The Splendours of Italy

Price per person
from £1,307

Price based on
London Heathrow
30th Dec 2018 departure

Key inclusions

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

  • Europe

  • Active pace

  • Classic escorted tours

Resplendent with historic and cultural treasures, fine wines and cuisine, Italy is a feast for the senses. Explore the birthplace of the Renaissance and the iconic ruins of the Roman Republic; and glide under the Bridge of Sighs on a Venice boat ride.

At a glance

  • Rome Wander the ruined arches of the Roman Forum and peer into the colosseum.
  • Orvieto Admire the 13th century frescoes of the Duomo di Orvieto.
  • Chianti wine tasting Sample some local wine in the vineyards of Chianti.
  • Florence Visit the birthplace of the Renaissance.
  • Pisa Leaning Tower Stand in the beautiful 'Square of Miracles', home to the iconic tower.
  • Venice canal boat ride See the Palazzos, the Bridge of Sighs and St Mark's Square.
  • Assisi Visit this walled hill town - birthplace of St Francis in 1182.

What's included

  • Private home pick-up service
  • Flights
  • Transfers
  • Services of a tour director
  • Accommodation
  • Selected meals
  • Free Wi-Fi on coach
  • Porterage
  • Individual audio system
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

The actual trip was very good. The included...

5th June 2017
Mr William Wilson

The actual trip was very good. The included meals in the hotels were substandard.

I thought everything was worth the cost. From the collection...

1st June 2017
Mrs Lyn Barrett

I thought everything was worth the cost. From the collection for the airport to being picked-up I considered it to be of good value

Overview

Resplendent with historic and cultural treasures, fine wines and cuisine, Italy is a feast for the senses. Explore the birthplace of the Renaissance and the iconic ruins of the Roman Republic; and glide under the Bridge of Sighs on a Venice boat ride.

Total meals included:

  • 8 breakfasts, 3 dinners

UK - Rome

Day
1

Fly to Rome where you will be met by our representative and transferred to 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; the Roman Forum; Piazza Venezia, and Campidoglio. An optional visit is available to the Vatican Museums and Sistine Chapel, world famous for Michelangelo’s impressive fresco of The Last Judgement.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

Rome - Orvieto - Siena

Day
3

Journey to charming Orvieto in the Umbria region to visit its black basalt and yellow limestone cathedral, an excellent example of Italian Gothic architecture. Reach Siena, with time to visit this jewel of Tuscany. Sit in one of the cafés surrounding the Piazza del Campo and admire one of Italy’s most unique squares, famed all over the world for its medieval-style Palio horse race. Tonight, enjoy a special dinner at a local restaurant.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Dinner

Siena - San Gimignano - Greve - Montecatini

Day
4

Arrive in San Gimignano and discover one of Tuscany’s greatest attractions. Its medieval squares, town walls, streets, alleyways, and 14 towers make it unique. Next, head into the very heart of the Chianti vineyards, where Chianti Classico wines are produced. Stop in Greve for some wine tasting at the Vicchiomaggio wine estate. Arrive in Montecatini in time to join the optional Tuscan dinner outing.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

Montecatini - Florence - Montecatini

Day
5

This Renaissance gem and city of the Medicis will keep you enthralled the entire day. Wander at leisure and admire the city’s timeless beauty. Don’t miss out on the included walking tour with a Local Guide, which features most of the city highlights. You will see Piazza Santa Croce; beautiful Piazza Signoria; Palazzo Vecchio and its courtyard; Loggia dei Lanzi; and, to top it all, Piazza del Duomo and its cathedral with the Giotto Campanile, and the magnificent East Door of the Baptistery, known as the “Gate of Paradise.”

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Dinner

Montecatini - Pisa - Venice area

Day
6

This morning, drive to Pisa to see its Square of Miracles and the amazing Leaning Tower, 180 feet high and no less than 16 feet out of the perpendicular. Head across the wooded Apennine hills into the farmlands of the Po Valley to the Venice area.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

Venice area

Day
7

Venice is more like a marvellous film set than a real-life city, with its criss-crossing canals, gondolas and water buses, arched bridges, palaces, and quiet 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 glass blowers 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 - Assisi - Rome

Day
8

Travel across the Po Delta, then into the green Apennines to Umbria. Stop in medieval Assisi, where St. Francis was born in 1182. Visit the world-famous Basilica with its beautiful frescoes by Giotto, then head for Rome.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

Rome - UK

Day
9

Your tour ends with breakfast this morning.

After breakfast transfer to the airport for your flight to the UK, or extend your stay in Sorrento.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

Things to note

Special departures for this tour:

Christmas in Florence - 21 December 2018

New Year in Rome - 30 December 2018

Christmas in Florence - 21 December 2019

New Year in Rome - 30 December 2019

Hotels

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

Grand Hotel Fleming

Discover a quieter, residential part of Rome at Grand Hotel Fleming. Located 10 minutes' drive from the Auditorium, Olympic Stadium and Foro Italico, it offers good transport links to city centre.

  • Location

    Piazza Monteleone di Spoleto, 20, 00191 Roma RM, Italy

  • Facilities

    • Restaurant and Bar
    • Free WiFi
    • Room Service
    • Fitness centre

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
    • Indoor swimming pool

Four Points by Sheraton Siena

Surrounded by olive groves and the beautiful hills of Chianti, Hotel Siena Degli Ulivi is a 10-minute drive from the historic city walls.

  • Location

    Via Antonio Lombardi 41, 53100 Siena, Italy

  • Facilities

    • Free Wi-Fi
    • Outdoor swimming pool
    • Sauna
    • Fitness centre

Surrounded by the gently rolling Tuscan hills, a stone’s throw away from the hot springs and the spas, and a few minutes’ walk from the elegant old town of Montecatini

  • Location

    Viale Pietro Grocco 2, 51016, Montecatini Terme, Italy

  • Facilities

    • Free Wifi
    • Pool
    • Restaurant
    • AC

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

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
    • Outdoor swimming pool
    • Sauna
    • Fitness centre

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