Italy by Rail

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                      Italy by Rail
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                      Italy by Rail
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                      Italy by Rail

The Concept

Our Italy by rail is specifically designed around CLIL principles. The first 5 days are in Rome, featuring experiences designed to incorporate integrated learning. Highlights of the program include:

·  A visit to the incredible Vatican City

·  Walking tour of Ancient and/or Baroque Rome

·  Travel to the glorious Renaissance city of Florence

·  Exploring the canals and galleries of Venice

·  Milan, the fashion capital of Italy.

The tour program is designed to provide plenty of time for students to explore and experience the wonderful art, food and customs of the local Italians. We can also incorporate the following tour extension options:

·  Language and homestay in Siena

·  Language and homestay in Como

·  Language lessons in Rome, Florence and Prato

·  Art lessons in Florence

Aimed at secondary school Italian language students, this tour will improve language skills, and help students gain a better understanding of Italian culture. This tour has been designed for the experienced Italian teacher, however tour escorts can be provided upon request.

Itinerary Day By Day

DAY 1 AUSTRALIA – ROME

Check in at the airport for your flight from Australia to Rome.

DAY 2 ROME (D)

On arrival in Rome transfer to your accommodation by private coach. Remainder of the day at the teachers’ discretion. A 3 day public transport pass has been included. Dinner included.

DAY 3 ROME (B, D)

After breakfast you will have the day to explore the rich treasures of this magnificent city. An optional guided walking tour of Ancient Rome or Baroque Rome is available. Dinner is included this evening.

DAY 4 ROME (B, D)

Breakfast at hotel. Using public transport visit the Vatican City, including St. Peter’s Basilica, Michelangelo’s famous Pieta, and the Sistine Chapel. This afternoon, there will be time for your own exploration or shopping. Dinner included this evening.

DAY 5 ROME – FLORENCE (B, D)

Check out after breakfast, and depart Rome by train for three nights in the extraordinary Renaissance city of Florence. The best way to discover the history and architecture of Florence is on foot, so this afternoon you can set out to see the Uffizi Gallery, stand in awe of The Duomo and meet de’ Medici at the Pitti Palace. Dinner included.

DAY 6 FLORENCE (B, D)

Following breakfast this morning, you can further explore the city on foot. Suggested excursion for the day is a train trip to Pisa, famous for its leaning tower and Basilica. Dinner included.

DAY 7 FLORENCE (B, D)

Following breakfast this morning, you can further explore the city on foot. Suggested excursion for the day is a train trip to Siena with its narrow gothic streets, lined with palaces and mansions converging on the famous Piazza del Campo. Dinner included.

DAY 8 FLORENCE – VENICE (B, D)

Check out after breakfast, then travel by train to the wonderful city of Venice. You will be issued with a 48 Hour Vaporetto Pass to traverse the famed canals. Dinner is included this evening.

DAY 9 VENICE (B, D)

After breakfast, you will have the day to explore the city. With its canals, walking streets, St. Mark’s Square, the Basilica and the Bridge of Sighs, your day will be easily filled in Venice. Dinner included this evening.

DAY 10 VENICE – MILAN (B, D)

Check out after breakfast and transfer to Milan by train, where you can spend the remainder of the day exploring this bustling, fashionable, business capital. Subject to availability, you can see the famous Cenacolo Vinciano in the Santa Maria delle Grazie church. Dinner is included this evening.

DAY 11 MILAN – AUSTRALIA (B)

Check out after breakfast and coach transfer to the airport for your flight back to Australia.

DAY 12 AUSTRALIA

Arrive Australia (subject to airline schedules).

Options:

at additional cost

HOMESTAY OPTION: Dante Alighieri Language and Homestay – Siena

Enjoy six nights homestay with breakfast and dinner in Siena, and 15 hours of language lessons (teachers accommodated in hotels or apartments). An orientation walk of Siena is included. Options include cooking lessons in the school’s professionally equipped kitchen.
 * Homestay available Sundays – Saturdays only.

LANGUAGE OPTION* Prato (Monash University)

Enjoy six nights hotel accommodation with breakfast in Prato and 15 hours of language lessons. Options include excursions to Florence or Pisa.


Language or art lessons in Florence

15 hours of lessons in Florence.

Language lessons in Rome

15 hours of language lessons in Rome.

Additional Information

* Lessons available Monday to Friday only

Rome Crypt and Catacomb Tour

Peel back the millennia as you descend into Rome’s underground burial chambers.

Pompeii options

Choose from a day trip to visit Pompeii or a 2 day/1 night option to visit Pompeii and Herculaneum.

Walking tours of Rome, Florence & Venice

Enjoy either a half or full day tour of these cities.

Gladiator Tour - Rome

Don’t miss this opportunity to re-create Roman history and get a hands-on look at life as a gladiator. Activities include dressing up and learning basic techniques of gladiatorial sword fighting, and a museum visit.

Sorrento–Capri–Pompeii (3 Days/2 Nights)

From Capri’s scenic coastline, to the Roman town of Pompeii, destroyed by Mt. Vesuvius in AD 79, Italy has many mesmerising sights. Includes bustling Naples, the stunning Italian coast at Sorrento, a guided tour of Pompeii, two nights accommodation and a private touring coach.

Cooking lessons

In either Florence or Siena, enjoy a lesson cooking traditional Italian fare from pizza to spaghetti.

Inclusions
  • Return international economy airfares including pre-paid taxes and charges
  • 3 nights’ accommodation at 2 star hotel in Rome with breakfast and dinner
  • 3 nights’ accommodation at 2 star hotel in Florence with breakfast and dinner
  • 2 nights’ accommodation at 2 star hotel in Venice with breakfast and dinner
  • 1 night’s accommodation at 2 star hotel in Milan with breakfast and dinner
  • Coach transfers: Rome airport – accommodation, Milan accommodation – airport
  • Rail sector fares (second class): Rome – Florence, Florence – Venice, Venice - Milan
  • 3 day public transport pass in Rome including meet & greet for delivery
  • 48 Hour Vaporetto Pass including meet & greet for delivery
  • Entrance and guided tour of the Vatican Museums including the Sistine Chapel (school letter required)
  • Options include guided walking tours in Rome, Florence or Venice, entrance
to the Accademia or the Uffizi Galleries in Florence.