Get picked up at home and whisked off to your departure point (within 50 miles).
Meals included: 8 breakfasts, 1 lunch, 2 dinners
A delightful combination of suave city life brimming with historic sights, and beautiful rolling hills, dotted with famous vineyards and pretty, rose-pink towns.
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 get acquainted with this historic city.
This morning enjoy an included city sightseeing tour with a local guide, taking in many of the ancient and wonderful sights this most famous of cities has to offer. Highlights include St Peter's Square, the Roman Forum and the instantly recognisable Colosseum. The afternoon is free for you to explore on your own, or we have a range of optional activities you might like to consider.
Today, travel to Pisa and marvel at its 180-feet high leaning tower, the beautiful 'Square of Miracles' and 13th century cathedral. Later head onto the spa town of Montecatini for an orientation of the local area and where you will spend the next four nights.
Today, journey to Florence, the jewel in the crown of Italy's Tuscany region. Your full day visit includes a guided tour through the highlights such as Piazza Santa Croce, the Palazzo Vecchio and the Duomo.
Today, at leisure explore the delightful city of Montecatini, perhaps wander through it's beautiful gardens, pursue the boutiques or pamper yourself with a well-being treatment at the thermal baths and spa centres?
This morning, by boat travel to Cinque Terre for a full days excursion. Take in the spectacular views of 'the Five Lands' comprised of five villages; Monterosso al Mare, Vernazza, Corniglia and Riomaggiore. NOTE: Due to weather conditions the journey be made by rail only.
Today includes a full days excursion to the walled city of San Gimignano. Take in the sights of the Romanesque and Gothic architecture. Enjoy lunch at the Vicchiomaggio Estate. Later continue to your destination of Siena.
This morning, journey to the city of Assisi for a visit to the St Francis Basilica. This afternoon continue to Rome where the rest of the day is at leisure.
Transfer to the airport for your flight to the UK, or why not extend your say in Sorrento.
The choice of places to visit were very good, high on everyone's list when visiting Italy. The tour guide was very knowledgeable about the regions and towns, cities etc. we visited, was very approachable, clean, presentable and had excellent English. The negatives are that we didn't have the time to enjoy lunches when out, which would be one of the joys of visiting Italy. The food at the tour hotels was very unsatisfactory, boring and bland. We also paid for three meals out two of which were awful but the meal at the winery was excellent. The visit to the Cinque Terrell was a total disaster and a waste of a day. We couldn't go by boat so spent three quarters of an hour waiting for the guide to purchase tickets, then travelled by train to two villages when one would have been enough. The train journey back was horrendous, the train was literally jam packed with tourists. I felt it was dangerous. On the whole it was a good week, we met some lovely people and would be happy to consider another tour.
The tour met expectations and the optional excursions enhanced the experience although we were not given any information about these until on the tour. The Cosmos customers had been supplied with a booklet detailing all aspects of the tour and the available optional excursions. The hotels were of a good standard but the food served was always luke warm or cold and the menu was far below the standard expected for such hotels. The standard and of the staff in the restaurants was also poor. The hotel in Sorrento was very good as was the hot food and the very friendly staff throughout although it was very disappointing that the roof terrace bar and seating area was closed at 6.00pm giving no chance of a relaxing time after dinner looking out over the town and Bay of Naples. The location of the three hotels in Rome meant that it was not possible to spend any free time in the centre. We considered that completion of the questionnaire before the end of the tour was wrong as we were unable to give a full answer to the questions. Archers should give the same consideration to their customers as the Cosmos group does.
Wonderful holiday. Visited outstanding places. Thought Tuscany was gorgeous.
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