Italy’s Best

With its magnificent architecture, beautiful landscapes, sumptuous cuisine, ancient ruins, and brilliant art, Italy is a country like no other. On this affordable Italy’s Best tour, you’ll experience all of this and more.

Planning your holiday is easy, and speak to your friendly Consultant.

Day 1: Arrive In Rome, Italy

Check into your hotel. The rest of the day is free for you to explore this ancient capital. This evening, meet your Tour Director and fellow travellers.

Hotel: Ele Green Park Pamphili , 2 nights

Day 2: Rome

The “Eternal City” is steeped in history, vibrantly alive and exciting, and absolutely unique! included sightseeing with a Local Guide starts with St. Peter’s Square and Basilica. Other highlights are the iconic Colosseum, the largest amphitheatre ever built, and Circus Maximus. An optional visit is available to the Vatican Museums and Sistine Chapel, world famous for Michelangelo’s fresco The Last Judgment.

Day 3: Rome – Pisa – Montecatini

Vistas of rolling hills, rows of cypress trees, terraced vineyards, olive groves, and rural villages form the backdrop of your journey through beautiful Tuscany. Stop in Pisa, and take a mini-train ride to see the Square Of Miracles and the amazing Leaning Tower. Arrive in Montecatini.

Hotel: Settentrionale Esplanade or Grand Hotel Ambasciatori, 2 nights

Day 4: Montecatini – Excursion to Florence

Today, enjoy an included excursion to Florence. Your Local Guide will show you the city highlights on the walking tour. You will see Piazza Santa Croce; beautiful Piazza Signoria; Palazzo Vecchio and its courtyard and Loggia dei Lanzi. To top it all, see Piazza del Duomo and its cathedral with the Giotto Campanile, and the magnificent East Doors of the Baptistry, known as the “Gates of Paradise”.

Day 5: Montecatini – La Spezia – Cinque Terre – Genoa

Travel towards La Spezia, where you’ll hop aboard the train to discover some of the five spectacular Cinque Terre villages. The beauty of the rugged cliffs and romantic fishing villages once inspired poet Lord Byron. From Levanto, head towards Genoa, birthplace of explorer Christopher Columbus.

Hotel: Starhotels President

Day 6: Genoa – Milan – Lake Maggiore

Today’s included guided tour is an excellent introduction to Genoa. A maze of squares and alleys, the city grew around the port, a natural inlet, and boasts the largest medieval historical centre in Europe. Next, head north into the plains of Lombardy, and stop in Milan to marvel at its magnificent gothic Duomo. Then, continue to Baveno on Lake Maggiore.

Hotel: Simplon at Baveno, 2 nights

Day 7: Lake Maggiore – Excursion to Lugano, Switzerland

Time to relax and get to know Lake Maggiore, one of italy’s largest lakes, located on the very edge of Alpine Switzerland. On clear days, you can see the peaks of the Alps. Take advantage of the included excursion to visit Lugano in italian-speaking Swiss Canton Ticino.

Day 8: Lake Maggiore – Verona – Venice Area

Travel across the Po River plain, and stop in the romantic city of Verona for some time at leisure, marvelling at the Roman Arena, shopping, or tasting some of the excellent local wines. Continue to the Venice area.

Hotel: Poppi at Mira, 2 nights

Day 9: Venice

Venice is more like a romantic film set than a real-life city, with its crisscrossing canals, gondolas and water buses, arched bridges, palaces, and piazzas. The included orientation starts with a Boat Ride to St. Mark’s Square, and is followed by time at leisure and a chance to watch Venetian Glassblowers fashion their delicate objects as they did centuries ago. Don’t miss out on the optional gondola trip, gliding along the picturesque canals with a local troubadour to serenade you.

Day 10: Venice Area – Ravenna – Assisi – Assisi Area

Enjoy an interesting drive southward right across the Po Delta to Ravenna, renowned for its treasure of Byzantine mosaics, recognised by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site. Continue to Assisi, enclosed by ramparts and little changed since the Middle Ages. This is the town of the deeply mystical and poetic St. Francis. See the Basilica Of St. Francis with its famous frescoes by Giotto, with history brought to life by a Local Guide. Overnight in the beautiful area of Assisi, in the heart of Umbria.

Hotel: City Hotel & Suites at Foligno

Day 11: Assisi Area Pompeii – Sorrento Area

Travel to Pompeii, where time stopped for the rich, aristocratic town with the terrible eruption of Vesuvius in 79 AD. On the included guided visit, see the remains of luxurious villas, temples, theatre, and forum. Carry on to Sorrento, set on a plateau above the waters of the Bay of Naples. Wander the winding streets lined with shops and stalls, and sit with a glass of wine, absorbing the easy-going lifestyle of this charming resort.

Hotel: Panorama Palace at Meta di Sorrento or Central Park at Massa Lubrense, 2 nights

Day 12: Sorrento Area – Boat trip to Capri

Enjoy a day trip to the legendary island, surrounded by a rocky coastline where the crashing sea has formed awe-inspiring caves. The town with its pretty piazzetta, maze of streets, fashionable boutiques, and cozy restaurants, is a mecca for the jet set. Explore on your own or take an optional island tour.

Day 13: Neapolitan Riviera – Rome

Today, enjoy time at leisure or visit Positano on our exciting optional excursion, before returning to Rome.

Hotel: Holiday Inn EUR Parco dei Medici

Day 14: Depart Rome

Your holiday ends with breakfast this morning.

2020 Dates & PricesTwin ShareSolo Traveller
March: 22$3,169.00$3,975.00
March: 29$3,319.00$4,125.00
April: 05$3,459.00$4,125.00
April: 12$3,569.00$4,375.00
April: 19, 26$3,459.00$4,125.00
May: 03, 10, 17, 20$3,459.00$4,125.00
May: 24$3,569.00$4,375.00
May: 31$3,459.00$4,125.00
June: 03, 07, 14, 17, 21, 28$3,459.00$4,125.00
July: 01, 05, 12, 15, 19, 26, 29$3,419.00$4,225.00
August: 02, 09, 12, 16, 23, 26, 30$3,419.00$4,225.00
September: 06, 09, 13, 20, 23, 27$3,459.00$4,125.00
October: 11, 18$3,459.00$4,125.00
October: 25$3,419.00$4,225.00
November: 01$3,319.00$4,125.00
November: 15$3,169.00$3,975.00
December: 24$3,319.00$4,125.00

Meals: 13 breakfasts, 4 dinners
Transport: Luxury air-conditioned coach
Accommodation: 13 nights accommodation
Guide: Professional Tour Director
Entrance Fees & Touring:Entrance fees & activities as per itinerary

* Tour departure dates are subject to availability at time of booking.
* Prices and itinerary are correct at time of publication and are subject to change without notice.

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Country Roads of Northern Italy

On this Country Roads of Northern Italy tour fall in love with Shakespeare’s Verona, experience the elegance of Venice and wonder at the breathtaking beauty of the Dolomites and Italian Lake District before finishing your journey in the majesty of Milan.

Planning your holiday is easy, and speak to your friendly Consultant.

Day 1: Welcome to Italy

After a warm welcome at Milan’s Malpensa Airport, transfers depart for your hotel at 09:30 and 12:30. Meet your Travel Director at 15:30 and join a Local Expert in the heart of Italy’s renowned fashion capital to see the impressive facade of the cathedral and the world famous La Scala Theatre. Linking the two is the elegant glass vaulted shopping arcade of Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II, lined with luxury boutiques. Mingle and get to know your fellow travellers during your Welcome Dinner at a local restaurant.

Day 2: Fair Verona and Trento

Cross the fertile plains of Lombardy to fair Verona, the home of Shakespeare’s star-crossed lovers Romeo and Juliet, with its maze of elegant squares and well-preserved Roman Arena, which is still used for Opera performances. Join a Local Expert to explore the Piazza delle Erbe or Square of Herbs, a lively market square surrounded by beautiful buildings. View the frescoed Casa Mazzanti and lofty Lamberti Tower and continue to the Piazza dei Signori, the civic and political heart of the city, graced by a statue of Dante and see the Gothic tombs of the Scala family beyond. Continue on to Trento, regarded as one of Italy’s most appealing cities to live in.

Day 3: Climb up to Cortina d’Ampezzo

Follow the Adige River north, into the magnificent mountains and the distinctive limestone peaks of the Dolomites. Arrive at the town of Bolzano, where Italy and Austria culturally collide and you are at leisure to explore the the arcaded streets and squares. Continue along the zig-zagging scenic route to Cortina d’Ampezzo, Italy’s most exclusive ski resort and a beautiful alpine haven during summer.

Day 4: The Dolomites at Leisure

Enjoy a day at your leisure in this fashionable playground of the rich and famous, surrounded by towering cathedrals of rock. Take in the fresh mountain air as you stroll the pedestrianised Corso Italia, lined with designer stores and backed by the impressive green and white bell tower of the parish church. Why not ascend to the summit of one of the nearby peaks by cable car for magnificent panoramic views of the Dolomites?

Day 5: Through Prosecco Country to Venice

Travel down through more majestic Dolomite scenery to one of the world’s most breathtaking wine regions. Protected by the Alps to the north, and caressed by the warm breezes from the Adriatic, the vineyards around Conegliano Veneto produce Italy’s most prized sparkling wine. Stop at Carmina where meticulous viticulture and manual harvesting produce distinguished proseccos. See how production differs from its more famous French counterpart, Champagne. Be tempted with a taste of the crisp and aromatic flavours and learn how to make the perfect Bellini. Continue on to the unique and remarkable island city of Venice, Queen of the Adriatic and check into your hotel.

Day 6: The Magic of La Serenissima

Visit an arts centre on Giudecca Island to witness the age-old skill of glassblowing. Then, travel along the scenic canals, lined with ornate palaces – memories of a bygone golden. Alight by the Bridge of Sighs, named in the last century by Lord Byron. Turn the corner into St. Mark’s Square, dominated by its magnificently decorated Byzantine basilica, and overlooked by the great clock tower where bronze Moors figurines beat out the hours on a huge bell. No visit to Venice would be complete without a ride on a gondola; delight in being serenaded as you journey through the romantic canals. The rest of the day is at your leisure and there is free time to shop or perhaps cruise out into the Lagoon to try local fish and wine specialties?

Day 7: Sirmione and Como

Bid farewell to this enchanting city and continue past the university town of Padua to the peaceful shores of Lake Garda, the largest of Italy’s lakes. Near the tip of a narrow peninsula, jutting out into the lake, visit the charming resort of Sirmione, clustered around the 13th century Scaligero’s Castle. Follow the southern fringes of the Alps to reach the spectacular Italian Lake District and your hotel on the shores of Lake Como where you will enjoy views on the lake from your room. Later, you have a choice of cuisine and ambience from a hand-picked selection of local restaurants for your Dine-Around Evening.

Day 8: Como at Leisure and Lake Maggiore

Enjoy a relaxed morning in Como, the playground of Europe’s wealthiest people. Nestled in the foothills of the Alps, the lake plays host to the most glamorous social sets and is a great place to people watch. Head on to Lake Maggiore’s Baveno, noted for its narrow cobbled streets and charming 16th century square.

Day 9: Italian Lakes at Leisure

Relish a full day to relax and enjoy this popular resort and beautiful lake. Napoleon came here to plan his Italian Campaign, and Mussolini and Chamberlain met here before World War II to sign the Treaty of Stresa. Perhaps take a cruise out to the lovely Borromean Islands – Isola Bella is where Carlo Borromeo built his charming Palace. Savour delicious Farm-to-Table cuisine during your Celebration Dinner, accompanied with Italian wine and toast to your travels with your newfound friends.

Day 10: Depart Milan

Your journey draws to a close in the morning and transfers arrive at Milan’s Malpensa Airport at 07:30 and 10:30.

2020 Dates & PricesTwin ShareSolo Traveller
April: 24$4,125.00Price on Application
May: 08, 22$4,125.00Price on Application
June: 05, 19$4,075.00Price on Application
July: 03, 17$4,095.00Price on Application
July: 31$4,150.00Price on Application
August: 14$4,175.00Price on Application
August: 28$4,350.00Price on Application
September: 11$4,350.00Price on Application
September: 25$4,250.00Price on Application
October: 09$4,150.00Price on Application
Meals: 9 breakfasts, 4 dinners
Transport: Airport Transfers & Luxury air-conditioned coach
Accommodation: 9 nights accommodation
Guide: An expert Travel Director and separate Driver
Entrance Fees & Touring:Entrance fees & activities as per itinerary

* Tour departure dates are subject to availability at time of booking.
* Prices and itinerary are correct at time of publication and are subject to change without notice.

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The Magic of the Italian Lakes

Discover the beauty of the Italian Lakes on this magnificent holiday. With the Alps for a backdrop, you’ll enjoy nature at its finest—with overnights in Lake Garda, Lake Como, and Lake Maggiore. Plus, on this affordable Italian Lakes tour, you’ll spend one night in Milan, known as one of the world’s fashion capitals then visit medieval Verona, where you’ll see Juliet’s balcony of Shakespearian fame.

Planning your holiday is easy, and speak to your friendly Consultant.

Day 1:  Arrive In Milan, Italy

Check into your hotel in Milan. Start exploring with the help of the CosmosGO app. Tonight, meet your Tour Director and fellow travellers.

Hotel: Holiday Inn Garibaldi Station

Day 2: Milan – Sirmione – Lake Garda

Start the day with an orientation tour of Milan, stopping to admire the famous gothicstyle Duomo. Travel east through the Po Valley, then catch your first glimpses of Lake Garda as you stop in Sirmione, the picturesque spa town on the south shore of Lake Garda. Stroll among the many shops and ice cream parlours that line the narrow cobblestone streets. Continue to your hotel on Lake Garda.

Hotel: Poiano Resort at Garda, 2 nights

Day 3: Lake Garda

Enjoy a whole day at leisure to enjoy this beautiful area, situated at the foot of the Alps and surrounded by mountains to the north and the gentle slopes of moraine hills to the south. Check out the optional excursions available.

Day 4: Lake Garda – Verona – Lake Como

This morning, visit the romantic, medieval city of Verona and enjoy some time at leisure. Continue to fascinating Lake Como, where you’ll spend two nights.

Hotel: Lario at Mezzegra, 2 nights

Day 5: Lake Como – Excursion to Bellagio & Varenna

Inspiring everyone from Roman senators and great composers to Hollywood actors, Como is the romantic image of the lakes. its cobalt-blue waters are lined with magnificent mountains, lush gardens, and grand villas. Join the included Boat Trip to Bellagio and Varenna, which occupies one of the most scenic positions in all of Italy.

Day 6: Lake Como – Lugano, Switzerland – Lake Maggiore, Italy

Depart Lake Como and cross the border into Switzerland. Head towards beautiful Lake Lugano and the stylish city that bears its name. Time to stroll along the lakeside promenade, window shop on refined Via Nassa, or sip an espresso on the Piazza Riforma. Leave Switzerland and cross back into italy, driving to Lake Maggiore.

Hotel: Simplon at Baveno, 2 nights

Day 7: Lake Maggiore

Set between Piedmont, Lombardy, and Switzerland, Lake Maggiore is a paradise of crystal waters, backed by towering mountains and surrounded by lush countryside. The day is yours to relax or to enjoy some of the many activities available around the lake. Maybe join an optional boat trip to the Borromean islands of Pescatori and isola Bella, with time to visit the extravagant Borromeo Palace, built like a ship anchored just off the shoreline.

Day 8: Lake Maggiore 

Your holiday ends with breakfast this morning. (The nearest airport is Milan).

2020 Dates & PricesTwin ShareSolo Traveller
April: 05$1,879.00$2,369.00
April: 19$1,919.00$2,409.00
May: 03, 10, 17, 24$1,989.00$2,479.00
May: 31$2,019.00$2,509.00
June: 07, 14, 21$2,019.00$2,509.00
July: 05, 19$1,989.00$2,479.00
August: 02, 16$1,989.00$2,479.00
August: 30$2,089.00$2,579.00
September: 06, 13, 20, 27$2,089.00$2,579.00
October: 04$1,919.00$2,409.00
October: 11$1,879.00$2,369.00

Meals: 7 breakfasts, 4 dinners
Transport: First Class air-conditioned coach
Accommodation: 7 nights accommodation
Guide: Professional Tour Director
Entrance Fees & Touring:Entrance fees & activities as per itinerary
* Tour departure dates are subject to availability at time of booking.
* Prices and itinerary are correct at time of publication and are subject to change without notice.

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