Italian Explorer


  • 8 days

  • Italy

  • Leisurely pace

Tour : 7160

From

£759 pp

Tour only

Based on 19th Apr 2020

From

£977 pp

Tour with flights & transfers

Based on London Gatwick

Overview

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Experience the Italian icons you’ve always wanted to see. With an à la carte touring style of Cosmos Lite, you see and do only what you want each day of your escorted tour of Italy. With Cosmos Lite, you can set out with the activities and pace just perfect for you to explore the eternal city of Rome, picturesque Tuscany, spectacular Cinque Terre, intriguing Genoa, and the fashionable mecca of Milan. With two nights in the “eternal city” of Rome, there are unending possibilities to explore this ancient yet modern city. Your Tour Director can point you in the right direction to discover the best eateries, sights, and museums. Reserve your excursions in advance on MyCosmos, or tap your CosmosGO mobile app for a wealth of information in Rome.

You’ll travel to the lovely Tuscan countryside to Grosseto to stroll through its charming piazza and indulge in pizza and gelato. Spend time in the village of Bolgheri for traditional Italian fare and wine before staying the night in the charming seaside town of Marina di Cecina. Discover the stunning seaside villages of Cinque Terre by train and ask your Tour Director for suggestions on shopping and culinary treats. Next stop is the colourful seaport of Genoa. Take an optional tour to explore its narrow streets for a Genovese lunch before heading for the fashion mecca of Milan. Your CosmosGO app will guide you to the boutiques and bars along the Navigli canals, and your Tour Director will recommend the best eateries and sights to enjoy. The day is yours to plan—perhaps an optional culinary walking tour. The possibilities are endless on your Cosmos Lite Italy holiday. With seamless travel and accommodation arrangements taken care of, you’ll love the freedom of planning each day to do as much or as little as you like.

This tour is from our new Cosmos Lite range, which offers all the hassle-free features of a Cosmos holiday while leaving the itinerary, pace and budget up to you. Learn more

Tour itinerary

Inside visits and special features are shown in UPPERCASE in the tour description, including admission charges where applicable.

Total meals included:

  • 7 breakfasts

Arrive in Rome, Italy

Day
1

Unpack your Sense of Adventure!
Settle into your hotel before going out on your own and exploring the inspiring city of the Dolce Vita, home of the Colosseum, the Vatican, and keeper of priceless masterpieces spanning thousands of years.Your CosmosGO app can guide you to the highlights of the Eternal City. Ask your Tour Director for expert recommendations to make the most of your time in Roma.

Rome

Day
2

A Roman Holiday Adventure Awaits
Today is yours to explore Rome as you please. You may decide to visit the famous sights like the Colosseum and the Roman Forum, experience the organized chaos of Rome’s traffic, taste some of the excellent street food, or go off the beaten path to discover local sidewalks and secrets. Your Tour Director can suggest plenty of haunts and hideaways, or you might opt to reserve your spot on a guided tour of the Vatican and the Sistine Chapel with MyCOSMOS.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

Rome—Grosseto—Bolgheri—Marina di Cecina.

Day
3

City Cobblestones to Tuscan Countryside
Visit the friendly, laid-back town of Grosseto, where you can stroll through the beautiful piazza to see its cathedral and try one of the many cafes. (Your Tour Director knows the best ones!) Immerse yourself in the Tuscan countryside as you enjoy free time in Bolgheri, a lovely little village where good food and wine are a way of life. In fact, this is the home of Super Tuscan wines such as Sassicaia. Tonight, you’ll stay in a charming Italian seaside resort town, Marina di Cecina.
Today’s Distance: 186 mi/ 300 km

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

Marina di Cecina

Day
4

Sea, Sand and Sights
Relax on the beach or take a walk along the centuries-old pine tree forest skirting the Etruscan Riviera. A favorite holiday spot for Tuscan residents, this stretch of coast gets busy during the summer months. The town of Cecina is only minutes away with the opportunity to visit the Roman Villa San Vincenzino. Another option is to book a trip to discover the walled city of Monte Riggioni and San Gimignano, also known as the “medieval Manhattan". To enhance your experience, a wine tasting is included.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

Marina di Cecina—La Spezia—Cinque Terre—Genoa

Day
5

All Aboard to Cinque Terre!
After greeting the day in Marina di Cecina, you’ll travel north to La Spezia. Hop aboard a train to discover the beauty of the Cinque Terre, a car-free, colorful string of five fishing villages. Ask your Tour Director the best way to soak up the charm of these spectacular landscapes before traveling on to Genoa—former Maritime Republic and birthplace of Christopher Columbus.Today’s Distance: 149 mi/ 240 km

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

Genoa—Milan

Day
6

Seaside Genoa & Stylish Milan
What better place to relax than in Italy’s most colorful seaport? Explore the maze of narrow streets of Genoa’s medieval Caruggi district on our optional guided tour with a typical Genovese lunch. If you prefer, take advantage of your free time by visiting the famous aquarium, the biggest in Italy and designed by world-famous architect Renzo Piano. Later, head to Milan, where an orientation drive introduces you to the city. Today’s Distance: 107 mi/ 173 km

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

Milan

Day
7

Design and Daily Rituals
A day at leisure in the fashion and design capital of the world. Today’s a perfect day to use your CosmosGO mobile app to seek out famous shops of the fashion district (Quadrilatero della Moda), boutiques, and bars along the beautiful Navigli canals. Your Tour Director can guide you on how to enjoy the fast-paced city of Milan at your own speed with dining and shopping recommendations just for you. Indulge in the local cuisine by joining an optional tour of the trendy city quarter of Brera followed by a risotto tasting.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

Milan

Day
8

Your personalized vacation ends with breakfast this morning.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

Extend your tour and see even more

On selected tours you can extend your time at the beginning or end of your holiday. To book your holiday with an extension, call us on 0330 0588 237 or speak to your travel agent.

To book your holiday with an extension, call 0330 0588 237 or speak to your travel agent.

What's included

Tour only

From

£759 pp

Prefer to book your own flights and transfers? You have the freedom to do that with our Tour Only holiday option.

  • Services of a tour director
  • Accommodation
  • Selected meals
  • Free Wi-Fi on coach

Tour with flights

From

£977 pp

Let us take care of everything. Our package option includes return flights from your chosen airport, plus overseas transfers to your hotel.

  • Flights
  • Transfers
  • Services of a tour director
  • Accommodation
  • Selected meals
  • Free Wi-Fi on coach
  • All airport taxes

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