Italian City Escape & Grand Prix

Experience the Italian Grand Prix

Prices from R34,999 pp

Explore four of Italy’s most atmospheric cities on a city-hopping holiday, immersing yourself amid the dramatic scenery, historical sights and famously tasty cuisine. Ticking off Rome, Florence, Venice and Milan, you’ll tour the city’s stunning north, culminating in an action-packed three days of motor racing at the Italian Grand Prix.

Travel between each destination via the country’s fast and efficient train system, taking in the scenery as you speed through the Italian countryside. Your journey is the perfect introduction to the charms of this much-loved European destination, with plenty of time in each stop to discover the highlights of some of the world’s favourite cities.

Your holiday begins with a flight to Rome, Italy’s proud, patriotic capital city. Its lengthy history needs no introduction – known as the Eternal City, ancient sites seem to be located on every corner, from the magnificent Colosseum to the ruins of the Roman Forum.

Next you’ll hop aboard a train bound for the Renaissance city of Florence. Bisected by the River Arno, the city’s best sights include the Uffizi museum, the covered bridge of the Ponte Vecchio where gold merchants sell their glittering wares, and the magnificent Duomo and its bell tower in the heart of the city.

In Venice, glide along the canals in an effortless gondola or a charming water taxi, the only way to travel in the lagoon city. Uncover the secrets of the bridges, palaces and islands and finish each day with a glass of prosecco in an underground bar – beloved by both residents and visitors.

Your last stop brings you to the fashion capital of Milan: the grand cathedral provides the perfect backdrop to the boutiques, trendy cafes and restaurants. During your stay here you’ll have tickets to three days of action-packed entertainment at the Italian Grand Prix, where the great and the good of motor racing go head to head on one of the sport’s most scenic tracks.

Make your way to the racetrack just outside the city and get to know the famous banked corners and flyover bridge of ‘La Pista Magica’ on Practice Day. As the action heats up on Qualifying Day, make your predictions for pole position on the final day, Race Day, where you’ll have fabulous views of the Variante del Rettifilo chicane and the rest of the track from your seats in the grandstand. It’s the perfect end to your adventure.

Duration 12 nights
Departing Aug 2019 - Sep 2019
  • All flights
  • All taxes
  • All transfers

Your Experience

  • 3 night hotel stay in Rome
  • 2 night hotel stay in Florence
  • 3 night hotel stay in Venice
  • 4 night hotel stay in Milan
  • 3 day ticket to the Italian Grand Prix including:
  • Friday 6 September 2019 (Practice Day)
  • Saturday 7 September 2019 (Qualifying Day)
  • Sunday 8 September 2019 (Race Day)
  • Return flights & taxes
  • All transfers (excludes transfers to and from the Italian Grand Prix)
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Itinerary

Days 1 - 3
Rome

Explore streets steeped in ancient history, where Byzantine mosaics grace church ceilings and cool catacombs slumber beneath your feet.

With three nights in this unforgettable location, you’ll be awed by the scale of St Peter’s Square at the Vatican and the imposing Colosseum as you quite walk in the footsteps of gladiators. In between chic cafés and serene statues on street corners, you’ll find treasures like the Spanish Steps and the Trevi Fountain, where a coin tossed into its shining waters promise a return to Rome.

Hotel Milton Roma

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Days 4 - 5
Florence

The capital of the Tuscany region is an achingly romantic city of rivers, bridges and Renaissance art and architecture.

Embrace beautiful Florence, the cradle of the Renaissance and a city made for exploring on foot. Stroll down romantic streets and marvel at Brunelleschi's red cathedral dome on Piazza del Duomo, waiting for the bells to chime.

Hotel Embassy Florence

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Days 6 - 8
Venice

Discover the secret passageways, dramatic Gothic architecture and the famous Venetian cuisine; all of which contribute to the beauty and intrigue of this enchanting city.

Defying both logic and architectural techniques, the city stands as beautiful as it was the day it came into fruition, an incredibly well-preserved network of waterways and grand palazzi. Take a trip on a gondola, an iconic experience and undisputed romantic symbol of this timeless city.

Hotel Tritone

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Days 9 - 12
Milan

Take a stroll around fashionable Milan and you’ll uncover a creative and historic city, where modern marvels meet traditional Italian heritage.

Visit the Brera district with its botanical garden, fantastic shopping and thrilling nightlife. Or stroll around Sforza Castle, a huge medieval-renaissance fortress with museums and art by da Vinci and Michelangelo.

Virginia Palace Hotel

4 star 4 star 4 star 4 star 4 star

Days 10 - 12
Italian Grand Prix

There’s no better setting for the Italian Grand Prix than staying in the country’s fashion and automotive capital, Milan. Exploring amid the dramatic architecture, absorb the city’s motor racing history and enjoy the delicious Northern Italian cuisine.

During the day, head out of the city and explore the thrills and spills on the Monza racetrack nearby: just outside the northeast of the city, the track is surrounded by beautiful parkland and provides the perfect stage for the high-octane event.

Virginia Palace Hotel

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Prices

28 Aug 2019 - 09 Sep 2019 Standard from R34,999

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