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Venice to Rome by Rail + Sorrento and the Amalfi Coast

Italy - Trip code VRA Discovery
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Days 14
Deposit From £280
Price from £2795
Flights not included
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Why book this trip?

Travel across Italy by train taking in the sights and delights of some of Italy's most iconic cities. Explore the canals of Venice by boat and on foot, wander the food markets of Bologna and marvel at the sumptuous architecture of Florence. Immerse yourself in the vibrant street life and famous sights of charismatic Rome before heading to the sun-drenched region of Campania to explore the colourful Amalfi Coast, legendary ruins of Pompeii and mighty Mount Vesuvius towering over the Bay of Naples.

  • Rome - Explore the ancient Colosseum and Roman Forum
  • Capri and Sorrento Peninsula - Enjoy la dolce vita in cliff-top Sorrento and take the option to visit Capri
  • Walk of the Gods - Hike along this legendary coastal path with breathtaking views
  • Included meals

    Breakfast: 13

  • Trip staff

    Explore Tour Leader

  • Transport

    Bus

    Ferry

    Train

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    Accommodation

    13 nights comfortable hotel

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    Trip pace:

    Full on

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    Group Size:

    10 - 16

Itinerary

Itineraries on some departure dates may differ, please select the itinerary that you wish to explore.

Day 1 - Join trip in the fabulous island city of Venice

The trip starts today in Venice, a city built on 118 islands linked by bridges and canals in the shallow Venetian lagoon. Once home to an empire, the city is now famous for its art, music and food culture; all of which we hope to experience during our stay.

Your trip Leader plans to meet everyone at the hotel for a welcome meeting today at 6pm and for those that wish, there is the chance to go out for dinner afterwards for your first taste of Venetian cuisine. There are no activities planned before the group meeting at 6pm tonight, so you can arrive any time before then. Should you miss the meeting, your Leader will inform you of any essential information as soon as you catch up.

If you would like to receive a complimentary airport transfer today, you'll need to arrive into Venice Marco Polo Airport (VCE). The transfer will be by shared waterbus taxi and takes around 45 minutes with our hotel a further 5 minutes walk.

If your flight arrives earlier in the day and you wish to explore simply head out on foot and lose yourself among the canals and narrow passageways of the city as you soak in its unique atmosphere. With so much to see and do in Venice itself and the surrounding islands you could easily spend several days here. If this is your first visit we recommend arriving early and booking additional hotel nights before the trip starts.

Accommodation:

Grade: Comfortable Hotel

Single room available

Meals Provided: None

Day 2 - Venice walking tour including bird's-eye view from San Giorgio Maggiore Bell Tower

We'll waste no time this morning in getting to the know the city, heading out on a walking tour through the backstreets into Saint Mark's Square, discovering the story of how the Venetians smuggled the body of Saint Mark to Venice which inspired the square and Saint Mark's Basilica, the city's most famous landmarks. Heading across the water by vaporetto water bus we head to the San Giorgio Maggiore Bell Tower for a bird's-eye view of this simply fabulous city. Afterwards you are free to continue discovering the essence of this enchanting city at your own pace. There are two ways to explore - on foot, losing yourself among the myriad passageways and piazza, or by boat, catching the vaporetto that criss-cross along the canals or maybe even indulging in a gondola ride. We will provide you with a vaporetto day pass for you to use in your explorations. Take in famous sights such the Grand Canal, Rialto Bridge, Doge's Palace, enjoy art and antiquities in world-class galleries and museums such as the Gallerie dell'Accademia, Peggy Guggenheim Collection and Palazzo Ducale. Browse the city's artisanal shops - glassware produced on the nearby island of Murano, leatherware, paperware and of course papier mache carnivale masks. Along the way be sure to stop off at a local bar for an aperativo and cicchetti, delectable Venetian small plates consisting of bite sized snacks. Popular plates include salt cod on polenta, fried meatballs, octopus salad, mini panini alongside simpler items like olives or boiled eggs.

Accommodation:

Grade: Comfortable Hotel

Single room available

Meals Provided: Breakfast

Day 3 - Train to Bologna; food and wine experience, optional arcade walk to Church of San Luca

We travel by train this morning to the historic city of Bologna, the capital of Emilia Romagna. The city is famous for its arched porticoes which make it possible to walk for long distances sheltered from the elements; there are over 45 kilometres of arcade in the greater city. Bologna is also renowned for its culinary traditions; the popular meat based sauce Bolognese comes from here and the production of cured pork meats such as prosciutto, mortadella and salami is an important part of the local food industry. Tortellini (filled pasta) served in broth, and mortadella, the original Bologna sausage, are among other local specialties.

The afternoon is left free to explore the city. For those who enjoy a walk, one option is to head out along the famous Portico di San Luca, a winding 666 vault arcade, almost four kilometres long, that links Bologna with the church of San Luca atop a 290 metre hill outside the city. An alternative vista over the red roofs of the city can be enjoyed from one of the 'Due Torri', two leaning medieval defensive towers, whose distinctive outline provides a popular symbol of Bologna.

Accommodation:

Grade: Comfortable Hotel

Single room available

Meals Provided: Breakfast

Day 4 - Discover Bologna's food markets. Train to Florence; walking tour around the city

Bologna's food markets are a must for any food lover and we'll head out first thing today to the medieval area called Quadrilatero where the street names; Drapperie, Pescherie, Orefici preserve their name from the old corporations that were here in the past. It's here where you'll taste some of the best street food in Italy and find everything from fresh fish and produce to local meats, cheeses, regional wines, homemade tortellini pasta, fresh Italian breads and all manner of other goods.

We then head by train to the fabulous city of Florence. The spiritual home of the Renaissance, Florence is considered by many to be one of the most beautiful cities in Italy. On arrival our leader will take us out on an orientation walk. Highlights include the Ponte Vecchio, the oldest and most famous bridge in Florence and the only one that was not demolished during the German retreat of 1944 and the Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore with its giant dome that dominates the city skyline and the Piazza della Signoria.

Afterwards you are free to explore Florence at your own pace; maybe this will involve an espresso and people watching at one of the many alfresco cafes. As with Rome, some forward planning is best to make the most of your time. If you wish to visit the world famous Uffizi Gallery; home to Raphael, Michelangelo, Titian and Leonardo Da Vinci masterpieces it's best to book in advance. https://www.uffizi.it/biglietti. The city's major sights are all easily reached on foot. You may like to visit the Duomo with its magnificent pink, white and green marble facade and climb up its red-tiled dome that dominates the skyline of the city for your own bird's-eye view. Or take a stroll along the banks of the River Arno. Palazzo Vecchio and Museo di San Marco and Galleria dell'Accademia (home to Michelangelo's David) and just three of the many treasure troves of art that abound in this most enchanting of cities. Early evening is the perfect time to walk up to the Piazzale Michelangelo for a great view over the city.

Accommodation:

Grade: Comfortable Hotel

Single room available

Meals Provided: Breakfast

Day 5 - Visit to Pisa; see the incredible Leaning Tower

It's around an hour by train to Pisa where your tour leader will take you on an orientation tour. The Campo dei Miracoli (Field of Dreams), of which the iconic Leaning Tower is but one part, also contains the Baptistery, Duomo and Camposanta, which between them make up a stunning collection of architectural delights.These, along with the churches and palazzi that make up the historic centre, all belong to a period from the 11th to 13th centuries when the city was one of the Mediterranean's major maritime powers.

You can return to Florence at your leisure for further free time in the city.

Accommodation:

Grade: Comfortable Hotel

Single room available

Meals Provided: Breakfast

Day 6 - Fast train to Rome; guided visit to the Colosseum, Roman Forum and Palatine Hill

With a history spanning over two and half a thousand years, Rome is packed with iconic ancient sites, exhilarating architecture and artistic treasures. It's the perfect place to experience la dolce vita lifestyle; picturesque piazzas, neighbourhood cafes and bars make for excellent people watching. With so much to see and do you could easily spend many days here, so if this is your first visit, we highly recommend booking additional hotel nights after the trip ends.

We'll take our luggage to our hotel before heading out on a guided walking tour of Rome's ancient sites. Our first stop is the iconic Colosseum, the largest amphitheatre in the world and symbol of the Roman Empire. Built by Flavian Emperor Vespasian, the mighty arena could hold between 50,000 and 80,000 spectators, all attracted by gladiatorial contests, mock sea battles and executions. Heading along the Via Sacra (Sacred Way) we arrive at the Roman Forum, the scene of public meetings and law courts, it was lined with shops and open-air markets and was the site of many of the city's most imposing temples and monuments. Forty metres above the Forum, Palatine Hill is the most central of the Seven Hills of Rome and considered the birthplace of the city, having been inhabited since 1000 B.C.

Accommodation:

Grade: Comfortable Hotel

Single room available

Meals Provided: Breakfast

Day 7 - Free day to explore Rome and Vatican City

You are free today to continue exploring Rome. A visit to Rome's number one attraction the 'city within a city', the Vatican, is highly recommended and it's best to arrive early to avoid the crowds. Pre-booked tickets are not required if you just want to visit St Peter's Basilica, but you must book tickets to the Vatican museums online in advance. Note that the Vatican Museum is closed on Sundays other than the last Sunday of the month when it's free but gets very busy. Check the Vatican website (vatican.va) for updated information on opening times. Tickets for the Vatican Museums, including the Sistine Chapel with Michelangelo's wonderful frescoes, can be booked online at: biglietteriamusei.vatican.va.

Whilst exploring make sure to find the time to stop along the way to join the locals for an essential espresso at a street side cafe or perhaps indulge in a delicious gelato.

At 6PM tonight you can meet up with your new trip leader (if they have not already made contact with you) and any customers joining today, for the onward part of the trip to Naples, Amalfi and Sorrento. (This can be booked separately as a trip - tour code RAS) They will be in the reception area of your hotel and will be planning on giving a briefing before going out for a dinner later on (not included) for anyone who wishes to join in.

Accommodation:

Grade: Comfortable Hotel

Single room available

Meals Provided: Breakfast

Day 8 - Further free day in Rome

Today is another day to enjoy Rome. There is so much to see. Pay a visit to the Pantheon, an ancient Roman temple dedicated to all of the Gods, it's one of the best-preserved buildings from ancient Rome and continues to inspire visitors to this day. It was built by Emperor Hadrian in 125 AD on the site of a former temple built by Marcus Agrippa and it boasts the largest (unreinforced) dome in the world, measuring 142 feet in diameter. Galleria Borghese is one of the premier museums in Rome. A villa comissioned by Cardinal Scipione Borghese to house his art collection, it includes masterpieces by Caravaggio, Bernini and Canova. Tickets can be booked online in advance.

If gastronomic delights are your thing, pay a visit to the Testaccio Marke, it's one of the best places to sample Rome's diverse cuisine and excellent street food.

Accommodation:

Grade: Comfortable Hotel

Single room available

Meals Provided: Breakfast

Day 9 - Train to Naples, walking tour of city; afternoon walk to summit of Vesuvius

A fast train this morning takes us to Naples. A city of diverse contrasts it evokes enormous pride among the locals. Its rich history, staunch Catholicism and endless charm make it one of the most engaging cities in Italy. A local guide will take us on a walking tour of old Naples; through the old city streets, open air markets and narrow alleyways that give us a captivating insight into the city's heart, which has gone unchanged in essence for generations. Along the way we will see the round stone turrets of Maschio Angioino Castle, the square seafront Castle Dell'ovo, the main square of Piazza del Plebiscito, the ornate glass covered shopping arcade of Galleria Umberto and the Baroque and Neo-Classical facade of the Royal Palace.

For lunch today you might like to try the most famous Neapolitan cuisine, pizza. The traditional pizzas served here aren't as crispy as in most parts of Italy. They tend to be thinner in the centre so that the fresh tomato sauce collects and soaks into the base. It's normally then topped with a drizzling of olive oil, mozzarella and fresh basil.

This afternoon our charter bus takes us on a trip to Mount Vesuvius. Vesuvius is the only active volcano on the European mainland and dominates the skyline between Naples and Pompeii, rising up from the flat, fertile landscape. Since the mighty eruption of AD 79, it has had another 18 violent eruptions. The last one, in 1944, surprised the Allied forces and destroyed an entire squadron of 88 B-25 bombers belonging to the American Air Force. From the car park at around 1000 metres the walk up to the volcanic crater rim at 1,120m is along a well-graded cinder track and the round trip takes around an hour. From the top there are remarkable views down to Naples, the coastal plain and the glistening bay. It's a short journey from here on to our hotel in Pompeii.

Accommodation:

Grade: Comfortable Hotel

Single room available

Meals Provided: Breakfast

Day 10 - Visit Pompeii archaeological site; drive to Amalfi via the gardens and villas of charming Ravello

We're up this morning in time to get to the archaeological site of Pompeii for opening time. A guided walking tour takes us around this fascinating and remarkably well-preserved example of a provincial Roman city. The town once housed 15,000 people and was an important commercial centre, as well as a favourite residence of wealthy Roman patricians. Of course, on one fateful day some 2,000 years ago, this all changed when the powerful eruption of nearby Mount Vesuvius buried the city, preserving the city and its citizens in layers of ash and pumice. On our tour, we will see the extensive colonnaded forum with its Temple of Jupiter and the magnificently-decorated villas, such as that of the Vetii. Human casts of some of the victims trapped by the eruption give an emotive snapshot of this catastrophic event.

In the afternoon we take the inland route across the hills to the wonderful Amalfi coast. Our plan is to visit Ravello en route. A tranquil spot located high on a rocky promontory overlooking the azure coastal waters. The architecture here is a glorious mix of Moorish flair and aristocratic excess, and the town's captivating charms have attracted artists and writers to its enchanting streets for generations.

Continuing on we reach our hotel in Amalfi. A great maritime power since the Byzantine era, Amalfi went on to reach its pinnacle during the Middle Ages, when it was an independent trading republic rivalling those of Venice, Pisa and Genoa. The beautiful 11th century Cathedral of Saint Andrea dominates the town - a magnificent combination of Romanesque and Saracen design, with an impressive set of bronze doors that hail from Constantinople. At the far end of the town lies the Valley of the Mills, a once important centre of Amalfi's paper industry, that today echoes with the ghosts of its past glories.

Accommodation:

Grade: Comfortable Hotel

Single room available

Meals Provided: Breakfast

Day 11 - Hike the Walk of the Gods to Positano; ferry back to Amalfi

We drive this morning up to the village of Bomerano on the Agerola Plain some 600 metres up on the cliffs above the Amalfi Coast. Our aim to complete the Walk of the Gods to Positano, regarded by many as one of the best coastal walks in the world. The high cliff path contours west, with magnificent views over the Bay of Salerno and Capri. The trail passes under huge limestone cliffs and above picturesque stone farmhouses until it reaches the attractive village of Nocelle. From here, we descend down an ancient stairway, passing pretty flower gardens, into Positano. A poor fishing village until the 1950s, Positano has grown into a chic town that is still a favourite with Hollywood stars. Positano's colourful buildings are stacked up the green cliff side above its sandy beach.The walk today will take approximately five hours and covers a distance of eight kilometres with a 650 metre descent. The walk can be shortened and end in Montepertuso for anyone who doesn't want to do the steep final descent with a significant number of steps into Positano. From Montepertuso it's easy to take the public bus to Positano to catch up with those finishing the walk.

After free time in Positano to relax on the beach or perhaps to have a cold beer to reward ourselves on finishing our walk, we take a ferry back to Amalfi. For anyone who doesn't wish to hike today you could choose to just relax in and around Amalfi or catch a public bus along the coast to Positano where you can spend time on the beach, browsing the quaint shops or unwinding with a glass of wine while admiring the beautiful coastal views before meeting up with the rest of the group at the end of the walk.

Accommodation:

Grade: Comfortable Hotel

Single room available

Meals Provided: Breakfast

Day 12 - Drive along the spectacular Amalfi Coast road to Sorrento

We take the Amalfi Coast road to Sorrento today, a spectacular route with incredible views that hugs the cliffs and coves of the Tyrrhenian Sea, twisting its way past pastel-painted villages. On the Northern side of the Peninsula that takes its name, Sorrento perches atop the cliffs and overlooks the Bay of Naples. The historic centre is a warren of narrow alleys that's home to the Chiesa di San Francesco, a 14th-century church with a tranquil cloister that boasts a garden terrace with sweeping views over the bay. The centre and Piazzo Tasso (Central Square) are home to many quaint shops featuring the work of the local artisans and also restaurants where you can sample home-grown cuisine. The city is rich in historical and religious places of interest, including the remaining four gates of the old city walls.

Accommodation:

Grade: Comfortable Hotel

Single room available

Meals Provided: Breakfast

Day 13 - Free day in Sorrento with option to visit the island of Capri

Today you are free to relax on the Sorrento Peninsula or perhaps to visit the island of Capri. It's just a short walk to the Port of Sorrento to board a hydrofoil ferry across to the island of Capri, which takes about 20 minutes each way. There are then multiple ways for you to explore the island, but we'd recommend taking a private bus excursion to the main sights of Anacapri and Capri. From Anacapri you could walk to the delightful museum and gardens of Villa San Michele and to the Villa Jovis - the ruins of the Roman Emperor Tiberius' cliff top palace with impressive views over the island. Alternatively you can take a boat to the famed Blue Grotto, which is a sea cave where the sunlight shines through it in such a way that it illuminates the waters and makes them appear bright blue. Go into the cavern to witness this natural spectacle.

Accommodation:

Grade: Comfortable Hotel

Single room available

Meals Provided: Breakfast

Day 14 - Trip ends in Sorrento

The trip ends after breakfast at our hotel in Sorrento. There are no activities planned today, so you are free to depart from Sorrento at any time.

If your flight is departing later in the day luggage storage facilities are available at our hotel. If you would like to receive a complimentary airport transfer today, you need to depart from Naples Airport (NAP), which is about an hours' drive from our hotel.

Meals Provided: Breakfast

Trip information

Climate and country information

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Climate

April/May and October/November are pleasantly warm. June/September are the hottest months. Showers are common in Autumn.

Time difference to GMT

+1

Plugs

2 Pin Round

Religion

Roman Catholic

Language

Italian

Budgeting and packing

Clothing

Bring light and comfortable clothing that can be layered according to the temperature.

July and August can be extremely hot, but early and late in the season Italy can be chilly so go prepared with clothing to suit drops in temperature and rain showers. Light rainwear may be needed at any time of year, and a warm fleece/jacket is recommended for cooler evenings and nights.

Footwear

Comfortable trainers or lightweight walking shoes for travelling and walking around the cities, plus sandals for relaxing.

Luggage

12Kg

Luggage: On tour

You'll need one main piece of baggage and a small daypack for when you're out and about exploring. As you'll be taking care of your own luggage, hopping on and off trains, lifting your luggage up onto storage racks on the train and navigating city streets to your hotel, it's really important for your enjoyment not to overload yourself. We advise you to pack light, no more than 12kg is recommended. A small suitcase or soft holdall with wheels or a rucksack is the most suitable type of baggage. Ideally one which also has carry straps for when you're navigating cobbled streets and stairs.

Equipment

Sunscreen, sunglasses and a sun hat are advised. A power bank may be useful if you'd like to use or charge your phone whilst travelling.

We advise you bring a water bottle for day to day use. We have a partnership with Water-to-Go, who have developed a filtration system that eliminates over 99.9% of all microbiological contaminants. This allows you to drink from any tap, including on trains, or even streams and lakes. You can purchase your own Explore branded bottle with the discount code EXPLORE15.

Tipping

Explore leader
Tipping isn't compulsory, and we work hard to ensure that our leaders all receive a fair wage. You may however, want to recognise a leader that has done a great job or really added to your trip by giving them a tip. We're often asked about the recommended amount. It is a tricky one, and down to personal preference, but we would recommend £15 to £20 per person per week as a guideline.
Local crew
Although voluntary, tipping is a recognised part of life in this region of the world. Some local staff will look to members of the group for personal recognition of particular services provided. Accordingly, you should allow approximately £20 of local currency for tipping. In order to make things easier for you, the Explore Leader may organise a group's tips kitty and if this is the case, they will account for it throughout the trip.

When dining in more simple restaurants and cafes you may like to round your bill up to the nearest Euro. In more up-market restaurants we suggest 5% to 10% of your bill dependent on your view of the service you've received.

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Food and drink

The costs for meals may vary depending upon location, type of restaurant and number of courses eaten and so the prices given are an average guide. Local restaurants located off the beaten track may be less expensive, whereas an upmarket restaurant located in the centre of a major city may charge more.


Lunch price
£10.00 - 15.00
Dinner price
£20.00 - 25.00
Beer price
£2.00 - 4.00
Water price
£1.00 - 2.00
Foreign Exchange
Local currency
Euro.
Recommended Currency For Exchange
GBP.
Where To Exchange
We recommend that you change any currency into Euros prior to arrival. Bureau de Change are generally only found in major cities and large airports.
ATM Availability
Major towns.
Credit Card Acceptance
Larger hotels and restaurants.
Travellers Cheques
Only in major towns. Please note, the exchange rate for cash and Travellers Cheques is poor.
Transport, Accommodation & Meals

Transport Information

Bus, Ferry, Train

Essential Information

Government Travel Safety Advice

We strongly recommend that you check your government's travel advisory for up-to-date information and advice about your destination: safety and security, entry requirements, health, local laws and customs. For UK citizens, check the latest Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office advice.

Please refer to our COVID-19 entry requirements page for any country-specific conditions of entry. Whilst we strive to update this on a regular basis we recommend you also check the FCDO website for the latest advice on entry requirements in this fast-evolving situation. Information can change at any time.
 

Under 18 immigration guidance

Please note that some countries require proof of parental consent when travelling overseas with under 18s. Please check requirements with the relevant embassy or consular office well in advance of travel if this applies to your party.

Price Guarantee

Once your booking has been confirmed we guarantee the price will not increase, whatever the circumstances. Before booking please ensure you have read our important tour pricing information.Booking Conditions

Visa and Passport Information

Italy: Visas are not required by UK, E.U. Nationals, Australian, New Zealand, US or Canadian citizens. Other nationalities should consult their local embassy or consular office.

All visa information is subject to change. You should confirm all visa related questions with the relevant embassy prior to departure.


If you do require assistance in obtaining a visa then you may be able to apply through Explore's recommended visa service in the UK, Travcour. See www.travcour.com to download the relevant visa application for your trip, if applicable (UK citizens only), along with details of how to apply for your visa through Travcour. The Team at Travcour will be happy to answer specific questions relating to visa applications, please call them directly on 0208 5431846.

It is your responsibility to ensure that you are in possession of a full passport, with the correct validity for your chosen destination.
 

Booking conditions

Before booking your Explore trip, please ensure that you read both our Essential Information and Booking Conditions.
 

Minimum age restrictions

For our group tours, the minimum age is 16. The minimum age on Family trips varies between 7 and 11 - please check the 'Family information' section of the trip page for more information. 

Transfers

Find out more about Trip Transfer Terms and Conditions before you book.

Booking a land only package with Explore

Customers who have chosen to book on the ‘Land Only’ arrangements of our tour, please ensure that you have checked your tour specific ‘Joining Instructions’ prior to booking your own travel arrangements. Your joining instructions can be found below in the dates and prices information. 

You may also be eligible for the Free Explore Transfer.


Joining Tour Abroad

Customers booked on the ‘Land Only’ arrangements will receive a Free Transfer, provided you arrive and depart on the tour only itinerary start and end dates. The complimentary transfers will be arranged from the Explore designated airport or train station to your trips joining point, and then back from the ending point to the designated airport or train station. Generally the airport or station that Explore have selected will be the one that is closest to the town or city where the trip starts, or the one nearest to the joining point. It will be either an airport or train station but not both.

The exception to this rule is customers who are booked on a tour where the joining and ending point is at the designated airport or train station.  

Free transfers are not available for Self-Guided, Polar, Tailormade or Tours for Churches customers.

If you are not eligible for the Free Transfer then you will need to make your own way through to the joining and ending point. On a majority of our tours Explore will be able to provide a private transfer at an additional cost. Please ask for a quote at the time of booking.  

For more information regarding the Explore Free Transfer click here

Insurance

It is a condition of booking with Explore that you have adequate valid travel insurance. It is your responsibility to arrange appropriate travel insurance and ensure you have read and understood the full terms and conditions of your travel insurance policy to ensure that you are covered for all activities you intend to undertake whilst on the tour, including all optional activities. Your Insurance Policy must fully cover you for medical expenses and emergency repatriation to your home country. Please ensure your policy includes medical emergency helicopter evacuation in the event of illness or injury and covers the entire duration of your holiday. If you are trekking at altitude please ensure that there is no upper altitude limit which may limit or exclude cover for your trip. The cost of many of our Polar Voyages will exceed the capped amount covered by standard insurance premiums and you will be required to pay an additional premium to cover the full value of your trip. Please ensure that you are covered for the full amount of your holiday cost, as insufficient cover could invalidate a claim under the policy. Medical and repatriation insurance cover is not mandatory for UK residents who are travelling on trips within the United Kingdom.
Read more information about what travel insurance is required.

Flight information

Explore offers a wide range of flexible flying options to make joining and leaving our trips easy. Read more about them here.


Flight Information

You are able to book this tour on a 'land only' basis or as a ‘flight inclusive’ package. Your flight inclusive package will be fully protected by the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) ATOL protection scheme.

  

Booking a flight inclusive package with Explore

We have a good selection of flights not only from London but from many regional airports around the UK allowing us to compare fares between scheduled carriers as well as low cost and charter airlines. Our dedicated flights team will match the best flight options to your arrival and departure airport.

On our website we display a UK flight inclusive package guide price which is generally based on a London departure. To avoid paying supplements or to secure your preferred flight option, we recommend booking as early as possible, especially for peak travel dates.

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Vaccinations

Nothing required. Tetanus recommended. Please check the latest requirements with your travel clinic or doctor prior to departure. The above is not an exhaustive list. Further information regarding vaccinations and travel health advice can be found by following the NHS and NaTHNaC links at Explore Travel Health and from your local healthcare provider. Visa and vaccination requirements are subject to change and should be confirmed by you before travelling.

Additional Information

Dates, prices and booking

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  • Full Explore refunds in the event of FCDO cancellations or major disruption at your UK departure airport
  • Carbon neutral flights – Gold Standard offsetting included
  • Rearranged flights and transfers in the event of delays, missed connections, or cancellations (including accommodation overseas)
  • ATOL protected
  • No surcharge guarantee
 
Sun 14 May 2023 - Sat 27 May 2023
VRA_2023
£2975
was Save
FLIGHT OPTIONS FROM
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+£219
SINGLE ROOM OPTION
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+£555
VRA_2023

Add a flight with Explore

  • Full Explore refunds in the event of FCDO cancellations or major disruption at your UK departure airport
  • Carbon neutral flights – Gold Standard offsetting included
  • Rearranged flights and transfers in the event of delays, missed connections, or cancellations (including accommodation overseas)
  • ATOL protected
  • No surcharge guarantee
 
Sun 28 May 2023 - Sat 10 Jun 2023
VRA_2023
£2995
was Save
FLIGHT OPTIONS FROM
i
+£269
SINGLE ROOM OPTION
i
+£500
VRA_2023

Add a flight with Explore

  • Full Explore refunds in the event of FCDO cancellations or major disruption at your UK departure airport
  • Carbon neutral flights – Gold Standard offsetting included
  • Rearranged flights and transfers in the event of delays, missed connections, or cancellations (including accommodation overseas)
  • ATOL protected
  • No surcharge guarantee
 
Sun 4 Jun 2023 - Sat 17 Jun 2023
VRA_2023
£2995
was Save
FLIGHT OPTIONS FROM
i
+£269
SINGLE ROOM OPTION
i
+£500
VRA_2023

Add a flight with Explore

  • Full Explore refunds in the event of FCDO cancellations or major disruption at your UK departure airport
  • Carbon neutral flights – Gold Standard offsetting included
  • Rearranged flights and transfers in the event of delays, missed connections, or cancellations (including accommodation overseas)
  • ATOL protected
  • No surcharge guarantee
 
Sun 11 Jun 2023 - Sat 24 Jun 2023
VRA_2023
£2995
was Save
FLIGHT OPTIONS FROM
i
+£269
SINGLE ROOM OPTION
i
+£500
VRA_2023

Add a flight with Explore

  • Full Explore refunds in the event of FCDO cancellations or major disruption at your UK departure airport
  • Carbon neutral flights – Gold Standard offsetting included
  • Rearranged flights and transfers in the event of delays, missed connections, or cancellations (including accommodation overseas)
  • ATOL protected
  • No surcharge guarantee
 
Sun 25 Jun 2023 - Sat 8 Jul 2023
VRA_2023
£2975
was Save
FLIGHT OPTIONS FROM
i
+£269
SINGLE ROOM OPTION
i
+£555
VRA_2023

Add a flight with Explore

  • Full Explore refunds in the event of FCDO cancellations or major disruption at your UK departure airport
  • Carbon neutral flights – Gold Standard offsetting included
  • Rearranged flights and transfers in the event of delays, missed connections, or cancellations (including accommodation overseas)
  • ATOL protected
  • No surcharge guarantee
 
Sun 9 Jul 2023 - Sat 22 Jul 2023
VRA_2023
£2895
was Save
FLIGHT OPTIONS FROM
i
+£269
SINGLE ROOM OPTION
i
+£555
VRA_2023

Add a flight with Explore

  • Full Explore refunds in the event of FCDO cancellations or major disruption at your UK departure airport
  • Carbon neutral flights – Gold Standard offsetting included
  • Rearranged flights and transfers in the event of delays, missed connections, or cancellations (including accommodation overseas)
  • ATOL protected
  • No surcharge guarantee
 
Sun 23 Jul 2023 - Sat 5 Aug 2023
VRA_2023
£2895
was Save
FLIGHT OPTIONS FROM
i
+£269
SINGLE ROOM OPTION
i
+£555
VRA_2023

Add a flight with Explore

  • Full Explore refunds in the event of FCDO cancellations or major disruption at your UK departure airport
  • Carbon neutral flights – Gold Standard offsetting included
  • Rearranged flights and transfers in the event of delays, missed connections, or cancellations (including accommodation overseas)
  • ATOL protected
  • No surcharge guarantee
 
Sun 20 Aug 2023 - Sat 2 Sep 2023
VRA_2023
£2895
was Save
FLIGHT OPTIONS FROM
i
+£244
SINGLE ROOM OPTION
i
+£555
VRA_2023

Add a flight with Explore

  • Full Explore refunds in the event of FCDO cancellations or major disruption at your UK departure airport
  • Carbon neutral flights – Gold Standard offsetting included
  • Rearranged flights and transfers in the event of delays, missed connections, or cancellations (including accommodation overseas)
  • ATOL protected
  • No surcharge guarantee
 
Sun 3 Sep 2023 - Sat 16 Sep 2023
VRA_2023
£2995
was Save
FLIGHT OPTIONS FROM
i
+£219
SINGLE ROOM OPTION
i
+£500
VRA_2023

Add a flight with Explore

  • Full Explore refunds in the event of FCDO cancellations or major disruption at your UK departure airport
  • Carbon neutral flights – Gold Standard offsetting included
  • Rearranged flights and transfers in the event of delays, missed connections, or cancellations (including accommodation overseas)
  • ATOL protected
  • No surcharge guarantee
 
Sun 10 Sep 2023 - Sat 23 Sep 2023
VRA_2023
£2995
was Save
FLIGHT OPTIONS FROM
i
+£219
SINGLE ROOM OPTION
i
+£500
VRA_2023

Add a flight with Explore

  • Full Explore refunds in the event of FCDO cancellations or major disruption at your UK departure airport
  • Carbon neutral flights – Gold Standard offsetting included
  • Rearranged flights and transfers in the event of delays, missed connections, or cancellations (including accommodation overseas)
  • ATOL protected
  • No surcharge guarantee
 
Sun 17 Sep 2023 - Sat 30 Sep 2023
VRA_2023
£2995
was Save
FLIGHT OPTIONS FROM
i
+£244
SINGLE ROOM OPTION
i
+£500
VRA_2023

Add a flight with Explore

  • Full Explore refunds in the event of FCDO cancellations or major disruption at your UK departure airport
  • Carbon neutral flights – Gold Standard offsetting included
  • Rearranged flights and transfers in the event of delays, missed connections, or cancellations (including accommodation overseas)
  • ATOL protected
  • No surcharge guarantee
 
Sun 24 Sep 2023 - Sat 7 Oct 2023
VRA_2023
£2975
was Save
FLIGHT OPTIONS FROM
i
+£244
SINGLE ROOM OPTION
i
+£555
VRA_2023

Add a flight with Explore

  • Full Explore refunds in the event of FCDO cancellations or major disruption at your UK departure airport
  • Carbon neutral flights – Gold Standard offsetting included
  • Rearranged flights and transfers in the event of delays, missed connections, or cancellations (including accommodation overseas)
  • ATOL protected
  • No surcharge guarantee
 
Sun 1 Oct 2023 - Sat 14 Oct 2023
VRA_2023
£2975
was Save
FLIGHT OPTIONS FROM
i
+£244
SINGLE ROOM OPTION
i
+£555
VRA_2023

Add a flight with Explore

  • Full Explore refunds in the event of FCDO cancellations or major disruption at your UK departure airport
  • Carbon neutral flights – Gold Standard offsetting included
  • Rearranged flights and transfers in the event of delays, missed connections, or cancellations (including accommodation overseas)
  • ATOL protected
  • No surcharge guarantee
 
Sun 15 Oct 2023 - Sat 28 Oct 2023
VRA_2023
£2875
was Save
FLIGHT OPTIONS FROM
i
+£244
SINGLE ROOM OPTION
i
+£500
VRA_2023

Add a flight with Explore

  • Full Explore refunds in the event of FCDO cancellations or major disruption at your UK departure airport
  • Carbon neutral flights – Gold Standard offsetting included
  • Rearranged flights and transfers in the event of delays, missed connections, or cancellations (including accommodation overseas)
  • ATOL protected
  • No surcharge guarantee
 

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