Italy's Best

Offer

Price per person
from £1,598

Price based on
London Gatwick
18th Nov 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
  • 12 days

  • Italy

  • Active pace

  • Classic escorted tour

Experience the essence of Italy following a route packed with highlights of history and inspiring views. Beginning in Rome, venture to Cinque Terra, Florence and Lake Maggiore before heading via Venice, Ravenna and Assisi to the picturesque coastal town of Sorrento.

At a glance


  • Rome Sightseeing
  • Pisa Leaning Tower of Pisa
  • Florence Walking tour
  • Genoa Sightseeing tour
  • Cinque Terre
  • Verona Juliet's balcony
  • Venice Canal ride
  • Ravenna
  • Assisi St Francis Basilica
  • Pompeii Guided visit
  • Capri

What's included

  • VIP private home pick-up service
  • Flights
  • Transfers
  • Services of a tour director
  • Accommodation
  • Selected meals
  • Porterage
  • Individual audio system
  • All airport and port 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.

Multiple itineraries are available

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


Overview

Experience the essence of Italy following a route packed with highlights of history and inspiring views. Beginning in Rome, venture to Cinque Terra, Florence and Lake Maggiore before heading via Venice, Ravenna and Assisi to the picturesque coastal town of Sorrento.

Total meals included:

  • 12 breakfasts, 4 dinners

UK - Rome

Day
1

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

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

No meals included

Rome

Day
2

The “Eternal City” is steeped in history, 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 - Pisa - Montecatini

Day
3

Vistas of rolling hills, rows of cypress trees, terraced vineyards, olive groves, and rural villages form the backdrop of your journey through beautiful Tuscany. Stop in Pisa to visit the Square of Miracles and see the amazing Leaning Tower. Arrive in Montecatini.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Montecatini - Florence - Montecatini

Day
4

Today, enjoy an included excursion to Florence. Your local guide will show you most of the city highlights on the walking tour. You will see Piazza Santa Croce; beautiful Piazza Signoria; Palazzo Vecchio and its courtyard; Loggia dei Lanzi; and, to top it all, Piazza del Duomo and its cathedral with the Giotto Campanile, and the magnificent East Door of the Baptistery, known as the “Gate of Paradise.”

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Montecatini - La Spezia - Cinque Terre - Genoa

Day
5

Travel towards La Spezia, a province in Italy’s Liguria region. Then, hop aboard the train to discover some of the five spectacular Cinque Terre villages. Here, the beauty of the rugged cliffs and romantic fishing villages once inspired poet Lord Byron. From Levanto, head towards Genoa, birthplace of explorer Christopher Columbus.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Genoa - Milan - Lake Maggiore

Day
6

Today’s included guided tour is an excellent introduction to Genoa. A maze of squares and alleys, the city grew around the port, a natural inlet, and boasts the largest medieval historical centre in Europe. Some of the highlights include the remains of the city’s 17th-century fortifications. Next, head north into the plains of Lombardy, and stop in Milan to marvel at its magnificent gothic Duomo. Then, continue to Baveno on Lake Maggiore.

No meals included

Lake Maggiore - Lugano - Lake Maggiore

Day
7

Time to relax and get to know Lake Maggiore, one of Italy’s largest lakes. Located on the very edge of Alpine Switzerland, on clear days you can see the peaks of the Swiss Alps. Take advantage of the included excursion to visit Lugano in Italian-speaking Canton Ticino.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Lake Maggiore - Verona - Venice Area

Day
8

Travel across the Po River plain and stop in the romantic city of Verona to see Romeo and Juliet´s balcony, and enjoy some time at leisure marvelling at the Roman amphitheatre. Carry on to the Venice area.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Venice

Day
9

Venice is more like a marvellous film set than a real-life city, with its criss-crossing canals, gondolas and water buses, arched bridges, palaces, and piazzas. The included orientation starts with a boat ride to St. Mark’s Square, and is followed by time at leisure and a chance to watch Venetian glass blowers fashion their delicate objects as they did centuries ago. Don’t miss out on the optional gondola trip, gliding along the picturesque canals with a local troubadour to serenade you.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Venice - Ravenna - Assisi - Perugia

Day
10

An interesting drive southwards right across the Po Delta to Ravenna, renowned for its treasure of byzantine mosaics, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Continue to Assisi, enclosed by ramparts and little changed since the Middle Ages. This is the town of the deeply mystical and poetic St. Francis—see the Basilica of St Francis with its famous frescoes by Giotto, brought back to life by a local guide. Overnight in beautiful nearby Perugia, capital of Umbria.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Perugia - Pompeii - Sorrento

Day
11

Travel to Pompeii, where time stopped for the rich, aristocratic town with the terrible eruption of Vesuvius in 79 AD. On the included guided visit, see the remains of luxurious villas, temples, theatre, and forum. Carry on to Sorrento, set on a plateau above the waters of the Bay of Naples. Wander the winding streets lined with shops and stalls, and sit with a glass of wine, absorbing the easy-going life of this charming resort. 

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Sorrento - Capri - Sorrento

Day
12

Enjoy a day trip to the legendary island, surrounded by rocky coastline and where the crashing sea has formed awe-inspiring caves. The town with its pretty piazza, maze of streets, fashionable boutiques, and cosy restaurants is a mecca for the jet set. Explore on your own or take an optional island tour.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Sorrento - Rome

Day
13

Today, time at leisure or enjoy an optional excursion to Positano before returning to Rome. 

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Rome - UK

Day
14

Your tour ends today with breakfast this morning

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

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Things to note

Special Departures:

Christmas in Rome & New Years in Venice including Reveillon: 24th December 2017 & 2018 

Please note that for passengers departing on the 24th December 2017 your overnight accommodation will be in Milan instead of Lake Maggiore. 

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

 

Hotels

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


  • Rome: ATH Green Park Hotel Pamphili
  • Montecatini: Park Regina or Settentrionale Esplanade
  • Genoa: Star Hotel President
  • Lake Maggiore: Simplon At Baveno
  • Venice area: Poppi at Mira or Mercure at Marghera
  • Perugia: La Meridiana
  • Sorrento: Tirrenia or Ascot or Moon Valley at Vico Equense
  • Rome: Holiday Inn Parco Dei Medici or Holiday Inn Express San Giovanni

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