Highlights of Italy
8 days from £1,149
- Discover the history and charm of Tuscany’s capital, Florence
- Travel to all five villages in Cinque Terre with an included train day pass
- Glide down the Grand Canal on an included gondola ride in Venice
- Marvel at the iconic colosseum and Roman Forum in Italy’s capital, Rome
- Tour Pisa, learn about the local history and find out how the tower got its famous lean
- Take in breathtaking views across the harbour from the fortress on Lake Garda
Spend eight days travelling to some of Italy’s most beautiful and historic cities, towns, and villages and be swept up in the charm and romance of each, whilst getting to try out some brilliant activities and indulging in some delicious food on the way. From beautiful Florence, in the north, to the picturesque hillside villages that collectively make up Cinque Terre on Italy’s Riviera, the magical waterways and bustling canals of Venice, and the colossal monuments and stunning architecture that keeps the ancient history of Rome alive and kicking still today. You’ll travel from one remarkable Italian destination to the next on a journey of discovery, adventure, and food (and lots of it!).
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Day 1: Arrival
Start your Italian adventure in the beautiful city of Florence, the capital of Tuscany, and meet up with the rest of your group. After introductions and a brief rundown of the next seven days' activities and route, we'll all head into the heart of Florence for a traditional Tuscan meal.
Day 2: Florence
We'll begin our second day with a guided city tour to get our bearings and find out more about Florence’s history, but the rest of the day is all yours to explore at your own pace. Why not book yourself onto a local cooking class or head out on a wine tour in the Chianti region? Make time to visit the Duomo Cattedraleand check out at least one or two of the numerous galleries and museums dotted around the city centre.
Day 3: Florence to Cinque Terre
We'll make our way to Lucca for a scenic walking tour with a local expert around the walled town, then we'll take a trip to Pisa to find out how the famous tower got its lean. Afterwards, we'll hop back on the bus and make the journey to the gorgeous cluster of coastal villages that make up Cinque Terre on the country's rugged Riviera. In the evening we'll make our way into our vibrant surroundings to enjoy another group dinner.
Day 4: Cinque Terre
The five villages that make up Cinque Terre are all within easy access of each other when travelling by train, which is why we'll arm you with a train day pass, so you can visit each and every one of these colourful places. Spend your day hoping from one village to the next, making sure you allow plenty of time to take a good look around each.Head to the sea terrace in Corniglia for the only vantage point where you can see all five villages at a glance.
Day 5: Cinque Terre to Venice
Leaving Cinque Terre today, we'll head to Lake Garda to spend some time relaxing on the banks and taking in the views from the fortress over the harbour. Afterwards we'll make our way to fair Verona and take a guided walking tour of Romeo and Juliet country.This evening we'll arrive in the watery city of Venice, making our way into the centre for another delicious Italian meal.
Day 6: Venice
Start the day with a guided tour to pinpoint the city's top spots and highlights before spending the rest of the day exploring as you like. Ride the vaporetto up and down the Grand Canal to get around as many of the 100-plus islands as possible, sip coffee whilst people-watching in St Mark's Square, or take a trip to Doge's Palace and be stunned by the beauty of the architecture. In the afternoon, enjoy an included gondola ride along Grand Canal.
Day 7: Venice to Rome
From Venice, we'll make our way down to Rome, Italy's capital, with a brief pit stop at the small cliff side city of Orvieto, wherewe'll take a wonder around the grounds of the impressive grand cathedral before making the remainder of our journey to Rome. On arrival, you'll have a bit of time to check out some of the city's highlights for yourself. Take a wander through the heart of the city, take a trip to the colosseum, stroll through the markets and ruins of the old Roman Forum, or chill out with a few drinks on the Piazza.
Day 8: Rome
Today brings our trip to an end, but if you’ve got time to spare, it’s well worth spending a day or more extra in Rome, especially if you fancy a trip to the Vatican while you’re here. St Peter’s Square and the Sistine Chapel are worth the trip alone. If you’re flying home today, you’ll need to make your own way to the airport. Swap details with your new travel pals and say fond farewells – until the next adventure!
Please note activities and itineraries are subject to change.
- 7 nights' accommodation
- 7 breakfasts, 4 dinners
- Transport (air-conditioned coach with Wi-fi)
- Knowledgeable tour guide and driver
- Walking tour of Florence
- Walking tour of Lucca
- Leaning Tower of Pisa visit
- Cinque Terre day train pass
- Lake Garda visit
- Walking tour of Verona
- Walking tour of Venice
- Gondola ride in Venice
- Orvieto visit
- 24/7 emergency support
- Travel insurance
- Some meals
- Optional activities
7 nights' accommodation is included in the cost of this tour. You'll be sharing twin or triple rooms with other travellers of the same sex from your group in 3 and 4-star quality hotels. Room upgrades might be available at an extra cost – contact us for more information. The hotels we'll be staying in will be basic but clean and comfortable and will be in the best locations in each destination on the route. Let us know if you're travelling with a partner or friend and we'll make sure you share the same room.
A continental breakfast will be served each morning at your accommodation, and will generally consist of cereals, milk and yoghurt, bread, croissants, spreads, cold meats, cheese, and tea, coffee, and fruit juices. You'll also get to enjoy 4 evening meals: a welcome meal following the meeting on day one in Florence, a group feast at a restaurant in Cinque Terre on day three, a meal out in Venice on day five, and a farewell dinner in Rome on day seven. Throughout the rest of your trip, you'll have the opportunity to try out a whole range of delicious Italian food – there's nothing better than authentic Italian cooking in some of the country's top locations, so you're in for a real treat!
You'll need to arrange your flight to arrive in Florence International Airport (FLR) in time for your 8pm welcome meeting at your accommodation on day one of the itinerary. The trip finishes on the morning of day seven in Rome, so you'll need to arrange your return flight from Leonardo da Vinci Fiumicino Airport (FCO). You can depart at any time on day seven, but to make the most of your trip we recommend spending a bit more time in Rome if you can.
The minimum age for this trip is 18 years, the maximum is 39 years.
Depending on your nationality, you may require a visa to enter Italy. It is your responsibility to obtain the relevant visas for travel prior to the departure of the trip. Please note if you are a British passport holder you do not currently need a visa to visit Italy.
Do I Need Travel Insurance?
Absolutely. To go on any of our trips you'll need to have an appropriate level of travel insurance to ensure you and your belongings are covered in any event. If you're not sure what cover you need, give us a call on 01892 277040 – we'd be more than happy to arrange travel insurance for you.
I'm Planning To Travel On My Own, Will I Be Okay?
Of course! Most of our customers are travelling by themselves, which is why joining a group tour is so great– you’ll meet plenty of others in the same situation and will likely become firm friends by the end of your first day. You'll have an experienced tour guide with you, and you'll always have our 24-hour emergency support if you need any further assistance during your trip.
Are Airport Transfers Included?
Airport transfers aren’t included as part of this trip, so you’ll be responsible for getting yourself to your initial accommodation in Florence in time for your welcome meeting and will need to make arrangements to get to the airport in Rome on the day of your departure, though your guide will be more than happy to help you make arrangements.