Italian Showcase

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Price per person
from £1,751

Price based on
London Gatwick
13th May 2018 departure

Key inclusions

  • VIP private home pick-up service
  • Flights
  • Transfers
  • 15 days

  • Italy

  • Steady pace

  • Classic escorted tour

A whirlwind intercity adventure that takes in winding lanes of medieval towns, world-famous works of art and architectural treasures in Italy’s best-loved cities.

At a glance


  • Florence Explore the city’s architectural treasures on a guided walking tour.
  • Greve Enjoy a hearty lunch at the Vicchiomaggio Wine Estate.
  • Chianti Classico Valley Enjoy a wine cellar and lunch tasting
  • Pisa Tour the world-famous Square of Miracles.
  • Verona Gaze up at the 13th century balcony where Juliet is said to have stood.
  • Venice canal boat ride See the Palazzos, the Bridge of Sighs and St Mark's Square.
  • Rome Visit the largest colosseum ever built as part of your guided city tour.
Italian Showcase

What's included

  • VIP private home pick-up service
  • Flights
  • Transfers
  • Services of a tour director
  • Accommodation
  • Selected meals
  • Porterage
  • All airport taxes
  • Single share option
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.

VIP home pick-up service

Our VIP 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.

Customer Reviews

Good overall but optional tours were expensive on the Italian...

7th October 2017
Trusted Customer

Good overall but optional tours were expensive on the Italian Showcase & some food was lacking in quality & variation considering we were in Italy which is renowned for its cuisine. One hotel was tired & needed upgrade. All historical sites visited were excellent.

We really enjoyed our holiday and it was what we...

22nd September 2017
Trusted Customer

We really enjoyed our holiday and it was what we thought it would be - a taster. However we do have some observations. The hotel in Tuscany, Toscana Ambassador, was not a 4 star hotel. The bedrooms were clean and adequate but in need of refurbishment. The breakfast room flooded one morning and, instead of setting up in the lobby for example, we were expected to paddle around. The optional excursion to Siena and San Gimignano should have been included in the itinerary as everyone went - there was nowhere else to go from the hotel. In Rome the included tours of The Forum and the Colliseum were rushed and did not give us a chance to explore. In my view they were not as the brochure promised - I agree they were "inside visits" but only just. This was disappointing as these visits were for us highlights of the visit to Rome. Overall we had a great holiday and, as experienced Archers customers and having done lots of coach tours, we were not surprised by the location of the hotels. We understand that is why the tours are competitively priced. The included meals were for the most part adequate and in some instances really good. The optional meals that we booked were good apart from the one in Naples. The food, location and service were all poor and I felt we had wasted our money. We are always happy to recommend Archers and will continue to do so. It is always wher we look first. When searching for our next holiday.

Excellent choice of destinations. Enough time to get a feel...

22nd September 2017
Trusted Customer

Excellent choice of destinations. Enough time to get a feel for them and where used local guides were excellent.

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22nd September 2017
Trusted Customer

Aqua via hotel very good but optional trip on Tuesday...

20th September 2017
Trusted Customer

Aqua via hotel very good but optional trip on Tuesday should be included or you are stranded with nothing walkable to not even a shop. Hotel Poppi should be swapped - run down, filthy carpets could be overlooked but not the rude staff who look down their nose at coach trips (rude) but fuss over other guests making it very apparent We pay to stay and buy drinks no other hotel (better ones) made me or other guests feel inferior and an inconvenience. they should be made aware group book I go may be awkward and not pay as much but are large amounts of cash that keep the hotel running!!

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2nd September 2017
Trusted Customer

I have already explained in my earlier thoughts....

19th July 2017
Trusted Customer

I have already explained in my earlier thoughts.

We thought the holiday was quite good but seemed to...

12th July 2017
Mr David Twose

We thought the holiday was quite good but seemed to be done on the cheap not very good food in hotels and optional tours including dinners were poor value for money but if you didnt do these optional extra tours you were left to your own devices in the towns and cities with no advise on where to go or what to do by tour director as he said he would be fined if he did local tour guides job

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5th July 2017
Trusted Customer

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29th May 2017
Mrs Brenda Bateman

Multiple itineraries are available

This itinerary changes on some dates - select your preferred departure date to see the details.


Overview

A whirlwind intercity adventure that takes in winding lanes of medieval towns, world-famous works of art and architectural treasures in Italy’s best-loved cities.

Total meals included:

  • 14 breakfasts, 1 lunch, 7 dinners

UK - Rome

Day
1

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

No meals included

Rome - Orvieto - Tuscan Hills

Day
2

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.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Tuscan Hills at leisure

Day
3

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.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Tuscan Hills - Florence - Tuscan Hills

Day
4

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.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Tuscan Hills - Greve - Pisa - Tuscan Hills

Day
5

This morning we visit one of the celebrated wine estates in the Chianti Classico valley 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.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Tuscan Hills - Verona - Venice area

Day
6

Travel through the Po Valley to Verona on the River Adige. Laid out in a grid by the Romans, Verona, called the '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.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Venice

Day
7

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.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Venice area - Ravenna - San Marino

Day
8

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.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

San Marino - Urbino - Gubbio - Assisi area

Day
9

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.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Assisi area - Naples

Day
10

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.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Naples - Capri by Ferry - Naples

Day
11

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.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Naples - Pompeii - Sorrento - Naples

Day
12

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.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Naples - Montecassino - Rome

Day
13

Leave Naples this morning and stop in Montecassino. This famous hilltop Benedictine Abbey, was the site of a important 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.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Rome

Day
14

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 inside visits of 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.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Rome - UK

Day
15

Transfer to the airport for your flight to the UK.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Things to note

Accommodation as stated or similar

Hotels

Tour hotels will be as specified or alternatives of a similar standard.


  • Rome: Buenos Aires or Holiday Inn Express S Giovanni
  • Tuscan Hills: Aquaviva at Casole d'Elsa or Toscana Ambassador Poggibonsi
  • Venice area: Poppi at Mira or Holiday Inn at Marghera
  • San Marino: GHSM Group
  • Assisi area: Holiday Inn Express at Foligno
  • Naples: M Gallery Palazzo Caracciolo or Holiday Inn
  • Rome: Buenos Aires or Holiday Inn Express S Giovanni

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