Gourmet Rome, Sorrento & Capri

Enjoy a culinary journey to Rome, Sorrento, and Capri—on this grand Southern Italy vacation. Spend three nights in Rome and two nights each in Capri and in the Sorrento area. Explore Italy’s southern charms at a leisurely pace to discover ancient historic sites, spectacular scenery, and authentic Mediterranean cuisine.

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 start exploring this great city. Take advantage of your CosmosGO app to explore on your own before you meet your Tour Director and fellow travellers in the evening.

Hotel: Ateneo Garden Palace, 2 nights

Day 2: Rome

This morning, put on an apron and become chef for a day. Attend a Cooking Class and learn how to prepare a sumptuous italian lunch. Judge the results of your fruitful morning by sitting around a table enjoying this meal with your fellow “masterchefs”. The rest of the afternoon is at leisure to discover the fascinating city of Rome.

Day 3: Rome – Naples – Capri

Naples is the capital of espresso coffee and pizza, among many other delicacies. This morning you’ll have the opportunity to see the main, highlights, including a stop to visit the St. Clair Monastery Cloister with a Local Guide. After the sightseeing tour, enjoy Pizza Lunch in a restaurant. Later, take a short ferry ride to Capri, the legendary island of glitz and glamor.

Hotel: San Michele at Anacapri, 2 nights

Day 4: Capri

Enjoy free time to relax, discover this spectacular island on your own. On the optional island tour, focus on all the main sights and enjoy a light street food lunch of local specialties, as well as a limoncello tasting session. Tonight, after the included dinner, you will be served Torta Caprese for dessert. The hotel chef will explain how this special cake is made, and you will be able to “steal” his personal recipe.

Day 5: Capri – Sorrento Area

Take the Ferry to Sorrento. Few places in the world match the very special charm of Sorrento. This picturesque resort overlooking the Bay of Naples boasts a marvellous climate, beautiful views, trendy shops and boutiques, interesting museums, and a vibrant nightlife. This morning, spend some time learning about Gelato. There will be a demonstration on how gelato and sorbet are prepared, and some hints on how to make it at home. You will, of course, have the opportunity to taste some of the many flavours available in the shop. This evening, we suggest an optional dinner at a local farm, featuring dishes prepared with traditional ingredients.

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

Day 6: Sorrento Area – Excursion To Positano

Today, set off to discover the spectacular Amalfi coast, a winding coast with many clifftop villages and unbeatable views. Stop in jet-set favourite Positano, a pastel- coloured cascade of chic boutiques and sunkissed sunbathers. Savour a typical Pastry With Coffee as you admire the breathtaking shimmering bays.

Day 7: Sorrento Area – Rome

Say goodbye to the Sorrentine peninsula and drive back to Rome. Enjoy some time sightseeing on your own, or join the optional food tour to discover some hidden treasures of the capital city of italy, as well as some of its signature gourmet specialities.

Hotel: Holiday Inn EUR Parco dei Medici

Day 8: Depart Rome

Your holiday ends with breakfast this morning.

2020 Dates & PricesTwin ShareSolo Traveller
April: 04$2,449.00$2,939.00
April: 11, 18, 25$2,549.00$3,039.00
May: 02, 09, 16, 23, 30$2,599.00$3,089.00
June: 06, 20$2,599.00$3,089.00
July: 04$2,599.00$3,089.00
July: 25$2,489.00$2,979.00
August: 29$2,519.00$3,009.00
September: 05, 12, 19, 26$2,599.00$3,089.00
October: 03$2,599.00$3,089.00
October: 10$2,449.00$2,939.00

Inclusions 
Meals: 7 breakfasts, 2 lunches, 3 dinners
Transport: First Class air-conditioned coach
Feryy: Ferry Ticket: Naples - Capri - Sorrento
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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Rome & Tuscan Highlights

Discover art, ancient customs and medieval cities on a leisurely journey through Tuscany and Rome. Stay in the popular thermal spa resort of Montecatini, admire the exquisite marble Cathedral in Siena and embrace la dolce vita in true Tuscan style, learning to cook Italian pasta.

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

Day 1: Arrive Rome

Ciao Roma! ‘The Eternal City’ opens its doors for an unforgettable At Leisure jaunt through Tuscany and two millennia of culture, history and fiery Italian verve. Spend the afternoon exploring the city before meeting your Travel Director and fellow travellers for a Welcome Reception. Embark on an orientation drive past Rome’s iconic and unexpected highlights, including views of the Colosseum and Circus Maximus, once the site of exhilarating chariot races which attracted thousands of enthusiastic spectators.

Hotel: Cardinal St Peter

Day 2: Rome Sightseeing – Montecatini

Our journey through Rome begins in the centre of Christendom, where we join a ‘Local Specialist’ on an included sightseeing tour to visit St. Peter’s Basilica and Michelangelo’s much-admired Pietà. This afternoon, we enjoy a leisurely drive through the scenic Tuscan hills to the thermal spa resort of Montecatini, the largest and most famous spa town in Italy and your home for the next six nights.

Hotel: Columbia Hotel, 6 nights

Day 3: Florence Excursion

Your ‘Local Specialist’ will reveal the history of Renaissance Florence during your walking tour. View the magnificent Duomo and visit Piazza della Signoria. In your free time, consider visiting the Ponte Vecchio bridge, one of the city’s most famous landmarks and lined with goldsmiths and jewellers. This is a legacy of the 16th-century decree which mandated that only jewellers and goldsmiths be allowed to ply their trade on the bridge. Later, learn about the quality and workmanship of two of this city’s historic industries at demonstrations of Florentine leathercraft and 18-carat gold.

Day 4: Montecatini at Leisure or Optional Experience to Cinque Terre

Relax in the soothing waters of Montecatini Thermal Spa on your day at leisure or join an Optional Experience to Cinque Terre, whose quaint pastel-hued villages cling to the rugged Ligurian cliffs.

Day 5: Pisa and Vinci Excursion

Journey to Pisa where we join a ‘Local Specialist’ to view the famous Leaning Tower, the finely sculpted marble Cathedral and the ornate Baptistery, said to be the largest in Italy. We continue through Tuscany, arriving in Vinci where we’ll ‘Dive Into Culture’ at Museo Leonardiano and gain a deeper understanding of the life of this talented master. Admire Leonardo da Vinci’s machines and models, his sketches and handwritten notes, as well as interactive exhibits during your visit. Tonight ‘Connect With Locals’ at the Agriturismo Borgo Vigna Vecchia where you’ll enjoy an exclusive ‘Be My Guest’ dinner surrounded by vineyards and olive groves.

Day 6: Siena and San Gimignano Excursion

Saunter through the beautifully preserved medieval city of Siena to see the 13th-century marble Cathedral and the shell-shaped Piazza del Campo which hosts the biannual Palio horse race. We venture to the walled medieval town of San Gimignano, renowned for its towers. Enjoy some free time strolling through its narrow lanes and shopping for locally-produced delicacies and hand-painted Tuscan pottery – the alluring aromas of pecorino and cured meats can be found around every turn.

Day 7: Tuscan Lifestyle Experience

Feast your eyes on the vibrant colours and busy stalls heaving with fresh produce at a local food market where you will join a ‘Local Specialist’ professional chef for a tasty introduction to Tuscan cuisine. Learn how to cook like only an Italian mamma can, selecting your fresh produce from the market and preparing lunch which you will enjoy with a delicious glass of local wine. The tastes of Tuscany still lingering after an unforgettable lunch, we return to our hotel in the Tuscan hills for the night.

Day 8: Montecatini – Rome – Vatican Experience

Departing Tuscany, we travel south to Rome. This evening, we ‘Dive Into Culture’ and enjoy a Farewell Dinner amidst the stunning Roman and Ancient Greek artistry showcased in Museo Gregoriano Profano. We’ll have access to the museum before dinner and join a ‘Local Specialist’ later 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 Rome

Today we bid a fond farewell to newfound friends and an epic At Leisure experience, departing Rome today.

2020 Dates & PricesTwin ShareSolo Traveller
April: 24$3,295.00$3,955.00
May: 01, 08, 15, 22, 29$3,295.00$3,955.00
June: 05, 12, 19$3,295.00$3,955.00
June: 26$3,275.00$3,875.00
July: 03, 10$3,275.00$3,875.00
July: 17, 24, 31$3,250.00$3,850.00
August: 07, 14, 21$3,250.00$3,850.00
August: 28$3,275.00$3,935.00
September: 04, 11, 18, 25$3,295.00$3,955.00
October: 02, 09$3,295.00$3,955.00

Inclusions 
Meals: 8 breakfasts, 1 lunch, 4 dinners
Transport: First Class air-conditioned coach
Accommodation: 8 nights accommodation
Guide: An expert Travel Director and separate Driver & Local Specialists for sightseeing in Rome, Pisa & Florence
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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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

Inclusions 
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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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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Gems of Umbria & Tuscany

The name of this Italy tour—Gems of Umbria and Tuscany—says it all, as you’ll visit some of the medieval hill towns and see some of the beautiful gems that call central Italy home. You’ll begin and end in Rome, and in between you’ll overnight in Spoleto, San Martino in Campo, Siena, and Orvieto. History fans will be thrilled throughout this Umbria and Tuscany tour. As you travel through the towns in these regions, you’ll learn about the Etruscans, who lived here for centuries before the Roman Empire, and you’ll see remains from periods throughout Italy’s history, including medieval times.

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

Day 1: Arrive In Rome, Italy

Welcome to Rome! At 5 pm, join your Tour Director and travelling companions, and leave the hotel for a welcome dinner at one of Rome’s lively restaurants.

Hotel: Starhotels Michelangelo

Day 2 Rome – Narni – Spoleto

In Narni, almost 800 feet high, take a guided visit to the Convent Of San Domenico, and see a cell where prisoners of the Inquisition wrote graffiti on the walls. Then, a true highlight: learn the art of homemade Manfricolo pasta from a chef during a Pasta Demonstration, followed by lunch. Next is Spoleto, a former Roman city and capital of an important Lombard duchy from the 6th to the 8th centuries. During your walking tour with a Local Guide, take pictures of La Rocca, the former papal fortress that was used as a highsecurity prison until 1982; admire the Ponte delle Torri, erected on the foundations of a Roman aqueduct; and visit Piazza Del Duomo. This evening, dinner awaits at Vecchio Camino restaurant.

Hotel: San Luca

Day 3: Spoleto – Frantoio Di Spello – Assisi – San Martino in Campo

You cannot leave Italy without trying one of its most important products. Attend an Olive Oil Tasting at an authentic oil mill at Frantoio di Spello. In Assisi, a guided walking tour includes visits to St. Clare’s Church and St. Francis’ Basilica, the hub of a religious order devoted to the ideals of humility, forgiveness, simplicity, and love for all God’s creatures. Arrive at your hotel in San Martino in Campo.

Hotel: Alla Posta Dei Donini, 2 nights

Day 4: San Martino in Campo – Excursion to Perugia

Perugia is the capital of Umbria and an important university town. A guided walking tour features the Piazza Iv Novembre, one of the grandest squares in Italy, graced by the Fontana Maggiore (Great Fountain). Admire the gothic cathedral, the Galleria Nazionale dell’Umbria, and Perugia’s stunning medieval municipal palace. Of course, you will taste Italy’s most delectable Baci candy. An optional dinner outing is available.

Day 5: San Martino In Campo – Lake Trasimeno – Siena

Take a stroll along the promenade of Lake Trasimeno in Passignano on your way to Siena, where your Local Guide will take you for a walk through ancient, narrow lanes to Piazza Del Campo. Hear about the biannual Palio, Siena’s spectacular medieval-style horse race that is held on this square. An optional dinner in Monteriggioni is available.

Hotel: NH Siena, 2 nights

Day 6: Siena – Excursion to Volterra & San Gimignano

See some of Tuscany’s loveliest towns during this excursion: start with a visit to Volterra, a former important Etruscan centre. Then visit hilltop San Gimignano, the most picturesque of Italy’s perfectly preserved medieval towns with its towers and encircling walls. Return to Siena.

Day 7: Siena – Pienza – Montalcino – Orvieto

Famous for pecorino cheese, Pienza has been listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, thanks to a member of the Piccolomini family who became Pope Pius II in the 15th century and redesigned the town in perfect renaissance style. Continue to Montalcino, beautifully located in the Tuscan Hills, for a Brunello Wine Tasting, followed by lunch with local specialties. On to Orvieto, perched high atop a volcanic rock, where a unique visit to the Etruscan Underground Labirinto (labyrinth) awaits. This evening, an exclusive dinner has been prepared by the famous Italian chef Maurizio.

Hotel: Grand Hotel Italia

Day 8: Orvieto – Rome

Hear the history of this fascinating town from your Local Guide during a pleasant walk through the narrow lanes and visit the Cathedral with its San Brizio Chapel. Return to the “Eternal City” for an orientation drive past some of Rome’s main highlights, and a farewell dinner with operatic entertainment at Tanagra restaurant to celebrate your journey to Umbria and Tuscany.

Hotel: Starhotels Michelangelo

Day 9: Rome

Your holiday ends with breakfast this morning.

2020 Dates & PricesTwin ShareSolo Traveller
April: 18$3,419.00$4,053.00
May: 02, 16, 30$3,499.00$4,133.00
June: 13
$3,749.00$4,800.00
July: 11
$3,339.00$3,973.00
July: 25$3,299.00$3,933.00
August: 08, 22$3,299.00$3,933.00
September: 05, 19$3,499.00$4,133.00

Inclusions 
Meals: 8 breakfasts, 2 lunches, 5 dinners
Transport: First Class air-conditioned coach
Accommodation: 8 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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Rome, Florence & Venice

Your dream of visiting the shining cities of Italy with budget travel in mind is easy to reach. With seven days to see the sights from Rome, Florence & Venice – including Pisa and Verona – your guided Italy tour is waiting.

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: Ateneo Garden Palace or Laurentia, 2 nights

Day 2: Rome

Steeped in history, the “Eternal City” is vibrantly alive and exciting, and absolutely unique! Start your guided introduction to Rome from St. Peter’s Square, the heart of the Vatican, and see other highlights such as the Colosseum and Circus Maximus. Maybe take an optional tour of the Vatican Museum to discover some unique art masterpieces.

Day 3: Rome – Pisa – Florence

Vistas of rolling hills, cypress trees, terraced vineyards, olive groves, and charming villages form the backdrop as you journey into the heart of Tuscany. Stop in Pisa to enjoy a mini-train ride to the Square Of Miracles and see the legendary Leaning Tower. Then, head east to magnificent Florence, “Cradle of the Renaissance”.

Hotel: Nil Hotel or Italiana Resort, 2 nights

Day 4: Florence

Today focuses on the wonders of Florence, starting with a guided walking tour featuring some of the city’s greatest attractions. See Piazza Santa Croce; world-famous Signoria Square; 13th-century Palazzo Vecchio with its collection of artistic masterpieces and incredible courtyards; Loggia dei Lanzi; the fantastic Duomo with Giotto’s gothic Bell Tower and the Baptistry’s ornate bronze door known as the “Gate of Paradise”.

Day 5: Florence – Verona – Venice Area

Travel north and cross the Po River to fabled Verona, setting for Shakespeare’s Romeo & Juliet. Marvel at the ancient Roman Arena, built for gladiator fights but now a popular venue for festivals and concerts; shop in Via Mazzini, or sip local Prosecco, Amarone, or Soave wine in one of the many bars of the centre. Continue to the Venice area for two overnights.

Hotel: Poppi at Mira, 2 nights

Day 6: Venice Area

Venice is a place of unmatched beauty and a feast of fantastic sights. View the delightful crisscrossing canals, the gondolas, arched bridges, palaces, and piazzas. Your included orientation features a Boat Ride to St. Mark’s Square and a visit to a Venetian Glassblowing Workshop. You’ll have time to explore at leisure on your own, or join one of our optional excursions, including a ride on one of the most iconic boats in the world, the romantic gondola. Otherwise, just relax, sipping a cappuccino or the typical Venetian drink called spritz at one of the many bars or cafes.

Day 7: Depart Venice

Your holiday ends with breakfast this morning.

2020 Dates & PricesTwin ShareSolo Traveller
January: 05$1,439.00$1,871.00
January: 19$1,569.00$2,001.00
February: 02, 16$1,569.00$2,001.00
March: 01$1,569.00$2,001.00
March: 15, 22, 29$1,719.00$2,151.00
April: 05, 12, 19, 26$1,789.00$2,221.00
May: 03, 04, 10, 17, 18, 24, 31$1,859.00$2,291.00
June: 01, 07, 14, 15, 21, 28, 29$1,859.00$2,291.00
July: 05. 12, 19, 26$1,789.00$2,221.00
August: 02, 09, 16, 23, 30$1,789.00$2,221.00
September: 06, 07, 13, 20, 21, 27$1,859.00$2,291.00
October: 04, 05, 11, 18, 19, 25$1,859.00$2,291.00
November: 01, 08, 15$1,719.00$2,151.00
November: 22, 29$1,439.00$1,871.00
December: 16$1,569.00$2,001.00
December: 30$1,719.00$2,151.00
Inclusions 
Meals: 6 breakfasts, 2 dinners
Transport: First Class air-conditioned coach & canal transfer boat in Venice
Accommodation: 6 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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