The Splendours of Italy

Offer

Price per person
from £1,168

Price based on
London Gatwick
7th Jun 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
  • 8 days

  • Italy

  • Active pace

  • Classic escorted tour

Resplendent with historic and cultural treasures, fine wines and cuisine, Italy is a feast for the senses. Explore the birthplace of the Renaissance and the iconic ruins of the Roman Republic; and glide under the Bridge of Sighs on a Venice boat ride.

At a glance


  • Rome Wander the ruined arches of the Roman Forum and peer into the colosseum.
  • Orvieto Admire the 13th century frescoes of the Duomo di Orvieto.
  • Chianti wine tasting Sample some local wine in the vineyards of Chianti.
  • Florence Visit the birthplace of the Renaissance.
  • Pisa Leaning Tower Stand in the beautiful 'Square of Miracles', home to the iconic tower.
  • Venice canal boat ride See the Palazzos, the Bridge of Sighs and St Mark's Square.
  • Assisi Visit this walled hill town - birthplace of St Francis in 1182.
Splendours of Italy

What's included

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

A very good snapshot of Italy. Lots of places visited...

26th October 2017
Mrs Helen Higginson

A very good snapshot of Italy. Lots of places visited in a relatively short time but the knowledge of the guide (Giuseppe) both in terms of each locality and its history meant we saw and learnt a lot about each place. Although I have read some criticisms of included meals this was not the case on our tour as all included meals were good or very good.

The itinerary was poor as everything to see was within...

20th August 2017
Trusted Customer

The itinerary was poor as everything to see was within the optional extras and has to be paid for. The Cosmos customers information and details were much better there even had proper luggage tags the paper ones we got torn straight away.

The tours which are really required are a third extra...

6th July 2017
Trusted Customer

The tours which are really required are a third extra cost of the total holiday. Some should have been included eg Vatican

Overview

Resplendent with historic and cultural treasures, fine wines and cuisine, Italy is a feast for the senses. Explore the birthplace of the Renaissance and the iconic ruins of the Roman Republic; and glide under the Bridge of Sighs on a Venice boat ride.

Total meals included:

  • 8 breakfasts, 3 dinners

UK - Rome

Day
1

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

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 Colosseum, 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 - Orvieto - Siena

Day
3

Journey to charming Orvieto in the Umbria region to visit its black basalt and yellow limestone cathedral, an excellent example of Italian Gothic architecture. Reach Siena, with time to visit this jewel of Tuscany. Sit in one of the cafés surrounding the Piazza del Campo and admire one of Italy’s most unique squares, famed all over the world for its medieval-style Palio horse race. Tonight, enjoy a special dinner at a local restaurant.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Siena - San Gimignano - Greve - Montecatini

Day
4

Arrive in San Gimignano and discover one of Tuscany’s greatest attractions. Its medieval squares, town walls, streets, alleyways, and 14 towers make it unique. Next, head into the very heart of the Chianti vineyards, where Chianti Classico wines are produced. Stop in Greve for some wine tasting at the Vicchiomaggio wine estate. Arrive in Montecatini in time to join the optional Tuscan dinner outing.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Montecatini - Florence - Montecatini

Day
5

This Renaissance gem and city of the Medicis will keep you enthralled the entire day. Wander at leisure and admire the city’s timeless beauty. Don’t miss out on the included walking tour with a Local Guide, which features most of the city highlights. 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 - Pisa - Venice area

Day
6

This morning, drive to Pisa to see its Square of Miracles and the amazing Leaning Tower, 180 feet high and no less than 16 feet out of the perpendicular. Head across the wooded Apennine hills into the farmlands of the Po Valley to the Venice area.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Venice area

Day
7

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 quiet 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 area - Assisi - Rome

Day
8

Travel across the Po Delta, then into the green Apennines to Umbria. Stop in medieval Assisi, where St. Francis was born in 1182. Visit the world-famous Basilica with its beautiful frescoes by Giotto, then head for Rome. 

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Rome - UK

Day
9

Your tour ends with breakfast this morning.

After breakfast transfer to the airport for your flight to the UK, or extend your stay in Sorrento.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Things to note

Special departures for this tour:

Christmas in Florence - 21 December (2018)

New Year in Rome - 30 December (2018)

Accommodation will be as stated or similar.

Hotels

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


  • Rome: Fleming
  • Siena: Siena Degli Ulivi
  • Montecatini: Settentrionale Esplanade
  • Venice area: Poppi at Mira or Holiday Inn at Marghera
  • Rome: Holiday Inn Parco Dei Medici or Holiday Inn Express San Giovanni

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