD $7,969 Space Available
14 Jun 2017 1 Jul 2017 AUD $7,769 Space Available
22 Jun 2017 9 Jul 2017 AUD $7,769 Space Available
30 Jun 2017 17 Jul 2017 AUD $7,769 Space Available
17 Jul 2017 3 Aug 2017 AUD $7,769 Space Available
17 Aug 2017 3 Sep 2017 AUD $7,769 Space Available
28 Aug 2017 14 Sep 2017 AUD $7,769 Space Available
5 Sep 2017 22 Sep 2017 AUD $7,969 Space Available
13 Sep 2017 30 Sep 2017 AUD $7,769 Space Available
21 Sep 2017 8 Oct 2017 AUD $7,969 Space Available
1 Oct 2017 18 Oct 2017 AUD $7,769 Space Available

Book Early and Save!

Book and deposit now to receive a $300 per person discount off the land only tour price. That’s a saving of $600 per couple. Book now and SAVE!

Save with Club Albatross

Have you travelled with Albatross Tours previously? Save $200 on our European Summer tours or $100 on our Christmas and ANZAC tours.

No Additional ‘On Tour’ Costs

Over $100 value of extras per day are already included. There are no additional ‘on tour’ costs—even your end of tour tips are included!