29th April 2018
Sunday - P & O Ferries
We leave from our local departure points and travel south to Hull, where our ferry awaits for the overnight crossing to Rotterdam. Twin low-berth outside cabins. Dinner and breakfast on board ship.
Monday - Speyer
After breakfast, our route is east to the German border, The Rhine Valley and our welcoming hotel in Imperial Speyer. Hotel Loewengarten.
Tuesday - Bolzano
We travel south to the Austrian border and beautiful scenery awaits as we enter Tyrol and the spectacular Inn Valley. We cross the Brenner Pass to Italy, The South Tyrol and our overnight hotel near Bolzano. Gardenhotel Premstaller.
Wednesday - Spoleto
We continue south, passing Verona and Bologna to the green hills of Umbria and picturesque Spoleto, where we spend seven nights. Hotel dei Duchi.
Thursday - Tuesday - Spoleto
Presided over by a formidable medieval fortress and a backdrop of the Apennines, Spoleto is visually stunning. The Romans left their mark in the form of Grand Arches and an Amphitheatre, making Spoleto an attractive hill-town with a fine cathedral, interesting sights and pleasant walks. It is set in Umbria, one of the smallest regions in Italy. The charm of Umbria comes from the renaissance masterpieces and small medieval towns and our programme is designed to highlight a cross-section of these fascinating places. We visit beautiful Assisi, resting place of St. Francis and the ancient town of Orvieto, famed for its white wine. We travel to one of Italy's best kept secrets, Lake Bolsena, the largest volcanic lake in the country and a highlight will certainly be a visit to the eternal city, Rome, where we enjoy a guided tour of this breathtaking city. This tour will appeal to lovers of all things Italian.
Wednesday - Stresa
Today we bid farewell to Spoleto and drive to beautiful Lake Maggiore. Zacchera Hotels.
Thursday - Strasbourg
More stunning scenery awaits as we cross Switzerland to France. We continue north to the historic region of Alsace and Strasbourg, where we spend the night. Hotel Kyriad Prestige.
Friday - Zeebrugge
We travel north, crossing Lorraine and Luxembourg, before entering Belgium. We continue to Zeebrugge, where our ferry awaits for the overnight crossing to Hull. Twin low-berth outside cabins. Dinner and breakfast on board ship.
Saturday - Scotland
We return to Scotland late afternoon after a memorable Italian holiday.
Ferry Single Supplement £40
Our centrally located, four star Hotel dei Duchi is immersed in the lush greenery of the Ancajani park and surrounded by a wooded valley. Comfortable, air-conditioned bedrooms are equipped with satellite TV and mini bars. The cosy bar offers an oasis of tranquillity after a day's touring and the restaurant provides tempting meals with menu choice. Wine is included with evening meals in Spoleto.