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Best of Italy

13 Days 1 Country 15 Cities

The best of Italy's cities, lakes and coastlines are uncovered during this Country Explorer trip.

"Wonderful taste of Italy"

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    • Special Rate Solo Rooming: Departures 25 November, 14 December 2017, 17 February and 10 March 2018 include 40-100% discount on our standard single supplement.
    • Italian Lakes: Departures from 24 March to 08 April 2018 will be accommodated in Baveno on Lake Maggiore at the Splendid Hotel instead of Lake Como. All sightseeing will remain as described.
    • On departures 23 and 30 December 2017 arrangements will be made for the Vatican Museums to be visited on an alternative day.
    • Venice Carnival: Departures 27 January and 03 February 2018 will be staying in Venice during the Carnival of Venice 2018.
    • Christmas & New Year's Eve Highlights: The 14 December 2017 departure will celebrate Christmas in Rome. The 21 December 2017 departure will celebrate Christmas in Assisi and New Year's Eve in Florence. The 23 December 2017 will celebrate Christmas in Sorrento and New Year's Eve in the Italian Lakes. The 28 December 2017 departure will toast New Year's Eve in Sorrento. And 30 December 2017 departure will toast New Year's Eve in Rome. Each of these specially arranged festive meal celebrations will replace one of the included meals featured in the itinerary.
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      • Special Rate Solo Rooming: Departures 25 November, 14 December 2017, 17 February and 10 March 2018 include 40-100% discount on our standard single supplement.
      • Italian Lakes: Departures from 24 March to 08 April 2018 will be accommodated in Baveno on Lake Maggiore at the Splendid Hotel instead of Lake Como. All sightseeing will remain as described.
      • On departures 23 and 30 December 2017 arrangements will be made for the Vatican Museums to be visited on an alternative day.
      • Venice Carnival: Departures 27 January and 03 February 2018 will be staying in Venice during the Carnival of Venice 2018.
      • Christmas & New Year's Eve Highlights: The 14 December 2017 departure will celebrate Christmas in Rome. The 21 December 2017 departure will celebrate Christmas in Assisi and New Year's Eve in Florence. The 23 December 2017 will celebrate Christmas in Sorrento and New Year's Eve in the Italian Lakes. The 28 December 2017 departure will toast New Year's Eve in Sorrento. And 30 December 2017 departure will toast New Year's Eve in Rome. Each of these specially arranged festive meal celebrations will replace one of the included meals featured in the itinerary.
      • Trip prices are per person, land only, based on double occupancy and reflect applicable discount. Discounts are subject to availability and may be withdrawn at any time without notice.
      • Trip prices are correct at the time of the products going live, however are subject to confirmation at the time of booking. All trip information is correct at time of trips going live, however are subject to change - please confirm all details at time of booking.
      • For full terms and conditions, please refer to our Website Terms of Use page.
      • Twin-share option not available for trips to South America, Costa Rica, Mexico, Alaska, Hawaii or for any holiday & cruise combination, or in Asia and Eastern Mediterranean except Highlights of Turkey (without cruise) & Best of Turkey. It's also not available on Small Group trips.  Guided Vacations included in this restriction are Newfoundland and Labrador (DNLA) as well as Panama, the Canal & Beyond (LPAN).  
      • For trips that are part of our Guaranteed Room Share, please note that there is a no smoking policy in all shared rooms. Solo travel is not accepted on guided Family Experiences holidays unless travelling as part of a family group. 

      About this trip

      Add a dash of 'issimo' to your love affair with Italy as you explore its captivating landscapes, culture, and the mouth-watering flavours that have inspired its residents to coin the phrase: "First we eat, then we do everything else..." Your Italian discovery made ever more delectable amidst the lemon scents of Sorrento, Renaissance romance in Florence and imposing Rome.


      Trip type: Country Explorer i

      Trip code: WTBO

      12 Nights

      accommodation

      19 Meals
      • 12 hot buffet breakfasts

      • 7 dinners (including Be My Guest)

      On-trip Transport

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      What's Included

      Sightseeing Highlights

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        • City tour in Rome, Pompeii, Capri, Assisi and Florence

        • Cruise to the beautiful Isle of Capri and by private launch to St. Mark's Square in Venice

        • Orientation of Venice and Milan

        • See the ancient sites of Rome including Circus Maximus

        • View the Benedictine Abbey in Monte Cassino, Juliet's Balcony in Verona, the Byzantine St. Mark's Basilica in Venice, the Gothic Cathedral and La Scala Opera House in Milan, the Leaning Tower of Pisa and the Duomo in Florence

        • Visit St. Peter's Basilica, the Sistine Chapel, Vatican Museum, the Colosseum in Rome, the Commonwealth War Cemetery in Cassino, the excavations at Pompeii, St. Francis Basilica in Assisi, picturesque Lake Como and the medieval city of San Gimignano


      What's Included

      Dining

        • 12 hot buffet breakfasts

        • 7 dinners
          (including Be My Guest)


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      Travel Highlights

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        • Audio Headsets for flexible sightseeing

        • Daily breakfast and an average of 50% of evening meals

        • Luxury air-conditioned coach with WiFi in most countries or alternative transportation (such as rail journeys)

        • Cherry-picked hotels, all tried and trusted

        • Hand-picked Insider Experiences

        • Optional Experiences and free time

        • All porterage and restaurant gratuities

        • Must-see sightseeing and surprise extras

        • An expert Travel Director and separate Driver

        • All hotel tips, charges and local taxes

        • VIP entry to many sights


        Airport Transfers

      • Specific transfer information can be found on the airport transfers page


       

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      Day 1

      Arrive Rome (2 Nights)

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      Rome Sightseeing

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      Rome – Cassino – Pompeii – Sorrento (2 Nights)

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      Isle of Capri Excursion

      St Francis Basilica, Assissi, Italy

      Day 5

      Sorrento – Assisi

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      Assisi – Verona – Venice (2 Nights)

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      Day 7

      Venice Orientation

      Lake Como, Italy

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      Venice – Milan – Italian Lakes (2 Nights)

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      Italian Lakes Excursion

      Florence, Italy

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      Italian Lakes – Pisa – Florence (2 Nights)

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      Florence Sightseeing

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      Florence – San Gimignano – Rome

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      Depart Rome

      Day 1

      Arrive Rome (2 Nights) Day 1 - Arrive Rome (2 Nights)

      Welcome to Rome, the Eternal City. Spend the rest of your day relaxing or take a leisurely stroll around the city. Join your companions and Travel Director later for a Welcome Reception. Enjoy an orientation drive to see some of the sights which await you - a great introduction to this beautiful city.

      Hotel

      Grand Tiberio

      Meals

      • Welcome Reception

      Hotel

      Grand Tiberio

      Meals

      • Welcome Reception

      Day 1

      Day 2

      Rome Sightseeing Day 2 - Rome Sightseeing

      Your included sightseeing tour with a Local Specialist begins at the Vatican Museums. Experience a Cultural Insight in the Vatican when you ascend the smooth and stepless spiral staircase designed by famous architect Donato Bramante. Admire Michelangelo's magnificent frescoed ceiling in the Sistine Chapel and then visit St. Peter's Basilica to see his famous Pietà. Your tour continues in ancient Rome. See the Circus Maximus where chariot races were held and visit the impressive Colosseum. There's time afterwards to explore the city on your own, or simply relax and watch the world go by.

      Meals

      • Buffet Breakfast

      Meals

      • Buffet Breakfast

      Optional Experiences

      Piazzas and Fountains of Rome

      Discover the most charming areas in the city with a Local Specialist. Wander through the labyrinth of narrow streets and beautiful squares of Rome's historic centre, leading to highlights such as the Trevi Fountain and the Pantheon, as well as hidden corners of the Eternal City.

      Adult Price: €33.00

      Delights of Rome with Dinner

      Spend an evening getting to know Rome. We’ll take you via coach where you’ll have the chance to see some of the city’s much-loved sights. Afterwards, you’ll enjoy a delicious light dinner of Italian specialities, alongside local music and drinks.

      Adult Price: €49.00

      Day 2

      Day 3

      Rome – Cassino – Pompeii – Sorrento (2 Nights) Day 3 - Rome – Cassino – Pompeii – Sorrento (2 Nights)

      Visit the Commonwealth War Cemetery in Cassino and view the Benedictine Abbey. Your Local Specialist tells you all about the devastation caused by the eruption of Vesuvius in AD 79 during your walking tour of Pompeii. Arrive later at your hotel in Sorrento where you dine tonight.

      Hotel

      Johanna Park

      Meals

      • Buffet Breakfast
      • Dinner with wine

      Hotel

      Johanna Park

      Meals

      • Buffet Breakfast
      • Dinner with wine

      Optional Experiences

      Amalfi Coast and Positano

      Come with us for a drive along the famous Amalfi Coast. You’ll have a chance to visit the exclusive artists’ paradise of Positano, which is magnificently positioned on the Mediterranean coast.

      Adult Price: €43.00

      Day 3

      Day 4

      Isle of Capri Excursion Day 4 - Isle of Capri Excursion

      Embark on an included excursion by ferry to the Isle of Capri. Visit Capri Town and other sights during your tour with a Local Specialist. Spend time exploring this lovely island on your own. Later witness the intricate art of inlaid woodwork, a Cultural Insight for which Sorrento is famous.

      Meals

      • Buffet Breakfast

      Meals

      • Buffet Breakfast

      Optional Experiences

      Neapolitan Dinner and Dance

      Join us for an evening of Neapolitan specialities at one of our favourite family-run restaurants. While you’re wined and dined, enjoy a cultural experience performed by local artists who'll take centre stage and demonstrate the famous Tarantella dance.

      Adult Price: €61.00

      Experience The Isle Of Capri

      Experience Capri's spectacular cliffs, famous turquoise waters and white grotto the best way: by boat. In Capri town, enjoy a lemon granita, a specialty of the island. Or if the weather doesn't allow, we'll take you on a tour of the island to Anacapri, and a visit to Villa San Michele.

      Adult Price: €41.00

      Sorrento Farmhouse Dinner

      A scenic drive takes you through the Sorrentino countryside to an 18th century Olive Oil mill. You’ll enjoy a guided visit of the gardens, mill and wine cellar, followed by a simple meal of traditional pizza and wine. And there'll also be the chance to see how mozzarella and pizza are made.

      Adult Price: €49.00

      Day 4

      Day 5

      Sorrento – Assisi Day 5 - Sorrento – Assisi

      Assisi is a mystical town perched on the slopes of Mount Subasio overlooking the peaceful Umbrian landscape. Under the protection of St. Francis this city is still enclosed by medieval ramparts. Your Local Specialist takes you on a walking tour which includes a visit to the Basilica of St. Francis, famous for its frescoes depicting the life of this much-loved saint. Spend time afterwards exploring on your own and shopping for souvenirs. Dine at your hotel this evening.

      Hotel

      Cenacolo Authentic Accommodation

      Meals

      • Buffet Breakfast
      • Dinner with wine

      Hotel

      Cenacolo Authentic Accommodation

      Meals

      • Buffet Breakfast
      • Dinner with wine

      Day 5

      Day 6

      Assisi – Verona – Venice (2 Nights) Day 6 - Assisi – Verona – Venice (2 Nights)

      Today enjoy the glorious countryside and historic architecture of the Emilia Romagna region. This area is also renowned for its cuisine such as tortellini, mortadella and parmesan cheese. Travel to Verona, the home of Shakespeare's star-crossed lovers, to admire the Roman arena and Juliet's Balcony. Arrive later in Venice, the Queen of the Adriatic. Please note: On certain departures Verona will be visited on Day 8 instead of Day 6.

      Hotel

      Principe/Amadeus

      Meals

      • Buffet Breakfast
      • Dinner with wine

      Hotel

      Principe/Amadeus

      Meals

      • Buffet Breakfast
      • Dinner with wine

      Optional Experiences

      Gondolas and the Grand Canal

      Join us for a scenic cruise by private water taxi along Venice's Grand Canal. You’ll admire the magnificent palazzi, as well as catching a glimpse of the Rialto Bridge and St. Mark's Square. Later on, you'll glide gracefully on a gondola along Venice’s dreamy, narrow waterways.

      Adult Price: €70.00

      Day 6

      Day 7

      Venice Orientation Day 7 - Venice Orientation

      Savour the unique sights and sounds of Venice as you cruise by private launch to visit some of the attractions of this magical city. Enjoy a Cultural Insight into the Venetian tradition of glass making before seeing the sights including the Bridge of Sighs, St. Mark's Square, St. Mark's Basilica and the ornate Doge's Palace. Spend free time seeing the sights of your choice. You might like to cruise across the lagoon to the Island of Burano and enjoy a delicious meal.

      Meals

      • Buffet Breakfast

      Meals

      • Buffet Breakfast

      Optional Experiences

      Venice's Secrets and St. Mark's Basilica

      Explore the hidden maze of streets which make up this unique city as your Local Specialist gives you a fascinating insight into Venice's past and present. You’ll visit the majestic Basilica of St Mark, where you’ll have a chance to view some of the prized trophies looted by the Venetians in their rise to power. Alternatively, we’ll visit the outside terrace for exceptional vistas.

      Adult Price: €36.00

      Lagoon Cruise to Burano with Food and Drinks

      Join us as we discover the Venetian Lagoon by private boat. You will enjoy a delicious meal with a selection of drinks on the fishermen's island of Burano, famous for its multi-coloured houses - a real photographer's paradise.

      Adult Price: €70.00

      Day 7

      Day 8

      Venice – Milan – Italian Lakes (2 Nights) Day 8 - Venice – Milan – Italian Lakes (2 Nights)

      Cross the plains of Lombardy to Milan, the global capital of design and fashion. View the Duomo, La Scala Opera house and the famous Galleria during your orientation. Tonight enjoy a Regional Meal at a local restaurant.

      Hotel

      Barchetta Excelsior

      Meals

      • Buffet Breakfast
      • Regional Meal

      Hotel

      Barchetta Excelsior

      Meals

      • Buffet Breakfast
      • Regional Meal

      Optional Experiences

      Treasures Of Milan

      Join our Local Specialist at the impressive Castello Sforza museum, where you’ll see the 'Pieta of Rondanini' by Michelangelo, among other great works. Your tour finishes with a visit to the world renowned 'La Scala' opera house and museum. When La Scala or the Castello is unavailable, you’ll visit the Museum of Milan.

      Adult Price: €45.00

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      Day 9

      Italian Lakes Excursion Day 9 - Italian Lakes Excursion

      Enjoy an orientation of Lake Como including the Old Town and views of the cathedral. Later consider joining a lake cruise that takes in views of beautiful villas and gardens along the shoreline.

      Meals

      • Buffet Breakfast

      Meals

      • Buffet Breakfast

      Optional Experiences

      Discover The Borromean Islands

      We've organised a private launch to take you to the beautiful islands of Lake Maggiore. Here you'll see the Isola Madre, the Isola dei Pescatori, and on the Isola Bella we visit the magnificent palace of the Borromean Princes (this optional is only operated between mid March and the end of October).

      Adult Price: €41.00

      Discover Lake Como

      Enjoy views of elegant villas and gardens as you cruise with your Local Specialist along Lake Como, one of the most beautiful spots in the Italian Lake District.

      Adult Price: €38.00

      Day 9

      Day 10

      Italian Lakes – Pisa – Florence (2 Nights) Day 10 - Italian Lakes – Pisa – Florence (2 Nights)

      Cross the Plains of Lombardy, the forested Apennine Mountains, and pass by Genoa to Pisa. View the extraordinary Leaning Tower before arriving in Florence, birthplace of the Renaissance. Tonight you might like to sample some local Tuscan cuisine.

      Hotel

      Grand Hotel Mediterraneo

      Meals

      • Buffet Breakfast

      Hotel

      Grand Hotel Mediterraneo

      Meals

      • Buffet Breakfast

      Optional Experiences

      Dinner, Wine And Music In The Tuscan Hills

      Join us for a scenic drive through the beautiful Tuscan countryside. We will enjoy a meal at a charming restaurant where a selection of regional favourites is served, accompanied by a selection of local wines and live music. A truly unforgettable experience, with an atmosphere that is the essence of all things Tuscan.

      Adult Price: €64.00

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      Day 11

      Florence Sightseeing Day 11 - Florence Sightseeing

      Your Local Specialist brings the city's rich history to life during your walking tour. View the Duomo and Ponte Vecchio and visit Piazza della Signoria. Enjoy spectacular panoramic views of Florence from Piazzale Michelangelo. Tonight experience typical Tuscan cuisine as you enjoy special Be My Guest dinner with a local family.

      Meals

      • Buffet Breakfast
      • Be My Guest Dining

      Meals

      • Buffet Breakfast
      • Be My Guest Dining

      Optional Experiences

      Michelangelo's 'David' & Accademia

      Enjoy an insight into the world of Michelangelo and his masterpiece, David. We have fast track entry to the Academy of Fine Arts and its Michelangelo collection, where you’ll learn all about the life and works of this immortal Renaissance genius through the expert commentary of our Local Specialist.

      Adult Price: €40.00

      Day 11

      Day 12

      Florence – San Gimignano – Rome Day 12 - Florence – San Gimignano – Rome

      This morning stop at the Tuscan hill town of San Gimignano which is famed for its medieval architecture and towers. The historic centre of the town is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Then return to the capital city. This evening in Rome join your Travel Director and new friends for a Farewell Dinner.

      Hotel

      Occidental Aurelia by Barcelo

      Meals

      • Buffet Breakfast
      • Farewell Dinner

      Hotel

      Occidental Aurelia by Barcelo

      Meals

      • Buffet Breakfast
      • Farewell Dinner

      Day 12

      Day 13

      Depart Rome Day 13 - Depart Rome

      Say 'arrivederci Roma' at the end of your memorable holiday in Italy. Transfers are available to Rome Fiumicino Airport. Conditions apply.

      Meals

      • Buffet Breakfast

      Meals

      • Buffet Breakfast

      Day 13

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      • Authentic Accommodations
        Built to welcome pilgrims visiting Assisi, Hotel Cenacolo is a fully renovated old Franciscan convent in nearby Santa Maria degli Angeli

      • Be My Guest
        The Pazzi and de Medici feud is brought to light in this visit to the 12th century Castle of Trebbio where you will enjoy a traditional Tuscan buffet, explore the castle dungeons, and indulge in olive oil and wine tasting

      • Cultural Insights
        Follow in the footsteps of Michelangelo and da Vinci when visiting the Vatican Museums. Ascend the smooth and stepless spiral staircase designed by famous architect Donato Bramante, in a part of the Vatican not open to the public. Witness the exquisite craft of glassblowing on Giudecca Island, a delicate tradition that generations of Venetian craftsmen have perfected over the centuries

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        For included sightseeing in Rome, Pompeii, Capri, Assisi and Florence

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        • City tour in Rome, Pompeii, Capri, Assisi and Florence

        • Cruise to the beautiful Isle of Capri and by private launch to St. Mark's Square in Venice

        • Orientation of Venice and Milan

        • See the ancient sites of Rome including Circus Maximus

        • View the Benedictine Abbey in Monte Cassino, Juliet's Balcony in Verona, the Byzantine St. Mark's Basilica in Venice, the Gothic Cathedral and La Scala Opera House in Milan, the Leaning Tower of Pisa and the Duomo in Florence

        • Visit St. Peter's Basilica, the Sistine Chapel, Vatican Museum, the Colosseum in Rome, the Commonwealth War Cemetery in Cassino, the excavations at Pompeii, St. Francis Basilica in Assisi, picturesque Lake Como and the medieval city of San Gimignano


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        • 12 hot buffet breakfasts

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        • Audio Headsets for flexible sightseeing

        • Daily breakfast and an average of 50% of evening meals

        • Luxury air-conditioned coach with WiFi in most countries or alternative transportation (such as rail journeys)

        • Cherry-picked hotels, all tried and trusted

        • Hand-picked Insider Experiences

        • Optional Experiences and free time

        • All porterage and restaurant gratuities

        • Must-see sightseeing and surprise extras

        • An expert Travel Director and separate Driver

        • All hotel tips, charges and local taxes

        • VIP entry to many sights


        Airport Transfers

      • Specific transfer information can be found on the airport transfers page


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