Experience Italy's magical diversity on this journey rich in architectural delights, evocative scenery and cultural heritage.
All of Italy's most vibrant and well-loved cities are visited on this fascinating tour, with optional excursions to Tuscany's most enchanting towns. Enjoy a gondola ride in the romantic city of Venice, with its narrow canals, or visit the ancient monuments of Rome with its renaissance art and palaces. The choice is yours on the Italian Showcase tour.
15 days from
per person, for 2 people
Based on departing 26/09/2017 from London Gatwick AirportView Dates
Fly to Rome where you will be met by our representative and transferred to your hotel for the night.
Drink in the Umbrian countryside as you head for Orvieto, a winemaking town on a high volcanic outcrop. Admire its black and yellow 14th-century cathedral, which took 300 years to build and overflows with frescoes and works of art. Afterwards, drive through classic Tuscan landscapes past the hill towns of Chianti before arriving at your hotel for four nights. Includes Breakfast
Spend today relaxing at leisure or take our optional excursion to two of Tuscany's most enchanting towns. With its pepperpot-shaped towers, cobbled streets and tall townhouses, hilltop San Gimignano looks as if it has bypassed time itself. Another medieval masterpiece, Siena's narrow lanes and russet-painted mansions cluster around its famous Piazza del Campo. Shaped like a scallop, this café-lined square is the setting for its fabled Palio horse race. Includes Breakfast, Dinner
Brimming with artistic and architectural treasures, Renaissance Florence is heaven for culture vultures. Your full day excursion makes the most of this glorious city, ruled over for centuries by the Medici family. Enjoy a guided walk around its architectural treasures. Includes Breakfast, Dinner
This morning we visit the Vicchiomaggio Wine Estate in Greve to see the magnificent environment in which the wine is created and where we enjoy a wonderful lunch. Afterwards, we drive to Pisa to see its world-famous Square of Miracles, home to the Leaning Tower. Building started in 1173, this extraordinary tower started to lean soon afterwards due to poor foundations, before being completed in the 14th century. Admire the nearby Duomo, Baptistry and Campo Santo cemetery. Includes Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Travel through the Po Valley to Verona on the River Adige. Laid out in a grid by the Romans, this 'Pink City' serves up a wealth of sights, including 'Juliet's Balcony', which Shakespeare had Romeo climb to meet his lover. Take in all of the city's sights with a guided walking tour before continuing your travels to the Venice area. Includes Breakfast
After a short drive and a boat trip along the Giudecca Canal, arrive in what is arguably the world's most beautiful city, Venice. An independent state and major maritime power during the Middle Ages, its narrow canals, ornate footbridges and exquisite architecture never fails to impress. Enjoy a simply unforgettable canal boat ride and a demonstration of the historic Venetian delicate art of glass blowing. Get to know this magical city at your will, exploring piazzas, palazzos and churches. Includes Breakfast, Dinner
This morning, depart the Venice area and begin your journey to San Marino. En-route make a stop in Ravenna, known for its domed churches before arriving in San Marino, Europe's third smallest independent state. Includes Breakfast, Dinner
Today the first stop is Urbino, the birthplace of Raphael. Nestling on a hillside, this walled town is dominated by a twin-towered Ducal Palace, the setting for 15th century Europe's most illustrious court. Next, carry on to medieval Gubbio, whose fairytale Palazzo Dei Consoli commands sweeping views over its rooftops and countryside beyond. Finally, drive towards Fuego, the birthplace of St Francis. Includes Breakfast, Dinner
Your day begins at the major Catholic pilgrimage site of Assisi. Admire Giotto's frescoes in its breathtaking 13th century Basilica, before crossing the Apennines to the Mediterranean coast for three nights in historic Naples. Includes Breakfast
Depart Naples and cross into Capri by way of ferry. Stroll through this island's pretty piazza's and exclusive avenues studded with boutiques and restaurants. Return to Naples this evening for to overnight stays. Includes Breakfast, Dinner
Get to know bustling Naples on an orientation drive before heading for Pompeii. Walk with your guide to its astonishing archaeological sites before spending the evening in colour Sorrento. Includes Breakfast
This morning stop in Montecassino. This hilltop town boasts a massive Benedictine Abbey and is the site of a famous World War II battle. Continue to Rome, where you'll have free time to acquaint yourself with the 'Eternal City'. Alternatively, dig deeper into the city on one of our optional sightseeing tours. Includes Breakfast
With its ancient monuments, Renaissance art and grand fountains and palaces, Rome spans the millennia like no other city on earth. Today's included sightseeing takes in its greatest sights, from St Peter's Square to the Roman Forum and majestic Colosseum - the largest ever built in the Roman Empire. Afterwards, there's time to explore on your own or take one of our optional excursions - visiting the Vatican Museum and Sistine Chapel, discovering Tivoli's Villa d'Este gardens or enjoying dinner and a scenic drive through the Roman hills. Includes Breakfast
Transfer to the airport for your flight to the UK. Includes Breakfast
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Best holiday ever wonderful places and magical atmosphere
some of the hotels were to far from the centre and not up to Archers normal standards.
Optional extras expensive we spent over €800. Which makes the holiday expensive for OAPs
We really enjoyed the holiday and had a great time, however I have only scored it as Good because there were a few annoying issues which you should be aware of<br/>1.The very hard sell by Flora, the Tour Director in trying to sell the optional tours....
We really enjoyed the holiday and had a great time, however I have only scored it as Good because there were a few annoying issues which you should be aware of<br/>1.The very hard sell by Flora, the Tour Director in trying to sell the optional tours. Not only did this “turn us off” from booking these excursions but by not going we felt we were treated poorly and given little information about alternatives <br/>2.At the beginning of the tour the Tour Director explained the coach seat rotation system, but the failed to manage it in any way and as a result this was abused by several of the other passengers. <br/>3.The Tuscan Hills Hotel was in a lovely setting but unfortunately let down by very poor meals and because of its isolated location there was no alternatives<br/>4.San Marino – Had we been forewarned that we would not have access to our suitcases at the hotel and would have to pack an overnight bag we would have made prior arrangements for this instead of having to put clothing and toiletries into a supermarket plastic bag<br/>5.The Naples Hotel – lovely hotel in a terrible location – we were warned that it was unsafe to venture out at night, almost being forced to take up the optional excursion<br/>6.Poor tour guide in Rome (Vatican Optional tour) as a result of her failings and wanting to take us to a shop we were unable to visit inside St Peters Square where the Pope was giving Mass. A lot of people on the tour were very unhappy about this.
Some excursions were expensive and in some places if you didn't do an excursion you were limited to doing anything else due to the location of hotel e.g. at Hotel Aqua Viva.
one of the best tours I have done the tour director Guianluca the best ever in 30 years of traveling but Sienna should have been an included not an optional
Firstly, the tour guide, Guiseppi was terrific and really added to the holiday. A very clever young man with a vast knowledge of the country.<br/>Some parts of the itinerary were badly chosen. The visit to the leather shop in Florence and the glass b...
Firstly, the tour guide, Guiseppi was terrific and really added to the holiday. A very clever young man with a vast knowledge of the country.<br/>Some parts of the itinerary were badly chosen. The visit to the leather shop in Florence and the glass blowing in Venice were little more than attempted high priced shopping ventures.<br/>The hotels were fine but those at Venice and San Marino were not good enough.<br/>The additional excursions were massively expensive but Italy is the most expensive country that we have visited.<br/>Overall, a memorable holiday.
Not too bad value - excursions should be a lot though to be fair
The overall tour was excellent we really saw lots of Italy the tour director and driver were excellent the tour group all got on very well the extra excursions were good but we felt maybe too many the excursion to San Gimignano and Sienna we thought ...
The overall tour was excellent we really saw lots of Italy the tour director and driver were excellent the tour group all got on very well the extra excursions were good but we felt maybe too many the excursion to San Gimignano and Sienna we thought should have been included the Sistine chapel was excellent as we were fast tracked as if you did this yourself would have involved queing for hours. The hotels were overall very good particularly the Titano in San Marino very helpful staff in the Buenos Aires in Rome. The hotel Aquaviva in Tuscany was in lovely location but very basic food. Overall we enjoyed our holiday and would recommend this tour to anyone though be prepared for some a hilly walking .
The only comment that I would make is with regard to the hotel in Naples. The location is poor and we were advised, by the tour director, not to walk outside the hotel in the evening. Also the included dinner at this hotel was very poor and one of th...
The only comment that I would make is with regard to the hotel in Naples. The location is poor and we were advised, by the tour director, not to walk outside the hotel in the evening. Also the included dinner at this hotel was very poor and one of the tour group was served two very small pieces of potato with the main course. We couldn't get the tour director to sort this as he was at a family party. The next day he did say that he suggested a restaurant that we could go to but as this would have involved a taxi ride plus the additional cost of the meal no-one took this up.
We enjoyed the holiday although the food provided in the hotels was very poor to appalling, with one exception the evening meal in San Marino. The trip to San Gimignano and Siena should have been included in the scheduled itinerary rather than provid...
We enjoyed the holiday although the food provided in the hotels was very poor to appalling, with one exception the evening meal in San Marino. The trip to San Gimignano and Siena should have been included in the scheduled itinerary rather than provided as an option, particularly as the selected hotel was in a location of no interest. An overnight stay in Verona would also have been welcome by all the tour party.
Good but too long a time at some places and a lot of standing around with local guides<br/>Some hotel food was poor and one meal was under cooked
Good guides and tour director. A good deal of easy walking. Lots of food !
Too many optional excursions which gave us less time in verona and other places because we had to get back to the hotel so those who chose to go on them had time to get ready for mainly evening meals , seems unnecessary and extra expense.
Again on the whole good but room for improvements. The food in the hotel in the Tuscany hills was not good at all. It would also be better to have one less night in Tuscany and have a night in Verona.<br/>We also felt there was no need to have an opt...
Again on the whole good but room for improvements. The food in the hotel in the Tuscany hills was not good at all. It would also be better to have one less night in Tuscany and have a night in Verona.<br/>We also felt there was no need to have an optional extra included for meal in Sorrento as there were plenty of resturants to eat in.
Well thought out tour
Fabulous whistle- stop tour of Italy. Exhausting but exhilarating. Tour guide Armando is such an asset to your company. Endless patience, good humour and genuine delight in showing us his country.
A full on tour of an amazing country. It's done at a very fast pace possibly not suited to the less mobile. We struggled with some of the hilly excursions. On the whole a good choice of hotels but the included food left a lot to be desired. Even on t...
A full on tour of an amazing country. It's done at a very fast pace possibly not suited to the less mobile. We struggled with some of the hilly excursions. On the whole a good choice of hotels but the included food left a lot to be desired. Even on the optional excursions where a meal was included they were still not to a very high standard. The choice concentrated on pasta, pasta, pizza, pizza, tiramisu and tiramisu. Ok I know we were in Italy but it would have good to have more fish, meat and vegetables. The tour director Armando was delightful and the driver Umberto very safe. A great holiday.
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