Italian Showcase

This is a comprehensive, affordable tour of Italy, showcasing some of the world’s most beloved cities (including Rome, Florence, Venice, and Naples), historic sites, small towns, and scenic wonders. You’ll start and end in Rome focusing on Tuscany and the Naples area, but also visiting Venice, San Marino (one of the world’s smallest countries), and Assisi.

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 italy’s ancient capital with the help of the CosmosGO app. This evening, meet your Tour Director and fellow travellers.

Hotel: Grand Hotel Fleming or B&B Roma Tuscolana

Day 2: Rome – Siena – Tuscan Hills

This morning, journey to Siena, rightly considered the jewel of Tuscany. The Piazza del Campo is quite unique in shape and setting, and famous all over the world for the medieval-style Palio horse-racing event. Enjoy the beauty of the Tuscan countryside with its hillside towns and villages.

Hotel: Villa Saulina at Lastra a Signa, 2 nights

Day 3: Tuscan Countryside

Spend the day at leisure or take advantage of today’s optional excursion to San Gimignano and Monteriggioni, two of italy’s best-preserved medieval towns. Admire their towers and the countryside dotted with vineyards and olive trees.

Day 4: Tuscan Countryside – Florence – Bologna Area

Arrive in Florence, the “Cradle of the Renaissance.” Admire the city’s timeless beauty during the included walking tour with a Local Guide. Continue to the Bologna area.

Hotel: Living Place

Day 5: Bologna Area – Verona – Venice Area

Spend some time visiting Bologna, italy’s oldest university city this morning, then head for the Venice area. Stop in Verona to visit the romantic city of Shakespearian plays. You’ll have time for a stroll in the centre to see the Roman Arena.

Hotel: Poppu at Mira, 2 nights

Day 6: Venice

Venice is a city of unparalleled beauty and a feast of wonderful sights. View the delightful crisscrossing canals, gondolas, water buses, arched bridges, palaces, and piazzas. The included orientation, starts with a Boat Ride to St. Mark’s Square, followed by time at leisure and a visit to a typical Venetian Glassblowing Workshop. A variety of optional excursions is available.

Day 7: Venice Area – Ravenna – San Marino

Travel to Ravenna, a city that preserves the richest heritage of Byzantine mosaics dating from the 5th century AD. After a stop here, continue to the tiny hilltop Republic of San Marino, one of the smallest countries in the world.

Hotel: Titano

Day 8: San Marino – Urbino – Gubbio – Assisi Area

First to Urbino to see its magnificent Ducal Palace towering over the town, then on to the verdant Umbria region to visit medieval Gubbio, where the superb view of the rooftops of the town from the Consul’s Palace is a must. Continue on to Foligno.

Hotel: City Hotel & Suites at Foligno

Day 9: Assisi Area – Sorrento Area

Start the day in Assisi with a guided tour of the town, including the Basilica Of St. Francis with its famous paintings by Giotto dating back to the 1300s. Cross the Apennines to the shores of the Mediterranean for three overnights in the picturesque Sorrento area.

Hotel: Panorama Palace at Meta di Sorrento or Central Park at Massa Lubrense, 3 nights

Day 10: Sorrento Area – Excursion To Capri

Today, cross the crystal-blue waters to Capri. This legendary island, surrounded by rose-tinted rocks, has incredibly beautiful coves of translucent blues and greens. The town, with its pretty piazzetta, maze of streets, fashionable boutiques, and cozy restaurants, is a mecca for the jet set. An optional tour takes you around the island with its steep roads and panoramic views. Return to the Sorrento Area for an overnight.

Day 11: Sorrento Area

Spend the day relaxing in the sun, explore on your own, or join an optional excursion to discover the unique beauty of Positano.

Day 12: Sorrento Area – Pompeii – Naples – Rome

Leave the Sorrentine Peninsula to discover one of the most intriguing archaeological sites in the world: Pompeii. This village was caught by surprise by the Vesuvius volcanic eruption in 79 AD, and excavations have uncovered a snapshot of ordinary Roman life. Back to the present, you’ll enjoy an orientation drive of culture-rich Naples before arriving in Rome.

Hotel: B&B Roma Tuscolana, 2 nights

Day 13: Rome

Steeped in history, Rome is 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. Consider an optional visit to the Vatican Museums and Sistine Chapel, world famous for Michelangelo’s impressive fresco of The Last Judgment.

Day 15: Depart Rome

Your holiday ends with breakfast this morning.

2020 Dates & PricesTwin ShareSolo Traveller
April: 19$3,319.00$4,154.00
April: 26$3,369.00$4,204.00
May: 03, 10, 17, 24, 31$3,369.00$4,204.00
June: 07, 14, 21$3,369.00$4,204.00
July: 05, 19$3,319.00$4,154.00
August: 02, 16$3,269.00$4,104.00
August: 30$3,319.00$4,154.00
September: 06, 13, 20, 27$3,369.00$4,204.00
October: 04, 11$3,369.00$4,204.00
October: 18$3,169.00$4,004.00

Inclusions 
Meals: 14 breakfasts, 6 dinners
Transport: Luxury air-conditioned coach, canal transfer in Venice & boat transfer to Capri
Accommodation: 14 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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Enchanting Southern Italy

Southern Italy beguiles every sense. Step back in time to the Roman Empire in the beautiful Bay of Naples. Tour ancient cities and marble temples, and explore pastel-hued villages on the Amalfi Coast. All while savouring exquisite regional delicacies.

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

Day 1: Naples – Pompeii – Paestum

After we’ve met the group, a local guide will lead us into the labyrinthine streets of Naples’ historic centre in search of the Cappella Sansevero – the home of the Veiled Christ, one of the finest sculptures in the world. The afternoon will transport us back in time, with a visit to one of the world’s most famous archaeological wonders: Pompeii. Tonight, we’ll clink glasses over a welcome dinner in World Heritage-Listed Paestum.

Hotel: Il Granaio dei Casabella or similar

Day 2: Paestum – Minori

Today we’ve an appointment at Tenuta Seliano – an authentic farm-inn – where we’ll be lucky enough to visit the buffaloes and watch the owner make light, fresh mozzarella. We’ll then take a guided tour of Paestum before returning to the farm – and a kitchen piled high with fresh local produce. Time for a cooking lesson! Our hard work will be rewarded as we tuck into our own creations at lunch with the host family.Then: we’ll end the day in Minori, our base for the next five days.

Hotel: The Minori Palace Hotel or similar, 5 nights

Day 3: Minori – Ravello – Tramonti Minori

This morning we’ll make stops at the grand Villa Rufolo (the historical centre of Ravello) and the splendid Villa Cimbrone – before moving on to a lemon grove for an afternoon with a zesty twist! After learning how the lemons are grown, we’ll dive into a tasting spread of limoncello, lemon salad and of course, lemon gelato. Later, dinner will be a group affair.

Day 4: Minori – Amalfi – Positano – Minori

Today’s first stop, Amalfi, will be nothing short of wow-inducing. After taking in the sights on a short walking tour, we’ll venture onwards to the blissful town of Positano. This afternoon, we’ll return to Minori – where we’ll meet a local artisan and join a fun ceramic decorating session.

Day 5: Minori – Capri – Minori

The high life beckons today! After setting sail to the island of Capri, we’ll enjoy a ride on the charming funicular railway – which will whisk us away from the port and through bright, fragrant lemon groves. We’ll then take some free time to see and be seen among the exclusive boutiques, cafés and restaurants of Capri town before returning to Minori.

 Day 6: Minori – Maiori – Vietri – Cetara – Minori

Today we’ll add more pearls to our collection with visits to Maiori and Cetara. After spending the morning exploring, we’ll make tracks to Vietri sul Mare – which is famous for its hand-painted, vividly coloured ceramics. Back in Minori, we’ll enjoy some free time before coming together for a delicious farewell dinner.

Day 7: Minori – Palace of Caserta – Sant’agata De’ Goti – Naples

Today we’ll say goodbye to the Amalfi Coast and move on to the 18th-century Royal Palace of Caserta, the last great creation of the Italian Baroque period. Then: from the royal to the rustic! Our next stop will be a farmhouse in Sant’Agata de’ Goti, where we’ll taste fabulous Falanghina wines produced from black grapes grown in the Campania region. We’ll have time for one last Italian lunch before we return to Naples, where our adventure will come to a close.

2020 Dates & PricesTwin ShareSolo Traveller
June: 07$3,779.00$4,919.00
July: 12$3,699.00$4,629.00
August: 20$3,699.00$4,629.00
August: 31$3,779.00$4,919.00
September: 02, 07, 14, 21$3,779.00$4,919.00
September: 28$3,699.00$4,629.00
October: 04, 11, 18$3,699.00$4,629.00
October: 06$3,589.00$4,309.00
November: 08$3,589.00$4,309.00
December: 06$3,589.00$4,309.00
2021 Dates & Prices
January 12$3,589.00$4,309.00

Inclusions 
Meals: 6 breakfasts, 2 lunches, 3 dinners
Transport: Premium Mini-coach transportation & Ferry to Capri
Accommodation: 6 nights boutique accommodation
Guide: Experienced Back-Roads Driver and Tour Leader
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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Apulia, the Heel of Italy

This regional affordable Italy holiday begins and ends in Naples. As one of the oldest continuously inhabited cities in the world, Naples provides visitors a wealth of folklore, history, and a rich culture of the ages. After a guided sightseeing tour of the city, you’ll be on your way to the Apulia region – the “heel of the boot” of Italy and one of the favorite holiday destinations of the Italian people due to its breathtaking landscapes and enchanting coastline with turquoise waters.

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

Day 1: Arrive In Naples, Italy

Check into your hotel. The rest of the day is free to start exploring Naples, one of the oldest continuously-inhabited cities in the world. Tonight, meet your Tour Director and fellow travellers.

Hotel: Holiday Inn

Day 2: Naples – Castel Del Monte – Bari

Guided sightseeing this morning gives you an introduction to the eventful history of this city and its colourful traditions. Depart Naples and travel into Apulia, the legendary “boot” of italy. Stop at Castel Del Monte, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, built in the 13th century by Holy Roman Emperor Frederick ii, and renowned for its unique octagonal shape. Continue to the Adriatic coastline for an orientation of the beautiful port city of Bari.

Hotel: Excelsior

Day 3: Bari – Castellana Grotte – Alberobello – Lecce

Head to Castellana Grotte to visit the famous limestone Caves. This impressive system is a wonderland of captivating stalactites, stalagmites, and crystallized mineral deposits. Next stop is Alberobello, renowned for its distinct conical-roofed Trulli houses. Follow the coastline to lovely Lecce, the “Florence of the South”.

Hotel: Tiziano e dei Congressi, 2 nights

Day 4: Lecce – Excursion To Santa Maria Di Leuca & Gallipoli

On your included excursion to Santa Maria di Leuca, the southernmost tip of Apulia, discover oriental art nouveau villas and beach huts from the early 20th century. On to Gallipoli, an ancient Greek city built on an island in the ionian Sea. Enjoy the Old Town with its quaint ambiance, winding streets, and inviting squares. Discover Frantoio Ipogeo, an underground olive press buried in the tufa rock. Between the 16th and 19th centuries, workers pressed Gallipoli’s olive oil, and used it to light the city’s oil lamps. Return to Lecce. Time to marvel at its opulent Baroque buildings.

Day 5: Lecce – Manduria –  Ostuni – Fasano

On to Manduria, situated in the wine-growing region. Visit a Wine Cellar and get to taste some of the typical Primitivo. Next stop is Ostuni, only 42 miles from Greece, but characterised by its flat-roofed, white, Greek-looking town centre. Overnight in Fasano, a peaceful town surrounded by olive groves and vineyards, not far from the Adriatic Sea.

Hotel: Sierra Silvana, 2 nights

Day 6: Fasano

Today is free to do as you like. Maybe join the optional excursion to Matera and Altamura. The impressive “rock city” of Matera is home to the prehistoric sassi cave dwellings, while a guided tour of Altamura reveals the amazing stone-clad city, with free time afterwards to stroll through the Old Town on your own.

Day 7: Fasano – Naples

Puglia is famous for its olive trees and, this morning, you’ll visit a traditional Olive Mill to taste some genuine olive oil, enjoy a light lunch, and stroll around the groves. Later, travel back to Naples for a chance to treat yourself to a real espresso coffee shot or the most authentic pizza.

Hotel: Holiday Inn

Day 8: Naples

Your holiday ends with breakfast this morning.

2020 Dates & PricesTwin ShareSolo Traveller
April: 19$1,879.00$2,340.00
April: 26$1,979.00$2,440.00
May: 03, 10, 17, 24, 31$2,019.00$2,480.00
June: 07, 14, 21, 28$2,019.00$2,480.00
August: 30$2,019.00$2,480.00
September: 06, 13, 20$2,019.00$2,480.00
September: 27$1,979.00$2,440.00
October: 04$1,879.00$2,340.00
Inclusions 
Meals: 7 breakfasts, 1 lunch, 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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