Italian Treasures

Offer

Price per person
from £2,170

Price based on
London Heathrow
23rd Apr 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
  • 11 days

  • Italy

  • Platinum escorted tour

A showcase of Italy's finest historic, artistic, gastronomical and natural jewels that sees you wine tasting in Chianti, admiring Michelangelo's paintings and exploring the beautiful medieval villages of the Italian Riviera.

At a glance


  • Rome Welcome and farewell dinners at a local restaurant; guided sightseeing, visit to the Vatican Museums and Sistine Chapel, see St Peter’s Square, the Basilica and the Colosseum.
  • Lucca Excursion to the Cinque Terre and Pisa, including a boat ride with a local guide.
  • Siena Walking tour including Piazza del Campo.
  • San Gimignano Orientation. 
  • Verrazzano Castle Wine tasting and special dinner.
  • Florence Guided walking tour, visit Michelangelo’s David and Signoria Square.
  • Verona Walking tour including Juliet's balcony and the Arena. 
  • Venice Private boat trip, guided walking tour, visit to St Mark's Square and Basilica, see the Doge's Palace and the Bridge of Sighs, glassblowing demonstration.
  • Assiai Guided walking tour, visit St Claire's Church and St Francis' Basilica. 
  • Orvieto Taste local pastries in historical Caffé Montanucci; visit the cathedral. 

     

     

What's included

  • VIP 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.

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.

Overview

A showcase of Italy's finest historic, artistic, gastronomical and natural jewels that sees you wine tasting in Chianti, admiring Michelangelo's paintings and exploring the beautiful medieval villages of the Italian Riviera. 

Total meals included:

  • 10 breakfasts, 5 dinners

UK - Rome

Day
1

Fly to Rome. This evening, meet your Tour Director and travelling companions and enjoy dinner with wine at one of Rome's lively restaurants.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Rome

Day
2

Guided sightseeing includes inside-visits to the Vatican Museums and Sistine Chapel with Michelangelo’s ceiling paintings and The Last Judgement, and monument-studded St Peter's Square and Basilica to admire Michelangelo’s famous sculpture, Pietà. Then, drive to the Roman Forum and visit the amazing Colosseum, where gladiators once fought. An optional walking tour with a local guide is available to further explore famous sites.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Rome - Lucca

Day
3

Head north and arrive in medieval Lucca, completely surrounded by the original medieval wall, and enjoy a walk through the quaint medieval town centre. An optional dinner at a local agriturismo is available.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Lucca - Cinque Terre - Pisa - Lucca

Day
4

Drive to La Spezia on the Mediterranean coast and enjoy your excursion to Cinque Terre, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, including a boat ride (departures 2 Apr - 22 Oct, weather permitting) with a local guide. The name dates back to the 15th century and is derived from five little medieval villages standing on stony spurs along five miles of the rocky coastline: Riomaggiore, Manarola, Corniglia, Vernazza, and Monterosso. Then, a train ride returns you to La Spezia. Stop in Pisa and take the traditional picture pushing back the amazing Leaning Tower, 180 feet high and no less than 12 feet out of the perpendicular, before returning to Lucca.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Lucca - Siena - San Gimignano - Verrazano Castle -Florence

Day
5

A scenic day in Tuscany. This morning, visit Siena and walk through ancient narrow lanes to beautiful Piazza del Campo, theatre of the biannual Palio, Siena’s spectacular medieval-style horse race. Continue to hilltop San Gimignano, the most picturesque of Italy’s perfectly preserved medieval towns. In the afternoon, drive along the Chianti Road leading north to Florence. Next is the highlight of the day: stop at splendid Verrazzano Castle to hear about the fine art of blending four types of grapes to obtain the famous chianti wine. Enjoy wine tasting and an early dinner with local specialties.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Florence

Day
6

During your walking tour with a local guide, visit the Academy of Fine Arts to see Michelangelo’s celebrated David. Admire the magnificent marble cathedral, Giotto’s Bell Tower, the Baptistry’s heavy bronze 'Gate of Paradise,' and sculpture-studded Signoria Square. Time to explore this fascinating city so beautifully filmed in movies like Room with a View and Tea with Mussolini, and to browse through the shops. Leather goods and gold jewellery sold by the ounce are attractive buys. To make the most of your stay, join our optional excursions to the magnificent Uffizi Gallery and a dinner outing to try out the culinary delights of a Tuscan restaurant.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Florence - Verona - Venice Island

Day
7

Stop in Verona, setting of Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet. Take pictures of Juliet’s balcony and rub her statue for good luck. Next, admire the Arena, an incredibly well-preserved pink marble Roman amphitheatre. Built in the 1st century, it was the place where gladiators once fought. Today, it is the magical venue for world-famous opera performances. Arrive in Venice, a powerful magnet for romantics and art lovers from around the globe. Enter in style by private boat. Tonight is your chance to join an optional gondola ride and to sample the city’s fine restaurants.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Venice

Day
8

Enjoy morning sightseeing with your local guide. Visit St Mark's Square and the Byzantine Basilica, the lavish Doge's Palace and the world-famous Bridge of Sighs. Also, watch a skilled glassblower fashion delicate objects in the age-old traditional manner. An optional boat ride is available to the picturesque island of Burano.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Venice Island - Ravenna - Assisi

Day
9

Follow the Adriatic coastline to Ravenna. Here, see the famous mosaics in the 6th-century Basilica of St Apollinaris in Classe. Next is peaceful Assisi. During your walking tour with a local guide, visit St Clare's Church and St Francis Basilica, the hub of a religious order devoted to the ideals of humility, forgiveness, simplicity, and love for all God’s creatures. Hear about monastic life and admire the priceless frescoes adorning the walls of the church.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Assisi - Orvieto - Rome

Day
10

Following the Tiber Valley, reach Orvieto, perched high atop a volcanic rock. Here, you have a chance to taste local pastries at renowned Caffè Montanucci, a historic pasticceria for more than 100 years. Time to browse through tempting shops in the lanes off Piazza del Duomo, and to visit the fabulous Gothic cathedral with its San Brizio Chapel. In the afternoon, return to Rome. This evening, a special farewell dinner with wine and opera entertainment awaits you at Tanagra restaurant.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Rome - UK

Day
11

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

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Things to note

Accommodation will be as stated or similar

This Platinum tour is operated by our sister company Globus

Hotels

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


Rome: Della Conciliazione or Starhotels Michelangelo 

Lucca: Grand Hotel Guinigi

Florence: Ambasciatori 

Venice Island: Palazzo Selvadego

Assisi: Giotto

Rome: Rome Pisana

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