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Your hard work has paid off and you will be jetting off to Italy, home to many of the world’s greatest cuisine, fashion and architecture.

Your first stop, on this once-in-a-lifetime trip will be historic Rome. Rome’s ancient roots uncoil throughout the city, flaunting icons like the Coliseum and Pantheon. With a lively artisan culture, breath-taking basilicas, and a food scene that needs no introduction, there’s a reason why “la città eternal” has charmed travellers for centuries.

Next up is beautiful Florence or Firenze as it is known by the Italians. Few cities are so compact in size or so packed with extraordinary art and architecture masterpieces at every turn. The urban fabric of this small city, on the banks of the Arno rive, has hardly changed since the Renaissance and its narrow cobbled streets are a cinematic feast of elegant 15th- and 16th-century palazzi (palaces), medieval candle-lit chapels, fresco-decorated churches, marble basilicas and world-class art museums.

Before you can embark on this magical experience, you do need to do a bit of work. Yes we know, you have done the work to win the trip, but this is just a bit of admin to make sure you have a seamless experience. Please work through the information to make sure you are geared and ready for your trip.

We need this information to make sure you have the best experience ever! Registrations to be completed by 10 February 2023.


In order to travel to Italy you need to have a valid passport. Your passport must be valid until 6 June 2023 and you must have at least two (2) blank pages in your passport. Should your passport not be valid you need to urgently apply for a new passport through the Department of Home Affairs


All South African citizens need to apply for a Schengen visa in order to enter Italy. All applicants must appear in person.

In order to apply for your visa you will need the following support documentation:

  • Completed visa form (click here to download the form). ALL questions MUST be answered in full. Applicants must also please sign confirming visa fees are non-refundable.
  • Valid original passport with a minimum of three months validity from return date (validity until 6 June 2023). Passport must have a minimum of 2 blank pages (face to face marked “visa”). Visa pages are invalid if stained/damaged by stamps from other pages.
  • Photocopy of BIOMETRIC PAGE of passport – preferably in colour.
  • Photocopy of any previous SCHENGEN VISAS.
  • Photocopy of applicants ID Document (clear copies only please).
  • 2 x identical COLOUR passport photographs taken against a white background. (Must not be older than 30 days) Size: 45mm x 35mm (please do not wear a white or light coloured shirt/top when having the photos done, no smiling, no headgear etc.).
  • Full itinerary – to be provided by Tourvest Travel Services.
  • Copies or airline tickets – to be provided by Tourvest Travel Services.
  • Confirmation of accommodation – to be provided by Tourvest Travel Services.
  • Employment letter – to be provided by African Bank Human Resources.
  • Travel insurance – to be provided by Tourvest Travel Services.
  • Proof of funds: Latest 3 months bank statements or credit card statements or forex receipt (full name of applicant must appear). Minimum of 30 euros per day to reflect.
  • A recent utility bill, bank statement or telephone account from the last 3 months that features the name of applicant and the physical address. Title Deeds and Lease Agreements can also be supplied as proof of residence. If residing with a 3rd party, please attach to the proof of residence, a copy of their I.D. as well as a signed letter confirming that you reside with them.

Should you be holding a foreign passport, please contact Marcelle Swart ( for requirements pertaining to foreign passport holders.

Once you have all your documentation together, please email this to Marcelle Swart ( A representative from Visas Unlimited will contact you to make an appointment for you to submit your application in person at the lodging centre, most convenient to you.  There are lodging centres in Johannesburg, Pretoria and Durban.


International flights to Italy have been booked for you on Turkish Airlines. Flight details are as follows:

Domestic add-on flights

Domestic add-on flights, if required, will be booked by Tourvest Travel Services, to connect with international flights.

Flight Information

Accommodation in Rome

Rose Garden Palace

Rose Garden Palace, Rome

An elegant hotel wrapped in a classical 20th century building, in Rome’s most exclusive district on Via Veneto Hill.  It’s name was inspired by the rose bushes that grace the garden: Rose Garden Palace. Villa Borghese’s pine trees, the Spanish Steps, the elegant shoVia Condotti, the fashionable bars on Via Veneto, the Trevi , the baroque churches and the masterpieces in the Borghese’s gallery are within walking distance of the hotel.  The Rose Garden Palace offers you a very pleasant stay in an elegant and sophisticated atmosphere. The exclusive setting provides for the detailed attention paid to the needs of each guest making your stay comfortable and tranquil.

Accommodation in Florence

Grand Hotel Cavour

At the Grand Hotel Cavour you will feel like you are in the middle of the Renaissance, just a stroll away from the magnificent Palazzo del Bargello and the amazing Duomo, with all the comforts expected from a luxury hotel. The hotel features an amazing American roof bar on the terrace and a restaurant with traditional Tuscan dishes. After a long day in the city centre, guests can pamper themselves in the wellness centre and Turkish bath.


Thursday, 16 March 2023

It is time to fly to Italy! Check-in for your flight to Rome via Istanbul, at O.R. Tambo International Airport. After meeting for pre-departure drinks and snacks it is time to board your long-haul flight.

Overnight: On board the aircraft.

Meals: Dinner (in-flight).

Friday, 17 March 2023

Connect in Istanbul for your flight to Rome!

On arrival in Rome you will be treated to your first typical Italian lunch! After lunch transfer to the hotel. You have time to freshen up, relax and unpack.

In the late afternoon explore Rome, as you stroll through the streets and see the famous sites with your local guide.

Dinner this evening will be at a local Trattoria.

Overnight: Rose Garden Palace.

Meals: Breakfast (in-flight), lunch & dinner.

Saturday, 18 March 2023

A little surprise await for you today. Suffice to say, you will see and experience Rome and all it has on offer in a different and fun way!

You are at leisure for the rest of the day and evening. A cash allowance will be provided for lunch and dinner at leisure.

Overnight: Rose Garden Palace.

Meals: Breakfast, lunch & dinner (cash allowance).

Sunday, 19 March 2023

The day is yours to explore Rome on your own. You are free to visit any of the famous landmarks in the city or just stroll through the streets and soak up the Rome culture. A cash allowance will be provided for lunch at leisure.

Say farewell to Rome as you savour the traditional Italian fare at Meo Patacca.

Overnight: Rose Garden Palace.

Meals: Breakfast, lunch (cash allowance) & dinner.

Monday, 20 March 2023

After breakfast, check-out from your hotel and depart for Florence. Stop along the way at the medieval city of Siena. Take a walk through the streets of Siena and enjoy a traditional Tuscan lunch.

After lunch continue to Florence, where you will be at leisure until dinner at Grand Café San Marco.

Overnight: Grand Hotel Cavour.

Meals: Breakfast, lunch, & dinner.

Tuesday, 21 March 2023

It is time to see a bit more of the Tuscan countryside as we venture into the famous Tuscan wine lands.  Enjoy lunch overlooking the vineyards.

Return to Florence after lunch.

It is time to say good bye to Italy. Join the rest of your group for a farewell dinner at La Grotta di Leo.

Overnight: Grand Hotel Cavour.

Meals: Breakfast, lunch, & dinner.

Wednesday, 22 March 2023

This morning you will be treated to a walking tour of Florence. See the Duomo, Ponte Vecchio and see the famous statue of David. You have some free time for last minute shopping before being transferred to the airport for your flight home via Istanbul. A cash allowance will be provided for lunch.

Overnight: On board the aircraft

Meals: Breakfast, lunch (cash allowance) & dinner (in flight).

Thursday, 23 March 2023

A very early morning departure out of Istanbul, will bring you back to Johannesburg in the morning.

Welcome home!