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OVERVIEW

Highlights

  • • See the most beautiful regions of Italy on this 12-day tour
  • • See the ruins in Pompeii
  • • Visit the Lake District
  • • Explore Venice
  • • Roam the villages of Cinque Terre
  • • See San Marino
  • • Free days in the major cities
  • • Guided walking tours and other experiences
  • • 11-night hotel accommodations
Tour Code
3481-108118
Duration
12 days
Departure City
Rome
End City
Rome
Tour Type:
Bus/Coach
Language:
English
IS THIS TOUR FOR ME?

Style: Guided

Multiple local tour guides/drivers available throughout your tour/activity

Group Type: Standard group

Tour with fellow travelers from all over the world

Activity Level: Moderate

Designed for travelers in good health who are comfortable with light walking or hiking

Quality: Budget, Standard

The most affordable tour service and/or accommodation with fast-paced itineraries; Travel with professional guides, enjoy more time at attractions and/or stay at comfortable accommodations

Accessibility: Not accessible

Tour does not have wheelchair accessible vehicles/attractions or allow service dogs

Itinerary
Day 01
Rome

Rome

Hotel: Hotel American Palace / Hotel Club House Roma / Hotel Cristoforo Colombo or similar

As our group arrives in Rome, we'll relax and prepare for the upcoming tour. If you arrive early enough, head into the city to see what Rome has to offer! An ancient city that has seen the rise and fall of empires, there's no shortage of historical real estate to feast your eyes on...not to mention designer shopping and mouthwatering food. Meet up with your tour guide at our accommodation in the afternoon and prepare for the tour of a lifetime! Tonight you'll meet the rest of the tour group at our welcome dinner.

Tips:
Dinner is included.

Your tour leader will be at the Hotel Cristoforo Colombo in Rome between 2:00pm and 5:00pm on the first day of the tour. If you arrive outside of these hours, please look out for the information sheet in the hotel lobby.

Visiting Attractions

Day 02
Rome

Rome

Hotel: Hotel American Palace / Hotel Club House Roma / Hotel Cristoforo Colombo or similar

Today we'll take a guided walking tour of the city, stopping off at the landmarks that have made Rome a perennial favorite with travelers all over the world. See Ancient Roman architecture, medieval buildings, Renaissance artworks and more remnants of Rome's illustrious past. Highlights today include the Spanish Steps, the Pantheon, Piazza Navona and the Roman Forum. And let's not forget Trevi Fountain. Legend has it that if you drop a coin into the fountain, you'll return again one day.

Later you'll have the option of taking a guided walking tour of the Coliseum, probably Rome's most recognizable landmark, and the center of Roman social life. See where countless gladiators, martyrs, wild animals and other unfortunate souls did battle in the name of entertainment. Eating and drinking well is also an important part of Roman life – and as they say, 'When in Rome, do as the Romans do.' One of the best areas for sampling authentic Roman food is in Trastevere where restaurants favored by the locals serve original and classic dishes you may not find elsewhere. and be sure to grab a famous Roman gelato while you're sightseeing!

Tips:
Breakfast is included.
Day 03
Sorrento

Rome - Pompeii - Sorrento

Hotel: Hotel Oriente / Giosue A Mare or similar

Leaving Rome, we'll head to Sorrento. As it's our first day on the motorcoach, take the time to get to know your fellow travel companions, and listen for tips on Italy from your tour leader. On our way to the coastal town of Sorrento, you'll see Mt Vesuvius, an ancient volcano. Then it's off to Pompeii to explore the ruins of this Roman town, destroyed in 79AD in a catastrophic volcanic eruption. Preserved since ancient times under meters of ash and pumice, it offers superb insight into life (and death) in ancient Roman.

Tips:
Breakfast and dinner are included.
Day 04
Sorrento

Sorrento

Hotel: Hotel Oriente / Giosue A Mare or similar

A gorgeous old town hugging the coastline, Sorrento is our base for Day 4 – explore the town on your own time; seek out little shops producing lacework and ceramics, and specializing in marquetry. Alternatively, choose our optional excursion to the famous Isle of Capri (own expense). Capri has charmed everyone from Roman emperors to modern showbiz elites. Try it for yourself and enjoy the smooth mix of cafes, rugged coastline, ancient Roman ruins, and stylish piazzas.

Tips:
Breakfast is included.

Visiting Attractions

Day 05
Assisi

Cassino - Assisi

Hotel: Hotel Casa Leonori or similar

Today we leave the coast and head north to Assisi, stopping in Cassino along the way. Famed for the site of the Abbey of Montecassino, along with its rolling green hills, vineyards and rivers, the city was also the scene of fierce fighting in World War II, which left the town almost completely destroyed. After a comfort stop here we continue on to Assisi, whose most famous son, St. Francis, was born here in 1181. Enjoy the ancient churches and basilicas, many of which are just as St Francis would have seen them.

Tips:
Breakfast and dinner are included.

Visiting Attractions

Day 06
Venice

Assisi - San Marino - Venice

Hotel: Elite Residence Hotel / NH Laguna Palace / Hotel Complex Ambasciatori & Delfino / Hotel Venezia or similar

Leaving the churches and basilicas behind, we head to Venice, stopping in Europe's third-smallest state, San Marino, to stretch our legs. Claiming to be the oldest surviving sovereign state in the world, San Marino was founded by Saint Marinus on the 3rd of September 301, and is now one of the most popular day-trip destinations for visitors to the area. Once we've had a look around, it's off to the canals of Venice! Here we'll take an orientation walking tour, including a lace demonstration and glass-blowing demonstration. Sample some of the city’s culinary delights and marvel at this incredible city – which features more artistic masterpieces per square kilometer than any other place on earth!

Tips:
Breakfast is included.
Day 07
Venice

Venice

Hotel: Elite Residence Hotel / NH Laguna Palace / Hotel Complex Ambasciatori & Delfino / Hotel Venezia or similar

Take the time to explore today on your free day in Venice. Get a classic Venetian view from the famous Rialto Bridge, board a gondola and see Venice the way it should be seen, try Venetian cuisine, visit museums & art galleries and get the full Venetian experience! Alternatively you can simply relax and soak up the sun on the sandy beaches at Jesolo or Lido. There's also St Mark's Square, The Bridge of Sighs and the Doge's Palace to see – and any number of culinary delights to sample too!

Tips:
Breakfast is included.

Visiting Attractions

Day 08
Verona

Venice - Verona - Lake District

Hotel: Hotel Stazione / Hotel Lovere Resort & Spa or similar

First up today we'll stop off in fair Verona to catch a glimpse of Juliet’s balcony, where Romeo supposedly wooed Juliet in Shakespeare’s classic Romeo & Juliet. Beset by family feuds, drama and romance since its founding in Roman times, Verona has its share of stories to tell. Look out for the 2,000 year-old arena and the ancient city gates.

Later we head to the Italian Lakes, where you'll find out just what famous writers like DH Lawrence and Hemingway were on about when they heaped praise on the area. Peek at palatial lakeside villas, and revel in the pleasant mix of luxury and rural charm.

Tips:
Breakfast and dinner are included.
Day 09
Riomaggiore

Lake District - La Spezia - Cinque Terre

Hotel: Hotel Firenze e Continentale or similar

Leaving the beautiful Italian Lakes, we head to La Spezia, our base for exploring the famous Cinque Terre region. Made up of five picturesque Italian towns, Cinque Terre features hiking routes and trains running regularly along the coastline between the towns of Monterosso, Vernazza, Corniglia, Manarola and Riomaggiore. With cars and motorcycles banned from the towns, you’ll have a wonderful time exploring the region. Taste local wines along with local produce such as pesto, freshly-caught fish and sweet lemons. Unforgettable!

Tips:
Breakfast is included.
Day 10
Florence

La Spezia - Pisa - Florence

Hotel: Hotel Massimo d'Azeglio / Hotel Meridiana Florence or similar

On our way to Florence, we'll stop off at the famous town of Pisa to get a few shots of its distinctive Leaning Tower. Now over 800 years old, it’s a classic sight in Italy and well worth a visit. Bragging rights are all yours!

On arrival in Florence, we take a guided walking tour of the city, exploring many of the most famous sites and gaining local insight from our guide. Sights to see in Florence include Ponte Vecchio, Palazzo Vecchio, Florence Cathedral, the Basilica of Santa Croce and of course Michelangelo’s David. A cultural and political focal point during the Renaissance, Florence is endowed with a huge variety of important buildings and famous artworks.

After exploring, it’s off to our accommodation in the Tuscan hills, in the ancient spa town of Montecatini Terme.

Tips:
Breakfast is included.
Day 11
Rome

San Gimignano - Siena - Rome

Hotel: Hotel American Palace / Hotel Club House Roma / Hotel Cristoforo Colombo or similar

Today we enjoy a Tuscan highlights driving tour, winding our way through one of the world's most picturesque countryside landscapes. We also stop off in San Gimignano to sample local wines, and later we stop at the town of Siena – featuring largely gothic artistic remnants, as opposed to the Renaissance flourishes of Florence: a true Tuscan experience. We then return home to Rome to round things off with a celebratory final dinner.

Tips:
Breakfast and dinner are included.

Visiting Attractions

Day 12
Rome

Rome

After breakfast we say goodbye to our travel companions and depart for home. Arrivederci Italia!

Tips:
Breakfast is included.

Visiting Attractions

WHAT'S INCLUDED

Package Includes

  • 11-night accommodations in twin rooms
  • 11 breakfasts, 1 antipasto, 5 dinners
  • Guided walks, orientation walks, driving tours of certain regions
  • Modern air-conditioned coach with reclining seats, TV for showing DVDs, and toilet
  • Free Wi-Fi in hotels
  • Services of a tour leader on hand with advice and tips to ensure you get the most from your trip
  • All taxes and fees
  • Any public transport used as part of the tour

Package Excludes

  • Airfare
  • Airport pick-up, drop-off
  • Public transport and other personal expenses on free days
  • Additional food and drink
  • Optional gratuities
  • Optional activities
Special Notes
  • Your tour leader will be at the Hotel American Palace in Rome between 2:00pm and 5:00pm on the first day of the tour. If you arrive outside of these hours, please look out for the information sheet in the hotel lobby.
  • Accommodation is provided in twin share en-suite rooms. We use a mix of mostly 2, 3 and 4-star hotels, and some hostels.
  • The calendar will show all dates available, however, if you request more travelers than there are seats available, you will not be able to book the tour.
  • If you select an odd number of travelers during booking and DO NOT select a private room on the Easy Booking Page, one member may be paired with a fellow traveler of the same sex to maintain double occupancy of all rooms. If you wish to not be paired with another traveler please select a PRIVATE ROOM on the Easy Booking Page for an increased price.
  • This tour is not suitable for children under the age of 10.
  • We do walking tours through most of the cities we visit. Many of these cities are vast and old, often with steps and cobblestones. Our walking tours can last up to three hours with plenty of opportunities to take photographs and soak up the history of these fascinating places, but a certain level of fitness is required to enjoy your tour to the fullest.
  • Due to weight and space limitations, you are allowed to bring one main piece of luggage weighing no more than 20kg (app 44.1 lbs) and one small soft bag for hand luggage. On all tours, you will have to carry your own luggage into hotels (and up to your room if there is no elevator). Please bear this in mind when you are deciding what to pack.
  • Cancellation Policy
    - 37 days or more before the tour departure day: 10% of tour cost is charged.
    - 21-36 days before the tour departure day: 50% of tour cost is charged.
    - 20 days or less before the tour departure day: 100% of tour cost is charged.
  • This tour/activity is overseen by a select local operator in the region. Upon booking your tour or activity and after receiving confirmation, you will be issued an e-ticket detailing the local operator's name and contact information. If you require assistance finding a specific tour, please contact us for more information.

Pricing Info

Your reservation is always subject to confirmation by email, normally within one to two business days.

* Price is per person based on double occupancy.
* Prices will increase the nearer you come to the departure date and during peak season. Please book as early as possible to ensure the lowest rate.
* This tour is not suitable for children under the age of 10.

Reservation Info

    1.Immediately after submitting your reservation you will receive a Receipt of Reservation via email.
    2. Within one to two business days of submitting your reservation you will receive a confirmation email from us. If you need to book an airline ticket, we recommend that you do so after you receive a confirmation of your tour reservation from us.
    3. An E-Ticket will be sent to you via email as soon as details of your reservation are confirmed or your supporting information is received by us. We will provide you with all detailed information about your tour on the E-Ticket. Contact information for local tour provider will be included on E-Ticket for your convenience or re-confirmation purpose if re-confirmation is required.
    4. Simply print your E-Ticket and present it with your valid photo ID on the day of your activity to your tour guide. Please remember E-Ticket is your proof of purchase.

Terms and Conditions

    - Your purchase does not guarantee confirmation. Your purchase will initiate a reservation process. We will confirm with you via email within one to two business days.
    - Prices may vary due to availability. We reserve the right to make price adjustment without prior notice.
    - Please refer to our Standard Amendment, Cancellation and Refund Policy before you make reservation.
    - Please refer to Customer Agreement before you make reservation.
    - Local tour provider reserves the right to make modifications to tour arrangements including order of tour activities, hotel and its location if deemed necessary.
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  • Bill.Cosper

    Bill.Cosper

    Verified Purchased 11/23/2017
    Great Value, But Get Your Running Shoes On

    This tour was great for someone like me and my wife, who had never been to Italy. We got to see a lot in a short amount of time. We could now make the choice to go back and stay longer in the places we'd like to see more of. Of course, the ...nature of that is also its drawback in that it was exhausting and at times we could hardly remember what we'd seen. I thought the accommodations were good on most nights; some better than others. I would have appreciated more time in Florence versus other stops. Our tour guide, Roma, was fantastic! She was knowledgeable, personable, and a lot of fun. I would tour all of Europe with her and our driver, Giuseppe, who was so helpful and polite. Overall, this was a great value and I definitely recommend it to those who want to see a lot in a short period of time. Read full review

  • Diane Bush

    Diane Bush

    Verified Purchased 09/25/2017
    Amazing Time!

    I did not think it was possible to squeeze in so much of Italy into 10 days, but Expat Explore managed it...and it was a WONDERFUL introduction to this gorgeous country. I would definitely book again.

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Does each room (2 people) come equipped with a private bathroom? 06/15/2017 18:01:39
Tours4Fun 06/15/2017 18:34:25

Dear Kim,

Thank you for your inquiry.

The rooms booked as part of the package will come equipped with a private bathroom.


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