Italian Explorer CIE
Number of Days: 8
Experience the Italian icons you’ve always wanted to see. With an independent touring style, you see and do only what you want each day of your escorted tour of Italy. You can set out with the activities and pace just perfect for you to explore the eternal city of Rome, picturesque Tuscany, spectacular Cinque Terre, intriguing Genoa, and the fashionable mecca of Milan. With two nights in the “eternal city” of Rome, there are unending possibilities to explore this ancient yet modern city. Your Tour Director can point you in the right direction to discover the best eateries, sights, and museums.
You’ll travel to the lovely Tuscan countryside to Grosseto to stroll through its charming piazza and indulge in pizza and gelato. Spend time in the village of Bolgheri for traditional Italian fare and wine before staying the night in the charming seaside town of Marina di Cecina. Discover the stunning seaside villages of Cinque Terre by train and ask your Tour Director for suggestions on shopping and culinary treats. Next stop is the colourful seaport of Genoa. Take an optional tour to explore its narrow streets for a Genovese lunch before heading for the fashion mecca of Milan. Your Tour Director will recommend the best eateries and sights to enjoy. The day is yours to plan—perhaps an optional culinary walking tour. The possibilities are endless on your Italy holiday. With seamless travel and accommodation arrangements taken care of, you’ll love the freedom of planning each day to do as much or as little as you like.
DAY 1 - Arrive in Rome, Italy.
Unpack Your Sense of Adventure! Settle into your hotel before exploring the famed Spanish Steps and romantic Trevi Fountain. Experience the highlights of the Eternal City. Ask your Tour Director for expert recommendations to make the most of your time in Rome.
DAY 2 - Rome
A Roman Holiday Adventure Awaits Today is yours to explore Rome as you please. You may decide to visit the famous sights like the Colosseum and the Roman Forum or go off the beaten path to discover local sidewalks and secrets. Your Tour Director can suggest plenty of haunts and hideaways, or you might opt to reserve your spot on a guided tour of the Vatican. (B)
DAY 3 - Rome → Grosseto → Bolgheri → Marina di Cecina
City Cobblestones to Tuscan Countryside Visit the friendly, laid-back town of Grosseto, where you can stroll through the beautiful piazza to see its cathedral and try one of the many cafes. (Your Tour Director knows the best ones!) You’ll also have time in Bolgheri, a lovely little village where good food and wine are a way of life. Tonight, you’ll stay in a charming Italian seaside resort town, Marina di Cecina. (B)
DAY 4 - Marina di Cecina
Sea, Sand and Relax on the beach or take a walk along the centuries-old pine tree forest skirting the Etruscan Riviera. Another option is to book a trip to discover the walled city of Monte Riggioni and San Gimignano, also known as the “medieval Manhattan.” To enhance your experience, a wine tasting is included. (B)
DAY 5 - Marina di Cecina → La Spezia → Cinque Terre → Genoa
All Aboard to Cinque Terre! After greeting the day in Marina di Cecina, you’ll travel north to La Spezia. Hop aboard a train to discover Cinque Terre, a car-free, colourful string of five fishing villages. Ask your Tour Director the best way to soak up the charm of these spectacular landscapes before travelling on to Genoa—former Maritime Republic and birthplace of Christopher Columbus. (B)
DAY 6 - Genoa → Milan
Seaside Genoa and Stylish Milan What better place to relax than in Italy’s most colourful seaport? Explore the maze of narrow streets of Genoa’s medieval Caruggi district on our optional guided tour with a typical Genovese lunch. Later, head to Milan, where an orientation drive introduces you to the city. (B)
DAY 7 - Milan
Design and Daily Rituals. A day at leisure in the fashion and design capital of the world. Today’s a perfect day to seek out famous shops of the fashion district (Quadrilatero della Moda), boutiques, and bars along the beautiful Navigli canals. Your Tour Director can guide you on how to enjoy the fast-paced city of Milan at your own speed with dining and shopping recommendations just for you. Indulge in the local cuisine by joining an optional walking tour. (B)
DAY 8 - Milan
Your personally tailored holiday ends with breakfast this morning. (B)
Your Tour Includes:
- Free Time to Explore in Rome, Grosseto, Bolgheri, Marina di Cecina, Genoa, Milan; Excursion to Cinque Terre
- Transportation Touring by private, first class, air-conditioned motor coach with Wi-Fi; Train from La Spezia to Cinque Terre.
- Hotels Listed below or equivalent. Rooms with private bath or shower, hotel and city taxes, required local taxes, any mandatory service and resort
- Rome: Pergola or similar
- Marina di Cecina: Settebello or similar
- Genoa: Starhotels President or similar
- Milan: Starhotels Business Palace or similar
- Meals Buffet breakfast (B) daily
- Professional Tour Director
- From $1,499 per person twin share. Contact us for single supplements