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Italian Showcase

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Price per person
from £1,646

Price based on
London Gatwick
6th Oct 2019 departure

Key inclusions

  • Private home pick-up service
  • Flights
  • Transfers
  • 14 days

  • Italy

  • Steady pace

  • Cosmos escorted tours

Great value escorted tours in the world's most captivating places. No other travel company matches our expertise, on-trip experiences - with a great mix of included excursions and free time - and value.

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 three nights in the Tuscan hills, famous for medieval villages, charming towns, and the celebrated wine-growing regions. From your base, visit Siena, home of the famous palio horse race and take an excursion to Florence with a walking tour of the Renaissance city centre. You’ll see Piazza Signoria – the centre of political life in Florence since the 14th century.

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 and 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 town gives you an amazingly detailed look into ordinary life at the peak of the Roman Empire.

This Italy tour also visits Orvieto—situated high atop a volcanic rock—to visit the gothic cathedral; 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; Assisi, where you’ll visit the Basilica of St. Francis that houses the tomb of St. Francis; and Montecassino, where you’ll visit the Benedictine Abbey dating to the 6th century. To top it all up, visit Rome, the “eternal city,” including a city tour showing all 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 travellers has it all!

At a glance

  • Siena Visit Piazza del Campo
  • Tuscan Hills
  • Florence Guided walking tour
  • Verona Visit
  • Venice Boat ride to St. Mark’s Square, visit glassblowing workshop
  • Ravenna and San Marino Visit
  • Urbino Visit
  • Gubbio Visit
  • Assisi Guided visit St. Francis Basilica
  • Capri Full-day excursion
  • Pompeii Guided walking tour of the excavations
  • Naples Orientation
  • Rome Guided sightseeing, see St. Peter’s Square

What's included

  • Private home pick-up service
  • Flights
  • Transfers
  • Services of a tour director
  • Accommodation
  • Selected meals
  • Free Wi-Fi on coach
  • Individual audio system
  • All airport taxes
Price match guarantee

With accommodation, transfers, excursions, selected meals, private VIP home pick-up and the services of an expert Tour Director all included in the price, our escorted tour holidays are highly rated by our customers. But should you find a like-for-like tour cheaper elsewhere, we will match its price and give you a further £100 reduction.

Private home pick-up service

Our private home pick-up service is included up to 50 miles to your departure airport. Your driver will happily load and unload your luggage, and drive you to your departure terminal. At the close of your trip, you'll be welcomed by your driver in the arrivals hall and returned home again. A supplement is payable per mile over 50 miles.

Read more about our private home pick-up service.

Single Share available

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.

Customer Reviews

Very good, well arranged. We saw a lot, busy,...

19th September 2018
Mrs Doreen Gibson

Very good, well arranged. We saw a lot, busy, but we knew it would be.

Very good programme with lots of highlights however too many...

25th July 2018
Trusted Customer

Very good programme with lots of highlights however too many early mornings.

Consider to be excellent value for money...

19th July 2017
Mr Christopher Lincroft

Consider to be excellent value for money

As before, excellent holiday...

6th July 2017
Trusted Customer

As before, excellent holiday

Overview

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 three nights in the Tuscan hills, famous for medieval villages, charming towns, and the celebrated wine-growing regions. From your base, visit Siena, home of the famous palio horse race and take an excursion to Florence with a walking tour of the Renaissance city centre. You’ll see Piazza Signoria – the centre of political life in Florence since the 14th century.

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 and 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 town gives you an amazingly detailed look into ordinary life at the peak of the Roman Empire.

This Italy tour also visits Orvieto—situated high atop a volcanic rock—to visit the gothic cathedral; 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; Assisi, where you’ll visit the Basilica of St. Francis that houses the tomb of St. Francis; and Montecassino, where you’ll visit the Benedictine Abbey dating to the 6th century. To top it all up, visit Rome, the “eternal city,” including a city tour showing all 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 travellers has it all!

Total meals included:

  • 13 breakfasts, 6 dinners

UK - Rome, Italy

Day
1

Fly to Rome where you will be met by our representative and transferred to your hotel for the night.

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.

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. Next, enjoy the beauty of the Tuscan countryside with its hillside towns and villages. Overnight in the heart of Tuscany.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

Tuscan Hills

Day
3

Spend the day at leisure or take advantage of today’s optional excursion to San Gimignano, one of Italy’s best-preserved medieval towns. Admire its 14 towers and the countryside dotted with vineyards and olive trees.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Dinner

Tuscan Hills, Excursion to Florence

Day
4

A full day is dedicated to Florence, the “Cradle of the Renaissance.” Wander at leisure and admire the city’s timeless beauty. The included walking tour with a local Guide will introduce you to the main highlights.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Dinner

Tuscan Hills - Verona - Venice Area

Day
5

Leave the Tuscan Hills and, on the way to the Venice area, stop to visit Verona, the romantic city of Shakespearian plays. You'll have time for a stroll in the centre to see Juliet's balcony or the Roman Arena.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

Venice

Day
6

Venice is a city of unparalleled beauty and a feast of wonderful sites. View the delightful crisscrossing canals, gondolas, water buses, arched bridges, palaces, and piazzas. Enjoy the included orientation, which starts with a BOAT RIDE to St. Mark’s Square, followed by time at leisure and a visit to a typical Venetian GLASSBLOWING WORKSHOP. In the afternoon, join one of the optional excursions.

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.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Dinner

San Marino - Umbino - Gubbio - Assisi Area

Day
8

First to Urbino to see its magnificent Ducal Palace towering over the town. Continue 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.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Dinner

Assisi Area - Sorrento Area

Day
9

Start the day in Assisi with a guided tour of the BASILICA OF ST. FRANCIS with its famous paintings by Giotto dating back to the 1300s. Continue south across the Apennines to the shores of the Mediterranean for three overnights in the picturesque Sorrento area.

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.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Dinner

Sorrento Area

Day
11

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

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

Sorrento Area - Pompeii - Naples - Rome

Day
12

Leave the Sorrento area 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.

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 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.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

Rome - UK

Day
14

Your holiday ends with breakfast this morning.

Transfer to the airport for your return flight to the UK.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
Print itinerary

Hotels

It may occasionally be necessary to use alternative hotels of a similar standard to those shown.

Rome - Grand Fleming Hotel

Modern hotel offering popular amenities and comforts, with a restaurant and bar. Located 40 km from FCO Airport; the staff are multilingual.

  • Location

    P.Za M.Leone Spoleto, 20, Roma, Italy

  • Facilities

    • Restaurant on site
    • Bar/lounge
    • Lifts
    • In-room safe
    • Hairdryer

Tuscan Hills - Aquaviva

Set on a hilltop in Tuscany's Chianti wine district, Aquaviva Hotel offers panoramic views of the hills around Siena. It features a wellness centre with heated indoor pool, an outdoor swimming pool, and a traditional restaurant.

  • Location

    S.P. 27, Localita Acquaviva 65, Casole D'Elsa, Italy

  • Facilities

    • Wifi
    • Restaurant on site
    • Lifts
    • In-room safe
    • Hairdryer
    • Pool

Venice - Poppi

Situated on the Riviera del Brenta and founded in 1965, the hotel is still family run. Hotel Poppi offers 100 rooms and a renowned restaurant.

  • Location

    Via Romea ,80, Venezia-Gambarare Mira, Italy

  • Facilities

    • Wifi
    • Restaurant on site
    • Lifts
    • In-room safe
    • Hairdryer
    • Iron/ironing board

San Marino - Titano

Situated in the heart of San Marino Republic's historical centre, part of UNESCO World Heritage, it has been the Institutional Hotel of the world's most ancient Republic since its opening, in 1894, giving hospitality to Princes, Ambassadors and important people visiting San Marino. Its central location makes of Titano Hotel the landmark of those who visit San Marino to discover its monuments, art and culture.

  • Location

    31, Ctr Del Collegio, San Marino

  • Facilities

    • Wifi
    • Restaurant on site
    • Bar/lounge
    • Lifts
    • Hairdryer

Assisi Area - City Hotel and Suites

An 88-room modern property located in the very heart of Umbria, close to the beautiful historical city centre with easy access to Assisi, Perugia, Gubbio and Spoleto. The buffet breakfast offers homemade specialities and Free Wi-Fi access is available throughout.

  • Location

    Via M. Arcamone 16, Foligno, Italy

  • Facilities

    • Wifi
    • Restaurant on site
    • Bar/lounge
    • Lifts
    • Coffee maker in-room
    • Hairdryer

Neapolitan Riviera - Panorama Palace

The Panorama Palace Hotel is situated on the cliffs above the sea, a few minutes from the beach of Meta di Sorrento, the first of the towns which form the Sorrentine Peninsula, and a few kilometres from the principal tourist centres Sorrento, Capri, Ischia, Procida, the Amalfi Coast, Pompei Herculaneum, Naples, Cserta and Mt. Vesuvius. Given its position, the hotel boasts an incredible panoramic view of the winding Sorrentine coast. The hotel is managed by a local family who strive to provide an environment of informal elegance and assistance. The hotel offers all comforts and a restaurant facing the the blue Gulf of Naples and the Sorrentine Coast as well as a local restaurant and a swimming pool.

  • Location

    Piazza Scarpati, Sorrento Area, Italy

  • Facilities

    • Wifi
    • Restaurant on site
    • Lifts
    • In-room safe
    • Hairdryer
    • Pool

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