Italy

It’s no surprise Italy is one of the most visited countries on earth. Filled with awe-inspiring art, historic cities, stunning landscapes and, of course, sensational food and wine. Italy’s attractions, gastronomy and culture are adored by people from all walks of like.

Whether you are cruising down the beautiful canals of Venice or exploring the enchanting Tuscan countryside. Bathing in the crystal waters of Lake Como or admiring the imposing Colosseum, you’ll never want to leave. Italy will steal your heart away.

Tour TypeTrip NameNo. DaysBookingsPrices per person
Escorted TourBest of Italian Lakes9Contact usFrom $2,295.00
Escorted TourRome and Tuscan Highlights 9Contact usFrom $2,725.00
Escorted TourBest of Italy & Sicily15Contact usFrom $4,575.00
Escorted TourGrand Italian Experience17Contact usFrom $4,950.00


Best of the Italian Lakes

Once the popular holiday retreat of Europe’s nobility, today a stylish sojourn for those who enjoy an idyllic setting of pretty lakeside villages and deep blue waters set against the foothills of the Alps. Enjoy a tasty cappuccino on Como’s lakeside promenade and explore 14th century Marostica, the rich flavours of Modena, and Milan, the world’s fashion and design capital.

Itinerary  
Day 1: Arrive Milan - Lake Maggiore (baveno) Welcome to the Italian Lakes region. Airport transfers will be provided at set times from Milan Malpensa Airport to your hotel in the picturesque thermal resort of Baveno on the shore of Lake Maggiore. This evening meet and get to know your companions and Travel Director at a Welcome Reception.
Hotel: Simplon, 2 nights
Day 2: Lake Maggiore (Baveno) At Leisure and Como ExcursionAfter a leisurely start enjoy free time this morning to explore Baveno with its Romanesque bell and octagonal baptistery. Later travel to scenic Lake Como, a popular retreat for aristocrats and celebrities since Roman times, and visit Como town. Walk along its beautiful waterfront with a gelato in hand, or relax with a cappuccino in this picturesque lakeside setting before returning to your hotel later in the afternoon.
Day 3: Lake Maggiore (Baveno) - Bergamo - Lake Garda (Sirmione)Visit the ancient town of Bergamo near the foothills of the Alps. Explore the streets of the medieval old town with its Renaissance architecture reflected in the exquisite Piazza Vecchia at the heart of the city and the 12th century Santa Maria Maggiore basilica. Continue your journey to Lake Garda for a relaxing five-night stay. Dine at your hotel this evening.
Hotel: Villa Maria, 5 nights
Day 4: Marostica and Bassano del Grappa ExcursionYour full day excursion starts by visiting Marostica, a beautiful 14th century town renowned for its annual living chess event held in September, although the acclaimed festival's chessboard is visible in the Piazza Castello all year round. See the town's old city walls, two castles and take in the beautiful city views. Finish this leisurely day by visiting Bassano del Grappa, renowned for its white brandy and magnificent scenery. Return later to Lake Garda.
Day 5: Verona ExcursionIn Shakespeare's romantic city of Verona, view the Roman arena and Juliet's Balcony during your walking tour of the town with a Local Specialist. Spend time exploring this city at your own pace, with suggested visits to the 1st century Arena, Castelvecchio's city art museum with its rich collection of medieval sculpture and Renaissance paintings, and Lamberti's Tower offering spectacular views of the city. Join your companions this evening for a delicious Be My Guest dining experience with a local family.
Day 6: Lake Garda At LeisureYou have a whole day to do as you please - explore the largest lake in Italy or spend the day relaxing. Visit one of the quaint lakeside towns and their markets to shop for local produce such as olive oil and cheese, take a leisurely walk along the Lakeside Path or venture further afield and see some of the lake's sights including the 13th century Scalinger Castle, Catullo's Grotto or the 5th century wooden statue of St. Peter near Bogliaco. Perhaps take an Optional Experience to visit the magnificent Dolomite mountain range, a World Heritage Site comprising 18 peaks at an altitude of over 3,000 metres.
Day 7: Modena ExcursionEnjoy today's excursion to the interesting gastronomic city of Modena. A Local Specialist will walk you through the Old Town and show you the Piazza Grande including views of the Ghirlandina Tower. You will also see the magnificent 12th century Romanesque cathedral. Sample some of the local speciality balsamic vinegars. After a short drive visit the Ferrari Museum for a Cultural Insight into the history of this luxurious Italian icon founded by Enzo Ferrari.
Day 8: Lake Garda (Sirmione) - MilanThis morning leave the lakes behind and travel towards the major world fashion and design capital of Milan. On arrival, see the sights during an orientation of the city centre including the Gothic Duomo, 19th century Galleria and La Scala Opera House. Enjoy free time to do some last-minute shopping on Milan's famous boulevards, Via Montenapoleano, Via della Spiga and Via Sant'Andrea. This evening join your fellow travellers to celebrate the end of your holiday at a Farewell Dinner.
Hotel: Starhotels Business Palace
Day 9: Depart MilanSay 'arrivederci' this morning to Italy and your companions at the end of a memorable holiday. Airport transfers are available. Conditions apply.
Inclusions 
Meals: 8 breakfasts, 4 dinners
Transport: Airport Transfers & Luxury air-conditioned coach
Accommodation: 8 nights
Guide: An expert Travel Director and separate Driver
Entrance Fees & Touring:Entrance fees & activities as per itinerary

Rome and Tuscan Highlights

Weave your way from Rome past golden olive groves and lush green vineyards to medieval bastions that have preserved Tuscany’s unforgettable charm for centuries. Stay in the popular thermal spa resort of Montecatini. Admire the exquisite marble cathedral in Siena and visit the scenic Tuscan towns of Vinci. Continue to Pisa to learn about the lives of celebrated Italian luminaries.

Itinerary   
Day 1: Arrive RomeWelcome to Rome, the Eternal City. This capital city stands on the Tiber River and enjoys a long and celebrated history. Relax after your journey and later meet your Travel Director and fellow travellers for a Welcome Reception. Then an orientation drive will give you a perfect introduction to the sights which await you.
Hotel: Villafranca
Day 2: Rome Sightseeing - Montecatini (Tuscan Hills)This morning your included sightseeing tour with a Local Specialist begins with a visit to St. Peter's Basilica to see Michelangelo's magnificent Pietà. St. Peter's is a place of pilgrimage and is regarded as one of the holiest Catholic shrines. Your tour continues across the Tiber River with views of ancient Roman ruins including the enormous Colosseum. Later enjoy a scenic drive through the Tuscan Hills to the thermal spa resort of Montecatini, the largest and most famous spa town in Italy, your home for the next six nights.
Hotel: Columbia, 6 nights
Day 3: Siena and San Gimignano ExcursionIn the well-preserved medieval city of Siena see the Piazza del Campo, scene of the celebrated biannual Palio horse race and the stunning marble Cathedral which dominates the town. Later explore San Gimignano known as the 'medieval Manhattan', famed for its ring of towers which can be seen several kilometres from town. Shop for locall-produced delicacies and hand-painted Tuscan pottery.
Day 4: Montecatini at LeisureEnjoy a relaxing day or you might consider an Optional Experience to the famous Cinque Terre, with its quaint coastal pastel-coloured villages clinging to rugged cliffs.
Day 5: Vinci and Pisa ExcursionThis morning meet your Local Specialist in Pisa and view the famous Leaning Tower, the finely sculpted marble cathedral and the ornate baptistery. Afterwards, enjoy a delicious Regional Meal in the Tuscan countryside for lunch. Then travel to the scenic Tuscan town of Vinci where you'll enjoy a Cultural Insight into the life of Leonardo da Vinci including a visit to the Museo Leonardiano showcasing his machines and models accompanied by specific references to his sketches and handwritten notes, as well as interactive exhibits.
Day 6: Florence Excursion Your Local Specialist gives you a fascinating account on the history of Renaissance Florence during your walking tour. View the magnificent Duomo and visit Piazza della Signoria. Perhaps in your free time visit the Ponte Vecchio bridge, one of the city's most famous landmarks and lined with goldsmiths and jewellers, a legacy of the 16th century decree which mandated that only jewellers and goldsmiths be allowed to ply their trade on the bridge. Visitors will however now also find the odd souvenir shop. Tonight join your fellow travellers for a memorable Be My Guest dinner experience with beautiful views over the Tuscan hills.
Day 7: Montecatini at LeisureMontecatini Terme is one of Italy's most popular thermal spa destinations and you have the entire day to do exactly as you please. Why not take the historic funicular railway from Montecatini Terme to the picturesque town of Montecatini Alto which has a small castle and large square with charming restaurants and outdoor cafes, not to mention magnificent views of the countryside for as far as the eye can see. Your Travel Director will be available for suggestions on how to spend your day.
Day 8: Montecatini (Tuscan Hills) - Assisi - RomeTravel from Montecatini to Rome and have time at leisure on arrival. Explore the city's magnificent historic sites, indulge in its café culture or perhaps even indulge in a shopping experience to Via Condotti. This afternoon, gain priority access to the Vatican Museums where you will meet an official representative during your private guided tour of the Missionary Ethnological Museum. Founded by Pope Pius XI in 1926, this museum has a remarkable collection of artworks and historical relics from missions all over the world. Enjoy an exclusive Farewell Dinner at the museum amidst three centuries of Vatican art, history and antiquities. Join a Local Specialist for a guided evening tour of the Vatican Museums including a visit to Michelangelo's magnificent frescoed ceiling in the Sistine Chapel when it is less crowded.
Hotel: Sheraton Parco De Medici
Day 9: Depart RomeSay 'arrivederci Roma' at the end of a relaxing and memorable Italian holiday. Airport transfers are available. Conditions apply.
Inclusions 
Meals: 8 breakfasts, 1 lunch, 4 dinners
Transport: Airport Transfers & Luxury air-conditioned coach
Accommodation: 8 nights
Guide: An expert Travel Director and separate Driver
Entrance Fees & Touring:Entrance fees & activities as per itinerary

Best of Italy & Sicily

A full odyssey of Italy and Sicily, from the meandering ‘calli’ of Venice to the Grecian remains of Agrigento. See the imperial monuments of Rome, the Romanesque architecture of Pisa and Venetian glassblowing on Giudecca Island. Travel through the heart of Italy to Pompeii, Naples and Sorrento before your Sicilian hop to Palermo, Taormina and the Valley of the Temples.

Itinerary   
Day 1: Arrive RomeWelcome to Rome, the Eternal City. Spend the day relaxing. Join your fellow travellers and Travel Director this evening for a Welcome Reception. Then an orientation drive will give you a perfect introduction to the sights which await you.
Hotel: Villafranca, 2 nights
Day 2: RomeThis morning your included sightseeing tour with a Local Specialist begins with a visit to St. Peter's Basilica to see Michelangelo's magnificent Pietà. St. Peter's is a place of pilgrimage and is regarded as one of the holiest Catholic shrines. Your tour continues in ancient Rome. See Circus Maximus where chariot races were once held and visit the impressive Colosseum. There's time afterwards to explore the city on your own, or simply relax and watch the world go by.
Day 3: Rome – Pisa – FlorenceThis morning, travel to the town of Pisa and visit the Square of Miracles, a UNESCO World Heritage site. Marvel at the incredible Leaning Tower and see the medieval Cathedral and Romanesque Baptistery. You will arrive later in the Renaissance city of Florence.
Hotel: Mediterraneo
Day 4: Florence – VeniceExperience the incredible sights on your walking tour with a Local Specialist. View the magnificent Duomo, Ponte Vecchio, Santa Croce Basilica and visit Piazza della Signoria. Enjoy some free time before driving to the floating city of Venice. This evening, why not appreciate this elegant city from the comfort of a gondola?
Hotel: Best Western Biasutti, 2 nights
Day 5: Venice Your cruise by private launch to St. Mark's Square is spectacular. View the Bridge of Sighs and the ornate Doge's Palace. Gain a Cultural Insight when you watch Venetian craftsmen at work creating masterpieces at a glassblowing workshop on Giudecca Island. Spend free time shopping or relaxing. Consider a boat trip to the colourful island of Burano for a delicious meal.
Day 6: Venice – Assisi Drive south from Venice to Umbria, the green heart of Italy. Later, in the spiritual city of Assisi on the slopes of Mount Subasio, visit St. Francis’ Basilica on your walking tour with a Local Specialist.
Hotel: Grand Dei Congressi
Day 7: Assisi – Cassico – Pompeii – Naples – At SeaThis morning, stop at Cassino to visit the Commonwealth War Cemetery and view the Benedictine Abbey. Arrive later at the ancient city of Pompeii which was buried beneath volcanic ash when Mount Vesuvius erupted in 79 AD, and lay undiscovered for centuries. Your Local Specialist gives a fascinating account of the excavations during your walking tour. A short journey brings you to Naples for your overnight cruise to Palermo, Sicily's capital.
Overnight: Cruise
Day 8: At Sea – PalermoArrive this morning in the Sicilian capital, Palermo. Meet your Local Specialist for a sightseeing tour of the city which includes the honey-coloured cathedral and Piazza Bellini. Travel to the town of Monreale and visit the magnificent 12th century Norman Cathedral. Admire views of the Conca d'Oro before continuing your journey to visit the beautiful fishing village of Mondello. Return to Palermo this afternoon.
Hotel: Mercure Palermo Centro
Day 9: Palermo – AgrigentoIn Agrigento, your Local Specialist takes you on a tour of the Valley of the Temples. This UNESCO World Heritage site is home to five ancient Greek temples dating from the 6th century BC. These are some of the grandest Grecian remains outside Athens. Dine tonight at your hotel.
Hotel: Dioscuri Bay Palace
Day 10: Agrigento – Taormina (Giardini Naxos) Travel through the vineyards of the southern hills towards the seaside resort of Taormina, your home for the next two nights. On arrival enjoy free time to explore the sights.
Hotel: Sant Alphio Garden Hotel & Spa, 2 nights
Day 11: Taormina Spend the day relaxing in this fun Sicilian resort. Perhaps swim and sunbathe or shop for handmade lace on the Corso. Consider joining an Optional Experience to Savoca, the village made famous by 'The Godfather', and Europe's most active volcano, Mount Etna, widely regarded as one of the most impressive in the world. This evening, join your companions for a special Be My Guest dinner in a vineyard close to Mount Etna.
Day 12: Taormina (Giardini Naxos) – Sorrento Cross the Straits of Messina to mainland Italy by ferry, driving north through rustic Calabria via Salerno to your hotel in Sorrento. Tonight, relax at your hotel and take in the scenery.
Hotel: La Residenza, 2 nights
Day 13: Isle Of CapriVisit an inlaid-wood workshop for a Cultural Insight into a local speciality craft. Take a short cruise to the charming Isle of Capri, and enjoy a guided walking tour of Capri Town with a Local Specialist. Appreciate views across the sea and Marina Piccola. Spend free time afterwards exploring this charming island on your own. Later return to Sorrento - famous for the alcoholic digestive Limoncello. Visit Piazza Tasso, with its many cafés, and shop in boutiques on the Corso Italia.
Day 14: Sorrento – RomeAdmire the spectacular coastline as you drive north from Sorrento. This afternoon, gain priority access to the Vatican Museums where a Local Specialist will take you on a guided tour. Admire Michelangelo's magnificent frescoed ceiling in the Sistine Chapel when it is less crowded and join an official representative of the Vatican Museums for a private guided tour of the Missionary Ethnological Museum, founded by Pope Pius XI in 1926, with its remarkable collection of artworks and historical relics from missions all over the world. You'll also enjoy an exclusive Farewell Dinner at the museum in the midst of three centuries of art, history and antiquities.
Hotel: Sheraton Parco De Medici
Day 15: Depart RomeSay 'arrivederci Roma' as you prepare for your journey home with wonderful memories of your holiday. Transfers are available.

Inclusions 
Meals: 14 breakfasts, 6 dinners
Transport: Airport Transfers & Luxury air-conditioned coach
Cruise:Overnight Cruise: Naples - Palermo
Ferry:Ferry Ticket: Taormina - Messina
Accommodation: 13 nights in Hotel
Guide: An expert Travel Director and separate Driver
Entrance Fees & Touring:Entrance fees & activities as per itinerary

Grand Italian Experience

A leisurely ‘viaggio’ sees you traversing the length and breadth of Italy. From the Italian Lakes in the north to the Amalfi Coast and ‘trulli’ limestone houses of Alberobello in the south. Travel to the Italian Riviera and explore the yachting lifestyle of Portofino, relax in Sorrento with a refreshing ‘Limoncello’ and see the sights in Venice, Florence and Rome.

Itinerary   
Day 1: Arrive Rome Welcome to Rome, the Eternal City. Unwind after your journey. Later enjoy a Welcome Reception at a local restaurant with your companions and Travel Director. Then an orientation drive will give you a perfect introduction to some of the sights which await you.
Hotel: Crowne Plaza St Peters, 2 nights
Day 2: RomeThis morning your included sightseeing tour with a Local Specialist begins with a visit to St. Peter's Basilica to see Michelangelo's magnificent Pietà. St. Peter's is a place of pilgrimage and is regarded as one of the holiest Catholic shrines. Your tour continues in ancient Rome. See Circus Maximus where chariot races were once held and visit the impressive Colosseum. There's time afterwards to explore the city on your own, or simply relax and watch the world go by.
Day 3: Rome – Alberobello Drive eastwards through the spectacular Campania Mountains to the Puglia region near the Adriatic coast. Enjoy dinner this evening at your hotel.
Hotel: Sierra Silvana, 2 nights
Day 4: Alberobello See the UNESCO World Heritage listed conical limestone houses called 'trulli', during your guided tour with a Local Specialist in the town of Alberobello. Consider an Optional Experience to one of the geographical wonders that Puglia has to offer or relax at your hotel. This evening enjoy a special Be My Guest dinner in a traditional 'masseria' (farmhouse) in Alberobello.
Day 5: Alberobello – Sorrento This morning travel to the gorgeous coastal town of Sorrento famous for its delicious limoncello drink. Your orientation includes views of Piazza Tasso and Corso Italia. You will then have free time to explore the town.
Hotel: La Residenza, 2 nights
Day 6: Isle of CapriGain a Cultural Insight at an inlaid-wood workshop, followed by a cruise to the beautiful Isle of Capri. Your guided tour of Capri Town will show you the Piazzetta where the rich and famous sip their cappuccinos, and the many attractive streets around there. Dine tonight at your hotel.
Day 7: Sorrento – Pompeii – Assisi Visit the excavations of the city of Pompeii, which lay buried for centuries after Mount Vesuvius erupted in 79 AD. Your Local Specialist provides insight into this UNESCO World Heritage Site. Continue your journey through Umbria to arrive at Assisi on the slopes of Mount Subasio. Meet your Local Specialist for a walking tour of Assisi, including a visit to St. Francis' Basilica, featuring frescoes by Giotto. Dine tonight at your hotel.
Hotel: Grand Dei Congressi
Day 8: Assisi – Verona – Venice (Murano)This morning visit the fair city of Verona for views of Juliet's balcony and the Roman arena. Arrive later in the magical island city of Venice, Queen of the Adriatic.
Hotel: LaGare Hotel Venezia, 2 nights
Day 9: Venice Enjoy a Cultural Insight into the Venetian tradition of glass making this morning. View the Bridge of Sighs, Doge's Palace and St. Mark's Basilica during your cruise by private launch to St. Mark's Square. Spend free time shopping, or perhaps enjoy a local meal on the Island of Burano.
Day 10: Venice (Murano) – TrentoThis morning, traverse the Veneto plains to Trento nestled in the Adige River valley surrounded by the Dolomites. The architecture of this city has a unique feel with both Italian Renaissance and Germanic influences. Enjoy free time to explore around Piazza Duomo before checking in to your hotel.
Hotel: Grand Hotel Trento
Day 11: Trento – Milan – Italian Lakes Enjoy a scenic drive through northern Italy and the Lake District. Arrive in Milan and enjoy free time after an orientation. See the Duomo, the Galleria and the famous La Scala Opera House. Later arrive on the shores of Lake Maggiore where you have free time to explore the town of Baveno. Stroll along the lake front or enjoy a drink at an outdoor café.
Hotel: Simplon Bavano
Day 12: Italian Lakes – Santa MargheritaToday travel to the Italian Riviera.Cruise to the port of Portofino (weather permitting) before returning to your hotel in Santa Margherita. Dine tonight at your hotel.
Hotel: Lido Palace, 2 nights
Day 13: Santa MargheritaRelax or explore this famous Ligurian resort. Or, consider joining an Optional Experience to the beautiful Cinque Terre.
Day 14: Santa Margherita – Pisa – FlorenceTravel south into Tuscany and stop to view the famous Leaning Tower of Pisa. Then travel to the Renaissance city of Florence. When you arrive you might like to visit the Academy of Fine Arts and see Michelangelo's statue of David.
Hotel: Grand Hotel Mediterraneo, 2 nights
Day 15: Florence Your walking tour with a Local Specialist includes views of the magnificent Duomo, Santa Croce Basilica, Giotto's Bell Tower and the Baptistery. You might like to shop for high-quality leather and 18-carat gold, or simply relax and enjoy the atmosphere. Enjoy the rest of the day to explore this fascinating city.
Day 16: Florence – Siena – Rome – Vatican ExperiencePast the sprawling vineyards of Chianti you arrive at the medieval city of Siena. See the Piazza del Campo, scene of the bi-annual Palio horse races, and the Cathedral. This afternoon return to Rome. Gain priority access to the Vatican Museums where you will meet an official representative during your private guided tour of the Missionary Ethnological Museum. Founded by Pope Pius XI in 1926, this museum has a remarkable collection of artworks and historical relics from missions all over the world. Enjoy an exclusive Farewell Dinner at the museum amidst three centuries of Vatican art, history and antiquities. This will be followed by a guided evening tour of the Vatican Museums with a Local Specialist, including a visit to view Michelangelo's magnificent frescoed ceiling in the Sistine Chapel when it is less crowded.
Hotel: Sheraton Parco De Medici
Day 17: Depart RomAfter breakfast, say 'arrivederci' to Rome and your new found friends at the end of your Grand Italian Experience. Transfers are available.

Inclusions 
Meals: 16 breakfasts, 8 dinners
Transport: Airport Transfers & Luxury air-conditioned coach
Accommodation: 16 nights in Hotel
Guide: An expert Travel Director and separate Driver
Entrance Fees & Touring:Entrance fees & activities as per itinerary