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Italian Splendour

Solo Travellers 45 years & over
Sunday 13 May – Sunday 3 June 2018



  • Economy class airfare ex Australia *
  • 19 nights (quality hotels)
  • Daily breakfast (19) 
  • A group welcome drink on day 1
  • 2 highlight lunches including a glass of wine
  • 8 highlight dinners including a glass of wine
  • A wine tasting event
  • A vinegar tasting in Modena
  • Headphones for guided sightseeing tours
  • English speaking, professional tour director
  • English speaking local guides as indicated by itinerary
  • Tours & excursions as per itinerary
  • Porterage (1 bag) where available
  • Pre paid tips for tour service personnel ~
  • Tourist taxes
  • Private, air conditioned coach with driver
  • Arrival transfer and departure transfer with group flight ^
  • Maximum group size 22 passengers

* airfares are ex Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Adelaide and Perth are inclusive of fuel levy surcharges & taxes up to the value of $190 per person 

^ arrival and departure transfers only apply to nominated group flights, and only when you purchase your airfare with us as part of your holiday package.  See GETTING THERE page of website for details.

~ Pre paid tips include tips for the tour director, coach driver, local guides, wait staff for included lunches, dinners, wine & vinegar tastings, hotel porters, boat drivers on included boat tours.



SAVING #1: Book & pay the tour deposit by Tuesday 31 October 2017
SAVE $700 for tour package with your own room | $500 if you share
SAVING #2: Book & pay the tour deposit by Thursday 30 November 2017
SAVE $500 for tour package with your own room | $350 if you share

* sharing refers to ‘twinshare’; share a room with a friend or a roommate match that we arrange.

 Per Person AUD

Twin Share

Single Room

 EARLY BIRD Package: Tour & airfare ex SYD/MEL/BNE/ADL/PER



 STANDARD Package: Tour & airfare ex SYD/MEL/BNE/ADL/PER



Tipping – About the Pre Paid Tips

Tipping is customary for European touring. To take the hassle of tipping we have packaged the tour with pre paid tips. Tips are included for all the major services detailed by the itinerary, including tips for your director, coach driver, local guides, wait staff for lunches, dinners, wine & vinegar tastings, hotel porters and boat drivers on boat tours.

The pre paid tips does not cover the tips for room maids, donations, coffee-tea stops, and anything else not mentioned above.

For excellent service additional tips for your tour director and driver are gratefully received but not in any way mandatory and entirely at your discretion.


* International group airfare ex Australia is valid from: 
Sydney, Melbourne, Adelaide, Brisbane & Perth. Once the ticket is issued penalties are incurred for changes, and in some cases airfares may be non-refundable. A reservation with cancellation terms is sent to you, prior to ticketing, for your review, and acceptance.

Group fares are applicable for accrual of Skywards Saver miles.

Other departure cities: for all other departure cities, please enquire for a quote.  We are able to quote out of other cities, however the airfare could change the total package price.

Upgrading Economy Fare to Premium or Business Class Fare with Points
The airfare included in the package does not always allow the use of frequent flyer points to upgrade. However, there may be the option of paying a surcharge to allow you to upgrade using frequent flyer points. The surcharge can be quoted at time of requesting a quote and is subject to availability.

Airfare Surcharges:
Tour & airfare packages are subject to surcharges if you deviate from the group travel dates.

As a guide, allow up to $100-$300 should a surcharge apply.  

For any booking that deviates from the group travel dates including a stop over a deviation fee of $75 applies (in addition to any airfare surcharge).

Day/Date Variations: 
Due to airline flight schedules and availability, day of arrival and day of departure may vary depending on your city of departure. If additional nights of stay are required, the cost of the additional nights of stay applies.

Taxes & Fuel Costs: 
The tour and airfare package includes fuel levy surcharges and air taxes to the value of $190 per person for Sydney,Melbourne, Brisbane, Adelaide and Perth. Taxes and fuel surcharges can you without notice so above levies are shown as a guide only. At the time final monies, if the amount exceeds the value of $190 the additional amount will become due and payable by the traveller, at this time.

Early Bird Terms & Conditions: 
To be eligible for the early bird savings you need to book and pay the nominated deposit to secure your booking by the early bird end date, and the progress payment of $2750 for a single and $3950 for a twin share by the due date.

Progress Payment:
A progress payment of $2750 for a single room and $3950 for a twin share room becomes due by Monday 15 January 2018, or within 3 days of your deposit payment if your pay your deposit after Monday 15 Janaury 2018.

See detailed clause ‘cancellation charges’ for complete details of non-refundable monies.

About the Airport Transfers:
Airport transfers are included when you purchase the tour & airfare package with us, travelling on the nominated group flights, as part of your package with us.

Price information: 
All prices shown are per person. Prices and itineraries correct at current time but are subject to change.

Not included:

  • Travel insurance
  • Excess baggage
  • Visa fees (if applicable)
  • Meals and beverages not specified on itinerary
  • Items of a personal nature such as laundry & medical expenses
  • Incidental expenses such as taxi fares, telecommunications


Roommate matching is optional.

On your request and subject to availability, we will match you with another group member (same gender) so that you can share a room and take advantage of the twin share price.

Reduced Single Supplement:
If we are not able to offer you a roommate match, a 'reduced single supplement' price will be offered. This represents a $500 saving on the standard single supplement price. Alternatively, you have the option decline and receive a full refund of your tour deposit.

If you are not prepared to pay for a reduced single supplement we recommend you should not pay for the airfare until you have a guaranteed roommate match, and this is advised by us in writing. If you have arranged the group airfare with us we will not ticket your airfare until such time that you accept the policy for the Reduced Single Supplement

This supplement becomes due after we finalise the group and before departure.  The reduced single supplement offer only applies to bookings secured with a deposit by Tuesday 13 February 2018. After this time the offer is at our discretion.

Please note: if a roommate becomes available after receiving advice of a reduced single supplement rate, your booking automatically reverts to the twin share price and any monies paid for the reduced single supplement will be refunded. 

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Encounter Travel
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Encounter Travel provides holidays for solo travellers. Since 2006 we've been creating tour, cruise and resort packages for solo travellers that like to share their travel experiences. Visiting destinations across Australia and around the globe our holidays include short tropical escapes, leisurely touring, cruises and active walking trips.   

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