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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. In southern Italy, 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 archaeological site gives you an amazingly detailed insight 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 center, 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, Assisi 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!
Please note: 2021 itinerary is based on 2020 and is subject to change, but by booking today you will lock in your price. Full details will be confirmed in September 2020.
Inside visits and special features are shown in UPPERCASE in the tour description, including admission charges where applicable.
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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 travelers.
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 amphitheater 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.
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.
Today’s Distance: 273 mi/ 440 km
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".
Today’s Distance: 81 mi/ 130 km
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.
Today’s Distance: 186 mi/ 300 km
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 center 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.
Today’s Distance: 155 mi/ 250 km
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.
Today’s Distance: 124 mi/ 200 km
Travel across the Po River plain, and stop in the romantic city of Verona for some time at leisure, marveling at the Roman Arena, shopping, or tasting some of the excellent local wines. Continue to the Venice area.
Today’s Distance: 236 mi/ 380 km
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.
Enjoy an interesting drive southward right across the Po Delta to Ravenna, renowned for its treasure of Byzantine mosaics, recognized 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.
Today’s Distance: 249 mi/ 400 km
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, theater, 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.
Today’s Distance: 273 mi/ 440 km
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.
Today, enjoy time at leisure or visit Positano on our exciting optional excursion, before returning to Rome.
Today’s Distance: 168 mi/ 270 km
Your vacation ends with breakfast this morning.
It may occasionally be necessary to use alternative hotels of a similar standard to those shown.
Sourrounded by a beautiful private park, Green Park Hotel Pamphili is located in a strategic and quiet area that connects one of the main highways or the city, 'GRA', to various streets leading to the city centre in few minutes. It is located only 5 minutes away by bus or 15 minutes walking from the closest subway station 'Cornelia' and 10 minutes drive from the Vatican City while Fiumicino Airport is about 20 minutes drive.The hotel provides 153 rooms. All Rooms are conditioned and furnished with a classic and elegant design; they are very spacious, sunny and comfortable. The Hotel also provides a free parking, a cozy bar, an italian restaurant and a brand new 34 sq gym equipped with the latest generation Technogym machines.
The Holiday Inn® Rome Eur Parco dei Medici hotel offers 317 spacious rooms to suit both business and leisure visitors. Catch a taxi to the Colosseum and Vatican in 25 minutes, or catch a train from nearby Muratella station or a metro from EUR Magliana station
In the heart of Montecatini Terme offering hospitality and courtesy. The centrally located hotel has always been managed by the owners and is one of the cornerstones of the traditional hotels of Montecatini Terme.Restaurant, outdoors pool.
Hotel Ambasciatori, thanks to its geographical position, offers guests the most beautiful panoramic view over Montecatini Terme, Montecatini Alto , as well as the surrounding Tuscan hills. Built to encompass a contemporary style, the hotel provides modern and comfortable areas, as well as a cosy and suggestive rooftop terrace with swimming pool and sunbeds. The terrace is also served by the in-house bars and restaurants and can be used for a relaxing dinner. Situated along one of the town's most elegant avenues, the hotel is close to the spa baths, the park, the train station and to the town centre. The Grand Hotel Ambasciatori welcomes guests under a new management while very proud of maintaining the Italian tradition of hospitality through friendliness and comfort.
The Starhotels President is located in the heart of Genoa, a short walk away from the Fiera Fairgrounds and Brignole train station. The Corte Lambruschini Business Center can be found near the centre of the shopping street.
Nestling in a magnificent ancient park of twenty thousand square meters, with its characteristic pink façade recalling the color of the famous local marble, the Simplon is the ideal solution for guests looking for a relaxing stay.
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.
An 88-room modern property located in the very heart of Umbria, close to the beautiful historical city center with easy access to Assisi, Perugia, Gubbio and Spoleto. The buffet breakfast offers home made specialities and Free Wi-Fi access is available throughout.
The hotel is located in one of the most beautiful and enchanting corners of Massalubrense and the Sorrento Peninsula. It's surrounded by a green oasis of citrus and orange groves and overlooks the magnificent bay of Naples with a view of the islands of Capri and Ischia. All rooms, equipped with a TV and a desk, are air-conditioned and they have a private bathroom with free toiletries. Other amenities include free Wi-Fi, free parking, a restaurant, and an outdoor swimming pool.
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.
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