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Italian Showcase

Offer

Price per person
from £1,725

Price based on
London Gatwick
28th Apr 2019 departure

Key inclusions

  • Private home pick-up service
  • Flights
  • Transfers

There's no better time to book your next adventure, with low deposits of just £49pp for European holidays.

More details
  • 14 days

  • Europe

  • Steady pace

  • Cosmos escorted tours

This is a comprehensive, affordable tour of Italy, showcasing some of the world’s most beloved cities (including Rome, Florence and Venice), historic sites, small towns, and scenic wonders. You’ll start and end in Rome focusing on Tuscany and the Sorrento coast, but also visiting Venice, San Marino (one of the world’s smallest countries), and Assisi.

Enjoy three nights in the Tuscan hills, famous for medieval villages, charming towns, and the celebrated wine-growing regions. From your base, visit Siena, home of the famous palio horse race and take an excursion to Florence with a walking tour of the Renaissance city centre. You’ll see Piazza Signoria – the centre of political life in Florence since the 14th century.

Spend three nights in the area of Sorrento, a laid-back town with amazing views of the azure seas and cobblestone streets lined with shops and restaurants and take the excursion to Capri, with is crystal-blue water, legendary piazzetta, and fashionable boutiques; Explore 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.

This Italy tour also visits Orvieto—situated high atop a volcanic rock—to visit the gothic cathedral; Ravenna, with its Byzantine mosaics dating from the 5th century AD; Urbino, a UNESCO World Heritage Site that has preserved its Renaissance appearance; Gubbio, dating to the 14th century; Assisi, where you’ll visit the Basilica of St. Francis that houses the tomb of St. Francis; and Montecassino, where you’ll visit the Benedictine Abbey dating to the 6th century. To top it all up, visit Rome, the “eternal city,” including a city tour showing all the main sights, from Vatican City to the Colosseum.

From the small, historic towns to the vibrant cities, this affordable Italy tour for value-minded travellers has it all!

At a glance

  • Siena Visit Piazza del Campo
  • Tuscan Hills
  • Florence Guided walking tour
  • Verona Visit
  • Venice Boat ride to St. Mark’s Square, visit glassblowing workshop
  • Ravenna and San Marino Visit
  • Urbino Visit
  • Gubbio Visit
  • Assisi Guided visit St. Francis Basilica
  • Capri Full-day excursion
  • Pompell Guided walking tour of the excavations
  • Naples Orientation
  • Rome Guided sightseeing, see St. Peter’s Square

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 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.

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

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.

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5th July 2017
Trusted Customer

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29th May 2017
Mrs Brenda Bateman

Overview

This is a comprehensive, affordable tour of Italy, showcasing some of the world’s most beloved cities (including Rome, Florence and Venice), historic sites, small towns, and scenic wonders. You’ll start and end in Rome focusing on Tuscany and the Sorrento coast, but also visiting Venice, San Marino (one of the world’s smallest countries), and Assisi.

Enjoy three nights in the Tuscan hills, famous for medieval villages, charming towns, and the celebrated wine-growing regions. From your base, visit Siena, home of the famous palio horse race and take an excursion to Florence with a walking tour of the Renaissance city centre. You’ll see Piazza Signoria – the centre of political life in Florence since the 14th century.

Spend three nights in the area of Sorrento, a laid-back town with amazing views of the azure seas and cobblestone streets lined with shops and restaurants and take the excursion to Capri, with is crystal-blue water, legendary piazzetta, and fashionable boutiques; Explore 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.

This Italy tour also visits Orvieto—situated high atop a volcanic rock—to visit the gothic cathedral; Ravenna, with its Byzantine mosaics dating from the 5th century AD; Urbino, a UNESCO World Heritage Site that has preserved its Renaissance appearance; Gubbio, dating to the 14th century; Assisi, where you’ll visit the Basilica of St. Francis that houses the tomb of St. Francis; and Montecassino, where you’ll visit the Benedictine Abbey dating to the 6th century. To top it all up, visit Rome, the “eternal city,” including a city tour showing all the main sights, from Vatican City to the Colosseum.

From the small, historic towns to the vibrant cities, this affordable Italy tour for value-minded travellers has it all!

Total meals included:

  • 13 breakfasts, 6 dinners

UK - Rome, Italy

Day
1

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

Check into your hotel. The rest of the day is free for you to explore Italy’s ancient capital with the help of the CosmosGO app. This evening, meet your Tour Director and fellow travellers.

Rome, Siena - Tuscan Hills

Day
2

This morning journey to Siena, rightly considered the jewel of Tuscany. The Piazza del Campo is quite unique in shape and setting, and famous all over the world for the medieval-style Palio horse-racing event. Next, enjoy the beauty of the Tuscan countryside with its hillside towns and villages. Overnight in the heart of Tuscany.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

Tuscan Hills

Day
3

Spend the day at leisure or take advantage of today’s optional excursion to San Gimignano, one of Italy’s best-preserved medieval towns. Admire its 14 towers and the countryside dotted with vineyards and olive trees.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Dinner

Tuscan Hills, Excursion to Florence

Day
4

A full day is dedicated to Florence, the “Cradle of the Renaissance.” Wander at leisure and admire the city’s timeless beauty. The included walking tour with a local Guide will introduce you to the main highlights.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Dinner

Tuscan Hills - Verona - Venice Area

Day
5

Leave the Tuscan Hills and, on the way to the Venice area, stop to visit Verona, the romantic city of Shakespearian plays. You'll have time for a stroll in the centre to see Juliet's balcony or the Roman Arena.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

Venice

Day
6

Venice is a city of unparalleled beauty and a feast of wonderful sites. View the delightful crisscrossing canals, gondolas, water buses, arched bridges, palaces, and piazzas. Enjoy the included orientation, which starts with a BOAT RIDE to St. Mark’s Square, followed by time at leisure and a visit to a typical Venetian GLASSBLOWING WORKSHOP. In the afternoon, join one of the optional excursions.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Dinner

Venice Area - Ravenna - San Marino

Day
7

Travel to Ravenna, a city that preserves the richest heritage of byzantine mosaics dating from the 5th century AD. After a stop here, continue to the tiny hilltop Republic of San Marino, one of the smallest countries in the world.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Dinner

San Marino - Umbino - Gubbio - Assisi Area

Day
8

First to Urbino to see its magnificent Ducal Palace towering over the town. Continue on to the verdant Umbria region to visit medieval Gubbio, where the superb view of the rooftops of the town from the Consul’s Palace is a must. Continue on to Foligno.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Dinner

Assisi Area - Sorrento Area

Day
9

Start the day in Assisi with a guided tour of the BASILICA OF ST. FRANCIS with its famous paintings by Giotto dating back to the 1300s. Continue south across the Apennines to the shores of the Mediterranean for three overnights in the picturesque Sorrento area.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

Sorrento Area. Excursion to Capri

Day
10

Today, cross the crystal-blue waters to Capri. This legendary island, surrounded by rose-tinted rocks, has incredibly beautiful coves of translucent blues and greens. The town, with its pretty piazzetta, maze of streets, fashionable boutiques, and cozy restaurants, is a mecca for the jet set. An optional tour takes you around the island with its steep roads and panoramic views. Return to the Sorrento Area for an overnight.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Dinner

Sorrento Area

Day
11

Spend the day to relax in the sun, explore on your own, or join an optional excursion to discover the unique beauty of the Amalfi coast.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

Sorrento Area - Pompell - Naples - Rome

Day
12

Leave the Sorrento area to discover one of the most intriguing archaeological sites in the world: POMPEII. This village was caught by surprise by the Vesuvius volcanic eruption in 79 AD, and excavations have uncovered a snapshot of ordinary Roman life. Back to the present, you'll enjoy an orientation drive of culture-rich Naples before arriving in Rome.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

Rome

Day
13

Steeped in history, Rome is 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. Consider an optional visit to the Vatican Museums and Sistine Chapel, world famous for Michelangelo’s impressive fresco of The Last Judgment.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

Rome - UK

Day
14

Your holiday ends with breakfast this morning.

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

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

Hotels

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


Rome Grand Hotel Fleming or Holiday Inn Express San Giovanni. 

Tuscan Hills Aquaviva Hotel & Spa at Casole d'Elsa

Venice Area Poppi at Mira 

San Marino Titano 

Assisi Area City Hotel and Suites at Foligno 

Sorrento Area Panorama Palace at Meta di Sorrento 

Rome Holiday Inn Express San Giovanni 

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