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Italy's Best

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Price per person
from £1,687

Price based on
London Gatwick
17th Nov 2019 departure

Key inclusions

  • Private home pick-up service
  • Flights
  • Transfers

Book by 31 October to secure your place for just £49, and to benefit from our early booking Price Pledge - we guarantee that if you find your 2019 holiday being sold directly by us at a better value between 1 Nov 2018 and up to 12 weeks of your tour, we will refund the difference.

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  • 14 days

  • Europe

  • Active 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.

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.

One of the tour’s highlights is the excursion to the Cinque Terre – five medieval seaside villages. The area is noted for its natural beauty with terraces built into the mountainside on cliffs that drop down into the sea. Delight in the unique charm of the area and take in the breathtaking views.

On your journey through Tuscany, watch the undulating hills, terraced vineyards, olive groves, and rural villages. More breathtaking scenery awaits at Lake Maggiore, one of Italy’s largest lakes. Located on the edge of the Swiss Alps, it’s the perfect place to relax and soak in the beauty.

From here, you’ll even take an excursion to Lugano, a lake-side town in Switzerland. Witness breathtaking views of the crystal-clear, blue sea in the relaxing town of Sorrento, and take a day trip to Capri where the crashing sea has formed awe-inspiring caves.

History comes alive on this Italy tour. Visit 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. In Rome, during the city sightseeing tour with a local guide, you’ll see the main sights, as well as Vatican City with St Peter’s Basilica.

In Genoa, boasting Europe’s largest medieval historical centre, see the remains of the city’s 17th-century fortifications. Visit St Francis’ Basilica in Assisi, a medieval town set in the Umbrian hills. Guided city sightseeing tours are planned in Rome, Florence, and Genoa. Your visit to Venice includes a boat trip to St Mark’s square to see the maze of canals forming this unique romantic city.

These are just some of the many highlights of this affordable tour through Italy!

At a glance

Rome Guided sightseeing, see St. Peter’s Square

Pisa Mini-train ride to the Leaning Tower

Florence Guided walking tour

Cinque Terre Excursion

Genoa Guided sightseeing

Milan See the gothic Duomo

Lugano, Switzerland Visit

Verona see Juliet’s balcony

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

Ravenna Visit

Assisi Guided visit St. Francis Basilica

Pompeii Guided walking tour of the excavations

Capri Excursion by boat

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 and port 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.

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Customer Reviews

Encompassed a lot of areas within Italy into one holiday....

18th September 2018
Mr STEPHEN DODSWORTH

Encompassed a lot of areas within Italy into one holiday. Well thought out itinerary.

Still a little room for improvement in the hotel department,...

12th September 2017
Mrs Jennifer Dedow

Still a little room for improvement in the hotel department, some were great but some could have been in better locations and better beds

Overview

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.

One of the tour’s highlights is the excursion to the Cinque Terre – five medieval seaside villages. The area is noted for its natural beauty with terraces built into the mountainside on cliffs that drop down into the sea. Delight in the unique charm of the area and take in the breathtaking views.

On your journey through Tuscany, watch the undulating hills, terraced vineyards, olive groves, and rural villages. More breathtaking scenery awaits at Lake Maggiore, one of Italy’s largest lakes. Located on the edge of the Swiss Alps, it’s the perfect place to relax and soak in the beauty.

From here, you’ll even take an excursion to Lugano, a lake-side town in Switzerland. Witness breathtaking views of the crystal-clear, blue sea in the relaxing town of Sorrento, and take a day trip to Capri where the crashing sea has formed awe-inspiring caves.

History comes alive on this Italy tour. Visit 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. In Rome, during the city sightseeing tour with a local guide, you’ll see the main sights, as well as Vatican City with St Peter’s Basilica.

In Genoa, boasting Europe’s largest medieval historical centre, see the remains of the city’s 17th-century fortifications. Visit St Francis’ Basilica in Assisi, a medieval town set in the Umbrian hills. Guided city sightseeing tours are planned in Rome, Florence, and Genoa. Your visit to Venice includes a boat trip to St Mark’s square to see the maze of canals forming this unique romantic city.

These are just some of the many highlights of this affordable tour through Italy!

Total meals included:

  • 13 breakfasts, 4 dinners

UK - Rome, Italy

Day
1

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

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.

Rome

Day
2

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. 

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

Rome - Pisa - Montecatini

Day
3

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.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

Montecatini. Excursion to Florence

Day
4

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 Door of the Baptistry, known as the “Gate of Paradise.”

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Dinner

Montecatini - La Spezia - Cinque Terre - Genoa

Day
5

Travel towards La Spezia, a province in Italy’s Liguria region. Then, hop aboard the TRAIN to discover some of the five spectacular Cinque Terre villages. Here, 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.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

Genoa - Milan - Lake Maggiore

Day
6

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. Some of the highlights include the remains of the city’s 17th-century fortifications. 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.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

Lake Maggiore. Excursion to Lugano, Switzerland

Day
7

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.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

Lake Maggiore - Verona - Venice Area

Day
8

Travel across the Po River plain and stop in the romantic city of Verona to see Juliet´s balcony, and enjoy some time at leisure marveling at the Roman Arena. Continue to the Venice area.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

Venice

Day
9

Venice is more like a marvelous 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.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Dinner

Venice Area - Ravenna - Assisi - Assisi Area

Day
10

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. 

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Dinner

Assisi Area - Pompell - Sorrento Area

Day
11

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 easygoing life of this charming resort.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

Sorrento Area. Boat Trip to Capri

Day
12

Enjoy a day trip to the legendary island, surrounded by a rocky coastline where the crashing sea has formed aweinspiring 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.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Dinner

Sorrento Area - Rome

Day
13

Today, enjoy time at leisure or take an optional excursion to Positano before returning to Rome.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

Rome - UK

Day
14

Your holiday ends with breakfast this morning.

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

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
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Things to note

Special Departures:

Christmas in Rome & New Years in Venice including Reveillon Dinner: 24th December 2018 

Christmas in Rome & New Years in Venice including Festive Dinner: 24th December 2019 

 

Hotels

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

Buenos Aires

Hotel Buenos Aires welcomes its guests with old-fashioned hospitality in tastefully renovated surroundings, for a pleasant stay in one of Rome’s most fashionable neighbourhoods, only five minutes from Via Veneto.

  • Location

    Via Clitunno, 9, 00198 Roma RM, Italy

  • Facilities

    • Free Wi-Fi Coffee house

ATH Green Park Pamphili

Surrounded by a large park, Ath Green Park Hotel Pamphili is in a green residential area of Rome, 0.9 miles from Cornelia Metro Station and 3.1 miles from the Vatican.

  • Location

    Largo Lorenzo Mossa 4, Aurelio, 00165 Rome, Italy

  • Facilities

    • Free Wi-Fi Bar Restaurant

Ambasciatori Palace

Situated in Montecatini Terme, this hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Montecatini Congress Center and Terme di Montecatini Spa. Piazza del Popolo and Terme Excelsior are also within 10 minutes.

  • Location

    Viale IV Novembre 12, 51016 Montecatini Terme, Italy

  • Facilities

    • Free Wi-Fi Bar Restaurant

Starhotels President

This property is 14 minutes walk from the beach. Located opposite the Genoa Brignole train and metro stations, Starhotels President is near the city's shopping district.

  • Location

    Corte Lambruschini 4, 16129 Genoa, Italy

  • Facilities

    • Free Wi-Fi Restaurant Bar

Simplon at Baveno

This property is 3 minutes walk from the beach. Located between the mountains and the Borromean Gulf, Hotel Simplon is set in its own sub-tropical gardens, close to the centre of Baveno.

  • Location

    Corso Garibaldi 20, 28831 Baveno, Italy

  • Facilities

    • Free Wi-Fi

Poppi at Mira

The hotel is located about 15 km from Venice Piazzale Roma.

  • Location

    Via Romea 80, 30034 Mira VE, Italy

  • Facilities

    • Restaurant Free WiFi Bar lounge

City Hotel and Suites at Foligno

Situated in Foligno, this hotel is within a 15-minute walk of St. Nicolo Church. Church of Santa Maria Infraportas and Palazzo Trinci are also less than a mile away.

  • Location

    Via Massimo Arcamone 16, 06034 Foligno, Italy

  • Facilities

    • Free Wi-Fi Bicycle rental Bar

Panorama Palace at Meta di Sorrento

Set into the rocky coast of Meta di Sorrento, Panorama Palace Hotel offers breathtaking sea views from bright panoramic rooms, the bar and the rooftop sun terrace. Guests can walk to the beach in just 5 minutes from the hotel.

  • Location

    Piazza Scarpati,1, 80062 Meta, Italy

  • Facilities

    • Bar Restaurant Hot tub/Jacuzzi

Holiday inn Express San Giovanni

This Holiday Inn Express has great links to the historic centre of Rome and is set next to Tuscolana Train Station and is only a 5-minute walk from Ponte Lungo Metro Station.

  • Location

    Via Assisi 51, San Giovanni, 00181 Rome, Italy

  • Facilities

    • Free Wi-Fi Bar Restaurant

Holiday Inn Parco dei Medici

This 4-star hotel is 0.6 miles from Parco De Medici Golf Club and 3.7 miles from Fiera di Roma exhibition centre. Nearby you will also find the Space Cinemas complex as well as restaurants and shops.

  • Location

    Viale Castello della Magliana 65, 00148 Rome, Italy

  • Facilities

    • Free Wi-Fi

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