Religious & Historical
7 nights at Hotel Demeure Les Mouettes, Ajaccio
Situated on the famous Route des Iles Sanguinaires and originally the holiday home of a wealthy French trader, Hotel Demeure Les Mouettes has superb views across the bay and it is only a 15 minute walk from the centre of Ajaccio. The location and standard of this 4 star hotel offer an excellent base from which to experience the beautiful beaches, countryside and cultural points of interest in this area of Corsica. Ajaccio is the birth place of Napoleon and its ochrecoloured cathedral was the setting for the baptism of Napoleon in 1771 and thus is the price and joy of this Imperial City. The entire island is full of history, of striking architectural qualities and unforgettable scenery. Ajaccio is a great place to base yourself as you discover the historical attractions of this breathtaking island.
The property was converted into the Hostellerie de la Grande Bleue in 1920 and, subsequent to its purchase by the Pieri family in 2006, the hotel was further transformed into its current form.
The superbly appointed hotel now has 27 air conditioned double and twin rooms with 4 room types: Chambre d’Hôtes with views of the rear garden, Superieure with sea view and small terrace, Privilège with sea view and a large terrace and Junior Suite with sea view, large terrace and seating area. Some room types can interconnect and additional beds can be provided in the Junior Suites on request.
All the rooms are light and airy, well decorated and have satellite TV, WiFi, safe, minibar, telephone, balcony or terrace (except Chambres d’Hôtes rooms), en suite bath or shower room, hairdryer and iPhone docking station (Privilège & Junior suites only).
This full day WALKING tour will visit a selection of Cathar Castles;magnificent structures built as early as the 12th Century. They are seats of besieged strongholds where the last Cathars stood their ground against the Catholic Crusaders until the 15th Century.
Walk the streets of this fortified medieval town located on a large hill in the centre of Malta; today it is known as the ‘silent city’ with a rich history. The narrow winding streets hiding dwarfed doorways lead to the city’s bastions from where a stunning almost 360 degrees panoramic view of the island can be seen. The town was the old capital of Malta, and with its few inhabitants and beatuful views over the Island it is truly a magical town. Malta is said to have a church for every day of the year – this beautiful island boasts ofer 365 churches!!
Spend 3 nights at the sensational 5* Palazzo Manfredi Hotel which overlooks the Colosseum! This visit to Rome will be unique as your trip will include a very special visit to the Vatican : you will actually go directly underneath St Peter’s Basilica to visit the Vatican Necropolis (only 125 people per day are allowed to visit). The Necropolis includes everything from Papal Tombs to Roman cities of the dead; most importantly it houses the actual tomb of St Peter himself, the very first Pope! (Please book in advance and the tour is not recommended for those who are claustrophobic).
Spend 3 nights at the splendid Rose Garden Palace Hotel, located just off Via Veneto; step outside and you will find some of the best shopping, dining and sightseeing this eternal city has to offer. During your stay at the Rose Garden your private Guide and driver will collect you from the hotel and take your for a comprehensive guided tour of the Roman Forum and the magical Colosseum.