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Country Roads of Umbria and Tuscany - Small Group

9 Day Italy Tour to Rome, San Gimignano & Perugia

Country Roads of Umbria and Tuscany
Italy Umbria And Tuscany San Gimignano Tree
9 Days
2 Countries

Italy, Vatican City

9 Cities

Rome, Vatican, Umbria, Perugia, Assisi, Monte Subasio, Siena, San Gimignano, Florence

13 Meals

4 Dinner with Wines, 8 Breakfasts, 1 Lunch with Wine

Comfortable

Mainly 2–3-night stays in each location. Comfortable travel days with numerous stops. Requires 1-3 miles of walking per day that might involve some uneven surfaces, such as cobblestones and stairs.

Average group size average 20
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Live 'la dolce vita' during this 9-day guided tour of Italy. Explore the Vatican Museums, where your VIP pass gets you behind-the-scenes access to the Bramante Staircase. Walk the narrow cobblestone streets of Siena to the shell-shaped Piazza del Campo and see the Torre del Mangia, the second-tallest tower in Italy. Visit a family-run olive mill, where a third-generation olive maker will share how its olives become the decadent oil you’ll taste at the mill. In San Gimignano, eat the best gelato in the world - literally. You’ll meet a world champion gelato maestro who will welcome you into his ice cream parlour to indulge in his favorite flavors. Alongside a Local Expert, marvel at the cathedral at the center of Florence: Basilica di Santa Maria del Fiore, nicknamed 'the Duomo' for its awe-inspiring crown made by a master goldsmith.

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Day 1

Welcome to Rome

Welcome to Rome. Join your Travel Director at 17:30 to explore the Eternal City, passing the medieval buildings, renaissance palaces and baroque churches scattered throughout the city. Get to know your fellow travelers over a pleasant Welcome Dinner.

Pantheon Rome, Italy
NH Roma Centro View Hotel Details
Included Meals Dinner with Wine

NH Roma Centro

About the Hotel

Rome, Italy

Set among the tree-lined avenues of the Prati district, the NH Collection Roma Centro offers recently renovated stylish guest rooms to ensure a comfortable stay in Italy's capital city. 

Hotel Amenities

  • Restaurant
  • Bar
  • Concierge
  • Room Service
  • 24-hour Front Desk

Style

  • Contemporary
Top Rated Highlights Trevi Fountain Rome, Italy
Rome Orientation

During your orientation with your Travel Director see the medieval buildings, including Renaissance palaces and Baroque churches, scattered throughout the city.

Included in Trip

Top Rated Highlights

Authentic Dining Enjoy a regional dinner.
Rome Welcome Dinner

Welcome Dinner as you dine at your hotel's restaurant, Unique al Palatino.

Included in Trip

Authentic Dining

Day 2

Umbria and on to Perugia

Explore the Vatican Museums in the morning, where a local historian unveils the gems of the vast Papal art collection. Your special visit includes fast-tracked entry. View the imposing Basilica of St. Peter, the largest in the world. Journey north to the Umbrian village of Baschi. Immerse yourself in the flavors and culture of the region and learn about the secrets of Italian food culture as you join Giovanni and his dog Chris for a truffle hunting session before being entertained by Chef Lorenzo with a fun pasta demonstration and delicious Highlight Lunch accompanied by Orvieto Classico wine. Join a Local Expert in Perugia to navigate the underground labyrinth of little streets, alleys and arches. Walk Corso Vannucci, resplendent in pale-pink stone, passing the princely Priors' Palace, cathedral and finely sculptured Great Fountain in the main square.

St. Peter's Basilica in Rome, Italy
Sangallo Palace Hotel View Hotel Details
Included Meals Breakfast, Lunch with Wine

Sangallo Palace Hotel

About the Hotel

Perugia, Italy

Located in central Perugia, the elegant Sangallo Palace Hotel is the perfect base from which to explore the surrounding areas. The hotel offers fantastic facilities and features modern rooms with wonderful views over the town.

Hotel Amenities

  • Restaurant
  • Bar
  • Concierge
  • Laundry
  • Room Service
  • Gym
  • Pool
  • 24-hour Front Desk

Style

  • Traditional
Insight Experiences Guests on their VIP visit to the Vatican Museums
Vatican Visit with Fast-Tracked Entry

Gain Fast Track access into the Vatican Museums and admire the famous Bramante Staircase. Witness the genius of Michelangelo in the Sistine Chapel ...

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Included in Trip

Insight Experiences

Authentic Dining Dine at your chosen restaurant
Umbria Truffle Hunting and Lunch

Explore the art of Italian cooking with Chef Lorenzo and take part in a truffle hunting walk followed by a tasty lunch.

Included in Trip

Authentic Dining

Day 3

Perugia Sightseeing & Free Time

During a MAKE TRAVEL MATTER® Experience, visit an artisanal workshop to meet Marta, recipient of a TreadRight Foundation grant, and her weavers. See how the fascinating art of loom-weaving textiles has been passed down through the generations and learn how this ancient craft is being preserved. Afterwards, you will be free to enjoy the many delights of Umbria's capital city. For dinner, choose your ideal ambience and palate-pleasing menu from a hand-picked selection of Perugian restaurants for your Dine-Around Evening. Buon appetito!

A rooftop view of Perugia on a sunny day. Perugia, Italy
Sangallo Palace Hotel View Hotel Details
Included Meals Breakfast, Dinner with Wine

Sangallo Palace Hotel

About the Hotel

Perugia, Italy

Located in central Perugia, the elegant Sangallo Palace Hotel is the perfect base from which to explore the surrounding areas. The hotel offers fantastic facilities and features modern rooms with wonderful views over the town.

Hotel Amenities

  • Restaurant
  • Bar
  • Concierge
  • Laundry
  • Room Service
  • Gym
  • Pool
  • 24-hour Front Desk

Style

  • Traditional
Make Travel Matter Perugia Weavers, Italy​
Meet Artisanal Hand Weavers in Perugia

Meet Marta, a recipient of a TreadRight Foundation grant. Learn how she offers employment opportunities for local women and, alongside her weavers,...

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Make Travel Matter

Authentic Dining Dine around meal, Perugia, Italy​
Perugia Dine-Around Evening

You are offered a selection of restaurants on your Dine-Around Evening. Choose your own ambience, cuisine and drinks for an intimate culinary experience.

Included in Trip

Authentic Dining

Optional Experiences Spello, Province of Perugia, Italy
Excursion To Spello

Enjoy an afternoon excursion to the breathtaking Umbrian hillside town of Spello, its centro storico still enveloped by Roman walls. With a local e...

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Optional Experiences

Day 4

Assisi, in Search of St. Francis

Journey to Assisi, one of Italy's most beautiful medieval hilltop towns, set high up in the mountains and enclosed by fortress walls. In the valley, see the famous Church of St. Mary of the Angels, much venerated as the place of St. Francis' death, then continue up Mount Subasio to the upper town. Step inside the massive, 13th century Basilica of St. Francis with your Local Expert to learn how Giotto masterfully painted frescoes that inspired a variety of Renaissance artists. 

Townscape, Assisi, Italy
Sangallo Palace Hotel View Hotel Details
Included Meals Breakfast

Sangallo Palace Hotel

About the Hotel

Perugia, Italy

Located in central Perugia, the elegant Sangallo Palace Hotel is the perfect base from which to explore the surrounding areas. The hotel offers fantastic facilities and features modern rooms with wonderful views over the town.

Hotel Amenities

  • Restaurant
  • Bar
  • Concierge
  • Laundry
  • Room Service
  • Gym
  • Pool
  • 24-hour Front Desk

Style

  • Traditional
Top Rated Highlights Narrow medieval street in the hill town of Assisi, Italy
Assisi City Tour

See St. Mary of the Angels Church and join your Local Expert to walk through the cobbled streets and beautifully preserved medieval laneways of this quaint town.

Included in Trip

Top Rated Highlights

Top Rated Highlights Traditional street and the Basilica of St Francis in Assisi, Italy
Assisi Basilica of St Francis Visit

With a Local Expert, find out why the Basilica of St. Francis is considered one of the crowning achievements of Europe.

Included in Trip

Top Rated Highlights

Optional Experiences Umbrian Dinner, Perugia, Italy
Umbrian Dinner Experience

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. A journey...

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Additional Cost Applies

Optional Experiences

Day 5

Tuscany to Cortona, Siena and San Gimignano

Follow the shores of Lake Trasimeno to Cortona, one of the oldest hilltop towns in Tuscany. After free time to explore, continue to the narrow cobbled streets of Siena. Standing in the shell-shaped Campo, imagine the frenzied atmosphere of the biannual Palio horse race and see the superb 14th century Town Hall. Explore Siena with Insight Choice. Choose to visit the medieval Cathedral. Alternatively, sample panforte, a traditional Tuscan dessert. Travel to your home for the next three nights, a delightful villa near the medieval town of San Gimignano.

Scenic views of San Gimignano, Italy
Villasanpaolo View Hotel Details
Included Meals Breakfast, Dinner with Wine

Villasanpaolo

About the Hotel

San Gimignano, Italy

The Villasanpaolo is a charming resort situated in one of the most beautiful locations in the Tuscan countryside. The guest rooms are surrounded by nature with traditional decor, ensuring a comfortable and relaxing stay. 

Hotel Amenities

  • Restaurant
  • Bar
  • Business Centre
  • Concierge
  • Room Service
  • Gym
  • Laundry
  • Spa
  • Pool
  • 24-hour Front Desk

Style

  • Historic
Top Rated Highlights Medieval Siena Cathedral Siena, Italy
Siena Cathedral Visit

Visit Siena's medieval black and white striped cathedral with your Local Expert.

Included in Trip

Top Rated Highlights

Authentic Dining Panforte Siena, Italy
Siena Panforte Tasting

Enjoy a tasting of Panforte, a traditional Tuscan dessert containing fruits and nuts.

Included in Trip

Authentic Dining

Day 6

San Gimignano sightseeing and Free Time

In the morning, your Travel Director will show you San Gimignano's medieval skyscrapers, serpentine streets and hidden squares. The town is also home to world champion gelato maestro Sergio Dondoli. At his artisan ice cream parlour on Piazza della Cisterna, the jaunty gelataio doles out his silky, frozen treats in a range of unique flavors for you to try. The rest of the day is at leisure; why not join an Optional Experience to Pisa and Lucca?

Hilltop town of San Gimignano, Italy
Villasanpaolo View Hotel Details
Included Meals Breakfast

Villasanpaolo

About the Hotel

San Gimignano, Italy

The Villasanpaolo is a charming resort situated in one of the most beautiful locations in the Tuscan countryside. The guest rooms are surrounded by nature with traditional decor, ensuring a comfortable and relaxing stay. 

Hotel Amenities

  • Restaurant
  • Bar
  • Business Centre
  • Concierge
  • Room Service
  • Gym
  • Laundry
  • Spa
  • Pool
  • 24-hour Front Desk

Style

  • Historic
Top Rated Highlights San Gimignano in Tuscany, Italy
Visit San Gimignano

Visit the medieval Manhattan of Italy!

Included in Trip

Top Rated Highlights

Authentic Dining Sergio Dondoli gelato parlour​, San Gimignano, Italy
San Gimignano Gelato Tasting

Ascend serpentine alleyways to the artisan gelato parlour of world champion gelato maestro, Sergio Dondoli for a taste of his finest frozen treats.

Included in Trip

Authentic Dining

Optional Experiences Duomo and the Leaning Tower, Pisa, Italy
Pisa and Lucca Experience

Enjoy the day visiting two of Italy's most beautiful cities, Pisa and Lucca, with our Local Experts. First, we’re off to Pisa, where you'll have ti...

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Additional Cost Applies

Optional Experiences

Optional Experiences Dinner, wine and music in the Tuscan Hills, Italy
Dinner in the Tuscan Hills

A fabulous dinner of Tuscan specialties awaits you. We drive into the hills surrounding Florence for a delicious typical Florentine meal complete w...

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Optional Experiences

Day 7

Florence and Tuscan Countryside Experience

The morning is devoted to the Renaissance city of Florence. A fascinating walking exploration with a Local Expert takes you to the marble-clad cathedral crowned by Brunelleschi's dome. See the baptistery with its beautiful Gates of Paradise and Giotto's splendid bell tower. Walk on to Piazza della Signoria with its open-air gallery of Renaissance sculptures, followed by free time to shop for top-quality Florentine leather or gold. Toast to your travels during a delicious Farm-to-Table Celebration Dinner at a local restaurant and enjoy tasting flavoursome dishes prepared with locally grown ingredients, sourced from the farm or nearby Tuscan region. Relax as the pairing of home-made pastas with the farm's own traditional Chianti wine rounds off your great Italian adventure.

Duomo in Florence, Italy
Villasanpaolo View Hotel Details
Included Meals Breakfast, Dinner with Wine

Villasanpaolo

About the Hotel

San Gimignano, Italy

The Villasanpaolo is a charming resort situated in one of the most beautiful locations in the Tuscan countryside. The guest rooms are surrounded by nature with traditional decor, ensuring a comfortable and relaxing stay. 

Hotel Amenities

  • Restaurant
  • Bar
  • Business Centre
  • Concierge
  • Room Service
  • Gym
  • Laundry
  • Spa
  • Pool
  • 24-hour Front Desk

Style

  • Historic
Top Rated Highlights Piazza Della Signoria Florence, Italy
Florence City Tour

Join a Local Expert to view the multi-colored marble cathedral, bell tower and baptistery, adorned by Ghiberti's Gates of Paradise. Visit the polit...

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Included in Trip

Top Rated Highlights

Authentic Dining Guests enjoying a Celebration Dinner
Tuscany Celebration Dinner

Nestled in the rolling hills surrounding Sam Gimignano and surrounded by its own vineyards, olive groves, saffron crop and orchards, is the homely ...

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Authentic Dining

Day 8

Country drive to Ancient Rome

Leave behind the tower topped town of San Gimignano. Enjoy rolling Tuscan hills as you journey through the Italian countryside, making your way to Ancient Rome. On arrival, enjoy the afternoon at leisure.

The Roman Forum, Rome, Italy
Hotel St. Martin View Hotel Details
Included Meals Breakfast

Hotel St. Martin

About the Hotel

Rome, Italy

Rome's modern Hotel St. Martin is conveniently located near the renowned Porta Pia, historic gardens and famous piazzas of the Italian capital. 

Hotel Amenities

  • Restaurant
  • Bar
  • Room Service
  • 24-hour Front Desk

Style

  • Traditional
Optional Experiences Bagno Vignoni & Pienza, Italy
Bagno Vignoni & Pienza

We travel through the beautiful Italian countryside to explore the medieval spa town of Bagno Vignoni, renowned for its mineral rich thermal baths,...

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Additional Cost Applies

Optional Experiences

Optional Experiences Evening with dinner in Rome, Italy
Roman Dinner Party

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

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Optional Experiences

Day 9

Arrivederci Roma

Bid farewell to the glories of Italy. Departure transfers arrive at Rome’s Fiumicino Leonardo da Vinci Airport.

The Colosseum, Rome
Included Meals Breakfast

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Learn more about the landmarks, history and culture that makes your destination special.

Top Rated Highlights
Rome Orientation

During your orientation with your Travel Director see the medieval buildings, including Renaissance palaces and Baroque churches, scattered throughout the city.

Included in Trip
Insight Experiences
Vatican Visit with Fast-Tracked Entry

Gain Fast Track access into the Vatican Museums and admire the famous Bramante Staircase. Witness the genius of Michelangelo in the Sistine Chapel ...

See More
Included in Trip
Make Travel Matter
Meet Artisanal Hand Weavers in Perugia

Meet Marta, a recipient of a TreadRight Foundation grant. Learn how she offers employment opportunities for local women and, alongside her weavers,...

See More
Included in Trip
Top Rated Highlights
Assisi City Tour

See St. Mary of the Angels Church and join your Local Expert to walk through the cobbled streets and beautifully preserved medieval laneways of this quaint town.

Included in Trip
Top Rated Highlights
Assisi Basilica of St Francis Visit

With a Local Expert, find out why the Basilica of St. Francis is considered one of the crowning achievements of Europe.

Included in Trip
Top Rated Highlights
Siena Cathedral Visit

Visit Siena's medieval black and white striped cathedral with your Local Expert.

Included in Trip
Top Rated Highlights
Visit San Gimignano

Visit the medieval Manhattan of Italy!

Included in Trip
Top Rated Highlights
Florence City Tour

Join a Local Expert to view the multi-colored marble cathedral, bell tower and baptistery, adorned by Ghiberti's Gates of Paradise. Visit the polit...

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Included in Trip

About this trip

Personal radio headsets give you the freedom to wander during visits to famous highlights, without missing any of your Local Expert's fascinating commentary.
Hotel and restaurant tips are included - you'll never have to worry about how much to give, nor search for foreign currency. We also include all taxes and porterage charges at hotels.
We carry your bags for you and promptly deliver them to your hotel door.
From time to time, your Travel Director will delight you with an Insight Flourish, which is a local specialty representing the destination.
Stay connected with friends and family with our complimentary coach and hotel Wi-Fi (where available).
If your arrival and/or departure flights are as per the itinerary start and end dates, then transfers are available at scheduled times. If your flights are outside these times, or you have booked additional nights accommodation with Insight Vacations, you may purchase transfers or make your own way from/to the airport.

Authentic Dining

4 Dinner with Wines, 8 Breakfasts, 1 Lunch with Wine

Great food is at the heart of every journey with us. Here is a selection of the incredible dining experiences you'll enjoy on this tour.

Rome Welcome Dinner

Welcome Dinner as you dine at your hotel's restaurant, Unique al Palatino.

Umbria Truffle Hunting and Lunch

Explore the art of Italian cooking with Chef Lorenzo and take part in a truffle hunting walk followed by a tasty lunch.

Perugia Dine-Around Evening

You are offered a selection of restaurants on your Dine-Around Evening. Choose your own ambience, cuisine and drinks for an intimate culinary experience.

Siena Panforte Tasting

Enjoy a tasting of Panforte, a traditional Tuscan dessert containing fruits and nuts.

San Gimignano Gelato Tasting

Ascend serpentine alleyways to the artisan gelato parlour of world champion gelato maestro, Sergio Dondoli for a taste of his finest frozen treats.

Tuscany Celebration Dinner

Nestled in the rolling hills surrounding Sam Gimignano and surrounded by its own vineyards, olive groves, saffron crop and orchards, is the homely Il Vecchio Maneggio. Admire the beautiful views as you enjoy a drink before sitting down to your Celebration Dinner - a delicious Farm-to-Table experience, with all the organic produce sourced from the surrounding farm.

Hand-Picked Hotels

Stay at highly rated hotels in desirable locations offering superb service, superior rooms with comfy beds to rest in.

NH Roma Centro
Sangallo Palace Hotel
Villasanpaolo

Optional Experiences

Sign up on tour for additional experiences that have been curated by your Travel Director from their own in-depth local knowledge.

Optional Experience
Excursion To Spello

Enjoy an afternoon excursion to the breathtaking Umbrian hillside town of Spello, its centro storico still enveloped by Roman walls. With a local e...

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Additional Cost Applies
Optional Experience
Umbrian Dinner Experience

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. A journey...

See More
Additional Cost Applies
Optional Experience
Pisa and Lucca Experience

Enjoy the day visiting two of Italy's most beautiful cities, Pisa and Lucca, with our Local Experts. First, we’re off to Pisa, where you'll have ti...

See More
Additional Cost Applies
Optional Experience
Dinner in the Tuscan Hills

A fabulous dinner of Tuscan specialties awaits you. We drive into the hills surrounding Florence for a delicious typical Florentine meal complete w...

See More
Additional Cost Applies
Optional Experience
Bagno Vignoni & Pienza

We travel through the beautiful Italian countryside to explore the medieval spa town of Bagno Vignoni, renowned for its mineral rich thermal baths,...

See More
Additional Cost Applies
Optional Experience
Roman Dinner Party

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

See More
Additional Cost Applies

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Frequently Asked Questions

  • Language in Italy: Italian
  • Currency used in Italy: Euro
  • Capital of Italy: Rome
  • Time Zone(s) in Italy: Central European Summer Time, Central European Time Zone

As a US citizen, here are the passport, visa, and entry requirements for Italy:

Passport

  • Your passport should have at least two blank pages for entry stamps.
  • Your passport is valid for at least six months beyond the conclusion of your trip.

Visa Requirement

  • A visa is not required to enter Italy.

Entry Requirements

Italy experiences a diverse range of climates due to its geographical location. Generally, the country has a Mediterranean climate characterized by hot, dry summers and mild, wet winters. Coastal regions enjoy mild temperatures throughout the year, while inland areas can experience more significant temperature variations. Northern Italy tends to be cooler than the south, and the mountainous regions, such as the Alps and the Dolomites, have colder winters and offer opportunities for winter sports. It's always a good idea to check the specific weather conditions for the region you plan to visit, as they can vary.

On-Tour Luggage & Carry-On Bag Size Limits

Luggage: Each guest traveling may bring one suitcase no larger than 30” x 18” x 10" and weighing no more than 50 lb

Carry-On Bag: *Restricted to one piece per person, not to exceed 12” x 11” x 6”

  • *Please note: A "carry-on bag" on a tour coach is not the same as a "carry-on" for a flight. Because our coaches have large windows to enjoy the view, there is minimal space to store large items securely overhead or under the seats. A "carry-on bag" may be a soft-sided daypack, purse, backpack, tote bag, or the like. Because we value our guests' safety, small rolling suitcases or bags with telescopic handles are not permitted. In order to guarantee a smooth trip, guests are not permitted to store an additional "carry-on" bag beneath the coach with the luggage. 

So your driver and any hotel porters can safely lift and transport your suitcase throughout your vacation, we strongly recommend that you test the weight of your baggage prior to travel. You should be able to lift and comfortably transport it for short distances. 

Baggage allowances vary from airline to airline, and you should check with your chosen carrier for details prior to travel.

Packing Tips for Your Tour

Packing for a guided tour will vary depending on the duration of the trip, the time of year, and the activities planned. Here is a general packing list to help you get started:

Passport and Travel Documents: Ensure you have your passport, travel insurance, and any necessary travel documents.

Clothing:

  • Comfortable walking shoes: Cobblestone streets and uneven terrain require comfortable footwear.
  • Lightweight, breathable clothing: Pack clothes suitable for the season. Bring a mix of short-sleeved tops, lightweight pants or skirts, and a few long-sleeved options for cooler evenings for the summer months, and long-sleeved and heavier layers for early Spring, Fall, and Winter.
  • Layers: It's advisable to bring a light jacket or sweater and a scarf for layering, especially in Spring or Fall.
  • Nice evening wear: You may wish to wear a dressier outfit if you plan on dining in an elegant restaurant, for example. Smart-casual clothes are usually acceptable for all included daytime and evening activities throughout your tour.
  • Rain Gear: Depending on the season and the countries you're visiting, it's a good idea to pack a compact rain jacket or umbrella.

Sun Protection:

  • Hat, sunglasses, UV-protective clothing.
  • Sunscreen with high SPF. If you're visiting any coastal areas, bring reef-safe sunscreen formulated without harmful chemicals known to be damaging to coral reefs and marine life. Traditional sunscreens often contain ingredients like oxybenzone and octinoxate, which have been found to contribute to coral bleaching and negatively impact marine ecosystems. Look for sunscreens with certifications such as "Reef Safe," "Coral Safe," or "Ocean-Friendly" to ensure they are environmentally friendly.

Medications and First Aid:

  • Any prescription medications you need. (See more below under Health & Wellness)
  • Basic first aid kit with adhesive bandages, antiseptic wipes, pain relievers, etc.

Toiletries:

  • Travel-sized toiletries, including shampoo, conditioner, soap, and toothpaste.
  • Travel towel (quick-drying and compact).
  • Hand sanitizer and wet wipes.
  • A washcloth and carry bag (often not available in hotels abroad).

Electronics:

  • A camera: You’re traveling to see extraordinary scenery and sites. So that you don't miss a single moment, bring a trustworthy camera. Check out our travel photography tips for capturing the best photos of your trips. If you feel comfortable, you can also try the camera on your phone. However, if you want to zoom in or capture moving objects, a camera might be your best bet.
  • Mobile phone.
  • Chargers for each electronic you bring.
  • Travel adapter and/or voltage converter
  • Portable power bank for charging devices on the go.
  • Small travel hair dryer (make sure you have the correct converter and adapter).

Miscellaneous:

  • A travel-friendly daypack or bag to carry your essentials during excursions.
  • Insect repellent.
  • Reusable water bottle. At GET, we’re all about caring for our planet, and with that in mind, we always recommend that you pack a reusable water bottle for your trip. Bringing your own reusable water bottle or asking for tap water at restaurants means you can make a difference by reducing your vacation plastic waste.
  • A small travel alarm.
  • A travel iron if you like your clothes to be pressed.
  • A travel pillow.

Optional:

  • Scarf or shawl for visiting religious sites or to cover up in conservative areas.
  • Light sleepwear.
  • A new, blank journal to document your trip. Don't know your travel journal style? Find out here!
  • Ziplock bags (storing snacks, toiletries, and keeping things organized).

Remember to pack light and versatile items that can be mixed and matched for different outfits. Laundry facilities are often available, or you can have your clothes laundered at hotels during your trip. It's also a good idea to pack a small bag or backpack to bring on the coach for day trips and excursions, leaving your larger luggage at the hotel.

Electricity

American appliances run on 110-120 volts at 60 Hz, while European appliances run on 220-230 volts at 50 Hz.

As a result, American appliances designed for use in the United States (typically 120 volts at 60 Hz) may not be directly compatible with the higher voltage used in European countries. Plugging a 120-volt appliance into a 220-240-volt outlet without the appropriate voltage converter or transformer can cause damage to the appliance or pose safety risks.

If you plan to bring American appliances to Europe, you will need a voltage converter or transformer to change the voltage to 220-240 volts from 110 volts. Additionally, you will likely need a plug adapter to fit the American-style plug into the European power outlets. All of Europe operates on the same two round-pronged outlets (Type C).

It's important to note that not all appliances are compatible with voltage converters, so it's essential to check the labels or user manuals of your devices before using them with a voltage converter. Some electronic devices, such as laptops, smartphones, and camera chargers, are dual voltage and can support 120V and 220-240V, so they may not require a voltage converter, but a plug adapter will still be necessary.

To avoid any issues with electrical compatibility during your travels, consider purchasing appliances specifically designed for the voltage used in the region you'll be visiting or use appropriate voltage converters and plug adapters to ensure the safe operation of your American appliances in Europe.

We recommend purchasing an adapter with a voltage converter so you can pack less. And to pick up any necessary adapters or converters for your electronic devices before departing on your guided tour and bringing them with you.

Hair Dryers in Your Hotel

Hair dryers are common accessories in hotels. Should you want to bring your own, though, you will need to bring an adapter and voltage converter or make sure it is dual voltage by checking the label for INPUT AC 120V - 240V or a switch that can be set to 125V or 250V. Many devices have this feature, so it's worth checking before you travel. If you need a hair dryer during your trip but can't find one in your hotel room, you can inquire with the hotel staff. Many hotels will be able to provide a hair dryer upon request, either at the front desk or through housekeeping.

Air Conditioning

Air conditioning is commonly available in European hotels, restaurants, and public spaces, especially in major cities and tourist areas, but it is worth noting that the settings will differ from what you are used to in the USA.

However, it's important to note that not all accommodations or historic buildings may have air conditioning, particularly in more traditional or rural settings. Most hotels in Europe can provide a portable fan for additional room cooling if requested. Your Travel Director will be on hand to assist you throughout your trip.

Guests may bring one full-sized suitcase and one carry-on bag per person. Due to limited luggage space, we ask that your full-sized bag not exceed dimensions of 30” x 18” x 10” and cannot be over 50lbs. Space for “carry-on bags” on motorcoaches is much smaller than on aircraft, and bags with wheels, rigid frames, and telescoping handles cannot be accepted as carry-on luggage. Medium-sized backpacks, tote bags, small duffels, and messenger bags are all excellent options to use as your daily coach carry-on. Baggage allowances vary from airline to airline, and you should check with your chosen carrier for details prior to travel.

To enable you to personalize your tour experience, you will find several Optional Experiences designed to complement the itinerary. These experiences aim to offer a deeper insight into the culture and character of the areas to be visited and provide wonderful highlights for your travels.

The majority of Optional Experiences will be offered to you by your Travel Director at the beginning of your trip. Most Optional Experiences will be priced in euros. Your Travel Director will provide further information. Some may be subject to change, depending on the time you are traveling or local circumstances, including weather and days of the week.

It is recommended to have travel insurance that covers medical expenses while abroad.

In order to ensure a healthy and enjoyable trip, we strongly suggest that you pack a plentiful supply of any medication you may need while on vacation.

Prior to traveling, please notify GET of any disability requiring special assistance or any specific dietary needs that you may have, and we will strive to accommodate these.

When traveling with GET, baggage handling at hotels, service charges, and tips for hotel wait staff (for included meals) will all be taken care of by your Travel Director. There are, however, a few instances where individual tipping is welcome.

Hotel services
Tipping hotel staff for room service delivery is customary if the charge still needs to be added to the bill.

Local Specialists
It is customary to show appreciation for the insights, stories, and know-how shared with you by the Local Specialists, and we suggest a gratuity of €1-2 (Euro) per person per half day.

Your Coach Driver and Travel Director
Gratuities for your Travel Director and Driver are not included in the trip cost. At the end of your trip, you may express appreciation to your Travel Director and Driver for their excellent service and the personal attention you received. Gratuities are given at the discretion of each guest and a suggested amount per person/per day is listed in your travel documents. For your convenience and ease, there is an option to pre-pay gratuities for the Travel Director and Driver at the time of booking.

 

 

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Maria Solimine
Review date: Thursday, October 5, 2023
Service
My tour guide-Ernesta-was wonderful as was Rob our travel specialist at GET--I would have loved to go to a winery as we were in Tuscany!!!
Response from Grand European Travel:
We love Italy too! Thank you for sharing your lovely feedback
Thursday, October 5, 2023
Vacation
Wonderful vacation BUT the Vatican should NEVER have been booked on a Monday--mobbed-people squeezed into the Sistine Chapel and a day or two later--more than half of our tour came down with bad colds!!
Trusted Customer
Review date: Monday, May 20, 2019
Service
Helpful, good explanations, easy process. Traveled with GET two times now.
Vacation
Chose Country roads to be in the countryside instead of the big cities and Umbria and Tuscany were great areas with interesting small towns. The views were fabulous!
Bernard Moleskie
Review date: Monday, August 14, 2017
Service
Made all travel and tour arrangements. Process was seamless, great communication and no broken promises.
Vacation
Well planned sites, facilities, busses, restaurants, tour director and local tour guides.
John Creelman
Review date: Wednesday, May 31, 2017
Service
The only fault I can mention in regards to GET is the trips description as "leisurely". It belies the actual conditions. There was considerable difficult walking when visiting the hilltop towns especially and to a lesser degree in the long walks getting into and out of the larger cities.
Vacation
See my earlier comment. **
Trusted Customer
Review date: Tuesday, April 26, 2016
Service
The Grand European Travel representatives were very efficient and helpful.
Response from Grand European Travel:
Thank you so much for taking the time to write. We're so happy you enjoyed your trip to Italy! Grand European Travel
Wednesday, April 27, 2016
Vacation
It was very well planned. We had a good variety of activities for the time we had. I took advantage of all the optional activities, which may have made a difference. Our tour guide, GiGi, and driver, Benito, were excellent
Trusted Customer
Review date: Sunday, November 1, 2015
Service
Our Tour Guide was excellent!! She took very good care of us
Vacation
My only complaint was that The Country Roads of Umbria and Tuscany was advertised as leisurely and it was anything but. However I was pleased to have covered so much of each region but I was not prepared for the pace.
Trusted Customer
Review date: Monday, October 19, 2015
Service
Service good.
Response from Grand European Travel:
We're sorry to hear that you felt there was too much included. We will share this information with our planning teams right away. Thank you for your helpful feedback. Grand European Travel
Monday, October 19, 2015
Vacation
The company tried to include far too much on this tour. Great tour with this exception. Wonderful Tour Guide!
Trusted Customer
Review date: Saturday, October 3, 2015
Service
Good except in trying to pack too much into the tour. I guess this was a "tasting tour" to give people a quick sense of what they might like to return and visit with more leisure.
Response from Grand European Travel:
There is a lot to see on this particular trip. We do try to include the highlights of what most of our guests are interested in and try to convey that in our brochure and travel documents. We apologize if the daily itinerary was not made clear to you and appreciate you bringing this to our attention. Grand European Travel
Monday, October 5, 2015
Vacation
The tour covered too much too fast. Four hours for Florence was ridiculous. The hotels were fine. Too much food at special dinners.
Trusted Customer
Review date: Sunday, September 27, 2015
Service
The registration process was easy with timely reminders of payment. Our fights were well spaced and the coach was comfortable and clean. The hotels were well placed and had good amenities.
Vacation
The tour was amazing with a good balance of sightseeing and down time. We appreciated the fast track entry into crowded tourist spots such as the Vatican, "the David" and a gondola ride. Belinda Richardson was awesome as our tour director. She went the extra mile to celebrate anniversaries and birthdays (especially mine.) Unforgettable trip.
Trusted Customer
Review date: Saturday, September 26, 2015
Service
Everything was handled very well. I just wish we had been given a choice between Economy/Prime and Economy seating on our flights. Economy on our Alitalia flight was very uncomfortable and luckily we were able to get upgraded to Economy/Prime on the trip home.
Vacation
The tour was excellent and our tour guide was wonderful. I was worried that the walking would be too difficult for me and in some cases it was. Our guide was able to arrange cabs for me and another member who was having difficulty. I had called Grand European Travel and had asked them about the walking and they seemed to indicate that it wouldn't be a problem. I think when people have this sort of difficulty, they should be informed as to what they will be encountering.
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