Italian Showcase

Offer

Price per person
from £1,744

Price based on
London Gatwick
28th Oct 2018 departure

Key inclusions

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

Book any 2018 Europe tour or cruise and pay just £49 deposit per person when you book before 28 February. 

More details
  • 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: See the largest colosseum ever built 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
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.

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.

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.

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.

Your tour starts today. The rest of the day is free for you to explore Italy’s ancient capital. This evening, meet your Tour Director and fellow travellers.

No meals included

Rome - Orvieto - Tuscan Hills

Day
2

Journey to Orvieto in the Umbria region to visit its black basalt and yellow limestone cathedral. Next, enjoy the beauty of the Tuscan countryside with its hillside towns and villages that skirt the Chianti wine-growing region. Overnight in the heart of Tuscany. Tonight, join the optional Tuscan dinner. 

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Tuscan Hills at leisure

Day
3

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

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Tuscan Hills - Florence - Tuscan Hills

Day
4

A full day is dedicated to 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
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Tuscan Hills - Greve - Pisa - Tuscan Hills

Day
5

This morning, head to the village of Greve. Visit the Vicchiomaggio Wine Estate, where the renowned Chianti wine is made, and indulge in an included Tuscan lunch before heading to Pisa to see its world-famous Square of Miralces and the curious Leaning Tower. Take a stroll down the busy Via Santa Maria, perhaps Pisa’s most typical street. 

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Tuscan Hills - Verona - Venice area

Day
6

Drive north, first through more of Tuscany, then across the Po River to Verona on the banks of the Adige River. Get to know more about this enchanting city on your included guided city tour that shows off all the highlights, including the famous balcony from Romeo and Juliet. Continue to the Venice area. 

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Venice

Day
7

Venice is a city of unparalleled beauty and a feast of wonderful sites. View the delightful criss-crossing canals, the gondolas, water buses, arched bridges, palaces, and piazzas. Enjoy the included orientation, which starts with a boat ride to St. Mark’s Square and is followed by time at leisure and a visit to a typical Venetian glass blowing workshop. In the afternoon, join one of the optional excursions. 

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Venice area - Ravenna - San Marino

Day
8

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
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

San Marino - Urbino - Gubbio - Assisi area

Day
9

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

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Assisi area - Naples

Day
10

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. Carry on south across the Apennines to the shores of the Mediterranean for three overnights in Naples, rightly known as Italy’s most colourful city. 

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Naples - Capri by Ferry - Naples

Day
11

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 cosy 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 Naples for an overnight.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Naples - Pompeii - Sorrento - Naples

Day
12

This morning, get to know more about lively, bustling Naples on the included orientation drive. Next, Pompeii, where time stopped for the rich, will bring that day back to life. Continue to Sorrento for a leisurely evening of superb views over the Gulf of aristocratic town with the terrible eruption of Vesuvius in 79 AD. A local guide Naples. Maybe join an optional dinner in a local restaurant before returning to Naples. 

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Naples - Montecassino - Rome

Day
13

North this morning through the province of Latium for a stop to visit Montecassino's Benedictine Abbey. Return to Rome, the “Eternal City,” with plenty of time to enjoy one of the optional excursions, to do last-minute shopping, or maybe to sip a drink on Piazza Navona and watch the world go by.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Rome

Day
14

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 Coliseum, 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
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Rome - UK

Day
15

Your tour ends today with the breakfast this morning.

Transfer to the airport for your return 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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