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Country Roads of Italy

16 Days from $4,586 per person

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Between the major cities, you'll find little-known gems like Orvieto, Assisi and Perugia, Tuscan hill towns, gastronomic icons, a formidable abbey and Italy's finest stretch of coastline.

Travel to Europe often requires an overnight flight. Please arrange for flights to arrive on or before Day 1.

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Between the major cities, you'll find little-known gems like Orvieto, Assisi and Perugia, Tuscan hill towns, gastronomic icons, a formidable abbey and Italy's finest stretch of coastline.

Travel to Europe often requires an overnight flight. Please arrange for flights to arrive on or before Day 1.

  1. Rome is not only the modern capital of Italy, but also a spectacular encyclopedia of living history. You will be met on arrival at Rome's Fiumicino Leonardo da Vinci Airport. At 9:30 am, 12:30 pm & 3:30 pm, transfers depart for your hotel. At 5:30 pm, join your Travel Director and fellow travelers for a Welcome Dinner with the opportunity to get to know each other over a pleasant evening.

    meal(s):Dinner with Wine
    hotel:Veneto Palace Hotel
  2. In the morning, you will be joined by a Local Expert who guides you through the art collection of the Vatican Museums, culminating beneath Michelangelo's famous ceiling in the Sistine Chapel. Your VIP visit includes fast-tracked entry and a behind-the-scenes look at the Bramante Staircase, part of the Vatican closed to the general public. Your venture continues inside St. Peter's Basilica to see Michelangelo's Pietà, and the splendid dome. There's free time to do as the Romans do. Perhaps join a tour inside the Colosseum. Rome is about art, antiquity, piazzas and pizzazz, and our included walking exploration has it in abundance. Toss a coin into the spectacular Trevi Fountain, see the Pantheon, the best preserved monument from the Roman period, and enjoy free time in Piazza Navona.

    meal(s):Breakfast
    hotel:Veneto Palace Hotel
  3. Journey to the ancient Roman city of Pompeii, eerily preserved by the eruptions of Mount Vesuvius in AD 79. Walk with a Local Expert through cobbled streets to explore some of the shops, villas and temples. Journey along the clifftop road to the picturesque resort of Sorrento, perched upon the southern cliffs of the Bay of Naples and looking over to Mount Vesuvius.

    meal(s):Breakfast
    hotel:Majestic Palace Hotel
  4. Meet your Local Expert and cross the Bay of Naples to reach the beautiful Isle of Capri, a rock rising sheer from the Mediterranean! For 2,000 years, Capri has beckoned visitors from Tiberius Caesar to Gracie Fields. Arriving at the Marina Grande by boat, ascend to Capri town by funicular railway and explore the narrow alleyways, browse in exclusive boutiques and wonder at the views over the Tyrrhenian Sea. Descend to the port in one of the island's iconic open-top taxis and return to Sorrento, where you are at leisure for the rest of the day.

    meal(s):Breakfast
    hotel:Majestic Palace Hotel
  5. Travel along Italy's finest coastline, the Amalfi Coast. Stop to admire a view of the terraced houses of the artist's paradise of Positano, clinging to the cliff face, before boarding minibuses into the heart of the town. Take time to be tempted by the local boutiques.

    meal(s):Breakfast
    hotel:Majestic Palace Hotel
  6. Travel into the heart of Italy to enjoy free time in Orvieto, located on a rock pedestal overlooking a vineyard-covered plain. Savor the distinctly medieval ambiance during your orientation and admire the richly decorated facade of the cathedral in Piazza del Duomo. Take in the flavors of the region, learn about the ingredients and Italian food culture when you join Chef Lorenzo for a fascinating cooking demonstration, followed by a Highlight Dinner and a glass of the Orvieto Classico wine—a magical culinary experience!

    meal(s):Breakfast, Dinner with Wine
    hotel:Aquila Bianca Hotel
  7. Cross the River Tiber to arrive at St. Mary of the Angels Church in Assisi. Under the dome is a small medieval chapel and the spot where St. Francis died. Continue to visit the huge Basilica of St. Francis. With a Local Expert, walk down the Via San Francesco to St. Clare's Church and see the cathedral. Journey to beautiful Perugia—the jewel of Umbria. Your guided walking exploration begins in the main street of Perugia's Old Town. See the Collegio del Cambio, the splendid Priors' Palace, the cathedral and the finely sculptured Great Fountain in the magnificent main square. Visit an artisanal workshop to meet Marta, recipient of a TreadRight Foundation grant. Learn how Marta and her weavers are preserving the ancient craft of loom-weaving.

    meal(s):Breakfast
    hotel:Sangallo Palace Hotel
  8. The entire day is at leisure for you to explore this gem of a town on your own. Perhaps visit Cortona, one of the oldest hill towns in Tuscany. On this Optional Experience, journey to a recently unearthed Etruscan Temple before a guided exploration through the town's historic center with views of Lake Trasimeno and the Val di Chiana. In the evening there is the option to discover the edible treasures of a traditional Umbrian kitchen, accompanied with wines of the region.

    meal(s):Breakfast
    hotel:Sangallo Palace Hotel
  9. Drive past Lake Trasimeno to Siena. On arrival, walk with a Local Expert through narrow cobbled streets to the Piazza del Campo, where the bi-annual Palio horse race takes place. See the superb 14th-century Town Hall with its slim Mangia Tower, then climb up to the hill-top cathedral decorated with stripes of black and white marble. Travel through the cypress-clad hills and vineyards of Tuscany to your elegant hotel. On arrival, enjoy a delicious exploration of Tuscany's red wines, discovering their robust flavors and absorbing history.

    meal(s):Breakfast, Dinner with wine
    hotel:CDH Hotel Radda
  10. Visit the hilltop town of San Gimignano. Enjoy a tasting with award-winning, master ice-cream maker, Sergio Dondoli whose great inventions include innovative and mouth-watering flavor combinations. After enjoying time to explore at your leisure, return to the tranquil surroundings of your hotel.

    meal(s):Breakfast
    hotel:CDH Hotel Radda
  11. Journey to Renaissance Florence where on arrival you will walk with a Local Expert to see the marble-clad cathedral, bell tower and Gates of Paradise on the baptistery. Enjoy time at leisure to explore Piazza della Signoria, still the political heart of Florence and an open-air gallery of Renaissance masterpieces. Spend time gazing at the fountains and sculptures along the front of the Palazzo Vecchio. Wander the area around Santa Croce Basilica, famous for the quality of its luxury goods of gold and leather. Continue to Lucca, to view its churches, squares and palaces that are perfectly preserved within encircling medieval ramparts. Pause a while and taste the lavish loaves of buccellato, Lucca's sweet raisin anise bread, said to be a favorite of the ancient Roman army.

    meal(s):Breakfast, Dinner with wine
    hotel:Hotel Villa La Principessa
  12. Get ready to explore the Cinque Terre, or five villages, which for years were only accessible by foot. This UNESCO World Heritage Site is one of Italy's most beautiful landscapes. Join a Local Expert in one of the picturesque fishing villages, before cruising along the rugged coastline. There is plenty of time to explore the old medieval quarter and popular sandy beach before returning to your hotel in Lucca.

    meal(s):Breakfast
    hotel:Hotel Villa La Principessa
  13. Visit one of Modena's top producers of authentic, traditional, artisan balsamic vinegar and take a master class to understand what makes this vinegar as expensive as top-rated wines. Move on to the Ferrari Museum in Maranello, for an insight into the iconic car brand that embodies the nation itself—fashionable, feisty and a touch flashy! Continue to the beautiful university town of Parma, world-famous for its local ham and cheese. Meet one of the locals, Signora Afra at Ciaolatte Parmesan, the first organic Parmesan cheese farm in Italy. Learn about the process of making Parmigiano-Reggiano as the Signora shares with you her passions for Italian food, especially excellent quality Parmesan cheese. Taste samples of the organic cheese and other delicious local delicacies, accompanied with a glass of wine.

    meal(s):Breakfast, Afternoon Tea
    hotel:Du Parc Parma
  14. Journey to the elegant city of Verona, legendary home of Romeo and Juliet. See the ancient Roman Arena and stand beneath Juliet's balcony in a Renaissance courtyard—can you recite Shakespeare's immortal words? Continue on through the Soave vineyards past Padua to Venice, Queen of the Adriatic. To the tune of accompanying musicians, you will be serenaded through the atmospheric canals by gondola, past water-lapped doorways and Rococo palaces.

    meal(s):Breakfast
    hotel:Hilton Molino Stucky Venice
  15. Wake up ready to embrace this romantic city. Witness the art of glassblowing on a visit to a traditional arts center on Giudecca Island and witness the glassblowing skills of local craftsmen. Then only minutes away by private boat is St. Mark's Square, where the city's former wealth and power are evidenced by the riches of St. Mark's Basilica. Admire also the Doge's Palace and its adjoining Bridge of Sighs. The rest of the day is yours to spend at leisure. In the evening, cruise the islands of the Venetian lagoon to arrive at Burano, famous for its candy-colored houses. Sit down to a sumptuous Celebration Dinner with wine, sampling the local specialties.

    meal(s):Breakfast, Dinner with wine
    hotel:Hilton Molino Stucky Venice Hotel
  16. Alas, you must bid farewell to this enchanting city. Your departure transfer arrives Venice Airport at 8 am or 9 am.

    meal(s):Breakfast
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Triple Room Discount $240 per person

Gratuities: Option to pre-pay gratuities for Travel Director and Driver $184 per person.

Airport Transfers: On arrival at Rome's Fiumicino Leonardo da Vinci Airport, transfers depart at 9:30 am, 12:30 pm and 3:30 pm. Departure transfers on the last travel day will arrive at Venice airport at 8 am and 9:30 am.

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  • Professional Travel Director Professional Travel Director
  • Sightseeing with Local Experts Sightseeing with Local Experts
  • VIP Access VIP Access
  • WIFI on Coach and in Hotels WIFI on Coach and in Hotels
  • Cultural Enrichment Cultural Enrichment
  • Expertly Selected Hotels Expertly Selected Hotels
  • Hotel Tips Hotel Tips
  • Most Meals Most Meals
  • Personal Flight Options Personal Flight Options

Included Quality Dining

15 Breakfasts, 1 Afternoon Tea and 5 Dinners with Wine, all with tea or coffee.

Signature Experiences:

  • Visit the Vatican Museums, Sistine Chapel, Bramante Staircase and St. Peter's Basilica in Vatican City • Rome with a Local Expert • an artisan workshop in Perugia • a glassblower workshop and gondola crafting in Venice.
  • Vatican City: Gain VIP access to the Vatican Museums and Sistine Chapel. Be among the select few to admire the Bramante Staircase, a dizzying spiral of carved stone. Venture inside St. Peter's Basilica to see Michelangelo's Pietà, and the splendid dome.
  • Rome: Explore the backstreets of Rome where a passionate Roman will explain how modern life takes place around ancient treasures like the Trevi Fountain, the Pantheon and Piazza Navona.
  • Perugia: Meet Marta, recipient of a TreadRight Foundation grant. Learn how Marta and her weavers are preserving the ancient craft of loom-weaving at their artisanal workshop.
  • Venice: Witness the ancient skill of glassblowing as you watch artisans create delicate works of art.

Top Rated Highlights:

  • Cruise by hydrofoil to the Isle of Capri and ride in an open-top taxi • travel by train and oat to explore Cinque Terre • ride through the canals of Venice by gondola while being serenaded
  • Visit the Vatican Museums, Sistine Chapel, Bramante Staircase and St. Peter's Basilica in Vatican City • the colorful town of Positano • Basilica of Saint Francis in Assisi • Sienna Cathedral • San Gimignano • Museo Ferrarai in Maranello
  • City tours of Pompeii, Isle of Capri, Assisi, Perugia, Sienna, Florence and Cinque Terre all with Local Experts
  • See the Colosseum, Trevi Fountain, Pantheon and Piazza Navona in Rome • Mount Vesuvious from Sorrento • Piazza del Duomo and Orvieto Cathedral • Lucca's churches, squares and palaces • Roman Arena to Juliet's balcony in Verona • St. Mark's Square and the Doge's Palace in Venice.
  • Rome: See the mighty Colosseum and Roman Forum. You will also see other medieval buildings, including Renaissance palaces and Baroque churches, scattered throughout the city.
  • Pompeii: Walk with a Local Expert through the cobbled streets of this ill-fated town, frozen in time since the 1st century.
  • Sorrento: Perched upon the cliffs, lookout to see the mighty Mount Vesuvious across the Bay of Naples.
  • Sorrento: Experience the social ritual of la passeggiata.
  • Isle of Capri: Cruise by hydrofoil to this famous isle through beautiful blue Mediterranean waters to meet your Local Expert.
  • Isle of Capri: Explore Capri town with your Local Expert and see the whitewashed houses, winding alleyways, small cafes, fashionable boutiques and artisans studios.
  • Isle of Capri: Ride in style back to the port by open-top taxi.
  • Positano: Drive along the Amalfi Coast to visit this colorful town that looks as if it is almost tumbling into the sea.
  • Orvieto: During your orientation of this Umbrian hilltop town with your Travel Director, visit Piazza del Duomo to admire the cathedral.
  • Assisi: See St. Mary of the Angels Church and join your Local Expert to walk through the cobbled streets to St. Clare's Church and see the cathedral.
  • Assisi: Discover why the Basilica of Saint Francis is considered one of the crowning achievements of medieval Europe.
  • Perugia: Led by your Local Expert, your orientation will explore the Old Town and show you Priors' Palace, Collegio del Cambio, the cathedral, the Great Fountain and main square.
  • Siena: With your Local Expert explore the cobbles streets of Siena. Learn about the Palio horse race while standing in Piazza del Campo. See the 14th century Town Hall and its Mangia Tower.
  • Siena: Wander your way through the medieval streets to visit the black-and-white striped marble cathedral, accompanied by your Local Expert.
  • San Gimignano: Visit the medieval Manhattan of Italy!
  • Florence: Your Local Expert will show you the cathedral, the incredible Gates of Paradise adorning the baptistery, the impressive bell tower and the open-air gallery of Piazza della Signoria. See the area around Santa Croce Basilica, famous for the quality of its luxury goods.
  • Lucca: Your orientation with your Travel Director will show you the churches, squares and palaces within the medieval ramparts.
  • Cinque Terre: Led by your Local Expert, visit the UNESCO World Heritage Site, traveling by train and boat and dedicated time to explore one of the five charming fishing villages.
  • Maranello: This is a mecca for car enthusiasts! Visit the Museo Ferrari, dedicated to the famed Italian marque.
  • Verona: During your orientation, walk past the well preserved Roman Arena to Juliet's balcony in the courtyard of a Renaissance villa.
  • Venice: To the tune of accompanying musicians, you are serenaded through the atmospheric canals by gondola, past water-lapped doorways and Rococo palaces.
  • Venice: With your Travel Director cruise to St. Mark's Square and see the Doge's Palace, Bridge of Sighs and St. Mark's Basilica.
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Monday, June 11, 2018
Sandra Labruna
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Service rating : Excellent service, all questions answered, documents arrived as scheduled. I would definitely use them again
Response from Grand European Travel:
Thanks for sharing your experience. We're so glad we could be here to help make your Italy vacation a success. Happy travels!
Monday, June 11, 2018
Vacation : Price was good, airfare price was much better with GET.
Saturday, November 4, 2017
Alice Li
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Service rating : Foremost, an excellent travel specialist(Kari Nixon) had facilitated booking of my Italy trip, she is knowledgeable, trustworthy,kind & helpful. Her expertise had made made my trip went smoothly w/ no problem. Definitely I will recommend GET to my friends & collegues
Vacation : A little expensive since it was a little bit late booking for me, I was not able to get the50% off single supplement discount since there was no available room as per insight vacation. All the while the trip was amazing esp w/ excellent weather upper 70’s the whole 17 days w/ the wonderful caring group of 38 people
Response from Grand European Travel:
Thank you for your review and kind words about Kari - she is excellent. We are delighted to know you enjoyed your trip, Country Roads of Italy, and made some new friends along the way. We look forward to seeing you on tour again soon!
Tuesday, November 7, 2017
Tuesday, June 27, 2017
Stowe Beam
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Service rating : Very efficient travel agent(Diane Angeloni) as always she tries to accommodate.
Response from Grand European Travel:
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Tuesday, June 27, 2017
Vacation : Outstanding experience. Covered a lot of beautiful and historical territory.
Saturday, June 17, 2017
Philip Dellegrotti
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Service rating : Our guide- Andie- was wonderful. Very articulate and knowledgeable.
Vacation : Loved the trip! Could not have packed more into it.
Wednesday, March 29, 2017
Nancy Sutherlin Huffaker
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Service rating : The service was excellent. Our tour guide Sara was informative, caring and patient!
Vacation : This tour went to all the places I wanted to see in Italy...Rome, Sorrento, Amalfi,Capri, Orvieto, Cinque Terra, Siena, Verona, Florence, Venice and more! I loved seeing the craft people and the side trips to see cheese making and wine tasting. The coach was very comfortable.
Response from Grand European Travel:
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Thursday, March 30, 2017
Thursday, November 3, 2016
Trusted Customer
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Service rating : It was fine. The people were very helpful in planning. This has nothing to do with them but I hated my Alitalia experience. If I ever go again I will avoid this airlines.
Vacation : Some hotels were better than others. Most had hard beds and pillows. I really enjoy learning about the history and culture from our tour guide Caroline Pugsley. She was excellent. Loved our bus driver too, Massimo with Cialone. I felt very safe with him. The optional trips were outstanding. Love the farm overlooking Bay of Naples, Dinner in the town near Sorrento and Afra at the organic Parmesan place.
Thursday, October 27, 2016
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Service rating : They were responsive to all our questions.
Vacation : This trip was amazing! From the tour director, to the hotels, and to the places we visited. All top notch and well organized.
Friday, October 7, 2016
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Service rating : Have traveled with Grand European for 15 years. They are great to work with.
Vacation : Tour was as advertised but hotel locations were very inconvenient. Rome and Sorrento were especially bad. The locations seemed designed to force us to buy the optional meals in order to get away from the hotel in the evenings.
Tuesday, September 27, 2016
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Service rating : The website and catalogues are great and we always received help and answers by calling the headquarters.Received excellent instructions and advice about travel.
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We couldn't be happier to see that you enjoyed your experience from start to finish. Thank you for taking the time to write. We hope to welcome you on another trip very soon. Grand European Travel
Tuesday, September 27, 2016
Vacation : Tour was well-organized and managed, very comprehensive, fascinating. Special visits and demonstrations were highlights. Our tour guide, Francis, was outstanding - very knowledgeable, passionate about Italy, and shared that with us.
Thursday, June 30, 2016
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Service rating : I'm very satisfied with all my Grand European trips which is why I have traveled with you many times. Our tour guide Debra was one of the very best. She worked hard to meet the needs of each of us. We were happy and everyone got along well. We all were sorry to say good-bye to her.
Vacation : This was my 5th trip to Italy. This trip visited most of the places that I have enjoyed on earlier trips. I wanted to enjoy them again. My farewell to Italy. The only negative was the hugh increase of travelers over the past 20 years clogging St Peter's and the other sites of Rome. The smaller towns had far fewer travelers and since we spent most of our time in small villages, I could still enjoy them.
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  • U.S. citizens traveling to Italy must have a current passport that is valid for six months beyond the conclusion of their trip. You can find information on how to apply for a passport here, and how to renew a passport here. No visa is required for U.S. citizens entering Italy.

  • The currency in Italy is the Euro (€). While it’s a good idea to bring some euros for when you first arrive in Italy, you’ll usually find a better exchange rate when you arrive in your destination.  The most convenient way to obtain cash is to use your ATM card at local banks in Italy. We recommend you also bring a valid credit card for purchases while you are traveling.  It is important that you inform your financial institutions of your travel plans before you leave home so they don’t flag your purchases as potentially fraudulent charges.

  • While Italy is most famous for pizza and pasta, few travelers are aware of just how varied the country’s culinary offering actually are. In fact, each of the 20 regions has its own distinctive cuisine. Traditionally, lunch (pranzo) is the most substantial meal of the day. A full meal consists of antipasto (starter), a primo piatto (pasta, rice or soup), a secondo piatto (meat or fish) with a side, or contorno (vegetable or salad), then frutta (fresh fruit). Finish with espresso and maybe a limoncello or grappa.  Wine is usually served with the meal, accompanied by mineral water. Tap water is safe to drink, but not always tasty. We recommend you buy bottled mineral water. ‘Acqua non potabile’ means the water is not safe to drink.  Find out about some local specialties to try in Italy’s top destinations below.

    Florence

    Food in Florence is simple and humble, and relies on the fresh ingredients of the surrounding Tuscan countryside. Many of the local recipes have evolved from peasant dishes to international favorites. Bread is an important staple in Florentine cooking, and is featured in everything from antipasti (appetizers) such as bruschetta to traditional main dishes. Panzanella is a popular summer salad prepared with day old crusty bread and tomatoes.  Papa al pomodoro is a delicious soup made with bread, tomatoes, olive oil, garlic, and herbs.  You’ll also find a variety of dishes featuring white beans, including the hearty ribollita soup.  But the flagship of Florentine cuisine remains the famous bistecca alla fiorentina (T-bone steak).  For a sweet finish, meals are topped off with traditional cantuccini (almond cookies) and the local vin santo dessert wine.

    Venice

    A visit to Venice offers an opportunity to discover a variety of truly unique gastronomic traditions.  Venetians have a long-standing tradition of eating cicchetti, small bites similar to Spanish tapas. You can enjoy a variety of these before lunch or dinner, paired with a glass of local wine at restaurants and bars around town. Other common dishes include polenta, risotto with peas, salted cod, sardines, and local bigoli pasta.  

    Rome

    Roman cuisine is deeply rooted in the past. Despite the city’s imperial history, the food in Rome and the surrounding Lazio region is anything but refined.  Humble pasta dishes such as carbonara, amatriciana, aglio e olio (garlic and olive oil) and cacio e peppe (pecorino cheese and pepper) are local favorites served in trattorias around town. Other foods to try in Rome include pizza, a variety of fritti (fritters) made with everything from salted cod to zucchini flours, stewed oxtail, suppli (rice and Bolognese sauce croquettes) and sharp pecorino cheese. For dessert, try crostata di ricotta (Italian cheesecake) or zeppole (donuts).

  • In Italy, the weather changes very quickly, with temperatures varying from morning to night. We suggest bringing a variety of lightweight clothing items that can be layered to save space in your suitcase and give you more options for how to dress. Keep in mind that your shoulders and knees should be covered while visiting religious sites. For more helpful information please refer to our Packing Tips & Packing List.

  • At bars and restaurants, tipping is less common or generous as in the U.S. When dining out, it’s appropriate, although not required, to leave an extra euro or two for your waiter.

    At the end of your guided vacation, it’s customary to offer your motor coach driver and Travel Director a gratuity. We recommend €3.00 per person/per day for your driver and €5.00 per person/per day for your Travel Director.  Recommended gratuity for a Local Host and Local Specialist is 1-2 euros per person, paid at the conclusion of each guided visit.  A convenient option is to prepay your tips before your departure.

  • Baggage on our trips is restricted to one large suitcase per person with dimensions not exceeding 30x19x10 inches and a maximum weight of 50 pounds. You are also permitted one piece of hand luggage, which should be small enough to fit under your coach seat or on the small overhead shelf compartment. Please note that luggage with an adjustable handle and wheels will not fit in the overhead compartment of the coach. Hotel porterage is included in your vacation.

  • You will need to be comfortable on your feet, walking and standing for up to three hours in various weather conditions.  All of our vacations involve walking, often on cobblestone and uneven surfaces in historic city centers.  In order to get the most out of your vacation you need to be able to comfortably walk 1-3 miles unassisted in one day, be in good condition and be able to keep pace with the group. 

    If you need any medications, it is important that you bring enough to last you the whole trip and keep them in your carry-on bag while you travel.

  • We highly recommend our optional Travel Protection Plan, which allows you to cancel for any reason up to 24 hours before departure. The plan also includes trip interruption, baggage loss or delay, and medical and emergency assistance. Click here for a summary of coverage details, terms and conditions.

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Optional Experiences are subject to change. Your Travel Director will supply you with a final list of Optional Experiences available on your trip. Optional Experiences cannot be booked online; they can be purchased during your trip through your Travel Director.

Rome

Rome By Night - Illuminations Drive

Adult Price: € 19.00

Join your Tour Director for a classic journey through one of the most fascinating cities in the world. Rome by night is a vision with its ancient monuments, classical buildings, palaces and churches beautifully illuminated against the evening sky. A wonderful introduction to the Eternal City!

Rome

Roman Dinner Party

Adult Price: € 61.00

Enjoy an evening of delicious Roman cuisine with drinks and a great Italian ambiance.

Rome

Guided Visit To Colosseum & Roman Forum

Adult Price: € 54.00

With our local expert, We'll explore the glorious history of the Roman Empire. Enjoying priority reserved entrance ahead of the crowds, we'll hear tales of deadly gladiatorial combat inside the mighty Colosseum. Then, we'll walk in the footsteps of Roman soldiers and gaze over the incredible ruins of the forum, once the centre of political, religious and social life, while hearing tales of the mighty Roman Empire. Truly an incredible vision as history comes alive! n.b. On the first Sunday of the month, the price of this optional experience will be reduced.

Sorrento

Sorrento Evening

Adult Price: € 61.00

A chance to enjoy a delicious dinner of local specialities. We arrive at one of the area's unique local restaurants for an incredible dining experience featuring some of the famous dishes of this region!

Sorrento

Delights Of The Bay Of Naples

Adult Price: € 45.00

Among the lemon and olive groves of Sorrento is a small farm owned by the third generation of the Marciano family. Meet Rosa and Maria and see how fresh mozzarella is made by hand. Walk through lemon groves, past the old olive mill before indulging your taste buds in a delicious meal of Italian specialities all fresh from the farm. Finish with a taste of the famous Limoncello.

Sorrento

Island Tour of Capri

Adult Price: € 41.00

Experience the spectacular cliffs and famous turquoise waters of Capri during a relaxing cruise around the island. View the beautiful grottos and unique coastline before ascending to Capri town. This optional experience is weather dependent and may be replaced by a minibus tour of the Island with a visit to Anacapri and the Villa San Michele.

Sorrento

The Amalfi Experience

Adult Price: € 46.00

Extend your day to complete the entire "World Heritage Coastline" and visit gorgeous Amalfi after which the coast is named. This is an unforgettable experience, we stop to capture the stunning panoramas, impossible sights and enjoy local refreshements enroute before plenty of free time to explore the colourful village Amalfi. A thrilling excursion not to be missed!

Perugia

Umbrian Dinner Experience

Adult Price: € 62.00

Umbria is not only a region which is culturally rich and full of beautiful vistas, it is also a region rich in its gastronomic offerings as well! A journey to explore the edible treasures of the traditional Umbrian kitchen and the superb wines of this region too, all served to you in a beautiful rustic restaurant!

Perugia

Cortona Under The Tuscan Sun

Adult Price: € 33.00

Visit beautiful Cortona, one of the oldest hill towns in Tuscany and setting for Francis Mayes “Under the Tuscan Sun”. A scenic panoramic drive takes you to a recently unearthed Etruscan Temple and to see Ms. Mayes’ actual creative hideaway, 'Casa Bramasole'. This is followed by a guided walk through the historic centre to soak up the history and enjoy stupendous views to Lake Trasimeno and the Val di Chiana.

Lucca

A Taste of Tuscany

Adult Price: € 60.00

A delightful and bucolic experience, designed to bring you in touch with the enchanting Tuscan countryside, food and wine. Settle in for an authentic Tuscan feast in a traditional setting.

Florence

Dinner In The Tuscan Hills

Adult Price: € 65.00

A fabulous dinner of Tuscan specialities awaits you. We drive into the hills surrounding Florence for a delicious typical Florentine meal complete with Chianti wine, music and lots of fun! An evening to remember. Viva Italia!

Florence

Tuscan Dinner & Cooking Demonstration

Adult Price: € 69.00

Florence and Tuscany are renowned for their rich gastronomic heritage. Tonight we'll travel into the hills near Florence to the northernmost part of the Chianti, where a local chef will introduce you to the dishes that make Tuscan cuisine famous throughout the world. This wonderful cooking demonstration, with superb food and wine, will provide warm and genuine Tuscan hospitality.

Venice

Venetian Dinner

Adult Price: € 61.00

The secret to enjoying Venice is knowing where to go. This evening join us as we take you into the heart of the San Marco District in the historic centre of Venice to enjoy dinner in a typical local restaurant hidden in the lesser know calle of the city. Enjoy typical Venetian cuisine washed down with wine from the Veneto region.

Venice

Hidden Venice

Adult Price: € 34.00

To only experience Venice's big set pieces -- St Mark's Square; the Rialto; the Grand Canal -- is to miss out on a hidden world full of surprises! Join a Local Expert for a fascinating walk through some of the lesser known quarters of Venice. The back lanes and ‘campi’, small squares, where tourists seldom tread are full of history and great places to sample local life.

Venice

Magical Venice

Adult Price: € 54.00

Venice can be Europe's most romantic city in the evening, offering dramatic landscapes with buildings that dazzle as the sun sets and the lights go on. Sit back and take it all in as private water taxis whisk you to the centre of it all, Piazza San Marco, where we have seats reserved outside a famous Venetian cafe, in front of a live orchestra and in view of those illuminated St Mark's sights. Our private water taxis will also take us the length of the Grand Canal, under the Rialto Bridge and back to our hotel, having seen Venice at its most magical.

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