Italian Showcase


  • 14 days

  • Italy

  • Steady pace

Tour : 6370

Up to 7.5% off on 2020

Single Share available

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£1,629 pp

Tour only

Based on 18th Oct 2020

From

£1,996 pp

Tour with flights & transfers

Based on London Gatwick

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

Enjoy two nights in the Tuscan countryside, famous for medieval villages, charming towns, and the celebrated wine-growing regions. From your base, visit Siena, home of the famous palio horse race. Enjoy a walking tour of the Renaissance city center of Florence. You’ll see Piazza Signoria – the center of the city’s political life since the 14th century.

Discover the charm of Bologna, with its Medieval towers, and spend three nights in the area of Sorrento, a laid-back town with amazing views of the azure seas and cobblestone streets lined with shops and restaurants. Take the excursion to Capri, with is crystal-blue water, legendary piazzetta, and fashionable boutiques; Explore Pompeii, which was completely buried during the eruption of Mount Vesuvius in 79 AD. This preserved archaeological site gives you an amazingly detailed insight into ordinary life at the peak of the Roman Empire.

This Italy tour also visits Ravenna, with its Byzantine mosaics dating from the 5th century AD; Urbino, a UNESCO World Heritage Site that has preserved its Renaissance appearance; Gubbio, dating to the 14th century, and Assisi, where you’ll visit the Basilica of St. Francis that houses the tomb of St. Francis. To top it all up, visit Rome, the “eternal city,” including a guided city orientation showing the main sights, from Vatican City to the Colosseum.

From the small, historic towns to the vibrant cities, this affordable Italy tour for value-minded travelers has it all!

Highlights

SIENA Piazza del Campo

TUSCAN HILLS

FLORENCE Guided walking tour

BOLOGNA Visit

VERONA Visit

VENICE Boat ride to St. Mark’s Square, visit glassblowing workshop

RAVENNA and SAN MARINO Visit

URBINO & GUBBIO Visit

ASSISI Guided tour including St Francis Basilica

CAPRI Full-day excursion

POMPEII Guided walking tour of the excavations

NAPLES Orientation

ROME Guided sightseeing, see St. Peter’s Square

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Single Share available

Opt to share a twin room with a fellow traveller, and if there's no one to share with you'll get a room to yourself at no added cost!

Our single share option will match you with a fellow solo traveller of the same gender in a twin room, so you don't have to pay a single supplement. If there's no one available to share with, you don't pay any additional single supplement. Please call us to book a single-share holiday.

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Tour itinerary

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

Total meals included:

  • 12 breakfasts, 6 dinners

ARRIVE IN ROME, ITALY.

Day
1

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 travelers.

ROME–SIENA–TUSCAN HILLS.

Day
2

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.
Today’s Distance: 168 mi/ 270 km

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

TUSCAN COUNTRYSIDE

Day
3

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.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Dinner

TUSCAN COUNTRYSIDE–FLORENCE–BOLOGNA AREA

Day
4

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.
Today’s Distance: 109 mi/ 175 km

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Dinner

BOLOGNA AREA–VERONA–VENICE AREA.

Day
5

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 center to see the Roman Arena.
Today’s Distance: 165 mi/ 265 km

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

VENICE

Day
6

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.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Dinner

VENICE AREA–RAVENNA–SAN MARINO

Day
7

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.
Today’s Distance: 139 mi/ 224 km

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Dinner

SAN MARINO–URBINO–GUBBIO–ASSISI AREA

Day
8

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.
Today’s Distance: 99 mi/ 160 km

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Dinner

ASSISI AREA–SORRENTO AREA.

Day
9

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.
Today’s Distance: 267 mi/ 430 km

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

SORRENTO AREA. EXCURSION TO CAPRI.

Day
10

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.
Today’s Distance: 9 mi/ 15 km

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Dinner

SORRENTO AREA

Day
11

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

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

SORRENTO AREA–POMPEII–NAPLES–ROME

Day
12

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.
Today’s Distance: 173 mi/ 278 km

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

ROME

Day
13

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 amphitheater 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.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

ROME

Day
14

Your vacation ends with breakfast this morning

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

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£1,629 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
  • Individual audio system

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£1,996 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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