Italy Snapshot Tour 2017 - XITT
Number of Days: 8
A classic coach tour of Italy, in 8 days you will see the amazing cities of Rome, Venice, and Florence plus lots more.
Savour the flavours of each of these historic and diverse Italian cities, as you enjoy the expertise of local guides in each location, sharing their knowledge and wisdom of Italian life and history. Your Italy holiday tour will also take you to the iconic Leaning Tower of Pisa, and a restful stay in the heart of the Tuscan Region. Travelling Italy has never been so easy.
- Cinque Terre (Optional)
- Pisa (Optional)
- 8 Days, 1 Country, 11 Experiences
DAY 1: Rome
Welcome to Rome! The first day of the tour is an arrivals day: meet up with your tour guide at our accommodation in the afternoon and prepare for the tour of a lifetime! If you arrive early, head into the city and see some of the sites that make Rome famous the world over. An ancient city that has seen the rise and fall of entire empires, there is no shortage of historical real estate to feast your eyes on. Not to mention designer shopping and brilliant food… Tonight you’ll meet the rest of the tour group at our included welcome dinner.
DAY 2: Rome
Today we’ll take a guided walking tour of the city, stopping off at the landmarks that have made Rome a perennial favourite with travellers all over the world. See Ancient Roman architecture, medieval buildings, Renaissance artworks and more remnants of Rome’s illustrious past as capital of this incredible country – and of the Roman Empire at large. Be sure to see sightseeing highlights like the Spanish Steps, Trevi Fountain, the Roman Forum, the Pantheon and the countless other attractions that make Rome famous the world over. Later you’ll have the option of taking a guided walking tour of the Vatican City. Marvel at glittering artworks, vast marble halls and opulent architecture – all part and parcel of the Vatican’s status as the seat of papal power. Eating and drinking well is also an important part of Roman life – and as they say, ‘When in Rome, do as the Romans do.’ Try excellent Italian cuisine, and be sure to grab a famous Roman gelato while you’re sight-seeing!
DAY 3: Rome - Venice
Today we’ll be driving to Venice, with a few comfort stops along the way. This is your first day on the coach, so get to know your fellow companions as you drive. On arrival in the afternoon, 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!
- Breakfast & Dinner
DAY 4: Venice free day
Take the time to explore today on your free day in Venice. We’ll take a Venice orientation walking tour – including an opportunity to see a lace-making demonstration and a traditional glass-blowing demonstration; two activities that Venice is known for. Sample some of the city’s culinary delights and marvel at this incredible city – which features more artistic masterpieces per square kilometre than any other place on earth!
DAY 5: Venice - Florence - Tuscany
Today we make our way to the beautiful city of Florence, stopping along the way in Lake Garda, where we stop for a photo stop. The next stop is Verona for a look at Juliet’s balcony – where Juliet is said to have been wooed by Romeo. Then, we make our way to Florence for a guided walking tour. Learn more about the heritage of this city, which stretches back through the ages to encompass Renaissance artworks and Roman ruins. 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. We’ll then make our way to our accommodation in Tuscany and we will finish off the day with Antipasto at the hotel.
- Breakfast & Antipasto in Tuscany
DAY 6: Tuscany free day or the Cinque Terre & Pisa
Enjoy the option of a free day today in beautiful Tuscany, options include further time in the city of Florence or exploring the spa town of Montecatini. You also have the option of joining a free optional excursion to Pisa & Cinque Terre! A highlight of any tour to Italy, you’ll be able to snap photos of this legendary structure and explore the grounds. We will then continue on to the stunning coastal town of La Spezia, the gateway to the Cinque Terre. Cinque Terre literally means ‘Five Lands’ and consists of five coastal cliff-side towns linked by rail and by footpaths. Overlooking the Mediterranean and amply supplied with fresh produce from the surrounding farms and homesteads, this is a region with all the ingredients to make for an unforgettable day.
DAY 7: Tuscany - Rome
Today we enjoy a Tuscan highlights driving tour, winding our way through one of the world’s most picturesque countryside landscapes. Admire Tuscan farmhouses, vineyards and olive groves as we drive. We also stop off in San Gimignano to sample local wines, and later take an orientation tour of the town of Siena – featuring largely gothic artistic remnants, as opposed to the Renaissance flourishes of Florence. After relishing a truly Tuscan experience, we round things off with a celebratory final dinner back in Rome.
- Breakfast & Dinner
DAY 8: Rome
After breakfast, our tour concludes, and it’s time to say your goodbyes to your fellow travellers and of course the incredible land of Italy. Arrivederci Italia!
Rome - 1 Included Experience | 1 Optional Experience
Included in our tour we take a locally-guided walking tour of the city, stopping off at some of the sightseeing highlights that make Rome famous. Highlights include the Pantheon, the Colosseum, Trevi Fountain, the Spanish Steps, Piazza del Popolo, the Roman Forum and much more.
Optional Experience: Tour of the Vatican City.
See St Peter’s Basilica and the Vatican Museums on our optional excursion to the Vatican. For centuries the home of the Catholic Church, you’ll see some of the world’s most famous artworks, including Michelangelo’s frescoes in the Sistine Chapel. This tour includes queue-jumping privileges for both the Vatican Museums and St Peter’s Basilica.
Other places of interest you could visit in your free time:
- Castel Sant'Angelo
- Vatican Museums
- Villa Borghese
- Villa Borghese bike rental (in the park)
- Saint Peter Basilica
- Saint Peter Cupola (tower) Campidoglio / Cordonata / Palazzo Nuovo & Senatorio: Famous sights around Capitoline Hill
- Castel St Angelo
- Piazza del Popolo
- Capitoline Hill
- Campo dei Fiori
- Piazza Venezia - Vittoriano
Venice - 2 Included Experiences.
Orientation tour of Venice; which includes a lace-making demonstration.
Verona - 1 Included Experience
Comfort stop in Verona to admire Juliet’s balcony – where Romeo is said to have wooed Juliet.
Lake Garda - 1 Included Experience
Lake Garda photo stop.
Pisa - 1 Included Experience
Explore the site of the famous leaning tower of Pisa – a true classic and a must-see on any tour of Italy.
Florence - 1 Included Experiences | 1 Optional Excursion
In Florence, enjoy a locally-guided walking tour taking in some of the city’s most famous attractions.
Head off for the day to the stunning coastal region of Cinque Terre, where you can spend the day exploring a spectacularly beautiful section of the Italian coast. Now a UNESCO World Heritage Site, the five villages of the region are linked by rail or by hiking trails, giving you the option of how best to explore this incredible scenic region. Sample traditional cuisine sourced from the surroundings and soak up the atmosphere of this stunning region.
San Gimignano & Siena - 3 Included Experiences
Enjoy a drive through the stunning Tuscan countryside.
Sample the local wines at a vineyard in San Gimignano.
Comfort stop at the medieval town of Siena.
Italy Snapshot Tour 2017 - XITT
Rome to Rome
This is a Comfort Guided holiday and includes:
- 7 nights' accommodation in twin rooms.
- 7 breakfasts, 3 dinners & 1 Antipasto in Tuscany
- 10 Experiences
- Free Wi-fi in all hotels
- Modern air conditioned coach with reclining seats and toilet.
- Services of your tour leader, who will be on hand with advice and tips.
- All taxes and fees
- Any public transport used as part of the tour (excludes free days)
- From $1995. Single supplement +$525